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Monthly Archives: October 2019

City Official Warns Ground In Tehran Sinking At Alarming Rate

Radiofrada – Officials in Iran have again warned that the ground around the capital city Tehran is sinking and it will not be long before the subsidence begins affecting the center of the 10-million population city. In Summer the head of Mapping Organization had warned that the subsidence was picking up pace and approaching the Azadi monument. On October 30, …

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Iran’s Role In Violence Against Protesters In Iraq And Lebanon

Radiofarda – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said the protests in Iraq and Lebanon were financed by Gulf Arab countries, with petrodollars and organized by “intelligence services”. In a speech, Khamenei conceded that the demands of the protesters “are just”, but these should be addressed “within legal frameworks”. The popular protest movements in Iran and Lebanon have worried …

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Iran Reportedly Planning To Tax Savings Interest Income To Replenish Budget

Radiofarda – The cash-strapped government of the Islamic Republic is reportedly planning to levy taxes on bank deposit interest income, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-linked news agency, Fars reported. Fars published a document on Wednesday, October 30 that shows Iran’s State Tax Organization and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance have decided to amend the tax law to …

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Prominent Labor Leader Freed From Iran Prison On Bail

Radiofarda – A prominent labor activist and leader has been released today from prison in Iran on bail after ten months of incarceration following strikes and protests last year in the factory where he worked. Esmail Bakhshi was the representative of workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, where workers began strikes last November …

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After Protests, Iran Official Promises To Amend Restrictions On Students

Radiofarda – Widespread protests against harsher regulations to tighten state control over university students have forced Iran’s Deputy President, Laya Joneidi to promise amending the new restrictions. Hundreds of Iranian university students who have protested the decision believe that the new Disciplinary Rules will lead to police-state dominating higher-learning institutions across Iran. The new regulations, passed by the Supreme Cultural …

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Iran Suspends ‘Aryan’ Style Marriage Ceremonies, Calling It ‘Un-Islamic’

Radiofarda – The official institutions and bureaus that register marriage contracts based on ancient Aryan ceremonies and rites have been suspended, and sealed-off in Iran, the head of the Islamic Republic’s Union of Marriage and Divorce registration bureaus announced on Wednesday. The suspended bureaus amount to 34, and mainly located in the provinces of Tehran and Alborz, the state-run Young …

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100 dead, 5,500 wounded in week of Iraq violence: Rights commission

Al-Arabia – At least 100 people have died and more than 5,000 injured since anti-government demonstrations resumed in Iraq on October 24, a national rights commission said on Wednesday. The Iraqi Human Rights Commission said a majority of the dead were civilians suffocated by tear gas, or who sustained trauma wounds from tear gas canisters or were shot dead. It …

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U.S., Gulf Allies Jointly Sanction Networks Supporting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Lebanon’s Hizballah

RFL/RE – Six U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have joined the United States in imposing sanctions on 25 entities associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Tehran’s “regional proxy,” the Lebanese militant group Hizballah.The U.S. Treasury Department said on October 30 that the sanctions were set by the Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) to tighten controls …

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Iran: Two Prisoners Hanged at Shiraz Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Two prisoners were hanged at the central prison of the Iranian city of Shiraz for murder charges last week. According to IHR sources, on the morning of Tuesday, October 22, two prisoners were hanged at the central prison of Shiraz city, Fars province. Their identity is revealed by IHR sources as Mojtaba Roshangar Emam, 33, …

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Iran worried by Lebanon ‘vacuum’ after Hariri resignation

Al-Monitor – Scenes of jubilation in the streets of Beirut, triggered by the Oct. 29 resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, were not welcome news to Iran’s political elites, who have closely and anxiously followed the last two weeks of popular protests in the Lebanese capital. Sparked by public discontent with corruption and stratification, the upheaval concerned Iran, which has been battling to oust …

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