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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Sexual Assault Accusations Hound Iranian-British Academic Who Made Daring Escape From Iran

RFL/RE – Kameel Ahmady spent years in Iran compiling research into the treatment of some of the most vulnerable elements of society.His widely praised anthropological work shone a light on child marriage, sexual orientation, minorities and ethnicity, as well as official silence over the ongoing practice in Iran of female genital mutilation.More recently, with a long prison sentence pending as …

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Turkey Reportedly Arrests Iranian Official Over Dissident’s Murder

RFL/RE – An Iranian official suspected of instigating the killing of an Iranian dissident in 2019 has been arrested in Turkey, Reuters has reported. Masud Molavi Vardanjani was killed in Istanbul in November 2019. Quoting unnamed sources, Reuters said it had confirmed a report by Turkey’s Sabah newspaper that Mohammad Reza Naserzadeh was detained earlier this week on suspicion of …

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Iran Journalist Gets 2 Years in Prison for Writing about Vice President’s Brother’s Corruption Case

VOA – An Iranian journalist has told VOA that authorities have given him an effective two-year prison sentence and other punishments for writing about a corruption case against a senior Iranian official’s relative, making him the latest journalist to face official retaliation for his work in the Islamic Republic. In a Tuesday Skype video interview with VOA Persian from his …

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Drug Lords and Diplomatic Staff Linked to Telegram Dissident’s Assassination in Turkey

Iranwire – Turkish media outlets have provided new details about the murder of Massoud Molavi Vardanjani, a prominent critic of the Islamic Republic and curator of the Black Box Telegram channel, who was killed in Istanbul in 2019. Last March Turkish officials accused Iranian diplomatic personnel of ordering and coordinating the attack. Now Sabah newspaper reports that an employee at the Iranian consulate …

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Ahmadinejad Accuses Iranian Government of Suppressing His Followers

Iranwire – Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is never long out of the headlines, or out of the public eye. He is famous for regularly addressing world leaders, treating them to his opinions, outrage and promises. In the last week alone, Ahmadinejad has written to the presidents of the United States, Russia and Iran. Although these letters appear to have …

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Iran Cultivates Taliban Ties to Gain Leverage, Experts Say

VOA – The Taliban’s meeting last month with high-ranking Iranian officials in Tehran is seen by some experts as an effort by the Iranian regime to increase its leverage in negotiations with the Biden administration and maintain influence in Afghan politics. Iran hosted a Taliban delegation, led by its deputy leader, Mullah Baradar, for a week, saying it was “part …

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Suspected of cancer, Iranian political prisoner is denied medical treatment

Iran-HRM – The authorities of the Central Prison of Tabriz prevented medical treatment of political prisoner Massoumeh Senobari on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. She has developed cancerous mass in her breast while being interrogated under vicious torture. Presently, she suffers from severe pain and is suspected of breast cancer. An informed source says about Massoumeh Senobari: “The situation in the clinic of …

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European powers blast Iran’s uranium metal production

Al-Monitor – France, Germany and the United Kingdom are calling on Iran to roll back its newly announced production of uranium metal, in what the European powers warned could complicate diplomacy as the Biden administration seeks to renter the landmark nuclear deal.  The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said this week that Iran has produced a …

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Analysis: Iran oil output faces race against time as U.S. sanctions linger

(Reuters) – Iran’s oil reserves risk becoming stranded assets unless the new U.S. administration eases sanctions that have left the country lagging rivals in output capacity and losing a race against time as the transition to low carbon energy gathers pace.FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July …

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France, Germany, UK call on Iran to stop all activities that violate nuclear deal

Al-Arabia – The ‘E3’ group of leading European powers – France, Germany and the United Kingdom – on Friday condemned Iran’s decision to produce uranium metal, which they said was in breach of commitments made by Iran to the international community. The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog had said earlier this week that Iran had followed through on its plan to …

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