Khamenei’s sermon: The Supreme Leader vs the people

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon to the crowd during Friday Prayers in the capital Tehran, January 17, 2020. (AFP) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad January 18, 2020 The most important theme in Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s sermon on Friday was “the people”. Iran’s Supreme Leader talked about “the people” in four different parts [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian Shahnaz Akmali: “I go to prison as a mother with hope for better days ahead”

Since her son was killed in the 2009 demonstrations, Shahnaz Akmali has committed herself to demanding justice for him and other victims. (IranWire) January 17, 2020 On Wednesday, January 15, Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of Mustafa Karimbeigi, reported to Evin Prison to begin serving her one-year sentence. Akmali was sentenced in November on [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran’s students stage Isfahan sit-in on day 5 of protests, but Tehran rallies blocked

Iranian people gather to show their sympathy to the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, in Tehran, Iran January 11, 2020. (Reuters) January 16, 2020 Students in Iran have protested against their Islamist rulers for a fifth day, with dozens staging a sit-in at a central university as police surrounded other universities in [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Iran|

Iran president slams removal of candidates from elections

Iranian President and presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani waves to supporters during an electoral campaign gathering in the northwestern city of Zanjan on May 16, 2017. (AFP) January 16, 2020 Iran’s president Wednesday slammed the disqualification of thousands of people, including 90 current lawmakers, from running in upcoming parliamentary elections. Although hard-liners were among [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Iran|

Iranians take to the streets to reject repression

Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) January 16, 2020 Only a week after the funeral procession of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani—an event that supposedly united the public—demonstrations flared up in Tehran’s streets against the [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian chess referee fears government retribution after hijab uproar

International chess arbiter Shohreh Bayat defied the compulsory headscarf during a game at Shanghai World Championship. (Supplied) January 16, 2020 An Iranian chess referee is scared of returning to her home country after she was photographed at a match in Shanghai with her head uncovered. The photo of Shohreh Bayat, 32, at the [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Hit by deadly floods, discrimination, Iran’s Baluchistan calls for help

Relief efforts have been minimal in Baluchistan cities and extremely scant in the villages. (Supplied) January 15, 2020 Floods have claimed at least three lives, demolished thousands of homes, schools, medical centers and businesses in towns and villages, and killed thousands of animals since early January in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Newly released photos show a ‘missile city’ in Iran

New photos showing an Iranian "missile city". January 14, 2020. (Tasnim) January 15, 2020 Iran’s Tasnim news website close to the Revolutionary Guard has published new photos it claims to show “missile cities”, where “solid fuel” rockets are housed. Tasnim also said that out of 15 missiles fired at U.S. bases in Iraq [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iran|

Prominent Iranian filmmakers arrested

At least sixty theater companies have declared a boycott of the Fajr Theater Festival. (Fajr Film Festival) By Niloufar Rostami January 15, 2020 At least three Iranian filmmakers were arrested on the night of January 12 after they had taken part in demonstrations held in Tehran’s Azadi Square, sources have told IranWire. The three have [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Protesters chant “Revolutionary Guards are Iran’s ISIS”

Crowds gathering in front of Ostad Moein St in Tehran in protest against Khamenei for deceiving the public about plane crash. January 12, 2020. (Social Media) January 15, 2020 "Opposite Ostad Moein Street at Akbari Street, the guards began to attack at 7:00. One of the guards came up to me, expecting me [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iran|