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IRAN: Prosecutor Says 'A Large Number' Of Protesters Arrested, Threatens Others
A large number of people who took part in protests in Tehran have been put behind bars, the city's Prosecutor General has told local media. Meanwhile, a "well informed source" told Radio Farda that merchants of the bazaar in city of Arak, central Iran, closed down the market on Thursday, June 28. Radio Farda has not received any information whether protests still continue in other cities. -Radio Farda - 6/29/18

Injuries Reported After Iran's Detained Environmentalists Subjected to Renewed Interrogations
Environmentalists detained without charge for the past five months in Tehran's Evin Prison are once again being subjected to interrogations in the prison's Ward 2-A under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). - 6/29/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums
Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Iranian Journalist and Political Activist Detained For Criticizing Iran's Judiciary
Well-known journalist and political activist Hengameh Shahidi was arrested upon leaving a hospital in Iran's Kish Island after strongly criticizing state policies on social media and in interviews with foreign media. - 6/29/18

Climbers for Peace trio bound for volcanic peak in Iran
Three Santa Rosa men are embarking today on a mission to climb a world-famous mountain and promote peace in a land many Americans would consider off limits. Their goal is to stand at the summit of Mount Damavand on July 7. At 18,605 feet, it's the highest volcano in Asia and rated the 12th most prominent peak in the world. -The Press Democrat - 6/29/18

Iran's parliament urges President Rouhani to change economic team
A number of Iranian MPs wrote a letter to President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urging him to change his economic team. The letter was signed by 187 legislators in the 290-seat parliament. "Current economic situation in the country makes it essential for the three branches to make more efforts in line with strengthening the Islamic Republic's system and alleviating economic pressure on the people," the parliamentarians said. - 6/29/18

Fire At Iranian Oil Refinery in Abadan Kills One, Injures 18
A fire at an oil refinery in the Iranian city of Abadan in southwestern Khuzestan Province has killed one person and injured 18. A report by Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency on June 28 said that the Abadan petrochemical complex caught fire at midnight on June 27 and that 10 of the injured were transferred to a hospital. - 6/29/18

Spooked by Trump, Europe's Iranian oil purchases set to plummet
European refiners are cutting purchases of Iranian oil faster than expected as the U.S. prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran, threatening a more severe impact than the last round of punitive measures in 2012 even though the EU has not joined in. -Reuters - 6/29/18

Tehran, Washington Trade Blame For Iran's Deepening Economic Woes
Iranian President Hassan Rohani in a fiery speech has blamed Washington for the country's deepening economic problem, while nearly two-thirds of Iran's legislators issued a letter demanding that he change his own economic management team. - 6/28/18

United Nations: Iran Nuclear Deal at 'Crossroads'
The U.N.'s political chief said Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal was at a "crossroads" after the U.S. withdrawal last month from the international agreement. "The secretary-general deeply regrets this setback to the JCPOA and believes that issues not directly related to the plan should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments," Rosemary DiCarlo, undersecretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council during the first meeting about the deal's implementation since the U.S. announced its withdrawal on May 8. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 6/28/18

Iran's Chabahar Port: Where Asian and Middle Eastern Rivalries Collide
Iran's Indian-backed port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East's multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Central Asian states even without the re-imposition of sanctions. -James M. Dorsey - 6/28/18

Widow Hospitalized After IRGC Storms Home of Iranian Canadian Who Died in Iranian State Custody
The widow of an Iranian Canadian environmentalist who recently died in state custody in Iran has been hospitalized in Tehran after being interrogated for hours by agents who raided her home on June 25, 2018.Unidentified security agents stormed the home of Kavous Seyed-Emami and his grieving widow Maryam Mombeini, who was denied access to a lawyer while she was being interrogated. According to one of her lawyers, Payam Derafshan, Mombeini became so distraught that she was heard screaming before passing out and being transferred to a hospital. - 6/28/18

The Bazaar, A Force To Be Reckoned With in Iranian Political Landscape
The wave of protest and unrest in Tehran's retail commercial centers this week highlighted the role of the bazaar in social and political change in Iran. Although the Grand Bazaar was a key player in in the events of this week, which quickly turned from unhappiness about worsening economic conditions to audacious calls for political change, it is good to note that protests started from Tehran's cell phone market on Sunday. - 6/28/18

Turkey Says Won't Honor U.S. Demand To Stop Buying Iran's Oil
Turkey has said that it does not plan to honor a U.S. call for countries to stop importing oil from Iran, calling the demand "not binding" on Ankara. "We will follow if there are decisions, sanctions by the United Nations on this issue. Other than this, we will only follow our own interests," Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said. - 6/28/18

President Rohani Says Iran Prepared To Handle 'Psychological, Economic, Political War' With U.S.
President Hassan Rohani has reassured Iranians that his government will offset the economic pressure of upcoming U.S. sanctions, a day after protests fueled by concern over a sharp fall in the value of the country's currency. - 6/27/18

Iranian Officials Plead With The People To Save The Day
It is the duty of all Iranians to help the government overcome economic problems, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday, according to Fars News. Various Islamic Republic officials have been expressing similar views in the light of recent economic and currency turmoil in Iran. - 6/27/18

Iran's Judiciary Chief Threatens Protesting Merchants With Execution as Protests Continue
The Chief Justice of Iran Sadegh Larijani has threatened the merchants who have been protesting in Tehran against rising inflation since June 25, 2018, with execution if they don't back down. "I'm warning you. Listen well. Take the cotton out of your ears and open your eyes. These actions against the country's economic order are punishable by execution-if found to be on the level of 'corruption on earth"-or up to 20 years in prison and the confiscation of all possessions," he said in a speech to judicial officials in Tehran on June 26. - 6/27/18

US to World Companies: Cut Iran Oil Imports or Face Sanctions
A senior State Department official has told reporters the United States expects companies all over the world to cut their crude oil imports from Iran to zero by November 4 or face U.S. sanctions. The State Department official said he had been meeting with European diplomats to convey the message that the Trump administration is serious about enforcing new sanctions on trade with Iran since President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal in May. -Cindy Saine, VOA - 6/27/18

