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Photos: Shahzadeh Garden in Mahan, Kerman
The magnificent Shahzadeh garden, located in Kerman desert, and known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. -Hamid Sadeghi - 6/30/11

Iranian Deputy Confirms Attack On Women's Swimming Pool
An Iranian parliament deputy has confirmed that a raid at a women's public swimming pool in Tehran that police had earlier denied did in fact happen. About a week ago, several men reportedly raided the pool where they harassed and filmed the women there. - 6/30/11

Iranian Students in U.S. Organize to Turn Visa Nightmare into Dream Come True
For Ali Moslemi and other Iranian students, the single-entry visa policy was a nightmare. The policy required them to go through the expensive and often excruciatingly slow process of getting a new visa and undergoing yet another background check if they ever left the country. - 6/30/11

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps Warns Against 'Internet In A Suitcase' Project
Iranian officials appear to be increasingly worried about the U.S.-funded "Internet in a Suitcase" project that aims to deploy shadow Internet and telecommunication networks in repressive countries. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/30/11

Germany fumes over arrest of Iranian photojournalist
German authorities have expressed "outrage" over last week's arrest of Iranian sports photojournalist Maryam Majd, who was detained by Iranian authorities one day before she was supposed to travel to Germany to cover the Women's World Cup of Soccer. - 6/30/11

Saudi Oil Threat To Iran Rings Hollow
When Saudi Arabia's one-time intelligence supremo warned that Riyadh was considering using its vast oil wealth as a weapon against neighboring Iran, it appeared that the lingering cold war between the two rival Gulf powers was about to heat up. -Robert Tait, RFE - 6/30/11

14 students sentenced for Tehran University dorm attacks
Fines, floggings and prison terms are among the punishments meted out to 14 Iranian university students for events that occurred two years ago at the Tehran University dormitory. - 6/30/11

US Sanctions Syrian, Iranian Police for Syria Crackdown
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions against a Syrian police unit and key Iranian security officials in connection with Syria's lethal crackdown on protestors. U.S. officials accuse Iran of providing material support for Syrian repression. - 6/30/11

World's top shipper suspends some Iran ops over sanctions
The world's largest container firm suspended operations at several Iranian ports, potentially disrupting critical food shipments as it complies with tightening U.S. sanctions. -Reuters - 6/30/11

Ambassador Profile: Shawn Amoei - An Activist in the Making
Dallas, Texas- "As Americans of Iranian origin, we have a lot to offer to the diverse tapestry of the United States. Although, we are a relatively new community, we have accomplished a lot," said Shawn Amoei, NIAC Ambassador. - 6/30/11

Washington's Favorite Terrorists
In the 10 years that I have lived in Washington, I have never seen lobbyists for al-Qaeda parade through the halls of Congress. I have not seen any events on Capitol Hill organized by Hamas. And I have not seen any American politicians take campaign contributions from the Islamic Jihad. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 6/30/11

Some Israeli security experts say subs, not planes, are the answer to Iran
The air force can't destroy Iran's nuclear capability, a former navy commander warns, so Israel should instead rely on strategic deterrence -Haaretz - 6/30/11

Iranian car lines keep rolling despite sanctions
"I think the sanctions make us stronger," said Amirshahab Yarian, one of the 25,000 workers at Iran Khodro's main plant just outside Tehran, as sparks flew into the air from robot welders on one production line producing 30 car bodies per hour. -Reuters - 6/30/11

Photos: The Beautiful Village of Baltarak in Roudsar, Iran
Baltarak is an old and beautiful village close to the town of Roudsar in northern Iran. The residents of Baltarak are not mostly reside in towns. The pleasant climate of this village, however, offers them a good escape from the summer heat. So they usually come back to the village towards the end of spring and stay there till the start of the cold season. -Abouzar Bazri - 6/29/11

Persian Garden added to UNESCO's World Heritage List
The Persian garden was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List on Monday. The decision to register the property on the list was made during the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee, which opened in Paris on June 19. The meeting comes to an end today. - 6/29/11

'Cat And Coup' Video Game Recalls Overthrow Of Popular Iranian Leader
In the new "The Cat and the Coup" game, the cat sets in motion many key historical events of Mossadegh's life, starting from his death under house arrest and moving backward through the pivotal 1953 Western-backed coup d'etat that saw his overthrow. -Kristin Deasy, RFE - 6/29/11

Former Ambassador to Iran Briefs Hill on Engagement and Democracy Opportunities
Washington, DC - On Monday, NIAC hosted former Italian Ambassador to Iran Roberto Toscano for a Congressional briefing entitled, "Iran: New Opportunities for Engagement and Democracy?" - 6/29/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist's Health 'Deteriorating'
The wife of jailed Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi says his health is deteriorating and he has lost a great deal of weight. Mahdieh Mohammadi told Radio Farda on June 27 that Zeidabadi has lost about 10 kilos in the past month and may be seriously ill, but is not allowed to leave the prison for medical tests. - 6/29/11

IAAB Creates Bridge to Iran for Camp Ayandeh Students Through Photography
IAAB is excited to collaborate with Tehran-based AKSbazi to create an unprecedented space where students in Camp Ayandeh and youth in Iran can interact through the medium of digital photography. - 6/29/11

Ahmadinejad warns establishment against extending arrests to cabinet
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warns that the recent arrests of government officials are "politically motivated" and aimed at "pressuring the administration," adding that if his cabinet is targeted with similar tactics, he will reveal certain things to the public. - 6/29/11

Iran: US Sanctions Preventing Iranian Planes From Refueling
Iran says U.S. economic sanctions against the country have made it harder for the national Iranian airline to refuel its planes abroad, a situation Tehran calls "inhumane." - 6/29/11

Deaths and injuries in Kurdish regions of Iran
In recent days nine Iranian citizens in the border regions of Kurdistan Province have been killed or injured by Islamic Republic security forces. - 6/29/11

Iranian Lawyer Tried For Membership In Ebadi Rights Group
Another colleague of Shirin Ebadi has gone on trial for being a member of a rights group set up by the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/29/11

Book: The Education of Women and The Vices of Men - Two Qajar Tracts
At the close of the nineteenth century, modern ideas of democracy and equality were slowly beginning to take hold in Iran. Exposed to European ideas about law, equality, and education, upper- and middle-class men and women increasingly questioned traditional ideas about the role of women and their place in society. - 6/29/11

Two Killed, Two Injured at Tehran Oil Refinery
Two Iranian engineers died during testing at the Tehran Refinery. Mehr News Agency reports the incident occurred on Tuesday at 3:30 PM local time. Last month, an explosion occurred at the Abadan Refinery in southwestern Iran during a visit by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Zamaneh - 6/29/11

Iranian Power Plants Suffer Natural Gas Shortage
Iran's Ministry of Power is concerned about gas shortages at Iranian power plants and is calling on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to intervene. According to the ministry, 15 power plants are currently without gas and are running on liquid fuel, but liquid fuel reserves are also running low. -Zamaneh - 6/29/11

Photos: Iran Test Fires 14 Missiles
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps test-fired 14 missiles on Tuesday during the second day of the first stage of Great Prophet 6 war game, says Colonel Ali Asghar Qelichkhani. - 6/28/11

Single-sex classes for first-year students at top Iranian university
Iran's top university, Sanati Sharif, has announced that there will be no co-ed classes for first-year students starting this September. - 6/28/11

Iran: IRGC announces construction of missile silos
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced that it has constructed missile silos on Monday, as its forces began the first stage of a war game. - 6/28/11

Iranian Political Prisoners End Hunger Strike
Twelve Iranian political prisoners have heeded opposition pleas and ended their hunger strike at Evin Prison. The Kaleme website reports that the prisoners, who had refused food since June 18 to protest the death of two other political prisoners, ended their strike on Sunday June 26. - 6/28/11

Open call for applications from artists living and working in Iran: Residency opportunity in London
The Delfina Foundation (DELFINA) is announcing a new residency opportunity in London as part of its ongoing partnership with Magic of Persia (MOP). - 6/28/11

U.S. Space Entrepreneur Accused of Aiding Iran Satellite Launch
An American space and satellite entrepreneur has been accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by secretly negotiating a deal with Russia that led to the 2005 launch of the first Iranian-owned satellite, according to news reports. -Space.com - 6/28/11

US Expands List of Human Trafficking Violators
The United States on Monday sharply increased the number of countries said to be failing to meet minimum international standards in the fight against human trafficking. Lebanon, Venezuela and several African states are among the new countries given failing grades in the State Department's annual report on trafficking. - 6/28/11

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Ahmadinejad's Foot Language
An Iranian blogger has put together a series of pictures of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in the presence of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and visiting world leaders. - 6/28/11

Iran Unveils Missile Silos as It Begins War Games
Iran unveiled underground silos on Monday that would make its missiles less vulnerable to attack, marking the country's latest show of force in the long standoff with the West over its nuclear program. -NY Times - 6/28/11

Iranian Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Arrested
Mahnaz Mohammadi, an Iranian filmmaker and women's rights activist, was arrested on Sunday, June 26 by Islamic Republic security forces. The Kaleme opposition website reports that Mohammadi was arrested with no formal charges laid against her. - 6/27/11

"I Saw Prison Abuse," Says Iranian Political Prisoner Mohammad Nourizad
In an interview with the International Campaign with Human Rights in Iran, Mohammad Nourizad, a filmmaker, journalist and prisoner of conscience currently on furlough, provided details about his own case as well as the abuse of other prisoners. - 6/27/11

Iran Exports 20 Kg of Rosa Damascena Oil Annually
Iran exports 15 to 20 Kilograms of Rosa Damascena Oil a year mostly to Germany, Switzerland, France, United Sates and Malaysia. The product is mostly used for producing high quality perfumes and cosmetics but it is also very good for pain relief, heart disease and skin care. - 6/27/11

Iran to send monkey into space in August
Iran's Space Organization plans to send a live monkey into space onboard a rocket called Kavoshgar-5 (explorer-5) in August, organization chief Hamid Fazeli announced on Monday. - 6/27/11

Iran: Woman detained for human rights activism
Iranian human rights activist, Mansoureh Behkish , was arrested on 12 June 2011. She is a member of the 'Mourning Mothers' group , which campaigns against human rights violation ssuch as unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and enforced disappearances . She is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. - 6/27/11

Reason for Ahmadinejad's Absence at Supreme Leader's Meeting
The crisis between Ahmadinejad supporters and the regime leadership in Tehran is expanding by the day. The arrest of Ahmadinejad's four close allies and his absence at a meeting that ayatollah Khamenei had with visiting Afghan President Karzai last week may be more signs of the return of the domestic crises and the concluding phase of the confrontation -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 6/27/11

Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant To Be Connected To National Grid Late August
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will be connected to the national grid late August, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday. - 6/27/11

Iran: 100 MPs sign motion calling for Ahmadinejad to be questioned
One hundred MPs have signed a motion to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the parliament to answer lawmakers' questions about a number of the administration's irregularities. - 6/27/11

Iran's Judiciary Chief Insists On Use Of Public Hangings
The head of Iran's judiciary announced today that "hoodlums and rapists" will be harshly dealt with by the legal system, the daily newspaper Ebtekar reports. - 6/27/11

