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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Detained US Navy Veteran Freed by Iran as Part of Deal

VOA – A U.S. Navy veteran, whose family said his only crime was falling in love, left Iran on Thursday after nearly two years of detention, winning his freedom as part of a deal that spared an American-Iranian physician any more time behind American bars. Michael White flew from Tehran to Zurich, where he was met by diplomat Brian Hook, the U.S. special envoy …

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Turkey to reopen border crossings with Iran, Iraq

Al-Monitor – By opening two border crossings with Iran and Iraq, Turkey is seeking to boost the economy, and many businesses resume operations in the country this week.  Trucks are seen at the Habur border gate in this still taken from video in Habur, Turkey, Oct. 31, 2017. Photo by REUTERS TV/ via REUTERS. Turkey will reopen two border crossings with Iraq and …

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Iran Government News Agency Says Two-year Contract With Iraq To Export Electricity Signed

Reuters – Iran has signed a two-year contract with Iraq to export electricity to the neighbouring country, Iranian state news agency IRNA on Thursday quoted the country’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian as saying. The agreement comes amid sanctions reimposed on Iran since 2018 which forbid countries from purchasing Iranian energy. U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018 exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear …

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Iran President Says Coronavirus Restrictions To Be Restored If Warnings Not Heeded

Radiofarda – President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said restrictions will be restored if warnings are not heeded and the coronavirus outbreak peaks again. “People and businesses must take officials’ warnings very seriously that there will be another peak if regulations and social distancing are not observed,” Rouhani said and warned that restrictions will be restored wherever the virus spreads quickly. …

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Iran’s Army Claims ‘Enemies’ Misrepresented Commander’s Remarks On IRGC

Radiofarda – Iran’s regular Army on Tuesday claimed that “envious and hostile enemies” misrepresented the remarks of its Coordinating Deputy in an interview to damage the unity of the Army and the Revolutionary Guard. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei decorated Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari with Fath medal on September 9, 2018. FILE PHOTO The statement released by the Army on June …

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Parliament’s Think Tank Chief Calls For Reforms To Save Iran’s Failing Economy

Radiofarda – In what appears to be candid remarks, Mohammad Qasemi, the head of the Iranian Parliament’s Research Center, has painted a bleak picture of Iran economy. He told parliament that structural flaws and weak management have plagued the Iranian economy during the past 40 years. Qasemi also warned that the potential for economic growth in Iran has been declining …

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Rouhani oversaw smuggling of over $30 bln to Iraqi Kurdistan, says Iranian MP

Al-Arabia – President Hassan Rouhani ordered the transfer of more than $30 billion through “smuggling gangs” to Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017, an Iranian lawmaker claimed on Tuesday. Rouhani oversaw the transfer of $36.1 billion to the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan through “smuggling gangs” in 2017, MP Javad Karimi Ghodoosi said at a parliament session. “During a meeting at the …

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Tortured Ahwazi Arab Prisoner Denied Medical Treatment Despite Critical Condition

Iran-HRM – An Ahwazi Arab prisoner held in solitary confinement in Sheiban Prison, Khuzestan province, has been denied medical treatment despite his critical condition and being placed under torture. Prisoner of conscience Jaber Alboshokeh needs medical care for injuries caused by beatings by security forces during the violent repression of protests that erupted in the prison on 31 March 2020 …

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Israel Considering Asylum Requests From its Iran-Based Social Media Followers

VOA – Israel says it has been considering requests by thousands of Iranians seeking to leave Iran and receive asylum or medical assistance in the Jewish state, a longtime foe of Iran’s Islamist rulers. In recent weeks, Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has told local news outlets that its Persian social media channels have seen a surge in messages from Iranians …

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