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Explainer: Who Is Affected By Trump's Entry Ban To U.S., And How?
U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order of January 27 bans refugees from all countries from entering the United States for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees from entering indefinitely. At the same time, the executive order temporarily bans entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen -- until more stringent vetting of visas is introduced. - 1/31/17

France in strong show of support for Iran ties and nuclear agreement
France is using a visit to Tehran by its Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to show its support for the expansion of economic relations with Iran in the face of growing tensions resulting from what many see as the unfolding anti-Iran approach by US President Donald Trump. - 1/31/17

UN Security Council to Meet on Iran Missile Test
The United Nations Security Council is to hold urgent talks Tuesday in response to a ballistic missile test carried out by Iran. The United States requested the meeting following Sunday's test launch of a medium-range missile. The exact type of missile and its capabilities were not clear. - 1/31/17

The U.S. wrestlers planning to travel to Iran despite travel ban
USA Wrestling said that the U.S. still plans to compete next month in Iran, one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were temporarily banned from the U.S. by an executive order from President Donald Trump. - 1/31/17

Apple starts removing Iranian apps from online store: Report
Apple has started removing apps originating in Iran from the App Store, pulling down the app of the biggest Iranian e-commerce service a few days ago, reports say. In September 2016, Apple started opening up its non-official App Store to Iranians but it has removed Digikala without providing any explanation. - 1/31/17

Trump's Travel Ban Grants Iran's Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals
The executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States from nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, subjects all Iranians to collective punishment while doing nothing to enhance the security of the US homeland. - 1/31/17

Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls
Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. -In a statement Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump's order, which Tehran called "an obvious insult to the Islamic world." The statement predicted that Trump's order "will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters." - 1/30/17

Renowned Iranian Filmmaker To Skip Oscar Awards After U.S. Immigration Order
A renowned Iran filmmaker whose latest movie is up for an Academy Award announced he would boycott next month's Hollywood ceremony in protest of the new U.S. immigration restrictions. Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for best foreign movie, made the announcement in a statement distributed to U.S. and Iranian media on January 29. - 1/30/17

Internal memo: Expedia's CEO, a former Iranian refugee, slams Trump's 'reactionary' visa crackdown
"I believe that with this Executive Order, our President has reverted to the short game," Dara Khosrowshahi told Expedia employees in the message. "The U.S. may be an ever so slightly less dangerous as a place to live, but it will certainly be seen as a smaller nation, one that is inward-looking versus forward thinking, reactionary versus visionary." - 1/30/17

Crystal Lake doctor with American, Iranian citizenship held for questioning at O'Hare
Even if Dr. Amir Heydari had been held longer at O'Hare International Airport on his way home to Crystal Lake from Iran on Sunday, he knew he'd be OK. He's a bariatric surgeon with a large network of colleagues, patients and friends; he's married to an American woman and together they're the parents of three American-born children; and above all, he himself has dual citizenship in Iran and the United States and he has lived in the Chicago area for nearly four decades. -Chicago Tribune - 1/30/17

Metro Vancouver Persian community reacts to new Trump travel ban
Iranian-Canadians from Metro Vancouver's large Persian community reacted with dismay to an executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump Friday. There are 36,950 Iranians living in Canada who do not have Canadian citizenship, according to 2011 numbers from Statistics Canada.-CBC, Canada - 1/30/17

Emotional video shows Iranian boy, 5, finally reuniting with his mother after being held for hours at Washington DC airport following Trump's immigrant ban
A five-year-old Iranian boy was reunited with his mother after being detained at Dulles International Airport following President Trump's immigrant ban. After being held for a number of hours at the Washington, D.C. airport, the boy finally rejoined his mother, who then sang him 'Happy Birthday'. -DailyMail - 1/30/17

An Order That Will Increase Terrorism
Donald Trump's efforts, during his first week in office, to give substance to his campaign rhetoric have involved executive orders that have generated reactions ranging from bemusement over their vagueness to worried waiting for other shoes to drop. But the previous orders do not do as much quick damage, both to individual U.S. persons and their families and to broader U.S. foreign relations and national security, as the grossly mistitled order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States". -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 1/30/17

Trump's Executive Order is a Travesty
National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following Donald Trump's signing of an Executive Order to ban nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States: "It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us have even seen the final version. Sadly this lack of transparency is becoming the norm under Trump's administration. - 1/28/17

Trump Issues Sweeping Anti-Immigration Orders Barring Syrians, Muslims
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued orders indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from the United States and temporarily suspending visits from a wide swathe of other Muslim countries. The White House said the countries targeted were Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. - 1/28/17

PAAIA Rejects President Trump's Immigration Ban on Iranian Nationals
Today, President Trump enacted an executive order temporarily banning nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is deeply concerned about this executive order. While PAAIA and the Iranian American community commend efforts that would enhance our national security, we believe measures based solely on national origin are ineffective national security tools and anti-American. - 1/28/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim
Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a well-known victim of the Islamic Republic's violent crackdown on the Green Movement, which grew out of the widespread protests against the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on January 25, 2017. - 1/28/17

US Lawmakers Promise Iranian Opposition Group Tougher Action Against Iran
WASHINGTON - A bi-partisan group of U.S. lawmakers has told an Iranian opposition group that it will press for tougher U.S. action against Iran's Islamist rulers, as Tehran awaits word on whether President Donald Trump will follow through on campaign pledges to take a similarly tough stance. - 1/28/17

Iran's President Rouhani: Today, No Time of Building Walls Between Nations
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran says today is not the age of building walls between countries. "Today is not the time of wall-raising between nations. Have they forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed years ago?" President Rouhani said in an apparent reference to US government officials, who have been planning to build a wall on the Mexican border. "[Even] if there is a wall between nations, it has to be removed," the Iranian chief executive said. - 1/28/17

Trump and Ahmadinejad: The Delusional Duo
It was almost a year ago that Shervin Malekzadeh published a brief but incisive essay-which we republished immediately after the November 8 election-on the striking parallels between then-candidate Donald Trump and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Among other similarities, he noted... -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 1/28/17

Trump's Executive Order Is Already Hurting Refugees, Muslims And Families
President Donald Trump's executive order targeting Muslims and refugees led to chaos in the hours after he signed it, as refugees and immigrants arrived at U.S. airports only to be detained or told they couldn't enter the country and businesses had to scramble to adjust to the new policy. -Elise Foley, Huffington Post - 1/28/17

Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration Ban
Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians' access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians have voiced frustration with being targeted for exclusion alongside citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries where conflicts are raging. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/27/17

PHOTOS: Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts at Tehran Museum
The 9th edition of the Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts opened at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday. The ceremony started with honoring those active in promoting the festival through the past year including news agencies, publications, and cultural offices. - 1/27/17

Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti To Protest Trump Policies By Boycotting Oscar Awards
Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, says she will protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies by refusing to attend the Academy Awards ceremonies next month. Alidoosti said on Twitter on January 26 that Trump's reported plans for a temporary visa ban against Iranians was "racist." - 1/27/17

Europe Will Fight to Safeguard the Iran Deal
There is growing uncertainty around the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran and, more broadly, intentions of the Trump administration regarding that country. Meanwhile, the world, including the American supporters of the agreement-also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)- increasingly looks to Europe to safeguard it. The stakes could not be higher. Not only is the JCPOA a singular achievement of multilateral diplomacy and non-proliferation, but it also opens the way to re-engage with a key country at the intersection of the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, a huge region beset by radicalism, sectarianism, and terrorism. -Eldar Mamedov - 1/27/17