Ahmadinejad: "Drug production has increased tenfold since enemies invaded region"
Ahmadinejad made the remarks in an address to 20,000 rehabilitated drug addicts at a ceremony that was held to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Tehran on Sunday. -MNA - 6/27/11

After the "west"
The emergent reality of an interconnected world requires a new understanding of security which moves beyond the ideas of the "west vs the rest" and the "clash of civilisations", says Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. -Open Democracy - 6/27/11

Lives of Hunger Striking Iranian Political Prisoners in Peril
Iran's pattern of prison abuse and neglect demonstrates that the lives of prisoners of conscience are at risk, theInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said on June 24th, with the publication of a new report, Death in Prison: No One Held Accountable. - 6/26/11

Iranian cleric urges political prisoners to end hunger strike
Iranian senior cleric Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani has told political prisoner Mohammad Javad Mozaffar that he and other hunger strikers have a religious duty to end their dangerous protest. - 6/26/11

Tehran Anti-Terror Conference Ends Work with Final Statement
The International Conference on Global Fight against Terrorism ended up work here in Tehran on Sunday after issuing a final statement. The final statement was read by the Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, in the closing ceremony of the two-day conference this afternoon. -FNA - 6/26/11

The Simple, Simple Wedding Of Ahmadinejad's Son
Blogger Javad Matin, a supporter of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has written in his blog about the wedding of Ahmadinejad's second son, Alireza Ahmadinejad. The event Matin describes is a far cry from the usual lavish wedding ceremonies one sees in the Iranian capital. -Golnaz Esfandiari RFE - 6/26/11

Iran fires football officials after big failure in Olympic qualifications
Iran's three top football officials were fired for dereliction of duty on Sunday as the national squad suffered an early exit from the Olympic qualification race. The officials were involved in a curious incident in which Iran football Olympic team failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games. - 6/26/11

Sentence reduced for jailed Iranian lawyer
Mohammad Seifzadeh, one of the founders of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, has had his sentence reduced to two years from the nine years handed out by the preliminary court. -Zamaneh - 6/26/11

West fearful of an Islamic government in Libya: Iran's Supreme Leader
"The West is very afraid of the establishment of a government with Islamic persuasions in Libya and (it) wants to prevent it," Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, told Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday. - 6/26/11

Iran: Five Hunger Striking Political Prisoners Treated at Infirmary
Five of the 12 Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike at Evin Prison have been transferred to the infirmary, according to the Kaleme opposition website. Abdollah Momeni, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Abolfazl Ghadiani, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal and Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi have been transferred to the Ward 350 infirmary after more than a week without food. - 6/25/11

Protests planned in 25 cities in support of Iranian political prisoners
Protests have been organized in 25 cities around the world today, June 25, to condemn the deaths of Haleh Sahabi and Reza Hoda Saber, and to show solidarity with prisoners on a hunger strike at two Iranian prisons. - 6/25/11

Iran's President Ahmadinejad Could Face Impeachment
In a single day earlier this week, the Iranian parliament dealt three blows to the presidency of Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who has become a political punching bag as the result of a continuing power struggle with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The battle has heated up over Ahmadinejad's repeated attempts to make inroads into Khamenei's spheres of influence. - 6/25/11

Letter by Families of Political Prisoners to UN's Special Rapporteur On Human Rights In Iran
In a letter to the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, the families of a number of political prisoners currently on hunger strike have expressed concerns over the health of their loved ones in prison. They have urged the investigator "to travel to Iran and monitor the situation of the twelve prisoners and the condition of other political prisoners in Iran." - 6/25/11

Designation of Iran Air on OFAC's SDN List and Restrictions for Iranian Americans
The inclusion of Iran Air on OFAC's SDN list means that U.S. persons - United States citizens and permanent residents (anywhere in the world) and anyone who is "physically" in the United States (regardless of immigration status) - may not engage in financial and commercial dealings with Iran Air without first obtaining a specific license from OFAC. - 6/25/11

NIAC Deeply Concerned by Civilian Airline Sanctions
NIAC is deeply concerned about today's announcement of United States sanctions against Iran Air. These sanctions fail to target the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and instead will punish and further isolate ordinary Iranians. - 6/25/11

Iran: First official reaction to reports of mass executions
Iranian authorities have responded for the first time to reports of mass executions at Mashhad's Vakilabad Prison, saying foreign media are exaggerating the sentences carried out there. - 6/25/11

Iran says new US sanctions exemplify serious violation of international law
Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has strongly criticized the United States for adopting new unilateral sanctions against Iran, saying the sanctions constitute a serious violation of U.S. obligations under the provisions of international law on the non-applicability of sanctions against civilians. - 6/25/11

Iran: Two Other Allies of Ahmadinejad Arrested
Pressure builds up on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as two more of his allies, heads of the Arvand and Aras Economic Free Zones, are arrested for financial corruption. - 6/25/11

Iran, 2nd major petchem producer in Persian Gulf
Iran is the second major petrochemicals producer in the Persian Gulf region with 27 percent share of total products. Saudi Arabia with 50 percent share is the biggest producer, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported. - 6/25/11

Bolton Receives Warm Reception as He Tells Congress to Bomb Iran, Support MEK
"I've argued for [military strikes against Iran] for about three and a half years," John Bolton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. "Absent military action against Iran's nuclear weapons program, Iran will have weapons much sooner rather than later," Bolton said. -David Shams, NIAC - 6/24/11

Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists
Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, according to accounts from inside the country's jail system. -Guardian - 6/24/11

Prisoners urge UN investigator to visit Iranian prisons
Six Iranian political prisoners held at Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj have urged Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations special rapporteur for Iran, to inspect Iranian prisons. Saham News reports that the prisoners have also called on Shaheed to visit their families. - 6/24/11

A Lifetime Of Achievements: Happy 104th Birthday Dr. Abolghassem Ghaffari!
Dr. Abolghassem Ghaffari helped NASA to put a man on the moon for the Apollo 11 mission. That was a celebrated day in his life and recently, an equally important one arrived this past June 15; he turned 104 years old! - 6/24/11

U.S. Sanctions Iran's National Airline
The U.S. Treasury has said it has blacklisted a major Iranian port operator and the country's national airline, Iran Air. The actions target two key segments of Iran's transport infrastructure that the Treasury said are being used to aid Tehran's efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. - 6/24/11

Tehran gallery showcases Rashin Kheirieh's "Cat-Me"
Illustrator Rashin Kheirieh is displaying her own impressions of cats in an exhibition of paintings and video art entitled "Cat-Me" at Tehran's Vaali Gallery featuring the peaceful coexistence of cats and women. - 6/24/11

Accepting UN investigator against Iranian policy: Judiciary Chief
The head of Iran's judiciary says welcoming the United Nations rapporteur on human rights would not be in line with Islamic Republic policy. On Friday, June 17, Ahmad Shaheed, a former Maldives foreign minister, was appointed as special rapporteur on human rights for Iran. - 6/24/11

EU Imposes New Sanctions on Syria, Iranian Commanders
The European Union has expanded its financial and travel sanctions against Syria and moved to condemn its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. - 6/24/11

Iran's Police Chief Criticizes Media Coverage Of Rape Cases
Iran's chief of police has criticized the domestic media's "extensive coverage" of a recent spate of alleged rapes in the country, saying it would cause "a sense of insecurity in society," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/24/11

Iranian MPs want candidate reps supervising election
The Iranian establishment has been greatly concerned about the parliamentary election set for next March. The conservative elite refers to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff as the leader of a "deviant current" that is trying to derail the Islamic Republic by weakening the "clergy and the supreme leadership." - 6/24/11

The Turkey-Brazil-Iran Deal, One Year Later
In May 2010, through intensive diplomatic efforts in Tehran, Turkey and Brazil brokered an agreement for Iran to give up over one ton of its nuclear fuel in exchange for fuel to produce medical isotopes. But the deal, known as the "Tehran Declaration," was ultimately rejected by the U.S. -NIAC - 6/24/11

U.S. Treasury Clarifies Sanctions Laws Regarding Food and Medicine to Iran
The U.S. Treasury issued guidance on Monday that donations of food and medicine for the relief of human suffering are exempt from U.S. export sanctions against Iran. - 6/24/11

UN Sees Decline In Afghan Opium Production But Predicts Rise
Despite a sharp decline in opium production in 2010 and a modest reduction in coca cultivation, the global manufacturing of heroin and cocaine remains at significantly high levels, according to a new report from the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). - 6/24/11

An open letter from The Mourning Mothers of Iran to the United Nations special Rapporteur regarding the investigation of the human rights in Iran
We feel the warmth of a new hope in our hearts now and that is because after years of constant demands and trying hard by the victims of The Islamic Republic of Iran and their families, the United Nations, the highest international body, has finally appointed you as the special rapporteur to investigate the widespread and systematic human rights abuse by this regime. - 6/23/11

Iran: Two political prisoners on hunger strike receive treatment
Two of the 12 Iranian political prisoners on a hunger strike in Evin Prison were taken to the infirmary, an opposition website reports. Kaleme reports that on the fifth day of their hunger strike, Abdollah Momeni and Abolfazl Ghadiani were sent to the infirmary after a sharp decline in their health. - 6/23/11

Iran: Deputy Foreign Minister, An Ahmadinejad Ally, Arrested After Resignation
Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, who just stepped down as Iran's deputy foreign minister, was arrested today. Fars news agency first cited "an informed official" and the news was later confirmed by the deputy chief of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. - 6/23/11

USC Names Dr. Peyman Nojoumian its New Assistant Professor of Persian
University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has named Dr. Peyman Nojoumian as assistant professor of the teaching of Persian. The addition of Nojoumian to the new Middle East Studies Program at USC has been made possible through funds donated by Farhang Foundation as part of its Iranian Studies Initiative at USC. - 6/23/11

Iranian Female Photojournalist Missing
A female sports photojournalist who had campaigned for Iranian women to be allowed to attend men's soccer games is missing amid reports she has been taken into custody in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/23/11

FIFA Broke Our Hearts: Captain of Iranian Women's Football Team
The captain of the Iranian women's football team, Niloofar Ardalan, has said that FIFA broke the hearts of the team's players when it prohibited the Iranian players from taking the field in the 2012 Olympic qualifier against Jordan. - 6/23/11

The Man Who Fooled SAVAK: Debut Novel Shows Strife in Tehran 40 Years Ago Still Exists Today
Douglas Roberts in his debut novel, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK, weaves an engaging tale of love, romance and suspense around true events that are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago in Tehran. - 6/23/11

New Iranian Nuke "Fairytale" Uncovered
A shadowy figure, calling himself "Beecham" has contacted intelligence agencies in the west, claiming proof of Iran's payment into a Swiss bank of 8.5 tons of gold. His claim, that this is payment for 3 missing American thermonuclear weapons is an old story, a fairly tale from the past, re-concocted to support an attack on Iran. -Gordon Duff, Veterans Today - 6/23/11

Iran, Ukraine To Jointly Build Aircrafts
Ukraine and Iran will jointly manufacture 78 Antonov-148 aircraft for an unspecified Iranian customer, with all of the planes to roll off assembly lines by the end of 2011, a top Ukrainian aviation official said. - 6/23/11

Syrian FM Says No Iranian Intervention, Blasts Europe
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told a news conference Wednesday that Syria is not receiving any help from Iran in its continuing crackdown on dissidents. - 6/23/11

