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Sanctions and Regime Policies Cause Growing Crisis in Iran
The international community should target sanctions more effectively to impose costs on the Iranian government and not its citizens, and the Iranian government should end its policies that worsen the crisis in access to medicines, foods, and other essential imports, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 4/30/13

Iran's Kaleh crowned Asian Men's Club Volleyball Champion
Iran's Kaleh wrapped up the title of the 2013 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship with a win over Al-Rayyan on Monday. The Iranian representative defeated Al-Rayyan in three straight sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) at Tehran's Azadi Hall. - 4/30/13

Exhibition in London by Iranian Artists: Peace from the bottom of my art
Beyond the artworks presented, the exhibition 'Peace from the bottom of my art' is an expression of everyone's dream of peace. Opera Gallery is proud to host this inspiring collection of all that Iran has to offer, and to guide you in the exploration of those 58 visions of peace. - 4/30/13

Iran: Government Trampling Workers' Rights
The Iranian government is increasingly violating workers' rights to peaceful assembly and association. Dozens of labor and independent trade union activists are in prison for speaking out in defense of workers.Human Rights Watch called for the government to end the crackdown - 4/30/13

'At Any Price' Explores Harsh Realities of Rural Life
Filmmaker Bahrani, the son of Iranian immigrants, sees America as a dynamic country of immigrants that re-invents itself to grow. His film reflects the idea that growth can come from strife. -Penelope Poulou, VOA - 4/30/13

Prosecution continues in Kahrizak torture deaths
The fourth court session involving former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi and two other judicial figures was held today, Monday April 29, and once again it was behind closed doors. - 4/30/13

Falling currency raises costs for Iranian pilgrims
Iran's Pilgrimage and Haj Organization says the cost of pilgrimage travel has risen due to the fall in the value of the national currency against foreign currencies. - 4/30/13

Examining Qatar's Arab Spring Largesse
The tiny oil-rich nation of Qatar is emerging as a major behind-the-scenes player in the Middle East following the Arab Spring uprisings. It has managed this by pumping billions of dollars into Tunisia, to jihadist fighters in Libya and to the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 4/30/13

President Ahmadinejad rings school bell on ˈNational Persian Gulf Dayˈ
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rang the bell in Tehranˈs Alborz High school on the occasion of the national Persian Gulf Day on Tuesday. Iran designated April 30 as the National Persian Gulf Day to protect the waterwayˈs cultural and historical identity - 4/30/13

The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech: Roxanne Varza
Roxanne Varza currently runs some of Microsoft's startup-related initiatives in Europe, specifically its BizSpark and Spark programs. Prior to joining Microsoft, Varza worked as the editor of TechCrunch France. -Business Insider - 4/30/13

Israeli leader says Iran has not yet crossed nuclear weapons 'red line'
In Iran, an influential former president appeared to be trying to lower tensions with Israel, saying that his country is not at war with the Jewish state, Iranian media reported. -AP - 4/30/13

Iranian Political Prisoners At Evin Sent To Solitary Over Complaints
The Kaleme website reports that Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni, Khosro Delirsani, Abolfazl Abedini, Siamak Ghaderi, Mohammd Hassan Yousefpour, Saeed Abedini, Kamran Ayazi, Mohammd Ebrahimi and Pourya Ebrahimi were transferred to solitary on Sunday April 28. - 4/29/13

Iran produces another transgenic goat
An Iranian privately-owned research center working on tissue engineering and nanotechnology has produced a transgenic goat. The first transgenic Iranian boat named 'Tarabon' was produced by Bonyakhteh (stem cell) Technology Research Center on April 19 and now is in full health - 4/29/13

Summer Leadership Institute: Limited Spots open for Camp Ayandeh and Camp Javan
IAAB is still accepting applications to its 2013 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), which is being held from June 27, 2013 - July 10, 2013 in Whittier College outside Los Angeles, California. - 4/29/13

Head of Iranian Judiciary: We Have Absolutely No Political Executions: The Long List of Executions During Larijani's Term
The execution of political prisoners and opponents of the Islamic republic began right after the victory of the 1979 revolution when those associated with the previous regime were executed. This included those who held senior posts in the ancient regime to those who held no posts or were in some way affiliated to the monarchy. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 4/29/13

The privilege of giving
Atherton philanthropist Bita Daryabari supports range of causes not only with funding, but with time, effort and intensity of purpose -Renee Batti, The Almanac - 4/29/13

Iranian oil minister to visit New Delhi for talks on gas pipeline in India
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi plans to visit India in coming days to discuss expansion of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project to India with his Indian counterpart Murli Deora. - 4/29/13

Iranian investors swarm Ahmadinejad over losses
Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was swarmed by a group of citizens protesting the loss of their savings in the Tabriz Nasr Secured Loans Fund. Local websites report that the crowd stopped the president's vehicle and chanted slogans, demanding government intervention in their situation. - 4/29/13

Former Iranian president doesn't rule out running
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told reporters today that he has not completely ruled out running in the next election but he sees a rough road ahead for the incoming president. - 4/29/13

Iran, Egypt discuss ways to help end Syrian crisis
Egypt has sent a high ranking delegation to Tehran to discuss the provisions of an Egyptian-drafted quartet initiative to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. - 4/29/13

Kerman to receive desalinated water from Persian Gulf
The Iranian Energy Ministry will launch a plan to desalinate water in the Persian Gulf in order to supply water to the southeastern province of Kerman in the near future. - 4/29/13

Photos: Iranian scholar back home after 18 months of imprisonment in US
Iranian scholar Mojtaba Atarodi arrived in Tehran Saturday morning after 18 months of imprisonment and home arrest in the US. He was welcomed by the chancellor and his colleagues in Sharif University of Technology. - 4/27/13

U.S. to face Iran wrestling team in Los Angeles
The United States and Iran wrestling teams will face in a friendly, slated for May 19 in Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in the United States. The Iranian freestyle team will leave Tehran on May 11 to participate in an exhibition match in New York's Times Square. - 4/27/13

Belgian company ready to try to restore Iran's Lake Urmia
A Belgian company has announced that it is ready to try to restore Iran's Lake Urmia, 70 percent of which has dried up over the past few years. Tractebel Engineering Company has put in a request to Iran's Foreign Ministry in this regard - 4/27/13

Iranian researchers building artificial heart
President of the University of Mashhad Medical Sciences said researchers at the university are building artificial heart for the first time in the country, describing it as a "key achievement" for Iranian scientists. - 4/27/13

Mohammad Ehsai's works achieve high bids at Sotheby's Doha
Veteran Iranian calligrapher and painter Mohammad Ehsai's artifacts have fetched high prices at Sotheby's Contemporary Art auction in Doha. Listed among the auction's first top lots, Ehsaie's work Love which is an acrylic and silver leaf on canvas in six parts achieved USD 437,000. - 4/27/13

Rising price leads Iranians to drink less milk
The head of dairy syndicates, Mohammadreza Esmaili, reports that the scrapping of government subsidies has led to a price increase of 40 to 60 percent, which in turn has led to this fall in milk consumption. - 4/27/13

Ayatollah Khamenei rejects election criticism
Iran's Supreme Leader said today that the next president should be "a firm and resourceful character" who can disentangle himself from daily economic concerns and instead concentrate on an "economy of resistance." - 4/27/13

Iran Unveiled: Photos by Adam Jones
What is the visual image that most of us have of Iran? Probably, it's a black-and-white vision of some medieval-looking back alley, with a dark-shrouded woman walking down it. Perhaps there is no other country where propaganda has succeeded in creating such a misleading and impoverished mental portrait. - 4/26/13

The Psychological Strains of Digital Activism
Iran's Green Movement began in 2009 when citizen groups accused government officials of altering outcomes in national elections. Citizens and activists gathered in the streets to protest and also relied on social networks such as Twitter to disseminate their message and coordinate action. -Cameran Ashraf - 4/26/13

Photos: Prayer festival of 3rd grade schoolgirls in Gorgan
These photos show 3rd grade schoolgirls in the city of Gorgan in northern Iran playing and enjoying their time at school. The girls also participate at a prayer festival held at school. -Mohammadmehdi Amya - 4/26/13

