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December, 2017

  • 12 December

    Witness In Iran Sanctions Case Says Turkey’s Erdogan Aided Evasion Scheme

    RFL/RE – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court on December 11 that the Turkish investigation that he led in 2012-2013 …

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  • 12 December

    Iran Offers Support For Palestinian Militants Fighting Trump Move On Jerusalem

    RFL/RE – A top Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander has offered Iran’s “complete support” for Palestinian militants in their resistance campaign against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. General Qassem Soleimani, who oversees the IRGC’s foreign operations branch, made the offer to the Palestinian commanders of Islamic Jihad and the Izz Al-Deen Qassam brigades, …

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  • 12 December

    Iran: From human rights violations to dangerous meddling

    Al-Arabia – From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality. As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy of Iran’s state-run strategy, all hacked into this regime’s constitution. The real image Earlier this year Amnesty International’s 94-page report, “Caught in …

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  • 12 December

    Iran pushing Lebanon to war

    Al-Arabia – Qais Khazali, a leader of a Popular Mobilization Forces’ militia, recently visited the Lebanese borders with Israel. This is a dangerous development that falls within the framework of regional conflict. The leader of an Iraqi militia gets involved in an Iranian mission to spark a clash between Lebanon and Israel! Both parties, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iraqi …

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  • 12 December

    Iran: Upholding academic’s death sentence in secret shows utter contempt for right to life

    Amnesty – The Iranian Supreme Court has run roughshod over the rule of law by upholding the death sentence of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and specialist in emergency medicine, through a secret and hasty process and without allowing any defence submission, Amnesty International revealed today. Ahmadreza Djalali’s lawyers learned on Saturday 9 December that Branch 1 of the …

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  • 12 December

    Security Forces Block Annual Ceremony to Commemorate “Chain Murders” Victims

    CHRI – Security forces prevented a gathering near Tehran marking the 19th anniversary of a series of murders and disappearances by the Intelligence Ministry of dissidents in the 1990s known as the “chain murders.” The Writers Association of Iran (WAI) issued a statement on December 7, 2017, hours after many of its members and supporters were prevented from entering Imamzadeh …

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  • 12 December

    Supreme Court Upholds Swedish Resident Ahmedreza Djalali’s Death Sentence

    CHRI – Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence issued against Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been imprisoned in Tehran since April 2016 after being arrested by the Intelligence Ministry. Djalali’s wife, Vida Mehran-nia, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that her husband’s main lawyer was told the Supreme Court’s decision in court on …

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  • 12 December

    Ahmadinejad moves to target influential Iranian political family

    Al-Monitor – Once again, Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made headlines following his controversial remarks targeting judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani and his brother, parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. The war of words illustrates yet again Ahmadinejad’s typical strategy, which is to attack influential political families to gain more popularity with the public. Thus, his latest attacks on the …

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  • 12 December

    What was on the agenda for British foreign secretary’s Iran visit?

    Al-Monitor – Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Iran on Dec. 10. Ahead of the trip, Johnson said that he would address British concerns over the imprisonment of dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested and sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is employed by Thomson Reuters Foundation, was charged with plotting to overthrow the Iranian …

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  • 12 December

    Nine Iranian mountain climbers killed by avalanche

    PayvandNews – Nine Iranian climbers were fatally buried by an avalanche on Oshtoran Kooh Mountain, in the country’s west on Friday. The climbers were among a group of 15 men and women from the city of Mashhad and a local guide who were trapped by the avalanche on Thursday. source: Haft-e Sobh daily They were heading back from Oshtoran Kooh, one of …

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  • 12 December

    Iran Sentences Fugitive Ex-Bank Chief Mahmud Reza Khavari To Prison In Absentia

    RFL/RE – Iran’s judiciary says the former head of the country’s largest state-controlled bank who fled to Canada amid a massive embezzlement case has been handed a lengthy prison sentence in absentia. Mahmud Reza Khavari (file photo) Mahmud Reza Khavari, the former head of Bank Melli Iran, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for “disrupting the economic system,” Iranian news …

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  • 11 December

    Human Rights Day and Iran’s Suppression

    newsmax – Today is Human Rights Day! Is this a day for celebration or mourning? Ordinarily, such a day would be for festivity; but, this day is not a usual moment in time. Why? The Iranian regime is the source of human rights abuses. Iran is not a typical state. It has the trappings of being normal, when, in fact, …

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  • 11 December

    IRANIAN COURT IN SAQQEZ ORDERS 50 LASHES AGAINST WOMAN

    nrttv – An Iranian court has sentenced a young woman of Kurdish origin to prison and ordered her to receive 50 lashes as punishment for participating in an event recognizing the referendum on Kurdistan independence in northern Iraq. Zamana Zewia, a student at Payam Noor University in Saqqez, was accused of “acting against national security,” “participating in illegal gatherings” and “disrupting …

