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Finding Neolithic Artifacts in Qomrood Hill More Likely
It is more likely to unearth artifacts dating back the Neolithic Age in the Qomrood Hill, in central Iran, and to identify the remains in the nearby cemetery, Iranian archeologists said. - 7/31/04

Iran defeats South Korea 4-3 to advance to Asian Soccer Cup semifinals
Iran will play against host country China in the semifinals. China defeated Iraq 3-0 on Friday. - 7/31/04

US accused over plutonium pit
The US government was today accused of urging negotiation on a treaty to ban the material needed to produce a nuclear bomb while simultaneously seeking funds to build a new plutonium pit facility. -Guardian - 7/31/04

Iranian FM responds to hostile remarks of Iraqi officials
"Those who oppose Iran-Iraq relations encourage their agents to speak against Iran without thinking of the consequences." - 7/31/04

Jailed Iranian university professor Aqajari ordered to be freed on bail
Brother of Aqajari, seyed Javad Aqajari, told IRNA that the head of the bench 1083 of Tehran's Public Court had ordered release of his brother. - 7/31/04

Change of tone would mark Kerry foreign policy
One of the signature tunes at this week's Democratic National Convention has been a call for the US to rebuild alliances and "regain the respect" of the rest of the world. -Financial Times - 7/31/04

Pope warns feminists
The Pope will call on leaders of the Roman Catholic church today to attack feminist ideologies which assert that men and women are fundamentally the same. -Guardian - 7/31/04

Potteries from Bronze Age to Parthian Era Unearthed in Ardebil
Archeological excavation in 12 sites and one cemetery in the northwestern province of Ardebil has rendered some potteries ranging from the Neo Bronze Age to the Parthian dynasty (247 BC-226 AD) - 7/31/04

Iran, Azerbaijan stress expansion of relations
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmara Mammadyarov, in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi, expressed his country's determination and interest in further expanding ties with Iran. - 7/31/04

Gregory Church Ready to Host Iranian Christians’ Rituals
As the renovation of the Gregory Estepanous Church Complex in Hamedan comes to an end, Iranian Christians can carry out their religious rituals in this historical site, announced Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO). - 7/31/04

Iran, Iraq to study grounds for expansion of economic cooperation
Iran-Iraq Joint Economic Commission meeting will open in Tehran on Sunday, Iran's Charge d'Affaires to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Saturday. - 7/31/04

An iranian-american E-Journal: inside the Democratic national convention
My life as a first generation American, rooted in the shuffle of moving between an American world by day and an Iranian world by night with my family, has taught me how to connect these two related yet separate worlds and to understand how to integrate them together. -NIAC - 7/31/04

Solace: Searching for Meaning in a Time of Distress - Exhibition by Iranian-American Artists in Washington, DC
An exhibition of work by four emerging Iranian artists: Guita Vafai, Sohayla Vafai, Hadieh Shafie and Hadi Gharabaghi. - 7/30/04

Powell Warns of Sanctions Over Iranian Nuclear Program
Secretary of State Colin Powell says it is increasingly likely that the issue of Iran's nuclear program will have to be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions. Speaking to reporters in Kuwait, the latest stop on his trip to the Middle East, Mr. Powell said Iran's latest nuclear moves are troubling. -VOA - 7/30/04

Israel's Sharon Says US Supports its Right to 'Deterrent Capability'
Analysts say Mr. Sharon's comments are a reference to nuclear weapons which Israel does not admit to or deny possessing. But experts believe Israel has them based on classified information divulged by former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu. -VOA - 7/30/04 is E.V. man’s Trump card
Aspiring furniture mogul Ali Parnian is trying to work the art of a deal with real estate tycoon Donald Trump. Quite frankly, the idea of someone trumping Trump is rich. -East Valley Tribune, AZ - 7/30/04

Specialized Safavid Museum to be Launched in Ardebil
The first specialized museum on the Safavid era (1501-1722) and on the history of Shiite Islam in Iran is planned to be founded in the northwestern province of Ardebil, near the shrine of Sheik Safi al-Din Ardebili, founder of a militant Sufi order. - 7/30/04

9/11 Victims' Families Begin Long Walk for Peace
They hit the road Wednesday with little fanfare, and their burden was heavy - 1,400 pounds to be exact. -Common Dreams - 7/30/04

Afghanistan could implode, MPs warn
Afghanistan will fall apart unless Nato countries urgently fulfil promises to send troops, the Commons foreign affairs select committee warned yesterday. -Guardian - 7/30/04

Oil and Gas in Abundance in Washington
Much scrutiny of the ongoing U.S. presidential race has focused on the personal fortunes amassed by President George W Bush and his challenger Senator John Kerry. But millions of dollars from other sources are also at play behind the scenes, including from major actors in the U.S. oil and gas industry. -Common Dreams - 7/30/04

Geophysical Surveys to Start in Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat
A team of German archeologists are going to begin the second season of geophysical surveys in the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat in early October south of Iran. - 7/30/04

Iran, Turkey set to boost cooperation
Trade exchanges between Tehran and Ankara were valued at 2.4 billion dollars last year, showing a dramatic 91 percent increase compared to that of the previous year. - 7/30/04

Hope of saving Iranian nuclear deal is fading
British, French and German officials met their Iranian counterparts in Paris yesterday to try to salvage the agreement by which Tehran promised not to develop a nuclear weapons programme -Guardian - 7/30/04

Iraqi Officials: Thousands of Iranians Illegally Enter Iraq
Iraqi officials say thousands of Iranians have streamed illegally across the border into Iraq, swelling the populations of cities that are home to some of Islam's holiest shrines. -VOA - 7/30/04

New Findings on Advent of Islam in Iran
Iranian archeologists have unearthed some architectural structures in Ilam Province that they believe could shed more light on the arrival of Islam in Iran following the Arabs’ 7th-century invasion. - 7/30/04

Iran at the brink
Iran's nuclear glasnost had not lessened European suspicions that Tehran had been trying to make a nuclear bomb. It had increased them. Iran, for its part, felt betrayed by the fact that Europe had not stuck to the deal. Iran was still regarded as the bad boy, high on the IAEA's agenda. -Guardian - 7/30/04

Iran Khodro, Mercedes to set up joint company
Iran Khodro Diesel and German automaker Mercedes Benz signed a contract in Tehran on Thursday to establish a joint company. - 7/30/04

Iranian Justice system delivers new affront in the Zahra Kazemi case
Reporters Without Borders said it was "astounded" at the 28 July 2004 statement by Iran's justice system that the death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi could have been "accidental". - 7/30/04

Iranian Influence Returns to Post-Taleban Afghanistan
As Afghanistan's post-war politics begin to take shape, various foreign powers are vying to place their own interests at the top of Kabul's agenda. Among these is Iran, Afghanistan's neighbor to the east and host to at least 1.5 million Afghan refugees. -VOA - 7/29/04

Lawyers Call for Appointment of a “Special Magistrate” to Find Kazemi’s Killer
Lawyers representing the victim in Zahra Kazemi's July 2003 death in custody asked the judiciary to appoint a special magistrate to identify the official who, during interrogation at the Evin prison, dealt the fatal blow to the Canadian-Iranian photojournalist's head. - 7/29/04

Iran: 22 projectsunderway in Bam with cooperation of foreign states
Twenty-two housing, cultural and health projects are currently under construction in the quake-stricken city of Bam with participation of five foreign countries, it was announced in Kerman on Thursday. - 7/29/04

U.S. tells Europeans to "hold firm" on Iran
The Bush administration is urging Britain, France and Germany to "hold firm" against any new deals ahead of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program, U.S. officials say. -Reuters - 7/29/04

Iranian President stresses Tehran-Ankara role in peace, security
In a meeting with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Khatami said bilateral relations and bonds between the two countries safeguard the interest of the two nations and the Islamic world. - 7/29/04

Jailed Iran reformist raps 'plot'
A former Iranian reformist minister accused the hardline judiciary of a political plot to discredit him after he was thrown in jail following a complaint from a woman who claims to be his neglected second wife. -Daily News - 7/29/04

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a three-day visit to Iran
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a three-day visit to Iran on July 27 that will focus on trade ties. Turkish sources indicate that Erdogan will seek to renegotiate terms of an Iranian gas export deal, though Ankara’s bargaining ability may be limited by its desire not to rile the United States. -Eurasianet - 7/29/04

Buried Mines and Ordnance Continue to Maim Iraqi Civilians
Though the Iraq-Iran war ended almost 16 years ago, millions of land mines and detonators like those that injured Zana and Arjan remain implanted along the roughly 1,000-mile border between the two countries. -Common Dreams - 7/29/04

IAEA'sreport on Iran to be prepared in September: says a spokeswoman
The next meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors, aimed at discussing Iran's nuclear program, will be held on September 13 in Vienna. - 7/29/04

Iran Buys Nuclear Bomb Booster Gas, Diplomats Warn
A day before a meeting in Paris between envoys from Europe’s big three and the Islamic government’s representatives, diplomats in Vienna said the Islamic authorities were trying to buy a gas that can be used to boost the blast of an atomic bomb. -Radio Farda - 7/29/04

Bush Floats War Against Iran
Should Bush remain in office this November and the "we invaded the wrong Ira-" argument catch fire among a complacent and compliant media, we may be fighting a third unwinnable war against a Muslim state a year from now. -Common Dreams - 7/29/04

Recent Comments Suggest Problems In Iran-Iraq Relations
The recent declaration by Iraq's defense minister that Iran is the "first enemy" is focusing renewed attention on Baghdad's relations with Tehran. -RFE - 7/29/04

Canada rejects jail death theory
Canada has dismissed the latest explanation from Iran's judiciary concerning the death last year of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi. -BBC - 7/29/04

Why the US granted 'protected' status to Iranian terrorists
This strange twist, analysts say, underscores the divisions in Washington over US strategy in the Middle East and the war against terrorism. It's also a function of the swiftly deteriorating US-Iran dynamic, and a victory for US hawks who favor using the Mujahideen-e Khalq Organization (MKO) or "People's Holy Warriors," as a tool against Iran's clerical regime. -CSM - 7/29/04

After scoreless draw against Japan, Iran reaches Asian Soccer Cup Quarterfinals
Japan will play against Jordan while Iran should face South Korea. - 7/28/04

NIAC Launches IraNexus Database of Iranian-American Organizations
IraNexus is a database of the non-profit organizations representing the diverse interests of the Iranian-American community. The program is designed to connect the nationally dispersed Iranian-American community, and aid its ability to collaborate and mobilize rapidly. - 7/28/04

Iran Resumes Building Centrifuges for Enriching Uranium, Diplomats Say
Diplomats told reporters in Vienna that Iran is once again building centrifuges that can be used in enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. They said Iranian officials broke the seals that IAEA inspectors had placed on centrifuge equipment. - 7/28/04

Iranian satirical Gol Aqa monthly hits newsstands again
The death of renowned managing director and license holder Kioumars Saberi-Foumani put a brake on magazine's publication two months ago. - 7/28/04

Iran’s Biggest Brick Fort Unearthed
As the fourth season of excavation in Roodkhan Fort, Iran’s biggest brick castle, finished, archeologists managed to dig out all sections of this ancient monument north of the country - 7/28/04

Iranian exiles, on US terror list, now seeking refuge from Iraq
US officials have asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help resettle members of an Iranian rebel group living in exile in Iraq, even though the United States classifies the group as a terrorist organization. -Boston Globe - 7/28/04

The real reasons Bush went to war
WMD was the rationale for invading Iraq. But what was really driving the US were fears over oil and the future of the dollar -Guardian - 7/28/04

Iran custody death cause disputed
Iran's hard-line judiciary has claimed the death of journalist Zahra Kazemi in custody may have been an accident. -BBC - 7/28/04

EU trio talks with Iran set for Paris - diplomats
Britain, Germany and France will meet Iranian officials in Paris on Thursday to discuss Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats said. -Reuters - 7/28/04

Top Iranian Arrested over Marriage
Ataollah Mohajerani, a former culture minister and a popular top reformer, was summoned to a Tehran court and arrested yesterday. -Scotsman, UK - 7/28/04

Médecins Sans Frontières to leave Afghanistan
Relief agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today said it was abandoning its work in Afghanistan after 24 years following the "unprecedented" murder of five of its workers last month. -Guardian - 7/28/04

