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Iran Must Confront Its Child Protection Crisis

- On the International Day of the Girl Child, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the authorities in Iran to confront its child protection crisis, and fulfill the mandate of the day, which the UN states is to "address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights." -CHRI - 10/14/19

Iran's IRGC Says It Has Captured Exiled Opposition Activist

- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has captured exiled opposition activist Roohollah Zam, claiming he was being directed and supported by intelligence officials from France, the United States, and Israel. - 10/14/19

Pakistani PM Imran Khan in Tehran, says held 'constructive' talks

- Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan will do its utmost to enable talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia as he arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials. "Pakistan does not want conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia...I am happy to facilitate talks between Tehran and Riyadh...I am very hopeful as I had constructive talks with the (Iranian) president," he said at a joint news conference with Hassan Rouhani. -Press TV - 10/13/19

Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?"

- The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI - 10/13/19

Putin Heads to Saudi Arabia, Offers Himself as Peacemaker

- Russian leader Vladimir Putin travels to Saudi Arabia, a traditional U.S. ally, Monday, offering to act as a peacemaker between Riyadh and Tehran in a diplomatic offensive aimed at balancing Moscow's relations across the Middle East. - 10/13/19

Iran's Banking System Reform: Improving Or Interrupting?

- Last week, Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Farhad Dejpasand announced that a plan for reforming the country's banking system has been prepared by the ministry and handed over to President Rouhani in late September. And on Monday, the minister announced the start of the mentioned plan in the government-owned banks. -Mahnaz Abdi, Tehran Times - 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran

- Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. - 10/11/19

Iran, Caspian Sea littoral states ink military cooperation agreement

- Iran and other Caspian Sea littoral states have inked a joint military agreement covering cooperation in such areas as security, training, technical work and search and rescue operations. Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi signed the agreement in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg along with his Russian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh and Turkmen counterparts on Friday. -Press TV - 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

- Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. - 10/10/19

Europe Is Not Bowing To The U.S. On Iran

- Following the (still unexplained) September 14 strikes on two Saudi oil facilities, there is a growing perception-expressed with hope by some, dismay by others-that Europe is moving closer to the United States in its assessment of the Iranian threat. The reality, however, may be more complex. -Eldar Mamedov - 10/10/19

US sanctions impeding treatment of Iranian victims of Saddam's chemical attacks: OPCW envoy

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says unilateral US sanctions have prevented the country's access to medical and health services required to treat victims of chemical attacks carried out by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. - 10/10/19

IRAN: Appeals Court to Rule on Satirist's Case Without Hearing His Defense

- Iran's Appeals Court, which met last week to review satirist Keyomars Marzban's appeal against a preliminary court's harsh sentence against him, is expected to issue a ruling next week without hearing his defense, a source with detailed knowledge of his case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 9, 2019. -CHRI - 10/10/19

Iran Frees Russian Journalist Yuzik

- Iran has released Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik after detaining her for a week, according to the Russian Embassy in Tehran. The reason for Yuzik's arrest in Tehran remains unclear. "As a result of joint efforts by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the Iranian side resolved to release Russian citizen Yulia Yuzik," the embassy said in a statement on October 10. -RFE/RL - 10/10/19

Iran Blocks Domestic Hosting Companies From Servicing Banned Websites

- Internet hosting companies in Iran must cease providing services to filtered websites based in the country, according to an order issued by the deputy prosecutor general in charge of cyberspace, Javad Javidnia, on August 31, 2019. The Iranian government had previously turned a blind eye to hosting companies that were servicing blocked websites in Iran; people based in the country accessed them using online censorship circumvention tools. -CHRI - 10/9/19

Iranian American Coalition Requests Information on Student Visa Denials for Iranian Nationals

- A coalition of Iranian American organizations, including the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and Pars Equality Center released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan requesting clarity regarding recent en masse visa cancellations and entry denials of students of Iranian nationality - 10/8/19

IRAN: Children Born to Non-Iranian Fathers Win Right to File for Citizenship -- With a Catch

