Thursday , 16 September 2021

Social and Political

The Islamic Republic’s Assassin of Intellectuals Now Languishes in Prison

Iranwire – The story Manuscripts Do Not Burn, by Mohammad Rasulov, begins with a murder by Khosro, a low-ranking employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, whose mission it is to kill intellectuals and writers. The story Manuscripts Do Not Burn, by Mohammad Rasulov, begins with a murder by Khosro, a low-ranking employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, whose mission it is to …

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Gonabadi Dervishes Resist Oppression of All Minorities Since Tehran Clashes

Iranwire – Mohammad Salas, a Gonabadi dervish, was executed in Iran on June 18, 2018. Salas was accused of killing three police officers by running them over with a bus during clashes between dervishes and the police in Golestan-e Haftom Street in Tehran in February 2018. He asserted his innocence in court saying he was forced to confess under torture. …

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US Could Quit Iran Nuclear Deal if Talks Do Not Advance

VOA – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that the absence of an interim agreement to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities could prompt the United States to abandon efforts to rejoin a nuclear deal. “We’ll see if we can bridge the differences, but they’re real, and we have to – we have to be able to bridge them,” Blinken …

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Iran’s Absentee Voting Events at US Hotels Raise Sanctions, Ethics Questions

VOA – Iran’s apparent use of 20 U.S.-based hotel properties as polling sites for its recent presidential election has raised questions about the hotel owners’ compliance with U.S. sanctions and the appropriateness of their involvement in a vote that Washington criticized as neither free nor fair. The U.S. was one of dozens of countries in which Iran said it had …

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Iranian Naval Passage Through Atlantic Prompts US Concern

VOA – Two Iranian naval ships that entered the Atlantic earlier this month are traveling north up the west coast of Africa, a top admiral confirmed to VOA. The United States is monitoring the ships’ movements from their current location off Senegal amid concerns Iran could be preparing for an arms transfer in the Western Hemisphere. “We’re aware that there …

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Iran, Canada spar over downed plane report

Al- Monitor – The diplomatic row between Iran and Canada over a passenger plane shot down by Iranian forces continued this week. The Canadian government released its report on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 on Thursday. The passenger plane took off from Tehran for Kyev on Jan. 8, 2020, but was shot down shortly after takeoff. All 176 people on board …

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Ebrahim Raisi’s Miraculous Progress from Junior Cleric to Ayatollah

Iranwire – During Ebrahim Raisi‘s first press conference as President-elect, the moderator and some reporters from media associated with hardline elements of the regime addressed Raisi as “Doctor” or “Dr. Ayatollah”. The deference was a clear reaction to an incident during the first presidential debate – when rival candidate Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh said Raisi had only a “sixth grade” education”. Raisi also has the same handicap …

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Why is Gholamreza Takhti’s Tie Problematic for Pro-IRGC Media?

Iranwire – A statue in honor of legendary Iranian wrestler Gholamreza Takhti were unveiled on Tuesday of June 22, 2021 by the National Olympic Committee. It immediately became the subject of a critical report by the Revolutionary Guards-aligned Fars News Agency. In the report, Fars criticized Reza Saleh Amiri, a former intelligence official who became president of the National Olympic …

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