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Photos: The Beautiful Nature - Manjil Heights, Gilan
The photos by Sina Shiri presented here are from the beautiful nature in the heights of Manjil, a historical town in Iran's northern province of Gilan. Manjil is known as the windy city of Iran; a reputation caused by its geographical position in the Alborz mountains i.e., at a small cleft in Alborz that funnels the wind through Manjil to the Qazvin plateau. Throughout the history Manjil has been a gate to the Southern Caspian area. - 10/31/09

Iran qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup round of 16
Iran defeated The Netherlands in the Group C match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Saturday. Iran beat the European team 1-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu. Milad Gharibi scored Iran’s sole goal in the 25th minute. - 10/31/09

Iran: Two detained reformist leaders released
Two reformist prisoners Behzad Nabavi and Morteza Alviri were released today in Iran. Mehr news agency, citing an unidentified judiciary official, reported that Mr. Alviri has been released after putting up bail. Reportedly Tehran’s prosecutor’s office was not involved in the release. - 10/31/09

NBA's Iranian Heritage Nights
November 4, 2009 – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors; November 29, 2009 – Memphis Grizzlies vs. L.A. Clippers - Golden State Warriors game: Farshid Amin will sing the National Anthem and Niosha dance academy will perform during halftime. L.A. Clippers game: Andy will sing the National Anthem and the Luna RAQS Dance Academy will perform during halftime. - 10/31/09

Iran’s Rajabi wins gold in Asian Indoor Games
Iranian woman athlete Leila Rajabi won the gold medal in the shot put event of the third Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam on Saturday. Rajabi claimed the championship with a 17.07 meter throw. Athletes from Thailand and China finished second and third respectively. - 10/31/09

Posters: Students' Day Nov. 4th 2009
An exhibition of 13 selected posters made by supporters of Green movement in Iran to encourage people to protest on Students’ day. - 10/31/09

Iran: Reformist cleric Montazeri aviods Shiite celebration in support of political detainees
The office of reformist cleric, Ayatollah Montazeri announced that the senior Shiite cleric, in sympathy with the families of the post-election detainees, will not celebrate the “Eid” for the birthday of the 8th Imam of Shiites this year. - 10/31/09

Photos: Catching Fish By Hand in Isfahan
Some people in Isfahan catch fish by hand for fun! And ISNA's photographer Hossein Baharloo has captured the action for us to enjoy. Since Zayandeh Roud is going through tough times and unfortunately it dried up this year, will we be seeing more of these fishing holes popping up? - 10/31/09

Iran's Musavi Hints At New Opposition Rally
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi appeared to urge his supporters on October 31 to take part in rallies on November 4 marking the 30th anniversary of the student seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. -Reuters - 10/31/09

Abandoning Tehran?: EC approves plan to relocate Iran's capital
The Expediency Council has approved a plan calling for the relocation of the Iranian capital to a new city by the end of the 20-Year Outlook Plan. The decision to relocate the country’s political center to a proper place by the end of the Outlook Plan was approved by the Expediency Council on Saturday. - 10/31/09

Iranian Lawmakers Reject Nuclear Deal
The head of the parliament's national security committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told state media Saturday the committee is opposed to the plan to have Iran ship its uranium abroad for further enrichment. - 10/31/09

US had 'sporadic' contacts with Jundallah: Report
After the US vehemently denied having links to terrorists involved in a bombing attack in Iran, a former top army general in Pakistan and a former CIA case officer reveal more details about US contacts with Jundallah. - 10/31/09

Iran to import 33 million cubic meters of Turkmen gas by mid December
Iran's Oil Minister Massoud Mir Kazemi said the country is to import 33 million cubic meters of natural gas from Turkmenistan daily after the two sides ended construction of a new pipeline. He said the rise of gas import is planned to be concluded by mid December. - 10/31/09

Families Of Iranian Political Prisoners To Go On Hunger Strike
Families of political detainees of the post-election events in Iran, in their thirteenth public statement announced that they will start a "political hunger strike" tomorrow, October 30, to protest the imprisonment of their loved ones. - 10/30/09

Celebrating the Cultural Origins of Persian Carpets: Farhang Foundation and LACMA Present the Premiere of Imaginary Knots
An original artistic performance in association with A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - 10/30/09

U.S. Wants Clarity, EU Urges Iran To Accept Nuclear Deal
The United States continues to seek clarification on Iran's response to a UN-drafted deal that envisages sending Tehran's low-enriched uranium abroad for refining into nuclear fuel, while EU leaders have urged Iran to accept the draft agreement. - 10/30/09

Iran: 3 Million Basijis Mobilized for November 4 Protests
While Basij commanders have announced that they are mobilizing 3 million people to participate in rallies in Tehran on November 4 and confront opposition protestors, yesterday the Association of Combatant Clergy, one of the main reformist groups, called on the public to participate in the day’s peaceful rallies. - 10/30/09

Iran tops Group C in U-17 World Cup
Iran remains top of Group C following a goalless draw against Colombia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Nigeria. The Iranian squad thrashed African champions Gambia 2-0 in its first game of the event. - 10/30/09

Iran 2nd in World Wushu Championship
Iran became runner-up in the 10th World Wushu Championship on Friday. Iran won five gold medals and six silvers in the tournament. China claimed the championship bagging 14 golds and one bronze. - 10/30/09

Prison Sentence For Hossein Ressam, British Embassy Employee In Tehran
Hossein Rassam, the 44-year-old employee of British Embassy who was arrested in the post-election events has been sentenced to four years in prison by Iranian judiciary. The Iranian national who worked at the embassy as a political analyst has been convicted of espionage and inciting unrest. - 10/30/09

Cineastes warn against marginalization of Iran's independent cinema
A significant number of cineastes have warned against the marginalization of Iran’s independent cinema. A group of 46 cinematic figures has announced their concern in a third statement recently released by the Filmmaking Society of Iranian cinema. - 10/30/09

Senate Panel Votes To Expand Sanctions Against Iran
The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has voted Thursday to approve legislation that would impose sanctions on companies that help Iran acquire refined petroleum products. The bill aims to step up pressure on Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program. Lawmakers are targeting Iran's energy sector, and hoping that other nations will join the United States. - 10/30/09

Supreme Leader Warns Opposition Leaders Against Questioning Presidential Vote
He has accused Musavi and Karrubi -- both seen as key figures of the 1979 revolution -- of leaving the inner circle of the revolution. But Asgaroladi has also said the two should be spoken to with "sincerity." Secretary-general of the conservative Islamic Coalition party, Habibollah Asgaroladi, has been quoted as saying that some "extremists" have called for the execution of Musavi and Karrubi. - 10/30/09

Iran Culture Ministry comments on travel restrictions on cineastes
Managing Director of the Iranian House of Cinema Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, House of Cinema Spokesman Amin Tarokh, and filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi recently asked the Culture Ministry for a response to the issue of the recent prohibition of cineastes from exiting the country. - 10/30/09

IAEA Seeks Clarification To Iran's Nuclear Deal Response
Iran has given an initial response to the UN's nuclear watchdog on a proposal that Tehran would export most of its uranium for enrichment, but the reply appears vague, with both Paris and Washington asking for clarification. - 10/30/09

Iran's Samand Car to Hit Swiss Market
An official with Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) stated that Samand car has passed all the necessary tests based on Euro IV standards in Switzerland and a batch of eight cars will be exported to the country. - 10/30/09

Huge Oil, Gas Reserves Found In Western Iran
Considerable oil and gas reserves have been found in Khorramabad block, western Iran, the data collected by the Norwegian energy group StatoilHydro shows. Seismic operations and geological surveys carried out by StatoilHydro there indicate it is more probable to hit huge natural gas deposits at the block, the Mehr News Agency reported. - 10/30/09

Photos: Families of Political Prisoners Rally in Tehran
Families of a number of post election detainees in Iran along with a group of social activists rallied in front of the judiciary building in Tehran holding placards demanding the release of their loved ones. Reports from Tehran say that security forces and plain clothes elements surrounded the group and impeded the public from joining the rally. - 10/29/09

Iran Hands Over Response On Nuclear Fuel Deal
Iran has presented its response on a draft nuclear deal to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The ISNA news agency and Iran's state Al-Alam television quote the Iranian envoy to the UN nuclear agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, as saying Iran had asked for "technical and economic amendments." - 10/29/09

Photos: Construction of Bandar Abbas Stadium, 13 years after start
The construction of the soccer stadium in Bandar Abbas has not been completed after 13 years. The delay has been blamed on the previous contractor which was recently replaced. But the project is also suffering from lack of adequate funding which is threatening the delayed opening scheduled for March 2010. -Photos by Amir Hossein Khorgooei, ISNA - 10/29/09

Iran: Confidential Memo to Censor News
Through a circular send to the media, news agencies and news websites, the ninth administration in Iran had requested that news outlets not publish news related to the invitation that supporters of the country's Green Movement that opposes the administration have issued for a demonstration on November 4th. -Maysam Tavvab - 10/29/09

NIAC Briefing: "Will Petroleum Sanctions Help or Hurt Ahmadinejad?"
NIAC held a Capitol Hill briefing on October 27 to discuss the likely consequences of new petroleum sanctions with House and Senate lawmakers and staff. The briefing came one day before the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved legislation that attempts to impose "crippling" sanctions on Iran. - 10/29/09

The US & Iran - Between Human Rights, Diplomacy and Sanctions
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Dirksen Senate Office, Building G-50, US Senate - 10/29/09

Opposition leaders condemned by Iran supreme leader
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei accused reformist leaders of the "great crime" of making "baseless" claims that the recent elections were "false." Mr. Khamenei maintained that in the early hours of the elections, he sent a "private" message to "manipulating elements" telling them that "you are about to start certain issues that will be exploited by others and you won't be able to control the consequences." - 10/29/09

US: Support for Iran Reformist, Democracy Groups Unchanged
A senior State Department official has told Congress that the United States is not lessening its support for reformers in Iran and U.S.-based organizations supporting them. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman responded to lawmakers concerned about what they call signs of diminished support for some U.S.-based organizations working in support of Iran's democracy and reform advocates. - 10/29/09

Iran Adds Caveat to Nuclear Cooperation Deal
Iran has given its formal response to a U.N. plan for processing its nuclear material. Details remained sketchy, but it appears Tehran has put a few conditions on what appeared to be a take-it-or-leave-it deal. - 10/29/09

Iran Central Bank: Writing Slogans on Bills a Crime
In recent weeks, and with the intensification of security pressures on the opposition, the innovative phenomenon of writing slogans on monetary bills in Iran has exploded. This method of popular resistance, which was promoted by the green wave supporters since one month after the election and continues to this day, prompted government officials to react again yesterday. -Samnak Aghaei - 10/29/09

Lose a job, follow a dream
For millions of job seekers, unemployment is a painful position they must endure until another opportunity comes along. But for some, it's the impetus to do something great. When Masoud Modarres lost his job, he saw an opportunity to make big changes. -CNN - 10/29/09

Britain Protests To Iran Over Reported Jailing
Britain said it was deeply concerned by reports that an Iranian employee at its embassy in Tehran had been sentenced to four years in jail after being put on trial for espionage. Calling Hossein Rassam's reported sentencing "an attack against the entire diplomatic community in Iran," Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the Foreign Office had called in Iran's ambassador to London to protest. - 10/29/09

Yemen, Iran trade Accusations About Houthi Rebels
Yemen's government has confirmed reports its coast guard has seized an Iranian ship with arms it says were destined for Yemeni rebels. Iranian media counters the Yemeni government is using al-Qaida in its war against the Shi'ite rebels. - 10/29/09

House Committee Approves Expanded Iran Sanctions
A key congressional committee has approved legislation to expand sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear ambitions. The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act is aimed at placing additional pressure on Iran by punishing companies involved in assisting Iran's petroleum sector and gasoline imports. - 10/29/09

Iran criticizes UAE for not extending residence of some Iranian nationals
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman criticized the UAE for not extending residence of a number of Iranian nationals who have lived in the UAE for a long time. - 10/29/09

Iran Environment in Grave Danger
Iran's Department of the Environment has warned that Iran is among the 10 countries which cause the most environmental destruction in the world. "On realizing environmental destruction is a sign of severe challenges in our time, the department's attention falls on more longsighted planning and the root causes of the problem," the vice president in charge of the Department of the Environment said. - 10/28/09

Iran: Reformist group Combatant Clerics calls for self-restraint
Iran's reformist group, Association of Combatant Clerics is warning people to exercise restraint and remain calm in the face of any violent government confrontation they might encounter. The announcement emphasizes the constitutional provisions regarding "freedom of speech, and liberty to form gatherings and liberty of parties and organizations." - 10/28/09

Iranian Reform Cleric: Give Permission For Peaceful Protest!
Reformist cleric, Abdollah Nuri proposed that by issuing election protesters legal permission for peaceful demonstrations, the government can weigh the extent of support for MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. According to Mr. Nuri, if the protesters discover that they are "a minority," they will voluntarily "close shop." - 10/28/09

Iran, Turkey Ink Gas MOU
Iran and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding in Tehran on Wednesday to broaden ties in the field of gas industry. Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi and Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz signed the MOU, the Mehr News Agency reported. - 10/28/09

