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The Cyrus Cylinder travels to the US
The British Museum today announces that one of its most iconic objects, the Cyrus Cylinder, will tour to five major museum venues in the United States in 2013. This will be the first time this object has been seen in the US and the tour is supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation. - 11/30/12

Photos: Nazhvan Forest Park in Isfahan
Nazhvan Forest Park is one of the natural and recreational attractions of Isfahan. Nazhvan, with an are of 1200 hectares, is the biggest park west of the city of Isfahan. Nazhvan is composed of "Naj" which means pine in Persian and "van" which means place in Persian. Thus Nazhvan means a place with lots of pine trees. - 11/30/12

Blind Legislator-Elect Cites Education as Key to Success
"Our greatest challenge is to build a 21st-century education system that ensures that every child can fulfill his or her potential," said Habib, 31, who is believed to be the first American of Iranian descent elected to a state legislature. -Kathryn McConnell - 11/30/12

Turkey Continues Trading Gold for Iranian Natural Gas
Turkey late least week acknowledged that a surge in its gold exports this year is related to payments for imports of Iranian natural gas, shedding light on Ankara's role in breaching U.S.-led sanctions against Tehran. In response, U.S. senators said they will seek to close this loophole. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 11/30/12

Iran: Military Attack Cannot Stop Uranium Enrichment
In Vienna on November 30, Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh told journalists that Iran would rebuild any enrichment centrifuges destroyed in an attack. - 11/30/12

NIAC: Demand AP Clarify Warmongering Report
This week, the Associated Press (AP) ran an "exclusive" story claiming to uncover bombshell evidence in support of war with Iran. The evidence? A crude, hand drawn graph. - 11/30/12

IAEA chief expresses concern for inspectors in Iran
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said on Thursday that his inspectors in Tehran are enduring pressure but he failed to indicate what kind of duress they might be under, saying the situation was not easily explained. - 11/30/12

Senate votes to tighten sanctions on Iran
The Senate has voted 94-0 to tighten sanctions on Iran, targeting its energy and shipping industries. In a letter to lawmakers, the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee urged senators to back the legislation. -Huffington Post - 11/30/12

Factory explosion in Tehran kills two Iranian workers
Two Iranian workers died and four were injured in an explosion at a paint factory west of Tehran. Labour activists have repeatedly spoken out against the lack of safety in workplaces and factories. - 11/30/12

German Government Slams Berlin After Iran Embassy Stormed
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle criticized the city of Berlin over security measures for diplomatic missions after protesters stormed the grounds of the Iranian embassy in the German capital. -Bloomberg - 11/30/12

Iranian stage and screen stars to raise money for quake victims
A number of celebrated stage and screen stars will perform play readings to raise funds for earthquake victims in East Azarbaijan Province. - 11/29/12

Dutch Lawyers Support Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
On November 26, a number of Dutch lawyers gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy in The Hague to express their support for Nasrin Sotoudeh and to protest against her treatment as a prisoner in Iran. - 11/29/12

Iranian embassy attacked in Berlin
After a number of individuals attacked the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Iran has called for a judicial confrontation with the perpetrators, and the German Foreign Minister has apologized to the Islamic Republic. - 11/29/12

Jailed Iranian lawyer in critical health
Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month, is now in critical condition, her husband Reza Khandan reports. - 11/29/12

Iranian, Polish puppet shows share Warsaw festival prize
The puppet shows "The Earth and the Universe" from Iran and "Louder!" from Poland have shared a top prize of at A Puppet Is a Human Too, an international festival of puppet theaters and movie animation for adults which was held in Warsaw. - 11/29/12

NATO to Decide on Turkey Missile Defense
NATO is expected to make a decision Tuesday on Turkey's request for the deployment of missile defense batteries along its border with Syria. The decision is seen by Ankara as having both military and diplomatic significance. But such a deployment is strongly opposed by Russia and Iran. - 11/29/12

Taking Risks in Art and Politics
Over the past two decades, Shirin Neshat has drawn on her personal experience of being an artist at home in the West with roots in Iran to illustrate her creed: "People should be free to choose what they want to do with their lives, what they want to wear, what religion they want to believe in; this is not something a government or a community should impose." -NY Times - 11/29/12

Iran's hydroelectric power generation capacity stands at 9.5GW
The power generation capacity of Iran's hydroelectric power plants stands currently at 9.5 gigawatts (GW), IRNA reported on Wednesday. The actual output of the power plants is 7.6GW, according to the report. - 11/29/12

Oil up on US budget optimism, Middle East tension
Brent crude oil rose by more than $1 to reach $111 per barrel on Thursday on optimism that U.S. lawmakers would reach a deal on fiscal policy and as mounting tension in the Middle East intensified supply concerns. -Reuters - 11/29/12

American Pie
It feels good for whatever reasons -- That Mr. Obama -- Is re-elected -- Heard the news -- Through an e-mail from Citizen Journalist -- Just that very minute the results were announced in US -- Here in Iran... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 11/28/12

UN Resolution Intensifies International Pressure on Iran
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes today's passage of a resolution by the United Nations Third Committee of the General Assembly calling on the government of Iran to stop its massive human rights violations. The resolution passed with 83 votes in favor, 31 against, and 68 abstentions. - 11/28/12

Iranian government slammed for rise in child labour
Iranian children's rights activist Ali Akbar Esmailpour has spoken out against the lack of close supervision of child labour in Iran. Esmailpour told ILNA on Tuesday that the Iranian government fails to accurately report on just how many child workers are used in workshops in Iran. - 11/28/12

Iran's "Here without Me" crowned best film at London festival
"Here without Me" directed by Bahram Tavakkoli has been named the Best Feature Film at the 3rd London Iranian Film Festival. A screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams's "A Glass Menagerie", "Here without Me" is about Yalda, a kind, pretty and gentle girl who is ashamed of her limp. - 11/28/12

Photos: 4 new domestically-manufactured submarines and hovercrafts join Iranian Navy
Two domestically-made submarines in the classes of Qadir and two domestically-manufactured hovercrafts in the classes of SR.N6 and BH7 were delivered to the Iranian Navy fleet on Wednesday during a ceremony held in the Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas. - 11/28/12

Iranian Official: 'We Should Be Ready To Face Nuclear Accidents'
A rare expression of concern about Iran's nuclear sites and their impact on human health has been made by the head of the country's accident and medical emergency center. "We believe all of our emergency services should be trained and ready to face nuclear accidents," Gholamreza Massoumi was quoted as saying by Mehr -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/28/12

Iranian cartoonist gets Silver Feather in her cap at German contest
Iranian cartoonist Parya Puladvand won a Silver Feather at Grafikatur 2012, an international cartoon competition held in Lubben, Germany. Her winning work, which depicts a classroom scene, is currently on display in an exhibition at Lubben's City Hall. - 11/28/12

Iranian police accept partial responsibility for blogger's death
The Iranian police has accepted partial responsibility for the death of Sattar Beheshti, an Iranian blogger who recently died in custody. - 11/28/12

Iran's petrochemical exports exceed $7b in 7 months
As much as $80 billion in investment opportunities have been identified in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the Iranian petrochemical industry, which is taking great steps toward development, Bayat said, adding that the NPC pays special attention to the attraction of investments in order to achieve this goal. - 11/28/12

AP Presents Shoddy Evidence From Dubious Sources as Proof of Iranian Weapons Program
An Associated Press report by a journalist with a reputation for speculative and misleading coverage of Iran's nuclear program claims that a shoddy Iranian diagram, leaked by "a country critical of Iran's atomic program" suggests the Islamic Republic is working on a nuclear weapon. -John Glaser, Antiwar - 11/28/12

British judges refuse to extradite Iran ex-diplomat to US
A former Iranian ambassador on Tuesday won his court battle against extradition from Britain to the United States for allegedly conspiring to smuggle arms to Iran. -AFP - 11/28/12

Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird
Earlier this month Iran showed off its latest drone design, but on examination the photographs bear a striking similarity to those coming out of Japan's Chiba University. -Register, UK - 11/28/12

Study Predicts Stunning Costs for Diplomatic Failure with Iran
A new study by the Federation of American Scientists estimates that escalating conflict with Iran would impose stunning costs to the global economy. A war with Iran, according to the study, could cost up to $1.8 trillion in the first three months, while new sanctions that Congress is considering passing before year's end would set the economy back $64 billion. - 11/27/12

New Study Outlines Impact of Broad Sanctions on Iranian Americans
The ALC study documents some of the instances of Iranian Americans being blocked from completely legal transactions through unclear or overzealous enforcement. The case of Iranian Americans being denied purchases at Apple retail stores earlier this year was just the tip of the iceberg. - 11/27/12

Iran's Cyber Police chief called to resign over prison death
The member of Iran's National Security Commission leading an investigation into the death of Sattar Beheshti in prison says the head of Iran's Cyber Police should resign. - 11/27/12

Brzezinski: US Should Not Follow Israel on Iran Like a "Stupid Mule"
"I don't think there is an implicit obligation for the United States to follow like a stupid mule whatever the Israelis do," said Zbigniew Brzezinski. "If they decide to start a war, simply on the assumption that we'll automatically be drawn into it, I think it is the obligation of friendship to say, 'you're not going to be making national decision for us.' - 11/27/12

