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500 European MPs Urge U.S. To Support Iran Nuclear Deal

- Hundreds of lawmakers from Germany, France, and Britain have called on their counterparts in the U.S. Congress to support the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, calling it a "major diplomatic breakthrough." - 4/20/18

Iran's Morality Police Assault Woman, Sparking Outrage

- A video of a young woman being wrestled to the ground by Iranian "morality police" for not wearing a hijab properly has sparked outrage on social media and prompted Iran's government to launch an investigation. - 4/20/18

Reformists Gather To Press Iran's President Rouhani On House Arrests, Economy

- In a rare meeting earlier this week with President Hassan Rouhani, members of his reformist political block criticized the president, demanding he intervene to end the house arrest of fellow reformists, create a more significant role for the vice president, and oversee better economic management. - 4/20/18

'Dirty' Dancing: Iranian Official Arrested For Allowing 'Indecent' Moves

- Iran has arrested a Culture Ministry official after people danced in public in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the judiciary said on April 19. Deputy prosecutor Hassan Heydari told the judiciary's Mizanonline news agency on April 19 that the head of the department of Islamic guidance in Mashhad was arrested for "undermining public decency and disrespecting the laws." - 4/20/18

Why Isn't Fugitive Ex-Prosecutor In Prison? Asks Iranian Lawmaker

- A reformist lawmaker in Iran has demanded answers over why a former prosecutor remains free, more than four months after he was sentenced to prison over the death of a protester. The member of parliament, Fateme Saidi, has submitted a request to question the interior and justice ministers to find out "quite simply whether any action has been taken to arrest Said Mortazavi," the semiofficial ILNA news agency reported on April 18. -RFE/RL - 4/19/18

Khamenei's Dropping of Telegram Channel Lays Groundwork for Banning Messaging App in Iran

- Two days after the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC) announced Telegram could be blocked "at any moment," a message was posted on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Telegram page announcing it was ending its activities. Khamenei's move has moved the country one step closer to the blocking of Telegram, the messaging app used by more than 40 million members in Iran. - 4/19/18

Iranians: Surge in Foreign Drug Prices Causing Hardship

- Iranians say prices of foreign pharmaceuticals have surged in recent weeks because of the strengthening U.S. dollar, causing hardship for the sick and inciting anger toward people seen as profiting from the situation. In Tuesday's edition of VOA Persian's Straight Talk call-in show, callers from inside Iran accused the government of failing to deal with the problem. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/18/18

Iran expects delivery of 14 ATR, Airbus and Boeing aircraft this year

- Iran should receive 14 new passenger aircraft this year under agreements signed with Airbus, Boeing and ATR planemakers, a government official has said. Tehran has ordered more than 200 planes since US-led sanctions against the country were lifted in 2016 under a nuclear agreement but US President Donald Trump's threat to rip up the deal next month has raised doubts about deliveries. - 4/18/18

Environmentalist Resigns From Official Post And Leaves Iran Amid Smear Campaign

- A prominent Iranian scientist and deputy head of the Islamic Republic's Department of Environment has apparently resigned from his post while abroad after being detained in connection with allegations of espionage against other environmentalists. - 4/18/18

Senior Iranian Official: Telegram App Could Be Blocked "At Any Moment"

- On the same day the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council told a radio program that the widely used Telegram app could be blocked "at any moment," the Education Ministry banned the app on campuses nationwide. - 4/18/18

Iranian Rights NGO Approved For U.N Council

- The United Nations has approved the accreditation of a U.S. based NGO focusing on human rights issues in Iran. The Economic and Social Council of the U.N granted accreditation to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center with a vote of 22-7. Belarus, China, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam and Iran voted against. - 4/18/18

EU Stops Short Of Imposing Additional Sanctions On Iran

- Meeting in Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers strongly defended the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and declined to impose new sanctions against Iran over its role in the Syrian conflict. "There is no consensus at the moment on the fact that these measures would be useful in this moment or appropriate in this moment," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after the April 16 meeting. -RFE/RL - 4/17/18

Iran's Foreign Currency Markets In Chaos Despite Central Bank Intervention

- One week after the Rouhani administration announced the government-imposed rate of 42,000 rials against every US dollar, chaos and ambiguity in Iran's foreign exchange market continue. In an attempt to control the free fall, the Rouhani administration announced an imposed rate of 42,000 rials to the U.S. dollar April 10, in addition to other protective measures. -Radio Farda - 4/17/18

