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Philanthropy can play an important role for Iranian Diaspora
The global Iranian diaspora is four million strong with the largest population having settled in the United States over the last thirty years. Heightened tensions and the war of words between the U.S. and Iran have cast a shadow of suspicion and blame on the Iranian-American population that is otherwise marked by exceptional academic and economic accomplishments. -Noosheen Hashemi, PARSA CF - 11/30/07

BREAKING THE WAVES: Iranian Women of the Diaspora Seduce French Media
New faces seem to appear on French TV lately and they happen to be of Persian Heritage. Is it because of the recent phenomenal success of the cult comic book and film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis that was awarded at this years Cannes film festival ? or more naturally because of the rising to age of a first generation of Iranian descents often born in France or raised up outside their home country Iran ? -Paris Report by Darius KADIVAR - 11/30/07

Iran's reformers to U.S.: Let's talk
Ex-president Khatami says don't let hard-liners in US and Iran dictate the relationship. "The solution is for both sides to resort to logic, refrain from provocative rhetoric, and put the emphasis on negotiations," Khatami told the Monitor. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 11/30/07

The Silk Road Trek: Cultural and educational tours along the Silk Road to Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran, heir to the ancient traditions of Persia and the cradle of the modern Islamic Revolution, is located at the crossroads of East and West. Iran, as one of the major countries along the Silk Road, has always had a particular importance because of its special position geographically and culturally. - 11/30/07

FM: Iran mulling 4th round of talks with US on Iraq
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Thursday that Iran is considering the fourth round of talks with the US on Iraq after carefully studying the outcome of former talks with Washington on the issue. -IRNA - 11/30/07

Iranian, EU Officials Discuss Nuclear Program
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is meeting in London with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, to discuss Tehran's controversial nuclear program. -VOA - 11/30/07

Anti-bird flu measures across Middle East in wake of Saudi outbreak
Most countries in the Middle East, especially those bordering Saudi Arabia, have taken measures to prevent bird flu after an outbreak of the disease there in early November. -IRIN - 11/30/07

Iran: Supreme Leader urges reforms at seminaries
In a meeting with a group of Qom, Mashhad and Isfahan seminary instructors, researchers and preachers, Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the theological centers to consider importance of foresightedness, reforms management, textbook revision, free debate and adoption of policies in tune with their needs. - 11/30/07

Documents indicate Nixon walked a fine line with Israel on nuclear weapons
In July 1969, as the world was spellbound by the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, President Richard Nixon and his close advisers were quietly fretting about a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Their main worry was not a potential enemy of the United States but one of America's closest friends. -IHT - 11/30/07

A Partner For Dealing With Iran?
The effort to resolve by negotiations North Korea's defiance of the global nonproliferation regime may yet prove successful. If so, does that experience offer a guide for coping with the challenge posed by Iran's expanding nuclear program? Would a comprehensive dialogue on this issue between America and China be useful? -Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post - 11/30/07

The Worldwide Spread of Oil
Persian Gulf countries hold more than half of the world's petroleum reserves, but production has grown in other areas. -VOA - 11/30/07

Dialogue on Islamic Peacemaking: Report on a Mission to Iran
It is not every day that an American Muslim delegation is sent to Iran using U.S. government funds. But in October 2007, a team of specialists in conflict resolution crossed the ocean to discuss the ways in which Iranian society approaches peacemaking, conflict prevention, dialogue, and conflict resolution. -NIAC - 11/30/07

Iran holds 138b bar. of oil, 28.2 trillion cu. m. of gas
Iran's oil and gas reserves amount to 138 billion barrels and 28.2 trillion cubic meters respectively, the petroleum minister announced in Tehran on Friday. - 11/30/07

A mixed bag on the Annapolis agenda
The following are some of the core issues to be negotiated by the Israelis and Palestinians after this week's international conference at Annapolis, Maryland, USA, according to analysts and politicians on both sides. -IRIN - 11/30/07

Pentagon Defends Cagan on "I hate all Iranians" Remark
In a letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Under Secretary of Defense Eric Edelman defends Debra Cagan and assures the New York Congresswoman that the Cagan never said “I hate all Iranians.” -NIAC - 11/30/07

Iran's Revolutionary Guards patrol Persian Gulf, U.S. says
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has taken command of Iranian naval operations in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military has revealed. That means U.S. naval forces are operating in the same waters as an organization the United States considers a major supporter of terrorist activity. -CNN - 11/30/07

Russian official: Bushehr nuclear power plant fuel ready to be delivered
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors wrapped up their work on inspecting the first consignment of nuclear fuel for Bushehr nuclear power plant in a company in Nevosibirisk city. -IRNA - 11/30/07

Oliver Stone may visit Tehran for Ahmadinejad biopic
Oscar-winner U.S. director Oliver Stone will likely travel to Tehran to hold discussions with Iranian officials on his proposal to make a biopic about President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Alireza Sajjadpur told the Mehr News Agency on Friday. - 11/30/07

UK rejects lifting ban on MKO terrorist group
The British government rejected a ruling Friday that the anti-Iran Mujahideen-e-Khalq terrorist organisation (MKO) should be removed from the UK's proscribed groups. - 11/30/07

Azerbaijan: Activist Becomes First Female Political Prisoner To Die In Detention
Faina Kungurova, a 33-year-old political activist in Azerbaijan, has died in prison of apparent starvation. -RFE - 11/30/07

Iran's Secret Weapon: The Pope
The diplomatic chess game around Iran's nuclear program includes an unlikely bishop. According to several well-placed Rome sources, Iranian officials are quietly laying the groundwork necessary to turn to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican diplomats for mediation if the showdown with the United States should escalate toward a military intervention. -TIME - 11/30/07

Iran cracks down on 'obscene' rap music
Iran said it plans to launch a crackdown on rap music, complaining that the words used by rap artists were "obscene", the state IRNA news agency reported Thursday. -AFP - 11/30/07

OMID-E-MEHR: empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran
Omid is a non-political, privately funded charity, registered in Iran in 2004. Omid focuses on providing care, support, education and training for severely disadvantaged young women in Tehran, aged from 15 to 25. These are women who are faced with relentless emotional and financial deprivation, are desperately vulnerable to anti-social influences, and struggle to remain engaged in society. All are in urgent need for help. - 11/29/07

Iranian Blogger Held After Revealing Canine Security Details
Iranian authorities have detained a blogger after he published details about the reported use of bomb-sniffing dogs in President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's security detail. -RFE - 11/29/07

Iran, Shamsaii named Asian Futsal Team, Player of the Year
Vahid Shamsaii, who scooped his second AFC Futsal Championship MVP award as Iran beat Japan in the 2007 final, was named AFC Futsal Player of the Year and the Iranian side was also named AFC Futsal Team of the Year. - 11/29/07

Iran: Lake Bolaghi takes shape but ancient Naqsh-e Rustam safe
Lake Bolaghi is beginning to flood the Bolaghi Valley, but Naqsh-e Rustam seems to be safe from the proposed railway line that could have damaged the structures of the ancient site. -MNA - 11/29/07

US historian discusses global transfer of Shia rituals including Ta'ziyeh
A two-day symposium on the transregional transfer of popular Shia beliefs and rituals began in Berlin on Wednesday evening. A focal point of the opening session hosted by the Berlin-based Center for Culture and Language Research, was the cultural transfer of the Shiite Muslim passion play, Moharram, to India and the Caribbean region. - 11/29/07

Conference approves to draw up Charter for Asian Women's Rights
Iranian proposal to draw up 'Charter of Asian Women's Rights' was acclaimed by all-woman delegates of Asian nations on Wednesday. -IRNA - 11/29/07

Envoy: US influence makes German banks limit their ties with Iran
German Ambassador to Tehran Herbert Honsowitz said here Wednesday that German banks and firms have limited their working ties with Iran under the influence of the US government. -IRNA - 11/29/07

Iran's top nuclear negotiator arrives in London for talks with Solana
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili arrived in London Thursday for talks to be held with EU High Representative Javier Solana on Friday. -IRNA - 11/29/07

AFGHANISTAN: Children increasingly affected by conflict
Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) estimates that over 1,400 Afghan civilians have lost their lives and hundreds of others have been wounded in armed hostilities, aerial strikes, suicide attacks and improvised explosions in the past 11 months. -IRIN - 11/29/07

Russia: Oil Spill Highlights Tragic Environmental Legacy
By some estimates, it will take the Black Sea region's delicate marine environment five to 10 years to recover from the oil spill that resulted from a recent storm. -RFE - 11/29/07

“The End of America”: Feminist Social Critic Naomi Wolf Warns U.S. in Slow Descent into Fascism
In her new book, “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, Naomi Wolf says the United States is on the road to becoming a fascist society, right under our very noses -Democracy Now - 11/29/07

US Wants to Have it Both Ways on Iranian Nonintervention Pact
President Bush and leading Democratic presidential candidates have said a military attack on Iran is a viable option. According to the president, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology puts the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.” -Baltimore Sun - 11/29/07

Pentagon Disputes Russian Claim on Missile Defense Offer
The Pentagon is disputing a claim by Russia's foreign minister that a series of written proposals on missile defense sent to Moscow last week do not match offers made verbally in October during a visit by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. -VOA - 11/29/07

Iran launches stealth submarine
Iran's second domestically produced submarine, equipped with an anti-sonar system, was launched in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday. -MNA - 11/29/07

Iran, Iraq to cooperate in Kish Free Trade Zone
Iraq ambassador to Tehran in a meeting with Kish Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) managing director Majid Shayesteh considered ways of bilateral cooperation in the island here Wednesday. - 11/29/07

Distorting Fascism to Demonize Iran
In their frantic drive to pave the way for a military strike against Iran, leading figures in the neoconservative pro-Israel lobby have embarked on a vicious campaign of demonizing that country by comparing it with the early years of Nazi Germany and its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with Hitler. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 11/28/07

The U.S. Aggression Process and Its Collaborators: From Guatemala (1950-1954) to Iran (2002-)
We are living in a very dangerous period in which a predatory superpower has embarked on a series of aggressive wars in rapid succession—three on two different continents during the past decade alone. -Edward S. Herman and David Peterson - 11/28/07

More than 1,000 Equal Rights Defenders Protest imprisonment of Hosseinkhah
In a statement issued yesterday on Sunday November 24, more than 1,000 equal rights defenders have protested the imprisonment of Maryam Hosseinkhah, while claiming, that all those who seek equal rights for women and a remedy to the negative impact of discriminatory laws, are as responsible as Maryam. -Change for Equality - 11/28/07

Not Through Annapolis: Noam Chomsky Says Path to Mideast Peace Lies in Popular Organizing Against U.S.-Israeli “Rejectionism”
As the U.S. convenes a Mideast summit in Annapolis, Maryland today, we spend the hour on the Israeli-Palestine conflict with two of the world’s leading thinkers: former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and world-renowned linguist Noam Chomsky. Chomsky says U.S. backing of continued Israeli occupation and annexation of Palestinian land is the biggest obstacle to peace. -Democracy Now - 11/28/07

The butterfly that perished with the candle
Every year, since that sad day when I went to my parents' house and they told me the horrific news, when the twenty third of November comes along, I cannot but think of one couple—Dariush and Parvaneh Foroohar. -Fariba Amini - 11/28/07

Expert gives another translation of ancient Khark inscription
An expert on ancient languages has come up with a different translation of the newly discovered stone inscription found on Khark Island in the Persian Gulf, the Archaeological Research Center of Iran (ARCI) reported in a press release published on Tuesday. -MNA - 11/28/07

Reversal of Fortune: Personal observations from a recent trip to Tehran
Only a few years ago, I used to fantasize about selling my, albeit modest, assets in the U.S. and use the proceeds to return to my hometown, Tehran, to enjoy a comfortable early semi-retirement. It all seemed within reach, and plausible. I thought I could leave the never-ending 80-hour work weeks behind, ignore propaganda and politics, settle down, dream of peace, and help eradicate fear and poverty. Emulating wild salmon fish, figuratively. -D. Rouzbeh - 11/28/07

Ancient Iranian Rhyton to Return Home from Romania
Based on previous agreements, representative of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) will head for Romania to redeem the Iranian rhyton belonging to the first millennium BC. -CHN - 11/28/07

Petraeus Sought to Prevent Release of Iranians
Recent statements by the U.S. military that Iran had pledged to stop supplying weapons to Shiite militias in Iraq and that this alleged flow of arms may have stopped in August were part of a behind-the-scenes struggle over whether the George W. Bush administration should make a gesture to Iran by releasing five Iranian prisoners held since January. -IPS - 11/28/07

IAEA-Iran cooperation accentuates political nature of dispute
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) November 2007 report on Iran was much anticipated because of the agreement on a work plan regarding a time frame for the resolution of “outstanding issues” that had remained regarding Iran’s past activities. -Farideh Farhi, NIAC - 11/28/07

Fmr. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Israel Should Heed Lessons of Scripture -- and Apartheid
The South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a key leader in the South African fight against apartheid. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and today continues to speak around the globe for peace and justice. Denouncing the U.S.-backed occupation of Palestinian land, Tutu says Israel and its supporters should follow biblical tradition of “forever taking the side of the weak, the oppressed, the downtrodden against the kings and the powerful oppressors.” --Democracy Now - 11/28/07

In Iran, a cadre of lawyers takes the case of justice
Of Iran's 27,000 attorneys, perhaps no more than 100 take politically charged cases. They brave insults, assaults and jail. -Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times - 11/28/07

