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Secretary Tillerson Eschews Iran Diplomacy in Favor of Regime Change

- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated he has no plans for negotiations with Iran and expressed favor for moving to support elements within Iran intent on regime change during testimony on the State Department budget in the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. Tillerson's remarks are certain to ratchet up tensions with Iran, where elements remain deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions and have levied charges on ordinary citizens for alleged collaboration with hostile powers. -Darius Namazi, NIAC - 6/23/17

Iran: The Road to War?

- The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at...Iran. Donald Trump's first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at...Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about...Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is... well, do I really need to spell this out any further? -John Feffer, LobeLog - 6/23/17

Prominent Civil Rights Activists Urge Iran's Parliament to Ban Use of Deadly Force Against Border Couriers

- The killing, by border guards, of another kulbar-the Persian word for the border-crossing couriers who transport illegally imported goods into Iran-has prompted 250 Iranian civil rights activists to demand that Parliament implement measures to protect the downtrodden laborers. - 6/23/17

IRAN: Denied Due Process, Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike

- Six administrators of channels on the Telegram messaging application who were arrested in the run-up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election have gone on hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest their prolonged detention without access to legal counsel. - 6/23/17

Arab States Boycotting Qatar Demand It Cut Ties With Iran, Shutter Al-Jazeera

- Four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia have issued a list of demands for ending their boycott of Qatar, including requiring Doha to shut down the Al-Jazeera network and cut most ties with Iran. Doha did not have any immediate reaction to the list. Nor did the United States, where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had encouraged the Arab countries earlier this week to provide a list of demands that was "reasonable and actionable." - 6/23/17

Saudi-Iran Tensions Seen Worsening With Rise Of New Saudi Crown Prince

- Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran -- already running high -- could worsen with King Salman's designation of his aggressive and ambitious son, Muhammad bin Salman, as the next ruler, analysts say. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman was designated as the kingdom's next ruler on June 21. The crown prince said last month on Saudi TV that he was not open to trying to improve relations with Tehran, which he accused of trying "to control the Islamic world" to spread its Shi'ite doctrine. - 6/22/17

Iran's Judiciary Chief Threatens Domestic Proponents of US-Instigated Regime Change With Death Penalty

- The chief of Iran's judiciary has responded to recent comments by the US secretary of state describing the Trump administration's policy of regime change in Iran by threatening domestic proponents with the death penalty. - 6/22/17

Is the Saudi Prince Up to His New Job?

- The audacious young prince of Saudi Arabia known as MbS owns it all now, for better or worse. As a wisecracking American might say, "Good luck with that." With his elevation Wednesday to be crown prince, heir to the throne, and first deputy premier reporting only to his father the king, Prince Mohammed bin Salman will exercise nearly complete control over his country's future. He was already minister of defense and chairman of the committee that sets the kingdom's economic policy. -Thomas Lippman - 6/22/17

Blundering Into Yet Another Middle East War

- The Washington elite is waking up to the increasingly real possibility that the Trump administration may be moving the country into yet another Middle East war (with Iran). And much more quickly than anyone had anticipated. And through sheer incompetence and incoherence rather than by design. -Jim Lobe and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio - 6/22/17

Iran demands that Saudis release three detained Iranian fishermen

- Iran's interior minister called on Wednesday for the immediate release of three Iranian fishermen who were detained by the Saudi navy last week, saying their boasts were pushed off course by waves. The development is expected to further complicate relations between the two countries, which escalated last month when U.S. President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and took a bellicose stance against Iran in an official speech. - 6/22/17

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

- At this point, it's no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. -William Hartung, LobeLog - 6/22/17

India, Pakistan To Lead Rise In World Population To Nearly 10 Billion By 2050: UN

- Countries with the world's youngest and fastest growing populations are concentrated in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Countries where fertility rates are below replacement level include China, the United States, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, and Britain. - 6/22/17

Iran's Terrorism Challenge: How Should It Respond?

