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Monthly Archives: May 2019

US ‘Concerned’ Iran’s Intranet Project Will Repress Internet Freedom

VOA – The Trump administration has expressed concern about reports that Iranian authorities have made progress in developing a domestic intranet and firewall system to shield Iran from the global internet. In a written response to VOA Persian questions, a State Department spokesperson said its concern centered on new measures in Iran to create a “so-called National Information Network” and …

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Facebook Drops 51 Fake Accounts Traced to Iran

VOA – Facebook has dropped 51 accounts, 36 pages, and seven groups after the cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed they were fake accounts originating in Iran. Three Instagram accounts were also deactivated. The FireEye report Tuesday says the phony accounts pretended they came from the United States and impersonated legitimate Middle Eastern news sources to push a pro-Iranian agenda. Posts written …

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A Clown, Not “The Perfect Woman” – Performance Art and Feminism in Conversation with Neslihan Arol

Radiozamaneh – Born in Istanbul, Neslihan Arol completed Film and Drama Master’s Programme at Kadir Has University in Istanbul with practice-based research on clowning from a feminist perspective. For this research, she created “The Perfect Woman”, a solo clown performance that she developed further during her PhD years. She went on to perform “The Perfect Woman” in the “Clownin” an …

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Icon of Iran’s Hijab Protest Movement Vida Movahedi Released From Prison

CHRI – Eight months after she was arrested for peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law, Vida Movahedi was released from prison on May 26, 2019, her lawyer announced. “According to judicial authorities, the reduction of her punishment has been approved and she has been granted furlough,” attorney Payam Derafshan told the state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on May 28. “The remainder of …

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Interview With Khosrow Semnani: Iran Funds Repression “Through Corruption by Design”

CHRI – The Iranian-American engineer, businessman, and philanthropist Khosrow Semnani made a name in foreign policy circles in both Washington and Tehran in 2013 after he published a comprehensive report about the environmental and human costs of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. Five years later he has published a new report, this time focusing on the socioeconomic effects of …

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Skeptics wary as Trump appears to ease off Iran

Al-Monitor – “We’re not looking for regime change. I just want to make that clear. We’re looking for no nuclear weapons. … I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all,” said the US president during a joint press conference with Japan’s prime minister in Tokyo May 27. Donald Trump expressed some confidence that a deal with Iran with “tremendous economic potential” was possible. The …

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Iran’s Reformists push for constitutional amendments

Al-Monitor – Reports have emerged in Iran that mainly Reformist parliamentarians are attempting to revise the country’s constitution. Senior pro-reform parliament member Mostafa Kavakebian said May 8, “We are preparing a bill under the name of the ‘Third Republic.'” Moderate conservative Ezzatollah Yousefian Molla said May 27 that if more than 200 lawmakers support the initiative, the letter will be sent to the supreme …

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Iran To Withdraw Another One Billion Dollars From Reserve Fund

Radiofarda – Iran’s vice president announced Monday, May 27 that the government will withdraw another one billion dollars from the National Development Fund (NDF) to create “employment”. Es’haq Jahangiri reiterated that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the decision. Iran deposits part of its oil income in NDF, to save money for future generations. However, as sanctions have reduced …

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Iran VP Hopes U.S. Will ‘Stop Pressures’, As Sanctions Hurt

Radiofarda – Iran’s first vice president in a speech on Tuesday May 28 expressed hope that the United States will “stop pressuring” Iran, as sanctions have made “conditions worse” in the country. Es’haq Jahangiri’s remarks might be a reaction to President Donald Trump’s latest statements about not wanting regime change and his willingness to negotiate with Iran. “I really believe …

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Angry Protest In Iran As Man Shot Dead For Not Having a Driver’s License

Radiofarda – Reports from Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province say local people have gathered in front of the governor’s office in the provincial capital Zahedan after police shot dead a young man. Protests in Zahedan after police shot dead a young man for not having a driving license. May 27, 2019 Police has confirmed the man’s death, adding that …

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