Thursday , 16 September 2021

Social and Political

VOA Persian TV Host Says Iran Kidnap Plot Sought to Stop Her Social Media Activism

VOA –  A VOA Persian TV host and outspoken Iranian government critic who says she was the target of a U.S.-exposed Iranian plot to kidnap her has shared new details of the scheme, including its alleged aims of eliminating her and her popular social media accounts.   In a video message recorded Tuesday, Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad said Federal Bureau of …

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Foiled Kidnapping of Dissident Part of Iran’s Ramped-Up Campaign to Crush Dissent

CHRI – The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) today condemned in the strongest terms a foiled attempt by Iranian state agents to kidnap Iranian-American activist Masih Alinejad from U.S. soil, and urged the American and European governments to urgently pursue policies that address Iran’s  kidnappings and increasingly unlawful and violent behavior. “This shameful kidnapping attempt was not an isolated incident; it stems …

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Rouhani says nuclear talks will be handed to successor

Al-Monitor – President Hassan Rouhani said in a Cabinet meeting today that nuclear negotiations will be passed on to the next administration. Rouhani lamented the partisanship that has taken over the country during his administration. “When our national team during the negotiations is victorious and scores three goals, why is it so hard for us to applaud them? Why is it …

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US says nuclear talks to continue, despite alleged Iran kidnapping plot

Al-Monitor – The United States will continue to negotiate a mutual return to the landmark Iranian nuclear accord, despite allegations of an Iranian-orchestrated plot to kidnap an American journalist, US officials said Wednesday.  According to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, four Iranian operatives have been charged over a conspiracy to kidnap Masih Alinejad, a Brooklyn-based Iranian dissident and author who fled Iran …

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Iran says US will delist IRGC, lift sanctions on Khamenei, Raisi if nuke deal revived

Al-Arabia – The United States will delist Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and lift sanctions on the country’s supreme leader and members of his inner circle if the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is restored, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Monday. In its quarterly report to the parliament on the state of the nuclear deal, Iran’s foreign …

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Zarif’s Farewell Letter to Parliament Reveals Obstacles Blocking a JCPOA Return

Iranwire – The sixth round of negotiations in Vienna to revive the JCPOA and lift US sanctions on Iran ended inconclusively last month. None of the participants have yet provided specific details about the obstacles still standing in the way. But then on Sunday, on July 11, outgoing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif submitted a 264-page report to the Iranian parliament’s National Security and …

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Iran’s New Chief Justice Mohseni Ejei Linked to Murder of Journalist

Iranwire – Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, the new head of the judiciary in Iran, has been linked to the murder of journalist Pirouz Davani in 1998. This has prompted Reporters Without Borders to again call for an investigation into the persecution of journalists in Iran. In an article entitled New head of Iran’s judicial system has journalists’ blood on his hands, RSF called on the United Nations Human Rights …

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Iran Says It Is Holding Talks On Prisoner Swap With U.S.

RFL/RE – Iran said on July 13 that it is holding talks on prisoner exchanges with the United States, a few days after a U.S. official said Washington was working to release its detained citizens.The U.S. envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said last week that U.S. President Joe Biden insists on the release of all Americans detained in Iran and …

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Iranian Hackers Pose as UK Scholars to Target Experts

VOA – A notorious group of hackers tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has waged a covert campaign targeting university professors and other experts based in the U.K. and the U.S. in an attempt to steal their sensitive information, according to research by the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.    The group, known as TA453 and Charming Kitten, has been masquerading …

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