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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Iran Summons British Ambassador Over May’s Comments

RFL/RE – The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Tehran because of recent comments by British Prime Minister Theresa May about Iran. Ambassador Nicholas Hopton was summoned for talks in Tehran on December 10 to explain May’s comments at a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Bahrain on December 7, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported. Iran state television …

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Dr. Cumrun Vafa Awarded 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics

PayvandNews – Iranian-American scientist Dr. Cumrun Vafa is the recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics. Dr. Vafa will share the $3 million prize with 2 Professors Joseph Polchinski and Andrew Strominger. Dr. Cumrun Vafa (credit: Hayward Photography) The Breakthrough Prize and founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, …

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Iranian-Turkish Tensions Escalate Over Syria, Iraq

VOA – Tensions between neighbors Turkey and Iran are on the rise, with the countries jostling for influence in war-torn Syria and Iraq. But there are concerns that the rivalry is fueling sectarian divisions in the region. The tensions could also open the door to cooperation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Officially Ankara says it enjoys good neighborly relations with …

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Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits

Iranhumanrights.org – A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran’s 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country’s most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Meanwhile, several Iranian-owned Telegram channels have been hacked by state agents, according to an investigation by the International Campaign …

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Turkish Security Forces Arrested Iranian Ex-Political Prisoner Peyman Aref

Radiozmaneh – Special Operations Department of Turkish Police in Ankara have arrested Iranian ex-political prisoner and Asylum seeker Peyman Aref on alleged charges of involvement with Gulenists. Peyman Aref In the early hours of Saturday 10 Dec, Turkish anti-terror police raided the residence of Peyman Aref in Ankara and arrested him. Peyman Aref is a student activist, journalist and former …

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Unprecedented Ruling Lightens Jail Term for Imprisoned Baha’is

Radiozmaneh – Twenty four Iranian Baha’is who had been sentenced to heavy sentences ranging from 6 to 11 years for charges ranging from threatening national security to links to espionage, were acquitted from the charge that link them to enemy countries by the appeals court in Golestan Province. The unprecedented ruling comes after numerous human rights groups and activists have …

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Iranian-German Interpreter of Berlinale Rep is Summoned by IRI intelligence

Radiozamaneh – Nourshafarin Dastouri who was accompanying the Berlinale film festival representative in and Iranian trip has been summoned to questioning by Iranian intelligence services. It is not clear yet which faction of the intelligence services has summoned Dasturi but a source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Ms. Dasturi received a call to present …

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Presidential election could let Iranian pollsters shine

Al-monitor – During the lead-up to the 2013 Iranian presidential election, the earliest signs of Hassan Rouhani’s initially unanticipated victory came from a surprising source: high-quality polling conducted by Iranian pollsters. In the run-up to the presidential election in May 2017, all signs point to a greater availability of Iranian polling data than in the past. AUTHOR Matt Dabrowski ESOMAR …

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Rohani Says OPEC Cooperation Key To Boosting Oil Prices

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani says cooperation among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is key to implementing a deal reached last week to cut production in a bid to boost slumping global prices, Iranian state TV reported. Oil prices have risen to more than $50 a barrel after members of the OPEC cartel on November 30 …

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Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture

Iranhumanrights.org – Iran’s Brain Drain Spreads to Fashion Sector as Professionals Emigrate to Escape Raids and Arrests In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic’s growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has …

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