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Iran's President-Elect Says All Must Bow To Voters' Wishes
Iran's president-elect Hassan Rohani says the majority of Iranians voted for "moderation, reason, collective wisdom, moving along expert paths and refraining from extremism and arbitrariness", and the future administration will work within this framework. - 6/29/13

Iran Volleyball Team Defeats Italy In World League
Iran's volleyball team gained its second consecutive win in the FIVB World League games beating Italy 3-1. Earlier Iran had defeated Serbia, the European champions, in Tehran, but their victory against the Italians in Modena came as a big surprise. - 6/29/13

Iranian Reformist Candidate, President-Elect Explore Forming New Party
Mohammadreza Aref, the reformist candidate who withdrew from the 2013 presidential election in favour of the winner, Hassan Rohani, announced today that they are examining the establishment of a national party ("Hope of Iran"). - 6/29/13

Former Yazd officials sound alarm over demolitions
Former senior officials of the historic city of Yazd have called for a halt to unregulated construction projects in the city, which they claim are threatening the city's historic buildings. - 6/29/13

Volleyball: Iran defeats Finland in U19 world championship
Iran beat Finland in five sets (25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8) in the first match of Pool C in the 2013 FIVB Boys U19 World Championship in Tijuana, Mexico on Thursday. - 6/29/13

2013 NBA Draft: Sixers Take Arsalan Kazemi With 54th Pick
With the 54th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Arsalan Kazemi from the University of Oregon (hey KJ Brophy). The 46th ranked player according to DraftExpress, Kazemi becomes the first Iranian player to be drafted. -Liberty Ballers - 6/29/13

Slovaks Detained In Iran Accused Of Spying
A spokesman for Slovakia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed to RFE/RL that a number of Slovak citizens have been detained in Iran. The spokesman said on June 28 that Slovak diplomats in Tehran were in direct contact with the people detained there and with Iranian officials. - 6/29/13

Iran plans to produce 20,000 MW of nuclear power
Iran plans to produce 20,000 megawatts of nuclear power in the coming years, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi said on Thursday. According to a parliamentary ratification, Iran must produce 20,000 megawatts of nuclear energy by 2020. - 6/29/13

China begins importing Iranian LPG after four-month halt
China imported around 88,000 mt of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Iran in June after a break of four months, as Iran extends exports to North Asia in order to circumvent sanctions aimed at preventing it from exporting oil products, according to a Platts survey. - 6/29/13

Can Iran Live with a Mickey Mouse Enrichment Program?
There are indications by at least one recent article [1] written by Dennis Ross, a Washington insider for many years, that Obama with tacit support of Israel may agree to some level of enrichment in Iran. Provided the "break out" period is very long, perhaps in terms of months or even years but not days. -Nader Bagherzadeh - 6/28/13

Retired General Target of Stuxnet Leak Investigation
U.S. media report that a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a secret cyberattack on Iranian nuclear facilities. - 6/28/13

IAEA wil continue talks with Iran: Amano
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano says the UN body will continue dialog with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program. Amano made the remarks during a speech at a high-level international IAEA conference in St Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday - 6/28/13

Nabucco Pipeline Suffers Setback As Rival Expected To Get Azeri Gas
Ten years ago, hopes were high there would be a major pipeline connecting Europe directly to the gas fields of the Caspian Basin and the Middle East. The pipeline, called Nabucco, was to run from Austria to Eastern Turkey, where it would receive gas via feeder pipelines from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, and from Iran, Iraq, and Egypt. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/28/13

Iran Attracts over 1 Million Foreign Tourists in Spring
Deputy Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Manouchehr Jahanian said over 1 million tourists from different world states visited Iran this spring, adding that the number shows a 28.8% growth compared with the figures of the same period last year. - 6/28/13

Iranian Religious Orator Reportedly In Syria To Defend Holy Shrine
Iranian websites have quoted Alimi as saying that he has joined those defending the shrine of Sayida Zeinab, a granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad. The golden-domed mausoleum, located in the southern suburbs of Damascus, is a center of pilgrimage for Shi'ites from around the world. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/28/13

Genes Found to Fight Wheat Disease
Scientists have isolated two genes that protect wheat plants from a disease that threatens the crop worldwide. In two articles in the journal Science, researchers describe a pair of genes that confer resistance to a new, virulent form of a fungal disease called stem rust. -Steve Baragona, VOA - 6/28/13

U.S. should tread lightly on Iran
The recent election of Hassan Rohani - who ran on a platform of better relations with the international community - as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran offers the renewed possibility of a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Unfortunately, some in Washington seem determined to repeat past mistakes... -Matthew Duss and Lawrence Korb, Politico - 6/28/13

U.S. Ospreys and air tankers put Iran in Israel's reach
The United States plans to give Israel weapons that would enable it to send ground forces against Iranian nuclear facilities that it can't penetrate from the air. The deal includes air-refueling aircraft, advanced radars for F-15 fighter jets, and up to eight V-22 Ospreys, an aircraft that can land like a helicopter ... -USA Today - 6/28/13

Diary Of An MKO Rent-A-Crowd Demonstrator
The National Council of Resistance in Iran and its president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, are known for organizing mass rallies that attract Iranian exiles and VIP supporters from around the world. But as Alymkulova's diary makes clear, some of the tens of thousands of supporters who attended the June 22 rally in Paris might have been motivated by more than their wish for a free Iran. -RFE - 6/27/13

Iran's inflation rate rises 1.6%, hits 32.6%
Iran's inflation rate for the 12-month period concluding at the end of the third Iranian calendar month of Khordad (June 21, 2013) hit 32.6 percent, which was a 1.6 percent rise compared to the previous 12-month period, the Mehr News Agency reported on Wednesday, citing data compiled by the Statistical Center of Iran. - 6/27/13

NIAC Hosts Congressional Briefing on Iranian Election Results
Over eighty Congressional staffers gathered on Capitol Hill on Monday to attend the National Iranian American Council's briefing, entitled "Iran's Election: A Game Changer for Nuclear Diplomacy and Human Rights?" The briefing was held to explain the implications of Hassan Rouhani's recent election as Iran's new president. - 6/27/13

Supreme Leader: Presidential Vote Showed Support For Iran's Islamic Establishment
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the presidential election showed that even those who do not support the Islamic establishment trust it. Khamenei made the comments in his first major address since the June 14 vote in which, according to official numbers, more than 70 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. - 6/27/13

UN: Afghanistan is Top Opium Producer, User
Afghanistan once again was the world's largest opium producer in 2012, churning out 74 percent of the world illegal opium. According to the United Nations, Afghanistan's drug-fueled economy both funds the insurgency there and threatens to further undermine the country's fragile economy and security. - 6/27/13

Iranian Labor Activist Afshin Osanlu Buried, His Family Summoned
Afshin Osanlu's memorial service was held in Tehran while a number of his family members were summoned to security organizations, and security officers filmed the participants in his memorial service. Meanwhile, his family's request to hold the service at the Aljavad Mosque in Tehran was denied. - 6/27/13

Iran burns 100 tons of illicit drugs on International anti-drug day
Iran marked the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Wednesday by burning 100 tons of illicit drugs across the country. Iran has been used as the main conduit for smuggling illicit drugs from its eastern neighbors to drug kingpins in Europe. - 6/27/13

Iranian Elections and American Enemies
To the surprise of the Western media, Hassan Rouhani, considered a reformer by the West, and not one of the slate of apparently identical Supreme Leader selected conservatives, has won the Iranian election. So now that Ahmadinejad is gone and a moderate is in office, what will that change for the West? What will Rouhani do? -Ted Snider, Counterpunch - 6/27/13

Mehran Returns To Skoped Out With 'Sunterranea'
Today I am super excited to have a repeat guest who the world knows as Mehran. Having Mehran back on makes me so happy as it tells me we are covering artists with passion, talent, & longevity. Mehran is speaking on his new album "Subterranea.' -Skope - 6/27/13

Iran comes first in 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships
Iran's national weightlifting team has collected 564 points in the 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, to clinch the victory of the prestigious sports event. Iran stood first with a total of twenty-one medals, including nine gold, seven silver and five bronze medals. - 6/26/13

Iran Admits Throttling Internet To 'Preserve Calm' During Election
In an unusual move, Iran's minister for communications and information technology, Mohammad Hassan Nami, has acknowledged that the country restricted the speed of the Internet in the days leading up to the June 14 presidential election. - 6/26/13

Photos: The Blossoming Of Lotus Water Flowers in Amol, Iran
These photos by Namdar Babaei show the blossoming of the beautiful lotus water flowers in the city of Amol in northern Iran by the Caspian Sea. Nelumbo nucifera, known by a number of names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. - 6/26/13

Iranian automakers seek help in face of sanctions
The Iranian auto industry warns that U.S. sanctions have left carmakers on the verge of bankruptcy. The Mehr News Agency reports that the industry has called on the government to assist companies with the crisis in automotive parts and continually rising costs. - 6/26/13

Iranian director Anahita Qazvinizadeh grabs Cannes' Cinefoundation award
Cannes Film Festival granted the best short film award to an Iranian director Anahita Qazvinizadeh for her 'Needle' .Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Insitute of Chicago, won 15,000 Euros. As the First Prize winner, Ghazvinizadeh will have the opportunity to present her feature debut at the Festival. - 6/26/13

Iranian activists call for release of exiled sociologist
380 Iranian activists from various walks of life have issued a protest letter against the jail and exile sentence handed to sociologist Saeed Madani, who is a fellow activist. Saeed Madani has been handed a six-year sentence in exile and an additional 10-year exile in Bandar Abbas for "acting against national security and propaganda against the regime." - 6/26/13

