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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Iran’s riot police attack, arrest protesting AzarAb workers

Iran-HRM – Iranian security forces attacked and arrested dozens of peaceful protesting workers of Azarab factory in the city of Arak, on October 20 and 21. The workers were from AzarAb Industries, a large manufacturing and construction company located in the city of Arak, in the western province of Markazi, 281 kilometers west of the capital city, Tehran. The workers …

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What Did the Founder of Wikipedia Write in a Direct Message?

Radiozamaneh – *This is the second part of the article Curious Case of  Persian Wikipedia.  In recent weeks, a lively debate started in the Iranian diaspora about the accuracy of Wikipedia articles and whether the Iranian state was using measures to impose censorship on its content through the volunteer writers. The conversation began in Social Media after a report on Open Democracy by …

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“You courageously fought against forced hijab laws”

Amnesty – A letter from activist Azam Jangravi to fellow activist Yasaman Aryani, who is currently in prison for defying Iran’s forced veiling laws. Hello Yasaman, I don’t know how to start and what to talk about, but I want to write a few lines for you. I didn’t know you until recently. I didn’t know who you are, where …

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“I Will Turn My Body Into a Weapon,” Writes Detained Women’s Rights Activist on Hunger Strike

CHRI – Detained women’s rights activist Atefeh Rangriz has been on hunger strike in Gharchak Prison, south of Tehran, since October 16, 2019, to protest the Intelligence Ministry’s blocking of her release, a source with detailed knowledge of her case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). In her open letter published by Persian media outlets on October 16, Rangriz said she …

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Iranian Actress Matin Sotudeh Summoned to Court for Red Carpet Attire: “The Reaction Shocked Me”

CHRI – Iranian actress Matin Sotudeh was summoned to the Guidance Court in Tehran for her attire at the premiere of “Maskharehbaz” (English title: “A Hairy Affair”) in the capital city on October 10, 2019. Matin Sotudeh (middle) was dressed in a hijab and buttoned-up, long-sleeved tunic that was tucked into belted pants at her October 10 red-carpet appearance in Tehran. Sotudeh’s neck-covering hijab, with …

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Iranian Woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini eyes Olympics berth

PayvandNews- Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini is targeting the Tokyo Olympics. Hosseini was part of Iran national team who participated at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time. Iranian woman weightlifter Elham HosseiniIWF World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand Hosseini, who finished in 16th place in the women’s 71kg with a total …

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Last Siberian crane wings its way back to Iran

PayvandNews – The last remaining western Siberian crane, called ‘Omid’ (meaning Hope in Persian), has returned to Iran once again to spend the winter but one month earlier than the previous years, IRNA news agency reported on Monday. Siberian crane ‘Omid’ The eye-catching snow-white bird has been taking wing to Iran for years in the first week of the Iranian …

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Iran Sends US list Of Names For Proposed Prisoner Swap

AP – Iran’s foreign ministry says it has sent a list of names it is demanding in a prisoner swap Tehran is proposing with the United States and other Western nations. Babak Namazi, the brother of a prisoner in Iran Siamak Namazi, and Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of detained Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, in a press conference in New York, on …

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Rouhani Administration Rejects Accusations That It Cooperated With Ruhollah Zam

Radiofarda – Close allies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denied on October 20 that intelligence agents had detained several suspects connected to his administration for leaking state secrets to a dissident website outside Iran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence Organization boasted on October 14 that it had arrested the owner of the Paris-based website Rouhollah Zam in an …

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Iran’s Police To Setup Department To Combat Animal Abuse

Radiofarda – The head of Iran’s cyberspace police says he is going to set up a branch at the Department of Environment (DoE) to combat environmental crimes and animal abuse. “We are seriously investigating and dealing with animal abuse cases so that the cyber police immediately observe all videos related to animal abuse,” Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, cited Vahid …

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