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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Iran Lawmakers Warn IRGC Not To Use Forced Confessions Of ‘Captured’ Publicist

Radiofarda – A prominent member of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) has expressed concern that Iranian intelligence officials might use a man arrested on charges of running an anti-regime social media platform to level incriminating accusations against innocent people. A screengrab from video shown on Iran state television showing Rouhollah Zam apologizing to the regime. October 14, 2019 In an interview …

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France says Iran must stop ‘particularly worrying’ nuclear reductions

Al-Arabia – France said on Wednesday that Iran must refrain from a new phase of “particularly worrying” reductions to its nuclear commitments. “Iran must abstain from crossing an especially worrying new phase of new measures that could contribute to an escalation in tensions,” French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily briefing.She was responding after …

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Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik refutes Iranian claims of visa violation

Al-Arabia – Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik who was detained earlier this month in Iran has confirmed that she was charged with spying, refuting Iranian claims that she was charged with a visa violation instead. In an interview with Radio Farda, Yuzik said that she was charged with “spying for Israel and cooperating with its intelligence agencies.”Media reports had said that the …

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Reports: Iran Holding Second French Researcher

RFL/RE – French newspaper Le Figaro and Reuters have reported that Tehran has since the summer been incarcerating Roland Marchal, a senior researcher from Science-Po university.Both news outlets reported the detention on October 16, a situation that could complicate French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to ease tensions between the United States and Iran.French Foreign Ministry officials didn’t respond to a …

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State-Run Turkish Bank Charged With Evading U.S. Sanctions On Iran

RFL/RE — Majority state-owned Turkish bank Halkbank has been criminally charged in an indictment for involvement in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.Prosecutors in New York on October 15 alleged the bank had protection from high-level Iranian and Turkish government officials as it engaged in widespread fraud and money laundering using a vast, complex network of front companies to …

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Iran: Two Prisoners, Including a Woman, Executed

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Two prisoners, including a woman, were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison last week.  According to IHR sources, on the morning of Wednesday, October 9, a man and a woman were hanged at Rajai-Shahr prison, near Tehran. IHR sources could reveal the man’s name as Alireza Mehmandoust. However, the woman’s name is yet to be known. Both …

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Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Has Been Separated from Her Children for Five Years and Counting

CHRI – Imprisoned human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi has not been able to hold her two children since 2015, for nearly five years, her mother Ozra Bazargan wrote in an open letter decrying the injustice her daughter is being forced to endure. “This is the fifth autumn we are spending without my daughter by our side,” said Bazargan’s letter published by the Defenders of …

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Tehran University Student Launches Campus Sit-In Against Being Blacklisted for Activism

CHRI – University of Tehran student activist Saha Mortezaei began a sit-in at her campus library on October 11, 2019, to protest being denied university enrollment for allegedly engaging in political activism. Since the creation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, student activists have been denied higher education through various methods. During President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second term (2005-13), those accused of engaging in …

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Turkey, Russia, Iran: Filling the Vacuum

gatestoneinstitute,org – The U.S. Congress is looking to push back against Erdogan’s brazen foray into northeastern Syria. For months, there has been a bi-partisan effort on Capitol Hill to convince the Trump administration to implement sanctions on Turkey in the wake of its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. The events of this past week will likely only escalate …

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Iran faces challenges in privatization plans

Al-Monitor – One of the impacts of the current US sanctions on Iran is the loss of income as a consequence of lower oil export revenues. To make up for the lost inflows into the state budget, the government has increased its efforts to sell its shares in large Iranian enterprises. Since most of the shares sold on the capital markets end …

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