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The Walk
Today I saw hundreds of my brothers and sisters with wills made of steel who were visibly showing the V sign of victory; in groups large and small or individually they had taken to the streets and will do so again and again this week and next week and next month until we, the youth of the land of Iran, of the Iranzamin, will shake off all the tyrants of power and demand our right to peaceful demonstrations, the annulment of this charade of an election and move towards more transparency and democratic government and an equal rule of law for a better Iran for all. -Kamand Saba, Tehran - 6/30/09

Photo: Mother and Child in Los Angeles declaring Solidarity with the People in Iran
I am not Persian, or a political activist-- I'm just a photojournalist-- But when the leadership of any country starts clubbing down it's people in the streets, (As I saw it happen here in the United States as child), I know whose side I'm standing on... -Jim Stevenson - 6/30/09

Iran: Detained political leaders at risk of torture, possibly to force "confessions"
Amnesty International is gravely concerned that several opposition leaders detained in the wake of the 12 June elections may be facing torture, possibly to force them to make televised "confessions" as a prelude to unfair trials in which they could face the death penalty. - 6/30/09

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Arrested, Risks Torture
Human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei was arrested on 25 June, probably in relation to his human rights activities and his peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression and association after the disputed re-election of President Ahmadinejad. Mohammad Mostafaei is a prisoner of conscience. He is at risk of torture. -Amnesty International - 6/30/09

Iran wins CISM Volleyball Championship
Iran defeated Brazil in three sets on Monday winning the 30th CISM World Volleyball Championship. Iran swept the host Brazil 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 at the Maracanazinho Gym and won the championship. - 6/30/09

Liberty and the Tehran Spring
A small but vocal number of U.S. anti-interventionists are reacting to the sight of hundreds of thousands of Iranians putting their lives on the line for a greater measure of liberty. If Iran is being threatened by the U.S. government, then the regime must be unconditionally defended, no matter how bloody the repression. It is Szamuely redux, and it is wrong, both factually and morally. -Justin Raimondo, - 6/30/09

NIAC calls on Iranian government to end political detentions and violence against protesters
The National Iranian American Council remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran since the country's disputed elections on June 12. Disturbing accounts of continued violence and widespread intimidation and harassment of Iranian citizens by the Basij militia and other elements of Iran's security forces continue to be received from inside the country. - 6/30/09

Clinton Cites 'Huge Credibility Gap' in Iran Over Election
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that a "huge credibility gap" remains among Iranians about their country's June 12 presidential election, despite the partial vote recount that is said to have upheld the announced victory by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clinton also deplored Iran's detention of several Iranian staff members of the British embassy in Tehran. - 6/30/09

The Iranian Uprising: Green, But Not Velvet
Democracy activists in Iran believe that another strong independent opposition is being born within the system that is not looking for regime change; critics, observers and outside actors need to respect and accommodate this birth, and not undermine it through sectarian and selective politics. -Farid Marjai - 6/30/09

Iranian play "The Cow" at German Kids Fest
Iran's "The Cow" drama jointly made by Mahdi Farshidi Sepehr and Hamed Zahmatkesh is to be performed at German Kids Festival. - 6/30/09

Statement by Iranian American Society of Architects and Engineers regarding the recent events in Iran
We are shocked, as all the Iranians who are living abroad are, by the recent events in our homeland. The election of the tenth presidency was a true test of the maturity of democracy and people's participation in the affairs of our country. - 6/30/09

US forces to free Iranian diplomats
As part of its security accord with the Baghdad government, the US military will release the Iranian diplomats it took hostage in Iraq two years ago. - 6/30/09

Panel Discussion at UCLA: Iran after the 10th Presidential Elections
July 1st, 7-9 PM: The Islamic Republic of Iran and the question of Legitimacy; An Ethical Appraisal of the Absolute Rule of Jurist; The Women’s Role in the Elections and Post-Elections Politics; and The Post-Election Coup and Prospects for the Future - 6/30/09

U.S. grants support to Iranian dissidents
The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that support Iranian dissidents, records and interviews show, continuing a program that became controversial when it was expanded by President Bush. -USA Today - 6/30/09

Iran saves oil tanker from Somali pirates
An Iranian Navy warship patrolling the volatile Gulf of Aden has managed to save one of the country's giant oil tankers from the clutches of Somali pirates. - 6/30/09

1979: The Great Backlash
If you want to understand the surge of politicized religion, post-communist globalization, and laissez-faire economics that has defined our modern era, forget 1968. Forget even 1989. It's 1979 that's the most important year of all. -FP - 6/30/09

Change Lies in Iran's Institutions
That means the regular army, with ample reason to resent Mr. Ahmadinejad and his Revolutionary Guard loyalists, is a potential force to power the opposition. One U.S. official says there are reports of "discomfort" among some army officers -- and even among some leaders of the Revolutionary Guard -- at how opposition is being crushed within Iran. -WSJ - 6/30/09

Iran Confirms Ahmadinejad Win After Partial Vote Recount
News Iranian officials have again declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of the nation's disputed presidential election. The powerful group that supervises Iran's elections, the Guardian Council, conducted a partial recount Monday of 10 percent of random ballot boxes nationwide. - 6/29/09

Iran's Guardians Council Begins Partial Recount
Iran's Guardians Council has begun a partial recount of the country's fiercely disputed presidential vote, state media report. The move follows more than two weeks of sometimes deadly street clashes as hundreds of thousands of Iranians protested against initial results that showed incumbent conservative Mahmud Ahmadinejad winning in a landslide. - 6/29/09

Battle for Iran shifts from the streets to the heart of power
The power struggle inside Iran appears to be moving from the streets into the heart of the regime itself this weekend amid reports that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani is plotting to undermine the power of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani's manoeuvres against Khamenei come as tensions between the speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also appeared to be coming to a head. -Guardian - 6/29/09

Making Sense of Recent Events in Iran
Events in Iran are usually more complicated than they look at the first glance. Recent events are no exception. It seems they are protest by a people whose election is stolen. This is sure true. As many have pointed out, the land-slide victory of Mr. Ahmadinejad is a statistical improbability. There is no doubt that his re-election is a fraud. Thus people are justifiably asking "where is my vote?" -Reza Ghorashi - 6/29/09

Iranian-Canadians form human chain in Toronto in support of the people in Iran
On Saturday, June 26, 2009, thousands of Iranian-Canadians from children to senior citizens together with hundreds of others showing their” V “ victory sign with their fingers and carrying a flag, sign or picture sent their message more effective than ever in support of social and civil movement for freedom and democracy in Iran and putting an end on violence and brutality by the regime against Iranian people. - 6/29/09

US Says Door Remains Open for Nuclear Talks With Iran
Top Obama administration officials say the door remains open for nuclear talks with Iran. They are discounting the latest anti-American rhetoric from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 6/29/09

Crackdown In Iran Puts Mousavi in Tight Spot
With the opposition visibly weakening in Iran amid a government crackdown, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters have begun to use his disputed victory in this month's election to toughen the nation's stance internationally and to consolidate control internally. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 6/29/09

In memory of a girl who loved music and singing
She was a young woman, called Neda -- Known only to her family and close friends -- Her “calling” came one sunny day near her home. -- Now the whole world knows her by her beautiful eyes --- That looks through blood, courage, innocence and death. -Amir Fardi - 6/29/09

Photos: Kalat-Darreh Village in Yasuj, Iran
Yasuj is an industrial city in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran, and is the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province province. Yasuj had an estimated population of 136,509 in 2005. -Photos by Gholam Hossein Baharloo, ISNA - 6/29/09

IFF calls for Ghotbi's response
Iran's Football Federation (IFF) has given coach Afshin Ghotbi a grace period of four days starting Monday to announce his plans to the federation for extending his contract. IFF and Ghotbi have not yet reached an agreement on terms of the contract. - 6/29/09

Eight Iranian football teams suspended over debts
The suspended clubs are as follows: Tehran-based Persepolis and Esteghlal, Pas of Hamedan, Rah Ahan of Shahr-e Ray, Qom's Saba Battery, Esteghlal of Ahvaz, Paykan of Ghazvin and Abu Moslem of Mashhad. - 6/29/09

Iran Releases 5 British Embassy Staff
Iran says it has released five Iranian staffers of the British Embassy in Tehran, days after they were detained for alleged links to the nation's post-election unrest. - 6/29/09

Iran Vote Recount Is Under Way
Iran began recounting some of the votes cast in its disputed presidential election Monday, after thousands of demonstrators clashed with security forces over the weekend. Several thousand protestors flocked to the Ghoba Mosque in Tehran on Sunday afternoon to commemorate victims of the recent upheavals. Security forces dispersed the crowd using tear gas and attacking them with batons, according to witnesses. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/29/09

Malaysia, China to develop Iran's Resalat oilfield
Malaysian Amona Company, China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) will cooperate in the development of Resalat oilfield, the Iranian Offshore Oil Company's managing director said in Tehran on Sunday. - 6/29/09

Subsidies for Israel, Sanctions for Iran
President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel is proceeding smoothly through the Congress. - 6/29/09

If It Is Time For Regime Changes In The Middle East, Where Should We Begin?
As the world mourns and celebrates the symbol of Iran’s resistance against oppression, Neda, the attractive young casualty of confrontation between the demonstrators and the security police, many more Nedas shall be slain in the streets and alleys, from Gaza to Bogota and Mogadishu to Beijing, all casualties of lust for power and greed by those who always find justifications for whatever they do to secure their own interests. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/28/09

Iranian Opposition Leader Mousavi Rejects Vote Recount
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has rejected a government proposal to conduct a partial recount of presidential election votes - again insisting that the results be annulled. - 6/28/09

Iranians have to find their own course
President Obama should not take sides in the political crisis in Iran. His critics are wrong in faulting him for not siding with the demonstrators and for not standing for the American value of freedom. Freedom, after all, is not the only core value of the American Republic. Along with liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the American Declaration of Independence also embodies the value of life. -R.K. Ramazani - 6/28/09

Iran Arrests Local British Embassy Employees
Britain says the detention of eight British Embassy employees in Iran as "harassment and intimidation." Iran's English language Press TV reported Sunday that eight local employees of the British Embassy were arrested for their alleged involvement in post-election protests. - 6/28/09

Los Angeles City Council acknowledges resolution in support of the people of Iran
The positive outcome of this resolution is the result of the efforts of many Iranian-Americans who have worked diligently on this matter at the City of Los Angeles, in order for it to be considered and now acknowledged by the City Council. - 6/28/09

Thousands demonstrate silently in Tehran
About 5,000 protesters marched slowly and silently through Tehran on Sunday near a mosque where the government was allowing a demonstration for the first time in days. Authorities were riding on motorcycles alongside the marchers, who are telling each other to walk slowly and drag their feet. Police were telling the demonstrators to move faster. -CNN - 6/28/09

Iran: Night Raids Terrorize Civilians
Iran's paramilitary Basij are carrying out brutal nighttime raids, destroying property in private homes and beating civilians in an attempt to stop nightly protest chants, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also said the Iranian authorities are confiscating satellite dishes from private homes to prevent citizens from seeing foreign news. - 6/28/09

Poem: This is the Time
Fallen stars! We deeply mourn you. Who made your fate? -- Jackals, jackals. -Mali Mostoufi, New York - 6/28/09

Iran's Press TV disputes story of Neda's death
The woman whose death has come to symbolize Iranian resistance to the government's official election results did not die the way the opposition claims, government-backed Press TV said Sunday. -CNN - 6/28/09

Bon Jovi Records Version of "Stand by Me" for Iranian People
With nearly wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson's death, it might be easy to forget the ongoing struggle taking place in Iran. But rocker Jon Bon Jovi hasn't forgotten. -TV Guide - 6/28/09

Rafsanjani Wants 'Fair' Review Of Iran Vote
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a political rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called for a fair and thorough examination of complaints about this month's disputed election in Iran. -Reuters - 6/28/09

EU Will Counter Iranian Harassment Of Diplomats
European Union foreign ministers have agreed that the bloc would meet any Iranian intimidation of European diplomatic staff in Tehran with a "strong and collective response." - 6/28/09

Open Letter by Renowned Iranian Director Bahman Farmanara: A coward dies a thousand times before his death...
These days we are being invited to a Banquet of Silence; I believe that by attending it we will not only lose our own voice forever, but, more importantly, we will bring eternal shame on ourselves by ignoring the bloody death of NEDA on the streets of Tehran. - 6/27/09

Videos: Worldwide Rallies In Solidarity With The People Of Iran
There has been many rallies and demonstrations across the globe in support of Iranian people who are demanding annulment of the recent presidential election results. Following are videos of some of these rallies in New York, London, Paris, Ontariro, Los Angeles, San Jose (California), and more - 6/27/09

How we can help Iranians
The English-language media is full of articles that claim Iranian post-election demonstrations are either a class war or an uprising of rich Iranians against the authority. None of these articles support their offered claim with any strong arguments. The thought process usually involves either the cliche that peasants don't stand up to elites for sociopolitical justice or paint Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a socialist South-American ally who is against the neo-liberal trend of the world and who has helped peasants and working class people in Iran. -Mina Khanlarzadeh - 6/27/09

Obama Calls Iran Violence 'Outrageous'
U.S President Barack Obama has called recent post-election violence against protesters in Iran "outrageous." He spoke at a joint White House appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr. Obama said Iranian people have the universal right to assemble and to speak freely. - 6/27/09

Activists Rally in Support of Iranian Opposition in New York
Human rights activists rallied in New York City Friday night in support of election protesters in Iran, saying they would keep up international pressure on the Tehran government for as long as necessary. - 6/27/09

In Tehran, a Mood of Melancholy Descends
An eerie stillness has settled over this normally frenetic city. -New York Times - 6/27/09

Ahmadinejad Again Criticizes Obama Over Election Remarks
Friday, President Obama called recent post-election violence against protesters in Iran "outrageous." He also said any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran will be affected by the recent events. - 6/27/09

How Quarreling Ayatullahs Affect Iran's Crisis
To an outside world accustomed to viewing Iranian politics as a conclave of like-minded mullahs, the current turmoil within Iran's political and religious establishment defies explanation. The conflict between two regime insiders, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has created the most profound political crisis in the Islamic republic's 30-year history. -TIME - 6/27/09

Mir Hossein Mousavi's official message to Iranians abroad
Your widespread and energetic presence in this year's 22 Khordad elections is indicative of your ties to our beloved Iran, and your admirable worries about the future of your country, and as I mentioned to you in my election message, Iran belongs to all Iranians and all layers of the populous are responsible for its future, and enjoy the same rights in it. - 6/26/09

Iranian Cleric Says Protesters Should Be Ruthlessly And Savagely Punished
A senior Iranian cleric has called on the government to harshly punish leaders of the country's post-election protests. In a sermon at Tehran University on Friday, Ahmad Khatami said rioters should be dealt with cruelly and without mercy. He also accused foreign journalists of fomenting the demonstrations. - 6/26/09

Iran Protest Leader Refuses to Withdraw His Election Challenge
In a statement Thursday on his newspaper Web site, Kalameh-ye Sabz, Mr. Mousavi said he will not refrain from securing the rights of the Iranian people. He said he is facing pressure to withdraw his election challenge but urged supporters to continue protests in a way that will not create tension. - 6/26/09

G8 Calls For Halt To Iran Violence
Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrial countries have said they "deplore" the postelection violence in Iran, and called on Tehran to settle the crisis "soon" through democratic dialogue and peaceful means. - 6/26/09

'What Will Happen To Those Arrested In Iran? I Can Tell You'
By official count, some 450 people have been arrested in opposition protests against Iran's presidential election results. Many sources inside Iran put the count in the thousands. To those arrested 10 years ago, in Iran's last great wave of student demonstrations, what the new detainees face next is already clear. - 6/26/09

Surface Calm: Streets Quiet But Iran Opposition Vows To Continue Challenge
The streets of Tehran were largely quiet as the Iranian government sought to signal that life had returned to normal after almost two weeks of sometimes massive and bloody public protests. But opponents of the recent presidential vote appeared prepared to combat official measures to tamp public unrest, with opposition candidate Mir Hossein Musavi vowing that his challenge of the June 12 results would go on. - 6/26/09

Iran: Urgent Action appeals for journalists, including Kalameh Sabz
At least 13 journalists are among scores of people arrested in their homes or offices since the disputed Iranian Presidential election on 12 June. The whereabouts of most are unknown, although those detained in Tehran are likely to be held in Evin Prison. All are feared to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment -Amnesty International - 6/26/09

Rise of the Sultans
The clerical regime's tampering with the election was nothing less than an attempt to completely take over all aspects of the Iranian state. -Akbar Ganji, CFR - 6/26/09

Sad Anniversary of Alaeis' Detention
This week we mark a sad milestone in the lives of Drs Kamiar and Arash Alaei, internationally renowned HIV/AIDS physicians. For the past year they have been imprisoned in the notorious section 209 of Evin prison. Their crime: practicing public health diplomacy, an act Iran considers treasonous. -Physicians for Human Rights - 6/26/09

Iranians in St. Louis area cheer uprising, worry about loved ones
His wife and four children are thousands of miles away, caught in the middle of the maelstrom engulfing Iran. Yet Dr. Nader Moazami is glad that his former countrymen are rising up and trying to seize their destiny. -St. Louis Today - 6/26/09

