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NIAC calls on Iranian authorities to honor the human rights of Esha Momeni
Esha Momeni, a graduate student at the School of Communications, Media and Arts at California State University, Northridge was arrested in Tehran on October 15, 2008 and detained in section 209 of Iran's Evin Prison - an area under the control of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence. -Shabnam Sahandy - 10/31/08

FWSO Performs Ranjbaran's The Blood Of Seyavash
Hailed as "a master of the orchestra", composer Behzad Ranjbaran is known for his rich orchestration balanced by delicate beauty. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform selections of the composer's The Blood of Seyavash, a melodic tale of a young Persian's prince seduction and betrayal, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at Bass Performance Hall. - 10/31/08

Who Can Unseat Ahmadinejad?
The campaign for the presidency of Iran, to be decided on 12 June 2009 or a few weeks later if the contest goes to the second round, has already become heated, even if it is not yet clear who and how many will eventually run for the office. -Farideh Farhi, NIAC - 10/31/08

Aghdashlu's "These Two Words" introduced at Iranian Artists Forum
The book "These Two Words" by prominent artist Aidin Aghdashlu was introduced in a ceremony held on the occasion of his 68th birthday at the Iranian Artists Forum on Wednesday. - 10/31/08

German pilot killed in plane crash at Kish Island Air Show in Persian Gulf
The 54-year-old German pilot of a plane crashed on the Persian Gulf island of Kish has been killed. The ultra-light plane crashed while performing air maneuver in the Fourth International Iran Kish Air Shows. - 10/31/08

Iran to play friendly against Qatar
Iran's national soccer team is scheduled to play a friendly match against Qatar after the Iran-Kuwait friendly was canceled by FIFA. -Press TV - 10/31/08

Iran pipeline to supply gas to Europe
Iran says sanctions are hindering but not blocking plans for the country to supply nearly 10 percent of the world gas needs by 2025. - 10/31/08

Iran ranks 1st in Asia for kidney transplant
Head of Association of Kidney Patients said that Iran ranks first in kidney transplant in Asia and third in the world. - 10/31/08

Yes, We Really Must Talk With Iran
If American troops are ever to come home from Iraq and Iraqis are to have a decent chance at peace and prosperity, the United States must open up a new chapter in its Middle Eastern diplomacy. The Iraq Study Group in 2006 made this point when it called for "diplomatic dialogue, without preconditions." The Bush administration has largely ignored this advice. -Common Dreams - 10/31/08

Iran to cut oil production by 199,000 bpd: Minister
Minister of Oil Gholam-Hossein Nozari said here Friday that Iran will on an OPEC decision take away 199,000 bpd of its oil production as of November 1. -IRNA - 10/31/08

Irony: Europeans trusted Bush and he spit in their soup
Over here in Iran, I have gotten the chance to read more European papers and watch more European TV than I ever did back in the States -- and what I have discovered while reading up on the European POV is that Britain, Germany, France, etc. are currently in the midst of a terrible economic meltdown. -Jane Stillwater, OpEdNews - 10/31/08

Wonderful Persian Termeh Shopping
Last week I went with my friend Mary for a special shopping trip to the Tehran main bazaar. She was looking for a special kind of Persian material called termeh to make into a coat for a special occasion. Termeh is a valuable and beautiful decorative cloth, finely woven and comes in many different, usually bright and cheerful colors and patterns. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/30/08

Meeting President Ahmadinejad and Debunking the Axis of Evil
Americans have been conditioned to think in stark contrasts: good versus bad, righteous versus evil, and the just versus the unjust. As a result, beliefs are fostered that permit the United States to wallow in self righteousness and to justify its aggression around the globe. -Karla Hansen - 10/30/08

Himalayan Classic Car Rally 2008 passes by ancient hotel near Qom, Iran
A 35-car, 70 member team of drivers and navigators, who had left Holland on October 14th, heading towards China, arrived at Deyr Gachin an ancient hotel near Iran's holy city of Qom on Wednesday. - 10/30/08

WORKSHOP: Iranian American Writers: The Next Generation
"In memory of Iranian American conceptual artist and scholar, Kendal Kennedy (1965-2008), born as Mitra Mahjoob in Tehran, Iran. Through her art and scholarship, Kennedy has left an indelible mark on Iranian Diasporic history." - 10/30/08

Imagine Every Woman's a Nun
The days when the Shah's men boasted that Iranian miniskirts were shorter than those in Paris are clearly long gone. In today's Iran, modesty rules, and the dress and behavior of women are carefully controlled. -Rick Stevens - 10/30/08

Pick your poison: Socialism or Fascism
What a difference four years makes. It is amazing that four years ago you could not talk about Neo-Cons/New-Libs in the Main Stream Media but now you have some degree of freedom to bring them up in your argument of US foreign policy. -Sharm Zindini - 10/30/08

PAKISTAN: Thousands of quake victims face freezing temperatures
Thousands of people in the sparsely populated southwestern province of Balochistan have spent a freezing night in the open. Aftershocks from the 29 October earthquake continued to rock the area, creating widespread panic. -IRIN - 10/30/08

Iran offers major proposals for enhanced ties among SCO members
Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are the SCO member countries while Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan are its observer states. - 10/30/08

Report: Iranian MP beats government envoy to Majlis
An Iranian lawmaker has reportedly beaten the government's representative in Majlis amid a row over the Interior Minister's impeachment. - 10/30/08

Hypernova Breaks Out of the Iranian Underground
"It's not easy getting visas to the United States when you're from the Axis of Evil," confesses Raam, vocalist for Hypernova, which broke out of the Iranian underground in 2004 and set about making its fortune in the already packed American soundscape. -Wired - 10/30/08

UAE's FM meets with Iran President
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received visiting United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Wednesday and discussed with him bilateral ties and regional developments. - 10/30/08

The Wall Street 52 Culprits Deck of Cards
The Americans, who with the rest of the world feel betrayed and in dismay, have, by and large, lost confidence in their government and the so-called competitive capital enterprise system. -David Rahni, New York - 10/30/08

Energy Wastage In Iran Equals 6-7 Billion Dallars Per Year
Energy wastage in Iran amounts to six or seven billion dollars, which can cover the expenses for establishing a gas refinery, said managing director of Gas Consumption Optimization Company. -IRNA - 10/30/08

Bush 'Hopeful' for Agreement on US Forces in Iraq
U.S. President George Bush says he is confident an agreement with Baghdad on the future status of American forces in Iraq can be approved before their U.N. mandate expires on December 31. -VOA - 10/30/08

A Review and Analysis of Iran's Current Economic Status
Iran has one of the most isolated economies in the world. It is currently ranked 151 out of 162 among all countries and 16 out of 17 in the Middle East and North Africa region.1 The government of Iran controls more than 80% of the economy, a figure more or less consistent for the past 30 years. -Amir Naghshineh-Pour - 10/29/08

"Rustam and Sohrab" composed with Orff's assistance: Tjeknavorian
Iranian musician and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian regarded the guidance provided by German composer Carl Orff in the composition of his opera "Rustam and Sohrab" as a great experience. -MNA - 10/29/08

Falling Price Of Oil Compounds Iranian President's Problems
Watching global markets floundering in the wake of the credit crunch, Iran's clerical and political elites are reveling in the West's economic woes, which have partly deflected attention from the country's domestic troubles and international isolation. -RFE - 10/29/08

The U.S. and Iran in Afghanistan: Policy Gone Awry
AFGHANISTAN IS ONE of several contexts in which the long-term common interests of the U.S. and Iran have been overshadowed by the animus originating in the 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran and the Iranian revolution of 1979, to the detriment of the interests of the U.S., Iran, and Afghanistan. -MIT - 10/29/08

How to Win a War When Losing? Dialogue with Taliban...
No, dialogue is NOT a solution! It is merely another, quite common, much overused, abused, and never quite successful method of attempting, or pretending to attempt, to find or describe a solution; and it is usually compromised by bad-faith on the part of one, two or all parties! -Debbie Menon - 10/29/08

Iran: Attacks Escalate Against Women's Rights Activists
The Iranian government is escalating its attacks against women activists, subjecting them to arbitrary detention, travel bans, and harassment, Human Rights Watch said today. - 10/29/08

Iran opens navy base in Persian Gulf
Iran has opened new naval facilities east of the Strait of Hormuz, on the entrance to the Persian Gulf. - 10/29/08

Rezazadeh wants presidency of Iran's Weightlifting Federation
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Hossein Rezazadeh is set to replace Bahram Afsharzadeh in Iran's Weightlifting Federation. - 10/29/08

Supreme Leader: US unable to dissuade Iranians from path of independence
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Wednesday that the US will not be able to dissuade the Iranian nation from the path of independence, dignity and prosperity. -IRNA - 10/29/08

McCain ad hits Obama on Iran policy
John McCain, turning his fire on Barack Obama to foreign policy, launched a new TV ad today that says the Democrat doesn't take the Iranian nuclear threat seriously. -Boston Globe - 10/29/08

French archaeologist asks Iranian officials to respect Susa
Iran's decision for construction of two hotels at the perimeter of the city was described as bizarre and unbelievable by Boucharlat, who is the director of the French Institute of Iranian Studies, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday. -MNA - 10/29/08

Iran, UAE open supreme commission of joint cooperation
The agreement was signed by the two countries Foreign Ministers, Manouchehr Mottaki and visiting Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed AL Nahyan. -ISNA - 10/29/08

First quake forecast seminar ends in Tehran
First Seminar on Earthquake Forecast attended by researchers on seismology was held here at the International Research Center for Seismology and Quake Engineering Wednesday. -IRNA - 10/29/08

AAU Leaders Plan Visit to Iranian Universities
Six presidents of U.S. research universities will visit Iranian universities in November on a trip organized by the Association of American Universities (AAU). AAU President Robert M. Berdahl, who will accompany the delegation, said the trip is in response to an invitation by the president of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, which will host the visit. - 10/28/08

Iranian Woman Seeks Votes as Top Comic
An Iranian-American comedian has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Butterfinger Comedy Showdown for her "Hairy Persians" comedy bit. - 10/28/08

Who Is Counting the Dead in Afghanistan? Another War Lost
By and large the war in Afghanistan has been met with a chronic state of ambivalence by the international media after the onset of the war in Iraq. The situation grows direr every day and the author questions whether the objectives set forth by the U.S government are working or could have ever worked. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam - 10/28/08

PAAIA at Orange County Mehregan
On October 11th and 12th PAAIA took part in this year's Mehregan Festival in Orange County. Organized by the Network of Professional in Orange County (NIPOC), the Orange County Mehregan is the largest Persian festival held outside of Iran. - 10/28/08

Drug Delivery Nanosystem Containing Ibuprofen developed at Iran's Amir Kabir University
Sarah Shafi, an Amir Kabir University researcher, synthesized a layered double hydroxide that can be applied in controlled drug delivery. - 10/28/08

Iran to US: Release kidnapped diplomats
Iran has deplored the violation of the rights of three kidnapped Iranian diplomats by US forces in Iraq, calling for their release. - 10/28/08

Mideast greatest recycling site inaugurated in Tehran
Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf inaugurated on Monday Arad-Kouh recycling site which is considered the greatest one in the Middle East. - 10/28/08

Iraq Security Pact Highlights Battle Between U.S., Iran
A deal to authorize the presence of American forces in Iraq beyond 2008 is forcing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to choose between two influential powers in this country: the United States and Iran. -Washington Post - 10/28/08

Iran expands naval bases amid threats
Iran says the country's military is set to expand its defensive fronts in the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean. -Press TV - 10/28/08

Iran to exercise its inalienable right to peaceful N-technology: UN envoy
"The 5+1 Group has yet to provide its response to Iran's proposed package. The policy of few powers in insisting on suspension as a precondition for negotiations bears zero relation to realities and is an irrational and failed policy," he stressed. - 10/28/08

American companies in Persian Gulf Air Show despite Iran sanctions
Despite economic sanctions imposed by some European states and the USA, some European and American companies have participated in the Forth Persian Gulf Air Show on Kish Island. - 10/28/08

'Bipartisan' group urges US escalation vs. Iran
I think it is too late now for the 'bomb Iran' networks that are deeply dug into various portions of the US political elite to launch an 'October surprise,' i.e. a military action against Iran designed to escalate tensions in the Gulf region... However, it is not too late for an 'inter-regnum surprise' -Just World News - 10/28/08

Khatami, Austrian president discuss Iran-EU relations
Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami and Austrian President Heinz Fischer exchanged views on relations between Iran and the European Union. Khatami, who heads the Center for Dialogue among Civilizations, has visited Vienna at the invitation of a number of Austrian researches and religious activists. -MNA - 10/28/08