Iranian workers await decision on May Day demonstration
The Iranian government has not responded to an application to hold a May Day demonstration on the upcoming International Workers Day. According to ILNA, this is the fifth year that the government refuses to allow workers to hold a demonstration. - 4/26/13

Iran warns broadcasters about coverage during campaign
Iran's Ministry of Intelligence has summoned broadcasting managers from across the country to inform them of the red lines they must not cross in the lead-up to the presidential election. - 4/26/13

Chorus grows against Obama administration's sanctions-heavy Iran policy
"I was in the [State] Department when they kept talking about the so-called two-track policy, and it was clear the whole thing was nonsense, there never were two tracks," says John Limbert, the former US deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran from 2009 to 2010. "The sanctions took all the air out of the room. It was 95 percent sanctions, and that was on a good day." -Scott Peterson, CSM - 4/26/13

Hagel Talks Iran, Budget With U.S. Troops in Southwest Asia
On the last full day of his inaugural trip to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with troops at an air base here and answered questions on topics ranging from budget cuts and tuition assistance to the Asia-Pacific rebalance and Iran. -By Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service - 4/26/13

US Gun Lobby Targets International Arms Treaty
Earlier this month, the United Nations by a vote of 154 to three with 23 abstentions overwhelmingly approved a landmark treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons - from battle tanks and warships to small arms and light weapons. Only Syria, Iran and North Korea voted against the pact. - Andre de Nesnera, VOA - 4/26/13

Potential Presidential Candidate Says Holocaust Denial Was Damaging
Potential presidential candidate and mayor of Tehran Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf sat down with Tasnim News Agency to present his positions on foreign policy and economics. Ghalibaf, shared his ideas on the Western sanctions against Iran, the nuclear program and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial remarks on the Holocaust. -Arash Karami, Al Monitor - 4/26/13

Khatami Responds To Calls To Run In Elections: How Could I Run In This Atmosphere?
Just a day after the news that Mohammad Khatami and Hashemi Rafsanjani had met was leaked out, and despite the growing calls for Khatami to run in the June presidential race, the reformist minded former president announced that he was not prepared to accept the presidential candidacy because of pressure and the possible repercussions to his supporters. -Hamid Ahadi, Rooz - 4/25/13

Iranian Activist Flees Iran, Says 'Civil Society Is In A State Of Desperation'
Well-known Iranian human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi -- who had been banned from his studies, jailed a number of times, and sentenced to five years in prison -- recently fled Iran. As Goudarzi tells RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari in an exclusive interview from Turkey, all of these pressures contributed to his decision to finally leave his homeland. - 4/25/13

Iranian mountaineer ascends Mount Makalu
Iranian mountaineer Azim Gheichisaz on Wednesday managed to ascend the 8,463 meter Mount Makalu. With his latest feat, the number of summits with the height of over 8,000 meters scaled by the Iranian mountaineer reached 11. - 4/25/13

Iran: Rafsanjani's Declaration of War Against the Supreme Leader
Hashemi Rafsanjani's recent remarks about ayatollah Khamenei's perspective on the current conditions in the country and the latter's lack of confidence in the head of the State Expediency Council (currently Rafsanjani) open a new chapter in the conflicts within the Iranian regime. -Bijan Safsari, Rooz - 4/25/13

Cooking oil rationing in Iran causes price hike, lineups
The trend of rising prices continues in Iran as media report that vegetable oil is now being rationed in all chain stores, which has doubled the price of a litre of cooking oil on the open market. - 4/25/13

IRGC Chief: Iran freest country in world in terms of holding elections
Commander of Iranˈs Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the freest country in the world in terms of holding elections. - 4/25/13

Iranian president accuses government figures of corruption
With Iran's presidential election in June looming on the horizon, outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents in the government of corruption. ISNA reports that Ahmadinejad told a meeting in Isfahan that "wheeling and dealing" has become an "everyday matter" for some people in power today. - 4/25/13

Dutch court awards compensation to Iranian mustard gas attack survivors
A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered a businessman convicted of selling Saddam Hussein raw materials for mustard gas to pay compensation to 16 Iranian and Iraqi victims of chemical weapon attacks by the former Iraqi dictator's regime, according to the Associated Press. - 4/25/13

What I Will Do as President of Iran: Resolve the Nuclear Issue
Hooshang Amirahmadi is a candidate in Iran's upcoming Presidential election. He has put forth a reform platform that seeks to resolve Iran's domestic issues and disputes with the West from a position of dignity and trust. - 4/25/13

Iraqi Town Attacked By Gunmen
Iraqi security forces have been battling Sunni tribesmen for control over the town of Suleiman Beik. Five soldiers and at least seven of the armed attackers were killed and more than 30 people wounded in battles in Suleiman Beik. - 4/25/13

Mild earthquakes hit Iranian cities
Three mild earthquakes jolted Isfahan, Shiraz and Azerbaijan cities respectively located in central, southeastern and northwestern Iran. Isfahan's earthquake in Golshahr district was 4.9 magnitude which came at 7:38 am local time, and Shiraz's was 4 magnitude at the Richter scale. They were both jolted on Wednesday. - 4/24/13

Court receives Iranian workers' minimum wage complaint
Workers have claimed that the minimum wage is supposed to rise in accordance with the inflation rate, as laid out in the Labour Ministry's administrative provisions, but while the Central Bank has pegged the national inflation rate at 30.2 percent, the minimum wage was increased by only 25 percent. - 4/24/13

Iran calls on littoral states to honor Caspian Sea legal regime
In his address to the 32th meeting of the working group on the Caspian Sea that opened in Tehran on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Salehi said that the littoral states have agreed to settle the issues surrounding the sea and expand regional cooperation. - 4/24/13

Censorship and Power in Iran: Film Screening and Discussion in New York
Maziar Bahari, Journalist and Filmmaker, Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists; in conversation with Jon Stewart, Political Satirist - 4/24/13

Iron dealers in Tehran shutter businesses to protest tax
The Kaleme website reports that the protests began early last week. Most of Tehran's iron dealers have come out in support of the strike and will be closing their stores in the bazaar and pulling down their blinds. - 4/24/13

Iran: Kurdish Former Political Prisoners Intimidated and Harassed in Orumiyeh and Mahabad
Over the past several months, Orumiyeh and Mahabad Intelligence Offices have summoned, detained, and harassed several Kurdish former political prisoners on the pretext of concern over their continued political activities after their release from prison - 4/24/13

UN envoy condemns ban on Iranian satellite channels
Iran once again condemned western countries' ban on broadcast of Iranian satellite channels, reiterating the measure runs counter to international laws and regulations. - 4/24/13

Through Story, a Look into Iran: Newsha Tavakolian's Portraiture
Look is a devastating portrait of a middle-class in decline, squeezed by economic pressure at home, and dwindling access to the world, a generation of young people whose lives are not reduced to the twilight hour of melancholy that Tavakolian captures, but marred by it. -Azadeh Moaveni, TIME - 4/24/13

Iran, IAEA to meet mid May in Vienna
Iranian ambassador to the IAEA said the next round of talks between the country and the UN nuclear agency will be held mid May in Austrian capital city of Vienna. - 4/24/13

Iranian airline SAHA halts operation due to outdated fleet
All flights of Iranian airline SAHA have been stopped due to its outdated aircrafts. The airline, which has been established by the Air Force of Iran, has operated for 23 years, but the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran stopped its operation due to outdated aircrafts. SAHA owns four planes, including three Boeing 707s with an average age of 36.8 years. - 4/24/13

Is the Hijab Responsible for Iran's Spike in MS Cases?
Multiple sclerosis has skyrocketed in Tehran, increasing almost sevenfold between 1989 and 2005. In Iran's central province of Isfahan, the incidence nearly tripled from 2005 to 2009. Now Oxford University researchers suggest, for the first time, that the 1979 Iranian Revolution may deserve some of the blame for the extraordinary jump. -Libby Copeland, Smithsonian magazine - 4/24/13

Canada alleges Al Qaeda plot from Iran, but Tehran's involvement unlikely
When Canadian officials made that charge yesterday, it surprised Iran specialists because the Shiite Islamic Republic and hardline Sunni Al Qaeda have been largely hostile to each other for the last two decades. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 4/24/13

