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Tehran's Streets Quiet After Fresh Clashes Around Mourning Ceremony
The streets of the Iranian capital are reportedly quiet one day in the wake of clashes that erupted in several neighborhoods after police forcibly dispersed a mourning ceremony to honor those killed in Iran's postelection unrest. One protester in central Tehran told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that people seem less intimidated by police and more eager to defend themselves. - 7/31/09

Iranian American Organizations Unite to Form Iranian American 2010 Census Project Coalition
Mindful of events in Iran following the June 12th presidential election, your voice as an Iranian American will matter even more. Decision makers and Americans nationwide are looking to our community for advice and direction. We the undersigned organizations have joined forces in a show of unity to promote the importance of civic participation among Iranian Americans so that our voices are heard. - 7/31/09

Tehran Letter: Fighting To Mourn For Neda
At 4:15 p.m. on the 40th day of mourning for Neda, I arrived with my cousin at the Behesht Zahra cemetery. The dust here is so fine the particles don't just stick to your clothes but find their way into your lungs. With a capacity of 1.8 million plots, of which 1.2 million have already been filled, Behesht Zahra is the largest cemetery in Iran. With the boiling sun beating down, and later the fog of tear- and pepper-gas, today it was a place of suffering. -Ahmad, Tehran - 7/31/09

International Young artists Competition on the occasion of World Habitat Day
On the occasion of World Habitat Day and as a side event of the"International Conference on Architecture, Settlement and Urban Identity in the Persian Gulf Region",UN-Habitat in Iran in collaboration with Westminster university and Arte Sara Art & Architecture group will be holding "the Young artists Competition on Architecture, Settlement and Urban Identity in the Persian Gulf Region". The exhibition is planning to display the artistic ability of the young artists in the fields of painting & photography. - 7/31/09

50 arrested in Tehran's Thursday gatherings: Police Chief
The Tehran police chief has said that about 50 people were arrested in the gatherings in the Beheshte Zahra cemetery and the Mossalla prayer venue on Thursday. "Last day, 50 people who intended to cause disorder in the city of Tehran were identified and arrested by police," Azizollah Rajabzadeh told the Mehr news agency on Friday. - 7/31/09

The Making of an Iran Policy
The silent protest began in Imam Khomeini Square in front of the forbidding Ministry of Telecommunications, which was busy cutting off cellphones but powerless to stop the murmured rage coursing through Tehran. Six days had passed since Iran’s disputed June 12 election, but the fury that brought three million people onto the streets the previous Monday showed no sign of abating. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 7/31/09

Short Story: Pliers
Yes, in that interview you said that since you don't write of a tree or a valley as it really exists so your tree or your valley is actually giving the finger to the real tree or valley and that that's what sets them straight. You believe, and now I'm quoting, that your trees and valleys are your way of slighting them. -Shahram Sheydayi - 7/31/09

Iran activists dread midnight knock of police raid
Iran's human rights activists say they live in dread of the midnight knock on the door or the car that pulls up next to them on the street, fearing that at any moment they might be arrested in the government's post-election clampdown. -AP - 7/31/09

Press Conference in Irvine in Support of Human Rights in Iran
United States members of Congress, Local Elected Officials, and Community Leaders will join the Iranian American community, members of the International media and the community at large to receive briefings on the situation in Iran and how to best take action in support of human rights. - 7/31/09

Detained Iranian Reformist Transferred, Not Freed
An Iranian lawmaker says a prominent detained reformist is being transferred from a prison to a government-owned residence, due to concerns about his health. Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency quoted lawmaker Kazem Jalali as saying detainee Saeed Hajjarian was being moved to a "state-owned house" on Thursday. - 7/31/09

Make Them Wait: The case for a tactical pause with Iran
No one said diplomacy with Iran would be easy. And now, before it even started, the Iranian election crisis has left Tehran politically paralyzed and Washington without a clear diplomatic path ahead. -Trita Parsi, Foreign Policy - 7/31/09

Human Rights Watch Demands Protecttion For Camp Ashraf Residents
Iraqi authorities should conduct an independent investigation into the deaths of at least seven Iranians during a police raid on Camp Ashraf, where several thousand members of an Iranian dissident group, Mojahedin Khalq Organization, have lived for over two decades, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/31/09

Many Unhappy Returns
It's tempting to think that protesters may have finally given up on overturning Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election. At points it has seemed like the broad base of support they once enjoyed had gone and that demonstrators were now merely wealthy secularists. At others, it seemed like the fierce official response—and government attempts to limit movement and assembly—was thwarting organizers of the opposition. But a funeral Thursday showed not only that the Green Wave lives on, but that we can expect regular revivals well into the future. -Babak Dehghanpisheh, Newsweek - 7/31/09

A Brief Euphoria in Tehran: 'We Can Win This'
At 4 p.m. the Iranian government broke up an attempted memorial service at a cemetery, but very soon after, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of central Tehran the night of July 30, overwhelming Iran's feared security forces. The crowds burned tires, honked horns, waved peace signs and chanted, "Death to the dictators." -TIME - 7/30/09

Iranian Riot Police Try to Disperse Mourners at Cemetery
Witnesses in Iran say riot police have forced reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to leave a Tehran cemetery, where hundreds of mourners have gathered to pay respects to those killed in the unrest that followed the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 7/30/09

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Panahi released after arrest at cemetery gathering
Prominent Iranian film director Jafar Panahi was arrested at a cemetery where mourners gathered on Thursday to commemorate slain election protesters, a source close to the family said. "Panahi, his wife Tahereh Saeedi and daughter Solmaz were arrested today at Behesht-e Zahra," the source who declined to be named told AFP. - 7/30/09

Photos: Iran Global Day Of Action Rally in San Francisco, California - Part III
The demonstration in San Francisco was spearheaded by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the first Iranian-American to be elected to San Francisco public office. The event was organized with effort from NorCal4Iran, Northern California's Division of human rights group United4Iran, in conjunction with other outreach groups, such as Amnesty International. - 7/30/09

Iranian-American Community Vital to Advance of Persian Studies
The diversity and range of Persian programs in the United States today reflect a variety of factors, including the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the end of the Cold War and the impact of a large and active Iranian-American community. -Howard Cincotta - 7/30/09

Iran's Postelection Crackdown Scrutinized For Crimes Against Humanity
24-year-old Amir Javadifar was detained during a July 9 peaceful protest in Tehran. About two weeks later, the Iranian authorities informed Amir's family about his death. A friend who saw Amir's body told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that he had been tortured: "He had a fractured skull, one of his eyes was almost crushed, all the nails on his toes had been extracted, and all of his body was bruised." - 7/30/09

Neda's Mother: 'I Asked Her Not To Go'
July 30 marks 40 days since the death of 27-year-old Neda Agha Soltan, who has become a symbol of Iran's brutally suppressed "Green movement" protesting the results of last month's presidential election. Neda was shot dead during a peaceful protest on June 20 in Tehran, and the video of her bleeding to death on the street has been watched by millions of people around the world. RFE/RL's Radio Farda broadcaster Roya Karimi talked with Neda's mother. - 7/30/09

Iran: Joint statement by Shirin Ebadi and Irene Khan
The human rights crisis in Iran is deepening daily and next week's expected inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president may spark further protests and a massive new clampdown, warned Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, and Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi today. - 7/30/09

Mastan Ensemble & Homay to perform in Houston September 4th
The Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston will host Mastan Ensemble and Homay Concert in Houston on September 4, 2009 at Stafford Centre performing Arts Theater. The Mastan Ensemble is an Iranian musical group performing traditional Persian music. - 7/30/09

Jailed Protesters' Brutal Deaths Spark Fury in Iran
Reports from Tehran families in recent days of receiving the bodies of relatives arrested at opposition rallies who later died from violent treatment in prison have fueled anger at the government. Among the dead is Mohsen Rouhalamini, the son of a prominent conservative and adviser to presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai. His family said he died of cardiac arrest and bleeding in his lungs, and that his face had been smashed. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 7/30/09

Clinton Deplores Reported Iranian Prisoner Abuse
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she deplores the reported abuse in custody of Iranians rounded up in protests of the country's disputed June 12 presidential election. Clinton discussed the situation in Iran with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. - 7/30/09

Photos: Iran, Russia Hold Maritime Search and Rescue in Anzali Port
Iran-Russia joint maneuver for maritime search and rescue as well as dealing with Caspian Sea oil contamination was launched Tuesday in Iran's northern Anzali Port (Bandar Anzali). The Director General of Iran's Ports and Navigation Organization said serious measures for rescue and search in Caspian Sea as well as coping with contamination are underway in the waterway. - 7/30/09

