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PHOTOS: Outrage In Iran Over Hike In Gas Prices As Economic Woes Worsen

- Iranians are blasting their government for rationing gas and greatly increasing its price, with many concerned that the move will lead to inflation and greater hardship in a country where so many people are struggling to make ends meet. Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 11/17/19

Iranian Startups: Komodaa's Success Story Is Heard From Shiraz

- Sana Khalesi, founder of Komodaa, formerly a content writer in the UK and Greece, says of launching komodaa Startup in Shiraz and that she and her team are thinking of a market of 3,600 billion Tomans (about 300 million dollars). Komodaa is the first Eco-friendly and online fashion marketplace in Iran that tackles this issue by making it super simple to buy/sell pre-owned wearables. -Tahereh Khajegiri, Shanbe Magazine 11/17/19

Legal Expert Says Sweden Has Authority to Prosecute Iranian Man Connected with 1988 Mass Executions

- Legal experts weighing in on the arrest in Sweden on November 9 of Hamid Nouri (also spelled Noury), who allegedly participated in the 1988 extrajudicial mass killings of prisoners in Iran, note that Swedish courts have the authority to investigate and prosecute individuals accused of crimes against humanity in other countries. 11/17/19

Iran supreme leader backs petrol price rises as protests spread

- Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has backed 50% petrol price increases that have sparked protests across Iran, claiming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies were guilty of sabotage. But there were also moves from Iranian parliamentarians to reverse the rise amid fears that the protests could spiral out of control, as they have in Iraq and Lebanon. -Patrick Wintour, Guardia 11/17/19

2022 World Cup qualification: Lackluster Iran suffer late loss against Iraq

- Iran national football team suffered a second successive loss in the 2022 World Cup qualification, losing to Iraq 2-1 on Thursday. In the match held in neutral venue Amman, Mohanad Ali gave the Iraqi team the lead from the edge of the six-yard area in the 11th minute after the Iranian defenders failed to clear the ball. 11/15/19

Photos: Iranian sculptors, international fellows doing their best at Tehran symposium

- A number of Iranian and foreign sculptors are doing their best to create monumental artifacts in the 9th Tehran International Sculpture Symposium, which started on November in Tehran's Abbasabad district. Winners will be announced during a special ceremony on November 26, just one day after the end of the symposium. -Babak Borzouyeh 11/15/19

Iran Imposes Gasoline Rationing, Raises Prices As U.S. Sanctions Continue To Bite

- Iranian authorities have imposed rationing on gasoline purchases and have increased the price of fuel substantially as the economy continues to be hit by U.S. financial sanctions. The National Petroleum Products Distribution Company on November 14 said a 60-liter monthly limit of gasoline will be set on every private automobile and that prices will go up to about 12.7 cents a liter from nine cents. -RFE/RL 11/15/19

Iran chief banker warns against speculation as currency prices surge

- The governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has warned the people against engaging in fresh round of speculative trade of foreign currencies, saying a slight weakening of Iran's rial over the past days is nothing to worry about. -Press TV 11/15/19

OPEC Says Iran's Oil Production Down By 1.65 Million bpd Since U.S. Sanctions

- The latest OPEC monthly report published November 14 says that not only Iran's oil production fell in the first ten months of 2019, but also the price of the most exported type of Iranian oil fell. Iran's oil production in October decreased by 18,000 barrels, reaching 2,146,000 barrels per day. Iran was producing 3.8 million bpd before the United States imposed sanctions in November 2018. -Radio Farda 11/15/19

Widow of Detainee Who Died in Iranian Custody Recognizes Her Interrogator Posing as "Reporter" on State TV

- A man claiming to be a reporter in a pseudo-documentary about Iran's detained conservationists that was aired by the state-controlled Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) organization on national television has been recognized as an interrogator by one of his victims. -CHRI 11/15/19

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US sanctions send Iranians to Turkey in droves - Afshin, a 29-year old barber from Tehran, had been thinking of moving to Turkey for the past 10 years. But it was only two months ago when he felt like he no longer had a choice. "My life was like walking on a blade," he said. Like many middle-class Iranians, Afshin was hard hit by the United States' renewed sanctions against Tehran in November 2018." -Al-Monitor 11/15/19

