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Iran: 7000-year-old Remains Discovered in Bolaghi Gorge
Iranian and German archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an archaeological site dating back to 7000 years ago at the very early stages of a joint salvage operation behind Sivand dam across Bolaghi Gorge. - 4/30/05

Iran 'may resume' uranium project
Iran has threatened to restart its uranium enrichment activity after talks with EU negotiators over its nuclear programme ended in deadlock. -BBC - 4/30/05

Political activists call for transparent methodology for Iran's June 17 election
A group of activists supporting the reform program of President Khatami on Saturday called for transparent procedure to be announced by the supervisory body of the election. - 4/30/05

Soccer: Japan wants North Korea match to be played in Malaysia
Japan Football Association President Saburo Kawabuchi wants Japan's upcoming World Cup qualifier against North Korea to be played in Malaysia after FIFA decided that the match will be played at a neutral venue. - 4/30/05

Parthian Town Discovered in Minab Plain, Hormozgan
Iranian and British archeologists found a town dating back to Parthian period while working on an archaeological site in Minab plain. - 4/30/05

SNSC secretary happy with Iran-EU talks
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani said here Saturday recent talks between Iran and the three European states in London achieved good progress. - 4/30/05

Mahyar Monshipour stops Nakazato to retain WBA crown
Mahyar Monshipour successfully defended his WBA super bantamweight crown for the fourth time when he defeated Japan's Shigeru Nakazato by technical knockout in the sixth-round of the title match in Marseille on Friday. - 4/30/05

EU-Iran Nuclear Dispute Talks Fail, More Planned
The European Union's so-called "Big Three" and Iran failed to reach agreement over Tehran's nuclear program on Friday but decided to hold more talks in the future. -Reuters - 4/30/05

Tehran's new airport goes into operation
Iran dismissed safety fears at its new international airport which the country re-opened Saturday with the landing of a flight from Dubai. - 4/30/05

Tehran Art Scene: Vadjihe Fakour
Vadjihe Fakour’s works are on display at Elahe gallery. She is another easy going lady! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/29/05

Iran-India-China gas pipeline a good idea: Chinese envoy
China's Ambassador to India, Sun Yuxi here Thursday said as far as the extension of the Iran-India gas pipeline to China is concerned, Beijing does not have any political problem with it, finding it a very good idea. - 4/29/05

Abbas Kiarostami in Eastern Art Report
Issue 50 of Eastern Art Report features articles focused on various aspects of the work of Abbas Kiarostami, film critic Geoff Andrew celebrates the multidisciplinary gifts of the artist, noting his more recent fame as a photographer and as a poet. - 4/29/05

Iran signs sought-after weightlifting manager Ivanov: Kaffashian
Iran finally signed a contract with experienced Bulgarian weightlifting coach Yordan Georgi Ivanov Thursday, said National Olympic Committee (NOC) Secretary General Ali Kaffashian. - 4/29/05

Journey of an Islamist Party: U.S. Enemy to Partner in Iraq
Born in Iraq a half-century ago, Daawa is one of the oldest Islamist movements in the world. Fiercely anti-American until recently, it spawned terrorist groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah, and itself was implicated in bombing an American embassy. The U.S., in turn, considered the group anathema. -WSJ - 4/29/05

Putin Reassures Israel On Deals With Syria And Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met in Jerusalem today for talks on Russia's role in the Middle East -- including a proposal by Putin to hold a peace conference in Moscow later this year. - 4/29/05

Ship En Route to Iran Tests WMD Proliferation Deal
A German crane being shipped to a blacklisted company in Iran is testing a global agreement to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction. -Reuters - 4/29/05

Russian Influence Grows By Leaps And Bounds In Israel
"Relations between our two countries have, indeed, been developing pretty well in recent years," Russian President Vladimir Putin said today in Israel. "It would have been hard to imagine just a short time ago that the Russian head of state would visit Israel on an official visit." - 4/29/05

Freedom House Report Says Global Press Freedom In Decline
While press freedom made important gains in some countries in 2004, increased restrictions were detected in parts of Asia and the former Soviet Union. That's the crux of an annual report is issued on Thursday by Freedom House, a prominent U.S. non-governmental organization. - 4/29/05

Iranian FM says talks with Dutch FM constructive
Addressing a short press conference, Kharrazi added he had held talks with Bot on political, economic, nuclear, human rights, and terrorism fields. - 4/29/05

EU under pressure as Iran lays down gauntlet in nuclear talks
The European Union is facing one of the biggest tests yet of its policy on Iran's nuclear programme, as Tehran increases pressure in negotiations and doubts mount about the unity of the EU itself. -Financial Times - 4/29/05

Analysts: US Must Take Leadership Role at Nonproliferation Conference
Experts have told Congress the United States must be prepared to take a strong, leading role at the upcoming conference to review the 35-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, warning serious damage to nonproliferation efforts could result if the conference does not end with a consensus. - 4/29/05

Iranian Youth Scholarship Fundraising and Extension of Application Deadline
The Iranian Youth Scholarship fund, a chapter of the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) today announced that it had an outstanding fundraising on April 17th, 2005 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, and that the deadline for applications has been extended to May 21st, 2005. - 4/29/05

Iran's top director lauded in London
A major retrospective of Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami's work has started in London, focusing attention on one of cinema's most unconventional filmmakers. -BBC - 4/29/05

Iran to reopen its largest airport Saturday
Iran is set to finally reopen its biggest airport here Saturday, putting behind months of bickering which has kept it shut down since it was inaugurated by President Mohammad Khatami almost a year ago. - 4/28/05

Putin hardens line on Iranian nuclear programme
Russian President Vladimir Putin, hardening his line towards Iran's nuclear programme, said on Thursday Tehran needed to do more to assure the world it was not trying to build atomic weapons. -Reuters - 4/28/05

Marjane Satrapi 'Takes Five'
Western stereotypes of Iranian women take many forms, but outspoken, demanding and sexually active don't always come to mind. Luckily for Iranian women, Marjane Satrapi has made an art of shattering illusions. -Journal Sentinel - 4/28/05

Iranian Director Censored at Home, Honored Abroad
Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, the subject of a major retrospective in Britain, would never get the same treatment at home, where he says authorities have not shown his work for the past 10 years. -Reuters - 4/28/05

Four villagers wounded by hungry bear in northern Iran
Four villagers including a schoolboy were wounded by a hungry bear that entered a village near the northern city of Meshkinshahr on Thursday in search of food, witnesses told IRNA. - 4/28/05

State Sponsors of Terrorism Block Efforts to Reduce Threats
Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria continue to maintain their ties to terrorism, while Libya and Sudan have shown significant cooperation against it, according to the State Department's annual international terrorism report. - 4/28/05

Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner from Iran, will give Cornell's Kaplan Family Lecture, May 4, on 'Democracy and Public Service'
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to be a Nobel laureate and the first female to serve as a judge in Iran, will give the Kaplan Family Distinguished Lecture in Public Service on May 4 at Cornell University. - 4/28/05

IAEA Postpones Decision on ElBaradei's Third Term
The IAEA put off voting until June to give the United States time to join the growing consensus for Mr. ElBaradei, who would be serving a third term. - 4/28/05

More At Stake In Bolton Nomination Than Meets the Eye
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are casting the trials of John Bolton, their nominee for ambassador to the U.N., as a partisan political squabble. -Common Dreams - 4/28/05

Question of Permanent U.S. Bases Vexes Afghans
The question of permanent U.S. military bases is vexing many people in Afghanistan, which has a long history of resisting foreign intervention, and it could become a hot election issue, analysts said on Tuesday. -Reuters - 4/28/05

Eleven arrested in LA-area in alleged opium ring
Eleven Iranian nationals were charged Wednesday for their alleged roles in an international opium ring, authorities said. -AP - 4/28/05

India's Iranian cafes fading out
The Iranian cafes in the western Indian city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) have long stood out from other city eateries - but their days could be numbered. -BBC - 4/28/05

Foreign diplomats to tour Qeshm Free Trade Zone
Ambassadors of some countries to Tehran are expected to study the prospects of foreign investment in Qeshm Free Trade Zone (QFTZ) during a tour of the island on Thursday. - 4/28/05

Iran ranks fourth in visit by Kuwaiti tourists
A report by the International Exhibition on Touring and Tourism underway in Kuwait said here Wednesday that Iran ranked fourth among the destination of Kuwaiti tourists in 2004. - 4/28/05

Group of French poets to visit Iran: "Dialogue with Nature: Irano-French Meetings"
A group of French poets is expected to arrive here on April 30 to commemorate the poets of both countries and will stay up to May 5. - 4/28/05

NPT Review Conference to Discuss Iran's Alleged Nuclear Weapons Program
Delegates from more than 180 countries will be gathering in New York to take part in the Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference, to be held from May 2-27. - 4/28/05

The Future of Islam
In recent weeks, a young Iranian-American author has been making his rounds of the talk show circuit. Turn on the TV and you might catch a glimpse of him on "Meet the Press" or more recently Jon Stewart's "Daily Show". Reza Aslan is a man in demand these days. -AlterNet - 4/28/05

"Bad Intelligence" - The Subject is Subjectivity
Americans, it would seem, are the ideal audience for propagandists, precisely because they don't believe they are being propagandized. We have just seen the U.S. government cry wolf, then admit there was no wolf, and still maintain its credibility. How is that possible? -Arash Norouzi - 4/27/05

Energy Crunch Forcing India to Look Abroad
Rising oil prices are fueling concern not only for the U.S. economy, but for booming markets in China, India and other parts of the world. The crunch is forcing India to look to new energy sources in South Asia to maintain growth. - 4/27/05

India, Iran must sort out the price of piped gas: Indian gas expert
Negotiations between India and Iran over the gas pipeline issue might get stuck over the pricing of the gas by Iran. - 4/27/05

Two Greatest Shows On Earth…
O Lord, do NOT forgive them, for they very well know what they are doing. And what they are doing is exactly continuation of their ancestors’ thousands of years mass-deception, but in these times with much better access to high technology, through mass media, color television one of the main vehicle of running their shows. -Mali Mostoufi, New York - 4/27/05

Europeans have called for delay in nuclear talks with Iran: SNSC official
The Europeans have called for a delay in Iran-Europe nuclear talks due to the upcoming presidential elections in Iran and the parliamentary elections in Britain, an official at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said here Wednesday. - 4/27/05

Social Class Segregated Even the Dead of Dastova City
Social class segregated even the dead of the ancient city of Dastova, near Shushtar: the rich were buried along their precious objects in beautiful caskets and the poor in dingy conditions somewhere far away from the rich. - 4/27/05

First International High-Tech Fair launches in Tabriz
Nanotechnology, biotechnology and related aears, advanced material, microelectronics, mechanical and micromechanical systems were presented in the exposition which will continue to 29 April. - 4/27/05

Lebanon still faces tense future
Many in Lebanon doubted, up to the last minute, that it would really happen, but Syria has finally pulled all of its troops out of the country. -BBC - 4/27/05

US nuclear policy set to draw fire at treaty review
Robert McNamara, the Vietnam-era US defence secretary and star of the Oscar-winning documentary Fog of War, recently lambasted the US for failing to fulfil its obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT). -Financial Times - 4/27/05

A Real Fix: Armenia’s Energy Situation
Armenia’s Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant, situated near geological fault lines, is responsible for generating about 40 percent of the electricity used by Armenians every year. A lack of access to alternate power sources is a major factor in the country’s ongoing dependence on the nuclear facility. -Eurasianet - 4/27/05

