Oct 2010

Iranian opposition leaders meet despite government resistance

Iranian security forces failed in an attempt to stop the two opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi from meeting with each other.

Iran reinstates Karroubi's National Trust Party

Deputy Secretary General of Iran's National Trust Party announced that their office is no longer sealed and the party has been allowed to resume its political activities.

Karroubi: Iranian judiciary has no power!

In a visit with families of recent political detainees, Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi noted the judiciary’s “complete loss of power” to interrogators of the intelligence ministry.

Rare Persian leopard born in Dutch zoo

A rare Persian leopard, currently on the endangered species list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was born in Amersfoort Zoo in the Netherlands.

Former prosecutor crticizes Iran's intelligence ministry

Mehdi Hadavi, first prosecutor general of the Islamic Republic, criticized the current imposition of intelligence officers on the judiciary, in a letter to Iran's Minister of Intelligence.

Widespread deployment of police in Tehran neighbourhoods

Commander Hossein Sajedinia, head of Tehran police forces announced the launch of local security plans in 800 locations of Tehran.

Iranian aviation industry in negotiation with international partners

Manouchehr Manteghi, head Iran’s Aviation Industry Organization announced that they are in negotiation with a number of countries over construction of 90 to 120 passenger airplanes.

Islamic Republic ready for nuclear talks in Vienna

In a letter to EU head of foreign policy, Iran's Supreme National Security Council announced that they are prepared to continue negotiations with the 5+1 group.

Detained Iranian journalist on temporary release

Hengameh Shahidi, detained Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist, was temporarily released due to her heart complications.

Iranian authorities forecast economic difficulties

Head of Iran’s Basij paramilitary says restructuring of government subsidies is like “major surgery” in the economy which is bound to entail “great pains.”

Press watchdog reports remorseless crackdown on Iranian media

Reporters Without Borders says “relentless crackdown on the media” shows the “true face” of the Islamic Republic government.

Human rights lawyer breaks hunger strike in Iranian prison

Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh has finally broken her hunger strike after 27 days, to the relief of her family and supporters.

Iranian hardliner says democracy used as seditious tool

Hojjatoleslam Ali Saidi, Iranian Supreme Leader’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards said today: “Democracy is the enemy’s tool for toppling the Islamic Republic and they try to recruit help with it from inside the system.”

Iranian authorities back legality of aid to Afghanistan

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that Iran’s financial aid to Afghanistan is completely legal.

Iranian parliament wants report on financial aid to Afghanistan

Seven Iranian Members of Parliament have summoned the foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, to the parliament over the issue of cash payouts from Iran to the office of the Afghan president.

Dutch aid worker abducted in northern Afghanistan

A Dutch aid worker was captured yesterday at gunpoint along with his driver in northern Afghanistan.

Iran loads new nuclear palnt with fuel

Iran began loading fuel onto reactor core of its new Bushehr Nuclear Plant today moving closer to its final start up.

Rahnavard warns against extremists in Islamic Republic regime

Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard maintained that one faction of the Islamic Republic establishment that is in control of “arms, oil revenues and the media” is destroying the Islamic Republic regime.

Iranian journalist receives imprisonment and ban from journalism

An Iranian appellate court approved one year prison term and 30 years ban from journalism for Jila BaniYaghoub, prominent Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist.

Scholars protest against holding World Philosophy Day in Iran

As Iran prepares to host the 2010 World Philosophy Day in Tehran, academics from around the world are organizing protests against Unesco’s choice of host for this event.