Iranian Women Burn Their Hijabs As Hundreds Protest Death Of Mahsa Amini

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Iranian Women Burn Their Hijabs As Hundreds Protest Death Of Mahsa Amini | CNN 

In the video, a massive crowd cheers as a woman lifts a pair of scissors to her hair – exposed, without a hijab in sight. The sea of people, many of them men, roar as she chops off her ponytail and raises her fist in the air. It was a powerful act of defiance Tuesday night in the city of Kerman, Iran, where women are required to wear hijabs in public – and just one of the many protests taking place across the country following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody last week. Thousands took to the streets Tuesday night, with videos of protests emerging from dozens of towns and cities – ranging from the capital Tehran to more traditionally conservative strongholds like Mashad.  

U.S. Asks World Court To Dismiss Iran's Claims Over Frozen Assets | Reuters 

The United States on Wednesday asked judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to dismiss claims by Tehran that Washington illegally allowed courts to freeze assets of Iranian companies. Iran brought the case against Washington in 2016 for allegedly breaching a 1955 friendship treaty by allowing U.S. courts to freeze assets of Iranian companies, including $1.75 billion from Iran's central bank, to be given in compensation to victims of terrorist attacks. "Iran's case should be dismissed in its entirety because of the principle of 'unclean hands'," Richard Visek, acting legal adviser of the U.S. State Department said.

Iran, West At Odds, U.S. Sees No Breakthrough On Nuclear Deal At U.N. | Reuters 

Iran and the West remained at loggerheads on Tuesday over U.N. probes of uranium traces at three Iranian sites as the United States said it did not expect a breakthrough on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal at this week's U.N. General Assembly. Tehran has pushed Washington to commit to closing investigations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites before it will fully implement a proposed deal to revive the nuclear pact.

 

UANI IN THE NEWS 

Russia And Iran’s Growing Military And Political Ties Worry Israel | Jewish News Syndicate 

… “Iran is receiving diplomatic protection from Russia, given Moscow is a permanent U.N. Security Council member,” Jason Brodsky, policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran, told JNS. This diplomatic cover helps the Iranian regime avoid accountability in international fora for destabilizing activities, he explained. “Tehran also has its eyes on Russian military hardware after the expiration of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran in October 2020 under the terms of UNSCR 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal,” added Brodsky.  

Iran After Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei | The Dispatch 

…“His successor will be one of these handpicked disciples that he has nurtured and taken care of through his tenure as supreme leader,” Jason Brodsky, policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran, said in an interview. “While the Assembly of Experts does constitutionally select the next supreme leader, Khamenei’s wishes are obviously paramount.” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who took office more than a year ago, is the Khamenei protégé most often discussed for the job. The 61-year-old cleric was “elected” in June 2021: Raisi’s biggest challengers were kept out of the race after rule changes, mass disqualifications, and interference by the supreme leader himself.    

Russia And Iran’s Growing Military And Political Ties Worry Israel | Cleveland Jewish News 

…“Iran is receiving diplomatic protection from Russia, given Moscow is a permanent U.N. Security Council member,” Jason Brodsky, policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran, told JNS. This diplomatic cover helps the Iranian regime avoid accountability in international fora for destabilizing activities, he explained. “Tehran also has its eyes on Russian military hardware after the expiration of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran in October 2020 under the terms of UNSCR 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal,” added Brodsky.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Iran’s Raisi Meets European Leaders At UN Amid Nuclear Deadlock | Al Jazeera 

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and his delegation have held meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and other top European leaders as a deadlock over their 2015 nuclear deal remains in place. Raisi, accompanied by Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, also sat down on Tuesday with European Council President Charles Michel, and the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and his deputy Enrique Mora, who act as coordinators of the nuclear talks that began in April 2021.  

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS   

Why Is Iran Turning To A New ‘Digital Rial’? | Al Jazeera

A national digital currency is coming to Iran, with the country’s central bank planning to launch a pilot “digital rial” project in the coming days. The central bank digital currency (CBDC), which has also been referred to as the “crypto rial”, is expected to remain pegged at a 1:1 ratio to the rial, the national currency. It is a project officials hope could significantly increase their control over the national currency and its users while offering new opportunities to financial actors.  

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Iran Custody Death Should Be Impartially Investigated, U.N. Rights Office Says | Reuters 

The Acting U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an impartial probe into the death of a woman in police custody in Iran who fell into a coma after being arrested by the country's morality police. The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iran's Kurdistan province, has sparked nationwide anger and protests in several cities, including in the capital, Tehran. Police have said Amini fell ill as she waited with other women held by the morality police, who enforce strict rules in the Islamic republic requiring women to cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothes in public.  

Two Dead And 25 Injured In Iran's Kermanshah Following Protests - Fars | Reuters 

Two people died on Tuesday following protests in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, the city's prosecutor was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency. "Unfortunately, two people were murdered in yesterday's riots in Kermanshah. We are certain this was done by anti-revolutionary elements because the victims were killed by weapons not used by the security apparatus," Shahram Karami said. The prosecutor added 25 people, including protesters, security forces and bystanders, were injured during the protests.  

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS 

Outrage At Iran President's NYC Trip After U.S. Threats, Holocaust Doubts | Newsweek 

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi arrived in New York amid a furor over Tehran's threats against U.S. officials, a massacre that took place in 1988 and protests against his regime sparked by the death of a woman arrested by its morality police. The Iranian president arrived on Monday to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on the heels of a CBS News interview where he called U.S. sanctions "tyrannical" and questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, saying that it should be "investigated and researched."

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS 

Iran's Khamenei Gives Second Speech After Report Of Illness | Reuters 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke for the second time in less than a week in a televised speech on Wednesday, appearing healthy after a report that he had been under observation by a team of doctors. The New York Times reported on Sept. 16that Khamenei, 83, had cancelled all meetings and public appearances after falling gravely ill and was on bed rest under observation by the team of doctors, quoting four people familiar with his health situation.  

IRAQ & IRAN 

Iran-Backed Political Groups In Iraq Divided Over Keeping Caretaker PM In Office | The National 

A rift is widening among Iran-backed political groups in Iraq over how to deal with the Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr's demands before a crucial meeting to solve months of political deadlock over forming a new government. Mr Al Sadr withdrew his movement from national politics after an increasingly bitter row with the Co-ordination Framework, a coalition of mainly Iran-backed parties which suffered major losses in elections a year ago. He now wants parliament to be dissolved and has suggested keeping caretaker Prime Minster Mustafa Al Kadhimi and President Barham Salih in office to oversee a second round of early elections.