Expanded Regional Travel and Concerns Over Iran-Backed Militancy
Category: MIDDLE EAST
On Friday, the Times of Oman reported that the Iranian embassy in that country had dramatically reduced the length of time for which would-be Omani travelers would have to wait for Iranian visas. Whereas travelers between the countries could previously expect to receive approval in about a day or two, the Iranian diplomats now expect that wait-time to be reduced to about an hour.
Tehran Struggles to Hide Human Rights Record as Hunger Strikes Continue
Category: Human Rights
On Friday, the Iran Human Rights website, which routinely reports on executions in the Islamic Republic, added four more to its tally, all of which were carried out at once in Taybad Prison. Although only one of the victims was identified, each had reportedly been condemned to death for a non-violent drug offense. Such crimes make up the vast majority of Iran’s executions, which occur at a per-capita rate higher than any other country in the world.
There Is No Such Thing as a Moderate in the Iran Regime
The Iranian Regime is in a fragile state following the death of former Iranian President Rafsanjani and the recent change in political ideology in the United States, according to an expert in middle eastern affairs.
Eric Schewe wrote on JStor Daily, that these “posed significant challenges to the 39-year old state”.