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Risk of Tsunamis in Caspian Sea should be taken seriously
According to researches by the experts in International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, and based on geological and historical data, the Caspian Sea, although not connected to the open sea, can be the origin of tsunamis. - 10/31/07

American scientist Rudolf Jaenisch talks about stem-cell researchers in Iran
Enthusiastic stem-cell researchers in Iran face plentiful funding but a shortage of equipment, Nature weekly journal of science said quoting American scientist Rudolf Jaenisch. "During my time in Tehran, I encountered only enthusiasm and hospitality. Other Westerners, such as Emory University's Sarah Berga, who has spoken at this conference before, were treated equally well." - 10/31/07

Human Shield Movement mobilize to Iran
The Human Shield Movement today warned President Bush, Nicholas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown that any attempt at military intervention against Iran would be met by a massive mobilisation of human shields. - 10/31/07

Iranian Labor Activists' Prison Sentences Upheld
An appellate court in Tehran has confirmed a five-year jail sentence against jailed union leader Mansur Osanlu on security charges, Radio Farda reported. -RFE - 10/31/07

Iran wins Asian junior men's weightlifting title
Mohammad Zarei and Kia Qadami swooped six golds to help Iran celebrate the Asian junior men's weightlifting title in advance in the Jordanian capital Amman Tuesday. -MNA - 10/31/07

Lavrov visited Iran to pursue issues agreed before: President
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Iran to follow up previous agreements on major regional and international issues made during President Vladimir Putin's trip to Tehran in mid October. - 10/31/07

NPT according to US
Current warmongering rhetoric coming out of the Bush administration has only one message for Iran: Article 4 of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that guarantees an inalienable right to enrich uranium does not apply to Iran. - 10/31/07

China Rejects Israeli Push for Further Sanctions Against Iran
Israel's Foreign Minister has urged China to support more sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop its nuclear programs. But as Daniel Schearf reports for VOA from Beijing, China has rejected new sanctions. - 10/31/07

Mission Possible: A Time to Act
United States decision to impose another round of unilateral sanctions for what Secretary Rice described as “threatening behavior by Iran” is yet another example of how the current administration conducts its so called international diplomacy which is defined by a coordinated demonization campaign designed to prepare the public, Congress and the media for yet another pre-planned military adventure. -Daniel Pourkesali - 10/31/07

Iran: Tehran Bookshop-Cafes Closed In New Move Against Dissent
In what appears to be another blow to Iranian intellectual life, police in Tehran have recently shut down six bookshop-cafes, and others may be in line for closure, Radio Farda reported on October 29. -RFE - 10/31/07

Iraqi FM calls for Iran-US talks on Iraq security
He said in a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki that Iran-US talks on Iraq security would be useful to help restore security in Iraq and he asked Iran to accept the US request to hold fresh round of talks on Iraq. -IRNA - 10/31/07

Iran's Alirezaii wins Asian 50m breaststroke gold
Iranian swimmer Mohammad Alirezaii snatched the 50m breaststroke gold medal in the Asian indoor competitions in Macau Wednesday. -MNA - 10/31/07

Connecting Persian Gulf to Caspian Sea under study: deputy FM
Iran is studying a plan to connect the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Mehdi Safari said here on Wednesday. - 10/31/07

Iran copper industry now privatized
The head of the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) announced on Wednesday that the copper industry is now completely privatized. -MNA - 10/31/07

Iran, Armenia eye $1b trade volume
The head of the Iran-Armenia Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries announced in Tehran on Wednesday said that the two sides’ trade volume will soar to one billion dollars. -MNA - 10/31/07

Laden Broujerdy - a fresh touch to watercolor
During the past few months, the Tehran art scene has been almost nonexistent except for the Golestan gallery and the Momayez gallery at the Artists Forum. Many galleries were closed for the summer. Then came Ramadan and again many stayed closed. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/30/07

Second day of Iran-IAEA talks begins in Tehran
Iran's Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Javad Vaeedi and visiting Deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen cochaired the second round of the talks, held at the secretariat of the SNSC. -IRNA - 10/30/07

Royalty and Stars Celebrate 60th Anniversary (1957-2007) of Christian Dior Fashion House in Paris & Versailles -Paris Report By Darius KADIVAR - 10/30/07

Iran: Diplomat's Removal Highlights Battle At The Top
Ali Larijani's sudden departure from the post of Iran's top nuclear negotiator has caused consternation abroad and political repercussions at home. -RFE - 10/30/07

Iran regrets either Iraqi or US troop death in Iraq
Iran regrets death of anyone in Iraq either Iraqi national or US troop, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday. He dismissed US allegation over Iranian complicity in death of US troop in Iraq and said, "US administration is telling lie to American nation." -IRNA - 10/30/07

U.S. spy planes violate Iran's territorial integrity
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Sunday that the increase of U.S. spy plane flights over Iran's southern borders is a clear violation of international law and the Islamic Republic's territorial integrity. -MNA - 10/30/07

Stop the War Coalition adopts CASMII's resolution on Iran
The Stop the War Coalition annual conference on Saturday 27th October in London which was attended by 480 delegates and observers representing 118 local Stop the War groups, affiliated trade unions, political parties and various campaign organisations, such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) adopted CASMII’s resolution on Iran. - 10/30/07

Lawsuit Challenges Unreasonable Delays in Granting Citizenship
In a class-action lawsuit filed today, four people in the Seattle area are challenging the federal government's unlawful and unreasonable delays in handling their applications to become U.S. citizens. All are legal permanent residents who have waited years for the government to make a decision on their requests to become citizens — far beyond the 120-day deadline specified in federal law. -ACLU - 10/30/07

Iran reacts to irresponsible comments of French defense minister
Speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Morin criticized recent statements of the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei that, Tehran was still years away from having the ability to produce a nuclear weapon and that the IAEA had no evidence Tehran was building a bomb. - 10/30/07

Dubai at center of US efforts to pressure Iran
A visit Monday by a senior U.S. Treasury official to this oil-rich Gulf state highlighted its role as a key Iranian international gateway, days after the U.S. announced new sanctions to curb foreign business with the Islamic Republic. -AP - 10/30/07

Russian Foreign Minister due in Tehran Tuesday
Lavrov is expected to discuss Iran's peaceful nuclear activities as well as Tehran-Moscow relations with senior Iranian officials, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. -IRNA - 10/30/07

Freedom's Watch Watch: Iran Gathering Yields No Plan For Future Moves
One month after Freedom's Watch emerged with a $15 million ad buy supporting a sustained Iraq war, the New York Times reported that the group was turning its attention to Iran. The paper reported in late-September that an October gathering, including experts from the American Enterprise Institute, would plot a new course on Iran. --Huffington Post - 10/30/07

Dems Make Clear Opposition to Iran War
Still reeling from the fallout of authorizing the Iraq war five years ago, congressional Democrats are determined to put themselves early on record as opposing military action in Iran. -AP - 10/30/07

Russian Economic Boom Fueled by Record Oil Prices
Experts on the Russian energy sector say Russia's economy is in good shape as a result of record high oil prices and surging energy exports. VOA's Barry Wood reports on a conference held Monday at Washington's Georgetown University. - 10/30/07

IRAQ: Number of girls attending school dropping, say analysts
Education specialists in Iraq are worried about the low school attendance of girls as it could create a huge educational gap. -IRIN - 10/30/07

Turning truth on its head
Condoleezza Rice's declaration of Iran's complicity in terrorism looks like another step on the White House's march to war. -Abbas Edalat and Mehrnaz Shahabi, Guardian - 10/30/07

War Without End Starts With Iran
That the United States government, struggling under the weight of the bloody fiasco in Iraq, might be contemplating another war must seem unimaginable to most Americans. But the political class in the United States does not necessarily relate to what is unimaginable for most people, at least not recently. -Huffington Post - 10/30/07

The cost of American bellicosity toward Iran
The Bush administration last week proceeded with its controversial decision to brand a branch of Iran's armed forces – the Quds unit of the Revolutionary Guards – as a terrorist organization and impose new sanctions on Iran. -CSM - 10/30/07

Interview with Niloufar Talebi, the creator and visionary behind the Iranian Literary Arts Festival (ILAF)
ILAF is a week long festival that celebrates the literary and high brow works of Contemporary Iranian writers, poets, filmmakers, and artists, starting Tuesday November 13th through Saturday November 17th, 2007 at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. - 10/29/07

Iran Futsal Team earns second place in Mini World Cup finals
Iran's Iranian National Futsal Team earned the second place in the Mini World Cup finals after conceding to a 4-0 defeat to the host Brazail. The finals was held on Saturday in Brazil. - 10/29/07

Oakland City Council Meeting to Vote on Iran Resolution on November 6
On November 6 the Oakland City Council will vote on a resolution to prevent a military attack on Iran. Will you join us to stand in support of this resolution during the meeting? Will you help organize a rally outside the Oakland City Hall before the meeting? - 10/29/07

Playing Polo in Historic Naqsh-e Jahan Square?
Iran’s Polo Federation is determined to ask the opinion of Iranian President about the changing of the usage of historical square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Isfahan into a polo field. -CHN - 10/29/07

Iran, IAEA talks on P1, P2 centrifuges kick off in Tehran
Iran Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Javad Vaeedi and visiting Deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen began a new round of talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges on Monday. -IRNA - 10/29/07

Fariba Davoodi Mohajer, Prominent Human and Women's Rights Activist, Receives 2007 Human Rights First Award
Iranian women's leader Fariba Davoodi Mohajer, one of the founders of the One Million Signatures Campaign for women's rights, received the 2007 Human Rights Award for dedicating her life to challenging laws that discriminate against Iranian women, including the lack of legal recourse for victims of violence. - 10/29/07

Travel author: Visit hospitable Iran
Tony Wheeler, author and cofounder of the tourist guide company Lonely Planet Publication, encourages one and all to pay a visit to Iran. -Press TV - 10/29/07

Iran Adapts to Economic Pressure
Confronted by mounting U.S. and U.N. pressure, Iran has been steadily shifting its trade from West to East and, with the benefit of record high oil prices, is likely to be able to withstand the new U.S. sanctions, according to U.S., European and Iranian analysts. -Washington Post - 10/29/07

IAEA's ElBaradei says no evidence Iran is making nuclear arms
In a press conference in Washington, he accused US leaders of adding "fuel to the fire" with recent bellicose rhetoric. ElBaradei said if the United States had more information on Iran's nuclear drive than the IAEA, "I would be very happy to receive it and go forward." - 10/29/07

Prominent Iranian Cleric Released From Jail
Prominent reformist cleric Hadi Ghabel was released from jail today, after being imprisoned for more than a month on security-related charges. -RFE - 10/29/07

International flights to use Tehran's IKIA aiport
All international flights but five were launched at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), some 30km south of Tehran, as of Sunday. -MNA - 10/29/07

New Russia Debate Takes Shape
Top U.S. foreign policy officials appear determined to put talk of a new Cold War with Russia on ice. In an interview with RFE/RL on October 23, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates stressed that Russia is still Washington's "strategic partner" and soft-pedaled fears about Moscow's newly assertive international posture. -RFE - 10/29/07

Iran extracts 3b cu. m. of Gas in one month
The South Pars Gas Complex Company (SPGC) has extracted 3.187 billion cubic meters of gas from September 23 to October 22, an SPGC official announced Sunday. -IRNA - 10/29/07

Iran's leaders need enemies like Bush, and at every turn he obliges them
This latest batch of sanctions has little to do with diplomacy and only makes US military action more inevitable -Guardian - 10/29/07

Iran stepping up efforts to release kidnapped Japanese student
Iranian security authorities have said several tribes in Iran are stepping up efforts to secure the release of a Japanese student kidnapped in Southeastern Iran earlier this month, It was reported Monday. -IRNA - 10/29/07

Iran Sanctions: * Terrorism * Diplomacy
Labeling Iranian government groups "terrorist," the Bush administration Thursday placed a new set of sanctions on Iran. Noam Chomsky said today: "When we or our allies and clients carry out terror (or aggression), it's the justified use of force (for stability, self-defense, etc.). When some official enemy does the same thing, it's terror (or aggression). -Institute for Public Accuracy - 10/28/07

Thousands Protest Iraq War Across US
Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: “Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die” or “Drop Tuition Not Bombs.” -AP - 10/28/07

Iran President criticizes US double standard in terror campaign
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the United States' double standard in international campaign against terrorism is the reason for its inaction towards Kurdish rebels who launch attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq. The president made the comment in a phone conversation with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. -IRNA - 10/28/07

Strike on Iran Would Roil Oil Markets, Experts Say
A U.S. military strike against Iran would have dire consequences in petroleum markets, say a variety of oil industry experts, many of whom think the prospect of pandemonium in those markets makes U.S. military action unlikely despite escalating economic sanctions imposed by the Bush administration. -Washington Post - 10/28/07

Official: US unilateral sanctions against Iran to fail
Director General of the American Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry Ahmad Sobhani said in Tehran Sunday that the US' unilateral sanctions against Iran are doomed to failure. Director General of the American Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry Ahmad Sobhani said here Sunday that the US' unilateral sanctions against Iran are doomed to failure. - 10/28/07

Iranian FM slams terrorist acts from Iraqi soil against regional states
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday underlined the need for campaign against terrorism, condemning terrorist acts from Iraqi soil against regional countries. In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan, Mottaki added that Iran believes in campaign against terrorism. -IRNA - 10/28/07

International congress on Rumi opens in Tehran
The International Congress on the 800th birth anniversary of Molana Jalaleddin Molavi Balkhi, the renowned Iranian mystic poet, kicked off here on Sunday. -IRNA - 10/28/07

Europeans, seeking to hit Iran in pocketbook, consider own sanctions
France, long viewed as too busy making money in Iran to punish it over its nuclear program, is leading a push under U.S.-friendly President Nicolas Sarkozy and his activist foreign minister to hurt Tehran through its pockets. Britain is another European power that sees tougher sanctions as essential. -AP - 10/28/07

Iraqi government to take over Karbala from US
Iraqi government is to take over control of security in the Shia province of Karbala from the US early next week. Karbala will be the eighth of Iraq's 18 provinces to come under Iraqi control despite a declared plan that the process would be complete by November. - 10/28/07

Iran qualifies for Asian women's football tourney after defeating India 4-1
Iran will make debut at Asian women's football tournament in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur as it edged past India 5-4 on aggregate. -MNA - 10/27/07

Iran to Reopen Consulates in Northern Iraq
Tehran suspended its diplomatic activities in certain parts of the Iraqi Kurdistan after five of its mission staffers were abducted during a raid by the US troops on its consulate general in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil last January. After ten months, the five diplomats are still under detention while they have been deprived of their most basic rights, including a meeting with their family members. -Fars - 10/27/07

West meddling in Mideast 'kiss of death'
An interview with Dr. Karin Kneissl, one of Europe's most insightful scholars on Middle Eastern politics. Dr. Kneissl is a teacher of International Relations at Webster University in Vienna, and a guest lecturer at universities in Lebanon and Germany. -Press TV - 10/27/07

