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August 2011

Supreme Leader expresses election caution

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned that parliamentary elections must not threaten the country’s security. » read more

Iranian MP warns against "absolute" support for Syria

Iranian MP Ahmad Avayi has warned against giving “absolute” support to the Syrian government, maintaining that the protests are legitimate popular movements staged by “pious people.” » read more

Cyber attack targeted at Google users in Iran

Google reported that Gmail users in Iran were at risk of having their log-in information stolen this weekend for an unknown period of time after someone broke into a Dutch Company, DigiNotar, to steal a digital identification card for Google.com. » read more

Sunnis demand right to hold prayers

The Sunni cleric Molavi Abolhamid Esmail Zehi, who leads Friday mass in Zahedan, has called on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to allow Sunni spiritual leaders to hold Fetr Eid mass prayers “in large cities where Sunnis are not majorities.” » read more

Iran holds talk with Libyan rebel chief

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi spoke on the telephone with the head of the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council (NTC) and called for the return of Iran’s ambassador to Libya. » read more

Focus on post-Islamic Iran demanded by Iranian leader

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Ahmadinejad administration to focus more on post-Islamic Iran and less on the pre-Islamic era of the country. » read more

Tehran Bazaar faces strikes and protests

The Tehran Bazaar continues to face a strike, and reports indicate that at least 16 people were arrested in a demonstration staged on Saturday in protest of new tax regulations. » read more

Iranian opposition says government faces legitimacy crisis

Ardeshir Amirarjmand, a spokesman for the opposition’s Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope, has made a provocative proclamation: “A government that is faced with a legitimacy crisis is in fear of everything and sees threats everywhere: the rejoicing of youth and the breaking of the fast in public parks, and even the water levels of Lake Oroumiyeh become a security concern.” » read more

Iran denies involvement in Syrian politics

Iran is denying accusations that the Qods Revolutionary Guards, the international branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, has had a hand in recent developments in Syria, describing the allegations as “unsubstantiated and baseless.” » read more

Iranian reformists laud release of political prisoners

Iranian political activists have commended the government's decision to release scores of political activists, saying it would promote “peace and calm” in the country. » read more

Public outcry over situation at Lake Oroumiyeh

Iranian security forces have put a violent end to demonstrations in Tabriz and Oroumiyeh, arresting dozens of protesters who were speaking out against the government’s inaction as Lake Oroumiyeh rapidly dries out. » read more

Iranian opposition leader under pressure to make "confession"

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi is under “heavy pressure” from Iranian security forces to make “a televised confession,” the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports. » read more

Dozens of political prisoners freed on eve of Muslim celebrations

Iranian authorities have released several political prisoners from Evin Prison in anticipation of Fitr Eid, the culmination of the Muslim month of Ramadan. » read more

Iranian MPs urge government to save Lake Oroumiyeh

Twenty-two Iranian lawmakers have called on the Presiding Board of Parliament to take “expert and immediate” action to counter the rapid ebbing of Lake Oroumiyeh in Western Azerbaijan province. » read more

Iranian opposition leader Karroubi moved to another location

Fatemeh Karroubi, the wife of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, has told Saham News that security forces have moved her husband to a separate one-bedroom apartment. » read more

Iranian web users rank highest for visits to porn sites

Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shiite day of mourning. » read more

Turkish MP condemns air strikes on Kurdish region

Turkish MP Leyla Zana, a Kurdish activist and winner of the Sakharov award, has released a letter condemning Turkish bomb strikes on Kurdish civilians, warning the Turkish Prime Minister about starting an ethnic war in the region. » read more

For Ali Farzat, the Syrian Cartoonist

Mana Neyestani

Activists arrested in Iran over environmental demands

Iranian authorities arrested scores of activists in northwestern Iran over the past week. The Association for the Defence of Azerbijani Political Prisoners in Iran announced that nearly 30 activists were arrested and some also received beatings. » read more

Ahmadinejad blames West for regional problems

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has emphasized that the West is “the main root of all adversity” for Middle Eastern countries, and he urged the people of the region to resolve their problems without allowing Western intervention. » read more

Ebadi urges Iranian Bar Association to support persecuted lawyers

Iran’s Nobel Peace laureate, Shirin Ebadi, has compiled a list of 41 lawyers who have been subjected to government persecution since June 2009 for carrying out their legal duties. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Iran files suit with ICC for delivery of missiles

