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Rouhani Selects Deputy Minister of Intelligence Rashidiyan as New Governor

President Rouhani’s cabinet convened and in the beginning of this meeting the cabinet elected Alireza Rashidiyan, Deputy Minister of Intelligence, as the Governor for Khorassan Razavi Province. This province is particularly important considering that Mashhad, the largest holy city in Iran, is its capital.

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Kremlin Clears Way for Force in Ukraine; Separatist Split Feared

Source: New York Times-By ALISON SMALE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Saturday, the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin the authority he sought to use military force in response to the deepening instability in Ukraine.

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World Bank: Iran has Worst Internet among 19 countries in Middle East and North Africa

In its latest report, the World Bank published the status of broadband internet by country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Iran ranked last among these countries. The MENA region includes Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan. 

The state-run Tabnak website wrote on February 27th: “In the World Bank report, access to internet with broadband was studied. According to this report, only 12% of Iranian households have access to internet with broadband. This is while Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar have the most households connected with 88%, 69% and 66%, respectively.

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Iranian Regime Health Minister: In Just 3 Iranian cities 28 People Die Daily from Air Pollution

The ministry of health, treatment and medical education released mortality rates from air pollution for major cities in Iran. Each year more than 4,400 people in Tehran, 3,200 people in Mashhad and 2,700 people in Isfahan die from air pollution. In these 3 cities alone 28 people die daily due to air pollution. Unannounced statistics in other cities indicate a true environmental disaster (Tabnak websites reports On February 24th). 

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Iran: Daughter Rafsanjani Acknowledges Deplorable Situation for Women in the Iranian regime

In an interview with Al-Sharq al-Osat on February 24th, Faezeh Rafsanjani stated: “The Patriarchal culture in this country does not harm men but has affected women, mothers and families. Women in Iran are more like infantry. They work hard side by side the men, but when it comes to dividing the spoils, despite women’s capability, posts and positions are not given to them for the crime of being a woman.”

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Is Iran The Next Ukraine?

Source: Forbes-By ANDREW K. DAVENPORT

With all eyes on the courageous protesters of Independence Square in Kiev, an interesting parallel with Iran simmers under the surface that you can bet is not lost on President Rouhani and Ayatollah Khamenei.

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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

 According to latest news from Iran, more than 100 families of political prisoners in Iran, in particular the families of Ward 350...

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