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Rumi Dabbled in Astronomy: Iranian Scholar
Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind, was an astronomer as well, according to an Iranian academician - 6/30/04

Fifth-grader is admitted to Cal Tech
An 11-year-old boy who traveled from Iran to Woodland Hills, Calif., four years ago is going to be a little man on campus at Cal State Los Angeles. -UPI - 6/30/04

Hamburg fans select Mahdavikia as top player of 2003 season
Hamburger SV fans voted for Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia as the team's best player during the 2003-4 season, the north German club's online site announced Wednesday. - 6/30/04

100,000 Iranians are victims of Iraqi chemical weapons
Some 100,000 Iranians have fallen victims to chemical weapons used by the Iraqi regime during its 1980-88 imposed war on Iran, it was announced in Tehran on Wednesday. - 6/30/04

TV: Last Days in Iran - July 5-6 on Discovery channel
After twenty-five years of Islamic theocracy, growing numbers of Iranians are starving for change. 70% of the population is under 30. They're wired to the Internet and tied into satellite TV for the first time exposed to Western ideas. - 6/30/04

Iran's Airwave Assault
IRAN'S government broadcasts on short-wave radio in about 30 lan guages. It operates four 24/7 TV chan nels — one in Arabic to Iraq, a second in Arabic for Lebanon, a third in mostly local languages throughout Central Asia and a fourth in Persian for a global audience. U.S. International Broadcasting, by contrast, has just one 24/7 TV station: the Arabic-language news and information channel Al-hurra. -New York Post - 6/30/04

Statoil fined over Iranian bribes
Norway's economic crime investigator Okokrim said consultancy fees were paid by Statoil to secure contracts in Iran. -BBC - 6/30/04

Atomic Ayatollahs
Iran ratcheted up international nuclear tensions late last week by announcing it would resume (as soon as tomorrow) building nuclear centrifuges — an essential element in nuclear-weapons development. -Heritage Foundation - 6/30/04

Iraq is Worse Off Than Before the War Began, GAO Reports
In a few key areas - electricity, the judicial system and overall security - the Iraq that America handed back to its residents Monday is worse off than before the war began last year, according to calculations in a new General Accounting Office report released Tuesday. -Common Dreams - 6/30/04

Kurds Want Autonomy, Respect from Rest of Iraq
Kurdish leaders in Iraq say they are still seeking guarantees from the new interim government that it will uphold the right of Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq, well after the transfer of sovereignty. -VOA - 6/30/04

Iran: French Experts to Help Refurbish Sa'dabad Palaces’ Furniture
Furniture of the Sa’dabad Palace Complex, home to Iran’s former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, is to be refurbished with the assistance of a delegation of French experts - 6/30/04

Iranian FM spokesman: Bush's remarks beneath the dignity of a president
Asefi's comments came after the US president claimed in his speech to the recently-concluded NATO summit in Istanbul that Iran was trying to develop weapons of mass destruction and spread terrorism around the world. He also described Iran as a "threat to world peace." - 6/30/04

Iran spruces up tourist industry
Iran may not be everyone's choice for fun in the sun, but the Islamic Republic plans to privatise its lumbering state-run tourist sector and increase its share of world tourism 15-fold in the next 20 years. -Reuters - 6/30/04

US Expels Two Iranians
The United States has expelled two Iranian security guards at Iran's mission to the United Nations. U.S. officials say two employees at the Iranian U.N. mission were asked to leave the country for what are described as "activities incompatible with their stated duties." That phrase is diplomatic language for spying. -VOA - 6/30/04

UN clears Iran nuclear facility
The head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has said Russia's nuclear co-operation with Iran is no longer a matter of concern. He denied US claims that the Bushehr reactor could be used to make weapons. -BBC - 6/30/04

Attack Iran, US chief ordered British
America's military commander in Iraq ordered British troops to prepare a full-scale ground offensive against Iranian forces that had crossed the border and grabbed disputed territory, a senior officer has disclosed. An attack would almost certainly have provoked open conflict with Iran. But the British chose instead to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels. -Telegraph, UK - 6/30/04

European Union challenged about Iran, the Middle East's biggest prison for journalists
Reporters Without Borders on June 28 addressed an open letter to the European Union asking about the EU delegation that was in Tehran on 14-15 June taking part in a dialogue about human rights with the Islamic Republic. The organisation criticised the continuing threats against members of the news media and the deterioration in the situation of imprisoned journalists. - 6/30/04

President says 85 dams to be built all over Iran by 2005
Addressing a ceremony marking the inauguration of Yamchi reservoir dam in this northwestern Iranian province, Khatami said 50 dams have been built in Iran in the post-Islamic Revolution era, five of which erected this year. - 6/29/04

Iran Plans to Buttress Abyaneh's Clay Buildings
In order to buttress Iranian clay buildings against jolts and quakes, a special plan to renovate and preserve the ancient village of Abyaneh has just started, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Tuesday. - 6/29/04

Caspian: Influx Of Killer Jellyfish Threatens Fish Stocks
Ten years ago, a voracious species of plankton-eating jellyfish appeared in the Caspian Sea, posing a serious threat to already declining fish stocks. One potential solution might be introducing a second jellyfish species to prey on the first. But the Caspian's five littoral states have yet to reach an agreement on how best to handle the problem -- leaving the sea in danger of suffering irreversible damage in the meantime. -RFE - 6/29/04

D-Days for Iran’s Historical Sites in UNESCO’s Session
As forty-eight new sites are vying for a place on UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List, voting for Pasargadae and the Bam Citadel is due to be held on Thursday and Friday, respectively. - 6/29/04

IRAN: Special on Afghan refugees
Afghans have been streaming into Iran for decades, fleeing war, despotic leaders, fanatical regimes and economic misery. In 2000 alone, almost a quarter of a million Afghans sought refuge in Iran from the feared Taliban rulers. -IRIN - 6/29/04

Iraq's Alawi: We extend a hand to boost friendship with Iran
In his first address following power transfer in Iraq, the Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Alawi said, "We extend a hand toward Iran, Turkey and all other neighbor of Iraq for boosting friendship and cooperation with them." - 6/29/04

Iran's government spokesman plays down spat over closure of international airport
Iran Monday played down a spat, surrounding the closure of an international airport south of Tehran, rejecting a report on alleged showdown between the government and revolutionary guards over the project as 'a joke'. - 6/29/04

Sunday Close at Tehran Stock Exchange
Some 57,916,000 shares, worth Rls 540.110 billion (US$ 62.80 million), were traded at the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) on Sunday June 27, 2004, Pars Investment reported. - 6/29/04

Iran's foreign ministry slams US expulsion of two UN mission guards
Iran deplored the expulsion of two guards of its mission at the United Nations in New York. - 6/29/04

Angry Chirac puts Bush in his place
Jacques Chirac bluntly told George Bush to mind his own business yesterday when the US president urged European leaders to give Turkey a firm date for starting EU membership talks later this year. -Guardian - 6/29/04

Supreme court blow for Bush on Guantánamo
Prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay will be able to challenge their detention in the American courts after the US supreme court yesterday curbed the Bush administration's power to deny detainees the right to a lawyer. -Guardian - 6/29/04

Iran to establish new Bank in Afghanistan
Bank Melli and Bank Saderat are to jointly establish a new Bank named "Aryan" in Kabul, it was announced in Kabul on Monday. - 6/29/04

Oil prices fall on Iraq handover
Oil prices have fallen to two-month lows following the incident-free handover of sovereignty in Iraq. -BBC - 6/29/04

Billions of Revenue from Oil 'Missing'
A Christian charity has accused the coalition authority in Iraq of failing to account for up to $20bn (nearly £11bn) of oil revenues which should have been spent on relief and reconstruction projects. -Common Dreams - 6/29/04

UN inspects Iran 'nuclear' site
Nuclear inspectors from the United Nations have visited a site where Iran has been accused of working on a nuclear weapons programme. -BBC - 6/29/04

Iran To Resume Building Nuclear Centrifuges
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United States, and the European Union have criticized Iran's decision to resume building centrifuges -- an apparatus that can be used to create weapons-grade enriched uranium. -RFE - 6/29/04

Iran's football manager Mohammad Ranjbar dies of cerebral disorder
Ranjbar, who was grown up in Kermanshah in western Iran won 22 caps in national team and played for the country in 1966 Olympic Games in Tokyo. - 6/29/04

Susann Hashemiyan brings East and West together in her art to tell a new Story
What can I say? I found her work most provocative! I was impressed with this young lady, who has studied textile design and has been practicing drawing/painting for the past 12 years. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/28/04

Russia to Speed Up Nuclear Deal With Iran — Top Nuclear Official
Russia will avoid delays in the launch of an atomic reactor in Iran by speeding up talks with Tehran on a key bilateral deal, the head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency, Aleksandr Rumyantsev, said. -Moscow News - 6/28/04

US Blasts Iran Nuke Program
The United States is blasting Iran's decision to resume constructing machinery designed to enrich uranium, a process that can be used to generate weapons-grade nuclear material. -VOA - 6/28/04

Iran: Largest Zinc Mill in Middle East Goes Bankrupt
Massoud Shariati, Bafq governor announced on June 22, 2004 that the largest zinc mill in the Middle East has gone bankrupt four years after establishment in the city of Bafq, Yazd province, Pars Investment reported from Tehran. - 6/28/04

Iran to resume nuclear programme
Iran is to resume elements of its uranium enrichment programme tomorrow in a move which worsens the confrontation with the west over Tehran's suspected ambition to develop a nuclear bomb. -Guardian - 6/28/04

US hands over sovereignty in Iraq
The US has formally handed over power in Iraq, two days ahead of schedule. -BBC - 6/28/04

Armenia, Iran to start gas pipeline construction
Armenia and Iran intend to immediately begin the construction of a gas pipeline between the two countries, says a report from the Armenian presidential press service. -Interfax - 6/28/04

Stepping Out to a Cold Irish Welcome
Smiling and waving, George Bush glided down the steps of Air Force One at Shannon airport last night, seemingly unfazed by his tag as the most unwelcome American ever to set foot on Irish soil. -Common Dreams - 6/28/04

40,000 Chemically Wounded Veterans In Iran: Professor
University professor Dr. Mostafa Qane’i said here Sunday that there are 40,000 chemically wounded veterans and civilians in Iran, adding that this group should take safety issues into further account in view of seasonal changes that can aggravate their illness. -Tehran Times - 6/28/04

Statoil May Be Cleared of Bribery Charge in Iran, Investors Say
Statoil ASA, Norway's biggest oil company, may be cleared of bribery allegations that prompted a nine-month police inquiry and caused three top officials to quit, said investors including Peter Warren of Euronordic in Oslo. -Bloomberg - 6/28/04