- Legislation granting a citizenship application option to Iranian children born to foreign fathers was approved by the country's legislative watchdog, the Guardian Council, on October 2, 2019. Four years in the making, the long-awaited approval came after Parliament agreed to incorporate amendments granting the Intelligence Ministry and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization the authority to carry out background checks on applicants' parents. -CHRI - 10/8/19

Iran Says Russian Journalist Yulia Yuzik Held In Visa-Violation Case

- Iran says Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik was detained in Tehran last week "due to visa issues." Yuzik's case is not related to matters concerning the "counterespionage" department, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters on October 7, adding that the case was under "quick review" by the authorities. -RFE/RL - 10/8/19

Persian Gulf Arab States Should Accept Iran's Olive Branch

- Despite setbacks at the international level to defuse Iran's tensions with the U.S., a number of activities have recently happened at the regional level that might indicate a possible thaw in Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, and therefore with other Gulf Arab states. -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog - 10/7/19

Iran Says China's CNPC Pulls out of Gas Project

- Iran's oil minister said Sunday that China's CNPC has withdrawn from the development of an offshore gas field and that state-owned Petropars will take over the entire project. The South Pars gas field was to be developed jointly by France's Total, China National Petroleum Corporation and Petropars under a $4.8-billion (4.1 billion-euro) deal signed in July 2017. -VOA - 10/7/19

Iran's Transportation Minister rules out September deadly derailment was terrorism

- Iran's minister of transportation has ruled out the possibility that terrorism could have played a role in a fatal incident on September 25 on a key railway southeast of the country where 4 people were killed and 157 were injured. - 10/7/19

Australians Back Home After Likely Prisoner Swap With Iran

- Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin arrived back at their home in Perth after months in an Iranian jail following what appears to have been a likely prisoner swap with Tehran. Australian authorities confirmed on October 6 that, on the same day Tehran freed the couple from detention, they released an Iranian academic who had been held for more than a year in Queensland. -RFE/RL - 10/7/19

Mother of Slain Son to Serve One Year in Prison for Seeking Justice

- Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a protester who was killed in a pro-democracy rally, must serve a year in prison, an Appeals Court in Iran has decided, for her attempts to seek justice for her son. "My mother's sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court while my brother's murder case is gathering dust in the same court that convicted my mother," tweeted Maryam Karim Beigi on September 30th, 2019. "It's not too much to expect his killer to be in prison, instead of my mother for seeking justice." -CHRI - 10/4/19

Iranian currency rial regains value by 40 percent in a year: Central Bank

- Governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said the value of Iranian currency, rial, has recovered by over 40 percent against U.S. dollar in the past 12 months. Today, the national currency has strengthened by 40 percent compared to exactly a year ago; the inflation has been controlled and indications of economic growth are starting to show," Abdolnasser Hemmati wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. - 10/4/19

Iran's Auto Parts Tycoon Charged With Major Corruption, Punishable By Death

- The representative of Tehran's Prosecutor has charged the manager of an auto parts manufacturing company in Iran with "corruption on Earth," punishable by death. The man charged is Abbas Iravani, a renowned businessman, a close confidant of the ex-President of the Islamic Republic late Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and many other influential leaders, as well as an art collector. -Radio Farda - 10/4/19

Russian Journalist Detained In Tehran, Accused Of Spying For Israel

- Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik has been detained in Iran, her relatives, colleagues, and an official at the Russian Embassy in Tehran say. The embassy's spokesman, Andrei Ganenko, told Interfax news agency on October 4 that Russian diplomats were aware of the situation and were working on obtaining more information. He did not provide any details. - 10/4/19

Iran Adopts Amendment Allowing Women To Pass Citizenship To Children

- Iran's Guardians Council has adopted a legal amendment allowing Iranian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their offspring. Human rights activists have long called for the reform of Iran's "discriminatory" citizenship law, saying it could help thousands of children living in legal limbo in the country. -RFE/RL - 10/3/19

President Rohani: Iran Backs European Plan To Bolster Nuclear Deal

- Rohani said on October 2 that the plan put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron includes preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, securing its support for regional peace, lifting U.S. sanctions, and the immediate resumption of Iranian oil exports. "We agree with the general framework by the Europeans," he said. -RFE//RL - 10/3/19

