Thursday , 23 September 2021

Social and Political

European powers blast Iran’s ‘troubling’ nuclear violations

Al-Monitor – The United Kingdom, France and Germany expressed their “grave concern” over Iran’s reported increase in uranium metal and production of enriched uranium, warning that time is running out to negotiate a return to the Iranian nuclear agreement. The United Nation’s atomic watchdog — the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — told member states this week Iran had enriched uranium up to 60% …

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Iran’s art community fears ‘Stalin era’ under Raisi

Al-Monitor – Iran “is no Stalin-era Soviet Union,” read a statement issued by Iran’s National Union of Theater Directors, addressing Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the proposed minister of culture in the new administration of hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi. The statement was part of growing outrage against an 80-page document released by the proposed minister outlining his vision for the future of Iranian art and culture. Esmaili, 46, particularly lashed out …

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Rights Watchdog Says Mismanagement Is Undermining Iran’s COVID Response

RFL/RE – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging Iranian authorities to redouble efforts to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying their prohibition on the import of U.S. and U.K.-produced vaccines, a lack of transparency, and mismanagement are exacerbating the already dire impact of the coronavirus in the country.With the number of deaths and hospitalizations on the rise and a …

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Expert Witness: Hamid Nouri’s Trial Unmasks a Decade of Brutality

Iranwire – At the opening of the criminal trial of Hamid Nouri in Sweden last week, the names of several Iranian journalists who were killed in Iran’s 1988 prison massacre were read out to the court. Prosecutors based this on a document provided to Stockholm District Court by global organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF). On the second day of the trial, Reza Moeini, the …

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Iran’s Interior Ministry: Afghan Refugees Will be Turned Back at the Border

Iranwire – The Iranian provinces of South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchistan and Razavi Khorasan have been ordered by Iranian officials to turn back fleeing Afghans on the border. The move was announced Hossein Ghasemi, the Interior Ministry’s Director General of Border Affairs. He told the Iranian judiciary’s official news agency Mizan it was a health measure: “Because of the coronavirus pandemic, border crossings between …

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Reporters Without Borders Reprimands Iran Spokesman for ‘Threatening’ Tweet on Afghan Journalist

Iranwire – “Journalism is not a crime. But crimes against the people of Iran and Afghanistan are.” So wrote the global organization Reporters without Borders (RSF) in a public rebuke of Kianoush Jahanpour, the brash spokesman of Iran’s Drug and Food Administration. The day before, Jahanpour had posted a cryptic tweet interpreted by many as a threat toward an Afghan journalist. On …

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Hezbollah Says Iranian Fuel Tanker to Sail to Lebanon Soon

VOA – The leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group said Thursday that an Iranian fuel tanker will sail toward Lebanon “within hours,” warning Israel and the United States not to intercept it.  The delivery organized by Lebanon-based Hezbollah, would be an apparent violation of U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran after former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out …

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IRGC says Afghanistan exit a ‘lesson’ not to rely on US

Al-Monitor – Mohammad Reza Naghdi, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official who formerly headed the Basij Organization in Iran, says the US exit from Afghanistan has brought the era of America as the sole superpower to an end. Naghdi told Sepah News on Aug. 18 that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan “does not require complex analysis, just as we saw …

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The Takeaway: Iran can live with Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

Al-Monitor – After two decades with a US-backed government and American military presence on its northern border, Iran is not unhappy about the return of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Tehran has cultivated relations with the “Emirate” in recent years, even as it maintained proper ties with the outgoing Afghan government. Interests. Iran shares a 572-mile border with Afghanistan and is host to 3 million …

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Iran’s Renewed ‘Promise’ to the Palestinians

gatestoneinstitute.org – [T]he leaders of various Palestinian factions are seeking Iran’s support for their jihad (holy war) against Israel. This means that Iran under Raisi will continue to provide the Palestinian terrorist groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with financial and military aid. Iran did not promise to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of …

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