In Tehran, you can choose a marriage that lasts for three minutes

Iranian women by a poster of Ayatollah Khomeini. (Reuters) February 18, 2019 In many ways, Mohsen is like the single men you see on dating sites anywhere. He’s 27 years old, earns good money and wants to meet a hottie. But there’s one big difference: He’s seeking a temporary marriage. In an unusual [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iran faces angry online backlash over activists’ abuse claims

Iranians surf the Internet at a cafe in Tehran, Iran. (AP) February 18, 2019 In early January, labor activist Esmail Bakhshi posted a letter on Instagram saying he had been tortured in jail, attracting support from tens of thousands of Iranians online. Bakhshi, who said he was still in pain, also challenged the [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Iran|

The concept of revolution in Iran, 40 years after 1979

Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeni with leaders of the Islamic Republic in the 1980s. Ali Khamenei standing behind him. (Supplied) By H Rastgoo February 18, 2019 Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the term revolution, in general, was perceived as a rather positive concept in Iranian public discourse. One cannot deny that throughout the Pahlavi [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Police in Tehran fire in the air to disperse protests against hijab enforcement

A woman in Mashhad joined the protest against mandatory hijab in Iran, undated. (Supplied February 18, 2019 The Iranian government’s official news agency (IRNA) has confirmed reports that police in a working-class neighborhood of Tehran fired shots in the air Friday February 15 evening after residents had a clash with morality enforcement agents. [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

The fate of Khamenei’s Twitter account remains uncertain

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, August 13, 2018. (AP) February 18, 2019 Although some reports say Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Twitter account has deleted an offending post which led to its "temporary suspension" by Twitter on Friday, others say it is “read only” mode. [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s new anti-money-laundering law actually legalizes money laundering

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) By Toby Dershowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad February 16, 2019 A debate is raging in Tehran about how far Iran should go to get itself removed from a global blacklist of countries with a permissive approach [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran announces second failed satellite launch

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) February 16, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif revealed Friday that his country failed again to launch a satellite into space. Speaking to NBC News, he said that it was the second failed attempt in the past [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s female political prisoners

Female commuters board the women-only section of a crowded public bus in central Tehran. (Bloomberg) February 16, 2019 Imprisoned Iranian activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi has clearly articulated what so many Iranian activists and human rights advocates are thinking: “10 women and 132 years of prison are not merely two numbers. They are [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

The 10 nightmares of the Iranian economy

An overturned truck with Pepsi soft drink logo burns during riots in Tehran, Iran, 1979. (AP) By Fereydoun Khavand February 15, 2019 The victors of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran believed in an economic miracle and assumed they would be reaching their Utopia in no time based on Islamic fundamentalism and their motto [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s war on science

The eight environmentalists in a spying case in Iran — Sam Rajabi, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Hooman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Niloofar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh. (Supplied) February 16, 2019 Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|