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Iraqi govt. source challenges IRGC’s story of arrest of Iranian dissident

A screen grab from the short video clip Iran's state TV showed of dissident Rouhollah Zam captured by IRGC. October 14, 2019. (Fars) October 19, 2019 An Iraqi government source has challenged the story of the arrest of an Iranian opposition journalist put forward by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Ruhollah Zam, [...]

By |October 19th, 2019|Iraq|

Decoding Iran’s politics: History of the ban on women attending football matches

Iranian women make their way in a sidewalk while wearing the “chador,” in downtown Tehran on Aug. 24, 2017. (AP) By H Rastgoo October 19, 2019 On October 10, about 4,000 Iranian women were allowed into a stadium to watch a men’s football match — a World Cup qualifier at Azadi Stadium in Tehran [...]

By |October 19th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iranian political figures, celebrities in jail for corruption charges

Hossein Hedayati an Iranian billionaire sponsor of football in court for corruption, , March 04, 2019. (Supplied) October 18, 2019 Hossein Fereidoun, the younger brother and confidant of President Hassan Rouhani was jailed on Wednesday October 16 after the Court of Appeal in Tehran sentenced him to five years in jail on the first of [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Iran|

Global watchdog gives Iran until Feb. 2020 to tighten anti-money laundering rules

Iranian protesters show their hands with writing in Persian that reads, “No to FATF,” to protest the passage of a bill in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018. (AP) October 18, 2019 A global dirty money watchdog said on Friday it had given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to comply with international [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|North America, USA|

Uk Parliament conference weighs human rights violations in Iran

The lawmakers were joined by a delegation of the Iranian opposition coalition NCRI. (INU) October 18, 2019 British Parliamentarians on Thursday condemned human rights abuses by the government of Iran. The lawmakers were joined by a delegation of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Tehran’s unacceptable behavior requires a [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Europe|

Voter disillusionment and domination by hardliners mar Iran’s next elections

Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei casts his ballot during parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Iran Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP) October 18, 2019 President Hassan Rouhani has called on Iranian university students to lend their energy and rigor to the campaigns ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iran. [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Iran|

Russian journalist released by Iran says, ‘I’ll never go back to the country’

Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik in a televised interview. (YouTube) October 18, 2019 Nobody can imagine how I loved Iran, but I will never go back to the country, says a Russian journalist who was detained October 2 after arriving in Iran. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Intelligence agents stormed her room in a [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Russia|

Rouhani’s six years as president prove he is far from moderate

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) By Majid Rafizadeh October 18, 2019 Hassan Rouhani has been president of Iran for more than six years. The Islamic Republic introduced him as a moderate clergyman and politician, and some Western media outlets, scholars and politicians bought the idea that Rouhani and his technocrat team were indeed opposed [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Iran|

IAEA mum on Iran’s illicit nuclear activities in Germany

An IAEA inspector checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz, January 20, 2014. (APA) By Benjamin Weinthal October 18, 2019 Material in a batch of German intelligence documents on Tehran’s illegal nuclear conduct in the federal republic as late as 2018 necessitate “confronting Iran with the intelligence and asking hard questions,” [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Europe|

Turkish soldier killed on border with Iran

A Turkish soldier stands at Iran -Turkey border. (Reuters) October 18, 2019 The Turkish Defense Ministry is claiming that a soldier has been killed on its border after gunfire from Iran. In statement released by the ministry Turkey alleges that, one soldier was killed and two other soldiers were lightly wounded. The incident [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Turkey|