Golnaz Esfandiari

Golnaz Esfandiari


I cover Iran for RFE/RL Retweets NOT Endorsement. Likes are often bookmarks. Email: esfandiarig at https://t.co/pRe88v79a2

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The sister of Iran's soccer star Massoud Shojaei says she's never been able to watch him play due to Iran's discriminatory ban on female spectators. @MaryamShoja , a campaigner against the ban, says FIFA should pressure Iran to allow women in all matches

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Mother who lost her son in Iran's 2009 state crackdown has been sentenced to 1 year in prison for her peaceful activism. Shahnaz Akmali has been also banned from leaving the country for 2 years.

How Does It Feel? Iran's FM Zarif Gets No Sympathy For Not Being Able To Travel In New York

The world seems like a horrible place. But this Iranian man rescues stray dogs so there's hope. @sezarsanctuary 

Hard-Liners Upset, Iranian Women Celebrate After Buying Soccer Tickets For First Time

U.S. Moves to Take ‘High Value’ ISIS Detainees, Including Britons Who Abused Hostages as Turkey invades the region

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Vida Movahed,a young Iranian woman who inspired protests against compulsory hijab in the country has been sentenced to 1 year in prison, IRNA reports. Movahed stood on a utility box in Tehran in late December 2017, removed her scarf& waved it on a stick.Her defiance went viral.

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Tragic: Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani,1st woman to win top international prize in mathematics, has passed away after battle w/ cancer. RIP

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A former prominent Afghan TV journalist has been shot dead in Kabul. Mena Mangal had worked for more than a decade as a presenter for Tolo TV. She also ran popular social-media pages that discussed the rights of Afghan women.

Iran's intelligence ministry says it has arrested 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Some of those arrested have been sentenced to death.

Bulgarian TV host #VictoriaMarinova  had been raped, beaten, and strangled. She was the host of an investigative program called Detector. The most recent show featured interviews about alleged corruption involving private companies misspending EU funding.

Tehran demonstration against compulsory hijab on March 8, 1979, photo by Hengameh Golestan#IWD2016  #Iran 

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