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Monthly Archives: April 2019

German Government: Anti-Israel, Pro-Iran

gatestoneinstitute.org – Supporting one-sided resolutions against Israel is not Germany’s only unfriendly act against the Jewish state. Chancellor Angela Merkel has put pressure on other European Union states so that they do not transfer their embassies to Israel’s capital. Stopping the murder of Israelis is also not on the German government’s agenda. Last year the Palestinian Authority (PA) allocated $330 …

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Iran’s Parliament Votes to Allow Blind Candidates to Run for Seats

CHRI – After years of advocacy efforts by defenders of the rights of people with disabilities in Iran, the country’s Parliament has voted to pass an amendment that, if approved by the Guardian Council, would allow blind people to run for Parliament. Mohammad Javad Kolivand, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Councils and Domestic Affairs, announced the news in an interview …

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Hijab Protester Vida Movahedi Remains Detained Despite Eligibility for Release

CHRI – Vida Movahedi, the woman whose public display of peaceful protest against Iran’s compulsory hijab law was captured in a viral photo, remains detained in Gharchak Prison for women south of Tehran despite being eligible for release.    On April 14, 2019, her attorney, Payam Derafshan, told the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Branch 1091 of the Guidance Court …

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Hit movie pulled from Iran’s theaters

Al-Monitor – A supervisory body affiliated with Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has imposed a sudden ban on “Rahman 1400,” a satirical movie that has achieved extraordinary box office success in the past few weeks. The decision was made after the ministry found the movie in breach of common censorship rules that include strict script-vetting procedures.  In a series of witty …

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Why Iranian authorities failed to minimize flood damage

Al-Monitor – Poor crisis management in the aftermath of the recent floods in Iran has highlighted the weaknesses of management in the country. In fact, deficiencies have become apparent on all levels — whether it’s crisis prevention and management, or lack of coordination and clarity of responsibilities among various state organs. But before discussing some of the shortcomings, it is …

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Debate emerges as Iraqi forces enter Iran to aid flood relief

Al-Monitor – Iran’s ambassador to Iraq confirmed on April 12 that hundreds of members of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) entered Iran to help with flood relief. According to Ambassador Iraj Masjedi, the PMU, which was formed in response to a 2014 religious edict issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to defend Iraq against the Islamic State, entered the …

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Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, A World Heritage Site, Unaffected By Flooding

PayvandN\ews – Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO-registered ensemble in southwest Iran which is known as a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’, has not been affected by flash floods and heavy rainfall that stroke almost all of the country in the past weeks. “Fortunately, up to the moment, no major damage has been caused to the World Heritage site of Shushtar …

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Star Streets: Tehran to name places after contemporary artists

IRNA – Tehran City Council wants to name the Iranian capital’s streets after the contemporary artists who have won the hearts and minds of their nation. The Iranians believe he who dies only his body leaves this world, but his memory will remain alive and Tehran City Council is planning to take this belief to another level. The city councilors …

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Structures Built By Army And Police Intensified Deadly Flash Floods

Radiofarda – An barrier by the army as well as a leisure and entertainment complex recently built by police in the city of Shiraz have been singled out as factors that intensified the recent deadly flash floods in the ancient city, southern Iran. In its report on the deadly flood, the fact-finding committee of the city council of Shiraz says, …

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Italy’s UniCredit To Pay $1.3 Bln To Settle U.S. Sanctions Probe

Reuters – Italy’s top bank UniCredit SpA and two subsidiaries have agreed to pay $1.3 billion to U.S. authorities to settle probes of violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran and other countries, U.S. authorities said on Monday. In addition, UniCredit Bank AG, the bank’s German unit, agreed to plead guilty to federal and New York state criminal charges for illegally …

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