A Culture of Death
"Innocence is to be presumed, and no one is to be held guilty of a charge unless his or her guilt has been established by a competent court." -- Article 37, chapter III of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran -By Fariba Amini - 10/28/09

The Good And Bad Of Cutting Iran Democracy Funding
The U.S. decision to cut $85 million in democracy funds for Iran has led to mixed reactions among Iranian-Americans, Iran analysts, rights activists, and others. Many have criticized the decision and described it as an abandonment of Iran's reformists and human rights activists and a blow to the democracy movement. Yet others have welcomed the decision - 10/28/09

Larijani says Iran-Turkey cooperation can strengthen regional security
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday Iran-Turkey cooperation can strengthen security in the region. Larijani in a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, pointed out to regional developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine and said Iran and Turkey's roles in the countries complete each other. - 10/28/09

Rumi Symphony Project: Cycle I
With collaboration of Asia Society and Open Center, Hafez Nazeri has created a week dedicated to Iranian culture in New York which concludes with Rumi Symphony concert on Nov 14th. - 10/28/09

Sassanid site bulldozed in southwestern Iran
Part of a Sassanid tepe was destroyed last week near Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan. The destruction was carried out by the Mehrab Housing Company for construction of a high-rise apartment complex, Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Lovers Society (Taryana) announced on Monday. - 10/28/09

Election tensions at an Iranian expo
Usually a low-key event showcasing Iranian news outlets and international media with offices in Iran, the expo, scheduled to run Oct. 20-27, turned into the latest indicator that Iranians remain divided after this summer's post-election violence, when dozens of people were killed and hundreds arrested in a crackdown on street protests. -Washington Post - 10/28/09

UN Conference Highlights Failures To Reduce Maternal Deaths
Every minute, somewhere in the world, a woman dies of complications in pregnancy or childbirth. That means a total of around half a million maternal deaths each year. To address this alarming problem, the United Nations Population Fund has brought together international policymakers, government ministers, and lawmakers for two conferences in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this week. - 10/28/09

Iran, Turkey stress maturing economic cooperation
Commercial exchanges between Iran-Turkey have totalled 11 billion dollars over recent years and the two countries are able to raise the amount by over 20 billion dollars. The remarks came by Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran - 10/28/09

Music: Curtis Symphony Orchestra to premiere Iranian composer's new concerto
Composer Behjad Ranjbaran's ravishing Violin Concerto, requiring enormous interpretive and virtuoso skills, is the centerpiece of Tuesday's program by the always exhilarating Curtis Symphony Orchestra. -philly.com - 10/28/09

Relations Between Turkey, Israel Continue to Falter
For more than a decade Turkey and Israel have enjoyed close military cooperation including joint naval exercises that have taken place since they signed a military cooperation agreement in 1996. But relations between the two countries have cooled since Ankara criticized Israel's offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in December and January. Most recently, Turkey postponed a joint air force drill after opposing Israel's participation. - 10/28/09

First Kurdish Film Festival in US Showcases Diaspora Culture
Organizers call it "a cinema across borders," the first-ever festival of Kurdish film in the United States. The films chosen for the five-day event at New York University focused on a people widely dispersed, from those who still live in traditionally Kurdish areas in the Middle East, to Europe and North America. - 10/28/09

Families of Iranian detainees to stage protests
Families of Iranian political prisoners who have been detained since the protests against the outcome of the June presidential elections in Iran have announced that they will stage a peaceful protest on October 28 to demand the freedom of their loved ones. - 10/27/09

Photos: Iran takes first place in Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad
Iran came first in the third round of International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) for high school students receiving four gold, two silver and one bronze medals. - 10/27/09

Iran: Fate of $66 Billion in Oil Revenues Unknown
While the Ahmadinejad administration is accused by the State Audit Organization to have engaged in massive financial fraud, reports surfaced yesterday in domestic media outlets indicating the size of the ninth administration's fraudulent dealings to have far exceeded what had been commonly thought until now. - 10/27/09

Iran's Nuclear Statements Hint At High-Level Split
Iran has said it might agree to a UN-drafted deal that envisages sending Tehran's low-enriched uranium abroad to be converted into nuclear fuel, but also left open the possibility that it will buy the fuel from other countries. - 10/27/09

Fears for life of detained Iranian Scholar
Dr Mohammad Maleki, a 76-year old Iranian scholar and former Chancellor of Tehran University, has been incommunicado in Tehran's Evin prison for 40 days. He is suffering from prostate cancer and other illnesses, and Amnesty International fears that his life is in danger. - 10/27/09

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Sends Message of Resistance
Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi who was attacked on Friday by a group of government supporters at a press and media exhibition, posted a video message on Tagheer website for his supporters claiming they are trying to "isolate and confine him to his house." - 10/27/09

Freedom to Create Prize announces finalists
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the celebrated filmmaker and official overseas spokesman for 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, is today revealed as one of the shortlisted finalists for the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize. - 10/27/09

Where's The Best Place To Live? Prosperity Index Offers A Few Surprises
What's your idea of the best place in which to live? Many people would probably answer that palm trees and a gleaming beach would be a good start to their idea of earthly paradise. But in real life, the country which scores best on a whole range of economic and quality-of-life issues is a good deal colder. -Breffni O'Rourke - 10/27/09

Iran: Overturn Death Sentences, Other Unfair Convictions
The Iranian Judiciary should immediately quash the convictions that have been handed down by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran since the end of September against defendants accused of inciting post-election unrest, Human Rights Watch said today. The convictions all stem from unfair trials in which the accused were denied access to lawyers. - 10/27/09

International Religious Freedom Report 2009: Iran
The Constitution states that Islam is the official state religion, and the doctrine followed is that of Ja'afari (Twelver) Shi'ism. The Constitution provides that "other Islamic denominations are to be accorded full respect," while the country's pre-Islamic religious groups--Zoroastrians, Christians, and Jews--are recognized as "protected" religious minorities. However, Article 4 of the Constitution states that all laws and regulations must be based on Islamic criteria. - 10/27/09

Pakistan Frees 11 Iranian Guards Arrested Near SW Border
Pakistani authorities said Tuesday they have freed 11 Iranians who were arrested for illegally crossing the border into Pakistan. It is unclear on what grounds the men were released. - 10/27/09

Photos: Tehran's House of Music celebrates Radif's Inscription by UNESCO
A gathering was held in the House of Music in Tehran last week to celebrate the inscription of the Radif of Iranian music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. - 10/26/09

Iran defeats Gambia in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Iran beat Gambia in its opening game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Sunday. Iran, which has been drawn in Group C, defeated Gambia 2-0. Payam Sadeghian scored in the 44th minute.Kaveh Rezaei doubled the scoreboard in the 84th minute. - 10/26/09

Photos: The Underprivileged in Shahr-e Rey, Iran
Shahr-e Rey is the oldest existing city in the province of Tehran, Iran. The city is estimated to be more than five thousand years old, and was built during the Median Empire. It was known in Classical times as Rhagae. Ray is richer than many other ancient cities in the number of its historical monuments -Photos by Arash Khamooshi, ISNA - 10/26/09

Iran's Arabi wins silver in World Wushu Championship
Iran's Farshad Arabi claimed a sliver medal in the 10th World Wushu Championship. Arabi won the silver in talou (form), scoring 9.72 points. - 10/26/09

Limon - A New Classy Restaurant in Tehran
Once in a while, even in Tehran, one walks into a real surprise. This is what I felt when our friend Ali had invited us to a new restaurant in town. As always he wanted to impress his guests with his wit and taste and despite my reservations I must admit that he won me over. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/26/09

Nina Mohadjer: Making Education Work in Ridgefield
Born in Iran, raised in Germany, and a resident of Ridgefield Connecticut since 1995, Nina Mohadjer is a candidate for the Board of Education. The election, which will be held in November, marks the first time an Iranian American is running for public office in the State of Connecticut. - 10/26/09

THE CHRONICLES OF IRANIA: A Play by Maryam Hamidi & Catrin Evans
The Chronicles of Irania performed from a Persian rug, delves into a world of myth making, into a land that is almost recognisable. Travel with Khadijeh, our strong and playful host as, together, we navigate through stories to reveal "the truth of Irania". - 10/26/09

FM: Iran will comment on nuclear deal soon
Following the approval of the US, Russia and France to an IAEA-brokered draft proposal on nuclear fuel supply, Iran's foreign minister says Tehran will express its views about the deal soon. - 10/26/09

Iran: Student Activist on Trial
Mohammad Pour Abdollah, a male student arrested in February in Iran's capital, Tehran, is now on trial, apparently on charges related to national security for his activities in an Iranian student organization. He is still detained in Qezel Hesar Prison near Tehran and is likely to be a prisoner of conscience. Two other members of the same organization arrested in March have been released. - 10/26/09

12 Million Smokers In Iran
The managing director of the Iranian Tobacco Company says that 12 million Iranians smoke cigarettes. - 10/26/09

IRAN: 'Dull' annual press fair turns into a chaotic protest, counter-protest
An ordinarily staid annual media expo in Tehran erupted into chaos this week as opposition supporters and pro-government militiamen squared off. On Sunday, the arrival of Ali Reza Beheshti, a top aide to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, at the exhibition hall sparked a fresh confrontation, Iranian news websites reported. -LA Times - 10/26/09

Combatant Clerics react to Iran state media accusations
The Association of Combatant Clerics published an announcement today in reaction to the many accusations that Iranian media have been making about their leader, Ayatollah Mousavi Khoveiniha. - 10/25/09

IAEA Inspectors Visit New Iran Nuclear Site
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have visited Iran's newly constructed Fordo nuclear facility, some 160 Kilometers south of Tehran. - 10/25/09

Statement of Kian Tajbakhsh's family
Family and friends of Iranian American detainee Kian Tajbakhsh are shocked and outraged by the news that he has been unjustly sentenced in an extra-judicial proceeding to more than 12 years in prison and are demanding his immediate release. - 10/25/09

Ayatollah Khamenei opposed to direct talks with US: Bahonar
Mohammadreza Bahonar, deputy speaker of Iran's parliament announced that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is opposed to the commencement of negotiations with the US. - 10/25/09

Iranian director Sadr-Ameli honored at Italy's Religion Today Festival
Rasoul Sadr-Ameli has won a special award for "Every Night, Loneliness" at the 12th Religion Today Film Festival. He received the special jury award of the students of the FSC Universit� Pontificia Salesiana during the closing ceremony of the event, which took place in the Italian cities of Trento, Rome, Bolzano, Bassano, and Nomadelfia - 10/25/09

Iran, Pakistan reach comprehensive security agreements
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar has said that Iran and Pakistan have reached significant agreements on various security issues. The two countries have agreed to boost border security, exchange information on security matters, and increase cooperation in the campaigns against drugs and human trafficking, he said in Islamabad on Saturday. - 10/25/09

Iranian Film Screening and Photography Exhibit in New York
An Iranian film screening and photography exhibit will be held on the evening of November 4th at Gershwin hotel in New York. - 10/25/09

Obama rallies support over Iran
US President Barack Obama has called the French and Russian leaders to consolidate their support ahead of a key UN nuclear inspection in Iran. -BBC - 10/25/09

Key Figure in AIPAC Spy Scandal Interrupts Sentence to Call for Regime Change in Iran
Last week, it was John Bolton advocating -- or kinda-sorta advocating -- a nuclear first strike on Iran at a GOP-affiliated conference on "ensuring peace." This week, the ironic-crazy continues with Larry Franklin -- the former defense official who pled guilty to 3 counts of criminal conspiracy for handing classified documents to Israeli officials and representatives of AIPAC -Alternet - 10/25/09

Photos: Opposition Leader Karroubi Excites Tehran Press Fair
Former Iranian presidential candidate Karroubi has been met with slogans both in favor of and against himself while visiting Tehran's Press Fair. The opponents shouted "Liar, get lost" and "Death to Monafeq (hypocrite)" while the proponents chanted "Long live Karroubi". - 10/24/09

Iran to Respond to UN Uranium Proposal Next Week
Iranian state television quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh on Friday as saying his country is still considering various aspects of the proposal, under which Iran would ship much of its partially enriched uranium to Russia for further enrichment. The uranium would then be used to fuel a research reactor. - 10/24/09

Iran universities target of conservative attacks
Tehran's Friday prayers, led by Kazem Seddighi, focused on "cleansing" the universities as a means of putting an end to the recent unrest. Mr. Seddighi claimed: "There is need for another revolution in the universities, like the first one." - 10/24/09

Cineastes: Even Without Passport, We Are Iranians
Actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, both members of the delegation, were prevented from traveling to the U.S. at Tehran�s Imam Khomeini Airport. In addition, world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi�s passport was confiscated at Tehran�s Imam Khomeini Airport just as he was departing for France on October 15. Motamed-Arya, Mirtahmasb, and Panahi sent a joint letter to the Iranian media on Friday, saying they will always remain independent Iranian cineastes. - 10/24/09

I Ran Home (In America)
The Fridge DC is pleased to present our November 2009 exhibition, I RAN Home (In America), running November 5 through November 29, 2009. Iranian artists have become players in the national and international contemporary art scene, but too often, this genre is tied to politics... - 10/24/09

