A group of nine Iranian lawmakers urged the country’s justice minister to investigate claims that political prisoners in Tehran’s Evin jail were beaten by guards, after inmates’ families protested outside parliament.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to create equal work opportunities for women, said their increased involvement in society needn’t come at the expense of their roles as wives and mothers.
Red-hot furnaces, oil rigs that glint in the sun, tankers carving through silver seas, all set to the Star Wars soundtrack. This, suggests Iran’s state television, is what an “economy of resistance” looks like.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the U.S. of hypocrisy and of seeking to undermine his country’s independence in a speech to air force commanders in Tehran, the state-run Fars news agency reported.
Qassem Ali-Loui was feted as a hero: Interviews on state television, armfuls of gifts, a tour of Milad Tower, Iran’s tallest building, and a free lunch at its revolving restaurant together with his wife and 19 children.
Catherine Ashton’s visit to Iran before the next round of nuclear talks was intended to highlight progress between Iran and the West. Instead, a meeting with women activists became a rallying point for the country’s hardliners.