Government of Foresight and Hope: An Opportunity for EU to Review and Change its Policies toward Iran
There is no doubt that the election of Rohani, who is known as a moderate political figure that has the trust of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and most political factions inside the country, and whose records with regard to nuclear talks with the European Union (EU) are quite positive, has provided the EU with a valuable opportunity... -Behzad Ahmadi Lafuraki - 6/26/13

Iran to build water treatment plant in Afghanistan
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Alireza Daemi announced the country will build a water treatment plant in Afghanistan for the first time, saying that Iran and Afghanistan's water and wastewater sectors have signed two agreements. - 6/26/13

Iran sends flotilla to Russia
Iran has dispatched a flotilla to Astrakhan Port, southern Russia, on Wednesday with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties between Iran and Russia and expanding peace and friendship across Caspian Sea, said Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. - 6/26/13

Iranian Spokesman Says Comments About Ahmadinejad's Return Distorted
An Iranian government spokesman who was quoted as saying outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad would return with a Shi'ite saint has said his comments were distorted. - 6/26/13

In Iran now, will it be country before cause?
Hassan Rohani's victory in the June 14 presidential election has demonstrated a growing urge among Iranians for democracy, freedom and integration with the outside world. Will Rohani be able to create an environment where pragmatic policies and national interests take precedence over revolutionary zeal? -Farhang Jahanpour - 6/25/13

Enthusiasm Lingers After Iran Election
Despite tough economic times and the continued threat of international action over Iran's controversial nuclear program, Iranians' enthusiasm remains high after moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani recently won the presidency. -Jeff Seldin, VOA - 6/25/13

Tar virtuoso Saket to give benefit concert for child workers in Tehran
Iranian musician and tar virtuoso Keyvan Saket will give a benefit concert for child workers at Andisheh Hall of Tehran's Art Bureau on June 27 and 28. The concert has been organized by the Association of Protection of Child Laborers (APCL), and Saket will be performing a selection from two of his recent albums "East of Sorrow" and "A Night with Sun" - 6/25/13

Iranians win golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships
Iranian duo Rasoul Taghian and Sohrab Moradi claimed gold medals at the ongoing 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Rasoul Taghian claimed a gold medal in Men's 77kg category Saturday night. The Iranian lifted 163kg in snatch and 203kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 366kg. - 6/25/13

Iran launches 14 fuel production lines at Lavan Oil Refinery
With the presidential inauguration of 14 new fuel production lines in the Lavan facility on Tuesday, the capacity of Iran's production of Euro-4 grade gasoline at the oil refinery will reach 2,800,000 barrels per day. - 6/25/13

Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker
What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley's most dynamic accelerators. Meet the man with the connections, Saeed Amidi. -Jill Krasny, Inc - 6/25/13

Spokesman Says Iran's President 'Will Return With Hidden Imam'
An Iranian government spokesman has said that outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will return with the Hidden Imam, who according to Shi'ite belief went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear to bring justice to Earth. -RFE - 6/25/13

Namazi celebrates World Cup berth with Iran
Namazi, 47, was born in Utah while his father was a student at Brigham Young University. Namazi returned to Iran in 2010 to serve as an assistant for one season with a small pro team, Steel Azin. He was planning to come back to the United States when Queiroz, a renowned Portuguese coach hired by the Iranian federation in April 2011, offered him a job. -Washington Post - 6/25/13

Iran vote exposes Canadian extremism
While other nations express cautious optimism at election of moderate Hasan Rowhani, Canada's John Baird dismisses vote as "effectively meaningless." - Tony Burman, Toronto Star - 6/25/13

Iran And The United States: It Takes Two To Tango; Let The Dance Begin
As reflected in my writings during the past several years, a preemptive military attack on Iran by the United States or Israel has never seriously been in the books, despite the bellicose statements that all options, including military ones, remain on the table. -Kam Zarrabi - 6/24/13

Photos: Iran's volleyball players beat Serbia 3-2 in 2013 FIVB World League
Iranian volleyball players have gained their first victory in the 2013 FIVB World League against Serbia. The Iranian national volleyball team defeated Serbia 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 23-25,25-22,15-12) in a home match at Azadi sports complex in capital Tehran on Sunday. - 6/24/13

Iranian journalist released, lawyer given furlough
Jailed Iranian journalist Jila Bani Yaghoub has been released at the end of her sentence, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, the jailed human rights lawyer, has been given a furlough. The opposition website Kaleme reports that Bani Yaghoub was released from Evin Prison after serving her one-year sentence. - 6/24/13

Election of Rohani Makes Military Option against Iran Seem Irrational
Hassan Rohani, a veteran Iranian politician, has been elected as the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran after winning an absolute majority of the votes cast by the Iranian nation. In his first press conference after being elected president, Hassan Rohani put high emphasis on following up on the foreign policy discourse of the previous reformist President Mohammad Khatami. -Ali Omidi - 6/24/13

Iranian architect Abdol Aziz Farman Farmaian dies at 93
Abdol Aziz Farman-Farmaian, one of the most important figures in the contemporary architecture in Iran, and the creator of Azadi Football Stadium and numerous other projects, died on Friday, June 21, in Spain, at the age of 93. - 6/24/13

How to End the Stalemate With Iran
THE stunning election of a pragmatic former Iranian nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani, has offered the Obama administration a once-in-a-lifetime chance to end the atomic stalemate with Iran. -Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Mohammad Ali Shabani, NY Times - 6/24/13

First Evidence Of Iranian Internet Throttling as a Form of Censorship
Internet security expert publishes first evidence that Iran uses internet throttling to prevent the spread of information during periods of public unrest -MIT Technology Review - 6/24/13

Iran's 'diplomat sheikh' brings new tone to nuclear talks
As the top nuclear negotiator from 2003-05, Mr. Rohani oversaw the only nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to suspend uranium enrichment, earning him the nickname "diplomat sheikh" and impressing his European counterparts as a smart and able negotiator. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 6/24/13

Immigrant's Success in US Creates Great Opportunities for Many
During its 2012 fiscal year, the Greenville Goodwill helped find jobs for nearly 7,300 people - people who otherwise might have depended on taxpayer-funded assistance programs. Instead, they collectively earned more than $75 million. All because of help from one man (Ali Saifi) who came to the United States chasing his own dream. - 6/23/13

Iranian currency buoyed by Rohani victory
The dollar was trading at just under 30,000 rials today in Tehran, revealing a persistent optimism in the currency market. The rial has been rising in value since Hassan Rohani's election victory of June 14. Rohani won on a platform of moderation and the re-establishment of appropriate international relations. - 6/23/13

Iran's Golestan Palace granted World Heritage status
Iran's prestigious Golestan Palace has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the UN cultural body says. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization made the decision on Sunday during its World Heritage Committee's 37th annual session held in Phnom Penh. - 6/23/13

Iranian weightlifter a lightweight champion in Asia after 42 years
An Iranian weightlifter won the gold medal of 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships and became a lightweight champion in the 69kg category. Jaber Behrouzi clinched the championship title in the 44th Mens competitions after 42 years. - 6/23/13

A solo exhibition of Reza Derkashani at Salsali Museum in Dubai
Renowned for his vibrant, richly-textured canvases, Derakshani draws inspiration from his Iranian heritage, while simultaneously exploring modern-day conceptual and philosophical preoccupations. Marrying a vivid colour palette with esoteric mediums such as tar and sand, Derakshani held his first solo exhibition at the age of nineteen and has since, gone on to captivate critics, collectors and art-lovers worldwide with his unique creations. - 6/23/13

Iranian labour activist dies after heart attack in prison
Jailed labour activist Afshin Osanloo died on Saturday June 22 following complications brought on by a cardiac arrest, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports. - 6/23/13

Kerry: US, Russia Not Going to Back off Helping Rivals in Syrian War
The United States and Russia back opposing sides in Syria's civil war. But they say they are also working together to organize a transitional authority to end the fighting. The Obama administration's decision to arm Syrian rebels heightens its differences with Russia, which continues to sell weapons to the government in Damascus. -Scott Stearns, VOA - 6/23/13

House Passes Annual Defense Bill, Rattles Sabers at Iran
On Friday June 14, the House passed its annual defense policy bill, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), containing numerous provocative measures, including a call for the immediate transfer of military materials to Israel to conduct strikes on Iran. Caroline Cohn, NIAC - 6/22/13

Iran stock exchange grows 7% after Rohani election
"During this week, there has been a growth of seven percent in the stock market from 45,670 points last week to 48,919 this week. This shows an increase of 3,250 points," said deputy head of Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) Ali Sahraei. - 6/22/13

Rasht Citizens Appeal To Iran's New President Over Police
A group of citizens from the northern city of Rasht has sent a protest letter to Iran's president-elect about "violent" police behaviour during a street celebration on the night of Tuesday June 18, after Iran's national football team won the qualifying match to participate in World Cup 2014. - 6/22/13

Iran ranked 2nd in US CanSat 2013 competitions
Iranian students at Amirkabir University of Technology ranked 2nd in the US CanSat 2013 competitions attended by 25 countries. The competitions were held on June 7-9 in Texas during which the teams were judged 4 times. - 6/22/13

Iranian President-Elect Hassan Rohani Visited By Top Reformist Figures
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of Iran's Expediency Council, and Mohammadreza Aref, a former reformist presidential candidate, met on separate occasions with the new president-elect Hassan Rohani. Rafsanjani stressed that the "hope and passion that moved the youth of the country to participate in the election will be the chief and unparalleled resource for the 11th administration to fall back on." - 6/22/13