Iran: Reformist Clerics Condemn Recent Arrests
The arrest of over 30 people at a prayers ceremony last night in Tehran has caused outrage amongst the families of the detainees as well as reformist clerics. Ayatollah Montazeri and Ayatollah Sanei condemned the arrests and expressed their regrets that a sacred event like the "Comeil" prayer is no longer respected in the Islamic Republic and described the arrests as an act of weakness on the part of the authorities. - 10/24/09

US Says Patience With Iran on Nuclear Issue Not Unlimited
The Obama administration signaled impatience with Iran after the Tehran government ignored a Friday deadline to respond to a U.N.-brokered deal aimed at easing concerns over its nuclear program. Iran has promised a reply by next week. - 10/24/09

Shirin Ebadi: I Will Return to Iran
The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and president of the Iran based Center for Defenders of Human Rights discusses the pressure and intimidation tactics imposed on her family and colleagues by Iranian intelligence officers in the past few months in an interview with Rooz. - 10/24/09

UN Inspectors to Visit Iran Nuclear Plant
U.N. nuclear inspectors are heading to Iran to examine one of the country's controversial uranium enrichment sites. The team, from the International Atomic Energy Agency, is due to arrive in Iran Saturday, and to tour the nuclear facility in Qom the next day. - 10/24/09

Twittering The Tyrants: New Media's Role In Authoritarian Regimes
New media websites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have opened a window of freedom for people living in closed societies around the world. When mass protests arose in Iran last summer, news of the demonstrations and subsequent bloody government crackdown got out of the country via Facebook and YouTube and Twitter. - 10/24/09

Iran's Parliament Speaker says West should not seek chicanery on Tehran nuclear-reactor fuel
Pointing out to recent talks in Vienna on providing enriched fuel for Tehran's research reactor, Larijani told Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), "we have a nuclear reactor in Tehran which according to the IAEA rules, they should guarantee providing its fuel." - 10/24/09

Iran's parliament warns against drop in oil exports
An Iranian parliamentary center has warned that Iran's oil exports may face a plunge due to depreciation of oil wells and a jump in domestic consumption. Strategic Majlis (Parliament) Research Center said in its latest report that the oil industry needs an annual $5.4 billion investment to keep the current volume of crude exports. - 10/24/09

Iran nuclear deal on hold as Tehran misses deadline
Iran missed a deadline to respond to a proposed deal. Tehran asked for more time, but some worry that it's backing away from what had been termed a possible breakthrough for easing concerns about its nuclear program. -CSM - 10/23/09

Iran Mulls El-Baradei Nuclear Plan, Others Cite Drawbacks
A deadline from the head of the UN's nuclear agency, Muhammad el-Baradei, is approaching for Iran as well as Russia, France, and the United States for consideration of a plan that envisages Iran sending some 75 percent of its low-enriched uranium reserves abroad for conversion into fuel. - 10/23/09

Excessive Thinking and Brain Stroke (CVA)
According to the prevalent medical belief, the main cause of brain stroke (cerebrovascular infarction) is obstruction of blood vessels by blood clots (embolism) or bleeding (hemorrhage).Overwork and hyperactivity of this organ is never considered as a major causing factor in these injuries. -Dr. Mohammad Hossein Najmabadi - 10/23/09

Iran's Opposition Leader Karroubi Attacked
Mehdi Karroubi, disputing candidate of the June presidential election, was attacked by a group of Ahmadinejad supporters as the opposition leader was trying to attend a media exhibition in Tehran. Parleman News website reports that a group of men in plain clothes wielding clubs attacked Mehdi Karroubi and pulled off his turban. Mr. Karroubi's companions thus led him out and away from the exhibition. - 10/23/09

Iranian nuclear deal under threat
A key deal between Iran and Western powers on its nuclear programme appears to be unravelling, as a deadline looms. -BBC - 10/23/09

US lawmakers to toughen anti-Iran sanctions
Aiming to apply pressure on Iran over its nuclear work, US lawmakers have unveiled a new legislation that seeks to impose sanctions on non-US companies trading with Iran. - 10/23/09

Iran: Arrest of participants at reform group gathering
The majority of participants in a prayers ceremony for the release of an executive member of the reform group, Islamic Iran Participation Front were arrested today. - 10/23/09

Kurdish work of Persian composer presented in Russia
Persian composer Mehdi Hosseini has presented his new work Peshtpa, which utilizes Kurdish folk material, at the International Conference A REVERSE PERSPECTIVE. The composition, scored for oboe, bass clarinet, and violoncello, was included on a program that is dedicated to the anniversaries of the births of Pushkin (210 years), Gogol (200 years), and Futurism (100 years) and displayed music of the St. Petersburg school of composition. - 10/23/09

The "Year of Iran" Continues at the Smithsonian
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery takes us deep into the heart of divinity in Iran and Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries in another fanciful exhibition entitled Falnama: The Book of Omens. -NIAC - 10/23/09

Global Mobile-Phone Growth Remains Strong Despite Crisis
Among the world's top 20 performers were Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Internet penetration rose 21 percent from 2003-08, as well as Macedonia, Moldova, and Iran, where it rose by around one quarter. - 10/23/09

A Lone Cleric Is Loudly Defying Irans Leaders
A short midlevel cleric, with a neat white beard and a clergymans calm bearing, Mehdi Karroubi has watched from his home in Tehran in recent months as his aides have been arrested, his offices raided, his newspaper shut down. He himself has been threatened with arrest and, indirectly, the death penalty. His response: bring it on. -New York Times - 10/23/09

Turkey Confirms $3.5B Iran Gas Deal
Turkey plans to carry out its $3.5 billion natural gas development plans in Iran, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday. "The issue would be discussed during Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan''s upcoming trip to Tehran," Reuters reported. - 10/23/09

Report of PFAP 2009 Event in Palo Alto: The Story of the Persepolis Fortification Archive
Friends of Persepolis Fortification Archive Project (PFAP) extend heartfelt thanks to the 100 guests and all who helped make the PFAP '09 Event not just a wonderfully informative experience, but one which raised both awareness and contributions for this important cause. - 10/22/09

Iran Cautious on Nuclear Proposal
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says a proposal to ease Western concerns about its nuclear program is "on the right track," but that Iran needs time to evaluate it. - 10/22/09

Shiraz Resident's Long Wait For Freedom
Following photos show the construction progress of Azadi Stadium in the city of Shiraz. Azadi means means freedom in Persian. The residents of Shiraz have been waiting for 13 years now to see the completion of the construction and walking into the Azadi Stadium. -Photos by Sajad Arvand, ISNA - 10/22/09

Pearls on the Ocean Floor: Documentary about the lives and work of contemporary Iranian women artists
Morono Kiang Gallery in Los Angeles presents a special preview screening of Pearls on the Ocean Floor, a new documentary (in progress) by Robert Adanto, about the lives and work of contemporary Iranian women artists around the world. The segment being presented includes interviews with Afshan Ketabchi, Sara Rahbar, Leila Pazooki, Parastou Forouhar, Shirin Neshat, Negar Ahkami and Pooneh Maghazehe. - 10/22/09

Iran Offers Short-Term Solutions To Long-Term Problems Of Baluch Minority
The conflict in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Jundallah (Soldiers of God), an ethnic Baluch insurgent group also known as the People's Resistance Movement of Iran, has continued on and off for the last six years. -Hossein Aryan - 10/22/09

Irans Politics Open a Generational Chasm
It had been years since Narges Kalhor could talk about politics with her father, Mehdi, a senior adviser and spokesman for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. He advocated greater restraints on social and political expression, while she favored more freedom. Still, they had always managed to get along. -New York Times - 10/22/09

Iranian American Kian Tajbakhsh Sentenced
Iranian American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison in Iran. Charged with crimes against national security, Mr. Tajbakhsh was the only American citizen included in a mass show trial of over 100 people arrested in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election in June. - 10/22/09

Swine flu claims 16th victim in Iran
One student has died of swine flu, bringing the death toll from H1N1 virus to 16 across the country, the Iranian Deputy Health Minister announced in Tehran on Wednesday. - 10/22/09

Sawhney: "I am the father of Iran's cricket"
Chief of Iran's Cricket Council (ICC) Juggoo Sawhney said on Wednesday that he is the number one man in the sport in Iran and he is nicknamed the "Father of Iran's Cricket." - 10/22/09

Israel 'met Iran' at atomic talks
Senior Israeli and Iranian officials have met face-to-face and discussed the threat of nuclear arms, Israel says. Iran had denied the Israeli accounts, but if confirmed it would be the first official exchange between the bitter foes since Iran's 1979 revolution. -BBC - 10/22/09

Iran Lawyer Seeks Cash To Spare Young On Death Row
An Iranian human rights lawyer has launched an appeal for money to help avert the executions of juvenile offenders in the Islamic republic, saying $200,000 could spare the lives of four young people now on death row. -Reuters - 10/22/09

Iran, Powers Get Draft Nuclear Deal For Approval
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Muhammad el-Baradei says Iran and world powers have agreed to consider a draft accord drawn up to help end the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. - 10/21/09

Iranian Opposition Leaders Condemn Terrorist Attack
Leading opposition figures in Iran have condemned the October 18 suicide bombing in the country's volatile southeast, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Prominent opposition figure Mir Hossein Musavi told Radio Farda he condemns the terrorist action. Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called the attack shameful, adding that terrorist actions are unacceptable. - 10/21/09

Shadi Sadr wins 2009 Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award
The Iranian human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr has won the 2009 Human Rights Defenders Tulip for her courage in championing the human rights of her fellow citizens. Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen will present the award in The Hague on Monday 9 November. - 10/21/09

Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Despite Iran's Assertion that 'France Not Needed'
France said Tuesday that talks on Iran's nuclear program were continuing in Vienna, despite Tehran's assertion that French participation is unnecessary. Day two of international talks in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program was stalled after Iran indicated that it did not want French participation in negotiations on a proposal to have Iran ship uranium to Russia and France for conversion to reactor fuel. - 10/21/09

Photos: Exercising in the Park, Tehran
Following people show the health conscious residents of Tehran, Iran's capital city, engaging in various exercises in a park. - 10/21/09

Press Freedom Index 2009: Obama effect in US, while Europe continues to recede, Israel in free fall, Iran at gates of infernal trio
"Press freedom must be defended everywhere in the world with the same energy and the same insistence," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-Franois Julliard said today as his organisation issued its eighth annual world press freedom index. - 10/21/09

International Education Corporation Named as One of the Fastest Growing Companies
"We are pleased to make this list and grouped amongst such extraordinary corporations as Orange County is home to many of the country's best corporations," says Fardad Fateri, President and Chief Executive Officer of International Education Corporation. - 10/21/09

Iran plans to send living creatures to the space by 2025
The official also announced three Iranian universities are building three new satellites weighing 75, 65 and 50 kilograms for photography, remote sensing and telecommunication goals. - 10/21/09

1001 Nights Wins 6th Spot at Mip Junior: Shahrzad's Animated Tales are a hit in the Making!
1001 Nights is a new 2D animated comedy series for the ages of 6-9 exploring the ancient Persian tales as told by Shahrzad. The more famous, known stories include Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves, Aladdin and Sinbad. - 10/21/09

Afghan Election Runoff Comes With Second Round Of Obstacles
As expected, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed the Independent Election Commission's announcement that a second-round vote will be necessary to determine whether he or former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah will be the country's next leader. - 10/21/09

Afghan immigrants find refuge in oil-rich Iran
As the worlds second largest oil producer, Irans economy has been cushioned by the economic downturn. Though Iran has been branded a nuclear outlaw and supporter of terrorism, to its neighbors, Iran is a model of stability. It is estimated that approximately 3 million Afghan immigrants in Iran are doing low-skill labor. -World Focus - 10/21/09

Iranian tourism officials banned from giving interviews
Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has recently forbidden its managers to be interviewed by the news media or for them to disclose any information to the press on the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran. - 10/21/09

Iran's Oil Bourse Due Next Week
Iran international oil bourse will come on stream on October 26 at Kish Island, the managing director of Iran Mercantile Exchange said in Tehran on Wednesday. - 10/21/09

Photos: The Life of Nomads in Iran
Nomadic people are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. Although the nomadic population of Iran has dramatically decreased in the 20th century, Iran still has one of the largest nomadic populations in the world, an estimated 1.5 million in a country of about 70 million. -Photos by Raouf Mohseni, Mehr - 10/20/09

Iran comes 2nd in World Taekwondo Championship
Iran claimed the second place of the 2009 World Taekwondo Championship on Sunday night. In the event held in Denmark, Iran finished second with 55 points behind South Korea which scored 61 points. Spain finished in third place with 42 points while Turkey came fourth with 41 points. - 10/20/09

Iranian Opposition Leader Encourages Followers to Continue Struggle
Mr. Mousavi told his followers in the video, which appeared on his Facebook website, to continue their "struggle," despite the insurmountable odds, and to use alternative media, such as the internet, to broadcast their message. - 10/20/09

