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Cabinet Minister Indicates Israel Has Had Secret Contacts With Saudis Over Iran Concerns

- An Israeli cabinet minister has indicated that Israel has had secret contacts with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries over their mutual concerns about Iran, an apparent first acknowledgment by a senior official about covert dealings. - 11/21/17

Iran's president Rouhani extols regional efforts to uproot ISIS

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lauded the defeat of the Daesh (ISIS) terror group in Iraq and Syria, thanking all the nations and forces who pooled their resources to crush the remnants of the Takfiri outfit in the two neighboring countries. Backed by popular groups and Iranian military advisors, armed forces in Iraq and Syria have managed to flush Daesh militants out of their last strongholds in both countries, declaring full victory over the notorious terror group. - 11/21/17

Political Prisoners Transferred to Prison in Northwestern Iran After Being Beaten by Rajaee Shahr Guards

- Three political prisoners serving life sentences have been transferred from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, to Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province, 444 miles away, without a court order. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that Mohammad Nazari, Khalid Fereydouni, and Omar Faghihpour were moved on November 16, 2017, after being beaten by guards in the clinic of Rajaee Shahr Prison. - 11/21/17

Iranian Official Threatens "Restrictions" on Social Media Networks That Reject State Censorship Policies

- A senior official representing Iran's top internet regulation body has threatened to take action against social media applications that refuse to comply with the country's strict censorship rules. "Foreign messaging networks should comply with the polices of the Islamic Republic of Iran and should not publish immoral material," said Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC), on November 14, 2017. "If they cooperate with us, there won't be any problem. Otherwise, we will move towards introducing restrictions against them." - 11/21/17

Moscow's Balancing Act In Syria

- Russia and Iran, as is well known, have been cooperating closely in Syria. The combination of ground forces from Iran and its various Shi'a militia allies plus primarily air forces from Russia have succeeded in helping the Bashar al-Assad regime maintain power, regain control over much of the territory that it had lost, and put particularly the Arab opposition to the government on the defensive. -Mark N. Katz, LobeLog - 11/21/17

New Crisis Looms Over Iran's Earthquake-Hit Areas

- More than a week after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit western Iran, icy rains are expected as many survivors still face a shortage of aid supplies such as heating appliances, tents, and plastic covers. "The situation in earthquake-hit areas needs attention; otherwise, we are going to face a disaster worse that the earthquake itself," Farhad Tajari, a member of parliament for Ghasr Shireen, was quoted by Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) as saying. - 11/20/17

Iran, EU hold high-level talks in Tehran amid Trump's threats

- Iran and the EU have started their third round of high-level talks following the 2016 implementation of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries. Helga Schmid, the EU's deputy political director, met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi in Tehran Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, the state news agency IRNA reported. - 11/20/17

Turkey Hosts Iranian, Russian FMs as Ankara-NATO Dispute Festers

- Turkey's Foreign Minister Melvin Cavusolgu is hosting his Russian and Iranian counterparts at the Mediterranean Sea resort of Antalya to prepare the ground for Wednesday's summit in Russia to discuss Syria. Despite Ankara backing opposing sides to Tehran and Moscow in the Syrian civil war, they have been increasingly cooperating to resolve the conflict. The three countries armed forces are deployed in creating a "de-escalation zone" in the Syrian enclave of Idlib, one of last strongholds of rebels fighting the Damascus regime. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 11/20/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For More Aid For Earthquake Survivors

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the authorities to provide more aid for the survivors of a devastating earthquake that hit the country's west more than a week ago. Khamenei spoke on November 20 during a visit to Kermanshah Province, which was hit hard by the 7.3-magnitude quake that killed at least 530 people and left thousands injured or homeless amid bitterly cold temperatures. - 11/20/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry "Invites" Rouhani Campaign Manager to Stop Advocating for Kurdish Rights

- President Hassan Rouhani's chief campaign manager in Iran's Kurdistan Province was subjected to intimidation tactics while being questioned by Intelligence Ministry agents about his peaceful efforts to include Sunni Muslims in the government. - 11/20/17

Iranian IRGC Commander Killed In Syria

- Iranian media have reported that a commander in the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been killed in fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The state-run Fars news agency reported on November 19 that Khairollah Samadi, an IRGC commander in charge of a unit in Syria, was killed in fighting on November 16 in the town of Abu Kamal, which has since been recaptured by Syrian government forces. - 11/20/17

MbS: Pride Cometh Before The Fall?

