Iranian judiciary slapped human rights activist, Navid Khanjani with 12 years in prison and a monetary fine for his journalistic activities, interviews with the foreign media and membership in Human Rights Reporters committee. Khanjani who is banned from pursuing higher education was also charged for “founding an organization for people banned from pursuing higher education.” » read more
Iran announced that it has arrested Israeli spies with links to Ron Arad foundation, an organization which offers rewards for information about Ron Arad, Israeli soldier missing in action.
“A significant number of people” linked to the Rod Arad website or “deceived by the site” have been identified and arrested, Iranian minister of intelligence Heydar Moslehi said. » read more
Kaveh Ghassemi, Iranian journalist and human rights activist was sentenced to five years in prison by Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. » read more
Zahra Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch citizen, was executed in Tehran on Saturday Jan. 29. She had been arrested 13 months earlier, during massive protests against the presidential elections on the Day of Ashura, a Muslim Holy Day. That day — Dec. 27, 2009 — has became known as “Bloody Ashura” because so many protesters were killed, wounded and arrested. A leading Iranian human rights groups say this case, along with other recent executions, is provoking international activists to push back even harder against the Islamic Republic. » read more
Ahmadinejad’s choice of foreign minister was approved by a narrow margin in Iran’s parliament after his predecessor, Manouchehr Mottaki, was abruptly dismissed last month while he was on a diplomatic mission in Africa. » read more
Four individuals arrested in connection with the explosions in Chabahar last year in southwestern Iran were handed the death sentence by Zahedan Revolutionary court. » read more
The Netherlands froze diplomatic ties with Iran following the execution of Iranian-Dutch woman yesterday for drug charges after initially arresting her for participation in anti-government protests.
Uri Rosenthal, the Dutch foreign minister expressed profound shock regarding the hanging of the 46-year-old Zahra Bahrami calling it “an act committed by a barbarous regime,” AFP reports. » read more
Iranian opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi says: “The starting point of what is going on in the streets of Tunisia, Sanaa, Cairo, Alexandria and Suez is the mass demonstrations of millions of Iranians in June of 2009 in Tehran.” » read more
Zahra Bahrami, the Iranian-Dutch woman arrested during anti-government protests in December 2009 in Iran, was hanged this morning for drug smuggling charges.
Tehran prosecutor’s office described Bahrami as “member of an international drug smuggling gang who together with her Dutch connection smuggled cocaine from the Netherlands to Iran.” » read more
“The uprising of the Arab nations is an Islamic movement and the west is trying to downplay the Islamic content of these protests,” Iranian hardline cleric told worshippers at Tehran’s Friday Mass Prayers.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said: “31 years after the victory of the Islamic republic, we are faced with the obvious fact that these movements are the after shocks of the Islamic Revolution.” » read more
Workers protests to harsh working conditions continued for days after Tuesday's fatal accident at Iran Khodro car manufacturing plant that killed four and injured 13 according to official reports.
The management of the largest car manufacturing company in Iran announced today that the plant is closed today Friday and will continue to close on Fridays on a weekly basis. ILNA reports. » read more
Ahamdinejad’s legal adviser says Ayatollah Rafsanjani chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council is “the lead manager of the moves against the government.”