The Evil Side of Extremism
We should condemn extremism of all kind, right? Wrong. The purpose of this writing is to demonstrate that, extremism like a coin has two sides-good and evil. Then, why do most of us fail to observe that during the long history of our world, the extremists have been behind all important events and movements such as revolutions, dynasty replacements and other changes, from drastic to subtle? -Ali Parsa - 11/28/07

Analysis: Putin On The Verge Of Resignation?
Reports that Vladimir Putin has prepared a statement to be broadcast to the nation on November 29 have fueled speculation that the message might contain an answer to the �� question" -- the president's resignation. -RFE - 11/28/07

Gelareh Zadeh: career on the brain
Gelareh Zadeh, Britain's youngest female brain surgeon, has made medical history with a revolutionary day-clinic procedure. As she tells Sophie Wilson, a turbulent childhood and piecemeal education spurred her on to make the most of her time -Telegraph, UK - 11/28/07

Iran: Nuclear negotiator Mousavian cleared of espionage charges
Former nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian has been cleared of espionage, the Judiciary announced on Tuesday. "Mousavian was found innocent in the spy case and possession of classified documents," Judiciary spokesman Ali-Reza Jamshidi told reporters at a press conference. - 11/28/07

Iran's NICOC to lift oil output to 160,000 bpd by March 2008
The managing director of the National Iranian Central Oil Company announced here on Wednesday that NICOC's oil output will touch 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) by the end of its current year (March 19, 2008). -MNA - 11/28/07

Australia’s Opposition Leader Rudd Wins Landslide Election Victory
Centre-left leader Kevin Rudd stormed to victory in Australia’s election Saturday, ending conservative Prime Minister John Howard’s 11-year rule with pledges to change course on climate change and the Iraq war. -AP - 11/28/07

Ahmadinejad offers to be an observer at US presidential election
He denounces it as the "Great Satan" and frequently dismisses its power, but the overtures of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the US seem to grow ever more extravagant. -Guardian - 11/28/07

Report: Iran launches second sonar-avoiding light submarine
Iran on Wednesday launched a new, domestically made light submarine equipped with sonar-avoiding features in the waters of the Persian Gulf, a report on state television claimed. -AP - 11/28/07

Iran: Book Censorship The Rule, Not The Exception
The swift move by Iran's Islamic Culture and Guidance Minister to ban a newly published novel by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez has once again put the spotlight on the phenomenon of censorship in Iran. -RFE - 11/27/07

Iranian photo exhibit helps to change German views on Iran: Mehraneh Atashi
The ongoing Iranian photo exhibit, titled 'Made In Tehran' is slowly changing the negative views which many Germans have about Iran, said young Iranian photographer, Mehraneh Atashi in an exclusive interview with IRNA in Berlin on Sunday evening. - 11/27/07

German coach Schaefer sees Iran among top five Asian chances for 2010 World Cup
The former Cameroon trainer who led the African squad to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, remains reportedly a leading candidate for the vacant coaching post of the Iranian national team. - 11/27/07

Jabbar Baghcheban, Iran's sign language pioneer, remembered
Iranians commemorate the 41st death anniversary of Jabbar Baghchehban, father of the Persian sing language and founder of the first school and kindergarten for the deaf in Tabriz in 1924. -Press TV - 11/27/07

West fears Iran's growing power: Larijani
Addressing a students meeting at Sharif University, Larijani said that certain Western powers are making every effort to prevent Iran from making scientific progress. - 11/27/07

Bush Optimistic on Mideast Peace Ahead of Annapolis Conference
President Bush is striking an optimistic tone as delegates to a U.S.-led Mideast Conference prepare to get down to business in Annapolis, Maryland. Meanwhile, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the U.S.-hosted Mideast conference this week is doomed to failure. -VOA - 11/27/07

Leaders Gather in Annapolis for U.S.-Sponsored Middle East Summit
There are two real goals for this meeting; neither of them have really anything to do with Palestinian rights, a Palestinian state, Israeli security or anything else. They are, number one, to shore up Arab States’ support for the US crusades against Iran and Iraq in the region, and, two, to rebuild Condoleezza Rice's legacy, which right now is grounded in her being the person who stood before the world in the summer of 2006, as Israeli bombs were devastating Lebanon, and said, “We don’t need a ceasefire yet.” -Democracy Now - 11/27/07

Defense minister: Iran developing 2,000-km-range missile
Iran is developing 2,000-km-range missiles named, 'Ashoura' and 'Qadr', Minister of Defense Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Tuesday. - 11/27/07

In hit Iranian TV drama, Holocaust no 'myth'
For seven months, millions of Iranians have turned on their television sets Monday at 10 p.m. to watch a World War II drama that challenges stereotypes about Iran and Judaism. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 11/27/07

Boycott of Tehran Hits German Coffers
Germany's Finance Ministry is estimating that the current business boycott against Iran has already led to a triple-digit million shortfall in the federal budget. If additional sanctions are imposed, the figure could soon swell to a few billion euros. -Spiegel - 11/27/07

Asking the Persians to roll out the red carpet
Nigel Chapman, director of the BBC World Service, travelled this month to the annual Asian Broadcasting Union Conference in Tehran. It was a rare chance to meet key advisers in the Iranian government and discuss the arrival in 2008 of the BBC's Persian TV service -Independent - 11/27/07

The Day the Dark Ages Began
Yesterday, November 4, was the anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran, where over 50 hostages were kept until Iran released them on the inauguration of Ronald Reagan as president of the United States 444 days later, perhaps coincidentally, although many argue otherwise. -Ian Williams, Dissident Voice - 11/27/07

Doctor on way to emergency claims Alorton cop violated his rights
Mohammad Hashemi, M.D., a U.S. citizen of Iranian ancestry, claims he was wrongfully detained and tormented by an Alorton police officer two years ago while en route to an emergency call at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital. -Madison County Record, IL - 11/27/07

Transplant Doctor Argues in Favor of Kidney Sales
Kidney sales are legal in Iran, and they take place in other countries where they are technically against the law. Now, a prominent American surgeon advocates making kidney sales legal in the United States. VOA's Carol Pearson has more. - 11/27/07

UN Checks Russian Nuclear Fuel for Iran
Inspectors from the U.N. atomic watchdog agency on Monday began checking uranium fuel that was produced at a Russian facility for Iran's first nuclear power plant, officials said. -AP - 11/27/07

A Report from Evin Prison: Clear Examples of Inequality
This is prison; the women's ward of Evin prison. This is not my first time here; not the first time I've come to Evin. The first time, I came here as a journalist. Alongside the warden, I walked from cell to cell to listen to the stories of women who were here on charges of addiction, prostitution and murder. -Maryam Hosseinkhah - 11/26/07

DARIUS THE GREAT: In The Shadows of Cinematography with Darius Khondji
He is one of the great names in his profession and yet virtually unknown to the audience at large for he works in the shadows of the film directors and the actors on a movie set. His job is Cinematography, which basically consists of defining what the movie will ultimately look like onscreen: The lights, the type of film and lens to be used up to overseeing the photography are all part of his job. -Darius KADIVAR - 11/26/07

The Communism of Snails
In the madness of all the big cities that many of us live these days, it is such a treat to come across or experience simple joy. Last Friday was just such a different day for us. First, as it was our Friday afternoon custom, we went to several galleries and our vision was smothered or burdened with what was on display, although the pleasure was more than the pain, until finally we came downtown and went to my yoga friend Sussan -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/26/07

Saberi restages "Flying Shams" in Tehran
Pari Saberi has restaged "The Flying Shams" at Tehran's Vahdat Hall today in tribute to the Iranian poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi. The play depicts Rumi's first encounter with his mentor Shams. It was previously performed in Tehran in 1999. - 11/26/07

The fourth round of Tehran-Washington talks to be held Tuesday
Abdul Aziz Hakim expresses hope that Iran and the U.S. will reach an agreement over Iraq during the fourth round of their talks to be held on Tuesday. -ISNA - 11/26/07

Pilots die in military plane crash in southeastern Iran
A military plane belonging to Iran's Army crashed in waters of Chabahar Bay in the Gulf of Oman, southeastern Iran, on Monday. Pilot and co-pilot both died in the crash. - 11/26/07

From Classic to Contemporary: Tehran to savor a week of music
Iranian ensembles together with several foreign groups will be performing in the weeklong festival,"From Classic to Contemporary", which is to begin at Tehran's Rudaki Hall on November 29. -MNA - 11/26/07

No US-Iran War: NIAC Fundraiser in Palo Alto, CA
To honor lawmakers opposing war with Iran and to support NIAC's efforts to find a peaceful solution to the US-Iran dispute - 11/26/07

Dennis Kucinich's statement to the Iranian-American Community
As you know, I have been the leading voice in the United States Congress for peaceful relations with Iran. I have repeatedly challenged the Administration's ill-advised and polarizing approach. America needs a healing hand in the White House. - 11/26/07

Iran's nuclear negotiator to discuss "new ideas" with EU's Solana on Friday
Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is going to present "new ideas" during his meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in Tehran on Sunday. -MNA - 11/26/07

Three American comics find Islamic audiences laugh too
The three young men have coffee-toned skin. They say they're on "a mission." They have a growing following in the Middle East, and they proudly proclaim themselves to be the "Axis of Evil." -CSM - 11/26/07

Iran, Nuclear Challenges
The appearance of a globalized threat perception of Iran can be deceiving, often as part of a broader “clashing civilizations” thesis. The emerging alternative perspective that cites the “shared” or “parallel” interests of Iran and the United States in the post-9/11 context could be the potential basis for a comprehensive agreement between Tehran and Washington. -Iranian Journal Of International Affaris - 11/26/07

Iraqi Shiite leader defends Iran against US charges it is fueling militant violence
Iraq's most influential Shiite politician said that the United States had not backed up claims that Iran is fueling violence here, underscoring a wide gap on the issue between Washington and the Shiite-led Baghdad government. -AP - 11/26/07

Behind Mideast summit – the Iran factor
When the Bush administration holds a meeting this week to formally relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, one uninvited guest will be looming large over everyone's shoulder: Iran. -CSM - 11/26/07

Iraqi Shiite leader defends Iran against US charges it is fueling militant violence
Iraq's most influential Shiite politician said that the United States had not backed up claims that Iran is fueling violence here, underscoring a wide gap on the issue between Washington and the Shiite-led Baghdad government. -AP - 11/26/07

Persian instant messenger launched by Iranian company
Iranian software developers have used advanced programming techniques to create a highly graphical Persian instant messaging program. -Press TV - 11/25/07

Iran's oil earnings forecast at 60 billion dollars
Iran's oil revenues are expected to reach 60 billion dollars this year, Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari on Saturday. -IRNA - 11/25/07

Iranian music to echo in Oslo for Rumi
A group of Iranian and Norwegian musicians is scheduled to perform a join concert in Oslo tomorrow to commemorate the Persian mystic and poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi. - 11/25/07

Iran urges Iraq for more efforts for release of kidnapped diplomats
Iran urged Iraqi officials to continue efforts for the release of remaining Iranian diplomats from US captivity in Baghdad, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday. -IRNA - 11/25/07

Attack on Iran is highly unlikely: general
The top advisor to Supreme Leader on military affairs Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi here on Saturday said that the United States is "highly unlikely" to launch a military strike against Iran. -MNA - 11/25/07

Iranian Foreign minister arrives in Kuwait
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki heading a delegation arrived in Kuwait city on Saturday evening and was welcomed by his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah. -IRNA - 11/25/07

Preventing the Impending War on Iran
Rhetoric flowing out of the White House indicates the Bush administration is planning a military attack on Iran. Officials in Saudi Arabia, a close Bush ally, think the handwriting is on the wall. “George Bush’s tone makes us think he has decided what he is going to do,” according to Rihab Massoud, Prince Bandar ben Sultan’s right-hand man. -Marjorie Cohn, Common Dreams - 11/25/07

Concern Mounts Over Pakistan's Political Turmoil
Three weeks after President Pervez Musharaff declared emergency rule, Pakistan's political unrest continues to make headlines around the world. Although President Bush says the Pakistani general has done more for democracy in his country than any other modern leader, there is international concern the nuclear state's battle against terrorists might be weakening. -VOA - 11/25/07

Archbishop’s Assault On US Foreign Policy
The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a stinging attack on the United States, comparing it unfavourably with the British Empire at its peak. -The Telegraph, UK - 11/25/07

Beirut's Black Friday
It was political theater at its finest in Lebanon Friday. After nine years in office, President Emile Lahoud stepped down from his post at the stroke of midnight without the legislature having named a successor. -Counterpunch - 11/25/07

Iran appoints former Revolutionary Guard commander to oversee parliamentary elections
A former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards has been appointed to oversee crucial parliamentary elections scheduled for March, state television reported Saturday. -AP - 11/25/07

Iran: Female Doctor's Prison Death Causes Public Outcry
Zahra Bani Yaghoub was a 27-year-old medical university graduate from Tehran who some two years ago volunteered to work in the western city of Hamadan. Bani Yaghoub was due to return to Tehran next year to complete her medical studies and become a specialist in urology. But instead she died in suspicious circumstances in Hamadan prison on October 13. -RFE - 11/24/07

Iran's autumn art sale opens at Sadabad Complex
Iran's autumn art sale opened on Thursday November 22 at the Sadabad Complex's Museum of Fine Arts. About 600 artworks by painters and sculptors of all ages were put on display two days before the opening, almost 200 of which were immediately sold and replaced by other items. -MNA - 11/24/07

Too early to speak about additional protocol enforcement: Iranian official
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Reza Aqazadeh said here Saturday that it is too early to speak about implementation of the additional protocol. Once the political issues are closed and westerners' charges are removed, we will speak of it," Aqazadeh told IRNA on Saturday. - 11/24/07

