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U.N. Security Council unlikely to act on Iran scientist killing, diplomats say

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi pays his respect to the body of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh among his family, in Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP) December 2, 2020 Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Europe, Isreal, North America, USA|

Swedish-Iranian scientist may face imminent execution, say rights groups

Ahmadreza Djalali is a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute. (Facebook) December 1, 2020 Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, may face imminent execution, rights groups said on Tuesday. “On 1 December, a judge said Ahmadreza was to be transferred to Rajai Shahr prison TODAY to [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe|

Top official forced to apologize for calling Ayatollah Khomeini the rebellious son of the US

In the video, Isa Kalantari refers to Ayatollah Khomeini as a "rebellious child" used by Britain and the United States to overthrow the Pahlavi regime. (Social Media) December 1, 2020 In late November, a short video of an interview with Isa Kalantari, a vice president for President Rouhani and head of the Department of the [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|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, Woman|

Iran’s parliament advances bill to stop nuclear inspections

The bill would give European countries three months to ease sanctions on Iran’s key oil and gas sector, and to restore its access to the international banking system. (AP) December 1, 2020 Iran’s parliament Tuesday advanced a bill that would end U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

The mystery of the Iranian warship that was an Italian cargo

The Iranian Guard's warship named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, sails in to the Iranian southern territorial waters, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP) By Di Gabriele Carrer and Otto Lanzavecchia December 1, 2020 Last week, the Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) unveiled a brand-new, ocean-faring, weapons-laden warship, named Shahid Roudaki after a slain [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

European dual-nationals and Iranian hostage diplomacy

A placard with a portrait of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, imprisoned in Iran, is placed outside Paris’s city hall on June 5, 2020. (AFP) December 1, 2020 Tehran refuses to recognise dual citizenship, acknowledging instead only the Iranian identity of the individuals in question. As such, dual-citizens are regularly denied consular assistance from [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe|

Iran says it will reject any verdict resulting from trial of diplomat in Belgium

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in Tehran, Iran on 5 October 2020. (Anadolu) November 30, 2020 Iran has said it will not recognize any verdict in a trial in Belgium against an Iranian diplomat who is charged with plotting to bomb an exiled opposition group's rally two years ago. The diplomat, Assadolah Assadi, [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Europe|

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|