Author: Iraniandeadlock

Why is Mnuchin pushing for a return to appeasement of Iran? –

Iran’s people deserve sympathy for their coronavirus suffering. But the regime that oppresses them and is still working on a dangerous nuclear program deserves none. Jonathan S. Tobin Source: JNS U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Credit: Ricky Harris/The White House. The tyrants of Tehran are in trouble. The coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran particularly hard. That’s due, in no small measure to the fact that, like their counterparts in China, the theocrats running the country suppressed news about the spread of the deadly disease, hampering efforts to contain it. Nevertheless, they are determined to exploit the natural sympathy ... Read more

Will Iran’s continued lies over coronavirus lead to popular unrest or nuclear breakout?

Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Doran doesn’t foresee any changes, at least until after the U.S. presidential elections in November, saying “until then, we are frozen in place.” BY ISRAEL KASNETT Source: JNS   Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends the Great Conference of Basij members at Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, on Oct. 4 2018. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. The Iranian people’s trust in its government is at an all-time low. When Iranian forces shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane in January, the regime lied in an attempt to cover it up. Then, when the coronavirus first made its ... Read more

Prisoners Killed In Major Disturbances At Two Prisons In Iran –

Source: Radio Farda Rebellion in Shiban prison in Ahvaz. March 31, 2020 Reports received by Radio Farda indicate during rebellions in two prisons in the city of Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, at least three inmates were killed and several others injured. The first disturbance took place in Sepidar prison on Monday, March 30, which led to the death of three prisoners. This apparently led to a riot in Shiban prison on Tuesday, which led to security forces surrounding the facility and firing tear gas at the inmates. In the past one week, disturbances have taken place in several Iranian prisons, where ... Read more

Sanctions relief isn’t necessary to assist Iran’s coronavirus response –

BY KATHERINE BAUER AND DANA STROUL Source: The Hill The rapid spread of the coronavirus in Iran is deeply alarming, as are the severe difficulties facing the Iranian government — which continues to mishandle its response — in dealing with the outbreak, treating the ill, and taking necessary preventive measures. Iran ranks sixth worldwide for confirmed cases of COVID-19, and fourth for deaths from the virus. The reality is likely far worse, considering the lack of testing capacity and the government’s inclination to lie. Given what public health experts anticipate about the lethal trajectory of this virus, the instinct to ... Read more

How the first generation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard became its most important source of reform –

Days after the vote but before Iran’s Supreme Leader sanctioned the results of the disputed 2009 presidential elections and unleashed the full weight of the state against millions of demonstrators, Mohammad Ahmadi was already on his third protest march, committed to participating in the Green Movement for the duration. For Ahmadi, one of several veterans featured in Narges Bajoghli’s marvelous debut book, “Iran Reframed:  Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic,” the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came as a devastating blow. He hailed from the wartime generation of Basij, a jonbaz, or wounded veteran, bound to a wheelchair by the ... Read more

UK, France, Germany Send Iran Medical Supplies Using Trade Mechanism –

Source: Radio Farda Emergency medical staff and nurses wearing protective suits, help while transferring a patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) to Masih Daneshvari Hospital, in Tehran, March 30, 2020 Britain, France and Germany have used a special trading mechanism for the first time to send medical supplies to Iran in a way that does not violate U.S. sanctions against Tehran. The German Foreign Ministry said on March 31 that the three countries sent supplies via Instex, the mechanism set up more than a year ago to allow legitimate humanitarian trade with Iran to offset some effects of the U.S. sanctions. “France, ... Read more

U.S. expected to renew sanctions waivers allowing Iran nonproliferation work: sources –

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue their work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, four sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. The Iranian flag waves outside of the UN building that hosts the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office inside in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity and included one U.S. official, said a U.S. decision could come as early as Monday to renew waivers to sanctions that bar non-U.S. firms ... Read more

Official Says Coronavirus Pandemic Could Kill Tens Of Thousands In Iran –

Source: Radio Farda Young boy waiting to be examined by a mobile medical team in Qom, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in Iran. February 27, 2020. According to Iran’s Health Ministry, 117 Iranian COVID-19 patients passed away in Iran in 24 hours pushing the death toll to 2,757 as of March 30. In the same period 3,186 new cases were identified which brought officially confirmed cases to 41,495. In his daily report Dr. Kianoush Jahanpur, Spokesman of the Iranian Health Ministry, said so far 13,911 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and currently 3,511 patients are “critically ill”. Dr. Jahanpur also ... Read more

Prisoners Riot in Iran, Region’s Worst Virus Outbreak –

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat   Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the region. Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 2,757 with 117 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV on Monday, adding that the total number of cases has climbed to 41,495. “In the past 24 hours we had 117 new deaths and 3,186 new confirmed cases of ... Read more

‘Unrest’ In Iran’s Hamedan Prison Amid Coronavirus Crisis –

Source: Radio Farda Protest in Hamedan, Iran– 16 Nov 2019. FILE PHOTO Iran’s official government news agency IRNA has reported “clashes” in Hamedan prison, following reports of unrest in other prisons in recent days. The report did not provide much detail about the “unrest” in the Hamedan prison, in Western Iran, except saying there were “clashes between prisoners” and authorities in the province bringing back calm in the facility. IRNA insisted, “Based on information received, the situation in Hamedan prison is under control”, and officials have promised to provide more information on Sunday. It is not clear if the unrest ... Read more