Iranian football legend buys 1000 tablets for children in need

Iranian football star and former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi. (AFP) By Payam Younesipour February 25, 2021 Football star Ali Karimi has turned down an invitation from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) appear in a debate for Iranian Football Federation presidential candidates. Instead, the coach and veteran Persepolis player gave his time [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

What do we know about the nuclear watchdog’s cameras in Iran?

IAEA staff installing surveillance cameras at a nuclear facility. (Supplied) By Faramarz Davar February 25, 2021 The interim agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) follows a decision by the Islamic Republic to suspend the implementation of the Additional Protocol, which allowed IAEA inspectors to conduct unannounced inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities. If [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian student sentenced to five years in prison for wishing jailed journalist happy birthday

Leila Hosseinzadeh had taken part in a small gathering of students to mark the birthday of Mohammad Sharifi Moghaddam. (Supplied) February 25, 2021 Leila Hosseinzadeh, a student activist, has been sentenced to five years in prison and a two-year internet ban for wishing happy birthday to a fellow jailed student. The sentence was [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Sixty thousand Iranian boys aged under 18 are married

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic first set the age of marriage at 9 for girls and 13 for boys. (IranWire) February 25, 2021 More than 60,000 Iranian males aged 10 to 18 are married, according to population studies recently cited in Iranian media. On Wednesday, February 24, the demographer Shahla [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

Rumors of coronavirus variant spreading in Iran

Medics tend to a coronavirus (COVID-19) patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP) By Pouyan Khoshhal February 25, 2021 Reports have continued to come in from cities across Iran regarding infection rates of the new and more contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom. But health [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

Ahmadinejad vs Khamenei: A new chapter

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L) sits above former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (IRNA) By Ehsan Mehrabi February 24, 2021 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most incendiary remarks concerning speakers of the Iranian parliament always seem to fall on a Sunday. Back on February 3, 2013, on a day some principlists later referred to as [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

How did the fires of protest in Iran’s Saravan ignite?

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 24, 2021 On Monday, February 22, local media outlets in Sistan and Baluchistan province released videos of members of the Revolutionary Guards forces firing on impoverished local Baluch fuel smugglers, reportedly killing [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Khamenei claims Iran is a democracy

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) February 24, 2021 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, claimed in a virtual speech to a group of Tabriz residents on February 16: "Today the people are in control of [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian assistant prosecutor is accused of killing dervish prisoner

Behnam Mahjubi had been jailed after taking part in a demonstration in Iran. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar February 24, 2021 Medical provision for political and ideological prisoners in Iran is far more complex than that of ordinary prisoners. If a prisoner charged with a “normal” crime has a medical issue, the prison clinic can [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Tales of forbidden Zoroastrian-Muslim love affairs in Iran

Zoroastrianism predates Islam in Iran, but now only counts roughly 25,000 adherents. (AFP) By Niloufar Rostami February 24, 2021 The idea of a Zoroastrian marrying a Muslim in Iran was, until just a few years ago, met with deep hostility by Muslim families. Many couples were left heartbroken. But while broken hearts are [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|