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Iranian man arrested for using monarchy flag, posters of deposed kings

Alireza Gholampour, a fifty-five-year-old resident of Mashhad, has been arrested for supporting monarchism. May 26, 2020. (Twitter) May 29, 2020 Iranian human rights organizations have reported that security forces on Tuesday arrested a man in Mashhad for an alternative tricolored flag with the "Lion and Sun" emblem and posters of Pahlavi kings and [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran|

Why are US taxpayers funding a ‘Voice of the Mullahs’ in Iran?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei talking to the state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15, 2014. (AFP) By Brian Hook May 29, 2020 As the US special representative for Iran, I receive complaints regularly about Voice of America’s Persian service. Iranian viewers say its American taxpayer-funded programming often sounds [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Iran reports most new cases in nearly two months

Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease, as they disinfect the streets, ahead of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, in Tehran, March 16, 2020. (Reuters) May 29, 2020 Iran on Friday announced its highest number of new coronavirus infections in nearly two months and warned the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s exports to India fall over 94 percent in first quarter of 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani release a postal stamp commemorating growing economic and trade ties between the two nations in New Delhi, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP) May 29, 2020 Iran’s exports to India fell by more than 94 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|East Asia, India|

Who is Qalibaf, Iran’s new Parliament Speaker

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf speaks after being elected as Speaker of Parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 28, 2020. (AP) By Morad Veisi May 29, 2020 Brigadier General Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf who was elected as the Speaker of Iran's parliament (Majles) on Thursday May 28, has 40 years of experience in military, political, economic, policing [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran|

Iran police arrests fourteen on charges of separatism in southern city

Hundreds of ethnic Arabs staged a demonstration on March 28, 2019, in front of state TV’s local headquarters in Ahvaz. (RFE-RL) By Maryam Sinaiee May 29, 2020 The Law Enforcement Commander of Khuzestan Province on Wednesday said the security police of Mahshahr Port has arrested "fourteen agents of Takfiri and separatist groups". Brigadier General [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

To prevent protests the Iranian government “tests” internet shutdown

A slogan on an electricity box in Tehran says “Intranet is silencer of massacre”, referring to shutdown of internet in Iran for one week and testing the national internet, November 23, 2019. (Social Media) May 29, 2020 Iranians are forever updating their knowledge and use of emojis and hashtags expressing frustration about internet [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish activists face more harsh treatment by government

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) May 29, 2020 Members of Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish religious minority have faced more harsh treatment from Iranian authorities, with one recently freed dissident being sent into internal exile and another detained activist being [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s IRGC warns US after receiving new combat vessels

IRGC vessels buzzing past US military ships, April 15, 2020. (US Navy) May 28, 2020 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as it received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines, state television reported. [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran rejects US cancelation of nuclear sanctions waivers

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement. May 8, 2018. (REUTERS) May 28, 2020 Iran says a U.S. move to cancel the last remaining sanctions waivers from the 2015 nuclear agreement will not impact its nuclear work. A spokesman for Iran’s Atomic [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|North America, USA|