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Campaigners Fear Lake Urmia Drying Up
A group of environmental activists gathered at Lake Urmia on the 13th day of the Persian new year - April 2 - a day when it is customary for Iranians to spend time with nature. Some poured water into the lake from bottles and pitchers in a symbolic move to protest against what they call the inaction of the authorities about the lake drying up. -Sam Khosravifard, Tehran - 4/30/10

Online at the Library of Congress, a Taste of Iranian Treats
For those who can't make the trip, though, the library has a few of its treasures waiting at the click of a computer mouse. Dinavari, the reference librarian for the Iranian World collection, is eager to show them off. -America.gov - 4/30/10

Political prisoners express solidarity with Iranian workers
A group of Iranian political prisoners announced that on May 1, on the occasion of International Worker's Day followed by National Teacher's Day they will go on a hunger strike to express their solidarity with Iranian workers and teachers. -Zamaneh - 4/30/10

Photos: Mosaic Mural by Laleh Eskandari Unveiled in Tehran
A large mosaic mural by Laleh Eskandari was unveiled in Tehran on Thursday afternoon. The mural which was commissioned by the Tehran municipality is located at the intersection of Hemmat and Sattari expressways. -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei - 4/30/10

Maybe Iran's Women Really Can Cause An Earthquake
I wasn't surprised when I read the comments by Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi in which he claimed that women who don't dress modestly lead men astray and even cause earthquakes. In fact, I was amused, thinking he was being was unusually imaginative in his reasoning. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/30/10

Military Strikes May be Necessary say U.S. Congressional Iran Sanctions Negotiators
Congress' march to impose new sanctions on Iran entered the final stretch yesterday afternoon, with Members of the House and Senate convening a public meeting at the Capitol to reconcile differences between broad sanctions measures passed by each chamber. - 4/30/10

Iran wins seat in UN women's rights body
Iran quietly wins a seat in the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women on Wednesday without facing any objections from other member countries. On Wednesday Iran was nominated for membership of the CSW and since there were no objections to its nomination, it was elected by acclamation. -Zamaneh - 4/30/10

Iran: Mousavi Blames Ahmadinejad for Poor Economy
The man who says he defeated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year in Iran's disputed presidential election blamed the Iranian leader on Wednesday for Iran's poor economy. Mr. Ahmadinejad, in turn blamed the West. - 4/30/10

Amir Ladan Runs for County Judge in Florida
A former Assistant State Attorney, husband, father, and dedicated member of his community, Amir Ladan is running for Seminole County court judge in Florida. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American elected to the Florida State Court. -PAAIA - 4/30/10

Arizona Governor Signs onto a Shameful Law
Congratulations Governor Brewer, your signature on SB 1070, an anti-immigrant bill which effectively makes all Latinos and foreigners the target of arrest or interrogation, has now enshrined your legacy with the likes of Governor Evan Mechem, who will be forever remembered for his cancellation of the state's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, attributing high divorce rates to working women, and disparaging references to African American children. -James S. Irani - 4/30/10

Iran environment in grave danger
Iran's Department of the Environment has warned that Iran is among the 10 countries which cause the most environmental destruction in the world. - 4/30/10

Confronting Iran: The Case for Targeted Sanctions
Congress is on the verge of sending a petroleum sanctions bill to President Obama that has wide bipartisan support in Congress. But far from posing a serious challenge to the regime, the bill could in fact inadvertently undermine long-term U.S. interests by weakening the Iranian civil rights movement and strengthening President Ahmadinejad and his cronies. -Pirooz Hamvatan and Ali K, PPI - 4/30/10

Chomsky: What's At Stake in the Issue of Iran
In an interview with the German publication, Freitag, Noam Chomsky talks about U.S. pressure on Israel and Iran and its geopolitical significance. "Iran is perceived as a threat because they did not obey the orders of the United States. Militarily this threat is irrelevant..." - 4/30/10

Clinton Questions Ahmadinejad's Role at Nuclear Conference
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday questioned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's role at next week's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York, given what she called Tehran's "indisputable" record of violating nuclear obligations. -VOA - 4/30/10

Iran Increases Pressure On Teachers Ahead of Teachers Day
Iran has increased pressure on teachers over their union and social activities ahead of Teachers Day on May 2, apparently in an effort to prevent protests.Two senior members of Iran's teachers union are reported to have been arrested on April 28. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/29/10

Iran: Opposition Leader Mousavi issues message for workers and teachers
Mir Hossein Mousavi, the disputing candidate of the June presidential elections in Iran announced once more that without "competitive elections", release of all political prisoners and freedom of all labour and national organizations, the political problems of Iran cannot be resolved. - 4/29/10

Mothers of the American hikers plead with Ahmadinejad to bring their children with him to New York
We write to you with hearts broken by nine months of fear and worry for our children, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Our children are mentally distressed, physically ill and so devoid of hope that they are contemplating the extreme measure of a hunger strike. - 4/29/10

Iran: Students Warn About Karoubi's Safety -- Conspiracy to Eliminate Opposition Leader
While in recent days some pro-administration media outlets have released reports about the illness of former Majlis speaker and reformist Mehdi Karoubi, now the secretary general of the Etemad Melli party and one of the two presidential candidates opposing the 2009 election results, university students warned against government's efforts to eliminate the reformist leader. -Arash Bahmani, Rooz Online - 4/29/10

An Evening with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad at UC Irvine
May 6-7: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. Widely considered as Iran's premier female director, her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences. - 4/29/10

Ahmadinejad Applies to Visit US for UN Nuclear Meeting
The U.S. State Department says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has applied to visit the United States as part of an Iranian delegation to a U.N. nuclear conference in New York. -VOA - 4/29/10

Corruption 'Taints Iran's Judiciary'
Conservative Iranian legislator Ali Motahari has criticized Iran's judiciary for lack of independence and nepotism. While reformist criticism of Iran's judiciary has drawn international attention, conservative elements in Iran are also dissatisfied with the country's courts. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/29/10

Southern California: Anousheh Ansari Book Signing
In her heartwarming and empowering memoir, Anousheh tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution. - 4/29/10

Papering the War Against Iran
Perhaps the presence of so many lawyers in government has made inevitable the tendency for the United States to attempt to justify a war on paper even before a single shot is fired. -Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com - 4/29/10

Iran Consumer Electronics Report Q1 2010 - new market report released
Iran's consumer electronics devices market, defined as the addressable market for computing devices, mobile handsets and video, audio and gaming products, is forecast to be worth around US$8.2bn in 2010. This is expected to increase to US$10.8bn by 2014, driven by the growing popularity of flat-screen TV sets and notebook computers and ongoing expansion of the retail sector. - 4/29/10

House arrest awaits Iran reporter in Rome
A senior correspondent for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in Rome, Masouminejad was arrested on March 3, 2010 on charges of illegal arms trafficking. -Press TV - 4/29/10

Lebanon's Hezbollah Criticizes US Comments
A Hezbollah official in Lebanon has sharply criticized U.S. comments about the group's weapons stockpile. Parliament member Hassan Fadlallah says there is a difference between weapons that only serve "invasions, occupations and aggressions" - which he described as those of the U.S. and Israel - and the weapons of a resistance that he says "protects" and "liberates." -VOA - 4/29/10

Veteran TV director Reza Badiyi feted
Persian pride pulsated through UCLA's Royce Hall on Sunday night as members of the Iranian-American community honored director Reza Badiyi for his 80th birthday and his 60th year in the entertainment industry -Hollywood Reporter - 4/29/10

City Spy: Iran solution lies in Greek comedy
An Israeli journalist has come up with an ingenious idea: a boycott on the export of cosmetics and toiletries to Iran. Apparently, Iran is the world's seventh largest consumer of beauty products, spending no less than $2.1 billion (£1.4 billion) a year on creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioner, lipstick and mascara. -This is London - 4/29/10

Women's rights activists slam Iran's bid to join UN commission
A group of Iranian women's right activists have written a letter to the United Nations to speak out against Iran's efforts in joining the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The letter calls on the United Nation's Economic and Social Council to deny Iran's bid for membership in the CSW. - 4/28/10

Iranian Opposition Leaders Issue Call for Demonstrations on the Vote Anniversary
Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi in a joint meeting invited all the people to participate in the demonstrations on the first year anniversary of the rigged presidential election on June 12th based on the article 27 of the constitution that allows everyone to hold peaceful gatherings and demonstrations as long as they don't carry weapons . - 4/28/10

Photos: The Porters of Grand Bazaar in Tehran
The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is located in southern Tehran; its many corridors are over 10km in length. To carry the heavy goods for traders along the old and long corridors, a vast crowd of porters are usually seen in streets leading to the bazaar. -Photos by Raouf Mohseni - 4/28/10

Iranian labour organizations announce their demands
Ten Iranian labour organizations issued a joint resolution stating their demands at the threshold of the International Workers' Day on May 1. The resolution, which was published in the Vahed Transportation Workers Union website, criticizes the harsh condition of workers in Iran and states 15 demands to improve the situation. - 4/28/10

Iranian-Americans for Earth Day
Whether you are a zealous environmentalist or deny global warming altogether, you have to be a proponent of clean parks, creeks and trails in your neighborhood. That certainly seemed the logic for Assembly Member Jim Beall's invitation, at the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, to clean up Los Gatos Creek in Campbell Park, Campbell, CA on Saturday April 17th -Parto Piran-Moradi & Mani Farhadi - 4/28/10

The Invasion of Bust Snatchers: More Bronze Statues Vanish in Tehran
Serial thefts of bronze statues have been reported in Tehran on Tuesday after publication of news reporting the theft of the Shahriar bust from the courtyard of the City Theater in the metropolis. - 4/28/10

Iranian reformist parties defy charges against them
The two major Iranian reformist organizations, Islamic Iran Participation Front and Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution announced that they will continue their activities according to the law and demanded a public hearing in order to defend all their activities. -Zamaneh - 4/28/10

Iranian Kurdish Activist Faces Execution
A Kurdish activist has been sentenced to death in Iran's northwestern city of Mahabad, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Habibollah Golparipour was arrested six months ago, the Human Rights Activists News Agency reported. He was sentenced on April 22 by a revolutionary court. - 4/28/10

Clinton: Iran Should Direct Concerns to IAEA
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Iran should be directing its concerns to the International Atomic Energy Agency instead of trying to sway public opinion about its nuclear program. -VOA - 4/28/10

British-Iranian Mia Jafari's debut scarf collection
Since graduating from Goldsmiths with a Distinction MA in Visual Arts, Mia Jafari has been making a name for herself fusing Eastern landscapes with elements of pop art, commodity culture and kitsch. - 4/28/10

Human Rights as a way of life
12Petals as a community-production based media group with an emphasis on the "culture of human rights" philosophy strives to be a union of interdependent visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, cinematographers, playwrights, socials entrepreneurs and more... - 4/28/10

US: Iran, Syria Providing Missiles to Hezbollah
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Iran and Syria are arming Hezbollah militants in Lebanon with sophisticated rockets and missiles. Gates says Hezbollah has far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world, noting that such military capability is destabilizing to the Middle East. -VOA - 4/28/10

Iran, Venezuela Establish Joint Oil Company
Iranian state-owned oil company Petropars and Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA founded a joint oil company "VENIROC" as each county holds 50 percent of the total share. -ISNA - 4/28/10

Iran Opposition Urges New Protests On Vote Anniversary
Two opposition leaders have urged Iranians to renew protest demonstrations on the June 12 anniversary of the election that gave President Mahmud Ahmadinejad a second term. - 4/27/10

Iran's Green Movement In The Doldrums?
The events that have roiled Iran since the disputed June 12, 2009, presidential election are unprecedented in the 31-year history of the Islamic republic. Never before have citizens protested in such numbers to demand their rights be respected. In spite of repression, torture, widespread arrests and even killings by the regime, the people took to the streets, although intermittently. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 4/27/10

