Saturday , 25 September 2021

Social and Political

Hardliners of Different Hues Jockey for Cabinet Positions

Iranwire – Normally when a new president takes the helm in Iran, it’s the appointments to ministerial roles overseeing foreign affairs and culture that make headlines. But under Ebrahim Raisi, the biggest tussle has broken out over who will oversee Iran’s economic and financial portfolio – to the point that it has delayed the formation of a new cabinet. During the …

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Raisi to Macron: Iran’s ‘rights’ must be upheld in nuclear talks

Al-Monitor – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday told French President Emmanuel Macron that Iran’s rights must be upheld as part of the nuclear negotiations with the West, Raisi’s office said of his first call with a Western leader.   According to an Iranian readout of the call, Raisi said that both the United States and the Europeans must meet their commitments under the …

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Iran official says fifth COVID-19 wave will be last

Al-Monitor – The daily coronavirus death toll in Iran reached a new high on Aug. 9 at 588 deaths. The previous high was the day before, Aug. 8, with 542 deaths. According to the latest numbers by Health Ministry officials, there have been over 94,000 COVID-19 deaths in the country, though the actual number could be twice as high. The spread of the …

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Blinken urges UN to hold Iran accountable for Mercer Street attack

Al-Monitor – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called on the United Nations to hold Iran accountable for a fatal drone strike last month in the Arabian Sea, warning that failure to do so would “fuel their sense of impunity.” “We are confident that Iran conducted this unjustified attack, which is part of a pattern of attacks and …

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Sanctioned Setad Boss is Iran’s New Vice President

Iranwire – New President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi has appointed Mohammad Mokhber as his first vice president. Mokhber was formerly president of the Executive Headquarters of Imam’s Directive (“Setad”): one of the biggest business conglomerates in the Middle East, which also happens to be directly controlled by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Despite the enormous wealth he presided over at Setad, …

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Husband of jailed British-Iranian appeals to UN to secure her release

Al-Arabia – “Urgent intervention” is needed to secure the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband said after making a special request to the UN to free her from a Tehran prison. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Richard Ratcliffe said it was inevitable his wife would face an “autumn in …

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Iranian opposition party accuses Tehran of assassinating one of its leaders in Erbil

Al-Arabia – The Iranian opposition Kurdistan Democratic Party, the oldest Kurdish group in Iran and active in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused Iran on Saturday of assassinating one of its leaders in a hotel in Erbil. The party, which Tehran considers a “terrorist and separatist organization,” was banned after the 1979 revolution. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online …

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Lebanon and its Ticking Bombs

gatestoneinstitute.org – Lebanon’s problems are deeply political. The consensus on which the Lebanese state was founded from the start has been badly shaken. Formal government structures have been duplicated, and at times replaced, by shadowy organs answerable to no one except, perhaps, foreign paymasters. The minimum rule of law that had survived many upheavals including a full-scale civil war has …

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EU Official Says Iran Ready To Restart Nuclear Talks In September: Reports

RFL/RE – A senior European Union official says Iran is ready to resume suspended nuclear talks as soon early September, Western news agencies are reporting. AFP and the dpa news agencies reported on August 7 that representatives of the country have given assurances in recent days that the talks will be resumed in Vienna, according to the senior EU official, …

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1.2 Million Doses of Iranian Covid-19 Vaccine Thrown Away Over ‘Contamination’

Iranwire – Vast quantities of Iran’s domestically-made Covid-19 vaccine were thrown away because of contamination, probably with live coronavirus, a source has told IranWire. CovIran-Barekat was developed last year by Setad, a massive parastatal holdings company under the control of the Iranian Supreme Leader. It received an emergency permit for use in Iran earlier this year despite a lack of published data around …

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