If Iran cannot reap JCPOA benefits others will suffer too: FM Zarif - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced in the Astana Club meeting on Tuesday that if Iran cannot reap the economic benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) definitely the other sides will suffer too. Under the JCPOA, commonly called the Iran nuclear deal, Iran was tasked to limit its nuclear program in exchange for termination of economic and financial sanctions. 11/14/19

Tehran prosecutor lifts ban on the film "The Paternal House" - Mohammad-Mehdi Tabatabainejad, the director of the Culture Ministry's Supervision and Evaluation Office, announced on Wednesday that the Tehran prosecutor has overturned the Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court's October decision to ban the honor killing drama "The Paternal House". 11/14/19

Iranian taxi driver returns 70,000 Euros left in his cab to Polish couple - A Polish couple who had left a bag containing 70,000 euros in cash in a taxi in Tehran have been reunited with their money thanks to the honest driver, Borna news agency reported on Tuesday. Ali Hassan Zafari, the driver, handed the bag to the Polish embassy in Tehran on November 3, after he realized it had been left behind. 11/14/19

A gifted physicist reduced to living in his car: what killed Hamid Alamdari? - Hamid Farahi Alamdari 1962-2018: He was a charmer who spoke seven languages and claimed he had nearly worked with Stephen Hawking - but somehow Hamid ended up living in a Tesco car park and dying alone -Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle. Guardian 11/14/19

IRAN: Detained Kurdish Teacher Falsely Accused of Security Charges, Sister Says - Kurdish language teacher Zahra Mohammadi has been in detention in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan Province, since May 23, 2019, falsely accused of "propaganda against the state," and "acting against national security" because of alleged contacts with opposition parties, her sister told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI 11/14/19

Trump aides retaliated against State staffer of Iranian descent, probe finds - President Donald Trump's political appointees inappropriately retaliated against a career civil servant at the State Department in part because of her ethnic background, her perceived political views, and the fact that she was in government during prior administrations, a federal watchdog says. -Nahal Toosi, Politico 11/14/19

Tehran, It's Time To Listen And Take A Realistic View Of The Protests In Iraq - More than a month after protestors first took to the streets across Iraq, Adil Abdul Mahdi surprisingly remains the country's prime minister. In what has been a movement against high unemployment, poor basic services, and state corruption, demonstrators insist on the removal of factions and political elites that came to power in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. -Neda Bolourchi, LobeLog 11/14/19

Iran's top leader grants mass jail pardon on Islamic holiday - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on "security" charges. Thursday's report by judiciary website said the 32 prisoners are mainly journalists and university students, without providing further details. -AP 11/14/19

Italy's Sulmona Film Festival's Best Actress Award Goes To Iran'a Behdokht Valian For Role In "Tattoo" - Iranian actress Behdokht Valian was named best actress for her role in director Farhad Delaram's drama "Tattoo" at the 37th Sulmona International Film Festival in Italy, the organizers announced on Saturday. The film is about a young girl who wants to renew her driver's license but she is sent to the traffic police center for her tattoos. 11/13/19

Elementary schools closed in Iran's capital Tehran amid high pollution levels - The governor of Tehran province said on Tuesday that elementary schools in cities of Tehran, as well as in Varamin, Qarchak and Pishva, all to the south of the capital, will be closed on Wednesday given that an index measuring the quality of the air in those cities was still at unhealthy levels, especially for sensitive groups of the population. 11/13/19

President Rohani Admits Without Oil Exports The Government In Iran Is Broke - Iran's President Hassan Rohani says his country's situation has never been as "difficult and complicated" as it is today. Rohani admitted that U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil exports are making it difficult to run the affairs of the country. The remarks are in sharp contrast to Rohani's previous statements in which he portrayed a promising picture of the country's economy. -Radio Farda 11/13/19

IRAN: Man Imprisoned for Protesting Compulsory Hijab Punished by New Evin Prison Director - Imprisoned civil rights activist Farhad Meysami was transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj (west of the capital) on November 9, 2019, as punishment for launching a peaceful protest, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. "After taking him away, Evin Prison officials gathered his personal belongings in Ward 4 and refused to answer his cellmates' questions," a source with contacts inside the prison told CHRI on the condition of anonymity. -CHRI 11/13/19

