Thursday , 23 September 2021

Social and Political

Dealing with Taliban: It’s Urgent to Wait

gatestoneinstitute.org – More importantly, perhaps, it may be naïve to demand that Taliban give up terrorism — the very method that has given them some significance for more than a quarter of a century. Terror is the very raison d’etre of this outfit. The New York Times ran reports glorifying the USSR at a time that the Georgian master of the Kremlin carried out …

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Iran Calls on US to Drop ‘Its Addiction to Sanctions’

VOA – Iran urged the United States on Saturday to stop using sanctions against the Islamic republic and accused U.S. President Joe Biden of following the same “dead end” policies as his predecessor, Donald Trump.  Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made his remarks a day after the U.S. Treasury announced financial sanctions against four Iranians accused of planning the kidnapping in …

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Israel: Still the ‘Strong Horse’

gatestoneinstitute.org – Currently — excluding its ventures into South America from where it can more easily threaten North America — Iran, sometimes via proxies such as the Houthis, Hamas or Hezbollah — has successfully inserted itself into Yemen, in a seeming bid to overthrow and supplant Saudi Arabia, as well as in Iraq, Bahrain, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and the Gaza …

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Iran must halt imminent execution of Kurdish prisoner – UN experts

Iranhr – UN human rights experts* have appealed to Iran to halt the imminent execution of Iranian Kurdish prisoner Heidar Ghorbani and repeal his death sentence amid serious concerns that he did not receive a fair trial and was tortured during pre-trial detention. “The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the execution of Heidar Ghorbani and annul the death sentence against …

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US sanctions four Iranians over plot to kidnap New York activist

Al-Monitor – The United States on Friday sanctioned four Iranian intelligence operatives who federal prosecutors say plotted to abduct a New York-based activist and journalist.  The US Treasury Department announced the designation of senior Iranian intelligence official Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani, as well as three other Iranian operatives, Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi and Omid Noori. The Iranian agents, who remain at large, …

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Iranians set records at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Al-Monitor – An Iranian archer won her third gold medal in a row at the Paralympics this week, while another Iranian athlete set a world record in javelin. Zahra Nemati won gold Thursday in the women’s individual recurve competition, which refers to a type of bow used to shoot a target. Nemati remarkably also won the gold at the 2012 …

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Senior military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader dies of ‘illness’: IRNA

AL-Arabia – A senior military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader who served as the country’s highest-ranking military official after the supreme leader for nearly three decades, has died “of an illness,” the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday, with other domestic outlets attributing his death to COVID-19. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via …

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Iranian Mullahs’ Torture Epidemic: UN, EU, Biden Administration Continue Appeasing Anyhow

gatestoneinstitute.org – While the Biden administration and other members of the United Nations Security Council continue to push for the resuscitation of the disastrous nuclear deal — granting Iran nuclear weapons and global legitimacy — they have turned a blind eye to the mullahs’ ever-increasing violations of human rights. There are reports of slow public hangings-to-death on cranes, amputations of …

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Activist Medics Erect Billboard of Narges Mohammadi on Vienna Highway

Iranwire – A billboard featuring Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been erected over a highway in Vienna. The Austrian website APA writes it was installed by “a group of doctors and medical staff defending human rights”. The poster is located on the A23 and the exit of the Landstrasse, near the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It comes …

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Figures Show a Province-Level ‘Great Divide’ in Divorce Rates in Iran

Iranwire – One in three Iranian marriages now end in divorce, according to analysis of official figures by Iran Open Data. In 2019/20 the number of officially-registered marriages increased by 4.4 percent to 556,731, but in the same year the divorce rate also jumped by 3.6 percent, with 183,193 Iranian couples separating in the space of 12 months. For every 100 marriages …

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