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Hundreds of students in Iran condemn harsh sentences against their peers

Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran, Iran, 30 December 2017. (EPA-EFE) August 22, 2019 Hundreds of Tehran University students have protested recent harsh verdicts issued against their fellow students arrested during protests in early 2018. In a letter to the president of the university, [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iran|

Iran displays domestically built mobile missile defense system

Air defence missiles on display at an undisclosed location in Iran, July, 2018. (Iranian Defence Ministry) August 22, 2019 Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, mobile surface-to-air missile system on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. The announcement comes at a time of rising tension between Iran and United States. [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Wife of Iranian veteran journalist: My husband’s hell, my court battle and why we must never forget

Mehrangiz Kar: Siamak Pourzand had a life of ups and downs. Like many Iranians, he had a negative view of the revolution. (IranWire) By Mehrangiz Kar August 22, 2019 The lawsuit I have filed with the US Federal Court against Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards might be difficult to grasp for the generations who [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iranian human traffickers and the journey across the Balkans

Iranians did not need to get a visa to go to Serbia, traffickers would send people to the airport either with both a fake and their real passport, or sometimes only the fake one. (Supplied) August 22, 2019 This story of human trafficking begins in Tehran and nearby Karaj, at two currency exchange [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Europe|

Former Khamenei supporter sentenced to 13 years for speaking out

Kamal Jafari Yazdi, an Iranian politcal activist and former supporter of ayatollah Khamenei. (YouTube) August 22, 2019 The Appeals Court has upheld a preliminary court verdict against a former supporter of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for disseminating dissident information. Based on the new ruling, the civil activist and retired [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iran|

Iran-backed Iraqi PMF blames US for recent weapons depots blasts

Plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, August 12, 2019. (AP) August 22, 2019 The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) held on Wednesday the United States responsible of a series of blasts in recent weeks in its camps and weapons depots. Four bases used by the [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran threatens ‘less secure’ shipping lanes if US halts oil exports

A boat of Iranian Revolutionary Guard sails next to Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at Bandar Abbas port, on July 21, 2019. (Reuters) August 22, 2019 Iran ramped up its threats against shipping on Wednesday, warning that international waterways can not be secure if the regime’s oil exports are [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Middle East|

Iran-linked Houthis may have shot down US drone over Yemen

A model of a military drone is seen in front of an U.S. flag in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016. (Reuters) August 22, 2019 A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar region, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday, the second such [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|North America, USA, Yemen|

Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency

Iranian banknotes and foreign coins are displayed by a vendor on a side walk of the Ferdowsi Street in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23, 2018. (Getty) August 21, 2019 Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the country’s sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|Iran|

Iranian teachers imprisoned, tortured, executed

Hashem Shaabani and Hadi Rashidi were charged with “activities against national security,” “waging war on God” and “spreading corruption on earth”. (Supplied) August 21, 2019 The Islamic Republic of Iran often prides itself on its expansion of literacy and education across the country. Yet, instead of being proud of teachers who do their [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|Iran, Minorities|