Iran Crackdown Secures Streets But Internal Splits Remain
The large numbers of demonstrators first seen on the streets of Tehran to protest the outcome of the presidential election have dwindled in the face of a massive security crackdown as the government maintains its hardline stance against the opposition. But, analysts say the protests have opened fissures in the ranks of Iran's ruling elite. - 6/26/09

Boycott Nokia for Iran Crackdown
Nokia recently provided the Iranian regime with a "monitoring center" that enables security forces to tap cell phones, read e-mails, scramble text-messages, and interrupt calls. Nokia's new surveillance system has enhanced the regime's ability to crack down on dissent during recent protests. - 6/26/09

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Statement in Solidarity with Iranian Protesters
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday released a statement for a protest in Solidarity with Iranian students, which was held in Sherman Oaks, CA.: "Make the voice of Tehran-geles heard in Tehran. Let them know that they are not alone, that the world stands with them in their quest for freedom and justice and a better future for Iran and the world." - 6/26/09

Statistics ace raises doubt, fans anger on Iran's vote
Two days after the June 12 ballot, the 23-year-old graduate student was burrowing into election-return data that had just been posted online by the Iranian government. Berman, who will soon get his master’s degree in Iranian studies at St. Andrews University in Scotland, thought he saw suspicious patterns that backed up the opposition’s claims of fraud. -Boston Globe - 6/26/09

Academics' Declaration of Support for Iranian Demonstrators
Today the New York-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy circulated the open letter below from academics in support of the demonstrators in Iran. The statement declares that "Khamenei's argument that to make concessions to popular demands and 'illegal' pressure would amount to a form of 'dictatorship'] sounds familiar to anyone interested in the politics of collective action, since it appears to draw on the logic used by state authorities to oppose most of the great popular mobilisations of modern times, from 1789 in France to 1979 in Iran itself. - 6/25/09

Iranian Opposition Calls For Rallies Online Despite Crackdown
Iranian opposition Web sites are still calling for a rally Thursday in Tehran, despite the government's ongoing crackdown that has included arrests of university professors, journalists and ordinary citizens. Reports from the opposition say nearly two-thirds of Iranian lawmakers and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani did not attend a victory dinner party hosted by President Ahmadinejad late Wednesday. - 6/25/09

WHERE IS MY VOTE: Academics And Intellectuals In Support Of Democracy Movement In Iran
This text is an urgent request to academics to fight the misrepresentation of this movement. This is not only about showing support to the courage and determination of people on the streets of Iran. It also means reaching for the many people in Iran who would like to participate but are frightened or know of the movement only through the state media. It means informing these people of the scale and nature of the movement, and thus widen its support within Iran. - 6/25/09

Iran opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi lashes out; 70 professors arrested
Iran's leading opposition figure, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, launched a lengthy broadside against the Iranian leadership and state-owned media in comments published today on his website as authorities arrested 70 university professors who had just held a meeting with Mousavi. The former prime minister, in comments apparently delivered Wednesday to the professors and posted on one of his websites today, accused Iran's supreme leader of not acting in the interests of the country and said a dramatic change for the worse had taken place in Iran. -Los Angeles Times - 6/25/09

Iran's Election Drama More Elaborate Than You Think
But who is the real power behind Iran's rigged presidential election, which has been called an "election coup" by a Mousavi spokesman? It is widely believed that, as the commander in chief of Iran's armed forces, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the coup leader. But the issue is more complex. Ever since he was appointed as the IRG's top commander three years ago, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari has been talking about the "internal threat" to the Islamic Revolution. -Muhammad Sahimi - 6/25/09

Iran doctor tells of Neda's death
The doctor who tried to save an Iranian protester as she bled to death on a street in Tehran has told the BBC of her final moments. Dr Arash Hejazi, who is studying at a university in the south of England, said he ran to Neda Agha-Soltan's aid after seeing she had been shot in the chest. Dr Hejazi said he had not slept for three nights following the incident, but he wanted to speak out so that her death was not in vain. - 6/25/09

Voices from Iran
If my experience is any guide, Iranians outside Iran are living some of the most intense days of their lives. Since the first, disputed results of the presidential election were announced soon after the polls closed on 12 June 2009 and the protests almost immediately started, my waking hours are absorbed- hour-by-hour, even minute-by-minute - in gathering computer-delivered news about what is happening in my homeland. -Kamin Mohammadi - 6/25/09

Iranian Government Intensifies Countrywide Crackdown
No one knows how many people have been arrested in Iran since protests against disputed presidential election results began two weeks ago, but it is becoming clear that security forces are engaged in one of the biggest crackdowns the Islamic republic has seen since the early days of the 1979 Revolution. By official count, the number of those arrested is around 450. But according to many sources inside Iran, the total tally of sudden arrests and disappearances is in the thousands. - 6/25/09

Experts Tell Senate Panel that Opposition Movement in Iran Likely Will Continue
Several experts on Iran spoke at a roundtable held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday on the ongoing political crisis in that country and options for U.S foreign policy. They agreed that despite the Iranian government's crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, the opposition movement in Iran is far from over. - 6/25/09

Nieman Foundation calls for release of journalist Iason Athanasiadis detained in Iran
Iason Athanasiadis, our friend and colleague from the Nieman Class of 2008, has been arrested and is being detained by the Iranian government. Iason, a Greek citizen, was in Iran to report on the June 12 presidential election. - 6/25/09

Rafsanjani, Mousavi meet with Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy
Boroujerdi termed the parliamentary delegation's talks with Rafsanjani as "constructive". "The lawmakers asked Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani to help solve the problems and he vowed support and we hope that we would witness practical measures to be taken to end the current situation soon," he added. - 6/25/09

The End of the Beginning
Iran’s 1979 revolution took a full year to gestate. The uprising of 2009 has now ended its first phase. But the volatility ushered in by the June 12 ballot-box putsch of Iran’s New Right is certain to endure over the coming year. The Islamic Republic has been weakened. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 6/25/09

Watching The Lord of the Rings in Tehran
On June 23, Iranian security forces, reportedly using live ammunition, clashed with protesters numbering in the hundreds in the area of the country's parliament in Tehran. At the same time, there were indications that a behind-the-scenes struggle was intensifying in the corridors of power even as the government continued its campaign to quiet the populace through propaganda and entertainment. -TIME - 6/25/09

US Rescinds 4th of July Invitations to Iranian Diplomats
The Obama administration said Wednesday it has rescinded invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations at American diplomatic missions around the world. The State Department said an Iranian presence at such events would be incongruous with a celebration of American values. - 6/25/09

Populism, Democracy and Iran
When an authoritarian regime approaches its final crisis, its dissolution as a rule follows two steps. Before its actual collapse, a mysterious rupture takes place: all of a sudden people know that the game is over, they are simply no longer afraid. -Slavoj Zizek - 6/25/09

Mousavi: Iran has silenced me over election
Mousavi openly criticised the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for siding with the winner and incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In other signs that the authorities are turning the screws on Mousavi and his supporters, the regime detained 70 university professors – members of an Islamic committee of university lecturers – immediately after they met Mousavi yesterday. The report on Mousavi's website said it was not clear where the detainees were taken. -Guardian - 6/25/09

Iran opposition delays rally after crackdown
An event to remember the victims of Iran's post-election protests has been postponed Thursday, a day after security forces crushed a planned demonstration. The postponement was announced on the Web site of presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi's party Wednesday evening. -CNN - 6/25/09

Iranian Soccer Players Banned After Post-Election Protest
Authorities in Iran have banned four members of the country's national football (soccer) team for wearing green wristbands in a show of solidarity with anti-government demonstrators. The display took place during a World Cup qualifying match last week in South Korea. A pro-government Iranian newspaper says the players have been "retired" from the team. - 6/25/09

In Tehran, growing brutality undermines prospect for Iran-US dialogue
Supporters of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims that Mr. Ahmadinejad's landslide victory was a fraud, promise to keep up protests that have exposed rifts in the leadership and deepened a cultural divide between hard-line ideologues like Ahmadinejad, and more moderate, Western-leaning backers of Mr. Mousavi. The tension is almost certain to slow down American attempts to engage Iran in dialogue. -CSM - 6/25/09

Obama sent letter to Khamenei before the election, report says
Barack Obama sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, before this month's disputed election calling for an improvement in relations, it was reported today. -Guardian - 6/25/09

Neda Soltan's family 'forced out of home' by Iranian authorities
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world. -Guardian - 6/25/09

Iran protesters in 'bloody clashes' with riot police
Bloody clashes broke out in Tehran today as Iran's supreme leader said he would not yield to pressure over the disputed election. -Guardian - 6/24/09

Iran's Supreme Leader: Nation Will Not Yield to Pressure; More Protests Planned
Internet postings call for an opposition rally to be held outside Iran's Parliament Wednesday afternoon, but these plans cannot be confirmed. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has warned it will use force to crush demonstrations about the election. - 6/24/09

Iran: Violent Crackdown on Protesters Widens
A notoriously abusive Iranian prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, has been put in charge of the investigation of detained reformist leaders and party officials amidst a widening security crackdown in Iran following the disputed June 12 election, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/24/09

Iranians Killed and Detained Since June 12
The government has admitted to at least 27 fatalities in Tehran but the true numbers are most probably much higher. The Campaign has been able to identify only the names of four persons killed in Tehran during recent protests because of the extreme restrictions imposed by the government. There are also reports of fatalities in other cities but the Campaign has not been able to collect any reliable information. -International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - 6/24/09

Iranian Government Parades Arrested Protesters on TV: Will Teach Them A Lesson
On June 23, the television showed one detainee confessing to what amounts to collaboration with foreign powers against the Iranian state. The aired statements from the detainees come as a senior judiciary official said on June 23 that the legal system would make an example of those who had been caught. "Those arrested in recent events will be dealt with in a way that will teach them a lesson," Ebrahim Raisi said. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/24/09

The Futility Of Lawful Appeal In The Iranian Election Crisis
Although much has been written about the legitimacy of the election itself, the integral dispute over "legality" remains largely unaddressed. Yet the law permeates every aspect of the current crisis, including the legitimacy of Khamenei's postelection decisions, the lawfulness of the opposition protests and the resulting violent response, and, crucially, whether the authorities' calls to dispute the result through "legal channels" are merely a publicity ploy. -Mohammad Hedayati-Kakhki - 6/24/09

Letter from Sepi Richardson, Mayor of Brisbane, California, to Baquer Qalibaf, Mayor of Tehran
My name is Sepi Richardson, Mayor of the City of Brisbane located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. I have the distinct honor of being the First Persian American Elected Councilwoman and Mayor in the World. I am writing to you as one public servant to another and also as a an Iranian American. - 6/24/09

Iran's Supreme Leader silences the opposition
In a bold letter that Mehdi Karroubi, the other reformist candidate, wrote to the Guardian Council, he reminded them: "You no doubt remember that on the eve of the Islamic revolution Mohammad Reza Pahlavi described the uprising of the people in Tabriz as a conspiracy by outsiders. He called his opponents, namely you and me, red and black reactionaries and accused the BBC of being behind the Islamic revolution." This is exactly what Khamene'i has done in his speech, with one major difference... -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/24/09

Iran bans election protest footballers
According to the pro-government newspaper Iran, four players – Ali Karimi, 31, Mehdi Mahdavikia, 32, Hosein Ka'abi, 24 and Vahid Hashemian, 32 – have been "retired" from the sport after their gesture in last Wednesday's match against South Korea in Seoul. None of the team members were given back their passports upon returning to Tehran after the match -Guardian - 6/24/09

Iran Jams Foreign Satellite News In Bid To Isolate Public
The censors have been trying to black out both U.S. and British government-sponsored newscasts in Persian almost from the moment a week ago that people began protesting the July 12 presidential election results. To black out a newscast, Iranian authorities beam their own signal up to the commercial satellite carrying the foreign program. - 6/24/09

Letter from Tehran: 38 Gunshot Victims at Rasool Akram Hospital
I am a physician working at the Rasool Akram hospital. Yesterday (June 21st), they brought in 38 gunshot victims to our hospital. 10 were already dead and the rest had various related injuries - 6/24/09

NIAC Welcomes Obama's Strong Condemnation of Violence by Iran's Government
The National Iranian American Council welcomes President Obama's condemnation of human rights abuses by the Iranian government and its use of violence against peaceful protesters. - 6/24/09

Iran: this is not a revolution
Political power is never good or bad, never really just or unjust; political power is arbitrary, discriminatory and most of the time violent. In Iran, the ongoing demonstrations sparked by the election results in favor of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicate that such power can never really be monopolized by the state. Iran's civil society is fighting; it is giving blood for a just cause. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam - 6/24/09

Iran's supreme strategy: Why is Ahmadinejad the chosen one?
Experts suggest a number of reasons, from his ties to the military and security forces, to populist domestic and hardline foreign policies, to sheer loyalty, that might have caused the leader to approve of – or even engineer – an Ahmadinejad win. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 6/24/09

US Lawmakers React to Obama Statement on Iran
President Obama's latest remarks on Iran, in which he said the U.S. and the world are appalled and outraged by the Iranian government's crackdown on dissent, have met with praise but also some continuing criticism from members of Congress. - 6/24/09

Family, friends mourn 'Neda,' Iranian woman who died on video
Security forces urged her friends and family not to hold memorial services for her at a mosque and asked them not to speak publicly about her, associates of the family said. Authorities even asked the family to take down the black mourning banners in front of their house, aware of the potent symbol she had become. But some insisted on speaking out anyway, hoping to make sure the world would not forget her. -Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times - 6/24/09

Dennis Ross Moves to the White House
Now again we have the leadership of both political parties with much of the journalistic establishment in tow promoting what will likely be exposed in the near term as another slough of lies, this time about Iran. At the center of them is this: Iran has a nuclear weapons program threatening Israel with nuclear holocaust. -Gary Leupp, Counterpunch - 6/24/09

Iran Cancels Visit By Armenian Delegation
A visit to Iran by an Armenian parliamentary delegation scheduled for last weekend was abruptly canceled by the Iranian side on June 20, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports, citing parliament spokesman Nairi Petrosian. - 6/24/09

Iranian Film Director says Election Was 'Coup d'Etat
Makhmalbaf says the present situation in Iran is not the result of voting irregularities, but a true and proper "coup d'etat." Addressing the foreign media in Rome, the man who has become the official spokesman abroad for Mir Hossein Mousavi, spoke out strongly about the situation in Iran following the presidential election. - 6/23/09

Iran Will Not Annul Election Results
Iran's Guardian Council has ruled out annulling the disputed June 12 presidential election. Opposition supporters are also calling for a general strike, Tuesday. Mr. Mousavi's Facebook Web page says that his supporters are "working on a general strike plan." - 6/23/09

Opposition candidate Karroubi assails Iran's state-run media
A message posted on Twitter said more than 10,000 people demonstrated in the eastern city of Tabriz, where Moussavi comes from. - - The "assaults, beatings and murder of innocent people" were committed by plain-clothed security forces, not by demonstrators as the Iranian media would like its audiences to believe, Karroubi said in an open letter addressed to Ezattollah Zarghami, which was posted on Karroubi's Web site. -CNN - 6/23/09

Obama Condemns 'Unjust Actions' in Iran
President Barack Obama has condemned what he called the "unjust actions" against political demonstrators in Iran. He said the U.S. is not interfering in Iranian affairs, but that the U.S. strongly condemns the violence and that Iranians have a universal right to assembly and free speech. - 6/23/09

A mass demonstration with the dominant slogan Silence must have been very rare in the past history of humankind. Since it is happening on an ancient land with thousand years of autocratic rulers, it is also very symbolic. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 6/23/09

Protests in Iran Diminish Amid Security Crackdown
In central Tehran on Monday, demonstrators and authorities engaged in what has become a near daily cat-and-mouse routine: Protesters gathered in groups of several hundred shouting, "Death to the dictator." Iranian security forces chased them, waving batons and sticks, according to witnesses. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/23/09

Women At Forefront Of Iranian Protests
During last week's demonstrations in Tehran and other cities, women of all ages and segments of society were seen at the forefront of the protests. Some were holding banners; chanting slogans; defying police. Some were seen beating back Basij militia and plainclothes agents who were attacking protestors with sticks. - 6/23/09

In Memory Of Neda
In the sea of black -- I was the green flower -- And you cut me so soon -- With you fire power -Farshad, NY - 6/23/09

No Graduation in Iran
But, in Iran, graduation ceremonies did not take place this week. -- Instead, the students were shot in their dorm rooms. -- In lieu of receiving a diploma, Iranian youth were handed a death sentence. Their bodies, their minds, their souls – were targeted for a brutal killing. -- This week in Iran, instead of wreaths of flowers, students were covered in blood. -Seen-e Sorkh - 6/23/09

NEWSWEEK Reporter Maziar Bahari Arrested in Tehran
Among the dozens of people arrested overnight on June 21st in Tehran was NEWSWEEK reporter Maziar Bahari, who has covered Iran for the magazine for over a decade. Bahari was home asleep at 7 a.m. when several security officers showed up at his Tehran apartment. - 6/23/09

Britain has reportedly Frozen $1.6B assets of Mojtaba Khamenei, son of Iran's supreme leader
Mojtaba Khamenei has emerged as one of the driving forces behind the government's crackdown, diplomats and observers said, as reported in a Guardian article published on June 22nd. Also, according to some Iran analysts, Khamenei, 70, is maneuvering to position his son as his successor. - 6/23/09