President Rohani Repeats Criticism Of Iran's Judiciary, Says Won't Remain Silent - President Hassan Rohani has defended his criticism of the Iranian Judiciary about the way it deals with financial corruption in Iran, vowing not to remain silent before parliamentary elections. In a speech on Monday, when Rohani was heckled by protesters, he attacked Iran's Judiciary controlled by hardliners for pursuing corruption cases selectively. -Radio Farda 11/13/19

IRAN: Kurdish Political Prisoner Held for 25+ Years Should be Freed Under Revised Penal Code, Says Lawyer - One of the longest-serving political prisoners in Iran, Mohammad Nazari, is eligible for release but is being arbitrarily denied freedom, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nazari, who is of Kurdish descent, has been in prison for more than 25 years after being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 for allegedly being a member of the banned Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), a separatist opposition group that was based in northwestern Iran at the time. -CHRI 11/13/19

Iran's Strategy Of Reducing Its Commitments Under The Nuclear Deal Is Risky And Could Backfire - After the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the reimposition of even harsher sanctions on Tehran, coupled with Europe's inability or unwillingness to provide Iran with relief from the rigors of U.S. sanctions, Tehran adopted a strategy based on demonstrating the dangers of the U.S. policy of maximum pressure on Iran. -Shireen Hunter, LobeLog 11/13/19

The Persian Gulf states tried to turn Iran's own weapon against it -- and it backfired with terrible consequences - Whether you call them militias, armies, rapid forces or whatever you'd prefer depends on where you stand. This belt of militias extends across Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. It is a complicated pattern of armed groups created to fight each other as part of an endless multi-layered cold war shaping the region's future. -Ahmed Aboudouh, Independent 11/13/19

So Long, Literary Giants! Iran Revamps Its Textbooks - Omar Khayyam is considered a giant of Persian poetry. His poems have been part of Iran's school curriculum for years. Yet students will reportedly no longer be able to read his rubaiyat in textbooks under a new plan. Students are instead likely to learn about the life of an Iranian fighter killed in Syria, where the Islamic republic has helped prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime during the country's eight-year civil war. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 11/12/19

200 Film Personalities Condemn Censorship in Iran: "Our Profession Has Been Under Attack" - More than 200 members of Iran's film industry signed an open letter dated November 2, 2019, condemning state censorship and demanding "freedom of expression and thought" in the Islamic Republic. The letter was published by Persian-language websites after the judiciary banned director Kianoush Ayari's film "The Parental House" less than a week after it was first screened in Iran. -CHRI 11/12/19

Iran's government approves $71m in loans for quake-hit East Azarbaijan - The government will provide some 3 trillion rials (about $71 million) to make up for the damage caused by earthquake in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan, Majid Joudi, an official with the Housing Foundation has said. A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Tark county in East Azarbaijan province on Friday, which killed six people and injured over 580 others. 11/12/19

Missing American's Iran-Based Lawyer Reveals Previously Undisclosed Details in New Court Filing - The Iran-based lawyer representing the family of missing American former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was last seen in the Iranian resort island of Kish in 2007, has filed a complaint requesting more information about two issues that could shed light on Levinson's disappearance. -CHRI 11/12/19

European Signatories Call on Iran to Reverse Actions Against Nuclear Deal - France, Germany, Britain and the European Union say they are "extremely concerned" about Iran's renewed uranium enrichment activities and what they call "regrettable acceleration of Iran's disengagement" from commitments it made under the 2015 agreement regarding the country's nuclear program. 11/12/19

Iran FM challenges European claim of upholding nuclear deal commitments - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has challenged a claim by the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal that they are upholding their end of the bargain, saying the trio have, in fact, fulfilled none of their contractual commitments. -Press TV 11/12/19

President Rohani Heckled During Speech, Shoots Back At Iran's Hardliners - Demonstrators protesting President Hassan Rohani's policies heckled Iran's president during a speech in the city of Yazd in central Iran on Sunday November 10. Rohani said "the voice of these young men is not the voice of the people," and called on his supporters "not to allow America's demands be voiced by these individuals." -Radio Farda 11/12/19

The New Middle East That's Coming - As Saudi Arabia slowly backpedals, we could see an end to the Yemen war, an easing of Iran's isolation, and a reduced role for the U.S. -Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy In Focus 11/12/19

Tehran Paints Over Its Anti-American Murals - The city's old public art showed a United States to be feared. The new ones depict a country that is weaker, more laughable, and riddled with its own problems. -Fotini Christia, Foreign Policy 11/12/19

