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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Iran floods further add to public mistrust of government organizations

Al-Monitor – This year, the Nowruz holidays in Iran were accompanied by unpleasant events. Heavy rainfall in the final days of March caused massive flooding in different regions across Iran, especially in the northern province of Golestan, the western province of Lorestan, the southern province of Khuzestan and some regions in the east. The Iranian Red Crescent Society soon announced …

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Iran Arrests Labor Activists Ahead of International Labor Day

Radiofarda – Less than four days ahead of the International Labor Day, May 1, several members of the Free Workers Trade Union of Iran (FWTUI) have been detained in Tehran on Friday 26 April, reports say. Iran — Five Iranian Labor activists who’ve been arrested among 12 people on April 26, 2019. The detainees had reportedly gathered in a park …

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Hundreds Wounded After Scoreless Draw In Iran’s Super League

Radiofarda – Clashes that broke out between the fans of two Iranian soccer teams on Friday April 26 in Tehran have so far claimed one life and left as many as 300 people wounded. Match between Sepahan and Persepolis in Iran ended in bloody fights– 26 Apr 2019 Iran’s Emergency Service later announced that the death was caused by drug …

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Imams Claim Iran Does Not Need Oil Income, Just Belief in God And Khamenei

Radiofarda – In an apparently coordinated public relations campaign, Friday Prayer Imams in Iran claimed that the country does not depend on oil exports very much and Gulf countries cannot replace Iranian exports sanctioned by the United States. Mashhad’s prayer leader, hardliner Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda said during Friday Prayer on April 26 that “We depend on God, Islam, the Quran…and …

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Iran’s Population Is Aging Fast, Warns Expert

Radiofarda – A senior adviser to Iran’s Ministry of Health has warned that the country’s population is aging fast and in 20 years 20 percent of the population will be made up of senior citizens. Mohammad Esmaeel Akbari told local media that Iran’s population growth has slowed and until 2050 Iranian population will become one of the world’s oldest. Although …

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No Exemption For China On Stopping Its Iran Oil Buys -Trump Officials

Radiofarda – Two Trump administration officials said on Friday that neither a wind-down period nor a short-term waiver on China’s oil purchases from Iran are being contemplated after Washington surprised Iran’s customers on Monday by demanding they halt the purchases by May 1 or face sanctions. The administration has been clear to China, Iran’s top oil consumer, about no additional …

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Is Iran Signaling Readiness For Negotiations With United States?

Radiofarda – The “authority” given to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss a prisoners swap with the United States may be an attempt by Tehran to show some “flexibility”; in the same way that reduction of tensions between Washington and Pyongyang started with a small athletic event. The word “flexibility” has a special connotation here. When in 2013 …

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Forgiveness: A Growing Anti-Death Penalty Movement in Iran

HRW – With 253 executions in 2018—including six people executed for offenses they allegedly committed as children—Iran is still among the world’s leading executioners, according to Amnesty International’s recent annual report on global trends in executions. Yet executions in Iran dropped by half last year, from 507 in 2017.   Samereh Alinejad pardoned her son’s killer moments before his hanging. © ISNA The …

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Imprisoned Lawyer’s Husband Rejects Judiciary’s Accusation of “Exaggerating” Her Heavy Sentence

CHRI – “The authorities…refuse to accept the fact that they have condemned a woman lawyer to suffer the inhuman act of flogging and a long prison sentence because of activities that were entirely peaceful.” –Reza Khandan, husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan, has rejected Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili’s claim that the magnitude of the sentence against …

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Iran’s First Female Weightlifter Talks of Breaking Taboos

ifpnews – Although weightlifting has always been one of Iran’s medal-winning fields in the Olympic Games and Asian Games, almost all Iranians consider this as a male-dominated sport. But now the taboo is being broken. With the emphasis of the International Weightlifting Federation and the Iranian federation’s consultation with the Ministry of Sports, women’s weightlifting was officially started in Iran, …

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