Cut in Line Sparked Fatal Stabbing, Witness Says
The chaos leading to the death of popular coach Elvis Kechechian began with a seemingly innocuous incident, according to the victim's friend. -Patch - 6/23/11

Daughter of Turkey's Former President to Invest $400 mln in Iran
Zeynep Ozal, daughter of the late Turgut Ozal, Turkey's eighth president, has entered the construction sector in Iran with various projects estimated to be worth $400 million. -Moj News - 6/23/11

A Divine Wind Blows Against Iran's President
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, seeking to repair a politically reckless rift with the country's supreme leader that is leaving him isolated and embattled, recently portrayed their relationship as one of "father and son." Conservative clerics, convinced that the ambitious, messianic president remains determined to supplant them, rebuked Mr. Ahmadinejad for elevating his own station. -NY Times - 6/23/11

Iranian MPs move to impeach Interior Minister
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet is once again being called into question, as 25 MPs call for the impeachment of Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar. - 6/23/11

Iran Human Rights Activist Speaks After Release
One of Iran's most outspoken human rights activists, released on Monday, has told Amnesty International that his freedom isn't the end of the story, because many Iranians remain unjustly imprisoned. When freed, Baghi said he told the other prisoners "although I am going, half my existence is still imprisoned with you". - 6/22/11

Scholars Ponder Question: Why Not an Iran Spring?
Since the beginning of this year, a number of Arab states have experienced protests and calls for significant reforms. Two of these nations, Tunisia and Egypt, saw their leaders toppled. Meanwhile, Iran has seen very little recent public dissent against its regime despite massive protests two years ago after a controversial presidential election. In Washington, scholars gathered recently to discuss why Iran has not seen a so-called "Spring" of change. - 6/22/11

Photos: An Amazing Iranian Worker
Nader Fallah is a 22-year-old worker at Derakhshan plaster factory located in the vicinity of Robat Karim village in Iran's Lorestan province. Fallah enjoys amazing physical strengths and fitness, as displayed in these photos by Nima Dimari. - 6/22/11

FILM: Iran's "Green Days" Hits The Red Light in Lebanon
Lebanon's General Security has banned screening of "Green Days", a documentary on opposition demonstrations that challenged Iran's 2009 presidential election results. - 6/22/11

Iran: Second anniversary of Neda Agha Soltan 's killing highlights near-total impunity for officials
Two years after the death of Neda Agha Soltan was captured on a mobile phone and came to symbolize the brutal repression meted out by security forces after the disputed presidential election of 2009, Amnesty International is renewing its call on the Iranian authorities to end impunity for officials responsible for unlawful killings, torture and other human rights violations. - 6/22/11

Iran scientists build tactile tumor detector robot for breast cancer
Iranian scientists managed to build the first indigenous tactile tumor detector robot for breast cancer as they took another giant scientific step. - 6/22/11

Louvre Museum to Create Elahe Mir-Djalali Omidyar Fund to Underwrite New Program
American Friends of the Louvre announced that it has received a $3 million grant through the generosity of Pierre Omidyar, a member of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute's Board of Directors and the founder and Chairman of eBay Inc. The grant will be used to create an endowment fund that will support educational and scholarly programs on Persian art and culture. - 6/22/11

PERSIAN LETTERS: 'Let's Not Allow Omar Bashir In Iran'
Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes, will reportedly attend a counterterrorism conference that is scheduled to take place in Tehran on June 25 and 26. - 6/22/11

In Iran, a Brotherhood of Doctors and Patients
Few doctors anywhere in the world have done their country a greater service than the Iranian brothers Arash and Kamiar Alaei. Kamiar, who is 37, is currently living in Albany, N.Y., where he is working on a doctorate in public health. Arash, who is 42, is a resident of Tehran's notorious Evin prison - where until recently, Kamiar lived as well. -Tina Rosenberg, NY Times - 6/22/11

Iranian Intelligence Ministry said to oppose new Foreign Ministry appointment
Malekzadeh was formerly part of the administration of the High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad, a government entity that was headed by the president's chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai. The conservative elite accuses Mashai of leading a "deviant current" aimed at destabilizing the regime. - 6/22/11

Possible overtures to Iranian reformists for joining elections
The head of Iran's Parliament is reportedly inviting "moderate and prominent reformists" to take part in the parliamentary election next March, Iranian media report. - 6/22/11

Iran: Hunger Strike In Prison, Online Campaign Outside
Hunger strike is one of the only ways for Iranian political prisoners to protest, but it is a dangerous one. Since June 18, 12 well known political prisoners have gone on a hunger strike to protest the death of two fellow prisoners: women's rights activist Haleh Sahabi and journalist Hoda Saber. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/21/11

Iranian authorities aim for single-sex university classes
University classes will be separated based on gender starting in September, the Iranian Parliament's Education and Research commission announced. - 6/21/11

Iranians
Though it is still springtime, like a ladybird taking refuge into a safe corner to let the winter pass, i keep receiving these FWDs about what an apathetic, indifferent, selfish, unconcerned, in one word 'none-entity' we have become as a nation which Once Upon a Time.... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 6/21/11

Iran to launch new satellites into space
Iran said on Tuesday that it intends to send "Navid" and "Fajr" satellites into space by March 2012 and build "Rasad 2" satellite. - 6/21/11

Book: Iran at War, by Kaveh Farrokh
Kaveh Farrokh is an expert on Persian languages and Iranian history whose new book, Iran at War: 1500-1988, provides a full examination of modern Iranian military history. Iran at War begins where Shadows in the Desert ended, with the Arab conquest of Persia and the rise of Islam in the mid-7th century. - 6/21/11

UN rights investigator may use other methods to prepare report on Iran
The head of the National Union of Iranian Court Attorneys said if the United Nations' Special Human Rights Rapporteur is not allowed to travel to Iran, he will gather his data by other means. -Zamaneh - 6/21/11

Theatre: "Zohreh and Manouchehr", a musical comedy
Legendary, Paris-based actors Azizollah Bahadori and Sadreddin Zahed, together with renowned theater/dance artist,Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Persian music sensation, KamyR, will collaborate during a three-day theatrical and musical engagement, titled "Zohreh & Manouchehr" on July 15, 16, and 17, 2011 at the world-class Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA - 6/21/11

Iran Frees Jailed Human Rights Activist
Iran has freed human rights campaigner Emadeddin Baghi after he served a year-long jail term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the regime." - 6/21/11

Iran Sets Hearing Date for American Hikers
The Iranian lawyer for three American hikers accused of spying in Iran said Monday the Tehran government has informed him of the date for his clients' new court hearing. - 6/21/11

U.S. Treasury Designates Ten Shipping Companies, Three Individuals Affiliated with Iran's National Shipping Line
In Coordinated Action with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Treasury Targets Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) Front Companies and Executives in the Middle East, Asia and Europe - 6/21/11

Tourists receive unexpected message of love from Iran
A surprise awaited two San Diego travelers on their recent sojourn in Iran: an outpouring of love everywhere they went. "We were besieged, mobbed almost, by whole classrooms of up to 50 or 60 individuals who would come up to us and smother us with hugs and kisses" -Sign On San Diego - 6/21/11

US: Action, Not Words Needed from Syria's Assad
U.S. officials say the international community, and more importantly the Syrian people, are growing weary of the Syrian leader's promises and that what is needed are reforms and an end to what was called here Mr. Assad's "repulsive" crackdown on dissent. -VOA - 6/21/11

Iranian Parliament Rejects Ahmadinejad's Sports Ministry Candidate
Iran's parliament has rejected the candidate of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad as the first-ever sports minister of the country, dealing the president a fresh blow on an increasingly fractious political scene. - 6/21/11

Iran says no gasoline imported
An official with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) denied the claim of some foreign media sources that Iran has imported gasoline. -MNA - 6/21/11

Presidents heading to Tehran for counter-terrorism conference
High-ranking officials from more than 60 countries, including several heads of state, have accepted Iran's invitation to attend the Global Campaign against Terrorism Conference, conference secretary general Bahman Taherian-Mobarakeh stated at a press conference in Tehran on Monday. - 6/21/11

Photos: Kerman Struggling with 15th Year of Drought
The province of Kerman in Iran is now in its 15th year of drought. Kerman, considered one of the agricultural centers in Iran, has been facing one of the most difficult times for over a decade now. Drought is now the biggest problem for a province where about 1/3 of the orchards of the country are located. -Hamid Sadeghi - 6/20/11

Head of Sociology Association of Iran Announces Drop in Prostitution Age in Iran
Just a week after Tehran's police chief announced that there were only a 100 "street women" in Tehran, the head of Iran's Sociology Association announced that the prostitution age in Iran had dropped by 8 to 10 years. -Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rooz - 6/20/11

Iranian doctors call for end to hunger strike by political prisoners
The Islamic Association of Iranian Physicians has called on 12 political prisoners to end their hunger strike. - 6/20/11

As Sanctions Ratchet Up, Iranian Americans Bear Increasing Burdens
With a new push for even more "crippling" Iran sanctions coming out of Congress, and renewed signs from the president that further sanctions may be in the offing, it is more important than ever for Americans, particularly Americans of Iranian descent, to evaluate the unintended impact these sanctions are having here in the U.S. -Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 6/20/11

Iranian Judiciary to Prosecute Gang Rape Suspects
While the Iranian judiciary says it intends to take severe action against the perpetrators of a gang rape in a village near Kashmar, the local Friday Prayers Imam, Ghassem Yaghoubi reports that the rape victim is currently under arrest. - 6/20/11

Conference and Workshop: Shahdad and The Bronze Age in Southwest Iran
Prehistoric Shahdad is a major Bronze Age centre that was discovered at the edge of Kavire-Lut in 1968. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the late Professor Ali Hakemi of Archaeological Institute of Iran, commenced investigation at Shahdad and supervised intensive excavations for seven consecutive seasons at the site. - 6/20/11

Soccer: Iran defeats Iraq in Olympic qualifier
In the match played at the Francousse Al Hareeri Stadium in Arbil City, Iraq, Mohsen Mosalman scored Iran's only goal on the half hour mark in the first leg. The two teams will meet again on June 23 in Tehran's Azadi stadium. - 6/20/11

Iranian journalist, Farid Salavati, released
Iranian jounalist Farid Salavati, who was arrested last week after reporting on a gang rape in Khomeini Shahr, was released today. -Zamaneh - 6/20/11

Reflections of Self: An Online Photography Exhibition by Azadeh Akhlaghi
Born in 1978, in Shiraz Azadeh Akhlaghi studied art at RMIT University. She is a conceptual artist who began her career in 2001. Akhlaghi's main concerns are photography, video-arts and short movies. Akhlaghi's practice acknowledges conceptual approaches to contemporary art through photography. -gallery mamak - 6/20/11

Impact of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran on You
The Asian Law Caucus has released a Know-Your-Rights publication on the Iranian Transactions Regulations (Iran Sanctions), which are the most relevant sanctions program in restricting commercial and financial dealings with Iran. - 6/19/11

Iran Receives First Images, Data from Rasad Satellite
Iran announced on Sunday that it has received the first images and data sent by the country's second domestically-made satellite, 'Rasad' (Observation) which was sent into orbit Wednesday evening. - 6/19/11

