Archive for August 2017

Selling Iran the means to kill Americans

Monday, August 28, 2017- Washington Times –  By Gary Osen and Ari Ungar ANALYSIS/OPINION: When President Trump recently signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), most of the public attention centered on his objections to the sanctions it imposed on Russia. Therefore, it went largely unnoticed that a key provision of the law could create serious legal liability for Boeing if it goes through with its announced sale of 30 B737 Max aircraft to Iran’s Aseman Airlines.

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Chador in, hijab out: Iran VP’s wardrobe draws criticism

August 26, 2017 – ABC News – Just a couple of weeks into her appointment, the new Iranian vice president’s decision to abandon her fashion style for the all-encompassing black chador is raising questions among women in the Islamic Republic — especially after she said President Hassan Rouhani personally asked her to wear the traditional women’s garment.

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The World’s Shame: Iran’s Hunger Striking Political Prisoners are Largely Ignored

August 25, 2017Huffingtonpost – Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, Contributor – Human rights record has deteriorated markedly in Iran according to human rights organizations including Amnesty International.

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25 August, 2017- MixMang – ANDY BUCHAN: Most promoters have pretty mundane problems. Which DJ to book, maybe, or how best to pacify a venue owner, or which bills they can get away with not paying. Iranian promoters have more pressing issues… like whether they would actually survive the sentence if they are caught putting on a party, or whether they have bribed a cop quite enough to allow them to dance until dawn in the Iranian desert. Iran is a country where, just recently, six music fans were given 91 lashes each for the criminal offence of singing along to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’.

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 Iran bans ‘UGLY’ teachers

August 24. 2017, Euro News –  education department has issued a list of hundreds of ailments which can be used to exclude teachers from working in the country’s schools. The document covers all kinds of illnesses and conditions but some of the most controversial relate to the appearance of teachers.

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Iran: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners in protest at inhumane conditions

22 August 2017, Amnesty international: More than a dozen political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have gone on hunger strike in protest at the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions they have been forced to endure at a maximum-security prison in Karaj, Alborz province, Amnesty International said today.

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Afghanistan surge is about regime change in Iran

August 22. 2017 The Baltimore Sun – By: Rachel Marsden

The Islamic State has taken another hostage — and he was reading to America from a teleprompter in an expensive suit and blue tie Monday evening at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Arlington National Cemetery. Apparently there are some things that simply are more powerful than the president of the United States — namely, the military-industrial complex, the original sponsor of the Islamic State and now the sponsor of U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned troop surge in Afghanistan.

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Iran Denies Appeal of Jailed Princeton Student: University

Xiyue Wang, a naturalized American citizen from China, arrested in Iran last August while researching Persian history for his doctoral thesis at Princeton University, is shown with his wife and son in this family photo released in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. on July 18, 2017. Courtesy Wang Family photo via Princeton University/Handout via REUTERS REUTERS

Aug. 17.2017 – USNews- By Yeganeh Torbati- WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said on Thursday.

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Rouhani Cabinet Pick Linked to Mass Surveillance of 2009 Protestors

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

August 17, 2017—President Hassan Rouhani’s pick to head the telecommunications ministry should publicly address concerns over his direct involvement with surveillance operations during the state crackdown on the peaceful protests in 2009 and allegations that he personally interrogated activists at the time, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a statement today.

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