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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Why Lebanon’s president refuses an international investigation into Beirut explosions

Al-Arabia – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said last week that an international investigation into the deadly Beirut explosions would undermine his country’s sovereignty and would cover up the truth. However, one day earlier, Aoun asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for satellite images of the Port of Beirut. Now, the current government – made up of Aoun’s party, Hezbollah and …

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Source: Iranian Lawyer Requests Retrial for Kurdish Dissident Facing Execution

VOA – One of the Iranian lawyers representing a minority Kurdish political prisoner facing execution in Iran has reportedly asked for a retrial to overturn the man’s death sentence, which supporters say was unjustly based on forced confessions. In a Tuesday interview with VOA Persian, a source with knowledge of the situation said the lawyer submitted the request for a …

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Crisis in Taybad Prison: Infection of Guards Wreaks Havoc Among Inmates

Iran-HRM – Like all other prisons in Iran, prisoners detained in Taybad Prison have encountered new problems with regards to their health and hygiene in prison after the outbreak of the coronavirus. Taybad is a small city, capital of Taybad Country in Khorasan Razavi Province, in northeastern Iran and bordering Afghanistan. Recently, seven prison guards have tested positive, wreaking havoc …

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Trump Announces ‘Historic Breakthrough’ Between Israel, UAE

VOA – Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a U.S.-brokered deal, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Trump is calling the agreement the “Abraham Accord” after the father of three monotheistic religions founded in the Middle East — Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It is only the third peace deal Israel has …

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Iran: Prisoner Mojtaba Tutunchi Executed at Yazd Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A prisoner sentenced to qisas (retribution in-kind) for murder was executed at Yazd Central Prison. According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Yazd Central Prison on Wednesday, August 12. His identity has been established as Mojtaba Tutunchi. An informed source told IHR: “Mojtaba was arrested over a fight where his brother in …

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Intel: Iran’s navy boards oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz, US says

Al-Monitor – Iran’s navy temporarily seized control of a Liberian-flagged oil tanker in what the United States said were international waters near the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday. The US-led maritime security coalition in the Gulf released photos of Iran forces fast-roping to the deck of the ship, known as the MT Wila, from what appears to be an Iranian Sikorsky SH-3 …

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Iran Threatens Musician With Jail for Encouraging Women to Sing, Dance

newsweek.com – Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian lives with the constant threat of prison hanging over his head. The 30 year old has already been jailed once for his work, but on Tuesday he was taken to court and arrested again over his latest project: an album featuring music from across the Middle East. The album includes songs by female singers and …

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USCIRF Releases Iran Factsheet Highlighting Senior Sanctioned Officials Responsible for Egregious Religious Freedom Violations

Shabtabnews – USCIRF Releases Iran Factsheet Highlighting Senior Sanctioned Officials Responsible for Egregious Religious Freedom Violations Iran Sanctions Factsheet – This factsheet highlights key senior Iranian officials who the United States Department of Treasury has sanctioned for their complicity in severe violations of religious freedom. Two successive administrations have utilized the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and several Iran-specific executive orders over …

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Coronavirus Restrictions In Iranian Capital Extended Again As Total Deaths Tops 19,000

Radiofarda – The Iranian capital of Tehran will remain on partial lockdown for an additional week, the city’s Coronavirus Combat Taskforce announced on Thursday, following the reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions on July 23 after a surge in cases impacted the city. Dr. Alireza Zali, Commander of the Coronavirus Taskforce of Tehran, confirmed that 534 COVID-19 patients were admitted to Tehran …

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Iran Central Bank Governor Defends Decision To Presell Crude Oil In Stock Market

Radiofarda – The governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdolnaser Hemmati, advocated for pre-selling oil to domestic buyers as the best way to address the government’s budget deficit in a “healthy manner,” blaming U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports for the deficit. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Hemmati wrote that the government’s choices for remedying the deficit include …

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