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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Efforts Under Way in US Senate to Limit Trump’s Iran War Powers

VOA – U.S. lawmakers are poised to revive the debate over ground rules for a potential conflict with Iran, more than five weeks after President Donald Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine says he has the votes to pass a resolution later this week limiting Trump’s ability to pursue a conflict with …

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Iran Moves to Silence Journalists, Activists Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

CHRI – The intelligence arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is summoning journalists, raiding their homes and confiscating their electronic devices in a renewed campaign to silence criticism of state policies ahead of Iran’s parliamentary elections later this month. “Muzzling journalists, detaining activists, and disqualifying parliamentary candidates will not silence dissent in Iran, as the recent protests have shown,” …

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Three Upscale Restaurants In Tehran Sealed Off For Allowing Diners To Dance

A video circulating on social media has led to the closure of three upscale restaurants in Tehran, a local court announced. The video shows men and women in a restaurant dancing in violation of the Islamic Republic law that bans people from dancing in public. The managers of the three restaurants are behind bars for allowing their customers to hold …

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Iran’s Statistical Center Reports 7.6 Percent Decline in GDP

Radiofarda – Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) has announced that the country’s Gross National Product (GDP) declined by 7.6 percent in the first 9 months of the current Iranian year compared with the previous year. The period included in the SCI report is from March 21 to December 20, 2019. The GDP declined by 410 trillion rials according to the …

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Iran marks revolution anniversary amid peak tensions with US

Al-Arabia – Iran marked the anniversary of the Islamic revolution with speeches and marches on Tuesday. February 11 marks the 41st anniversary of the 1979 revolution which led the current regime to power. State TV reported that tens of thousands of Iranians had poured into the streets of Tehran and other cities on Tuesday morning to commemorate the 41st anniversary …

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Iran’s IRGC arrest teachers’ rights activist at home

Iran-HRM – The General Secretary of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, Mohammad Taqi Fallahian was arrested at home by intelligence forces of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The news was announced in a statement by the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association. The Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA)protested this method of bringing double pressure on teachers and …

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Rohani Urges Iranians To Vote As Country Marks Islamic Revolution

RFL/RE – President Hassan Rohani has used a speech marking the 41th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution to encourage Iranian voters to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections. Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns on February 11 for the annual celebrations amid rising public dissatisfaction over Iran’s faltering economy, which …

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Amid Pressure From U.S. Sanctions, Iran Reaches Out Publicly To China

RFL/RE – With tensions high between the United States and Tehran, Iran’s attempts to reach out to China have increasingly been put on public display. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made several trips to China in the past year. That includes one highly publicized visit Zarif made to Beijing in late December and early January when the commander …

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Iran Opposition Figure Faces Death Sentence

VOA – An Iranian opposition figure who had been living in exile before being arrested faces the death sentence, the opening day of his trial heard Monday, according to the judiciary’s website. Ruhollah Zam, 41, went on trial “behind closed doors and in the absence of the media,” Fars news agency said. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the arrest …

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