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Shirin Neshat: a stare that challenges us to look away

Offered Eyes (1993) contains lines from the poet Forough Farrokhzad, who was candid about sexual desire. (Supplied) By Kelly Grovier November 13, 2019 Forget the Remington rifle that, propped upright in front of the veiled woman’s face, boldly splits her being in two. What really blows you away is the double-barrelled blast of [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

The misery map of Iranian provinces

The map shows how the “misery index”— an economic indicator dating back to the 1970s. (Supplied) By Ali Ranjipour November 13, 2019 Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Sistan and Baluchistan, Khuzestan and Kurdistan: for years now the names of these provinces have been cited as the epicenters of crisis in Iran. These provinces have [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

Argentina asks Azerbaijan to arrest Khamenei adviser

A powerful explosion destroyed a seven story building housing,of the Jewish Mutual Association of Argentina, in Buenos Aires, on July 18, 1994. (Reuters) November 13, 2019 Argentina has asked Azerbaijan to arrest a high-level Iranian adviser to the country’s Supreme Leader in connection with the bombing in 1994 of the Buenos Aires AMIA [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Latin America|

Iran: Rule allowing appeals hearings without defendants present is blatant violation of law

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi. (AP) November 13, 2019 The decision by Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's blessing, to prevent the presence of the defendant, plaintiff or their legal representatives at appeal hearings is a violation of the Constitution and Criminal Procedures Regulations, Iranian human rights activists said in interviews with the Center [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

An entity offering services for polygamy operates in Iran

Young Iranian women sitting on the steps outside a shopping mall in northern Tehran. (AP) November 13, 2019 Come and enjoy our free training workshops for polygamy, a controversial Persian ad on Instagram invites users in Iran to try the service. The ad shows a "happily smiling family”; a man, his four "cheerful" [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

No action yet in Iran’s Parliament on bill to ban broadcast of confessions during investigations

Iran's parliament session on Sunday, August 05, 2018. (ACANA) November 13, 2019 An Iranian parliamentary bill that aims to stop state-funded media outlets from airing forced "confessions" during the investigative phase appears at a standstill more than a month after it was introduced by Member of Parliament (MP) Mahmoud Sadeghi. The legislative proposal, [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Iran|

‘YOU? Really?’: Iran’s Zarif scorns EU warning over nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the EU council in Brussels, Belgium May 15, 2018. (REUTERS) November 12, 2019 Europeans have failed to fulfill their own commitments to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday, in response to a warning by the EU that urged Tehran [...]

By |November 12th, 2019|Europe|

Iraq’s elite rallies around Iran-backed plan to hang on to power

Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraq security forces fire during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP) November 12, 2019 Iraq’s ruling parties appear to have rallied behind a strategy, blessed by Iran, to try to survive a mass anti-government uprising by containing protests on the streets of Baghdad while offering [...]

By |November 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Saudi Arabia slams Iran’s ongoing deception over nuclear program

The Saudi cabinet of ministers meet during a session chaired by King Salman. (SPA) November 12, 2019 The Saudi government slammed on Tuesday Iran’s ongoing deception related to its nuclear program. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh. The cabinet hailed [...]

By |November 12th, 2019|Saudi Arabia|

‘It’s a trap’: Iran decries IAEA probe into uranium at site flagged by Israel

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) flies in front of its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, May 28, 2015. (Reuters) November 12, 2019 Iran on Sunday slammed reports that the UN atomic agency had found traces of uranium at a site flagged by Israel last year as a nuclear development warehouse [...]

By |November 12th, 2019|Isreal|