Iranian MPs Want to Impeach Foreign Minister
Fars news agency reports that the MPs are questioning the minister's decision to appoint Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh as financial deputy of the ministry, insisting that Malekzadeh's "problematic background" poses a risk to the regime's foreign interests. - 6/19/11

Make a Difference in Your Local Community! Apply for the IAAB Leadership in Action Fellowship
Have a project idea you've been dying to implement in your local community? Know of just the thing your local Iranian American community needs? Why not be the person to get that program up and running with training, mentorship, and a stipend from IAAB? - 6/19/11

Iran's "Nader and Simin" Wins Best Film Award at Sydney Festival
The Iranian family drama "Nader and Simin: A Separation" added one more international award to its record by grabbing the best film award at the Sydney Film Festival and taking home the $60,000 cash prize. - 6/19/11

Why Regime Change in Libya?
In light of the brutal death and destruction wrought on Libya by the relentless US/NATO bombardment, the professed claims of "humanitarian concerns" as grounds for intervention can readily be dismissed as a blatantly specious imperialist ploy in pursuit of "regime change" in that country. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 6/19/11

World Saffron Consumption Supplied by Iran
"Over 96% of the world saffron production belongs to Iran, but the world knows this farming product under the name of Spain because Iranian producers have for years exported their product to Spain in bulk, where it is packaged under a different name," president of the Trade Organization of Iran's Southern Khorassan province Nadder Mirshekar said, lamenting the Iranian producers' poor attention to packaging. - 6/19/11

Ghazal Khatibi's Exhibition: ... It Will Be In The News Soon
The visual world of Ghazal Khaitibi is filled with games and humor which is rooted in the seriousness and prejudice of the real world. "Mad World" is the first phrase that can describe her visual world and its interaction with her surrounding - 6/19/11

Iran Dissidents Call For UN Protection After Attack
Maryam Rajavi of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, (MKO, aka People's Mujahedin of Iran) told followers at a rally in France that having UN monitors at Camp Ashraf in Iraq was the best way to protect the people living there. - 6/19/11

Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent
Syrian tanks stormed the town of Bdama near the border with Turkey Saturday, wreaking destruction, according to witnesses. Residents of the border region also continue to flee to neighboring Turkey, which is housing them in several refugee camps. - 6/19/11

Another IAAB First: Camp Ayandeh JAVAN!
In response to widespread demand from parents in the Iranian American community, IAAB is pleased to announce Camp Ayandeh JAVAN, a middle school leadership camp for Iranian Americans. - 6/18/11

Iranian Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike to Protest Death of Jailed Activists
Twelve Iranian political prisoners have started a hunger strike to protest the deaths of the two Nationalist-religious political prisoners in the past month, Haleh Sahabi and Reza Hoda Saber. - 6/18/11

Watch: Maziar Bahari Discusses Imprisonment, How Iranian Americans Can Support Human Rights
NIAC presents an exclusive interview (in Persian) with award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist Maziar Bahari. His newest book, Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, chronicles the 118 days he spent in a six-by-twelve-feet prison cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. - 6/18/11

Iran, Long Seen As An Economic Basket Case, Wins Praise From IMF
If you were seeking endorsement of Iran's economic policies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hardly seems like the ideal reference point. The Washington-based institution is, after all, renowned for zealously promoting programs of public spending cuts and economic liberalization. Iran, meanwhile -- at least under President Mahmud Ahmadinejad -- has repeatedly forecast the imminent end of the global capitalist system. -Robert Tait, RFE - 6/18/11

A blonde in Iran
Two Wings of A Nightingale - Persian Soul, Islamic Heart is a road trip through Iran. Along with the 8000 kilometres plus that I travelled through the country before I wrote the book, it's felt like I've trudged another few thousand kilometres to see the manuscript transformed into a book that's actually now for sale! - 6/18/11

Iranian officials ordered to strictly enforce hijab
The head of Tehran City Council said today that officials must not stand in the way of morality police and their street-level enforcement of the Islamic dress code, hijab. - 6/18/11

Shocking Confidential Report Admits to Iranian TV's Provocation of Post-Election Uprising
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has obtained an exclusive copy of a confidential report prepared by a sub-division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), in which the IRIB's performance following the 2009 presidential election is seriously criticized and the network is held responsible for widespread protests arising from the announcement of the election results. - 6/18/11

Persian Classical Concert: Sepideh Raissadat and Iman Vaziri to perform in Los Angeles
Persian classical vocalist and musician Sepideh Raissadat will be touring the U.S. for the first time this summer together with tar virtuoso Iman Vaziri. They will be accompanied by various guest artists at each show during this four-city tour. Dara Faraz on tonbak will be joining the Ensemble in Los Angeles, which will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center's Magnin Auditorium on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 7 p.m. - 6/18/11

Bush White House Implicated in Smear Campaign Against NIAC Advisory Board Member
University of Michigan professor and NIAC Advisory Board Member Juan Cole has been the target of smear campaigns in the past due to his criticism of neoconservative Middle East policies, particularly the Iraq war. But now, the New York Times is reporting that the Bush White House and the Central Intelligence Agency may have been directly involved in efforts to discredit Professor Cole. -NIAC - 6/18/11

Russian Energy Minister to Visit Iran for Launch of Bushehr Nuclear Plant
Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko is going to visit Iran early August for launch of Bushehr nuclear power plant. -ISNA - 6/18/11

Iranian Physicians and HIV/AIDS Advocates Win 2011 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights
Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei, known for putting issues related to HIV/AIDS on Iran's national health care agenda, are winners of the 2011 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights. - 6/17/11

Photos: Morality Police Deploy in Tehran - Men Banned From Wearing Necklaces!
Thousands of special forces have been deployed in Tehran's streets, participating in the regime's "moral security plan" in which loose-fitting headscarves, tight overcoats and shortened trousers that expose skin will not be tolerated for women, while men are warned against glamorous hairstyles and wearing a necklace. - 6/17/11

Iran: Mourners commemorate jailed journalist under forces' scrutiny
A commemoration service for Reza Hoda Saber, the jailed Iranian journalist who died of a massive heart attack 10 days into a hunger strike, was held under strict security measures in Tehran. - 6/17/11

Iranian Student Group Demands Punishment For Dorm Raid
Tehran University's Islamic Association has published an open letter to the head of the country's judiciary demanding punishment for those involved in a violent raid on university dormitories two years ago -RFE - 6/17/11

Time Is On Our Side
According to reports from Iran, due to the very heavy presence of security forces on key streets and squares in Tehran, the silent march to mark the second anniversary of the electoral coup, or the rebirth of the people's movement, attracted only some thousands of people, who were outnumbered by security forces easily, and who were dispersed, while some were arrested. -Reza Fiyouzat - 6/17/11

Another Iranian Sentenced To Prison Over Facebook Activities
Several Iranian news websites are reporting that Mostafa Akhavan, a student pilot and member of the National Trust party (established by opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi in 2005) has been sentenced to one year in prison on security- related charges connected to his activities on Facebook. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/17/11

Iranian authorities try to make humanities more Islamic
Iran's deputy science minister says transforming the humanities into Islamic human sciences is harder than sending a human into space. According to ISNA, Mohammad Mehdinejad Nouri said that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called for universities to become more Islamic and for the humanities to be infused with Islamic values. - 6/17/11

Power Portraits Capture World Leaders
when New Yorker staff photographer Platon Antoniou - who uses just his first name professionally - embarked on a journey to capture images of world leaders, he wanted to discover the personalities behind the public faces. He also wanted to explore power. - Faiza Elmasry, VOA - 6/17/11

Ahmadinejad aides targeted by Iran Parliament
Iran's Parliament announced that it has received a series of reports questioning the actions of Esfandiar Rahim Mashai and Hamid Baghai, two chief presidential aides to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 6/17/11

Iranian Beat
Spurned at home, Kayhan Kalhor and Pezhham Akhavass keep Persian music tradition alive and well -metroactive - 6/17/11

Iran may cancel $5B gas deal with China
Iran warned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) if it doesn't fulfill its obligations on developing phase 11 of the South Pars gas field, the contract would be cancelled. - 6/17/11

Iran Sends 2nd Home-Made Satellite to Orbit
Iran successfully sent its second domestically-made satellite named 'Rasad' (Observation) into orbit, redisplaying the country's independence in its space program. - 6/16/11

Photos: Life at the Village of Sobatan in Talesh, Iran
The village of Sobatan is located 32km northwest of the city of Talesh in the Iranian province of Gilan. Due to its unique geography and the pleasant climate, Sobatan is among the few villages frequented by the travelers in the province. -Mojib Mohammadi - 6/16/11

Iran: Reformist MPs call for probe into death of jailed journalist
Ten reformist MPs have called on the Minister of Justice to investigate the death of Reza Hoda Saber, the jailed journalist who died Sunday after a 10-day hunger strike. - 6/16/11

Official Selection of the 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival announced
We are happy to announce the Official Selection of the 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival. Out of hundreds of submissions collected over 2010 & 2011, the selection committee has selected 25 films from filmmakers around the world . - 6/16/11

In Iran, journalists remain in government's crosshairs
Iran's ongoing assault against independent and opposition media has recently gained momentum, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. - 6/16/11

Russia, China Stress Iran's Right To Nuclear Power
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao have agreed that Iran has a right to peacefully use nuclear power. - 6/16/11

Gang rapes in Iran cause fear and religious controversy
Recent reports of gang rapes in Iran are worrying women and raising questions about social values, reports Mohammad Manzarpour of the BBC Persian Service. -BBC - 6/16/11

Iran's Green Movement has actually achieved its goal
Celebrated in June 2009 as a model of nonviolent protest against autocracy, the Iranian Green Movement has lost much of its strength and mobilizing capacity inside Iran while the Arab Spring has toppled regimes across the region. -Ramin Jahanbegloo, CSM - 6/16/11

AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran
In a lengthy, rambling monologue delivered to independent reporter Robert Dreyfuss, Weissman breaks a long silence to declare he's "concerned that if a confrontation between the United States, Israel, and Iran leads to war, it will be a disaster -- one that Weissman fears will be blamed on the American Jews." -Grant Smith, antiwar - 6/16/11

Iran's Ahmadinejad Urges Central Asia to End Domination of 'Enslavers and Colonizers'
The SCO is a regional security and economic forum whose members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Several nations participate as observers, including Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia. - 6/16/11

Iran Not to Reduce Oil Production: Caretaker Oil Minister
Iranian caretaker Oil Minister Mohammad Ali Abadi announced that Tehran will not decrease its oil production given the discovery of new oil reserves in the country. Ali Abadi added, "We try to maintain the current oil reserves and use new resources to not decrease the country's output." -FNA - 6/16/11

Iranian pimp plates arse up Afghan car sales: Buyers shun '39' numberplates of shame
An Iranian pimp dubbed ൯" has been fingered as the possible cause of a dramatic slump in car sales in the Afghan capital Kabul, Reuters reports. Those unfortunate enough to have bought a new pimpmobile before the terrible truth was revealed are having a hard time of it. - 6/16/11