Iran takes the crown at Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup - Title-holders Iran defeated Spain 6-3 at the 2019 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup final match at Jumeirah's Kite Beach on Saturday. Iran won the competition for the third time. The Persians had already won the title in 2013 and 2018. 11/11/19

US sanctions on Iran killing children with EB: NGO - Iranian children suffering from a rare skin condition known as EB are losing their lives as US economic sanctions hamper the flow of vital medical products, an NGO says. Hamid Reza Hashemi-Golayegani, the head of the NGO that helps such patients, said Sunday that at least 15 Iranian children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) have died since the US launched its new sanctions on Iran in August. -Press TV 11/11/19

Iran: Rule Allowing Appeals Hearings without Defendants Present is Blatant Violation of Law - The decision by Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's blessing, to prevent the presence of the defendant, plaintiff or their legal representatives at appeal hearings is a violation of the Constitution and Criminal Procedures Regulations, Iranian human rights activists said in interviews with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI 11/11/19

New oil field is Iran's second largest: Oil Minister - The Namavaran oil field discovered by Iranian experts has an estimated 53 billion barrels of reserves, Zangeneh said on Monday. Iran's largest oil field contains 65 billion barrels and is located in in Ahvaz. According to Zangeneh, exploration started at the site in 2016, with 31 billion barrels previously discovered. The newly-discovered field adds 22.2 billion barrels to the country's estimated crude reserves. -Press TV 11/11/19

An Entity Offering Services For Polygamy Operates In Iran - Come and enjoy our free training workshops for polygamy, a controversial Persian ad on Instagram invites users in Iran to try the service. The ad shows a "happily smiling family"; a man, his four "cheerful" wives, and their three joyful children, waving flags of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Radio Farda 11/11/19

No Action Yet in Iran's Parliament on Bill to Ban Broadcast of Confessions During Investigations - An Iranian parliamentary bill that aims to stop state-funded media outlets from airing forced "confessions" during the investigative phase appears at a standstill more than a month after it was introduced by Member of Parliament (MP) Mahmoud Sadeghi. -CHRI 11/11/19

Iran awards prestigious prize to 2 US-educated scientists - Iran on Monday awarded a top prize in the study of science and technology to two U.S.-educated scientists. Vice President Sourena Sattari granted the Mustafa award to five scientists, three Iranians and two Turks, during a ceremony. 11/11/19

EU labors to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves - European Union foreign ministers on Monday debated ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly crafted international agreement. -AP 11/11/19

The Iranian opposition fighters who mustn't think about sex - For six years, Albania has been home to one of Iran's main opposition groups, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. But hundreds of members have walked out - some complaining about the organisation's rigid rules enforcing celibacy, and control over contact with family. Now, dozens languish in the Albanian capital, Tirana, unable to return to Iran or get on with their lives. -BBC 11/11/19

At Least Five Dead, Dozens Injured As Strong Earthquake Hits East Azerbaijan In Northern Iran - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has struck in northwestern Iran in the East Azerbaijan Province, killing at least five people, state media have reported. According to early reports, at least 120 other people have been injured in the quake, which hit at 2:17 a.m. on November 8. -RFE/RL 11/8/19

Irish Museum hosts exhibition on ancient Persian prophet MANI - The Persian prophet Mani created a new religion in the 3rd century AD. He believed the world is a struggle between the forces of dark and light which ultimately causes the release of the light-soul from the material body. The Persian Emperor, Shapur I, allowed Mani to freely promote his ideas through the empire but later, following the pressure of Zoroastrian priests, Bahram I arrested Mani. -Pejman Akbarzadeh 11/8/19

Iranian Conservationists Slapped with New Charge 22 Months After Being Arrested by Revolutionary Guards - Nearly two years after they were first detained in Tehran, eight conservationists have been charged with "cooperation with U.S. and Israeli enemy states against the Islamic Republic of Iran for the purpose of espionage for the CIA and Mossad," the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI 11/8/19

The Limited Utility Of The Iran Sanctions - The objective of any sanctions regime is not to punish the target country or weaken its economy as an end in itself. Rather, a sanctions campaign--including the Trump Administration's policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran--is meant to change the target country's behavior. -Kenneth Katzman, LobeLog 11/8/19