Iran: People With Disabilities Face Discrimination and Abuse
People with disabilities in Iran face discrimination, abuse, and an inaccessible environment, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report released today. The 72-page report, "'I Am Equally Human': Discrimination and Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Iran," documents the everyday barriers people with disabilities meet when going to government offices, healthcare centers, and when using public transportation. - 6/27/18

World Cup 2018: Iran shines against Portugal but fails to reach knockout stage
Portugal advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B after a Ricardo Quaresma strike was cancelled out by a stoppage-time penalty by Iran's Karim Ansarifard after Cristiano Ronaldo had himself missed from the spot. - 6/26/18

Iranian Police Fire Tear Gas After Protesters Swarm Tehran Bazaar
Police in Tehran have fired tear gas at a crowd of protesters who marched to the Iranian parliament on June 25 after swarming the city's historic Grand Bazaar in anger over the country's troubled economy. The spontaneous protest erupted at the Grand Bazaar on the morning of June 25, after the black-market exchange rate for Iran's rial currency fell by more than 10 percent in a single day despite moves by the government support it. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

Iran Minister Under Fire As List Of Cell Phone Profiteers Goes Viral
Social media activists lashed out on Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi on Monday, June 25 after a list of companies that took advantage of the country's chaotic foreign exchange market to pocket millions of dollars was published on the web. -Radio Farda - 6/26/18

'Victory' For Iranian Women But Loss For Team At Last World Cup Game
Iranian women have scored another victory as they publicly viewed a World Cup game for only the second time in 40 years, but their team was eliminated from the tournament partly as a result of controversial decisions by referees in a game against Portugal. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

Environmental Crisis Forces Residents In Abadan, Iran To Migrate
High concentration of salt in the water has shut down the industrial and agricultural sectors around the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan and forced some of the residents to emigrate to other cities, an Iranian official says. -Radio Farda - 6/26/18

Three Iranian Cineastes Among Invitees To Join Film Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked three Iranian cineastes to join the organization as the Academy has invited 928 new members from 59 countries. "Sara and Aida," and "The Salesman" cinematographer Hossein Jafarian, as well as Ali Asgari and Farnush Samadi, the co-directors of "The Silence" and "The Gaze" are the invitees from Iran this year, the Academy announced in a statement published on June 25. - 6/26/18

EU requests for US waivers on Iran trade 'unanswered'
France says a joint request by Europe's three largest economies from the US to exempt their companies from sanctions for doing business with Iran has gone unanswered. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said his country as well as Germany and Britain have not received "positive signs" from Washington. "For the moment, our requests remain unanswered," he told the Anglo-American Press Association. - 6/26/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran beats Germany, gains 3rd consecutive win
The Iran men's national volleyball team has overpowered Germany for the third straight victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. The Iranian outfit managed to beat the German side 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-11) at the end of a Pool 19 match played at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Sunday evening. - 6/25/18

Tehran's Grand Bazaar Goes On Strike As Iran's Economic Crisis Worsens
Store owners at Tehran's Grand Bazaar closed their shops Monday morning, June 25, in protest to the dramatic rise in the rate of exchange of foreign currencies that have adversely affected the market and made prices unaffordable for buyers. The move came one day after strike and protests broke out at Tehran's cell phone market. -Radio Farda - 6/25/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums
Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Iran to create 2nd currency market to ease dollar fever
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says it plans to create what it has described as a secondary currency market to help ease tensions that plunged the rial against the US dollar to a record low level on Sunday. CBI chief Valiollah Seif told reporters on Monday that the secondary currency market would be dedicated to selling US dollars to importers of "essential goods" by exporters of non-oil products such as petrochemicals. - 6/25/18

Protests Erupt In Tehran As Iranian Currency Takes A Nose-Dive
Tehran's cell phone market went on strike on Sunday June 24, with store owners and people marching in protest in Jomhouri (Republic) Avenue as the city's Forex market, just a stone-throw away, recorded the highest value for US dollar against the Iranian currency rial. - 6/25/18

Portugal Is My Greatest Match Ever: Iran's Coach Carlos Queiroz
Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says Team Melli match against Portugal is his greatest match ever in his seven-year spell in Iran. Despite their defeat against La Roja, Iran's fate is still in their own hands. Whatever happens in Spain's final group match against Morocco, the Iranians know that a win over Portugal will see them into the round of 16. - 6/24/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran overcomes Bulgaria
The Iran men's national volleyball team has registered its second consecutive victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, defeating the Bulgarian squad. The Iranian squad defeated Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-14) in a Pool 19 fixture staged at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Saturday evening. - 6/24/18

Open Letter: Distinguished Iranian Women Call on FIFA to Demand Iran End Its Ban on Women in Stadiums
In an open letter, prominent women of Iranian origin including Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and legendary singer Googoosh have urged the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban on women in stadiums. - 6/24/18

World Cup 2018: Can miracle happen for Iran?
It would be fairly hard, but not impossible, for Iran to progress further the 2018 World Cup. It all depends on Iran's Team Melli overcoming Ronaldo-spirited Portugal at the Mordovia Arena, Saransk. One scenario could be that on Monday Iranians take to the streets to celebrate their national team progress to the Round of 16 for the first time. However, everybody knows how good Portugal are. We all also know full well what awaits us in case Team Melli beat the European giants. - 6/24/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Rejects Bail Offer
A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who was arrested on June 13 has refused to post bail, Iranian news agencies have reported. Sotoudeh had defended women who were prosecuted for protesting against having to wear the Islamic head scarf. - 6/24/18

Salinity Of City Water Leads To Protests In Abadan
Hundreds of residents in Abadan, a oil refining city in southwest Iran, have once again held a protest on Saturday, June 23, in front of the Governor's office to protest lack of drinkable and usable water. Protesters carried banners that read, "Potable water is our absolute right", sarcastically reminding the now obsolete slogan, "Nuclear energy is our absolute right", coined during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss
Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

Child Refugees With Disabilities in Iran Struggle to Access Education and Healthcare
In interviews conducted by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) ahead of this year's World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, several Afghan refugees in Iran described difficulties accessing basic services including health care and child education. Refugees with disabilities, particularly children, are often excluded or denied the ability to obtain the limited state services currently provided by Iran. - 6/22/18

