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Iran regime forces confront teachers’ protest with tear gas and arrests

A gathering of Iran’s teachers in Isfahan Thursday was met with harsh contact with regime forces who threatened the protestors and sprayed tear gas, forcing them to disperse, according to multiple accounts. The protest was held outside the Department of Education building where current and retired teachers, mostly female, gathered. The teachers chanted, “We shout. We shout at all of this injustice,” a slogan which neatly rhymes in Farsi. Multiple videos of the event were posted on social media by protesters and bystanders. Two or three of the protesters were arrested, according to a teacher who posted her video online. Another account said regime forces reportedly grabbed the women’s clothing and their handbags in order to stop them and to demand identification. Many who witnessed the gathering said it a rather peaceful demonstration. Iran’s protesters are

Middle East

NBA’s Kanter urges Trump to act on Turkey’s human rights record

By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Knicks player Enes Kanter urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey, after prosecutors in Istanbul requested the basketball player’s arrest and extradition over his ties to a U.S.-based cleric. The 26-year-old center has been an outspoken critic of Turkish […]

Human Rights

Young survivors of Yemen school bus air strike return to class

SAADA, Yemen (Reuters) - In a small school in Yemen's Saada province, the absence of dozens of their classmates killed in an air strike on a bus weighed heavily on the young survivors as they returned to classes. Ahmad Ali Hanash, 14, struggled to hold back tears as he recalled the friends he lost in the attack by a Saudi-led military alliance on a market in Saada in northern Yemen in August. "Their blood will not be in vain, we will avenge them by getting an education, we will avenge them by learning," Hanash, who was on the bus, told Reuters. "I thank God for surviving the attack, the ugly crime." As the survivors resumed their lives, joining morning exercise drills in the sand yard of the two-storey Al Falah primary school, or attending classes in wheelchairs alongside peers seated at wooden desks, other students said they feared more attacks