ARGO seen through the prism of history: A film long on thrills but short on history
"Argo" is a great thriller, well-acted, with spectacular cinematography in an Istanbul passing off as Tehran and a nail-bitingly suspenseful last half-hour. Incredibly, the far-fetched story really happened. -Saideh Pakravan - 11/27/12

Iran-US No negotiations, no solution
The US, from its position of strength, perceives that tightening sanctions will bring Iranians to the negotiating table and force them to suspend the nuclear program. Contrarily, the US language of threat, intimidation, and humiliation intensifies Iran's paranoia and mistrust. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 11/27/12

Iranians should marry younger: Census Official
In recent months, the Islamic Republic authorities have scrapped all population-control programs that had been in place for decades in Iran, and even the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei apologized to the people for having instructed them in the past to bear fewer children. - 11/27/12

Problem of illiteracy persists in Iran
The head of Iran's Literacy Movement has announced that more than 9.5 million Iranians over the age of six are illiterate. Ali Bagherzadeh told the Reporters Club today, Monday November 26, that one third of the illiterate population is between the ages of 10 and 49. - 11/27/12

Iran finishes 2nd in World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships
Iran finished in second place of the 2012 World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships held in Santa Cruz, Aruba on Sunday. Defending champion Iran lost to South Korea 27-13 and came second. - 11/27/12

Iran's oil revenues hit $118b in previous fiscal year
Iran's oil revenues during the Iranian calendar year of 1390, which ended on March 19, 2012, amounted to $118 billion, according to official statistics. - 11/27/12

Iran becomes chair of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
Leaders of the world's biggest gas suppliers ended their first summit in Doha, Qatar on November 13. During the gathering, they restated the need for a fair gas price, while Iran, whose president was absent, warned that Western taxation could derail the energy market - 11/27/12

Iran plans to cut dependency on Turkmen gas imports
Iran has developed a plan to launch a new pipeline, aiming to boost gas supply to the Caspian Sea provinces and cut dependency on gas imports from Turkmenistan, the Mehr News Agency quoted National Iranian Gas Company's Managing Director Javad Owji as saying. - 11/27/12

Pro-Iranian Hackers Infiltrate Top Nuclear Watchdog And Call For Investigation Of Israel
A group calling itself Parastoo published email addresses-r eportedly found within the IAEA's internal computer systems -and threatened to post personal information unless the world's chief nuclear watchdog investigates Israel's nuclear program. -Business Insider - 11/27/12

Iranian newspaper stops publication over cartoon
The Maghreb daily reported on Monday that due to objections against a cartoon of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that appeared on the front page of its November 22 issue, publication of the paper will cease until the Press Supervisory Board convenes to decide its fate. - 11/26/12

The Biggest Wish of Sharif University's Chief: Holding A Mass Prayer On Another Planet
During an recent gathering at Sharif University of Technology, Dr. Reza Roosta Azad, Chancellor of the University, said that during the week of aerospace he was asked what his biggest wishes were. He said that he had responded that his biggest wish was to hold a mass prayer on one of the other planets, since this wish allows the both technological and spiritual advancements. Amen! - 11/26/12

Iranian photographer takes 1st prize of competition in San Francisco
Farzaneh Radmehr, a photographer from Tehran, was awarded a Gold Medal and took the 1st place prize in The New Images Photography Awards with her photograph "Flying Down". The photograph is part of an exhibition of the Gold Medal Award winners that was held at Studio 17 in San Francisco November 10-25. - 11/26/12

Arrest by Iranian cyber police raises concerns
Iranian cyber police have arrested another political activist, opposition media report. The Kaleme website reports that Omid Dehdarzadeh was arrested on Sunday afternoon by the cyber police in Ahvaz. - 11/26/12

The principle of Process and Culture of Human Rights: "Ends and Means"
The dialogue of "Means" (specific actions), "Ends" (end goals), and "Process" carries a historical, ethical, social, and political importance. And, the Machiavellian philosophy of "the ends justify the means" has nowadays become the dominant decision-making axiom and spoken communication. -12Petals Media Group - 11/26/12

Labour groups call for probe into blogger's death
Three Iranian labour organizations have issued a joint statement urging the government to pursue the case of Sattar Beheshti's death in police custody so the perpetrators of his death can be brought to justice. - 11/26/12

Blisters and Sanctions
It was February 1987, at the front lines near Khorramshahr, in the south of Iran along the Iraqi border. We had been engaged in heavy battles for over a week. Our troops had penetrated fortified Iraqi positions, and the Iraqis were making us pay: Artillery and mortar shells rained down on us with a vengeance, as did bombs from Iraqi planes. -Shahriar Khateri and Narges Bajoghli, MERIP - 11/26/12

Israeli Defense Minister Barak Quits Politics
Barak founded the center-left Independence party after splitting from the Labor party in 2011. He became a close ally of Mr. Netanyahu in recent years, but their relationship has become strained by differences in how to seek U.S. support for Israel's strategy toward Iran. - 11/26/12

Photos: Ashura Carnival in Iran
In the recent decades, Ashura has been turning into a carnival like event where people in different regions of Iran enact various events as they see them happened in Karbala. These photos show the Ashura rituals held in various towns and villages across Iran. - 11/25/12

Photos: Ashura Carnival in Qom
During the month of Muharram, various mourning ceremonies are held across Iran where each region has developed their own traditions and rituals, many of them carnival style. These photos show one of the Ashura rituals held in the holly city of Qom in central Iran. - 11/25/12

Persian Studies at San Jose State University Hosts Forum on the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations
SJSU's Persian Studies Program invites the university community to "Nuclear Ambitions, Human Rights, and the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations" 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29. The speakers will be Dr. Mahmoud Monshipouri, San Francisco State University; Nazy Kaviani, Committee to Protect Journalists; and Firuzeh Mahmoudi, United4Iran. - 11/25/12

Iran accuses U.S. of airspace violations
Iran's permanent representative at the United Nations has accused the United States of repeated violations of its airspace. In a letter to Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, Mohammad Khazai accused the United States of carrying out "illegal and provocative" operations in the Persian Gulf. - 11/25/12

Touraj Aslani wins Asia Pacific award
Iranian cinematographer Touraj Aslani has won the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award for his work on Fasle Kargadan (Rhino Season), a co-production between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. - 11/25/12

Ali Karimi among three nominated for AFC Player of the Year award
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced the final three names for the 2012 AFC Player of the Year award award. - 11/25/12

Turkish politician reveals gold trade with Iran
Iran is trading gas for Turkish gold, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister has revealed, confirming recent discussions about an increase in the Turkey-Iran gold trade. - 11/25/12

Middle East: The Next Four Years
Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global. Dispatches From The Edge will try to outline and analyze them, starting with the Middle East. -Conn M. Hallinan, Dispatches from the Edge - 11/25/12

Photos: Muharram Mourning in Tabriz Bazaar
During the month of Muharram, various mourning ceremonies are held across Iran where region has developed their own traditions. These photos show the Tasoua (9th of day Muharram) mourning ritual held in Tabriz Bazaar. -Alihamed Haghdust - 11/24/12

Photos: Muharram Carnival in Kashan
During the month of Muharram, various mourning ceremonies are held across Iran where region has developed their own traditions and rituals, many of them carnival style. These photos show one of these rituals held in the city of Kashan in central Iran. -Mohammadreza Abbasi - 11/24/12

Photos: Akhlamad Waterfall
Akhlamad Waterfall is located in the province of Razavi Khorasan in northeastern Iran and is a popular tourist excursion. During the cold winters, Akhlamad Waterfall manifests a spectacular sight as it freezes completely over. Other than the magnificent natural view that it provides theonlookers, it also produces a much stiffer challenge to rock climbing enthusiasts. - 11/24/12

Iran's tea industry faces total destruction: union
The head of Iran's northern tea factories union has announced that more than 65 tea production units have been shut down, and the "uncalculated policies" of the Ahmadinejad administration have put a heavy strain on tea production in Iran. - 11/24/12

US Cancels Conference on Nuke-Free Mideast
The United States says a conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East will not be held because of current conditions in the region. The announcement comes amid a flare up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, civil war in Syria and an unsettled political situation in Egypt. - 11/24/12

Iran among objectors to Turkey's missile defence plan
Iran, Russia and Syria have expressed their opposition to the deployment of NATO's anti-ballistic missile system in Turkey. On Thursday, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that Turkey had made a request for deployment of the missiles, stressing that they were "purely defensive." - 11/24/12

Iran Complains to UN About Illegal US Overflights
The Iranian government has sent letters to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today complaining about "illegal and provocative acts" carried out by the US Navy along their coast. -Jason Ditz, Antiwar - 11/24/12

Argo, The Canadian Caper and the story of a young third culture kid
The movie, ARGO, was just released and many of my closest friends knew how excited I was to see it as I once lived in Tehran during these tumultuous times. It's the story of the rescue of 6 American Consular Officers who fled their posts and went into hiding after Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy on November 4, 1979. What many of them did not know was that as a young 18 year old soldier I was a part of this story. As this operation is no longer classified, I can now share my part in it. -JT McInnis - 11/23/12

Photos: Muharram Mourning in Masouleh, Northern Iran
During the month of Muharram, various mourning ceremonies are held across Iran where region has developed their own traditions. These photos show the mourning ceremonies that are held on the 6th of Muharram each year in the village of Masouleh in the northern province of Gilan. -Sajjad, Rafikhah - 11/23/12