Iran's Nuclear Shell Game
Of one thing we can be quite certain: Iran is not a pushover or a house of cards as many have portrayed it be. Threats, intimidation and sanctions will only force Iran’s conservative hardliners to strengthen their positions as the nation’s guardians. Under such conditions, even if Iran might be simply bluffing with its nuclear shell game at this time, prudence alone would dictate striving aggressively to develop the ultimate deterrent, sooner rather than later. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/28/04

International Committee of Bam Salvage to Convene
An international committee, made of 3 local and 3 foreign experts, is to be set up to organize and coordinate future global efforts to recover the historical citadel of the Iranian city of Bam - 6/27/04

Iran to manufacture centrifuges parts under IAEA supervision: FM Spokesman
Iran will manufacture and assemble centrifuges' parts under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Sunday. - 6/27/04

Bush pleads for unity over Iraq
George Bush hailed an end to the 'bitter differences' between Europe and America over Iraq yesterday after the European Union approved a key role for Nato in rebuilding the country's security.'The bitter differences over the war are over,' Bush said. 'We all agree that a democratic and peaceful Iraq, with its territorial integrity intact, is in all our benefit.' -Guardian - 6/27/04

UN asks Israel to go nuclear-free
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, says Israel should start discussions on ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons. He said such dialogue would help reduce frustration in the region about "what is seen to be a widespread imbalance". -BBC - 6/27/04

Iran: SNSC Secretary says Confidence-building is 1st step in talks with Europeans
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) of Iran Hojatoleslam Hassan Rowhani said here on Sunday that the first step for resumption of new round and long-term talks with Europeans is building up confidence. - 6/27/04

We must support Iran's evolution
With nearly two-thirds of the population under 25, a good education system and 15 per cent of school leavers going to university, the pressure to provide jobs and prospects preoccupies politicians of all hues. With abundant oil and minerals plus a steady 6 per cent annual increase in GDP, Britain, the Germans, French and Italians have recognised Iran as a coming powerhouse. More than $4 billion of foreign investment has gone in this year. -Lord Phillips, Guardian - 6/27/04

UN concern at Iran nuclear move
The UN's nuclear chief has joined Washington and the EU in urging Iran not to resume production of centrifuge parts used in uranium enrichment. -BBC - 6/27/04

Iran's Parliament elects three lawyers to fill vacancies in Guardian Council
The lawyers, Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Gholam-Hussein Elham and Abbas Ka'bi, were elected by MPs in an open session of the Majlis this morning. - 6/27/04

Taliban Targeting Would-Be Afghan Voters
Afghan security officials say Taliban fighters in the southern province of Zabul have kidnapped and killed more than a dozen people who were carrying voter registration cards for elections scheduled in September. -RFE - 6/27/04

US wants reconstruction fund to pay Saddam debts
Iraq's $150bn debt arises out of loans dating back to its bloody war against Iran during the Eighties. The country owes another $30bn in reparation payments for damage inflicted on neighbouring countries such as Kuwait during the invasion in 1990. -Guardian - 6/27/04

Iranian woman gives birth to frog
An Iranian woman gave birth to a frog in a bizarre labor in the southeastern city of Iranshahr Saturday - 6/27/04

Russia stresses continuation of nuclear cooperation with Iran
Head of Russian Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev stressed here Sunday on continuation of cooperation with Iran on nuclear energy. - 6/27/04

Council Votes to Trim Down Troublesome Tower in Isfahan
The technical council of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) in its today’s session approved plans to decrease the height of a towering concrete building that overlooks Isfahan’s historical Naghsh-e Jahan Square - 6/27/04

Afghanistan And Iran Confront Their Drug Problem
The international community will mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse on 26 June. Global opium cultivation is down, but increased cultivation in Afghanistan and higher opium yields led to a 5 percent increase in illicit global opium production between 2002 and 2003. -RFE - 6/26/04

Analysis: Can Iraq help U.S.-Iran relations
Could Iraq be a "test case" to improve relations between the United States and Iran? A top Iranian diplomat who asked not to be identified, said U.S.-Iranian relations have been "shy," especially since the wars that deposed the regimes of the Taliban in Afghanistan and of President Saddam Hussein in Iraq. -UPI - 6/26/04

Leave Iran to the Iranians
The unhappy truth is that the only the Iranian people can engineer genuine changes inside Iran and our own interference, no matter how well-intentioned, is essentially misguided. -Intellectual Conservative - 6/26/04

U.S. wars in Persian Gulf unshackle Iran
Western diplomats and local officials in the Middle East say Iran, widely considered a supporter of international terrorism that's trying to develop nuclear weapons, is emerging as the unintended winner of Bush's war on terrorism. -Knight Ridder Newspapers - 6/26/04

EU concern at Iran nuclear move
Germany and the UK have voiced concern at Iran's decision to break a deal and resume production of centrifuge parts used in uranium enrichment. -BBC - 6/26/04

Canadian envoy: Ground prepared for expansion of Iran-Canada trade ties
Canadian Ambassador to Iran Philip McKinon said in Tehran on Saturday that the ground has been prepared for expansion of trade ties between the two countries. - 6/26/04

Self-Immolation Of Women On The Rise In Western Afghanistan
The Afghan government is expressing concern over the growing number of women in Herat Province who have killed themselves through self-immolation. -RFE - 6/26/04

Iran/Bam: Six Months after the Earthquake: International Help still Needed
Six months after the severe earthquake of 26 December 2003 in southern Iranian Bam, Carsten Stork, project coordinator of Malteser Germany in Bam, resumes the situation: “In cooperation with the population and with the local authorities and organisations, the international relief community has already achieved good results concerning the rehabilita-tion of houses, school buildings and health centres. -Reuters - 6/26/04

Quakes hit southwestern Iranian city of Dogonbadan in succession
Two earthquakes measuring 4.7 and 3.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Dogonbadan in Kohgilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad province, southwest of Iran, Friday night and early Saturday. - 6/26/04

Iran's roads take heavy toll
Iran has one of the world's highest rates for traffic accidents and its roads can be quite a challenge, as people with experience of them have been telling BBC News Online. - 6/26/04

Iran: Rafsanjani Blasts Mideast Plan
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is Iran's former president and current head of its Expediency Council, which arbitrates disputes between parliament and the Council of Guardians. Like other Iranian officials, he has made clear his opposition to democratic reform in the Middle East. -VOA - 6/26/04

IAPAC Honors the Accomplishments of Iranian Women
The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) recently celebrated the accomplishments of Iranian women and honored Mahnaz Afkhami, Women’s Learning Partnership CEO, Mehrangiz Kar, human rights activist, and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate. - 6/26/04

Iran defeats Syria 4-1 and wins West Asian Football Federation title
Iran breezed past Syria 4-1 in the final showdown of the third West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship in Tehran on Friday. - 6/26/04

Internet Under Surveillance Report 2004 - Situation in Iran: Very Serious
Reporters Without Borders has released Internet Under Surveillance report 2004. The report whic is focused on"obstacles to the free flow of information online" discusses the situation of internet users around the globe. The situation in Iran has been described as very serious. - 6/25/04

Scores die in Iran tanker inferno
At least 90 people are reported to have died and scores more have been hurt in a blaze which began when a fuel tanker crashed into buses in south-east Iran. -BBC - 6/25/04

Iranian blot on 'half the world' draws ire from UNESCO
"Isfahan is half the world," or so the Persian proverb boasts. But the image of the central Iranian oasis, home to some of the world's greatest architectural splendors, could come in for a major blow amid a dispute with the United Nations cultural body UNESCO. -AFP - 6/25/04

UK regrets Iran resuming production of uranium centrifuge parts
On Thursday, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton said that Iran had announced it would resume production of uranium centrifuge parts and had informed the UK, France and Germany. - 6/25/04

Iraq War Analysis Paints Grim Picture
Unless you own a lot of stock in Halliburton or other big defense, security, or construction companies, chances are the Iraq war has turned out to be a pretty bad investment, both in human lives and taxpayer dollars, according to a new assessment by a progressive Washington-based think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). -Common Dreams - 6/25/04

AFGHANISTAN: Challenges of rapid urban development
Although largely a rural nation, Afghanistan's urban development is now proceeding faster than ever with reconstruction and rehabilitation well under way. -IRIN - 6/25/04

Authorities In Azerbaijan Strive To Keep Islam Under Control
Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, religious groups from Turkey and Iran began flourishing in Azerbaijan. In addition to its geographic proximity, Azerbaijan's historical and cultural ties to both Turkey and Iran provided fertile ground for both Sunni religious endowments and Shi'a mullahs to develop missionary activities. -RFE - 6/25/04

'This is the only fun the kids get - shooting at the US sitting ducks'
Who exactly are the Iraqi resistance? In a remarkable essay, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad joins the front-line anti-American fighters in Kerbala, Falluja and Sadr City, and discovers that they are not always the well-trained, highly motivated fanatics we imagine -Guardian - 6/25/04

Iran's Information Ministry denies investigation into Zahra Kazemi's case is over
Iran's Information Ministry on Thursday rejected recent claims by Tehran's prosecutor general that investigation by by a three-member board into the case of late photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is over. - 6/25/04

Released Britons return to Iraq
Eight British servicemen who were held in Iran for three days are now back with UK forces in Iraq, defence chiefs have confirmed. -BBC - 6/25/04

US seeks united approach with EU over Iran's nuclear program
President George W Bush's attendance at the EU-US summit in Ireland this weekend will include discussions on Iran, according to the US Under-Secretary, Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs Alan Larson. - 6/25/04

Report on the death penalty worldwide lists China, Iran and Iraq as top executioners for 2003
in 2003. One country alone, China, carried out at least 5,000, or 89.3% of the executions that took place during 2003. Iran was responsible for at least 154 executions. Iraq, up to April 9 when US Central Command chief General Tommy Franks suspended the death penalty -Hands Off Cain - 6/24/04

From online to on screen exposure
The Iranian journalist who exposed New Republic writer Stephen Glass as a fraud in a breakthrough for online journalism has told the BBC of the "daunting task" of being portrayed in the film Shattered Glass. -BBC - 6/24/04

Iran releases British servicemen
The six Royal Marines and two sailors were flown to Tehran and have now been taken to the British embassy compound in the Iranian capital. -BBC - 6/24/04

Soccer: Iran defeats Iraq 2-1 in WAFF semifinal
Iran on Wednesday defeated Iraq 2-1 in the semifinal of the third West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship. - 6/24/04

US seeks united approach with EU over Iran's nuclear program
President George W Bush's attendance at the EU-US summit in Ireland this weekend will include discussions on Iran, according to the US Under-Secretary, Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs Alan Larson. - 6/24/04