Turkish PM arrives in Iran
The Turkish prime minister, accompanied by a high-level politico-economic delegation, arrived in Tehran early Wednesday for an official visit to discuss ways of bolstering bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues. - 7/28/04

Iran: "Desperate" Reformists' Draft of Leftist Former Prime Minister as Presidential Candidate "Impossible," Says Zibakalam
The reformists’ movement to draft former wartime prime minister and leftist-Islamic politician Mirhossein Mousavi as their candidate in the upcoming presidential elections is out of desperation for lack of other suitable candidates, and would fail, Tehran University’s political science professor Sadeq Zibakalam tells Radio Farda. - 7/28/04

Thorough Protection of Iran's Ancient Relics in Jiroft to Start Next Month
The Jiroft civilization prospered along the 400-km-long Halil River, and archeologists have already discovered 400 sites along the route, making it an archeological heaven. In the second season of excavation, they have dug out some written tablets, dating back to 3,000 years ago. - 7/28/04

Iran 'killer of rapist' reprieved
Iran's Supreme Court has quashed the death sentence passed on a woman who killed an intelligence officer she claims tried to rape her. -BBC - 7/28/04

UN experts urge Iran to observe human rights norms in case of dead journalist
Voicing "profound concern" over the case of a journalist who died in Iran after reportedly being beaten, three United Nations human rights specialists Tuesday called on the government to comply with humanitarian norms, warning that the failure to ensure due process set the ground for similar abuses in the future. - 7/28/04

Iranian Archeologists Learn How Achaemenid Architects Buttressed Pasargadae
Achaemenid architects had properly applied foundation-making principles in Pasargadae to boost its resilience, Iranian archeologists concluded. - 7/28/04

Iran: Prisoners Beat Striking Political Prisoners; Zarafshan and Batebi released on Furlough
After the 12 political prisoners in the Evin prisoners’ cellblock one ended their 21-day hunger strike, they came under attack of other prisoners, who were angry at them for causing the loss of privileges, jailed student Ahmad Batebi, who along with lawyer Nasser Zarafshan was one of the strikers, and has since been released on furlough, tells Radio Farda. - 7/28/04

Iran slams US for "hollow" anti-terror overtures
Iran Tuesday lambasted the US for 'making a tool' of the anti-terror campaign after Washington confirmed it had granted protected status to members of the terrorist MKO in Iraq. - 7/27/04

Iranian FM meets Indian national security adviser
Visiting Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharrazi in New Delhi on Monday evening met and conferred with Indian National Security Adviser Jyotindra Nath Dixit. - 7/27/04

Iranian Workers Representatives Warn New Welfare Ministry against Using Social Security Insurance Fund
Labor activists warned welfare minister against spending the resources of the workers social security insurance fund, which has 26 million paying members, for the projects of his new ministry. - 7/27/04

Iran offers help in Kazemi case
Iran's reformist government says it is willing to help identify the man that killed Iranian-Canadian journalist, Zahra Kazemi, a spokesman has said. -BBC - 7/27/04

Poll: Delegates, Kerry Differ on Key Issues
They are united in their dislike of President Bush, and overwhelmingly confident that their candidate will defeat him in November. But delegates to this week's Democratic National Convention differ with the presumptive nominee, John F. Kerry, in some key ways. -Common Dreams - 7/27/04

US: "Terrorists" who attack Iran are OK
The US Government has granted status as "protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention" to 3,800 persons who belong to a group, the Mujahideen-e Khalq or MEK, designated "terrorist" by Washington - 7/27/04

Analysis / Iran-Syria-Hezbollah's rocket array
The threat from the rockets supplied by Iran and Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon has grown both in range and quantity. -Haaretz, Israel - 7/27/04

Spielberg spins the tale of the prisoner of Paris airport
Merhan Karimi Nasseri is not sure whether he will manage to attend the Paris premiere of Steven Spielberg's latest film, The Terminal, which was inspired by his life. If he abandons the corner of Charles de Gaulle airport where he has lived for the past 16 years for long enough to travel into the capital for the ceremony, airport security will blow up his belongings. -Guardian - 7/27/04

Iran: The next crisis?
After Iraq, Iran is shaping up to be the next major crisis in the Middle East. The question is whether Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. -BBC - 7/27/04

Iranian Reformists Gather in Support of Banned Newspapers
In a rally at the offices of the union of reformist journalists, 200 gatherd, including lawyers Shirin Ebadi and Mohammad Seifzadeh, and modernist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, criticized judiciary’s closing last week of two reformist newspapers. - 7/27/04

US 'protects' Iran rebels in Iraq
The US has granted "protected status" under the Geneva Conventions to 3,800 members of an Iranian opposition group interned in Iraq. -BBC - 7/27/04

Iranian Journalists Association holds open tribune to protest to banning, closure process of press
The Iranian Journalists Association (IJA), held and Open tribune in Tehran on Monday to voice the journalists' objection to the continuing process of banning and closure of the press in Iran. - 7/27/04

Iranian Prisoners End 21-Day Hunger Strike
Twelve political prisoners who had been on strike for the past 21 days at the Evin prison ended their strike today, at the urging of human rights organizations and their families - 7/26/04

Urbanization Plans Menace Iranian Historical Observatory
Experts are concerned that the site of Iran’s first observatory and scientific telescope is poised to be demolished under a new urban development plan near the capital city of Tehran - 7/26/04

Get tough with Iran, Kazemi's son urges
Federal officials are facing renewed pressure from relatives of slain Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi and opposition politicians to harden their stance and demand answers from the Iranian government. -Montreal Gazette - 7/26/04

U.S. President George W. Bush a Big Winner at World Stupidity Awards
Host Lewis Black, whose biting satire is a highlight of TV's The Daily Show, took pride in the recognition the United States received at the awards, saying: "we are the gold standard." Black said the awards "celebrate the pros" and "perfection in idiocy" because real stupidity is hard work. -Common Dreams - 7/26/04

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan to establish joint railway company
In the first specialized meeting attended by the railway organizations of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for establishment of a joint tripartite railway company, it was announced in Tehran on Monday. - 7/26/04

Iranian journalists to enjoy unemployment insurance benefits
Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance on Press Affairs Mohammad Sohofi said on Monday that journalists should enjoy unemployment insurance benefits given the unstable situation of the press in Iran. - 7/26/04

Iranian Activist Aghajari: Verdict Will Bury Me Alive for Five Years
Islamic activist and history teacher Hashem Aghajari said in a letter to his family that he would remain in jail, since he could not afford to post 1 billion rials in bail set by the court. - 7/26/04

Ancient Migration Route of Iranian Nomads Discovered
Following thorough anthropological and archeological studies in the northern Semnan Province, Iranian archeologists have concluded that over 3,000 years ago, an ethnic clan named Kharands had a migratory and nomadic lifestyle. - 7/26/04

Iranian Nurses Apply for Protest Rally in Tehran
In the meeting yesterday of the supreme council of the nurses’ association it was decided to hold a rally on August 5 to press for nurses’ demands, activist nurse Mojtaba Mousavi tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Farin Asemi. - 7/26/04

Phase 1 of Iran's South Pars gas field ready for operation
Once completed, phase 1 is expected to produce about 28.3 million cubic meters (one billion cubic meter) of gas on a daily basis for domestic consumption. - 7/26/04

Collapse of Isfahan Grand Mosque Looming Gravely, Iranian Experts Warn
Experts with Iranian Cultural heritage Organization (CHO) warned that constant flow of sewage under Isfahan’s Grand mosque is gravely damaging its foundations, thus increasing the risk of its collapse - 7/26/04

Iran rejects claims of 9/11 links
A foreign ministry spokesman said some claims were US election propaganda. -BBC - 7/26/04

New Dam Threatens Pasargadae
The Ballaghi Gorge, a significant part of the Achaemenids’ first capital of Pasargadae, is on the brink of submersion when the construction of a new dam is completed south of Iran, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Sunday. - 7/25/04

Family dismay at Iran 'cover-up'
The family of an Iranian-Canadian photographer killed in Iran say Ottawa should pursue Iran for justice, after an agent was cleared of her killing. -BBC - 7/25/04

Iran new U.S. whipping boy
This column has long predicted the Bush administration would orchestrate a pre-election crisis over Iran designed to whip up patriotic fervour in the U.S. and distract public and media attention from the Iraq fiasco. -Canoe, Canada - 7/25/04

World Bank's promised loan for Bam reconstruction still unreleased
senior advisor to the World Bank (WB), Nadereh Shamlou, said that a loan promised by the bank for reconstruction of the quake-hit city of Bam has not yet been released. - 7/25/04

9/11 Commission’s Report and US-Iran Relations: Three Iranian Views
Tehran University’s Sadeq Zibakalam says the 9/11 report showed that the US needs to reexamine its Middle East policies, in order for the war against terrorism to succeed. Denmark Aarhus University’s Islamic Studies professor Majid Mozaffari says the 9/11 report once again proves that the world’s biggest power is a democracy, and needs to focus on promoting the same democracy in the Middle East. New Jersey Rutgers University’s Houshang Amirahmadi says the war against terrorism requires a true international alliance, which would include America’s allies and non-allies, such as Iran. -Radio Farda - 7/25/04

Iran: Lawyer says Aghajari cannot afford to pay the bail
The history lecturer, Hashem Aghajari, once accused of blasphemy, could not afford to pay one billion rls in bail and still remained in temporary custody, his lawyer Saleh Nikbakht said in Tehran on Saturday. - 7/25/04

Iran's Mobarakeh Steel Complex exports 0.3m tons of steel products
The Mobarakeh Steel Complex has exported 0.3m tons of its steel products over the past two months, much higher than the previous monthly export of the complex which was between 30,000 to 40,000 tons. - 7/25/04

Iran: World Armenians gather in Qara-Kilisa church on death anniversary of Tatavos
Some 3,500 world Armenians gathered at Qara-Kilisa church in the city of Chaldoran in West Azarbaijan province on Saturday to mark the 50th death anniversary of one of the disciples of Jesus Christ (AS), the holy Tatavos. - 7/25/04

Iran favors $30-35 price range for OPEC oil
Iran's envoy to OPEC managerial board Hossein Kazempour Ardebili said in Tehran on Saturday that the range of prices Iran favors for OPEC basket of crude oil is 30 to 35 dollars per barrel. - 7/25/04

200,000 Dollars Slated for Burnt City Development
Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization has earmarked over $200,000 to organize construction projects in the ancient Burnt City (Shahre-Sokhteh), southeast of Iran - 7/25/04

Iran purchased 39 civilian planes over past two years
An Internet site said here Saturday that despite additional nine articles passed in 2002 by the US congress to the previously imposed sanctions on Iran, the country has been able to purchase 39 planes in the last two years. - 7/25/04

Iran: Defendant in Kazemi's trial acquitted, blood money to be paid out from public funds
The court in charge of trying the murder case of Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian photojournalist who resided in Canada, on Saturday acquitted the defendant, the information ministry's employee Mohammad Reza Ahmadi-Aqdam. - 7/25/04

Baghi: Iranian Political Prisoners Hunger Strike "Not Political"
“The political prisoners’ hunger strike is not political,” according to a statement issued today by the committee for defense of political prisoners. -Radio Farda - 7/25/04

Iran 2, Oman 2: AFC bans three Iranians, sends referee packing
The Asian Football Confederation Sunday suspended three Iranian players and sent Bahraini referee Abdul Rahman Al Delawar home. - 7/25/04

Iran approves production of Renault L-90
Minister of Industries and Mines Es'haq Jahangiri in a meeting with the Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Alliance in Tehran on Sunday referred to the decisive impact of production of a new Renault model known as L-90 on Iran-France economic relations and announced the country's full support for such a project. - 7/25/04

Iranian Citizen to Build New Islamic Art Museum in London
Iranian-born Nasser David Khalili has pledged to set up a museum in London to show one of the greatest private collections of Islamic art. - 7/25/04

Heat Is on in Tehran
With the 9/11 commission revealing that at least eight of the terrorists traveled through Iran prior to the September 11 attacks, the heat is on in Tehran. Already, the neocons, after conning America to go to war against Iraq, are rubbing their hands together for another intervention. -Common Dreams - 7/23/04

