Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid 4th wave of coronavirus pandemic

Streets are buzzing In Tehran as social distancing rules are watered down. April 21, 2020. (ISNA) April 10, 2021 Iran imposed a 10-day lockdown across most of the country on Saturday to curb the spread of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported. The lockdown affects 23 of the country’s [...]

By |April 10th, 2021|Iran|

Iran uses religious edicts to discriminate against women

A woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, undated. (AFP) By Behnam Gholipour April 10, 2021 Under Islamic law, women in Iran do not have the same rights as men. This includes not having the right to choose when it comes to jobs, careers [...]

By |April 10th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Iran’s local government stitch-up, and how to resolve it

Candidates for Iranian local council elections are vetted in advance.. (AFP) By Hannah Somerville April 10, 2021 On February 26, 1999, millions of Iranians made their way to polling stations across the country to vote in the Islamic Republic’s first-ever local council elections. Some 600,000 candidates stood for 200,000 seats, across 25,000 villages [...]

By |April 10th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Worsening inflation casts a shadow over Iranian new year

A salesperson’s briefcase is full of money at money exchange market on Ferdowsi Street, Tehran, Jan 6, 2018. (RF) By Bahram Khodabandeh April 10, 2021 The year 1399 saw the Iranian people experience the biggest inflation shock in contemporary Iranian history. The country experienced its highest single-year rate of inflation since the end [...]

By |April 10th, 2021|Iran|

Bitter blame game in Iran amid coronavirus ‘explosion’

A man disinfects the shrine of Saint Masoumeh against coronavirus in the city of Qom, February 25, 2020. (AP) April 9, 2021 Furious calls are growing louder in Iran against the pandemic mismanagement after the country’s infection rates tripled in a matter of two days. According to official statistics April 8, all provincial capitals and [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Iran|

Iran: Between illusion and reality

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrives to cast his ballot in Iran's Parliamentary election in Tehran, March 14, 2008. (REUTERS) By Amir Taheri April 9, 2021 The old script is out of the files and dusted, the décor shined and up, and the puppet-master testing the strings and flexing his fingers. But something [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Iran|

Official report lays bare endemic corruption in Iran’s medical sector

The fourth chapter of the report details the causes of various "corruption bottlenecks in the pharmaceutical industry" in Iran. (ISNA) By Behnam Gholipour April 9, 2021 For years now, the results of corruption in the Iranian drug market have been linked by officials to sanctions whenever they come up. Since the outbreak of [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian students who protested downing of Ukrainian plane on trial

Crowds gathering in front of Ostad Moein St in Tehran in protest downing of a Ukrainian plane by the IRGC, Jan 12, 2020. (Social Media) By Milad Pourisa April 9, 2021 On January 8, 2020, shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport, Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by two [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Iran|

Families of people killed in protests arrested in Iran

Families of protesters killed in the city of Marivan attending the burial ceremony of 7 victims on November 20, 2019. (Supplied) April 8, 2021 On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 security forces in Isfahan stopped a bus carrying the families of some of those killed during recent street protests in Iran and arrested at [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|Iran|

Is it only a matter of time before Iran blocks clubhouse?

Attorney General, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri speaking in a meeting, undated. (Tasnim) April 8, 2021 Iran’s attorney general says the government has not decided whether it will be block or filter the popular app Clubhouse, which has attracted widespread news coverage in recent days because of the large number of Iranians using it, including the [...]

By |April 8th, 2021|Iran|