Tuesday , 21 September 2021

Social and Political

Lawyers, Activists Arrested as they Attempt to Sue State for Failed COVID Response

CHRI —The unlawful arrests of six prominent lawyers and civil rights activists in Tehran as they were preparing to file a lawsuit against state officials for their gross mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic is an indication of the worsening human rights situation under the newly inaugurated President Ebrahim Raisi and new Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei. “Instead of addressing the skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 infections …

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Whither US policy toward Iran?

Al-Monitor – With Hossein Amir-Abdollahian’s nomination as foreign minister set to be approved by Iran’s parliament, stalled negotiations to restore the Iran nuclear deal may finally get back on track. While it is not yet clear whether the Foreign Ministry or the Supreme National Security Council will oversee the nuclear file, Iran’s team has now taken shape and is largely united. Balancing …

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US blasts Iran’s uranium metal production as ‘unconstructive’

Al-monitor The Biden administration is demanding Iran cease its “nuclear escalations,” warning that Tehran’s continued production of banned uranium metal will further undermine the diplomatic process as Washington seeks to revive the landmark nuclear agreement. Rafael Grossi, the head of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency watchdog, reportedly told member countries on Monday that Iran has manufactured 200 grams …

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Protesters arrested in Khuzestan, detained under torture and pressure

Iran-HRM – Reliable sources say the protesters arrested during the protests in Khuzestan are detained under torture and pressure. An informed source said: “The intelligence services take the arrestees to an uncertain location. Those arrested say, ‘they cannot distinguish day from night.’ ” According to the same source, “To intimidate and terrorize the arrestees, the torturers and interrogators cover their …

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Iran and Its Two Damaged Wings

gatestoneinstitute.org – As the great Iranian theologian Kazem Assar put it: “Monarchy and Shi’ism are the two wings with which the Iranian eagle can soar to unimaginable heights.” This time, however, things may turn out to be different as the Khomeinist regime has tried to clip off both wings of which Assar spoke. Over the years, rather than the clergy …

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Covid-19: Five-Day Lockdown Declared in Iran

Iranwire – Iran will be in lockdown for five consecutive days from Monday, August 16, to Saturday, August 21, the National Coronavirus Taskforce announced on August 14. In a letter to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, Health Minister Saeed Namaki had asked for a two-week lockdown. But his request failed to attract so much as one vote at the meeting of …

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Iranian Mullahs’ Deadly War at Sea, Biden Administration Silent

gatestoneinstitute.org – While the Iranian mullahs have been busy breaching two critical international laws, the international community — especially the United States, EU and UN Security Council — have remained silent. If it were Israel that carried out such a deadly attack, the international community would be up in arms trying to take tough actions against the tiny state. Worse, …

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Iran Faces ‘Tsunami’ Of COVID-19 Infections, Deaths

RFL/RE – With a new victim of the coronavirus dying every two minutes, deaths are soaring in Iran, with infections from the new Delta variant skyrocketing and hospitals overfilled. There are also widespread shortages of oxygen cylinders and other materials as many Iranians are furious with their leaders over a vaccination campaign that lags far behind other countries. “The situation …

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Ex-Prime Minister’s Assassin Dies of Covid-19 in Tehran

Iranwire – On August 6, just as friends and supporters of Shapour Bakhtiar, the last prime minister of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, were preparing to take part in ceremonies marking the 30th anniversary of his assassination, Dr. Bakhtiar’s killer was taken to the ICU at Tehran’s Khatam al-Anbia Hospital. Fereydoon Boyer-Ahmadi had all the symptoms of severe Covid-19. He later …

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Two Kolbars Hospitalized After Border Guards Open Fire

Iranwire – Two kolbars have been hospitalized after being shot on the Iran-Iraq border in the latest in a string of attacks this summer. Human rights organization Hengaw reports that on the morning of Friday, August 13, officers with Sardasht Border Regiment in Kurdistan opened fire on a group of kolbars carrying goods in the Bitoush area. One of the …

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