Secret History of Flying Carpet
LONG before the broomstick became popular with witches in medieval Europe, the flying carpet was being used by thieves and madmen in the Orient. Factual evidence for what was a long-standing myth has now been found by a French explorer, Henri Baq, in Iran. -Meanjin - 7/23/04

Grand Jury Probes Cheney's Role in 'Illegal' Iran Trade
Yet another controversy has flared up around the Halliburton oil services company of which Vice-President Dick Cheney used to be chief executive - this time over whether during the 1995-2000 Cheney era it violated US law by doing business directly with Iran. -Common Dreams - 7/23/04

Iran to build biggest trade center in Tunis
Turning to Tunis as a gateway to the highly attractive North African market, he said that the trade center to be constructed in Tunis will will give Iran access to the market in Tunisia as well as to the entire market and business opportunities in North Africa. - 7/23/04

AFGHANISTAN: Almost 80 percent of estimated voters registered
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), almost 80 percent of the country's estimated eligible voters have now registered to vote in the national polls scheduled for October. -IRIN - 7/23/04

Iran has tiny share in world gas exports
Addressing a group of officials in charge of gas, Malaki said Iran has a share of 17 percent in the world gas resources, but ranks 16th among major gas exporters. - 7/23/04

Experts try to discover diet of 7,000 years ago in Sialk
Iranian archeologists plan to identify the food basket and diet of the people who lived in the historical site of Sialk over 7,000 years ago - 7/23/04

Tehran maintains 'strategic ambiguity' towards al-Qaeda
Last year, Iranian officials announced they were holding members of the group and did nothing to dampen speculation that these included Saif al-Adel, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a former spokesman, and Saad, Ousama bin Laden's son. Iran signalled it wanted to use the detainees as part of wider negotiation with the US, possibly over members of an Iranian opposition group, the Mujahidin-e Khalq, detained by US forces in Iraq. -Financial Times - 7/23/04

The Lizard: Iran in the cinema’s gaze
A witty new Iranian film pursuing the adventures of an escaped prisoner in Islamic religious guise is winning acclaim from audiences and disdain from the mullahs. Rouzbeh Pirouz joins the packed queues in Tehran and sees in the film a mirror of Iranian society and its complex longings. -Open Democracy - 7/23/04

9/11 Commission Report Cites Successes Of U.S. International Broadcasting; Calls For Increased Funding
Citing the "promising initiatives" of U.S. international broadcasting in the Arab world, Iran and Afghanistan, the bi-partisan panel investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks called for increased funding for those efforts. - 7/23/04

Iranian pupils stand second at Int'l Physics Olympiad
Iran's pupils physics team earning two gold, one silver and one bronze medals ranked second in the 2004 International Physics Olympiad held this year in Pohang, South Korea. - 7/23/04

Inventing the Enemy
It used to be said during the Cold War that, "If the Communist threat did not exist, the US would have to invent it." The threat of nuclear war and the notion of a Communist (or capitalist) under every bed provided American and Soviet ruling elites excellent means to frighten and control their own citizens, justify enormous arms expenditures, and legitimize power projection abroad in the name of saving the world from Communism (or capitalism). -Axis of Logic - 7/23/04

Standard Chartered set for Iran branch
Standard Chartered announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a licence by the Iranian government to set up a branch on the Persian Gulf island of Kish. -Financial Times - 7/23/04

A snapshot of life in Bam, Iran
Zahra, 11, gazes at the destroyed Arg-e-Bam citadel, as she remembers the strong earthquake that struck half a year ago. She is still surprised that a city the size of Bam could be destroyed in mere seconds. -IFC - 7/23/04

Former U.S. Officials Urge Sea Change In Iran Policy
Issues related to Iran have become so urgent that the United States has little choice but to engage the current government in Tehran, rather than wait for its fall. -RFE - 7/22/04

Iranian Archeologists to Study Tomb Construction in Chogha Zanbil
Iranian archeologists, working on the massive Chogha Zanbil ziggurat project south of Iran, plan to study the way ancient Persians built underground mausoleums 3,500 years ago -CHN - 7/22/04

Quake hits Iran's devastated Bam
An earthquake measuring 4.2 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman on Thursday. - 7/22/04

They’re not the Kapoors, the Roshans or the Bachchans. This film family goes by the surname Makhmalbaf. -Indian Express - 7/22/04

Iran's envoy: Tehran-Ankara security cooperation expanding
Islamic Republic of Iran's Ambassador to Turkey Firouz Dowlatabadi said here on Wednesday, "Important steps have been taken in broadening Tehran-Ankara security cooperation." - 7/22/04

Profits of war
Halliburton has become a byword for the cosy links between the White House and Texan big business. But how did the company run in the 90s by Dick Cheney secure a deal that guaranteed it millions in profit every time the US military saw action? -Guardian - 7/22/04

The Pakistan connection
There is evidence of foreign intelligence backing for the 9/11 hijackers. Why is the US government so keen to cover it up? -Guardian - 7/22/04

Visit of UN human rights working group to Iran postponed
The travel of Chairman of Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN Commission on Human Rights Diego Garcia-Sayan is postponed. - 7/22/04

Iran begins building 140 km gas pipeline to Armenia: report
Under its provisions, Iran will be supplying 36 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Armenia annually from 2007 through to 2027. - 7/22/04

Astronomers Revise Date of Ancient Greek-Persian Battle
A team of astronomer gumshoes has pinned down the date of an ancient Greek-Persian battle at Marathon that led to a long-distance run and the sport that survives today in its honor. -CHN - 7/22/04

Iranian reformists hold 7th nationwide congress in Tehran
The IIMF Secretary General Mohammad-Reza Khatami said at the opening session of the congress, "Continuation of the reforms movement is the best and surest path towards securing Iran's interests." - 7/22/04

Iranian Nobel Prize winner wins LawFuel's LawStar for 2004 award
Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace prize, has been awarded the ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award by online legal news publisher LawFuel. - 7/22/04

Iran Rejects Suggestions of Links to 9/11 Terror Attacks
Iran has rejected as fabrication and fantasy President George Bush's suggestions Tehran may have been involved in the September 11th terror attacks on the United States. -VOA - 7/22/04

Iran's Judiciary Follows "Scorched Earth" Policy on Newspapers – Mashallah Shamsolvaezin
The judiciary is following a scorched earth policy on newspapers, in order to scare away journalists and force them to either change careers or leave the country, spokesman of the Tehran-based society for defense of press freedoms tells Radio Farda, commenting on the latest wave of crackdown, which hit two newspapers last week. - 7/22/04

Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press in Iran
Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned as "unacceptable" the Iranian regime's suspension of two leading reformist daily newspapers Vaghayeh Ettefaghieh and Jomhouriat as well as the monthly Aftab and said the moves appeared to herald a new wave of repression. It called for the suspensions to be lifted at once. - 7/21/04

My Favorite Diplomatic Couple In Tehran
I take this opportunity and nominate Mr. and Mrs. Toscano from Italy as my favorite Diplomatic Couple in Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/21/04

Tehran Court Sentences Aghajari to Five Years in Jail
In what observers saw as a major climb down by the Islamic regime’s judiciary, Islamic leftist activist Hashem Aghajari’s death sentence was commuted to five years in prison. His lawyer said he will appeal the sentence. - 7/21/04

Iran's Neo-Conservatives Poised to Take Charge of Political Agenda
In response to deepening domestic and social challenges, a neo-conservative movement is fast gaining influence in Iran, and now appears poised to take charge of shaping the country’s political agenda. This new force in Iranian politics features a blend of old-style devotion to the principles of the 1979 Islamic revolution with new-found pragmatism on nagging domestic issues. -Eurasianet - 7/21/04

Revolutionary Court Arrests Iranian Teachers’ Association Leaders
Plainclothes policemen arrested the director and spokesman of the teachers’ trade association, and told their families not to speak about the charges against them. - 7/21/04

Iran: EC chief terms shortage of skilled manpower as national problem
Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Tuesday evening that shortage of skilled manpower is one of the national problems which has been the focus of special attention by officials in recent years. - 7/21/04

Fact or fiction? Iran's atomic quest
It is two years since a group of Iranian exiles accused Iran of hiding a secret atomic weapons programme from U.N. inspectors, and diplomats and analysts say Tehran is only getting closer to the bomb. -Reuters - 7/21/04

Afghans living in Iran and Pakistan will be able to vote in elections - UN mission
Afghans still living in Iran and Pakistan will be able to vote in Afghanistan's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMA) announced today. - 7/21/04

Alarm at US drift over Middle East
The United States is losing interest in the Middle East peace process with the result that the prospects of creating a viable Palestinian state are gradually disappearing, a new British government assessment of the Palestinian crisis warns. -Guardian - 7/21/04

UN demands Israel scrap barrier
The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding that Israel comply with a world court ruling to dismantle its West Bank barrier. The vote was passed with 150 in favour, 6 opposed and 10 abstentions. -BBC - 7/21/04

Calling Iran on the Carpet
Iran has yet to become a political volleyball in the US presidential campaign, as Iraq and North Korea have been. But it should. -CSM - 7/21/04

Afghan returns from Iran surpass those from Pakistan, says UNHCR
The UN refugee agency says some 450,000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated so far this year, with a record high from Iran and more expected from Pakistan as assistance approaches an end in some of Pakistan's border camps - 7/21/04

Britain drawn into brewing Iran spat
The United States recently consulted Britain on when to refer Iran's suspected nuclear arms program to the United Nations, a sign U.S. patience with Tehran may be wearing thin, U.S. officials say. -Reuters - 7/21/04

Iranian FM hold talks with EU's Solana in Cairo
According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry's Media Department on Wednesday, in the meeting Solana referred to the significance of Iran-EU ties and said that European countries are interested in expanding politico-economic relations with Iran. - 7/21/04

Europeans, Australians to Identify Date of Iranian Tablets
In a bid to identify the exact date of some pictorial tablets in the Iranian historical village of Maymand, Europeans and Australian archeologists plan to help their local counterparts. -CHN - 7/21/04

Italian Experts to Develop Iran’s National Museum
A team of Italian experts are going to propose their initial plan for the expansion and development of the National Museum of Iran in August. The main museum of Iran showcases 3,000 unique artifacts, but lacks sufficient space for its galleries. -CHN - 7/21/04

Analysts Say Washington Unlikely To Act On Reported Iran-Al-Qaeda Link
President Bush says he hopes to get to the bottom of the reports, with the help of John McLaughlin, the acting head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). -RFE - 7/21/04

Realists and Neo-Cons Renew Battle on Iran
A new round in the ongoing battle between realists and neo-conservative and other hawks over Iran policy got underway here Monday as a task force of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published a new report urging Washington to engage Tehran on a selected range of issues of mutual concern. -Common Dreams - 7/21/04

History Channel Airs Persian Emperors’ Battles
The History Channel is going to air a new historical series entitled DECISIVE BATTLES including some classic wars between ancient Persian armies and Roman and Greek ones. - 7/20/04

Iran censors coverage of Kazemi trial
A hardline prosecutor has ordered Iranian newspapers to censor parts of the trial of a secret agent accused of murdering an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, journalists said Monday. -Canadian Press - 7/20/04

Iran finishes historical 14th at IAAF World Junior Track-and-Field Championships
The Iranian discus thrower Haddadi grabbed the coveted gold with a 62.14m throw, helping Iran -- backed up by Mehdi Shahrokhi's fourth title at the shot put -- stand 14th among 186 participating teams. - 7/20/04

Slain Journalist's Lawyers Accuse Iran Judiciary of Cover-Up
Lawyers for the family of slain Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi claim the indictment against her alleged killer was flawed, and that the Iranian judiciary that ended his trial was engaged in a cover-up. -VOA - 7/20/04

White House Probing Whether Iran Involved in 9/11 Attacks
President Bush says the United States is still investigating whether Iran played any role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Acting CIA chief John McLaughlin has said Tehran had no direct link to the attacks, but according to news reports, the commission investigating September 11 will report this week that some of the hijackers may have travelled through Iran. -VOA - 7/20/04

Car imports resume in Iran after 10-year hiatus
The government also expects to generate about rls 6,000 billion of revenues from imports of automobiles which experts say will be realized through imports of 30,000 cars this year. - 7/20/04

