Alam Alhoda: “Slutty looking women” should wear proper hijab


Ahmad Alam Alhoda, the Friday-Prayer Imam of Mashhad city says: “To some of our sisters who look slutty, if nothing convinces you, I ask you to wear the hijab for the love of Fatima (the daughter of Prophet Muhammed).”

On his Friday sermon, Alam Alhoda talked about the relation between “hijab and the clergy” and said: “Hijab plays the same role as the clergy in elevation of Islam.”


Governor of Noshahr: We are monitoring the behavior of social media users

The governor of Noshahr city, Abdul-Samad Safarnejad, warned the social media users about their behavior online: “The behavior of social media users during the parliamentary election, especially in Telegram channels and groups will be monitored closely.”

“If the channel admins support or attack a candidate on social media, they will be punished in accordance with the law,” added Safarnejad.


Disabled Iranian kids “are left to die in mountains”, official says


An Iranian official responsible for promoting support of children with disabilities has said that in some parts of the country parents abandon their disabled kids in mountains.

In certain parts of Iran “disabled children are abandoned in the mountains and eagles take them or wolves eat them”, Mohammad Nouri, Manager of the Office for Culture of People with Disability has told Mobahesat news website.

‘We have a report on this issue and the ministry of health does as well”, Nouri said on the Day of the Disabled in Iran’s calendar.

According to Nouri, parents who commit such acts do so because they think the soul of a disabled child has been taken over by the devil.

“This mentality, to some extent, still exists in Iran’s religious society” Nouri said. 

He added: “Unfortunately in villages disabled people face greater problems and difficulties... They are considered as useless beings”.

Asian Football Confederation fines Iran for spectator misconduct

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has given Iran’s Football Federation a $3000 fine for spectator misconduct, after water bottles were thrown at Maldives players during a qualifying match for the 2020 Asian Championship in Iran on 18 September.

In a statment the AFC’s Dispilinary and Ethics Committee said:

‘‘The fine shall be settled within 30 days from the date that this decision is communicated to the Football Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran‘‘.

The AFC has also informed Iran that a repeat violation of this provision may be met with ‘‘more severe punishment‘‘.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA.

US Military Commander tells Iran to be ‘very cautious’

The US Joint Chiefs chairman General Mark Milley told lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday that Iran should be “very very cautious” following the recent spate of attacks on US targets in Iraq, according to Military Times.

He was referring to nine attacks that have rocked U.S. installations and interests in Iraq including the 3 December rocket attack that hit al-Asad airbase, which have been blamed on Iran.

 “We are in a period of heightened risk with respect to Iran,” Gen. Mark Milley told lawmakers, adding that “restraint in this particular situation is an appropriate response.”

Milley’s comments came as a response to a question by Republican Rep. Don Bacon, who asked him and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: “When is enough enough on Iran? When is our restraint being interpreted by them as weakness?"

“The ball is in the Iranian court. How they respond and the size and scope of that response will determine a U.S. answer’’, Milley said.

Nearly 14,000 additional American troops have been deployed to the Middle East over the last six months.

Five students of Science and Technology University were arrested by security forces

The Telegram channel of the Student Associations Council announced that five students of the University of Science and Technology in Tehran were arrested by the security forces. After their arrest, the Ministry of Intelligence released a statement claiming that several students who planned on setting off explosives in the university dorm have been arrested.

According to the Students Council, these students have been forced to confess and their conditions are alarming.


Dissident Mir Hossein Moussavi’s top advisor charged with acting against national security

A senior advisor to Mir Hossein Moussavi, one of the incarcerated leaders of the Green Movement in Iran, has been summoned to appear at a court in Tehran charged with ‘intent to act against national security, and propaganda against the Islamic republic’.

According to social media news channel, Emtedad, the charges against Ghorban Behzadian Nejad are related to a statement released by Mir Hossein Moussavi last week. In this statement he condemned the brutal crackdown of the recent Iran protests by security forces, in which hundreds were killed and thousands arrested.

In the statement Moussavi has demanded those responsible for “ordering and carrying out” the bloody crackdown on protesters to be publicly identified and prosecuted.

Mousavi called the widespread use of force against protesters in mid-November “an obvious crime”. In unprecedently harsh words directed at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he said, “agents and shooters of November 2019 were the representatives of a religious government” and their “commander in chief” is the “Supreme Leader with absolute power”.

A former prime minister, who as a top presidential candidate challenged the controversial re-election of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, Moussavi, his wife and dissident cleric Mahdi Karoubi have been under house arrest since 2011.