Let My People Go!
As the second American presidential term begins, trepidation permeates pages of daily lives. National problems abound: from secession petition of the ignorant to the soap opera of propinquity of marriage, sex and lust. -Soosan M Alemansoor - 11/23/12

Blogger may have died from shock: Iranian Judiciary
The death of a jailed blogger in custody was not due to any form of illness, the Tehran General and Revolutionary court said in a statement issued on Thursday. Iranian judiciary officials confirmed that Sattar Beheshti, who was arrested on October 30 and transferred to Evin Prison, died four days later while in police custody. - 11/23/12

Lecture at Freer Gallery: Making History: Contemporary Art and the Middle East
The study, display, and collecting of art from the Middle East inevitably involve questions of cultural traditions and identity. Glenn Lowry, former F|S curator of Islamic art and now director of the Museum of Modern Art, shares a unique perspective on the emergence of contemporary Middle Eastern art. - 11/23/12

Coty Beavers Murder: Houston Police Look For Link To Gelareh Bagherzadeh's Killing
Ten months after an Iranian-born human rights activist was gunned down in her car, her boyfriend's twin brother was riddled with bullets in his home, the Houston Chronicle reported. -Huffington Post - 11/23/12

Iranian Activist Abolfazl Tabarzadi Released from Detention Due to Severe Medical Condition
Student and human rights activist Abdolfazl Tabarzadi has been released after six months of imprisonment in Karoon Prison, after the medical examiner and a judge determined he is medically unfit to serve his prison term. Suffering from severe psychological problems, Tabarzadi is currently being treated at his family home. - 11/23/12

Ericsson helping Iran's telecom expansion
Despite Western sanctions the Swedish firm Ericsson is working with Iran's largest mobile telecom operator to expand its network and has promised to support another Iranian mobile carrier until 2021, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Ericsson is the world's largest mobile network equipment maker. - 11/23/12

Syrian Forces, Rebels Clash Near Damascus
The fighting comes as Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani traveled to Damascus Friday for talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. - 11/23/12

A defeat for Israel...?
It's too soon to know whether the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be more than a sticking plaster to be ripped off by more violence whether provoked by Israel or not, but while we wait for events to give us the answer, there is a good case for saying that under Netanyahu's leadership the Zionist (not Jewish) state has suffered a significant defeat. -Alan Hart - 11/23/12

ANIMAL PLANET: The Law of the Jungle
We are looking at an ongoing conflict of interests between the tenth most powerful military in the world, supported unequivocally by the world's most powerful empire, against the occupants of a tiny, overcrowded and destitute concentration camp equipped with homemade miniature missiles that do not always even carry any explosives! -Kam Zarrabi - 11/22/12

Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday
Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. - 11/22/12

Iran: Visits withheld from female political prisoners in Evin
Kaleme speculates that the decision by Tehran Prosecutor Mahmoud Jafari Dowlatabadi was probably issued as a punishment for the letter that was released earlier by a number of Iranian political prisoners, expressing sympathy for the family of deceased blogger Sattar Beheshti, who died recently while in the custody of cyber police. - 11/22/12

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer On 'Unlimited' Hunger Strike
Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has reportedly been on hunger strike for more than a month, appears determined to continue her protest indefinitely. Her husband, Reza Khandan, has written on his Facebook page that Sotoudeh told him on November 20 that she was on an "unlimited" hunger strike. - 11/22/12

14 students wounded in latest field trip accident in Iran
Another bus carrying Iranian students on a field trip to southern Iran has overturned on the road, wounding fourteen passengers. - 11/22/12

Iran: Rafsanjani's jailed son says there's no case against him
Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the jailed son of senior Iranian political figure Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, told his father during a visit that the security office has no evidence against him. - 11/22/12

World Powers Want New Nuclear Talks with Iran Soon
Six world powers have agreed to seek renewed talks on Iran's contested nuclear program as fast as possible, reflecting a renewed sense of urgency to resolve Tehran's disputed nuclear activity. - 11/22/12

Photos: Iranian MPs stage rally to deplore Israel's crimes in Gaza
Iranian MPs along with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, held a rally here on Wednesday to condemn Israel's aggression on Gaza. Israel has conducted more than 1,350 aerial and sea attacks against the Gaza Strip since November 10, which have left more than 126 Palestinians, including 27 children and a pregnant woman, dead and over 900 others injured. - 11/21/12

Iranian Parliament Discusses Election Reform
Iranian lawmakers have opened discussions on whether to reform the country's election laws. The changes which are being considered by Iran's 290-seat parliament, or Majlis, aim to introduce tougher prerequisites for those looking to contest the country's presidential election next year. - 11/21/12

Iranian director adapts Khayyam poetry for anti-war play
The Iranian director Zahra Sabri has adapted Omar Khayyam's poetry and thoughts for an anti-war play. The play entitled "Count to One" was staged at Tehran's Play Workshop on November 18. - 11/21/12

Group Condemns Sentence For Iranian Activist's Wife
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has condemned the jail sentence handed to Masoomeh Dehghan by Iranian authorities. - 11/21/12

Iran's Supreme Leader Orders Peace Between President, MPs
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, has called on Parliament to end its motion to summon Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the assembly for questioning. - 11/21/12

We'll not axe Carlos Queiroz: Iran football chief
Head of the Iran Football Federation Ali Kaffashian said on Tuesday that he has not decided to axe Carlos Queiroz. Iran lost to Uzbekistan last week in the 2012 World Cup qualifier and has a difficult task to advance directly to the competitions. - 11/21/12

Iran's nuclear program unhindered by sanctions: IAEA
Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says Iran continues to enrich uranium at a steady rate and international sanctions have not had any evident effect on Iran's nuclear activities. - 11/21/12

Nader Mashayekhi to return to the stage with Shahnameh musical
Iranian Composer and conductor Nader Mashayekhi will return to the stage with a Shahnameh musical five years after he was dismissed from of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. - 11/21/12

Iran's NDF allocates $1.5b for development of Persian Gulf oilfields
Iran's National Development Fund (NDF) has allocated $1.5 billion for developing the country's oilfields in the Persian Gulf, Iranian Offshore Oil Company Managing Director Mahmoud Zirakchianzadeh said on Tuesday. - 11/21/12

Acclaimed Iranian Filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi Speaks Out about Brother's Arrest
Bahman Ghobadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today that his brother, Behrouz, was arrested on November 4. Fearing for the health of his brother who has several serious illnesses, Ghobadi told the Campaign that the family has no information about his condition since his arrest. - 11/20/12

Hospital treatments raise concerns about Iranian opposition leaders
Iranian opposition media are expressing concern regarding the health of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mosuavi, the Iranian opposition leaders who have been held under house arrest by Islamic Republic authorities for more than 600 days. - 11/20/12

Iran's Parliament agrees to restriction on women's travel
Iranian Parliament has passed a bill barring single women under 40 from leaving the country without permission from a legal guardian. - 11/20/12

The Frugality Of Iran's Supreme Leader
Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, is often short of cash and has to borrow from his personal guards, according to an account by a man who's said to be one of Khamenei's oldest friends and aides. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/20/12

Iran's "Final Whistle" named best film at Mannheim-Heidelberg festival
"Final Whistle", an Iranian drama on social and private life interactions, was crowned best film at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany on Monday. Directed by Niki Karimi, the movie went on screen at the international section of the festival. - 11/20/12

Coroner points to natural causes in Iranian blogger's death
The chief of Iran's coroner's office has announced that according to his department's investigation, Sattar Beheshti, the detained blogger who died last week while in police custody, seems to have died from natural causes. - 11/20/12

Speaking to the Palestinians in the language of death, but still there is hope
When Israel rained death and destruction on the Gaza Strip four years ago, Chris Hedges wrote the following. "Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and Naval vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks mosques and slums, to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armour, no command and control, no army and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is Murder. -Alan Hart - 11/20/12

The "Leopard of Iran" gone missing on Mont Blanc
Iranian experienced mountaineer Mahdi Amidi Ahang has not yet found after more than one month. Amidi, known as snow leopard of Iran, was last seen on 16th October at near the Tete Rousse refuge on the Mont Blanc in the Alps. - 11/20/12

Major Muslim Nations' Economic Forum Begins In Islamabad
Opening the meeting, Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said the Developing 8, or D-8, group of countries' share in global trade could reach $500 billion by 2018. The presidents of Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, and Nigeria along with leaders of Bangladesh and Malaysia will participate in a one-day D-8 leadership summit in Islamabad on November 22. - 11/20/12

Sattar Beheshti: When an Islamic Republic goes to 'the abyss of hell'
While the Larijani brothers try to save their regime, citizen journalists keep tabs on their crimes. -Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera - 11/20/12

Syrian government, opposition establish joint committee
Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups agreed in Tehran on Monday to establish a joint committee to promote national dialogue in Syria. - 11/20/12

Photos: Life in Masal, Northern Iran
Masal is situated at high elevations on the Talesh mountainside in the midst of soaring forests. Surrounded by the beauties of nature, Masal is one of the unique tourist attractions of the country especially during the autumn season. -Amin Rahmani - 11/19/12

New York Still Needs Our Help: IAAB Lends a Hand
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, IAAB organized a team of volunteers, along with a coalition of organizations, to work on Sandy relief efforts. What we found were communities extremely devastated three weeks after the storm hit. There is a dire need for all of those in New York and New Jersey to volunteer in relief efforts before the extreme winter weather hits. - 11/19/12

