Thought for the day

"No, there is a limit to the tyrant’s power!<br>When the oppressed man finds no justice,<br>When the burden grows unbearable, he appeals<br>With fearless heart to Heaven,<br>And thence brings down his everlasting rights,<br>Which there abide, inalienably his,<br>And indestructible as stars themselves." -- Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell’s Rutli Oath

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Iran's attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on Saturday that the 'Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary' and have been 'abolished from the same place it was launched,' according to the ISNA news agency. He also said the parliament and judiciary were reviewing Iran's mandatory hijab law.

Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code, local media said Sunday.

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By accusing Iran of supplying weapons to Russia, Western powers try to justify their own arms deliveries to the Kiev government, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

"Accusations of delivering weapons to Russia are baseless. Those accusations are being put forward in order to legitimize Western arms deliveries to Ukraine," the Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted the minister as saying in a statement, posted on its Telegram channel.

The head of Basij volunteer forces says the Islamic Republic of Iran successfully managed to thwart hybrid war planned by 47 foreign spy agencies during the recent foreign-backed riots in the country.

Addressing an event in the capital Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani spoke about recent deadly riots in the country, which claimed many innocent lives, including those of security forces.

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In the summer of 2021, officers from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service showed up at the Vancouver home of Ramin Seyed Emami, an Iranian Canadian musician and performer who hosts a popular Persian-language podcast.

Seyed Emami often features guests from inside Iran and delves into topics that are taboo in conservative Iranian culture, such as sex, mental health and losing religious faith.

Iran's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for four members of a network of hardened criminals affiliated with Israel's spy agencies, who sought to undermine the country's security.

In a statement on Wednesday, the media center of the judiciary announced the final rulings against the Israel-linked network, which was dismantled in May following a joint operation by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). 

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There is no evidence that Tehran intends to develop nuclear weapons, reviewing its participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Vladimir Yermakov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, said in an interview with Sputnik.

“Iran has been and remains a conscientious participant in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The conclusion of the JCPOA in 2015 helped to finally and irrevocably remove all the questions that the [International Atomic Energy Agency] had to Tehran at that time.”

Iran’s parliament has just approved the accession of the Islamic Republic to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), previously enshrined at the Samarkand summit last September, marking the culmination of a process that lasted no less than 15 years.

Iran has already applied to become a member of the expanding BRICS+, which before 2025 will be inevitably configured as the alternative Global South G20 that really matters.