Iran’s government still unable to deal with heavy snowfall crippling northern region

Heavy snowfall has left thousands stranded and many more without power in northern Iran. February 12, 2020. (Supplied) February 14, 2020 Four days after heavy snowfall hit the province of Gilan, northern Iran, thousands of people in the urban and rural areas of the region are still without water and electricity. At least [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Iran|

Start of Iran’s election campaign marked by public indifference, disunity among conservatives

The next Majles will need a lot of time before it can overcome is internal disputes and make major decisions. (ISNA) By Behrouz Turani February 14, 2020 Campaigning for the February 21 parliamentary elections in Iran started on Thursday, February 13. However, there seems to be very little campaign activity in progress, at least [...]

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Iranians mock poster depicting slain Soleimani in heaven with male angels

A poster in Iran showing slain military commander Qassem Soleimani in heaven with three male angels. (Twitter) February 14, 2020 A poster in Iran showing slain military commander Qassem Soleimani in heaven with three male angels became the subject of ridicule among Iranians on social media. The poster, put up by Iran’s Islamic [...]

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‘Tehran, we have a problem:’ Iran’s ICT minister apologizes for spacesuit gaffe

Photo on Twitter of what appeared to be Iran’s spacesuit, only to be exposed by social media users who identified it as nothing more than a $20 Halloween costume. (Twitter) February 14, 2020 Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology apologized Wednesday for posting a photo on Twitter of what appeared to be [...]

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Spokesman denies Iran’s Rouhani intends to resign

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. (Getty) February 14, 2020 The spokesman of President Hassan Rouhani's administration has once again been forced to deny that his boss is going to step down. Since a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) passenger plane was hit by two missiles on January 8, over Tehran killing all 176 on board, [...]

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Iranian government to hold referendum on electoral law

President Hassan Rouhani (R) and his First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri, during a campaign rally in Tehran on Sunday May 13, 2017. (ISNA) February 13, 2020 The Iranian government announced Wednesday it was preparing a new draft law for a referendum that would limit the powers of the Guardian Council of the Constitution. [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iran|

They don’t know what childhood is. The saga of child laborers in Iran

Child labor is a serious issue in Iran where the number of child laborers is estimated to be between 3 to 7 million, with some 60,000 children added every year. (MEHR) By Ali Ranjipour February 13, 2020 According to the latest official statistics from Iran, there are close to half a million child laborers [...]

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Iran candidates start campaigns for parliamentary elections

Iranian women prepare to cast their votes for municipal and presidential elections in the holy city of Qom, 130kms south of Tehran, on May 19, 2017. (AFP) February 13, 2020 Thousands of Iranian candidates approved to run in parliamentary elections kicked off their campaigns Thursday ahead of next week's vote, even after authorities [...]

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Who are the Kulbars in Iran? Why are they systematically targeted and killed?

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) By Shahed Alavi February 13, 2020 A kulbar is a porter who hauls goods on his back across the borders of Iran and over long distances, mostly in the impoverished, mountainous Kurdish areas adjacent to Iraq. But who are they, why do they risk their lives in [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s clerical rulers ban Valentine’s day as ‘cultural threat’

Girl checking Valentines Day gifts at a shop in Tehran. (ISNA) February 13, 2020 To the great dismay of Iran's religious and political establishment, the celebration of Valentine's Day has become so popular in Iran that even in in the holy city of Qom authorities have to warn shops not to sell Valentine's [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iran|