Tuesday , 28 June 2022

Social and Political

‘An earthquake in Iran’s intelligence community’: IRGC dismisses intelligence chief

Al-Arabia – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appointed a new head for its intelligence arm on Thursday, following a series of assassinations and mysterious deaths of Iranian military personnel. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Kazemi is the new head of the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization, state media quoted the IRGC’s spokesman Ramezan Sharif as saying. Kazemi replaces Hossein Taeb, a powerful cleric …

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Union Warns Jailed Iranian Activist’s Health Failing As Hunger Strike Continues

The Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Workers’ Union has warned that the health condition of Reza Shahabi, a jailed labor activist on his 10th day of a hunger strike, is deteriorating. The union said in a statement dated June 22 that authorities need to release Shahabi, claiming his “continued physical and psychological abuse” coupled with “further interrogations” will fail to …

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Russian Foreign Minister in Iran for talks on UN Security Council, Oil and Gas

Iranwire — Sergei Lavrov arrived in Iran on Wednesday as the head of a delegation from Russia, meeting with President Ebrahim Raisi and his counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian in what was billed as a trip to “strengthen bilateral relations”. The trip comes at a time when Russia is increasingly isolated on the world stage, buffeted by sanctions so extreme its …

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Ex-Deputy Mayor of Tehran Accused of Rape

Iranwire – Two women have accused Shahram Gilabadi, an ex-senior official at the IRIB and former deputy to Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf when the latter was Mayor of Tehran, of rape. At the time of writing Gilabadi had not responded to the allegations. The stories, posted in a series of tweets shared by the Iran MeToo Twitter account, go back to the period …

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UN Secretary General Condemns Increasing Executions, Worsening Repression in Raisi’s Iran

CHRI – In his latest report presented to the UN Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern over the rising number of executions in the Islamic of Iran, as well as “patterns of arbitrary deprivation of life due to excessive force used by the authorities against border couriers, peaceful protesters and those in detention, continued with impunity.” The UN press …

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The Takeaway: US, Israel to show united front on Iran during Biden visit

Al-Monitor – Israel is headed to its fifth election in just over three years after the collapse of its fragile coalition government. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s surprise decision to step down and disband the Knesset comes weeks before he is due to meet with President Joe Biden, who arrives in Israel on July 13. As we report below, the collapse of the coalition …

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Iran’s IRGC says US is retreating from region

Al-Monitor – Commander in Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Hossein Salami spoke about the United States and Israel in his latest speech. “Our enemy is in a state of flight and defeat,” Salami said. “Today you see the news of the Zionist regime and how they are in a political collapse, and if you look at the US, …

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UN calls on Iran to stop finger amputations

Al-Arabia – The United Nations on Wednesday urged Iran to halt plans to amputate the fingers of eight prisoners and called on Tehran to do away with any form of corporal punishment. UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said seven of the men were currently being held at the Greater Tehran Central Prison. “We are deeply concerned by the …

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Arabs to Biden: Shut Down Iran’s ‘Expansionist Project’

gatestoneinstitute.org – Ahead of Biden’s visit, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, in a clear message to the US administration and other Western powers, affirmed that any nuclear agreement or future negotiations with Iran must address the Iranians’ “destabilizing behavior in the region, their support for terrorist militias, and their missile program.” “Western countries prefer to talk about upcoming measures, preparing …

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The Farda Briefing: Iran’s Shadow War With Israel Intensifies As Tehran Moves Closer To Nuclear Weapons Capability

RFL/RE – Tensions are soaring between Iran and Israel, its regional foe. This comes as Tel Aviv is suspected of carrying out a recent spate of assassinations and sabotage attacks inside the Islamic republic. Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on June 20 said the death of a Defense Ministry engineer in May was the result of “industrial sabotage,” …

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