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Britain Closes Embassy In Tehran After Attacks, Orders Iranian Diplomats Out
Britain has ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and has closed its embassy in Tehran, following a mob attack Tuesday on British embassy compounds in the Iranian capital. Also, Iran's diplomatic staff has been ordered to leave the United Kingdom within 48 hours. - 11/30/11

Photos: UK Embassy in Tehran stormed while Tehran Governor denies embassy occupied
Tehran Governor said British embassy has not been occupied and is continuing its routine activities. His remarks, published by ISNA, came after Iranian students held a rally in front of British embassy in Tehran Tuesday and some reports were released that the diplomatic complex was seized by the students. - 11/30/11

Iran: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Supports the Military's Political Activities
As much criticism for the involvement of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Basij para-military forces in political affairs has been going around in Iran in recent years and critics call such interference to be contrary to the constitution and contradicting the guidance of the founder of the Islamic Republic ayatollah Khomeini, the country's current leader ayatollah Khamenei through recent remarks approved the interference of the military in politics by calling the Basij a "political" entity. -Mahshid Boroomand, Rooz - 11/30/11

Iran volleyball team humbled by China at worlds
Iran lost to China in straight sets on the third day of third-round action at the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup on Tuesday. - 11/30/11

Iran 'Regrets' Storming Of U.K. Compounds
Dozens of Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran on November 29, prompting strong condemnation from Britain and the international community and an uneasy apology from the Iranian government. - 11/30/11

Russia to discuss missile shield with Iran, China
Russia has announced plans to pursue talks with Iran and China about a global missile shield. Ria Novosti reports that Russia's representative to NATO, Dmitri Rogozin, will travel to China and Iran in mid-January to discuss the subject. - 11/30/11

Nine executed in Iran for drug and rape charges
With another nine executions today, the number of hangings in Iran in the past five days has reached 21. - 11/30/11

60 tons of gold reserves explored in Iran
Sixty tons of gold reserves, valued at around $3.6 billion, have been explored at different points across the country, the deputy director of the Geological Survey of Iran announced. - 11/30/11

Protesters Storm British Embassy In Tehran
Dozens of Iranian protesters have entered the British Embassy compound in Tehran, smashing windows and burning the British flag during a rally against new sanctions London has imposed over Iran's nuclear program. - 11/29/11

Top cartoons in the first international Contest about books in Iran
200 works selected from among over 2000 works were put on display in a week-long exhibition. 600 cartoonists from 61 countries had sent their cartoons. - 11/29/11

War Will Hurt The Genuine Social Movement Of The Iranian people: A Statement By A Group Of Activists Inside Iran
Wars have been the most terrifying phenomena people have confronted since the distant past. In our society, millions of Iranians have been living under the ominous shadow of the eight-year war with Iraq. - 11/29/11

"Because I Complained I Was Arrested Again": Iranian Activist
Almost a month after the arrest of student activist Payman Aref, his wife told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that authorities are not providing any causes for his arrest and her attempts to find out about his case have been futile. - 11/29/11

Iran Threat Is a Tactic: Main Goal Is to Checkmate Syria
The international scene has been recently witness to various threats by Israelis, Americans and certain European countries against the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Ali Valigholizadeh - 11/29/11

Tehran prosecutor challenges Ahmadinejad press aide
Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has accused the president's press aide, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, of printing "lies" about the prosecutor's office. - 11/29/11

NIAC Now Accepting Applications for Internships and Fellowships
NIAC now accepts applications for full-time and part-time Spring interns to operate out of NIAC's Washington, DC office with a general starting date of late-January/early-February. NIAC is also pleased to announce its seventh annual Public Service Fellowship and the second annual Sarafan-Ghorbani Fellowship. - 11/29/11

The 4th International Fadjr Cartoon and Caricature Contest
Theme of "Nation's Awareness" has been set for Thematic Cartoon entries in the 4th International Fadjr Cartoon and Caricature Contest to be held in Iran. Deadline for submitting entries is January 15, 2012. The top prize for the contest is 15000 Euros. - 11/29/11

Iran: Indictments issued for 50 suspects over $2.6B fraud case
Indictments have been issued against over 50 suspects and 27 other arrested in connection with the $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei told a televised program broadcast live on national television on Sunday night. - 11/29/11

Obama Pushes EU Officials To Act On Debt Crisis
U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed visiting EU officials to take bold action in the face of the eurozone's mounting debt crisis. - 11/29/11

Tehran Prosecutor criticized for Javanfekr incident
The Iranian judiciary has acknowledged that the Tehran Prosecutor should have used greater discretion in its actions against presidential aide Ali Akbar Javanfekr. - 11/29/11

Russia Opens New Anti-Missile Facility in Kaliningrad
Russia has officially opened a new anti-missile radar station in the Baltic Sea region of Kaliningrad to counter what it perceives as a threat from a joint U.S.-NATO missile defense system being implemented in Europe. - 11/29/11

Sculptures: 6th National Sculpture Biennial exhibition in Tehran
67 art pieces were displayed in gallery one and two of Niavaran Cultural Center. "The sky is mine" was key theme of the exhibition and the aim was creating a healthy competitive environment for growth and promotion of young talents. - 11/28/11

Photos: Niasar Waterfall, A Kavir Desert Oasis
The city of Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. The beautiful small village of Niasar is located 28 kilometers west of Kashan. With lots of flowers, a waterfall and caves, Niasar is hidden in the desert surrounded by mountains. -Abolfazl Mahrokh - 11/28/11

Iran's Defeats Egypt in FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup
Iran defeated Egypt in three straight sets on the second day of third-round action at the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup on Monday. The Persians cruised past the African champion 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-15) at Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan. - 11/28/11

A Paradise: Gilan, North of Iran
Gilan Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It lies along the Caspian Sea, just west of the province of Mazandaran, east of the province of Ardabil, north of the provinces of Zanjan and Qazvin. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 11/28/11

Iran deaf futsal team crowned world champion
Iran claimed the World Deaf Futsal Championship title in Orebro, Sweden on Saturday. The Iranian outfit defeated Turkey 4-2 in the final game and won the championship. - 11/28/11

At White House Meeting, Obama Expected To Press EU Officials Over Debt Crisis
The eurozone debt crisis tops the agenda as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to host a European Union delegation for talks at the White House. No breakthroughs are expected from the White House meeting, which does not include European heads of state who are responsible for making the difficult decisions facing the continent. - 11/28/11

Iran: Successful end to hunger strike in Yazd Prison
Nine political prisoners in Yazd successfully ended their hunger strike today, as authorities finally separated them from the general prisoners. - 11/28/11

10th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial announced
The cartoon section of the biennial is dedicated to works on "Superstition" theme. "Persian Cat" is the theme of the character design section and participants of the comic strip section should submit works with the theme of "Dilemma". - 11/28/11

Guardian Council approves reducing Iran's relations with Britain
The motion to reduce diplomatic relations with Britain has passed its final hurdle with the approval of the Guardian Council. As the Islamic Republic's constitutional watchdog, the council ensures that legislation is in accord with constitutional provisions. - 11/28/11

Iran Air Bypasses IATA Sanctions
Managing Director of Iran's national air carrier, Iran Air (Homa), Farhad Parvaresh said the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been pressured by the US to impose tight sanctions on Iran, but Tehran has managed to bypass such embargoes on its air industry. - 11/28/11

Doctrine of Silence
In Iran, a big explosion at a military base near Tehran recently killed Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, a central figure in the country's long-range missile program. Nuclear scientists have perished in the streets of Tehran. The Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc with the Iranian nuclear facilities. -Roger Cohen, New York Times - 11/28/11

Iran to launch first GTL refinery
The first Iranian GTL (gas to liquids) refinery will soon be launched in one of the Persian Gulf islands, Oil Minister Rostan Qasemi announced on Sunday. The refinery will have a daily production capacity of 10,000 barrels, the Mehr news agency reported. GTL is a refinery process which converts natural gas into gasoline or diesel fuel. - 11/28/11

Arab League Sanctions Could Hurt Syria's Regional Standing, Economic Agenda
The Arab League's overwhelming approval of sanctions against Syria has dealt a significant blow to the regional standing of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Sunday's vote in Cairo marks the first time in the league's 66-year history that it has imposed punitive economic and political sanctions on any of its 22 members. - 11/28/11

Words of Praise for an Iranian Exile Group Described as a Cult by Its Critics
As my colleague Scott Shane reports, several former United States officials have been paid to make speeches in support of a banned Iranian exile group, the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, or People's Mujahedeen, known as the M.E.K. -Robert Mackey, NY Times - 11/28/11

Mehrdad Oskuii's documentary "Last Days of Winter" wins award at IDFA
Iranian documentary "The Last Days of Winter" has won the BlackBerry Award at the 24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Directed by Mehrdad Oskuii, the film is a portrait of seven Iranian boys in a youth detention center, talking candidly about their lives. - 11/27/11

Simin Behbahani: Iran's Foremost Living Poet
This double CD features 15 of Behbahani's most cherished poems, read in the flowing, even tones of her own voice with instrumental accompaniment and English translations read by Susie Ziai. As one of very few recordings of Behbahani's recitations, this unique compilation will no doubt form a treasured part of many collections. - 11/27/11

A Lot Can Happen Over Coffee: From Traditional Persian Coffee Houses to Modern Cafes
Regardless of its humane or inhumane face and impact, time inevitably passes through us. So, what seems important and inspirational is how human beings look for and create ways to pass the time. And that leads us to the amusing concept of pastime and hangout. -Maryam Ala Amjadi - 11/27/11

Iran loses to U.S. at volleyball worlds
Iran's three-game winning streak ended on Sunday in Japan with a 3-0 loss to the United States at the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup. In the match held in Fukuoka Marine Messe, Iran lost to the U.S. in straight sets (25-15, 27-25, and 25-14). - 11/27/11

Kazakh cartoonist wins top prize at Iranian festival
The festival, which was cosponsored by the Housing Foundation and the Iranian National Retrofitting Center, was held with the theme of rural housing in Tabriz. - 11/27/11

Iranian Sousan Hajipour wins gold in women Taekwondo
Iranian female athlete Sousan Hajipour has won a gold medal in the World Taekwondo Federation Qualification Tournament to secure a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. - 11/27/11

Iran newspaper staff file charges against attackers
Reporters and staff of the newspaper Iran have called on the head of the judiciary to prosecute the people who attacked their offices last week. The state newspaper Iran reported today that its staff and reporters have filed a complaint about last Monday's attack. - 11/27/11

Iran's Parliament Votes to Reduce Ties With Britain
A majority of lawmakers voted Sunday to force out the British ambassador within two weeks, leaving Britain's embassy to be run by a charge d'affaires. Economic relations with London would also be reduced to a minimum. The bill now goes to Iran's Guardians Council - a constitutional oversight body - for final approval. - 11/27/11

History of Iran-US Disputes
A glance at the history of the two countries' relations in more than three decades will show that the dispute between US and Iran has been the most lasting dispute in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran since its very inception. -Seyed Jalal Dehqani Firouzabadi - 11/27/11

Occupy Wall Street Members Express Solidarity With Political Prisoners In Iran
An Iranian activist and a student of anthropology at Yale University has launched Campaign99 to generate international solidarity with political prisoners in Iran. Ali Abdi is using the Occupy Wall Street movement to "introduce" to Americans and other Westerners those Iranians who have been jailed for their ideas, human rights work, and political activism. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/26/11

Photos: Rasht Wears White!
Snow has given a white cover to the caspian coast city of Rasht in northern Iran. Rasht is the capital of Gilan Province and the largest city on Iran's Caspian Sea coast with a population of 551,161 as of 2006 census - Farhad Motaei - 11/26/11

