How Iran’s new education proposal silences and criminalizes non-Persian languages

Iranian girls study in a classroom at a school in Kerman, Iran, October 23, 2016. (REUTERS) By Rahim Hamid July 9, 2019 For many decades, successive Iranian regimes have perpetrated injustices against non-Persian peoples who make up approximately half of the country’s population. Indeed, the Islamic Republic chose to follow in the footsteps of the [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

The godfather of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (FARS) By Jason M. Brodsky July 9, 2019 Amid Iran’s tantrums over the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign, a consequential anniversary which marked three decades since Ali Khamenei’s ascension to the supreme leadership has gone largely unnoticed. After Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman, Ayatollah Khamenei is [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s corruption leaks: Shadowy corrupt clerics and sex scandals

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with ,Sadiq Larijani, the head of Iranian judiciary. (IRIB) By Arash Azizi and Behnam Gholipour July 9, 2019 Who wields power in the Islamic Republic of Iran? This question has long intrigued and divided Iran watchers. Few would name Hossein Taeb, an alias for a shadowy cleric who [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s new data law will usher in greater censorship and surveillance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28, 2018 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) July 9, 2019 Iran’s parliament has proposed new legislation that could usher in greater surveillance and censorship, posing a greater risk to journalists and activists. Parliament says the Draft Personal Data Protection [...]

By |July 9th, 2019|Iran|

Former president warns of ‘subversion’ in Iran if no reforms

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. (AFP) July 8, 2019 The more people give up hope about reforms in Iran, the more likely they gravitate towards subversion, the former President of the Islamic Republic, Mohammad Khatami, has warned, adding, "Subversive forces might succeed." Meeting with members of Engineers Association on Saturday, July 6, Khatami [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|

Organ donations law spurs controversy in Iran

Iran's head of judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi. (Reuters) July 8, 2019 An Iranian medical body slammed a contentious decision made by the cleric-led country’s head of judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, to repurpose the bodies of those sentenced to death for organ donation as unethical. Mahmoud Amiri Muqaddam, spokesman for Iranian human rights organizations, told Asharq [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|

Teachers’ rights activist sentenced to 74 lashes and prison for sit in

Hamidreza Rahmati was arrested and then released on bail for going on hunger strike and staging a sit in, in the court yard of the Department of Education in Shahreza, Isfahan Province. (IHRM) July 8, 2019 A member of the Teachers’ Trade Association of the central province of Isfahan has been sentenced to [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|

Iran asks citizens to report each other’s “immoral conduct” to the law

The Guidance Prosecutor’s Office has asked citizens to film the events they deem immoral and to send it to the social media channels. (Supplied) July 8, 2019 Iran announced today that new social media channels in Instagram and Iran’s own homegrown messaging services would be launched for ordinary Iranians to report each other’s [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|

Quake strikes oil-rich southwest Iran, dozens injured

The devastation after the earthquake in the Khuzestan Province. (Tasnim) July 8, 2019 Iran says a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit a town in the country's southwest on July 8, damaging several buildings. The report by the official IRNA news agency said that the quake hit near the town of Masjid Soleiman in Khuzestan [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|

Civic activist attacked after statement demanding Khamenei’s resignation

Reza Mehregan, is an outspoken activist who says he was attacked by three strangers after signing a petition demanding the resignation of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (Social Media) July 8, 2019 One of the signatories of a statement demanding the resignation of Iran’s Supreme Leader published a month ago says he was [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iran|