Are these the dying days of Iran’s open internet?

An Iranian man shows his phone while unable to load a social media page as internet service is reportedly disrupted, Tehran, Iran, 17 November 2019. (EPA-EFE) By Amir Hossein Miresmaeili January 7, 2022 In Iran, internet speeds have dropped dramatically over the past month, while access to Virtual Proxy Networks (VPNs) and open [...]

By |January 7th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Newly unveiled statue of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani torched

Supporters of the Iranian opposition movement burned the newly installed statue at the Hazrat Qamarbani Hashem Square in Shahrekord of central Iran, Jan 6, 2022. (Supplied) January 6, 2022 A statue in central Iran of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force who was killed in a targeted US operation on Jan. 3, [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran|

The forgotten Arabs of Iran

Iranian Arab protest against the Iranian regime in front of the European Council building in Brussels, on April 18, 2018. (AP) By Jonathan Gornall and Maedeh Sharifi January 6, 2022 A century ago, the autonomous sheikhdom of Arabistan was absorbed by force into the Persian state. Today the Arabs of Ahwaz are Iran's [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Health minister blames Iran’s early vaccine crisis on ‘political pressure’

People leave after receiving their Covid-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Iran Mall shopping center in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (AP) By Faramarz Davar January 6, 2022 On January 2, Iranian Minister of Health Bahram Einollahi claimed that during the Rouhani administration, Covid-19 vaccines had been a political sticking-point. While just five [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran|

Iranian deputy minister bans women’s bodybuilding on first day in office

Maryam Kazemipour, senior official at Iran's Ministry of Sports and Youth. (IRIB) By Payam Younesipour January 6, 2022 This week it emerged that in her first week at the Ministry of Sports and Youth, senior official Maryam Kazemipour has blocked women’s participation in “bodybuilding-related activities”. Previously the decision was attributed to Mohammad Tabatabaei, [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran, Women|

Iranian dissident prisoner’s body released on assurance of quiet funeral, sister says

Adel Kianpour, a political prisoner who died on hunger strike on Jan 1, 2022. (Supplied) January 6, 2022 The sister of a prisoner who died in prison in the past week says “security forces” made the family promise to bury him quietly before handing over the body. "The elders of the family had [...]

By |January 6th, 2022|Iran|

Loud explosion terrifies people near Tehran as IRGC refers to ‘rocket test’

Missile fires from Talash missile system during the air defense drill in an undisclosed location in Iran on 05 November 2018. (AFP) January 5, 2022 The sound of a loud explosion heard in a town near Tehran has caused a stir among Iranian internet users, with reports of terrified people out in the [...]

By |January 5th, 2022|Iran|

Iranian security agencies file lawsuit over Zarif’s leaked recording

Former Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Reuters) January 5, 2022 Iranian media reported on Tuesday that security agencies in the cleric-led country were mobilizing a lawsuit over a controversial voice recording for Iran’s former top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, which was leaked last April. Zarif’s remarks in the recording sparked nationwide controversy [...]

By |January 5th, 2022|Iran|

Canonizing Ghasem Soleimani

A worker cleans a statue of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, installed in Ghobeiry, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP) By Ehsan Mehrabi January 5, 2022 General Ghasem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ expeditionary Quds Force, was assassinated on January 3, 2020 by an US drone strike just outside Baghdad [...]

By |January 5th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

New IRGC study indirectly exonerates protestors of November 2019 vandalism

People walk near a burnt bank, after protests against increased fuel prices, in Tehran, Iran November 20, 2019. (Reuters) By Behnam Gholipour January 5, 2022 The latest Iranian state-backed investigation into the nationwide protests of November 2019 notably avoided answering the question of whether Iranian citizens or state forces took part for wide-scale destruction of [...]

By |January 5th, 2022|Iran|