After American football changes the Iranian flag on social media, Iran is calling for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup

CNN – Iran State media called for the expulsion of the United States from World Cup 2022 After the United States Soccer Federation changed the flag of Iran on its social media platforms to show its support for the protesters in Iran. The federation temporarily displayed the Iranian national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram … Read more

Iranian footballer arrested amid scrutiny at the World Cup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested a former senior member of its national soccer team on Thursday over his criticism of the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have overshadowed their World Cup rivals. The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported that Furiya Ghafouri was arrested on charges of “insulting … Read more

Rising geopolitical risks in energy markets

Politics, geopolitics and conflict This week we saw a somewhat heightened apprehension for the oil industry in the form of an intelligence-sharing event between the Saudis and the Americans warning of a possible Iranian attack on oil facilities in the Middle East – most notably Aramco. As we noted in last week’s briefing, the September … Read more

What really happened to Nika Shahkrami? Witnesses of her last hours questioned the story of Iran

CNN – An Iranian girl dressed in black stands over an inverted rubbish bin, waving her veil as she is engulfed in flames amid chants of “Death to the Dictator”. Moments later, a video clip shows her crouched to collect another scarf from her friend, which she will also light in front of the protesters. … Read more

Elnaz Ragabi: Iranian rock climber returns to Tehran after competing without a headscarf

CNN – An Iranian rock climber, who did not wear a headscarf in an international competition in South Korea, has returned to her Iran Meanwhile, Iranian groups based abroad are raising concerns about their fate back home. Elnaz Rakabi, 33, competed without a headscarf during the Asian Championships held in Seoul on Sunday. Videos of … Read more

A ticking time bomb: Anger escalates at the epicenter of Iranian protests

Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (AP) – Raised under a repressive regime, Sharu, a 35-year-old college graduate, never thought she would hear the words of an open rebellion spoken out loud. Now she herself is chanting slogans such as “Death to the dictator!” Angrily unaware of its existence, she joined the protests demanding the overthrow of the country’s … Read more

Why do Iranian women cut their hair

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared on CNN’s newsreel around the same time in the Middle East, a three-times-a-week look at the region’s biggest news. Register here. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates CNN – An Iranian woman is seen crying while kneeling next to the coffin of her deceased brother cut her … Read more

Why the current oil boom of Arab countries may be the last

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared on CNN’s newsreel around the same time in the Middle East, a three-times-a-week look at the region’s biggest news. Register here. Abu Dhabi CNN – The oil boom brought about by Ukraine war It made the energy-rich countries of the Middle East very rich Again. But … Read more