Iran at risk of ‘backward economy and society’ says Rory Stewart

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian fruit market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) By Thomas Harding September 11, 2020 Rory Stewart made his name as an adventurer who walked from the Arabian Gulf to Kabul in 2001 before becoming a British Cabinet minister. But when Mr Stewart looks at Iran now, he says it is [...]

By |September 11th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

Dominic Raab hits out at Iran’s destabilising ties with Hezbollah and Hamas

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks at the parliament on Iran. (Reuters) September 10, 2020 Britain's foreign secretary on Tuesday said Iran was working with Hezbollah and Hamas to foment instability throughout the Middle East, as legislators pressed for Britain to support reimposing sanctions on Tehran. Dominic Raab was answering a question from Tom [...]

By |September 10th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

Husband of detained UK-Iranian urges govt help after new charges

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photograph in front of the Iranian Embassy in London, March 31, 2019. (Reuters) September 09, 2020 The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran for sedition, on Wednesday called on the UK government to do "everything to protect [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Europe, Woman|

Iranian director calls Venice premiere ‘like a new life’

Sun Children demonstrates the capabilities and humanity of these children, Majid wrote in its director’s statement. (Supplied) September 09, 2020 Restricted travel, quarantine and positive COVID-19 tests meant that Majid Majidi’s appearance at the Venice Film Festival for Iranian drama “Sun Children” (Khorshid) was an achievement in itself. The film follows the story [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

France simply needs to get tough on Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops during a ceremony at the presidential palace before a meeting with Senegalese President in Dakar. (Reuters) By Raghida Dergham September 9, 2020 France’s foreign policy is not identical to that of the US in much of the Middle East and North Africa. And yet, some co-ordination in the [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

Iranian TV: British-Iranian dual national faces new charge

A rally outside the Iranian Embassy in London calls attention to dual British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Iran in April 2016. (Getty) September 8, 2020 Iran’s state TV, citing an unnamed official, says British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge. The report on Tuesday did not elaborate. [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|Europe|

Switzerland holds ‘fruitful’ Iran talks on peace, rights

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis pose for media prior to their meeting in Tehran, September 7, 2020. (AP) September 7, 2020 Switzerland's Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said he had "fruitful" talks on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif regarding "peace, economic development and human [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Europe|

Iran atomic agency spokesman boasts of enriched uranium stockpile

A picture shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. (AFP) September 07, 2020 The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says that Iran has stored more than three tons of enriched uranium, and that the nation is currently producing 250 to 300 kilograms [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Venice festival showcases plight of street children in Iran, world

Director Majid Majidi and actors Shamila Shirzad and Javad Ezzati at 77th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 6, 2020. (REUTERS) September 7, 2020 It took Majid Majidi four months and nearly 4,000 auditions to find the dynamic street children stars of “Khorshid” (Sun Children), the Iranian director’s latest movie which premiered [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Fugitive Iranian judge’s relatives deny his suicide in Bucharest

Gholamreza Mansouri, a prosecutor known for ordering the mass arrest of journalists in 2013, took 500,000 in bribes and fled the country. (Twitter) September 7, 2020 The family of an Iranian fugitive judge found dead in Bucharest, Romania has denied that he committed suicide, insisting instead that he was murdered. On Friday, Romanian [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Europe|