Syria's 'Friends' Pledge More Support for Rebels
Foreign Ministers from countries backing Syrian rebels met in Doha Saturday to better coordinate military support. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says they are still pushing for a political solution to the conflict. -Scott Stearns, VOA - 6/22/13

Obama and Iran's Rouhani Must Seize the Moment In Spite of Hardliners
The election of Hassan Rouhani to be the next President of Iran presents a major potential opportunity for progress on human rights in Iran and nuclear diplomacy with the U.S. Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator and political insider, promised to "pursue a policy of reconciliation and peace," and pledged to create a "non-securitized environment" in which political prisoners detained in 2009 would be released. -Jamal Abdi and Ryan Costello - 6/22/13

If Your Name is Ahmed or Fatima, You Live in Fear of NSA Surveillance
One of the most common responses from the 66% of American citizens in favor of the NSA's data-collection programs is, "I have nothing to hide, so why should I have anything to fear?" But what if you have nothing to hide but are targeted as a suspect nevertheless? -Anna Lekas Miller, Common Dreams - 6/22/13

Iran halts purge of professors
Iran's Ministry of Science has finally put a halt to the rapid trend of forcing university professors into early retirement, announcing that pending retirements have been postponed for five years. Following the 2009 elections protests, universities became a main target of persecution and purges - 6/21/13

Glasgow Caledonian University congratulates alumnus Hassan Rouhani on his election as the next President of Iran
Glasgow Caledonian University has welcomed the election of one of its alumni, Dr Hassan Rouhani, as the next President of Iran. The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies, CBE, said: "I would like to congratulate our alumnus, Hassan Rouhani, on being elected President of Iran, a truly significant achievement." - 6/21/13

Power of Logic and Logic of Power in Rohani's Diplomacy
In the following interview, we have discussed the major effects of the recent presidential election in Iran on the country's foreign policy, especially on Iran's nuclear case and relations with the United States, with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, an expert on international issues. - 6/21/13

Did Khamenei Hear the People's Call?
In these last few days different interpretations and analysis about the results of the June 14 presidential election have been written: commentary that refers to an important event - Rowhani's electoral victory - which shocked almost everybody. - Mehdi Saharkhiz - 6/21/13

Iranian Rial Climbs 10 Percent as Hopes Grow Over New President
The rial has strengthened by nearly 10 percent against the dollar since Hassan Rowhani was declared winner of the June 14 vote, according to Iranian currency dealers and websites. The rial was trading at around 33,300 per dollar compared with about 36,300 at the close of business a week ago. -Reuters - 6/21/13

Iran's Supreme Leader Exercises His Authority
If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, it's said, then Muhammad must go to the mountain. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to have taken that adage to heart. On his Twitter feed, Iran's supreme leader reminisces about his childhood and urges young people in his country to participate in sports -Grant Podelco, RFE - 6/21/13

Ask Iran: Independent Cartoons and Graphic Novels Highlight A Nation Beyond Stereotypes
I have often wondered if countries were people, what gender would they be, and in particular, what kind of personalities would they possess? In the case of Iran, I always imagined it to be feminine - a 'she'. Partly because in nationalist discourse, Iran is associated with being female - "Mother Iran" - but also because it is shaped like a cat. -Holly Dagres, Ajam - 6/21/13

Iran Gives Syria an Economic Boost
Iran is stepping in to help Syria stabilize the value of its currency, which has been dropping sharply since U.S. President Barack Obama decided to start giving weapons to the anti-government rebels. Iran's intervention was announced this week by Syria's central bank, which said it would draw on a billion-dollar line of credit set up by Tehran to stabilize the Syrian pound. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 6/21/13

Iranian bank wins court victory over British sanctions
Britain's Supreme Court has quashed sanctions imposed on Iran's Bank Mellat since 2009 over alleged links to the country's disputed nuclear program. The ruling of the British court echos a ruling in January by the EU General Court overturning sanctions imposed on the bank since 2010. - 6/20/13

Who Is Iran's New First Lady?
Who is Iran's new first lady? The answer is, we don't know. She made no reported campaign appearances alongside her husband and doesn't appear to have been known in public before the election. The wives of Iranian politicians are often nearly invisible. They rarely appear in public and, usually, little about them is known. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/20/13

Iran's Former President Mohammad Khatami Calls On Supreme Leader To Help New President Hassan Rohani
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has called on Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to assist new president Hassan Rohani to realize the promises made to the people. Khatami's office website reports that the former president told a Tehran University student association: "The president can be successful if he works in coordination with the leader." - 6/20/13

Former Aide Says Iranian President-Elect 'Is Not Superman'
Before leaving Iran some two years ago, well-known journalist Mehdi Mahdavi Azad worked for half a decade as an aide to Hassan Rohani, Iran's new president-elect. Azad, who is now based in Germany, shares his thoughts on Rohani with RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari. - 6/20/13

Golestan Presents Mamak Khadem in Concert July 14 at Yoshi's San Francisco
Mamak Khadem, renowned Iranian vocalist, will perform with a full ensemble on July 14 at Yoshi's. Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education is especially proud to support Mamak Khadem, given the organization's mission is to give back to the community and promote Iranian culture. - 6/20/13

Farhadi's "The Past" premiered in Tehran
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" premiered in Tehran's theaters yesterday. The film will also go on screen in different cities across the country next week, the Iranian distributor of the film, Filmira, announced in a press release. - 6/20/13

France open to Iranian presence at Syria talks: Hollande
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday opened the door to Iran attending a Syria peace conference, Reuters reported. Global leaders called for the so-called Geneva 2 talks to be held as soon as possible to end the Syrian civil war but they avoided mentioning the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique in Northern Ireland. - 6/20/13

Hassan Rouhani, 'ultimate insider' who holds key to a more moderate Iran
It was a smart move by Hassan Rouhani's campaign team to choose a key as the symbol of his campaign to become Iran's president - and a gift to cartoonists in the wake of a remarkable victory that has created rare optimism at home and abroad about the future of the Islamic republic. -Guardian - 6/20/13

Photos: Iran Celebrates World Cup Qualification
Streets of Iranina citieis were filled with young revelers for the second time in four days on Tuesday after the Iranian national soccer team qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a win over South Korea. - 6/19/13

Photos: Tehran Celebrates Iran's World Cup Qualification
Impromptu street parties broke out in Tehran and across the country as the soccer news spread, with people dancing, waving flags and honking car horns, the state news agency reported. State television showed pictures of people in the streets clapping and shouting "Iran! Iran!", and video clips of the celebrations appeared online. - 6/19/13

Iranians, Observers Wonder How Rohani Was Allowed To Win
When tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to celebrate Hassan Rohani's presidential victory last weekend, one chant stood out: "Dictator! Thank you!" In the back of their minds, the protesters must have been asking themselves the same thing surprised Iran observers are wondering: Why would Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the "dictator" who has final say on all things in Iran, allow a relative moderate with ties to an archrival to win the presidential election? -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/19/13

IAAB Releases Know Your Rights - Sanctions Toolkit
IAAB released the Iran Sanctions Economic Rights toolkit in partnership with the Law Office of Samira Afzali and the National Lawyers Guild as a part of its I-CAN Make it Right student campaign. The campaign, led by IAAB's Campus Action Network of more than 50 universities, focuses on the rights of Iranian students who face increasingly harsh restrictions as a result of sanctions. - 6/19/13

World Heritage Committee removes the Iranian World Heritage site of Bam and its Cultural Landscape from danger listing
The World Heritage Committee has decided that improvements in the management and conservation of the World Heritage site of Bam and its Cultural Landscape, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, meant the property could be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. - 6/19/13

After Eight Years In Office, Ahmadinejad Faces An Uncertain Future
When an outgoing president has as many enemies as does Iran's Mahmud Ahmadinejad, there would seem to be little future left for him. It is not only Ahmadinejad's reputation abroad that plunged during his two terms in office. Statements at the United Nations in which he called the Holocaust a myth and the 9/11 attacks a "mysterious" precursor to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq helped make him an unpopular figure in many countries... -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/19/13

Officials of Iranian website released from jail
Foad Sadeghi and Ali Ghazali, the director and editor of the Baztab-e Emrooz website, were released from jail in Tehran on Tuesday June 18, Kaleme reports. Ali Ghazali was arrested in May when Baztab-e Emrooz became inaccessible. Sadeghi was arrested in the weeks leading up to the presidential election. - 6/19/13

Popular Iranian romance novelist Fahimeh Rahimi dies
Prolific Iranian romance novelist Fahimeh Rahimi passed away from gastric cancer on Tuesday June 18 in Tehran at the age of 61. Rahimi had been fighting cancer for three years - 6/19/13

Iran to import 10 drilling rigs worth $850m from China
Despite following policies for reducing reliance on foreign technologies and attaining self-sufficiency in the oil sector, the North Drilling Company of Iran has scrapped a deal with domestic manufacturers and has signed a contract with Chinese manufacturers to build 14 onshore and offshore drilling rigs. - 6/19/13

Iran wins ticket to World Cup 2014 in Brazil
Heavy weight Iran's national football team has gained a precious victory over South Korea at a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match on Tuesday. The Iranians took the lead in the 60th minute when Reza Ghochani-Nejad slipped the ball beyond South Korean goalkeeper into the goal in front of thousands of South Korean fans. - 6/18/13

The P5+1 and Iran: What should be expected from President Rowhani?
On June 15, 2013, Hassan Rowhani became Iran's president-elect and raised expectations about the outcome of future meetings between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, collectively known as the P5+1. -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 6/18/13