Martin Amis is wrong about Iran
Iranians are writing their history. The pen of the revolutionaries of the 1970s has been supplemented by the keyboard of a new generation. Ayatollah Khomeini's supporters perfected clandestine pamphleteering and the distribution of audio cassettes to subvert the regime of the shah; today's activists use Facebook and Twitter to get their message across. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Guardian - 7/30/09

Who are the MKO and why did Iraqi forces storm their camp?
Camp Ashraf, the object of the raid, has been the principal home of the MKO since the Iranian group allied itself with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, receiving weapons and training from his regime. Hussein used them as shock-troops against Iraqi Kurds and Shiites who rose up against his regime in the 1990s. -CSM - 7/30/09

Armenian Governor Says Iran Offered Nuclear Fuel
An Armenian governor says Iran has offered to supply an Armenian power plant with nuclear fuel, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. - 7/30/09

Mousavi demands respect for the 'will' of Iranians
Amid growing dissension among Iran's ruling elite over the president's conduct, former presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi says the post-vote crisis is the product of undervaluing the will of the people. Mousavi, who is described by some as a symbol of opposition, said Monday that the only way to end the disquiet in Iran is to return to the values that the Islamic Republic was based upon some 30 years ago. - 7/29/09

State Universities Lead Expansion of Persian Studies in U.S.
The growth of Persian and Iranian studies in the United States can be viewed in several ways. One is through its evolution from the study of a predominantly ancient or classical civilization to a modern and international academic field. Another is through its pattern of growth at different institutions of higher learning, and a third is through the expansion of Persian language training. -Howard Cincotta - 7/29/09

Iran Set to Free Prominent Reformist Saeed Hajjarian
Hajjarian, 55, was detained without charge on June 15, 2009, and has neither seen a lawyer nor received adequate medical care. He was one of scores of prominent reformist politicians, intellectuals, journalists, clerics, student leaders, and others whom the authorities arrested in an effort to stamp out nationwide protests against the disputed results of Iran's June 12 elections. - 7/29/09

Photos: Iran Global Day Of Action Rally in San Francisco, California - Part II
The San Francisco rally was part of a global effort which was initiated by Firuzeh Mahmoudi, an Iranian-American from Berkeley and mother of two, and expanded to around 140 cities and towns across the globe. Firuzeh who is an environmental consultant at the United Nations, took time off from work and moved into action after she viewed the violent crackdown by government forces in response to the peaceful protests by the people in Iran. - 7/29/09

Iran: Principlist faction gives Ahmadinejad ultimatum
A powerful Principlist faction has warned the Iranian President against acting 'contrary to the will of the people' and 'the call of religious leaders'. The Islamic Engineers Society said in a Tuesday letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he had 'acted against his own interests' by appointing Esfandyar Rahim-Masha'i as head of the presidential office. - 7/29/09

Iraqi forces storm MKO's Camp Ashraf
Iraqi security forces have stormed the base of the anti-Iranian terrorist group the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization. "After the failure of negotiations with the Mujahedeen (Khalq) to enter peacefully, the Iraqi army entered Camp Ashraf with force and it now controls all of the interior and all entrances to the camp," an Iraqi military source said. - 7/29/09

The Latest from Iran (29 July): Challenges Outside and Inside the Government
1410 GMT: Activists are trying to confirm plans for tomorrow. Mousavi Facebook page says, “Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi are going to visit Burial site of the Martyrs of 20th June, in the [Beheshteh Zahra] cemetery tommorow (Thursday) 16:00 o’ clock (GMT +4:30).” Norooz News is reporting that the 6 p.m. memorial at the Grand Mosala is being replaced by this gathering. We are trying to confirm. -Enduring America - 7/29/09

Iraqi Raid Leaves Iranian Opposition Group's Future Unclear
Some 3,500 members of the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran (also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, MKO) and their families live in Camp Ashraf, a sprawling fenced-in compound in Diyala province. Washington considers the MKO a terrorist group but had kept the members under protective custody since 2003, partly to prevent their deportation to Iran. - 7/29/09

Most post-election unrest detainees to be released by Aug. 7
Iranian Chief Prosecutor Ayatollah Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi has stated that most of the prisoners detained in the post-election unrest will be released by August 7. A number of prisoners were released on Tuesday and when the detainees from the next group are released over the next week, the majority of the detainees will have been freed, he told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday. - 7/29/09

Many MKO members ask to return home: SIIC official
Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) representative in Tehran Mohsen Hakim said a large number of Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) have asked to return home. He continued Iranian and Iraqi diplomatic sources are in talks on mechanisms to return the MKO members home." Talks will get results seen." - 7/29/09

UCLA Course Teaches High School Students Language of Their Parents, Grandparents
Second- and third-generation immigrants tend to lose the language and culture of their ancestors. The University of California Los Angeles hosts summer classes for high school students intended to break that pattern. - 7/29/09

Hamedan Film Festival to hold world comedians retrospective
The 23rd International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults will dedicate a section to world-renowned comedians and their work. The section entitled "The Lords of Comedy: The Favorites of Children of all Ages" is non-competitive. - 7/29/09

Analysis: The power struggle in Iran
At the heart of the current crisis is the role of the Supreme Leader. This is the office created by the revolution's founding father, Ayatollah Khomeini. It put him at the top of the pyramid of political power, giving him the final say in all important decisions. -BBC - 7/29/09

Photos: Iran Global Day Of Action Rally in San Francisco, California - Part I
Thousands participated in the Global Day Of Action rally in San Francisco on July 25th. The demonstrators, mostly Iranian-Americans from Bay Area, converged at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday from 12-4 pm to show solidarity with the people in Iran who are protesting the outcome of the June 12 presidential election there and demanding an annulment. - 7/28/09

Iran Protests Subside, but Internal Squabbles Continue
The street protests in Iran have faded in the face of the government's security crackdown. But the political squabbles and bickering continue. Internal feuds that were once kept behind closed doors have erupted into the open, providing a rare glimpse of political tensions in the Islamic Republic. - 7/28/09

Earth Song
Thirty years ago here in this country as it is happening again and has happened and is happening in other countries of the world, we said and shouted: Down with This, Live with That. It is thirty years that we have been experiencing in practice what That is or has been so far. This is what the whole humanity throughout the history of Mankind has repeated in all ages, by all nations. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 7/28/09

Iran hard-liners warn Ahmadinejad he could be deposed
The warning over the president's defiant actions highlights the rift among Iran's conservatives. Meanwhile, the government denies a request for a rally by Mousavi's supporters. -LA Times - 7/28/09

Persian Studies in United States Reflects Dynamism and Growth
What is now called Persian or Iranian studies functioned for more than 100 years � from the 19th to the mid-20th century � as part of the classical academic model imported from Europe termed "Orientalism." Universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and California at Berkeley established departments of Near East or Middle Eastern studies built on the pillars of the four major cultures of the region: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew and Turkish. -Howard Cincotta - 7/28/09

Over 5000 March in Streets of Toronto on July 25th, Iran's Global Day Of Action
Solidarity. This is what all Iranians need today. Being united and one voice against the brutality and violation of human rights in our homeland. Iranian diaspora in Toronto and many other cities all around the world demonstrated their objection against cruelness imposed against those civilians; stood in solidarity and expressed their unity with their righteous demands. -Salam Toronto - 7/28/09

Iranian Leaders Urge Protections for Detained Protesters
Top Iranian leaders on Monday called for greater protection for opposition demonstrators arrested during this summer's protests after at least three were reported in recent days to have died in custody. -Washington Post - 7/28/09

Troubled Iran Khodro gets $1 billion credit
Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) is currently suffering a liquidity crisis and the Money and Credit Council has agreed to extend a 10 trillion rials (about $1 billion) credit to help the troubled automaker out of the crisis. - 7/28/09

Former MP praises Rafsanjani's sermons at Friday prayers
Former MP Emad Afrough has defended suggestions made by Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in his recent sermons at the Friday prayers, saying it was one of the best sermons ever delivered by him. In an interview with the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday, Afrough said the decrees by the Supreme Leader and the Judiciary chief proved that Rafsanjani's suggestions were correct. - 7/28/09

The Iranian Opposition: Willing but How Able?
Within the next week, Iran will see the 40-day anniversary of the death of protest bystander Neda Agha-Soltan — an emotionally charged religious observance that is likely to draw widespread public mourning — and the scheduled presidential inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dates will be opportunities for opposition leaders to press their case. But are they organized enough to do it amid the official repression? -TIME - 7/28/09

Swine flu victims reach 42 in Iran
The number of people found infected with swine flu virus has reached 42, the director of the infectious diseases management department at the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. - 7/28/09