Iranian Education Minister Issues Stern Warning Against UN 2030 Agenda

- Iran's minister of education has warned that any official or non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses educational guidelines from the banned 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be "firmly dealt with." - 4/17/18

Penalty For Iran's Football Federation Head Over Israel Sports Row

- The president of Iran's Football Federation, Mehdi Taj, has been summoned to court over his decision to allow a player to return to the national team after playing against Israeli athletes while under contract with a foreign club, local websites reported April 16. -Radio Farda - 4/17/18

Iranian forces foil attack on border watchtower in southeast, kill three terrorists

- Iranian forces have thwarted an attempt by Pakistan-based terrorists to storm and seize a security watchtower in the country's southeastern border region, killing three terrorists in the operation. During the operation, two IRGC forces also lost their lives and two other were wounded when their vehicle hit a booby trap, the statement said, adding that an Iranian border guard was also killed in the abortive attack. -Press TV - 4/17/18

Iran, Turkey open first LC in own currencies in blow to dollar

- Iran and Turkey have opened their first letter of credit for business transactions in their national currencies as the two countries move to ditch the US dollar and the euro in bilateral trade. The first foreign exchange swap in the Iranian rial and Turkish lira came on Tuesday after months of anticipation, which followed an agreement signed last year to use local currencies in trade. -Press TV - 4/17/18

Notorious Iranian Judge 'Disappears' Before Serving Sentence For Murder

- Iranian Judiciary's Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei says the country's most notorious judge, former Tehran prosecutor and Press Court Judge Saeed Mortazavi, has vanished into thin air before going to jail as "accomplice in murder." President Hassan Rouhani's media adviser Hesamoddin Ashna warned on April 13 that Mortazavi might flee in order to evade justice. Meanwhile, social media users commenting on the development have questioned the Judiciary's authority and the regime's integrity. - 4/16/18

Keeping Iran nuclear deal in place vital for EU: Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini

- The European Union has reiterated its strong and unequivocal commitment to the full implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran by all sides, saying preserving the deal is vital. "The Europeans have always made it clear, the European Union has always made it clear that for us, keeping the agreement in place is vital. It is a strategic interest for the European Union and we will stick to it," EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogheri, told reporters on Monday ahead of the bloc's Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. - 4/16/18

Iran Bans Sale Of Foreign Currencies At Exchange Bureaus

- Iran's central bank has announced a ban on the sale of foreign currencies at exchange bureaus. Under new government guidelines, exchange bureaus no longer have the right to buy, sell, or transfer foreign currencies, and the central bank will no longer provide cash to the bureaus. - 4/16/18

Imprisoned Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Gives Message of Hope and Strength in Accepting 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize

- Prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was unable to accept the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize in person in Columbus, Ohio where the American Physical Society (APS) awarded it to her but she sent a message of hope and strength in a powerful speech. - 4/16/18

Iranian alternatives for Telegram messaging app in close-up

- Iranian alternatives for Telegram messaging application are now on the table for Iranian users, who are encouraged by the government to replace their Telegram account with a domestic application. The replacement of Telegram, as the most popular messaging app in Iran, with Iranian messaging applications is being turned into a challenge on the national level. -Setareh Behroozi, Tehran Times - 4/16/18

The US is considering economic warfare with Iran

- The problem for Iran is that the U.S. government is likely going to start taking on a more belligerent posture any day now. Moreover, some hawkish groups in Washington are calling for open economic warfare against Iran. National Security Adviser and infamous war-hawk John Bolton just started work this week. Mike Pompeo, another person eager to start a war with Iran, is hoping to soon be confirmed as Secretary of State. -Business Insider - 4/16/18

Iran's Expediency Council Dragging Its Feet Over Fate of Religious Minority Candidates in Local Elections

- Six months have passed and the Iranian government has still not resolved the dispute over the suspension of a Yazd City Council member, Sepanta Niknam, due to his Zoroastrian faith. "I think they want this issue to go away and be forgotten with the passage of time," said his uncle, Kourosh Niknam-himself a former Zoroastrian member of the Iranian Parliament-in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 5, 2018. - 4/14/18

Cannes Festival To Feature Films By Dissident Iranian, Russian Directors

- France's Cannes film festival has made a show of support for dissident directors in Iran and Russia in unveiling its selection of films to compete for the festival's Palme d'Or prize. Festival director Thierry Fremaux included films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who has been banned from leaving Iran, and Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is under house arrest in Russia. - 4/13/18

