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US Officials: Trump to Decertify Nuclear Deal With Iran

VOA – President Donald Trump is likely to decertify the nuclear deal with Iran and turn it back to Congress for possible renewed sanctions, senior U.S. officials said Thursday. Trump is expected to announce his plans in a speech next week in which he will say the agreement is not in the U.S. national interest, the officials said. This would not …

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Rights Activist Barred from University Under Ahmadinejad Faces Same Roadblocks Under Rouhani

CHRI – Mahdieh Golroo: “I have lost hope along with the years of my youth.” Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has blocked formerly imprisoned civil rights activist Mahdieh Golroo from attending Alzahra University in Tehran despite being accepted as a graduate student. “I saw the letter from [President Hassan] Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry at the University Evaluation Organization (UEO),” said Golroo in an interview …

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Exiled Members of Sufi Gonabadi Dervish Order Told to “Repent” or Serve Life in Prison

CHRI – The sentences of a lifetime in exile issued against Mohammad Ali Shamshirzan and Hamid Arayesh of the Sufi order in Iran known as Gonabadi Dervishes has been illegally changed to life in prison unless the two “repent,” a source with knowledge about the case informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Four other dervishes—Kazem Dehghan, Mohammad Ali …

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Religious Freedom Advocate: “Iran’s Ruling Clerics are Followers of Machiavelli, Not the Mahdi”

CHRI – In February 2016, a senior member of Iran’s ruling Shia Muslim clergy, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, welcomed the head of the Nation of Islam, American Minister Louis Farrakhan, as a guest of the Islamic Republic in what was later billed as one of the most open displays of religious hypocrisy by the Islamic Republic. “Such blight complicity and duplicity should put to rest the …

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How did haircuts and nail polish become part of Iran’s Shiite mourning rituals?

Al-monitor – The mourning ceremonies of Muharram are age-old traditions among Shiite Muslims around the world, especially those in Iran. The rituals commemorate the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein ibn Ali and his companions in the seventh-century Battle of Karbala. In recent years, however, the ceremonies have prompted concern among Iranian clerics and religious intellectuals over what they consider to be deviations from core principle. In Iran …

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