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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Genius Iranian students remain in solitary confinement after 10 months

Iran-HRM – Ten months on, genius Iranian students Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi are still being detained in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 of Evin Prison without standing trial. Plainclothes agents of the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) arrested the two genius Iranian students on April 10, 2020, at their respective homes. They brutalized them at the time of arrest …

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20-year-old Kurd man killed under torture in Tehran

Iran-HRM – Iranian intelligence police tortured a 20-year-old inmate to death in Tehran. The Kurdish man, Mehrdad Taleshi had been arrested on February 1, 2021, in a metro station in Tehran. Mehrdad Taleshi was a 20-year-old athlete from the western city of Divandere, Kurdestan Province. He had moved to Tehran two years ago to live with his sister. Hengaw human …

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Iranian forces kill Kurdish father of three in fifth case of arbitrary shootings

Iran-HRM – Iran’s security forces have shot and killed an Iranian Kurdish man on February 8. The state forces shot and killed 37-year-old Behzad Hashemi on suspicion of carrying smuggled goods. He was married and father to three children. According to an informed source, the state security forces opened fire on his car in the northwest city of Salmas, West Azerbaijan …

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France, not US, offers to involve Israel in talks with Iran

Al-Monitor – US President Joe Biden delivered his first foreign policy speech Feb. 4. His address worried Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for two reasons. The first was what Biden said, and the second was what Biden did not say. Biden repeated in his speech the need for America to repair its alliances and engage again with the world. In an …

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Tehran is only months away from producing a nuclear weapon: US Secretary Blinken

Al-Arabia – Iran is closer than it has previously been to having the ability to produce material needed for a nuclear weapon, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Monday. The top US diplomat criticized the decision by former President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, as the reason for …

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Iran’s Dissidents Plead with US to Keep Up “Maximum Pressure”

gatestoneinstitute – “[T]he Islamic Republic Theocracy is on the verge of collapse”. — Letter from 38 Iran-based dissidents to the Biden administration, February 1, 2021. “The moment Biden joins the nuclear deal and unblocks the money for the Islamic Republic, the regime will once again dish out money even to Taliban, ISIS, Al Qaeda, but Iranians will keep remaining in …

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Iranian Professor Jailed After Attending Training Course In Prague

RFL/RE – A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced a law professor to seven years in prison after convicting him of “cooperating with an enemy state.” The U.S.-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported on February 8 that Reza Eslami, a professor at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, had been also banned from teaching and leaving the country. The sentence, …

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UN Report Says Iran And North Korea Resumed Missile Cooperation

RFL/RE – Iran and North Korea resumed cooperation on the development of long-range missile projects last year, according to a UN report. “This resumed cooperation is said to have included the transfer of critical parts, with the most recent shipment associated with this relationship taking place in 2020,” an independent panel of experts monitoring international sanctions on North Korea said …

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Iran Launches COVID-19 Inoculation Campaign With Russian Vaccine

RFL/RE – Iran has kicked off its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 using the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine. “The first person to receive the Russian Sputnik vaccine is my own child,” Health Minister Saeed Namaki said at a ceremony at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Hospital, broadcast live on television on February 8. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said that medical personnel treating COVIV-19 patients, …

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