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    Iranian Americans are staging demonstrations across the United States this weekend in solidarity with ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman who collapsed while in custody of morality police. “Join us in solidarity and be the voice of the Iranian people who are getting brutally suppressed for fighting for basic human rights while their access to internet is cut off,” read a flyer for an event on Saturday in Boston. Similar events are being held in California, Rhode Island and Florida, among other states. Protests erupted in the Islamic Republic earlier this week, following the death of Mahsa Amini last Friday. Days before her death, she was arrested by morality police in Tehran and taken to a “re-education” center to receive guidance on her attire. Iran’s morality police is a dedicated unit enforcing strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf. While in custody, Amini fell into a coma and died shortly thereafter. Police have called Amini’s death an “unfortunate incident” and denied she was physically harmed in custody, semiofficial news agency Fars...
    (CNN)Iranian Americans are staging demonstrations across the United States this weekend in solidarity with ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman who collapsed while in custody of morality police."Join us in solidarity and be the voice of the Iranian people who are getting brutally suppressed for fighting for basic human rights while their access to internet is cut off," read a flyer for an event on Saturday in Boston. Similar events are being held in California, Rhode Island and Florida, among other states.Young Iranians are rising up against decades of repression -- arguably bolder than everProtests erupted in the Islamic Republic earlier this week, following the death of Mahsa Amini last Friday. Days before her death, she was arrested by morality police in Tehran and taken to a "re-education" center to receive guidance on her attire. Iran's morality police is a dedicated unit enforcing strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf.While in custody, Amini fell into a coma and died shortly thereafter. Police have called Amini's death an "unfortunate incident" and denied...
    CHAOTIC scenes have erupted across Iran as protesters fight back against cops while others turn buildings and cars into fireballs. The country's Revolutionary Guard has chillingly vowed to unleash a "decisive" crackdown on rioters as protests flare up nationwide over strict hijab laws. 10Footage shows protesters forcing back a police truck in the city of AmolCredit: Twitter 10Rioters have been torching the streetsCredit: Reuters 10At least 11 people have died as protesters clash with copsCredit: AFP 10Thousands are protesting the death of Mahsa AminiCredit: AP One dramatic clip shows hundreds of rioters forcing back an armoured police truck in the city of Amol. It comes as public outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the country's morality police turns into a bloodbath with around 26 people killed in violent riots. Masha, 22, was was beaten to death by the morality police after being arrested in the capital Tehran for not complying with the harsh rules. She was allegedly detained for having some hair visible under her headscarf - which Iranian women are legally required to wear. More world newsON...
    Newsha Niazmandi was born and raised in Iran and moved to the U.S. when she was 17 years old. In recent days, her thoughts have focused on another young woman who lived in Iran — and whose death has touched a global nerve. Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week after she was detained by Tehran’s morality police, accused of not wearing her hijab properly. Days of street protests in numerous Iranian cities have turned deadly as protesters have burned their headscarves and cut off their hair in defiance of strict dress codes. “It’s a matter of feminism. Everyone should understand that women are fighting for their freedom,” said Niazmandi, one of hundreds of protesters who gathered outside the Wilshire Federal Building in Westwood on Wednesday night. “They’re going down the street trying to protest, and they’re being shot down,” she said of people in Iran. “If you see the videos over there, they don’t care if you’re a woman or not; they don’t care if you have a hijab — they just want to crush you down.” World & Nation...
    (CNN)Five people have been killed by Iranian security forces during protests that were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who was being held in police custody, according to a human rights monitor.Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered organization monitoring rights violations in Iran, said five people were fatally shot during demonstrations in Iran's Kurdish region on Monday. It said 75 others were injured in other cities over the weekend. CNN was unable to independently verify the reports of the deaths and injuries. The protests erupted after the death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in Tehran after being arrested by Iran's morality police last week. Iranian officials said that Amini died on Friday after suffering a "heart attack" and falling into a coma following her arrest last Tuesday. However, her family said she did not have a pre-existing heart condition, Emtedad news, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet which claimed to have spoken to Amini's father, said.Read MoreIranian police say death of Mahsa Amini unfortunate as protestors take to the streetsEdited security camera footage released by Iran's...