CONFERENCE: Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-speaking World And Its History Through Russian Eye
November 30 - December 1 2012 at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Supported by Roshan Cultural Heritage Foundation, Iran Heritage Foundation, and the Soudavar Memorial Foundation. - 11/19/12

Witness returned to Evin Prison after outcry
Abolfazl Abedini, an Iranian political prisoner who was exiled to Ahvaz Prison last week, has reportedly been returned to Evin Prison. His transfer was immediately reported and challenged by 41 of his cellmates, who published a letter expressing concern for his well-being. - 11/19/12

Iranian people bearing brunt of sanctions: Iran
The Etemad daily reported on Monday November 19: "Part of the drug shortages that the country is wrestling with are brought on by the sanctions that Western countries have imposed on the grounds that they are pressuring the Iranian government." - 11/19/12

Maz Jobrani Performing Live for Jimmy Vestvood!: December 3rd in Menlo Park
Be a Hero, Support a Hero! Do you think it's time to have a Persian hero in a movie for a change? Haven't you also been dreaming of a Persian Pink Panther? - 11/19/12

The Roots of Israeli Attack on Gaza
Phyllis Bennis: Well, I think that what we're looking at is a huge escalation on the part of Israel against Gaza, very reminiscent in a number of ways of the Operation Cast Lead of 2008, 2009, also beginning shortly after the election-the first election, that time-of President Obama, and before the inauguration in both cases. - 11/19/12

Violence rejected at Syrian national dialogue meeting held in Tehran
The participants of the Syrian national dialogue meeting, which was held in Tehran on Sunday, emphasized the importance of a halt to the violence in Syria. The announcement was made by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi during a press conference held after a closed-door meeting. - 11/19/12

Iranian-Americans giving back this Thanksgiving
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, several Iranian-American organizations are joining forces to offer opportunities to give back to Houstonians in need. -KTRK - 11/19/12

The Basij Expands its Activities: A News Agency for a Para-military Group
The militia arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Basij, has joined the ranks of those groups and institutions in Iran that have their own "news agency". As announced, the news channel aims to have "an active" presence in cyberspace with the purpose of "confronting the soft war of the enemy" -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 11/19/12

Iranian firm to manufacture 2.5MW wind turbines
Iran's MAPNA Generator Company will manufacture 2.5MW generators through indigenizing related technology by the next 1.5 years. Currently, Iran has the capacity to generate 10,000MW of electricity using wind turbines. - 11/19/12

Little housing rebuilt months after quake: Iranian MP
Alahverdi Dehghan, the Iranian MP for Varzaghan, reported today that only 15 percent of the necessary housing has been completed for the victims of the earthquake that struck the region last August, and 5,000 families are still facing the cold without adequate shelter. - 11/18/12

Iran faces shortages of medical supplies, infant formula
The head of the Iranian Association of Pharmacists says the price of medical products has risen by 245 percent, and infant formula and medical drugs for special diseases are in short supply at Iranian pharmacies. - 11/18/12

Iranian Political Prisoners Protest Transfer of Dead Blogger's Confidante
Forty-one Iranian political prisoners in section 350 of Evin Prison have written a letter to protest the transfer of Abolfazl Abedini, the person who is "the most informed" about the alleged torture of Sattar Beheshti by his interrogators. - 11/18/12

Iranian duo shortlisted for AFC Player of the Year Award
Ali Karimi and Mohsen Bengar of Iran have been nominated for the 2012 AFC Player of the Year award on Sunday. Japan, Korea Republic and China have a player each in the list. - 11/18/12

Armenia severely affected by Western sanctions against Iran
The western sanctions against Iran have had dire consequences for Armenia, including an acute shortage of food and agricultural products in the country, the Armenian media said. - 11/18/12

Iran Claims U.S. Denied Visas To UN Delegation
Tehran says the United States has denied visas to Iranian officials hoping to attend a United Nations meeting in New York. - 11/18/12

$10 million gift establishes Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University
Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, a member of the Class of 1980, and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani, a member of the Class of 1974, have created the center to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region's significance for the contemporary world. - 11/17/12

Another Facebook arrest carried out in Iran
Iranian police have arrested another Facebook member for publishing "indecent images and content on Facebook." - 11/17/12

Conference in Washington, DC -- Iran 2013: Making Diplomacy Work
2013 will be the critical year to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff. With sanctions escalating, Iranian nuclear capabilities increasing, a soft war simmering and warnings of full blown military conflict on the horizon, it has never been more vital that the United States and Iran find a diplomatic off ramp to prevent disaster. - 11/17/12

Iran: Daughter of slain activists given summons
Iranian authorities confiscated the passport of Parastou Forouhar at the airport today, on Saturday, as she entered Iran on the eve of the 14th annual commemoration of her parents' death. - 11/17/12

NIAC Condemns Human Rights Abuses Squeezing Iranians, With No Exceptions
Over the past ten days we have witnessed two tragedies in which ordinary Iranians were killed under the gross repression of the Iranian government and the broad impact of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. government. - 11/17/12

Italian experts prepare topographic map of Sassanid city
A team of Italian experts has prepared a topographic map of Bishapur, the ruins of a Sassanid city located near the town of Kazerun in Fars Province. - 11/17/12

Iranian FM to visit Gaza
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Salehi will travel to the region to express solidarity with the people injured in the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and express Iranian nation's strong support for the Palestinian resistance movement. - 11/17/12

Tehran looks ready to tango
To the surprise of many, Iran's Intelligence Ministry shares the assessment of its counterparts in the US and Israel: the potential destruction caused by military strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities would set back the programme only a few years. More telling is their final conclusion: diplomacy is the preferred way forward. -Reza Marashi & Sahar Namazikhah, Al Jazeera - 11/17/12

Swiss won't fully comply with sanctions on Iran
Switzerland has refused to restrict transactions connected to Iranian oil exports, despite pressure from the European Union to join the international sanctions against Iran. - 11/17/12

Gaza rockets land near Jerusalem as fears of ground offensive grow
The Israeli cabinet has authorised the call-up of 75,000 reserve troops as fears grow that the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, will order a ground invasion after Egyptian efforts to broker a ceasefire did not make headway and Hamas fired a rocket at Jerusalem. -Guardian - 11/17/12

U.S. Charges Iranian Man In Aircraft Parts Export Scheme
U.S. authorities have filed charges against an Iranian national accused of plotting to illegally buy and export military-grade airplane parts to Iran. - 11/17/12

Photos: Iranian quake victims in the company of cold weather
Those who lost their homes in the quake hit areas of Varzaghan and Ahar in Iran's northwestern province of Azarbaijan now have to deal with the cold and snow. This has created more hardship for the quake victims who are still living in tents. Meanwhile more quakes have been hitting the area causing more damage. -Farshid Tighehsaz - 11/16/12

Iran Deputies To Mull Draft Law Restricting Women's Right To Travel
Lawmakers in Iran are preparing to consider legislation that may drastically alter an adult woman's ability to obtain a passport and travel outside the country. -Roya Karimi and Daisy Sindelar, RFE - 11/16/12

Victors and victims, a review of Argo
When in June 2009, Barack Obama described the President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak as a 'force for stability and good in the region' he was echoing the description US President Jimmy Carter had reserved for the Shah of Iran in 1978. Mubarak, like his Iranian counterpart, a dictator, was similarly overthrown in a popular revolution not long after his American Presidential blessing. -Naz Massoumi - 11/16/12

PEN Day Of The Imprisoned Writer: Iran Journalist Says Jail Conditions A 'Crime Against Humanity'
During the night of August 28, 2012 -- the day before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was to arrive in Tehran for a summit of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) -- ailing Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz was removed from a hospital and returned to the notorious Evin prison. -Robert Coalson, RFE - 11/16/12

24 Executions in 4 Days: Executions to Scare off the Dissatisfied Iranians
After a lull in the number of executions announced by the official Iranian media in the month of Ramazan and during the Non-Aligned Summit conference in Tehran earlier this year, the country's judiciary has returned to its practice of high rate executions. -Kaveh Ghoreishi, Rooz - 11/16/12

Head of Iranian Judiciary slams Ahmadinejad media supporters
The head of Iran's judiciary has criticized Ahmadinejad supporters in the media, saying they have tried to create a scandal around the case of Sattar Beheshti, the detained blogger who died while in custody. - 11/16/12

International airfares double in Iran
Following fare hikes of more than 50 percent for domestic flights in Iran, the cost of international tickets has risen even further - by 107 percent. - 11/16/12

Tolerance and Culture of Human Rights
Social responsibility is a concept that is dedicated to the promotion of building up shared values. For the culture of human rights to be genuinely cultivated, special emphasis needs to be placed on such universally shared values as freedom, tolerance, and non-violence. -12Petals Media Group - 11/16/12

Israel and Gaza conflict: Truce during Egyptian PM's visit broken
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried Israeli's air strikes on Gaza on Friday as a pre-election stunt and said he would discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo this weekend, Reuters reports. -Guardian - 11/16/12

Is Iran Resorting To An Insurance Scam To Keep Oil Exports Flowing?
Oil sales are vital to Iran's economy and its ability to continue financing its clandestine nuclear and ballistic missile programs. New evidence has emerged which raises the question of whether Iran is engaging in a giant insurance fraud, replacing private insurance with a patina of coverage shrouded in mystery. -Forbes - 11/16/12