Angry Farmers Chant 'America Is Not The Enemy - The Enemy Is Right Here'

- Reports received from Iran on social media say angry farmers again launched protests in Isfahan, central Iran on Friday, against "mismanagement of water resources". Hundreds of farmers from eastern parts of the province stormed the provincial capital, among them many women, chanting, "America is not our enemy, our enemy is right here". -Radio Farda - 4/13/18

Teachers' Rights Advocate Writes Scathing Letter From Prison on Revolutionary Iran's Failed Promises

- Prominent teachers' rights advocate Esmail Abdi has written a letter from Evin Prison strongly criticizing Iranian officials' for their failure to uphold the promises of the country's 1979 revolution. Noting that he will begin a hunger strike on April 18, 2018, Abdi also blasted the Iranian Judiciary's "arbitrary and illegal rulings" and "widespread violation of the rights of teachers and workers in Iran." - 4/13/18

String 'Em Up: Iranian Cleric Wants Money Changers Executed Amid Currency Crisis

- A senior hard-line Iranian cleric has called for the execution of "several key money changers" to help end the country's currency crisis. Iran's rial hit a record low earlier this week, losing 35 percent of its value against the dollar amid fears of U.S. actions that could cripple Iran's economy. - 4/13/18

U.S. Treasury Secretary Warns Of 'Very Strong' Sanctions On Iran

- U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has signaled that the United States may impose "very strong" sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump seeks to address what he called the "disastrous flaws" in the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. -RFE/RL - 4/12/18

Facing No Water by May, Iranians Protest for 2nd Day

- Iran's central province of Isfahan has seen a second consecutive day of street protests against water shortages, as lawmakers warned that millions of residents will have no tap water as soon as next month. Iranian farmers in Isfahan's rural town of Varzaneh began protesting water shortages in February, angered by authorities diverting local river water to the neighboring province of Yazd for industrial use. Those protests escalated into violent confrontations with security forces last month. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/12/18

Italian Football Team's Persian Twitter Account a Hit after Iran Censors Crest

- An Iranian state TV network's unusual decision to censor the crest of Italian football club AS Roma has helped the club attract a big following of Iranian fans to its new Persian Twitter account. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/12/18

Iranian messaging apps reportedly removed from Apple's App Store

- Two Iranian messaging applications have been reportedly removed from the Apple's iOS App Store from Monday, according to local media. However, Apple Inc. has not yet issued any statement about removing the messaging apps Soroush and Baleh. - 4/12/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Rejects 'Western Influence' Of UNESCO Education Goals

- Speaking to a group of teachers and education specialists April 7, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vehemently denounced UNESCO's Education 2030 goals, which include gender equality in education. - 4/12/18

Iran to switch to Euro as official reporting currency

- Iran has unveiled a plan to switch from the US dollar to Euro as its official reporting foreign currency in an effort which could be meant to reign in the rate of the greenback that hit multiple records against the Rial earlier this week. Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), was reported to have said the plan would be implemented immediately after the approval of the government. - 4/11/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Uses Fatwa to Silence Widespread Distrust of Domestic Apps

- Following a recent flurry of public criticism of domestically made messaging apps, Iran's supreme leader has issued a fatwa calling on the government and the Judiciary to protect citizens' personal privacy rights. "Violating the people's security and domestic space is religiously haram [forbidden] and should not take place," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a meeting with state officials on April 9, 2018. - 4/11/18

Iranian Political Prisoner Urges "Contentious People" To Be the Voice of His Imprisoned Wife

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi has urged "all contentious people" to call for the release of his ailing wife, Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi, who according to informed sources is suffering serious health problems due to a two-month-long hunger strike. - 4/11/18

26 Million Iranians Suffer Absolute Poverty, Says Prominent Economist

- A prominent Iranian economist says 33 percent of the country's population live in absolute poverty, and six percent are starving. A family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty, Hossein Raghfar told state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) April 7. - 4/11/18

Drought-Plagued Iranian Farmers Protest Lack of Access to Water

- Farmers in Isfahan, Iran, are continuing to protest the lack of water available to irrigate their fields. Recent amateur video on social media showed protesters chanting slogans while security forces tried to disperse them. - 4/11/18