Iranian MP Reveals: No Probe Into Tehran University Attack
Jamshid Ansari, member of the Minority Faction of Iran's Parliament announced that despite previous claims, the parliament has initiated no probe into the attack on the university dorm of Tehran University. - 4/27/10

Iranian Artist Wins International Cartoon Award
Hassan Karimzadeh, Iranian graphic artist, won the first prize in the Humour Category of World Press Cartoon festival, 2010. Persian Cartoon reports that Karimzadeh won the prize for a piece titled "Controversy" which was published in the recently banned Iranian newspaper National Trust. - 4/27/10

Night of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists in Iran - May 8 in Washington, DC
Iran has been named the worst nightmare to be a Journalist in 2009. As stated by the Committee to Protect Journalists the number of journalists in jail in Iran rose in February as a relentless media crackdown continues in Iran. - 4/27/10

Iran Oil Industry Bullish Despite Lukoil Exit
Iran says following a decision by major Russian oil firm Lukoil to halt all activities in the country that its oil industry can cope without foreign expertise. The Islamic republic was prepared for the move and Russia is still considering a role in Iranian oil and gas projects. -Reihaneh Mazaheri - 4/27/10

Brazil Criticizes Efforts to Impose Sanctions on Iran
Brazil's foreign minister has criticized U.S.-led efforts to impose new sanctions against Iran for pursuing sensitive nuclear activities. Celso Amorim spoke Monday in Tehran where he began a two-day visit.-VOA - 4/27/10

A Lasting Solution to Iran's Nuclear Issue
Obama Administration gave the go-ahead for the allocation of 8 billion dollars in state loan to start construction of two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. The US President also announced that the United States needed new reactors which would be both safer and less pollutant... -Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh - 4/27/10

Iranian Designs Pupil-Controlled Car
Iranian engineer Tinoush Ganjineh has designed the first vehicle ever to be controlled with commands coming from the human eye. -Press TV - 4/27/10

Photos: Iran test-fires Fajr 3 and 5 rocket launchers
In the last stage of the Great Prophet war games the Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 rocket launchers were tested on Sunday in south Iran. The military drills in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz were conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The maneuver started on Thursday and ended on Sunday. -MNA - 4/27/10

'Blogger' Tool Said To Be Filtered In Iran
The "Blogger" website that enables users to create their own blogs for free has reportedly been filtered in Iran. The "Kalame" website, which is close to opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, reports that "Blogger" was filtered on April 24. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/27/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Defiant Despite Government Crackdown
Almost a year after the apparently manipulated Iranian presidential election, the regime has largely succeeded in silencing the opposition. Leading reformist cleric Mahdi Karroubi remains undaunted, however. Despite having lost almost everything, he continues in his criticism of the government and has now announced new protests. -Spiegel, Germany - 4/27/10

Ahmadinejad calls for "dignified" treatment of offenders
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a gathering of commanders and directors of Iranian Security forces that offenders must be treated with "dignity" but none should be spared punishment. - 4/27/10

Ahmadinejad Trip Tempts African Trade Hopes, Splits Zimbabwe Leaders over Human Rights Concerns
As a resource-rich southern African country, Zimbabwe is believed to have available uranium deposits to sell. On Monday, Zimbabwe Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube denied reports that Iran had won permission to extract uranium with Zimbabwe receiving oil from Iran in exchange. -VOA - 4/27/10

Iranian-Americans of Silicon Valley Open Studios
May 1-16: "Hundreds of artists, thousands of stories, unlimited imagination..." Silicon Valley Open Studios is a chance for general public, art enthusiasts, art collectors and investors, educators, and art students to to visit artists in their studios. Here you'll discover the tremendous diversity and wealth of artistic talent in this creative valley. - 4/26/10

Farnaz Fassihi Wins Four Awards For Her Iran Coverage
Iranian-American Farnaz Fassihi has won four prestigious journalism awards for her courageous reporting on Iran in the aftermath of the 2009 June presidential elections: "Under great personal danger, Farnaz Fassihi, a native Iranian, captured compelling stories about Iranian resistance and the attempts to silence it." - 4/26/10

Mousavi condemns Islamic Republic's violent actions in name of Islam
Opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi once more condemned the State's violent policies against protesters in the name of Islam and added that Islam has become a "hollow shell" in Iran. Speaking in a group of "Devotees of the Islamic Revolution and the Sacred Defense" Mousavi said: "Islam does not beat people up; it does not arrest people; it does not slander people; it does not lock people up and create restrictions." - 4/26/10

Opposition Leader Mousavi removed from Iran's Open University board
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has removed Mir Hossein Mousavi from board of founders of the Open University and issued new statutes for the university. In the new regulations for the Open University, the responsibilities of the board of founders, the board of trustees and the president of the University are limited. -Zamaneh - 4/26/10

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Q and A with Kamran Diba
Sunday May 2, 2010 -- Kamran Diba, the architect who designed Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will discuss his work with Curator of Modern Art, Stephanie Barron. Sponsored by the Art of the Middle East Council and Farhang Foundation. - 4/26/10

Our Commander-in-Chief Needs Our Support
Be clear on this point: we were deceived to wage war in Iraq on fabricated intelligence. Only one nation had the means, motive, opportunity and stable nation state intelligence to succeed with such an operation inside the U.S. That same state now seeks to induce our invasion of Iran. Or Pakistan. -Jeff Gates - 4/26/10

America's Endless Bookshelf on Iran
The Library of Congress is looking for a few thousand good Persian books. What's already one of the largest collections of Iranian-related and Persian-language materials in the world - 60,000 books in Persian alone, part of the world's largest library - has been growing steadily in recent years. -America.gov - 4/26/10

From 'Boobquake' to 'Brainquake'
A new campaign, titled "Brainquake," has been launched on Facebook, calling on women to show off their resumes, CVs, honors, prizes, and accomplishments. The goal is to get conservative Iranian leaders quaking with fear at "women's abilities to push for change and to thrive despite gender apartheid." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/26/10

Tell Me What Ali Said In His Last Moments
The wife of Ali Hassanpour, who was hit with a bullet during the peaceful popular march on June 15, called on the United Nations to investigate the martyrdom of her husband and other green martyrs in an interview with Rooz. She also asked witnesses who saw her husband being shot to contact her and tell her and her two children what Ali Hassanpour said in his last moments. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 4/26/10

Ameli's Campaign for L.A. Superior Court Judge Gains Momentum
With the primaries right around the corner on June 8th, the race for L.A. Superior Court Judge is heating up. Of the eight candidates looking to replace current Judge Emily Stevens, Mark Ameli would like to make history by becoming the first ever Iranian American elected to the position. -PAAIA - 4/26/10

Book of Iran-Iraq war stories hits U.S. bookstores
The English version of Habib Ahmadzadeh's book "A City under Siege: Tales of the Iran-Iraq War" was recently released by Mazda Publications in the United States. The book, translated into English by Paul Sprachman and compiled between 1988 and 2010, is a collection of nine stories involving various aspects of the Iran-Iraq War and its aftermath. - 4/26/10

Iran lifts ban on celebs in national ads
"Using pictures of artists and sports personalities in advertisements for Iranian goods and products is permissible," the ministry's Advertisement and Information Dissemination Office Director Alireza Karimi said in a press release on Sunday. -MNA - 4/26/10

Iran Fails To Win Over Austria In Bid To Avoid UN Sanctions
Iran's push to avoid new UN sanctions appeared to make little headway today in meetings with Austria -- with Austrian officials saying the onus is on Tehran to defuse international concerns about its nuclear agenda if it wanted to avoid fresh penalties. -RFE - 4/26/10

Iran's Leader Concludes Visit To Uganda
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has concluded a two-day visit to Uganda. Mr. Ahmadinejad traveled to Uganda from Zimbabwe where he met with that country's president, Robert Mugabe, who offered support for Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 4/26/10

Karrubi Calls Ahmadinejad 'A Calamity,' Says Opposition Will Protest On Election Anniversary
Iranian cleric and opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi has reportedly said in an interview with the German weekly "Der Spiegel" that the opposition will launch fresh street demonstrations on June 12, the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential vote. -RFE - 4/25/10

NGO Coalition Calls on U.S. to Lift Ban on Humanitarian Relief for Iranians
A coalition of humanitarian relief and human rights organizations called on the U.S. government today to lift restrictions that prevent American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from undertaking humanitarian projects in Iran. - 4/25/10

Iran announces its candidacy for Women's Rights Commission
Iranian authorities have confirmed reports of their withdrawal from membership in United Nation's Human Rights Council and announced their candidacy for the International Commission for Protection of Women's Rights. - 4/25/10

Photos: Iranian reformist Tajzadeh ordered back to Evin Prison
Mostafa Tajzadeh, who has been ordered complete rest by his doctor because of his illness, will have to report back to Evin prison. About a week ago Tajzadeh was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit following the sudden deterioration of his lumbar disc disease and some other health problems. - 4/25/10

UN Human Rights High Commissioner to visit Iran
Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who has expressed concern about Islamic Republic's violent confrontation with protesters of last year's presidential elections, has announced that she would pay a rare visit to Iran next year. -Zamaneh - 4/25/10

UN: Iran's Withdrawal From Seeking Council Seat a Victory for Rights
Iran's withdrawal from the race for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council is a victory for human rights and those who seek a stronger UN human rights body, Human Rights Watch said today. However, further improvements to the council's membership require giving states a choice of candidates in all regions, Human Rights Watch said. - 4/25/10

Iran bans foreign names for national movies
"(Iranian) filmmakers do not possess the necessary familiarity with religion, so we will try to connect them to ulama and religious experts in order to make the cinema more fruitful in this regard," Shamaqdari noted. -MNA - 4/25/10

Iran, China Finance Ministers meet in Washington
Iranian and Chinese finance ministers met in the U.S. on Sunday and underlined plans to enhance economic ties and increase the mutual trade level to $20 billion. The Mehr News Agency reported that on the sidelines of the World Bank summit in Washington, Shamseddin Hosseni met Xie Xuren. - 4/25/10

Iranian technocrats, disillusioned with government, offer wealth of intelligence to U.S.
Iran's political turmoil has prompted a growing number of the country's officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a new flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program, U.S. officials said. -Washington Post - 4/25/10

Iranian Journalists Win Henri Nannen Press Award
The Henri Nannen Prize of Gruner and Jahr publishing house for special services rendered to press freedom has been awarded to Iranian journalists who are subject to violent reprisals in Iran for their journalistic activities. -Zamaneh - 4/24/10

3.8 million cars in Tehran are heavy polluters
Tehran Traffic Police Chief Hadi Hashemi stated that the 3.8 million cars in the capital Tehran are so rundown that they create the same pollution that 48 million standard cars would. -MNA - 4/24/10

Iran: Ministers to explain government's birth rate policy to Parliament
The health and welfare ministers will be called to the Majlis Health Committee to explain about the statements by some administration officials who defend encouraging population growth, an MP said on Saturday. - 4/24/10

Ahmadinejad Visits Security Council Member Uganda
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Uganda, a member of the United Nations Security Council, which may vote on additional sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities. -VOA - 4/24/10

Iran's oil supertanker rescued from hijack plot
Iran's Navy has foiled Somali pirates' plan to hijack an Iranian oil supertanker in the Gulf of Aden. The tanker was threatened by the pirates before it entered the Gulf of Aden a few days ago, and as soon as it entered the area, it was attacked by a fleet of 15 pirate boats. -MNA - 4/24/10

Iran's Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike in Evin Prison
Political prisoners in Section 350 of Iran's Evin Prison have started protest efforts to harsh prison conditions and issuance of unfair sentences by going on hunger strike on alternative days until the anniversary of Iran's controversial presidential elections on June 12. -Zamaneh - 4/23/10

