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|

Ireland’s Foreign Minister to meet Iran’s Rouhani on nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani meeting with the Director General of the (IAEA) in Tehran, August 26, 2020. (AFP) March 6, 2021 Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Sunday in his role as a U.N. Security Council facilitator of the nuclear deal agreed in 2015 between [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Europe|

Iranian doctor who rescued a hospital gains Bulgarian citizenship after mass petition

Under Dr. Zargar-Shabestari's leadership, the hospital turned itself around, transformed it into an exemplary facility. (Supplied) By Hannah Somerville March 6, 2021 At the outset of 2021, an Iranian-born doctor in a remote corner of Bulgaria became the unexpected center of a media storm. Dr. Abdullah Zargar-Shabestari, the director of Isperih General Hospital, [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Europe|

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) March 5, 2021 Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave positive signs about opening informal talks about its nuclear [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Wrongful execution forms grim backdrop to Berlinale contender

Iranian directors Maryam Moghaddam plays Mina in ‘Ballad of a White Cow’ film. (Supplied) March 5, 2021 When her husband is executed for murder, Mina is left to fend for herself in a society that is reluctant to allow her even to find somewhere for her and her daughter to live. But when [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

Iran to meet with UN technical experts over uranium find

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi. (AP) March 4, 2021 Iran has agreed to sit down with international technical experts investigating the discovery of uranium particles at three former undeclared sites in the country, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Thursday, after months of frustration at [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Western powers scrap plan for IAEA rebuke of Iran, diplomats say

A picture shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. (AFP) March 4, 2021 Britain, France and Germany have scrapped a U.S.-backed plan for the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board to criticise Iran for scaling back cooperation with the agency, diplomats said on Thursday, amid concerns about efforts [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

UN rapporteur: Iran committed human rights violations in downing of Ukrainian Airliner

People and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane in Tehran, Jan 9, 2020. (AFP) By Dylan Gresik March 3, 2021 Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, announced on February 23 that the Islamic Republic of Iran committed multiple human rights violations related to [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Europe, North America|

France, allies to push on with protest at IAEA over Iran’s activities

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. (Reuters) March 3, 2021 France and its Western allies plan to lodge a protest with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to criticize Iran's decision to curb cooperation with the agency, the French foreign minister said on Tuesday. Iran said last month it was scaling back cooperation with [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Europe|

Iran resistance urges tougher sanctions after exposing secret nuclear advances

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attend a rally in Villepinte, near Paris, France, June 30, 2018. (Reuters) By Ray Hanania March 3, 2021 Leaders of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called on the international community at a press conference on Tuesday to re-enforce sanctions on [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|