Fearing Price Increases, Iranians Hoard Goods
Iranians rushed to supermarkets to buy cooking oil, red meat and other staples on Tuesday, stockpiling the goods over new fears of price spikes from a change in the official exchange rate that could severely reduce the already weakened purchasing power of the rial, the national currency. -NY Times - 4/24/13

UK bars Shell from paying Iran debt in food, medicine
Shell has reportedly consulted London on the possibility of paying British pharmaceuticals maker GSK to provide medicine to Iran in exchange for the debt but the proposal has been rejected. - 4/23/13

Photos: Hormuz Island is Drowning!
The historic Portuguese Fortresses of Hormuz island in Persian Gulf are suffering from neglec. The story seems to be the same for the whole island which according to ISNA is drowing! - 4/23/13

Iranian wrestlers win three bronzes in Asian Championships
Three Iranian free-style wrestlers claimed bronze medals in the 2012 Asian Wrestling Championships.Parviz Hadi won Iran's only gold medal in the 120kg on Sunday. - 4/23/13

Iran: Registration for city council elections ends
Registration for the city council elections across the country ended on Sunday, with thousands of hopefuls registering interest in contesting elections that will be held on the same day as the presidential election on June 14. Registration began on April 15. - 4/23/13

Iranian FM: Iran ready for interactions if US proves sincerity
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is ready for interactions if Americans are truly sincere in their claims. Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, he made the remarks in reaction to the recent remarks of his US counterpart John Kerry as well as the request of 35 former American officials for direct talks with Iran. - 4/23/13

Iran pulls back on subsidizing import exchange rate
Iran's Ministry of Industry announced that it will no longer allot subsidized foreign currency rates to any imports other than wheat, barley, corn and soya. All other imports into Iran will have to be negotiated at the market rate of exchange for foreign currencies. - 4/23/13

Iran to host Mideast largest financial expo
Iran plans to hold the Middle East's largest financial and investment expo early May, hosting several foreign countries. Over 280 foreign and internal companies will join the 7th International Exchange, Bank and Insurance (FINEX) exhibition. - 4/23/13

Iranian MPs to face trial in huge bank fraud case
The head of the Tehran Criminal Court says the files of three MPs connected to a notorious $3-billion bank fraud are now being processed by the court and their trials will soon take place. The three MPs were not identified and the exact trial dates were not announced. - 4/23/13

Iran, China's CNPC terminate contract in South Pars gas field
Iran and China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) have come to terms for terminating a contract for developing the phase 11 of the South Pars gas field, located in the Persian Gulf, the Mehr News Agency reported. - 4/23/13

Time for Humanitarian Fix to Iran Sanctions
In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans--including Iranian Americans with family in the affected regions--are largely unable to provide any help. -Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 4/22/13

Iranian schools among best 112 Asian universities
Five Iranian universities were included in the list of the best 112 Asian universities, Leiden University found in 2013 ranking. - 4/22/13

PAAIA Releases 2013 National Survey of Iranian Americans
A solid majority of Iranian Americans-fifty-nine percent (59%)-stated they approved of President Obama's handling of Iran's nuclear program, although they are divided about whether U.S. policy in this area will be successful. - 4/22/13

Iranian students win grand prize in Malaysian 2013 Chem-E-Car Competition
Iranian students won the grand prize in the 8th round of Malaysian Chem-E-Car Competition 2013 attended by 35 teams. - 4/22/13

Iran ready to barter oil for goods
Iran says it is now prepared to implement its plan to trade oil for necessary goods. The National Iranian Oil Company announced that bartering crude for food and other goods could complement the usual sale of oil for its monetary value in major currencies. - 4/22/13

Child Foundation, a nonprofit located in Portland Oregon, seeks an Executive Manager
Child Foundation's mission is to help high-achieving children who are in needy circumstances stay in school. We serve children living in Iran, Afghanistan and Indonesia. - 4/22/13

Lecture at Berkeley: The Political Role of Thugs and Hooligans in Contemporary Iranian History
Massoud Noghrehkar is an activist, researcher and a very prolific writer living in the United States. He has authored many books in variety of fields including; the history of intellectual movement in Iran and Iranian Writers' Association; dissent and mass murder of dissidents in Iran; psychology and medicine -Berkeley Lecture Series - 4/22/13

Iranian-American Legislator in Washington State
In the decades since the Iranian Revolution, immigrants from there have made it to the corner offices of corporate America, academia and Hollywood. But they're largely absent from the political scene. In the U.S., the highest ranking Iranian-American elected official is a freshman state representative from suburban Seattle. -Tom Banse, KLCC - 4/22/13

Ahmadinejad's ally could pose new challenge to Iran's ruling clergy
Powerful and mysterious, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is, by most accounts, Ahmadinejad's most trusted adviser - but he is also divisive, reviled and distrusted by traditional conservatives, and was once deemed unfit for office by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Jason Rezaian, Guardian - 4/22/13

Iranian American dismayed to learn State Department no longer wants his services
Amir Mohammed Estakhri has spent nearly a dozen year working with the State Department as an Iranian-language translator. But, recently, he's learned his services are no longer needed -- and he thinks it may be because he translated for Iranian officials in the U.S. as well. -PRI - 4/22/13

Forum in New York - Sanctions as a Tool of War: A Comparative Look at Iraq and Iran
Sanctions are still presented in mainstream political discussion as a peaceful alternative to military intervention. But the experience of Iraqis, whose society was devastated by over ten years of harsh economic sanctions, shows us that sanctions against countries that defy Washington are a form of collective punishment used to augment the effects of war and/or lay the groundwork for war. - 4/21/13

In Memory of Farideh Lashai: Exhibitions At Tyler Nahem Fine Art and Leila Heller Gallery in NYC
Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art (ETNFA) and Leila Heller Gallery are pleased to present two posthumous New York exhibitions celebrating the life and career of internationally renowned, recently deceased, Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (1944 - 2013). - 4/21/13

Farhadi's "Past" contending for Palme d'Or at Cannes
The Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi's latest film "The Past" and 18 other movies will be contending for Palme d'Or at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organizers a announce on Thursday. - 4/21/13

Hagel Says Arms Sales a 'Clear Signal' to Iran
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a major U.S. arms deal with Israel sends a "very clear signal" to Iran that military activity remains an option to keep Tehran from developing or using nuclear weapons. - 4/21/13

Bushehr's Earthquake and the Safety of its Atomic Plant
The recent earthquake in Bushehr Province has triggered concern regarding the Bushehr Nuclear Plant. However, just a few hours after the earthquake hit the province, plant officials and the Bushehr governor announced that the nuclear plant has not been in any way damaged. - 4/21/13

More quakes felt in six Iranian provinces
Earthquakes measuring between 3 and 5 on the Richter scale have rocked six Iranian provinces since 11 PM Friday night, April 19, stretching into the early hours of Saturday. - 4/21/13

Two Iranian Pilots Reported Dead In Fighter Jet Crash
Two Iranian pilots have been killed after their U.S.-made F-5 fighter jet crashed near the country's border with Iraq. The flight originated from a military air base in Dezful, about 460 kilometers southwest of Tehran. - 4/21/13

Panel Discussion at Brandeis University - The Coming Presidential Elections in Iran: Do they Matter?
Iran's last presidential election in 2009 resulted in widespreadaccusations of vote rigging and unforeseen protests that shook the Islamic Republic to its core. On June 14, 2013, Iran will hold its eleventh presidential election to replace the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 4/21/13

Russian Navy warships dock in southern Iran
A group of Russian Navy warships has docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas after a long journey from the Pacific Ocean. - 4/21/13

U.S. figures call for direct talks with Iran
Thirty-five prominent former U.S. diplomats and military officials have urged the U.S. administration to make a strong effort to initiate direct talks with Iran. - 4/19/13

Photos: Ahmadinejad holds high-profile event in Tehran
The Ahmadinejad administration held its "honouring of the organizers of national visiting tours" on Thursday at Tehran's One Hundred Thousand Stadium, despite criticism from conservative factions that the event was an excuse to create publicity for Ahmadinejad supporters in the coming presidential election. - 4/19/13

Iran agrees to export gas to Switzerland: NIGC chief
An Iranian deputy oil minister says the country has finalized a deal for the delivery of natural gas to Switzerland. "We are currently in talks with Turkey to win the right for gas transit via this country [to Europe]," Javad Owji, who is also managing director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), said on Friday. - 4/19/13