Iranian Teachers To Go On Hunger Strike To Protest Sentences
Coordinating Council of Iranian Teacher Trade Associations has issued a statement to announce that a group of its members will go on a hunger strike in protest to "illegal execution and imprisonment sentences" handed to a number of teachers. -Zamaneh - 4/23/10

Mousavi: June15 peaceful protest was model of ideal society
In a meeting today with a group of religious-nationalist activists, Mousavi said: "To achieve our national interests and a desired society, there is no solution other than insisting on Green Movement. This is a process that needs patience, perseverance and call for great endurance against the hardships and challenges ahead." - 4/23/10

More hype about Iran?
We ought to keep this relatively minor "threat" in perspective, and not allow the usual threat-inflators to stampede us into another unnecessary war. -Stephen Walt - 4/23/10

Neocons, the MeK, and the Fight Against Iranian-Americans
If you are an Iranian-American and you have any interest in politics at all, then chances are that you are aware of the debate over the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Bloggers have filled page after page with their cases for or against NIAC, and countless hours of Farsi satellite television has been filled with the same. -Hooman Enayati - 4/23/10

Hardline MP Confirms Travel Ban For Iranian Opposition Leaders
Hamid Rasai, conservative Member of Parliament announced that the two Iranian opposition leaders, Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi are not allowed to leave the country. The hardline MP maintained that the three opposition figures' only aim in leaving the country would be to use international platforms to "keep the seditious movement alive." - 4/23/10

Iranian actor Bahram Radan becomes Ambassador Against Hunger
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed film star Bahram Radan as the first Iranian "National Ambassador against Hunger."  The young actor will support WFP in its fight against hunger. "I am truly honored to be the first National Ambassador for the country, and I am excited about working with WFP to help the world's hungry poor," said Bahram Radan. - 4/23/10

Pentagon: Iran Military Exercises 'Somewhat Routine'
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has launched annual naval, air and ground exercises in the Persian Gulf region, and a senior Iranian official said it would show off a new high-speed gunboat. Pentagon spokesman called the three-day exercises "somewhat routine," and predicted they will not impact U.S. naval operations in the area. -VOA - 4/23/10

Ahmadinejad Arrives in Zimbabwe; PM Tsvangirai's Party Protests
Sources in the party said neither Mr. Tsvangirai nor any other senior officials of his MDC grouping would attend the opening of the trade fair by Mr. Ahmadinejad, in effect mounting a boycott of the controversial visit. - 4/23/10

Iran: Rumours of Karoubi's ill health firmly denied
Rasoul Montakhabnia, senior member of Iran's National Trust Party announced his concern over "a hatching plot" against Mehdi Karoubi, secretary general of the reformist party. -Zamaneh - 4/23/10

Why economic sanctions on Iran won't work
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said at Columbia University that a military strike on Iran over its nuclear enrichment activities would be his "last option." He makes an excellent point, too often overlooked. -Juan Cole, Salon - 4/23/10

PU student tests theory with cleavage
One Purdue student is taking a light-hearted approach to testing a theory that immodestly dressed woman cause natural disasters. Senior Jennifer McCreight said "Boobquake" began as a silly way to counter an Iranian cleric's claim immodestly dressed and promiscuous women cause earthquakes. -WLFI - 4/23/10

Nourizad Writes His Forth Letter To The Supreme Leader From Evin Prison
Mohammad Nourizad, Iranian journalist and filmmaker who has been imprisoned for over four months for writing a number of critical letters to the Supreme Leader, has now written another letter to Ayatollah Khamenei from Evin Prison. - 4/22/10

Iranian Student Activist Remains In Solitary Confinement
An Iranian student activist whose case has become a symbol for opposition protests remains imprisoned in solitary confinement, his brother told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 4/22/10

Perhaps there is no other country as misunderstood as Iran is
No matter how hard some scholars and laypeople try to offer a different perspective, Iran does scare people who never visited it. Well, let's say that the present international political situation does not help much to erase prejudices and taboos, but what about the historical past? It is most surprising that people have so many wrong ideas about Iranian history as well. -Anna Vanzan - 4/22/10

Grand Ayatollah Sanei: The oppressors should not think they could silence the oppressed
Grand Ayatollah Sanei, senior religious figure and a supporter of the Green Movement, in a meeting with a group of students said: "Regretfully today some want Islam for their own personal lives, for their ranks and powers and for their own agendas; and have used the religion for their own benefit instead of serving their religion." - 4/22/10

Photos: IRGC starts military drills in Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz
IRGC's naval, air and ground forces take part in the Great Prophet 5 maneuver. -photos by Youness Khani - 4/22/10

Nuclear Iran: Wrong Focus!
In my three hour interview, Congressman Royce expressed that our approach in dealing with Iran shouldn't be silence in hopes that the Iranian government will abandon their nuclear weapons program. Instead, if the U.S. provides meaningful and non-invasive support for the pro-democracy movement in Iran, the threat of nuclear Iran will be resolved. -Sunny Zia - 4/22/10

Prominent Female Poet Not Included in Iran's Book Of Poets
Iran has recently published a book about prominent poets from Iran and the world, apparently without including Forugh Farrokhzad, regarded by many as the country's most influential female poet. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/22/10

Iranian authorities deny travel restrictions for Khatami, confirm arrest warrant for Rafsanjani's son
Iranian Minister of Intelligence announced that former president Mohammad Khatami is under no travel restrictions by the Islamic Republic. He maintained that the judiciary is in charge of issuing such travel restrictions and arrest warrants. -Zamaneh - 4/22/10

Persian Language TV Channel Stalled
The launch of a Persian language television channel by Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan has been postponed yet again despite an announcement in March that it was imminent. -Ebrahim Gilani, London - 4/22/10

Woodside woman's shooting death investigated as homicide
Parima Parineh was an artist who grew up in Tehran, Iran, and came to the United States when she was 22 years old after graduating from college, according to a website devoted to her painting. -San Jose Mercury - 4/22/10

Zimbabwe leaders split over visit of Iran's Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Zimbabwe, despite protests by the MDC party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. -BBC - 4/22/10

Iranian clergy urged to probe "torture" in Evin Prison
A group of Iranian political prisoners called on Iranian Shiite leaders to investigate and condemn the "physical, sexual and psychological torture" the detainee have endured during their detention. -Zamaneh - 4/21/10

Photos: The Deprived Coal Miners of Zarand, Kerman
The coal mine workers in the town of Zarand, Kerman province, continue their hard work with the least safety equipments and resources. Last year over 20 people lost their lives in mine accidents in Kerman. So far this year, one miner has died and another been injured. -Photos by Farzad Goori, MNA - 4/21/10

Photography Exhibition - Document: Iranian-Americans In Los Angeles
From October 2009 through January 2010, four documentary photographers - Farhad Parsa, Arash Saedinia, Parisa Taghizadeh, and Ramin Talaie focused their lenses on second-generation Iranian-Americans of Los Angeles, the world's largest population of expatriate Iranians. - 4/21/10

Suspensions Of Two Factions Aim To Cripple Iran Reform Drive
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has aimed his strongest blow yet at his political opposition by suspending two prominent reformist factions. If upheld by the judiciary, the April 19 suspension would mean that foes of Ahmadinejad within Iran's establishment would be able to seek power in elections only by running without an established political network. That would leave the authority in Iran firmly in the hands of hard-liners for the foreseeable future. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 4/21/10

A Sluggish Policy on Iran
The administration has mysteriously avoided engaging the Iranian government in a comprehensive fashion, instead employing a single-track, nuclear-obsessed and inevitably punitive approach, sans sufficiently credible evidence to bolster their argument, and likely at the behest of a certain lobby. -Toney A. Schloss - 4/21/10

Open Letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Members of the UN General Assembly
The Islamic Republic of Iran is signatory to the international covenants on Civil and Political Rights, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Rights of the Child. Sadly, however, it does not abide by its obligations, in law or in practice. -Shirin Ebadi - 4/21/10

Family Unfairly Sentenced to Death
Death sentences issued to three family members and two of their close associates after a politicized, unfair trial, at which only weak evidence was presented, reveal a continuing program of punishing post-election protestors and intimidating the population, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 4/21/10

Iran: Petition In Support Of Dismissed University Faculty Is Stolen!
A petition that had been arranged in protest to the dismissal of prominent and independent faculty members in the University of Science and Technology was stolen by "unknown" individuals overnight; this is while only the security had access to the Department of Electrical Engineering where the petition was kept. - 4/21/10

Mehdi Razavi photograph "NO WAR" awarded at Italian competition
Mehdi Razavi received the Angelo Molinari Foundation special prize granted to artists under the age of 29. - 4/21/10

Nuclear fuel swap can build trust: Iranian FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said breaking the impasse over a proposed nuclear fuel exchange would provide an opportunity to build trust between Iran and the West, while his Turkish counterpart Davutoglu said that Ankara is ready to make efforts to help break the deadlock over the nuclear fuel deal between Iran and the West. -MNA - 4/21/10

God's Own Sanction Against EU Countries: Divine retribution?
The hard-line Rajanews website has suggested that the recent eruption of Iceland's volcano and the cloud of ash that has led to travel chaos was God's reaction to attempts by European Union countries -- led "by the U.S., Britain, and the Zionist lobby" -- to impose tough economic sanctions against the Islamic republic. - 4/21/10

Iranian Women and the Struggle for Democracy
Throughout Iran's history, women have played influential roles. Archeological excavations at Shahr-e Sookhteh (Burnt City), a prehistoric settlement located in the present-day province of Sistan-Baluchestan, revealed that in the fourth and third millenniums BC, the city's women held high socioeconomic status. -Muhammad Sahimi, PBS - 4/21/10

Iran Exports to ASEAN Rise 31%
Iran's exports to The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states rose 31 percent in terms of volume in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20). Also, Iran exported 4.79 million tons of non-oil goods (excluding gas condensates) worth $3.069 billion to the Economic Cooperation Organization member states. -MNA - 4/21/10

New Concern Over Attack On Iran
There have been a series of events and statements that have begun to "escalate" the tension between the United States Iran lately. Accusations and threats, both direct and indirect, have been made--including actual threats of nuclear attack. As an Iranian-American, I am very concerned. -Paul Fogarty - 4/20/10

Islamic Republic bans top reformist organizations
Iran's top reformist parties, Islamic Iran Participation Front and Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution of Iran were shut down by the Islamic Republic's Article 10 Commission of political parties. -Zamaneh - 4/20/10

Iranian moderate cleric condemns government's baseless charges
Reformist Shiite leader, Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastgheib spoke out against the Islamic Republic's branding of election protesters as "mohareb" which according to Iranian law could carry the death penalty. Ayatollah Dastgheib maintained that "Mohareb is a person who violates people's right by pulling a gun, a knife or a weapon on them." - 4/20/10

Photos: The Strongest Men of Mashhad Competitions
These photos by Amin Khosroshahi presented here are from a competition held in Mashhad, northeastern Iran last week to decide the strongest men of the city. - 4/20/10

Threats Against Maziar Bahari Extend Repression to Iranian Diaspora
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today strongly condemned government threats against Maziar Bahari and warned against possible government sponsored violence targeting dissidents and activists abroad. - 4/20/10

Administration Supporters Worry About Rafsanjani's Participation at Friday Prayers
Just a day after former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani declared that he would participate in Tehran's Friday prayer sermons "when necessary," a website close to the administration, Raja News, reported that Rafsanjani would not deliver Friday prayer sermons and published interviews with two hardline administration supporters in the Majlis -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz Online - 4/20/10

Drinking Coffee In Tehran's 'Islands Of Forgetfulness'
Female vocals and the soft thud of chill-out beats mixes with the steam of the coffee maker, the jingle and clank of cups, and the chatter of young people. Over 10 years ago, there were very few coffee shops in the Iranian capital, but now they are everywhere and each person has at least one or two favorite places. -Ahmad, RFE - 4/20/10