    Two people were killed and 21 injured after a suspected terrorist gunned down clubbers at an LGBT+ hotspot in Oslo last night. An Iranian Norwegian suspect, 42, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorism. He was known to police, having previously faced charges of drugs possession and carrying a knife. The unidentified man was detained by cops on the scene with the help of revellers at London Pub, one of two clubs targeted in the attack. Police attend the scene in Oslo in the early hours this morning immediately after the shooting The other site hit during the attack around 1.15am today was next door's Herr Nilsen Jazz Club, where revellers described being hit with flying shards of glass. One woman was forced to play dead to escape the gunman's fire. She told VG Norway: 'There was a woman who pulled me down and told me I had to play dead.' The man then shot the table directly behind her. She escaped London Pub unharmed. Police lawyer Christian Hatlo said: 'Our overall assessment is that there are grounds...
    The last Empress of Iran has recalled her shock over her country's 1979 Islamic Revolution - and labelled it 'unbelievable' following her 43 years in exile. In an interview for Town&Country, Farah Pahlavi, 83, who was dubbed the Jackie Kennedy of the Middle East during her heyday, opened up about the overthrowing of her late husband Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In 1979 the Shah, whose family had already fled to Egypt, was deposed and replaced with the hardline Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - a shift that would have long-lasting and far-reaching implications. With his liberalising reforms and harsh treatment of his political opponents, the Shah made an enemy of traditionalists in the country, and Khomeini, who had been living in exile in France, successfully returned and announced the creation of an Islamic republic. The women's rights movement quickly regressed. Wearing the hijab was enforced, many of the liberties they had been granted were withdrawn and the female minister of education in Iran, Farrokhroo Parsa, was executed by firing squad. Recalling the revolution, Farah admitted: 'It was very sad, and very hard, and we couldn't...
    Kamala Harris dismissed on Wednesday Republican criticism of Joe Biden's State of the Union address, claiming he did a 'spectacular job' in delivering a warning to Russia and a unified message despite needing to fix his gaffe mixing up Iran with Ukraine. 'The president also, I thought, did a spectacular job of trying to appeal to American leaders, regardless of party affiliation, to come together in a unified way around these issues that impact people regardless who have they voted for in the last election.,' Harris told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos/ 'That's how we continue to make our country strong,' she added. 'That's our intention.' The vice president suggested that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' concerns are overshadowed because of the great stride's the Biden administration has made in its first year. Reynolds, who delivered the GOP response to Biden's State of the Union address, lambasted the president and Vice President Harris for not doing enough since taking office on several fronts. 'We're now one year into his presidency and instead of moving America forward, it feels like President...
    President Joe Biden had a gaffe during his State of the Union speech amid the crisis in Ukraine, confusing the nation facing invasion with Iran.  Biden, at 79 the oldest man ever elected to the presidency in the United States, was speaking about the ongoing Russian invasion when he erred.    'Putin may circle Kiev with tanks, but he'll never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people,' Biden said. Social media was afire with reaction at the blunder, with 'Iranians' trending after the speech.  Florida Representative Matt Gaetz wrote that everyone must have thought it was from a popular conservative satire site: 'BREAKING: Biden announces unconventional plan to win the hearts and souls of Iranian people in Kyiv…Not from @TheBabylonBee.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden announces ban of Russian flights from American... 'Putin has no idea what's coming': Biden says Vlad is 'more... 'I call it building a better America': Biden says his 'top... Biden says he will go after criminals who 'stole billions'... Share...
    Getty President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in 2021. Did President Joe Biden accidentally say “Iranian people” instead of “Ukrainian people” during the State of the Union on March 1, 2022? Some Say Biden Accidentally Said ‘Iranian’ People In the clip below, Biden appears to say “Iranian” people or otherwise mispronounce Ukrainian people during his speech. Here’s the clip as it was shared on Twitter below. President Biden: "Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and mind of the Iranian people." pic.twitter.com/id6sUXLxb9 — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 2, 2022 He appeared to say, “Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and minds of the Iranian people.” Biden obviously meant to say “Ukrainian people,” but now the mispronunciation is going viral on Twitter. Yes, Biden said Iranian when he met Ukrainian. Lets not make a thing of it. — Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 2, 2022 Josh Rogin, a Washington Post columnist, tweeted, “Yes, Biden said Iranian when he met Ukrainian. Let’s not make a...
