Tehran jails 15-year-old boy for pulling down Iranian flag

Monday, 19 February 2018

An Iranian member of parliament revealed that the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced a 15-year-old boy to five years of jail after being accused of dragging down an Iranian flag during the wave of protests against the regime. The head of Iran’s judiciary committee, Mohammad Kazemi, told the online news site Etemaad that he spoke to the boy during his visit to the prison in the city of Hamadan in the center of Iran. He said that the flag was pulled down in Malayer Square. The Iranian ...

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

Monday, 19 February 2018

Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran’s Press TV reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather, crashing into Mount Dena in a remote area of southern Iran. The airliner said all on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including six crew members. The crash of the aircraft, brought back into service only ...

‘We do not work for you,’ Iraqi officials tell advisor to Iran’s Khamenei

Monday, 19 February 2018

Iranian politician Ali Akbar Velayati’s statements that Tehran will not allow liberals or civil society activists or anyone who does not fit Tehran’s criteria to return to power sparked Iraqi officials’ outrage. National Coalition bloc MP Abdul Karim Abtan slammed Velayati and said Iraqis do not work for him. “We do not work for Velayati or anyone else. We are Iraqis and our national project is Iraqi. Velayati may have power over one or two Iraqi (politicians) but this ...

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier. “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbors,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, accusing Israel of “mass reprisals against its neighbors and daily incursions into Syria, ...

Saudi foreign minister says regional problems began with Khomeini revolution

Sunday, 18 February 2018

During his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that Iran has trained several terrorist factions and executed terrorist operations around the world. He added that Saudi Arabia is continuing to put pressure on Iran to stop supporting extremist groups. “Didn’t Iran train and manage the terrorist factions that bombed the Saudi Khobar Towers?” he said. Al-Jubeir said that the region’s problems ...

Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Western political and diplomatic circles the received idea these days is that war in Syria has reached its end and that what one should now focus on is reconstruction.However, like all other received ideas this one, too, is as full of holes and Swiss cheese.The first hole is that what we have witnessed in Syria over the past seven years was not a war in any classical sense of the term. What we saw was several wars woven into each other in the context of a humanitarian disaster sharpened by ...

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Arab coalition in Yemen targets Iranian espionage experts in Taiz

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Arab coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen have targeted a spying center east of Taiz which is said to host Iranian experts working for the Houthi militia, reported the local media center in Taiz. The center said that coalition aircrafts raided the Automatic Release Center in al-Houban on Friday. They also targeted Iranian spy experts who were in the targeted structure, the center added. Meanwhile, Houthi militia leader and Commander of the Armored Corps, Abu Mohammed al-Mortada, and a number ...

Opposition leader: Women should assume role of furthering Iran uprising

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Women played a key role in recent protests in Iran, taking to the streets to eliminate the clerical regime and to liberate the entire nation, said Maryam Rajavi, an Iranian opposition leader on Saturday. She added that this was “a goal that would certainly be realized”. Rajavi said that present circumstances provide the potential for continuing protests and that Iranian women should assume the responsibility of furthering the uprising. This responsibility is two-fold: First, ...

British PM May: Ready for further action against Iran

Friday, 16 February 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain shares the concerns of the United States regarding Iran's activities in the Middle East and is ready to take further action against Tehran. During a visit to Berlin, May said that she and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had affirmed their commitment to the Iranian nuclear deal and agreed on the need to implement it fully. "We agreed that while we continue to work on maintaining the agreement, we also share the United States' ...

WATCH: Iranian policewoman scolds girl for not wearing hijab ‘properly’

Friday, 16 February 2018

Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad has posted a video on her Twitter account showing an Iranian moral policewoman scolding a girl for not wearing her hijab ‘properly.’ Despite wearing a long headscarf, the woman claimed that she wore it improperly since she showed the front of her hair. READ ALSO: Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab In the video, the woman is purportedly seen asking the girl to wear it as she has instructed. However, the girl ...

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