Iran's Mr. Eclipse unveils "space observation plan"
Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas, Iran's Mr. Eclipse, who has observed solar eclipses in seven continents since 1999 plans to take part at the international conference with his lifelong dream which is approaching reality day by day: "Observing the solar eclipse from the space." - 11/26/11

IRGC Official: Iran To Target Israel Nuclear Facilities If Attacked
A senior military commander says if Israel fires even a single missile at Iranian nuclear facilities, every inch of the entity will be the target of Iran's missiles. - 11/26/11

Iranian authorities restrict work with satellite networks
The Shargh newspaper cited Brigadier General Ahmadi Moghaddam as saying: "Satellite networks, especially the Persian-language ones, are mainly financed by the intelligence services of Iran's enemies and are used to create cultural and political change in the country." - 11/26/11

Mysterious explosions pose dilemma for Iranian leaders
A massive blast at a missile base operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps nearly two weeks ago was the latest in a series of mysterious incidents involving explosions at natural gas transport facilities, oil refineries and military bases - blasts that have caused dozens of deaths and damage to key infrastructure in the past two years. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 11/26/11

Iran Navy to hold war game in international waters
The Navy commander says Iran plans to hold a major naval war game in the Sea of Oman and the north of the Indian Ocean in the near future. - 11/26/11

In Defense of Diplomacy
Unfortunately, Congress is taking up dangerous legislation which appears to be designed to make the risk of war more likely. The bill takes the unprecedented step of effectively preventing any kind of U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran. -Nation of Change - 11/26/11

Iranian security forces welcome hackers' skills
The Iranian task force for IT crimes has announced that police will enlist the aid of computer hackers. Colonel Toraj Kazemi, the deputy head of the IT crimes task force, told ISNA that it has divided hackers into three groups: "white hats, pink hats and black hats." - 11/26/11

I've been reporting on Iran and the bomb for The New Yorker for the past decade, with a focus on the repeated inability of the best and the brightest of the Joint Special Operations Command to find definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons production program in Iran. -Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker - 11/26/11

Detained Iranian Labor Activist on Hunger Strike
Iranian labor activist Reza Shahabi has begun a hunger strike in jail in protest of his undetermined judicial status. The Vahed Company Union Workers website reports that Shahabi has been detained for more than 15 months, and so far the authorities have kept his case in limbo. - 11/26/11

Iran slams U.S. for non-compliance with Chemical Weapons Convention
Iran's ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has strongly criticized the United States for failing to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the total destruction of chemical weapons. - 11/26/11

EU Ban on Iranian Oil: Silly Idea
A useful rule of thumb is that when the European Union gears up to do something economically stupid then there's a Frenchman behind the idea. -Tim Worstall, Forbes - 11/26/11

Across Party Lines, Lobbying for Iranian Exiles on Terrorist List
The American advocates have been well paid, hired through their speaking agencies and collecting fees of $10,000 to $50,000 for speeches on behalf of the Iranian group. Some have been flown to Paris, Berlin and Brussels for appearances. -Scott, Shane, NY Times - 11/26/11

Iran downs the giant Argentina at volleyball world cup
Iran has earned its fourth stunning victory in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup by beating Latin American powerhouse Argentina on the second day of second-round action. Iran is scheduled to play the United States on Sunday in the competition's third round. - 11/25/11

The Problem is Simple
Iranian decisions makers must accept that these are hard times and that the country must be saved from the dangers it faces and thus leave their opponents free. Mouths will not remain silent forever. Shut mouths cannot protect the national interest. -Massoud Behnoud, Rooz - 11/25/11

NIAC Launches Sanctions Campaign Page
As new broad sanctions efforts ratchet up in Congress and the Obama Administration, NIAC has launched a sanctions campaign page to provide informational materials and up to the minute updates on the status of the new sanctions proposals. - 11/25/11

Iranian reformist groups barred from elections
The head of Iran's Elections Headquarters has emphasized once again that two disbanded reformist organizations, the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, will not be allowed to run candidates in the coming parliamentary elections. - 11/25/11

Iranian blogger arrested in Tehran
The Human Rights Reporters Committee reports that Rojin Mohammadi, who is a medical student at the University of Manila, was arrested when she arrived at Tehran airport for a visit on November 14. She was released on bail 24 hours later but was arrested again yesterday. - 11/25/11

Two Iranian elements added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List
Naqqali, Iranian dramatic story-telling and the traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf were inscribed on the list during the sixth session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which opened in Bali, Indonesia, on November 22. - 11/25/11

Winners of Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Awards honored
Winners of the 4th edition of the Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Awards received their prizes during a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Institute of Cultural and Art Studies that is affiliated with the Academic Center for Education, Culture, and Research (ACECR). - 11/25/11

Iranian parliament votes to downgrade ties with Britain
The Iranian parliament overwhelmingly approved a proposal calling for a reduction in the level of ties with Britain on Wednesday. After the endorsement of the plan, the lawmakers chanted "God is the Greatest" and "Down with Britain." - 11/25/11

Exhibit Showcases Islamic Gift-Giving Tradition
Islam has spread to cultures and regions far beyond its birthplace on the Arabian peninsula. Among its traditions is the value placed on gift giving These gifts, from over the centuries, are works of art which often bear motifs associated with Islam. That Muslim tradition of gift giving is the focus of an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. -Greg Flakus, VOA - 11/25/11

Egypt's 'Naked Blogger' Calls On Men To Wear Hijab
An Egyptian blogger who sparked controversy last week by posting a photo of herself naked online has also launched a campaign calling on men to don the Islamic headscarf. -Kristin Deasy, RFE - 11/25/11

Iranian Oil Ministry official snipes over sanctions
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero announced yesterday that France has imposed sanctions on Iranian crude oil. He added that France has proposed further sanctions on Iran, and reports indicate the European Union is also considering imposing sanctions on Iranian crude. - 11/25/11

Jailed Iranian reporter criticizes embattled IRNA chief
While international human rights groups are condemning the attacks against Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the presidential press advisor and head of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), a former IRNA reporter has written a letter from prison to remind the public that not long ago, journalists like him received similar treatment from the very IRNA chief under attack today. - 11/24/11

Iranian Power Struggle Emerges In Newspaper Headline
A power struggle in Iran spilled over on November 22 onto the front page of the government newspaper "Iran." In an unprecedented act of protest, the state daily published its front page without a headline. - 11/24/11

Bushehr plant to be launched at full capacity: Iran's Nuclear Chief
The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Wednesday that hopefully the Bushehr nuclear plant will be connected to the national grid at its full capacity in two months. - 11/24/11

Bahrain Rights Report Finds Government Used Excessive Force
The head of a special commission investigating Bahrain's unrest says the government used "excessive force" and tortured detainees during its bloody crackdown on protesters earlier this year. Commission chief Cherif Bassiouni also announced Wednesday that the investigation did not find evidence linking Iran to the uprising. - 11/24/11

Iran: Death penalty on the table for financial fraud suspects
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps has announced that harsh punishments are in store for perpetrators of the $3-billion bank fraud that has rocked the country: "Two individuals are to get the death penalty and another two life imprisonment." - 11/24/11

U.S. Republican Presidential Candidates Focus On Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran
The eight candidates from the Republican Party who hope to defeat U.S. President Barack Obama in November next year all agree on one thing. They all accuse Obama of failing to deal adequately with three key foreign-policy challenges to the United States: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. - 11/24/11

US Says It Will Not Change Missile Shield Plan After Russian Threat
The United States says it will not change its plans for a NATO missile defense system in Europe despite a Russian threat to take counter-measures. - 11/24/11

Iran ready to offer tenders for 21 oil and gas fields: Oil Minister
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi has said that Iran is ready to offer contracts for 21 oil and gas fields to domestic and foreign investors. - 11/24/11

Iran's national assets five fold of foreign debt: Minister
Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister announced that national assets amount to five fold of the country's total foreign debt. Shamseddin Hosseini added that the sum of foreign debts is less than five percent of gross domestic production (GDP). The minister did not refer to any specific figure in this regard. - 11/23/11

Iran is not about to collapse
There are two central narratives that presume the Iranian state is likely to collapse under the pressure of sanctions and/or threats of war. In my opinion, both are flawed. The first maintains that Iran is running out of money and that its economy is teetering on the brink. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam - 11/23/11

Seyed Hossein Mousavian: The West is pushing Iran in the wrong direction
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former close adviser to many key Iranian political figures, including moderate president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and reformist president Mohammad Khatami, says the IAEA has "broken the rules" by publicly releasing a report on Iran's nuclear program that should have been kept confidential. -Ali Vaez, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - 11/23/11

A Panel Discussion on U.S.-Iran Relations in the Wake of the Arab Spring - Confrontation or Accommodation?
November 30 at University of Chicago -- Recent developments in the Middle East have changed the context of US-Iran relations. While past grievances remain, this transformation has given rise to new opportunities as well as constraints. - 11/23/11

Iran and US: The Excuse and the Main Concern
Political analysts usually enumerate three main problems between Iran and the United States: the nuclear energy program, terrorism, and human rights. All Western media propaganda against Iran revolves around one of these three axes. -Abolqasem Qasemzadeh - 11/23/11

Iran: Crackdown Shows Intolerance for Dissent
The Iranian security forces' November 21, 2011 raid on the offices of the official Iran newspaper and their attempt to arrest President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media adviser show the Iranian government's extreme reaction to dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. - 11/23/11

Detained Iranian activist under pressure from authorities
Reports from Iran indicate that Mohammad Tavassoli, the political advisor to the Freedom Movement Party, is under serious pressure from prison authorities and he has not been allowed to contact his family since he was arrested 20 days ago. - 11/23/11

Photos: Iranian Navy Takes Delivery of Coast-to-Sea Missile Systems
Domestically manufactured coast-to-sea missile systems were delivered to the Iranian Navy during a ceremony held on Wednesday with the participation of Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari. - 11/23/11

China Decries Latest Sanction Against Iran
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters in Beijing Wednesday the fresh sanctions will make the situation more complicated and could hurt the chances for peace and stability. - 11/23/11

U.S. Says Iran Weaker Since Obama Took Office
Speaking November 22 at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, national security adviser Tom Donilon said Iran's influence in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world has been reduced by international sanctions designed to punish Iran over its nuclear program, internal divisions among the leadership in Tehran, and the developments of the Arab Spring pro-reform movements. - 11/23/11

Egypt: Protesters' Blood on the Military Leadership's Hands
Egypt's military rulers should immediately order riot police to stop using excessive force against protesters and to reduce their presence in the areas surrounding Tahrir Square to a level that allows for the maintenance of security while permitting free assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. - 11/23/11

Iranian Lawmakers Consider Retaliation For Sanctions
Iranian lawmakers have drafted an emergency bill calling on the Foreign Ministry to expel the British ambassador to Tehran after Britain joined other Western powers to impose fresh sanctions on Iran over that country's disputed nuclear program. - 11/23/11

Iranian Airline Buys Chancellor Merkel's Retired Jet
A recent purchase by an Iranian airline could prove embarrassing for Berlin. The Theodor Heuss, once an official government jet and used to ferry several different chancellors on trips abroad, now belongs to Mahan Air -- despite German support for greater sanctions against Tehran. -Spiegel - 11/23/11

U.S., UK and Canada Hit Iran With New Economic Sanctions
In a coordinated push, the United States and allies Great Britain and Canada today unveiled tough new sanctions targeting Iran over its rogue nuclear program. -RFE - 11/22/11

Tehran prosecutor defends office's actions at "Iran Daily"
Dowlatabadi denied the use of tear gas and tazers, saying his officials do not carry such equipment. IRNA, which is run by Javanfekr, reported that 40 people were detained in yesterday's incident, adding that while 30 of them were released, ten remain in custody. - 11/22/11

