Wednesday , 23 September 2020

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The French Wish List for Lebanon

gatestoneinstitute.org – The first defect of the Macron plan, as we understand it, is that it treats what Lebanon faces as a humanitarian disaster, something like a major earthquake or tsunami, rather than a man-made tragedy plotted outside and executed by elements in the Lebanese political system. In other words, Lebanon’s crisis is caused by geopolitical factors with internal manifestations. …

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China, Russia Not Likely To Compromise On Extension Of Iran Arms Embargo

Radiofarda – The efforts of three European powers to convince China and Russia to agree to an extension of the UN arms embargo against Iran have reportedly not succeeded so far as the U.N. Security Council prepares to vote on a U.S. resolution to extend the embargo. A Chinese diplomat at the United Nations, speaking on condition of anonymity, was …

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Iran conducts large-scale drills amid flaring tensions with US

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is conducting a series of large-scale military drills in Persian Gulf waters west of the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic passageway to some 20% of the global oil trade. According to the IRGC official website, Sepah News, the exercise is meant to evaluate the “operation preparedness and coordination” among different units, including naval …

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Iran’s FM Zarif says he coordinated everything with slain commander Soleimani

Al-Arabia- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday he coordinated regional matters with slain Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani on a weekly basis. “I met with him (Soleimani) every week and we coordinated. On regional issues, whatever we did, was coordinated,” Zarif told a session of parliament. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online …

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Iran: The Ayatollah, Amid Coronavirus, Calls for Jihad Against the Jewish State

gatestoneinstitute.org – It is mystifying that Twitter, which wantonly censors so much, continues to allow… Iranian leaders to spread Nazi-inspired language and anti-Semitic sentiments on its platform. In general, “Big Tech” — Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — have long since ceased being “neutral” transmitters of information as if they were “utilities”. Instead, they have become America’s Thought Police. They …

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Political Prisoner Denied Furlough Despite Being Eligible for Clemency

Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Barzan Mohammadi is deprived of going on furlough despite having served more than half of his 42-month long sentence. The authorities have also rejected his conditional or early release. Barzan Mohammadi and his family were informed on March 13, 2020, that he could go on furlough provided that they deposit a 200-million-toman bail. But Amin Vaziri, …

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Rivalry Among Iran’s Conservatives Leaves Khamenei Relative Out In The Cold

Radiofarda – Less than two weeks before the inauguration of the new Iranian Parliament (Majles) on May 28, competition for the speakership has heated up among various conservative factions. Is the Supreme Leader backing any faction, or does it make any difference to him? Three of the main conservative factions have formed an alliance against another conservative faction to win …

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Coronavirus: Iran COVID-19 cases up to 73,303, death toll increases to 4,585

Al-Arabia -Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has risen to 4,585, with 111 deaths overnight, a health ministry official tweeted on Monday, adding the total number of infected cases had reached 73,303 in the most-affected Middle Eastern country. Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.“Fortunately 45,983 of those infected with the virus have recovered … There were 1,617 …

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Elderly political prisoner remains incarcerated despite coronavirus threat

Iran-HRM – Elderly political prisoner Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi remains incarcerated in Raja’i Shahr Prison of Karaj despite Judiciary’s New Year directive to free all prisoners over 70. The Judiciary Chief sent a letter to the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in March in which he urged Khamenei to grant amnesty to part of the population of prisoners both because of …

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