- Terrorist incidents in Iran have been on the rise in the last few months. At the beginning, they occurred in the two most vulnerable provinces Sistan and Baluchistan in the southeast on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan and in Western Azerbaijan bordering Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. This was not surprising since these provinces, especially Baluchistan, had long been vulnerable to attacks by Sunni extremist groups, such as Jaish ul-Adl and Jundallah, supported by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/21/17

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

- 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. - 6/21/17

Iran's Khamenei Warns Iraq Against Relying On U.S., Weakening Shi'ite Militia

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned Iraq's leader against weakening Shi'ite paramilitary groups and relying on the United States in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.. At a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in Tehran, Khamenei said the Shi'ite militias were the main forces pushing back against the Sunni extremist group in Iraq, and Baghdad should not trust the United States, Iranian state media reported. - 6/21/17

U.S. Shoots Down Armed, Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria Amid Russian Protests

- The U.S. military says it has shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that was bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast. The Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the Shaheed 129 drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces on June 20. - 6/21/17

Saudi Bullying of Qatar: A Spurious Game of Thrones Crumbling

- The Saudi-Abu Dhabi aggressive siege of Qatar has gone beyond a mere tribal feud pitting the de facto Saudi ruler Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud and the UAE Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nuhayyan against Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar. The two-week manufactured "game of thrones," driven by faulty assumptions, has backfired and is already generating serious unintended consequences. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 6/21/17

Reacting to the Tehran Attacks in Europe and the US

- The European Parliament started its plenary session last week with a minute of silence to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Tehran. In this way, the EP has joined a number of other institutions, as well as leaders of the EU and its member states, in offering sympathy to the Iranian people... Contrast this with the attitude in the United States. -Eldar Mamedov - 6/20/17

Iran's UN envoy: Remarks by US secretary of State against UN Charter

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent anti-Tehran remarks are in violation of international laws and norms and against the Charter of the United Nations. Gholam-Ali Khoshrou made the remarks on Sunday in a letter of condemnation to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. - 6/20/17

Iran's oil industry paves way for capable women

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has issued an order, paving the way for women with high capabilities to boost presence in the oil industry. As per the ministerial decree which released on Sunday, all gender discrimination between male and female employees should be removed for all occupational positions, except for working on oil and gas platforms. - 6/20/17

Attacks in Iran: The Enemies of My Enemies

- As Iran fires missiles into Syria as part of its "crushing response" to the perpetrators of the recent unprecedented terrorist attacks in Tehran, these attacks can also have an enormous impact on Iran's internal politics. They could further solidify the position of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its support within the population and lead to an intensified crackdown on prisoners from minority groups. -Fatemeh Aman, LobeLog - 6/20/17

The Sordid History Of State Sponsored Terrorism Against Iran

- For decades, Western empires have waged a silent war against Iran, using tactics ranging from supporting known terrorist groups to deposing the country's leaders and leveraging regional rivalries. The war continues today, even as the U.S. condemns Iran for sponsoring terrorism itself. -Eric Draitser, MintPress - 6/20/17

Iran Fires Missiles At ISIS In Syria In Response To Tehran Terror attacks

- Late on Sunday Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps fired six missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State strongholds in retaliation for the recent ISIS-claimed terrorist attacks in Tehran. The national TV showed footages of missile attacks launched from western Iran. - 6/19/17

Iran, China Hold Naval Drills In Persian Gulf

- Iran and China have held naval drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. The military drills on June 18 came amid heightened tensions between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Persian Gulf. - 6/19/17

US efforts to change Iranian government always ended in failure: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

- Referring to recent remarks by American officials about changing the Iranian government, the Leader noted, "They say we want to change the Islamic Republic establishment. Well, when have you not wanted to do this? You always wanted and you always failed and your nose has been rubbed in the dirt; [and] it will be like that from now on." - 6/19/17

Ailing Iranian Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to Three-Month Solitary Confinement and Renewed Interrogations

- More than three months after her arrest and detainment, ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi has not been charged and is in poor health while being subjected to interrogations and solitary confinement in Evin Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/17

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Killed Iranian Fisherman In Persian Gulf

- Iranian officials say the Saudi coast guard has fired on two fishing boats in the Persian Gulf, killing one fisherman. "We are pursuing this matter to determine if the Iranian boats had crossed the Saudi border or not, but the action of the Saudis does not comply with humanitarian and navigational principles," Iran's June 17 statement said. - 6/19/17

