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Caught between FIFA and a fatwa, Iran’s football bosses keep pro league matches closed

Iranians outside the country have drawn attention to the discrimination female football fans face in Iran. (Twitter) By Payam Younesipour November 24, 2021 In the sixth week of Persian Gulf Pro League matches in Iran, the man in charge of making it all happen has thrown cold water over the prospect of fans [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Now Iran’s ‘drug mafia’ wants a monopoly on Covid-19 medication

Head of Iran's Razi Vaccine Ali Eshaghi speaks during a press conference after the unveiling ceremony of the locally-made "Razi Cov Pars" coronavirus vaccine, Feb 8, 2021. (AFP) By Pouyan Khoshhal November 24, 2021 Recently US pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced it had succeeded in developing an anti-viral Covid-19 pill that reduced the risk [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian child brides at record numbers

According to Iranian civil law, the legal age for marriage is 13 for girls and 15 for boys. (Getty) November 24, 2021 Child marriage has risen over 30 percent in Iran this year from the same period last year, with 9,750 girls aged 10-14 officially wed in a three-month period. Figures published by [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Iran, Women|

U.S. weighs grim options if nuclear talks with Iran collapse

A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives during the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, July 14, 2015. (REUTERS) By Dan De Luce and Abigail Williams November 24, 2021 As Iran and world powers prepare to resume negotiations next week on reviving [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|North America, USA|

Watchdog denounces Iran’s ‘harsh’ treatment of jailed university students

Ali Younesi was arrested on April 10, 2020 by Iranian security forces. (Twitter) November 24, 2021 Amnesty International says two Iranian university students detained without trial for more than 1 1/2 years are at risk of being convicted in a “grossly unfair” trial on charges they deny. Ali Younesi, 21, and Amirhossein Moradi, [...]

By |November 24th, 2021|Iran|

UN nuclear chief ends Iran trip with questions left hanging

Iran's FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) meets with the Director-General of IAEA Rafael Grossi (R) at the foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tehran on Nov 23, 2021 (AFP) November 23, 2021 The UN nuclear chief and Iran’s foreign minister stressed commitment Tuesday to continue cooperation but gave no sign that outstanding issues had [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran appeals ban from judo for avoiding Israeli opponents

Iran's Saeid Mollaei in action at the World Judo Championships in 2019. (Reuters) November 23, 2021 The Iran judo federation’s appeal against a four-year ban from international events for refusing to let its athletes face opponents from Israel was heard on Tuesday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said the Iranian appeal against [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Israel|

A better path forward for handling Iran

U.S. President Joe Biden returns a salute while boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington, Feb 19, 2021. (REUTERS) By Jim Banks and Michael Makovsky November 23, 2021 After months of buying time to further advance its nuclear program, Iran announced this month that it will return to nuclear negotiations by December. The [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian ex-official to testify in Sweden war crimes trial

Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran protest outside Stockholm’s district court on the first day of the trial of Hamid Nouri. (AP) November 23, 2021 A former Iranian prison official accused of handing out death sentences during a 1988 purge of dissidents will testify for the first time on Tuesday in [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Europe|

Israel flags Iranian UAV bases, offers counter-measures to Arab allies

A drone is launched during a large-scale drone combat exercise of Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Semnan, Iran January 6, 2021. (Reuters) November 23, 2021 Israel sharpened its rhetoric against Iranian combat drones on Tuesday, disclosing what it said were two bases used to carry out maritime attacks with the [...]

By |November 23rd, 2021|Israel, Middle East|