US flags bunker-bomb sale to Israel
THE Pentagon has notified Congress of a proposed sale to Israel of 100 guided bunker-busting bombs, a move that analysts said could prompt concerns about a unilateral Israel strike against Iran. -Australian - 4/27/05

Iran: Former President Rafsanjani Likely To Run In Presidential Election
Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Iran's influential former president, has given his clearest indication yet that he will run as a candidate in June's presidential election. The 70-year-old pragmatic conservative cleric is considered by many analysts as a leading candidate to succeed President Mohammad Khatami. - 4/27/05

Tehran Art Scene: Maryam Khatami
Last week in Tehran was steaming hot and the temperature got as high as thirty degrees. Despite the heat, I managed to go to several galleries, and overall I must admit I was not disappointed. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/27/05

Call for release of two imprisoned Iranian journalists
Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of reformist Iranian Arab journalist Yosef Azizi Banitrouf, who was arrested in a raid on his home on 25 April. It also demanded the release of dissident journalist Reza Alijani, expressing "great concern" about his deteriorating health after two years in prison. - 4/27/05

Afshin Molavi: A New World Leader for a New World Order
Iranian-American journalist and author Afshin Molavi has a preternatural gift for illuminating the social, political, and economic dynamics of a globalized world. A world that has left many anxious and apprehensive in the aftermath of 9-11 and the specter of further transnational violence and collapsing markets. -NIAC - 4/27/05

Tehran Art scene: Parviz Kalantari
Last Friday I started my new season’s work by going to the Golestan Gallery. A small yet diverse repertoire of the well known Iranian artist Mr. Parviz Kalantari was on display at the gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/26/05

Ebadi anger at women election ban
Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi's human rights group has criticised the fact that women will not be allowed to run in Iran's June presidential elections. -BBC - 4/26/05

Management, Iran's real challenge: believes Moin
Mostafa Moin, a probable candidate for the 9th presidential elections Monday called "management" the major challenge to the country. - 4/26/05

We Choose Naghsh-e Jahan, Iranian Parliament Speaker
“If obliged to pick one between Jahan Nama and the Naghsh-e Jahan building, our choice would surely fall on the historical square of Naghsh-e Jahan,” Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Gholam-ali Haddad Adel, told CHN. - 4/26/05

Familiar face emerges in Iran vote
From the depths of Iran's political malaise, one name keeps floating to the top as presidential elections slated for June 17 edge closer: Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. -CSM - 4/26/05

OSU honors outstanding women: Mehra Shirazi
For her work with women's health issues, Mehra Shirazi is being honored with an Oregon State University 2005 Women of Achievement Award. Shirazi is only the second student to receive the award. - 4/26/05

Hardline woman challenges Iranian regime
An Iranian woman can be relied upon to turn out and shout "Death to America!" alongside men, so why not also be a president of the Islamic republic? -Reuters - 4/26/05

Iranian Jews Observe Passover Feast in Isfahan
The traditional Jewish Passover feast was celebrated on Sunday by the Iranian Jews residing in Isfahan province in central Iran - 4/26/05

The Iranian American Jewish Federation Voices Its Strong Support for Congress' Initiatives HR 282 and S 333
The Iranian American Jewish Federation (IAJF) today voiced its strong support for HR 282 authored by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and S 333 authored by Senator Rick Santorum. - 4/26/05

'Atomic Iran' TV ad rejected
A TV commercial warning Americans that Iran intends to launch a nuclear terror attack in the U.S. has been rejected by several stations due to fears it might inflame Muslims. -WorldNetDaily - 4/26/05

Analysis: Court explores Iran liability
The Supreme Court is taking a close look at a case against Iran involving an assassination in Paris, inviting the Justice Department Monday to "express the views of the United States" before the justices decide what to do with the dispute. -UPI - 4/26/05

Putin Launches Historic Mideast Visit
Russian President Vladimir Putin today launched a Middle East tour during which he hopes to revive Russia's Soviet-era influence in the region. It is the first visit to Israel ever by a Russian or Soviet leader, as well as the first official visit to Egypt in 40 years. - 4/26/05

Rafsanjani hints at Iran poll bid
Former Iranian President and cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has indicated he plans to stand in June's presidential elections. -BBC - 4/26/05

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on preparations for parliamentary elections
Six months after a successful presidential poll, Afghanistan’s fledgling political system is starting to prepare for a much more ambitious undertaking: parliamentary elections slated for 18 September. - 4/26/05

John Bolton: the Undiplomatic Diplomat
John Bolton, an evil man, looks headed for a fall. But will he, foaming at the mouth, fall for the right reasons? -Counterpunch - 4/26/05

The Persecution of Mordechai Vanunu
An Iranian technician called Jalal-a-Din Taheri, who had been working at the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, managed to defect to Europe, where he disclosed the Ayatollahs' plans for producing nuclear bombs. -Counterpunch - 4/26/05

By Wheelchair In Iran
Looking back on my trip I realized I was one of the few who had traveled to a country that is looked at more with suspicion than with curiosity. However, the saying that “seeing is believing” is especially appropriate for Iran. In every town and city I was made to feel very welcome in a typically gracious manner. I would recommend a trip to experience an unforgettable journey. -Antony Bambrough, New Jersey - 4/25/05

The Folly of "Imposed" Democracy
Reforms, as badly as they might be needed, cannot be imposed from outside; they must come from within, perhaps adopted from or inspired by other role models but, to survive, they must blossom on the indigenous cultural roots of a nation. -Kam Zarrabi - 4/25/05

Iran’s Foreign Policy & its Key Decision Makers
“ … Iran is the most perplexing problem ... we face, for the following reasons: It is the only country in the world with two governments, and the only country in the world that has now had six elections since the first election of President Khatami [1997].” (Bill Clinton, 11 February 2005 issue of Executive Intelligence Review) -Amir Ali Nourbakhsh - 4/25/05

Iran wants to revitalize MG Rover
Iran said Monday it was still interested in buying MG Rover, and that it hoped to breathe new life into the collapsed British carmaker rather than just strip it of assets as one Iranian automaker suggested. -Reuters - 4/25/05

86 percent of Britons oppose US military action against Iran
An overwhelming majority of British voters are opposed to the US launching any military strikes against Iran, according to a yet to be released survey conducted by ICM pollsters on behalf the Vote4Peace campaign. - 4/25/05

Promises ($60 for Instance) Fail to Rouse Iran's Voters
With elections less than two months away, Iran's presidential hopefuls are scrambling to lure voters, promising everything from lowering the soaring prices of fruit and vegetables to normalizing relations with the country's longtime foe, the United States. -New York Times - 4/25/05

Iran: Authorities confiscate dissident's passport
Iranian journalist, lawyer and woman rights activist, Shadi Sadr, has had her passport withdrawn by the authorities in Tehran. -AKI - 4/25/05

Iran's Soroush and Norouz oil fields to reach full production
Development project for Soroush and Norouz oil fields, in southern Iran, will finally be completed within the next four weeks, after months of repeated delays and marketing problems, `Iran Daily' wrote on Monday. - 4/25/05

Quake jolts Zarand in southeast Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.9 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the town of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman Monday morning. - 4/25/05

Can the U.S. like the democratic Arabia it has planned?
At a conference in Cairo last month, Egyptian delegate Kamal Khalil excoriated the "torture, poverty, unemployment, corruption, tyranny and despotism" of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime - then added that the "liberation of Jerusalem starts here with the liberation of the people in Cairo." -Daily Star - 4/25/05

Abbas Kiarostami "In Conversation" With Jean-Michel Frodon plus Ohara Yuji's A Week With Kiarostami
9 May 2005, Institut Français, 17 Queensbury Place, London. The event will open with a screening of Mohara Yuji's documentary A Week with Kiarostami, filmed on the set of The Wind Will Carry Us. - 4/25/05

Iran's Parliament amends Irancell bill for second time
The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) amended, for the second time, on Monday a bill that would give Irancell the license to set up the first mobile telephone network in the country in cooperation with its Turkish counterpart, Turkcell. - 4/25/05

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi to Lecture at USF
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003), will give a free public lecture at the University of San Francisco on May 16, 2005. - 4/25/05

Brown prof. speaks on Iran
“Iran has been a scapegoat for the United States since the Iranian Revolution of 1978 and 1979,” said William Beeman, visiting professor of anthropology and director of Middle East studies at Brown University, last night during his lecture “Iran Today: An Anthropological View.” -Stanford Daily - 4/25/05

Referendum or election?
The referendum strategy for transforming Iran is tangled in contradictions, argues Bahman Kalbasi. - 4/25/05

Iran to manufacture cars in China
In an agreement signed between the two countries on the sidelines of the ongoing 11th International Auto Show in China, 'Iran Khodro' industrial group is to manufacture a brand of car called Samand in China based on mutual investments. - 4/24/05

Blair blow as secret war doubts revealed
The Iraq war was thrust dramatically into the election spotlight last night after long-sought government legal advice, cautioning that the invasion could be illegal, was leaked. -Guardian - 4/24/05

Human Rights Watch: Investigate Rumsfeld, Tenet for Torture
The United States should name a special prosecutor to investigate the culpability of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and ex-CIA Director George Tenet in cases of detainee torture and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in releasing a new report today. - 4/24/05

Rafsanjani: US fighting Islam under cover of globalization
The Expediency Council Chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday the US embarked on campaign against Islam under the cover of its globalization policy. He made the remarks in the inauguration ceremony of the 18th International Conference on Islamic Unity. - 4/24/05

Iranian students' poor performance in science and math
Contrary to the common belief that the K-12 education in Iran does a better job of teaching math and science than that of many of the developed countries (the United States being a frequently used basis of comparison among Iranian-Americans), the TIMSS2003 study demonstrates a rather disappointing and troubling state of affairs. -Ali Jalali - 4/24/05

Iran denies report on missile deal with Germany
The claim was made by the Germany weekly Der Spiegel, citing German prosecutors as having alleged that German prosecutors were investigating a firm in Tehran, suspected of buying parts for use in its missile project. - 4/24/05

Achaemenid Conference to be Held in British Museum
A conference will be held on the Persian Achaemenid empire from 29th of September to 1st of October in the British Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition of the “Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia” held there from 8th of September 2005 till 8th of January 2006. - 4/24/05

Iran: Handling Of Ahvaz Unrest Could End With Televised Confessions
If the authorities follow a pattern established after other incidents of unrest, the people they arrested for involvement in the Ahvaz unrest could soon confess on television that they were involved with foreign elements. - 4/24/05

Iran: Armenians commemorate alleged massacre anniversary
Members of the Armenian community in Tehran held a rally Monday to commemorate the anniversary of alleged massacre of Armenians by then Turkish government under Ottoman rule in 1915 in Turkey. - 4/24/05

Iran lifts world school football trophy
Iran was crowned at the 17th world school football event in Denmark Saturday. Iran managed to tame the powerful host Denmark 2-0 in the quarterfinal match and edge past China 2-1 in the semifinal. - 4/24/05

Iran: Legislature Tough On Reformist Press, Lenient On State Media
Two recent incidents indicate the politicized nature of Iranian media affairs and reveal the impact of conservative domination of the legislature and the resulting absence of oversight. - 4/23/05

Iran Opposes U.S. Pro-Democracy Initiatives
U.S. interest in Iranian domestic politics has increased recently. The State Department is looking for democratic organizations or activists to support, and Congress is considering legislation relating to Iran. Iranian opposition groups, meanwhile, are soliciting U.S. support. - 4/23/05

Iranian Judiciary denies report about Ganji's health
Iran's judiciary rejected Saturday media reports that jailed journalist Akbar Ganji's health had taken a turn for worse. "Ganji's general condition is good and he has no acute physical problem in prison," Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad told IRNA. - 4/23/05

