“This regime has the money that it needs to manage its coronavirus crisis,” Hook said. “Imagine if this regime had spent 10 percent on healthcare services for the people that it spent supporting [President Bashar] Assad in Syria. The regime would probably be in a much different place now. But they don’t.” On Thursday, the US Treasury Department lifted some sanctions on Iran’s central bank for shipments of humanitarian supplies as a Swiss channel for relief goods became fully operational. … [Read more...] about US Exploring Ways to Aid Iran Fight Coronavirus – Special Representative
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"We´ve seen just these last six days a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan and we are watching closely to see if the Islamic Republic of Iran begins to take even more active measure that undermine our efforts at peace and reconciliation," he said. … [Read more...] about Pompeo warns Iran against being a ‘spoiler’ as US heads towards historic deal with Taliban
Even today, according to the latest Amnesty International Report on Iran published on February 18, "scores of people were executed after unfair trials." Those executed last year included several people who were minors at the time of their crime. Homosexuality is also considered a crime under Islamic Law in Iran, punishable by death. As reported by Iran Human Rights Monitor, one of the regime's methods of execution is to hold public hangings from construction cranes. … [Read more...] about Why Mohammad Rasoulof still makes films despite Iran’s threats
"The target selection list is getting pretty short," said Richard Nephew, director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a former lead sanction expert for the US team negotiating with Iran under President Barack Obama. "The fact that they had to redesignate a number of individuals also demonstrates that there aren't too many more targets to hit." … [Read more...] about US imposes new sanctions on Iran
As the 1979 Islamic Revolution took hold, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered female civil servants to wear the chador. At first, thousands of women protested the decision in Tehran and Khomeini later said officials should not insult women who chose not to wear it — though he also called the chador "the flag of the revolution." … [Read more...] about Prominent human rights lawyer faces imprisonment in Iran
Official information from Iranian authorities shows that the virus appears to be spreading quickly in a short amount of time. The fatality rate of COVID-19 infections in Iran is an alarming 15%, which is the highest anywhere in the world. Iran currently has the highest number of coronavirus deaths outside of China. … [Read more...] about Could Iran become a new coronavirus epicenter?