Iran electricity company to run fiber optic cables to homes: Official - Iran's electricity company Tavanir is planning to run fiber optic cables to the home alongside its power network across the country as it seeks to install a new generation of electricity meters while enabling communication service providers to offer faster internet connections. -Press TV 11/8/19

Is France Moving Against The MEK? - On October 30, a volley of tweets attributed to Alexis Kohler, chief of staff of the French President Emmanuel Macron, announced that France, taking into account the "negative consequences" of the presence of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) on the French soil, will restrict its activities in the country. On November 5, however, the Elysee Palace disowned the tweets as fake, and the Twitter handle supposedly belonging to Kohler was suspended. -Eldar Mamedov 11/7/19

Marriages Decrease, Divorces Increase At Alarming Rate In Iran - The rate of marriages in Iran dropped by nine percent in the 2018 compared with the previous year, an official at the National Organization for Civil Registration (NOCR), Alireza Sajedi, says. "NOCR registered 550,565 marriages in (the Iranian year) 1397 across Iran, which shows a nearly 9% drop, compared with 1396," Sajedi asserted, adding that the rate of marriage in the country started to drop in the late 2000s, and continued to shrink. -Radio Farda 11/7/19

Former Iranian Political Prisoner Arrested at "Cyrus Day" Celebration - Former political prisoner Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was among several people who were detained on October 29, 2019, for trying to enter the Pasargad archaeological site where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is located. Security forces had closed the road leading to the ancient Persian king's final resting place north of Shiraz, Fars Province, to prevent people from attending "Cyrus Day," an unofficial celebration by Iranian nationalists and monarchists to honor the pre-Islamic ruler's legacy. -CHRI 11/7/19

Report: Iran's 'Effective' Power In Middle East Growing - The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says Iran has built a network of nonstate alliances across the Middle East over the past 40 years that has allowed it to turn the balance of "effective" power in the region "in its favor." -RFE/RL 11/7/19

Evaluating The Hormuz Peace Endeavor - Concerns of increased tension, instability and possible conflict, mainly involving energy security, has inclined the international community to think of establishing a collective security system in the Persian Gulf. In this respect, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) at the UN General Assembly in September -Kayhan Barzegar, LobeLog 11/7/19

Imprisoned Sufi Dervishes Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Freedom of Movement for Ailing Spiritual Leader - More than 70 imprisoned members of the Sufi Gonabadi Order began a hunger strike in early November to honor their ailing spiritual leader Nour-Ali Tabandeh, who had been hospitalized due to complications from his own hunger strike, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI 11/7/19

U.S. Maximum Pressure Meets Iranian Maximum Pressure - Iran announced on 5 November that it is moving ahead with incremental breaches of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to President Hassan Rouhani, as of 6 November, Tehran will start "injecting [uranium hexafluoride] gas into the centrifuges in Fordow", a bunkered enrichment facility that under the deal is meant to be converted "into a nuclear, physics and technology centre". -Ali Vaez and Naysan Rafati, LobeLog 11/7/19

Iran's President Rohani opens first major startup accelerator in Tehran - President Rohani has opened a first major startup accelerator in the county, a sign his government is intent on using the domestic know-how to compensate for the technological losses caused by the American sanctions. Rohani opened the Azadi Innovation Factory (AIF) in Tehran where he spent hours talking to heads of startups and minor accelerator companies involved in various fields of technology and science. 11/6/19

Iran's Central Bank Acts On Money Laundering After Deadlock With Hardliners - The Iranian Central Bank has made it mandatory for all banks in Iran to establish an anti-money laundering unit. The initiative appears to be an effort by the Rouhani administration to circumvent the legislative deadlock over meeting the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). -Radio Farda 11/6/19

Experimental art space in Tehran has been recreated in Pittsburgh - Two artists began a collaborative project after one was denied a visa to enter the US under Donald Trump's travel ban. The American artist Jon Rubin, a Carnegie Mellon professor, has partnered with the Iranian artist Sohrab Kashani on a project that replicates Kashani's apartment in Tehran in the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh. -Gabriella Angeleti, Art Newspaper 11/5/19

Shirin Neshat: a stare that challenges us to look away - Shirin Neshat confronts certain views of Islam with her Women of Allah series. As it goes on show in LA, Kelly Grovier takes a look at the Iranian artist's arresting images. -Kelly Grovier, BBC 11/5/19

