Category Archives: Iran

Six People Said Killed, 300 Arrests At Sufi Protest In Iran

Five security officers have been killed and 300 people arrested amid clashes between law enforcement authorities and Sufi Muslim protesters in Tehran, police say.

Members of the Gonabadi Sufi order, who are known as dervishes, said that at least one of their number was killed by security forces after clashes broke out during their protest in northern Tehran on February 19.

The Gonabadis were protesting outside a police station against the arrest of at least one member of the religious community, according to accounts relayed to RFE/RL or posted on social media.


History Lessons from Years Under Islamism

In Iran, my generation, the first after Islamism came to power, is called the Burnt Generation (Persian: Nasl-e Sukhteh). Our generation earned this name for having to endure the brutality of the Islamist and theocratic regime from the time we were born, to adulthood. This brutality included the regime’s merciless efforts, such as mass executions, to establish its power, impose its barbaric and restrictive rules, and brainwash children and indoctrinate the younger generation with its extremist ideology through various methods including elementary schoolsuniversitiesstate-controlled media outlets, imams and local mosques, and promoting chants such as “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

Women and men were segregated. Teenagers were prevented from performing daily activities considered harmless by most of the world. Any kind of enjoyable social activities were barred, including listening to music, dancing, drinking, dating, women participating in a chess championship unless you were wearing a hijab or attending a football match or other sporting event if men were playing in it. If it made you smile, if it gave you hope, it was probably against the law, such as what could be worn, whom you were allowed to talk to, what you could listen to, and whether or not you pray or fast during Ramadan. Even the most personal and private issues became the business of the regime’s forces.

h/t Avi


Iran, Russia, and China’s Central Role in the Venezuela Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just completed, by most accounts, a successful visit to Latin America. He began his five-nation tour by invoking the Monroe Doctrine and suggesting the Venezuelan military could manage a “peaceful transition” from the authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro. This reminded several regional observers of President Trump’s suggestion last year of a possible “military option” for Venezuela, hinting at possible U.S. or multilateral intervention to stop the country’s collapse.

An armed action or military intervention in Venezuela by any nation in the Western Hemisphere, including Venezuela’s own military, must take into account the role of Iran, Russia and China in the crisis. Russia and China were prominently mentioned by Tillerson during his visit to the region; Iran, however, was notably absent from his remarks.

Prior to any discussion on what to do about Venezuela, a consensus about what led to this crisis needs be reached. The role of Iran is critical in such a conversation.


Iran Claims Kavous Seyed-Emami Who Died in Prison Was Mossad, CIA Agent

A renowned Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in an Iran prison was part of an espionage network set up by Israel’s Mossad and the CIA, according to Tehran’s chief prosecutor.

Kavous Seyed-Emami, a 63-year-old professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq University in Tehran and the managing director of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation, was found dead in his cell last Friday.


Iran: Speaking Swedish, Acting North Korean

For the past decade, February, part of which coincides with the month of Bahman on the Iranian calendar, has been marked by febrile political activities in Iran under the Khomeinist regime. February 1 marks the anniversary of the late ayatollah’s return to Tehran after 16 years in exile. And February 11, regarded as the crescendo of the Iranian Revolution, marks the day that Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister to be named by the Shah, went into hiding, leaving a vacuum quickly filled by Khomeini’s supporters visibly surprised by the ease with which they had won power.

There were no revolutionary battles, no dramatic ups-and-downs, and, on a personal level, no opportunity for heroic shenanigans.


Analysis: The first direct confrontation between Israel and Iran

This is the beginning of something much bigger. It marks a turning point in the covert war Israel and Iran have been fighting for decades.

Much has already be written about what happened on Saturday when Israel came very close to all out war with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Assad’s army in Syria.

To understand the seriousness of the situation, one has to look at the broader picture and take into account not only what occurred on Saturday but what happened on the Lebanese front over the past few weeks.

The incident on Saturday, when the IAF first downed an Iranian attack drone in the vicinity of the Israel town of Beit Shean and later attacked Iranian and Syrian targets deep in the war-torn country, showed the Israel security cabinet was right when it embarked on a new diplomatic offensive against Iran’s belligerent activities in Syria at the beginning of January.


Remember The Money Obama Paid Iran After They Released Our Guys? It Wound Up With Terrorist Groups.

Remember the $1.7 billion that the Obama administration rpaid to Iran in 2016 after the release of five Americans held by Iran? According to The Washington Times, the federal government traced the funds, only to discover the money was transferred to Hezbollah, the terrorist group in Lebanon; the Quds Force, Iran’s terrorist arm, which has an extensive history of murder, and Houthi rebels hoping to topple the Saudi Arabian government.


Iranian Christians Appeal Convictions By Islamic Court

Three Iranian Christians are due to appear before Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court on February 4 to appeal against their 2017 convictions on charges of “conducting evangelism” and carrying out “illegal church activities.”

Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi, and Hadi Asgari each received a provisional sentence of 10 years in prison for the charges filed against them.

The Islamic judges also imposed an additional five-year prison sentence against Naderi on a charge of blasphemy.


Trump, the Ayatollah and the Wizard of Oz

In his first year as President, Donald J Trump has been credited and more often blamed for numerous things. His admirers credit him with the 32 per cent rise in the stock market and the lowest unemployment rate since the halcyon days of the 1950s.

As for his detractors, well, you know, they blame him for everything they don’t like under the sun.

Trump, however, has his barometer of success: the number of followers attracted to his Twitter account.


Iran’s Secret Shunning of a Minority Faith

Usually the Iranian regime’s assault on its people’s dignity is measured in its political prisoners, its laws mandating modest dress for women, its prosecutions of gays and its stage-managed elections. An under-reported aspect of this story, though, is the state’s treatment of the Baha’i, a small monotheistic faith that was founded in Iran in the 19th century and that honors Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. In Iran, this minority faces systemic discrimination reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg laws or China’s treatment of the Falun Gong.


Iranian hijab protester and her baby have been released from prison

A young mother jailed for protesting the Islamic dresscode enforced on women in Iran has been released over a month after her arrest.

The 31-year-old, known as The Girl In Enghelab Street, was arrested after she took off her head scarf and held it in the air while standing on a pillar box in central Tehran last month.

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who had been investigating the case, said officials had confirmed that the woman had been freed over the weekend.


“I Am Sick of Hijab, Sharia Law, Sharia Police”

Feminists claim to be champions of women rights around the world. They argue that “universality” is a key component of their cause.

Perhaps it is worthwhile, though, to examine their nice slogans against reality.

Women took to the street recently in the front lines of protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The demands of the women were clear: Remove Sharia law, eliminate the obligatory hijab, improve the rights of women, and not to treat women as slaves and second-class citizens. Simple.


Iranian woman who bravely stood on a pillar box in Tehran waving her hijab is ‘missing’ and feared arrested, lawyer says

The Iranian woman who captured hearts by standing on a pillar box in Tehran and waving her white hijab in protest is missing and feared to have been arrested.

The woman, whose identity is unknown, was captured on video waving her scarf while having her head uncovered in an apparent reference to the ‘White Wednesday’ protests against clothing restrictions on women in Iran.

Now, a renowned Iranian lawyer says that the brave woman has not been seen in public since her protest and has raised fears that she may have been arrested.