Iran loses to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier
Uzbekistan stunned host Iran in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. The Iranian national football team lost 1-0 to the Uzbeks in front of 40,000 home fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 11/15/12

PEN Day Of The Imprisoned Writer: Jailed Voices That Must Not Be Silenced
"When your heart trembles for the rights of another human, that is when you begin to slip, that is when the interrogations begin.... When you find faith in people and believe in humanity and nothing else, that is when you commit your first crime." -Robert Coalson, RFE - 11/15/12

Book to Serve as Capstone to Long and Illustrious Career of Iran Foreign Policy Expert
In a forthcoming book from the University of Virginia Press, one of the world's pre-eminent experts on Iran's foreign policy (Ruhi K. Ramazani) makes what he expects to be his final scholarly statement on the subject. - 11/15/12

Obama to push for diplomacy with Iran
The U.S. president announced today that he intends to push for new diplomatic ways to resolve the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program. - 11/15/12

Tehran Stock Exchange reaches historic high
The main index of the Tehran Stock Exchange (TEPIX) hit a historic high at 31,336 point on Wednesday. - 11/15/12

UK refuses visa to Iran's snooker world champ
The British government is preventing the current IBSF World Snooker Championship title-holder from taking part in a key international tournament because he is Iranian. - 11/15/12

Iran Unveils Several Achievements in Bank of Biological Compounds
The advancements included a new antibiotic named Persimicin, Persiherbin herbicide, double-vial and single-vial storage ampoules and different weeds to maintain microorganism. - 11/15/12

2nd phase of Iran's subsidy reform plan suspended
In the second phase of the subsidy reform plan, the government was scheduled to increase the energy prices in five years, with low-income families compensated with direct cash handouts. - 11/15/12

Cheetahs on the Edge
The camera-trap program has helped Iranian scientists determine roughly how many cheetahs are left and where they live-vital information for developing a conservation strategy. -National Geographic - 11/15/12

Iran is world's 11th leading wheat producer: FAO
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says Iran is the 11th leading producer of wheat in the world in 2012. According to the latest FAO report, "Crop Prospects and Food Situation," Iran's wheat production has reached 13.8 million tons in 2012. - 11/15/12

"Taboor" receives Thessaloniki film festival special mention
Iranian director Vahid Vakilifar's "Taboor" received the First Special Mention at the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Athens, Greece. - 11/15/12

'Iran has no gas shortage, has halted Turkmen gas imports': Oil Minister
Iran has stopped importing natural gas from Turkmenistan, the Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi as saying on Wednesday. - 11/15/12

With Obama's Victory, Principlists in Iran Talk of "Negotiations and Compromise"
As economic pressure on Iran mounts and the Barack Obama wins the presidential race in the US, some senior authorities in the Islamic republic of Iran are now pronouncing that talks with the United States are possible, if the interests of the regime so require. -Hossein Mohammadi, Rooz - 11/14/12

Petraeus Resignation Reveals Divisions Over Iran
Ray McGovern: It's likely one reason there was no attempt to save Petraeus by White House was his Hawkish Stance on Iran - 11/14/12

Photos: Iran tests missile systems during major air defense exercise
Iran tested various types of medium-range and low-altitude missile systems during the second stage of a joint air defense exercise of the Armed Forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which was held on Tuesday. - 11/14/12

Iranian boy dies due to medication shortage
A 15-year-old hemophiliac boy has reportedly died in Iran due to a shortage of medication in the country. - 11/14/12

Photos: Ten people killed in eastern Iran helicopter crash
Some ten people were killed when a helicopter airlifting injured people in road accident to hospital crashed near Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province. - 11/14/12

Several Arrested After Iranian Blogger's Death In Custody
Iran's prosecutor-general says several people have been arrested in connection with the case of blogger Sattar Beheshti, a critic of the Iranian establishment, who died in custody earlier this month. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/14/12

Iran, Denmark launch cooperation in controlling diabetes
Chancellor of Tehran Medical Sciences University Bagher Larijani said Wednesday that the university signed a cooperation agreement on prevention and curbing diabetes with a complex procedure of treating the disease in the EU. - 11/14/12

Iranian MPs read report about blogger's death in prison
Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has read its report regarding the probe into the controversial death of Sattar Beheshti, an Iranian blogger who died in cyber police custody. - 11/14/12

Iraq's Kurdish Region Sees Economic Boom
The autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq is witnessing an economic boom, drawing back many exiled Kurds who had fled oppression and now dream of helping to create an independent homeland. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 11/14/12

Oil Minister: $30bn investment needed in Iran's oil, gas industries annually
Minister of Oil Rostam Ghassemi says $150 billion should be invested in the oil and gas industries in the Five-Year Economic Development Plan, so $30 billion should be invested in the sector annually on the average. - 11/14/12

Iranian-Americans to participate in Sandy Relief in NYC
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, IAAB, who's headquarters are in New York City, is spearheading the Iranian Americans For Sandy Relief Initiative. - 11/13/12

Photos: Saffron harvest in northern Iran
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It's derived from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus and has a deep auburn color and sweet flavor. Iran is the world largest producer of saffron. It is widely cultivated the eastern and southeastern provinces of Fars, Kerman, and those in the Khorassan region - 11/13/12

Iran Unveils New Missile System
Iran said it has successfully tested a new air-defense system during large-scale military exercises in the country's east. - 11/13/12

Tehran hosting international human rights conference
The second International Conference on Human Rights and Cultures is underway in Tehran, with representatives from 30 countries in attendance. The conference, which is being hosted by the Non-Aligned Movement's Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, kicked off on Monday. - 11/13/12

"Iranian Judiciary determined to deal with culprits in blogger's death"
"Following the firm orders from the head of the judiciary for a speedy probe into the case of Sattar Beheshti's death, three of the officials in charge of the prisoner's interrogation have been arrested and handed over to the armed forces court," the report indicates. - 11/13/12

Iran lifts ban on computer, mobile import
ISNA reports that Sasan Khodayi, the head of import and export regulations for the Trade Development Organization of Iran, said on Tuesday November 13: "Registering for the import of laptops and computer equipment is now possible and without restrictions." - 11/13/12

Jailed Iranian lawyer on hunger strike gets visit with children
Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has finally been allowed a visit with her two children. The Kaleme opposition website reports that the visit took place in the presence of security forces, and Sotoudeh's daughter reported that her mother "has lost weight and is taken to the infirmary on occasion." - 11/13/12

Report: US Could by 2017 Be World's Biggest Oil Producer
The International Energy Agency says that by 2017 the United States is likely to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer. - 11/13/12

Only Supreme Leader should decide on Iran-U.S. direct talks: Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that the decision about direct negotiations between Iran and the United States rests with the Supreme Leader. - 11/13/12

Post Delisting, What Are the Mojahedin-e Khalq Up to Now?
Freed from the pretended constraints of being listed as a terrorist entity in the USA, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has stepped up its financial and money laundering activities in Western countries. The MEK have launched a 'basij' (all-out campaign) in their financial section. -Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post - 11/13/12

Persian Garden
The great substantial art exhibition held on Persian Gardens at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts in 2004 and registration of Persian Gardens on the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 2011, make it opportune to refer to a vital significant point hidden from the eyes of researchers of the subject so far: Persian Garden is the manifestation of a wise-humanist process with its form and geometry naturally following this process. -Khoobchehr Keshavarzi - 11/12/12

Iran: Dead blogger's interrogators arrested
An Iranian website linked to the Islamic Republic News Agency reported on Monday that three of Sattar Beheshti's interrogators have been arrested in connection with the probe into the prisoner's death while in custody. - 11/12/12

Modern Iran: A Pictorial history for Young Readers
Modern Iran the third book in the Culture of Iran Youth series covers life in Iran from the 18th century to the present time. It starts with the Qajar dynasty, their attempt to modernize the country and their contributions to the visual and performing arts in Iran. - 11/12/12

Photos: Espakhou Fire Temple
Espakhou fire temple is one of the oldest structures in Iran's North Khorasan province. According to the studies and excavations by the experts, this ancient temple belongs to the Sassanid era (AD 224-AD 651). -Ehsan Kamaly - 11/12/12

Iran: 6 illegal hunters sentenced to write articles on environmentalism
Six young men have been sentenced to writing articles about the environment over illegal hunting at an Iranian national park. The decision was made at a court in the town of Zarqan in Fars Province - 11/12/12

Iran's longest-held political prisoner receives prestigious Human Rights award
The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Abbas Amir Entezam, the longest-serving political prisoner in Iran, is the recipient of 2012 prestigious human rights award from ICHR for his human rights activities. - 11/12/12

Iran has proof U.S. drone violated its airspace: general
The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said on Sunday that Iran has firm evidence that the U.S. drone, which was recently targeted by Iran, had entered the country's airspace. - 11/12/12

Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan
This important exhibition (at Photo Center NW in Seattle) features five contemporary women artists whose work explores the role of women in the context of cultural constructs, religion, censorship and the media. This exhibition draws powerful parallels and invites us all to reconsider our personal roles as advocates of tolerance and diversity in our cities. - 11/12/12

Iran set to test new satellite-carrier rocket
Iran will test a new satellite-carrier rocket in the near future, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari announced on Sunday. - 11/12/12

Former Iran futsal coach rips officials
Former Iran futsal coach Hossein Shams harshly criticized the Iranian football officials after Iran futsal team was eliminated from the 2012 Futsal World Cup. - 11/12/12

