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More threats against the mother of imprisoned labor activist

When Esmail Bakhshi’s mother and friends of the family went to the prosecutor’s office to ask about him, the prosecutor ordered the arrest of his mother. (Supplied) February 20, 2019 On Monday February 18, the family of imprisoned labor activist Esmail Bakhshi and a group of workers from the Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane Factory gathered outside the Justice Bureau [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Clashes between two cities in Iran with police firing guns

Iranian workers protesting at Haft-Tappeh workers, November 19, 2018. (Supplied) February 20, 2019 Reports from Iran say that Monday evening and on Tuesday there were clashes and tensions between residents of the southeastern city of Dezful and the neighboring town Andimeshk over a new sign showing the borders of the two townships. The [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Iran|

A top Friday prayer leader resigns putting an end to speculations

Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad-Ali Mousavi Jazayeri is an Iranian Twelver Shi'a cleric, who has been appointed as the representative of Wali-Faqih in Khuzestan province. (IRNA) February 20, 2019 The Friday Prayer Leader of Ahvaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province in Iran has resigned. Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Jazayeri visited the office of Iran’s Supreme [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Iran|

Media in Iran edit, delete Khamenei’s latest comments

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (REUTERS) February 20, 2019 Iranian news outlets were busy "censoring", or "rephrasing" the latest comments made by the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During a meeting with hand-picked people from the province of Eastern Azarbaijan, northwest Iran, Khamenei had initially said on Monday, February 18, "The [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Iran|

As dollar rises in Iran police arrest 20 currency dealers

A currency exchange office in the Iranian capital, Tehran, August 2018. (ILNA) February 19, 2019 Police chief of Greater Tehran has announced Tuesday the arrest of “twenty foreign currency dealers”, as the U.S. dollar makes more gains on the local market. Hossein Karimi reiterated that more than 190 currency dealers currently are in [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Iran|

The 40th anniversary: How Iran’s Islamic Revolution employs Shi’ism to forge foreign policy

Demonstrators burn U.S. flags during a rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 4, 2015, on the 36th anniversary of its seizure by students. Vahid Salemi  (AP) By Track Persia February 19, 2019 Marking the 40th  anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution that overthrew the Shah and established a [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Iran goes after Christian converts

Iranian Christians at a church in Tehran. (Reuters) By Marjan Keypour Greenblatt February 19, 2019 As the Islamic Republic marked its 40th anniversary, Iranian religious minorities are experiencing continual persecution. Hundreds of Gonabadi Dervishes, Sunnis, Christians and Baha’is are incarcerated for their religious beliefs. While the pressures on religious minorities have been persistent since [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Civil rights activists systematically forced to immigrate

Civil Activist Jolan Farhadi Babadi: “I was forced to immigrate against my will in order to survive". (IranWire) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour February 19, 2019 The Iranian regime operates a deliberate policy to force civil rights activists and journalists to leave the country, actively pressuring them to feel as though they have to flee “in [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Iran|

U.S. dollar, prices rise as Iran faces uncertainty

On December 12, 2018, the U.S. dollar traded below the magic 100,000 rial threshold. On February 18 it reached 130,000 rials. (IRNA) February 19, 2019 The U.S. dollar is again on a steep rise in Iran. The greenback climbed to over 130,000 rials on Monday morning February 18. This is the biggest rise [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Iran|

In Tehran, you can choose a marriage that lasts for three minutes

Iranian women by a poster of Ayatollah Khomeini. (Reuters) February 18, 2019 In many ways, Mohsen is like the single men you see on dating sites anywhere. He’s 27 years old, earns good money and wants to meet a hottie. But there’s one big difference: He’s seeking a temporary marriage. In an unusual [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Iran, Woman|