Iran starts sending own oil tankers to Europe
Reports say Iran has sent at least two supertankers to Europe in what appears to be the country's first direct shipment of crude oil to EU clients after the removal of sanctions last year. A report by the Financial Times said two giant vessels called 'Snow' and 'Huge' were already on their way towards the storage and trading port of Rotterdam. - 1/27/17

Frank Gaffney Is Behind New Anti-Muslim Interfaith Group
The day before Donald Trump's inauguration, a new interfaith coalition of clergy announced their launch with a press conference urging the new president to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Such a designation might allow the government to expand its surveillance and targeting of American Muslims. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 1/27/17

Trump's Muslim Ban is Real and Even Worse Than Imagined
"Trump's Muslim ban is real and even more draconian than many anticipated. Visa holders, dual nationals, and even green card holders from Muslim-majority countries may be barred indefinitely from the United States. Based on our analysis of the Executive Order language that is circulating, nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are outside of the U.S. with a valid U.S. visa will not be able to enter the United States. The order is written in such a broad manner that it may also prohibit dual nationals of those countries who are citizens of non-targeted countries from entering the U.S. on a visa. Perhaps most alarmingly, it can be interpreted to bar even U.S. permanent residents who are outside of the United States from re-entering." -NIAC Action - 1/26/17

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival
Less than three months into his new post as Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, "in line with the policies of the supreme leader," on January 19, 2017. - 1/26/17

Photos: "Iran through my Eyes" Art Exhibition at Tehran's Vali Art Gallery
A painting art exhibition titiled "Iran through my Eyes" by Thai artist "Pai" Saiklang Maier-Horbut is currently in progress at Tehran's Vali Art Gallery and will run till January 31, 2017. - 1/26/17

Poll: Iranian Public Rejects Renegotiating Nuclear Deal
Any plans that new U.S. President Donald Trump may have to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will find little support among the Iranian people, according to a poll conducted last month and released today by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). -Derek Davison - 1/26/17

Iran's President Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals
The Iranian Judiciary's recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country's security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. - 1/26/17

Kuwaiti FM in Tehran as Persian Gulf Arabs seek to mend Iran ties
Persian Gulf Arab states are apparently testing the waters for a political rapprochement with Iran as the Kuwaiti foreign minister arrives in the Iranian capital with a message from his country's emir to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. - 1/26/17

Who Will Rule Trump Foreign Policy?
The most frightening commentary I've read in the run-up to the inauguration-and there have been many-appeared in a column identifying the four people whose foreign policy ideas were likely to be most influential with the then-president-elect. It was written by The Washington Post's Josh Rogin and entitled "Inside Trump's Shadow National Security Council." -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 1/26/17

Trump Said Readying Temporary Bans On Refugees, Some Muslim Visitors
U.S. media are reporting that President Donald Trump, starting on January 25, will order sweeping anti-immigration measures, including a temporary ban on refugees and suspension of U.S. visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other Muslim countries. - 1/25/17

NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries
The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: "Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.,,, - 1/25/17

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian Director Nominated For Second Oscar, Says He's Not Been Censored
Iran retanian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home.urned to the race for a prestigious Oscar award on January 24 with the psychological thriller The Salesman. The Farsi-language film is by director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 earned for Iran its first-ever Academy Award with A Separation. - 1/25/17

Death toll from Tehran's high-rise collapse rises as more bodies of firefighters recovered
Death toll from last week's collapse of a high-rise in the Iranian capital Tehran rises as rescue teams recover more bodies. On Wednesday, rescue teams pulled out eight more bodies buried under rubble as they reached the ground stories of Plasco Building that collapsed in downtown Tehran on January 19. - 1/25/17

Ailing British-Iranian Grandpa Serving 7-Year Prison Sentence Denied Medical Leave
Kamal Foroughi, a 77-year-old ailing British-Iranian dual citizen and former civil engineer incarcerated at Evin Prison in Tehran since May 2011, has been denied previously promised and urgently required extended medical leave, his son, Kamran Foroughi, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/25/17

Iranian Oil Official Sees Potential For US Partnership Under Trump
A senior Iranian energy official sees "a great potential for engagement and partnership in Iran for American companies" under US President Donald Trump. Trump, a property magnate who took office on Friday, has called the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran "the worst deal ever negotiated" and threatened to annul or renegotiate it - a scenario which Tehran has squarely rejected. - 1/25/17

Political and military alliance of Iranian government and Russians
Following the disclosure of Russian military presence in the form of Russian jets using the Iranian bases, and also firing of Russian cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea and over the airspace of Iran towards certain targets in Syria, some of the advisers to the Islamic Republic in Iran have announced that these are taking place in line with the new Iranian policy of "looking to the East" and a new approach in the foreign policy of the Iranian government. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 1/25/17

Siemens gets major compressor order from Iran
Iran's Hampa Engineering Corporation says it has put a major order with Siemens for 12 compressor trains for two onshore natural gas processing plants. The order volume is in the "high double-digit million euro range," with commercial operation expected by the end of 2018, the Iranian company said. - 1/25/17

Donald Trump against the World
Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He's married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn't speak any other languages, but hey, he's an American, so monolingualism is his birthright. His fortune depends in large part on the global economy. He has business interests in nearly two-dozen countries on four continents... - John Feffer, LobeLog - 1/25/17

The Far Right's Obsession with Iran
In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump vowed to eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism" from the "face of earth." His top lieutenants have identified the targets of this effort. Rex Tillerson, in his confirmation testimony for secretary of state, lumped together the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS), al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and "some elements within Iran"-even though Shia Iran is bitterly opposed to the ultra-Salafist IS and al-Qaeda and, to a lesser degree, the Sunni fundamentalist MB. -Eldar Mamedov - 1/24/17

Open Letter to President Trump: Serving American Interests by Engaging the Iranian People
Dear President Trump: On behalf of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), we write to wish you success in uniting our nation and bridging partisan divides after a divisive election. PAAIA works to advance the voice of Iranian Americans as it affects our interests in the U.S. as well as to offer our perspectives on U.S. policy toward Iran. The Iranian American community is dedicated to protecting America's national interests. They are patriots who contribute greatly to America through their accomplishments, diversity and support for peace and diplomacy. - 1/24/17

Iran Says Too Early To Evaluate Trump
Iran says it is too early to assess U.S. President Donald Trump because his stance on many issues is not yet fully known. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on January 23 that "we cannot yet have an accurate evaluation of [Trump's] positions" because "unlike the previous presidents...[Trump] is not clear and certain on his views." - 1/24/17

Campaign aims to create jobs for vulnerable Iranian women
A public campaign has been launched aimed at creating jobs for socially vulnerable women nearly two months before the new Iranian year starts on March 20. The campaign with the motto of "Presenting a job, as the new year's gift" is arranged by the Society of Awareness, Knowledge and Growth (Bavar NGO) to create job opportunities for the women who are the breadwinners of their families - 1/24/17

Could A Hard-Line Woman Challenge Rohani In Iran's Presidential Vote?
Four months ahead of Iran's presidential election, the absence of a clear challenger to face incumbent Hassan Rohani has led to talk that the gray-bearded clerics who dominate Iran's opaque system might bet on a woman. The political and religious leadership that emerged from the 1979 revolution has so far excluded women from the running for a handful of the most senior posts, including the presidency. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/24/17

