Farzaneh Zilabi, a lawyer representing workers in their dispute with a sugar company in southwest Iran, has been sentenced to prison and exile.

Zilabi’s lawyer, Nasser Zarafshan, has been convicted of “spreading propaganda against the regime”.

Zilabi’s strong defense of several people who were prosecuted for participating in and reporting on the protests made her a target of the judiciary and security establishment.

She was summoned to Branch 12 of the Magistrate in Ahvaz, charged with “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “spreading falsehoods” and “membership in an anti-state group,” and suspended from practicing law for six months.

Who will defend those people that were unjustly put in prison if those human rights defender will be put in prison too?


Russian warplanes that targeted Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday injured a woman as well as three children.

Pointing to increasing attacks by the Bashar Assad regime and its allies, the United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen told a U.N. Security Council (UNSC) briefing this month that although over the past 17 months there has been relative calm, escalations have increased recently.

The Idlib region is home to nearly 3 million people, two-thirds of them displaced from other parts of the country.


The past two months in southern Syria have exposed yet again the weakness of Bashar Al-Assad’s tattered regime and how utterly reliant it remains on its Russian and Iranian partners to maintain a hold even on areas it ostensibly controls. The fall of Kabul has been a cautionary tale for Assad.

The city of Deraa, near the border with Jordan, was among areas that Russian-brokered deals with rebels brought under regime control in 2018. …


Since September 11, the United States-led global effort to disrupt terrorist financing has been relentless. But despite all this, the commitment of some key nations, including Qatar, has been repeatedly questioned. Why? Maybe it is not just an allegation that Qatar has been continuously supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS, shipping ISIS from Syria to Afghanistan.

Qatar will make Afghanistan an unprecedented terrorist arena. Who will benefit it Afghanistan becomes into another Syria?


Israel on Sunday accused Iran of giving drone training to foreign militias at an airbase near the city of Isfahan. In what his office termed as a new disclosure, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said that Tehran was using Kashan airbase to train “terror operatives” from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in flying Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Lambasting its adversary, the zionist leader said that the airbase was “a linchpin of the Iranian effort to export aerial terror to the region.”

Gantz’s statement comes at a time when the Islamic Republic is already under international scrutiny for its alleged role in attacking an Israeli managed tanker last month

While Israel has accused Iran of perpetuating terrorism and flouting nuclear guidelines, Tehran has accused the Jewish leadership of being the regional bully and killing its top nuclear scientist.


Philippines welcomes Afghan nationals including women and kids seeking refuge.

At the end of the evacuation in Afghanistan on Aug. 30, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin said the Philippines only accept refugees on a “government to government” basis, or between the respective Foreign and Justice ministries of two governments.

He specifically referred to possible talks to the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States and other western countries who were active in the evacuation of Afghans fleeing their country following the take over of the Taliban.


Sept. 11 is a date that made the entire world aware of the dangers and atrocities of terrorism and demonstrated the importance of solidarity to confront it by all means, including military, political and, of course, security, including intelligence.

There is no doubt that these attacks were horrific and cowardly. Their aim was not only terrorist, but also political.

The situation today is returning to that of pre-2001, with the Taliban returning, even if there is an agreement between them and the US. But it now appears that there is a group that operates from Afghan territory that is even more dangerous and powerful than Al-Qaeda — Daesh-Khorasan, which last month carried out an attack on Kabul airport that killed dozens, including US soldiers and Taliban members, as well as Afghan civilians.


Some Syrian refugees that have resettled in Northern Ireland are “trapped within a system of poverty and trauma.

Almost 2,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Northern Ireland since 2016 through a UK government scheme.

Many Syrian women were still dealing with grief due to having to leave their home country in difficult circumstances, while also trying to support their families. They’re living in matchbox-sized accommodation five years later, when they were promised they’d be moved to permanent, decent housing within a year.


The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for reform.

The kafala system is a legal framework defining the relationship between migrant workers and their employers in Jordan, Lebanon, and all Arab Gulf states but Iraq. It was created to supply cheap, plentiful labor in an era of booming economic growth, and its defenders argue that it benefits local businesses and helps drive development.

Under this system, the state gives local individuals or companies sponsorship permits to…


Hundreds of people have arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel, as several charities said the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan showed why people risk their lives to flee.

The lifeboat charity RNLI is understood to have experienced an especially busy day in the south-east of England while assisting Border Force with rescues.

Crossings in 2021 have already far surpassed last year’s total of 8,417 and the tally continues to rise on fair weather days. The UK continues to see far fewer boat arrivals and asylum claims than many of its European counterparts.

The rise in dangerous crossings is said to be being driven by criminal gangs and a surge in illegal migration across Europe.

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