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Leaked Salaries Cast Iran Officials In Harsh Light, But To What End?

- Simmering anger in Iran's hard-line media over official salaries has forced President Hassan Rohani's administration onto the defensive with a likely reelection bid for the relative moderate on the horizon. - 6/28/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes

- Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/28/16

Undercover informants to prevent women from using Caspian Sea beaches

- Undercover morality police will be engaged in Gilan-Iran for the "establishment of a more spiritual atmosphere in the province's beaches and preservation of moral values" under a new plan called "Pure Gilan", officials of the northern Iranian province announced. - 6/28/16

Iranian President Rouhani urges firm action over Saudi embassy raids

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for firm judicial action against the individuals involved in raids on Saudi diplomatic perimeters in two Iranian cities back in January. Addressing a ceremony that marked the beginning of the Judiciary Week in Iran on Tuesday, President Rouhani emphasized the importance of public trust in the judicial institution. - 6/28/16

Two organisers arrested in Mashhad, Iran for arranging a youth gathering

- Two generation Z Iranians have been arrested in the northeastern city of Mashhad for organising a youth gathering near a shopping centre. The call for a meeting was organised using Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service that has become popular in Iran in the past two years. - 6/27/16

Iran's Leader Denounces Bahrain Government's 'Foolishness'

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Bahrain's Sunni-led government of "blatant foolishness and insanity" for stripping the kingdom's most prominent Shi'ite cleric of his citizenship. - 6/27/16

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike

- Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison's clinic in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate hospitalization. - 6/27/16

The Brexit Risk to the Iran Deal

- The vote has certainly made a splash in Iran. Hamid Aboutalebi, Rouhani's deputy chief of staff for political affairs, tweeted that "Brexit is a 'historic opportunity' for Iran" that must be taken advantage of. On the other side of Iran's political aisle, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri has praised the Brexit vote, suggesting that it represents a rejection of American policies. Whatever the logic of these statements, political actors in Iran are clearly watching the Brexit fallout with interest. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 6/25/16

Iranian Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

- Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/25/16

Single-Digit Inflation Rate Achieved In Iran: CBI

- The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has announced that the inflation rate for the 12-month period ended in the last day of the third Iranian calendar month of Khordad (June 20) compared to the same period in the previous year hit 9.7 percent, the Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. - 6/25/16

U.S. Diplomat: Boeing Deal Shows It's 'Possible To Do Business With Iran'

- Leslie Tsou, senior adviser on Iran at the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said in a June 23 interview that the Boeing deal announced this week shows "it is possible to do business with Iran" despite companies' concerns about U.S. sanctions that remain in place. - 6/24/16

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Declines Russian Bid To Enlist Iran

- The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization has refused to enlist Iran, despite a request from Russia. While begun in China, the Asian security bloc has served as a platform for both Moscow and Beijing to project influence in Central and South Asia. But unlike Russia, China is showing some reluctance to give it a strong anti-Western bias. - 6/24/16

Ample grounds for Iran, Netherlands to bolster relations: Zarif

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hails cordial relations between Iran and the Netherlands, saying there are plenty of grounds for the two countries to strengthen cooperation in a variety of fields." There are many opportunities for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in different fields," Zarif said in a joint press conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Amsterdam on Thursday. - 6/24/16

Iran's Zarif meets French President in Paris

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Boosting bilateral ties following Iran's historic nuclear deal, economic and business affairs, and the Middle East security issues, especially the conflict in Syria, were discussed during the Wednesday meeting, Zarif said. - 6/23/16

Momentum Builds for Iranian American Candidates

- With the New York and Washington primary elections fast approaching, Iranian American candidates Anna Kaplan and Cyrus Habib are poised to have strong showings and advancing towards their respective general elections. If successful, they will become the first Iranian Americans to be elected to the U.S. Congress and to state office. - 6/23/16

Protecting the World's Shia: Where's the International Community?

