Friday , 21 June 2019

Social and Political

Mired In Corruption, Iranian Neo-Cons Eye 2020 Parliamentary Elections

Radiofarda – Led by Tehran’s former mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Iran’s neo-cons hope to win a sizeable majority in the next round of the country’s parliamentary elections to be held in February 2020. In a video released on social media, Qalibaf, currently a member of the Expediency Discernment Council, has called on “revolutionary youths” to prepare for candidacy in the …

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US envoy for Iran traveling to Middle East: State Department

Al-Arabia – US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday for meetings in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain to discuss “Iran’s regional aggression,” the State Department said. “He will also share additional US intelligence on the range of active threats Iran currently poses to the region,” the department …

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Iran Shoots Down US Drone

VOA – Iran shot down a U.S. drone Thursday in an incident Iranian officials said happened over the country’s territory, but U.S. officials say took place in international airspace. In the Iranian account, the drone was an RQ-4 Global Hawk shot down by the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the airspace of the country’s southern Hormozgan province, near the Strait of …

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New Charges Against Atena Daemi And Golrokh Iraee

Iran-HRM – The two-hour trial of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee was held on Tuesday, June 18, at the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. The two civil rights activists appeared before the court accompanied by their lawyers. The court will issue its ruling on their case within 10 days. The new case against Atena Daemi and Golrokh …

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Iran chief justice dismisses 60 judges to uproot internal corruption

Al-Monitor – The Iranian judiciary has dismissed 60 judges since early May in an anti-corruption drive launched by Ebrahim Raisi, the recently appointed conservative chief justice. During a presser in Tehran, Raisi’s first deputy, Gholam-Hossein Ejei, announced that the sacked judges came from a wide range of ranks in the judiciary. An unspecified number of those fired have also been barred …

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Is Iran’s Reformist-moderate coalition coming to an end?

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Reformist-moderate coalition appears to be nearing its end as the two sides say they will not cooperate with each other in next year’s parliamentary elections, raising concerns that hard-liners will win the vote again. Iran’s Reformist and moderate movements joined forces against the hard-liners during the 2013 presidential election won by moderate Hassan Rouhani. They maintained this …

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Tehran Police May Allow Some Night Life Under Pressure From Businesses

Radiofarda – Tehran Police Chief Hossein Rahimi appears to have changed his mind about night life in Tehran in what seems to be a U-turn from his previous hardline position. Police Chief who had ruled out any night life in Tehran after 1 PM in an interview earlier this week, said on Wednesday June 19 “The police has not made …

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Russian And Iran Turn To Barter Trade

Radiofarda – Iran imports Russian equipment and agricultural products in exchange for crude oil it had already sold to Moscow, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said on Tuesday, June 18, in Tehran. Novak arrived in Tehran Monday to hold talks with the Iranian Oil Minister, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh. The Islamic Republic state-run monopolized TV&Radio news agency (IRIB) cited Namdar Zanganeh …

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US envoy on Iran says Tehran ‘without question’ behind Gulf of Oman attacks

Al-Arabia – The US special envoy for Iran told a congressional hearing that Tehran was “without question” behind last week’s attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. “Those who have seen the intelligence all come away without any question Iran is behind these attacks,” Brian Hook told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The United States sought on …

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