Solidarity organisation warns of coronavirus impact in Iran – Press release – For immediate use

2nd April 2020 The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has appealed to trade unions in the UK and internationally to support their fellow workers in Iran who are at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. […]

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 […]

US Sanctions on Iran Are Increasing Coronavirus Deaths BY SARAH LAZARE

Iran is ravaged by coronavirus — and US sanctions are making the pandemic even more deadly. ust as the global coronavirus pandemic is escalating profound injustices within the United States, it is also intensifying the brutality of the sanction regimes the United […]

 

Yes, Iranians can protest against both US intervention and their government – Reza H Akbari

Anti-regime unrest doesn’t mean everyone has suddenly switched sides. US officials’ simplistic view of Iran is dangerous Some argue that today’s protests are the “real Iran” and represent the authentic face of the country.’ Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty […]

Middle East – political uncertainty continues

12th January 2020 The assassination of the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, has sparked a further round of uncertainty in the Middle East and brought the danger of increased conflict closer.  Jane Green assesses the current […]

UNESCO Responds to Trump’s Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site

Published 7 January 2020 In October 2017, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, claiming it needed to be reformed and was dominated by an alleged anti-Israeli trend. UNESCO’s director-general Audrey Azoulay recalled U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that […]

Ervand Abrahamian speech on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani

Ervand Abrahamian is a historian of Middle Eastern and particularly Iranian history. Born in Tehran to Persian-Armenian parents and raised in England, he received his M.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is Distinguished […]

CODIR greeting 2020

Sit-in protest of education workers in Iran

Barely five weeks after the latest popular uprising in Iran was brutally suppressed by the security forces, the education workers in Iran staged an active sit-in on Monday 23rd December 2019 to once again voice their hitherto unmet demands.  These […]

Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest – ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’

(Reuters) – After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them. That order, confirmed by […]

Shoot to kill outrage in Iran

17th December 2019 As the reports about a wide spread clamp-down in Iran continue to leak out of the country, following widespread protests at increases in the price of petrol, Jane Green reports on developments and the growing outrage at […]

Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters ‘eerily similar to South America’s Dirty War’

Iran’s Tudeh Party said the victims bared the hallmarks of having been extrajudicially executed MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 THE brutal crackdown of anti-government protesters in Iran last month is eerily similar to South America’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and […]

Iran: Thousands arbitrarily detained and at risk of torture in chilling post-protest crackdown

Thousands arrested including children as young as 15 Detainees subjected to enforced disappearance and torture At least 304 people killed in protests according to credible sources Iran’s authorities are carrying out a vicious crackdown following the outbreak of nationwide protests […]