    During his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden referred to Ukrainians as the "Iranian people" in a gaffe that quickly drew mockery on social media. The verbal slip came while Biden was trying to praise the Ukrainian people for their resistance against a Russian invasion. WATCH LIVE: BIDEN DELIVERS FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS "Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people. He will never extinguish their love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world," Biden was supposed to say, per the transcript of his prepared remarks. "Iranian" began trending on Twitter as social media users scrambled to sort out whether or not they heard the president correctly. Did Biden just say Putin is encircling Kyiv but he’ll never win the heart and soul of the Iranian people?— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) March 2, 2022 Did he just say "Iranian people"? Or did I mishear?— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) March 2,...
    FACEBOOK said a group of Iranian-based "Tortoiseshell" hackers used 200 fake accounts to target US military with spyware. The social media giant announced that it had removed the accounts, which were also targeting people who work at defense and aerospace companies, on Thursday. 3Facebook said 200 fake accounts that were targeting US military personnel were removed 3The hackers would lure people off of Facebook with malicious linksCredit: Getty - Contributor The hackers, dubbed "Tortoiseshall" by security experts, would use the fake accounts to connect with their targets and build trust over the course of months before driving people onto other sites that contained malicious links. Once the targets clicked the links, their devices would be infected with spying malware. Facebook's investigations team said the operation was "well-sourced and persistent" and relied on "relatively strong operational security measures to hide who's behind it." The operation involved four phases and began with thorough research to find targets, Mike Dvilyanksi, Facebook head of cyber espionage investigations, told CBS News. "We saw a big investment in this phase," he said. "There's a...
    Ebrahim Raisi has been named Iran's next president, after his rivals conceded before official results were even announced in the country's lowest ever election turnout for a presidential election.  Raisi won 62 per cent of the votes with 90 per cent counted so far. Turnout figures of just under 50 per cent were recorded after voting was extended by two hours amid fears that turnout would be lower than 50 per cent.  Exiled opposition groups said that the majority of voters shunned the presidential elections, hailing the boycott which they urged voters to take part in as a blow to the country's theocratic system. Ebrahim Raisi has been named Iran's next president, after his rivals conceded before official results were even announced. He will be the country's eighth president Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said the 'nationwide boycott' was the 'greatest political and social blow' to the system led by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 'The boycott proved and showed the world that the Iranian people's only vote is to overthrow...
    The recent revelations surrounding John Kerry’s covert dialogues with the Iranians during the Trump administration, if true, are troubling.    The Obama administration joined the disastrous Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), of which Kerry was an architect, against the wishes of the American people and without the ratification of the Senate. The Trump administration rightly left that flawed deal, ceased sending the money to Iran, which had directly helped fuel its murder and mayhem throughout the region, and introduced crippling sanctions that wiped out 96% of Iran’s foreign reserves in just two years.   Our Maximum Pressure Campaign worked – less money fueling Iran’s proxies, less violence and terror, and more problems for the Iranian regime without war.    DAVID BOSSIE: BIDEN'S SPEECH – TOP TAKEAWAYS FROM PRESIDENT'S '100 DAYS' ADDRESS TO CONGRESS Iran must never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon because it is a danger to Israel, the Middle East, the United States and the rest of the world. The flawed JCPOA put them on that path and our Maximum Pressure Campaign took them off it.  More from Opinion Rep. Chris Stewart: Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s campaign to inoculate its population against the coronavirus and promote itself as an emerging vaccine manufacturer inched on as health authorities announced Tuesday that the country’s third homegrown vaccine has reached the phase of clinical trials. Details about its production, however, remained slim. Although Iran, with a population of more than 80 million, has so far imported foreign vaccines from Russia, China, India and Cuba to cover over 1.2 million people, concerns over its lagging pace of vaccinations have animated Iran’s drive to develop locally produced vaccines as wealthier nations snap up the lion’s share of vaccine doses worldwide. Iranian scientists, like elsewhere in the world, are rushing to condense the typically yearslong process to develop vaccines into a few months — a task that has acquired urgency as the country struggles to stem the worst virus outbreak in the Middle East and its economy reels from harsh American sanctions. But details are scant about the Islamic Republic’s vaccine production efforts. Two other Iranian vaccines are also in the phase of clinical trials, with the...