Jailed Iranian lawyer's family denied visit even with permit
Prison authorities prevented jailed lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from visiting with her children today, even though the family was holding a permit from the prosecutor's office. - 11/12/12

Is Netanyahu Planning Nuclear Attack on Iran?
Netanyahu thinks ballistic missiles carrying tactical nuclear warheads will be necessary to take out Iran's Fordow uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom. The site is buried deep beneath a mountain. -Common Dreams - 11/12/12

Guards replaced at women's section of Evin Prison
After nine female political prisoners went on a hunger strike to protest against their mistreatment by prison guards, reports indicate that guards in the women's ward of Evin Prison have been replaced. - 11/11/12

MP raises alarm over medical drugs shortage
An Iranian MP announced today that the country's shortage of medical drugs has reached a critical point, and reserves will be depleted within two months. - 11/11/12

Iran eliminated from Futsal World Cup after surprise loss to Colombia
Colombia stunned Asian heavyweight Iran in FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand on Sunday. The South American nation defeated Iran 2-1 at Bangkok's Nimibutr Stadium in the knock out stage. - 11/11/12

Iranian parliament to probe death of blogger
Iranian parliament has announced that it will probe into the death of jailed blogger Sattar Beheshti after his death created a wave of domestic and international outrage. - 11/11/12

IMF Says Western Sanctions Causing Iran's Economy To Contract
The International Monetary Fund said that economic performance in Iran has shown a "small contraction" because of a Western ban on purchases of Iranian oil exports. - 11/11/12

Cinema Verite honors "White Mercenary" with best film award
The Iranian documentary "I Am a White Mercenary" has won the best film award in the international competition of Cinema Verite, the Iranian international festival for documentary films. - 11/11/12

Iran preparing to take control of Bushehr nuclear plant
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi has announced that Iranian experts will make the preparations necessary to take over the full control of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in late 2012 or early 2013. - 11/11/12

Iraq Rethinks Russian Arms Deal
A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki announced the suspension Saturday of a $4.2 billion arms deal between Baghdad and Moscow. A spokesman for Maliki, Ali Moussawi, told Iraqi state TV that the prime minister had decided to re-examine the arms deal with Russia, after discovering apparent graft and corruption. -Edward Yeranian, VOA - 11/11/12

Mideast Nuclear Talks Between Israel, Neighbors Called Off
Attempts to find Arab-Israeli common ground on banning weapons of mass destruction from the Mideast have failed, and high-profile talks on the issue have been called off, diplomats said Saturday. -AP - 11/11/12

Photos: Four killed as train derails in central Iran
Four were killed and 36 wounded as a train derailed in the central Iranian province of Yazd Saturday morning. According to a local official, the train was travelling from Zahedan in southeastern country to the capital, Tehran, when it derailed while entering a station at 23:50 local time (2020 GMT) Friday night. - 11/10/12

Photos: Persian Carpet Exhibition in Isfahan
There is a Persian Carpet exhibition underway in Isfahan, central Iran, with the goal of promoting these handwoven gems in the internal and external markets. - 11/10/12

Iranian specialists highly capable for tissue, organ transplant: Dr. Katayoun Najafizadeh
Zanjan, IRAN- Head of the Iran Transplant Organ Procurement (Iran-TOP) Dr. Katayoun Najafizadeh said on Saturday that Iranian specialists have necessary knowledge and expertise for tissue and organ transplant. - 11/10/12

Iranian Ban On Luxury Imports To Drive Up Prices
Iran has frozen the import of some 75 goods it considers "luxury" or "nonessential," ranging from cars and motorcycles to various brands of cosmetics, toilet paper, and gourmet food items in an effort to stop the outflow of foreign currency and protect domestic industries hard hit by Western sanctions. - 11/10/12

International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War to visit Iran
Tehran Peace Museum said that the team composed of physicians from Sweden, Turkey, Norway and Denmark will pay a visit to Tehran at an invitation from Tehran Peace Museum and the Society for Supporters of Chemical Weapons Victims. - 11/10/12

Jailed son of Iranian cleric 'kidnapped' in hospital: family
The family of Mehdi Hashemi, the jailed son of senior cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, have spoken out against the way their son was transferred to jail from hospital. - 11/10/12

Iran and IAEA to hold talks in Tehran
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that a new round of nuclear talks with Iran will take place next month in Tehran. - 11/10/12

UN expert in second mission to probe human rights in Iran through diaspora in Europe
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, will launch his second fact-finding mission to three European countries which host Iranian diaspora. Mr. Shaheed will visit Germany, Sweden and Norway from 11 to 22 November 2012 to gather information about alleged human rights violations in Iran. - 11/10/12

Ahmadinejad: Iran to stand by Vietnam nation in difficult days
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will stand by the Vietnamese nation in difficult days. He made the remarks in Hanoi in a meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. - 11/10/12

Russia's Putin Invites Obama to Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Moscow next year. ​​Mr. Putin's outstretched hand contrasts to the cold shoulder offered President Obama four years ago, at the time of the American's first election. -James Brooke, VOA - 11/10/12

Iran Implicitly Confirms Attack on US Drone
Iran is vowing to confront any aircraft that enters its airspace, one day after the Pentagon said Iranian warplanes fired on an unarmed U.S. drone over international waters in the Persian Gulf. - 11/9/12

Cyrus Habib: The first Iranian-American to be elected into state legislature
Cyrus Habib made history this past Tuesday when he became the first Iranian American to be elected into state legislature. Representing the Democratic Party for Washington's 48th District, Habib was elected on a platform that champions, among other issues, the affordability and accessibility of higher education. - 11/9/12

Jailed Iranian blogger, fearful of his fate, wrote to Evin chief before his death
Sattar Beheshti, an Iranian blogger who was reportedly killed while in custody in Evin Prison, accoridng to Iranian media sources had written a letter to the head of the prison, describing his "being subjected to torture" by the cyber police. - 11/9/12

Obama Win Stirs Israeli Worries Over PM's Romney Support
The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama has focused attention on his sometimes tense personal relations with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no secret of his leanings toward the president's challenger. -Scott Bobb, VOA - 11/9/12

Iranian Blogger Who Died In Custody Is Buried
The family of Sattar Beheshti, a 35-year-old Iranian blogger and Facebook activist who died in police custody after being arrested, says he has been buried in his hometown of Rabat Karim, southwest of the Iranian capital. - 11/9/12

US Confirms Iran Fired on Drone
U.S. defense officials have confirmed reports that Iranian fighter jets fired on a U.S. drone over the Persian Gulf one week ago. Pentagon officials are stopping short of calling it an act of war, but they said Thursday the United States has protested to Iran about the incident, which happened November 1 over international waters. -Luis Ramirez, VOA - 11/9/12

U.S. considering new sanctions on Iran
United States lawmakers are mulling over a new package of sanctions on Iran that would restrict the Islamic Republic's ability to engage in international business deals even for non-petroleum products. - 11/9/12

United States Blacklists Iranian Officials, Entities Blamed For Censorship
The U.S. State Department has imposed sanctions against four Iranian officials and five government bodies that Washington accuses of involvement in censorship activities, including blocking Iranians' access to the Internet. - 11/9/12

How Obama Can Succeed on Iran
With the elections behind him, President Obama must quickly shift his focus to key foreign policy challenges that were put on pause due to election season paralysis. On Iran, the President should hit the ground running. -Trita Parsi and Reza Marashi, Huffington Post - 11/9/12

Turkey will not reduce Iranian oil and gas imports: Energy Minister
Turkey will not reduce the oil and gas it imports from Iran when an exemption from U.S. sanctions expires on December 3, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said late on Wednesday. - 11/9/12

Photos: Quakes hit Varzaghan and Ahar again injuring over 50 people and causing more destruction
The tremors which struck parts of Northwestern Iran on Wednesday have injured more than 50 people, medics reported. According to Mehr News Agency, some of the structures that had been rebuilt after the previous quake were damaged again as a result of the new quakes. - 11/8/12

Will Obama Now Take A New Line On Iran?
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to office after an election campaign in which Iran's nuclear program often dominated foreign-policy debates. Obama's rival, Mitt Romney, frequently accused him of taking too soft a line toward Tehran. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 11/8/12

Futsal World Cup: Iran, Panama progress after close encounter
In a decisive match at the Nimibutr Stadium, Iran made sure of second place in Group B in a thrilling encounter as they defeated Panama 4-3 at Nimibutr Stadium. - 11/8/12

Death Of Iranian Blogger In Custody Renews Concern Over Prisoner Treatment
Before he was arrested last month, 35-year-old Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti wrote that he had been warned against expressing his anti-regime views. On October 28, according to available information, Beheshti was arrested at his home in Rabat Karim, a town southwest of the Iranian capital, by members of Iran's cyber police -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/8/12

Photos: Rural life in Eastern Iran
The rural people in Birjand, South Khorassan province in eastern Iran, earn money from farming and animal husbandry. -Ehsan Kamaly - 11/8/12

Iranian medical official chides UN over sanctions
The head of Iran's Medical Council has written to Ban Ki-moon to protest against the UN General Secreatry's "silence" in view of medical sanctions being imposed on Iran. - 11/8/12

Iran's inflation rate rises by 1.4% in month
The inflation rate in Iran rose by 1.4 percent in the sixth Iranian calendar month of Shahrivar, which ended on September 21, reaching 24.9 percent, the Mehr News Agency reported on Wednesday. - 11/8/12

