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July, 2024

  • 15 July

    Suspected Israeli strike kills businessman involved in financing of Iran’s proxies

    iranintl – Prominent Syrian businessman Baraa Katerji, a close confidante of President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in a suspected Israeli strike near the Lebanese-Syrian border on Monday, three security sources told Reuters. For years, Israel has frequently struck Iranian-linked targets in Syria, without claiming responsibility in most cases. These attacks have intensified recently amid the Gaza conflict and ongoing clashes …

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  • 15 July

    How Iran loses in joint oil and gas fields to neighbors?

    iranintl – Iran faces significant challenges in its 28 joint oil and gas fields with neighboring countries, where it consistently falls behind in production compared to its neighbors. Experts, as cited by Tehran ILNA news agency recently, attribute Iran’s primary challenge in these shared fields to a lack of investment. The most substantial joint fields for Iran are with Iraq, …

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  • 15 July

    Iranian women’s rights activists faced rape threats during arrest, reports UN official

    iranintl – According to a UN Special Rapporteur, six Iranian women rights advocates who are serving lengthy prison sentences, reportedly faced torture and threats of rape and death when they were violently detained. Publishing the news in a post on X, Mary Lawlor, the UN expert on Human Rights Defenders, called on Iranian authorities to release the women immediately. Dubbed …

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  • 15 July

    Modern medicine causes dengue fever, says Iranian cleric

    iranintl – Controversial Iranian cleric and Islamic medicine advocate Abbas Tabrizian says modern pharmaceuticals, not the Aedes mosquito, is the cause of dengue fever. In the Shia cleric’s recent statement on his Telegram channel, he said, “The cause of diseases such as dengue fever, cancer, and coronavirus are the chemical drugs. If you do not take chemical drugs, you will …

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  • 15 July

    Tanker seized by Iran in 2023 anchors near UAE, tracking shows

    voanews – A Chevron-chartered oil tanker seized by Iran more than a year ago has dropped anchor near the United Arab Emirates port of Khor Fakkan, ship tracking data showed Monday. The Marshall Islands-flagged Advantage Sweet was boarded by Iran’s military in the Gulf of Oman in April 2023 after an alleged collision with an Iranian boat. After sailing away …

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  • 15 July

    Azerbaijan reopens embassy in Iran as both countries try to ease tensions

    voanews – The embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran resumed its work Monday after more than a year of negotiations between the two countries to ease tensions, Iran’s semi-official media outlets reported. A source in the Azeri embassy in Tehran told The Associated Press that the embassy has resumed its operations in the Iranian capital, but said it won’t be officially …

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  • 15 July

    The Push To Recognize ‘Gender Apartheid’ As A Crime

    rferl.org – The world has long been aware of the scourge of apartheid — the systemic segregation or discrimination of people based on their race. But what about the institutionalized practice of singling people out for ill-treatment due to their gender? The push to recognize “gender apartheid” under international law is gaining steam, with oppression against women and girls in …

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  • 15 July

    Rights Watchdog Calls On Incoming Iranian President, Other Officials To Curb ‘Excessive’ Force At Border

    rferl.org – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged President-elect Masud Pezeshkian and other Iranian authorities to end their use of “excessive and lethal force” against mostly Kurdish border couriers at the frontier with Iraq, saying such low-level smugglers frequently “come from marginalized communities.” In a July 15 statement, the rights organization quoted Pezeshkian saying before his July 5 election that …

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  • 11 July

    US denies holding ‘active’ nuclear talks with Iran

    iranintl – The US is not engaged in any nuclear talks with Iran, the White House national security spokesman told Iran International on Thursday, denying the Iranian top diplomat’s claim about ongoing nuclear negotiations between Tehran and Washington via Oman. Earlier in the day, Iran’s acting foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani said nuclear talks with the US are ongoing through indirect negotiations …

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  • 11 July

    IRGC general declares Khamenei true victor in presidential election

    iranintl – Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, touted Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as the ultimate winner in Iran’s recent presidential election. The assertion, made in an article for the IRGC-affiliated Javan newspaper Thursday, underscores the entrenchment of Khamenei’s influence over Iran’s political machinery. Hajizadeh’s words were unequivocal: “Today, the Islamic system, the …

