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Iran reports record 6,134 new daily COVID-19 cases

Iranians, some wearing protective gear amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shop at the Tajrish Bazaar market in the capital Tehran on July 14, 2020. (AFP) October 23, 2020 Iran’s health ministry on Friday reported a record 6,134 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 556,891 in the Middle [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iran|

Ayatollah Khamenei announces fatwa on coronavirus eight months into the crisis

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei wearing a mask in work meetings, June 27, 2020. (khamenei.ir) By Pouyan Khoshhal October 23, 2020 On October 22, eight months into the crisis, Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa regarding coronavirus, reiterating the basic rules for how to deal with the pandemic. When asked what duties an individual had when dealing with [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iran|

Iran denies humanitarian measures to mother, daughter jailed for protesting compulsory hijabs

Saba Kord Afshari, protester and anti-hijab activist. Undated. (Social Media) October 23, 2020 Iran has made the imprisonment of a mother and her daughter who campaigned against its compulsory public veiling of women harsher – denying the daughter medical care and refusing to grant her mother a furlough for no apparent reason, according [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iranians ignore coronavirus rules as hospital beds fill up

Emergency medical staff help while transferring a patient with coronavirus disease to Masih Daneshvari Hospital, in Tehran, March 30, 2020. (Reuters) October 23, 2020 The coronavirus crisis in Iran has now engulfed the whole country, including small towns and rural regions. Everywhere has been hard hit by the pandemic. Hospitals are running out [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iran|

Security forces fear the growing number of Sunnis in Iran

Minority Iranian Sunni Muslims gather at a prayer center in Tehran, on the festival of Eid al-Adha. (Supplied) October 22, 2020 In a newly-published assessment, Iran’s military, intelligence and security agencies have stated that demographic changes in some provinces of Iran pose a threat to the security of the Islamic Republic. In the [...]

By |October 22nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Three transgender Iranians arrested because of Instagram posts

Meysam Valipour, Meysam Dehghani, and Alireza Asadi had published explicit posts about their sexual orientation and gender identity. (Getty) October 22, 2020 Three people from Iran’s LGBTQ community who have large followings on Instagram have been arrested by security forces and taken to Evin Prison, IranWire has learned. The three detainees have been named as Meysam [...]

By |October 22nd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iran’s COVID-19 death toll 2.5 times more than official figure

Mourners carry the body of a coronavirus victim in Tehran, March 10, 2020. (AP) October 22, 2020 A member of the Scientific Committee of Iran's Corona National Anti-Virus Headquarters has dismissed as "unrealistic" the figures that Iran's Ministry of Health officially announces daily as the COVID-19 death toll. The real death toll is [...]

By |October 22nd, 2020|Iran|

Iran reports highest daily coronavirus infections since Feb

Taxi driver wearing protective mask against coronavirus in Kerman, Iran. (Tasnim) October 21, 2020 Iran’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,616 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, the highest daily number since February, bringing the national tally to 545,286 in the Middle East’s hardest-hit country. Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Iran|

Locals report shortage of bread in 7 Iran provinces

An Iranian baker shows a traditional bread, known locally as "Barbari", in Tehran, June 22, 2016. (AFP) October 21, 2020 Local reports indicate a shortage of bread in at least seven Iranian provinces with bakers saying they cannot afford flour at current prices. A shortage of bread was initially reported by locals in West [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Iran|

Iran suffers as the Supreme Leader’s house crumbles

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (FARS) By Kamal Azari and Mohsen Sazegara October 21, 2020 While some may argue that Iran is a democracy, it is, in fact, a nation controlled within the Bayt, or house of the Ayatollah. A house that is crumbling. At the core of the Ayatollah’s empire is a [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|