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Monthly Archives: January 2022

Iranian Parliament Hit By Omicron Outbreak

RFL/RE – Thirty members of Iran’s parliament are in quarantine after testing positive for the omicron variant of the coronavirus. In announcing the positive tests on January 30, lawmaker Abolfasl Abutorabi said that the 290-member legislative body seeks to test all members to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. The Iranian government has …

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Macron Tells Iranian President That Nuclear Negotiations Must Speed Up

RFL/RE – French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Iranian counterpart that the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran can be revived, but ongoing negotiations must speed up and Iran must return to its full obligations under the accord. In a telephone call with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on January 29, Macron “reiterated his conviction that a diplomatic …

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Iranian-Born Deputy Elected To Jointly Lead German Green Party

RFL/RE – Germany’s Green party has elected a 28-year-old feminist and an Iranian-born foreign policy expert to lead the party just a month after it joined the national government in a three-way coalition. Ricarda Lang, 28, and Omid Nouripour, 46, were selected to take the reins of the party as it attempts to build on the success of its performance …

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Conference: Iran In Transition

Iranhr.net – On the 43rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) is organising a webinar with the aim of raising the debate on post-authoritarian transition. IHRNGO’s Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said: “The Islamic Republic is heading towards an uncertain future and a major change may not be far away. To avoid past mistakes and ensure human rights in a …

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Giants Brigades says ready to ‘repel’ Iran-backed Houthi attacks

Al-Arabia – The Giants Brigades forces said Saturday some of its fighters remained on the front lines in key Yemeni conflict zones as part of defensive measures after driving out the Iran-backed Houthi militia. The Giants Brigades, which are supported by the UAE, said Friday it had begun repositioning its forces after pushing the Houthis back from oil-rich Shabwa province …

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U.S. Special Envoy Congratulates Iran On World Cup Qualifying Victory

RFL/RE – In a rare message, the U.S. special envoy on Iran has congratulated the Islamic Republic’s national soccer team on making it to this year’s World Cup in Qatar. “Congrats to #teammelli on qualifying for the #WorldCup2022. It’s good to see women were allowed to attend the match,” Robert Malley wrote on Twitter, using the Iranian team’s nickname. Iran became …

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Diplomats Say Iran Nuclear Talks Reaching ‘Final Stage’

RFL/RE – The latest round of talks to save the Iran nuclear deal have neared a final stage, diplomats said, after weeks of intense diplomacy in Vienna. Diplomats from Germany, France, and Britain, known collectively as the E3, together with Russia and China, have been meeting in the Austrian capital since last spring trying to bring Iran and the United …

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‘Back to Square One’: Health Ministry Comfirms Sixth Wave of Coronavirus in Iran

Iranwire — The Ministry of Health and Medical Education has formally announced a “sixth wave” of coronavirus infections is under way in Iran. Omicron has now become the dominant variant: something officials had previously claimed would not happen due to Iranians having “more antibodies” after the late-starting vaccination drive.   The head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration recently claimed the country …

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Iran urged to release rights defender Narges Mohmmadi

Al-Monitor – Human Rights Watch called on Iran to “immediately and unconditionally” release Narges Mohmmadi, a prominent human rights campaigner sent back to prison this week.  Tara Sepehrifar, senior Iran researcher at HRW, said Friday that Mohmmadi’s “cruel detention and prosecution” was “clearly intended to crush her into silence at all costs.” Mohmmadi was the spokesperson for the Defenders of Human Rights …

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