Wednesday , 16 June 2021

Social and Political

Rich and Well-Connected Prisoners Enjoy Extended Furloughs in Their Luxury Villas

Iranwire – Revolutionary Guards commander Mahmoud Seif. Mohammad Hadi Razavi, the son-in-law of Labor Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari. Hossein Hedayati, known as the Football Bank’s “cash machine”. Abolfazl Mir Ali, managing director of Samen al-Hojaj Finance and Credit Institution and a figure close to the current Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeesi. Hossein Fereydoon, President Rouhani’s elder brother. These are just a handful of the …

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Iraq Releases Iran-Aligned Commander Arrested on Terror Charges

VOA – Iraq has released an Iran-aligned militia commander arrested in May on terrorism-related charges after authorities found insufficient evidence against him, in the latest blow to government attempts to rein in armed groups. Security forces arrested Qasim Muslih, an Iran-aligned paramilitary leader who operates mostly in Iraq’s western Anbar province and is from the southern holy city of Kerbala, …

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“Do You Also Sleep With a Clear Conscience?” (An Open Letter to Candidate Raisi’s Wife)

CHRI – In 2017, when Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi launched his first presidential campaign, Effat Mahbaz–the widow of a political prisoner killed during mass executions in the 1980s–published an open letter to Raisi’s wife highlighting Raisi’s role in what the UN says should be investigated as “crimes against humanity.” “Did you know that the lives of hundreds of women like me were destroyed in …

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Rouhani lashes out at hardline media over criticism of US nuclear talks

Al-Monitor – Iranian and American negotiators continue to struggle to resolve differences over the US reentry into the 2015 nuclear deal. On Saturday, negotiators will begin their sixth round of talks in Vienna. According to Iranian media sources, it is unlikely that all the technical and legal aspects of the talks will be resolved in this latest round. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas …

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Iran nuclear deal talks to resume in Vienna this weekend

Al-Monitor – As Iran gears up for a presidential election, negotiators will return to Vienna for the sixth round of talks this weekend aimed at reviving the landmark nuclear agreement, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday. “I know that the negotiation will start again over this coming weekend,” Sherman said during a virtual event organized by …

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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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