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Rouhani to sue Iran state broadcaster over opium use comments

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. (Getty)  January 23, 2021 Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, is to sue his country’s state broadcaster after he was accused of opium use on national television. On Friday, the president’s office of legal affairs said Rouhani would pursue damages for defamation after Ahmed Jahan Bozorgi, a cleric and member of [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

Health officials finally admit Hepatitis A outbreak in Khuzestan

Residents in Khuzestan wait for hours for drinking water. (Supplied) By Maryam Dehkordi  January 23, 2021 After nearly two months of denial, a senior official in Khuzestan has admitted the province has been hit by an outbreak of Hepatitis A. Mohammad Nejatipour, the governor of Baghmalek county in the northern part of the province, confirmed 17 [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

Rouhani: Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in coming weeks

President Hassan Rouhani reviewing health products in Tehran. He never wears a protective mask in public. April 5, 2020. (ISNA)  January 23, 2021 President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks in Iran, the Middle East’s worst hit country. “Foreign vaccines are a necessity until local vaccines are [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

Prices in Iran continue to soar despite better exchange rates

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian fruit market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) By Bahram Khodabandeh  January 23, 2021 The average price of the dollar in the first month of winter decreased by about 17 percent compared to the first month of autumn. According to Iran’s Central Bank statistics, in September last year the average price of [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

Iran sentences 2 Bahai women to 10 years of prison

The two women were charged with “acting against national security by promoting the Bahai faith. (AFP)  January 23, 2021 A Revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced two Bahai women to five years of prison each for following the outlawed faith yesterday.    According to the Human Rights News Agency, the two women, identified as Sofia Mobini and [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities, Women|

Two million angry Iranian stock market investors will rise to demand savings

Protesters near Iran's central bank demanding resignation of the bank's governor. June 14, 2020. (Social Media)  January 23, 2021 According to a state-run daily the more than two million Iranian stock market investors who lost their savings in the stock market will “riot” if their demands are not met. Jahan-e-Sanat daily warned that in order to [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

President Rouhani branded “a drug addict” on state television

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference on May 22, 2017 in Tehran. (Getty) January 23, 2021 A cleric has accused President Hassan Rouhani of being addicted to opium on state-run television. Speaking on Zavieh [“Angle”], a program broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Institute of Islamic Culture and Thought representative Ahmad Jahanbezorgi said: [...]

By |January 23rd, 2021|Iran|

Iran to begin administering imported vaccines in February

Medics tend to a coronavirus (COVID-19) patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP) January 22, 2021 Alireza Zali, the head of Tehran’s anti-coronavirus task force, warned Thursday that the country was heading toward a fourth wave of the coronavirus. According to Zali, a number of alarming trends have occurred over the last [...]

By |January 22nd, 2021|Iran|

Tehran’s presidential show: A game of exclusions

IRGC commanders, in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Feb 2020. (IRIB) By Amir Taheri January 22, 2021 Perhaps to divert attention from here and now problems. such as the ravages caused by the Civid-19 pandemic, economic meltdown, hyperinflation and rampant corruption, Tehran’s ruling elite have decided to give an early start [...]

By |January 22nd, 2021|Ideology, Iran|

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran, Jan 20, 2021. (AP) January 22, 2021 Iran’s capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped. With toxic smog blanketing Tehran skies and [...]

By |January 22nd, 2021|Iran|