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Iran's Politics Color Ramadan Prayer Dispute

Shajarian
RFL/RE -
 A debate over the potential return of one of Iran's greatest classical singers for a prayer recitation has provided a fresh test of the hard-line domination of state TV nearly a decade after unrest that roiled the country's establishment.


The performance of Rabbana by Mohammad Reza Shajarian was a Ramadan fixture for three decades before it was eliminated from programming after comments by Shajarian that were sympathetic to reformist critics of Iran's 2009 presidential election.

President Hassan Rohani, who was reelected to a second four-year term earlier this month, has vowed to seek greater openness for Iranians in the face of hard-line control of state media through the country's powerful, unelected leadership.

The

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Iran: Women Face Bias in the Workplace

WomenRights
HRW  – Laws and policies that discriminate against women interfere with Iranian women's right to work, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women confront an array of restrictions, such as on their ability to travel, prohibitions on entering certain jobs, and an absence of basic legal protections.


The 59-page report, "'It's a Men's Club': Discrimination Against Women in Iran's Job Market," examines in detail the discriminatory provisions and insufficient

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Trafalgar Square screening of The Salesman film is 'right response' to US travel ban

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Amnesty -
 Amnesty International has renewed its criticism of the US travel ban ahead of a special screening of an Oscar-nominated Iranian film in Trafalgar Square this weekend.


Richard Ratcliffe to raise awareness of his wife's detention in Iran

Photo-call with activists holding placards - 'Stand Together Against Hate', 'Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe' and 'Free Kamal Foroughi' - at 2.30pm

Asghar Farhadi, whose film "The Salesman" has been nominated for a "best foreign-language film"

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Crimes Against Humanity in Iran Thrust Into Limelight With Raisi’s Presidential Bid

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Iranhumanrights.org –
The candidacy in Iran's upcoming presidential election of Ebrahim Raisi, who played a leading role in crimes against humanity during the 1980s, is a serious setback for a country striving to rejoin the international community.


https://www.facebook.com/iranhumanrights.org/videos/10154381215520841/

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In 1988, Raisi was part of a four-man commission that implemented the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners. Current

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Energy Giants Say Iran Needs $100 Billion for Gas Upgrade

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VOA -
 Iran sits on what are thought to be the world's largest gas reserves, yet can barely supply its own domestic demand. Since the nuclear deal lifted sanctions, the country has sought foreign investment in exploration and infrastructure. But will the hawkish stance of U.S. President Donald Trump put them off? Henry Ridgwell reports from the CWC Iran Gas Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.


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