Iran’s oil revenue dropped to Less than $20 billion, Rouhani says

President Hassan Rouhani meeting with the Director-General of the IAEA in Tehran, August 26, 2020. (AFP) September 15, 2020 Referring to the pressure placed on Iran by United States sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Iran's oil revenues dropped "from $120 billion in 2011" to "just over $ 20 billion" in 2019. [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Iran|

One rule for senior officials in Iran, another for students

President Hassan Rouhani reviewing health products in Tehran. He never wears a protective mask in public. April 5, 2020. (ISNA) By Pouyan Khoshhal September 14, 2020 The head of Tehran University of Medical Sciences has complained that President Rouhani has not done enough to thank medical staff dealing with the capital’s coronavirus crisis. On [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian judge responsible for filtering internet sentenced for corruption

Bijan Qassemzadeh Sangroudi was one of the 22 defendants in Tabari's case. (Mizan) September 14, 2020 A former investigator judge with the Tehran Prosecutor's Office, Bijan Qassemzadeh Sangroudi, is sentenced to "permanent dismissal from government service, ten years in prison, confiscation of properties achieved through bribery, and payment of a fine" for receiving [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

People walk past a picture of the late leader of the Islamic Revolution, Khomeini (right), and supreme leader, Ali Khamenei in Tehran. (Reuters) By Misha Ketchell September 14, 2020 Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of [...]

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

Afkari’s execution will leave Iranian athletes out in the cold

A limited group of Iranian women were allowed to attend Asian Champions League football final in Tehran on November 10, 2018. (IRNA) By Natasha Schmidt September 14, 2020 The execution of champion wrestler Navid Afkari on September 12 shocked the world, another reminder for the international community that Iran is a rogue state with no regard [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Iran|

Iran’s currency hits new record low against the dollar

Iranian and U.S. banknotes are on display at a currency exchange shop in downtown Tehran, April 4, 2015. (AP) September 12, 2020 Iran’s currency on Saturday dropped to its lowest value ever against the dollar, and has seen its value fall by 30% since June amid severe US sanctions imposed on Tehran. Money [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran|

Desperate to sustain stock market bubble, Tehran taps its sovereign wealth fund

A man looks at an electronic board showing stock prices at Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, on May 12, 2020. (Reuters) By Saeed Ghasseminejad September 12, 2020 Tehran announced on Tuesday that it would use 1 percent of its National Development Fund (NDF) – one Iran’s few remaining sources of hard currency – to stabilize [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran|

Jailed Iranian blogger: Coronavirus-infected prisoners not hospitalized until near death

Soheil Arabi (C) is an Iranian blogger who has been in detention since November 2013.  (Alchetron) September 12, 2020 A jailed Iranian blogger is intensifying his campaign to raise international awareness about worsening conditions at the notorious prison where he is detained, saying in a new audio recording that coronavirus-infected inmates are not [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran|

Rouhani uses sanctions to swipe at critics

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran, April 15. (AFP) By Pouyan Khoshhal September 12, 2020 President Rouhani’s administration has been harshly criticized for its handling of school re-openings on September 5, including by state institutions. Chief among complaints were those against the official statement that it was mandatory for children [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s coronavirus death toll passes 23,000

Mourners wearing face masks and gloves carry a body of a victim of coronavirus in Tehran, March 10, 2020. (AP) September 12, 2020 Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose by 116 to 23,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Saturday. The total number of identified cases spiked by 2,139 in the last [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Iran|