Iran will not hold negotiations with US as 'rogue' state: Iranian FM Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US is turning into a "rogue state" by repeatedly violating international law, adding that Iran will not negotiate with a country that fails to keep its word and moves to sabotage one multilateral agreement after another. - 6/22/18

Japan PM plans Iran visit in July, a first in 40 years: Report
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a state visit to Iran in July as Tokyo is seeking to strengthen economic ties with Tehran, government sources have said. The visit may take place as early as mid-July as part of the Japanese premier's tour of the Middle East and Europe, Kyodon News reported, noting that the itinerary will be announced soon. "If realized, it will be the first trip to Iran by a sitting Japanese prime minister since Takeo Fukuda visited the country in 1978," the news agency said. - 6/22/18

World Cup: Lucky Diego Costa goal sees Spain past tenacious Iran
A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although tenacious Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday. -The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16. - 6/21/18

Iranian Lawyer Arrested For Asserting Executed Sufi Man's Innocence
Iranian authorities have arrested a lawyer for spreading "lies" after claiming that a Sufi man executed this week was wrongfully convicted of killing three police officers, local media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency said on June 20 that an arrest warrant was issued against Zeinab Taheri for making "false statements" and because of "her lies propagated online claiming [Mohammad Salas] was not guilty." - 6/21/18

Iran Confirms 1 Victim in Alleged Gang Rapes in Southeast
An Iranian official said authorities investigating accusations of recent mass abductions and rapes of women in southeastern Iran have confirmed that at least one complainant was raped. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/21/18

Retired IRGC General 'Returns' Villa After Disclosure By Hardline Students
Former chief of the joint staff of Iranian armed forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi says he has returned a 10 thousand square meter villa he had occupied for 25 years. Earlier, in what appeared to be a new round of infighting among Iranian conservatives, an ultraconservative student group had called on Firouzabadi on June 17 to return the expropriated villa, but Firouzabadi claimed on June 19 that the villa was given to him by the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be used by him "for top secret business of the armed forces' joint staff." - 6/21/18

Tehran University Students Skip Tests In Protest Of Arrests
Dozens of students at Tehran University have abstained from attending semester tests, protesting the detention of their peers during the widespread anti-establishment uprising late last December and in early January. Scores of students were arrested in the unprecedented protests that broke out in the Shi'ite holy city of Mashhad and soon spread to more than 100 other cities across Iran. -Radio Farda - 6/20/18

Preserving JCPOA key to global security: UN Chief Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has underlined the need for keeping the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in place despite the US's withdrawal, saying the multinational accord is key to ensuring global security. In a meeting with Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), in Oslo on Tuesday, Guterres voiced his full support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying he is in talks with the remaining parties on the future of the deal. - 6/20/18

Iran Defends Its Record on Supporting Persons With Disabilities But Serious Discrimination Persists
At the 11th annual session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held at the United Nations headquarters in New York (June 11-14, 2018), the head of the Welfare Organization of Iran (WOI), Anoushirvan Mohseni-Bandpey, gave a speech on Iran's actions and achievements in defending the rights of persons with disabilities. - 6/20/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Khamenei Opposes Joining UN Convention On Anti-Corruption
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly opposed joining a global anti-money laundering convention on Wednesday, June 20. Referring to recent debates in country's parliament on joining the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC) and accepting mandated reforms, Khamenei told lawmakers Wednesday: "It is not necessary to join conventions whose depths we are unaware of." - 6/20/18

Iran Rejects Russian, Saudi Plan To Raise Oil Output, Rein In Prices
Iran has rejected a plan by Russia and Saudi Arabia to increase oil production at a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel this week in response to consumer disgruntlement with rising prices. "I don't believe at this meeting we can reach agreement," Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters after arriving in Vienna, where OPEC is headquartered, on June 19. - 6/20/18

Iran's ancient engineering marvel
What on Earth are those? I thought to myself shortly before landing in the Iranian city of Esfahan one summer. From the aeroplane window, I could see what looked like a cross between freakishly large anthills and obscure symbols left by an extraterrestrial race. Little could I - then only a teenager - have guessed what lay beneath their mysterious surfaces. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC - 6/20/18

Swiss rail company Matisa defies US with Iran deal
Iran's state rail company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Switzerland's rail tracks maintenance machines manufacturer Matisa for obsolescence management, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday. Under the MoU, Matisa will cooperate on overhaul and retrofitting of ballast cleaners, tampers and regulators as well as sourcing of 21 track machines with Iran's RAI railway company, the report said. - 6/20/18

PHOTOS: Skillful women engaged in embroidery in Kerman, Iran
The skill of crafting embroideries with geometric patterns and vivid colors has passed down from generation to generation in Kerman, southwestern Iran. Many women are engaged in this craft which helps supplement their household's income. -Sare Tajalli - 6/19/18

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Charged With National Security Crimes For Representing Hijab Protesters
Detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing two national security charges for representing women facing prison time in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic's compulsory hijab law. "During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are 'propaganda against the state' and 'assembly and collusion' because she colluded with Ms. Shaparak [Shajarizadeh] in the courthouse in Kashan," Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/18

Iran to sue U.S. over FBI's mistreatment of Iranian volleyball players
President of Iran Volleyball Federation said that they will sue US over FBI's mistreating Iranian volleyball players. Last week, Iran went to USA's Chicago to hold three matches in FIVB Volleyball Nation's League (VNL). Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated Iranian players upon their arrival to US and kept the team in a small room for three hours before allowing them to pass. Also, US had refused to issue visas for some of team members, including team supervisor Amir Sarkhosh. - 6/19/18

Rape Cases Stir Controversy In Iran's Sunni-Populated Baluchestan
Iran's Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has threatened June 18 to prosecute a local Sunni Imam in the city of Iranshahr in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchestan for disclosing that 41 girls have been raped in that city. - 6/19/18

French firms 'won't be able to stay' in Iran: France's Finance Minister
Most French companies interested in maintaining business in Iran "won't be able to stay because they need to be paid for the products they deliver to or build in Iran," Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday. "And they cannot be paid because there is no sovereign and autonomous European financial institution" capable of shielding them, he told BFM television. - 6/19/18