Iran's stolen election, and what comes next
The great events unfolding in Iran have some way to go before they reach a form of resolution. It is already being said that the wave of protests taking place across the country and the state's efforts to maintain control have taken the situation beyond the issue of what happened in the presidential election of 12 June 2009. -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/23/09

Iran: Stop using Basij militia to police demonstrations
Following reports from Iran that members of the Basij militia have used excessive force against demonstrators - and in light of the history of abuses committed by this unaccountable branch of the security forces - Amnesty International calls on the government of Iran to stop using the militia to police demonstrations with immediate effect. - 6/23/09

Britain Expels 2 Iranian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move
Britain says it is expelling two Iranian diplomats in retaliation for Iran ordering two British diplomats to leave Tehran in a dispute over Iran's contested election. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told lawmakers Tuesday Iran expelled the two diplomats the day before. Iran's government has accused Britain and other Western nations of interference by criticizing its crackdown on Iranians protesting the election results. - 6/23/09

Son's Death Has Iranian Family Asking Why
The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing. A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails. The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed. Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran's morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/23/09

Stoning to be omitted from Iran penal laws
Head of the Majlis judiciary commission Ali Shahrokhi says stoning, heresy and cutting hands will be omitted from Iran's penal laws. The new Islamic punishment bill will be presented to Majlis in the near future and will then be sent to the Guardian Council for final considerations. -Press TV - 6/23/09

A Poem: Salvation
I am asleep, Quietly. I dream: With no words, No pictures. A rabid bearded wolf, Sitting on my chest -Mali Mostoufi, New York - 6/23/09

UN's Ban urges end to arrests, use of force amid post-election violence in Iran
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an immediate end to the arrests, threats and use of force taking place in Iran amid the post-election violence that has already claimed a number of lives. - 6/23/09

Italy says Iran turned down G8 meeting
Iran will not be present at a Group of Eight meeting as the country has failed to reply to an invitation put forward by Rome, Italy's Foreign Minster says. "Obviously there are rules in international diplomacy: When you invite somebody, that somebody has to respond.'' - 6/23/09

Iranian authorities scramble to negate Neda Soltan 'martyrdom'
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of a student shot dead in Tehran to take down mourning posters as they struggle to stop her becoming the rallying point for protests against the presidential election. Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, 26, was killed as she watched a pro-democracy protest, and mobile phone footage of her last moments have become a worldwide symbol of Iran's turmoil. -Times Online - 6/23/09

Members of Ontario Parliament join thousands of Iranians in protest
On Sunday June 21st there was another mass demonstration of Iranians protesting against the fraudulent results of the Presidential election in Iran. More than 5,000 were in attendance demanding for their fellow Iranians' most basic rights: freedom, equality, and democracy. - 6/23/09

Iran fighter jets extend target range
The Iranian air-force plans to stage an aerial exercise that will see fighter jets fly over a distance of around 3,600 km (2,240 miles), and bomb targets. - 6/23/09

The West Struggles to Find Correct Tone with Iran
The West has recently turned up the volume on its critique of Iran. But diplomats are also wary of closing the door on dialogue, particularly given the long list of regional problems. How far is too far? -Spiegel, Germany - 6/23/09

Iran says AMD chips used in its rocket research
An Iranian research institute claims that it used AMD Opteron microprocessors to build a high-performance computing system, one more sign that the U.S. trade embargo on Iran isn't hindering that country's ability to import high-tech equipment. -ComputerWorld - 6/23/09

Letter from Tehran: To live or to just be alive, that's the question
Two Basiji motorcyles are burning. People have learnt how to do it fast. They lay the motorcycle on its side, spilling the gasoline and lighting it on fire. We climb up a pedestrian bridge and watch. People shout from the bridge, 'Down with Khamenei' and 'your aura is gone for good'. A Basiji is caught: He soon disappears under the crowd beating him. As if in a Roman coliseum those on the bridge shout, 'Beat him up!' -Written by a professor in Tehran - 6/22/09

Survey of Official Iran Results Casts Serious Doubt on Victory Claims
A survey of Iran's election results, published today by Chatham House and the University of St Andrews, raises serious questions about the plausibility of the claimed victory and demonstrates irregularities in the official results. Thomas Rintoul said: 'The claimed results in minority provinces are particularity extreme, the numbers from Ilam, Lorestan and Hormozegan almost defy belief'. - 6/22/09

Riot police confront protesters in Tehran, witnesses say
A defiant and chaotic protest sprouted in and around a public square Monday despite a warning by Iran's Revolutionary Guard against the kind of street demonstrations that have roiled Iran for more than a week, witnesses said. -CNN - 6/22/09

Ali Larijani: Between Khamenei and Kant
Perhaps it's the same video clip being broadcast over and over again, exaggerating the significance of a particular moment caught by a roving camera. But Ali Ardeshir Larijani, sitting immediately to the right of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's discourse during Friday prayers on June 19, looks uncomfortable, even unhappy. His eyes are downcast and his attention focuses on his prayer beads rather than on the Supreme Leader. -Marsha B. Cohen - 6/22/09

Iran’s Children of Tomorrow
Moussavi is trying to calm their rage and coax the multiple security forces to his side. Restraint was the core appeal of his Monday statement. He urged his followers to avoid violence and adopt parental forbearance before the “misbehavior” of security forces — an appropriate reference given all the teenage thugs out there. I think Moussavi is right to avoid extreme positions even as Khamenei has deliberately radicalized the conflict. He’s right because his moderation fans internal divisions that seem rampant. Any counterrevolutionary stance, at least at this point, would have the opposite effect. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 6/22/09

Repression stepped up yet again as Iran becomes world's biggest prison for journalists
Iran now has a total of 33 journalists and cyber-dissidents in its jails, while journalists who could not be located at their homes have been summoned by telephone by Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi. - 6/22/09

Ely's Tehran Diary: 'Tear Gas Left White Trails, We Could Hear Gunshots'
They charged towards us and the victory signs became screams. Jaleh, Hooman, and I held each others' hands as the wild dogs attacked and people scrambled and fell over each other. Within seconds they reached us and they were swiping at everyone with clubs, chains, and some innovative piece of black rubber that looked like a short water hose. - 6/22/09

Heavy Security Reins In Iranian Protests
A relative and tenuous calm was restored to parts of Iran's capital Sunday amid heavy displays of security, but an escalating campaign of arrests and the continued political standoff signaled a potential widening divide among Iran's power holders. On Sunday, a number of families spent the morning frantically searching for their loved ones in police stations, prisons, hospitals and the city's morgue. Around 4 p.m., hundreds of family members of victims of Saturday's violent clashes held a sit-in, but security forces dispersed them. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/22/09

Iranian Opposition Leader Mousavi Calls for More Protests
Witnesses in Tehran said Mousavi supporters took to their rooftops Sunday after sunset, to exchange chants of defiance against the government. Police and pro-government militia patrolled the streets of the Iranian capital Sunday, following deadly protests the day before. - 6/22/09

Worldwide Demonstrations In Solidarity With The Election Protestors In Iran
Iranians living abroad, sometimes joined by other locals, have been demonstrating across the globe declaring their solidarity with the people in Iran who are protesting the elections results and protesting their suppression. Following is a partial list of rallies held in various countries including Australia, Germany, Japan, Spain, United States. - 6/22/09

Under the Surface in Iran
Once again, the Islamic Republic of Iran showed its true face, democracy has been in hibernation since long and the absence of freedom has coloured the tragic modern history of Iran in which an election has been stolen again. -Victoria Azad, Sweden - 6/22/09

Human Rights Emblem developed by 12Petals Media Group: "Good thoughts", "Good Words", "Good Deeds"
The 12Petals Media Group has developed an exciting new emblem to help promote and cultivate a culture of human rights and responsibilities. The emblem conceptualized and designed by Majid Baradar and Ardalan Payvar respectively, is an attempt to ally ongoing efforts for the recognition of human rights and prevalence of a culture of tolerance everywhere. - 6/22/09

The Iranian Uprising is Home Grown, and Must Stay That Way
The growing nonviolent insurrection in Iran against the efforts by the ruling clerics to return the ultra-conservative and increasingly autocratic incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinjead to power is growing. Whatever the outcome, it represents an exciting and massive outpouring of Iranian civil society for a more open and pluralistic society. -Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams - 6/22/09

PAAIA Demands Immediate Stop to Violence in Iran and Mourns Loss of Life
"There is no justification for this violence. We unequivocally condemn the killing of innocent civilians. We demand an immediate stop to the use of violence and strongly urge the Government of Iran to guarantee the safety of its citizens." -Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans - 6/22/09

Tara Bahrampour Named Senior Recipient of German Marshall Fund
Washington Post staff writer Tara Bahrampour has been named the senior recipient of the German Marshall Fund of the United States' 2009 Peter R. Weitz prize for excellence and originality in U.S. reporting on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. - 6/22/09

CODEPINK Calls for End to Violence Against Peaceful Iranian Protesters
In the midst of public unrest and outrage in Iran over the country's recent election, CODEPINK stands with the people of Iran at this time of crisis and supports their right to free and fair elections, a recount, and communication inside Iran and with the world. - 6/22/09

What a Difference A Day Makes!
What amazes me most these days is the speed of things. My mind can hardly catch up with one event before a new one unfolds and takes you into another world and at the same time there are a lot of physical things that we do, such as taking part in the peaceful and usually quiet marches around central Tehran. - Syma Sayyah - 6/21/09

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri says resisting people's demand is religiously prohibited
"Resisting people's demand is religiously prohibited ... I am calling for three days of national mourning from Wednesday," said Montazeri, an architect of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the country's present leadership and has been under house arrest for some years - 6/21/09

A poem in honor of "Neda" and her Fallen Friends
With humility and with heart full of anguish and grief I offer this simple poem to honor her memory and those of other people who have died. May justice prevail and punish their killers. -Shirin Ghobadi - 6/21/09

Mousavi's statement number 5 to Iranian people
These days and nights a turning point is being forged in the history of our nation. People are asking each other and also me, when amongst them, what should be done and in which direction we should go. - 6/21/09

Rafsanjani's daughter Faezeh and other relatives released
Faezeh Hashemi along with four other members of the former president's family had been reportedly arrested for having participated in an illegal rally "in [Tehran's] Azadi Avenue and inciting and encouraging rioters" on Saturday. - 6/21/09

Tehran Tense, Quiet, After Week of Violent Protests
Iran's capital appears tense but quiet Sunday, with no reports of large-scale protests after a week of sometimes violent demonstrations against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election victory. - 6/21/09

Hashemi-Rafsanjani's daughter and other relatives arrested
Iranian security forces have arrested five close relatives of Iran's Expediency Council head Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, including his daughter Faezeh Hashemi. The five include Faezeh Hashemi and her daughter, as well as Hossein Mar'ashi's wife, daughter, and sister-in-law -- Mar'ashi is a cousin to Hashemi-Rafsanjani's wife. - 6/21/09

Through Rallies And Internet New Yorkers Express Solidarity With Iran Protesters
Close to the UN headquarters in Manhattan, visibly distressed young Iranian women wearing black headscarves are chanting in Persian with a like-minded crowd. Some of the participants are carrying Iranian flags, others are holding homemade signs that read: "Where Is My Vote?" "Freedom And Democracy," "Khamenei, Stop Killing Iranians." - 6/21/09

Rift grows among Iranian leaders
The public rift among Iranian leaders widened Sunday when the country's foreign minister disputed allegations of ballot irregularities even as the parliamentary speaker implied that the election authority had sided with one candidate. -CNN - 6/21/09

Guardian Council says over 100% voted in 50 cities; Khatami calls for neutral probe
Iran's Guardian Council has suggested that the number of votes collected in 50 cities surpass the number of people eligible to cast ballot in those areas. As unrest continues in post-election Iran, former President Mohammad Khatami proposes an impartial committee to investigate complaints about results of the disputed presidential vote. - 6/21/09

Iran's Khamenei On Crash Course
For the past couple of months, we thought some kind of spring was coming to our beloved Iran. We deserved it, we thought, finally, after so many years of un-freedom, state-ideological one-way-turbo-course, and international isolation and humiliation. - Abbas Djavadi RFE/RL - 6/21/09

When the clerics act, it will be crucial
One of the more unusual aspects of the crisis is the visible absence of the clerical classes. Traditionally at the forefront of social protest, and frequently on both sides of any debate, in this confrontation their voices appear to have been muted. -Guardian - 6/21/09

Larijani: Critics separate themselves from rioters
Larijani said that during the past few days the country has witnessed hundreds of thousands of people going out into the streets adding arguments of those who are unhappy with the election results should be heeded. - 6/21/09

The Ayatollah Throws Down the Gauntlet
Speaking to a government-organized throng bused in from around Tehran and as far away as Qom, Iran's religious capital, and other cities -- a crowd, no doubt, vastly inflated by dutiful members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the fascist, mosque-based Basij thugs -- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw down the gauntlet against the Green Wave. -Robert Dreyfuss on, The Nation - 6/21/09

Iran raises death toll in clashes to at least 20
Iranian state media reported on Sunday 13 more deaths in confrontations between protesters and security forces and the government condemned key European powers for expressing concern about the disputed presidential election. Washington Post - 6/21/09

Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri Statement
Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri calls for public mourning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and very strongly supports non-violent movements of the Muslim nation to defend its rights. (In Persian) - 6/21/09

A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets
I’d say the momentum is with them for now. At moments on Saturday, Khamenei’s authority, which is that of the Islamic Republic itself, seemed fragile. The revolutionary authorities have always mocked the cancer-ridden Shah’s ceding before an uprising, and vowed never to bend in the same way. Their firepower remains formidable, but they are facing a swelling test. ROGER COHEN NYT - 6/21/09

What the World Didn't See in Tehran
Iranian state television yesterday broadcast the soap operas and covered the news about Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from Wimbledon and Pakistani operations against the Taliban as if they were the most important stories in the world. Meanwhile, arriving over the internet transom, rough and insistent and bloody, were the tiny electronic dispatches from protesters forced off the streets of Tehran - Time - 6/21/09

Iran's Foreign Ministry Blames VOA, BBC for Unrest
Iran's Press TV quotes Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi as saying that any communication Iranians have with these news organizations runs counter to Iranian sovereignty and is considered "an act of enmity towards the Iranian nation." - 6/21/09

Defiance and death on Tehran's streets
Thousands of defiant protesters swept again Saturday into the streets of the Iranian capital, where they clashed with police armed with batons, tear gas and water cannons. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150 on the seventh day of post-election protests. Sources at one Tehran hospital confirmed 19 deaths Saturday. -CNN - 6/20/09

Police Attempt To Disperse Protesters In Iranian Capital (Videos)
Police are reportedly using water cannons and tear gas against thousands of people who have gathered in downtown Tehran to protest the presidential election results despite warnings from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against further rallies. Thousands of riot police and Basij militia are trying to isolate the groups of protesters. - 6/20/09

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: I speak for Mousavi. And Iran
I have been given the �responsibility of telling the world what is happening in Iran. The office of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who the Iranian people truly want as their leader, has asked me to do so. They have asked me to tell how Mousavi's headquarters was wrecked by plainclothes police officers. To tell how the commanders of the revolutionary guard ordered him to stay silent. -Guardian - 6/20/09

NIAC Calls for New Election in Iran
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the largest organization of Iranian-Americans in the US, released the following statement in response to ongoing violence in Iran: The National Iranian American Council strongly condemns the government of Iran's escalating violence against demonstrators and reiterates its demand that the government cease using lethal force against unarmed protesters and bystanders. - 6/20/09

Statement of Iranian documentary filmmakers
We are documentary filmmakers. Our work is to discover and to tell the truth. Truth can only be found when all aspects of reality are told. In the course of recent events in our country, our national media, by deliberately hiding the reality of the situation, is making it impossible for the public to access the truth. - 6/20/09

Iran protests: live
Police have clashed with protesters in Iran as the opposition movement continue its street protests against re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in defiance of threats from the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Follow live updates on what is being seen as a crucial day in Iran -Guardian - 6/20/09

Tomorrow is a big day, maybe I'll get killed tomorrow!
I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I'm listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! - A blogger in Tehran - 6/20/09

Iran; Whose Country Is It, Anyway? A Postscript
Unlike most commentators, Iranians or not, I do not believe that the recent developments in Iran are headed toward a significant change of course for the ship of state. I do, however, expect certain incremental changes, including some softening of the tone by the Iranian administration, leading to more meaningful reforms as we approach the next presidential elections in Iran. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/20/09

City of Whispers
This has become the city of whispers. Many of the people I spoke to when I arrived last week are in prison. Stabbings and shootings punctuate the night. Fear rushes down alleys and dead ends. Still the whispering continues. �Tomorrow, Vanak Square.� Or �Four o�clock, Imam Khomeini Square.� Or �Everyone wear black.� -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 6/20/09

Iran: Halt the Crackdown
The Iranian government should immediately end its nationwide crackdown on opposition activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The scale of the crackdown is apparent in the arrest of scores of reformist politicians, intellectuals, and journalists across Iran on June 17 and 18, together with violent attacks by police and state-sponsored militias against largely peaceful demonstrators, - 6/20/09

Iran police disperse protests
Iranian police have used water cannon, batons and tear gas to disperse protests in the capital over the presidential election, witnesses say. -BBC - 6/20/09