UAE banks step up pressure on Iranian firms: report
Local banks in the United Arab Emirates have stepped up pressure on Iranian firms by freezing their assets and refusing to deal with merchants doing business with Iran, a newspaper reported on Monday. -AFP - 10/28/08

PARSA CF University: What Is Civic Participation?
John Gardner, the late civic leader who led federal cabinet agencies and founded citizen organizations such as Common Cause, spoke and wrote extensively about the importance of citizen engagement in the life of the country. - 10/27/08

Misrepresenting the Financial Crisis: It is not Lack of Liquidity; it is Insolvency and Lack of Trust
A major problem with the bailout scheme is that it misrepresents the ongoing credit crunch as a problem of illiquidity, or lack of cash. In reality, however, it is a lack of trust that has been created by the widespread insolvency in the financial market. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 10/27/08

Iran's women national football team to attend Asian Championship
Iranian youth women national football team has left for Malaysia to take part in Asian Football Championship to be run from October 28 to November 7. -ISNA - 10/27/08

Iran Responds to US "Warmongering"
With the latest allegations from the United States that Iran's Revolutionary Guards are implicated in Iraq, Tehran and Washington are inching ever closer towards a full-scale confrontation. -Hassan Yousefi, Tehran - 10/27/08

Film in Los Angeles: Tehran has no more pomegranates
Willow Films, in association with SoCiArts Productions will be presenting TEHRAN HAS NO MORE POMEGRANATES' first theatrical release in Los Angeles on November 5 and 6, 2008 at the Landmark Theatres, in West Los Angeles; a post-modern documentary that tells the story of Tehran, the capital city of Iran. - 10/27/08

Iranian Security Officials Ban Woman Activist from Travel, Search Her Home and Seize Property
Early this morning on October 26, 2008, security officials at Imam Khomeini Airport confiscated the passport of Sussan Tahmasebi, women's rights defender and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, preventing her from travel. - 10/27/08

Iran denies receiving secret letter from U.S. President
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi on Monday ruled out media report that President George W. Bush has sent a letter to Iran to normalize relations. -IRNA - 10/27/08

Iranian Report Confirms Innocence of Shiraz Baha'is
An Iranian inspector who examined the 2006 arrests of a group of young Baha'is in Shiraz, Iran, filed a confidential report dated June 2008 confirming what Baha'is have said all along: that their activities were strictly humanitarian in nature and did not involve the "illegal" teaching of the Baha'i Faith. -BWNS - 10/27/08

Addiction 4th major cause of death in Iran
Addiction is the fourth major cause of death in Iran following road accidents, heart disease and depression, said the deputy health minister. -IRNA - 10/27/08

10th Annual Race Honors Slain Iranian-American Girl
The 10th annual Sara's Race was held this month in upstate New York in honor of an Iranian-American child who was raped and murdered 20 years ago. - 10/27/08

Quakes injures 8, inflict slight damage in southern Iran
Eight people were injured and buildings were slightly damaged by fourth consecutive tremors and their aftershock in Bandar-e Kong, in southern province of Hormuzgan province, in the past 24 hours, a local official said on Sunday. - 10/27/08

Coming to grips with Iran's regime
The next U.S. president has an excellent opportunity to set things right with Iran and achieve what has eluded his five predecessors, that is, a normalization of relations with Tehran. -Washington Times - 10/27/08

Iranian president suffering from exhaustion
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fallen sick from exhaustion but the illness is not as serious as political opponents suggest, an Ahmadinejad ally told Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). -CNN - 10/27/08

Iranian MPs move to impeach senior minister
Iranian lawmakers on Sunday moved to impeach the interior minister for a "lack of honesty" over his educational qualifications, state radio reported. -Reuters - 10/27/08

Iranian-Canadian CTO Honored for Research
Daryoosh Saeedkia, The Iranian-Canadian Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of T-Ray Science, Inc. has been honored with the 2008 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence from CMC Microsystems. - 10/26/08

El Baradei: Iran far from acquiring nuclear weapon
This week, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei stated that Iran lacks the materials to develop a nuclear weapon. Even if Iran removes itself from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, El Baradei said it will not have enough low-enriched uranium to create a weapon. -The Real News Network - 10/26/08

International Conference on Iranian Jewry: From Past to Present
Beginning with the Achaemenid period and lasting beyond the emigration of a portion of Iran's Jewish population to the State of Israel in 1950s, Jews have had a complex interaction with the Persian state and culture. The Jews of Iran comprise not only one of the oldest populations of Jews in the world, but also one of the most ancient threads in the multifarious fabric of the ancient Iranian community. - 10/26/08

Iran's nuclear program enters new phase
Iran has managed to create 4,000 centrifuges under Bush's watch, and experts wonder whether Iran is biding its time for a better deal with a possible president Obama, despite his toughened stance. Kamal Nazer Yasin writes for ISN Security Watch. - 10/26/08

Letter from PARSA Chairperson: We live in challenging times...
The Persian thirst for free thinking and democratic practice is heightening. In the past 150 years, the Iranian people have pushed the envelope to secure democratic rights multiple times. Here in the United States though, a vibrant democracy has been handed to Iranian-Americans on a plate. - 10/25/08

Century Foundation: What Pressure on Iran Will Do the Trick?
According to Ambassador Thomas Pickering, "the definition of insanity in this town is to continue to do the same thing but expect a different result." - 10/25/08

Woman Scholar of the Islamic World dies at 72
Iranian poet, writer, translator Tahereh Saffarzadeh died of cancer at Tehran's Iranmehr Hospital on Saturday morning. - 10/25/08

London responsible for MKO terrorist activities: Iran UN envoy
Iran's permanent envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, in his recent letter to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said Iran regards Britain responsible for Mojahedin Khalq Organization's (MKO) crimes in the regional and cross-regional countries. - 10/25/08

US Senator Calls on Next US President to Restore Confidence
Hagel also stressed that a change in the U.S. presidency should mean a shift in diplomacy - and should also include the idea of engagement with the leaders of Iran and the Taliban. -VOA - 10/25/08

Iranian Cleric Alleges US Nuclear Blast in First Persian Gulf War
A senior Iranian cleric has raised allegations the United States used a small nuclear weapon in the first Gulf War, a charge the U.S. denies. -VOA - 10/25/08

Former Revolutionary Court Interrogator Convicted in California
A former interrogator for Tehran's Revolutionary Court has lost his U.S. citizenship and been sentenced to nearly three years in prison after being convicted of a laundry list of offenses. - 10/25/08

What the Future has in Store for Iran
In my book, The United States and Iran: Sanctions, Wars and the Policy of Dual Containment, I cautioned that it is difficult to predict the future of the US policy of dual containment of Iran and Iraq without looking at the history of this policy. The warning still holds. -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 10/24/08

President of CSUN Issues Statement in Support of Esha Momeni
The President of California State University at Northridge has issued a Statement about the Arrest of Esha Momeni, a graduate student at CSUN Northridge and a member of the Campaign, who was arrested in Tehran on October 15, 2008 while visiting family and conducting research for her thesis project, focused on women's rights activists. - 10/24/08

Panel & Film in London: Iran's Civil Society & Prospects of Peace in Iran-West Stand-off
Organised by "Iranians For Peace" in partnership with SOAS Persian Society. Speakers: Baquer Namazi, Akbar Etemad, Farhang Jahanpour - Monday 27 October, 7 pm - 10/24/08

Official Iranian Glee Over 'Failure Of Global Capitalism' Ignores Painful Realities
With much of the world grappling with government bailouts and other fallout from financial turmoil, leaders in Iran have hailed the ongoing crisis as the end of capitalism, saying the West is "being punished by God with a recession." -RFE - 10/24/08

Jewish Iranian-Americans: Leveraging Youth to Make a Change at 30 Years After
Los Angeles is home to the largest community of Iranians outside of Iran, including 50,000 Jewish Iranian-Americans. Jewish Iranian-Americans are one of the most affluent and highest educated groups in the United States and in the past three decades, the group has grown considerably yet has retained its tight-knit sense of community and tradition. -PARSA - 10/24/08

Should Iran Be Allowed Nuclear Power?
While many believe that Iran has a right to develop nuclear power, others, including the Bush administration, fear a parallel nuclear weapons program. How should the international community react to Iran’s burgeoning atomic ambitions? -Opposing Views - 10/24/08

Bipartisanship and threats of war toward Iran
Two former Senators -- conservative Democrat Chuck Robb and conservative Republican Dan Coats (that's what "bipartisan" means) -- have a jointly authored Op-Ed in The Washington Post today decreeing what the U.S. must do towards Iran. - 10/24/08

Iran: Home of women's rights activists Searched and Property Seized
The home of Parastoo Alahyaari, a member of the Campaign was searched on Saturday October 18, 2008, and her laptop, CDs, books, picture albums and Campaign materials in her possession were seized. -Change for Equality - 10/24/08

OPEC to cut output by 1.5m bpd
OPEC has decided to decrease the current OPEC-11 production ceiling of 28.808 million barrels a day by 1.5 mb/d, effective 1 November 2008 - 10/24/08

Iran's President Urges Iraqis to Reject US Security Pact
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed the Iranian president's call for Iraqis to reject a security agreement, which would allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq for three years. -VOA - 10/24/08

Iran: Rafsanjani warns of negative consequences of 'economic tsunami'
"The economic crisis gripping the world is very serious; We should not think that the event worldwide is in our favor; So, we should not be happy over the crisis; Rather, we should be careful that effects of the economic tsunami is managed properly," said Ayatollah Rafsanjani - 10/24/08

U.S. plans to return envoys to Iran for first time since 1980
The Bush administration will announce in mid-November, after the presidential election, that it intends to establish the first U.S. diplomatic presence in Iran since the 1979-81 hostage crisis, according to senior administration officials. -McClatchy News Service - 10/24/08

UN issues report on Human Rights in Iran, expresses concern over violations
Iran has taken a number of positive steps toward improved economic, social, and political rights, but widespread human rights violations continue and Iranian officials must do more to meet international standards, according to a recent United Nations report. -Patrick Disney, NIAC - 10/24/08

Iran economy facing 'perfect storm'
Everything seems to have fallen the right way for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran... But now his luck may be turning. In fact, in a few months Iran could face an economic "perfect storm". The maths is simple. For every dollar on the price of a barrel of oil, Iran earns approximately a billion dollars a year. -BBC - 10/24/08

Funeral of Iranologist Professor Avery held in Cambridge
The funeral service of distinguished Iranologist Professor Peter Avery was taking place in King's College Chapel at Cambridge University Friday. - 10/24/08

The contributions of Iran
FEW COUNTRIES were as helpful to the United States in its early involvement in Afghanistan as Iran. Yet after the fall of the Taliban, the US failed to capitalize on the possibilities of that strategic relationship. Now coalition and Afghan troops are losing ground against the same insurgents they confronted in 2001, in a war that the United States is unlikely to win unless it rethinks its relationship with Iran. -Boston Globe - 10/24/08

Malaysia U-turn on Ebadi speech
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi should be allowed to speak at a Malaysian university, Malaysia's foreign minister has reportedly said. -BBC - 10/24/08

Once A Sign Of Hope, Afghan Highway Becomes A Taliban Hunting Ground
Following its reconstruction in 2003, the Kabul-to-Kandahar highway was seen as a logistical lifeline that would bring hope and promise for Afghanistan's future. -RFE - 10/24/08

Obama gets heavyweight backing — from Iran
A top Iranian official has said Barack Obama is the favoured candidate of Tehran, calling him more "rational" than John McCain in remarks that could be used against the Democratic US presidential hopeful. -Guardian - 10/24/08

PARSA Community Foundation: Promoting Civic Engagement, One Grant at a Time
Since 2006, PARSA Community Foundation has made 28 grants to nonprofit organizations around the world through its competitive grant cycles. Civic participation is one of the three core areas where the foundation focuses its grants. - 10/23/08

24 hours in Heavenly Taleghan
Taleghan is the birth place of many famous Iranians including Jalal Alahmad the well known writer and Ayatollah Taleghani. Now that autumn is coming along much slower than ever I can remember, after many arrangements a few friends and I accepted the kind invitation of Parisa, Payman and their daughter Taraneh and traveled to Taleghan, about 90 km from Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/23/08

Bon Anniversaire Votre Majesté!
Shahabanou Farah Pahlavi Marks 70th Birthday with Family in Paris and Shares Her Hopes For Iran and Iranians -Darius KADIVAR & Jean-Jacques Bruges - 10/23/08

Human Rights Education a Priority for Iranian Actress
"Knowledge is power," says Nazanin Boniadi, "and the more people who know their rights, the more people who can defend those rights." To this end, the Iranian-born actress is educating people worldwide about their human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948. - 10/23/08

