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On Wednesday, Fox News reported that a video game featuring a purportedly accurate depiction of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution had been banned by the clerical government after being characterized as “anti-Iranian” and “pro-America propaganda.” Fox News had previously reported upon the development and April release of the game, titled “1979 Revolution: Black Friday.” The lead designer and Iranian expatriate Navid Khonsari has reportedly received praise for translating the real historical event into a playable scenario that reflects the real-life accounts of dozens of people who were present during the revolution.

By INU Staff
INU -On Monday, new reports emerged in the global media regarding the censorship aspect of Iran’s crackdown on political dissent and perceived pro-Western or un-Islamic values. The country is already renowned for its control over media and the internet, with major social media sites being blocked and a number of reformist newspapers having been shut down just since the conclusion of the conclusion of nuclear negotiations last July. Additionally, hardline officials have frequently boasted of plans for even tighter controls over the internet, as by establishing a closed-off national internet, or “halalnet” that would allow the regime to filter out any number of individual content items that it determined to be objectionable.

On Wednesday, the Council on Foreign Relations published a blog post in which Middle Eastern Studies Senior Fellow Elliot Abrams commented upon the recent election of Ahmad Jannati to the head of Iran’s leading clerical body, the Assembly of Experts. Iran News Update reported upon Jannati’s election previously and provided some analysis of the likely implications that it would have for Iran’s long-term foreign policy and the ideological character of the next supreme leader.

By INU Staff

INU -On Tuesday, it was reported that Ahmad Jannati a notoriously hardline and anti-Western cleric, had been elected to the head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, the governmental body of religious scholars who are tasked with overseeing the supreme leader and selecting a new one in the event of his death or abdication. It is widely expected that the current Assembly will have the opportunity to appoint a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is 77 years old and reportedly in poor health.

By INU Staff
INU - On Thursday, the International Business Times published a new report on the ongoing delivery of the S-300 missile defense system that was sold by Russia to Iran under a deal dating back to 2007. In the wake of international pressure related to the scrutiny of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions, that agreement was frozen until last year, when nuclear negotiations prompted Moscow to reinitiate the contract, saying that it believed such weapons says were now allowed.

By INU Staff
INU - The Maldivian government has decided to cut diplomatic ties with Iran after 40 years of relations. The foreign ministry made a statement on Tuesday May 17 saying that:

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