    By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's campaign to inoculate its population against the coronavirus and promote itself as an emerging vaccine manufacturer inched on as health authorities announced Tuesday that the country's third homegrown vaccine has reached the phase of clinical trials. Details about its production, however, remained slim. Although Iran, with a population of more than 80 million, has so far imported foreign vaccines from Russia, China, India and Cuba to cover over 1.2 million people, concerns over its lagging pace of vaccinations have animated Iran's drive to develop locally produced vaccines as wealthier nations snap up the lion’s share of vaccine doses worldwide. Iranian scientists, like elsewhere in the world, are rushing to condense the typically yearslong process to develop vaccines into a few months — a task that has acquired urgency as the country struggles to stem the worst virus outbreak in the Middle East and its economy reels from harsh American sanctions. But details are scant about the Islamic Republic's vaccine production efforts. Two other Iranian vaccines are also in the phase...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - The trial of British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe at Iran's Revolutionary court was held on Sunday, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told the Iranian Emtedad website. "Her trial was held at branch 15 of the Revolutionary court. Her charge is propaganda against the system," he said. Iran had released Zaghari-Ratcliffe from house arrest last Sunday at the end of her five-year prison sentence, but she had been summoned to court again on the other charge. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Bernadette Baum) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, Middle East, United Kingdom, EuropeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos You Should See - March 2021PhotosPhotos: America's Pandemic TollNewsThe Week in Cartoons: March 8-12RecommendedPoliticsBiden to Tout Win on Relief PackageNational NewsMinneapolis to Pay $27M in Floyd SettlementHealth NewsWHO Lists J&J Vaccine for Emergency UseEducation NewsHow Trump’s Failure Kept Schools ClosedHealth NewsLGBT People Say They’ve Lost Jobs, Suffered Mental Health Impacts During Pandemic Coronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.Sign UpSign in to manage your newsletters »You...
    The world tends to look at Iran in the context of pre-revolution and post. But according to former Iranian diplomat Mehrdad Khonsari, there is a neat 100-year mark useful for evaluating the country in terms of where it stands and where it should or could be. Taking advantage of corrupt and incompetent leadership in the winter of 1921, the military took control of the country in a coup that led to the installation of the Pahlavi dynasty. Khonsari says the battle cries today in Iran are strikingly similar to those at the time. "To stop the clerical constituency from pillaging the state, to put an end to corruption and issues of that nature," Khonsari says.  IRAN'S KHAMENEI, 'DEEP STATE' KEEPING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES LOCKED UP FOR 10 YEARS, EX-DIPLOMAT SAYS Iran’s Pahlavi Shahs themselves were accused of widespread corruption and abuse of power in the end and the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. On the centennial of Iran’s 1921 upheaval, Khonsari and a group called "The Campaign for Reconciliation and Salvation of Iran" have released...
    Iran celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with marches and demonstrations partially confined to vehicles due to the coronavirus pandemic. “To observe health protocols in a country that has suffered more than 58,000 deaths and is wary of a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the run-up to year-end holidays in late March, people were ordered not to go out for celebrations on foot. Instead, revellers were instructed to decorate their cars so they would look good in aerial shots, and express their excitement by flashing their lights and turning on their windshield wipers,” Al Jazeera News reported. Iranian state media claimed “health protocols” were observed because celebrants across the country stayed in their cars and motorcycles, but photos posted by those very same media outlets showed thousands of people thronging the streets on foot, burning Israeli flags, waving posters of their leaders, and ogling the latest missiles and launchers put on display by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Times of Israel (TOI) gave a cheeky tip of its hat to the larger-than-usual number...
    Federal investigators revealed that a so-called “Enemies of the People” website that hurled accusations and threats at U.S. election officials in the wake of the 2020 presidential election was likely set up and operated by actors working for the Iranian regime. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Wednesday that the two groups “possess highly credible information indicating Iranian cyber actors almost certainly were responsible for the creation of a website called Enemies of the People, which contained death threats aimed at U.S. election officials in mid-December 2020.” The bureau said it “has identified multiple domains, to include the main site … that contained personal information and photographs for a number of U.S. officials and individuals from private sector entities involved with the 2020 election” and that “threatening emails were sent to the officials” from associated email accounts. The website is offline. “The post-election creation of the Enemies of the People website demonstrates an ongoing Iranian intent to create divisions and mistrust in the United States and undermine public...
