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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Prominent Activists Defy State Ban on Visiting Hospitalized Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi

CHRI – From right to left: Amin Ahmadian, Bahareh Hedayat, Mostafa Tajzadeh and Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour at the Rajaei Medical Center in Tehran. With roses in hand, a group of prominent former political prisoners and civil rights activists defied a state ban on visiting Iran’s detained opposition leaders when they attempted to visit Mehdi Karroubi in the hospital on July 31, 2017. …

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Is the EU Pushing Back Against Trump on Iran?

PayvandNews – The European External Action Service (EEAS) has officially announced that the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will attend the inauguration ceremony of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on August 5. by Eldar Mamedov (source: LobeLog) EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini: “We will stay with JCPOA” (source: Iranian daily Jahan Sanat) According to …

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Iranian teams grab 16 titles in RoboCup 2017

PayvandNews – Iranian teams managed to scoop 16 titles in the biggest and most reputable robotic competitions in the world held this year in Japan’s Nagoya from 27 to 31 July.  After four days of intense competitions, Iranian robotic teams managed to win 16 titles in Japan’s RoboCup 2017 in the two junior and adult categories. Adult category In Rescue Simulation …

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Russia’s Gazprom, Iran’s OIEC sign deal over oil fields

PAyavdnNews – Russia’s Gazprom has signed a cooperation agreement with an Iranian company over the development of two major oil fields in western Iran.  The agreement was signed with the Oil Industries’ Engineering and Construction (OIEC), Iran’s IRNA news agency reported. The target oil fields would be Azar and Changuleh, Iran’s most recent discoveries located in the western province of Lorestan. …

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Iranian Opposition Cleric Karrubi Hospitalized For Second Time

RFL/RE – Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karrubi has been hospitalized for a second time in a week due to a heart condition, his wife said. Karrubi’s wife, Fatemeh Karrubi, told the semiofficial ILNA news agency on July 31 that her husband had been transferred to the coronary unit of a Tehran hospital after having tests done. She said doctors don’t think …

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Iranian Sugar Plant Workers Detained Without Bail After Protesting Unpaid Wages and Benefits

CHRI – Eight workers at one of Iran’s largest and oldest agricultural companies remain detained without bail after being arrested for demanding unpaid wages and benefits. At least 13 workers who had been protesting since mid-July 2017 after not being paid their salaries and insurance allowances by the Haft Tappeh sugarcane company near Shush in Khuzestan Province were detained on July …

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Iran’s economy a ‘masterpiece of structural ambiguity’

Al-monitor – The economy dominated Iran’s recent presidential election. Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent, argued that integration into the global economy is the only path to prosperity and job creation, while his rivals accused his administration of having ignored the poor. Rouhani’s opponents also promised to create millions of jobs,double the size of the economy and triple monthly cash payments to low-income families. In the end, most Iranian voters preferred Rouhani’s path. Whether President …

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