Terrorist group completely dismantled in southeast Iran: IRGC Commander

- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has managed to kill all members of a Takfiri terrorist outfit and completely dismantle it in a southeastern Iranian town, a senior IRGC commander says. "A terrorist team, which we had engaged a few days ago in the town of Qasr-e Qand, was completely dismantled today after the killing of five more of its elements," Commander of IRGC's Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told Fars news agency on Sunday. - 6/19/17

The CIA Coup Against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq: Iran 1953 Covert History Quietly Released

- The Department of State yesterday released a long-suppressed volume of historical records documenting the role of the United States in the 1953 coup against the Iranian government of Mohammad Mosadeq. "This retrospective volume focuses on the evolution of U.S. thinking on Iran as well as the U.S. Government covert operation that resulted in Mosadeq's overthrow on August 19, 1953," the Preface says. -Steven Aftergoo - 6/17/17

Iranian FM Zarif to Secretary Tillerson: U.S. Better Save Own Regime

- TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday hit back at the United States for rhetoric of regime change in Iran, calling on Washington's officials to worry about saving their own regime instead of talking about changing the Iranian political system which enjoys a strong backing by its people. - 6/17/17

Iran, China to hold joint naval drill in Strait of Hormuz

- The naval forces of Iran and China are to hold a joint military drill in the Strait of Hormuz. The Chinese Navy fleet, which docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday, will take part in the joint exercises in waters of the Islamic Republic on Sunday. - 6/17/17

Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife's modeling

- Last June, Mohsen Forouzan, a goalkeeper formerly with Tehran's Esteghlal Football Club, posted a photo on Instagram to announce his engagement to Iranian model Nasim Nahali. The photo quickly triggered reactions since Nahali was unveiled and the timing of the post coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. The Young Journalists Club, which is affiliated with Iran's state broadcaster, immediately described it as "a matter far [removed] from Sharia and ethics." -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor - 6/17/17

Iran's Judiciary Prevents Top Labor Activists From Attending International Conference

- A travel ban imposed by the Iranian judiciary has prevented prominent labor rights activists Reza Shahabi and Davoud Razavi from attending an international labor conference in Switzerland, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 6/17/17

Senate's Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Differing Views in House

- A newly passed Senate bill that would impose additional U.S. sanctions on Iran faces uncertain prospects for passage in the House, whose members are expressing differing views about its efficacy. Hours after the Senate approved the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act in a near-unanimous 98-2 vote Thursday, the House's majority Republican leaders had not said when they will act on it. The bill also would sanction Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, a charge Moscow denies. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/16/17

New US sanctions in breach of nuclear deal: Iranian official

- Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, has slammed a new set of sanctions approved by the US Senate against Tehran as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 states, vowing a proper response to the hostile move. - 6/16/17

Iran says Israeli nuclear policies are source of global concern

- Reza Najafi, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said Israel's nuclear policies openly violate "international norms and regulations" and jeopardize "the regional and global security". Najafi made the remarks in a speech to the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Thursday. - 6/16/17

The Siege of Doha

- There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC: First, as a member of the US policy team that first applied sanctions against Iran when our diplomats were being held hostage in Tehran, we drew the line at food and medicine. That has remained true in the succeeding 37 years. Despite all the onerous sanctions that the US has imposed against Iran over the years, which verge on economic warfare, there has never been a formal restriction on sales of food or medicine, including by US companies. -Gary Sick, LobeLog - 6/16/17

Secretary of State Tillerson: U.S. Will Work To Bring Peaceful Transition In Iran

- Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson told House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, June 14, that the United States policy towards Iran is based on support of internal forces who can bring about peaceful change. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi called US foreign policy towards Iran "confused" which could "easily be manipulated by wrong information." Specifically, he called Tillerson's remark about U.S. supporting internal elements for a peaceful transition,"unacceptable" and "interventionist". - 6/15/17

Iran's Parliamentary Committee Blocks Security Agencies' Attempts to Significantly Delay Death Penalty Amendment

