Thursday , 5 August 2021

Social and Political

Prosecution Requests Death Penalty for Man Arrested for Alcohol Consumption

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – The prosecution has requested the death penalty for a middle-aged man arrested on alcohol consumption charges for the fourth time. According to Iran newspaper, a representative from the prosecutor has requested the death penalty for a middle-aged man who was arrested for drinking alcohol earlier this year after a complaint from a neighbour. The man, …

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Virus outpaces Iran’s sluggish vaccination effort

Al-Monitor – Iran’s health officials said multiple variants of the COVID-19 virus are raging across four southern provinces up to 50% faster than two weeks ago. The rates have now placed much of the country’s impoverished southern and southeastern strip in the country’s “red” infection zone. Iran’s health minister has already warned that the “stubborn” nature of Indian and South African mutations identified in …

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Websites for PressTV, Two Other Media Outlets ‘Seized by US Government’

sputniknews – The US Department of Justice has seized Iranian domains before, claiming they were part of a “disinformation campaign,” and US-based social media corporations like Twitter and Google have persecuted Iranian news outlets for years, but the wholesale seizure of a major Iranian news agency’s website is new. Two of the websites, Al-Alam and PressTV, are owned by Islamic Republic …

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Meet ‘The Butcher,’ Iran’s New President Ebrahim Raisi

tabletmag.com – As the Biden administration gives every indication of removing most sanctions on the world’s top state sponsor of terror in pursuit of its nuclear deal, that regime has produced a new president personally culpable—and sanctioned by the United States—for large-scale crimes against humanity. As the handpicked sixty-year-old Ebrahim Raisi is also likely to succeed the ailing Ali Khamenei …

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Iran says US criticism of election is interference in its affairs

Al-Arabia – Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of interference for saying its presidential election on Friday was neither free nor fair, Iranian state media reported. A US State Department spokesman said on Monday the United States viewed the process that made Ebrahim Raisi Iran’s president-elect as “pretty manufactured,” reiterating the US view that the election was neither free …

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Iran vote points to consolidation of hardline clergy’s hold on power: Analysts

Al-Arabia – A hardline victory in Iran’s presidential election has tilted the domestic balance of power toward the country’s anti-Western clergy and away from officials chosen by popular vote, a shift Tehran may one day seek to make permanent, six analysts who follow the Islamic republic’s politics say. In a tightly controlled race on Friday marked by voter apathy, judiciary …

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Ebrahim Raeesi’s First News Conference and the Long Shadow of Crimes Against Humanity

Iranwire – In his first press conference after his electoral victory, Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raeesi had a clear message for the West: “The situation in Iran has changed.” This message was emphasized through both the tone and the substance of Raeesi’s responses to reporters’ questions, especially about his role in the mass executions of political dissidents of 1988, the allegations of crimes …

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Ebrahim Raeesi’s Prospects as Iran’s First Sanctioned President-Elect

Iranwire – Ebrahim Raeesi is the first president-elect in Iran to have been sanctioned by the United States and the European Union before even entering office. The sanctions against Raeesi relate to his horrifying judicial record and violations of Iranians’ human rights over decades. Amongst other international crimes, he was a member of the Tehran “death panel” that in 1988 sent thousands …

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Iran: Stop imminent execution of young man arrested and tortured at 17

amnesty.org – Responding to the Iranian authorities’ plans on 28 June to execute 20-year-old Hossein Shahbazi, who was convicted of a murder that took place when he was just 17 years old based, in part, on “confessions” obtained through torture, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, Diana Eltahawy, said: “Iran’s authorities must immediately …

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Iran’s new president rules out meeting with Biden

Al-Monitor – Sitting before dozens of microphones in his first press conference since the election Friday, Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi fielded questions from domestic and international media. According to his responses, he intends to continue many of Hassan Rouhani’s foreign policies. In regard to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Raisi said the current negotiating team …

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