Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 02 All schools and kindergartens throughout Tehran and Shahre-Rey, south of the Iranian capital, are closed today due to extreme air pollution in the region. Following an emergency meeting by representatives of Irans Health and Interior Ministries yesterday on Tehrans weather conditions it was announced that all schools and kindergartens would be closed today.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 01 Iraqs Defence Minister, Hazem Shaalan, accused Iran today of attempting to create a Safavian-style Shiite Crescent stretching from Iran all the way to Syria and Lebanon, engulfing Iraq and bringing about corruption in the country.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 31 - The Iraqi interim-Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, speaking on Iraqi TV today echoed comments made yesterday by Iraqs Defence Minister, about Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq. There are countries which host those who are involved in activities that are harmful to the people of Iraq, he said.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 31 The Iraqi Defence Minister announced yesterday that he has fresh information on Iranian and Syrian meddling in Iraq. I have important information regarding the interference into Iraq by these two countries, Hazem Shaalan said. Speaking on Al-Arabia satellite TV channel, Shaalan stated, The Iraqi people will soon see footage of the confessions of one of the perpetrators who has information about the meddling of these two countries in Iraq.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 31 - Recent studies reveal that fourteen percent of all children in Iran are currently working so as to provide income for their families.
Many of these children are forced into illegal employment such as smuggling, selling narcotics, and prostitution and have to forgo any opportunity of studying in school. Virtually all such children are facing malnutrition and are prone to diseases due to lack of hygiene, according to the latest statistics.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 30 - The director general of Irans Teachers Union resigned on Tuesday after increased pressure by the Iranian regime on teachers and educational establishments. In the general meeting of the directors of the Teachers Union attended by ten of the fifteen members of the board, Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi, handed in his resignation citing personal reasons.
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Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 30 - Following recent protests by Iranian students in Tehrans Water and Electricity University a member of Irans parliament (Majlis) called for the immediate closure of the institution and a clampdown on the protest.
Mr. Rostami, the MP from Ghoochan, said this university must quickly be shut down.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Dec. 29 - The police chief in Najaf said that the commander of three terrorists arrested on Sunday in connection with a car bomb that exploded in the holy city, had extensive connections to Irans Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). He said that intelligence for when and where to attack was given by an MOIS agent to the terrorist cells.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 29 - More than half of Irans hospitals have declared bankruptcy in the past four years according to the head of Medical Department of University of Gilan (northern Iranian province). Dr. Fariborz Ghanaati stated that since the government introduced a scheme four years ago to privatise the majority of Irans hospitals, 350 out of the 550 hospitals throughout Iran have declared bankruptcy.
The Christian Science Monitor: With the US and Europe fixated on Iraq, where insurgents are trying to stop the masses from adopting democracy, next door in Iran a parallel struggle for democracy remains largely unnoticed. It shouldn't, especially given the West's concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Young Iranians, who make up more than half the population and are restless from massive unemployment, have been pushing for Western-style political and social reforms for nearly a decade.
Iran Focus: Berlin, Dec. 29 - Three members of the European Parliament took part in a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin in protest to the Iranian regimes practice of stoning people to death. A large number of Iranian exiles yesterday afternoon joined the three The MEPs, Alexander Alvaro, Holger Krahmer, and Alexander Lambsdorff, from the German Free Democratic Party.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 28 - A young man who was accused of killing a member of Irans security forces when he was a minor is to be executed within the next few days, according to a Tehran judge who sentenced him.
Iman Farrokhi who was 17 at the time of the offence is currently on death row in the Tehran Centre for Reform and Education (Juvenile Prison).
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 28 - Two young men were hanged in public in the Iranian city of Mashad (northeastern province of Khorrasan) yesterday and on Sunday after authorities accused them of rape. One of the young men identified only by his first name, Mohammad-Reza, was publicly hanged in Hedayat blvd. in the city-center.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec. 28 A teenager who is currently in one of Irans Centers for Reform and Education (Juvenile Prison) is to be hanged to death within three weeks for a crime allegedly committed when he was fourteen. The boy only identified as Mohammad T. was accused of fatally stabbing another boy who was involved in a scuffle with his brother. Mohammad M. died from his wounds in hospital on October 17, 2000.
The Independent: As the coalition bombs hit the flat salt plains on the north-eastern border of Iraq, members of a little known, female-led Iranian army huddled in a bunker. While the earth shook, showering dust on their neatly pressed khaki headscarves, 25-year old Laleh Tarighi and her fellow combatants tried to protect themselves.