Iran: Tehran Abruptly Ends Trial Into Canadian Journalist's Death
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, who is leading the team of lawyers representing Kazemi's family, has accused the judge of ignoring or covering up key testimony. -RFE - 7/20/04

Iran's Parliament approves outlines of abortion bill
The Iranian Parliament, in an open session on Tuesday, approved the outlines of a bill to legalize abortion in specified cases in the country - 7/20/04

Three-Story Underground City Unearthed in Central Iran
Iranian archeologists have discovered a massive three-story city in central Iran, probably dating from the ancient or Islamic eras - 7/20/04

Iran rejects US claim of al-Qaida link
The link being made between Iran and al-Qaida comes as pressure grows on Tehran over suspicions that it is planning a nuclear weapons capability. The US, which has no diplomatic ties with Tehran, wants a UN security council resolution imposing sanctions. -Guardian - 7/20/04

French Jews caught up in a war of words
Fears of attacks and controversial appeal by Israeli prime minister thrust issue of anti-semitism into spotlight -Guardian - 7/20/04

US Casualty Rate High Since Handover
Nearly as many US soldiers lost their lives in Iraq in the first half of July as in all of June, even as Iraqi insurgents seem to have shifted focus from attacking US targets to aiming instead at Iraqi security forces and government officials. -Boston Globe - 7/20/04

Iranian dissident Aghajari gets five years
Iranian dissident Hashem Aghajari has been handed a five-year jail term following his re-trial. -BBC - 7/20/04

Quake hits city if Sardasht in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.8 degrees on open-ended Richter scale rattled the southern city of Sardasht, in southern Khuzestan province, early Tuesday. - 7/20/04

Halliburton Iran deals under fire
Halliburton, in trouble over alleged over-charging for Iraq contracts, is being probed for its deals in Iran. -BBC - 7/20/04

Khorassan province of Iran signs euro 150 million deal with Burgenland province of Austria
"Currently, trade between Iran and Austria stands at dlrs 300 million. Iran and the Austrian partner are working out a project on transfer of Iranian gas to Europe via Austria. Austria is the best choice for the purpose since it is located in central Europe," the governor general said. - 7/20/04

Iran's Mahdavikia calls Hamburg's 'Player of the Year' award "great honor"
Iranian international striker Mehdi Mahdavikia was selected Hamburg's Bundesliga 'Player of the Year 2003-4' - 7/20/04

Another Campaign of Misinformation? Leaked 9/11 Report Cites New Evidence That Iran Cooperated with al-Qaeda Before Attacks
Leaked accounts of the final 9/11 Commission report due out this Thursday says the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 9/11 hijackers passed through Iran in the year prior to the attacks. We speak with Middle East and Iran Expert at Baruch College Ervand Abrahamian. -Democracy Now - 7/20/04

Haddadi fetches Iran world youth discus gold
Discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi hoisted Iran's flag in the World Youth Track-and-Field Championships in Italy Sunday night. - 7/19/04

Reporters Without Borders disgusted by sham trial in Kazemi murder case in Iran
"We are appalled at this denial of justice," the international press freedom organisation said. "The Iranian judiciary has displayed intolerable cynicism and hypocrisy in a case which the world sees as a test of intent by the Iranian regime, which has been unanimously condemned by international human rights organisations. - 7/19/04

Iran: Lawyers of Zahra Kazemi say prelimary investigation in her case insufficient
The four lawyers representing the aggrieved family of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, told the court hearing her case in Tehran on Sunday that the preliminary investigation conducted prior to the filing of the case was deficient. - 7/19/04

Iran rejects US claim of al-Qaida link
The Iranian government yesterday admitted for the first time that half a dozen of the al-Qaida terrorists behind the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington had passed through Iran. But the government, anxious to avoid being the next US target after Afghanistan and Iraq, denied any official involvement with al-Qaida members. -Guardian - 7/19/04

9/11 hijackers 'transited Iran'
The CIA's acting director says eight of the 9/11 hijackers passed through Iran, but there is no evidence Tehran was connected with the attacks in 2001. -BBC - 7/19/04

Quake hits southern Iranian city of Genaveh
An earthquake measuring 3.8 degrees on the Richter scale hit the port city of Genaveh in the southern province of Bushehr on Monday. - 7/19/04

Iran-India Pipeline Project: Stepping On The Gas
Hopes have once again been revived on the Iran-India natural gas pipeline project following minister for external affairs, K Natwar Singh’s declaration, in a recent interview, that the UPA government was not averse to it. -Financial Express - 7/19/04

France angered by Sharon's call
Government officials and Jewish leaders in France have criticised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for calling on all French Jews to move to Israel. -BBC - 7/19/04

The Khatami era draws to a close
It is not too soon to talk about the next Iranian presidential election, given that the incumbent pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami's term expires in mid-2005. For the authoritarian camp, the next presidential election will be an opportunity to conquer the last trench of reformers in the government. -Daily Star - 7/19/04

Iran, Russia study nuclear cooperation
Head of the Russian Federal Nuclear Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev and Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Gholam Reza Shafei, in a meeting, discussed progress in the construction of Bushehr atomic power plant, fresh fuel for the commissioning of the plant and the protocol on the return of spent nuclear fuel from Iran to Russia. - 7/19/04

Vienna Hosts Iranian Islamic Civilization Exhibit
Following the successful launch of 7,000 Years of Iranian Arts exhibition in some European countries, a complementary exhibit covering 14 centuries of Iran’s Islamic civilization is slated to be held in Vienna in 2006 - 7/19/04

Report: Israel ready for pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facility
The Israeli Air Force has completed military preparations for a pre-emptive strike at Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and will attack if Russia supplies Iran with rods for enriching uranium, Israeli officials said, according to a report in the London Sunday Times. -Israel Insider - 7/19/04

Persepolis Stones Carved with 10 Different Chisels
Iranian archeologists have managed to recognize 10 varied types of chisels used over 2,500 years ago to carve and engrave stones in Persepolis. - 7/19/04

Independent Report Blasts INS Treatment of Iranians
According to an independent review prepared by the Iranian American Bar Association, the INS violated the civil rights of Iranian nationals during the implementation of the special registration program under the National Security Entry-Exit System (NSEERS). -NIAC - 7/19/04

Engage, Don't Isolate, Iran - With One Caveat!
An article by Robert Hunter, a Rand Corporation scholar, Engage, Don’t Isolate, Iran, that appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune on June 27, 2004, was both timely and insightful. Unfortunately, it was also a bit too politically correct. -Kam Zarrabi - 7/19/04

Iranian American Political Action Committee Meets with Congressman Meehan (D-MA-5)
The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) recently had the chance to sit down with Congressman Martin Meehan (D-MA-5th) and discuss important domestic policy issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, and visa regulations affecting the Iranian American community. - 7/19/04

Iran reformists seek détente with US as tension rises over al-Qaeda claims
Iran's reformists have attempted to ease rising tensions with the US over Tehran's role in Iraq, its nuclear programme and its alleged links to al-Qaeda. -Financial Times - 7/19/04

Iranian teachers demand release of their representatives
Representatives of the Teachers Union on Sunday staged protest in front of the parliament in Tehran demanding release of two union leaders. Secretary of the Union Mahmoud Beheshti and its spokesman Ali Asghar Zati have been put into custody since July 10. - 7/18/04

Parliament's Press Faction to examine closure of two Iranian dailies
Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed-Jamei on Sunday regretted that two Persian dailies -- Vaqay-e Ettefaqieh and Jomhuriat -- have been banned by Tehran public prosecutor. - 7/18/04

Iran trial halted amid acrimony
A court in Iran has abruptly ended the trial of an intelligence agent accused of killing a Canadian journalist. Ms Kazemi's defence team - led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi - has accused the authorities of a cover-up, saying a more senior official is the real culprit. -BBC - 7/18/04

Hardline fears over 'proper' attire in Iran
FORGET the nuclear inspectors, instability in Iraq, or soaring drugs use. The hot topic in Iran these days is fashion - what women can and cannot wear. -Scotsman, UK - 7/18/04

Iranian official calls for positive response to WHC attention to Naqshe Jahan square
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center Seyed Mohammad Beheshti here Sunday said that the officials cannot remain indifferent to the special attention given by the World Heritage Committee to Isfahan Naqshe Jahan square. - 7/18/04

Mapping Iran's Historical City of Estakhr Finished
Iranian archeologists have mapped out the ancient 90-hectare city of Estakhr, one of the most prosperous cities of the Sassanid era. - 7/18/04

Private companies authorized to issue bonds in Tehran Stock Exchange
Deputy minister of industry and mines for economic affairs said here Sunday that the bylaws for issuance of bonds by private companies listed in the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) have gone into effect. - 7/18/04

Iranian archeologists to Identify Jiroft Ancient Quarries
Iranian archeologists hope to find out the quarries that provided special stones for artifacts made throughout the Jiroft civilization - 7/18/04

Iran's Health Minister: Some religious authorities agree to abortion plan
Some Ulema (religious authorities) have given their approval to a plan to legalize abortion, Iranian Health Minister Masoud Pezeshkian told parliamentary reporters on Sunday - 7/18/04

Official: No problem with Iran's WTO accession
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 11th G15 conference of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce for Industries and Services (FCCIS), Khamoushi said the US vetoes Iran's WTO entry for certain legal problems it has with the Islamic states. - 7/18/04

World Bank signs agreement on granting two separate loan to Iran
An agreement on granting two separate loans to Iran worth 359 million dollars was signed here late Saturday between the World Bank and Iran's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance. - 7/18/04

Spirit of Cyrus Enlivens World Heritage List
It is the spirit of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae that revitalizes UNESCO’s World Heritage List and all Iranians should close ranks to protect the historical mausoleum, Zhang Xinsheng, head of the World Heritage Committee was quoted as saying. - 7/18/04

Iran has less than five percent of world gas production
An official said Saturday that although Iran has embarked on extensive development of its gas fields, "it has only five percent of world gas production." - 7/17/04

Khatami: Iran considers power handover in Iraq a good omen
Tehran views the handover of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government as a good omen, said President Mohammad Khatami in a message to Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi on Saturday. - 7/17/04

Bush Extends Jihad Against UNFPA
In what critics are calling its latest slap at women and multilateralism, the administration of U.S. President George W Bush announced Friday that the 34 million dollars Congress had earmarked for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) will be used for other purposes. -Common Dreams - 7/17/04

Encyclopedia on Iranian women published
The first encyclopedia on Iranian women was published in Tehran on Saturday. - 7/17/04

Iran's per capita GDP hits 5,884 Dollars in 2002
Iran's per capita gross domestic production (GDP) stood at dlrs 5,884 in 2002, according to a report prepared by the Economic Initiative Research Institute. - 7/17/04

Damage-Evaluation Planned for Bas-reliefs in Sassanid Bishapour
Iranian archeologists plan to evaluate the damage inflicted on six masterpiece bas-reliefs in the historical city of Bishapour, the most significant city of the Sassanid dynasty (226-651), to prevent further corrosion and erosion. - 7/17/04

One Iranian daily banned, another stops publication after editor summoned to court
Following a complaint by the public prosecutor and with an order issued by the judge of the third branch of the court dealing with offenses of government employees and the media the Persian daily 'Vaqa-ye Etefaqiyeh" was temporarily banned on Saturday. Also, The Persian Daily Jomhouriat 'Republic' which its first edition hit the stands on July 4, will cease publication beginning Sunday. - 7/17/04

Cover-up claim at Iran agent trial
An Iranian court trying an intelligence agent for the murder of a Canadian journalist has heard the real culprit may have been a more senior official. -BBC - 7/17/04

David Stronach: Pioneer of British Archeologists in Iran
Recently, Berkeley's David Stronach spoke with ARCHAEOLOGY about his career, past and future, and some of the people he has known along the way. - 7/17/04

IRAN: Tehran makes progress in some aspects of human development - UNDP report
Iran has improved its ranking in the Human Development Index (HDI) but lags behind in areas like gender equality, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced on Thursday, at the launch of the Human Development Report 2004. -IRIN - 7/16/04

Iranian weightlifter Rezazadeh breaks world record
Iranian +105 kg weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh set a new world record in a training session in Langeroud, northern Gilan province, Thursday night. - 7/16/04

