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Monthly Archives: March 2024

No Need for US Waiver to Build Gas Pipeline With Iran, Pakistan Says

VOA – Pakistan said Thursday that it does not need a waiver from U.S. sanctions to build its portion of a pipeline to import natural gas from Iran. “It is a segment of the pipeline which is being built inside Pakistani territory. So, we do not believe that at this point there is room for any discussion or waiver from …

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Borrell’s Failing Diplomacy: EU’s Troubled Relationship With Iran

iranintl – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell once again finds himself embroiled in a diplomatic battle over Iran sanctions, as revealed exclusively by the Wall Street Journal. Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, including Iran-backed Houthi attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea and the ongoing conflict in Gaza, France and Germany last month advocated for …

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White House Warns About Iranian Ceyberattack On Infrastructure

iranintl – Iran may be attempting cyberattacks on US water infrastructure, the Biden administration warned state governors Tuesday, in yet another sign that US deterrence is inadequate to limit the Iranian regime’s aggression beyond its borders. In a letter bearing the names of National Security adviser Jake Sullivan and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan asked governors to help the …

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Where Next For The Islamic Republic In The UN Human Rights Council?

iranintl – The prospect of Iranian officials facing criminal charges under human rights law took a big step forward in the current session of the UN’s Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. The two reports presented to the Council mark a watershed for Iran, giving impetus to the ending of impunity and new emphasis on legal accountability for those IR …

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Khamenei Delivers Nowruz Speech Amid Economic Challenges

Iranwire – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei chose not to travel to Mashhad, as he does every year, to deliver his annual New Year speech due to the coincidence of Ramadan and Nowruz. Instead, he gave his speech during the early hours of the Persian New Year on March 20 at his leadership headquarters in Tehran.  The Supreme Leader’s Nowruz …

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Canada to Deport Iran’s Ex-Deputy Interior Minister

Iranwire – Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered the deportation of Seyed Salman Samani, the former deputy interior minister of Iran, IranWire reports. He arrived in Canada on a visitor visa obtained in Türkiye. However, Canadian authorities questioned him about his past role in the Iranian government upon his arrival. Samani served as the deputy interior minister of Iran …

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Iranian Border Guards Injure Two Kurdish Kolbars Ahead of Nowruz

Iranwire – Iranian border guards have shot and injured two more Kurdish kolbars on the eve of Persian New Year (Nowruz) as violence against the transborder porters continues to surge.  Mehdi Sharifi, 23, from Saqqez, and Suleiman Amini, 28, from Baneh, both sustained gunshot wounds during firing at the Hengejal border crossing on March 19, according to Hengaw Organization for …

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Biden, Guterres, and US Officials Extend Nowruz Greetings

Iranwire – As the world welcomed the arrival of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, several American and international officials extended greetings to those who celebrate the thousand-years-old festivities.  President Joe Biden offered his well wishes, saying, “Today, Jill and I send our best wishes to the millions of people around the world celebrating Nowruz – a time of reflection, renewal, …

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Iranian-American Astronaut Marks Nowruz After First Space Mission

iranwire – Iranian-American astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli celebrated Nowruz by sharing a photo of the Haftsin table she took to space on her first mission to the space station last year. She said in an Instagram post, “I brought a Haftseen with me to @iss thinking I might be there for Nowruz. It would have been unique to celebrate the Persian …

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Detained Azeri Student’s Whereabouts Unknown for 2 Weeks

iranwire – Vahid Asghari, a 17-year-old Azeri student, has been in the custody of Iranian security forces for the past 14 days, according to a report by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. Asghari’s family remains in the dark about his legal status, location, and detention conditions. They have had only one brief phone conversation with him since his arrest …

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