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Monthly Archives: January 2023

Blinken stresses countering Iran, affirms need for two-state solution to Netanyahu

Al-Arabia – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Palestinians and Israelis to de-escalate, reaffirmed the necessity of two-state solution for lasting peace and stressed the importance of countering Iran and preventing it from acquiring a nuclear weapon during a visit on Monday to Jerusalem where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Blinken condemned the synagogue attack which killed …

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Iran Clamps Down On Khoy Residents Angry Over Earthquake Relief

RFL/RE – Iranian security forces have clamped down on protests over the government’s mismanagement of its response to a strong earthquake over the weekend that killed at least three people and injured hundreds in the northwestern city of Khoy. Videos published on social media show security forces used a water cannon to disperse people who had gathered in front of the regional …

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Azerbaijan Issues Iran Travel Warning After Embassy Attack

Iranwire – Azerbaijan has issued a travel warning for Iran following a deadly attack on its embassy in Tehran that has heightened simmering tensions between the two neighboring countries. “Due to the unstable situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the terrorist attack against the diplomatic mission of our country, the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan are advised …

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Iranian Protesters Defy Crackdown In Flashpoint City Of Sanandaj

Iranwire – The western Iranian city of Sanandaj was once again the scene of anti-government protests on the night of January 30 despite an ongoing crackdown by security forces on nationwide anti-government demonstrations. Footage obtained by IranWire shows protesters blocking a road in the city center by setting tyres on fire. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the Islamic Republic’s leadership …

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Islamic Republic Of Iran To Criminalize Comments On Social Networks

Iranwire – The Iranian parliament plans to add an article to the Islamic Penal Code that would criminalize “expressing opinions on social networks,” state media reported, in an attempt to further limit freedom of speech. The main targets of the proposed Article 512 are influential people in Iran. The draft legislation says that people who hold “a social, political, scientific …

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Russian-Iranian Axis: Biden Administration Missing in Action?

gatestoneinstitute.org – Iran is now selling surface-to-surface missiles to Russia for use in its war on Ukraine — on the cusp of a reported “major Ukrainian offensive” — in addition to the drones it has already been delivering, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters. “In exchange, Russia is offering Iran an unprecedented level of military and …

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Top Iran Filmmaker Banned from Travel After Backing Protests

VOA – Iranian authorities have imposed a travel ban on leading filmmaker Masoud Kimiai, local media reported Monday, after he expressed support for protests that have gripped the Islamic republic for months. Iran has seen a wave of demonstrations that erupted after the September 16 death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, an ethnic Kurd, following her arrest for allegedly …

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Strikes near Iraqi border mark widening regional battle against Iran

Al-Monitor — Iraq marks the geographical center of a larger fight that may be heating up again between Iran and its regional proxies on the one hand and the United States and Israel on the other. There have been several recent attacks that remain unclaimed but that most observers attribute to Israel, both in Iran and near Iraq’s western border with Syria in territory …

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