To prevent protests the Iranian government “tests” internet shutdown

A slogan on an electricity box in Tehran says “Intranet is silencer of massacre”, referring to shutdown of internet in Iran for one week and testing the national internet, November 23, 2019. (Social Media) May 29, 2020 Iranians are forever updating their knowledge and use of emojis and hashtags expressing frustration about internet [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish activists face more harsh treatment by government

The aftermath of security forces attacking Dervishes in Tehran in February 2018. Street is littered with motorbikes and debris. (Supplied) May 29, 2020 Members of Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish religious minority have faced more harsh treatment from Iranian authorities, with one recently freed dissident being sent into internal exile and another detained activist being [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

18-year-old Iranian woman burned to death by brother for marrying older man

A veiled Iranian woman crosses Jomhouri-e-Eslami (Islamic Republic) St. in downtown Tehran on July 30, 2018. (AP) May 28, 2020 An 18-year-old Iranian young woman has died of critical burns after her brother torched their house for marrying a man he did not approve of, state media reported on Wednesday. The victim had [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran blame Twitter for violating ‘freedom of expression’

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. (REUTERS) May 28, 2020 On May 26, the state-run IRNA news agency reported that “Twitter has closed the account of Iran's Embassy in Russia,” according to the media department at the regime’s embassy [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Iran|

Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf speaks after being elected as Speaker of Parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 28, 2020. (AP) May 28, 2020 Iran’s parliament voted Thursday to elect a hard-line former mayor of Tehran as the legislative body’s new speaker. Iranian state television said Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf had been elected during a parliamentary [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Iran|

Iran lawmaker arrested to serve prison term for corruption

An Iranian worker assembles a Peugeot 206 at the state-run Iran-Khodro automobile manufacturing plant near Tehran, Iran. (AP) May 28, 2020 Judicial officials have detained former member of Iran's parliament Mohammad Azizi who must serve his 61 months sentence for corruption related to the country's beleaguered auto industry. The same fate is awaiting [...]

By |May 28th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s president urges cabinet to curb ‘honor killings’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran, April 15. (AFP) May 27, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on his cabinet Wednesday to quickly adopt laws aimed at curbing so-called honor killings after a father was arrested this week for allegedly murdering his 13- or 14-year-old daughter. Reza [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Tehran residents struggle with tragically high housing prices

A general view of the Iranian capital Tehran and the Milad tower, November 5, 2018. (AFP) By Ali Ranjipour May 27, 2020 As the price of housing continues to soar, Tehran residents face further economic crisis, and Iran's wider society will also bear the brunt. The average price for one square meter of residential space in [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Iran|

Getting it in the gut: Iran sees rise in gastrointestinal coronavirus infections

Quarantine center for suspected coronavirus cases in Tehran, February 5, 2020. (ISNA) By Ron Synovitz and Maryam Sinaiee May 27, 2020 Iran became one of the first coronavirus hot spots outside of China in March when thousands of Iranians began showing respiratory symptoms of COVID-19. Now Iranian doctors say they are seeing a surge of [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Iran|

Iran Central Bank forecasts annual 22 percent inflation in rare move

Iranians shop at an open market in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran, on April 24, 2019. (AFP) May 27, 2020 In a rare move, Iran's Central Bank (CBI) has announced its forecast about the country's annual inflation rate, saying it expects 22 percent rise in prices the current Iranian year. According to the [...]

By |May 27th, 2020|Iran|