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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Yarsanis Ask to be Recognized as a Religious Minority in Iran’s Constitution

Iranwire – The Yarsani Consultative Assembly of Civil Activists has issued a statement protesting against the Islamic Republic’s systematic and widespread discrimination against religious minorities, and has called for a revision of the Constitution to ensure unconditional equality for all citizens. The statement, published on Thursday, January 28, outlines the ways in which people following the Yarsan faith have been deprived of their …

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Uproar Over Films’ Depiction of Soleimani as “Savior” of Iraqi Kurds

Iranwire -The release of the nine-minute film “Tavakol” and the animated short “Saving Holir” by Fars News Agency last week has been met with outrage in Kurdistan. The films’ portrayal of Ghasem Soleimani as a savior of Iraqi Kurdistan and the principal deflector of ISIS’s incursions into the territory is, critics say, completely inaccurate. Even though the films have since …

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Iran will not reverse nuclear steps until US lifts sanctions: Zarif

Al-Arabia – Tehran will not accept US demands that it reverse an acceleration of its nuclear program before Washington lifts sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday. The demand “is not practical and will not happen,” he said at a joint news conference in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. For all the latest headlines, follow our …

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Iran Turns Gaza Into Storehouse for Weapons

gatestoneinstitute.org – Instead of storing medicine and vaccines, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are busy storing rockets and explosive devices. The Palestinian terror groups that moan about a crippling economic crisis in the Gaza Strip somehow always seem to find enough money to purchase, smuggle or manufacture weapons. In addition, Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have frequently violated the …

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Ex-Obama Aide Malley To Be Named Top U.S. Iran Envoy

RFL/RE – U.S. officials say Joe Biden’s new administration will name veteran diplomat Robert Malley as its special envoy for Iran, as the president and his foreign-policy aides move to craft their approach to Tehran following years of worsening relations under former President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will name Malley, a top national-security aide to former President …

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Iran Enriched ’17 Kilograms’ Of 20 Percent Enriched Uranium, Exceeding Goals

RFL/RE – Iran’s parliament speaker says the country has produced 17 kilograms of 20 percent-enriched uranium within a month, as Iranian officials continue to dismiss international calls for Tehran to return to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf made the announcement during a visit to the Fordow nuclear plant on January 28. In separate comments, the …

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‘Magical Thinking’? Top Iranian Politician Claims Sorcerers, Genies Influence Some State Decisions

RFL/RE – Genies, sorcerers, and exorcists are back in the Iranian political debate a decade after then-President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s associates were accused of practicing witchcraft and summoning supernatural creatures, claims that he denied. The debate about the alleged influence of sorcerers and clairvoyants on state officials was renewed this week when a member of the powerful Expediency Council — a …

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Prominent Health Official Speaks Out Against Import of Russian Vaccine

Iranwire – One of Iran’s leading health experts has warned against the Russian vaccine for coronavirus, which Iran is due to receive in a matter of days. Iranian government officials announced that the first shipment of the vaccine will be imported to Iran before February 11. But Minoo Mohrez, a leading member of the Coronavirus Taskforce’s scientific committee, has said she …

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Executed by the Revolutionary Court: A Baha’i Pharmacist and His Father

iranwire – Health workers are the front line in our defense against the coronavirus pandemic – including hundreds of Iranian Baha’i doctors and nurses. But they are not in Iran; instead, they live in countries around the world, treating their patients, where they are admired and praised by the people and governments of the countries where they live. The one country …

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