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Feb 26, 2024 - An Iranian court has changed the sentence against a pop singer who criticised the mandatory headscarf for women to home confinement instead of jail time, due to health issues, his lawyer said.

Mehdi Yarrahi, 42, was arrested in August for releasing an "illegal song" that challenged "the morals and customs of Islamic society". He was released on bail in October.

In January, the court sentenced Yarrahi to "a total of two years and eight months in prison" on multiple charges.

Under Iranian law jail sentences run concurrently, meaning he would only have to have served one year behind bars, which will now be changed to home confinement.


Feb 25, 2024 - Almost three-quarters of Iranians want a secular government instead of a theocratic dictatorship, an anonymous state-run poll has revealed.

The survey also revealed that less than one in 10 people think women should be forced to wear a hijab.

The poll suggests a major shift in attitudes towards Iran’s religious regime has occurred since the 2022 Women, Life, Freedom uprising.

The movement saw protests erupt across the country after the death in morality-police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, arrested for the improper use of her hijab.

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Feb 24, 2024 - A new regulatory directive from Iran’s top internet governing body shows how authorities hope to steer Iranians away from foreign platforms and turn them towards local ones.

Iran’s top internet policymaking body released a directive earlier this week that stipulates new rules with potentially wide-ranging ramifications for the country’s already constrained internet landscape, which the agency says were approved by Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace (SCC) asserted that using “refinement-breaking tools” is now “forbidden” unless the user has obtained a legal permit.


Feb 23, 2024 - The White House escalated its criticism of Republican U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday, accusing him of benefiting Iran and Russia by not putting a national security bill that gives aid to Ukraine up for a vote.

Iran has provided Russia with a large number of powerful surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, six sources told Reuters this week, deepening the military cooperation between the two U.S.-sanctioned countries.

Iran is "actively enabling Russia's war in Ukraine and its attacks against Ukrainian cities," deputy press secretary and senior communications adviser Andrew Bates said in a memo viewed by Reuters that will be distributed publicly Friday.

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Feb 22, 2024 - Candidates for Iran’s parliament began campaigning Thursday in the country’s first election since the bloody crackdown on the 2022 nationwide protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.


State television said 15,200 candidates will compete for a four-year term in the 290-seat chamber that hardliners have controlled for two decades.


That is a record number and more than twice the candidates who contested the 2020 election, when voter turnout was just over 42%, the lowest since 1979.


Feb 21, 2024 - Iran has provided Russia with a large number of powerful surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, six sources told Reuters, deepening the military cooperation between the two U.S.-sanctioned countries.

Iran's provision of around 400 missiles includes many from the Fateh-110 family of short-range ballistic weapons, such as the Zolfaghar, three Iranian sources said. This road-mobile missile is capable of striking targets at a distance of between 300 and 700 km (186 and 435 miles), experts say.

Iran's defence ministry and the Revolutionary Guards - an elite force that oversees Iran's ballistic missile programme - declined to comment. Russia's defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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There just aren’t that many Iranian women in the art world,” says Shirin Neshat, the 66-year-old artist whose work in photography and film over the past 30 years has attracted acclaim and controversy in equal measure.

Talking with her friends, art adviser Nazy Nazhand and artist Sheree Hovsepian, she adds: “I think that the connection between the three of us is that we feel kind of rare in this community. We each play a role.”

All three women were born in Iran, but moved to the US in the 1970s and ’80s. In 1979, following the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini established the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Every Iranian woman is a threat,” says Shirin Neshat, “just by being a woman.” The artist is wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Woman, Life, Freedom”
– the slogan of the protest movement that erupted a year ago in Iran, following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who allegedly flouted her country’s strict dress code.

Since 1981, veiling in public has been mandatory for every Iranian female over the age of nine, a law enforced by the “morality” police. Neshat, speaking via Zoom, turns the lens to show me the large, airy warehouse she works in. The artist, now 66, has lived in Brooklyn since the 1990s – longer than she lived in Iran.

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Historically, poetry was Iran’s most prominent cultural export. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, however, movies have carried the country’s artistic banner through the threat of censorship and the regime’s crackdown on filmmakers.


Iranian movies are unlike anything Hollywood produces: Many break the fourth wall in their attempts to shed light on the injustices of modern Iranian society because, in a country where you can expect to be arrested multiple times during your film’s production, movies are not simply artistic expression but rather an agent in a filmmaker’s life. Yet despite this (or rather because of it), many Iranian movies are difficult to view in the West.


