Iran Declares Telegram Crypto Aspirations an Act Against National Security

Jan. 01. 2019 – COINTELEGRAPH – By: Aaron Wood – The Iranian government has taken further steps against Telegram’s cryptocurrency development, the Tehran Times reports Dec. 31.

Secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force Javad Javidnia has declared that any cooperation with the encrypted messaging app to launch its Gram token will be considered an act against national security and a disruption to the national economy. Javidnia stated:

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Iranian mullahs’ lock on power is now shakier than ever

Protests in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz. AFP/Getty Images

January 1, 2019 – Nwe York Post – By Alireza Nader: A year ago, Iranians poured into their streets to denounce ­Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and call for an end to his brutal ­regime. Protests have continued ­unabated since, though these are smaller in number and less visible to foreign ­media.

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Iran jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe for diplomatic leverage, says Hunt

Foreign secretary decries dual national’s ‘monstrous’ 1,000 days of imprisonment

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe embraces her daughter Gabriella after her temporary release from prison in August. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fr. 28 Dec. 2018 – Guardien – The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has accused Iran of using Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned for 1,000 days, as a pawn for diplomatic leverage.

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Parliament Rejects Motion To Ban Marriage Of Girls Under Thirteen

2018-12-25 – Radio Farda- A parliamentary motion banning child marriage in Iran has been rejected by Majles (parliament), an MP reported.

A member of women’s faction in the Islamic Republic’s parliament, Tayyebeh Seyavoshi says, “The Legal and Judicial Commission of Majles has rejected a parliamentary motion that proposed a ban on allowing under thirteen-year-old girls to marry.”

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Abbas Edalat: British professor returns to UK after detention in Iran

A British-Iranian academic who was arrested and detained in Iran on security charges has returned to the UK, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

25 December 2018 –BBC- Prof Abbas Edalat, who works at Imperial College London, was detained in Tehran in April.

The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran said he was released last week.

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains in prison in Iran, where she has been since 2016.

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Why Did Telegram Warn Users That Iranian Versions of the Telegram App—Talaeii and Hotgram—Are “Unsafe”?

Iranian Client Apps Are Violating Telegram’s Terms of Service by Failing to Protect User Data

December 17, 2018 – In response to a rising chorus of concerns by internet security experts, Telegram, the widely used instant messaging app, has issued a warning to users of the Iranian-made versions of Telegram (known as “client apps”), Telegram Talaeii and Hotgram, which reportedly have 30 million users between them, that the apps are “unsafe.”

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Iran Must Address Crisis of Unpaid Wages, NotProsecute People Who Demand Their Pay

15 Petrochemical Workers Sentenced to Prison, Flogging for Protesting Unpaid Wages in Latest Ruling

Unpaid Wages Violates Iranian Law,Flogging Violates International Law

December 13, 2018—In yet another ruling punishing workers for peacefully demanding payment for work done, fifteen petrochemical workers in Ilam, southwest Iran, have been issued prison and flogging sentences for protesting unpaid wages and the firing of their colleagues who demanded payment.

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EuropeanParliament Calls on Iran to “Unconditionally” Release Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

December 14, 2018 — Adding its voice to an increasingly international call, the European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a motion urging the Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release” prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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Iran sentences three human rights lawyers to prison, reports say

Trio face lengthy terms for opposing the ruling system amidaccusations of ‘propaganda’


12.11.2018- The Guardian  – Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years inprison and a third to 13 years, according to newspaper reports.

The Armandaily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to fiveyears in prison for taking part in an “illegal gathering” and one year for“propaganda” against the ruling system. It added that they could appeal againstthe verdict.

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Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

November 27, 2018 – Heeding calls by women’s rights activists inside and outside Iran, governing football body FIFA has been urged in a new report by its advisory board to give the Islamic Republic a deadline to lift its ban on women in football stadiums.

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