Women banned from riding bikes in Iran province run by ultra-conservative cleric

Women must be fully covered if they want to ride a bike in public. But officially riding bikes is banned for them. (CBS) August 5, 2020 The "Headquarters for Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Vice" in Iran's Khorasan Razavi Province has enforced a ban on women riding bicycles in public places. The capital city [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran executes man convicted for killing Guards soldier in 2017 unrest

Iranian protesters in Mahabad, northwestern Iran, Jan 2018. (Activists) August 5, 2020 Authorities on Wednesday executed an Iranian for killing an elite soldier during anti-government unrest in 2017, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said, drawing condemnation from a rights group. Mostafa Salehi, one of several men sentenced to death for their roles in anti-government [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran|

Meat becomes unaffordable to more Iranian families as prices rise

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) August 5, 2020 A new survey shows that 8.2% of Iranian households cannot afford to eat red meat as they fall below the poverty line. The result published by the Iranian Students Polling Agency (ISPA) on Sunday, also shows a 3.5 percent [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran|

Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease, as they disinfect the streets in Tehran, March 16, 2020. (Reuters) August 4, 2020 Iran confirmed Tuesday over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month, as the health ministry called for those without masks to be fined. [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

Protests predicted in Iran

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP) August 4, 2020 In July, many disparate groups of Iranians took to the streets in protest, but the current conditions in Iran mean that widespread and nationwide protests are coming, sooner [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

Ayatollah who voted for Khamenei in 1989 says he was the only choice

Ali Khamenei during the 1989 meeting where he was selected to succeed Ayatollah Khomeini: "I am not qualified" to be Supreme Leader. (Video grab) August 4, 2020 Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani, a former Friday Prayer Imam and a member of the Assembly of Experts says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was the only choice for [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area, no casualties

Fire at Tehran's Shahid Tondgouyan Refinery on Wednesday killed one. June 3, 2020. (MEHR) August 4, 2020 A fire broke out at an Iranian industrial area near Tehran on Tuesday, Iran’s state TV reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites. “The fire broke [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iran arrests Azerbaijani activists demanding ethnic rights

The outside of Iran's Evin prison in Tehran. (Getty) By Ebrahim Ramezani August 4, 2020 Dozens of Azerbaijani political, civil, and student activists have been detained in several cities in Iran following border clashes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia on July 16. According to their families, many of them have been held [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian academic charged with teaching the rule of law

Reza Eslami has taught human rights, minority rights, and the rule of law at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran for years. (Social Media) By Faramarz Davar August 4, 2020 Islamic Republic authorities are preparing a bizarre case against Professor Reza Eslami, who security agents arrested in May. Eslami, an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iranians protest killing of Kurdish porters by border guards

Kolbars carry goods across the Kurdistan Region-Iran border. (Rudaw) August 04, 2020 Iranian social media users pushed the hashtag created in support of Kurdish tansborder porters (kolbar) to the top of trending hashtags in Persian on Sunday. During the so-called "Twitterstorm" Sunday evening tweets with the hashtag "Don't Kill Kolbars" were retweeted more [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|