Iran’s currency falls again after watchdog decision to strengthen penalties

Iranian rials, U.S. dollars and Iraqi dinars at a currency exchange shop in Basra, Iraq, November 3, 2018. (REUTERS) February 22, 2020 Iran’s currency rial continued to lose value against major currencies on Saturday, reaching as low as 154,000 to the U.S. dollar at one point. The main reason for rial's fall was [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran has been moving toward a military dictatorship, one parliament at a time

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iranian leader, met with IRGC generals-- 30 Jun 18. (IRNA) By Maziar Bahari February 22, 2020 Iran has been moving toward a more totalitarian and militarist government in which the Supreme Leader has absolute power. The plan deployed by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seems [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

A labor activist’s experience of the Islamic Republic’s “mercy” in prison

In recent years, Neda Naji worked as a volunteer teacher with the Society for Defending Street and Labor Children, providing basic education for them. (Supplied) By Shahed Alavi February 22, 2020 A labor activist has had her sentenced reduced by the court of appeals after she and her family faced 10 months of lies [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iranian mayor tests positive for coronavirus with new cases reported

Quarantine center for suspected coronavirus cases in Tehran, February 5, 2020. (ISNA) February 22, 2020 An Iranian official has tested positive for coronavirus, state TV reported on Saturday. Morteza Rahmanzadeh, the mayor of district 13 of the capital Tehran, was hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms on Friday, according to state TV. Iran on Saturday [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Hardline Guards make early gains in restricted Iran election

About 58 million Iranians are eligible to vote for the parliamentary election. (AFP) February 22, 2020 Candidates affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards looked on course to win a parliamentary majority on Saturday, reportedly leading in the race in Tehran and towns and villages elsewhere, after a vote stacked in favor of the anti-American [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran: the masks of Jefferson and Attila

The Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot during parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Tehran, Iran Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP) By Amir Taheri February 22, 2020 Iranians are supposed to go to the polls on Friday to elect a new Islamic Consultative Assembly, an ersatz parliament designed to [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

New deaths confirmed as coronavirus continues to spread in Iran

Most of the new cases include people living in Qom and those who have visited the religious city south of Tehran during the past week. (Supplied) February 22, 2020 Iran has officially the second largest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll after China with four confirmed deaths. Earlier reports said two patients died in [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s currency continues falling as more international banking restrictions loom

Iranian and U.S. banknotes are on display at a currency exchange shop in downtown Tehran, April 4, 2015. (AP) February 21, 2020 Iran’s currency continued its recent downward trend on Thursday, falling to 144,800 rials against the U.S. dollar, one day before scheduled parliamentary elections on Friday and a decision by an international financial [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s Khamenei tightens grip on parliamentary elections, low turnout expected

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) February 21, 2020 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s grip over Iran is expected to tighten as locals are set to go to ballot boxes Friday to vote in parliamentary elections. Low voter turnout is [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iran|

Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election

Parliamentary election campaign posters prepare at a publication store in Tehran, Iran February 13, 2020. (Reuters) February 21, 2020 Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election unlikely to change the Islamic Republic’s troubled relations with the United States, after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hard-liners. [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iran|