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree on mechanism to ensure Syria truce
Syrian peace talks have wrapped up in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana, with Iran, Russia and Turkey agreeing on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in the country and monitor possible violations. - 1/24/17

Prominent Iranian Poet Charged With Spreading 'Propaganda' After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague
Well-known Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has been charged with "propaganda against the state" following his arrest on December 2, 2016 at a memorial event in Tehran marking the 18th anniversary of the "chain murders" of dissidents, including writers, in the 1990s by agents of the Islamic Republic. - 1/24/17

Rumi Poetry Club is celebrating its 10th Anniversary
Mowlana Jalaluddin Balkhi Rumi (1207-1273) is one of the top five Persian poets of all time and also arguably the greatest Persian Sufi poet in history. His two masterpieces, the Divan-e Shams and the Masnavi-e Ma'anavi, are rich reservoirs of perennial wisdom and love poetry in world literature. - 1/24/17

How Persian shadow theater is bringing an Iranian epic to life
One day last summer, Hamid Rahmanian was in his graphic design studio in New York, thinking about how to adapt a classic Persian story to the stage. Shahnameh, or "The Book of Kings," is one of the world's longest epic poems. Rahmanian, who grew up in the Iranian capital of Tehran, had already adapted it into an intricate illustrated book. Now he wanted audiences to see it live. -Daniel A. Gross, WUNC - 1/24/17

Iran to unveil herbal medicine "Melitropic" for treating Alzheimer's
The reIran's January 29 flight test of a medium-range ballistic missile helped prompt an ominous if ambiguous warning by U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on February 1: "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice." Since it is facing so many other international crises, it is curious that the new administration gives such a prominent place to Iranian missile testing, which poses no existential threat to the United States or its allies and is not prohibited by the Iran nuclear deal or any other widely accepted rules of international behavior.searchers at the Iranian Institute of Medicinal Plants used ancient and indigenous knowledge of the Iranian land in treatment of brain problems and conducted extensive research on the latest studies in the world on this subject to produce, for the very first time, a valuable herbal medicine that helps with treatment of Alzheimer's disease. - 1/23/17

CONCERT: A Celebration of Music from Iran at Stanford University
Iranian Studies at Stanford is proud to co-sponsor two concerts on Iranian music with the Center for East Asian Studies as part of the Pan-Asian Music Festival. The concert will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. - 1/23/17

Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani notified of his death sentence
Oil billionaire Babak Zanjani has been notified of his death sentence, a court rule confirmed by Supreme Court of Iran on Dec 4, Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said. Mohseni Ejei made the remarks at a news conference on Sunday. - 1/23/17

4th Annual Farhang Connect celebration in Los Angeles
Join Farhang Foundation's Generations Council for the 4th Annual FARHANG CONNECT celebration on Saturday February 4, 2017 at Riviera 31 in Los Angeles. Featuring a Persian musical performance and demo by maestros Hamid Saeidi & Mehrdad Arabi, plus music by Dj Arin. - 1/23/17

One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure
This past Monday, January 16, marked a full year since the oft-debated nuclear agreement between the United States, its negotiating partners, and Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was officially implemented. -John F. Tierney, The Hill - 1/23/17

Smoke Is Still Rising From Tehran's Plasco Building Where Bodies Are Trapped
Just three days after the collapse of one of the most iconic buildings in Tehran, Plasco, smoke is still rising from the building and filling the air in the downtown area of the city. Police forces have blocked off the area so that emergency crew carry on their job of removing the rubble and searching for people, mostly firemen who are trapped under the debris. - 1/22/17

Netanyahu Plans To Discuss 'Cruel' Iran With Trump 'Soon'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he plans to meet with newly installed U.S. President Donald Trump soon to discuss what he sees as the dangers from Iran and its "cruel" government. Netanyahu regularly criticized the policies of former U.S. President Barrack Obama. A day after the United States abstained from a UN Security Council resolution calling on Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli prime minister called the move a "shameful anti-Israel ambush." - 1/22/17

Four Looming Flashpoints Facing Trump
Looking at the world today, four areas appear to pose an especially high risk of sudden crisis and conflict: North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region, and the Middle East. Each of them has been the past site of recurring clashes, and all are primed to explode early in the Trump presidency. -Michael T. Klare, LobeLog - 1/22/17

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released
Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami-whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted "barely 10 minutes"-was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but the term was reduced upon appeal. - 1/22/17

President Rouhani visits site of collapsed high-rise in downtown Tehran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the site of the collapsed Plasco high-rise in downtown Tehran to inspect the ongoing search and rescue operation there. Speaking to reporters on Saturday morning, Rouhani stressed that the search and rescue operation should continue until all those trapped under the rubble are saved. - 1/21/17

Poll: Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on High Priority Issues of Democracy and Civil Rights
A survey of public opinion in Iran conducted in the last quarter of 2016 shows that even though a large majority of Iranians (75%) rated advancing democracy and protecting personal and civil rights among their highest priorities in 2015, 70% of Iranians said they were "dissatisfied" with their government's handling of these issues in 2016. - 1/21/17

Fajr Music Festival ends in shock over Tehran building collapse
The 32nd Fajr International Music Festival came to end on Friday night with a big shock over the collapse of the Plasco Building in Tehran after a fierce fire in the 17-storey commercial center on Thursday. All the festival's closing performances were dedicated to the victims of the incident. - 1/21/17

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election
The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran's most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. - 1/21/17

Can Europe Save The Iran Deal?
It's no secret that many of President-elect Donald Trump's advisers favor killing the Iran nuclear deal. But to hear Europe tell it, they will not blindly follow suit. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recently said Europe might line up with Russia against any efforts by the Trump administration to scuttle the deal -Reza Marashi, LobeLog - 1/21/17

What US policymakers can learn about Iran from the life and death of Rafsanjani
On the eve of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's death, he was no longer a hardliner. But he wasn't a reformist either. Many Western newspapers described him as 'Iran's ex-president' in their elegies of him but his legacy dwarfs that characterisation. US policymakers should study both his life and the reaction to his death to understand the complexities of the Iranian nezam or system. -Adam Weinstein, London School of Economics - 1/21/17

PHOTOS: Rescue operations underway after high-rise collapse in Iran
Iranian rescue workers are digging tunnels to reach the underground stories of the ageing high-rise that collapsed in downtown Tehran amid ongoing search operations to retrieve those trapped. Plasco Building caught fire in early Thursday and came down only hours later, blockading 25 to 30 people under the detritus. - 1/20/17

30 Firefighters Dead in Tehran's Commercial Building Fire, Collapse
Iranian rescue teams and dozens of trucks worked through the night searching the ruins trying to reach trapped firefighters and other victims a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring more than 80 people. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 1/20/17

NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S.
Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian visa-holders. - 1/20/17

Iran: Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities
The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/20/17

Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth
Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016. - 1/20/17

32 Telegram Users Arrested In Iran On Charges Of Publishing Profanity
Head of Hormozgan Province Department of Justice announced that 32 managers and users of the instant messaging service, Telegram in the province have been arrested on charges of publishing profanity. Telegram is one of the only social media services that is not blocked by the Iranian government; however, conservative factions have repeatedly called for tightening of state control over its usage by the public. - 1/20/17

BOOK: Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Empire of Iran - The Pahlavi Era by O James Younessi
This book is an astonishing effort in categorization of the Pre-revolutionary Iranian awards. Museums, historians, auction houses, numismatists, collectors, and interest groups particularly in the hostile post-revolutionary milieu of the Islamic Republic were hampered by lack of solid information in this particular area of Iranian modern history... -Darius KADIVAR - 1/20/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison
An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when "Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances" about ending the abuse of prisoners-Shirzad's main demand. - 1/20/17