Middle East's Outlook in the Next Decade
The Middle East enjoys high geopolitical importance as the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The region has been a cradle for civilizations, birthplace of three Ebrahimian religions, a hub of trade, a major base for vast empires, the source of 60 percent of the world's oil reserves... -Mohammad Hossein Hafeziyan - 4/20/10

Blackouts Threaten Iran
Iranians have been warned they face power blackouts this summer if the government does not pay billions of dollars it owes to electricity generators and contractors. -Ali Kheradpir, Paris - 4/20/10

Iran says Work Has Begun on New Nuclear Enrichment Plant
Plans to build 10 new Iranian enrichment facilities were announced in November, amid doubts from Western observers that Tehran had the capabilities to fulfill those plans. Tehran says it needs more highly enriched uranium for medical purposes. -VOA - 4/20/10

Debate Rages Over Iran's Nuclear Capability, Intentions
The Obama administration is wrestling with how the United States should deal with Iran, and in particular its purported ambition to become a nuclear-armed state. But, the challenge is all the greater because of the difficulty of getting solid intelligence on Iran's capabilities and intentions. -VOA - 4/20/10

Mother of Iranian cinema Kheirabadi dies at 86
Veteran actress Hamideh Kheirabadi, also known as Nadereh, died at her home late on Monday. She was 86. Kheirabadi was born in 1924 in Rasht. She began her artistic career in theater when she was 23 and played her first role in the movie "Patriot" in 1953. - 4/20/10

Former Revolutionary Guard appointed to post in Iran Judiciary
Iran's Head of Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, anounced Mohammad Bagher Zolghadar, former deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards as his new Social Protection and Crime Prevention deputy. -Zamaneh - 4/20/10

Iran: Students Condemn Arrest Of Filmmakers Panahi, Nourizad
The Islamic Society of the students of the cinema and theater department of Tehran's Art University has condemned the jailing of two Iranian filmmakers, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Nourizad, and criticized artists for their silence over the pair's jailing. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/19/10

Iran: Another reformist newspaper banned
Reformist newspaper Bahar was closed down by the Press Supervisory Board of the Islamic Republic in the latest attack on reformist media. -Zamaneh - 4/19/10

Senior Iranian reformists setenced to long prison terms
Mostafa Tajzadeh, Davoud Soleymani and Mohsen Mirdamadi have each been sentenced to six years in prison as well as ten years of ban from political and media activity. - 4/19/10

MY FAREWELL
For seven years I have devoted my Home Page specifically to addressing the political entanglements between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, under the umbrella title of Iran in the Crosshairs and at the Crossroads. -Kam Zarrabi - 4/19/10

Iran's Untapped Soft Power Potentials
Soft power is a rather new concept in politics and international relations offering a more abstract and immaterial image of power, which is usually associated with its hard aspect. Special methods are used to influence subjects of the soft power without using coercion by attracting or convincing the people who are addressed by this new form of power. -Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh - 4/19/10

Iran's Khatami publishes text of address to Hiroshima's InterAction Council after travel ban
Following the ban imposed on Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, former president, from travelling to Japan to participate in the 28th Annual Meeting of the InterAction Council in Hiroshima, transcript of the speech he was supposed to give was published by his official website - 4/19/10

Nuclear Weapons; Source of Global Panic
Studies and experiences gained during World War II have clearly proven that weapons of mass destruction are not only inhuman, but also inefficient and a world free of such weapons will be, no doubt, more stable and more secure. -Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour - 4/19/10

Photos: The Beautiful Nature - Spring in Kermanshah
Kermanshah Province is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the west of the country, bordering Iraq. Kermanshah has a continental climate. The estimated population of the city is 822,921(year 2005) and the majority of the inhabitants speak Persian as well as Kurdish. -Photos by Saber Karimi, ISNA - 4/19/10

Iran and democracy in the midst of a media-war: How the U.S. and its allies can help the green movement in Iran
For more than 30 years now, living in chaos and crisis, the Islamic Republic have pressed to stifle different voices in Iran in order to make a homogenous obedient society. Nonetheless, there are different voices, despite the suppression, finding a way out to be raised to the world and be heard besides the only horrifying messages of a de facto dictatorship. -Ali Reza Majlesi - 4/19/10

Iran Seeks Talks On Nuke Fuel Swap
Iran plans to hold talks with all members of the UN Security Council in an effort to break a deadlock over a planned uranium exchange deal. -RFE - 4/19/10

Azeris and the Green Movement
Eight months have passed since the start of the anti-dictatorial movement in Iran. This movement, which began by protesting the results of the presidential election, now promises fundamental changes in our society's political life by giving voice to demands for democracy and freedom -Tehran Bureau - 4/19/10

Iranian Postage Stamps, Owning a Piece of History
Whenever I read about a terrorist state, an exotic country, or a country that no one recognizes, I like to know what their stamps and coins look like. Many dictatorships use at least some of their postage stamps for propaganda purposes. -Indyposted - 4/19/10

New York - The Ballet of Zal and Rudabeh
A timeless Persian tale of forbidden love and war from Shah-Nameh, an epic tale of Romance, War, Triumph and the transcendental power of love narrated in English and Persian. Choreographed by award-winning director Anna Djanbazian of the Los Angeles-based, Djanbazian Dance Company. - 4/18/10

Prominent Iranian filmmaker Sentenced To Prison
Iran's reformist daily "Sharq" is reporting that prominent filmmaker, journalist and blogger Mohammad Nourizad has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and 50 lashes. -RFE - 4/18/10

Aerial Photos of Golestan Province, Iran
Golestan is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the north-east of the country, south of the Caspian Sea. Its capital is Gorgan. It was split off from the province of Mazandaran in 1997. It has a population of 1.7 million (2005) and an area of 20,380 km square. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 4/18/10

Iran Worries About Soaring Divorce Rate
Iran has launched an online "marriage college" to try to stem a soaring divorce rate that is worrying officials. The National Youth Organization, NYO, which is supervised by the government, will award graduates of the college a marriage license and plans to make this certificate compulsory before anyone can tie the knot. -Mehdi Baghernejad, Tehran - 4/18/10

Photos: Iran's Army Day
Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the power of Iran's army is deterrent power. "Iran's army is so mighty today that no enemy can have foul thought of invading Iran's territory," Ahmadinejad said on the 31st anniversary of Iran's Army Day. - 4/18/10

Iranian Political Prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh Hospitalized
Mostafa Tajzadeh, senior member of the Participation Front and Mojahedin for Islamic Revolution, and the former deputy of Internal Ministry during Khatami administration, was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit following the sudden deterioration of his lumbar disc disease and some other health problems. - 4/18/10

Iranian opposition leader urges supporters to counter State's media restrictions
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi called on supporters of the Green Movement to counter the attacks on the freedom of the press by replacing every banned weblog with "tens of weblogs for defending the people's rights." -Zamaneh - 4/18/10

Afghans On Iran's Death Row Describe Their Plight
Ahmad, who prefers not to use his real name, is a 16-year-old Afghan jailed in Iran. He tells the story of his arrest for possessing 200 grams of drugs, which he insists were planted on him. Now, the teenager tells RFE/RL by telephone from his Iranian jail cell, he has virtually no hope of ever getting back home alive. -RFE - 4/18/10

Protests in Iran's Parliament Against Khatami's Travel Restrictions
The Minority Faction of the Iranian parliament protested against the travel ban issued against former president, Mohammad Khatami and called on the judiciary to confront this "unjust" action. -Zamaneh - 4/18/10

Penatagon Says U.S. Has Iran Options
The U.S. Defense Department says Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes President Barack Obama and his national security team "have spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort considering and preparing for the full range of contingencies" regarding Iran's nuclear program. -RFE - 4/18/10

Picnicking on Mount Vesuvius?
Tensions are rising in Lebanon between elected representatives in Parliament, 'Unity' Cabinet members and the American Embassy, as the 27th anniversary of the attack 1983 attack on the US Embassy approaches and the Embassy issues another warning for Americans to leave Lebanon. -Franklin Lamb - 4/18/10

Human Rights Group Demands Closure of Evin Prison Court
The Iranian Judiciary should immediately halt the operation of a recently-established "special court" at Evin prison, which confines judges and magistrates to the prison complex and denies lawyers and families any access to judicial proceedings, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said on April 14. - 4/17/10

Iranian prisoners to protest conditions through hunger strike
A group of recent Iranian detainees have announced that they will go on a "hunger strike" until their "legal" demands for just and rightful treatment are met by the authorities. -Zamaneh - 4/17/10

"Jersey Shore" Targets Iranians: Reaction and Concern
A press release has recently surfaced stating that a "Jersey Shore" like reality show, produced by the same production company, Doron Ofir Casting, is in the works casting Iranian-Americans for "The Persian Version." While this may at first seem humorous and innocent, in reality this may produce some unintended consequences. -Nakkisa Akhavan and Mehrdad Bokhour - 4/17/10

Cleric MP defies Ahmadinejad on plans to raise birth rate
Ahmadinejad has said his government plans to pay 1000 dollars for every child born in the current year and increase it by 100 dollars each year. - 4/17/10

Iran Calls For New Body To Oversee Nuclear Disarmament
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has opened a sparsely attended two-day nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran with a call for a new global body to oversee the process. - 4/17/10

Iranian judiciary issues arrest warrant for son of powerful cleric Rafsanjani
In the post-election events, in what the opposition and human rights groups described as "show trials", a number of defendants named Mehdi Hashemi as one of the instigators of the post-election turmoil. -Zamaneh - 4/17/10

Why Was Khatami 'Recommended' Not To Leave Iran?
The move seems to be part of the Iranian establishment's campaign of pressuring opposition leaders and their supporters. Behind the government's "recommendation" that Khatami not travel abroad is likely an attempt to prevent the reformist and charismatic ex-president from getting international media attention. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/17/10

Brazil, India, South Africa insist on Iran right to nuclear technology
Brazil, India and South Africa, three heavyweights in three continents, agreed in a trilateral summit Thursday that more diplomacy was required in the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West, according to a report posted on africasia website. - 4/17/10

The Hijab-Adultery-Earthquake Link
The temporary Friday prayer leader of Tehran, Kazem Seddighi, said on Friday that "women who don't have a suitable appearance" attract young men and lead to the spreading of adultery in the Iranian society which -- according to the cleric -- increases the risk of earthquakes. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/17/10

Iran seeks compensation from British Museum over refusal to lend the Cyrus Cylinder
The British Museum said that the decision to postpone sending the artifact to Iran was made due to a recent discovery of two cuneiform tablets in BM's collection of Babylonian art, which contain passages with remarkable similarities to those found on the cylinder. But Iran saw political reasons for the delay as it occurred in the wake of turmoil following Iran's disputed presidential election. -MNA - 4/17/10

Malaysia denies halting fuel exports to Iran
Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister, has denied reports that Malaysia has stopped sale of petrol to Iran saying there has merely been no requests for fuel from Iran since March. -Zamaneh - 4/17/10

Chinese Companies Pursue 'Talk Now, Invest Later' With Iran
Companies around the globe have been reducing ties with Iran ahead of possible new U.N. sanctions against Tehran's controversial nuclear program. But a Chinese-owned company is taking a different approach on trade with Iran. -VOA - 4/17/10

Russia's Pivovarov named as Iran water polo coach
Stanislav Pivovarov was appointed as Iran water polo coach on Saturday. The Russian penned a one-year contract with the Iran Amateur Swimming Federation (IASF). -MNA - 4/17/10

Lut Desert: The Quietest and Cleanest Place in Iran!
Our friend Mehrdad - also known as the Desert Fox - was full of enthusiasm and excitement when he came to tell us about his recent trip. He and a few others had done what nobody else had done before. He told us how, after 6 expeditions he had at last achieved his dream, which he had started some 12 years ago. -By Syma Sayyah, Paul Sanford, and Mehrdad Ghazvinian - 4/16/10

