Thursday , 29 July 2021

Social and Political

Official Report: Iran’s Military is Riddled with Corruption

Iranwire – The armed forces in Iran entered the country’s economic sphere after the end of the Iran-Iraq war, with the assent of Ali Khamenei. Since then the military has gained considerable wealth and an array of private companies; by owning weapons, it has become a mafia in its own right in the Islamic Republic. The commercial activities of Iran’s …

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Iran Suffers Greatest Damage to Its Navy Since the 1980s

Iranwire – The Iranian warship Kharg, which caught fire and sank in the port of Jask earlier this week, was the country’s largest naval vessel and one of the last ever military acquisitions of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the former Shah of Iran. Efforts to recover the stricken vessel were pronounced over on Wednesday, June 2 and the ship finally sank beneath the …

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Why Iran’s Presidential Election Is a Sham

Bloomberg – As he prepares to raise the curtains on his democratic theatrics, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appears anxious about turnout. Having taken a gamble with the casting, he’s now doing some eleventh-hour tinkering to attract an audience. On Wednesday Iranian state TV announced a change in dates for the three debates leading up to the presidential election on June 18. Why? Because …

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Why America Should Hope the Regime in Iran Collapses

nationalinterest.org – In Vienna, the American negotiating team is busy snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as the Islamic Republic demands concession after concession from Washington in exchange for Tehran’s return to the 2015 nuclear deal. In a stark shift from just a few months ago, when the Islamic Republic was under extraordinary economic pressure, the regime is once again confident on …

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Good time for a timeout in the Iran nuclear talks

politico – With the U.S. moving at an astonishingly fast pace to re-enter the complex 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it is time for wiser heads to prevail. As negotiators hit pause on the talks this week, over unresolved points of contention, it is time for the American negotiators in Vienna to take a timeout to evaluate recent European intelligence findings …

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US ‘Neither Optimistic nor Pessimistic’ on Reviving Iran Deal

VOA – State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the United States negotiating team is “neither optimistic nor pessimistic” that a deal can be struck in the next round of talks in Vienna to try to revive the Iran nuclear deal. As VOA’s Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports, Iran says only minor issues remain.

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Iran reconsidering list of disqualified presidential candidates

Al-Monitor – Iran’s election authority announced Friday that it will review its disqualification of candidates from this month’s presidential election after the selection process received criticism from Iran’s Supreme Leader.  Iranians will head to the polls June 18 to vote on outgoing President Hassan Rouhani’s successor. The Guardian Council, a 12-member body that vets potential candidates, announced last month that it …

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Human Rights Violations in Iran and Death Threats against Dr. Seyed Azmayesh

Shabtabnews – At the Weekly IRF Roundtable meeting an IOPHR representative and the chair of the Iran action group at IRF , Hamid Gharagozloo, in his report stated that ” At a time when the regime in Iran is facing insurmountable existential challenges, both at home and abroad, such as the critical negotiations with the U.S. and a presidential election …

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Iranian State TV Censoring Presidential Campaign Videos

Iranwire -The razor blade of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) is usually sheathed in the run-up to elections, especially presidential elections. During this period, interviews and documentaries on all kinds of topics are usually broadcast, as well as films promoting the various candidates generally freely draw on major issues of the day. This time, however, the IRIB has changed …

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