PHOTOS: 30 Firefighters Die, Over 100 People Missing As Tehran High-Rise Collapses After Fire
A massive fire erupted on Thursday in a mega mall in downtown Tehran, the city's most populous area, bringing the whole the 17-story building down. Thirty firefighters have lost their lives, according to IRIB. Death toll is expected to rise. More than 100 people are estimated to have been trapped under rubble. - 1/19/17

PHOTOS: Iran's president test-drives electric car on National Clean Air Day
On the sidelines of a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani took a tour by some of his ministers to check the products of three knowledge-based companies manufacturing electric cars and motorcycles. The Iranian president was briefed on the capabilities and quality of the products, including the two-seat electric car Yooz, produced by the Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, as well as two electric motorcycles manufactured by two other research centers. - 1/19/17

UN: Iran Nuclear Deal Working; Continued Commitment Required
A U.N. report says Iran has not received any unauthorized transfers of nuclear-related items since an international nuclear agreement was implemented a year ago, but Tehran may have violated some provisions on conventional arms transfers and travel restrictions. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 1/19/17

Iran-Saudi cooperation possible if Riyadh sees realities on ground: Foreign Minister Zarif
Iran and Saudi Arabia can work together to help end regional conflicts, but Riyadh needs to see the realities on the ground before relations between the two countries could go back to normal, the Iranian foreign minister says. Meanwhile, Zarif warned US President-elect Donald Trump against trying to renegotiate Iran's nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - 1/19/17

Iranian Duo Make History in Women's Volleyball by Moving to Bulgaria
Iran's first two women volleyball players to compete outside the Islamic Republic joined Bulgarian club Shumen this month, a move which has taken years of negotiation with Iranian authorities and which could help break down some gender barriers at home. -Angel Krasimirov , Reuters - 1/19/17

Iranian Fashion Startup Breaks the Online Shopping Mistrust Through Events
An Iranian online marketplace for fashion goods is organizing local events to showcase the works of Iranian designers and international brands. With these events, this startup aims to overcome the challenge with offline to online conversion and building trust and credibility for their customers. -Techrasa - 1/19/17

Amnesty International Condemns Iran's 'Prolific' Use Of Corporal Punishment
Amnesty International has sharply criticized Iran over what it called the prolific use of "cruel and inhuman" corporal punishment including flogging, amputations, and forced blinding. In a recent case, a journalist was lashed 40 times after being convicted of inaccurate reporting, the London-based human rights group said. - 1/19/17

Iranian bodybuilder jailed over 'nude' selfies
The Islamic Republic arrested and jailed a female bodybuilder after she published revealing photos of herself online, Iranian media reported Wednesday. "One of the female bodybuilders who recently published nude photographs on social networks has been arrested," the Mizanonline news agency reported. - 1/19/17

President Rouhani: JCPOA belied allegations against Iran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the historic deal over Iran's nuclear program and its implementation belied claims about the country seeking weapons of mass destruction and demonstrated the honesty and sincerity of the Islamic Republic. Rouhani made the remarks in a press conference attended by some 200 Iranian and foreign reporters in Tehran on Tuesday on the first anniversary of the implementation of the country's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 1/18/17

Why Coercion Is a Recipe for Failure with Iran
OpponeIran has put on display its latest achievements in the area of space technology during a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials. The Exhibition of Space Achievements was held in Tehran on Wednesday to mark the ninth National Space Technology Day.nts of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord have criticized the deal because it did not end uranium enrichment or limit missile development by Iran. With the Trump administration, some see an opportunity to undermine the agreement by imposing more non-nuclear sanctions on Iran. The assumption is that this could provoke Tehran to withdraw from the deal, snapping back the 'crippling' sanctions, which-according to common wisdom-brought the country to the negotiating table in 2013. -Tytti Erasto - 1/18/17

Interview with Loris Tjeknavorian: A Country That's Got It All Is Still Poor without Art
Loris Tjeknavorian is one of the most prominent composers and conductors, one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Iran and Armenia. Born on 13 October, 1937 in Borujerd, Loris Tjeknovarian is also one of the leading conductors of his generation. He has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, US, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and Denmark. - 1/18/17

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike
Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. - 1/18/17

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP's Sister on Unspecified "Security Charges"
Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran's Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. - 1/18/17

Iran, Germany sign agreement on expanding transport co-op
Iran and Germany inked an agreement on the expansion of cooperation in rail, air and sea transportation. Based on the agreement, which was signed in Tehran at Monday night by Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi and the visiting German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt, the two sides agreed to set up a taskforce to develop mutual cooperation in different transportation areas. - 1/18/17

Iranian Voices
A small section in the middle of the lower ground floor of the British Museum has a beautiful red carpet laid out, and surrounding walls adorned with a selection of recent acquisitions of works on paper by Iranian artists from both inside and outside Iran. The works -- collages, drawings, artist books, and photographs -- fill three glass cases standing on both sides of the carpet. -Lizzy Vartanian Collier, Reorient - 1/18/17

Iran Against U.S. Presence At Syria Peace Talks In Astana
Iran says it opposes the United States joining peace talks on Syria to be held in Kazakhstan next week. That goes against the position of the other two organizers of the talks, Russia and Turkey, which have said the new U.S. administration of Donald Trump should be represented at the Astana talks, which begin on January 23. - 1/18/17

Russia gets multi-billion dollar Iran projects
Under an agreement signed between the two sides, the Russians will improve efficiency at the Ramin power plant in Khuzestan province to 50-55% from 36% now, Alireza Daemi told the Mehr news agency on Wednesday. Another Russian company will build a 1,400-megawatt power plant in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan province, he added. - 1/18/17

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report
One year since its "implementation day", 16 January 2016, the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1) -- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- is both a success and in jeopardy. -International Crisis Group - 1/18/17

Detained British Iranian's Husband Appeals to Rouhani at London Vigil
British human rights activists have held a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London to appeal to Iran's president to free a British Iranian woman detained for nine months on unspecified security charges. Richard Ratcliffe, husband of detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, spoke to VOA's Persian service from the scene of Monday's vigil, saying he wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appealing for the release. -Michael Lipin & Hooman Bakhtiar - 1/17/17

The Death of Rafsanjani in Iran
Based on my own observations over the years here are a few comments that seem worth adding to the flood of commentary. First, Rafsanjani was truly a pragmatist. He seemed to believe genuinely that Iran's revolutionary system would survive only if it engaged with the outside world. There was never any doubt about his devotion to the system that he had done so much to shape. But he was willing to go beyond stale dogma in pursuit of rescuing a system that he recognized was performing very badly. -Gary Sick - 1/17/17

EU Diplomat Says Bloc Will Stand By Iran Nuclear Deal
The European Union head of foreign affairs says the EU will stand by the nuclear agreement with Iran, setting up a potential conflict with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has condemned the deal. Federica Mogherini on January 16 insisted that the accord serves Europe's security needs and is "proof that diplomacy works and delivers." - 1/17/17

President Rohani Dismisses Trump's Criticism Of Nuclear Deal, Says Iran Won't Renegotiate
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has dismissed criticism from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, vowing that Iran will not renegotiate the agreement that came into effect a year ago. - 1/17/17