PARSA CF Announces 2010 Norooz Grantees!
PARSA Community Foundation is delighted to celebrate Norooz by announcing the twenty-one recipients of the 2010 Norooz grant cycle who are being awarded a total of $200,000 in grants. This brings the total competitive grants awarded by PARSA CF to more than $750,000 over the past four years. - 4/16/10

Iranian Official Says Filmmaker Panahi Detained For Security Reasons
Security and judicial authorities said Panahi was about to produce a movie dealing with the crackdown on opposition activists that began after Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2009. They said the movie contributed to disorder in the country. -RFE - 4/16/10

Interview with Davar Iran Ardalan - The Civic Journalist
Many of us choose to shorten our name or have nicknames for a variety of reasons. Too long a name, hard to pronounce, but what about being named after a country that was holding Americans hostage? That was the dilemma that Davar Iran Ardalan had as a teenager in 1980 and not surprisingly, she chose to drop Iran from her name. -Pirouz Maghsoudnia - 4/16/10

Iranian political detainees suffering ill health
Media reports indicate that some Iranian political detainees are suffering from severe health conditions in prison. Reportedly, some of the detainees who were temporarily released, spent their furlough in the hospital and many who remain in custody are also in need of hospitalization. -Zamaneh - 4/16/10

Interview: Mojtaba Vahedi on why President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad May Not Finish his term in office
Mojtaba Vahedi is a senior advisor to opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi. Vahedi recently came to study in the United States and spoke to insideIRAN.org from Washington. - 4/16/10

Iranian journalist Jila Bani Yaghoob wins "Freedom of expression" award sponsored by Reporters without borders
Iranian blogger, journalist and women's rights activist Jila Bani Yaghoob was awarded the "Reporters Without Borders, Freedom of expression" prize for her blog "We are journalists" at the sixth international "Best of the Blogs" event held in Berlin by German radio Deutsche Welle from 13 to 15 April. - 4/16/10

Beneath the Veil at the Lincoln Center
Symbolically entitled "Beneath the Veil," Apick's work delves beyond the western stereotypes of the repressive headscarf, revealing the powerful, true stories of ten different women of all ages who face oppression in the Middle East, especially Iran. - 4/16/10

Malaysia Says Suspends Gasoline Supplies To Iran
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak says Malaysia's state-run oil company has suspended gasoline supplies to Iran due to that country's continuing standoff with the international community over its nuclear program. -RFE - 4/16/10

Iran: Mohammad Khatami condemns coersion of newly released detainees
Former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami spoke out against government pressure on newly released Iranian political prisoners "to denounce their connections with certain movements and public figures." - 4/16/10

Interview: Helping Iranians Beat Internet Censorship
San Francisco-based Censorship Research Center says the U.S. government has approved the export of antifiltering software designed to help Iranians defy the censors. The center has developed "Haystack," software that lets web users access filtered websites such as Facebook and YouTube -RFE - 4/16/10

Iranian playing in NBA scores with America
From nuclear weapons to human rights, the image of Iran is quite negative in America. But with little fanfare, one Iranian man has won hearts and cheers battling Americans on the court in basketball arenas around the country. -CNN - 4/16/10

Iranian police seize over 557 tons of drugs in a year
"The anti-drug police succeeded in confiscating 557 tons and 622 kilos of various kinds of illicit drugs in the country last year," National Drug Control Headquarters Director Brigadier General Hamidreza Hosseinabadi told the Mehr News Agency in Tehran on Friday. - 4/16/10

Underground Musicians Fight The Man In Tehran
Many things are forbidden in Iran -- and in Iranian cinema. The title of No One Knows About Persian Cats was inspired by Iran's ban on cats and dogs in public, but it's actually about another taboo subject: secular music. -NPR - 4/16/10

Dr. Strangelove, Made in Israel
Dr. Lani Kass, who is the senior Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz, was born, raised, and educated in Israel and then served in that country's military where she reached the rank of major. She has a PhD in Russian studies but advises Air Force Generals on Cyberwarfare, terrorism, and the Middle East. -Antiwar - 4/16/10

The Politics of UN Human Rights Council and Iran's Candidacy
The Islamic Republic of Iran, in a provocative act, has announced its candidacy for the United Nation Human Rights Council, a UN organization based in Geneva. The candidacy of Iran comes at a time that during the last 10 months, Iranians are experiencing one of the darkest periods of human rights violations since 1979 revolution. -Elahe Amani - 4/15/10

Panahi's Crime: Supporting Peace
Iran's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi told Rooz on Monday that the reason prominent film director Jafar Panahi was arrested and remains behind prison bars is that he is against war. In the exclusive interview Ebadi specifically said that one of the charges against Panahi was that he was a member of Iran's National Peace Council and that he had working relations with the Center for the Defenders of Human Rights. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 4/15/10

Iran: 'University Is Alive'
Students at Allameh Tabatabei on April 13 are said to have protested a visit by senior presidential aide Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh. Iranian news websites report that students called for the release of their jailed friends and held banners with pictures of jailed Allameh student Majid Dorri. One banner reportedly said "University Is Alive." -RFE - 4/15/10

Iran Opposition Leader Slams Ahmadinejad's Obama Remarks
Former Iranian presidential candidate and opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi has criticized Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's recent comments about U.S. President Barack Obama, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 4/15/10

Tribute to Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri 1928-1980
Sohrab Sepehri was born in Kashan - Iran. His poetry is full of humanity and concern for human values. He loved nature and refers to it frequently. - 4/15/10

Iran's Esteghlal defeats Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli, qualifies for ACL next stage
Iran's Esteghlal secured its place in the next stage of the Asian Champions League (ACL) with a 2-1 victory over Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. -MNA - 4/15/10

Photos: National Festival Of Camel, Shahrood
The national festival of Camel was held on Tuesday in Shahrood's Camel Breeding and Research Center in the presence of state officials, researchers and experts. City of Shahrood is located in Semnan province in northern Iran. -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei, MNA - 4/15/10

Former Iranian President Khatami Barred From Leaving Iran
Iranian authorities have barred former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, from leaving Iran, a "knowledgeable source" has informed Parleman news. Reportedly, the opposition leader was scheduled to leave tonight, Thursday night, to attend the annual meeting on nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima. -Zamaneh - 4/15/10

Nuclear weapons no longer a deterrent: Iranian official
The Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One conference, which will be held in the Iranian capital from April 17 to 18, will revolve around three major themes, namely challenges of nuclear disarmament, international commitments toward nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and practical approaches for the realization of nuclear disarmament -MNA - 4/15/10

Ahmadinejad Writes Letter to Obama: "Iran is your only chance"
Ahmadinejad made the announcement in an interview televised live on Channel One of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting on Tuesday night. He said that Iran is the "only chance" for Obama to realize his change motto. -Press TV - 4/15/10

France rejects US extradition bid for Iranian engineer
French prosecutors have rejected a US request to extradite an Iranian engineer accused by US authorities of illegally exporting military technology to Iran. -Press TV - 4/15/10

Daimler to cut off business ties to Iran
Daimler announced that it plans to sell its 30 percent stake in the Iranian Diesel Engine Manufacturing. Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said: "The policies of the current Iranian leadership have compelled us to put our business relationship with that country on a new footing." -Zamaneh - 4/15/10

FACTBOX-Iran's crude export and fuel import customers
Iran, the world's fifth-largest crude oil exporter, is under pressure to cease its nuclear programme as the West steps closer to imposing a tougher sanctions regime on the Islamic republic.The following are some details about Iran's principal energy partners and joint projects: -Reuters - 4/15/10

The Iranian Struggle for Freedom from Tyranny Is a Constitutional Mandate
The February 2010 travel of Ali Ardeshir Larijani, the Speaker of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to Japan for discussions about Iran's nuclear enrichment program received moderate media attention. To the Iranian nationals, however, more interesting than the overseas trip and the resulting Japanese offer, was the delegation accompanying the Speaker. -Sousan Alemansour - 4/14/10

Iranian Bloggers Publicize Cases Of Lesser-Known Prisoners
Iranian bloggers supporting the opposition movement have launched a new campaign aimed at publicizing the plight of the lesser-known prisoners who have been jailed in the postelection unrest. -RFE - 4/14/10

Iranian detainees return to prison after leave
Prominent Iranian post-election detainees who were temporarily released from prison report back to prison, to serve their prison terms, according to reformist websites.-Zamaneh - 4/14/10

Obama's Test on Iran
The signing of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signals a further shift in the focus of America's nuclear strategy from her former Cold War foes to so-called rogue states, notably Iran. Whilst President Obama's instincts will ensure he does everything in his power to avoid military conflict with Iran he is up against hawkish elements not just within Congress but within his own party. -Stefan Simanowitz, UK - 4/14/10

Exiled Iranian Journalist Awarded $500,000 Milton Friedman Liberty Prize
Akbar Ganji, an Iranian writer and journalist who spent 6 years in a Tehran prison for advocating a secular democracy and exposing government involvement in the assassination of individuals who opposed Iran's theocratic regime, has been named the 2010 winner of the Cato Institute's Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. - 4/14/10

NEIU Teaching Award-winner Hamid Akbari to Give Presentation on "Teaching as Dream Weaving"
Hamid Akbari, professor and chair, management, at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), has been named the winner of the 2009 Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Award at Northeastern Illinois University. A celebration in his honor and a presentation about teaching by Akbari will be held on Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the NEIU Recital Hall. - 4/14/10

Sadighi's iconic sculptures deteriorating
Fereidun Sadighi, the son of great sculptor Abolhassan Khan Sadighi has warned of the dangers his father's sculptures are facing. Tehran's statues of Ferdowsi and Khayyam are in danger, facing serious damage from exposure by remaining outdoors, he told the Persian service of Fars. - 4/14/10

Iranian cartoonist awarded at Portuguese festival
Iranian cartoonist Mahmood Azadnia was awarded at the 12th PortoCartoon World Festival. He won the Second Prize Portocartoon, 2500 Euro which is partially in money and partially a visit to Portugal. - 4/14/10

Obama: China Considering New Iran Nuclear Sanctions
While 47 nations attended Tuesday's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, much of the day's attention focused on two countries which were not invited-Iran and North Korea. U.S. President Barack Obama says China, which has opposed further sanctions against Iran, is now sincerely considering them. -VOA - 4/14/10

Iran accuses US of "blackmail"
IRNA news agency reported that Iran has put in a formal complaint to the United Nations over the comments of US President Barack Obama which Tehran considers to be "nuclear blackmail. -Zamaneh - 4/14/10

Northern California - Festival of the Silk Road 2010
Saturday May 8, 2010 in San Jose: Concert of Dance, Music & Poetry from Central Asia and the Silk Road. Fun for the whole family!! A stellar cast of Bay Area world dance and music groups, a Silk Road bazaar, Art Exhibit, and many special guests. - 4/14/10

Update on third trial session of Iranian Baha'i leaders
Details are emerging from yesterday's court appearance in Tehran of seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders. The Baha'i International Community has learned that when the prisoners arrived at the court, their families were not allowed to enter, signaling a closed hearing. -BWNS - 4/14/10

World Leaders Discuss Fresh Iran Sanctions
World leaders have discussed the possibility of fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States is pushing for strong and timely sanctions that have consequences. -RFE - 4/14/10

Iran, Brazil set $4b trade target
Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari and Brazilian Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Miguel Jorge in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday agreed to raise the two-way trade to $4 billion annually from the current $1 billion. - 4/14/10

Daimler cuts links with Iran over political situation
Daimler is to divest its 30% stake in an engine company in Iran as part of a wider review of links to the country. -BBC - 4/14/10

Survival of the "Fittest"
The first characteristic feature of the fittest appears to be a greater capacity for telling lies! The higher this capacity, the fittest appears to be the person. "If you don't wish to be betrayed, wear the same color the crowd wears," says a Persian proverb, because truthfulness and honesty involves a great risk, particularly when living under totalitarian despotic tyrannical systems with the accompanying social culture, to the extent that sometimes even the survival instinct may not allow one to take the risk! " -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 4/13/10