Iran's mission at UN condemns US sanctions
The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, in a press release on Saturday, condemned US unilateral sanctions against Iran. - 10/27/07

Northern Iran holds plentiful oil, gas reserves, say geologists
Recent research by geologists shows that north, northeast, and northwest of Iran hold bountiful deposits of oil and gas. -MNA - 10/27/07

India to build refinery in Iran
National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Co. and India's Essar Group are about to finalize the deal on building a refinery in southern Iran. -Press TV - 10/27/07

Iran fixes date for banks privatization
Five percent of shares of Bank Mellat, Bank Saderat Iran, Bank Tejarat, and Bank Refah Kargaran will be ceded to the private sector on Dec. 2, 11, 23, and Jan. 8 respectively. -MNA - 10/27/07

Iranian missiles no threats to any countries: Defense minister
Iranian missiles are no threats to any states and would only pound those who violate the country's boundaries, Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Saturday. -IRNA - 10/27/07

China dismisses sanctions against Iran
Chinese official on Saturday announced his country's opposition to imposing economic sanctions on Iran. -IRNA - 10/27/07

Russian General: Country Can Quickly Resume Intermediate-Range Missile Production
The top commander of Russia's strategic missile forces says his country is capable of quickly resuming production of short and intermediate-range missiles. -VOA - 10/27/07

We Must Bomb Iran, Says US Republican Guru
A senior foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani has urged that Iran be bombed using cruise missiles and “bunker busters” to set back Teheran’s nuclear programme by at least five years. -Telegraph/UK - 10/27/07

Forces of Good and Evil lining up for the ultimate battle: Iran
Rosa Brook, a columnist for Los Angeles Times, puts is very bluntly, and she has got it right. The Bushies are all insane. Thus one cannot confront them in the domain of logic. One has to wonder how a psychotic Bush sold us one War for Peace, and how he continues his road shows selling more of Elixir Of Death as Elixir Of Life? -Ali Moayedian - 10/26/07

Achaemenid Bas-Relief sold in London for over $1.1M
A 2,500 year old Persian sculpture, dating from the Achaemenid era, was sold for over Dlrs 1 million at a London auction Thursday after its real ownership was disputed in litigation. - 10/26/07

Lawmakers Seek Changes in US War Powers Resolution
A group of lawmakers from both parties is proposing to change a law approved by Congress more than three decades ago aimed at limiting the ability of the president to go to war without the approval of Congress. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill, supporters of the effort point to recent statements by the Bush administration about Iran in underscoring their call for changing the 1973 War Powers Act. - 10/26/07

Country's Largest Anti-War Coalition Decries Unilateral Sanctions: October 27th Anti-War Marches to Call for No War on Iran
United for Peace and Justice, the country's largest anti war coalition and organizer of the October 27th National Day of Action to End the War in Iraq, today spoke out against unilateral sanctions against Iran as announced by the Bush Administration today. - 10/26/07

Feminin - Masculin - IRAN
In the male dominated society of Iran, Farahnaz Shiri, the first female bus driver in Tehran, has made her own little society in her bus. In Iran there are different sections for men and women on public buses. Women should enter buses from the back door, which is separated from men’s entrance, and should sit or stay in a limited zone at the end of the buses which is separated from men’s zone. But in Mrs. Shiri’s bus everything is vice-versa. -Why Democracy - 10/26/07

Haleh Afshar, First Iranian woman in House of Lords
The first Iranian woman takes up a seat on the House of Lords crossbenches as a non-party political peer in recognition of her work. -Press TV - 10/26/07

Aspahan Horse Festival held in Isfahan, Iran
Aspahan Horse Festival which will be held for the first time will be held with attendance of domestic and foreign experts and more than 300 purebred Persian horses. -CHN - 10/26/07

Civil Society Activist Detained In Iran
The head of a Tehran-based nongovernmental group active in promoting democracy has been detained in Iran. Sohrab Razaghi, the director of the organization Koneshgaran, was taken into custody on October 24 and transported to an unknown location. -RFE - 10/26/07

Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra in Glendale and Los Angeles
On November 3-4, 2007, the Persian Ney master Khosrow Soltani and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, will perform the west coast premiere of Toward that Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra by the Persian composer and Carnegie Mellon University professor Reza Vali. - 10/26/07

U.S. Sanctions On Iran Take Crisis To New Level
With one fell swoop of the U.S. government’s pen, Washington has hit Iran with some of the strongest U.S. unilateral sanctions since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, singling out Iran’s Defense Ministry, Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and its elite Quds Force in a move that is likely to send the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear program to a new level of tension and uncertainty. -RFE - 10/26/07

Iran clamps down on coffee shops
They have become a haven for modern bookworms everywhere - a place to combine a love of the written word with the pleasures of cafe society. But now the trend of opening coffee shops inside bookstores has fallen foul of the authorities amid a general clampdown on social and intellectual freedoms. -Guardian - 10/26/07

Safer Airports Across America
It is no secret that the Bush administration has been supporting a terrorist group in Iraq; the Mojahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), listed on the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Groups and has given them 'special persons status'. While the nation was coxed into waging a 'war on terror', Mr. Bush is giving protection to terrorists – our tax dollars support them in camp Ashraf. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 10/26/07

Iranian among 2006 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients
Among the 2007 writers are an Iranian-born novelist, a goat farmer, an English professor who writes about boxing, and an experienced climber and guide in Wyoming's Teton Range. This year's winners include two poets, three fiction writers, three non-fiction writers, and two playwrights. - 10/26/07

The New York Times, Iran, and International Law
Once again, an American president is threatening to use force against another country; in this case, the Bush administration is threatening, at a minimum, to launch cruise missiles into Iran. President Bush also recently said that a military confrontation with Iran could lead to World War III. And once again, such threats demonstrate that the U.S . news media is content to permit the president to operate outside the U.S. Constitution and the UN Charter ... -Common Dreams - 10/26/07

USA*Engage Cautions on IRGC Designation
"The most unfortunate element is that the Bush administration is framing this as a diplomatic initiative. In fact, they are sanctions intended to punish Iran, though their primary effect may well be on companies in third countries. As a result they are unlikely to lead to a positive diplomatic outcome. Real diplomacy means utilizing direct diplomatic channels to the government in Iran, and it means working with our allies on concerted multilateral efforts." - 10/26/07

The United States, Russia, and the “new” missile crisis
Tension mounts between the two powers, each time becoming more confrontational -Safe Democracy - 10/26/07

"Very Difficult, Very Embarrassing"
The Iraqi minister caught between the Turks and the Kurds discusses rising regional tensions—and the unexpected Syrian reaction—in the wake of a cross-border PKK raid. -Newsweek - 10/26/07

In Europe, many banking sanctions against Iran already apply; will others follow suit?
Britain applauded a U.S. decision Thursday to target Iran with banking sanctions, but many European financial institutions have already curbed ties with Tehran and analysts said others wouldn't feel compelled to automatically take similar steps. -AP - 10/26/07

Stalin, Mao And … Ahmadinejad?
Conservatives have become surprisingly charitable about two of history's greatest mass murderers. -Newsweek - 10/26/07

Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Sufis: From Puritanism to Transcendentalism
At a time when political relations between Iran and the United States are so tense and the two nations are viewing each other with hostility and suspicion, it is important to remember that the cultural and literary relations between them have not always been so acrimonious. -Farhang Jahanpour - 10/25/07

U.S. government announces sweeping new sanctions against Iran
"The U.S. Government is taking several major actions today to counter Iran's bid for nuclear capabilities and support for terrorism by exposing Iranian banks, companies and individuals that have been involved in these dangerous activities and by cutting them off from the U.S. financial system." -U.S. Treasury - 10/25/07

Middle East Analyst & Historian Juan Cole on U.S. War Plans Against Iran, Turkey and His New Book "Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East”
As President Bush seeks $196 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we speak to Juan Cole about Iraq war and whether the war could spread to Iran and Turkey. -Democracy Now - 10/25/07

Iranian films scoop up awards at Italian gala
Four Iranian films won several prizes at the 10th Religion Today Film Festival, which was held in Trento, Italy from October 6 to 20. Director Rasul Mollaqolipur’s swan song “M for Mother” was presented the best film award. - 10/25/07

Iran's Sepahan in Asian League final
Iran's Sepahan has advanced to the AFC Championships League finals, after a goalless draw against al-Wahda of the United Arab Emirates. -Press TV - 10/25/07

Iran's Interior minister: US training terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan
Interior Minister of Iran Mostafa Pour- Mohammadi said on Wednesday that US has established training centers in Afghanistan in the past years to train terrorist forces and dispatched them to other countries including Iran. -IRNA - 10/25/07

Shi'a-Sunni Alims Seminar wraps up in Tehran
The 2nd Shi'a and Sunni Alims & Elites Seminar wrapped up its activities here Wednesday evening, issuing a communique. The communique reads in part, keeping in mind the current status, in which the Muslims' enemies are allied, Islamic lands are occupied, Islamic identity is targeted constantly and the enemies try resolutely to ruin it, and Islam has entered scenes of dialogue challenging liberalism, it is necessary for the world Muslims to stick to Allah's guidance entirely, and to take new steps towards unity and brotherhood to ward off enemies' bad omen. - 10/25/07

Iranian delegation holds joint press conference with Solana and Prodi
Iranian high ranking delegation held a press conference here Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana. At the beginning, Prime Minister Prodi said, "Dialogue is the only way to find a solution for Iran's nuclear program in the UN Security Council and Italy encourages this way." -IRNA - 10/25/07

Iran's FM: No new talks until U.S. revises its policy
Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said here on Wednesday that fresh talks between Iran and the United States over the security situation in Iraq require a change in Washington's policy toward Iraq. -MNA - 10/25/07

Lee Hamilton: Preconditions are a formula for failure
He chastised the current administration’s hesitance to engage certain governments and added that the last thing to do when experiencing difficulties with a country is to shut down the embassy and withdraw the ambassador. To drive the point home to the audience he summoned the words of Winston Churchill, "it’s better to jaw, jaw, jaw—than war, war, war." -NIAC - 10/25/07

US Announces New Sanctions Against Iranian Military, Banks
The United States is imposing new sanctions against Iran's military, three state-owned banks and more than 20 individuals accused of supporting terrorist activities in the Middle East. -VOA - 10/25/07

Central Bank of Iran breaks with the US dollar
The Central Bank of Iran says the process of converting the country's dollar reserves to other foreign currencies has been completed. -Press TV - 10/25/07

Tehran to hold the Persian Gulf conference
Iran will hold here the first International Conference on the Persian Gulf, Marine Silk Road from Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2007. The meet aims to highlight the Persian Gulf's role in the region's economic transactions and also to expand economic cooperation between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states and the Far Eastern countries. -MNA - 10/25/07

Pakistan/Iran: The Baluchi Minority's 'Forgotten Conflict'
Leaders of the Baluchi minority in southwestern Pakistan and southeastern Iran say their people are increasingly marginalized, discriminated against by the state, and suffer from limited access to the benefits of citizenship. -RFE - 10/25/07

US Policy on Missile Defense Appears Unclear
U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe continue to be a major source of contention between the United States and Russia. In this report from Washington, VOA Senior Correspondent André de Nesnera looks at the latest statements by senior U.S. officials on the controversial defense system and how they are being interpreted. - 10/25/07

Bush Admin Prosecution of Largest Muslim Charity in U.S. Ends in Mistrial
The now-defunct Holy Land Foundation was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States. It collected donations for local committees providing humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The government had accused it of providing “material support” to a foreign terrorist organization. -Democracy Now - 10/25/07

Iran calls for preventing arms races in outer space
Iran's Representative to the UN, Hossein Maleki, here Wednesday urged all states, in particular those with major space capabilities, to actively participate in all efforts aiming at preventing arms races in outer space. -IRNA - 10/25/07

Tahmineh Milani to try her hand at TV
In a change of attitude for the director who had always expressed her aversion to television throughout her career, Tahmineh Milani has signed a contract to make an AIDS-focused TV series for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). -MNA - 10/25/07

Sergio Leone's Colossus Film Debut!
A Greek military hero named Darios (Rory Calhoun) visits his uncle Lissipu in Rhodes in the year 280 BC. Rhodes has just finished constructing an enormous colossal statue of Apollo to guard its harbor and is planning an alliance with Phoenicia, which would be hostile to Greece. -Darius KADIVAR - 10/24/07

Iran: Public-Transport Bill Offers Window On Political Divide
Iran's parliament recently approved the outlines of a government bill to expand public transportation as part of a continuing official bid to curb the use of cars and reduce costly fuel imports. -RFE - 10/24/07

Larijani: Iran always supports negotiations
Commenting on his resignation from his position in the SNSC, Larijani said, "A lot has been said about my resignation. Some have said that it was for personal reasons, but as far as I know, there is no personal reason." -IRNA - 10/24/07

EU, Iran Hold Nuclear Talks
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said a meeting in Rome with Iran's new top negotiator on Tehran's nuclear program was "constructive". A new round of talks is expected to be held by the end of November. -VOA - 10/24/07

Pertamina Eyes Iran Oil Block
After winning an oil and gas tender in Qatar recently, Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina is now setting its sights on an exploration right in Iran. -Fars - 10/24/07

Iranian FM dismisses reports on his resignation
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki categorically dismissed on Wednesday reports on his alleged resignation, saying "I did not resign." -IRNA - 10/24/07

US Supports Terrorists That are Also Not Terrorists
The Bush administration is known for its two wars. There is one on a feeling - terror; and one upon a country - Iraq. In 2003, the war on terror was used to justify the war in Iraq. How ironic, then, that today the war in Iraq helps demonstrate the absurdity of the war on terror. -Huffington Post - 10/24/07

Why Did Iran's Ahmadinejad Cut Short Armenia Visit?
Amid speculation over why Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad suddenly cut short a visit to Armenia today, senior Armenian officials have told RFE/RL that it may have been due to the "deteriorating health" of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -RFE - 10/24/07

Iran-Khodro to Start Export of Samand Suren to 32 Countries in October
Iran is scheduled to start export of the latest model of its home-manufactured passenger car 'Samand' to 32 different countries, said Manouchehr Manteqi, Managing Director of Iran-Khodro car manufacturing company, manufacturer of Samand passenger car. -Fars - 10/24/07

Kucinich Pushes Bush Impeachment
Kucinich was moved to take action, he said, in part because of Bush’s recent suggestion to reporters that a world war with Iran might be imminent, leading Kucinich to wonder “whether he’s playing with Armageddon or he’s not well.” -Monterey Herald - 10/24/07

British Company Signs Contract on Highway Construction Project in Iran
A British company has joined the well-known highway construction project which is due to link Tehran to the northern parts of the country. -Fars - 10/24/07

