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Ahead of Iranian elections, international rights groups denounce targeting of activists

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS –  In advance of the Iranian Presidential elections on 19 May, which will take place in a largely restrictive environment, we, the undersigned organisations, urge that the Iranian government fulfill its international human rights obligations and cease the systematic targeting of human rights defenders (HRDs). Scores of HRDs have been arrested and remain in prison on arbitrary …

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After his withdrawal from presidential race, who will get Tehran mayor’s votes?

Al-monitor – Despite previously dismissing the idea of stepping aside in Iran’s presidential race, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf withdrew May 15 in favor of fellow conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi. This unexpected move has left political analysts wondering whether it will actually benefit Raisi or, conversely, the incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, in the May 19 election. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari Ghalibaf, a three-time presidential candidate, had run a controversial campaign. …

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In final day before vote, Rouhani lashes out at Iran’s hard-liners

Al-monitor – With the exception of the third presidential debate in which candidates accused each other of lying and corruption, this year’s Iranian presidential election has been relatively calm in comparison to the last two elections. No one has attempted to disclose secrets about a candidate’s wife, and the country’s longtime nuclear negotiator was not suddenly criticized for his intransigence, …

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Analysis: Iran’s Younger Generation Positioned To Restore Political Roar

RFL/RE – When Mahmud Ahmadinejad was elected to a second term as president in 2009 as a result of what is widely regarded as vote-rigging, Iran’s younger generation played a leading role in the massive street protests that ensued and gave birth to the opposition Green Movement. The role of young Iranians in the election (source: Hamshahri Javan magazine) By David Patrikarakos, RFE/RL Iran’s …

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John Kerry, security experts team up to defend Iran deal from Trump

PayvandNews – Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry along with other top security experts have come to defend the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, from the country’s hardline President Donald Trump.  Through a newly formed organization called Diplomacy Works, Kerry and several national security experts who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama are fighting to …

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