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Iranian-Americans Call Out U.S. Senator Graham For 'Terrible' Ancestry Gaffe

- A number of Iranian-Americans have responded with anger after U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham quipped in an interview that it would be "terrible" if DNA testing revealed that he had Iranian ancestry. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/19/18

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Farhad Meysami "Kept Alive" With Serum Injections

- Farhad Meysami, an imprisoned civil rights activist, has lost "40 pounds" since beginning a wet hunger strike in Evin Prison on August 1, 2018, the day after he was arrested for peacefully advocating for women's rights in Iran. - 10/19/18

Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

Iran and the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea

- On 12 August 2018, five littoral states of the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) signed a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This convention should be approved by the legislative bodies in all five states before it becomes officially binding. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 10/18/18

Iranian Foreign Minister Claims 'U.S. Addiction To Sanctions Is Out Of Control'

- Iran's foreign minister has charged that the latest round of U.S. sanctions is violating the human rights of Iranians and that "the U.S. addiction to sanctions is out of control." "Utter disregard for rule of law & human rights of an entire people," Zarif said, calling Washington an "outlaw regime," whose "'hostility toward Iranians [is] heightened by addiction to sanctions." - 10/18/18

'Look East!,' Says Khamenei, Disappointed With Europe's Efforts To Save JCPOA

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has elaborated on his disappointment with Europe during an October 17 meeting with a group his website has described as Iran's "academic elites and prominent scholars." -Radio Farda - 10/18/18

South Korean firms to stay in Iran despite US sanctions: Envoy

- South Korean Ambassador to Tehran Ryu Jeong-hyun says companies in his country understand the significance of the Iranian market and will not leave it under the US sanctions. The Korean diplomat made the remarks in a Wednesday meeting with Bahman Abdollahi, the head of the Iran Chamber of Cooperatives, in Tehran. - 10/18/18

"Terrible to be Iranian": Iranian-Americans Condemn Senator Graham's Remarks

- Appearing on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made offensive comments when he joked that if he took a DNA test, it would probably show that he was "Iranian" and "that'd be, like, terrible." - 10/17/18

Retirees Come Out To Protest Meager Pensions In Iran

- Thousands of Iranian retirees assembled outside the Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) on Tuesday, October 16 in Tehran to protest minimal pensions. Based on the latest reports, similar protest rallies were simultaneously held in other large cities including Isfahan, central Iran. - 10/17/18

Khashoggi-Gate And U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

- In U.S. assessments, which began well before the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has been one of Washington's key pivots in the Middle East. Oil security? Check. Anti-Iran? Check. Moving toward Israel? Check. Given these three factors, the United States has been willing to turn a blind eye to other things that either Saudi Arabia or its citizens have done, especially rich supporters of Wahhabism who have bankrolled this extreme form of Islam and its malign behavior all over the Sunni world. -Robert E. Hunter - 10/17/18

Isfahan Farmers Renew Their Protests For Government Inaction

- Farmers in Isfahan province have renewed their protests related to lack of water and what they say is government's indifference to their plight. Isfahan was the scene of large protests by angry farmers in March and April. The protesters complained that over the years the government has deprived them of their right to the water sources of the region. They said that either by mismanagement or receiving bribes government officials diverted water from Isfahan to its neighboring province, Yazd. - 10/17/18

US imposes new sanctions targeting Iran banks, companies

- The United States has imposed fresh sanctions on a number of Iranian banks and financial institutions as well as companies ahead of the start of the next month's new round of the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The US Treasury on Tuesday announced fresh sanctions on Iranian banks, including Bank Mellat and Mehr Eqtesad Bank. - 10/17/18

High Prices Helping Iran Make Up For Loss Of Half Of Oil Exports: VP Eshaq Jahangiri

- Iran has lost some customers for its oil because of looming U.S. sanctions, but high prices are making up for the lost sales, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said. "While some countries have stopped buying oil from Iran, we have found new partners," he was quoted as saying by Iran's IRIB broadcaster on October 15. -RFE/RL - 10/16/18

