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How U.S. Laws Can Affect Your Personal Affairs in Iran
The current economic and political instability in Iran is causing many Iranian-Americans to sell properties in Iran they did not sell before moving to the United States, be it offices, farmland, factories, or even former family homes. A number of others are going through Iranian courts to reclaim properties that were seized by the government after the revolution. -Farhad R. Alavi - 12/31/10

Family of Imprisoned Political Activists and Journalists: Straying Between Prosecutor's Office and Evin Prison
Speaking exclusively to RoozOnline, the families of 6 political prisoners Fariborz Raeesdana, Nazanin Khosravani, Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, Bahareh Hedayat, and Mahdieh Golroo said that they have been kept in the dark despite their efforts to contact various officials at the judiciary and Evin prison. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 12/31/10

Iran says opposition leaders want to be arrested
Heydar Moslehi, Iranian minister of intelligence says the "leaders of sedition" wish to be arrested because they want to become "heroes." - 12/31/10

Report: 'Mossad behind assassinations in Iran'
Mossad conducted the assassinations "with the help of the CIA and MI6," The Jerusalem Post reported, citing independent French weekly Le Canard enchaine. - 12/31/10

Iran: Shargh's chief editor, financial investor released from prison
Shargh's editor-in-chief, Ahmad Gholami, and its financial investor, Ali Khodabakhsh, were released on Wednesday after spending some 23 days in custody, Fararu news website reported. - 12/31/10

Iran Urges UN Action On Case Of Former General Who Reportedly Died In An Israeli Prison
Ali-Reza Asgari, a former deputy defense minister, mysteriously disappeared in Turkey in 2007. He was believed to have been abducted and transferred to Israel. -Press TV - 12/31/10

Iran, India resolve oil trade dispute
Iran said an oil trade dispute with India had been settled by changing the currency for payments, deputy oil minister Ahmad Khaledi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Friday. - 12/31/10

Egypt Bans Iranians From Gaza Aid Convoy
Egypt has given permission for a humanitarian Asian aid convoy to enter the Gaza Strip via a crossing in the Sinai Desert but prevented Iranian activists from passing. -VOA - 12/31/10

Afghans Feel Pinch Of Iranian-Border Fuel Blockade
Thousands of fuel tankers and trucks carrying compressed-gas cylinders used for cooking and heating were stranded after Iranian officials imposed a blockade on the Afghanistan-bound deliveries because they claim such supplies would help NATO forces. -RFE - 12/31/10

Art Gallery: Works of four young Iranian women titled Closed
Henna Art Gallery is pleased to present the Works of four Young Iranian women: Mina Anooshei, Mahsa Tehrani, Naeeme Naeemaee and Elham Sadeghi. Their paintings reflect their own personal lives while being deeply poetic and internal. - 12/30/10

More Senior Iranian Clerics Lambaste Government
Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastgheyb, a member of the Assembly of Experts, said during a meeting on December 28 with the family of jailed reformist politician Mostafa Tajzadeh the current regime is neither a republic nor Islamic, according to the opposition Kaleme website. -RFE - 12/30/10

Iranian film community rallies in support of sentenced filmmakers
A group of prominent members of the Iranian film community visited the head of judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani to express their concern about the heavy prison terms that were recently handed to their two colleagues, filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. - 12/30/10

Poll: Vast Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran
An example of a serious half-blessing, a new Angus-Reid poll released today showed that the vast majority of the American public, some 70 percent, believe the false claims that Iran has a "nuclear weapons program," but the vast, vast majority oppose the idea of attacking Iran over it. - 12/30/10

Four sentenced for attacks on reformist mosque in Shiraz
The special court for the clergy has prosecuted Mohammad Bagher Valadan, as the leader of the attackers, and sentenced him to five months in prison, three years of exile from Fars Province and 74 lashes. On the other hand, the general court has accused three of Ayatollah Dastgheib supporters in connection with the attacks and sentenced them to two years in prison, four years exile and 10 years ban from cultural activities. -Zamaneh - 12/30/10

The Phantom Menace
Fantasies, Falsehoods, and Fear-Mongering about Iran's Nuclear Program -Dissident Voice - 12/30/10

Iran Remains Key Foreign Policy Issue for Obama
One of the central foreign policy questions facing the Obama administration is how to persuade Iran to end its uranium enrichment program. -VOA - 12/30/10

Iran: Khamenei says emboldening enemies was great sin of 2009 seditionists
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the "great sin" of those who provoked the post-election sedition in 2009 was the fact that they emboldened the enemies. The only way to deal with the enemies is to frustrate them, Ayatollah Khamenei added. -MNA - 12/30/10

Guilty Verdict for Former Israeli President
An Israeli court has convicted former President Moshe Katsav on two counts of rape and sexual harassment. The Iranian-born politician could face a prison sentence ranging from four to 16 years on the rape conviction. -VOA - 12/30/10

AZERBAIJAN: Feud over ban on Islamic head scarves fuels fears of Iranian meddling
A full-blown ideological war appears to have erupted between Iran and the secular government in neighboring Azerbaijan after Baku earlier this year banned the wearing of Islamic head scarves, or hijabs, at schools in the Caucasus nation by introducing a standard school uniform that prohibits traditional Islamic dress. -LA Times - 12/30/10

India Struggles to Protect Flow of Iranian Oil
Officials in India and Iran scrambled Thursday to keep the $11 billion in oil and gas trade between them going after India's central bank declared last week that a regional clearinghouse could no longer be used to settle such transactions. -New York Times - 12/30/10

WikiLeaks: Iranian president got slapped by top Revolutionary Guard
The cable, written in February, said Revolutionary Guard Chief of Staff Mohammed Ali Jafari blamed Ahmadinejad for the post-election "mess" in 2009, which saw the country roundly criticized by the West amid allegations of fraud and tough crackdowns on large-scale protests in Tehran. -Earth Times - 12/30/10

Iran Sends Tajikistan Equipment For Hydropower Plant
Iran has begun transporting equipment to Tajikistan for the construction of a controversial hydropower plant, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. Uzbekistan says the planned hydropower plants in Tajikistan will have a negative impact because they will reduce the amount of water available to Uzbekistan for agricultural purposes. - 12/30/10

Participate in the Nowruz Commission Logo Contest
In 2010, the Nowruz Commission was established as a multi-cultural not-for-profit organization for the purpose of promoting Nowruz, a time-honored ancient Persian tradition celebrating the arrival of a new year. - 12/29/10

Photos: Tehran air quality falls to dangerous levels
Air quality in Tehran has reached warning levels while some Iranian media report that air pollution in some parts of the capital has already created emergency conditions. - 12/29/10

Iranian lawyer tried for not covering hair in video message
Iranian jailed lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh was tried for the charge of "failure to adhere to the Islamic dress code (hijab)" and sentenced to five days in prison after she protested to the court proceedings. -Zamaneh - 12/29/10

Paul Haggis, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese and Harvey Weinstein Join Amnesty International to Condemn Harsh Sentence for Acclaimed Iranian Director Jafar Panahi
Academy Award winners Paul Haggis, Martin Scorsese and Sean Penn, along with film producer and movie studio chairman Harvey Weinstein, have joined forces with British-Iranian actress and Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) spokesperson Nazanin Boniadi to condemn the harsh sentence imposed on distinguished Iranian film director Jafar Panahi. - 12/29/10

Ashoura mud-rubbing Ritual in Bijar, Kurdistan Province of Iran
Ashoura is a period of intense grief and mourning. The word ashura simply means tenth in Arabic language, the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. One ritual is the Kharrah Mali, or mud-rubbing, in which devotees roll in mud, dry themselves by a fire. - 12/29/10

Iranian opposition demands healthy elections
Former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami charted the conditions necessary for the participation of the reformists in the next parliamentary elections in the coming year. -Zamaneh - 12/29/10

Photos: Ali Davari's sculptures from old car parts
Ali Davari was born in Tehran in 1957 and is a retired technician from Iranian Airlines (Homa). Saba Art and Cultural Institute exhibitioned his metal sculptures in the form of birds and humans. Davari also participated in the beautification of Tehran sculpture symposium in Barg Gallery. - 12/29/10

Kiarostami thrilled by favorable response to his short docs
The screening of three short documentaries by acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami received a favorable response from a great number of people in the audience upon its screening Tuesday at Tehran's Mellat Cinema Complex. - 12/29/10

Ahmadinejad insists Tehran is ready to cooperate with 5+1
"Iran is ready to talk with the 5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany) about cooperation in Istanbul, Brazil and Tehran," Ahmadinejad told a gathering of people in Karaj on Tuesday. - 12/29/10

Relations Between Turkey, Israel Blowing Cold
Tensions between former close allies Turkey and Israel have flared up again, with the Turkish foreign minister accusing the Israeli government of not being sincere in wanting to resolve current bilateral tensions. Relations all but collapsed last May, when Israeli forces killed nine Turks when they seized a ship, the Mavi Marmara -VOA - 12/29/10

Iran Thirst for Fuel Slackens on Subsidy Slash
Iranian officials said Wednesday gasoline consumption has fallen by 20 percent since the government cut its fuel-subsidy program earlier this month. -VOA - 12/29/10

Three Iranian political prisoners released from Evin
Three Iranian detainees, Hadi Heydari, a journalist and Mohammad Shafii and Alireza Taheri, two political activists were released yesterday from Evin Prison. Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, another activist who was arrested at the same time still remains in custody, according to opposition websites. -Zamaneh - 12/28/10

Grave Business in Iran
In the cemeteries of Tehran, each gravestone tells a story. One grave has an expensive headstone engraved with an image of the deceased or religious symbols, while another is marked by a simple slab. A soldier killed in the war with Iraq is commemorated for his courage, whole people executed for their political beliefs are remembered only by a few broken pieces of stone. -Farshid Alyan - 12/28/10

Photos: Metro Construction in Tabriz, Iran
The construction of part of the phase1 of Tabriz metro is nearing completion, and with the expected arrival of the wagons, the metro will become operational. -Photos by Mahsa Jamali. - 12/28/10

Muslim-American Rapper Bridges Faith and Music
Where else but in the heart of New York City could one find a Muslim, American, Irish-Iranian rapper? His name is Cyrus McGoldrick. He says he tries to channel all of the cultures that he's been a product. When he steps on stage he does so by assuming the role of Raskol Khan. -VOA - 12/28/10

Child Foundation settles dispute with U.S. Government
Almost three years ago, the US government began an investigation into whether our organization violated sanctions and breached the terms of our tax-exempt status. Earlier this year, the government told us that they intend to bring charges against the Foundation. - 12/28/10

Over 625 Iranian physicians apply for self-defense equipment
More than 625 physicians have registered to receive self-defense equipment, an official at the Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) announced on Monday. The move came after two physicians were shot in Tehran in Septemer. -MNA - 12/28/10

Tajiks, Afghans To Be Dismissed From Iranian School In Dushanbe
Tajikistan's Education Ministry has ordered an Iranian school under supervision of the Iranian Embassy in Dushanbe to dismiss all Tajik and Afghan pupils, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports - 12/28/10

Iran arrests family of man sentenced to death
Family of Habibollah Latifi, Iranian Kurd student whose death sentence was only halted yesterday, were arrested in later hours of last night along with a number of other activists who had campaigned to halt the execution. -Zamaneh - 12/28/10

Two political prisoners hanged in Tehran
Iranian authorities executed two political prisoners, Ali Saremi and AliAkbar Siadat, for the charge of "enmity against God", at Evin Prison today. Ali Saremi was accused of membership in People's Mojahedin Organization and Ali Akbar Siadat was charged with links to and activities for Israeli secret services. -Zamaneh - 12/28/10

Relatives Visit Detained Germans In Iran
Germany's Foreign Ministry says Iranian authorities have permitted family members to visit two German journalists who are detained in Iran, where they had traveled to report on the case of the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. -RFE - 12/28/10