Carnegie Endowment on How to Engage Iran
According to Karim Sadjadpour, the logic behind talking with Iran is analogous to "asking a vegetarian if he's not eating meat because he loves animals, and getting the response that it's because he hates plants." In other words, whether or not America likes the leadership in Iran, a cooperative Iran is "central for the achievement of US objectives" in the Middle East. -Ali Hosseini, NIAC - 10/23/08

Russia, Iran, and Qatar Consider Gas Troika - Or Gas Cartel
Representatives from Russia, Iran and Qatar met in Tehran on October 21 to discuss trilateral cooperation and the possibility of forming a cartel of gas-exporting countries, similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). -RFE - 10/23/08

Barzani: We will never allow any action against Iran from Iraq
Iraq Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani in a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran on Wednesday said, "We will never allow any action to take place against Iran from Iraq territory." - 10/23/08

AFGHANISTAN: Security concerns over voter registration process
The decision by the Afghan government to use hundreds of medical and educational facilities as voter registration centres has sparked concern about potential security risks to aid workers, students and other civilians. -IRIN - 10/23/08

Belarus fighter jet forced to land in Iran
Iranian warplanes have forced a Belarusian fighter jet to land for interrogations after the plane violated the country's airspace. - 10/23/08

US Presses Iraq to Accept Draft Forces Agreement
The United States on Wednesday pressed the Iraqi government to accept the draft agreement completed last week governing the future presence of U.S. troops in that country. Iraq's cabinet said Tuesday it wanted changes in the deal but U.S. officials say they have received no proposed amendments. -VOA - 10/23/08

US Designates Iranian Bank as 'Proliferator'
The U.S. Treasury Department says the Export Development Bank of Iran is illegally helping the Iranian government violate United Nations sanctions. - 10/23/08

Iranian paper sparks sense of deja vu
A review paper by Massoumeh Ebtekar, the former vice-president of Iran and an immunologist at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, is to be retracted from an Iranian journal following allegations that it was almost entirely stitched together from other scientists' papers. -Nature - 10/23/08

Iran: Ahmadinejad Making Political Gambit to Enhance his Authority in Tehran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is risking his political future by striving to decouple his neo-conservative faction from long-standing domestic allies -- traditionalist clergy and small-scale merchants. If successful, Ahmadinejad would gain a greater degree of freedom of action in both the domestic and international arenas. -Eurasianet - 10/23/08

California State University student and women's rights defender detained in Iran
Esha Momeni, a student and women's rights defender, was arrested by Iranian security officials on 15 October. She is being held in Section 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran, which is run by the Ministry of Intelligence. She has not been charged with any offence, and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. -Amnesty International - 10/22/08

Iran wins Asian youth volleyball title
Iran's national team has clinched an easy victory over Japan to claim the Asian Youth Volleyball Championship title for the fourth time. - 10/22/08

Photos: The Portuguese Castles - Hormoz Island, Persian Gulf
The Portuguese castles were constructed in southern Iran after the Portuguese viceroy Alfonso de Albuquerque attacked Hormoz Island in the Persian Gulf in 1507 during the reign of Safavid dynasty (1502–1736). -photos by Reza Fakhri, ISNA - 10/22/08

Viewing the West
TV, radio and newspapers controlled by the Iranian government pump out anti-western propaganda day and night, and one would be forgiven for thinking this barrage of hostile criticism would shape public opinion. -Maziar Aqazadeh, Tehran - 10/22/08

Last week we gathered some of the Iranian-American artists to film a Public Service Announcement encouraging Iranian-Americans to vote this November 4th, 2008. -Noor Film Festival - 10/22/08

Gol Aqa Comedy Film Festival winners announced
Winners of the second edition of the Gol Aqa Comedy Film Festival were announced at the Arikeh Iranian Complex on Tuesday. The festival is named after the Iranian satirical magazine established by the late Kiumars Saberi. -MNA - 10/22/08

Remembering Iranologist Peter Avery: 1923-2008
One of Britain's most famous scholars on Iran, Peter Avery, has died in the UK at the age of 85. Iranian scholars visiting Britain came to regard his office at King's College in Cambridge University as a home away from home. - 10/22/08

The Boston Festival of Films from Iran, Nov 7-30
The Boston Festival of Films from Iran has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States and this year's 15-film program highlights documentaries, dramas, and comedies by both veteran and new directors. - 10/22/08

Today's Outrage Against Humanity
"He ordained... that if anyone killed a person... it would be as if he had killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind." -- Surah 5, Al Mâidah, 32. -Debbie Menon - 10/22/08

Ahmadinejad 0, shopkeepers 1
Iran's president has lost his battle with the all-powerful trading community over VAT. It's a significant defeat -Guardian - 10/22/08

Iran is job one
Burns, like Obama, believes it's time to talk to Iran. "The U.S. needs to commit to a more ambitious diplomatic strategy," he told me. It's time to drop the condition that Iran suspend enrichment before we talk. The condition serves little purpose - Iran can always resume enrichment - and has given the mullahs an alibi. -IHT - 10/22/08

OPEC daily basket price down to 64.31 dollars
The price of the OPEC basket of thirteen crudes fell by 38 cents to 64.31 dollars per barrel, OPEC Secretariat in Vienna announced late Tuesday. Meanwhile, Average price for each barrel of Iran's crude stood at 73.69 dollars on October 20. -IRNA - 10/22/08

Iran: Alleged Christian converts deny apostasy, released
Mahmoud Matin and Arash Basirat have been acquitted of the charge of apostasy by Branch 5 of the Fars Criminal Court in Shiraz, south west Iran, on 25 Sep 2008. They have since been released. -Amnesty International - 10/22/08

Wait and see: Iranian SU professor doesn't want to return to Iran but he might have to
Syracuse University professor Hossein Bashiriyeh was a leading faculty member at the University of Tehran in Iran - until he was expelled from the university in July 2007. -Daily Orange - 10/22/08

Iran car exports projected to reach $1b by March
The growth in Iran's car exports is expected to rise to one billion dollars by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2009). -MNA - 10/22/08

Photos: Sassanid Water Mills in Dezful, Iran
The Sassanid Empire or Sassanian Dynasty or Sassanian Dynasty is the name used for the third Iranian dynasty and the second Persian empire. The Sassanid dynasty was founded by Ardashir I after defeating the last Parthian king, Artabanus IV - Photos by Amin Nazari, ISNA - 10/21/08

Four Wives One Man: A film by Nahid Persson
From Nahid Persson, the filmmaker of the award-winning Prostitution Behind the Veil, comes an intimate portrait of a polygamist family in a rural - 10/21/08

Big-Power Diplomats Discuss Iran Nuclear Issue
Senior diplomats of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany, the P5+1, conferred by telephone Monday on next steps in efforts get Iran to curb its nuclear program. It was the first six-party Iran discussion in nearly a month. -VOA - 10/21/08

Iran, Russia, Qatar form gas troika
Russian Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller said on Tuesday that Iran, Russia, Qatar have established a big gas troika. - 10/21/08

Iranian women skiers to participate in Olympic
"Iranian women will participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. They took part in the ski on grass held in Tehran and Lebanon's Asian junior championship both last year, snatching gold and silver medals," said the president of the Iranian Ski Federation. - 10/21/08

Iran's non-oil exports exceed $21b
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad stated that "thanks to the efforts of exporters" Iran's non-oil exports value exceeded 21 billion dollars in the past Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2008). - 10/21/08

Iran: Juveniles still to face the noose: authorities' word games exposed
Amnesty International deplores the re-affirmation by a senior Iranian judicial official that Iran will continue to judicially execute juvenile offenders, clarifying a misleading statement he made on 16 October - 10/21/08

Iran Delays Implementation of Value Added Tax
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will delay the implementation of the value added tax (VAT) mechanism for at least one year. Ahmadinejad made the remarks after the VAT faced widespread criticism from business people in large cities. - 10/21/08

Economy, politics limit ambitions on Iraq, Iran
Geoffrey Kemp, a Middle East analyst at the Nixon Center in Washington, said that diminished U.S. financial resources will make it difficult to support more open-ended military operations abroad. -Washington Times - 10/21/08

UNESCO envoy lauds Iran for construction of geopark in Qeshm
Islamic Republic of Iran is among the first countries of Economic Cooperation Organization's (ECO) members which has established geopark in Persian Gulf island of Qeshm - 10/21/08

Chomsky says pick the lesser of two evils
Noam Chomsky: People should vote against McCain and for Obama - but without illusions -TRNN - 10/21/08

Experts of Iraqi neighbors kick off meeting in Amman
The experts of Iraqi neighbors started a meeting in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on Tuesday. Addressing the session, deputy Jordanian interior minister expressed hope that the meeting would help Iraq face the challenges safely. - 10/21/08

Muslims fighting citizenship delays may have ray of hope
Authorities under fire from immigration activists and legislators for dragging out the process are responding to class action lawsuits filed by Muslim immigrants in several states claiming discrimination. They say they are redoubling efforts to clear old cases by November. -Chicago Daily Herald - 10/21/08

She nurtures scientific minds
W hen Mojdeh Tabatabaie was a young girl, her father, a high school mathematics teacher in Iran, would challenge her with real-life problems...Today Tabatabaie, 55, is a professor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, where she teaches a myriad of classes including math, chemistry, physics and engineering science. -NJ.COM - 10/21/08

Mending A Heart: Iranian Boy In Minn. For Surgery
Ali may be too young to know that his life is in danger. He has a cardiac condition that affects the way his heart pumps blood, and doctors say without surgery he will likely die. But Monday morning, doctors thousands of miles from his home country of Iran will try and save his life. -WCCO, MN - 10/21/08

OPEC may curb output by 2-2.5 million bpd: Iran Oil Minister
Gholam Hussein Nozari said OPEC emergency meeting of Friday is very important since global demand for oil has been reduced and due to the financial crisis of the U.S. crude oil consumption has been decreasing. - 10/21/08

Iran falling into the "net" of a "worldwide policy"
A former high-ranking member in the foreign and security policy staff of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and most recently the foreign policy advisor of Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich's presidential bid, Dr. William Polk talks to Ali Fathollah-Nejad on the neoconservative momentum in his country's foreign policy, on terrorism, and on the danger of war on Iran. - 10/20/08

US Congressmen have requested talks with Iranian MPs
US Congressmen have made a request to Iranian parliament to hold negotiations with Iranian counterparts, spokesman of Majlis Presiding Board Mohsen Kohkan said on Monday. - 10/20/08

Iran: Woman Activist Esha Momeni Arrested
Esha Momeni, women's rights activist and a member of the Campaign from California was arrested on Wednesday October 15, 2008, while on a visit to Tehran. - 10/20/08

Final Farewell to Ardeshir Mohassess
It is with deep regret and immense sadness that we inform you of the death of our dear friend, the internationally renowned artist, Ardeshir Mohassess. Services will be held on Saturday, October 25 in New York. -Friends of Ardeshir - 10/20/08

Supreme Leader: Iran's Armed Forces, stronghold of country
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the Armed Forces are the stronghold of the Islamic Republic. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces made the remarks at a graduation ceremony at Imam Ali Academy. - 10/20/08

Golshifteh Farahani Says she Won't Return to Iran
The Iranian actress who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in the just-released film "Body of Lies" says despite being "totally in love with Iran," she will not return home where she may face charges for appearing in the film without government permission. - 10/20/08

Iran's Baha'is Leave Persecution Behind On Train To Istanbul
Every Thursday at dusk, members of one of Iran's most beleaguered religious minorities gather at Tehran's railway station. With anxious, teary eyes, they are there to see off relatives and fellow Baha'is who have decided to pull up stakes forever and take the 8 p.m. train to a new life in Turkey. -RFE - 10/20/08

Iran's Larijani: US proposed security pact will violate Iraq's security
Visiting former Iraqi prime minister who is currently a Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Jaafari here on Monday conferred with Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on expansion of mutual relations as well as regional developments. - 10/20/08

Oil prices expected to average $63 in 2009
The Center for Global Energy Studies (CGES) Monday further cut its oil price forecasts, suggesting that the rate for benchmark Dated Brent would most likely drop to an average of 63.1 dollars per barrel (dpb) for next year. - 10/20/08

Azerbaijan's Opposition Cries 'Foul' As President Reelected
Officials in Azerbaijan say President Ilham Aliyev has been reelected to a second five-year term of office in voting on October 15 that was boycotted by the country's main opposition parties. -RFE - 10/20/08

Amazingly, Most Iranians Don't Hate Us
It's now beginning to look like, maybe, just maybe (if we're really, really lucky) we may be able to get through the remainder of this year without launching another preemptive war in the Middle East, this time against Iran. -Capitol Hill Blue - 10/20/08