Former Israeli Energy Minister Charged With Spying For Iran
Israeli authorities have arrested a former cabinet minister once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, this time on suspicion of spying for archfoe Iran, the country's internal security service says. The Shin Bet security service said in a June 18 statement that Gonen Segev was indicted on charges of "committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel." - 6/19/18

World Cup: Iran's Coach Queiroz hits out at critics after win over Morocco
Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz has hit out at critics after win over Morocco in their World Cup opener. Team Melli edged past Morocco in Group B thanks to an injury time goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz. - 6/18/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: US defeats Iran in 3 sets in Chicago
In a crowded stadium in Chicago where Iranians were loud and jubilant, team US hosts managed to defeat their guests from Iran in three consecutive sets. In a close first set the US defeated Iran 29-27 to take the early lead. In the second set, the US squad gained a 25-20 victory over Iran and the third set was once again tight, ending in a 26-24 victory for the US team. - 6/18/18

41 girls, young women reportedly kidnapped and raped in Iranshahr: One suspect arrested
Security forces have arrested one of the men suspected of kidnapping dozens of girls and young women in the city of Iranshahr, southeast Iran, the local prosecutor has announced. Iranshahr, a city of 150,000 located in the mainly Baluchi Sunni province of Sistan and Baluchestan, has experienced a spate of kidnappings in recent weeks. Residents learned about the abductions from the city's Friday prayer leader, Sunni cleric Molawi Tayyib MullaZahei, who spoke about the unprecedented series of kidnappings in his June 15 sermon. - 6/18/18

Iran's President Rouhani to visit Switzerland, Austria: Office
President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Switzerland and Austria at the invitation of the European countries' presidents, IRNA news agency reported on Monday, citing the presidential office. Rouhani will travel first to Bern for a two-day visit in the first half of the Iranian month of Tir (June 22-July 6), the presidential office's director for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili said. - 6/18/18

Tehran Stock Exchange index hits a 50-year record high of 102,000 points
Players in Iran's capital market witnessed a historical record in growth of Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE)'s main index (TEDPIX) which gained 3,306 points to hit 102,452 points on Sunday, something unprecedented in the 50-year history of the country's stock market. - 6/18/18

Iranian MPs Accuse Firebrand Cleric Of Being Behind Threats
Two members of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) have responded to Mashad's firebrand Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda's accusation of treason, with counter-accusations implying the ayatollah was involved with threat messages sent to MPs. - 6/18/18

Iran resumes train service to Turkey's Van after 3 years
Iran says it has launched a train service to Turkey's Van after a hiatus of about three years with officials expressing hope that it would help increase the number of tourists travelling on either side of the border. - 6/18/18

Iran Executes Sufi Man Convicted Of Killing 3 Police Officers In Clashes
Iranian authorities have executed a man convicted of killing three police officers during clashes involving members of a Sufi order, despite calls to stop his execution. The official website of Iran's judiciary said Mohammad Reza Salas was hanged early on June 18. - 6/18/18

World Cup 2018: Iran earn late win over Morocco
Iran national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz here in injury time in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday. Bouhaddouzm who came off the bench as Ayoub El Kaabi's replacement, headed the ball into his own goal from a free-kick. - 6/16/18

Iranian Fans Celebrate Dramatic Late Victory Over Morocco In World Cup Opener
Iran has scored a dramatic victory over Morocco at the World Cup in Russia, spurring thousands of fans back home to pour onto the streets to celebrate the second-ever victory for the country in soccer's centerpiece event. - 6/16/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League:: Iran storms past Poland
The Iran men's national volleyball team has upset world powerhouse Poland to achieve its first victory at the fourth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. On Friday evening, the Iranian squad defeated the Biało-Czerwoni Orzeł 3-0 (26-24, 26-24 and 25-22) at the end of a Pool 15 fixture played at the 11,000-seat Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the United States. - 6/16/18

Man Base To Fan Base: Tehran Adds Women To 'Unity' Billboard For World Cup
A huge billboard unveiled in the Iranian capital this week to boost national unity and fan support ahead of soccer's World Cup has been replaced following widespread anger at its exclusion of women. - 6/16/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Forbids 'Too Much Travelling Abroad' To Save Foreign Currency
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized Iranians for "travelling abroad too frequently" and told them to "quit this bad habit," while "the enemies are plotting to exert economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic. - 6/16/18

Germany sets up special Iran sanctions advisory office
Germany says it has established a special office to advise companies worried about their business dealings with Iran amid fears they will be targeted for US sanctions. Based on an announcement by Germany's Economy Ministry, companies would be able to obtain information about the potential risks of their business activities from the official named as "Iran Contact Point". - 6/16/18

For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games
For many, the World Cup gives people a chance to sideline politics and unite under the feel-good umbrella of sports diplomacy. In the current geopolitical climate, fat chance of that. -Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times - 6/16/18

Iran Government To Open Warehouses To Combat Rising Prices
In an attempt to harness soaring prices, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has ordered his cabinet ministers to open warehouses and "put stockpiled commodities at the people's disposal." Announcing this at the end of a cabinet meeting on June 13, Rouhani's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi told reporters that the recent price hike in Iran has "psychological reasons." - 6/15/18

51 Organizations Demand Congressional Oversight of Trump's Muslim Ban and Extreme Vetting
On the eve of a potential decision by the Supreme Court on Trump's Muslim ban, fifty-one organizations representing millions of Americans have signed a letter calling on Congress to take necessary steps to obtain full information about the Trump Administration implementation of it's Muslim Ban and "extreme vetting" policies. -NIAC Action - 6/15/18

University Student Activists Sentenced to Prison After Being Arrested by President Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry
University of Tehran student activists Sina Darvish Omran and Ali Mozaffari were each sentenced to eight years in prison on June 11, 2018, by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran for allegedly joining protests in Tehran earlier in the year. - 6/15/18

IRAN: MPs Propose An Amnesty For Diaspora Iranians
The Islamic Republic's parliament (Majles) has drafted a double emergency motion to declare general amnesty and judicial immunity for diaspora Iranians. Meanwhile, the motion has also called for restricting death penalty across the country. - 6/15/18