- Only a few short months ago, Saudi Arabia executed the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, and the Nigerian military killed hundreds of the country's Shia and severely wounded their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaki. Now, Bahraini authorities have stripped one of the principal leaders of the Bahraini Shia, Sheikh Isa Qasim, of his citizenship. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/23/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Who Sent Letter to Supreme Leader Saying He Was Tortured is Hospitalized

- A little over a month after he sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader stating that he had been tortured, imprisoned reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack following his hunger strike. - 6/23/16

The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Gulf Littoral States

- It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran disagree these days on virtually all issues facing the tumultuous Middle East. The two countries have opposing agendas on a host of matters, ranging from OPEC's oil production policies to the U.S. military's role in the region, as well as the bloody conflicts plaguing the Arab world. -Giorgio Cafiero and Joshua Hodge, LobeLog - 6/23/16

Iran's economy is running just fine -- if you're a bigwig at a state-owned company

- One Iranian newspaper has dubbed it "Payslip-gate." A series of leaks has exposed astronomical salaries among top executives at state-owned companies in Iran, a sign of persistent inequality in an economy struggling to recover from international sanctions. -Los Angeles Times - 6/23/16

Bahrain's Unending Repression: Enough Already!

- The al-Khalifa ruling regime's decision to strip Sheikh Isa Qasim of his Bahraini citizenship on a trumped-up and patently false charge is yet another example of the ruling family's deepening repression. This respected Shia cleric has always called for non-violent resistance and has abhorred the confrontational tactics that some hotheaded protesters have employed in the past. -Emile Nakhleh - 6/23/16

Commentary: One Year In, the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working

- Nearly a year after Iran and a U.S.-led international community reached a landmark nuclear deal, the good news is that there almost isn't any news about Iran's nuclear program. In its second report since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was implemented Jan. 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found no evidence that Iran has failed to comply with its pledges to restrict its nuclear activities. Stringent IAEA monitoring is one reason why it is extremely unlikely that Iran could build a nuclear weapon undetected. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 6/22/16

Iranian Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

- Richard Ratcliffe's hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn't going to be released after all. - 6/22/16

Students suspended for dancing at University event in Iran

- Dancing at a university event precipitated the suspension of a group of students at University of Sistan and Baluchistan last week. A video circulated social media and various sites last week showing a number of students dancing on stage at a University of Sistan and Baluchistan event. The clip also showed some people among the audience joining in the dance. - 6/22/16

Commentary: Iran's Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader's Line on Human Rights

- When Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country's abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government's inability-or reluctance-to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it. - 6/22/16

Major rise in foreign investments in Iran

- The Financial Times says the latest figures show that the volume of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Iran has reached the highest level in years following the removal of sanctions against the country in January. - 6/22/16

New Report: Inside the Women's Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison

- Political prisoners held in the Women's Ward at Iran's Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and are not provided adequate nutrition, according to a report released today by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/21/16

Iran Shuts Down Ghanoon Newspaper Following Critical Reporting

- Iranian newspaper Ghanoon says it has been closed by the judiciary following complaints from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The paper said on its website on June 20 that it has been accused of "libel and publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety." It didn't elaborate. - 6/21/16

Boeing confirms sales deal with Iran Air

- US aviation giant Boeing has confirmed a major plane purchase order placed by Iran's flag-carrier airline Iran Air. The Chicago-based manufacturer issued in a statement released by The Associated Press said on Tuesday that it had signed deal with Iran Air "under authorizations from the US government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord reached last summer." - 6/21/16

Iran Warns Bahrain Over Top Shi'ite Cleric

- In a statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the commander of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Qasem Soleimani, warned Bahrain's government that it faces "dire repercussions" for its action against Qassem. Soleimani said the response may include "armed resistance" and the "overthrow"of the ruling dynasty. - 6/21/16

New Rules at Rajaee Shahr Prison Target Iranian Political Prisoners for Harsh Treatment

- Rajaee Shahr is one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Most of its inmates are considered dangerous criminals, but Ward 12 holds more than 60 political prisoners who have been tried and convicted by Iran's Revolutionary Courts in prosecutions completely lacking in due process. - 6/21/16

Biden Slams Trump's Anti-Muslim Stands, Embrace Of Putin

- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's anti-Muslim policies could backfire and hurt the United States. "Some of the rhetoric I'm hearing sounds designed to radicalize all 1.4 billion" Muslims around the world, Biden said on June 20 at the Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank. - 6/21/16

Will FATF Acknowledge Iran's Progress on Its Financial Sector?

