Archive for June 2017

Education for all? Not in Iran

23.06.2017 – DW – Iran is refusing to implement UNESCO’s education agenda. The country’s religious leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, views it as a Western conspiracy. In doing so he’s discriminating against women and minorities like the Baha’i.

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Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

June 21, 2017—Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the “Beyond the Ban” art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City.

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What Would Happen in the Hours and Minutes After the US Bombed Iran?

Jun 19 2017VICMIKE PEARL – Donald Trump predicted back in 2013 that the US would eventually go to war with Iran. At the time, Trump was merely a rich guy and right-wing gadlfy criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry on FOX News, but later, as a presidential candidate then a president, his rhetoric and policies have been strikingly antagonistic.

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Saudi Arabia says it detained three Iranian Revolutionary Guards

Mon Jun 19, 2017 – Reuters – The Saudi navy has detained three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat seized on Friday evening as it approached the kingdom’s offshore Marjan oilfield, a Saudi Information Ministry statement said on Monday.

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Iran bans Zumba, and its fans fume

Zumba, an aerobics dance class, has attracted a wide following. Iran has banned Zumba but in practice such activities are tolerated if they occur semi-hidden. (EMILY BERL/NYT)

June 17, 2017 – The Seattle Times – By Thomas ErdbrinkThe New York Times

TEHRAN, Iran — To those Iranians shaking their hips and backsides to Latin American music during Zumba exercise classes, Iran’s Muslim clerics — and a U.S. company — have the same message: Stop it. It’s illegal.

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Barbaric Terrorist Attacks No Excuse For Further Crackdowns on Civil Liberties

June 7, 2017—The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran on June 7 that took the lives of at least 13 people and left 41 people injured. While addressing the people’s legitimate security concerns, we urge the Iranian authorities to avoid violating the citizenry’s civil and political rights.

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Iran says London attacks ‘wake up call’, urges uprooting terrorism sources

Sun Jun 4, 2017 – REUTERS – Iran said on Sunday the London attacks were a “wake-up call” and urged Western states to go after ideological and financial sources of terrorism, state media reported, in a thinly veiled reference to Saudi Arabia.

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After Iranians’ vote for reform, a bigger question looms: Who will be the next supreme leader?

The agenda of newly reelected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could hinge on the process to replace the ailing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pictured. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)

Los Angeles Times – June O3. 2017 – By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim Contact Reporter – After President Hassan Rouhani’s decisive reelection, talk in Iran has turned to the future of an even larger political figure: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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C.I.A. Names the ‘Dark Prince’ to Run Iran Operations, Signaling a Tougher Stance


Iranian voters in the city of Qom, south of Tehran, last month in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers. CreditMajid Saeedi/Getty Images

The New York Times- June 02.2017 – WASHINGTON — He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians.

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