Iran’s national insecurity: How a paranoid regime turned against its own people

Brave protesters overcoming fears and standing up to regime's security forces. (Iran Focus) By Hannah Somerville June 30, 2020 In an interview this February, the former MP and daughter of the last president of Iran, Faezeh Rafsanjani, observed: “We look at things that have nothing to do with politics or security through the lens of [...]

By |June 30th, 2020|Iran|

From poisonings to beheadings, ‘honor killings’ in Iran gets a fresh spotlight with social media

Young Iranian women sitting on the steps outside a shopping mall in northern Tehran. (AP) By Hollie McKay June 30, 2020 Last week in the Kurdish-Iranian city of Kermanshah, an 18-year-old pregnant woman was forced to consume aluminum phosphide by her father and brothers in what human rights activists have deemed a brutal "honor" [...]

By |June 30th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Father of young man killed in Iran protests appeals to the UN

Pouya Bakhtiari (Bakhtyari) and his father Manouchehr. Pouya was shot in the head on 16 November in Karaj. Photo from Mr. Bakhtiari's Instagram page. (Instagram) June 30, 2020 Father of a young man killed in Iran’s November 2019 protests has called on the UN to set up a commission to investigate the "bloody [...]

By |June 30th, 2020|Iran|

Khamenei’s intervention in corruption cases opens door to leniency

Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with the former Chief-Justice Sadeq Amoli Larijani, attending a conference in Tehran. (IRIB) June 29, 2020 The Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's June 27 remarks defending the reputation of the former head of the Judiciary seem to have had an immediate impact on important corruption trials. Khamenei [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

Iran reports 162 coronavirus single-day death toll

Disinfecting buses in Tabriz to counter the outbreak of coronavirus on Monday, February 24, 2020. (MEHR) June 29, 2020 Iran reported 162 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday. The country's previous single-day record high was 158 deaths recorded in April. The country has been particularly hard-hit by the virus and quickly emerged as the epicenter [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

Helicopter crashes in Iran’s Fars province

Emergency and rescue helicopter searches for the plane that crashed in a mountainous area of central Iran, February 19, 2018. (Reuters) June 29, 2020 A helicopter crashed on Monday in the city of Shiraz, the capital of Fars province, Iranian media reported, adding that the cause of the accident is not yet known. [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

The men who bake up a ‘blessing’ in Tehran

Iranian bakers hard at work making traditional breads known as "the barakat (blessing)of the table". (AFP) June 29, 2020 They bake what Iranians call "the barakat (blessing) of the table", and it is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- traditional breads are a staple of the Iranian diet. Bakeries are easy to [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

Rouhani’s man dismisses hardliner’s criticism, blames all leaders for failures

Ali Rabiei (Ali Rabii ) Iranian administration spokesman. Undated. (MEHR) June 29, 2020 The Rouhani administration's spokesman Ali Rabiei has reacted strongly to an open letter by key members of the Iranian parliament who criticized President Hassan Rouhani, saying it may flare up political and social conflicts in Iran. Rabiei described the tone [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

Amid US sanctions, coronavirus outbreak, Iran central bank injects cash to lift rial

The rial was trading at around 200,000 per US dollar on the unofficial market on Saturday. (Reuters) June 29, 2020 Iran’s Central Bank has injected hundreds of millions of dollars to stabilize the currency market, bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said on Saturday, after the Iranian currency fell to historic lows this week. “Over [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iran|

Facing surge in cases, Iran launches campaign to urge wearing of masks

People queue in line to receive protection packages for COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij militia, March 12, 2020. (AFP) June 27, 2020 Iran launched a campaign on Saturday to motivate a reluctant public to use face masks as the country faces a sharp increase in infections and deaths from the coronavirus. [...]

By |June 27th, 2020|Iran|