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Monthly Archives: February 2023

Shocking Account Of Leily Pourbaba’s 100 Days In Tabriz Prison

Iranwire – Leily Pourbaba is a 31-year-old Iranian software engineer, webpage designer and women’s rights activist who lives in Tabriz, capital of East Azerbaijan province. She has posted online the picture of a security agent in the neighborhood of Shahnaz and information about him. For doing this, she was arrested by Cyber Police and spent three months in Tabriz Central …

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Blinding As A Weapon (17): Flying Requires Courage, Not Wings

Iranwire – As IranWire has reported, hundreds of Iranians have sustained severe eye injuries after being hit by pellets, tear gas cannisters, paintball bullets or other projectiles used by security forces amid a bloody crackdown on mainly peaceful demonstrations. Doctors say that, as of now, at least 580 protesters have lost one or both eyes in Tehran and in Kurdistan …

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UN Fact-finding Mission Must Investigate Ebrahim Rigi’s Death in Custody

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – Ebrahim Rigi, a Baluch protester recently released on bail, has died in the custody of the 12th District police in Zahedan. Meanwhile, authorities have claimed Ebrahim Rigi had died after being arbitrarily arrested by “private claimants” and “without police presence.” Recalling the Islamic Republic’s history of propaganda and misleading news, staging and obtaining torture-tainted forced …

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Iran releases Spanish woman detained since end 2022: Spain’s foreign minister

Al-Arabia – Iran has released a Spanish woman who had been detained in the country since November 2022, Spain’s foreign minister said Sunday. “She was freed yesterday, but we didn’t want to announce it publicly before her plane had taken off from Iran,” said the minister, Jose Manuel Albares. “I was able to speak with her… she is well,” he said, …

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Russia, Iran Sending Top Envoys To UN’s Human Rights Council

RFL/RE – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will help kick off the latest and longest-ever session of the UN’s top human rights body on February 27, with Iran’s foreign minister, a senior Russian envoy, and the top diplomats of France and Germany among scores of leaders set to take part. The more than five-week session of the Human Rights Council opens …

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Iran’s Currency Nosedives as Savers Buy Dollars

VOA – Iran’s rial currency sank to a record low against the U.S. dollar Saturday despite central bank measures aimed at cooling demand for foreign currency from savers worried about inflation and the country’s economic prospects. The rial was trading at 575,000 on the unofficial free market against the dollar, compared to 540,000 on Friday, according to foreign exchange site …

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UK: Russia Running Low on Iranian Drones

VOA – Russia has likely depleted its supply of Iranian one-way-attack uncrewed aerial vehicles or OWA-UAVs, the British Defense Ministry said Saturday in an intelligence update. The ministry said there have not been any reports of the vehicles being used in Ukraine “since around” Feb. 15, while at least 24 were reported downed between late January and early February. “Scores …

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The Republic of Fear: 20 Years After

gatestoneinstitute.org – Well, [Iraq] may not be a better place, but is certainly less bad than it was 20 years ago. Neighboring Iran is facing a bigger outflow of refugees, especially highly educated people, than Iraq. In 2021, Iraq was no longer among the countries regarded as “vulnerable” in terms of food shortages and famine. In terms of political and …

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‌Baluch Brothers Executed for Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – Alireza and Safar Mohammadpour (Shahuzehi), two Baluch brothers sentenced to death for drug-related charges, were executed in Torbat Jam Prison, Khorasan Razavi province. According to Hal Vash, two Baluch brothers were executed in Torbat Jam Prison on February 20. Their names have been reported as 28-year-old Alireza  Mohammadpour (Shahuzehi) and 31-year-old Safar Mohammadpour (Shahuzehi) from …

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Russia may provide Iran with fighter jets, Tehran also wants attack helicopters: US

Al-Arabia – The US believes Moscow might provide fighter jets to Iran as the two countries look to increase their defense cooperation with the Russian invasion of Ukraine entering its second year, a White House official said Friday. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that Tehran already shipped artillery and tanks to Russia last November. In return, Russia has offered an …

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