US tepid to more talks with Iran on Iraq security
The United States is uncertain whether to hold further discussions with Iran about improving security in Iraq because earlier talks failed to produce results, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. -Reuters - 10/24/07

Increasing danger of war through Incomprehension between United States and Iran
It must be acknowledged that in connection with the Iranian nuclear question a single line is now taking shape, and it is that of confrontation. It is as though two crazy trains were rushing headlong towards each other on the same track, without anyone being able to halt them or divert them onto a different track. -Le Figaro, France - 10/24/07

Iranian Students Protest Jail Sentences For Classmates
Students at Tehran's Amir Kabir University demonstrated today against the prison sentences handed down to three fellow students for allegedly insulting Islam. - 10/23/07

Sufi Poet and Mystic Rumi Remains Compelling to American Readers
Ask Americans who is the most popular poet in the country today, and they might guess Walt Whitman or Robert Frost. Many might be surprised to learn that the correct answer (measured either in public interest or total book sales) is the Sufi mystic and poet known as Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi), born 800 years ago in Central Asia. - 10/23/07

Iran, Seven Faces of a Civilization at UCLA
Farzin Rezaeian is an award-winning documentarian and educational film producer and director. He studied sociology, political science and communications at the University of Illinois in Chicago. For the past twenty years he has researched and written for many educational and documentary films that he has produced or directed. Persepolis Recreated and Seven Faces of a Civilization are his most recent productions. - 10/23/07

Putin the Great, NATO Ottomans & the Pipeline Labyrinth
Mr. Vladimir Putin, the architect of the 1999 air and land war against the Chechen Republic, the President of Russia, was greeted with great fanfare and utter respect in Tehran when he arrived for the Caspian Sea Littoral States Summit this past week. -K. Darbandi - 10/23/07

Iranian archer breaks world compound record
Iranian archer Majid Ahmadi set a new world compound record in the Asian Grand Prix (GP) in Isfahan Monday. - 10/23/07

SAS raiders enter Iran to kill gunrunners
BRITISH special forces have crossed into Iran several times in recent months as part of a secret border war against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Al-Quds special forces, defence sources have disclosed. -Sunday Times, UK - 10/23/07

Iranian FM writes to Kouchner on French contradictory policy
The Islamic Republic is a responsible member of the international community but will not abandon its legal right to nuclear technology regardless of threats and sanctions, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said in a letter to his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner released on Monday. -MNA - 10/23/07

CGES: Oil prices could average $100 by next spring
The Centre for Global Energy Studies has again revised upwards its oil price forecasts for the next year, following rates breaking through the Dlrs 90 per barrel for the first time last week. -IRNA - 10/23/07

Hillary Clinton Seen As Strong Democratic Frontrunner
The latest public opinion polls suggest U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is widening her lead for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination next year. -VOA - 10/23/07

Shahram Nazeri thanks the Iranian nation
"This award belongs to all those who have worked hard attempting to promote our country's culture," Shahram Nazeri, winner of France's Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur medal said at a press conference on Monday. -MNA - 10/23/07

Iran President winds up Armenia visit
During his two-day stay, the Iranian president reviewed further expansion of Tehran-Yerevan relations as well as the latest regional and international developments with his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian. -IRNA - 10/23/07

IRAQ: Aid agencies prepare for displacement near Turkish border
Aid agencies working in Iraq’s northern provinces have put in place emergency supply programmes in anticipation of a threatened invasion by Turkish troops to clear Turkish-Kurdish rebels operating in the area. -IRIN - 10/23/07

Iranian women's team creating waves
The Iranian women's team might have lost 1-3 to India in this AFC Asia Cup qualifier match played in Gurgaon last week but the loud and noisy 100 odd Iranian women supporters in the stands made sure they won the battle off the field. -NDTV - 10/23/07

Istanbul’s female dervishes are dividing Muslims
In a cultural centre in Istanbul's Fatih district, nine Mevlevi dervishes, clad in the distinctive long gowns of their mystical order, revolve rhythmically in a sacred dance. -Iason Athanasiadis, First Post - 10/23/07

Iran's Khatami attacks Ahmadinejad on economy
Iran's ex-president Mohammad Khatami has made a rare criticism of his successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying inflation was a growing problem which government statistics were trying to conceal, the press reported on Monday. -AFP - 10/23/07

Dodd Campaign Challenges Clinton on Iran
The New York senator has said she voted in favor of declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization to encourage diplomacy. Dodd, a senator from Connecticut, voted against the measure last month, arguing that President Bush could interpret it as authorization for military action. -AP - 10/23/07

Christians Bring Iranian Jews to Israel
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that funnels millions of dollars in evangelical donations to Israel every year, is promising $10,000 to every Iranian Jew who comes to Israel, said the group's director, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. But an Iran expert said the money would not be enough to draw Iranian Jews, who generally do not perceive themselves to be in great danger in the Islamic republic. -AP - 10/23/07

LET'S TRY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: The "Apparent" Illogic of America's Middle East Strategy
So, folks, don’t think for a second that our leaders, at least those in charge of our Middle East policies, are interested in ending the terrorist threats, instability and bloodshed in that region. What feeds or fuels their ambitions is the perpetuation of the perception of threats to our safety and security and to our regional strategic interests. For that, we will continue to need designated enemies and threatening bogeymen. -Kam Zarrabi - 10/22/07

Professor Saeedi: A catastrophic loss of 3.9 trillion Dollars in Iran's oil reservoirs
Recent calculations and studies by professor Saeedi, expert in oil and gas reservoirs, Dr. Derakhshan, energy economist and several other engineers, on Iran's reservoirs proves that injecting gas to increase oil extraction is the most economic alternative of gas consumption. - 10/22/07

Iranians win gold, bronze at World Junior Karate
Iran's karate fighter Zabihollah Poursheib has won the plus-80kg gold at 5th World Junior and Cadet Karate Championship in Istanbul. Poursheib's teammate Millad Yari also snatched the bronze medal in minus 80kg. -IRNA - 10/22/07

Energy Relations To Dominate Ahmadinejad's Armenia Visit
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrives in Armenia today for a two-day visit. On the agenda is a natural-gas pipeline between the two countries and other energy issues. Federico Bordonaro, a senior analyst with the Rome-based Power and Interest News Report, spoke to RFE/RL about the geopolitical implications of the growing ties between Armenia and Iran. -RFE - 10/22/07

New Crackdown On Iranian Dissidents 'Seeks To Create Despair'
Human rights groups around the world are protesting the latest detention of prominent Iranian activist Emadedin Baqi, which comes amid a fresh crackdown on political dissent that some say seeks to “create despair” in Iran’s embattled opposition ahead of parliamentary polls next spring. -RFE - 10/22/07

IAEA chief: No psywar on Iran
UN nuclear watchdog boss Mohamed ElBaradei says Washington's psywar to demonize Iran as a nuclear threat to the world should be tossed. -Press TV - 10/22/07

Iran wrestler named gold medalist after 11 years
It took Iran’s 130kg freestyle wrestler Ebrahim Mehraban 11 years to take Asia’s gold medal as Uzbek champion tested positive. -MNA - 10/22/07

Iran: Military Flaunts New Capabilities As Tensions Rise
As tensions with the United States rise over Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional security issues, Tehran has been flaunting its military capabilities and asserting its preparedness in the face of a possible attack. -RFE - 10/22/07

Iran calls for justice against suppliers of chemical weapons to Saddam
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to bring to justice suppliers of chemical weapons to Saddam regime during the 1980-88 Iraqi-imposed war on Iran. -IRNA - 10/22/07

Meltdown in oil production risks war and unrest, study warns
new study warned Monday that world oil production will fall by half as soon as 2030 and that extreme shortages of fossil fuels will lead to wars and social breakdown. According to the report by Energy Watch Group (EWG), world oil production peaked in 2006, much earlier than experts had expected, and will fall by half as soon as 2030. - 10/22/07

Cheney increases U.S. oratory against Iran
Vice President Dick Cheney, ratcheting up the Bush administration's warnings to Iran, branded its government Sunday as "a growing obstacle to peace in the Middle East" and declared that United States and its allies "will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon." -IHT - 10/22/07

Iraq Calls for Kurd Rebels to Lay Down Their Arms or Leave
At a joint news conference, President Talabani, a Kurd, ordered the PKK rebels to lay down their arms or leave Iraq. But said he would not hand them over to Turkey. He said if the Turkish military could not defeat them, how could Iraq arrest them and hand them over to Turkey. -VOA - 10/22/07

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
Where are the human images of Arabs and Arab Americans? That’s the topic of a new film called "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People." It’s based on a book by the same name by acclaimed media critic Jack Shaheen. -Democracy Now - 10/22/07

Iran's president moves to tighten grip on nuclear policy
Doubts surrounded the future of Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, yesterday after the departure of the country's chief nuclear negotiator appeared to signal a significant power shift to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A day after Ali Larijani resigned as secretary of the supreme national security council, speculation grew that the foreign minister, a career diplomat, may be the next to go as the president tightens his grip on nuclear policy. -Guardian - 10/22/07

Sohrabi pedals to Iran's first world gold
Cyclist Mehdi Sohrabi snatched Iran's first glittering gold in the world cross-country race in the Russian capital Moscow Sunday. - 10/21/07

Hana's "Buddha" receives UNICEF award at Rome Film Fest
"Buddha Collapsed out of Shame" by Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf has won the Paolo Ungari UNICEF Award at the Cinema Rome Film Fest which was held from October 18 until 27. - 10/21/07

Iran's First Cinema Verite Festival announces winners
The winners of Iran's first Cinéma Vérité Festival which took place in Tehran (October 15 to 20) were announced on Saturday night during a ceremony held at Tehran's Hejab Hall. -MNA - 10/21/07

A Lesson from History on Attacking Iran
Much has been said about immanent US attack on Iran, while the leadership in Tehran is confidant that such an attack would not take place, others have been offering scenarios on possible and form of Iranian response. -Manouchehr Hosseinzadeh - 10/21/07

92 oil companies will be privatized: Iran's acting Oil Minister
Iran's Acting Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari said 92 oil companies would be privatized in line with Article 44 of the Constitution. -IRNA - 10/21/07

Turkish Troops Kill 23 Kurdish Rebels After Ambush Kills 12 Soldiers
Turkey's military says troops have killed 23 Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey after a rebel ambush in the region killed 12 soldiers. -VOA - 10/21/07

Iran's Top Nuclear Negotiator Resigns
Ali Larijani, Iran's main negotiator with the international community over the country's disputed nuclear program, has resigned, raising questions about the direction Tehran will now take. -RFE - 10/20/07

Iran's U-23 lifts West Asian futsal trophy
Iran's Under-23 squad was crowned at the first West Asian futsal meet in Amol, northern province of Mazandaran, Thursday. -MNA - 10/20/07

Iran starring in world karate firmament
Iran snatched one gold and two silvers on the first day of world juniors' karate meet in the Turkish city of Istanbul Saturday. - 10/20/07

Iran: International Unions Condemn Treatment Of Jailed Activist
Trade unionists from around the world are calling on the Iranian authorities to release jailed union activist Mansur Osanlu, who is being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison and is said to be in danger of losing his sight in one eye unless he receives urgent medical attention. -RFE - 10/20/07

"Powerful Iran" war game to be held
A massive war game codenamed "powerful Iran" will be held near Qom on October 23-25, the Commander of Basij (volunteer) Forces in Ministries and Organizations Masoud Chinigar-Zadeh said on Saturday. -MNA - 10/20/07

Afghan Foreign Minister Disputes Claim Iran Arming Taliban Militants
Afghanistan's foreign minister says there is no evidence that Iran is supplying weapons to Taliban insurgents, despite U.S. claims. -VOA - 10/20/07

CGIE to republish ancient map of Persian Gulf
The Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia (CGIE) is to republish an ancient map of the Persian Gulf. -MNA - 10/20/07

Military Resistance Forced Shift on Iran Strike
The George W. Bush administration’s shift from the military option of a massive strategic attack against Iran to a surgical strike against selected targets associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker earlier this month, appears to have been prompted not by new alarm at Iran’s role in Iraq but by the explicit opposition of the nation’s top military leaders to an unprovoked attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. -IPS - 10/20/07

Iran to donate extra dlrs 600,000 for Afghan reconstruction
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is to donate an extra sum of dlrs 600,000 to ECO Fund to help Afghan reconstruction. -IRNA - 10/20/07

Major Iraq Reconstruction to Transition from US to Iraqi Lead
The U.S. military's effort to rebuild major infrastructure in Iraq will be winding down during the coming year, leaving the Iraqi government to fund the effort and to find engineers capable of handling the projects. -VOA - 10/20/07

Lawmakers Seek Clarification from DOD Over Cagan's Alleged Remarks
U.S. Representatives Michael Honda (D-15th/CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-14th/NY) have contacted the Department of Defense to inquire about the comments allegedly made by Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs. -IAPAC - 10/19/07

Novelist Sheds Light on Iranians' Psyche
In this novel about the various paths we choose to take due to interruptions in our everyday lives, Farzin, a gay man living in Tehran, finds himself accused of a crime he has not committed. - 10/19/07

Iran, Venezuela to launch global oil venture
Iran and Venezuela plan to establish a global oil venture to implement projects in countries where oil giants face tough conditions. -Press TV - 10/19/07

Debra Cagan Damaging to US Foreign Relations
In a remarkable column in the New York Times on October 15th, Roger Cohen explored the personality and style of Debra Cagan, the high-ranking US Department of Defense Official who said “I hate all Iranians” at a Pentagon meeting last month. -NIAC - 10/19/07

US arrogant attitudes pave way for 'World War III': Iranian Cleric
Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami condemned recent remarks by US President George W.Bush and said the US arrogant attitudes, not Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, can pave the way for World War III. President Bush, in his remarks on Wednesday, threatened that the world should convince Iran to abandon its nuclear activities to avoid World War III. -IRNA - 10/19/07

Iran's Oil Bourse
On Wall Street as well as on Main Street, it is increasingly becoming common knowledge that since 2001 the United States' once almighty dollar has lost more than half its purchasing power against the euro and inescapably is fast turning into the "new American peso." -Ardeshir Ommani - 10/19/07

Iranian women football team arrives in India
Twenty three members of Iranian women's football team accompanying ten officials arrived here on Thursday to play a qualifying match against host India this weekend. -IRNA - 10/19/07

Bush's War Rhetoric Reveals the Anxiety That Iran Commands
When President Bush this week raised the specter of World War III if Iran manages to build nuclear weapons, he not only roiled the diplomatic world, he also underscored how much Iran has come to shadow the political dialogue both here in Washington and on the presidential campaign trail. -Washington Post - 10/19/07

U.S. Aid to the Middle East Becoming More Focused on Women
"If you bring potable, clean water to a village, it frees up girls' time -- it is they who fetch and carry water. They can go to school," says Isobel Coleman, of the Council on Foreign Relations. -USINFO - 10/19/07

