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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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Tehran tries to inspire residents to follow 'Islamic lifestyle' via comics


This week, the city of Tehran has rolled out an advertising campaign aimed at getting people to adhere to what its leaders consider a proper Islamic lifestyle. The comics, which have been put up in buses across the city, have amused some of our Observers and angered others, but either way, they’ve missed their mark. Read more...
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Artists trade acid for roses in support of Iranian women


In the past few weeks, four women have been the victims of acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, these attacks have been carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists decided to accost women in the same way except, this time, instead of acid, they stopped them to give them roses. Read more...
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Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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Top Iranian human rights lawyer protests 'attack on profession'

Renowned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and a handful of her friends held a sit-in on Tuesday in Tehran to protest the bar association’s decision to ban her from working. They were also protesting increasing threats on the profession. Sotoudeh told FRANCE 24 she plans to protest every day until her demands are met. Read more...

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Iranian actress rejects chador, storms off show


Famous Iranian actress Narges Mohammadi was set to host an evening of shows in the small town of Haji Abad last week. But everything turned upside down when the local iman demanded that she wear not just a hijab (or headscarf) but a chador, a cloak-like, full-body covering. Mohammadi is alleged to have been so angry that she stormed out of the show, to the ire of the concert-goers. Read more.
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Rich, bikini-clad Iranians on Instagram: ‘So, where’s the problem?’


Plunging cleavage, mini-skirts, bleached hair and champagne: it’s all there... in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the Instagram account "Rich Kids of Tehran," young Iranians from the Iranian elite post pictures to show off their bling. The Western media can’t believe its eyes. But in Tehran, it’s basically a non-event. Read more...
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Iranian artists catch foreign galleries’ attention with nudity, sexuality


While artists in Iran aren’t allowed to show nudes – at least not in public – they’re finding that portraying naked or overtly sexual women is helping them get into galleries abroad. Our Observer, an Iranian artist who has worked in European art galleries, has watched this become a growing trend. Read more...
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The Iranian commander on the frontline against IS


Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani has reportedly been caught on camera in the Iraqi city of Amerli, fuelling rumours that the top military mastermind is in the frontline city, working with the United States to push back militants from the Islamic State organization (IS). Read more...
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Dancing Iranian woman: how to create a buzz out of nothing


A video of an Iranian woman removing her hijab and dancing has been widely shared by news media in the past few days. Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari (who is Iranian-American) wrote an article praising the woman’s courage, calling the “new, viral” video “the latest example of women defying the Islamic republic’s strict religious code.” But the video is at least four years old. Moreover, it is very likely that the woman had no idea her personal video was being uploaded to YouTube. Read more...
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