Saturday , 4 December 2021

Social and Political

Iran invites UN nuclear watchdog chief to Tehran for talks

Al-Arabia – Iran has invited the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency for talks after the UN official expressed concern over a lack of contact with Iranian authorities, Tehran said Monday. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi “has been invited” to Tehran and a visit …

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Aban Tribunal: Witnesses Say Regime Agents, Not Protesters, Burned the Banks

Iranwire – From the very beginning of the November 2019 protests, senior Iranian regime members including then-President Hassan Rouhani denounced those who took part as “rioters”. The idea that civilians were acting violently, and also damaging public property, became a key justification for the lethal crackdown that was then enacted by security forces. The claim that protesters were setting fire to banks has …

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‘You Have Been the Voice of the Voiceless’

Iranwire – The Aban Tribunal has adjourned in Church House, London after five days of witness testimonies on crimes committed by the Iranian state in November 2019. The panel has seen more than 100 written submissions of murder, torture and human rights abuses committed in 28 of the country’s 31 provinces. Millions of Iranians inside the country watched live broadcasts of the independent …

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Panel Calls for Justice for Victims of 2019 Iranian Protest Crackdown

VOA – The Iran Atrocities Tribunal adjourned Sunday in London after hearing five days of testimony from more than 30 witnesses who alleged that Iranian authorities killed, tortured and abused thousands of their countrymen three years ago during protests against Tehran’s sudden increase in the price of gasoline. The six-lawyer panel, formed by civil society groups but with no official …

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State TV: 2 Quakes Strike in Southern Iran, Killing at Least One

VOA – Two strong earthquakes struck southern Iran near the port of Bandar Abbas on Sunday, prompting residents to flee their homes and killing at least one person, state TV reported. The quakes measured 6.3 and 6.4 magnitude, jolting the province of Hormozgan, state TV said, and the tremors were felt across the gulf in Dubai. “One person died after …

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Former Iran Hostage Buried in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery

VOA – Donald Hohman, who was among the Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days between 1979 and 1981, was laid to rest along with his wife in a veterans’ cemetery in Kentucky. The couple, both 79, lived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and died within several days of each other this fall after contracting COVID-19, their daughter-in-law, Jocelyn Hohman, told …

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Strike on Kadhimi shows Iran losing control over Shia militias in Iraq: US officials

Al-Arabia – The drone strike which targeted Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was likely not sanctioned by Iran but rather showed Tehran’s waning control over Shia militias in the country, US officials told NBC News. Iraq’s military said on Sunday Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad’s Green Zone was targeted by an explosive-laden drone in a “failed assassination attempt”, but the PM …

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Deputy Speaker: ‘I Shot People. Who Wants to Put Us on Trial?’

Iranwire – The deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament has reacted defensively to questions about of the ongoing Aban Tribunal in London. Hassan Norouzi, also a spokesman for the parliament’s Legal and Judicial Committee, was approached for comment on the proceedings by a reporter for the Iranian news website Iran Watch. He responded: “I was one of the people who shot at people. We …

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How Did the Lebanese React to The Team Melli Suitcases Debacle?

Iranwire – Like others around the world, Lebanese people and political figures took to Twitter prior to the match between Lebanon and Iran on Thursday 10, 2021, at Rafic Hariri Stadium in the Lebanese city of Sidon, to speculate after suspicious pictures of Iranian football players’ luggage had surfaced online. The pictures showed each Iranian football star pushing three to four large …

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Aban Tribunal: Victims of Gunfire and Torture Denounce ‘Criminals’

Iranwire -The bodies of some people killed in the November 2019 protests were taken away by the security forces in meat trucks, while detained Iranians were subjected to unspeakable torture and assault at the hands of the IRGC and intelligence agents, the Aban Tribunal has heard. Several audience members in Church House, London were in tears on Saturday as eyewitnesses from different parts of …

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