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UN office: Iranian forces were ‘shooting to kill’ protesters

Suppression of protesters in Marivan, Kurdistan province. November 2019. (Supplied) December 6, 2019 Iranian security forces were “shooting to kill” in their deadly crackdown against protesters in recent weeks, according to credible video footage, the UN human rights chief said Friday. The unrest left at least 208 people dead nationwide, the office of [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|

US considering troop boost to counter Iran

US navy launches 'largest maritime exercise' to protect Gulf allies following Iran tensions. (Getty) December 6, 2019 The United States said Thursday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head to the region. Testifying before Congress, John Rood, the under secretary [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Europeans, Iran to cross swords at nuclear talks

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. (REUTERS) December 6, 2019 European powers will demand Iran stop violating their nuclear deal or potentially face renewed UN sanctions, but with Tehran locked in conflict over US sanctions, there appears to be [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Europe|

US State Department publishes photos of seized Iranian missiles

The US State Department released photos of the Iranian missiles seized by the US Navy in the Arabian Sea before its arrival to Houthi militias in Yemen, Dec 5, 2019. (Supplied) December 6, 2019 The US State Department has released photos of the shipment of Iranian weapons and missile parts seized by the [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|North America, USA, Yemen|

Why is Europe bailing out Iran’s regime now?

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. (Reuters) By Eli Lake December 6, 2019 Iranians have been protesting their regime since last month. Only in the last few days, however, has the world begun to learn the full scope of the repression they face. There [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Europe|

How can Iran modernize with stone age justice rooted in medieval Islam?

lslamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting [IRIB] has produced and broadcast several programs to promote polygamy. (Screen shot) By Firouz Farzani December 6, 2019 Believe it or not, even in a big modern city like Tehran, there is still serious discussion about the so-called virtues of polygamy.  A mullah on TV made the case for it [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iran bid to name new Iraqi PM

A picture published by the Tasnim agency showing Iranian Quds Force commander Qasim Soleimani in Najaf, Iraq. (Supplied) December 6, 2019 Iran wants to name the next prime minister of Iraq. Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Mohammed Kawtharany, a top official with [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran jails at least 8,000 following November protests

People arrested in November protests in Iran go through the painful process of forced confessions and repentance. (Fars) By Ehsan Mehrabi December 6, 2019 Three weeks after the start of anti-government protests in Iran there are still conflicting reports on the number of arrests made by security forces. A member of the Iranian Parliament [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|

Russia halts work at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility

The interior of the Fordo (Fordow) Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country, November 6, 2019. (AFP) December 6, 2019 Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has suspended work on modernizing a unit of Iran's Fordow nuclear complex due to an issue with uranium compatibility, Rosatom's nuclear fuel cycle unit [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Russia|

One of the worst crackdowns in decades is happening in Iran. Here’s what we know

Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) By Sheena McKenzie December 6, 2019 Iranians are no strangers to protests. Rarely, however, has the government's response seemed quite as brutal as this. A little over two weeks ago, protests [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|