{mosimage}United Press International, By Lord Dholakia: On Jan. 24, the Iranian regime's Interior Ministry announced that more than 2,000 so-called reformists had been disqualified from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections, effectively ensuring that allies of the regime's ultra-conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would retain and perhaps strengthen their hold on the 290-seat Parliament come March 14.

{mosimage}Global Politician, By Mark Williams MP: It is with optimism that I usually regard elections. Win or lose, they are an opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard, but an exception to this will be the Iranian “elections” this March. Elections in Iran are neither free nor fair. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rise to the Presidency in 2005 serves as a striking example.

{mosimage}United Press International, By Baroness Gould of Potternewton: Iran under the mullahs is the only country in the world that continues to hang children, and it has an equally sinister track record over its treatment of women.

{mosimage}Middle East Times, By Dr. Rudi Vis MP: As a UK delegate to the Council of Europe, Europe has always been at the heart of much of the political work that I have done throughout my career. It is through such experience that I believe the Council of Europe and the European Union can do a great deal to achieve success on a number of the most challenging international issues.