Students in Iran hold anti-government rallies chanting ‘freedom’, ‘unity’

Students protesting during Student Day at University of Tehran, December 7, 2019. (Twitter) December 7, 2019 Videos posted on various social media platforms show students in Iran chanting anti-government slogans in several Iranian universities during the annual Student Day gatherings. A huge presence of plainclothesmen in universities and security forces outside campuses can [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

Iranian soldier shot three policemen to death

Iranian soldiers patrolling in the Sistan Baluchistan province. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a soldier has shot three policemen to death in the country’s south. The Saturday report said the incident took place at a police station near the port city of Bandar Lengeh, some 1,000 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

The mullahs’ losing game

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri December 7, 2019 When popular protests erupted in Iran’s top 100 cities, including the capital Tehran, last month, it soon became clear that the ruling elites were at pains to decide what was really going on. The [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

U.S. Commission On Religious Freedom condemns arrests of Baha’is in Iran

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. Photographer: Ana Carolina, June 2016. (AFP) December 7, 2019 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the mass arrests of Baha’is in Iran. Iranian security forces have arrested at least 11 Baha’is in Isfahan and Khuzestan since November 27 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Exiled actress Farahani decries ‘massacre’ in Iran

Iranian actress and singer Golshifteh Farahani attends the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. (AFP) December 7, 2019 Exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has condemned what she called a “massacre” in her homeland, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly protests. Farahani, Iran’s first actress to star in a [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

UN office: Iranian forces were ‘shooting to kill’ protesters

Suppression of protesters in Marivan, Kurdistan province. November 2019. (Supplied) December 6, 2019 Iranian security forces were “shooting to kill” in their deadly crackdown against protesters in recent weeks, according to credible video footage, the UN human rights chief said Friday. The unrest left at least 208 people dead nationwide, the office of [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|

How can Iran modernize with stone age justice rooted in medieval Islam?

lslamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting [IRIB] has produced and broadcast several programs to promote polygamy. (Screen shot) By Firouz Farzani December 6, 2019 Believe it or not, even in a big modern city like Tehran, there is still serious discussion about the so-called virtues of polygamy.  A mullah on TV made the case for it [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Iran jails at least 8,000 following November protests

People arrested in November protests in Iran go through the painful process of forced confessions and repentance. (Fars) By Ehsan Mehrabi December 6, 2019 Three weeks after the start of anti-government protests in Iran there are still conflicting reports on the number of arrests made by security forces. A member of the Iranian Parliament [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|

One of the worst crackdowns in decades is happening in Iran. Here’s what we know

Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) By Sheena McKenzie December 6, 2019 Iranians are no strangers to protests. Rarely, however, has the government's response seemed quite as brutal as this. A little over two weeks ago, protests [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|

The killing of eighteen adolescents in Iran protests confirmed

Some of the adolescents who were killed during protests in Iran. Nikta Esfandani bottom right. (RF) December 6, 2019 Radio Farda's investigations confirm that the number of underage victims of recent protests in Iran has risen to eighteen. However, more than two weeks after the demonstrations the Islamic Republic authorities have not yet [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Iran|