EU Foreign Ministers To Discuss Georgia, Iran, Iceland
EU foreign ministers are convening in Brussels for their first monthly meeting under the Swedish presidency. Sweden took over from the Czech Republic on July 1 for six months. Iran continues to feature highly on the EU's list of global concerns. - 7/28/09

U.S. Drive For Middle East Peace Gathers Pace
The all-star lineup of officials and diplomats indicates how much political prestige U.S. President Barack Obama is investing into advancing the Middle East peace process. - 7/28/09

Iran: Stop Arresting, Intimidating Rights Lawyers
Iranian authorities continue to arrest prominent human rights lawyers in an attempt to prevent them from representing reform supporters detained following Iran's disputed presidential election, Human Rights Watch said today. Other lawyers have been threatened. - 7/27/09

Iran's Judiciary Chief orders decision within a week on fate of detained protesters
"He has ordered that within a week a decision should be taken concerning the prisoners of the recent events," Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi told reporters on Monday, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA). According to his figures, at least 300 protesters remain behind bars. - 7/27/09

A Perspective: Iran Global Day of Action rally in Brisbane, Australia
"We stand here together in solidarity and in the name of human rights for all people. Regardless of your religious and political beliefs, every one of us shares a desire for justice and fairness to all. To our Iranian sisters and brothers, you are not alone. We will not forget or stop caring. We've heard your voices, and we are with you." -Salar Alehossein - 7/27/09

Tehran Letter: 'Confrontation Is Almost Inevitable'
It is becoming almost a daily routine to hear and see new and extreme political developments in Iran. Ever since last Friday, when Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called for the release of prisoners and for an acknowledgment of the people's vote, there has been a barrage of attacks on him and his supporters. -Ahmad, Tehran - 7/27/09

Rafsanjani: Differences are about the presidential election and its aftermath
On Sunday, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called the Supreme Leader a progressive person with a new outlook on various issues. He said the differences are only about the June 12 presidential election and its aftermath and added if these differences are resolved, then the conflict will end. - 7/27/09

Ahmadinejad Seen as Increasingly Vulnerable Since Re-election
Opposition Web sites released the names on Sunday of three more protesters who were killed in the post-election unrest. One of them, Ashkan Sohrabi, a 20-year-old university student, was shot in the neck by a sniper on a roof and died minutes later, Web sites reported. His family said they recovered his body with difficulty and were barred — like other families of those killed — from holding a public funeral. -NY Times - 7/27/09

Bushehr nuclear plant to come on stream by end of September: Iranian MP
Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will be operational by the end of September, MP Alireza Salimi has quoted the new head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran(AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi as saying. - 7/27/09

Gates: US Wants Iran Answer on Nuclear Talks by September
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has told visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates no option is off the table as Israel prepares a possible strike against Iran's suspected nuclear facilities. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is among a list of several top Washington officials who are visiting Israel this week. - 7/27/09

Nekounam: Fans booed us in Saudi Arabia match
Iran's football captain Javad Nekounam said the crowd booed them during the Iran – Saudi Arabia match at the Azadi Stadium in protest to Ali Karimi's absence from the national team. - 7/27/09

Iran's Rafsanjani Ignores Hard-Liners' Call On Vote
Iran's influential former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has defied a call by a group of hard-line clerics to back the country's disputed presidential election result, a news agency reported. The remarks of the cleric, who is head of the Assembly of Experts, which in theory can dismiss the supreme leader, indicated the reformist camp was unwilling to give in quietly despite the pressure. -Reuters - 7/27/09

Two Ministers Forced to Leave Iranian Cabinet
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired his intelligence minister and his culture minister resigned under pressure Sunday as further rifts emerged in his camp with just days to go until his controversial inauguration for a second term. -Washington Post - 7/27/09

Speaker says Parliament favors expansion of ties with North Korea
In a meeting with North Korean ambassador So Se Pyong, Larijani highlighted the important role parliaments play in developing relations and vowed that Mjlis will support expanding parliamentary, political and economic relations between the two nations. - 7/27/09

Global Protests Call for End to Iran's Post-Election Crackdown
Protesters gathered in dozens of cities across the world Saturday as part of a global day of action to spotlight, what the demonstrators say, are Iran's human and civil rights abuses. The organizers of the event, United4Iran, are calling for the release of what they say are hundreds of opposition activists arrested following the country's controversial election in June. - 7/26/09

Iranian Opposition Leaders Call on Clerics, Launch New Charges
Opposition leaders in Iran are calling on the country's top clerics to help end the crackdown that followed massive protests of Iran's June 12 elections. Defeated presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, along with former president Mohammad Khatami, sent a letter to clerics in the holy city of Qom Saturday, comparing the crackdown to the violent methods employed by the former shah before the 1979 Islamic revolution. - 7/26/09

Iran’s Opposition Calls Crackdown ‘Immoral’
The reformers’ letter was signed by 69 leading figures, including Mir Hussein Moussavi, the main opposition candidate who many Iranians say they believe was the real winner of the June 12 election; Mehdi Karroubi, a reformist cleric and candidate; and Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president. -NY Times - 7/26/09

Protesters Turn Out in New York to Show Solidarity with Iranian Opposition Activists
Saturday's global protests stretched from Tokyo to Seattle to Caracas. The massive, coordinated rallies were organized by United for Iran, a coalition of individuals and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Nobel Women's Initiative. - 7/26/09

Obama's Dilemma on Nuclear Iran
Although post election turmoil has been dominating the news coming out of Iran, what is important for this White House, as in the previous one, is not the cry for democracy but the churning of centrifuges, spinning at close to the speed of sound in the underground Hall A of Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP). -Nader Bagherzadeh - 7/26/09

Iranian rower wins gold in U-23 Championships
Iran's Mohsen Shadi Naghadeh claimed the gold medal of the World Rowing Under 23 Championship in Racice, Czech Republic, on Sunday. - 7/26/09

No fertile ground for businesswomen: Iranian Official
There exists no fertile ground for Iranian women to engage in economic activities, the women's council director in Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Mines (TCCIM) said in Tehran recently. - 7/26/09

Basketball: Iran crowned William Jones Cup champion
Iran's basketball team beat the Philippines 85-60 in its last game of the William Jones Cup at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium in Taiwan on Sunday and won the title - 7/26/09

Thinking like a Neo-Con: Obama the poor protector
Under the previous US administration, neo-conservatives have enjoyed unprecedented use of American unilateral action and military might. Presently, Obama's use of inclusive multilateralism and cooperation offends neo-conservative notions of America's proper role as a protector. -Christopher Feld - 7/26/09

Iran: Esteghlal Manager Warns IFF He'll Complain To FIFA Over Moral Charter
Esteghlal football club General Manager Amir-Reza Vaez-Ashtiani threatened the Iran Football Federation on Sunday to complain to FIFA over the moral charter introduced by the IFF. - 7/26/09

Allies Censure Ahmadinejad Over Delay in Deputy's Ouster
Influential supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized him Saturday for initially refusing to drop his choice for vice president as ordered by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a week ago. -Washington Post - 7/26/09

Thousands Gather Worldwide In Solidarity With Iranians
From New York to Seoul, Madrid, or Sydney, thousands of people are taking to the streets on July 25 in a worldwide show of support for Iranians. Demonstrators in more than 110 cities are demanding that Iran's government end its clampdown on the opposition and free scores of activists detained during peaceful postelection protests. - 7/25/09

Prominent Iranian Journalist Implicates Nokia In His Arrest
Issa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist and former senior Culture Ministry official, has told his family in a short phone call from prison that several of his ribs were broken during his arrest in northern Iran on July 4 in the postelection crackdown. The 56-year-old Saharkhiz has told his family the authorities traced him through his Nokia cellular phone. - 7/25/09

Photos: Tamina, Iran second cloned calf, is born
Iran's second cloned calf named Tamina was born in central city of Isfahan on Saturday. Tamina was born less than two weeks from Bonyana's birth, the first Iranian cloned calf, an official of Isfahan campus of Royan Institute Research Center Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani said. - 7/25/09

Photos: Plane crash in Mashhad, Iran
16 people were killed and 33 others injured when an Aria Air plane crash-landed in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Friday. The aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-62 jet, had 153 passengers and crewmembers onboard. The Russian-designed Ilyushin 62 which belongs to Kazakhstan struck the wall in the airport. - 7/25/09

Update on efforts to save the Persepolis artifacts
Yesterday, significant progress was made toward protecting the Persepolis tablets and other Persian artifacts under threat. Key stakeholders came out in support of the Burris amendment, but ultimately it was withdrawn at the 11th hour after one member raised a concern about the technical implications of the amendment. -NIAC - 7/25/09