Iran Khodro pavilion ranks 1st in 6th international auto fair in Tehran
Iran Khodro pavilion in Tehran sixth International Automobile Fair (June 20-24) stood first with respect to the diversity, innovation, design, quality and number of its produced cars as well as dissemination of information and decoration of its pavilions. - 6/24/04

Should Congress Roll Back the Legal Reach of the Patriot Act?
The Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA) (S.2528 and H.R.4591), simultaneously introduced in the House and Senate, calls for the rolling back of several provisions outlined in the US PATRIOT Act, which, the bill’s architects contend, have allowed the US Justice Department to damage America’s civil liberties. -NIAC - 6/24/04

Facing Humiliating Defeat, US Abandons Move to Exempt Troops from War Crimes
Faced with the prospect of a humiliating defeat, the United States abandoned its proposal to seek Security Council exemption for U.S. soldiers from possible war crime charges in future U.N. peacekeeping operations overseas. -Common Dreams - 6/24/04

British sailors are latest pawns in Iranian politics
The announced release by Iran of eight detained British sailors Wednesday defused a brewing diplomatic crisis. It reflects how Iran - despite a clear conservative political shift in recent months - can still choose pragmatism on matters crucial to national security. -CSM - 6/24/04

Foreign-Born Candidates Compete for US House Seat in Oregon
Republican Goli Ameri is challenging Democratic incumbent David Wu. Ms. Ameri is Iranian and Representative Wu is the only member of Congress born in China. From Portland, Colin Fogarty looks at the candidates and their changing district. -VOA - 6/24/04

Tehran's Art Scene: Afshan Ketabchi and Andy Warhol's "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes"
Recently I had the opportunity to see the works of another provocative artist, again a lady, in Tehran’s Golestan gallery. I was astounded when I walked into the gallery last week to see the works of Afshan Ketabchi whose motto for the show was a line from Andy Warhol everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/24/04

US House Committee to Examine Iran's Nuclear Ambition
A committee of the House of Representatives holds a hearing later Wednesday on the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions. The hearing also comes amid renewed concern by some lawmakers about what they call Iranian interference in efforts to stabilize Iraq. -VOA - 6/23/04

Iranian FM: British sailors to be released shortly
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tehran on Wednesday that the eight British sailors detained in Iran's territorial waters on Monday will be released later in the day. - 6/23/04

Tehran Stock Exchange Information System for Foreign Investors Launched
Pars Investment Ltd. has launched on June 21, 2004 an internet-based information system, providing foreign and Iranian Expatriate investors in English language with a wide variety of up-to-date information on the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE). - 6/23/04

Iran orders release of UK sailors
The eight crew members of three UK patrol boats seized by Iran near the border with Iraq are to be released, an Iranian armed forces spokesman says. -BBC - 6/23/04

Troubled waters: how an eight-man British flotilla steered itself into a diplomatic crisis
Marines and sailors fall foul of tensions between west and Iran - and the bloody history of a strategically sensitive channel in Middle East -Guardian - 6/23/04

Quake hits Abdanan in western Iran
A mild earthquake measuring 3.4 degrees on the richter scale jolted Abdanan in the western province of Ilam Wednesday morning. - 6/23/04

Afghan detainees routinely tortured and humiliated by US troops
Detainees held in Afghanistan by American troops have been routinely tortured and humiliated as part of the interrogation process, in the same way as those in Iraq, a Guardian investigation has found. -Guardian - 6/23/04

World's Nuclear Powers Decried as Hypocrites
The world's nuclear powers have failed to reduce their reliance on atomic weapons, creating a double standard that plagues international efforts to reduce their spread, the United Nations top nuclear watchdog said yesterday. -Common Dreams - 6/23/04

Satellie image of Tehran, Iran
This is a natural color, 60-centimeter (2-foot) high-resolution QuickBird satellite image featuring the capitol city of Iran. - 6/23/04

Iran: Seizure Of British Patrol Boats, Crews Raising Tensions
Iran's seizure of three small British boats and their crews is raising tensions between Tehran and London. -REF - 6/23/04

British envoy, Iranian MP review latest developments in Iraq
British Ambassador to Tehran Richard Dalton discussed regional and international issues with head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Tehran on Wednesday. - 6/23/04

Khatami: Petrochemical industry, backbone of Iranian economy
Addressing local officials attending a special ceremony held on the occasion of launching of five major petrochemical projects in the southwestern city of Mahshahr in Khuzestan province, he said petrochemical products comprise four percent of the country's industrial exports. - 6/23/04

The Chalabi case: what does it imply for Iran?
The first question that comes to mind here is whether the Chalabi affair is based on genuine US concerns or is designed to provide the Washington hawks with another foreign policy instrument against Tehran. -Amir Ali Nourbakhsh, Tehran - 6/23/04

Book award goes to "Senator: the Work of Senator Mehrangiz Manouchehrian in the Struggle for Legal Rights for Women" and "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Parvin Ardalan and Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani's book "Senator: the Work of Senator Mehrangiz Manouchehrian in the Struggle for Legal Rights for Women" was selected as co-winner of the 2004 Latifeh Yarshater Book Award. - 6/23/04

Dealing with Iran's Nuclear Challenge
Some other steps to enhance nuclear cooperation -Roger Howard, - 6/22/04

Iranian varsity team wins Vancouver taekwondo crown
Iran's representative, Payam-e Nour University, was crowned at the third Vancouver international taekwondo meet Tuesday. - 6/22/04

British diplomats in talks to free sailors and marines
British diplomats were last night frantically trying to prevent a full-scale diplomatic crisis between London and Tehran after the seizure of three Royal Navy vessels in the disputed waterway between southern Iraq and Iran. -Gaudian - 6/22/04

Air France resumes Tehran flights after 7 years
Speaking to reporters, Spinetta said Air France is launching three weekly flights from Paris to Tehran every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday with return flights taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. - 6/22/04

Iran, Russia to cooperate in aerospace field
Iran's Khaje-Nasiroddin Toussi University and Russian State Technological University, MATI, singed a letter of understanding to launch joint cooperation in the field of aerospace in future - 6/22/04

Iran 'to charge British sailors'
Iran is to prosecute eight UK sailors detained for illegally entering its territorial waters, state-run TV quotes military sources as saying. -BBC - 6/22/04

Iraqis See U.S. Sham as Abuse Trials Open
Court-martial proceedings against Maryland-based U.S. soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners are to begin here today, but among many Iraqis the verdict on the legal process is already in: It's a sham. -Common Dreams - 6/22/04

Iran approves membership of Turkey, Ukraine in north-south corridor
Director General of Iran's Transportation and Terminals Organization for transit and border terminals affairs Mohammad Javad Atrchian on Tuesday announced that Iran approves membership of Turkey and Ukraine in the agreement on international north-south transportation corridor. - 6/22/04

Iran cracks down on summer dress
Iran's government has launched a crackdown on women who flout the strict Islamic dress codes during the hot summer months. -BBC - 6/22/04

US To Recosider Iran Sanctions Bid in September
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Bush administration will reconsider in September the question of whether to pursue U.N. sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program. Mr. Powell discussed the issue Monday with the International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Mohamed el-Baradei. -VOA - 6/22/04

Guns or Growth? - Governments are sacrificing development goals for arms exports
Fourteen developing countries spend more on the military than on both health and education taken individually: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Iran, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone -Control Arms - 6/22/04

Iran rebukes EU on rights abuses
Iran has lashed out at the EU, saying the 25-member bloc should solve its own human rights issues before criticising those of the Islamic Republic. -BBC - 6/21/04

Iran to ban water-pipe in public
Iranian officials have said that smoking the hubble-bubble, or water-pipe, will be banned in all restaurants and leisure places from Monday. -BBC - 6/21/04

People's Mujahedeen faces uncertain future in Iraq
An Iranian exile group, which settled here during the rule of Saddam Hussein, faces an uncertain future following attempts to force them out of the new Iraq. -AFP - 6/21/04

Sadr invited to Iraqi conference
The committee preparing next month's Iraqi national conference says it has invited the radical Shia cleric, Moqtada Sadr, to take part. -BBC - 6/21/04

'Three UK vessels seized in Iran'
Iran says it has seized three British navy vessels inside its territorial waters near the Iraqi border. -BBC - 6/21/04

Conspiracy threat to anti-nuke treaty
The US and UK governments will this week be accused of conspiring to break the international agreement to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. -New Scientist - 6/21/04

Crackdown on Western-Style Coffee Shops
Iran’s religious police will launch a summer crackdown on Western-style coffee shops and women who flout Islamic dress codes, a newspaper reported yesterday. -Reuters - 6/21/04

F-14 crash kills both pilots in central Iran
Both fighter pilots of an Iranian F-14 Tomcat were killed Sunday morning after it crashed near the central city of Isfahan while landing - 6/21/04

Iran garners four Asian wrestling medals, eyes four more golds
Iran swooped three golds and one bronze at the Asian Under-20 Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, planning four more golds - 6/21/04

Iranian varsity taekwondo team takes four golds in Vancouver
Iran's Payam-e Nour University won four gold medals in the third Vancouver international taekwondo tournament Monday - 6/21/04

Supreme Leader dismisses US, European controversy over Iran's nuclear program
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei on Monday castigated the United States and the Europeans for having stirred up a controversy over Iranian nuclear program. - 6/21/04

Behind 'The Terminal,' a true story
As far as Steven Spielberg's new blockbuster, "The Terminal," is concerned, the experience of being trapped inside an airport for a year can lead to friendship, comic high jinks, and even romance. But it's hard to see the life of Mehran Karimi Nasseri through Spielberg-colored glasses. -CSM - 6/21/04

Banouyeh Iran: A heart-to-heart with poet Simin Behbahani
During the past month, Washington, DC has been the site of many important events, especially when it comes to famous Iranian women. The Nobel Peace prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi, human rights activist Mehrangiz Kar and the most famous poetess of Iran, Simin Behbahani were all here last month, accepting awards, and making rounds with passionate speeches, poetry and reading. -Fariba Amini - 6/21/04

Plan B: As June 30th approaches, Israel looks to the Kurds
Israeli intelligence and military operatives are now quietly at work in Kurdistan, providing training for Kurdish commando units and, most important in Israel’s view, running covert operations inside Kurdish areas of Iran and Syria. Israel feels particularly threatened by Iran, whose position in the region has been strengthened by the war. -New Yorker - 6/21/04

IMF foresees 6.5% GDP growth rate for Iran
International Monetary Fund foresees real growth in Iran's gross domestic product (GDP) which is expected to stand at 6.5 percent in 2004-05 coupled with relatively strong showings by a majority of sectors - 6/20/04