Iran: Trial To Resume In Case Of Slain Canadian-Iranian Photographer
A team of five lawyers, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, will represent Kazemi's family. The trial comes as many in and outside Iran have expressed concern that the real officials involved in Kazemi's death will remain unpunished. -RFE - 7/16/04

Iranian family claims Hoover discriminated
An Iranian family has sued Hoover, saying the city violated their constitutional rights when it withdrew their Recreation Center membership. -Birmingham News, Alabama - 7/16/04

Iran's Dejagah shoots Germany's U-19 soccer team to victory at Euro 2004
Iranian football wonderkid Ashkan Dejagah scored the crucial second goal as Germany's under-19 national football team defeated Poland 3-1 late Thursday evening in the Swiss city of Fribourg to keep its Euro Cup title chances alive. - 7/16/04

Crying wolf has hurt global effort on WMD proliferation
But Iran and North Korea, to name two leading US "states of concern", may have drawn very different conclusions from the Iraq intervention. For influential Islamist factions in Iran, what happened to Saddam Hussein's regime is a powerful reason to acquire, rather than abandon WMD. -Guardian - 7/16/04

UN supporting HIV/AIDS awareness in Afghanistan
As the world continued debating in Bangkok how to curb HIV/AIDS infections and care for those living with the disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Afghanistan announced that they were supporting the Health Ministry to improve HIV/AIDS awareness in the country. -IRIN - 7/16/04

Center Aids Iranians in Need of Help
After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties. -Jewish Journal, CA - 7/16/04

Iranian overstayer marries
The Iranian man dubbed the country's most wanted overstayer now has a stronger case to stay in the country. Saied Ghanbari has just married the mother of his six-month-old child. -TVNZ, New Zealand - 7/16/04

Mahdavikia's 2006 World Cup dream: To play with Iran in Hamburg
Iranian striker Mehdi Mahdavikia voiced hope that Iran would qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, saying it would be his dream to play with the national team in his club home stadium 'HSV Arena' in Hamburg. - 7/16/04

The Joy Of Madness
The precocious product of an Iranian film-making dynasty, 14-year-old Hana Makmalbaf is a wonderkid if ever there was one. -Mirror, UK - 7/16/04

Iran's economy grew by average of six percent in past three years
Deputy Economic Minister for Economic Affairs said on Thursday that Iran's annual economic growth stood at six present in the past three years which is unprecedented in the Middle East. - 7/16/04

Iranian revolutionary guards enjoy resurgence
Nearly four weeks after Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized six British marines and two sailors on the wide river separating southern Iran and Iraq, the Iranians have still not returned the digital navigational equipment that would show whether the boats were in Iraqi or Iranian waters. -Financial Times - 7/16/04

Archeologists Discover Temple in Sassanid Palace
The discovery of one temple and several mansions in Sarvestan Palace, one of the most awe-inspiring monuments of the Sassanid era (226-651), has helped Iranian archeologists to learn more facts about the historical complex. -CHN - 7/16/04

Reporters Without Borders denounces "disgraceful" banning of foreigners from trial of photojournalist's alleged killers in Iran
Reporters Without Borders called on Iran today to reverse its "disgraceful" decision to bar Canadian diplomats from the 17 July resumption in Teheran of the trial of those responsible for causing the death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in July last year by beating her during interrogation at Teheran's Evin prison. - 7/16/04

Iran's Sleeping Parthian City to Awaken
Iranian archeologists are seeking for public funding to explore the ruins of a vast urban citadel, left from the Parthian dynasty (247 B.C.-226 A.D.), in Khorasan Province, east of Iran. -CHN - 7/16/04

Safavid Shah’s Tomb Dates Back to 15th Century
As Iranian and foreign archeologists have divergent ideas on when the mausoleum of Shah Ismail, founder of the Safavid dynasty (1500-1722), was exactly constructed, a recent archeological survey shows it dates back to the 15th century, while its dome was built during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587-1629). -CHN - 7/16/04

THE FOX NETWORK OF TALKING HEAD: And, they accuse the "mullahs" of radical conservatism!
Why do I listen to these voices of bigotry and intolerance? The answer is simple: I learn a lot more listening to people that I deplore than to people I agree with. Plus, these characters are not a bunch of lightweights; they claim the largest listening audiences in America. -Kam Zarrabi - 7/16/04

Iran: A visit to Firouzkouh Industrial Complex
Many people might know of or have heard abut the Ghazvin Industrial complex on the west side of Tehran between Karaj and Ghazvin. However, I doubt that many have heard of Firouzkouh Industrial Complex, which is on the east side of Tehran, as you turn off Damavand Road and drive towards Firouzkouh which takes you to Amoul. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/16/04

'Outraged' Canada recalls ambassador from Iran
Foreign minister also hauls Iranian envoy into his office after Tehran reneges on vow to allow observers at trial of security agent accused of killing Canadian -Ottawa Citizen - 7/15/04

Excavation Reveals Amorous Burial in Ancient Iran
After 3 seasons of excavation in Sadrom Hill, one of Iran’s most ancient cemeteries, archeologists are deterred by a host of bureaucratic hurdles, though they are still content with unearthing some precious Achaemenid artifacts - 7/15/04

Shiite Leadership Clash in Iran, Iraq
For centuries, enmity between Arabs and Persians has shaped much of the Middle East - from the Arab conquests of the 7th century to the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s. Now, with Shiites empowered in postwar Iraq, the gloves are off again. But this time, the antagonists are the Shiite ayatollahs of Iraq, a mainly Arab country, and Iran, formerly Persia. -AP - 7/15/04

British Museum Holds Workshop on Softstone in Iran and Arabia
The British Museum and the Society for Arabian Studies plan to hold a specialist workshop on Softstone in Iran and Arabia on Wednesday 21st July 2004 in the Department of the Ancient Near East - 7/15/04

Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
Lobbyists, aides to senior officials and others encouraged invasion and now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict. -Common Dreams - 7/15/04

The CIA and Iraq: An Intelligence Debacle...and Worse
In our various oral and written presentations on Iraq my veteran intelligence officer colleagues and I took no delight in sharply criticizing what we perceived to be the corruption of intelligence analysis at CIA. Nothing would have pleased us more than to have been proven wrong. It turns out we did not know the half of it. -CounterPunch - 7/15/04

Iranian discus thrower Samimi stands 16th in latest IAAF rankings
Iranian discus thrower Abbas Samimi was placed in the 16th spot in the latest rankings released by the International Association of Athletics Federations Wednesday. - 7/15/04

Lack of research and spread of pests threaten global date production – UN
The Global Date Palm Network includes such countries as Algeria, Bahrain, Chile, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Namibia, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. - 7/15/04

UN report spotlights ways to reduce potential devastation of natural disasters
As the frequency of natural disasters rises, along with the number of people around the world whose lives and homes are at serious risk, the United Nations has launched a report highlighting 100 examples of how people are taking steps to make their communities less vulnerable when a catastrophe strikes. - 7/15/04

Iran's need for nuclear engagement
Two issues in their relations with Iran, both perceived by many to be inextricably linked, sound alarm bells in Europe and the United States: nuclear energy and the bomb. -Asia Times - 7/15/04

Sadr's militia regrouping, rearming
Hundreds of militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are rearming in their sanctuary in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in possible preparation for a new offensive, say US and Iraqi officials here. -CSM - 7/15/04

De Cuillar: Iran entitled to call for identification of aggressor
Former UN secretary general Javier Perez de Cuillar referred to the eight-year war imposed on Iran by Iraq's former regime and said that Iran is entitled to call for identification of the aggressor - 7/15/04

The Real Reasons Why An Iranian Bomb Matters
As the mullahs press ahead with the construction of a new heavy water reactor at Arak and resume the production of centrifuges, the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb looms increasingly large. Why, though, would such a development be a cause of serious concern for the watching world? -Roger Howard, National Interest - 7/15/04

New Austrian President Receives Iranian Economic Delegation
New Austrian President Heinz Fischer Wednesday evening received an economic delegation from Iran's northeastern Khorassan province. - 7/15/04

Iranian President: Tel Aviv is actual US capital
"I have already stated in my message to the American people that Americans are a great nation. The American Constitution is still a reference to freedom and democracy. The Americans are more religious than the Europeans and the founders of the United States advocated freedom and religion," President Khatami told a press conference. - 7/15/04

Hold Saddam Hussein Accountable for Crimes Against Iranians
Tell the President to urge the Iraqi government to seek justice for Iranian victims -NIAC - 7/15/04

Research focuses on Iran quake
More than six months after a devastating earthquake struck the ancient Iran city of Bam, residents still need 20,000 homes. Representatives and partners of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) shared details of the needs at the 29th Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. -Disaster News Network - 7/14/04

Iran student protests: Five years on
In July 1999 Iran suffered its most serious unrest for years, as students staged demonstrations across the country calling for reform and press freedom. -BBC - 7/14/04

Iranian opposition group's future in balance
A leading Iraqi politician reassured Iran this week that some 4,000 members of an Iranian opposition group detained by US forces in Iraq as prisoners of war had been recategorised by the new Iraqi government as refugees. -Financial Times - 7/14/04

Suspected Saudi al-Qaida Militant Surrenders
A suspected Saudi al-Qaida militant was flown back to the Saudi Kingdom Tuesday after surrendering in Iran. The surrender comes under a government amnesty ending next week, for the country's militants to turn themselves in. -VOA - 7/14/04

Swiss drop 'Menem millions' case
Argentina had asked the Swiss to trace $10m which it said Mr Menem received as a bribe from the Iranian government. -BBC - 7/14/04

Afghan Warlords 'Bigger Threat than Taliban'
The warlords and private militias who were once regarded as the west's staunchest allies in Afghanistan are now a greater threat to the country's security than the Taliban, according to the interim president, Hamid Karzai. -Guardian - 7/14/04

Iran Seizes Two Qatar Boats In Persian Gulf
Iran's navy has seized two Qatari launches that strayed into its waters, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. -Tehran Times - 7/14/04

Iran Presses UK to Probe Jiroft Ransacked Artifacts
Following the alleged haul in London of several Iranian artifacts belonging to the Jiroft civilization , Iranian officials are pressing the British government to make an inquiry to the case and, if true, extradite them according to international conventions - 7/14/04

Iranian Shot-Put Thrower Stands Fourth At World Youth Track-and-Field Championships
Mehdi Shahrokhi of Iran finished fourth at the shot-put of the World Youth Track-and-Field Championships in Italy Tuesday. - 7/14/04

Iran's Abedini Grabs Asian Saber Gold
Mojtaba Abedini outfought his rivals to win the saber gold medal of the Asian Juniors' Fencing Championships in Taiwan Tuesday night. - 7/14/04

A year after the death of Zahra Kazemi in Iran, Reporters Without Borders fears impunity will prevail
Reporters Without Borders said it fears that impunity will prevail in the case of Zahra Kazemi, a photo-journalist with Canadian and Iranian nationality who died a year ago (on 10 July 2003) in Baghiatollah hospital in Tehran after being beaten while in detention. - 7/14/04

President Khatami: Iran will never relinquish its right over nuclear technology
President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that enrichment of uranium for civilian application is Iran's legitimate right and Iran will never relinquish its right recognized by Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). - 7/14/04

Nowrouz Vital Meeting to be Held in Tehran
As six countries featuring Persian culture agree to hold a joint coordination session prior to submitting Nowrouz for the Third Proclamation of Masterpieces, the chances of registering one of the grandest celebrations in the world on the UNESCO’s document has doubled - 7/14/04

US tariffs on shrimp imports provides good opportunity for Iran
He said the US was the largest market for Iranian shrimps exports before the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979. Although the exports of shrimp was banned after the revolution for several years, but, after the US lifted the sanctions on food items and medicine in the past three ears, the exports of Iranian shrimps to the US have resumed, Qassemi underlined. - 7/13/04

Maryland Members Discuss Range of Issues with Senator Sarbanes
The National Iranian American Council held its fifth Congressional Breakfast Series meeting with Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland on Wednesday, July 7th. - 7/13/04

Iran: Sassanid Oldest Brick Dome Slated for Renovation
Sarvestan Palace, one of the most splendid monuments of the Sassanid era, is planned for a special renovation program to prevent its dilapidation - 7/13/04

Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani
Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Tuesday that Iran will fight terrorism independently and cautiously. - 7/13/04

Ahmed Chalabi's List of Suckers
Hanging out in bad bars waiting for sources to show up is a time-honored tradition in journalism. So I suppose I shouldn't have been too worried by the non-arrival of Entifadh Qanbar, the spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress's Washington office. Still, he had moved our meeting several times and I had a lot of questions to ask him, especially about a lengthy confidential memo he had submitted to Congress in June 2002. -AlterNet - 7/13/04

In foreign-policy battles, are neocons losing their hold?
Secretary of State Colin Powell is on a roll. In a kind of nose-thumbing at neoconservatives' "America first and alone" ideology, the Bush administration's leading protagonist of multilateralism is displaying the power of diplomacy over confrontation. -CSM - 7/13/04

The Power of Youth
Young Iranians look to excessive drug use and parties to escape their stifling lives. Following the conservatives' victory in parliament, many have turned away from politics. Religious hard-liners want to see a return to the Islamic model state. -New York Times - 7/13/04

Three years locked up, waiting for a visa
It's the waiting and uncertainty that make living on a temporary protection visa so hard, Iranian refugee Rozita Shahbazifar said today. -Sydney Morning Herald - 7/13/04

Gallows confession wins reprieve
A murderer in south-west Iran has won a temporary reprieve from execution after confessing to another crime moments before he was due to be hanged. -BBC - 7/13/04

9th Tehran Photo Biennial
The Tehran Photography Biennial, after a hiatus, reopens in its ninth incarnation at the Khiyal Gallery at the Academy of Arts. “In this term, the exhibition will focus on artistic and creative photography,” Bahman Jalali, secretary of the biennial said. -NonStarving Artists - 7/13/04

Iraq: Baghdad Seeks Recognition From Neighbors
The Iraqi deputy prime minister says Baghdad and Damascus have agreed to work together to end cross-border infiltrations by Islamic militants by setting up special security patrols along their desert border. -RFE - 7/13/04

Needed: A Firm European Position on Human Rights in Iran
With the EU's human rights dialogue stalled in Tehran, and with the Iranian capital's streets coming to life with popular dissent, the Union should take a much firmer position against the regime. -Intellectual Conservative - 7/13/04

Ottawa demands access to Kazemi trial: report
Days before the murder trial of Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is set to resume, the Iranian government has yet to declare Canadian observers welcome at the proceedings. - 7/13/04

Quake hits Iran's southeastern city of Jiroft
An earthquake measuring 4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Jiroft in the southeastern province of Kerman Tuesday. - 7/13/04

Bush's pre-emption policy is softened for Iran and North Korea
Even as President George W. Bush turns his doctrine of pre-emptive action against powers threatening the United States into a campaign theme, Washington is using a far more subdued, take-it-slowly approach to the dangers of unconventional weapons in Iran and North Korea. -IHT - 7/13/04

Iran police in fashion crackdown
Iran's morality police have made several raids in Tehran, in an apparent crackdown on women who flout the strict Islamic dress code. -BBC - 7/13/04

Are Iran and Al Qaeda vying for influence in Yemen?
But instead of an Al Qaeda campaign against the US and the Yemeni government, a conflict in Yemen may involve a power struggle between militant Sunnis and Iranian-backed Shiites, analysts say. -CSM - 7/13/04

Ghosts Heal the Sick at Sacred Iranian Shrine
Zoroastrians say the sacred spring at Chak Chak, a shrine perched beneath a towering cliff face in the searing desert of central Iran, has lost none of its miraculous healing powers. -Reuters - 7/13/04

The Legacy of Ronald Reagan – The Other Side of the Coin
President Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld to Baghdad to meet with Saddam to arrange provisions of the U.S. know-how, raw material and advisors for chemical and biological weapons development to be used against Iranians during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. -Behnam Ashjari - 7/13/04

Ignoring Achaemenids’ Impact on Other Nations Impossible-Dr. Curtis
Experts with the British Museum’s the Ancient Near East department selected the Iranian artifacts they are willing to display at the upcoming exhibition of “Iran’s splendor” in Britain. - 7/13/04

Iran-EU talks on nuclear program to resume late July
Iranian negotiations with the three European partners on its national nuclear program will resume late July, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said on Tuesday. - 7/13/04

Persian POWER
Little-known community has achieved great success in business and professional life while remaining mostly anonymous to those around them. -Orange County Metro Magazine - 7/13/04

Rowhani reiterates Iran's interest in close ties with Iraq
Iran's National Security Council (NSC) secretary Hassan Rowhani reiterated Iran's interest in maintaining close ties and cooperation with the Iraqi nation as well as the present government in that country. - 7/12/04

Michael Moore, Richard Perle Join Forces
There is a growing belief on the part of members Congress, diplomats, and the American public that the Bush administration is executing a "turnaround" in U.S. policy toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of neoconservative and interest group pressure. - 7/12/04

Iran, Japan to expand telecommunications cooperation
Officials from Telecommunications Company of Iran and Japan's NEC in a meeting here Monday examined the perspective of telecommunication in Iran and prospects of cooperation in the field. - 7/12/04

Researchers Accuse Bush of Manipulating Science
More than 4,000 scientists, including 48 Nobel Prize winners and 127 members of the National Academy of Sciences, accused the Bush administration Thursday of distorting and suppressing science to suit its political goals. -Common Dreams - 7/12/04

Man Dodges Suicide Pact with Bride
An Iranian man who struck a suicide pact with his new bride over their guilt for having pre-marital sex is being held by police after he backed out on his side of the bargain, judiciary officials said on Sunday. -Reuters - 7/12/04

Quake hits Iran's northern city of Gorgan
An earthquake measuring 4.2 degrees on the Richter scale hit the provincial capital city of Gorgan in this northern province Monday. - 7/12/04

Geophysical Surveys to Start in Isfahan's Grand Mosque
Iranian and Italian archeologists hope to thoroughly recognize the development trajectory of Isfahan’s Grand Mosque and its varied architecture eras by conducting geophysical measurements. - 7/12/04

Indian Consortia Bag Chabahar Projects In Iran
R.J. Shahaney, chairman of Ashok Leyland Project Services said on July 10, 2004 that two consortia led by the Hinduja Group have bagged two projects in Iran worth US$ 600 million - 7/12/04

Missing From Saddam's Indictment
The trial of Saddam Hussein will not be morally complete unless he is forced to confront the chemical atrocities committed against Iranian soldiers. Visiting the hospital wards last summer, I saw one of his victims shake spasmodically as he coughed up blood. "Very common," an orderly explained, as he patted the man's back. -Afshin Molavi, Washington Post - 7/12/04

Iran calls for establishment of regional information and communication technology hub
First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref here Monday announced Iran's readiness to help establish a regional hub for science, information and communication technology (ICT). - 7/12/04

Iran cracks down on insufficiently veiled women
Iranian security forces embark on crackdown on shopping centres, shops selling skimpy clothing in Tehran. -AFP - 7/12/04

Iranian reformist political parties hold conference
The coordinating council of the reform movement held a conference in Tehran on Monday to study the scope of contribution the political parties could make to the cause of democracy. - 7/12/04

Museum Diplomacy with Iran
Yet all is not aggressive confrontation between Iran and the West. Behind the scenes, cultural and scholarly exchanges are taking place. These, rather than direct diplomatic interventions, often produce political effects that cannot be achieved by any other means. -Art News - 7/12/04

Iran: Babak Khorramdin’s Fans Mark his Birthday
Tens of Babak Khorramdin fans, an Iranian national hero resisting Arab Caliphs, gathered in his awesome fort in Kelidar area, near Tabriz, on Friday to mark his symbolic birthday. - 7/12/04

Iran: Fall in population growth could bring economic benefits
Iran's population growth rate has declined by more than half over the past 10 years and infant mortality rates are low, at 28 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced at a seminar celebrating World Population Day on Sunday. -IRIN - 7/12/04

Iran: Women’s Horse Racing Competition
My friend Jasem Ghazbanpour who is a well known photographer told me about a race which took place last month in East of Azerbaijan, in the valley of Ghreghiyeh near city of Kelidar, where you can find many historical sites, including Babak Khorramdin's Fort -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/12/04

D-8 conference winds up in Tehran
The Group of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) concluded its two day conference here Sunday aimed at following up the decisions the grouping took in the its previous summit held in Tehran last February. - 7/11/04

Iran rules out probable Israeli attack on Bushehr plant
Iran expressly ruled out Sunday a possible air strike by Israel on the country's nuclear power plant in southern Bushehr, which Tehran is building with the help of Russia. - 7/11/04

First Intact Insignia Discovered in Iran's Burnt City
The first intact personal insignia was unearthed in the satellite hilltops of the mysterious Burnt City, in the eastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan. - 7/11/04

Relatively powerful earthquake jolts Mazandaran province in Iran
A relatively strong earthquake jolted 'Kelardasht' region in the western part of the northern province of Mazandaran at 18:10 hours local time (13:40 GMT) Sunday afternoon. - 7/11/04

New Plan to Renovate Iran's Historical Cyrus Mausoleum
The mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire, would be buttressed and renovated following its recent inscription on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. - 7/11/04

Iran: Special on Bam six months on
Six months after the earthquake that devastated Bam in southeastern Iran, the city remains strewn with rubble. Rows of small, white, box-like prefabricated shelters fill cleared wasteland in tightly packed neat lines, while tents still dot every road, back alley and clearing. -IRIN - 7/11/04

Remote Villagers Speak in Sassanid Language After 2,000 Years
Following the recognition of 903 Sassanid words in the language of Maymand residents, experts have concluded the language of these people has barely changed since 2,000 years ago, mainly because of the isolation of their helmet after the Arab invasion in the seventh century. - 7/10/04

'A global intelligence failure'
Justifications for war on Iraq were wrong says damning US report -Guardian - 7/10/04

Iran conditionally agrees to drop gas price for Turkey: report
Iran has agreed to reduce the price of natural gas which it sells to Turkey provided Ankara helps Tehran transport its gas to Europe, a Turkish press report said Saturday. - 7/10/04

CBI governor: $5.5bn to be added to Iran's Forex Reserve Fund
Iran's Forex Reserve Fund deposit is to increase from dlrs 6.5 billion to dlrs 12 billion by end of this year on March 20, 2005. - 7/10/04

Palestinian Win Rises Higher Than Israeli Wall
The ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that the ”security wall” Israel is building in the West Bank is illegal marks a major victory for Palestinians. The decision will bring a significant setback to the United States in the Arab world; a U.S. judge was the only one among 15 who delivered a contrary opinion. -Common Dreams - 7/10/04

Bush On Iranian Youth
The U.S. supports the democratic aspirations of Iranians, especially Iran’s young people. In Istanbul recently, President George W. Bush said that democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq would be powerful examples to other nations, including Iran -VOA - 7/10/04

US critical of UN barrier ruling
The US state department has described as inappropriate a ruling by the world court that Israel's West Bank barrier is illegal and should be torn down. -BBC - 7/10/04

Powell On Iran Nuclear Program
For at least eighteen years, Iran has secretly pursued the capability to make fissile material for nuclear weapons. -VOA - 7/10/04

Quarries Providing Stone for Persepolis Discovered
Archeologists have discovered quarries mined for stones used in constructing and decorating Persepolis, the splendid capital city of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 B.C.) - 7/10/04

Iran weighing how to file suit against Saddam
Iran's state attorney's office held its first session Saturday on how to go ahead with a suit which the Islamic Republic is considering to file against jailed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. - 7/10/04

D-8 conference opens in Tehran
The Group of Eight Developing Nations (D8) opened a two-day conference in Tehran on Saturday to follow up the decisions the grouping took in the its previous summit held in Tehran last February. - 7/10/04

Iran can dispatch manpower to Europe
Director General of the Bureau for Promotion of Overseas Employment Pirouz Sa'adati here Saturday said that since the majority of the population in European states are elderly and foreigners account for 39 percent of their manpower, Iranian manpower can also be dispatched to the continent. - 7/10/04

400 Years Needed to Identify 4 Billion Artifacts in Iranian Burnt City
Archeologists have already managed to document and profile 102 villages of the sprawling city, located south of Zabol in the eastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. - 7/9/04

