Iran parliament tables second impeachment in less than a month

Iran's labor minister Hojatollah Abdolmaleki speaks in parliament. (Supplied) January 15, 2022 For the second time in less than a month the Iranian parliament’s presidium has stopped a motion to impeach one of President Ebrahim Raisi’s economic ministers. Criticism of ministers come mainly from within the conservative camp that supports Raisi and his [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|Iran|

A lesson in Persian politeness: Why Khamenei’s leadership didn’t end in 1999

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a meeting in Tehran. (AFP) By Faramarz Davar January 15, 2022 Recently, a video resurfaced and was shared by the BBC depicting former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani giving a speech. The subject is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the date [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

UN experts urge Iran to halt execution of juvenile offender

An exhibition calling for an end to executions in Iran is held in Trafalgar Square, London, England, on Oct. 10, 2020. (Getty) January 15, 2022 A group of UN human rights experts urged Iran on Thursday to halt the execution of a young man arrested for murder as a minor. Hossein Shahbazi was [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|Iran|

Illicit capital flight from Iran amounts to $6 billion in six months

Iranians stand in front of a bank, hoping to buy U.S. dollar at the official rate announced by the government, in downtown Tehran, Iran, April 10, 2018. (AP) January 14, 2022 Iran's central bank says that over $6 billion was taken out of the country in six months (March 21-Sept. 20), because of [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Iran|

Iran’s Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote ‘My Uncle Napoleon,’ dies

Iranian writer and author Iraj Pezeshkzad. (Supplied) January 14, 2022 Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture’s self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94. The travails of Uncle Napoleon, whose delusions have him seeing Britain’s hand [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Arts, Iran|

Two men executed in Iran over 2018 gas station fire

Iranian flags are seen at a petrol station in Tehran, Iran, January 25, 2016. (Reuters) January 14, 2022 The Chief Justice of Lorestan has said that two “expelled” members of the military have been executed for setting fire to a gas station in the city of Khorramabad in February 2018. The incident at [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Iran|

‘No end to mounting repression’ in Iran: Human Rights Watch

Kenneth Roth, as head of human rights watch, has long campaigned against Iranian rights violations. (AP) January 14, 2022 Human Rights Watch has decried another year of abuses and repression in Iran in its World Report 2022. “Iranian intelligence and judicial authorities continued their crackdown on dissent in 2021, while lawmakers passed and [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Iran|

Iranian teachers stage protests in more than 50 cities over work conditions, pay

Iranian teachers are holding rallies demanding fair pay. (Twitter) January 13, 2022 Hundreds of teachers have joined protests in more than 50 Iranian cities, demanding higher salaries and better labor conditions. Reports indicated that teachers protested in the capital, Tehran, as well as Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Rasht, Qom, and other cities around the country. Reports said [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Iran|

Iran launched solid-fuel satellite rocket into space

A Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite rocket lifting off during its launch at an undisclosed location in Iran, Dec 30, 2021. (AFP) January 13, 2022 Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard last week launched a solid-fuel satellite carrier rocket into space, the country’s official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The report quoted Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, chief of [...]

By |January 13th, 2022|Iran|

Ahvaz and Qom hit by spike in Omicron cases

Mask-clad Iranians gather in a mosque in the capital, Tehran, to perform the Friday prayers on Oct. 22, 2021. (AFP) January 13, 2022 The Omicron Covid-19 variant is spreading at a rapid pace in the cities of Ahvaz and Qom, local health officials have warned. "The number of patients with coronavirus in the east has increased [...]

By |January 13th, 2022|Iran|