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President’s father-in-law demands people act on lack of hijab

Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda, Khamenei rep to Khorasan-e Razavi province:. (IRNA) May 21, 2022 Ahmah Alam al-Hoda, the notoriously misogynist Friday Imam of Mashhad, has used yet another Friday sermon to rail against women having visible hair on their heads. The father-in-law of President Ebrahim Raisi entreated the faithful to intervene if they saw [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Iran, Women|

Turkey, Iran race to fill Russian ‘void’ in Syria

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) May 21, 2022 The withdrawal of tens of thousands of Russian troops from Syria to bolster its forces in Ukraine may mark a turning point in the Syrian conflict, and lead to a race between Tehran [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Worst fears of Iranian dissidents in Afghanistan realized after arrests, killing

Dissident artist Homayoon Zarian fled Iran after spending more than a year in jail and ended up living as an asylum seeker in Afghanistan. (IranWire) May 21, 2022 After the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, Afghanistan became an unlikely refuge for a small number of dissidents from neighboring Iran. The Western-backed Afghan government granted [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Afghanistan|

Iran vows harsh crackdown on economic protests

Iranian social media users posted videos purporting to show panic-buying at food stores in the country, May 11, 2022. (Twitter) May 21, 2022 Deputy commander of Iran's police Brig. Gen. Qasem Rezaee issued a severe warning against Iranian protesters infuriated by a sharp steep in prices of basic food products. "Police will act against those [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Iran|

Tehran rejects accusation Karachi blast suspects received guidance from Iran-based commander

The premises of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 22, 2020. (AN May 21, 2022 The Iranian embassy in Islamabad has “categorically” rejected statements by Pakistani investigators that suspects in last week’s bombing in the port city of Karachi had been trained in Iran or received instructions from Iran-based commanders. The [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Pakistan|

Iran holds pro-government rallies after price protests turn political

An elderly man carries his shopping in front of a grocery store in Tehran, Iran, May 11, 2022. (AP) May 21, 2022 Thousands of supporters of Iran’s clerical establishment, including 50,000 Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia members, rallied on Friday, state media reported, after protests against rising food prices turned political. “The enemies [...]

By |May 21st, 2022|Iran|

Intelligence minister accuses Iran activists of ‘ties with terrorist groups’

Iran's intelligence minister, cleric Esmail Khatib. (Supplied) May 20, 2022 The Iranian intelligence minister on Thursday accused detained members of a teachers’ union of “contact with terrorist groups” and “spies residing abroad.” “There is reliable information that some members of the said illegal groups had connection with known terrorist groups and certain spies [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Iran|

Austin to Gantz: US committed to preventing Iran’s acquiring of nuclear weapons

Defense Minister Benny Gantz meets with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon on May 19, 2022. (DPA) May 20, 2022 US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated his country’s ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge. The reaffirmation came during Austin’s meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Israel, North America, USA|

Iranian truckers plan nationwide strike amid protests

Truck drivers on Strike in Iran, undated. (Supplied) May 20, 2022 Iranian truckers have announced plans to hold a nationwide strike as anti-government protests continue and Tehran’s bus drivers have been on strike all week. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Union of Truckers and Drivers' Organization said that holding strikes and [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Iran|

Lebanon gives Tehran a double whammy

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP) By Amir Taheri May 20, 2022 It was only a couple of weeks ago that the general election in Lebanon made the headlines in Tehran’s official media. “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei had labeled the election as “a referendum on the Resistance [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Lebanon|