A Fistful of Tomans

Kevan Harris in the London Review of Books: A Tehran restaurant owner recently told me the advice he’d been giving his friends for the last year: ‘Sell your car. Buy dollars.’ Sound counsel, I thought. Exchanging Iranian rials for dollars at the end of 2011 and converting them back nine months later would have yielded… Continue reading A Fistful of Tomans

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Blogger Sattar Beheshti dies in custody

Sattar Beheshti, who ran a blog critical of the Iranian regime, was arrested on October 30 for comments made on Facebook, and handed over to the ‘cyber police’. After a night in Evin prison, where he complained about threats and beatings, he was moved to an unknown location. By November 3rd he was dead, with… Continue reading Blogger Sattar Beheshti dies in custody

Mass arrest of trade unionists in Karaj

Yesterday, Friday 15th of June at 12 noon 60 members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations and a number of labor activists were arrested in the city of Karaj. According to the latest news, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hoss are amongst… Continue reading Mass arrest of trade unionists in Karaj

Arash Sadeghi and Hossein Ronaghi on Hunger Strike – Solidarity needed

Below is an article which appeared on the Iranian website Eshterak reporting on the barbaric treatment of two political prisoners. On Thursday May 24th, Arash Sadeghi, Iranian student and political prisoner finally was allowed to receive a visit from his grandfather after 130 days of detention. This visit took place in section 209 of Evin… Continue reading Arash Sadeghi and Hossein Ronaghi on Hunger Strike – Solidarity needed

Clandestine gay rights rally in Tehran

‘It’s not easy to be gay in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A recent United Nations report decried “harassment, persecution, cruel punishment and even the death penalty.” Because Islamic law requires four adult male witnesses to prosecute sodomy, Iranian police typically seek confessions, often through torture. Women, easier to convict, are given 100 lashes for… Continue reading Clandestine gay rights rally in Tehran

We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana!

We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana! On Monday the 20th of May, Dr Raisdana – academic, leftwing economist and writer – was arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison. He is a well known intellectual, economist, social activist and member of the Iranian writers’ association. He has published several books and… Continue reading We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana!

A letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi for May 9

Execution is a weapon of choice for the Iranian regime when dealing with trade unionists, leftists, and  Iran’s ethnic minorities. Below we link to a letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, of Iran’s Kurdish minority. After a trial lasting 20 minutes,  the pair were convicted for allegedly assassinating the son of a… Continue reading A letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi for May 9