Senate Adopts Measure to Counter Censorship in Iran
On July 23rd, the Senate voted unanimously to adopt legislation that aims to aid the ability of the Iranian people to access news and information by overcoming the electronic censorship and monitoring efforts of the Iranian government. -Ali Delforoush, NIAC - 7/25/09

Iran's first cloned calf dies
The first calf cloned and delivered in Isfahan, Boniana, died on July 21, just ten days after its birth, Royan Institute Research Center director Mohammad Hossein Nasr Isfahani said in Tehran on Saturday. - 7/25/09

Iran Vows To Hit Israel's Atomic Sites If Attacked
The Revolutionary Guards said on July 25 that Iran would strike Israel's nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacked it, state television reported. Jafari said Israel was entirely within the reach of Iran. "Our missile capability puts all of the Zionist regime [Israel] within Iran's reach to attack," Jafari said. "The Zionist regime is too small to threaten Iran." -Reuters - 7/25/09

Iranian First VP Resigns After Call for His Dismissal
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's pick for first vice president has resigned from the post, following a demand from Iran's supreme leader for his dismissal. - 7/25/09

Iran: Musavi Says Green Movement Charter In The Works
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has said he is working on the charter of a new political front that would lay the groundwork for a large-scale social movement. The charter, which Musavi has said will be issued in the coming days, is seen as a potential means of building on the unity exhibited by those protesting the results of Iran's June 12 presidential election. - 7/24/09

Iran: Sixteen die in Aria Air plane crash in Mashhad
At least 16 people have been killed and 21 others have been injured when an Aria Air plane crash-landed in the northeastern city of Mashhad. The aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-62 jet, had 160 passengers and crewmembers onboard. Earlier reports had put the number of deaths at 30 and the number of injured at 20. - 7/24/09

New arrests solidify Iran's standing as world's leading jailer of journalists
The ýCommittee to Protect Journalists has confirmed the detentions of another four journalists in Iran. CPJ research shows the continuing arrests have solidified Iran's dishonorable standing as the world's leading jailer of journalists. - 7/24/09

Iran: Assembly of Experts expresses support for Khamenei
The statement also said that the Assembly of Experts, many religious figures, and revolution loyalists expect Assembly of Experts Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who they said has always adhered to the ideas of Imam Khomeini and stood by the leadership, to show more support for the Supreme Leader at this sensitive juncture in order foil the enemies' conspiracies. - 7/24/09

Son of Iranian politician's aide dies in prison
The son of a top aide to Mohsen Rezai, a prominent conservative politician, died while in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison after being swept up in the recent unrest, news websites reported today in the latest sign of the extent the discord unleashed by the June 12 election has shaken the country's establishment. -LA Times - 7/24/09

Ayatollah Makarem censures Iran's state media
With Iranian media criticized over its post-election coverage, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi touches on the "aggressive language" employed by Iran's state broadcaster. - 7/24/09

A British 'Friend Of Iran' Discusses Crisis
Lord Lamont of Lerwick is a leading Conservative member of Britain's House of Lords. He is widely regarded in Europe as someone who wants better diplomatic and economic ties between Iran and the West. Lamont recently spoke with RFE/RL Executive Editor John O'Sullivan. - 7/24/09

Iranian woman wins gold in World Games Sanshou
Zahra Karimi claimed a gold medal in the Wushu Competition's Sanshou [combat] event of the World Games 2009 on Thursday. - 7/24/09

Commander Praises Iran's Naval Power in Combating Pirates
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said on Thursday that piracy in the northern Indian Ocean was almost terminated due to the deployment of Iran's naval forces in the region. - 7/24/09

Need for Discipline and Self-restraint in Iran's Green
As the movement continues its struggle for fair elections and human rights, its supporters and followers must exercise restraint in a number of fronts while remaining energized and dedicated to their core objectives. -Nader Habibi - 7/24/09

A year ago to the day
For years I have been advocating for peace and against USA attack and sanctions on Iran but the enemy is not without, it is within…it is so very disappointing and depressing... -Brian H. Appleton - 7/24/09

Sufi Dervishes Detained In Iran
Some 20 Gonabadi dervishes were reportedly detained in the northeastern Iranian city of Gonabad on July 23, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/24/09

Swine flu cases confirmed in Iran's provinces of South Khorasan and Kerman
Health officials have confirmed that two people in South Khorasan and Kerman provinces who had returned from pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia were found infected with swine flu virus. - 7/24/09

Lawmakers: US Government Broadcasters Crucial to Soft Power Outreach
Lawmakers are concerned about obstacles in places like China, Iran and Russia to the free flow of information and independent reporting. The role U.S. government-funded broadcasters play in overcoming these barriers was the main focus of a Europe subcommittee hearing. - 7/24/09

Iraqis Divided On Success Of Security Transfer
Standing side by side with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Washington on July 22, President Barack Obama said he was encouraged by developments in Iraq. He added that the United States was in the "midst of a full transition to Iraqi responsibility" based on mutual interests and mutual respect. - 7/24/09

Aborted rocket test: A chink in Israel’s anti-Iran armor?
Israel’s defense ministry said that it aborted a Wednesday test of the Arrow 2 rocket, a rare glitch in an ongoing effort to improve a system developed to intercept Iranian ballistic missiles. -CSM - 7/24/09

Iran faces international pressures as global day of action nears: Rallies planned in 105 cities
105 cities are now hosting July 25 events for human rights in Iran. Peace Leaders, Artists and Organizations Join Worldwide New Media Driven Movement in Solidarity with Iranian People - 7/23/09

Hundreds Demonstrate in New York Against Iran's Government
Four days of hunger strikes and demonstrations against the Iranian government began on Wednesday in New York, outside the United Nations. The protests are directed against authorities in Tehran, following last month's disputed presidential election and the street violence that followed. - 7/23/09

Photos: Norouz Sayyad Festival, Salkh Village, Qeshm Island
Salkh village is located on the Iranian island of Qeshm. Qeshm is an island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf. Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. -Photos by Amir Reza Fakhri, ISNA - 7/23/09

Iran opposition leader plans large-scale social movement
Iran's political crisis intensified Wednesday when the nation's main opposition figure announced that he would create a political organization to "lay the groundwork for a large-scale social movement" stemming from his disputed election loss to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -LA Times - 7/23/09

"Mr. Petras, We Are Not Capitalism, We Suffer From Pre-Capitalism Reaction"
That the tenth presidential election in Iran was free of any "fraud" has offered enormous lessons, which I have written about in my previous article. One of those lessons was that now a clear line separates the "people" from those who are "against the people". Many have taken the position to be with the people or against them with clarity and full knowledge of events and others as a result of incorrect analysis. -Khosrow Sadeghi Boroujeni, Tehran - 7/23/09

Congress Ratchets Up US Pressure on Iran
The chairman of a key U.S. House of Representatives committee has signaled his intention to move ahead with sanctions legislation targeting Iran's refined petroleum sector, if Iran does not take up the U.S offer of direct talks on its uranium enrichment program. - 7/23/09

Berlusconi in Tehran
When an authoritarian regime approaches its final crisis, but before its actual collapse, a mysterious rupture often takes place. All of a sudden, people know the game is up: they simply cease to be afraid. It isn’t just that the regime loses its legitimacy: its exercise of power is now perceived as a panic reaction, a gesture of impotence. -Slavoj Zizek, LRB - 7/23/09

On Tehran's Streets, the Basij's Fearsome Reign
You don't know whom to trust nowadays in Tehran. Members of the feared Basij paramilitary roam the streets at night, often blending in with people lounging in parks or window-shopping at the capital's many squares. Locals are reluctant to discuss anything remotely political in public, let alone divulge their opinions. -TIME - 7/23/09

Iran students ranked first at Britain Silverstone Circuit Class 3
Iran's Isfahan University of Technology team came first at 2009 Formula Student competition in Silverstone Circuit, Britain. Led by Mohsen Esfahanian and Mehdi Fadaei, both are faculty members of Isfahan University of Technology, the seven-man team took part at Silverstone Circuit's Class 3 as the only Asian representative. - 7/23/09

The Necessity of a Strong Social Sector as a Countervailing Power to Private Sector Dominance: The Vanishing Community and the Crisis of Alienation
During the past three decades the world economy has been at the mercy of neo-liberalism as an ideology for the global north and crony capitalism with powerless national states of the global south implementing the policies of global capital toward total private sector dominance. -Mehdi S. Shariati - 7/23/09

