Saturday , 19 June 2021

Social and Political

The Convicted Cleric: Meet Iran’s Longest-Serving Secret Negotiator

Iranwire – Many Iranians were surprised to see Mohammad Ali Hadi Najafabadi, a clergyman who no longer wears clerical garb, sitting among the defendants in the multi-billion dollar Bank Sarmayeh corruption case. Few knew that Iran’s former senior negotiator in the Iran-Contra Affair had since become a member of the bank’s board of directors. The first court hearing took place on May 14, …

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What Iranian Foreign Policy Could Look Like Under President Raisi

RFL/RE – Under Ebrahim Raisi, the front-runner in Iran’s June 18 presidential election, Tehran’s tone toward the West could harden, though it will likely continue to seek a deal to revive the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, analysts say.While the president sets the tone on domestic issues and foreign policy, he is not the sole decision-maker on foreign policy matters. A …

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Iran’s Fake Presidential Election

gatestoneinstitute.org – The genuine power in Iran is made up of unelected, authoritarian, religious and fascist military elites who, for decades, have, frozen in place the revolutionary, theocratic ideology of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The nomination mechanism for presidential candidates is itself part of the fraudulent process. Past elections have either been rigged in favor the hardliners, as in today’s …

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No Justice for women under Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi

Iran-HRM – With the clerical regime paving the way for Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, the preferred candidate of supreme leader Ali Khamenei, he runs virtually uncontested for president. Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi to head the Iranian regime’s judiciary on February 26, 2019. Raisi’s first two years as judiciary chief (2019-2021) have been marked by intensified repression and rights violations. Particularly women …

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In a letter from prison, Saeed Masouri boycotts the regime’s sham election

Iran-HRM – Saeed Masouri, the longest held political prisoner in Iran, sent an open letter from Raja’i Shahr Prison, reacting to the upcoming developments, including the clerical regime’s sham presidential election. Noting the increasing infighting within the regime, in part of the letter, Saeed Masouri wrote: “For years, this game spilt the blood of thousands of young Iranians in the …

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Iran’s Leading Presidential Candidate Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity

realclearworld – Even the prison guards were horrified. In the summer of 1988, at the behest of Iran’s then-supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime executed thousands of political dissidents incarcerated at 32 sites throughout the country. Saeed Amirkhizi, an inmate at Evin Prison at the time, recalls that even those guards “who had been tormenting and executing prisoners for years were …

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Outrage over Austrian FM’s alleged ban of protest against Iran talks

jpost – Iranian dissidents claim the Austrian foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg ordered the Vienna police to ban Iranian dissidents from protesting against the nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran near the Grand Hotel Vienna where negotiations are being held.In a Wednesday Skype conversation with The Jerusalem Post, Atusa Sabagh, an Iranian dissident based in Vienna, who is part of …

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Prominent Activist in Iran Fears Her “Life is in Danger” After Violent Confrontations

CHRI – Iranian authorities should stop physically assaulting, harassing and threatening peaceful activists in Iran, including the prominent rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that she fears for her life after being twice violently confronted by unidentified state security agents in less than a week. “I am extremely worried for my life,” Mohammadi …

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Iranians set to vote for president amid turnout concerns

Al-Monitor – Iran’s hard-line leadership has in the past few days gone to great lengths to push the public toward the ballot box in Friday’s presidential election to decide the “fate” of the country at “this critical juncture.” The competition, however, is seen as nothing short of an “engineered” race meant to guarantee a landslide for Ebrahim Raisi, the judiciary chief …

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Apathy shadows Iran vote but that doesn’t mean change won’t follow

Al-monitor – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei this week attempted to rally a generally apathetic electorate to turn out for Friday’s presidential election.  “The people’s support of the system must be shown to the enemy,” he declared, as polls signal that only about 40% of the Iranian electorate will vote. The final tally is expected to be well below the 73% turnout in the 2017 election, and …

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