Iran Unfiltered

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  • Nasrin Sotoudeh Won’t Appeal Sentence March 22, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses Reza Khandan’s statement that his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh will not be appealing her sentence and Khamenei’s New Year address in Mashhad, which dismissed EU efforts to salvage the JCPOA.
  • Rouhani’s Iraq Trip Highlights His High Ambitions March 15, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 12 years of imprisonment, President Rouhani’s trip to Iraq, Ebrahim Raisi’s election to the Assembly of Experts, and more.
  • Khatami Says People May No Longer Turnout to Vote March 8, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as Judiciary Chief, and more.
  • Zarif’s Resignation Saga March 1, 2019
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    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi explores Zarif’s resignation saga, Qassem Soleimani’s continued resistance to further negotiations with the United States, the status of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, and more.
  • Iran Warns Saudi Arabia & Pakistan Over Suicide Bombing February 22, 2019
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    This week, the FATF extends the deadline for Iran to pass banking reform laws, Foreign Minister Zarif travels to China, and a hardline member of parliament introduces an impeachment bill against President Rouhani.
  • Iran Dismisses Warsaw Summit as a Failure February 15, 2019
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    This week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry blasts Warsaw Summit as failing to isolate Iran, Islamic Republic celebrates 40 Years as Ayatollah Khamenei calls for “Second Great Leap,” and a suicide bomber targets a bus carrying IRGC soldiers.
  • Supreme Leader Calls for “Structural Reforms” February 7, 2019
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    This week, Rouhani and the Foreign Ministry respond to Trump’s State of the Union, Iran and Europe move towards discussing INSTEX in Paris, and Ayatollah Khamenei Orders “Structural Reforms” within four months.
  • Iran Tepidly Welcomes European Mechanism for Sanctions Relief February 1, 2019
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    This week, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, rebuked China for slowing down its efforts at redesigning Iran’s Arak Heavy Water reactor as required by the JCPOA.
  • Hardline Official Attacks JCPOA as Sanctions Relief Channel Looms January 18, 2019
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    Ahmad Jannati, the powerful secretary of the Guardian Council and chairman of the Assembly of Experts, criticized the Rouhani administration this week for not withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • Political Prisoner Decries Trump and Iranian Judiciary January 11, 2019
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    A political prisoner arrested for his activism against Iran’s compulsory hijab law and who recently ended a 145-day hunger strike wrote a letter censuring both Iran’s judiciary and the Trump administration.
  • Officials Differ on European Trade Vehicle December 21, 2018
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    The appointment last week of President Rouhani’s son-in-law as deputy minister of industry, mines, and business last week spurred allegations of nepotism and led to his resignation.
  • Domestic Dissidents Discuss Potential for Revolution December 14, 2018
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    Two prominent reformist dissidents, Abbas Abdi and Mostafa Tajzadeh, gave far-reaching interviews this week discussing the state of political reformism, the impact of U.S. sanctions, and prospects for revolutionary unrest in the country.
  • Terrorist Car Bombing in Chabahar as Students Demonstrate to Support Workers December 7, 2018
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    A terrorist car bombing struck the Iranian port city of Chabahar Thursday morning, killing two and injuring at least 28 outside the city’s police headquarters.
  • Hardliners Seek Zarif and Larijani’s Ouster as FATF Debate Continues November 30, 2018
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    Parliamentarians belonging to the far-right Jebhe Paydari faction have circulated bills calling for the impeachment of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani.
  • Workers Protest in Shush as Zarif Comes Under Fire November 21, 2018
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    For the past three weeks, the southwestern Iranian city of Shush has been the site of protests by workers from the Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory over unpaid wages and job insecurity.