Underground Politics in Tehran
Since its launch 12 years ago, Tehran's underground rail network has proved a success, alleviating traffic congestion and pollution in this city of 13 million. The prestige attached to this feat of construction has resulted in a political power-struggle for control over it. -Babak Kermani - 12/27/10

Iranian judiciary comments on recent arrests
Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) reports that Dowlatabadi maintained today that the journalists detained in connection with Shargh newspaper have been arrested on security charges adding that they "were involved in activities that are not connected with journalism." - 12/27/10

Novel: Conquest of the Persian Garden
Inspired partly by 'Bijan and Manijeh', Ferdowsi's epic romance, 'Conquest of the Persian Garden' is the story of two people from vastly different cultures who fall in love despite established loyalties and the chaos of Iran's Islamic Revolution. - 12/27/10

Iran's Intelligence Minister Admits Hacking Into Opposition E-Mail
Moslehi was quoted by Iranian news agencies, including ILNA, as saying that e-mails were the most important tool of communication between opposition members during last year's postelection protests and that the Intelligence Ministry could break into them and defeat " the enemy." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/27/10

Iranian Doctrine of the Caspian Sea
Iran is planning to define its Caspian Sea Doctrine. The concerned doctrine has several components which are designed to answer the views of the Iranian government in the various fields starting from the legal regime of the Caspian Sea and extending to the environment, shipping, and flying over, exclusive economic and fishing areas, joint ventures in the economic activities and the security of the region. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 12/27/10

Natural factors added to threats to historical Shush Castle
Natural environmental factors have been added to the perils threatening the Shush Castle, a historical monument that is a storehouse of many ancient Iranian inscriptions and artifacts. - 12/27/10

Iran's Azad University crowned Asian Water Polo Clubs Champ
The Azad University won the round-robin event by defeating Al Arabi of Kuwait 7-6 in a close game at Tehran's Azadi Sports Complex. Naftogaz of Omidiyeh finished in second place and Al Arabi came third. -MNA - 12/27/10

Iran's Pabdeh cave still burning
An Iranian spelunker says the ancient Pabdeh cave in the country's southern Khuzestan Province is still burning after a month killing various species. -Press TV - 12/27/10

Tehran capital market value hits $84B
Tehran's capital market value stands at 870 trillion rials (some $84 billion), the managing director of Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) said here on Monday. - 12/27/10

Condemned Iranian student's lawyer criticizes media
Saleh Nikbakht, Habibollah Latifi's lawyer spoke out against misinformation published by the media regarding the detained Kurdish student who was to be hanged today in northwestern Iran in the city of Sanandaj. -Zamaneh - 12/27/10

Tehran: Plant for the Planet
Plant for the Planet is a worldwide tree-planting project initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2006. Until recently, the name of Iran was missing from the list of the countries participating in the project. But this was finally remedied, mainly thanks to the efforts of the Nature Association in Tehran which spread the word through nature clubs and email contact. - 12/26/10

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Festival of Films from Iran
January 14-29, 2011 - Supported by the ILEX Foundation, the annual event has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States. - 12/26/10

NIAC Member Profiles: Vahid Jahangiri - The Humanitarian
Vahid Jahangiri has led an extraordinary life. Since his graduation from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor's degree in International Management, he has dedicated his life to improving the human condition in places where most people would never even think of traveling. - 12/26/10

Iran: In Response to Meeting Family Members of Political Prisoners, Keyhan's Shariatmadari Warns Senior Clerics
Kalameh writes that the editor of Keyhan is "intoxicated with power," and notes that as someone who has not studied or gone to school he should not set their agenda and assign duties for senior clerics just because he fears them and their open-door policies have made him angry. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 12/26/10

Photos: Isfahan Covered by Smog
"Fuel inefficient cars and motorcycles which are produced by the domestic manufacturers don't conform to international environmental standards and are the main culprits for the air pollution," according to Hossein Hassani of the Majlis Health Committee - 12/26/10

Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran--A Journey Behind the Headlines
Based on more than thirty extended reporting trips to Iran, including the turbulent aftermath of the disputed June 2009 election, Scott Peterson's portrait is the definitive guide to this enigmatic nation, from the roots of its incendiary internal struggles to the rise and slide of Iran's earthshaking 1979 Islamic Revolution. - 12/26/10

Congressional Gridlock Blocks Progress on Iranian Single-Entry Student Visas
NIAC, has led advocacy efforts in Congress, the White House, and the State Department to win a multiple-entry visa for Iranian students, and has worked with Iranian Americans and student groups on a grassroots campaign in this regard. That campaign led the Senate to include the reporting requirement for Iranian students as part of a larger Iran Engagement Report in the NDAA. - 12/26/10

Iran refuses Berlin festival invitation to Iranian filmmaker
Iranian ministry of culture has told the Berlin Film Festival instead of Jafar Panahi, Iranian filmmaker recently sentenced to six years in prison, they can invite other Iranian filmmakers to serve in their jury panel. -Zamaneh - 12/26/10

Resentment builds in Iran over price hikes, subsidy overhauls
Nearly a week after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a plan to overhaul a long-standing system of state subsidies, Iranians are reeling from drastic government-ordered price increases for staples such as fuel and bread amid signs of growing frustration and anger. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 12/26/10

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Brutal Artist Crackdown
The harsh sentencing of a world-renowned director prompted protests from Martin Scorsese and other artists this week. Omid Memarian on escalating repression in Iran. -Daily Beast - 12/26/10

Stay of execution for Kurdish law student
Following relentless efforts from Habibollah Latifi's family and his defense team, along with support from the people of Sanandaj, Iranian authorities announced a stay of execution for the imprisoned student. -Zamaneh - 12/26/10

Iran to launch two new satellites
Iran says it plans to launch two new domestically-manufactured satellites called "Fajr and Rasad" by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March, 21). -MNA - 12/26/10

Photos: Iranian Crocodile Lady: Elham Abtin
Even with all limitations, Iranian women play an active role in the society in many fields including environmental sciences. Elham Abtin is one of the best examples. Abtin, an environmental expert, works at the center for crocodile breeding and research center in the city of Chahbahar in southwestern Iran. -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei - 12/25/10

Intelligence Minister: "Not all Iranian expats support the opposition"
"All Iranians who live outside of the country are not in the opposition. The number of Iranian expatriates who are opponents of the system is limited, but foreign intelligence agencies have provided facilities and equipment to them to help them make their voices widely heard," Moslehi said at a conference on Iranian expatriates' achievements held at Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University on Saturday. - 12/25/10

Wives of Iranian political prisoners appeal to the clergy
Fakhrosadat Mohtashamipour and Fatemeh Maleki, wives of Iranian political prisoners Mostafa Tajzadeh and Mohammad Nourizad wrote to a number of prominent clerical figures condemning the treatment of their husbands by the Islamic Republic and called on the sources of emulation to demand justice for these prisoners. -Zamaneh - 12/25/10

We only have one day to save my brother's life
The sudden announcement of Habib Latifi's imminent execution has caused the family and lawyer of this Kurdish student and political prisoner to focus all their efforts to save his life. -Masih Ali Nejad, RAHANA - 12/25/10

Iran Reports Attending Meeting With US Navy
Iran's official media are reporting that a high-ranking Iranian naval commander attended a meeting on regional piracy where U.S. Navy commanders were present. -VOA - 12/25/10

US Approved Business with Iran, Other Blacklisted Nations
The New York Times is reporting the U.S Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 exceptions to American companies over the past 10 years so they could do business with Iran and other countries blacklisted by the U.S. as state sponsors of terrorism. -VOA - 12/25/10

Photos: Rescuers work to free trapped miners in Ravar, Iran
Rescue operations are underway in southeastern Iran to free three miners trapped in the Hejdak coal mine in the Ravar district of Kerman province, an official with the Ministry of Industries and Mines says. -Photos by Khosrow Khaleghi - 12/24/10

Son Of Imprisoned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Says His Father Still Sees Beauty
The son of famed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making movies or traveling abroad for 20 years, says at the time of his father's 2009 arrest he had no thoughts of making a film about opposition activity. -Kristin Deasy, RFE - 12/24/10

Santa Takes Off in Iran
As Christmas and the New Year approach, festive decorations appear in Christian parts of Tehran - and in other areas of the city, too. -IWPR - 12/24/10

Halt Imminent Execution of Kurdish Student Habibollah Latifi
Habibollah Latifi's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he has been served with his client's execution orders and the Kurdish university student will be hung on Sunday, 26 December. - 12/24/10

Salehi Stands In As Iran's New Foreign Minister -- But For How Long?
Ali Akbar Salehi is said to have fond memories of the United States -- a legacy of five years spent studying for a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. -Robert Tait, RFE - 12/24/10

Iranian Truckers in Silent Strike Following Twenty-fold Hike in Gasoline Prices
Since the official price of diesel oil in Iran was increased twenty-fold by the government news outlets report a drastic decrease in diesel consumption. But according to general Mohammad Royanian, the head of Iran's Transportation and Fuel Management Office, it is business as usual -Ardalan Sayami, Rooz - 12/24/10

Executive Profile: Hossein Eslambolchi, PhD
Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi, Chairman & CEO of 2020 Venture Partners is recognized in the scientific community as one of the foremost thought leaders and technological scientists of the high-tech age and 21st century. - 12/24/10

Iran unveils Kish Stock Exchange
Iran has inaugurated the Kish Stock Exchange in the southern Iranian island to facilitate foreign investment and monetary activities, Iranian finance and economic affairs minister said on Friday. - 12/24/10

Iran's export of gas to Turkey hits record high
The official said that to help tackle the extremely cold weather in European cities Iran is prepared to increase the output to Turkey by 10 to 15 million cubic meters a day. - 12/24/10

Open letter of academics objecting to the detention of Iranian economist, Dr. Fariborz Raisdana
We the undersigned, faculty and administrators of universities, condemn the detention in Iran of our colleague, Dr. Fariborz Raisdana, a well-known economist and writer. We demand his immediate and unconditional release. - 12/23/10

Pro-Iran War Resolution Fizzles but Further Push for Military Options May Be on Horizon
When 47 Republican House members introduced a Congressional resolution endorsing Israeli military strikes against Iran this past August, the National Iranian American Council's reaction was swift. Within days, NIAC focused significant media attention on the dangerous nature of the resolution -NIAC - 12/23/10

Payvand's top 10 popular books for 2010 organizes hundreds of titles in more than 40 categories in its Iranbooks section. Here is a list of top 10 sellers in 2010, reflecting our state of mind. - 12/23/10

Iran's Top Students Opt For Northern American Universities, Official Says
Iran's top students are choosing North American universities to pursue masters' and doctoral degrees, according to a senior Science Ministry official. It's not clear how many such students are at North American universities. -RFE - 12/23/10

Writers Urge Iran To Free Newspaper Editor
Over 150 writers, translators, journalists, and other literary figures have signed a letter to the head of Iran's judiciary demanding the immediate release of the editor in chief of a reformist newspaper - 12/23/10

Germany condemns heavy jail term for Iranian filmmaker
After French filmmakers, artists and intellectuals set up an internet rally in support of Jafar Panahi yesterday, Germany condemned the harsh sentence handed to the Iranian filmmaker and slammed his imprisonment as "scandalous" and "unacceptable." - 12/23/10

Iranian activists end their protest in Geneva
Shirin Ebadi and the group of Iranian women activists who started a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Geneva on December 20 to protest against the continued incarceration of their peer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, ended their sit-in today. - 12/23/10

Jailed Iranian journalist, Abdolreza Tajik released
Abdolreza Tajik, jailed Iranian journalist was released today after over six months in Evin Prison. Tajik was earlier arrested twice in the post-election protests to the alleged fraud in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 and released on bail. -Zamaneh - 12/23/10

NIAC Commends Serious Proposal to Help Prevent War in Defense Authorization
"NIAC strongly supports the NDAA's inclusion of a provision to assess the merits an Incidents at Sea agreement between the US, Iran, and other states to avoid military confrontation in the Persian Gulf." - 12/23/10

