No more women on bicycles in Isfahan, orders prosecutor

Iranian women are posting photos of themselves riding bicycles. (CBS) May 15, 2019 The prosecutor of Isfahan in Iran has banned women's cycling in public by pronouncing it "a prohibited act" which will entail punishment based on the "Islamic Penal Code." The Iranian official news agency IRNA quoted Prosecutor Ali Esfahani as having [...]

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

U.S. sanctions leave Iran’s papers short of ink

A pedestrian pauses to read the newspaper headlines outside a kiosk in Tehran, Iran, on May 9, 2018. (Bloomberg) By Golnar Motevalli May 15, 2019 A lack of headlines is making headlines in Iran. The economic hardship triggered by a year of U.S. sanctions has extended to the Islamic Republic’s newspapers, which are [...]

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Seven Baha’i faith members sentenced to three years imprisonment in Bushehr

From left to right: Minoo Riyazati, Emad Jaberi, Farideh Jaberi, Asadollah Jaberi, Ehteram Sheikhi. (CHRI) May 14, 2019 A revolutionary court in the city of Bushehr in southern Iran sentenced seven members of the Baha’i faith to three years in prison each for allegedly answering questions about their religious beliefs to Muslim guests [...]

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

Iran minister’s remark about sending children to war leads to outcry

According to Human Rights Watch, the Islamic Republic sends child soldiers from Iran and Afghanistan to fight in Syria. (Supplied) May 14, 2019 Recent remarks by Iran’s education minister about 14 million schoolchildren being ready to go to war, has led to public outcry and condemnations among Iranians. Iranian officials have been making [...]

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Vigilantes attack Tehran University students protesting strict hijab

Protest at Tehran University, May 13, 2019. (Twitter) May 13, 2019 A fierce fight broke out on Monday May 13 between students at the University of Tehran who had gathered to protest compulsory hijab, and Basij militia and pro-government plainclothes vigilante groups, reports from Tehran say. The protest gathering started from the streets [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran|

Parliament passes bill granting citizenship to children with Iranian mothers

The Iranian parliament in Tehran, Iran, August 5, 2017. (REUTERS) May 13, 2019 The Iranian Parliament has passed the general outlines of a bill authorizing the government to grant citizenship to children born to Iranian mothers and foreign fathers. The bill was ratified on May 12 by 188 votes in favor, 20 votes [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran|

Soudabeh the 88th woman executed under Rouhani

Iran -- Executions in public, undated. (MEHR) May 13, 2019 A young woman identified only as Soudabeh was executed on October 26, 2018, the Iranian state-run ROKNA news agency reported Thursday. It is not clear in which city and prison the execution took place. She had been imprisoned for 12 years on death row on [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

How will sanctions on metal affect the Iranian economy?

The total export volume of “basic metals” for the first 10 months of the Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 21, 2018 to January 20, 2019) was around $4.3 billion. (Reuters) By Ali Ranjipour May 13, 2019 On Wednesday May 8, the same day that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran would no longer comply with [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran|

Iran’s car production halved, hit by U.S. sanctions

A line of Peugeot cars rolls out at the state-run Iran Khodro automobile manufacturing plant, just outside Tehran, Iran, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP) May 13, 2019 The association of Iranian car makers has reported that car production was halved in the first Iranian month of the year (March 21-April20) compared with the same [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian media say reformist magazine closed by authorities

Newspapers and magazines are seen on a display in a kiosk in the center of Tehran, Iran. (Reuters) May 13, 2019 Iranian media say the country’s authorities have shut down a reformist magazine that urged negotiations with the United States. Another reformist newspaper, Arman, reported Sunday that a court had suspended the weekly [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Iran|