Female Iranian MP Fatemeh Hosseini elected as member of IPU presiding board

- Seyyedeh Fatemeh Hosseini, a member of Majlis (Iranian Parliament), was elected as a member of the presiding board of Forum of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland. IPU is an organization made up of national parliaments from around the world. IPU protects and builds global democracy through political dialogue and concrete action. - 10/16/18

IRGC says terrorists have abducted 11 Iranian forces near Pakistani border

- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says terrorists have kidnapped a number of Iranian forces in the southeastern Province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IRGC confirmed that local Basij volunteer forces and border guards had been among those abducted overnight near the town of Mirjaveh on the Pakistani border. - 10/16/18

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US sanctions take effect

- Indian media have quoted informed officials as saying that the country plans to speed up the development of Iran's Chabahar port before the new round of US sanctions against Tehran is put into place. - 10/16/18

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

- Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention. -Human Rights Watch - 10/15/18

Teachers' Strike Sees Classes Canceled Across Iran

- Iranian teachers went on strike October 14 and 15, holding sit-ins at elementary and high schools across the country to demand better pay and conditions and an end to the detention of education activists. Iranian social media has been abuzz yesterday and today with photos of teachers demonstrating outside their schools or in the hallways and principals' offices in cities across the country - 10/15/18

Sanctions Heavily Impact Iranian Air Travel Cost And Airlines

- While the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran is deepening week by week, the Islamic Republic's official news agency, IRNA, says, the number of Iranians travelling abroad in the past six months has dropped by 13%, compared with the same period, last year. -Radio Farda - 10/15/18

Kurdish Mechanic Sentenced to Death in Iran Despite Judge's Acknowledgement of His Innocence

- Hedayat Abdollahpour was arrested in late June 2016 following a clash between members of the banned, separatist Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK), based in Northern Iraq, and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near the city of Oshnavieh, in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province, "even though he played no role in the clash and wasn't even there," said attorney Hossein Ahmadiniaz. -CHRI - 10/12/18

Iranian homegrown satellite Dousti, Nahid-1 and Payam to be launched by year end

- Three Iranian domestically-made satellites will launch into space during the current Iranian calendar year (to be ended on March 20, 2019), the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Director Morteza Barari said on Monday. - 10/11/18

Iranian Merchants Close Down Shops in Silent Strike Against Hyperinflation

- Merchants and business owners went on strike in several Iranian cities on October 8, 2018, to protest against hyperinflation and economic instability. Images and video footage posted on social media networks showed many shops closed that day in the cities of Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Orumiyeh. - 10/11/18

"Oppression Stops Life:" Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Recounts Returning to an Empty Home

- For the first time in more than three years, Iranian political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was allowed to go on a three-day furlough on September 26, 2018. But according to her letter, published on October 2 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center (where Mohammadi worked before the organization was banned in Iran), the experience was far from enjoyable. - 10/11/18

Iran finds creative ways to thwart new US sanctions

- A vessel carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil was reported on Tuesday to have discharged the crude into a bonded storage tank at the port of Dalian in northeast China. Keeping oil in bonded storage gives the shipment owner the option to sell into China or to other buyers in the region, Reuters news agency reported. -Press TV - 10/11/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh's Husband Charged With National Security Crimes For Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activism

- Imprisoned Iranian attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, has been charged with national security crimes for peacefully supporting his wife and a woman's right to appear in public without a hijab. Khandan, who, like his wife is also a human rights activist, has been charged with "assembly and collusion against national security" and "promoting non-observance of the hijab," his lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, stated in an Instagram post. - 10/10/18

Iran's Access to SWIFT Being Debated In Washington

- The Washington Free Beacon reports that some in the U.S. Treasury Department are trying to save Iran's access to SWIFT, which can help Tehran to maintain access to the world banking and financial network. SWIFT is a system that enables its nearly 10,000 institutional members around the world to securely transfer money around the globe. - 10/10/18

Three People Sentenced to Death in Iran as 32 Others Issued Harsh Sentences For Alleged Currency Hoarding

- Unnamed "special courts for economic crimes" in Iran have sentenced three people to death and condemned 32 others to long prison sentences for allegedly manipulating Iran's gold and currency markets, Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei announced on October 1, 2018. - 10/10/18

ICJ hears Iran arguments in asset freeze case against U.S.

