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Saudi-Iran Tensions Seen Worsening With Rise Of New Saudi Crown Prince

- Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran -- already running high -- could worsen with King Salman's designation of his aggressive and ambitious son, Muhammad bin Salman, as the next ruler, analysts say. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman was designated as the kingdom's next ruler on June 21. The crown prince said last month on Saudi TV that he was not open to trying to improve relations with Tehran, which he accused of trying "to control the Islamic world" to spread its Shi'ite doctrine. 6/22/17

Iran's Judiciary Chief Threatens Domestic Proponents of US-Instigated Regime Change With Death Penalty

- The chief of Iran's judiciary has responded to recent comments by the US secretary of state describing the Trump administration's policy of regime change in Iran by threatening domestic proponents with the death penalty. 6/22/17

Is the Saudi Prince Up to His New Job?

- The audacious young prince of Saudi Arabia known as MbS owns it all now, for better or worse. As a wisecracking American might say, "Good luck with that." With his elevation Wednesday to be crown prince, heir to the throne, and first deputy premier reporting only to his father the king, Prince Mohammed bin Salman will exercise nearly complete control over his country's future. He was already minister of defense and chairman of the committee that sets the kingdom's economic policy. -Thomas Lippman 6/22/17

Iran sets sights on arrival of 6.5 million foreign tourist this year

- Iran aims to draw some 6.5 million foreign travelers by the end of the current calendar year 1396 (March 20, 2018), though the country's tourism infrastructure and public services are in need to be improved, a senior tourism official said on Monday. In 1395, some 5.5 million travelers visited Iran, fetching about $8 billion for the country 6/22/17

Blundering Into Yet Another Middle East War

- The Washington elite is waking up to the increasingly real possibility that the Trump administration may be moving the country into yet another Middle East war (with Iran). And much more quickly than anyone had anticipated. And through sheer incompetence and incoherence rather than by design. -Jim Lobe and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio 6/22/17

Airbus to sell 73 planes to Iranian airlines Zagros and Iran Airtour

- European aviation giant Airbus says it has signed basic agreements with two Iranian airlines over the purchase of a total of 73 planes. Airbus said in a statement that Iran's Zagros Airlines would pick up 20 aircraft from the single-aisle Airbus A320neo family and eight A330neo planes. It added that another airline, Iran Airtour, would also buy 45 planes of the A320neo type. The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. 6/22/17

Iran demands that Saudis release three detained Iranian fishermen

- Iran's interior minister called on Wednesday for the immediate release of three Iranian fishermen who were detained by the Saudi navy last week, saying their boasts were pushed off course by waves. The development is expected to further complicate relations between the two countries, which escalated last month when U.S. President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and took a bellicose stance against Iran in an official speech. 6/22/17

Rift between Iran's ayatollah and re-elected president widens

- Tensions are mounting between Iran's supreme leader and the country's president after the latter's landslide victory in last month's election. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 78, has sharpened his criticism of the reformist president, Hassan Rouhani, including humiliating him in a meeting of the country's most senior officials. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 6/22/17

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

- At this point, it's no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. -William Hartung, LobeLog 6/22/17

India, Pakistan To Lead Rise In World Population To Nearly 10 Billion By 2050: UN

- Countries with the world's youngest and fastest growing populations are concentrated in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Countries where fertility rates are below replacement level include China, the United States, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, and Britain. 6/22/17

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Iran's Terrorism Challenge: How Should It Respond? - Terrorist incidents in Iran have been on the rise in the last few months. At the beginning, they occurred in the two most vulnerable provinces Sistan and Baluchistan in the southeast on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan and in Western Azerbaijan bordering Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. This was not surprising since these provinces, especially Baluchistan, had long been vulnerable to attacks by Sunni extremist groups, such as Jaish ul-Adl and Jundallah, supported by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. -Shireen T. Hunter 6/21/17

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists - Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the "Beyond the Ban" art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City. 6/21/17