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  • 11 July

    Iran faces more internet disruptions under new president

    iranintl – As president-elect Masoud Pezeshkian prepares to take office, Iran has once again experienced severe internet disruptions. Detailed reports from IODA, a platform monitoring global internet access quality, indicate that significant network interruptions began impacting users on Wednesday afternoon. A tweet from IODA highlighted “two significant network disruptions involving Host Iran and TCI [Telecommunication Company of Iran].” It comes …

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  • 11 July

    New UN rights rapporteur for Iran is a highly regarded expert

    iranintl – Mai Sato, a Japanese social scientist, who is to become the next UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran at the end of July, is a top-notch expert on criminal law with a high reputation among rights defenders. Ms. Sato was one of eleven candidates for the post, and the preferred choice out of a final shortlist …

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  • 11 July

    Iranian nurses face mass arrests as government cracks down on protests

    iranintl – In spite of a dire nursing shortage in Iran, the government continues to crack down on protests demanding better working conditions and pay with mass arrests across the country. In recent days, several nurses have reported being summoned to the disciplinary committee and handed sentences such as six-month suspensions, exile to other cities where commuting is impossible, non-payment …

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  • 11 July

    Iran struggled to arrange US ballot stations for presidential election runoff

    voanews – Iran struggled to arrange absentee voting in the U.S. for the second round of its presidential election Friday, as a VOA investigation found that Tehran’s U.S. ballot stations suffered more setbacks than those it organized for the election’s first round a week prior. Tehran declared relative moderate former Iranian Health Minister Masoud Pezeshkian the winner of the July …

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  • 11 July

    Oil Tanker Seized By Iran Moving To International Waters, Tracking Data Shows

    rferl.org – A Chevron-chartered oil tanker that was seized by Iran more than a year ago was heading for international waters on July 11, LSEG ship tracking data showed. The Marshall Islands-flagged Advantage Sweet was boarded by Iran’s military in the Gulf of Oman in April 2023 after an alleged collision with an Iranian boat. There was no immediate comment …

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  • 10 July

    Exiled prince warns West about Iran’s role in spreading ‘radical Islamism’

    iranintl – Iran’s exiled prince Reza Pahlavi on Wednesday blamed the Islamic Republic for the expansion of radical Islam throughout the world, warning that the Western civilization is at risk of succumbing to Islamism. Pahlavi, whose late father Mohammad Reza left Iran in the midst of an Islamic revolutionary fervor in 1979, has been living in the US ever since, …

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  • 10 July

    Iran’s president-elect pledges support for Hamas until ‘liberation of Quds’

    iranintl – Iran’s president-elect reiterated on Wednesday his support for Tehran-backed groups fighting Israel, a move that once again signals Iran’s major policies are dictated by the Supreme Leader, leaving presidents with little room for change. While President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian has never identified himself as a reformist nor officially belonged to any reformist faction, Western media reports have in recent days introduced …

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  • 10 July

    US accuses Iran of seeking to exploit American Gaza protests

    voanews – The U.S. intelligence chief on Tuesday accused Iran of egging on protests inside the United States against the Gaza war, including by paying demonstrators. Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, stressed she was not alleging that Americans taking to the streets against Israel or U.S. policy were insincere or doing Iran’s bidding, but said Tehran was stepping …

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  • 10 July

    Iranian Female Prisoners Call Activist’s ‘Disgraceful’ Death Sentence An Ominous Sign

    rferl.org – A group of female Iranian prisoners has warned of a possible wave of executions, pointing to the recent “shameless and disgraceful” death sentence handed down to labor activist Sharifeh Mohammadi. The group of 16 women said in a letter that prior to last week’s presidential election, authorities had slowed down the pace of executions “to the maximum extent …

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  • 10 July

    Iran Cracks Down On Social Media Accounts For ‘Discouraging’ Voting

    rferl.org – Iran has opened court cases against two Telegram accounts and summoned 100 people for allegedly calling for a boycott of the recent presidential election. Some 500 Instagram accounts were also found to have committed “election violations,” Iranian judiciary spokesman Asghar Jahangiri told reporters on July 10. Without naming the Telegram and Instagram accounts, Jahangiri said they had all …