Iran says it has filed a complaint against Russia at the International Criminal Court for failing to honour its agreement to deliver S300 rockets. » read more

Iran says U.S. "biggest sponsor of terrorism"

Iran accused the U.S. of being the “biggest sponsor of terrorism,” just days after the U.S. State Department’s annual report on terrorism labelled Iran as the “most active sponsor of terrorism.” » read more

Juvenile offenders released in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of 20 children and teenagers charged with taking part in suicide attacks in Afghanistan. » read more

IAEA concerned as Iran moves nuclear centrifuges

Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says moving Iran’s nuclear centrifuges from Natanz to the Ferdo underground nuclear installation near Qom is a “further deviation” from several Security Council resolutions, which have called for the suspension of all activities related to nuclear enrichment in Iran. » read more

Journalists’ group condemns "enforced disappearance" of Iranian political prisoners

Reporters Without Borders issued a statement Tuesday condemning the “arbitrary arrest” and “enforced disappearance” of Iranian political prisoners. » read more

Ahmadinejad adviser calls for judicial action against threats

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s media adviser has criticized the Tehran Prosecutor for giving tacit approval to those who threaten members of the administration by remaining silent in the face of their “illegal actions.” » read more

Reza Badiyi, accomplished TV director dies at 81

Iranian film director, Reza Badiyi, who became a prolific television director in the U.S., died Saturday night from medical complications at the age of 81 in California. » read more

U.S. prisoners’ lawyer remains hopeful

The lawyer for two American detainees sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison says he still hopes for leniency in their case during the month of Ramadan. » read more

Goodbye Dictator!

Mana Neyestani

Afghan body votes to remove 9 MPs for vote fraud

The Afghanistan Elections Commission has accused nine members of Parliament of election fraud and is calling for their removal. » read more

Eight-year sentences confirmed for Americans

Tehran’s Prosecutor General has confirmed the eight-year prison sentences for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two American citizens detained in Iran since 2009 for illegal entry. » read more


Mana Neyestani

U.S. citizens sentenced to 8 years in prison

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the two Americans held in Iran for the past two years, have now been sentenced to eight years in prison. » read more

Iran appoints new Syrian ambassador

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has appointed Mohammadreza Raouf Sheybani as the country’s new ambassador to Syria. » read more

US says Iran top supporter of terrorism

The United States of America says Iran was “the most active supporter of terrorism” in 2010. AFP reports that the US has Syria, Sudan and Cuba in its list of states supporting terrorism. » read more

Head of Basij condemns Iranian reformists

Mohammadreza Naghdi, head of Iran’s Basij militia says the Iranian reformists are more “adversarial” than the “terrorists of the eighties” in Iran. » read more

Iran wants Russia to press for end to sanctions

The head of the Iranian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Commission says that in the spirit of Russia’s “step by step” plan, that country should take a step of its own: pressuring the U.S. to end sanctions against Iran. » read more

Iran says PJAK surrender imminent

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps announced yesterday that the dissident Kurdish group, the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK), will surrender within two months. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Verdict imminent in Kahrizak deadly torture case

The head of the Tehran Justice Department, Alireza Avayi, said the final verdict in the Kahrizak Detention Centre case will soon be announced, two years after political prisoners were fatally tortured there. » read more

Iranian leader denies impact of international sanctions

International sanctions against Iran are ineffective, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, and they must be resisted. » read more

Ahmadinejad expresses support for "step by step" plan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed support for the Russian “step by step” plan to end the international disputes over Iran’s nuclear program. He said the Islamic Republic is willing to join in proposing ways to promote cooperation. » read more

Delays in verdict for Americans called a violation

The lawyer for two Americans detained in Iran says the case judge is violating court regulations by delaying the verdict beyond the one-week limit. » read more

Iranian blogger beaten in prison

Jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has reportedly been beaten by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. » read more

Iranian reformists seek open political atmosphere

Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian reformist, political activist and member of Tehran City Council has supported the conditions set by reformists for participating in coming parliamentary elections. » read more

Talks on "step by step" plan start in Tehran

Iran and Russia have begun talks on the “Step by Step” plan proposed by Russians to resolve the impasse reached in the nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the G5+1. » read more