Baha'i Student Expelled From Iranian University One Year Before Graduation
Soha Izadi was expelled from a university in the Iranian city of Zanjan, 207 miles west of Tehran, in March 2018 because of her Baha'i faith, a source close to the 21-year-old student's family informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on June 11, 2018. - 6/15/18

Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained Amid Iranian Judiciary's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers
The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights attorney who was arrested in her home by unidentified agents on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. Her husband Reza Khandan, who wrote about Sotoudeh's arrest on his Facebook page, informed CHRI that the agents told Sotoudeh that she must serve a five-year prison sentence without providing further details. He added that he and Sotoudeh were unaware of any sentence that had been issued against her. - 6/14/18

Nuclear Diplomacy With North Korea And Iran: Let The Comparisons Begin
North Korea and Iran represent significantly different nuclear-related challenges. The biggest difference is that North Korea has nuclear weapons while Iran doesn't and never has. If North Korea really were to become no longer a nuclear threat, as Donald Trump prematurely declared upon returning to Washington this week, this would mean Pyongyang dismantling an existing nuclear arsenal. With Iran, the task instead has been to close all possible pathways to development of an Iranian nuclear weapon and to ensure through comprehensive monitoring and inspection that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful. -Paul Pillar - 6/14/18

Opposition scouting report: How can Morocco beat Iran?
With Spain and Portugal completing a nightmarish Group B for Morocco, the Atlas Lions can ill afford a slip up when they face Iran in Saint Petersburg in their World Cup opener. -ESPN - 6/14/18

Iranian Officials Vehemently Reject Netanyahu's Offer Of Help
Officials of the Islamic Republic lambasted Israel on Monday, June 11, for launching a Persian website to "assist people and farmers of Iran to recycle water". Calling Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu a "deceitful showman", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, "I don't know to what extent one should respond to the remarks of a deceitful showman." - 6/14/18

60 Steelworkers Arrested in Iran For Demanding Three Months Back Wages
More than 60 workers at the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (INSIG) in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, have been arrested for demanding their salaries, which have not been paid to them for the last three months, according to an independent Iranian labor organization. - 6/14/18

Bill on restricting Iran ties to hurt Canada's interests: Tehran
Iran has condemned the Canadian House of Commons' vote in favor of a draft law restricting ties with Tehran, rejecting the claims in the bill, which it says will be to Ottawa's detriment. In a hostile move on Tuesday, the Commons approved the bill, introduced by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, which called on the Canadian government to "immediately cease any and all negotiations or discussions with the Islamic Republic of Iran to restore diplomatic relations." - 6/14/18

OMV announces plan to pull out of Iran
Austria's energy giant OMV says it plans to cease its operations in Iran amid growing signs that the United States is preparing to re-impose sanctions against the country. OMV Chief Executive Rainer Seele told Reuters that his company planned to conclude a seismic studies project in Iran but would not pursue projects further. - 6/14/18

It's time for Iranian players to express excitement: Football Coach Queiroz
Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are completely ready to meet Morocco at the 2018 World Cup opener. Team Melli, who became the first team to arrive in Russia for the World Cup last week, are training in Bakovka camp, outside Moscow. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times - 6/13/18

EU says no better alternative to Iran's nuclear deal
The European Union says the US departure from the Iran nuclear deal has had a negative effect on credibility of international agreements. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing a European parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. - 6/13/18

President Rouhani: Action Needed to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it will be difficult for Tehran to stay in the 2015 nuclear accord it signed with world powers if it cannot benefit from the agreement. Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call Tuesday that the remaining co-signers to the treaty -- France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China -- will have to find a way to compensate Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the pact and reimpose sanctions. - 6/13/18

Mazda, Hyundai Leave Iranian Market, Affecting Cars and Shipping
A week after it was announced that French carmaker Peugeot-Citroen had left the Iranian market, Japan's Mazda and South Korean Hyundai have also suspended contracts with Iran, according to a member of the parliamentary Industries and Mines Commission. -Radio Farda - 6/13/18

Innovating In Iran: Afghan Immigrant Wins Praise In Tehran, But 'Home' Still Beckons
Foruzan Faghiri was 3 years old when her family fled war in Afghanistan for neighboring Iran. The Faghiris found shelter and education while at the same time coping with the discrimination and restrictions that Afghan refugees routinely face in Iran. Yet Faghiri persevered, becoming a conspicuous success among Afghan immigrants to Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 6/13/18

Reviving tourism in Iran's village of little people
Months of ongoing restoration work in Makhounik is seen as a step forward to put Iran's village of little people on the map of sightseers. Restoration of walls and internal spaces, reinforcement of foundations and rooftops and modification of water channels are amongst the rehabilitation plans, which will continue until late July this year, IRNA reported on Monday. - 6/13/18

Who Are the State-Vetted Lawyers Exclusively Allowed to Defend Detainees Facing Political Charges in Iran?
Iran's judiciary has not released the names of the 20 state-approved lawyers exclusively allowed to represent detainees held on politically motivated charges in Iran. But some potential lawyers have dark human rights records. In January 2018, shortly after the list was issued to judicial offices in Iran, 150 lawyers called on Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani to stop restricting detainees' access to legal counsel. Some lawyers are contemplating more protests. - 6/13/18

Iran's Football Coach Demands Apology From Nike Over World Cup Boots
Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz has demanded a formal apology from American sportswear manufacturer Nike over its decision to withdraw supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - 6/13/18

Shi'ite Leaders In Iraq Form Unexpected, Pro-Iran Political Alliance
Powerful Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced an unexpected political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the country's May 12 parliamentary election. By forming a coalition with Amiri on June 12, Sadr moves a step closer to forming a coalition with enough seats to hold a majority in the 329-seat parliament. -RFE/RL - 6/13/18

Iran's Team Melli can stun Morocco in World Cup: Coach Carlos Queiroz
Head coach of Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are ready to stun Morocco in the 2018 World Cup. Iran, making their fifth appearance in the World Cup finals, kick off their campaign against the Atlas Lions in St Petersburg on June 15. - 6/12/18