Iranian inventor designs PC paralleling high performance super computers
Chancellor of computer at the faculty of Science and Technology University Mohsen Sharifi who got his Ph.D on a parallel high performance machine has invented a new system which increases the speed of personal computers (PC) to those of super computers, it was announced on Saturday. -IRNA - 11/24/07

Rafsanjani stresses importance of parties in modern world
"Parties are the major tool for allowing people to control their own destiny," and are the connection between communities and the ruling systems, Rafsanjani said in a meeting with the standing committee members of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP). -MNA - 11/24/07

Time for Reality Check in Iran
With Iran continually expanding its uranium enrichment program despite warnings from the UN Security Council, there has been growing talk of strict sanctions against the country, even murmurs of military action. -Dilip Hiro, YaleGlobal - 11/24/07

Iran's Larijani warns against runining the nuclear initiative
Iran former nuclear negotiator calling Iran, Solana and ElBaradei three sides of a triangle, warned the EU foreign policy chief not to let destructive elements ruin their initiation referred to as the modality. -ISNA - 11/24/07

US Citizen Diplomats Offer Fresh Insights on Mideast Peace Process
In a unique exercise of citizen diplomacy, a delegation of six former American diplomats and private individuals has concluded a fact-finding tour of the Middle East, timed to precede the U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace conference set to begin Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. -VOA - 11/24/07

Afghanistan: China's Winning Bid For Copper Rights Includes Power Plant, Railroad
Afghanistan has awarded a state-owned company in China with the right to develop a large copper field to the south of Kabul, following two years of bidding. -RFE - 11/24/07

Muslim Scholars Seek Reconciliation with Christians
It is called A Common Word Between Us and You. It is a letter, signed last month by 138 Muslim scholars from around the world and addressed to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders. It stresses the importance of finding common ground between the two faiths. -VOA - 11/24/07

Lebanon power vacuum sows confusion
The Lebanese woke up on Saturday to a country without a president, with a bitter row raging about who is in charge. The crisis in Lebanon is widely seen as an extension of the regional confrontation pitting the United States against Iran and Lebanon's former powerbroker, Syria. -BBC - 11/24/07

Iran: Nobel Laureate Ebadi Founds Peace Movement
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called for the creation of a broad-based "National Peace Council" to give voice to Iranians who want to halt a perceived drift toward military conflict with the United States. -RFE - 11/23/07

From an Iranian Childhood of More Work than Play, a Tycoon Rises
Were you to talk to Isaac Larian about his childhood in Iran, he would not wax nostalgic over childhood games or playthings. In fact, he would tell you that when his friends and cousins played or went on vacation, he did "constant, hard work" helping his father run a retail textile business. -USINFO - 11/23/07

American art critic Morgan captivated by Iranian sculpture
American artist and critic Robert C. Morgan, a member of the jury at the fifth Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial, has said that he has been enthralled by the works on show. Morgan believes that Iranian artworks are worthy of review and analysis by critics at an international level so that they can be introduced world-wide. - 11/23/07

The Béjart Ballet in Lausanne, Switzerland announced the death of French choreographer Maurice Béjart following his recent hospitalization at a local hospital for heart and kidney treatment. Béjart leaves a legacy of more than 230 choreographies the latest of which Zarathoustra. Le chant de la danse aka Zarathustra. the song of the dance was dedicated to the famed Persian Prophet as well as to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's work. -Darius KADIVAR - 11/23/07

EU Officials Upbeat On Prospects For Caspian Gas Link
The EU has reaffirmed its resolve to seek independent access to gas reserves in the Caspian Sea region, bypassing Russia. -RFE - 11/23/07

Look Who's Downplaying Iran's Nuclear Threat
Imagine Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telling a group of leading U.S. policymakers that Iran's nuclear weapons program does not pose a direct threat to U.S. security, or former CIA Director George Tenet making the same kind of argument in a public forum. Imagine also that their views are reported in front-page news stories in the Washington Post and the New York Times. - 11/23/07

NAM members of IAEA Board of Governor laud Elbaradei's Iran report
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna issued a statement on Thursday, thanking IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei for his report on implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in Iran. - 11/23/07

Turkey says energy cooperation with Iran a must
Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Helmi Guler underlined in Ankara on Thursday the need for continued Iran-Turkey energy cooperation. -IRNA - 11/23/07

Reid will not coach Iran soccer team
Former Sunderland, Manchester City and Leeds United boss Peter Reid has rejected an offer to coach the Iranian national soccer team. -Press TV - 11/23/07

Hands Off Iran
I will not pay my income tax if we go to war with Iran. I realize this is a desperate and perhaps futile gesture. But an attack on Iran--which appears increasingly likely before the coming presidential election--will unleash a regional conflict of catastrophic proportions. -Chris Hedges, The Nation - 11/23/07

Iran, China begin Khuzestan oil project
Iran starts a project to develop the Masjed Soleyman oil field-- which is the oldest in the Middle East region-- in the south of the country. -Press TV - 11/23/07

Iran buys polyethylene plant in Philippines
Iran has purchased and is operating a heavy and light polyethylene factory in the Philippines, said a National Petrochemical Company (NPC) official Tehran on Friday. -MNA - 11/23/07

Lebanese fail to elect president
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran are all intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term. -BBC - 11/23/07

Video: Rageh Omaar Inside Iran
Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard - ordinary Iranians. - 11/22/07

UN panel voices concern at rights violations in Myanmar, Iran and North Korea
Draft resolutions that would have the General Assembly address the human rights situations in three Member States -- Myanmar, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- were approved today by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) amid a barrage of objections by many delegations, which maintained that the freshly constituted Human Rights Council was the correct forum to address such concerns. - 11/22/07

Conservative Iranian Newspaper Criticizes Ahmadinejad
A conservative newspaper in Iran has issued a rare public critique of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accusing him of behaving inappropriately by discrediting political rivals and private universities. -VOA - 11/22/07

Are We Really Resolved to Prevent a U.S. War on Iran?
This time, it is all about halting the U.S. war machine from expanding the Iraq war into Iran. An important avenue of doing this is through support for the tested and proven anti-war voices within the U.S. Congress. Representative Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, Ohio, has been in the forefront of this struggle. -Iranian-Americans for Dennis Kucinich - 11/22/07

Iran's ex-nuke negotiator criticizes Ahmadinejad's accusations of treachery
Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator sharply criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denouncing the prosecution of a former member of his negotiating team and accusing the hard-line leader of trying to eliminate rivals. -AP - 11/22/07

Afghanistan in danger of becoming a divided state: Taliban now controls vast swathes of unchallenged territory in Afghanistan
The Senlis Council on Wednesday called on NATO's troop force size to be doubled to 80,000 after its new security assessment report based on field research during the last month revealed 54% of Afghanistan's landmass now hosts a permanent Taliban presence. - 11/22/07

Hero status for Iran's US coach
Afshin Qutbi is an Iranian-American who has spent most of his life outside Iran. Now he is coaching the top side in Tehran, Perspolis. And he has come back to a hero's welcome. Qutbi was involved with the US squad when they played Iran in 1998. -BBC - 11/22/07

Iranian Lawyer Representing Dervishes Is Detained
One of the lawyers representing a Sufi order targeted by a recent crackdown has been detained in Iran, Radio Farda reported. Mostafa Daneshju was detained in Karaj on November 20, but the reason for his arrest has not been made clear, nor is it known where Daneshju is being held. - 11/22/07

Bahrain FM: Tehran, Manama ties to strengthen greatly soon
Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa evaluated President Ahmadinejad's visit to Bahrain 'very successful' and called the signed agreements, especially in the field of gas, 'very important'. -IRNA - 11/22/07

US commander thanks Iran for contribution to stem Iraq violence
Lieutenant-General James James Dubik told reporters, "We are thankful for the commitment that Iran has made to reduce the flow of weapons and explosives coming into Iraq." -IRNA - 11/22/07

U.S. officials demanding halt to indirect Israel imports of Iranian pistachio nuts
It's not just Iran's nuclear program that's causing problems for Israel and the U.S. — it's also Iran's pistachio nuts. The reddish nuts are landing in Israeli shops after funneling through Turkey, violating Israeli law that bans all Iranian imports and angering American officials who are urging Israel to crack down as part of their attempt to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. -AP - 11/22/07

US Presidential Candidates Debate Pakistan, War
Democratic Party candidates running for president have taken aim at President Bush's war on terror in South Asia, criticizing his past support for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. -VOA - 11/22/07

Iran, China ink four transportation MoUs
Iran and China on Wednesday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to expand cooperation in the fields of road, railroad and marine transport. -IRNA - 11/22/07

Ahmadinejad in dog house over security sweep
Dog is supposed to be man's best friend but it may not be the right mode of protection if you are a pious leader of an Islamic state with a reputation for forgoing luxuries. -Guardian - 11/22/07

Saudis and Libyans Top Foreign Fighters in Iraq: Report
About 60 percent of the foreign militants fighting in Iraq have come from U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Libya, unidentified U.S. military officials said in a newspaper report on Thursday. -Reuters - 11/22/07

IAEA's Report on Iran's P2 Centrifuge Design, or is it really P3?
At long last, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its latest report [1] on Iranfs nuclear dossier; focusing on chronological findings related to the acquisition and development of the first (P1) and second (P2) generation centrifuge technologies. -Nader Bagherzadeh - 11/21/07

Moin and Dehkhoda Persian dictionaries to go online despite controversy
The Persian Language and Literature Promotion Center is scheduled to launch parts of Moin's and Dehkhoda's Persian dictionaries online despite controversy over an alleged pre-existing illegal website. -MNA - 11/21/07

Iranian women photo exhibit opens in Berlin
Titled 'Made in Tehran', the exhibition, due to run until December 31, dwells on the photographers' quest for their identity, showcased by numerous childhood photos and other family documents. - 11/21/07

Israel’s Syrian Airstrike Was Aimed at Iran
Until late October, the accepted explanation about the Sep. 6 Israeli airstrike in Syria, constructed in a series of press leaks from U.S. officials, was that it was prompted by dramatic satellite intelligence that Syria was building a nuclear facility with help from North Korea. -IPS - 11/21/07

UK parliamentary delegation visits Edalat Society in Tehran
British Ambassador to Tehran, Geoffrey Adams, along with members and the chairman of foreign affairs committee of the House of Commons have met and talked with several families of victims of terrorism at Edalat (justice) Society in order to become familiar with terrorist nature and deeds of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO). -IRNA - 11/21/07

Int'l auditors find no proof on US accusations against Iranian Bank
International auditors found no proof of Saderat Bank of Iran's alleged money laundering within 2001-2006 despite US accusations, the bank's manager, Hamid Borhani, said on ednesday. -IRNA - 11/21/07

FM writes to counterparts on Iran's peaceful nuclear program
Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Tuesday in a letter to his world counterparts underlined the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities. He emphasized that Iran is loyal to its commitments based on the IAEA Safeguards Agreement. -MNA - 11/21/07

Iran's UN envoy protests Canada's anti-Iran resolution
Iran's UN envoy Mohammad Khazaei on Wednesday condemned Canada for abusing the UN human rights mechanism. -IRNA - 11/21/07

Fifth Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial kicks off
The fifth Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial opened on November 21 at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. -MNA - 11/21/07

23 Nations Prepare for the 4th IISS Regional Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) will bring together 23 official government delegations led by defence ministers, national security advisors, foreign ministers and other senior government representatives from the Gulf region and from the wider security community to participate in the 4th IISS Regional Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue, to be held 7-9 December 2007 in Bahrain. - 11/21/07

Iran allocates large fund for economic ties with Africa
Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM) head said here on Wednesday that the government has earmarked a remarkable budget for boosting economic ties with African countries. -MNA - 11/21/07

Could Central Asia Mark A Watershed In EU Human Rights Policy?
The need to pursue relations with energy-rich but repressive Central Asian states is increasingly forcing the EU to reassess its foreign policy priorities. There is mounting evidence that in that debate, those who stand for values are losing ground to those who put the bloc's strategic interests first. -RFE - 11/21/07

US Media Poodles
Despite bouts of superficial self-criticism, when it comes to war, the US media excel at following the White House line -Norman Solomon, Guardian - 11/21/07

Iranian Hercules, Hossein Rezazadeh, shakes off injury, back to competitions
World's strongest man Hossein Rezazadeh recovered from an injury he picked in an accident last year, lifting heavy weights in Iran's league Monday. - 11/20/07

Sanctions on Iran: Will they work?
The Bush administration's latest unilateral sanctions on Iran are likely to fail. The debate over whether or not these sanctions will work has so far focused on economic considerations. Psychological and political factors, however, are more important. -R.K. Ramazani - 11/20/07

Apply for a PARSA Community Foundation Grant!
PARSA Community Foundation is inviting nonprofits and student organizations to submit letters of inquiry for its 2008 Norooz grant cycle by December 13, 2007. Based on a positive review, applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, due on January 10, 2008. - 11/20/07

Next round of Iran-US talks to be held soon: FM
"The Swiss embassy in Iran has submitted a message from the US government to Iran for holding a new round of talks on Iraq," said the minister speaking to reporters at a press conference. -IRNA - 11/20/07

Winners of Tehran Short Film Festival announced
The winners of the 24th Tehran National and 12th International Short Film Festival (Nov.13 -18) were announced on Sunday. The Tehran Short Film Festival was sponsored by the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS). - 11/20/07