Iran's Khamenei Warns Iraq Against Relying On U.S., Weakening Shi'ite Militia - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned Iraq's leader against weakening Shi'ite paramilitary groups and relying on the United States in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.. At a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in Tehran, Khamenei said the Shi'ite militias were the main forces pushing back against the Sunni extremist group in Iraq, and Baghdad should not trust the United States, Iranian state media reported. 6/21/17

U.S. Shoots Down Armed, Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria Amid Russian Protests - The U.S. military says it has shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that was bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast. The Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the Shaheed 129 drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces on June 20. 6/21/17

Italian runner Paolo Venturini to run in Iran's hot Lut Deseret to record name in Guinness - An Italian runner plans to travel 80 kilometers in Lut Desert in a 70-degree day to record his name in the Guinness Book of Records. Modin Afzali, coordinator of the program for the Italian runner and director of a tourism agency in Lut Desert, told Mehr News Agency that Paolo Venturini, the Italian nature adventurer will go to Gandom Baran, the hottest spot of the Lut Desert, on July 30th, when the temperature reaches 65 to 70 degrees centigrade, to run 80 kilometers in a day. 6/21/17

Iran's Pistachio Exports Up 3% Year/Year - Iran has exported $1.240 billion worth of pistachios to the world markets in the past Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20) to register a three percent rise compared to its previous year, IRIB news reported. 6/21/17

Iran's annual GDP growth at 12.5%: Central Bank - TEHRAN- Iran's growth of gross domestic product (GDP), including oil sector, hit 12.5 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20, 2017), the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported. Iran's GDP stood at 6.691 quadrillion rials (about $178.5 billion) last year, based on the market prices in fiscal year 2011-12. 6/21/17

I want to stroll Tehran's streets at night, like men can: writer Fereshteh Ahmadi - Even the gentle references to sexuality in Fereshteh Ahmadi's short story Harry Is Always Lost meant it was hit by the censors. The female protagonist is late catching a flight. In a frantic taxi journey to the airport, she is with a man, but it is not clear if they are dating or are husband and wife. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 6/21/17

Saudi Bullying of Qatar: A Spurious Game of Thrones Crumbling - The Saudi-Abu Dhabi aggressive siege of Qatar has gone beyond a mere tribal feud pitting the de facto Saudi ruler Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud and the UAE Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nuhayyan against Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruler of Qatar. The two-week manufactured "game of thrones," driven by faulty assumptions, has backfired and is already generating serious unintended consequences. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog 6/21/17

First-Ever Film on Ancient Persian Monument TAQ KASRA: Fundraising Campaign - TAQ KASRA, a landmark in the history of architecture, is a 6th-century Persian monument. It was built in the capital of Persian Empire during the Sasanian dynasty. The palace was gradually declined after the Arab invasion in the 7th century and now it is located close to Iraqi capital Baghdad, less than 200 km far from the Persian territory. 6/20/17

Reacting to the Tehran Attacks in Europe and the US - The European Parliament started its plenary session last week with a minute of silence to honor the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Tehran. In this way, the EP has joined a number of other institutions, as well as leaders of the EU and its member states, in offering sympathy to the Iranian people... Contrast this with the attitude in the United States. -Eldar Mamedov 6/20/17

Iran's UN envoy: Remarks by US secretary of State against UN Charter - Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent anti-Tehran remarks are in violation of international laws and norms and against the Charter of the United Nations. Gholam-Ali Khoshrou made the remarks on Sunday in a letter of condemnation to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. 6/20/17

Iran's oil industry paves way for capable women - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has issued an order, paving the way for women with high capabilities to boost presence in the oil industry. As per the ministerial decree which released on Sunday, all gender discrimination between male and female employees should be removed for all occupational positions, except for working on oil and gas platforms. 6/20/17