- Later this month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)-an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing-will issue a new public statement regarding jurisdictions with deficient anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CFT) regimes. As has been true since 2007, Iran will likely be identified as such a jurisdiction. -Tyler Cullis - 6/20/16

Iranian State TV Claims Officials Busted Massive Terror Plot

- "In a criminal plot of the anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri groups, a series of bombings had been planned in several places of the country for the coming days ... the terrorists were arrested and some bombs and a huge amount of explosives were seized," National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani is quoted as saying. - 6/20/16

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection

- The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith's followers and recognize their religious beliefs. - 6/20/16

Hill Update: Following the Money in Iran

- On 6/16 Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, urging Lew the Treasury Department "to use the influence of the United States to ensure that Iran remains on the list of countries designated by the Task Force as 'high-risk and non-cooperative' jurisdictions for money laundering and terrorist financing." -Lara Friedman, LobeLog - 6/20/16

Iran next to join emerging power SCO: Kazakhstan President

- Iran is next to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which will officially have India and Pakistan on its roster next week, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has said. Leaders of the regional security group, led by China and Russia, will meet for the summit of their leaders in Uzbekistan's capital of Tashkent on June 23 and 24. - 6/18/16

Iran's Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners

- After a month-long silence amid widespread condemnation of the decision by Iran's Judiciary to intervene in a local labor dispute and punish 17 protesting mine workers with lashing sentences, the Judiciary's spokesperson has finally spoken out by evading responsibility for the ruling. - 6/18/16

Another Israeli Right-Winger Breaks With Netanyahu on Iran Deal

- When world powers led by the United States signed a nuclear deal with Iran, American neoconservatives and other pro-Israel hawks were positively apoplectic. Mark Kirk, the Republican senator from Illinois who enjoys a consistent windfall of pro-Israel campaign cash, said that the deal was worse than the Munich agreement with Nazi Germany. The Wall Street Journal opinion page's Bret Stephens actually used that as a headline: "Worse than Munich." -Ali Gharib - 6/18/16

Pro-Israeli sides warn Boeing on Iran deal

- A groundswell of opposition is building among pro-Israeli politicians in the US against Boeing's plans to sell aircraft to Iran. The Chicago-based aerospace giant has reportedly received requests for more information after Iran said on Tuesday it had reached an initial agreement with Boeing for the supply of jetliners. - 6/18/16

Iranian Conservative Group Says Support for Feminism is Support for Killing Babies

- Promotion of feminism was equated by Iran's Deputy of Women's Social and Cultural Council, with a call to murder of babies. This week Mehrangiz Rouhafza was quoted as saying: "Those who promote feminism are advocating the cause of pro-abortion groups which in other words is a promotion of the deliberate murder of babies." - 6/17/16

Brexit and What it Means for Britain and for Europe

- On June 23, the British people take part in a rare referendum on whether to stay in the European Union or to leave. Referenda are not vey common in Britain, and apart from its rarity this referendum may decide the fate of Britain for decades to come, and its outcome can also have a profound bearing on other EU states. -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/17/16

Iranian Kurds, Revolutionary Guards Clash, 15 Dead

- Iranian news agencies report that fighting between Kurdish rebels and elite Revolutionary Guards forces near the Iraqi border has left at least 15 dead, including 12 Kurds and three guards. The clash came days after five Kurdish rebels and five Sunni Islamist militants were killed, along with a police officer, in separate clashes elsewhere in Iran. - 6/17/16

Why our nuclear deal with Iran is turning to dust

- Many of Europe's largest banks won't do business with Iran for fear of breaching other US sanctions, which have nothing to do with the nuclear agreement - but a lot to do with US agencies and prosecutors -Robert Fisk, Independent - 6/17/16

The Condo Feud That Erupted Between an Iranian Fugitive and a Toronto Mogul

- Sam Mizrahi, one of Canada's best-known property developers, was building two luxury condominiums in midtown Toronto last year when he says he received a phone call from someone who demanded millions of dollars, threatened to burn his house down and ruin his reputation. -Bloomberg - 6/17/16

U.S. Judge Rejects House Arrest For Wealthy Trader In Iran Sanctions Case

- A U.S. judge has rejected a wealthy gold trader's request to pay for his own house arrest in Manhattan as he awaits trial on charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. - 6/17/16

Hill Update: Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia

- As we have over the last year, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to and what individual members are saying, particularly about Israel-Palestine and Iran.] - 6/17/16