Security Forces Raid Iran Newspaper, Beat, Pepper Spray, and Arrest Journalists
Security forces attacked Iran Newspaper, one of IRNA's major publications, to arrest Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the President's press adviser and Managing Director of IRNA News Agency. Javanfekr was sentenced to one year in prison for publishing articles and photographs considered "against public morality" in "Khatoon," a special insert in Iran Newspaper. - 11/22/11

Iranian filmmaker brings home India's Golden Elephant
The Iranian film "Meadow" was selected as the best film at the International Children's Film Festival India, the Golden Elephant. Directed by Mohammad-Ali Talebi, the film won a Golden Elephant Trophy for Best Feature Film. - 11/22/11

UN Resolution Ramps Up Cross-Regional International Pressure on Iran's Human Rights Crisis
The draft resolution was adopted with 86 votes in favor, 32 against, and 59 abstentions. Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran's highest human rights official, spent this last week in New York defending Iran's human rights record and addressed the GA just prior to the vote, attempting, unsuccessfully, to rally opposition to the resolution. - 11/22/11

Iran Volleyball Team Stuns Serbia in FIVB World Cup
Iran defeated European champion Serbia in a five-set thriller (25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11) on the third day of first-round action in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup. - 11/22/11

UK to extradite ex-Iranian envoy to US
The UK says it plans to extradite former Iranian Ambassador to Jordan Nasrollah Tajik to the United States over his alleged involvement in nuclear deals, Press TV reports. - 11/22/11

Iran to Offer 120 Billion Euros in Foreign Investment Confab
Iran will introduce up to 120 billion Euro worth of projects in oil and gas, industry and mine, agriculture and tourism sectors in a foreign investment conference which will be held November 23-24 in Tehran. - 11/22/11

Iranian and South Korean artists to promote culture of peace
A group of Iranian and South Korean artists will be gathering in Masuleh in northern Iran to create artworks with the central theme of a culture of peace for ten days beginning on November 23. - 11/22/11

Moscow, Tehran Denounce New Western Sanctions on Iran
Iran and its powerful ally Russia have denounced new Western sanctions on Tehran's financial, petrochemical and energy sectors, calling them illegal and futile. - 11/22/11

Minister: Iran to Turn Sanctions into Economic Opportunity
Iranian Economy Minister Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini downplayed effectiveness of enemy embargoes and boycotts, and said Tehran has changed sanctions to economic capacities and opportunities and will continue moving on the same path. - 11/22/11

US, Allies, Increase Sanctions on Iran
The United States, in concert with key allies, sharply tightened economic sanctions on Iran Monday to press Tehran to end a suspected drive for nuclear weapons. Britain and Canada joined the U.S. sanctions move, while other European countries are also planning punitive steps. - 11/22/11

White House: No Comment on Spies Outed in Iran, Lebanon
The White House is refusing to comment on reports U.S. spy networks have been uncovered in Iran and Lebanon, in what would be a significant setback for U.S. intelligence efforts. - 11/22/11

U.S. Ratchets Up Economic Pressure on Iran
Under intense pressure from the U.S. Congress and U.S. presidential election politics, the Barack Obama administration Monday declared the Islamic Republic of Iran a "primary money laundering concern" - a designation that stops short of blacklisting Iran's Central Bank but is intended to persuade more foreign governments, banks and companies to curtail business with Iranian financial entities. -Barbara Slavin, IPS - 11/22/11

Egypt: Protest Swells in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Thousands of Egyptians are pushing into Cairo's Tahrir Square for what protest organizers are calling a "million man march." Demonstrators have been demanding that the country's military rulers cede power to a civilian authority. - 11/22/11

Cry for Freedom by a Nude Egyptian Blogger
"In a culture that believes the devil's lure and the route to hell lie in the naked face and eyes of a woman, stark nudity could very well be a revolutionary cry and a suicidal choice." -Ashraf Ezzat - 11/22/11

Iran: Mass Arrests as Securiy Forces Storm Government Newspaper to Arrest Ahmadinejad's Ally
Security forces stormed the office of the genernment newspaper "Iran Daily" to arrest Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the presidential media adviser and the caretaker manger of the daily. Tear gas and electronic batons were used during the raid which ended up with the arrest of 33 reporters and other staff working for the paper. - 11/21/11

Heaven is a feeling not a place: The Persian Garden story
No one can inspire humans with hope like Mother Nature and nowhere can she playfully display the greater extent of her will than in the garden of human mind. The summer of passion and recline, the autumn of loss and melancholy, the winter of despair and isolation and once again the spring of growth and the rebirth of hope. -Maryam Ala Amjadi - 11/21/11

110 Iranian activists condemn military threats against Iran
The Iranian activists write: "Military intervention is merely an excuse for undemocratic rulers to use the murky waters of war to achieve their ends and to once again exacerbate the oppression of the people's movement and their rightful demands because of critical and extraordinary conditions." - 11/21/11

Performance: Siavash Kasrai's Scarlet Stone in Los Angeles
This epic piece is based on the last work of Siavash Kasrai, Moher-ye Sorkh (Scarlet Stone) which re-tells the most famous tragedy of Iranian mythology, namely Rostam and Sohrab. The production uses the modern rendition of Ferdowsi's ancient mythology to portray the current struggle of the people of Iran, especially those of the youth and women, in their brave quest for freedom and democracy. - 11/21/11

Photos: Iranian Women Taekwondo Team in Practice
ISNA photographer Mona Hoobehfekr has captured snapshots from the last practice session of Iranian Women Taekwondo Team before their Olympics qualifying matches. - 11/21/11

Iranian-Born Googler Takes Job as Foursquare's First International Employee
Omid Ashtari, born in Tehran on March 27, 1980, is set to become Foursquare's first international employee, as the social media company --famous for its "check-in" feature-- expands globally. -Grace Nasri - 11/21/11

It's Time for Iran to Overhaul its Middle East Policy
Ever since the Islamic revolution Iran's Middle East policy has been based on an alliance with the Alawite government of Syria. This alliance has allowed Iran to develop strategic relations with Hizbollah and Hamas. But the current regime in Syria is no longer sustainable. -Nader Habibi - 11/21/11

US to Sanction Iran's Petrochemical Industry
U.S. media say the Obama administration will announce new sanctions against Iran later Monday in response to international concerns that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons. - 11/21/11

No Foreign Cause Of Explosion: Iranian Army Commander
The deputy head of the Islamic Republic Armed Forces says no foreign influence was at work in the recent explosion at an IRGC ammunition depot. - 11/21/11

Acid spraying victim denied compensation
A Tehran court has announced that Amaneh Bahrami, the victim of acid-throwing who recently decided to forego the ghesas sentence of her assailant, is no longer eligible to receive any monetary compensation. - 11/21/11

Egyptian elections in doubt after violent clashes in central Cairo
Egypt's revolution entered a dangerous phase of confrontation on Sunday after the army attacked thousands of anti-junta protesters in Cairo, putting the viability of imminent parliamentary elections in serious doubt. -Guardian - 11/21/11

First International Islamic Awakening confab wraps up in Tehran
In the First International Conference of Islamic Awakening studied the latest developments, resisting the foreign dominance, reinforcing the sovereignty and independence of Muslim countries, and confronting the interference of foreign powers in Muslim world. -IRNA - 11/21/11

Iran: Seditionists Are Labeled Deserving Death
Speaking at a seminar titled "Basij and the Media," ayatollah Khamenei's representative cleric Ali Saeedi told the audience, which included senior IRGC and Basij commanders, that the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic had as much authority as the Muslim prophet Mohammad 14 centuries ago. -Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 11/20/11

Pro-Reform Newspaper Etemad Banned In Iran
The Iranian state news agency IRNA reports that Etemad, the country's leading reformist newspaper, has been banned for two months for "spreading lies." - 11/20/11

Iran beats Japan in FIVB World Cup
Iran volleyball team started the FIVB Men's World Cup with a victory over Japan on Sunday. The Iranian team defeated the Asia powerhouse 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-25, 25-15) in Nagoya's Nippongaishi Hall. - 11/20/11

Photos: First Fashion and Coat Exhibition in Tehran
The first "fashion and coat exhibition" was inaugurated at Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran on Saturday. Designers have presented 110 works at the festival. Another 200 works are being presented in digital form. -Arash Khamooshi - 11/20/11

White hair and the colors of prestige: The social and cultural status of the elderly in Iran
White hair and white beard have always been used as signifiers of reverence for old age wisdom and honoring the elders in the Iranian culture. In fact, even today if an elderly person and a young one fall into the pitfalls of disagreement, it is expected that the young would observe the "hormat" of the elder's white hair and white beard, probably keep silent and not retort. -Maryam Ala Amjadi, Tehran Times - 11/20/11

Freed Iranian doctors say Amnesty International campaign gave them hope
Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, imprisoned for their internationally renowned work on HIV/AIDs, were at a low point when they heard of Amnesty International's campaign to free them. It was the autumn of 2008 and, after four months of interrogation or solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison, they feared they had been forgotten. - 11/20/11

Ahmadinejad Press Advisor Sentenced To Jail
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media advisor, has been sentenced to one year in prison and a three-year ban from media activities. Iranian media report that the director of IRNA has been found guilty of "publishing material against Islamic principles in the Khatoon special issue." - 11/20/11

Farrah Douglas' Campaign for State Assembly Continues to Gain Momentum
Carlsbad City Councilwomen Farrah Douglas' campaign for State Assembly of California continues to gain momentum with a recent endorsement from Encinitas Mayor James Bond. - 11/20/11

Iran, first country to propagate spermatogonial stem cells
Iranian scientists developed methods to propagate spermatogonial stem cells for the first time in the world. - 11/20/11

Iran's Copper Output Will Increase 3.5-Fold: Official
Managing director of the National Iranian Copper Industries Company has announced that by the implementation of the current development plans, Iran's copper production will increase 3.5-fold. - 11/20/11

Iran plans to import Chinese cars
Iran plans to import two Chinese cars in coming months. The cars working with two differentials belong to Chinese Great Wall Motors Auto Manufacture Company. - 11/20/11

Photos: The beautiful nature - Noor-al Arsh village in northern Iran
The Caspian region in northern Iran offers some of the most beautiful scenery of mountains and forests. Photographer Erfan Khoshkhoo has captured some of these scenes from Noor-al Arsh village and its vicinity for all to enjoy. The village is located in Khorgam county in the city of Rudbar, Gilan province. - 11/19/11

Iranian official's statement at UN cannot conceal persecution of defence lawyers
Amnesty International deplores the statement at a UN press conference on 16 November 2011 by Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Secretary General of the Judiciary's High Council for Human Rights, that "[n]o lawyer is in prison because he is a lawyer or he is a defender of human rights." - 11/19/11

US to Slap Isolated Iran With New Sanctions
The United States is getting ready to hit Iran with new, tougher sanctions, with one top official saying Tehran now faces an "unprecedented" degree of isolation. - 11/19/11

Imprisoned Journalist Awaits Surgery After Nine Months
Mehdi Mahmoudian, an imprisoned journalist and member of the Participation Front political party, was transferred from Rajaee Shahr Prison to a hospital in May 2011 and will undergo surgery Thursday morning. - 11/19/11

Iranian authorities arrest another senior reformist
Massoud Sepehr, another senior member of the reformist organization Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, has been arrested by Islamic Republic authorities. - 11/19/11

UN Members Condemn Alleged Iranian Plot on Saudi Official
The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly condemned Iran for an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Washington. - 11/19/11

Tehran police target internet cafes
The Tehran Police Force has announced its plan to shut down photo studios and internet cafes that "act against social norms and business regulations." - 11/19/11

