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Iranians defy ban on images of reformist ex-president Khatami


Earlier this week, Iran’s federal prosecutors decreed that it was illegal for the media to publish photos or news about former president Mohamed Khatami. This quickly backfired: Iranians promptly launched an online campaign titled “We are Khatami’s media” on Facebook, garnering nearly 30,000 likes in 24 hours, and many of them published photos of him under multiple hashtags. Read more…
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Iranians defy ban on Valentine’s Day


February 14 is celebrated by lovebirds all over the world, but Iranian authorities have decreed that references to Valentine’s Day will not be allowed in stores. The ban, however, is being willfully ignored by many. Read more...
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Residents struggle to breathe as dust storms batter Iran


For more than a week, a series of dust storms have been battering southwestern Iran, especially the region of Khouzestan and its capital Ahvaz, which is already ranked as the most polluted city in the world by the World Health Organization. Residents have been sharing their photos and their frustration on social media with the hashtag #KhouzestanCantBreathe. Read more...
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Iran’s wetlands: a ‘real massacre’ for migratory birds


Every fall, millions of migratory birds from all over Europe head to Iran. One of their favoured destinations is the wetlands near Fereydunkenar, in the country’s north. Some of the birds stay there; for others, it’s just a pit stop on their way south. It is illegal to hunt them, but many locals do, and the latest reports are appalling: an estimated one million migratory birds were killed this past year in Fereydunkenar, which amounts to half of all those who sought refuge there. Read more…
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Video catches abuse of Afghans in Iran


Iranian Internet users are circulating a video that shows what appears to be an Iranian police officer insulting and abusing a group of Afghans. Our Observer says this shocking footage underscores the fact that Afghans regularly suffer discrimination in Iran. Read more…
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Why did Iran’s Revolutionary Guard impersonate IS fighters?

In the past days, Internet users who are fans of the Islamic State jihadist group have been widely sharing a photo on social networks, claiming it shows members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guide disguised as IS fighters in order to sneakily take Iraqi cities back from jihadists. But this photo is not quite what they say it is…

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Iran finally built a sophisticated drone! Well, maybe…

In 2011, Iran seized an American stealth drone near the border with Afghanistan. Since then, Iranian authorities have repeatedly announced that they were studying the sophisticated machine in order to build a copy. On November 12, they proudly unveiled this new drone on national television. However, experts remain dubious due to several strange details. Read more…

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Welcome to Iran’s ‘Little Amsterdam’


A village in southwestern Iran has recently gained quite a reputation for its vibrant marijuana trade, which has earned it the nickname “Little Amsterdam”. But residents of Ghalat, which is about 40 kilometres from Shiraz, aren’t just reaping in the profits. This small village is now suffering from insecurity and violent clashes with the police. Read more...
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Police's composite drawing of acid attacker is actually a random photo from the Web

The image of this man was shared widely on Wednesday by many Iranian news sites, including Mehr News, an official state press agency. Described as a computer-generated composite drawing of a man accused of attacking four women with acid in Isfahan last week, it was actually a random photo from the Web. Read more...

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