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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Academic Arrested In Iran For ‘Insulting Sanctities’

RFL/RE – A university professor has been arrested in Iran for allegedly insulting religious sanctities, an official said. Sadeghi Niaraki, a prosecutor in the northwestern city of Ghazvin, told the Mizan news agency on March 2 that the unnamed professor at the city’s Imam Khomeini International University had “insulted sanctities” during his classes. Mizan is affiliated with Iran’s judiciary. Niaraki …

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Iran’s Major Naval Exercise, Missile Tests a ‘Standard Practice’

VOA – Iran has wrapped up a large-scale naval exercise involving missile tests at a time of heightened tension with the United States. The U.S. downplayed the Iranian maneuvers as a “standard practice.” Iranian state media said the navy drill that ended Tuesday spanned 2 million square kilometers of the Arabian Sea, extending to the entrances of the Persian Gulf …

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Iran’s priciest export at risk

Al-monitor – With Iran to its south and Russia to its north and west, the Caspian Sea is not only rich in oil and natural gas reserves, but it is also the world’s primary and largest habitat for the beluga, the most famous of the caviar sturgeons, as well as four other sturgeon species. This ancient fish, often described as …

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Did Iran’s foreign minister write to Tillerson?

Al-monitor – Iranian hard-line member of parliament Javad Karimi Ghoddousi is one of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s staunch enemies. Ghoddousi has repeatedly brought up issues against the foreign minister, and he recently published Zarif’s confidential talks with parliament members in the media. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Now, Ghoddousi has claimed that Zarif has written a letter to US Secretary of …

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Relatives Mourn Indian Engineer Slain In U.S. After Being Mistaken As Iranian

RFL/RE – Hundreds of grieving relatives and friends of a 32-year-old engineer from Hyderabad, India, have been mourning his death after he was murdered in an apparently racially motivated shooting in the U.S. state of Kansas. The slain GPS specialist, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was cremated in Hyderabad on February 28. Kuchibhotla — who was studying in the United States and working …

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Editor of State-Funded News Agency Remains Detained Without Access to Due Process

Iranhumanrights.org – Detained since December 2016, Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, remains isolated in Evin Prison in Tehran while being denied access to legal counsel. “Ten days ago (February 13, 2017) Tahereh had brief (phone) contact with the family that lasted a few seconds,” an informed source who asked not be identified for …

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Daughter of Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Accuses Intelligence Minister of Blocking His Release

Iranhumanrights.org – The daughter of an imprisoned prominent human rights lawyer has accused Iran’s hardline Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi of blocking the release of her ailing father, Abdolfattah Soltani, who is legally eligible for early release. “Six years have passed since my father Abdolfattah Soltani’s incarceration,” wrote Maedeh Soltani, in a letter published on February 22, 2017 by the reformist …

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How Iran’s hard-line media reacted to Oscar win

Al-Monitor – On Feb. 27, around six in the morning, many Iranians were awake waiting to see if Iran would win its second Oscar. Finally, it was announced. Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the Best Foreign Language Film award. Social networks burst into happiness, and Iranians celebrated this event as once again Iran’s culture became global. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Iranian …

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