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Political Prisoner’s Health Deteriorating as His Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

The political prisoner Majid Azarpey is in extremely poor health since beginning a wet hunger strike (refusing solid foods) in Evin Prison on November 3, 2015 to protest his sentence.  Azarpey’s mother, Mina Dena, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “I visited Majid on November 19. He is not well at all. His […]

Women’s Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

Husband’s Refusal to Give Consent Kept Her Banned from Leaving Country The captain of the Iranian women’s national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel […]

“A Trip to the ‘Caliphate’: Oppressive Justice under ISIS,” By Omar al-Wardi

A Trip to the “Caliphate.” Oppressive Justice under ISIS. By OMAR AL-WARDI (Is a pseudonym for a Syrian who was brought up in the Jazeera, where ISIS now rules and who has visited the region many times since.) For Syria Comment, NovShow More Summary

Popular Instant Messaging Applications Severely Interrupted in Iran

A month after a warning by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Center for Investigation of Organized Crime that the use of Telegram violated Iran’s crime laws, access to the popular messaging network in Iran was severely interrupted on November 16, 2015. Access to Telegram on the HTTP protocol (an insecure computer network protocol) was blocked in Iran and […]

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Since 2009

Judiciary Denies Knowledge of 170 Recent Arrests November 19, 2015—The recently announced arrests of 170 people in Qazvin Province, a number of others in Gilan Province, and five journalists in Tehran, all by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Organization, amounts to the largest crackdown since the violent state suppression of the protests that followed the disputed […]

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown

Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. Show More Summary

Journalist’s One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld

Facebook Posts and Reformist Affiliations Are Her “Crimes” The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati.  A source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the charge […]

cartoon 129: For Imprisoned Cartoonist Hadi Heidari

Security forces arrested the prominent Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari in his office at Shahrvand Daily in Tehran today, November 16, 2015. Two co-workers of Heidari at the Tehran daily confirmed the arrest and told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that “a young man came with a warrant. He showed Hadi the warrant and […]

Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts

The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “propaganda against the state.” The charges were based on content she posted on her Facebook page. The trial, presided over by Judge Moghisseh, took place on October 20, 2015, and Ikdar’s sentence was issued on November 10, 2015, […]

Fifteen Baha’is Arrested by Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry

In a fresh crackdown on Iran’s Baha’i community, one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran, 15 followers of the faith were simultaneously arrested in Tehran, Isfahan, and Mashhad on November 15, 2015, by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence agents. Padideh Sabeti, a spokesperson for the Baha’i International Community, told the International Campaign for Human […]

Women Drivers Not Wearing Hijab Face Tough Police Action

Cars driven by women who do not observe the hijab (head covering for women) will be impounded and fines will be imposed, according to strict new regulations by Iran’s police force. In addition, “trusted invisible agents” will be reporting violations on behalf of the police.  The police announcement on November 15, 2015, warned that cars […]

Prisoner of Conscience on Hunger Strike Transferred to Clinic as His Condition Worsens

Fourteen days after prisoner of conscience Ali Shariati embarked on a hunger strike to protest the judicial process of his case, he remains on strike inside Evin Prison. His condition was defined as “very worrying” after he lost partial consciousness on the third day of his wet (refusing food and water) hunger strike, a source […]

Cartoon 126: Khamenei’s Green Light for Press Crackdown

Several journalists were arrested in Iran over the past week in an intensifying campaign of repression that is based on the belief, spearheaded by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that the US intends to use any post-nuclear deal opening in Iran to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on […]

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism

Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death in Iran due to his activism as a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd. Members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran who engage in criticism of the government are singled out by authorities for particularly harsh treatment, and there is a well-documented history of the Judiciary disproportionately meting out […]

The Vienna Declaration: Precision Is Key to Avoiding a Slippery Slope

POLICYWATCH 2518 Andrew J. Tabler and Olivier Decottignies Also available in ??????? November 5, 2015 For all the sound principles laid out in Vienna, future talks cannot evade the timeline and mechanism of a transition in Syria, and Russia needs to prove its goodwill on the ground. Show More Summary

The Not-So-Great Game in Syria - Foreign Affairs

Home > The Not-So-Great Game in Syria Wednesday, November 4, 2015 The Not-So-Great Game in Syria And How to End It Andrew J. Tabler ANDREW J. TABLER is senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria [1]. Show More Summary

Arrests Gather Pace in Iran after Khamenei Gives Green Light for Crackdown

Fear of Post-Nuclear Deal Rapprochement with West Drives Intensified Repression November 9, 2015—Several journalists were arrested in Iran over the past week in an intensifying campaign of repression that is based on the belief, spearheaded by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that the US intends to use any post-nuclear deal opening in Iran to “infiltrate” […]

“Regime-Change without State Collapse is Impossible in Syria,” Landis Interviewed by RT’s Sophie&Co

Sophie Shevardnadze of RT interviews Joshua Landis on Russian TV The following written version is a “cleaned” up “edited” version of my interview. I edited it for grammar, diction and clarity. None of the arguments made in the video (linked below) are missing or altered. Show More Summary

Prominent Reformist Journalist Arrested for “Insulting Supreme Leader”

The political journalist Issa Saharkhiz has been arrested on charges of “intending to disrupt national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader,” according to his son Mehdi.  Mehdi Saharkhiz told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards took away his father to an unknown location […]

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