Friday , 20 May 2022

Social and Political

IRGC Commander Publicly Criticizes Rouhani’s Refusal to Block Telegram Call Service Before Election

CHRI – One month before Iranians head to the polls, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has revealed that President Hassan Rouhani opposed pressure to ban the popular Telegram application’s newly released “Voice Calls” service. “In a meeting with Rouhani, we emphasized that allowing Telegram to initiate a voice calling service in Iran would prevent us …

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Is prominent conservative cleric really a threat to Rouhani?

Al-monitor — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is aiming for another term in office, and as such the May 19 elections in Iran pose an ultimate vote of confidence. Rouhani’s aides do not seem to doubt his prospects as they believe this government has done almost everything it could to make the situation in the country better than it was four …

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U.S. Envoy At UN Accuses Iran, Hizballah Of Destabilizing Middle East

RFL/RE – The U.S. envoy to the United Nations has accused Iran and its ally Hizballah of conspiring to destabilize the Middle East during an open meeting of the UN Security Council on April 20. Nikki Haley, who is chairing the council this month, said Iran and Lebanon’s Hizballah have trained “deadly militias” that they use to fuel conflicts in …

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Trump Accuses Iran Of ‘Not Living Up To Spirit’ Of 2015 Nuclear Deal

RFL/RE –U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Iran of “not living up to the spirit” of its nuclear agreement with world powers and said the United States would soon have a response. At a White House news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on April 20, Trump repeated his criticism that “it was a terrible agreement…as bad as …

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Former President Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Elections

VOA – Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election. The Guardian Council, a clerical body tasked with vetting the candidates, on Thursday did approve the candidacy of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani, a relative moderate, will face off against a field that includes two prominent hard-liners: Ebrahim Raisi, who is considered …

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Low Female Participation Rate in Iranian Elections Symptom of Gender Inequality

CHRI – The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an academic women’s periodical, said Iranian women are denied many rights as citizens …

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As Iran’s election nears, cracks appear in conservative camp

Al-monitor — Iran’s presidential elections are perhaps among the most unpredictable worldwide. Except for the 2001 landslide re-election of Reformist President Mohammad Khatami, predicting the winner of the past five presidential polls has truly been a challenge. The May 19 vote is shaping up to be the most unpredictable yet. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari In a new development this election cycle, the Principlist movement …

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Why some Reformists may not support Rouhani’s re-election

Al-monitor – Iran’s Reformist Council for Policymaking announced March 12 that it would be supporting incumbent moderate President Hassan Rouhani — approximately two months before the country’s presidential election. Mohammad Reza Aref, parliamentarian and head of the council, said that in a meeting in which all the of members were present, they took a vote and agreed to support Rouhani for his second …

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Iran’s Judiciary Blocks Voice Calls On Telegram Messaging App

PayvandNewss – Iran’s judiciary has blocked newly introduced call features on a highly popular messaging app called Telegram. It was not immediately clear whether the reason for the blocking of voice calls, introduced last week, was a political move ahead of the country’s May presidential election or an attempt to protect the commercial interests of Iranian telecom companies. Telegram CEO …

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