Cellmates Say Iranian Deceased Journalist Beaten Prior to Death
Sixty-four Iranian political prisoners from Ward 350 of Evin Prison have issued an announcement declaring that Reza Hoda Saber, the jailed Iranian journalist who died on Saturday following nearly 10 days on a hunger strike, was severely beaten by authorities on the eighth day of his strike. - 6/15/11

PARSA CF Awards $437,000 to Arts and Media Projects
As a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle, PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce grants to arts and media projects including film, print, and music. PARSA CF recognizes the importance of such efforts in interacting with a broader audience, introducing the rich culture of Iran to the rest of the world, and building a stronger foundation for cultural understanding between Iranians, Iranian diaspora and the global community. - 6/15/11

Iran's 2009 Presidential Election Anniversary: People Came
The day when news on Iran was expected to be led by stories about people's protest demonstrations to commemorate the rigged 2009 presidential election began with the unexpected death of Hoda Saber in Evin prison, giving supporters of the Green Movement another reason to gather a peaceful march. -Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rooz - 6/15/11

Tehran Casts A Cold Eye Over U.S. Shadow Internet Efforts
Iran has warned the United States over efforts to deploy shadow Internet services in repressive countries such as the Persian Gulf state, where the Internet is heavily censored, and said it would lead to a backlash against the U.S. - 6/15/11

AIPAC from the Inside - Part 1: Isolating Iran
In August 2005, two lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, were indicted on charges of illegally conspiring to collect and disseminate classified secrets to journalists and to Israeli diplomats. -Robert Dreyfuss, PBS - 6/15/11

Iranian Authorities Responsible for Death of Imprisoned Dissident on Hunger Strike
The Iranian Judiciary and prison officials are responsible for the death of Hoda Saber, a prominent dissident who died of a heart attack on 10 June, theInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. Saber had been on a hunger strike. - 6/15/11

Iranian Police, Cleric Blame Victims In Isfahan Gang Rapes
Iran's chief prosecutor, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, says 14 men have been arrested and charged over an alleged gang rape at a party near the central city of Isfahan last month, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/15/11

Ahmadinejad Joins China, Russia Leaders At Regional Summit
Ahmadinejad, speaking at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital, Astana, called for a new world order to replace the current one, which he said was "managed and run by slavers and colonizers of the past." - 6/15/11

Dance Performance at LACMA: Shatrang va Takhta-i Nard
This narrative dance performance, presented by award-winning choreographer Jamal, will explore the origins of chess and backgammon as told in the Iranian national epic the Shahnama and featured in the exhibition, Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts. - 6/15/11

Iran is China's second largest trade partner in West Asia: Hu
Hu made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the sidelines of the 10th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which will open in Astana today. - 6/15/11

Iran Denies Role in Syria Crackdown
Iran has rejected allegations from Britain and the United States that it is helping Syria crack down on domestic opposition with advice, equipment, and training. Iran remains a key Syrian ally, with the two governments finding common ground on such issues as Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. - 6/15/11

Iran: Ahmadinejad Selects Minister Of Sports, Reluctantly
The president reiterated his opposition to the creation of the sports ministry, saying he is convinced it will harm the Iranian sports community and its future endeavors. However, because he does not wish to see sports and athletes unduly affected by any controversy, Ahmadinejad said he is bowing to Parliament's demand to establish the ministry, nominating Sajjadi as its chief. -Zamaneh - 6/15/11

Iranian opposition calls for more peaceful gatherings
Iranian opposition groups have called on people to join peaceful gatherings in the main squares of cities across the country on Wednesday June 15. The Kaleme website reports that the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope has also invited people to visit the graves of the "martyrs" of the Green movement on Thursday, June 16. - 6/14/11

Iranian Alliances Across Borders Releases its Educational Philosophy
IAAB is proud to announce the release of its Educational Philosophy, the first of its kind developed by an organization in the Iranian American community and directed specifically at Iranian American youth. - 6/14/11

Flashmob in Paris to Mark Two Years Since Iran Election, Show Solidarity with the People of Iran
On June 12, 2011, to mark two years since Iran's disputed election, United4Iran and Move4Ira, coordinated a flash mob in a Paris metro station to draw attention to the ongoing human rights abuses Iran's citizens continue to face. - 6/14/11

PERSIAN LETTERS: 'They Would Arrest Young And Beautiful Girls'
Maybe they were arresting mostly good-looking people. I'm not joking. I saw with my own eyes that they would arrest young and beautiful girls. Maybe they see them as war trophies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/14/11

Worldwide outrage at Iran's attack on Baha'i educators
The government of Austria, more than 80 prominent Indians, and top academics from the United Kingdom, are among the latest to voice their support for Iranian Baha'is' right to education. Human rights groups have also joined the call for the release of imprisoned Baha'i educators. -BWNS - 6/14/11

In Iran, 'couch rebels' prefer Facebook
Two years ago, Iranian activists used social media sites as engines to organize massive anti-government demonstrations. But now, activists say, the limitless freedoms available online are proving to be a distraction from real-world dissent. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 6/14/11

Iran: Authorities deny journalist was on hunger strike before death
Islamic Republic authorities gave their first response today to the death of Reza Hoda Saber, denying that the jailed journalist and political activist had been on a hunger strike during his final days. -Zamaneh - 6/14/11

Iranian journalist held in undetermined state
Iranian journalist Sam Mahmoodi Sarabi continues to be held in legal limbo at Evin Prison, even as his arrest warrant is renewed after two months. -Zamaneh - 6/14/11

Iran Without Nukes
Remember Iran? I do. It's been two years since the Iranian people rose up to protest a stolen election with a bravery that stirred the world and presented Americans with a truer image of a young and highly educated nation than the old specter of the bearded Islamic zealot. The Green Movement was suppressed through barbaric violence but its example helped kindle the Arab Spring. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 6/14/11

Iran calls for unconditional release of national held in U.S.
Iran has called for an unconditional and swift release of its national Shahrzad Mir-Gholikhan, who has been living in U.S. captivity since 2007. - 6/14/11

IMF Commends Iran's Early Success With Subsidies Reform Program
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Dominique Guillaume visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from May 28 to June 9, 2011 to conduct discussions for the Article IV Consultation. - 6/14/11

"Islamic system is prime target of hegemons' cultural onslaught": Iran's Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Iran's Islamic system is the prime target of the arrogant powers' cultural invasion because the Islamic Republic of Iran has put up effective resistance against the hegemonistic system. - 6/14/11

Iran Cuts July Light Crude Price to Asia; Raises Other Grades
National Iranian Oil Co. cut the cost for July shipments of its Iranian Light crude to refiners in Asia and increased prices for its other grades to the region, according to a company official. -Bloomberg - 6/14/11

Silent Tehran Protesters Arrested On Anniversary Of Disputed Vote
Arrests and clashes have been reported in Tehran on the anniversary of the disputed 2009 reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad that led to mass street protests. Opposition websites and witnesses say dozens were arrested in the Iranian capital on June 12 while marching silently to mark the anniversary. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/13/11

Iranian security forces delay burial of activist
Iranian security forces held up the burial of Reza Hoda Saber this morning, surrounding the family and mourners in anticipation of outbursts of protest against the death of the jailed activist, an opposition website reports. - 6/13/11

CRYING WOLF, AGAIN?
As the new threats of an attack on Iran, this time supposedly between June and September this year, loom larger, I have little doubt that the goal posts will be pushed back once again. As I have said, Iran as an existing threat serves the purpose much better than a friendly or a defeated Iran. An existing regional pariah serves Israel's interests and agendas perfectly well. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/13/11

Breakfast in Tehran: Exhibition in London by Contemporary Iranian Women
Breakfast in Tehran will be a chance to see a selection of drawings, collage, photography, video and printmaking from a group of new and established Iranian artists living in Iran and exhibiting in London together for the first time. The exhibition considers the representation of women in contemporary Iranian art, and demonstrates how accepted images and interpretations of femininity are being subverted. - 6/13/11

Iranian political prisoner Abdollah Momeni in grave health
There are grave concerns today for the health of Iranian political prisoner Abdollah Momeni, who is suffering cardiac complications and back problems, the Jaras opposition website reports. - 6/13/11

Iranian Protesters Mark '09 Election
Tens of thousands of Iranians marked the second anniversary of the 2009 turbulent presidential elections that sparked an uprising with a nationwide silent march against the government on Sunday. On the eve of the protest on Saturday night, chants of "God is great" and "Death to dictator" shouted from rooftops rocked many neighborhoods across Tehran, witnesses said. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/13/11

The Bold & The Beautiful: Twelve Young Female Artists At Aaran Gallery
"They are young, energetic and modest artists and endeavoring to reach the height of their abilities through their curious eyes and sensitive conscious, paying attention to their surroundings away from all the hoopla. " - 6/13/11

The Wonderful Cafe Mahtab in Tehran
Not many people outside Tehran know that the capital of Iran hosts several nice coffee shops that not only provide the usual refreshment and food, but often organize art exhibitions and other performances as well. - Anna Vanzan - 6/13/11

Rule-Of-Law Index Ranks Iran Last In World On Fundamental Rights
An annual survey on the rule of law has ranked Iran last in the world for the protection of fundamental rights, saying Iranian law enforcement is used often to perpetrate abuses against citizens. - 6/13/11

US Woman Fights to Save Cheetahs
Laurie Marker is the founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. CCF is also working with the government of Iran - home to less than 100 cheetahs - to double that number within the next 10 years. - 6/13/11

Iranian Opposition Leader's Adviser to Give Speech at UCLA
Dr. Ardeshir Amir Arjmand, senior advisor to Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, will give a speech in UCLA on June 26, 2011. Amir Arjmand is the Spokesperson for the Coordination Committee for the Green Path of Hope. - 6/13/11

Jailed Iranian Activist Dies After Hunger Strike
The sister of prominent Iranian journalist and rights activist Reza Hoda Saber has confirmed her jailed brother's death following a 10-day hunger strike, according to RFE/RL's Radio Farda. Saber had been transferred to a hospital from Tehran's Evin prison, where he had been held since being imprisoned along with hundreds of other activists and intellectuals in the wake of Iran's disputed June 2009 election. - 6/12/11

Pro-reform activists attacked, arrested in Iran
Security forces attacked and arrested pro-reform demonstrators gathering in Tehran on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the country's 2009 disputed election, NBC News and Iran's opposition website Sahamnews reported. -MSNBC - 6/12/11

Iranian Economist Gets One Year Jail Sentence
An Iranian economist who criticized government-subsidy cuts by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration has been sentenced to one year in prison -Zamaneh - 6/12/11

Photos: Riots break out after Persepolis-Malavan soccer game in Bandar Anzali
After the game, the supporters of Malavan, who weren't happy with the results and blamed the Iranian Football Federation for favoring Persepolis, rioted in protest. They ripped many of the seats in the stadium and threw them in the field, and they attacked Persepolis supporters. - 6/12/11

Dust Pollution in West, Northwest Iran at Alarming Level
Heavy dust storms in western and northwestern provinces of Iran caused the air pollutants to exceed safe levels. - 6/12/11

Former Iranian President Once Again Demands Release Of Opposition Leaders
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has called once again for the release of opposition leaders MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest since February. - 6/12/11

Admiral William J. Fallon Keynote Speech at AIC Conference
Given the political and social upheaval sweeping the Middle East in recent months, taking a look at Iran, and more specifically, the relationship between Iran and the U.S. in the context of this change is timely. - 6/12/11