Gholamhossein Elham maintained that the Expediency Council has invaded the arena of the executive branch and is trying to “limit or completely overstep” the authority of the government. He maintained that the Council will soon step over the authority of the Guardian Council and even the Supreme Leader. » read more
Iranian interior ministry announced that Baran Foundation, founded by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, is an “illegal” entity and its activities must be banned. The statement appears to be the latest in the wave of government attacks against the reformist president, who is considered one of the top three leaders of the post-election protests in Iran. » read more
At least four workers were killed and 13 injured in a workplace accident at Iran Khodro car manufacturing plant last night. Iran Khodro website reported the deaths and injuries in the fatal accident of last night citing “careless driving of a Mercedes dump truck driver” as cause of the accident. » read more
Banafsheh Nayebpour, daughter of Iranian-Dutch detainee, Zahra Bahrami announced that the drug-related charges against her mother are fabricated by Iranian authorities and her mother had to confess to the charges under torture. » read more
Vahid Rahbani, director of the recent production of Hedda Gabler in Tehran was accused of ties of to foreign elements and the Iranian opposition abroad by Keyhan columnist, Payam Fazlinejad. » read more
Over 130 writers, intellectuals and university professors from around the world have called on Iran’s Supreme Leader to release Iranian political prisoners including Ebrahim Yazdi, the aging secretary general of the reformist party, Freedom Front of Iran. » read more
Wife of jailed Iranain reformists informed the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Iranian prison authorities are implementing fresh tactics to demoralize and pressure political prisoners. » read more
A memorial service for Alireza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah of Iran was held on January 23, in Maryland with Iranians of different political convictions standing side-by-side to express their sympathies for the grieved family. » read more
Islamic Republic health ministry warned that Iranian medical systems may have been infected with the Stuxnet worm. Mehr news agency reported today that the research and technology branch of the health ministry announced that the Stuxnet worm could cause medical imaging systems to dysfunction. » read more
Iranian minister of culture says most criticisms of the recent production of Hedda Gabler in Tehran are unfounded. ISNA reports that Mohammad Hosseini said if the artists have violated any regulations they will be reprimanded and there is no need to take the matter to higher levels of authority. » read more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad introduced Ali Akbar Salehi as his new foreign minister to the parliament. Salehi, who has been filling the shoes of the former foreign minister as the caretaker of the foreign ministry for over a month, will become the official foreign minister if the parliament gives him a vote of confidence. » read more
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expressed concern over delays proposed in the opening of the Afghanistan parliament which was elected in September.
The newly elected Afghan Parliament was set to convene on Sunday, January 23 but President Karzai accepted a request from the special election court to delay the opening for a month until the results of the court’s investigations about the fraud allegations are finalzed. » read more
Following European Parliament's resolutions on human rights violations in Iran and the mention of Zahra Bahrami's case in the approved document, Iranian foreign ministry slammed foreign interference in its judiciary cases saying Bahrami is accused of "possession of over a kilo of drugs." » read more
The two day talks between Iran and G5+1 delegations in Istanbul ended today without any concrete agreements.
Catherine Ashton, European Union’s foreign policy chief says Iran called for lifting of international sanctions and recognition of their right to uranium enrichment as preconditions for continuing negotiations which according to Ashton are “unacceptable for Iran’s interlocutors,” Associated Press reports. » read more
The case of jailed Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh and the situation of human rights in Iran were included in the resolutions adopted in the first 2011 plenary session of the European Parliament yesterday. » read more
Iranian authorities allowed Zahra Bahrami, the Iranian-Dutch woman sentenced to death, a visit from her daughter, Radio Farda reports.
Bahrami was arrested in Tehran at the Ashura Day anti-government demonstrations in December 2009 in protest to the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential elections. » read more
Nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers resumed today in Istanbul despite insistence of Iran’s representative in the IAEA that their uranium enrichment efforts are non-negotiable. » read more
Hamed Karzai, Afghan president set out for Moscow on Thursday for an official visit with the Russian president, Dmitri Medevedev and Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin. » read more
Iranian authorities have forbidden women from viewing football matches in public screening rooms. Khabar on line reports that Iranian public theatres are to refuse women patrons from attending public screenings of football matches from now on. » read more
Razaq Mamoon, Afghan journalist, who was sprayed with acid by an assailant, says he is convinced that Iran is behind this attack.
Mamoon, who has recently published a book investigating the role of Iran in Afghanistan’s civil wars, told reporters at the hospital: “I absolutely believe that this terrorist act was conducted by Iranians.” » read more
Iranian theatre and art community lashed out against the recent shut down of Hedda Gabler in Tehran as the House of Theatre and Association of Drama Actors issued statements describing the ban illegal in view of the fact that the production had an official licence issued to it by the Supervision and Evaluation Council. » read more
The Berlin Film Festival announced its support for Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, according to a statement by festival organizers yesterday.
Jafar Panahi was sentenced to 6 years in prison last month for making a film without permission and fomenting protests. He has also been banned from making any films for 20 years. » read more
Iran hangs another ten people for drug related charges in Karaj’s Rejai Shahr Prison today.