Iranˈs gas exports hit $3.5b
Managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Javad Owji said here Friday Iran has exported over 8.4 billion cubic meters of gas, worth $3.5 billion, during the last Iranian year (ended on March 20). - 4/19/13

Senate Brings US Closer to War With Iran
The National Iranian American Council strongly opposes today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee adoption of S.Res.65, a resolution conveying U.S. support for potential Israeli military strikes on Iran. NIAC urges the Senate to delay any further action on this resolution and to instead work to advance a serious diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear dispute. - 4/18/13

Iranian Political Prisoners Put Reformist Agenda Ahead Of Own Freedom
A group of Iranian political prisoners has written to former president Mohammad Khatami, urging him to run in the presidential election should the right conditions present themselves. The letter, dated April 17 and published on the Kaleme website, does not set out the release of political prisoners as a precondition. - 4/18/13

Iran's election called a race among four group
Ali Saidi, the Iranian Supreme Leader's representative to the Revolutionary Guards, announced that the 11th presidential election will see a race among these four groups: Principalists, supporters of the administration, reformists and executives. - 4/18/13

Relatively strong quake shakes Tasouj, northwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on Richter scale jolted Tasouj city in East Azarbaijan province, Thursday afternoon. There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage caused by the quake. - 4/18/13

Senate Committee Resolution Supports Israeli Action on Iran
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution expressing U.S. solidarity with Israel if it has to defend itself militarily against Iran's nuclear development program. - 4/18/13

Ahmadinejad To Address Iran Stadium Gathering
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was expected to address a large gathering at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, which can seat more than 100,000 people. Ahmadinejad's critics have accused the president of seeking to use the occasion to influence the June 14 presidential election. - 4/18/13

IRGC commander: Security of worldˈs strategic energy reserves in hands of IRGC
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionˈs Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Wednesday that security of the worldˈs strategic energy reserves is in the hands of the IRGC. - 4/18/13

Ahmadinejad's "Putin Complex"
As the elections are inching closer, the government's critics are warning against the use of government resources for election propaganda. At the same time, the conservative camp continues calling for the disqualification of government supporters, referred to as the "deviant faction". -Rachel Ehrenfeld, ACD - 4/18/13

Photos: Quake Hit Areas In Southeastern Iran - Part I
One woman was killed and 12 others were injured following the recent earthquake in southeastern Iran, governor of Khash city, Sistan va Baluchestan province, - 4/17/13

Photos: Quake Hit Areas In Southeastern Iran - Part II
The southeastern city of Saravan, in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, was once again hit by a quake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale Wednesday morning. According to seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the tremor occurred at 09:23 hours local time - 4/17/13

Iranian police announce election security headquarters
Brigadier General Saeed Montazeralmehdi announced that the election base Fajr has been established to provide complete security for the election, and police will also monitor anti-regime websites and social media in the course of their duties. - 4/17/13

IMF Says Iran's Economy Shrank In 2012
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Iran's economy shrank by 1.9 percent in 2012 and is expected to contract by 1.3 percent this year as it reels from the impact of Western sanctions. - 4/17/13

Iranian doctor greatest world woman inventor in 2013
Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani, an Iranian doctor from Mashad Medical Science University received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in Geneva International Festival for Inventions in year 2013. - 4/17/13

Iran's 18th International Gas, Oil Expo Inaugurated
Iran inaugurated the 18th international oil, gas and petrochemistry expo on Wednesday in presence of high ranking officials including first vice-president Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi. - 4/17/13

Pakistani Military Evacuates Earthquake Victims
The Pakistani military has evacuated 16 people badly injured by Tuesday's powerful earthquake near the Iranian border, as relief operations in the region continue. The quake also shook the cities hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter, including the Pakistani city of Karachi. The quake was felt as far away as the Indian capital, New Delhi, and several Persian Gulf cities like Dubai - 4/17/13

Iran's cartoonists find new lines of expression
In 2003, former newspaper editor Ali Reza Eshraghi made a mistake that cost him his freedom: he published a cartoon. The sketch in question, a drawing from 1937 depicting U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court, seemed an innocuous choice for the Iranian newspaper, Hayat No. -CNN - 4/17/13

Powerful Quake Hits Southeastern Iran
Iranian and U.S. authorities say a powerful earthquake has struck Iran near the Pakistani border, with reports of scores dead as authorities begin to assess the damage. The Iran Seismological Center said the quake had a magnitude of 7.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey put its strength at 7.8. - 4/16/13

Cyrus and Jefferson: Did they speak the same language?
Even as the Middle East grapples with Jeffersonian ideals of freedom and democracy, Americans are learning that Thomas Jefferson may have been inspired by an ancient Middle East ruler, Cyrus "the Great" of Persia. -Wm. Scott Harrop - 4/16/13

Mother Of Man Killed In 2009 Crackdown Wants Khatami To Run For President
Parvin Fahimi, the mother of Sohrab Arabi, a young man killed in the 2009 crackdown that followed the disputed reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has called on Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami to stand in this year's presidential election on June 14. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/16/13

Iran's Presidential Election: How Should Reformers Participate?
Today the biggest challenge in Iran's political terrain is whether reformers will participate in the upcoming elections or not, and if they do, what form will this involvement take. -Malihe Mohammadi - 4/16/13

Iran, Niger Presidents Urge Unity Among Muslims
In a meeting in the Nigerien capital, Niamey, on Tuesday, the two presidents stressed the importance of working to create solidarity and unity in the Islamic world, urging vigilance against the plots of the global arrogance. - 4/16/13

Iran: State of emergency declared in Sistan and Baluchestan after 7.5 quake
State of emergency was declared in the quake-hit region of Sistan and Baluchestan province, Deputy Head of Iranˈs Red Crescent Society in charge of Relief Operations Ahmad Reza Shajiee said on Tuesday. - 4/16/13

Saeed Sedeghi's "Low Economy" tops World Press Cartoon contest
"Low Economy" by Iranian artist Saeed Sedeghi has won first prize in the Gag Cartoon category at the World Press Cartoon 2013 contest in Portugal. He received the award during a special ceremony at the Olga Cadaval Cultural Center in Sintra on April 12, the WPC website announced. - 4/16/13

Iran exports $1.2b worth of textile products
Iran exported $1.2 billion worth of textile products in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, ISNA reported. Textile exports grew by less than one percent year on year. - 4/16/13

Photos: Village Women in Andika, Iran
These photos show the village women of Andika region of Khuzestan province in Iran, some wearing their colorful traditional dresses. The living conditions in many Iranian villages is still very primitive, and the villagers are deprived of many things the people in the city take for granted. - 4/15/13

Iran Security Chief Warns Of Threat To Confidence In Election
The head of Iranian Security Forces has announced his opposition to the proposed gathering of government supporters in Azadi Stadium. Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, the head of Iranian Security Forces, said: "This could damage public confidence in the election and lead to widespread political problems in the conduct of the election." - 4/15/13

Iranian, Beninese presidents meet in Porto-Novo
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Beninese counterpart Thomas Yayi Boni started their official talks in Beninˈs capital, Porto-Novo, late Sunday. Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi described Iran as a regional power that plays a key role in establishment of peace and stability in different parts of the world. - 4/15/13

Iran rejects rumors about possible radiation leak at Bushehr plant
The deputy of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has dismissed as baseless the rumors about possible radiation leaks at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) following an earthquake in the southern parts of the country. - 4/15/13

Iran weightlifting 4th in Youth World Championships
Iran weightlifting team finished in fourth place in the 2013 IWF Youth World Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Alireza Dehghan of Iran in the 85kg weight class, claimed the gold medal with a total of 319 kg. - 4/15/13

Supporters call for release of journalist brothers
More than 200 activists and journalists have issued a statement calling for the release of Massoud and Khosro Kordpour, two Iranian journalists being detained in Kurdistan Province. - 4/15/13

Iranian President heads to Africa
The president said visit to three African countries of Benin, Niger and Ghana is on invitation of the three countries' presidents and during the visits many memorandums of understanding would be signed for expansion of relations and investment in economic, energy, power, trade, cultural and tourism domains. - 4/15/13