Reluctant Turkey A Key Player In Any Sanctions Regime Against Iran
Any effort to impose effective sanctions on Iran in the wake of the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will require Turkey's cooperation. But analysts say given Ankara's expanding trade ties with Tehran, such cooperation is highly unlikely. - 11/19/11

IRGC Commander Said Killed In 'Final Test Phase' Of Intercontinental Missile Program
A relative of the top Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander killed in a mysterious blast last week has told Iranian news agencies that his brother died while testing an intercontinental missile. - 11/19/11

France-Based Satellite Giant Pinpoints Jamming Locations in Iran
France-based satellite giant Eutelsat said Friday it has pinpointed a location in Iran from where signals of international channels broadcasting in Farsi are being disrupted. - 11/19/11

IAEA Considers New Measure on Iran Nuclear Aims
The board of governors of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency is meeting in Vienna, where it is expected to vote on a measure further criticizing Iran for its nuclear program. The resolution was crafted by the U.S. and five other world powers (Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany). - 11/18/11

Photos: Deers in Qoroq Forest, Gorgan
Qoroq (Ghorogh) forest is located about 25 kilometers east of the city of Gorgan in northern Iran. Qoroq is considered one of the habitats for the Iranian deer. -Aboutaleb Nadri - 11/18/11

Take Action: No to Indiscriminate Sanctions, No to War with Iran
Under current Iran sanctions, Iranian-Americans who send money to family in Iran can end up in jail. Travelling by plane in Iran is deadly, with over 1,000 plane crash deaths in the past decade. But now, Congress and the President have promised to make these broad sanctions even worse and punish Iranians and Iranian-Americans for the actions of the Iranian regime. -NIAC - 11/18/11

Jailed Iranian Lawyer To File Suit Against Government Official for False Terrorist Accusation
One day after Mohammad Javad Larijani claimed that distinguished human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, who is currently inside Evin Prison, was connected to terrorist groups, his wife, Massoumeh Dehghan, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Soltani has never faced such an accusation and that he and his lawyers will be filing a lawsuit against Larijani for the false accusations he leveled against her husband. - 11/18/11

Iran: Critics barred from covering parliamentary news
Reporters who have published critical views of Parliament's actions are being barred from further access to parliamentary sessions, an Iranian news website reports. - 11/18/11

Pooneh Jafarinejad Painting Exhibition at Seyhoun Art Gallery
In my point of view regardless of "a woman", one of the most beautiful and mysterious elements of nature is "trees". It's frequently been the subject of painting for almost all of my favorite painters. With every season, trees take different colors and represent themselves with a distinct personality each time. - 11/18/11

U.S. Defense Chief Warns On Iran Military Strike
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said he will raise American concerns about the unintended consequences of any military action against Iran during talks with his Israeli counterpart. - 11/18/11

Iran Boosts Daily Gasoline Production by 4 Million Liters
Iran's daily gasoline production capacity increased by 4 million liters after a development project at Shazand (Imam Khomeini) oil refinery came on stream during a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 11/18/11

Turkey May Be Key to Expanding Western Sanctions Against Iran
As the West mulls more sanctions on Iran's disputed nuclear program, analysts say the success of the penalties could depend on Turkey's involvement. The diplomatic press for more sanctions will accelerate with the French foreign minister's visit to Ankara, which started Thursday. -Dorian Jones, VOA, Istanbul - 11/18/11

Deaths Rise as Outlawed Kurdish Guerrillas Continue Fight
The Kurds are the world's largest ethnic minority without a nation of its own. Less than 20 percent live in northern Iraq where they have achieved regional autonomy. But others are still fighting for increased political and civil rights in Iran, Turkey and Syria. That fight, led by outlawed armed guerrillas, has resulted in the deaths of more than 40,000 people. -Sharon Behn and Ali Javanmardi, VOA - 11/18/11

Photos: Iran's Kidney "ebay"
Iran is the only country in the world where kidney trading is legal. The young people wishing to sell a kidney can simply report to the reception of one of the official kidney referral agencies. But many also auction their kidneys by posting information about themselves, blood types or their asking prices on the walls in the streets. -Armin Karami - 11/17/11

Iranian Official at the UN Hurls Baseless Accusations at Top Lawyer and Opposition Leaders
Iranian authorities should stop misrepresenting their human rights record in order to deflect international criticism and justify widely reported illegal detentions, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today. - 11/17/11

U.S. Officials Warn that New Sanctions Could be a "Boon" to Iran
U.S. officials warned Members of Congress at a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing that new Iran sanctions proposed in Congress could be a "boon to Iran." The debate on new sanctions being championed on Capitol Hill has increasingly focused on the impact such measures could have on the U.S. and international economy. - 11/17/11

Former IAEA Inspector: Misleading Iran Report Proves Nothing
So, first of all, the debate about the Iranian program seems to fall more or less into two camps. One camp says they're seeking knowledge, but there's no evidence--and, again, there's a demand by this camp for actual evidence, rather than just sort of speculation--there's no evidence of a active weapons program. -TRNN - 11/17/11

UN Nuclear Watchdog Wants To Send Delegation To Iran
Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said today that his agency would like to send experts to Iran to help "clarify the issues" raised in a recent IAEA report. - 11/17/11

Reporters Without Borders condemns persecution of journalists in Iran
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the continued arrest of journalists in the Islamic Republic and called for an end to the harassment of the families of detained journalists by Iranian authorities. - 11/17/11

Iran's population exceeds 75 million, preliminary census data show
According to the preliminary data of the 2011 National Population and Housing Census of Iran, the country's population has exceeded 75 million people, an official of the Statistical Center of Iran said on Wednesday. - 11/17/11

Iran's Missile Architect Was Best Known To 'Enemies,' Says Tehran Mayor
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has joined other Iranian officials in praising Iran's missile-program architect Major General Hassan Moghadam, who was killed in the November 12 explosion at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) base near Tehran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/17/11

Photos: President Ahmadinejad meets citizens in Tehran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is holding face-to-face meetings with citizens in the Iranian capital city. The meetings are being held as part of the fourth round of the President's tour of Tehran province. - 11/17/11

Iranian FM says Iran in talks with Russia to settle nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is holding negotiations with Russia to find a solution to the dispute between Tehran and the West over Iran's nuclear program. - 11/17/11

UN Nuclear Watchdog Wants Iran Visit
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to send a high-level mission to Iran to seek "clarifications regarding possible military dimensions" to its nuclear program. - 11/17/11

Photos: Nature Enthusiasts at Seh Qaleh Desert
Town of Seh Qaleh is located about 200 kilometers away from city of Birjand and 24 kilometers from Sarayan in Iran's South Khorasan province. The nearby Seh Qaleh desert with its beautiful scenery is a great place for the nature enthusiasts to hike and camp. - 11/16/11

Iranian Activists Call for Suspension of Uranium Enrichment To Prevent War
More than 150 Iranian political and student activists and intellectuals abroad have called on that country to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment to build confidence and halt any military aspects of the country's nuclear program. - 11/16/11

Iran crushes Indonesia 4-1 in World Cup qualifier, moves to next round
Iran took an important step towards advancing to the final round of the Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday with a 4-1 win over Indonesia. - 11/16/11

Principlists Respond to Official Threats: With Ahmadinejad in Office, Iran Needs no Other Enemies
The threats that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies have been making about possessing incriminating documents against public figures and officials have resulted in an angry response from the Principlist, a group that at one time supported the president but since the climax of his differences with supreme leader of Iran earlier this year have broken ranks with him. -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 11/16/11

Iranian Parliament penalizes travel to Israel
Iran's Parliament has passed new legislation approving prison sentences of two to five years for Iranians who travel to Israel. - 11/16/11

Photos: World third soil carpet "woven" in Hormuz Island
On the occasion of Eid-Ghadir, world third soil carpet was created in the Iranian island of Hormuz in Persian Gulf. The carpet which is 1,600 square meters was designed and made by provincial artists. -Amir Hossein Khorgoui - 11/16/11

Iran UN envoy warns of new resolution's aftermaths
Iranian ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei in a letter warned the UN General Assembly of the consequences of imposition of another draft resolution against Iran. - 11/16/11

Ending Violence Against Women is Defending Human rights and Dignity
Social awareness about gender violence, including violence perpetuated against women and girls at home in both immigrant and native communities, has made significant strides during the last three decades, but not significant enough! -Elahe Amani - 11/16/11

Looking for a weakness in Obama's foreign policy, Republican candidates get hawkish with Iran
Republican presidential hopefuls are focusing on Iran as a weak spot in President Barack Obama's foreign policy record, and they're reviving many of the arguments that neoconservative proponents of armed intervention against Tehran lost in the latter years of George W. Bush's presidency. -AP - 11/16/11

Two Iranian pilgrims killed in Iraq bombing
At least two Iranian pilgrims have been killed and 18 others injured in a bomb explosion around the Iraqi city of Samarra, a report says. - 11/16/11

US mulling action against Iran central bank
The United States is weighing new sanctions aimed at Iran's central bank but must tread carefully to avoid handing Tehran unintended gains or alienating young Iranians, US officials said Tuesday. -AFP - 11/16/11

Iran Decries Saudi UN Resolution
Iran has sounded an alarm about Saudi Arabia's draft resolution to the UN, delivered in response U.S. allegations of a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. - a plot that Iran calls a U.S. fabrication meant to falsely accuse the Islamic Republic. - 11/16/11

Strange bedfellows: Romney and the militias who hate the mullahs
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Saturday during a GOP primary debate that he would work with insurgent groups opposed to the Iranian regime if he were elected president. -Daily Caller - 11/16/11

Number of Iranian Students in U.S. Jumps 19%
The Institute of International Education reported Monday that the number Iranian students studying in the U.S. increased 19% in 2010/11 to just over 5,600. Iran has joined the leading 25 places of origin, moving up to position 22. - 11/15/11

Photos: The Historic House of Mulla Sadra in Kahak, Qom
Mulla Sadra (c. 1571-1641) was a Persian Shia Islamic philosopher, theologian who led the Iranian cultural renaissance in the 17th century. According to Oliver Leaman, Mulla Sadra is arguably the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world in the last four hundred years. -Abolfazl Mahrokh - 11/15/11

Iranian American Students Unite
On November 4, 2011, over 74 college students from 42 institutions across the United States began trickling into the hotel in Washington, D.C. while everyone became acquainted with one another. -Darya Minovi, Iranian Alliances Across Borders - 11/15/11

Iran: Khamenei's Power Consolidation Gambit
Recent comments by Iran's Supreme Leader have sparked intense debate inside the Islamic Republic. When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hinted at abandoning Iran's presidential system three weeks ago, a flurry of commentary followed. Some interpreted his remarks as a concerted push towards absolute power, while others warned against further damaging the country's republican institutions. -Sahar Namazikhah and Reza Marashi - 11/15/11

Iran Buries Missile Commander Killed In Blast, Amid Speculation About Israel's Role
The Iranian regime has buried one of its most faithful sons and a key figure in its national defense, Major General Hassan Moghadam -- the man who founded and is known as the architect of Iran's missile program. "Time" magazine reported on November 14 that the Israeli spy agency Mossad was behind the explosion. The weekly U.S. news magazine quoted an unnamed "Western intelligence source." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/15/11

Explosion at Iran's Shahab Missile Depot
While Iranian official and pro-government media published conflicting news over Friday's massive expositions around Tehran and Karaj, one former soldier from the military base where the explosions took place provided specific details to Rooz. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah - 11/15/11

