Friday , 28 January 2022

Social and Political

Turkic speakers join forces in Iran’s parliament

Al-monitor – For the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic, Turkic-speaking lawmakers have formed a bloc in the Iranian parliament. The Faction of Turkic Regions was formed in late October. It has been reported to have 100 members in the 290-seat parliament and is led by Masoud Pezeshkian, who represents the northwestern city of Tabriz and who served as minister of health …

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Why hasn’t Iran’s president announced bid for re-election?

Al-monitor – On Jan. 17, Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani held a press conference on the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Rouhani addressed a range of issues, including the implementation of the nuclear deal, the country’s economic situation and the termination of sanctions. He also responded to questions about rumors that …

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Iran Against U.S. Presence At Syria Peace Talks In Astana

RFL/RE – Iran says it opposes the United States joining peace talks on Syria to be held in Kazakhstan next week. That goes against the position of the other two organizers of the talks, Russia and Turkey, which have said the new U.S. administration of Donald Trump should be represented at the Astana talks, which begin on January 23. “We …

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U.S., UN Criticize Bahrain’s Execution Of Shi’ite Men For 2014 Attack

RFL/RE – The United States and the UN have criticized Bahrain over the executions of three Shi’ite Muslim men who had been convicted of a deadly bomb attack on police. The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s office issued the harshest rebuke, saying on January 17 that it was “appalled” by the executions, carried out by firing squad on January 15 after …

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Iran President Says He Will Not Renegotiate Nuclear Deal

VOA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not consider renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal with the incoming Trump administration, which has repeatedly denounced the deal. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday on the first anniversary of the deal’s signing, Rouhani said there would be “no sense” in trying to renegotiate it now. “The nuclear deal is …

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Ordinary citizens in Iran rally to save death-row prisoners

Al-monitor – Mahyaddin spent the final hours of 2016 in solitude, deciding whether to spare the life of a man on death row for killing his only son, Pouya. Five years ago, Pouya was knifed to death by 17-year-old Hemin Oraminejad in a brawl over petty issues in the western Iranian city of Sanandaj. The Supreme Court rejected Oraminejad’s appeal …

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Bahrain and “Iranian-Backed Terrorism”

PayvandNews – In a recent article, Matthew Levitt and Michael Knights of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) highlighted Iranian support of “terrorism” in Bahrain and suggested a future path for the country “balancing security and human rights.” Although the authors rightly suggest that Bahrain should do more to address human rights problems, their article suffers from three …

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EU Diplomat Says Bloc Will Stand By Iran Nuclear Deal

RFL/RE – European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted that the accord served Europe’s security needs and was “proof that diplomacy works and delivers.” The European Union head of foreign affairs says the EU will stand by the nuclear agreement with Iran, setting up a potential conflict with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has condemned the deal. Federica Mogherini on …

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Saudi Minister Welcomes Trump’s Vow To Contain Iran, Fight IS

RFL/RE – “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says he is “optimistic” that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will work to restore U.S. influence in the world, contain Iran, and fight …

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IAEA Says Iran Has Removed Sensitive Nuclear Equipment From Site

RFL/RE – The UN atomic agency says Iran has complied with a key commitment of a nuclear agreement with major world powers by removing sensitive equipment from an underground site. In a January 16 statement, Yukiya Amano head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Tehran had met a deadline and taken “excess centrifuges and infrastructure” from its …

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