Iran ‘muzzling’ journalists ahead of parliamentary elections

Iranian journalists of leading moderate daily, Shargh (East), stand by their desks on 06 August 2007 in Tehran. (AFP) February 13, 2020 The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) says intelligence agents are summoning Iranian journalists, raiding their homes, and confiscating their equipment in a campaign to silence criticism of state policies [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iran|

Twenty percent of marriages in Iran are child marriages

A cropped version of a photo which went viral on social media in Iran shows the marriage of a 9-year old girl with a young man in his 20s. (Video grab) By Ali Ranjipour February 12, 2020 The figures on child marriages in Iran are shocking. Regardless of what age or criteria we use [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran|

Protests Pose New Challenges to Iranian Regime’s Future

Iranian students protest against Khamenei and the revolutionary Guard at the Tehran University in Tehran, January 14, 2020. (EPA-EFE) By John Rossomando February 12, 2020 The reaction in Iran to Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death last month from a US drone strike underscores the weakness and decay of the Islamic Republic. The median age of Iran’s population [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran|

Meet the two women who spread Christianity to hundreds in Iran’s Evin prison

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh evangelized hundreds of fellow prisoners and prison guards in Iran. (Supplied) February 12, 2020 When Iranian authorities sentenced two women to death in 2009 for spreading the message of Christianity, international observers feared the worse from the regime’s latest attempt to crush religious freedom in Iran. But the [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran, Minorities, Woman|

Technical setback used to herald 41st anniversary of Islamic Revolution in Iran

Iran's communications minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi. (MEHR) By Behnam Ben Taleblu February 12, 2020 “We’re UNSTOPPABLE! We have more Upcoming Great Iranian Satellites!” That’s how Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, heralded his country’s latest – and unsuccessful – attempt to place a domestically-produced satellite, ironically dubbed the Zafar [Victory], into [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian woman dies of suspected coronavirus infection

Iranian students repatriated from Wuhan arrived in Tehran on February 5. (Supplied) February 12, 2020 An Iranian woman has died of a suspected coronavirus infection, the state daily newspaper IRAN reported on Wednesday, without citing any sources. The 63-year-old woman died in a Tehran hospital on Monday, the newspaper said, and an investigation [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran’s Statistical Center reports 7.6 percent decline in GDP

A couple looks at jewelry in the gold market at Tehran's Grand Bazaar. (Los Angeles Times) February 12, 2020 Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) has announced that the country’s Gross National Product (GDP) declined by 7.6 percent in the first 9 months of the current Iranian year compared with the previous year. The [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iran|

Record number of candidates blocked from Iran election

Head of Iran's reformist coalition in parliamentary elections Mohammad Reza Aref (c) shows his inked finger after casting his ballot at a polling station in Tehran, February 26, 2016. (ISNA) February 11, 2020 With parliamentary elections due on Feb. 21, Iran’s clerical establishment has blocked more candidates from running than at any time [...]

By |February 11th, 2020|Iran|

Iran arrests restaurant managers after video showing men and women dancing

A video showing men and women dancing together was shared online. (Screen grab) February 11, 2020 Iranian authorities arrested restaurant managers after a video showing men and women dancing together was shared online, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. The manager of Ferdowsi hotel as well as the manager of the [...]

By |February 11th, 2020|Iran|

Iran grooms child soldiers across the country

The Students Basij, which is tasked with most of the recruitment of boy soldiers, is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. (Supplied) February 11, 2020 Iran has stepped up its operations to recruit young people to protect the Islamic Republic, many of them children, using some of the country's most powerful resources, [...]

By |February 11th, 2020|Iran|