Thursday , 16 September 2021

Social and Political

Labor Day in Iran: Listen to the People’s Demands for Basic Rights

CHRI – As International Labor Day approaches, workers across Iran are facing a deepening crisis and inability to meet their most basic economic needs, as reflected in the growing number of labor protests and strikes this past year. Yet the government has not only failed to provide solutions, it has instead increasingly suppressed peaceful labor activism. “The Constitution states that the economy …

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Iran Report 2020: Execution of Ethnic Minorities

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – In 2020, there was a sharp increase in the number of executions implemented in Kurdistan province compared to the previous years. Of the 267 execution in 2020, 60 people were executed in the four provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. This article is an extract from Iran Human Rights’ 2020 …

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Televised Confessions; Journalists or Interrogators?

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – In October 2019, days following his arrest and extradition from Iraq, dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam’s forced confessions were aired on IRIB. In another aired confession, IRIB reporter Ali Rezvani is seen interrogating a visibly exhausted and dishevelled Zam. This article is an extract from Iran Human Rights’ 2020 Annual Report on the Death Penalty in …

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Iran’s Zarif backs cease-fire in meeting with Yemen’s Houthis

AL-Monitor – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has restated Tehran’s support for a cease-fire in Yemen and talks between the country’s Houthi rebels and the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which is backed by Saudi Arabia. Zarif met with Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam in Muscat, Oman’s capital, Wednesday. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said its top diplomat “emphasized our country’s …

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Iran leaked tape scandal claims its first victim

Al-Monitor – Hesamoddin Ashena, a longtime aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and an influential member of his office, has resigned, according to reports circulated across Iranian media April 29. Rouhani appointed government spokesman Ali Rabiei as the director of the Center for Strategic Research, affiliated with Iran’s Presidential Office, where an interview with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was conducted for confidential archives but was …

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Think tank chief: Biden admin making a ‘longer, stronger, broader deal’ with Iran is ‘fiction’

justthenews.com – The Biden administration will “talk about a longer, stronger, broader deal [with Iran] that will remain a fiction,” Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the hawkish defense and foreign policy think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, predicted Thursday in an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast. “So you’re going to go back into a deeply flawed nuclear deal that President …

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Biden’s $90 Billion Bailout to Tehran

foreignpolicy.com – Rushing back into the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also called the Iran nuclear deal, would be a singularly seismic event leading to chaos and instability in the Middle East. U.S. President Joe Biden has inherited a relatively peaceful Middle East—not without its challenges—but one marked by historic peace agreements between several Arab countries and Israel …

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Top advisor to Iran’s president resigns over FM Zarif’s leaked audio

Al-Arabia – A senior advisor to Iran’s president resigned from his post as head of a government-run think tank following allegations he was behind the leak of an audio recording in which Tehran’s foreign minister complained about the role of the military in diplomacy. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.The resignation of Hesamoddin Ashena, …

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Former US secretary says US should keep pressure on Iran with sanctions

Al-Arabia – Former US Secretary Mike Pompeo said releasing sanctions on Iran will not get the regime to “cease their malign activity” as the Biden administration considers a near wholesale rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern country. For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.“What I can’t understand …

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Five Years On, an Iranian Diplomat’s Death Remains Shrouded in Mystery

Iranwire – In his recent, explosive interview with Saeed Leylaz, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was confronted with a name he has been trying to evade for years: that of Ghazanfar Roknabadi. Roknabadi, an Iranian diplomat, disappeared on September 24, 2015 in a stampede during Hajj rituals in Mina, near Mecca, when close to 2,000 pilgrims were crushed to death or injured. Eyewitnesses …

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