Sixty thousand Iranian boys aged under 18 are married

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic first set the age of marriage at 9 for girls and 13 for boys. (IranWire) February 25, 2021 More than 60,000 Iranian males aged 10 to 18 are married, according to population studies recently cited in Iranian media. On Wednesday, February 24, the demographer Shahla [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

Rumors of coronavirus variant spreading in Iran

Medics tend to a coronavirus (COVID-19) patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP) By Pouyan Khoshhal February 25, 2021 Reports have continued to come in from cities across Iran regarding infection rates of the new and more contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom. But health [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iran|

Ahmadinejad vs Khamenei: A new chapter

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L) sits above former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (IRNA) By Ehsan Mehrabi February 24, 2021 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most incendiary remarks concerning speakers of the Iranian parliament always seem to fall on a Sunday. Back on February 3, 2013, on a day some principlists later referred to as [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

How did the fires of protest in Iran’s Saravan ignite?

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 24, 2021 On Monday, February 22, local media outlets in Sistan and Baluchistan province released videos of members of the Revolutionary Guards forces firing on impoverished local Baluch fuel smugglers, reportedly killing [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Khamenei claims Iran is a democracy

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) February 24, 2021 The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, claimed in a virtual speech to a group of Tabriz residents on February 16: "Today the people are in control of [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran|

Iranian assistant prosecutor is accused of killing dervish prisoner

Behnam Mahjubi had been jailed after taking part in a demonstration in Iran. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar February 24, 2021 Medical provision for political and ideological prisoners in Iran is far more complex than that of ordinary prisoners. If a prisoner charged with a “normal” crime has a medical issue, the prison clinic can [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Tales of forbidden Zoroastrian-Muslim love affairs in Iran

Zoroastrianism predates Islam in Iran, but now only counts roughly 25,000 adherents. (AFP) By Niloufar Rostami February 24, 2021 The idea of a Zoroastrian marrying a Muslim in Iran was, until just a few years ago, met with deep hostility by Muslim families. Many couples were left heartbroken. But while broken hearts are [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Baha’i woman sentenced to five years in jail

Parisa Sadeghi was arrested in October 2017 after security agents attended and disrupted a religious meeting being held at her home. (Supplied) February 24, 2021 An Iranian Baha’i citizen named Parisa Sadeghi has been sentenced to five years in prison on charges of membership of the Baha’i faith, IranWire has learned. An informed [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian Baluchis protest against the shooting of impoverished fuel smugglers

Videos have surfaced showing a police vehicle set on fire in Saravan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Feb 23, 2021. (Social Media) February 23, 2021 Demonstrations continue apace in the city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province following the recent shooting of Baluch fuel smugglers by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [...]

By |February 23rd, 2021|Iran, Minorities|

Iran oil-export rise runs out of steam in February

A Panamanian tanker docks at the platform of the oil facility in Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, March 12, 2017. (AFP) February 23, 2021 Iranian crude oil exports have fallen in February by about 250,000 barrels per day, tanker tracker Petro-Logistics said Tuesday, suggesting a jump in shipments has run [...]

By |February 23rd, 2021|Iran|