Thursday , 21 October 2021

Social and Political

Trump, Netanyahu Align on Tough Iran Stance Before Talks

VOA – As President Donald Trump prepares for his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since entering the White House, analysts say the Israeli leader hopes to forge common ground on Iran and regional issues. Netanyahu will be the fourth foreign leader to meet with Trump face-to-face at the White House, after British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese …

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Iran’s Hardliners Grow More Confident

VOA – With tensions between the United States and Iran mounting over Tehran’s test-firing of mid-range ballistic missiles, Iran’s hardliners appear emboldened. They talk now of having a chance of winning their country’s presidential election in May – or at least turning incumbent Hassan Rouhani into a lame-duck president, if he does manage to secure reelection. Observers say Rouhani had …

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How Iran may have just won a second Oscar

Al-monitor – In a statement Jan. 29, Oscar-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi announced that he will not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony later this month. The reason: US President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order to ban citizens of Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. Farhadi’s announcement came as Iran was hosting its own Oscars, the 35th Fajr International Film Festival. AUTHOR Zahra Alipour …

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Iran’s Zarif criticizes hard-liners for leaks on nuclear talks

Al-monitor – With a new US administration that has not made its opposition to the nuclear deal a secret, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif took aim at those inside Iran who continue to try to sabotage the implementation of the nuclear deal and reveal contents of his confidential testimonies about those talks. AUTHOR Arash Karami …

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Iran sentences man to 10 years for espionage

washingtonpost — Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that a 62-year-old man has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term on espionage charges. The Monday report quotes Hassan Heidari, a judiciary official in the northeastern city of Mashhad, as saying the accused person was arrested five months ago. The report does not identify the man. The verdict comes after …

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Sweden defends officials wearing headscarves in Iran

BBC – The Swedish government has defended its decision to have its officials wear headscarves during a trip to Iran, saying that failing to do so would have broken the law. Trade Minister Ann Linde led a business team last week and faced criticism for wearing a headscarf, or hijab. Sweden says it has the world’s first “feminist government”. A …

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Tehran Says Eight Sunni Militants Arrested For Planning Attacks During Past Week

RFL/RE – Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi says security forces have arrested eight hard-line Sunni Islamists who were suspected of planning attacks to disrupt celebrations marking the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Alavi said on February 11 that the eight suspects were all foreigners and that some were linked to a Sunni militant leader who had been killed in …

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Iranian Prince to Trump: Be Sensitive in Considering New Immigration Order

VOA – The son of Iran’s last monarch is appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump to distinguish between the Iranian people and their Islamist rulers as the president considers whether to impose new restrictions on immigration to the United States. In an exclusive studio interview with VOA’s Persian Service, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi said Iranians are sensitive to being “confused” …

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Iran, Sweden Initial Accords During Swedish Prime Minister’s Visit

RFL/RE – Iran’s supreme leader has told Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that Sweden has a good reputation among Iranians and is seen by Tehran as a reliable economic partner. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the remarks to Lofven during a meeting in Tehran on February 11. Left to Right: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven President Hassan Rohani Supreme Leader Ali …

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US Commander Warns of Russian, Iranian, Pakistani Influence in Afghanistan

VOA – The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says Russia, Pakistan and Iran are pursuing their own agendas with regard to the fragile country, complicating the fight against terrorism and extremism. “We’re concerned about outside actors,” General John Nicholson told VOA’s Afghan service in an interview. VOA’s Exclusive Interview With General John Nicholson Russia, which had an ill-fated intervention into …

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