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Why is Iran kidnapping and executing dissidents?

Ruhollah Zam, the operator of an anti-regime Telegram channel, in a trial at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. (Supplied) By Arash Azizi January 14, 2021 He has been dead for a month. On Dec. 12 Iranians woke up to bleak news: Their government had executed Ruhollah Zam, a 42-year-old journalist. The sentencing judge described Mr. [...]

By |January 14th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

HRW slams Tehran for ‘relentless repression of dissent’

Suppression of protesters in Marivan, Kurdistan province. November 2019. (Supplied) January 13, 2021 Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed the Iranian regime over numerous rights violations throughout 2020. In its annual World Report 2021, published on Wednesday, the NGO highlighted the state’s ruthless grip over civil society. Paying particular attention to peaceful activism and anti-regime [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran|

Iran works on uranium metal for reactor fuel in new breach of nuclear deal

A picture shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. (AFP) January 13, 2021 Iran has started work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Tehran said on Wednesday, in the latest breach of its nuclear deal with six major powers as the [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran|

Trailblazing football coach helps vulnerable children into school in Iran

Rozma Ghafouri has been recognized by the UN for her pioneering work. (IranWire) By Florencia Montaruli January 13, 2021 To this day there remains no sport in the world, and particularly not in Latin America, that arouses as much passion and ambivalence in its respective audiences as football does. In some quarters, football penetrates well [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Iran sentences Azerbaijani Turk activist to 3 years in prison for joining 2020 pro-Azerbaijan street protest

Protest rallies were held in several cities in Iran to show support for Azerbaijan as the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh continue, October 1, 2020. (Supplied) January 13, 2021 Iran has sentenced an activist from its Azerbaijani Turk ethnic minority to an effective three-year prison term for joining a public protest last year in support of Azerbaijan [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranians: Khamenei’s vaccine ban is history repeating itself

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei wearing a mask in work meetings, June 27, 2020. (khamenei.ir) By Behnam Gholipour January 13, 2021 The Supreme Leader’s opposition to US- and UK-made vaccines has been met with public outrage in Iran. Apart from being driven by ideology and personal profit over good sense, Ali Khamenei’s claim that Western [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Khameni’s lie and other vaccine myths Iranians can safely ignore

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting in Tehran, Iran December 16, 2020. (REUTERS) By Hannah Somerville January 12, 2021 On Friday, January 8, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran surfaced from obscurity to pour cold water on plans to procure a life-saving Covid-19 vaccine for the Iranian people. [...]

By |January 12th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

What will happen if Iran expels nuclear inspectors?

An IAEA inspector checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz, January 20, 2014. (APA) By Faramarz Davar January 12, 2021 Iran has threatened to block the International Atomic Energy Agency from monitoring the country’s nuclear program, a direct contravention of its commitments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ahmadi Amiri Farahani, an influential member [...]

By |January 12th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

A Female journalist’s diaries of riding a bicycle in Tehran

Iranian female cyclists were still badly treated during that period, just as they had always been and continue to be. (IranWire) January 12, 2021 Mina Akbari, a former journalist focusing on cinema and a documentary filmmaker, has given her account of the #riding_bicycles campaign, which encourages Iranians to push back against discrimination against women riding [...]

By |January 12th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Superstition among Iranians: From the times of Amir Kabir to the time of Coronavirus

Coronavirus- A sanitary worker disinfects a shrine in Qom, Iran, on February 25. (AFP) By Camelia Entekhabifard January 11, 2021 In March 2020, when Qom was declared the epicenter of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and Chinese seminary pupils its agents, the city's representative in parliament announced the situation to be critical and requested [...]

By |January 11th, 2021|Ideology, Iran|