Iran: Sunday's Suicide Attack Killed 15 Members of Revolutionary Guard
Iranian state media say at least 15 members of the Revolutionary Guard were among 42 people killed in a suicide bombing Sunday in southeastern Iran. Iranian media quoted Revolutionary Guards chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari as vowing to "retaliate" against U.S. and British intelligence agencies that he says helped the bombers. - 10/20/09

Protests continue in Tehran University
Iran's former minister of culture, Safar Harandi's speech at Tehran University became the target of student protests today. An eyewitness has informed Zamaneh that these claims raised the students' protests. Zamaneh was also told that the number of student protesters was about 1500 who were chanting : "Government risen from a coup; Resign! Resign!" and "Death to the dictator!" - 10/20/09

Iran: Reformist Ayatollahs Bayat Zanjani and Sanei criticize the regime
Grand Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani, one of the Marajeh (the highest ranking clerics) in Qum, requested that all people to withstand against what he described as division from the principle of Islamic Republic. - 10/20/09

Photos: Tehran International Poster Biennial opens at TMCA
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (TMCA) is hosting the 10th Tehran International Poster Biennial beginning Monday. Over 1800 works by 793 artists from 24 countries were submitted to the gala out of which 264 works will be on display during the one-month event - 10/20/09

Meet Mark Ameli: Iranian American Candidate for Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles County
A strong believer in public service and community involvement, Ameli has represented many indigent clients on a pro bono basis, has volunteered his services to the court system as a mediator and arbitrator and judge pro tem free of charge. He is a founding member and past president of Iranian American Lawyers Association. Ameli has served as the chairperson of the Iranian American Sheriff's Advisory Council - 10/20/09

IAEA Discussing Uranium-Enrichment Plan with Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency is hosting a meeting in Vienna to discuss plans to enrich Iranian uranium outside Iran, and then ship it back to Tehran. If the talks are successful, they may mark a breakthrough for Iran's controversial nuclear program. - 10/20/09

I Am Obama - Masterpiece By The World-Renowned Artist Davood Roostaei
This magnificent 7' x 12' feet painting of Davood Roostaei entitled "I am Obama" depicts the history of approximately 45 key White and African-American leaders through slavery, the American War of Independence, the Abolitionist Movement, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights struggle to the day President-elect Barack Obama made history. - 10/20/09

Iran MPs approve cutting food subsidies
Iran's Parliament has approved a proposal to gradually cut subsidies for food and transportation services, amid fears that the bill might hike up prices. According to Article Four of the bill, subsidies on food items such as wheat, rice, oil, milk and sugar as well as subsidies on postal and transportation services will be gradually cut in five years. - 10/20/09

Photos: Third IOAA competition opens in Tehran
Coincident with the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), the Third International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) kicked off officially in Tehran on Sunday afternoon. 20 teams from Belarus, Indonesia, Poland, Bangladesh, Greece, Brazil, Lithuania, China, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India, Cambodia, Slovakia, Bolivia, Serbia, Romania, Kazakhstan, and Thailand, as well as Ukraine are participating in the event. - 10/19/09

Iran Threats Follow Revolutionary Guards Attacks
Iranian officials have issued warnings against foreign governments and alleged international operatives they blame for bombings that killed at least 42 people in southeastern Iran, according to state media, including elite military commanders and tribal elders. - 10/19/09

Tehran's Azad University Rises Against Iran's Coup Government
On the third week of the new academic year in Iran, thousands of students from the main campus of Azad University in Tehran held several peaceful demonstrations protesting the coup government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the demonstrations that were attacked by Basiji and plain-clothes agents, students changed anti-government slogans protesting the conditions prevalent in the country and in the universities, while also insisting on their support of Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi. -Samnak Aghaei, Rooz - 10/19/09

Iran's Opposition Leader: National crisis cannot be denied
MirHosein Mousavi posted his first interview concerning the recent crisis in the country on the internet. In it he claimed the only way to come out of this crisis is to first "acknowledge the crisis" and then respect "people's rights." - 10/19/09

Iran Will Continue to Enrich Uranium Itself If Talks Fail
The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Ali Shirzadian made the announcement while speaking to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Monday, just hours before talks in Vienna about Iran's controversial nuclear program were set to resume. - 10/19/09

Iran Will Continue to Enrich Uranium Itself If Talks Fail
The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Ali Shirzadian made the announcement while speaking to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Monday, just hours before talks in Vienna about Iran's controversial nuclear program were set to resume. - 10/19/09

European Firm to Develop Iran's Lavan Gas Field
SHANA news agency quoted IOOC Managing Director Mahmoud Zirakchianzadeh as saying on Sunday that an Iranian delegation will travel to Europe next month to conclude a contract with the European firm. The name of the European company has not been revealed. - 10/19/09

Ahmadinejad's theological foes
It is not often you find an email from a Grand Ayatollah in your inbox - especially not when the Ayatollah in question is a pivotal figure in one of the great dramas currently unfolding on the world stage. -BBC - 10/19/09

Iran: GC chief calls national election committee proposal illegal
The Guardian Council Secretary, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, has said the proposal for establishment of a national election committee is "illegal and not implementable". - 10/19/09

Iran suspends gas talks with OMV
Iran has started talks with foreign investors to participate in the development of phase 12 of the South Pars gas field after Austrian OMV decided to walk away from the project on financial grounds. - 10/19/09

Iran and Russia "propose oil trade without USD"
Venezuela's president has said that countries including Venezuela, Russia and Iran have proposed the US dollar should be replaced as the currency used for oil trade. - 10/19/09

Irans Parliament Approves Cutting Energy Subsidies
Iran's parliament has passed a bill that would cut energy subsidies to make the country less vulnerable to international sanctions over its disputed nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported. -Reuters - 10/19/09

Iran Blames U.S., Britain for Deadly Attack Against Revolutionary Guards
According to Iranian media, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Pishin area of the Sistan-Baluchistan Province, killing at least five Revolutionary Guards members, including two high ranking commanders, as well as tribal elders and civilians. - 10/18/09

The first Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize is awarded to Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar
The winner of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) was announced at an auction and gala at the Royal College of Art, London, on Saturday 17th October 2009. Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar was chosen from the six MOP CAP Finalists as the inaugural MOP CAP Winner, and will be rewarded with a solo show at a space in the Saatchi Gallery, in Autumn 2010. - 10/18/09

Iran's Opposition Leader Mousavi Visits Family of Detained Reformist, Aminzadeh
MirHosein Mousavi, disputing candidate of Iran's June presidential elections, and his wife Zahra Rahnavard visited and spoke with the family of Mohsen Aminzadeh, one of the prominent political activists who has been arrested since the post-election protests to the outcome of the elections. - 10/18/09

Newsweek journalist, Maziar Bahari released on bail
Newsweek journalist, Maziar Bahari who was arrested and tried in Iran following the disputed presidential elections in June, was released on bail on Saturday. Iran news agencies reported the release of the journalist and filmmaker from Evin prison after posting a bail for 3 billion rials ($300,000). - 10/18/09

Irans Musavi Pledges To Continue Fighting For Reform
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has pledged to press ahead with efforts to reform the Islamic Republic despite a crackdown on protests after the June 12 presidential poll, his website says. -Reuters - 10/18/09

Venezuela's Chavez Says Iran Aiding Uranium Exploration
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that Iran is helping his country explore for uranium, but stressed his government would only seek to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. - 10/18/09

Be first to hear new piece
Growing up in Iran in the 1960s, Behzad Ranjbaran had little opportunities to hear the Persian music of his heritage. It was Western music that dominated the Tehran Music Conservatory where he enrolled at age 9 to study violin. -Daily Press - 10/18/09

Talks on Iranian Reactor Deal Show Divisions on Sanctions
A team of Obama administration officials, joined by officials from France and Russia, will begin negotiating in Vienna on Monday with Iranian diplomats over terms of an unusual deal that could remove a significant amount of Tehran's low-enriched uranium from the country. -Washington Post - 10/18/09

Moderate quake jolts Tehran
An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale shook Tehran on Saturday afternoon. "The epicenter of the quake was in southeast Tehran" in the Pakdasht region, Abas-Ali Tasnimi, director of Earthquake Research Center, told the Mehr News Agency. The tremor happened at 14: 23 p.m. local time. - 10/17/09

Photos: A Mount Tochal Wedding
Two members of koohsar mountain climbing group held a symbolic wedding ceremony on top of Mount Tochal north of the capital city Tehran. Mount Tochal is a mountain in the Alborz range and adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran. The mountain has a 12 km long ridgeline. -Photos by Rooholla Vahdati ISNA - 10/17/09

Iranian Oppositon Leaders Mousavi and Khatami Meet
Opposition leaders, MirHosein Mousavi and Mohammad Khatami met on Friday to discuss the crisis that has gripped the country since the elections. The two leaders declared: "Iranian people will not be diverted from their path by force and pressure." - 10/17/09

Iranian taekwondo competitor wins gold in World Championships
Mohammad Baqeri-Motamed claimed a gold medal in the WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen on Friday night. The Iranian taekwondoka beat Idulio Islas at the Ballerup Super Arena. - 10/17/09

Iran's Opposition Leader Karroubi Welcomes Court Appearance
Mehdi Karroubi welcomed the Prosecutor-General's announcement that "MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi's court will take place in time." The judiciary has announced that Mehdi Karroubi's file will be processed at the special court for the clergy. - 10/17/09

New Details Emerges About Election Protests Detainees Sentenced to Death
Last week, the Iranian judiciary announced that three detainees, identified only by their initials, had been sentenced to death for their roles in the postelection unrest. Sources tell RFE/RL that a fourth detainee also received a death sentence relating to what is considered the country's most serious political crisis since the Iranian Revolution - 10/17/09

Mothers Call for Release of Hikers Detained by Iran
Two mothers of U.S. citizens detained in Iran for more than two months have called on Iranian authorities to release them. - 10/17/09

Endorsing Gaza war report, UN Human Rights Council condemns Israel
The Human Rights Council today strongly condemned a host of Israeli measures in the occupied Palestinian territory and called on both sides to implement the recommendations of a United Nations commission that found evidence that Israel and the Palestinians committed serious war crimes in the three-week Gaza war nine months ago. - 10/17/09

Iran allocates $1.2b for heavy vehicles scrappage
12,813 heavy vehicles including 8,813 trucks, 1,500 buses and 2,500 minibuses will be replaced with new ones in the frame of a scarppage scheme by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2010). - 10/17/09

About 20,000 Iranians HIV positive
19,700 of the country's over 70 million population have so far been diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the pathogen that causes AIDS, head of Infectious Diseases Department of the Health Ministry announced in Tehran on Saturday. - 10/17/09

Iran: 760 killed, injured in car crashes over past four days
Road accidents killed and injured 760 Iranians during the past four holidays, deputy head of state Traffic Police said in Tehran on Saturday. A number of 135 people have lost their lives and 625 other were injured by traffic accidents on roads and highways across the country, Parviz Sayah-Alborzi said. - 10/17/09

US Congress Approves Iran Sanctions Bill
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation punishing foreign companies that sell gasoline to Iran, placing further pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. The measure, which is part of an energy spending bill, must be signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama. - 10/16/09

Conservative cleric demands decisive action against protesters on November 4
November 4 (13th of Aban 13), the day Iranian students took over the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979, is celebrated every year in Iran as a pivotal moment in the history of the Islamic Republic. This year protesters of June presidential elections have announced they will join a march on this day to once more voice their protests to the government. - 10/16/09

Iran: Concern about exodus of journalists, as regime steps up suppression of news
Reporters Without Borders keeps on getting requests for help from terrified Iranian journalists who have been forced to flee their country after receiving summonses from the authorities. With 32 of their colleagues now detained in Iran and with a president and a Supreme Leader bent on suppressing all criticism, around 30 journalists have fled since last June's disputed elections. - 10/16/09

Ahmadinejad Faces Another Tough Sell On Subsidy Cuts
Tehran resident Laleh is closely following legislation that would sharply reduce energy and food subsidies. The source of Laleh's concern is a 17-article bill introduced last year and now winding its way through the Iranian parliament. The legislation, if implemented, would increase the prices of subsidized goods and a portion of the extra revenue would be distributed among low-income families. - 10/16/09

Iran puts protesters in Germany under surveillance
According to German television, Islamic Republic of Iran officials have put election protesters in Germany under surveillance. - 10/16/09

Iran to hold 3rd International student Olympiad on Astronomy, Astrophysics
The competition will take place on October 17-26 in Tehran as students of 20 countries will take part in the event. This is the second time that Iran is hosting an international student Olympiad after it successfully held physics Olympiad in 2007 in the central city of Isfahan. - 10/16/09

Diplomats Set to Resume Nuclear Talks With Iran
Diplomats from the United States, France, Russia and the United Nations are scheduled to meet with Iranian officials next Monday, October 19, in Vienna to resume discussions about the country's nuclear program. - 10/16/09

Their children in Iran, 3 U.S. moms swing into action
Laura, Nora Shourd and Cindy Hickey have been brought together because their children have been held in Iran since July 31. They have had no contact with their families. -CNN - 10/16/09

Cinema Verite Festival kicks off in Tehran
Last August, 136 Iranian documentary filmmakers announced that they would not participate in the festival in a letter published by the media. - 10/16/09

