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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Iran Dismisses U.S. Call For UN Access To Its Military Sites As ‘Dream’

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has rejected a U.S. demand that UN nuclear inspectors visit Tehran’s military bases, while other Iranian officials called the idea a “dream.” In a televised address on August 29, Rohani said he believed that the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), would be unlikely to agree to such visits in any case. …

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Arash Shoa Sharq Sentenced to Lashes

HRANA News Agency – Arash Shoa Sharq, 24-year-old journalist, has been sentenced to lashes and imprisonment by Branch 107 of the Penal Court of the city of Rasht. Mr. Shoa Sharq, who has the responsibility of “Gilan Noo”, or “New Gilan”, was tried on the complaint made by “one of the deposed directors of the government”. This journalist had been previously …

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A Lawyer Arrested on Charge of Insulting the Supreme Leader

HRANA News Agency – Danial Estakhr, a lawyer in Shiraz city, was arrested and sent to prison on charge on insulting the supreme leader. It is said that this charge is related to one of his writings about the mass executions of political prisoners in 1980s. According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Danial Estakhr, known professional …

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Families Dismayed Over Lack of Attention to Hunger Strikers in Iranian Prisons

CHRI – The parents of two political prisoners on hunger strike have expressed concern about their condition and treatment inside Rajaee Shahr Prison, where more than a dozen inmates have been on hunger strike, some for nearly a month. “He’s not good after almost 30 days on hunger strike,” said Zahra Eghdami, the mother of Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami, in an interview …

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In Letter to Judge, Iranian-American Demands Freedom for Himself and Wife

CHRI – Art Gallery Owners Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari Held on Baseless Charges More Than One Year Without Trial Detained Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari has written a letter from Evin Prison demanding that he and his wife be released for lack of any evidence supporting the espionage charges against them. “I don’t know anything about the law and I …

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Namazis Lose Appeal Against 10-Year Prison Sentence

CHRI – Iranian-American Businessman and His 81-Year-Old Father Remain Held on Unspecified Charges after Sham Prosecution That Lacked Due Process. Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his 81-year-old father Baquer have lost their appeal against a 10-year prison sentence issued for undeclared “espionage” charges, according to their American lawyer. “I condemn in no uncertain terms the cruel and unjust decision of the Tehran Appeals Court,” their …

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New chapter in Iran-Turkey ties could have major impact on Syria

Al-Monitor – For more than six years, the regional rivalry between Iran and Turkey and their support of different sides of the Syrian civil war have been major obstacles to finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict. However, the recent rapprochement between Tehran and Ankara has renewed hopes for the political process to proceed toward a unified solution — one that seemed highly …

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Iranian FM who opposed US embassy takeover dies

Al-Monitor – Ebrahim Yazdi, foreign minister in Iran’s interim government after the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later became an opposition figure, died of cancer Aug. 27 in the Turkish city of Izmir. He was 86. In 2016, with his health deteriorating, he had sought to undergo surgery in the United States, but after being denied a visa, settled for an operation and treatment in Turkey. Decades before the revolution, Yazdi had …

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High-Frequency Chip Brings Iranian-American Researchers One Step Closer to Next Generation Technology

PayvandNews – A novel, high-frequency electronic chip potentially capable of transmitting tens of gigabits of data per second – a rate that is orders of magnitude above the fastest internet speeds available today – has been developed by engineers at the University of California, Davis. Omeed Momeni, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, and doctoral student Hossein Jalili …

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Iran’s Kish Airline to buy Boeing, Airbus planes

PayvandNews – Iran’s Kish Airline has announced an ambitious plan to purchase over a dozen new planes from global aviation giant Airbus and Boeing. Kish Airline CEO Mohammad Taqi Jadidi was quoted by the domestic media that the plan envisaged buying 10 planes from Boeing and 6 more from Airbus. Jadidi told Iran’s IRNA news agency that the new Airbus planes would be …

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