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Gorgan Appeals Court Issues Prison Sentences, Fines for Facebook Posts

CHRI – Two residents of the Iranian city of Gorgan have been sentenced to prison and another fined for the content of their personal social media postings. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that Roozbeh Gilasian was sentenced to a year in prison and Nima Saffar to 80 days in prison while Elaheh Soroushnia was fined eight …

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Will Iran revert to a parliamentary system?

Al-monitor – The recurring debate in Iran over reviving the position of prime minister has been resumed. This time, however, the discussion appears to be taking a somewhat more serious turn, with a number of parliamentarians preparing to obtain the backing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to proceed from talk to action. For a decade after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, …

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Iran’s pressure on Kurds could backfire

Al-monitor – Iran devoted enormous energy to try to prevent Iraqi Kurds from holding their Sept. 25 independence referendum, accusing the Kurdish leadership of recklessness and endangering the stability of the region. Having failed in that endeavor, officials in Tehran are now at a loss as to what punitive measures they can realistically take to punish the Kurds without causing further instability …

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Iran Worried As Unemployment Reaches 60% In Some Cities

PayvandNews – The Islamic Republic’s Interior Minister has expressed concern about unemployment; especially in those cities where he says about 60% of the workforce is unemployed.   In an interview with Iran Students News Agency, ISNA, the minister noted, “Social harms are more acute in areas where the unemployment rate is high”. Read related report (in Persian) by Ghanoon daily In the interview he …

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Number of older persons in Iran grows 1.5-fold in a decade

PayvandNews – Census reports indicate that the number of persons, aged 60 years or older, has increased by 1.5-fold over the past decade (2006-2016) in Iran.  In 2006, some 5.1 million people were 60 or older, but the number rose to 6.1 million in 2011 and to 7.4 million in 2016, ISNA reported. Currently, the country’s total population stands at about …

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