Jiroft artifacts to be displayed in Tehran
Jiroft's artifacts, delivered to Iran's Embassy in London recently, will be unveiled during an exhibition in Tehran next week. The artifacts were delivered after Iran won an appeal in a London appellate court against the city's Barakat Gallery. - 11/15/11

Iran carpet exports at $279M for first seven months
Iran exported $279 million worth of hand-woven carpets in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), announced deputy head of National Iranian Carpet Center. - 11/15/11

The first Gas Exporting Countries Forum opens in Doha
The first Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) opened in Qatari capital, Doha, on Tuesday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also participating in the event. - 11/15/11

EU Ministers Postpone Decision on New Iran Sanctions
European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened to tighten sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program but said they would wait until their next meeting in December before taking further action. - 11/15/11

Syrian Opposition Groups Try to Meld Divergent Approaches
The Arab League and others are reaching out to members of Syria's opposition, reportedly even the government's long-time backer, Iran. But even as the call for change grows - most recently from Jordan's King Hussein - divisions among anti-government forces are emerging. -Elizabeth Arrott, VOA - 11/15/11

Iran media cast doubt on reported suicide in Dubai
Iranian media are raising questions about the reported suicide in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates, hotel room of the son of a prominent Iranian politician and former Revolutionary Guard commander. -LA Times - 11/15/11

Iranian super heavyweight lifter Salimi wins gold, sets world record in snatch
Iranian athlete Behdad Salimi won the gold medal in the men's +105kg division at the World Weightlifting Championships in Paris on Sunday. Salimi hoisted 214kg in the snatch, bettering countryman Hossein Rezazadeh's record by one kilogram. - 11/14/11

A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Blessing In Disguise
The increasing intensity of steps currently underway to create the groundwork in the public domain to initiate a war with Iran is strangely taking the back seat to Penn State sex scandal and Mat Lauer's globetrotting adventures. All this, while the media hype about Iran's nuclear ambitions and the West's reaction could lead to a global catastrophe more horrendous than Vietnam. Remember, it's Veterans Day! -Kam Zarrabi - 11/14/11

IAEA reports on Iran: Mr. Amano and Regime Change
In an interview with Spiegel Online on April 19, 2011, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was asked if he was deceived by the US and its allies when investigating their allegations against Iran's nuclear program. He answered: "the Americans and the Europeans withheld important documents and information from us. They weren't interested in a compromise with the government in Tehran, but regime change-by any means necessary." -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 11/14/11

Photos: Persian Beets, A Warm Remedy For The Cold Season!
During the cold season, street vendors in Iranian cities sell warm beets, usually fireroasted, and lima beans. The beets, with steam rising from them, are especially very inviting and provide the much needed warmth in the cold days! -Abolfazl Mahrokh - 11/14/11

Iranian Duets Take The Centerstage In Paris
The World Weightlifting Championships wrapped up in the French capital city of Paris on November 13. China finished first in the event, followed by Russia and Iran. This was the first time that Iran stood on the third place in the world weightlifting tournaments. - 11/14/11

We Are Spies
The Islamic Republic of Iran interprets journalists and journalism as spies and espionage. In its eyes, we journalists are spies. Where have we received our training? Colleges of journalism (places that they claim have brought the deviant sciences to Iran). Where do we work? At newspapers (which they portray to be enemy bases). -Nooshabeh Amiri, Rooz - 11/14/11

Iran: Funeral procession held for 17 IRGC personnel
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and and Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari have attended the funeral of a senior military officer who was killed in an explosion at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arms depot that authorities said was an accident. - 11/14/11

Iranian Reformist Leader Condemns Foreign Threats
Former president Mohammad Khatami says any aggression against Iran by foreign forces will be countered by Iranians of all political persuasions. - 11/14/11

Obama Says U.S., China, Russia Are United Against Iranian Nuke
Obama, who had talks at the summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao, said his preference was to resolve the Iranian issue diplomatically, but that he would not take "any options off the table." - 11/14/11

Iran Economic Report, October 2011
Iran's economy, although benefiting from the advantages of one of the world's largest oil and gas reserves and tourist attraction landmarks, has grappled over the past years to cope with the incompetence of the state-owned enterprises that form the vast majority of Iran's economy. -Vesta Monitor - 11/14/11

Video: Letters from Iran - The aftermath of Iran's Green Revolution
In 2009, in the aftermath of an election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad controversially returned to power as president of the Islamic Republic, millions took to the streets of Tehran to protest against the result. But the demonstrations were brutally repressed and the hopes of the "green revolutionaries" were dashed. - 11/13/11

Photos: Underground School for Afghan Children in Kerman, Iran
Iran has banned illegal immigrants' children from attending public schools. As a result, some Afghan children attend underground schools which are considered illegal by the Interior Ministry. These photos are from one such school in the provincial city of Kerman in southern Iran. - 11/13/11

Death of son of prominent Iranian politician in Dubai called suspicious
Ahmad Rezaei, a U.S. Citizen and the elder son of Mohsen Rezaei (a prominent Iranian conservative who ran against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009) has died in a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in an apparent suicide, according to a police official. - 11/13/11

Iranian weightlifter Mohammadpour wins bronze at worlds
Iran's Saeid Mohammadpour won a bronze medal on Saturday in the men's 94kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Paris, France. - 11/13/11

Women in the Arts 2011 Honoring Shirin Neshat
The Brooklyn Museum Community Committee hosts its ninth annual Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring the award-winning, world-renowned photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat. - 11/13/11

Obama Urges Medvedev, Hu to Support US Pressure on Iran
U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Russian and Chinese leaders to support his efforts to pressure Iran to stop its sensitive nuclear activities, but he faced criticism from Republican presidential contenders at home who called for tougher U.S. action on the nuclear dispute. - 11/13/11

Iran: Student Activist Arrested in Sanadaj
Arman Zamani, another member of the Democratic Union of Kurdish Students, was arrested on November 11 by Iranian authorities in Sanandaj. - 11/13/11

Iran says has produced antivirus software against new virus
The director of Iran's Passive Defense Organization, Gholam Reza Jalali, says that the Islamic Republic has produced an antivirus software protecting software and hardware systems of governmental centers against a new virus dubbed Duqu. - 11/13/11

Iran takes legal steps to get compensation from Elsevier: Official
Elsevier publishing company's website has banned the access of Iranian Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) as well as Malek-Ashtar University to its scientific data. - 11/13/11

Iranian scholar wins ASCE Award
An Iranian scholar Dr. Saied Yousefi, a faculty member at the University of Tehran, won 2011 best peer-reviewed paper award from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). - 11/13/11

The U.S. Is Already Attacking Iran Through Terrorist Proxies
Tehran's contention that the United States is carrying out terror attacks inside Iran in an effort to destabilize the Ahmadinejad regime in preparation for a military assault was largely ignored by the establishment media, but it's an admitted fact that the CIA uses terrorist proxies to do precisely that. -Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet - 11/13/11

Mystery surrounds deadly blast at Iran ammunition depot
Mystery surrounds yesterday's explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot that was so large it was felt and heard almost 30 miles away in Tehran. Even as funerals began on Sunday for the 15 soldiers killed, Iranian commanders sought to downplay any connection to Iran's advanced ballistic missile arsenal and its controversial nuclear program. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 11/13/11

Iran seeks to reclaim orchard from British
The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament has moved a motion to take back the Gholhak Orchard from the British Embassy. - 11/13/11

Photos: The school at Chameh Ban village gets a new heater!
The school at Chameh Ban village has been equipped with a modern heater, thanks to a report by Mehr News Agency reporter who brought to light the plight of the students at the village. However, it is not clear if other repairs are planned for the dilapidated school building that houses six young students, boys and girls. - 11/12/11

Iran's Kianoush Rostami wins 2 golds at World Weightlifting Championships
Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has won two golds and one bronze medal at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships in France. - 11/12/11

17 IRGC personnel killed in massive blast at military base in Tehran
Seventeen personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps were killed by two huge explosions that occurred on Saturday at an IRGC munitions depot near the town of Malard in Alborz Province, about 30 kilometers west of Tehran. - 11/12/11

Iran, Bahrain tie 1-1 in World Cup qualifier
A stoppage time equalizer has helped Iran tie a Group E match against Bahrain in the third round of Asia qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. - 11/12/11

Iranian Weightlifter Behdad Salimi: I want to set the world record in Paris
Iran's super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi said on Friday that he was going to set a new record at the World Weightlifting Championships in Paris. - 11/12/11

Iran: Challengers of 2009 election banned from parliamentary elections
Iran's Guardian Council announced that anyone who was actively involved in the post-election protests of 2009 will be barred from participating in the coming parliamentary elections. - 11/12/11

The American Embassy in Tehran
My brother dropped me off in front of the American embassy in upscale Takht-e-Jamshid Avenue and told me he would see me at one o'clock across the street in Hotel America's restaurant for lunch. I walked to the closed gate of the embassy and asked the young Marine behind the gate where I should go to renew my visa. -Mina Siegel, Feminist School - 11/12/11

New York's Met Opens New Islamic Art Wing
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has unveiled its new wing of Islamic works in a major effort to increase Americans' understanding of Islamic culture. The new wing, which opened on November 1, includes 15 galleries displaying historic art from across the Islamic world. This includes the art of the Arab lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia. - 11/12/11

Analysts: Russia, China Ready to Block New UN Sanctions on Iran
The U.N.'s most powerful organ, the 15-member Security Council, has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran from 2006 to 2010. The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the prospect that Iran's nuclear file could come back to the Security Council for a possible fifth round of economic, financial or military sanctions. -Margaret Besheer, VOA, United Nations - 11/12/11

Iranian brothers found a home in Norman while building for others
A pair of brothers, like so many other Iranians at the time, packed their bags in 1978 and came over to the United States to study. For Mohammad and Jalal Farzaneh, this meant moving to Norman to study architecture at the University of Oklahoma. -NewsOK - 11/12/11

Tehran's coffee shops provide a retreat
Hidden in a corner of the atrium of the tiny Feresteh shopping center, right behind Tehran's only Victoria's Secret and a traditional pastry seller, the high-end Lime coffee shop is only for those who know where to find it. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 11/12/11

Photos: Fishermen in Chaboksar Caspian Coast, Gilan
With the start of the fishing season, the fishermen at Iran's Caspian coast in Chaboksar, Gilan province are hard at work casting their nets for the white fish. -Youness Khani - 11/11/11

Iranian reformists see free elections, not constitutional changes as way out of crisis
Even though the suggestion that Iran's supreme leader ayatollah Khamenei made two weeks ago about changing the constitution of the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system received a cold response in domestic political circles including key regime personalities such as ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Majlis members who is close to the conservatives yesterday announced that ayatollah Khamenei had named a special group to examine the possibility of amending the constitution. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 11/11/11

Congress Playing Dangerous Game on Iran Sanctions
Are Congress and the White House on a collision course over Iran? That's looking increasingly likely, as Congressional proponents of the "nuclear option" of sanctions - sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) - try to force President Obama to pull the trigger. -David Elliott - 11/11/11

UN's Ban Urges Diplomacy in Iran Nuclear Dispute
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Iran and the West to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program through talks instead of military action. - 11/11/11

Efforts Continue to Stop Hate Speech in TX
On Friday, November 4, NIAC issued a press release calling for TX restaurant owner, Mr. John Nonmacher, to take down the racist and violent depiction of what is a group of cowboys donning "Iranians Suck" t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at his restaurant. - 11/11/11

US Defense Chief Warns Against Military Strike on Iran
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says military action against Iran could have unintended consequences. The warning came at a press conference Thursday. - 11/11/11

America's Real Iran Problem
After weeks of hyping intelligence on the military aspects of Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration's public statements on the recently released International Atomic Energy Agency report are curiously moderate. -Reza Marashi, NY Times - 11/11/11

