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Why Iran’s Very Predictable Parliamentary Vote Is Still Important

RFL/RE – The outcome of Iran’s February 21 parliamentary elections appears to be clear cut even before the ballots are cast: hard-liners and conservatives are likely to take control of the future parliament.Yet the elections are still extremely important.“This vote is significant because it commences the hard-line takeover of Iran’s elected institutions,” says Sanam Vakil, deputy director of the Middle …

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Appeals Court Upholds Baseless Prison Sentences Against Wildlife Conservationists

CHRI – Prison Terms Range from 4-10 Years Based on No Evidence and False “Confessions” February 18, 2020 – The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian appeals court’s decision to uphold lengthy prison sentences against eight wildlife conservationists detained since January 2018 without due process on charges that were refuted by three major Iranian state agencies including the Intelligence Ministry. …

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Pro-Assad Activists In Italy Launch Soleimani Publicity Campaign

Radiofarda – A pro-Assad Syrian group on February 11 and 12 launched a publicity campaign to honor Qassem Soleimani in several Italian cities including Rome and Milan by displaying hundreds of posters of the slain Qods Force commander. Iranian news websites have extensively reported the incident and Iran’s state-run television (IRIB) has shown a report by its correspondent in Rome …

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Three Upscale Restaurants In Tehran Sealed Off For Allowing Diners To Dance

A video circulating on social media has led to the closure of three upscale restaurants in Tehran, a local court announced. The video shows men and women in a restaurant dancing in violation of the Islamic Republic law that bans people from dancing in public. The managers of the three restaurants are behind bars for allowing their customers to hold …

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Detained Protestors in Iran: Beaten, Tortured, Forced to “Confess”

CHRI – Detainees held in Iran since the November 2019 street protests—including juveniles—are being beaten, forced to make self-incriminating statements and held in inhumane incarceration conditions, and their families are not being informed of their whereabouts and condition, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned from first-hand accounts in Iran. CHRI calls upon the Iranian authorities to …

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Iranian Drone Crashes In Oil-Rich Province

Radiofarda – An Iranian military-type drone has crashed in the southwest of the country on Tuesday, near the town of Mollasani in the oil-rich Khuzestan province. There are no reports of collateral damage on the ground according to the local governor and the cause of the incident is not clear. Iran’s Tasnim news agency close to the Islamic Revolution Guard …

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Iran Slain General’s Daughter Meets With ‘Uncle Nasrallah’ In Beirut

The daughter of the slain Iranian Commander, General Qassem Soleimani on Monday met with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whom she had called “uncle Nasrallah” during her father’s funeral in Tehran earlier in January. Since her father’s death Zeinab Soleimani has become a celebrity among Iranian hardliners and apparently also Shiite’s in Lebanon. She was first seen in public …

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Iranian Airliner Skids Off Runway Into Highway; No Casualties Reported

RFL/RE – An Iranian passenger airliner ended up on a highway after reportedly skidding off the runway during a hard landing in southwestern Iran. None of the 135 passengers on board the Caspian Airlines flight was hurt in the January 27 incident in the southwestern city of Mahshahr, officials say.The McDonnell Douglas jet was flying from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport. خروج …

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Iran’s Offer to Reconstruct Schools In Syria Resented By Critics

Radiofarda – The Islamic Republic Minister of Education’s comments on Tehran helping to reconstruct Syrian schools destroyed in the war-torn country has triggered a widespread negative response on Iranian social media. The Minister, Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, who arrived last Tuesday for an official three-day visit in Damascus, said that Iran is prepared to build thousands of schools in Syria. “Iran-Syria …

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