Iran's President Seeks Regional Economic Help at Istanbul Summit
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is meeting leaders who are attending a regional economic summit in Turkey, as he seeks economic help under straining international sanctions involving his country's disputed nuclear program. - 12/23/10

The Night I Stood In For An Iranian Hero
It is not the kind of invitation academics routinely receive. But back in October I was invited to stand in for Nasrin Sotoudeh -- who at that time had already been incarcerated for over a month in solitary confinement -- at a ceremony honoring her with a human rights award. - 12/23/10

Five national radioisotope-production plans unveiled in Iran
Ahmadinejad officially unveiled five national radioisotope-production plans in a ceremony held on Wednesday. These plans have been drawn up by Iranian scientists and researchers. Radioisotope is a radioactive isotope which is used in physical and biological researches and therapeutics. -MNA - 12/23/10

Afghanistan Battles Insecurity, Joblessness
Growing insecurity and unemployment in Afghanistan is forcing Afghans into the capital, across borders and into the insurgency looking for work. - 12/23/10

Payvand's top 10 News stories of 2010
With millions of article impressions on every year, here are the top 10 news stories most viewed, in case you missed them. These are a relfection of what went viral and captured our attention the most in 2010. - 12/22/10

Iranian opposition leaders criticize timing of cutting subsidies
Iranian opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi criticized Ahmadinejad administration for its timing of cutting government subsidies in view of Iran's current economic situation. -Zamaneh - 12/22/10

Association of Iranian American Seniors established in Irvine, California
Our purpose is simple: to help Iranian Seniors. Many of us care about children and students, but to my knowledge, we have not paid enough attention to the older Iranians. Frankly, sooner or later, we will all get old and this will be a great place for us to get together and help each other out. -Hossein Hosseini - 12/22/10

Iran: Leading cleric outraged over official's remarks about music
Rahim-Mashaii, Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff, said recently, "Some people do not understand music, then say it is haram." He went on to say that disregard for art and culture will make a society ill and added, "If people are not familiar with music and do not appreciate the literature of Hafez, Sadi, and Ferdowsi, then no love can emerge from their hearts." - 12/22/10

'US threats aim to sell more weapons': Iran Defense Minister
Iran's defense minister describes the remarks made by the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an attempt to sell more weapons and create fear in the region. -Press TV - 12/22/10

Iranian truck drivers stay off roads as gas prices rise steeply
Thousands of Iranian truck drivers began a second day of strikes Tuesday after a sharp increase in the price of diesel fuel, transportation company officials said, as the Obama administration announced a further tightening of economic sanctions intended to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. -Washington Post - 12/22/10

Ahmadinejad Arrives In Istanbul For ECO Summit
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Turkish city of Istanbul to attend the 11th summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). -Press TV - 12/22/10

Energy Policy in Iran Leaves Many Gasping
According to e-mails circulated to industry experts and reproduced on unofficial news sites and blogs, Iran's new supply of domestic gasoline may contain high levels of aromatics - more than twice the level permitted by Iranian law. Burning aromatics in car engines produces exhaust packed with high concentrations of "floating particles" or "particulates" that, added to the typical smog caused by nitrous oxides and ozone, can cause a range of health problems -New York TImes - 12/22/10

Iranian Vice-president cancels press conference on corruption charges
Divisions in Islamic Republic government deepened as the Vice-president, Mohammadreza Rahimi cancelled a press conference during which he was supposed to challenge the recent statement by the judiciary announcing possible links between Rahimi and a corruption ring. - 12/22/10

Film stars urged to oppose Jafar Panahi imprisonment via online petition
Film-makers and actors from around the globe are expected to sign a petition calling for the release of the dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi. An Iranian court yesterday sentenced the 50-year-old to six years in prison, his lawyer said, and banned him from directing or producing films for 20 years. -Guardian - 12/22/10

India, Russia Say Iran Nuclear Dispute Needs Dialogue
Indian and Russian leaders say the dispute over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through dialogue. In a joint statement Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear energy. -VOA - 12/22/10

Iran eyes $250 billion annual revenue in 5 years
Iran's annual oil and gas revenues will reach $250 million once the current projects come on stream, the National Iranian Oil Company managing director said in Tehran on Wednesday. -MNA - 12/22/10

US Tightens Sanctions On Iran
The United States has hit Iran's Revolutionary Guard and its state-owned shipping lines with new sanctions. -VOA - 12/22/10

Afghanistan Says Iran Blocking Fuel Tankers
Iran has not officially confirmed the move, but some Afghan officials have suggested Iran could be acting out of concern that the fuel is being funneled to NATO forces fighting the Taliban. -RFE - 12/22/10

Iranians To Celebrate Yalda, Longest Night Of The Year
Iranians throughout the world will celebrate the longest night of the Iranian calendar year, Yalda, in a tradition welcoming the birthday of the Goddess of Love, Mitra. Yalda is the last night of autumn and the beginning of winter. - 12/21/10

Photos: At least 7 die as powerful quake hits southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck the mountainous Fahraj area in the southern province of Kerman on Monday night killing at least seven and injuring hundreds. The quake happened at 22:12 p.m. local time. - 12/21/10

Four Young Iranian Activists Detained
The four activists are Hadi Heydari, a cartoonist for Iranian reformist papers; Mohammad Shafiei and Ali Reza Taheri, members of the youth branch of the Islamic Iran Participation Front; and Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, daughter of jailed leading reformist Feizollah Arabsorkhi. - 12/21/10

Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2010
This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2010. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2010. Participation criteria for the photo selection was to have the word "Iran" in the photo tag or in the description, a high number of views/favorites for more than one photo per photographer, and finally uploaded by the photographer in 2010. - 12/21/10

Persian Food Bloggers Give Readers a Taste of Iran
Azita Mehran, Sanam Lamborn and Bria Tavakoli are sharing the Persian food of their mothers and grandmothers with the world. The three Iranian-American women are at different stages of their lives, and they've never met or even spoken with one another, but they have taken on a joint mission. -Jeff Baron, - 12/21/10

Iran's Political Prisoners: Hedayat and Golrou begin, Sotoudeh and Arshi end, hunger strike
Bahareh Hedayat and Mahdieh Golrou, two Iranian detained student activists have begun a hunger strike for being denied visitation rights. Kaleme website reports that Hedayat started on a hunger strike three days ago while Mahdieh Golrou joined her today. - 12/21/10

Iranian women activists begin sit in for their jailed colleague in Iran
Seven Iranian political and women's rights activists started their protest for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, outside United Nations human rights headquarters in Geneva today, despite extreme weather conditions. - 12/21/10

Happy Holidays from the Omid Foundation Family
Soray's Story: Three years ago, at the age of 19, I was just getting out of a drug rehab center, had not finished high school, and had no clue what I was going to do with my life. But I was one of the fortunate few who were accepted into the Omid-e-Mehr program. - 12/21/10

Economists Say Iran Subsidy Plan A Weapon Of Political Control
A long-awaited radical overhaul of Iran's economy that has seen the scrapping of state subsidies is being used to punish and intimidate opponents of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, analysts say. -Robert Tait, RFE - 12/21/10

Photos: People in Kouhdasht, Lorestan province of Iran, withdrawing cash subsidy from ATM machines
Before the official announcement of the plan, every family member received a sum of 810,000 rials (USD 80) in cash subsidies per month for a two-month period. These photos show the people in the town of Kouhdasht in Lorestan province withdrawing their cash subsidies from the ATM machines. - 12/21/10

Cost repercussions of Iran's subsidy reform plan
Under the plan which went into effect on Sunday, all subsidies are to be gradually removed during a five-year period. The subsidy cuts plan -- encompassing key consumer goods such as gasoline, natural gas, and food -- is said to be one of the most important undertakings in Iran's recent economic history. - 12/21/10

Iran's total investment in South Pars hits $30B
Some $30 billion have been invested in the giant South Pars gas fields' development plan so far, an official with the Pars Oil and Gas Company said in Tehran on Tuesday. -MNA - 12/21/10

Iran sentences acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi to 6 years in prison
Jafar Panahi, prominent Iranian filmmaker was sentenced to six years in prison and 20 years ban from filmmaking and travelling abroad. Panahi was arrested twice in the post-election protests to the alleged vote fraud that secured Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the 2009 presidential elections. - 12/20/10

Iranian Activists Hit By New wave Of Arrests
On the first day of the implementation of subsidy cuts and the rising of energy and food prices, Iranian authorities began a new wave of arrests targeted at social and political activists. -Zamaneh - 12/20/10

Tavoos Tenth Anniversary: Tribute to Manijeh Mir-Emadi
On the threshold of the tenth anniversary of Tavoos Art Magazine, the editorial board and colleagues of Tavoos and Iranian Art Publishing like to use the opportunity to introduce the publisher, manager and editor-in- chief of this site after her ten years of relentless activity and venerate her perseverance in maintaining her valuable service. - 12/20/10

Iran finishes fourth in Asian Para Games
Iran wrapped up its presence at 2010 Asian Para Games with 80 medals, finishing fourth behind China, Japan and South Korea respectively. The Iranian athletes claimed 27 gold medals, 24 silvers and 27 bronzes in the event. - 12/20/10

For Iranian-American Author, Making Sense of a Bipolar Life
Melody Moezzi's first book was an effort to introduce Americans to folks who, like her, are Muslim. Now she's working on her second book, introducing Americans to folks who, like her, happen to be bipolar. -Jeff Baron, - 12/20/10

Iran loses to N. Korea in Asian Woman Handball Championship
Iran was defeated by North Korea in the 13th Asian Women's Handball Championship on Monday. Iran lost to the Korean outfit 47-22 in Pool A. The team will face China on Tuesday. Kazakhstan is in the same pool as well. -MNA - 12/20/10

31-year-old musician replaces 73-year-old conductor in Iran's National Orchestra
Sevety-three-year-old former conductor Fakhreddini, who had established the orchestra in 1998, refused to perform concerts scheduled for Tehran's Vahdat Hall from June 18 to 20, 2009, when the result of the June 12 presidential election provoked protests in the city. - 12/20/10

Qatari Emir In Iran For Talk
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation on an official day-long visit. - 12/20/10

Iran: Ahmadinejad Appoints Fourth Female Member of Cabinet
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed Farahnaz Torkestani on Monday as the head of the National Youth Organization, replacing Mehrdad Bazrpash who had held the post since July 2009. -MNA - 12/20/10

Iranian student activist Bahareh Hedayat in need of surgery in prison
Amin Ahmadian, Hedayat's husband told the International Campaign for Human Rights that Bahareh Hedayat did not suffer from this ailment prior to being incarcerated and the stones must be "a product of the prison conditions." -Zamaneh - 12/20/10

Iran executes 11 Jundullah terrorists
Iran has executed 11 members of the Pakistan-based Jundullah terrorist group in the Iranian southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province, a judiciary official says. -Press TV - 12/20/10

The Globalization of Militarism
Many Americans still believe that US foreign policies are designed to maintain peace, to safeguard human rights and to spread democracy around the world. Regardless of their officially stated objectives, however, those policies often lead to opposite outcomes: war, militarism and dictatorship. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 12/20/10

Iran's ice cream challenge to America
In the heart of Baghdad's Green Zone, just yards from the mighty fortress of the biggest U.S. embassy in the world, a small but symbolic challenge to America's rapidly waning influence in Iraq is taking shape in the form of an Iranian ice cream parlor. -Washington Post - 12/20/10

Iran's Khamenei Says Any Hariri Tribunal Ruling 'Null'
Reports from Iran say supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has dismissed as "null and void" any ruling by a United Nations court that is investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. -RFE - 12/20/10

Feminism, cry of crushed women's protest in capitalism: Ahmadinejad
Speaking in the third meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) female ministers opened in Tehran on Sunday, Ahmadinejad criticized countries which have banned women from education and send them away in far areas for tough and hard military operations. - 12/19/10