Iran: As One Door Closes In Nuclear Dispute, Others Open
The international row over Iran's nuclear program is growing increasingly complex as new ideas appear about how to resolve the crisis, while those wishing to impose harsher sanctions on Iran face new setbacks. -RFE - 11/20/07

Deception: British Reporter Adrian Levy on How the United States Secretly Helped Pakistan Build Its Nuclear Arsenal
Adrian Levy examines how five consecutive US administrations from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush have been complicit in building and protecting Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Levy is co-author of the new book: "Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons." -Democracy Now - 11/20/07

America Needs A Pro-Peace President
Dennis Kucinich: “Wake up America, there is another war being planned. Think about it…without a single hearing on Iran in this Congress.” “We can bomb the world to pieces but we can’t bring peace to the world!” -Iranian-American Committee For Kucinich (IACK) - 11/20/07

Jews in the Islamic Republic: Ramin Farahani's "Jews of Iran"
On October 18th, the Iranian Jewish Club of New York University hosted a screening of Ramin Farahani’s 2005 documentary Jews of Iran. Munching on authentic Persian deserts, attendees were exposed to a story of struggle, friendship, and, above all, loyalty to a country 100,000 Jews once called home. -New Voices - 11/20/07

Start Of Filmmaker's Iran Trial Prompts Call For Her Release
A Canadian human rights activist is calling for international pressure on the Iranian authorities to let French-Iranian filmmaker Mehrnoushe Solouki leave the country. -RFE - 11/20/07

Iran's baby bust
The most dramatic demographic shift in human history appears to be taking place in today's Iran. Thirty years ago, as the shah was being driven into exile and the Islamic republic was being established, the fertility rate of Iranian women was 6.5 -- the average number of children born to an Iranian woman of childbearing age. -UPI - 11/20/07

Neocon accused of misquoting Iran's leader to push case for invasion
One of the country’s most prominent neoconservative pundits has been accused of using a fabricated quote from Iran’s supreme religious leader in pushing his argument that a US invasion is the only recourse to deter that country’s nuclear ambitions. -Raw Story - 11/20/07

The Amir Taheri Story
Amir Taheri is one of the strangest ingredients in America's media soup. There may not be anyone else who simply makes things up as regularly as he does, with so few consequences. -Jonathan Schwarz, Mother Jones - 11/20/07

Iran to extract 1 billion cubic foot of gas from Kish deposit daily
The development plan of Kish field in southern Iran will start soon with the aim of producing one billion cubic feet of gas per day, Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDCO) managing director said on Tuesday. -MNA - 11/20/07

Freedom's Watch Focus Groups War with Iran
The hawkish advocacy group recently rolled out a multi-million dollar ad blitz in support of the troop surge in Iraq. It's now test marketing language that could be used to sell a war with Iran. -Mother Jones - 11/20/07

Tehran mayor proposes formation of Asian metropolises union
Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf has proposed that an Asian metropolises union be established in order to develop Asia's major cities and to promote interactions and the exchange of information among the continent's city managers. -MNA - 11/20/07

Wars to Watch Out For
As we approach the new year, a fresh crop of overseas crises threatens to spring up, like mushrooms after a rain, and the prospects for peace on earth, this holiday season, are dimmer than ever. -Justin Raimondo, - 11/20/07

IRAN: Quake jolts Ardakan in Yazd province
An earthquake measuring 4.7 degrees on Richter scale jolted surrounding areas of Ardakan city in mid-south province of Yazd on Monday evening. -IRNA - 11/20/07

Peace With IRAN
Sanaz Meshkinpour will speak in Monterey Dec 8 at 2 pm at the Irvine Auditorium 460 Pierce St. Monterey. Sanaz Meshkinpour is an Iranian American activist of Jewish and Muslim parents, living and working in San Francisco. -Santa Cruz IMC - 11/20/07

The mystery of dead dolphins in Persian Gulf
An autopsy has been carried out on one of the 73 dead dolphin bodies found on Jask beaches, south of Iran. The marine deputy of Iran Department of Environment announced that a new program regarding the monitoring of the death of aquatic has been set up with the collaboration of the Environment Program of the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. - 11/19/07

Perspectives On Iran, The U.S., And Iranian-Americans
An Interview with Davood Rahni, an Iranian-American, University Professor and Scholar, in New York -By anna Sterbin - 11/19/07

Beyond Persia to hold 1st Winter "SOLH"-Fest in San Francisco
With the help of ANAR, and the gracious involvement of Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Supervisor, Ross Mirkarimi, Dr. Elahe Ensani & Ahsha Safai Beyond Persia is proud to present The 1st Winter "SOLH"-Fest at the PALACE OF FINE ARTS, DEC. 7th - 11/19/07

President Chavez pays another visit to Tehran
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for Paris Monday afternoon. -IRNA - 11/19/07

Women's Rights Activist And Journalist Jailed In Tehran
Authorities in Iran have detained a women's rights activist after accusing her of undermining national security. Pressure has increased recently on women's rights activists and members of the One Million Signatures Campaign. -RFE - 11/19/07

8th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial kicks off
The 8th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial commenced on November 19 at the Saba Art and Cultural Institute. From a total of 5571 submitted works 650 have been selected to compete in the three categories of cartoons, comic strips and caricature. -MNA - 11/19/07

Tehran hosting 12th International and 24th National Short Film Festival
17th November 2007- With the efforts of Hassan Dezvareh and Naser Bakideh, Tehran 12th International and 24th National Short Film Festival began its work on 13th of November 2007. -CHN - 11/19/07

OPEC Promises to Keep Providing 'Sufficient' Oil to World Markets
Leaders of OPEC countries have ended their summit in Saudi Arabia with a promise to continue providing what they call "sufficient" oil supplies to the world market. -VOA - 11/19/07

"Atlas of Iranian Head-Covering" to be issued soon
The first volume of the series "Atlas of Iranian Costumes" covering the subject of head coverings is to come out soon.-MNA - 11/19/07

Iran to put 18 oil, gas fields out to tender
National Iranian Central Oil Company (NICOC) Managing Director Alireza Zeighami Monday announced that the development of 18 new oil and gas fields would be put out to international tender in the first phase.-IRNA - 11/19/07

Let us back into the universe
As Iranian human rights activists we are fighting to restore to our nation those rights that are universal and inalienable. These rights are founded on the incontrovertible truth that all human beings are born free and equal. -Reza Bayegan - 11/19/07

Second Asian Parliamentary Assembly confab kicks off in Tehran
The Second General Assembly of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) opened here on Monday in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. -IRNA - 11/19/07

Iran-Venezuela deals touch $20b
Iran and Venezuela have so far signed $20 billion worth of trade contracts, said Industries and Mines Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian in Tehran on Monday. -MNA - 11/19/07

What if the U.S. bombed Iran?
While many experts expect a limited Iranian response to an attack by the U.S., objects of retaliation seem vast -San Francisco Chronicle - 11/19/07

Iran gasoline imports down 50%
Gasoline imports in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (started March 21) showed a 50 percent drop when compared to the figure of same period in the previous year -MNA - 11/19/07

US Supports Diversification in Caspian Oil Market
The Caspian region of Central Asia is home to some of the world's largest oil and gas discoveries in recent decades. A top U.S. diplomat says western countries are eager to expand capacity and production, and support plans to build a second pipeline in the region. But Russia and Iran, which border the Caspian basin, are critical of the project. -VOA - 11/18/07

IRAN: Journalist and Woman Activist, Maryam Hosseinkhah, Arrested
Maryam Hossienkhah, Journalist, member of the Women's Cultural Center, and an active member of the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested earlier today. -Change for Equality - 11/18/07

Iran to consider Swiss proposal for fuel production: Report
Dow Jones Business Newswires said on Sunday Iran is to discuss with Arab nations a plan to enrich uranium outside the region in a neutral country such as Switzerland. - 11/18/07

Iran President proposes formation of OPEC bourse
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that devaluation of US dollar has left negative impacts on OPEC and global economy. Due to devaluation of US dollar in international and oil transactions, it is necessary to replace US dollar with another major hard currency, he stated. -IRNA - 11/18/07

US officials upbeat over Iraq security, Iraq seeks fourth talks with Iran
The upbeat report the US officials have released about security situation in Iraq helped shape a positive attitude toward the tripartite negotiations of Iran and the United States on Iraq. -IRNA - 11/18/07

US general says Iran halting flow of weapons to Iraq
Iran appears to be honoring an informal pledge to halt the smuggling of explosives and other weapons into Iraq, contributing to a drop of bombings by nearly a half since March, a senior US general has said quoted by the New York Times. -IRNA - 11/18/07

UN Says Afghanistan Under Threat From Drugs, Insurgency
Presenting his annual report in Brussels today, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said Afghanistan now produced more narcotics than any other country since the 19th century, when China held that dubious distinction. -RFE - 11/18/07

Iran stands second at world disabled football
Iran's seven-strong disabled squad finished runner-up at the world tournament in Brazil Sunday. -MNA - 11/18/07

Venezuela's Chavez Warns Oil Prices Could Soar if US Attacks Iran or Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned that oil prices could more than double to $200 a barrel if the United States attacked Iran or Venezuela. -VOA - 11/18/07

Farabi Cinematic Foundation completes Persian Gulf filmography
A filmography covering 800 Iranian cinema and TV productions focusing on the theme of the Persian Gulf has been completed by the Farabi Cinematic Foundation. - 11/17/07

US Lawmakers Urge Vigilance Against Iran Military Option
A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives is repeating concerns about the possibility of military conflict with Iran. -VOA - 11/17/07

11th Cinema Celebration awards animation category winners
The winners of Iran's 11th Cinema Celebration in the category of animation films were awarded during a ceremony at the Honar Cultural Center on Friday. - 11/17/07

Iran President arrives in Saudi Arabia
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heading a politico-economic delegation arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to attend the third OPEC summit. -IRNA - 11/17/07

Town Hall Meeting Underscores Need for Diplomacy in Iran Standoff
In an event that has been billed as the first of its kind in the nation, the city of Alexandria hosted a town hall discussion focusing on the prospect of war with Iran. -NIAC - 11/17/07

Clinton Flogs Alleged Iranian Role in Iraq - Even More Than Bush
In Thursday night’s debate, defending her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment — which critics have charged was intended to escalate towards military confrontation with Iran — Senator Clinton said, “The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has assisted the militias… in killing…Americans.” -Common Dreams - 11/17/07

Iran: Clashes Highlight 'Demonization' Of Sufi Muslims
Clashes in Iran this week between security forces and followers of a mystic Sufi order have underlined what international human rights groups say is the increasing "demonization" of Sufi Muslims in Iran. - 11/17/07

Bush Warns of Increased Pressure Against Iran If Controversial Nuclear Work Continues
President Bush has warned of increased pressure against Iran, unless the country agrees to abandon its uranium enrichment program. -VOA - 11/17/07

Afghanistan: Karzai's Corruption Comments Could Lead To Cabinet Shakeup
Afghan citizens have been complaining for years about corruption at all levels of government, saying nothing can be done without paying bribes to officials. -RFE - 11/17/07

Heed Iran's dissidents
The last thing outside powers should be contemplating is any action that makes the most desirable internal resolution less possible. And we should be taking public note of what Iranian dissidents are repeatedly saying, which is that they "categorically reject a military attack on Iran". -Guardian - 11/17/07

THE LAST TV TYCOON: Interview with Legendary director REZA BADIYI
To have an opportunity to interview one of the most respected and prolific directors in American Television was a Dream Come True for me and my colleague and friend Parisa Defaie. He is one of the Last TV Tycoons who certainly shaped the medium as no other before him. -Darius KADIVAR & Parisa DEFAIE - 11/16/07

Iranian Students Tried For Alleged Sacrilege
Three students of Tehran's Amir Kabir University, currently jailed for alleged sacrilege and "insulting the president," were tried in a closed court session on November 14, with their families barred from the courtroom, Radio Farda reported, citing their lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. - 11/16/07

Japan's Urawa wins AFC Champions League after defeating Iran's Sepahan
Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds win AFC Champions League's title after beating Iran's Sepahan 2-0 in the second leg of the final match. -Press TV - 11/16/07

Petition Against Yahoo and Microsoft's Recent Iran Webmail Cut
Just recently YAHOO! and Microsoft announced that they have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services. At the Persian Gulf Organization we believe that this was a coward act against the people of Iran. - 11/16/07

Schaefer to meet Iranian Football Federation head in Germany by Monday
German coach Winfried Schaefer said he is due to hold talks with the head of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) in Germany by Monday on a possible national team coaching deal. - 11/16/07

US request for debate on Iraq would be studied: Iranian official
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said on Thursday that Iran will study any US request to discuss Iraq security. -IRNA - 11/16/07

IAEA report means P1 & P2 dossier closed
The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed Jalili said on Thursday that the new report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei would lead to closing the issue of P1 and P2 centrifuges. -IRNA - 11/16/07

Banks in UAE put curbs on Iranian trade finance
UAE-based banks, both local and foreign, have mostly stopped issuing letters of credit (LCs) for trade finance involving Iran-based companies because of the widening US-Iran row, according to sources familiar with the situation. -Gulf News - 11/16/07

Sanctions Against Iran Will Cure Nothing
The Bush administration declared new economic sanctions against Iran on Oct. 25. These new sanctions, announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, like those already in place, will accomplish nothing except to increase international tensions. -William O. Beeman, Providence Journal - 11/16/07

US Criticizes Iran's 'Partial Answers' on Nuclear Program
The veto-wielding permanent Security Council members and Germany agreed in principle on a new resolution in September. But officials here say China has balked at attending a meeting of senior diplomats of the so-called P-Five plus one, tentatively set for early next week, to finalize a sanctions measure. -VOA - 11/16/07