Investigations show Mohsen Rezaii's son was murdered in Dubai in 2011
Investigations that have been carried out so far demonstrate that Ahmad Rezaii, the son of Mohsen Rezaii, the secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, had been murdered in Dubai in 2011 - 11/8/12

Iran says Obama has promises to keep
The Islamic Republic has reacted to the re-election of Barack Obama, saying the public perception in the Islamic world and the Middle East is that Obama's promises have yet to be realized. - 11/8/12

Armenia, Iran Build Joint Power Plant
The construction of the plant is expected to take five years and will supply Iran with energy for the first 15 years of its operation before being handed over to Armenia. - 11/8/12

Jailed Iranian Women Stop Hunger Strike
Sources in Tehran say that eight female inmates in Evin prison have stopped their hunger strike and plan to pursue legal action against prison guards whom they accuse of mistreating them. - 11/7/12

Four More Years: Obama's Unfinished Business
U.S. President Barack Obama campaigned for reelection by asking Americans to give him another term so he could "finish what we started" in 2008. Last night, he won that second term. Today, the work begins. -Heather Maher, RFE - 11/7/12

Hunger strike in the women's ward of Evin, and empty frame of Raheleh Zokayi
Nine female political prisoners began a hunger strike on October 31, 2012, to protest the "insulting" treatment they suffered at the hands of their guards at Evin Prison in Tehran. In all the photos and posters that have been published regarding the news about these women, only eight of them are pictured. - 11/7/12

Carlos Queiroz names Iran squad for World Cup qualifier
Carlos Queiroz has named his 25-man Iran squad on Wednesday for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan. Iran will play Uzbekistan on November 14 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 11/7/12

Iran defeats Tajikistan 6-1 in football friendly
Iran football team crushed Tajikistan 6-1 in a friendly game held in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. - 11/7/12

Iran: Rafsanjani calls for united participation of reformists in presidential election
Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has called for the united participation of the reformists in the presidential election, which will be held on June 14, 2013, the spokesman for the Reformist Front said on Tuesday. - 11/7/12

Conference at UCLA: Beyond the Bamiyan Buddhas: Archaeology and History in the Modern and Ancient Persianate World
November 8-9, 2012: A two-day program at UCLA and UC Irvine, showcasing the cutting-edge of international research on Afghanistan's archaeology and history - 11/7/12

Iran stores supplies of staple goods sufficient for 1.5 years: Official
Iran has stored supplies of staple goods, which are sufficient for domestic consumption for a period of one and a half years, Iran's State Commerce Organization's Managing Director Abbas Qobadi said on Thursday. - 11/7/12

NPT signatories' right to nuclear technology cannot be restricted: Iran
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that the inalienable right of the signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to nuclear science, energy, and technology for peaceful purposes can never be suspended or restricted by any organ. - 11/7/12

Iran imports 708,000 tons of rice in 7 months
Iran has imported some 708,000 tons of rice, valued at around $681 million, over the past seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (began on March 20,2012). - 11/7/12

13 hanged in Iran for drug charges
Ten people in Tehran and three in Shiraz were hanged on Wednesday morning, October 7, for drug offences. - 11/7/12

Iran lifts ban on exports of petrochemicals
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi has lifted a ban on the export of petrochemicals and issued an order detailing new regulations for petrochemical exports, ISNA quoted Deputy Oil Minister Abdolhossein Bayat as saying on Tuesday. - 11/7/12

Photos: Vivid Autumn in Northwestern Iran
Arasbaran forests around Kaleybar city in East Azerbaijan Province of Iran, is one of the main attraction of the region in the most colorful season of the year. -AliHamed Haghdust - 11/6/12

Iranian airfares soar higher
Domestic airfares in Iran have gone up by 65 percent as of today, November 6. Abdolreza Mousavi, the head of the Iranian Airlines Association, said on Tuesday: "According to the directive of the National Aviation Organization, fares for domestic flights with go up by an average of 65 percent." - 11/6/12

Tehran to host 1st International basic, clinical neuroscience congress
The First International Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Congress 2012 will be held at Tehran University's Razi Convention Center, from November 7-9. - 11/6/12

French center restores Iran's Qajar era films
France's National Center of Cinematography (NCC) has recently completed the restoration of a collection of Qajar era films of Tehran's Golestan Palace Museum. - 11/6/12

A Look Into The Mouth Of The 'Big Mouth Basiji'
He is widely known as "the Big Mouth Basiji." He's omnipresent at state-organized demonstrations, including Friday Prayers, where he is often seen shouting slogans with a raised fist and gaping mouth. Pictures of him published by state news agencies have been widely shared on the Internet (and here), bringing him fame. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/6/12

Iran's installed petrochemical capacity to hit 100bn tons
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi says Iran's installed petrochemical capacity will hit 100 billion tons by the end of the country's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (March 2010-March 2015). - 11/6/12

Rafsanjani's jailed son undergoes medical tests
Mehdi Hashemi, the jailed son of moderate cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been transferred to hospital to undergo heart tests, his lawyer reports. - 11/6/12

Iran denounces property freeze in Canada
The Iranian Foreign Ministry is contesting the move to freeze its property in Canada, calling it contrary to international law. - 11/6/12

Iranian currency's value loss felt by Canadians too
The volatile state of the Iranian currency is affecting not only Persian people in a far off land, but Canadian citizens who may have left their homeland decades ago. -Daily Herald - 11/6/12

Iran's surprise economic success: Tourism
International efforts to isolate Iran and force it to halt its uranium enrichment program are having an impact that is both unintended and, for Iranian officials, very much welcome: a jump in tourism. -Jason Rezaian, Washington Post - 11/6/12

Netanyahu Says He'd Go It Alone on Striking Iran
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated his willingness to attack the Iranian nuclear program without support from Washington or the world, returning to an aggressive posture that he had largely abandoned since his United Nations speech in September. -NY Times - 11/6/12

Iranian co-operatives: inspired by the Qu'ran, hit by sanctions
"The Iran Central chamber of Co-operatives was established in 1994 and currently has 180,000 registered co-ops with a combined membership of over 25 million members," says Khalili who is also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance, the trade body representing co-operatives from around the world. -Guardian - 11/6/12

Iranian activists urge prisoners to end strike
More than 95 Iranian social and political activists have issued a letter urging the women at Evin Prison to end their hunger strike out of concern for their lives. - 11/5/12

Iranian-American's Choice: Obama or Romney?
For 2012 US Presidential Race, I Selected: ?? - Participate in's unscientific poll! - 11/5/12

Final Chord For Iran's National Orchestra
In the latest setback to Iran's distinguished cultural scene, the country's National Orchestra was declared "abolished" this week by its members. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 11/5/12

Photos:A Persian Flower Carpet
The biggest flower carpet in the Middle East, and the third in the world, measuring about 1,000 meters square, has been unveiled in the town of Mahallat in central Iran. -Mohammad Varvani - 11/5/12

Iranian political prisoners decry treatment of women at Evin
Twenty-six political prisoners at Iran's Rejaishahr Prison have issued a statement that condemns the recent attack at Evin Prison's women's ward and calls for an end to the mistreatment of prisoners. - 11/5/12

FIFA praises Iran's futsal performace in World Cup
"Iran has taken another major step towards reaching the last 16 with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Morocco at Bangkok's Huamark indoor stadium. Goals from Ali Hassanzadeh and Afshin Kazemi secured the points for his team, which now only needs a point in their final Group B match against Panama be guaranteed a top two spot and a place in the knockout rounds," said FIFA. - 11/5/12

IRGC establishes new naval base in Persian Gulf
During a ceremony held on Sunday, a naval base of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps was inaugurated in the port city of Bandar Lengeh, which is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the southern province of Hormozgan. - 11/5/12

Report: Israeli PM Clashed With Military Over Iran Attack
An Israeli television documentary says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were rebuffed by the military when they ordered it in 2010 to prepare for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. - 11/5/12

Darius Khondji nominated for European Award
Iranian cinematographer, Darius Khondji has been nominated in the 25th European Film Awards for his work on Michael Haneke's "Amour." - 11/5/12

Iran manufactures VTOL drone
Iranian experts have succeeded to build a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone which will be unveiled in the coming months. The drone is being manufactured by researchers from the Mazandaran Science and Technology Park. - 11/5/12

In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back
The hackers picked the one day of the year they knew they could inflict the most damage on the world's most valuable company, Saudi Aramco. -New York Times - 11/5/12

Photos: Festival of Wooden Sculptures in Langroud
The festival of wooden sculptures is underway by the Chamkhaleh coasts in Langroud, nothern Iran. Langarud is a city in Iran's Gilan Province located on the south coast of the Caspian Sea. 36 sculptures in 16 groups are participating in the festival that will last for 10 days. -Sajad Rafikhah, Jame Jam - 11/4/12

Iranian Government's Plan to Fight Sanctions: Replacing Oil Revenues with Taxes
Following similar remarks by the Iranian finance minister, the president of Tehran's chamber of commerce also hinted at plans to replace oil revenues with taxes in next year's budget. -Nima Farahabadi, Rooz - 11/4/12

Ahmadinejad summons brews tension in Parliament
Tension brewed in Iranian Parliament when the head of Parliament, Ali Larijani, announced that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been summoned to appear before MPs within a month to explain his economic policies to counter the current crisis. - 11/4/12