Obama: US Open to Iran Nuclear Talks
President Barack Obama says the United States is open to holding new talks with Iran about its controversial nuclear program. But in an interview broadcast late Monday, Obama said Iran must recognize that international sanctions will remain until the country dispels concerns that it is developing a nuclear weapon. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. - 6/18/13

Where is Arash Sadeghi?: Rooz Follows Up on an Iranian Political Prisoner
Close to 200 political activists published a letter through which they announced that disturbing rumors had been circulating about the condition of Arash Sadeghi who had started a hunger strike "because he had been beaten by security agents." In the blogosphere there were even more disturbing news about his situation and there were rumors that this student activist had lost his life in prison. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 6/18/13

Tehran municipal election winners announced
The new list of Tehran City council members was announced on Monday, three days after the municipal elections were concluded on Friday. Iranian media published the list, which indicates that 13 reformists were elected to the council along with 18 conservative members and supporters of Mohammad Bagher Ghalibof, the Tehran mayor. - 6/18/13

Iran's President-Elect Pressed Over Release Of Opposition Leaders
The release of Iran's opposition leaders Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi, who have been under house arrest for more than two years, has been one of the main demands of some of those Iranians who voted for President-elect Hassan Rohani. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/18/13

Iranian journalists' group sees better future under new president
Iran's Association of Journalists has announced that the agenda of president-elect Hassan Rohani includes ending a ban on the group. Kaleme reports that in view of Mr. Rohani's slogan of "hope and wisdom", it is only reasonable to expect that he will focus on the problems of journalists in the country. - 6/18/13

Tiny airplanes and subs from University of Florida laboratory could be next hurricane hunters
Kamran Mohseni envisions a day when the unmanned vehicles in his laboratory at the University of Florida will swarm over, under and through hurricanes to help predict the strength and path of the storms. - 6/18/13

Iranian Tar virtuoso Jalil Shahnaz dies at 92
Iranian tar virtuoso Jalil Shahnaz died of natural causes in Tehran's Arad Hospital. He was aged 92. Shahnaz was born in Isfahan in 1921. His father, Shabankhan, was a music enthusiast, and their house was a gathering place for musicians. - 6/18/13

Hope for Change in Iran Tempered With Caution
Analysts are tamping down hopes of major changes in Iran, after the surprise election of relatively moderate candidate Hassan Rowhani as president. Supporters of the new president-elect marched through the streets of Tehran to celebrate. Rowhani's election on the first ballot, with more than 50 percent of the vote, surprised many experts. - 6/18/13

Lavrov Says Iran Ready To Suspend 20-Percent Uranium Enrichment
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Iran is prepared to suspend the production of enriched uranium, adding that the move would justify the easing of economic sanctions against Tehran. Lavrov said it could lead to a "breakthrough agreement" that would ease tensions between Iran and the international community. - 6/18/13

Iran's President-Elect Hassan Rohani Pledges 'Constructive Interaction' With World Via Moderate Policy
Iran's president-elect Hassan Rohani says he will seek "constructive interaction" with the world through a moderate policy after he takes the oath of office in early August. Rohani, who was speaking in his first press conference on Monday, said his administration of "Prudence and Hope" will follow a "moderate" policy line in serving national objectives. - 6/17/13

Karbaschi Tells Rooz: People Taught the Regime and Reformists a Lesson
The head of Iran's pro-reform Agents of Construction party (Kargozaran Sazandeghi) Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi called the June 14 vote of the majority of Iranians for Hassan Rowhani as the next president to be the product of the maturity of Iranian society. He added that the vote was a message for reformers and the regime -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 6/17/13

World responds positively to Iran's presidential election
A number of international figures have commented on the resounding victory of centrist cleric Hassan Rohani in Iran's presidential election, expressing hope that the new president would bring positive changes to the country. - 6/17/13

Hassan Rohani In His Own Words
The following is a selection of recent statements attributed to Hassan Rohani, the cleric and relative moderate who emerged the winner from Iran's June 14 presidential vote. The remarks -- on a broad range of topics from the media to morality, the Internat and hobbies, the economy and state intervention in people's private lives... -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/17/13

US Urges New Path for Iran Under Rowhani
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says Iranians should be congratulated for strong voter turn-out in Friday's presidential balloting, in which moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani emerged as victor. Speaking on CBS' Face the Nation television program, McDonough called the outcome a "potentially hopeful sign." - 6/17/13

Iran's Election of Hassan Rouhani
The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement regarding the election of Hassan Rouhani to be the next President of Iran: The election of Hassan Rouhani to be the next President of Iran signals a potential opening for progress on human rights inside Iran as well as nuclear diplomacy. - 6/17/13

Iran: President-elect's inauguration set for early August
Iranian Parliament has announced the inauguration of the new president will take place in early August. Mohammadreza Bahonar, the deputy head of Parliament, said Hassan Rohani's inauguration ceremony is likely to take place on August 4 or 5. - 6/17/13

Persian Poets' Tour 2013
The Poetry Translation Centre's Persian Poets' Tour presents three prominent Persian-language poets and their translators: Azita Ghahreman (translated by Maura Dooley), Reza Mohammadi (translated by Nick Laird) and Shakila Azizzada (translated by Mimi Khalvati), for a series of five readings this summer in Manchester, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Ledbury. - 6/17/13

Iran's 11th Presidential Election (No. 19): The Unexpected Event of Presidential Election in Iran
Although some analysts are trying to argue that the vote for Mr. Hassan Rouhani was, in fact, a negative vote to the Islamic establishment's policies, it was, in reality, a vote to moderation and foresight. These two concepts were major components of Mr. Rouhani's election campaign as well. -Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh - 6/17/13

Ahmadinejad Ordered To Appear Before Court
An Iranian government website says outgoing president Mahmud Ahmadinejad has been ordered to appear before a criminal court on November 26. The website said on June 17 that the case was based on a complaint filed by parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani and others. - 6/17/13

Iran Elects Moderate President Hassan Rouhani - Will U.S. Respond by Easing Crippling Sanctions?
Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council says Rouhani's win marks a victory for Iran's "Green Movement" and one that puts the onus for diplomacy on the U.S. after years of crippling economic sanctions. "It firmly puts the ball back in Washington's court," Marashi says. -Democracy Now - 6/17/13

Iran barters over 1.5 bcm of gas with Armenia electricity in 6 years
On June 12, the UK-based energy giant, BP, classed Iran as the world's top gas reserves holder with 33.6 trillion cubic meters." Iran has bartered more than 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas with Armenia's electricity over the past six years. - 6/17/13

Photos: Iranians Celebrate Presidency Of Hassan Rohani in Tehran - Part I
People celebrated the victory of president elect Hassan Rohani in the streets of Tehran and other major cities including Bandar Abbas, Gorgan, Isfahan, Mashhad, Kerman, Qom, Shiraz and Tabriz. These photos show the outporing of support for Rohani and reform in Tehran. - 6/16/13

Moderate Candidate Hassan Rohani Elected New President Of Iran with 50.7% Of the Vote
Hassan Rohani has been elected as the new president of Iran with 18,613,329 or 50.7% of the vote out of the 36,704,156 votes cast. Rohani's closest rival Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf stood far behind with 16.56% of the votes. - 6/16/13

Photos: Iranians Celebrate Victory Of Hassan Rohani - Part I
People celebrated the victory of president elect Hassan Rohani in the streets of Tehran and other major cities. Rohani was quoted as saying: "With their celebrations last night, the Iranian people showed they are hopeful about the future and, God willing, ethics and moderation will govern the country." - 6/16/13

Photos: Iranians Celebrate Victory Of Hassan Rohani - Part II
People celebrated the victory of president elect Hassan Rohani in the streets of Tehran and other major cities. "This victory is a victory of wisdom, a victory of moderation, a victory of growth and awareness, and a victory of commitment over extremism and ill-temper," Rohani was quoted as saying. - 6/16/13

President-Elect Rowhani: A Moderate Voice for Iran
Iran's next president, Hassan Rowhani, is a moderate cleric and former chief nuclear negotiator who has vowed to improve the nation's relationship with the international community. - 6/16/13

Iran's President-Elect Addresses Nation After Surprise Victory
Iran's President-elect Hassan Rowhani has called on citizens to remain "committed to the law" in order to establish peace and stability in the country. In his first televised speech since Friday's election, the moderate cleric said Sunday he "deeply" needs the people's assistance along the path toward preserving national pride and national interests. - 6/16/13

Rohani's Victory In Iran Signals Desire For Change
The victory of cleric Hassan Rohani, the sole moderate in Iran's presidential vote, signals a strong desire for change among Iranians who are facing soaring prices, unemployment, and increased social and political restrictions. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/16/13

Photos: Iranians Celebrate Presidency Of Hassan Rohani in Tehran - Part II
People celebrated the victory of president elect Hassan Rohani in the streets of Tehran and other major cities including Bandar Abbas, Gorgan, Isfahan, Mashhad, Kerman, Qom, Shiraz and Tabriz. These photos show the outporing of support for Rohani and reform in Tehran. - 6/16/13

Reformist says voters want release of Iranian opposition leaders
Top reformist figure Mohammadreza Khatami said the first and foremost demand of the "millions of reformists" that went to the polls yesterday is the release of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard. - 6/16/13

President-elect Rohani addresses Iranians
Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani has told Iranians: "I will remain faithful to the promises I made to you." ISNA reports that the winner of the presidential race announced to the public: "This is the victory of wisdom, the victory of moderation, the victory of growth and awareness, the victory of religious commitment over extremism and harshness." - 6/16/13