Police In Tehran Streets As Subsidies Cut
A report from the Iranian capital says there is heightened security in Tehran's streets as the Iranian government's cuts to economic subsidies come into force. AP quoted witnesses as saying clusters of riot police could be seen at every major square in the city. - 12/19/10

Iranian Recipes and Memories Connect Bloggers and Readers
Readers might turn to Persian food blogs for the recipes, but they come back for the people. "I started sharing my memories - my positive memories - about Iran, and the more I wrote about the personal connections I had with the food I was posting about, the more people liked it," Sanam Lamborn said of her blog, My Persian Kitchen. -Jeff Baron, - 12/19/10

Energy prices in Iran soar as government cuts subsidies
In a television interview on state television last night, Ahmadinejad announced the long-dreaded implementation of subsidy cuts and a few hours after this announcement, the government issued a statement announcing gas prices would soar from 1000 rials (10 US cents) a litre to 4000 rials. The price of gas over the 60 litres monthly quota given each household is also set at 7000 rials. - 12/19/10

Iran: Parliament security committee votes to fully cut ties with Britain
British Ambassador to Iran Simon Gass has recently written a note in his blog to mark the International Human Rights Day (December 10) in which he has accused the Islamic system of violating political and civil rights and imposing restrictions on the activities of the journalists and political activists. -MNA - 12/19/10

Ahmadinejad orders implementation of subsidy reform plan
The subsidy reform plan envisages a cutting of subsidies on fuel, electricity, and certain goods over the course of five years. The administration has decided to pay cash subsidies for an undecided period of time to compensate low-income families for the inflationary repercussions of the plan. -MNA - 12/19/10

$1B Investment In Tehran Refinery For Gasoline Improvement
An official of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) said that $1 billion has been invested in Tehran Oil Refinery (Tondgooyan Refinery) for improving the quality of gasoline produced there. - 12/19/10

Iran: EC Secretary Urges US to Show War on Terrorism in Action
"If Mr. Obama is against such moves, he should provide Iran with ample and precise information that the US intelligence agencies have about these groups." -Tabnak - 12/19/10

Iran ex-foreign minister says his dismissal was offensive
Manouchehr Mottaki, Iranian foreign minister who was recently removed through a sudden dismissal by Ahmadinejad, hit out at the administration describing his dismissal "un-Islamic, outside political practices, undiplomatic and offensive." -Zamaneh - 12/19/10

Iran in talks with 7 firms to sell LNG
The managing director of Iran's LNG Company, a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), says Tehran is in talks with seven foreign firms to sell Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). -Press TV - 12/19/10

Iran steps up pressure on families of post-election victims
Families of the victims of the post-election political turmoil in Iran are experiencing a new wave of pressures from Islamic Republic authorities. Yesterday, Iranian security forces prevented families from commemorating last year's Ashura Day victims at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery. -Zamaneh - 12/18/10

Iranian Nobel Laureate to Stage Sit-in in Defense of Detained Colleague
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi announced a sit-in in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today to demand the release of her embattled colleague in Iran, Nasrin Sotoudeh. The sit-in will start on 20 December. - 12/18/10

Iran: "Garshasp" computer game developers eyeing world markets
Produced at the Fanafzar Sharif Game Studios, the game was released during a ceremony in Tehran on November 9. The National Foundation of Computer Games, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, praised the team's efforts in making the game during the ceremony. - 12/18/10

Salehi Takes Over as Iran's Foreign Minister
Iran's top nuclear official has officially taken over as the new interim foreign minister after his predecessor was fired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -VOA - 12/18/10

Australia's Asylum Policies Under Scrutiny Following Boat Tragedy
A tragic boat crash off Australia's Christmas Island that claimed the lives of some 30 asylum seekers has raised alarms by critics of the country's immigration policies and led to calls for more to be done to stop the regional trade of human smuggling. -RFE/RL - 12/18/10

U.S. Condemns Ashura Attack In Iran
The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place at a mosque in the city of Chabahar, in southeastern Iran. The suicide bombing occurred as Shia worshippers commemorated the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Mohammad. More than forty people were killed and more than a hundred were wounded. -VOA - 12/18/10

Canada calls for release of Baha'i leaders
Canadian Foreign Minister issued a statement calling on Iran to "immediately release" the seven Baha'i leaders who have been detained since two years ago. -Zamaneh - 12/18/10

Photos: Ashura Mourning Ceremonies in Iranian Towns and Villages - Part II
Mourning of Muharram reaches its climax on the tenth day, known as Ashura, on which the forces of Yazid killed the 72 individuals who fought, including Husayn and his family and supporters. - 12/17/10

Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Hospitalized, Family Members Detained
Jailed Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad has been hospitalized and members of his family including his wife have been detained. Nourizad's wife Fateme Maleki, their children, and his elderly parents were detained outside Evin prison on December 16 as they tried to find out which hospital he had been taken to. -RFE - 12/17/10

Photos: Ashura Mourning Ceremonies in Iranian Towns and Villages - Part I
The Mourning of Muharram is an important period of mourning in the Shi'a branch of Islam, taking place in Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is also called the Remembrance of Muharram. The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of Muhammad the founder of Islam, and a Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayad caliph Yazid I. - 12/17/10

Iran: Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities
Discriminatory laws and policies against homosexuals and other sexual minorities in Iran put them at risk of harassment, violence, and even death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iran's sexual minorities, especially those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), are victimized both by state and private actors in part because those actors know they can get away with it. - 12/17/10

This year on Ashura, Iran's opposition Green Movement stays below ground
Iran's opposition Green Movement protested in force during the Shiite holiday Ashura a year ago. This year, they're nowhere to be seen. Is the movement finished? -CSM - 12/17/10

Iran nabs eight more terror suspects
Iran has arrested eight terrorists connected to the deadly terror bombing in the Iranian southeastern city of Chabahar that killed and wounded scores of people. - 12/17/10

TAPI Gas Pipeline Signed, Sealed -- Not Yet Delivered
Smiling faces and rosy predictions were abundant in Ashgabat over the weekend, when top officials from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India signed a deal to build a natural-gas pipeline that promises to change the region's energy fortunes. -Bruce Pannier, RFE - 12/17/10

Wikileak Files: The Banality of Politics
The latest batches of WikiLeaks files do not reveal anything unexpected or exciting, or anything that most people who have an interest in international politics did no already know. All that they do is simply to confirm some open secrets. - 12/17/10

No New Survivors in Asylum Seeker Boat Wreck off Australian Island
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the death toll is likely to rise. The 28 people confirmed dead include women and children. Her immigration minister, Chris Bowen, says the boat may have been carrying as many as 100 people from Iran, Iraq and Kurdish areas of the Middle East. -VOA - 12/17/10

Don't forget Iran's political prisoners
In February 1979, one day after protesters in Iran declared victory for the Islamic Revolution, they stormed Evin prison, which had long been a symbol of the Shah's tyranny. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guarduian - 12/17/10

Iran heavily cuts funding to Hezbollah
Iran has cut its annual budget to Hezbollah by over 40 per cent, causing a crisis within the Lebanese Shiite guerilla organization, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday, quoting an Israeli intelligence assessment. -Deutsche Presse-Agentur - 12/17/10

Iran: Seven Journalists Arrested within a Week
Within a few days after the arrest of the investor and four journalists of Iran's Shargh daily, the fifth member of the reformist newspaper was detained along with yet another reporter, bringing the total number of journalists arrested in the past week to seven. -Rojin Younesi, Rooz - 12/16/10

What Would YOU Have Iran Do?
The future is not already written in stone; all predictions, no matter how astutely formulated, may be proven wrong. Similarly, no authority, whether self-assumed or collectively accepted, is infallible. It is not, therefore, a waste of time and effort to engage in debates and discussions pertaining to the problems and difficulties the Iranian nation is facing, and to come up with alternative paths out of the quagmire. -Kam Zarrabi - 12/16/10

Art Gallery: Water's Silence, a group exhibition
"Water's Silence" the exhibition is curated around the theme of Cactus plant, symbol of patience, endurance, persistence and nostalgia for the days of yore. The exhibition presents the works of 14 Iranian Artists exploring the theme through different mediums of art. Group exhibition curated by Ramin E. Bozor. - 12/16/10

Photos: Ashura Mourning Ceremonies In Baq Malek Village, Isfahan
Millions of people across Iran marked Ashura which reached its climax on Wednesday and Thursday. Ashura marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) - the grandson of Prophet Mohammed - in 680 AD in the battle of Karbala. -Photos by Abolfazl Salmanzadeh - 12/16/10

Religious ceremony disrupted by Iranian security forces
Jaras website reports that the ceremony was being held today in Sabbaqian's home in Tehran when plain clothes forces on motorbikes accompanied intelligence ministry officials in dispersing the guests and arresting Hashem Sabbaqian and Hojjatoleslam Soleymani, a member of Qom Seminary Researchers and Teachers. -Zamaneh - 12/16/10

Iran's Foreign Minister's dismissal: the Caspian Sea Dimension
The president of Iran had a long history of disliking his foreign minister and the announced statements of the Mottaki about the share of Iran in the Caspian Sea, and policies he followed in this field, had a role in his eventual fate. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 12/16/10

Iranian Religious Scholar Jailed On Propaganda, Insult Charges
Ahmad Qabel, Iranian religious researcher, has been sentenced tp 20 months in prison for "spreading antistate propaganda and insulting the supreme leader." -RFE - 12/16/10

Boat carrying asylum-seekers from Iran, Iraq crashes on Christmas Island; dozens dead
A desperate journey for freedom met a horrific end after a boat believed to carry as many as 80 asylum-seekers from Iran and Iraq broke up and sank off the Australian coast on Wednesday. -New York Daily - 12/16/10

Book: Role of computer in Iranian family reviewed
The book "Computer in Iranian Family" is written by considering culture of computer usage in families. The work talks about quality of using computer facilities." -IBNA - 12/16/10

Voices from Iran
Author Elizabeth Eslami never called herself Iranian-American prior to her debut novel, "Bone Worship," which was released in January. Raised in Gaffney by her doctor father, originally from Tehran, and her American mother, a nurse-turned-homemaker, she often overlooked her Iranian background. -Journal Watchdog - 12/16/10

Stuxnet 'virus' could be altered to attack US facilities, report warns
Stuxnet, a computer worm that hit and may have severely damaged Iranian nuclear facilities, is the type of cyberweapon that could broadly harm the United States, undermining both society and government ability to defend the nation, says a strongly worded report to Congress. -CSM - 12/16/10

Iran terror attack claims 39 lives
At least 39 mourners commemorating the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam have been killed in a terror attack in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar. -Press TV - 12/15/10

Photos: Iran 1979-2009 by Alfred Yaghobzadeh
Alfred Yaghobzadeh was born in a multicultural family of an Armenian father and Assyrian mother in Teheran, Iran. In 1979 the Iranian revolution interrupted his university studies in interior design and incited him to begin photography in the streets of Teheran. The turmoil in his country, the raging battles on the Iran-Iraq front were dramatic, cutting-edge events that Alfred covered with the passion, courage, drive, and youthful instinct of a 19-year-old. - 12/15/10

Iran: WikiLeak on Khamenei's Health Sets Off Rumour-Mill
A document released by WikiLeaks suggesting that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has advanced leukemia is being discussed as heatedly inside Iran as in the international media. But it is likely to be just another in a long line of suspect accounts of his imminent death. -Ali Reza Eshraghi, IWPR - 12/15/10

The Persian Gulf
Neither the allies of the US nor any world power has the authority under international law, custom or ethics to unilaterally impose itself on the US navy and change the name of the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Gulf. -Mehrangiz Kar - 12/15/10

Iran: Need for restraint as anniversary of Ashoura demonstration approaches
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience, including those detained in recent weeks in connection with their peaceful political or human rights activities, and to halt all trial proceedings that could result in the imprisonment of other prisoners of conscience. - 12/15/10