IAEA chief says Iran response supports documentation
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said that the agency received written answers to the questions supporting documentation and interview with officials involved in the P-1 and P-2 uranium enrichment program. -IRNA - 11/16/07

Iranian publisher's ruse fails to protect raunchy García Márquez title from censors
Iran's straight-laced censors are not known for their tolerance of sexually risque literature, so a book called A Memory of My Melancholy Whores was never likely to meet with their approval. -Guardian - 11/16/07

Report: Iran president sends "acrimonious" letter to France's Sarkozy
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, "young and inexperienced" in an acrimonious and threatening letter, the daily newspaper Le Monde reported Friday. -AP - 11/16/07

UN debate: More anti-Iran measures?
The stage was set for the next round in the global confrontation with Iran when the UN's nuclear-energy agency found in a report issued Thursday that Tehran has been partially cooperative, but has still not answered crucial questions about its nuclear program. -CSM - 11/16/07

America and The World’s Executioners Join Efforts to Block UN Moves to End Death Penalty
In China, a death sentence means a bullet in the back of the head. In Iran, it means death by hanging. In Saudi Arabia, the victim is beheaded by the sword. -Independent - 11/16/07

Europeans keen to join Iran on LNG
Iran appears to be pushing ahead with its third major liquefied natural gas project, known as Iran LNG, with the assistance of European companies. -FT - 11/16/07

Japan Post Bank Says It Will Suspend Money Remittances to Iran
Japan Post Bank said it will suspend cash remittances to Iran because its intermediary bank stopped doing so as a result of U.S. financial sanctions on the country. -Bloomberg - 11/16/07

Color, Leaf, Kavir: Environmental Art Festival of Kerman unveiled the freshness of Kavir
According to ISNA environmental art festivals are held during the last few years in various parts of the country. The Pardiss international center has created seven festivals. Last year’s festival took place in Hormozgan province. - 11/15/07

Zanjan's Saltmen to Undergo Surgery
The three-day international seminar on saltmen which was held in Zanjan with attendance of domestic and foreign archeologists provided experts the opportunity to discuss the outcomes of their researches on saltmen. -CHN - 11/15/07

Ahmadinejad's Threat To Iranian 'Traitors' Points To Widening Rift
Ahmadinejad, in a speech on November 12 at Tehran's Science and Technology University, denounced what he called "traitors" to Iran's nuclear program. He threatened to name and shame these critics unless they end pressure to change Iran's nuclear policy. -RFE - 11/15/07

Iran: Ahmadinejad's Bahrain Visit New Piece In Complex Pattern
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad makes a trip to the Gulf island state of Bahrain on November 17 to meet with Bahraini ruler Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa. Ahmadinejad and the emir should have much to talk about during the Iranian leader's one-day visit to Manama. -RFE - 11/15/07

Factionalism and Iran’s Ruling Elite: Reality or Illusion?
This week witnessed two extraordinary developments in Iranian politics that underscore the importance of factional differences among the ruling elite of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Bahram Rajaee, NIAC - 11/15/07

Gordon Brown has a Choice
The Gordon Brown's Mansion House speech is the clearest indication yet that he intends to offer British military backing to George Bush's aggressive plans for sanctions and military intervention against Iran. -Stefan Simanowitz, CASMII - 11/15/07

IRAN-IAEA: US resorts to 10-page extra questions to make recovery from blow
US resorted to present 10-page additional questions to make recovery from the blow it suffered from transparent cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. -IRNA - 11/15/07

Six million schoolchildren in Afghanistan to receive landmine coaching
Everyday one child falls prey to landmine and UXOs in Afghanistan, mine clearing agencies estimate -IRIN - 11/15/07

Logistical Vulnerabilities and the Afghanistan War: The Pakistan Fuel Connection
When it comes to America's relationship with Pakistan, remember one thing: it's all about the fuel. -Counterpunch - 11/15/07

Talabani criticizes Arab states for not opening missions in Baghdad
In an interview published on Wednesday Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has criticized Arab states' refusal to open their embassies in Iraq and to forgive Iraq's debts. -MNA - 11/15/07

Iran atomic report unlikely to satisfy U.S., Britain and France
The United States, Britain and France are asking dozens of tough questions about Iran's uranium enrichment program that an International Atomic Energy Agency report due Thursday probably will not be able to answer, setting the stage for a push for new UN sanctions on Tehran. -AP - 11/15/07

Rise in OPEC quota not to affect global oil prices: Iran's Oil Minister
Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari said in Tehran Thursday that an increase in OPEC quota will have no impact on global oil prices. -IRNA - 11/15/07

Pakistan’s Con Continues
“You’re either with us, or against us.” Bush had his then-Secretary of State, Colin Powell, deliver that stark message to Pervez Musharraf after 9/11. “Be prepared to be bombed,” Musharraf says Powell’s number two at State, Richard Armitage, told him. “Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.” Faced with that bleak choice, the military dictator promised Pakistan’s cooperation in the “war on terror.” -TedRall - 11/15/07

Making Connections: Activist Sets Up Telephone Talks Between US, Iranian Citizens
A Somerville peace activist with a knack for political theater set up a display yesterday with a simple proposition: Let anyone who passed by pick up the phone and talk to Iranian citizens, giving regular citizens in both countries a chance to do what the activist said the country’s leaders have failed to do: talk to each other. -Boston Globe - 11/15/07

Isfahan's Chehel Sotoun: A Reflection of Beauty
Iran's Chehel Sotoun pavilion is one of the numerous wonders of the Safavid era, which reflects the rich Iranian art. - 11/14/07

Tehran Art Scene: Ahmad Morshedloo's images of people
The first time I came across Ahmad Morshedloo's work was over 3 years ago at the Arya Gallery where he held an exhibition of his paintings. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/14/07

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Announced: Iranian cinema shines
Winners in the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film in 2007, were announced tonight at a special ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Over 500 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the ceremony. - 11/14/07

Intimites Afghanes: World Bank exhibits work of Iranian photographer, Roshanak Bahramlou
After spending an entire year in Afghanistan working as a photographer and a humanitarian with the NGO Aina, she presents an original and intimist view of the lives of women in Afghanistan. - 11/14/07

"Axis of Evil" Targeted by U.S. Nuclear Weapons
U.S. nuke list mushroomed in 2003 from traditional Cold War adversaries to smaller nations with nuclear ambitions -Scientific American - 11/14/07

Iran President: Enrichment program to proceed under IAEA supervision
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran's industrial enrichment program will develop under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He then advised two remaining "bad-tempered" states to reconcile with Iran on the nuclear issue. -IRNA - 11/14/07

Neo-conservatives defeated by CASMII in Cambridge Union Society debate on Iran
On November 1, 2007, the Cambridge Union Society debated the proposition This House Believes that Iran Poses a Serious Threat to the World. After two hours of debate with the participation of over four hundred students, the proposition defended by a leading UK neo-conservative and opposed by CASMII was defeated by a majority vote. - 11/14/07

FM: Iran-China transactions to reach $200B in 10 years
Mottaki told his Chinese counterpart Yan Jiechi that Iran-China transactions have increased to dlrs 20 billion from dlrs 500 million at the beginning of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -IRNA - 11/14/07

Iranian Journalist, Political Activist Imprisoned Again
Iranian officials have again imprisoned Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, the head of Iran's Democratic Front and the publisher of a now-banned weekly newspaper, "Payam-e Daneshjou-ye Basiji." -RFE - 11/14/07

Iran's Intelligence Minister: Moussavian passed classified information to foreigners
Minister of Intelligence Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said on Wednesday that former team member in charge of negotiation with the European Union, Hossein Moussavian, had passed information to foreigners, including the UK Embassy. - 11/14/07

In the Hands of the Military
The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. The Democratic Congress, cowed by the Israel lobby and terrified of appearing weak on defense before the presidential elections, will do nothing to halt an attack. -truthdig - 11/14/07

Iran's FM spokesman dismisses Rice's conditions
"...if the Iranians suspend their enrichment and reprocessing, I'm prepared to meet my counterpart anyplace, anytime, anywhere... So the question isn't 'Why will we not talk to Tehran?' The question is, 'Why will Tehran not talk to us?'" AP quoted Rice as saying on Sunday. - 11/14/07

Iran: Oil, Industries nominees receive vote of confidence
Majlis on Wednesday gave vote of confidence to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominees for oil as well as industries and mines portfolios. -IRNA - 11/14/07

Iranian Kurdistan: A simmering cauldron
Simmering discontent among Iran's ethnic Kurdish minority - aided by the government's conflict with a Turkish PKK offshoot - could spell major trouble for the Iranian government. -ISN - 11/14/07

Iran to build 3 new petrochemical complexes
A contract has been inked for the construction of three petrochemical complexes, valued at one billion euros, the deputy petroleum minister for petrochemical affairs announced in Tehran on Tuesday. -MNA - 11/14/07

Medieval Sufi poet all the rage in Iranian rap
Iranian rappers from around the world gathered in London for the first time this month to rap in Farsi using the lyrics of 13th century Persian Sufi poet Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi. -Reuters - 11/14/07

President Ahmadinejad is enriched by ambition of bickering critics
The next five days will show whether President Ahmadinejad gets what appears to be his wish: a growing row with the West over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Despite deep unease within the regime about his taste for confrontation, the chances are that he will. -TIMES Online - 11/14/07

Reading the Tea Leaves on Iran
Rhetoric between Washington and Tehran has sounded, at times, like a broken record. With echoes of Iraq and WMD President Bush has warned that a nuclear-armed Iran could threaten global stability and bring about World War III. Vice President Dick Cheney has been equally bellicose. -CFR - 11/14/07

US Energy Sec expresses concern over Italy's business relations with Iran
U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman expressed concern Tuesday over Italy's continued business relations with Iran, saying he hoped Rome would support further sanctions against the country. Italy is Iran's No. 1 trading partner in the European Union and maintains a strong presence in Iran's gas market through its oil and gas giant Eni SpA. -AP - 11/14/07

A Place Called Sefidab: Go there, next time you are in Iran
Sefidab is a village in Gilan province of northern Iran nestled between the cities of Chaboksar and Lahijan. On my last trip, I had a chance to go there and have a scrumptious meal more than a few times at a seafood restaurant called Ghezelsara. -Fariba Amini - 11/13/07

Tjeknavorian to conduct benefit concerts at Mahak Charity Society
Prominent Iranian musician Loris Tjeknavorian is to conduct an Armenian orchestra in benefit concerts at Tehran's Mahak Charity Society from November 29 to December 6. - 11/13/07

Experts: Danger of Nuclear-Armed Iran Hyped
A hostile country led by anti-American ideologues appears close to developing its first nuclear weapon and, as a U.S. election approaches, the president and his advisers debate a pre-emptive military strike. Newspaper columnists demand action to stop the nuclear peril. -McClatchy Newspapers - 11/13/07

Chinese FM arrives in Tehran
Foreign Minister of China Yan Jiechi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China has always voiced its clear opposition to imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran. -IRNA - 11/13/07

Tehran court of justice summons five Argentine nationals
Iranian justice system on Tuesday summoned to court five Argentine nationals for orchestrating scenario to implicate Iran in the 1994 terrorist bombing of Argentine-Israel Mutual Association (AMIA). -IRNA - 11/13/07

Iran's second women's university opens in Qom
On auspicious birth anniversary of Lady Fatemeh a-Ma'soumeh, the daughter of the 7th Shi'a Imam Mousa Kazem, country's 2nd women's university was opened in Qom, Iran. - 11/13/07

Is Iran Next?
A Town Hall Discussion Hosted by Rep. Moran on U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iran -NIAC - 11/13/07

Fact Sheets of Iran-US Standoff: Twenty Reasons against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran
Five years into the US-UK illegal invasion of Iraq and its consequent catastrophe for Iraqi people, peace loving people throughout the world are appalled by the current Iran-US standoff and its resemblance to the run-up to the invasion of Iraq . -CASMII - 11/13/07

Iran receives UAE's order for annual 30 trillion cubic feet of gas
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has called for 30 trillion cubic feet of gas per year from Iran, the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) managing director said here Monday. -MNA - 11/13/07

U.S. Hawks Dive For Cover
Exactly five years ago to the month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution authorizing the Bush Administration to invade Iraq. Among the senators, only a handful, including Dennis Kucinich, didn't vote for the 2002 resolution ... -Ardeshir Ommani - 11/13/07

Russia: Iran, not a threat to U.S.
In an interview with Russia Today on Tuesday, the Russian Army Chief slammed the White House's plans for stationing the components of a missile defense shield system in Europe under the pretext of the threat posed by Iran. -Press TV - 11/13/07

Rebuilding Persia through film
Last night in the Language House, ancient Persia was rebuilt. But no stones were moved or pillars created for this effort - instead, students were treated to the documentary Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization, a film that bridges the gap between Iran's past and present. -Diamondback - 11/13/07

U.S. Stands in the Way of International Pipeline Deal
A major natural gas pipeline that would stretch from the fields of southern Iran to Pakistan and India -- itself a remarkable prospect -- is being planned. But it faces serious hurdles, not least the fierce opposition of the U.S. government. -Abbas Maleki, Alternet - 11/13/07

Iran: the anti-democracy
I was in Tehran's infamous Evin prison from 2000 to 2006. I know what prolonged solidarity confinement can do to a person, and I know the sound of torture. I survived my ordeal in part because global civil society mobilized and pressed for my release. As I write, the Iranian regime is invoking the threat of a U.S. military attack -- which is very real -- and using that as an excuse for a major crackdown on dissidents. -Akbar Ganji, LA Times - 11/13/07

