Briefly noted

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says it is “deeply concerned” about a worsening situation for religious minorities in Iran. “A consistent stream of virulent and inflammatory statements by political and religious leaders and an increase of harassment, imprisonment and physical attacks against these groups is clear evidence of a disturbing, renewed pattern of oppression,” the watchdog panel said late last month. Created by Congress, the commission provides independent policy advice to Washington. Michael Cromartie, who chairs the commission, said the pattern of rhetoric resembles that of the early years of the Iranian revolution.


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