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Monthly Archives: September 2021

Disabled Ex-Kolbar Embarks on Cross-Country Journey for Justice

Iranwire – An Iranian former kolbar has completed a 115km protest journey from Marivan to Sanandaj, Kurdistan province with the aid of a wheelchair. Kamran Doplurei, 31, who has two artificial legs, completed the trip on Wednesday, September 15. He embarked on the pilgrimage to raise awareness of three issues: the shooting of kolbars by Iranian border guards, sub-standard treatment of the …

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Fact Check: Is Iran the Medical Hub of Asia?

Iranwire – In a surprising addition to his first address to the United Nations via a heavily-edited video this week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the opportunity to declare: “Iran is the medical hub of Asia”. “Iran,” he intoned, “alongside its peaceful nuclear and satellite science, is the medical hub of Asia, and Iranian physicians and scientists such as [medieval Persian polymath] Abu Ali …

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Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Gets its Claws Into Clubhouse

Iranwire – The golden age of Clubhouse in Iran already seems to be behind us. Use of the video messaging app boomed in the run-up to the 13th presidential election this summer; at that time, Iranian chatrooms on Clubhouse were often filled to capacity with voices young and old discussing the country’s future. The filtering of Clubhouse was intermittently discussed by officials, but at first …

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Iran Ups Pressure on Kurdish Rebels

VOA – Iran is threatening to expand a bombing campaign targeting rebels in border villages of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, saying Iraqi Kurdish authorities must expel the rebels or the offensive will broaden.Since the beginning of September, Iran’s forces have been carrying out attacks using artillery and drone strikes on border villages accused of harboring Iranian Kurdish rebels. Tehran said …

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Followers of the Baha’i faith sentenced to prison in south Iran

Iran-HRM – A revolutionary court in Shiraz has sentenced two Baha’i citizens to prison and ban on leaving the country. Soroush Abadi and Kiana Shoja’i, Baha’i citizens living in Shiraz, were each sentenced by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court to 3 years and 3 months in prison and a 2-year ban from leaving the country. Baha’is are a religious …

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Iran admits ‘witness to torture’ died in custody

Al-Monitor – Iran’s judiciary confirmed the death of Shahin Naseri in its custody. Naseri was known for his horrifying account of torture against executed wrestler and political prisoner Navid Afkari. On Thursday, two days after Naseri’s death was reported by activists, the head of Iran’s Prisons Organization issued a “special directive” for a probe into the case. In a separate statement circulated …

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Iran says ‘remarkable progress’ made in Saudi Arabia talks

Al-Monitor – Iran has made further progress in direct talks with Saudi Arabia, an Iranian official said, after the Saudi king expressed optimism on Wednesday that the negotiations could build confidence between the regional rivals.  The two powerhouses severed relations in 2016 after Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric was met with violent protests at Saudi diplomatic facilities …

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‘We Are The Dead Who Can’t Think Of Dying’: Iranian Rapper Charged For Criticizing Regime

RFL/RE – With lyrics that criticize Iran’s Islamic establishment — condemning state repression and injustice — rapper Toomaj Salehi has gained fans among Iranians who are angry at the country’s leadership. His lyrics also have upset Iranian authorities, who ordered his arrest earlier this month. Salehi was aware that he could be targeted by the Iranian regime for his lyrics. …

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Roses on a Mass Grave: A Love Story, Part I

Iranwire – The trial of ex-Gohardasht Prison official Hamid Nouri for his role in Iran’s 1988 prison massacre is ongoing in Sweden. Witnesses have taken to the stand one by one in recent weeks to recount their memories of the defendant sat before them in Stockholm District Court: how he walked them down the corridor to face the death panel, and escorted their cellmates …

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