Local News and Views from Iran – The “Local” section is dedicated to political news stories from Iran that do not fall under any of the other main categories, including municipal issues, special interests groups, party politics, and statements from religious figures.
Iran must be immunized against sanctions: Ayatollah Khamenei
The Leader said that the only way that Iran could counter enemy’s power is for the country to be immunized against sanctions.
Interaction, independence and dignity are our ideals
Seyyed Reza Akrami, a statesman, elaborates on President Rouhani’s comments that our ideals are not tied to centrifuges.
What is the president concerned about?
A former Iranian ambassador to the UN elaborates on the problems the Rouhani government faces and the reasons why the president is concerned.
Reactions by reformists and principlists to Rouhani’s call for referendum
President Rouhani's proposal for referendum on key state questions has drawn strong reactions from political activists, reformist and principlist alike.
President Rouhani for referendum on significant topics
Under the Constitution, as for major economic, social, political and cultural issues, instead of having the suggested changes to the law approved in parliament, they could be put to a referendum, said President Rouhani.
Iranian survival does not hinge on a deal with the West
Gholamali Haddad Adel says the Iranian survival does not hinge on a deal with the West and unity holds the key to principlist success.
Court orders 7th floor of the cell phone hub of the capital removed
The Court of Administrative Justice finds the addition to Alaeddin Shopping Center illegal and orders it demolished.
President Rouhani is to bring down the curtain on illegal wiretaps
To safeguard civic rights, the recent bill presented to parliament by President Rouhani seeks to end unlawful intelligence gathering on members of the public.
There is no place for subverters in society
Former President Mohammad Khatami has told student groups that subversive elements have no place in society and anybody who honors the Constitution is an Iranian citizen irrespective of their beliefs.
Iran to offer free education services to Afghan children
The government of President Rouhani is trying to implement a plan which highlights equal treatment of Iranian and Afghan students.
Mistreatment of Afghan nationals by police is totally unacceptable: Official
After the release of a video featuring police mistreatment of a group of Afghan nationals, the Iranian top law enforcement officer ordered a full investigation.
Iranian police seize 450 tons of illicit drugs in eight months
The police chief said the launch of an anti-theft center has seen the number of thefts drop dramatically across the nation.
‘Crackdown on Corruption Possible through Transparency’
The deputy culture minister says the new law on freedom of information is expected to revolutionize the way the state interacts with citizens.
We do not know the rules of the game: Former parliament speaker
Unfortunately, we do not know the rules of the game; the country cannot be run in the absence of political parties, said Nategh Nouri.
The world needs justice-based peace, not temporary ceasefire
Abbas Kiarostami, a famed Iranian filmmaker, is told by those fighting on battlefields about what happened during the Iraq-Iran war which touched the lives of so many people.
Newcomers tarnish the image of veteran figures
Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Imam Khomeini, says that Islamic society should not sit by and watch lawful freedoms taken hostage by religiosity.
I made a mistake when I fielded my candidacy: Former Chief of Staff
Over the past one year, to foster unity between advocates of former President Ahmadinejad, I have decided to give up politics forever, said Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
Intelligence Minister: We do not pry into people’s private lives
Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi says the onus to respect people’s rights is on those who are in charge of ensuring security in the country.
Police in Sistan and Baluchestan to be indigenized: Commander
Sistan provincial police chief said recruitment of Baluchi, Sunni locals is on the agenda of the law enforcement force.
Street in Tehran named after Nelson Mandela
Africa Street in Tehran has been renamed after Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary leader.
Change is needed in approach to preserving the establishment: MP
Ali Motahari, a Tehran MP, made a speech at Tehran University in a ceremony marking national Student Day.
Never ever will Iran roll out the red carpet for the US
Gholamali Haddad Adel says that the US will never get the red-carpet treatment in Iran, citing the loss of countless Iranian lives in their quest of freedom.
Former VP urges students to be tolerant of opposing views
Mohammad-Reza Aref, vice-president under reformist President Mohammad Khatami, says universities will not enjoy an open atmosphere if students fail to tolerantly accept the views of others.
How principlist daily reacts to President Rouhani’s Student Day speech
Kayhan criticizes the president for his failure to denounce the US in his Student Day speech.
Mohammad Khatami’s message to mark University Student Day
In a Student Day message former President Mohammad Khatami has urged students to institutionalize morality in society.