Thursday , 16 September 2021

Social and Political

‘Changed Circumstances’ For Iran Nuclear Deal: US Senator

barrons.com – Stalled efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal must address the “changed circumstances” since the accord was negotiated, a US senator from President Joe Biden’s Democratic party told AFP. “There is a strong, almost universal desire by Congress… to go beyond the sunset dates that were included in the JCPOA,” said Senator Ben Cardin, referring to dates …

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Iran denies ‘US sabotage’ against homemade vaccine project

Al-Monitor – Iran’s health officials dismissed several statements about a “US sabotage attack” or halts in the country’s indigenous vaccine projects. “The production line of COV-Iran Barakat is operating with full capacity,” read a statement issued by the state-funded Shifapharmed Industrial Group, which is involved in the production of one in a long list of vaccines Iran says it has developed to immunize …

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Taliban Militants Say Progress Made In Talks With Afghans In Tehran

RFL/RE – Taliban militants say progress has been made in talks with a delegation of Afghan government representatives in Tehran on finding a political solution to the escalating violence in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted on July 8 that the two sides agreed in a joint declaration that they had come …

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Iran’s Rohani Blames Power Cuts On Heat Wave, Severe Drought

RFL/RE – Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rohani has blamed frequent blackouts on a heat wave and a severe drought that is sharply driving up electricity demand.Tehran and other major Iranian cities have experienced frequent power outages over the past several days and authorities say they may continue through the end of the month.“We regret the problems the people have had …

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Ruined Bread to Pitch-Black Hospital Wards: Iranians’ Fury at Power Outages

Iranwire – A baker dumps his spoiled dough in front of Ilam Electricity Office. A man asks in terror about the fate of his hospitalized father in Tabriz. A woman tears off her state-sanctioned hijab at a municipal office and declares: “No-one is here. There’s just one angry woman here today.” These and countless other videos circulating online in the …

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The Takeaway: Does Iran want to scuttle nuclear deal talks with militia attacks in Iraq?

Al-monitor – Hot take: Iran’s escalation in Iraq is all about timing… and it’s likely to backfire Timing is everything. Pro-Iran militias have launched five drone and rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq this week, injuring two in the most recent, as Ali Mamouri reports. The attacks by groups aligned with Iran put at risk the yet-to-be scheduled seventh and perhaps final round of talks …

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Would-be monarch of Iran to brief umbrella org for US Jewish groups

responsiblestatecraft.org – The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group representing various Jewish American and pro-Israel organizations, is planning to host Reza Pahlavi, the heir apparent to the last Shah of Iran, for an off-the-record “special leadership briefing” on Thursday, bringing questions and condemnations from other pro-Israel and Iranian American groups. An invitation sent to member organizations …

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Iran Hosts Talks With Afghan, Taliban Delegations As Militants Make Advances

RFL/RE – Iran says it is hosting talks between an Afghan delegation and senior Taliban representatives. The talks on July 7 come as the militant group continues to push through northern areas of the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Opening the talks in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed the departure of U.S. troops from …

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