Documents of Iran’s Ownership of the Achaemenid Soldier Submitted to London’s Court
To prove Iran’s ownership of the Achaemenid relief whose sale on Christie’s was halted by a London’s court order, a documentary film and pictures of the excavations carried out in Xerxes Palace of Persepolis in 1933 and a complete report of the archeaology team working there were submitted to the London court by the ICHTO Committee for Retrieval of Historical Artifacts. - 4/23/05

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi to receive UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Award
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will visit UC Irvine in May to accept the third UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Award. - 4/23/05

Putin reassures Israel over Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the nuclear collaboration between his country and Iran is merely for "peaceful uses" of atomic energy. -BBC - 4/23/05

Fight the power
Islamic film-makers have always had to subvert the rules of clerics and censors. It's what makes them some of the world's best directors, says Tariq Ali -Guardian - 4/23/05

Iran bids farewell to Hillman Hunter
More than quarter of a century after it became an anachronism on Britain's roads, the Paykan - aka the Hillman Hunter - is finally being retired by its Iranian makers. -Guardian - 4/23/05

Iran allows ethnic Armenians to mark alleged genocide
Iran on Saturday gave green light to its Armenian community to mark the 90th anniversary of the alleged massacre of their ancestors by the Ottoman Turks during World War I. - 4/23/05

Iran Khodro, SAIPA deny interest in bankrupt British MG Rover
Leading car makers Iran Khodro and SAIPA denied Saturday having approached Britain's only remaining mass car manufacturer MG Rover for a deal before its collapse two weeks ago. - 4/23/05

Italy to establish three industrial research centers in Iran
Italy is determined to establish three industrial research and innovation centers in Iran and a specialized Italian delegation is soon expected to arrive in Tehran to conduct the feasibility studies to the effect. - 4/23/05

Blair challenged on any US deal to attack Iran
Prime Minister Tony Blair is being challenged during Britain's general election campaign whether he has made any secret deal with the US to join in any attack on Iran similar to his alleged undertaking ahead of the Iraq war. - 4/23/05

Belgians Give Iran a Hand to Study Aurignacian Residence
The historical cave of Yafteh in Khorram Abad of Lorestan province, west of Iran, will soon host a group of Iranian and Belgian archaeologists to excavate the area and study remains of the ancient human beings living there. - 4/23/05

Iran: 7000-year-old `Golpourgan' ceramics recreated by Baluchi craftswomen
world-famous 7000-year-old `Golpourgan' ceramics have been recreated by the hands of Baluchi craftswomen. - 4/23/05

Microtechnology Pioneer Fariborz Maseeh And His Foundation Give $2 Million To Establish UCI Center For Persian Studies And Culture
Microtechnology pioneer Fariborz Maseeh and the Massiah Foundation have pledged $2 million to create an innovative interdisciplinary research center at UC Irvine that will bring together scholars in Persian history, language, culture, art and literature. - 4/22/05

Akbar Ganji is seriously ill after five years in prison
Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, who completes his fifth year in Tehran's Evin prison tomorrow, is seriously ill and should be granted an immediate and unconditional release, Reporters Without Borders said today. - 4/22/05

Mt. Everest 2005: Iranian Expedition Setting up of C2
Two days after receiving the news on Iranians in C1, we heard about setting up of C2 in 6500 m, where the expedition members spent a night. According to news released by IMF, all are fine and motivated. -Everest News, Nepal - 4/22/05

Iran: Arash Tops European Pop Charts With Persian-Language Hits
He sings in Persian and has had number-one hits in Sweden, Russia, Belgium, Spain, and other European countries. His name is Arash. The Iranian-born singer has received a number of music awards for his hit tune "Boro Boro" -- Persian for "Go away." - 4/22/05

Iran, EU-3 end nuclear negotiations in Geneva
Iran and the EU-3 ended Thursday the latest round of nuclear negotiations held in Geneva with one official saying that the two sides were satisfied with the results the negotiations. - 4/22/05

Grand Solidarity rally held in Ahwaz to condemn enemies plots
Hundred thousands of Ahwazi residents started a solidarity rally in the streets of their cities on Friday to condemn enemies' conspiracies. - 4/22/05

Court clears Iranian webloggers
The court of justice examining lawsuits of several women accused of weblogging cleared them of the charge, Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad said on Thursday. - 4/22/05

Commemoration ceremony for Iranian poet Sa'di held in Shiraz
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the outstanding Iranian 13th century poet, Sa'di Shirazi, a commemoration ceremony was held at his mausoleum in Shiraz on Thursday. - 4/22/05

UN lauds safety at Iran's Russian-built nuke plant
Tehran appears committed to safety at its Bushehr nuclear power plant, which a consortium of Russian companies is constructing in Iran, a senior nuclear safety expert at the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday -Reuters - 4/22/05

Doubts Raised About Militias' Ability To Restore Law And Order in Iraq
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani recently told the BBC that "popular forces" such as Kurdish and Shi'ite militias should be used to fight Iraqi insurgents. However, the U.S. military opposes the idea of using forces such as the Kurdish Peshmergas or the Shi'ite Badr Brigade to suppress the insurgency. - 4/22/05

John Bolton & the Battle for Reality
The John Bolton nomination battle is one of those rare moments when a window has opened onto how the U.S. public was rushed into war with Iraq and, in a larger sense, how conservatives seized control over the flow of information that shapes policy. -Consortium for Independent Journalism - 4/22/05

Russia will sell antiaircraft missiles to Syria
In the interview with Channel 1, reports the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, Mr. Putin let slip the reason behind Syria's quest for the missiles - Israeli flights over Assad's residence. -CSM - 4/22/05

Photos: Earth Day Celebrated in Iran
On the occasion of the National Clean Earth Day, Friday, thousands of citizens and lovers of nature in the capital city of Markazi province in central Iran turned out to the mountain slopes in the city's outskirts and cleaned up the littered areas. - 4/22/05

Thousands Join Peace March in Iran After Unrest
Thousands of people marched for peace in southwest Iran on Friday one week after bloody ethnic unrest in which at least five people were killed and more than 300 arrested, state media reported. -Reuters - 4/22/05

Sovereignty for Sale!
In direct violation of the bilateral 1981 Algiers Accord, on April 13, 2005, H.R. 282 was passed with overwhelming support in a session of the House Committee on International Relations. - 4/22/05

Aunt Kobra's Islamic democracy
In Iran, as throughout in the Muslim world, the personal is political, and religion is always both. -Reza Aslan, Boston Globe - 4/22/05

Four out of five Iranian Americans oppose H.R. 282 / S. 333
Of the 504 letters sent from April 6th to 18th by Iranian Americans nationwide to their respective House Representatives and Senators, 82.5 percent opposed H.R. 282 / S. 333, while 17.5 percent expressed support for the bill sponsored by Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). -NIAC - 4/21/05

Crash underlines Iran aviation peril
The deaths of three people following a fire and crash landing at Tehran airport on Wednesday have highlighted the perilous state of Iran's fleet, suffering under US sanctions on the Islamic republic. -MEO - 4/21/05

Plane's landing accident in Tehran claims infant's life
SAHA passenger plane's Kish-Tehran flight had a bad landing at 11:15 Wednesday night, local Tehran time, in Mehrabad Airport, in which an infant lost his life and a large number of passengers were injured. - 4/21/05

Grand solidarity gathering to be held in Iran's Khuzestan province
Iranian Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, who has been in Ahwaz and its peripheral areas to seek for the roots of the past few days' unfortunate events says, "The people of Khuzestan have decided to organize a grand solidarity gathering." - 4/21/05

UK sought car deal with Iran before MG Rover collapse
Senior British ministers were reported Thursday to have held a series of meetings with the Iranian government before the collapse of MG Rover, hoping a deal could have saved the UK's only remaining mass car manufacturer. - 4/21/05

Reporters Without Borders protests at closure of al-Jazeera's Tehran bureau
Reporters Without Borders has protested against the unfair closure of satellite TV al-Jazeera's Tehran bureau for "incitement to disorder" after it reported on clashes in Khuzistan in southern Iran. - 4/21/05

Senate Panel Postpones Vote on U.N. Nominee
A surprise last-minute defection by an Ohio Republican forced the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to postpone a vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday on the nomination of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. -New York Times - 4/21/05

San Francisco International Film Festival Opens Today
Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's son, Bahman, will debut his film, "Kamancheh," spotlighting Iranian classical music with a focus on the kamancheh. -Indie Wire - 4/21/05

Law of the Sea opponents hurt U.S. security
In spite of the Bush administration's recent calls for quick passage, some conservatives are campaigning vigorously to block ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention, a treaty governing the use of the world's oceans, in the U.S. Senate. -IHT - 4/21/05

Quake shakes Zirkouh Qaen in eastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.2 degrees on the Richter scale jolted outskirts of Zirkouh Qaen region in the northeastern province of South Khorassan on Thursday morning. - 4/21/05

Israel lobby in US 'fires staff'
A powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington has fired two top employees said to be involved in an FBI spying investigation, US newspapers report. -BBC - 4/21/05

Aid Worker Uncovered America's Secret Tally of Iraqi Civilian Deaths
A week before she was killed by a suicide bomber, humanitarian worker Marla Ruzicka forced military commanders to admit they did keep records of Iraqi civilians killed by US forces. -Independent - 4/21/05

Suspension of Press Jury Law by Iran's Parliament Protested by Press Association
Spokesman for Association Advocating Freedom of Press Mashallah Shamsolvaezin on Wednesday protested to Majlis against suspending the law about Press Jury passed by the former parliament. - 4/21/05

EU trio's relief over Tehran's nuclear offer may prove short-lived
The challenge for the UK, France and Germany - the three governments negotiating with Iran - is keeping the negotiations going while rejecting the Iranian proposal that it keep a limited programme of uranium enrichment, albeit under international supervision. -Financial Times - 4/21/05

Iran prods Europeans for progress in nuclear talks
Iran announced Wednesday that it would wait for 'a couple of more months and not years' to settle differences in its nuclear talks with the Europeans, or ditch the negotiations. - 4/21/05

Iran frees more detainees of ethnic unrest
Judiciary officials released Wednesday night 155 people arrested following ethnic troubles in this southwestern Iranian city, the city's prosecutor said Thursday. - 4/21/05

Soon in the Theaters : "The Keeper : The Legend of Omar Khayyam"
When I first met film director producer Kayvan Mashayekh nearly two years ago it was in the early summer of 2003. He was transiting into Paris before heading on a trip to Turkey to meet potential film production companies and crew members before going to Bukhara and Samarkand, Uzbekistan to start shooting his first location scouting of what was to be an epic film set in 11th century Persia on the life and times of the famed epicurian Poet Omar Khayyam. -Darius Kadivar - 4/21/05

IRAN: The next Paradigm of the Middle East
Iran is once again preparing to hold a presidential election in June 2005. The populace has participated in several recent presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections with a massive turnout seeking fundamental reform. After this did not materialize, voter turnout plummeted at the parliamentary election last year; this in turn led to a far right conservative majority parliament. -Pirouz Azadi - 4/21/05

Iranian women to make debut in stadium
Fifteen women coaches, referees, and players were allowed for the first time in Iran to watch a football match in the central city of Isfahan on Wednesday. - 4/20/05

Iran's performance at Islamic States' Solidarity Games
Reports on Iran's performance at the first Islamic States' Solidarity Games inaugurated in Saudi Arabia on April 8 - 4/20/05

US Urges Iran Restraint in Khuzistan Violence
The United States Tuesday called for restraint by Iranian authorities in dealing with unrest by minority Arabs in Iran's eastern Khuzistan province, bordering Iraq. At least five people have been reported killed in clashes there that began late last week. - 4/20/05