Iran Says It Foiled 'Plot' To Kill Elite Force Commander Qassem Soleimani

- A senior Iranian official says Tehran has foiled a plot by Israeli and Arab agencies to assassinate Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -RFE/RL - 10/3/19

Children With Disabilities in Iran Denied Access to Inclusive Education

- Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report issued today as the school year begins. The 52-page report "'Just Like Other Kids': Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran" documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country's public school system for most children with disabilities. -CHRI - 10/2/19

President Rouhani Says An Agreement Was Made In NY Involving Iran And The U.S.

- Defending his achievements during the United Nations General Assembly, the Islamic Republic President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Monday that the remaining signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal, "had discussions within the framework of the P4+1, and preparations for a P5+1 meeting were made, which had been agreed upon by all parties." Mentioning "all parties" would mean the United States was also involved in the agreement Rouhani spoke about. - 10/1/19

Brother Of Iran's President Rohani Sentenced To Five Years For Corruption

- The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rohani has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption and bribery. Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the judiciary, told reporters on October 1 that Hossein Fereidoun, Rohani's brother, might face further charges in another case, though he gave no details. - 10/1/19

Iran Says U.S. Has Started 'Cyber War' And Vows To Defend Itself

- Iran's Passive Defense Organization chief has said that "America has started its cyber war against Iran, without providing more details. Gholamreza Jalali has also said that this is a "strategic mistake" by the United States and Iran "decisively will resort to cyber defense", ISNA news website reported on October 1. -Radio Farda - 10/1/19

Iran's foreign minister slams Europe for taking similar stance as US against Iran

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lambasted Germany, France and Britain -- three of the European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- for echoing statements and claims made by the United States regarding the Islamic Republic. -Press TV - 9/30/19

Iran Court Orders Illegal Building Of An IRGC-Linked Family To Be Demolished

- A court in Iran has upheld a municipality's decision to demolish an illegally built luxurious mansion owned by the son-in-law of the secretary of the powerful Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). -Radio Farda - 9/30/19

U.S. Refuses To Allow Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif To Visit Cancer-Stricken UN Ambassador In New York Hospital

- Following a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Iran this week, both sides confirmed that the State Department refused to allow foreign minister Javad Zarif to visit Iran's ambassador to the UN, who is receiving treatment in a NY hospital. Reuters quoted a U.S. State Department spokesperson who said Zarif's request would be granted if Iran released one of several American citizens it had detained. - 9/28/19

Turkey's Erdogan Defies Trump Over Iran Sanctions

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday continued to chart a collision course with Washington over Iran. Erdogan is categorically ruling out enforcing American sanctions intended to put Iran in an economic straitjacket. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 9/28/19

Striking Iranian Sugar Plant Workers Add Colleagues' Freedom to List of Demands

- Hundreds of workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex in the city of Shush, southwestern Iran, attended a fifth consecutive day of demonstrations on September 27, 2019, to protest the expulsion of about 20 of their colleagues and imprisonment of seven others under lengthy sentences. -CHRI - 9/28/19

Facebook And The Fake Iranian Opposition

- The campaign of silencing the true opposition has now spread to Facebook. Coordinated attacks are waged against any Facebook page that espouses opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia, and Israel toward Iran, including economic sanctions and war, as well as military intervention in other countries. In addition, the Facebook pages of anyone who counters the efforts by pro-monarchist groups promoting Reza Pahlavi are also attacked. -Muhammad Sahimi - 9/27/19

Outspoken Lawmaker Ali Motahari Says It Is A Good Time For Iran To Negotiate

- An outspoken member of Iran's parliament who often criticizes hardliners in the ruling establishment has said that now is a good time for Iran to negotiate with the United States. Ali Motahari was quoted by media in Iran as saying that because opponents of the Islamic Republic "were not able to agitate the people against the regime" and Iran was able to achieve "military successes" it is in "a position of power" and "this is a good opportunity" for negotiations. -Radio Farda - 9/27/19

U.S. court orders release of jailed Iranian woman after 27 months behind bars in Australia, U.S.

