Torrential rains over the past forty days in Iran may have caused severe floods and human and financial losses in certain areas, but at the same time it has revived one of Iran and the world’s most important lakes.
The Managing Director of the Autism Association of Iran has said that the hijab is a challenge faced by Iranian families with autistic daughters, adding: “These girls are unable to keep the hijab on their heads.”
Iran’s Meteorological Organization announced the possibility of new floods in eastern Iran while most of the country’s northern and western regions have already been hit by torrential rains and devastating floods for more than a month.
Team Melli and Persepolis Club goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, is auctioning the gloves with which he caught Ronaldo’s penalty kick at the 2018 World Cup in the match against Portugal to help the flood victims in Iran.
As the Spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the US has blocked the accounts of the Red Crescent, thus putting a stop to any help for the flood victims in Iran from abroad, the people of Iran have rushed to help their compatriots stricken by this natural disaster and donated record amounts of cash and other items unprecedented in Iran.
In an exclusive interview with Persia Digest (PD) MIT Professor, John Tirman, said: “For all his bluster, Trump probably does not want a war with Iran. But if he takes such a decision, he will not seek congressional approval.”
A former Iranian diplomat has said: “In the present circumstances, there is no hope that Iran’s foreign policy or diplomacy can continue its way forward without a paradigm shift; as such, there is nothing to negotiate and use the capacity of Takht-Ravanchi’s presence in New York for as long as this shift is not happening.”
The Iranian Ambassador in Muscat pointed to an increased number of flights between Iran and Oman from 20 to 48 per week, and said: “Shipping lines are also on the increase and a new one will start operating between the two countries in a fortnight.”
Paul Schrader, renowned American screenwriter, film director and critic is the guest of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) in Iran these days. He has been to visit Naghsh-e Jahan Square and found it amazing.
The United States has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs do not automatically face U.S. sanctions for dealing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards after the group’s designation by Washington as a foreign terrorist group, according to three current and three former U.S. officials.
Asian shares were steady on Monday as investors took stock of recent data suggesting global growth may be stabilising, while oil prices spiked on a report the U.S. is likely to ask all importers of Iranian oil to end their purchases or face sanctions.
According to an opinion piece in the Washington Post, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may announce as early as Monday, April 22 that the United States will no longer grant exemptions to countries importing Iranian oil in contravention of the U.S. sanctions. According to the piece, the State Department expects that Saudi Arabia will play a key part in increasing production to offset the loss of Iranian exports and prevent oil prices from rising.