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  • Protesters outside the Supreme Court in April 2018. (Credit: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) 2020-07-24 18:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Trump’s Muslim ban: For the sake of safer America or anti-Muslim bigots

    House Democrats on Wednesday voted to pass a legislation that would revoke the U.S. President Donald Trump administration’s controversial order banning entry to immigrants from mostly Muslim-majority countries.

  • Iran- South Korea 2020/07/12

    By Salman Parviz

    Iran mulls lawsuits and legal actions to unblock funds

    In his recent reaction to Seoul’s blockage of Iranian assets, President Hassan Rouhani said South Korea’s seizure of Iranian assets “is by no means acceptable and we expect Seoul to lift the restrictions as soon as possible.”

  • Iran takes step to reduce plastic bags 2020-07-10 23:39

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Save the planet: Iran takes step to reduce plastic bags

    TEHRAN – In Iran, over 1 million tons of plastic bags are produced annually, while its shelf life is less than 10 minutes, but they remain in nature for hundreds of years. Fortunately, the Department of Environment has drafted a bill and sent it to the government for approval to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

  • Hassan Rouhani - Nicolas Maduro 2020-07-08 13:48

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Reasons why Iran backs Venezuela

    As two oil-producing countries under U.S. sanctions, Iran and Venezuela have been working in recent years to strengthen geopolitical ties to relieve U.S. pressure and find a solution to improve their economies.

  • India-China 2020/07/08

    By Salman Parviz

    India-China standoff enters 9th week

    Beijing' pulling back troops' after deadly border clash: India

    As the dispute over the shared border between India and China, two nuclear-armed nations, enters its ninth week, the region remains tense. The high-altitude, rugged Ladakh region is now the epicenter of the border standoff. It is far removed from the lives and imagination of most Indians and Chinese residents; the region has now become the talk of their daily conversations and worries.

  • Dorothy Shea 2020-07-05 13:32

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    American ambassador brings the political conflicts back to the surface in Lebanon

    In recent days, Arab media outlets have been discussing the implications of a verdict issued by a Lebanese judge to ban media from talking to the U.S. ambassador to Beirut after she took direct aim at Hezbollah in a provocative move.

  • A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing graffiti asking for rent forgiveness in Los Angeles on May 1, 2020. (Photo: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images) 2020-07-05 11:41

    By Salman Parviz

    A tsunami of evictions is looming in U.S.

    The distress among renters likely to surge this summer when federal unemployment benefits run dry

    As businesses reopen across the U.S., so are eviction courts with millions walking the fine thin line between homelessness and having a shelter over their head. Today, it is estimated that anywhere from 20 million to 28 million American renters are perilously close to eviction.

  • Startups 2020/06/30

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    Capital market, a financing platform for startups

    Creative manpower is the pillar of a knowledge-based economy and an economy with a high capacity for job creation, so it is considered the most valuable asset of a country and should be paid high attention.

  • The number of home sales in Tehran stood at 11,046 during the third month of the current Iranian year (May 21-June 20), indicating an increase of 80.3% compared with the same month of last year, but a decline of 4.5% compared with the preceding month. (Photo: EghtesadOnline) 2020/06/30

    By Salman Parviz

    Despite economic fallout Tehran real estate market flourishes

    Statistical Center of Iran reports soaring prices

    For thousands of years, houses with secluded gardens and courtyards have been a cornerstone of Iranian architecture, where a garden or a big terrace was common. I grew up in one of these houses near Mehrabad Airport. In the evenings there was plenty of time for youngsters to play football in the streets where traffic was almost non-existent and air was fresh.

  • Why Arabs remain silent on George Floyd’s death? 2020-06-30 11:32

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Why Arabs remain silent on George Floyd’s death?

    From New Zealand and Australia, through Europe, to Canada and Brazil, many countries of the world witnessed demonstrations in solidarity with the protests in the United States against racism after the Minneapolis police officer killed a black American. However, the Arab streets were quiet, except for Tunisia and social media.

  • Ashuradeh Island’s unique biodiversity decorates northern Iran 2020-06-21 18:18

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Ashuradeh Island’s unique biodiversity decorates northern Iran

    TEHRAN – Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, is a unique valuable part of Miankaleh Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Iran, which has a great share of the country’s biodiversity.

  • FTZ 2020/06/19

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    Iran’s FTZs development continues despite sanctions

    Considering the important role that the free trade zones (FTZs) play in promoting the country’s export and employment, Iran is seriously pursuing development of its existing FTZs and establishment of new zones as well.

  • tanker 2020-06-14 14:59

    BY: Ebrahim Fallahi

    U.S. targets Iran-Venezuela trade, tanker market suffers a blow

    TEHRAN - The Trump administration is considering new sanctions on reportedly 50 oil tankers for working with Venezuela, in order to prevent the trade between Iran and the Latin American country.

  • Just to fan the flame! 2020-06-12 11:29

    *By Ali A. Jenabzadeh

    Just to fan the flame!

    U.S. President Donal Trump gave rise to a new controversy on Tuesday by condemning a 75-year-old protester as being an "Antifa provocateur." Martin Gugino, a Buffalo activist who is still in the hospital recovering from a head wound he sustained when the police shoved him to the ground, is Trump's new target to keep the fire of protests on.

  • File photo depicts the centuries-old Arg-e Karim Khan with a modern hotel being constructed in the background, distorting general views of the brick fortress in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2020-06-09 22:00

    By Samaneh Aboutalebi

    Historical sites losing heritage status; who’s to blame?

