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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Conservative presidential candidate paints bleak picture of Iran

Al-monitor – In the first televised interview of the six Iranian candidates approved to run in the presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of Iran’s largest religious endowment, described a dark economic condition in Iran and said he would be able to fix it. AUTHOR Arash Karami “In my own life I’ve tasted poverty,” Raisi began when asked what his plans are for …

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Foreign tourist spent $32B in Iran in last four years

PayvandNews – Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization. A total of 19.9 million travelers visited the country during the mentioned period (March 2013 – March 2017), IRIB quoted CHTHO Deputy Director Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed as saying on April 23. Foreign tourists in …

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Iran launches national fiber optic connectivity plan

PayvandNews – Iran has launched an ambitious project to connect houses to a nationwide fiber optic network – what the administration of President Hassan Rouhani would provide citizens with an easy access to high-speed internet.  The project, which had been developed by Iran Telecommunications Company (ICT), was launched by Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi. photo by Islamic …

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Ten Iranian Guards At Border With Pakistan Reported Killed By Sunni Militants

RFL/RE – Ten Iranian border guards were killed by Sunni militants in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on April 26, Iranian media reported. The militant group called Jaish al Adl, or the Army of Justice, has claimed responsibility for the attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province, reports said. Iranian police said the guards were killed by long-range guns and …

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Murky details emerge of the deal that Obama struck with Iran

Al-Arabia – More than a year ago on January 17, 2016, then President Barack Obama announced on TV the nuclear deal with Iran and also another secretly concluded deal securing freedom for four Iranian-Americans incarcerated by Tehran. In exchange, Obama said he had granted clemency to six Iranian-Americans and one Iranian man convicted or awaiting trial or appeal in the …

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Iran’s Other Elections: Local Council Applicants Subjected to Arbitrary Vetting

CHRI – In a surprising development, a few outspoken and prominent political activists have been approved to run in Iran’s elections for city and village councils on May 19, 2017. However, many well-known activists and reformists have been arbitrarily disqualified. Applicants for local elections are vetted by monitoring boards set up by Parliament, while the Guardian Council vets parliamentary and presidential …

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Why did over 1,600 Iranians sign up to run for president?

Al-monitor – Over 1,600 Iranians showed up at the Interior Ministry April 11-15 to sign up to run in the May 19 presidential election. The majority were ordinary people, including some odd characters who — despite lacking political backgrounds or qualifications — registered their names enthusiastically. Some even traveled long distances to Tehran from their towns and villages, including a 92-year-old …

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Is Putin interfering in Iran’s presidential elections?

Al-monitor – On April 20, Iranian conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi met with visiting Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov — an encounter that Raisi probably did not expect would end up causing problems ahead of the May 19 presidential elections. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi The hard-line Tasnim News Agency, which is seen as backing Raisi and reported the meeting, described Minnikhanov as an envoy of …

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Iran and P5+1 Joint Commission hold meeting in Vienna

PayvandNews – The seventh meeting of the Iran-P5+1 Joint Commission, which monitors the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, has been convened in the Austrian capital of Vienna. One of the key issues that the participants were scheduled to discuss was Iran’s request to purchase 950 tonnes of concentrated uranium, also known …

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