Iran to boost gasoline output by 7 to 8 million liters a day
Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Royal Dutch/Shell is the advisory partner with Iran in the project for assessment of the condition of Iranian refineries and their comparison with 63 major refineries worldwide in terms of the production level, productivity, and number of workforce. - 4/20/05

FIFA list ranks Iran higher than triple World Cup champ Germany
Iran is ranked 19th with 701 points while Germany is only 20th with 698 points. - 4/20/05

Bush Wants Syria to Continue Withdrawal from Lebanon
In the interview, President Bush also called for the disarming of the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Shiite militant group Hezbollah, calling it a dangerous organization that is on the U.S. list of terrorist groups because it has killed Americans in the past. - 4/20/05

Christie's halts sale of artefact
An ancient Iranian artefact that Iran says was taken out of the country illegally has been withdrawn from sale, UK auctioneer Christie's says. -BBC - 4/20/05

Quake jolts Sardasht in Iran's West Azarbaijan province
An earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale jolted the city of Sardasht in the West Azarbaijan province in northwestern country Wednesday morning. - 4/20/05

Tehran puzzled by forged 'riots' letter
Some in Tehran speculated that the move served to discredit the reformist camp among Arabs in the run-up to June's presidential poll. -Financial Times - 4/20/05

Iran Air cancels planned Tehran-Berlin summer flights: official
The official said Iran Air will instead add three weekly flights to Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne for the summer period. - 4/20/05

Gay Iranian Kills Himself After UK Asylum Appeal Denied
Hussein Nasseri, 26, was terrified of being returned to Iran where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. - 4/20/05

US weighs its role in weapons development
Debate mounts on Capitol Hill over whether to modernize the US stockpile of nuclear warheads. -CSM - 4/20/05

Signs of a changing US approach to Iran
Recent statements by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicate Washington is backing away from its alarmist rhetoric about Iran. -ISN, Switzerland - 4/20/05

Iranian Authorities Shut Down Al-Jazeera Bureau After Coverage Of Ethnic Clashes
Authorities are accusing Al-Jazeera of stirring up ethnic violence following its coverage of recent clashes between ethnic Arabs and security forces in southwestern Iran. - 4/20/05

Interview transcript: Hassan Rowhani
The key to dialogue is held by Washington. A country that expresses an interest in negotiations cannot at the same time talk of regime change. Therefore, the US must clearly announce its strategy. If America very clearly states its position and announces it does not intend to interfere in our domestic affairs, and also express their good-will towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, and end their support for terrorist organizations. -Financial Times - 4/20/05

Iran: Amnesty International calls for an end to the cycle of violence in Khuzestan and an investigation into the root causes of recent unrest
Amnesty International has received unconfirmed information that at least 31 persons have been killed in the disturbances. Ahvazi sources claim that up to 500 people have been injured. There are also reports that the city of Ahvaz has been sealed by the security forces. - 4/20/05

US Congressmen Meet Leaders of Group Labeled "Terrorist" by State Department
Several members of Congress addressed a gathering today of hundreds of Iranian exiles who the government considers terrorists. MEK has been listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department since 1997, but some in Congress and close to the Administration want the group to be removed from the terrorist list. -Global Politician, NY - 4/19/05

Laying the Groundwork for War With Iran
When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on John Bolton's appointment as ambassador to the United Nations Tuesday, they will do so having never asked him about his support for a group called the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian dissident group that was backed by Saddam Hussein for almost two decades and has a place on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. -Antiwar - 4/19/05

A pipeline for peace
India and Pakistan are trying to overcome decades of mistrust by cooperating on a pipeline that would bring natural gas from Iran through Pakistan to India. It is the sort of economically necessary, environmentally friendly and security-enhancing initiative that the United States has long advocated. Yet the Bush administration and Congress are so fixated on pressuring Iran that they would threaten sanctions against any foreign entity that participates in this win-win project between two bitter antagonists. -New York Times - 4/19/05

Iran bans al-Jazeera after riots
Iran has suspended operations by the al-Jazeera television network, accusing it of inflaming violent protests by the country's Arab minority. -BBC - 4/19/05

'Garden of Eden' dying of poison
Farmers and fishermen are devastating Iraq's marshes, considered by some to be the site of the Garden of Eden, with uncontrolled use of chemicals and fishing using electric shocks, researchers warned yesterday. -Guardian - 4/19/05

Iran to be first Asian team to qualify for 2006 Word Cup: FIFA poll
Iran will be the first Asian team to advance to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday by the official FIFA 2006 World Cup site. - 4/19/05

Rivals say peace 'irreversible'
The leaders of India and Pakistan have said that peace between the two nuclear rivals is "irreversible". -BBC - 4/19/05

Moin says he will make Iran model for respecting human rights
Presidential candidate Mostafa Moin said on Monday that he will fight violation of human rights and will introduce Iran as model for respecting human rights. - 4/19/05

Iran's Parliament speaker: Fake letter denied too late
Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said in Tehran on Tuesday that a timely denial of a fake letter would have probably prevented the skirmishes in Ahvaz in southern Iran. - 4/19/05

Photos: Iran's Bakhtiari tribe head to cooler places
Now that the weather is growing warm, the tribe is migrating from the site of their winter settlement in the city of Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern province of Khuzestan. - 4/19/05

Iran, EU3 brace for nuclear talks Tuesday
Diplomats from Iran and three European heavyweights will sit down here Tuesday for a new round of nuclear talks, with one EU official stressing that dialogue was the only solution to the lingering standoff. - 4/19/05

RMIT university calls for expansion of academic cooperation with Iranian universities
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in cooperation with Australian embassy in Tehran is to broaden academic cooperation with Iranian universities, it was announced on Monday. - 4/19/05

Analysts Say Nuclear Issues Likely To Top Rice’s Agenda In Moscow
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected in Moscow tomorrow for a two-day visit, during which she is due to meet with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. - 4/19/05

Iran turns to Asia for energy deals and partners
As it faces the threat of global sanctions from the United States and Europe over its suspected nuclear weapons program, Iran is fighting back with a powerful weapon of its own: It is turning toward Asia to market its vast oil and gas resources. -IHT - 4/19/05

Iranian Artifacts on Sale in Christie’s
The Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has submitted a legal complaint to London court to stop the sale and retrieve the treasure to its homeland. - 4/19/05

Iran's national report on status of woman launched
The Center for Women's Participation (CWP) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) jointly launched the National Report on the Status of Women in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Presidential Club in Tehran on Monday. - 4/19/05

US Senate Panel to Vote on Controversial UN Ambassador Nominee Tuesday
The Washington Post newspaper Monday reported that Mr. Bolton withheld sensitive information on Iran from his bosses, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and her predecessor, former Secretary Colin Powell. - 4/19/05

American Iranologist Wills wants to be Buried in Isfahan, Iran
Professor Richard Nelson Frye, a great American Iranologist, has asked in his will for his body to be transferred and buried in the land of Iran, in the historical city of Isfahan. - 4/18/05

Month-long series at Stanford discusses Iran
In an effort to discuss the role of Iraq in the world today and provide students with historical context to understand U.S.-Iranian relations, several student groups and departments are hosting a lecture series throughout the next month entitled “Past and Present.” -Stanford Daily - 4/18/05

Iran's non-oil export hit 11 billion dollars last year
According to a report released by Iran's Trade Development Organization, the exported goods showed a rise of 23.6 percent compared to the preceding year. - 4/18/05

Iranian police could be on duty for 2006 World Cup: German daily
Iranian police could be assigned to the 2006 World Cup, if Iran's national football team qualifies for the global football event, the daily WAZ reported on Monday. - 4/18/05

Quake jolts Qouchan in northeast Iran
A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 points on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Qouchan in the northeastern province of Razavi Khorassan Sunday night. - 4/18/05

Iraq militias 'could beat rebels'
Iraq's new president has said the insurgency could be ended immediately if the authorities made use of Kurdish, Shia Muslim and other militias. -BBC - 4/18/05

Is The U.S. Vulnerable In The Persian Gulf?
We see that the 2002 US war games afforded a glimpse of the same military hubris that gave us the Viet Nam War and the current quagmire in Iraq. The difference is that the peril for the world today in the “Persian Lake” is many times greater than it ever was in the Gulf of Tonkin. -Mark H. Gaffney - 4/18/05

5th International Sturgeon Symposium to be held in Ramsar, Iran
Head of Iran's International Sturgeon Research Institute Mohammad Pourkazemi said on Sunday in Rasht that the Fifth International Sturgeon Symposium will be held at Parsian Hotel in the provincial city of Ramsar on May 9-13. - 4/18/05

Fact finding team to be sent to Iran's Khuzestan province to probe disturbances
MP Kazem Jalali said in Tehran on Sunday that Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is scheduled to send a fact finding team to Khuzestan province to investigate the causes of recent disturbances in the region. - 4/18/05

Information Minister: 200 people involved in Ahvaz skirmishes arrested
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a national conference of governors in Tehran, the minister said that it has become clear that many of the arrested people were linked to foreign groups or TV networks that have been working to overthrow the Islamic government of Iran. - 4/18/05

British businesswoman predicts fantastic future for Iranian gas market
A British businesswoman foresees a 'fantastic' future for Iranian gas market, saying with entry of China to Iranian gas industry, there would be a huge market for the gas that Tehran can produce. - 4/18/05

Mideast Oil Boom May Not Fuel Reforms
A new World Bank report says surging oil revenues have created an economic boom for much of the Middle East, but adds that states in the region still lag behind on economic reforms and governance. - 4/18/05

Belgian delegation keen to cooperate with Isfahan Steel Co
Members of the visiting Belgian economic and trade delegation in a tour of Isfahan Steel Company on Sunday declared their readiness for cooperation. - 4/18/05

The Born Again vs. the Renaissance: Culture Wars Masquerading as Development Theory
It is said that when a British reporter asked what he thought of Western Civilization, anti-colonial campaigner Mahatma Gandhi dismissively replied, "It would be a good idea!" -Rostam Pourzal - 4/18/05

Positively cynical and not that serious either
Last month on an early part of the week, my friend, a European freelance reporter who speaks good Farsi, and I drove to Karaj which is on west side of and not far from Tehran. We were going there to interview these women fire fighters. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 4/18/05

Iran stands second at world taekwondo event
Iran finished runner-up to South Korea in the 17th World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid on Sunday. - 4/18/05

Operation Iranian Freedom?
Same director, similar script. We’re beginning to think we’ve seen this movie before … -American Conservative - 4/16/05

Oil Minister: Iran owns 27.5 trillion cm of proven gas reserves
Addressing inaugural ceremony of the phases four and five of the development South Pars gas field in presence of President Mohammad Khatami here on Saturday, Zanganeh said dlrs 16 billion had been invested in Iran's oil and gas industry over the past seven years. - 4/16/05

Germans may win Persian Gulf Bridge Project
Germany is likely to win a multimillion-euro contract to construct a major bridge between the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm and Bandar Abbas port on the mainland, the English-language `Iran Daily' wrote on Saturday. - 4/16/05

Persian Gulf Economic Zone in Bandar Abbas to attract 2.5 billion dollars foreign investment
The development plan sets the framework for nine billion-dollar investment to establish infrastructural facilities including new ferries with the capacity of 12 million tons - 4/16/05

What the West Owes the Iranian People
Think back seven years to 1998, when the main hope for political reform in the broader Middle East was in Iran. A reform-minded cleric had swept aside the establishment's candidate in presidential elections, and his allies were about to make a similarly impressive showing in parliamentary elections. -Washington Post - 4/16/05

