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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Iranian Champion Seeks Asylum In France Calling His Country’s Officials Corrupt

Radiofarda – Iran’s powerlifting silver medalist in Asia, Amir Mohammad Shahnavazi says, he has decided not to return to his country and will stay in France in protest to corruption. In a video published on Shahnavazi’s Instagram account, he has argued that since several officials of the Islamic Republic are “incompetent” and “thieves”, “eating away Iran, like leprosy,” he has …

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Voter Disillusionment And Domination By Hardliners Mar Iran’s Next Elections

Radiofarda – President Hassan Rouhani has called on Iranian university students to lend their energy and rigor to the campaigns ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iran. Rouhani made the remarks during an eventful presence at a ceremony October 16, to mark the beginning of the academic year in Iran, while angry students on campus were demanding an opportunity …

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Global watchdog gives Iran until Feb. 2020 to tighten anti-money laundering rules

Al-Arabia – A global dirty money watchdog said on Friday it had given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to comply with international norms, after which it would urge all its members to apply counter-measures.“If before February 2020, Iran does not enact the Palermo and Terrorist Financing Conventions in line with the FATF Standards, then the FATF will fully …

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Atefeh Rangriz Went on Hunger Strike

HRANA – On October 16, 2019, Atefeh Rangriz, a political prisoner of Qarchak Prison, went on hunger strike. Her trial was on August 5, 2019 and was led by judge Moghiseh who set a bail of two billion Tomans (approx. 180 thousand dollars)  for her temporary release, but she could not afford it and was returned to prison. On August …

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Appeals Court Upheld Alieh Motalebzadeh’s Sentence

HRANA – On October 14, 2019, the Branch 36 of Tehran’s appeals court upheld Alieh Motalebzadeh’s sentence of three years imprisonment. In 2016, Alieh Motalebzadeh, women’s rights activist, was sentenced to three years in prison by a  preliminary court. According to the Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, the charge with the highest penalty will be considered; this means …

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The Curious Case of Persian Wikipedia: is the Iranian State Influencing Content?

Radiozamaneh – On September 11, an investigative report on Open Democracy by Sina Zekavat raised serious concerns in the Iranian community. The article claimed that the Iranian state’s intelligence apparatus might be using Wikipedia pages to exert their influence and censor content. Several questions were brought up about the cooperation between Persian Wikipedia editors who are volunteers and Iranian officials. The Wikimedia …

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Arrest of Telegram channel operator surprises Iranians

Al-Monitor – The arrest of an operator of a popular Telegram channel on Oct. 14 shocked many Iranian dissidents abroad. Rohollah Zam, the administrator of Amad News, was residing in France as a political refugee when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Intelligence Organization announced his arrest and shortly thereafter aired a video confession. Many dissidents and observers abroad wondered how someone could be apprehended by the …

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Trying To Exploit Iran’s Diverse Ethnic Population To Advance A War Agenda

By Muhammad Sahimi (source: LobeLog) Ethnicities in Iran On September 25, during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)-a pro-Israel, anti-Iran lobby group-held a “summit” in New York that was attended by, among others, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, and Sigal Mandelker, the outgoing Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial …

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Iran beach soccer team wins bronze at World Beach Games

PayvandNews – Iran national beach soccer team claimed a bronze medal at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games semifinals on Wednesday. Iran defeated Italy 3-1 in the penalty shootout after two teams drew 5-5 at regular and extra time. Brazil won the title after beating Russia 9-3 in the final match.Beach soccer is one of 14 …

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University Students Protest In Tehran After 200 Fall Victim To Food Poisoning

Radiofarda – More than 200 students at the University of Science and Technology in Tehran have been taken to the hospital for food poisoning at the university’s canteen since Tuesday October 15, Iranian media reported. The students have staged a sit-in in front of the University in protest to the situation, the reports said. A student union official told the …

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