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has detained 11 people involved in the abduction and smuggling to Iran of an Iranian dissident wanted by Tehran in connection with a deadly 2018 attack in southwestern Iran, Turkish authorities said on Monday. Habib Chaab, an Iranian ethnic Arab separatist leader, was drugged and kidnapped by a network working "on behalf of Iran's intelligence service" after being lured into flying to Turkey by an Iranian intelligence operative, a senior official said. Iran's state media said in November that Iranian intelligence ministry officers arrested Chaab over suspected involvement in a 2018 attack on a military parade that killed dozens of people, without saying when or how he was detained. Chaab, who was based in Sweden, was persuaded to fly to Turkey to meet a woman who, unknown to him, worked for Iranian intelligence, the Turkish official said. When he arrived in Istanbul he went to a rendezvous point, where he was drugged and tied down, the official said. Istanbul police said Chaab was spirited from the city to Turkey's eastern province of Van, and from there...
    More On: iran Nuclear scientist killed in Iran by machine gun with ‘artificial intelligence’ Iran to increase oil production Joe Biden’s dangerous delusion on renewing the Iran nuclear pact: Goodwin With Biden win, some Iranians lose hope ayatollahs will fall Some of the people involved in the assassination of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh have been arrested, according to reports. “The perpetrators of this assassination, some of whom have been identified and even arrested by the security services, will not escape justice,” said Hossein Amir Abdollahian, an adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. “Were the Zionists (Israel) able to do this alone and without the cooperation of, for example, the American (intelligence) service or another service? They certainly could not do that,” ISNA quoted the adviser as telling Iran’s Arabic-language Al Alam TV. Abdollahian also said there was evidence proving Israeli involvement. Jerusalem has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility. He told Al-Alam TV he was unable to share the details of the arrests for security reasons, but that the perpetrators would not...
    Remarkable detail of the plot to kill an Iranian nuclear scientist emerged on Saturday, a day after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh reverberated around the world. Sixty two people were involved in the scheme, according to Mohamad Ahwaze, an Iranian journalist who exposed the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic in his country. Ahwaze said he had obtained leaked Iranian information. He said that 12 members of the team, who he described as being highly trained and assisted by 'security and intelligence services abroad', were deployed to the city of Absard, 50 miles east of Tehran. The mountain retreat of 10,000 people is where many Tehranis have second homes, and Fakhrizadeh, 59, had a villa there.   Another 50 people, Ahwaze said, helped with logistical support. He did not specify whether they were in Iran, or abroad.  The team had been watching Fakhrizadeh, and knew that he was going to be driving from Tehran to Absard on Friday.  Ahead of his arrival, a Hyundai Santa Fe with four passengers; a booby-trapped Nissan pickup; two snipers and four motorbikes moved into position along the road towards...
    Vehicles line up to enter the United States at the border crossing between Blaine, Washington, and White Rock, British Columbia, on November 8, 2001 in White Rock. Internal documents released in litigation against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following the detention of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Iranian descent at the U.S.-Canadian border earlier this year reveal that officials not only detained far more people than previously known, they actively misled the public in an effort to cover up their unlawful and discriminatory actions. Civil and immigrant rights groups that sought the documents said in a statement that “emails demonstrate that after reporters began to inquire about the detention of Iranians at the Blaine Port of Entry, then-Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan and other high-level officials signed off on a public statement claiming that ‘[r]eports that CBP officers are detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry in the U.S. solely because of their country of origin are false.’” That, of course, was a lie. The documents, sought by the Council on American Islamic Relations­, the Washington office of CAIR, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, show that...