We left, but they can't
Yes, many of us left Iran, but we left our hearts behind. It is that common love that suddenly brought us all together when we saw the repetition of the brutality of the early days of revolution. What on earth will we gain in return for helping Israel or America create chaos in Iran? Raising our voices in support of those in Iran is all we can do, and we must. -Zorabi Honargohar - 7/23/09

Photography Exhibit by Majeed Beenteha in West Hollywood, California
This photo exhibition is selected Mix-Media work by Majeed Beenteha. This selected work deals with social, sexual, political, and gender issues in Iran. - 7/23/09

Mousavi's Brother-in-law Detained in Iran's Election Crackdown
The wife of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi says her brother was among the hundreds arrested during massive opposition protests following Iran's disputed election. - 7/23/09

Ahmadinejad's VP appointment pilloried
Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has said the appointment of Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii as the first vice president is unacceptable. "Certainly, the appointment of such a person has no legitimacy," he wrote on his web site. Having the courage to accept one's mistakes is one of the characteristics of a good manager, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi added. - 7/23/09

Iran and the Military Option
The aftermath of Iran's June 12 presidential election -- and in particular, the violent repression of opposition protests -- has brought the Obama administration's stated goal of engaging with the Iranian regime into question. -Marvin G. Weinbaum, WPR - 7/23/09

Documentary: We are half of Iran's population
This amazing film, produced by Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, has documented how a wide coalition of women was formed in Iran, prior to the June 2009 presidential elections, in order to make their demands heard and to effectively influence the candidates. All but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accepted the invitation to attend a special screening. The other other candidates, Mehdi Karrubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mohsen Rezaei, attended along with their wives. - 7/22/09

Iran: Stop 'Framing' Government Critics
Iranian authorities are coercing detained supporters of reform presidential candidates to implicate leading reformists in illegal acts, Human Rights Watch said today. Intelligence forces have also intensified pressure on the families of detainees to be silent about their cases. - 7/22/09

Death of Neda "the Angel of Iran" inspires celebrated American sculptor
A finely detailed portrait bust of Neda will be presented at a massive rally in front of San Francisco City Hall on July 25th. San Francisco City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Mayor Gavin Newsom will host the event--20,000 expected to attend. - 7/22/09

Clinton Says US Considers 'Defense Umbrella' to Deter a Nuclear Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the United States may offer a "defense umbrella" for U.S. allies in Persian Gulf, to deter Iran if it acquires nuclear weapons. Clinton says the United States has not given up hope that Iran can still be persuaded by world powers to scrap a uranium enrichment project the United States and European allies believe is weapons related. - 7/22/09

Iran bags 6 medals at Math Olympiad in Germany
Iranian students claimed one gold, four silver and one bronze medals at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bremen, Germany. - 7/22/09

Berkeley Iranian-American helps organize worldwide human rights rallies
Firuzeh Mahmoudi was supposed to take a quiet family vacation in the woods of upstate New York this week. Instead, she is helping to organize a worldwide protest from her Berkeley home. Horrified by news of Iran's violent crackdown on demonstrators after last month's contested presidential election, Mahmoudi began looking for ways to help.-Contra Costa Times - 7/22/09

5 Iranian Pilgrims Killed by Gunmen in Iraq
Iraqi police say gunmen killed five Iranian pilgrims Wednesday, as they journeyed to Shi'ite holy sites in Iraq. Police said gunmen opened fire on buses traveling near the city of Baquba. The attack occurred on a highway that connects the Iranian border to Baghdad. - 7/22/09

Sharp rise in deportations of Afghans from Iran
More than 200,000 Afghans have been expelled from Iran in the past six months, marking a 25 percent increase on the same period in 2008, according to officials. - 7/22/09

Khamenei tells Ahmadinejad to drop VP choice: MP
A senior Iranian parliamentarian says the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has advised the president to reverse his decision in appointing Esfandyar Rahim-Masha'i as his top deputy. - 7/22/09

Iran's swine flu cases increase to 9: minister
Health Minister Kamran Baqeri-Lankarani stated here on Tuesday that 9 cases of swine flu have been detected in Iran. Lankarani added none of the detected cases have been infected in Iran. - 7/22/09

Iranians barred from Swedish universities
Iranian nationals have been banned from Swedish university programmes with ties to nuclear and missile technologies following a warning from the country’s Säpo security service. -The Local, Sweden - 7/22/09

Iran's violent crackdown spurs San Diego protesters
Iranian Americans are intensifying rallies in San Diego and other U.S. cities, in solidarity with Iran’s election protestors, who have died in the wake of the Iran government’s bloody crackdown. -SDNN - 7/22/09

Fared Shafinury: Austin Singer-Songwriter Learns The Hard Way Not To Jam In Tehran Park
Classically trained musician Fared Shafinury grew up in Corpus Christi, went to college at the University of Texas, and yet somehow always felt too Iranian for South Texas. So the American singer-songwriter moved to Iran for two years, during the Ahmadinejad presidency. "How'd that go?" I asked him last week, when we were introduced in Austin. -Huffington Post - 7/22/09

Israel Faces International Pressure Over Settlements
The EU issued a statement Tuesday calling on Israel to stop what it called provocative actions in East Jerusalem, including home demolition and evictions. The EU said such actions are illegal under international law. - 7/22/09

Support Iran Protesters Without Meddling
The U.S. government has no moral or political authority to tell Iranians what they should do. Iranians are perfectly capable of deciding for themselves. That’s why citizen diplomacy is so important. Iranian demonstrators welcome the support of ordinary Americans. -Sean Penn, Ross Mirkarimi and Reese Erlich - 7/21/09

Photos: Deserts of Iran by Nasrollah Kasraian
Many of you will be familiar with the works of the well known veteran and internationally acclaimed Iranian photographer Nasrollah Kasraian, who has had more than 20 of his books published. Kasraian has taken a most diverse range of photographs in terms of people, the region and repetition in different years to record more changes than any Iranian photographer during his working life of nearly half a century. -By Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/21/09

Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Peace Laureates, Iranian Poets and Artists Support July 25th Global Day of Action
"We deplore the violence and crackdown on peaceful protesters, the increasing restrictions on civil liberties, and the imprisonment of a growing number of civil leaders in Iran." Archbishop Destmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1984 - 7/21/09

Iranian protesters clash with security forces
Sporadic clashes erupted this afternoon in Tehran between anti-government protesters seeking to mark a nationalist Iranian anniversary and hordes of baton-wielding plainclothes Basiji militiamen and government security officers filling a central square. -LA Times - 7/21/09

U.S. Political Experts Examine Impact Of Iran Crisis
Speaking at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations last week, two political experts on Iran discussed the impact that Iran's postelection situation will have on its future policies at home and abroad. They were Mohsen Milani, a professor who chairs the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida, and Suzanne Maloney, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. - 7/21/09

Iran's Supreme Leader Warns Opposition About 'Instability'
Iran's supreme leader has warned the country's opposition against any actions that could destabilize the Islamic establishment, saying the country's "elite" should be cautious about the positions they take on the postelection crisis. - 7/21/09

40 people arrested after Friday prayers: Tehran Police
About 40 people were arrested on the sidelines of congregational prayers on Friday in Tehran after they defied warnings by police, the police announced on Monday. Of those arrested, only those who caused disturbances at the end of prayers were kept in detention and the rest were freed. - 7/21/09

Islamic Guards Emerge as Key Power Bloc in Splintered Iran
As Iran’s political elite and clerical establishment splinter over the election crisis, the nation’s most powerful economic, social and political institution — the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps — has emerged as a driving force behind efforts to crush a still-defiant opposition movement. -NY Times - 7/21/09

Football: Iran's Borhani among world's best scorers
Esteghlal striker Arash Borhani was chosen as one of the world's best scorer in 2009. According to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), Borhani is placed 25th in the world. - 7/21/09

Iranian Americans hope for a greater voice in U.S.
Inspired by protests in Iran over the contested reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, community leaders hope recent unity between different factions can coalesce into a greater voice at home. -LA Times - 7/21/09

City of San Jose Declares Solidarity with Iranian-American Community
Mayor and councilmembers of city of San Jose, California signed a letter on July 10, expressing their solidarity with San Jose Iranian American community and their concern over the recent events in Iran. - 7/21/09

In South America, Israeli FM seeks to block Iran
Israel's foreign minister is heading to South America on a mission partly aimed at stemming Iranian "infiltration" on the continent, a senior diplomat said Monday. - 7/21/09

Ebadi Urges Solidarity With Iran's 'Mourning Mothers'
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has called on women around the world to express solidarity with mourning mothers in Iran by wearing black and gathering once a week in their neighborhood parks. - 7/20/09

