Iran: Veteran lawmaker and former Guards commander convicted of rape

Iranian MP Salman Khodadadi (L), who has been accused of sexual misconduct and one of his alleged victims Zahra Navidpour. (RF) March 16, 2019 A veteran member of parliament and a former commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been convicted of rape, the head of the Justice Department, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, [...]

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

Poverty in Iran: Golestan

Poverty in Golestan is a few times worse than other Caspian Sea littoral provinces in northern Iran. (Supplied) By Ali Ranjipour March 16, 2019 What is the magnitude of poverty in Iran? It’s an important question, but since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, there has been no reliable and comprehensive statistics to allow for objective [...]

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Seven things you need to know about Norooz

You don’t need to be Iranian to celebrate the coming of spring and enjoy the festivities. (IranWire) March 16, 2019 It’s Norooz, Iranians’ favorite time of year. Every year, families across Iran get ready to feast, join together and celebrate, often traveling hundreds of miles to see loved ones. They exchange gifts and [...]

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There is ‘no light on the horizon’ in Iran

There is no sign from the Iranian authorities that they intend to improve their appalling human rights record. (Supplied) March 16, 2019 From journalists to activists to everyday people, no one is safe from being detained under vague laws that criminalize most forms of expression in Iran. The situation is only getting worse, [...]

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Most Iranians can’t afford treats for upcoming new year celebrations

Norooz (Norouz, Nowruz,) decoration at a market in Tehran, 11Mar2016. (Supplied) March 16, 2019 There are no better treats for Norooz (Iranian New Year, March 21) celebrations than dry nuts and sweets for offering to visiting family and friends, but this year, prices for nuts have gone beyond the reach of most Iranians. [...]

By |March 16th, 2019|Iran|

Tehran ranks near bottom in quality of living survey

A general view of the Iranian capital Tehran and the Milad tower, November 5, 2018. (AFP) March 15, 2019 Western European cities dominated Mercer's 2019 Quality of Living report comparing the quality of life in cities around the world, while Tehran ranked near the bottom, at 199 out of 231 cities surveyed. For [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Iran|

On its last legs: otherworldly photos of a dying lake in Iran

Lake Urmia was once the largest salt lake in the Middle East, but now it is set to vanish altogether. (Vice) March 15, 2019 Iranian photographer Ebrahim Noroozi has made a career out of capturing the unseen in his homeland. The three-time World Press Awards winner is unafraid to focus on dark, heavy, [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Why have Iranians turned away from  Shi’ism?  

Demonstrators hold up a poster of exiled Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini during an anti-shah demonstration in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Dec. 10, 1978. (AP) By Track Persia March 15, 2019 Since the crackdown on the protestors of the 2009 Green Movement which demanded some grievances be heard, there has been a [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Iranian women’s long battle for rights a threat to regime

Iranian women accompany men at forefront of Green Movement protests In Tehran, June 2009. (IHR) By Majid Rafizadeh March 15, 2019 The role that Iranian women have played in changing the sociopolitical and religious dynamics of the Islamic Republic has unfortunately been subject to little scholarly work. Since the ruling mullahs came to power [...]

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Khamenei tells Iran’s establishment ‘not to be at each other’s throats’

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials in Tehran, Iran November 15, 2017. (REUTERS) March 15, 2019 Iran’s Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday March 14 told member of the country’s Assembly of Experts “not to be at each other's throats over this or [...]

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