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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reformist Editor Arrested by Security Agents Amid Pre-Election Crackdown

Iranhumanrights.org – Amid a widening crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran ahead of the country’s May 2017 presidential election, security agents arrested Morad Saghafi, the reformist editor-in-chief of Goftegoo (Conversation) magazine, on March 15, 2017. His lawyer, Hamed Zargar, said on March 16 that Saghafi had a phone conversation with a family member the day after he was arrested, and has little chance of being …

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Can Iran’s conservatives agree on candidate for upcoming vote?

AL-monitor – Iranian Principlists are finding that getting their house in order ahead of an election is becoming more complicated than ever. As the conservative camp takes measures to agree on a single candidate who can challenge incumbent Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential election, reports of internal strife continue to surface. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari In an attempt to …

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Ahead of presidential vote, Khamenei attacks Rouhani’s economy

Al-monitor – Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, used his most important speech of the year to criticize President Hassan Rouhani and his administration’s economic performance. With presidential elections two months away, Khamenei’s criticism opens the door for other conservatives to attack the president on a vulnerability. AUTHOR Arash Karami The supreme leader’s Nowruz …

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Iran to divert water from Gulf of Oman inwards

PayvandNews – Iran says it is implementing a landmark project to divert water from the Gulf of Oman to its central plateau – a project that could not only address the country’s surging water crisis but could also help push ahead relevant economic plans in host regions. Dasht-e Loot – a large salt desert that expands over much of Iran’s …

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ANALYSIS: Is Iran beginning to feel the Middle East heat?

Al-Arabia – While an agreement allowing Iranian pilgrims to join this year’s hajj is good news, this is no leap forward to future success for the regime in Tehran. Quite obvious is the fact that this regime is facing a new balance of power in the Middle East and across the globe as the Trump administration has begun overhauling his …

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Death Sentence Continued to Be Used for Arbitrary and Political Charges

themediaexpress -A man and woman joined the ranks of those that are being executed or sentenced to death by the Iranian regime for a variety of charges, many of which are arbitrary or fall under the guise of immorality or sinning against God. According to the Tehran prosecutor, “The convicts were a man and woman who ran a sect and …

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ZTE Pleads Guilty In Iran Sanctions Case, To Pay Record $900 Million In Fines

RFL/RE – Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE has pleaded guilty to violating U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping $32 million of U.S. technology to Iran. The guilty plea on March 22 was part of an agreement the company reached earlier this month with U.S. authorities that also called for nearly $900 million in fines, the largest penalty assessed to date in …

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Iranian Leaks About Missing American Led Levinson Family to Sue Iran

VOA – A U.S. lawyer for the family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran 10 years ago says the family is suing Tehran for damages based in part on leaked information from Iranian sources. “Iran, like the United States, leaks information,” said attorney David McGee in an interview with VOA Persian’s LateNews program Wednesday. McGee represents the …

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Gloom surrounds Rouhani’s budget for new Iranian year

Al-monitor – In recent decades, the budgeting process in Iran has been such that the budget’s capacity to function as the country’s most important fiscal policy document has continuously declined. In other words, budgeting has been utilized by successive administrations solely as an instrument to balance revenues and expenditures rather than setting long-term economic policies. AUTHOR Navid Kalhor The allocation of the …

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