Iran Regime Continues Its Crackdown on People

By Mahmoud Hakamian

Reports from Iran indicate that two Iranian artists have been arrested for partaking in an interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare. Those arrested have been named as Saeed Assadi, the manager of the theatre that was hosting the show, and Maryam Kazemi who was acting as director of the play.

Excessive Imports and Smuggling Main Cause of Factory Shut Downs in Iran

By Amir Taghati

The excessive imports and smuggling of goods is a main reason behind the ongoing close-downs of producing factories and units, and subsequently, the reason behind job loss as well.

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By Mohammad Sadat Khansari

On August 13th 2018, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed that the regime is facing no dead-ends, and simply recommended a “revolutionary and efficient management” for “resolving the issues at hand”.

Iran’s Currency Crisis Worsens as Threat of Greater International Pressure Looms

Mahmoud Hakamian

The devaluation of Iran’s national currency continues to accelerate in what could be a sign of the early effectiveness of the return of American sanctions that had previously been suspended under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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By Mahmoud Hakamian

Masoud Karbasian, is the second Cabinet Minister of Rouhani’s government, who the parliament is going to sack by next month.

Around 3 weeks ago, the Minister of Work named Ali Rabi-ee was also dismissed.

By September 11th, the Ministers of Industry and Education are also going to be Impeached.

Following months of conflict between different parties (over their fights for power in government), President Hassan Rouhani himself was also asked to address some questions regarding the country’s economy (August 28th). To which he responded: “Economic issues are of determinative nature. However, what’s more important now is that many people have lost their faith in the future of our Islamic Republic and are doubting its power”.

Iran: Three-Fold Increase of Drug Addiction Amongst Women &Girls, Affecting as Young as 11-Year-Olds

By Mahmoud Hakamian

The prevalence of addiction has turned so disastrous in Iran that despite some attempts of censorship, many state media and officials can’t help but acknowledge this truth.

A parliamentarian named Hasan Lotfi comments in this regard: “the average age of drug addiction has dropped to as low as just 11 years” (August 17, 2018)

IRAN: Sugar Cane Continue Strike

Iran Uprising - No. 206

On Monday, August 20, 500 workers from different parts of the Haft Tapeh sugar cane factory continued their strike for the third day in a row. They are protesting non-payment of at least three months of their salaries and benefits, and failure to materialize deceptive promises of company directors, including the hiring of daily paid workers, as well as the employer's refusal to pay their premium to the social security account and the separation and sale of agricultural land and industrial estates. Workers demand the formation of independent labor councils.

Iran’s Economy Abused by Import and Monopoly

By Amir Taghati

The Iranian Regime’s Leader, Ali Khamenei, had a speech on Monday 13th August; in which he acknowledged a letter recently sent to Rouhani, by 40 Iranian economists; this letter reportedly contained suggestions of improvement for Iran’s current economy, which Khamenei describes as “good and empathetic” advices.