- Until only a few months ago, Saudi Arabia's conduct of its domestic and foreign policies was largely characterized by a good deal of caution, a lack of bombast, and a respect for established traditions. One area where the role of tradition, and respect for rank and precedence, was particularly important was the issue of succession in the royal family. Until recently, everyone inside and outside the kingdom was quite certain that once the reigning monarch died or was incapacitated, the next in line would follow and no one would challenge the established order of succession. -Shireen T. Hunter - 11/18/17

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran's internal affairs

- A senior Iranian official has advised French President Emmanuel Macron against meddling in Iran's internal affairs, including such strategic issues as the Iranian defense program. Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, made the remark in an interview with IRIB News after Macron said Iran's ballistic missile program had "to be curtailed." - 11/18/17

Turkish Minister Says U.S. Iran Sanctions Case 'Fabricated,' 'Politically Motivated'

- Turkey's foreign minister has accused the United States of bringing what he called a "politically motivated" and "fabricated" case against a Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. - 11/18/17

Hariri Says He'll Return to Lebanon in Coming Days, Announce His Position

- PARIS - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris that he would return to Beirut in the coming days and announce his position on the crisis in his country after holding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. -Lisa Bryant, VOA - 11/18/17

Iranian-Turkish Relations Deepen with Shared Regional Goals

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to attend a summit with Iranian and Russian leaders to discuss Syria. It will be Erdogan's second meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a month. Bilateral relations have warmed significantly in recent months between the regional rivals, since the Turkish president criticized Tehran in June, accusing it of Persian expansion in the region, a threat he said needed to be challenged. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 11/17/17

Reza Zarrab, Man Accused In Iran Sanctions Case, Reported Working With U.S. Prosecutors

- A Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions did not show up for a second court hearing on November 16, fueling speculation that he has made a deal to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors. NBC provided no details but suggested that Zarrab may be cooperating with authorities in connection with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation... - 11/17/17

Chinese And Asian Banks Curtailed Ties To Iran - Iranian Official

- An official of Iran's Chamber of Commerce (ICC) says that China has imposed further restrictions on banking ties to his country. Ali Shariati, a member of ICC told Iranian News Agency ILNA on November 14, that bank accounts belonging to Iranian businessman in China, Dubai, and Malaysia have been also "blocked" in recent days. - 11/17/17

Parastou Forouhar: Iran's Intelligence Ministry Filed Charges Against Me Based on a Photograph

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry pressed charges against activist Parastou Forouhar based on a photo of one of her artworks that created a stir on social media, she told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 13, 2017. - 11/17/17

Seven Doctors Disagree With Iranian Prison Authorities' Decision to Keep Alireza Golipour Incarcerated

- Alireza Golipour has been deemed unfit to stay in Evin Prison by seven doctors more than a month into his hunger strike, his lawyer informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 13, 2017. "Mr. Golipour's physical condition is extremely critical and he could slip into a coma," said Azita Gharehbeyglou. "He was transferred to Tajrish Hospital on Friday night [November 10, 2017]. His blood sugar has dropped severely." - 11/17/17

Iran's Supreme Administrative Court Blocks Judicial-Parliamentary Agreement to Reinstate Zoroastrian City Council Member

- The Supreme Administrative Court in Tehran has blocked an agreement by the speaker of Parliament and the head of the judiciary to reinstate Sepanta Niknam, a member of the Zoroastrian faith, to the Yazd City Council. On November 8, 2017, President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, told reporters that an agreement had been reached between the legislative and judicial branches of government to allow Niknam to resume his post. - 11/16/17

