Today, five earthquakes shook Iran-Iraq border with a magnitude of 4.1 to 5.5 on Richter scale. This is the same region hit by a strong earthquake in November, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands.
According to local news agencies, no serious damage has been reported so far. However, people rushed to the streets in several cities including Soomar, Kermanshah, Gilanegharb, and Ilam.
Head of Iran’s Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, has announced that in line with the new laws of the country, the execution of drug traffickers has ended and their cases will be reviewed. The memo issued to all the judicial authorities of the country by the Head of the Judiciary is an executive order to add a clause to the Article on narcotics. The Attorney General is in charge of overseeing its implementation.
Afsaneh Safavi, the full professor of Chemistry at Shiraz University won the Lecture Medal from the World Academy of Sciences of Italy. Since 1996, the World Academy of Sciences for the developing countries (TWAS) every year awards the prized TWAS Lecture Medal in science and technology to one of the members of the Academy who had a significant contribution in advancement of science and technology. All of the developing countries and a number of European and American states are members of the World Academy of Sciences.
Asghar Farhadi has written a note on the recent unrests in Iran.
The text is as follows:
“Questions, humiliation, anger
Over the past days, a number of my friends and compatriots have been asking about my thoughts on the recent protests in my country.
Located at a distance of 1000kms south of Beijing, in the suburbs of Yangzhou, there is a little village which has kept its Persian aura after the passing of 600 years. This place is called “Busi Chuan” or the Parsian Village. It is surrounded by rivers and lakes, lush pine forests, and vast plains. Its inhabitants have a deep inner link with Iranians.
After the adoption of a bill to support people with disabilities, they can study at universities across Iran for free.
Based on the bill for the Protection of Disabled Persons, those who qualify can attend higher education centers tuition-free with no age limitations. These centers include those of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Islamic Azad University, and all other state and private centers who receive an annual budget for the project.
Parviz Parastui (Iranian actor and singer) said: “I am neither a traitor nor I’ll abandon my beliefs; however, when I see such events occurring in my country, I suffer; my work throughout the day has become watching the news and when I see that nearly a thousand types of accusations are directed toward my people, I suffer. People’s sorrow has caused me to suffer.”
Iran is putting behind ten days of protests. Although the capital Tehran and larger cities, such as Mashhad and Isfahan, are now relatively calm, yet unofficial news report continued unrest in smaller towns.
These days, Tehran Azadi (Freedom) Tower hosts the theater festival staged by inmates from prisons throughout Iran, and the 17th Prisons Theater Festival will stage street plays, scene theater, and will have sessions of reciting plays. Street theaters will be performed in the lower floor of Azadi Tower and scene theater at the tower’s main hall.
Mehrshad Kazemi, Head of Culture and Islamic Guidance Department of Tehran and Secretary to the 4th Award of Tehran announced the Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 3 January 2018, and said: “Like previous years, the aim of the Award is to honor Tehran researchers and create incentives for scientific-research in projects for the arts, society, history
The winter solstice “Yalda” and Christmas are celebrated around the same time in Iran every year. This year, the Spanish paper “La Vanguardia” writes: “Iranian Christians begin Christmas on the longest night of the year.”
Negar Qods-Kani, Iranian citizen resident in Australia, was illegally arrested 195 days ago on false charges brought by America. These have been the hardest 195 days of her life. She was pregnant when arrested and has now given birth to her first child in captivity.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”
In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.
Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”
Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.