Iranians buy 30% less bread as prices increased in July

An Iranian baker shows a traditional bread, known locally as "Barbari", in Tehran, June 22, 2016. (AFP) August 2, 2021 Iranians are buying less bread since the government raised prices in mid-July for subsidized flour and allowed bakeries to charge more for all varieties of bread, Hamshahri newspaper reported on Monday. Two weeks [...]

By |August 2nd, 2021|Iran|

With rising inflation, residential rents climb by 39% in Iran

One square meter (11 sq feet) of a residential unit in Tehran costs an average of $1,200. (ISNA) August 2, 2021 Residential rents in Iran’s cities have risen almost by 39 percent in the last reporting month compared with the same period last year, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported on Sunday. [...]

By |August 2nd, 2021|Iran|

Rights record under scrutiny as Iran’s Raisi to be sworn in as president

Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran's judiciary waves to media as he attends at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy in Tehran, Iran, May 15, 2021. (AP) August 2, 2021 Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi will be inaugurated on Tuesday as the new president of Iran, a country mired in deep economic crisis and hit [...]

By |August 2nd, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran minister asks Khamenei for COVID shutdown with military’s help

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki. (AFP) August 2, 2021 In an unprecedented move during 18 months of the Covid pandemic in Iran, and on the verge of a new president taking office in the coming week, Iran’s outgoing health minister Saeed Namaki has appealed to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for his intervention to [...]

By |August 2nd, 2021|Iran|

Human Rights Watch slams Iran for suppressing ‘water uprising’

Protesters angry over water shortages marched through streets in an oil-rich, restive province in southwestern Iran, July 16, 2021. (Supplied) July 31, 2021 The increasing death toll and mass arrests raise grave concerns about the Iranian authorities’ response to recent protests in Khuzestan, and other provinces, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. The international [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

IRGC official urges end to foreign presence in Iran cyberspace

Top IRGC commander Brigadier-General Mohammadreza Naghdi (R). (Supplied) July 31, 2021 Brigadier-General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi, a senior official in the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), wrote Friday to members of parliament urging them to end the "shameful situation" of "the hegemony of foreigners on Iranian cyberspace." Naghdi, the IRGC ‘Coordination Deputy’ and former commander of the [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Iran|

Cash-for-beds rackets exposed as Delta variant overwhelms Iranian hospitals

Nurses treat a patient with coronavirus disease at a hospital in Tehran, Dec 16, 2020. (Reuters) By Pouyan Khoshhal July 31, 2021 The vaccination campaign in Iran, at least according to the Health Ministry, has finally picked up speed. The official statistics show that about 400,000 Iranians are now receiving a Covid-19 jab every day. [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Iran|

Iran football fans chant ‘clerics must get lost’

Iranian security forces and anti-riot police would not allow football fans to gather and used batons and shockers to disperse them. (Supplied) July 31, 2021 After a fifth successive win in Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League Friday evening, fans of Iran's Persepolis football team took to the streets in several areas of the [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Iran|

Iran’s Khamenei grants clemency to more than 2,800 prisoners

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during in Tehran, Dec 16, 2020. (REUTERS) July 31, 2021 Iran’s leader Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to more than 2,800 jailed convicts to mark two Muslim religious holidays, his website said Saturday. The statement did not elaborate on the identity of the 2,825 prisoners who were either [...]

By |July 31st, 2021|Iran|

How a corrupt ‘privatization’ drive led to blackouts in Iran

Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran, Jan 20, 2021. (AP) By Daniel Keyvanfer July 30, 2021 Protests in Khuzestan over chronic water shortages began in mid-July this year. People have since taken to the streets in other Iranian cities in solidarity with their cause, chanting anti-government slogans and even tearing [...]

By |July 30th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|