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    No further official information has been published in days on an apparent mass alcohol poisoning in the port city of Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan province, amid unofficial reports that the number of cases and deaths continues to climb.On Monday news that...
    For more than 30 years now, since its inception in California in 1990, April 25 to March 1 has been designated Lesbian Visibility Week: an international celebration and much-needed foregrounding of women who love women. Like other members of the LGBT+...
    In contrast to much of the fraught wider economy, online commerce is booming in Iran. In the first 10 months of 2019 alone, some 10,000 businesses obtained "E-Namad" – a type of digital accreditation from the Ministry of Industry – followed by 28,000...
    Forty percent of respondents in a recent Iran-wide survey admitted to having used prostitutes at least once.The poll, conducted by Iran Open Data, ran from February 12 to March 11, with 3,407 individuals taking part. The vast majority – 97 percent –...
    Analysis by Iran Open Data shows that after a period of relative decline, the number of reported incidents has spiked again after the pandemic. The highest number of child marriages on record was still logged in 2014, with nearly 170,000 known cases,...
    People in rural areas of Iran were disproportionately affected by power outages in the aftermath of major blackouts in spring and summer 2021, a new survey by Iran Open Data has found...
    The Raisi administration’s 2022-23 budget bill has allocated more than 54.8 trillion tomans (US$13bn) to “maintaining public order and security”: 25 times the amount ring-fenced for environmental protection, and six times the budget for addressing the...
    Religious-propaganda organizations under the control of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei raked in unprecedented public money in the already controversial 2021/22 budget, research by Iran Open Data has found.
    Half of all adults in Iran regularly drink alcohol despite it being banned by the Islamic regime, a survey by Iran Open Data has found. Moreover, the largest number said they preferred to consume homemade beverages.
    One in three Iranian marriages now end in divorce, according to analysis of official figures by Iran Open Data. In 2019/20 the number of officially-registered marriages increased by 4.4 percent to 556,731, but in the same year the divorce rate also...
    Iran’s Second-Biggest Wealth Creator is Left to FounderThe situation in Taleghani is emblematic of the dismal contradiction that runs the length of Khuzestan: the province is a vital contributor to the Iranian economy, but also one of its most...
    A new report by Iran Open Data has found that the so-called "misery index" in Iran has reached its highest level in a decade. The misery index is an economic indicator designed in the 1970s to assess the level of hardship experienced by an average...
    In the 42 years since the Islamic Republic was formed, Iran’s domestic oil production has never once reached its pre-revolution rates. A new report by Iran Open Data has charted the country’s beleaguered attempts to improve outputs since 1979 and the...
    It’s been years since the Supreme Leader began giving his catch-all solution to every economic problem presented to him. Whether it’s about the livelihoods of poor Iranians or more in-depth queries about a specific detail of economic policy, his...
    The pharmaceutical industry is one of Iran’s largest, with government subsidies of over $10 billion annually. Yet it remains corrupt and inept while patients sometimes pay with their lives. 
    This report compares the budgets of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hassan Rouhani during an eight-year period between March 2009 and March 2017 (Iranian calendar years 1388 to 1395). 

    The Case of Iran's Lost Dams
    October 31, 2017

    Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has invested a large amount of money into the construction of dams. In addition to power generation, dams were considered an important tool for water management during times of hardship. However, in recent years, dams...
    There is no agreement among Iranian officials about how many people live below the poverty line in the Islamic Republic. Not only does this mean it's impossible to get a clear picture of poverty, it also makes it difficult to combat the problem itself. 
    Looking at the three indices for assessing the unemployment rate, employment rate and employment ratio for women by province, the nationwide imbalance of the job market for women becomes clearer. 
    Overall, the conclusions of this report are alarming: 22,800,000 literate women in Iran are without jobs. If we exclude the approximately 5 million girls over 10 (“working age”) who are still in school, that leaves close to 18 million women, a...