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Nazak sworn in

This morning, [Iranian-American ] Nazakhtar (Nazak) Nikakhtar was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis. She will lead a team of trade professionals charged with enhancing the competitive position of U.S. business in an increasingly global marketplace.

 

Another champ flees

21 year old Mohammad Rashno Nejad, Iranian Judo champion with six Asian gold medals flees to Holland and is granted asylum.

 

violated beauty


Masih Alinejad:

This picture is a clear indication of the fact that women in Iran don’t enjoy security.

But the picture of this Iranian woman is also a symbol of bravery for this woman fearlessly stood up against her attackers.  

Her name is Marziyeh Ebrahimi. She was in the news when we became the victim of an acid attack in Esfahan. Although several years have elapsed ever since, her attackers have yet to be arrested. Instead, the government has imprisoned those demonstrating against acid attacks.

Photographer; Sara Bahrenian

Malta Bank chairman,Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, arrested for money laundering

Malta today:

 

Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, 38-year-old chairman of Malta-licensed private bank Pilatus and scion of the Hashemi family, whose Stratus Group is involved in construction.

He faces one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison; one count of Conspiracy to Violate IEEPA which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; one count of Bank Fraud which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison; one count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison; one count of Money Laundering which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

That’s 125 years.

Nowruz hugs

Happy New Year

 

Fire Dept. torch

Caught

Two female Iranian soccer fans, who tried to enter the stadium in Tabriz to watch a match, were caught.

 

Both had dressed as men to bypass Islamist fascists’ gender-apartheid law forbidding females watching matches.

Iran's Women's Day

FIFA's shame

Mr. Infantino — who took the reins of FIFA in 2016 after a corruption scandal brought down his predecessor, Sepp Blatter — was in Tehran this week in part to meet with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and to resolve a continuing dispute between Iranian and Saudi Arabian clubs. On Thursday, the FIFA chief attended the Tehran Derby, one of the country’s biggest annual soccer matches, in Iran’s national soccer stadium, Azadi, meaning freedom.

Even Saudi Arabia has opened its stadiums to women: In the fall, following his historic decision allowing women to drive, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened Riyadh’s King Fahd stadium, Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City stadium and Dammam’s Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd stadium to female fans.

But Iran’s women are still waiting to be allowed in the stands. Last April, eight women were arrested after sneaking into Azadi stadium to watch a game while dressed as men. The prohibition is the subject of Jafar Panahi’s acclaimed 2006 film “Offside,” which, perhaps unsurprisingly, was banned in Iran. Even Mr. Blatter, a man not otherwise famous for his moral rectitude, called on Iran to end its barring of female fans in 2015.

Geneva shame

Picture of protest in front of offices at invitation of Justice Minister & internationally-sanctioned human rights abuser, Alireza , to speak at opening of main session of . Invitation broadly condemned both inside and outside meeting. (image from Reuters)

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