Senior Sunni cleric in Iran says water is not the only reason for unrest

Molavi Abdolhamid advised the authorities to fulfill people’s demands. (Supplied) July 29, 2021 A senior Sunni cleric in Iran has criticized the government’s management of the country and implicitly defending protests in oil-rich Khuzestan province, has said the reason is not just lack of water. Molavi Abolhamid, the religious leader of Sunnis in [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Raisi’s execution tactics exposed

Executions in Iran increased markedly during Raisi’s stint as Judiciary Chief from 2019 until 2021. (AFP) By Sia Rajabi July 29, 2021 Ebrahim Raisi will become president of Iran in just over a week, even though (or perhaps, because) his resume is filled with crimes against the Iranian people and humanity. Shortly after [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Isfahan police chief: No motorcycle licenses for women on my watch

Two Iranian women riding a motorcycle in Tehran, undated. (Facebook) July 29, 2021 Isfahan’s traffic police chief has insisted women in his central Iranian city are not allowed to obtain motorcycle licenses, in defiance of a court ruling two years ago. Mohammad Reza Mohammadi told local council-owned Iran Metropolis News Agency (IMNA) on Tuesday that [...]

By |July 29th, 2021|Iran, Women|

Iran’s parliament moves ahead with internet-censorship bill

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf speaks after being elected as Speaker of Parliament in Tehran, Iran, on May 28, 2020. (AP) July 28, 2021 Lawmakers of the Iranian parliament in closed session Wednesday approved a proposal to delegate a vote on a controversial bill restricting internet access to the parliament’s cultural committee rather than debate [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran|

More arrests as protests intensify in cities across Iran

Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran, July 16, 2021. (Supplied) July 28, 2021 Furious anti-government protests continued in cities across Iran last night, almost two weeks after demonstrations first began over the water crisis in Khuzestan. In videos published from the city of [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran|

Demonstrators in Isfahan torch Khamenei banner as Iran protests continue

Protesters in southwestern Khuzestan province, July 2021. (Iranian media) July 28, 2021 Anti-government protests in Iran continued late on Tuesday, with protesters setting fire to a banner of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the central city of Isfahan, footage circulating on social media showed. Protests sparked by a water crisis have [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran|

Security tightened in Ahwaz as protests spill over to other Iranian cities

Riot police vehicles deployed at the entrance to the city of Susangerd on Sunday night, July 18, 2021, according to a photo taken by an activist. (Asharq Al-Awsat) July 28, 2021 After arrests and excessive use of force by security forces managed to quell peaceful water shortage protests in Iran’s southwestern Arab towns, [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Official says cryptocurrency mining machines enter Iran legally

Boxes of machinery used in Bitcoin "mining" operations that were confiscated by police in Nazarabad, undated. (AP) July 28, 2021 An official of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration has said that computers for mining cryptocurrencies enter the country with the knowledge of the government and with foreign currency provided by the Central Bank [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran|

Some Iran journalists ‘forged reports’ to downplay Khuzestan protests

Iranians protesting in Tehran, undated. (Social Media) July 28, 2021 In a statement Monday, 55 journalists working for domestic Iranian media outlets criticized the authorities for "responding with bullets and suppression" when the people of Khuzestan province "protested against their inefficient management of the country." The statement condemned what it alleged were "forged" [...]

By |July 28th, 2021|Iran|

Tehran airports to close during presidential inauguration for ‘security’

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi gestures at a news conference in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2021. (Reuters) July 27, 2021 All civilian airports in and around Iran’s capital Tehran will close during the inauguration of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) on August 5, Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported Tuesday. [...]

By |July 27th, 2021|Iran|