Public Opinion, Foreign Policy And The Perpetual War: Some Bitter Realities - Many years ago, when I was being interviewed at the Immigration & Naturalization office for my application for citizenship, the young officer started asking me some patent questions: What are the colors in the American flag; How many States in the Union; etc. Finally, she asked me what I thought the most important advantage of becoming a citizen would be. The answer I gave, which I knew she expected, was having the right or the privilege to vote. -Kambiz Zarrabi 11/4/19

Visit Tappeh Mill, one of the most ancient temples in Iran - Of the buildings that still remain from the early years of civilization, are the ancient temples. Given the importance of religion for the mankind, it's not surprising that these spiritual sites were built using topmost architectural innovations of the time in imposing scales. 11/4/19

Iranian Activists Mourn Azam Taleghani, Campaigner For Women's Rights - Activists, cultural figures, and other prominent Iranians have mourned the death of Azam Taleghani, a women's rights activist who fought repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, to become Iran's female presidential candidate. 11/4/19

Iran U23 Greco-Roman team wins world title - Iran Greco-Roman team won the title of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday. The Iranian team finished in first place with 122 points, followed by Georgia (121) and Russia (118). Iran won three gold and three bronze medals in the competition. 11/4/19

Iran To Launch 3 Satellites In Coming Years: Space Chief - Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari has said that Iran plans to launch three satellites in upcoming years. "Following the implementation of the country's second decade-long space development program, three satellites are being developed to be ultimately put into orbit," Barari, who is also Iran's Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology, said on Sunday. 11/4/19

Newly-found petroglyph in western Iran may have link to Mithraism - A newly-discovered rock-carving in western Iran could have a link to Mithraism, a prehistorical religion inspired by Iranian worship of the Zoroastrian god Mithra. Some Iranian archaeologists suggest that the carving was created by a follower of Mithraism as it depicts a simple portrayal of a human with his right hand raised and an object in his hand. But, experts say it needs much more study in order to date the petroglyph. 11/1/19

U.S. Sets New Sanctions On Iran Construction Sector, Extends Waivers On Civil Nuclear Program - The United States has extended nuclear-cooperation waivers on Iran's civil nuclear program to "help preserve oversight" of the sector, but at the same time imposed new sanctions on the country's construction industry because of its links to the hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -RFE/RL 11/1/19

Prominent Labor Leader Esmail Bakhshi Freed From Iran Prison On Bail - A prominent labor activist and leader has been released today from prison in Iran on bail after ten months of incarceration following strikes and protests last year in the factory where he worked. Esmail Bakhshi was the representative of workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, where workers began strikes last November in protest for their unpaid wages and other demands. -Radio Farda 11/1/19

Iran eyes over $9B worth of steel exports until March - Iranian authorities say the country would exceed a target set for exports of steel until March next year despite American sanctions that have specifically targeted the metals sector. A deputy to Iran's minister of industries said on Thursday that a target of $9 billion worth of steel exports set for the end of the current Iranian calendar year would be well within the reach of the country as production in the first two quarters had exceeded the government estimates. -Press TV 11/1/19

Iran says trade deficit for two quarters stood at $273M - Iran's customs office data shows balance of trade in the first two quarters of the current calendar year, which started in March, was slightly negative as a report shows trade deficit recorded for the period was $273 million. A Wednesday report by the ILNA news agency cited an analysis of the customs data for Iran's trade of goods excluding crude in the six-month period ending on September 22, 2019, saying the country exported $21 billion worth of goods while imports reached $21.2 billion over the same period. -Press TV 11/1/19

Iran intervenes to prevent ousting of Iraqi prime minister - sources - Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraq's most influential figures amid weeks of anti-government demonstrations, sources close to both men told Reuters... in a secret meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday, Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, intervened. -Reuters 11/1/19

Iran's freestyle wrestling team finishes second at U23 World Championships - Iran freestyle team became runners-up at the 2019 U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Iranian team won three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the competition. 10/31/19

Health Official Confirms Widespread HIV Infection In Southwestern Iran - More than three weeks after the enraged people of a village in southwest Iran poured into streets accusing medical authorities of infecting dozens with the HIV virus, the head of the Islamic Republic center for strategic medical sciences research has confirmed that the village and its nearby town are indeed a center of HIV infections. -Radio Farda 10/31/19

