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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Former athletes under fire in Tehran City Council elections

Al-monitor – Late last year, Mansour Pourheidari, a former member of Iran’s national soccer team and a veteran coach, succumbed to cancer. Hours after his death on Nov. 4, former world wrestling champion (1998) and Tehran City Council member Abbas Jadidi was seen posing next to Pourheidari’s body in a picture posted online. The photo unleashed a wave of criticism on Persian-language social media networks, …

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Khamenei warns against election unrest, George Soros

Al-monitor – With less than 10 days to go before Iranians head to the polls to elect a president and city council members, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, cautioned against political unrest. AUTHOR Arash Karami “The issue of security and calm is very important for the country,” Khamenei said in a May 10 speech to graduates of the Imam Hussein military academy. He …

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Women and the Iranian Elections

PayvandNews – A group of women’s rights activists issued a statement on May 6 outlining their demands for the next president of Iran. The statement, which calls for improved economic opportunities for women, reform of discriminatory laws, access to public spaces such as sports stadiums, and more appointments for women to managerial and cabinet positions in government, has received some …

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Iran’s non-oil growth to boost in 2017: IMF

PayvandNews – According to the latest report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Regional Economic Outlook, Iran is expected to see non-oil growth accelerate from 0.75 percent in 2016 to almost 3.5 percent in 2017. The report, which reflects the outlook for Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan (MENAP) in 2017, shows that across MENAP oil exporters, the …

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Europeans see huge potential in Iran’s energy market

PayvandNews – European exhibitors participating in the 22nd International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition of Iran (Iran Oil Show 2017) believe that there is huge potential for business in Iran’s oil, gas and petrochemical sectors. The exhibition, which was held at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds from May 6 to 9, hosted some 2500 domestic companies and 1500 foreign …

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Warns Against Disrupting Presidential Vote

VOA — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Wednesday that any attempts to disrupt the presidential election on May 19 would be dealt with harshly. The vote has shaped up to be primarily a contest between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who has campaigned on a platform of opening up the country to the West and easing …

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A Prisoner Chained to the Flagpole in the Yard of Ardebil Prison

HRANA News Agency – A newly arrived prisoner was chained to a flagpole in the yard of Ardebil prison since February 8, 2017 for 2 days. The prison authorities have tortured him in the cold weather for at least 48 hours on suspicion that the detainee had carried drugs in his abdomen. Ardebil prison officials had done such tortures previously. …

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Reformist Journalist: Hardliners Working to Sabotage Rouhani Campaign With Intimidation Tactics

CHRI – By preventing speeches in favor of President Hassan Rouhani and blocking his campaigners from reaching voters, hardliners are trying to weaken the incumbent president ahead of the May 19, 2017 election, a reformist journalist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) “The attacks on Mr. Rouhani’s government and his campaign have common roots,” said Mohammad Sadegh …

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