Iran Tries To Unify Exchange Rates To Halt Currency Decline

- Iranian authorities have vowed to enforce a single exchange rate to the U.S. dollar in a bid to stop a slide that has seen Iran's rial currency fall by more than one-third in seven months. The move came after the rial slid to 60,000 rials against the dollar on the unregulated market on April 9, according to media reports. The U.S. currency stood at 36,000 rials in mid-September. - 4/10/18

Blackouts On The Way, Warns Iran's Energy Minister

- Power outages are inevitable next summer across Iran, the country's energy minister has warned. "Since the volume of water behind the dams is significantly lower than usual, if residents do not decrease electricity consumption, power cuts will be inevitable across the country," Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on April 8. - 4/10/18

Rouhani Admin Facing Backlash Over Plan to Give 100 Vetted Iranian Journalists Uncensored Internet Access

- Iranian journalists and editors working for various news publications in Iran have strongly criticized the government's decision to grant what has been described as uncensored internet access exclusively to 100 "approved" members of their profession. - 4/10/18

Tehran Mayor Resigns Again After Prosecutor's Open Threat

- Tehran's Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi has once again resigned a few hours after Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri threatened him to step down. Montazeri on April 9 called the city council's rejection of Najafi's first resignation "political" and told the Mayor to resign again. Montazeri's statement "Resign and you won't be prosecuted," is one of the most blatant interventions by a judiciary official in this matter. Referring to Montazeri's remark, Council member Zahar Sadrazam Nouri said, "Now pressures are being exerted on the mayor openly." - 4/10/18

Rasoul Khadem returns to Iran Wrestling Federation

- Rasoul Khadem, who had announced his retirement as the president of Iran Wrestling Federation, has returned to the federation after two months. Khadem had resigned after saying authorities should reconsider their policy of not allowing Iranian athletes to compete against Israelis. - 4/10/18

Russia, Iran, Turkey mull unified payment system

- Energy Minister Alexander Novak says Russia is considering payments in national currencies in trade with Iran and Turkey amid their escalating tensions with the US. -Press TV - 4/10/18

Sudden Rise Of Dollar In Iran Stops Currency Trading On Free Market

- Iran's currency took another big hit, falling between 6-9 percent on Sunday, extending a slide to a new record low on continued concerns over a return of crippling sanctions if U.S. President Donald Trump carries out his threat to exit a nuclear deal with Tehran. The U.S. dollar jumped to as much as 58,000 rials on the open market in the capital Tehran, according to some reports. -Radio Farda - 4/9/18

Iran celebrates Nuclear Day with warning to Trump

- Iran celebrated its National Nuclear Technology Day, with President Hassan Rouhani warning US President Donald Trump against a possible pullout from the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. "If the deal breaks, they will surely regret it. They will witness the fallout in less than a week," Rouhani said on Monday during a special ceremony held in commemoration of the occasion. - 4/9/18

Only 2% of devices affected by recent cyberattack: Iranian IT Minister

- "Only two percent of devices in Iran were affected by the recent cyberattack and the attack was neutralized in two hours," Iran's Communication and Information Technology Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi has said. Following an attack which was detected late on Friday, a flaw in Cisco switches allowed hackers to target critical infrastructure in many countries with cyberattack, including Iran. - 4/9/18

Tehran Mayor's Resignation Rejected As Council Members Cry Foul

- The Tehran City Council rejected the resignation of Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi on April 8. There were four votes in favor of him stepping down and 16 against in the latest episode of the factional conflict over power and influence among regime insiders. Najafi announced he was resigning for health reasons, but some members of the all-reformist council have said he was bowing to political pressure. - 4/9/18

Russia, China Denounce U.S. Efforts To Change Iran Deal, World Trade Rules

- The foreign ministers of Russia and China have jointly denounced what they described as efforts by the United States to unilaterally change negotiated treaties ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the global-warming pact and world trade rules. - 4/6/18

Iran's Non-Oil Export Revenue $6 Billion Less Than Projected

- Chairman of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization Mojtaba Khosrowtaj says Iran's non-oil export between March 2017 and March 2018 has had a growth of 6.5 percent compared to previous year, but still non-oil export revenues lag behind the projected figure by $6 billion, reported official news agency IRNA on April 4. The annual non-oil export revenue was projected at $53 billion, but Iran has realized only around $47 billion, the report said. - 4/6/18

