Reformists warn constitutional change means totalitarian rule in Iran

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing-in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 5, 2021. (AFP) February 18, 2022 Days after some Iranian politicians suggested to do away with the presidency, reformist pundits have sounded the alarm that it will strengthen totalitarianism. Reformist cleric Mohammad Taqi Fazel [...]

By |February 18th, 2022|Iran|

Khamenei-controlled EIKO behind increasing confiscations of Baha’i properties

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (FARS) February 17, 2022 The Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), an organization controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which controls extensive assets across Iran, is thought to be orchestrating an increasing number of confiscations of properties belonging to Iranian Baha’is. The Baha’i International Community (BIC) disclosed earlier today [...]

By |February 17th, 2022|Iran, Minorities|

Iran tightens grip on internet freedom

A controversial new law could signal a greater loss of internet freedoms in Iran. (DW) February 17, 2022 More than two years after a weeklong total shutdown of the internet in Iran, Iran's parliament, known as the Majlis, has now said that it will send the Protection Bill, known in Persian as the Tarh-e [...]

By |February 17th, 2022|Iran|

Economic freedom report places Iran at bottom of the list

People shop in a supermarket in north Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP) February 17, 2022 Iran has ranked 170 among 177 countries in economic freedom in the latest annual report by the American think thank the Heritage Foundation. With an overall score of 42 out of 100, Iran ranked the lowest [...]

By |February 17th, 2022|Iran|

Plumbers, hairdressers and electricians join the high number of people leaving Iran

Iranian travelers standing in front of a currency exchange bureau in Tehran, in the hope of getting dollars or euros, on Wednesday April 11, 2018. (MEHR) February 16, 2022 The number of people emigrating from Iran has reached alarming levels, putting an even greater strain on the country’s struggling economy. Although once it [...]

By |February 16th, 2022|Iran|

Why do Iranian police have a problem with Valentine’s Day?

Girl checking Valentines Day gifts at a shop in Tehran. (ISNA) By Roghayeh Rezaei February 16, 2022 Valentine’s Day is a relatively new addition to the Iranian calendar, but a popular one. In the last few years, stalls selling pink and red heart-shaped cushions and teddy bears, chocolates and flowers have become commonplace [...]

By |February 16th, 2022|Iran|

Iran’s IRGC confirms leaked audio of former head discussing corruption

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf (3rd R) alongside other IRGC commanders and officials in the referral ceremony of Hossein Salami, the Commander-in-chief of IRGC on April 24, 2019. (Fars) February 16, 2022 Ramazan Sharif, the spokesperson for the media department of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), addressed the leak of an audio file that includes the [...]

By |February 16th, 2022|Iran|

La’ya: Victim of an honor killing by proxy

A young mother named La'ya in Mahshahr, Khuzestan killed herself earlier this month due to sustained abuse by her husband, a cousin. (IranWire) By Maryam Dehkordi February 15, 2022 On Saturday, February 5, hours after horrific images of the so-called “honor killing” of runaway teenage bride Mona Heydari sickened Iran, judicial authorities announced [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Iran, Women|

Critic says Iran’s Raisi ‘most inefficient’ president in four decades

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi praying in the Kremlin, January 20, 2022. (Twitter) February 15, 2022 A reformist politician and former official has characterized President Ebrahim Raisi's team as the most inefficient Iranian government since the 1979 revolution. Gholam Ali Rajaei, also an academic at the University of Tehran, has charged in a February 12 [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Iran|

Confusion over Omicron as Iranian airlines ignore health directive

A commuter looks through a water-stained window wearing a mask and gloves to help guard against the Coronavirus, on a public bus in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP) February 15, 2022 The Omicron outbreak is still ongoing in Iran. Health officials now say that for the time being, any and [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Iran|