Obama's Iran Policy Is Misguided
Here is what Obama said in his Inaugural Address: "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." -Jalal Alavi - 10/16/09

Shell, Total to take part in Iran's SP phases 13 & 14
Iran reached initial agreement with Royal Dutch Shell and Repsol companies for the development of South Pars gas field's phases 13 and 14, National Iranian Oil Company's director for investment affairs said here on Friday. - 10/16/09

Turkey-Israel Row Could Signal Geopolitical Change In Region
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his decision to bar Israel from taking part in NATO military exercises this week was based on "diplomatic sensitivities" and public opinion in his country. - 10/16/09

Iran Shipping Company rejects UK claims on transfer of nuclear goods
Iran's Shipping Company rejected the UK claims that vessels of the Iranian organization have transferred illegal materials including nuclear goods. "The Iranian company's activities are completely within the international rules and regulations and it has never violated the international rules of shipping industry," the Iranian organization said. - 10/16/09

Photos: The Death Of Goddesses
Earth can be fertilized and that is why primitive people often symbolized earth or water as female phenomena. In ancient Persia , people had temples for water and worshiped the Goddess of Fertility, whom they named ANAHITA or NAHID. It was believed that She is the source of all waters upon the earth, fertility, purifying, and the seed of all males. -Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt - 10/15/09

Reformist cleric, Ayatollah Montazeri, condemns dogmatic protection of regime
Montazeri declared: "These days, a point that has been hampered on is our obligation to protect the system. But this is not an intrinsic obligation. That is to say, if to protect the Islamic system, we break Islamic principles, then the system will not be protected. The Islamic system is only an introduction to the actualization of Islamic principles. If protection of the system becomes an excuse for anti-Islamic actions, neither the system nor Islam will endure." - 10/15/09

Rafsanjani condemns false reports by state media
In his statement, Ayatollah Rafsanjani claimed that the reports regarding his meeting with the Assembly of Experts and the conservative clergy of the parliament have been censored or taken out of context. - 10/15/09

NIAC Condemns Executions, Recent Human Rights Violations in Iran
Iranian-Americans speak out over death sentences for post-election detainees and execution of juvenile - 10/15/09

First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders
Bringing together an exciting range of films and documentaries from across the Kurdish region and the Kurdish diaspora, the festival will feature ten short films, a documentary and eight feature films - 10/15/09

Putin Says Iran Sanctions Talk Premature
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says it is premature to discuss sanctions against Iran for its controversial nuclear program. Mr. Putin told reporters in Beijing Wednesday that there is no need to frighten the Iranians with such talk. He stressed there is instead a need to compromise and reach agreements. - 10/15/09

Some See Iran as Ready for Nuclear Deal
The analysts cite a confluence of factors, from Irans internal political crisis to the change in leadership in Washington, and one overriding point: Irans leadership may have achieved much of what it set out to accomplish when it stepped up its clandestine nuclear program in 1999. -New York Times - 10/15/09

Iran-Egypt rapprochement plan back on track?
In what appears to be a step toward the normalization of relations between Iran and Egypt, the two sides hold high-level talks in the red sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Egyptian counterpart Habib Ibrahim el-Adly discussed a wide range of regional issues on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of interior ministers of Iraq's neighbor states. - 10/15/09

A Different Regime Change in Iran
If we were to wake up tomorrow and learn that Canada or Belgium had secretly developed a nuclear weapon we would not be happy about it, but neither would it ruin our day. The reason is simple: all proliferation is not equal. -CFR - 10/15/09

Iran: Student Protests in Tehran Violently Confronted
Student protests at Tehran Open University were confronted with violence on Tuesday October 12. Amir Kabir Newsletter reported 2000 people participated in today's protests. Reportedly, Basij forces attacked the students with pepper spray, tear gas and truncheons. - 10/14/09

The Mother Of Sohrab: In Iran, A Grieving Mother Who Refuses To Be Silent
Parvin Fahimi, a tiny woman with a strong personality, has emerged as one of the heroes of Iran's Green movement, which opposes the legitimacy of Mahmud Ahmadinejad's presidency.The grieving mother has refused to remain silent over the fate of her son, Sohrab Arabi, who was shot dead under unclear circumstances during Iran's postelection crackdown. In publicly expressing her outrage, she has become the voice of other mothers mourning loved ones lost during the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential vote. - 10/14/09

'Mourning Mothers Iran' Stand with Activist Mothers Worldwide
A mother protecting her child isn't anything unique. But in Iran, humanitarian activist mothers are now becoming global icons for human rights causes worldwide. In silent public protest, the 'Mourning Mothers of Iran,' known locally in Tehran as the 'Mothers of Laleh,' stand together each week, on Saturday evening vigils in Tehran's Laleh Park. -Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia - 10/14/09

The Poverty Line in Iran. A "Hoax?"
At a recent press conference in Tehran, fraudulently elected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that customary approaches used by economists to determine the poverty line are a "hoax" and cannot be used as a measure to prove that there is poverty in Iran. Existing facts, however, contradict Ahmadinejad's statement. - 10/14/09

Photos: In recognition of World Sight Day
Following photos show blind Iranian children and youngsters engaging in educational and social activities. World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. - 10/14/09

Second Stage of Structural Change in Iran's Revolutionary Guards
While several official news agencies announced two weeks ago that the Basij force will be merged into the ground force of the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), yesterday the Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff confirmed the plan and announced the creation of the "IRGC Ground Resistance" force. - 10/14/09

The Swiss Restaurant in Forsat Street,Tehran
I am certain that those of us who used to go out in Tehran many many years ago will have been familiar with the famous Swiss Restaurant in Forsat Street. Next to the Fardis Hotel, it has been around for nearly fifty years and it was one of the best places in Tehran to dine -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 10/14/09

UN rights chief speaks out against use of death penalty in Iran
The United Nations human rights chief today (October 13) called for changes to Iranian laws to end the death penalty for juvenile offenders, and also voiced serious concern about the death sentences handed down to three people for their involvement in the recent post-election protests. - 10/14/09

Crackdown on Iranian Journalists Continues
Last week, when an exhibition on Iran that Mr. Bahari helped to organize opened in London, Britains Channel 4 News interviewed his pregnant wife, Paola Gourley, who described the two telephone conversations she has been permitted to have with him during his imprisonment. -New York Times - 10/14/09

Swine flu claims 3 more lives in Iran, death toll reaches 10
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that three more persons have died of swine flu virus over the last week, bringing the number of patients who have died so far of the H1N1 disease to 10 in the country. - 10/14/09

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Concludes in Beijing
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, meeting in Beijing Wednesday, brought together the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Nations with formal SCO observer status - India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan - sent representatives. China also invited Afghanistan. The SCO is a regional security grouping. However, this time, economic difficulties took center stage. - 10/14/09

PARSA: Empowering Iranian-Americans, supporting Persian arts and culture, and building a better future for all
What is your favorite Iranian-American organization? What Persian cultural event have you participated and appreciated in the last few years? Which cultural cause is very important to you? Did you know that one particular group, PARSA Community Foundation, has played a big role in supporting Iranian-American groups and activities in the past few years? In fact, according to a report published in September 2009, PARSA has granted over one million dollars since its inception in 2006! - 10/13/09

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Facing Court Scrutiny
Tehran's prosecutor says an investigation is under way into charges by Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi that detainees in a government detention center were raped. A judiciary panel investigating the matter has dismissed the rape claim. - 10/13/09

US House Debates Iran Divestment Measure
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday debated legislation that would make it easier for U.S. states and local governments and pension funds to end investments in companies helping Iran's energy sector. A vote on the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act is expected later this week. - 10/13/09

Iran Futsal Team Wins Asia Confederation Cup
Iran's national futsal team has won Asian Confederation Cup's championship with nine points. Iran managed to overpower Libya 1-0 in final after gaining three victories over Guatemala, Uruguay and Solomon Islands. - 10/13/09

Iran's Media Could Make It Happen, If We Let It
Speaking at a conference of Islamic countries' national radio and TV networks, Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad recently said that the media are the main tool Western powers use to overthrow other governments. "Nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons are just a distraction. Today, the enemy's main weaponry is the media," he said. -Abbas Djavadi - 10/13/09

Reformist lawmakers meet Majlis speaker
The reformist lawmaker said the post-election detentions, the condition in which detainees are held, and the incidents at the Kahrizak detention center were among the most important issues discussed with Larijani who is also the leader of the Majlis principlist faction. The minority faction members also protested to the closure of reformist newspapers and the closing the National Confidence Party office - 10/13/09

Thousands of Unique Fossils Stored in the Garage of a Rental House in Kerman
Mohsen Tajrobehkar, the manager of the ancient studies in Kerman, told the reported of Mehr News Agency that 70,000 unique fossils are being kept in the garage of a rental house without proper protection. He added that the other part of the fossils collection kept in the ancient studies museum is also in danger due to lack of attention by the officials because cracks have appeared in the walls of the museum and water has sipped in through the ceiling and the walls. - 10/13/09

Iranian Journalists Flee, Fearing Retribution for Covering Protests
For two months Ehsan Maleki traveled around Iran with a backpack containing his cameras, a few pieces of clothing and his laptop computer, taking pictures of the reformist candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi during the presidential campaign. He did not know that his backpack and his cameras would soon become his only possessions -New York Times - 10/13/09

Behnoud Shojaie Was Executed In Front Of My Eyes
Blogger Mohammad Mostafaei is an Iranian lawyer who represents offenders on death row who committed crimes when they were younger than 18. Mostafaei writes about the October 11 hanging of his client, Behnoud Shojaie, who was executed for stabbing to death a teenager when he was 17. - 10/13/09

At What Cost the Israel Lobby?
More than 46 years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to preclude a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. In June 1963, he wrote the last in a series of insistent letters to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Those letters sought what Israel now demands of Iran: international inspections of its nuclear facilities. -Jeff Gates - 10/13/09

Tehran's Longest Metallic Overpass Opens
Roshandelan overpass, which is one of the most important urban projects of Tehran and will facilitate motor traffic along Enqelab Avenue as well as Roshandelan Street, Pich Shemiran intersection and Bahar Avenue was inaugurated on Saturday, October 10 in a ceremony attended by Tehran Mayor, Dr. Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf. - 10/13/09

Clinton To Push Russia On Iran During Moscow Visit
Clinton's trip comes as Western countries are mounting pressure on Iran to accept a package of international incentives in return for its cooperation over demands to stop enriching uranium. Washington is leading a drive to impose new sanctions if Tehran doesn't comply by the end of the year. - 10/13/09

Tehran Subway Passengers Hit 1.6m a Day
Managing director of Tehran and Suburbs Operations Company noted that since the beginning of October and the new academic year, the number of subway passengers has increased to 1.6 million per day and is expected to hit 1.7 million per day in November. - 10/13/09

Iranian Athlete Seeks Asylum In Czech Republic
In his first interview after leaving the team, Mehdi Haghshomar, a member of Iran's national rowing team who traveled to Prague in August to take part in the International Rowing Championships, told Radio Farda on October 12 that he was seeking refugee status. - 10/13/09

Iran inks 1.2B Euro gas deal with South Korean company
Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company signed a deal worth 1.24 billion euros ($1.83 billion) with a South Korean company in Tehran earlier today. As per the contract, 3.9 billion cubic feet of sour gas extracted from the South Pars phases will be sweetened and injected into Iran's national gas supply network. - 10/13/09

Gas deal with Iran significant to Switzerland: Swiss official
In 2008, Switzerland's Elektrizitaetsgesellschaft Laufenburg (EGL) signed a 25-year deal with the National Iranian Gas Export Company for the delivery of 5.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year. - 10/13/09

Iran's Opposition Leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Karroubi Meet, Blast Government (Photos)
Iran opposition leaders Mir Hosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi called on the national television to give them time on air in order to back up the allegations concerning fraud in the elections. Mr. Mousavi condemned the spread of lies through the media: "Look at how many times they have changed their announcements on the number of people killed following the elections? Then they say we are lying about fraud in the election." - 10/12/09

Book: Angella Nazarian's "Life As a Visitor"
In Life as a Visitor, Nazarian and her family travel to nearly twenty exotic locales, and it is during these travels that Nazarian begins to piece together her experiences of leaving Iran and adjusting to America and its western culture, and finding peace and herself along the way. - 10/12/09

Award-winning Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo highlights her career
Tehran-born actress Shohreh Aghdashloo became the first Iranian American to win an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, receiving the honor September 20, 2009, for her supporting role in the original HBO miniseries House of Saddam. - 10/12/09

The 9th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial - 2009
The 9th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial organizing committee invites cartoonists from all over the World to participate in this contest. - 10/12/09

Iran: Protester death sentence must be reviewed
Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to rescind the death sentence imposed on Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, the first person to be sentenced to death in connection with protests following disputed presidential elections. - 10/12/09

Photos: Children's Day Celebration in Mashhad, Iran
World Children's Day is celebrated annually in Iran on October 8. Following photos by Maryam Royaee show the festivities in the provincial city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran. - 10/12/09

Photos: Happy Birthday - Iran's Opposition Leader Mohammad Khatami turns 66
Friends and colleagues of Mohammad Khatami, former Iranian President and one of the current opposition leaders, arranged a celebration for his 66th birthday in his office with 66 roses and a cake! -Photos by Ali Asghar Khaksari, parlemannews - 10/12/09

