Tuesday , 13 April 2021


Of Ostracism and Abundance: A Visit to an Iranian Drug Rehabilitation Center

Iranwire – A lot has been said about the unbelievable rates of drug addiction among different age groups and demographics in Iran. Numerous studies have been conducted into this social phenomenon, but in most of the published reports, the addicts themselves are notable for their absence. Do today’s drug users and addicts resemble those of times gone by? What socio-economic …

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Iran Charges 10 Officials Over 2020 Downing Of Ukrainian Airliner Near Tehran

RFL/RE – Iran says it has charged 10 officials over the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) jet that was shot down last year, killing all 176 people on board. Gholam Abbas Torki, the former military prosecutor for Tehran Province, said on April 6 that the 10 have been “brought to responsibility” and will face trial to determine “the …

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Astronomical Prices of Fruit and Nuts Darken the Nowruz Mood

Iranwire – Sweets and nuts are always among the most popular items on the table at Nowruz, Iranian New Year. But this year, skyrocketing prices have meant few Iranians have been able to buy enough. Three days before the dawn of the Persian calendar year 1400, our citizen journalist visited the markets of central Tehran to find out more. *** …

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Video: In Solidarity with Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iranwire – With days to go until the dawn of the new Persian calendar year on March 21, hundreds of innocent people in Iran are facing the prospect of spending Nowruz behind bars. They include activists, journalists, lawyers, prisoners of conscience, political prisoners and dual nationals: some are being held hostage, but most are there because the insecure Iranian regime …

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Family Welcomes US Vow to Press Iran on Missing American’s Fate

VOA – The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran after being abducted in 2007, says it is encouraged by the Biden administration’s latest vow to press Tehran for answers on his fate, but also wants U.S. officials to do more than make public appeals for Iranian authorities to act. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken …

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Jafar Panahi Recalls Jail Time in Iran While Supporting Imprisoned Human Rights Activist — Exclusive

indiewire.com – Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker behind 2015’s “Taxi,” recorded a message in support of imprisoned human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh. Jafar Panahi, the outspoken Iranian filmmaker behind 2015’s acclaimed “Taxi,” has recorded an International Women’s Day message in support of imprisoned lawyer and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. IndieWire is exclusively premiering Panahi’s message to Sotoudeh, which can be …

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WATCH: Pentagon releases video of Iran ballistic missile attack on Iraq air base

Al-Monitor – The US Defense Department released aerial surveillance video of a ballistic missile attack launched by Iran early last year on an Iraqi military base used by American personnel. The footage, first aired by CBS News on Sunday, shows a barrage of more than one-ton missiles smashing into maintenance and dining facilities at Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq. …

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Khamenei Understands the Destitution of the Baluchis

Iranwire – For decades, the Islamic Republic has regarded the Baluchi people and Baluchistan as an irritation at best, a serious security threat at worst. The tensions and discrimination have once again come to the fore: On Monday, February 22, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC ) fired on Baluch fuel smugglers at the Askan border crossing in the city of …

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