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January 2011

Iranian judiciary issues five new death sentences

Iranian judiciary announced the issuance of five more death sentences for charges ranging from espionage to involvement in pyramid schemes and activities in the internet. » read more

Iran hands human rights activist 12 years in prison

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 reports arrest of Israeli spies linked to Ron Arad foundation

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

Five years in prison for Iranian human rights activist

Kaveh Ghassemi, Iranian journalist and human rights activist was sentenced to five years in prison by Kermanshah Revolutionary Court. » read more

Message of Zahra Bahrami's execution to the world

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

Iranian parliament approves Salehi as new foreign minister

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

Iran issues 4 death sentences in Chabahar explosion case

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

Netherlands freezes contact with Iran over hanging of Zahra Bahrami

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

Mousavi says upheaval in Arab world extension of Iranian election protests

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

Iranian women's rights activist arrested in Qom

Iranian security forces arrested Fatemeh Masjedi, an Iranian women’s rights activist in Qom. She was arrested while travelling from Qom to Tehran by unidentified government officials, We-change website reports. » read more

Iranian-Dutch woman hanged in Tehran

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

Iranian hardliner says Islam at heart of Arab protests

“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

Iran Khodro shuts down amidst labour protests

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

Rafsanjani accused of interfering with Ahamdenjad government

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

Iran outlaws Khatami's Baran Foundation

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

Taming a Wild Horse

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Karzai opens Afghan parliament

Amidst widespread controversy, Afghanistan's new parliament finally convened for the first time yesterday after the September elections. » read more

Accident in Iranian manufacturing plant proves fatal

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

Daughter says mother forced to make false confessions in Iran

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

Director of "Hedda Gabler" in Tehran accused of ties to foreign elements

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

International cultural figures call for release of Iranian political prisoners

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

Jailed reformist facing new pressure tactics in prison

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

Ahmadinejad lashes out against Expediency Council

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Iran’s Council of Expediency of “straining the country’s management” and criticized the heads of legislature and judiciary of supporting the Council in these efforts. » read more

Guiding a Blind

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Outspoken Iranian reformist released again

Ali Shakourirad, a senior Iranian reformist figure and member of Islamic Iran Participation Front, who was arrested in December for a second time in the past year, was released today after 48 days in prison. » read more

Thousands attend memorial serivces for Alireza Pahlavi in Maryland

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

Iran executes two more political prisoners

Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghai, two Iranian political prisoners were hanged this morning in Tehran for cooperation with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. » read more

Stuxnet of concern for Iranian health ministry

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

Iran culture minister says protests against Hedda Gabler unfounded

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

Ahmadinejad proposes Salehi as new foreign minister

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

UN concerned over delays in launching Afghan Parliament

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

Iran says arrest of Iranian-Dutch woman "drug-related"

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

Talks between Iran and world powers ends in Istanbul

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

Battle

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

EU parliament adopts resolution on Iran and case of jailed lawyer

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

Jailed Iranian-Dutch woman visited by daughter in Tehran prison

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 world powers resume

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

Karzai visits Russia to expand cooperation initiatives

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

Another political execution in Iran looms large

The death sentence of Jafar Kazemi, Iranian prisoner who is accused of “ties with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and enmity against God” has been sent to the enforcement branch of the judiciary. » read more

Iranian lawyers warned against media interviews

Iranian judiciary once more condemned lawyers who give out interviews to the media maintaining that such activities detract from the Islamic Republic system. » read more

Hanging Toys

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Public theatres airing football matches closed to Iranian women

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

Afghan journalist says Iran behind his recent ordeal

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

Ban of "Hedda Gabler" denounced by Iran's theatre community

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

Iranian filmmaker to be honoured in Berlin Festival

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

Ten more people executed for drug charges in Iran

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

Ahmadinejad takes over Iranian official news agency

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

Afghan Chamber of Commerce suspends trade with Iran

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 says no change in Mohammadi Ashtiani case

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

Iran releases Mehregan and Khandan on bail

Iran released Keyvan Mehregan, the political editor of Shargh newspaper and Reza Khandan, husband of jailed human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh yesterday evening. » read more

Iran releases two journalists

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

Karroubi says protests rooted in 20 years of errors

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

Hanging sentence in stoning case of Iranian woman suspended

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

Rights group condemns Iran's "execution binge"

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

Unveiling

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Husband of jailed Iranian lawyer arrested

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

Iranian Parliament defends its right to impeach ministers

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

Anti-Iran protests in Afghanistan spread to Herat

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

Women political prisoners in dire situation in Iran

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

Stuxnet US-Israeli effort to disrupt Iranian nuclear program

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 begin tour of Iranian nuclear facilities

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

Afghan ambassador summoned in Iran

Iranian foreign ministry summoned Afghan ambassador in Tehran to protest against the recent demonstrations and attacks against Iranian embassy in Kabul. » read more

Iran hangs another political dissident

Iran executed another political activist today in Western Azerbaijan Province charged with membership in the Kurdistan Free Life Party (Pezhak). » read more

Iran says 2 downed aircraft US spy planes

Iran says the two planes it had downed earlier this month are indeed American spy planes and offered to put them on display. » read more

Iran denies ban on works of Brazilian writer

Iran says the works of Paulo Coelho are under no ban by the Islamic Republic authorities and maintained that an official statement soon to be released by the Iranian ministry of culture will confirm this. » read more