US Congress Condemns Violence Against Demonstrators in Iran
The Obama administration says it welcomes U.S. lawmakers' almost-unanimous vote to condemn the violence against anti-government demonstrators in Iran. White House officials are resisting calls to speak out more forcefully on the matter. - 6/20/09

Iran's Khamenei On Crash Course
After Khamenei spoke, a journalist friend of mine said the leader does see the division in the nation. "But instead of healing this social wound," he added, "Khamenei sticks a knife in the wound and turns it around." -Abbas Djavadi - 6/20/09

Iranian Opposition Planning New Rally Saturday
Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are planning another mass rally Saturday, a day after Iran's supreme leader warned the opposition to end protests over last week's disputed election. - 6/20/09

Ayatollah Orders Halt to Protests
Some in the opposition are showing no signs of backing down. After the sermon, Mehdi Karroubi, a cleric reformist candidate, released an open letter to the Guardian Council, an appointed body of clerics that supervises the government, calling again for them to annul the elections. "By annulling the election results you will accept the people's will and guarantee the regime's survival," he wrote. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/20/09

Today I cry for my country
We had so much hope; we had so much invested in this election, an election that most Iranians believed would bring about a new face to lead this torn country of Iran to a better future; but alas, it all went down with a coup. Last Friday, like most Iranian Americans, I went to cast my vote and I voted for Mir Hossein Musavi even though I was skeptical. -Fariba Amini - 6/20/09

Iranian academics abroad petition UN chief to send a new Envoy for Human rights to Iran
We the undersigned, Iranian academics from different universities around the world, express our deepest concerns about the situation in Iran. The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to respect the outcome of an electoral process which had already been restricted to four trusted candidates. In reaction to the peaceful protests by citizens and voters who felt cheated, the government resorted to outright violence... - 6/20/09

Iran: Khamenei's speech gives legitimacy to police brutality
This morning's speech by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, indicates the authorities' readiness to launch violent crackdowns if people continue to protest which may cause a widespread loss of life, Amnesty International said today. - 6/20/09

Iran Post-Elections Discussion Panel in Vancouver
A panel discussion with leading activists and scholars on post Iranian presidential election unrest - Monday June 22nd at Liu Institute for Global Issues - 6/20/09

Green Presence: Magical, Wonderful and truly extraordinary, yet it is real!
This week I have witnessed history in the making with my own eyes a few times. I have never felt more Iranian that I have done this week and I have not felt so close and united with my fellow citizens of this land of ours, and so proudly too. This is not a joke; we are not adventurers, we are normal citizens of this country exercising our rights and acting in silence our objections to the outcome of the recent election and calling for a new election. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/19/09

Iran's upheaval: Drawing the line
Mr Mousavi�s situation is becoming increasingly difficult. An almost accidental opposition leader, he has shown unexpected mettle in the face of the authorities� threats. But if he continues to contest the election and side with the protesters, he runs the risk of being labelled a counter-revolutionary. And rumours are still flying about Mr Rafsanjani�s whereabouts. Many believe that he in Qom, the heart of the clerical establishment, trying to convene a meeting of the Assembly of Experts to pressure Mr Khamenei. -Economist - 6/19/09

Photos: June 18 Election Protests in Tehran: The Faces
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets of Tehran again on Thursday June 18 to protest the outcome of the June 12 Iran's presidential election. Following photos show some of the faces of the people who took part in this march across the capital city. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/19/09

Photos: Even Ferdowsi Goes Green
Ferdowsi (935-1020) was a highly revered Persian poet. He was the author of the Shaahnaameh, the national epic of Persian-speakers and of the Iranian World. The sculpture in the square has been made in 1969. -by Zhubin Najafi, Tehran - 6/19/09

Evidence of Iran Discontent
I appreciate that some respected observers remain doubtful about the extent of the protests in Iran. Yet as I (Scott) see and sense it, the evidence has been building for several days that popular disquiet over the recent elections returns is nationwide, in all regions, across all socio-economic, ethnic, regional, and linguistic groupings. - 6/19/09

Photos: June 18 Election Protests in Tehran: Signs and Slogans
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets of Tehran again to protest the outcome of the June 12 Iran's presidential election. Following are some of the signs people were carrying. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/19/09

Iranian-Americans Groups Support Protestors in Iran; Rally Planned in Chicago, Panel in New York
Iranian American Bar Association Urges the End of Violence against Peaceful Demonstrators and Respect for the Rights Afforded to Iranian Citizens under International Law - 6/19/09

Electoral Coup in Iran: How Ahmadinejad won
How did Ahmadinejad manage to win this election? First, the Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and the circle around him came to the final decision that he should stay in power. Ahmadinejad has proven that as a lackey of the Leader, he would unquestionably carry out Khamenei's orders. -Saeed Rahnema - 6/19/09

Photos: June 18 Election Protests in Tehran: People in the streets
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets of Tehran again on Thursday June 18 to protest the outcome of the June 12 Iran's presidential election. Following photos shows the people in some of the streets of the capital city including Ferdowsi, Enghelab and Valie Asr. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/19/09

Tech giants rush Farsi versions
Search giant Google has stepped up work to release a tool that will translate Farsi into English and vice-versa. The company told the BBC it was speeding up the project because of the huge interest in what was currently going on in Iran. -BBC - 6/19/09

Iran: Urgent Action for 8 political leaders and prisoners of conscience
Eight political leaders have been arrested in Tehran in connection with their perceived views on Iran's disputed presidential election, which was held on 12 June or their links with former president, Mohammad Khatami. On 17 June 2009, Ebrahim Yazdi was arrested and the other seven were arrested on 16 June. They are prisoners of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally. -Amnesty International - 6/19/09

Dilemmas In The Midst Of A 'Coup'
The sequence of events before and after election day provide circumstantial evidence of a well-planned effort carried out with near military precision aimed at disorienting the opposition and striking a blow strong enough to enable the conservatives to cement their grip on power for years to come. - 6/19/09

A Different Iranian Revolution
Do not believe it. Those so-called experts warning Americans to be leery of claims of fraud by the opposition are basing their arguments on an outdated understanding of Iran that has little to do with the reality of what we here are experiencing during these singular days. -A student in Iran, NY Times - 6/19/09

We Didn't Ask for It
Thanks to the tremendous ineptitude of our president to even carry out his plan, we have another revolution on our hands. We didn't ask for it, but we've got it. Now, what should we do with it? -Tehran Avenue - 6/19/09

Iran protesters pour onto Ahmadinejad's home turf
With titans of the Islamic Republic entrenched against each other, huge crowds of protesters clad in green and black pressed into Imam Khomeini Square in south Tehran Thursday to make the case that he won reelection through massive vote fraud. -Los Angeles Times - 6/19/09

Analysts See Demonstrations Bringing Fundamental Changes to Iran
Tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to fill the streets of Tehran, protesting the official results of last week's presidential elections and mourning those who have died in the subsequent violence. Middle East analysts say the dramatic events in Iran are likely to bring fundamental changes to the Islamic Republic. - 6/19/09

Whose Side Is The Supreme Leader On?
For six days, Tehran has been brought to standstill each evening as tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of people have marched in protest. At least seven of them have died, shot by members of Iran's paramilitary militia, the Basij, who have tried to intimidate the protesters off the streets. One might think that by now Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would have used his office -- the highest in the land -- to resolve the political crisis. - 6/19/09

President Obama: Unite Free World behind a Re-Vote Monitored by International Observers
Although President Barack Obama's hopes are certainly with the Iranian people who are risking their lives to gain freedom, his public statements, thus far, offer them little hope. -Reza Ladjevardian, Texas - 6/19/09

Photos: Election Protests in front of United Nation office in Tehran
On Thursday June 18 between 2-3 PM, a few hundred people gathered in front of Tehran UN Office at on Sharzad Boulevard to express to the world, through UN, their discontent and opposition to Iran's recent election results. People from many walks of life were present at this rally. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/18/09

Iran and Iranians Deserve Better
Today, Thursday June 18, a few hundred people gathered in front of Tehran UN Office at on Sharzad Boulevard between 2-3 PM. They were there to express to the world, through UN, their discontent and opposition to Iran's recent election results. People from many walks of life were present at this rally. They were there protesting together, quietly and determined. Again police was present but only to preserve traffic flow and peace. - 6/18/09

Iran: Investigate Protester Deaths
The Iranian government should immediately investigate the deaths of at least seven protesters, allegedly at the hands of police and militia forces in Tehran, and end the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters there and in other cities, Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/18/09

Iran Opposition Holds Mourning Rallies
Huge crowds are gathering in central Tehran for another protest against Iran's presidential election result, while the country's powerful Council of Guardians seeks a dialogue with defeated candidates. Witnesses say opposition activists have packed Tehran's Imam Khomeini square, in growing demonstrations triggered by the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 6/18/09

Silent Rafsanjani bides time as fury builds
Where is Rafsanjani? This question has occupied Iran watchers as the country has been gripped by an extra­ordinary wave of protests against last Friday’s presidential election. In a move likely to raise fresh tensions within the regime, it was reported by the semi-official news agency Fars on Thursday that two of Mr Rafsanjani’s children have been barred from leaving the country. -Financial Times - 6/18/09

Iran: Land of Imam Zaman (Time) or Devil's Advocates
Recent events starting more or less since the presidency debates makes me wonder constantly whether They know what they are doing and what may be the consequences of their deeds for the country? - An artist, Tehran - 6/18/09

Photos: Iran, South Korea tie in World Cup qualifier
Six members of the Iranian football team have worn green armbands during a World Cup qualifying match against South Korea in Seoul. The players wore the colour adopted by the opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in an apparent show of support. - 6/18/09

IRAN: Whose Country Is It, Anyway?
I just wonder what kind of mayhem, carnage and bloodshed would take place and what level of free media coverage of such events would be allowed by the regimes and broadcast globally if it were to take place in Egypt, Saudi Arabia or even in our �progressive� Islamic country of Turkey. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/18/09

Ely's Diary: An Extraordinary Day In The Life Of A Tehrani
Rumors of foreign mercenaries doing the actual beating and shooting were interrupted when one person said, "The guns may be Russian-made, but we have to accept that our own people are killing us." -Elham Ahmadi, Tehran - 6/18/09

Demonstrators Question Iran Election Results on World's Streets
Demonstrators are holding peaceful rallies in cities across the world to express their concern over the disputed results of last Friday's presidential election in Iran, in which the government declared incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the victor. A rally was held in New York's Union Square Park in show of support for Iran's opposition. - 6/18/09

The End Of Iran's 'Moral Government'
The results of Iran's 10th presidential election led to events that may emerge as the crucible of the Islamic regime's claim to republicanism. Alleging fraud, rivals of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad did not accede to the results, instead tapping into the deep frustration of Iranians of all walks of life. -Rasool Nafisi - 6/18/09

Iran Arrests Reformers as Huge Protests Continue
The wave of detentions of dissidents began soon after President Ahmadinejad was declared re-elected by a wide margin in Friday's vote. Among the long list of the hundreds of people detained this week have been former lawmakers, cabinet members, journalists, bloggers, political analysts and advisers, student activists and lawyers. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/18/09

Robert Fisk: Fear has gone in a land that has tasted freedom
As the fume-filled dusk fell over the north Tehran streets, the crowds grew wilder. I listened to a heavily bearded Basiji officer exorting his men to assault the 10,000 Mousavi men and women on the other side of the police line. "We must defend our country now, just as we did in the Iran-Iraq war," he shouted above the uproar. But the Ahmadinejad man trying to calm him down, shouted back: "We are all fellow citizens! Let's not have a tragedy. We must have unity." -Independent - 6/18/09

Triumph over tyranny depends on unity
Iran is close to reaching a genuine democracy. But there are two enormous threats against this historical uprising: 1) Disunity in the ranks of people. 2) Foreign intervention and military attack. Iranians inside Iran and internationally have come forward with a political stage of maturity and intelligence, more united than ever to finish off the tyranny forever. But the two above-mentioned threats are very serious. -Mohsen Taghavi, Salam Toronto - 6/18/09

An Assessment of Iran's 10th Presidential Election Results
At present, free elections in Iran are stifled by the council of guardians, a heavily biased conservative watchdog, which vets election hopefuls and chooses the final nominees according to its will, based on a fresh interpretation of the constitution after Ayatollah Khomeini's death -Amir Naghshineh-Pour - 6/18/09

Iran Upheaval Highlights Internal Political Fissures
The political upheaval in Iran has caught many observers by surprise. But analysts say the sharp reaction in the streets has overshadowed deep internal divides among different factions in Iran. The turmoil has boosted the stature of some of Iran's leaders. It has also diminished the stature of others - particularly the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. - 6/18/09

Obama Administration Denies Interfering in Iranian Affairs
The Obama administration Wednesday rejected charges by Iran of U.S. interference in that country's affairs following its bitterly disputed election. At the same time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to keep the internet social networking service Twitter active in Iran. - 6/18/09

Iran's internet-savvy youth sidestep the regime
Iran's draconian internet filtering is no match for young Iranians who are interconnected and politicised by virtual social networks -Guardian - 6/18/09

Are You Ready for War with a Demonized Iran?
How much attention do elections in Japan, India, Argentina, or any other country, get from the U.S. media? How many Americans and American journalists even know who is in political office in other countries besides England, France, and Germany? Who can name the political leaders of Switzerland, Holland, Brazil, Japan, or even China? -Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch - 6/18/09

Photos and Report: Today I Felt Proud to be an Iranian
Today, after a long time I felt truly proud to be an Iranian. I was at yet another peaceful demonstration at Tehran's 7th Tir Square which lasted two and half hours. Again I witnessed thousands of Iranians calmly, peacefully and quietly walking together from 7th Tir Square along the path of Karimkhan-Zand to Kargar Avenue and then ending at Enghelab Square around 7:30 as many people wanted to leave before it got dark! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/17/09

Photos: Election protests in Tehran on June 17
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Tehran on Wednesday in a fifth day of unauthorized protests demanding the annulment of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election. As a leading Iranian human rights group reported that 32 people had been killed in the protests so far, the government struck back by expelling foreign reporters -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/17/09

Tens of Thousands Join Iran Opposition Rally
Tens of thousands of supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi gathered in Tehran Wednesday for another large-scale protest against last week's disputed election. - 6/17/09

Second Letter from Tehran: The shock continues
I walked back from Azadi against the flow of the crowd at 7:10pm and people were still coming. A Sharif Professor told me that he walked back from Azadi Sq when it was filled all the way towards Enghelab Square (4.83 KM of a 6 lane Blvd) and the people were coming. He described this bigger than the biggest rallies he has seen in the past 20 years for 22 of Bahman which is the anniversary of the success of the revolution. - 6/17/09

Diary of a Defiance: Iran un-Interrupted
It seems to me that the only way that this amorphous movement that is now unfolding in Iran can have a snowball chance in hell to succeed is to become a systematic and comprehensive non-violent collective act of civil disobedience. To become a more determined and directed social action, this movement will have to assume multiple dimensions beyond a succession of demonstrations in the streets -Hamid Dabashi - 6/17/09

Iran 1 South Korea 1: Iran World Cup stars wear Mousavi armbands
Five Iranian players in today's World Cup qualifier against South Korea took to the pitch with green armbands in apparent support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader who has alleged massive fraud in last week's presidential election. -Times Online - 6/17/09

Iranian Reformist Movements Planning More Protests
Reformist movements in Iran are hoping to carry out more rallies to protest a disputed election that has triggered the most serious unrest in the country since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Groups backing reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, the top rival to re-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have asked Iran's Interior Ministry for permission to hold demonstrations on Wednesday. - 6/17/09

In Iran, It's Modernists Against Traditionalists
When reformist protesters gathered by the hundreds of thousands in the streets of Tehran on June 15, they offered a stunning sight. Among their ranks were a former president of the country, Mohammad Khatami; a former prime minister, Mir Hossein Musavi; and a former speaker of parliament, Mehdi Karrubi. The last two were candidates in the June 12 presidential election. And all three – as their former positions suggest – are from the innermost circles of the Islamic republic's leadership. -Charles Recknagel - 6/17/09

Arrests and killings rise as election protests grip Iran
Demonstrations against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election victory have spread to all corners of the country. New reports suggest that around 15 protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured or arrested by security forces. -Amnesty International - 6/17/09

Basij paramilitary forces terrorize residents of apartment complex in north Tehran
The Basij paramilitary forces are using fear tactics to intimidate residents of neighborhoods of Tehran whom they suspect of supporting the presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. On Monday June 15 at about 1 AM, these forces attacked Sobhan residential complex located at Kaveh Blvd. in Gheitarieh neighborhood of Tehran. - 6/17/09

Iranian-Americans to hold rallies in DC, Stanford and Orange County in solidarity with people of Iran
Iranian-Americans have been holding rallies in various towns and states in solidarity with the people of Iran who are protesting the outcome of the recent presidential elections. Iranians are demanding that a new and fair election be held with independent monitoring of the voting and the tabulation of the votes. - 6/17/09

Backers of Iran's Mousavi aim to keep up protests
Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi aim to keep pressure up with new protests on Wednesday over a disputed poll which has led to the biggest upheaval since the 1979 Islamic revolution. -Reuters - 6/17/09

