Harmful oil bi-product used in Iranian cities, polluting the air

An Iranian woman wears a mask to help guard against dangerous levels of air pollution in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP) January 20, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran's Department of Environment (DoE) chief, Issa Kalantari has admitted that mazut, an environmentally harmful fuel is used for power stations in the [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Iran|

Two Italian stage directors decide to stay away from Iran government festival

A poster of FAJR international theater festival showcasing Romeo Castellucci (L) and Eugenio Barba Italian stage directors. (Supplied) January 20, 2020 Two prominent Italian stage directors have decided not to participate in the Islamic Republic's annual Fajr Theater Festival, after Iranian artists urged them to stay away. The organizers of the 38th Fajr [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Ukrainian plane crisis hits tourism in Iran

Tourists visit the Azadi Tower in the capital Tehran on April 19, 2018. (AFP) January 20, 2020 The Association of Air Transport and Tourist Agencies of Iran revealed that the tourism sector in Iran was badly hit in the first week of the downing of the Ukrainian plane which killed all 176 people [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Iran|

Amnesty says security agent sexually assaulted a detained female protester in Iran

Iranians light candles for victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 as they protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, 11 January 2020. (EPA-EFE) January 20, 2020 Amnesty International has received "shocking reports" about sexual assault of a woman, recently detained in Iran for participating in protests following the downing [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran unable to meet domestic and export natural gas demand

Facilities at the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh, Iran. (Reuters) By Dalga Khatinoglu January 20, 2020 Following Iran’s warning about a potential natural gas shortage during the winter months, Iraq's power output has substantially decreased, due to a sharp drop in gas exports from Iran. "A sharp drop in [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Iran|

Iranians enthralled by Rouhani’s hasty departure from Khamenei’s Friday prayer

President Hassan Rouhani and Majles Speaker Ali Khamenei at Friday prayers led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. January 17, 2020. (Twitter) January 18, 2020 A video and photos showing the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's unusually quick departure from today's Friday Prayers, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have filled timelines of Iranian social [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Iran|

Corruption in Iran’s Red Crescent

People are seen sheltering at a stadium in Red Crescent tents after flooding in Golestan province, Iran, March 24, 2019. (Reuters) January 18, 2020 Last month, several officials of Iran’s Red Crescent were arrested. Although these arrests were part of the government's factional feuding, it should not be overlooked that corruption in the Red Crescent, an organization whose main task is to help people in [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Iran|

Iran banned from hosting international football

Iranian football supporters cheer for their national team during a screening of the Russia 2018 World Cup in Azadi stadium in Tehran, June 20, 2018. (AFP) January 18, 2020 Iran's football federation said Friday it has been told it will not be hosting any international matches on Iranian soil. The federation said it [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Iran|

Khamenei’s sermon: The Supreme Leader vs the people

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon to the crowd during Friday Prayers in the capital Tehran, January 17, 2020. (AFP) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad January 18, 2020 The most important theme in Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s sermon on Friday was “the people”. Iran’s Supreme Leader talked about “the people” in four different parts [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian Shahnaz Akmali: “I go to prison as a mother with hope for better days ahead”

Since her son was killed in the 2009 demonstrations, Shahnaz Akmali has committed herself to demanding justice for him and other victims. (IranWire) January 17, 2020 On Wednesday, January 15, Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of Mustafa Karimbeigi, reported to Evin Prison to begin serving her one-year sentence. Akmali was sentenced in November on [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iran, Woman|