Iran demarcates borders with Afghanistan
The project, to be launched along the 949 km of Iran-Afghanistan border areas, will demarcate 709 km of land and 236 km of sea border between the two neighboring states. -IRNA - 11/13/07

Britain 'will lead' against Iran, Brown says
Britain will push for a worldwide ban on foreign investment in Iran's oil and gas industry and other financial sanctions unless two reports due this month show that it is ready to abandon efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, according to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. -IHT - 11/13/07

Don't stereotype all immigrants
Since I am a naturalized American, the Nov. 6 article, "Immigrants better educated upstate," prompted me to reflect on my personal perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by immigrants. -David Rahni - 11/13/07

Iraq: A Tale of One City, Now Two
The separation of religious groups in the face of sectarian violence has brought some semblance of relative calm to Baghdad. But many Iraqis see this as the uncertain consequence of a divide and rule policy. -IPS - 11/13/07

We have to start somewhere: A conversation with novelist Moniro Ravanipour
A week before she speaks at the Iranian Literary Arts Festival in San Francisco (November 14-17), I ask novelist Moniro Ravanipour to give some insights into her world of forbidden expression and her take on the Iranian philanthropy. -Lalé Shahparaki Welsh - 11/12/07

Persepolis' Road to the Oscars
Persepolis Wins Grand Jury Prize at French Italian Film Festival 2007 in Florence Italy amidst Protest from Iran's government -Report from Europe by Darius KADIVAR - 11/12/07

Polls reveal international opposition to attack on Iran
The findings of two opinion polls published this week give an emphatic message that the public in the US, UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany are opposed to any military action against Iran. A third survey, due to be published this month, demonstrates that this view is also held by large majority of members of the British parliament. -Westminster Committee on Iran - 11/12/07

EU Panel Weighs Prospects Of Caucasus-Caspian Region
A panel of eminent political figures from the European Union, its neighboring countries, and the United States will today release a report outlining a "future vision" for the Caucasian-Caspian region and its links to the rest of the world. -RFE - 11/12/07

Lenin out, Rudaki in
The last remaining statue of Lenin in Central Park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan will be replaced by a statue of the ninth century Persian poet Rudaki - 11/12/07

Contemporary Persian literature congress to be held in Tehran Nov 13-14
The first edition of the two-day international contemporary Persian literature congress opens tomorrow at Ferdowsi Hall of the University of Tehran. Scholars from Russia, India, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Egypt will be participating in the event. -MNA - 11/12/07

Iran: Inflation rate hits 16.2%
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) reported here Monday inflation rate stood at 16.2 percent in the last 12 months leading to Oct. 22, 2007. -MNA - 11/12/07

Afghanistan/Pakistan: UN Report Says Suicide Bombers Get Support In Both Countries
Pakistani and Afghan authorities have repeatedly accused each other of failing to provide adequate security to prevent cross-border suicide attacks by Taliban-linked militants. -RFE - 11/12/07

The Sunburn - Iran's Awesome Nuclear Anti-Ship Missile
A word to the reader: The following paper is so shocking that, after preparing the initial draft, I didn't want to believe it myself, and resolved to disprove it with more research. However, I only succeeded in turning up more evidence in support of my thesis. -Mark Gaffney, Rense - 11/12/07

Rafsanjani: Iran for security, progress in Iraq
Head of Iran's Expediency Council told an Iraqi official that Iran is keen to witness establishment of security and realization of prosperity for the people of the neighboring Iraq. -IRNA - 11/12/07

IRAQ: Basra closes doors to displaced
Basra province, 550km south of Baghdad, can no longer accommodate Iraqi families fleeing insecurity, according to local officials. According to a report released by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on 19 September, 2.2 million Iraqis are internally displaced – of whom 30 percent are in the southern governorates. -IRIN - 11/12/07

Holocaust Denial in The White House
The Turks say the Armenians died in a ‘civil war’, and Bush goes along with their lies -Robert Fisk, Independent - 11/12/07

Iraqi Fighters ‘Grilled for Evidence on Iran’
US military officials are putting huge pressure on interrogators who question Iraqi insurgents to find incriminating evidence pointing to Iran, it was claimed last night. -Guardian - 11/12/07

Iran 'Temporarily Suspends' Women's Activist's Sentence
A lawyer for an Iranian women's rights activist arrested at a demonstration last year says the country's judiciary has temporarily suspended her sentence. Seven human rights organizations have issued a joint statement in support of women uuman rights defendersó in Iran. - 11/11/07

Hakim: Americans prevent MKO expulsion from Iraq
Head of United Iraq Coalition Abdelaziz Hakim says Americans are the main impediment to expulsion of members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) from Iraq. -IRNA - 11/11/07

Iran forex reserves surpass $68.2B
Iran's foreign currency reserves with a 23 percent growth from the corresponding period in the previous year reached 614.662 trillion rials (over $68.2 billion) on Aug. 22, 2007. -MNA - 11/11/07

Iran's Supreme court decision upholding death sentence for Kurdish journalist should be "taken seriously"
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the supreme court’s decision to uphold the death sentence for Kurdish-Iranian journalist Adnan Hassanpour for “spying.” The ruling was issued on 22 October but was not revealed until this week. - 11/11/07

Bush, Merkel Urge Diplomacy in Resolving Iranian Nuclear Standoff
After their meeting Saturday at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, President Bush said it is more likely diplomacy will work if the United States, Germany, and other nations work together. -VOA - 11/11/07

Omar Sharif to appear in Iran's "Saint Petersburg"
World-renowned Egyptian actor Omar Sharif will act in the Iranian film “Saint Petersburg”, which is to be directed by Kamal Tabrizi -MNA - 11/11/07

Iran: Suspend Heavy Sentence for Women's Rights Activist
Government Detains More Activists and Students in Extended Sweep -Human Rights Watch - 11/11/07

Larijani says resigned to facilitate management affairs
Former Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Larijani has said that his resignation was aimed at "facilitating management" and providing a situation so that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad would "enjoy a free hand." -MNA - 11/11/07

Mofaz's shameful and arrogant suggestions
Since Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed a deal on August 21 to clear up the remaining questions about Iran's nuclear activities Israel and U.S. became too angry and started leveling charges against the IAEA and its director Mohamed ElBaradei. -MNA - 11/11/07

Pakistan keen to transfer Iran's gas to India, China
Mokhtar Ahmad, Advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, here Saturday said his country was determined to import gas from Iran, voicing Islamabad's eagerness to transfer the commodity to India and China. -IRNA - 11/11/07

Iran planning new satellites
Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Mohammad Soleymani has said that people would hear good news about Iran's new satellites in the coming days. -IRNA - 11/11/07

China's FM due in Tehran on Tuesday
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini on Sunday announced that China's Foreign Minister Yan Jiechi is to visit Tehran on Tuesday for bilateral talks. -IRNA - 11/11/07

Iran and Pakistan can be friends
With the looming fear of a US attack on Iran it is pertinent to reanalyse the US-Iran conflict beyond conventional wisdom. Instead of defusing the crisis by labelling it as a US-Iran affair or specific to the Middle East more emphasis should be placed on international, and more importantly, regional cooperation. -Reza H. Akbari and Haider Ali Hussain, Gulf News - 11/11/07

The U.S. neoconservative agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet - The New Pearl Harbor
The Bush administration has covered up and ignored dissenting Pentagon war games analysis that suggests an attack on Iran's nuclear or military facilities will lead directly to the annihilation of the Navy's Fifth Fleet now stationed in the Persian Gulf. -The Canadian - 11/9/07

Iran's envoy to Baghdad says 25 Iranians in US prisons
Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad said here Friday that his Embassy has information 25 other Iranians are still under US arrest in Iraq. Iran's ambassador to Iraq added, "Six more of the Iranian Consulate staff are still under illegal US arrest, three of whom were Arbil Head Consulate's staff members and the rest have been kidnapped by the Americans in different parts of Iraq." - 11/9/07

The United States and Iran: At a Dangerous Crossroads
On November 8, 2007, Senator Chuck Hagel delivered a speech about Iran at a CSIS event on Thursday. The Nebraska Republican told the audience that American leadership is needed "to help set a new course for a rudderless world drifting in a sea of combustible dangers." - 11/9/07

When is the next war with Iran?
The first week of the war with Iran is very crucial and as I see it the loss of life on the both side will be great. Causalities of the US force would be equal to all their causalities since they have been in Iraq, if not more. -Behrad Savafi - 11/9/07

Is eating Falafel worth the risk?
Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists. - 11/9/07

Speaker For Pro-Reform Student Group Detained In Iran
The public voice of Iran's largest pro-reform student group was detained today in Tehran. The detention of Ali Nikunesbati, the spokesman for the Office for Strengthening Unity (Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat), is the sixth of a student activist in the past 10 days in Tehran. -RFE - 11/9/07

Squash: Khan Captures Iran Open Crown
Appearing in her first WISPA World Tour final for more than two years, Pakistan's Carla Khan earned the perfect reward when she upset top seed Donna Urquhart to lift the Iran Women's Squash Open title in the north western Iranian city of Rasht. - 11/9/07

NIAC Seattle Outshines DC in Anti-War Fundraising
Following last week's NIAC fundraiser in DC that raised $50,000, Dr. Mohammad Aminpour, Zohreh Zandi, Arash Aminpour, Al Garman, Julia Getsch and NIAC Board members Sean Jazayeri and Reza Firouzbakht, led the Seattle team this past Saturday and raised $47,000 at a fundraiser at the Aminpour residence. -NIAC - 11/9/07

Hidden costs of Iran's wheat obsession
The government of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad brags about the Islamic Republic's self-sufficiency in wheat, holding it up as a source of security and a cause for pride. But while Iran no longer needs to rely on wheat imports, the pursuit of self-sufficiency has had hidden costs, creating shortages in other produce and raising the government's import bill. -FTD - 11/9/07

Contenders in US Presidential Race Agree on Pakistan Danger
Candidates for the U.S. presidential nominations often focus on domestic matters, but they turned their attention recently to several international issues. Democrats clashed over the war in Iraq and over what some called "saber rattling" against Iran. -VOA - 11/9/07

Indian PM supports Iran's peaceful nuclear program
Manmohan Singh said India is against any unilateral policy and is of the opinion that negotiations through the International Atomic Energy Agency should be adopted as a base for any future move. -IRNA - 11/9/07

Hotmail and Yahoo Mail block Iran from webmail access
As U.S. sanctions against Iran begin to heat up, Web companies are following suit: Yahoo Mail and Hotmail removed Iran from the list of countries available for their webmail services. Does this send the right message to Iranians? -Digital Journal - 11/9/07

Cheney Tried to Stifle Dissent in Iran NIE
A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear programme, and thus make the document more supportive of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's militarily aggressive policy toward Iran, according to accounts of the process provided by participants to two former Central Intelligence Agency officers. -IPS - 11/9/07

Iran: The Untold Story - Desire for Change
While the world focuses on a potential nuclear showdown with Iran, an internal crisis of a different nature is gripping the Persian nation. -Real Truth - 11/9/07

Storming the Caspian
As the five Caspian states - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan - are trying, with little success, to come to terms on the legal status of Caspian Sea, the region is gradually emerging as one of the most explosive parts of the world. Experts believe that tensions there could come to a head soon. -Moscow News - 11/9/07

Jailed Iranian woman's family in B.C. seek leniency
The human rights advocate, Delaram Ali, is set to begin her sentence Saturday -- and her relatives in Vancouver are hoping the head of the Iranian judiciary will grant her an eleventh-hour reprieve. -Vancouver Sun - 11/9/07

Iran: One journalist imprisoned, two publications suspended
Reporters Without Borders today regretted that Iran continues to snub appeals from the international community on human rights, as one journalist was imprisoned and two publications suspended. - 11/9/07

China to finance world highest dam in Iran
The deputy energy minister for water affairs announced here on Friday that Chinese investors will help Iran construct Bakhtiari Dam, the world's highest concrete dam. -MNA - 11/9/07

Oakland City Council Passes Resolution Opposing War With Iran
On Wednesday November 7 the Oakland City Council unanimously passed a resolution, Introduced By Councilmembers Brunner and Nadel, opposing war with Iran. - 11/8/07

Hafiz is my dream
Farah Ossouli was born in 1953 in Zanjan. She studied graphic design at the University of Tehran and was a student of the well known miniature painter Mahmoud Farschian. She has always been interested in the works of Hafiz, and for the past four years she has been on a journey exploring the work of Hafiz. -Syma Sayyah and Paul Sanford, Tehran - 11/8/07

Iran's Sepahan, Japan's Urawa Reds draw in Asian football competition
Iran's Sepahan and Urawa Reds of Japan here Wednesday drew 1-1 in Asian football competition. - 11/8/07

Iran President rejects U.S. offer for talks
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that "the most bad-tempered" person on the earth has sent a message to Iran, expressing readiness for talks. - 11/8/07

Lamenting a Dream
These days it seems that our writings have been transformed into lamentations, for an elegy which you have created for us—lamentations for Zeinab, Nahid, Mahboubeh, Bahareh, Amir and now for Ronak. -Delaram Ali - 11/8/07

Filmmaker Held In Iran After Stumbling Upon Mass Grave
Nearly a year ago, French-Iranian filmmaker Mehrnoushe Solouki arrived in Tehran to shoot a documentary about the burial rites of Iran's religious minorities. But when she stumbled upon a mass grave of regime opponents summarily executed in 1988, Solouki was suddenly thrown into Tehran's notorious Evin prison. -RFE - 11/8/07