Iranian scientists braced for another spaceshot
After an impressive array of developments in its space program, Iran announces that a semi-domestic telecommunications satellite is ready for launch. - 10/12/09

Exhibition: Shenda Ameri's "Rage" in London
Shenda Amery was born in England and grew up in Somerset, Surrey, Essex and London. She studied chemistry and moved to Tehran in 1959 to work as a chemist at Tehran University. Building on her innate talent as an artist, and her love for that medium, Amery started painting in Iran in 1970, all the while training under noted Iranian and American painting masters then living in Iran. - 10/12/09

Tehran Vocal Ensemble grabs one more golden award in Italy
The Tehran Vocal Ensemble won a Golden Diploma in Italy's 8th International Choir Competition and Festival of Jazz, Gospel, Pop and Secular and Sacred Music. The festival ran from October 8 to 12, 2009 at Riva del Garda, Italy. - 10/12/09

Opposition leader Khatami declares people's protests will persist
Mohammad Khatami, former president of Iran spoke today concerning the "Green Movement" which has become the symbolic name of the people's recent protests and demands for reform, saying: "Be certain that there is no going back in this movement. We are still standing by our main statements." - 10/11/09

Iran Death Sentences Seen As Move To Intimidate Opposition
Observers say the death sentences appear to be part of efforts by the Iranian authorities to create fear and to silence the opposition movement that continues to challenge Ahmadinejad's reelection. Many Iranians believe that he won as a result of massive fraud. - 10/11/09

Iranian filmmaker Makhmalbaf dedicates his award to opposition leader Karroubi
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival today. Makhmalbaf dedicated his award to Mehdi Karroubi, the disputing candidate of Iran's June presidential elections. - 10/11/09

Iran wins championship of Asian Cycling Cup in Thailand
Iran's national cycling team came first in 2009 Asian Cup held in Thailand. The team involving nine athletes won five gold and four silver medals. - 10/11/09

Filmmaker Bahman Farmanara to try his luck abroad
Iranian director Bahman Farmanara plans to pursue his career abroad. However, it is not clear that the outcomes will receive Iranian cultural officials' approval. - 10/11/09

Clinton: World Will Not Wait for Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began the British leg of her trip with a meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Afterwards, the two held a joint news conference. On Iran, Miliband said the time was right for the country to move in a new direction. - 10/11/09

Countdown to Kish gas field drilling operations
Kish gas field is located near the Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. It was discovered in 2006, holding approximately 59 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of in-situ gas reserve, of which 45 tcf is recoverable. The field also holds 946 million barrels of condensate, of which 331 million barrels are recoverable. - 10/11/09

Iran, France, China to discuss South Pars gas field cooperation soon
National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) Managing Director Reza Kasaeizadeh said the Iranian company, France's Total and China's CNPC are to hold talks soon to decide over the way of development of upstream and midstream sectors of phase 11 in South Pars gas field. - 10/11/09

Iranian Court Sentences 3 to Death for Involvement in Post-Election Unrest
An Iranian official says three people have been sentenced to death for involvement in unrest that developed after Iran's disputed presidential election in June. - 10/11/09

Photos: Children in Qazvin, Iran
World Children's Day is celebrated annually in Iran on October 8. ISNA photographer Sina Shiri marked the occasion by taking snapshots of children in the street of the city of Qazvin. - 10/10/09

Iran trounce Uruguay 4-2 in Futsal Confed Cup
The Asian champions Iran have clinched their second consecutive victory in the Futsal Confederations Cup held in Tripoli, Libya. - 10/10/09

David Nahai, an Iranian-American, becomes Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative
On October 2nd, Iranian-American David Nahai took the position of Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative. The Initiative is part of former President Bill Clinton's foundation to study and find solutions to climate change and global warming. - 10/10/09

Photos: Five Saeqeh fighter jets delivered to Iran's Air Fo
Five domestically-made fighter jets dubbed Saeqeh, which means lightning, have been delivered to the country's Air Force fleet. The fighter jets were tested during an air maneuver in Shahinshahr, Isfahan Province, on Saturday at the presence of the Army commander, defense minister, Air Force chief and a number of other Air Force commanders. - 10/10/09

Physicist Makes 'Big Bang' at Citi
Hamid Biglari went from physics to finance. Now, he's helping lead efforts to revive Citigroup Inc. Born and raised in Tehran, Hamid Biglari came to the U.S. in 1977 to study mathematics and physics at Cornell University. -WSJ - 10/10/09

Iran reformists protrayed as anti-Khomeini by hardliners
Iranian hardliners once more attacked the opposition and their recent protests targeting the opposition's focus on the "republic" aspect of the Islamic Republic system insisting that their actions are contrary to the views of Imam Khomeini the leader of the 1979 Revolution. -Radio Zamaneh - 10/10/09

Elite Guard in Iran Tightens Grip With Media Move
As Iran continues to manage the aftershocks of its contested presidential election, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has moved aggressively to tighten its grip on society, most recently with its takeover of a majority share in the nations telecommunications monopoly. -New York Times - 10/10/09

The art of protest in Iran
Despite a government crackdown on public dissent since the June election, Iranians have continued to find creative and unprecedented ways to protest when they can't demonstrate on the streets any more. -Guardian - 10/10/09

Caspian Sea is a priority in Iran's foreign policy
FM Mottaki said that Iran wants a fair share of the sea's resources and will not allow any country to conduct any exploration for or extraction of energy resources in Iran's 20 percent share of the sea until the legal status of the Caspian Sea is determined. - 10/10/09

Afghanistan, Iran Lead Clinton Agenda for European Trip
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departed late Friday for a five-day trip to Europe and Russia. The trip will be filled with high-level talks about the war in Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear ambitions and a new pact to control nuclear arms in the U.S. and Russia. - 10/10/09

Iran says it can produce required petrol within 48 hours
The Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Nouroddin Shahnazizadeh said the country is able to produce its required petrol within 48 hours. Concerning the probable petrol embargo against Iran, Shahnazizadeh said all arrangements are made and there is no problem. - 10/10/09

Some in Mideast Unimpressed by Obama's Actions
Many in the Middle East are offering Barack Obama congratulations for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But there is also disbelief among some that his outreach to the region has been enough for him to receive the honor. - 10/10/09

World Teachers Day marked in Tehran with arrest of members of Iranian teachers association
The secretary-general and 12 members of the Iranian Teachers Association were detained one day after the World Teachers Day. According to various reports, members of the Iranian Teachers Association were detained two days ago at the residence of Mr. Baghani, the association's secretary-general, and moved to an unknown location. - 10/9/09

BRAVO MESDAMES!: Aghdashloo, Neshat, Reza and Farahani Shined Through 2009 Summer Season's International Awards
It's been a particularly eventful Summer for the Iranian Diaspora Artists. Many have been blessed with prestigious International Awards in their discipline. Their personal success was also an opportunity for the laureates to highlight the struggle of their less fortunate compatriots and colleagues back home in their bid for freedom of expression, the respect of human rights and demands for genuine democracy. -Darius KADIVAR - 10/9/09

Tehran airport officials stop two Iranian cineastes from traveling to U.S.
Actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb were members of an Iranian cinematic delegation scheduled to take part in a 10-day program, which has been organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Iranian cinema. - 10/9/09

MESA Letter Of Protest To Iranian Authorities
I am writing to you for the fourth time this year (2009) on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our very grave concern and mounting consternation over the continued intimidation, arrests, expulsions, and unwarranted violent crackdown carried out by the Iranian authorities against peaceful student activists on Iranian university campuses, as well as the latest spate of harassment and dismissal of university faculty on grounds of political and ideological dissent. - 10/9/09

Iran Military Moves Could Provide Greater Muscle Against Critics
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kamenei's reshuffle this week of Revolutionary Guard commanders, coming amid reports that the all-volunteer Basij militia will be folded into IRGC "land forces," initially looked to some like an attempt to soothe public anger over postelection violence attributed to the two forces. - 10/9/09

Photos: Iranian Homeless Family Erect "Home" in a Tehran Street
Following photos show a family of four in Tehran that, due to unemployment and financial problems and loss of their home, have moved all their belongings to the side of a street in Tehran and created a new "home" there. The family consists of the parents, a 12-year-old girl and a 21-year-old young man. -Photos by Youness Khani, Mehr - 10/9/09

Iran Warns British Museum Over Cyrus Cylinder
Tehran will cease cooperation with the British Museum in London until it loans the Cyrus the Great Cylinder to the National Museum of Iran. The clay cylinder is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus II, king of Persia (559-530 BC). The Cyrus Cylinder is described as the world's first charter of human rights. - 10/9/09

1700 Iranian workers on hunger strike over unpaid wages
1700 employees of Wagon Pars Company in Arak have gone on a hunger strike to protest the company's failure to pay their wages and pension. ILNA's Kar news agency reports that this is the ninth protest organized by the employees this year. - 10/9/09

Necessary Gesture Or Bad Decision? U.S. Cuts Funds To Iran Rights Group
The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center specializes in collecting data on human rights abuses that it says the government of Iran has been perpetrating against its own people, ranging from unlawful detentions to torture to assassinations. In the past five years, the group has received about $3 million from the State Department's U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. - 10/9/09

Iranian Professors Worldwide Call for Independent Ethical Conducts of their Peers In IRAN
Dear Iranian University Professors and Academic Scholars (In IRAN), We the signatories herein, representing hundreds of your compatriot colleagues in universities and research centers worldwide, do hereby reaffirm our confidence in and solidarity with YOU. - 10/9/09

Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
U.S. President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize: "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" - Norwegian Nobel Committee - 10/9/09

Will Tel Aviv Take the U.S. to War Again?
The same old Israeli duplicity is back but with a new twist. And, importantly, ably aided by a new commander-in-chief. As with the deception that induced the invasion of Iraq, war in Iran also requires weaving a web of consensus beliefs from threads of deceit. -Jeff Gates - 10/9/09

Iranian Revolutionary Court Sentences Monarchist to Death
Iran's Revolutionary Court has sentenced an opposition activist to death, in the first such verdict since trials of opposition supporters began in August. Monarchist Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani is to be hanged for participating in unrest, last June, according to opposition websites. - 10/9/09

International award given to Iranian Women
A group of women who risk their lives and liberty to campaign for equal rights in Iran have been given an international Anna Politkovskaya award. -BBC - 10/9/09

Administration Asks Congress To Delay Sanctions
Obama administration officials said in a hearing yesterday that they want Congress to wait before enacting further sanctions on Iran. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held the hearing to discuss the potential effectiveness of sanctions for preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. -NIAC - 10/9/09

Specter, Casey Applaud Passage of Resolution Advocating for American Hikers' Release from Iran
U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey applauded Senate passage of the concurrent resolution encouraging the Government of Iran to grant consular access by the Government of Switzerland to the three American citizens that have been held in Iran since July 31 - 10/9/09

Iran Plans To Cut Subsidised Gasoline Quota
Iran plans to nearly halve the amount of gasoline that motorists can buy at a heavily subsidised price, state television reported on October 8, in what could be a politically controversial proposal. -Reuters - 10/9/09

Clinton to Attend Turkey-Armenia Normalization Deal Signing
The United States has been heavily involved over the years in efforts to achieve a reconciliation between longtime antagonists Turkey and Armenia. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Philip Gordon, who announced the Secretary's intention to attend the Zurich event, says it will underline the United States' commitment to see the process through to full normalization. - 10/9/09

Photos: Children's Day Celebration in Tehran - Actress Mahtab Karamati says "Listen to Children"
Actress Mahtab Karamati, the Iranian UNICEF goodwill ambassador, sent a message on the occasion of World Children's Day emphasizing the necessity for listening to what children have to say. - 10/8/09

Obama's promise of change could affect Iran-U.S. ties: Rafsanjani
In a meeting with Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti, whose country represents the U.S. interests section in Iran, Rafsanjani said Obama was elected president for his promise of change and many countries pinned their hopes on his promise to bring change to U.S. policy. - 10/8/09

Iran's Police Chief Denies Allegations of Prisoner Rapes
Iran's police chief says an official investigation has turned up no evidence of prisoners being raped at a detention center which was closed in August following allegations that anti-government protesters had been mistreated. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also, once again, blaming the West for the widespread unrest that erupted in Iran following the disputed June election. - 10/8/09

Iran: Resistance to release of journalist, Mohammad Ghouchani
Mohammad Ghouchani, editor of the banned daily, Etemad-e Melli is still held without bail although the questioning and the investigations in his case terminated 15 days ago, according to his wife, Maryam Baghi. - 10/8/09

U.S. Presses Tehran to Free Two Detainees
The U.S. didn't make the release of Mr. Tajbakhsh, 47 years old, and Mr. Bahari, 42, a condition for further negotiations on the nuclear matter. The U.S. used the opportunity of the face-to-face high-level meeting with Iran to appeal for their release on humanitarian grounds and as a measure of goodwill, the people familiar with the talks say. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 10/8/09