Interior minister calls for respecting Iranians in UAE airports
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar in a meeting with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for removal of problems facing the Iranian nationals residing in the United Arab Emirates, and stressed the need for easing the visas. - 4/15/13

Iran's annual car imports exceed $1b
Iran imported over 44,000 cars, worth more than $1 billion, during the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, ISNA reported. The imports showed 11.3 percent rise year on year. The average price of the imported cars was $24,441, according to the report. - 4/15/13

Photos: Innovative UAV Design Competitions in Qazvin, Iran
The competitions are organized by the Shahid Rezaei Research Center of Sharif University of Technology. The goal of the research center is to develop expertise in the following areas for UAV design: Configuration, Structure, Propulsion, Navigation, Control System, Breaking & Code Making and Real Time Data Transfer - 4/13/13

Iranian Businessman Sees Upside Of Sanctions
Iranian billionaire businessman Babak Zanjani says being blacklisted by the U.S. and the EU will mean great publicity for him. On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Zanjani, along with a network of companies, for their alleged support of the National Iranian Oil Company. - 4/13/13

Iranian Novel "The Colonel" To Vie For Best Translated Book Award
The English version of the novel "The Colonel" by Iranian author Mahmud Dolatabadi is among the finalists of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, a literary event held by the University of Rochester in the U.S. "The Colonel" by Mahmud Dolatabadi has been translated from the Persian by Tom Patterdale and the Melville House released the book in the U.S. - 4/13/13

Persian Arts Festival and Persian Parade Present: SHURKA BAZAAR in New York
On April 14, 2013, in honor of Persian Parade's 10th year anniversary, Shurka Bazaar will transform Madison Avenue, alongside Madison Square Park, into an urban oasis. A Persian Bazaar of ancient times. A fantastical experience of being transported to a destination through a cultural immersion, vivid as a memory and true to the imagination, yet far from anything one has ever experienced. - 4/13/13

CONFERENCE: US-Iran direct talks: is there a breakthrough in the horizon?
The American Iranian Council (AIC) invites you to attend a timely conference titled, "US-Iran direct talks: is there a breakthrough in the horizon?" The event will take place at Metropolitan Club of New York on April 19, 2013 from 6-8pm. - 4/13/13

Vancouver International Film Festival to screen the latest from from Iranian Master Abbas Kiarostami: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
"A sly, teasing riff on the heart's irrational stirrings... You emerge elated and slightly dazed.... But the movie's sense of immutable desire resonates well after the lights have come up." - Scott Foundas, Village Voice - 4/13/13

Iran rejects reports on direct talks with US
An Iranian senior foreign ministry official rejected reports on direct talks between Iranian and the US officials during the recent meeting in the capital Kazakh city of Almaty. "News on talks (between Iran and the US) is not true. They called for the talks, but it was not held," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said. - 4/13/13

Being at home in exile: Shirin Neshat at work
Shirin Neshat has overcome her obstacles and become an iconic figure very much like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe., Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera - 4/13/13

Iranian Sunni Leader Cites Bias In Prayer Grounds Delay
Mowlana Abdolhamid, the Friday Imam of the Sunni community in in Zahedan, has spoken out against what he calls unconscionable delays by provincial officials in building Sunni prayer grounds. - 4/13/13

Thousands of Bahrainis Protest Before Formula One Race
housands of Bahrainis staged a peaceful march on Friday in the first of a series of protests the Shi'ite-led opposition is planning to hold before next week's Formula One Grand Prix race. -Reuters - 4/13/13

Iranian Scientist Invents 'Time Machine'
Iranian scientist Ali Razeghi has registered a time machine with the country's Center for Strategic Inventions. Razeghi, 27, cites algorithms as the source of the device's ability to "predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual with 98 percent accuracy." -Sam Colt, RFE - 4/12/13

Iranian scientists win WT Innovation Word Cup
Two Iranian researchers in Canada's British Colombia University, Babak Shadgan and Behnam Molavi, have won 2012 WT Innovation Word Cup for designing a fire rescue helmet. - 4/12/13

Iran's Presidential Election Heats up as Reformist Rowhani Enters Race
The next crucial round of Iranian presidential elections will be held on 14 June 2013. It has just been officially reported that Hassan Rowhani has declared his candidacy for the election. Rowhani is an influential reformist politician and cleric. -Farhang Jahanpour - 4/12/13

Formerly Banned Iranian Group Opens Office Near White House
Until not long ago the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) was on the list of the U.S. State Department's terrorist organizations. On April 11, that seemed like a distant memory as the group celebrated the opening of its Washington office just a block away from the White House, with tea and Iranian snacks. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/ - 4/12/13

Mother says dead Iranian blogger acted on his own
Saham News reports that Gohar Eshghi, the mother of Sattar Beheshti, who by many accounts died under torture, has announced that her son was in no way linked to any groups and was an independent observer of the social conditions in the country and commented on his blog about the social maladies that he saw around him. - 4/12/13

How dots touch lives
Iran Sepid, published in Braille language, is the sole media outlet for Iran's 700,000 blind and visually-impaired population. Iran Sepid, the only one of its kind in the Middle East, has been published in the past 17 years and enjoys a special status among the blind and visually-impaired people. - 4/12/13

Iran's oil production lowest since 1980s: OPEC
OPEC's latest report indicates that Iran produced 2.675 million barrels of oil per day in March, which according to TREND, an Azerbaijani news agency, is the country's lowest volume of oil production since 1988. - 4/12/13

Alum launches Tiburon International Film Festival for emerging filmmakers
Saeed Shafa, an SF State alumnus and festival director of the Tiburon International Film Festival is highlighting the challenges of growing up globally with a program called "Films on Youth," an introduction to young film makers from around the globe. The festival runs April 11-19, 2013 at the Playhouse Theater in Marin, Calif. -Jonathan Ramos, Golden Gate Express - 4/12/13

Iraq tightens inspection of Iranian airplanes
Iraq says it has inspected three Iranian flights passing through that country en route to Damascus in the past week and found nothing suspicious. - 4/12/13

Stolen Laptop Is Sending Its Owner Secret Photos From Its New Home in Iran
Dom Del Torto is an animator currently living in the UK. Dom Del Torto's laptop is a MacBook Pro currently living 3,000 miles away in Iran. This was not a planned separation. -Ashley Feinberg, gizmodo - 4/12/13

Iran steps up relief efforts for quake survivors
Aid agencies have stepped up relief efforts for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 37 people and injured 950 others in Bushehr Province in southwest Iran. Water and food are being distributed among survivors and about 2,100 tents have been set up in the quake zone, emergency officials said. - 4/11/13

Azerbaijani Lawmaker Gleeful About Iranian Border Treaty Threat
Amember of Azerbaijan's ruling political party has reacted gleefully to calls from Iranian lawmakers for the renegotiation of the 19th-century treaty that created the border between their countries. Iranian state media suggest that renegotiating the 185-year-old Treaty of Turkmenchay would lead to the annexation of northern Azerbaijan by Tehran. -Ron Synovitz, RFE - 4/11/13

U.S. Offers Condolences, Aid following deadly Iran quake
The White House has offered U.S. condolences to Iran over the earthquake that killed at least 37 people and injured some 850 others in southern Iran and indicated that Washington is ready to "help the Iranian people in this time of need." - 4/11/13

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Symposia Iranica, an international, biennial graduate conference with 99 speakers and 24 panels on 13-14 April 2013. The symposium seeks to challenge and support current and future generations of scholars in Iranian studies - 4/11/13

Iran Demanding Enrichment Rights Under NPT
In recent weeks, the Iranian leadership and policy makers have been emphasizing their demand for the recognition of Iran's enrichment rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from the P5+1. This was apparently one of the main issues that Iranian representatives were stressing during the two days of negotiations with the P5+1 at the second Almaty meeting. -Nader Bagherzadeh - 4/11/13

More Than 300 Iranian Students In US Really Need Your Help!
Several weeks ago, PAAIA announced a partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to provide emergency grants of $2,000 each to Iranian students in the US who are facing financial difficulties due to the recent currency devaluation in Iran. Since then, PAAIA has been collecting donations from generous Iranian Americans for these students. - 4/11/13

