Maryam Qarehgozlou


  • ‘Iran among top host countries for refugee students’ 2018-08-09 09:17

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    ‘Iran among top host countries for refugee students’

    450,000 foreign national students studying in Iran

    TEHRAN — Over the past 4 decades Iran has been faced with crowds of refugees due to the wars and conflicts in the region and currently Iran is among the countries with the highest refugee population and refugee students, deputy for international affairs department of the Ministry of Education said.

  • A view of Lake Urmia / Photo by Hossein Mahmoudi, Lake Urmia restoration program website 2018-08-01 18:41

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    No water transfer to Lake Urmia: DOE chief

    TEHRAN — Talking about Lake Urmia, a body of water shared between East and West Azarbaijan provinces in northwestern Iran, chief of Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) put emphasis on the fact that no water transfer scheme is underway for restoration of the lake.

  • A commanding view of Fandoqlo forest 2018-07-12 12:23

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Ardebil, a getaway from the scorching hot days

    The summer has set in for a few days now and the blazing, baking sun seems to be always shining in the cloudless sky and you could no longer fight back the urge to plan a getaway to places with cool temperature.

  • Negar Gerami, wearing head scarf, is talking to a group of Afghan national children in a refugee settlement in Saveh, Markazi province.  2018-06-25 09:25

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Refugees thriving in Iran: WFP country director

    TEHRAN — Negar Gerami, the WFP representative and country director in Iran, says Iran is a country in which refugees thrive.

  • Jonathan Lynn, head of communications and media relations at Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018-06-20 08:50

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    If we don’t adapt to climate change, the only option is to suffer: IPCC official

    TEHRAN — Some of the world’s oldest and biggest trees are dying off, and climate change might be the culprit. The baobab tree, often called “the tree of life,” can live up to 3,000 years old and is normally found in Africa’s savanna however, they have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade.

  • Volker Türk 2018-05-29 19:39

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Global refugee compact to mobilize support for protracted refugee situation in Iran: commissioner

    Global refugee compact will mobilize support for protracted refugee situation in Iran, UN Refugee Agency, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, told the Tehran Times on Monday.

  • A school boy in Tehran is wearing a face mask to protect himself against air pollution 2018-05-21 11:05

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    The challenge of setting a school start date

    TEHRAN — While the current school year is still underway and students are preparing themselves for final exams Education Ministry is dealing with a not very new issue: altering school calendar for the next school year.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif signs the Paris Agreement on climate change during a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York, April 22, 2016. (AFP) 2018-05-20 10:23

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Is Iran pulling out of Paris Agreement?

    TEHRAN — While the cabinet of ministers and the Majlis (parliament) have approved the Paris Climate Agreement, the Guardian Council, that constitutionally holds veto power over all legislations approved by the Majlis, has not ratified the deal.

  • The 6th rnational Persian-speaking debating championships held in March 2018, in Tehran 2018-05-06 13:47

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Iranian students to get prepared for world debating championships

    TEHRAN — In a collaborative effort between the cultural affairs department of University of Tehran and the university’s academic center for education, culture and research, called Jahad Daneshgahi, the first round of national English-speaking debating championships will be held to prepare students to take part in international competitions.

  • Tehran flower, plant show in full bloom 2018-05-05 18:40

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Tehran flower, plant show in full bloom

    The 16th International Exhibition of Flowers, Plants, Park Equipment and Related Industries was inaugurated at Tehran’s Goftegoo Park on Saturday. The one-week event is curated by the Tehran Parks and Green Space Organization (TPGSO).  

  • Parliamentarians’ hesitation to pass law on child abuse tramples on children’s right 2018-05-03 06:26

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Parliamentarians’ hesitation to pass law on child abuse tramples on children’s right

    Members of the Majlis (Iranian parliament) are wavering about the law against child abuse and this is definitely violating children’s right.

  • A view of a beach in Kish Island in the Persian Gulf 2018-04-29 19:39

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Persian Gulf National Day: Mind the marine environment

    TEHRAN — Persian Gulf National Day, April 30, is the best time to reevaluate the environmental properties and importance of this precious marine environment.

  • A woman is carrying a gallon of water on her head taken from a well located outside a village in the southwestern province of Kerman in May 2017. People in drought-stricken areas should sometimes walk a fairly long distance to obtain potable water for everyday use. (Photo by Vahid Abdi/Tehran Times) 2018/04/23

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Things are changing: "Wet gets wetter, dry gets drier"

    This is not new, our country is situated in an arid and semi-arid area, and we all know what it means: Iran is not normally defined as a wet country.

  • A view of Sharaf Khaneh port, in Lake Urmia/ Photo by Mohammad Ali Haqshenas/ Tehran Times 2018/04/12

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Is inter-basin water transfer a cure for exhausted Lake Urmia?