Bush, Sarkozy Agree on Iran
U.S. President George Bush and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, say they are determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Both men say Iran was a major part of their talks at Mount Vernon. President Bush thanked the French leader for his determination to settle the nuclear dispute peacefully. -VOA - 11/8/07

Iranian women MPs discuss judicial coop with Germany
group of female parliamentarians from Iran continued their high-level political talks in Berlin on Wednesday, meeting with German Deputy Justice Minister Lutz Diwell. -IRNA - 11/8/07

Proud, Resilient Iranians Resist U.S. Warmongering
Iranian Mission to the United Nations in New York issued the following statement which was published in Wall Street Journal on November 7 (page 21). The statement was in response to WSJ's' Oct. 26 editorial "Squeezing Iran" - 11/8/07

Iran condemns Interpol decision
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini condemned as an "unprincipled" act a recent decision by the Interpol on refusing to drop charges against a number of Iranians for their alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing in Argentina. -IRNA - 11/8/07

Iran, Armenia ink MoU on defense cooperation
The Islamic Republic of Iran and Armenia signed on Thursday in Yerevan a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries. -IRNA - 11/8/07

Suspicion High After Deadly Attack On Afghan Lawmakers
Speculation is rife in Kabul about who carried out a bomb attack in northern Afghanistan that killed six members of the Afghan parliament and at least 35 other people. -RFE - 11/8/07

Iran sets dollar value in 2008 budget bill
Iran's 2008 budget bill is based on provisional 8,900 rials each dollar. The current dollar price in Tehran market is 9,320 rials. -MNA - 11/8/07

Poll: Americans split on Iran
Americans are concerned about Iran's nuclear program but split on whether military action should be undertaken if diplomacy and economic sanctions fail to stop it, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. -USA Today - 11/8/07

Waterboarding an Iranian-American
Is the form of extreme interrogation known as WATERBOARDING really a form of TORTURE? This video was shot outside the Justice Department on Monday November 5th as Iranian American Maboud Ebrahimzadeh was waterboarded - 11/7/07

On the Road to $100 Per Barrel: "Back to the Future" with Iran
With eyes focused on whether and when oil breaks through the $100 barrier, it turns out that $100 a barrel is really $99.04, at least in terms of the all-time record, according to Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). - 11/7/07

Iran's Sepahan among top 100 soccer teams
The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has ranked Iran's Sepahan among the world's top 100 teams. -Press TV - 11/7/07

Iran: Tehran's Proposal For Iraq Finds Few Takers At Conference
At a conference of Iraq's neighbors in Istanbul on November 3, Iran unveiled its much-discussed proposal to deal with Iraq's security problems. -RFE - 11/7/07

Sean Penn: Bush lying and Spinning Fear for War on Iran
In an interview on 05/11/2007 on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, American Actor and film maker, Sean Penn, described Bush’s demonization of Ahmadi-Nedjad as “lie” and “spinning fear”. -CASMII - 11/7/07

Iran Reopens 2 Consulates in Iraq
Iran re-opened Tuesday its consulates in Sulaimaniya and Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region, in the presence of the region's Prime Minister Nejervan al-Barazani and Iran's ambassador in Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi. -Alalam - 11/7/07

Echoes of Iraq Invasion Arguments: White House Turns Up Heat On Iran
The autumn of 2007 in the U.S. capital is beginning to take on some unnerving parallels to the autumn of 2002, when the foundation was being laid for the invasion of Iraq. -Toronto Star - 11/7/07

U.S., Iran dial down tensions in Iraq
The US military's announcement Tuesday that it plans to release nine Iranians held in Iraq comes amid growing signals that both the US and Iran are seeking to ease tensions over Iraq. -CSM - 11/7/07

Sleep-walking to war
Recent talk at Harvard - the intellectual powerhouse of the US - suggests understanding of the Iran problem is sadly lacking. -Guardian - 11/7/07

In Pakistan, Echoes of Iran
As we struggle to make sense of the current political crisis in Pakistan, it's useful to think back nearly 30 years to the wave of protests that toppled the shah of Iran and culminated in the Islamic Republic -- a revolutionary earthquake whose tremors are still shaking the Middle East. -Washington Post - 11/7/07

Feature: Sepahan - Iran's Third Power And Asia's First?
The Iranian club Sepahan will meet Japanese side Urawa Reds in Isfehan on November 7 in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final. This is the first time that Iran and Japan have contested the final. - 11/7/07

MOP development heightens concern of strikes on Iranian targets
The United States is looking to boost its deep bunker penetration capability by putting additional funding into arming its Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber with Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) weapons, possibly in anticipation of a need to strike hardened targets in Iran. -Jane - 11/7/07

Iran president to visit Bahrain amid tensions
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to visit key US ally Bahrain amid tensions between the Gulf neighbours over Iran's controversial nuclear programme, a senior Bahraini official said on Tuesday. - 11/7/07

Former UN weapons inspector says US could be planning to stay in Iraq
Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Wednesday he fears the United States may have a secret plan to keep its troops permanently in Iraq as an alternative to having forces in neighboring Saudi Arabia. -AP - 11/7/07

The Comeback of a War President
He may be America's most unpopular politician, but George W. Bush is no lame duck. As a wartime president, Bush dominates the political agenda. He is discreetly influencing his party's choice of presidential candidate while committing his country to an aggressive foreign policy, the effects of which are likely to continue well beyond his term in office. -Spiegel, Germany - 11/7/07

Gurdjieff: The Founder Of American Mysticism
What follows is the note I added to my translation of Gurdjieff’s canon Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, subtitled The Objective Criticism of the Life of Man after, a few days of internal fierce struggle whether I should take this venture, this risk or not. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 11/6/07

First artificial oil well in Iran based on nanosensors' technology
The chief of Iran's Research Institute of Petroleum Industry said the first artificial oil well in the Middle East was constructed in Iran using the smart reservoirs technology and nanosensors. According to the research reporter of ISNA, Dr Kamali, the chief of Iran's Research Institute of Petroleum Industry said: The Institute has a brilliant background in studies on the oil reservoirs during its 48 years experience. - 11/6/07

Nasseredin Shah Qajar also known as the Martyr King had a controversial reign where Oriental despotism co-existed with fascination for Western culture and industrial innovations that led him to travel to the major European Capitals during his reign in an effort to consolidate diplomatic ties with the Super Powers of the time. -Darius KADIVAR - 11/6/07

100,000 bpd to be added to Iran's crude production Capacity
"Iran's average crude production capacity stood at 4.11 million bpd and 4.135 million bpd in Shahrivar (August 23-September 22) and Mehr (September 23-October 22) respectively," Nozari told reporters in a ceremony held on the sidelines of his tour of Abadan refinery (in Khuzestan Province). -IRNA - 11/6/07

US Defense Secretary Warns China of Threat from Iran
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Tuesday that Beijing also opposes a nuclear-armed Iran, but he repeated China's standard position, that dialogue is the best way to resolve the conflict. -VOA - 11/6/07

ElBaradei to report on Iran nuclear case in mid November
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei will present report on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities to the Board of Governors in mid November. - 11/6/07

U.S. to release 9 Iranian captives
The U.S. military on Tuesday said it planned to release nine Iranian prisoners in the coming days, including two captured when U.S. troops stormed an Iranian government office in Irbil last January. The U.S. military on Tuesday said it planned to release nine Iranian prisoners in the coming days, including two captured when U.S. troops stormed an Iranian government office in Irbil last January. -AP - 11/6/07

Iran expels 8,000 Afghans
The government of Afghanistan has called on Iran to stop deporting thousands of Afghan citizens without work permits or refugee status, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told IRIN on 5 November. -IRIN - 11/6/07

U.S. dilemma: Targeting Iran's oil industry could hurt America more
The United States has begun increasing the pressure on Iran's lucrative oil industry, targeting individual firms for one of the first times in the nuclear standoff. But the effort remains limited — mostly because aggressive oil measures could hurt America's economy more than Iran's. -AP - 11/6/07

Iran concerned over security situation in Afghanistan
Iran's permanent UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee here on Monday voiced concern over security situation in Afghanistan and the growing threat of opium production in and drug trafficking from the country. - 11/6/07

PAKISTAN: Government cracks down on civil society
A senior UN expert has condemned the rounding-up of civil society leaders and activists in Pakistan after the declaration of emergency rule in the country. -IRIN - 11/6/07

The Iranian Challenge
Iran will be the top foreign policy challenge for the United States in the coming years. The Bush Administration's policy and the policy of the radicals around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have set the two countries on a collision course. -Trita Parsi, Nation - 11/6/07

Chinese, US Defense Chiefs Agree to Establish Hotline
U.S. and Chinese defense officials have agreed to open a telephone hotline to prevent misunderstandings that could lead to armed conflict... But distrust persists between the two powers. -VOA - 11/6/07

Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges
Secretary General of the country's Muslim Journalists Association (MJA) said at the political gathering, "So long as the United States keeps its hegemonic spirit and Iran maintains the fundamentals of its ideological beliefs, naturalizing relations between the two countries is impossible." -IRNA - 11/6/07

Remarkable roots
The Veil tells good story of one woman’s life amid tumult of 20th century in Iran and Europe -Halifax Herald - 11/6/07

Iran: The Whole Area Will Be in Flames
About seven in the morning on 25 April 1980, I rolled over in my bed in the Intercontinental Hotel in Tehran and turned on the BBC news. I had missed most of it and was just trying to doze again when the announcer said, ‘And now to repeat the main news. The American attempt to rescue the Embassy hostages in Tehran has failed’ … And I forget exactly what followed because I was leaping to the window to see if a vengeful mob was coming up the hill to string a Western reporter like myself from the nearest lamp post. -Tony Clifton, New Matilda - 11/6/07

Maziar Samiee: Statement of Support Issued by Male Equal Rights Defenders Condeming Arrest and Detention
Following the student protest on October 30, 2007 at the Sociology Faculty of Allameh Tabatabai University, which was organized in objection to sentences issued for student activists eight students were arrested by plain clothes security officials which later were identified as agents of the Information and Security Ministry. - 11/5/07

Iran wins first place in taekwondo tournament in Serbia
A sports team from Iran won the first place in the sixth international taekwondo championship competitions held in Belgrade for three days. -IRNA - 11/5/07

Iraq's Hakim urges Tehran-Washington talks at highest level
Iraqi government requests the continuation of Tehran-Washington negotiations over Iraq at the highest possible level, said the supreme Iraqi Islamic council leader (SIIC), Abdul Aziz Hakim in his interview with ISNA reporter. -ISNA - 11/5/07

Iranian Dissidents Debate Merits Of U.S. Democracy Aid
There is a growing debate, inside and outside Iran, about whether millions of dollars in U.S. pro-democracy aid to Iranian dissidents is helping to build the foundations of civil society -- or giving the regime in Tehran an excuse to crack down even harder on dissident students, journalists, and other activists. -RFE - 11/5/07

Iran + 9/11 = Democrats' defeat?
When President George W. Bush started making noises about World War III, he only confirmed what has been a Democratic article of faith all year: Between now and Election Day he and Dick Cheney, cheered on by the mob of neocon dead-enders, are going to bomb Iran. -IHT - 11/5/07

Iran's Bank Mellat denies U.S. accusations
Iran's Bank Mellat issued a statement about the U.S. groundless accusations and illegal sanctions on this bank and two other banks, Melli and Saderat. Bank Mellat while denying the U.S. allegations asserted that it will respond the U.S. through taking legal measures. -ISNA - 11/5/07

Early production at Iran's Azadegan oilfield to start in January - NISOC
National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) Managing Director Seifollah Jashn-Saz Monday said the early production of huge Azadegan oilfield would kick off in January 2008. -IRNA - 11/5/07

Iranian woman MPs head to Germany
A group of woman representatives from Iranian Majlis left here for Germany Sunday at an official invitation by Minister of State at German Federal Foreign Office Gernot Erler. -IRNA - 11/5/07

Directors of Edinburgh festival and Visiting Arts Institute visit Iran
Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Jonathan Mills and head of Britain's Visiting Arts Institute Nelson Fernandez, who are currently in Iran, watched several plays in Tehran's theater halls on Saturday. -MNA - 11/5/07

Attacking Iran Makes No Sense
There were some things far more frightening last week than Halloween’s small ghouls and goblins — and the scariest of all is the Bush administration’s seemingly inexorable march toward military confrontation with Iran. -Common Dreams - 11/5/07

Former leader of Kurd rebels reveals retreat into Iran
Turkish Kurd guerrillas are leaving Iraqi Kurdistan for Iran in order to avoid an attack by the Turkish army according to a former leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK. -Independent - 11/5/07

Iran: Relatives of prisoners killed in 1988 prison massacre arrested at commemoration ceremony
The seven people named above were detained by Ministry of Intelligence officials in late August and early September because they had taken part in a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the 1988 "prison massacres" in which thousands of political prisoners were executed. -Amnesty International - 11/5/07

World Bank suspends payments to Iran
The World Bank, newly caught up in the Bush administration's campaign against Iran, has had to suspend payments for earthquake relief, sanitation and other projects there in response to new American sanctions on leading Iranian banks, World Bank officials say. -IHT - 11/5/07

Iranians Face Interpol Notices for Blast
Iran's top diplomat says the U.S. and Israel are pressuring Interpol to put five Iranians and one Lebanese on its most wanted list next week for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people. -AP - 11/5/07

