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Monthly Archives: October 2020

Iran desperate to maintain Iraqi financial lifeline

Al-Monitor – Iran’s central bank governor, Abdolnaser Hemmati, recently paid a surprise visit to Baghdad, three days after the United States slapped sanctions on 18 Iranian banks. Iran sees in Iraq an economic lifeline and the only solution to circumvent the US sanctions ordeal, through formal and informal means. A source at the Iraqi Central Bank who was present at an Oct. 12 meeting between Hemmati …

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The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor condemns the Iranian regime’s execution of political prisoners

Shabtabnews – In a twitter statement The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor condemned the Iranian regime’s execution of political prisoners stating “often following unfair trials & forced confessions. Just like Ayatollah Khomeini’s “Death Commissions” in 1988, there are no transparent investigations into the regime’s killings. History should not keep repeating itself..” The statement also stated that ” Up …

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The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian political prisoners

Shabtabnews – In a twitter statement The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian political prisoners. The United States calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Iranian political prisoners, including peaceful activists like Nasrin Sotoudeh and Narges Mohammadi, who are enduring harmful prison conditions and exposure to COVID19.— Bureau of …

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UN Rewards Iranian Atrocities

gatestoneinstitute.org – In 2012, [Nasrin Sotoudeh] received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for her work, which included representing dissidents arrested during mass protests in 2009, an effort for which she previously served three years in prison. She has also represented convicts on death row for offenses committed as minors. She is perhaps most famous for her defense of women’s rights, …

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Entities Active In Oil Sector

Radiofarda – The United States on October 26 imposed fresh sanctions targeting key Iranian companies, entities, and individuals active in the country’s oil sector.The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement that the activity of those sanctioned supports the Quds Force, the elite foreign paramilitary and espionage arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.“The regime in Iran uses the petroleum …

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Footage Showing Police Killing A Man Angers Iranian Social Media Users

Radiofarda – Following the release of a video of security forces beating a citizen to death in the North Khorasan province Esfarayen, the province’s Military Prosecutor, Mojtaba Zare’, said that the victim’s family had filed a complaint entitled “shooting led to the murder.” Iran–A slogan painted on the wall in a street says: “Who should we call when the police …

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‘COVID-19 Death Toll in Iran up to Three Times More than Official Figures’

Radiofarda – A member of the Iranian Supreme Medical Council, Hossein Gheshlaghi, says the number of coronavirus victims in Iran is three to four times higher than the official figures announced by the country’s Ministry of Health. The state-run Mehr news agency cited Gheshlaghi as saying that anybody can obtain the new statistics through “field reports of the medical staff.” …

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Iran China Trade Plummets Further Despite Grand Plans

Radiofarda – Official data released by Iran’s major trading partners, including China, show the continuing widespread impact of U.S. government sanctions on Tehran’s foreign trade and the significant decline in Iranian exports to these countries in the first nine months of 2020. China Customs released its nine-month trade report on Sunday, October 25. It shows that Tehran’s exports to Beijing …

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‘Iranian YouTube’ CEO Sentenced To 10 Years Over Video Uploaded By User

RFL/RE – The founder and manager of Iran’s main video-sharing platform, referred to by some as Iran’s YouTube, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of “encouraging corruption” over a video posted by a user. In the video posted on Aparat.com last year, children were asked whether they know how they were born, Iranian media reported. …

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