US Sanctions against Iran to come into effect
Carol Morello writes in the Washington Post that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States will fully enforce sanctions against Iran, scheduled to be put back in place Monday.
Unrest in Iranian cities
Unrest has broken out in a number of Iranian cities over the past few days in protest to economic hardships, including Shiraz, Arak, Mashhad, Isfahan, and Karaj. This was broken up by the security forces.
Widening social inequalities lead to social unrest
Professor of Economics at the University of Tehran and former Iranian MP, Mohammad Khosh-Chehreh, says: “In the rest of the world, gold and foreign currency are not goods to be bought like they are in Iran. But this government and the one before that took the wrong attitude and turned these into commodities, because they earned currency from the sale of crude oil; they turned its income into commodities to sell at a higher price and earn more rials.”
International Workers’ Day
May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This day has always been coupled with marches and workers’ protests in Iran. The Workers' House in Tehran saw the gathering of large numbers of laborers from various vocations today to protest not receiving a license to stage protests and claim their rights, such as insurance and incomes not matching the rising costs of living.
What Trump needs to know about Iranians
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian diplomat and researcher at Princeton University, wrote in a note in Al-Monitor media site: Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the implicit goal of US strategy toward Tehran has with rare exception been to subvert the Iranian political system.
Management of January 2018 Protests
The years 2017/2018 will certainly be recorded as an important years in the history of Iran. Not only because of the 12th presidential elections and the victory of Mr Rouhani, but also due to the protests which, in fact, began on 28 December 2017 in Mashhad, but quickly spread to other cities.
Farhadi: The world needs more enquiring people
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.
Relative calm on the streets of Iran
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.
Zarif reaction to recent protests in Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has reacted to the recent protests in Iran. He tweeted: “Iran’s security and stability depend on its own people, who – unlike the peoples of Trump’s regional “bffs” have the right to vote and to protest. These hard-earned rights will be protected, and infiltrators will not be allowed to sabotage them through violence and destruction.”
Unrest continues in Iran, Tehran still low key
From Thursday 28 December last week, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and spread to other cities in a domino effect. Initially, demonstrators protested the rising food and fuel prices by shouting “no to rising costs”. But, this took on political aspects where anti-regime slogans were heard at some of the demonstrations.
Iranian President reacts to recent protests
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, in his first reaction to the recent protests in cities of Iran by pointing out to the fact that some of the economic problems facing the country are related to previous years and some to current times, also said: “However, people’s criticisms are not about the state of the economy; people are also complaining about corruption and they are demanding transparency and say that all issues should be transparent.”