India Takes Steps to Boost Trade With Iran
NEW DELHI - India is taking steps to boost exports to Iran as New Delhi tries to fix a trade imbalance with the sanctions-hit country. India has slashed its oil imports from Tehran, but remains Iran's second-largest customer for crude. - 6/16/13

IRGC vows complete co-operation with president-elect
Following the victory of Hassan Rohani in the presidential election of June 14, the IRGC issued a statement saying: "We are fully prepared to cooperate with the future administration in the framework of all our legitimate duties and missions." - 6/16/13

The Next Iranian President: Hassan Rohani
The latest results of Iranˈs presidential election vote counting showed that Hassan Rohani has expanded his wide lead over his rivals. Rohani has about 16.5 millions (52.76%) of the of the over 31 million valid votes counted as of 7 pm Tehran time. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is a distant second with over 5 million votes (16.31%). - 6/15/13

Presidential Candidates Long On Rhetoric, Short Of Answers For Iran's Ailing Economy
As Iranians go to the polls on June 14, the country's weak and sanctions-hit economy weighs heavily on their minds. The question of what to do about it has dominated the presidential campaign and all the candidates have said they have solutions. But all their programs have sounded vague and, ultimately, remarkably alike. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/15/13

Iran: Gold, Currency Market Affected By Presidential Elections
Price of gold and the dollar drops as the election results point toward the possible victory of the moderate candidate Hassan Rohani. ILNA reports that head of Tehran gold and jewellery syndicate announced a drop in the price of gold in the country. - 6/15/13

Hassan Rohani takes commanding lead in Iran's presidential election
The latest results of Iranˈs presidential election vote counting Saturday morning showed that Hassan Rohani has a commanding lead over his rivals with 8,050,738 votes (51.24%) out of a total of 8,050,738 valid votes counted so far. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is a distant second with 1,341,947 votes (16.67%). - 6/15/13

Iranian Dissident Camp Comes Under Mortar Fire In Iraq
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) Iranian exile group sheltering in Iraq says at least one person has been killed after its camp outside Baghdad came under mortar fire. The MKO is the militant wing of a Paris-based Iranian opposition group that opposes Iran's current government and fought alongside Saddam Hussein's forces in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. - 6/15/13

Interviewing Hooman Majd (Part 2: It's the Economy & Threats Stupid!)
Hooman Majd is the grandson of an ayatollah, son of a career diplomat, and related by marriage to former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. Born in Tehran, he spent his formative years globe-trotting for his father's work and was educated in schools in San Francisco, New Delhi, Tunis, London and Washington D.C. -Nima Shirazi, Muftah - 6/15/13

Photos: People voting in Tehran
Election centres opened their doors at 8 AM local time on Friday June 14 for the presidential and municipal elections. Voting stations numbering 66,000 in Iran and 290 abroad will remain open for 10 hours as 50 million Iranians are said to be eligible to vote in these elections. - 6/14/13

Photos: Voting In Iranian Cities
People across Iran went to the voting stations on Friday to cast their vote in the the presidential and municipal elections. Election centres opened their doors at 8 AM local time. 50 million Iranians are said to be eligible to vote in these elections. Here are some snapshots from voting in different Iranian cities - 6/14/13

Presidential Elections Demonstrate the Resiliency of Iran's Green Movement
The Green Movement, which seeks to make deep and irreversible changes in the structure of Iran's political system and move the nation closer to a democratic country, was born during Iran's last presidential election on 12 June 2009. -Muhammad Sahimi - 6/14/13

What Are The Likely Scenarios For Iran's Presidential Election?
Iranians are voting to choose their next president. The outcome is likely to be determined by several factors including turnout, the degree of fairness of the vote, the level of state interference, and the choices made by undecided and swing voters. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/14/13

Iran Extends Voting Hours
Iranians are voting to elect a new president in an electoral process highly controlled by the government. News agencies in Iran are reporting Friday that officials have extended the voting hours because of a high turnout. Some 55 million people are eligible to vote. - 6/14/13

Iran Presidential Vote Under Way
Opinion surveys have suggested a close race between moderate cleric and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani, who is backed by pro-reform elements, and conservative candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the current mayor of Tehran and a former security official. - 6/14/13

Putin says Iran not breaking nuclear treaty
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that as in the past, there is no evidence that Iran is in any way violating its commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ria Novosti reports that Putin said: "I have no doubt that Iran is sticking to the rules, since there is no proof it isn't." - 6/14/13

Reading Marx in Tehran
Iran's industrial workers, teachers, nurses, government and service-sector employees have been hit hard. The profound mismanagement of the economy by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government, coupled with stringent international sanctions, has made these workers' plight the most important aspect of Iran's domestic politics. -Mansour Osanloo, NY Times - 6/14/13

Obama Approves Arming Syrian Rebels
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Thursday that President Barack Obama decided to authorize "direct military support" to the opposition. But he cautioned that the White House still does not support sending American troops to Syria, and that no decision has been made on other military options, such as the enforcement of a no-fly zone. -VOA - 6/14/13

Fresh Iran Polls Hint At Clash Of Political Currents
Two fresh opinion polls show Hassan Rohani, the candidate on whom many pro-reform elements in Iran are pinning their hopes, in a virtual tie with conservative candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf ahead of this week's presidential election. - 6/13/13

Iranian Reformist Groups, Figures Rally Around Rohani
Reports from Iran indicate that a wide range of reformist groups have announced their support for Hassan Rohani. The Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Association of Combatant Clerics as well as top government critics such as Ahmad Montazeri and Ali Motahari have lent their support to the Hassan Rohani campaign. - 6/13/13

Photos: Election Campaign, Iranian Style - Part II
In many Iranian cities, supporters of various presidential candidates have taken to the streets to campaign for their favorite candidate. These photos show the people in Tehran on Wednesday engaged in the lively campaign. - 6/13/13

Vali Nasr: 'Starving Somebody Won't Make Them Do What You Want'
Ahead of Iran's presidential election on June 14, RFE/RL asked top U.S. observers to weigh in on the effectiveness of sanctions, the end goal of nuclear negotiations, and the possible benefits of taking a more diplomatic approach toward Tehran. - 6/13/13

Photos: Election excitement in the streets of Tehran
In many Iranian cities, supporters of various presidential candidates have taken to the streets to campaign for their favorite candidate. These photos show the election excitement in Tehran which reached a high on Wednesday night. - 6/13/13

Little Real Choice for Iranians in Presidential Poll
Iranians go to the polls Friday for the first round of a presidential election that analysts say pits hardliners against only slightly less hardline candidates. The experts believe that as a result, the outcome will make at most a difference in the tone of Iran's policies, but not the substance. -Al Pessin, VOA - 6/13/13

Photos: Election Campaign, Iranian Style - Part I
In many Iranian cities, supporters of various presidential candidates have taken to the streets to campaign for their favorite candidate, under the watchful eyes of the security forces. These photos show the people in Tehran on Wednesday engaged in the lively campaign. - 6/13/13

Ryan Crocker: 'U.S. Should Engage In Wide-Ranging Talks With The Iranians'
RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to Ryan Crocker, a career U.S. diplomat who has served in ambassadorial posts throughout the Middle East and South Asia -- including Afghanistan and Pakistan -- and was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Khorramshahr, Iran in the early 1970s. - 6/13/13

Google Warns of Increased Hacking Attempts in Iran
In a statement, the U.S. Internet company said it has disrupted and detected multiple so-called "phishing" campaigns aimed at compromising the accounts of tens of thousands of Iranian users during a period of almost three weeks. - 6/13/13

Iran Soccer Coach Demands South Korean Apology
The head coach of the Iranian men's soccer team is demanding an apology from his South Korean counterpart over remarks disparaging of Iran. Coach Carlos Queiroz, who is from Portugal, made the demand ahead of a decisive World Cup qualifying match slated for June 18 between Iran and South Korea in the South's city of Ulsan. - 6/13/13

Khamenei Loyalists Slug it Out Over Handling of Nuclear Diplomacy
A review of Iran's domestic politics over the past few weeks can give us a number of insights on what has been simmering unseen over the past four years, and what Iran has to look forward to in the coming years. -Omid Memarian, Iranwire - 6/13/13

Iran's Jon Stewart Serves Up Illegal Political Satire
In the world of Iranian actor Kambiz Hosseini, almost everything about his country's presidential elections is side-splittingly funny. "Becoming the president of Iran is like making a James Bond movie," Hosseini said in a recent CBCRadio program. "The characters stay the same, but they just keep changing the actors." -Abigail Nehring, Atlantic - 6/13/13

Why the Reformist-Centrist Alliance in Iran is Important
The decision by the reformist candidate Mohammadreza Aref to withdraw his candidacy - and in effect open the path for the centrist Hassan Rowhani to become the unified candidate of both the centrists and reformists - is an important development in Iranian politics. Its impact will reach beyond this election. -Farideh Farhi, Lobe Log - 6/13/13

Photos: Election Campaign In The Streets Of Tehran
In recent days, supporters of Iranian presidential candidates have been taking to the streets to campaign for their favorite candidate. Photographer Arash Khamooshi has captured the excitement in the capital city Tehran. Iran's 2013 presidential election will be held June 14. Eight men were approved by the Guardian Council to run in the election, out of which two have dropped out of the race. - 6/12/13

Iran's Reformists Consolidate Behind Rohani, But Can He Win?
Iran's reformist movement is now backing a sole candidate: Hassan Rohani. But how far he can go in the June 14 election and how much he could realize reformists' hopes remain open questions. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/12/13