- A US federal court has ruled that an Iranian woman held in Australia for two years without trial over alleged violation of US sanctions is free to go. Negar Ghodskani, 40, was pregnant when Australian Federal Police arrested her on behalf of US authorities in 2017 over what Washington claimed was flouting US sanctions on Iran by purchasing US electronics components and products. She gave birth to a boy in custody in Adelaide, South Australia, while fighting extradition to the US. -Press TV - 9/27/19

Iran's Khamenei Snubs European Mediation Initiatives

- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has snubbed European's mediation efforts between Tehran and Washington, saying "They pretend to be mediating and talk too much, which is all hollow words," he said. -Radio Farda - 9/27/19

Iran's Rohani Accuses U.S. Of 'Economic Terrorism'

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has told the UN General Assembly that Iran won't negotiate on its nuclear program as long as it remains under sanctions, and accused the United States of "merciless economic terrorism." -RFE/RL - 9/26/19

Trump Imposes Travel Ban On 'Senior Iranian Officials' And Family Members

- U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up pressure on Tehran, authorizing the State Department to bar senior Iranian officials and family members from entering the United States as immigrants or nonimmigrants. -RFE/RL - 9/26/19

Authorities Deny Prisoner of Conscience Saeed Shirzad Eye Operation, Access to Mother's Funeral

- Behind bars for over five years, prisoner of conscience Saeed Shirzad has been denied an operation to treat his vision problems as well as blocked from attending his mother's funeral, the Center for Human rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed. -CHRI - 9/26/19

Word Leaders Call For Meeting Between Trump, Iran's Rohani

- Britain, France, Germany, and Japan have tried to get the leaders of the United States and Iran to revive diplomacy while attending the annual UN General Assembly in New York this week. French President Emmanuel Macron said on September 24 it would be "a lost opportunity" if Iranian President Hassan Rohani left the United States without meeting with Trump. -RFE/RL - 9/25/19

New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods

- In July 2019, Brian Hook-the U.S. Special Representative on Iran-released a video addressing the purported "myth" that the U.S. sanctions humanitarian trade with Iran. That wasn't a "myth" at the time, as the U.S. had historically circumscribed how humanitarian trade with Iran may take place. But now more recent events indicate that sanctioning humanitarian trade is not only a reality but increasingly appears to be a hallmark feature of current U.S. sanctions policy towards Iran. -Tyler Cullis - 9/25/19

The indispensable mediator: Europe's role in the US-Iran dispute

- Tensions between Iran and the United States have risen to a dangerous new level. Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia - which the US blames on Tehran - severely disrupted global oil supplies, prompting President Donald Trump to consider tapping into US strategic reserves and, once again, threaten military action against Iran. Yet the events of recent months only hint at how bad things could become. -Ellie Geranmayeh, ECFR - 9/24/19

Audio Message From Gharchak Prison Reveals Intense Pressure on Iranian Labor Activist Sepideh Qoliyan

- On September 14, 2019, the BBC aired an audio file containing the voice of labor activist Sepideh Qoliyan saying that she was pressured to make a false confession by agents while held in Gharchak Prison in Varamin, south of Tehran, where she is currently awaiting the outcome of her appeal. -CHRI - 9/23/19

FIFA Chief Hopeful Iran Will End 'Unacceptable' Women Stadium Ban

- FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is hopeful that Iran will address the "unacceptable situation" of banning women from entering soccer stadiums as a World Cup qualifying match nears. The head of the world soccer's governing body said in a statement on September 19 that he had contacted Iranian soccer officials several times recently over the issue and a FIFA delegation is currently in Iran. -RFE/RL - 9/19/19

2 U.S. Senators Warn Trump Against Nuclear Deal With Saudis

- Two U.S. senators are warning the Trump administration against a nuclear cooperation deal with Saudi Arabia, fearing it could set off a nuclear arms race in the volatile Middle East. "Sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, especially without adequate safeguards, will give Riyadh the tools it needs to turn the crown prince's nuclear weapons vision into reality," Democratic senators Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. -VOA - 9/19/19

