• 2021-01-22

    Water scarcity in Iran threatens not just its agricultural self-sufficiency but may also strain its energy exports in the long term, two sectors it hopes to rely on to weather new economic sanctions.

  • 2021-01-22

    The director of Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) Isa Kalantari has said the public must reduce its gas consumption or face frequent power outages. In comments reported by the Tehran-based Tejarat News on Jan. 4, Mr. Kalantari explained: “Our nation could expect electricity shortage, or we may be forced to use fuel oil [heating oil, kerosene]. People must either reduce their gas consumption or use heating oil.” “A significant increase in household gas consumption during the winter months has caused a severe drop in gas supply to industries and power plants,” Kalantari noted. “Industries and power stations, which produce electricity, cannot operate without gas, so they may have to use heating oil.” “There are some exceptions regarding the use of heating oil,” Kalantari said. “The Headquarters for Fighting Coronavirus has banned the use of heating oil in major cities, including Tehran, Karaj, and Isfahan. However, other cities will be forced to use heating oil because of the gas shortage.”

  • 2021-01-15

    The sugarcane workers of Haft Tappeh are still struggling with various problems and the officials; the government, parliament and the judiciary have not taken effective action to address these issues. Currently, the last wage paid to workers is for October. The workers were not paid for the months of November and December. It is merely claimed that they have been paid. Workers will be paid till December 30, but it is unclear whether this claim will be implemented. Although, January has arrived, there is no news of reed harvesting production [...]

  • 2021-01-15

    Women in Place constitutes the intertwinement of the personal, the political, and the professional for me. I begin the book by describing a scene from 1995, which I experienced personally: the opening ceremony of the Students’ Sports Olympiad, which took place in Isfahan, Iran, one of the first times when male and female students were allowed in the very same stadium together, albeit in separate sections. This was a formative experience for me, because living these events brought home an apparent “paradox” that permeates my book.

  • 2021-01-13

    In his recent public speech, delivered on the anniversary of the January 9, 1978 uprising sparked by the people of Qom, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution explicitly announced that importing American and English vaccines to the country is forbidden. He also mentioned France, saying: “I do not trust the French either.” In this op-ed, Khamenei.ir examines the reasons behind the Iranians’ and the Leader’s distrust of the US and some European countries.

  • 2021-01-08

    The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says the import of American Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines has been cancelled against the backdrop of a national address by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who banned the purchase of coronavirus vaccines produced by the United States and Britain.

  • 2021-01-08

    Iran has granted a three-day medical release for internationally renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, her husband said Friday. "Nasrin came on medical leave for three days a few hours ago to continue her treatment," Reza Khandan tweeted, along with a picture of him and Sotoudeh. 

  • 2021-01-07

    Evidence linking Iranian officials and organizations to human rights violations in Iran has been shared in a new database produced by London-based charity Justice for Iran. The database, entitled “Faces of Crime,” was launched on December 10 to coincide with International Human Rights Day and Justice for Iran’s 10-year anniversary. The directory, which charts human rights breaches from 1979 — the year the Islamic Republic was established — to the present day, took a decade to compile and features more than 220 individuals as well as organizations involved in at least 430 serious human rights violations. The interactive tool allows individuals who believe they have evidence of human rights violations to contact the charity directly. 

  • 2021-01-03

    Efforts aimed at the revival of the container-carrying Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) train, which began during the recent decades by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey show the general outlook of China’s new Silk Road strategic ring-way. The 10th meeting of high ranking Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Railway Project workgroup, better known as the ECO Train was recently convened aimed at the urgent revival of this major regional economic plan.

  • 2020-12-31

    Pakistan and Iran inaugurated a second official border crossing Dec. 19 at the strategically located crossing point of Gwadar-Ramdhan. Situated in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, which lies adjacent to Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, this new gateway is now the shortest land route connecting the port of Gwadar to Iran. The idea for a second border crossing had recently been suggested by Iran. On his fourth visit to Pakistan since the Imran Khan government assumed power, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came to Islamabad in November. During meetings with the Pakistani leadership, the proposed land crossing remained at the top of the agenda. 

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