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Monthly Archives: March 2018

45 European MPs Call on EU Foreign Policy Chief to Support Iranian Women’s Anti-Compulsory-Hijab Protest

CHRI—Forty-five members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have sent an open letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urging her to call on Iranian officials to immediately release the women who have been arrested for participating in the recent anti-compulsory-hijab protests in Iran. “We now ask you to publicly support the women who have been arrested by the Iranian …

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Iranian conservative duo rumored to be gearing up for parliament run

Al-Monitor – Rumor is already spreading in Iran’s political circles about two former conservative presidential candidates’ determination to run in the 2020 parliamentary elections, a highly important vote that could help clarify the blurriness of what may be ahead in the 2021 presidential polls. Ebrahim Raisi, who was the primary candidate of the conservatives in the 2017 presidential elections and …

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Iran’s Islamic Azad University rocked by layoffs of pro-reform professors

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Islamic Azad University (IAU), which was established by moderate Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is now in the hands of hard-liners who have decided to lay off pro-reform professors. After Rafsanjani’s death in January 2017, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named his conservative foreign policy adviser Ali Akbar Velayati as the head of IAU’s board of founders. Velayati …

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Iranian Wrestling Federation President Says Iranian Athletes Should Compete Against Israelis

RFL/RE – The president of the Iranian Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, says authorities should reverse their policy of not allowing Iranian athletes to compete against Israelis. The Islamic Republic does not recognize the state of Israel, and has an unwritten rule that Iranian athletes should not compete against Israelis in international sporting events. In practice, this means Iranian athletes feign …

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