No Budget or Implementation: Rouhani Government Fails to Implement Disability Rights Law in Iran

- "By failing to allocate sufficient funds to implement Iran's new disabilities law, the government has shown its disregard for its domestic and international obligations to the country's disabilities community," an Iranian disability rights activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 9/19/19

Realism must prevail on all sides to deescalate the tensions after total failure of U.S. "maximum pressure" policy on Iran: Scholar

- As we see the total failure of the "maximum pressure" policy, and as we have been reminded of some of the possible consequences of a war between Iran and other regional states, it is more urgent than ever for realism to prevail on all sides and to deescalate the tension. The United States should lift the sanctions and should return to the JCPOA. Regional countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, should realise that they will not gain anything by intensifying hostilities - 9/18/19

Iran Judo Federation suspended By The International Judo Federation

- Following what happened during the last World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019, the International Judo Federation suspended Iran Judo Federation from all competitions, administrative and social activities organized or authorized by International Judo Federation and its Unions. - 9/18/19

Detained Iranian-British Anthropologist Says Charges Based on Government-Approved Research

- Held in solitary confinement since being arrested in Tehran on August 11, 2019, Iranian-British anthropologist Kameel Ahmady will remain in detention for a minimum of several more weeks, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 9/18/19

Stoking Middle East Conflicts Has Just Become More Damaging

- Within hours of the attack on Abqaiq, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted the way he always reacts to any bit of trouble in the Middle East, which is to place complete, unequivocal blame on Iran. "There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen," he declared-an interesting statement in that it evidently counted neither the Houthis' rapid claim of responsibility nor their ongoing efforts to retaliate against the Saudis as "evidence," especially in light of Pompeo providing no evidence for his assertion about Iran. -Paul Pillar - 9/17/19

Iranian, Russian and Turkish Presidents Focus on Unity in Efforts to End Syrian War

- The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Ankara Monday in the latest trilateral summit to resolve the Syrian civil war. Launched in 2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan and known as the Astana peace process, summit leaders Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin focused on cooperation, despite profound differences on the future of Idlib, the last enclave of Syrian rebels. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 9/17/19

Iran's Supreme Leader: No Talks With US; Maximum Pressure Campaign Futile

- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will not engage in negotiations with the United States "at any level," and that Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign against the Iranian nation has failed to achieve its goals. -Press TV - 9/17/19

Turkey's Erdogan Hosts Russia's Putin and Iran's Rohani To Discuss Syrian War

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hosting his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on September 16 for their latest meeting on Syria. Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Hassan Rohani are expected to focus on the Syrian government's advance on the last rebel-held stronghold of Idlib in the country's northwest, where a cease-fire went into effect at the end of last month, following a four-month offensive by government forces. -RFE/RL - 9/16/19

Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of "Blue Girl" Tragedy

- A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, a young Iranian woman who self-immolated after reportedly hearing she would have to serve jail time after being arrested for trying to watch her favorite men's soccer team play at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. -CHRI - 9/16/19

Trump Says 'Iranian Leadership Wants To Meet'

- President Donald Trump has once again signaled that a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in September is a possibility. He told reporters on September 12 that Iran's leadership wants to meet. "I can tell you that Iran wants to meet," he told reporters at the White House. -Radio Farda - 9/13/19

Iran says 'masters of sanction' killing innocent people

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva has lashed out at the US for imposing cruel sanctions against Iran, warning that the negative consequences of such measures turn it into a "crime against humanity." -Press TV - 9/13/19

Iran non-oil exports hit $44.3B in March 2019: Plan and Budget Organization

- A report by the Iranian government shows non-oil exports, including petrochemicals and condensates, exceeded $44 billion in the year ending March 2019. The report by Plan and Budget Organization of Iran (PBO) published on Thursday showed that exports had topped $44.310 billion in the 12-month period, an increase of 5.9 percent compared to the figures recorded in March 2013. -Press TV - 9/13/19

Trump Says He Could Ease Sanctions if Iran Wants to Talk

- U.S. President Donald Trump again dangled the possibility of easing U.S. sanctions on Iran if it can bring President Hassan Rouhani to the bargaining table. "We will see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday. He said Iran wants a deal because "they have tremendous financial difficulty and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher." - 9/12/19

Is Iran At Risk Of Becoming A Chinese Colony?

