Iran to start construction of a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr

Nuclear power plant near Bushehr, Iran. (AP) October 15, 2019 Iran will start the construction of a second unit at its nuclear reactor in Bushehr next month, the spokesman of its atomic energy organization announced on Tuesday, October 15. Iran’s only nuclear reactor was built by Russia and is not a controversial part [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|Iran|

Iran minister says more stadiums made ready to accept women fans

Iranian women cheer their World Cup soccer team at Tehran's Azadi stadium. (AFP) October 15, 2019 Iran’s minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer [...]

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

Why Iran’s economy is collapsing

Iranians shop at an open market in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran, on April 24, 2019. (AFP) October 15, 2019 Iran’s economy is on the verge of a complete collapse due to a combination of US sanctions and the rampant corruption of regime officials. Gas condensate exports near zero According to the spokesperson of [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|Iran|

Iran must ratify anti-corruption bills to trade with the World

Hardliners in Iran staging a protest against international financial watchdog FATF demanding legal reforms. September 30, 2018. (IRNA) October 14, 2019 A pro-reform lawmaker in Iran says should the bills related to combating money laundering not ratified, almost the whole world would stop dealing with Iran. "Under U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran, the [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian government tries to hijack victory for women in stadiums

Iranian women cheer ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran on October 10, 2019. (AFP) October 14, 2019 Shortly after Iranian female football fans celebrated the first time they were allowed in a stadium on October [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iran drops death row charge for environmentalists

The eight environmentalists in the prison— Sam Rajabi, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Hooman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Niloofar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh. (IranWire) October 14, 2019 Four detained Iranian environmental activists have been cleared of a charge that could carry the death penalty, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. “The charge of [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran|

Mass arrests in southwest Iran in wake of protests over HIV outbreak

Dozens of furious villagers held a protest on Wednesday, Sept 3, 2019, in front of the governor’s office, protesting regime authorities’ unhealthy practices resulting in the outbreak. (Supplied) October 14, 2019 Security forces in southwest Iran have made widespread arrests following large protests over the HIV infection of more than 300 villagers by [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Iran|

Lawmakers in Iran want to ban teaching of English in public schools

A female instructor teaching girls in an all-girl school in Iran. All schools are gender-segregated in Iran. (ISNA) October 12, 2019 A large group of Iranian lawmakers have submitted a proposal in parliament to stop the teaching of English as a second language in public schools, citing remarks by the country’s Supreme Leader. [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|

IRGC pushes for reducing presidential authority over government formation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (AP) October 12, 2019 Iran’s decision-making elite, especially the Revolutionary Guards, are preparing to amend the government formation law ahead of upcoming presidential elections, well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. The move primarily aims to split government portfolios among presidential candidates and to form coalition cabinets, sources added. Under the [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|

Wikipedia probes its Persian website’s omission of Iranian officials’ crimes

Justice for Iran accused Persian Wikipedia of “covering up for human rights violators in Iran by deleting statements by officials involved in crimes against humanity.” (Wikipedia) October 12, 2019 Wikipedia is launching an investigation on whether the Persian language version of its website was removing information on its pages that mentioned Iranian officials’ [...]

By |October 12th, 2019|Iran|