Weekly Roundup: Dec.21st – Dec.28th

Welcome to the last weekend of the year.

As 2018 draws to a close our Review this week takes a look at the year that was, and summarizes the most important developments around Iran over the last 12 months.

A year ago, Vida Movahed took off her white hijab on Revolution Street and waved it silently as a flag of freedom for women in Iran. Her actions were seen by many as a symbol of the Iran Protests. The ongoing arrests of dual nationals by Iran’s government moved back into the spotlight Wednesday. Worldwide media reports of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe spending her fortieth birthday in prison on Boxing Day went viral on the internet. Today marks Nazanin’s 1,000th day in jail.

To make life a little sweeter our recipe this week is for Iranian ground meat patties, or kotlet. A favorite among Iranians, this warming dish is truly noshy.

Happy New Year from the Kayhan Life Team.


This recipe for Kotlet was originally featured in Turmeric & Saffron.

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2018 in Review

The last 12 months have been challenging ones for Iran. Struggling with economic mismanagement, sanctions and nationwide demonstrations, Iranians have experienced deepening poverty, environmental disasters and increasingly violent crackdowns by government forces during demonstrations.

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Former Iranian Judiciary Chief Shahroudi, Accused of Executing Thousands, Confirmed Dead

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, former chief of Iran’s Judiciary and Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, has passed away.

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Member of Iran’s Bahai Community Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

A Revolutionary Court in Iran sentenced Yekta Fahandezh-Saadi, a member of the Bahai community in Shiraz, capital of the southern province of Fars, to 11 years in prison.

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Iran Lifts Limits on Foreign Currency Imports

The Supreme Economic Coordination Council, which is made up of senior officials from the three branches of the government, announced that it was lifting limits on the amount of foreign currency that people could bring into the country.

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Iran’s Khuzestan Dam Is a Colossal Engineering Mistake, Expert Says

The salt deposit in the Gotvand Dam’s water reservoir, in the southern province of Khuzestan, rose to 10.5 million tons in 2017, causing the salinity of the Karun River to increase by 12 percent, according to Mehdi Ghomeshi, the head of the Shahid Chamran University’s School of Water Engineering in Ahvaz.

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Prominent Iranian Ayatollah Criticizes the Use of Wigs in Theatrical Production

Ayatollah Jaffar Sobhani, a source of emulation (Shia Marja) and a former member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, has criticized a theater company in Tehran for using wigs in a recent production of “Fando and Lis,” a play by the Spanish surrealist playwright Fernando Arrabal, in Tehran.

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L.A. Rock Vocalist Soraya Sebghati Would Love to Perform in Iran

Soraya Sebghati is a songwriter and the lead vocalist of Night Talks, a Los-Angeles-based alternative rock band.

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