- A Parliamentary committee in Iran has blocked an attempt by security agencies to delay for a year a parliamentary vote on an amendment that could drastically reduce death penalty sentences for drug-related crimes. "Unfortunately, some security and government agencies wrote a letter requesting that the final vote be delayed for a year," Hassan Norouzi, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Affairs Committee, told the Shargh newspaper on June 13, 2017. - 6/15/17

Iranian Navy Trains Laser on U.S. Chopper, Turns Spotlight on American Ship: U.S. Navy

- PENTAGON - An Iranian military vessel trained a laser on an American helicopter that was accompanying three U.S. military ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Navy officials said Wednesday. Commander Bill Urban, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, said the Iranian vessel, which came within 730 meters of the USS Baatan assault ship, acted in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner late Tuesday. -Carla Babb, VOA - 6/15/17

Iranian Security forces kill 2 terrorists, arrest 5

- Iranian security forces have killed two terrorists and arrested five others in the southeast of the country. Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Wednesday night that security forces killed two terrorists in the city of Chabahar in Sistan-and-Baluchestan province earlier in the day. - 6/15/17

Iran calls on U.S. to fulfill commitments under nuclear deal

- Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the US needs to honor its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries. The envoy said Iran's nuclear program was going ahead as per the JCPOA and that the latest IAEA report showed Iran's commitment to all of its obligations. - 6/15/17

Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays

- A new social media campaign against a law which forces women to wear a headscarf is gaining momentum in Iran. Using the hashtag #whitewednesdays, citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white clothing as symbols of protest. -Nassim Hatam,BBC - 6/15/17

Does Qatar Really Threaten the Gulf?

- Yet it is Qatar's good relations with Iran that constitute the most serious no-no from the Saudi perspective. While Qatar is no democracy, as a monarchy it is politically a good bit freer than Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or the UAE. (Both Oman and Kuwait enjoy still greater political freedom than Qatar--and both also enjoy good relations with Iran and have not joined the Saudi alliance against Qatar.) -Graham E. Fuller - 6/15/17

What Will Trump, Gulf Instability Mean for the JCPOA?

- The Iran nuclear deal-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA-is facing multiple threats, and whatever hope there may once have been that it could serve as a basis for improving U.S.-Iran ties is probably gone. Between the Trump administration's emerging focus on Iranian regime change and recent instability in the Persian Gulf, simply maintaining the deal itself is proving to be a serious challenge. That was the consensus at a June 13 panel discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council as part of its day-long "Preserving and Building on the Iran Nuclear Deal" event. -Derek Davison - 6/14/17

Iran will never tolerate Saudi warmongering: Supreme Leader's adviser

- Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says the comments by "inexperienced" Saudi diplomats against the Islamic Republic show their ignorance about Iran and the region, stressing that Tehran will never tolerate Riyadh's warmongering policies. - 6/14/17

In Slight to President Rouhani, Iran's Supreme Leader Forbids Adoption of UNESCO 2030 Educational Guidelines

- Iran's supreme leader has forbidden the government of President Hassan Rouhani from implementing any part of UNESCO's non-binding 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into the country's educational system. On August 16, 2016, Rouhani's cabinet agreed to put the Education Ministry in charge of integrating some of the agenda's guidelines into the country's educational system. - 6/14/17

U.S. Senate Narrowly Defeats Bid To Block Some Saudi Arms Sales

- The U.S. Senate has narrowly defeated a move to block President Donald Trump's planned sale of $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia out of concern they could be used to kill civilians in Yemen. The Senate's 53-47 vote on June 13 cleared the way for the United States to deliver the weapons, which are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package for Riyadh. - 6/14/17

A Call to End U.S. Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

- A coalition of activists and U.S. lawmakers alarmed about Saudi Arabia's punishing war in Yemen is trying to block the Trump administration's pending $510 million weapons sale to Riyadh. In a June 8 letter signed by 41 human rights groups, including Win Without War, Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Yemen Peace Project, activists have called upon legislators to reject the Trump's administration's proposed arms deal. -LobeLog - 6/14/17

IAEA verifies Iran's commitments to nuclear agreement

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the agency continues to verify Iran's fulfillment of its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. "The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in an introductory statement to the Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. - 6/13/17

