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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Assessing Iran’s Reaction To IRGC ‘Terrorist’ Designation

Radiofarda – Iran responded to the U.S. State Department’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization within less than an hour by naming CENTCOM and its affiliated forces as terrorist groups. The reaction shows that Iran was prepared to launch a counter-measure to try and minimize the psychological impact of the U.S. decision on …

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Iran Arrests 24 People For Online Postings Of Disastrous Flooding

Iran-HRM – The head of the Cyber Police in Khuzestan said that 24 internet activists were identified and detained for reporting on the devastating floods in the southwestern province, according to the judiciary’s news agency Mizan Online. “Due to the publication of rumors and fake news on the internet which has led to insecurity in the community’s psychological climate, experts …

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Iconic Iranian Antihijab Protester Jailed For One Year

RFL/RE – An Iranian woman who inspired antihijab protests by removing her obligatory Islamic head scarf in a public gesture of defiance says has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer says. Lawyer Payam Derefshan said on April 14 that a court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of …

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Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

Radiofarda – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is “no doubt” that Iran has a financial presence in South America and that Tehran remains a “global threat.” “Iranian money remains in South America being used for malign purposes, supporting Hizballah, supporting transnational criminal organizations, supporting efforts at terrorism throughout the region,” Pompeo said on April 13 in an …

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Iraqi Shi’ite Militias Rip U.S. Terrorist Designation Of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

RFL/RE – A group of Iraq’s Shi’ite militias say they strongly reject Washington’s designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).The Tehran-backed groups on April 13 said from the home of Iran’s consul-general in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf that the IRGC had helped prevent four or five states from falling to Islamic …

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Iran’s Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric’s Viral Moment

RFL/RE – About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business.Authorities had reportedly boasted that “the blocking of the Telegram app should prevent users from accessing it via VPN” — the virtual private networks that …

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Iran: The Ventriloquist Dummy’s New Lexicon

gatestoneinstitute – Russia has imposed the Caspian Convention it dictated, but vetoes Iran’s membership in the Euro-Asian “economic family” and the Shanghai Group. Russia’s interest is keeping Iran out of the international gas market, thus holding Moscow’s Damocles Sword above the EU’s head. As for Turkey, its chief interest in the Islamic Republic is to secure support for killing Kurds, …

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Iran Appoints New Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Radiofarda – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has appointed Abbas Mousavi as its new spokesman. Abbas Mousavi, new spokesman of Iran’s foreign ministry speaking with foreign minister Javad Zarif. Undated Mousavi’s official title will be the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman and director-general for news dissemination. He replaced Bahram Ghasemi (Qassemi) and will be the 11th spokesman for the ministry since 1979. Bahram Ghasemi, …

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Iran Oil Minister Denies Diverting Floods To Save Oil Wells

Radiofarda – Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has refuted reports that allege the Oil Ministry has diverted flood water in Khuzestan province to protect oil wells in the area, causing damages to cities and villages. Meanwhile, a board member of the National Iranian oil company previously told the official news agency IRNA that production has come to a halt at …

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Israel Air Raid In Central Syria Reportedly Kills Iranian Fighters

Radiofarda – An Israeli air strike in central Syria wounded three combatants early Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported. A Britain-based war monitor said the strike killed several Iranian fighters and wounded 17 Syrian troops and their allies. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the foreign media report. “Around 2:30 am (2330 GMT Friday)… the Israeli air …

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