IKIA expansion plan ready by Thursday: Iranian official
The Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) General Director Reza Qadimi stated on Sunday that the airport's expansion plan will be finalized by Thursday, aiming at increasing the passenger transportation capacity to 95 millions by 2030. - 10/20/08

Lavan gas field $7b development contract to be finalized
The $7 billion contract of Lavan gas field development plan will be finalized by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2009), the Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) managing director said here on Sunday. -MNA - 10/20/08

Photos: Mass Family Walk in Qazvin, Iran
People in Qazvin, Iran, participated in a mass family walk on Saturday October 18. Qazvin(also spelled as Ghazvin) is the largest city and capital of the Province of Qazvin in Iran with an estimated population of 331,409 in 2005. -photos by Erfan Dadkhah, ISNA - 10/19/08

Second Cinema Verite Festival announces winners
The winners of Iran's second edition of Cinéma Vérité Festival that took place in Tehran (October 14 to 19) were announced on Saturday night during a ceremony held at Tehran's Vahdat Hall. - 10/19/08

Iranian, Italian archaeologists excavating Persepolis
A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists is currently excavating sites near Persepolis in Fars Province, southern Iran. - 10/19/08

Iranian-American Rapper Battles Stereotypes
Iranian-American emcee Yashar Zadeh, who goes by the rap name of Yak Ballz and his Israeli-American cohort, Rami Even-Esh, whose rap name is Kosha Dillz, are two rappers making a name for themselves through their conscious lyrics and their efforts at battling stereotypes. - 10/19/08

Attack on Iran Off the Table?
In April 2006, one of my Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) colleagues, in a conversation with Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, asked the general if he thought the U.S. or the U.S. cum Israel would attack Iran. Zinni shook his head vigorously, saying, "That would be crazy." Then he stopped and quickly added, but you are dealing with "the crazies." -Common Dreams - 10/19/08

“Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation”
In the last few weeks, 28 million copies of a DVD titled Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West have been distributed in key battleground states. The film features graphic, violent images and makes comparisons of Islam to Nazism. -Democracy Now - 10/19/08

Tajik Mullahs Enlisted To Battle HIV/AIDS
Tajikistan has a new calling in mind for its Islamic clerics. At the request of health officials, mullahs are being asked to actively take part in Tajikistan's campaign to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. -RFE - 10/19/08

Iran wants OPEC output cut
Iran says OPEC should cut oil output at its emergency meeting amid prospects of reduced demand in the face of a global economic slowdown. - 10/19/08

Brits Find Bodyguard Guilty of Fraud
A former self-proclaimed bodyguard to the last Shah has been found guilty in England of making millions by selling people car inspection stickers without doing any inspections. -Iran Times - 10/19/08

Iran ranks 1st in China invention competitions
Iran snatched 10 gold, 19 silver and 23 bronze medals during the competitions. - 10/19/08

Iran wins AFC U-16
The Iranian football team was crowned Under 16 AFC champions after beating South Korea 2-1 in the final on Saturday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. -MNA - 10/18/08

Iranians eat the evidence before mile-long ostrich sandwich makes it to Guinness Book of World Records
Maybe it looked too delicious to resist or perhaps the hours of waiting had simply provoked the appetites of spectators beyond control. Whatever the reason, Iran's eccentric bid to set a world record for making the biggest-ever ostrich sandwich appeared to end in failure today after the evidence was eaten by the hungry watching crowds - 10/18/08

Iran's Shamsaee and Nazari among 2008 Futsal World Cup top ten
After analyzing the 54 matches that have been played so far, the TSG has selected the 10 best players of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008. - 10/18/08

Khatami to declare decision not to run for president: MNA
Former reformist president Mohammad Khatami will officially announce his decision soon that he will not run in the next year's presidential election, the Mehr News Agency has learnt. -MNA - 10/18/08

Five Countries Elected to UN Security Council
For the Asian seat, Japan roundly defeated Iran. Japan received 158 votes, Iran only 32. "I would like to highlight how fitting it is that Iran only secured 32 votes," said British Ambassador John Sawers. -VOA - 10/18/08

Intolerance, behind not winning Security Council seat: Iran Envoy
Iran said on Saturday that intolerance of its independent positions by the Western governments was behind failure in contest with Japan to win a seat at the UN Security Council. - 10/18/08

Pakistan invites China to join IPI gas pipeline
Pakistan has invited China to join the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday. -IRNA - 10/18/08

Iraqi Shia cleric calls on officials to reject US security pact
Iraqi senior Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in a message on Saturday called on Iraqi officials to reject signing the "shameful" security agreement with the US." -IRNA - 10/18/08

Shiite split could complicate US security pact
A looming split between the two Shiite parties that dominate Iraq's government threatens efforts to win parliamentary approval for a security pact with the U.S. and could set the stage for a major struggle for power in the oil-rich Shiite southern heartland. - 10/18/08

Iranian Americans in Politics Series: Mercedes Salem and the View from Capitol Hill
Like a lot of young Iranian American women, Mercedes Salem didn't get out much as a teenager. "I wasn't allowed to go anywhere!" Salem said with a smile about her adolescent years. Instead, a typical Friday or Saturday night was spent at home with her parents. -Shabnam Sahandy, NIAC - 10/17/08

Photos: Mass Walk in Ahvaz, Iran
The people of Ahvaz participated in a mass walk today. The city of Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan. It is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khuzestan Province. -photos by Amin Nazari, ISNA - 10/17/08

Universal Pictures Chooses Richard Regen's spec script "Tehran" for Brian Grazer to produce through Imagine Entertainment -Darius KADIVAR - 10/17/08

Iran in AFC U-16 final after defeating UAE 3-0
Iran has reached the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-16 Championship thanks to a decisive 3-0 win over the UAE at MHSK Stadium. -Press TV - 10/17/08

Former Iranian President Khatami Urged to Run Again
Supporters of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami have urged him to run for the office again. The call came during a ceremony Thursday in his hometown of Yazd, in central Iran. - 10/17/08

Twenty years after the end of the Iran-Iraq war, tens of thousands of combatants still unaccounted for
On 16 October the governments of Iran and Iraq, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross, signed a memorandum of understanding that represents an important step towards easing the heavy burden of tens of thousands of bereaved Iraqi and Iranian families. - 10/17/08

Iran Has Changed, Says Former Middle East CIA Agent
The dominant image of Iran in most Western minds is one of an unpredictable theocratic state run by a cadre of Islamic clerics who support terrorism. But as VOA Correspondent Gary Thomas reports, a former CIA officer with wide Middle East experience argues that at least some of the old Western preconceptions of Iran are no longer valid. - 10/17/08

China blocking US anti-Iran efforts
China has hampered US efforts to convene permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany to discuss new sanctions against Iran. -Press TV - 10/17/08

OPEC to hold emergency meeting as oil prices keep falling
Thursday alone there was about dlrs five fall in the prices. The price stood at 63.34 dollars a barrel on Friday, down five dollars compared to the previous day price, according to OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. - 10/17/08

Iran: Move to End Juvenile Executions
A recent judicial ban on juvenile executions in Iran should save more than 130 juvenile offenders currently on death row from execution, Human Rights Watch said today. - 10/17/08

U.S. policies may have contributed to Iran revolution, study says
A report based on declassified documents suggests that the Nixon and Ford administrations, angry with the shah for his support for raising oil prices, worked to curb his ambitions. -Los Angeles Times - 10/17/08

India, Iran broaden prospects for trade
India-Iran trade has increased tremendously from $ 6.1 billion in 2005-06 to $ 9.53 billion in 2006-07, the bilateral trade amongst the two nations can be further augmented by putting in place the requisite policies. -IRNA - 10/17/08

The U.S. Military Delves into Cultural Intelligence in Iran
PaperTrail has obtained an exclusive copy of the military’s field guide for cultural intelligence for possible military operations in Iran, which is designed to help the U.S. military understand foreign cultures. -PaperTrail - 10/17/08

How Do Experts Estimate The Size Of Oil And Gas Fields?
Turkmenistan is in the news this week after confirming that its South Yolotan-Osman natural-gas field is among the five biggest in the world. That assertion is based on a survey done by an independent British firm. -RFE - 10/17/08

Federal Judge Suspends Florida Travel Law: "Likely Unconstitutional"
A federal judge in Florida has suspended a law that would have imposed stringent restrictions on local travel agencies that sell trips to Iran and Cuba, calling it "likely unconstitutional." -NIAC - 10/16/08

Stardust Memories...: Princess Soraya's Hollywood Temptations
Queen she was, then only Princess, but Legend she certainly became. Soraya the "princess with sad eyes" as she was to be known in the Western Press, after her tragic divorce to the Shah of Iran in the late 1950's, was certainly one of the most beautiful and photographed Women of the 20th century. -Darius KADIVAR - 10/16/08

Conference: Teaching About the Middle East in the 21st Century
The Middle East Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, invites your participation in the first West Coast conference on teaching about the Middle East in the 21st Century. The conference brings together international scholars whose primary fields of research and teaching are related to the Middle East. - 10/16/08

Who Cares for Omar Khadr?
Omar Khadr is probably the greatest shame on Canada, because two governments, the Liberals under Paul Martin and the Conservatives under Harper have both made the overt decision to leave him in prison. The case against him is insane. -Debbie Menon - 10/16/08

Israel Gets Real on Iran
On the eve of his departure from political life, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Olmert delivered a stinging parting shot – putting under question not only the wisdom of holding on to Palestinian land, but also the feasibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. -Trita Parsi, Tony Karon - 10/16/08

Iran routs Japan in Asian volleyball
Iran wins a 3-1 victory over Japan at the 7th Asian Youth Volleyball Championships currently being held in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. -Press TV - 10/16/08

Soccer: Iran to Make Women's U19 Debut
Iran and the Philippines will be represented for the first time in this month's AFC U19 Women's Championship 2009 Qualifiers - highlighting the expansion of women's football in Asia. -FNA - 10/16/08

Iraqi Officials Present Draft Compromise on Status of US Troops
Iraqis officials say they have come up with a draft agreement requiring U.S. troops to leave by 2011, unless asked to stay longer. - 10/16/08

UN Urged to End Executions of Juvenile Offenders
As UN member states begin three days of debate on the rights of the child, more than 300 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from 82 countries called on the UN General Assembly to take urgent action to end executions for crimes committed by children, Human Rights Watch said today. -HRW - 10/16/08

Kazakhstan Set To Increase Energy Cooperation With Iran
Kazakhstan's state-owned oil and gas company -- is charting a new course under the leadership of its new president, Kayrgeldy Kabyldin, who took over in August. Kabyldin is guiding the company toward closer cooperation with Iran, and he has made it clear that international sanctions against the Islamic Republic will not stand in his way. -RFE - 10/16/08

Contemporary Middle Eastern Artists Take 'Routes" to London
The most extensive and prestigious commercial exhibition of contemporary Middle Eastern art ever assembled in London is to be held in October this year. - 10/16/08

Iran's true masters
Most assumed that the ascendancy of neo-rightists like Ahmadinejad spelled the return to power of Iran's traditionalist clerics, but instead the trend has been a greater erosion of clerical authority, Kamal Nazer Yasin writes for ISN Security Watch. - 10/16/08

Russia proposes establishing joint gas company with Iran
The managing director of Russian gas company Gazprom in a meeting with the managing director of National Iranian Oil Company in Moscow on Wednesday proposed establishment of a joint oil gas enterprise by the two countries. -IRNA - 10/16/08

Iran's traders move to revive power base
Many analysts say the bazaaris today largely stand where they were before the revolution in terms of frustration with the government, but the emergence of modern trading companies and shopping malls has reduced their influence. -Financial Times - 10/16/08

In global crisis, oil insulates Gulf
Economists say that Arab states such as Saudi Arabia will feel the pinch, but a year of record oil prices provides a deep cushion. -CSM - 10/16/08

Iran defeats North Korea 2-1 in World Cup qualifier
Two goals from Mehdi Mahdavikia and Javad Nekounam against North Korea gave Iran a victory in Group 2 of the Asian Zone qualifying round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday. - 10/15/08

Photos: Grass Field, Dirt Field - Children Football Schools in Tehran
The following photos show football (soccer) schools for children in different parts of Tehran held on both dirt and grass fields. But no matter the conditions, the children seem to be enjoying themselves :-) -Photos by Amir Pourmand, ISNA - 10/15/08

Iran hammers UAE to reach final in AFC U-16
The Iranian football team maintained a 100% record with a decisive 3-0 victory against the UAE in the AFC U-16 semi-final on Wednesday. -MNA - 10/15/08

Spirited Iranians knocked out of Futsal World Cup after 5-5 draw against Italy
Iran needed just 50 seconds to seal a shining victory over Italy to advance to the final four on Tuesday in the second stage of the 2008 Futsal World Cup. -Tehran Times - 10/15/08