Bahrain and "Iranian-Backed Terrorism"
In its just-published 2017 World Report, Human Rights Watch warned against the Bahrain regime's "accelerated repression" of peaceful activists and the continued detention and prosecution of human rights protesters. The report called on the government of Bahrain to "reinvigorate a stalled process of political reform by reversing the dissolution of al-Wifaq, releasing high-profile political detainees, and ending its harassment of activists." -Emile Nakhleh - 1/17/17

Will Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?
Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you'll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of most pundits involves a crisis with Iran. -Rajan Menon, LobeLog - 1/17/17

Grad student hopes to break misconceptions of Iran with travel memoir
Shawndeez Jadalizadeh embarked on a four-month solo journey through her home country, which she had never visted before, in the spring of 2015. "I was slightly terrified, but I put aside my fears and fantasies to enjoy the present, to enjoy Iran," wrote Shawndeez, a graduate student in gender studies, in a memoir about her travels. -Lauret Scott, Daily Bruin - 1/17/17

PROFILES: Iranian woman motorcycle racer Baran Hadizadeh
Up at the crack of dawn Baran Hadizadeh starts her day of motocross practice, a routine she goes for three times a week. Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. Taking her heavyweight motorbike in tow, she drives to the racing track in Hashtgerd, outskirt of Tehran, to live her dream, one day at a time. -Marjan Golpira - 1/16/17

Iranian Air Defense Forces fire at drone in central Tehran
"This afternoon, a quadcopter that was approaching the no-fly zone in Tehran from the Valiasr Square district was identified," an official with Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base told Tasnim news agency on Monday. He added that it was as of yet unclear who owned the drone. "But, because the drone had approached the no-fly zone region, it was shot at with the timely vigilance of the Army's Air Defense Base," the official said. - 1/16/17

Iranian President Scrambles To Sell Nuclear Deal As A Win For Tehran
Iranian President Hassan Rohani was riding a wave of optimism one year ago. The long-negotiated nuclear deal with world powers he had sold to Iranians as an end to their economic woes was finally being implemented. But as the first anniversary of implementation day approaches on January 16, Rohani has been saddled by the high expectations he set, as Iran's economy continues to struggle and the great boost in foreign investment and other benefits he envisioned has so far failed to materialize. -Frud Bezhan - 1/16/17

Local Bay Area Attorney Wins District Delegate Seat By Two Votes
The recent Presidential election was a wake-up call for Nima Rahimi, a deputy district attorney and San Francisco resident. He saw plainly the consequences of political disengagement. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. -Pouya Parsian, NIAC Action - 1/16/17

Women to take center stage at Iran's 35th Fajr Film Festival
Iran is getting ready to host the 35th edition of its most prestigious cultural event in February, this time showcasing works by women filmmakers and films on women's issues more than ever before. One reason for this new trend may be that cineastes have become more sensitive toward women's issues in the society and it remains to be seen if the films will be successful in reaching their objective, which is to leave a positive impact on various levels of society and find solutions to the current problems that women are facing. - 1/16/17

IAEA confirms Iran's removal of excess centrifuges from Fordo nuclear facility
The UN nuclear agency confirms that Iran has removed "excess centrifuges and infrastructure" from the Fordo enrichment facility in line with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. "Iran has carried out these steps within the timeframe stipulated under the JCPOA," the IAEA chief said. - 1/16/17

Iran Says Nuclear Deal Will Not Be Renegotiated
The landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers "will not be renegotiated," Iran's deputy foreign minister said on January 15, ahead of the first anniversary of the agreement's implementation. Abbas Araghchi told reporters in Tehran that "the new U.S. administration cannot abandon the deal," saying international laws required Washington to implement the agreement. - 1/16/17

Iranian Women Arrested for Riding Motorcycle; Video Fuels Backlash
Iranian police have arrested two women for riding a motorcycle in a western city - an incident that went viral when images appeared online and sparked a social-media backlash against the country's political and religious authorities. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 1/14/17

PHOTOS: The 1st Tehran Jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art
The 1st Tehran jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art opened in Aria gallery on January 6 and will run until January 24. - 1/14/17

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners
In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. - 1/14/17

President Obama Renews Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran For One Year
In an executive order late January 13, Obama renewed the non-nuclear sanctions but affirmed the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions that occurred a year ago, saying Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers has been successful. - 1/14/17

Iran to receive 130 tons of uranium: Atomic Energy Organization Official
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country is soon to receive as much as 130 tons of uranium from abroad. The Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries approved the purchase on the part of the Islamic Republic during a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday. - 1/14/17

Iran sees Pompeo, Mattis wiser than most American politicians: Expediency Council Secretary
The secretary of Iran's Expediency Council has said Iran is not concerned about Donald Trump's picks to lead the Pentagon and CIA, as they are "wiser than most American politicians." "Mike Pompeo and James Mattis, the famous American generals who are going to lead the CIA and Defense Department respectively, are two of the most important and sensitive faces among Trump's cabinet picks," said Mohsen Rezaei in an Instagram post on Friday. - 1/14/17

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport
Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted her and what she has been charged with. - 1/14/17

Could the world's most expensive spice help farmers in Vermont?
Small farmers in the US state of Vermont are concerned traditional business won't sustain their farms, but see potential in an unlikely and very expensive spice. The snow-covered plains of Vermont are one of the last places you'd think saffron would grow. -Shirin Jaafari, BBC - 1/14/17

PHOTOS: 'Historic Day' as Iran's first Airbus jet lands in Tehran
The first of 100 planes that Iran is expected to receive through a landmark deal with the European aviation giant Airbus has landed in the country's capital Tehran. The arrival of the plane - Iran's first new aircraft in about four decades - was marked by a special ceremony to celebrate what is seen as a historic day in the country's aviation industry. - 1/13/17

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Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since December 25
In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine Ahmadreza Jalali has been held in Evin Prison for almost nine months. He is now approaching three weeks on hunger strike in protest against his detainment. - 1/13/17

Iranian Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized
Imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad, who was on hunger strike for more than a month at Rajaee Shahr Prison, was rushed to Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran on January 12, 2017 after his blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/13/17

The Bride's Side
Separate celebrations for women and men mean twice the business for Iran's growing wedding industry. -Tacita Vero, Slate - 1/13/17

The outspoken women behind late Iranian President Rafsanjani
The recent death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani leaves the outspoken women in the reformer's family in a sort of political limbo. -PRI - 1/13/17

Trump Appointee Crowley Espoused Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories
President-elect Donald Trump's decision to name Monica Crowley to lead communications for the National Security Council (NSC) has resulted in a plagiarism scandal for the Fox News personality and Washington Times columnist. A CNN review of her columns for the Times revealed at least seven instances of plagiarism. Politico found that she also plagiarized sections of her PhD dissertation for Columbia University. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 1/13/17

As Trump guns for Iran Deal, can its Reformists survive death of Hashemi-Rafsanjani?
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death on Sunday January 8 in Tehran at the age of 82 marks the end of an era in Iran's post-revolutionary history. After the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, in 1989, Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death will have the most significant impact on Iranian politics. -Farhang Jahanpour - 1/12/17

IRAN: Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison
Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi's 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison. - 1/12/17

Iran Officials Vow To Look Into Public's 'Jamming' Fears
Officials in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz have pledged to look into suggestions of a link between public health risks and the jamming of communications in the area, after residents took to the streets to complain of ailments that could stem from technology used to block foreign broadcasts. - 1/12/17