Attacks in Iran: The Enemies of My Enemies - As Iran fires missiles into Syria as part of its "crushing response" to the perpetrators of the recent unprecedented terrorist attacks in Tehran, these attacks can also have an enormous impact on Iran's internal politics. They could further solidify the position of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its support within the population and lead to an intensified crackdown on prisoners from minority groups. -Fatemeh Aman, LobeLog 6/20/17

Iranian Sculptor Parviz Tanavoli To Realize His "Lions" Dream - Prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, best known for his sculpture series "Heech", will display his collection "Lions" at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, making his dream of 50 years come true. 6/20/17

The Sordid History Of State Sponsored Terrorism Against Iran - For decades, Western empires have waged a silent war against Iran, using tactics ranging from supporting known terrorist groups to deposing the country's leaders and leveraging regional rivalries. The war continues today, even as the U.S. condemns Iran for sponsoring terrorism itself. -Eric Draitser, MintPress 6/20/17

'The war after Isis': has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran? - US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and former officials worry could easily turn into an unplanned, spiralling conflict. -Julian Borger, Guardian 6/20/17

Fifth Avenue Highrise Trial Pulls Iran Standoff Into Trump Era - Then there's the nearly decade-long legal melodrama over a 36-story building across the street from Kushner's tower. U.S. prosecutors are in the home stretch of an attempt to seize 650 Fifth Ave. and related assets from a charity that owns it, alleging the organization is a front for Iran's government and that it violated economic sanctions against Iran since 1995.-Greg Farrell, Bloomberg 6/20/17

Iran Fires Missiles At ISIS In Syria In Response To Tehran Terror attacks - Late on Sunday Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps fired six missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State strongholds in retaliation for the recent ISIS-claimed terrorist attacks in Tehran. The national TV showed footages of missile attacks launched from western Iran. 6/19/17

Iran, China Hold Naval Drills In Persian Gulf - Iran and China have held naval drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. The military drills on June 18 came amid heightened tensions between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Persian Gulf. 6/19/17

FIVB Volleyball World League 2017: Russia batter Iran to book place in Curitiba - Russia stormed past Iran in their World League Group One clash in Lodz with a straight-sets victory (26-24, 25-18, 25-18) to seal their passage into the Final Six in Curitiba. Egor Kliuka was the star man in Saturday's epic victory against USA, and he top scored for the Russians again with 13 points, but it was Russia's defensive display which shone bright - Ilyas Kurkaev won three blocks from just nine attempts. 6/19/17

US efforts to change Iranian government always ended in failure: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei - Referring to recent remarks by American officials about changing the Iranian government, the Leader noted, "They say we want to change the Islamic Republic establishment. Well, when have you not wanted to do this? You always wanted and you always failed and your nose has been rubbed in the dirt; [and] it will be like that from now on." 6/19/17

Ailing Iranian Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to Three-Month Solitary Confinement and Renewed Interrogations - More than three months after her arrest and detainment, ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi has not been charged and is in poor health while being subjected to interrogations and solitary confinement in Evin Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). 6/19/17

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Killed Iranian Fisherman In Persian Gulf - Iranian officials say the Saudi coast guard has fired on two fishing boats in the Persian Gulf, killing one fisherman. "We are pursuing this matter to determine if the Iranian boats had crossed the Saudi border or not, but the action of the Saudis does not comply with humanitarian and navigational principles," Iran's June 17 statement said. 6/19/17

The Qatar Blockade, the Petro-Yuan, and the Coming War on Iran - Trump's speech to the assembled Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia on May 21st is worth reading in full. It is deeply disturbing. Having praised himself for his $110billion arms deal with the Saudis, he goes on to talk about the threat posed by terrorism, and what a wonderful job the US and the Gulfis - that is, the leading state sponsor of the region's supremacist death squads, and its assembled proxies - are doing in combating it. -Dan Glazebrook, Counterpunch 6/19/17

Terrorist group completely dismantled in southeast Iran: IRGC Commander - Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has managed to kill all members of a Takfiri terrorist outfit and completely dismantle it in a southeastern Iranian town, a senior IRGC commander says. "A terrorist team, which we had engaged a few days ago in the town of Qasr-e Qand, was completely dismantled today after the killing of five more of its elements," Commander of IRGC's Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told Fars news agency on Sunday. 6/19/17

Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning - Iran's ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria served both as revenge for attacks on Tehran earlier this month and a warning that Iran could strike Saudi Arabia and U.S. interests in the Mideast, an Iranian general said Monday. -AP 6/19/17

The CIA Coup Against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq: Iran 1953 Covert History Quietly Released - The Department of State yesterday released a long-suppressed volume of historical records documenting the role of the United States in the 1953 coup against the Iranian government of Mohammad Mosadeq. "This retrospective volume focuses on the evolution of U.S. thinking on Iran as well as the U.S. Government covert operation that resulted in Mosadeq's overthrow on August 19, 1953," the Preface says. -Steven Aftergoo 6/17/17

Iranian FM Zarif to Secretary Tillerson: U.S. Better Save Own Regime - TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday hit back at the United States for rhetoric of regime change in Iran, calling on Washington's officials to worry about saving their own regime instead of talking about changing the Iranian political system which enjoys a strong backing by its people. 6/17/17

Iran still world's biggest natural gas player - A new report shows Iran still has the world's largest reserves of natural gas and is closely followed by market rivals Russia and then Qatar. The global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) in its annual report on world energy reserves put Iran's natural gas reserves at 33.5 trillion cubic meters (tcm). 6/17/17

Iran, China to hold joint naval drill in Strait of Hormuz - The naval forces of Iran and China are to hold a joint military drill in the Strait of Hormuz. The Chinese Navy fleet, which docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday, will take part in the joint exercises in waters of the Islamic Republic on Sunday. 6/17/17

Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife's modeling - Last June, Mohsen Forouzan, a goalkeeper formerly with Tehran's Esteghlal Football Club, posted a photo on Instagram to announce his engagement to Iranian model Nasim Nahali. The photo quickly triggered reactions since Nahali was unveiled and the timing of the post coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. The Young Journalists Club, which is affiliated with Iran's state broadcaster, immediately described it as "a matter far [removed] from Sharia and ethics." -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor 6/17/17

Iran's Judiciary Prevents Top Labor Activists From Attending International Conference - A travel ban imposed by the Iranian judiciary has prevented prominent labor rights activists Reza Shahabi and Davoud Razavi from attending an international labor conference in Switzerland, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. 6/17/17

Iran Bans Zumba, and Its Fans Fume - To those Iranians shaking their hips and backsides to Latin American music during Zumba exercise classes, Iran's Muslim clerics - and an American company - have the same message: Stop it. It's illegal. The country's Zumba fans, however, are refusing to back down. -Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times 6/17/17

Senate's Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Differing Views in House - A newly passed Senate bill that would impose additional U.S. sanctions on Iran faces uncertain prospects for passage in the House, whose members are expressing differing views about its efficacy. Hours after the Senate approved the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act in a near-unanimous 98-2 vote Thursday, the House's majority Republican leaders had not said when they will act on it. The bill also would sanction Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, a charge Moscow denies. -Michael Lipin, VOA 6/16/17

Iran's World Cup slogan revealed: "80 Million People, One Nation, One Heartbeat" - Iran football team, also known as Team Melli, will participate at the 2018 World Cup with "80 million people, one nation, one heartbeat," slogan. Unbeaten in eight qualifying games, Iran finished in dominant position in Group A not conceding a single goal on the Road to Russia. Iran national football team advanced to successive FIFA World Cups for the first time in their history Monday night. 6/16/17

New US sanctions in breach of nuclear deal: Iranian official - Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, has slammed a new set of sanctions approved by the US Senate against Tehran as a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 states, vowing a proper response to the hostile move. 6/16/17

Iran says Israeli nuclear policies are source of global concern - Reza Najafi, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said Israel's nuclear policies openly violate "international norms and regulations" and jeopardize "the regional and global security". Najafi made the remarks in a speech to the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Thursday. 6/16/17

Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province lures tourism investors: Official - Sistan-Baluchestan, a southeastern Iranian province, is more and more attracting tourism investors in particular in its ecotourism and hospitality sector, the provincial tourism chief says. A Dubai-based Iranian individual aims to invest $500 million in building a tourism town in the region, ISNA quoted Kambiz Moshtaq-Gohari as saying on Wednesday. 6/16/17

The Siege of Doha - There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC: First, as a member of the US policy team that first applied sanctions against Iran when our diplomats were being held hostage in Tehran, we drew the line at food and medicine. That has remained true in the succeeding 37 years. Despite all the onerous sanctions that the US has imposed against Iran over the years, which verge on economic warfare, there has never been a formal restriction on sales of food or medicine, including by US companies. -Gary Sick, LobeLog 6/16/17

Secretary of State Tillerson: U.S. Will Work To Bring Peaceful Transition In Iran - Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson told House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, June 14, that the United States policy towards Iran is based on support of internal forces who can bring about peaceful change. Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi called US foreign policy towards Iran "confused" which could "easily be manipulated by wrong information." Specifically, he called Tillerson's remark about U.S. supporting internal elements for a peaceful transition,"unacceptable" and "interventionist". 6/15/17

Iran's Parliamentary Committee Blocks Security Agencies' Attempts to Significantly Delay Death Penalty Amendment - A Parliamentary committee in Iran has blocked an attempt by security agencies to delay for a year a parliamentary vote on an amendment that could drastically reduce death penalty sentences for drug-related crimes. "Unfortunately, some security and government agencies wrote a letter requesting that the final vote be delayed for a year," Hassan Norouzi, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Affairs Committee, told the Shargh newspaper on June 13, 2017. 6/15/17

Iranian Navy Trains Laser on U.S. Chopper, Turns Spotlight on American Ship: U.S. Navy - PENTAGON - An Iranian military vessel trained a laser on an American helicopter that was accompanying three U.S. military ships in the Strait of Hormuz, Navy officials said Wednesday. Commander Bill Urban, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, said the Iranian vessel, which came within 730 meters of the USS Baatan assault ship, acted in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner late Tuesday. -Carla Babb, VOA 6/15/17

Iranian actress Golab Adineh wins Brooklyn's Best Artistic Achievement Award - Golab Adineh won the Best Artistic Achievement Award at the 20th Brooklyn International Film Festival, for her acting in 'Abji' (The Sis), directed by Marjan Ashrafizadeh. 6/15/17

Iranian Security forces kill 2 terrorists, arrest 5 - Iranian security forces have killed two terrorists and arrested five others in the southeast of the country. Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Wednesday night that security forces killed two terrorists in the city of Chabahar in Sistan-and-Baluchestan province earlier in the day. 6/15/17

Iran calls on U.S. to fulfill commitments under nuclear deal - Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the US needs to honor its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries. The envoy said Iran's nuclear program was going ahead as per the JCPOA and that the latest IAEA report showed Iran's commitment to all of its obligations. 6/15/17

Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays - A new social media campaign against a law which forces women to wear a headscarf is gaining momentum in Iran. Using the hashtag #whitewednesdays, citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white clothing as symbols of protest. -Nassim Hatam,BBC 6/15/17

Finding Bravado, and Worry, at an Iranian Shrine Where ISIS Struck - I had visited the sprawling mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic republic multiple times, trying to blend in with pilgrims. I would sit on the thick red carpets with visitors from across Iran and beyond, talking with them about the war in Syria, the latest soap operas and coming elections. Sometimes officials would ask me who I was, only to offer tea and let me be. Despite its reputation, Iran is much more open than many think, even for a foreign journalist. -Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times 6/15/17

