Guardianship: Child Trafficking and Forced Marriage

Mahdieh Golroo

When I was in the first grade, I had two nieces who are one and three years younger than I am. Their 24 years old father died in an accident so my 20 years old sister and her children were mourning for him. We spend a lot of time together. The kids can enjoy playing even in a sad time like all Syrian or Yemeni children who play and laugh under the bombing. The death of my sister's husband was the beginning of a new world for me with my nieces. ...

Iran's supreme leader, quoting Trump, mocks US election - NASSER KARIMI

Iran's supreme leader mocked America's presidential election Tuesday in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump's own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticize the vote as Tehran marked the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis. ...

Book Review: Nasser Mohajer, Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran, 1988

In 1988, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a secret fatwa (a religious edict) ordering judicial authorities to execute between 4,500 and 5,000 political prisoners. The inmates were men and women, young and old who had been arrested over the previous ten years for their dissident views or participation in street demonstrations. Some were teenagers at the time of their arrest. ...

British-Australian academic detained in Iran moved out of desert prison

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic who has been detained in Iran for the past two years, has been moved from the notorious desert prison of Qarchak to an unknown location. ...

Iran’s Next President Could Be a Military Man

Who shall guard the Guards? At the start of the campaign for next summer’s presidential election, Iran faces the militarization of its political institutions. The strongest candidates to replace President Hassan Rouhani in June come from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country’s most muscular military arm. ...

'Treating us like garbage': New sanctions announced as many Iranian Americans feel fed up with Trump

Jason Nazmiyal, a prominent Persian carpet dealer based in New York, is used to America's red tape when it comes to Iran. ...

How Iranian chess referee with secret Jewish heritage was forced to live a 'fake' life

When Shohreh Bayat, one of the world’s top chess referees, let her hijab slip during a match earlier this year she had no idea she may never return home to Iran again. Not long after the seemingly innocuous pictures of her loose hair had circulated in Iran, where headscarves are strictly mandated by the ruling ayatollahs, she was receiving threats to her life. ...

Message from Kweku Mandela - Nelson Mandela's grandson - to Nasrin Sotoudeh

Four months after Nasrin was released from her first three-year prison sentence in Evin, Nelson Mandela died in December 2013. ...

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. ...

Lessons From Three Years in an Iranian Prison

In August 2016, shortly after I was arrested by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, one of my interrogators asked me what I thought of the antagonism between Iran and the United States. I told him frankly that like many Americans, I did not believe that Iran and the United States should be enemies. I said that I thought President Barack Obama should visit Tehran and turn a new page in the relationship, just as President Richard Nixon had done by going to Beijing in 1972. The interrogator sneered. The U.S. president would never be welcome in his country, he told me. ...