Khamenei orders internal cleansing of Iran’s judiciary

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani attending a conference in Tehran. (IRIB) August 15, 2019 The head of the intelligence and security department of the Islamic Republic's Judiciary says a "cleansing" procedure is underway in the country's judicial system, traditionally dominated by conservatives. "Under the Supreme Leader's (Ali Khamenei) [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Iran|

Workers prosecuted in Iran for continuing protests

Iran, Haft Tapeh, workers of sugar factory continue their strike. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 Fourteen workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Industrial complex in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran, stood trial on Wednesday, August 14, reports say. The workers are prosecuted for attending a one-hour protest gathering on May 9, to [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Iran|

Inflation in Iran Reaches 23-year Peak

Iranians trading money at a currency exchange office in a shopping centre in the capital Tehran. (AFP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad August 15, 2019 In July 2019, Iran’s 12-month average inflation reached 40.4 percent, according to the Statistical Center of Iran. This is Iran’s highest inflation rate in 23 years, well above the peak inflation rate of [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian superstar banned for what could prove to be suppression of dissent

Hanieh Tavassoli, Iranian Superstar reported to be under arrest. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 An award-winning Iranian movie superstar has been banned from appearing on the Islamic Republic's monopolized TV networks, apparently for protesting the arrest of a female photojournalist. Hanieh Tavassoli and several other famous actors have made public statements condemning the detention [...]

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

New wave of arrests against Baha’i community in Iran

A Baha'i leader, Jamaloddin Khanjani (C) after his release form prison in March 2017. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 The Islamic Republic security agents have arrested at least seven Iranian Baha'is in the past ten days, reports say. While confirming the reports, the Geneva-based Baha'i International Community says it is not yet clear which [...]

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

Sex videos on social media in Iran get public figures in trouble

Ali Ahmad Ahmadi former member of parliament and a former governor. (IRNA) August 15, 2019 A series of various videos published on social media in Iran showing public officials in embarrassing sexual acts have led to controversy. The dean of Tehran Teachers’ University on Wednesday said he thinks a professor seen in a [...]

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Top security man in Iran accused of corruption by whistle blower

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani. (Fars) August 15, 2019 A source “close” to the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani has denied reports that he is involved in self-enrichment and corruption. “An informed source” has told Iran’s national broadcaster that some individuals are spreading “unsubstantiated” reports [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Iran|

Former mayor’s life is spared as family of his murdered wife pardons him

Former Mayor of Tehran (right) Mohammad Ali Najafi with his wife, Mitra Ostad, undated. (Social Media) August 14, 2019 The former mayor of Tehran, who has been sentenced to death for murdering his second wife, has been pardoned by the victims family and will not be executed. According to the attorney of the [...]

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

Party leader’s comments signals serious rift in Iran’s reform camp

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami casts his ballot at a polling station in Jamaran mosque in Tehran on June 12, 2009. (AFP) August 14, 2019 Iran's reformist political faction seems to have split as one of the groups constituting its backbone has officially pulled out of the lose-knit political force. After remarks by [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s IRGC continues arbitrary killing of Kurdish porters

Working as a border porter or “kolbar” has turned into a prominent occupation for many in Iran’s western cities bordering Iraq and Turkey. (Supplied) August 14, 2019 According to Iranian human rights sources,during the past weeks the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have opened fire on porters, killing and wounding dozens in Iran’s border areas. [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|