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Muslims, Immigrants on US Militias’ New Enemies List

April 24, 2018 by · Comments Off on Muslims, Immigrants on US Militias’ New Enemies List 

The three Kansas militiamen planned to blow up an apartment complex housing Somali refugees during the 2016 presidential election, unleashing what one of them called “Crusades 2.0.” But their plan was foiled after their arrest just weeks before the election, highlighting the changing enemy list of a movement founded on the back of anti-government activism a generation ago. And with the election of a president whose policies many militia members support, the urge to confront the government appears to have lost some of its urgency. Instead of railing at the government, they have in recent years turned their venom against new-found foes: Muslims, immigrants, the Antifa.

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Iran Arrests Ex-Prosecutor Dubbed ‘Torturer of Tehran’

April 22, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Arrests Ex-Prosecutor Dubbed ‘Torturer of Tehran’ 

Iranian police have arrested a former prosecutor known as the “torturer of Tehran,” who faces a two-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners following 2009 protests, Iranian media reported Sunday. The official website of the judiciary, Mizanonline.com, said former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi had been arrested, without elaborating. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said police detained Mortazavi in a villa in northern Iran, near the Caspian Sea. Mortazavi was sentenced to prison by an appeals court in December. That court found him guilty of “abetting and aiding” torture and the deaths of protesters arrested after the disputed re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Iran Telegram Fans Vow to Defy Moves to Block it

April 19, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Telegram Fans Vow to Defy Moves to Block it 

VOA – Iran’s decision to start curtailing usage of a popular foreign instant messaging app has prompted Iranian fans of the service to say they will defy government efforts to push them into using domestic apps. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office said Wednesday he has stopped using the Telegram app, citing his desire to protect national security. Iranian state media said President Hassan Rouhani also banned all government bodies from using the encrypted messaging service. Published reports say Telegram has about 40 million users in Iran, about half of the population. Fans of the app who spoke to VOA Persian’s Straight Talk call-in show Wednesday said that if the government imposes a total ban on Telegram, as some lawmakers have demanded, they will find other ways to access it. Many Iranians used virtual private networks (VPNs) and other tools to bypass government blockages of digital media and communication services.

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Iranian Environmental Official Hated by Conservatives ‘Escapes’ Iran

April 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian Environmental Official Hated by Conservatives ‘Escapes’ Iran 

VOA – A senior Iranian environmental official whose activism and Western connections drew strong criticism from conservatives has revealed that he has left his post and departed the country. In a tweet posted Tuesday, Kaveh Madani said he has “escaped” a country where “ignorant” people have “pushed aside science, knowledge and expertise.”

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Who is America’s Best European Ally?

April 17, 2018 by · Comments Off on Who is America’s Best European Ally? 

In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron led the charge for the Western military strike on Syria, but as far as the British are concerned, he did so by shoving them out the way. Following Saturday’s U.S.-led coordinated airstrikes on Syria, British officials have taken to criticizing the young French leader, grumbling to the British media, in anonymous briefings, that the young Macron is too pushy and trying to upstage Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May in a bid to present himself to U.S. President Donald Trump as America’s most important European partner.

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Iran Frees Teacher Activist After Global Criticism of Arrest

April 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Frees Teacher Activist After Global Criticism of Arrest 

VOA – Iran has released a teachers’ rights advocate whose arrest last month on unspecified charges drew criticism from global and Iranian rights activists. The Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported Mohammad Habibi was released from Tehran’s Evin prison on Sunday on a bail of $60,000. It said the family of the 29-year-old teacher and trade unionist “expressed joy at his freedom.” Habibi is a board member of the Tehran branch of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA). The Iran Human Rights Monitor group, affiliated with the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), confirmed Habibi’s release in a Sunday tweet that included a photo of him standing and smiling in a parking lot.

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Amnesty Says Executions Fell, But China Still Tops List

April 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on Amnesty Says Executions Fell, But China Still Tops List 

Trump: Syria Attack Could be ‘Very Soon’ or ‘Not Soon at All’

April 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trump: Syria Attack Could be ‘Very Soon’ or ‘Not Soon at All’ 

President Donald Trump insists he “never said when an attack on Syria would take place” in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, tweeting that “it could be very soon or not so soon at all.” A day after warning that “missiles will be coming” to Syria, Trump also said Thursday “the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region” of Islamic State. The White House has said Trump is considering striking Syria with missiles as one option to retaliate for the latest alleged chemical attack blamed on Syria’s government forces. Scores of people were killed or sickened in the attack Saturday in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus. Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

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Iran Unifies Official and Open Market Exchange Rates as Rial Hit New Low

April 10, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Unifies Official and Open Market Exchange Rates as Rial Hit New Low 

Trump Blames Putin, Iran for Syrian Chemical Attack, Vowing ‘Big Price to Pay’

April 9, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trump Blames Putin, Iran for Syrian Chemical Attack, Vowing ‘Big Price to Pay’ 

   

 

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