Iranian activists say "political kidnapping" hurts young women
A group of political-social activists in Shiraz has called for the release of Jamila Karimi, a women's rights activist and member of the Reformist Coalition Council of Fars, two months after her arrest. - 6/12/13

Even Iran's Conservative Media Complain Of Filtering
Pro-reform Iranians have long complained about Iran's filtering of the Internet and crackdown on online journalists and bloggers. Reformist and independent media have been the main target of the establishment's Internet-control efforts that aim at disrupting the free flow of information. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/12/13

Iranian-Americans architects to showcase work in Los Angeles exhibition
Two Iranian-Americans, Michele Saee and Arshia Mahmoodi, are among the selected pool of architects to represent the ultra avant-garde side of architecture in the upcoming exhibition by Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles titled 'A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California' - 6/12/13

Is Jalili The Iranian Establishment's Candidate Of Choice?
Said Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, is the youngest and most conservative of the six candidates who will contest the June 14 presidential election. He has also been described by some observers as the Iranian establishment's preferred man for the job, a nod that would go far to secure his victory. Indeed, there are solid arguments to support that perception. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/12/13

Zahra Calls for Yazdi's Resignation
In response to the ban on women running for president of Iran, our virtual candidate Zahra is calling for the resignation of Mr. , a ranking member of the Council of Guardians - the 12-member body responsible for the vetting of presidential candidates. - 6/12/13

Economic troubles loom over Iran presidential election
As Iran prepares to elect a new president, the country's economy is in its worst state for decades, with high inflation, soaring unemployment and negative growth. The issue appears to be on every voter's mind ahead of polling day. -Amir Paivar, BBC - 6/12/13

Moderate Iranian cleric Rafsanjani warns against "extremists"
"Unfortunately, mismanagement in recent years and deviation from the path of the Revolution has paved the way for the intensification of pressure by the country's enemies," Hashemi Rafsanjani added, "and now we see the most severe sanctions and threats imposed on Iran." - 6/12/13

Iran Election: Reformers Gain Momentum in Final Days of Campaign
It's not very often that a presidential candidate, four days before an election, enters a stadium to thunderous cheers, only to announce that this time tomorrow he may no longer be in the race. -Aryn Baker, TIME - 6/12/13

In Iran, Soccer and Politics Often Blend Together
Soccer and politics are never far apart in Iran, but the mix is at its most combustible every four years in June when the country's presidential elections take place at the same time that the beloved national team either qualifies for the World Cup or falls short, sometimes in heartbreaking fashion. -John Duerden, NY Times - 6/12/13

Egypt is special destination for Iranians: Persian tourists
Ahram Online goes to the Pyramids to interview one of the first Iranian tourism groups to visit Egypt in 30 years amid Salafist 'warnings' against Shias - 6/12/13

Iran closes in on World Cup dream with 4-0 win over Lebanon
Iran reached the brink of qualifying for the World Cup finals after trouncing Lebanon 4-0 in front of about 100,000 fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. Iran now has 13 points from seven matches in Group A of Asian qualifying. - 6/11/13

Single Candidate Chosen To Represent Reformists In Iran's Presidential Election
Former Iranian vice president Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn from Friday's presidential election.In a Tuesday statement he says he received a letter late Monday from former reformist president Mohammad Khatami saying it would not be wise for him to remain in the race. - 6/11/13

Iran Accelerates Crackdown on Media and Dissidents Prior to Election
Iranian authorities should immediately stop censoring newspapers and news websites, arresting political activists, and muzzling foreign journalists within the country, ahead of the June 14 presidential election, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 6/11/13

Exhibition in London: "Utopia" by Ghazaleh Avarzamani
"Utopia" showcases Ghazaleh's Rococo themed needlepoint embroideries which are mixed with contemporary Iranian imagery. These are inspired by the kitsch interpretations of Goblin tapestries. The tapestries are embroidered by hand, tying in with Ghazaleh's belief that the revival of skilled craft is central to the artistic process. - 6/11/13

Graying Candidates Take Center Stage in Iran's Election
The candidates for president of Iran are cut from strikingly similar cloth: all are men, have ties to Iran's supreme leader and appear far more like technocrats when compared to the maverick current president. - 6/11/13

In Run-Up To Iran Vote, Rohani Takes Up Reformist Mantle
With just days to go to Iran's presidential election, there are signs a dark-horse reformist candidate may be emerging: the 64-year-old cleric Hassan Rohani. While not a declared reformist, Rohani has increasingly sounded themes that appear directly aimed at reformist voters ahead of the June 14 poll. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/11/13

Iran and the great Glasgow PhD mystery
The British academic record of an Iranian presidential candidate has come under scrutiny amid uncertainty over where and when he obtained his qualifications. -Robert Tait,SMH - 6/11/13

Photos: Iran launches optimized destroyer
Iran launched a modernized destroyer into water on Tuesday in southern Bandar Abbas Port in a ceremony attended by top military officials. The destroyer dubbed 'Bayandor' has been repaired and renewed since 2011. - 6/11/13

Ahmadinejad aide appeals for run at presidency
Esfandiar Rahim Mashai has appealed to Iran's Supreme Leader to let him join the race for president after his disqualification by the Guardian Council. The Mehr News Agency reports that Mashai's campaign chief has announced that recent statements about Saeed Jalili being the favoured candidate of the Ahmadinejad administration are false. - 6/11/13

Parkour life: Iranian women get physical
On any given Friday, groups of young women across Iran can be seen jumping from rooftops, scaling the graffitied walls of apartment blocks, and catapulting themselves over stairways. They are not being chased by riot police, but merely practising their parkour moves, especially the ground roll, tricky to execute while wearing a headscarf. -Azadeh Moaveni, Guardian - 6/11/13

"Freedom of Religion" and "Freedom from Religion"
The "Freedom of Religion" and "Freedom from Religion" are indeed linked to "Freedom of Thought". They are principles associated with the individual liberty - the state of being free. Liberty is the value of an individual to cherish and enjoy various social, political, or economic rights and privileges. -12Petals Media Group - 6/11/13

Iran: Reformist candidate's campaign workers arrested
Reports from Tehran indicate that a number of participants in campaign events for reformist presidential candidate Hassan Rohani were arrested on Saturday in Tehran. Saham News reports that a number of Rohani's campaign workers were arrested yesterday along with a number of people who protested their arrest at an official gathering. - 6/9/13

Iran Opens New Space-Tracking Center
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has opened a new center for monitoring space and tracking objects passing near the Earth. Iran currently has nine command-and-control centers for its space program, including one in Syria. - 6/9/13

Iran football coach wary of Lebanon in World Cup qualifier
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz insists his team cannot take Lebanon lightly in its World Cup qualifier in Tehran on Tuesday. The Persians sit in third place in Group A in the fourth round of AFC qualifying round, one point behind South Korea and Uzbekistan. Lebanon remains at the top of the table with five points. - 6/9/13

Virtual Election Gives Iranians Chance To Vote For Unofficial Candidates
But on June 7 a group of Internet activists hopes to give Iranian voters a taste of what an open election feels like by launching an alternative election featuring 20 candidates. The candidates not only include the officially approved eight, but 12 more, ranging from people who failed the official vetting process to reformist leaders and political prisoners. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/9/13

Iranian journalists cry out against web interference
A group of Iranian journalists and reporters is speaking out against the censorship of content on news websites. The Mehr News Agency published the group's statement on June 8. It denounces the "rising incidence of unregulated restrictions" on active websites. - 6/9/13

Iran's Presidential Election: Reformist candidates' headquarters attacked in Shiraz
Reports from Shiraz indicate that the campaign headquarters of reformist candidates Mohammdreza Aref and Hassan Rohani in that city were attacked. The Jaras and Neday-e Sabz-e Azadi websites report that a group of plainclothes forces attacked the headquarters of the two candidates on Monday June 10. - 6/9/13

Iran's Presidential Candidates Meet For Third, Final Debate
The eight candidates competing to be president of Iran have finished their third and final televised debate. The lively event, which lasted more than four hours on June 7, was focused on domestic and foreign policies. - 6/9/13

Iran's Presidential Election: Conservative Body Backs Velayati
The Qom Seminary Teacher Society, a chief conservative body, has endorsed Ali Akbar Velayati for the 11th Iranian presidential election. The right-wing group Islamic Coalition Party has also announced its support for Ali Akbar Velayati. - 6/9/13

Israeli Prime Minister Accuses Tehran Of Cyberattacks
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there has been a "significant rise" in cyberattacks against Israel by Iran. Netanyahu told a security conference in Tel Aviv on June 9 that Iran is targeting Israel's "essential systems." - 6/9/13

Haddad-Adel Withdraws From Iranian Presidential Race
In a statement published on June 10, the conservative candidate asked the voters to "strictly observe" the guidance of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when they vote. Haddad-Adel, who is related by marriage to Khamenei, did not elaborate on his decision to quit. - 6/9/13

Khamenei Wants No One to Jolt His Power in Iran Vote
Five days from Iran's presidential election, these are nervy times for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as only the second Supreme Leader in the Islamic Republic's 34-year history answers to God and not voters. -Reuters - 6/9/13

Gunfire Kills Anti-Hezbollah Protester in Beirut
It was not clear who killed the man at Sunday's small protest outside the Beirut embassy of Iran, which is a supporter of Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam. -VOA - 6/9/13

Both the Revolutionary Guards and the Opposition are Split over Who to Support in Iran's Presidential Elections
Iran's presidential elections, to be held on June 14, are entering the final stretch. Eight candidates are in the race, with six of them being conservative and ultra-conservative, one, former chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, a moderate conservative, and the 8th candidate, former First Vice President in the second Khatami administration (2001-2005), Mohammad Reza Aref, being a reformist. -Muhammad Sahimi - 6/8/13

