Eye on Iran: Iran Arrests 29 Women As Headscarf Protests Intensify

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Iran Arrests 29 Women As Headscarf Protests Intensify | Agence France-Presse

Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday…

Iranians Deplore Government Graft and Economic Mismanagement, Poll Shows | Wall Street Journal

Iranians are deeply dissatisfied with their government’s management of the economy and want it to do more to fight corruption, according to the first major gauge of public opinion since widespread protests rocked the country last month.

Russian Specialists to Arrive at Iran's Fordow Nuclear Facility: Ria | Reuters

Russian technical specialists are set to arrive this week at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

We Need a New Deal to Rescue the Region from Iran - and Iranians from Their Regime | National (UAE) Editorial Board

[E]vidence of non-compliance with the deal has continued to accrue. Meanwhile, the wealth generated by the nuclear accords, never percolated down to the people of Iran. Once promoted as a means to an end, the deal has since its signing become, particularly to its European champions, a sacred end in itself. The US, on the other hand, is adopting an approach that takes into account Iran’s actions… All of this signals the emergence of a new approach that places the actual security of the region above the sanctity of the deal. If the accord is to survive, it must be revised and reformed.

IRAN PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Attorney: Sending Seriously Ill American Back to Iranian Prison Would Be ‘Death Sentence’ | Washington Free Beacon

An attorney for an ailing elderly American imprisoned in Iran since early 2016 is pleading with the Iranian government to permanently release him after granting him a temporary medical parole, arguing that returning the man to prison would amount to a "death sentence."

An International Workers' Union Organizing Protests Against Iran | Radio Farda

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has asked its members around the world to protest against the “harassment” of labor activists and “systematic violation” of workers’ rights in Iran. 

Iran Executions: Third Juvenile Execution in a Month | Iran Human Rights

IHR has identified the prisoner who was executed on Tuesday at Noshahr Prison as Mahbubeh Mofidi. The juvenile-offender was 17 when she committed the crime.  Iran Human Rights (IHR) had reported the execution of a woman on Tuesday, January 30. Further research revealed that the executed woman was named Mahbubeh Mofidi who was 17 at the time of the crime.

9 Iranian Women Want You to Know What It Really Means to Not Wear the Hijab. | Upworthy

Back in 1979, all women in Iran were required by law to cover their hair, arms, and legs in public… I talked to nine Iranian women — some still in Iran — about their thoughts on the White Wednesday campaign and compulsory hijab to get their unfiltered thoughts about how they’re being portrayed in media.

HEZBOLLAH & LEBANON

Israeli Defense Chief: Lebanon Will Pay for Iranian Meddling | Associated Press

Israel's defense minister says that should war erupt again with Lebanon that country will "pay the full price" for Iran's entrenchment.

OTHER TERRORISM & EXTREMISM

New Palestinian and Egyptian Designations Highlight Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood | Matthew Levitt for the Washington Institute on Near East Policy

Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales announced on January 31 that Washington has placed new terrorist designations on Palestinian and Egyptian entities… The designations touch on two issues of particular interest to the Trump administration: Iranian sponsorship of terrorism and Muslim Brotherhood-inspired violence.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Bahrain Court Issues Verdict for 60 Accused of Iran Links | Associated Press

A top court in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain sentenced two people to death on Wednesday and issued lengthy prison sentences against nearly all 60 defendants on terrorism charges in a case that highlights the rivalry between Sunni Gulf states and Shiite-ruled Iran.

SYRIA & IRAN

France Says Urgent Russia, Iran Stop Syria Government Bombings | Reuters

France’s foreign ministry on Thursday condemned a series of bombing raids in rebel-held areas of Syria and called on Russia and Iran, as allies of the government, to urgently end the attacks and ensure humanitarian aid entered the regions. 

U.N. Calls on Russia, Iran and Turkey to Break Syria Aid Deadlock | Reuters

A United Nations humanitarian task force has been unable to make deliveries to desperate Syrians for the past two months as President Bashar al-Assad's government has withheld approval for aid convoys, the U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Thursday. Before they can move into besieged areas or across front lines, the convoys require letters from the government and security guarantees from armed groups.