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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Iran presidential elections: everything you need to know

Guardian – What’s the story and why is it important? Iran goes to the polls on 19 May in the country’s first presidential elections since the landmark nuclear agreement in 2015, when Tehran agreed to roll back its nuclear programme in exchange for the removal of sanctions. The fate of that deal has been thrown in doubt since Donald Trump took the helm …

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Turkey’s Erdogan Expected To Press Trump On Syria, Gulen, Iran Case

RFL/RE – In a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to press the United States to refrain from arming Syrian Kurdish rebels that Ankara considers to be terrorists. The White House meeting comes amid intense and complex international diplomacy over the war in Syria, where Turkey and the United States …

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What Drives Anti-Iranian Militant Group ‘Army of Justice?’

VOA — Tehran has warned Islamabad that it would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. An anti-Iran Sunni Muslim militant group called Jaish-ul-Adl (JA), which calls itself the Army of Justice, took credit for an April 26 ambush in which 10 border guards were killed in Iran’s southeastern province …

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Will Rouhani be able to weather jobs crisis?

A-monitor – Reza holds a degree in management but has since his graduation in 2011 failed to find a steady job. The 31-year-old, who lives in Tehran, has been driving the family’s car as an unlicensed cab to make ends meet. Recently, he came up with the idea of borrowing some money to buy an official taxi vehicle, but at the …

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Did Rouhani sell ‘grand bargain’ with US to Iranian voters?

Al-monitor – The nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers ended a decadeslong crisis that removed sanctions on nearly 80 million Iranians and potentially averted another military confrontation in the Middle East involving the United States. The talks to reach agreement on a deal required bilateral negotiations between Iran and the United States, at the foreign ministerial level, breaking a three-decade taboo …

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Rohani Says Iran Faces ‘Historic Decision’ In Upcoming Presidential Poll

PayvandNews – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has told a Tehran crowd of some 20,000 supporters that the country is “on the edge of a great historic decision” with its May 19 presidential election. Rohani, 68, told the crowd at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium that “we should not let Iran become isolated again.” President Rohani campaign rally at Tehran’s Azadi stadium (source: Shargh daily) …

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Here Are The Smears Marring Iran’s Election(s)

RFL/RE – While elections in Iran look like slug-it-out campaigns, with many of the trappings of competition — government critics, disagreement on high-profile issues, and televised public debates — they are kept tightly in check by unelected officials under the country’s clerically dominated system. There is careful vetting by the Guardians Council, which routinely disqualifies all but a small fraction …

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Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: Nine Year Imprisonment of Bahai Leaders in Iran

einnews -Nine years ago, seven leaders of Iran’s Bahai community were arrested and convicted of espionage, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic for activities related solely to their belief in and practice of their faith. They were unjustly sentenced to 20 years in prison. Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and …

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How will May 19 election shape Iran’s foreign policy?

Al Jazeera -Voters in Iran will be heading to the polls on Friday to elect a new president, in a crucial election seen by many as a potential battleground between Reformists and Fundementalists. The Reformist front-runner is incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who signed 2015’s historic nuclear deal with world powers. The fundementalist favourite, on the other hand, is Judge Ebrahim Raisi, who is the …

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Gunmen kill 2 policemen in southwest Iran

Trend News Agency –Two Iranian policemen were killed in an armed confrontation on May 15 morning in Ahwaz city of the country’s southwestern Khouzestan province. Deputy Commander of Khouzestan province police Colonel Ali Qasempour ‎said that the two policemen were shot by unknown gunmen, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported. Following the assault, Iranian security forces have launched an operation in …

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