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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Pro-Iran Group Suspected Of Using ‘Electronic Armies’ To Threaten Iraqi Activists, Media

Radiofarda – Iraqi journalists, activists and researchers are facing a wave of accusations and threats by shadowy online groups they suspect are linked to powerful pro-Iran factions. Parties, armed groups and even officials in Iraq benefit from legions of supporters dubbed “electronic armies,” which take to social media to anonymously sing their praises or mock their detractors. These online rivalries …

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U.S. Defense Chief Signals Iran ‘Inching’ Could Lead Toward Talks

RFL/RE – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has hinted that Iran might be nearer to an opportunity for new talks despite Tehran’s latest move away from adherence to international curbs on its nuclear activities.The statement came hours after Tehran told the European Union overnight that it had abandoned limits on research and development set out in its 2015 nuclear deal …

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Europeans Urge Iran Not To Step Away From Nuclear Commitments

RFL/RE – European powers are calling on Iran to refrain from any action that contravenes its commitments to a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, after Tehran warned it will lift all limits on its development of centrifuges to speed up uranium enrichment.Iran has yet to announce what exact steps it will take as a deadline it gave Europeans to salvage the …

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Iranian Archer, Judo Champion Refuse To Return Home After Competing

RFL/RE – A world-class Iranian archer is seeking asylum in Europe, the second athlete from Iran in recent weeks to refuse to return to his country. Puriya Jallalipur stayed in the Netherlands after competing in the World Archery Para Championship that took place in the city of Den Bosch from June 3 to June 9.Officials confirmed Jallalipur was still in Europe as …

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US Talking with Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels to End War in Yemen, Report Says

VOA – A top U.S. diplomat says the United States is holding talks with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to try end the fighting in Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians. “We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen,” assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs Davis Schenker said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The …

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Iran: Juvenile Offender Mehdi Khazaeian in Imminent Danger of Execution

Iran Human Rights – Unofficial sources have informed Mehdi Khazaeian’s family that his execution will be carried out soon. Mehdi Khazaeian is a juvenile offender whose death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court and can be implemented at any time.  According to close sources, Mehdi Khazaeian’s family have been informed that he will be executed soon. Mehdi Khazaeian …

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15 Iran MPs Urge New Judiciary Chief to Stop Renewed Crackdown on Freedom of Speech

CHRI – During a speech addressing Iran’s legislature, member of Parliament (MP) Parvaneh Salahshouri strongly criticized the recent crackdown on journalists and workers’ rights advocates and called on recently appointed Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to uphold the rule of law. A group of MPs subsequently called on Raisi to rescind recent harsh prison sentences that have been issued against several individuals including journalists and activists who …

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How Despots Interpret Deals with the West

gatestoneinstitute – The European Union wants the world to welcome Iran back into the international community because as far as the Europeans are concerned, it appears that the stronger Iran is, the better: a renewed Iran would further Europe’s hope of seeing Israel and the Jews wiped off the face of the earth. Heard just a few months ago were …

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Hard-liners lack evidence for dual nationality charges against Rouhani officials

PayvandNews – Iran’s hard-liners have long claimed that a large number of Rouhani administration officials possess dual citizenship or a US green card, and in late July, a prominent opposition member of parliament finally released a list of 71 such alleged dual nationals. However, the list was quickly dismissed by the administration as lacking evidence; this in turn raised the question of how major a seback the opposition had suffered …

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Bill on protection of animals brought before Iran’s Parliament

PayvandNews – A long-awaited bill on protection of animals which had been proposed over 3 years ago was finally brought to the Majlis (Iranian Parliament), ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.  Since 2016, some animal cruelty cases have been spotted in the country which mounted public criticism and pushed the Majlis to pass a law against cruelty to animals. cartoon …

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