Category: News & Analysis

As Trump’s Ruses Fail, US Deploys Additional Bombers to Persian Gulf

“Lame duck” US President Donald Trump’s legal challenges to the validity of the November presidential election have chalked up more than fifty defeats in the courts in the past weeks, the most recent one (“the big one,” in Trump’s own […]

Iran nuclear deal: ‘Heated rhetoric and the heightened risk of miscalculation’ widen differences

Although the landmark Iran nuclear deal could improve regional stability if fully implemented, increased tensions have highlighted the risks posed by escalation, the UN’s Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.  Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo was speaking […]

Iran’s opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19 while under house arrest

Sunday 15 November 2020 – With the spread of COVID-19 currently overwhelming the healthcare system in Iran, the government of President Hassan Rouhani was forced to announce urgent measures in an attempt to stem the pandemic.  President Rouhani stated today […]

Iran: UN expert urges accountability for violent protest crackdowns

NEW YORK (26 October 2020) – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran must conduct an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry into the violent crackdown against protests in November 2019 and January 2020, and bring human rights violators to […]

Iran’s beloved voice of protest falls silent!

Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iran’s most famous singer, a voice celebrated across all generations in the country, died on Thursday 8 October after a long struggle against cancer that had prevented him from performing during the latter years of his life.  […]

Nurses denounce government betrayal

Employers have rewarded the sacrifice of Iranian nurses with sackings, unpaid salaries for shifts already worked, and revolving 89-day contracts – one day short of any job-security and rights. On Saturday 9th May, protests by nurses in Gilan province, in […]

Three implications of the corona crisis in Iran – Azadeh Zamirirad

The coronavirus is more than a health challenge for the Islamic Republic. The virus is exacerbating the legitimacy crisis and pushing religion into the background, says Azadeh Zamirirad. In February, the Islamic Republic announced its first confirmed cases of the coronavirus. […]

Iran temporarily releases 70,000 prisoners as coronavirus cases surge

DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran has temporarily freed about 70,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus in jails, the head of the judiciary said on Monday, as officials reported hundreds of new infections and dozens more deaths across the […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s prison leave extended in Iran amid virus crisis

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s leave from prison in Iran has been extended by two weeks and her case has been put forward to prosecutor to seek clemency, her husband has said. The British-Iranian mother was among thousands of prisoners temporarily freed from jail […]

Iran’s Coronavirus Disaster – KARIM SADJADPOUR

Domestic mismanagement and international hostility have complicated Iran’s response to the coronavirus threat, fueling one of the world’s most dire outbreaks. The Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered a devastating number of fatalities from the new coronavirus, exceeded only by those […]