Pakistan Takes Yet Another Step into the Dark Night
For anyone marinated in the history of Pakistan yesterday’s decision by the military to impose a state of emergency comes as no surprise. Martial law in this country has become an antibiotic: in order to obtain the same results one has to keep doubling the doses. This was a coup within a coup. -Independent - 11/5/07

Iranian Women Rights Activist Delaram Ali to Receive Lashings and Serve Prison Term of 2 Years 6 Months
In an unprecedented and unexpected development Delaram Ali was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months and 10 lashing in appeals court. Delaram Ali was tried originally on 29 May 2007 for her participation in the June 12, 2006 protest in support of women’s rights in Hafte Tir Square which was violently broken up by police. - 11/4/07

Experts: No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program
Despite President Bush’s claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger “World War III,” experts in and out of government say there’s no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program. -McClatchy Newspapers - 11/4/07

Iran: Fourteen Equal Rights Defenders Summoned to Court
Fourteen equal rights defenders have been summoned to court for trials which are scheduled to take place over the next two months. -Change for Equality - 11/4/07

Iran: Revoke Death Sentence in Juvenile Case
Iranian authorities should immediately prevent the execution of Makwan Mouloudzadeh and commute his death sentence, Human Rights Watch said today. Mouloudzadeh, 20, was sentenced to death in May by a court ruling on questionable evidence for a crime supposedly committed when he was a 13-year-old child. - 11/4/07

A Civil War On Campus
Amid Iraq's low-grade civil war, hundreds of students and teachers have been kidnapped or killed since 2003. "Some academics are assassinated by Shia militants because they are suspected of collaborating with the regime under Saddam Hussein; others are killed by Sunnis because they did not," says a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. -Newsweek - 11/4/07

Shahnameh embodies Iranian identity: scholar
Persian literature expert Mohammad-Ali Eslami Nadushan believes that Ferdowsi's masterpiece, the Shahnameh, embodies the identity of the Iranian people. "The Shahnameh not only contains the history of Iran but is also a symbol of our national character that should be used by Iranians as a guideline," he added. - 11/3/07

Iran's futsal team wins Asian championship
Iran's futsal team defeated Thailand 7-6 in Macau on Saturday and won the championship of the Second Asian Indoor Games. - 11/3/07

Shahram Nazeri's band performs at the tomb of Shams Tabrizi in Khoy
The House of Cinema paid tribute to Shahram Nazeri, the winner of France's Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur medal, in a ceremony held in Khoy, the resting place of Shams on Friday. Nazeri and his band gave a concert at the tomb of Shams Tabrizi. - 11/3/07

ChildrenTheater Festival held in Isfahan
The winners of the 14th Isfahan Theater Festival for Children and Young Adults were announced on Thursday. Golab Adineh, Reza Babak, and Alireza Khamseh made up the jury who selected the winners at the festival which ran in Isfahan from October 28 until November 1. -MNA - 11/3/07

Iran wins hockey gold in Asian Indoor Games
Iran's hockey team won the gold medal in the Second Asian Indoor Games in Macau on Friday, an Iranian daily reported Saturday. -IRNA - 11/3/07

Iran puts forward plan to help resolve Iraqi crisis
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday presented Iranian plan to help resolve Iraqi crisis. He said in his address in Istanbul to Conference on Iraq of foreign ministers of the neighboring states that Iraqi crisis has three aspects security, political and economic. -IRNA - 11/3/07

Obama Introduces Iran Measure In Senate
Democrat Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran, the latest move in a debate with presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton about how to respond to that country’s nuclear ambitions.Clinton’s campaign accused Obama of playing politics instead of taking a leadership role from the outset. -AP - 11/3/07

Deescalate with Iran: Free the Irbil Five
Here’s a very modest step the United States could take to deescalate tension with Iran and avoid war: free five Iranian officials that the U.S. arrested in Iraq and has been detaining for the last 10 months. This should be a no-brainer. -Common Dreams - 11/3/07

No place for Sufism in our Shia country: official
There is no place for the promotion of Sufism in Iran, the executive director of the committee for the Rumi international congress Mohsen Parviz said in a press release published on Friday. The press release was published after the congress was allegedly criticized for staging performances of Sama, the Sufi practice of gathering to listen to religious poetry that is sung, often accompanied by ecstatic dance or other rituals. -MNA - 11/3/07

Iran welcomes partnership in enrichment projects
Tehran welcomes any contribution to its nuclear enrichment projects in other countries but no condition demanding suspension of enrichment is acceptable, said an Iranian nuclear official on Saturday. -IRNA - 11/3/07

Iran-Turkey gas pipeline construction to cost $5b
It will cost Iran $5 billion to construct the pipeline that carries its gas to Turkey and Europe, said the deputy petroleum minister for gas affairs in Tehran on Saturday. -MNA - 11/3/07

US Disappointed With Chinese, Russian Stance on New Iran Sanctions
The United States is expressing disappointment over what officials said was a lack of urgency shown by China and Russia in big-power talks on new sanctions against Iran over it nuclear program. -VOA - 11/3/07

Regional Powers Look To Build New 'Silk Roads'
Eight member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program have agreed to a strategy to improve Central Asia's transport infrastructure. -RFE - 11/3/07

AFGHANISTAN: Civilians flee as NATO-Afghan forces fight insurgents in Kandahar
Civilians are fleeing two districts in the southern province of Kandahar as NATO and Afghan forces battle Taliban insurgents who have moved into the area, according to local residents and provincial officials. -IRIN - 11/3/07

State Of Emergency Declared In Pakistan, Chief Justice Sacked
Musharraf imposed state of emergency on Saturday and suspended the election scheduled to be held in January. -IRNA - 11/3/07

National Academies Expand Cooperation With Iranian Research And Education Centers
Following productive discussions in Iran between representatives of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and senior Iranian officials and scientific leaders, the U.S. National Academies plan to expand a program of scientific cooperation with Iranian institutions that began in 1999. - 11/2/07

BOOK - The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis
Journalist and author Reese Erlich shows how the Bush Administration plans to subvert the Iranian government and lie about it to the American people. He traces the troubled history between the two countries that has led to the current showdown over nuclear technology, and he reports from Iran and northern Iraq to uncover details of how the U.S. has funded ethnic minorities to carry out guerrilla raids and terrorist bombings inside Iran. - 11/2/07

U.S. should exhibit logical behavior, enter into negotiation with Iran: Rafsanjani
Addressing thousands of worshipers at Tehran University Campus, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani said, "I hope, one day, common sense prevails over these people, (US authorities) and they experience the true path at least once." "If they choose adventurism, all nations will realize very soon that US has made another grave mistake." - 11/2/07

Iran To Build First Solar Hotel On Kish Island in Persian Gulf
The two-year project with an estimated budget of 520,000,000 dollars is aimed at completing the hotel in Kish in the southern province of Hormozgan by 2009-10. - 11/2/07

Experts Discuss Tough US Rhetoric Against Iran
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill heard from experts this week, who say the increasingly strident rhetoric from the White House on Iran's nuclear ambitions could prove counterproductive. -VOA - 11/2/07

Private Note to Bush from Hagel Calls For Direct, Unconditional, Comprehensive Talks with Iran
I have just secured a private letter -- not yet publicly released -- from Senator Chuck Hagel to President Bush and copied to Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Stephen Hadley. I should add that I did not receive this letter from Senator Hagel but from other sources. The letter urges the President to pursue "direct, unconditional, and comprehensive talks with the Government of Iran." -Washington Note - 11/2/07

Suicide or murder? Iran blames US after 152 dolphins die
When 152 dolphins were washed up on Iran's southern coast mass suicide was blamed. Then suspicion was shifted to fishermen, who were said to have beaten the dolphins with grappling irons after they became entangled in fishing nets. -Guardian - 11/2/07

'Invade and Bomb With Hillary and Rahm': Why war with Iran is likely
They're ginning up another war, and the target is Iran. While the propaganda campaign started shortly after we invaded Iraq, with Rummy and the President ratcheting up the warlike rhetoric early on, the accusations and threats against Iran have lately taken on a new urgency. -Justin Raimondo, - 11/2/07

Senators warn Bush has no authority on Iran
Thirty US senators wrote to President George W. Bush Thursday, warning he had no authority to launch military action against Iran, and expressing concern about the administration's "provocative" rhetoric. -AFP - 11/2/07

Iran: Kurdish human rights defenders at risk
Iranian Kurdish journalist and human rights defender Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, head of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan (HROK), is reportedly being ill-treated in detention. -Amnesty International - 11/2/07

Bahrain boom overshadowed by fear of looming war with Iran
Stuck in one of the seemingly permanent traffic jams on the wide highways of its capital, Manama, where the colourful mosaic of the Friday Mosque's minaret competes for attention with the extraplanetarily futuristic twin towers of the World Trade Centre, you cannot easily imagine the shadow of war falling over Bahrain. -Independent - 11/2/07

Brown considers plan to give Iran limited supply of uranium
Gordon Brown is considering a Saudi plan to limit the supply of uranium to potential nuclear weapons states and will call for new EU sanctions against Iran in the next few weeks, most probably in the form of an end to export credit guarantees. -Guardian - 11/2/07

Waterboarding Is Torture - I Did It Myself, says US Advisor
When the US military trains soldiers to resist interrogation, it uses a torture technique from the Middle Ages, known as “waterboarding”. Its use on terror suspects in secret US prisons around the world has come to symbolise the Bush administration’s no-nonsense enthusiasm for the harshest questioning techniques. -Independent - 11/2/07

Tapestry and Weaving Exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center
The Niavaran Cultural Center gallery is one of my favorite places in Tehran. I like its design and the great sense of space that one finds there. Recently they have had a couple of interesting as well as unusual exhibitions there. Last week we went to the group exhibition of Tapestry and Weaving works by Nasrin Kayhan (Shaghaghi), Leyla Samari and Shahrzad Gharavi and their students and colleagues. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 11/1/07

U.S. cast for Satrapi's Persepolis announced
Sean Penn and Iggy Pop have signed on as voice talent for the English-language version of Sony Picture Classics' toon "Persepolis." The recruits join the already-announced Gena Rowlands and Catherine Deneuve for the animated toon based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical, bestselling graphic novel growing up in Iran during the 1979 revolution. -Darius KADIVAR - 11/1/07

Iran's FM Responds Positively to Prospect of Another Round of US-Iran Talks on Iraq
Manouchehr Mottaki says Iran will consider such a meeting, but also stressed that he expects Iraq to secure the release of five Iranian diplomats who were detained by U.S. forces in Irbil in January for alleged illegal activities. -VOA - 11/1/07

The Veil to appear in Halifax and Toronto
OneLight Theatre brings Masoud Behnoud’s Khanoom to life on the stage. From the palace harem to occupied Paris, experience the incredible journey of a Persian princess and see the world through her eyes. - 11/1/07

Fourth day of Iran-IAEA talks begins in Tehran
Iran's Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Javad Vaeedi and visiting Deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards Olli Heinonen co-chaired the talks over the P1 and P2 centrifuges, underway at the secretariat of the SNSC. -IRNA - 11/1/07

Iranian Americans Raise $50,000 to Prevent War
Last Friday, a group of 120 Iranian Americans came together and raised over $50,000 to prevent war between the United States an Iran. The fundraiser, organized by the National Iranian American Council, was also attended by Virginia Congressman James P. Moran and Cynthia Martin, the Chief of Staff to Michigan Congressman John Conyers. -Shabnam Sahandy - 11/1/07

Attacking Iran for Israel?
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is at her mushroom-cloud hyperbolic best, and this time Iran is the target. Her claim last week that “the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world” is simply too much of a stretch. -Ray McGovern, Common Dreams - 11/1/07

FRF's First International Student Paper Competition
Fanni Reunion Foundation, Inc. of California, United States Presents: The first International Student Paper Competition in Honor of Professor Mehdi Ghalibafian, PhD, SE - 11/1/07

Russia says "Iran threat" no good excuse for US missile shield
Russian Federation Foreign Ministry Spokesman here Wednesday criticized US policy of justifying stationing its missile defense system in European countries on pretext of warding off Iran's threat. - 11/1/07

Tamping the Flames of War With Iran
Next Sunday will mark 28 years exactly since the U.S. cut off diplomatic, business, and military ties with Iran in response to the hostage crisis. At a discussion sponsored by the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation at Washington’s National Cathedral on Monday, panelists engaged in a sobering debate rarely seen on the U.S. broadcast news outlets or, it seems, in the halls of Congress and the White House. -Khody Akhavi, IPS - 11/1/07

Iran, US officials debate Tehran's nuclear issue
ambassador to Sweden, Hassan Qashqavi and the US IAEA Ambassador Gregory Schulte in Stockholm on Wednesday debated on Iran's nuclear case. -IRNA - 11/1/07

Iran will shatter image of invaders: Air Force Chief
The Iranian Air Force commander declares Iran will shatter the image of enemies in the event of any military strike on the country. -Press TV - 11/1/07

OPEC production ceiling to rise to 27.2m bpd from November 1
OPEC will raise its production ceiling by 1.4 million barrels per day to 27.2 million bpd as of Thursday, November first, from the earlier 25.8 million bpd. Iran's share in the production will be 196,000 bpd. - 11/1/07

Within Democratic field, Iran is the new Iraq
During Tuesday's debate, '08 contenders pounded Clinton for her recent vote on Iran resolution. -CSM - 11/1/07

UN Spurns Cuba Embargo for 17th Year
The United Nations General Assembly Tuesday snubbed the United States for its hostility towards Cuba, amid fresh calls for an end to the 45-year economic and financial embargo imposed on the socialist island. -IPS - 11/1/07

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