Germany's Merkel Set To Visit U.S. As Trump's Iran Deadline Nears

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the United States to meet with President Donald Trump in the coming weeks, the White House says. The meetings would come shortly before a May 12 deadline that Trump has set for adjustments to the 2015 nuclear deal signed by the United States and other world powers with Iran. Germany, France, and other signatories have urged the United States to remain in the pact. - 4/6/18

Iranian-American Woman Nazak Nikakhtar Becomes U.S. Assistant Commerce Secretary

- An Iranian-American lawyer on Tuesday sworn in as U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis affairs. On March 19, the U.S. Senate agreed to appoint Nazak Nikakhtar as the assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis affairs. - 4/5/18

Ankara Hosts Iran, Russia Leaders as Cooperation Deepens to End Syria Conflict

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara Wednesday for a second trilateral summit, part of ongoing efforts to end the Syrian civil war. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 4/5/18

As Tehran Mayor Insists On Resignation, Many Attribute It To Political Pressure

- Tehran mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi has tendered his resignation claiming poor health, but many say it is the result of political pressure by Iran's conservatives. Despite calls from city council members to rescind his resignation, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi is resolved to leave his post for medical reasons, city Budget Committee Chairman Majid Farahani announced April 3. - 4/5/18

Policy Recommendations for US-Iran Relations in the Trump Era

- Allies for most of the 20th century, the United States and Iran were radically divided after the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah and replaced him with a theocratic government. Throughout the last 38 years, U.S. policy toward Iran has fluctuated between open animosity and cautious mistrust. -Shiva Darian, Gabriela Billini, and Nicolas Pedreira, AIC - 4/5/18

Dervish Protester Convicted Of Running Over And Killing Police Officers By Bus Sentenced To Death

- A man accused of driving a bus into a group of security forces in Tehran and killing three of them has been sentenced to "death by retribution." Mohamad Salas, a dervish of the Gonabadi order, was convicted of driving a bus into a group of police and plainclothesmen in the heat of bloody clashes between security forces and Gonabadi dervishes February 19. - 4/5/18

Leaders of Turkey, Russia, Iran Gather in Ankara to Discuss Syria End Game

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosts his counterparts from Russia and Iran Wednesday for a second trilateral summit on Syria. The three, whose countries have a significant military presence in Syria, are increasingly cooperating to resolve the civil war under the auspices of the so-called "Astana Process." The deepening cooperation comes in the face of intense rivalries. - 4/4/18

Iran's Categorization of Autism As a "Special Disease" Is a Double-Edged Sword for Persons With Disabilities

- The Iranian Parliament's recognition of autism as a "special disease" will have positive and negative consequences for persons living with the disability in Iran according to an Iranian disability rights advocate. - 4/4/18

Workers Demanding Overdue Wages Detained In Iran

- The Islamic Republic's security forces have reportedly arrested several workers on Saturday, March 31, at Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in city of Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran. Earlier on Thursday, five other workers were also detained. - 4/4/18

US-China trade war a boon to Iran's pistachio exports

- A trade war between the US and China might be an unlikely boon to Iran's pistachio exports which have resurged following the lifting of sanctions on Tehran. China has announced retaliatory tariffs of between 15 and 25 percent on some imports from the US, including nuts, in response to steep duties on some Chinese goods announced by the Trump administration. - 4/4/18

Iran's President Rouhani Speaks Out Against A Possible Ban on Telegram App

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said on April 3 that Iran is not planning to ban popular messaging application Telegram. Reacting to reports about the possible banning of the application, Rouhani explained in a meeting with high-ranking state officials that introducing homegrown messaging applications is aimed at putting an end to Telegram's monopoly on messaging in Iran. - 4/3/18

43 People Charged in Iran's Kermanshah Province For Protesting Against the State

- Forty-three people have been charged for protesting against the government in Kermanshah, the capital of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, in early January 2018. The province's Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Sadeghi told reporters on March 28 that many of the protesters had acted "emotionally" and under the influence of social media when they expressed frustration with the country's economic problems. - 4/3/18

Putin To Visit Ankara This Week For Talks With Turkish, Iranian Leaders

- Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to make a two-day visit to Turkey this week for talks with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts. Putin is to meet with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on April 3 as part of the Turkish-Russian High-Level Cooperation Council. - 4/2/18

Prominent Iranian MP Brands Messaging App Telegram 'Security Threat'

