Saturday , 4 December 2021

Social and Political

Biden Admin Gives Iran’s Mullahs Another Victory: Taliban Takeover

gatestoneinstitute.org – In the past, the Iranian regime used to hide its ties with Taliban; not anymore…. “The Taliban today,” Kayhan wrote recently, “is different from the Taliban that used to behead people.” So far, there seems insufficient evidence if that is true. At the moment, it does not look that way. “Thinking that the Taliban will come under Tehran’s command is …

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Iran sees no difference between Biden, Trump administrations: Khamenei

Al-Arabia – The Biden administration’s demands from Iran are identical to the Trump administration’s, and as such Tehran sees no difference between the two, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Saturday. “The current US administration is no different from the previous administration … Their demands are the same as [former president Donald] Trump’s demands and have not changed at …

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Israeli PM presented Biden with “death by a thousand cuts” Iran strategy

axios – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett presented President Biden in their meeting today with what Israeli officials described as “a death by a thousand cuts” strategy against Iran. Why it matters: Besides striking up a personal relationship, Bennett’s primary goal in his first meeting with Biden was to express his sense of urgency about the significant progress Iran was making …

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Iranian Artists Blast ‘Illiterate Stalinist’ New Minister of Culture

Iranwire – On Wednesday, August 25, the Iranian parliament gave its vote of confidence to Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, President Ebrahim Raisi’s pick for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Raisi’s choice was greeted with anger and dismay by many artists in Iran and the diaspora, some of whom called him “illiterate” and even compared his cultural outlook to that …

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Top Iran Security Official Says Biden Illegally Threatened Tehran

VOA – A top Iranian security official accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday of illegally threatening Iran by saying he may consider other options if nuclear diplomacy with Tehran fails. “The emphasis on using ‘other options’ against [Iran] amounts to threatening another country illegally and establishes Iran’s right to reciprocate … against ‘available options’,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s …

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Iran’s new foreign minister visits Baghdad for regional summit

Al-Monitor – Iran’s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, traveled to Iraq on Friday for a regional summit aimed at easing tensions with his country’s archrival, Saudi Arabia.  “An Iranian delegation led by Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian is to be dispatched to take part in a meeting on supporting Iraq,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday. Amir-Abdollahian’s visit to Baghdad marks the …

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Hacked Videos Force The Unthinkable In Iran: Official Admission Of Abuses At Evin Prison

RFL/RE – Former inmates, their families, and human rights activists have long complained of mistreatment and torture at Evin prison, a notorious facility in Tehran that is a primary site for political detainees. Regular detainees, as well as surviving political prisoners and other perceived enemies of Iran’s postrevolutionary regime, have alleged torture and other abuse inside its concrete walls to …

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Fears grow in Iran as pandemic worsens

Al-Monitor – Iran is continuing to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and officials fear it is only a matter of time before another powerful variant — possibly even a home-grown one — will follow the Delta variant and further devastate the country. “Given the ongoing situation, and the vast spread of the virus, it is not too much to assert that …

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Raisi Tells First Cabinet Meeting That Iran Is ‘Seriously Lagging Behind’ As Virus Woes Mount

RFL/RE – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says the country is “seriously lagging behind” in certain social and economic areas and the government must act to “improve people’s livelihoods” as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases.Speaking on August 26 at the start of his first cabinet meeting since the government was approved by parliament a day earlier, Raisi acknowledged that …

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Biden To Welcome Israeli PM To White House For Talks Expected To Focus On Iran

RFL/RE – U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett are scheduled to meet on August 26 as both leaders seek to reset the tone of U.S.-Israeli relations.It will be the first White House meeting between Biden and Bennett, a far-right politician who became Israel’s prime minister in June, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run in the post.Topping the …

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