Iran reports a huge drop in GDP as sanctions halt oil exports

A line of Peugeot cars rolls out at the state-run Iran Khodro automobile manufacturing plant, just outside Tehran, Iran, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP) June 19, 2019 Iran's gross domestic product, including oil production, shrank 4.9 percent in fiscal year 2018-19 compared with the year before, according to the latest report by Statistical Center [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Iran|

Cash-strapped regime in Tehran taps Sovereign Wealth Fund

A general view of the Central Bank of Iran building in Tehran, Iran. (REUTERS) By Matthew Zweig and Saeed Ghasseminejad June 19, 2019 Iran in late May announced that it would withdraw $1 billion from its foreign currency reserves, known as the National Development Fund (NDF), to help generate employment. The decision reflects the country’s mounting economic [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Iran|

Young painter sentenced to 35 lashes for ‘insulting’ filmmaker

Mahyar Bahram Asl, a graduate student, may have to receive the lashes if he is convicted for the same or any other reason within the next three years. (Social Media) June 19, 2019 A court in Tehran has sentenced a student of painting at the University of Tehran to 35 lashes on the [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran is failing to adhere to Financial Action Task Force standards

Iranian protesters show their hands with writing in Persian that reads, “No to FATF,” to protest the passage of a bill in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018. (AP) By Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad and Serena Frechter June 19, 2019 On June 16, the global watchdog that sets standards for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Iran|

The Islamic Republic gets its strength from people’s weakness

People listen to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he speaks at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the death of founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2019. (Reuters) By Javad Motevali June 18, 2019 Civil society activists have called for the Supreme Leader to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Iran|

Deaths in Iran’s notorious prisons on the rise

Iranian prisoners generally do not have access to safe drinking water, medical care, food or fresh air, and they are exposed to infectious disease. (Supplied) By Majid Rafizadeh June 18, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to project himself as a defender of human and women’s rights, while evidence on the ground points to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Iran|

Iran: Child labor represents prevalent poverty in a volatile society

Child labor is a serious issue in Iran where the number of child laborers is estimated to be between 3 to 7 million, with some 60,000 children added every year. (MEHR) June 18, 2019 One of the tragic social ills in Iran is the problem of child labor. In a meeting held in [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Iran|

What is a limpet mine and does Iran have them?

Iranian "Sticky Mine" displayed at a 2015 military show in Tehran. (Fars) June 17, 2019 On June 13 the U.S. Central Command published a statement alleging that an Iranian boat removed an “unexploded limpet mine, ” from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. What are limpet mines and does Iran have such devices? A limpet [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Iran|

Kurd singer gets 2 years of prison for singing epic Kurdish songs

Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the Orumieh Public Court . (Supplied) June 17, 2019 A Kurd singer who was arrested in mid-February was sentenced to two years of prison on charges of “spreading propaganda” against the state. Reports indicate that Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Alireza Shimohammadali’s mother: My son was my reason to live, they took him away from me

Iranian social media activist Alireza Shir-Mohammad-Ali appears in an undated photo shared on social media. He had been detained at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary after being arrested in July 2018. (VOA) June 17, 2019 Political prisoner Alireza Shimohammadali was murdered in Fashafooyeh prison, a crime that was linked to two dangerous criminals with [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Iran|