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|

Media charge ‘managerial genocide’ at Iran Labor Ministry

Iran's Labor Minister Hojjat Abdolmaleki. (ISNA) February 15, 2022 In a major purging operation dubbed by Iranian media as a "managerial genocide" populist Labor Minister Hojjat Abdolmaleki says he will fire 1,000 managers. Abdolmaleki, himself under fire by the Iranian parliament (Majles) for "incompetence" has made many controversial comments during the past six [...]

By |February 15th, 2022|Iran|

The Ayatollah swindler: The rise and fall of an Iranian ‘teenage jihadist’

Mehrshad Soheili crafted an image of being close to influential clerics in Iran. The 17-year-old has now been arrested on accusations of fraud. He is shown here with senior Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the godfather of Iran's hard-liners, who died in 2020. (Twitter) By Mohammad Zarghami and Golnaz Esfandiari February 14, 2022 Mehrshad Soheili [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Leaked audio file renews allegations of massive IRGC corruption

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) surrounded by military commanders while visiting the Aerospace Force Exhibition of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran. (AFP) February 14, 2022 A leaked audio file of IRGC commanders discussing massive financial corruption involving Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf has raised a storm in Iran. The [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Iran|

Iran’s books shrink as US sanctions bite

Iranians walk past a bookshop window in Tehran, on Jan 29, 2022. (AFP) February 14, 2022 For literature lovers in sanction-hit Iran, a new novel has long provided a brief respite from a grinding economic crisis triggered by international pressure imposed over Tehran's contested nuclear program. But now losing yourself in a good [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Iran|

Fire extinguished at Iranian military base, no casualties

A fire engine is seen as the firefighters try to extinguish a fire in Tehran in 2020. (AFP) February 14, 2022 A fire broke out at a military base in western Iran on Monday, but there were no casualties, media affiliated with the country's Supreme National Security Council reported. "On Monday morning, a fire broke out in [...]

By |February 14th, 2022|Iran|