Iran's World Cup Carpet Diplomacy
Iran's national team will lock horns with the heavyweights of soccer at the World Cup in Russia this month. But before the clashes begin, Team Melli is in a gift-giving mood. The squad plans to present silk Persian carpets to FIFA, the world governing body of soccer; the Russian Football Union; and the national teams of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, Iran's opponents in the group stage of the tournament. -Freud Bezhan, RFE - 6/12/18

Price Hike Gains New Momentum In Iran
The prices of gold and cars and the exchange rate for the U.S. dollar reached record highs on the Iranian market on June 11, while some social media users have complained about a new rise in the cost of housing in Tehran. -Radio Farda - 6/12/18

Iran's Taftian Wins Men's 100 Meters Gold At Diamond League
Hassan Taftian from Iran claimed a gold medal in the Men's 100 Meters of the 2018 Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. The race was won by Taftian in a season's best 10.07 off his own Iranian national record. - 6/12/18

Iranian Government Designates Protest Sites
The Iranian government has designated several spots in Tehran where citizens are permitted to hold rallies, including five sports complexes, six parks, and an area next to the parliament. On June 10, the government also issued criteria for the designation of locations in other cities. -Radio Farda - 6/12/18

Iran turns to old friends amid European exodus
Verbal pledges by European governments to shield trade with the Islamic Republic have not stopped companies from pulling out of Iran projects as they face a "wind-down" period of up to six months before the US reimposes sanctions. On Monday, German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd was reported to have stopped one of its two feeder services to Iran. - 6/12/18

Iran, China discuss JCPOA, all-out relations on SCO sidelines
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 and mutual relations, particularly in economic and trade sectors. - 6/11/18

Rouhani Calls Suspension of Zoroastrian City Council Member "Really Upsetting"
President Hassan Rouhani has expressed hope that the long-running state dispute over the suspension of a Zoroastrian member of the Yazd City Council in southeastern Iran will be resolved by the country's highest arbitration body. "It's really upsetting to see doubts cast on a non-Muslim after he wins the people's vote in an election and questions are raised regarding whether he could be a member of a council or not," the Shia Muslim president said in a speech to a group of Sunni Muslim scholars in Tehran on June 2, 2018. - 6/11/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran slumps to Russia
The Iran men's national volleyball team has suffered its second consecutive loss at the third week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, going down to the Russian squad. - 6/11/18

Iranian Poet Sentenced and Fined For Posting Photo of Man Injured by Police
Posting a photo of a man injured by police to his Instagram account has cost Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin three months of community service at the State Welfare Organization of Iran and five million tomans ($1,182 USD). - 6/11/18

Iran's President Rohani Warns Europe That Time Is Running Out On Saving Nuclear Deal
Iran has warned Europe that time is running out on saving an international deal on its nuclear program and reiterated its criticism of the United States for "unilateralism" by withdrawing from the accord. Iranian President Hassan Rohani told a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russia where Iran has observer status, on June 10 that U.S. efforts "to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all." - 6/11/18

US Withdrawal from Iran Deal Hits Young Iranians Hard
When Iran reached a landmark nuclear agreement with the international community in 2015, Iranian youth were especially happy. After struggling with sanctions and isolation for many years, young people hoped their country was entering a new chapter in which it would be seen as a constructive actor on the international stage. -Tahereh Hadian-Jazy, Atlantic Council - 6/11/18

Tehran Urges World To Resist U.S. 'Bullying,' Compensate Iran's Losses
Iran's top diplomat is asking world powers that remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal to resist what he called U.S. "bullying tactics" and ensure that Iran is compensated for economic losses that result from U.S. withdrawal from the agreement. - 6/8/18

CONFERENCE: Tappeh Sialk and Ancient Kashan Revisited
Following on from last year's highly successful conference about Tappeh Sialk, IHF is organising another seminar which will feature talks by international experts, as well as looking at how this significant Iranian site can be more widely recognised and promoted in the future. July 2nd & 3rd in London -Iran Heritage Foundation - 6/8/18

Third Woman Sentenced to Prison in Iran For Removing Hijab Slapped With More Charges
Civil rights activist Shima Babaei: "They said the hijab is the law and I must respect it. I told them it's a bad law and I'm protesting against it in the most peaceful way possible; I've been instigated by no one." - 6/8/18

EU Cannot Protect Companies Against U.S. Sanctions, Says Economist
Despite assurances from the EU that European companies will be supported in continuing to do business with Iran and shielded from U.S. sanctions, several companies have already announced they are cutting ties with Iran. -Radio Farda - 6/8/18

Iran says OPEC won't follow US instructions on oil output hike
Iran has lashed out at the United States for asking Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to cover a drop in Iranian exports, saying the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would dismiss the appeal. - 6/8/18

Getting The Boot: Iran Manager Calls Out Nike On World Cup Cleat Snub
The coach of Iran's national team has urged world soccer's governing body, FIFA, to step in against U.S. sportswear giant Nike for refusing to provide his players with shoes at this month's World Cup in Russia. When it announced this week that it would exclude Iranian players, Nike linked its decision to the Trump administration's reimposition of Iran sanctions - 6/7/18

Remaining signatories to Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) meet behind closed doors in Tehran
Experts from the six remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement have gathered in Tehran for their second meeting since the United States chose to unilaterally leave the multilateral accord. - 6/7/18

60 wetlands drained in Iran due to drought
Some 60 wetlands in Iran are completely dried up and some other are under pressure, the deputy environment chief for the wetlands has said. Masoud Baqerzadeh said there are some 105 wetlands in Iran, stretching 3 million hectares of lands. - 6/7/18

EU adopts updated law to protect Iran deal, European firms from US sanctions
The European Commission has adopted an update of a law that would order EU firms not to comply with US sanctions on Iran, a move aimed at countering the possible effects of the bans on European companies wanting to invest in Iran after Washington's exit from the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 6/7/18

European Refineries Curtailing Oil Purchases From Iran
Following the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to leave the nuclear deal with Iran, European refineries have started to reduce purchases of Iranian oil. On May 8, Trump announced that his administration was withdrawing from the deal and re-imposing the old sanctions on Tehran. - 6/7/18

