Iran’s new anti-money-laundering law actually legalizes money laundering

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared before parliament on Aug. 28 to defend his government's handling of Iran's economic crisis. (MEHR) By Toby Dershowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad February 16, 2019 A debate is raging in Tehran about how far Iran should go to get itself removed from a global blacklist of countries with a permissive approach [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran announces second failed satellite launch

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) February 16, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif revealed Friday that his country failed again to launch a satellite into space. Speaking to NBC News, he said that it was the second failed attempt in the past [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s female political prisoners

Female commuters board the women-only section of a crowded public bus in central Tehran. (Bloomberg) February 16, 2019 Imprisoned Iranian activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi has clearly articulated what so many Iranian activists and human rights advocates are thinking: “10 women and 132 years of prison are not merely two numbers. They are [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

The 10 nightmares of the Iranian economy

An overturned truck with Pepsi soft drink logo burns during riots in Tehran, Iran, 1979. (AP) By Fereydoun Khavand February 15, 2019 The victors of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran believed in an economic miracle and assumed they would be reaching their Utopia in no time based on Islamic fundamentalism and their motto [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s war on science

The eight environmentalists in a spying case in Iran — Sam Rajabi, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Hooman Jokar, Sepideh Kashani, Niloofar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh. (Supplied) February 16, 2019 Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s teachers denounce suppression of rights in biggest protests in months

Iranian teachers protest in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Feb, 14, 2019. The yellow sign calls for teachers to be paid at equal rates to other public-sector workers, while the blue sign says a teacher’s place isn't in prison. (VOA) February 15, 2019 Iranian teachers have staged peaceful rallies in at least six [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Iran|

Iran: 200 dervishes remain in prison

Clashes between Iranian security forces and members of a Sufi order in Tehran began after protesters gathered in front of a police station in northern Tehran, demanding the release of some members of their sect. (Twitter) February 15, 2019 Authorities have handed down prison sentences to over 200 Gonabadi dervishes, amounting to a [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Is Iran’s stealth fighter dream dead?

IAIO Qaher (“Conqueror”) 313 stood out as a diminutive franken-plane that would look cool in an action flick. (IRNA) February 15, 2019 Iran may eventually design an actual flying jet plane resembling the mockups it passed off as the real thing—but even, such a plane would likely merely be a testbed and showpiece. [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Iran|

Transformation in Iran will come from women

Haleh Esfandiari speaks during a press conference in Washington on Sept. 10, 2007. (Getty Images) By Amy Mackinnon February 15, 2019 This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, when the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a Western-backed autocrat, was swept away and replaced with the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah [...]

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

Iran’s 40 years of darkness

An Iranian exile shouts slogans to protest against executions in Iran during a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels December 29, 2010. (Reuters) By Bret L. Stephens February 15, 2019 From its beginning 40 years ago this week, the Islamic Republic of Iran has enjoyed the generous benefit of the [...]

By |February 15th, 2019|Iran|