by Farzad Seifikaran — 8 January 2021
👉🏽 About this research:
November 2019 witnessed the largest nationwide protests against the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) regime since the 1979 revolution. The death toll of these protests reached into the hundreds. Who started the violence during the November protests? Which forces and institutions played a role in suppressing these protests? What kinds of weapons and tools were used to kill the protesters? This research seeks to answer these questions by examining more than 1700 photos and videos of the protests, consulting experts, and conducting interviews with eyewitnesses.
At midnight on Friday, 15 November 2019, the price of fuel carriers in Iran increased by 200% without notice, and free petrol’s price increased from 10,000 rials (1000 tomans) to 30,000 rials (3000 tomans) per liter. This increase followed an extrajudicial decision by the Supreme Economic Coordination Council of the Heads of the Three Powers. This council, also known as the “Economic War Chamber,” was established in 2018 at the order of Supreme Leader of the IRI Ali Khamenei. The Supreme Economic Coordination Council of the Heads of the Three Powers remains a largely unknown institution and there is much ambiguity about its legal authority. The fact that the name of this institution, however, was tied to the increase of petrol prices led to a series of gatherings and protests in November 2019 in more than 120 cities and towns across Iran. …
A legal dispute between an Ivy League university and a foundation in New York has endangered the future of one of the most important academic projects on Iranian Civilization: Encyclopedia Iranica.
The project is an encyclopedia that has been assembled and published at Columbia University for decades.
Over the past few weeks, the hashtag “#انسولین_نیست” (“there is no insulin” in Persian), has spread via social media. This trend suggests a dire prospect for hundreds of thousands of diabetic patients in Iran: the diminishment of their access to this vital drug. Following its investigation into insulin production in Iran, Zamaneh Media looked into this issue.
Following the insulin shortage in Iran, Dr. Amir Kamran Nikoosokhan, the CEO of the Iranian Diabetes Association, asked the prominent insulin pen supplying companies such as Novo Nordisk and Sanofi to not cease the importation of insulin to Iran. Additionally, he requested their patience in receiving the money that the Central Bank of Iran owes to them. Otherwise, Dr. …
Over the past two months, poverty, unemployment, and labor protests have spread throughout Iran as the covid-19 numbers are rising and making the situation worse for those workers who have lost jobs as well as those who still have jobs.
Zamaneh Media’s 14th bimonthly Labor Rights Newsletter covers covid-19 related unemployment, delayed wages, and labor protests which occurred in August and September 2020.
Maïmouna Doucouré won the 2020 Directing Award at the Sundance film festival for her debut feature “Cuties” (2020). Ironically, the movie has been reviled for what it is criticizing: the hypersexualization of children. The lead character Amy is a pre-adolescent Senegalese girl who joins a slightly deviant clique that is eroticizing their outfits and moves to win a contest. This brings them dangerously close to the worlds of pornography and prostitution. …
About 1,000 Zamaneh Media audience members took part in a poll, expressing their views on the upcoming United States presidential election as it relates to Iranian domestic and foreign policies. Despite the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign, which has systematic corruption and mismanagement, leading to a recession in Iran, most of the respondents to this Zamaneh Media poll want Donald Trump to remain in the White House. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents support the Trump administration despite Iran’s current economic conditions, which have negatively affected many working-class families.
However, support for the Trump administration’s Iran policies does not translate into support for a military action against the Islamic Republic. Among the respondents, only 2.5% support war and military confrontations between the US and Iran — which is within the margin of error for this poll. …
The UN has lifted its thirteen-year old arms embargo on Iran. Danish investigative media Danwatch and Zamaneh Media have been investigating who has been selling weapons to Iran during the arms embargo and who is likely to do so in the future.
By Charlotte Aagaard with Farzad Seifikaran and Nasim Roshanaei
Research: Sandra Blenner Rasmussen, Infographic: Johan Seidenfaden
State-of-the-art fighter jets, modern tanks and the best air defense system in the world.
“…if you’re brought there under article 16, they’d rough you up. I saw them kill a guy with my own eyes. It was four years ago in a mandatory rehab center in Khavar-Shahr. The guy wanted out, he wanted to leave, so he drank some bleach. The next day the staff found out and started beating him. They beat him so hard that he got a bleed in his stomach; not because of the bleach he had drunk, but because of the beatings he had received, and after that, he didn’t make it…”.
This is part of Reza’s story, a single 42-year old who works as a welder. He lost his father when he was 14. He is the oldest child in his family and therefore, it was considered his responsibility to take care of his siblings. …
Organ trafficking is increasingly taking place online, including on Instagram, according to an investigation by the Iranian exile media Zamaneh.
Instagram is only obliged to remove content that the service becomes aware of.
Experts call for legislation on digital liability.
“Hi Sister, do you want to sell your kidney?”
This is the question posed by an eager middleman when the Iranian exile media Zamaneh recently created a fake profile on Instagram to reveal how illegal organ trafficking takes place in Iran.
My name is Sarah. I’m 23, and I live in Northern Iran with my mother and my younger sister. Those who have visited villages in Gilan province, know that most people living in this breathtakingly beautiful, rich nature are poverty-stricken. Even those who own a piece of land or a rice paddy, are idle for at least six months of the year. We have neither a land of our own, nor any savings. In a word, we are the poorest of the poor. When I was younger, my father used to work on rice paddies as a land worker for half the year, and the other half he worked with his motorcycle, giving rides to people. When I was 12, my father got run over by a ten-wheel truck and passed away. My sister and I were left orphans, and my mother had no choice but to earn our living by cleaning houses. But the pressure of physical labor was too much for her, and when she couldn’t bear it anymore, I had to drop out of school and get a job. An acquaintance helped me find a job in a beauty salon in a nearby city called “Sowme’eh Sara”. I didn’t earn much, but as the saying goes “something is better than nothing”. My job was to do the cleaning, but I dreamt of learning the profession and becoming a hairdresser so my poor mother can retire. But about a year ago everything suddenly changed, and my life took a turn for the worse. The owner of the salon where I worked decided to close down the salon and move to another city and I lost my job. Around the same time my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. …