Tillerson Backs 'Full Review' Of Iran Nuclear Deal
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state says he supports a "full review" of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the incoming president has previously pledged to renegotiate or scrap altogether. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said during a January 11 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he would recommend such a review if he is confirmed as Trump's secretary of state. - 1/12/17

Two Iranian Graphic Designers Win Awards At New York Contest
Two Iranian graphic designers have won awards at a graphic competition in New York. Mehdi Mahdian's poster titles 'Scope Of Meaning' and Touraj Saberivand's poster titled 'Freedom of Language' received awards in the poster section of "Graphis 2017," held in New York. - 1/12/17

Will Iran's Alliance With Russia Last?
At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country's burgeoning alliance with Moscow. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 1/12/17

World Bank Forecasts 5.2 Percent GDP Growth For Iran In 2017
The World Bank, in its recent report titled Global Economic Prospects, forecasted a 5.2 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Iran in 2017. The report put the country's GDP growth at 4.6 percent in 2016, while it predicted 4.8 percent and 4.5 percent growth for the country in 2018 and 2019, respectively. - 1/12/17

IranAir Takes Delivery Of First Airbus Passenger Jet
The head of IranAir has taken delivery in France of the first Western airliner under an international sanctions deal. The 189-seat A321 was handed over in a January 11 ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. "It's a new, magnificent chapter and a great day" for ties between Iran and Europe, IranAir Chief Executive Officer Farhad Parvaresh said. - 1/12/17

The Legacy Of Iran's Rafsanjani
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man known as the "order's pillar" (sotun-e nezam), died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy as complicated and multifaceted as the order (and associated institutions) that he more than anyone else was responsible in erecting. Rafsanjani shaped most of the new institutions established by the Islamic Republic in 1979, from the office of the Leader to the Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Expediency Council (which he chaired almost from its inception until he died). -Farideh Farhi - 1/11/17

Rafsanjani's Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran
The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on January 10, 2017, led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners in a resurgence of support for reformist issues that have been harshly suppressed in Iran for the last decade. - 1/11/17

Iran's Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers
In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution. - 1/11/17

$250M allocated to Lake Urmia restoration program
The lake which used to be a natural habitat for migratory birds, and a tourist attraction is facing a dramatic decline for years now. The decline is generally blamed on a combination of drought, damming of the rivers that flow into it, pumping of groundwater from the area, and increased water diversion for irrigation of farming lands within the lake's watershed. - 1/11/17

What Rafsanjani Takes To His Grave
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died of heart failure on January 8 at the age of 82, was an architect of the Islamic establishment in Iran whose image transformed from shark to voice of reason. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, may have taken the answers to some of the Islamic republic's biggest mysteries to his grave. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/11/17

Iran Decides Against Upsetting Nuclear Deal Over US Sanctions Extension
Iran decided not to escalate a stand-off over the extension of U.S. sanctions at a meeting of diplomats overseeing the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015, senior Russian and Iranian diplomats said after the session Tuesday. -Reuters - 1/11/17

Exploring the Iranian outback
VENTURING off the usual rainforests and hiking trails for a change, we bring you a story about the canyons and unusual landscapes of Iran. Back in November and December, my travel partner Natasha and I travelled through Iran, and while the big names like Isfahan and Shiraz beckoned, our target was the island of Hormuz, off Bandar Abbas in the south. -The Star - 1/11/17

PHOTOS: Iran's Rafsanjani Laid To Rest In Tehran
The funeral of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being held in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians jammed streets around Tehran University, where Rafsanjani was laying in state on January 10. A national holiday has been declared. - 1/10/17

Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli
In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. Among the Iranian officials that the delegation, led by the then-Social-Democratic-Group President Hannes Swoboda, met with in Tehran was the Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani... On a personal level, in a marked contrast to some decidedly dour characters representing the Islamic Republic, he came across as a gregarious man clearly at ease with a European delegation that comprised several female MPs. -Eldar Mamedov - 1/10/17

VIDEO: Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz
A large crowd gathered in the Iranian city of Shiraz to protest against the government's use of broadcast jamming equipment. On January 9, demonstrators stood outside the provincial governor's headquarters complaining about the health effects of using electromagnetic pulses for disrupting broadcasts. Some chants called the jamming a "betrayal" of the nation. - 1/10/17

UN To Discuss Iranian Complaints About U.S. Non-Nuclear Sanctions
Five global powers that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council will meet on January to review Iranian complaints that the United States has reneged on the sanctions relief promised under the Iran nuclear deal. - 1/10/17

Oil Prices Plummet On Fear OPEC-Russia Output Cuts Will Unravel in 2017
World oil prices have plummeted over concerns that a deal to curb production reached between OPEC, Russia, and other producers will not hold for much longer. - 1/10/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist Convicted of "Propaganda Against the State" Completes One-Year Prison Sentence
Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. - 1/10/17

The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life
The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz's work is not just very beautiful - it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky. -BBC - 1/10/17

Congress Takes Up Iran, Israel, UN in 2017
Welcome to the 115th Congress! Based on this first week, it seems safe to say: fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a very very very bumpy ride. (As we have over the past two years, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to and what individual members are saying, particularly about Israel-Palestine and Iran.) -Lara Friedman, LobeLog - 1/10/17

Iranians Pay Last Respects To Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani
Iran has begun three days of mourning for former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died on January 8 of a heart attack at the age of 82. President Hassan Rohani and his administration on January 9 paid respects to Rafsanjani at northern Tehran's Jamaran prayer hall, where Rafsanjani's body was laid out. - 1/9/17

30 Iranian Fools Outside Trump Tower Begging For A Regime Change Handout
30 Iranians "liberals and activist" have sought refuge at the Trump Tower begging the President-elect to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement, institute even tougher sanctions on their homeland, and to bring about regime change there. -Ali Moayedian - 1/9/17

DEEP OATH: Painting exhibition by Narenj Kazemi
If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread \ If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul \ If you understand this secret, \ you know you are that which you seek - 1/9/17

Death Of Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Causes Anxiety For The Reformists
A pivotal politician in Iran's internal struggles for reform and the former president of the country, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies in Tajrish hospital after a heart attack. Hashemi was 82 years old. - 1/9/17

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike
Conservative member of Parliament Ali Motahari has publicly asked the Judiciary to review the case of ailing political prisoner Ali Shariati, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in Evin Prison. The Tehran MP made the call after a 71-day hunger strike by imprisoned rights activist Arash Sadeghi resulted in the Judiciary agreeing to Sadeghi's request for a review of his imprisoned wife's case. - 1/9/17

US Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats Near Persian Gulf
A U.S. Navy ship fired three warnings shots at Iranian boats near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, a U.S. defense official told VOA. Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels were "traveling right at" the USS Mahan in the Strait of Hormuz at a "very high rate of speed," the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. - 1/9/17

US, Italian firms to save Iran's troubled appliance brands Arj and Azmayesh: Report
Iran says it has started talks with major American and Italian companies to form partnerships with some of its oldest brands of household appliances in what appears to be a policy to prevent their demise. The announcement was made by Abbas Hashemi, the director general for household devices affairs of the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade. - 1/9/17

Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President, Dies at 82
Iranian state media report that former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died in a Tehran hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. - 1/8/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Suffer through Hunger Strikes for Minimum Rights
Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi ended his 72-days hunger strike after his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was given furlough from prison on $150,000 bail. Ali Shariati, Saeed Shirzad and several other prisoners still remain on hunger strike. - 1/8/17

