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Kurdish film director dies in car crash 2 days after release from Iranian jail

Kurdish filmmaker Rahim Zabihi was considered one of the prominent Kurdish cinematique professionals, directing tens of short films and winning local and international awards. (Twitter) December 10, 2018 Kurdish film director Rahim Zabihi and his brother Kaywan died following a tragic car accident after their vehicle caught fire in the Nizro district in [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Iran|

U.S. official says future Yemen should hold no Iranian-backed threat

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom welcomes Yemeni delegates at the opening press conference on U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Yemen in Sweden. (Reuters) December 10, 2018 While fully supporting peace talks among the warring parties in Yemen, the U.S. does not want any Iranian influence to linger on in the country, a State Department [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Yemen|

Iran courts jail 30 men for economic crimes after public outcry

Iranian banknotes and foreign coins are displayed by a vendor on a side walk of the Ferdowsi Street in Tehran, Iran. (AP) December 10, 2018 Fast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for up to 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Iran|

Iran said to hold Australian-based population expert on “infiltration” charge

Members of Australia's Iranian community travelled from Melbourne to attend a demonstration in the Canberra, July 20 2018. (SBS) December 10, 2018 Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the state news agency [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Australia|

Iran’s discriminatory laws against women: The early days

Iranian women by a poster of Ayatollah Khomeini. (Reuters) By Ehsan Mehrab December 8, 2018 Most discriminatory laws against Iranian women were passed in the early years following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The new Islamic Republic authorities sought to replace laws they had inherited from the monarchy with new legislation that would reflect the [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

Israel shoots at suspected Iran-backed Hezbollah members on Lebanon border

Israeli soldiers cover their ears as an artillery unit fires shells towards southern Lebanon from a position near Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel, near the border with Lebanon, July 21, 2006. (AP) December 8, 2018 Israeli soldiers shot Saturday at three suspected Hezbollah "activists" along the Lebanon border, the army said, days after [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Isreal, Lebanon|

The supreme leader comes first in Iran

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his visit to Mashhad, 900 km (540 miles) east of Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2018. (AP) By Jamshid Barzegar December 8, 2018 On December 4, 2018, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asked the Majlis (Iran's parliament) to correct its recent bill on retirees [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

Inflation in Iran is increasing at a slower rate

Iranian and US banknotes are on display at a currency exchange shop in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad December 8, 2018 The latest data published by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) show that Iran’s point-to-point inflation in November reached 39.9 percent, the highest level in the past five years. However, point-to-point [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran, North America, USA|

Ansar Al-Furqan group claims attack against IRGC HQ in Iran

The gate of a police headquarters after a suicide car bombing in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar on December 6. (AP) December 8, 2018 The Ansar Al-Furqan group, known for its opposition to the Iranian regime, claimed responsibility for the attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards headquarters in the southeastern port [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

US warns imprisoned Iranian activist in imminent danger

Farhad Meysami, a medical doctor who was detained in July for protesting against laws forcing Iranian women to wear the hijab, has been on a hunger strike since August 1. (Supplied) December 8, 2018 The State Department is warning the life of an imprisoned Iranian human rights activist is in imminent danger. Deputy [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|North America, USA|