The Afghan Peace Process And Women

- ...it has become even more difficult for women to find their way to the negotiating table and participate in the peace process. However, this failure to include women peace-builders ultimately presents one of the biggest obstacles to achieving lasting peace. In fact, the fate of the peace process may very well be tied to the position of women in the peace-building framework. -Quhramaana Kakar, LobeLog - 11/16/17

Anger Hits Boiling Point As Iranian Quake Survivors Left In The Cold

- Frustration is boiling over as earthquake survivors sleep outside in freezing temperatures, waiting for much-needed aid to reach devastated areas of Iran. "People here have nothing, nothing. No tents, no blankets, no food. There's nothing here. People are facing very tough conditions here. It's a crisis situation," one resident of Sarpol-e Zahab, a town in Iran's western Kermanshah Province that has been described as among the worst hit, told a journalist reporting from the scene. - 11/15/17

US Announces Ways To Provide Help For Quake Victims In Iran

- U.S. Department of the Treasury officially highlighted on Tuesday, November 14, the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people. "In light of the tragic earthquake in Iran, we would like to highlight some of the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people, consistent with the Iran-related sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)" U.S. Virtual Embassy Iran cited OFAC as saying. - 11/15/17

Iranian Currency Reaches New Lows As Inflation Remains High

- The value of the Iranian rial has again dropped in recent days, reaching a new record low for the national currency. On November 13, one U.S. dollar was exchanged at 41,100 rials, indicating an increase of more than 500 rials in just under two weeks. The euro showed a similar trend reaching 48,900 rials, jumping more than 1,000 rials compared with the beginning of November. - 11/15/17

83 Countries Vote to Pass UN Resolution Expressing "Serious Concern" over Human Rights in Iran

- In an overwhelming sign of international support for human rights in Iran, 83 countries approved a resolution by the UN Third Committee today criticizing the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic. The resolution by the UN's Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, while noting progress in some areas, voiced "serious concern" over many areas of human rights violations in the country. - 11/15/17

Rentierism and Rivalry Between Riyadh and Tehran

- In response to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has long pursued a strategy of counterbalancing, extending its security umbrella to cover the kingdom and the GCC states. But as promises of security fade in the face of decreasing belief in the American commitment, infighting in the GCC, and the advent of Saudi military adventurism, security is no longer a sufficient paradigm for policy that seeks to temper an intensifying regional rivalry. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog - 11/15/17

Iran in Mourning After Earthquake that Killed 430

- Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said at least 430 people were reported dead and 7,000 others injured. Many of the victims were in Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province. Iraq's Interior Ministry put the death toll there at seven people with 500 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered near the town of Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan region and was felt as far away as Turkey and Israel. - 11/14/17

U.S. Court Allows Ban On Some Travelers From Iran, Other Countries To Take U.S. President Donald Trump signing his original executive order on travel

- A U.S. appeals court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest executive order barring certain travelers from Iran and five other predominantly Muslim countries to take effect. The ruling on November 13 upholds the part of Trump's September 24 order which bars entry by people from Iran and the other countries if they do not have close connections in the United States. - 11/14/17

Residents of Region Devastated by 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake in Iran Still Waiting for Aid

- A reporter in Iran's Kurdistan Province, hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on November 12, 2017, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that aid had not reached some of the most devastated villages and towns almost a full day after the earthquake had hit. "The Kouyek villages were completely leveled and no one had gone there to help 20 hours after the quake," said the reporter, who requested anonymity for security reasons, on November 13. - 11/14/17

U.K. Foreign Secretary Apologizes For Remarks About Briton Jailed In Iran

- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has apologized for causing distress with remarks about an Iranian-British mother jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual British-Iranian citizen, is serving a five-year sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment. - 11/14/17

Israel's Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran

- Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are striving together to cancel the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran. Even Netanyahu's new mantra, that he only wants to "fix" the deal, is actually mean to bring about its cancelation in a slightly more roundabout way. Subjecting Iran to new conditions would lead it to abandon the deal, thereby causing its collapse. Alongside the attempts to kill the agreement, however, an old threat has reappeared on the horizon: preventative war against Iran. -Shemuel Meir, LobeLog - 11/14/17

