Child labor jumps by 10% in poverty stricken Iran

Child labor is a serious issue in Iran. (MEHR) July 16, 2019 According to Iran’s Ministry of Labor, the number of child laborers has increased by 10% in Iran during the last two years. “The latest report from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs showed that the number of employed children aged [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Iran|

Kurdish-Iranian talks: Hope for peace or just another political stunt?

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, 100 kilometres east of Irbil, September 12, 2018. (AFP) By Shahed Alavi July 16, 2019 News has emerged that a coalition of Kurdish politicians had recently entered into talks with Islamic Republic officials, generating hope [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran spends subsidized foreign currency to import cigarettes rather than medical supplies

Iran still allows advertisement for flavored tobacco products, although the Iranian Judiciary has officially declared a ban on such advertisements. (AP) July 16, 2019 Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi says the Iranian government has allocated $170 million at subsidized rate to importing tobacco and another $16 million to cigarette paper. According to Raisi [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian use more than two tons of narcotics every day

Iran -A drug addict in Sistan & Balouchestan province using drugs in front of his family. December 20, 2015. (Tasnim) July 16, 2019 Iranians use more than two metric tons of narcotic drugs per day, a member of Majles (Iran’s parliament) has cited the head of Drug Control Headquarters (DCH), Eskandar Momeni as [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Iran|

Some Iranian women take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back

Young Iranian women sitting on the steps outside a shopping mall in northern Tehran. (AP) July 15, 2019 The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iranian academic arrested for spying

Fariba Adelkhah is research director at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has published studies on Iranian and Afghan societies and religion. (IranWire) July 15, 2019 A Paris-based Iranian academic has been arrested in Iran on probable charges of espionage and is believed to have been undergoing interrogations for three weeks, IranWire [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Rouhani denies government inefficiency despite rampant problems

Head of Iran's Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani (left), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani. August 14, 2018. (IRNA) July 15, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed critics' claims about his administration's inefficiency as "unfair." Speaking in the northern Khorasan Province town of Shirvan on July 14, Rouhani said that [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iran|

Iranians sentenced to 74 lashes for mandatory hijab noncompliance

Iranian women make their way in a sidewalk while wearing the “chador,” in downtown Tehran on Aug. 24, 2017. (AP) July 15, 2019 The lawyer of a number of men and women who were charged with not observing Iran’s mandatory hijab laws said that his clients were sentenced to 74 lashes each. The [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Ex-Tehran mayor goes on trial over wife’s murder

Mohammad Ali Najafi (C-R) appeared in a Tehran criminal court on Saturday, accused of shooting his second wife Mitra Ostad at their Tehran home. (AFP) July 13, 2019 The high-profile trial opened Saturday of a former Tehran mayor charged with murdering his wife, Iranian media reported. Prominent reformist Mohammad Ali Najafi appeared in [...]

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

Outspoken brother of former President Khatami sentenced to prison

Mohammed Reza Khatami, a brother of former president Mohammed Khatami, is among seven Iranian reformists sentenced to one-year jail terms. (AFP) By Hessam Ghanatir July 13, 2019 Mohammad Reza Khatami, the brother of former president Mohammad Khatami and a prominent reformist figure, has been sentenced to two years in prison for claiming that the [...]

By |July 13th, 2019|Iran|