US Could Take Action Against Kurdish Insurgents with Proper Information, says US Defense Chief
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States might be willing to take action against Kurdish insurgents who attack Turkey from Northern Iraq if it had good information about their location. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon. - 10/19/07

Iran: Amnesty International condemns new wave of executions
Amnesty International today expressed alarm at the new wave of executions in Iran and said that it has already recorded almost 250 executions since the beginning of 2007, although the true total of those put to death could be significantly higher. - 10/19/07

Iran, Sanctions and War: the Oil Factor
U.S.-Iran relations have been growing more tense as the standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program continues, prompting speculation about the significance of the "oil factor" in Iran's domestic politics and in its relationship with the outside world. -World Politics Review - 10/19/07

Iran's Nuclear Standoff With West Embroils Beethoven, Brahms
German music director Michael Dreyer received more than 100 irate e-mails for bringing Beethoven and Brahms to Iran this summer. For two days in August, the 60-member Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra played before 1,200 people in Tehran, the largest European classical ensemble in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -Bloomberg - 10/19/07

An Anti-Imperialist Case Against Iran’s Nuclear Program
If, after a disastrous invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the ruling elites in the western countries are still talking openly about further military aggressions, this time against Iran, the western leftists have clearly had less than zero effect on the debates that matter most. - - 10/19/07

BBC Trains Iranian Journalists through ZigZag Online Magazine
Iran has a thriving blogosphere and a large educated and Internet-savvy class of people. But because it’s a closed society, most journalism training does not address the importance of objectivity and balance in reporting, nor does it stress the importance of online journalism. -PBS - 10/19/07

Can Bhutto's Return To Pakistan Boost Afghan Security?
Defying threats from Taliban militants, former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has returned home after eight years of exile, vowing to help push Pakistan in a democratic direction -- and win the war on terrorism. -RFE - 10/19/07

Cannes winner says Iran's disapproval boosts film
Filmmaker Marjane Satrapi said Thursday that Iran's official disapproval of "Persepolis," her black comedy about growing up after the Islamic revolution, was only encouraging more people to see it -AFP - 10/19/07

Iranian Students shine in International Astronomy Olympiad
The eight-member astronomy Olympiad team of the Islamic Republic of Iran gained the first place in "senior" level of the twelfth students' Astronomy Olympiad by winning three gold and eight silver medals. - 10/18/07

Iranian women's status elaborated at UN
Emadi added, "Presently, the Iranian women comprise over 30% of the labour force in our country, and their participation in economic affairs is 18%, which is the highest in the history of Iran, while the percentage of literacy among Iranian women increased to 78% in 2007, compared to 25% in 1976." - 10/18/07

Chevalier medal winner Nazeri made world bow to Iranian art and music
Shahram Nazeri, the winner of France's Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur medal, returned to Tehran on Wednesday morning. He was welcomed at Mehrabad Airport by the director of the Music and Poetry Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad-Hossein Ahmadi, and a group of music fans. - 10/18/07

Interview with SAF sponsors: ParsOnline
ParsOnline is one of the most important and valued sponsors of SAF. Most of the schools and educational centers within the SchoolNet network have access to the internet via the Pars Online Network. - 10/18/07

Iranian artists illustrate Rumi's Divan of Shams
Iranian Academy of Arts is to publish a version of Rumi’s Divan of Shams illustrated by Iranian artists. The book contains 50 illustrations by contemporary artists compiled by Mehdi Hosseini and will be published to commemorate the 800th birth anniversary of Rumi. - 10/18/07

Honoring A People's Princess
Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi guest of honor in Paris at Brazilian Painter's Tribute to the Late Princess Diana -Darius KADIVAR, Paris - 10/18/07

Bush Says Iran Must Be Prevented From Getting Nukes To Avoid WW III
President Bush says world leaders risk bringing about World War Three if they do not do more to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. -VOA - 10/18/07

Iran: Release Leading Defender of Prisoners' Rights
Iranian authorities should immediately release prominent human rights defender Emadeddin Baghi and drop the politically motivated charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. - 10/18/07

Support For Armenian Genocide Measure Wanes In Washington
U.S. congressional support appears to be fading for a controversial resolution that defines the mass killing of Armenians during the final throes of the Ottoman Empire as genocide. -RFE - 10/18/07

Russia, Iran harden against West
In a historic first visit to Iran, Russian President Putin affirmed support for Tehran's nuclear program and rebuffed any militarization in the Caspian region. -CSM - 10/18/07

Turkey's Parliament Approves Troops For Iraq Operation
U.S. officials say they understand Ankara wants to deal with the PKK fighters who have been waging an armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey in a conflict that goes back 20 years. But Washington has also warned that any incursion into northern Iraq could destabilize the region. -RFE - 10/18/07

Will We Fall For War Vs. Iran?
It would appear, according to news reports, that the hard-liners in the Bush administration, led by the vice president, are pushing for a war with Iran. The tactics are the same. Once you’ve played the fear card to start one war, the second time is easier. -Chicago Sun-Times - 10/18/07

Christopher Hitchens and Genocide: He's for it...
I'm not surprised that Christopher Hitchens, the village atheist, is now advocating genocide. His recent speech to a conference of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, in Madison, Wisc. – a portion of which can be seen here – dramatizes the completion of his evolution from a trendy leftist of the Trotskyist variety into a full-fledged, foaming-at-the-mouth neocon, whose homicidal tendencies have crystallized into a program, as he says in his talk, to "demolish" not only Iran but all religion everywhere. -Antiwar - 10/18/07

AFGHANISTAN: More executions scheduled amid growing calls for death penalty moratorium
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to sign in the near future the death warrants of about 30 prisoners indicted for various crimes by the country's Supreme Court, Abdul Rasheed Rashid, a member of the Supreme Court Council, told IRIN in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 17 October. -IRIN - 10/18/07

Iranian Official says kidnapped Japanese citizen is in good health
A Japanese citizen named Kyoto Hasegawl, 23, was kidnapped last week by armed bandits in the southeastern province of Kerman. -IRNA - 10/18/07

Iran, Russia to increase trade exchanges to $200B
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday agreed to increase bilateral trade and economic exchanges to dlrs 200 billion by the next decade. The agreement was made by the two presidents in their second meeting Tuesday evening. -IRNA - 10/17/07

Putin meets Iran's Supreme Leader
Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday night. "The real power of a country depends on the dignity and internal power of that nation and the history is a lesson in this regard," Leader told Putin who was in Tehran for the Caspian Sea summit. - 10/17/07

Iran's Asgari among world top five cyclists
Iranian cyclist Hossein Asgari was named by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in its road rankings listing the world's five top bikers. -MNA - 10/17/07

Iran: Top U.S. Official Says Financial Clampdown Is Working
If the United States is waging a financial war against Iran, as some Western media say, then Stuart Levey might be seen as the commanding general in the battle to force Tehran to halt its atomic program, which Washington says masks a secret drive for nuclear weapons. -RFE - 10/17/07

Revolutionary court detains Iranian journalist who defends prisoners of conscience
Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the arrest yesterday of journalist Emadeddin Baghi on a charge of “propaganda against the government.” Baghi is a leading advocate of the rights of prisoners of conscience in Iran. - 10/17/07

Russia And Iran: Odd Couple In Tehran?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad met for talks in Tehran today during the first visit to the Iranian capital by a Kremlin leader since 1943. -RFE - 10/17/07

Iran: Supreme Leader adjusts course
A new political landscape forces some changes and portends more to come in the future of Iranian politics. -ISN - 10/17/07

Larijani: Putin carried special message for Iranian officials
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had brought a special message for Iranian officials. -IRNA - 10/17/07

Destruction of Historical Sites behind Seimareh Dam
Once again uncoordinated activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum have caused serious damages to historical sites behind Seimareh dam in Ilam province. -CHN - 10/17/07

Amnesty International concerned about imprisoned union leader
Unless he receives urgent hospital treatment, the Evin prison doctor has told Mansour Ossanlu he may lose his sight within two weeks. The prison authorities have claimed, falsely, that he has been given medical treatment. - 10/17/07

UNESCO apologizes for distortion of Persian Gulf's name
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has made an apology for distorting the name of the Persian Gulf in an exhibition brochure they released in September, Mehr News Agency reported on Monday. - 10/17/07

Media Rights Group Says Iran Among 4 Worst Nations for Press Freedom
An international media advocacy group says Iran has jailed the most journalists in the Middle East, placing it among the four worst nations in the world for press freedom. - 10/17/07

196 Iranian MPs condemn US Congress call to divide Iraq
They said in a statement read out by member of Majlis Presiding Board Mousa Ghorbani that the nature of the global arrogance and its hegemonic approach emerge in different subjects so that the US Congress approval on dividing Iraq is in line with its imperialist spirit. -IRNA - 10/17/07

US House Overwhelmingly Approves Measure on Iraq Corruption
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly (395 to 21) approved a resolution crafted by majority Democrats criticizing the State Department for withholding information on corruption in the Iraqi government. -VOA - 10/17/07

Record oil price still below all-time high reached during Iranian revolution
Oil prices Wednesday continued to nudge Dlrs 88 per barrel, but in real, inflation adjusted terms, the record level remains below the all-time highs recorded in 1980 after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, according to the Financial Times. - 10/17/07

Note to Obama and Edwards: Step-Up on Iran
I’m glad to see John Edwards and Barack Obama have finally begun to upbraid Hillary Clinton for going along with Bush’s impending attack on Iran. We presidential candidates must keep raising this story because the mainstream media is not doing its job, once again. -Senator Mike Gravel - 10/17/07

Iran: Ahmadinejad officially welcomes Russian counterpart
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Tuesday officially welcomed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. -IRNA - 10/16/07

Caspian Sea states summit concludes its work in Tehran
The Second Summit of the Caspian Sea Littoral States ended its work after holding a joint press conference in the presence of heads of state of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan Republic, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon. - 10/16/07

Putin suggests linking Caspian Sea to Black Sea
Russian President Vladimir Putin here on Tuesday suggested that a water channel be established to link Caspian Sea to the Black Sea. "Such a measure will create a potential power for transit of goods through which the Caspian Sea states would receive more facilities," he added. - 10/16/07

Iran: Politicians Stake Out Territory Ahead Of Caspian Summit
Tehran is set to host a Caspian Sea summit at which the leaders of Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan will try to hammer out a legal framework for use of the sea and its resources, including significant energy deposits. -RFE - 10/16/07

Putin: Russia to continue nuclear cooperation with Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking at a joint press conference on the sidelines of the second Caspian Sea littoral states summit here Tuesday underlined that Russia is to continue nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran. -IRNA - 10/16/07

'The Horizon Looks Bright': An Iranian journalist looks toward the future
Noushabeh Amiri is a reporter for Rooz, an independent Iranian news site based in France. Amiri left Iran with her husband, who was also a journalist and who was detained from 1982 to 1988. -Fariba Amini, IJNet - 10/16/07

Norman Podhoretz's War Prayer
The June issue of Commentary featured a long article by Norman Podhoretz, the godfather of the neoconservatives, titled "The Case for Bombing Iran." A shorter version of the article had already been published in the Wall Street Journal, and the piece itself was based on a speech that Podhoretz had given at a summit of the Israeli lobby, "Is It 1938 Again?" -Muhammad Sahimi, Antiwar - 10/16/07

US Official: China Quits Iran Talks in Protest Over Dalai Lama
A U.S. official says international talks in Germany on the Iranian nuclear crisis have been postponed after China canceled in protest. -VOA - 10/16/07

Muslim Moon Hunting Evolves
For centuries, Muslim holy men have scoured the sky for the first sighting of the moon that ends the monthlong fasting ritual of Ramadan and starts one of Islam's major holidays, Eid ul-Fitr. But in recent years, clerics have done away with a tradition holding that the moon sighting must be with the naked eye. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 10/16/07

A sober analysis of Iran
By only focusing on most extreme, radical notions coming out of Tehran, we let radicals win -Trita Parsi, YNetNews - 10/16/07

Caspian Summit Fails To Resolve Key Question
The heads of state of all five Caspian littoral states -- Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, and Turkmenistan -- arrived with pressure mounting to finally solve the problem of whether the biggest inland body of water is a sea or a lake. - 10/16/07

Alleged Plot To Kill Putin In Iran Overshadows Landmark Trip
Some see the alleged plot as serving a useful purpose for Putin, both domestically and abroad. Russia faces parliamentary elections in December, and, more significantly, a presidential vote in March 2008 as Putin's second term in office comes to a close. -RFE - 10/16/07

Putin's Meeting With Merkel Shows Strains In EU-Russia Ties
Putin's meeting ending a two-day visit with the German chancellor in Wiesbaden comes at a time of increasingly strained relations between Russia and the West. Disagreements on the subject of energy, Kosovo's future, Iran's nuclear program, human rights, and politics continue to mount. -RFE - 10/16/07

Iran denounces powers' efforts to establish ties with Taliban
Iran's permanent ambassador to UN here Monday announced Tehran's strong support for President Hamid Karzai's Government, denouncing certain powers' efforts aimed at establishment of ties with Taliban. -IRNA - 10/16/07

AFGHANISTAN: Over 155 civilians killed in suicide attacks, fighting in September
Over 155 Afghan civilians died in ground military operations, aerial strikes and suicide attacks by Taliban insurgents, US, NATO and Afghan government forces in September alone, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has told IRIN. - 10/16/07

Clinton says she would be prepared to offer Iran incentives to end nuclear program
In an article posted Monday on the Web site of Foreign Affairs magazine, Clinton did not rule out using military force against Iran if it would not comply with international demands. She wrote that diplomacy should be the first step. -AP - 10/16/07

The folly of war with Iran
Never is wisdom more requisite in a president than in time of war. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps America's wisest war president and should remain a beacon to his successors. It's instructive to recall a comment President Lincoln once made: "One war at a time...." -CSM - 10/16/07

Could Afghan Poppies Be Painkillers for the Poor?
As opium harvests in Afghanistan have steadily increased, some think tanks and politicians - mostly in Britain - have raised a trenchant question: rather than trying to eradicate Afghanistan’s poppies, why not instead buy them and make morphine? -New York Times - 10/16/07

America’s Own Unlawful Combatants?
As the Bush administration deals with the fallout from the recent killings of civilians by private security firms in Iraq, some officials are asking whether the contractors could be considered unlawful combatants under international agreements. -Los Angeles Times - 10/16/07

PARSA Community Foundation: An Iranian-American philanthropy group is born
Last year, without much fanfare, several prominent Iranian-Americans pulled in their resources and founded PARSA Community Foundation. The mission of PARSA is to become the leading institution practicing strategic philanthropy and promoting social entrepreneurship towards a strong global Iranian presence. -Ali Moayedian - 10/15/07

Of banality and burden
The only reason that the world at large should care about the contankerous exchange between an irresponsible and sensationalist president of a beleaguered and increasingly illegitimate Islamic Republic and the racist president of an Ivy League university in the United States is that in the brief encounter between the two dwells the symptoms of a much more frightful malignancy now afflicting our globe -Hamid Dabashi - 10/15/07