    Al Qaeda's second in command Abu Muhammad al-Masri was secretly shot dead in Tehran on August 7, according to reports Al Qaeda's second in command was allegedly shot dead alongside his daughter in Iran in August, 22 years to the day after he masterminded devastating attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and injured thousands more.  Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the name Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was gunned down in Tehran in August 7 by Israeli agents who were working on the behest of U.S. officials, according to the New York Times.  Yet as of Friday, he was still listed on the F.B.I.'s most wanted terrorist list with a $10million bounty on his head as neither the U.S., Iran or Israel have publicly acknowledged his death, despite it being rumored.   It is not yet clear what role the U.S. may have played in his death but they are known to have been tracking his movements, and those of other al Qaeda leaders in Iran, for years.  His death had remained a secret until now,...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the US of “savagery” Saturday for imposing sanctions that have caused Iranians $150 billion in damages. He also urged Iranians to aim their fury at the White House. “With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted $150 billion of damage on the people of Iran,” Rouhani said on Iranian state television. “We haven’t seen such an extent of savagery … The address for Iranian people’s curses and hatred is the White House.” The bad blood between Washington and Tehran has only gotten worse since President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and started re-imposing sanctions. In response, Iran has gradually breached some of the tenets of that deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.) Washington imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran’s defense ministry and its nuclear and weapons program. It also blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities over alleged gross violations of human rights.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the US of “savagery” Saturday for imposing sanctions that have caused Iranians $150 billion in damages. He also urged Iranians to aim their fury at the White House. “With their illegal and inhuman sanctions, and terrorist actions, the Americans have inflicted $150 billion of damage on the people of Iran,” Rouhani said on Iranian state television. “We haven’t seen such an extent of savagery … The address for Iranian people’s curses and hatred is the White House.” The bad blood between Washington and Tehran has only gotten worse since President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and started re-imposing sanctions. In response, Iran has gradually breached some of the tenets of that deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.) Washington imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran’s defense ministry and its nuclear and weapons program. It also blacklisted several Iranian officials and entities over alleged gross violations of human rights. Filed under hassan rouhani ,  iran ,  iran deal ,  sanctions ,  9/26/20
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a bizarre address to the 2020 U.N. General Assembly in which he claimed Iran single-handedly defeated the Islamic State, portrayed his brutal regime as a paragon of tolerance and human rights, and compared the Iranian people suffering under U.S. sanctions to George Floyd suffering beneath the knee of a policeman. Rouhani spoke of the coronavirus as a “common pain for humanity, thanks to the rapid growth of science, technology, and the media,” demonstrating that “despite all progress, our ignorance as humans far outweighs our knowledge.” “COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] is calling us to more humility, and more humbleness before the Almighty and the truth of creation,” he said. “It is guiding human societies towards civil piety in promoting social and individual ethics, as well as preventing environmental degradation, and manipulation of nature, and unhindered interference in creation.” Rouhani said “the resilient people of Iran” have suffered more than many others during the pandemic due to the “harshest sanctions in history, imposed in blatant and gross violation of the charter of the United Nations, international agreements, and...
    On Saturday, American officials announced that a full range of United Nations sanctions have returned on Iran, including a permanent extension of the arms embargo. Some observers debate the efficacy of these measures, particularly as European powers have signaled that they will not enforce them. But the efficacy argument is secondary to a much more significant dimension of Washington’s resolve — holding Tehran accountable for its current and future transgressions. It is remarkable that even during one of the most divisive election years in US history, this strategic principle has found vocal adherents on both sides of the aisle. For example, House Representative Brad Schneider, a Democrat from Illinois, has said, “We must always play a leadership role in holding the Iranian regime accountable for its misdeeds abroad and against their own people.” Similarly, Republican Senator Martha McSally has said, “The U.S. and the international community must continue to hold Iran accountable for its human rights violations and reprehensive behavior.” Both lawmakers were addressing an international summit on Iran policy Friday, which was organized by the main Iranian opposition National Council...
    WASHINGTON, DC – Iranian-Americans transformed the grassy field in front of the reflecting pool on the west side of the U.S. Capitol this weekend into a stunning exhibit featuring the photographs of thousands of those, including teenagers, among the 120,000 who the Iranian regime has slaughtered since it took power in 1979. More specifically, the sea of black and white photographs of the dead commemorated the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners and the 2019 killings of more than 1,500 in a student uprising against the dictatorship. The solemn event, put on by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, is part of a huge Iranian diaspora headquartered in Albania with supporters of The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e-Khalgh (MEK), spread around the world, including the U.S. The MEK and its affiliated National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) constitute the most prominent dissident organization in Iran. .. Grounds. " & "[email protected]() # # #1988Massacre #Noimpunity4Mullahs https://t.co/9pyF2wtdEx — Organization of Iranian American Communities-OIAC (@OrgIAC) September 4, 2020 Breitbart News spoke to survivors who took part...
