Sunday , 13 June 2021

Social and Political

Blinken and a Repeat of ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ Saga

gatestoneinstitute.org – Ali Khamenei asserts that he has received “a divine pledge that total victory is on the way”, and demands that the two groups continue the fight until “our holy land is cleansed of the existence of the usurper”. The daily Kayhan, reputed to reflect Khamenei’s views, claims that Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets and missiles could now reach 75 …

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Rohani Dismisses Iran’s Central Bank Chief Over Presidential Candidacy

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has dismissed the head of the country’s central bank, Abdolnaser Hemmatti, because he is running as a candidate for president in an election in June.Reuters quotes Hemmatti as saying during a meeting late on May 29 via the Clubhouse social media app that Rohani told him: “If you stand in the election, you cannot …

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Coronavirus in Iran: Power Outages, Black Fungus, and Warnings of a Fifth Surge

Iranwire – The two coronavirus variants first detected in South Africa and India are still stalking southern Iranian cities. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that cases of “black fungus” infections have been found among Iranians who recovered from Covid-19. Ahead of the presidential election on June 18, Iran’s National Coronavirus Taskforce has warned about the potential risks of large gatherings. …

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Iran Confirms Spying, Propaganda Charges Against French Detainee

VOA – Iranian prosecutors have confirmed a French man detained in the Islamic republic will be tried for espionage and “propaganda against the system,” his lawyer told AFP on Sunday. Benjamin Briere, born in 1985, was arrested in Iran in May 2020, allegedly while flying a drone and taking photographs in a prohibited area. Espionage is punishable by death in …

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Iran’s Quds Force chief says Israelis should ‘return’ to US, Europe

Al-Arabia – Israelis should leave Israel and “return to their homes” in the United States and Europe, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force Esmail Ghaani said on Saturday. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. “We recommend that the Zionists return and buy back their homes that they sold in Europe and America …

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Iran’s Rohani Congratulates Assad On Syria Election Victory

RFL/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has congratulated Syria’s Bashar al-Assad on winning a fourth seven-year presidential term in an election dismissed as a sham by the opposition and Western governments, according to an Iranian presidential website. “I sincerely congratulate you on the successful conduct of the elections and your reelection as president of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Rohani said …

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False Promises and a Forced Confession: A Former Kurdish Activist Held Hostage by Iran

Iranwire – In April, authorities handed down a 40-year jail sentence to Kurdish political prisoner Mohammad Moradi on charges of “rebellion through membership to an opposition party and returning to Iran to carry out armed operations.” But when Moradi, who is from Piranshahr county in West Azerbaijan, decided to return to Iran in 2018, he was given assurances by the local intelligence …

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Iranian Tanker Seized by Indonesia Is Released After 4 Months

VOA – An Iranian-flagged tanker seized by Indonesia in January over the suspected illegal transfer of oil has been released, an Indonesian official and Iranian state media said on Saturday. Wisnu Pramandita, a spokesman for the Indonesian coastguard, said the Iranian-flagged tanker, the MT Horse, was released on Friday after a court decision earlier in the week. The court ruled …

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US Says Iranians Should be Free to Choose Own Leaders

VOA – The Biden administration has responded to Iran’s mass disqualification of candidates for its upcoming presidential election by saying Iranians should be free to choose their own leaders. The White House statement coincides with sharp criticism of Iran’s electoral system from Iranian rights activists and U.S. conservatives as neither free nor fair. Iran’s Guardian Council, which vets election candidates, …

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