Envoy: Bern Eager to Further Develop Economic Cooperation with Iran
Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti stressed Bern's enthusiasm for the further expansion of economic cooperation with Iran, specially in the field of energy. -FNA - 12/15/10

Iran: Mottaki Doomed By Personal Animus, Not Political Visions
One of Manuchehr Mottaki's last acts before being suddenly axed as Iran's foreign minister was to express solidarity with British students who he said had been "brutally suppressed" by police while protesting against tuition fee hikes. -obert Tait, RFE - 12/15/10

From Iran to Silicon Valley, a Serial Entrepreneur Leaves His Mark
For much of the past four years, Saeed Amidi has been shepherding a generation of entrepreneurs into the global economy. From his vantage point as founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley, he has witnessed the launch of more than 250 startups, including some 50 international firms. -Wharton School - 12/15/10

New 'Hijab' Charges Brought Against Iranian Rights Lawyer
Reza Khandan told Radio Farda on December 14 that his wife must appear in court on December 27 to defend herself against charges of "not wearing the hijab" and "not observing Islamic standards of conduct." - 12/15/10

Shia Muslims commemorate Ashura
Millions of Shia Muslims in Iran and around the world are mourning in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. - 12/15/10

Jailed Iranian journalist released from Karaj prison
According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Kouhyar Goudarzi was released this afternoon from Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj at the end of his one year prison sentence. -Zamaneh - 12/15/10

From discrimination to death -- being gay in Iran
Ahmadinejad caused hilarity when he said gay people don't exist in Iran. But his regime's treatment of them is no joke -Guardian - 12/15/10

Lines 3 and 4 of Tehran Subway Rapidly Developing
Development of Tehran subway is rapidly underway with priority given to lines 3 and 4. Line 4 is supposed to be finished by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2010) and line 3 will be finished next year. Managers of Tehran Subway Company have promised to commission the lines in the near future. - 12/15/10

Persepolis Fortification Archive Project Annual Report 2009-2010
The Persepolis Fortification Archive is a treasury of information about the languages, society, institutions, religion, and art of the Achaemenid Persian Empire at its zenith, around 500 bc. Its value depends on a combination of complexity (the archive contains detailed information of many different kinds) and integrity (the archive is an excavated artifact, a single, coherent cache of tens of thousands of documents from a single time and place). -Matthew W. Stolper - 12/14/10

Wife 'Has No News' Of Jailed Iranian Filmmaker's Condition
The wife of jailed Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mohammad Nourizad says she has had no news about his health, just days after he planned to begin a dry hunger-strike in Tehran's Evin prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 12/14/10

On Campuses, Spreading the Word in Support of Iranian Students
Abolfazl Jahandar is back to being a student: He's improving his English in the United States. But on a cold December night at a university near Washington, he was telling American students what happened to him when he was a student activist in his native Iran. -Jeff Baron, - 12/14/10

Melody Moezzi: In a Rush to Do Some Good
Melody Moezzi is an activist in every sense of the word: She embraces causes, and she does something about them. "I feel like I've accomplished a lot in the short time that I've had on this planet, but I think part of the reason that I've done that is when I was 17 years old until the time I was 21 I had a serious physical illness [pancreatitis caused by a tumor], during which time doctors told me several times I would not live," Moezzi said. - 12/14/10

Photos: Iran Women's National Handball Team Practice Session
Iran women's national handball team represents Iran in international women's handball, and is controlled by Iran's Handball Federation. These photos are from the practice session of the team held on Tuesday in Tehran. -Ashraf Tabatabaei, MNA - 12/14/10

Iran: Opposition leader ready for debate over election fraud
Karroubi went on to say: "Our whole dispute is over the rigging of the elections. We say there was no election and the evidence of this is available. I announce here that I am a protester and willing to sit in debate in any city, mosque or university with anyone who claims that we are the cause of these killings and sedition." - 12/14/10

Iran contends lawyer linked to terrorist groups
Head of Iran's Human Rights Commission, Mohammad Javad Larijani says Nasrin Sotoudeh, detained Iranian lawyer is arrested on charges of "propaganda against Islam and the regime" and "contact with terrorist groups." -Zamaneh - 12/14/10

Musician G.H. Aslani is eminently recognized in the U.S.
Maestro G.H. Aslani, Honoris Causa was somewhat surprised in a congregation of the Iranian-American Community of the US Northeast (New York Metro) in recognition of his seminal contributions to music, philanthropy, volunteerism and altruism. - 12/14/10

Wikileaks, an Opportunity for the Iranian Diplomacy
The publication of secret documents on Wikileaks has been a great diplomatic shock to both the United States and other countries enjoying diplomatic relations with Washington. Apart from ambiguities surrounding release of so many documents, it seems that the current state of affairs will greatly change the more hidden aspects of international diplomacy. -Mohammad Farazmand - 12/14/10

Iran replaces foreign minister
Mottaki is widely seen as being close to former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, according to an account posted on the IRdiplomacy Web site, which is run by former Iranian diplomats. Larijani currently heads Iran's parliament. "Ahmadinejad did not trust him as key minister," the influential site wrote of Mottaki -Washington Post - 12/14/10

Iranian Public Opinion Survey by International Peace Institute
National telephone survey of 702 Iranians between Aug 30 and Sept. 7, 2010. Iranians want nuclear weapons and reject proposed international deals to restrict the production of enriched uranium, but they are anxious about the international sanctions and isolation their country faces, a new poll has found. - 12/13/10

Photos: Toddlers "Enlisting" with Basij Militia in Tehran
These photos show some of the Iranian toddlers participating at a ceremony enlisting with the Basij militia at Imam Sadeq mosque in Tehran. Basij played the leading role in the recent suppression of widespread protests in the aftermath of the June 2009 presidential elections. -Photos by Abolfazl Salmanzadeh - 12/13/10

Photos: Rain Brings Relief For Pollution Struck Tehran
Rainfall on Sunday has finally brought a much needed relief for Tehran residents breathing the suffocating polluted air. -Photos by Raouf Mohseni - 12/13/10

Saharkhiz accuses Iranian Supreme Leader of cruelty and impiety
Detained Iranian journalist, Issa Saharkhiz says he will not acquiesce to a "cruel and impious leader" like Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader. -Zamaneh - 12/13/10

Mir Hossein Mousavi's interview with Internet newspaper Ghalam Sabz
The full English translation of the transcript of Mir Hossein Mousavi's interview with an underground internet newspaper - Ghalam Sabz, which is run by a group of reformist activists in the absence of conventional free media - 12/13/10

Iranian President Sacks Foreign Minister
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has fired Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki. In a brief statement on the president's website today, Ahmadinejad thanked Mottaki for his more than five years of service but gave no explanation for the change. - 12/13/10

NATO and Iran-Centric Missile Shield
NATO leaders gathered in Lisbon on November 19-20, 2010, and after months of diplomatic deliberations, preparation and lobbies reached an agreement on the deployment of a missile defense shield as prelude to the establishment of a common command meant to protect people and territories of NATO members. -Behzad Khoshandam - 12/13/10

Tehran ranks Dubai's 2nd trade partner
Despite a host of US-engineered sanctions targeting Iran, Tehran has become Dubai's major trade partner after India, official statistics of the United Arab Emirates' Customs show. -Press TV - 12/13/10

Western Artists, Politicians Sign Joint Letter Calling For Ashtiani's Release
More than 80 artists, academics, and politicians -- including U.S. actor Robert Redford and British singer Sting -- have signed a letter calling on Iranian authorities to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. -RFE - 12/13/10

Australia: Iran 'not rogue state'
Leaked US cables show that Australia sees the Iranian nuclear programme as a "deterrent," a sharply contrary view to that of most Western countries. The leaks also reveal that Australia doesn't share the assessment that Iran is a "rogue state." -Aljazeera - 12/13/10

Jordan King Abdullah II to visit Iran
Jordan's King Abdullah II is to visit Iran following official invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei submitted a letter of invitation to King Abdullah II during his trip in capital Amman. -ISNA - 12/13/10

Iran opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi supports formation of coalition front
Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi says he supports the formation of a unified front that includes all the opposition movements in Iran. Mousavi maintained that his insistence on the social networks model was due to the widespread arrest and violence exercised against the reformists. -Zamaneh - 12/12/10

Tehran Stock Exchange index rises 64% in 2010
The Tehran Stock Exchange index rose 63.9 percent since the start of 2010. ISNA news agency cited a Bloomberg report as stating that the Tehran Stock Exchange index rose 0.49 percent last week and about 64 percent this year. - 12/12/10

Iranian Cineastes pay a visit to an Ayatollah
A group of Iranian cineastes visited Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli in his office in Qom on Wednesday. The group included Majid Majidi, Reza Mirkarimki, Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, Mohammad-Mehdi Heidarian, Mohammad Davudi and several other cineastes, Persian press reported on Thursday. Ayatollah Javadi Amoli asked the cineastes to discard the terms of 'play' and 'acting' from the art literature. - 12/12/10

Iran: Karroubi slams government campaign to vilify opposition
Mehdi Karroubi in an interview with Etemad-Melli Newspaper (an underground newspaper run by reformist activists in absence of free conventional media) strongly criticized actions of the totalitarian government in foreign policies and the increasing isolation of the country by the international community, as well as in social and economic policies. - 12/12/10

Iran plans to build second spaceport
Iran plans to construct its second spaceport, Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour said on Sunday. The current launch site is located in Semnan Province, and in recent years, two spacecraft have been launched from the center. -MNA - 12/12/10

Charity envoy actress Zarei visits village in southeastern Iran
The Ambassador of Iran's Mehrafarin Charity Society, actress Merila Zarei, arrived on Tuesday in the deprived village of Kotij, Sistan-Baluchestan Province, where she visited regional people and delivered donations to them. -MNA - 12/12/10

Iranian president increasingly grabbing power from parliament
Two years ago, Iran's parliament blocked several of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's key decisions and impeached one of his top ministers. But today, the ambitious leader routinely ignores parliament's laws and undercuts its authority, leading some politicians and analysts to fear the country is slipping toward dictatorship. -Washington Post - 12/12/10

Aydin Salek's family and friends mourn a bright future lost
The letters arrived in March. "Congratulations!" each began. Aydin Salek had his pick of UC schools - Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine - all inviting him to join the graduating class of 2014. But the South Pasadena teen had died of alcohol poisoning three months earlier, a day shy of his 18th birthday. -LA Times - 12/12/10

Iran raps UK envoy for 'rude' remarks
A senior Iranian lawmaker has termed the recent remarks made by British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Gass on the human rights situation in Iran as "impudent." - 12/12/10

Iranian Lawmaker Wants US Accountability for Wikileaks
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States should be held accountable for Wikileaks publications. -VOA - 12/12/10

Ahmadinejad congratulates Qatari Emir on hosting 2022 World Cup
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Qatari Emir on the country's hosting of the 2022 World Cup. - 12/12/10

"They are even terrified of the dead Ayatollah Montazeri and his grave! "
Following the pressure by the security forces in preventing the family of late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri - spiritual leader of Green Movement - to hold a memorial service for the anniversary of Grand Ayatollah's passing, Ahmad Montazeri - eldest son of late Grand Ayatollah - in an interview said: "They (totalitarians) are even terrified of the dead Ayatollah Montazeri and his grave! " - 12/11/10

Zahra Rahnavard: We Are All Leila Tavasoli
We are all Leyla Tavasoli and we bear witness to the fact that you unjust perpetrators threw innocent protesting citizens off bridges, murdering and martyring them on bloody Ashura last year. - 12/11/10

Saharkhiz in critical condition in Iranian prison
Issa Saharkhiz, detained Iranian journalist is in critical condition after undergoing surgery to stop internal bleeding. - 12/11/10