Iranian judiciary issued a statement announcing the names of the prisoners and details of their charges of possession and use of heroine, opium, hashish and crack, and indicating that some of these prisoners were also sentenced to flogging and a monetary fine prior to execution. » read more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "promoted" the official news agency of the Islamic Republic (IRNA) to a sub-organization of the president’s office, thus increasing its budget and preparing it for “history-making media battle on an international level.” » read more
A week after it issued the first warning to Iranian authorities, Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a resolution to stop all trade with thier neighbour country in protest to Iran' s blockade of fuel trucks passing into Afghanistan. » read more
Iranian judiciary announced on Monday that there has been no change in the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani denying reports that her death sentence was suspended, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. » read more
Two jailed Iranian journalists were released today after over a month in prison. Farzaneh Roustayi, editor of international service of Shargh newspaper was released on a $10,000 bail, and Reyhaneh Tabatabayi, Shargh newspaper reporter, was released after 36 days in custody. » read more
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says Iranian protests are rooted in 20 years of monopolizing power and omission of effective intellectual movements in the Islamic Republic.
Karroubi critiqued the Iranian political situation in an interview published on Saham news website today. » read more
Iranian authorities announced that the sentence to hang Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Iranian woman sentenced to stoning in an earlier case, has been suspended with consent of the family of the victim. » read more
Islamic republic authorities are on an “execution binge” with an average rate of a person hanged per hour since the beginning of this year, the International Campaign for Human Rights reported on Sunday.
“The Iranian judiciary is on an execution binge orchestrated by the intelligence and security agencies,” Aaron Rhodes, a spokesman for the Campaign said. » read more
Iranian judiciary arrested Reza Khandan, the husband of jailed human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh who was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison.
We-change website writes that Khanadan reported to Evin Prison Court today after receiving a summons last week and was arrested without any clear charges laid against him. » read more
The disputes between Iranian parliament and the government continue as the head of parliament, Ali Larijani assured MPs that they have the right to question government ministers despite recent warnings from the head of Guardian Council to avoid imposing on the time of ministers with talks of impeachment. » read more
Protests in Afghanistan over the blockade of transiting fuel trucks have spread to the western city of Herat where protesters gathered in front of the Iranian consulate chanting slogans in condemnation of Iran’s supreme leader and president. » read more
Situation of women political prisoners in Iranain prisons is cause for grave concern, families of Iranian political prisoners say in a statement that reports on the conditions of jailed female activists in the quarantine section of Evin Prison. » read more
US and Israeli intelligence have collaborated in developing the Stuxnet computer worm aimed at upsetting Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, New York Times reported on Saturday. » read more
International envoys and representatives arrived in Iran today to begin their tour of Iranian nuclear facilities.
ISNA reported that the international delegates which included a number of representatives from Non-aligned Movement, the head of the Group of 77 who is also the Algerian ambassador in the International Atomic Energy Agency, a representative of the Arab League, along with the Syrian and Venezuelan ambassadors visited the heavy water reactor in Arak. » read more
Iranian ministry of education announced that 400 thousand university topics are being revised and 70 percent of the management activities at the ministry are taken up by this endeavour. » read more
Iran slammed the recent anti-Iran demonstrations in Kabul and called on Afghan authorities to identify and arrest the perpetrators of these protests. » read more
Islamic Republic embassy in Kabul was the site of the fourth demonstration in the past two weeks with protesters throwing rocks and eggs at the building in condemnation of the blocking of transiting fuel trucks in Iran. » read more
Pressure on the Obama administration to consider military options against Iran were eased as the most recent US intelligence reports indicate that Iranian leaders have no definite plan on building nuclear weapons.