Iranian Oil Minister says consumers satisfied with global oil prices
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in Tehran on Saturday that the world's major crude oil consumers are satisfied with dlrs 30 to dlrs 34 price range for each barrel of crude oil - 6/20/04

Islamists Won't Blow Down the House of Saud
Their survival is good news for us, the global economy, and the Islamic world. -Afshin Molavi, MSN - 6/20/04

Iran to review its policies, commitments regarding nuclear activities: FM Spokesman
Iran will review its policies and commitments in regards to its nuclear activities given that the European countries have not kept their promises, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Sunday - 6/20/04

US Criticizes Iran's Nuclear Aims
The United States says Iran's threat to restart its uranium enrichment program clearly shows the country has military aims behind its nuclear program. Iran has said it might resume uranium enrichment following Friday's rebuke from the International Atomic Energy Agency. -VOA - 6/20/04

India and Pakistan set up hotline
India and Pakistan have agreed to set up a new telephone hotline to alert each of potential nuclear risks. The nuclear neighbours, who came close to war two years ago, also agreed to continue a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing in place since 1998. -BBC - 6/20/04

NZ immigration officials embarrased
An Iranian who has overstayed his welcome in New Zealand has eluded immigration officers for 18 months, even though he keeps popping up on television. -UPI - 6/20/04

Iranian sets himself on fire in Louisville
An Iranian refugee holding a sign that read "Who's responsible" doused himself with gasoline yesterday and set himself ablaze in front of the county courthouse, officials said. -AP - 6/20/04

Central Asian states gain additional profit from oil swap via Iran
National Iranian Oil Company's (NIOC) director for international affairs Hojjatollah Ghanimifard on Sunday said the oil producing Caspian Sea littoral states can gain additional profit by transferring or swapping oil via Iran - 6/20/04

Little Parks in Tehran
These days my work takes me to the city center whether I go to work or walk or ride in special Tehran's taxis –called mostaghim (straight)- to get to meetings. This gives me a good chance to see and be ever so impressed with the state of Tehran's Little Parks which are scattered all around the city. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/20/04

US Praises IAEA for Strong Resolution on Iranian Nuclear Cooperation
The U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says the agency's resolution censuring Iran for cover-ups in its nuclear program reflects deep international concerns about Tehran's nuclear program and shows the need for more inspections. -VOA - 6/19/04

Iran to review uranium suspension
Iran's top nuclear official says they will reconsider their voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment after being censured by the UN atomic agency. -BBC - 6/19/04

Southern Iranian city of Lali in Khuzestan province hit by quake
An earthquake measuring 3.5 degrees on the Richter scale once again hit the city of Lali, in the southern province of Khuzestan, on Friday night. - 6/19/04

Iran footballer mistress to hang
The mistress of an Iranian football star has been sentenced to death by hanging for murdering his wife. -BBC - 6/19/04

Kazakhstan to build two oil terminals in Iran
The Kazakh national oil and gas company "KazMuniaGaz" and its "Kaznafta" company have agreed to build two oil terminals in Iran - 6/19/04

Iran pressed to meet demands of nuclear body
The international community continued to press Iran to disclose full details about its nuclear programmes yesterday when the International Atomic Energy Agency condemned its delaying tactics and deplored its unsatisfactory responses to 15 months of inquiry. -Guardian - 6/19/04

Europe's leaders clinch historic deal
EU leaders last night finally clinched their historic agreement on a first Europe-wide constitution on terms allowing Tony Blair to declare that Britain's national interests had been preserved and fear of a "federal superstate" banished. -Guardian - 6/19/04

Iran's first appearance in Asian cricket competitions was short-lived
Iran experienced its first appearance in the Asian Cricket Championships in Malaysia with two consecutive losses, making an embarrassing exit Saturday. - 6/19/04

Concealed fault caused Bam quake
The devastating earthquake at Bam, Iran, in 2003 was caused by the rupture of a rare, hidden fault that is invisible at the surface, experts say. -BBC - 6/19/04

Families of MKO members gather in front of French embassy in Tehran
Families of members of the Terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) on Wednesday gathered in front of the French embassy in Tehran and called for release of their relatives from Iraq - 6/18/04

UN raps Iran over nuclear stance
Iran has been sharply rebuked by the United Nations atomic agency for failing to co-operate fully with an inquiry into its nuclear activities. -BBC - 6/18/04

US Backs European Resolution on Iran's Nuclear Program
The United States will support a European resolution in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calling for a step-up of the U.N. agency's investigation of Iran's nuclear program. U.S. officials again Thursday accused Iran of trying to conceal nuclear activities from the IAEA. -VOA - 6/18/04

Quake shakes devastated Bam
An earthquake measuring 4 degrees on the Richter scale hit the ancient city of Bam in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman Thursday. - 6/18/04

US Backs Away For Calls for UN Security Council Debate on Iran's Nuclear Program
Some Iranian analysts say that any possible move to bring Iran’s nuclear program before the UN Security Council would be viewed as a hostile act by virtually all of Iran’s factions, galvanizing opinion in Tehran behind an effort to produce nuclear weapons. Thus, such a move could do more to accelerate Iran’s drive to obtain a bomb than to hamper such activities. -Eurasianet - 6/18/04

Iran defiant over nuclear censure
"There is a very deep pessimism about the intentions of the [IAEA] about Iran policies," says Elahe Koulaiei, a former member of Iran's parliamentary foreign affairs and national security committee, now teaching at Tehran University. "What is very important is building confidence, from inside Iran and outside. [We must] conclude this and remove all ambiguities." -CSM - 6/18/04

Iran Threatens To Restart Uranium Enrichment In Crisis With IAEA
Iran is raising the stakes as it seeks to fend off a drive by three Western powers to get the UN's nuclear agency to rebuke it for poor cooperation with arms inspectors. -RFE - 6/18/04

Bacon triptych emerges from Tehran storeroom
A major triptych by Francis Bacon is about to see the light after languishing for more than 30 years in the store of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. -Guardian - 6/18/04

EU leaders call for closer ties with Iran
Leaders of the 25-member EU called Friday for closer relations between Iran and the European bloc. - 6/18/04

Russia says never bows to pressures on nuclear deal with Iran
Head of Russian Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev said here on Friday that Russia will never bow to foreign pressure to stop nuclear cooperation with Iran. - 6/18/04

Congress addresses selective treatment of Europeans with Iranian and Middle Eastern backgrounds
The House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights convened on Wednesday to examine the status of the Visa Waiver Program and its implication on United States national security and counter-terrorism efforts. -NIAC - 6/18/04

Iran's soccer team defeats Lebanon 4-0
Skipper Ali Daei hit his hat-trick to help Iran thrash the Lebanese side 4-0 in the third West Asian Football Federation Championship, 2004 Saiwan Cup, in Tehran on Thursday. - 6/18/04

Iran stands second at world junior taekwondo meet
Iran finished runner-up to the home team South Korea in the World Junior Taekwondo Championship Thursday. - 6/18/04

IAEA Adopts Resolution Criticizing Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency has adopted a tough resolution, rebuking Iran for concealing the full extent of its nuclear program. -VOA - 6/18/04

Help Get Out the Iranian-American Vote!
As part of our 2004 Election Project, the National Iranian American Council is launching its National Voter Registration Campaign. NIAC's National Voter Registration Campaign is one of the most significant expressions of our vision to transform the community into a viable political force. - 6/18/04

Zoroastrians make Iran pilgrimage
Members of Iran's dwindling Zoroastrian community are making their annual pilgrimage to the temple in the rocky mountain of Chakchak. -BBC - 6/18/04

IAEA Board Adopts Resolution on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran
Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Resolution adopted by the Board on 18 June 2004 - 6/18/04

There is so much music that takes place in Tehran!
My dose of musical pleasures has been quite high these last few weeks. First I had the pleasure to hear Mr. AmirYall Arjoumand in Bam when we met them after the ceremony where he, Ms. Assadi, Mr. Ghafarian and others had performed in Arke Bam, on the eve of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, in the presence of the mayor, Mr. Bagheri-Zadeh. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/17/04

IAEA Moving Forward With Draft to Rebuke Iran
The U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency has rejected Iran's threats to limit cooperation with international nuclear inspectors, saying the intimidation tactic shows Tehran has nuclear secrets it wants to hide. -VOA - 6/17/04

Swing States: Where the Iranian-American vote counts the most
“Swing states,” on the other hand, are states that do not steadily vote for one of the two major national political parties. Because of their mixed voting history, swing states are the electoral battlegrounds where campaigns are won. -NIAC - 6/17/04

Conference: Harem: Perception and Reality of Life in Ottoman and Qajar Courts
Fourth Annual International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA) Conference, co-sponsored by the departments of Philosophy, History and Political Science at SBCC and the Center for Middle East Studies at UCSB, will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, 2004 at Santa Barbara City College - 6/17/04

Iran ranks second in providing asylum to refugees: UNHCR
The top five asylum countries in 2003 were Pakistan (1.1 million); Iran (985,000); Germany (960,000); Tanzania (650,000); and the United States (452,500), said a UNHCR report received in Islamabad. - 6/17/04

Iran: Hundreds of students gather in front of Bushehr power plant to protest US policies
Hundreds of university and theological students from this southern province here Wednesday gathered in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant to protest the double standard policies of the US and European states. - 6/17/04

EU leaders seek closer ties with Iran
Leaders of the 25-member EU are to call for closer relations between Iran and the European bloc during their summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. - 6/17/04

Kabul tunes into capital pursuits
Afghans and expats are enjoying a mini revolution in media, dining ... even cricket -Guardian - 6/17/04

US-Iran row heats up
While the US media focused on fresh violence in Iraq ahead of the June 30 power transfer and the capture of an American contractor by militants in Saudi Arabia, the smoldering row between the US and Iran intensified Wednesday. -CSM - 6/17/04

Stymied in Iraq, Hawks Still Positioning US as Globocop
Although their hopes for transforming Iraq into a pro-U.S. base in the heart of the Arab world have been badly set back, neo-imperial hawks in the Bush administration are proceeding as fast as possible to reinvent U.S. forces worldwide as ''globocop'', capable of pre-empting any possible threat to its interests at a moment's notice. -Common Dreams - 6/17/04

Khatami: Iran not for stopping cooperation with IAEA and EU
President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that Iran has not made a decision to discontinue cooperation with Europe and the nuclear watchdog. - 6/17/04

Nuclear agency admits Iran error
The UN atomic energy agency has admitted wrongly reporting that Iran withheld information from it. -BBC - 6/17/04