- According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement they had reached in 2016 called the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and added new items to it. Most of these new points have not been publicly released. -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/12/19

Iran talks with US meaningless while sanctions still in place, Rouhani tells Macron

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has informed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that there is no point in talks with the United States as long as it keeps sanctions against the Islamic Republic in place. Speaking to Macron over phone on Wednesday, Rouhani said the US violated its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal once it decided to quit it in May 2018. - 9/12/19

FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

- FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men's soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. The announcement of FIFA's visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set herself on fire after being charged for attempting to attend a men's soccer match disguised as a male. - 9/12/19

Trump Makes The Right Call: Bolton Out

- The single biggest factor in getting Bolton the job was Sheldon Adelson, whose weighty political checkbook has won him much influence over Trump's policies. The policies that by far have mattered most to Adelson are any that deal with Israel or are important to the right-wing government of Israel. Adelson and Bolton both have openly advocated bombing Iran, which is music to the ears of the ultra-hardline policy toward Iran favored by Benjamin Netanyahu's government. -Paul Pillar - 9/11/19

U.S. 'Warmongers' Should Go, Iran Says After Bolton Firing

- Iran has urged the United States to "put warmongers aside" following the departure of hard-line U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton, amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on September 11, President Hassan Rohani said the United States "must understand that bellicosity and warmongering don't work in their favor. Both...must be abandoned." -RFE/RL - 9/11/19

Top Iran cultural body slams US protracted detention of stem-cell scientist

- A leading Iranian cultural organization has slammed the United States for its protracted detainment of an Iranian stem-cell scientist on "hollow" grounds, calling on advocates of human rights worldwide to help end the "arbitrary detention." - 9/11/19

Death of Iran's "Blue Girl" Spotlights Senseless Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The death of Sahar Khodayari, a woman who set herself on fire in Tehran because she thought she would have to serve jail time for trying to watch a soccer match, has put the spotlight on the costs of a discriminatory state policy that Iranian women have been protesting for decades. -CHRI - 9/11/19

Iraq's Al-Sadr In Iran Meets Khamenei

- Iraqi Shiite politician Muqtada al-Sadr was in Iran and met Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during the religious Ashura mourning gathering on September 10. It is not clear if he is still in the country. Official photos released show the maverick cleric sitting next to Khamenei, flanked by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Qods force commander Qassem Soleimani. -Radio Farda - 9/11/19

IRAN: Mass Sentencing of Labor Activists, Journalists Prelude to Reign of Repression Under New Judiciary Chief

- Less than a year after workers' rights activists in southwestern Iran publicized evidence that Intelligence Ministry agents had tortured detainees, those same activists and four independent journalists who covered their cases have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. "The sentences are an indicator that newly appointed Judiciary Chief Ehrabim Raisi intends to prolong his predecessor's reign of repression by punishing peaceful activism through arbitrary arrests and kangaroo courts," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/10/19

Iran Sanctions Curbing Global Scientific Progress: Top British Journal

- The British medical journal BMJ Global Health says US sanctions on Iran, a leading country in the world for science, are curtailing global scientific progress. As a result of the draconian sanctions, Iranian scientists have been denied opportunities to publish their findings, attend meetings, and access essential supplies and information, the publication said. -Press TV - 9/10/19

IAEA acting chief praises 'substantive' talks with Tehran

- The International Atomic Energy Agency's Acting Director General Cornel Feruta presents the Agency's Board of Governors with his latest reports on Iran a day after meeting top Iranian diplomats in Tehran. -Press TV - 9/10/19

Is an American-Iranian Dialogue Coming?

- When it comes to the clash between the Trump Administration and the Iranian government, three days can seem like a lifetime. This point was displayed by the sequence of events that began with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's August 25 visit to the G-7 meeting in Biarritz, France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. -Daniel Brumberg, Arab Center - 9/10/19

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