Thursday , 21 October 2021

Social and Political

Syrian Opposition Leader Labels Iran ‘Main Obstacle’ To Peace Deal

RFL/RE – The lead negotiator for the Syrian opposition at peace talks in Geneva has singled out Iran as the biggest obstacle to settling the conflict in Syria. “Iran is the main obstacle to any kind of political deal,” Hariri said, but Russia — which is also Syria’s ally — shares the blame. “Russia failed to control the regime and …

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Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

Al-monitor – Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the Ministry of Health and Medical Education between 2009 and 2012 after being one of three women …

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Iranian Sunni Leader Worried By Alleged ‘Secret Order’ To Quickly Execute Prisoners

RFL/RE – The spiritual leader of Iran’s Sunnis has written to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to express concern over “rumors” of a secret order for the speedy execution of Sunni prisoners convicted of drug trafficking. Molavi Abdolhamid calls in his letter for “wise and fatherly” intervention Molavi Abdolhamid, the Friday Prayers leader of the southeastern city of Zahedan …

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Rohani Visits Ahvaz Following Days Of Protest

RFL/RE – Iran’s President Hassan Rohani says his government has taken measures to prevent further water-supply problems in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Rohani made the announcement on February 23 during a one-day visit to the city that comes after days of protests over power cuts, dust pollution, and government mismanagement. “There have also been many efforts to resolve the …

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White House Delays Issuing Revamped Executive Order On Immigration

RFL/RE – The White House said on February 22 that it is pushing back until next week the release of President Donald Trump’s revamped executive order limiting entry into the United States for refugees and immigrants. Trump had said his administration would unveil the new order this week, but a White House official says that this has been delayed. Trump’s …

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Khamenei threatens Palestinians: ‘Continue the resistance’

Al-Arabia – The supreme leader of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged the Palestinians to “continue the resistance” on the ground and “breakaway from the consequences of the Oslo Accords.” He also encouraged Palestinians to manage what he described as “internal differences,” before they turn into domestic conflict and confrontation, in a statement that echoed a threat. Khamenei’s assertion …

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Iran Sends Military Students to Syrian Front

VOA – Iran is increasingly using Syrian battlefields as a proving ground for fresh military officers in training, according to Iranian media reports and Syrian opposition figures. Tehran-based Imam Hossein University, a school affiliated with The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said it recently deployed military leadership students to fight in Syria as part of an educational program designed for …

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Can Iran’s Khamenei rule out ‘national reconciliation’?

Al-monitor – In a speech Feb. 15, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly addressed the idea of “national reconciliation” brought forward by Reformists over the past weeks. AUTHOR Reza Marashi “Some people talk about national reconciliation; however, that does not make sense to me,” he said. “The people are already united. So why do you talk about reconciliation? Are …

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