Interview: Nuclear-Risk Expert On Iranian Earthquake
Gary Sandquist, a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Utah who specializes in radioactive waste management and risk assessment, co-authored a prescient opinion piece in "The New York Times" this past January that warned about just such an event and the consequences that could arise. - 4/11/13

Anti-Violence artworks on display at Seyhoun Gallery in Hollywood
Seyhoun gallery in Hollywood is currently playing host to a group exhibition entitled "Replacing Violence with Art" which has put on display works by some Iranian and international artists. - 4/11/13

Can the Iranian Nuclear Dispute be Resolved?
Readers who recall that four years ago a new US President seemed eager to defuse the West's quarrel with Iran over its nuclear activities may wonder why we are all still waiting for white smoke. -Peter Jenkins, Lobelog - 4/11/13

Iran: "Moderate" presidential candidate promises bill of rights
Hassan Rohani, the head of strategic research for Iran's Expediency Council, announced on Thursday April 11 that he plans to run for president in the June election. Iranian media report that while speaking to a group of supporters, Rohani said that his government will be one of "prudence and hope" and that he will also focus on preparing a "Bill of Citizen Rights." - 4/11/13

The Way of the Knife: NYT's Mark Mazzetti on the CIA's Post-9/11 Move from Spying to Assassinations
In his new book, "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth," Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti tracks the transformation of the CIA and U.S. special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world's dark spaces -Democracy Now - 4/11/13

Photos: 37 killed as strong quake hits southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale on Tuesday struck near the Persian Gulf port city of Bushehr, home to Iran's only nuclear power plant. According to the initial official reports, at least 37 people were killed and 850 others were injured in the quake. - 4/10/13

Mapping the Iranian Genome
Since PARSA Community Foundation granted $250,000 to Stanford University's Iranian Genome Project in 2010, the project has grown significantly. The Iranian Genome Project aims to provide knowledge to both the scientific and Iranian community by studying and understanding the genetic background of Iranians... - 4/10/13

Photos: Relief Efforts Underway In Quake Hit Areas In Southern Iran
Relief workers from four nearby provinces have been dispatched to the quake-stricken areas in Bushehr province, according to Majid Iran-Manesh, the the head of State Crisis Management Organizationˈs Information Management and Disasters Center. The provinces include Fars, Kohgiluyeh and Buyer Ahmad, Khuzestan and Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari. - 4/10/13

IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium
IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium brings together Persian language educators who teach heritage speakers from pre-school through high school. The educators will gather from around the United States to address shared goals, needs, and challenges in an invite-only symposium in New York City from May 25-26, 2013. - 4/10/13

Iranian wrestling team to travel to U.S. for exhibition match in New York
The Iranian freestyle team will leave Tehran on May 11 to participate in an exhibition match in New York's Times Square. The United States Wrestling Federation has said that a dual meet will be held on May 16. - 4/10/13

Ahmadinejad's Opponents May Try To Stop April 15 Rally
Ahmadinejad's critics -- who accuse him of attempting a power grab akin to what Russian President Vladimir Putin did when he stepped down to become prime minister for one term before retaking the presidency -- believe the meeting will be used by the Iranian president and his close circle to influence the June 14 presidential vote. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/10/13

Iran: Outgoing Shiraz prison warden apologizes to dervishes
Ali Mozafari, the head of Shiraz Adelabad Prison, resigned from his post after apologizing to jailed dervishes Kasra Nouri and Saleh Moradi. - 4/10/13

Why P5+1 Mechanism Is Not Efficient Enough to Achieve Broad-based Agreement?
After several rounds of negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 group, it is now clear that Iran "may need other mechanisms different from the P5+1 to overcome the problem because the P5+1 mechanism is not efficient enough to make way for the achievement of a broad-based agreement" between the negotiating parties. -Ali Ghannadi - 4/10/13

Death penalty 2012: Despite setbacks, a death penalty-free world came closer
Despite some disappointing setbacks in 2012, the global trend towards ending the death penalty continued, Amnesty International found in its annual review of death sentences and executions. The top five executing countries in the world were once again China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and USA, with Yemen closely behind. - 4/10/13

Rescue teams racing against clock as strong quake hits Iran's Bushehr province
Rescue and medical teams are racing against the clock at the quake hit areas of Bushehr province. The early estimate indicates that the cities of Khormouj, Dayer and Kangan in Bushehr province have been destroyed by the 6.1 Richter scale quake on Tuesday. - 4/9/13

Activists arrested in run-up to Iranian election
recent reports indicate that in the past week several reformist activists in Babol, Sari, Amol and Behshahr have been summoned to Intelligence Ministry offices across Mazandaran Province and told that "reformists should not participate in the elections." - 4/9/13

West seeks to maintain nuclear monopoly with anti-Iran pressures: Ahmadinejad
On Tuesday, the National Day of Nuclear Technology, the Iranian president issued the order to launch Shahid Rezaeinejad yellowcake production plant and Saghand uranium mines in Ardakan as well as the country's first industrial electron accelerator in the city of Taft. - 4/9/13

Painting exhibit to raise funds for child cancer victims in Iran
A group of children has teamed up to hold a painting exhibition in Tehran to raise funds for children suffering from cancer. Paintings by 54 children will go on display on April 11 and 12 in a showcase entitled "Future Is Mine", Mahak Charity Society, which is the organizer of the event, announced on Monday. - 4/9/13

No Damage To Bushehr From Strong Earthquake
The governor of Iran's Bushehr Province has said the country's nuclear reactor was undamaged by a powerful earthquake which killed three people elsewhere in the southeast of the country. - 4/9/13

Young Language Scholar Goes on Odyssey Through Central Asia
A love of the Persian language, a fascination with hiking and the outdoors, and a sense of adventure sent Johann, a secondary school student from the United States, to Central Asia to study the language last summer. -Chandley McDonald, IIP - 4/9/13

Iranian tourism to Egypt put on hold
Only a week after the first group of Iranian tourists flew to Egypt, the country's tourism minister announced that such trips will be suspended until June. - 4/9/13

Iran earned $1.5bn from health tourism last year
Deputy Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Manouchehr Jahanian said here on Tuesday that Iran hosted 200,000 health tourists last year. - 4/9/13

Producer calls on presidential candidates to watch "Tehran 2121"
Directed Bahram Azimi, "Tehran 2121", about the past and present of a 160-year-old man. The story of "Tehran 2121" takes place in the year 2121 (Iranian year 1500), when robots live along with people who live for over 160 years due to progress in medical science. - 4/8/13

Iranian currency pays price for nuclear impasse
Iran's currency suffered another steep drop after the nuclear talks in Almaty failed to achieve any palpable results. Reports from Iran indicate that the dollar was traded on Sunday April 7 for 1,500 rials more than on the previous day. Similarly, the price of gold rose by four percent. - 4/8/13

Concerns over Possible Public Unrest In Iran Caused by Economic Pressure
Speaking to a group of people in the town of Neishabour, Saeedi said, "Economic pressure is on the people so that they will surrender to the enemies. If people succumb to the enemy, then we shall have no answer to history and the martyrs." -Bahram Rafiei - 4/8/13

Detained Iranian workers supported by protesters
A group of labour activists and the families of detained workers gathered in front of the Justice Department in Sanandaj on Saturday April 6 to protest the undetermined state of their arrested peers and relatives. - 4/8/13

Iranian marathon runner finishes third in Spanish competitions
Iranian marathon runner, Hossein Fazeli, became third in the over-55-year category of the thirteenth semi-marathon competitions in the Spanish capital of Madrid. - 4/8/13

University of Tabriz scientists build ultra light, fuel-less aircraft
The researcher referring to the performance of this aircraft added: "this ultra light aircraft flies with electric engine and without fuel. This project was executed and supported by Azad Islamic University, International Division of Qeshm Island and the University of Tabriz." - 4/8/13

Two ambassadors hold Iran photo exhibit in Tehran
Indonesian Ambassador Dian Wirengjurit and the ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Emir Hadzikadunic have travelled across Iran to take the photos for the joint exhibit, which has been entitled "Iran: East and West Perspectives". - 4/8/13

Drawing a line: the political power of cartoonists in Iran
There are many ways one can land in an Iranian prison. Marching to protest a stolen election is risky. Calling for the end of Iran's ruling theocracy is dangerous. Nikahang Kowsar was jailed for drawing a cartoon of a crocodile. - 4/8/13