- The UN's top court has heard Iran's arguments against the United States in a new showdown between the two sides over the freezing by Washington of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets, just days after the tribunal handed Tehran a victory in a separate case. - 10/10/18

IMF Says U.S. Sanctions Have Pushed Iran's Economy Into Recession

- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Iran's economy fell into a recession this year that will get worse next year as a result of renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran. In its World Economic Outlook released late on October 8, the IMF said Iran's oil-driven economy is expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year as a result of declining oil exports, with the drop in economic output accelerating to 3.6 percent in 2019. -RFE/RL - 10/9/18

Iranian-American Among Five Environmentalists Charged in Iran After Eight Months in Prison

- Five out of the eight environmentalists who have been detained in Iran since January 2018, including an Iranian-American dual national, have been issued preliminary indictments eight months into their imprisonment. - 10/9/18

These Four Educators Were Behind Bars in Iran on World Teachers' Day 2018

- Four teachers are currently behind bars in Iranian prisons for engaging in peaceful trade union activities, according to Rassoul Bodaghi, a formerly imprisoned labor activist and senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA). - 10/9/18

U.S. marks first retreat on Iran sanctions by allowing Rhum gasfield to operate

- The US administration has beaten its first retreat on planned sanctions against Iran, allowing a gasfield partly owned by the Islamic Republic in the North Sea to keep operating. The Rhum field northeast of Aberdeen, which supplies around 5 percent of Britain's gas demand, has now received a new operation license from the US Treasury, UK-listed producer Serica Energy said on Tuesday. - 10/9/18

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

- Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. - 10/9/18

Iranian parliament approves bill to combat financing of terrorism

- The Iranian parliament on Sunday voted in favor of CFT, a legislation to combat financing of terrorism (as part of the country's implementation of international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)). The debate on the CFT kicked off on Sunday morning with 268 lawmakers present in the parliament. A total of 143 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill while 120 voted against it. Five MPs also abstained. - 10/8/18

India defies U.S., continues buying Iranian oil despite sanctions

- India is going to continue buying Iranian oil in November despite the U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported citing sources close to the Indian oil industry. "Refiners have placed November nominations to lift 1.25 million tons (about 9 million barrels) of oil from Iran," Reuters quoted a source as saying. - 10/8/18

Iran's Deaf Community Launches Campaign Urging Government to End Discrimination

- Members of Iran's deaf and hard of hearing community have launched a campaign urging the Iranian government to end systematic discrimination against their community by following steps that would fulfill Iran's domestic and international obligations. - 10/6/18

Iranian Workers Have Lost 90 Percent Of Their Purchasing Power

- Iranian workers have lost 90% of their purchasing power, says the chairman of the Supreme Center of Council's Committee (SCCC) for wages, Faramarz Tofiqi. Meanwhile, several news outlets in Iran say that the recent significant drop of the national currency's value and skyrocketing prices have forced Iranian workers to struggle with unprecedented acrimonious problems. - 10/5/18

Man Serving Seven Years in an Iranian Prison For His Facebook Posts Slapped With An Additional Three

- Prisoner of conscience Soheil Arabi has been sentenced to three more years behind bars-increasing his total term to 10 years-for engaging in peaceful activism inside the Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) where he is being held. - 10/5/18

"Iran ready to work with Saudis to build strong region, end US conceit": FM Zarif

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong region together and put an end to the US humiliation of regional countries. "President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support," Zarif said in a Thursday tweet. - 10/5/18

