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By INU Staff

INU - The popular Asian sport of Kabaddi held the 2017 Championship match in Gorgan, Iran this week. Strict reactionary norms imposed by Iranian regime demand that men are banned from attending female sporting events because the requirements for women to wear headscarves in public are lifted.

By INU Staff

INU - An Iranian wrestler was forced by Iranian regime to throw an international bout while he was winning, because if he won, he would have had to fight an opponent from Israel. Ironically, Iran's regime has paid tribute to him for doing so.

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INU - On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported upon the latest efforts by Iranian security forces and state media to inflame public sentiment against dual nationals who have been imprisoned in Iran on unsubstantiated national security charges. The report indicates that state television aired a seven-minute feature last week on the Iranian-British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April of last year and separated from her then two-year-old daughter after having spent a vacation in Iran visiting family.

By INU Staff

INU - On Thursday, Western media picked up on comments that had been delivered by Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi in his first press conference since assuming his role as the head of Iran’s naval forces. In an apparent effort to quickly make a name for himself among hardliners, Khanzadi declared that the navy was developing plans to send vessels to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico in the near future. He did not elaborate, but the boastful claims are indicative of the persistent and arguably escalating anti-Western rhetoric coming out of Tehran, as well as the efforts by the regime to extend its influence farther across the globe.

by Poorang Novak 

Last week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that France was very worried about Iran’s hegemonic ambitions and its ballistic missile program.

by Poorang Novak

Iran is always full of bravado in its rhetoric with the United States. However, looking below the surface, despite what it says, Iran does not want a military confrontation with the United States. Now that the tensions between the US and Iran are on the rise, it seems like a military intervention could be a real possibility. Yet Iran is giving signals that this is not what it wants.

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