Political activists detained in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province of Iran
The four individuals named above and at least 24 political activists, students and health professionals were detained following a peaceful demonstration in Abresan Square, Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province on 15 June. Their current whereabouts are unknown and they have yet to be charged or brought before a court of law. -Amnesty International - 6/17/09

The Larger Context of the 2009 Iranian Elections
The presidential elections of June 12 were held within a theocratic system. In this system, in order to run for a political office, candidates must swear allegiance to the theocratic setup. From its inception, therefore, the theocracy has divided the entire population into two major political groups: khodi (literally meaning, 'of us'; those who support the theocracy), and the gheyre-khodi (the others). -Reza Fiyouzat - 6/17/09

Change For Iran Still A Long Way Off
Now that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ordered an investigation into the election results that gave President Mahmud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory in the country's June 12 presidential election, conventional wisdom is that the nation's governing system is showing signs of collapse. -Geneive Abdo - 6/17/09

Innocent Googling? No Such Thing in Tehran
Iranians drive fast and close. They run lights, play chicken, zoom motorbikes down sidewalks, make extraordinary use of reverse gear. Two friends who had lived in the United States were chatting recently. “I miss the freedom,” said one. “Yes,” replied his friend, “but in the U.S., can you back up on the freeway?” Is it relevant, then, that Mr. Ahmadinejad — “Dr. Ahmadinejad,” as he is addressed by his followers — has a Ph.D. in traffic engineering? -IHT - 6/17/09

SCO Observers Steal The Spotlight At Regional Summit
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) annual summit, held on June 16 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, was intended to focus on the global financial crisis and security issues. - 6/17/09

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Ebadi Calls For New Elections
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has told RFE/RL that the Iranian authorities should hold a new election and allow monitoring by international observers. She also called for the release of everyone the regime has arrested, which includes several human rights activists. - 6/17/09

Iranian-Americans 'hungry' for updates amid tumult in Iran
The Iranian-American community is half a world away from the turmoil in Iran, but they are tuning in, logging on and even stepping out in demonstrations to show solidarity with relatives and friends. -CNN - 6/17/09

Iranian Activists Rally on Twitter
While the Iranian government has cracked down on foreign media, activists are using the Web-based service to send links to videos, photos and accounts of violence. Twitter can be accessed through mobile phones and through different sites on the Internet, so users can get around government efforts to block access. - 6/17/09

S.F. techie helps stir Iranian protests
Little about Austin Heap's first online venture, a site hosting free episodes of the cartoon "South Park," suggested he would one day use his computer skills to challenge a government. -SF Gate - 6/17/09

Photos and Report: Tehran's Great Green Silence March
We were all determined to go together to Valiasar Square for today's demonstration in support of Mr Mousavi and Mr Karoubi who do not accept the election results after the gigantic and unprecedented march yesterday which filled Tehran from Enghelab Square to Azadi Square. People wanted to show that despite the bloodshed they believe in a civil society and can and will follow and show their determination to get what many now call their Stolen Election! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/16/09

Iran: Musavi Rejects Recount Offer by Guardians Council
Reuters quoted a senior ally of reformist candidates Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi as saying they wanted new elections held rather than a recount of "a few ballot boxes." Both candidates suffered decisive defeats, according to initial results. - 6/16/09

Seven Reported Killed In Iran Clashes
Iranian state-run broadcasters have cited reports saying seven people were killed in violent clashes at a rally in Tehran on June 15. Shots were fired at demonstrators where hundreds of thousands of Iranians were expressing outrage over the recent presidential election. Many people have been wounded in the clashes. - 6/16/09

Crowds, Calm and Then Gunshots
"They have given us the go to beat the crowd, all the way," Mohammad said. "There is a gang of Basij guys upstairs with batons and guns, but they can't tackle this crowd, it's too big." - - - The demonstrators had come from all corners of the city and various backgrounds -- religious and secular -- to protest election results that they believe were rigged. For months many of them had campaigned night and day for Mir Hossein Mousavi, a candidate who had challenged President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, promising to deliver a moderate reformed Iran. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/16/09

Ahmadinejad supporters hold unity rally in Tehran
The pro-Ahmadinejad ralliers were chanting slogans in support of the president, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, while inviting supporters of Mousavi to national unity by chanting, "we are of the same nation." -Press TV - 6/16/09

Iranians Living in Australia 'Stunned' About Election Result
Iranians living in Australia have expressed their fears for their country and their belief that the recent election was hijacked by supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian expatriates have expressed horror at the crackdown on opposition rallies in Tehran, where several people are thought to have been killed or injured by the police. - 6/16/09

Bloody Day on Iran's Streets
In the past few days, a number of senior clerics have met with Mr. Khamenei or written to him, urging him to intervene, according to a series of public letters from the clerics. One grand ayatollah, one of the highest-ranking clerics, issued a religious order demanding his followers not cooperate with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/16/09

Iranian Speaker Condemns Attack On University Students
Iran's influential speaker of parliament has condemned an attack on university students that they say was carried out by Islamic militia and police. One student activist who declined to be named told Reuters four students -- three men and one woman -- were killed during the assault late on June 14 on the dormitory of Tehran University. -Reuters - 6/16/09

Robert Fisk: Iran's day of destiny
It was Iran's day of destiny and day of courage. A million of its people marched from Engelob Square to Azadi Square – from the Square of Revolution to the Square of Freedom – beneath the eyes of Tehran's brutal riot police. The crowds were singing and shouting and laughing and abusing their "President" as "dust". -Independent - 6/16/09

Photos: Iran's Disputed Election
Following up from last Friday's entry about Iran's Presidential Election, Tehran and other cities have seen the largest street protests and rioting since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. -Boston Globe - 6/16/09

Iran's Ex-Foreign Minister Yazdi: It's A Coup
Many of us believe that the election was rigged. Not only Mousavi. We don't have any doubt. And as far as we are concerned, it is not legitimate. There were many, many irregularities. They did not permit the candidates to supervise the election or the counting of the ballots at the polling places. The minister of the interior announced that he would oversee the final count in his office, at the ministry, with only two aides present. -The Nation - 6/16/09

Iran: End Violence Against Peaceful Protests
Security Forces Shoot and Kill Protesters in Tehran and Shiraz --- The Iranian government should immediately end its violent repression of largely peaceful nationwide protests following presidential elections on June 12, 2009, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Human Rights Watch said today. - 6/16/09

Globe freelancer detained, beaten
‘An officer grabbed me, pinned my arm behind my back and led me into the bowels of the Interior Ministry headquarters – where so many Iranian dissidents disappear.' -Globe & Mail, Canada - 6/16/09

Obama 'Troubled' by Post-Election Turmoil in Iran
U.S. President Barack Obama says it is up to the people of Iran to determine their nation's future. At the same time, he says he is troubled by the post-election turmoil there and wants to see an end to the bloodshed. - 6/16/09

Iran Presidential Election Protests Reflect Wider Splits
The controversial outcome of Iran's presidential election has prompted a potentially explosive political crisis. Post-election fights have erupted in the streets and in the corridors of power in Tehran that are the continuation of a bitter political campaign. - 6/16/09

Iran: Post-election demonstrators detained, risk torture
Thousands of people, mainly supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has challenged the announcement that current President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had won the 12 June presidential election have been demonstrating, sometimes violently, in the streets in Tehran and other cities. They are at risk of injury or death at the hands of the security forces. -Amnesty International - 6/16/09

At SCO summit, Russia welcomes Ahmadinejad
As Iran witnesses mass protests against the June 12 election, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a regional security summit in Russia where officials welcome him as the re-elected president. - 6/16/09

Diary of a Defiance: Iran un-Interrupted
With the semi-spontaneous demonstration in Tehran and other major cities (including Shiraz, where we have had eyewitness accounts by members of my family), the civil unrest that began on 13 June with opposition to the announced results of the presidential election of 12 June has entered a new phase. The assumption of the election having been rigged is now a "social fact." -Hamid Dabashi, New York - 6/16/09

DDOS attacks on Iran's web-sites: what a stupid idea!
This was to be expected: as the protests in Tehran do not seem to calm down, the warring parties are sparring in cyberspace. As ThreatChaost points out, the plot has now thickened: now anyone with an Internet connection knows how participate in a DDOS attack on Ahmadinejad's web-sites! Thank you, Twitter! -FP - 6/16/09

Iran uprising turns bloody
Seven people have died in Iran's post-election political unrest after an "unauthorised gathering" following a mass rally over alleged election fraud, Iran state radio reported this morning. -Guardian - 6/15/09

Report: Five Students Killed at Tehran University; Mass Faculty Resignation Follows
According to an unconfirmed report by the student news site Bamdad Khabar, on the night of June 14, Anasr-Hezbollah along with the revolutionary guards attacked the student dormitory at Tehran University and killed 5 students. The students have been identified as follows: Mobina Ehterami (f), Fatemeh Barati (f), Kasra Sharafi (m), Kambiz Shoaei (m) and Mohsen Imani (m). - 6/15/09

An Iranian Revolutionary Song: My Schoolmate (Yar-e Dabestani-e Man)
Dabestan means Elementarty School in Persian. Yar means Friend. Man means me. Yar dabestani man means my schoolmate. This is a popular song in Iran, especially among the students movement, and is often recited in gathering and demonstrations. - 6/15/09

Musavi Supporters Defy Ban, Rally In Central Tehran
Thousands of supporters of Iran's main opposition presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Musavi, are protesting in central Tehran, defying a ban on the rally by the authorities. Marching toward the capital's Revolutionary Square, they carried pictures of Musavi and chanted slogans such as, "Musavi we support you! We will die, but retrieve our votes!" They also had banners saying they did not need permission for the rally. -RFE - 6/15/09

Ahmadinejad Asks 'Where Is Fraud?' But Prevents Independent Scrutiny
Iran's presidential election campaign was widely expected to result in a close race between incumbent President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and reformist candidate Mir Hossein Musavi. But many have been shocked by official results that seem to be so at odds with the high voter turnout and large rallies in support of Musavi. Ahmadinejad's victory was tallied by Iran's Interior Ministry and announced within 90 minutes of the close of polls. -RFE - 6/15/09

Iran's Interior Ministry releases provincial vote count
Iran's Interior Ministry has provided Press TV with the detailed list of votes cast in each province in the country's 10th presidential election held on Friday, June 12. - 6/15/09

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei orders inquiry into vote-rigging claims in Iranian poll
The turmoil following Iran's disputed presidential election intensified today after the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered an investigation into claims of vote-rigging, and a major opposition rally was held in defiance of a ban. Fresh street violence broke out in Tehran as demonstrators came under attack from supporters of the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Guardian - 6/15/09

Ghotbi promises Iran will qualify for World Cup
Iran is scheduled to play South Korea on Wednesday at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Ghotbi, Guus Hiddink's assistant with Korea Republic during the 2002 World Cup, believed the Koreans would be tough opponents despite already qualifying for their eighth World Cup. - 6/15/09

'From Now On, Democracy Doesn't Exist Anymore'
Iranian officials say the June 12 presidential vote was free and fair. But reformists are crying foul and some even say a "coup" took place in Iran. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to a 29-year-old journalist who works for one of Iran's moderate daily newspapers. She did not want her named to be used because of security fears. - 6/15/09

Moussavi appears at Iran protest rally
Reformist Mir Hossein Moussavi, whose claims of fraud in Friday's vote have fueled three days of unrest and prompted authorities to launch a probe, was cheered through Tehran's streets as he apparently drove to meet thousands of supporters. -CNN - 6/15/09

Rage Smolders in Iran
It was Mother's Day in Iran Sunday, but the flower shops that were open said their sales were far less than what they normally sold. One florist in central Tehran, at a cross section where both sides clashed, said he had sheltered more protesters than catered to customers. He had had only six orders of bouquets and planned to close shop early. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/15/09

White House View of Iran's Election: A Diplomatic Plus
When Obama Administration Iran czar Dennis Ross and top U.S. Iran negotiator William Burns were planning the details of the President's outreach to Tehran with senior European diplomats earlier this spring, they discussed a possible nightmare scenario for the June 12 presidential elections in Iran. It was not, however, the prospect that incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might win, or even that he might steal the election, as many are alleging he now has, that had them worried. -TIME - 6/15/09

Commentary: Iran's hardliners are the real losers
With an apparent political coup in Iran by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters over the weekend, the ruling mullahs have dispensed with all democratic pretense and joined the ranks of traditional dictators in the Middle East. -CNN - 6/15/09

Iran’s Leader Emerges With a Stronger Hand
In many ways, his victory is the latest and perhaps final clash in a battle for power and influence that has lasted decades between Mr. Khamenei and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president who, while loyal to the Islamic form of government, wanted a more pragmatic approach to the economy, international relations and social conditions at home. -New York Times - 6/15/09

Iran protesters 'defy ban'
Thousands of Iranians have staged a protest rally against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defying a government ban. -BBC - 6/15/09

A face in the crowd, a cry from the heart
I cannot put my feeling into words. I can only express my sorrow for my country. The result is unbelievable. It is a blatant lie. And now we have this kid, this stupid child who claims that his re-election is a victory of the people. How can we withstand this man ruling us for four more years? -Maryam, Independent - 6/15/09

Ahmadinejad hails controversial victory, despite protests
Street clashes between security forces and supporters of challenger Mousavi picked up after dark on Sunday after President Ahmadinejad addressed thousands of his supporters in Tehran. -CSM - 6/15/09

Iran blocks TV, radio and phones, but web proves more difficult
Iran is engaged in widespread efforts to clamp down on broadcast, mobile phone and internet communications in the wake of the contested election results. -Guardian - 6/15/09

Dennis Ross to be ousted as Obama's envoy to Iran
Dennis Ross, who most recently served as a special State Department envoy to Iran, will abruptly be relieved of his duties, sources in Washington told Haaretz. An official announcement is expected in the coming days. -Haaretz, Israel - 6/15/09

Letter From Tehran: We Are Shocked
It is 4:30pm on Saturday. I knew that something was going to happen. My generation was responsible for the revolution 30 years ago. My office is near ValiAsr near the ministry of interior which is responsible for the elections. At around 4:30pm I noted people walking all in one way. I slowly walked to Vali Asr street. I saw the clashes there. - 6/14/09

Robert Fisk: Iran erupts as voters back 'the Democrator'
Ahmadinejad really does love democracy. But he also loves dictatorial order. He is not a dictator. He is a Democrator. I noticed that the police always treated the protesters in the same way. Head and testicles. It was an easy message to understand. A smash in the face, a kick in the balls and Long Live the Democrator. -Independent - 6/14/09

Musavi Calls For Iran Election Result To Be Canceled, As Protests Continue
"Today, I have submitted my official formal request to the council to cancel the election result," Musavi said in the statement. "I urge you, Iranian nation, to continue your nationwide protests in a peaceful and legal way." He advised police to stop violence against protesters. - 6/14/09

Iran: Moussavi seeks permission for rallies
In a statement, defeated candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi says he has asked Iranian authorities to issue a permit for staging rallies in cities around the country. "These rallies will give the Iranian people an opportunity to express their opposition to election process and its result," Moussavi said in a statement on Sunday. - 6/14/09

Iran Women First, Men Third in Asian Canoe Polo Championships
Iran came first and third in the 13th round of Asian Canoe Polo Championships in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. The competitions kicked off on June 12th were wrapped up on Sunday as Iranian women canoe polo players beat Singaporean representatives (3-1) in finals and stood first. - 6/14/09

Iran reformists held after street clashes
Up to 100 members of Iranian reformist groups have been arrested, accused of orchestrating violence after the disputed presidential election result. -Backers of defeated reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi were rounded up overnight, reports said, including the brother of ex-President Khatami. -BBC - 6/14/09

Reformist Iranian Cleric: 'The Establishment Seems To Fear Democracy'
In an exclusive interview with Radio Farda, Iranian reformist cleric Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari has spoken out following the government's announcement of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's election victory. He was interviewed by telephone from his home in Tehran by Elaheh Ravanshad. - 6/14/09

EU Voices Concern on Iranian Post-Election Violence
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the crackdown on Iranian protesters unacceptable. He also said the landslide victory reported by election authorities for the incumbent president raises questions of irregularities that require "a comprehensive explanation." - 6/14/09

On June 2009 Presidential Election in Iran: A Statement
Having just participated in a historic election, millions of Iranians in Iran and around the world are baffled, angry, and heartbroken with the official results of the presidential campaign of 22 Khordad 1388 (12 June 2009). There are perfectly legitimate reasons to question the validity of the official results that have declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the clear winner of this election. -Hamid Dabashi, New York - 6/14/09

Iran's Political Coup
If the reports coming out of Tehran about an electoral coup are sustained, then Iran has entered an entirely new phase of its post-revolution history. One characteristic that has always distinguished Iran from the crude dictators in much of the rest of the Middle East was its respect for the voice of the people, even when that voice was saying things that much of the leadership did not want to hear. -Gary Sick, TPM - 6/14/09

Stealing the Iranian Election
Top Pieces of Evidence that the Iranian Presidential Election Was Stolen: 1. It is claimed that Ahmadinejad won the city of Tabriz with 57%. His main opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is an Azeri from Azerbaijan province, of which Tabriz is the capital. Mousavi, according to such polls as exist in Iran and widespread anecdotal evidence, did better in cities and is popular in Azerbaijan. Certainly, his rallies there were very well attended. -Juan Cole - 6/14/09