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  • 9 July

    Khamenei pins hope on new government to deflect foreign pressures

    iranintl.com – With a new president nearly in office in Tehran, there is much speculation about the direction of the new Iranian government’s foreign policy. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is widely believed to have the final say on foreign policy and other matters in Iran, has assured domestic and foreign audiences that no change is likely to take place …

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  • 9 July

    Iranian prisoners challenge execution machine

    iranintl.com – Political prisoners across nine Iranian prisons have joined the “No to Execution Tuesdays” campaign, condemning the death sentence of labor activist Sharifeh Mohammadi as “shameless and disgraceful.” The movement calls for nationwide support to halt the “execution machine” of the Islamic Republic. On Tuesday, the prisoners will further their protest with a hunger strike against executions. Hundreds of …

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  • 9 July

    US says not ready to resume nuclear talks with Iran under Pezeshkian

    iranintl – The Biden administration is not ready to resume nuclear talks with Iran under the new president, the White House national security council spokesman said Monday. In his presidential campaign, Iran’s president-elect Masoud Pezeshkian advocated engagement in constructive talks with Western powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) and to lift the sanctions that he says have crippled …

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  • 9 July

    Blood, Batons, and Broken Dreams: Iran’s Bloody Friday

    Iranwire – 25 years ago, on a balmy Friday evening in July 1999, the tranquil air of Tehran University’s campus was shattered. The notorious Ansar Hezbollah and Basij forces in plainclothes descended upon the grounds on July 9, leaving chaos and bloodshed behind. Two days later, the violence spread like wildfire, engulfing Tabriz University’s dormitories as plainclothes forces unleashed a brutal …

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  • 9 July

    Iranian Activist Hossein Ronaghi Suffers Autoimmune Disease Post-Prison

    Iranwire – Hossein Ronaghi, a prominent activist and former political prisoner in Iran, has disclosed that he is battling an autoimmune disease following his release from prison. “Unfortunately, after being released from prison, I developed an autoimmune disease,” Ronaghi wrote on X. He listed a range of symptoms including weight gain, facial puffiness, muscle weakness and stiffness, joint pain, increased …

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  • 9 July

    Iranian Authorities Seal Turkish Airlines Office Over Hijab Violations

    Iranwire – Iranian authorities have sealed the office of Turkish Airlines in Tehran for violating the mandatory hijab rules. This action comes just an hour after a reported conversation between the President of Turkey and Iran’s President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian. “Erdogan called and talked to the elected president for an hour, God willing, to improve relations,” Ebrahim Sozanchi, a member of …

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  • 9 July

    Pezeshkian Reaffirms Iran’s Support for “Resistance Movements”

    Iranwire – Iran’s president-elect, Masoud Pezeshkian, has reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to supporting Hezbollah. In a message to Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Pezeshkian emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran has consistently supported regional “resistance” against what he termed the “illegitimate Zionist regime.” He said that this support is deeply rooted in “the fundamental policies of the …

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  • 9 July

    Teachers Union Member Mohsen Omrani Sentenced to One Year in Prison

    Iranwire – A Revolutionary Court in southern Bushehr has sentenced Mohsen Omrani, a board member of the Teachers Union, to one year in prison. The court charged Omrani with “propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” citing several of his social media posts as evidence. The verdict was recently sent to Omrani following a court session held on July 2. His case …

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  • 9 July

    One Kolbar Killed, Six Injured by Iranian Border Forces

    Iranwire – Iranian border forces shot and killed one kolbar and injured at least six others in western Kermanshah. Ayoub Mohammadi, a kolbar from Salas Babajani, was fatally wounded when border guards opened fire on a group of transborder porters on Monday morning.  Mohammadi was rushed to Quds Hospital in Paveh but succumbed to his injuries shortly after admission. The …

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  • 9 July

    Water Pollution Suspected in Rezvanshahr Poisoning Incident

    Iranwire – A growing health crisis has emerged in the northern Iranian city of Rezvanshahr as reports indicate that at least 400 residents have been poisoned, with numbers continuing to rise daily. According to the Etemad newspaper, local sources suggest that the poisoning may be due to the “mixing of sewage water with drinking water.” However, official statements have been …

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