For Iranian American artist Ardeshir Tabrizi, a fractured sense of identity - Ardeshir Tabrizi's mixed-media paintings resemble ruins: beautifully crafted artifacts ravaged by time, their condition speaking of past grandeur that can only be imagined...That ambiguity packs a punch. It makes Tabrizi's paintings feel as if they do not inhabit the present so much as they are haunted by a past that has all but vanished and a future that will never be more than a fantasy. -David Pagel, Los Angeles Times 10/31/19

Germany to celebrate 200th anniversary of Goethe's "West-East Divan" in Shiraz - Germany will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "West-East Divan" during a festival in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, home to the mausoleum of Persian poet Hafez who influenced Goethe's collection. 10/31/19

Brick by Brick: Rethinking Masonry Construction in Iran - Iran's architecture has long been rooted in Persian culture. From tea houses and pavilions to domestic huts and elaborate mosques, the country's built environment is tied to this influences, as well as the landscape and its broader context. At the heart of Iran's more recent projects is a desire to reinterpret history through new spaces and forms. -Eric Baldwin, Arch Daily 10/31/19

Stephen Gottlieb: Sa'adi's Iranian Poetry and International Order - My dad visited me while I was in the Peace Corps and I threw him a party for his 70th birthday. While there, he gave me a book of Persian poetry as a gift, the Gulestan or Rose Garden, by Sa'adi, a much loved thirteenth century Persian poet, and the pride of the city where I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Poetry is very important to the Persians... -Stephen Gottlieb, WAMC 10/30/19

The United States Overthrew Iran's Last Democratic Leader - Despite a campaign of historical revisionism in Washington, the archival record makes clear that the U.S. government was the key actor in the 1953 coup that ousted Mohammad Mosaddeq--not the Iranian clergy. -Roham Alvandi & Mark J. Gasiorowski, Foreign Policy 10/30/19

"Maximum Pressure": U.S. Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians' Right to Health - The Trump administration's broad sanctions on Iran have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines, causing serious hardships for ordinary Iranians and threatening their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration in Washington should take immediate steps to ensure a viable channel exists for trade of humanitarian goods with Iran. 10/29/19

Despite Floods This Year, 28 Million People In Iran Face Water Shortage - Latest figures published in Iran show 233 cities and towns still face water shortage despite plenty of rains in the spring that inundated vast areas of the country and killed dozens. About 140 cities are in the state of yellow alert, with means ten percent water shortage, while 59 cities and towns are in the red category with more than 20 percent shortage. The rest face orange alert. -Radio Farda 10/29/19

Iranian virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor receives prestigious WOMEX Artist Award - Internationally-acclaimed Iranian virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor has won the WOMEX 19 Artist Award for "bringing the Persian classical music tradition to the ears of people all over the world." Kalhor received the prestigious award on Sunday at the 25th jubilee edition of the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Tampere, Finland. 10/28/19

Tuberculosis treatment completely free of charge in Iran - Tuberculosis treatment in Iran is completely free of charge despite the fact that it costs $120 to $60,000 per patient depending on the situation's severity, head of tuberculosis control department of Health Ministry has said. 10/28/19

Iranian woman skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah wins BP Courage Award - The BP Courage Award was presented to Iranian cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah on Friday. She became the first Iranian female to qualify for a Paralympic Winter Games, reported. 10/27/19

NAM capable of neutralizing impact of US sanctions: Iran's president Rouhani - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has censured the United States for dominating the international monetary system and misusing dollar, saying the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is capable of countering Washington's illegitimate actions and making its sanctions ineffective. -Press TV 10/27/19

Fam trip, a new way to introduce tourist attractions of Iran - Nowadays, various countries are relying on influencers as an effective strategy in order to market their tourism capacities. Countries can display their tourism capacities with the help of influencers and this has been welcomed as a new method for marketing in different areas. 10/25/19

Iran Wushu Sanda team claims world title - Iran's eight-member Sanda team claimed eight gold medals and won the title of the 15th World Wushu Championships (WWC) in Shanghai, China. Iran had won three gold medals in the women's divisions. China won the championships in Taolu and Sanda, winning 10 gold medals and one bronze. Iran became runners-up with eight gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. 10/24/19