Iranian professors fired from universities
Two Iranian university professors were fired from Iran University of Science & Technology, Kalameh Website reports. Aliasghar Beheshti Shirazi, a telecommunications lecturer and Mohammad Shahri, electrical engineering lecturer received their official dismissal letters from University management. -Zamaneh - 4/13/10

Arman Emami's USB Clip wins red dot product design 2010
Winner of design concept competition in 2009 achieves great success in the red dot product design 2010. Mixing the digital domain with the traditional paper one, the USB Clip is a paper clip with a built-in mini USB data storage function. - 4/13/10

World Edges Towards Sanctions on Iran
Iran faces fresh trade measures as United States and allies tire of delays over nuclear issue. United States policy toward Iran has moved from courtship to renewed confrontation as hopes for a resolution of the nuclear issue have faded. -Barbara Slavin, Washington - 4/13/10

Spain's University of Alicante to host seminar on Iranian poet Sadi
The Spain's University of Alicante will be playing host to a seminar on Sadi opening on April 22. Iranians annually commemorate Sheikh Muslih od-Din Sadi Shirazi (C. 1213-1291), one of the greatest figures of classical Persian literature, on April 21, which has been named Sadi Day. - 4/13/10

Iran declares new formula for uranium swap
The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country is ready to exchange one ton of 3.5 percent enriched uranium with 100 kilograms of enriched uranium with 20 percent purity. -ISNA - 4/13/10

Hu, Obama Discuss Iran Nuclear Program
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have discussed Iran's nuclear program on the sidelines of the nuclear safety summit in Washington. White House national security aide Jeff Bader said Beijing expressed a willingness to work with Washington. -RFE - 4/13/10

Decentralization of Tehran a better response to quake threat: expert
A professor of geophysics says that the proposal to transfer people from Tehran is not a proper response to the threat of a major earthquake. Instead of decreasing Tehran's population, the administration should try to decentralize its activities and move some of its activities away from Tehran, Bahram Akasheh told the Mehr News Agency on Monday. - 4/13/10

Obama Opens 47-Nation Nuclear Security Summit
President Barack Obama says the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit he is hosting here in Washington will produce specific, concrete actions to make the world safer. The president says he wants new commitments to secure nuclear materials to keep them out of the hands of terrorists. -VOA - 4/13/10

Iranians buy shares of Chinese banks
Iran's private sector has bought shares of some Chinese banks in order to resolve some banking and financial issues between the two countries' private sectors. - 4/13/10

Ahmadinejad calls for UN Chief to probe into September 11 attack, NATO's role in Afghanistan
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon to appoint a fact-finding committee on major elements behind September 11 attack. He also called for probe into NATO intention for presence in Afghanistan and Iraq and results of nine-year presence and conflic. -ISNA - 4/13/10

Kianush Asa's Mother: I Will Not Stay Silent Until My Son's Murder is Punished
The mother of Kianush Asa, an Elm va Sanat (Science and Industry) University student who was shot and killed on June 15 demanded in an interview with Rooz that those responsible for her son's murder and the perpetrators be identified and prosecuted. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 4/12/10

Iranian films at 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival
April 22 - May 6, 2010: This year there are three Iranian films participating in the festival; Nader Takmil Homayoun's TEHROUN, Mohammad Rasoulof's THE WHITE MEADOWS, and Babak Jalali's FRONTIER BLUES. - 4/12/10

So, We Are Terrorists!
I asked her first and she replied that she is German. Correspondingly, she began guessing about me, before I told her myself, and all of her guesses, one after another, were wrong: Lebanese, Turkish, Azeri, Arab and Russian. I told her that I'm Iranian. She remained silent and somewhat in shock for a few seconds, and suddenly yelled with excitement: Oh! So, you are a terrorist!" -Kourosh Ziabari - 4/12/10

Members of Iranian reformist group handed prison terms
Mohsen Safai Farahani, senior member of the reformist group, Islamic Iran Participation Front was sentenced to five years in prison by the appellate court. Another Participation Front member, Ali Tajernia was also handed a final decision by the appellate court receiving a one year prison term -Zamaneh - 4/12/10

Campaign Against Iran Sanctions Grows Within Political Right and Left
Many policymakers feel that sanctions will be ineffective, though for widely varying reasons. Some, such as Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) support President Obama's efforts to resolve the issue diplomatically. Increasing sanctions, Rep. Ellison argues, would strengthen rather than harm the regime, both politically and economically. -Shayan Ghajar, insideIRAN - 4/12/10

Exhibition: Sleep Walking by Mehran Saber at Tehran's Aaran Gallery
Paintings of Mehran Saber appear to be reactions to a world apparently without meaning, humans control, or even menaced by an invisible outside force. Characters caught in hopeless situations are forced to do repetitive and meaningless actions. In his works, reality is dismissed and even Surrealism is distorted. - 4/12/10

Iran: Intelligence Agents Pressure Judiciary for Harsh Sentences
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry is manipulating the judicial process by forcing the issuance of harsh and long sentences for activists regardless of the lack of credible evidence against them, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said on April 10. - 4/12/10

Iran: Ayatollah Rafsanjani backs Hassan Khomeini
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's support of the Institute along with Hassan Khomeini is significant since both have been repeated targets of criticism and attack by the conservative faction of the Islamic Republic in the post-election events. - 4/12/10

Obama Hosts Unprecedented International Nuclear Summit
U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting a summit of 47 countries for unprecedented nuclear security talks aimed at developing a strategy to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists. -VOA - 4/12/10

Ahmadinejad offers incentives to reduce Tehran's population
Ahmadinejad announced on Sunday that his administration plans to reduce the population of Tehran by offering various incentives. The administration will grant loan, land and subsidy for those Tehranis who move to other cities, said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with the directors the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation. -MNA - 4/12/10

Over 30 foreign firms in Tehran Oil show
There has been a 10 percent increase in the number of foreign firms attending the fair, adding that 929 Iranian companies had registered, the Mehr News Agency reported on Monday. - 4/12/10

Iranian Tankers Expand Oil Storage to Echo 2008 Surge
Iran, OPEC's second-biggest crude producer, expanded the number of supertankers being used to store surplus oil, echoing a program that contributed to a tripling of freight rates two years ago. -Bloomberg - 4/12/10

Iranian journalists demand release of their peers
A group of Iranian journalists called on Iran's Head of Judiciary to release their detained colleagues and to reinstate the Association of Journalists of Iran. - 4/11/10

KNIGHTHOOD : Major 'Billy' the Qajar "Goat Mascot"
The tradition of animal mascots is not unique to the British Army. It is often a humorous way of breaking the ice between officers and soldiers of all ranks conditioned by the rigidity of Army life. It is also an opportunity for the military to pay an affectionate tribute to the animal kingdom... -Darius KADIVAR - 4/11/10

Reformist group urges action for political detainees
Kalameh reports that the Mojahedin Organization contends that many political prisoners are currently suffering ""dire conditions" in jail and those in power are trying to "ignore" the existence of these political prisoners. - 4/11/10

Iran to lodge complaint at UN over Obama's nuclear threat
Iran plans to submit a formal complaint to the United Nations over the U.S. president's nuclear threat against the country. - 4/11/10

Photos: Iran's Mersad Advanced Air Defense System and Shahin Missiles
Iran's first advanced anti-aircraft system has become operational, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday. The Mersad air defense system is capable of hitting modern aircraft flying at low and medium altitudes, Vahidi told reporters. - 4/11/10

Iran: Supreme Leader Slams US Nuke Threats
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei slams US President Barack Obama for implicitly threatening Iran with a "nuclear attack." In a meeting with top military commanders on Sunday Ayatollah Khamenei said certain powers reply on their strength out of pride and therefore lose their authority. - 4/11/10

Iran Vows to Seek Nuclear Free World
Iran's Foreign Ministry says Tehran will seek a world free of nuclear weapons when it holds an international nuclear summit next Saturday. -VOA - 4/11/10

Ghotbi will stay on as Iran's football coach: IFF
Afshin Ghotbi will carry on as Iran's national team football coach in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup , president of the Iran Football Federation (IFF) confirmed on Sunday. -MNA - 4/11/10

Attorney of three Americans detained in Iran refutes espionage charges
Massoud Shafii, defense attorney to the three imprisoned Americans in Iran, maintained that "espionage" charges against his clients are completely unfounded and insisted that their only offence is "illegal" entry through the border. -Zamaneh - 4/11/10

Iran Khodro, Saipa to be privatized: official
Shares of the two major Iranian carmakers, Iran Khodro and Saipa, are to be offered to the public by June 20, the Iranian Privatization Organization deputy director announced here on Sunday. -MNA - 4/11/10

Interview: 'Support Journalists Who Were Forced To Flee Iran'
Iranian photojournalist Hasan Sarbakhshian is among the dozens of journalists who fled Iran following last year's disputed presidential vote. Sarbakhshian, who is currently living in Washington, says he was forced to leave Iran after the authorities refused to renew his press card after working for 10 years as a photographer for the Associated Press. - 4/10/10

Photos: A visit to a traditional bathhouse in Tehran
It will be a memorable experience to pay a visit to one of the few remaining public bathhouses in Iran. Especially for the dinosaurs among us, like yours truly, who grew up in the age of public bathhouses, the visit will bring back many memories :-) Perhaps on the next trip to Iran, I'll be brave enough to once again set foot in one of these bathhouses and hold a reunion there! -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei - 4/10/10

Interview: Iran Nuclear Chief On New Centrifuge, Dummy Fuel
On the day Iran celebrates its nuclear achievements and announces its advancements in this technology, Press TV interviewed the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi. - 4/10/10

Persian Kings finish 1st in Thailand futsal tourney
Iran crowned champion of the Thailand 5's 2010 Four Nations Tournament on Saturday. In the match held in Udon Thani's Centara Hotel Iran beat Argentina 3-1 and won the championship. -MNA - 4/10/10

A Trial In Tehran: Their Only 'Crime' -- Their Faith
Of the hundreds of political prisoners in Iranian jails, there is one group, probably the only one, who have been tried and imprisoned not for attending demonstrations and not for writing and speaking publicly against the government, but simply for being members of a persecuted faith: the Baha'is. -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 4/10/10

US to retain 90 nukes on Iran border
As Washington and Moscow sign a new arms reduction treaty, skepticism arises in Turkey as to whether those cuts will include US atomic warheads stored in the country. -Press TV - 4/10/10

Iran female karate athletes to compete in Asian Championships with headscarves
Asian Karate Confederation agreed Iranian female athletes compete in Asian Championships in Hong Kong with Islamic headscarves. -ISNA - 4/10/10

Tehran to host The 15th International Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Exhibition
The 15th international exhibition of oil, gas & petrochemical industries and products will be held at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds during April 23-26. - 4/10/10

Iranian Kurds Complain Of Crackdown On Activists
The Iranian-based Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan says its members are being prosecuted because of their human rights activities -RFE - 4/10/10

Iran To Resume Wheat Exports
Iran will resume exports of wheat after three years in the current calendar year as the nation is expected to harvest 9-12 million tons of the product, the deputy commerce minister stated. -MNA - 4/10/10

Photos: Iran's First Bus Rally
For the first time, a bus race is taking place in Iran. 54 city buses, old and new, are participating in the race which started in Tehran. The buses will go through the provinces of Qazvin, Gilan, Ardebil, East Azerbaijan before returning to Tehran. Each bus has two drivers and their wives will accompany them as map readers. The race will go from March 9 to 14. -Photos by Azin Haghighi - 4/9/10

