Iranian campaigner welcomed home after years in Prison

Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward. (Supplied) January 26, 2022 Civil rights activist and political prisoner Atena Daemi was finally released on Monday, January 4 after seven and a half years of arbitrary detention. Pictures of the 33-year-old embracing her family were widely shared on social media last night. Daemi’s sister [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Iran, Women|

Iran universities fire social scientists ‘in the interest of ideologues’

The four lecturers and professors were not political activists, and their public record shows they maintained a relatively low profile. (Supplied) January 26, 2022 Iranian universities have fired four professors of social sciences in less than a week, in what critics see as further political cleansing of academia. Sharif University of Technology in [...]

By |January 26th, 2022|Ideology, Iran|

Iran’s cost-of-living squeeze belies push for economic self-reliance

Mask-clad Iranians shop at the Tajrish Bazaar market in the capital Tehran, on January 16, 2022, during the coronavirus pandemic. (AFP) January 25, 2022 Every day Mohammad Hosseini feels squeezed by Iran's soaring prices, his experience of hardship at odds with a rosy official target of 8 percent economic growth even with US [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Iran|

Iran to set next year’s minimum monthly wage at around $200

Retired people protesting in Tehran and asking for higher pensions as inflation left them with less purchasing power. October 2017. (Supplied) January 25, 2022 Iran intends to set the minimum monthly salary for the next Iranian year (starting March 21) at 56 million rials, which is about $200 at today’s exchange rate. Mohammad-Reza [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Iran|

Education Tsar: 95 percent of Olympiad medalists have left Iran

University entrance examinations, known as Konkour, for admission to higher education are held simultaneously country once a year. (ILNA) January 25, 2022 The secretary-general of Iran’s National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) has said at least 82 out of its 86 young Olympiad medalists, winners of international contests in such fields [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Iran|

Iran’s ‘smart’ Covid pass system blighted by low resourcing

Commuters wearing masks against coronavirus on Tehran underground (Metro) on April 7, 2020. (IRNA) By Pouyan Khoshhal January 25, 2022 It’s now been around six weeks since Iran’s “Smart Covid Management” project first got under way. The basic premise was to use an online data processing system, dubbed Omid (Hope), to track vaccination rates across Iran. Implemented [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Iran|

Iran makes arrest after Khomeini statue ‘destroyed’

A statue of Khomeini in a roundabout bearing his name in the center of Ardestan, Isfahan Province. (FARS) January 25, 2022 Iranian authorities on Sunday arrested an individual for destroying a statue of Ruhollah Khomeini the previous day, a local official said. The incident comes as Iran prepares to celebrate in February the [...]

By |January 25th, 2022|Iran|

Iran urges people to dress warmly to cut gas use

A view shows Tehran's skyline with snow-covered mountains in the background, Iran May 2, 2016. (Reuters) January 24, 2022 Iran’s oil ministry on Sunday urged people to wear warm clothes to reduce a surging demand for gas, as people turn up their heaters to cope with bitterly cold winter temperatures. Iran has the [...]

By |January 24th, 2022|Iran|

Iran rights defender sentenced to eight years jail and flogging: Husband

Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. (Supplied) January 24, 2022 An Iranian court has sentenced leading human rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi to eight years in prison and over 70 lashes, her husband announced on Sunday, following her sudden arrest in November last year. Her husband Taghi Rahmani, who is based in France, wrote [...]

By |January 24th, 2022|Iran, Women|

Iranian court prosecutes Rouhani’s brother for Bribery

Hassan Rouhani (C) and his brother Hossein Fereydoun (R) in a ceremony in Tehran On September 16, 2013. (Fars) January 24, 2022 Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has returned to the Iranian judiciary, this time facing charges of taking “a bribe from a manufacturer of auto parts” to [...]

By |January 24th, 2022|Iran|