How many meals can you buy with emergency aid in Iran?

Many online viewers were struck by the video of the old pedlar, who claimed on camera he had been forced to take to the streets in order to eat. (Supplied) By Ali Ranjipour April 4, 2020 In recent days a shocking video has been doing the rounds online in Iran. It features an old [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iran escaped prisoners back in jail amid coronavirus epidemic

Prisoners of November protests in a Tehran prison. No numbers, names and no information about prisoner status revealed by government. (Fars) April 4, 2020 Most of the 70 inmates who escaped from a prison in western Iran last month are now back in jail, Iranian authorities said on Saturday, even though about 100,000 [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Economists in Iran warn president of possible unrest amid coronavirus damage

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) April 4, 2020 Fifty Iranian economists have warned President Hassan Rouhani that the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic can lead to unrest in low-income areas around big cities later this year. In a letter addressed to Rouhani on April 3, the economists forecast a worsening recession, decline in [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Two million Iranians lost their jobs in coronavirus crisis

Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP) April 4, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran Red Crescent Society is set to financially assist two million Iranians who have lost their jobs amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, its acting chief said on [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei awaits a prison sentence in quarantine

The documentarian has been sentenced to a year in prison. He wonders if he were there now, amid the coronavirus, how would he spend his time? (Supplied) By Mehrdad Oskouei April 4, 2020 Three days before the announcement of the coronavirus coming to the city of Qom in Iran, I organized a one-day documentary-film [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rises to 3,452

A nurse wears protective gear in a ward dedicated for people infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran on March 8, 2020. (AP) April 4, 2020 Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed to 3,452 on Saturday, with 158 more fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iran arrests 126 men and women in private Tehran mixed-gender parties

Men and women arrested in mixed gender party, undated. (ISNA) April 4, 2020 Iranian security officials said that mixed-gender parties were a “red line” for the police and announced the arrest of 126 men and women in two mixed-gender parties in Tehran. The West Tehran Chief of Police said today that 111 men and women [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

Iran health official warns against too much optimism over coronavirus in Tehran

Emergency medical staff and nurses wearing protective suits, help while transferring a patient with coronavirus disease to Masih Daneshvari Hospital, in Tehran, March 30, 2020. (Reuters) April 4, 2020 The Commander of Coronavirus Combat Taskforce of Tehran on Thursday warned the authorities that despite a decline in the number of patients in the [...]

By |April 4th, 2020|Iran|

U.N. worried about Iran prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Rebellion in Shiban prison in Ahvaz. March 31, 2020. (Radio Farda) April 3, 2020 A United Nations rights official on Friday voiced concern over prisoners after reports of unrest in facilities prompted by worries over a coronavirus outbreak in countries including Iran, one of the worst-hit in the world. Iranian media have reported [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|Iran|

41 years of arrest, torture and execution of Baha’i doctors in Iran

Demonstrators hold images of imprisoned Iranian Baha'i religious leaders at a protest in Rio de Janeiro, June 2011. (Reuters) By Kian Sabeti April 03, 2020 The Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education has repeatedly pointed to a serious shortage of physicians and nurses in Iran over the past several years. The shortage became [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|Iran, Minorities|