One-year Anniversary of Zahra Kazemi's Death
Friday 9, July 2004, Zahra Kazemi Foundation presents 'Ziba, I remember' a special event to honor the first death anniversary of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, murdered last year by Iranian Government agents. - 7/9/04

Extra, Extra! Open Season on Iran!
It is now official: The invasion of Iran in September 1980 by Saddam Hussein’s armed forces, diplomatically, financially, logistically and openly supported by the U.S. and the UK and a good half of “old” Europe was absolutely okay. That is correct. There were no violations of any international laws committed by Saddam in invading Iran. None whatsoever! -Reza Fiyouzat, Press Action - 7/9/04

The October Surprise?
Shortly before I left Washington for the summer, my informal intelligence network gave me an interesting report: Iran was beginning to mass troops on the Iran-Iraq border. Did this portend overt Iranian intervention in Iraq? - 7/9/04

Interview with the Empress
How does it feel to be an author? How is the book doing? Empress Farah: I had no idea that writing could be so difficult. But, also, I didn't know that it could be so rewarding in terms of emotional satisfaction. The book first came out in French and was on the best-seller list for some time. -Jerusalem Post - 7/9/04

Sharon tells UN he wants a Middle East free of nuclear arms
Israel and the UN's nuclear watchdog reached a public understanding yesterday with Ariel Sharon committing himself to the vision of a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. -Guardian - 7/9/04

Iran's Buyback Projects Will Generate 17 Billion Dollars Annually
Iran will earn more than US$17.4 billion per annum once the 17 ongoing buyback projects become fully operational - 7/9/04

World Population Day seminar to be held in Tehran
Through cooperation of Ministry of Health and medical universities around the country, the seminar on World Population Day is to be held at Tehran University focusing on family planning indicators. - 7/9/04

NPC to start project to pipe ethylene gas to western Iran
The National Petrochemical Company (NPC) announced on Wednesday that it would soon start a project to pipe ethylene gas from southern Iran to the western provinces. - 7/9/04

Lost Chances in Iran
Whoever wins this November's presidential election, the United States faces an urgent question that the Bush administration has not resolved: What is America's strategy for coping with the rising power of Iran? -Washington Post - 7/9/04

Bush Prevails as House Refuses to Curb Patriot Act
The Republican-led House bowed to a White House veto threat Thursday and stood by the USA Patriot Act, defeating an effort to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that helps the government investigate people's reading habits. -Common Dreams - 7/9/04

Attacks against Muslims and Jews are soiling France, says Chirac
The French president, Jacques Chirac, made a national appeal for racial and religious tolerance yesterday as part of a campaign to tackle an alarming surge in racist attacks. -Guardian - 7/9/04

UN court to rule 'against Israel'
The International Court of Justice in The Hague is understood to have decided that Israel's West Bank barrier is illegal and should be removed. -BBC - 7/9/04

Iranian teenager nominated for Germany's Under-19 football team
Hertha Berlin's Iranian striker Ashkan Dejagah has been nominated for Germany's Under-19 national football squad which is currently preparing itself for next week's European Cup in Switzerland, the local Berlin press reported Friday. - 7/9/04

Essay: Colorado Trip Triggers Memories
UPON ENTRY to Lowry, I noticed that there were many Iranian Air Force cadet-students, due to an agreement that the United States had with the Shah of Iran and the Iranian government. There was a great deal of bitterness and hostility from the American military, who insisted on making fun of the Iranians by calling them insulting names, like "camel jockeys." -Michael Anderson, Connection - 7/9/04

Iran: Reliefs Testify to Magnificence of Achaemenids’ Art
Bas-reliefs carved on the walls of the main palace of Pasargadae on Cyrus the Great’s order are among the most exquisite samples of engraving in the historical site, an Iranian expert observed. - 7/9/04

Iranian Nomads Constitute Cultural Treasure: Anthropologist
“Nomads constitute a cultural treasure, not a simple community, because the Iranian society can trace back its roots among them and still feeds on their agricultural products,” said Dr. Jalaludin Rafifar, nomad expert and head of the Anthropology Association. - 7/9/04

Iranian Dissident Says Events of July 1999 "Marked the Death of Reform"
Zangeneh made his comments during a panel discussion at VOA, "Looking at 18th Tir 1378: A Critical Point for the Future of the Freedom and Democratic Movement in Iran", which explored the implications of the July, 1999 events for the democratic movement in Iran. - 7/8/04

German water industry anticipates 800 million euro orders from Iran
The German water industry anticipates 700 million euro in additional orders from Iran to build that country's water infrastructure - 7/8/04

'Hope' for nuclear-free Mid-East
The head of UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, has said he has seen a "glimmer of hope" for a nuclear-free Middle East. After meeting Ariel Sharon, he said the Israeli prime minister had for the first time talked about the establishment of a nuclear-free zone. -BBC - 7/8/04

U.S. Response to Insurgency Called a Failure
Some top Bush officials and military experts say the Pentagon has no coherent strategy. Little change is expected with Iraq's new sovereignty. -Common Dreams - 7/8/04

Tremor shakes Lamerd in Iran's southern Fars province
An earthquake measuring 3.9 degree on the Richter scale hit the provincial town of Lamerd in this southern province Wednesday night. - 7/8/04

UK unwilling to disclose discussions with Iran on returning boats
The British government is unwilling to disclose what discussions it has had with Iran to obtain the return of three patrol boats that transgressed into Iranian waters last month. - 7/8/04

First Persian satellite television station to be launched in Germany
German authorities Tuesday gave green light for the launching of the first-ever private Persian satellite television network, named 'Mohajer TV' - 7/8/04

Top US Official Defends US Human Rights Standard
Mr. Craner ran into some criticism from some Democrats on the committee regarding the Bush administration record in dealing with Iran and North Korea, with some lawmakers saying progress has been reversed in both instances. -VOA - 7/8/04

Iran Confirms Clash with Turkish Kurd Rebels
Iran confirmed Wednesday that its troops had been clashing with Turkish Kurdish rebels. Iran's deputy interior minister, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, said at least two Iranian soldiers and eight rebels from the group called Kongra-Gel had died in the fighting. -VOA - 7/8/04

UNESCO Sets Deadline for Iran to Trim Down Isfahan Building
The World Heritage Committee strongly urged Iran, particularly authorities in the historical city of Isfahan, to comply with Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s (CHTO) order to trim down a landscape-scratching highrise near the Naqsh-e Jahan Square - 7/8/04

Persians as consumers
The divide between the haves and the have nots, a young and Westward looking population governed by the world's only theocracy, a clear demarcation in attitudes between urban and rural areas and dress. Understanding this phenomenon and other aspects of contemporary Iranian consumer culture is fundamental to any company thinking of entering this huge market. -AME Info - 7/8/04

Iran: New call for investigation into torture of student demonstrators
Amnesty International today (8 July) renewed its calls to Iran’s judiciary to undertake an independent and impartial judicial review of the trials of demonstrators convicted after their arrest during the July 1999 student led demonstrations, known in Iran as the 18 Tir events - 7/8/04

Iran: Five Years After Protests, Release Students
Five years after the 1999 Tehran University protests, the Iranian government should immediately release all student detainees still imprisoned for peaceful dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/8/04

Encyclopedia Iranica Reaches Half Way Milestone
After passing 30 years of a 45-year-long project, authors of Iran’s most comprehensive encyclopedia, Iranica, say they have reached the half way milestone, completing the tome from the letter A to the mid-H. - 7/8/04

Iran Bans Commemorations of ’99 Unrest
Iranian authorities signaled yesterday they had banned any commemorations marking this week’s fifth anniversary of violent student protests amid an effort to prevent a fresh outburst of anti-regime dissent. -AFP - 7/7/04

Specialized Website on Sasanian Persian Empire Launched
Sponsored by the American Iranology Institute, the site is launched by Dr. Iraj Daryaee, professor of California State University. Daryaee took his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. He specializes in the history and culture of Ancient Persia. - 7/7/04

Isfahan Subway Barred from Crossing Historical Street
Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) blamed Isfahan’s subway offices for trying to ruin its historical fabric and barred it from passing its route down under a historical street, a big attraction for tourists - 7/7/04

The Trial of Saddam
I suppose the ‘humanity’ that the Iraqi (isn’t that a joke!) tribunal is concerned with at this time does not consider the populations of non-compliant countries as ‘humanity’ – the Kuwaitis were humans but the Iranians obviously were not! -Kam Zarrabi - 7/7/04

Tehran manoeuvres for a role across the border
With the chaos of the occupation and now the loosening of American control in Iraq, Iran has moved into its best position in decades to influence the country's political shape, say Western and Iraqi officials. -NY Times - 7/7/04

Kurds anxious over Iraq's future
There was no sense of celebration in Iraqi Kurdistan as Paul Bremer flew out of Baghdad after handing over sovereignty to the new Iraqi government. -BBC - 7/7/04

US Election: Inequality Stalks the Polling Station
Inequality will shape November's U.S. general elections, but few voters will voice concern about disparity in the industrialized world's most lopsided society. -Common Dreams - 7/7/04

Iranian's charge of brutality vs. word of police
Jailed for two months and charged with obstructing justice, Ghadir Esmaeili, a 34-year-old Iranian permanent resident in Japan, claims he's a victim of police brutality, although other than his damaged eye he lacks damning visual evidence like the notorious video footage of L.A. police beating Rodney King. -Japan Times - 7/7/04

Map row settled, Iran will take part in Islamic Games
The Head of the National Olympic Committee Wednesday said the row between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the name of "Persian Gulf" was settled and the country will dispatch sportsmen to the peninsula where the first Islamic States' Games is held. - 7/7/04

Iran to play volleyball friendlies against Canada
Seniors' volleyball team of Iran will leave for Canada on July 18 to play three friendlies - 7/7/04

20 newspapers published for every 1,000 individuals in Iran
The official said the standard ratio is 100 per 1,000 individuals. He cited the inability of newspapers to attract readers, ineffective marketing and mismanagement of publishing establishments as the main reasons for the lack of vitality in the country's press. - 7/7/04

Israel tells of Iran nuclear fear
Head of the UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei says Israel has expressed concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions. -BBC - 7/7/04

Iranian discus thrower in 17th spot in IAAF rankings
Samimi had occupied the 53rd place before he competed in the three-stage Asian grand prix. The thrower, who has already booked a berth in 2004 Athens Olympic Games garnered three golds in the Asian GP. - 7/7/04

Georgian, Iranian presidents call for expansion of ties
President Mohammad Khatami and his visiting Georgian counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili on Wednesday underscored further expansion of all-out bilateral relations, particularly in the areas of trade and economy - 7/7/04

Iran: Zoroastrian Museum in Kerman Fundless to Buy Historical Letters
Letters written 150 years ago by a Zoroastrian merchant from his commercial firm in Bombay to Iran during the Qajar dynasty have been offered to Zoroastrians’ Anthropology Museum in Kerman Province, but it could not afford it and the seller is not willing to sell them the National Document Archives - 7/7/04

Tehran’s Left Handed Cook Café
I find the new cafés which are springing in many parts of Tehran quite interesting, mainly because they entice one to go out more often and meet friends somewhere which is pleasant and clean, and at the same time conveniently located -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/7/04

Analysis: Renewed Unity Among Iranian Students
The fifth anniversary of 18 Tir (8 July) -- the day in 1999 when uniformed police and plainclothes vigilantes attacked a Tehran University dormitory with fatal results -- is looming. -RFE - 7/7/04

Oil Minister says Iran's oil industry in dire need of development
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 9th Oil, Gas, Petrochemical Exhibition here at Tehran International Fairground on Monday, Zanganeh said, "If we work properly, we would be able to address domestic demand, while partially meeting the demand of the Persian Gulf littoral states and countries north of Iran." - 7/6/04

Sara Radfar was taken from us
Today, on the 4th of July, I received a phone call from my friend Yassi. I casually said "hi, what's up, how have you been?" Her response was, "you don't know? Sara was killed." I couldn't believe it. It was like a movie, surreal and unbelievable. -Pouya Alimagham - 7/6/04

