Iran: 200 dervishes remain in prison

Clashes between Iranian security forces and members of a Sufi order in Tehran began after protesters gathered in front of a police station in northern Tehran, demanding the release of some members of their sect. (Twitter) February 15, 2019 Authorities have handed down prison sentences to over 200 Gonabadi dervishes, amounting to a [...]

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Is Iran’s stealth fighter dream dead?

IAIO Qaher (“Conqueror”) 313 stood out as a diminutive franken-plane that would look cool in an action flick. (IRNA) February 15, 2019 Iran may eventually design an actual flying jet plane resembling the mockups it passed off as the real thing—but even, such a plane would likely merely be a testbed and showpiece. [...]

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Transformation in Iran will come from women

Haleh Esfandiari speaks during a press conference in Washington on Sept. 10, 2007. (Getty Images) By Amy Mackinnon February 15, 2019 This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, when the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a Western-backed autocrat, was swept away and replaced with the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iran’s 40 years of darkness

An Iranian exile shouts slogans to protest against executions in Iran during a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels December 29, 2010. (Reuters) By Bret L. Stephens February 15, 2019 From its beginning 40 years ago this week, the Islamic Republic of Iran has enjoyed the generous benefit of the [...]

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Iran’s missile launch failures likely linked to U.S. sabotage

This Feb. 6, 2019, satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows an empty launch pad and a burn mark on it at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province. (AP) February 14, 2019 A February 13 New York Times article suggests the reason for the failure of recent Iranian space missile launches [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Iran|

Iran vows revenge on ‘mercenaries’ behind suicide attack

People and members of IRGC carry the coffins of a group of members of the Guard who were killed in a suicide car bombing that struck a bus carrying the Guard troops, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP) February 14, 2019 President Hassan Rouhani vowed revenge Thursday against the “mercenary group” behind a suicide bombing [...]

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I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

Azam Jangravi and her daughter walk along a park, at the unknown location, February 7, 2019. Picture taken February 7, 2019. (REUTERS) February 14, 2019 Azam Jangravi’s heart was pounding when she climbed atop an electricity transformer box on Tehran’s busy Revolution Street a year ago. She raised her headscarf in the air [...]

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Iran’s women are not for turning

Iranian football fans in Iran watching Iran Spain game via screen. (MEHR) By Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi February 14, 2019 Forty years ago this week, a broad coalition of Iranian women from across the social and economic spectrum stood shoulder-to-shoulder with men to rid their country of its unpopular, dictatorial Shah. According to the standard Western narrative, [...]

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The Kurds and the Iranian revolution: an endless series of tragedies

Members of the armed party of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran(PDKI or HDK). (Rudaw) February 14, 2019 When Iranians rose up against the Shah rule 40 years ago many hoped that the revolution would pave the way for fair rule that would provide the oppressed people with freedom, democracy and a dignified life. [...]

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Interview with Prince Reza Pahlavi: ‘the ignition point is near’

Interview With Prince Reza Pahlavi. (Radio Farda) February 14, 2019 Radio Farda correspondent Morad Veissi has had a chat with Prince Reza Pahlavi, the next in line in Iran’s monarchical succession before the 1979 Islamic revolution overthrew the Shah. Pahlavi and his supporters have been more vocal in their criticism of the Islamic [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Iran|