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Thursday’s Iran Mini Report – November 22, 2018

Thursday's Iran Mini Report -  November 22, 2018

• Iran Publicly Hangs Three Men In Shiraz

Iranian authorities hanged three men in public on Wednesday after they were convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God) for armed robbery in Shiraz, south-central Iran.

The video of the scene published by the state media highlights the use of public executions, in which officials publicly hang convicts from a large crane or a high place in front of crowds.

Iranian authorities have acknowledged public executions of at least 10 people so far this year.

• US welcomes German firms’ compliance on Iran sanctions

US Ambassador to Germany Grenell has welcomed German companies’ decision to comply with US sanctions and stop business with Iran. Washington warned firms that do business with Iran that they could face repercussions.

• Iran: Mounting Crackdown on Teachers, Labor Activists

Iranian authorities have increased targeting of teachers and labor activists in recent weeks for organizing and conducting peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today.

On November 13, 2018, the Council for Coordination among Teachers Unions organized a walkout involving dozens of teachers across Iran to protest their insufficient salaries due to high inflation and poor living conditions. It was the second teacher-organized walkout since September 21, when Iran’s public school year began.

“Iranian authorities are punishing teachers and labor activists for exercising their collective bargaining rights and conducting peaceful protests that are essential freedoms for all workers,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities’ recent talk of ‘national unity and resistance against foreign pressure’ are empty words when they throw educators and labor activists in jail for demanding a fair wage.”

• Iran Regime Says U.S. Bases and Aircraft Carriers Within Missile Range

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Wednesday that U.S. bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.

• Iran’s ‘cyber attacks’ against US can cause damage, experts warn

The president of the Global Situation Room, Inc. and the former White House director of Global Engagement, Brett Bruen warned that: “We are very likely to see Tehran in the coming days and weeks target American interests.”

He added that: “The most vulnerable and important objective for them are American businesses. They see effecting some economic impact as retribution.”

• ‘Iran trying to ignite war from Gaza’

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, hinted on Wednesday that Iran aspires to violate the terms of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

He said: “There are forces out there that want to push us all into the abyss of a confrontation.”

Asked about Iran’s influence in Gaza, Mladenov replied, “Since the very first day that the Egyptians first brokered the intra-Palestinian reconciliation agreement in 2017, someone out there has been trying to disrupt it.”

• Fuel problem of Iranian airlines still remains unresolved

The fuel problem of Iranian airlines still remains unresolved, albeit no external flight has been cancelled so far and the flights are carried out on schedule, said Secretary of Iran’s Aviation Companies Association Maghsoud Asadi-Samani.

Asadi-Samani said that some Gulf countries, as well as Lebanon and Turkey have banned fuel supply to Iranian airlines.

OFAC has cancelled licenses for Boeing and Airbus to sell airplanes to Iran after Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May and reimposed sanctions on the country.

• FBI announces $3 million reward for help finding Iranian who sourced IED parts from Minnesota

Federal authorities are offering up to $3 million for help arresting an Iranian national who has been on the run for eight years since an indictment accused him of illegally procuring technology from Minnesota that was fashioned into roadside bombs used to target U.S. military personnel in Iraq.

The FBI in Minneapolis announced the reward, being offered by the U.S. State Department, on Tuesday. Agents have sought Hossein Ahmed Larijani, 55, since his 2010 indictment by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. on multiple charges related to the shipment of radio transceiver modules made in Minnesota. Larijani is believed to be living in Tehran, the FBI said this week.