The Week in Review: June 14th – June 21st

June 21 – The six political candidates nominated to run in Iran’s upcoming presidential elections on June 28 set out their economic policies in a televised debate on Monday in Tehran.

The politicians, five of whom are hardline conservative candidates, sparred with each other in a four hour-long debate.

Pledges from hardliners included addressing inflation and removing US sanctions, while the election’s sole reformist candidate vowed to build regional and global ties to boost the economy.

Narges Mohammadi, the human rights advocate and Nobel Prize Laureate was handed an additional year in prison, according to her lawyer Mostafa Nili.

Nili said Mohammadi had been convicted of spreading “propaganda against the system” for actions including commenting on the alleged torture and sexual abuse of student Dina Qalibaf, by security forces.

Mohammadi has been detained in Evin prison since 2021.

And more than 800 towns and villages, including Iran’s capital Tehran, are at risk from land subsidence, according to Iranian authorities.

The crisis has been spurred on by Iran’s acute water shortage, which in turn has come about from limited rainfall, government-led agricultural mismanagement and flash flooding.

Almost half of the country’s population has been affected by the water shortages while the number of climate refugees in Iran has risen by 800,000 in the last two years, according to official government data.

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