Breaking codes: An impossible task?
Recent reports that the United States had broken codes used by the Iranian intelligence service have intrigued experts on cryptology because a modern cipher should be unbreakable. -BBC - 6/16/04

Foreign Minister: Iran's decision subject to IAEA's meeting results
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here Wednesday that Iran's decision on nuclear issue is subject to the negotiations and results of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting. - 6/16/04

Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh: EU-GCC resolution main source of encouragement for attack on Iranian fishing boat in Persian Gulf
Clearly the EU-GCC resolution of 19 May 2004 was the main source of encouragement for Abu Dhabi to commit the armed assault on the Iranian boat in the territorial waters of Abu Musa on Thursday June 3rd 2004, in spite of the fact that Abu Musa's territorial waters are under joint Iranian-Sharjah Sovereignty. - 6/16/04

Basra rejects Sadr's Arab nationalism
When Moqtada al-Sadr,the radical Shia Muslim cleric, recently called ademonstration in Basra on the dayof school exams, his representative was told not to cause trouble. -Financial Times - 6/16/04

Iran Denies Report of Troop Buildup on Iraq border
Iran's state-run news agency IRNA quotes what it calls "an informed source" as denying a report in a Saudi-owned newspaper that says Iranian troops are massing on the border with Iraq. - 6/16/04

Iran: Quake hits Bam suburbs in Kerman province
A mild earthquake measuring 3.6 degrees on the Richter scale hit suburbs of the ancient, quake-stricken city of Bam in southeastern Kerman province Wednesday morning. - 6/16/04

US accuses Iran of 'bullying' UN
The US has accused Iran of bullying foreign diplomats, in an escalating row over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. -BBC - 6/16/04

Iraqi Neighbors Give Key Support to Interim Government
Iraq's neighbors, Iran, Turkey, Syria, as well as a leading Arab power, Egypt, declared their support for Iraq's new interim government. Western diplomats say it remains unclear to what extent, if at all, Tuesday's declaration of support from the neighboring countries will help curb insurgency in Iraq. -VOA - 6/16/04

Attack on Iranian fishermen by Qatari forces denounced
Armed Forces Headquarters Deputy Chief for Defense and Cultural Affairs Brigadier General Ali-Reza Afshar here Tuesday evening denounced the attack Friday by Qatari naval forces of an Iranian fishing vessel which killed one and injured four others. - 6/16/04

Iran's energy production up 11% in 2003
Iran's combined oil and gas production rose by 11 percent to 262.2 million tons oil equivalent (toes) last year, according to BP's latest annual Statistical Review. - 6/16/04

4th round of Iran-EU talks on human rights held
During the conference, Iranian judicial, executive and parliamentary officials and representatives of the European Commission and "troika" as well as academic officials exchanged views on key human rights issues. - 6/16/04

Science and Arts Foundation launches Bam SchoolNet website
SAF has launched the Bam SchoolNet website, which describes in detail SAF’s current range of extracurricular school activities in the earthquake devastated town and includes a picture gallery and a video about SAF’s program. - 6/16/04

Iranian journalist Mostafa Sabti released at the end of his prison sentence
Mostafa Sabti, editor of the Iranian weekly Gorgan-e emrouz, arrested on 19 March 2004 and sentenced to three months in prison for defamation, as well as four months suspended, was released on 14 June after serving his sentence. -RSF - 6/16/04

Tackling Iran's heroin habit
Iran has the highest proportion of heroin addicts in the world and a growing Aids problem. In a country where discussing sex, drugs and Aids is taboo, two doctors tackle the stigma and help those who are suffering. -BBC - 6/16/04

Iran takes on west's control of oil trading
Iran is to launch an oil trading market for Middle East and Opec producers that could threaten the supremacy of London's International Petroleum Exchange. -Guardian - 6/16/04

Court rejects Iran hostage claim
The US Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against Iran worth $33bn on behalf of Americans taken hostage during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -BBC - 6/15/04

Iran, France to manufacture TB case finding kit
Pulmonary and extra-pulmonary TB case finding test kit is to be manufactured by Iran's Pasteur Institute and the French company, Anda, it was announced in Tehran on Monday. The test which has been found out by the Iranian researchers, for the first time in the world, diagnoses TB mycobacteria within 1-2 hours. - 6/15/04

Memos Spark Concerns That Bush Trying to Skirt Torture Laws
During a recent Supreme Court argument, the justices pressed a Bush administration lawyer to explain just how far the president's claim of sweeping powers over accused terrorists could go. -Common Dreams - 6/15/04

Jozyari gives Iran third world taekwondo silver
Babak Jozyari won Iran's third silver medal at the World Junior Taekwondo Championships in South Korea Tuesday. - 6/15/04

Iraq abuse 'ordered from the top'
The US commander at the centre of the Iraqi prisoner scandal says she was told to treat detainees like dogs. -BBC - 6/15/04

US chides Iran over nuclear plans
A White House spokesman said Washington had "serious concerns" about Iran's nuclear programme - and these were shared by the international community. -BBC - 6/15/04

Iran 'failing to come clean on weapons'
The UN's chief nuclear inspector, Mohamed ElBaradei, voiced his exasperation yesterday at the slow pace of the international inquiry into Iran's nuclear programme. -Guardian - 6/15/04

Quakes hit northern Iranian cities of Takestan and Torbat Heidariyeh
An earthquake measuring 3.9 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Takestan in Qazvin province, north of Iran, early Tuesday. - 6/15/04

EU Foreign Ministers To Discuss Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan
European Union foreign ministers -- meeting today in Luxembourg -- will focus their discussions on the situation in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. -RFE - 6/15/04

Iran Rejects Criticism of its Cooperation on Nuclear Issues
Iran's Foreign Minister has rejected claims that his government is not adequately cooperating with U.N. nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency. -VOA - 6/15/04

Parliament Speaker calls on EU big three not to decide for Iran
Iran's Parliament Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-e Adel on Tuesday called on Germany, Britain and France not to decide for Iran's Majlis (Parliament) - 6/15/04

Human rights activist says war hurts efforts
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, says the Bush administration has made her work of promoting democracy and human rights harder by invading Iraq. -USA Today - 6/15/04

Iraq Neighbors Wait for Stability
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said recently that the departure of the U.S.-led coalition authority in Iraq could pave the way for improved relations with Syria, Turkey, and Iran. -VOA - 6/15/04

Iran feels heat of IAEA criticism
European powers have drafted a new resolution for the UN nuclear watchdog that rebukes Iran but refrains from directly threatening sanctions. -BBC - 6/15/04

Iran: Bushehr's first reactor to be launched in 2005 - Russian official
Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency believes that the International Atomic Energy Agency is not against the Bushehr nuclear power plant construction project in Iran. - 6/15/04

In the shadow of Babylon
The collapse of the Tower of Babel is perhaps the central urban myth. It is certainly the most disquieting. In Babylon, the great city that fascinated and horrified the Biblical writers, people of different races and languages, drawn together in pursuit of wealth, tried for the first time to live together - and failed. -Guardian - 6/14/04

Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go
A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November. -Common Dreams - 6/14/04

Nazari wins Iran's second silver at world taekwondo meet
Reza Nazari gave Iran the second silver medal as he stood second in the 5th World Junior Taekwondo Championships in South Korea Monday - 6/14/04

Iran's Haddadi sets new Asian discus record
Ehsan Haddadi is an honor to Iran as he won the discus gold and set a new record in the 11th Asian Junior Athletic Tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia on Monday. - 6/14/04

Iran embarks on consultations with European partners over draft nuclear resolution, spokesman
Iran has launched consultations with three European partners over the draft resolution the three big European states presented to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iranian nuclear program. - 6/14/04

ElBaradei: It is not possible to set a deadline for Iran's nuclear activities
Speaking to reporters after the opening session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, he said Iran's issue is not a political one and in case the country exercises full and speedy cooperation with IAEA's inspectors, the dossier would be closed. - 6/14/04

Iran-Turkey trade exchanges to double in 2004
The volume of Tehran-Ankara trade exchanges will reach five billion dollars by the end of the current year. - 6/14/04

U.S. Wary as Iran Works to Increase Influence in Iraq
With the occupation of Iraq due to end in three weeks, the Bush administration fears that Iran will move in as a major player after months of quietly building networks among Iraqi politicians and religious circles, according to U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad. -Washington Post - 6/14/04

Iran: Ebadi informed of date of court session on Zahra Kazemi's case
The Public Relations Department of Tehran's Justice Department said on Monday that the time of court session for examination of the case of the late photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, had been personally notified to Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer of the family of late Kazemi. - 6/14/04

My visit to Iranian Student Group's Second Annual Culture Show at UCLA
Kayvan Iradjpanah, one of UCLA’s Iranian Student Group’s leaders contacted me by email to personally invite me to their Second Annual Culture Show. He had been on our student group’s ( Iranian Student Alliance in America) email list and was fond of our activities and thought I would be interested in seeing what they were up to at UCLA. -Pouya Alimagham - 6/14/04

Quake shakes Chalous again
A mild temblor measuring 3.3 degrees on the Richter scale hit the southeastern city of Chalous Saturday. - 6/13/04

Interior Minister: Iran's capital not to be changed regardless of possible earthquake
Fears arising from predictions that a "big earthquake" could strike the Iranian capital anytime and the suggestion that the Iranian capital be moved to another city is under discussion in the cabinet, said Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed Mousavi Lari here Saturday evening. - 6/13/04

Iranian dissident Aghajari's case to be re-examined by Tehran court
The case of dissident intellectual Hashem Aghajari who was sentenced to capital punishment for blasphemy in a provincial court is to be re-examined in a court in Tehran. - 6/13/04

Iran's impasse: Even dead, Khomeini is still all-powerful
Last week the Islamic Republic commemorated the 15th anniversary of the death of its founder and leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. This reflected the continuing symbolic importance of Khomeini and his legacy. -Mahan Abedin, Daily Star - 6/13/04

Iran in contact with Iraqi sects
An Iranian envoy said Sunday his government has been in contact with Iraqi sects, especially Shiites, and he promised to cooperate with the Iraqi government. -Washington Times - 6/13/04

Iran Eyes Sale of ThyssenKrupp Stake
Iran is considering selling its remaining 4.5 percent stake in German engineering and steel group ThyssenKrupp AG and has sounded out investment banks about arranging the sale, banking sources said on Friday. -Reuters - 6/13/04

Secret world of US jails
The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an 'invisible' network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared without trace since the 'war on terror' began. -Guardian - 6/13/04

'Bad alcohol' kills 12 Iranians
At least 12 people have died and 20 others are in a critical condition after drinking bad alcohol in the Iranian city of Shiraz, officials say. -BBC - 6/13/04