Photos: World Blinds Day marked in Mashhad, Iran
Following photos show the blinds in Mashhad, Iran engaging in various activities. - 10/15/08

Iran Urges Diplomacy to Resolve Nuclear Issues
The speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, is urging Western Powers to resolve their standoff with his country over its nuclear program through diplomatic means. Larijani says sanctions and the use of other force will not work. Larijani is attending a meeting of Parliamentary leaders convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. - 10/15/08

Iran protests mistreatment of pilgrims by American troops in Iraq
Deputy Head of the Organization for holy sites affairs Hossein Akbar told a press conference in Baghdad on Monday that the U.S. forces' act of having Iranian pilgrims fingerprinted and giving eye test along Iraqi borders is illegal, unconventional and in contradiction with current Tehran-Baghdad accords. - 10/15/08

The essence and nature of religions are the same: Khatami
Religious leaders should patiently learn the way to reach agreements and invite all the world to peace, security, and coexistence, Khatami said at the Religion in the Modern World conference in Tehran on Monday which has brought together many dignitaries including former EU commissioner Romani Prodi, and former UN chief Kofi Annan. -Tehran Times - 10/15/08

U.S. Proposal Yet to Reach Iran
Iran has yet to receive a request from the United States to open an interests section here, officials said Monday, but analysts added that such a proposal would probably get a positive response. -Washington Post - 10/15/08

Assyrians' central office officially transferred to Iran
Central office of the International Union of Assyrians has been officially transferred from the United States to Iran. -MNA - 10/15/08

Iran: Bushehr reactor operational in 2009
Iran says its experts are busy to ensure a timely start-up of the Bushehr nuclear plant. A senior Iranian nuclear official says the nuclear power plant in Bushehr will become operational in 2009, as previously planned. - 10/15/08

First Iranian flight lands at Baghdad airport
After a 30-year halt, the first Iranian flight landed at Baghdad airport on Tuesday with 192 passengers. -IRNA - 10/15/08

First win for Iranian girls' volleyball team
The Iranian girls' volleyball team defeated Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the 7th Asian Youth Girls' Volleyball Championship. -MNA - 10/15/08

14 countries to participate in Persian Gulf Air Show
Some 14 countries will participate in the 4th Persian Gulf Air Show on Kish Island. Announcing this, chairman of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) underlined that the event will be held from October 28-31. - 10/15/08

Independent Audit Shows Turkmen Gas Field 'World-Class'
Turkmenistan has long boasted that it has some of the largest natural-gas reserves in the world. But no one was sure of this because only Turkmen specialists had ever checked to determine exactly how much gas the country really has. -RFE - 10/15/08

Minister sacked as Iran shakes up oil industry
Iran’s veteran official in charge of oil refining and imports was dismissed on Tuesday, the latest in a series of senior officials who have been removed from their posts in the country’s vital oil industry. -Financial Times - 10/15/08

Iranians riveted to U.S. presidential race
With only nine months to go before their own presidential voting, Iranians appear far more interested in the U.S. election than in their own, and many think the U.S. choice will deeply affect Iran. -Washington Times - 10/15/08

Gas Station Wonders
Recently on a trip outside Tehran we stopped to fill up the tank. We were being very environment friendly - five of us in a Peugeot 206 - but we wanted to make sure that we had enough petrol to get to our destination and back and we decided to stop. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/14/08

Tehran's Ghalibaf among top world mayors
Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Ghalibaf has been given 8th place among the top 11 mayors by World Mayor for the 2008. Ghalibaf has picked up plaudits across the board for his modernization of the capital's infrastructure and public services. - 10/14/08

Developing countries feeling "fallout" from meltdown
"Developing countries feeling fallout from meltdown?" Of course they are feeling the fallout! You cannot have a meltdown without something to melt! "Developing countries...." I like that! Some of those developing countries have been developing for as long as they have been countries. -Debbie Menon - 10/14/08

Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis
With George W. Bush's administration in its last year in office, the danger of a US military attack on Iran still looms as a dangerous possibility. Widespread official government, military, and analytical sources, including the collective assessment of all sixteen US intelligence agencies, have debunked the various pretexts being asserted to justify such an attack. But ... -Phyllis Bennis, FPIF - 10/14/08

Cinema Verite Festival kicks off in Tehran
The second edition of Cinema Verite Festival, Iran's prestigious event for documentary films, will open here on Tuesday and continue until October 19. Documentary films submitted by 86 countries will go on display in the Competition and the Non-competition Sections of the gala. - 10/14/08

Der Spiegel Says Arrested Iranian Businessman was German Spy
A man arrested by Berlin has been exposed as a spy working for the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). A businessmen arrested in Germany on charges of exporting goods to Iran has been exposed as a Berlin intelligence operative. - 10/14/08

Israel, the United States and Iran: the tipping-point
A Washington military resignation - and Israel's operations in Gaza - may affect the likelihood and timing of a war with Tehran, says Paul Rogers. -Open Democracy - 10/14/08

US problems in Iraq no to be solved by accusing Iran: Ambassador
Qomi said that the trend of US anti-Iran propaganda in Iraq is against national interest of the Iraqi nation and government. "Americans have faced serious failures in Iraq as far as they neglected the country's national interest as well as cultural features of the region," said the ambassador. - 10/14/08

Google Blocks Chrome Browser Use in Syria, Iran
According to a Google spokesperson, in order for the company to abide by U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, "we are unable to permit the download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan." -PBS - 10/14/08

Tehranis flock to computer games exhibit
The National Foundation for Computer Games (NFCG) held an exhibition at Tehran's Goft-o-Gu Park last week that was heavily visited by interested visitors. -MNA - 10/14/08

Former Iranian President Hosts Prominent Western Figures
Iran's moderate former President Mohammad Khatami has hosted several former Western leaders, a move analysts see as a bid to boost his standing ahead of the country's presidential election in 2009. -Reuters - 10/14/08

94 countries taking part in Tehran Short Film Fest
Some 94 countries have applied for participation at 25th Tehran Short Film Festival, which is underway in Tehran and five other provinces and continues until October 18. -IRNA - 10/14/08

US: Iran Tries to Bribe Iraqis Against US Troop Agreement
The Washington Post newspaper Monday quoted General Ray Odierno as saying, Iran is trying to undermine a bilateral agreement that would allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after the end of this year, when the United Nations' mandate ends. - 10/14/08

Obama Is Right About Talking to Iran
Washington cannot resist a Russian sphere of influence stretching from the Black Sea to Aral Mountains unless it plays the Iran card to its advantage. That means dropping its objection to the flow of Iranian gas to Europe, and engaging Iran in talks on security and stability of the Caucasus. -Vali Nasr, WSJ - 10/14/08

The Wall Street Coup and the Bailout Scam
The Wall Street took the US (and the world) hostage and extracted a heavy ransom. But while the enormous ransom was successfully extracted, there are no guarantees that the hostages will be set free from the shackles of trickle down economics. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 10/13/08

World Leaders in Tehran for "Religion in the Modern World" conference
The head of Dialogue Among Cultures and Civilizations Foundation, Mohammad Khatami, held talks with some of the world leaders on the verge of the "Religion in the Modern World" conference in Tehran. - 10/13/08

Photos: First Day of New School Year, Qom Seminaries
Qom is considered to be a holy city in Shi`a Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Mæ'sume, sister of Imam `Ali ibn Musa Rida (Persian Imam Reza, 789–816 A.D.). The city is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage. -Photos by Mohammad Akhlaghi, ISNA - 10/13/08

Tehran bazaar ends tax strike
Tehran gold, carpet and textile unions have called off the strike against a new value added tax (VAT), after the suspension of the measure. The protest had begun last Saturday when jewelers closed their shops in the central city of Isfahan. - 10/13/08

Iranian Actress Heads Into a Storm
'Body of Lies' Co-Star Appears Scarf-Free on Red Carpet, Igniting Debate at Home -Washington Post - 10/13/08

Star of Infamy
The Dutch have much to be ashamed of. Their shame is so closely associated to guilt that they have abandoned honor at the exclusion of their own constitution. Education Minister Ronald Plasterk, with disregard for article 11 of the Dutch constitution has banned Iranians and Dutch students of Iranian descent from five locations and nine fields of study. - 10/13/08

Frost aids US war on Iranian pistachio
Iran may lose its place as the world's largest pistachio producer to the US this year, following a sharp decrease in the pistachio harvest. - 10/13/08

Afsaneh Art & Culture Society seeking board members
We are seeking nominations for individuals who resonate with the mission of Ballet Afsaneh and Afsaneh Art & Culture Society's work: sharing the beauty of Central Asian - Silk Road art and culture with all. - 10/13/08

Sweden Says Iranian Dissident Will Not be Tortured if Sent Back
An Iranian woman's request for asylum for her and her two young daughters has been rejected by Sweden despite her contention she will be persecuted by the Iranian regime for her dissident activism. - 10/13/08

Dealing with Iran's Not-So-Irrational Leadership
Nothing expresses the widening gap between the mind frames of the Iranian ruling elite and their Western counterparts more than the headlines in their respective newspapers. The American media, above all, have unilaterally resolved the intelligence questions over Iran's nuclear program. The New York Times leads the pack with articles and even editorials that assume Iran is building a nuclear bomb. -Kouross Esmaeli and Ramin Karimian. MRZINE - 10/13/08

Blix: Attack on Iran, 'colossal tragedy'
Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix says a US attack on the Islamic Republic would be a 'colossal tragedy' for the entire region. -Press TV - 10/13/08

Lebanese leader visits Iran
Visiting Leader of Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Party Michel Aoun said on Monday that Iran has not offered any help to Lebanon's enemies and Iran always supports national unity in Lebanon. - 10/13/08

Diplomat Says U.S. Not Aiming For 'Military Victory' In Afghanistan
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff warned this week that an already troubling situation in Afghanistan is almost certain to worsen. Admiral Mike Mullen said that "the trends across the board are not going in the right direction" and the country is likely to continue what a new intelligence report calls "a downward spiral." -RFE - 10/13/08

The bazaar turns against Iran's president
A strike in Iran's traditional bazaars has expanded despite an order by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to suspend a new sales tax that ignited the protest more than a week ago. -IHT - 10/13/08

Photos: Algiers Wins Islamic Women Soccer Competitions in Tehran in the presence of empty seats...
Following photos are from the Islamic Women Soccer Competition held in Tehran, Iran. The Algerian team won the title after defeating Azerbaijan Republic 3-1 in the finals. Iran's Rahahan (railroad) team won the 3rd place after defeating Iran's U-17 national team 3-1. But one thing that stands out in these photos is the empty seats of the stadiums? Where are the spectators? -photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA - 10/12/08

Iran on edge of futsal final four
Iran defeated Ukraine 5-4 in the second match of the second round of the Futsal World Cup on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Iran rallied from two goals down to earn a valuable 5-4 victory over Ukraine in Group E. -MNA - 10/12/08

Iranian Reformist Mehdi Karoubi to Run in 2009 Presidential Race
A leading Iranian reformist says he will run in next year's presidential elections, challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is widely expected to seek a second term. - 10/12/08

Iranian Now V.P. of Firm that Made the Wild West
Wells Fargo is one of the few surviving American businesses from the days of the Wild West when it ran stage coaches and provided banking services for cowboys. The stagecoaches and cowboys are gone, but the banking system remains and one of the vice presidents of the modern firm is now an Iranian-American woman. - 10/12/08

Daei: Karimi out of national team forever
Iran football coach Ali Daei said on Sunday that Ali Karimi, who has rejected a recent call up to the national team, will never be invited to the team again. -MNA - 10/12/08

Iran qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup
The Iranian football team defeated Syria 2-0 in the AFC U-16 quarter-final on Sunday and deservedly won a berth in next year's FIFA World Cup. - 10/12/08

Iran Nanotechnology Exhibition 2008
On Thursday 7th of October, a number of journalists and media men held a meeting with the manager of Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), Ali-Mohammad Soltani, on the initiative's activities and The First Iran Nanotechnology Exhibition. - 10/12/08

Gas exporters cartel draws up draft charter
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an organization of the world's leading gas producers, which was established in Tehran in 2001. -MNA - 10/12/08

Pursuit Of Elusive Peace Could Drive Afghan Government, Taliban To The Table
Karzai's government has been pushing for negotiations with the Taliban at the same time that Western and NATO military commanders have concluded that military action alone cannot bring an end to Afghan violence. -RFE - 10/12/08

Russia Tests Intercontinental Missiles
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has watched his military test new long-range missiles and says the country's missile defense system is strong. -VOA - 10/12/08