Ahmadinejad likens protests to 'a football match'
There were conflicting reports on whether his rival, Moussavi, had been placed under house arrest. Some reports indicated that he had been detained. Others said he was at home, conducting meetings, but was free to come and go as long as he informed authorities. Guards were stationed outside his house, but it was not immediately clear whether they worked for him or the government. -CNN - 6/14/09

Letter from Tehran: Alas!
So many times in the past few days, I confronted those who said they are not going to vote because the result is already known! With such a furious tone I argued, feeling happy that I wasn�t sharing their pessimism anymore! Alas! - 6/13/09

Letter From Tehran: The Black Day In June
This evening when I saw the clips of a son of this country being beaten so savagely by 3-4 people in plainclothes and uniform made me shiver, and I could not stop crying and kept asking don't they have sons or brothers? Then why, why, why!!! -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/13/09

Ahmadinejad Declared Winner In Disputed Iran Elections; Unrest Reported
The incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared winner in Iran's 10th presidential elections held on June 12. According to Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Ahmadinejad came first with 24.5 million votes or 62.63% percent. His main rival, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who had served as the last Prime Minister of Iran and who was representing the reformist front, reportedly received 13.2 million votes or 33.75%. - - 6/13/09

Ahmadinejad Confirmed Victor; Violent Protests Erupt in Tehran
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei annointed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of Friday's presidential race, triggering violent protests across the nation and allegations by his nearest challenger of widespread vote rigging. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/13/09

Vote Dispute Leaves Iran in Tumult
Late Friday, dozens of supporters gathered outside of several of Mr. Mousavi's campaign offices, shouting "God is great" and complaining about the reported results. Riot police aggressively dispersed one crowd by using batons and pepper spray. Supporters of Mr. Ahmadinejad honked their horns and gathered outside the Interior Ministry to celebrate, chanting provocative slogans against their opponent. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/13/09

Obama Says Iran's 'Robust' Election Debate Hopeful Sign for US-Iran Engagement
President Barack Obama said Friday he's hopeful the robust political debate in Iran in connection with its presidential election will advance prospects for U.S.-Iranian engagement. Administration officials say plans to engage Tehran will go forward regardless of who wins the election. - - 6/13/09

Ahmadinejad hails election as protests grow
As street protests and voter skepticism rose over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election victory, the incumbent leader hailed the vote, saying it was a "great ordeal" but one that pointed "the way to the future." -CNN - 6/13/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Tabriz
Following photos show the voters in the city of Tabriz, capital of East Azerbaijan province in northwest Iran, standing in long lines to cast their ballots in the presidential election held on June 12. - 6/13/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Kurdestan
Following photos show the voters in cities of Kurdestan province in western Iran standing in long lines to cast their ballots in the presidential election. - 6/13/09

Ahmadinejad Declared Winner Amid Fraud Charges
After a mostly quiet morning in Tehran, with a heavy police presence around government buildings, some Musavi supporters began taking to the streets of the Iranian capital. By early afternoon, several thousand protestors had assembled chanting: "The government lied to the people!" and "Musavi, take back our vote!" -RFE - 6/13/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Tehran (Part I)
Iranians went to polling stations in record numbers on Friday to vote in the presidential elections. According to election officials, over 70% of the 46.2 million eligible voters cast their ballots. The following photos show the election experience for the people in the capital city of Tehran. -Photos by ISNA photographers - 6/13/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Tehran (Part II)
Iranians went to polling stations in record numbers on Friday to vote in the presidential elections. According to election officials, over 70% of the 46.2 million eligible voters cast their ballots. The following photos show the election experience for the people in the capital city of Tehran. -Photos by ISNA photographers - 6/13/09

Iran: Ahmadinejad's Palace Coup
There are strong indications that beyond the dirty political mudslinging tactics or the mass fervor, something far more sweeping and significant may be in the works in Iran: a forcing out of power of important sections of the old guard - Iran’s political-clerical elite, those associates of ayatollah Khomeini who made the revolution possible - and their replacement by the young crop of neo-fundamentalist cadres and activists aligned with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei -Eurasianet - 6/13/09

Iran Presidential Election: Ahmadinejad leads by a wide margin with 30.5 million votes counted
According to Iran's election headquarters, 37,420 polling boxes, which amounts to 81.85% of the boxes, have been counted so far. According to the results so far, Ahmadinejad is leading Mousavi by a wide margin, 64.77% to 32.25%. The other two candidates, Mohsen Rezaei and Mehdi Karrubi, managed to accumulate about 3 percent of the total votes. - 6/13/09

Iran Presidential Elections: Voting Extended One Hour
Polling began nationwide at 08:00 hours local time (0330 GMT) and was to end at 18:00 (13:30) hours on Friday to elect the country's next president but it was extended until 19:00 (14:30) hours due to high voter participation. - 6/12/09

Iranian-Americans cast ballots on Iran's future
As millions of Iranians cast their ballots Friday in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian-Americans in the U.S. are also turning out in record numbers to vote. -CNN - 6/12/09

We Voted!
I went to vote after 30 years for the first time, like many other Iranians across the world because of solidarity that we all felt together for the common goal and hope that was at large, despite the shortcomings. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/12/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan
Following photos show the people voting in the capital Tehran, the southern city of Shiraz, and the historic city of Isfahan in central Iran. Long lines of people formed in front of polling stations across much of Iran Friday, as voters headed out to cast their ballots to choose between four candidates for president. -Photos by ISNA photographers - 6/12/09

Photos: Iran Votes: Mashhad and Zahedan
Following photos show the people voting in the cities of Mashhad and Zahedan in northeastern and southeastern Iran. Long lines of people formed in front of polling stations across much of Iran Friday, as voters headed out to cast their ballots to choose between four candidates for president. -Photos by ISNA photographers - 6/12/09

Heavy Turnout Reported as Iranians Vote in Presidential Election
Long lines of people formed in front of polling stations across much of Iran Friday, as voters headed out to cast their ballots to choose between four candidates for president. A strong turnout, according to some analysts, could work against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. - 6/12/09

The Man Who Could Beat Ahmadinejad: Mousavi Talks to TIME
The day before Iran went to the polls, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the leading reform candidate, agreed to talk to TIME magazine. The interview was held in a building that Mousavi, an architect and artist, designed himself, part of an art school and gallery complex in central Tehran. - 6/12/09

Photos: Candidates vote; Claim Victory
The four candidates running for president in Iran (Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Mohsen Rezaei) cast their ballots at various polling stations in Tehran. All except Karrubi displayed the victory sign after voting. So who is the real winner? - 6/12/09

Iran to adopt 'special tactic' against S. Korea
"Definitely, I have great motivation for the Iran-South Korea match because I used to work in South Korean football for many years, and want to beat the Korean team," Qotbi told reporters at a press conference after Iran beat the UAE on Wednesday. - 6/12/09

Iran's historic city divided over vote
The historic city of Isfahan, which voted overwhelmingly for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iranian president in 2005, was divided at polling stations on Friday with some voters openly demanding change. -AFP - 6/12/09

How Social Movements Can Change Iran
According to many in Iran, the country's June 12 presidential elections constitute a great "opportunity." It's important to note, however, that the so-called opportunity brought about by the election does not necessarily reflect a heightened degree of openness � or of control � of the political atmosphere; -Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani - 6/12/09

Voter turnout could help unseat Iran's Ahmadinejad
His campaign caught fire in recent days, triggering massive street rallies in Tehran. Now, heavy voter turnout believed unprecedented Friday could help reformist Mir Hossein Moussavi win Iran's presidential election. -CNN - 6/12/09

In Iran Vote, a Challenger Looks to Past
In one of the most extraordinary presidential campaigns Iran has seen, reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has borrowed tactics from two seemingly divergent political movements: Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, and President Barack Obama's run for the White House. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/12/09

Iranian views: Students of English
Two young people from Iran share their thoughts about growing up, learning English and discovering the world. -BBC - 6/12/09

Protest at TV station as Iranian election moves to tense climax
Iran's presidential election campaign moved towards a gripping climax last night, ahead of a poll that has turned into a referendum on Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad's performance. Thousands of demonstrators camped around the state broadcaster to protest against a final television address allocated to the controversial incumbent, while hundreds of thousands joined carnival-like parades through the country. -Financial Times - 6/12/09

Photos: Mousavi Supporters hold big rally from Enghelab to Azadi square in Tehran
Supporters of Iran's presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi held a big rally in the streets of Tehran from Enghelab square to Azadi square on Wednesday, the last day of campaigning. All campaigns must come to an end by Thursday 8 AM Tehran time. The election is scheduled for Friday June 12. -Photos by Hamid Forootan & Saman Aghvami, ISNA - 6/11/09

Iranian women activists step up their efforts
Women activists in Iran have been taking advantage of the openness created due to the upcoming presidential elections. In particular, they have stepped up their efforts to make the general public aware about their demands for equal rights. -Feminist School - 6/11/09

Why Iran '09 Could Be Like Florida '00
Americans can be forgiven for being a bit confused about the upcoming Iranian elections. While four years ago Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Iran a "totalitarian" state, today some media outlets are touting Mir Hossein Mousavi -- incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's strongest challenger -- as Iran's Barack Obama. -Karim Sadjadpour - 6/11/09

Obama's Doublespeak on Iran
On the US-Iran relationship, President Obama seems to be talking from both sides of his mouth. From one side we hear promising messages of dialogue and a "new beginning" with Iran; from the other side provocative words that seems to be coming right out of the mouth of his predecessor, George W. Bush. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 6/11/09

Iran's Bitter Presidential Campaign Comes to an End
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a final tirade against his opponents, as the presidential campaign came to an end ahead of Friday's vote. - 6/11/09

Iran's Economy Takes Center Stage In Increasingly Bitter Campaign
As campaigning in Iran's presidential election officially came to an end, its tone grew increasingly sharp. And the toughest language of all was reserved for what most Iranians see as the critical issue of the election: the country’s economic performance. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/11/09

Depends, of course, on the text you are about to sign and the laws you are subject to. It may mean the payment of your utility bill or your freedom to work, to travel; well it could be your life you are signing away. Let's say you are an Iranian woman signing your marriage contract. It means once you get married, you will become a second class citizen -WWHR interviews Sussan Tahmasebi - 6/11/09

Photos: Mousavi Supporters Hold Huge Rally In Isfahan
A huge rally was held in support of Iran's presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in the historic Naghsh Jahan quarters in the central city of Isfahan on Wednesday June 11. Former president Khatami who is campaigning on behalf of Mouavi delivered a speech to the enthusiastic crowd. -Gholamhossein Baharloo, ISNA - 6/11/09

Ahmadinejad Reloaded!
So what's up with Ahmadinejad? Which part of the Matrix doesn't he get? First he picked on Israel and Holocaust and suggested moving Israelis to Alaska. That certainly got the attention of the global Matrix. But he survived; only to mess with the local Matrix now! -Ali Moayedian - 6/11/09

Iranian Presidential Contenders Court Women Voters
For the first time in Iran's 30-year history of presidential elections, candidates are going all out to win over female voters, making a flurry of last-minute appeals before Friday's balloting. Today's campaigns are a departure from the past, when candidates spoke of women voters in general terms, mostly centered on their respect for a mother's role in society or through economic assistance to widows. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/11/09

Enthusiastic Supporters Take to Streets in Buildup to Iranian Election
With just a few days to go before Iran's presidential election, the pace of campaigning has picked up and the four presidential candidates are stumping across the country. An unexpected wave of popular enthusiasm for Friday's election has caught analysts by surprise. - 6/11/09

Thousands rally ahead of key Iranian vote
"Thirty years of frustration is exploding," said Mohamed, a mechanical engineer student who took part in Wednesday's march to Freedom Square. "Even if Ahmadinejad wins, we are here just to express our opposition." -CNN - 6/11/09

Iran's Presidential Campaign: Act One of a More Radical Islamic Republic or Final Curtain for Ahmadinejad?
In the midst of all this sensational campaign theater it is important that that any underlying strategic shifts signaled by this campaign are not missed by Iranians or those outside Iran looking to these elections to get an idea of possible future directions for the country. -Aram Zamin - 6/11/09

Even Iran Can Change
Iran is always good for big surprises. Over the last four years, the international community has come to love to hate Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (sort of like former U.S. President George W. Bush). But now it seems there's a real chance of Ahmadinejad becoming the first Iranian leader since the Islamic revolution 30 years ago to be turned out of office after just one term -- if turnout is high, that is, and if authorities do not resort to massive election fraud. -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 6/11/09

The Upcoming Presidential Elections in Iran
Searching for and finding similar instances of political brand making committed in wildly different settings and situations can be instructive. Followers of things Iranian may have noticed a couple of parallels between the campaigns of Iranian presidential candidates for the June 12 elections and those of the U.S. presidential elections past. -Reza Fiyouzat - 6/11/09

Iran's Dark Horse Candidates Strive for Victory in Friday's Vote
While the presidential race in Iran appears to be narrowing down between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi, two other challengers are still campaigning hard despite seemingly having little chance of winning the presidency. - 6/11/09

Colour-coded cartoons poke fun at Iran's election candidates
Colourful cartoons have emerged of the four candidates in Iran's stormy presidential elections on Friday. The cartoons by an anonymous artist are going "viral" in the Iranian blogosphere and via email, and poke fun at the hardline incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Guardian - 6/11/09

For those friends and colleagues who might be disappointed if Mr. Ahmadinejad is elected for a second term, here is the irony or the paradox of all paradoxes: What would the United States, in other words Israel, do in the absence of a potent enemy or existential threat, however fictitious, in the Middle East? -Kam Zarrabi - 6/10/09

Karimi revives Iran's World Cup hopes
A goal from Iran's star striker Ali Karimi against the UAE on Wednesday brought the Persians back into contention to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. - 6/10/09

Photos: University Students And The Young Rally In Support of Mousavi In Tehran
University students and the young filled a sports stadium in Tehran to rally in support of their favorite candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Mousavi is running for president in the elections to be held on June 12. Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, was present to cheer the crowd. -Photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA - 6/10/09

Darakeh in Spring
As many of you know I have a great sense of nostalgia for many things that I used to do and places that I used to go when I was younger. One day last week I went to work very early and by lunchtime I had finished my work. Paul who had been to his dentist joined me and we were heading home when I said how much I had been wanting to go to Darakeh and suggested we went there for lunch. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/10/09

Iran keep World Cup hopes alive with win over UAE
Iran stayed in the race for Asia's remaining automatic place at the 2010 World Cup finals by beating United Arab Emirates 1-0 on Wednesday. Ali Karimi netted a stunning goal eight minutes after the break to clinch the vital win and keep the regional heavyweights in contention for a place at their fourth finals. -Reuters - 6/10/09

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani calls Ahmadinejad's remarks "unfounded and irresponsible"
In the letter, written in a poetic tone, Rafsanjani -- one of Iran's most influential officials -- calls on Khamenei to extinguish the "fire" sparked by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's recent accusations against his main rival, Mir Hossein Musavi, and prevent that fire from spreading "through the election and beyond." - 6/10/09

Photos: Huge rally held in Mashhad in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi
A large crowd of people gathered in the provincial town of Mashhad in Northeastern Iran to declare their support for Mir Hossein Mousavi who is running for president in the elections to be held on June 12. Former president Khatami was there to campaign for Mousavi. -Photos by Amin Khosroshahi and Sara Tehranian, ISNA - 6/10/09

Statement by a Group of Iranian Anti-war Activists about Iran's Presidential Elections
We are a group of Iranian academic and antiwar activists in Europe and the United States who, in the past few years, have consistently defended Iran's national interests in all areas including its right to develop peaceful nuclear technology. - 6/10/09

Mousavi Presents Greatest Challenge to President Ahmadinejad in Iran Elections
Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister, has been away from Iran's political arena for two decades, but he now poses the greatest threat to the incumbent, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Campaign rallies for Mr. Mousavi have drawn thousands in recent days, and in a new poll, 54 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for him. - 6/10/09

REZA's CALL: An Iranian Solidarnosc...
During his European Book Tour ("L'Heure Du Choix"), Iran's former Crown Prince warns the US and Israel against any military option towards his country regardless of the outcome of Iran's Presidential elections - Intro & Translation by Darius KADIVAR - 6/10/09

U.S. & Iran: Between Elections & Enrichment
Conference to be held on Capitol Hill on June 17 from 8:00AM-12:10PM -- Part I: Reassessing Inspections and Verification; Part II: A Conversation on the Iranian Elections -NIAC - 6/10/09

Iran's First Nuclear Power Plant Moves Closer to Operation
Iran has finished building its first nuclear power plant located south of the Persian Gulf city of Bushehr. It is expected to undergo testing soon before it becomes fully operational later this year. The plant was completed with significant assistance from Russia and took 35 years to build. - 6/10/09

Photos: Ahmadinejad Campaigns in Sari and Ahvaz
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to the cities of Sari in north and Ahvaz in Southwestern Iran to campaign for the upcoming presidential elections that will be held on Friday June 12. -Photos by Arash Khamooshi and Amin Nazari, ISNA - 6/10/09

Vienna to unveil statues of Iranian scientists
The Austrian capital is set to unveil a pavilion featuring the statues of four prominent Iranian figures in front of the United Nations Office. Highlighting the Iranian architectural features, the pavilion is adorned with Persian art forms and includes the statues of renowned Iranian scientists Avicenna, Abu Rayhan Birouni, Zakariya Razi (Rhazes) and Omar Khayyam. - 6/10/09