فروغ فرخزاد به عقیده‌ خیلی‌ها به عنوان زنی تنها در آستانه‌ی فصلی سرد، سال‌ها از زمان خودش جلوتر بود.کسی که ایمان آورده بود به آغاز فصلی سرد ولی باز هم عقیده داشت بالاخره به آفتاب سلامی دوباره خواهیم کرد. فروغ را باید در شعرهایش دید وقتی برای نخستین بار یادمان آورد که “پرواز را به خاطر بسپار، پرنده مردنیست” و چه کسی است که نداند نجات دهنده در گور خفته است؟! فروغ فرخزاد زن‌ترین زن شاعر تمام‌ دوران‌هاست! او همواره به دنبال شکستن تابوها، زیر ذره‌بین انتقاد و قضاوت بی‌رحمانه‌ی مردمان نامهربان روزگار خویش بود. فروغ را بخوانید تا روح زنانه‌ی زندگی را لمس‌ کنید تا بفهمید چه ظلم‌ها که در این منطقه‌ی جغرافیایی بر تن زنانگی نرفته است. فروغ شاید بارزترین نماد انقلاب زنانه‌ای باشد که سال‌هاست در قلب تمام زنان خاورمیانه‌ی غمگین شروع شده است. باشد که این خانه دیگر سیاه نباشد و باشد که آنکس که ما را می‌بوسد دیگر در ذهن خود طناب دار ما را نبافد چرا که گیسوان ما بوی عدالت، آزادی و آزادگی می‌دهند. انقلاب زن، زندگی، آزادی و ۸ دیماه زادروز تولد فروغ فرخزاد مبارک!❤️🕊️🌹

انقلاب زن، زندگی، آزادی و ۸ دیماه زادروز تولد فروغ فرخزاد مبارک!❤️🕊️🌹


May 9, 2023 - Sanaz Toossi had just cleared security at the San Francisco airport when her cellphone rang at midday Monday. It was her agent, telling the 31-year-old playwright she had won the Pulitzer Prize in drama for “English,” her first produced play.

Toossi, who had written the play as a graduate school thesis project at New York University, was in disbelief. “I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ And when she said, ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘Could you please just double-check?’”

The prize was real, and as Toossi boarded the plane home to Los Angeles, her phone began buzzing with congratulatory messages not only from around the United States, but also from Iran, where her parents were born and where the play is set.

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Golden State Ballet principal dancer Tara Ghassemieh is used to taking command of the stage. From the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Black Swan, she’s tackled her share of lead and featured roles. But recently, she stepped into a new role: pacifist-activist.
Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar visits her homeland every year to mark the day that her parents were murdered in 1998.

She opens her family home in Tehran to dissidents and catches up on the latest developments.

Now back in her studio in Germany, she reveals her latest works and tells RFE/RL how her most recent trip to Iran revealed a society going through profound change that the regime was increasingly unable to control.

April 8, 2023 - It was incredibly risky to film or photograph the anti-government protests that swept Iran after the September death of Mahsa Amini. In the privacy of their homes and studios, however, some Iranian artists began to take inspiration from the scenes on the streets. Their work reflects the hope, turmoil and tragedy of the popular uprising and the violent crackdown that followed.

After months of rising repression, the demonstrations have died down in recent weeks. But the protest movement, and its slogan of “Women, life, freedom,” has changed the country after more than four decades of authoritarian clerical rule, prompting young Iranians to dream of a different future for their country — and to render it on canvas.

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Nazy Nazhand was born in Tehran in the 1980s in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. But she remembers the curfews, alarms, bombs and missiles of the Iran-Iraq war. She remembers feeling skeptical that taking cover in parts of the home she shared with her parents and her siblings would keep her safe. In 1985 her family arrived in Athens as refugees. In 1987 they immigrated to Alexandria, Virginia.


“It seems like somebody else’s past, to be honest,” she said, speaking in a Zoom interview from New York City, where she has lived for almost two decades. “But all the trauma comes back.”


The exiled Iranian is one of the world's most important artists, whose works also cover women's rights in Iran. She speaks about her new film "Land of Dreams" and the situation in Iran.


Shirin Neshat is an award-winning Iranian visual artist, whose works as a photographer and filmmaker have focused on women, identity, politics and Iran.


She's been living in exile in the United States since 1979. Her latest film, "Land of Dreams," will be released in German theaters on November 3. It is a fictional story about an Iranian woman balancing her Iranian past and the American culture she was raised in.


"Woman, Life, Freedom"
in Iran – and What It Means for the Rest of the World | Golshifteh Farahani


In May 2023, Dr. Naderi experienced a life-altering event that resulted in paralysis from the neck down. He sustained a fall in conjunction with a cardiac episode. As a consequence, he suffered an extensive neck injury that involved damage to the spinal cord. The ensuing paralysis required surgical intervention, and some level of recovery was anticipated within a four to five month period. However, his twitter and Instagram accounts announced his unfortunate passing due to this incident on June 9, 2023.

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گزارشی درباره نایاک؛ صدای ایران یا لابی جمهوری اسلامی در آمریکا؟

،با درود

بدینوسلیه اعلام میکنیم وب سایت ایران تایمز یک رسانۀ اینترنتی مستقل با هدف پخش و بازپخش صدای آزادی خواهانۀ مردم ایران می باشد و به هیچ حزب و سازمان  سیاسی وابسته نمی باشد

،با سپاس

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