Iran-Germany ties benefit whole world: Zarif

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says cooperation with Germany is beneficial to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Zarif made the remarks during a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Wednesday night. - 6/16/16

Iran Sues US Over Frozen Assets

- Iran has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to recover $2 billion worth of assets frozen in the United States. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani made the announcement in remarks Wednesday on state television. The tribunal also confirmed that the suit was filed, on Tuesday. - 6/16/16

Iran's President Rouhani raps UN for delisting of Saudis, deplores regional conditions

- The Iranian president has leveled heavy criticism at the United Nations for delisting Saudi Arabia from its child perpetrators report, lamenting that international organizations are growingly losing their credibility. - 6/16/16

No Time for Goodbyes: Political Prisoner Forced to Begin Harsh Prison Sentence Without Summons

- Former student activist Arash Sadeghi unexpectedly began serving his 19-year prison sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison on June 7, 2016 when he visited the jail to inquire about the official start date of his sentence. - 6/16/16

Zarif, Kerry meet in Olso to discuss Iran's complaints

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have met to discuss the implementation of last year's nuclear accord and obligations in its implementation. The 70-minute closed-door talks in a downtown Oslo hotel on Wednesday touched on Iran's complaints that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under the agreement. - 6/15/16

Iranian Daily Ghanoon Targeted Over Article Critical Of Tehran Detention Facility

- An Iranian newspaper is facing legal action over an article critical of detention conditions at a penitentiary facility in Tehran, with a senior prosecutor blaming such writings for public feelings of "hopelessness." - 6/15/16

Iran deal allows for sales of passenger planes: U.S. State Department

- The spokesman of the US State Department says Iran's historic nuclear agreement with the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1) allows Western jet manufacturers to trade with Tehran. His comments followed reports that Iran had reached an agreement with Boeing Co. for the supply of jetliners after months of negotiations. - 6/15/16

Iran Accuses British-Iranian Woman Of Seeking To Overthrow Government

- Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has accused a British-Iranian woman arrested in April of seeking to "overthrow" the clerical establishment. The IRGC made the accusation in a June 14 statement published by Iranian news sites. - 6/15/16

Zarif, Mogherini exchange ideas on sidelines of Oslo Forum: JCPOA under scrutiny

- Top foreign policy decision-makers of Iran and EU sat together on the sidelines of the Oslo Forum 2016 to clear away obstacles hindering full implementation of the nuclear deal. Participating in the meeting were Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini with other senior diplomats. - 6/15/16

Supreme Leader: Iran will burn JCPOA if U.S. tears it up

- "We will not violate the JCPOA; however, if the other side violates it, as the U.S. presidential candidates are threatening to tear up the JCPOA, we will burn it," he said during a meeting on Tuesday with the heads of the three branches of the government and other ranking officials of the country. - 6/15/16

NIAC Welcomes Humanitarian Benefits of Pending Boeing Sale to Iran

- "NIAC applauds the news that Boeing and Iran Air have reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of 100 civilian passenger aircraft and hope that a final agreement can be reached in the near future. For years, NIAC has warned about the deterioration of airline safety in Iran as a result of sanctions and is hopeful that the situation will soon improve. - 6/15/16

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

- The United Nation's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women's rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled Hedayat's imprisonment since 2009 is arbitrary and against international law. - 6/15/16

Why Is Iran Our Enemy?

- It's a repressive theocracy, but Tehran is no threat to the United States and is a staunch opponent of jihadi groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. -Jeff Faux, Nation - 6/15/16

US has to do more on nuclear deal: Iran

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference in Norway on Tuesday that Iran had yet to feel gains from a July nuclear agreement with the West and other parties. "I believe the United States on paper has removed all the sanctions," Zarif said in a joint news conference with EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Oslo. - 6/14/16

Diplomacy, not military approaches, to end Syria crisis: Iran FM

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says only diplomacy and not military approaches can settle the five-year-old crisis in Syria. "The Syrian crisis can be only resolved politically, and a solution to the Syrian crisis will not be achieved through military means," Zarif said in a joint press conference with Norway's Foreign Minister Boerge Brende in Oslo on Monday. - 6/14/16