Tehran Election Rallies Bring Out Biggest Crowds Since Revolution
Iran is set to elect its next president on June 12 and the run-up is turning into a major showdown of street power. Overnight, tens of thousands of people turned out in Tehran for competing rallies. Until now, the street has belonged to hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who is running for a second term. But if so far it's Ahmadinejad's campaign that has been able to fill prayer grounds the size of stadiums, it was the reformists who stole the spotlight on June 8. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/10/09

Iranians Voice Discontent in Massive Street Rally
Tens of thousands of demonstrators formed a 12-mile human chain across Iran's capital city Monday, chanting for change, in scenes reminiscent of the 1979 revolution. The crowd had come out in support of Mir Hossein Mousavi, a reformist former prime minister who is seen as the strongest rival to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Friday's presidential election. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/10/09

Power of women in Iran's election
President Ahmadinejad often speaks of women as the heart of this society. He talks of empowering them and makes much of his plan to provide insurance for housewives and share Iran's oil wealth with poorer families. But Mr Mousavi has - for Iran - an unusual political asset; his wife, Zhara Rahnavard. -BBC - 6/10/09

Persian Cooking Finds a Home in Los Angeles
I first discovered Persian food when I lived in Los Angeles in the ’90s, working as a line cook. While I had previously thought, naïvely, that there was something somewhat novel and Californian about using fruit in savory dishes, here was an Old World cuisine that offered up blushing rice with sour cherries (albalu polow) and chicken stewed with pomegranate and walnuts (fesenjan). -Sara Dickerman, NY Times - 6/10/09

Energy fuels new 'Great Game' in Europe
The giant Russian energy company, Gazprom, which controls the world's largest reserves of natural gas, has issued a stark warning to the European Union saying it must decide if it wants to continue receiving supplies of Russian gas. - 6/10/09

Ambassador Hot Dog
Last week, the State Department informed its embassies and consulates that they could now invite officials from Iran to their Fourth of July receptions, all in keeping with the Obama administration’s policy of openness to communication. -NY Times - 6/10/09

IRIB rejects Ahmadinejad airtime report
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has rejected reports that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been granted additional airtime. - 6/10/09

Love has returned to the city
The constant sound of car-horns (in familiar rhythms played when brides and bridegrooms are escorted to their new home) interrupted every now and then by collective human voices makes it as though there is a national wedding ceremony. May it be the long awaiting wedding of Ms. Freedom and Mr. Democracy! -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 6/9/09

Photos: Mousavi supporters line up in streets of Tehran (part I)
Supporters of Iran's presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi have taken to the streets of Tehran to promote their candidate. The photos presented here show the people lining up in the streets on Tuesday in a very long stretch from Rahahan in the south to Tajrish to north. -Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr and Saman Aghvami, ISNA - 6/9/09

Iran eyes UAE defeat in World Cup qualifier
Iran has to defeat the UAE on Wednesday at Tehran's Azadi Stadium to revive the withering hopes for 2010 World Cup in South Africa. - 6/9/09

Poll Shows Ahmadinejad Leading in Iran's Presidential Election
The telephone survey of about 1,000 Iranians, commissioned last month by two Washington-based public policy institutes found that 34 percent of those surveyed plan to vote for President Ahmadinejad.  His main rival, reformist former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, was favored by 14 percent of the respondents.  27 percent of those surveyed said they are undecided. -VOA - 6/9/09

In Iran, Campaigns Heat Up
The campaign leading up to Iran's presidential election Friday has turned the country on its head in terms of political debate and public discourse. It also has offered a glimpse of what a freer Iran might look like. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/9/09

Photos: Mousavi supporters line up in the streets of Tehran (part II)
Supporters of Iran's presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi have taken to the streets of Tehran to promote their candidate. The photos presented here show the people lining up in the streets on Tuesday in a very long stretch from Rahahan in the south to Tajrish to north. -Saman Aghvami and Arash Khamooshi ISNA - 6/9/09

Photos: Surreal Republic
I just did these photos with musician Kayvon Zand titled surreal republic. They are a poetic journey into Iranian history, politics and cultural symbols. Hope you like them. -Niki Koohpaima - 6/9/09

Iran's Presidential Candidates Play The Ethnic-Minority Card
With just days remaining before the presidential election on June 12, the issues of Iran's myriad ethnic groups are being addressed as never before. Seeing that ethnic minorities combine to make up about 50 percent of Iran's population, the candidates are courting Azeris, Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, among others, to secure their backing. -RFE - 6/9/09

Iranian women make history in Asian wushu
Elahe Mansourian, Iran's minus 48 kg representative, beat her Chinese opponent and bagged the gold medal in Sanshou (weapons form). Iranian women made history on Tuesday because for the first time Iran clinched gold in sanshou. - 6/9/09

In Iran Election, Tradition Competes With Web
Supporters of both leading candidates in this week's Iranian presidential election flocked to mass rallies here Monday, and the gatherings underscored the differences between the tactics of the two camps. -Thomas Erdbrink. Washington Post - 6/9/09

Commentary: Iranians favor peace deal with U.S.
In a new public opinion poll before Iran's critical June 12 presidential election, by large margins, most Iranians said they support an American-Iranian rapprochement for bringing a new era of peace to the Middle East. -CNN - 6/9/09

Iran's "Wood Carpet" wins Jury Special Award at Hamburg Film Festival
Iran's "Wood Carpet" directed by Abdul Rahman Mirani received Jury Special Award worth 1500 euros at Hamburg International Short Film Festival. - 6/9/09

Rigi's brother exposes US ties with Jundullah
Revelations by the brother of Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi confirm reports that the US helped the armed separatist ring carry out terror activities in Iran. -Press TV - 6/9/09

Congress Decides Against Aiding Ahmadinejad's Campaign
The House of Representatives is no longer planning to vote on the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009 this week. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 6/9/09

Shell, Repsol offer new cooperation in Iran's South Pars project: Oil Minister
Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Tuesday Shell and Repsol are willing to take part in production of two phases of South Pars gas field. - 6/9/09

Iranian Inflation Falls Further Ahead Of Election
Iran's annual inflation rate fell to 15 percent in May, the Central Bank said, continuing a downward trend days before an election where reformists are challenging President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's economic record. -Reuters - 6/9/09

The Intersection of Islam, America and Identity
On the surface Ms. Ahmed Shikoh, now 31, has little in common with Negar Ahkami, 38, a sleek, raven-haired Iranian-American artist, beyond the wall space that they share in a new exhibition, “The Seen and the Hidden: [Dis]Covering the Veil,” at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Manhattan. -New York Times - 6/9/09

Iranian director's debut row
Mozart's opera, Cosi fan tutte, is being performed by the English National Opera in London in the absence of its director. Abbas Kiarostami, the renowned Iranian film maker, was not allowed into the country to oversee his work. Kiarostami was supposed to come to London for Cosi's rehearsals and premiere. -BBC - 6/9/09

US Welcomes 'March 14' Coalition Victory in Lebanon
A senior official who spoke here on terms of anonymity went further, welcoming what he said was an "unambiguous" victory by the March 14 movement and expressing hope that Hezbollah will accept the results and operate within the political system. - 6/9/09

Reformist Cleric Says He Won't Stand Down In Iran Vote
Mehdi Karrubi, the most liberal of Ahmadinejad's rivals in the June 12 election, is seen as an outsider in the race and has come under pressure from reformists to withdraw and boost the chances of former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Musavi. -Reuters - 6/9/09

Ahmadinejad promises to revive football; Mousavi vows to uplift artistic values
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised to personally intervene and eliminate the factors holding back the country's football team. Meanwhile, Presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi outlines his plans for the future of Iran's art and culture, stressing the need for more professional and artistic freedom. - 6/8/09

Should Expatriate Iranians Vote this Time?
The population of Iranian community in North America and Europe is approximately two million. The voter participation rate of this community might have an impact on the outcome of Iran's presidential election if the gap between reformist and conservative votes inside Iran proves to be small. -Nader Habibi - 6/8/09

Photos: Mohsen Rezaei Campaign Rally in Tehran
Iranian hopeful Mohsen Rezaei says he will vigorously continue his presidential campaign and will never pull out of the race in favor of any other candidates. "I am the representative of people who are fed up with crankiness, adventurism, and disorganization. Therefore, I will never pull out of the race in favor of other candidates" -Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA - 6/8/09

Mousavi says Ahmadinejad twists truth; Ahmadinejad says he speaks Azari
The fifth presidential debate has seen presidential hopeful, Mir-Hossein Mousavi accusing the incumbent president of lying to the nation on the economic situation. Meanwhile President Ahmadinejad says he has the honor to fluently speak the Azari language with Azari-speaking Iranians in different parts of the country. - 6/8/09

The Hanging President
Another term for Ahmadinejad means continued strangulation of Iranian society. -Hossein Bastani & Fariba Amini - 6/8/09

Photo: Dogs Taking Sides in Iran's Presidential Elections?
It's crazy in Tehran; I've never seen anything like this. Here is a really funny picture I took on Friday in Tehran's Vali Asr avenue of a doggie sporting a green head band! -Farnaz Fassihi - 6/8/09

Open Letter: Fatwa Issued for Changing the Vote in Favor of Ahmadinejad
In an open letter, a group of employees of Iran’s Interior Ministry (which supervises the elections) warned the nation that a hard-line ayatollah, who supports President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has issued a Fatwa authorizing changing votes in the incumbent’s favor. -Tehran Bureau - 6/8/09

Obama Intent On Engaging Iran
In his speech at Cairo University, President Barack Obama repeated his desire to resolve tensions between the United States and Iran. He noted that a "tumultuous history" stood between the 2 nations: - 6/8/09

Iranian Women Demand Change
This week, one of Iran's leading women's rights activist, Sussan Tahmasebi, stopped by NPR to speak to Scott Simon about Iran's upcoming Presidential elections. - 6/8/09

Ahmadinejad Contests Iran Vote One Handout at a Time
Ahmadinejad, 52, has reinforced his support by touring the provinces and handing out cash on promises of redistributing oil wealth. Since taking office in 2005, he has visited each of Iran’s 30 provinces twice. -Bloomberg - 6/8/09

Iran: Rap, blogs and the political mix
Sixteen years after visiting Iran to report for BBC's Panorama, and just as President Barack Obama makes overtures to the Islamic world, Jane Corbin returned on the eve of presidential elections. -BBC - 6/8/09

Lebanese ruling coalition claims poll victory
The leader of Lebanon's governing pro-Western coalition has claimed victory over a Hezbollah-led bloc in the country's parliamentary election. - 6/8/09

Introducing Yara Shahidi To The Persian Community Worldwide
9-year old Yara Shahidi will make her theatrical debut June 12, 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy, in Paramount Picture's "Imagine THAT". Her talent can be seen in her portrayal as Murphy's daughter, the full-spirited character 'Olivia.' - 6/7/09

Coach Qotbi: Iran soccer team will certainly go to World Cup 2010
Iran's national soccer team head coach Afshin Qotbi said on Sunday the team will certainly go to World Cup 2010 as expressing satisfaction on Iran's performance against North Korea. - 6/7/09

Islamic Games "Persian Gulf" medals unveiled
The second Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) medals unveiled on Sunday in a ceremony held at the Games Committee in Tehran. Despite speculation that Iranian organizers have removed "Persian Gulf" words from the medals and brochures, the medals engraved with the historic name of the Persian Gulf. - 6/7/09

Iranian woman Mahsa Dehghan wins gold in Asian Wushu
Iranian woman Mahsa Dehghan claimed a gold medal on Sunday in the 5th Asian Junior Wushu Championships. The Iranian chalked up 8.70 points in taolo(form), followed by Malaysian and Kazakhstan wushu players who got 8.65 and 8.60 respectively. - 6/7/09

Rural Iran May Shift Its Loyalty
In the 2005 election, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a large part of his support from Fars and the other central provinces. His victory was achieved through a word-of-mouth campaign led by members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and voluntary paramilitary units known as baseej, who promoted the then-unknown candidate to farmers and laborers in towns such as Dast-e Arzhan. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 6/7/09

New nuclear report on Iran angers Israel
Israel's Foreign Ministry says the UN nuclear watchdog cannot be trusted to monitor the Iranian program and the international community should act independently to stop Iran. - 6/7/09

Parissa: An Evening of Persian Classical Music (Asia Society, New York)
With a voice "at once refined and deeply emotional" (The Planet¸ Australia), renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa sings the words of poet Rumi, accompanied by renowned musician Iman Vaziri on tar (traditional plucked lute) and Dara Afraz on tombak (hand drum) and daf (frame drum). - June 11th - June 12th - 6/7/09

Israel, the Settlements, and Iran
For decades Israel played the part of the victim and for the last thirty, Iran has been set up as the threat so that Israel could expand into Palestinian and Arab land. While the world is battling Iran, Zionists will continue to consume everything around them. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 6/7/09

IDB to finance Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Iran railroad project
The 9000-kilometer railroad connects European and Asian transport network to create the shortest road from Europe to Persian Gulf ports. The project has been implemented since 2007. - 6/7/09

Iranian Academy of Arts to hold seminar on Qajar films next year
Iranian Academy of Arts is to hold a seminar on Qajar films (1794-1925) in the coming year. Filmmakers and experts will speak about the Qajar films in the main section, while an exhibition of photos about the Qajar films will be set up on the sideline of the seminar. - 6/7/09

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani meets SIIC's Hakim in Tehran
Talabani met the Head of Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) Abdul Aziz Hakim in Tehran Sunday. Talabani stepped into Tehran on Saturday in order to meet Hakim who is in Iran to receive medical treatment for lung cancer. - 6/7/09

Polls Open in Lebanon for Critical Election
The election pits the current U.S.-backed majority in Lebanon's parliament against a coalition led by the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran and Syria. - 6/7/09

Iran exports LPG to Indonesia
Iran exported the first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produce of the South Pars phases 6, 7 & 8 development plan to Indonesia, the development project manager said here on Sunday. - 6/7/09

North Korea holds Iran in a crucial World Cup qualifier
North Korea and Iran played out a goalless draw in Group B of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday at the Yanggakdo Stadium in Pyongyang. - 6/6/09

Iran Signs Major Gas Deal With China; Is Europe Next?
Iran has found its long-sought-after partner to help develop part of the world's largest natural-gas field, even as the possibility of linking it to a future pipeline to Europe seemed to rise. - 6/6/09

In Iran, Ahmadinejad opponent sees surge of enthusiasm
Days before June 12 vote, Mir Hossein Mousavi gets 'savoir's' welcome in a former presidential stronghold. Etched into the desert at the base of dun-colored crags, Birjand was once a stronghold of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -CSM - 6/6/09

Film Review: The Stoning of Soraya M.
In Southwestern Iran, roughly thirty-five miles outside of the city of Kerman, lies the small village of Kupayeh. In 1986, French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam's car unexpectedly stalled on the steep, narrow roads zigzagging along Kupayeh's austere mountain ridges, stranding him in the wind-whipped village. -Deena Guzder - 6/6/09

Iran mass produces ground-to-air guided missile
The research and production phases of the defense system, including missile, missile interceptors, hardware and software networks and launch pad have been carried out by Iranian experts, said Mohammad-Najjar on Saturday after launching the production line of the system. - 6/6/09

Obama reneges on change
The first 100 days over, Obama is looking more and more like Bush, writes Hamid Dabashi - 6/6/09

Iran executes terrorist leader's brother
Two members of the Jundullah terrorist group who were involved in terrorism in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan have been executed. - 6/6/09

Iran's Election: Rallies Reveal a Stark Contrast
Tehran's main squares and streets have been crowded until the wee hours over this past week, as supporters of the upcoming election's two leading contestants roam the streets on foot and in cars, chanting, honking their horns, waving posters. -TIME - 6/6/09

Iran's presidential election amid unrest and ongoing human rights violations
Iran's presidential election on 12 June, will take place against a backdrop of discrimination, worsening repression of dissent and violent unrest. -Amnesty International - 6/6/09

Iran: Mousavi's wife to file complaint against Ahmadinejad
Rahnavard told Press TV on Friday that she would file a complaint against the president unless he formally apologizes to her family for violating their "privacy", to her for "spreading false information" and to the Iranian nation as well. - 6/5/09

Iranian Alliances Across Borders Opens Camp Ayandeh to Rising High School Freshmen
Iranian Alliances Across Borders is pleased to announce that Camp Ayandeh enrollment is now open to rising high school freshmen. With a high number of campers already enrolled, incoming high school freshmen to graduating high school seniors are encouraged to enroll quickly - 6/5/09

Persian Antiquities in Peril: A Legal and Cultural Panel Discussion
The plaintiffs' cases are currently pending in federal court in Chicago and Boston. The museums have all entered the cases to prevent the artifacts from being seized; the Field Museum, the Harvard University museums, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts argue that they, and not the government of Iran, own the artifacts. - 6/5/09

Kerman home to world's lone Zoroastrian anthropology museum
The City of Kerman in central south of Iran is home to the lone anthropology museum of the world's Zoroastrians. The museum is located at the fire temple of the city. - 6/5/09

