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Four Sunni Kurds in Danger of Imminent Execution

Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Moulaei, and Jamshid and Jahangir Dehghani are Sunni Kurds who were first arrested and prosecuted for murdering a pro-government Sunni cleric, but they were later acquitted of this charge and then tried at BranchShow More Summary

Seaside Kandahar

America’s capture of a top militant makes waves

Scholar Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Criticizing Iran Nuclear Program and the Judiciary

The Iranian Judiciary has sentenced Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University scholar, to one and a half years in prison for his criticism of the Iranian nuclear program and of the Iranian Judiciary on charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime," "publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety," and "insulting judges and Judiciary officials."

Eleven Internet Professionals Sentenced to One to Eleven Years in Prison

Yadollah Movahed, the Prosecutor for Kerman Province General and Revolutionary Courts, said at a press conference on June 19, 2014, that the eleven individuals were arrested and prosecuted for "designing sites, websites, and creating content for media hostile to the regime."

Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis, Request Rights Groups

Eighteen rights groups issued a joint statement to demand a halt on execution of 33 Sunni death row inmates, noting unfair trials.

A softer touch?

More Iranians appear to be being pardoned

Carefully watched

A new camp is designed to address Jordanian security concerns

Two Iranian-Arabs Executed in Secret

Ali Chabishat and Khaled Mousavi, two Iranian-Arabs from the southern city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan Province, have been secretly executed and buried in a remote area, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.

“Bilal” – by Stephen Boeshaar

Stephen Boeshaar worked throughout the Arab World for many years and is fluent in Syrian Arabic. After serving with the Peace Corps in Morocco in the 1960s, he ran English language instruction programs in Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, and Syria, and worked with Fulbright in Egypt developing university curriculum. Show More Summary

Unable to balance the books

The Arab world’s poorest country is in an economic quagmire

Joshua Landis & Robert Ford discuss Syria at Wilson Center event

Joshua Landis, Robert Ford (former US Ambassador to Syria), and Hadi Al Bahra (Syrian opposition) each gave unique perspectives on Syria policy in a recent event with the Wilson Center, moderated by Aaron David Miller. Dr. Landis outlined...Show More Summary

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win

The Future of ISIS in Iraq and the Sectarian Response A Washington policy analyst asked me what chances I gave to the possibility that Prime Minister Maliki will try to divide Sunnis and isolate ISIS by teaming up with moderate Sunnis. Show More Summary

Taking charge

Militias are providing security in Lebanese towns on the border with Syria

No outdoor work in UAE from 12:30-15:00

June 15 to Sept 15 a work ban during the hottest hours of the day are enforced. Only to ensure the safety of outdoor workers many of whom had suffered from exhaustion before the ban was enforced years ago. All GCC nations also began implementing the summer work ban following persistent heat and sunstroke cases [...]

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Syria – by Fabrice Balanche

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Syria – by Fabrice Balanche Abstract Bashar al-Assad is clearly on the path to victory by way of continuing gains since Qusayr in June 2013. From the spring of 2013, the Syrian army, helped by Hezbollah,...Show More Summary

Cartoon 87: MP’s Mission at World Cup Games

In an interview with Tadbir website, Hossein Azin, a conservative Member of the Parliament said on Jun4 11, 2014, that he is traveling to the World Cup soccer games in Brazil on a mission to monitor the Iranian spectators and members of the National Soccer Team. “We can’t dismiss the monitoring issues easily. We must [...]

Journalist Put on Trial for Propaganda Against State

Hossein Nouraninejad was charged with "propaganda against the regime" and "collusion and assembly against national security" according to his lawyer, but no evidence of conduct that would warrant these charges was offered in court.

Former Student Activist Sentenced to Another Year in Prison

A revolutionary court in Tehran has sentenced former student activist and political prisoner Payman Aref to another year in prison on charges of "propaganda against the regime," marking his third sentence since the disputed 2009 presidential election.


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