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Ansar Al-Furqan group claims attack against IRGC HQ in Iran

The gate of a police headquarters after a suicide car bombing in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar on December 6. (AP) December 8, 2018 The Ansar Al-Furqan group, known for its opposition to the Iranian regime, claimed responsibility for the attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards headquarters in the southeastern port [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

Iran conservatives bent on punishing outspoken MP

Iran - Mahmoud Sadeghi , outspoken MP. (Supplied) December 8, 2018 Iran’s influential Guardian Council (GC) has pressed charges against Tehran's outspoken MP, Mahmoud Sadeghi, who has accused the council of "financial corruption", GC's spokesman disclosed on Friday, December 6. Speaking to Tasnim, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

Iran: Mass execution of 12 inmates in Kerman Central Prison

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) December 8, 2018 Iran on Thursday executed 12 prisoners in Kerman Central Prison, most of them convicted of drug charges. Four of the executed prisoners were identified as, Abdolghani Ghalandarzehi, Yaghub Ghalandarzehi, Jalil Khodabakhsh and Yousef Jalaledin, all from Iran’s ethnic Baluch minority. According to witnesses, [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Iran|

Iran’s budget troubles: Favoring the privileged insiders

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) By Ahmad Alavi December 7, 2018 As the Iranian budget is submitted to parliament, few expect full clarity and transparency in the budget approval process this year. Iran is under tremendous economic pressure, mostly [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Iran|

How women’s small acts of resistance threaten the Iranian government

Female commuters board the women-only section of a crowded public bus in central Tehran. (Bloomberg) December 7, 2018 In the past few months, Iranian women have been arrested for dancing and detained for riding bicycles. Why do women’s seemingly benign actions generate such backlash from the Iranian government? Women’s bodies are supposed to be [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Iran|

18 Iranian MPs resign over water crisis in Isfahan

The Zayanderud river no longer runs under the 400-year-old Si-o-seh Pol bridge, named for its 33 arches, in Isfahan, Iran. (AP) December 6, 2018 Eighteen members of Iran’s parliament collectively resigned in protest to the cancellation of water supply projects in the city of Isfahan from the country’s 2019 budget, Iranian news outlets [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iran|

Iran nuclear program has cost over $500 bn

Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, Iran, October 26, 2010. (REUTERS) December 6, 2018 A report issued by the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai has estimated the total cost of Iran’s nuclear program to have exceeded more than $500 billion [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iran|

Iran runaway spending on defense outpaces even demands of hawks

A graduation ceremony of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ceremony at army cadets, Tehran-Iran 21/03/2014. (AP) December 6, 2018 A study by the prestigious London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), an independent think tank, has revealed many hidden aspects of Iran’s defense spending and the shifting balances within the Islamic Republic’s military structures. [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iran|

Suicide car bomber kills at least three in southeastern Iran

General view of damages after a bomb inside a car exploded outside a police station in Chabahar, Iran December 6, 2018. (Reuters) December 6, 2018 At least three people were killed and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iran|

Defending child marriage, Iranian policy maker says it saves girls from prostitution

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic first set the age of marriage at 9 for girls and 13 for boys. (Supplied)) December 6, 2018 A prominent member of the Islamic Republic's Cultural and Social Council for Women is defending child marriage, arguing it protects girls from a life of prostitution and [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iran|