IRAN: Iraqi refugees use new border crossing
Some 80 Iraqi Kurdish refugees returned to northern Iraq recently from Iran as part of a pilot repatriation convoy by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). -IRIN - 7/6/04

Iraq: Deputy Foreign Minister Says Baghdad Seeks New Links With International Community
A week after the handover of sovereignty to Iraq's new interim government on 28 June, diplomats there say they are working to restore the country's international ties. But it is a delicate process. -RFE - 7/6/04

Sharon sticks to nuclear policy
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his country's "ambiguous" nuclear policy is working and will continue. His comments came hours before the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, was due to arrive in Israel. -BBC - 7/6/04

VOA staffers seek Hill probe
The petition accuses the board of shutting down the VoA Arabic Service and reducing resources to VoA television in the region and VoA service to Iran in favor of the new broadcasting services. -The Hill - 7/6/04

Iraq battles its leaking borders
Iraq's prime minister called on Syria and Iran Sunday to help check flow of weapons, fighters. -CSM - 7/6/04

Iran's non-oil exports stands at dlrs 1.490 billion in Q1 this year
Iran's non-oil exports, including carry-on luggage exports and border market trade stood at dlrs 1.490 billion in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (started March 20), Iran's Customs Administration reported on Monday. - 7/6/04

Russia's Ivanov meets Iranian Foreign Minister Kharrazi
Secretary of the National Supreme Security Council of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov met on Monday Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and discussed the ways of solidify the bilateral relations. - 7/6/04

Sultanyeh Dome Slated to be Inscribed on Heritage List Next Year
The Sultanyeh Dome, one of Iranian archeological marvels, is due to be considered for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 29th session of its World heritage Committee coming next year - 7/6/04

Two world championships for Iran in robot football
The 8th Soccer world championship for robots, Robocup20 ended yesterday evening. Altogether 346 teams from 37 countries with 1600 participants participated in the games. - 7/6/04

Iran crowned at world RoboCup
University of Technology was crowned at medium-sized league of the world RoboCup, which ended in Portugal on Sunday. - 7/5/04

Iran: Rowhani stresses determination of Caspian legal regime
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here Monday stressed the need for speedy settlement of the legal regime for the Caspian Sea through an agreement among littoral states. - 7/5/04

Ayatollah Khomeini's Grandson Feels Freer, Safer in Iraq
Seyyed Hossein Khomeini, the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini who fled Iran several months ago, told the Voice of America Thursday that he feels freer and safer in Iraq than he did in Iran. - 7/5/04

9th International Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Exhibition to open in Tehran
The 9th International Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Exhibition, which is expected to be attended by 1,100 Iranian and foreign firms, will be inaugurated in Tehran on Monday. - 7/5/04

Seeing Islam Through a Lens of US Hubris
Our National Mind-set may be Leading us Toward Defeat, a CIA Expert Says -Common Dreams - 7/5/04

Iran, Democracy and Human Rights
In the wake of a damning report by Human Rights Watch that has detailed the “torture, detention and the crushing of dissent” under the mullahs’ regime, the anguished voices of oppressed Iranians seem to cry out to the watching world. But should the West answer them by taking up the cause of freedom and helping them cast aside the yoke of tyranny? -Intellectual Conservative - 7/5/04

Minister says Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport to open soon
Minister of Road and Transportation said here Sunday that the main issues regarding the opening of the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) have been all resolved and the authorization to open the airport will be soon be announced to the ministry. - 7/5/04

Iran to Bring Charges Against Saddam
Iran announced Sunday that it wants to bring charges of its own against deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at his forthcoming trial. The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it will submit an indictment detailing crimes committed by Saddam Hussein during the 1980-to-1988 Iraq-Iran war. -VOA - 7/5/04

Syrian President ends Iran visit
During his visit, which took place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami, Assad discussed bilateral ties, regional issues, Palestine and Iraq in particular with senior Iranian officials. - 7/5/04

Achaemenid, World’s First Empire to Respect Cultural Diversity
The Achaemenid dynasty was the first empire in the world that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples. - 7/5/04

Straw defends diplomacy with Iran
On the whole, the co-operation we have received from Iran both in respect of Afghanistan and Iraq had been good and productive - BBC - 7/4/04

Land of the free
A 10-year-old in Iran is more aware about politics - even American politics - than a 20-year-old in America - timesrecordnews - 7/4/04

Sufi shrine welcomes all
Burial place of Nizamuddin open to all religions Village around mausoleum a hub of Sufi culture - 7/4/04

New Iraq government accuses Iran and Syria of backing insurgents
The new Iraqi government will publish damning evidence this week linking foreign powers, including Iran and Syria, to the Muslim extremists and loyalists of the former regime who launched a bloody rebellion after the fall of Saddam Hussein - Telegraph UK - 7/4/04

Did one woman's obsession take America to war?
She is a conspiracy theorist whose political conceits have consistently been proved wrong. So why were Bush and his aides so keen to swallow Laurie Mylroie's theories on Saddam and terrorism? - 7/4/04

Iran heads to one-million annual car production mark, eyes exports
Iran's car producers, already the Middle East's leading manufacturers, are fast heading to annual production levels of one million units and are hoping to emerge as a top regional supplier, industry officials said. AFP - 7/4/04

Iran’s Ancient City of Bam among the 34 new Sites Inscribed on World Heritage List
The rich archaeological remains of the Iranian city of Bam, where 26,000 lost their lives in the earthquake of December 26, 2003, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, alongside 12 other new cultural sites listed today by the World Heritage Committee holding its 28th session in Suzhou. - 7/3/04

In Iran, toeing the line to stay in print
In the country that the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders calls "the Middle East's largest prison for journalists," those dailies still available on newsstands brim with courtroom accounts of less fortunate publications - Washington Post - 7/3/04

Peugeot inks production deal with Iran Khodro
Peugeot has signed deals with Iran Khodro, the biggest car producer in the Middle East, to make new versions of its 206 and 307 cars in Iran - AutoAsia - 7/3/04

Iran prof faces reduced charges after dodging death sentences for blasphemy
A prominent history professor who twice dodged a death sentence on blasphemy convictions was defiant Saturday against reduced charges in a new trial - AP - 7/3/04

Saddam Could Call CIA in His Defense
A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was the work of Iranians. Further, the Scott inquiry on the role of the British government has gathered evidence that following the massacre the United States in fact armed Saddam Hussein to counter the Iranians chemicals for chemicals - Inter Press Service - 7/3/04

Iran Is in Strong Position to Steer Iraq's Political Future
With the chaos of the occupation and now the loosening of American control here, Iran has moved into its best position in decades to influence the political shape of Iraq, Western and Iraqi officials say - 7/3/04

Iran’s Ancient City of Bam among the 34 new Sites Inscribed on World Heritage List
The rich archaeological remains of the Iranian city of Bam, where 26,000 lost their lives in the earthquake of December 26, 2003, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List - UNESCO's Pressrelease - 7/3/04

The arrival of a second American jellyfish, Beroe ovata, marked an important change in the late 1990s. The newcomer began dining on Mnemiopsis, causing its almost immediate decline, and allowing a resurge in the Black Sea’s valuable anchovy stocks - Eurasianet - 7/3/04

The Kurds in Iran: A Forgotten Struggle
In the last ten years the struggle of the Kurdish people for self determination has increasingly attracted the attention of world opinion with struggles in Iraq and Turkey taking centre stage - - 7/3/04

Iranian expert criticizes US for reluctance to charge Saddam with unleashing Iran-Iraq war
Hushang Amirahmadi, a political scientist in charge of the American-Iranian Council, has criticized the United States for its reluctance to charge the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with unleashing the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s - PRAVDA. - 7/3/04

America has sown the seeds of civil war in Iraq
The Iraqi people's resistance has, for a period at least, thwarted US plans to attack Iran, Syria, Hizbullah in Lebanon, and North Korea - Gaurdian - 7/3/04

World Heritage Committee Unanimously Register Iran's Historical Pasargadae Site
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) unanimously voted to register the historical site of Pasargadae on the World Heritage List - 7/1/04

EU Human Rights Dialogue With Iran Brings Little Progress
The European Union's policy of engagement with Iran is coming under increasing scrutiny from rights groups. Reporters Without Borders this week criticized the EU's human rights dialogue with Iran, saying it allowed Tehran to maintain "good relations" with EU countries but had not led to a decrease in repression in Iran. -RFE - 7/1/04

Iran: Economic Growth on Track
Jafar Islami, Deputy Minister of Industry and Mines said on June 29, 2004 that so far, over US$ four billion from the Foreign Exchange Reserve Fund has been injected to the economy, Pars Investment reported. - 7/1/04

Free-will and Determinism
As an incurable skeptic, when I see ourselves here in this country adopting some kind of deterministic view toward life and I compare ourselves with my countrymen and women living abroad and with the foreigners coming from a country with a more secure social economic system, I directly and immediately experience the effects of the environment on one's world-view and thus way of life. So once more I ask myself this human eternal question: "To what extent can outside determine, affect inside?" -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 7/1/04

Afghanistan: Unraveling of a Nation 'Liberated' by the West
Hamid Karzai has appealed for more Nato troops to maintain security during the Afghan elections. His plea reminds the West that removing a regime does not solve everything -Common Dreams - 7/1/04

Blix Calls for International Treaty to Ban Production of WMDs
Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix wants the world's nuclear powers and other countries to adopt a treaty to ban the production of weapons-grade nuclear material and prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Blix is chairing a meeting of the 15-nation WMD Commission in Vienna. -VOA - 7/1/04

Reading: An End to Evil
Their book, An End to Evil, is blunt propaganda that Random House claims "will define the conservative point of view on foreign policy for a new generation — and shape the agenda for the 2004 presidential-election year and beyond." Having finished the 280 page book in a night of furious reading, I can only agree. An End to Evil is propaganda at its most crude, most deceptive, and most damaging. As such, this book can be read both as a masterpiece of contemporary propaganda and a policy statement with far reaching effects. -Axis of Logic - 7/1/04

America's catalog of crises - present and future
Meanwhile, with so much left to do in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan, additional nuclear crises are ticking away in Iran and North Korea. In both countries, a good deal of history is associated with current developments. In Iran, the US, through the CIA, engineered the overthrow of Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadeq in 1953 and the restoration of Shah Reza Pahlavi. -CSM - 7/1/04

Ontario court rejects torture victim's suit against Iran
Victims of torture abroad cannot sue their torturers in Canadian courts, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. -Globe & Mail - 7/1/04

Saudis flag support for higher Opec prices
Saudi Arabia says it is satisfied with the current level of world oil prices at around $35 - the strongest signal so far that the kingdom has abandoned its support for the old Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries price band of $22-$28 and is targeting prices above $30. -Financial Times - 7/1/04

Israel wall must be re-routed says court
The Israeli government's security barrier is violating the human rights of Palestinians, the country's highest court ruled yesterday in a judgment that delivered a blow to prime minister Ariel Sharon's plans to seize large parts of the West Bank. -Guardian - 7/1/04

Iran's clerics fear rise of democratic Iraq
The rise of a secular, democratic Iraq could pose a threat to Iran's Shi'ite clerical establishment, which fears it would serve as a powerful model for moderate Iranians who seek change, clerics said. -Washington Times - 7/1/04

Samimi improves Iran discus record again
Discus thrower Abbas Samimi broke his own and Iran's record for the second time in the Asian grand prix in the Philippines Thursday. - 7/1/04

Iranian Expatriate to Publish Swordsmanship Book
An Iranian-born German is going to publish a comprehensive book on the history of swordsmanship and cold weapons in Iran, dating from 6,000 B.C. till the end of Qajar era in 1925 - 7/1/04

Iranian suppliers encouraged to form joint ventures with western suppliers
The Iranian government has set up a fund to invest in joint ventures between Iranian and foreign firms. Indeed, French suppliers are ready to benefit from the expansion of Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroën's already special relationships with Iran. - 7/1/04

Iran's plan to produce centrifuge parts, a legitimate right: FM
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Mexico City on Wednesday Iran's plan to produce centrifuge parts is the country's legitimate right in the context of the Islamic Republic's international commitments. - 7/1/04

Iran rejects UK servicemen claims
Iran has rejected claims by eight British servicemen that they were "forcibly escorted" into its territorial waters before being taken captive.-BBC - 7/1/04

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