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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Iran’s Politics Color Ramadan Prayer Dispute

RFL/RE – A debate over the potential return of one of Iran’s greatest classical singers for a prayer recitation has provided a fresh test of the hard-line domination of state TV nearly a decade after unrest that roiled the country’s establishment. The performance of Rabbana by Mohammad Reza Shajarian was a Ramadan fixture for three decades before it was eliminated …

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Iraqi Shi’ite Militia Backed By Iran Recaptures Border Area With Syria

RFL/RE – An Iraqi Shi’ite force backed by Iran has said it pushed Islamic State (IS) militants out of villages on the border with Syria on May 29, in a step toward reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad. The Popular Mobilization Forces described its advance to the border with Syria north of the town …

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Iran: Two Prisoners Executed, One of them in Public

Iran Human Rights- An unidentified prisoner sentenced to death on rape charges was reportedly hanged in public in Shiraz in front of a crowd of people. Another prisoner was reportedly hanged at Khorramabad’s Parsilon Prison on drug related charges. On the morning of Sunday May 28, an unidentified prisoner sentenced to death on rape charges was reportedly hanged in public in …

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Iran’s housing crisis aggravated by reluctant sellers

Al-monitor – Iran’s enduring housing recession has cost many Iranians their dream of homeownership while depleting their purchasing power due to higher rent. The housing sector is unlikely to return anytime soon to the days when it was Iran’s best investment option. AUTHOR Ali Dadpay The “Iranian dream” is the same around the world. Iranian families work hard to own …

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Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof Takes Prestigious Cannes Prize

RFL/RE – Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has won a prestigious prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Rasoulof, 45, was awarded the main prize in the Un Certain Regard competition on May 27 for his film A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), which tells the story of man working at a goldfish farm who becomes ensnared in corruption. Soudabeh Beizaee at a scene in Lerd (A Man of …

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Sources: Iran to Bankroll Pro-Government Militia Fighters in Syria

VOA – The Syrian government has asked Iran to take over the supervision and payroll of thousands of Shi’ite militiamen fighting alongside Russian and Syrian troops in support of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a government source and a news report. The pro-opposition Syrian news website Zaman Al Wasel reported that it obtained a Syrian defense ministry document saying the Assad regime …

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards general killed in Mosul battle

A-Arabia- A general in Iranian Revolutionary Guards was killed in western Mosul on Saturday following armed clashes between Popular Mobilization Forces and ISIS. Security sources told Al Arabiya that General Shaaban Nasiri was killed during a military operation carried out by the Popular Mobilization Forces to liberate Al-Ba’aj district in the far west of Mosul. Nasiri is a leading figure …

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Iran’s Supreme Leader: Saudi Arabia is ‘Cow Milked’ by US

VOA – Iran’s Supreme Leader has said that Saudi Arabia is a “cow being milked” by the United States. A Saturday report by the semi-official Fars news agency quotes Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that Saudi Arabia trades its wealth with “pagans and enemies.” “The stupid Saudi government thinks it can attract the friendship of enemies by giving …

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Three Prisoners Hanged on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights –  The Iranian authorities reportedly hanged three prisoners on drug related charges on the morning of Friday May 26, the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. According to the human rights news agency HRANA, the prisoners were executed ar Urmia Central Prison on drug related charges. The prisoners’ names are Salahuddin Shafikia, Ramezan Mokhtari, and …

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Iran: Prominent Wrestler Executed on Vague Charges

Iran Human Rights – A prominent wrestler in Iran was reportedly hanged at Kermanshah’s Dizel Abad Prison on the morning of Thursday May 25 on vague charges. According to the state-run news agency Tabnak, the prisoner’s name is Hojatollah Tadro. Prior to his execution, he competed in multiple national championships and was a member of the national team. The official …

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