Iran Suspends Thousands of Drug-Related Death Sentences

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by Center for Human Rights in Iran An estimated 4,000 prisoners currently on death row in Iran for drug-related crimes could have their death sentences revoked according to a just-issued judicial order based on the country’s newly amended drug trafficking law.… Continue Reading  

Iran–On the Brink?

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by Graham Fuller With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran.… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Protests: All About the Economy?

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by Gareth Smyth In 2007, when the Iranian government introduced gasoline rationing, increasing the price to 11 cents a liter, some angry motorists torched gasoline stations. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that it showed “economic sanctions are working increasingly… Continue Reading  

Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

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by Natasha Roth Israel’s latest step in its self-described “offensive” against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is to include Jewish Voice for Peace, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the American Friends Service Committee on a list of organizations whose leading members are banned from entering the… Continue Reading  

Kremlin Subsidies Keeping Crimea Afloat

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by Eurasianet Crimea is becoming a growing financial burden for the Russian government. Under a three-year budget plan set to start in 2018, Moscow is covering over three-quarters of the peninsula’s operating costs. The de-facto State Council of the Republic… Continue Reading