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Monthly Archives: September 2021

No Pizza for Women. Men Can’t Serve Women Tea. Iran’s TV Censorship Gets Weirder

Iranwire – On Monday, September 27, two separate items were shared by Iranian state-controlled media that brought the regime’s ridiculous censorship of women back to the fore. Amir Hossein Shamshadi, head of PR at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, no less, disclosed on his personal Instagram page that according to a recent “audit” of the organization, directors were no longer permitted to …

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Iran has Been Ordered to Pay $607m to a UAE Gas Firm. Here’s Why

Iranwire – In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, the International Court of Arbitration in Paris ordered the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to pay $607.5 million to the UAE’s Dana Gas Company. The fine relates to Iran’s failure to deliver on a 25-year energy deal first signed in 2001 between NIAC and Crescent Petroleum, an affiliate of the Sharjah-based Dana. …

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As the New University Year Begins, Baha’is Again Face Bans

Iranwire – It’s an annual occasion, a clear reminder of the cruel, targeted discrimination embedded in Iran’s education system. Each year, as Iranian students receive the results of their higher education entrance exams, Baha’i students are met with the same response: they will not be able to pursue a university career or attend one of the country’s institutes of higher education. …

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Sohrab Naji and Vahab Samadi Secretly Executed in Shiraz

Iran Human Rights (IHR)- Sohrab Naji and Vahab Samadi were executed in Shiraz Central Prison. Sobhrab was sentenced to death on drug-related charges and Vahab on murder charges. According to information obtained by Iran Human Rights, two men were executed in Shiraz Central Prison on September 25. Their identities have been established as Sohrab Naji who was sentenced to death …

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The Takeaway: What will it take to jumpstart Iran nuclear talks?

Al-Monitor – Hot Take: What next for beleaguered nuclear deal? No cheer at UNGA for JCPOA. “Anyone hoping for quick progress in talks to restore the Iran nuclear deal would find little reason for cheer in the posture adopted by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian,” writes Mark Fitzpatrick. Depends on what he means by ‘soon.’ Making the rounds at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) last week, Amir-Abdollahian …

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Pressure on Renters as the Cost of City Living Soars

Iranwire – Residential property prices continue to rise in Tehran and other Iranian cities, with renters hit particularly hard. According to a recent report by the Central Bank, average rents in the capital have risen by an eye-watering 42.8 percent since September 2020, and by 45.7 percent across the country. The average cost of buying of a residential property in Tehran meanwhile increased …

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Iranian Study: One in 13 Soldiers Are Heavy Drug Users

Iranwire – The extent of drug abuse in military barracks is one of the many embarrassing realities in Iran that the state tries hard not to address. Under the Islamic Republic, military and paramilitary officers enjoy a wealth of legal immunities, while the tame domestic media rarely if ever covers the issue and statistics are thin on the ground. A …

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Iran: Stop imminent execution of Farhad Salehi Jabehdar

amnesty.org – Update: On 29 September, Iranian officials executed Farhad Salehi Jabehdar, and again displayed their shameless contempt for the right to life and disregarded their obligations under international law. Justice is never served by taking a life. We renew our calls for a moratorium on the death penalty in Iran pending its complete abolition.****Responding to the news that Iranian …

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Iran’s New Government Moves to Silence Dissent by Muzzling Leading Activists

CHRI – The Iranian security establishment’s attempt to imprison four prominent human rights defenders, only a few months after the inauguration of the country’s new presidential administration, signals the beginning of a new and intensified era of repression. “This is a clear attempt to enchain the country’s top rights defenders and create a climate of fear as this illegitimate government …

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