Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars as COVID-19 Surges in Iran. This Activist Is Risking Her Life to Get Them Out
Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars as COVID-19 Surges in Iran. This Activist Is Risking Her Life to Get Them OutA veteran of the 40-year-long fight for women’s rights in Iran, Sotoudeh offered more than just reassurance. Her advocacy focussed international attention on the cases of activists detained for protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law. It was thanks to Sotoudeh’s work as an attorney that Shajarizadeh was released on bail in May 2018. By the time an Iranian court handed down an in absentia prison sentence of 20 years, Shajarizadeh had already left the country with her young son. “Nasrin was a pillar for us women at that time,” Shajarizadeh says.
(Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was weighing the purchase of Iranian missiles, days after Colombian President Ivan Duque accused him of doing so. © Photographer: Carolina Cabral/Getty Images South America CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MARCH 12: President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Government Palace on March 12, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro announced a travel ban for travelers flying in from Europe and Colombia and restricted gatherings and massive events in an attempt to stem the proliferation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maduro also confirmed there are no cases in Venezuela. (Photo by Carolina Cabral/Getty Images)
“It’s not a bad idea,” Maduro said in a televised interview on state TV, saying he’d since asked Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino to look into “every possibility” of acquiring short-, medium- and long-range missiles from the Islamic Republic.
Chile Venture Capital Firm Says It Bought DirecTV Venezuela
Chilean investment firm Scale Capital SA said it reached an agreement to acquire DirecTV’s operations in Venezuela and will restore the signal as soon as Friday. The service will operate within the existing DirecTV infrastructure, be free for the first 90 days and is subject to local approval, Scale Capital said in a statement. Former DirecTV head, Alexander Elorriaga, will take over as the new company director, according to the release.The announcement comes nearly three months after AT&T Inc. said it would shut down operations in the country because it was caught between restrictions imposed via U.S.
“Venezuela is not prohibited from acquiring weapons,” Maduro said. “If Iran is able to sell us a bullet or a missile, and we are able to buy it, we will.”
Last week, Colombia’s Duque said he’d received intelligence warning of Venezuela’s intentions to acquire missiles from Iran.
The Iranian embassy in Venezuela didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Iran has recently been exporting gasoline to Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions intended to choke off both nations’ oil revenue. In May, Iran sent five gasoline tankers, temporarily easing a severe gas shortage, and a ship with food in June for the opening of a new supermarket.
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Venezuela's Maduro pardons dozens of political opponents .
“The big question is whether this will go beyond political prisoners to include things like free and fair elections," a researcher said.The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for Dec. 6 that the coalition led by U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó says it is boycotting because conditions for the vote are not fair.