2010 Press Freedom Prize goes to Iranian journalist and Somali radio station
In partnership with the French retail chain Fnac, Reporters Without Borders has awarded its 2010 Press Freedom Prize to two symbols of courage, the jailed Iranian journalist Abdolreza Tajik and the embattled Somali news radio station Radio Shabelle. - 12/11/10

Suggestion to register 'Shahnameh' in Guinness book
Secretary General of Iran's Ferdowsi Foundation Yasser Movahhedfar announced the news, adding that the Austrian academy offered the suggestion during a ceremony held in Vienna to commemorate Shahnameh's millennial anniversary. - 12/11/10

Sarah Shourd Sings for Release of Fiance, Friend, in Iran
The families and friends of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, two young American hikers imprisoned by Iran since July 2009, are pleading for their release in time for the winter holidays. - 12/11/10

British Ambassador to Iran on International Human Rights Day
Simon Gass, the British Ambassador to Iran explains why he is critical of the human rights situation in Iran. "The British Government" he vows, "will continue to draw attentions to cases where people are deprived of their fundamental freedoms." - 12/11/10

Iranian Trade Unionist on Dry Hunger Strike, Grave Concerns for his Health
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today that the Iranian Judiciary must immediately release labor activist Reza Shahabi, who is currently on a dry hunger strike. - 12/11/10

"East Meets West" Annual Benefit Salutes Activist of the Year Mehrangiz Kar
This Saturday evening, please join us in honoring an international hero who advocates for women's equality despite enduring weeks in jail, the abduction of her husband, and the destruction of her law practice. - 12/11/10

As Hanukkah closes, menorahs have flickered in surprising place: Iran
As Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah this week, menorahs are burning in a surprising corner of the world: Iran. Home to Jews - including the biblical Esther - for 3,000 years, the land today is sprinkled with synagogues that serve the Middle East's largest community of Jews after Israel. -CSM - 12/11/10

Iran asks Canada to prosecute murderers of Iranian teen
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has officially called on the Canadian government to prosecute and punish the murderers of Iranian teenager Yazdan Ghiasi, who was recently killed in Canada. - 12/11/10

Iran rejects reports on LG, Samsung agencies shutdown
Secretary of Iranian association of audio and video appliances producers rejected reports that LG and Samsung companies have shut down their agencies in Iran. - 12/11/10

IRAN: Ahmadinejad aide provokes clergy with fresh set of provocative remarks
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the president's chief of staff, is stirring up trouble by challenging the clergy's attitudes toward art and music in unusually harsh and abrasive terms. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the president's chief of staff, is stirring up trouble by challenging the clergy's attitudes toward art and music in unusually harsh and abrasive terms. -LA Times - 12/11/10

Iran urges UN to condemn Tehran hit
Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has criticized the world body for its inaction over the assassination of an Iranian scientist last month. -Press TV - 12/11/10

Mother of detained journalist demands visiting rights
Azam Afsharian, mother of detained Iranian journalist, Nazanin Khosravani, says that she will continue talking to media outlets until the judiciary acknowledges her request to visit her daughter. - 12/10/10

Photos: Tehran's brothel district Shahr-e-No 1975-77 by Kaveh Golestan
"I want to show you images that will be like a slap in your face to shatter your security. You can look away, turn off, hide your identity like murderers, but you can not stop the truth. No one can." Kaveh Golestan (1950 - 2003) - 12/10/10

Mom's Against Poverty Granted US Approval for Humanitarian Work in Iran
When Delfarib Fanaie got the news that their organization, Moms Against Poverty (MAP) received a US license to work in Iran, she couldn't believe it. "This has been a personal dream for me since my husband and I adopted our first child in year 2000. I fulfilled a dream and a promise that I made to all the girls and boys I left in Iran. I am not going to stop until I help them," said Fanaie. - 12/10/10

Prominent reformist re-arrested for implicating head of Iran's judiciary
Ali Shakourirad, member of Iranian reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, was arrested again by the Islamic Republic authorities for implicating Iran's head of judiciary in supporting reformists. -Zamaneh - 12/10/10

The US Navy's Dangerous Name Game in the Persian Gulf
In a move that threatens to exacerbate tensions in a region already pushed to the brink, the US Navy recently circulated an official directive to its personnel to refer to the Persian Gulf by the propaganda term "Arabian Gulf." -Jamal Abdi - 12/10/10

A Message from the NIAC President
NIAC has come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2002. During this time, we have grown a nationwide network and made important gains for the community. Our achievements have been augmented by key structural enhancements that have enabled us to grow from a staff of one and a budget of less than $60,000 to a staff of seven and a budget of over $1 million. - 12/10/10

ARMAN Healing Project
This project is a joint creation of ARMAN (Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistant Network) and Paintbrush Diplomacy along with the help of our dedicated group of university interns. ARMAN is a refugee organization working for Iranian refugee families promoting healing through mental health services and advocacy. - 12/10/10

Germans ready to build Tehran-Mashhad maglev train
Representatives from Iran's public and private sectors will travel to Germany soon to seal the deal for Tehran-Mashhad magnetic levitation train project. Ali Koohestanian added that next Monday inspectors from Iran will fly to Frankfurt to test the maglev trains for this project, which will be the largest railway project of its kind in the world. - 12/10/10

Iran Dashes Hopes That Stoning Woman Has Been Freed
Iranian state television today strongly denied reports that a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery had been freed, saying instead that she would describe on air how she had murdered her husband. -RFE - 12/10/10

Iranian Lawyer 'Resumes Hunger Strike' In Prison
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women's rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh is on hunger strike for the third time, her husband has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 12/9/10

Art Gallery: Beautiful Works of Maryam Javanbakht at Agora Gallery New York
Maryam Javanbakht works in the millennia-old style of traditional black and white Iranian calligraphy. Her hybrid practice involving watercolor, gauche, chalk and ink on paper, known as "Naghashi Khat" (painting-calligraphy) imbues classic Iranian poems like those of Molavi, Hafez, Khayyam and Baba Taher with a transatlantic contemporary flair. - 12/9/10

Iran's "Blogfather" Derakhshan Released On Short Furlough On Unprecedented $1.5 Million Bail
An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Hossein Derakhshan was released last night on the unprecedented bail amount of $1.5 million. Derakhshan had requested a prison furlough after a lower court sentenced him to 19.5 years in prison in September. - 12/9/10

No Visitors For You!: Prominent Iranian Dissident Detainees Barred From Seeing Their Families
Mostafa Tajzadeh, senior member of the Iranian reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, and Mohammad Nourizad, Iranian writer and filmmaker have lost their visiting privileges in prison. - 12/9/10

New Primer Offers the Essentials on Iran
The idea for The Iran Primer came to journalist Robin Wright because, as she put it, her fellow Americans know so little about a country that is a major American concern. "We are arguably more ignorant about Iran than virtually any other country except North Korea," she said. "I've been going to Iran virtually every year since 1973, and there is a wealth of knowledge about Iran within a select group of people with a wide range of views. - 12/9/10

Iran: Janati Concedes Crackdown Did Not Eliminate Opposition
This is the first time such a high-ranking official of the Islamic republic of Iran admits to the use of suppressive measures against protesters and explicitly states that the protest movement in Iran, known as the Green Movement survives and has not been destroyed. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 12/9/10

Photos: Iran's Abr forest fire extinguished
A forest fire that has burned about 30 hectares of woods in central Iran has been extinguished but wind is threatening to start another wildfire. - 12/9/10

Not all judges are corrupt: Iran's Judiciary chief
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has said it is not fair to say that all judges are corrupt. Larijani made the remarks on Wednesday in response to an MP, who recently said that all judges receive bribes. -MNA - 12/9/10

Abjeez In Concert In New York: Tuesday December 14th!
Abjeez is Persian slang for sister ... and that's just what they are - Safoura and Melody Safavi. Backed by a colorful crew of musicians, the two abjee's present their own original brand of Persian world pop! - 12/9/10

Iranian judiciary insists on use of death penalty
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of Iranian judiciary said today that "rape and armed robbery are crimes that are certain to receive the death penalty" in the judicial system. -Zamaneh - 12/9/10

Clinton snubbed by Iranian foreign minister; WikiLeaks has K Street scrambling
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to speak with her Iranian counterpart twice during a gala dinner last week in Bahrain, pursuing him both inside and outside the dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Each time, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki deliberately avoided contact with her. -Washington Post - 12/9/10

Iran: Escalating Repression of University Students
Dozens of university students are behind bars and several hundred others have been expelled from campus because of their political activism or religious affiliation, Human Rights Watch said today as Iran marked National Student Day. Many of those in prison hold leadership positions in well known student organizations critical of the government. - 12/8/10

Bone Marrow Donor Drive in New York in honor of Mona Zarei
Please consider coming out and registering as a bone marrow donor on Saturday, December 11th in New York City. There will be a volunteer-organized donor drive in honor of Mona Zarei, a young Iranian PhD student who was diagnosed with a very rare blood disorder a couple of years ago and who has been fighting for her life ever since. - 12/8/10

Fashion: Iranian-American, Keemia Ferasat Spring 2011 Collection
In March 2005, KEEMIA showed the debut collection, 'Love on the Loire', during Los Angeles Fashion Week. Her first collection of intricately designed pieces defined and set the pace for the now highly covetable KEEMIA signature aesthetic. The KEEMIA woman is feminine, at ease with herself, and chic. - 12/8/10

Iran: Another Reformist Newspaper Shut Down
Islamic Republic security forces raided the reformist daily Shargh today and arrested its director, editor-in-chief and two editors. - 12/8/10

Unprecedented Death Sentence for Christian Pastor on Charge of Apostasy
The Supreme Court of Iran should immediately reverse the apostasy conviction and death sentence of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and release him from prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The judiciary should also release another pastor, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, who faces a similar prosecution. - 12/8/10

Letter from Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi's family to the United Nations
We are writing to appeal for your help to obtain the release of our father, Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi, from detention in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ebrahim Yazdi is the Secretary-General of the Freedom Movement of Iran. He is at present the oldest of imprisoned dissidents in Iran. He is 80 years old and in frail health. - 12/8/10

Jahanpour: US following Israeli 5-Point Plan on Iran: Wikileaks
What is truly alarming about the new batch of Wikileaks diplomatic files is the extent to which US politicians and their Israeli allies are obsessed with Iran. There is virtually no talk of Israeli colonial settlements on the West Bank, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the war crimes in Gaza, the attack on the aid flotilla, and Israel's arsenal of hundreds of nuclear weapons -Farhang Jahanpour - 12/8/10

Open letter speaks out for the rights of all Iranians
In an open letter to the head of Iran's Judiciary, the Baha'i International Community today contrasted the country's persecution of Baha'is with Iran's own call for Muslim minorities to be treated fairly in other countries. -BWNS - 12/8/10

Hiker freed from Tehran prison: Time for U.S.-Iran ties
When I was in Evin Prison in Tehran, a guard twice brought flowers to my cell. Each time, I'd hear the door open and look up to see her standing there with a huge smile and homegrown roses. I was speechless with gratitude. When I broke down and cried, she would hold me in her arms, look me in the eyes and say, "God willing, Sarah, it's going to be OK." -CNN - 12/8/10

WikiLeaks: US Pressured UN Climate Chief to Block Iranian Scientist From Job
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables alleged Tuesday that the U.S. government helped block the appointment of an Iranian scientist to a key role on an international climate change panel. -VOA - 12/8/10

Iran calls seizure of its ships in Singapore "western wrongdoing"
The Islamic Republic of Iran's Shipping Lines Managing Director Mohammad Hossein Dajmar called seizure of three Iranian ships in Singapore a "western wrongdoing". -ISNA - 12/8/10

Iran Marks Navy Day
Iran's Navy possesses the most advanced military equipment and research centers, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Monday. Sayyari, the commander of Iran's Navy, made the remarks during a ceremony held in Tehran to mark the Navy Day, which was attended by a number of military attaches from over 30 countries. -MNA - 12/8/10

