The untold story of the deaths at Hajj

Iranian diplomat Ghadanfar Rokonabadi disappeared after being caught up in the mass panic on last year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca Robert Fisk @indyvoices He was smart, occasionally humorous and detailed in his replies to my questions. Officially, he was an attaché at Iran’s high-walled, black-painted embassy in Beirut, but back in 1996 I […]

57 Islamic countries block LGBT groups from UN conference Iran, gay people are routinely hanged from cranes. (Photo: © Reuters) Groups advocating for gay and transgender rights have been banned from an upcoming meeting at the UN following the intervention of acoalition of Muslim states. The conference will take place from June 8 to June 10 and aims […]

Quiet changes in Iran

Source: ET Iranian President Hassan Rowhani. PHOTO: AFP The run-off elections in Iran have served a sotto-voce notice on the hardliners in and out of parliament that their day whilst not yet over, is not indefinite. The moderates and reformists have gained a working majority in the Iranian parliament for […]