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They cried of The women outside of a Tehran courthouse are beautiful to The collective whine. The collective wail. is Reminiscence of It is a vigil but not a prayer. is One of These are the remains of a nationwide uprising that has all but died down after the Iranian judiciary’s breathless handing down of Death sentences have been handed down in the last few weeks.

Children are at the forefront of The courthouse protest singing “No to execution” In a January 14 video The Human Rights Activists News Agency [HRANA] shared this information. However, the lines blurred of One girl is seen shedding tears as she looks at the faces. Her age is only 10 years.

Iran was hit hard by the national uprising which began mid-September. It is now the country’s greatest threat to In more than 10 years, the ruling class of clergymen was in place.

It got into the regime’s conservative support base and produced countless acts of defiance – and sometimes violence – against the formidable Basij, a voluntary paramilitary group that is The fulcrum of the Islamic Republic’s security apparatus. Protesters were angry and young, which was a barrier of Fear appeared to Have broken.

After four months, protests have ceased out In the midst of a rising wave of repression against demonstrators. The authorities executed four protesters regimeOthers fear the exact same fate. These executions mark the end of an era. of A more violent crackdown with the gunning down of Demonstrators, mass arrests.

The regime The repression has been stepped up even more of Women, ethnic minorities, and dissidents. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has chalked the protests up to They have been called an accomplice in a conspiracy foreign to their destruction “act of treason.”

A second factor that works against protesters is the high percentage of older people. of 25 of them have gone clear of Analysts and activists claimed that the protests were peaceful. This has deprived protest movements of The momentum is needed to Revolt against a highly sanctioned regime Over which the international community can do little to no remaining leverage.

Iran Analysts agree however that there is no way to prevent the regime Protests will likely follow because the government has already kicked the tires. to resurface. Iran’s clerical leadership is Either unwillingly or unable to Address its Economic problems that are endemic to the US, made worse by US sanctions regime Moreover, widespread corruption.

“People’s anger has increased, not decreased,” “A 25-year old activist hailing from the southeast said it,” of It was the other country which did not respond. to Be named due to His safety is our concern. “If there were no guns in the hands of security forces, large masses of people would stage an insurrection tomorrow.”

According to reports, nearly 20,000 people were detained to activists. Mehr than 500 people, some dozens of According to reports, children were killed. to HRANA.

The repressive methods have left Iran’s protesters in a catch-22 situation. Disillusionment against the regime Appearance to Spreading, but its Make use of Protesters were deterred from growing by brute force to The level of the required to Force the regime to Stand down.

It is impossible to avoid of A critical mass is created “mathematical problem” for the protest movement, said Ali Vaez, International Crisis Group’s Director of The Iran Project.

“The majority will only join in when the regime has lost its will to suppress,” He spoke to The Sunday Review. “And the regime’s will to suppress is unlikely to crack unless there is a critical mass on the streets.”

Vaez contrasts the state of Iran Affairs to The Soviet Union during the 1980s. of Public frustrations and severe economic circumstances that had existed for years later led to the string of reforms, known as Perestroika, that preceded the USSR’s collapse.

“(The Islamic Republic) is where the Soviet Union was in early 1980s … It is ideologically bankrupt, is economically in deep trouble and is simply unable to reform itself,” Vaez. “Unlike the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, (Iran) still has the will to fight.”

“One can conclude that the protests will re-emerge sooner rather than later in a more ferocious manner,” He added.

Echoes of The revolt continues to The country is reverberating with their sounds. Tehran is awash with chants every night. of “death to the dictator” Ring out From rooftops or behind drawn curtains out of It is a sight to behold of Security forces Anti-regime Continued protests to Some of these crops are popping up of The country’s minority-dominated border regions which bore the brunt of the regime’s crackdown.

People will be out in force Friday morning. of People flooded the streets of After noon prayers in Baloch city of Zahedan majority, demanding the fall of The regime.

Kurdish majority west of The country is still going strong to Be surrounded by celebrations that mark the end of For protestors who have been killed, there are 40 days of mourning.

“Kurdistan, Kurdistan, the graveyard of fascists,” On January 16th, mourners sang and danced in an video posted by Hengaw (an Iranian-Kurdish human Rights group). In the air, mourners rose to their grief to Come remember Hooman Abdullahi – a peaceful protestor who was killed or shot by security forces.

The endurance is the key to success for activists of The protests of ethnic minorities is Signs are of what’s to come. They claim that executions will ultimately backfire.

Mindest 18 protestors were sentenced to Death as of Only five have been awarded the right now to Appeal according to to HRNA. HRNA. More than 100 people were charged with the crime of the death.

Four people have been executed already, including high-profile prisoners such as a karate champion and children’s coach.

“People are more angry after we realized how fast and hastily they hanged those men,” A militant in Iran, who doesn’t want it said so. to be identified as Mr. Z. for security reasons. “I think they compressed the spring more. Next time, people won’t even be afraid of being hanged,” He spoke to The Sunday Review.

International condemnation has been harshly directed at the executions. Reports, including The Sunday Review’s own reporting, suggest that most protesters are being denied due process, with speedy trials and access only to state-appointed lawyers.

The death sentences, however, have had chilling results mostly for the elderly. of Iranians, who have largely avoided the streets and are now trying to Activists recommend that parents keep their children home.