Evidence grows that Israel, with U.S. aid, is preparing to attack Iran
Would Washington support an Israeli attack? Recently, the administration has given clear signals that it would not. But then, why did the Pentagon announce last month that it planned to sell Israel 1,000 new GBU-39 bunker-busting bombs? -Joel Brinkley, McClatchy-Tribune - 10/12/08

Death of a Legend: Ardeshir Mohassess - September 9, 1938 - October 9, 2008
Ardeshir Mohassess, the legendary Iranian cartoonist and illustrator, passed away at his home in New York on the afternoon of October 9, 2008. - 10/11/08

Symposium - Rumors of War: A Third Middle East, This Time with Iran?
With wars on both sides of Iran, will the West attack Iran and plunge the strategically vital but combustible Middle East into a third war? Or can diplomacy intervene to avoid a clash that will likely ignite a wider war? --- Saturday October 18 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles - 10/11/08

Golestan Kids Featured in Oakland Tribune
PARSA Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Golestan Kids (Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Distribution) has been featured on the front page of the Oakland Tribune today - 10/11/08

PAAIA Holds Kick-Off Receptions in Los Angeles and Orange County
On Thursday October 2nd and Sunday October 5th, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) held its first two event in Southern California—in Los Angeles and Orange County respectively—to introduce the organization to the Iranian American community in the area. - 10/11/08

Espionage Thriller 'Body of Lies' Questions Terror War Ideology
A new espionage thriller tracks a key American intelligence agent in the Middle East as he attempts to balance ideology with reality, on the front lines of the war on terror. Ridley Scott directs the adaptation of a best-selling novel by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. Alan Silverman has this look at Body of Lies. - 10/11/08

Sufi Poet Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh: 12/10/1926 – 10/10/2008
Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh master of the Nimatullahi Sufi order passed away in Banbury Oxfordshire at the age of 82. In Iran alone there are over two million Sufies of various Orders and creeds. The Nimatullahi Sufi order is the most wide spread Sufi Order in Iran which also has branches in Europe, Africa, U.S.A. and Australia. - 10/11/08

Iran's oil refining industry needs $20bn investment: Oil Minister
Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday that more than 20 billion dollars are needed to be invested in the country's oil refining industry. Nozari made the remarks in his address to the opening ceremony of the second Iran International Oil Refining Forum that began in Tehran on October 11. - 10/11/08

US, India Sign Civilian Nuclear Accord
The United States and India Friday signed an accord allowing U.S. firms to sell nuclear fuel and technology to India, reversing a three-decade ban on such trade. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee signed the accord in Washington. - 10/11/08

The Anti-Muslim Smear Machine Strikes Again?
Over the past weeks, 28 million copies of the anti-Muslim propaganda film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West have been delivered to the doors of newspaper subscribers in swing states. The 2006 documentary, which has been a mainstay of David Horowitz's "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week," describes "radical Islam" as a menace comparable to Adolf Hitler -Common Dreams - 10/11/08

Iran protests to Britain over release of terrorist
Iran on Friday protested to Britain against release of a terrorist who was involved in the 1980 attack on the Iranian Embassy in London, saying that the release will affect relations between the two countries. -IRNA - 10/11/08

Negotiations aimed at finalizing gas deal with Iran continue - Turkish Energy Minister
Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Guler said here Friday negotiations for buying natural gas from Iran aimed at finalizing a contract still continue and "I will visit Tehran to sign it when it is finalized." -IRNA - 10/11/08

The bird of gardens sang unto the rose: Happy Hafez Day
Iranians annually celebrate the Hafez Day on October 11, during which they gather and hold talks on the poetry, thoughts, and life of Hafez. Hafez was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310 and 1337 in Shiraz, Medieval Persia. - 10/10/08

Iran: University graduates form 30% of unemployed
Deputy minister of labor and social security said that 30 percent of the unemployed in the country are university graduates. Addressing a one-day seminar on technical and vocational educations in rural affairs development in Rasht, Gilan province, Morteza Sharif-Nasabi added that under diplomas constitute only three percent of the the unemployed. - 10/10/08

IRAN-140 joins Iran's air fleet
Iran's aircraft manufacturer has delivered five domestic-made IRAN-140 passenger planes in a bid to upgrade the country's air fleet - 10/10/08

Leveretts: Iran Must Be Seen as Opportunity, Not Threat
"Five presidents have treated Iran as a threat. The next needs to think of it as an opportunity." So say Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett in their ambitious proposal for a "grand bargain" with Iran. -Joseph Ward, NIAC - 10/10/08

In Reversal, Democrats Shelve Iran Resolution
Falling from shoo-in status to widely rejected legislation within the space of four months, a resolution that would have opened the door for a naval blockade on Iran was officially shelved at the end of September, after several of its cosponsors withdrew their support. -Truthdig - 10/10/08

Rugby: Iran clinch central Asian tournament
Iran edged out Uzbekistan 8-6 in the Asian Five Nations Regional tournament taking place in Bishkek on Wednesday to claim the inaugural title, having already beaten the hosts Kyrgyzstan. - 10/10/08

Congressional Advisor: Iran is Not Suicidal
According to former State Department international security expert Stephen Rademaker, countries in the Middle East "need to believe that the U.S. views an attack on Doha as an attack on Detroit." -Mohammed Shabani, NIAC - 10/10/08

China in negotiations to get in Pars LNG project
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is negotiating to get 25 percent of an Iranian giant LNG project. -ISNA - 10/10/08

Iran routs Singapore in U-16 AFC Cup
Iran has gained an easy 4-1 victory over Singapore in Group A of the Asian Football Confederation under-16 Championship in Uzbekistan. -Press TV - 10/10/08

Iran celebrates global meltdown
Amidst the financial wreckage around the world, one government is celebrating. Watching the global gnashing of teeth, the Islamic Republic of Iran is enjoying the ride. -BBC - 10/10/08

UK frees terrorist amid tensions with Iran
The only surviving culprit involved in a 1980 terrorist attack on the Iranian embassy in London has been released from prison in Britain. -Press TV - 10/10/08

Iran Halts New Sales Tax After Merchants Strike
A series of private-sector strikes has forced the Iranian government to suspend the implementation of a new sales tax borne most heavily by the politically powerful merchant class, marking a setback for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plans for economic change. -Washington Post - 10/10/08

The Crossroad of U.S. Presidential Elections
Let us get involved in this presidential election and rescue America from itself. Like any nation, America is facing the forces of good and evil both from within and from without. What America has to overcome at this crossroad is to recognize that contrary to what public is led to believe, America is self-destructing. Thomas Jefferson said it best, "An empire collapses more from within than from without." -Ali A. Parsa - 10/10/08

Pirated Iranian ship freed
Thanks to efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL), the pirated Iranian ship, Dianat, was freed on Friday morning. - 10/10/08

Afghan Peace Talks Widen US-UK Rift on War Policy
The beginning of political talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban revealed by press accounts this week is likely to deepen the rift that has just erupted in public between the United States and its British ally over the U.S. commitment to an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. -IPS - 10/10/08

US-Iraq security pact a "pure Iraqi issue": Iran's Ambassador
Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi said the US-Iraq security pact is a "pure Iraqi issue." Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, he noted the security pact is one-sided and emphasized the U.S. should respect Iraq's internal affairs. - 10/10/08

Criticism of perks provokes uproar in Iranian parliament
There are many ways for an MP to win over fellow parliamentarians but for Hasan Kamran, blowing the whistle on their cushy expenses was never likely to be one of them. Kamran, a fundamentalist member of Iran's parliament, has been ostracised by colleagues after condemning handouts to them worth 1bn rial (£58,697) to buy a car and rent a home in Tehran. -Guardian - 10/10/08

Iranian delegation heads of to Washington for IMF meeting
An Iranian high-ranking economic delegation led by Minister of Finance, Shamseddin Husseini, has headed off to Washington to participate in the annual meeting of International Monetary Fund (IMF). -ISNA - 10/10/08

Britain’s Guardian newspaper yields to pressure from pro-war Zionist smear-mongers
Once regarded as a bastion of freedom of expression, Britain’s left-of-centre Guardian newspaper has taken a sharp lurch to the right, dismissing an Iranian-born writer whose views offended a group of pro-war, neo-conservative Zionist Islamophobic smear-mongers. -Redress - 10/10/08

Literature event with five Iranian exile authors in Vienna: October 24-26, 2008
In October 2008 KuuL is going to organize a 3-day literature event with five Iranian exile authors in Vienna within the framework of European Year of Languages. - 10/9/08

Interview with Iranian Woman Activist Azadeh Faramarziha
I am 29 years old. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and work with Sahneh (Scene) Magazine, which focuses on developments in theater. - 10/9/08

Iranian Film Community Should Be Encouraged to Register on the Earth's Biggest Movie Database -Darius KADIVAR - 10/9/08

Iran's ambassador in Iraq has harsh words for U.S.
The Iranian Embassy is one of the seats of power in Baghdad. From here, Shiite-ruled Iran has played a key role in Iraqi politics, now also dominated by Shiites. Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, presides over the stately embassy. -Los Angeles Times - 10/9/08

McCain’s Flip-flop on Iran, and a Powerful New Plan for a Grand Bargain
One of the lesser noticed shifts that has taken place during this Presidential election campaign is that everyone now favors some kind of diplomatic engagement with Iran: Obama, of course; President Bush since earlier this summer, when Undersecretary of State Burns joined the Geneva P5+1 talks; and as of late, John McCain. -Prospects for Peace - 10/9/08

No Russian game changer sold to Iran: Moscow
Russia's arms-export giant has reportedly denied plans to equip Iran and Syria with the powerful S-300 surface-to-air defense system. -Tehran Times - 10/9/08

Feeling Expansive, Moscow Looks To U.S. 'Backyard': Latin America
Since the turn of the century, Russia has steadily pursued a strategy of closer ties with the Latin American countries typically seen as America's backyard. The continent is already Russia's third-largest arms market, and countries of every ideological stripe have shown little compunction about partnering with Moscow on defense and energy deals. -RFE - 10/9/08

Renowned British Iranologist Professor Avery passes away
Distinguished British scholar and eminent Iranologist Peter Avery, has died in the UK at the age of 86. In a ceremony to honor the professor at the Iranian Embassy in London in May this year, he said his biggest happiness in life had been his experience of studying Iran and Persia. - 10/9/08

Iranian star 'on trial' over 'Lies' film
The Iranian actress who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in "Body of Lies" said she may face charges back home for making the film without permission. -UPI - 10/9/08

European Congress of Iranian Researchers convened in Paris
The 1st European Congress of Iranian Agricultural sciences and Natural Resource Researchers was convened at Paris University Wednesday in the presence of some 70 Iranian and French academics. -IRNA - 10/9/08

The Latter-Day Sultan: Power and Politics in Iran
The real decision-maker in Iran is Supreme Leader Khamenei not President Ahmedinejad. Blaming Iran's problems on President Ahmadinejad inaccurately suggests that Iran's problems will go away when Ahmadinejad does. -Akbar Ganji, Foreign Affairs - 10/9/08

Does Ahmadinejad Speak for Iran?
Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, has an unusual background: His father had been a diplomat for the Shah of Iran, and his family fled the country to escape the Islamic revolution. His grandfather, however, was a noted Ayatollah, and taught some of Iran's leading clerics. -TIME - 10/9/08

China Cuts US Military Exchanges Over Taiwan Arms Sales
The Bush administration is expressing disappointment over a Chinese decision to cancel or postpone some military exchanges because of U.S. plans to sell weapons to Taiwan. But U.S. officials say China is not withdrawing from critical multi-lateral talks on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs. -VOA - 10/9/08

Iran's father of anesthesia honored
Founder of modern anesthesia in Iran, Professor Ali Far was honored in Tabriz on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Tenth National Congress on Anesthesia. - 10/9/08

Jealous Chinese Migrant Kills Iranian in Britain
A jealous Chinese immigrant has been convicted in England of the murder of an Iranian businessman and the attempted murder of his former lover. - 10/9/08

Iran car maker says French politics hampering ventures
The chairman of Iran's biggest car maker accused France of "inappropriate policies", which he said are hampering joint ventures in a country where French manufacturers have a 40 to 50 percent market share. -AFP - 10/9/08

Iran unveils plan for women's car
Its features will include automatic transmission, parking and navigation aids and a jack for changing tyres without getting grease on your chador. -BBC - 10/9/08

US, NATO Attacks Killed 3,200 Afghan Civilians Since 2005: Study
Up to 3,200 civilians have been killed in NATO and US action in Afghanistan since 2005 but compensation payouts have been far lower than in other global cases, according to research by a US professor. -AFP - 10/9/08