The Irrationality of Iran Vilification

- "Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region," Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, "you find Iran." I must admit that when I stumbled across that quote it brought up uncomfortable personal memories. -Danny Sjursen, LobeLog - 6/13/17

Iran has intelligence of Saudi Arabia propping up terrorists near its borders: FM Zarif

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has obtained intelligence showing that Saudi Arabia is "actively" propping up terrorist groups along Iranian eastern and western borders. Speaking at the opening of the Oslo Forum in Norway, Minister Zarif referred to recent remarks by Saudi officials that foreshadowed the recent terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and called those remarks a "direct threat and very dangerous provocation" by Riyadh. - 6/13/17

IRAN: Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men's Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

- After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium. - 6/13/17

Iranian Human Rights Activist Told He Must Serve Additional Year in Prison on Day of Expected Release

- While his family waited for him outside Rajaee Shahr Prison the day he was supposed to be released, on June 6, 2017, Navid Khanjani was told he would have to spend another year behind bars for his peaceful human rights activism. - 6/13/17

Iran's Foreign Minister Says In U.S. Best Interests To Abide By Nuclear Deal

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States has sent signals that are "not very promising" on a 2015 nuclear accord struck with major powers, but in the end will likely abide by the deal because it is in the country's best interests. - 6/13/17

4 terrorists killed in Southern Iran, ISIS flag seized

- Police forces in Iran have killed four terrorists in a southern province on Saturday June 11, seizing their arms and ammunition as well as a flag of the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS). Azizollah Maleki, the police chief in Hormozgan Province, where the terrorists were killed during a firefight with security forces, made the remarks to reporters on Monday. - 6/12/17

Tehran, Vienna Seek Deeper Economic Ties: Austria To Open 1 Billion Euro Credit Line For Iran

- Iranian Finance Minister Ali Tayyebnia and Industry Minister Mohammadreza Nematzadeh in separate meetings with Austria's Federal Minister of Finance Hans Jorg Schelling on Saturday and Sunday sought avenues for increasing economic and banking ties between the two countries. - 6/12/17

ISIS Mastermind behind Tehran twin attacks killed: Iran's Intelligence Ministry

- During a televised interview on Saturday, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said that the terrorist commander was killed earlier in the day by intelligence forces. He noted that the terrorist had fled the country following the ensuing security operations after the attack, but was killed with the cooperation of friendly foreign intelligence services. - 6/11/17

Iran sending planeloads of food to Qatar daily

- Further indications have emerged that a blockade declared by several Persian Gulf states against Qatar has already opened a food corridor between Tehran and Doha since last week. Iranian officials say the country is already sending at least 100 tonnes of food supplies to Qatar by plane every day. - 6/11/17

Iran Criticizes Independence Vote In Iraq's Kurdistan Region

- Iran has voiced its opposition to a decision by Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence, saying the vote would lead to "new problems." Washington also said it was opposed to the vote, saying it would be a distraction from more urgent priorities, including the fight against the extremist group Islamic State. - 6/11/17

Donald Trump's Destabilization of the Persian Gulf

- The Obama administration had to expend considerable political capital in fending off attempts, during the recent Congressional review period, to kill the agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program. As a matter of policy toward that program, such expenditure should never have been necessary; the strict limitations and scrutiny of the program that are embodied in the agreement are clearly better for U.S. interests than the absence of such limitations and scrutiny if the agreement had been killed... -Paul R. Pillar - 6/10/17

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Must Apologize for Suggesting ISIS Attacks on Iran "A Good Thing"

- "Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) must immediately disavow and apologize for his outrageous suggestion that the ISIS attacks on Iran should be viewed as 'a good thing.' After Trump's heartless message to Iran blaming the country for being attacked by ISIS, it was hard to believe that any lawmaker could find a way to go lower. Yet that is exactly what Rep. Rohrabacher did with his outrageous and deplorable line of questioning yesterday." - 6/10/17

PHOTOS: Thousands Gather In Tehran To Mourn Victims Of Attacks

- Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Tehran as Iran held funeral ceremonies for the victims of twin attacks that killed 17 people earlier this week. The ceremonies began on June 9 at the parliament building, one of the targets of the June 7 attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State (IS). - 6/10/17

