Hossein Mirdamadi, the father of jailed journalist Serajeddin Mirdamai, says the judge in his son’s case has said that he will be made an example so that other journalists will not think of returning to Iran. » read more
The head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mining and Agriculture has criticized the growing number of unlicensed finance and credit companies in the country. In a report on Thursday July 31, IRNA quoted Ghoamhossein Shafei saying one of the chief problems for the economy is the lack of clear financial communication and the rise of unlicensed financial companies. » read more
A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry has rejected a U.S. report about religious discrimination and restrictions in Iran. Marzieh Afkham said the U.S. State Department report about religious freedom in the world, including Iran, lacks credibility and is nothing but a “tool to pressure other countries.” » read more
Iran’s Industry Minister says the economy has shrunk by 2.2 percent since the last measurement and 50 percent of the manufacturing sector is now in recession. Mohammadreza Nematzadeh said “severe currency fluctuations, a lack of equipment and a lack of foreign investment” have left more than 10,000 industrial units half-finished all across the country. » read more
Iran’s Agriculture sector reportedly consumes 92 percent of the country’s national water resources and wastes about two-thirds of that.
Iranian Power Minister Hamid Chitchian reports that irrigation has only a 33-percent yield, making the industry very wasteful. » read more
Reuters reports that an Iranian-American man who was detained in Tehran last week along with three journalists was released on Wednesday.
The remaining three detainees are the freed man’s wife, who according to Reuters is an Iranian-American photographer, Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the UAE-based daily, The National. » read more
Ayatollah Khamenei says the situation in Gaza is the Islamic world’s leading concern and Palestinians need to be supported in every way. Iran’s Supreme Leader said the forced insistence on a ceasefire is only aimed at saving the “Zionist regime.” » read more