Iran's Presidential Candidates Courting Female Vote
Iran is a country of more than 70 million people - almost half of them women, some of whom play political roles but are barred from running for president. What role will women play in deciding Iran's next president in this month's election? - 6/8/13

Rally for Iran Political Prisoners and "Fair and Free" Elections: San Francisco, Sunday June 9
With presidential elections one week away, Iranians in one of the largest cities in Iran, Isfahan, chanted slogans this week against the government and called for the release of all political prisoners. Outside of the country, Iranians are taking up such calls with events drawing attention to the plight of political prisoners, and in support of the pro-democracy and human rights movements in Iran. - 6/8/13

Iran Outmaneuvers U.S. in the Syrian Proxy War
Syria's uprising offered the possibility of a strategic defeat of Iran. In this scenario, Iran would be weakened by the collapse of Bashar al-Assad's regime, its single Arab ally and a vital link to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. Isolated, Iran would become more vulnerable to international pressure to limit its nuclear program. Instead... -Vali Nasr, Bloomberg - 6/8/13

Interview - Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has emerged as one of the leading intellectuals of his generation. His writings have penetrated many fields including Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations, Post-Colonial studies, Comparative Politics and Historiography. -e-International Relations - 6/8/13

Photos: Election Campaign in Tehran
In recent days, supporters of Iranian presidential candidates have been taking to the streets to campaign for their favorite candidate. Photographer Fatemeh Behboudi has captured some of the excitement in the capital city Tehran. - 6/7/13

Iranian Presidential Candidates Criticized For Debate Comments
Iranian media and some top political figures have condemned presidential candidates for painting a dim picture of the state of the country. The state news agency IRNA, a chief supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says that with no candidates endorsed by the administration, the approved candidates used the televised debates as an opportunity to "crush the current administration." - 6/7/13

Guardian Council Should Not Have a Free Reign: Mashai's Attorney Tells Rooz
With just a week left for Iran's eleventh presidential election, the president's chief of staff whose bid for the presidency was rejected by the Guardian Council appears to be awaiting an overruling of the disqualification by the country's supreme leader. But what remains unclear is on what grounds was Mashai disqualified. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 6/7/13

Artworks by detained Iranian opposition leader get German exhibit
Germany's Academy of Arts in Berlin has launched an exhibit of works by Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi on June 6, which will remain open to the public until June 23. - 6/7/13

The Economic Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
On June 14, 2013, Iran will hold its 11th presidential election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. During his two terms in office, Ahmadinejad implemented a number of broad economic reforms and policies that have had a profound effect on socioeconomic conditions in Iran. -Nader Habibi - 6/7/13

Suicide Bombing Kills Iranian Pilgrims In Iraq
Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least nine Iranian pilgrims and injured at least 25 others north of Baghdad. Police said the attacker rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a convoy of buses carrying Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims. - 6/7/13

Iranian voices from Turkey
Human rights activist Kouhyar Goodarzi, recalled for euronews his long journey into exile from Iran. One of the country's best-known bloggers, Goodarzi had been imprisoned six times. He decided to leave after a nine month stretch in jail last year, which included several weeks of solitary confinement and torture. -Euro News - 6/7/13

Azerbaijani President Signs Law Criminalizing Online Defamation
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed into law a bill passed by parliament that would criminalize what it calls defamatory and offensive views posted on the Internet. The law makes it possible to launch criminal actions against online activists who post such statements, and to sentence them to as much as three years in prison. - 6/7/13

Why Iran's Presidential Election Matters
In conversations with policymakers, journalists and analysts about the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, one question looms: does it even matter? Iran is, after all, an Islamic theocracy, a state in which the supreme leader is the ultimate decision-maker and elections are heavily stage-managed from start to finish. -Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution - 6/7/13

Small-town Iran: Voters' worries ahead of election
"I don't know who I will vote for but I cannot sit idly by," says Arastoo, a 37-year-old shopkeeper in the ancient bazaar in Kashan, some 225km (140 miles) south of Iran's capital, Tehran. Ahead of the presidential election on 14 June, people here are closely following the campaigns of the eight candidates. -Mohsen Asghari, BBC - 6/7/13

Iran's presidential election: You never know
THE last time Iran had a presidential vote, millions took to the streets calling foul when the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was declared the winner. Four years on, the Islamic Republic has not yet fully recovered from the ensuing political heart-attack. -Economist - 6/7/13

Iran's Presidential Candidates Debate Cultural Issues In New Format
The second round of presidential candidate debates was aired on Iranian state television on June 5 with a focus on cultural and social issues. The session opened with the moderator indicating changes in the debate format. The structure of the first debate had been widely criticized by some of the candidates as well as some media outlets. - 6/6/13

USC to Offer Iranian Studies Minor for the First Time Ever
For the first time in its history, the University of Southern California's Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will offer a minor in Iranian studies, as part of an initiative launched in November 2010 through the support of Farhang Foundation. - 6/6/13

U.S. Demands That Iran, Hizballah Leave Syria
In a written statement, the White House also condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the assault on rebel forces in the Syrian border town of Qusair, saying the fighting had "killed untold numbers of civilians and is causing tremendous humanitarian suffering." - 6/6/13

Iran's oil exports hit new low as U.S. plans further sanctions
The U.S. president has announced the world market can handle further sanctions on Iranian oil exports. The U.S. Secretary of State announced that, together with the international community, the United States is prepared to intensify pressure on Iran until the Islamic Republic addresses concerns about its nuclear program. - 6/6/13

Talkhon Hamzavi wins Student Academy Award for her film "Parvaneh"
Thirteen students from nine U.S. colleges and universities as well as three students from foreign universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Academy Awards competition. Talkhon Hamzavi from Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland is being honored in the Foreign Student Film Category for her film "Parvaneh" - 6/6/13

With Hizballah Victory In Syria, Risk Of Wider Regional War Looms
Damascus this week announced that government troops allied with Lebanon's Shi'ite Hizballah militia had recaptured the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair after nearly three weeks of fighting. But if Hizballah can now claim a first battlefield success in Syria, many analysts warn the victory only increases the risk the Syrian conflict will one day spark major sectarian conflicts in bordering countries. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 6/6/13

US renews Iran sanctions waiver for Japan and 10 EU countries
The US has renewed the exemptions for Japan and ten European Union countries from tough sanctions imposed on countries buying Iranian oil. -RT - 6/6/13

Three Iranian-Americans among the 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech
Women are (relatively) few and far between in the tech industry. So it is quite an achievement for three Iranian-American women (Soraya Darabi, Parisa Tabriz and Roxanne Varza), to have made it to the list of the most important women 30 years old or under in tech compiled by the Business Insider. - 6/5/13

'Death to Dictator' Chants Reported In Iran At Ayatollah's Funeral
Thousands of Iranians attending the funeral of a dissident ayatollah broke into chants against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and called for the release of political prisoners, opposition websites have reported. Amateur videos said to be from the June 4 funeral appear to confirm the reports. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/5/13

Iran in June: A Fever Pitch of Football and Politics
With so much attention focused on Iran's upcoming presidential election, another contest of great domestic and international importance is going largely unnoticed by the media: the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Iran's national football squad, Team Melli, will play several qualifying games over the next few weeks -Holly Dagres - 6/5/13

World Cup Qualifying: Iran defeats Qatar 1-0 in Doha
Iranian soccer team defeated its host Qatar team in the Persian Gulf Arab countryˈs capital city of Doha at Al Sadd Stadium on Tuesday night. Reza Ghoochannejad beat up the Qatarˈs national team in the second half of the match. - 6/5/13

Obama Administration Doubles Down on Counterproductive Iran Sanctions
With Iran in the midst of a Presidential election, the Obama administration is continuing to double down on a counterproductive strategy of economic pressure that has empowered the regime, punished ordinary Iranians and hardened Iran's opposition to a negotiated solution to the nuclear standoff. -NIAC - 6/5/13

Revelations of Scandalous Economic Statistics: Iran's Presidential Candidates in a Race on Exposes
Since their official endorsement, Iranian presidential candidates have engaged in a game of one-upmanship to expose the dire economic conditions of the country. One announced that Iran owed 30 million Dollars to China, another said there were three million unemployed in Iran, others proclaim unprecedented rise in the rich-poor gap, and various inflation rates, conditions that in the words of Majlis speakers differ vastly with what the Ahmadinejad's administration has been boasting. -Firoozeh Matin, Rooz - 6/5/13

Diplomats: Earthquakes Damage Iranian Nuclear Power Plant
Two diplomats say Iran's only nuclear power plant, which already has raised safety concerns, has been damaged by recent earthquakes. The unidentified diplomats told the Associated Press that international monitors believe large cracks have developed in one part of the Bushehr plant. - 6/5/13

Iran Tightens Information Stream Ahead of Vote
Four years ago when the election results were announced in Iran, the world of social media was abuzz, with cell phone video pouring out of the country - the reformist Green Movement showing its discontent over what it saw as a fraudulent win by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - Jeff Seldin, VOA - 6/5/13

U.S. Blacklists 'Front Companies' Supporting Iran's Leadership
The United States has blacklisted what it calls a massive "network of front companies" serving Iran's leadership. he U.S. Treasury Department said on June 4 that 37 companies-- operating under the Execution of Imam Khomeini's Order (EIKO) -- generate money from state business for Iran's leaders and work to evade international sanctions on the regime. - 6/5/13

