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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Iranian opposition leader compares Supreme Leader to toppled Shah

alarabiya – Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has compared Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the Shah, the monarch deposed in a 1979 revolution, following the government’s crackdown on protests this month. The unrest began on Nov. 15 after the government of the Islamic Republic, one of OPEC’s biggest oil producers, announced gasoline price hikes. But the protests quickly turned political, …

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Iranian general Qassem Soleimani visits Baghdad as Iraq PM resigns: Sources

alarabiya – Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force, is currently present in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Al Arabiya sources confirmed. His visit on Saturday comes as Iraq’s cabinet approved Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s resignation, according to a statement from his office, but parliament has yet to withdraw its support …

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Iraq’s cabinet approves PM Abdul Mahdi’s resignation

alarabiya – Iraq’s cabinet approved Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s resignation, a statement from his office said on Saturday, but parliament has yet to withdraw its support for the prime minister at a session on Sunday, making it official. “The government has done all it can to respond to the demands of protesters and enact reforms … and calls the …

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Exiled Crown Prince Calls On Iranians To Prepare For Downfall Of Islamic Republic

radiofarda – In a statement released on his Telegram channel on Saturday Reza Pahlavi, the last Crown Prince of Iran has said that preparing for the “inevitable downfall of the Islamic Republic” and “leadership in transitional period” is a matter of utmost importance for Iranians now. “Less than two years ago…while stressing that the downfall of the Islamic Republic was …

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Iran’s Education Minister Denies Knowledge Of School Used As Detention Place

radiofarda – Iran’s education minister has denied knowledge of security agents using a school as a detention place for protesters arrested during November’s unrest. A video circulating in social media shows security agents transferring detainees with shackled hands and feet from one vehicle to another at the courtyard of a school, said to be a girl’s school called Qods in …

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Six European Countries Join INSTEX After Violent Suppression Of Iran Protests

radiofarda – Six more European countries announced Friday that they have joined Instex, the EU financial mechanism set up to facilitate trade with Iran despite U.S. sanctions. Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden will now be part of INSTEX which launched in January of this year. Germany, Britain and France kickstarted the mechanism in January under pressure from Iran …

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Heavy Air Pollution Shuts Schools, Universities In Parts Of Iran

rferl.org – Schools and universities have been shut in parts of Iran including the capital, Tehran, due to high levels of pollution, state media report. The decision to shut schools and universities in the capital on November 30 was announced late on November 29 by Deputy Governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee for air pollution. “Due …

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European Bar Associations Award 2019 Human Rights Prize to four Iranian Lawyers

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) on Thursday, November 29, 2019, announced that its human rights award for 2019 goes to the four Iranian lawyers Abdolfattah Soltani, Amirsalar Davoudi, Mohammad Najafi and Nasrin Sotoudeh. Lawyers Nasrin Sotudeh, Mohammad Najafi and Amirsalar Davoudi are imprisoned in Iran solely for expressing their opinion and for defending their clients, …

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Iraq PM Says Will Resign After Bloody Protests

radiofarda – Iraq’s embattled premier announced Friday he will resign in keeping with the wishes of the country’s top Shiite cleric, after nearly two months of anti-government protests that have cost more than 400 lives. Adel Abdel Mahdi’s written statement was greeted with cheers and blaring music across Baghdad’s iconic Tahrir (Liberation) Square, where crowds have amassed since early October …

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