Bushehr Nuclear Plant to launch before 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Bushehr Nuclear Plant will be launched by the end of 2011, Ria Novosti Russian News Agency reports. » read more

Inflation rates on the rise in Iran

Iran’s Central Bank has announced that the national inflation rate as 16.3 percent, ending a two-month delay in revealing where inflation stands. » read more

The End of the Line

Mana Neyestani

Conflicting reports on arrest of top PKK member

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, announced today that his earlier statements to ISNA regarding the arrest of the number-two top member of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish separatist group, was on the basis of reports in the Turkish media adding that the news has not been confirmed by "competent Iranian sources." » read more

Iran accepts Russia's "step by step" plan

Iran has agreed to Russia's "step by step" plan to resume nuclear talks with the West, Iranian MP Hossein Naghavi Hosseini told Iran's Reporters Club. » read more

Iranian dissident Mehdi Khazali released after hunger strike

Mehdi Khazali, the jailed Iranian publisher and government dissident, was released last night after 27 days in custody. » read more

Former prisoners prepared to testify on rights violations

A number of former Iranian political prisoners have written to Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations’ special human rights rapporteur for Iran, to say they are prepared to testify about what they’ve seen and experienced in Iranian prisons. » read more

Faezeh Hashemi to be put on trial on Sunday

Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of Expediency Council head Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, will be put on trial on Sunday August 14. » read more

Jailed journalist Saam Mahmoudi released on bail

Jailed Iranian journalist Saam Mahmoudi Sarabi was released today after more than eight months in prison. The Kaleme website reports he was released after his family posted bail of $300,000. » read more

Iranian Parliament slams president's new appointment

Iranian Parliament has criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for interfering in the responsibilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by appointing Ali Saeedlou as the president’s aide for international affairs. » read more


Mana Neyestani

More sabotage at Iran-Turkey gas pipeline

The flow of natural gas from Iran to Turkey has been halted for the second time in a month by an explosion at the pipeline, this time in Turkish territory. » read more

Iran's Basij chief offers peacekeepers for Britain

Commander Naghdi, the head of Iran's Basij militia, described the recent riots in Britain as "an uprising for justice" and announced that his Ashura Battalions are prepared for deployment to Britain as peacekeepers. » read more

Four sentenced to death for gang rape

Four of the men accused in a gang rape have been sentenced to death.

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reports that Gholamreza Ansari, the head of the Esfahan Justice Department, told a press conference today that four of the accused in this case have been sentenced to death for rape and will be hanged in public in Khomeinishahr. » read more

Another Iranian political prisoner in critical condition

Iranian political prisoner Ghassem Sholeh Saadi is in critically poor health and is being denied medical care, opposition media report. » read more

National Press Club condemns arrest of Iranian blogger, mother

The National Press Club has spoken out against the arrest of Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother, calling it a "slap in the face of the international community." » read more

Iranian president warns against “social explosion in the West”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the British government in light of the recent riots in London. Since Friday, those riots have shaken the British capital and have now spread to other British cities. » read more

Iran says PJAK forces almost destroyed

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi says the PJAK organization is on the verge of destruction due to the "appropriate actions of the Revolutionary Guards." » read more

Increased jail term for journalist "mark of leader's personal vendetta"

The son of jailed journalist Issa Saharkhiz has spoken out publicly against his father’s treatment by the judiciary and aimed a warning directly at Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist in critical health

The Jaras opposition website reports that jailed journalist Keyvan Samimi is in critical health, but prison authorities refuse to transfer him to hospital for the necessary treatment. » read more

Mehdi Khazali taken to Evin general ward

Jailed Iranian publisher Mehdi Khazali has been transferred to the general ward 350 of Evin Prison from the security section. » read more

Jailed journalists sound ‘tyranny’ alarm bell

Fourteen jailed journalists are warning the Iranian public of grave societal danger, saying the house arrest of the opposition leaders and their wives is an frightful indication of what's to come. » read more

Big changes for Iranian schoolbooks

Iran’s Minister of Education says school textbooks will be altered in the new academic year in order to strike back at the so-called "soft war." » read more

More nuclear plants in the works for Iran

Iran plans to build more nuclear reactors, Iranian MP Hossein Amiri told the Khaneh Mellat website. » read more

