Thursday , 16 September 2021

Social and Political

Why are Iranian Police Failing to Fight Drug Trafficking at Sea?

Iranwire – Drug trafficking routes involving Iran have latently shifted from land to sea, with more covert shipments now being discovered in the Gulf of Oman than on land. For their part, Iranian officials have sought to shift the blame, claiming: “The imposition of regulations and blockades on the country’s eastern borders have led to drug trafficking from the sea”. This change in Iranian …

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Five Challenges Facing the Next Iranian President

VOA – The winner of Iran’s presidential election will face a host of tough challenges once he takes over from Hassan Rouhani in August.    Seven men are running in the June 18 vote, with a possible run-off on June 25.  The ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi is seen most likely to win after his strongest rivals were disqualified and would take over the post in a …

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US expresses concern over Iranian ship that may be headed for Venezuela

Al-Arabia – The US is closely tracking an Iranian navy transport ship headed for the Caribbean — possibly Venezuela — and is prepared to take action against the delivery of any weapons which may be on board, administration officials said on Friday. The Biden administration reserves the right to take measures, in coordination with allies in the region, to deter …

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China and Iran: Join Up the Dots

gatestoneinstitute.org – Sheikh Jarrah, the ostensible cause of the latest conflict in the Middle East, is not so complicated. It is a private rent dispute, caused by squatters and by Palestinian tenants who acquired protected tenancies (not ownership) during the period of Jordanian occupation 1948-1967 when Jordan illegally sequestrated the property rights of Jewish landowners. The Palestinian tenants and squatters …

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Biden and Putin in G7 and a Half

gatestoneinstitute.org – [Putin] wants a return to the good or bad old days, when the USSR and the United States were regarded as arbiters of world affairs on an equal footing. Today, thanks to the Obama era, that vast region [Central Asia] is morphing into a race course between China and Russia, with the US as a distant observer. The …

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Iran, Russia Negotiators Play Down Chances For Quick Nuclear Deal

RFL/RE – The Iranian and Russian negotiators meeting in Vienna with global powers played down the hopes for a quick settlement in the talks to revive the 2015 landmark deal that curtailed Tehran’s nuclear programs. Abbas Araqchi, Tehran’s chief negotiator, said late on June 12 that he did not think they could conclude this week, ahead of the country’s June …

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EU Talks Up Hope of Breakthrough at Iran Nuclear Meetings

VOA – European Union negotiators said international talks that resumed Saturday on the Iran nuclear agreement were on track to revive the deal, which crumbled after the United States withdrew in 2018. Senior diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Britain concluded a 90-minute meeting with Iranian representatives at a hotel in the Austrian capital. “We are making progress, but …

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Final Presidential Debate Shows Iran’s Political Fissures

VOA – Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the Islamic Republic’s politics, as hardliners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded Tehran’s disputed 2009 election. Analysts and state-linked polling put hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as the clear front-runner …

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Plainclothes agents attack Afkari family for protesting sons’ solitary confinement

Iran-HRM – Plainclothes agents beat and brutalized the Afkari family when they gathered Sunday outside the Adelabad prison in Shiraz to protest Vahid and Habib’s conditions in solitary confinement for 280 days. Saeed Afkari, brother to executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari tweeted Sunday that plainclothes agents attacked his family and other civil activists who had gone to the prison to …

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