Conservatism Strong in Iraq Parliament
Almost a third of the members of Iraq's new parliament are women, one of the highest proportions in the world, but that doesn't mean full-blown Western-style rights are at hand. Many of the women are conservatives who want Islamic law to enforce the veil and all that goes with it. -AP - 4/16/05

Between the Mullahs and Bush
On December 6, a crowd of more than 1,000 rambunctious students booed and heckled and mocked Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in an auditorium at Tehran University. "Khatami, Khatami, where are your promised freedoms?" they chanted. "Khatami, Khatami, shame on you!" -Progressive - 4/16/05

Rumsfeld’s Baku Trip Stirs Controversy
Rumsfeld’s visit took place under extreme secrecy, with limited public information, leaving many local analysts and pundits to speculate about the reasons for the US secretary of defense’s trip, the third such visit in the past 15 months. -Eurasianet - 4/16/05

Tajik, Nafjam bring Iran world taekwondo silvers
Ali Tajik and Feizollah Nafjam from Iran finished runner-up at the 17th World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid on Friday. - 4/16/05

Fake letter about ethnic Arabs provokes clashes in Khuzestan province of Iran
Certain neighborhoods of the city witnessed clashes between police and ethnic Arabs Friday night, in which several state buildings, including banks and police cars were damaged and at least three people injured. - 4/16/05

Israeli Blackjack with Iran
Sharon Tries to Pawn Off Fake Photos of Iran's "Nuclear Installations" -CounterPunch - 4/16/05

Iran's 'terrorists' helped disclose nuke program
Iranian officials, including former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, want Camp Ashraf dismantled, the inhabitants sent to Iran and MEK leaders, some of whom are in Europe, tried there or in Iran. Nearly 300 MEK members have already returned to Iran from Iraq. -USA Today - 4/15/05

Citizens and exiles: an edifying conversation
The call for a referendum is part of Iranians’ wider demand to change a regime that traps and brutalises them, argues ex-ambassador Mansour Farhang. -Open Democracy - 4/15/05

Iranian-American Presence at the 2005 California Democratic Convention
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) today announced its representative will be attending this year’s California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. - 4/15/05

Iran: Nuclear Program
Iranian officials claim they are pursuing nuclear technology for peaceful civilian purposes only, such as generating electricity. -Council on Foreign Relations - 4/15/05

Dismay at lack of human rights resolution on Iran as persecution worsens
The Baha'i International Community today expressed its dismay and disappointment at the failure of the UN Commission on Human Rights to even consider a resolution on human rights in Iran, given the worsening situation in that country and in particular the persecution of the Baha'is. - 4/15/05

Iranian FM: Regular Iran-Syria consultation a must
Kharrazi, who arrived in Syria Thursday on an unexpected visit at the head of a top political delegation, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. - 4/15/05

Police find bodies of 6 Iranian pilgrims
Iranian police have found bodies of six Iranian pilgrims in the border region of Mehran in the western province of Ilam, the local Police announced Tuesday. The office announced they died of heatstroke and thirst. - 4/15/05

China Tightens Controls on Internet Access
The researchers who conducted the study on Internet access in China are preparing similar reports in the coming months dealing with Vietnam, Iran, Yemen and Singapore. - 4/15/05

Israeli Journalist Amira Hass Reflects on Reporting Under Occupation
Amira Hass, the only Israeli journalist living in the Occupied Territories, joins us in our firehouse studio to discuss the current withdrawal from Gaza and expansion of settlements in the West Bank, the "apartheid system" in Israel and life in the "prison" of the Occupied Territories. -Democracy Now - 4/15/05

U.S. Under Pressure to Back UN's ElBaradei - Diplomats
Member states of the U.N. nuclear watchdog are putting intense pressure on the United States to drop its opposition to a third term for the agency's chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, diplomats at the U.N. said on Friday. -Reuters - 4/15/05

Masudieh Palace threatened by rumbling of Tehran Metro trains
The capitals and entablature of the main entrance of the Masudieh Palace in Tehran are being threatened by vibrations caused by metro trains passing under the neighborhood. - 4/15/05

Khodadad, Karami hand Iran world taekwondo silver, bronze
Behzad Khodadad and Youssef Karami from Iran won one silver and one bronze in the 17th World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid on Thursday. - 4/15/05

UNESCO Decision on Nowruz Case Postponed to November
The file presented to UNESCO for registration of Nowruz tradition on the List of Intangible Heritage will be decided upon in November 2005 with a six-month postponement. - 4/15/05

Iran freedom and support act set for vote in house
H.R. 282 calls for making regime change in Iran official US policy, a position the United States government has avoided during the last 26 years of the two countries’ shaky relations.-NIAC - 4/15/05

Iran eases its social strictures
In a political trade-off, leaders loosen harsh rules -CSM - 4/15/05

Let’s Rethink What We Wish For…
More than a quarter of a century ago, people of all social classes took to the streets and wanted the Shah gone. The sentiment of the Iranian people was: ‘ better a monkey than the Shah’ or as they literally said: “a dog would be better than the Shah.”. The 1979 revolution saw their wish fulfilled as it chased many Iranians into exile along with the Shah. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 4/14/05

Iranian young inventor wins gold medal in Geneva
Iranian student Pargol Kalantari won the gold medal at the 33th International Inventions competition held in Geneva, Switzerland. - 4/14/05

Oil Minister: Iran to reserve 7% share in world's crude output
anian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said here Thursday that under the 20-year vision plan, Iran would reserve a share of seven percent or about seven million bpd in the world's crude oil output on a 10-year horizon. - 4/14/05

Iran-EU working group to go ahead with talks next Tuesday
Iran and the European Union (EU) working group will go ahead with nuclear talks in Vienna next Tuesday, Iran's nuclear negotiator Sirous Nasseri said on Wednesday. - 4/14/05

German, Iranian ministers discuss boosting long-term economic cooperation
German Finance Minister Hans Eichel and visiting Iranian Economy and Finance Minister Dr. Safdar Hosseini on Thursday met in Berlin where they held talks on further deepening of long-term bilateral economic cooperation. - 4/14/05

Indian Oil Minister: Iran, india's top priority as gas provider
Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said in a meeting with IRI Ambassador to New Delhi Siavosh Zargar Ya'qoubi here Wednesday evening, "India's top priority for acquiring the natural gas its needs is Iran." - 4/14/05

Iranian Pleads Guilty to Arms Export Try
An Iranian pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to money laundering and attempting to illegally export fighter aircraft parts to his homeland, officials said. -AP - 4/14/05

US Mercenaries Spill Blood Over Afghan Opium
It was the first day of Afghanistan's new opium eradication program and the quiet town of Maiwand in Kandahar province had been chosen for action. -Independent - 4/14/05

Iraq: Election Of Talabani Marks Victory For Middle East's Kurds
The appointment of Jalal Talabani, a prominent Kurdish politician, as Iraqi president last week was widely celebrated by millions of Kurds scattered across the Middle East. - 4/14/05

Israel 'not planning Iran attack'
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said Israel is not planning a unilateral military attack on Iran aimed at destroying its nuclear capability. -BBC - 4/14/05

Quake hits region in northwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4 on the open-ended Richter scale shook Abhar in the northwestern province of Zanjan on Thursday. - 4/14/05

Europe: Soccer Marred By Violence, Sparking World Cup Concerns
By most accounts, it’s been a violent season at the top of European soccer. - 4/14/05

Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran
If the duly reelected American government decides to bomb Iran—or green lights Israel to do it, which is morally indistinguishable—these men will put we the people in the position of having no moral defense against Islamic terrorism. Some leftists—most crassly Ward Churchill—made something like this point after 9/11. -American Idealism - 4/14/05

Iran's oil industry investments to reach 150 billion dollars
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said here Thursday that investments of dlrs 150 billion will be made in Iran's oil industry in the coming years. - 4/14/05

Iran’s referendum movement
The movement for a referendum is a fantasy solution to the real challenge of bringing democracy to Iran, says Kaveh Ehsani. -Open Democracy - 4/14/05

US: Iran Several Years from Nuclear Weapons Capability
U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stressed concern about Iran's nuclear program in his meeting Monday with President Bush. - 4/14/05

Parliament raps state broadcasting for 'insulting' Iranian Jews
"Insulting Jews and attributing untrue materials to them in TV serials over the past 12 years have not only hurt the feelings of the Jews, but they have, one can say with conviction, led to the migration of a considerable percentage of them," Jewish MP Maurice Mo'tamed told the parliament session. - 4/14/05

Israel, Iran, and nuclear weapons programs
As Sharon renews warnings to Bush about Iran's nuclear program, the US may be ready to turn up the heat on Israel's nukes. -CSM - 4/14/05

US Congressional Committee Approves Iran Democracy Promotion Legislation
A U.S. congressional committee has approved legislation seeking to strengthen existing U.S. sanctions on Iran and put more pressure on Iran's government on the issue of weapons of mass destruction, while providing greater support for Iranian democracy groups. - 4/14/05

Iran: Youth Movement Has Untapped Potential
"The Power of Youth" is an ongoing RFE/RL project that will look at how youth movements are born, mature, and make the transition to the postrevolutionary setting or endure under repression. - 4/13/05

Most of Iran's Troops in Lebanon Are Out, Western Officials Say
Iran has pulled out the vast majority of its Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon after two decades as a major player among the country's Shiite population, most notably as the impetus for the creation of Hezbollah, according to U.S. and European officials. -Washington Post - 4/13/05

Iran's NPC said to be hot favorite in Basell bidding
With 90 percent of the negotiations complete, Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is the top favorite to purchase Royal Dutch Shell/BASF Group's Basell joint venture, Tuesday's edition of the business daily Handelsblatt quoted company circles as saying. - 4/13/05

Asia: Irrigation, Pollution Threaten Lakes
Increasing water drainage and pollution are putting many lakes around the world in serious danger. It is estimated that more than one-half of the world's five million lakes are at risk, threatening the economic and health benefits they bring local communities. Asia is no exception. - 4/13/05

Iran becomes Germany's top trade partner in Mideast: official
Iran has outpaced the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to become Germany's number one trading partner in the Near and Mideast region, a leading German trade official announced in an Iran investment conference, hosted by the Iranian embassy in Berlin on Tuesday. - 4/13/05

Ottawa won't recall Iran ambassador
Ottawa won't recall its ambassador to Iran despite that country's refusal Tuesday to allow an international forensic team to examine the body of a Montreal photojournalist who died in custody there. -Globe & Mail - 4/13/05

European Parliament approves proposal to attract non-EU researchers
The European Parliament has given the green light to plans by the European Commission to bring scientists from third countries into the European research area. The EU needs 700,000 researchers in Europe by the year 2010. - 4/13/05

Iran Denies Smuggling Uranium from Monitored Site
Iran denied Wednesday a report that it may have secretly moved some sensitive nuclear material from a site being monitored by the U.N.'s atomic watchdog. -Reuters - 4/13/05

Iranian inventors win 43 medals at Geneva International Exhibit
Iranian inventors won 43 medals and four special prizes during the 33rd International Exhibition of Inventions held in Geneva, Swiss, the Persian-language daily `Jaam-e Jam' wrote Wednesday. - 4/13/05

A most dangerous message
Contradictory US and British nuclear proliferation policies will lead other states to conclude that nuclear weapons earn respect and deter attack -Guardian - 4/13/05

Sharon to U.S.: Iran being allowed to continue nuclear program
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday told U.S. President George W. Bush that current international understandings were allowing Iran to continue with its nuclear program. -Ha'aretz - 4/13/05