PHOTOS: Death And Destruction After Powerful Quake Near Iran-Iraq Border

- Rescue workers and desperate relatives dug through debris in a search for survivors after a powerful earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border. 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. Iran's Interior Ministry said on November 13 that most of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province, with residents reporting feeling the 7.3 magnitude quake throughout the region, from Turkey to Kuwait. - 11/13/17

Photos: Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake

- Users in Iranian social media are particularly angry about the news of damages and casualties from Sarpol-e Zahab. This town is home to a government built apartment complex known as "Maskan-e Mehr" that were constructed during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presidency as an affordable housing project. These government housing complexes have been heavily damaged and angry users are asking questions about building safety standards. - 11/13/17

Iran-EU Agri-Food Business Forum held in Tehran: Bright future for Iran-EU economic co-op

- Phil Hogan, European Union commissioner for agriculture and rural development, has predicted a bright future for economic cooperation between Iran and the European Union, particularly in food and agriculture sectors. "We seek to tighten bilateral ties between Iran and the EU which secures interests of both sides," he said. Hogan, leading a 70-member delegation from 40 European companies to Tehran, made the remarks addressing the Iran-EU Agri-Food Business Forum at the place of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) on Saturday. - 11/13/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Killed Parastou Forouhar's Parents. Now It's Going After Her

- An Iranian activist who has been seeking justice for her parents murdered by Iran's Intelligence Ministry in 1998, will soon be put on trial based on charges brought by the same ministry. "I am due to be tried at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court [in Tehran] based on charges cooked up against me by the Intelligence Ministry last year," blogged Parastou Forouhar on November 8, 2017. - 11/13/17

Iran's Telecommunications Minister Says He's Looking Into Lifting the State Ban on Twitter

- The head of Iran's Information and Communications Technology Ministry has promised to try to lift the state ban on Twitter, which state officials have been using for years while denying access by ordinary citizens in Iran. "Removing the ban on Twitter is being looked into," Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, himself an avid Twitter user, told the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) on November 8, 2017. "I am following up on removing the filter on Twitter." - 11/13/17

Iran rejects 'delusional' Bahraini accusation after oil pipeline blast

- Iran has dismissed a recent Bahraini allegation linking the Islamic Republic to an oil pipeline fire near the capital, Manama. On Friday night, an explosion at an oil pipeline, belonging to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), caused a fire in the vicinity of the village of Buri. The pipeline was running between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. - 11/13/17

Into the Afghan Abyss (Again)

- After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump's White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win. "The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might," said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. -Alfred W. McCoy, LobeLog - 11/13/17

Iranian Website Says Pilot Dead In Fighter-Jet Crash

- An Iranian pilot has died after his Sukhoi-22 fighter-bomber jet crashed in southern Iran, the website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps reports. The November 11 report on sepahnews.com said the plane was taking part in a morning exercise in the southern Fars Province when it crashed. It did not elaborate. - 11/11/17

IAEA Chief tells U.S. nuclear commitments undertaken by Iran being implemented

- During a visit to the United States, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran has been complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement, and that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Tehran under the deal are being implemented. Amano met with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in New York on Thursday, where they discussed the UN nuclear watchdog's verification and monitoring of Iran's implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 11/10/17

Iranian Baha'i Citizens, Deprived Of Higher Education, Sentenced

- Three Baha'i citizens in Iran, already deprived of higher education, have reportedly each been sentenced by a notoriously hard-liner judge, Mohammad Moqisseh, to five years in prison. After being summoned to court six times, Tara Houshmand, Rouhie Safajoo, and Sarmad Shadabi were finally charged with "acting against national security through membership in the misleading Baha'i cult" and sentenced, the Human Rights Activists News reported on November 8. - 11/10/17

