Saturday , 4 December 2021

Social and Political

The Supreme Leader Interferes in Cabinet Selections Again

Iranwire – Interference in executive-branch affairs has been an obsession for both Supreme Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But Ayatollah Khamenei has pulled off an impressive feat in recent years by effectively formalizing and normalizing this activity, bringing greater parts of the state apparatus under his ultimate control. The confirmation of Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet has sparked fresh unease in the …

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Iran authorities embarrassed by hacked CCTV prison videos

Al-Monitor – A hacker group is releasing surveillance footage from the very inside of Iran’s notorious Evin prison in what seems to be an unprecedented cyberattack against the Islamic Republic’s heavily guarded jail system. The group identified as “Ali’s Justice” has been releasing the videos since Sunday, promising to feed the media even more. The videos show moments of extreme abuse, with …

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Iran judiciary orders investigation into prison abuse

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Judiciary Chief Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei ordered an investigation into abuses at Evin Prison after leaked videos were published online and in foreign media. His letter to Mohammad Montazeri, the prosecutor general, ordered a report to be presented “without delay about the behaviors of the officers with prisoners.” A hacker group calling itself “Ali’s Justice” claims to have hacked the video cameras inside …

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U.S. Envoy Raises Doubts About Tehran’s Intent To Come Back To 2015 Nuclear Deal

RFL/RE – The U.S. special envoy for Iran says Washington has started to question whether Tehran is still willing to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, which imposed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. “We don’t know if Iran’s intent remains to come back into compliance with the JCPOA as …

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Investigation: How Tehran Supported Bashar al-Assad’s Presidential Campaign in Syria

iranwire – The Iranian regime has been openly supportive of Bashar al-Assad’s despotic regime in Syria ever since the outset of the Syrian uprisings in 2011. It has dispatched militants to the battlefield in untold numbers, stood by Al-Assad in global propaganda drives and set up cultural organizations in a bid to influence public opinion inside Syria. Nevertheless, the regime has always denied trying to affect …

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Iran Reports New Daily Record For COVID-19 Deaths Amid Surge Of Delta Variant

RFL/RE – Iran has reported a record daily 709 deaths from COVID-19 as the country struggled with yet another surge in infections, this time fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant. The new Health Ministry figures, cited by state-run ISNA news agency on August 24, add to the woes for Iran, which has long been the worst-hit country in the Middle …

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Israel Expected to Push Hard-line Stance on Iran in Talks With US

VOA – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is expected to urge his American counterpart to take a hard-line stance on Iran in the first meeting between the two leaders Thursday.  Bennett, elected to office two months ago, is making his first visit to Washington this week. Before he left Israel, he reiterated that he would push President Joe Biden on …

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Iran: Leaked video footage from Evin prison offers rare glimpse of cruelty against prisoners

amnesty.org – Leaked surveillance footage from Evin prison showing appalling abuse of prisoners serves as a chilling reminder of the impunity granted to prison officials in Iran who subject those in their custody to torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment, Amnesty International said today. The organization has analysed 16 leaked video clips, obtained from Iranian independent media outlets, …

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Raisi’s foreign minister pick indicates change for Iranian policy

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, or parliament, will consider President Ebrahim Raisi’s Cabinet on Aug. 25. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the nominee for foreign minister and the only deputy minister from President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to remain to be considered for Raisi’s Cabinet, has been nominated to replace his former boss, outgoing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Amir-Abdollahian, a career diplomat who is …

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