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Monthly Archives: March 2019

How US, Iranian regional security strategies diverge

Al-Monitor – The top commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, earlier this week declared that Iran has trained 100,000 voluntary forces to share experiences and know-how with the Iraqi and Syrian militaries. In this vein, Jafari also asserted that Iran’s strategy in the region has been far more effective in containing the Islamic State’s …

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Norooz Celebration Turns Into Disaster: Iraq Ferry Capsizes, Killing At Least 94

VOA – At least 94 people were killed when an overloaded ferry capsized on the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul Thursday.  Officials said more than 180 people were on board, celebrating the Kurdish New Year, Norooz, and Mother’s Day. Most of the victims were women and children struggling to swim in the fast-moving current. TRT World✔@trtworld UPDATE: …

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Latest Report Says Annual Inflation Close To 50 Percent In Iran

PayvandNews – At the end of the Iranian year on March 20, inflation figures heralded a tough time ahead for ordinary Iranians, as price rises neared 50 percent in the last 12 months. From March 2018 to March 2019, goods and services became 47.5 percent more expensive, in what is the worse inflation number in the past five years, Iran …

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Iran Executions: Man Hanged at Shirvan Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner was executed at Shirvan Prison for murder charges last Saturday. According to the IHR sources, on the morning of Saturday, March 13, a prisoner identified as Salman Azarpanah, was executed at Shirvan Prison. Shirvan is a city in North Khorasan Province of Iran. A well-informed source told IHR, “Salman was in prison since …

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Iran brings in New Year by focusing on domestic production

Al-Monitor – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared the upcoming Iranian New Year “Pickup in Production.” This means at the very least that future speeches and slogans will have a heightened focus on the state of the economy, which is currently struggling in part due to US sanctions that were reimposed after the Donald Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive …

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Pompeo hopes that pressure on Iran will return Houthis to the political table

Al-Arabia – The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran provides not only resources but also missiles to Houthis, adding that he hopes pressure on Iran will convince Houthis to return to the political table, in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya on Thursday. During his time in Jerusalem, Pompeo told Al Arabiya: “We’re very hopeful that this …

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Khamenei Calls Western Leaders ‘Savages’ In His New Year Speech

Radiofarda – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Europe has practically pulled out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, and he expects only “backstabbing and treason” from Western European countries. Criticizing Western countries in his annual speech in Mashad, north-eastern Iran, on the first day of the Iranian New Year March 21, Khamenei said, “The Europeans have practically left …

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France Says Nuclear Deal No Blank Check For Rights Abuses In Iran

Radiofarda – France told Iran on Thursday that European efforts to keep a nuclear deal alive did not mean Tehran had a blank check to violate the human rights of its citizens, after lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh received a long prison sentence. An internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, Sotoudeh was handed a new sentence on Monday that her …

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Peaceful Labour Activist Sentenced to Six Years in Prison in 10-Minute Trial

CHRI – Another Labour Activist Appeals Flogging Sentence Labor activist As’ad Behnam Ebrahimzadeh has been sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to copy three books by hand for engaging in peaceful activities including attending protests by sugar mill workers in southwestern Iran. Labor activist As’ad Behnam Ebrahimzadeh has been sentenced to six years in prison without due process. Ebrahimzadeh told …

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