April 18, 2010 |
The state of Iranian film, circa 2010, is like Iran in miniature: anxious, uncertain and riven by dissension. And interviewing an Iranian filmmaker, like "No One Knows About Persian Cats" director Bahman Ghobadi, is an experience in stereophonic sound: the director and his translator spend as much time arguing over his responses as he spends actually answering questions. Ghobadi is frustrated, and rightly so.
July 25, 2004 |
A court acquitted the sole defendant in the killing of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, the lawyer representing the victim's mother said Saturday. Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, who is the chief lawyer for the mother of slain photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, said the legal proceedings were flawed. "I'm required to work until my last breath to make sure that justice is done to my client," Ebadi said.
April 6, 1988 |
A Kuwaiti delegation arrived in Iran today to try to negotiate the release of about 80 hostages held aboard a jumbo jet by hijackers who warned that "time is running out" on their demands for Kuwait to free 17 jailed extremists. The Kuwaiti delegation, including Foreign Ministry officials and a medical team, arrived in Mashhad in northeastern Iran about six hours after the hijackers' 12-hour deadline expired at 10 a.m., the official Islamic Republic News Agency said.
August 23, 2009 |
An Iranian lawmaker vowed today to examine allegations that dozens of unidentified people killed in the recent post-election unrest were secretly buried in the country's largest cemetery last month. The reformist website Norooznews.org on Friday cited an unnamed employee of the capital's Behesht Zahra cemetery as saying that 44 unidentified corpses were buried under heavy security July 12 and 15. Majid Nasirpour, a reformist lawmaker who serves on parliament's Social Affairs Committee, filed a request for an inquiry into the mass burial allegation, the website Parlemannews.
February 5, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Authorities arrested a former top Iranian prosecutor who was once labeled a “serial human rights abuser” and linked to the deaths in custody of three protesters following the nation's disputed 2009 elections, according to news accounts here. Officials announced the arrest late Monday but initially gave no reason for the detention of Saeed Mortazavi, a contentious figure in Iranian politics and a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The president denounced the arrest and hinted that his political rivals were behind it. On Tuesday, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Mortazavi was charged with misappropriating public property.
December 2, 2012 |
BEIRUT — The chief of the Tehran police unit charged with investigating online crime has been fired for "negligence and insufficient supervision" of subordinates in the incendiary case of a dissident Iranian blogger who died in police custody, Iranian news media reported Saturday. Iranian news reports identified the police official as Mohammed Hassan Shokrian, who headed the capital's cyber-police branch, known by the Persian initials FATA. Iran's police chief, Brig. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, dismissed the cyber-police commander in a decree issued Saturday, reported Press TV, Iran's English-language news service.
December 29, 2009 |
Students clashed with pro-government Basiji militiamen on the campus of a Tehran university Tuesday and security forces continued to round up dissidents as Iran reeled from the aftershocks of last weekend's deadly protests. Iran's hard-liners, who dominate the government, official media and security forces, struggled to show that they had the upper hand after the Ashura protests that shook the nation and left at least seven people dead. Iranian authorities have arrested more than 1,000 protesters, dissidents, activists and journalists in the last two days and broadcast nonstop calls for government supporters to head to the streets today to rally against those who "desecrated" the holy day of Ashura.
February 11, 2011 |
Chanting anti-U.S. slogans, thousands of Iranians marched in Tehran to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the shah ? and to celebrate the Egyptian uprising that resulted in President Hosni Mubarak's ouster Friday. Braving low temperatures and biting winds, people of all ages gathered in Azadi, or Freedom, Square, some sipping fruit juice and waving balloons provided by organizers. Others took advantage of free subway rides offered by authorities.
August 2, 2009 |
Three Americans who apparently strayed across the Iranian border while on a hiking trip in the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan are in Iranian custody, that country's state-run television reported Saturday. The Arabic-language Al Alam station quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying the Americans, two men and a woman, were detained after they ignored warnings from border guards and crossed into Iran in a remote mountainous area about 55 miles northeast of the Kurdish town of Sulaymaniya.