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Hekmati Family Hopes for His Release, Three Years after Arrest

Three years after his arrest in Tehran, US-born Amir Mirzaei Hekmati remains in prison. His family continues to hope that he will be released in time to see his father, who suffers from a terminal illness in the US. Hekmati's earlier...Show More Summary

Imprisoned Journalist to Serve another 45 Days after Completing Five-Year Sentence

The Iranian Judiciary continues to imprison Mohammad Davari, a journalist who was instrumental in exposing human rights violations at the Kahrizak Detention Center and other prisons in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 elections, despite completion of his five-year sentence.

Remembering Simin Behbahani: Iran’s Legendary Poet And Advocate

The prominent Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani, died last week in Pars hospital in Tehran, at the age of 87. In her funeral ceremony, held on August 22, thousands of Iranians gathered to say farewell to one of the legendary poets of the contemporary era. Show More Summary

Five Thousand Mine Workers Strike in Protest against Arrest of Strikers

In an increasingly tense and prolonged stand-off between striking miners, the Bafgh Iron Ore Mines, and judicial officials, which originally began in May 2014 over plans to privatize the mine, a new round of strikes at the mines began...Show More Summary

Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Stating High Speed Internet is against Sharia

A Grand Ayatollah in Iran has determined that access to high-speed and 3G Internet is "against Sharia" and "against moral standards." In answer to a question published on his website, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, one of the...Show More Summary

Is civil war likely?

The airport changes hands but more violence is likely

Can it govern?

The Islamic State has hitherto relied on others to provide services

Making mischief

Hardliners intensify their attempts to undermine Hassan Rohani

A sad anniversary

It is a year since the regime launched a chemical attack that left hundreds dead

Political Prisoners at Evin Transferred into Quarantine without Explanation

Twenty-seven political prisoners have been transferred from Evin Prison’s Ward 350 to quarantine, where they are now being held in conditions tantamount to clear and serious ill treatment.

Trouble is brewing

The Houthis are calling for a revolt against the government in Sana'a

Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part IV)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously documented part/predominantly foreign fighter battalions in Syria here, here and here. Below are a couple more groups as part of this series. Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham Logo of Jaysh Muhammad...Show More Summary

The Unintended Consequences of Closing and Restricting Jordan-Syria Border Crossings—by Justin Schon

by Justin Schon “In the interest of our national security, we are prepared to close the border if — God forbid — anarchy breaks out in Syria or we see an unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah said in January 2013. Show More Summary

If at first you don't succeed

THE jihadists of the Islamic State are no match for American firepower, but Barack Obama could be signing up for a long and difficult fight

A work in progress

The country is making progress, but problems persist

ISIL Could Become the Voice of Sunnis If We Don't Find a Way to Stop It Soon

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Eighth Gate

August 12, 2014 The New Republic By Andrew Tabler T The Islamic State in Iraq and Levant’s deep-rooted sense of purpose and its political, financial, and military ability have helped it carve out a safe haven between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Show More Summary

Official Silence Continues on Washington Post Reporter’s Detention

Three weeks after Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his journalist wife Yeganeh Salehi were arrested in Tehran, Iranian judicial authorities continue to refuse to provide any information about the reasons for the couple's arrest or any news about their condition.

“Happy” Video Participants to Go on Trial in September

The youths involved in making the “Happy in Tehran” dance video will be collectively put on trial on September 9, 2014, a source informed the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Another threat

The Islamic State’s gains are threatening water and food supplies

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