Iranian Table Tennis player Noshad Alamiyan wins 2012 ITTF World Tour
Iran's Noshad Alamiyan and the host nation's Petrissa Solja emerged as the winners of the respective Under 21 Men's and Under 21 Women's Singles titles at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour German Open in Bremen on Saturday 3rd November. - 11/4/12

Iran to set hijab rules for actresses participating in foreign events
The Iran Cinema Organization (ICO) plans to establish regulations to control hijab, the Islamic dress code, for Iranian actresses participating in international events. - 11/4/12

Russia steps in to broadcast Iranian channels
Russia has taken over broadcasting the Islamic Republic's satellite programs after the European company Eutelset stopped dealing with the Iranian government due to the EU sanctions against Iran. - 11/4/12

Sanctions Fail to Block Iran's Supply of Veterinary Medicine
Sanctions have failed to deter Iran from supplying its needed drugs for animals, Head of the Iranian Veterinary Organization Mohsen Dastoor said Sunday, adding that embargos have actually pushed the country towards domestic production. -FNA - 11/4/12

Shorter sentence for Iranian labour activist
The Iranian judiciary has reduced the prison term of labour activist Reza Shahabi from six years in jail to four, human rights groups report. - 11/4/12

Iran's hospitals feel pain of sanctions
Though the Western-backed sanctions are not meant to target the nation's healthcare industry, the Foundation for Special Diseases says the restrictions have made it more difficult to import medicine and equipment into the country. -Al Jazeera - 11/4/12

'Canadian Caper' in Iran exposed by diplomat
The new Hollywood film "Argo" revisits an operation to rescue six Americans after angry Iranian protesters stormed the US Embassy and took more than 50 hostages on November 4, 1979. On the 33rd anniversary, Canada's then-Ambassador Ken Taylor discusses his country's role in helping the Americans escape Iran - and how "Argo" does not adequately reflect that history. -Al Jazeera - 11/4/12

Iranian-Americans Hold Unique View of US Election
Behnam and Arian are younger U.S. citizens eligible to vote, just like the vast majority of Iranians in the United States. They say the tensions between Tehran and Washington, and the perceived threat of possible military action against Iran, have influenced their thoughts on the election. - 11/3/12

Iran wins 6th Asian Youth Boys' Volleyball Championship
Iran beat China in a breathtaking final at the 2012 Asian Youth Boys' Championship on Thursday. The Persians beat China in five-set (21-25, 25-21, 23-25,28-26,15-8) in the final match at Tehran's Azadi Volleyball Hall in presence of about 3,000 Iranian fans. - 11/3/12

Iran: Nine Female Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
Bahareh Hedayat's husband tells Rooz, "Bahareh has always been opposed to hunger strike. She had even spoken several times to Nasreen Sotoudeh to convince her to break her hunger strike, but now the situation is so heart-wrenching and despicable that she has been forced to go on hunger strike." -Fereshteh Ghazi - 11/3/12

Iran holds Spain in Futsal World Cup
Iran came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with mighty Spain in its FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 opener at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok on Friday. - 11/3/12

Iran accuses West of seeding public discontent
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told the Mehr news agency: "Sanctions on medical drugs, which are against all accepted international laws, are aimed at putting our people under pressure and creating social and general discontent." - 11/3/12

Iran Proposes Live Coverage of Nuclear Talks with World Powers
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said Tehran has "nothing to hide" regarding its nuclear program and has even proposed live broadcast of its talks with the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany). - 11/3/12

Rafsanjani Family Concerned About Health of Mehdi Hashemi Imprisoned at Evin
An opposition website reports that the Hashemi Rafsanjani family is seriously concerned about the health of Mehdi Hashemi in Evin prison and is suspicious of the medication being administered to him in jail. - 11/3/12

Iran and Turkey Closing in on Israel When It Comes to Science
The Iranian hacker cyber attack on American computer banks, which led American Secretary of Defense [Leon Panetta] to issue a warning of a "cyber-war Pearl Harbor attack," is part of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the last decade, in the field of scientific R&D in Islamic Middle East countries including Iran. -Yerach Tal, Al Monitor - 11/3/12

Who Will Iranian-Americans Vote For?
On election day in the United States, Portland-based journalist Goudarz Eghtedari will abstain from voting; D.C.-based businessman Shahriar Etminani will cast his vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney; and California-based attorney Mike Kazemi will vote for the Democratic incumbent, Barack Obama. - 11/2/12

Medieval Iran: A Pictorial history for Young Readers
Medieval Iran traces life after the Arab Muslim invasion in the 7th century.It follows the changes in cultural and religious life, the rise of independent Iranian dynasties and the defeat of Arab caliphate by the 10th century. - 11/2/12

Photos: Whale Dies After Getting Caught in Fishing Nets in Persian Gulf
A 30-ton sperm whale that had been caught in the fishing nets in Persian Gulf last Saturday, died after being washed to the shore in Jask, Iran, ISNA reported. - 11/2/12

Commentary: Iran's Lonely Islamic Laws
In his most recent reaction to the third report by UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed the Head of Iran's Judiciary states that the report is "a violation of Islamic laws." -Hossein Ghazian, Sociologist - 11/2/12

Iran: Guardian Council Rejects Majlis Bill - Larijani's Plan Circumvented
While the Majlis internal affairs and councils committee had passed a draft bill that is said to have been requested by Majlis speaker Ali Larijani, in order to raise the necessary qualifications for candidacy for presidency, the Guardian Council's spokesperson announced that the proposed qualifications will not be approved by the Council. -Mahnaz Malekuti, Rooz - 11/2/12

Iranian prisoner files torture complaint
Vahid Asghari, a jailed Iranian accused of "launching pornographic and anti-Islam websites", has written two letters to the Iranian judiciary to file a complaint against Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, accusing his jailers of subjecting him to physical and mental torture. - 11/2/12

Hunger Strike Intensifies at Australian Immigration camp
Australia's Department of Immigration has confirmed that 170 asylum seekers in Nauru have started a hunger strike. Detainees say that they are protesting their transfer to a remote camp in the South Pacific while they wait to have their refugee claims processed. - 11/2/12

Canadian court puts freeze on Iranian properties
A court in the Canadian province of Ontario has issued a restraining order against Iran's property in Canada, a bid to help the family of an American victim of a terrorist attack collect on a U.S. court's $13-million judgment against Iran. - 11/2/12

Between American And Iranian Elections
There isn't much that suggests that a Romney administration would pursue diplomacy with Iran, at least not with the vigor and patience needed to make it work. But even if President Romney would favor reinvigorating diplomacy, he would not be able to take advantage of the best window of opportunity for a negotiated outcome that is soon approaching. -Trita Parsi, Daily Beast - 11/2/12

US Looks for New Civilian Leadership in Syrian Opposition
The Obama administration is looking for a new group of Syrians to lead the rebellion against President Bashar Assad. It says the Syrian National Council (SNC) has shown itself unable to unify the opposition and end the Assad family's four decades of rule. -Scott Stearns, VOA - 11/2/12

Nine more Iranian political prisoners refusing food
The Kaleme opposition website reports that nine female prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison have begun a hunger strike to protest a raid of their ward by security guards. - 11/1/12

Iran: Political Prisoners Denied Visits, Care
Iran's judiciary and prison authorities should end mistreatment of the prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and six human rights organizations said today. Ebadi and the rights groups also called on Iran's authorities to allow all prisoners access to necessary medical care and family visits to which they are entitled under international human rights law. - 11/1/12

Mass arrests at Tehran writers' event
Scores of Iranian political activists were arrested in Tehran on Tuesday night, October 30, at a gathering of writers at Seray Ahl-e Ghalam. Mehdi Khazali's blog had indicated that the gathering last night was to examine "the occupation of the U.S. embassy in terms of international laws and its political, military and economic outcome." - 11/1/12

"Simorgh" wins best play award at India Theater Olympiad
"Simorgh", a stage adaptation of Attar's "The Conference of the Birds", has been named best play at the 20th India Theater Olympiad. - 11/1/12

Iran: Government heads respond to Supreme Leader
Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani and Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the head of the judiciary, have responded in separate letters to the warning from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who had called for complete "obeisance" to his statements. - 11/1/12

Is Israeli Defense Minister Taking Softer Stand On Iran?
In a world that's used to hearing strong rhetoric from Israel regarding Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's interviews this week with British media seemed discordant. -Robert Coalson, RFE - 11/1/12

US Audit Finds Afghanistan Incapable of Sustaining Security
PENTAGON - A U.S. government audit warns that Afghanistan will likely be incapable of sustaining its security forces beyond the 2014 pullout of international troops due to incompetence. - 11/1/12

Iran, Turkey's 3rd biggest trading partner: report
Iran was the third major trading partner of Turkey, next to Germany and Russia, in the first 8 months of 2012 with $17.52 in bilateral transactions, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. - 11/1/12

In Iran, Stocks Are a Haven As Economy Hits the Skids
Amid an economy in turmoil, the Tehran Stock Exchange index has provided Iranians with a rare dose of relief. On Saturday, the stock market's All-Share-Price Index, or TEPIX, surpassed the 31,000-point threshold for the first time in its 45-year history. It continued rising on Tuesday, closing up 0.4% to 31,331.6 points. -WSJ - 11/1/12

US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran
US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies. - Julian Borger, Guardian - 11/1/12

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