Don't Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal

- One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent refusal to certify that sanctions relief under the JCPOA is proportionate to Iran's respective commitments, Trump invited Congress to take tough measures against Iran's "dangerous ballistic missile activities." In particular, he stressed the need to "prevent Iran from developing... an intercontinental ballistic missile" [ICBM]. -Tytti Erasto and Sina Azodi, LobeLog - 11/10/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Urge International NGOs to Investigate Case of Inmate With Suspected Cancer

- Three human rights activists held in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Iran have written a letter urging international rights groups to help fellow political prisoner Majid Assadi, who has been denied outside medical treatment despite severe health problems. "For a long time, Assadi-who is suspected of suffering from intestinal cancer-has been having difficulty sleeping because of the severity of the pain and constant vomiting, and yet his frequent visits to the prison clinic have not improved his condition," said the letter, signed by political prisoners Arash Sadeghi, Saeed Shirzad, and fellow inmate Saeed Mansou - 11/10/17

IRGC Hackers Target Iranian Journalists Based Abroad With Malware Campaign

- Hackers working for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted journalists based abroad with a malware campaign launched on November 6, 2017. An investigation by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) showed that the malware, targeting Mac computer users, was sent in a ZIP file claiming to include an "article about women's rights." Upon being opened, the file released the malware onto the victim's computer. - 11/10/17

Iran's first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

- A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever submission for the Academy Awards' foreign film directed by a woman. But not everyone is celebrating. -Amir Vahdat, AP - 11/10/17

Saad Hariri's Saudi Resignation: Good News for Iran and Hezbollah

- On November 2, Prime Minister Hariri hosted Ali Akbar Velayati, senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei. After saying that Saad Hariri was "a respectable man," Velayati reaffirmed Tehran's support for the Lebanese government and the country's stability. But on November 3, Hariri indicated that he had to return that same night to Riyadh to meet King Salman. In a detail that turned out later to have a major significance, he was asked by the Saudis to come alone, without his staff, not even with his chief of cabinet. -Aurelie Daher - 11/9/17

Iran deal only covers nuclear-related issue: EU Foreign Policy Chief

- Iran and six world powers has nothing to do with the Islamic Republic's national missile program, emphasizing the importance of keeping the multilateral pact "as it is." Speaking to reporters ahead of a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, Mogherini said Iran's missile program or its regional polices are not related to the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as two separate issues. - 11/9/17

Regime Change in Iran By Other Means

- While the Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is far from safe from attacks by Donald Trump, it is becoming clear that a Plan B is being put in motion. The United States is clearly a part of it, but this time Saudi Arabia is driving the agenda. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog - 11/9/17

UN: Saudi Blockade Could Drive Yemen to Massive Famine

- The United Nations has warned that unless a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition allows humanitarian aid access into Yemen, it will lead to "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims." - 11/9/17

Iranian Hard-Line Newspaper Kayhan Suspended Amid Saudi Tensions

- Iran's judiciary has suspended publication of a hard-line conservative newspaper over a provocative front-page story that suggested Dubai could become the next target of a missile attack by Yemen's Huthi rebels after they fired rockets at the Saudi capital. - 11/9/17

Egyptian Leader Urges De-Escalation Of Tensions Between Saudis, Iran

- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said he supports Saudi Arabia in its standoff with Iran, but he does not want to see the tensions turn into an open military confrontation between the two rivals. "We support our [Saudi] brothers," Sisi said at a meeting with journalists in Sharm el-Sheikh on November 8. But he stressed the importance of de-escalating tensions between the two regional powers. - 11/9/17

EU's Mogherini Says U.S. Lawmakers Aim To Comply With Iran Nuclear Deal

- The European Union's foreign policy chief says U.S. lawmakers have signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Speaking to reporters in Washington on November 7, Federica Mogherini declined to comment on whether legislation pending before Congress that would attach additional conditions for U.S. sanctions relief would violate the landmark nuclear accord. However, she said she "got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement." - 11/8/17

