Iran sinks in Press Freedom Index after jailing more journalists

An activist from (RSF) with fake injuries and chains attends a demonstration on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris July 10, 2012 to condemn the imprisonment of journalists and citizen journalists in Iran. (REUTERS) April 19, 2019 Media rights group Reporters Without Borders says Iran has slipped further toward the bottom of its World [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iran|

When the Ayatollah plays his joker

Religious fervour. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) with the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ al-Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani (3rd from R) at a religious ceremony in Tehran. (AFP) By Amir Taheri April 19, 2019 For years, “Iran experts” in the West have regarded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iran|

Locusts hit Iran’s southern provinces

Desert locusts have penetrated the provinces of Bushehr, Fars, Hormozgan, Kerman, Khuzestan, and Sistan -Baluchestan. (AFP) April 19, 2019 Iranian Plant Protection Organization (IPPO) warned on Thursday, April 18, that if the necessary budget for fighting desert locusts is not provided within two weeks, nothing could be done, and a locust breakout turns [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iran|

Release Iranian women’s rights defenders detained for peacefully protesting against forced veiling

An Iranian policewoman (L) warns a woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce Islamic dress code on April 22, 2007 in Tehran, Iran. (ISNA) April 19, 2019 Iranian authorities must stop harassing, arresting and imprisoning women’s rights defenders peacefully protesting against Iran’s degrading and discriminatory forced veiling laws, and [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Subsidies will cost Iran $63.7 billion in 12 months

Food distribution for destitute – Kerman Province – Iran, undated. (Tasnim) April 19, 2019 Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) says that during the current year, the country’s hidden and direct subsidies is estimated to reach 8,900 trillion rials, or $63.7 billion, based on the current USD rate in open market which stands [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iran|

Iran marks Army Day with large display of men and weapons

Iranian soldiers march during a military parade as they mark the country's annual army day in Tehran, April 18, 2019. (AFP) April 18, 2019 Iran marked its army day April 18, with a massive display of troops, missiles, submarines, armored vehicles and Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system. President Hassan Rouhani presided over the [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran|

Mohammad Ali Jafari: From architect to chief commander

Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, right, shakes hands with former head of IRGC, Rahim Safavi, after awarding the rank of Major General to new head of IRGC Mohammad Ali Jafari, left, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. (AP) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 18, 2019 The city of Yazd has been home to several famous [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran|

Jailed Iranian journalist gets appeal hearing after months of isolation

Hengameh Shahidi, an Iranian journalist and political prisoner who was arrested in early March 2017, undated. (Supplied) April 18, 2019 An Iranian court has held an appeal hearing for a jailed Iranian journalist and rights activist who faces a 12-year prison sentence for her social media criticisms of Iran’s judiciary. A report by Iran’s [...]

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

Iran’s Ministry Of Intelligence arrests protesters, volunteer relief workers

A number of these individuals arrested were involved in erecting flood barriers and providing support for those in flooded areas. (IHRM) April 18, 2019 The Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) have arrested a number of individuals who voluntarily involved in providing relief to the flood survivors in Ahvaz, southwest Iran. [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Iran arrests 24 people for online postings of disastrous flooding

Residents of cities and villages adjacent to Ahvaz rivers act to prevent flooding. (Tasnim) April 17, 2019 The head of the Cyber Police in Khuzestan said that 24 internet activists were identified and detained for reporting on the devastating floods in the southwestern province, according to the judiciary’s news agency Mizan Online. “Due [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Iran|