Iran Inks 2.6 Billion Euro Deal To Revamp Abadan Refinery
A consortium of Iranian and foreign companies has signed a 2.6-billion Euro deal with Iran's Oil Ministry to revamp Abadan refinery, located in the southwest of the country, sources quoted Iranian deputy oil minister Alireza Zeighami as saying. - 4/8/13

Bita Ghezelaygh: The letter that never arrived
This is Bita Ghezelayagh's second solo show at Rose Issa Projects, featuring a new body of work that explore the aesthetic and poetic qualities of traditional Middle Eastern and Persian carpets. Bita Ghezelayagh started her career as an architect with a specialism in the restoration of historic buildings, and has always been motivated to preserve traditions threatened by mass production and contemporary taste. - 4/7/13

Are Iranians Outside Connected to the Voices Inside the Country?
As Iranians gear up for the June presidential elections, political groups and personalities become more vocal and visible. A question that is pursued by some today is whether the voice of Iranians outside the country is deeper, more radical, than those inside. -Taghi Rahmani ( - 4/7/13

World powers still seek diplomatic solution with Iran
World powers reacted with great reservation to the latest nuclear talks with Iran in Almaty but they maintained that there is still room to press on with further negotiations. AFP reported that a senior U.S. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Iran is expecting big results in exchange for small steps. - 4/7/13

Iran to send seven satellites into space
Iran is planning to launch seven satellites into space during the current Iranian calendar year which started on March 21, Iran Space Agency Director Hamid Fazeli announced here on Saturday. A number of universities will cooperate in the project to manufacture the satellites, he said. - 4/7/13

Iranˈs cyber-police condemns EU, US move against FATA
Iranˈs cyber police (FATA) condemned here Sunday the hostile move of the European Union and the US Department of Treasury against Fata. On March 12, Fata was blacklisted by the EU for what it referred to as "the violation of the human rights." - 4/7/13

Israeli Official: Time to Set Ultimatum for Iran
Speaking to Israel's Army Radio on Sunday, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said it is time for Iran to face a "military threat, a form of red line or unequivocal ultimatum" from the entire world, particularly the United States and the West. - 4/7/13

Photos: Iranians Embrace "The Year Of Snake"
The new Iranian year 1392 (starting on March 21st) is the year of snake. So here are some snapshots of the Iranian people embracing the snake! The Snake is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and related to the Chinese calendar, as well as in related East Asian zodiacal or calendrical systems. According to one mythical legend, there is a reason for the order of the 12 animals in the 12 year cycle. -Asghar Khamseh - 4/6/13

Text Messages With Name Of Ahmadinejad Aide Blocked/Unblocked In Iran
The Iran News Network website, which is affiliated with the country's government, reported on April 5 that SMS messages containing the last name of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's top aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, were blocked in Iran. - 4/6/13

Photos: The RoboCup IranOpen 2013
The eighth RoboCup Open competitions in Iran, The RoboCup IranOpen 2013, started in Tehran on April 5th and will continue until April 7. The Iranian RoboCup National Committee and Qazvin Azad University are the organizers of this event which is being held at Tehran's International Fairground. The participants will present and share scientific achievements in the areas of AI & Robotics during the event. - 4/6/13

Iranian Interior Minister faces further questioning in blogger's death
After conservative MP Ali Motahari announced that he has not been satisfied with the Interior Minister's explanations regarding the death of detained blogger Sattar Beheshti, the minister will now face further questioning in Parliament next Tuesday. - 4/6/13

Ashton Says Six Powers, Iran 'Remain Far Apart" In Almaty
EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton says the positions of six world powers and Iran "remain far apart" on Tehran's nuclear program despite two days of long and intensive discussions in Almaty, azakhstan. Nonetheless, she appeared to indicate that the talks had been constructive. - 4/6/13

Fifteen new dams to come on stream in Iran
Fifteen new dams will be inaugurated across Iran by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, IRNA News Agency quoted Managing Director of Iran Water Resources Management Company Mohammad Haj-Rasouliha as saying. - 4/6/13

Iran to export 40 mcm/d of gas to Iraq by summer 2013
An Iranian deputy oil minister has announced that the country will start exporting 40 million cubic meters (mcm) a day of natural gas to Iraq by summer 2013. - 4/6/13

Obama to Host Leaders from Turkey, Jordan, Persian Gulf States
President Barack Obama plans some intense Mideast diplomacy this month and next, welcoming leaders of Turkey, Jordan and two Gulf states for Oval Office talks on Syria and broader developments in the Mideast. -Dan Robinson, VOA - 4/6/13

Reflections on Obama's Nowruz Address as Hafez Rolls Over in His Grave
Four years ago, President Barack Obama quoted the beloved 13th century Persian poet Sa'di in his first Nowruz message to the Iranian people. The address, with its veneer of peace and diplomacy, was a well-received gesture to both civil society and the leadership in Tehran, recognizing the Islamic Republic and celebrating the country's ancient culture and history... -Jamasb Madani - 4/5/13

Iran's President to Hold Large Rally Amid Speculation About His Successor
The timing of the event -- two months before the June 14 presidential vote -- its location at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, which has the capacity to hold 100,000 people, and its possible nationalistic dimension has led to speculation. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/5/13

Hard-Line Tehran Daily Says Azerbaijan Should Hold Referendum On Joining Iran
ran's ultra-hard-line "Kayhan" daily, which is said to reflect the views of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has called for a public referendum in Azerbaijan to decide whether the country should join the Islamic Republic. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 4/5/13

Iran presents proposals at nuclear talks
Iran says it has submitted its proposal package to the G5+1 delegation at nuclear talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but there are no reports on how Iran responded to the world powers' proposals presented earlier. - 4/5/13

Explainer: What's On The Table At The Almaty Nuclear Talks?
Iran and the world powers are meeting in Almaty on April 5 and 6 to once more seek a solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Here are five things to know about the talks. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 4/5/13

The Atlantic Council's Report: Time to Move from Tactics to Strategy on Iran
The Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force has launched a new report, Time to Move from Tactics to Strategy on Iran, reflecting more than two years of research on a wide range of issues related to this pivotal country. The Task Force, led by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, recommends a long-term strategy that offers the Iranian government a face-saving exit from the nuclear crisis and seeks to lay the groundwork for better relations with the Iranian people. - 4/5/13

A screening of "Forced Confessions" documentary by Maziar Bahari and Panel Discussion in Berkeley
"Forced Confessions pulls the mask off a regime that brutally extracts lies from its citizens. The film is narrated by Director Maziar Bahari, who himself was used as a "poster boy for subversion" and forced to falsely admit to orchestrating street protests in 2009. -Berkeley Lecture Series - 4/5/13

Iranian presidential candidate denounces embassy attack
The deputy head of Iran's Parliament says the attack on the British Embassy in Tehran in December of 2011 was "illegal" and must be condemned. Those events brought an end to British-Iranian relations and were condemned by the United Nations and Western countries. - 4/5/13

Top Gear in Iran: Why do Iranians love Jeremy Clarkson?
It's the most widely watched factual TV programme in the world, according to Guinness World Records - Top Gear is watched in 214 territories, and dubbed into eight languages. One of the latest countries to succumb to its charms is, unexpectedly, Iran. -BBC - 4/5/13

Let Iranians get needed medicines
As you may know, Havaar recently launched a campaign to oppose the sanctions that have had such a devastating effect on average Iranians. As a starting point, we are focusing on pressuring banks to enable financial transactions that will help Iranians to acquire life-saving medicines, some of which have been unavailable or unaffordable in recent months. - 4/4/13

17 Caucasus cities seek annexation to Iran: Lawmaker
An Iranian lawmaker says the people of 17 cities across Caucasus are interested in their cities getting annexed to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 17 Caucasus cities, including the Azeri capital city of Baku, were separated from Iran under the rule of the Qajar dynasty. - 4/4/13

Hundreds of activists call for release of Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Khazali
More than 350 human rights and political activists have issued a statement urging the Iranian authorities to release Mehdi Khazali. The announcement expressed grave concern for the health of the political prisoner, who has gone on hunger strikes on several occasions - 4/4/13

