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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Huge Twitter Storm in Support of Imprisoned Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike

Iranhumanrights.org – Arash Sadeghi Is World’s Highest Trending Topic on Twitter on December 30 SaveArash# was for a time the highest trending topic on Twitter on Friday December 30, 2016, as social media users around the world expressed their support for imprisoned civil rights advocate Arash Sadeghi on the 68th day of his hunger strike in Evin Prison in Tehran. …

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Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties

Iranhumanrights.org – Tehran’s hardline prosecutor general has announced that people caught at mixed-gender parties, especially celebrity artists and athletes, along with those caught consuming alcohol, or participating in other “indecent” activities should face stiffer penalties. “As role models you should be more careful because youths can pick up bad lessons from these actions,” said Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on December 27, …

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Why rift between Iran’s moderates, hard-liners is really about republicanism

Al-Monitor – Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi are two of the most prominent faces in Iranian politics. The former directs the moderation camp, while the latter is the godfather of the hard-liners. President Hassan Rouhani has been a longtime companion of Rafsanjani, while Mesbah Yazdi supported hard-line former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in the 2013 …

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The Case for Sending Secretary Kerry to Tehran

PayvandNews – Although it is unclear what will happen to the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) once President-elect Donald Trump assumes office, President Barack Obama still has a few weeks left to try to reinforce his signature foreign policy achievement by sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the capital of one of the …

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Court Revives Case Accusing Argentinian Ex-Leader Of Covering Up For Iran

RFL/RE – An Argentine appeals court has revived a case accusing former President Christina Fernandez of trying to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994. “The evidence does not allow for a clear dismissal of the possible commission of illicit acts,” the country’s official Judicial Information Center said. “The accusations must …

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Iran’s ‘Grave Sleepers’ Prompt Calls for Action

VOA – The images are morbid: homeless men, women, and children so desperate for shelter that they would resort to living in open graves. Yet that is what some 50 Iranians have reportedly been doing for years, holing themselves up in concrete dugouts at a graveyard outside Tehran. Images and video of the men living in squalor have sparked shock …

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Political Prisoner Banned from Visits After Sending Complaint to Warden

Iranhumanrights.org – Imprisoned doctoral student Hamid Babaei has been banned from receiving visitations after the prison warden accused him of “insulting” Iran’s supreme leader during a discussion about a complaint Babaei had sent to the warden’s office. “Hamid had written to [Mohammad Mardani] the warden at Rajaee Shahr Prison [in Karaj] to complain about why his letters to the prosecutor …

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Iranian Reformists slam exiled dissidents over letter to Trump

AL-monitor – On Dec. 22, 30 exiled Iranian dissidents penned an open letter to US President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to impose fresh sanctions on “the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the supreme leader’s financial empire and direct the US Treasury to strongly enforce them.” AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi The dissidents further urged Trump to “form an international coalition to pressure …

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Sweden’s Prime Minister to lead trade delegation to Iran

PayvandNews – Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, leading a trade delegation, is due to visit Tehran in February 2017, Sweden’s ambassador in Iran, Helena Sangeland, said on Tuesday. In a meeting in Tehran with the chairman of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), Gholam-Hossein Shafeie, the Swedish envoy expressed her country’s willingness to expand mutual cooperation with …

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Oman, Iran’s Closest Gulf Ally, Signals Change By Joining Saudi Alliance

RFL/RE – Oman, Iran’s closest ally in the Persian Gulf region, has signaled that it may be changing course by joining a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries fighting terrorism. Arab news outlets said on December 28 that Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announcing the decision to join the Islamic Military …

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