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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Iran’s parliament speaker throws weight behind Rouhani

Al-monitor – While Iranian conservatives are doing their best to form a coalition ahead of the upcoming May 19 presidential elections, parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has thrown his weight behind moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking re-election. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi During recent months, conservatives have called on most of the prominent conservative figures and parties to put aside their …

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Happy Chaharshanbeh Souri, Fire Festival Of The Last Wednesday Of The Persian New Year!

PayvandNews – On Tuesday night, Iranians celebrated the ancient Persian tradition of Last-Wednesday-of-the-Year (Chaharshanbeh Souri) as a prelude to Persian New Year Norooz.  On the evening of Chaharshanbeh Souri, people make fires and jump over them. Chaharshanbeh Souri is an ancient Iranian fire festival dating back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era. The festival marks the arrival …

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Mandela-Like Iranian Cleric Has Finished His Prison Sentence but Has Not Been Released

Iran Focus – A dissident Iranian cleric, who has been likened to Nelson Mandela, has completed his prison sentence but there are doubts that the Iranian Regime will ever release him. Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was imprisoned for his opposition to a political Islam, his support of freedom of religion, and his condemnation of profiting from religious activities, which …

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Iran Sentences American Citizen, Wife to Death for “Holding Mixed Parties” With Alcohol

thetower.org -A dual American-Iranian citizen and his wife have been sentenced to death by an Iranian court after being convicted of founding a “cult” and “holding mixed parties” that involved serving alcohol, the Financial Times reported Sunday. Tehran prosecutor-general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said in a statement on Sunday that the case “is related to a woman and man who provided …

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The truth behind Iran’s ‘impressive economic recovery’

ArabNews – This week, Iran’s financial achievements received considerable coverage in Persian-language state-owned newspapers. The news was triggered by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) recent report on Iran’s economy, which commended Iranian authorities for “achieving an impressive recovery in economic growth after the lifting of nuclear sanctions in 2016.” The major reason for this growth was the lifting of four …

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Son Of Detained Iranian Opposition Leader Karrubi Sentenced To Jail

RFL/RE – The son of a detained Iranian opposition leader has been sentenced to six months in jail on charges of distributing propaganda against the government, his family and Iranian state media said on March 13. Iranian authorities pronounced Hossein Karrubi, the son of opposition leader and former speaker of parliament Mehdi Karrubi, guilty of publishing his father’s letter to …

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Why Iran-Turkey tension won’t spiral out of control

Al-monitor – Relations between Iran and Turkey have long displayed a sinusoidal cycle, with ups and downs. On Feb. 13, speaking at the International Peace Institute in Bahrain, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added fuel to the fire of the regional conflict between Tehran and Ankara by saying, “There are those who are working to divide Iraq. There is a sectarian and …

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Opposition Leader Under Extrajudicial House Arrest for Six Years Denied Fast Emergency Care

Iranhumanrights.org – An elderly opposition leader who has been kept under extrajudicial house arrest in Tehran since 2011 is being denied access to timely emergency medical services, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The Intelligence Ministry agents who are guarding former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi are only allowed to take the 79-year-old to a distant …

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