Engaging Iran: The Rise of a Middle East Powerhouse and America's Strategic Choice
Nathan Gonzalez’s book “Engaging Iran” explores: How Iran holds the key to an American withdrawal from Iraq. What Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really wants. The implications of Iran’s nuclear program. How to deal with Iranian support of terrorist groups. Why it is time to engage in dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the non-partisan Iraq Study Group recommends. - 10/15/07

Putin re-confirms Iran visit
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed again his commitment to visit Iran despite vague western media reports about an imminent "assassination plot". - 10/15/07

Persepolis and Esteqlal draw 1-1 before 100,000 football fans in Tehran
The 63rd derby between Persepolis and Esteqlal ended in stalemate here Sunday. Pacesetter Persepolis and mid-table Esteqlal split the points before some 100,000 partisan fans in the Azadi Stadium, fighting to a 1-1 tie in the ninth week of the seventh Iran Pro League. - 10/15/07

A Daughter Of Kermanshah Nobelized
The novels and short stories of Persian (Iranian)-born British writer Doris Lessing are largely concerned with people caught in the social and political upheavals of the 20th century. Central themes in Lessing's works are feminism as was the case for other major female authors... -Darius KADIVAR, Paris - 10/15/07

Iran, Kazakhstan sign four agreements, joint communique
In the course of a visit to Tehran of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, four letters of understanding and a joint communique were signed on Monday. The letters were signed in presence of President Nazarbayev and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -IRNA - 10/15/07

LECTURE: The Iran-U.S. Conflict and Its Effects in Iran: Internal, Foreign and Gender Policies
A public lecture (in English) by Maziar Behrooz, San Francisco State University & Nikki Keddie, UCLA - 10/15/07

"Gilad" juxtaposes Judaism and Zionism: Iranian Director
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) plans to air the TV series "Gilad", described by its director Hossein Samieizadeh as a production that highlights the disparities between Judaism and Zionism. -MNA - 10/15/07

U.S. Officials Urge Restraint From Turkey
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has acknowledged that Washingon is currently in "a difficult time" in its relations with Turkey. Speaking in Moscow on October 13, Rice appealed for restraint against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. -RFE - 10/15/07

Non-Muslim, Muslim Students Fast Together To End Hunger
Seventh annual Fast-a-thon builds interfaith understanding - Washington -- In Bloomington, Indiana, 600 non-Muslim Indiana University students fasted with their Muslim peers on September 27 to raise money for the Bloomington Community Kitchen, which provides food for the hungry. -USINFO - 10/15/07

Persian Vision at UMMA
The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States, Persian Visions introduces the work of twenty exceptionally talented artists. -September 29–December 30, 2007 at University of Michigan Museum of Art - 10/15/07

The New World Order, Forged in the Gulf: Iran and America's Imperial Playground
After Iran-Contra, and the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted until 1988, new developments began to occur in the region of and around Iran, which have a great deal to do with the current situation we are facing today. -Andrew G. Marshall, Global Research - 10/15/07

Iran, Pakistan clash after 15 years in AFC U19
Iran and Pakistan will clash on November 6 when the teams of the two nations will face each other after a lapse of 15 years, the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) said Friday. -IRNA - 10/15/07

Antiwar Radio: Charles Goyette Interviews Philip Giraldi
Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer, partner at Cannistraro Associates, Francis Walsingham Fellow for the American Conservative Defense Alliance and columnist, discusses his August, 2005 report about Cheney’s order to SAC to draw up plans for nuking Iran, his recent report in the American Conservative about the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel agreeing on war with Iran to the complete surprise of Secretaries Gates and Rice... - 10/15/07

Fair criticism key to Iran's progress: party official
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday stated that students can criticize all officials including the Leader. However, he said there should be a differentiation between criticism and animosity. - 10/14/07

Iran: Students Grab Spotlight With Challenge To President
The letter pointed to Ahmadinejad's invitation to U.S. President George W. Bush to give a speech in Iran and asked "how...the U.S. president [can] be allowed to give a speech at Iranian universities while critical Iranian scholars and students are banned from expressing their opinions." - RFE - 10/14/07

Putin visit will lead to leap in Iran-Russia relations: expert
Some of the issues of common interest of Iran and Russia are their opposition to the U.S. presence in Azerbaijan and Georgia, their opposition to the proposal to demarcate the Caspian Sea, and their consensus on the need to confront Al-Qaeda's activities and deal with the expansion of extremist Wahhabism and the resurgence of the Taleban in the region -Mehr - 10/14/07

Putin told of 'assassination bid'
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has been warned of a plot to assassinate him during a visit to Iran this week, Kremlin officials have said - BBC - 10/14/07

Pelosi Rejects Any House Vote On Iranian Revolutionary Guard
“This has never happened before that a Congress should determine one piece of someone’s military is (a threat),” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.” “If it's a problem to us and our troops in Iraq, they should deal with it in Iraq.” - 10/14/07

Congress must approve U.S. attack vs Iran: Pelosi
"Any president, if we are attacked, if our country is attacked has -- even under the War Powers Act -- very strong powers to go after that country. But short of that, he must come to the Congress," said the top Democrat in the House of Representatives. - WP - 10/14/07

Clinton ripped for flip-flop on Iran
Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former North Carolina senator John Edwards jumped on fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday for allegedly flip-flopping on whether she would negotiate with Iran. -Jerusalem Post. - 10/14/07

Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear Project Inside Syria
Israel’s air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and American intelligence analysts judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel, according to American and foreign officials with access to the intelligence reports. - NYT - 10/14/07

Iran detains human rights activists on security charges, news agency says
The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an unnamed official as saying that Emadeddin Baghi, the head of a prisoner rights' group, had been detained - IHT - 10/14/07

Museum: Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran
The first survey of contemporary Iranian photography to be presented in the United States, Persian Visions introduces the work of twenty exceptionally talented artists. Through their highly creative and personalized manipulations of the photographic medium, these artists—all celebrated figures in their homeland and many known in Europe as well—explore aspects of cultural, gendered, and individual identities in Iran at the beginning of the twenty-first century. - University of Michigan Museum of Art - 10/14/07

Empire State Building Goes Green for Muslim Holiday
The 102-story building routinely lights up its famous spire to honor everything from traditional holidays to sporting events to notable charities to “the myriad ethnic groups living in the New York City area,” according to the building's website. But Thursday night marked the first time the all-green lighting was used to mark the kickoff of Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day celebration for Muslims around the world. - FOXnews - 10/14/07

Respect Iran sanctions, US warns
The US on Friday warned China, Russia and other countries opposed to tougher economic sanctions against Iran not to seize business opportunities left open by the departure of those respecting the sanctions regime. - FT - 10/13/07

Retired US Iraq Commander Calls Bush Strategy 'Desperate'
Asked to say what strategy he would recommend, General Sanchez enumerated many of the points of the president's approach - train the Iraqi military, promote political reconciliation, build national institutions and work with Iraq's neighbors to get their support. - VOA - 10/13/07

Switzerland's proposal on nuclear issue is constructive: Iran's Parliament speaker
He hoped that Iran's officials would find the proposal workable and useful to the process of nuclear talks, although he added no further information about it - ISNA - 10/13/07

Russia and U.S. clash over missile shield and Iran
Putin will travel next week to Tehran, where he is expected to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, suspected by Western powers of trying to develop a nuclear bomb. Putin says he sees no evidence of a bomb-making program. - Reuters - 10/13/07

Rice attacks Kremlin's power grip
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has voiced concern about Russia's direction by saying too much power is concentrated within the Kremlin. - BBC - 10/13/07

The story of Iranian oil and Israeli pipes
In recent months, Israel and Iran have been playing a game of cat-and-mouse...But alongside this routine game, Israel and Iran are working feverishly in an entirely different area: Iran is trying to locate property and assets belonging to the Israeli government and three Israeli oil firms abroad - Haaretz. - 10/13/07

Iran calls on Muslims to boycott "peace conference"
"When Palestinians consider this conference as deceitful and refuse to participate, how can Muslim countries take part in that?" Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a sermon broadcast live on state media. - Reuters - 10/13/07

Muslims hold Fitr Prayers around the world
On the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr (marking end of Ramadhan), Muslims from different parts of the world held Fitr Prayers on Saturday, while many Muslims held the prayers on Friday upon sighting the new moon which means starting of the next month of Arabic calender Shawal.- IRNA - 10/13/07

Museum: Manifestations of Contemporary Art in Iran
Abbas Kiarostami-Winter, Jerri Allyn-Marching Waitresses, Mesami Teraoka-Samurai Businessman on the way Home --Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art - 10/13/07

Dance: Bone lines by LEVYdance
Named by Dance Magazine one of "The Top 25 to Watch," LEVYdance will present an invigorating evening of original works. The program will include the world premiere of Bone lines, an exploration of Director, Benjamin Levy’s Persian Jewish heritage. - JCCSF - 10/13/07

At New York Film Festival: Upheaval in Iran, Fiasco in Westchester
During a recent screening of “Persepolis,” the French film based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about growing up in contemporary Iran, a facetious quote from David Mamet’s play “American Buffalo” floated into my mind and lodged there: “The only way to teach these people is to kill them.” - NYT - 10/13/07

Three Iranian movies line up for Boston Festival
Three Iranian movies are to be screened at the 14th Annual Boston Festival, which will take place at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) from November 9 to December 2. - 10/13/07

The Muslim Brotherhood shows its true colors
If Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were alive today, he would celebrate the expansion of his Islamist vision. As evidenced by the latest version of the Muslim Brotherhood's recently released political party platform, the late Iranian leader's dream of spreading the ideology of Islamic revolution is gaining ground in Egypt, the largest Sunni Arab country. CSM - 10/13/07

Iraq’s Other Dirty Water
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than three thousand cases and estimates another thirty thousand people have come down with a milder form of the disease. Council on Foreign Relations - 10/13/07

"Iranian Identity in New York" published in US
Among the other chapters in the 160-page book is a detailed report on President Ahmadinejad's debate with political analysts and media representatives, his press conference at UN Headquarters, and his words with the US Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious leaders- IRNA - 10/13/07

Portrait of Shah of Iran to come under hammer
A fascinating portrait of the Persian Shah from 1848 to 1896 will be among Indian and Islamic art that will go up for sale at Bonhams' next auction here on October 25. The portrait of Nasr al-Din Shah Qajar, the Persian Shah from 1848 to 1896, painted during a state visit to England in 1889, will be among Indian and Islamic art that will up for sale at Bonhams' next auction. - Bonhams - 10/13/07

Truth and Lie at the Big Boys' Club: The Hegemony of Hypocritical Discourse
I don’t know if any of you can remember old public bathhouses (Hammam) in Iran. Well, this story takes place in that setting. One early morning, in a village somewhere Iran, truth and lie independent of each other decided to go to hammom for a wash. Truth went first, undressed and hung his cloths on the wall. Then came lie, he saw truth’s cloths hanging on the wall and got an idea. -Manouchehr Hosseinzadeh - 10/12/07

SAF's Tasma Fair in Tehran
TASMA is a name for Generating and Reforming the Educational Content. It was the first time that such a fair have been held in Iran. The fair was held in Kanoon Koodak (the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adult) in Tehran, between 9th and 15th September, 2007. - 10/12/07

Iran: Government's Jobless Figures Questioned
On October 7, the state-run Iran Statistics Center published a report saying the national jobless rate has fallen to 9.9 percent. While government supporters see the news as reflecting favorably on the government, whose economic performance has faced criticism from both conservatives and reformists, others question the figure or its significance, saying it might not reflect the realities of Iran's job market. -RFE - 10/12/07

British Author Doris Lessing Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Doris Lessing was born in 1919 in Persia - modern-day Iran - to British parents, moving as a child with her family to southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where she stayed in school only to the age of 14. -VOA - 10/12/07

The Gulf Naming Game, the Inverted Reality & the 'Global Balkans'
Various branches of the U.S. armed forces have issued directives to their members to use the "Arabian Gulf" when operating in the area. This is claimed to be due to increased cooperation with Arab states of the Persian Gulf, but also to follow local laws that ban the use of "Persian Gulf". -K. Darbandi - 10/12/07

Interview with President of Physicians for Social Responsibility
Dr Catherine Thomasson (Portand, Oregon, US) is the President of the Physicians for Social Responsibility who visited Iran last March and has been giving talks in the US and Europe to avert a new war in the Middle East this time against Iran. Abbas Edalat, CASMII’s founder, interviewed her while she was visiting London to give a talk at the Royal Society of Medicine on October 4. - 10/12/07

India consults Pak to finalise dates for "Peace" gas pipeline
India was consulting with Pakistan to finalise dates for their next bilateral meeting on the tri-nation gas pipeline also involving Iran, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora said Wednesday. -IRNA - 10/12/07

Armenia Hails Controversial U.S. Vote Recognizing Genocide
Armenian political leaders, brushing aside opposition from the Bush administration and threats from Turkey, have hailed a controversial vote by a U.S. congressional panel describing as genocide the massacre of Armenians during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. -RFE - 10/12/07

Iran Khodro sales skyrocketing
Iran's car export income expected to hit a record $600m high this year if sales procedures put at $300m in six months remain uninterrupted. "Iran intends to win one percent of the car and spare parts export throughout the world within the ten-years to come" -IRNA - 10/12/07

The Hydra
Failing to prove Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to world security as the IAEA would not be party to another mass murder and lie to further the ambitions of the White House, Mr. Bush is now commanding his generals to inform the American public that Iran is responsible for arming Iraqis that are killing Americans. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 10/12/07

Carpet First in Iran's Non-Oil Exports
Iran's hand-woven carpet ranks first in non-oil exports and third in overall exports, head of the National Iranian Carpet Center says. Morteza Faraji noted that a total of five million Iranians work for Iran's carpet industry. - 10/12/07

Bomb, Bomb Iran
Hillary seemed rattled. Up until now, she has displayed remarkable imperturbability - gliding along with the help of good lighting, a hearty guffaw and a clever husband. But on Sunday in New Hampton, Iowa, Hillary lost her cool at last. Sparring with a voter on Iran, she sounded defensive and paranoid. -New York Times - 10/12/07

Groups Urge Congress to Stop Funding Failed Iran “Democracy” Program
Twenty-six organizations issued a joint letter today calling on Congress to eliminate or reprogram the $75 million proposed for the State Department “Iran democracy promotion” programs. The groups, citing overwhelming opposition to the program by activists inside Iran, urge Congress to reconsider the program due to the harm it has done to the very values and people the US funding aims to assist. -NIAC - 10/11/07

World Premiere of ICARUS/RISE to Open Iranian Literary Arts Festival
Niloufar Talebi, Alex Ketley and Bobak Salehi collaborate on fusion of new poetry, music and dance that uses myth of Icarus as departure point to dramatize the voyage from exile to self-possession experienced by both the immigrant and the artist. - November 13-17 run at Theater Artaud in San Francisco - 10/11/07

