Joined on October 10, 2012
I'm sitting on my cousin’s lap. Here she is a 21 year-old-teacher in Baluchistan. Behind us is the Caspian Sea. Seconds later I'm chasing after dragonflies. First this land was stolen from my family by the regime cronies and today the Caspian Sea from Iranians. My heart aches.
Iran's currency hit a new low on July 29 amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of U.S. sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
The Iranian rial fell to 112,000 to the dollar on the black market exchange from 98,000 to $1 the previous day, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the official exchange rate was 44,070 to the dollar, compared to 35,186 at the beginning of the year.
The drop of the rial has accelerated following the U.S. decision to pull out of the nuclear deal in May and the announcement of increased sanctions beginning next month.
The government last week replaced the country's central bank Governor Valiollah Seif, who has been sharply criticized for his handling of the currency crisis.
The United States is set to reimpose its full range of sanctions in two stages on August 6 and November 4, forcing many foreign firms to cut off business with Iran.
A founding member of the prominent protest group Femen, Oksana Shachko, has died in Paris in an apparent suicide, fellow members say, mourning the loss of a woman they called "a heroine of our time."
Femen co-founder Anna Hutsol told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on July 24 that Shachko was dead, following reports that her body was found in her Paris apartment the previous day.
"As far as I know, she was concerned that everything is going badly in the world," Hutsol said of Shachko. She added that "unfortunately," she and Shachko had not been in touch much lately.
"RIP. The most fearless and vulnerable Oksana Shachko has left us," a post on the Femen website said. "We mourn together with her relatives and friends and [await] the official version from the police."
Photo of former #Iran PM Hoveyda with baby PM Trudeau & his father PM Pierre Trudeau - December 1974.
Father of Abdullah Bozorgzadeh says after 20 days without any news from his son, they've been forced to sit in front of HQ of Iranshahr IRGC who arrested him. The younger Bozorgzadeh was arrested for protesting rape of 40 schoolgirls in #Iranshahr.
It has become impossible for the Islamist fascists, who ostensibly were to care for the dispossessed, to not show off their possessions all the while Iranians are becoming poorer by the day.
To give you some scale, desperate Iranians are regularly selling their body parts, including corneas and kidneys, for as little as $1100.00
Forget about their multi million dollar mansions, vacation homes all over the world and luxurious cars, with the money paid for her D&G handbag, at least 3 Iranians could keep their bodies intact.
Karim Sajadpour, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment, writes about this photo:
A good example of Ibn Khaldun's theory that empires are built and destroyed over 3 generations: The ascetic Ayatollah Khomeini's granddaughter is photographed with a $3700 D&G purse (at a time when Iranian laborers have been protesting unpaid wages for months)
Iranian human rights defender Arash Sadeghi has been diagnosed with a bone tumour that may be cancerous. The authorities are disregarding medical advice which recommends his immediate transfer to a facility specializing in cancer treatment.
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