Iran: Anxiety Over Infiltration by "Strayers from the Path
As differences between Iran's leader Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went public, past supporters of the government became the president's critics who now warn of the influence of his aides among Revolutionary Guards and particularly the Basij para-military force. -Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 6/12/11

Iran Begins 2nd International Nuclear Disarmament Conference
Iran kicked off the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference on Sunday in presence of officials and representatives of over 40 countries. - 6/12/11

U.S. Said Aiming To Help Dissidents Fight High-Tech Censorship
The United States has embarked on an effort that officials say is aimed at helping dissidents around the world counter censorship by repressive governments, according to a report in "The New York Times." - 6/12/11

Iran calls for space cooperation with Russia
The Iranian Space Agency has requested Russia to cooperate with Iran in building new generation of satellites and sending astronauts into space, the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday. - 6/12/11

In Age Of Arab Revolution, Iran's Election Anniversary Set To Go Off With A Whimper
Two years ago, it threatened to trigger a wave of dissent that would reverberate around the Middle East and beyond. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, took to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities to protest the reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, a poll that opponents claimed was rigged. Yet on June 12, with much of the region in a state of revolutionary ferment, the second anniversary of Iran's bitterly disputed presidential election is likely to pass off as little more than a footnote. -Robert Taiti, RFE - 6/11/11

Ali Daei: My Job Is Done Here
Persepolis coach Ali Daei says that his mission with the popular football team has been completed accomplish. Persepolis won Iran's Hazfi Cup on Friday despite a 1-0 loss to Malavan in Bandar Anzali. Persepolis had defeated the Anzali-based team 4-2 in the first leg and claimed the title 4-3 on aggregate. - 6/11/11

Rape and Torture: Legacy of the Post-Election Crackdown
On the second anniversary of the disputed June 2009 election and the ensuing repression, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today released video testimony from a young female detainee describing in detail her severe torture and repeated rape after her arbitrary arrest. - 6/11/11

For Alexendra Monir, Book is Just the Beginning
Talent runs deep in 25-year-old Iranian-American Alexandra Monir's family. Given that her grandmother is the late Persian folk and opera singer Monir Vakili, it is perhaps not surprising that she has already released her first, much lauded novel Timeless. - Kia Makarechi, PAAIA - 6/11/11

Alleged Iranian Agent Who Infiltrated Opposition Claims He Met With Hillary Clinton
Iran's Intelligence Ministry has claimed it infiltrated the Iranian opposition outside the country and prevented a plan to create what has been described as a "government in exile" supported and promoted by Iran's enemies. The claim was made first in a documentary titled "A Diamond For Deceit," aired on state television on June 8. The Iranian agent who had the lead role in the show was introduced as Mohammad Reza Madhi. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/11/11

Syrian refugees say Iranian forces involved in crackdown
AFP reports that Iranian troops are in Syria supporting the regime of Beshar Assad, according to injured Syrian refugees in Turkey. The refugees say they were victims of "Iranian military forces," but Iran has dismissed the allegations as "baseless." - 6/11/11

Iran's Greco-Roman junior wrestlers win Asian title
Iran's Greco-Roman wrestling team sealed the championship title in the 2011 Junior Asian Championship on Friday. -MNA - 6/11/11

New Iranian Ministry Ruled Illegal
Iran's Guardian Council says the proposed bill for establishing the Ministry of Infrastructure by the government is against the country's Constitution. -Press TV - 6/11/11

PERSIAN LETTERS: 'God, Please Rescue Him'
The sister of blogger Hossein Derakhshan, whose 19.5-year prison sentence was confirmed last week by an appeals court in Iran, has reacted on "Justice For Hossein Derakhshan," the blog which the family launched last year. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/11/11

Iraq bars U.S. visit to Iranian camp
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told a visiting U.S. congressional delegation Friday that it could not visit a camp of Iranian dissidents where 34 people died in clashes with Iraqi security forces in April, the delegation's head said. -Washington Post - 6/11/11

Photos: Village of Sobatan, Talesh
The village of Sobatan is located 32km northwest of the city of Talesh in the Iranian province of Gilan. Due to its unique geography and the pleasant weather, Sobatan is among the few villages frequented by the travelers in the province. -Fatemeh Behboudi - 6/10/11

Iran: Dire human rights situation persists t wo years after disputed election
Two years after the disputed election of 12 June 2009 which saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad returned to power, the human rights situation in Iran remains dire. The security forces continue to use violence against peaceful protestors and have carried out thousands of arrests. -Amnesty International - 6/10/11

Concern Voiced For Children Of Iranian Political Prisoners
Some 350 Iranian civil activists have written an open letter expressing concern about the plight of the children of political prisoners - 6/10/11

Rough Spell for Iranian Politics: President's Staff Accused of Sorcery
In a small leafy village outside of Isfahan, a 67-year-old sorcerer with thinning hair and deep wrinkles deploys his supernatural powers in service of Iran's government. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/10/11

Iran: End the banning and harassment of independent trade unions
Independent trade unionists in Iran are imprisoned for speaking out about labour rights while independent workers' bodies face ongoing repression Amnesty International said today, as it called on the Tehran authorities to respect basic social and economic freedoms. - 6/10/11

US Imposes Sanctions on Iran's Police Chief, Government Entities
Two years ago this month, Iranian authorities violently cracked down on protests in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election victory. On Thursday, the United States imposed sanctions against three government entities and one individual for their connections to human rights abuses in Iran. -VOA - 6/10/11

Saudi Arabia lost its dominance in OPEC, Iran is new powerhouse: Analysts
Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council countries' historic failure at the 159th meeting of OPEC to increase the oil production, means that the new powerhouse in OPEC is Iran, oil analysts and energy experts stated. - 6/10/11

Caspian Sea to become energy hub: Iranian Official
"The Caspian oil and gas resources remain intact and the region will have an impact on global markets once its oil and gas reserves are extracted in the future," IRNA quoted Hossein Esmaili, the director general of the Iranian Oil Ministry's European, American and Caspian Sea Littoral States Affairs, as saying on Friday. - 6/10/11

Questions Grow Over Afghanistan's Post-U.S. Future
Questions abound over what Afghanistan will look like once U.S. forces start withdrawing. One of the biggest is whether elements of the Taliban can be reintegrated into society to improve the security situation. - 6/10/11

Iran holds second long-lasting oil source: BP
Iran has oil reserves to last for the next 88 years and is the second long-lasting oil source in the world , according to the latest annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy. - 6/10/11

Exhibition of Portraits of Iranian Women after Unveiling: Men Are Not Allowed
An exhibition of portraits of Iranian Women after removal of obligation of wearing chador under the reign of Pahlavi I, titled Before Your Eyes was held in May 2011 at No.6 Gallery in Tehran. The collection was compiled and reproduced by Parisa Mandan, photographer, researcher and teacher. -Tahereh Emami, Tavoos - 6/9/11

Photos: Cooling Off In A Muddy Stream
These photos, captured by photographer Amin Nazari, show children in the city of Shadegan, located in Iran's southwestern province of Khouzestan, taking a break from the heat in the muddy waters of a stream. - 6/9/11

Opposition says government must change its ways before any reconciliation
Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, a spokesman for the Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope, says there cannot be any talk of national reconciliation until the government changes its methods and policies. -Zamaneh - 6/9/11

Mashad's Prison Is Hell, Says Political Prisoner's Wife
Hashem Khastar, leader of the Mashad Teachers Union and prisoner at Mashad's Vakilabad Prison, was transferred to the ward for murder and drug trafficking convicts after publishing a letter exposing the inhumane conditions and secret executions at Vakilabad. - 6/9/11

In Iran, Beware Of New Facebook 'Friends'
When Houshang Fanaian joined Facebook last year, little did he expect it would land him in an Iranian prison. That's exactly where he finds himself today, however. In late May, the 47-year-old Baha'i had one year tacked on to a larger prison sentence due to his activities on the social-networking site. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/9/11

Iran Denies French Claim On Further Enrichment
"We inform the IAEA of any act that we carry out regarding enrichment activities and we deny French allegation since the IAEA has verified Iran's nuclear program," Iranian FM told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the 4th (Economic Cooperation Organization) ECO environment ministers in Tehran. - 6/9/11

Iranian bloggers denied due process
Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the supreme court has overturned software and website designer Saeed Malekpour's death sentence on charges of creating pornographic sites and "insulting Islam's holy principles." - 6/9/11

Iran's 'Blogfather' Loses Appeal Against Prison Sentence
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a 19 1/2-year jail term for Iranian Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, his family has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 6/9/11

Sexual assault on campus triggers student protests
The campus of Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, northeastern Iran has been the scene of protests for more than two days following news that a female student was assaulted and raped. - 6/9/11

Iran Unveils Smart Surgical System
The domestically-built system could be applied for surgery of ear, pharynx, nose as well as brain and nervous system. The smart surgery system was unveiled in Tehran Medical Science University in a ceremony led by Ahmadinejad. - 6/9/11

OPEC Talks Break Down, Oil Prices Rise
Oil prices climbed above $100 per barrel Wednesday after members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) failed to reach agreement on production quotas. - 6/9/11

Photos: Harvesting Wild Rhubarb in Mashhad
Rhubarb is a group of plants that belong to the genus Rheum in the family Polygonaceae. They are herbaceous perennial plants growing from short, thick rhizomes. Although the leaves are toxic, various parts of the plants have culinary and medicinal uses. -Hossein Hosseinzadeh - 6/8/11

"Azadi Square" Action at Iran Mission to the United Nations
Amnesty International, in collaboration with the Iranian activist community in NYC and a number of Hollywood luminaries, is carrying out an action on Wednesday, June 8 at the Iran Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, located at 622 Third Avenue. - 6/8/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist Moved To Solitary Again
Mehdi Mahmoudian, the jailed Iranian journalist who recently exposed the prevalence of sexual abuse in Iranian prisons, has been transferred to solitary confinement again. The Tahavol-e Sabz opposition website reports that officials at Rejai Shahr Prison transferred Mahmoudian yesterday without any explanation. - 6/8/11

'IAEA should end political disputes over Iran's nuclear program': Envoy
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said the time has come for the International Atomic Energy Agency to end the political arguments over Iran's nuclear program that it has been using ad nauseam. - 6/8/11

Iran eyes 1.1 million barrels daily output from joint oilfields
Currently, Iran has 19 onshore and offshore joint oil and gas fields with neighboring countries, eight shared with Iraq, one with Turkmenistan and ten with the Persian Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. - 6/8/11

Sculptor Tanavoli happy to see "Heech" gains popular acclaim
The celebrated Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, known as the country's first significant modern sculptor, is delighted that his statues of "Heech" (meaning nil in Persian) have received considerable popular acclaim. - 6/8/11

Iranian police to tighten security over public dress code
"Tight clothing for men or women, head scarves that do not properly cover the hair, short and inappropriate outfits, and symbols of deviant movements and satanic groups will be targeted by the officials," Ahmadreza Radan, the deputy commander of the security forces, added. - 6/8/11

Iranian Trade Unionist "Furloughed, Not Released," Says Osanloo's Sister
Despite earlier statements by prison authorities about his release, Mansour Osanloo, President of the Syndicate of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), was released only on a short prison furlough. - 6/8/11

