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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Iranian Protester Dies In Custody, Opposition Website Reports

RFL/RE – A man who took part in Iran’s anti-establishment protests in November has died in a detention center in Tehran, the opposition website Kalame reported.Nader Mokhtari, 35, died over the weekend at the Kahrizak detention center, Kalame reported.Iranian officials have not commented on the report.Mokhtari had slipped into a coma after being beaten with truncheons by security forces during …

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Rial At Record Lows Against The Dollar As U.S Announces Sanctions

Radiofarda – Immediately after the United States announced the return of international sanctions on Iran on Sunday, the dollar exchange rate set a new record high with a 2.5 percent increase to the rate of 273,000 rials per dollar. The U.S. dollar exchange rate was 160,000 rials at the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year starting March 20, but …

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Iran Planning On Teaching Chinese In Schools

Radiofarda – For the first time, Iranian authorities are seriously discussing the possibility of adding Chinese to the foreign languages taught in the nation’s schools. Acting Head of the Curriculum Planning Department of the Educational Research and Planning Organization of Iran, Ali Mohebbi, announced on Sunday, September 20, that Chinese and Arabic might be added to the list of foreign …

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Iran Says It’s Willing To Exchange ‘All’ Prisoners With U.S.

RFL/RE – Iran is prepared for a full exchange of prisoners with the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.In response to a question about whether Tehran would free Iranian-American father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi, Zarif said on September 21 that the only way for …

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US Imposes Sweeping New Sanctions on Iran

VOA – The United States is imposing sweeping new sanctions on Iran to curb Tehran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional arms threats after Washington asserted the United Nations arms embargo on Iran was reimposed indefinitely late Saturday. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is imposing new sanctions and export control measures on …

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‘Ebrat’ Ward, Medieval Torture Chamber in Adelabad Prison of Shiraz

Iran-HRM – The basement of the Central Prison of Shiraz, also known as Adelabad Prison, is where Iran’s wrestling champion Navid Afkari spent his final days before being executed on September 12, 2020. The notorious basement of Adelabad Prison is also called “Ebrat” which literally means “a lesson.” IRGC Intelligence runs Ebrat Ebrat is run by the IRGC Intelligence Division and is where they torture detained …

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Local Hit Squads, a Last Resort Solution to Crush Widespread Iran Protests

Iran-HRM – Various regime military commanders have lately come out with announcements indicating formation of new local hit squads, Razaviyoun patrols, and other rapid reaction groups in cities and provinces across the country. Observers see this new strategy as a last resort response to the outbreak of widespread protests throughout Iran in November 2019. What was different in November 2019 …

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Report: U.S. To Impose Sanctions On Dozens Of Targets Tied To Iran Weapons

Radiofarda – The United States on September 21 will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional weapons programs, a senior U.S. official told Reuters. The United States on September 19 unilaterally reimposed all UN sanctions against Iran, despite opposition from some of Washington’s closest European allies and uncertainty over their impact. Secretary …

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Rouhani Warns Against A Disease More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Radiofarda – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has referred to a virus in Iran’s neighborhood that is “more dangerous” than COVID-19. Speaking at a session on Saturday of the Coronavirus Fight National Headquarters in Tehran, Rouhani claimed, “I have heard that there is a disease in our neighborhood similar to pneumonia, and I have heard that it is more dangerous than …

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