What Democracy? A Brief Look at U.S. Foreign Policy
We are told that no matter one’s stand on the legitimacy of attacking Iraq or Afghanistan, such U.S. interventions have brought significant steps toward democracy there and elsewhere. But is the Bush administration correct to assert that spreading democracy is, and has been, the role of the U.S. in the world? -Common Dreams - 4/13/05

Chirac pushes EU to drop hard line on Iran-diplomats
French President Jacques Chirac has been pushing the EU to drop its refusal to consider letting Iran enrich uranium, despite U.S. and European fears Iran could use enrichment technology for weapons, EU diplomats say. -Reuters - 4/13/05

Iranian FM rules out negligence towards Bushehr power plant
"The power plant in Bushehr was a taboo. The Russians and the Americans had disagreement (over this issue) but their stances have changed over the past one year," he responded a question raised by MP Nooreddin Pirmoazen from the northwestern city of Ardebil in the Majlis. - 4/13/05

An Islamic Republic? Yes or No!
Afshin Molavi is responding to Mohsen Sazegara’s proposal for a referendum on a new Iranian constitution, "Iran's road to democracy" -Open Democracy - 4/13/05

Reporters Without Borders supports Canada's proposal for Kazemi autopsy
Reporters Without Borders today said it supports Canada's proposal to the Iranian authorities that three forensic experts - a Canadian, an Iranian and one chosen jointly by both parties - should carry out an autopsy on the body of Zahra Kazemi, a journalist with both Canadian and Iranian nationality, to determine how she died while detained in Iran in July 2003. - 4/13/05

Covered head to toe in silk and color
An Iranian fashion designer creates stylish clothes in a political climate that doesn't always welcome them. -CSM - 4/13/05

US Denies Iran Democracy Money is Interference
The State Department Monday rejected Iranian charges that a planned U.S. program to promote democracy in Iran would interfere in that country's internal affairs. The U.S. Congress has appropriated $3 million for the effort. - 4/12/05

Iran between revolution and democracy
Iran lives the contradictions of 21st-century world politics. In Tehran, a sclerotic, Islamic, post-revolutionary, nuclear state commands a youthful, idea-hungry, proto-democratic, networked society. Iranians everywhere – in Los Angeles, Berlin, and London as well as Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz – are rethinking their country’s future. -Open Democracy, UK - 4/12/05

Iranians Take Part in Second Chicago University Eurasian Archaeology Conference
University of Chicago is holding its second Eurasian Archaeology Conference on April 15th and 16th 2005. Archaeologists from 12 countries around the world will be taking part in the conference, and three Iranian archaeologists will be having their papers presented in the conference publication. -CHN - 4/12/05

DoE head calls approval of Caspian Sea Convention by Iran's Parliament great achievement
Vice President and Head of the Department of the Environment (DoE) Masoumeh Ebtekar said in Tehran on Tuesday that the recent ratification by Majlis of a convention on preservation of the Caspian Sea environment was one the greatest achievements of the legislative body. - 4/12/05

Inflation rate in Iran pegged at 15.1 percent annually
Inflation rate in Iran rose to 15.1 percent in the 11 months to the Iranian month of Bahman (January 20- February 18, 2005). - 4/12/05

Animals Entered Persian Literature More Than 2,000 Years Ago
Animals have always played an important role in Iranian literature and one of the oldest Iranian literary devices has been to use animals symbolically. -CHN - 4/12/05

Negroponte and the Eclipse of the CIA
Since the founding of the CIA in 1947, it has been under attack, mainly from the right. Although left-center charges that the CIA has engineered coups against democratically elected governments and trained death squads have received more public attention, a phalanx of right-center forces have been the CIA's most implacable foes. - 4/12/05

Iran Denies Buying Missiles From Ukraine
Iran has denied reports it purchased unarmed nuclear-capable missiles from Ukrainian weapons dealers four years ago. -AP - 4/12/05

Iran exports over 4 billion dollars worth of industrial, mineral products
Over 14.5 million tons of mineral and industrial products valued at over four billion dollars were exported from Iran in the last Iranian calendar year of 1383 (ended March 20, 2005), Iran's Mine House announced Tuesday. - 4/12/05

Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran
As the United States gears up for an attack on Iran, one thing is certain: the Bush administration will never mention oil as a reason for going to war. As in the case of Iraq, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be cited as the principal justification for an American assault. -Tom Dispatch - 4/12/05

Iran liberalises laws on abortion
The Iranian parliament has voted to liberalise the country's abortion laws. Under the law approved on Tuesday, a pregnancy can be terminated in the first four months if the foetus is mentally or physically handicapped. -BBC - 4/12/05

Iranian Judiciary spokesman: Canada's demand on case of dead journalist against International law
The mother of the 54-year-old Iranian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in 2003 because of fractured skull, has called on the Judiciary to launch fresh investigation into circumstances which led to her daughter's death in June 2003, her lawyers announced Sunday. - 4/12/05

Khatami: Friendship dam manifestation of solidarity between Iran, Turkmenistan
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his Turkmen counterpart Saparmurat Niyazov inaugurated the Friendship Dam on the joint border in northeastern Iran Tuesday. - 4/12/05

Iran wins Rescue Robot World Cup in Germany
Iran's Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL) team won the Rescue Robot League, while Iran's Caspian team won the Rescue Simulation League. Caspian also won the second place in Soccer Simulation 3D League. - 4/11/05

Iran looks to CNN, BBC to sell itself
Iran aims to promote its tourist potential through BBC, CNN set to start within two months under one-year contract. -AFP - 4/11/05

Optimistic Iran calls for open nuclear talks
Iran Sunday sounded upbeat ahead of planned nuclear negotiations with the Europeans on April 19, hoping that they would put reservations aside this time in order to move further ahead. - 4/11/05

Observers Fear Militarization Of Politics in Iran
The possibility that an individual connected with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) could be elected as Iran's next president is causing some consternation in Iranian political circles. -RFE - 4/11/05

Iran crowned at Azerbaijan judo tourney
Iran stole the show at an international judo tournament in Republic of Azerbaijan Sunday. - 4/11/05

Zahra Kazemi's Mother calls for fresh probe into death of journalist
The mother of Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi has called on the Judiciary to launch fresh investigation into circumstances which led to her daughter's death in June 2003, her lawyers announced Sunday. - 4/11/05

Iran row over parliament reporter
Eleven Iranian papers are boycotting parliament in protest at the expulsion of a journalist who reported that MPs had given themselves a large pay rise. -BBC - 4/11/05

Quake jolts Qom, southwest Tehran
An earthquake measuring 3.9 degrees on the Richter scale hit suburbs of the city of Qom, in Qom province, 160 km southwest of the capital city of Tehran Sunday evening. - 4/11/05

Iran raps Canada for 'complicating' case of dead journalist
Iran chided Canada Sunday for adopting a 'wrong approach' toward the death of a female journalist, blaming the country for complicating the matter. - 4/11/05

Iran, UAE explore ways to cooperate in economy, agriculture sectors
Iranian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammad Ali Hadi and UAE Economy and Planing Minister Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi explored ways to expand cooperation between the two nations in economy and agricultural sector here Sunday. - 4/11/05

China and Pakistan in deal on reactors
Pakistan and China have agreed in principle for Beijing to supply two more nuclear power reactors beyond the two already committed to Pakistan at Chashma in the Punjab province, senior Pakistani officials said yesterday. -Financial Times - 4/11/05

Iran government blames police for fans' deaths
Iran's government has blamed police for the death of six soccer fans after a World Cup qualifier in Tehran last month. -Reuters - 4/11/05

Religious mourning casts pall on Iran's once carefree ski slopes
It would have made for a jarring sight at any place of leisure. But the large black banners mourning the death of the Prophet Muhammad and his grandson Hasan were cause for particular dismay among the small army of skiing enthusiasts expecting a day of care-free enjoyment on Iran's slopes. -Guardian - 4/11/05

Parliament approves trimming down Turkish firm's stake in Iran
The Parliament on Sunday approved the general outlines of a bill to sharply cut telecom major Turkcell's shares in a multi-billion-dollar Iranian contract. - 4/11/05

How well are hard-liners running Tehran?
Once touted as a model for what Iran's conservatives can do, the city council loses its luster of efficiency. -CSM - 4/11/05

U.S. aims to spend money in Iran
For the first time in a quarter-century of estrangement from Iran, the Bush administration is openly preparing to spend government funds in that country to promote democracy. -USA Today - 4/11/05

Iran's Parliament to oblige IAEO to resume uranium enrichment
Parliament will oblige Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) to produce part of the nuclear fuel needed for the country's reactors, a senior nuclear energy official announced in Tehran on Sunday. - 4/11/05

Iranian President to inaugurate phases 4, 5 of South Pars gas field
The buy-back projects for development of the phases started in August 2000 by National Iranian Oil Company in partnership with Italian Enni, with sixty percent stake, with Petropars company, with 20 percent stake, and with Niku Company, with 30 percent stake. - 4/9/05

12,000-year-old Animal Bones Found in Mazandaran Caves
Archaeologists have found 1000 pieces of animal bones dating to 12,000 years ago in Gomishan Cave of the northern province of Mazandaran. A great part of these bones belong to foxes, but it is not yet clear why they have been hunted. - 4/9/05

Austrian President: EU does not oppose generation of nuclear energy by Iran
Austrian President Heinz Fischer said in Vienna on Thursday European Union does not oppose generation of nuclear energy by Iran and the country is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear facilities for generation of energy. - 4/9/05

Sepahsalar Clock Wakes Its Long Sleep
The old clock of Tehran’s Sepahsalar School has been repaired and its bells will once again ring after a long standstill. - 4/9/05

Iran's President denies meeting Israeli president
President Mohammad Khatami on Friday strongly denied Israeli media allegations that he had met with Israel's president Moshe Katzav during funeral procession for the World Catholic Church Leader Pope John Paul II in Vatican. - 4/9/05

Handshakes that happened, and didn't
George W. Bush was in rare, close proximity to Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, and Iran's president, Mohammad Khatami. While U.S. administration officials describe Khatami as a moderate, Bush had no contact with him, either. -NY Times - 4/9/05

World must live with high oil prices, IMF warns
The International Monetary Fund has joined other financial organizations in warning about the effects that exploding global demand for oil could have on world economies, cautioning specifically that oil prices were becoming entrenched at unprecedented levels. -IHT - 4/9/05

German-Iranian economic magazine launched in Berlin
A new German-Iranian economic magazine, targeted at the growing German-Iranian business community, was launched earlier this month in Berlin. - 4/9/05

Quake shakes northwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the open-ended Richter scale shook suburbs of Avaj, a city in Qazvin Province in western part of the capital city Tehran, on Friday. - 4/9/05

Iranian New Year starts as badly as ever for the press
Reporters Without Borders today deplored a series of new negative developments for press freedom that accompanied the arrival of the Iranian New Year in March. - 4/8/05

ATOMIC IRAN: Simply Crazy, or Crazy Like a Fox?
Mr. Corsi gained national notoriety after the publication of his last book, Unfit for Command, a long-discredited series of false allegations against the Democratic Party presidential candidate, John Kerry. While his attacks on the Democratic Party can be rationalized - after all, Mr. Corsi is a diehard ultraconservative Republican - his motives behind his inveterate hatred of the Islamic Republic of Iran deserves a more careful analysis. -Kam Zarrabi - 4/8/05

Iran, Iraq sign agreement on visa to pilgrims, businessmen
Iraq's Deputy Foreign Minister Sa'd al-Hayani conferred in Tehran on Thursday with Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on expansion of mutual cooperation. - 4/8/05