Iranian MPs Call Ahvaz Terrorist Attack An Intelligence Disaster

- Citing sources affiliated with the intelligence, security, and police forces of the Islamic Republic, Iranian MPs say they have evidence the recent terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz was the result of carelessness on the part of the security apparatus. - 10/5/18

Iranians: Dollars Still Expensive as Currency Recovery Stalls

- A sharp recovery of Iran's currency against the dollar stalled Wednesday, as some Iranians complained that they could not find dollars for the cheaper prices being reported by Iranian media. Some Iranian media had reported the rial surging to around 100,000 to the dollar in unofficial trading Tuesday from a record low of 190,000 set last week, an almost 50 percent jump in the Iranian currency's value in one day. But, the website that tracks Iran's unofficial exchange rates showed the rial later retreated to 147,000 to the dollar by late Wednesday. -Michael Lipin & Behrooz Samadbeygi, VOA - 10/4/18

2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans: Survey Reveals Concern Over Discrimination and U.S. Policies

- Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released the findings of its 2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, revealing concerns over increased discrimination and U.S. policy towards Iran. More than three-quarters of respondents are worried about increased discrimination against Iranian Americans, and nearly half (49%) report that they have personally experienced discrimination. - 10/4/18

U.S. Terminates 1955 'Friendship' Treaty With Iran After UN Court Ruling

- The United States says it is canceling a decades-old friendship treaty with Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court case against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on October 3, referring to the year of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -RFE/RL - 10/4/18

Iranians Call For Freedom of Shiraz Councilman Who Tried to Secure Release of Detained Baha'is

- Iranians have taken to social media to call for the freedom of Mehdi Hajati, a member of the Shiraz City Council who was arrested on September 27, 2018, two days after tweeting about his efforts to free two detained members of the Baha'i faith. - 10/4/18

President Rouhani Says Iran Facing A 'Delicate' Situation

- Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a group of politicians and activists on October 3 that Iran is confronting a "complicated situation" and conditions are "unusual and delicate". Saying that "today we are a sensitive juncture", Rouhani added that Iran "is in the middle of a full-fledged economic war". His comments come as Iran is facing the implementation of additional U.S. sanctions on its oil exports in about a month. - 10/4/18

Dollar In 'Tears'? Iran Celebrates Rial Rally

- Iran's national currency has been on a months-long freefall. The cost of living for Iranians has soared, sparking angry antigovernment demonstrations in the Islamic republic. So the country's hard-liners were in celebratory mood after the rial unexpectedly rallied against the U.S. dollar earlier this week, prompting media close to the conservative camp to claim that the American currency was an "aborted," "clown," currency in "tears. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL - 10/3/18

World Court Orders U.S. To Ensure Iran Sanctions Don't Hit Humanitarian Aid

- The World Court has ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran do not impact humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety. The court found that assurances offered by Washington in August that it would do its best to ensure sanctions would not affect humanitarian conditions were "not adequate to address fully the humanitarian and safety concerns raised" by Iran. - 10/3/18

Iran Should Immediately Free Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi on Medical Grounds

- Iranian authorities should immediately free political prisoner Arash Sadeghi so he can receive medical care for serious health issues that require urgent and sustained care, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement on October 1st, 2018. - 10/3/18

Iran Economists Warn About Forex Policy Leading to 'Catastrophe'

- Despite reports that the value of the Iranian rial is rising, fifty Iranian economists have called on the government to shut down "the secondary forex market," an arrangement the economists say has "pushed millions of Iranians below the poverty line." - 10/3/18

Iran Says Missile Attack In Syria Killed 40 'Leaders' Of Islamic State

- Iran claimed the missile attack it launched at targets in Syria on Monday had killed 40 "top leaders" of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force. Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, in retaliation for an attack on a military parade in Iran on Sept. 22 that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of its Revolutionary Guards. - 10/3/18