    TEHRAN — The “turquoise solitaire of Azarbaijan”, Lake Urmia, is meeting its end by turning into a barren field of exposed salt water and there are a few options available to restore the lake, most probably not to its former glory.

  • Alexis Bandrich Vega, Havana’s ambassador to Tehran 2018-03-12 10:53

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Trump knows nothing about Cuba: ambassador

    TEHRAN - Alexis Bandrich Vega, Havana’s ambassador to Tehran, believes that U.S. President Donald Trump is ignorant of the realities in Cuba.

  • Forests are the lungs of the Earh 2018/03/06

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    How come we are treating trees like intruders?

    They say trees are lungs of the Earth, so how come we are treating them like intruders?

  • Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz 2018-03-02 20:47

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Europeans following Austria in doing green projects in Iran: envoy

    Not a single day passes without hearing a worrying news coming in of lasting, and sometimes irreversible damages to the environment worldwide. Air pollution in megacities, plastic pollution in oceans, rapid loss of plant and animal species, climate change, and water scarcity are a few instances which inflict considerable and serious harms both on the planet and human lives.

  • public transport 2018/02/27

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Car-free Tuesdays or car-packed Tuesdays

    TEHRAN — Car-free Tuesdays campaign, aimed to promote cycling and public transport, seems to be losing momentum most probably because of the inefficient infrastructure in the country.

  • Bahram-e Gour protected area in southern province of Fars 2018/02/25

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Defenseless national land areas

    TEHRAN — The controversial directive from the Supreme Council of Environment on revision of national protected areas will definitely leave such regions in an exposed position.

  • Tehran 2018-02-24 20:22

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Relocation not a viable solution to Tehran’s growing problems: councilor

    TEHRAN — The growing problems of the megacity of Tehran does not justify relocating it, councilor Ahmad Masjed-Jamei said on Saturday.

  • Air pollution from a different viewpoint: ‘Cars need clean air’ 2018-01-27 09:51

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Air pollution from a different viewpoint: ‘Cars need clean air’

    Air pollution is a knotty problem of the metropolises of Iran. Currently seeing the azure sky is a dream that seldom comes true.

  • PM 2.5, particulate matter map 2018-01-20 09:53

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Air pollution; not this again

    You wake up in the morning and set for another working day. You may take a quick shower, have a breakfast, get dressed and head out.

  • In many places farmers have overused underground aquifers that have taken thousands of years to form, drawing down the fossil water much faster than it can be replaced. The Ogallala aquifer in the Ame 2018/01/13

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Using fossil water is a soft option, reappraise it

    First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri has recently ordered studying the possibility of tapping into the country’s underground supplies of fossil water.

  • Rudkhan Castle, called Qal’eh Rudkhan in Persian, is an ancient a military fortress situated in northern province of Gilan which is now a tourist destination especially during new year or summer holid 2018/01/06

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Redefining public holidays, weekends: how efficient is that?

    The notion of “too many public and unofficial holidays” in Iran has always been a matter of controversy among lawmakers and decision making bodies in the country but despite all the arguments no decisive action has been actually taken so far.

  • 2016 E-Government Development Index provided by the UN; the greener a country is the more advanced they are in implementing e-government 2018/01/05

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    E-government promotes empowerment and inclusion in society

    Electronic government (or e-government) is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) to government functions and procedures with the purpose of increasing efficiency, transparency and citizen participation.

  • The tangled web of air pollution in Tehran 2018/01/01

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    The tangled web of air pollution in Tehran

    TEHRAN — Air pollution, the recurring nightmare of Tehraners from which there is no waking, is a complicated saga of the busy capital of Iran.

  • An adult literacy course 2017/12/29

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Literacy is a right and a means of gaining other rights

    TEHRAN — Literacy, a benchmark for social and economic progress, is a right and a channel for achieving other rights.

  • A view of the city of Bam, rocked by the magnitude 6.6 earthquake 14 years ago, Photo by IRNA 2017-12-27 07:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    On the occasion of 2003 Bam earthquake

    Fourteen years after a deadly quake hit the city of Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman once again deep-seated fear of devastating quakes has gripped people all over the country.

  • Illogical reservations about bill on violence against women 2017-12-26 07:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Illogical reservations about bill on violence against women

    TEHRAN — While there are news about adoption of a bill on banning violence against women there seems to be unreasonable reservations about the issue.

  • Traffic in Tehran 2017-12-25 09:23

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Tehran traffic schemes: Does anyone think twice about air pollution?

    TEHRAN — Tehran Municipality has resumed talks over the past few days concentrating on altering traffic schemes to ease congestion and abating air pollutions.