UN: World Health Day Report Focuses On 'Invisible Crisis' In Maternal, Infant Mortality
The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) calls it the "invisible health crisis" -- the preventable deaths of millions of mothers during childbirth, and of newborns and small children due to disease and other factors. The theme of this year's World Health Day -- observed today -- is the well-being of mothers and children around the world. - 4/8/05

Hezbollah hints at disarmament
Hezbollah has signalled that it may be ready to disarm if Israel withdraws from a disputed strip of land near the Lebanese-Israeli border. -BBC - 4/8/05

US warns of need for more Opec production
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will need to increase production further to balance the oil market in the second half of the year,the US government said on Thursday. -Financial Times - 4/8/05

Think tank: Remove MeK from terror list
A Washington think tank is lobbying members of Congress to have the Iranian Mujahedeen e-Khalq organization removed from the U.S. foreign terrorist list -UPI - 4/8/05

Rising Oil Prices Changing National Energy Strategies
With the price of oil close to record highs, some unlikely allies are teaming up to change the energy policy of the United States. A group of former national security officials are joining environmentalists in calling on the Bush administration to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. - 4/8/05

Jeffords' Theory
For starters, Jeffords, who opposes the war in Iraq, predicted the Bush administration would start a war in Iran to help elect a third member of the Bush clan to the White House. -Valley News - 4/8/05

Bolton's Terrorist Tango
Bush pick for U.N. ambassador makes smooth with Iran's MEK -Village Voice - 4/8/05

IT Company ISMART Donates 50K to NIAC
The National Iranian American Council is the proud recipient of an unrestricted donation of $50,000 from ISmart, LLC, a leading Iranian-American high-tech company, for NIAC’s general operations. - 4/8/05

Mehrangiz Kar speaks truth to power
Mehrangiz Kar sits in her spacious office beside a window that looks out on the soggy lawn and still bare trees of the Bunting Quadrangle. Her desk and an adjacent table are strewn with books and papers, most of them covered with the sinuous shapes of Persian lettering. -Harvard University Gazette - 4/8/05

Iranian President: Regional states do not trust US and its policies
President Khatami conferred with his Italian counterpart President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in Rome on Thursday evening. - 4/8/05

Open Letter to Goli Ameri
I congratulate your appointment in UN Human Rights Commission. I grew up in Tehran, Iran. I grew up with kids from different faith and ethnicity: Bahai, Jew, Assyrian, Armenian, Christian, Kurd, Lor, Turk, Arab, Balooch, Gilak.... You name it. -Siamak Ahi - 4/8/05

Interview: Reza Aslan, Author "No god but God"
This interview was conducted in Iowa City on April 7, 2005. Reza Aslan is the author of “No god But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.” (Random House 2005) - 4/8/05

Israeli President Shook Hands with Assad, Khatami
Israeli President Moshe Katsav said he shook hands with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a country formally at war with the Jewish state, and the president of Iran at the funeral of Pope John Paul Friday. It was believed to be the first time an Israeli president had shaken hands with Syrian and Iranian leaders. -Reuters - 4/8/05

Is Iran Next?
Iran has been on the neocon "to-do" list for a long time. Few have been as persistent as the American Enterprise Institute's Michael Ledeen, who has been hoping for and writing about a democratic revolution in Iran for years. But weakening Iran featured tangentially in the "A Clean Break" paper prepared by neocon stalwarts Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and others for Benjamin Netanyahu's incoming Likud government in Israel in 1996. - 4/8/05

First U.S.-led Iran dig in decades
A team of Harvard archaeologists is hoping to uncover new evidence of settlements along the ancient Silk Road. It will be the first American-led expedition to Iran since the shah was ousted by religious revolutionaries in the late 1970s. -Harvard University Gazette - 4/8/05

Months After Immigration Forum, Congressman Meehan Continues To Set an Example for Iranian American Political Engagement
As an immigrant community particularly susceptible to fluctuations in both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, the Iranian American community has struggled to find effective vehicles for political action. Today, however, Iranian Americans point to organizations such as the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and their work on Capitol Hill and in communities across America as the first steps towards political mobilization. -Behrad Mahdi - 4/7/05

Hostage taking at Razi guidance school in Tehran ends
An armed man entered the Razi guidance school in north Tehran, this morning and took some 100 students and teachers as hostages. He fired several shots into the air. - 4/7/05

IFWC Youth Scholarship Fundraising Gala
The Iranian Federated Women’s Club (IFWC) today announced that it is hosting its 2005 IFWC Youth Scholarship Fundraising Gala on April 17th, 2005 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge. - 4/7/05

Canada withdraws from Iran event
Canada is pulling out of a conference it was helping to sponsor on promoting business links with Iran. -BBC - 4/7/05

Iraq: Presidential Choice Is Landmark For Kurds
The Iraqi National Assembly elected Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) head Jalal Talabani to be the country's new president on 6 April. - 4/7/05

High-profile Belgian trade delegation to visit Iran
Representatives of 19 companies from Wallonia and Brussels are accompanying the Minister-President on his 5-day mission to Iran starting on Saturday April 9. - 4/7/05

America Is Usurping the Democratic Will in Iraq
Thousands of the Shia-dominated United Iraqi Alliance, the largest party which will name the prime minister, spent long years of exile in Iran. Most of the militia in its largest faction were trained in Shia parts of Iran. Even Jalal Talabani, co-leader of the Kurdish parties that won a quarter of the vote, despite his links with the Americans over Kurdish regional autonomy, is very close to Tehran. -Independent - 4/7/05

Vote for freedom of expression blog award-winners !
Reporters Without Borders is calling on Internet-users to vote online for award-winners from among 60 blogs defending freedom of expression. There are six categories : Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Iran and International. - 4/7/05

Drugs, Bases, and Jails: The Bush Administration's Afghan Spring
If Iraq has been the disaster zone of Bush foreign policy, Afghanistan is still generally thought of as its success story -- to the extent that anyone in our part of the world thinks about that country at all any more. - 4/7/05

Iranian President arrives in Rome for Pope's funeral
Khatami, earlier in Paris for a two-day visit, had praised the pope for his efforts to promote 'coexistence, moderation and dialogue between religions'. - 4/7/05

Iranian Pastor Receives Trial in Islamic Court
Iranian Christian, Hamid Pourmand will be charged in an Islamic Iranian court (sharia) within nine days. -Christian Today - 4/7/05

India's international oil ties risk U.S. displeasure
Latin America hasn't always figured highly on India's diplomatic agenda. But the recent visit to New Delhi by Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela - the first such trip by a Venezuelan leader - is seen as crucial for both countries. -IHT - 4/7/05

Are Egypt's Pro-Democracy Demonstrations Sign Of Broader Change?
Egyptian university students have stepped up their campaign for political reform, with a fresh series of demonstrations at a number of campuses. - 4/7/05

France Defends Effort to Lift China Arms Embargo
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has defended a European effort to lift an arms embargo against China, despite criticism from Washington. - 4/7/05

Iran's Leadership Views "Velvet Revolution" Trend With Caution
Iranian officials believe revolutionary developments in the former Soviet Union, including the recent political upheaval in Kyrgyzstan, are being engineered by the United States. Authorities in Tehran are confident that the Islamic republic is not vulnerable to a "velvet" revolution. -Eurasianet - 4/7/05

Iranian varsities look for foreign applicants at International Dubai Fair
The universities of the Islamic Republic of Iran have attended the 17th Dubai International Academic and Educational Aids Exhibition, along with universities and academic centers from 30 other countries form around the globe, aimed at attracting foreign students. - 4/7/05

Nuclear Iran II: The only way to change the rules
TEHRAN If you want to experience nationalism wrapped in nuclear power, this is the place. Officials, professors and taxi drivers all tell visitors that Iran does not want "the bomb," but only "nuclear technology" or "the fuel cycle" needed to run power reactors. -IHT - 4/6/05

Analysis: Corruption Becomes An Issue In Iran's Presidential Campaign
Widespread Iranian concern about financial and professional corruption is reflected by the fact that most prospective candidates for the upcoming presidential election have addressed this issue. -RFE - 4/6/05

Iran, France expect headway with nuclear talks
The visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac hoped the talks would guarantee Iran's inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and build confidence for the European side. - 4/6/05

"Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia" Tours England, France, and Germany
A collection of some 150 items dating to the Achaemenid era is going to be displayed for a two-year period in England, France, and Germany. -CHN - 4/6/05

Imam Khomeini Airport to go on stream April 30
Iran’s new airport will go on stream on April 30 after being shut down last year over the involvement of a Turkish consortium, the country's transport minister was quoted as saying Tuesday. -AFP - 4/6/05

Iran Insists It Will Retain Nuclear
Iran will not abandon nuclear activities, despite its negotiations with the EU about ensuring its nuclear program cannot be used for weapons, President Mohammad Khatami said in an interview published on Tuesday. -Reuters - 4/6/05

Returns from improved US-Europe relations
The past week has seen advancement of a prominent UN measure and approval of Wolfowitz as World Bank head -CSM - 4/6/05

Minor quake shakes Bandar Anzali in northern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the open-ended Richter scale shook suburbs of Bandar Anzali in northern province of Gilan Wednesday. - 4/6/05

Canada renews pressure on Tehran
Canada has renewed its demands on Iran to return the body of journalist Zahra Kazemi and reopen a criminal inquiry into her death in Iranian custody. -BBC - 4/6/05

440 foreign firms to attend 10th International Oil Exhibition in Tehran
Some 440 foreign companies will participate in Iran's 10th International Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry Exhibition to be held in Terhran from April 14-17 - 4/6/05

Afghanistan likely to have permanent US military
The discussions have been under way for several months, but both US and Afghan officials have been reluctant to discuss the issue given geopolitical sensitivities in the region, particularly in neighbouring Iran. -Financial Times - 4/6/05

Hezbollah Wary; Ponders New Political Role in Lebanon
Hezbollah was formed in 1982 with Iranian backing and training from Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Its armed militants fought Israeli troops and their Lebanese allies and are credited by most Lebanese for having forced the Israelis to withdraw from Lebanon in May of 2000. -VOA - 4/6/05

Iran bans parliamentary reporter
The conservative-controlled parliament in Iran has barred an investigative journalist from its premises after revealing MPs' huge pay and bonuses. -BBC - 4/6/05

Nuclear Iran I: The principle is set, now what's the price?
Since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, Washington has made much of its self-righteous principles. No negotiations. No lifting of the U.S. economic embargo. No diplomatic relations. At least not until Tehran stops supporting terrorism and pursuing weapons of mass destruction. -IHT - 4/6/05

Death Penalty: 3,797 executed in 2004
During 2004, more than 3,797 people were executed in 25 countries and at least 7,395 were sentenced to death in 64 countries, said Amnesty International today. - 4/5/05

Iran: Judiciary Should Admit Blogger Abuse
The upcoming report by Iran’s powerful judiciary about the mistreatment and torture of bloggers and internet journalists in custody must begin a process of full accountability for serious human rights abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. - 4/5/05

Iranian President: Negating violence, terrorism and war, essence of Dialogue Among Civilizations
He made the remarks while addressing hundreds of world's political and cultural figures gathered in the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) here Tuesday. - 4/5/05

ajabanzabAn Introduces Persian-English Magnetic Word Play Kits introduces three new Persian-English Magnetic Word Play kits to help you bond with the Persian language. The kits are fun, educational and will spark creativity! - 4/5/05

Iran nuclear energy conference to be held in Berlin
A conference on nuclear energy in Iran, featuring leading European-based Iranian nuclear experts, will be held in Berlin on April 22. - 4/5/05

Momeni Foundation accepting scholarship applications from students of Iranian descent for year 2005
Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. - 4/5/05