Iranian refugees stranded in Turkey's quake-stricken city
Iranian refugees in Van, the Turkish city near Iran's borders that was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, have no means of leaving the area. - 11/11/11

Dissident Iranian cleric lambasts Ahmadinejad regime as most destructive ever
A dissident Iranian cleric said Friday he is confident of a resurgence of the protest movement in his country, calling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency the most "destructive" in Iran's history. -AP - 11/11/11

Iran, Russia sign strategic cooperation agreement
"The document covers cooperation between Iranian and Russian security councils in security, economic, political, and intelligence spheres. Through signing this agreement, the framework of cooperation between the two neighboring countries' security councils was established in terms of form and content," - 11/11/11

The Next Sheriff in Town: Ross Mirkarimi leads in the race for San Francisco Sheriff
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi remained the clear front-runner Wednesday evening in the race to be the next San Francisco sheriff, although his two main contenders remained mathematically alive, with some votes left uncounted. - 11/10/11

Photos: Deprived students of Chameh Ban village
Chameh Ban is a beautiful village located close to the city of Amol in Iran's Caspian region. There are many vacation and luxury houses in the village. And then there is the dilapidated school building! - 11/10/11

Photos: Autumn Snow in Tehran
With the fall of the first snow in Tehran, the residents of the capital city have been given a break from the overbearing pollution and are enjoying the refreshing air. -Khosrow Parkhideh - 11/10/11

West Threatens Iran With New Sanctions; Khamenei Warns Against Attack
Western countries say they are considering how to raise pressure on Iran over its nuclear program in light of a new report by the UN atomic watchdog strongly suggesting Tehran is engaged in nuclear weapons development. -RFE - 11/10/11

Russian Support For Iran Seen As Bargaining Chip
Ties between Russia and Iran appeared to be unraveling only last year, when the two traded barbs over Russian support for UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. Now Moscow appears to be squarely back on Tehran's side. -Gregory Feifer, RFE - 11/10/11

Analyst: Few Options on Iran's Nuclear Aims
The United Nations Security Council has already passed four sets of sanctions against Iran, but two permanent Security Council members, Russia and China, have so far shown little appetite for more. - 11/10/11

Another Iranian journalist sentenced to prison
Iranian journalist Mehran Faraji received a confirmed prison sentence from the appellate court today. - 11/10/11

Iran: Accused BBC "collaborators" released
Iranian authorities have released Katayoun Shahabi and Mehran Zinatbakhsh, two members of the documentary filmmaking community who were detained for more than two months. - 11/10/11

Photos: Basijis protest cutting of trees by British Embassy in Tehran
On Wednesday, a number of people, mostly Basijis, staged a demonstration outside the Qolhak Garden where the British ambassador's residence in Tehran is located to protest about the fact that a number of people affiliated with it have destroyed about 310 trees in the garden. - 11/10/11

China: Dialogue Not Sanctions for Iran
China says sanctions will not "fundamentally" resolve international concerns about Iran's nuclear program. - 11/10/11

A glimpse inside Iran's nukes
New UN report shows that transparency, not sanctions and assassination, will secure U.S interests -Trita Parsi, Salon - 11/10/11

Rafsanjani: Stagnation of political systems leads to their death
Political systems should be in tune with changing demands and "the times we live in", Rafsanjani stated in a meeting with a number of members of student groups and organizations on Wednesday. - 11/10/11

Iran's "Soviet Nuclear Scientist" Never Worked on Weapons
The report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published by a Washington think tank Tuesday repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be used for a nuclear weapon. -Gareth Porter, Counterpunch - 11/10/11

5.7-magnitude Quake Hits Turkey, Kills 7
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Turkey late Wednesday, killing at least seven people and collapsing about 20 buildings. The quake struck less than three weeks after a strong temblor in the region killed about 600 people and displaced thousands. - 11/10/11

In Iran, Talk Of Military Strikes From Above Raises Fears Below
As the international community digests the UN watchdog's assertion of "possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program" the specter of armed conflict is very much a reality to Iranians, leaving ordinary citizens in fear of dark days to come. - 11/9/11

US: Iran Must Answer Questions Raised by UN Nuclear Report
Senior Obama administration officials said Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran underscores Tehran's failure to abide by its international obligations and prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. - 11/9/11

Photos: Water flows in Zayandeh Rud again
After eight months of dryness, water once again started flowing in Zayandeh Rud river in Isfahan on Monday, and this brought happiness to the residents of the city who had gathered by the river to celebrate the occasion. - 11/9/11

Iran: Security Forces Storm the Former Office of Opposition Leader Mir Hossein Mousavi
In all likelihood, this new wave of pressure is designed to set the stage for further media and communication restrictions and the deployment of security initiatives aimed at engaging in psychological warfare in order to over shadow the recent central bank embezzlement scandal and distract the nation from the challenges at hand. - 11/9/11

Amano's report is repetitious, politically-motivated: Iran's IAEA Envoy
Iran's Representative to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh sent a message to the agency's Director General Yukiya Amano, saying the country's nuclear materials are completely under the Safeguards Agreement control. He reiterated that Public has the right to know the truth about the nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. - 11/9/11

Some Iranian MPs summoned over $2.6b fraud case, Mashaei's nephew arrested
A number of MPs have been summoned over the recent $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has announced. Also, Nephew of Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, is among those arrested recently. - 11/9/11

Dissident Iranian Musician Arya Aramnejad Detained
Shortly after the Ashura protests in December 2009, Aramnejad was arrested for releasing a song in support of the opposition Green Movement. While in prison, the artist spent fifty days in solitary confinement. He was later sentenced to nine months in prison. - 11/9/11

Yalda Night in London: Celebrating the Iranian Winter Solstice
November 30th at Leighton House Museum - A free event celebrating the spirit of the Iranian celebration of Shab-e Yalda as part of the Nour Festival of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts. - 11/9/11

Iran Wants More Trade, Visa-Free Travel With Armenia
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran wants greater trade and visa-free travel between Armenia and Iran, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Salehi repeated in separate meetings with President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian during his visit to Yerevan on November 8 that Tehran is interested in expanding already close Armenian-Iranian ties. - 11/9/11

Georgia to host 3rd Zurkhaneh World Cup in November
The 3rd edition of the Zurkhaneh Sports World Cup will be held in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, with the presence of champions from Asia, Africa and Europe. A total of 12 countries will compete in team and individual skills and Pahlavani Wrestling. - 11/9/11

France Wants Security Council Meeting Over Iran
The Security Council has already passed four resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment, a process that can be used in making atomic bombs. - 11/9/11

Russia opposes military musings over Middle East
Ria Novosti reports that in a joint press conference with German President Christian Wulff, Medvedev said: "Israel's statement or any other country that says it is ready to resort to force against Iran or any other country in the Middle East is very dangerous." - 11/9/11

Death Toll Passes 3,500 as Syrian Crackdown Continues, Says UN Human Rights Office
The brutal crackdown on dissent in Syria continues unabated despite the signing of an Arab League peace plan last week, the United Nations human rights office reported today, adding that the death toll has now surpassed 3,500. - 11/9/11

Iran to produce gasoline under Euro-4 standards
The Head of the Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) Nezamoddin Barzegari said the country's Ministry of Oil has promised to produce petrol under Euro-4 standards by mid 2012. - 11/9/11

Iran's daily gas output will reach 1.47 bcm by 2015: Oil Minister
The current gas output is 630-650 million cubic meters per day and is projected to reach 1.47 billion cubic meters by 2015, which is the end date of the country's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015). - 11/9/11

Iranians condemn threats of military attack against Iran
A collection of 121 Iranian intellectuals, writers and journalists has issued a statement in reaction to recent talk of a possible military strike against Iran, warning that "humanitarian assistance and democracy cannot be delivered through the end of a canon." - 11/8/11

Tightening the Noose: The IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program
A diplomatic, economic and military noose is being steadily tightened around the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the diplomatic front, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is about to release its latest report on Iran's nuclear program -CASMII - 11/8/11

Photos: Mass Wedding for Martyrs' Children Held in Qom
A mass wedding ceremony was held in Qom, Iran last week for the children of martyrs (mostly those who were killed during Iran-Iraq war). 52 couples were wed during this festive program (report in Persian). -Hojjatollah Ataei - 11/8/11

Iran: Head of state newspaper found guilty of "insult to the female gender"
"Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the director of the daily newspaper Iran, has been found guilty of publishing material against Islamic principles in the Khatoon special issue." Several conservative figures spoke out against articles that were critical of forcing restrictive clothing rules on women. Some articles were also critical of deploying morality police on city streets. - 11/8/11

Iran Says West Has 'No Serious Proof' Of Nuclear Bomb Drive
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has warned against "ungrounded" accusations amid growing international concerns over his country's nuclear program. Tensions have been rising as press leaks suggested that a report due for release on November 8 or November 9 by the UN atomic watchdog will produce evidence that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear arms capability. - 11/8/11

Iran Physics Society calls for Elsevier to lift information ban
Physics Society of Iran called for Elsevier publishing company to lift information ban on two Iranian universities. The Head of Physics Society of Iran Akbarzadeh in a letter to the Head of Elsevier said the decision goes against academic norms and international scientific co-existence. - 11/8/11

Lecture at LACMA: Darius III, the last of the Achaemenids
Lecture by renowned scholar offers glimpse at the last king of the Achaemenid Empire. Pierre Briant, a Professor of History and Civilization of the Achaemenid World at the College de France, will speak about Darius III, the last king of the Achaemenid Empire, who confronted the Macedonian invasion. - 11/8/11

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Moved to New Location
Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has been moved to a more appropriate location for his house arrest, says his son, after authorities finally bowed to pressure from his family. - 11/8/11

Trial of Baha'i educators in Iran: condemnation spreads
As more information has emerged regarding the trial of seven Baha'i educators, the worldwide outcry at the persecution of Iranian Baha'i students and teachers continues to spread. -BWNS - 11/8/11

Football: Persepolis wins Velayat Cup
Persepolis football team lifted Velayat Cup trophy on Monday in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. Persepolis tied with its archrival Esteghlal 2-2 in Tehran derby. The Iranian giant team had already defeated Nacional of Paraguay 1-0 while Esteghlal lost to the South American team 1-0. - 11/8/11

Iran has right to deploy navy near U.S. coasts: Iranian Navy Commander
The Navy commander says Iran has the right to deploy naval vessels near U.S. coastal waters. "The Iranian Navy has the right to be present (near) the coasts of the United States," Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told the Mehr News Agency. - 11/8/11

Stoning YouTube, Facebook, And Google In Iran
The "stoning of the devil" is one of the rituals performed at the hajj during which pilgrims throw pebbles at three pillars that represent the devil. At a recent exhibition of digital media in Iran, a similar ritual was reportedly staged against YouTube, Facebook, and Google -- apparently because the Iranian authorities consider them to be evil. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/8/11

Obama extends national emergency against Iran one more year
Because our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is still under way, the national emergency declared on November 14, 1979, must continue in effect beyond November 14, 2011. -White House - 11/8/11

Ostad Moein Metro Station Opens in Tehran
Mohammad Moin (July 12, 1914, Rasht, Iran - July 4, 1971, Tehran, Iran) was a prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature and Iranian Studies. - 11/8/11

Photos: 5000-years-old Jiroft artifacts - Part II
Many artifacts associated with Jiroft were recovered from looters described as "destitute villagers" who had scavenged the area south of Jiroft before 2001, when a team led by Yousef Madjidzadeh began excavations. The team uncovered more than two square kilometers of remains from a city dating back to at least the late 3rd millennium BC. - 11/7/11

