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Making History: Seema Ghiassi Kennedy, Britain’s First MP of Iranian Descent

kayhan.London – Seema Ghiassi Kennedy has earned herself a spot in the history books: she is the British Parliament’s first member of Iranian descent, elected in May 2015 as the MP for South Ribble (in Lancashire, North West England). Though she left Iran at the tender age of four, her Persian roots are still a big part of who she is. …

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Weekly report on Human Right Violations in Iran 5th September 2016

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Could Iran have a model commercial kidney donation scheme?

SBS – Organ donation in many countries, including Australia, is altruistic – meaning donors are not paid for their organs. But waiting lists are often long. In a unique system, Iran operates a commercial donor scheme for kidney patients. While critics say this can lead to exploitation, waiting lists for kidneys in Iran are almost non-existent. Without Iran’s kidney program, dialysis …

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Iranian Police Shut Down 800 Stores Selling ‘Inappropriate’ Clothing

RFL/RE – Iranian media reported that police have shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling “unconventional and inappropriate” attire — believed to mean Western-style outfits and women’s clothing that doesn’t meet strict Islamic requirements. The reports on September 5 said the raids took place over a 10-day span after authorities first sent official warnings to …

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Did Rouhani just nip Tehran mayor’s presidential challenge in the bud?

Al-monitor  — A war is going on in the Islamic Republic. The war of whistle-blowing was launched by hard-liners who disclosed the pay slips of some managers appointed by the administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani. These leaks, were used to damage Rouhani’s approval rating and instill the sense that Rouhani has reneged on his electoral promise of fighting corruption. …

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