Cut Iran Democracy Funding, Groups Tell U.S.
Twenty-six organizations issued a joint letter today calling on Congress to eliminate or reprogram the $75 million proposed for the State Department “Iran democracy promotion” programs. The groups, citing overwhelming opposition to the program by activists inside Iran, urge Congress to reconsider the program due to the harm it has done to the very values and people the US funding aims to assist. -Washington Post - 10/11/07

MEHREGAN Persian Festival will be held OCT 13-14 in Orange County
The 12th annual event celebrates Persian culture with music, dance, artwork, crafts, traditional Persian cuisine, Traditional Tea House, and costumes. The front gate at the festival, designed to evoke Persepolis, the capital of the Persian Empire will greet thousands of visitors. - 10/11/07

Following great success in London last year 30 Bird Productions tour the UK from October with THE PERSIAN REVOLUTION by Mehrdad Seyf . VISITING WARWICK, LEICESTER, LIVERPOOL, CAMBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, CRAWLEY, BIRMINGHAM, LONDON. - 10/11/07

The IAEA escape route
Iran's recent deal with the IAEA provides the best path out from diplomatic deadlock. Washington, however, seems set to miss another opportunity. Following intense negotiations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced in late August a new work plan reached with Iran, aimed at resolving all outstanding issues in Iran's nuclear file by the end of the year. -Mohammad Kamaali - 10/11/07

Iran, IAEA wrap up technical talks in Tehran
Iranian and the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on Thursday ended their almost thirteen-hour talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges, thus wrapping up their third and final day of negotiations. -IRNA - 10/11/07

Germans reject Dejagah's likely national team ban for refusing to play Israel: poll
German-Iranian Bundesliga midfielder Ashkan Dejagah should not be barred from playing for Germany's Under-21 national football squad for refusing to play against Israel, according to the latest survey released Thursday by the private SAT1 television network. - 10/11/07

Iraq: Turkey Warned Against Incursion Into North
Just one week after concluding a security agreement with the Iraqi government to combat terrorism, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 9 that he would call on parliament to grant permission for a military incursion into Iraq to pursue Turkish-Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) holed up in Iraq. -RFE - 10/11/07

Afghanistan: Ring Road's Completion Would Benefit Entire Region
"You have to connect Afghanistan with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and, more importantly, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan -- because that's really where the economy comes from. Then you have the Persian-speaking crescent [of Iran, northern Afghanistan, and Tajikistan]. For the Iranians, I don't think we should exaggerate the geopolitical impact of this network. On the contrary, I think the Iranians will struggle very hard to actually get the same benefits as many other countries." -RFE - 10/11/07

Ali Shakeri is back with us
It was close to 8 PM Wednesday night when my cell phone rang. I picked up the phone and saw the name Shakeri on it. My heart started to beat. Which Shakeri could be on the other end of the call? Is it Ali’s brother calling me to give me updates on Ali’s case? Or could it be Ali himself? -Mehdi Amini - 10/11/07

Group Says Tehran Easing Its Campaign Against Dogs
An Iranian animal-rights group claims a recent clampdown against keeping dogs as pets appears to have abated in Tehran. -RFE - 10/11/07

Iranian artists' "Broken Promises" receives warm welcome at Art London
"Broken Promises, Forbidden Dreams", an exhibition displaying works of a group of Iranian painters, was warmly welcomed at Art London. - 10/11/07

Two killed in light plane crash in Tehran
The pilot and co-pilot of a light training aircraft were killed on Thursday when their plane crashed in Telo district, northeastern Tehran, Manager of Public Relations Department of Iran's Aviation Organization Reza Jafar-zadeh said on Thursday. -IRNA - 10/11/07

Iran's ex-nuke negotiator lambastes Ahmadinejad's international dealings and economic policies
Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator delivered an unusually sharp rebuke to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies, saying they are turning more nations against Iran and failing to fix the struggling economy. -AP - 10/11/07

As 250 Killed in Clashes Near Afghan Border, British-Pakistani Author Tariq Ali on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Ongoing U.S. Role in Regional Turmoil
The acclaimed British-Pakistani historian, novelist, political campaigner and commentator Tariq Ali joins us with his analysis of the latest from Pakistan. Days after General Pervez Musharraf’s re-election in a boycotted contest, at least 250 people have been killed in clashes along the Afghan border. -Democracy Now - 10/11/07

Egyptian Human Rights Activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim Defies Threats, Arrests to Challenge U.S.-Backed Mubarak Government
In Egypt, the regime of President Hosni Mubarak is in the midst of one of the largest crackdowns against public dissent in a decade. Seven journalists have been given prison sentences in recent weeks for criticizing Mubarak’s government. More than a thousand activists of the popular opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, languish in prison. -Democracy Now - 10/11/07

Hakim returns to Iraq in full health
The Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council Chairman Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim has returned to his homeland in full health after receiving a 4-month treatment for lung cancer in Tehran, an informed official said on Wednesday. -MNA - 10/11/07

How the Military Can Stop an Iran Attack
Sometimes history--and necessity--make strange bedfellows. The German general staff transported Lenin to Russia to lead a revolution. Union-buster Ronald Reagan played godfather to the birth of the Polish Solidarity union. -Nation - 10/10/07

EVENT - Rumi: Song of the Reed
In Celebration of the Great Master’s 800th Birthday. A Day of Dance, Poetry Reading, Lectures, and Classical Iranian Music. Where: Chapman University, Orange, California & University of California, Irvine - 10/10/07

Iran: Ebadi Says Military Attack 'Would Worsen Our Situation'
Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, says rights abuses have worsened in Iran in the past year, but that military action is not the solution to Iran's domestic problems. -RFE - 10/10/07

Iran Manufactures New Smart Bombs
Iran has developed a new 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) smart bomb called 'Ghadr'. -Fars - 10/10/07

SECRET LIVES: Maya Sansa and Moritz Bleibtreu join French All Star Cast in WWII Epic
French film entitled Les Femmes de L'ombre aka Female Agents is an all star cast of French (Sophie MARCEAU, Julie DEPARDIEU, Marie GILLAIN, Déborah FRANCOIS) and European Stars amongst which two known faces in the Iranian community one being Persian Italian Star Maya Sansa and the other is 2006 Berlin Laureate for Best Actor German Star Moritz BLEIBTREU who also starred as MalikShah in Kayvan Mashayekh's successful Persian epic independent film The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam. -Paris Report by Darius KADIVAR - 10/10/07

Iran, the Inflatable Bogey
Benjamin Netanyahu would like Americans and Israelis to believe that it’s 1938 all over again: Iran, he tells us, is Nazi Germany; President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Hitler. And, of course, that means that anyone who advocates diplomacy and engagement with Tehran is simply reprising the tragic appeasement politics of Neville Chamberlain, even as the clock ticks towards catastrophe. -Trita Parsi, Rootless Cosmopolitan - 10/10/07

Iran to host Caspian Sea littoral states summit on October 16
In the second round of this summit the presidents of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will discuss Caspian Sea issues and important regional and international topics. -ISNA - 10/10/07

Iran to hold 3rd Female Film Festival
The Iranian Artists Association is holding the 3rd Female Filmmakers' Film Festival, which has been renamed the Parvin Etesami Festival. -Press TV - 10/10/07

2nd round of Iran-IAEA technical talks begins in Tehran
The second round of technical talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on the P1 and P2 centrifuges began in Tehran on Wednesday. -IRNA - 10/10/07

Iranian embassy in Paris throws away prize-winning sculpture
Officials at the Iranian Embassy in France have put the broken pieces of Kambiz Sharif's award-winning sculpture out with the rubbish. "The Growth" (Ruyesh) sculpture was awarded the grand prize at the third Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial in 2002. - 10/10/07

Oil, Israel, and America: The Root Cause of the Crisis
There is no shortage of examples of historical points of friction between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States to draw upon in order to illustrate the genesis of the current level of tension. One can point to the Islamic revolution that cast aside America’s staunch ally, Reza Shah Pahlevi, the period of reactionary exportation of Islamic “revolution” that followed, the take over of the US Embassy ... -Scott Ritter, Britannica Blog - 10/10/07

Officials slighted Chevalier medal winner Nazeri: conductor
Musician and guest conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra Majid Entezami has criticized Iranian officials' apathetic reception of Shahram Nazeri's great honor of being presented the Chevalier medal, one of France's most prestigious awards. -MNA - 10/10/07

Putin Says No 'Objective' Evidence That Iran is Seeking Nuclear Bomb
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has not seen any "objective" evidence that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. Mr. Putin spoke after talks Wednesday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Moscow. -VOA - 10/10/07

India to import natural gas from Turkmenistan
India will formally join the US-backed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project next month for importing natural gas from the Central Asian nation to meet its growing energy needs. -IRNA - 10/10/07

Azerbaijan: Islamist Trial Sets Stage For Confrontation With Tehran
Sixteen men are on trial in Baku for allegedly receiving support from Iran with the aim of imposing Islamic rule in largely secular Azerbaijan. The trial, which began October 8, has attracted significant attention at home and abroad, as it puts Azerbaijan in the uncomfortable position of accusing Iran of meddling in its domestic affairs. -RFE - 10/10/07

Arrest of Ronak Safazadeh Campaign Member in Kurdistan
Ronak Safazadeh, a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested at her home in Sanandaj, Kurdistand on Tuesday October 9, 2007. -Change for Equality - 10/10/07

Obama and Edwards Target Clinton on Iran Vote
Barack Obama joined John Edwards on Monday in going after Hillary Clinton’s support for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. -ABC News - 10/10/07

Has the U.S. Ceded Southern Iraq?
U.S. military officers in Iraq often wonder about the possible presence of Iranian operatives in cities south of Baghdad like Karbala and Najaf, two key strongholds for Shi'ite militias thought to have links to Tehran. -TIME - 10/10/07

Six-month non-oil exports fetched Iran over $7B
Non-oil exports earnings amounted to 7.051 billion dollars in the first half of current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), reported the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) in Tehran Tuesday. -MNA - 10/10/07

British bmi keen to cooperate with Iran
Britain's bmi chief executive here Tuesday expressed the group's willingness to cooperate with Iranian airlines. Leasing airplane to Iran comes among the topics on the agenda to start bilateral cooperation, Nigel Turner told MNA. - 10/10/07

Iran to join world's top 10 aluminum producers
Iran will lift its place to one of the world's 10 leading aluminum producers from current 15th ranking, vowed the acting industries and mines minister in Tehran on Tuesday. The goal is achieved by putting the projects into operation, added Ali-Akbar Mehrabian. -MNA - 10/10/07

Beauty business thrives in Iran
Breast augmentation? Hair extension? Body tanning? Ziba has done it all in Islamic Iran, where only a woman's face and hands should be visible and the garments she wears in public must hide her curves. -Reuters - 10/10/07

How does an Islamic astronaut face Mecca in orbit?
Decisions by a conference of Muslim leaders and scientists will help a Malaysian doctor stay observant in outer space. -CSM - 10/10/07

Renault Logan Iran output still behind schedule after quality control hitches
Production in Iran of Renault's low-cost Logan model has fallen behind schedule, because of quality control problems with locally-supplied parts, said Jean-Michel Kerebel Renault, managing director of the company's Iranian joint venture. -Thomson Financial - 10/10/07

Pope attacks Iran at World Jewish Congress
The Pope hit out at Iran as he pledged to help world Jewish leaders in their fight against anti-Semitism. Pope Benedict XVI told leaders of the World Jewish Congress that Iran was “an issue of big concern” to him. -Times Online - 10/10/07

Give Diplomacy a Chance - Say No to Military Conflict!
We, the undersigned, represent the views of a diverse grouping of Iranian expatriates in the United States, the UK and elsewhere in the West. Some of us have vastly different views regarding the current government in Iran... We urge the leaders of the U.S., the U.K. and Iran to set aside all pre-conditions and resume direct and open negotiations on all issues of dispute, to bring about a lowering of tensions, to create an opening for meaningful progress toward understanding, and to envision a Middle East in which all its residents can coexist and together address the common problems of violence, poverty, illness and environmental degradation. - 10/9/07

PARSA Community Foundation Inaugural Gala: October 20 in Atherton, California
PARSA Community Foundation's Inaugural Gala will take place on October 20, 2007 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. Please join us for what promises to be a festive evening celebrating the diversity of our heritage and the evolution of our traditions as we have embraced the American dream. - 10/9/07

Iran condemns arrest, beating of reporter by US forces in Afghanistan
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini here on Tuesday strongly condemned the arrest and beating up by US forces in Afghanistan of the Iranian English Press TV channel reporter in Kabul Faez Khorshid. - 10/9/07

Redefining the war in Iraq: Interview with Alan Hart
Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications - the possibility of a Clash of Civilizations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic, and, along the way, another great turning against the Jews - for nearly 40 years -Ismail Salami, Press TV - 10/9/07

Iran-IAEA technical talks resume in Tehran
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency resumed technical talks on the P1 and P2 centrifuges in Tehran on Tuesday. The talks are in the context of an agreement reached between Iran and IAEA on August 21 to resolve the outstanding issues. -IRNA - 10/9/07

The Lingering U.S. Dilemma over Iraq..., and now Iran?!
The compliant American "sanitized and sensationalized" media that thrives on instantaneous ratings in its theatrical role-playing within the corporate conglomerates is not of much help but more of a problem as it continues playing the wrong end of the trumpet and beating the drum for waging yet another "pre-emptive" war, this time against Iran. -Rachel Eliasi-Kohan, New York - 10/9/07

The Big Lie: ‘Iran Is a Threat’
Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security threat to global security. The concept of an inherent incompatibility between Iran, even when governed by a theocratic ruling class, and the United States is fundamentally flawed, especially from the perspective of Iran. The Iran of today seeks to integrate itself responsibly with the nations of the world, clumsily so in some instances, but in any case a far cry from the crude attempts to export Islamic revolution in the early 1980’s. -Scott Ritter, Common Dreams - 10/9/07

Iran's oil output to exceed 4m bpd from Nov. 1
The move is in line with OPEC decision to hike its daily oil output by 500,000 barrels in an attempt to stabilize the jittery market, Javad Yarjani told MNA. - 10/9/07

Study: Cow-Powered Fuel Cells Grow Smaller, Mightier
This new microbial fuel cell is a redesign of a larger model that the researchers created a few years ago. The new cell is a quarter of the size of the original model, yet can produce about three times the power, said Hamid Rismani-Yazdi, a doctoral student in food, agricultural and biological engineering at Ohio State University. -Holly Wagner - 10/9/07

Documentary Filmmakers protest sale of Iranian relics in London
In a statement on Monday the Association said since early 2000s the golden plate of Darius and Iran's document dating back to the Achaemenid era have disappeared, the ancient relics of Jiroft, unearthed in illegal excavations, were smuggled out of the country. -IRNA - 10/9/07