Iran Denounces IAEA Comments on Nuclear Program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a report from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency that says Tehran may have carried out nuclear work with possible military purposes "lacks legal credibility." -VOA - 6/8/11

Jon Stewart Announces Intent to Produce a Film About Jailed Iranian Journalist Maziar Bahari
The idea was evidently to produce a film based on the man's story, as chronicled in his book Then They Came For Me, which details his 118 day imprisonment in Iran, 107 days of which were spent in solitary confinement. -Slash Film - 6/8/11

The State of Labor in Iran's Oil and Petrochemical Industry
In order to be precise, I will focus solely on the labor force in the oil industry... In the period after the Iran-Iraq War, and under the administrations known as "Reconstruction and Reform", one of the most important components of the effort to increase the rate of accumulation of capital was the cheapening of labor power. - 6/8/11

Salt Men of Iran
In the winter of 1993, miners came across a body with long red hair and a beard, and associated artefacts, in the Chehrabad salt mines located to the west of the city of Zanjan, Iran. -Past Horizons - 6/8/11

Iran: Green Coordination Council calls for demonstrations on 12 June anniversary
Just days ahead of the second anniversary of the 2009 presidential election, the Green Movement has called for fresh demonstrations to demand the release of movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi. -Green Voice of Freedom - 6/7/11

Iran: Outcry Against Death Of Woman Activist Haleh Sahabi
Female political prisoners in Iran have issued a statement condemning the "lies in the government media about Haleh Sahabi's death" and calling for those responsible for her death to be brought to justice. - 6/7/11

Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation's Annual Fundraiser Auction
Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation's next UK Annual Fundraiser will be held on Thursday 23rd June 2011 in London at the Kensington Roof Gardens, W8. - 6/7/11

Held in Solitary Confinement, Imprisoned Iranian Teacher Unaware of Mother's Death
Rassoul Badaghi, an imprisoned teacher, has been on a dry hunger strike for the past two weeks in protest of his prison conditions at Rajaee Shahr Prison. As he is being kept in solitary confinement, he remains unaware of his mother's death this past week and her funeral yesterday. - 6/7/11

Iran, FIFA Clash Over Hijab
Iran is challenging FIFA's decision to ban its women footballers from playing an Olympic qualifier match because of their Islamic dress. Iranian football authorities have threatened to sue the FIFA official who barred Iran's national women's football team from playing against Jordan on June 3 due to the Iranian players' full-body outfits, which include hijabs. -RFE - 6/7/11

Farshid Moussavi Architecture Opens For Business
Internationally acclaimed architect Farshid Moussavi announced on June 3rd, 2011 the opening of her new practice, Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). Moussavi has founded her new firm as an international practice based in London. FMA is currently working on a number of prestigious commissions including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, USA and a Quran Museum in Tehran, Iran. - 6/7/11

NASA Images Of The Day: Dust Storm In Southwest Asia
Dust plumes blew over southwestern Asia at the end of May 2011. On May 31, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of dust plumes blowing over the borders of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Iran lies in the west, Afghanistan in the northeast, and Pakistan in the southeast of the image. - 6/7/11

Attacks Continue Against Ahmadinejad's Chief Of Staff
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) "will confront head-on the deviant current led and directed" by Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, the Supreme Leader's deputy representative with the IRGC said today. - 6/7/11

Report: Iran Sends Submarines To Red Sea
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea in the first such deployment by the country's navy. - 6/7/11

Official state media accuses Iranian Parliament's site of fueling dissent
The Islamic Republic News Agency ( IRNA) has accused the Iranian Parliament's news website of failing to heed the Supreme Leader by fueling dissent and disputes in the upper echelons of power. -Zamaneh - 6/7/11

IAEA Board To Discuss Syria, Iran
The issue of Iran's nuclear program will also be high on the agenda. At a news conference in Vienna, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano called on Tehran to work with the IAEA. -RFE - 6/7/11

Iran's homosexuals come out of the closet...everywhere but at home
"We are everywhere" proclaimed Iranian homosexuals around the world in a collective online 'coming out' over the past few weeks. They are sending out a message of solidarity, particularly to the homosexuals living in Iran whose sexual preference could cost them their lives. -france24 - 6/7/11

Venezuela freezes relations with U.S. over Iran sanctions
Venezuela officially "froze" relations with the United States on Sunday according to a top diplomat from Hugo Chavez's government. Venezuela is striking back after Washington levied sanctions against them for doing business with Iran - commerce the U.S. fears is financing Tehran's nuclear program. -Examiner - 6/7/11

PARSA CF Awards $370,000 to Museums and Institutions for Preserving and Advancing Persian Arts
As a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle and its steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting Persian arts and culture, PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce four grants to major museums and institutions to further expand and grow their stellar programs. - 6/6/11

Book: Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran
Whenever I think of the color blue, I think first, not of the sea or the sky, but of a dome. A dome in Isfahan, Iran. It lodged itself in my mind some thirty five years ago, one gray afternoon in the British Library, that beautiful building, itself a dome, which at the time housed a few million books and manuscripts on every subject known to man. -Roger Housden - 6/6/11

Iran Heritage Foundation: Making Connections
This film showcases some of IHF's programmes on Persian language, including the 2010 Shahnameh exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and IHF's Institutional Partnership Programme, which supports Persian studies teaching and curatorial posts at universities and museums. - 6/6/11

Photos: Pol Dokhtar Residents Enjoy "Oil Enriched" Drinking Water
For over 15 years, the residents of some of the villages around the city of Pol Dokhtar have been fighting with officials to address recurring oil leaks from a pumping station and oil pipes nearby that have polluted the underground water system and the springs in the area. - 6/6/11

Photos: Iranian Women National Team's Dreams Shattered Over Hijab Ban
Olympic dreams of Iranian women national team came to an end, and the players left the stadium with tearful eyes, when they were prevented from playing against Jordan in a qualifier match because team members were wearing head covers. - 6/6/11

'Deviant Current's Associates Serving As Hegemons' Infantry': Davoud Ahmadinejad
Davoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's Passive Defense Organization Secretary General and brother of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said that those who represent the deviant current are serving as the "infantry" of the hegemonistic system. - 6/6/11

Ahmadinejad Postpones Visit To Armenia
A visit to Armenia by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, scheduled to start today, has been postponed. Both Tehran and Yerevan confirmed that the visit has been put off but gave no reason for the postponement. No new date for the visit was announced. - 6/6/11

Iran's Acting Oil Minister to join OPEC meeting
Iranian Acting Oil Minister Mohammad Aliabadi is to represent the country in the OPEC meeting on Wednesday, said First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi on Monday. - 6/6/11

Israeli Troops Fire at Protesters at Golan Heights Border
Israeli troops have opened fire on pro-Palestinian demonstrators who allegedly tried to cross the fence separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syrian state media report at least 20 people were killed. Among those reported killed were a woman and child. - 6/6/11

Protesters dispersed at Service for Haleh Sahabi
According to AFP, the protesters had tried to gather in silence outside Tehran's Hosseini Ershad mosque, a traditional site for reformists, but forces used batons and aerial shots to break up the assembly. The report says about 15 people were arrested at the scene. - 6/5/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Backs Ahmadinejad
Iran's Supreme Leader has called for unity among Islamic Republic supporters, which is being interpreted as an implicit show of support for embattled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 6/5/11

PAAIA Chapters and Friends Take Nowruz to Local Schools Nationwide
Building on our successful efforts to pass the Nowruz Resolution through both Chambers of Congress in 2010, in mid-March 2011, PAAIA launched its Nowruz Project. The project aimed at providing parents of elementary school children with resources and information they could use to present on the joyous celebration of Nowruz at their children's schools. - 6/5/11

Iran: Where Politics is a Distraction from Making Money
Judging by the front pages of Persian language newspapers neatly laid out at every Tehran newsstand, political scandal is in the air. President Ahmadinejad's closest aides, including right-hand man Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are being accused of embezzlement, cronyism, collaboration with opposition forces, and even pagan rituals thrown in for shock value. -TIME - 6/5/11

Losing the Ego in Tehran
"Who sent you here?" Baldy asks his question without seeming concerned for my answer. I am in an interrogation room at Tehran airport. "Nobody sent me here. I am in Iran to research a book." "Do you know your friend in New York is an agent for the CIA? He's using you. Do you work for him or for the State Department?" -Roger Housden, Huffington Post - 6/5/11

Mahram Takes Second Place In FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Iran's Mahram lost to Al Riyadi of Lebanon in the final match of the 22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sunday. Mahram, which was defeated by the Lebanese team in the preliminary round, lost again against the team 89-82 in Manila's PhilSports Arena. - 6/5/11

Photos: Iranian Officials' Display Of Unity In Public
Animosities run deep between the top officials, even though they smile for the camera when they appear in public together to display unity. This was once again evident during the annual event held at ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran to mark the death of the founder of the Islamic Republic. - 6/5/11

Iran Says Baha'i University Illegal
The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran has been declared an "illegal" organization by the Ministry of Science and Technology. - 6/5/11

Seymour Hersh: Despite Intelligence Rejecting Iran as Nuclear Threat, U.S. Could Be Headed for Iraq Redux
The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is back in the news this week with another explosive article that is ruffling some feathers at the White House. -Democracy Now - 6/5/11

Armenia, Iran to connect railway systems: Ambassador
Armenian ambassador to Iran Grigor Arakelyan has said Tehran and Yerevan are determined to link the two countries' railway systems. Arakelyan made the remarks in an interview with IRNA News Agency published on Sunday. - 6/5/11

Israel should heed ex-Mossad head's Iran attack warning
There is no clearer symptom of the sickly state of public discourse in Israel than efforts at silencing Meir Dagan. -Haaretz - 6/5/11

Thousands Mourn Syrian Protesters Killed on Friday
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the funerals of anti-government protesters killed in unrest in Syria. Syrian rights groups say at least 63 people died Friday as protesters continued to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad. - 6/5/11

Israeli Prime Minister's Washington Visit Reignites Threats of War and New Sanctions
The day after Netanyahu's speech, over ten-thousand AIPAC activists flooded Capitol Hill to lobby Congress to support new sanctions on Iran that had been introduced by the leadership of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. -NIAC - 6/4/11

Massy Tadjedin's Film "Last Night" Opens to Acclaim
Writer, director and producer Massy Tadjedin is an Iranian-American filmmaker. She grew up in Orange County, California, and studied English literature at Harvard University. -Kia Makarechi, PAAIA - 6/4/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist Beaten In Front Of Relatives
The mother of journalist Masoud Bastani, 31, his wife, and mother-in-law witnessed the beating in the Rajaishahr prison in the city of Karaj. "As the visiting hours were drawing to an end, Masoud asked for a couple of more minutes so he could say his goodbyes to us all, then a guard grabbed him by the collar and banged his head against the wall," Bastani's mother, Masoumeh Malouol, told Radio Farda on June 2. - 6/4/11

Iran: Security Forces Intimidate Banned Students
Iran's Council for the Defence of Education Rights says Iranian security forces have threatened expelled university students to keep them from protesting against their own expulsion. - 6/4/11

Concern over health of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer
The family of jailed Iranian lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh is gravely concerned about his well being and claims no information is available on his judicial case. - 6/4/11

