• 2022-10-01

    It appears the Iranian women have been successful in challenging the clerics’ enforcement of the hijab, as almost no officials in the regime talked about continuing to enforce the clerical guidelines on women’s attire. The fact is that enforcing the Islamic hijab in Iran is a form of violence against Iranian women, and the Morality Police must be abolished. Though the regime may abolish Morality Police, the protests are against the theocratic regime and may come back in another form. While foreign agents may have been at work to instigate the protesters, the ruling clerics’ repression and imposition of their religious ideology in the education curricula and people’s lives have created the potential for more protests.

  • 2022-09-30

    Young people in Iran have led mass protests after the death of a woman in police custody. The West should stand in solidarity with the protesters while keeping the diplomatic route open to constrain Iran’s nuclear programme.

  • 2022-09-26

    The Samarkand summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) brought together representatives of 15 countries – not only members of the organization, but also observers and future members who are interested in its activities. The SCO now encompasses half the world’s population and its GDP corresponds to a quarter of the world’s, transforming this powerful international organization into a genuine alternative to the Western world. “The current polarization of the world with American diktat is presented with the possibility of an alternative, which is the SCO. The organization is very quickly reconfiguring the world, and the Arab world, for example, is almost fully represented in it,” the Times of India notes. Perfectly aware that the SCO is not only an outright challenge to Western diktat, but also represents a practical embodiment of the idea of the transition from a unipolar to a multipolar world, more and more countries seek to join this authoritative organization and thereby reject the ideas and policies of the old outmoded world.

  • 2022-09-26

    (The Atlantic Council) On September 13, Kurdish-Iranian woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, was arrested by the so-called morality police for “violating” mandatory hijab in Iran. The twenty-two-year-old was brutally beaten up during her detention, leaving her in a coma, where she died three days later on September 16. Her family has accused authorities of covering up her murder. Since September 17, Iranians in all thirty-one provinces have taken to the streets across all social groups and classes in anti-government protests, led by Iranian Generation Z, with women at the forefront. As journalist Sayeh Isfahani explained, “the ongoing protests are unparalleled and mark a watershed moment for Iran and possibly the Middle East as a whole: a women’s revolution that spans class and ethnic divides and hopes to tear down patriarchy manifested in its most violent form.”

  • 2022-09-25

    The unfortunate death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, in police custody in the capital Tehran last week sparked angry protests inside and outside the country, to the point that the incident, which is still under investigation, has caught the imagination of people and media worldwide.

  • 2022-09-23

    One week after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, protests against the moral security police across several cities in Iran turned into violent clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces. Iranian state media reports that at least 26 have died, including five security personnel, as of 22 September, while the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) put the figure at 36, saying it is expected to rise.

  • 2022-09-23

    The death of Mahsa Amini has outraged citizens throughout Iran, setting off a protest wave. If it wishes for genuine stability, rather than the mirage of social control, Tehran must stop responding with brute force and start addressing the grievances driving people into the streets.

  • 2022-09-19

    On 19 September, a delegation of 100 people representing 65 Russian companies met with their Iranian counterparts, according to Omid Ghalibaf, spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade (MIMT). The more than 750 meetings within the next three days between Iranian business entities, members of provincial chambers, and the Russian delegation further solidify efforts to fight unilateralism and circumvent crippling Western sanctions.

  • 2022-09-13

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is the largest regional organization and accounts for 30% of the global GDP. During a press briefing, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov announced that Iran will attend the 2023 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in India as a full member.

  • 2022-08-28

    The news that made the headlines on Thursday is that the Joe Biden Administration may have inched closer to restarting the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Meanwhile, it escaped attention that Iran’s oil minister Javad Owji said just a day earlier in Tehran following a meeting with Igor Levitin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s senior aide that the two countries have finalized their talks on “gas purchase and swap” and a contract is going to be signed in Moscow.