Monday , 18 October 2021

Social and Political

Afghan crisis exposes rifts across Iran’s political spectrum

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Reformists woke up to a stinging editorial Sept. 9 by the hard-line daily Kayhan that grilled them over their sympathy for the resistance front in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley. Kayhan, which is affiliated with the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, challenged the Reformists to come forth and enrol to be deployed to Panjshir if they are serious about such support. …

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Suicide Crisis As Nurses Face Unbearable Pressure and Staff Shortages

Iranwire – Nurses are at increasingly high risk of attempting suicide, a recent study has revealed. Iran’s Psychology and Counseling Organization reported that, according to research carried out in hospitals in the city of Malayer in Hamadan province, more than 38 percent of nurses feel suicidal and or have considered taking their own lives. Speaking on Friday, September 10, Fariborz Taj, a member …

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Aban Tribunal: 133 Iranian Officials Accused of November 2019 Crimes

Iranwire – With just two months to go until the second anniversary of the November 2019 protests, and with related crackdowns on protesters and their loved ones still going on inside Iran, human rights defenders are poised for an historic legal case in London. The international “people’s tribunal” known as the Aban Tribunal has been organized by Justice for Iran, Iran …

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Social Media Users Condemn Unlawful Deadly Police Force Against Karaj Man

CHRI – Video footage showing a policeman unlawfully shooting a suspect in the Mehrshahr district of Karaj, a city west of Tehran, was met with widespread condemnation on social media networks by Persian speakers who condemned the use of excessive force. A video clip shared on Twitter shows a policeman overpowering a man and firing a shot at close range; the victim …

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Iranians worry that their new government is inept

economist – It was fitting that Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, spent the first working day of his government visiting a cemetery, since he had helped orchestrate the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. The setting also fitted the country’s glum mood. Since Mr Raisi’s victory in a rigged election on June 18th, cases of covid-19 in Iran have …

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Bob Gates outlines US ‘mistakes’ and failed ambitions in Afghanistan

thenationalnews – Former US secretary of defence Bob Gates said on Thursday that the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban was the result of major miscalculations by Washington, including overestimating Afghan security forces and engaging in nation-building. Speaking at the Aspen Institute, Mr Gates traced America’s mistakes through its 20-year war, starting with the period immediately following the 2001 invasion. …

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Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Weeks Away

gatestoneinstitute.org – Apparently desperate to revive the nuclear pact, the Biden administration at once began appeasing the ruling clerics of Iran. From the perspective of Iran’s mullahs, Biden’s desperate efforts to resurrect the nuclear deal manifested his weak leadership and therefore a delectable opportunity for Tehran to buy time, get more concessions, advance its nuclear program and become a nuclear …

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‘Teachers Shout Out, Demand Your Rights’: Protests Erupt Across Iran

Iranwire- Teachers have been coming out on the streets of Tehran and 12 other cities and towns across Iran to express frustration and anger at the ongoing threats to their livelihoods, the result of flawed, inconsistent education policies. Most recently, they say, teacher and education graduates have been forced to sit a new exam, resulting in thousands of people being put out of work.  It’s a …

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