Maryam Qarehgozlou


  • WFP Representative in Iran Negar Gerami (R), and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iran, Ryu Jeong-Hyun 2019-05-04 21:06

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    WFP Iran, S. Korea join hands to build refugees’ self-reliance 

    TEHRAN — On Wednesday the Republic of Korea made a generous contribution of $2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to build refugees’ self-reliance through vocational training in Iran.

  • Hossein Baharvand 2019-04-28 20:33

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou 

    ‘Iran pioneer in stem cell knowledge, technology’

    TEHRAN — Iran is one of the most pioneering countries in the world and the second country in the region based on stem cell knowledge and technology, Hossein Baharvand, director of Royan Institute for stem cell biology and technology, has said.

  • Images published on NASA Earth Observatory website show the lake on February 5, 2019, and April 12, 2019, before and after the recent floods in the region. 2019/04/26

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Too precious to lose: What brought back Lake Urmia to life? 

    TEHRAN —Subsequent to heavy rainfalls in the country, many long-lost wetlands and lakes were restored, among which Lake Urmia “the turquoise solitaire of Azarbaijan” was the most conspicuous.

  • Karun River, in southwestern city of Ahvaz, is filled following recent rainfalls in the region 2019-04-05 19:49

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Will recent floods ease Iran’s water bankruptcy?

    TEHRAN— Since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year on March 21 some provinces across the country, in northern, northeastern, western and southwestern Iran were hit hard by devastating floods incurring a dramatic loss.

  • An exploration into the life of American-Iranian who fell in love with Islam 2019-03-13 11:15

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    An exploration into the life of American-Iranian who fell in love with Islam

    Quran had taught me to be a critical thinker: Laleh Bakhtiar

    TEHRAN — Laleh Bakhtiar, an Iranian-American Islamic scholar, is the first woman to present a critical translation of the Quran in any language.

  • Code Pink visits fair featuring Iran’s attempt to empower the deprived 2019-02-28 12:11

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Code Pink visits fair featuring Iran’s attempt to empower the deprived

    TEHRAN — Code Pink, an internationally active NGO working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations, paid a visit to a permanent fair highlighting social achievements of the Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam to empower the deprived and eliminate deprivation on Tuesday.

  • The generous sky has opened; is the dry spell over in Iran?  2019/01/29

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou 

    The generous sky has opened; is the dry spell over in Iran? 

    TEHRAN — Since the beginning of autumn Iran has seen a great increase in precipitation amounts but endless speculations are running rampant as to whether the dry spell is over in the country or not. 

  • Be on the horns of a dilemma: Water transfer from Caspian Sea to central Iran  2019-01-11 21:23

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou  

    Be on the horns of a dilemma: Water transfer from Caspian Sea to central Iran 

    TEHRAN— Water transfer from Caspian Sea in northern Iran to the central province of Semnan has been a controversial scheme which has put many on the horns of the dilemma.

  • UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem 2018-11-11 10:05

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    ‘Iran 9th country with lowest maternity death worldwide’

    “Choice can change the world”, says UNFPA executive director

    TEHRAN — Iran achieved MDG 5 [United Nations Millennium Development Goals] by being the 9th country with the lowest maternity death worldwide, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times. 

  • Arbaeen 2018-10-30 20:41

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Arbaeen trek, a march towards unanimity

    Once again pilgrims of different colors, race and religions set off on a long, peaceful march to show the world the overwhelming love they have for the third Shia Imam and all the virtues he stood for.

  • A fireman searching through the debris of the Plasco building (Photo by Majid Asgaripour/Tehran Times) 2018-09-29 17:29

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    National firefighter day: time to show gratitude

    TEHRAN — September 29, is the national firefighter day in Iran and is a chance to pay homage to the firemen who devote their lives to the protection of life and property.

  • Waiting in the ambush: Will Tehran choke on foul air this year too? 2018/09/09

    Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Waiting in the ambush: Will Tehran choke on foul air this year too?

    TEHRAN — While Tehraners breathed ozone in the air during hot summer days the real stuff is awaiting us in the coming months of autumn and winter.

  • Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iran, Ryu Jeong-Hyun WFP Representative and Country Director in Iran, Negar Gerami 2018-08-26 09:29

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Global community should help Iran address refugee issues: S. Korean envoy

    Korea contributes $2.2m to WFP to support 30,000 Afghan refugees living in Iran

    TEHRAN — The issue of refugees in Iran is not the problem of a certain country, so definitely they need the assistance from the global community, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iran, Ryu Jeong-Hyun, said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times.

  • ‘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.