Family of Iranian dissident jailed since 2001 appeals for help to secure parole

Undated image of Iranian dissident Saeed Masouri, jailed in Iran since Jan. 8, 2001, for supporting exiled opposition group MEK. (VOA) January 16, 2021 The family of a jailed Iranian dissident who is marking 20 years in Iran’s prison system without a single day of leave is appealing for international help in securing his parole [...]

By |January 16th, 2021|Iran|

Iran deems Signal ‘criminal content,’ removes from local app stores

Iranian media reported on January 14 that local app stores Cafebazaar and Myketappstore confirmed the removal of the Signal app. (Reuters) By Golnaz Esfandiari January 16, 2021 Iran has ordered the removal of the private encrypted messengering application Signal from local application stores after it reportedly was deemed "criminal content" by the Islamic republic’s filtering [...]

By |January 16th, 2021|Iran|

Iran’s capital suffocating amid blame game over pollution

A general view of the Milad telecommunication tower (background-L) engulfed by smog in the Iranian capital Tehran on December 19, 2015. (AFP) January 16, 2021 Thick and stubborn clouds of hazardous emissions have blanketed the Iranian capital, Tehran, for four weeks in a row, only adding to a long list of challenges residents in the [...]

By |January 16th, 2021|Iran|

Monopoly of the Guards: How does a military organization control the Iranian tech sector?

IRGC’s control over the Iranian tech sector could be better-recognized abroad. (IranWire) January 15, 2021 It began as a rumor but has now been confirmed: according to Iran’s own official media, Emad Edward Sharqi, vice-president of the holdings company and noted tech investor Sarava, was arrested while attempting to leave the country. The reports didn’t [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

A killing field named the Islamic Republic

Protesters stag a mock imprisonment similar to one in Iran during a demonstration outside Downing Street, London, Saturday 21, 2018. (Express) By Jamshid Barzegar January 15, 2021 In its report on the state of journalism in the world in 2020, Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) has appropriately ranked Iran as the global record-holder [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran gives director 3-year prison term for film about journalist-turned-activist

Iranian film director Reza Mihandoust, sentenced by an Iranian court in January 2021 to prison for alleged national security offenses. (VOA) January 15, 2021 Iran has sentenced a film director to an effective three-year prison term for alleged national security offenses, including his work on a decade-old documentary about an Iranian journalist who later became [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Education Ministry in new drive to promote “chastity” in schools

A female instructor teaching girls in an all-girl school in Iran. All schools are gender-segregated in Iran. (ISNA) January 15, 2021 Thirty separate education programs covering such topics as “chastity” and the hijab have been prepared for schools in Iran, according to the Ministry of Education. Speaking at a cultural event promoting piety on January [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran|

COVAX vaccines to arrive in Iran by spring

Fourteen days after the first phase of human tests on the Iranian-produced vaccine began. (IRNA) January 15, 2021 Iran will receive its first shipment of vaccines from COVAX, the Word Health Organization’s initiative to ensure a more equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccine across the world, before spring arrives, an Iranian official has announced. Vaccinations of [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran|

Three more Baha’i houses raided in Iran

 The above calligraphy represents the name of the Baha'i faith's founder, Baha'u'llah. (Supplied) January 15, 2021 Officers from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence raided the houses of three Baha'i citizens in different cities of Iran, searched their homes and confiscated their personal belongings. According to reports sent to IranWire, on the morning of January 11, agents [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

COVID-19 deaths soar in Iran as regime pursues nuclear arms

People wearing protective clothing attend the funeral of a victim who died from the new coronavirus, at a cemetery in Ghaemshahr, north of Iran, May 1, 2020. (AP) By Ray Hanania January 14, 2021 Deaths from COVID-19 in Iran have exceeded 201,000, Paris-based opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said on [...]

By |January 14th, 2021|Iran|