Iranian women win two more medals at World Wushu Championships - Iranian Talolu practitioners won two more medals at the 15th edition of the World Wushu Championships on Tuesday. Hanieh Rajabi won a silver medal at the nandao discipline and Zahra Kiani snatched a bronze medal at the Women's Changquan. 10/23/19

State-Sponsored Twitter Accounts Pushing For War With Iran - I suspect that the Iran Disinformation Project isn't the only initiative that has misappropriated taxpayer dollars in a similar fashion. Given the connectivity between the Iran Disinformation Project, FDD, Farashgard and Tavaana, I am interested in identifying individuals connected to said organizations that have received federal grants or contracts. Moreover, there should be an investigation launched immediately into how Tavaana has spent funding received via federal grants dating back to 2010. -Geoff Golberg, Medium 10/23/19

The screening of 'COUP 53' in Manhattan - After ten protracted, nonetheless, scrupulous years of research and interviews, and arduous scripts writing and productions, COUP 53, the historical two hour chilling thriller documentary of the British MI6 and the American CIA's bloody covert actions against IRAN, which led to the overthrow of the first and perhaps the last ever democratically elected prime minster Dr. Mohammad Mosadegh, went on SVA Theatre silver screen in Manhattan on October 18. -Davood N. Rahni 10/22/19

Iranian Woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini eyes Olympics berth - Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini is targeting the Tokyo Olympics. Hosseini was part of Iran national team who participated at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time. Hosseini, who finished in 16th place in the women's 71kg with a total of 191kg, has participated in qualifying events so far. 10/21/19

Trying To Exploit Iran's Diverse Ethnic Population To Advance A War Agenda - On September 25, during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)-a pro-Israel, anti-Iran lobby group-held a "summit" in New York that was attended by, among others, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, and Sigal Mandelker, the outgoing Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, as well as diplomats from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As usual, tough rhetoric was uttered by all the speakers, and threats were made. -Muhammad Sahimi 10/17/19

Female pilots take control of first Iranian domestic flight - Reports in the Iranian media shows a female captain and her co-pilot (Neshat Jahandari and Forouz Firouzi) have flown a passenger plane, a first in the history of the country's aviation industry. The reports published on Tuesday showed photos of the two pilots taken from the social media showing them before and after the two-way flight between the capital Tehran and the second largest city of Mashhad, located east of the country. -Press TV 10/16/19

Iranian Women Artists Showcased in Upcoming Exhibit Curated by Shirin Neshat - The Center for Human Rights in Iran is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition of thirteen contemporary Iranian women artists in New York City, curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Shireen Neshat. The show, A Bridge Between You and Everything features nearly 100 works-paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video-by both established and emerging artists, who began working after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The exhibition is organized by the Center. 10/15/19

2019 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans - Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) has released the findings of its 2019 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, which reveals that tensions in both the wider U.S. society and between the United States and Iran are felt by the Iranian American community. 10/15/19

Facebook And The Fake Iranian Opposition - The campaign of silencing the true opposition has now spread to Facebook. Coordinated attacks are waged against any Facebook page that espouses opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia, and Israel toward Iran, including economic sanctions and war, as well as military intervention in other countries. In addition, the Facebook pages of anyone who counters the efforts by pro-monarchist groups promoting Reza Pahlavi are also attacked. -Muhammad Sahimi 9/27/19

Genome study shows that Iran's population is more heterogeneous than previously believed - An international research team including scientists from the University of Cologne, Germany, numerous Iranian universities and the University of Sydney, Australia, has shown that today's Iranian population is composed of partially highly heterogeneous ethnic groups, exhibiting a high degree of genetic variation. In many cases, their source goes back many thousands of years. The results, obtained from the first genome-wide genetic characterization of the Iranian population by this team, appeared in PLOS Genetics under the title 'Distinct genetic variation and heterogeneity of the Iranian population'. 9/25/19

Iran Sanctions Curbing Global Scientific Progress: Top British Journal - The British medical journal BMJ Global Health says US sanctions on Iran, a leading country in the world for science, are curtailing global scientific progress. As a result of the draconian sanctions, Iranian scientists have been denied opportunities to publish their findings, attend meetings, and access essential supplies and information, the publication said. -Press TV 9/10/19

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