Early this week, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported upon separate bans that had been visited upon an Iranian brother and sister who had each been playing competitive chess on an international level. According to the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, neither sibling can be permitted to be part of the Iranian national chess team or even to enter chess tournaments inside the country from this point forward.
Mutual Push-back from Tehran and Activists over Political Imprisonment, Hunger Strikes
Category: Human Rights
By INU Staff INU - Earlier this week,the Los Angeles Timesreported upon Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s recent statements explicitly rejecting the notion of “national reconciliation.” The article explains that these statements all but guarantee that one of President Hassan Rouhani’s key campaign promises will remain unfulfilled when he stands for reelection in May. Furthermore, it is a probable sign that the hardline principles underlying Iran’s Islamic theocracy will remain essentially uncompromised, despite the prevalence of pro-reconciliation and pro-reform sentiment.
Israel’s defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is a man who speaks his mind. On February 19th, at the Munich Security Conference, he portrayed the challenges facing the Middle East as, “Iran, Iran and Iran”.