    The faces of thousands of people killed by the Iranian regime were featured in a photo exhibit outside of Capitol Hill on Friday. “Today’s exhibit of pictures of 120,000 fallen for freedom in Iran manifests the Iranian people’s resolve for freedom while urging the international community to apply maximum pressure on the regime, including referring its human rights record to the U.N. Security Council,” Ramesh Sepehrrad, an advisory board member for the Organization of Iranian American Communities, told the Washington Examiner. The OIAC, which put on the event, is based in the United States and is tied to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a leading dissident organization working to overthrow the Iranian regime. Displays show the photos of thousands of people killed by Iran over the past decades. The photos were set up outside of Capitol Hill on Friday. (OIAC) The regime’s killing of political prisoners in the 1980s, particularly in 1988, was a major focus. That year, thousands of activists who spoke out against the regime were secretly and summarily executed...
    A video of protesters chanting, “Death to America,” while marching on the streets of Oakland, California, has gone viral. The Post Millennial's Andy Ngo tweeted a video Sunday of the hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters, with some heard chanting the phrase in a video that’s been viewed more than 2 million times. “This wasn’t widely reported. On Wednesday night, around 700 black bloc militants and their supporters rampaged through Oakland, Cal. They chanted “death to America” while starting fires and smashing cars and buildings,” Ngo wrote. This wasn’t widely reported. On Wednesday night, around 700 black bloc militants and their supporters rampaged through Oakland, Cal. They chanted “death to America” while starting fires and smashing cars and buildings. pic.twitter.com/A5512gCBzU— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020 The crowd of people also threw projectiles at police officers, lit fires, and vandalized buildings, according to police. No officers were injured Wednesday evening, and “several” people were arrested. “600-700 people took part in violent & destructive protests Wed. night. numerous fires set, dozens of windows broken, multiple businesses vandalized. Protesters...
    An Iran media company has released the latest video calling for the destruction of the “capitalistic, militarized, racist, barbaric, Satanic system called America,” claiming all the world’s problems would simply disappear if the U.S. was laid flat. The animation depicts the Washington Monument crumbling, the Capitol Building being destroyed in an explosion, and an American flag being riddled with bullets as the narrator exhorts “Death to America” as is the custom with propaganda eminating from the Islamic republic. The spoken word poem titled “People Everywhere Are Chanting ‘Death to America'” was uploaded to the Islamic Pulse YouTube channel, which is based in Qom, Iran. It was re-released and translated by the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI). The animation ends with the Washington Monument crumbling, the Capitol Building being destroyed in an explosion, and an American flag being riddled with bullets. It ends with this spoken warning and clarification on the words “Death to America”: This statement was never about hatred towards people of America, it was a statement of warning to the people of America that this capitalistic, militarized,...
    Tehran accuses Jamshid Sharmahd and his group, known as the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, of responsibility for a 2008 attack which killed 14 people in the southern city of Shiraz – CGTN/Youtube/CGTN/Youtube Iran says it has detained the leader of a California-based militant group that is accused of being behind a deadly attack on a mosque in 2008.  Iran’s intelligence ministry claims Jamshid Sharmahd is the head of “Tondor”, the militant wing of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, an opposition monarchist group based in the US. It is not clear how the California-based 65 year old, who Iran claims directed armed and terrorist acts in Iran from the US, was arrested. The 2008 bombing killed 14 people and wounded more than 200.   The intelligence ministry called his arrest a “complex operation” without elaborating further. They later published a photo on their website of a  blindfolded man they say is Mr Sharmahd. The US State Department said that Mr Shamahd had previously been targeted for assassination. The alleged Iranian government operative who was said to have hired a hit...
    By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL | The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Saturday said it detained an Iranian-American leader of a little-known California-based opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry also alleged Jamshid Sharmahd of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran planned other attacks around the Islamic Republic amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. over its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. It was unclear how the 65-year-old Sharmahd, whom Iran accused of running the opposition group’s Tondar militant wing, ended up detained by intelligence officials. The Intelligence Ministry called it a “complex operation,” without elaborating. It published a purported picture of Sharmahd, blindfolded, on its website. Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi later appeared on state TV, saying Sharmahd had been arrested in Iran, without elaborating. Requests for comment sent by email to the Glendora-based Kingdom Assembly of Iran were not immediately answered and a telephone number for the group no longer worked. The U.S. State Department, which mentioned...
