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GCC unites to seek UN extension of Iran arms embargo

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has asked the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Iran, a move pushed strongly by the United States. The secretariat of the GCC, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, said in a statement

U.S. Iran Envoy Brian Hook Stepping Down

Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Hook’s surprise departure comes at a critical time when Washington has been intensely

U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The U.S. has circulated a new resolution to United Nations Security Council members calling for an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran, according to a copy of the text obtained by Bloomberg News. It asks UN members states to stop all sales of weapons to and from Iran and to

Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of

Iranian Workers Strike Amid Worsening Economy, Deadly Coronavirus Crisis

By Golnaz Esfandiari and Roozbeh Bolhari (RFERL) Amid crushing economic conditions, demonstrations and strikes by workers have sprung up in Iran recently over unpaid wages and poor working conditions. Factory and city employees, coal miners, as well as health-care workers are among those who have been protesting in Iran in

Iran: Leaked official letters reveal state denial of COVID-19 crisis in prisons

Leaked official letters newly obtained by Amnesty International reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior officials responsible for managing Iran’s prisons for additional resources to control the spread of COVID-19 and treat infected prisoners. The organization reviewed copies of four letters signed by officials at Iran’s

Italian MPs to Josep Borrell: Islamic Republic must release Narges Mohammadi

URGENT APPEAL FOR NARGES – TO JOSEP BORRELL 16.7.2020, Elisabetta Gualmini, Alessandra Moretti, Patrizia Toia To: High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell Brussels, 16 July 2020 Dear High Representative/Vice President Dear Commissioner, month of June there has been a significant increase

In Rare Surge of Online Unity, Iranians Call for Halt to Executions

By Farnaz Fassihi (The New York Times)   Iranians from all walks of life — teachers, doctors, designers, cooks, actors, directors, artists, homemakers, bloggers — have taken to social media with a message for the government: Stop the executions. The online campaign, which took place on Tuesday and which analysts said

The Islamic Republic wants to supply oil products to Lebanon

The powerful Hezbollah group said on Tuesday it is in talks with the Lebanese government about the possibility of Iran supplying the country with refined oil products in exchange for Lebanese pounds. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah, said a “calm discussion” was underway with the Beirut government

In the name of national security, Iranians pay a heavy price

Measures taken in the name of national security and combating terrorism have led to grave and widespread violations of human rights in Iran, according to a new report published jointly by Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights. In the Name of Security: Human rights violations

Iranian Norwegian Found Guilty of Spying for Islamic Republic in Denmark

A Danish court on Friday sentenced a Norwegian citizen to seven years in jail after convicting him of spying for an Iranian intelligence service and complicity in a suspected plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark. Mohammad Davoudzadeh Loloei, a 40-year-old Norwegian with Iranian heritage, was arrested in October 2018

Telegram pledges to make anti-censorship tools for Iran and China

Rita Liao, Natasha Lomas (TC) The encrypted instant messenger Telegram said on Monday it’s ramping up efforts to develop anti-censorship technologies serving users in countries where it is banned or partially blocked, including China and Iran. “Over the course of the last two years, we had to regularly upgrade our

U.S. Seeks Indefinite Arms Embargo on Iran in UN Resolution

By David Wainer (Bloomberg) The U.S. has shared a draft resolution with members of the United Nations Security Council that would extend an arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, according to diplomats. With the ban on arms transactions with Iran set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 nuclear

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