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  • 11 December

    Putin wants to work with Iran and Turkey to kick-start Syrian peace process – agencies

    Reuters – Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday he wanted to work with Iran and Turkey to kick-start the Syrian peace process, Russian news agencies reported. Putin was also cited as telling Assad he hoped that it would be possible to launch the work of the Syrian Congress on National Dialogue and that he would …

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  • 11 December

    American Diplomat: US Looks to Counter Iran in Post-war Iraq

    VOA —As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press. U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman took up his post in Baghdad in September …

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  • 11 December

    Rouhani’s New Iran Budget Focuses on Jobs, Fixing Banks

    Bloomberg – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $337 billion draft budget to parliament that earmarks about $100 billion for public service programs that would create jobs, address a banking crisis and introduce a new social security program. Rouhani told lawmakers that the budget was based on oil prices forecast at $55 a barrel, according to an advance text of …

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  • 11 December

    Iran slowly builds a land bridge of allies to the Mediterranean coast

    heraldscotland – WHEN Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei looks west from his Tehran residence, he can be forgiven a wry smile. An arc of Iranian influence from the Shia republic to the shores of the Mediterranean is taking shape in the increasingly troubled and unpredictable Middle East, slowly but certainly surely. And his great adversary in a campaign for …

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  • 11 December

    Iran postpones court appearance of jailed woman as UK minister visits

    CNN – Hopes that a British woman jailed in Iran will soon be freed rose Sunday following a visit to Tehran by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s court appearance scheduled for Sunday on fresh espionage charges was postponed following Johnson’s discussions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said in a statement. “This is undoubtedly a …

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  • 11 December

    Putin Visits Syria, Announces Russian Troop Withdrawal

    VOA – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he has ordered his military to withdraw a “significant part” of Russia’s forces from Syria. He made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hemeimeem airbase in Latakia province, where he also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian forces joined the Syrian conflict in late 2015 in support of Assad’s …

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  • 9 December

    British Foreign Secretary In Iran To Push For Briton’s Release

    RFL/RE – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has arrived in Iran to lobby for the release of an Iranian-British woman jailed in Tehran.

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  • 9 December

    World Powers Warn Iran, Saudi Arabia Not To Meddle In Lebanon

    RFL/RE – World powers are pushing Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon’s politics while urging Iranian ally Hizballah to rein in its military activities in neighboring states.

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  • 9 December

    Arabs agitate in Ahwaz after seizure of farm lands

    Al-Arabia – Thousands of Arab citizens demonstrated, on Friday, in the streets of the city of Ahwaz, the center of the Arabistan province, protesting against the confiscation of lands of Arab farmers.

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  • 9 December

    Iran: Imprisoned Foreign Student Threatened

    HRW – US Citizen Arrested for Historical Research Serving 10-Year Term

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  • 9 December

    Iran’s Culture Minister Says He’s Trying to “Transform” Conservative Clerics’ Views on Music

    CHRI – Before musicians can perform concerts in Iran without the threat of the authorities suddenly canceling them, someone has to convince conservative Shia Muslim clerics that music is not un-Islamic.

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  • 9 December

    Iran’s Student Movement Faces Roadblocks Under Rouhani Despite Election Campaign Promises

    CHRI – Protests were held at several Iranian universities on December 7, 2017, on the occasion of Student Day. One activist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that President Hassan Rouhani has failed to uphold his election campaign promise to end the securitization of university campuses.

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  • 9 December

    IRGC Commander Turned Musician Says He Was Banned From Producing Music by the Intelligence Ministry

    CHRI – Rouhani Government and MPs Ignore Hossein Zaman’s Pleas for Help

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  • 9 December

    Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Offers to Serve Remainder of Imprisoned Mothers’ Sentences

    CHRI – Zahra Rahnavard, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest with her husband Mir Hossein Mousavifor nearly seven years, has offered to take the place of political prisoners who are mothers.

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  • 9 December

    Iranian media workers warn of ‘death of independent journalism’

    Al-Monitor – “Working as a professional journalist is subject to obtaining a journalist’s license from the Media Governance Organization [MGO] of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This sentence is part of Article 52 of the [MGO] Bill, which is currently being reviewed by the administration’s Cultural Commission. The bill, which has six chapters and 66 articles, was introduced and drafted in …

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  • 9 December

    Iran’s Siamand Rahman clinches gold at 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships

    PayvandNews – Iranian Paralympic powerlifter Siamand Rahman has produced a magnificent display of strength and prowess at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico, and been awarded the top honor.

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  • 8 December

    U.K. Foreign Secretary To Visit Iran To Press For Release Of Jailed Briton

    RFL/RE – Britain says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will travel to Iran on December 9 to meet with his Iranian counterpart and lobby for the release of an Iranian-British woman jailed in Tehran. Johnson’s office did not identify jailed aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by name in its December 8 statement but said that he would press for the release of …

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