Photos: Iran opens world's fourth tallest tower
Iran has opened a telecommunications tower more than quarter-mile high seen as a symbol of the country's efforts to modernize. The inauguration of the 1,427-foot-high Milad Tower could help the political fortunes of Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. He is a likely rival against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in next year's elections. - 10/8/08

Photos: Harvesting Rice in Alamoot Region of Qazvin, Iran
These photos show farmers harvesting the rice crop in the Alamoot region of Qazvin. Qazvin (also spelled as Ghazvin) is the largest city and capital of the Province of Qazvin in Iran. -Erfan Dadkhah, ISNA - 10/8/08

Iran beat Uruguay at Futsal World Cup
Iran defeated Uruguay 4-2 at the Futsal World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. It was Iran's second straight win following an opening draw against Spain, giving it seven points and second place in Group D. -MNA - 10/8/08

Tehran's Milad Tower Opens
Iran opens the 435-meter Milad Tower, world's fourth-tallest telecommunications tower, that serves as a symbol of the nation's modernization. - 10/8/08

US has made major shift in Iran policy: Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Tuesday evening that the US Administration has made major shift in its Iran policy thanks to the pressure from the American people to do so. -IRNA - 10/8/08

To Stand Or Not To Stand?
It's the question Iran's former president, Mohammad Khatami, has apparently been asking himself recently. And he's not the only one asking. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/8/08

U.S. Radar Base in Israel
At a cost of $89 million to the American taxpayers, the U.S. Senate, with no hesitation, passed a bill that was attached by Republican Senator Joe Kyle, to the federal defense budget to deploy another sophisticated long-range radar system to the Jewish state of Israel. -Ardeshir Ommani - 10/8/08

Humanity and wisdom makes "Song of Sparrows" famous: Majidi
Majid Majidi, director of "The Song of Sparrows" is convinced that humanity and wisdom made this movie and his other productions famous worldwide. - 10/8/08

Iran, the IAEA, and the Laptop
In August 2002, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an armed Iranian opposition group listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization but supported by the neoconservatives within and without the Pentagon, provided the first concrete evidence of the existence of Iran's uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. -Muhammad Sahimi, - 10/8/08

Former officials say Iranians helped on al-Qaida
Iran rounded up hundreds of Arabs to help the United States counter al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 attack after they crossed the border from Afghanistan, a former Bush administration official said Tuesday. Many were expelled, Hillary Mann Leverett said, and the Iranians made copies of almost 300 of their passports. -AP - 10/8/08

Mr Ahmadinejad, So you're saying I'm free?
This is Iran and I am a journalist from the country whose president is so keen to dress up and go to New York every year to show off how much free we are. This is my land, the place which has a president so confident that criticizing the actions of the officials is absolutely free. For the past four years, the fairy tale of freedom has been told by the same person. -Masih Alinejad - 10/7/08

Remembering The Poet Sohrab Sepehri: 1928-1980
Sohrab Sepehri (October 7, 1928 - April 21, 1980) was a notable modern Persian poet and a painter. He was born in Kashan in Isfahan province of Iran. He is considered one of the five most famous modern Persian (Iranian) poets who have practiced "New Poetry". - 10/7/08

Cafe Naderi and Night time in Darband
The cafe is not far from the Iran Central bank and is where you will find many street money exchangers. It is with a great sense of nostalgia and sadness that I write this, and those of you who know it would most probably share my grief. Café Naderi is something of an institution in Tehran but it seems that the end is near. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/7/08

Photos: Harvesting Saffron in Iran
Saffron is a spice derived from the dried stigma of the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant's carpels. Iran ranks first in the world production of saffron - 10/7/08

Text of Jalili's letter to Solana regarding nuclear talks with Iran
Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, sent a letter on Monday to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in which he criticized the West's 'unreasonable behavior' in nuclear talks with Iran. - 10/7/08

Iran submits two documents (Noruz and Radifs) for registration on UNESCO list
The Noruz celebration (Iranian New Year) and the titles and items of Iranian Radifs are the two documents that are already listed on Iran's National Heritage List, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday. - 10/7/08

Deciding the fate of the Mujahedin
The Bush administration inherited many of Iraq's problems when it invaded that country, including an Iranian terrorist organization funded and armed by Saddam Hussein, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MKO). -Trita Parsi, Washington Times - 10/7/08

Tabriz University to hold Nanoscience Congress
The Second International Congress on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICNN2008) will be held in Tabriz University from October 28-30. - 10/7/08

For Iranian Bloggers, Risks Have Not Deterred Activity
For bloggers in Iran, the unpredictability of responses from the authorities makes it impossible to foretell whether they will be targeted in the ongoing government crackdown on alternative media sources. But fear has not stopped Iranians from using the blogosphere to influence their fellow citizens. - 10/7/08

India's largest oil producer in talks with Iran for oil block
ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas arm of India's largest oil producer, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), is holding talks with the Iranian government for exploring an oil block in the northern part of the country. -IRNA - 10/7/08

Iran Sends Film by Majidi in Bid for 2008 Oscar
Iran has chosen the Majid Majidi film "The Song of Sparrows" to submit for a possible Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Academy Awards. - 10/7/08

Iraqi parliament speaker arrives in Tehran
Speaker of Iraq's parliament Mahmud Mashhadani arrived here Tuesday morning on a two-day visit heading a high-ranking delegation to discuss ways to promote Iran-Iraq cooperation. -IRNA - 10/7/08

Iran deplores Group 5+1 has resorted to levers of pressure
Iran on Tuesday complained that the Group 5+1 has resorted to levers of pressures instead of offering answers to a package of questions to and resolve the dispute over Iranian nuclear program. -IRNA - 10/7/08

Insecurity Looms As Afghans Register For 2009 Presidential Vote
Officials in Afghanistan have begun registering voters for next year's presidential election, in which Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will seek a second five-year term. -RFE - 10/7/08

Kordan says: I am minister
There have been some reports that Kordan has submitted his resignation to the cabinet on Monday night. He is accused of fooling the parliament with his doctoral certificate. -MNA - 10/7/08

Enquiries: End of History, 42 & Year of the Golden Frog...
2008 has been a good year for history thanks to Zeus and Apollo and the rest of the Olympians who didn't take too kindly to the human proclamation about the 'end of history' and swiftly punished hubris. Only great gods and fat opera singers can decree 'The End'. Russians have swaggered back into Georgia; Chinese have proudly demonstrated their might with fireworks over Beijing Olympics, and Iranians have told the West: "If you want our toys, come and get them. Bring cash and cigarettes." -A.J. Cave - 10/6/08

Photos: Iran's Malavan Women Soccer Team
The women soccer team of Malavan club will be representing Iran in the West Asian Clubs competitions. -by Majid Sayadnavard, ISNA - 10/6/08

Reflections on my time at NIAC
Being from California, I was not completely confident about spending an entire summer working in Washington DC, but when NIAC offered me an internship, I could not turn it down. The chance to work at an up and coming non-profit and to do advocacy work for my community was not an opportunity I wanted to miss. -Arsalan Barmand - 10/6/08

FM: US must rejoin Iran nuclear talks
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has told Newsweek that US participation in July's nuclear talks in Geneva was a "realistic step". -Press TV - 10/6/08

The Professionals have done it again
Asian stock markets plunged Monday as investors took scant comfort from Washington's passage of a $700 billion bank bailout and focused instead on deepening financial turmoil in Europe that threatens to slow global growth. -Debbie Menon - 10/6/08

Iran upsets Uzbekistan in AFC U-16 Championship
Iran's Under 16 football team won over host Uzbekistan 2-1 in the AFC U-16 Championship at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Monday. -MNA - 10/6/08

Iran to participate in Asian Youth Girls' Volleyball
Iran's girls (under 16) volleyball team is to travel to Manila, Philippines, early Tuesday to participate in the Asian Youth Girls' Volleyball Championship. -MNA - 10/6/08

Police Rule Khalili Death a Suicide, but Others Aren't So Sure
Police reports have ruled the May death of a Persian teen in Beverly Hills was a suicide, but many members of the Persian Jewish community remain suspicious. - 10/6/08

Ex-CIA Operative Discusses 'The Devil We Know'
In his new book, The Devil We Know, former CIA operative Robert Baer argues that Iran is an up-and-coming — and often misunderstood — superpower, with strong influences throughout the Middle East. -NPR - 10/6/08

Former Finance Minister slams Ahmadinejad's 'wave of' reshuffles at Central Bank
Davoud Danesh-Jaafari, who served as Finance Minister in Ahmadinejad's cabinet until April 2008, told Fars News Agency that if the government did not define its relations with the Central Bank and the Monetary and Credit Council, further reshuffles would be inevitable. -Press TV - 10/6/08

Iran off to a winning start in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Iran will make history over the next week when they play in a triangular regional rugby tournament in the 2008 HSBC Asian 5 Nations in the ancient city of Bishkek. -IRB - 10/6/08

Photos: Village women making niqab in Hormozgan, Iran
A niqab is a veil which covers the face, worn by some Muslim women as a part of sartorial hijab. It is common in the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as in Pakistan and India. -by Amir Reza Fakhri, ISNA - 10/5/08

Rice Says Diplomatic Relations with Iran Still Being Considered
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration is still considering setting up a diplomatic mission in Iran. -VOA - 10/5/08

US-India nuclear deal violates NPT: Iranian Official
Deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saeedi on Sunday expressed concern about the US-India nuclear deal saying the deal has violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty. - 10/5/08

Chomsky's film in Tehran film festival
The 'Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media' documentary film will be screened in the International Documentary Film Festival in Tehran. - 10/5/08

Artist Talk: Shirin Neshat in New
Having just completed her first feature length film, Women Without Men, a re-adaptation of a novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur and shot in Morocco, Shirin Neshat will share her experiences of navigating between the languages of visual arts and cinema. - 10/5/08

Iranian experts begin restoration of Rudaki mausoleum in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Born in the village of Rudak (Panjrud) in Khorasan, now located in present-day Tajikistan, Rudaki was the first great literary genius of the modern Persian language who composed poetry in "New Persian," which is written in the Perso-Arabic alphabet script. - 10/5/08

APHA Peace Award Recipient: Dr. Farideh Kioumehr-Dadsetan
This year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is honoring Dr. Farideh Kioumehr-Dadsetan, an Iranian-American who has devoted her life to bringing peace to lives around the world. - 10/5/08

Iran wins Germany karate titles
Iranian karate athletes won the International Germany Karate Bonzi Cup's Games in adult section. -IRNA - 10/5/08

American Politics and the Gathering Storm
Govern Palin, and to a much lesser extent, Senator Biden, hold the false charge that Iran is a threat to Israel based on the mainstream media's insistence to forgo the cannons of journalism --sincerity, truthfulness & accuracy, reconstitute and deliver 'facts' through what has become familiar sound bites -- "wipe" and "map"-- unfounded, false, and effective. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 10/5/08

Restoration of banned "Fifer Man" cancelled
The 4-meter high statue was created by the prominent Iranian sculptor Bahman Mohasses in 1975 by order of the City Theater Complex director and was installed in front of the complex. After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it was removed from the site because it was deemed as contrary to the revolution's criteria due to its unique shape. -MNA - 10/5/08

Tehran Municipality to pay off debts of 2000 female prisoners
A bill approved recently by the Tehran City Council authorizes Tehran's Municipality to pay off debts of about 2000 female prisoners. -MNA - 10/5/08

CIO Values: Avid Modjtabai, Executive VP And CIO Of Wells Fargo
"Be open to change," she says, because "it's coming anyway, so you might as well be prepared." -Information Week - 10/5/08

Shams Ensemble Touring U.S. This Month
Iranian composer Kaykhosro Pournazeri and his classical Shams Ensemble will tour the United States this month, with concerts scheduled in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. - 10/4/08

An Open Letter to Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei
In your "Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors" of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on September 22, 2008, you assured Iran that your agency will protect her legitimate military secrets if she supplies such information about some "alleged studies". -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 10/4/08

Israel laying its yellow brick road to Iran war
Israel seems adamant about prodding Americans into a cul-de-sac, despite the vivid picture Iran has painted of the chaos that would follow military action against its nuclear infrastructure. -Press TV - 10/4/08

Republicans Block Iran Sanctions
Republicans blocked Iran sanctions legislation in the US Senate. Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) exercised his prerogative Thursday to object to consideration of legislation that had passed last week in the US House of Representatives. -FNA - 10/4/08

Iran: Is Tehran Interested in Making an Energy Exports-for-Nuclear Concessions Deal?
Given the security concerns surrounding existing pipeline routes connecting the Caspian Basin and Turkey, Iran is trying to fashion itself as a viable energy export alternative... -Eurasianet - 10/4/08

US citizenship for 16 key figures of MKO terrorist group
The US has granted citizenship to 16 leading members of the blacklisted Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), Iraqi security officials say. An Iraqi deputy told Fars news agency that the MKO members who were given US citizenship were directly engaged in acts of terror against Iranians and the Iraqi people. -Press TV - 10/4/08