Islamic Republic to revise 400 thousand university topics

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

Anti-Iran protests in Kabul slammed by Iranian embassy

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

Afghan demonstrators stage more protests against Iran

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

US agencies say Iran not building nuclear weapons

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

US agencies say Iran not building nuclear weapons

US agencies say Iran not building nuclear weapons

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. » read more

Mechanical failure more likely cause of Iranian plane crash

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

Iranian controversy over "Hedda Gabler" persists

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

Afghan national security employees target of bomb attack

A suicide bomb attack targeted a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan National Security Office killing 4 and injuring 27, including several civilians. » read more

Organizers of "Hedda Gabler" in Iran called for questioning

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

Ebadi urges UN action regarding jailed Iranian lawyer

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

Drowned

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Iran wins Asian Cup opener

Iranian national team won its opening game in the Asian Cup games by beating the defending champion Iraq, 2 to 1.   » read more

Iranian MP challenges Guardian Council support for government violations

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

Transit of fuel trucks to Afghanistan resolved: Iran says

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

Iran claims penetration into Mossad operations in Iran

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

Mousavi defiant in face of government attacks

MirHosein Mousavi, Iranian opposition leader expressed defiance in the face of recent threats from Islamic republic government figures and warned the establishment that such propaganda would only backfire. » read more

Afghan Chamber of Commerce threatens boycotting relations with Iran

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

Appeals court increases jail term for Iranian student activist

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

Ten years in jail approved for Iranain activist

Iranian judiciary approved the ten-year imprisonment sentence handed to Emad Bahavar, head of youth branch of the reformist party, Freedom Movement. » read more

Iran announces arrest of "spying network"

Iranian ministry of intelligence announced that it has identified a network of spies linked to Israel's intelligence service Mossad and arrested the perpetrators of Iranian physicist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi's assassination. » read more

Iranian lawyer sentenced to 11 years in prison

Jailed Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years in prison as well as 20 years ban from travel abroad and from legal practice. » read more

Plane crash in northwestern Iran kills 70, injures 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

Opposition leader calls for release of Iranian political prisoners

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

Rights group urges public to protest Iranian death sentences

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

Breakthrough in nuclear fuel production announced by Iran

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

Iranian weblogger sentenced to 7 years in jail

Nasour Taghipour, director of Nasour website, has been sentenced to seven years in prison by the Iranian judiciary for the charge of membership in the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA). » read more

Senior Iranian cleric calls for inclusive elections

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

Jailed activist concenred for his family's safety

Concerned for his family’s safety, jailed Iranian student activist, urged the media, opposition leaders and political and student activists to refrain from contacting his family. » read more

Four years in prison for Iranian rights activist

An Islamic Republic appellate court has approved the four year imprisonment sentence of Iranian women’s activist, Shiva Nazar-Ahari. » read more

Another Iranian political prisoner in imminent danger of execution

Reports from Iran indicate that Jafar Kazemi, a political prisoner sentenced to death is in imminent danger of execution. » read more

Sweet Word

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Afghan demonstrators protest against Iran's fuel blockade

Iranian embassy in Kabul was the site of hundreds demonstrating against Iran’s recent blockade of fuel trucks passing through to Afghanistan. » read more

Reformists slammed in Tehran Friday Mass

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

Iranian-Dutch citizen sentenced to death in Iran

Iran has issued a death sentence on drug-related charges for Zahra Bahrami, the Iranian-Dutch citizen who was arrested in the protests of December 2009. The court sentence also includes “confiscation of her possessions, car and house.” » read more

Iran arrests US woman for espionage

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

Relay Race of Violence

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Iranian parliament denied role in Central Bank leadership

Iran’s Guardian Council rejected new bill giving parliament a say on the appointment of the head of the Central Bank. » read more

Iranian jailed activists allowed visitors

Behareh Hedayat and Mehdieh Golrou, the two jailed student activists who were barred by Iranian judiciary from having any visitors were finally allowed a prison visit from their husbands yesterday. » read more

Son of Iranian monarch commits suicide

Alireza Pahlavi, younger son of Iran’s last monarch committed suicide in his Boston home yesterday. » read more

Three seized Iranian ships released in Singapore

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 parliament wants say in choosing head of Central Bank

Iranian parliament approved a bill to make changes in the appointment of the head of Iran’s Central Bank. » read more

Hardliner says Iranian elections need no reformists

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

Watchman

caricaturist: 
Mana Neyestani

Seven prisoners executed in Iran on drug charges

Seven prisoners were hanged this morning in Iranian north western city of Kermanshah on drug charges. » read more

Iranian opposition leader defiant in face of threats

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

Two more Iranian ships seized abroad

One month after three Iranian ships were seized in Singapore, Islamic Republic Shipping confirmed that two other ships were seized in Malta and Hong Kong. » read more

Iranian women MPs attack Rahnavard

Women MPs of the Iranian parliament have called on the judiciary to prosecute Zahra Rahnavard, one of Iran’s opposition leaders. » read more

Iranian woman in stoning case talks to foreign media

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

Operations to rescue trapped Iranian miners continue

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 hanged in southwestern Iran

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

Iran Council blocks change in Central Bank

Iran’s Guardian Council challenged the parliament’s move to change the composition of the Central Bank’s General Assembly. » read more

Iran denies altercation between Ahmadinejad and Guards chief

Iranian authorities have denied WikiLeaks reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was slapped by the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. » read more