Friday , 20 May 2022

Social and Political

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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Is Ahmadinejad defying Khamenei’s ‘advice’ to abandon ambitions?

AL-monitor – On Feb. 20, former Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei announced his intention to run in the country’s May 19 presidential election amid efforts among conservatives to reach a consensus over a single nominee. As such, Baghaei, who served as deputy to former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is now, in effect, the representative of Ahmadinejad’s circle in the upcoming …

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Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Iranhumanrights.org – Twitter’s growth in Iran can be tracked through three distinct stages; when it was banned in 2009, during the nuclear talks in 2013-15, and after the ban was partially lifted in 2016. Twitter Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to …

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Iran Announces Deal To Provide Russia With Oil In Swap For Cash, Goods

RFL/RE – Iran said it will begin selling 100,000 barrels of oil a day to Russia within the next 15 days and receive payment half in cash and half in goods and services, Iranian news media reported on February 21. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh provided details about the deal after meeting Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak in Tehran, …

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Lashes Out At ‘Fake Entity’ Israel

RFL/RE – Iran’s supreme leader has labelled Israel a “fake entity” and has called its creation “one of the dirty chapters of history that will be closed, with the grace of God.” Speaking on February 21 in Tehran at the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the plight of the Palestinian …

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Iran summons Turkish envoy over comments by president

Al-Arabia – Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on over comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilizing the region. Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria with mostly Shi’ite Iran backing the government of President Bashar Assad while Turkey, which is majority Sunni, has …

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EU, IAEA reaffirm commitment to Iran deal in joint statement

PayvandNews – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations’ nuclear agency have reaffirmed their support for the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six other countries.  Media outlets reported on Friday that the two sides had communicated the stance in a joint statement a day earlier following the fifth meeting of their senior officials. The deal, officially titled the …

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Iran Bans Teen Chess Siblings Over Head Scarf, Match Against Israeli

RFL/RE – Iranian chess officials have barred two teen siblings from domestic chess tournaments and the national team for crossing some of the religious establishment’s so-called red lines at an international chess event. Borna (L) and Dorsa Derakhshani The Iranian National Chess Team dismissed 18-year-old Dorsa Derakhshani for appearing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017, which ran from January …

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