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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Iran: Unrelenting Repression

HRW  – Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and social freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Authorities tightened their grip on peaceful activism, detaining lawyers, human rights defenders, and women’s rights …

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How US sanctions intensify rent-seeking in Iran’s pharma sector

Al-Monitor – The recent resignation of Iran’s minister of health, Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, led to many speculations. Officially, insufficient allocations in the next Iranian year (beginning March 21) was cited as the reason, but commentators also referred to factional infighting within the Hassan Rouhani administration as well as shifting interests as a result of renewed sanctions. One hint emerged when a video …

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Fate And Punishment Of Dissident Clerics In Iran

Radiofarda – Only four months after his Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, the revolution’s leader Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini took the first step to set up a “special clerical court” to deal with those whom he called “corrupt clerics.”

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