The Crying Game Comes To Iran's Election
Iranian politicians often cry. Yet to this point it was rare for presidential candidates to include weeping in an official campaign video. Not so for the 2013 election, which will be held June 14. Velayati is not the only presidential candidate who has been seen crying on state television. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/5/13

Behind Bars: Global Week of Solidarity With Political prisoners In Iran
Join United for Iran and Amnesty USA as we stand in solidarity with prisoners of conscience and all those who have suffered for basic human rights in Iran - to demand an open and inclusive Iran where the voices of all citizens count! - 6/4/13

President Obama Signs Order for New Sanctions Targeting Iranian Currency
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed an order imposing additional sanctions on Iran, for the first time directly targeting Iran's currency, the rial. It's the latest U.S. step to increase pressure on Iran to change course on its nuclear program. -Dan Robinson, VOA - 6/4/13

Iran: Proposed Penal Code Retains Stoning
Iran's judiciary should not implement provisions of the new penal code that violate basic rights, including execution by stoning. The Guardian Council, composed of 12 religious jurists, reinserted the stoning provision into a previous version of the draft law which had omitted stoning to death as the explicit penalty for adultery. -Human Rights Watch - 6/4/13

Iranian Woman Among Winners Of UNESCO's Young Scientist Award
Iranian woman Atieh Kazemi Mojarad is among the recipients of UNESCO's Young Scientist Award. She won the award for her research in "sustainable development of Biosphere Reserves through the promotion of key ecosystem services." - 6/4/13

Iran's Supreme Leader: Vote for any candidate is a vote for Islamic Republic
Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution said at commemoration service of 24th demise anniversary of founder of Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, that votes for any candidate of Presidential Election would be confidence votes for Islamic Republic and electionˈs authenticity. - 6/4/13

Iranian Political Prisoner Mehdi Khazali Released After Weight, Health Plummet
Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Khazali was released from Evin Prison on the night of Monday June 3. Kaleme reports that Khazali began another hunger strike after Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, who had been the top reformist candidate seeking the Iranian presidency, was disqualified from the race. - 6/4/13

Iran's Medical Shortages: Who's Responsible?
For two years, reports have surfaced describing medical supply shortages in Iran, some with devastating consequences, as debate continues to rage about who's responsible - the Iranian government or the sanctions regime. -Jasmin Ramsey interviews Siamak Namazi, Lobe Log - 6/4/13

Who Will Iran's Quds Force Commander Vote For?
While many Iranians remain undecided about who they will vote for in the June 14 presidential election, one of the country's most powerful military commanders has apparently made up his mind. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/4/13

Taliban-Iran Talks Aim to Increase Tehran's Influence, Analysts Say
Members of the Afghan Taliban say they have met with Iranian officials and clergy in Iran, despite deep differences in Muslim ideology between the two. Some analysts see the move as part of Tehran's push to increase its influence in Afghanistan, as international combat forces prepare to leave the country. -Sharon Behn, VOA - 6/4/13

Iran: Presidential candidate's detained campaign workers moved to solitary
An opposition website reports that the detained members of Hassan Rohani's campaign team have been transferred to solitary confinement. Kaleme reports that the detainees are, therefore, in the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence. Hassan Rohani is one of two presidential candidates linked to the reformists. - 6/3/13

Iran Decides: 2013
With the Iranian presidential elections visible on the near horizon, the people of Iran and the wider international community watch eagerly to see who will assume the ranks as the next ostensible leader of Iran. A lot is riding on who Iran elects in the ballot boxes when the polls open in a matter of days. -Omid Irani - 6/3/13

Iran Presidential Elections: Reformist candidate Aref says will not form coalition with Rohani
Iranian Reformist presidential candidate Mohammad Reza Aref says he has no intention of forming a coalition with rival candidate Hassan Rohani for the June 14 vote. In an interview with the Mehr New Agency on Sunday, Aref said he would stay in the presidential race "to the end." - 6/3/13

TURKEY: What has really happened these four days?
Many words are about to be spent on these four days. Lots of things will be written, and many grandiose political analysis are surely on their way. But what has really happened these four days? - 6/3/13

Iran Presidential Elections: Candidate Jalili denies links to Ahmadinejad camp
Following recent speculation that Iranian presidential hopeful and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is a candidate from the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad camp, Jalili made a statement denying the allegations. - 6/3/13

Bread shortage leads to protests in some Iranian cities
Bread shortages in Western Azerbaijan Province have heightened in the past week Fars news agency reports. The report indicates that protests have been especially evident in the city of Naghadeh. Similar shortages have also been reported in cities such as Piranshahr, Takab and Boukan. - 6/3/13

Iran announces arrest of election saboteurs
Iran's Ministry of Intelligence announced on Saturday June 1 that it has identified a team of troublemakers on a "mission to sabotage" the 11th presidential elections. The presidential election will take place on June 14, and the government is on high alert to avoid any form of protest resembling the mass protests that followed the 2009 presidential election. - 6/3/13

Tehran-Rome direct flight resumed
The Tehran-Rome direct flight, which had been canceled two years ago, will be resumed as of June 5. Officials of Iran's flag carrier HOMA say the flight had been canceled due to stoppage of fueling of Iranian airlines in Rome. - 6/3/13

"Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where Did the US Go Wrong?"- Noam Chomsky and The Leveretts at MIT
Earlier this week, the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT sponsored an event, "Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where Did the US Go Wrong?", featuring Noam Chomsky and the two of us; for a video, see here, or click on the video above. The event was moderated by Prof. Ali Banuazizi of Boston College. -Going to Tehran - 6/3/13

Afghan Government Probes Taliban Visit To Iran
The government of Afghanistan says it has reached out to neighboring Iran as the Taliban confirmed it had held talks with Iranian officials. On June 3, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Musazai indicated that Kabul is in close contact with the Iranian officials to find out more about a recent visit by a Taliban delegation to Tehran. - 6/3/13

Iran's Security Forces Descend On Presidential Campaign Event, Make Arrests
A campaign gathering for Iranian presidential hopeful Hassan Rohani was interrupted by security forces, which led to the arrest of some of the candidate's supporters. The Kaleme website reports that Saeedollah Bedashti, the head of Rohani's young supporters, was arrested at the event together with a number of other activists. - 6/2/13

Iran: Reformist Candidate Criticizes Last Election, Current Climate
Iranian presidential candidate Mohammadreza Aref spoke about the 2009 election during a radio program, saying: "In the election of 2009, there were overt violations and inappropriate endorsements." - 6/2/13

Iranian Discus Thrower Hadadi Finishes 3rd In IAAF Diamond League
Iran's discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi finished in third place at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, the United States, on Saturday. Ehsan Hadadi threw 65.63m and came third. - 6/2/13

Six Die, Hundreds Sick In Iran After Drinking Tainted Alcohol
Reports from Iran say six people have died and 348 have fallen ill after drinking poisonous alcohol in the southeastern province of Kerman. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes a medical official, Hamid Najmeddin, as saying that three people were in critical condition in a hospital's intensive care unit on June 1. - 6/2/13

Iranian students to attend int'l underwater robot competition in US
A team of Iranian students will take part the US international underwater robot challenge, Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) in Seattle. The matches scheduled to be held in Washington will run on June 20-22, to be attended by NASA, the world's large oil companies as well as rivals from the US, Britain, Russia, China, ... - 6/2/13

Interview: Daniel Yergin On The Promise, And Perils, Of The U.S. Oil Boom
They're calling it a "supply shock" in the world's energy markets. A recent report by the International Energy Agency says oil production in North America will grow so much in the next five years that it will turn the United States into a net oil exporter, transforming the global oil market in the process. - 6/2/13

Iranian President's Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing
Iran's presidential office says a helicopter carrying President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has made an emergency landing after an unspecified "accident." The president's website said no one on board was hurt. - 6/2/13

Iran's Presidential Candidates Criticize New TV Debate Format
The first televised debate among the presidential candidates was aired on Friday on Iran's state television. All eight candidates participated in the event and responded to questions about their economic plans. The debate format was unprecedented, and the facilitator claimed it was the result of "hours of expert planning." - 6/1/13

Exhibition by Negar Ahkami in New York: The Consumption
Leila Heller is pleased to announce The Consumption, Negar Ahkami's second solo exhibition at the gallery, on view from June 6 - July 6, 2013. The Consumption will feature a selection of new works by Ahkami, including exuberant paintings with bas-relief surfaces that depict a variety of figures in water. - 6/1/13

Iranian lifters win three golds at Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships
The Iranian weightlifters continued to shine at 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships by bagging two more gold medals. -Amir Hossein Fazli clinched a gold medal at the 85kg category on Friday. The Iranian lifted 151kg in snatch and 181kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 332kg. - 6/1/13

Iranian carmaker dramatically hikes prices
The intensification of international sanctions on Iran and recent national policies regarding government subsidies have caused a sharp devaluation of the national currency and widespread inflation all across the Iranian market. - 6/1/13

Making lemonade out of lemons in Tehran?
For many Western observers, perhaps the most confusing aspect of Iranian politics over the past 15 years has been the conflicting statements emanating from the Islamic Republic. -Reza Marashi, Al Jazeera - 6/1/13

U.S. Targets Iran's Petrochemical Industry
The Obama administration on Friday escalated efforts to isolate Iran economically, blacklisting Iranian companies in the petrochemical industry for the first time and punishing five businesses in four other countries for conspiring to evade American sanctions aimed at restricting Iranian oil sales and air transportation. - 6/1/13

Iran Downplays Sentencing Over Plot To Kill Saudi Envoy
Tehran is downplaying a 25-year prison sentence against an Iranian-American who was convicted in an alleged Iranian-backed plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. -REF - 6/1/13

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