Iran signs three major oil contracts with Iranian companies
The official further noted that the three buy-back projects would be awarded to the Iranian companies of PetroIran and Qeshm Energy and Oil Industries Development. - 4/5/05

Uranium proposal unites US and Iran in opposition
The US has rejected a proposal by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a five-year, global moratorium on the construction of new facilities for enriching uranium and reprocessing plutonium. -Financial Times - 4/5/05

U.S.: Does Intelligence Report Signal Trouble With Allies?
Last week, a U.S. presidential commission found serious flaws in American intelligence gathering in the run-up to the Iraq war. The commission also found that spies know, in its words, "disturbingly little" about nuclear threats around the world. -RFE - 4/5/05

International Finance Corporation to extend 10-million-dollar loan to Iran's Saman Bank
Managing Director of Saman Bank Allahverdi Rajaie Salmassi said on Tuesday that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) affiliated to the World Bank (WB) will pay 10 million dollars loan to Saman Bank. - 4/5/05

Iranian president to attend funeral of Pope John Paul II
President Mohammad Khatami is scheduled to attend funeral of the late Catholic Leader Pope John Paul II in the Holy See. - 4/5/05

Quakes jolt Yazd province in Iran
Two earthquakes hit the city of Behabad, in the northeastern part of the central province of Yazd, Tuesday. - 4/5/05

Iran president wants U.S. to change mind
On an official visit to Austria, Khatami also expressed regret at the loss of American lives in Iraq, but suggested the violence there was unleashed by the U.S. invasion that led to Saddam Hussein's toppling nearly two years ago. -AP - 4/5/05

TREES IN SNOW: Abbas Kiarostami Photography Exhibitions
Abbas Kiarostami is renowned for his award-winning films. Less well known is his practice of still photography sustained over 25 years. These photography exhibitions mark the first time that Kiarostami photographs have been exhibited in the UK. - 4/5/05

Ukraine Eyes Iran's Gas For Use, Transit to Europe
In early February, Interfax announced that Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko will make an official visit to Iran in the "first half of the year". The topics to be discussed during the visit were listed as bi-lateral relations and joint projects in the energy sector. -RFE - 4/4/05

Under This Azure Heavens...
The visionary dreamers of our oriental past would wanted us to enter and remain in their beautiful dream-world and ignore this "unworthy" world that we came to live in: Every one of us as an individual, and all of us as the masses. -Mali Mostoufi, New York - 4/4/05

Top Iranian deputy challenges US to join nuclear negotiations
A prominent Iranian MP on Sunday challenged arch enemy the United States to join the European Union in negotiations on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, saying Tehran would be ready to "examine" Washington's participation. -EUbusiness - 4/4/05

OPEC Could Decide Output Hike
OPEC could announce a 500,000 barrels per day output hike within two weeks if oil prices stay above $55 for at least the next 10 days to 14 days, Nigerian Presidential Adviser on Petroleum Edmund Daukoru said on Sunday -Reuters - 4/4/05

Iranian envoy terms Tehran-Paris ties as firm
Iranian Ambassador to Paris Sadeq Kharrazi Monday termed Tehran-Paris ties as "firm", saying the two sides have been witnessing expansion of relations in all the economic, political, cultural, regional and international fields. - 4/4/05

Two Dinosaur Footprints Discovered in Kerman
Two dinosaur footprints have newly been discovered in the fossil-rich area of Kerman, raising the number of the footprints discovered there so far to five. -CHN - 4/4/05

Khatami: Iran expects nuclear talks to guarantee Iranian rights, remove EU concerns
Speaking at a joint press conference with Austrian President Heins Fischer, President Khatami said that nuclear technology represents progress in industry sector though it is exposed to abuse of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. - 4/4/05

Iranian, Austrian presidents hold talks
Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer start their official talks in Vienna on Monday. - 4/4/05

Measurement Unit of Achaemenid Era Identified
Experts of the Pars-e Pasargadae Research Center have identified the measurement unit used in the Achaemenid era as an equivalent to three millimeters. -CHN - 4/4/05

Misunderstanding Iran
Figuring out what we've learned, from the hostage crisis to today -San Francisco Chronicle - 4/3/05

U.S. using exiled Iranian groups for nuclear intelligence
President Bush upset some of the government's top spies with recent comments about Iran's nuclear ambitions. -Aljazeera - 4/3/05

Too Many Friends in Undemocratic Places?
As the U.S. State Department was unveiling its third annual report on "Supporting Human Rights and Democracy" this week, four of the country's best-known legislators came together to introduce a bipartisan bill to boost the promotion of democracy throughout the world – and signal a fundamental change in U.S. foreign policy. - 4/3/05

Washington’s support for Iran-India pipeline possible
The proposed Iran-India gas pipeline, which is to pass through Pakistan, may receive American approval if both sides jointly seek Washington’s support for the project, insiders have said. -Peninsula, Qatar - 4/3/05

Iraqi border guards reopen frontier post with Iran
Iraqi Sunday border guards reopened a main crossing border with Iran, which they had shut down a week ago, the governor of this southwestern Iranian city said. - 4/3/05

Iran: Hand-woven carpet exports drop
Hand-woven carpets worth over $471 million were exported last year (Iranian year, ending March 20, 2005), indicating a 17.7 percent drop compared to the same period, last year. -Mena - 4/3/05

Iraqi parliament elects speaker
Casting secret ballots, the members chose Hajim al-Hassani, a Sunni Arab, as the speaker and picked a Shia Muslim and a Kurd as his deputies. -BBC - 4/3/05

Iran and Spain cooperate in the field of saffron and olive
Currently the level of economic exchanges between the two countries reaches more than 1.5 billion dollars, annually. - 4/3/05

How an Iranian Jew fled 'the Land of No'
At the Blue Metropolis literary festival, Roya Hakakian recalls her childhood as a 'really sweet time,' with neighbours of all faiths living together. By age 19, she was gone from Iran -Montreal Gazette - 4/3/05

Deportations to Iran rising despite torture concerns
A record 43 failed refugee claimants were deported last year from British Columbia to Iran despite ongoing concerns over torture and other human-rights violations there. -Globe & Mail, Canada - 4/3/05

US army to produce Mid-East comic
The US military is planning to win the hearts of young people in the Middle East by publishing a new comic. An advertisement on the US government's Federal Business Opportunities website is inviting applications for someone to develop an "original comic book series". -BBC - 4/3/05

Quake leaves 24 injured in southeast Iran
A 4.1-magnitude earthquake in the town of Ravar in southeastern province of Kerman on Sunday left 24 injured, a local official reported. - 4/3/05

Neocons turn their attention to Iran
A prominent backer of the Alliance is Jerome Corsi, well known for his role in the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth campaign against John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate. He believes the freeze on nuclear development agreed between Iran and the European Union will collapse by March and that Israel, supported by the US, will then launch military strikes. -Financial Times - 4/2/05

Iran Rejects Fresh Testimony About Dead Reporter
They said they had no record of Shahram Azam working as doctor in the hospital where he said he saw evidence of flogging in addition to battered feet, extracted nails and a broken nose. - 4/2/05

Iranians outdoors to mark Sizdehbedar
Iranian families spent today, i.e. Sizdehbedar, that is the last day of the new year break, outdoors. - 4/2/05

Zandi hails Iranian football fans' role in 2-1 win over Japan
"I played my first international game at home against Japan in Tehran, in front of 120,000 fans. You get goose bumps just listening to the national anthem. You can hardly describe the atmosphere and I could not even hear my own words," Zandi said Saturday in an interview with the online site of his Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern. - 4/2/05

Bayern offers Iranian soccer player Hashemian to Hannover 96 for 1.5 million euros
The former Pas player - nicknamed the 'helicopter' for his jumping skills - is being chased by several Bundesliga teams, among them VfL Bochum, Hertha Berlin and especially the second division club FC Cologne. - 4/2/05

Wolfowitz the pawn in global games
Paul Wolfowitz's nomination to be the next president of the World Bank was accepted by the board of the bank yesterday without dissent. Yet privately many, probably most, of the board members and their governments had serious doubts about his suitability. -Guardian - 4/2/05

Iranian President to deliver keynote speeche at UNESCO meeting
President Mohammad Khatami will be the first one to address the UNESCO's meeting on Dialogue among Civilizations next Tuesday in Paris. - 4/2/05

TV ads warn of Iran nuke attack
The newly formed Iran Freedom Foundation has launched two television commercials warning that American cities are vulnerable to attack by an improvised nuclear device detonated by Iranian-backed terrorists. -WorldNetDaily - 4/2/05

Taliban Country: Afghanistan 3 1/2 Years After the U.S. Invasion
We talk to Sonali Kolhatkar, co-Director of the Afghan Women's Mission and filmmaker, Carmela Baranowska who was embedded with 800 U.S. Marines in one of the most remote and dangerous parts of Afghanistan. She made a film called Taliban Country which is a disturbing expose of American actions in that country. -Democracy Now - 4/2/05

Quake shakes Naft-Shahr in Kermanshah province of Iran
A 3.7-Richter quake shook Naft-Shahr, a district in this western Iranian province at 00:33 hours local time (19:57 GMT) on Saturday. - 4/2/05

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on returnees to Shamali plains
Many Afghans returning to the Shamali plains, north of the capital Kabul, continue to find it hard to rebuild their lives due to unemployment and a lack of basic amenities and facilities. -IRIN - 4/2/05

Europe rejects Iran's proposal for limited uranium enrichment: German daily
Europe has rejected an Iranian proposal to keep a limited uranium enrichment program and demanded once again a permanent cessation of Tehran's uranium enrichment activities, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said Friday. - 4/1/05

Iran's National Petrochemical Company among top two bidders for Basell
Iran's National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is among top two bidders to purchase Royal Dutch Shell/BASF Group's Basell joint venture, the daily Die Welt reported in its Friday edition. - 4/1/05

Goldman Sachs: Oil Could Spike to $105
Oil markets have entered a "super-spike" period that could see 1970's-style price surges as high as $105 a barrel, investment bank Goldman Sachs said in a research report. -Reuters - 4/1/05

FBI at crossroads in probe of pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC
The ongoing investigation into allegations that a Pentagon staffer named Larry Franklin passed on classified government documents to two members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, continues but with several new twists. -CSM - 4/1/05

The gates of hell are open in Iraq
The occupation and new US threats could spark neighbouring uprisings -Guardian - 4/1/05

A rosier view of terror-list nations
Of the six nations identified by the State Department as terrorist sponsors, five of them are described by Homeland Security as a "diminishing concern." Those five are North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Cuba. The sixth country on the list, Iran, is highlighted as a likely threat over the next five years. -IHT - 4/1/05

Three people drowned in Dezful's Dez River
Three people were reportedly drowned in the river in Noruz (New Year). - 4/1/05

Zoroastrian priest: Zoroastrians in Iran are free to perform rituals
Zoroastrians from provinces of Fars, Kerman, Tehran and Yazd, present at the meeting, recited parts of their religious book, Gataha, and then performed Hirombad rituals at Sharifabad fireplace. - 4/1/05

Commission Offers Scathing Appraisal of US Intelligence
The U.S. intelligence community suffered another blow Thursday as one more investigative commission offered a scathing indictment of the intelligence agencies' performance. - 4/1/05

US Sponsored Regime Change or Not? Tell Congress What Policy to Pursue toward Iran!
The battle for US policy on Iran continues. Proponents of a more confrontational policy are pressing Congress to compel President Bush to take a tougher stance on Iran. -NIAC - 4/1/05

Rethink on Iran's nuclear ambitions
France, Britain and Germany are considering letting Iran keep nuclear technology that could be used to make bombs, diplomats said yesterday. -Herald Sun - 4/1/05

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