Iranian indoor field hockey team crushes host in Croatia Indoor Cup 2017
The Iranian men's national indoor field hockey team has preserved its winning streak in the Croatia Indoor Cup 2017 and registered a resounding victory against a squad of players from the host nation's top-ranked clubs. - 1/8/17

Iran Football Federation fails preparation plan for World Cup, says coach Carlos Queioz
Iran National Team's head coach Carlos Queioz has revealed that after the Iranian football federation failed to fulfil its promise he presented a resignation letter and will not continue his job. - 1/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian teenage girl pulls 3 cars with her teeth
Iranian 16-year-old girl, Faezeh Sarlak, has pulled three cars with her teeth 4.06 meters to register her name in the World Federation as the first female Iranian athlete in the field. She is the first Iranian female athlete who has been able to drag three cars with teeth, but her record still needs to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. - 1/8/17

Iran Accepts First Airbus Passenger Jet
Iran has accepted its first new Airbus passenger jet, and the A321 aircraft is expected to be delivered within a few days. Iran has ordered some 200 commercial airliners, including 80 from U.S. producer Boeing, since the sanctions were eased in exchange for restrictions on Iran's controversial nuclear program. - 1/8/17

The story of an Iranian soldier who lost a limb saving a dog trapped in minefield
Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield. Mohammad's story, has gone viral in the country since the incident which happened in a garrison in Ajabshir, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, the Department of Environment official website reported. - 1/7/17

PHOTOS: Iranian-Armenian Contemporary Art Exhibition "Solidarity" opens in Tehran
An Exhibition of Armenian Pioneer artists titled Meeting (Didar) opened on January 6, 2017 at Maryam Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition, held with the cooperation of Ardak Manoukian Museum, is to honor the influence of Armenian artists on Iranian contemporary art. - 1/7/17

Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz resigns, Branko being considered as replacement
Carlos Queiroz has resigned from Iran national coach on Saturday, according to a member of the board of directors of Iran's Football Federation. Amir Abedini said that they have received the Portuguese coach's resignation letter on Saturday. Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic could replace Carlos Queiroz if the Portuguese leaves his role at Team Melli, according to Croatian media. - 1/7/17

Top US Senator: Trump Administration Won't Toss Iran Deal
The chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that abrupt rejection of the Iran nuclear deal by the incoming Trump administration could create "a crisis" and that he did not expect such an approach. "To tear it up on the front end, in my opinion, is not going to happen. Instead, we will begin to radically enforce it," Senator Bob Corker told reporters on Friday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. -Reuters - 1/7/17

Persian leopard captured on camera in Taleqan
According to Iran Environmental Watch and Wildlife, two environment collaborators crossing their village near the city of Taleqan, found new leopard footprints on the snow. After a few minutes, they saw a mature leopard only a short distance away, which did not attempt to scape and the two men could capture the image of this endangered animal. - 1/7/17

Iran cashing in on OPEC oil output cut: Report
Reports suggest that Iran has managed to sell nearly half of oil that it had long held on tankers at sea as it capitalizes on OPEC oil cut to sell millions of barrels, courting new customers around the globe. Tehran has sold more than 13 million barrels of the crude it had held in floating storage. - 1/7/17

Photos: Earthquake Kills Afghan Laborers In Iran
Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit a village in the country's south, killing four people, according to state television. State TV said the earthquake struck in the early hours of January 6 in the village of Saifabad near the town of Khonj, about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran. - 1/6/17

Rohani Corruption Spat Could Herald Rough-And-Tumble Iranian Presidential Campaign
President Hassan Rohani has traded barbs with hard-line officials from Iran's judiciary in a highly public spat in which each side appears determined to tar the other with accusations of corruption in an election year. The feud appears to have been smoldering since the president's rise to power in 2013 on calls for reform and the arrest of one of Iran's wealthiest men, Babak Zanjani, months after Rohani took office. Golnaz Esfandiari - 1/6/17

Footprints of Prehistoric Industry around Persian Gulf
Objects unearthed in the historical site of Tom Maroon, in Hormuzgan Province on the Persian Gulf, indicate that the communities inhabiting the region during the Bronze Age were involved in industrial activities such as metalwork, glass-work and pottery. - 1/6/17

Secretary Kerry Warns Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned the incoming Trump administration against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, saying it has made the world safer by leaving Tehran technically unable to build a nuclear weapon. - 1/6/17

CONCERT: Songs of My Homeland
"Diaspora Arts Connection" and "Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation" Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, "Iranian Choir of America" and "Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra". - 1/6/17

Poll: Nearly 2/3 of U.S. Public Opposes Withdrawing from Iran Nuclear Deal
Amid growing speculation about a Trump administration's intentions regarding the Iran nuclear deal, a new poll has found that nearly two-thirds of the U.S. public opposes withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated 18 months ago between Iran and the P5+1. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 1/6/17

Iran's First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief
Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country's Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign. - 1/6/17

Iranian Startups: Maman Paz delivers 200,000 orders of "mom-made" food in Tehran
Shanbe magazine talks to Tabassom Latifi who has employed housewives and launched Maman Paz, a startup that delivers home foods to people (in Tehran, Iran) who are not at home most of the time or don't want to cook. - 1/5/17

PHOTOS: Fereydounkenar Hosting Migrant Siberian Geese
Migrant Siberian geese have arrived in Fereydounkenar, Iran's Mazandaran province to seek refuge during winter. The geese are protected and are fed by the forest rangers and local people. -Amir Ali Razzaghi - 1/5/17

Modernizing Islam: Iran's Reformists and Reconstructionists Square off
About a year ago, a group of diaspora Muslim intellectuals were sitting around a blazing fire by a muddy river in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, debating strategies of modernizing traditional Islam. The worldwide Islamic reform movement, undaunted by the lurid cruelty of Islamic extremism, forges ahead. Its anxious debates may sound Byzantine to Western ears, but since they may very well presage the arrival of Islam's own brand of reformation, they deserve a hearing. -Mahmoud Sadri - 1/5/17

Iran football in jeopardy due to coaches feud
Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic and Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz have renewed hostilities once again. Branko criticized Queiroz for holding a useless five-day camp in the UAE because he will have not his six players in mid-season training and former Real Madrid coach has expelled the Persepolis players from the camp just one day in Dubai in response to the Croat's allegations. - 1/5/17

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence In Iran After Coerced Confession
Iranian-Austrian dual citizen Kamran Ghaderi is entering the second year of his 10-year prison sentence in solitary confinement in Tehran after being coerced into confessing to espionage in 2016, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/5/17

Vitol, World's Largest Oil Trader, loans One Billion Dollars To Iran
The world's largest independent oil trader Vitol has signed a deal to provide Iran with a major loan worth $1 billion - a landmark move that can help expedite the country's crucial plans to boost its production of crude oil. - 1/5/17

Iran Says Japan's Inpex Tipped To Win Azadegan Oil Field Contract
Japan's largest oil and gas exploration and production company is reportedly trying to win a contract over the development of a major oil project in Iran that it abandoned in 2010. Kyodo news agency quoted an Iranian official as saying that Inpex had started intense talks with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to develop the Azadegan oil field in Iran's southwestern oil-rich province of Khouzestan. - 1/5/17

Iranian political prisoner ends his hunger strike after his wife is granted temporary furlough
Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner who was on hunger strike for 72 days, has ended his strike after his demands were met and his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was granted a temporary leave of absence from prison. - 1/4/17