To Help The Iranian Opposition Or Not (Part 2)
"Mrs. Clinton, we want help!" writes well-known Iranian exiled satirist and opposition member Ebrahim Nabavi in reaction to last month's comments by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/7/11

Students From 42 Universities Issue Statement Against Racist Texas Poster
Iranian Alliances Across Borders' (IAAB) 2011 Student Summit addressed the current state of the Iranian American diaspora community. Over 70 Iranian American student leaders from 42 universities around the nation and abroad expressed outrage over the bigoted content of the 1979 poster titled "Let's play cowboys and IRANIANS!" displayed in John Nonmacher's restaurant in Katy, Texas. - 11/7/11

Iranian Political prisoners warn against participating in "illegal" elections
Thirty-six Iranian political prisoners have issued a statement calling on "the Green Movement and the reformists" to support the elections only if they are "open and free" and in any other case to refrain from allowing their participation to "legitimize an illegal election process." - 11/7/11

Photos: Hajj Pilgrimage at Kaaba, Mecca
The Kaaba is a cuboid-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. The Qur'an states that the Kaaba was constructed by Abraham and his son Ishmael, after Ishmael had settled in Arabia. The building has a mosque built around it, the Masjid al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are. -Mehdi Ghasemi - 11/7/11

Photos: Autumn Snow covers Tehran's higher elevations
With the fall of an autumn snow, Tehran's higher elevations have been covered in a white blanket creating great scenaries which are visible from the capital city. -Amir Pourmand, ISNA - 11/7/11

Russia Slams US, Israel for Intensifying Rhetoric against Iran
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the US and Israel against their hostile rhetoric against Tehran, saying that a military strike against Iran over its nuclear program would be a serious mistake with unpredictable consequences. -FNA - 11/7/11

Iran honors IranAir hero pilot
The Iran Air Boeing 727, with 94 passengers and 19 crew members was landed without its front landing gear at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on October 18, 2011. The incident took place as the plane was landing after a flight from Moscow. - 11/7/11

Oil Market Activists Warn US to Avoid Aggressive Move against Iran
Oil market activists, experts and consumers warned the US and Israel to drop their irrational warmongering rhetoric against Iran, saying that the first aggressive move on the Islamic Republic would cause an intolerable explosion in prices. -FNA - 11/7/11

Iran: Prosecutor files charges against "immoral" soccer players
The Rasht Prosecutor's office has announced that they are filing charges against Mohammad Nosrati and Sheys Rezai, the two Iranian soccer players who have been accused of "committing an immoral act" when one was shown pinching the others' bottom while the team was celebrating a goal on the field during league games (see videos). - 11/7/11

IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability
Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran's government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings. -Joby Warrick, Washington Post - 11/7/11

Iran to Increase Refueling Ships in Persian Gulf
General Manager of Iran's Hormuzgan Ports and Shipping Organization Ali Akbar Safaei said Sunday that Iran has decided to boost its refueling activities for thousands of ships which annually pass through the Persian Gulf. - 11/7/11

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Prime Ministers Meet In St. Petersburg
Founded 10 years ago in the Chinese city of Shanghai, the organization brings together China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, India, Iran, and Pakistan have official observer status and are seeking to join. - 11/7/11

Photos: 5000-years-old Jiroft artifacts - Part I
"Jiroft culture" has been postulated as an early Bronze Age (late 3rd millennium BC) archaeological culture, located in what is now Iran's Sistan and Kerman Provinces. The hypothesis is based on a collection of artifacts that were confiscated in Iran and accepted by many to have derived from the Jiroft area in south central Iran, reported by online Iranian news services, beginning in 2001. - 11/6/11

Iranian FM: "IAEA documents on Iran's nuclear program lack authenticity"
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that the documents that the International Atomic Energy Agency will release in the near future in regard to Iran's nuclear program lack authenticity. It has been said that the agency will release documents in its next report that will ostensibly show that Iran is carrying out nuclear missiles studies. - 11/6/11

Exhibition - Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East
Sundaram Tagore Gallery is honored to bring the work of these important artists to the attention of New York. In addition, this exhibit will travel to our galleries in Beverly Hills and Hong Kong in 2012, creating a truly national and international audience for these artists. - 11/6/11

Football: Paraguay's Nacional defeats Iran's Esteghlal in Velayat Cup
Esteghlal football team was stunned by Nacional of Paraguay in Iran's Velayat Cup on Saturday. In the match held at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, Nacional beat Iran giant Esteghlal 1-0. - 11/6/11

Disputes Over Who Speaks for Incarcerated Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi
Fatemeh Karroubi, the wife of detained Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, says her husband has no spokesperson abroad. The Jaras opposition website quoted unidentified sources in Tehran saying: "Since October 22, Mehdi Karroubi has no spokesperson outside the country and his position on issues will be announced solely through members of his family." - 11/6/11

Iran: United Front of Principlists says to launch election campaign
The head of the United Front of Principlists' election campaign headquarters announced on Saturday that front will officially start its activities for the March parliamentary elections this week. - 11/6/11

Paul offers friendship with Iran; Says nuclear weapons program "blown out of proportion"
The Texas congressman says fears about Iran's nuclear program have been "blown out of proportion." He says tough penalties are a mistake because, as he says was the case in Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still paved a path to war. -AP - 11/6/11

Is Netanyahu bluffing once again?
Should the latest episode of Israeli calls for bombing Iran be taken seriously, or is it -- like the many cases prior to it -- yet another (politically motivated) false alarm? Like clockwork, Israeli alarm bells have gone off in the past fifteen years with predictable regularity. -Trita Parsi, CNN - 11/6/11

Iran-France tensions could be resolved through talks: French envoy
"We are confident the issues could be resolved through talks. We know each other for a long time. Any family might face a problem, but they resolve it soon," Foucher told ISNA as responding a question asked on how Iran's public opinion would be affected if a confrontation occurs in the two countries' measures. - 11/6/11

Will Iranian Foreign Ministry Enter The Garden Dispute With UK?
The British Embassy issued a statement rejecting reports that its staff had burnt or cut down the garden's trees. The statement claimed that the garden's water supply has been cut off for about three years due to northward development of Tehran subway. It added that 31 of the garden's trees dried and fell during a storm. - 11/6/11

UN Committee Says Iran Fails to Uphold the Majority of Civil and Political Rights
On 4 November 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued its concluding observations regarding Iran's record of upholding civil and political rights. The Committee, which is comprised of leading human rights experts, raised concerns that Iran fails to meet, what amounts to, the majority of protections mandated by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. - 11/5/11

Temperatures Rise Ahead Of Latest UN Report On Iran Nuclear Program
No one knows yet what is in the UN nuclear agency's latest report on Iran's nuclear program, set to be released next week. But press leaks suggest the report could be a bombshell. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 11/5/11

NIAC Calls For Texas Restaurant to Take Down Anti-Iranian Hate Poster
NIAC deplores the racist and violent depiction of what is supposed to be a group of cowboys donning "Iranians Suck" t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at a restaurant in Katy, Texas. In response to the recent attention received, the owner of the restaurant, John Nonmacher, said "If they're not happy here, then they should go back to Iran." - 11/5/11

Wife of Iranian Activist Abdollah Momeni: "We Are Prohibited from Visiting Him Because He Wrote the Truth"
Fatemeh Adinehvand, wife of prisoner of conscience and student activist Abdollah Momeni, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her husband is under interrogation in prison and is not in good spirits. Adinehvand added that Momeni's problems in prison have increased since he wrote a letter to the Supreme Leader. - 11/5/11

Government crackdown on Iranian activists continues
The Islamic Republic continues its crackdown on political activists with another arrest in Mashhad and three more in Tabriz. - 11/5/11

Qatar Conquers Iran's Airspace
Iran's homegrown airline industry was once a point of pride for the Islamic republic, which has long prided itself in its independence and followed a policy of looking "neither East nor West." But sanctions preventing the country from purchasing parts to maintain aircraft or new Western planes to update aging fleets, and denying some European refueling points on international flights, may have caused the country to swallow that pride and look abroad for help. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/5/11

Iran writes to UN: U.S. claim a threat to world peace
The Iranian mission to the United Nations, in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has once again rejected the U.S. allegation that Iran had plotted to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, saying U.S. claim is a threat to world peace. - 11/5/11

Birth Rates in 19 Iranian Provinces Fall Short of Replacement Level
A Birth Registration Organization official says according to statistics birth rate in 19 out of 31 provinces fall the replacement level and this shows the birth rate is moving toward a 'negative growth'. - 11/5/11

Why Israel Will Not Attack Iran
It is an old Israeli tactic to act as if we are going crazy ("The boss has gone mad" is a routine cry in our markets, to suggest that the fruit vendor is selling at a loss.) We shall not listen to the US any more. We shall just bomb and bomb and bomb. Well, let's be serious for a moment. -Uri Avnery, Counterpunch - 11/5/11

Heavy penalties for Iranian soccer players
Iranian soccer league players Mohammad Nosrati and Sheys Rezai have received heavy fines for their so-called "immoral acts" on the field while celebrating a goal - 11/5/11

Iran's natural gas deposits will last up to 100 years
An official at the National Iranian Oil Company has stated that Iran's natural gas reserves will last up to 100 years. However, Iran's crude oil reserves will end by the next 50 years, Mohammad-Ali Emadi, the NIOC research and technological director, told the Mehr News Agency. - 11/5/11

Featured Iranian Artist: Bita Fayazi
Bita Fayazi, one of the most active multimedia artists, was born in 1962 in Tehran. She studied ceramic art with masters such as Haj Abdollah Mehri, Mehdi Anoushfar, Roya Djavidnia and Ojan Sirousi and held her first solo exhibition, titled Wall murals and abstract forms at Classic Gallery in Esfahan in 1993. -Tavoos Art Magazine - 11/4/11

Confidential Communications Disclosed: Obama's Threatening Letter, Iran's Stern Response
While the spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry had said that he was not aware of any confidential letter by the president of the US to the leaders of the Islamic republic of Iran, the disclosure of the contents of such a letter and Tehran's response to it which appeared in international media resulted in the publication of more details by media associated with ayatollah Khamenei. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 11/4/11

Reformist parties banned from parliamentary elections
Iranian Elections Headquarters announced that Iran's three main reformist organizations are banned from the upcoming parliamentary elections. - 11/4/11

Iran: Political activist arrested over public statement on election
Last month, 143 of Iran's prominent reformist political figures issued a statement addressed to former president Mohammad Khatami, saying: "There are no positive prospects that the people's votes will be protected and that the elections will be open, healthy and fair" in Iran's upcoming parliamentary elections. - 11/4/11

Britain and U.S. consider attack on Iran
While The Guardian reports that the British military has stepped up plans for an attack on Iran, analysts say such an attack would be disastrous, insisting that "engagement is the only course to take." - 11/4/11

NIAC Summer Senior Fellow: My Washington, DC Experience
My summer on Capitol Hill was a very rewarding experience and I was honored to work on Capitol Hill, something most people don't get to do. During my time in the Congresswoman's office, I worked on policy issues and attended hearings, which can become stepping stones to a future in government and policymaking. -Nazanin Tondravi - 11/4/11

Canadian Parliament Studying Case of Fugitive Iranian Banker
The Canadian parliament is reportedly studying the case of the former Iranian Bank Melli Chief, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, who fled from Iran to Canada during an embezzlement scandal, while top Canadian security officials said he is also under a citizenship-fraud investigation. - 11/4/11

On Eve Of Hajj, Pilgrims At Center Of Iran-Saudi Rift
Officials have downplayed suggestions that there is any element of retaliation behind the deportations of hundreds of Iranian pilgrims upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia for the hajj this week. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 11/4/11