Iran condemns Orlando terrorist mass shooting

- Iran has slammed the terrorist mass shooting in the US city of Orlando, reaffirming the necessity of launching a firm campaign against the scourge of terrorism. "The Islamic Republic of Iran, in line with its principled policy in condemning terrorism and its strong determination to firmly and decisively counter this ominous phenomenon, denounces the recent terrorist attack in US [city of] Orlando," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, said on Monday - 6/14/16

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Claim Kurdish Rebels Killed In Operation

- Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has killed five Kurdish rebels near the country's border with Iraq. The IRGC said in a statement on June 13 that the five were members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and were responsible for the killing of three Iranian Basij militia members more than one month ago. - 6/14/16

Human Rights Double Standard: Iran and Saudi Arabia

- The question of how to help promote human rights globally has always had a political dimension. States often press these issues in the case of those countries of which they disapprove and ignore or downplay transgressions by friendly countries. In the last decade or so, the use of human rights as a policy tool, and hence the politicization of the human rights issue, has attained new heights, particularly at the United Nations and its Human Rights Commission. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/13/16

Virginia Civil Rights Activist Strives to Bring Diversity to Democratic National Committee

- For Yasmine Taeb, coming to the United States from Iran exposed her to the harsh challenges of immigrant life and sparked a desire to advocate for those in similar situations. As a human rights and civil liberties activist, Taeb hopes that she can bring a unique perspective to politics by serving as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She is running for one of Virginia's five DNC seats. - 6/13/16

Intro to a series: The New Cold War

- There are many ominous signs that dark clouds are gathering over international relations, from the South China Sea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea to the Middle East, and to Ukraine and the Baltics. We are entering a new and perhaps a more ominous Cold War. -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/13/16

Interview with Peter Jenkins: This American Rose Is Sick

- The Iran nuclear deal, popularly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, has been widely lauded as a historic understanding that untangled an apparently intractable dilemma spanning over more than a decade, and opened broad new prospects for Iran and the international community to collaborate with no specter of distrust and confrontation around the corner. -Kourosh Ziabari, LobeLog - 6/13/16

Anti-Iran hostilities to continue despite nuclear deal: FM Zarif

- Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal reached last year with the P5+1 group of world powers does not guarantee an end to all hostilities against the Islamic Republic. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks on Sunday as he attended a parliament session in Tehran to brief lawmakers on the results of the nuclear deal reached in July last year. - 6/12/16

Birthday Celebrated Via Skype for 2-year-old Stranded in Iran

- Relatives of a British-Iranian mother detained without charge in Iran have celebrated her 2-year-old daughter's birthday with a party outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Nazanin Ratcliffe was arrested April 3 at Tehran airport by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as she tried to return to Britain with her daughter, Gabriella, after visiting family in Iran. Officials also confiscated Gabriella's passport, so she is stuck in the country and being cared for by her grandparents. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 6/12/16

Iraq needs Iran, Soleimani in fighting Daesh: FM Jaafari

- Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says his country needs Iran's assistance in fighting terrorists, dismissing US questions about Tehran's role in the Arab country. Jaafari told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television in an exclusive interview aired on Saturday night that the US cannot dictate its views on Iraq. - 6/12/16

Neocon: Forget about Paying Iran Back

- With all this going on, I thought it a little strange that Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake would dedicate his latest column to something much less dramatic: Iran's military budget. But here's the catch; Lake is distraught not because Iran is spending money on its military-though surely that doesn't please him-but because a small portion of the budget came from the United States. -Ali Gharib - 6/12/16

Saudi-UN Dispute Grows

- diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is escalating. The U.N. chief says the kingdom pressured him into removing the Saudi coalition in Yemen from a blacklist of entitites that harm children during conflicts. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 6/12/16

Tehran Condemns Canada Court Ruling On Iranian Assets

- Iran has condemned a Canadian judge's order for Tehran's non-diplomatic assets in Canada to be handed over to victims of attacks allegedly carried out by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and by militants from Lebanon's Hizballah -- groups that both are sponsored by Tehran. - 6/12/16

Guard Assaults Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner in Hospital

- Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani, who has been hospitalized in Tehran since May 31, 2016 due to his life-threatening hunger strike, was attacked by a prison guard in his hospital room during a family visit. - 6/12/16

Hill Update: New Iran Sanctions?

- As we have over the last year, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to and what individual members are saying, particularly about Israel-Palestine and Iran -LobeLog - 6/12/16
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