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Iran’s Raisi asks for space satellite program to be beefed up

A satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (Iran’s Defence Ministry) November 27, 2021 Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi visited a space exhibition in Tehran and asked officials to work on reaching the 36,000 km orbit around the earth in four years. Minister of Communications and Information technology, Issa [...]

By |November 27th, 2021|Iran|

Chalous gas field unlikely to make Iran a big supplier

Chalous structure is the second-largest natural gas block in the Caspian Sea. (Tehran Times) November 27, 2021 With a potential output worth $450 billion over its first 20 years, Iran’s Chalous gas field in the Caspian Sea, raises issues of both finance and where the gas might sell. The field, whose discovery Iran proclaimed [...]

By |November 27th, 2021|Europe, Russia|

Iran politician accuses officials of lies and bluffs during pandemic

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the former Foreign Policy and National Security Committee chief in the Iranian Parliament. (Press TV) November 27, 2021 A prominent former lawmaker in Iran says officials and state-run media lied to the people about Covid-19, particularly in early 2020 when the pandemic began. Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a former Foreign Policy and National [...]

By |November 27th, 2021|Iran|

Ex-Iranian official: No political prisoners among 1988 executions

This courtroom sketch made on November 23, 2021 by Anders Humlebo shows former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury being questioned at the Stockholm District Court in Stockholm on Nov 23, 2021. (AFP) November 26, 2021 A former Iranian prison official accused of handing out death sentences during a 1988 purge of dissidents testified [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Europe|

U.S. threatens escalation with Iran at IAEA next month

The logo of the IAEA is seen at their headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna, June 7, 2021. (REUTERS) November 26, 2021 The United States threatened on Thursday to confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency next month if it does not cooperate more with the watchdog - an [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Protesters, police clash in central Iran after rally over water shortages

A file photo shows Iranian protest dried-up river in Isfahan, Nov 24, 2021. (FARS) November 26, 2021 Hundreds of protesters, some throwing rocks, clashed with police in Iran's central city of Isfahan on Friday, Iranian news agencies and social media posts said. Clashes happened after officers fired tear gas at demonstrators backing farmers [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Iran|

Top Iran diplomat calls for lifting of sanctions, days before Vienna nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (MEHR) November 26, 2021 Iran wants the lifting of all sanctions in a verifiable process, its foreign minister said on Friday, three days before nuclear talks resume in Vienna. Monday’s indirect talks between the United States and Iran, with the participation of major powers, aim at bringing the two [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Failure in Tehran, tension in Vienna: Iran’s stand-off with the IAEA

Iran's FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) meets with the Director-General of IAEA Rafael Grossi (R) at the foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tehran on Nov 23, 2021 (AFP) By Faramarz Davar November 26, 2021 The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said his visit to Tehran earlier this week – in [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran-Azerbaijan: A new cold war?

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) By Eldar Mamedov November 26, 2021 As tensions subsided following weeks of saber-rattling and hostile rhetoric, the foreign ministers of Iran and Azerbaijan had a November 5 phone call [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Azerbaijan|

Amnesty condemns jailing and torture of Iranian students

A general view of the Greater Tehran Prison. (Supplied) By Roghayeh Rezaei November 26, 2021 A year and a half ago Ali Younesi was arrested by plainclothes officers in the street. Agents then raided the home of Amir Hossein Moradi, his friend, arresting him as well. Amnesty International has now, in an open [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Iran|