- President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25, left no doubt as to my depiction of him as the Clueless Clown. Trump's verbal barrage against Iran was by no means unprecedented. As he repeated allegations against Iran as the world's worst supporter of international terrorism and a destabilizing agitator in the region, etc., his delivery sounded as though he had not bothered to rehearse the text, or even understood the implications of what he was reading: that is not unusual for Mr. Trump! -Kambiz Zarrabi - 10/2/18

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Farhad Meysami Barricades Himself in Evin Prison Clinic

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Farhad Meysami has resisted medical treatment in Evin Prison in Iran to bring attention to his hunger strike, at one point barricading himself inside the prison's clinic. "On Wednesday, September 26, representatives from the prosecutor's office and the prison administration... forcibly transferred our dear friend Farhad Meysami against his will to a room in the prison's clinic," wrote detained civil rights activist Reza Khandan in an open letter from Evin Prison on September 28. - 10/2/18

Iran's currency Rial regains big chunk of lost value

- The US dollar went on a downhill spiral in Monday trading in Iran's free currency market by experiencing a historic plunge of above 20 percent within only hours. The resurgence of Iran's Rial continued on Tuesday, with the greenback slumping to around 105,000 rials, the Fars news agency reported. - 10/2/18

The Islamic Republic Is On Its Deathbed, Say Two Influential Iranian Activists

- Two prominent pro-reform activists and former political prisoners say Velayate-e Faqih or the Governance of the Supreme Leader in Iran is not compatible with a republican system. In a statement published on Sunday, September 30, Abolfazl Qadiani and Alireza Rajaee have insisted that Velayat-e Faqih was a deviation from people's demands at the time of the 1979 revolution that ended the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. -Radio Farda - 10/2/18

New UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman Requests Entry to Iran

- The new special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, has requested that Iran break its 13-year ban on UN human rights experts visiting the country and allow him entry. The request was made in the advance unedited version of Rehman's first report on the human rights situation in Iran, which was transmitted to the UN General Assembly in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 37/30 following Rehman's appointment in July 2018. - 10/2/18

Foreign Minister Zarif Says Seven European Central Banks Will Assist Trade With Iran

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says seven European central banks have agreed to create a special payment system between EU and his country to guarantee business and trade between the two sides sides in the face of U.S. sanctions. - 10/1/18

Iran Sentences Three To Death Over Alleged Corruption

- Special courts set up in Iran to deal with financial crimes have sentenced three people to death, local media reported, as the country faces renewed U.S. sanctions and public outcry against corruption. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi, a spokesman for Iran's judiciary, on September 30 said the three were sentenced after being convicted of "spreading corruption on Earth," according to state television. - 10/1/18

Housing Cost In Tehran Skyrockets As People Measure Value In US Dollars

- The average house price in Tehran has had a 74 percent jump during just one year since September 2017, the Central Bank of Iran announced. Just over the past Iranian month (August 21-September 21) the rise in residential unit prices was 9.4 percent. - 9/30/18

17 Baha'is Arrested in One Month in Iran

- Seventeen members of the Baha'i faith were arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry throughout Iran between August 23 and September 23, 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/30/18

Fourth Women's Rights Activist Arrested in Iran in Less Than a Month

- Women's rights advocate Maryam Azad was arrested by security agents at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on September 25, 2018, after boarding a plane scheduled to fly to Istanbul, a source close to the family informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/28/18

Iran's President Rohani Claims Trump Bid To Isolate Tehran Backfired At UN

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has claimed that U.S. President Donald Trump failed to achieve the isolation of Iran that he sought at the United Nations, with the international community mostly ignoring his demands. - 9/28/18

For the First Time in Three Years, Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Has Gone On Furlough

- For the first time in more than three years, imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was granted furlough for three days to visit her severely ill father, according to her lawyer Mahmoud Behzadi. Mohammadi's mother, Ozra Bazargan, had written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on September 11 requesting permission for her daughter to go on temporary leave so she could visit her "worried, sick, old father for just an hour." - 9/28/18

IRAN: Shiraz Councilman Arrested For 'Protecting Baha'i Sect'