Iranian-born US Nurse Brings Medicine and Education to Afghan Women
In this week's edition of our series Making a Difference, we meet an Iranian-born woman who says education is the best way to help the people of Afghanistan, especially women and children. In 2001, Fary Moini traveled to Pakistan where she volunteered in a refugee clinic, helping to deliver babies. She says the lack of supplies was shocking. - 10/8/09

Grizzlies' Haddadi scores 11 points in NBA preseason game with Wizards
Iranian Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi played against Washington Wizards in the 2009-10 National Basketball Association (NBA) preseason on Wednesday. - 10/8/09

U.S. can sell nuclear fuel to Tehran: Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday that the United States can sell nuclear fuel to Iran for the Tehran nuclear reactor and expressed a "positive view" of the Geneva talks, saying Tehran "welcomes" the negotiations. - 10/8/09

Iran Culture Ministry lifts ban on Hatamikia's "Color of Purple"
The film, which tells the story of a romance between an Iranian intelligence agent and the daughter of an opposition group leader, was withdrawn from the screening schedule of the 23rd Fajr International Film Festival 2005 by Hatamikia due to the objections of the Intelligence Ministry. - 10/8/09

Iran Envoy Denies Iraqi Official's Remarks Over Its Stances On Joint Rivers
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi recently complained about water shortage in his country attributing a part of it to Iran stances over joint waters of the two countries. He also claimed despite remarks by Iranian officials, Iran's behavior toward the neighboring country is irresponsible and unfair. - 10/8/09

Website Says Iran Protester Gets Death Sentence
An Iranian court has handed down a death sentence on a man who took part in opposition protests over a disputed election in June, a reformist website has reported. -Reuters - 10/8/09

The demise of the dollar
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading -Independent - 10/8/09

Saudi King Visits Syria
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrived in Syria for a two-day visit aimed at mending ties between the two rival nations. The visit is the first by a Saudi ruler since the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. - 10/8/09

Light The Way: Our Children Today, Our Guides Tomorrow - - Recognizing Iranian-American Youth Volunteers
On October 18, PARSA Community Foundation will hold the Light the Way, the 2009 annual awards ceremony honoring the recipients of the Volunteerism and Action Award and Philanthropist of the Year Award. This event is also dedicated to the Iranian-American children who are engaged in community services. - 10/7/09

Photos: A walk in the mountains around Tehran
At about 7 in the morning, we set off from the sleepy village of Ahar, which is off the Lavasan to Fashun road, and walked along an easy and clear path northwards � the way was very green and peaceful, with hardly any other walkers. We went through a wooded valley, past cherry orchards and passing apple trees and pear trees, before getting to a steep slope which was heavier going. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 10/7/09

Nowrouz Inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz marks the New Year and the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area covering, inter alia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It is celebrated on 21 March every year, a date originally determined by astronomical calculations. - 10/7/09

Tehran Province puts an end to probe of recent violence
Political administration of Tehran Province has ordered Tehran City Council to stop their meetings with families of the people who were injured or imprisoned in the post-election events. - 10/7/09

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans Seeking Executive Director
PAAIA is a non-partisan, nonsectarian national organization focused on creating a networked, cohesive IA community and projecting an accurate image that underscores the vibrancy, accomplishments, and contributions of Iranian Americans to life in America. - 10/7/09

US Senate Panel Pushes for Tough New Sanctions on Iran
Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs are pushing for legislation to impose new economic sanctions on Iran. But at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, senior Obama administration officials asked Congress to give them a few more weeks to try to win broad international support for sanctions, if negotiations with Iran fail. -VOA - 10/7/09

Iran: Press Court Jury Members Appointed; Ahmadinejad Critics Purged
"The Iranian press is not awaiting good days," says Dariush Ghanbari, spokesperson for the minority reformist faction in the Majlis, reacting to the news of changes in the press court's jury membership. Now, "not even a single critic of the administration is among the new members." - 10/7/09

Iran's next space mission announced
Iran is planning to send another research satellite into space by late March, the country's Aerospace Research Institute announced. According to Mohammad Ebrahimi, an official at the institute, the Kavoshgar III (Explorer 3) will be launched into space to carry out research and study spatial subsystems. - 10/7/09

Iranian Court Shuts Down 3 Pro-Reform Newspapers as Dissent Continues to Simmer
Irans judiciary has shut down three pro-reform newspapers, opposition Web sites reported Tuesday, in what appears to be a new effort to prevent protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -NY Times - 10/7/09

Iran Needs Billions More to Pay for Gas, Diesel
A top Iranian oil official says Iran needs an additional $6.5 billion to help pay for imported gas and diesel fuel during the current budget year. Iran has the world's second largest natural gas reserves, and is a major crude exporter. However, the country lacks sufficient refining capacity to meet its domestic gasoline needs. - 10/7/09

US involved in disappearance of Iranian pilgrim in Saudi Arabia: FM
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the US is involved in disappearance of the Iranian pilgrim Shahram Amiri who went missing in Saudi Arabia. Also concerning the issue that Amiri was reported to be a staff of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), he said "these are speculations discussed by western media and we pursue his case as an Iranian national." - 10/7/09

Iran: Larijani Re-elected Chairman of Parliament's Principlist Faction
Ali Larijani was re-elected the chairman of the principlist faction in the parliament on Tuesday by receiving 24 votes. Larijani was running against pro-government MP Morteza Aqa-Tehrani who received only 7 votes. - 10/7/09

Iran's senior clerics Rafsanjani and Rohani condemn divisive comments
Hassan Rohani also criticized the post-election events in an official meeting declaring "Some have claimed that people's vote should be merely ceremonial but this is contrary to Ayatollah Khomeini's views." He added that "Some are not happy that Ayatollah Khomeini barred the military from interfering in politics." - 10/6/09

Ahmadinejad's demands for Holocaust investigation juxtaposed with denial of an election probe
Today, Mohammad Ali Ansari, director of Ayatollah Khomeini's Publications, denounced Iranian supporters of an investigation into the veracity of the Holocaust, asking "How come you do not allow a simple investigation into the presidential elections?" - 10/6/09

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: IRANIAN FILMMAKERS IN THEIR OWN WORDS - at UCLA and the Academy Oct. 9 - 16
In conjunction with the visit of a group of prominent Iranian filmmakers to Los Angeles, the Academy and the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a series of recent Iranian films, each followed by a discussion with one or more of the film's principal creators. - 10/6/09

Dr. Lotfi Zadeh, Winner of 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering
The 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering is presented to Lotfi Zadeh for his invention and development of the field of fuzzy logic, a mathematical system that captures aspects of the ambiguity of human language and thought, which has solved problems in areas such as artificial intelligence and the automated control of machines. - 10/6/09

Iran: Most Ruthless Generals in Charge of Institutions of Suppression
On Sunday the Islamic Republic supreme leader issued a decree appointing Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naghdi as commander of the Basij and Hossein Taeb to head the intelligence division of the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -Rooz Online - 10/6/09

Iran Plans to Rank among Top 10 Nanotech Countries
Dr. Sarkar, head of the Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), declared that Iran can rank in the top ten pioneers of nano science and technology by 2015, provided that the government enhances and continues it supports. - 10/6/09

Clinton: Iran Talks Somewhat Successful
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates say last week's talks in Geneva between Iran and world powers were somewhat successful. - 10/6/09

Natural Bags to Replace Plastic Bags at Tehran's Shahrvand Stores
Researchers at Polymer and Petrochemical Research Institute of Iran have produced natural polymers from starch and fat and according to an agreement with Shahrvand department stores, bags made of such material will be used in place of plastic bags at Shahrvand sores. - 10/6/09

Major exhibition of Contemporary Iranian video art in London: Facts and Illusions
A pioneering exhibition of video arts by 14 Iranian artists, including established names such as Farideh Lashai and Avish Khebrezadeh, alongside emerging video artists, providing a great opportunity to view the diversity of contemporary Iranian video art. - 10/6/09

Iran Downplays 'Openness' In Nuclear Talks
Western officials have welcomed Tehran's positive approach and conciliatory tone during "P5+1" talks last week, characterized by the head of the UN's nuclear agency as a step toward more openness on the part of Iran regarding its controversial nuclear program. - 10/6/09

Poll: US Most Admired Country Globally; Iran and Angola share bottom place
A new survey shows the United States is the most admired country, thanks mostly to the admiration that people around the world have for President Barack Obama. - 10/6/09

Iranian American Azam Niroomand-Rad Receives the International Marie-Curie Award
The World Congress of Medical Physics and Bioengineering presented the Marie Skodowski-Curie Award to Professor Azam Niroomand-Rad for a distinguished career contributing to the advancement of international medical physics through research, teaching and leadership. - 10/6/09

U.S. Sees Advance In Iran Nuclear Cooperation
President Barack Obama's top security adviser has dismissed a report that Iran was closer to making an atomic bomb and said Iranian cooperation in the last few weeks was good for nuclear non-proliferation. -Reuters - 10/6/09

Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots
In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's meteoric rise from mayor of Tehran to president of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East took everyone by surprise. One of the main reasons for the astonishment was that so little was known about him. -Guardian - 10/6/09

Photos: Life in the Village of Anbouh in Gilan, Iran
Following photos by Narges Tankberis have captured the people and scenery of the beautiful village of Anbouh located near the city of Rudbar in Iran's northern province of Gilan. Rudbar or Roodbar is a city situated in the mountainous region of Gilan Province in Iran. - 10/5/09

Japan defeats Iran to claim Asian volleyball title
Japan ended Iran's unbeaten campaign to claim the 2009 Asian Volleyball Senior Men's Championship in the Philippines. By reaching the final match, Iran qualified for the Grand Champion Cup which will be held later in 2009. Japan have already qualified as they host the tournament. - 10/5/09

Friday (Sunday) Nights
Trying to deal with a heavy Friday (having the same air as Sundays in the West), quite expectable considering what has been going on in the past few months, so quiet that even the park nearby appears to be almost vacant compared to other Friday nights, judging from the number of cars passing by, as though it is already over midnight, I appealed to the Oracle of Hafez, as it is a tradition among Iranians, and this was the answer -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 10/5/09

PFAP '09 Event On Oct 11th In Palo Alto: Support Preservation Of Ancient Persian Heritage and History
Come join the Friends of Persepolis Fortification Archive Project to hear the story of PFA and support the preservation of the ancient Persian history and cultural heritage during the PFAP '09 Event at Four Seasons Hotel, Silicon Valley, Palo Alto. - 10/5/09

Report: Iran To Release More Opposition Detainees
Iran will soon release a group of prominent opposition figures detained after the disputed June presidential election, including Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, the official IRNA news agency reported. -Reuters - 10/5/09

Mohammad Javad Larijani faces student protests at Sharif University
Student activists protested the presence of head of Iran 's human rights headquarters Mohammad Javad Larijani at Sharif University in Tehran . Mr. Larijani spoke in support of the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei calling him "the anchor and greatest support of democracy" in Iran and one of the "most intelligent" leaders in the world of Islam. - 10/5/09

Will Israel Ensure that History Repeats Itself?
The lead-up to the first U.S.-Iran talks in three decades saw a replay of the same modus operandi that induced the U.S. and its allies to invade Iraq in March 2003. Then as now, the invasion of Iran is consistent with a regime change agenda for Greater Israel described in a 1996 strategy document prepared by Jewish-Americans for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. -Jeff Gates - 10/5/09

Iran: More Social Figures Barred from Exiting Country
In the latest instance of journalists being barred from exiting Iran, Badrossadat Mofidi, secretary of the Association of Iranian Journalists, Zahra Ebrahimi, experienced parliamentary reporter for Hamshahri daily, and Farzaneh Roostaei, editor of Etemad daily's international section and one of the country's five recognized journalists in 2008, all were barred form exiting the country and their passports were confiscated. -Vahid Sabetian, Rooz - 10/5/09

Iranian student activists released
The fifteen members of the central council of the student organization Unity Consolidation Bureau who had been arrested yesterday by the ministry of intelligence were released this morning. The student activists, who were in the midst of an unofficial meeting in Jamshidieh Park, intended to discuss their activities for the new academic year. They were arrested for "intent to organize an illegal gathering." - 10/5/09

Parliament bloc seeks to 'oust' Larijani from Speakership
In the continuing political posturing at various levels since Iran's June 12 presidential elections, some Principlist lawmakers have put out rumors of a bid to oust the Speaker of the Majlis as the majority leader. - 10/5/09

US Keeps Sanctions Option as It Pursues Diplomacy With Iran
The Obama administration says it is committed to diplomacy with Iran, but is reviewing the possibility of imposing enhanced sanctions. U.S. officials stress they will not wait forever for Tehran to come clean about its nuclear ambitions. - 10/5/09

Iran: Tainted rice imports issue simmers, MPs call for new probe
The dispute over the quality of imported rice arose after reports that Iran had detected high levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in the rice imported from India over the past few weeks. A number of officials from Iran's standards institute announced that the rice is really contaminated and that the rice contains unacceptable levels of arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. - 10/5/09

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past
A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots. A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. -Telegraph, UK - 10/5/09

Iran In Asian Volleyball Championship Final, Qualifies For World Cup
Four-time Asian gold winner South Korea was saddened by Iran in the 15th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship on Sunday. Iran will play six-time champion Japan in the finals at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Monday. - 10/4/09