- The chairman of the Iranian Parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has branded the popular messaging application Telegram "a security threat" in an April 1 interview with the parliament's news agency, ICANA. Boroujerdi had said previously that the government would ban Telegram indefinitely before April 20, adding the decision was made at the "highest level" of the government, a likely allusion to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. - 4/2/18

Russia Denies Israeli Fighter Jets Reached Iran Airspace Undetected

- An unnamed source affiliated with the Russian Defense Ministry has denied a report by a Kuwaiti daily claiming two of Israel's F-35 fighter jets flew over Syria and Iraq last week to reach Iranian airspace without being detected by Russian radars based in Syria. Iraq's Defense Ministry also denied Israel's jets had violated its airspace. - 4/2/18

Metal Band Member Sentenced to Six Years Prison in Iran Accused of Creating "Satanic Music"

- Nikan Khosravi, a member of the Iranian metal band "Confession," left Iran for Turkey to avoid being imprisoned for six years for producing metal music, he told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 29, 2018. "The interrogators had translated my English lyrics [into Farsi] verse by verse and were asking questions about this and that word and told me I was a Satan worshipper and didn't believe in God," Khosravi told CHRI. - 4/2/18

Iranian-American Organizations File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Travel Ban Case

- PARS Equality Center, The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have filed an amicus ('friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the challenge to the Trump administration's third travel ban. - 3/31/18

Top Adviser Highlights Deadlock Between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad

- Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's military adviser Hossein Dehghan has likened defiant former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "the door of a mosque, which may not be burnt or thrown away," an allusion to the fact that Ahmadinjad is part and parcel of the Islamic regime in Iran regardless of his harsh criticism of Khamenei and his government. - 3/31/18

Iranian Judoka Pulls Out Of Grand Prix To Avoid Facing Israeli Athlete

- Once again, an Iranian judoka has pulled out of an international competition to avoid facing an Israeli athlete because of a controversial Iranian government policy. Mohammad Abbas Nejad was set to face Israeli athlete Yarin Mnagid on March 30 in the 66 kilogram weight category at the Tbilisi 2018 Judo Grand Prix. - 3/31/18

Iranian Receives U.S. Visa To Help Brother With Cancer

- An Iranian man has been allowed to travel to the United States to donate bone marrow to his U.S. citizen brother with blood cancer, the family's lawyer says. Kamiar Hashemi was granted a visa by the U.S. State Department, obtaining a rare waiver to President Donald Trump's travel ban, Mahsa Khanbabai said on March 29. -Radio Farda - 3/30/18

Trump's Silence On A Saudi Nuclear Bomb

- It's said that the only two people Donald Trump does not criticize are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. You can add Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to that list. With the prince's two week trip to the United States coming to a close, Trump remained stone silent after the heir apparent to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced his nuclear plans on American television. "Without a doubt," MbS told CBS host Norah O'Donnell, "if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible." Not a single voice of protest was heard from the Trump administration. -Joe Cirincione - 3/30/18

There Will Be War With Iran If Sanctions Do Not Work, Crown Prince Warns

- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has once again urged the international community to squeeze Iran economically and politically, The Wall Street Journal reported on March 29. The Saudi crown prince told the WSJ that sanctions "will create more pressure on the regime". Meanwhile Prince Mohammad insisted that Riyadh was trying to avoid military conflict with Tehran. - 3/30/18

Christian Property in Iran to Be Taken Over by Supreme Leader's Organization

- Sharon Gardens, a valuable property near Tehran confiscated from Iran's largest Christian Protestant organization by a group under the control of the country's supreme leader, was hit with an eviction order on March 7, 2018. - 3/30/18

Even If US Doesn't Exit Iran Nuclear Deal, Risk Of War Remains

- When the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany signed a deal that effectively prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons, those in Iran and in other signatory states who did not want to see another war erupt in the Middle East sighed with relief. This sense of relief was short-lived. When Donald Trump became president, anxieties about a potential war with Iran reemerged.-Shireen T. Hunter - 3/29/18

Record Rise Of The US Dollar Angers Iranians

- The rapid and record fall of the Iranian currency has made many Iranians angry at President Hassan Rouhani, who has repeatedly dismissed the rise of the dollar against the rial as insignificant and transient. On March 28, the Iranian currency, rial, hit a new low of 52,000 to the US dollar. The rial was around 38,000 to the dollar just a year ago. -Radio Farda - 3/29/18

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