Thursday , 2 December 2021

Social and Political

Notorious Former Iranian Prosecutor Sentenced To More Than 100 Lashes

RFL/RE – Said Mortazavi, Iran’s notorious former chief prosecutor, has been sentenced to receive 135 lashes for charges related to a corruption trial. Mortazavi, who played a major role in sentencing opposition activists from Iran’s Green Movement following the disputed 2009 presidential election, was convicted on November 2 in Tehran of “seizing and wasting public funds” when he headed the …

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Iranian protesters demand payment of salaries, end to corruption

alarabiya -A large number of Iranian employees, workers, and citizens came together on Tuesday to demonstrate in front of the Iranian parliament, demanding payment of salaries and protesting against corruption. This protest follows Hassan Rowhani’s appointment of three new ministers after sacking the previous ones over corruption charges. The demonstrators demanded that their money embezzled by government-affiliated companies be recovered. …

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‘Cyrus the Great’ enters Iranian politics

Al-monitor  — Iranians have long been proud of their ancient history and culture, and they always speak of the Achaemenid Empire (circa 550-330 B.C.) with pride. Since the kings of this empire, and particularly Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great, ruled with benevolence and tolerance, they enjoy a particular affection among Iranians. Darius, in his famous prayer, wished for …

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Iran’s President Rouhani questions youth despair despite ample progress

PayvandNews – President Rouhani while noting the various progress his govt. has made in economic and foreign policy arenas, urged finding solutions to raise Iranian youth’s hope for the future of the country. Suicide cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Ghanoon President Hassan Rouhani attended an open Parliament’s session on Tuesday where MPs would assess the qualifications and then vote …

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Iranian Parliament Approves Three New Rohani Cabinet Ministers

RFL/RE – Iranian lawmakers on November 1 approved three new ministers, signaling support for changes in the cabinet of President Hassan Rohani seven months before a presidential election. State media reported that Reza Salehi Amiri, Saeed Soltanifar, and Fakhredin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani won votes of confidence to take over the ministries of Islamic guidance and culture, sport and youth affairs, and …

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Iran: 20 ‘undeclared’ sentences on Saudi embassy attackers

Al-Arabia – An Iranian judiciary official has announced that there are 20 “undeclared suspects” accused of storming and attacking Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad last January. However, “the convictions will be made public soon,” Alkhadi Husseini said. The statement comes after Iranian authorities released in October Hassan Kord Mihin, the mastermind behind the attack on the …

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Can Iran pull Turkey, Iraq away from brink of war?

Al-monitor — “He insults me. You are not on the same level as me! You are not my equal! Scream all you want from Iraq! It will not change anything! We will do what we want to do.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uttered these words Oct. 11 when addressing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in the latest round of verbal sparring …

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Iran, China seal New Silk Road deal

PayvandNews – Iran and China have finalized an agreement which allows Chinese traders to use the Iranian territory for exports to Europe as envisaged in an ambitious plan by Beijing named the New Silk Road initiative. Related Iran-China Silk Road forum being held in Tehran (photo by Islamic Republic News Agency) Iran says it has finalized a cooperation agreement with …

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Three Foreign Banks to Open in Iran, Central Bank Official Says

Bloomberg – Three foreign banks are opening up representative offices in Iran as the country seeks to boost investment after reaching an international sanctions deal last year, a central bank official said. Oman’s Bank Muscat SAOG, Woori Bank of South Korea and India’s UCO Bank Ltd. are all in the process of establishing a presence in Tehran, Central Bank Vice …

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Iran Is Poised to Limit Press Freedom Even More Than It Already Does

globalvoices.org -When President Hassan Rouhani was elected to office in 2013, he was lauded for his mandate of “hope and prudence” and promises to bring more freedoms to the media and telecommunications realm. Written by Mahsa Alimardani Read Iran’s current Press Law, ratified in 1986, on the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center website. Article 3, 6 and 7 are the sections that will be …

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