Ahmadinejad: Unemployment in Iran to be eradicated in 2 years
Ahmadinejad claimed here Tuesday that unemployment in the country will be eradicated in the next 2 years. He added that the government will implement the first stage of the Subsides Reform Law by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 2011). -MNA - 12/8/10

2 Germans arrested in Iran plead guilty: official
The two German nationals arrested in Tabriz have pled guilty to their charges, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday. -MNA - 12/8/10

Letter to first lady goes beyond the White House
One short letter is getting a 12-year-old Flint boy a lot of attention. -ABC NewsOmid Tavakoli's mother says it seemed like a good exercise for the chatty kid who loves to lecture but has trouble putting his thoughts on paper. - 12/8/10

Quest for Bona Fide Democracy: Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
Let us celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi's release and all that it symbolizes: not the least, that there may be generations of drought, but that the rains will ultimately fall; dreaming of a bona fide representative democracy for Burma, Iran et al. -Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, Huffington Post - 12/8/10

VIDEOS: Protests held at Iranian universities on National Students Day
Students of Amir Kabir University (Tehran Polytechnic) held a gathering on the National Student Day in protest to the unjust imprisonment of the fellow classmates and the restriction imposed on the academia by the totalitarians. - 12/7/10

Scattered portests on National Student Day in Iran
Iranian students ushered National Student's Day with a number of demonstrations in Iranian universities which led to the conflict with the security forces and the arrest of a number of students. -Zamaneh - 12/7/10

University Protests in Iran Continue
December 7th, known as Student Day (16 Azar / Rouz-e Daneshjoo), commemorates the day three Tehran University students were murdered on campus by the Shah's police. Students were protesting a visit by Vice President Richard Nixon to Iran during a period of martial law, just three months after the 1953 coup that brought down Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's government. -Ebrahim Norouzi - 12/7/10

Khatami's message for the National Student Day
In a message to the students' gathering at Tehran University that was held on December 6 on the eve of National Student Day and was called "Hope, the loudest of protests", Seyyed Mohammad Khatami told students: "We should be hopeful. We should try and not be afraid of paying the prices [for our goals] - 12/7/10

Detained Iranian journalist wants judiciary official prosecuted
Kaleme reports that in his letter, Saharkhiz accuses spokesma for Iran's judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, along with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, of "directly or indirectly perpetrating torture in Iranian prisons." - 12/7/10

Iran, P5+1 wrap up talks in Geneva, agree to meet again in January in Istanbul
At the end of the third round of the comprehensive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday, Iran and P5+1 agreed to hold the next round of talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul late January. -Press TV - 12/7/10

Judiciary Spokesperson: IAEA partly responsible for attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists
Judiciary spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has said that the IAEA should be held accountable for the recent attacks on two Iranian physicists because it has given ineligible persons access to information about Iranian nuclear scientists. -MNA - 12/7/10

Grounds broken for major rail project in eastern Iran
The construction operation of Chahbahar-Zahedan-Mashhad railway project started during a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Konarak port in southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. -MNA - 12/7/10

Iranian writer Shams Al-e-Ahmad dies
Veteran Iranian writer, researcher and journalist Shams Al-e-Ahmad has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82 in the capital city of Tehran. - 12/7/10

Wikileaks, Iran, and the US's Arab Allies: What the Corporate Media Are Not Saying
The corporate media are reliable and consistent. They consistently focus on the sensational, and they reliably take the position of the US government. So, it should come as no surprise that the recent release of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is being covered with much sound and fury, signifying little. -Dissident Voice - 12/7/10

Graphs: Iran in UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010
The Islamic Republic of Iran is believed to have the largest number of people who inject drugs in the region, and its HIV epidemic is centred mainly within this population group. An estimated 14% of people who inject drugs countrywide were living with HIV in 2007. - 12/6/10

Photos: Tribal schools of Khuzestan Iran
Khuzestan is inhabited by a number of ethnic minorities and peoples: Autochthonous Persians in major cities, Iranian Arabs, the Bakhtiari Lurs, Behbahanis, Mizrahi Jews, Laks, and other Lurs of the north, the Turkic-speaking Qashqai and Afshari tribes, the Khuzis of Shush/Susa, Dezful, Shushtar, Andimeshk and the inhabitants of the coastal regions of the Persian Gulf all make up the population of the province of Khuzestan. -Amin Nazari - 12/6/10

The Wikileaks Revelations: What's The Surprise?
What exactly have the earth shattering revelations by Wikileaks really taught us? Are we to be shocked that governments distort the facts and lie to their public? Isn't hypocrisy the mainstay of international diplomacy? Can international politics or diplomacy even function without a level of secrecy and a measure of creative hypocrisy? -Kam Zarrabi - 12/6/10

Aftershocks of the News of Another Explosion: IRGC's webite Erred?
The news website belonging to the political office of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) which removed a news report hours after it posted it claims that concurrent with the attack on the two scientists affiliated with Iran's nuclear program on Monday, another explosion took place in the Shahid Mahalati district of Tehran leaving behind a number of wounded. -Nima Farahabadi, Rooz - 12/6/10

The leaks of WikiLeaks: Revelations that were not
The release of some US State Department cables by WikiLeaks concerning US-Iran relations has made sensational headlines in the news media. Yet, to those who follow these relations closely, there is hardly anything that is new in these cables. Consider three revelations that have appeared in major newspapers ... -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 12/6/10

Caspian Sea: Potentials for Conflict
Leaders of the Caspian Sea littoral states constantly talk about peace and security in the Caspian region. They even signed a security agreement at the third summit of the Caspian states (Baku, Azerbaijan Republic, 18 November 2010). The reality, however, is that the Caspian Sea is not as peaceful as it seems. The region has serious potential for turning into a flashpoint for confrontation and conflict. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 12/6/10

Seven Iranian political prisoners released
Seven Iranian political prisoners were released last night and prominent journalist, Emaddedin Baghi, was recalled back to Evin Prison today. Kaleme website reports that the seven prisoners were "pardoned" by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader. -Zamaneh - 12/6/10

Planes to spray water on Tehran to combat alarming pollution
In an emergency meeting held on Sunday night, the officials decided to take some special measures such as spraying water by airplanes on the metropolis to alleviate the pollution, Tehran Governor General Morteza Tamaddon told the ISNA news agency on Monday. - 12/6/10

Iranian officials admit opposition support in army and police
Major General Ataollah Salehi, Chief Commander of Iranian Army described controlled army policies used to dissuade soldiers that have shown support for opposition figures. -Zamaneh - 12/6/10

Few Expectations As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume
Iran and six major powers today began the first face-to-face talks over Tehran's suspect nuclear program in 14 months, with Iranian officials insisting they would not bow to demands to suspend uranium enrichment and Western diplomats dismissing chances of a breakthrough. -Robert Tait, RFE - 12/6/10

Photos: Bike Unit of Tabriz Police
According to a report by Mehr news agency, the bike unit of Tabriz police has gone into operation. This unit replaces the foot patrols for increased mobility and speed. In the first phase of this program, 80 policemen will be patrolling the streets on bike. -Mahsa Jamali, MNA - 12/6/10

Incoming Brazilian President Wants Closer Ties With US
Rousseff, who was backed by incumbent President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has said she will adhere to the previous administration's policies in many regards. But she said Sunday that she does not agree with Brazil's decision not to back a U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning Iran for human rights violations. -VOA - 12/6/10

Opposition leader lauds role of Iranian students in reform movement
Tagheer website reports that in a statement at the threshold of National Student Day, the opposition leader says the "hope and resistance" of the students in Iranian universities cause the "retreat of the forces seeking totalitarianism and monopoly in power." - 12/5/10

PHOTOS: A Pollution Struck Tehran
Despite all emergency measures adopted over the past days, such as closing schools, universities, and government offices as well as imposing special traffic restrictions, the choking air pollution problem has not yet resolved in the metropolis of Tehran. -Rooholla Vahdati - 12/5/10

Iran self-sufficient in yellow cake production
The first consignment of yellow cake was shipped from Gachin mine in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, to Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA), Salehi said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Sunday. - 12/5/10

Mahsa Mulls What to do After Trump
The well-rounded Iranian-American woman who was fired as a contestant from NBC's The Apprentice seven weeks into the show explained why she was fired from the show, divulged her sole regret and revealed her surprising choices for who she felt should win the competition. -Grace Nasri - 12/5/10

New Sanctions, Delisting MEK from Terror List, and War Options Top House Committee's Iran Agenda
As the House of Representatives prepares to switch from Democratic to Republican control in January, signals of the coming Iran agenda were on display as the Foreign Affairs Committee held its final Iran hearing under the chairmanship of Howard Berman (D-CA) on Wednesday. -NIAC - 12/5/10

Arabs, Iran and Wikileaks
Unlike past events, when Wikileaks published documents on the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, this time, revelations cover a wide range of issues and have involved a greater number of countries and politicians who have had to show different reactions to those documents: from total anger and denial to admiration and, of course, disregard. -Mohammad Khajouei, Iran Review - 12/5/10

Iran unveils world's tallest puppet
Designed and made by French artist Fleur Marie Fuentes, Mobarak is made of recycled materials and was used in puppet shows performed by Iranian puppeteer Hamed Zarean. - 12/5/10

Lecture at UCLA: Constitutionalism and Political Legitimacy in Modern Iran: Strategies of creating and confronting political authority
Fakhreddin Azimi is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He studied at the universities of Tehran, London, and Oxford and specializes in the history, politics and culture of modern Iran. - 12/5/10

Iran to start drilling operation at Arash gas field
Iran will soon start drilling offshore wells at Arash gas field in the Persian Gulf, Iranian Offshore Oil Company's managing director said here on Sunday. - 12/5/10

Iranian political prisoners challenge legality of their incarceration
A group of Iranian political prisoners have written an open letter addressed to Ayatollah Rafsanjani describing their continued incarceration "in violation of the law" and in the "framework of settling political accounts." -Zamaneh - 12/4/10

Iran: Barring Students from Higher Education on Political and Religious Grounds
The Iranian government should immediately end its policy of depriving university students of higher education based on their political or religious beliefs, and respect their freedom of expression and conscience, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today with the publication of a new report, "Punishing Stars: Systematic Discrimination and Exclusion in Iranian Higher Education." - 12/4/10

Band-aid approach can't solve Tehran's air pollution problem
Heavy air pollution has gripped Tehran over the past few days, forcing officials to take emergency measures like closing schools, universities, and government offices and imposing special traffic restrictions, but the choking smog has not dissipated. - 12/4/10

Family Of Jailed Iranian Journalist Appeals For His Release
The family of imprisoned Iranian journalist Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand has written to the UN Secretary General and international bodies to solicit help in securing his release, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. -RFE - 12/4/10

Senior Political Figure's Health Deteriorates In Iranian Prison
Ebrahim Yazdi, the detained secretary general of Iranian Freedom Movement Party was transferred to Evin Prison infirmary due to "severe pain in the heart and increase in his blood pressure" last night. - 12/4/10

Iran: All Guangzhou gold medalists to get apartments, married or unmarried!
All Iranian athletes who won gold medals in different sport fields in the 2010 Asian Games will each receive a housing unit, head of Physical Education Organization Ali Saeedlou announced Saturday. Previous reports had indicated that only the married gold athletes would be eligible to get a housing unit. -Tabnak - 12/4/10

Take Action: US Navy Calling Persian Gulf "Arabian Gulf"
Take action today by sending a message to Defense Secretary Gates: The Persian Gulf is NOT the Arabian Gulf and the US should not adopt propaganda and provoke instability in the Middle East -NIAC - 12/4/10

Iran: Surge in Cases of Husband Murder
Courtside stories about wives accused of murdering their husbands were once almost unheard of in Iran, but these days they are common enough to excite little attention. -Saba Vasefi, IWPR - 12/4/10