French actress Catherine Deneuve will be honored for her career at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. The 63-year-old star will be the subject of a tribute along with US actress Laura Linney -Darius KADIVAR - 10/9/07

Clinton’s Iran Vote Prompts A Harsh Back-and-Forth
Randall Rolph said he came to New Hampton, Iowa, on Sunday to see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) with an open mind about whether to support her candidacy. After a tough exchange over Iran, he left saying he had ruled her out. -Washington Post - 10/9/07

A plan to deal with Iran
It is hard to see a solution to Iraq's problems, progress in dealing with Lebanon's internal political conflict, or stability in Afghanistan without Iran's participation. Iran is in a position of leverage across the region and can block developments it does not favor. -Lee Hamilton, IndyStar - 10/9/07

Israeli Columnist Akiva Eldar on Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East, Iran, Military Censorship in Israel and the Influence of the Israel Lobby in the United States
Akiva Eldar, chief political columnist and a senior analyst for the Israeli daily “Ha’aretz,” calls for a nuclear-free Middle East and questions whether the Israeli lobby in Washington is contributing to the security of Israel. -Democracy Now - 10/9/07

Russia: Minced Words Unlikely To Be On Menu At Putin-Sarkozy Dinner
When Nicolas Sarkozy sits down to dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in a leafy Moscow suburb this evening, the two men will likely want to get straight down to business. -RFE - 10/9/07

Emergence of a United Front
As President George W. Bush is increasingly becoming alienated from the American public and internationally is turning into a pariah, the leaders of such independent nations as Zimbabwe, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Iran respond forcefully to his heartless and mediocre rhetoric and his ongoing search for finding terrorists inside the U.S. and overseas. -Ardeshir Ommani - 10/9/07

Dubai Police Chief Warns Against Western Attack on Iran
Dubai’s influential police chief has said Western powers should be warned that their relations with Gulf Arab states would suffer if they launch a military strike on Iran over its nuclear program. -AFP - 10/9/07

AFGHANISTAN: Boys' education slides in Helmand
More than 30,000 pupils who attended schools in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan last year have been absent in 2007, the provincial department of education told IRIN. - 10/9/07

Iraq, Iran Reopen Border In Kurdish Region
Iraqi and Iranian authorities have reopened all border crossings in the Kurdish semi-autonomous north of Iraq that were closed following Iranian cross-border shelling. -RFE - 10/9/07

Iran's Security Council membership requires close regional ties: expert
Iran needs to establish close relations with the regional states in order to win their support for a seat at the UN Security Council, international expert Yousef Molaii said in Tehran on Monday. - 10/9/07

Iraq: Fear among refugees as cholera crosses border into Iran
Despite the efforts of the Iraqi government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to contain a recent cholera outbreak, the disease has already spread to half of the country and has also crossed the border into Iran, according to WHO and Iranian authorities. -IRIN - 10/8/07

Iranian Students Protest During Ahmadinejad Speech
Dozens of students chanting slogans against Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad scuffled with his supporters on the campus of Tehran University today while the president spoke at the school, Radio Farda reported. - 10/8/07

World's dolls and puppets on display in Tehran
A collection of dolls and puppets of several nations are on display in the 3rd Child, Prayer and Kindness Festival, which is being held at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) in Tehran from October 6 to 10. - 10/8/07

Dejagah withdraws from Germany's U-21 match against Israel: report
German-Iranian footballer Ashkan Dejagah has withdrawn for political reasons from Friday's football match of Germany's Under-21 national squad in Israel, local news reports said in Berlin Saturday. -IRNA - 10/8/07

Students say: No war on Iran
Shirin Saeidi of CASMII said today: "While the people of Iran go about their daily lives, studying, working, and raising families, warmongers in Washington, London, and Tel Aviv, determine their future by finalizing military logistic plans." - 10/8/07

War on terror a 'disaster,' says UK think-tank
The so-called 'War on Terror' has been a "disaster" and British military policy in Iraq and Afghanistan must be fundamentally changed if al-Qaeda is to be defeated, a new report warned Monday. - 10/8/07

Look at him clearly
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is repulsive. But unlike Hitler, he lacks power in his own land and region - 10/8/07

Iraqi President Backs US Senate Proposal to Decentralize Iraq
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says he supports a U.S. Senate resolution that calls for the decentralization of Iraq into autonomous regions for Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds. The non-binding Senate resolution adopted last month is opposed by the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. -VOA - 10/8/07

Iranian-French Renault-Pars to boost L90 sedan production
French company Renault-Nissan has formed a joint-venture company called Renault-Pars to produce light passenger vehicles in Iran. -MNA - 10/8/07

Iran-US talks will be possible when US changes approach toward Iran, president
"If one party has the right to set precondition for the talks, it is Iran that must set precondition, because Iran is concerned about the US atomic bombs and the US war mongers who possess such an arsenal." -IRNA - 10/8/07

US accuses Iran's envoy to Iraq
The top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has accused Iran's ambassador of belonging to an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. -BBC - 10/8/07

Gasoline, gas oil imports to Iran surpassed $2.6b over 5 months
Iran imported 23.782 trillion rials ($2.642b) worth of gasoline and gas oil during the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2007), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance reported in Tehran on Sunday. -MNA - 10/8/07

B-52 Nukes Headed for Iran, Not For Decommissioning: Airforce Refused
WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. -Global Research - 10/8/07

Nozari, Mehrabian to be introduced as Iran's Oil and Industries Ministers
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will propose Gholamhossein Nozari and Ali-Akbar Mehrabian for vacant oil as well as industries and mines portfolios to the Majlis (parliament), the vice president for legal and parliamentary affairs said here Sunday. -MNA - 10/8/07

Brown hopes for diplomacy on Iran
Gordon Brown has refused to rule out military action against Iran over its nuclear plans, but said he would prefer to resolve it through diplomacy. -BBC - 10/8/07

‘The Kite Runner’ Is Delayed to Protect Child Stars
The studio distributing “The Kite Runner,” a tale of childhood betrayal, sexual predation and ethnic tension in Afghanistan, is delaying the film’s release to get its three schoolboy stars out of Kabul — perhaps permanently — in response to fears that they could be attacked for their enactment of a culturally inflammatory rape scene. -NY Times - 10/8/07

Life and So Much More: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami at LACMA
Comprising nineteen features and shorts, Life and So Much More presents a rare opportunity to see Abbas Kiarostami's masterpieces from the 1990s in the context of earlier and more recent experimental films. October 12 - October 27 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - 10/6/07

The story of an execution
Today my friend in Iran called me. She told me about the imminent execution of Ali Mahin Torabi, her nephew. He’s 21 years old, and he has been declared guilty of a murder he hasn’t committed. He has spent the last five years of his life—since he was 16 years old--in a prison, waiting for his execution. -Azarin Sadegh - 10/6/07

Bush Dismisses Suggestions US is Preparing to Attack Iran
President Bush has dismissed as "baseless gossip" suggestions that the United States is preparing to attack Iran because of its nuclear program. - 10/6/07

US attacking Iran would be 'murderous folly' - warns UK archbishop
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has criticized the neoconservatives of the Bush administration and accused them of "potentially murderous folly" for suggesting military action against Syria and Iran. -IRNA - 10/6/07

French diplomat summoned to Iran's Foreign Ministry
On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry summoned French charge d'affaires Jean Graebling to protest over remarks by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner claiming Tehran could be seeking nuclear bomb. -MNA - 10/6/07

Iranian border with Iraqi Kurdistan to reopen on Sunday
Iranian border with Iraqi Kurdistan will reopen from tomorrow, Under-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council for Internal Affairs Mohammad Jaafari said on Saturday. -IRNA - 10/6/07

Iranian chosen as IFIUS president
Bahram Qadimi, an Iranian has been appointed president of the International Federation for Interuniversity Sport (IFIUS), a non-profit organization. -Press TV - 10/6/07

Iran criticizes remarks by Argentinean president
Iran's permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has officially criticized recent baseless remarks made by Argentinean President Nistor Kirchner. -IRNA - 10/6/07

OIC chief supports latest Iran-IAEA agreement
Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Friday afternoon supported latest agreement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog. -IRNA - 10/6/07

The Fallout from an Attack on Iran Would Be Devastating
The drumbeat of war in Washington is growing - and so must public pressure against British involvement in such folly -Guardian - 10/6/07

Iranians hold huge demonstration on Qods Day
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians staged Qods Day demonstration in the capital and other cities to express their support for Palestinians. -ISNA - 10/5/07

Laws Are Not Enough: An Interview with Mehrangiz Kar on Children's Rights
As a lawyer, Ms. Kar worked for over 22 years defending victims and improving legal literacy among Iranians. During her years of legal practice she worked on cases of adultery, child abuse, and divorce as well as human rights abuses carried out by Iranian officials. -Gozaar - 10/5/07

WHO Praises Iran's Control over Iraqi-Sourced Cholera
Iran stifled a potential cholera outbreak three weeks ago, after the infection was carried there from Iraq, the World Health Organization revealed. -Fars - 10/5/07

Soccer: Iran's Sepahan thrashes UAE's Al Wahda 3-1
Iran's Sepahan has defeated United Arab Emirate's Al Wahda in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semifianls at Foulad Shahr Stadium. - 10/5/07

Iran: Warnings Hint At Greater Role By Revolutionary Guard In Muzzling Critics
Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said on September 29 that the "main responsibility" of the corps now is to counter "internal threats." He added that the IRGC will confront any threat that might undermine the achievements of the Islamic republic. -RFE - 10/5/07

An Anti-Imperialist Case Against a Nuclear Iran
The U.S. military capabilities, personnel and hardware alike, having reached a stalemate in Iraq, are said to be increasingly more likely to be sent on more insane and murderous missions in the region. -Reza Fiyouzat, Counterpunch - 10/5/07

Iran's Parliament speaker to address IPU confab in Switzerland
Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, heading a high-ranking delegation, will visit Switzerland next Monday to address the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting. -IRNA - 10/5/07

Azerbaijan: Teachers, Doctors In Naxcivan Tend The Fields To Keep Their Jobs
In recent months, state employees -- be they teachers, doctors, or cleaners -- have been asked to do extra work on weekends, usually manual labor. They tend gardens, work in the fields, or clean the streets. -RFE - 10/5/07

The Guards run the show in Iran
In recent weeks, as Washington ratcheted up pressure to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, officials throughout Iran sprang to its defense. -CSM - 10/5/07

Simin Daneshvar pens story about Imam Ali
"Go Tell the King" focuses on the oppression Ali (AS) suffered and his tolerance, Daneshvar told the Persian Service of ISNA, adding that the work is to be first published in the “Asr-e Panjshanbeh” magazine. -MNA - 10/5/07

Iran, US: Prospects for a 'hot war'
In the first of a two-part series, ISN Security Watch examines the chances of military conflict between Iran and the US, which some believe could come at the start of next year. -ISN - 10/5/07

U.S. Agencies Ramp Up Science, Technical Collaboration in Libya
A year after renewal of U.S.-Libyan diplomatic relations, scientists from technical agencies in both nations are moving forward on a range of collaborations. -USINFO - 10/5/07

Calls grow for Iraq partition
After months of gruelling work, including major counter-insurgency operations in June, US commanders in Iraq have growing reason to believe the controversial "surge" policy is working. But as the military gets a grip, the effectiveness and cohesion of the civilian-led, Shia-dominated government in Baghdad slips by the day. That is renewing talk of partition. -Guardian - 10/5/07

A shameful silence
The organisation we look to for the protection of free speech has shut down debate on Palestine -Guardian - 10/5/07

Iran: Spill, Dolphin Deaths Spark Alarm At Persian Gulf Pollution
High levels of pollution and an oil spill in July are being blamed for the recent deaths of dolphins and whales off Iran's Hormozegan Province, on the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. -RFE - 10/4/07

Photos: Iranians observe Laylat al-Qadr night
Laylat al-Qadr (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), literally the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadan. - 10/4/07

NIAC Pays Tribute to Abol Ardalan
It is with great sadness and heavy-heartedness that NIAC announces the passing of one of its most esteemed Advisory Board members, Dr. Abol Ardalan. He is survived by his wife, Mahvash, and three children—Faroukh, Babak, and Roshan. - 10/4/07

Iran's Foreign Minister Says US Threats Not Helpful to Resolving Nuclear Issue
Following a week of intense international pressure on Iran to comply with U.N. resolutions demanding it suspend uranium enrichment, Tehran's top diplomat says his country is cooperating with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and wants a peaceful solution to the crisis. VOA's Margaret Besheer has more from U.N. headquarters. - 10/4/07

U.S. House Passes Historic Ramadan Resolution
A resolution recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and expressing the "deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world" was adopted in the U.S. House of Representatives October 2 by a vote of 376-0. -USINFO - 10/4/07

Iran's Majlis speaker cancels speech at European Parliament
The speaker's decision was made after it was reported that a number of EP officials have recently met with the leader of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO). Haddad-Adel called on the APA president to voice the speaker's strong protests to EP officials for their "dual behavior in their alleged fight against terrorism." -IRNA - 10/4/07

Are U.S. and Iran headed for war?
Despite hard-line rhetoric on both sides, analysts say diplomacy is the far more likely outcome. -CSM - 10/4/07

The New Warfront
In 1964 a coalition of student groups at the University of California, Berkeley claimed the right to conduct political activities on campus; the coalition became known as the Free Speech Movement. Political activism and protests spread to other campuses in the 1960s. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 10/4/07

Bush Says Leaving Iraq Would Embolden Iran
President Bush says pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq before the government there can take over its own security would embolden neighboring Iran. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Iran's foreign minister says his country would step in to ensure regional stability, once foreign forces leave Iraq. -VOA - 10/4/07

British MP's Condemn Anti-Iranian Media Bias
At a meeting in the Westminster last night, a cross-party group of British MP's unanimously agreed that the reporting of Iran in the British media "fell well below the standards of objectivity and impartiality" required by print and broadcast codes. -CASMII - 10/4/07

Venezuela Defends Iran, Blasts ‘Hypocritical’ US Policy On Terror
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday used the General Assembly podium here to defend Iran and to blast Washington’s “hypocritical” policy on terrorism. -AFP - 10/4/07

Mr. Prince Goes to Washington: Blackwater Founder Testifies Before Congress
Prince was called before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform amid a public firestorm over the role of private military firms operating in Iraq and a string of probes into Blackwater's conduct. --- Jeremy Scahill is the author of that book, the New York Times bestseller, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He attended yesterday’s hearing, joins us from Washington, D.C. Welcome to Democracy Now!, Jeremy. - 10/4/07

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Pasdaran in Farsi, was formed by former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It was originally created as a “people’s army” similar to the U.S. National Guard -CFR - 10/4/07

Prove the Intensity of Anti-War Sentiment on October 27
A clear majority of the people of this country want decisive steps to end the Iraq war now, not years from now, as the Pentagon is planning. As the Christian Science Monitor noted recently, the public reached its verdict on the Iraq war long ago, and hasn’t been swayed by President Bush’s speeches or the proclamations of his generals that success is around the corner. -Common Dreams - 10/4/07

