Weekly report: Iranians hold rallies to denounce violence

January 7, The Iran Project – Holding New Year’s Eve celebration in Iran; Supreme Leader receiving a group of families of martyrs; Iranians peaceful protest to poor economic conditions and condemning violence and enemies’ plots in several major cities; Iran busting MKO cell in western Borujerd City and UN Security Council holding emergency meeting on Iran protests dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (January 01–January 07).

 

Politics

9 more people killed, 100 arrested overnight as nationwide protests in Iran continue – local media 

At least 9 people were killed and some 100 were arrested overnight as unrest across Iran entered a sixth day, Iranian media said. The country’s supreme leader accused “enemies of Iran” of orchestrating the demonstrations.

Rouhani in a phone call with French counterpart: Iran’s key policy to develop peace, sustainable peace in region

President Rouhani described bilateral, regional and international cooperation and relations between Iran and France as contributing to development of peace, stability and security in the region and stressed the need to further deepen Tehran-Paris ties.

Iran minister says government will listen to protester demands

Iran’s labor minister pledged to listen to the demands of protesters who’ve taken to the streets over the past week even as state-run media said counter-rallies are being staged to support the government.

Iran calls on Telegram to block terrorist channels

Following the recent riots in Iran and the government decision to filter Telegram, Minister of Communications and Information Technology called for blocking terrorist channels.

Hezbollah: Trump, allies to be disappointed by Iran unrest outcome

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says the outcome of the recent protests in Iran will disappoint US President Donald Trump.

France warns US, Saudi, Israeli against hostile comments on Iran events

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia against making belligerent statements on the recent developments inside Iran, calling on them to tone down their rhetoric which, he said, could lead to “war.”

Russia warns US against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs – senior diplomat

Moscow warns Washington against attempts to interfere in Iran’s internal affairs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Thursday.

Iran, Russia blast US manipulation of UNSC, urge focus on key issues

The United Nations Security Council’s emergency meeting on the recent protests in Iran at the request of the United States “discredits” the council and demonstrates how Washington “abuses” its powers as a permanent member to forward its own agenda, says Iran’s envoy to the UN.

Zarif: UNSC rules out US ‘blunder’ meddling attempts

The United Nations Security Council has dismissed US blatant attempts to intervene in internal affairs of other countries, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

Recent riots in Iran plotted in Erbil: Rezaie

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council and Mohsen Rezaei, , said that the recent riots in Iran were the result of a joint operation of Saddam’s loyalists, MKO members, US, Saudi Arabia, and Barzanis.

UNSC members highlight Iran stability

All 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stressed on the importance of peace and stability in Iran and also relieving tensions in the Middle East, Kazakh envoy said.

Iranian air defense system passes initial tests: Commander

Iran’s homegrown missile defense system ‘Bavar-373’ has successfully passed all initial tests, a military commander said.

Iran to give tough response to regional terrorist groups

Iranian intelligence forces will give a tough response to the terrorist and anti-revolutionary groups operating in the region soon, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Saturday.

Most deceived rioters released on bail, major elements detained: Police spox

Police spokesman Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi said on Saturday that most of the deceived rioters arrested in recent unrests in Iran have been released on bail while the main perpetrators of the riots are still in custody.

 

Economy

Airbus agrees to finance 37 aircraft for Iran

Deputy Roads Minister Fakhrieh Kashan said manufacturing companies have already funded a number of airplanes purchased by Iran’s flag-carrier airliner Iran Air in the post-JCPOA era.

Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014 as Iran unrest pushes up crude

Oil prices posted their strongest opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015 highs amid large anti-government rallies in Iran and ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

German industry group says Iran protests not hurting economic ties

Protests in Iran are currently having no impact on trade ties with Germany, German engineering association VDMA said on Thursday, adding that it remained unclear whether demand from Iran for German machinery would slow in the coming months.

US sanctions five firms tied to Iran’s missiles program

The US has imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies it alleges are tied to the Islamic Republic’s development of ballistic missiles.

Iran keeps global market for nibbles stocked up

Iran exported $950 million worth of dried fruit over the course of eight months since March 2017, the head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran says.

 

Regional Affairs

Palestinian Authority president warns Israel to rethink ‘aggressive policies’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned Israel to rethink its “aggressive policies” and “apartheid system” before it is too late.

Lebanon 2017: from Daesh expulsion to resignation crisis management

2017 was a year of ups and downs for Lebanon during which the Lebanese could pass the difficult situations including the fight against terrorism and the crisis of their premier’s resignation.

US freezes $125 million in funding to Palestinian refugees: Report

The US has reportedly cut off $125 million in funding for a UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, less than a week after US President Donald Trump threatened to hold back future aid payments to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Saudi Arabia arrests 11 more princes amid Crown Prince’s mass purge

Saudi officials have arrested nearly a dozen princes amid the oil-rich kingdom’s purported anti-graft campaign, which is considered the biggest purge of political dissidents and the elite in the country’s modern history.

Situation in Yemen looks like apocalypse: UN

The United Nations has warned that Yemen could become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in half a century as the war-torn country is grappling with deadly cholera and diphtheria outbreaks amid a devastating Saudi war.

 

Society

Iran’s Lotfi nominated for Best Young Player of the World 

Iran’s futsal player Tohid Lotfi from Iran has been nominated for the Best Young Player of the World.

Identifying cancer progression possible with Iranian nanodiogenestic device

Researchers at Tehran University have devised a new method for finding the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

Iranian scientist nominated for discoverer of year 2017

Iranian scientist Alireza Mashaghi Tabari who is a principal investigator and assistant professor at Leiden University and Harvard University has been nominated for the 2017 Discoverer of the Year Award.

Muslims join Christians in New Year celebrations in Iran

Christians and Muslims get together in Christian New Year celebrations in Iran in a show of solidarity and rapport between followers of the two religions.

Italian Jazz genius to give concert in Iran

Italian genius Jazz musician Francesco Cafiso will give a concert in Tehran on January 19 as part of the 33rd International Fajr Music Festival.