Seven-question survey on the use of Iranian flag abroad
With growing and sustained number of Iranian cultural and community events outside Iran and as typified by those in the U.S., there has emerged a cordially meaningful debate among Iranians in Diaspora as to the appropriate adoption of a national symbolic flag of Iran for such events. Recent articles on the topic of Flag confirm that most Iranians abroad still feel passionately about their country of origin, their culture, and about one flag or another. - 4/9/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Khatami Warns of Further Social Crises
Mohammad Khatami who was speaking for a group of students at the University of Tehran expressed concern that the mistaken policies of the government may lead young people away from "the essence of the Revolution." -Zamaneh - 4/9/10

Iran's "Silent Protesters" Fear Foreign Intervention
Many Iranians who are sympathetic towards the opposition Green Movement hesitate to participate in the protests staged since last June's disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because they fear the alternative could be worse. -Yasaman Baji, Tehran - 4/9/10

Iranian Banks Under Military Control
Many economic observers connect the establishment of private banks by the military to related to issues such as money laundering and international sanctions. -Ardalan Sayami, Rooz online - 4/9/10

Rift Reported Between Qom Clerics, Iranian President
A reformist Iranian cleric close to the religious establishment in the holy city of Qom says several of the city's top clerics refused to meet Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad during a recent visit, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 4/9/10

Some Iranians Watching Kyrgyz Developments With Envy
Some Iranians have been watching the events in Kyrgyzstan with interest, while drawing parallels with the post-election crisis in their own country. They have expressed envy over what they see as the success of the Kyrgyz opposition to oust the government and frustration over the failure of Iran's opposition Green movement to bring changes. -RFE - 4/9/10

Iran Sanctions Negotiations Begin in New York
Ambassadors of the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany met in New York Thursday for the first round of negotiations on possible new sanctions against Iran for its suspect nuclear program. The ambassadors met behind closed doors for nearly three hours at the British mission to the United Nations. -VOA - 4/9/10

Ahmadinejad, The Rainmaker
During his recent visit on April 7 to Orumyeh in Iran's Western Azerbaijan province, Iranian President Ahmadinejad prayed for rain. And as soon as he finished his speech, rain drops began falling. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/9/10

Iranian Leaders Criticize New Threat of International Sanctions
Ahmadinejad slammed remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama in Prague that Russia and the United States are "working together at the U.N. Security Council to pass strong sanctions on Iran." -VOA - 4/9/10

Israeli PM Netanyahu pulls out of US nuclear summit
Mr Netanyahu made the decision after learning that Egypt and Turkey intended to raise the issue of Israel's presumed nuclear arsenal, the officials said. -BBC - 4/9/10

Photos: New Classrooms for "Bus School" Students of Gonbad Kavoos
Bringing attention to the situation of Kherad students caught the attention of officials, and based on the order of the Ministry of Education, two pre-fabricated units were appropriated and installed at the school grounds. The students were excited that their wishes for having a proper classroom had finally come true. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 4/8/10

Photos: Iran holds international RoboCup competitions
IranOpen2010 is playing host to 900 national and foreign teams as part of the fifth international Iranian Robotics contest in Tehran. The competition draws teams from Iran and other countries, including Germany, China, the Netherlands, the US, and Britain. - 4/8/10

Mousavi warns against Islamic Republic's loss of credibility
Neday Sabz Azadi Website reports that Mir Hossein Mousavi, speaking for a group of Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution MPs, said: "The regime is experiencing difficulties and the reflection of these difficulties go far beyond the street protests." - 4/8/10

Firouzabadi: "No US troop survives if Iran is attacked"
Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the US against making any military moves on the Islamic Republic. Firouzabadi said that if the United States attacks Iran, none of the American troops in the region will go back home alive. - 4/8/10

Arash Saghar: Five Months in Security Ward 209 of Evin Prison
Arash Saghar is from the city of Gonbad-e Kavoos. He served as a liaison between Mousavi's campaign and the Sunni population in the region. He was arrested on November 22, 2009 and has remained in prison for refusing to accept the interrogators' demands. After his detention, Saghar was dismissed from his job. - 4/8/10

Special Court for Iranians Abroad: Established to Help or to Intimidate?
Iran's Minister of Justice announced last Wednesday that plans are under way to form a special court for Iranians abroad and that the court will commence work soon. - 4/8/10

Iranian Activist Nominated for Student Peace Prize
Bahareh Hedayat, Iranian student activist was nominated for the 2010 Student Peace Prize by the European Students' Union, an umbrella organization of 45 national unions comprised of students from 35 different countries. -Zamaneh - 4/8/10

Ahamdinejad vice-president defends himself against corruption charges
Mohammadreza Rahimi, who was accused of "financial corruption" by Iranian MP Elias Naderan, reacted to his detractors saying that he has always been "the protector of the public treasury" and attributed the charges against him to those who "spread doubt and confusion in society." -Zamaneh - 4/8/10

Iranian students living in Australia held on trips back to Iran
IRANIAN students living in Australia have been detained, interrogated and threatened with severe punishment during visits to their homeland, because of their support for the Iranian pro-democracy movement in Australia. -The Australian - 4/8/10

Obama, Medvedev Sign Treaty Cutting Nuclear Stockpiles
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have signed a major nuclear arms reduction treaty that cuts each country's nuclear arsenals by about 30 percent. The pact signed Thursday in the Czech Republic leaves each country with about 1,500 strategic nuclear weapons. -VOA - 4/8/10

Total Maintains Iran Oil, Gas Deals Worth Billions of Euros
Total SA, Europe's third-largest oil company, continues to receive crude oil as payment for developing four Iranian natural gas fields while buying billions of euros worth of fuel from that country last year. -Bloomberg - 4/8/10

Iranian sojourn
Some of artist Riyas Komu's works have been inspired by Iranian cinema, like his Petro Angel series which was selected to be shown at the Venice Biennale. And interestingly, he has now been invited to Tehran to exhibit his current works. -DNA - 4/8/10

More than 3,500 petition Iran to free journalists, writers
More than 3,500 concerned people from around the world-including prominent international journalists, writers, and press freedom leaders-are petitioning Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, to immediately release dozens of journalists, writers, and bloggers currently imprisoned in the country. - 4/7/10

Reformist MPs visit Iranian opposition leaders
Delegates from the Minority Faction of the Parliament paid separate visits to the Iranian opposition leaders yesterday to mark the Iranian New Year. - 4/7/10

Los Angeles debut of Saffron: A Celebration of Rumi
Saffron is a collaborative of talents from the four corners of the world joined together by the poetry of the great mystic Rumi. Acclaimed Persian wordsmith Katayoun Goudarzi performs the lyrical recitation of Rumi poems. - 4/7/10

60 countries to attend nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran
Representatives of over 60 countries have accepted Iran's invitation to the international conference on nuclear disarmament, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday. - 4/7/10

Protesters occupy parts of Iranian Embassy in the Hague
A group of protesters have occupied parts of Islamic Republic Embassy in the Hague in protest to Iran's oppressive and violent policies. -Zamaneh - 4/7/10

More Pressure On Karrubi And Allies Reported
Sahamnews, the website of reformist cleric Mehdi Karrubi's Etemad Melli party, reports that Mohammad Davari, the jailed chief editor of the website, has been subjected to torture intended to force him to publicly cast doubt on Karrubi's claims about the rape of postelection prisoners. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/7/10

On Film, The Trials Of An Iranian Lesbian Activist
In a new feature film, "Cul De Sac," London-based Iranian directors Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan tell the story of a lesbian woman who flees Iran's repressive Islamic regime. The script draws on the real-life experiences of Kiana Firouz, who plays herself in the film. -RFE - 4/7/10

FIFA: We had to eliminate Iran girls' football team
FIFA stated in a letter to Iran Football Federation (IFF) that they had no choice but to disallow Iran girls' football team from participating in the 2010 Asian Youth Olympic Games. - 4/7/10

Iran upset over Russia's S-300 delivery delay
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman expresses Tehran's disappointment with continued delay in the delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system from Russia. -Press TV - 4/7/10

Iran has produced several kilos of 20% enriched nuclear fuel
Iran has produced several kilos of uranium enriched to a purity of 20 percent to power its medical research reactor, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) director announced on Wednesday. -MNA - 4/7/10

US-China Relations Said to Have 'New Consensus'
A senior Chinese diplomat says China and the United States have reached a new consensus, following several months of strained ties. -VOA - 4/7/10

Prince of Persia - Rising from the Game to the Film
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was showcased at WonderCon 2010 in San Francisco. It is the latest epic action-adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney Productions and is based on the very popular Prince of Persia game trilogy created by Jordan Mechner. -By Mitra and Mahyar Rahmatian - 4/6/10

Iranian opposition leader urges return to "collective wisdom"
Iranian opposition leader advised Islamic Republic authorities to return to the models set up by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the system, and base their policies on the "collective wisdom" in order to remedy the recent events. - 4/6/10

Obama Reported Pressing to Slow Congressional Push for Iran Sanctions
The Obama administration is reported to be pressing key members of the U.S. Congress to allow more time before taking final action on legislation that would impose tough, unilateral sanctions on Iran. The president says he believes there can be success within weeks, rather than months, in building a tough sanctions resolution in the U.N. Security Council. -VOA - 4/6/10

A night with Gord Afarid, Iran's First Woman Storyteller
Thursday April 8 at 8 pm in San Diego -- Fatemeh Habibi Zad is Iran's first female storyteller. She is known by her professional name Gord Afarid, which is the name of a heroine in the Shahnameh. Gord Afarid, who trained as an archaeologist, has been telling stories for the past ten years. - 4/6/10

Iran's GDP to grow by $55.5B: The Economist
The Economist stated in its latest report that Iran's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the current calendar year (began March 21, 2010) would rise by $55.5 billion, adding that the GDP figure would double in the next five years. - 4/6/10

Rafsanjani urges system's loyalists to close their hearts
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has called on the loyalists of the Islamic Republic to close their hearts. "I am worried about the distance of the hearts of the loyalists of the system," Rafsanjani said in a meeting on Monday with some current and former MPs, former governors and ministry officials. - 4/6/10

Shirin Ebadi to speak at West Vancouver's Kay Meek Centre
Friday April 23: This special presentation with Dr. ebadi will be hosted by John Weston, MP for West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country and Government Liaison to the Persian and Iranian Community. - 4/6/10

Iran confirms reduction in its international oil sales
While Japan and China have reduced their oil imports from Iran, India's Reliance Industries has completely ceased purchasing oil from Iran. -Zamaneh - 4/6/10

Iran: Ahmadinejad, Larijani trade letters over subsidy reform plan
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has replied to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter about the revision of the subsidy reform plan, which was passed by the parliament just before the Iranian New Year (started March 21). -MNA - 4/6/10

Iranian Navy foils pirates' attempt to hijack oil tanker
Iran's navy has thwarted attempts by Somali pirates to hijack an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The tanker, named Iran-Faraz, was heading toward Turkey when it was attacked by four speedboats belonged to the Somali pirates. - 4/6/10

Photos: School On A Bus, Gonbad Kavoos - Part II
Students at Kherad school in Gonbad Kavoos region of Iran continue their education under very tough circumstances and with the least amount of resources. The classes for the 27 students, who belong to the nomad tribes, are held in a old bus that is moved around with a tractor. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 4/5/10

Photos: Bachokheh wrestling tournament in Esfarayen, Iran
Tehran Mayor, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, inaugurated the Bachokheh wrestling tournament in the city of Esfarayen on Saturday. For more than 200 years wrestlers have come to Esfarayen in Northern Iran for Bachokheh. This wrestling competition is unique because it is held in the open air. -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei, MNA - 4/5/10

Inside Washington: NIAC's Battle to Save the Persepolis Tablets
The campaign to save the Persepolis Tablets is quietly gaining momentum, as NIAC and some of the nation's top universities work to protect thousands of priceless cultural artifacts at risk of being seized by lawyers and auctioned off to the highest bidder. - 4/5/10

Iran: Ahamdinejad calls for parliament's cooperation
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written a letter to the speaker of Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani in an attempt to resolve the differences between the parliament and government over cutting public subsidies. -Zamaneh - 4/5/10

