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Australia lists Iran-allied Hezbollah as ‘terrorist organization’

Hezbollah parade in Beirut. (AFP) November 24, 2021 Australia on Wednesday listed all of Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization”, extending an existing ban on armed units to the entire movement, which wields considerable power over Lebanon. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said that the Iran-backed Shiite group “continues to threaten terrorist attacks and [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Australia, Lebanon|

Judiciary secretary claims hostages want to stay in Iranian prisons

Ali Bagheri Kani, the Iranian judiciary’s Secretary of Human Rights Affairs. (IRNA) March 24, 2021 The Iranian judiciary’s Secretary of Human Rights Affairs has claimed that foreign political prisoners and hostages in Iran are sometimes unwilling to go back to their countries of origin. In a statement cited by the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News [...]

By |March 24th, 2021|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Freed academic describes ‘psychological torture’ in Iran

Frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. (AP) March 9, 2021 A British-Australian academic imprisoned by Iran on a spying conviction said in a television interview broadcast Tuesday that she endured “psychological torture” during her more than two years [...]

By |March 9th, 2021|Australia, Europe, Women|

How can we prevent hostage-taking states like Iran?

Nizar Zakka (R) in conversation in 2019, were held captive in Iran decades apart. (Supplied) March 6, 2021 In September 2015, the Lebanese-born IT expert Nizar Zakka travelled to Iran for a conference on the express invitation of the government. But in Tehran he was arrested, accused of "espionage" and ended up spending four miserable [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Iran misinformation campaign accuses Kylie Moore-Gilbert of colluding with Bahraini ex-MP to spy for Israel

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a lecturer at Melbourne University. (AFP) December 4, 2020 Iran has launched a media misinformation campaign to justify its claim that the freed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a spy, accusing her of coordinating with a former Bahraini MP to steal secrets for Israel. A state-run TV outlet this week ran a nearly [...]

By |December 4th, 2020|Australia, Bahrain, Europe, Israel|

Iran open to further prisoner swaps

Iranian FM Javad Zarif at a press conference in Tehran, Sunday, December 22, 2013. (AP) December 3, 2020 Iran is ready to engage in further prisoner swaps after last week exchanging a jailed British-Australian academic with three Iranians detained abroad, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. “We can always engage [...]

By |December 3rd, 2020|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Academic freed in Iran ‘blown away’ by support

Moore-Gilbert was released last week in a swap for three Iranians linked to a botched plot to kill Israeli officials in Bangkok. (AP) December 1, 2020 An Australian-British academic released after two years imprisoned in Iran on spying charges said she thanked supporters from the “bottom of my heart” Tuesday, saying they helped [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Australia, Europe, Women|

Revelations of Moore-Gilbert’s and Asadi’s cases reflect the extent of Tehran’s serious threat to Europe and its nationals

A protest took place after the foiled plot that targeted the massive opposition rally led by the NCRI in Paris. (Getty) By Track Persia November 28, 2020 The Iranian state TV has said that Tehran released British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians held abroad. It reported on November 25 that [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|Australia, Europe|

My advice to travelers to Iran

Frame grab from Iranian state television video aired, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is seen in Tehran, Iran. (AP) By Maziar Bahari November 28, 2020 Two characteristics define the Islamic Republic: corruption and brutality. It would be wise to remember these words before deciding to travel to Iran. The expression on the [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|Australia, Europe|

Academic detained in Iran for 2 years returns to Australia

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a lecturer at Melbourne University. (AFP) November 27, 2020 British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrived back in Australia on Friday and will soon reunite with her family after more than two years in an Iranian prison. Moore-Gilbert was met by public health officials and members of the Australian Defense Force after [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|Australia|