Photos: Mashhad Ardehal Rug Washing Ceremony
It is said that when Soltan Ali was killed by the governor's forces in an uneven battle in Ardehal, the people of the area rushed to the place and wrapped his body in a rug. They then washed the body in a creek nearby before burying him. Since then thousands of people hold a ceremony each year on the second Friday of the Iranian month of Mehr to mark the death of Soltan Ali. -Photos by Sajjad Safari - 10/4/09

A New Wave of Purges of Social Science Academicians at Iranian Universities
Following remarks by Iran's leader ayatollah Khamenei calling for a review of the "social sciences" at the country's universities, a new wave of purges and changes has been launched at Allameh Tabatabai University. According to an informed source, five prominent university professors from the law school of this university, particularly those in the fields of human rights, are now deprived of their teaching practices. -Mojtaba Eshraghi, Rooz Online - 10/4/09

Iran Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia merger
Iranian dailies report of imminent plans to merge the Basij Resistance force with the land force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Etemad daily reports that the assimilation of the paramilitary organization of Basij into the Revolutionary Guards will form a new force called the "Land Resistance Force of the Revolutionary Guards." - 10/4/09

NIAC Welcomes US-Iran Talks and the Inclusion of Human Rights
The National Iranian American Council welcomes the successful first meeting between representatives of the permanent five members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran yesterday. - 10/4/09

IAEA to inspect Iran's Fordo facility late October
The visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog says inspectors from the IAEA are to visit Iran's new uranium enrichment plant southwest of Tehran in late October. The Fordo uranium enrichment plant, which lies 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tehran near the holy city of Qom, is currently under construction. - 10/4/09

Iran: Ajorlou will likely take over as First female governor since revolution
MP Fatemeh Ajorlou is the most favored candidate for the post of Tehran governor, women's news agency IWAN reported. If Ajorlou is picked for the job she will become the first Iranian woman to take such a position since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. - 10/4/09

Real Progress With Iran
The Geneva nuclear talks were just baby steps along a long and perilous path. Still, this was a historic moment after 30 years of mutual recriminations and hyperbole. -Gary Sick, Daily Beast - 10/4/09

Iran, US Delegations Met in Geneva: Iranian Official
"The meeting of American delegation with Iranian delegation in Geneva was upon request of the Americans," said Deputy Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council Ali Bagheri in a televised interview with Iran state-run TV. - 10/4/09

The Lying Game
Something similar is happening over Iran: the same syncopation of government and media revelations, the same manufacture of a sense of crisis. Showdown looms with Iran over secret nuclear plant, declared the Guardian on 26 September. Showdown is the theme. High noon. The clock ticking. Good versus evil. -John Pilger - 10/4/09

"Green Movement" Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany
Filmfest Hamburg ist seit dem 28. September 2009 von der iranischen Freiheitsbewegung Green Movement ergriffen. Spontan schlieen sich Filmfest-Gste der friedlichen Widerstandsbewegung an und lassen sich aus Solidaritt mit einem grnen Schal fotografieren. - 10/4/09

15 Student Leaders Arrested In Tehran
Fifteen members of central council of the student organization Unity Consolidation Bureau have been arrested by security forces today in Tehran. The detainees have been taken to an unknown location and so far no announcements concerning their charges have been released. - 10/3/09

Iran Plans To Send Astronauts Into Space
plans to send astronauts into space and is currently conducting the relevant studies, Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour announced on Saturday. "This project is currently under study and (we) hope to be able to implement the project in the near future," Taqipour said at a ceremony held to inaugurate World Space Week. - 10/3/09

Revolutionary Guards Chief: Elections Protests Biggest Threat To Islamic System
Chief Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Mohammad Ali Jafari told a group of Basij university officials that the recent "riots took us to the edge of a downfall," Fars news agency reports. Commander Jafari described the "threat to the Islamic Republic regime" even greater that the "eight year war between Iran and Iraq." - 10/3/09

Threatening construction projects halted at Soltanieh Dome
Over the past year, excavations by archaeologists at five trenches and 40 other areas near the Ilkhanid monument have all resulted in the discovery of historical architectural structures, convincing the shops' owners to stop the projects, Soltanieh Dom Cultural Heritage Center Executive Director Mohammadreza Qorbanzadeh told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday. - 10/3/09

Iran qualifies for Asian Volleyball Championship SF
Iran booked a berth in the semifinal round of the 15th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship on Saturday. Iran came out victorious against Kazakhstan at the San Andres Gym 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23) in Pool E and advanced to the semifinal round as the first team. - 10/3/09

Iran Criticizes US, Hosts UN Nuclear Watchdog
The head of the United Nations nuclear regulatory agency has arrived in Iran, hoping to open up a once-secret nuclear facility to inspectors. But just hours before International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei landed in Tehran Saturday, Iran's president launched another defense of his country's actions. - 10/3/09

Iranian FM rejects reports on meeting with US Congress members
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected some US media reports that he met with a number of the US Congress members during his short trip to Washington. "If such a meeting will be necessary one day, it will be held, but it was not held during the trip," Mottaki said. - 10/3/09

General Firouzabadi will keep his post
The special office of the Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff has dismissed reports that Major General Hassan Firouzabadi will leave his post as the Armed Forces Joint Chief of Staff. - 10/3/09

Samira Rekabdar's Silent Voice
When I arrived home, I had a special feeling. I opened the book quickly and started reading. The first page was a short history about Samira's life. It was then that I found out why she couldn't talk to me. Since she was inflicted with Cerebral Paralysis from childhood. Then I got to her beautiful poems. -Minoo Minaie, Tehran - 10/2/09

Poll: Which US based organization have you supported or will support in 2009?
Which one of the selected organizations listed below have you supported or will support in 2009: Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation, National Iranian American Council, ... - 10/2/09

U.S., Iran Have 'Significant Conversation' on Sidelines of Switzerland Talks
A U.S. official at nuclear talks in Switzerland says there has been a "significant conversation" between the chief U.S. and Iranian delegates. The meeting between U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili took place on the sidelines of six-party talks with Iran over Tehran's controversial nuclear program. - 10/2/09

Photos: Paris's Musee du Quai Branly presents 165 Years of Iranian Photography
For this 2nd edition of PHOTOQUAI, the musee du quai Branly is honouring Iranian photography in its West Mezzanine, amidst the permanent collections: the exhibition 165 years of Iranian photography gives an overview of Iranian photography from the end of the XIXth century, with the portraits from the Qajar era and the photo studios which appeared in Iran at the time of Reza Shah Pahlavi, up until the most contemporary works by major Iranian photographers. - 10/2/09

Esteghlal, Persepolis tie 1-1 in IPL
The spectators accused the teams of collusion. They also chanted "Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein" in support of the opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi - 10/2/09

Hollywood to host Iranian delegation
After the Hollywood delegation's trip to Iran, now it's Iran's turn! An Iranian delegation comprised of the House of Cinema officials and several cineastes is scheduled to attend a Hollywood program. - 10/2/09

Obama: Iran Must Give Inspectors Complete Access To Nuclear Plant
U.S. President Barack Obama is demanding that Iran give international inspectors complete access to its newly-disclosed nuclear facility. The president spoke after Iranian representatives met in Switzerland with the U.S. and five other world powers. - 10/2/09

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Sentenced To Imprisonment
Jelveh Javaheri, member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Tagheer Baray-e Barabai website reported that she has been sentenced for "gathering and collaborating against national security." - 10/2/09

Basij will merge into IRGC ground forces
The Basij force will be merged into the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ground forces for better coordination, reports say. - 10/2/09

Iran expresses positive view of Geneva talks with 5+1 group
"Iran's efforts centered on the point that negotiations take place on common consensuses.and achieve favorable results in the future," Saeed Jalili told reporters after talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. - 10/2/09

US lawmakers OK fuel sanctions on Iran
US lawmakers have approved legislation to punish companies exporting gasoline to Iran, in a move to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. The Thursday action by the US House of Representatives would even bar foreign companies exporting gasoline to Iran from delivering crude oil to the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve - 10/2/09

2 Iranian dissidents say they were raped in captivity
An Iranian man and a woman made the allegations in separate interviews with CNN. Both said they fled to Turkey from Iran after claiming to have been threatened by Iranian security services. While CNN does not normally use the names of alleged rape victims, their names are included here with their permission. - 10/2/09

Top Things you Think You Know about Iran that are not True
Belief: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the US. -- Reality: Iran has not launched an aggressive war modern history (unlike the US or Israel), and its leaders have a doctrine of "no first strike." This is true of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as of Revolutionary Guards commanders. -Juan Cole - 10/2/09

Nuclear talks: Iran agrees to meet US, world powers twice more in October
Iran appeared to understand there was new urgency on the nuclear issue, agreeing at the Geneva talks to open its second enrichment facility to inspectors. -CSM - 10/2/09

Israel Tones Down Warnings of Strike on Iran as Diplomatic Efforts Intensify
Israel has for some time warned it is ready to launch preemptive strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities at any time. With international pressure growing on Iran to freeze its nuclear program, analysts say Israeli leaders are toning down those warnings and giving diplomacy a chance to work. - 10/2/09

Iran Again: Is Everyone Bluffing?
From Irans point of view, there are three nearby nuclear powers India, Pakistan and Israel who not only have never signed the nonproliferation treaty but actually have nuclear weapons, many nuclear weapons. They are not, however, being accused of violating the norms of the international community. -Immanuel Wallerstein, NY Times - 10/2/09

PARSA Community Foundation Announces 2009 Annual Award Recipients
PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Annual Awards. Forough Hosseini is the recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year award, designed to honor an individual who is self-made, has achieved world-class success in his/her field, and has culminated that success in civic leadership by actively perpetuating the American Dream for others. - 10/1/09

Iran Agrees to Inspectors' Visit, Meeting This Month
Iran agreed to allow international inspectors to visit its new nuclear fuel plant within the next two weeks and will meet with negotiators for the U.S. and other leading United Nations powers later this month, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said. -Bloomberg - 10/1/09

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri advises Iran officials to end oppression
Reformist cleric Ayatollah Hoseinali Montazeri persists in his criticism of the Iranian government through his public statements. This time he warned Islamic Republic officials to draw lessons from the fate of the governments of Iran's late Mohammad Reza Shah and world despots before it is too late - 10/1/09

Photos: Towhid Golmakan Senior Citizens House in Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran
In honor of International Day of Older Persons: The UN General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons by resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the General Assembly. -Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA - 10/1/09

Esteghlal-Persepolis Derby: Will the winner be the Reds, the Blues or the Greens?
Iran's most Important football match will be held at the Azadi Stadium between Esteghlal and Persepolis on Friday. Esteghlal as the second team in the Iran Professional League standings' table is well-organized to play eighth-ranked Persepolis in the 9th week of the IPL. A poster distributed over the internet calls for a show of force by the opposition Green Movement during the game. - 10/1/09

Iran: 10 officers arrested in connection with Kahrizak prisoners abuse case
National Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmedi-Moqaddam stated on Wednesday that 10 police officers have been arrested in connection with prisoner abuse at Kahrizak detention center. Justice Minister Morteza Bakhtiari announced that the officers will be tried openly. - 10/1/09

"Chahanchah": Behdad Lahoti's Sculptures
Behdad Lahoti's Sculptures. Shahanshah was the title of Iranian kings, meaning the King of Kings. Cuneiform Script is one of the earliest known forms of written expression, emerging in Mesopotamia around the 30th century BC. - 10/1/09

Mousavi: Opposition movement much more devoted to Iran's national interests than the public officials
According to ParlemanNews, in a meeting with the central council members of the minority fraction of the Parliament (reformist), Mir Hossein Mousavi stressed that today more than ever the need for national unity is felt by the people and the borders that had divided the people into different groups are no longer valid. - 10/1/09

Iranian ministers in plagiarism row
Nature's investigation has also revealed that a paper co-authored by Hamid Behbahani, Iran's minister of roads and transportation, also contains large amounts of text from earlier articles by other researchers. - 10/1/09

IRAN's Paradigm for Social and Cultural Reforms is NOW
In Part II herein I provide daily synopses of way of life in Iran that are the underpinning of the political realities. Simply put, a political establishment would not be self-sustaining in the long run so long as it does not either have a critical mass of the governed captivated and supportive, or the majority of the governed ambivalently apathetic and thus acquiescently complacent to the governors. -Pirouz Azadi - 10/1/09

Pressure On Iran Grows As Delegates Prepare For Geneva Talks
World powers have been increasing pressure on Tehran to fully disclose its nuclear program, and to halt all of its uranium-enrichment activity, ahead of international talks on October 1 with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Said Jalili. - 10/1/09

Tehran Unwilling to Compromise Despite American Overtures
Three months after the disputed presidential election, Iran's leadership is more confident than ever. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has provoked the West at the UN General Assembly, while at home the opposition continues to be brutally repressed. There is little hope of progress at the negotiations which begin in Switzerland on Thursday." -Spiegel, Germany - 10/1/09

Iranian Businessman Freed
Three months after being accused of plotting against the government and one week after his case was called to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's attention by NPR's Steve Inskeep, Iranian businessman Bijan Khajehpour has been released from a prison in Tehran. - 10/1/09
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