Ahmadinejad Inaugurates Large Dam in Northeastern Iran
A large reservior dam, constructed by Iranian experts, was inaugurated in the Northeastern Khorassan Razavi province in a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Aradak reservoir dam is located about 70 km to the Northwest of Mashhad. The 410-meter-long dam is constructed on Aradak River. - 4/4/13

Momeni Foundation is accepting applications for the year 2013 Academic Scholarships
Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. Deadline for receiving the application material is June 30th, 2013. - 4/4/13

No to Having Prisoners of Conscience
The detention of any prisoner of conscience by any system of government violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. All prisoners of conscience are essentially trying to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, and/or movement. -12Petals Media Group - 4/4/13

Iranian nuclear negotiators arrive in Almaty
The Iranian delegation has arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in preparation for the latest meeting with the G5+1 to discuss nuclear concerns. The last round of talks has been called a "turning point" and very "positive." - 4/4/13

EU's Ashton Expresses 'Cautious Optimism' For Upcoming Iran Nuclear Talks
European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton says she is "cautiously optimistic" about upcoming talks on Iran's nuclear development program. The sessions on April 5-6 in Almaty are a follow-up to meetings the parties started in the Kazakh commercial capital at the end of February. - 4/4/13

Power Struggle Is Gripping Iran Ahead of June Election
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not going quietly. With only three months to go in his second and last presidential term, he has raised a series of controversies intended, experts say, to reshape his public image and secure the support of dissatisfied urban Iranians for his handpicked successor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 4/4/13

As Iraq Becomes Iran-Like
"Iran is ruling Iraq today," Sheikh Safed Maula, a clan leader clad in a black cloak and red turban, told IPS. "Baghdad is in the hands of the Safavids (a name that designates the Persian Shia Muslims), whereas Sunnis walk to prison in line," he said, referring to the mass detention of Sunnis on what rights groups say are flimsy charges -Karlos Zurutuza, IPS - 4/4/13

Photos: Life in the Iranian village of Souzan
The village of Souzan is part of the town of Razan in Hamedan Province in northwestern Iran. Life in this village is simple but beautiful! -Hojjatollah Ataei - 4/3/13

Tehran Stock Exchange sets new record in volume of trade
Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) has set a new record in the volume of trade hitting the 40,000 unit mark on Wednesday. The TSE began its trading at 38,040 points in the new Iranian year that began on March 20. - 4/3/13

'Stupendously Photogenic' Iran
New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple has made three reporting trips to Iran since 2011. He visited areas that he described as "stupendously photogenic" but was more interested in uncovering unfamiliar facets of Iranian society. He said that every foreigner he met was taken aback to find that the real Iran differs greatly from the way it is depicted in the Western media. - 4/3/13

Cargo train carrying fuel derails in Qods city near Tehran
A cargo train carrying fuel derailed in Raznan area of Qods city near Tehran on Tuesday. Managing Director of Firefighting Department and Security Services of Qods Municipality Reza Heydari said that 12 wagons from 38 wagons of the train had been derailed. - 4/3/13

El-Baradei slams restrictions on Iranian tourists visiting Egypt
Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Mohammad El-Baradei has spoken out against the restrictions imposed on Iranian tourists visiting his country. The first group of Iranian tourists to visit Egypt in three decades arrived on Saturday March 30. According to local media, Iranian tourists are under strict security supervision for their own protection. - 4/3/13

The Long History of Lies about Iran
There was a flood of articles and analyses on the tenth anniversary of invasion of Iraq on March 19, most of which focused on the lies, exaggerations, and half-truths that the War Party told the American people and the world in the run up to the war. -Muhammad Sahimi, antiwar - 4/3/13

Double-Digit Inflation Worsens in Iran
Iran's double-digit inflation rate worsened for the sixth consecutive month in March, the government said on Monday, in what appeared to be an implicit acknowledgment that international sanctions linked to the disputed Iranian nuclear program are causing some economic harm. -NY Times - 4/3/13

UN General Assembly approves global arms trade treaty
he United Nations General Assembly has approved a global arms trade treaty that failed to achieve unanimous support last week but garnered the support of a majority of Member States when put to a vote today. Three Member States - Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Iran and Syria - voted against the decision, while 23 countries abstained. -UN News - 4/3/13

Photos: Sizdah Bedar, Persian Festival Of Nature
Sizdah bedar celebrations stem from the ancient Persians' belief that the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years at the end of which the sky and earth collapsed in chaos. - 4/2/13

Photos: Iranian out in nature celebrating Sizdah Bedar
People across Iran celebrated Sizdah-Bedar, the traditional Persian festival of nature, on Tuesday by spending time outdoor. Sizdah-Bedar, an ancient Iranian nature festival, is held on the 13th of Farvardin (first month in Iranian calendar) and marks the end of the Persian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations. - 4/2/13

Iranian actress dies in hospital at age 36
Iranian actress Asal Badiyi died of heart failure today at Tehran's Loghman Hospital at the age of 36. According to Iranian media, Badiyi was being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit since yesterday for "severe medical drug poisoning". - 4/2/13

Iranian protesters demand release of labour activists in Sanandaj
The Coordination Council for the Support of Labour Organization announced on Monday April 1 that on the previous two days, the families of detained labour activists joined with other members of the public to gather in front of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court and demand the detainees' release. - 4/2/13

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 13-28, 2013
UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition tracing the unfolding of Iran's fascinating national cinema. Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation. - 4/2/13

Photos: Aerial Views of Sizdah Bedar in Tehran
These photos show the aerial views of the capital city Tehran on the day of Sizdah-Bedar. The thirteenth day of the Iranian new year festival is Sizdah Bedar (literally meaning "passing the thirteenth day", figuratively meaning "Passing the bad luck of the thirteenth day"). - 4/2/13

US Considers Sanctions Against Pakistan for Iran Pipeline
After nearly 20 years, there is considerable progress on the Iran-to-Pakistan "peace pipeline," with Iranian contractors starting work on Pakistani sections of the project, having finished nearly 900 kilometers of pipeline in Iran. - 4/2/13

Book: In Iran: Text and Photos by Adam Jones
What is it like to travel in the Islamic Republic of Iran? In June 2012, Canadian scholar Adam Jones and his companion Griselda Ramirez made a 26-day, 7,000-kilometer private tour through the western half of the country, accompanied only by their guide, Mahmood, and driver Samad. They visited most of Iran's major cities along with many smaller towns, and travelled to remote frontier areas of Iranian Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. - 4/1/13

Shahzadeh Garden in Mahan, Kerman: A Corner In Heaven
The magnificent Shahzadeh garden, located in Kerman desert, and known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. - 4/1/13

New Study Finds 7,000 Unlicensed Surgeons Performing Nose Jobs in Iran, Rhinoplasty Metropolis Of The World
In all, more than 200,000 nose jobs are performed on Iranians each year. According to the reports, women as young as fourteen undergo rhinoplasties in Iran in hopes of achieving the same nasal beauty associated with famous Hollywood A-listers in America. -Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS - 4/1/13

Photos: The Abarkuh Cedar
The Cedar of Abarkuh, with an approximate age of 4000 years, is the the oldest tree in Iran and among the world's oldest trees (second or third). The tree is located in the central city of Abarkuh in Yazd province, and it is among the natural heritage of the country - 4/1/13

Iranian internet cafes face new regulations
Iran's cyber police have imposed further restrictions on internet cafes, issuing a list of 20 new requirements that must be complied with within 15 days by all such businesses or else they will face prosecution. - 4/1/13

Iran wants explanation for meeting in Azerbaijan
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Azerbaijan's ambassador to express displeasure with a meeting held in Baku entitled "The Future of Southern Azerbaijan." - 4/1/13

How Iranian companies manage to keep trading with foreigners
The past 15 months have been grim for Iranian businesses which trade with the outside world. America has tightened sanctions against Iran's financial system; the European Union has put an embargo on its oil; and international traders are wary of dealing with the country. -Economist - 4/1/13

Armenia: Do Iran's Sheep Pose A Threat To National Security?
A pending agreement for Iran to graze sheep inside Armenia has sparked a furor among Armenian environmentalists and nationalists over whether or not the prospective deal poses a threat to the country's national security. -Eurasiareview - 4/1/13

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