Iranian conflict hits home
My father emigrated from Iran in 1979 in search of the American dream and trusting in the ideals that allow our country to flourish. He is a proud citizen of the United States, and he is just as “patriotic” as the next man. I am indebted to his journey, which gave me the chance to make a life in America. -Omid Heidari, Pepperdine University - 10/4/08

BOOK REVIEW: Robert Baer's 'The Devil We Know' Reveals Some Inconvenient Truths About Iran and the Conflict Between Shia and Sunni Islam
The conventional wisdom in the Middle East is that Iran is a rogue state run by religious fanatics who want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and drive the U.S. and other Western powers out of the region. -HNN - 10/4/08

Colgate Students Meet Iranian President
President's willingness to openly and frankly talk with a conference room full of American students separates him from many of today's world leaders. It also showed a great deal of courage given last year's protests and reactions to a similar event the President participated in at Columbia University during his UN visit. -Maroon News - 10/4/08

Hollywood Gave To Livni, Iranian Jews Backed Mofaz In Kadima Primary
Hollywood producers, East Coast property barons, and a Swiss banker were among the main supporters of Tzipi Livni in her race to lead the Kadima Party. Shaul Mofaz found support among the wealthy business barons of the Iranian-American Jewish community, according to the campaign contribution lists that the two handed over to the state comptroller. -Five Towns Jewish Times - 10/4/08

Iranian Americans in Politics Series: Shiva Sarram helps raise $375,000 for Obama
In 2003 Sarram, who now lives in Connecticut, left a lucrative position on Wall Street to devote time to raising her two young children, and to working on her non-profit projects right here in the United States and around the globe. -Shabnam Sahandy, NIAC - 10/3/08

Despite Petrodollars, Iranians Struggle To Make Ends Meet
Sitting atop the world's second largest gas and oil reserves, Iran earned an estimated $80 billion in energy sales in the last fiscal year as fuel prices spiked. But that windfall has not reached most of the population, whose living standards have plummeted. -Farangis Najibullah, RFE - 10/3/08

Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran at UCLA
A lecture series exploring Iranian history, culture and society through lectures presented in English and Persian. - 10/3/08

Iran: US Tells 'Huge Lies' About Tehran's Nuclear Program
Iran's foreign minister welcomed U.S. participation in the recent round of nuclear talks in Geneva with the Europeans and said there is potential for such negotiations to continue, if there is sufficient political will. But he questioned whether the United States is truly concerned with Iran's nuclear intentions or whether it is using the issue to further a different agenda. -VOA - 10/3/08

Iran's Natural Gas Conference Raises Concerns Over Western Sponsors
Iran is hosting a international conference on its natural gas exports Saturday and Sunday in Tehran. Organizers say the meeting is aimed at developing Iran's rich natural gas sector. Iran is under international sanctions over its nuclear program and the participation of major international energy firms in the conference is drawing criticism, as VOA's Sean Maroney reports. - 10/3/08

Chomsky: "The Majority of the World Supports Iran"
In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview, Chomsky discusses the global politics of Iran's and India's attempts to become nuclear powers. -AlterNet - 10/3/08

Interview with Doctor Hosseingholi Hosseini - Nezhad: I have cancelled 10 stoning commands
Doctor Hoseini Nezhad has spent 35 years in the service of the court, and since the revolution till 1363 he has acted in an advisory capacity, He married to Mehranguiz Manutchehrian (the first woman lawyer in Iran and was awarded the Human Rights Peace Prize in 1968 and The peace Prize of the Center of the World Peace Through Law in 1971) -Feminist School - 10/3/08

Creating a Mosaic: Personal Histories from the Middle Eastern Diaspora
Are there memories, moments, that shimmer in your mind's eye, that cry out for attention in the middle of your busy life? Is there a family story or a personal story that you've wanted to write down, to sift, to savor or to salvage? - 10/3/08

Iran to continue enrichment till an international pact for fuel supplies security: IAEA Envoy
"If all 145 members of the IAEA sign an internationally binding agreement to guarantee a constant supply of fuel, Iran may review its current stance," he told reporters in Brussels. -ISNA - 10/3/08

Foreign companies presence in Iran LNG likely to be finalized by end of 2008
Iran's Liquefied Natural Gas Company Managing Director Ali Kheir-Andish expressed hope that agreements for foreign companies' presence in Iran's LNG project would be finalized by the end of 2008. -ISNA - 10/3/08

Prominent Iranian American Testifies before Senate Committee
"We have unearthed an anti-plaintiff effect that is troubling," said Cyrus Mehri in testimony last Tuesday before a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Barriers to Justice: Examining Equal Pay for Equal Work." -NIAC - 10/3/08

US Needs Broader Iran Policy, Including More Enticing Rewards For Cooperation
The next administration is not only going to face a huge deficit, a shattered economy and precarious banking system, it also has to struggle just to avoid drowning in Iraq, Afghanistan and the region. This brings Iran front and center in either an Obama or McCain administration's future foreign policy. -Salim Madjd, Huffington Post - 10/3/08

Iranians see Obama as a moderate who may bring thaw
After three decades of outright hostility between Tehran and Washington, Iranians believe US presidential candidate Barack Obama has a softer approach that might aid a thaw between the arch foes. -AFP - 10/3/08

US think tank 'to open in Tehran'
Washington has given rare approval for a research body to open an office in Iran, although it stressed United States policy had not changed. -BBC - 10/3/08

In Iran, 3 Degrees of Separation From Truth
Iran’s interior minister admitted Tuesday that a doctorate he said he had earned from Oxford was a fake, and said that he was pressing charges against an intermediary who had forged it without his knowledge. -New York Times - 10/3/08

The questions regarding variations in social development, economic progress, and political empowerment have produced a voluminous literature over the past century, and because of the complexity of these issues, much important reflection will continue well into the future. -Mehdi S. Shariati - 10/2/08

Photos: Harvesting Grapes in Takestan, Iran
Takestan is located in Qazvin province of Iran. Qazvin is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the north-west of the country, and its center is the city of Qazvin. -Erfan Dadkhah, ISNA - 10/2/08

C-Sections Displace Natural Childbirth for Iranian Women
Iranian women are increasingly choosing to undergo Caesarian sections as opposed to giving birth naturally even when there are no medical risks associated with their birth. - 10/2/08

Photos: Varzaneh Desert in Isfahan, Iran
Varzaneh desert is located east of Isfahan and 30KMs far from Gavkhooni International Wetland. -Pooyan Ebrahimi, ISNA - 10/2/08

Iran's President And The Battle For The Arab Street
Despite his poor ratings at home, Ahmadinejad enjoys considerable popularity in the Arab world, where he is seen as a symbol of defiant resistance to the United States and Israel. -RFE - 10/2/08

"Drugs" are something like "guns"
The passionate Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni generalizes too broadly when he writes about drugs The Proficient Killer to be really meaningful, although he does correctly identify drugs as a serious social problem threatening our youth. -Debbie Menon - 10/2/08

Summer in the land of pomegranates
I was born in Iran where pomegranates are native. My favorite foods were flavored with pomegranate. Rop eh anar – pomegranate syrup – is a staple in every kitchen. I was only 3 when my American mother and Iranian father gathered our few possessions and booked a one-way flight to Texas. -Brittany Shahmehri, CSM - 10/2/08

Will There Be A Second Cold War?
In his September 4 commentary titled Who Wants Cold War II? [1], Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, proposes a new world order in which the United States and Russia can be strategic partners. -Jalal Alavi - 10/2/08

Mehregan Festival in Baltimore
Mehregan 2008 Festival, organized by the Iranian American Cultural Society of Maryland, will be held on Saturday October 18 at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore on Saturday October 18. - 10/2/08

Futsal: Spain lucky to escape defeat against Iran
Asian champion Iran has held two-time world champion Spain to a 3-3 draw in its Group D opening game at the Futsal World Cup in Brazil. -Press TV - 10/2/08

US Senate Approves US-India Nuclear Accord
The U.S. Senate has approved a landmark agreement to end a 34-year ban on U.S. civilian nuclear trade with India. - 10/2/08

Iranian athlete wins silver medal of S. Korean muytai event
Iranian athlete Akbar Karimi finished vice- champion of the 90+ kg of muytai event in South Korean World Muytai Championship Contest. -IRNA - 10/2/08

EU, U.S. Conduct Two-Pronged Diplomacy In Caucasus
The two-pronged diplomatic strategy by the EU and the United States is very evident in the South Caucasus this week and shows what the division of labor between Brussels and Washington will be. -RFE - 10/2/08

Mahak Way is the Way of love and Hope
Mahak, the childrens cancer charity of Tehran which was formed and is built on love is thriving on the hope and joy of giving by the many good supporters who met last week, before the Ramadan month of fasting ended, at a ceremony which was held in honor of Mahak's good and traditional and caring donors and the diplomatic community for eftari- a special meal to break the daily fast- at the auditorium at Mahak Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Darabad. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 10/1/08

President Bush has declared Iran to be part of the "Axis of Evil" and administration officials have said no options—including military options—are off the table. In the midst of this fiery standoff between Washington and Tehran, religious peace activists recently met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss the role of religions in tackling global challenges and building peaceful societies. -Deena Guzder - 10/1/08

The Recurring Myth of Peak Oil
The Peak Oil theory maintains that world production of conventional oil will soon reach a maximum, or peak, and decline thereafter, with grave socio-economic consequences. Some proponents of the theory argue that world oil production has already peaked, and is now in a terminal decline -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 10/1/08

Philanthropist Francis Najafi Gives $1M to PARSA Community Foundation
PARSA Community Foundation announced today that Francis Najafi of Phoenix, Arizona has joined its Meadowood Social Venture Fund with a one million dollar donation. - 10/1/08

Muslims cepebrate "Eid-ul-Fitr"
Most Muslim countries are celebrating on Wednesday the `Eid-ul-Fitr' (the Feast of Fast Breaking), which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. - 10/1/08

House Passes Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Peaceful Efforts Against Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program
On September 26, 2008, the House passed on voice vote the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (H.R. 7112). - 10/1/08

AIC is Granted an OFAC Lisence to Operate in Iran
The American Iranian Council is pleased to announce that the United States Government has authorized the Council to establish and operate an office in Iran, under a license issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). AIC is the only US- based NGO to receive such a permit in recent years. - 10/1/08

Iran: Supreme Leader says bright horizon is ahead of world of Islam
"A very bright horizon awaits the world of Islam. Muslim Ummah's progress is an undeniable reality. There will be more progress and bright future God willing and the world of Islam will witness Islamic grandeur and dignity," said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to the state officials and a group of people on the occasion of `Eid-ul- Fitr' (the Feast of Fast Breaking) in Tehran on Wednesday. - 10/1/08

Iranian official rejects direct purchase of US wheat
Speaking to IRNA Tuesday, Mohammad Hossein Ansari added that an accurate estimate on the demand for imported wheat is still not available but some five to six million tons will be purchased from abroad. - 10/1/08

Few Americans Back Military Action in Iran
Most adults in the United States believe there is no need to launch military action against Iran right now, according to a poll by CBS News and the New York Times. 61 per cent of respondents believe Iran can be contained with diplomacy, and 20 per cent believe it is not a threat to the U.S. at this time. -Angus Reid Global Monitor - 10/1/08

Iran asks IAEA not to take moves beyond Safeguards
Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said in Vienna Wednesday that Iran will continue cooperation with the IAEA, expecting the Agency not to take any steps beyond its charter and comprehensive Safeguards Agreement. - 10/1/08

Iran's Rich Gas Reserves Worry Regional Rivals
Iran's Pars gas pipeline is a serious rival for the Nabucco and South Stream pipelines respectively backed by European Union and Russia, a Russian daily wrote. -FNA - 10/1/08

McCain's pander to Jewish voters
Iran isn't planning to attack Israel, but that isn't stopping John McCain from tapping into fears of a second Holocaust -Guardian - 10/1/08

Iranian accepted as new head of Servette
Majid Pushyar has succeeded in his second attempt to become president of Geneva based Servette football club. The board rejected his candidacy three months ago. - 10/1/08

Iranian film course at Lopez Library
Enjoy ten recent Iranian films in eight weeks at Lopez Library as a student in the Skagit Valley Community College course, “Contemporary Iranian Cinema,” which begins the evening of October 7 with Lopez instructors Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy. -Islands Weekly - 10/1/08

Dancer Khan is captured on canvas
A portrait of dancer Akram Khan has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London. American-Iranian artist Fakhr said: "Akram gets zero down time, so when he first sat for me he was asleep within minutes. -BBC - 10/1/08

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