Does Qatar Really Threaten the Gulf? - Yet it is Qatar's good relations with Iran that constitute the most serious no-no from the Saudi perspective. While Qatar is no democracy, as a monarchy it is politically a good bit freer than Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or the UAE. (Both Oman and Kuwait enjoy still greater political freedom than Qatar--and both also enjoy good relations with Iran and have not joined the Saudi alliance against Qatar.) -Graham E. Fuller 6/15/17

How Iran fights the Islamic State - The Islamic State views Shiite Muslims as apostates. It portrays Iran as a Shiite power threatening the "real" Muslim community -- the Sunnis. Because of this -- and the threat the group poses to Iran's interests in the region -- Tehran views the Islamic State as a national security threat. -Dina Esfandiary, Washington Post 6/15/17

What Will Trump, Gulf Instability Mean for the JCPOA? - The Iran nuclear deal-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA-is facing multiple threats, and whatever hope there may once have been that it could serve as a basis for improving U.S.-Iran ties is probably gone. Between the Trump administration's emerging focus on Iranian regime change and recent instability in the Persian Gulf, simply maintaining the deal itself is proving to be a serious challenge. That was the consensus at a June 13 panel discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council as part of its day-long "Preserving and Building on the Iran Nuclear Deal" event. -Derek Davison 6/14/17

Gilehboom Eco Lodge: Live a green life far from the hustle and bustle - The couple Mahin Shamsikhani and Khosro Mahin-Roosta with their friend Shiva Shamshiri live a different kind of life. Although they are both engineering graduates from Tehran's Amirkabir University of Technology, they are now running an eco-lodge in a village in northern Iran. They established their eco-lodge 'Gilehboom' four years ago in Qasemabad Sofla in Gilan province and they are still happy with their decision. 6/14/17

Iran will never tolerate Saudi warmongering: Supreme Leader's adviser - Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says the comments by "inexperienced" Saudi diplomats against the Islamic Republic show their ignorance about Iran and the region, stressing that Tehran will never tolerate Riyadh's warmongering policies. 6/14/17

In Slight to President Rouhani, Iran's Supreme Leader Forbids Adoption of UNESCO 2030 Educational Guidelines - Iran's supreme leader has forbidden the government of President Hassan Rouhani from implementing any part of UNESCO's non-binding 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into the country's educational system. On August 16, 2016, Rouhani's cabinet agreed to put the Education Ministry in charge of integrating some of the agenda's guidelines into the country's educational system. 6/14/17

Iranian Sports Symposium in London - Sports and athletic exercises were fundamental to the daily pursuits of the people of Ancient Iran. The religious teaching of Zoroastrianism advocated physical strength, mental power and courage, which were required for defending the homeland when need arose. Sportsmen thus held special status in society. The tradition has survived to the present day with Iranian victories in the Olympics. At this one-day symposium, historians and practitioners of Iranian sports come together to explore the history and the achievements of Iranian sportsmen/women, past and present. 6/14/17

U.S. Senate Narrowly Defeats Bid To Block Some Saudi Arms Sales - The U.S. Senate has narrowly defeated a move to block President Donald Trump's planned sale of $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia out of concern they could be used to kill civilians in Yemen. The Senate's 53-47 vote on June 13 cleared the way for the United States to deliver the weapons, which are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package for Riyadh. 6/14/17

An organic and hand-made observatory is surrounded by palm trees in the iranian desert - In the last days of winter, the contemporary architects association of iran spend days in the harsh winter weather creating an observatory in the desert of esfahak, iran. the observatory is comprised of three circles within eachother - the center-most circle is the highest one, 'reaching for the sky', and the two other circles encompass a single person passageway that leads to the center. the foundation of the structure is joined together using mortar, some of which was mixed with the members' bare feet, where once clean and ironed shirts are soon covered in dirt. -Designboom 6/14/17

IAEA verifies Iran's commitments to nuclear agreement - The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the agency continues to verify Iran's fulfillment of its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. "The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in an introductory statement to the Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. 6/13/17

The Irrationality of Iran Vilification - "Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region," Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, "you find Iran." I must admit that when I stumbled across that quote it brought up uncomfortable personal memories. -Danny Sjursen, LobeLog 6/13/17

