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 On Tuesday, it was widely reported, and with a tone of some ridicule, that the top military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had accused Western intelligence services of using lizards to spy on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The New York Post was among the outlets to quote Hassan Firouzabadi as saying that “a variety of reptile desert” had been found in the possession of visitors who planned to use the creatures’ skin to “attract atomic waves” in order to discover information like the location of uranium mines.

On Monday, international media began reporting upon the death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, a university professor and environmental activist who held dual citizenship in Iran and Canada and was caught up in a sudden crackdown on environmentalists which had been initiated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

On Tuesday, the CHRI published excerpts from the latest open letter written by the imprisoned Iranian-American dual national Karan Vafadari. The letter details some of the mistreatment that he and his wife Afarin Neyssari have been subjected to since their arrest in July 2016. It also provides the first account of the exact charges underlying the 56-year-old art gallery owner’s 27-year prison sentence.

One day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called upon the government of Turkey to halt the offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the government of France spoke out about the state of Syrian affairs, highlighting the hypocrisy of Rouhani’s criticism coinciding with the continued presence of Iranian forces and militant proxies in the war-devastated region.

On Monday of this week, the White House hosted representatives of all fellow permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, after which the several diplomats were given opportunities to directly inspect missile components that had been recovered from the Arabian Peninsula after allegedly being supplied to Yemen’s Houthi rebels by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

taff - On Saturday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran reported upon remarks that Ahmad Khatami, the chairman of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts, had made about the recent nationwide protests in that country. Khatami corroborated the conclusion of many foreign observers regarding the likelihood of resurgent protests in the wake of the regime’s crackdown on demonstrations that began in Mashhad over economic hardships before broadening both geographically and ideologically to include as many as 140 localities and explicit calls for regime change.

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