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How corruption is gnawing Iran from within

Iranian jailed tycoon, Babak Zanjani attending court hearing session. (Supplied) November 19, 2019 “Corruption existed at the time of [the Shah’s] government. At that time, the system was naturally corrupt and it used to nurture corruption. One would have to search hard to find a morally healthy person in those days. Today, this [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|Iran|

Amnesty investigates ‘dozens of deaths’ in Iran protests as regime’s Guards give ominous warning

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP) November 19, 2019 Amnesty International said it was investigating "dozens of deaths" in Iran as powerful Revolutionary Guards warned anti-government protesters of “decisive” action if unrest over gasoline price hikes do not [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|Iran|

Three members of the Iranian security forces have been stabbed to death by “rioters” near Tehran, the ISNA and Fars news agencies reported late Monday.

Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) November 19, 2019 Three members of the Iranian security forces have been stabbed to death by “rioters” near Tehran, the ISNA and Fars news agencies reported late Monday. The [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s heavy water stock exceeds authorised limit: IAEA

The flag of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) waves in front of the IAEA building in Vienna. (AFP) November 19, 2019 Iran has breached another limit of its nuclear deal with major powers by accumulating more than 130 tons of heavy water, a moderator used in a type of reactor Iran is [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|Iran|

The former queen of Iran dismisses Khamenei’s accusation of inciting protests

Farah Pahlavi in January 2009. (RFE-RL) November 18, 2019 In an exclusive interview with Radio Farda, the former queen of Iran, Farah Pahlavi has responded to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s remarks blaming the former royal family for widespread protests in the country. Responding to Khamenei's claim, Queen Farah told Radio Farda on [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|

Is gasoline really cheap in Iran?

An Iranian woman fuels her car at a gas station in Tehran, January 25, 2016. (Reuters) By Ali Ranjipour November 18, 2019 The gas price hike – and ensuing protests – may be dominating headlines but the debate over whether gas is affordable or expensive rages on. Everyone agrees that the sudden threefold increase in [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|

A member of Iran’s Parliament resigns in protest, others might follow

Iranian members of parliament shout slogans calling for the execution of liberal rivals after street protests led to hundreds of arrests in Tehran, Jan 2018. (IRNA) November 18, 2019 Iranian news agencies on Sunday reported the resignation of a member of parliament, Mohammad Qaseem Osmani, representative of Bukan, following a decision to raise fuel prices, [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|

Protests in Iran continue despite use of lethal force – dozens reported killed

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019. (Reuters) November 18, 2019 The spokesman for President Hassan Rouhani’s administration claimed in a news conference on Monday morning that compared to the previous day there have been less protest demonstrations in Iran on Monday. Meanwhile he claimed [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|

The truth behind Iran’s “massive” oil find

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening of a factory in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) November 18, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced proudly this weekend that Iran had discovered a massive new oil field containing more than 50 billion barrels of reserves—a figure that would increase the country’s already sizeable oil [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|

Social media joins protests on the ground in Iran despite internet blackout

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP) November 18, 2019 Iranian activists on Twitter have been taking to the social media platform to share videos and updates on the demonstrations, triggered by fuel rationing and price hikes, despite a [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|Iran|