Manijeh Mir-Emaidi, A Devotee of Iranian Art and Culture - Sorrowfully, Manijeh Mir-Emadi (Naseri), painter, the founder and editor-in-chief of the first Iranian bilingual Art Magazine and Iranian Art Publishing left this world on 10 June 2017. Her main concern particularly in the past twenty years was to introduce Iranian Art and Artists to the world and lovingly devoted all she had in this path. -Roya Monajem 6/13/17

Iran has intelligence of Saudi Arabia propping up terrorists near its borders: FM Zarif - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has obtained intelligence showing that Saudi Arabia is "actively" propping up terrorist groups along Iranian eastern and western borders. Speaking at the opening of the Oslo Forum in Norway, Minister Zarif referred to recent remarks by Saudi officials that foreshadowed the recent terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and called those remarks a "direct threat and very dangerous provocation" by Riyadh. 6/13/17

IRAN: Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men's Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists - After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium. 6/13/17

Iran qualifies for 2018 World Cup after defeating Uzbekistan 2-0 - Iran's national football team has blanked Uzbekistan with two goals to be the second country that has booked tickets for the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to be held next summer in Russia. 6/12/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Manavi lives up to expectations in 3-2 win for Iran - Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad came in as a sub for Iran and lived up to the expectations coach Igor Kolakovic had from him. The fans in Tehran were also pleased with the home squad's 3-2 (29-27, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 15-11) victory over Argentina in a 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League clash. 6/12/17

Germany's Bundeskunsthalle hosting "Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert" exhibition - Rare Persian artifacts are on display at the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn) in an exhibition entitled "Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert". The exhibition is organized in the city of Bonn with cooperation of Iran's National Museum and Cultural Heritage Organization in Tehran. 6/11/17

Immigrant-Americans With Support From Over A Million People Worldwide Create A Monument To Humanity In Los Angeles - The Farhang Foundation, a nonpolitical, nonreligious, not-for-profit Iranian-American cultural foundation, is proud to announce that The Freedom Sculpture: Freedom a Shared Dream, a monument honoring core American values of freedom, cultural diversity and unity, has raised more than $2.2 million, nearing the minimum goal of $2.5 million needed to complete the project. With over a million supporters from more than 50 countries following its progress on social media, the Freedom Sculpture has also become the most crowd-supported public monument gifted in U.S. history. 6/11/17

Donald Trump's Destabilization of the Persian Gulf - The Obama administration had to expend considerable political capital in fending off attempts, during the recent Congressional review period, to kill the agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program. As a matter of policy toward that program, such expenditure should never have been necessary; the strict limitations and scrutiny of the program that are embodied in the agreement are clearly better for U.S. interests than the absence of such limitations and scrutiny if the agreement had been killed... -Paul R. Pillar 6/10/17

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Must Apologize for Suggesting ISIS Attacks on Iran "A Good Thing" - "Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) must immediately disavow and apologize for his outrageous suggestion that the ISIS attacks on Iran should be viewed as 'a good thing.' After Trump's heartless message to Iran blaming the country for being attacked by ISIS, it was hard to believe that any lawmaker could find a way to go lower. Yet that is exactly what Rep. Rohrabacher did with his outrageous and deplorable line of questioning yesterday." 6/10/17

PHOTOS: Thousands Gather In Tehran To Mourn Victims Of Attacks - Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Tehran as Iran held funeral ceremonies for the victims of twin attacks that killed 17 people earlier this week. The ceremonies began on June 9 at the parliament building, one of the targets of the June 7 attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State (IS). 6/10/17

Iran's Aseman Airlines Concludes Purchase Of 60 Boeing Planes - Iran's Aseman Airlines sealed a deal in Tehran on Saturday with the American manufacturer Boeing on purchasing 60 aircrafts. As per the deal, Aseman is going to receive 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts as of 2022 over the course of two years, ISNA reported. 6/10/17