Iran Tells Saudi Arabia Threats Will Fail, Calls For Regional Unity

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has warned Saudi Arabia that threats against Iran will achieve nothing as tensions continue to rise between the regional rivals. "You know the might and place of the Islamic republic," Rohani said at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on November 8, referring to Saudi Arabia. "Those more powerful than you [Saudi Arabia] have not been able to do anything against the Iranian people." - 11/8/17

UN: Saudi Blockade of Yemen's Ports Causing Humanitarian Catastrophe

- The United Nations is calling for an immediate halt to the Saudi Arabian coalition's blockade of life-saving commercial goods into Yemen. The coalition closed all land, sea and air ports in Yemen following a ballistic missile launch by Yemen's Houthi rebels near Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, Saturday. -Lisa Schlein, VOA - 11/8/17

Saudi Arabia: Wellspring of Regional Instability

- The anachronistic family enterprise known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been politically fragile. In some respects it is remarkable that this entity has endured into the twenty-first century. A clan of royals lives on rake-offs from the country's petroleum wealth, while using more of that wealth to buy off a fast-growing population. The Saudis have had to play that game through the vicissitudes of the oil market on which the Saudi economy depends. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 11/8/17

Iran's Rouhani Writes to Supreme Leader On Dispute Over Suspended Zoroastrian Council Member

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the recent suspension of a Zoroastrian member of a city council as "illegal" and asked the supreme leader to intervene in the growing dispute that has highlighted divisions within the state. - 11/7/17

Almost two years on, Iran fully committed to nuclear deal terms: IAEA Chief

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again hailed Iran for remaining fully committed to the terms of its 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, amid global concerns over American threats against the landmark pact. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano was addressing a conference on nuclear energy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on Monday November 6, 2017. - 11/7/17

Remarks By Britain's Johnson Raise Fears For Imprisoned Iranian-British Woman

- Britain warned on November 6 that recent comments by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should not be used by Iran to bring additional charges against imprisoned Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. - 11/7/17

Saudi Arabia threatens Iran after Yemen missile strike

- Saudi Arabia has ramped up threats to Iran, saying there will be a response "in the appropriate time and manner," following a missile strike from neighboring Yemen, which has been under a nonstop bombardment campaign by a Saudi-led coalition for over two and a half years. - 11/6/17

U.S. Policy Towards Iran's Economic Reintegration

- On July 14, 2015, the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran reached an agreement under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The agreement stipulated that all UN Security Council sanctions as well as all multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program would halt in exchange for a commitment from Iran to roll back its nuclear activities. -Kia Rahnama, Modern Diplomacy - 11/6/17

After 10 Years in Prison, Faith Leader Fariba Kamalabadi Says Baha'is Hope to Serve Iran

- In her first interview since being released from Evin Prison on October 31, 2017, Baha'i faith leader Fariba Kamalabadi said Baha'is "love" Iran and want to "serve" their country. "There have been a lot of reports about the rights that have been denied to Baha'is," Kamalabadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 1. "But no one has talked about the right to serve Iran, which is the right of every Iranian and the dream of every Baha'i in Iran." - 11/5/17

Trump's allegations about Iran missiles in Yemen baseless: IRGC Chief

- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed as "baseless" the allegations leveled by US President Donald Trump about the Islamic Republic's provision of missiles to Yemeni forces. "Trump's claims about providing Yemen with missiles by the Islamic Republic of Iran are baseless," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday. - 11/5/17

Iranian Poet Sentenced to Prison and Flogging For the Charge of "Insulting the Sacred"

- Poet and civil rights activist Reza Ekvanyan has been sentenced to three years in prison and 40 lashes for the charges of "propaganda against the state" and "insulting the sacred" by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, presided by Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh. - 11/5/17

California Governor Jerry Brown appoints Iranian-American Woman Nahal Iravani-Sani as Judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court

- "PAAIA congratulates Nahal Iravani-Sani on her appointment to a judgeship in Santa Clara County. As an immigrant from Iran, Iravani-Sani has faced injustice and adversity, only to reinforce her commitment to fairness and equality and heighten her appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities her adopted country affords its citizens. For over twenty years, Iravani-Sani has been representing the people of the State of California in a variety of capacities, including as Deputy District Attorney." - 11/4/17