Iraq's well-armed Kurds could go their own way
Iraq's well-armed Kurds could go their own way -Newsweek - 6/13/04

Iran Khodro to set up service center in Tajikistan
Iran Khodro Auto Manufacturing Company is to set up a sales and after-sales service center in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, it was announced here Saturday. - 6/13/04

International Forum On Dialogue Of Cultures In Eurasia Ends
A two-day forum on enhancing international stability and intercultural dialogue concluded today in the Kyrgyz resort town of Cholpon-Ata. Participants included the Kyrgyz and Tajik presidents as well as high-ranking officials and scholars from around Eurasia, including Russia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Pakistan. -RFE - 6/13/04

Iran frees Internet journalist on bail
An Iranian journalist, who was detained after he strongly criticised his former conservative political allies, has been allowed free on bail after spending four days in jail. -ABC News - 6/13/04

Iranian pistachio preserves its place in EU markets
European Union and Iranian officials have strongly denied some media speculations on a possible European ban on Iranian pistachio imports due to aflatoxin contamination. - 6/13/04

Iran rejects more nuclear curbs
Iran says it rejects any new curbs on its nuclear programme and says the world must recognise the country as a nuclear-capable nation. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said : "Iran has a high technical capability and has to be recognised by the international community as a member of the nuclear club. "This is an irreversible path." -BBC - 6/13/04

Foreign Minister: No deviation from Iran's peaceful nuclear program
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tehran on Saturday that there is no deviation from Iran's peaceful nuclear program and Tehran will undertake no new commitment to this end. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here on Saturday that there is no deviation from Iran's peaceful nuclear program and Tehran will undertake no new commitment to this end. Kharrazi said failure of the peaceful nuclear project of Iran would mean failure of Europe and the IAEA. - 6/13/04

Iran tourism project to rival Dubai
Iran's top foreign investment decision-making body has given the green light to a 1.7 billion euro ($2.0 billion) luxury tourism project on the Gulf island of Kish designed to rival nearby tourism hotspot Dubai. -CNN - 6/13/04

Subway fulfills Iranian dream
"Hi, Made-in-China," said an Iranian boy who smiled and waved to us on the platform of the subway station of Emmam Khomeini. We had become familiar with this special greeting for Chinese during our visit to Iran. But we were also often mistaken as Japanese or Koreans because of similar East Asian looks. After taking a subway tour through this massive capital city, we realized why this boy would first think we were Chinese this time. -China Daily - 6/13/04

Hundreds of Iranians hold a march against child labor in Tehran
Hundreds of people gathered in the Laleh Park downtown Tehran to demonstrate against the exploitation of minors on the World Day against Child Labor. - 6/13/04

Interview with Noam Chomsky
Yesterday, you received the Carl von Ossietzky Prize for your lifework (congratulations) as someone criticizing US foreign policy, but also for your research work concerning the function of the media in democratic societies. Together with Edward Herman you have developed an analytical framework that tries to explain the performance of the mainstream media in the US... -ZNet - 6/11/04

Iran vows not to budge from its right to pursue nuclear energy
"No official in a country like Iran will ever dare deprive his own people from the benefits of this decisive technology and, more significantly, from an important science to which they have a right," Rafsanjani said in his Tehran Friday Prayer sermon. - 6/11/04

Iraqi Kurds Threatening To Walk Away From Government
Iraqi Kurds are hanging all of their hopes for autonomy on the country's interim constitution, the so-called Transitional Administrative Law. -RFE - 6/11/04

Kerry surges ahead of Bush in national poll
But results in key marginal states paint bleaker picture for Democrats' presidential challenger -Guardian - 6/11/04

Iraq jail dog scare 'was policy'
US military dog handlers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison say they were ordered to use their animals to intimidate detainees, according to media reports. -BBC - 6/11/04

Torture Victims Sue U.S. Security Companies
Lawyers for Iraqis tortured while in U.S. custody have sued two private security companies for allegedly abusing prisoners to extract information from them with the goal of winning more contracts from the U.S. government. -Common Dreams - 6/11/04

The Silence Between Two Thoughts
In your darker moments, you might have wondered what it is like to be buried alive, or perhaps bricked up in a dark alcove, oxygen and hope inexorably running out. -Guardian - 6/11/04

Iran's pistachio output to decline by 150,000 tons
Iran's pistachio output will decline by 150,000 tons this year compared to last year due to unexpected changes in ecological conditions - 6/11/04

Quake hits town in southern Fars province of Iran
A mild earthquake measuring 3.5 degrees on the Richter scale rocked a suburb of the town of Qir, located southwest of Fars province, for the second time on Friday. - 6/11/04

Victims of recent quake in Iran to be given prefabricated houses
Some 7,000 houses were identified as having been completely destroyed by the quake which hit western Mazandaran. - 6/11/04

Rebuilding Bam, a brick at a time
Morteza Anoushiravani jokes when he explains his role as head of Portland’s oft-maligned Bureau of Water Works. Anoushiravani recently used his vacation time to volunteer for the Portland-based relief organization Mercy Corps in Bam, Iran, an ancient Iranian city that was devastated by an earthquake last December. -Portland Tribune - 6/11/04

Iranian Journalist imprisoned for online articles
Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Abbas Kakavand, who was imprisoned on 7 June for allegedly disseminating "false news" in articles he wrote for the website since February after leaving the conservative newspaper Ressalat. His articles criticised corruption and the political payments received by many conservative leaders. - 6/11/04

Human Rights Watch: Europe Needs Tougher Stance on Iran
European Union officials should take a much stronger approach in the upcoming EU-Iran human rights dialogue than they have in previous meetings with the Iranian government, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/11/04

Private sector to build Iran's biggest tourist resort
Iran's biggest tourist resort is to be constructed in the vicinity of Karkheh Dam in the southern city of Andimeshk in Khuzestan province, said a local official on Wednesday. - 6/10/04

Iranians in America: More than an expression of culture
My opinions may not come from a lot of experience or expertise, but I think I know the Iranian or least Iranian-American experience fairly well. Ok, I can definitely say I am deeply acquainted with the latter, despite my efforts to keep my identity ethnically neutral. -Najid Abimi, Berkeley - 6/10/04

No longer their parents’ Iran
When Kayvon and Sassan Mesbah of Oyster Bay Cove visited their parents' birth country of Iran last summer, they were impressed. "The culture is very lively and interesting," said Kayvon, 13. "... The new generation was becoming more westernized. It's evolving from what it's been since the Islamic revolution." -Ramin Ganeshram, Newsday - 6/10/04

US wins one-year freeze on nuclear sales
World leaders at the G8 summit yesterday backed a plan for further restrictions on the sale of nuclear technologies in an effort to prevent atomic weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or rogue states. -Guardian - 6/10/04

Iran: Government approves 1.2 trillion rials for Bam reconstruction - daily
Head of the Islamic Revolution's Housing Foundation Mohammad Saedikia said in a press conference on Wednesday that four banks have been tasked with gathering loans to the quake-hit-residents of the once tourist city, reported 'Iran Daily'. - 6/10/04

G8 launches Mid-East reform plan
World leaders at the G8 summit endorsed a watered-down version of a US proposal on democratic and economic reforms in the Middle East and North Africa. -BBC - 6/10/04

Did Iran Use Chalabi to Lure U.S. into Iraq?
The Bush administration's disenchantment with its onetime favorite Iraqi client, Ahmad Chalabi (search), has centered on the explosive allegation that he and his associates may have forwarded highly classified U.S. information to the Islamist government in Iran. -Fox News - 6/10/04

Could Islamic Militants Bring Down Saudi Arabia's Royal Family?
With militant attacks in Saudi Arabia intensifying, experts are comparing the situation there to the foment in Iran prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But is the situation really so dramatic? -RFE - 6/10/04

UN slams Canada over assassin
A United Nations committee has accused Canada of "flouting" international human rights rules when it deported a member of the Iranian government's foreign assassinations branch. -National Post, Canada - 6/10/04

Lizard director stays with religion
An Iranian director whose film has been banned in his home country for its portrayal of the country's clergy has said he plans to make more movies about religion. -BBC - 6/10/04

Iran-built plane to join aviation fleet by year's end
Head of Defense Industries Organization Colonel Hossein Alaei said here Iran-manufactured plane, 'Iran-140', is to join the national aviation fleet by the end of the current Iranian year - 6/10/04

Iran rejects 'irrational' G8 statement about its nuclear program
Iran denounced Thursday the 'irrational and unrealistic' stance of the Group of Eight most industrialized nations on Tehran's nuclear capacity after the group rebuked the country for allegedly failing to fully disclose its nuclear program. - 6/10/04

Film: Alexander is coming
Oliver Stones movie is seen as the most expensive and ambitious project about the historical conqueror. Unlike the previous film, it will tell the story of Alexander with the conquest of the Persian Empire, and Darius The Third will be cast by Israeli star Raz Degan. -Darius Kadivar - 6/10/04

Student Commencement Address: I dare say that I also have a dream
When I was seven, my parents and I fled Iran during the war with Iraq and moved to France. I distinctly remember my first day of school. I was informed (through gestures) that I needed something in which to carry all my books… Puzzled, I told my Dad what had happened, but he didn’t seem to understand either. -Katayoun Deljoui, University of Maryland - 6/10/04

'They want us to emigrate'
Thanks to Makhmalbaf and Kiarostami, Iranian cinema is acclaimed around the world. But can its film-makers survive Iran's new conservative censors? Dan de Luce investigates -Guardian - 6/10/04

EU Continues Human Rights Talks With Iran, Despite Lingering Nuclear Concerns
European Union officials say they will hold another round of low-level human rights talks with Iran next week. Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers meeting next week are likely to put off deciding whether to resume trade talks with the country. -RFE - 6/9/04

Good Governance and Human Security in the Caspian Region
Lecture Presented at the Conference on: Caucus, Caspian and Central Asia: Maritime Dimensions of Security May 14-16, 2004. Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 6/9/04

Rocking the Cradle
In Iran, an archaeologist is racing to uncover a literate Bronze Age society he believes predates ancient Mesopotamia. Critics say he may be overreaching, but they concede his dig will likely change our view of the dawn of civilization -Smithsonian - 6/9/04

IAEA Draft Criticizes Iran's Lack of Nuclear Cooperation
A tough European resolution deploring Iran's level of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is making the diplomatic rounds before a major executive meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog next week. Melanie Sully reports from the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. -VOA - 6/9/04

Shiites of Iraq
They've been systematically repressed for decades. Now Iraq's majority Muslim sect prepares to play a powerful role in a chaotic, post-Saddam world. -National Geographics - 6/9/04

