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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Iran hand suspected behind killing of Gem TV Company CEO in Istanbul

Saeed Karimian founder and chairman of the Persian-language GEM TV Group Channels was assassinated in the Turkish city of Istanbul late on Saturday night, Turkish and Iranian news agencies reported on Sunday. The Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced Karimian, in absentia in March to six years in prison for endangering the security of Iran after his media channels GEM TV attracted …

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First Iran presidential debate receives mixed feedback

TEHRAN – The first of three planned debates ahead of the May 19 elections in Iran received mixed feedback, with most commentators describing either Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf or Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri as the winners of the 3-hour-long debate. The Candidates for Iran’s Presidential Election: Top (L to R): Hassan Rohani, Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf Bottom …

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Iranian Female Soccer Player Publicly Decries Ban For Playing Without Hijab

PayvandNews – A professional soccer player who once played for the Iranian women’s national futsal team has publicly spoken out against a ban she says was imposed on her for not wearing the hijab while playing the sport during a private trip abroad. Shiva Amini’s instagram post “I never thought I would never be able to play in my country because I played …

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U.S. Visas Issued To Iranians Plummet By Nearly Half From Last Year

RFL/RE – The United States has cut by nearly half the number of visas it has issued to citizens of Iran and other countries targeted by President Donald Trump’s travel ban even though courts have prevented that ban from taking effect. Iranians hoping to visit family in the United States or conduct other business there received only 393 immigrants visas …

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Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media Posts

CHRI – Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the popular Telegram messaging network. “These guys were posting articles and cartoons on Facebook and Telegram that criticized the political and religious situation, and also shared material from others,” an informed source told the Center for …

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Female Former Council Member Advocates For Women Candidates in Iran’s Local Elections

CHRI – Political parties and factions in Iran should promote more women candidates in the country’s local council elections to improve gender equality, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a former Tehran city council member, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “The councils are very important in managing local affairs. But besides that, we should bear in mind that gender discrimination …

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Supporters Urge For Release of Ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak and Baquer Namazi Imprisoned in Iran

CHRI – The American lawyer representing ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, serving 10-year sentences in Iran for unspecified espionage charges, has called for US President Donald Trump to immediately secure their release. “If not resolved quickly, the Namazi cases could have an outsized impact on the trajectory of Iran-US relations because both men are in rapidly declining …

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