Iran's Aseman Airlines Concludes Purchase Of 60 Boeing Planes

- Iran's Aseman Airlines sealed a deal in Tehran on Saturday with the American manufacturer Boeing on purchasing 60 aircrafts. As per the deal, Aseman is going to receive 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts as of 2022 over the course of two years, ISNA reported. - 6/10/17

Iran Arrests Seven New Suspects In Tehran Attacks Probe

- Iranian authorities have arrested at least seven suspects for allegedly helping militants involved in this week's twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, state media reported on June 10. The IRNA news agency quoted Ahmad Fazelian, chief justice of Alborz Province west of Tehran as saying the seven are suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team." The suspects were detained in Fardis, a city in Alborz. - 6/10/17

Iranian-made Drone Targeted Coalition Patrol in Syria

- PENTAGON - The armed, pro-regime drone shot down by U.S. aircraft Thursday after it fired upon U.S.-led coalition members on patrol in southern Syria was Iranian-made, officials tell VOA. Officials said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet took down the Shahed-129 drone, which can be used for combat and reconnaissance missions. -Carla Babb, VOA - 6/10/17

Iran Unites as Tehran Struck by Middle East's Proxy Wars

- The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran's revolutionary republic. In this Q&A, Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region's proxy wars are now reaching far beyond the battlefield. -LobeLog - 6/10/17

A Last Chance for Peace for Afghanistan?

- The Taliban is gaining more power, and Afghans are demanding more security from their government. The price of leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban would be enormous, and the stakes are much higher now than the first time the militant groups came to power in 1996. As the country descends into chaos, Afghans may wake up soon to realize that they either have to be ruled by the Taliban or share the government with the Taliban. -Fatemeh Aman, LobeLog - 6/10/17

Tehran Terror Attacks Expose Rifts Within Iranian Establishment

- Appeals for unity answered with calls for revenge. Pledges of solidarity competing against vows to "eliminate" the culprits. The deadly twin terror attacks that rocked the Iranian capital, Tehran, on June 7 have triggered a dramatic split in public opinion. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 6/9/17

Iran holds funeral for victims of Tehran terror attack

- Iran's Parliament (Majlis), which came under a terror attack recently, hosted a funeral ceremony in Tehran on Friday for the victims of the incident, and another concomitant one, which targeted Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum. - 6/9/17

Iranian Cleric's Comments Likening Loosely Veiled Women To Prostitutes Spark Backlash

- Judging women by the degree to which they respect the compulsory hijab is nothing new in Iran. In the past, hard-liners have accused so-called "badly veiled women" of being responsible for everything from social ills to natural disasters. But recent comments by the Friday Prayer leader of the central Iranian city of Saveh, who likened women who don't fully respect the Islamic head scarf to prostitutes, appear to mark a new low. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 6/9/17

Iran's Rouhani Government Has Filtered Seven Million Websites in First Term

- A cabinet minister appointed by centrist President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology filtered "seven million" websites during Rouhani's first term (2013-17). The minister's comments contradict Rouhani's implied openness to improving internet freedom in Iran during his first and second-term presidential campaigns. - 6/9/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Says 1988 Executions of Thousands of Political Prisoners "Unfairly Judged"

- Iran's supreme leader has broken his silence over the state's execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, which received renewed attention in the country's May 2017 presidential election when a judicial member implicated in the massacre ran for president. - 6/9/17

As Iranians Vote For Peace, Trump Helps Saudi Arabia Pick Another Fight

- Iranians overwhelmingly chose to pursue peaceful, indigenous change through the ballot box... When juxtaposed with Saudi Arabia, the contrast is stark. -Reza Marashi and Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 6/9/17

Iran offers Qatar use of key southern ports, sends cargo plane with food supplies

- Iran has offered to allow Qatar use its southern ports to carry on its vital import activities after the emirate's Arab neighbors united to isolate it. The announcement was made by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. He was quoted by the Financial Times in a report as saying that Iran had offered Doha to use three of its ports in the Persian Gulf. - 6/9/17



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