Detained Americans to be released soon: lawyer

The lawyer for two U.S. citizen detained in Iran says all signs point to their imminent release. » read more

Prison authorities deny use of torture

The head of the Iranian Prisons Organization has dismissed recent statements about the use of torture in prisons as "absurd lies." » read more

Iranian authorities investigate murder of former lawmaker's daughter

The murder of Fatemeh Bagherinejadianfard was not motivated by theft, her brother has announced, and her body shows no evidence of injury. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist returns to prison

Jailed Iranian journalist, Ahmad Zeidabadi has been returned to prison after being granted a 48-hour furlough. » read more

Oil minister recommends more IRGC involvement in economy

Newly appointed Minister of Oil Rostam Ghassemi says Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps construction base, Khatam-ol-anbia, should turn away from small- and medium-scale economic projects and instead look to replace strangled foreign investment. » read more

Iranian opposition leader advises son not to flee

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has urged his son to refrain from leaving the country, assuring him that the "harsh and difficult times" will come to an end. » read more

Gender segregation underway in 20 Iranian universities

Twenty Iranian universities have announced that in the coming academic year, 40 departments will begin accepting only one gender of student. » read more


Mana Neyestani

Daughter of former reformist lawmaker murdered

The murder of Fatemeh Bagherinejadianfard, the daughter of a former reformist MP, has caused a stir in Iranian Parliament, with MPs calling for an immediate inquest. » read more

Iranian MP challenges award for jailed journalist

MP Fatemeh Alia says it is an “insult” to the people of Iran that jailed Iranian journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi is the 2011 recipient of the Hellman-Hammett award. » read more

Iranian university drops 13 humanities majors

Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran, a top Iranian university, has eliminated 13 branches of the humanities, leaving only six branches of humanities studies for students to pursue in the coming academic year. » read more

Blast hits Iranian oil pipeline

An explosion at the Ahvaz oil pipelines in southern Iran caused a fire that took hours to extinguish, just one week after a gas pipeline explosion halted the flow of natural gas from Iran to Turkey for a day. » read more

Jailed journalist given furlough after two years

Ahmad Zeidabadi, a jailed journalist and secretary general of the student organization, Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat, has been allowed his first temporary leave since he was arrested two years ago. » read more

Two more years in prison for jailed Iranian journalist

Jailed Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz has received an additional two years on top of his three-year prison term. » read more

Ahmadinejad gives interview on opposition, recent disputes

In an interview with euronews network, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the Iranian judiciary as an independent organ free of political interference, adding that opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have their issues with the judiciary. » read more

Anti Authoritarianism

Mana Neyestani

Radio Zamaneh turns five years old

Amsterdam – August 1th, 2011

Radio Zamaneh the Persian language, progressive, unbiased, non-discriminatory source of news, analysis and opinion announces the fifth anniversary of its launch. » read more

UN investigator seeks permission to visit Iran

Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations special rapporteur for Iran, has called on the Islamic Republic to grant him permission to travel to Iran to investigate allegations of human rights violations. » read more

Ahmadinejad's proposed ministers approved by Parliament

Iranian Parliament has given its vote of confidence to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's four ministerial nominees. » read more

Mossad behind Iranian assassination: Der Spiegel

The German weekly Der Spiegel reports that Israel’s Mossad intelligence service is behind the assassination of Daryoush Rezainejad, the Iranian academic who was shot to death last week.

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Former Iranian president commends Bahrami act of mercy

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami praised Amaneh Bahrami, the victim of an acid attack, for sparing her attacker from the sentence of being blinded by acid. » read more

Iranian dissident Ahmad Ghabel arrested

Ahmad Ghabel, the Iranian religious scholar, has been arrested once again by Islamic Republic authorities and transferred to Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad. » read more

Iran and Russia to discuss "step by step" plan

Iranian media report that Iran and Russia will soon begin talks about Russia's "step by step" plan to break the impasse in nuclear negotiations with Iran. » read more

Authorities say gas pipeline bombers killed, arrested

The governor of Makou has announced that three of the people responsible for the recent gas pipeline bombing have been killed and another four have been arrested. » read more

Jailed Iranian journalist refused furlough

The Iranian judiciary has denied a temporary leave to jailed Iranian journalist Siamak Ghaderi, who was arrested last year. » read more