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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Hook Says Pressures On Iran Made Lebanese Hezbollah Call For Donations

Radiofarda – Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative on Iran, says the U.S. campaign of economic pressure on Iran has had “a lot of progress” to the extent that Tehran has decreased its military budget and its client, the Lebanese Hezbollah is making public appeals for donations. Speaking in an interview with Alhurra television on March 15, Hook said, …

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Iran’s oil minister blames US for market tensions

Al-Arabia – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday frequent US comments about oil prices had created market tensions, the ministry’s news website SHANA reported. Washington had granted waivers to eight major buyers of Iranian oil after the US reimposed sanctions on Iran’s oil sector in November, after withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.“We do not know whether …

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Lawyer: US Navy Veteran Held in Iran Sentenced to 10 Years

VOA — A Washington-based lawyer says a U.S. Navy veteran held in Iran, the first American known to be detained since President Donald Trump took office, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. FILE – Michael White, an American Navy veteran, is seen in an undated photograph. Credit – Joanne White. Mark Zaid told The Associated Press on Saturday …

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Common Causes of Three Crises in Three Continents

gatestoneinstitute -The last century witnessed a plethora of ideology-based regimes: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the People’s Republic of China, the United Arab Republic and the Buddhist Socialist State of Myanmar among others. The pretension behind all those labels was that rather than being the art of solving the people’s problems, politics was a means of advancing the real …

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Iran Executions: Man Hanged at Tabriz Central Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner was hanged at Tabriz prison for a murder charge last Tuesday. According to IHR sources, a prisoner was hanged at Tabriz Central Prison on the morning of Tuesday, March 12. IHR could identify the prisoner as Eslam Farsi, 42. Kurdistan Human Rights Network website has also reported that the prisoner was arrested and …

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Iran, India eye closer cooperation amid tensions with Pakistan

Al-Monitor – Two separate terrorist attacks in Iran and India last month – both perpetrated by Pakistan-based Islamist groups – have accelerated the ongoing convergence of Tehran and New Delhi. The first attack took place Feb. 13 in Iran’s Zahedan province, claiming the lives of 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. On Feb. 14, in Kashmir’s Pulwama, a …

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Veteran Lawmaker And Former Guards Commander Convicted Of Rape

Radiofarda – A veteran member of parliament and a former commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been convicted of rape, the head of the Justice Department, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, announced on March 15. Iranian MP Salman Khodadadi (L), who’s been accused of sexual misconduct and one of his alleged victim Zahra Navidpour. Hours later, the IRGC-run Fars news …

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Khamenei Reportedly Rejected Resignation Of VP Heading ‘Economic Resistance’

Radiofarda – A member of the Iranian reformist Supreme Council for Policymaking says Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri continues to serve in his post after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected his resignation. Reports about Jahangiri’s resignation made headlines in recent months, but Rouhani’s administration has denied it. Ali Soufi, who was minister during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami (2001-2005), said, …

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Conservative Khamenei Ally Says Iran’s Economic Problems Are Internal

Radiofarda – Saeed Jalili, the conservative former secretary of Iran’s Security Council and nuclear negotiator criticized officials of President Hassan Rouhani’s government, who in his words tie Iran’s economic difficulties to joining international conventions or sanctions imposed on the country. Jalili was echoing the statement of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who on March 14 urged Iran’s establishment “not to be …

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Tehran Ranks Near Bottom In Quality Of Living Survey

Radiofarda – Western European cities dominated Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living report comparing the quality of life in cities around the world, while Tehran ranked near the bottom, at 199 out of 231 cities surveyed. For the tenth year in a row, the Austrian capital, Vienna, held its spot as the number one city in terms of quality of life. …

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