Iranian reformist figure rejects revolutionary court's legitimacy
Ebrahim Yazdi, Secretary General of the reformist Freedom Movement group, announced yesterday that he does not recognize the legitimacy of the Revolutionary Court to process his case. - 11/4/11

No benefit for United States in attacking Iran
There is no manner in which a military action against Iran can serve long term US interests. -Jack JC, Veterans Today - 11/4/11

AIPAC's "War With Iran" Bill Passes House Committee
Wasting no time after its success in getting the administration to oppose Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and still celebrating the UNESCO funding cut-off, AIPAC has returned to its #1 priority: pushing for war with Iran. -MJ Rosenberg, Huffington Post - 11/4/11

Israel Faces Questions About News Reports of Eyeing Iran Strike
Several Israeli ministers have publicly placed blame for the leaks on Meir Dagan, the former chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence service, who after leaving office this year said that Mr. Netanyahu was intent on launching such an attack, and had to be restrained by opposition from top intelligence and military officials, almost all of whom have since left office. -New York Times - 11/4/11

'Iranian' poster at Katy BBQ restaurant draws controversy
A poster depicting a hanged Iranian man is drawing some unwanted attention to Nonmacher's Bar-B-Q in Katy (Houston, Texas), local media report. The poster, which also shows armed men surrounding the hanged man, includes a caption that reads, "Let's play cowboys and Iranians." -Houston Chronicle - 11/4/11

October is over and the sky hasn't fallen on Iran as yet. Once again the advertised deadline has come and gone and the goal posts moved back for the next "imminent" threat by Israel or its surrogate ( the roles are now reversed ), the United States, to launch a preemptive strike against the Islamic Republic. -Kam Zarrabi - 11/3/11

U.S. House Committee Adopts Indiscriminate Sanctions, Anti-Diplomacy Bill
"This bill is beyond extreme," said NIAC policy director Jamal Abdi. "It binds the hands of the President and our diplomats, setting our foreign policy in a very dangerous direction." The bill gives the President a 30-day deadline to make a sanctions determination against the Central Bank of Iran. - 11/3/11

Rooz Interview with Mehdi Khazali: Both Factions of Iranian Regime are Collapsing
Khazali: When your loved one is in a comma you have hopes that he will recover. The regime is now in a comma even though it is alive through artificial respiration. We hope it will revive and recover. I hope will succeed in the path they have chosen, a path defined by Iranian culture and I hope we do not experience what happened in Libya. We experienced this 33 years ago and so should not have to do it again. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 11/3/11

Banafsheh Akhlaghi: A Strong Iranian-American Candidate for Congress
What makes us most excited are Banafsheh's qualifications and character. Over the past decade, Banafsheh has been leading a life of service, standing up for the very values that this country stands for. She is known for her passion for people and for The Constitution. And she has proven herself as a woman of high integrity and strong character. -Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats - 11/3/11

Iranian Activists' Jail Terms Lengthened
An Iranian appeals court has approved new sentences for three prominent student activists who are already serving out earlier sentences. - 11/3/11

US: Iran Must Abide by Nuclear Commitments
The United States on Wednesday reiterated its call for Iran to abide by international commitments regarding its nuclear program. The statements came amid media reports in Israel about government discussions of a possible military strike on Iran. - 11/3/11

Iranian Military Chief Issues Warning to Israel
Iran's military chief has warned Israel against launching any military action against the country. Quoted by Iranian media, General Hassan Firouzabidi said Israel would regret any such attack and be severely punished. - 11/3/11

Tighter US Sanctions on Iran Clear Legislative Hurdle
The U.S. Congress is moving to tighten sanctions against Iran, following allegations that a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington had Iranian backing. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill targeting Iran's central bank, oil industry, nuclear program, and security forces. -Michael Bowman, VOA - 11/3/11

Iran to Launch Toloo Satellite Next Year
The Deputy Head of the Industry and Research Institute of the Iranian Defense Ministry Mohammad Eslami said Iran would launch Toloo (Sunrise) imaging satellite into space next year. - 11/3/11

Iran Extends Influence in Central Asia's Tajikistan
Iran is competing with Russia as it seeks to forge closer ties with Tajikistan, the one Persian-speaking nation of the former Soviet Central Asia. The capitals of Iran and Tajikistan are 1,000 kilometers apart, but when their presidents meet, they don't need interpreters. - 11/3/11

Iran says it takes legal action if IATA refuses attention to talks
IranAir's Chairman Farhad Parvaresh said IATA is sanctioning IranAir, adding, "Iran would take legal actions if IATA does not pay heed to negotiations." Parvaresh's remarks came following Iran and IATA negotiations on sanction against Iran's aviation industry. - 11/3/11

Iran Launches "Kahkeshan" Aerospace Technology Park Construction Project
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has broken the ground for an aerospace technology park, dubbed "Kahkeshan" (Galaxy), in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Almost USD100 million has been dedicated to the construction of the park. - 11/3/11

Mickey Mouse brings Disney diplomacy to Iran theme park
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Seven Dwarves are not the U.S.-friendly images usually associated with Iran. But in a small corner of Tehran, a surprising display of unofficial Disney diplomacy seems to fly in the face of official anti-American rhetoric. -CNN - 11/3/11

Iranian banker gives $3-million Toronto house to daughter
As Canadian officials look at ways to revoke his citizenship and remove him, a top Iranian financier who fled to Canada from Tehran amid a major bank scandal has off-loaded his real-estate holding in Toronto, records show. -Globe and Mail - 11/3/11

UN envoy offers to negotiate peaceful deal to close Iranian exiles' camp before end of year
The top U.N. envoy to Iraq is offering to broker the peaceful closing of a camp of Iranian exiles before the government in Baghdad forces its residents out at the end of the year. Martin Kobler announced his offer to mediate at a news conference Thursday with a top aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. -AP - 11/3/11

Request on the Parliament's Floor: Release the Leaders of Iran's Green Movement
With the passage of over 250 days since the leaders of Iran's Green Movement Mehdi Karoubi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard were put under illegal house arrest, and while just a few more months are left for elections to the ninth Majlis, a number of current lawmakers have, in the last month, made speeches on the floor of the Majlis calling for the lifting of the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders and the release of political prisoners -Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 11/2/11

Don't punish the Iranian people, say no to broad sanctions
The vast majority of sanctions in place against Iran are not targeted at Iran's rulers but instead broad and indiscriminately aimed at ordinary Iranians and Iranian Americans. But now Congress and the President are planning to make it even worse. -NIAC - 11/2/11

Released activist arrested again
Iranian political activist Peyman Aref has been arrested once again, just days after his release. The Rahana Human Rights House of Iran reports that Aref went to Evin Court today for processing of the charges against him and he was arrested once more. - 11/2/11

Photos: The Development of Paradise Art Center in Hormoz
The Paradise Art Center in Hormoz Island hosted many Iranian and international visitors this year. I was pleased with the outcome and decided to enhance the development of the artworks in Hormoz -Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt - 11/2/11

Iranian soccer players face punishment for "immoral" celebration
An Iranian judiciary official says soccer players Mohammad Nosrati and Sheys Rezai "committed an act against public morality" during their jubilant on-field celebration of a goal, and they should be sentenced to imprisonment and 74 lashes. - 11/2/11

Noor Film Festival in Florida
The Ancient Persia - Modern Iran Program Series presents selected highlights from the 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival - November 5-6 at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach - 11/2/11

Why Contain Iran When Its Own Aims Will Do Just That?
Iran is once again in America's cross hairs. Even before the allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, concerns about Iran were high, with an impending U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq possibly leading to increased Iranian influence there. -Vali Nasr, Bloomberg - 11/2/11

Israel successfully tests advanced missile said capable of reaching Iran with nuclear warhead
Israel on Wednesday successfully test-fired a missile said capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran, fanning the public debate over reports the country's top leaders are agitating for a military attack on Tehran's atomic facilities. -AP - 11/2/11

UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears
Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern over Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. - 11/2/11

Grandmother provides private window on US Iranian elders of the diaspora
For over thirty years Zahra taught Tehran's first graders how to read and write; how to hold a pencil in their hands; and how to become upstanding citizens in a country that later came to be swatted and crushed, pushed, toiled and bombed as it was turned upside down by the ravages of revolution, war and international isolation. -Bahar Mirhosseini, WNN - 11/2/11

Iran: Economy Minister Survives Impeachment Motion
The parliamentarians who sought Hosseini's removal cited his failure to fulfill his supervisory responsibilities, which led to the recent $2.6 billion financial fraud, as the reason for their motion to oust the minister. - 11/2/11

When is a bet not a bet? A day at the Iran races
Under Islamic sharia law, gambling is generally seen as illegal. But thanks to certain religious rulings, many race-goers are permitted to put money on the horses legally as long as they are "predicting" through official channels. -Reuters - 11/2/11

Photos: The Murals of Tehran
Many creative murals cover the walls in the streets of the capital city Tehran. Most of these murals are part of the beautification plan of the city, while some carry a social or political message. Here are a sample of those murals captured by photographer Khosrow Parkhideh. - 11/1/11

Iran's Basij Launches Website To Cover Occupy Wall Street Movement
The Occupy Wall Street Movement has found an unlikely fan: Iran's government Basij force, whose thuggish members are thought to have been heavily involved in the crackdown that followed the disputed reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in 2008. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/1/11

Ahmadinejad's foes flex power in Iran's parliament
Iran's internal political battles have reached this point before: Lawmakers demanding that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad become the first Iranian president hauled before parliament for a grilling on government policies. -AP - 11/1/11

Iranian Parliament Set to Criminalize More Web Activities
Iran's Parliament is preparing a proposal to widen the scope of computer crime laws to include text messages, weblogs and comments left on websites. - 11/1/11

Iran's "Nader and Simin, a Separation" nominated for British award
The acclaimed film "Nader and Simin, a Separation" by Iranian director-writer Asghar Farhadi is among five nominees for the best foreign film award at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). - 11/1/11

B l taa'rof Magazine Launch
B|taa'rof is a bi-annual magazine and year-round blog about the collective experience of Iranians across generational and geographic borders. It is the virtual museum of Iranians living outside of Iran; the voice of the Iranian community in North America; and IAAB's newest and most exciting project to date. - 11/1/11

Videos: Iran bans footballers for grabbing bottoms on the field!
Two Iranian football players have been indefinitely suspended due to committing "immoral" acts on the field. Apparently, Persepolis players Mohammed Nosrati and Sheis Rezaei got too excited when their team scored the winning goal against Damash Gilan last Saturday. Footage posted online shows the joyous Persepolis defender Mohammed Nosrati squeezing teammate Sheis Rezaei's bottom in the heat of the excitement! - 11/1/11

Iranian Director Bahram Beyzai at UCLA
November 20-21 -- Bahram Beyzai, born 26 December 1938 in Tehran is a prominent Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher. - 11/1/11

Iran's power grid to be connected to Europe's: Official
Managing Director of Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Homayoun Haeri said the country's generation electricity grid would be connected to European network next year. - 11/1/11

Iran accounted for 12% of OPEC output in September
Iran produced 3.597 million barrels of crude oil per day in September, accounting for 12 percent of the output of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and making it the second leading producer of OPEC. OPEC's output totaled 29.896 million barrels per day in September. - 11/1/11

Iran Asks US to Apologize For Assassination Allegations
Iran has called for the United States to apologize for allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. - 11/1/11

Kyrgyzstan To Close US Airbase in 2014
Kyrgyzstan's president-elect has told the United States that its Manas airbase has to close when its lease expires in mid-2014. The United States has used the base, which is adjacent to the Manas civilian airport, as a key supply transit center for the war in Afghanistan. - 11/1/11

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