Wednesday , 16 June 2021

Social and Political

Foreign Ministry Denies Zarif’s Wife is Under a Travel Ban

iranwire – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied a published story about Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s wife being subjected to a travel ban. On Sunday, May 16, the Telegram channel Saham News, which is linked to house-arrested reformist cleric Mehdi Karroubi, said that Maryam Imaniyeh had been blocked from traveling abroad. The missive came weeks after a taped interview with Zarif …

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Iran’s presidential elections are all about the post-Khamenei era

mei.edu – Iran will hold presidential elections on June 18 and despite considerable efforts by the authorities, the battle at the ballot box is set to be a lifeless affair. A solid majority of Iranian voters have by now entirely lost hope that voting makes any difference. Actual turnout could be as low as 20% as compared to the 73% recorded …

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How to Ensure a Middle East War in Five Easy Steps

amgreatness – More than 2,500 rockets have landed in Israel over the past week. Some Arab Israeli citizens are terrorizing Jewish Israelis. Apparently, as the rockets fall, these citizens are to be Arab Islamic nationalists first, and Israelis last—even if they wisely prefer to live on the Israeli rather than the Palestinian side of Israel’s hated wall. The usual Hamas …

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Can Israel blast Gaza and still make friends in the Gulf?

reuters – Scenes of devastation in Gaza are likely to make it harder for Israel to win its biggest diplomatic prize: recognition by Saudi Arabia. But so far, the other rich Gulf states that invested in opening ties with Israel last year are showing no public sign of second thoughts. Arab officials have come together to condemn what they describe …

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Firebrands, ‘Rentals’ and Has-Beens on Reformists’ 2021 Candidate List

Iranwire – Saturday, May 15 was the fifth and last day for presidential hopefuls in Iran to register as candidates. Three prominent reformist figures, Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, Eshagh Jahangiri and Masoud Pezeshkian, put their names down on the day. Out of 14 people on the reformists’ unofficial shortlist, three have already withdrawn. Vetting by the Guardian Council is now under …

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Iran: Prisoner Jamal Mohammadi Executed in Ilam

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Jamal Mohammadi, who had been sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for the murder of his superior during his compulsory military service, has been executed in Ilam Central Prison. According to Iran Human Rights, a man was executed in Ilam Central Prison in the early hours of this morning. His identity has been established as Jamal Mohammadi, who was …

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Hamas representative in Iran: latest round of fighting is strategic shift for group

Al-Monitor – This is not just another normal round of confrontation between the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel — at least this is what Hamas believes. The group’s representative in Tehran told Al-Monitor in an exclusive interview that, this time, his group along with other Palestinian factions “applied a strategic shift in the concept of resistance, from …

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Iran reveals its strategy advising Hamas on war against Israel

Jpost – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force head Esmail Ghaani spoke with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh over the weekend and they discussed the latest developments in the situation and the conflict in Gaza. Tasnim news reported the discussion in Iran. It comes amid an Iranian regional push to support Hamas, including pro-Iran leader Hadi al-Amiri in Iraq indicating …

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Iran Military Commander Backs Hamas In Call With Militant Group’s Leader

RFL/RE – A top Iranian commander has expressed support for the Palestinian Hamas movement in fighting that erupted this week in Gaza against Israel. The commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IGRC), General Esmail Qaani, assured Hamas of his full support on May 15, Iranian state media reported. Qaani made the comments in a telephone …

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Biden and Iran: Temptation to Save the Zombie

gatestoneinstitute.org – [S]ensing that the American side is keen on producing the fudge, the Iranian side is raising the stakes. On Monday “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei said that “liberating Palestine” is the “number one goal of the Islamic ummah”, making it clear that even if the “nuclear deal” is revived, the clash of two visions on the future of the …

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