No Hijab On The Soccer Field
The secretary-general of Iran's National Olympic Committee has called on Muslim countries to protest the world soccer body's ban on head scarves for women during the Youth Olympic Games this summer. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/5/10

Iran: Tomb of Opposition Leader's Father Desecrated
Last night a group of plain clothes individuals in an appalling act attacked the grave of late Ayatollah Seyyed Rohollah Khatami, father of Seyyed Mohammad Khatami the former president who is now an opposition leaders. -Parleman News - 4/5/10

Shahri Estakhry, KPBS-Union Bank Honoree
It is with great pride and joy that I share with you that one of our own Iranian gems, Shahri Estakhry, has been chosen as a local community hero by San Diego's public radio/TV KPBS and the Union Bank. -Jamile Palizban - 4/5/10

U.S. is Waging War against the Wrong Country
Tittle-tattles regarding the possibility of a military strike against Iran are being renewed these days. President Obama, to whom I still wonder why the Nobel Peace Prize has gone, is confessing that former President Bush was right in his belief that Iran poses a serious threat to the international community -Kourosh Ziabari - 4/5/10

Interview on Iran-US relations
I have a rare chance to interview with professor .Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States, He is professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins. -Behdad Bordbar - 4/5/10

IRAN: For those outside prison walls, a marathon of suffering and waiting
She is clad in black chador and a firm black scarf, signatures of her devoted Muslim upbringing, a background similar to that of her jailed husband, sentenced to 10 years in prison for crimes against national security. She is among the hundreds of relatives of those imprisoned. -LA Times - 4/5/10

UN Sanctions May Sting Iran's Guard
According to recent reports, a UN Security Council resolution on Iran sanctions is being drawn up by all permanent members--including Russia and China--and Germany. A consensus seems to be growing for a resolution punishing the economic activities of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards -CFR - 4/5/10

Photos: School On A Bus, Gonbad Kavoos - Part I
Students at Kherad school in Gonbad Kavoos region of Iran continue their education under very tough circumstances and with the least amount of resources. The classes for the 27 students, who belong to the nomad tribes, are held in a old bus that is moved around with a tractor. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 4/4/10

Iran's Parliament to examine emigration of airline pilots
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that parliamentary committees will examine the emigration of veteran airline pilots. The MPs are paying close attention to the issue of the emigration of a large number of senior pilots to foreign countries, the Majlis News Agency quoted him as saying on Saturday. - 4/4/10

Iranian cleric condemns incarceration of politcal dissidents
Iranian Shiite leader, Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani condemned the continued incarceration of Iranian political and social activists as a strategy to "hold on to power." -Zamaneh - 4/4/10

Iran to Host Nuclear Disarmament Talks
Iran announced Sunday that it will host an international nuclear disarmament conference later this month. The country's top nuclear negotiator said China will participate in the talks aimed at promoting nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. -VOA - 4/4/10

Amadinejad's subsidy cuts divides Iranian parliament
While the Speaker of Iran's Parliament and the three expert economist MPs have emphasized that the government must abide by the approved law on subsidy cuts, a group of pro-Ahmadinejad MPs have announced that they have prepared a reform bill. -Zamaneh - 4/4/10

Green Movement Fury Over Israel Trip
A trip to Israel taken by a man identifying himself as the fiance of Neda Agha Soltan, whose death during last June's crackdown on the opposition drew international attention, has sparked anger among opposition activists. -Soheil Hasbi, Tehran - 4/4/10

Ambassador: 12 killed in blast near Iran embassy in Baghdad
In a suicide terrorist attack, in front of Iran's embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, 12 people were killed and many more injured. -MNA - 4/4/10

Reliance not renewing Iran crude import deal: Sources
Reliance Industries will not renew a contract to import crude oil from Iran for financial year 2010, two sources familiar with the supply deal said on Thursday. -Reuters - 4/4/10

Egoism
The boundary between loving ourselves as an ego and loving ourselves as a mature evolved higher self is a very delicate one. While the first is ultimately a curse in the sense that the end result is a Narcissist most often of a megalomaniac type, the second is a blessing, producing a sense of independency, hope and compassion, but how can we differentiate them? -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 4/3/10

Iranians No Longer Targeted Automatically for Extra Airport Screening
Iranian nationals and individuals travelling from Iran will no longer be automatically subjected to additional security measures when flying to the U.S. , according to an Obama Administration announcement today. The Administration is eliminating airport security procedures that were implemented this past January aimed at nationals of 14 countries, including Iran. -NIAC - 4/3/10

FIFA ban Iranian women footballers from wearing hijab in YOG
FIFA banned the Iranian women's football team wearing hijab from participating in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which will be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore. -MNA - 4/3/10

Ahmadinejad dismisses threat of Western sanctions
Speaking at a factory inauguration in Sirjan today, Saturday, he accused the West of "lack of understanding" and added: "They are working in our favour and they think if they do not give us petrol, we will get upset and start mourning." Ahmadinejad maintained that Iranian experts can reach adequate petrol production within 20 days if need be. -Zamaneh - 4/3/10

IRAN: A festive spirit in the air as Iranians celebrate pre-Islamic holiday outdoors
Iranians all over the country Friday celebrated Sizdah Bedar, the annual Persian holiday on the 13th day of the Persian calendar year, during which people head outside to celebrate nature and family. -LA Times - 4/3/10

KPMG severs Iran ties
KPMG, the global professional services provider, has severed its links with its Iranian member firm, citing "serious and escalating concerns" about the conduct of the Tehran government. -Financial Times - 4/3/10

Photos: Iranians Outdoor to Mark 13th Day of Persian New Year - Part I
People in Iran headed outdoors on April 2nd to mark Sizdehbedar, the 13th day of Persian New Year. Iranians celebrate Sizdah-Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature, which is also a finale to the Nowruz celebrations. -Photos by Abolfazl Salmanzadeh - 4/2/10

Photos: Marine Life in Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf is one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world. It is host to many small and big sea beautiful creatures seeking shelters in the quiet and warm waters of the Gulf. These photos by Esmaeil Golrokh offer a glimpse into Persian Gulf's marine life close to the Iranian Island of Qeshm. - 4/2/10

Women Make Strides Amidst Iran's Crisis
Women's rights activists today are forced to endure prison, daily threats, harassment, and intimidation from the highest officials in the country, but women's rights is now a part of our social consciousness and social dialogue, in a way that it has never been. -Mahour S. - 4/2/10

Families of recent Iranian detainees under threat
Iranian Human Rights Activists issued a statement announcing that the families of a number of recent detainees have been threatened with arrest for trying to gain information on the files of their arrested kin. -Zamaneh - 4/2/10

Photos: Iranians Outdoor to Mark 13th Day of Persian New Year - Part II
Sizdah-Bedar is an ancient Iranian nature festival dating back to at least 4,000 years ago and marks the last day of Iranian New Year festivity. -Photos by Azin Haghighi - 4/2/10

Photos: Iranians Outdoor to Mark 13th Day of Persian New Year - Part III
Contrary to popular myth, number thirteen does not demonstrate bad omen in Persian culture, it is merely chosen as a day to celebrate. Based on traditional belief the thirteenth day of every month belongs to Tishtrya, the god of rain, Zoroastrian benevolent divinity associated with life-bringing rainfall and fertility. -Photos by Youness Khani - 4/2/10

Senior Iranian cleric condemns outside influence on judiciary
In a meeting with the head of the judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi spoke out against forces trying to influence the decisions of the judiciary which according to the senior cleric "are exerted by some government officials as well as people of high means." - 4/2/10

Obama Stresses U.S.-Chinese Cooperation On Iran Nuclear Issue
The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the Iranian nuclear issue in an hour-long telephone call with China's President Hu Jintao. -RFE - 4/2/10

3.2 Million Shareholders in Iran
Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) announced that in the Iranian calendar year of 1388 (March 2009 to March 2010) 3.219 million shareholders had registered in the TSE. -MNA - 4/2/10

Dutch NGO demands to be removed from Iranian blacklist
Dutch NGO Hivos issued a statement maintaining that changing regimes is in no way part of their agenda and therefore they protest to being put on Iran's blacklist of 60 organizations accused of ensuing a "soft regime change" in Iran. - 4/2/10

Asian women set to make Westminster breakthrough
Baroness Haleh Afshar, a lecturer in politics and women's studies at York University, was the first Iranian woman to sit in the House of Lords. She said: "Asian women face discrimination because of assumptions made about who they are..." -BBC - 4/2/10

Allawi accuses Iran of election interference
Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq's parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister. -BBC - 4/2/10

Several Iranian journalists held in Evin prison are seriously ill
Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried about the appalling conditions in which Iranian prisoners of conscience, including many journalists, are being held. The authorities continue to detain them arbitrarily even when they are ailing and in very poor physical or psychological health. - 4/1/10

As Regime Turns Up The Heat, Iran's Rafsanjani Abides
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is one of the most powerful men in Iran. As such, he is usually highly visible in his official functions, which include periodically leading Friday prayers at Tehran's mosque -- an event broadcast nationally on state TV. But amid the street protests since Iran's disputed presidential election in June, Rafsanjani has all but vanished from the television screen. -RFE - 4/1/10

The Message Is in the Movement: Iranian visual theater group for the deaf brings its work to the U.S.
A small group of Iranian performers has been traveling the United States for nearly two weeks, speaking little and hearing less but learning and teaching their craft. -America.gov - 4/1/10

Iran's Opposition Abroad Swells But Lacks Direction
Iran's Green Movement and the postelection crisis have revitalized the Iranian opposition abroad. But the new influx of members and ideas -- supporters range from liberal-minded democrats to monarchists to communists -- has also revealed deep divisions about the movement's ideology and tactics. -RFE - 4/1/10

Iranian cleric claims leadership of clergy open to referendum
Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi, secretary-general of Qom Researchers and Seminary Teachers declared that the issue of leadership of a senior cleric referred to as "Velayat Faghih" in Islamic Republic constitution can be very well put to a referendum and even the late leader of the 1979 Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini would have agreed with such a referendum. - 4/1/10

Iranian Rapper Reportedly Detained For 'Repulsive' Dance Moves
Iranian news websites report that Sasi Mankan, an underground rapper, was arrested over the weekend during a trip to Kish Island in southern Iran, but the rapper himself has denied the news of his arrest. -RFE - 4/1/10

Celebrate New York's Persian Parade in Photos, Video
The US is home to the largest population of Iranians living outside of Iran, and last Sunday, over 25,000 of the estimated 1.5 million expats came together in New York City for the 7th Annual Persian Parade. -MTV Iggy - 4/1/10

The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF) Postpones the 2010 Festival to 2011
It is with great regret and disappointment that the directors, advisors and staff of the Noor Iranian Film Festival are forced to postpone this year's festival, originally scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2010, until next year. - 4/1/10

Iran Nuke Negotiator Visits China Amid Talk Of New Sanctions
Jalili's visit follows announcements that China has apparently agreed to take part in serious negotiations with Western powers and Russia about a potential new round of United Nations sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities. -RFE - 4/1/10

Major Powers Agree to Pursue New Iran Sanctions
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, have agreed to start drawing up new sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program. The move signals that China, which has long been opposed to new sanctions, has finally dropped its opposition. -VOA - 4/1/10

"Reporting" on Iran should seem familiar
Fox News currently has an article at the top of its website that is headlined: "CIA: Iran Moving Closer to Nuclear Weapon." The report, by DOD and State Department correspondent Justin Fishel, begins with this alarming claim... -Salon - 4/1/10

Japan's 2010 Iran crude imports set to hit 17-yr low
Japan's imports of Iranian crude oil in 2010 look set to fall to the lowest level in 17 years, industry sources say, as lower consumption, high prices, and political pressure weaken demand from the OPEC producer. -Reuters - 4/1/10
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