Iranian State Officials Clash Over Allowing Religious Minorities in Local Elections

- The head of Iran's judiciary has sided with proponents of banning religious minorities from local elections while the Rouhani government has reiterated their rights as citizens under the Constitution. In his October 31 remarks, Chief Justice Sadegh Larijani said that the ban was the Guardian Council's prerogative as the country's highest authority in determining legislative compliance with Islamic principles. - 11/4/17

Peugeot delay to begin production perplexes Iranians

- Paris-based PSA has yet to start production of the Peugeot 2008 in Iran despite the launch of an assembly line in the country seven months ago. The maker of Peugeots and Citroens announced a joint-venture worth 400 million euro ($450 million) with its former local partner Iran Khodro (IKCO) in May for the joint production of 200,000 cars per year in Tehran. - 11/4/17

Eight Iranian Border Guards Killed In Clashes Near Turkish Border

- Eight Iranian border guards have been killed in clashes with militants near the Turkish frontier. Iranian state television and the official IRNA news agency both reported the deaths, which came amid battles near Chaldoran in northern Iran on November 3. - 11/4/17

Thousands of Iranian Death Row Inmates to Receive Sentence Reviews Under Amended Drug Law

- Thousands of Iranians currently on death row for low-level drug crimes will receive sentence reviews under a newly amended law, announced Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on October 31, 2017. "The judges presiding over these cases have to be ready to implement the newly amended Law Against Drug Trafficking," he said. - 11/4/17

France's Total to comply with any US sanctions on Iran: CEO

- Total says it has opened an office in Washington to coordinate its operations in Iran where the French oil and gas major plans to develop Phase 11 of the giant South Pars gas field. Total was the first Western energy firm to sign a major deal, worth $4.8 billion, with Iran after sanctions were lifted on the Islamic Revolution in 2016 under a nuclear agreement. However, US President Donald Trump's refusal last month to endorse the nuclear agreement with Iran and his threat to levy new sanctions on the country has thrown the future of the deal into doubt. - 11/4/17

Osama Bin Laden's America

- Honestly, if there's an afterlife, then the soul of Osama bin Laden, whose body was consigned to the waves by the U.S. Navy back in 2011, must be swimming happily with the dolphins and sharks... -Tom Engelhardt - 11/4/17

US trying to whitewash 9/11 facts via wild claims against Iran: Iranian FM Zarif

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed US allegations about Iran's support for the al-Qaeda terror group, describing the claims as an attempt to "whitewash" the truth about the role US allies had in the September 11, 2001 attacks. "A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday. - 11/3/17

Iran and U.S. Public Opinion

- Despite an unfriendly attitude toward Iran, Americans have an appetite for diplomacy, and support for the Iran deal has risen over time. Eight recent polls found an average of 50% support for the deal. CNN/SRSS finds 67% support, the Chicago Council 60%, CBS/YouGov 58%, Economist/YouGov 56%, Morning Consult 54%, Harvard/Harris 40%, NBC/SurveyMonkey 39%, and Quinnipiac 31%. -Rethink Media - 11/3/17

Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan Presidents Summit in Tehran: Putin Offers Support For Iran Nuclear Deal, Hails Cooperation On Syria

- On an official visit to Tehran, Russian President Vladimir Putin has vocally backed the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, and hailed cooperation with Iran on the Syrian conflict. Putin was on a one-day trip to the Iranian capital on November 1 for trilateral talks between Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia -- a meeting largely focused on improving transport links, trade, and energy cooperation between the three Caspian states. - 11/2/17

Iran starts construction of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr

- Iran has started the construction of two new nuclear power plants in the southern province of Bushehr in a joint project with Russia's Rosatom energy firm. In an agreement between the senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Rosatom, phases two and three of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin supplying electricity to Iran's power grid in 10 years. - 11/2/17



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