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Newly-leaked documents describe ‘Iranian state-sanctioned persecution of Baha’is’

A BIC website published thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and audio-visual material. (BIC) January 21, 2018 Newly-released documentary evidence detailing “years of relentless oppression” suffered by the Baha’i community in Iran has been published by the Washington-based Baha’i International Community (BIC) this week. A BIC website published thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, and [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Iran|

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the IRGC military academy. (AP) January 21, 2018 Iran's defense minister says the supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy. The comments this weekend by Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Iran|

Protests shatter myth of Iran as an island of stability

People are affected by tear gas fired by Iranian riot police to disperse protesters in Tehran on December 30. (AP) By Manuel Almeida January 19, 2018 Last week, on the seventh anniversary of the uprisings that led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia once again witnessed significant anti-government protests, some [...]

By |January 19th, 2018|Iran|

Protester labeled “terrorist” after beaten to death in custody

A photograph of actress Bahare Rahnama with Saru Ghahremani, which Rahnama posted on Twitter. (Twitter) By Shima Shahrabi January 19, 2018 The doors to Sadighieh Mosque in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan province, are open, but there is no sign of a funeral service. Instead, a notice attached to the mosque’s wall [...]

By |January 19th, 2018|Iran|

Iranian MPs slam Rouhani for statements on ‘infallible imams’

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. (AFP) January 19, 2018 Members of the Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly have conveyed a message to President Hassan Rouhani after he said anyone can be criticized at any time, even when Imam Mahdi, the last of the Twelve imams, appears, Iranian media outlets have reported. The semi-official Mehr news [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|

Iranian regime targets the arts and social gatherings in recent arrests

On January 11, 21 underground singers, including nine women, were arrested in the town of Bandar Abbas. The police also closed six unauthorized studios. (File Pic) By Siavosh Hosseini January 18, 2018 For the Iranian people, expressing themselves and their culture through the arts, including acting, painting, writing, song, and dance, has been severely limited by [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|

I stayed in Iran during the last days of the Shah. What I saw is particularly important to mention now

Iranian students pictured in the Seventies – demonstrators taking to the streets pose questions about their country’s direction. (Independent) January 18, 2018 By Mary Dejevsky So that, it would appear, may be that. As Iranian city streets filled with pro-regime demonstrators, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard declared the “defeat of sedition” – by which [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|

Unveiling Iranian pro-government trolls and cyber-warriors

Unlike Russian trolls, Iranian trolls have a limited range of techniques. (Reuters) By Ali Hajizade January 18, 2018 Lately, many media outlets write about “Kremlin Troll factory”. But, we should remember that these methods are used not only by the Russian authorities. Many different countries with regimes of varying degrees of oppressiveness use internet-trolls [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|

In Iran, protester ‘suicides’ stir anger and calls for accountability

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, center, in Tehran on Sunday. (Reuters) By Thomas Erdbrink January 18, 2018 Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Iran’s government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|

Khatami calls on Iranian regime to meets people’s demands

Former Iranian President Khatami called on the regime to heed the protesters' demands. (AFP) January 18, 2018 Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami called on Tuesday Iranian authorities to listen to the people, who have been protesting against the government. In a statement released on his website, he said that the concerned authorities and [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Iran|