Opinions On Iran

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Who keeps Iran out in the cold?

Ebrahim Raisi, left, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) By Amir Taheri November 27, 2021 As the Biden administration prepares for the revival, in some form at least, of the controversial “nuke deal” with the Islamic Republic in Tehran, usual suspects in Washington are peddling an old theme: Bringing Iran in from [...]

By |November 27th, 2021|Opinions On Iran|

Housing crisis: Iran government’s project to expel the poor from metropolises

The average cost of buying of a residential property in Tehran meanwhile increased by 30.5 percent between September 2020 and September 2021. (Supplied) November 26, 2021 The Iranian government claims that they are administrating the country based on ‘Islamic Teachings.’ However, what is in practice being done is an economy based on government [...]

By |November 26th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

A chronology of Tehran’s kidnappings and killings abroad

Agents of the Islamic Republic acted on the basis of Khomeini’s “Islamic” teachings. (Keystone) By Faramarz Davar November 20, 2021 The almost 43-year history of the Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply associated with incidents of  kidnapping and assassination abroad. Since the beginning of Ruhollah Khomeini's rule over Iran, which ran from February [...]

By |November 20th, 2021|Opinions On Iran|

Transnational repression: How Iran haunts and kills its critics around the World

Mourners stand around the body a veteran Iranian opposition figure during his funeral in Lavasan on June 1, 2011. (AFP) By Hannah Somerville November 19, 2021 “We’re going to kill you.” “You don’t think we have enough graves? We do.” These are the kinds of messages that Iranian human rights activists regularly receive [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

President Raisi’s hard-line government stalling on progress

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks before parliament to defend his cabinet selection in the capital Tehran on August 21, 2021. (AFP) November 16, 2021 Conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as Iran's sixth president in August, coming into office as an uncompromising hard-liner, in contrast to his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani. As a supporter and close confidant [...]

By |November 16th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

New team and new fears in Tehran

Ebrahim Raisi, left, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) By Amir Taheri November 5, 2021 What do you do when you want to do something and yet you feel embarrassed about doing it? This is the question that the “Supreme Guide” of the Islamic Republic in Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei faced this [...]

By |November 5th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

A public suicide in Iran spotlights anguish over economy

A street vendor waits for customer while selling clothes in southwestern Tehran, Iran, Nov. 2, 2021. (AP) November 4, 2021 Ruhollah Parazideh, a wiry 38-year-old with a thick mustache and hair flecked with gray, was desperate for a job. The father of three in southern Iran walked into a local office of a [...]

By |November 4th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran: A prison for free expression

Reporters Without Borders describes Iran as “one of the most oppressive countries” because of its persecution and harassment of journalists. (Supplied) By Carmela Caruso October 30, 2021 “It was this black box and nobody talked about it,” Amir Soltani says of Evin Prison. When he was growing up in Tehran, Soltani’s school was [...]

By |October 30th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Why do some prisoners in Iran put on weight behind bars?

In new pictures since his release from prison, Amir Hossein Moradi had noticeably gained weight. (Supplied) By Shima Shahrabi October 29, 2021 This week, a photo was circulated showing Amir Hossein Moradi on temporary release from prison, embracing his mother in hospital. The image engendered all kinds of reactions – relief, well-wishes, anger [...]

By |October 29th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran needs $50 billion investment not to become a natural gas importer

Iranian laborers work at a unit of South Pars gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran, Nov. 19, 2015. (Reuters) October 29, 2021 A top oil official in Iran has said that if new investments are not made in natural gas industry, the country will become a net importer in [...]

By |October 29th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|