Meet An Entrepreneur Iranian Woman: Carpet Weaving Expert Nahid Hosseini
Nahid Hosseini, 49, is a carpet weaving instructor who exports hand-woven carpets made by her trainees to European countries. Hosseini learned carpet weaving in her childhood from her father, Seifoddin Hosseini, who himself was an exemplary carpet producer and a top carpet weaving instructor. -Mojtaba Heidari - 1/4/17

Iranians are trending the demands of political prisoners on Twitter
After the #SaveArash successful twitter campaign in support of Arash Sadeghi, Iranians are now showing solidarity with Ali Shariati, a reformist political prisoner who is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in a protest apposing serial acid attacks against women in Isfahan, Iran. - 1/4/17

Maternal mortality rate in Iran far below UN SDG target
The maternal mortality rate in Iran is far below the target set by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Safieh Shahriari-Afshar, a founding member of the Family Health Association of Iran (FHA Iran), told a press conference on December 27. - 1/4/17

Imprisoned Iranian Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike, With a Catch
Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. - 1/4/17

The Woman Building Iran's Civic Tech Sector
Firuzeh Mahmoudi founded the first civic tech startup focused on Iran. She and her team are building apps like a Yelp for rating public officials and women's health trackers-in heritage languages that are currently banned from official use. She is using entrepreneurship and technology to help create a more free society. -Leah Hunter, Forbes - 1/4/17

37 Top U.S. Scientists Urge Trump To Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal
Dozens of top U.S. scientists have called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to uphold the nuclear deal reached with Iran, calling it "a strong bulwark against an Iranian nuclear-weapons program." The letter was organized by physicist Richard L. Garwin, known for helping design the world's first hydrogen bomb. The 37 signatories of the letter include a Nobel laureate, former White House science advisers, and prominent academics. - 1/3/17

Iranian MPs vote to end "Mehr" housing project
Iran's media on Tuesday cheered as the Parliament voted to end a hefty housing project that President Hassan Rouhani had previously blamed for shooting up inflation to above 40 percent over the past years. The Parliamentarians in their debates over Iran's Sixth Five-Year National Development Plan (2020-2025) voted to have Maskan Bank allocate the required funds for completing the remaining phases of 'Mehr' (kindness in Persian) housing project which was a main brainchild of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013). - 1/3/17

Iran Approves European, Asian Companies For Oil, Gas Projects
Iran has issued a list of 29 companies from Europe and Asia that have the government's approval to bid for oil- and gas-development projects in the energy-rich country. The Iranian Oil Ministry said on January 3 that the National Iranian Oil Company will soon hold tenders for energy exploration and production, something made possible due to Tehran's signing of a nuclear deal with six world powers in 2015. - 1/3/17

How much we know about cetaceans of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman?
Unlike whales which are currently extremely rare cetaceans were abundant in the Persian Gulf. Some anecdotal reports of stranded whales have been received, usually without an identification of the species. It seems cetacean populations have declined significantly in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This is probably because of three factors: a reduction of fish stocks due to commercial exploitation, water contamination primarily due to discharge of petroleum products into the Persian Gulf, and a global decline in numbers. -Farnaz Heidari - 1/3/17

World Bank reports major drop in Iran's debts
A report by the World Bank titled "International Debt Statistics 2017" showed that Iran's debts for 2015 stood at $6.32 billion. The figure was slightly higher than 2014 but was nonetheless around 64 percent lower than the debts in 2011 ($17.34 billion). - 1/3/17

A Witness to Iran's Intensifying Struggle with Climate Change
Ako Salemi took the first photographs of his career when he was a teen-ager, growing up in northern Iran. His earliest subject, a river near his family's home, is now mostly dirt. In Salemi's native country, as in much of the water-scarce Middle East, climate change has led to desiccation. -Carolyn Kormann, New Yorker - 1/3/17

Protest Outside Tehran Prison In Support Of Hunger Striking Activist Arash Sadeghi
Dozens of Iranians have taken part in a rare demonstration outside Tehran's Evin prison to express their support for a jailed activist on hunger strike, Arash Sadeghi. Sadeghi, a philosophy student who is serving a 15-year prison sentence on security charges, has reportedly been refusing to eat for more than two months to protest the October 24 arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi. - 1/2/17

Photos: Sculptor Qodratollah Aqeli's new exhibit criticizes social behavior
"The Peculiarity of Creatures", an exhibition of sculptures by Qodratollah Aqeli, has criticized the daily social behavior of people. The exhibit, which opened in Tehran's Sareban Gallery on Friday, showcases a collection of about twenty busts and sculptures. - 1/2/17

Turkmen Cutoff Of Iran Leaves Dwindling Gas Options For Ashgabat
It looks like Turkmenistan might be left with just one customer for its natural gas. The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) said in a statement on January 1 that Turkmen state company Turkmengaz "suddenly an illogical manner, contrary to the agreement, halted gas deliveries to Iran this morning..." -Bruce Pannier, RFE - 1/2/17

PHOTOS: New Year Celebration at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran, Iran
Iran's Armenian Christian community held a ceremony at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the New Year 2017. During the ceremony, special prayers were said and candles were lit. This was also a chance for some to pose with Santa! -photos by Majid Haghdoust - 1/2/17

Rohani Reassures Iranians Amid Currency's Drop
President Hassan Rohani says that the exchange rates of the rial against foreign currencies "will not remain at current levels." President Hassan Rohani has told Iranians the government will work to protect the country's market stability amid a downfall in the Iranian currency to record lows. - 1/2/17

Hefty Fine, Insurance Policy Reduces Persian Leopard Casualties In Iran
Increasing the fine for killing leopards by 16 times to 800 million rials (nearly $20,000) and insuring the animals against any possible threat has resulted in fewer casualties in Iran. From 2005 to 2014 some 156 leopards were killed in Iran, 20 leopards a year on average, which decreased to 14 over the last Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2015 to March 19, 2016), according to the Department of Environment. - 1/2/17

China Finances 5 Iranian Petrochemical Projects
Marzieh Shah-Daei, Director of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) of Iran, announced that five ongoing petrochemical projects, which are being implemented in Mahshahr, Asaluyeh and other regions, have received Chinese financing. - 1/2/17

New project will study development of Iran's economy
Stanford's Iranian Studies Program launched the Stanford Iran 2040 Project about eight months ago to conduct interdisciplinary research on economic and technical matters related to the country's long-term, sustainable development and evaluate their possible implications in a global context. The project is called Iran 2040 because of its forward-looking nature and focus on long-term analysis. - 1/2/17

PHOTOS: Mehrastan Castle in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran
Mehrastan Historic Castle located in Sistan and Baluchistan province dates back to more than 400 years ago. The castle is on the verge of destruction and needs special attention of officials to allocate budget for repair. - 1/1/17

Iran's car output rises over 39%
The number of automobiles manufactured in Iran during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (ending December 20) registered a 39.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year, Tasnim news agency reported. - 1/1/17

Asalouyeh featuring Iran's petrochemical progress
Iranian port of Asalouyeh demonstrated some of its new changes to a group of reporters and journalists who visited the area during a two-day media tour organized by the National Petrochemical Company (NPC). - 1/1/17

ATR to deliver 5 aircraft to Iran within months
Deputy roads minister said an airplane purchase contract will be inked with ATR aircraft manufacturer in a few days and Iran will receive five passenger planes in three months. The official underlined that the deal with ATR would be worth 400 million dollars and covers purchasing of twenty ATR 72 aircraft which has 70-passenger configuration. - 1/1/17

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