Iran ready to despatch work force to Malaysia
Iran's Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Nasser Khaleqi said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to dispatch work force to Malaysia. - 6/9/04

Iran: EC Chief calls for true image of Islam to promote human rights
Expediency Council (EC) Chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Judiciary Chief Abdullah al al-Sheikh in Tehran on Wednesday said that Iran could be the major promoter of human rights by eliminating the formalities and presenting a true image of pure Islam. - 6/9/04

Volume of goods transited via Iran grows by 52 percent in first 2 months
The volume of goods transited via Iranian soil grew by 52 percent in terms of weight during the first two months of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2004), Iran Customs Office said in Tehran on Wednesday. - 6/9/04

Security council vote backs transfer of Iraq sovereignty
George Bush and Tony Blair both welcomed the vote as the beginning of a new era of international consensus over Iraq. The final text reflected substantial concessions to France, Germany and Russia, but the passage of the resolu tion gives, for the first time, a stamp of international approval to the US-led force in Iraq. -Guardian - 6/9/04

IEA seeks cooperation with Iran on gas supply
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is discussing with Iran for supply of gas to Europe, said Claude Mandil, IEA Executive Director . - 6/9/04

HRW urges EU to pressure Iran on human rights
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the European Union (EU) to put pressure on the Iranian authorities to make further improvements in human rights by abandoning the torture and ill-treatment of detainees, and to restore freedom of expression in the country. -IRIN - 6/9/04

Huge boost in licensed UK sales to Iran
The British government issued more than twice as many licenses for sales of strategic exports to Iran last year, boosting the value by more than 50-fold. - 6/8/04

German-Iranian trade volume to hit 5b euros in three years: official
A German business leader predicted Tuesday that the German-Iranian trade volume could reach 5 billion euros within three years, pointing to the continued economic boom in bilateral trade ties. - 6/8/04

Iran: Draft bill on civil rights forwarded to parliament
"The government has forwarded a draft bill to the Judiciary guaranteeing civil rights of every individual. The Judiciary board approved it to be sent to parliament for debate and take effect after being passed," Elham said. - 6/8/04

A Free Iraq Sends Iran A signal
One country that will note the change, says Mr. Bush, is Iran: “It's important for. . .those who love freedom in Iran to see. I mean, listen, a free Iraq on the border of Iran is going to send a very clear signal to those who want to be free -- that a free society is very possible.” -VOA - 6/8/04

Iranian movie director wins Praemium Imperiale prize
Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami this year became the first Islamic recipient of the Praemium Imperiale, a prize awarded by the Japan Art Association. -Japan Times - 6/8/04

US trade pact with Central Asian countries seen as unlikely to yield immediate benefits
The United States signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with five Central Asian nations last week that raised hopes of an increase in exports from the region. The five countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan... -IRIN - 6/8/04

Swimming against the tide
That meeting was in Washington, at Zahedi's official residence as Iran's ambassador to America. Later, he added with undisguised sadness that there was little chance that Reagan would win the Republican Party's presidential nomination, let alone flush President Jimmy Carter out of the White House. -New York Post - 6/8/04

Author Finds That With Fame Comes Image Management
In one whirlwind year, Azar Nafisi has found herself drawn further and further into the maddening, seductive fold of American success. She has gone from unknown academic émigré to literary celebrity with the startling commercial success of "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," about life and literature under the Islamic government in Iran. -NY Times - 6/8/04

Pentagon Report Set Framework For Use of Torture
Bush administration lawyers contended last year that the president wasn't bound by laws prohibiting torture and that government agents who might torture prisoners at his direction couldn't be prosecuted by the Justice Department. -WSJ - 6/8/04

Support grows for new Iraq draft
France and Germany have said they will back the latest draft resolution on Iraq's future when the UN Security Council votes on it later in the day. -BBC - 6/8/04

Iran to field women skaters at Asian event
Two women will represent Iran in the Asian Skating Championship, which is to be held from June 12-16 in Okida, Japan. - 6/8/04

Iran ranks second at world university Greco-Roman wrestling meet
Iran stood second at the sixth World University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship in Poland Monday. - 6/8/04

Women's Gains at Risk in Iran's New Parliament
Iran's new parliament, sworn in two weeks ago, has nine female legislators, down from 13 in the previous body. Women throughout the country are watching this mix of mostly conservative legislators' approach to women's rights. -Women's eNews - 6/8/04

Human Rights Watch: Torture Used to Suppress Dissent in Iran
The Iranian government has intensified its campaign of torture, arbitrary arrests, and detentions against political critics, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iran’s outgoing reformist parliament in May passed legislation to prohibit torture, but without effective implementation, the law remains an empty gesture. - 6/7/04

Air pollutants threatening Isfahan ancient bridges
A senior expert on renovation of historical relics from Isfahan province Cultural Heritage Department, Mohammad Karim Mottaqi, on Sunday said that air pollutants in the provincial capital city of Isfahan threaten its ancient bridges - 6/7/04

Sleepy Iranian town blooms for rosewater season
For most of the year Qamsar is a sleepy little town, making a living from its walnut trees and the long-horned goats that live among the crags of the Karkas mountains. -Reuters - 6/7/04

Payam Khashaee Named Outstanding Engineer
Payam Khashae a Ph.D. candidate in civil and mechanical engineering, was recently named the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. -SMU - 6/7/04

Iranian official rules out PGCC statement on Iran's Persian Gulf islands
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi dismissed on Sunday the final statement of the foreign ministers meeting of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) concerning Iran's Persian Gulf islands of Abu Moussa and the greater and lesser Tunbs. - 6/7/04

Iran: 50 companies in Tehran stock exchange to issue bonds
Secretary general of Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) said here Sunday that over 50 registered companies in the TSE have expressed interest to issue bonds by June 2005. - 6/7/04

Regional Implications of Shi'a Revival in Iraq
The Shi‘a-Sunni competition for power is not just the single greatest determinant of stability in post-Saddam Iraq. The sectarian struggle will have the single greatest influence on the future of peace and stability from South Asia to the Levant. -Washington Quarterly - 6/7/04

Israel approves Gaza pullout plan
Israel's cabinet has approved in principle Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. -BBC - 6/7/04

Iraq militias 'agree to disband'
A deal is reached for 100,000 fighters to return to civilian life, but the pact does not include Moqtada Sadr's militia. -BBC - 6/7/04

Iran's Science Minister says winning world wrestling title honorable
Iran was crowned at the 6th World University Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Poland Friday. - 6/7/04

Iran says IAEA report contains nothing new
Iran Sunday rejected a confidential report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying it was bereft of anything new about the country's nuclear program. - 6/6/04

India may consider Iranian gas pipeline via Pakistan: report
External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh says New Delhi is willing to consider the gas pipeline from Iran via Pakistan if Islamabad provides international security guarantees. - 6/6/04

Truth vs. Deceit in Foreign Policy
Writing in the New Republic, former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski characterizes the Bush administration's invasion and occupation of Iraq as "justified by falsehoods, pursued with unilateral arrogance, blinded by self-delusion, and stained by sadistic excesses." - 6/6/04

Welcome to America
When writer Elena Lappin flew to LA, she dreamed of a sunkissed, laid-back city. But that was before airport officials decided to detain her as a threat to security ... -Guardian - 6/6/04

Calm reigns as Sadr meets Sistani
The radical cleric Moqtada Sadr visited Iraq's most influential Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in Najaf on Saturday. -BBC - 6/6/04

Pentagon accused of ignoring CIA evidence of Chalabi's link to Iran
Ahmad Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, came under further pressure from Washington yesterday when it was reported the US intercepted an Iranian intelligence cable nine years ago which discussed a meeting with him in northern Iraq. -Guardian - 6/6/04

Four Iranians through to world Greco-Roman wrestling semis
Four representatives of Iran squeezed into the semifinals of the sixth World University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship in Poland Saturday. - 6/6/04

Haddad-Adel elected as Iran's parliament speaker for one year
The newly-appointed Iranian MPs elected Gholamali Haddad-Adel as parliament speaker for one year on Sunday, making him the first non-cleric to fill the post since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. - 6/6/04

Iran stands second at world university taekwondo meet
Iran finished runner-up in the eighth World University Taekwondo Championship in Patra, Greece, Saturday. - 6/6/04

Renault to produce low-budget car in Iran
The giant French automaker Renault unveiled a plan on Wednesday to produce a budget car, the Logan, in Iran as well as in other emerging markets. - 6/5/04

US credit cards unacceptable in Iran
In the absence of ties with the United States, Iranian banks cannot accept American credit cards, a senior Central Bank of Iran (CBI) official said. - 6/5/04

Iran wins world university taekwondo medals
Mehdi Bibak and Ali Tajik handed Iran two medals of the 8th World University Taekwondo Championship in Patra, Greece, Friday. - 6/5/04

UN urges full power shift in Iraq
The United Nations envoy to Iraq says the US will have to change its behaviour if a shift to sovereignty is to have any meaning. -BBC - 6/5/04

Nobel Prize-winner addresses Bennington College graduates
The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, beseeched the 69th graduating class of the college to question everything, seek functional and practical answers to modern problems and never stop learning. -Bennington Banner, VT - 6/5/04

Thousands of Iranians ready for suicide raids
"Some 10,000 people have registered their names to carry out martyrdom operations on our defined targets," said Mohammad Ali Samadi, a spokesman for the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign. But he said the group would need the green light from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to launch the attacks. -Reuters - 6/5/04

Soros: America, Once the Victim, Now the Perpetrator in War on Terror
America has gone from being the victim to the perpetrator in the war on terror and the pictures of prison abuse prove it, billionaire political activist George Soros said Thursday. -Common Dreams - 6/5/04

US expert slams WMD 'delusions'
Weapons of mass destruction do not exist in Iraq and it is "delusional" to think they will be found, says former chief US weapons inspector David Kay. -BBC - 6/5/04

Mole in Our Midst
Finally, a grand unified theory that explains Bush's domestic and international policies. Little did we know. -American Porspect - 6/5/04

Iran celebrates world students wrestling title
Iran was crowned at the 6th World Students' Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Poland Friday, said Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. - 6/5/04

Oil Minister: Iran has 14% share of OPEC output
Iran's share in OPEC total production was decided to be 14 percent in the recent meet of oil exporting countries in Beirut, said Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh here Friday before he left Syria for Iran. - 6/5/04

Empowering The Youth: Works Of Science & Arts Foundation In Iran
Another SAF project that I had the pleasure of learning about first hand was a girls high school, Alzahra, which is an ordinary school, run by local educational authorities in the 17th municipality section of Tehran, yet it is most sought after by parents. I guess the fact that at least about 85% of all their final year students get to Iranian universities of their choice, and mainly in science courses, have something to do with this demand. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/4/04

