Friday , 8 December 2023


Iran Erupts in New Protests After Latest Executions

Iranwire – In a dramatic response to Friday morning’s executions of the detained protesters Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaqoubi, outraged Iranians have flooded the streets of several cities, igniting widespread protests against the Islamic Republic. Tehran, the nation’s capital, witnessed powerful demonstrations as protesters assembled in various locations, including Sattar Khan Street, Tehran Pars, and Ekbatan Town.  Social media reports …

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Iran summons Iraq envoy over Kurdish opposition groups

Al-Arabia – Iran has summoned Iraq’s ambassador to protest over the presence of Iranian opposition groups at an official ceremony in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, media reported Sunday. Quoting the foreign ministry, ISNA news agency said that during Saturday’s meeting Tehran expressed its “strong objection” to the invitation of members of “separatist groups” at the ceremony “contrary to the recent …

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Former IRGC Intelligence Chief Keen To Put Rouhani On Trial

iranintl – Hossein Ta’eb, a senior adviser to the IRGC says former President “Hassan Rouhani will be tried if not today, maybe another day for his decision’s during his presidency.” However, while according to Etemad Online Ta’eb insisted that Rouhani should be tried, he commented that his trial is not the establishment’s immediate priority. Several social media users commenting on the report …

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Two French Nationals Jailed in Iran Released

Iranwire – Iranian authorities have released two French citizens jailed in separate cases and they are both now returning to France, French officials say. Bernard Phélan , who also holds Irish nationality, and Benjamin Brière were freed from their prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad and are “on their way to France,” Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said. “Finally Freed. Benjamin Brière and Bernard Phélan will …

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Reza Pahlavi Visits Baha’i World Center in Israel

Iranwire – Iran’s former crown prince, Reza Pahlavi, has visited the spiritual and administrative heart of the Baha’i community in Haifa, as he wrapped up his five-day trip to Israel. Baha’is in Iran have faced persecution and discrimination since the 1979 Islamic Revolution because of their religious beliefs. Pahlavi, the son of the late Mohammad Reza Shah and an exiled …

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In China, Macron eyes bigger role for France on Iran and Middle East

Al-Monitor — A joint statement by French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last Friday referred among other things to common efforts for reviving the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with Iran that was signed in 2015 but stalled following the US withdrawal from the agreement in 2018. The statement noted that …

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CIA director visited Saudi Arabia, aired ‘frustration’ over Iran, Syria thaw

Al-Monitor – CIA Director Bill Burns made an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia this week where he reportedly aired Washington’s frustrations over Riyadh’s opening to Iran and Syria through mediation brokered by US rivals China and Russia.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the trip to Al-Monitor. “Director Burns traveled to Saudi Arabia where he met with intelligence counterparts and …

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Iran rules out interim nuclear deal

Al-Monitor —  The latest signs indicate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t have much of a pulse. The Biden administration says the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not on the agenda. However, on Monday a report by Axios revealed that the US has discussed with its European and Israeli partners an interim agreement with Iran that would include …

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Second IRGC Adviser Dies After Israeli Attack in Syria, Says Iranian News Agency

RFL/RE – A military adviser to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) died of his injuries after an Israeli air strike near Syria’s capital, the Iranian semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 2. Israel has for years carried out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it began supporting …

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