- A member of Shiraz city council has been arrested Thursday evening on charges of "protecting Baha'i sect". The official IRNA news agency quotes another member of the city council as saying that that reformist Mehdi Hajati was already under investigation by the city's Revolutionary Court. - 9/28/18

UN Security Council Members Reject Trump's Calls For Sanctions On Iran

- U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. But his calls for other countries to join U.S. sanctions against Tehran were rejected by the other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran -- Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. - 9/27/18

European Plan To Help Iran Alarms U.S. But Market Turns Sour In Tehran

- Whatever the outcome of EU's measures and how the US is going to counter them, the impact on Iran's economy has been devastating, as the rate of exchange of US dollar jumped from 0ver 160,000 rials per dollar Tuesday morning to around 185,000 rials on Wednesday. - 9/27/18

EU's special Iran payment channel could take effect before November: Mogherini

- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc's initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran as part of efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal could be in place before November, when the US is to re-impose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions. - 9/27/18

Hunger-Striking Iranian Activist Farhad Meysami Refuses To Be Hospitalized in Shackles

- Despite his worsening condition, hunger-striking detainee Farhad Meysami refused to be transferred to a hospital outside Tehran's Evin Prison unless he would be allowed to go without shackles, his mother told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/27/18

Iranian Truckers Launch Another Strike to Protest Rising Costs

- Iranian truck drivers have begun another prolonged nationwide strike to protest rising costs, three months after an earlier lengthy strike drew international support and caused shortages at gas stations. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 9/27/18

'India to buy Iran's oil despite US sanctions': Minister of External Affairs

- India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj says her country will continue to purchase Iran's oil despite sanctions re-imposed by the US on Iran. In a meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Swaraj said India views Iran not only as a good neighbor but also a good friend. - 9/27/18

Trump And Rouhani UN Speeches Highlight U.S.- Iran Standoff

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed a new view about negotiations between Iran and the United States during his speech at the UN General Assembly. "For dialogue to take place, there is no need for a photo opportunity. The two sides can listen to each other right here in this Assembly. I am starting the dialogue right here," he said. - 9/26/18

U.S. Iran Policy And Misusing The Fear Of Terrorism

- The history of U.S. administrations manipulating the issue of terrorism for purposes unrelated to terrorism predates Donald Trump's presidency. One reflection of this history is the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has never tracked very closely with the reality of specific states being complicit or not complicit in international terrorism. Some complicit states have never appeared on the list because they were considered U.S. friends or allies-such as Saudi Arabia with its nurturing of Sunni radicalism, Pakistan with its support to extremist groups in Afghanistan, or left-wing governments in Greece that condoned radical leftist terrorism. -Paul Pillar - 9/26/18

Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton Threatens Iran: 'There will be hell to pay'

- The National Iranian American Council condemned National Security Advisor John Bolton's saber rattling speech outside the UN in which he ominously threatened that 'there will be hell to pay' for Iran: "Bolton has called for the U.S. to bomb Iran for over a decade and is now in the driver's seat of the Trump Administration's foreign policy. His threats are aimed at inflaming tensions, preventing any possibility that his boss might negotiate with Iran, and goading Iran into to doing something that could justify a U.S. attack... - 9/26/18

Families of Iran's Detained Environmentalists Urge Supreme Leader to Release Their Loved Ones

- The families of environmentalists who have been detained for nearly eight months in Iran on unsubstantiated accusations of espionage have sent a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for the detainees to be released. "We beseech you to immediately order the release of our loved ones and pave the way for a fair judicial process with access to legal counsel," said the letter, a copy of which was sent to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on September 18, 2018. - 9/26/18

Iran Should Fulfill Its UN Commitments and Recognize Sign Language

- On the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of the Deaf, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the Iranian government to officially recognize sign language and introduce legislation guaranteeing deaf and hard of hearing citizens access to professional sign language interpreters. - 9/26/18

Ahwaz Terror Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran?

- Less than a month after Iran's consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong. -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/25/18

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