Iranian Cleric's Comments Likening Loosely Veiled Women To Prostitutes Spark Backlash - Judging women by the degree to which they respect the compulsory hijab is nothing new in Iran. In the past, hard-liners have accused so-called "badly veiled women" of being responsible for everything from social ills to natural disasters. But recent comments by the Friday Prayer leader of the central Iranian city of Saveh, who likened women who don't fully respect the Islamic head scarf to prostitutes, appear to mark a new low. -Golnaz Esfandiari 6/9/17

Terror In Tehran: Iran's parliament, Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum come under attack - Iran's Parliament (Majlis) and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in the capital Tehran have come under terrorist attack. According to reports, a dozen people have been killed in Wednesday's attacks while another 42 have been injured and admitted to 3 hospitals to receive treatment. The Daesh (ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. 6/7/17

TARGETING IRAN AGAIN - To repeat a Persian expression: A fool throws a pebble into a well; it takes a hundred wise men to retrieve it! So he goes around, as during his recent foreign trip, making bombastic comments reading from a prepared text he was given, not really knowing or even caring what he was uttering, and with no concern about the consequences of his utterances; after all, he does take pride in being an unscrupulous, predatory salesman, whose narrow perspective or focus does not require diplomatic finesse or a knowledge of international affairs. -Kambiz Zarrabi 6/7/17

NIAC Statement on Trump's Muslim Ban Tweets - The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following President Donald Trump's tweets resurrecting his calls for "EXTREME VETTING" and a "TRAVEL BAN!" this morning: "In today's episode of daily misinformation, blame-shifting, and overall erosion of our democracy, the President of the United States revealed the categorical duality in his approach to combatting terrorism and his desire to persist with his nonsensical Muslim ban." 6/6/17

An Iranian Woman Breeding Crocodiles Calls For Support - Mojgan Roostaei is the only Iranian female entrepreneur who works on crocodile breeding in the country. Roostaei, 33, is one of the exemplary job creators in the southern province of Hormozgan. She has called officials for providing financial support to improve her first-of-its-kind job. 6/6/17

The Trump Effect on EU-Iran Relations - The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament has called today to uphold the nuclear agreement between Iran and the UN Security Council members plus Germany as "an important success of international and notably EU diplomacy." It also called on the EU to "continue applying pressure on the US to fully deliver on the practical implementation" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Eldar Mamedov 5/31/17

Photos: The Smile Of Poverty - Poverty has a bitter name. However, the people who live in the southern part of Kerman province of Iran have gotten used to it. There is so much poverty all over the place that its absence anywhere will look odd. The men and women of the villages are used to lack of basic amenities such as water, electricity, gas or sanitation. -Shahaboldin Ghayoumi 5/30/17

Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof Takes Prestigious Cannes Prize - Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has won a prestigious prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Rasoulof, 45, was awarded the main prize in the Un Certain Regard competition on May 27 for his film A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), which tells the story of man working at a goldfish farm who becomes ensnared in corruption. 5/29/17

Scapegoating Iran Will Not Resolve Middle East Challenge - During his Middle East trip, President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to pursue an ambitious list of objectives. Paramount among these is to strengthen regional cooperation in defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and Islamist terrorism in general... A key difficulty, however, is that President Trump and leaders of his administration clearly seek to achieve these ambitious goals by (mis)representing Iran as the world's leading exporter of terrorism and a threat to Israel and Arab states, especially those in the Persian Gulf. -Shirin T. Hunter 5/20/17

PHOTOS: Magnificent tile-work at Mo'aven al-Molk shrine in Kermanshah, Iran - The Takieh Mo'aven ol-Molk is Iran's finest Hosseinieh, a distinctively Shiite shrine where plays are acted out during the Islamic month of Moharram to commemorate the martyrdom in 680 of Imam Hossein at Karbala. Enter downstairs, through a courtyard and a domed central chamber decorated with grisly scenes from the Karbala battle. -Vahid Hoseini 5/1/17

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