Official in Iran says sanctions ‘have broken economy’s back’

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian fruit market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) July 15, 2020 A provincial official in Iran has said that ignoring the impact of sanctions on the country’s economy is “the wrong approach” and he emphasized that sanctions “have broken the back of the economy.” The political deputy of Bushehr [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Iran|

Iran official says those who knowingly spread coronavirus must be hanged

Iranian residents wearing protective masks walking in a street in the capital Tehran on June 22, 2020. (AFP) July 14, 2020 A judicial official in Iran has threatened that knowingly spreading the coronavirus should be punishable by death, based on the Islamic principle of an eye for an eye. A local news website [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran|

Iran reports 179 new coronavirus deaths, new lockdown measures

Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease, as they disinfect the streets in Tehran, March 16, 2020. (Reuters) July 14, 2020 Iran on Tuesday reported 179 new deaths from the novel coronavirus as authorities announced a decision to once more shutter some businesses in the capital to contain the virus’ [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran|

Iran executes two Kurdish political prisoners in western city

Diako Rasoolzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah were executed in Iran on July 14, 2020. (RF) July 14, 2020 Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) reported that Iran has executed two Kurdish prisoners in the central prison of Urumiyeh in the early morning hours of Tuesday despite pleas from various rights organizations to drop the [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

OPEC report shows declining oil revenues for Iran and a massive budget deficit

OPEC says Iran's total oil and non-oil exports reached $ 69 billion last year, down about a third from 2018. (Supplied) July 14, 2020 In its new annual report published on Monday, July 13, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced Iran's revenue from total crude oil exports and oil products in [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran|

Rouhani’s former aide reportedly indicted on trumped-up charges

Shahindokht Molaverdi, former Iranian Deputy President for Iran for Women's Affairs. (IRNA) July 14, 2020 A news website in Iran reported Monday that an indictment has been issued for the former Deputy President for Iran for Women's Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi. Hours later, Ms. Molaverdi issued an open letter to the head of Iran’s [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Khamenei’s ‘Islamic kindness’ turned into threats, torture and death penalty

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks next to Iranian commanders during a gathering of Basij. (Getty) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad July 14, 2020 Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's order to treat those jailed for protests in Iran in November 2019, may in fact have been a call for maximum pressure on inmates in security [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran|

Judicial official says several ‘spies’ convicted in Iran

Iranian IRGC members carry a coffin of Qassem Soleimani who was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad airport, during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. (Reuters) July 14, 2020 A judicial official in Iran has announced Monday that “several people” working for foreign intelligence organizations and opposition groups have been [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|Iran|

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

A power plant in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz catches fire following an explosion, July 4, 2020. (Screengrab) July 13, 2020 Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency [...]

By |July 13th, 2020|Iran|

New Iranian lawmaker dies of coronavirus

Lawmakers are sworn in during the inauguration of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP) July 13, 2020 Iranian lawmaker Issa Jafari has died of coronavirus, state media reported on Monday. Jafari, who represented the cities of Bahar and Kabudarahang in Parliament, had been hospitalized in the intensive care [...]

By |July 13th, 2020|Iran|