Hackers Deface Signs At Tabriz Airport To Voice Protest
In what appears to be a new form of protest in Iran, hackers took control of sign boards at a major airport for the second time in two weeks on June 6. The hackers defaced sign boards at Tabriz airport in northern Iran in the evening, showing a protest message against "wasting Iranians' resources" and expressing support for Iranian truckers who have been on strike across Iran for several weeks. - 6/7/18

Iran's Soccer Team First To Arrive In Russia For World Cup
Iran's soccer team became the first to arrive in Russia for the World Cup on June 5, nine days before the opening match of the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15. The team was welcomed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport by the Moscow regional minister of sport, Roman Teryushkov. - 6/6/18

France, Germany, Britain Request Exemptions From U.S. Iran Sanctions
In a letter to top U.S. administration officials, European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran have asked the United States to spare EU firms doing business with Iran from punitive measures. The foreign and finance ministers of Germany, France, and Britain, as well the European Union foreign-policy chief made the call in a letter, dated June 4, to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. - 6/6/18

Iranian Human Rights Attorneys Speak Out Against State-Approved List of 20 Lawyers For "National Security" Cases
Human rights lawyers in Iran are speaking out against a list released by the judiciary designating 20 state-approved lawyers to exclusively represent detainees held on politically motivated charges. "A number of lawyers have said they are ready to hold a protest sit-in if necessary," prominent defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on June 4, 2018. - 6/6/18

Family Of Environmentalist Held Incommunicado Says Iranian Authorities Have Threatened Them
In an open letter addressed to President Hassan Rouhani, the sister of an imprisoned environmentalist says her family has been cautioned by authorities to keep quiet about their relative's detention, lest he be executed. In a letter published on June 06 by the Campaign for the Defense of Civil and Political Prisoners​ Katayoun Rajabi, sister of Sam Rajabi, wrote that "it is not yet clear who is behind" her brother's arrest. - 6/6/18

France's PSA again reverses on Iran deal in deference to US
PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, has become the latest French company to suspend its joint venture activities in Iran, despite promising to stand its ground in the face of sanctions. A statement attributed to the carmaker said PSA "began the process of suspending the activities of its JVs, in order to comply with US law by August 6, 2018" when the sanctions are about to snap-back into place. - 6/6/18

French car equipment lobby group scraps Iran trip amid US sanctions threat
French Vehicle Equipment Industries Association (FIEV), the country's top car industry lobby group, has canceled a planned trip to Iran in July, its president announced on Wednesday. "The trip has been canceled and replaced instead by a meeting in France of our Iran club, so that we can reflect upon how to proceed in light of current events," FIEV president Jacques Mauge said. - 6/6/18

Queiroz names Iran team for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz has announced the names on the final roster of the squad for the forthcoming fixtures at the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia. - 6/5/18

Ardeshir Zahedi, Shah-Era Iranian Diplomat, Warns Against Creating 'Another Iraq'
The tough U.S. line on Iran and speculation that Washington is pursuing regime change in Tehran have prompted a shah-era foreign minister to warn from Swiss exile against "turning [Iran] into a mess," citing the example of neighboring Iraq. - 6/5/18

Nike Boycotts Iran's World Cup Players, Citing US Sanctions
The world's largest footwear maker, U.S. apparel company Nike, says it will not provide shoes to players of Iran's national football team for the World Cup because of U.S. sanctions. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/5/18

Iranian Lawyers, Barred from Security Cases, Rebuke Tehran
Some of Iran's most prominent lawyers have accused their government of acting unfairly by blocking the vast majority of their profession from handling national security cases. In a Monday report, Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency published a list of 20 lawyers authorized to represent clients accused of national security offenses. It said judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli-Larijani approved the list in the last few days, based on Article 48 of Iran's penal code. - 6/5/18

Katayoun Khosrowyar leading a women's football revolution in Iran
​​​​​​​Iran's national team are preparing for the World Cup in Russia to the backdrop of a football revolution back home. Here, Sky Sports speak to the Iranian-American who swapped Oklahoma for Tehran to help transform the women's game in the country. -Nick Wright, Sky Sports - 6/5/18

Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei Orders Resumption Of Enrichment 'Within JCPOA Frameworks'
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the country's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) to start enriching uranium at a 190,000 SWU level from Tuesday June 15, "within the frameworks of the JCPOA," Iran's nuclear deal with the West. - 6/5/18

Israel intelligence minister proposes 'military coalition' against Iran
Israel has proposed that "a military coalition" be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues "military-grade" uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the US, the Western states and their Arab allies. - 6/5/18

Iranian Travelers Struggle To Buy Foreign Currencies Over Holiday
Banks at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport are struggling to provide the foreign currencies paid for by passengers, who are forming long lines. The shortage of foreign currencies worsened ahead of a three-day holiday that started on June 4 to mark the death of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini. Many government employees and bank staff have gone on extended holidays, making the situation harder for passengers traveling abroad this week. - 6/5/18

10 Years Later, This Baha'i Manufacturer is Still Fighting to Claim His Business in Iran
Payam Vali's eyeglass lens manufacturing business in the Iranian city of Karaj was shuttered by the authorities in 2008 because of his religious beliefs. Ten years later, he's still fighting to get it back. "I have gone through all the legal channels," he told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on May 28, 2018. "If the judiciary does not respond to my complaints, there's not much more I can do other than to ask Parliament's Article 90 Commission to investigate violations of the law by the judicial authorities." - 6/5/18

Iran's Soccer Coach Carlos Queiroz laments 'cruel sanctions' against Iran
Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says the cruel sanctions against Iran have disrupted Team Melli's preparation for the 2018 World Cup. Iran were scheduled to play Greece and Kosovo football teams in Turkey's training camp but the matches were canceled and Queiros says Iran's World Cup preparations were hit by the cancellation of these friendly matches. - 6/4/18

IAPAC Endorses Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47
The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, proudly announces its support for Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47. A first generation Iranian American and an Orlando native, Anna Eskamani grew up in a working-class family who struggled to make ends meet. She has a twin sister, an older brother, and a caring father, but when she was 13 years old, Anna lost her mother to cancer. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community. - 6/4/18

