Iran steps up tactics to eliminate the country’s Baha’is

A home in Semnan, Iran, sprayed with offensive graffiti which says: "Down with the pagan Baha'i. Down with America and Britain." (BWNS) By Kian Sabeti April 16, 2021 As Iranians marked the end of Nowruz holidays in early April, more than 25 Baha'is were summoned and arrested in the cities of Shiraz, Mashhad, [...]

By |April 16th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

A veteran translator’s stories of censorship before and after the Islamic Revolution

Veteran writer and translator Parnaz Azima has struggled with the censors of the Islamic Republic for decades. (IranWire) By Niloufar Rostami April 16, 2021 Parnaz (Nazi) Azima is a journalist, author and translator. Some of her books have been published in Iran, but still more have gathered dust waiting to be rubber-stamped by [...]

By |April 16th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Iran: COVID-19 killing one person every 4 minutes

Iranian men bury a body of a victim who passed away due to (COVID-19), at Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran, March 24, 2020. (REUTERS) April 16, 2021 The new coronavirus is killing one person every four minutes in Iran, state TV reported on Thursday, a death rate authorities said was sure to quicken [...]

By |April 16th, 2021|Iran|

Iran censors soccer match over 100 times due to woman referee

Iran TV interrupted the important game between Manchester United and Tottenham dozens of times. (Getty) April 16, 2021 A television station controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran censored over 100 broadcast shots of a female referee during the Sunday British soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham, sparking criticism on social media because of [...]

By |April 16th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Khamenei’s track record of knocking back presidential candidates

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting in Tehran, Iran Dec 16, 2020. (REUTERS) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 15, 2021 Yasser Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, recently told Jamaran website that his brother, Seyed Hassan Khomeini, withdrew his candidacy from the presidential election after a [...]

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

Teacher arrested in Mashhad for protesting against Iran-China deal

Iranian filmmakers condemn the signed 25-year strategic cooperation agreement between Iran and China. (Twitter) April 15, 2021 Elementary school teacher Batoul Amini Dehyadegari was arrested at her home in Mashhad on the morning of April 5, 2021. Her family have not yet heard from her and her whereabouts is unknown. But her son, [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Iran’s authorities reopen wounds of 2019 deadly crackdown

Suppression of protesters in Marivan, Kurdistan province. November 2019. (Supplied) April 15, 2021 The Iranian public's rage at the state-led crackdown on fuel price hike protests in November 2019 has only accumulated over the past 18 months, as authorities refuse to come clean or release any official report into the killings and abuses. A series [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Iran|

Daughter of Iran’s ex-president Rafsanjani says she is boycotting upcoming elections

Reformist figure Faezeh Hashemi in a meeting in Tehran university, Dec 7, 2015. (ILNA) April 15, 2021 The daughter of one of the founding figures of Iran’s clerical establishment said on Monday she intends to boycott the upcoming presidential elections, citing her lack of faith in any reforms from within the establishment. Faezeh [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Iran, Women|

What does Khamenei have to do with the chicken crisis?

Chicken crisis in Iran is caused by shortage of foreign currency for importing poultry feed. (IranWire) By Ali Ranjipour April 15, 2021 Even the most pessimistic observer could not have imagined that Iran’s economic crisis would reach a point that a “chicken crisis” – a shortage of poultry – would emerge as the country’s most [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Iran|

Ebrahim Raisi: the hardline judge with the patronage of Iran’s supreme leader

Iranian cleric Ebrahim Raisi looks at media while registering his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections at the Interior Ministry in Tehran, April 14, 2017. (AP) By Paul Peachey April 14, 2021 The cleric Ebrahim Raisi has continued to rise up the ranks of Iran’s political and bureaucratic machinery despite suffering a [...]

By |April 14th, 2021|Iran|