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Ban on Instagram Signals Iran's Ongoing Repression of Public Activism

By Edward Carney

Iran’s National Cyberspace Council recently announced approved plans to block access to Instagram, the last major social networking service to be officially tolerated inside the country. As with other services such as Twitter, the assault on Instagram comes in spite of the fact that high-ranking government officials maintain an active presence on the network. President Hassan Rouhani, for instance, has two million followers whom he addresses in both Persian and English. Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and other leading officials also continue to use the already-banned services to communicate with an international audience, as well as with the many Iranians who use technical workarounds to evade the ban.

Iran Begins New Year by Blocking Instagram

By INU Staff

INU - On New Year’s Eve, the Iranian regime started the year by moving to ban Instagram in the name of national security concerns.

The regime’s National Cyberspace Council approved steps to block the popular app, adding it to its already considerable list of banned social media platforms, that includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Telegram. The move is similar to previous crackdowns, with internet providers ordered to block access to these services.

The Iran Regime 2017 and 2018

The next uprising could topple the theocracy and achieve Iranians’ long-sought dream of democracy

This year has been one of the toughest for Iran in three decades, with the regime having to deal with political, social, economic and military challenges. Large-scale protests and strikes erupted in multiple cities — including major ones such as Isfahan, Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, Rasht and Tabriz — in what Iranian activists describe as the continuation of a nationwide anti-regime movement. Dr. Majid Rafizadeh stated in his article which appeared in Arab News on Dec. 23, 2018.

Iran covering up 1988 massacre

By INU Staff

INU- Amnesty International published a video yesterday of former Iranian prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi from December 1988, where he distorts the truth about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, in response to public debate about the extent to which Mousavi and his government knew about the 30,000 executions that took place in the so-called “summer of blood”.

Poverty crisis in Iran worsens

By Jazeh Miller

The national currency of Iran – the rial – has lost value rapidly over the past year. One unfortunate consequence of this is that the people of Iran have faced further suffering and more and more people are falling into extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined as conditions in which people cannot afford or access the most basic of human amenities including food, clean and potable water, sanitary facilities, shelter, social services and information.

Risking Their Lives for Meager Wages, Iran’s Porters Struggle to Feed Their Families

By Mahmoud Hakamian

With unemployment and an economy on the verge of collapse in Iran, working as a border porter or “kolbar” has become an important means of supporting a family in Iran’s western cities that border Iraq and Turkey.

Unemployment rates have reached as high as 40% among the youth In Kurdistan province, and many young people have turned to this occupation. However, it is not only young people.

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