    Every year, a number of historical monuments in Iran lose their place on the National Heritage list. Some are also at risk of losing their prestigious UNESCO status.

  • World Oceans Day 2020-06-08 18:23

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    World Oceans Day: get united to protect precious waterbodies

    TEHRAN – Oceans are valuable water bodies in terms of food supply and climate issues, covering 71 percent of the planet's surface equaling 361 million square kilometers, but they, like other biological components on the planet, have been affected severely due to oxygen depleting factors.

  • Travelers sit overlooking the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. 2020-06-01 19:09

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran’s trump cards to kick-start tourism in post-COVID-19 world

    TEHRAN – As you are well aware, the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has plunged the travel and tourism industry in the global scene, disrupting life in ways that were unimaginable just a few months ago.

  • unrest in Minneapolis 2020-06-01 13:59

    By Tehran Times editorial board

    What does Trump’s handling of protests tell us Iranians? 

    When thousands of Iranian demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at surprise hikes in gasoline price in major cities in December and January, the White House masked its evil face under an angelic language to support vandalism and terror inside the country.  

  • Minneapolis 2020-06-01 12:46

    By Amir Miri

    Chaos in Minneapolis: Why Trump is guilty

    Racism in the United States has a long story. From the first days of exploring the America continent up to Independence Day, racism has been existing in the American culture. 

  • locust map 2020/05/29

    By Salman Parviz

    Regional initiative for locust infestation

    Already hard-hit by coronavirus, a second wave of locust swarm invasion from East Africa threatens region

    A trilateral plan among Iran, Pakistan and India is being formulated to address locust swarm infestations that devour crops and threaten the livelihood and sustenance in the region, already struggling with coronavirus pandemic.

  • A view of the modest mausoleum of Esther and Mordechai in the city of Hamedan, west-central Iran. 2020-05-27 21:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Explore mausoleum of Esther and Mordechai

    The purported burial site of Purim’s Persian queen and a pilgrimage site for Iranian Jews

    TEHRAN – The mausoleum of Esther and Mordechai is a Jewish shrine in the city of Hamedan, west-central Iran, where, according to Judeo-Persian tradition is the burial site of the two cousins who played a pivotal role in the Book of Esther (also known as the Megillah).

  • small mines 2020-05-25 17:07

    By Mahnaz Abdi

    Reviving small mines, a big step toward ‘Surge in Production’

    Reviving the small mines was one of the major plans that Iran’s mining sector was seriously pursuing in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 19), which was named the year of “Pickup in Production”.

  • Lybia 2020-05-18 17:48

    By Salman Parviz

    Prospects of normalization grim in Libya

    Common understanding among foreign actors needed

    TEHRAN_ Analysts say that Libya is one of the most important crisis to watch for in 2020 because of the involvement of Russia and Turkey. More importantly, the plight of the Libyans after almost 10 years of civil war cannot be ignored.

  • A portrait of the English writer Edward FitzGerald by an unknown artist. 2020-05-16 18:27

    By Seyyed Mostafa Mousavi Sabet

    FitzGerald translation of Rubaiyat still worthy of praise, whether Persians like it or not   

    Persian classical poets such as Sadi, Hafez, Ferdowsi and Attar are more or less famous in the West, but perhaps Omar Khayyam Neyshaburi is treated differently by Westerners from his other Persian counterparts.

  • car 2020/05/15

    BY: Ebrahim Fallahi

    Iran’s turbulent auto market: will prices calm down?

    TEHRAN – Over the past few weeks, car prices in Iran have been skyrocketing despite claims of the market being stagnant.

  • Efforts by the world’s top oil producers to cut supplies and boost prices are being overshadowed by concerns that fresh outbreaks of the coronavirus could lead to further economic losses. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters) 2020-05-15 13:10

    By Salman Parviz

    Saudis react to economic squeeze

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE introduced the five percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in January of 2018, a first for the Persian Gulf region which had long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system. On the same day, Saudi Arabia announced a petrol price hike of 127 percent. Measures were taken to boost revenues, cut spending, and lowering the ballooning budget deficits.

  • پرستار 2020-05-12 17:48

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    65% of Iranian nurses at forefront of corona fight

    TEHRAN – Some 65 percent of the 200,000 Iranian nursing community has been at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the country, said the deputy health minister for nursing.

  • File photo depicts a woman reading verses of the holy Quran beside an Iftar spread in the lunar month of Ramadan. 2020-05-11 23:44

    By Afshin Majlesi

    What’s it like visiting Iran during Ramadan?

    They say for all human beings there is a time to sow and a time to grow under the never-ending generosity of the Almighty God.

  • Maryam Mirzakhani 2020-05-10 19:47

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    World’s Women in Mathematics Day: Mirzakhani, a genius who shattered stereotypes

    TEHRAN – The second year of World’s Women in Mathematics Day will be celebrated through video conferencing on May 12, which is the birthday of late Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian-born genius mathematician who shattered stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics.

  • Frequent rain falls in April bring out the umbrellas and rain jackets in Tehran. 2020-05-10 12:00

    By Salman Parviz

    Cloud seeding projects to help erode crude income dependence

    Frequent rain to help agricultural, industrial sectors

    Lack of rainfall followed by frequent droughts is nothing new in Iran. Meteorologists claim that the country has faced an annual lack of rain by 50mm over the past five decades. However, in the recent past, we have witnessed higher than average rainfalls. Remember the sound of thunder last week? Whether these are just wet spells or have been caused by another phenomenon, needs some scrutiny.