Iran Elections: Mousavi, Rezaei debate on economy amid crisis
At a time of global financial meltdown, economy tops Iranian presidential hopefuls Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mohsen Rezaei's debate. Mousavi and Rezaei held the third of the six live televised debates on Thursday, during which they exchanged their plans for better management of the country. - 6/5/09

Military Could Tip The Balance In Iran's Election
At the end of April, before the current Iranian presidential election campaign gathered momentum, two leading reformist presidential candidates, Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Musavi, announced plans to form a joint committee to guarantee the transparency of the presidential election and protect against possible vote-rigging, ballot-box stuffing, voter intimidation, or other forms of electoral fraud. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 6/5/09

Hooligans converge on Center for Strategic Research in Tehran
Politically-motivated hooligans come close to attacking the Center for Strategic Research following a televised presidential debate between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mir-Hossein Moussavi. - 6/5/09

Obama: 'Moment is Now' to Press for Mideast Peace
One day after delivering a speech to the Muslim world, U.S. President Barack Obama pushed for progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and in negotiations on Iran's nuclear ambitions. The president spoke after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dresden. -VOA - 6/5/09

Iran's supreme leader blasts Ahmadinejad for corruption claims
After the debate, pro-Mousavi students took to the streets of Tehran chanting: "Ahmadinejad, impolite person, shame on you. Leave this country alone." One Mousavi supporter was reported to have died in clashes with Ahmadinejad's followers in the eastern city of Mashhad. -Guardian - 6/5/09

Anand Gopal: US focused on military approach but Iraq tactics can't work in Afghanistan
Anand Gopal, Christian Science Monitor journalist, talks with TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay about Afghanistan. Gopal became interested in America's foreign policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan after several of his close friends were killed in the Sept. 9/11 attacks. - 6/5/09

Italy invites Iran to G-8 meeting
Foreign ministers from eight major industrialized countries known as G-8 are to gather in the city of Triste, northeast Italy, to discuss restoration of security and stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan, from June 25-27. - 6/5/09

Azerbaijan Accuses Iran Of Interfering In Its Affairs
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says Iran's latest statements about a planned visit to Baku by Israeli President Shimon Peres are regrettable and should not have come from Iran's military forces. - 6/5/09

War Of Words in Iran's Presidential Elections
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution warns presidential hopefuls against resorting to defamation strategies to 'prove' themselves for the presidential post. --- Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani hits back at hopeful Ahmadinejad for leveling 'unfounded accusations' against him during a debate with Mousavi. --- Iranian presidential hopeful Mir-Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, has welcomed any investigation into her master's and Ph. D. degrees. - 6/4/09

Photos: Siahkal and Deylaman, Iran's Gilan Province
Siahkal is located 15 km far from Lahijan in a plain area. Shimrood, a small river, flows through the city creating a special beauty. Due to its geographical position, the city enjoys a mild and humid climate affected by the cooler climate of highland areas. -Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA - 6/4/09

Ahmadinejad attacks Hashemi, Khatami during debate with Mousavi
Incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has focused his attacks on former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. - 6/4/09

Remarks of President Barack Obama: A New Beginning (Cairo, Egypt)
U.S. President Barack Obama says it is time for a new beginning in relations between America and the world's Muslims. The president said they should unite to confront violent extremism and promote the cause of peace. - 6/4/09

Lawmakers Urge Support for Navy Talks with Iran
Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), the two lead sponsors of H.Con.Res.94, delivered speeches this morning on the House floor announcing growing support for an Incidents-at-Sea agreement with Iran. - 6/4/09

Iran 'receives' invite to Obama's address in Cairo
Amid talks of an extended hand from Washington to Tehran, Egypt moves to bring the two countries together in Cairo where US President Barack Obama is set to make a speech. - 6/4/09

Report Ties Dubious Iran Nuclear Docs to Israel
A report on Iran’s nuclear program issued by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month generated news stories publicizing an incendiary charge that U.S. intelligence is underestimating Iran’s progress in designing a "nuclear warhead" before the halt in nuclear weapons-related research in 2003. -Gareth Porter, IPS - 6/4/09

Iranian Leader, Rival Express Sharply Divergent Views in Debate
During the 90-minute debate, which was televised live, the candidates openly delved into topics in a way never seen in the Islamic republic, touching on foreign policy and corruption. In addition, Ahmadinejad raised questions about the academic credentials of Mousavi's wife, a former professor. -Washington Post - 6/4/09

Obama to Iran: Let Us 'Move Forward'
U.S. President Barack Obama says he is prepared to work with Iran "without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect" to resolve issues between the two countries. But in his speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Mr. Obama reiterated the U.S. position that Iran must not be allowed to pursue nuclear weapons. - 6/4/09

CIA Chronicles: Destroying Democracy in Iran for British Petroleum
We read and hear every day what a trouble spot Iran is to America and the world. "If only they would understand us" is one pet saying delivered with the shake of a head and a loud accompanying sigh. A search through history, in this and other instances, reveals why Iran took the steps it did to bring it to its current chapter... -Political Cortex - 6/4/09

Rezaei says Iranians 'fed up' with government
Rezaei, a former Iranian commander who is a senior member to the influential Expediency Council, said the Iranian nation "is fed up with the current circumstances in the country" and lack of governmental action on a host of internal and foreign issues. - 6/4/09

Iran’s President Bush
Disgruntled Iranians say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has destroyed the country's image and dragged down its economy. Sound familiar? - - Ali says that the main problem with Ahmadinejad's economic policies is "Gedaa parvari," a Persian expression that means treating the public like homeless in a shelter and giving people cash and donations. -Newsweek - 6/4/09

Coming Down to the Wire in Lebanon
Beirut's airport is jammed with thousands of Lebanese, often given free tickets, arriving to vote from all over the World, but most heavily from the US, Canada, and Europe. -Franklin Lamb - 6/4/09

The Dance of Life
Like the Persian folk dance that Niosha Nafei-Jamali young Bay-Area students perform in the round, Jamali's life has come full circle. This is her story. -Ladies' Home Journal - 6/4/09

Lincoln-Douglas debates, Iranian style
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced off against one of his three opponents, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Wednesday night in the second of six debates leading up to June 12 elections. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 6/4/09

Ali Parvin sees grim future for Iranian football
Former Persepolis and Iran's football coach Ali Parvin predicted on Monday a grim future for the country's football. - 6/3/09

Photos: Ahmadinejad among his women supporters in Tehran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran's might has made it impossible for its enemies to launch an attack on the country. "Those countries that threatened Iran in the past are sending letters and messages to Iran today," Ahmadinejad said at a gathering of women in Tehran on Tuesday -Photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA - 6/3/09

Iranian FM arrives in Paris for talks with French officials
The focal point of discussions between Iranian and French officials will be the issue of non-proliferation, mutual relations and the latest regional and international developments. - 6/3/09

Iran signs giant oil deal with China
Tehran has replaced France's Total with a Chinese company to develop phase 11 of Iran's South Pars gas field. An Iranian delegation headed by managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Seyfollah Jashnsaz, which is on a visit to Beijing, has finalized the deal with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) today - 6/3/09

Concerto for Baluch by Iranian Composer to be performed June 11 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
The world premiere of Concerto for Baluch ,Which utilize folk music material from "Sistan and Baluchestan" by Persian composer Mehdi Hosseini offers further evidence that music provides an opportunity to broaden the audience's perspective and create an atmosphere of openness to the plight of others. - 6/3/09

U.S.-Iranian Engagement: The View from Tehran
The latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines prospects for rapprochement based on interviews with Iranian officials and analysts. The current guarded optimism for improved ties is partially warranted – this is the most promising moment in a generation. But expectations of the two sides appear mismatched, and the gap between their positions remains large. - 6/3/09

US theaters to screen Superstar by Iranian Director Tahmineh Milani
Superstar by Iran's prominent filmmaker Tahmineh Milani is scheduled to hit silver screens at three movie theaters in California. - 6/3/09

Obama Begins Mideast Tour With Saudi Visit
U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the first leg of his maiden tour of the Middle East, a visit aimed at improving relations between the United States and the Islamic world. - 6/3/09

New attack staged in Iran's southeastern region
A gun attack on two trucks on the Nosratabad-Bam road near the southeastern Iranian border with Pakistan and Afghanistan has left one person dead and two injured. - 6/3/09

Jundullah admits MKO connection
The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jundullah is a sectarian Sunni organization that occasionally launches terrorist attacks against Shias in the southeastern Iranian province of Baluchestan from across the border in Pakistan. - 6/3/09

Conference in DC: Iran in the Middle East: Expanding Influence, Accelerating Arms Race: Myth or Reality?
Less than two weeks before the June 12th presidential elections in Iran, U.S. and international experts will convene in Washington D.C. to discuss Iran's growing religious and political influence in the Middle East and how its growing influence will affect the region and the future of U.S.-Iranian relations. - 6/3/09

Iran: Can Its Stories Be Told?
At a time when Iran’s policies, politics, and power draw global attention, journalists write in Nieman Reports about the challenges they and bloggers confront in gathering and distributing news and information about this nation and its people. -Nieman Reports - 6/3/09

US Inviting Iranians to July 4 Embassy Events
The State Department said Tuesday U.S. ambassadors abroad have been authorized to invite Iranian diplomats to embassy events celebrating the July 4 U.S. Independence Day holiday. The overture is a break from nearly 30 years of U.S. diplomatic practice. - 6/3/09

Iran presidential race appears to get tighter
At the campaign events of the leading candidates, Iran is dividing into two nations. At Mr Ahmadinejad's rallies, the women are clad in the long black chador of the devout Muslim. The crowds respond to his nationalist rhetoric, his promise of a better life for Iran's poor and neglected. At the rallies of his leading opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iran's new generation are increasingly making their voice heard. -BBC - 6/3/09

Dems Tell Obama to Back Off Israel Criticism
Congressional Democrats are reportedly irked by the Obama Administration’s persistent criticism of Israel’s settlement growth. The Congressmen said it was inappropriate to pressure an ally about "domestic policies” and that instead the administration should spend more time “pressuring the Iranians to eliminate the potential of a nuclear threat from Iran." - 6/3/09

Hezbollah No. 2 wants Lebanon unity government
Hezbollah's No. 2 leader, confident of victory in Lebanese weekend elections, said Tuesday the Iranian-backed group would invite its pro-Western opponents to join a national unity government if it wins. -AP - 6/3/09

Photos: Ahmadinejad and Mousavi supporters face-off at Tehran's Tajrish square
With Iranian Presidential election heating up, the supporters of rival camps have taken to the streets to promote their candidates. The following photos show the supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the reform candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi displaying their passionate support for their favorite candidates. -Photos by Arash Khamooshi, ISNA - 6/2/09

A Happy and Refreshing weekend in Rostamabad
I had never been to Rostamabad, which is a town on the main road from Tehran to Rasht before last weekend. It is a short distance after Roudbar and Manjil, which is famous for its strong winds and scorpions. We went there to visit the Mother and Child Charity Foundation there and enjoyed the hospitality of Mr Fotovat, the foundation's head, at their guest quarters. -Syma Sayyah & Paul Sanford, Tehran - 6/2/09

Photos: Mir-Hossein Moussavi talks about 'hope, patience' in Ardebil
As Iran prepares for the June 12 elections, presidential runner Mir-Hossein Moussavi stresses the importance of drawing optimistic plans. "I entered the scene of election competition to revive 'hope and tolerance' in the Iranian nation with the aim of building a developed country," Moussavi said in the city of Ardebil on Monday. - 6/2/09

Photos: "The Sheikh of Reforms" Campaigns in Mazandaran
Mehdi Karroubi, nicknamed as "the sheikh of reforms" campaigned in the northern province of Mazandaran on Monday. Karroubi is the only presidential candidate who has organized a modern campaign establishment, has his own party, Etemad Melli, his own newspaper and a team of prominent advisors ranging from Reformist and moderate parties. -Photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA - 6/2/09

Farhang Foundation and LACMA Proudly Present Shirin Neshat and the film "Women without Men"
The program includes screening of work-in-progress segments of her film "Women without Men" followed by a discussion between Shirin Neshat and Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature and Maseeh Chair and Director of Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. - 6/2/09

Iran's Presidential Hopeful Rezaei Warns of Economic Collapse
Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei warns of the consequences of repeating the former Soviet Union's mistakes when it comes to scientific and economic progress. - 6/2/09

Moussavi woos Iran’s young voters
“Death to the dictator” chanted the thousands of students who had come to hear Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the reformist-backed presidential candidate in this month’s Iranian election. -Financial Times - 6/2/09

Israeli diplomats told to take offensive in PR war against Iran
Organizing demonstrations in front of Iranian consulates worldwide, staging mock stonings and hangings in public, and launching a massive media campaign against Iran - these are just some of the steps Israeli diplomats have been told to take in the coming weeks. -Haaretz. Israel - 6/2/09

Leading Iran Candidate Under Fire over Womens' Dress
Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi on Sunday condemned those of his female supporters who refuse to follow the country's strict Muslim dress code, one day after outlining his plans for women's rights in the country. The news caused a firestorm in the animated pre-elections Iranian blogosphere, with supporters and critics accusing Moussavi of flip-flopping to appease the conservative establishment. -Media Line - 6/2/09

Iran ready to start pumping gas to Switzerland
Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Hossein Noghrehkar Shirazi said on Tuesday Iran is ready to start pumping gas to Switzerland as soon as Bern-Ankara agree on gas delivery through Turkey. - 6/2/09

Iran plans to drill first exploratory well in Caspian Sea
Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari has announced that Iran plans to drill an exploratory well in the Caspian Sea as the preliminary step for the construction of the Iran-Alborz semisubmersible drilling rig. - 6/2/09

Iran's Non-Oil Exports To Iraq To Exceed 3 Billion Dollars
The value of Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq will exceed three billion dollars by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2010), an Iranian diplomat said on Tuesday. - 6/2/09

The Election Battlefield: A Look at Sidewalk Politics
Sidewalks of Tehran are today the battleground of contending candidates of the presidential elections of 2009 which will take place on 12 June. Urban spaces in the elections of the past 12 years have been witness to the coming together of diverse social forces. -Tehran Avenue - 6/2/09

Fresh violence in Zahedan kills five
Five die as the Zahedan subsidiary of Mehr Financial and Credit institute goes up in flames in the backdrop of a deadly terrorist attack on the city. The victims were all Mehr employees who lost their lives after an arson attack set the building ablaze on Monday. - 6/1/09

Iran loses to China football team
Iran's national football team lost to China on Monday in a warm-up game in preparation for the match versus North Korea in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. - 6/1/09

A blissful weekend in Taleghan
The last time that we went to Taleghan, which is an area in the mountains near Ghazvin, to the west of Tehran, we just stayed close to our friends' villa and enjoyed the fresh air. This time, we decided to make a longer trip and spend two whole days there which was simply blissful. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 6/1/09

Iran: Jelve Javaheri and Kaveh Mozaffari Campaign Members Still In Prison
On May 27, 2009, Jelveh Javaheri, activist in One Million Signatures Campaign, was taken from Evin prison to the Office of Mr. Heydari Fard, the Prosecutor of the Security Branch One of the Revolutionary Court. -Campaign for Equality - 6/1/09

Book: Censoring an Iranian Love Story
From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English—a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it's like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today's Iran. - 6/1/09

Iran equips navy with new homemade submarines
Iran has equipped its Naval Submarine fleet with three new indigenous mid-jet Ghadir-class submarines. -ISNA - 6/1/09

Iranian Hercules to lift Ahmadinejad
The strongest weightlifter in history has come out in support of the incumbent President Ahmadinejad in the upcoming elections. - 6/1/09

Italy's IsIAO seeking new methods for restoration of Persepolis
The Italian Institute for Africa and Orient (IsIAO) is currently carrying out a series of comprehensive studies to find new methods for restoration projects at Iran's most important, ancient site, Persepolis. The research project is based on a contract signed between IsIAO and Iran's Parsa and Pasargadae Foundation - 6/1/09

HBO's Spotlight On Iran to Air "Letters to the President"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – the first Iranian leader in a generation who is not a religious cleric – is one of the most controversial figures on the world stage. Though embraced by some Iranians – particularly the rural poor – as a "man of the people," he also divides opinion within his country. - 6/1/09

25% of death in Iran caused by tobacco: Minister
Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, Lankarani lamented the fact that there was 4%-5% fall in the country's average smoking age. - 6/1/09

Will change lead to Iran-U.S. dialogue?
U.S. President Barack Obama has reached out to Iran and the Iranian leadership since coming to office. He has won the praise of the international community for the different kind of approach he has adopted toward Iran. -R. Sohrabi-Nik - 6/1/09

Iranian American, Darius Shahinfar, Announces Candidacy for Albany Chief City Auditor
Darius Shahinfar announced his candidacy for the newly created position of Chief City Auditor of Albany, New York on March 26, 2009. - 6/1/09

The Foreign Policy Factor in Iran's Presidential Race
While the run-up to Iran's presidential election was billed as a referendum on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's economic agenda, Iran expert Farideh Farhi says the president's "bombastic foreign policy style" is fast becoming the campaign issue de jour. -CFR - 6/1/09

Iran's oil exports reached 30-year peak during March 2007-2008
Deputy Oil Minister for Production Affairs Seyfollah Jashnsaz said here Monday that more than 900 million barrels of crude were exported in the Iranian year 1386 (March 2007-08), the highest in the past 30 years. - 6/1/09

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