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Iran mistakenly promotes hijab with ancient bas-relief of veiled men


This poster displayed in the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran features an image of an ancient Persian sculpture alongside a message praising the merits of the Islamic veil, or hijab. The veiled figures in the bas-relief are supposed to demonstrate that Iranian women have been covering their heads for centuries. However, if you look a little closer, you can see that the veiled people aren’t actually women. Read more…
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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Iran’s 'shadow commander' steps into the spotlight

Less than two years ago, the New Yorker magazine ran a lengthy profile of Major General Qassem Suleimani, a discreetly influential Iranian military operative, dubbing him “the shadow commander” for his role helping Bashar Al Assad fight rebels in Syria. Recently, however, Suleimani has been moving out of the shadows and square into the spotlight. Read more...

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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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