Tuesday , 4 August 2020


Three Young Women Arrested In Iran For Publishing Their Dance Videos

Radiofarda – Three young women who posted their own dance videos on Instagram were arrested in Iran on October 8 and will be tried in court. Screen grab from one of the young women who posted their dance videos on Instagram. Dancing in public is strictly forbidden in the Islamic Republic of Iran but uploading footage of one’s dancing on …

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Hard-Liners Upset, Iranian Women Celebrate After Buying Soccer Tickets For First Time

RFL/RE – After decades of being banned from attending men’s sporting events, Iran’s female soccer fans are celebrating the fact they will be able to attend their national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.“I got a ticket, I will go to the stadium!” tweeted a woman, adding: “Can you believe I’m saying this?”The game at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on October …

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Demonstrator says shooters of Iraqi protesters ‘Iranians speaking Farsi’

Al-Arabia – Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been shooting at people during Iraq’s recent deadly protests, according to a protester interviewed in Baghdad by Reuters. “There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire. They are all Iranian speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not …

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Chief Mandelker Leaving For Private Sector

Radiofarda -Sigal Mandelker, the U.S. Treasury official who oversaw the Trump administration’s aggressive use of sanctions as a foreign policy tool, has resigned to return to the private sector, the U.S. Treasury secretary said on Wednesday. Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Mandelker allowed Treasury to play “an increasingly central role in national security matters.” “She is a fierce advocate for effectively …

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‘The Last Fiction’ Set To Become First Iranian Animated Feature To Qualify For Oscars

cartoonbrew.com – In a major development for Iran’s budding animation industry, an animated feature from the country is set to qualify for the Oscars for the first time. The Last Fiction, the debut feature from the Tehran-based Hoorakhsh Studios, will play in Hollywood’s Arena Cinelounge (6464 Sunset Blvd) the week of October 18–24. With this theatrical run, it will become eligible …

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Anti-Hijab Activist Releases Video Sent By Her Brother Before His Arrest In Iran

Radiofarda – Immediately before security forces stormed his house and arrested him, the brother of an exiled Iranian anti-hijab activist managed to send her a video message lamenting about being under heavy pressure. The New York-based Masih Alinejad has circulated the video sent by her brother, complaining about the pressure on her family living in northern Iran. Intelligence agents stormed …

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Saudi Crown Prince warns of Iran escalation, says he prefers political solution

Al-Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince warned in an interview broadcast on Sunday that oil prices could spike to “unimaginably high numbers” if the world does not come together to deter Iran, but said he would prefer a political solution to a military one. Speaking to the CBS program “60 Minutes,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he agreed …

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Regime Supporters Attack Independent Students In Iran University

Radiofarda – Following an attack on the pavilion of the Free-Thinking Association of Allameh Tabatabaei University by hardliner students in Iran, the president of the college, Hossein Salimi, has promised to discipline all involved. However, Salimi immediately added that the students should also respect the “red lines” of the regime; a warning to independent students. Last Monday, September 23, members …

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Senior Official Defending Sanctions Says US Not Preventing Humanitarian Aid

Radiofarda – A senior U.S. Treasury Department official has told Radio Farda in an interview September 25 that Iran’s Central Bank was recently sanctioned for “funneling billions of U.S. dollars and euros to finance terror”. Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said the United States has exposed the activities of Central Bank of Iran …

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