Steering Repression

The European Union approved new sanctions targeting Iranian officials alleged to be involved in the ongoing crackdown against anti-government protesters in the country – but stopped short of labeling Iran’s elite military branch as a “terrorist” organization, Al Jazeera reported Monday. The new sanctions will hit...

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Won’t Back Down

The Iranian government’s crackdown on free speech and the free flow of information has led protesters who are challenging the country’s Islamic clerics to smuggle Starlink satellite dishes into the country. Manufactured by a subdivision of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, the devices provide...

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Undeterred

Iran executed a 23-year-old man this week, the second execution related to the anti-government protests that have been sweeping the Islamic Republic for months, the BBC reported. Officials said Majidreza Rahnavard was hanged Monday in the city of Mashhad after a court convicted him of “enmity...

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Reality Dawning

Confusion over whether Iran has disbanded its “morality police” has grown as state media said a widely-reported quote from the country’s attorney general that the force had been “abolished” was misunderstood. Local media had reported that the country’s top lawyer Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had made the...

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Dying To Be Free

An Iranian court issued the first death sentence against a protester linked to the unrest that has gripped Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody two months ago, Axios reported Monday. The judiciary-linked Iranian website, Mizan Online, said the protester was sentenced...

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Take It Off

Big protests over little scarves are threatening to destabilize the Islamic Republic of Iran. In mid-September, Iran’s morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, 22, for allowing a few strands of hair to escape her scarf, violating laws Iranian officials say are necessary under their orthodox Islamic views....

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Lifting the Veil

Iranian authorities launched a violent crackdown on protesters demonstrating over the death of a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of the country’s “morality police,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The newspaper reported that five protesters allegedly died after being fired upon by police. The unrest...

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Same Old, Same Old

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative former judge, won office a year ago promising change. But the same old problems continue to bedevil the country. The collapse of a luxury building in the southwest city of Abadan in May, a controversy involving an unfulfilled public grain...

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The Cover Up

Iranian authorities began covering graves showing images of women without the mandatory headscarf (hijab), as the government intensifies its crackdown on how Iranian women can dress, Radio Free Europe reported. Cemetery officials in the capital said that nearly 100 tombstones with photos of women without a...

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Yes, We Can

Iran is capable of building a nuclear weapon but will not do so, according to an Iranian official, whose comments came after US President Joe Biden visited the Middle East in an effort to boost ties in the region and address Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, CBS...

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Enemy of My Enemy…

Iran will send hundreds of weapons-capable drones to Russia to aid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to US officials, underscoring a deepening alliance that will be punctuated next week when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Tehran, the Guardian reported Tuesday. US intelligence officials also said Iran...

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But First, Trust

An Iranian engineer recently died and another employee was wounded in an “unexplained incident” at the Parchin military complex where International Atomic Energy Agency officials previously believed the country had been conducting research on nuclear weapons. As CBS News explained, the US and other countries levied...

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Covert Affairs

Iran had access to confidential reports by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog almost two decades ago, which were used by top officials to prepare cover stories and forge records to hide suspected past work on nuclear weapons, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A series of...

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Prisoner Games

Iran is reviewing a request to delay the execution of an Iranian-born Swedish academic convicted of espionage in a case that has garnered international condemnation, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The case is related to Ahmadreza Jalali, a disaster-medicine doctor who was detained while traveling to...

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The Chips on the Table

Iranian authorities released two British-Iranians from prison Wednesday following years of talks between Iran and Britain to negotiate their freedom as well as the settling of a decades-old debt, Politico reported. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Wednesday that the dual nationals, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoush...

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