A Historic Moment in Iran
In the June 2009 election debacle, the Islamic Republic of Iran faced a legitimacy crisis the like of which it has not experienced since its creation in 1979. I offer my reflections on the country's class-cultural divide. A significant sociocultural realignment has taken place in recent years indicating that the official Iran of the devout multitudes may not be a majority, as compared to the "other" Iran of a largely modern and pragmatically secular citizenry. -Reza Afshari - 7/20/09

With Friends Like This, Who Needs Enemies?
Any meaningful and sustainable reform has to take place in gradual steps and in carefully gauged measures to prevent a national breakdown and catastrophic bloodshed. Chaos, disharmony and violence may weaken the fabric that has been holding the nation together to a point that it could fall prey to predatory exploiters waiting on the flanks. -Kam Zarrabi - 7/20/09

Photos: Tabriz Bazaar
The Tabriz Bazaar is the one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in the Middle East and is located in the centre of the city. This spectacular structure consists of several bazarche, such as the Amir Bazaar (gold and jewelry), the Mozzafarieh (carpet bazaar), a shoe bazaar, and many more for a variety of other goods. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 7/20/09

Khatami Wants Referendum On Government Legitimacy
Iran's reformist former president, Mohammad Khatami, has called for a referendum on the legitimacy of the government, challenging the supreme leader who has backed the result of the disputed June presidential poll. -Reuters - 7/20/09

Iran's Tragic Joke
Allow me to quote the British novelist Martin Amis, writing about Persia in The Guardian: “Iran is one of the most venerable civilizations on earth: It makes China look like an adolescent, and America look like a stripling.” Iranians, aware of that history, are a proud people. They do not take kindly to being played around with, nor to seeing their country turned into a laughing stock. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 7/20/09

Iran wins two awards at Giffoni Int'l Film Fest
Iran's "A Time to Love" received two awards at the 39th edition of Giffoni International Film Festival in Italy. The movie directed by Ebrahim Forouzesh narrates the story of a disabled child living with his family. - 7/20/09

Thirty-six army officers arrested in Iran over protest plan
The Iranian army has arrested 36 officers who planned to attend last week's Friday prayer sermon by former president Hashemi Rafsanjani in their military uniforms as an act of political defiance, according to Farsi-language websites. -Guardian - 7/20/09

Does US road to better relations with Iran pass through India?
When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton unveils an anticipated US-India strategic partnership with her Indian counterpart in New Delhi Monday, she'll be six years behind India's signing of a similar cooperation pact with another power in the region: Iran. -CSM - 7/20/09

Afghan Bill Aims To Criminalize Discrimination Against Women
In Afghanistan, anyone who bars a woman from attending school, going to work, or visiting a doctor could soon face prison time. A bill on eliminating violence against women that has been in the works for years is now taking its final shape... - 7/20/09

Iran's crisis has nuclear fallout
The controversy surrounding the recent elections in Iran has greatly damaged the legitimacy of Ayatollah Khamenei's administration. Gone are the days when even those opposed to the current regime grudgingly admitted that unlike other pro-US regimes such as Saudi Arabia, in Iran, the public do have some say over who occupies the presidential office. -Meir Javedanfar, Guardian - 7/20/09

Iran's envoy rejects news on Iraq's seizer of oil well
Iran's ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi rejected news on Iraq's seizer of an Iran-Iraq joint oil well in Iran's Dehloran border region. An Iraqi oil delegation stepped in Iran last week and the two sides reached an agreement on their joint oil wells, he said. - 7/20/09

Tehran Letter: 'It Is A Gut Feeling That All Of Us Have'
It's dusty and hot -- 42 degrees Celsius in the shade -- and we're surrounded by riot police. Thousands of brave men and women wearing green clothing -- wristbands, headbands, shirts, pins, and banners -- greet the angry and fully armed officers while waiting for the Friday Prayers sermon to begin. - 7/19/09

Rafsanjani in Mashad for talks with religious scholars
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani arrived in the shrine city of Mashad on Saturday afternoon for talks with religious scholars on the current national issues. - 7/19/09

Photos: Harvesting Wheat, The Traditional Way, Kermanshah, Iran
Following photos by Saber Karimi show the farmers in the western province of Kermanshah in Iran harvesting wheat using the traditional ways. Kermanshah Province is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the west of the country, bordering Iraq. - 7/19/09

Iranian Students come 4th at Int'l Biology Olympiad
Iranian Students managed to come 4th at 20th International Biology Olympiad in Japan. Gaining a gold and 3 silver medals, Iranian students stood 4th among 60 participating countries. - 7/19/09

Iranian Cleric Is Seeking the Mantle of Khomeini
During his decades in Iranian politics, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been praised as a pragmatist, criticized as spineless, accused of corruption and dismissed as a has-been. Now, in assailing the government’s handling of last month’s disputed presidential election, Mr. Rafsanjani, a 75-year-old cleric and former president, has cast himself in a new light: as a player with the authority to interpret the ideals of Iran’s 30-year-old Islamic republic. -NY Times - 7/19/09

Mehr News Agency photojournalist Mojtaba Takin killed in tragic accident
Mehr News Agency and Tehran Times photojournalist Mojtaba Takin and his daughter were killed in a tragic car crash on Astara-Tehran road on Friday. His sudden demise came as a shock to every one. He will be missed by all his colleagues and relatives. - 7/19/09

New Iranian Nuclear Head Urges Mutual Trust With West
Iran's newly-appointed nuclear energy chief is calling for an end to hostilities between his country and the West, and renewed efforts to build trust. - 7/19/09

Iran: Female French student held in Iran, Clotilde Reiss
On 1 July, 24-year-old French national Clotilde Reiss was detained at Tehran airport in Iran, on her way home to France. She is accused of espionage in connection with photographs she took during a demonstration in June, which she emailed to a friend. Clotilde Reiss is believed to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising her right to receive and impart information and ideas. -Amnesty International - 7/19/09

Opposition grows to appointment of new first VP
In the current situation, when the country needs unity more than ever before, Rahim-Mashai's appointment was not appropriate, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Mohammad Qaravi told the Mehr News Agency correspondent in Qom. - 7/19/09

Over 50 Cities Worldwide to take part in Global Day of Action For Human Rights In Iran
Around the world, people will gather on July 25 in solidarity with the Iranian people following over a month of intensified state repression against citizens peacefully demonstrating for their rights. Many have been murdered in the streets, many hundreds have been beaten and injured, and at least 2,000 are thought to have been detained. - 7/18/09

Clashes in Tehran as Hashemi Rafsanjani warns regime
"This was not a normal Friday prayer," said Fariba, a 24-year-old student. "The regime has killed people and we have got more united. They have not silenced us. Ironically, I thank Ahmadinejad for making us unite against him." -Guardian - 7/18/09

Rafsanjani's main message: Don't write off reformists
Intermittent clashes between police and protesters persisted in Tehran tonight after an emotional Friday sermon by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most powerful political opponent, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, that has prolonged Iran's political crisis. -Iason Athanasiadis, CSM - 7/18/09

Rafsanjani fans flames of dissent
Under the headline of a call for unity, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has actually ensured that the divisions in Iran will continue and possibly increase. -BBC - 7/18/09

HipHop show in Berlin, in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran
We cordially invite you to a rap show in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran, featuring Iranian rap star Shahin Najafi and guests, to take place on Saturday, 18 July 2009 at 9:00 pm -Network of Young Iranians in Berlin - 7/18/09

Salehi to head Iranian Atomic Energy Organization
During a cabinet session held in Mashhad on Thursday afternoon, the president appointed Ali-Akbar Salehi to be the new IAEO director and named Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii as the new first vice president. - 7/18/09

Former Iranian President Criticizes Hard-Liners in Sermon
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a blistering Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University, before a crowd of thousands, warning those in high places to abide by the will of the people and to heal the wounds of the recent crisis. - 7/17/09

Rafsanjani Acknowledges Opposition 'Doubts' Over Election, Calls For Unity
Rafsanjani offered several solutions to resolve the crisis, adding that he has discussed them with a number of clerics and members of the Assembly of Experts, which is in charge of electing and supervising the work of the country's supreme leader. Thousands of Musavi supporters attended Rafsanjani's sermon, with some chanting: "Hashemi, Hashemi, we support you." - 7/17/09

Women's Rights Activist and Lawyer Violently Arrested in Iran, Says Amnesty International
Amnesty International fears the wave of arrests of civil society activists in Iran is intensifying after lawyer and human rights activist, Shadi Sadr, was violently arrested in Tehran this morning on her way to Friday prayers. - 7/17/09

