Archive for August, 2023

Sanctions Against Iran Have Made the Country’s Rich Richer and Its Poor Poorer

BYESFANDYAR BATMANGHELIDJ ZEP KALB Iran has been subjected to extensive sanctions for the better part of the last decade. The sanctions were meant to target the country’s elite; instead, they have hurt the poor most and enabled the richest households to […]

Regime ups stakes in repressive measures

A year ago 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was murdered by Iran’s security services while in their custody. STEVE BISHOP assesses the build up to the anniversary and possible outcomes N September 16 2022 Mahsa Amini was detained by the Iranian regime’s […]

Iranian authorities have launched a new repressive onslaught on women rights defenders in the country

Iran: Mass Arrests of Women’s Rights Defenders At Least a Dozen Arrested Ahead of Protests’ Anniversary (Beirut) – Iranian authorities have arrested at least a dozen activists and increased pressure on a wide range of peaceful dissidents ahead of the anniversary of […]

Britain should apologise for its role in the 1953 coup d’état that subverted democracy in Iran!

Today, 19 August, marks the 70th anniversary of the 1953 coup d’état in Iran which brought down the government of democratically elected Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh.  STEVE BISHOP explores Britain’s role in the coup and why demands for an apology continue to be […]

Iran arrests 12 female activists in crackdown ahead of protest anniversary

Iran on Wednesday detained at least 12 female activists in what rights groups say is an escalating campaign to deter protests to mark the anniversary of the “woman, life, freedom” uprising that swept the country last year. The protest movement […]

Iran Launches New Crackdown, Targeting E-commerce Giant for Photos of Female Employees Without Headscarves

A week after authorities in Iran threatened to renew a crackdown on women not wearing the hijab, the country’s morality police has shut down an office of the country’s largest e-commerce company and initiated judicial proceedings against it. The action came after […]

Iran protests, death of Mahsa Amini: NZ MPs confront Iranian ambassador Reza Nazar Ahari in fiery meeting

Iranian-born MP Golriz Ghahraman confronted the Iranian ambassador with images of Mahsa Amini and protesters killed since her death in an at times heated meeting at Parliament about the Islamic Republic’s response to the protests and executions that have drawn […]

Iran proposes new hijab law ahead of Mahsa Amini protests anniversary

Draft law sets out range of proposals such as longer prison terms, AI surveillance and crackdown for hijab violation Authorities in Iran are considering a new harsh law forcing hijab-wearing, which experts fear would enshrine unprecedentedly extreme punitive measures into […]