World must withstand law-breaking US behavior: Iran Foreign Minister
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says all members of the international community must stand up to US law-breaking behavior, bullying and disregard for the rule of law after Washington announced it was withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015. - 6/4/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran falls to Canada
The Iran men's national volleyball team has lost to Canada, accepting its second consecutive defeat in the second week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. - 6/4/18

Iranians Complain of Fake Accounts Created in Their Names on State-Approved Soroush App
Several Iranians posted screenshots on their social media accounts May 26-May 29, 2018, stating that accounts in their names had been created without their consent on the Iran-based, state-approved messaging app, Soroush. In response to the complaints, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi told reporters on May 30, "The National Cyberspace Center is investigating uncertainties regarding non-voluntary memberships created on the Soroush messenger." - 6/4/18

The Foreign Policy Implications of Kuwait's Vision 2035: Closer Economic Ties with Iran and Iraq
Kuwait's Vision 2035 economic development strategy will have important implications for its diplomatic relations with its Persian Gulf neighbors. It will compel Kuwait to give a high priority to economic diplomacy in its international relations and invest more diplomatic resources in containing the Iran-Saudi tensions and maintaining good relations with Iraq and Iran. The reason lies in a key component of Vision 2035, called the Northern Gulf Gateway. - 6/4/18

Iran, Iraq start strategic oil swap scheme
Iran says it has started exchanging crude oil with Iraq through a strategic project which is believed to open a new route for Baghdad to export its oil. Iran's Ministry of Petroleum announced that road tankers carrying oil from Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk had crossed Iran's border and were already delivering oil to reserves in the western Province of Ilam. - 6/4/18

107 Iranian Film Personalities Urge Rouhani to Lift State Ban on Pre-Revolution Actor Behrouz Vossoughi
More than 100 Iranian artists and movie industry personalities have urged President Hassan Rouhani to lift the state ban on Behrouz Vossoughi, a well-known actor who has been living in exile for nearly four decades. The prominent Iranian celebrities who signed the letter include Jafar Panahi, actor Parviz Parastui, actress Leila Hatami, actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, director Mohammad Rasoulof, director Kianoush Ayari and director Tahmineh Milani. - 6/3/18

Almost Half Of Iran's Wetlands 'Dried Up'
Sixty wetlands in Iran, including nearly 44 percent of the country's total marshlands, have dried up, according to the deputy head of the Department of Environment (DOE) for wetlands. "There are some 105 wetlands in Iran, stretching 3 million hectares of land. About 1.3 million hectares of these wetlands are affected by drought, which led to total dryness of some 60 wetlands," state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) quoted Masoud Bagherzadeh as saying on June 1. -Radio Farda - 6/3/18

Oxford PhD Student Denied Legal Counsel 40 Days After Being Arrested in Iran
Reformist political activist Mohammadreza Jalaeipour, an Oxford University PhD student, has been held without charge and access to a lawyer for more than a month since being arrested in Tehran by the Intelligence Organization of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). His father, reformist politician Hamidreza Jalaeipour, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that his son has only been allowed to make five brief phone calls during his detention. - 6/3/18

IRAN: Student Insists He Was Detained After Criticizing Supreme Leader Khamenei
A university student who delivered a vitriolic speech at a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has denied claims made by the judiciary that he was not detained following the event. At an annual gathering hosted by Khamenei for a group of university students and representatives from student associations on May 28, at least two of the guests voiced strong criticism of the ruling regime. -Radio Farda - 6/3/18

EU must defend 'core' of Iran nuclear deal: Commission Chief
The European Union Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, has warned about the adverse consequences of the United States' move to pull out from a key nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, saying the EU must adopt measures to protect the deal's core provisions. - 6/3/18

Sexual misconduct in school gives rise to #MeToo among Iranians: Good or Bad?
Following a schoolmaster's sexual misconduct at a private school in western Tehran some Iranians started using the #MeToo on twitter since Wednesday evening, sharing their experiences of harassment and assault. On May 27, some 40 parents filed a complaint against a schoolmaster who has allegedly displayed some sexually harassing behaviors at a private school in district two of Tehran. The schoolmaster was soon detained and the school is shut down, maybe for good. - 6/3/18

Iranian Military Jet Crashes In Desert, Pilots Eject
The Iranian military says one of its fighter jets crashed in the central Isfahan Province on June 2 but that the two pilots were able to eject before it hit the ground in a desert area, Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency reported. - 6/3/18

Capital Flight: $59 Billion Has Left Iran In Past Two Years
More than $59 billion in hard currency has left Iran during last two years, Islamic Parliament Research Center (IPRC) has disclosed. According to IPRC, following the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran's nuclear deal with world power, more billions are expected to leave Iran in the coming months. -Radio Farda - 6/1/18

EU, China share commitment to save nuclear deal: Federica Mogherini
The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc and China share commitment to preserve a nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 and to work for its continuation. Mogherini was speaking at a joint press point with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Brussels on Friday following the EU-China strategic dialogue after the United States' move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last month. - 6/1/18

15 Arrested at Aborted Talks Over Water Dispute in Southwestern Iran
Fifteen negotiators representing protesting farmers in the southern Iranian province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad were arrested on May 29, 2018, as they showed up for talks over a water dispute. According to the Iran Meteorological Organization, around 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought. But farmers throughout the country have argued that the droughts have been exacerbated by government mismanagement. - 6/1/18

Iranian Workers Say Major Factory Being Mismanaged into Oblivion
Iranian factory workers in northwestern Iran have staged a protest against mismanagement of a large industrial plant, saying the problem has brought the major local employer to the brink of closure. In a report published Thursday, Iran's state-run ILNA news agency said the protesting workers in the city of Tabriz urged authorities to rescue the plant that produces combine harvesters used to harvest crops. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/1/18

IRAN: Shifting His Criticism from Khamenei, Ahmadinejad Targets Rouhani
Iran's former hardline President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says it was his "agile foreign policy" that led the Obama administration to begin negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad delivered his speech despite warnings from the vigilante group Ansar-e Hezbollah not to go to Tabriz; and state officials told him that he cannot deliver a speech as he did not apply to the Interior Ministry to get a permit for the gathering. Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad spoke to a few hundred of his supporters at a hotel in Tabriz. - 6/1/18
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