    In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani recently announced that 25 million people in the territory could be infected with Covid-19. As this is more than the official count of the country, the population is plunged into confusion and fear. “Our estimate is that, so far, 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus” Before the National Committee for the Fight against coronavirus pandemic in Iran, Saturday July 18, Hassan Rouhani said: “Our estimate is that, so far, 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus.” According to media reports, he gave his figures referring to a report from the Ministry of Health. The Iranian leader warned that “30 to 35 million” more people could be infected. Iranian health ministry noted 270,000 cases According to the assessment reported by the France-Presse agency from official sources, Thursday, July 23, more than 15.25 million cases of infections in coronavirus have been identified around the world. Tuesday, theIran recorded a total of 284,034 cases, including 15,074 deaths. Iranian health ministry had 270,000 cases among over 80 million people at time of president’s...
    (Reuters) - Iranian health officials sought on Sunday to play down the president’s estimate that some 25 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, saying it was based on serological blood tests that measure exposure to the illness and that cannot be relied on to show the current state of disease. The 25 million figure put forward by Rouhani on Saturday is nearly a third of the population and massively higher than the official number of COVID-19 cases. Official case numbers rose to 273,788 on Sunday, with 14,188 deaths, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. A Health Ministry statement carried by Iranian news media said the figure given by the president was based on numbers produced by a deputy in the ministry. "It is not possible to rely on serological tests to diagnose the current state of the disease," the statement said. Serological tests determine if a person has been exposed to a disease by showing their antibody response. In the coronavirus pandemic, they have been used by countries to survey samples of the population and estimate overall...
    The top Iranian resistance group held its annual summit Friday, whose attendees included Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who joined calls for the overthrow of the regime in Iran -- calls that have been boosted by recent protests in Tehran and international pressure from the U.S. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held the Free Iran Global Summit online due to the coronavirus and had estimated that participants from 102 countries and 30,000 locations would attend the event. IRANIAN DISSIDENTS TO HOLD SUMMIT CALLING FOR REGIME'S OVERTHROW, AS US RAMPS UP PRESSURE ON TEHRAN Giuliani was one of a host of speakers from across the globe who dialed in remotely and symbolically delivered a letter on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of U.S. politicians and officials, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former Sen. Robert Torricelli. The former New York City mayor spoke passionately about the need for regime change in Iran, calling the NCRI the biggest threat to the theocratic regime, who he described as “maniacs” and compared to the mafia. “They’re not only religious maniacs, they’re just plain...
    Debris from the crash of Flight 752 Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS A new report from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization reveals that a string of massive failures led Iran’s military to shoot down a passenger jet and kill 176 people earlier this year. The Iranian military shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in January due to human error, an improperly calibrated air defense system, communication problems, and a breach of engagement protocols, the Iranian report says. Following the release of the report, Ukraine said that it is not yet ready to accept Iran’s explanation for what happened. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A chain of serious mistakes led Iranian troops to fire on a passenger jet earlier this year, killing 176 people, a new report from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization reveals. The Iranian military shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in January due to human error, an improperly calibrated air defense system, communication problems, and a breach of engagement protocols, specifically firing...
    Twitter Donald Trump has tweeted in Farsi to condemn Iran‘s planned execution of three men arrested during protests against the Islamic regime. In the tweet appealing to stop the executions, Mr Trump said the death sentences sent a deplorable message to the world, ending the tweet with the trending hashtag #DontExecute. “Three people have been sentenced to death in Iran for participating in protests. Their execution is expected at any moment. The execution of these three people sends a deplorable message to the world and should not be done,” a translation of the tweet said. سه نفر در ایران برای شرکت کردن در تظاهرات محکوم به مرگ شده اند. اعدام آنها در هر لحظه قابل انتظار است. اعدام این سه نفر پیامی اسفناک به دنیا می فرستد و نباید انجام شود. #اعدام_نکنید — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020 An English version accompanying the Farci tweet was consistent with the message while differing slightly by trading “deplorable” for “terrible” and using the hashtag #StopExecutionsInIran Iran arrested the three men in recent months, claiming the students were affiliated with...
    (Reuters) - The shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran in January was due to human error and not an order from senior military authorities, the military prosecutor for Tehran province, Gholam Abbas Torki, said on Monday, Tasnim news agency reported. There was no indication that the downing of the airliner, which killed all 176 people aboard, was due to a cyber attack on Iran's missile or air defence systems, Torki said, adding that three people were under arrest related to the accident. (Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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