Reuters reports that a number of US officials believe deadly attempts against the lives of Iranian nuclear scientists and the computer virus found in Iran’s newly launched Bushehr Nuclear Plant have caused at least a two year lag in Iran’s nuclear program. » read more
Iranian parliament questioned reports of bad weather as cause of the recent crash of Iran Air Boeing in northwestern Iran and claimed investigations have so far uncovered possibility of mechanical failure or even pilot error. » read more
The controversy around the performance of Hedda Gabler in Tehran continued as the director of the office of Performing Arts announced that there is no legal problem with this production and that he will make every effort to protect the rights of the group. » read more
A suicide bomb attack targeted a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan National Security Office killing 4 and injuring 27, including several civilians. » read more
Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran prosecutor announced that the director and organizers of the play Hedda Gabler in Tehran have been summoned to the prosecutor’s office for questioning. » read more
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian Nobel Peace laureate called for United Nation High Commissioner of Human Rights, Navi Pillay to take action in case of Nasrin Sotoudeh, jailed Iranian human rights lawyer who was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison. » read more
Ali Motahari, Iranian conservative MP challenged the latest statements of Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, chairman of Iran’s Guardian Council, against the parliament and urged the hardliner to refrain from “belittling and weakening” the parliament. » read more
Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry announced that a certain group is trying to strain Iran-Afghanistan relations and added that the fuel trucks, which are said to have been blocked by Iran, were in fact allowed passage into to Afghanistan last week. » read more
Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi told Iranian media that his intelligence forces have penetrated into Mossad’s organization in Iran and dealt them a “heavy blow”. » read more
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry warned Iran that if it does not end the blocking of transit fuel trucks to Afghanistan, they will cut off all relations with Iran. » read more
Mohammad Darvishi, jailed Iranian student was handed an increased sentence of five years and six months in prison by an Iranian appellate court. » read more
At least 70 people were killed when an Iranian Boeing 727 passenger airliner crashed in northwestern city of Urumieh Sunday due to bad weather. » read more
Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard issued another letter to Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of Iranian judiciary, to once more call for the release of all political prisoners. » read more
Amnesty International has issued a document condemning the execution of Ali Saremi by the Islamic Republic and urging action to stop another seven political prisoners who are in imminent danger of execution. » read more
Ali Akbar Salehi, caretaker of Iran’s foreign ministry announced that now Iran has the capacity to produceboth nuclear fuel plates and rods. » read more
A senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council says Iran’s national elections should accommodate the presence of all parties and not just a particular one. » read more
Reports from Iran indicate that Jafar Kazemi, a political prisoner sentenced to death is in imminent danger of execution. » read more
Iranian embassy in Kabul was the site of hundreds demonstrating against Iran’s recent blockade of fuel trucks passing through to Afghanistan. » read more
Iranian hardliner, Ahmad Jannati continued slamming the reformists in the Friday Mass Prayers in Tehran today. The head of Iran’s Guardian Council ridiculed Mohammad Khatami’s conditions set for the participation of reformists in the elections and said: “The people do not believe in you. Who would vote for you?” » read more
An American woman, arrested by Iranian authorities in the Iran-Armenia borders, has been accused of espionage. Fars news agency reports that a “knowledgeable source” has informed them that a customs officer arrested the American woman in Nordouz border in north-western Iran. » read more
Iranian minister of commerce announced that the three seized Iranian ships in Singapore have been released. Iranian media report that the Commerce Minister, Mehdi Ghazanfari told the media that Iran managed to avoid putting up the ships for sale by paying out the loan. » read more
Iranian hardliner, Ahmad Jannati criticized Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s former president for his recent statements about healthy elections and stated that there is no need for the reformists to be present in Iranian elections. » read more
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi in a letter addressed to the people of Iran, announced that he is ready to stand in an open and official trial so that the people can hear both sides of the argument and judge for themselves. » read more
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman sentenced to stoning in Iran and her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh spoke to foreign reporters on Saturday in a press conference arranged by the judiciary. International media report that Ashtiani denied being tortured in prison and maintained that all her interviews have been done voluntarily. » read more
Kerman Coal Mining Company announced they are continuing operations for the rescue of three trapped miners with the construction of a new tunnel. ILNA reports that the company is to dig a vertical tunnel from above at the location where the experts have determined the mine caved in. » read more
Four people were hanged in Zahedan Prison in south western Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan for “corruption of the earth and enmity against God." Fars news agency reports that these individuals had engaged in “armed kidnapping and murder of citizens.” » read more
Iranian authorities have denied WikiLeaks reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was slapped by the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. » read more