Thursday , 21 October 2021

Social and Political

Warring Parties Trade Blame For No Progress At Syrian Peace Talks

RFL/RE – Syria’s warring parties traded blame on March 2 after nearly a week of peace negotiations without progress in Geneva, while the United Nations’ negotiator pressed on with efforts to bring the two sides together. In separate talks with both sides, UN Syria envoy Steffan de Mistura sought to focus the talks on agreeing to hold elections, draft a …

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5 Rouhani allies in the crosshairs of Iran’s hard-liners

Al-monitor – Iran’s upcoming presidential election is set to be contentious, pitting the ruling coalition of moderates and Reformists against hard-line conservatives. As moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani seeks a second term, his opponents are striving to reach a consensus over a single candidate — a prospect that appears unachievable given deep disagreements among conservatives, with former chief nuclear negotiator …

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Rouhani says Iran opposed to incursions into Syria, Iraq

Al-monitor – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met March 1 in Islamabad on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) conference to diffuse recent tensions between their countries. Despite the photo op in the Pakistani capital, the two sides still hold opposing positions on a number of issues in the Middle East. . AUTHOR …

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Iran’s Major Naval Exercise, Missile Tests a ‘Standard Practice’

VOA – Iran has wrapped up a large-scale naval exercise involving missile tests at a time of heightened tension with the United States. The U.S. downplayed the Iranian maneuvers as a “standard practice.” Iranian state media said the navy drill that ended Tuesday spanned 2 million square kilometers of the Arabian Sea, extending to the entrances of the Persian Gulf …

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Did Iran’s foreign minister write to Tillerson?

Al-monitor – Iranian hard-line member of parliament Javad Karimi Ghoddousi is one of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s staunch enemies. Ghoddousi has repeatedly brought up issues against the foreign minister, and he recently published Zarif’s confidential talks with parliament members in the media. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Now, Ghoddousi has claimed that Zarif has written a letter to US Secretary of …

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Relatives Mourn Indian Engineer Slain In U.S. After Being Mistaken As Iranian

RFL/RE – Hundreds of grieving relatives and friends of a 32-year-old engineer from Hyderabad, India, have been mourning his death after he was murdered in an apparently racially motivated shooting in the U.S. state of Kansas. The slain GPS specialist, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was cremated in Hyderabad on February 28. Kuchibhotla — who was studying in the United States and working …

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How Iran’s hard-line media reacted to Oscar win

Al-Monitor – On Feb. 27, around six in the morning, many Iranians were awake waiting to see if Iran would win its second Oscar. Finally, it was announced. Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the Best Foreign Language Film award. Social networks burst into happiness, and Iranians celebrated this event as once again Iran’s culture became global. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Iranian …

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Mother Teresa of Iran Passes away at 91

PayvandNews – Ashraf Qandehari-Bahadorzadeh was a humanitarian and the co-founder of the Kahrizak nursing home, south of Tehran. She had devoted her life to helping those in need and was praised and honored for her charity works. She joined the founding committee of Kahrizak in 1972 and helped building the charity complex as we know it today. The late Ashraf Qandehari-Bahadorzadeh In …

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Unpacking Iranian Director Farhadi’s Oscar-Night Balancing Act

RFL/RE – Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won rave notices ahead of winning his second Oscar, for the taut “neorealist” suspense film The Salesman, but the reviews have been more mixed for his long-distance acceptance speech. By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL Farhadi’s reaction to this year’s best-foreign-film honor — delivered live in Los Angeles by the world’s first female space tourist, Iranian-born engineer Anousheh Ansari, …

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Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages

Iranhumanrights.org – A former member of Parliament and Iranian-Kurdish rights activist, Jalal Jalalizadeh, has strongly criticized the Islamic Republic’s refusal to recognize the constitutional right of ethnic minorities to preserve their languages. Jalal Jalalizadeh Eighty-eight civil rights activists have meanwhile sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani demanding the implementation of that right. The government’s refusal to enforce Article 15 of the Constitution “shows …

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