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Some Political Prisoners Released, but Crackdowns Continue

By INU Staff
INU - There was a rare run of somewhat positive stories in recent days on the topic of Iran’s human rights and political imprisonment. The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the cartoonist and social activist Atena Farghadani had been released from Evin Prison, in line with an earlier reduction of her sentence from a staggering 12 years to only 18 months.


Some Iranian and Some American Officials Resist Trend of Opening Iranian Markets

By INU Staff
INU - On Wednesday, Market Realist detailed some of the latest gains in the Iranian oil economy. It reported that production had increased by an estimated 300,000 barrels per day in April, as compared to the previous month. This brought total production to 3.5 million barrels per day, which is 1.3 million barrels higher than in January, when US-led sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program were first lifted. It is also the highest monthly production figure since December of 2011, when those sanctions came into force.


Discrepancies in Interpretation of Iranian Parliamentary Runoff

By INU Staff
INU - Over the weekend, Iranian state media announced results in Friday’s runoff elections for the 68 seats that remained contested in the country’s 290-seat parliament. The 10th parliament is set to be sworn in this month, and international media has already been emphasizing that it will have a larger than ever proportion of “moderate” and “reformist” members, based on the results of the first round of voting in February.



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