Tehran's streets erupt after a key cleric speaks
After the speech, downtown Tehran erupted in violence as security forces attacked crowds of demonstrators, older and grayer than recent gatherings, who were chanting "Death to the dictator!" and "God is great." -LA Times - 7/17/09

What Comes Next For Iran?
The Iranian crisis came like a bolt out of the blue. Neither Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei nor the outside world could have predicted that the presidential election would result in the deepest political and institutional crisis in the history of the Islamic republic. -Mehdi Mozaffari - 7/17/09

Iran: Halt Moves to Curtail Lawyers
Iran's government should withdraw new regulations that severely limit the independence of the Iranian Bar Association and would give the government control over a lawyer's right to practice, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/17/09

All Eyes On This Week's Friday Prayers In Iran
This week's Friday Prayers in Tehran have the potential to be the first nonscripted event of its kind in years, and even to become a platform for the opposition. Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is due to lead the official prayers in Tehran, and reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musavi is expected to attend. - 7/17/09

Is There Enough Caspian Gas, And Political Will, To Make Nabucco A Success?
On July 13, the EU and Turkey signed what's been hailed as a historic deal to start work on the Nabucco pipeline, which is designed to give Europe an alternative to the unreliable supply of natural gas from Russia's Gazprom. - 7/17/09

Reflections on the Iranian Election and its Aftermath
We often have a tendency to reduce complex social situations to simplistic scenarios, where there is only black or white and no shades of gray, only heroes or villains and nothing in between. Such seems to be the attitude of many Iran analysts, particularly those on the progressive side, toward the recent election in Iran and the turmoil that followed it. -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 7/17/09

"The Riddle of Iran": Community Dialogue Forum in Irvine, California
Community Leaders will join the Iranian American community, members of the International media and the community at large to receive updated briefings on the situation in Iran and how to best take action in support of human rights. - 7/17/09

U.S. Judo Federation sends condolences to Iranians
The U.S. Judo Federation expressed condolences to Iran Judo Federation and the families of dead Iranian judokas who were travelling to Armenia to hold a training camp. - 7/17/09

Michael Moore's Film Festival to Feature "Greetings from Tehran"
The "Greetings from Tehran" section of the festival features Asghar Farhadi's "About Elly" a film which starts as an innocent weekend on the Caspian Sea but turns mysterious when Elly disappears, and "Football Under Cover," a family film about a women's soccer team. - 7/17/09

Last Chance To Apply For NIAC Internship
NIAC accepts applications for part-time and full-time interns for Spring, Summer, and Fall to operate out of NIAC’s Washington DC office. Starting date is late January for Spring interns, late May for Summer interns, and early September for Fall semester interns. NIAC will assist in helping interns get school credit, but positions are unpaid. - 7/17/09

Non-Aligned Movement Leaders Conclude 15th Summit
Non-Aligned Movement Leaders have wrapped up a summit in Egypt by outlining their visions for the future of the group. More than 50 heads of state outlined met for two days at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. - 7/17/09

Iran: Hundreds of detainees at risk of torture and other ill-treatment: list of detainees
Following the mass arrests of demonstrators and opposition activists in Iran over recent weeks in connection with the disputed presidential election, Amnesty International has compiled a list of the names or identities of 368 people arrested since 12 June. - 7/16/09

Rules – What Rules? How Iran's Election Was Funded
Although Iran rejected communism along with capitalism in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and despite the talk of theocratic democracy, last month's presidential election bore all the hallmarks of a totalitarian state where the incumbent secures re-election in a carefully-orchestrated process. -Majid Mohammadi, New York - 7/16/09

Iran Recovers Black Boxes From Crashed Plane
Iranian state media say officials have found two flight recorders from the passenger plane that crashed in northwestern Iran, killing all 168 people on board. The United States has extended its condolences to the families of those killed in the crash. - 7/16/09

In Tehran, a Symbol Is Ready to Reappear
The Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, will attend Friday Prayer at Tehran University, his Web site said, in a widely anticipated event that will be his first official appearance since last month’s disputed presidential election. -IHT - 7/16/09

Clinton: US Still Seeks Iran Dialogue Despite Election Repression
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the Obama administration still seeks dialogue with Iran despite what she called the Tehran government's deplorable and unacceptable use of violence to quell election protests. In a foreign policy speech, Clinton also left open the prospect of talks with moderate elements of Afghanistan's Taliban movement. - 7/16/09

Iran holds 30th meeting of Commission for Caspian's marine living resources
The 30th regional meeting of the Commission for Caspian's marine living resources has been started in Anzali port city, Iran. Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan have convened in Iran on Wednesday for a two-day meeting with the aim of synchronizing cooperation of the countries in preserving Caspian Sea living resources. - 7/16/09

Fundraising event in San Jose for July 25th Mega rally in support of the Iranian people
A fundraising event (dinner and entertainment) will be held in San Jose, California on Friday July 17 in support of the July 25th Mega rally. Kisoks's Arash Sobhani and Ardalan Payvar along with Akhavass Ensemble will be performing at the event. - 7/16/09

Microsoft Continues to Ban Windows Live Messenger in Iran, Citing US Sanctions
In the midst of the post-election unrest in Iran, Microsoft has continued its ban on Windows Live Messenger service, citing US sanctions. The ban, which was instituted last year, discontinued Instant Messenger services in certain countries subject to United States sanctions, including Iran. -Parisa Ghobbeh - 7/16/09

Nokia Faces Wrath Of Iran's Protesters
According to the moderate Iranian daily "Etemad Melli," many Iranians who sympathize with the protests are boycotting Nokia for providing the Iranian government with the capability to tap mobile telephones, scramble the SMS text messages used by many protesters to communicate, and interrupt calls. - 7/16/09

Resolution by the Iranian American Lawyers Association in support of Iranian protesters
The board of directors of the Iranian American Lawyers Association expressing support for all peaceful Iranian protesters in Iran who exercise and respect the value of their freedom, human rights and civil liberties - 7/16/09

Iran: Jailing the messengers
GlobalPost correspondent Iason Athanasiadis reported on the demonstrations in Iran. He was arrested in Tehran and held in jail for three weeks. In his first piece for GlobalPost since his release, Athanasiadis writes of fellow journalists who have been jailed. - 7/16/09

Project Nur Student Activists Organize Iran Solidarity Flash Mobs Across Washington, DC
American students activists from across Washington, DC will gather for flash mobs in solidarity with Iranian students, announced Project Nur, the student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress. On Friday (July 17), students will gather at 8:30 a.m. at Union Station and then proceed to various DC locations for the flash mob gatherings. - 7/16/09

How Iran Might Beat Future Sanctions: The China Card
Iran may have an ace in the hole as Western governments weigh sanctions in response to the often violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators. The card Tehran is likely to play? China. -TIME - 7/16/09

Non-Aligned Movement Leaders Meet in Egypt
Dozens of world leaders met at an Egyptian Red Sea resort for the 15th summit of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement. But the 53-year-old group has lost much of its significance since the end of the Cold War. - 7/16/09

Photos: Iranian Plane Crash Near Tehran Kills All 168 Aboard
Iranian state media say a passenger plane has crashed in northwestern Iran, killing all 168 people on board. State television said Wednesday the Iranian airliner was heading to the Armenian capital of Yerevan when it went down near the northern Iranian city of Qazvin. The plane crashed 16 minutes after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport. Reports quote some witnesses as saying the plane was on fire in mid-air. - 7/15/09

Rallies Confirmed In 36 Cities Worldwide On July 25, The Global Day of Action For Human Rights In Iran
Human rights activists are organizing a coordinated Global Day of Action on July 25, 2009 to demand respect for the human rights of the Iranian people and to demonstrate worldwide solidarity with the civil rights movement in Iran. Major human rights organizations have sponsored the event. - 7/15/09

Iran: Death Toll Apparently Far Exceeds Government Claims
Information from Iranian hospitals and victims' families indicates that the number of demonstrators killed by security officers and militia during demonstrations to protest Iran's disputed 12 June presidential election far exceeds government reports, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran stated. - 7/15/09

IRAN: Slain protester's mother speaks out to Mousavi and wife
Opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, made their first public appearance in weeks on Tuesday night at the home of slain protester Sohrab Aarabi, whose activist mother, Parvin Fahimi, appears to be gearing up for a full-fledged publicity war against the regime. -LA Times - 7/15/09

Iran's junior judo squad killed in plane crash
Ten members of Iran's Junior Judo squad were among the passengers of an Iranian jet which crashed in northwest Iran with nearly 168 people on board. Eight Iranian judo athletes and two coaches were traveling to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on Wednesday to hold a training camp. - 7/15/09

