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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Can Iran combat corruption in petroleum sector?

Al-Monitor – Iran’s anti-corruption campaign has gained a rare momentum. There is regular reporting about new arrests and court cases against corrupt entities, including former ministers and high-ranking officials.  Considering the country’s political culture and intense factional competition, many have suggested that the campaign is politically motivated and does not address the real sources of corruption. Another explanation could be that the …

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KAYHAN KALHOR RECEIVES WOMEX 19 ARTIST AWARD

Womex.com – For the mastery and virtuosity of the kamancheh, for the ceaseless innovation and collaboration to create exciting new musical languages and for bringing the Persian classical music tradition to the ears of people all over the world, Piranha Arts, the organisers of WOMEX, are delighted to present the WOMEX Artist Award 2019 to Kayhan Kalhor (Iran/USA).Receiving the prestigious award at …

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Designated Head Of Europe-Iran Trade Entity Resigns

Radiofarda – In a new development which may complicate Iran’s relations with the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear agreement, a former senior German diplomat designated to head a mechanism to facilitate trade with Tehran has resigned. France, Germany and the United Kingdom set up the Instrument for Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) in January to satisfy Iran’s demands for a way …

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FIFA Says Negotiations Continue With Iran To Allow Women Attend Matches

Radiofarda – Women should be able to attend all football (soccer) matches in Iran, the International Football Federation has responded to a Radio Farda’s query. Earlier, it was reported that FIFA had set a deadline for Iran to pave the way for women to freely enter sports arenas and watch men’s live soccer matches. In a letter to the head …

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Prominent Writer in Iran Sentenced To Prison – Female Journalist Arrested

Radiofarda – An Appeals Court has upheld an eight-month sentence for a renowned Iranian author, poet, and member of Iran Writers Association (IWA). “The verdict against the Iranian poet and writer, Nima Saffar, is unfair,” IWA said in a statement Wednesday, August 7, adding, “The ruling, as well as all other similar decisions, should be repealed.” The intelligence agents affiliated …

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Iran Cleric Complains Financial Hardship Has Reduced Budget For Religious Schools

Radiofarda – A top hardliner cleric in Iran has expressed concern over the decline in the budget allocated to religious institutions, as U.S. sanctions have affected the government’s ability to fund ideological centers meant to strengthen the regime’s influence in society. Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi said on Thursday August 8 that many seminaries had to fire some of the “scholars” …

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Hassan Rouhani’s Human Rights Record Marked by 3,800 Executions

Iran-HRM – From day one the regime of Iran has been based its rule on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality. It does not make any difference which faction is taking the office, the systematic and widespread violations of human rights in Iran have continued unabated for the past 40 years. Even after …

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Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran over possible talks with Washington.“Iran is in serious financial trouble. They want desperately to talk to the U.S., but are given mixed signals from all of those purporting to represent us, including President Macron of France,” Trump tweeted on August 8.“I know …

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Wife of US Student Jailed in Iran Wants Trump’s Help

VOA – The wife of a U.S. student imprisoned in Iran on spy charges is reaching out to President Donald Trump to do more to get him out.  “I implore Iran, the U.S., my own country, China, and other members of the international community to come together and find a way to secure the release of this innocent man,” Hua Qu …

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