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Week of April 8th
Air France veil backlash
After announcing it would fly to Tehran three times a week starting April 17th, Air France allowed their hostesses reassignment if they have problems with Iran’s hejab laws. The French airliner mended the rules after the National Union of Flights Attendants accused the airlines of leading “an attack on women.”
 
Iranians on social media disputed the adjustments. Some saw this as an act of defiance against what they deemed as Iran’s repressive laws, while others claimed the hostesses held a double standard since they didn’t have any problems with traveling to Saudi Arabia in the abaya. According to The Telegraph, “The French embassy in Saudi Arabia told Le Figaro that the "airport is seen as a kind of buffer zone" in terms of clothing requirements.” They added that the kingdom allowed for some tolerance between the airport and hotels “for work purposes.”
 
Here's an image from 2004 of Air France hostesses donning headscarves (hejab) upon arrival in Iran.
And some artsy depictions of the dispute.

A spy in Pakistan and Iran’s midst
Islamabad asked Tehran to investigate a suspected Indian spy who Pakistani authorities say confessed to spying on Pakistan from Iran. Pakistan said it detained Kulbhushan Jadhav in Baluchistan after he entered illegally from Iran and that he works for India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India confirmed Jadhav was a former Indian navy official, but denied he was a spy. Pakistan told its local media that Tehran has no links to the spy after the Iran Embassy warned about negative implications for Islamabad-Tehran relations.
 
Meanwhile, Pakistan looks to Iran to help ease its gas crisis.
 
 

More on Riyadh-Tehran dispute
Saudi Arabia banned Iran’s Mahan Air from flying into kingdom, citing “systematic violations” of safety laws and regulations. An Iranian civil aviation official said Mahan Air doesn’t have flights to Saudi Arabia and would use different routes to fly to Africa.
 
Also, Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain amid differences over Iran.
 
 

Ahmadinejad’s Panama Papers leak
When the Panama Papers leaked on Sunday, many were surprised to find former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caricatured amongst world leaders on the Süddeutsche Zeitung website (See Below: Top right). The colossal leak with more than 11.5 million financial and legal records revealed Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca worked with Iranian oil firms despite multilateral sanctions. Petropars Ltd kept a PO box in the British Virgin Islands during 2010 and played an important role in securing foreign investment for the South Pars natural gas field. Three months after being blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department, Mossack Fonseca resigned from the Iranian firm. However, another Iranian company, Petrocom, remained on the books. Since the Panamanian law firm carried out checks on Petrocom, a name was requested for the firm’s ultimate beneficial owner, which elicited the following reply from Mossack Fonseca’s UK franchise: “I think we could assume that would be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unless I’m mistaken.” As The Guardian points out: “While Iran’s then-president was unlikely to have actually held shares in these offshore entities, the comment makes it clear Mossack Fonseca’s UK office knew it was continuing to act for state-owned companies.”

Here's a bribe scandal that also mentions Iran.

The Iranist at the White House
The Iranist attended the White House Nowruz reception hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday.
Watch FLOTUS’ speech on the occasion of Nowruz.
Other stories that made headlines
 
-- There’s now a website calling to free Siamak and Baquer Namazi.
 
-- Journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih released from Evin after hunger strike.
 
-- Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia fuel surge in executions to 25-year high.
 
-- Netizen Report: U.S.-Iran tensions rise over cyber conflict, human rights.
 
-- Hossein and Golroo: the father and baby who disappeared.
 
-- Persian traditional music legend Mohammadreza Shajarian battling cancer.
 
-- The Maryam Campaign: Solidarity in the face of cancer.
 
-- Sex changes in Iran: Cheap, but not cheerful.
 
-- Iran faces a huge water crisis, 37 million at risk of dehydration.
 
-- U.S. Navy: Iranian weapons confiscated at sea—the third time in two months.
 
-- Investigation into how U.S. sailors were detained by Iran reaches top admirals.
 
-- Whatever happened to Iran's Super Stealth Fighter?
 
-- Russia to start deliveries of S-300 missiles to Iran in coming days.
     

-- Iran’s asymmetrical warfare: What about its cyber attack capabilities?
 
-- IRGC busts terrorist group in southeast Iran with ties to the MEK.
 
-- Iran deploys army commandos to Syria for an advisory mission.
  
-- John Kerry says Iran is pulling troops out of Syria, but is it?
 
-- UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura due in Tehran to discuss crisis.
 
-- Trailer for upcoming BBC documentary on Iran's foreign legion fighting for Syria.
 
-- ISIS supporters tried to dig tunnel into Iran prison to release fellow followers.

-- Why Tehran wants Hamas to apologize.

-- Nagorno-Karabakh truce in trouble as Russia, Iran join talks.
 
-- Pro-Israel group started petition calling on Prince Charles to reconsider Iran visit.
 
-- U.S. to clarify Iran rules, but Tehran must reassure wary firms.
 
-- Europe’s banks begin tentative return to Iran.
 
-- Iran’s oil exports surpasses 2 million bpd after lifting of sanctions.
 
-- Tehran seeks $2.5 billion investment to modernize its oil tankers.
 
-- Iran won’t have access to U.S. dollars as sanctions lift, according to official.
 
-- Rebuttal to "Iranian expats hard to woo as Western firms seek foothold in Iran".

-- President Rouhani looks down under for new foreign policy opportunities.

-- Despite criticism, President Rouhani calls for more international deals.
 
-- Iran hopes to get its trains back on track.
 
-- Rouhani: Iran is not a threat to the world and believes in moderation.
 
-- Donald Trump's unlikely Iranian fans.
 
-- Trump repeats stereotype about Iranians when attacking President Obama.
 
-- Books as revolutionary objects in Iran.
 
-- Hard talk or tunnel vision? Iranian TV needs to wise up.
 
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