Iranian Labor Union Leader Jailed
The head of a labor union at a sugarcane factory in southern Iran has been jailed for six months for spreading rumors. Reza Rakhshan, chairman of the Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane Factory Workers Syndicate, was found guilty by the Ahvaz Appeal Court, his union said in a statement on December 1. - 12/4/10

US ready to talk with Iran on any issue
US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley says Washington is ready to negotiate with Tehran on the nuclear issue and any other subject that Iran may raise in the upcoming Geneva talks. -Press TV - 12/4/10

Negotiations Set to Resume on Iran's Nuclear Program
For the first time in more than a year, Iranian negotiators are scheduled to meet next week (December 6th and 7th) with representatives of six world powers in Geneva to discuss concerns about the nation's nuclear program. The Obama administration is still committed to negotiating with Tehran, but some analysts believe chances for a diplomatic breakthrough are slim. -VOA - 12/4/10

Iranian writers commemorate their murdered peers
Iranian Association of Writers issued a statement on the twelfth anniversary of the murder of the prominent Iranian writers, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Jaffar Pouyandeh, demanding that the authorities commit to bringing the perpetrators of these murders to justice. - 12/4/10

Hamed Nikpay's New Album Release: "Spellbound"
Rendition of these melodies with words of Rumi, Fereydoun Moshiri, and Emad Khorassani, with exhilarating vocals by Hamed Nikpay, makes this collection superbly unique. The album has been produced by Farzin Farhadi and is Hamed Nikpay's third album with Zang Records made in U.S. - 12/4/10

Iran's 8-month trade hits $60.5b, up 24% year on year
The Iranian commerce ministry spokesman stated that the country's total value of imports and exports amounted to $60.5 billion in the first eight months of the current calendar year ending November 21, proving that economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic have been futile. - 12/4/10

Iran: UN Atomic Agency Sends 'Spies' To Iran
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi has accused the UN atomic watchdog of including "spies" among the inspectors it sends to Iran to monitor the nation's controversial nuclear program. -RFE - 12/4/10

Iran Angry Over Star of David on Airline Building
Iranian media reports say officials are calling for the removal of a Star of David painted on the roof of the headquarters of the country's national airline, after the Jewish symbol was revealed in a satellite image. - 12/4/10

United Kingdom - Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2011
EIF aims to raise awareness of Iranian culture and helps to integrate it with other cultures in Scotland. There are seven categories (arts, books, comedy, film, food, lectures, and music) with events taking place in venues across Edinburgh. - 12/3/10

Major New Grant Awards Will Help Build the Capacity of Iranian-Americans
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) announced today that it has received three major grant awards totaling $446,000 from the PARSA Community Foundation, the leading philanthropic organization in the United States serving the Iranian-American community. - 12/3/10

Former Iranian president urges authorities to end restrictions
Former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami urged the authorities to let the Islamic Republic pass through the "threats and restrictions" into an atmosphere of "safety and freedom." -Zamaneh - 12/3/10

Photos: Golestan Forest Fire In North Iran
A forest fire which broke out in the northeast province of Golestan on Thursday November 20th is still not under control, having burned its way through hundreds of hectares. -Aboutaleb Nadri - 12/3/10

WikiLeaks and Espionage -- Israeli Style
The U.S. is under attack by an enemy within. Skilled at game theory warfare, this foe targets the most sensitive realm of U.S. national security: its relations with other nations. -Jeff Gates - 12/3/10

The Myth of a Shia-Sunni/Persian-Arab Confrontation
Is there a Shia crescent threatening the stability of western Asia and northern Africa? Is there a historically coded Arab-Persian enmity driving the international politics of the region? Does it date back centuries, and is it now viewed as a battle for regional supremacy? -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam - 12/3/10

Iran's Supreme Leader outlines Islamic-Iranian model of progress
In devising the Islamic-Iranian model of progress, four important factors of "thought, science, life, and spirituality" should be taken into consideration, the Leader said late on Wednesday at the first forum held to discuss the features and dimensions of the Islamic-Iranian model of progress. - 12/3/10

Sasanian Persia wins the BRISMES Prize
I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce that Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Touraj Daryaee is one of three winners of this year's British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. - 12/3/10

Leaked cable reveals US-Israeli strategy for regime change in Iran
According to a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, in August 2007 the head of Israel's intelligence agency urged US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns, to join with Israel in carrying out a five-part strategy to implement regime change in Iran. -Raw Story - 12/3/10

Intelligence Minister: Culprits Behind Terrorist Attacks In Tehran Arrested
On Monday, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi stated that the three intelligence agencies of Mossad, CIA and MI6 were involved in the terror acts. -MNA - 12/3/10

GECF calls for oil, gas price parity
The 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held in Doha on Thursday, calling for gas prices that reflect parity with oil. - 12/3/10

Iranian Students Prepare For Showdown On National Students Day
Students of Tehran University distributed hand outs calling on their fellow classmates to participate in protests on National Student Day (December 7) despite heavy security presence. Green students of Tehran University along with other brave students all over the country by putting up the photos of imprisoned student activists invited their classmates to be the voice of political prisoners on National Student Day - 12/2/10

15 years in prison confirmed for Iranian blogger
Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaqi Maleki's 15-year prison term has been approved by an Islamic Republic appellate court. The blogger known as "Babak Khoramdin" is charged with "membership in Iran Proxy, an internet group, propaganda against the regime, insulting the leader and the president." - 12/2/10

Iranian Cleric: Female Athletes Should Not Compete Abroad
An eminent Iranian cleric has said female athletes should not compete in sporting events abroad -- days after the Islamic Republic sent its biggest female contingent in recent years to the Asian Game - 12/2/10

The Pain We Suffer: Conversation With Wife of Detained Iranian Journalist
Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist and the head of the Iranian Alumni Association (Advar Tahkim Vahdat), was among those arrested on June 13, 2009, the very day after last year's presidential elections. He has remained in detention ever since. -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 12/2/10

Posters: Tokyo Designers Week 2010 Awards Iranian Artist
Khashayar Teimouri has been awarded at the 2010 Tokyo Designers Week (TDW) held by Japan on the theme of "Endangered Species." Teimouri's Life is My Right won him the second prize of the event which he shared with Slovenia's Miha Kosmac. - 12/2/10

Winner of Farhang Foundation's 2011 Nowruz Banner Contest Selected
Farhang Foundation announced today that it has selected the winner of its 2011 Nowruz Banner Contest, which had called on the public to submit original design concepts for the Foundation's Third Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on March 13, 2011. - 12/2/10

Scholars study swell of underground music in Iran
The increase in the number of Iranian hip-hop bands working underground was discussed during a meeting organized by the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council on Monday. - 12/2/10

Iranian university students under state pressure
Iranian students continue feeling the brunt of the Islamic Republic's pressures against social and political activist. Daneshjoo news reports that Nasim Soltanbeigui, an Alameh Tabatabai Univeristy student was sentenced to four years in prison for "activities against national security and propaganda against the regime." -Zamaneh - 12/2/10

MESA 2010 Academic Freedom award given to an Iranian organization
The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) has awarded its annual Academic Freedom Award for 2010 to an Iranian organization, the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education (ACRE) - also known as the Council for Defending the Right to Education. - 12/2/10

US Officials Say Iran is Feeling Pinch of Economic Sanctions
Obama administration officials told a Congressional panel Wednesday that economic sanctions against Iran are having an impact, and the international community is cutting back on commercial ties with Iran. Across town, another Obama official told a group of Iran experts that the U.S. still wants badly to engage with that nation. -VOA - 12/2/10

Nuclear Official: 'Terror acts in Iran, a sign of enemies' carrot and stick policy'
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi has said the recent terrorist attacks in Tehran show that the culprits have adopted a carrot and stick policy in the run-up to the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), which will be held in Geneva from December 6 to 7. - 12/2/10

Ferdowsi's Shahnameh at 1000
Many of you are well aware that the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) is the greatest work of Iranian literature and was completed by Hakim Abu'l Qasem Ferdowsi in March 1010. This epic poem encompasses myth, history and legend and runs to nearly 60,000 couplets, the longest poem ever composed by a single author. -Syma Sayyah & Paul Sanford - 12/1/10

Undisclosed Account of Khamenei's Trip to Qom: If Elections Were Annulled, the Regime Would Have Collapsed
While numerous reports were published last year regarding the discontent and criticism by senior Shiite clerics of ayatollah Khamenei's decisions on the 2009 presidential elections, and its bloody aftermath through which protestors were brutally suppressed, and the official media denied these events and issues, the last two weeks have witnessed a confirmation of those events by some official sources. -Bahram Rafiee, Rooz - 12/1/10

Iran's independent stance is hugely popular among Arabs
The latest batch of Wikileaks revelations give the impression that, next to Israel, it's the Arab states that are most energetically pressuring the U.S. to attack Iran. In terms of the real threat to Iran, that 's definitely putting the cart before the horse. -Abbas Edalat and Phil Wilayto - 12/1/10

Photos: Funeral Held For Assassinated Iranian Scientist in Tehran
A funeral procession is being held for Iranian academic Majid Shahriari, who was assassinated in a terrorist attack in Tehran on Monday. - 12/1/10

Magical Nights Auction Raises $1.1 Million For Charity
London based charity, Magic of Persia, are pleased to announce the sales figures from their 2010 Magical Nights auction in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which amounted to an impressive $1.1Million. - 12/1/10

Iran's Nuclear Slowdown Discussed by Experts
According to Olli Heinonen, the former top nuclear inspector for Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's nuclear program is plagued by technical problems. Iran's Natanz enrichment facility "is only operating at 60 percent of its design capacity. This indicates that there is a problem." -NIAC - 12/1/10

WikiLeaks -- More Israeli Game Theory Warfare?
When Israeli mathematician Robert J. Aumann received the 2005 Nobel Prize in economic science for his work on game theory, he conceded, "the entire school of thought that we have developed here in Israel" has turned "Israel into the leading authority in this field." -Jeff Gates - 12/1/10

Execution of Iranian footballer's wife condemned
Amnesty International has today condemned the Iranian authorities for carrying out the execution of Khadijeh Jahed, known as "Shahla", the temporary wife of a prominent Iranian footballer, at Evin Prison, Tehran this morning. - 12/1/10

Iran completes loading fuel into core of Bushehr reactor
Iran has completed the last phase of loading fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has closed the 130-ton lid of the reactor. - 12/1/10

Arab-Iranian Divisions Deepen
Despite Iran's emphasis on common Islamic values, long-harboured frictions with its Arab neighbours occasionally resurface. Some believe President Ahmadinejad's administration is placing more emphasis on Iran's ancient and unique heritage these days, marking a shift away from the previous stress on a Muslim sense of community with the Arab world. -Nima Tamaddon, IWPR - 12/1/10

Clinton Says New Iran Nuclear Talks Encouraging
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is encouraged that Iran has agreed to return to Geneva for a new round of talks on its disputed nuclear program. -RFE - 12/1/10

US Treasury Targets Corporate Structures of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iran's Bank Mellat
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today the designations of five corporate officers and 10 businesses affiliated with either the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) or Bank Mellat, two entities previously designated by Treasury for supporting Iran's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program and carrying military cargoes. - 12/1/10

WikiLeaks: US-Iran Relations "Now What" Moment?
Lost in the clamor and commotion of WikiLeaks releasing 251,287 diplomatic cables is the perspective of those who currently or have recently served in government. For four years, I served in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the State Department during the period in which most of the Iran-related cables are from. -Reza Marashi - 12/1/10

Israeli band featured in Iranian magazine
An Iranian rock and metal music magazine recently featured an interview with an Israeli band whose popularity is growing in the Middle East. -UPI - 12/1/10

Iran outraged as Star of David revealed on airport
A satellite image of Tehran airport taken by Google Earth service outraged Iranian government officials as the Star of David appeared on the roof of the headquarters of the national carrier Iran Air. -Alarabiya - 12/1/10

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