Swedish court resumes trial of Iranian official

Former Iranian prison official Hamid Nouri. (Twitter) August 18, 2021 A Swedish court resumed the trial of a former Iranian official, accused of being involved in mass executions and war crimes in the 1980s, according to a fatwa by the Supreme Leader Khomeini. Hamid Noury, 60, was arrested in November 2019 at Stockholm-Arlanda [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Europe|

How Iran uses detained Western citizens to extract diplomatic concessions

Militant students supporting Iran's Islamic Revolution stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took scores of hostages in 1979. (CNN) By Oubai Shahbandar August 18, 2021 More than a dozen Western nationals are being held in Iran under what many believe is a calculated hostage strategy aimed at extracting concessions from the West. [...]

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Iran stresses nuclear program peaceful after UN watchdog report

Iran's Arak's IR-40 Heavy water reactor. (AFP) August 18, 2021 Iran has stressed its nuclear activities are peaceful and conform to safeguard obligations, after the UN nuclear watchdog said it has established a process to accelerate production of highly enriched uranium. International Atomic Energy Agency director Rafael Grossi informed IAEA member states that [...]

By |August 18th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran accelerates enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, IAEA says

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters) August 17, 2021 Iran has accelerated its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, the U.N. atomic watchdog said in a report on Tuesday seen by Reuters, a move raising tensions with the West as both [...]

By |August 17th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

IAEA reports Iranian progress on uranium metal despite Western objections

The logo of the IAEA is seen at their headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna, June 7, 2021. (REUTERS) August 16, 2021 Iran has made progress in its work on enriched uranium metal, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report to member states on Monday seen by Reuters, despite [...]

By |August 16th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

US Congresswoman accuses EU of honoring a ‘murderer’ for attending Raisi inauguration

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, August 5, 2021. (Reuters) August 16, 2021 US Congresswoman Claudia Tenney penned an angry letter to the EU’s top foreign diplomat to express concern over its decision to send a senior official to the inauguration of Iran’s new [...]

By |August 16th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Family of detained UK-Iranian label PM Johnson ‘incompetent’

Family of Anoosheh Ashoori, a British man currently jailed in Iran, joined by Amnesty International CEO Sacha Deshmukh and MP Janet Daby, stage an 'empty chair' protest opposite Downing Street, in London, Aug 13, 2021. (Reuters) August 14, 2021 The family of a British-Iranian man being held in Tehran on Friday accused Prime [...]

By |August 14th, 2021|Europe|

Britain calls on Iran’s Raisi to release dual national jailed since 2017

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, May 27, 2021. (REUTERS) August 13, 2021 The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called on the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to release a British-Iranian dual national on the fourth anniversary of his arrest in Iran. [...]

By |August 13th, 2021|Europe|

Iran has ‘army of exploding drones’ in deadly warfare programme, analyst warns

Iranian drones are seen during a large-scale drone combat exercise in Semnan in January, 2021. (AFP) By Josh Layton August 13, 2021 The ‘kamikaze’ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are designed to explode upon impact, are a ‘core element’ of Tehran’s attempts to exert its presence in the region, the Counter Extremism Project [...]

By |August 13th, 2021|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Prosecutors describe prison ‘corridor of death’ at Hamid Nouri trial

Former Iranian prison official Hamid Nouri. (Twitter) August 13, 2021 On the second day of the criminal trial of ex-Iranian prison official Hamid Nouri in Sweden, prosecutors painted a harrowing picture of how thousands of people were systematically sent to their deaths in the summer of 1988. Arrested in November 2019, Nouri is on trial for [...]

By |August 13th, 2021|Europe|