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About Track Persia

Track Persia is a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, in due process we fall upon many indications of growing expansionary ambitions on the part of Iran in the MENA region and the wider Islamic world. These ambitions commonly increase tensions and undermine stability.

Mandaeans in Iran: Discrimination begins at birth

Despite their nearly 2,000-year-old faith, Mandaeans are one of the least-known religious minority groups in Iran. (AP) By Maryam Dehkordi September 24, 2020 The Mandaeans are one of the least-known ethnoreligious groups in Iran, although their culture and belief system dates back almost 2,000 years. They are not recognized under the laws of the [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Filmmaker’s appeal quashed as Iranian authorities target wife and son

Mohammad Nourizad during a hunger strike in the past. Undated. (Social Media) By Niloufar Rostami September 24, 2020 On Tuesday, September 22, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, the lawyer acting for detained journalist and documentary filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, announced on Twitter that his client’s appeal had been “instantaneously” overruled at a court in Mashhad. The 67-year-old [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls for Iran-backed Hezbollah to be disarmed

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman focused on regional issues during his first address at the 75th UN General Assembly meeting, Sept. 23, 2020. (SPA) September 23, 2020 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday said Hezbollah must be disarmed for Lebanon to achieve security, stability and prosperity. Last month’s Beirut port blast was a result [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Lebanon, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

How Hezbollah collaborates with Latin American drug cartels

Hezbollah continues to be a key partner to cartels in Latin America. (WT) By Emanuele Ottolenghi September 23, 2020 Last month, Dutch authorities raided a lab in a small village where Colombian cartels turned charcoal-camouflaged cocaine briquettes back into drugs. The charcoal that most Americans burn in their barbecues is not the stuff they would normally [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Latin America, Lebanon|

Iran’s Guard flew surveillance drone over USS Nimitz

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the flight deck of the USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf, July 29, 2019. (US Navy) September 23, 2020 Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard force has managed to fly a surveillance drone over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier which last week transited through the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

A cat on stage leads to banning a play in Tehran

Mohammad Rahmanian, Iranian writer and theater Director, undated. (Supplied) September 23, 2020 The presence of a cat in a play staged in Tehran by the prominent Iranian director Mohammad Rahmanian has unleashed the country's censorship authorities to ban the production. The six-episode play, "Love in Days of Corona [virus]," starring Mahtab Nasirpour, Sima [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iraq, Kurdish politicians denounce Hezbollah move to partner with pro-Iran militias

A poster shows the faces of Khamenei, Qassem Soleimani, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Baghdad, Iraq, May 20, 2020. (Twitter) By Zana Gulmohamad September 23, 2020 Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah is ramping up its efforts in Iraq and is shaping the Iran-led axis’ activities in the country. Where Hezbollah and Iran-backed Iraqi militias [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Most Pakistanis blame inadequate controls on Iranian border for coronavirus spread

Most people surveyed blamed inadequate government controls on the Iranian border, followed by nationals including pilgrims coming back from Iran. (Getty) September 23, 2020 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Pakistan|

Saudi Arabia says any nuclear deal with Iran must preserve non-proliferation

The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. (AFP) September 23, 2020 Saudi Arabia said that any nuclear deal with Iran has to preserve non-proliferation and continue efforts aimed at making the Middle East a zone free of mass destruction weapons, state news [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

US calls on Iran-linked Houthis to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stands at the lectern during a press conference at the US Department of State, June 10, 2019. (AFP) September 23, 2020 The US on Tuesday called on Houthi militants in Yemen to stop launching attacks on Saudi Arabia. The State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA, Yemen|