Iran’s reform camp is in crisis

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration in August 2017. (IRNA) By Shahir Shahidsaless January 16, 2019 The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, can hardly be billed as a reformist. For that reason, he maintained his position as Iran’s Supreme Leader’s confidante while acting as his representative in the Iranian Supreme National [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian startups offer opportunities in an unstable economy

Staffers of the Bamilo online shopping site attend a meeting at their office in Tehran, Iran. May 22, 2017 (AP) January 16, 2019 The past decade in Iran has witnessed a surge in the number of startups, larger Internet companies, and digital-service providers. Owing to the impact of American sanctions, Iranians are often [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

IRGC to launch projects to alleviate poverty and boost regime popularity

The projects will be completed in the next six months, to mark the 40th anniversary of Iran’s revolution. (Supplied) January 16, 2019 Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has announced it will launch 40,000 projects to alleviate poverty around the country. IRGC commander, general Mohammad Ali Ja’afari told Tasnim news agency January 15, the [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

Committee to Protect Journalists denounces Iranian journalist’s ‘sham trial, harsh sentence’

Protesters stag a mock imprisonment similar to one in Iran during a demonstration outside Downing Street, London, Saturday 21, 2018. (Express) January 16, 2019 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the prison sentence recently imposed on Iranian journalist Hamed Aynehvand and urged the country’s authorities to “stop persecuting the media for [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s proposed budget betrays economic crisis

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei repeatedly emphasize that the nation has a resilient economy independent of oil sales. (REUTERS) By Majid Rafizadeh January 15, 2019 At the end of each year, the Iranian government proposes a budget bill in the country’s parliament (Majlis). After the bill is passed there, a clerical body also has [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Iran|

Ahmadinejad targets General Soleimani

Commander of Quds force, Qassem Soleimani (left) shakes hands with President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the funeral of his mother, 2013. (Fars) January 15, 2019 Iranian Quds Force Chief Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani has been on the receiving end of both comments by Israel and a critical letter by former Iranian President Mahmud [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Iran|

Famed Iranian playwright Mohammad Rahmanian charged for allegedly featuring female soloist

Mohammad Rahmanian has been charged with “propaganda against the state” based on a complaint by IRGC. (Supplied) January 15, 2019 Prominent Iranian theater director and playwright Mohammad Rahmanian has been charged with “propaganda against the state” based on a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for allegedly featuring a female soloist [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran launches satellite that failed to reach orbit

A satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (Iran’s Defence Ministry) January 15, 2019 Iran on Tuesday conducted one of at least two satellite launches it plans despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite failed to reach orbit, an official said. The rocket carrying the Payam [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Iran|

Mother of imprisoned activist describes beatings and threats by interrogators to kill family

Atena Daemi taken to Evin Prison’s women’s ward to begin seven-year sentence. (Supplied) January 15, 2019 In the wake of revelations of the torture of labor activist Esmail Bakhshi, others have stepped forward to join the public outcry over abuses committed against detainees in Iran by detailing their own experiences of torture in Iranian prisons. The [...]

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

Iranian theater directors protest persecution and censorship

A picture taken on December 3, 2018 shows a scene from the musical production Les Miserables, performed by Iranian artists at the Espinas Hotel in the capital Tehran. (AFP) January 14, 2019 Members of the House of Theater in Tehran have issued a statement addressed to the heads of the three branches of [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Arts, Iran|