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Turkish-Iranian Rivalry Grows Over Turkish Caucasus Ambitions

VOA – The recent arrest by Turkish authorities of an alleged Iranian spy ring is seen as a sign of increasing rivalry between the two neighbors.  The arrest comes as Turkey seeks to expand its influence in the Caucasus, an area considered by Tehran as its backyard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul. 

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Experts Say Iran-al-Qaida Nexus Real but Not New

VOA – Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is the new home base for the al-Qaida terrorist group.  Analysts paint a more complicated picture but agree Iran has long harbored senior al-Qaida members, noting that Iran will continue to pose a challenge for the incoming Biden administration. With VOA’s Persian Service contributing, VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports …

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[VIRTUAL] PEN AMERICA AND MS. MAGAZINE PRESENT: ‘NASRIN SOTOUDEH, THE MANDELA OF IRAN’

Pen.org – To mark the theatrical release of the documentary NASRIN, join PEN America and Ms. Magazine for a special online conversation on Monday, December 21 at 3pm ET featuring an introduction by Margaret Atwood and opening remarks by PEN America’s Karin Deutsch Karlekar; followed by a discussion moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof with human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, Iranian artist and activist Parastou Forouhar, Nasrin filmmakers Jeff …

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Iran continues to fund militias in region, terror operations in Europe: Saudi FM

Al-Arabia – Iran continues to fund terrorist militias in the region while Iranian terrorist groups carry out operations in Europe, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said during his panel discussion at the Med Dialogue. “The Kingdom supports dialogue between US and Iran, but Tehran is the one who closes the door on dialogue,” Prince Faisal said during …

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Why Is Iran Talking About Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Now?

In recent years, barely a week has passed without a media appearance of Amirali Hajizadeh, the media-savvy commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force. Charming, gregarious and always wearing a smile, Hajizadeh doesn’t miss any opportunity to talk about drones, domestic car production and the rapid growth of Iran’s missile force while carefully ignoring more inconvenient topics such as the downing …

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Iran Risks World Chess Ban Unless It Backs Competing With Israelis

VOA – Iran risks being suspended from international chess tournaments beginning next month unless it publicly approves of Iranian players facing competitors from Tehran’s regional foe, Israel, according to a senior member of the game’s global governing body. In a Tuesday interview with VOA Persian from his home in Athens, Greece, Nigel Short, International Chess Federation (FIDE) vice president and …

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“Sun Children” to represent Iran at Oscars 2021

Payvandnews – “Sun Children“, directed by Majid Majidi, has been selected to represent Iran in the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. Sun Children (2020)Khorshid (original title) Spokesman of Iranian Cinema Selection Committee Raed Faridzadeh said that after having reviewed 12 films shortlisted as the country’s preliminary nominees for this year’s Academy Awards, this committee finally decided to select ‘Sun Children’ as Iran’s …

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Will Election Change US Policy on Iran?

VOA – Since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear agreement and imposed tough sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. How might the relationship between Washington and Tehran change after the U.S. election on November 3? Henry Ridgwell reports.

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