First Pyongyang - then Tehran?
The agreement by North Korea to dismantle its nuclear facilities by the end of the year represents a major step forward in the long, tortuous process of six-party negotiations. -BBC - 10/4/07

U.S. sanctions drive Iranian businesses and exports to Syria
"Billions of dollars of Iranian projects are expected to be coming here now," Ansare, an Iranian national who started operations here in 2003, said as he lounged on a couch at his office in Damascus. -IHT - 10/4/07

Byrd introduces amendments to reassert congressional war power
Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced Amendment No. 3123 and No. 3133 to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill. The amendments would prohibit funding provided by the bill to be used for military operations or activities against any other country without explicit Congressional authorization. -NIAC - 10/4/07

The Struggle Continues!
Nazanin Afshin-Jam New Human Rights Campaign to Stop Child Executions in Iran and Beyond -Report From Europe By Darius KADIVAR - 10/3/07

Iran Economy and Market Overview – August 2007
The inflation rate for the 12 months to August stood at around 15.4%. Although this figure has dropped in comparison to the previous month, it is 3% higher than the inflation rate recorded for the previous Iranian calendar year (which ended on 20 March). Meanwhile, continuing with its growing trend in the recent weeks, the indicators of the Tehran Stock Exchange demonstrated strong performance during the month of August. -Iran Investment Monthly - 10/3/07

IAEA Chief Says Iran Must Come Clean Or Face 'Backfire'
Muhammad el-Baradei, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, has warned Iran that it must "come clean" about its controversial uranium-enrichment activities or face new UN sanctions. -RFE - 10/3/07

Iran Country Overview – August 2007
One of the major events during the month of August was the cabinet reshuffling by President Ahmadinejad. In a surprise move, the Petroleum and the Mines and Industries ministers were dismissed by the President, although it was originally reported that the two ministers had resigned voluntarily. -Iran Investment Monthly - 10/3/07

Turkey to Fund $3.5 bln Iran Gas Investment
The United States has objected to a gas agreement between its NATO ally Turkey and the Islamic republic, but Turkey's prime minister has said no country can ask Ankara to give up the relationships it has with energy suppliers. -Fars - 10/3/07

Iran Summons French Envoy To Protest Kouchner Comments
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned France's charge d'affaires in Tehran on Wednesday to protest at the provocative and unreal statements made by French officials about Iran's nuclear program. -Fars - 10/3/07

Iran: Sepah prepares for a 'hot war'
Today, in yet another historic juncture, the Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran is again being called upon to safeguard the revolution from threats no less dangerous and deadly to its existence: Iran's arch-enemies, the US and Israel, are intent on destroying its hard-won nuclear infrastructures and, quite possibly, decapitating its political and military leadership. -ISN - 10/3/07

Iran dam sparks protest over ancient tomb
Opponents fear damage to Cyrus the Great’s tomb; officials say it’s safe -Reuters - 10/3/07

Leading Americans Ask U.S. Military to Refuse to Attack Iran
Country music legend Willie Nelson, literary icon Gore Vidal, Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, author and radio host Thom Hartmann, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, and dozens of other prominent Americans have signed a letter asking the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all U.S. military personnel to refuse orders to launch an aggressive war on Iran. -OpEdNews - 10/3/07

Science and the Islamic world—The quest for rapprochement
Internal causes led to the decline of Islam's scientific greatness long before the era of mercantile imperialism. To contribute once again, Muslims must be introspective and ask what went wrong. -Physics Today - 10/3/07

Iran stands 40th in ESI ranking
Iran's scientific productions over a 10 year period amount to 27,529 indexed articles, placing the country 40th in world ranking. -Press TV - 10/3/07

Bandits Kill Shiite Cleric in Iran
A Shiite cleric was gunned down by bandits in a village in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan as he was delivering a sermon on Tuesday. -Fars - 10/3/07

Aragon was inspired by Iran's literature
The rich Iranian literary heritage has greatly influenced Louis Aragon, prominent French poet, writer and co-founder of Surrealism. -Press TV - 10/3/07

Is Freedom’s Watch PNAC in Populist Drag?
During the visit of the Iranian president, the group took out a big ad in the New York Times. The ad was a photograph of Ahmadinejad, the title was “TERRORIST!” -OpEdNews - 10/3/07

Iran's role in Iraq too complex for academic shorthand
And while most analysts believe Iran would like to see the United States pinned down in Iraq, few believe Iran wants to go to war. Rather, Iran's main interest is in having an Iran-friendly government in Baghdad. Given the bloody history between Iraq and Iran, that's hardly surprising, though it could alter the balance of power in the Middle East. -Boston Globe - 10/3/07

Building a Case to Fight Iran
Is the Lieberman-Kyl amendment a stepping stone to waging a preemptive war on Iran? -Alternet - 10/3/07

Hillary Clinton on Board to Block Iran Military Strike Funding
There is breaking news via Taylor Marsh that Hillary Clinton will support Senator Webb's Resolution demanding that the President seek Congressional approval before any military action against Iran and prohibiting the use of funds for military operations in Iran. -Huffington Post - 10/3/07

In Iran, Revolutionary Guards play a growing role in economy, government
They own car factories and construction firms, operate newspaper groups and oil fields and increasingly, serve in parliament or become provincial governors. To supporters, the Revolutionary Guards are the cream of Iran's talent. -AP - 10/3/07

Master Rumi: An Enlightening Poet for All Ages
Many literary, cultural and spiritual organizations have organized events to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth in 2007. UNESCO organized an international seminar, performance and exhibition from 6-14 September in Paris, and issued a Commemorative Medal in honor of Moulânâ Rumi. -Rasoul Sorkhabi - 10/2/07

Demand Dismissal of Pentagon Official for Comments Degrading to Iranians
"I hate all Iranians," said Debra Cagan. This kind of hateful speech is completely inappropriate for a U.S. government official dealing with sensitive international issues, and is grounds for Cagan's immediate removal. -NIAC - 10/2/07

US Democrat's 'Iran Policy' and the Tale of Two Superpowers
Understanding and analyzing his views on tactics used to pursue US interests in the region are of utmost importance. In this year of Electoral politics in US, following current discussions on ‘Iran policy’, one can not ignore Mr. Bzerzinski, who is the most prominent Democratic geo-strategist of the last 30 years. -K. Darbandi - 10/2/07

Ahmadinezhad in New York
During the past week, Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad, along with many other heads of states, were in New York to take part in the United Nations General Assembly. He was primarily there to defuse the dangerous confrontation with the West over Iran's nuclear programme (although his speech at the UN did little to defuse that tension). -Farhang Jahanpour, UK - 10/2/07

Industrial Fishing Nets and Death of 79 Dolphins in Jaask
According to "Sohrab Poshtdare" environment expert of the supreme council for the protection of environment, industrial fishing boats and ships of Jaask will be investigated today by experts. This inspection is planned to clear doubts about the case of dead dolphins in east coasts of Persian Gulf. -CHN - 10/2/07

Congressman Kucinich: Iran Counter-Proliferation Act Unintentionally Undermines Diplomatic Efforts
"I urge this body to cease with the consistent usage of misdirected statements and misguided legislation, all of which fuel aggression. Instead the United States should engage Iran in high-level diplomatic negotiations immediately. We need to create a new opening to Iran, not proceed with another war based on falsehoods," Kucinich concluded. - 10/2/07

His love gained was my love lost
I have never told anyone this story in its entirety before. My name is Kolsom Ahmady. I don't know how old I am because I never went to school and have lived most my life in a village in Iran called Gardashewan. But I suppose I must be over 50. -Guardian - 10/2/07

International Conference of Geo-tourism in Qeshm-Island and Tehran
On 31st of December and 1st of January, Qeshm Island and Tehran will host the International Conference of Geo-tourism -CHN - 10/2/07

Iraqi Kurdistan to send delegation to discuss border closure
Spokesman for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jamal Abdullah said on Monday that the KRG will send a high-ranking delegation this week to negotiate the border closure issue with Iran. -MNA - 10/2/07

Iranian Workers Protest For Third Day Over Unpaid Wages
Hundreds of Iranian factory workers have protested for a third day in the western city of Shush demanding that they receive unpaid wages. -RFE - 10/2/07

Brown Sees 1,000 British Troops Out Of Iraq By Year-End
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said 1,000 more British troops could leave Iraq by the end of the year. Speaking after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad today, Brown also said he believed the southern Al-Basrah Governorate could be handed over to full Iraqi control in the next two months. - 10/2/07

Supreme leader says Iran's advancement requires scientific efforts, research
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here Monday evening, "Advancement, prestige, and national-Islamic identity of our country require serious scientific and research work." -IRNA - 10/2/07

Once More into the Breach: The neocon propaganda machine rolls toward Iran
Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card famously remarked that the reason the White House ramped up the case for the Iraq War in September was that "from a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." To judge from recent developments, Americans may look back on August 2007 as the month the country again turned toward war—with Iran. -American Conservative - 10/2/07

India succumbs to US pressure, misses meet on Iran pipeline: Yechury
India "succumbed to the US pressure" by not attending the meet finalising the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline deal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has said. -Hindu - 10/2/07

Russia: Putin Makes Next Move In 'Operation Successor'
Speaking at a congress of the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party on October 1, Putin dropped two verbal bombshells: that he would head the party's list of candidates for December's elections to the State Duma, and that he would consider becoming prime minister in the future. -RFE - 10/2/07

Iran, Iraq power grids to be linked
Iran's deputy energy minister announced in Tehran on Monday that the country's power network will be connected to nine spots of Iraq. -MNA - 10/2/07

How to Make Iraq Look Like Whipped Cream: So What About Iran?
A respected American paper posted a scoop this week: Vice-President Dick Cheney, the King of Hawks, has thought up a Machiavellian scheme for an attack on Iran. Its main point: Israel will start by bombing an Iranian nuclear installation, Iran will respond by launching missiles at Israel, and this will serve as a pretext for an American attack on Iran. -Counterpunch - 10/2/07

US sticking to diplomacy on Iran, says UK envoy
The outgoing British ambassador to the United States, Sir David Manning, insists the US remains committed to the diplomatic route over Iran rather than contemplating air strikes, despite recent sabre-rattling from the White House. -Guardian - 10/2/07

11 percent of rural households in Iran have no literate member
According to official figures there are on the average 3.17 literate members in Iran’s rural households while 10.69 percent of rural households have no literate member. - 10/1/07

Hana's "Buddha Collapsed out of Shame" wins San Sebastian special jury award
The special jury award of the 55th San Sebastian Film Festival went to "Buddha Collapsed out of Shame" directed by Hana Makhmalbaf. It was the film’s superb cinematography and the remarkable performance by the child actress Nikbakht Noruz which impressed the jury. It was awarded in the official selection section of the gala which ran from September 20-29. - 10/1/07

Manifestations of Contemporary Art in Iran
Works of a number of Iranian artists are juxtaposed with works by twenty four international artists to showcase manifestation of contemporary art in the form of painting, sculpture, photography, video art, performance, and installation and to make spectators experience this diversity of sensitivities and multiplicity of expressions. - 10/1/07

Shifting Targets: The Administration’s plan for Iran
In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran. The President’s position, and its corollary—that, if many of America’s problems in Iraq are the responsibility of Tehran, then the solution to them is to confront the Iranians—have taken firm hold in the Administration. -Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker - 10/1/07

Iranian neurosurgeon Majid Samii to receive Chinese top award
Iranian neurosurgeon Dr. is to receive a Chinese top award from Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday marking the National Day of the People's Republic of China. -MNA - 10/1/07

PUK: Iraq's Talabani to raise Iranian's freedom in meeting with Bush
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will demand freedom of Iranian businessman Mahmoud Farhadi detained by American troops in Iraq in his meeting with US President George W. Bush on Monday. -IRNA - 10/1/07

Ghobadi's "Niwemang" Best Film of Eurasia Festival
Bahman Ghobadi won Grand Prix award for "Niwemang", the best film of international Eurasia film festival. "Niwemang" has already won some international awards including San Sebastian's. -ISNA - 10/1/07

Iran to celebrate Naqsh-e Jahan's escape from UNESCO blacklist
Iran plans to celebrate Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square's escape from being placed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger, deputy director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Hamid Baqaii announced on Saturday. -MNA - 10/1/07

Closure of Iranian border affects Kurdistan region's economy
On 24 September Iran closed five border crossings with northeastern Iraq to protest against the US detention of an Iranian official whom the US military accused of weapons smuggling. Other Iran-Iraq border crossings are still open. -IRIN - 10/1/07

President: World people heard Iranian voice in Columbia University
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that thanks to grace of God, the world people heard voice of Iranian nation whose positive effects will appear in future. Press reports said that 500 million audience of three international television networks listened to Iranian president's remarks in University of Columbia. -IRNA - 10/1/07

IRGC is the biggest anti-terrorist organization in the world: Iran's defense minister
"For once the U.S. Senate should have a fair look at their army and CIA instead of accusing and blaming others for their mistakes so to realize that the main factor of terrorism in the world is the U.S." -ISNA - 10/1/07

I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs
Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush's senior women officials: "I hate all Iranians." -Daily Mail, UK - 10/1/07

The roar of Rumi - 800 years on
For many years now, the most popular poet in America has been a 13th-century mystical Muslim scholar. -BBC - 10/1/07

Ahmadinejad, United States' Evil De Jour
It always amazes me to see that people, time and again, fall for the same old song and dance routine. Don’t you ever get a sense of déjà vu? Can’t people see that they are being, so openly, manipulated? Apparently not. -Abbas Bakhtiar, Norway - 10/1/07

Iran's pistachio production to increase by 15% this year
Export of 171,000 tons of pistachios to 78 countries in 1385 (March 21, 2006-March 20, 2007) earned the country dlrs 1.068 billion. -IRNA - 10/1/07

Bolton calls for bombing of Iran
"If we were to strike Iran it should be accompanied by an effort at regime change ... The US once had the capability to engineer the clandestine overthrow of governments. I wish we could get it back." -Guardian - 10/1/07

Ellsberg Calls for Actions to Prevent War with Iran
The 76-year-old activist gained notoriety during the Vietnam War when he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers, detailing internal U.S. policy decisions regarding the war and its escalation. -Intelligencer Journal - 10/1/07

"Neutrality" of Commentators Reinforces Passivity in Our Community
People influenced by Western propaganda, including our intellectuals, misinterpret the lessons we must learn from the Cold War. Casting the growing Islamist resistance against U.S. hegemony in the Middle East in terms of evil fighting enlightenment is primary among the misperceptions. -Rostam Pourzal - 10/1/07

U.S. leads arms sales to developing countries
The United States maintained its role as the leading supplier of weapons to the developing world in 2006, followed by Russia and Britain, according to a Congressional study. Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia were the top buyers. -IHT - 10/1/07

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