Energy Minister: Iran to take greater advantage of recyclable energy resources
Iran's Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf said here on Thursday that vast efforts aimed at facilitating recyclable energy resources are underway in Iran currently. - 6/4/04

Iraq's Interim Government Endorsed by Influential Cleric
The new interim government has received a much-needed endorsement from Iraq's most influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The ayatollah says the transitional government is a step in the right direction but lacks electoral legitimacy. -VOA - 6/4/04

Militia 'to withdraw' from Najaf
Shia fighters are expected to begin to withdraw from the Iraqi city of Najaf on Friday, where they have been battling US forces. -BBC - 6/4/04

Empire Falls
Right after the local powerbrokers of the Iraqi Governing Council turned around and bit the very American hand that fed them, there was yet another sign of the United States' diminishing authority on all matters related to Iraq: the revised UN resolution submitted to the Security Council on Tuesday. -Alternet - 6/4/04

Second CIA official expected to leave
A second top CIA official is expected to announce his departure today, just a day after the agency's director, George Tenet, resigned amid mounting criticism of the intelligence service. -Guardian - 6/4/04

Iranian soccer player Navidkia signs three-year deal with VfL Bochum
Iranian national team midfielder Moharram Navidkia signed a three-year contract with German Bundesliga club VfL Bochum, a team spokesperson announced Thursday. - 6/4/04

Tough US rhetoric as Iran's nuclear intent remains unclear
But tough US rhetoric hasn't eased. One result, analysts say, is that Iran may be deliberately slowing its cooperation. "The Americans have politicized this process so much," says Mohamed Hadi Semati, a political scientist at Tehran University who is now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. -Christian Science Monitor - 6/3/04

Chalabi accused of spy codes tip-off to Iran
A senior Iranian official dismissed the report yesterday. "This story is basically a lie," Hassan Rohani, the secretary general of the supreme national security council, told reporters. He said Iranian intelligence frequently changed its codes to avoid them being broken. -Guardian - 6/3/04

Iran: Quakes continue to hit city of Bam, President pays third visit
An earthquake with an intensity of 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale hit the southeastern city of Bam in Kerman province at 08:37 hours local time (04:07 GMT) Thursday. - 6/3/04

Iranian Nobel Laureate condemns mistreatment of Iraqi, Afghan prisoners by US soldiers
2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi here on Wednesday sharply condemned the vast scale torture, and killing under torture of at least 15 Iraqi and Afghan detainees in US prisons. - 6/3/04

Iranian Oil official says Iraqi crisis primary factor in higher prices
Iran's representative to OPEC Executive Board Hossein Kazempour-Ardebili said here Wednesday that instability and political crisis in Iraq is the primary factor for higher oil prices. - 6/3/04

UN Says Key Questions Remain About Iran's Nuclear Plans
In a confidential report that was made public yesterday by Western news agencies, the IAEA says Iran has admitted to importing technology capable of making weapons-grade uranium. The finding contradicts earlier statements made by Tehran that the parts were made by Iran itself. The IAEA also says fresh traces of highly enriched uranium have been found in the country. -RFE - 6/3/04

Glimmer of Reason Emerges in Senate Amid Continuing Anti-Arab, Anti-Iranian Pressures
While congressional Israel-firsters continued their anti-Arab and anti-Iranian sniping, as described below, Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) on April 8 introduced their “Greater Middle East and Central Asia Development” bill, S. 2305. The bill would authorize $1 billion per year for five years to further economic reform and private-sector development by creating three new multilateral mechanisms: a Greater Middle East and Central Asia Development Bank, a Greater Middle East and Central Asia Development Foundation, and a Trust for Democracy. -WRMEA - 6/3/04

Iraq demands say in UN resolution
Iraq's interim leaders are demanding input to a United Nations draft resolution, which will set out how much power a new Iraqi government will have. -BBC - 6/3/04

Turkey 'plagued by crimes of honour'
Up to half of all women in Turkey are subjected to "scandalous" levels of violence, mostly from their own families, Amnesty International claimed yesterday in Istanbul. -Guardian - 6/3/04

Carl Boggs, Chalmers Johnson Discuss Neocon Ideology and American Empire
THE SUDDEN rise of neoconservatives from outsiders-looking-in to global masterminds, and the militaristic rule of the “boy emperor from Crawford,” were discussed at an April 12 seminar at UCLA featuring maverick academics Carl Boggs and Chalmers Johnson. -WRMEA - 6/3/04

Supreme Leader: Iran not interfering in Iraq's internal affairs
Addressing a special ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the departure of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini, the Supreme Leader reiterated that Iraq belongs to the Iraqi nation and they should determine their own fate. - 6/3/04

UN's Brahimi: Bremer the 'Dictator of Iraq' in Shaping Iraqi Government
Asked how big a role the American administration had in forming the government and selecting the prime minister and president, Brahimi reminded reporters that American Ambassador L. Paul Bremer runs things in Iraq. "Bremer is the dictator of Iraq," he said. "He has the money. He has the signature." -Common Dreams - 6/3/04

Neo-Con Collapse in Washington and Baghdad
Fourteen months after reaching the zenith of their influence on U.S. foreign policy with the invasion of Iraq, neo-conservatives appear to have fallen entirely out of favor, both within the administration of President George W Bush and in Baghdad itself. -Common Dreams - 6/3/04

Observations: Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi at Stanford University
I had the opportunity to attend Ms. Ebadi’s press conference and her speech. Following are my thoughts about what she said and the reaction of the audience. -Ali Moayedian - 6/2/04

Awareness of Death as the complement of Life
or Positive Thinking in Relation to Impending Life- Threatening Threats (such as Earthquake, War, Imprisonment, Volcanic Eruption, Terrorism and in one word Death) -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 6/2/04

Iran's Judiciary Revokes Death Sentence For Blasphemy On Academic
Iran's Supreme Court has revoked a death sentence for Hashem Aghajari, a pro-reform university professor convicted of blasphemy. Aghajari was sentenced to death in November 2002 for a speech in which he said Muslims were not "monkeys" and "should not blindly follow" religious leaders. -RFE - 6/2/04

Iran nuclear issues 'unresolved'
Many suspicions still hang over Iran's apparently peaceful nuclear programme, according to a new report by the UN's atomic watchdog, the IAEA. -BBC - 6/2/04

Iran: High rice production cost an impediment to WTO accession
Iran's rice harvest from 620,000 hectares of paddy fields stood at 2,200,000 tons last year. - 6/2/04

EU halts aid to Armenia over quake-zone nuclear plant
The Armenian government restarted the Metsamor reactor in 1995 after closing it in 1988 when a nearby earthquake killed 25,000 people. The move came after four years of power cuts which left most of the population without heating through the winters. The plant provides one-third of the country's electricity. -Guardian - 6/2/04

EVENT: NIAC Workshop on Civic Participation in Seattle
What makes certain individuals more influential than others? What makes certain communities more influential than others? How can the Iranian-American community translate its vast resources into influence, in order to defend its civil rights? -NIAC - 6/2/04

An exquisite danger
John Negroponte's record in Honduras does not inspire confidence about his appointment as US ambassador to Iraq -Guardian - 6/2/04

Rowhani: Iran's nuclear activities, peaceful, legal
Rowhani told a group of Iranian and foreign reporters that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei's recent report shows Iran's nuclear case is nearing its closure and no other point of significance, except certain technical and minor issues remain. - 6/2/04

Iran keen to expand relations with Iraqi transitional government
Iran will cooperate with Iraqi transitional government as it did with the governing council due to Iraq's important status in the region's security and economy, Iran's Charge d'Affaires in Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi said here Tuesday. - 6/2/04

Iranian official deplores summoning of students to courts
Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology for Students Affairs Gholamreza Zarifian on Tuesday expressed concern about continued summoning of students to courts. - 6/2/04

Greatest Persian Harpist Passes Away In Austria
Farzaneh Navai, the most prominent Persian harpist, who lived for many years in Austria, died a few days ago of cancer in a hospital in the city of Bergenz. She was 48. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 6/2/04

Chalabi 'tipped off Iran about spy codes'
The controversial Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi, a former favourite of the Pentagon who has recently fallen out with Washington, was today embroiled in allegations that he tipped off Tehran that US agents had cracked the secret codes of its intelligence service. -Guardian - 6/2/04

Iran: A Little Heaven for Physically Handicapped Girls in Tehran
7th Tir, in my opinion, is the best example I have seen of Private (Popli Foundation and other donors) and Public (behzisti-welfare organization) positive and effective collaboration. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/1/04

Iran's Supreme Court Overturns Dissident Professor's Death Sentence
A dissident Iranian history professor whose death sentence for blasphemy triggered student protests and international concern has again had his sentence overturned by Iran's Supreme Court. -VOA - 6/1/04

Kadivar: Unchecked power, root of human rights violations
The professor of Tehran's Teachers Training University, speaking for a group of university students from Shahid Abbaspour Water And Power University, under the title 'Human Rights, from Theory to Practice', added, "unaccountable powers, even if they are theoretically and apparently respecting the human rights, violate such rights in practice." - 6/1/04

Tehran street slang is bestseller
A slim volume chronicling the slang used on the streets of Tehran has become an unlikely bestseller. The Persian Dictionary of Argot began as an academic study of new vernacular words in Farsi. -BBC - 6/1/04

Two British trade delegations arrive in Tehran
Two trade delegations arrived in Tehran on Friday and Sunday in order to conduct meetings with ranking Iranian officials, businessmen and industry leaders. - 6/1/04

Oil price jumps after Saudi siege
Oil prices have risen sharply in the first trading since Islamic militants killed 22 people in Saudi Arabia. -BBC - 6/1/04

The Lying Game
An A-Z of the Iraq war and its aftermath, focusing on misrepresentation, manipulation, and mistakes -Common Dreams - 6/1/04

Iran's ITC minister: Attraction of foreign investment, high on agenda
Minister of Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Seyed Ahmad Motamedi said Tuesday that development of mobile and fixed phone networks and boost of their penetration coefficient are the most significant objectives of the sector. - 6/1/04

Iran to build "affordable" car
An official with an automobile consumer body said here Monday that if permission is granted a car will be manufactured geared towards the lower income groups. - 6/1/04

Iranian President inaugurates copper plant
President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday officially inaugurated a copper plant in the southeastern city of Sarcheshmeh. The plant has been designated as Iran's first development project in copper industry. - 6/1/04

Iran: New death toll in northern quake
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has said that 35 people were killed and 278 injured in Friday's earthquake in northern Iran. -IRIN - 6/1/04

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