“Nobody wants to hold a picture of their kid,” One activist from Iran referred to the situation. to Photos of mothers carried by their daughters of They were their sons and daughters who were killed and taken into custody. Since the beginning, these images are ubiquitous. of Protests.

“But the kids want to build their future,” Mamlekate is an activist who played a crucial role in disseminating photos and video of the protests as well as connecting journalists. to The country has many sources.

“If the kids don’t do it, who’s going to do it?” He spoke to The Sunday Review. “This is far from over.”

After High Court Order, Netanyahu fires Aryeh Diei, a key ally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed key ally Aryeh Deri from all ministerial posts on Sunday, complying with a ruling by Israel’s highest court that it was unreasonable to Nab the Shas leader to a position in the government. Deri told Netanyahu that Netanyahu made the decision. “with a heavy heart, with great sorrow,” According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office.

  • Background: The court had said Deri’s appointment “cannot stand” due to Because of his convictions for criminal offences and because he said last year in court that he intended to retire from public service after he was sentenced on a tax fraud conviction. This dramatic decision was made amid unprecedented tension between the government and judiciary.
  • What is the point? Netanyahu’s government is Major judicial reforms are being planned, that include a variety of measures. of Changes made earlier in the month would permit parliament to High court rulings to be overturned and politicians given more power for appointing judges. Over 100,000 protestors marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, making it the biggest demonstration in a long series. of Protests against planned changes

A prominent Egyptian businessman is released from prison with his son

Safwan Thabet founder, former CEO of Juhayna Food Industries was released Saturday by his son Seifeldin Thubet. They had spent almost two decades in pre-trial detention. The businessmen’s release comes almost two weeks after a loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for stronger support for the private sector as one of its key demands.

  • BackgroundSafwan, his son and daughter were both arrested on December 20, 2020. Both were accused of “belonging to and financing terrorist groups,” They were not formally charged. The businessmen’s case gained international traction over the last two years, and in September 2021 Amnesty International said the incident shows “just how far the Egyptian authorities are willing to go to exert control and exposes how terrorism-related accusations are ruthlessly exploited in today’s Egypt”.
  • What is the point? Juhayna is the listed company is Egypt’s largest producer of It also offers juice and dairy products. The milk segment had 58% market share by 2021. It is It is unclear as to why these men were freed, even though they have been released just weeks after details of the IMF had been released. of its Extended Fund Facility: $3 Billion to Egypt, where Egypt has pledged to “reduce the state footprint” In the private sector.

EU approves new Iran sanctions package, says Iran Guards terrorist designation requires court decision in member state

Josep Borrell was the European Union’s foreign policy chief. He said that Monday’s decision could be a “decision.” to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization would first require a court decision in a member state.

  • Background: On Thursday, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling for the bloc to be dissolved to Designate the IRGC a terrorist organization. The EU also approved Monday’s new package of sanctions on Iran amid the country’s crackdown on protests at home.
  • What is the point? Borrell’s statement comes amid conflicting reports from Iranian politicians about potential retaliatory action should the EU move forward with the terrorist designation. The Vice Chairman of Mohammad Hassan Asfari (Internal Affairs and Councils Commission) of Iran’s parliament said on Monday that the Strait should be closed. of Hormuz to European commercial ships is “on the table,” According to Local media Nizamuddin Mousavi (parlement spokesman) said shortly afterwards that is no plan on the parliament’s agenda to The strait should be closed. The strait, which lies off Iran’s southern coast, is Only 21 miles in width its narrowest point. A third of the world’s seaborne oil passes through it.

Conservatives in Jordan’s parliament are up in arms over a locally produced Netflix film that depicts crime and corruption in the country.

“The Alleys,” It was set up in a fictional area of Jordan. The streaming started in January, and it has since been under attack from lawmakers. of The author described it as an extravagant portrayal of Criticized and society its Make use of obscene language.

Un membre of Suleiman Abu Yahya was the parliament (MP), and he went all the way to to demand on Monday That the government removes the citizenship of One of the film’s actors.

Mohammad Abu Suailik, another MP called last week for producers to Be taken to Court for defaming country its people.

“This is a great assault on other people’s freedom, their values, religion and beliefs.” he said in parliament. “The filmmaker and its funders should be held accountable.”

Bassel Ghandour, the director, didn’t respond to The Sunday Review’s request for comment.

Jordan’s nascent but thriving film production industry has frequently come under fire by conservatives in parliament for its depiction of Local society

Sanad Nowar, a liberal activist, responded to This is the controversy caused by ” on Instagram that Jordan’s reputation is being marred not by the movie but by parliament’s own behavior, posting a video of MPs were seen kicking each other last year.

“This is not the first time parliament attacks such Jordanian movies,” He spoke to The Sunday Review. “Every time, they use the same argument, which is that it doesn’t represent (the) Jordanian community.”

“We’ve been seeing so many attacks on anything related to art, music or any creative work that is outside of the box.”

Bassel Ghandour (Oscar-nominated Filmmaker) co-wrote and directed the film. It recounts important events from a life in an era. “claustrophobic neighborhood where gossip and violence police people’s behavior,” the film’s synopsis reads.

The film has won multiple awards, including the Audience Award and Special Mention at Sweden’s Malmo Arab Film Festival.

Celine Alkhaldi

Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas preform alongside Beyonce at the opening of Atlantis the Royal, a new luxury resort in Dubai, on January 21.