Tragedy in Tehran
On the Death of Haleh Sahabi, Women's Rights Activist and Member of Mothers for Peace -Fariba Amini - 6/4/11

Iranian Women Football Team Prevented From Playing In Olympic Qualifier Due To Hijab
The Head of Iranian Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian said on Saturday he would file a lawsuit with FIFA against an official who banned Iranian women soccer team from competing against Jordan. - 6/4/11

Take Action: Oppose Congress's Iran War and Oil Embargo Legislation
Congress has introduced new proposals that would endorse Israeli military strikes against Iran, impose a virtual oil embargo on the country, and bring the U.S. policy on Iran even closer to the disastrous policies carried out against Iraq leading up to the 2003 invasion. -NIAC - 6/4/11

In Azerbaijan, Brides Too Young To Marry Are Marrying Anyway
Young brides remain an appealing commodity, with many parents willingly pulling their female children out of school in order to marry them off at an age when they will be highly sought after. -Gulnor Novruzova, Daisy Sindelar, RFE - 6/4/11

Parliament challenges Ahmadinejad's choice for Iran's Oil Ministry
A day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved into pressure by relinquishing the leadership of the Ministry of Oil and appointing Mohammad Aliabadi as the interim oil minister, the head of Parliament's energy commission has challenged that choice, saying the president has appointed someone with no expertise for such a sensitive role. -Zamaneh - 6/4/11

Turkish Poll Could Result In All-Powerful 'President' Erdogan
Last time out, it was about the power of civilian politicians versus the might of the military. This time, it has been about sex -- at least superficially. In a lackluster encounter, the sex scandals that have engulfed a small nationalist party have provided a rare racy focal point in Turkey's forthcoming parliamentary elections on June 12. -Robert Tait, RFE - 6/4/11

Iran's major automaker to use new engine for domestic car Runna
Iran's Leading Carmaker Iran Khodro (IKCO) intends to use 1400cc EF4 engine on indigenous automobile codenamed "Runna" in a bid to expand its global market and improve Runna's emission standard to Euro V and Euro VI. - 6/4/11

Photos: Burial of Iranian Woman Activist Haleh Sahabi in Tehran
Iranian woman activist Haleh Sahabi died on Wednesday at the funeral of her dissident father Ezzatollah Sahabi after she was reportedly attacked by the security forces. Haleh was given a speedy burial Wednesday night by Iranian security forces. She was buried at a cemetery in Lavasan, northeast of Tehran. - 6/3/11

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries Receive Major Gift to Support Persian Art and Culture
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have received a major gift to support Persian art and culture and related programs at the museums. The donor, Jahangir Amuzegar, has established two endowments - 6/3/11

Joint Letter to Congress on New Iran Sanctions Bills
NIAC and leading Iranian-American, Jewish-American, arms control, human rights, democracy, and pro-peace organizations sent the following letter today calling on Members of the House and Senate to oppose or demand significant changes to new Iran sanctions legislation (H.R.1905 and S.1048): - 6/3/11

Actress Nazanin Boniadi and Former Imprisoned Journalist Maziar Bahari Join Amnesty International
Amnesty International will lead a delegation of Hollywood luminaries to the Iran Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, June 8 to symbolically rename a NYC street plaza "Azadi Square" ("Freedom Square") and deliver tens of thousands of petition signatures demanding the reversal of the harsh sentence against acclaimed film director Jafar Panahi. - 6/3/11

Iran's Motorists Get The Hump Over Soaring Camel Prices
Of all the multiple hazards confronting Iran's motorists, camels should pale beside the problems posed by other drivers. This after all is a country whose devil-may-care driving culture produces a horrendous accident rate that accounts for an estimated 25,000 deaths a year. -Robert Tait, RFE - 6/3/11

Acts of fear, despotism and tyranny
There are times in one's life that, despite all your preparation for not being shocked about a person or a group, they do something that simply make you just say 'My God, How can they!?' -Syma Sayyah - 6/3/11

Iranian Expats Joining Hunger Strike For Jailed Americans
Several prominent Iranian expats have joined in a hunger strike with the mothers of Americans Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/3/11

Torture at Evin Prison: Iranian Journalist's Own Experiences and His Interviews with 19 Political Prisoners
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, journalist Saeed Pourheydar, who was arrested twice after the 2009 election and eventually sentenced to five years in prison, described his prison abuse, charges, his detention conditions inside Evin Prison, and the torture of other political prisoners. - 6/3/11

Report: Iran Releases Trade Union Leader
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) says an Iranian trade union leader was freed on parole today after spending almost four years in prison. - 6/3/11

Ahmadinejad proposes new caretaker for oil ministry
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has caved to pressure and appointed a new caretaker to oversee the Ministry of Oil. Iranian media report that the president has appointed Mohammad Aliabadi. This comes after Parliament filed a motion with the judiciary yesterday, decrying the president for installing himself in the caretaker position. - 6/3/11

Iran's inflation rate reaches 14.2%: CBI
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says the country's inflation rate has increased 0.2 percent to reach 14.2 percent in the Persian calendar month ending May 22. - 6/3/11

Knesset panel to mull bill banning Iran trade ties in wake of Ofer affair
New bill, initiated by Likud MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen, would punish those found guilty of Iran ties with one year in prison, NIS 5 million fine. -Haaretz, Israel - 6/3/11

Hacker group Anonymous steals 10,000 Iranian government e-mails
Hacking group Anonymous has hacked into Iranian government servers and stolen more than 10,000 e-mail messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, say US reports. -Computer Weekly - 6/3/11

Haleh Sahabi given speedy burial
Activist Haleh Sahabi, who died yesterday at the funeral of her dissident father, was buried Wednesday night by Iranian security forces. Opposition websites report that the Sahabi family had intended to hold their own ceremony, but security forces took possession of her remains by force and transferred her to Lavasan, northeast of Tehran, for a swift burial. - 6/2/11

Mourners At Iranian Dissident Funeral 'Detained'
A number of people who attended the funeral of a prominent Iranian dissident on June 1 are reported to have been taken into custody, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 6/2/11

Pressure Rises on Iran Leader
Iran's president came under new domestic pressure on two fronts with a rare, unified blow against him in parliament and the first significant opposition rally in months, a protest in response to the death of an activist in an assault by security forces Wednesday. About 1,000 protesters turned out for a rally Wednesday night after democracy activists said security forces, attacking the funeral of an opposition figure, killed his daughter. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 6/2/11

Court Adjourns Hearing On Jailed Iranian Lawyer's License To Practice
An Iranian court has indefinitely adjourned a hearing on the revoking of jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh's license to practice law, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Sotoudeh represented several people arrested during the unrest that followed the controversial June 2009 presidential election. - 6/2/11

Iran, Opposition Groups Dispute Cause of Activist's Death
Iranian opposition websites say the daughter of a prominent Iranian dissident has died after a scuffle with security forces at her father's funeral, while government media say she died of a heart attack. - 6/2/11

The Real Power Struggle in Tehran
Some Iran observers are of the opinion that a genuine power struggle has been triggered in Iran between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the reinstatement of an ousted minister. This, however, is not an accurate assessment of the situation... -Jalal Alavi - 6/2/11

Iranian-German team monitoring Bisotun
A team of Iranian and German experts has recently been assigned to monitor the ancient site of Bisotun during an 18-month project. The project is aimed at improving the methods for restoring and protecting the Achaemenid site, which was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2006, Bisotun Cultural Heritage Center announced in a press release on Tuesday. - 6/2/11

Iran's Parliament Files Charge Against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Iranian Parliament has filed a charge with the judiciary against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for failing to appoint a caretaker to oversee the ministry of oil. -Zamaneh - 6/2/11

Iran not Planning to Import Gasoline this Year
The Islamic Republic of Iran is not planning to import petrol and diesel in its current financial year as it has stepped up domestic gas usage, a senior official at NIOC said on Tuesday. -Moj News - 6/2/11

Theatre in Iran forced to act with care
The spotlights blind and the music is deafening so that the theatre feels more like a discotheque than an auditorium. Offstage, a voice calls on the audience to wave their mobile phones and cigarette lighters "if you are in love". -Financial Times - 6/2/11

Iran: Daughter of Deceased Dissident Dies Following Attack During Father's Burial
Interference by security and plainclothes agents in the funeral of prominent Iranian political activist Ezatollah Sahabi, including beatings of mourners, led to the death of Sahabi's daughter Haleh, who suffered a fatal heart attack at the event today. - 6/1/11

Iranian Activist Haleh Sahabi Dies In Scuffle At Her Father's Funeral
Haleh Sahabi, the daughter of Iranian dissident Ezzatollah Sahabi died from a heart attack after security forces descended upon her father's funeral. Mizan website, the news outlet associated with the Nationalist-religious Coalition wrote: "A security official tried to grab a photo of Mr. Sahabi that Haleh Sahabi was pressing against her chest. The force of his action and her resistance caused her to fall, and then she did not rise." - 6/1/11

Conference: The Changing Middle East: New Challenges, Players and US-Iran Relations
Honorable Admiral William J. Fallon, Former Commander of U.S. Central Command, will give the keynote speech at a joint conference of the American Iranian Council and the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. - 6/1/11

A Special Message from Anousheh Ansari
On Friday, May 20, years of effort paid off with the announcement of the new multiple entry visa policy for Iranian students. You may know me as the first Iranian-American woman to go into space, but not long ago, I was just another Iranian student in the US and familiar with many challenges that students face as they pursue their dreams and a better life. - 6/1/11

Photos: Farewell to the Fallen Haleh Sahabi
Today 1st of June 2011 , Haleh Sahabi's lifeless body was laid in her home to receive the last respects from her friends. - 6/1/11

Khamenei: Government Should Implement the Law Without Excuses
This week's remarks by Iran's supreme leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei mark as the final straw in the recent attacks against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies. -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 6/1/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist 'In Grave Condition'
An Iranian journalist who wrote to the country's supreme leader alleging widespread rape in prison is seriously ill in jail, his family has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 6/1/11

Iran says does not arrest anyone just for being Bahai: Official
"We do not capture anyone in our country for being a member of Bahai community, but we do not let expansion of the community, since we do not recognize it as a religion. We will deal with Bahai community members as we do regarding other people if they want to act beyond the system's rules," he said. - 6/1/11

Ahmadinejad Resists Judiciary Increase In "Blood Money"
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told his Minister of Justice not to implement the 100-percent increase in the price of blood money requested by the judiciary. - 6/1/11

Engaging Iran: First, Break the Rules
The relationship between Washington and Tehran has been bound by a set of rules that has perpetuated mutual mistrust for more than 30 years. Ultimately, the only way to break the stranglehold of these iron rules is through dialogue that cuts through the fear, hostility and stereotypes that have come to paralyze US-Iranian relations. -John Limbert, ISN - 6/1/11

Iran Not To Increase Bank Deposit Rates
Iran will not increase interest rates for deposits, Seyyed Kazem Delkhosh, a member of High Council of Money and Credit, said in Tehran on Wednesday. - 6/1/11

Merkel Delay Due To 'Technical Fault'
Iran has said a "technical problem" was to blame for briefly closing its airspace to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane as she flew to India, thereby delaying her arrival and sparking a diplomatic row. - 6/1/11
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