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Why religious singers are gaining power in Iran

Al-monitor – The diversity of actors on Iran’s political stage has made the political process in the country complex. The “maddahan” (“madah,” singular), religious singers or eulogists, are one group relatively new to the scene. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari A decade ago, maddahan were visible mainly in mosques and during such holidays as the 10-day mourning ceremonies in the month of …

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Cabinet shakeup rattles Iran

Al-monitor – Finally, after a week of speculation, three members of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet were replaced Oct. 19. Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Education Minister Ali Asghar Fani and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmoud Goudarzi all resigned on the same day. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Though all three were said to have stepped down …

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Iran: Further Information: Mohammad Ali Taheri’s whereabouts unknown

Amnesty – Iranian spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri, who started a hunger strike on 28 September, has been held incommunicado since 16 October. The authorities are refusing to provide his family with any information about his fate and whereabouts. To view the report follow below link: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1350182016ENGLISH.pdf

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In Unprecedented Public Plea MPs Call on Judiciary to Reverse Narges Mohammadi’s Prison Sentence

Iranhumanrights.org – Fifteen Iranian members of Parliament have called on the Judiciary to reverse the 10-year prison sentence of prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, marking the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979 that lawmakers publicly defended a person convicted of anti-state activities. “We plead with you to show Islamic mercy and nullify the sentence and order a …

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Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

Iranhumanrights.org – Imprisoned Azeri rights activist Rasoul Razavi has received emergency medical treatment on several occasions since he started a hunger strike in Tabriz Prison on October 3, 2016, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Iranian Azerbaijanis, also known as Azeris and Turks, are Iranians of Azerbaijani ethnicity who come from East Azerbaijan Province, …

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