Sunday , 13 June 2021

Social and Political

Ex-Guards Fixer Jailed for Corruption Living Large in Prison

Iranwire – At a press conference on March 17 this year, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili announced that a former Revolutionary Guards member, Mahmoud Saif, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison, fines and refund of his education costs. The conviction was linked to a spiralling investigation into the Tehran-based Yas Economic Development Group, in the course of which a …

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U.S. to Iran: mess with IAEA monitoring and put talks on deal at risk

Reuters – The United States told Iran on Tuesday that it must let the U.N. atomic agency continue to monitor its activities, as laid out in an agreement that has been extended until June 24, or put wider talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal at risk. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran reached a three-month agreement in February …

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Head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah says group is ready to go to Iran to seek fuel

Reuters – Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iranian-backed armed Lebanese political group Hezbollah, said on Tuesday that it was ready to go to Iran to seek fuel to help Lebanon deal with a shortage. “We, Hezbollah, can go to Iran and negotiate with the Iranian government and buy shipments of fuel,” Nasrallah said. Lebanon is in the throes of …

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With Little Hope for Change through the Ballot Box, Iranian Civil Society Debates Strategy

HRW – Activists had seen voting as a way to push for progress, but many are now questioning whether to participate in the upcoming election. Iranian civil society is searching for alternative avenues for change. Twenty days before Iran’s presidential election, the Guardian Council, which vets the candidates, sent shock waves through the political elite and public by disqualifying two prominent figures: …

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Poll highlights deep voter apathy ahead of Iran election

Al-Monitor – The results of the latest polling ahead of Iran’s key presidential election indicate growing apathy among the Iranian public toward the polls. The survey was conducted by Iran Students Polling Agency (ISPA), which is affiliated with the country’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Covering over 1,500 respondents, the polling estimated the final voter turnout to stand around 38%. ISPA’s results …

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TIME Exclusive: Iran Steps up Efforts to Sow Discord Inside the U.S.

time.com – Iranian state actors are intensifying their disinformation campaign on social media to spread discord and anti-Semitic tropes inside the U.S., two U.S. intelligence officials say. Social media accounts tracked to troll farms run by the Iranian government have ramped up disinformation after several major events this year, including Biden’s effort to return the U.S. to the Iran nuclear …

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IRAN: TORTURED PROTESTERS JAILED UNJUSTLY: VAHID AFKARI AND HABIB AFKARI

Amnesty – Iranian brothers Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari are being subjected to renewed torture and other ill-treatment in Adelabad prison in Shiraz. Since September 2020, they have been held in windowless solitary confinement cells and denied access to adequate healthcare, fresh air, telephone calls and face to face family visits. Authorities arbitrarily arrested them in 2018 after their participation …

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