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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Iran’s Geopolitical Predicament and Its Consequences

PayvandNews – For some time now, most Middle East states and a good number of Western countries have portrayed Iran as the main cause of problems in the Middle East and parts of South Asia. Iran emerges from this narrative as the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism and, in general, an all-around source of evil. By Shireen T. Hunter (source: LobeLog) …

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IRGC warns U.S. of ‘irreversible consequences’ after vessel encounter in Persian Gulf

PayvandNews – An official with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy said that unprofessional acts by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf may have “irreversible consequences.” The comments come after IRGC fast-attack vessels forced on Saturday the USNS Invincible and three ships from the British Royal Navy accompanying it to change direction in the Strait of Hormuz. “Such provocations …

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Chinese Telecom Giant To Pay Record Fine For Iran Sanctions Violations

RFL/RE – China’s giant telecom company ZTE agreed to pay a record $892 million fine for providing Iran and North Korea with sensitive techology in violation of U.S. sanctions, the U.S. government announced on March 7. Under the agreement, which is pending approval before a U.S. district court in Texas, ZTE could face an additional fine of $300 million if …

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What’s Behind Iran’s Muted Official Criticism of Revised Travel Ban?

VOA – Iran has given a muted response to a revised U.S. immigration policy that temporarily bars entry to most Iranians, with a junior Iranian official criticizing it as the product of a disorganized U.S. foreign policy. Iranian state media quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi as telling reporters on Tuesday that Tehran “rejects” the new U.S. travel order, …

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IRAN: Annual report on the death penalty 2016

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS – The 9th annual report of Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty gives an assessment and analysis of death penalty trends in 2016 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 9th annual report of the organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) on the death penalty in Iran shows that in 2016 at least 530 people were …

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IRAN: REPRESSION OF THOSE SEEKING TRUTH AND JUSTICE FOR 1980S KILLINGS NEEDS TO STOP

Amnesty – In this joint statement, 20 human rights groups call on the Iranian authorities to stop the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of individuals who were summarily executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s and their families. Over the past few months, several human rights defenders have been subjected to …

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Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Facing the Death Penalty Again for His Personal Beliefs

Iranhumanrights.org – Imprisoned spiritual thinker Mohammad Ali Taheri has again been tried for the charge of “corruption on earth” despite being cleared of the same charge in 2015, his sister Azardokht Taheri told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). If convicted, the founder of the banned Erfan-e Halgheh spiritual group could be issued the death penalty. “We are …

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Iran’s Rouhani moves to form campaign headquarters

Al-monitor – Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani has conclusively put an end to talk of whether he will seek re-election. In the past months, rumors were circulating in political circles and social networks about Rouhani’s unwillingness to run in the May 19 presidential elections. This rumored unwillingness wasn’t due to his reluctance to seek a second term, but rather over …

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Allure of riches draws young Iranians to network marketing

Al-monitor  — During the past few years, network marketing has become a popular occupation among the youth in Iran. Having successfully managed to distance themselves from controversy involving pyramid schemes, these network marketing firms operate with all necessary licenses and permits. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari As a business model, network marketing has been present in Iran since 2009. To generate substantial …

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