Photos: Funeral of Iranian Actress Farrokh-Laqa Houshmand
Funeral of veteran Iranian actress Farrokh-Laqa Houshmand was held in Tehran on Wednesday July 15 starting with a memorial at Tehran's House of Cinema. Houshmand, who was one of the greatest figures of Iranian theater, cinema and television, passed away in Tehran on Sunday July 12, 2009, following a weeks of hospitalization for brain injuries. - 7/15/09

Iran: Arrests and deaths continue as authorities tighten grip
Amnesty International is concerned about further arrests of politicians, journalists, lawyers and others in connection with the recent disputed presidential election in Iran. Hundreds of people are believed to be detained – many held in undisclosed locations – across Iran. Scores more – possibly as many as 197 - are reported to have been arrested on 9 July 2009 - 7/15/09

Iran's Long Backslide To Absolute Rule
Revolutionaries often end up adopting to the habits and methods of those they once opposed. It did not take long for the Bolsheviks to welcome former agents of the Tsarist secret police, the Okhrana, and use them and their tactics against the Communist Party's political foes. Even in democracies, those who oppose the policies of the ruling party often adopt many of them once they themselves gain power. -M. D. Nalapat - 7/15/09

MARJANE SUR TOUS LES FRONTS !
Marjane Satrapi's artistic and political activism, highlighted in the French Media amidst Iran's post-election turmoil -Darius KADIVAR - 7/15/09

Nabucco Pipeline Competition for Russian Gas
Monday's agreement in Ankara between Turkey and four members of the European Union to construct the Nabucco pipeline for alternative fuel supplies to Europe has raised eyebrows in Russia. The project could force a rival Russian pipeline to compete with Nabucco for gas. - 7/15/09

Photos: Gold and Jewelry Exhibition in Isfahan
Following photos by Hossein Baharloo are from a Gold and Jewelry exhibition in Isfahan, central Iran. Gold and jewelry shops are one of the most important attractions of Iranian bazaars. - 7/15/09

Should Obama talk to Ahmadinejad?
The quelling of dramatic public protests in Iran may cause some to despair over the prospects for achieving real social and political change there. But even with another term in office, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the revolutionary regime itself have been permanently altered by June's uprising. -Reza Aslan, CSM - 7/15/09

Women prisoners staging play in Shiraz
Shiraz is currently hosting seven women sentenced to death or life imprisonment on stage with the play "New Birth" at the Abureihan Hall. The play, directed by Sirus Mahbudi, is being warmly received in the city, the Persian service of ISNA reported. - 7/15/09

Has Ahmadinejad lost his global following?
After stamping out election protests, Iran may see its "resistance" brand weaken. The first big test: The Non-Aligned Movement summit, which opens Wednesday in Egypt. -CSM - 7/15/09

Nonaligned Movement Gathers For Summit In Egypt
The 15th summit of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) has opened in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, with an address from Cuban President Raul Castro. The two-day summit brings together 118 developing countries, 55 of which are being represented by their heads of state. One leader not expected to be present is Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who reportedly did not receive the invitation usually sent to all NAM heads of state. - 7/15/09

Rafsanjani to give sermons at Friday prayers in Tehran: The Green Wave's Revival?
According to a flyer distributed over the internet, Mir Hossein Mousavi, the presidential candidate who has been steadfastly calling for annulment of the the election, and former president Mohammad Khatami will also be attending the Friday prayers. The flyer is calling on the "Green Wave" (Mousavi supporters) to participate actively in the prayers and make it another show of strength. - 7/14/09

Iranian Teen Slain In Postelection Protest Laid To Rest
Precisely one month after an election that set many Iranians on a collision course with the country's unelected leaders, 19-year-old Sohrab Arabi became the latest known victim of the backlash from mass street protests that followed the disputed presidential vote. - 7/14/09

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri: System based on force illegitimate
This past Saturday, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri issued a fatwa urging Iranians to take action against the "illegitimate political system," implicating but not naming Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay speaks to Nader Hashemi, professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver, about the possible impact in Iran of Ayatollah Montazeri's fighting words. - 7/14/09

Meehan Ensemble in Concert (Persian Traditional Music) in Santa Clara, California
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 8:00 pm at Santa Clara Convention Center. - 7/14/09

Hunger Strike in Support of the Iranian People and for the Release of Political Prisoners
The people of Iran have, with their vast presence in the June 12 presidential elections, showed that despite the fundamental faults of the electoral system in Iran, they preferred to change their destiny by peaceful and democratic means. Unfortunately the government did not respect the right of Iranian citizens to effectively participate in determining their destiny. - 7/14/09

Turkey, EU Nations Sign Landmark Gas Pipeline Agreement
The signing of the agreement to build the 3,300 kilometer gas pipeline followed seven years of tough negotiations. The pipeline will run from energy-rich Azerbaijan through Turkey to Bulgaria and Romania, ending in Austria. - 7/14/09

NIAC Calls for the Release of Kian Tajbakhsh, an End to Political Detentions and Abuse
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) condemns the arrest and imprisonment of Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American intellectual who was taken from his home in Iran and jailed late last Thursday. NIAC calls for his release and the immediate release of all those who have been arrested and detained for demonstrating in the weeks following Iran's disputed presidential election. - 7/14/09

In exile, an Iranian ‘lion’ keeps fighting
The “Lion Woman’’ of Iran (Fatemeh Haghighatjoo) sits outside her 10th-floor office atop the main library at the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, chafing with frustration as she talks of the turbulence shaking her homeland. - 7/14/09

In Iran, six journalists arrested, one sentenced to jail
The Iranian authorities have arrested six more journalists--cementing the country's position as the world's worst jailer of journalists--and sentenced another on Sunday to eight years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. - 7/14/09

18 Tir Anniversary Events in Toronto
It has become clear that the Iranians in Toronto rise and fall with the ups and downs of Tehran. That's why when Iranians in Tehran came out after an 11 day period of relative calm, the Iranians in Toronto followed suit. It was the 10th anniversary of the 9th of July, 1999 students' uprisings, an important occasion to many. -Arash Azizi, Salam Toronto - 7/14/09

US-Muslim Relations Marked by Tension
Since President Obama's inauguration speech, and especially after his Cairo address to the Muslim world, Muslims around the world have been waiting for concrete steps to improve U.S.-Muslim relations. A group of scholars, diplomats and American-Muslim leaders are recommending practical steps to achieve that goal. - 7/14/09

Iranians Worldwide Roll Out A Green Scroll Against Ahmadinejad
Despite the challenges, she helped create the website austinforiran.org, and this past weekend joined thousands of Iranians around the world who bravely signed one of many Green Scroll petitions proclaiming Ahmadinejad is not Iran's president. -Huffington Post - 7/14/09

13 members of Jundallah terrorist group hanged in Iran
The Head of Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province Judiciary Ebrahim Hamidi said that 13 members of Jundallah (Soldiers of God) terrorist group have been hanged in a prison in Zahedan city Tuesday morning. - 7/14/09

Iran, China plan to increase commercial exchanges to 28 bln dollars in 2009
The President of Iran-China Chamber of Commerce Asadollah Asgaroladi said with economic stability the two countries will grow the volume of commercial exchanges to over 28 billion dollars in 2009. - 7/14/09

Popular Iranian singer Mohesen Namjoo sentenced in absentia to 5-year jail term
Iran has sentenced renowned Iranian singer-composer Mohsen Namjoo to five years in prison over what has been described as insulting religious sanctities. - 7/14/09

Iranian Shiism's two faces
Underlying the battle for Iran's political future is a century-old debate within Shia Islam about the rightful place of the clergy -Guardian - 7/14/09

Iran's Invisible Nicaragua Embassy
For months, the reports percolated in Washington and other capitals. Iran was constructing a major beachhead in Nicaragua as part of a diplomatic push into Latin America, featuring huge investment deals, new embassies and even TV programming from the Islamic republic. -Washington Post - 7/14/09

41 journalists in prison in Iran after a month of unrest
Reporters Without Borders expressed "great concern" today about growing repression of journalists and cyber-dissidents in Iran after a month of post-election protests and called for them all to be freed at once. Five more were recently arrested, making a total of 41 journalists currently in prison. - 7/13/09

Iran: After Withholding Information, Authorities say Youth Demonstrator Died of Gunshot Wounds
Iranian authorities have informed the family of Sohrab Aarabi, 19, that he died of gunshot wounds to his heart, 26 days after he disappeared during a demonstration on 15 June, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today. - 7/13/09

Human Chain in Washington, DC in Support of the Iranian People
On Saturday, July 18 Iranians and all freedom lovers of the Washington area — from the United Nations Information Centre to the Interest Office of Iran — will hold hands to demonstrate their solidarity with the Iranian people and to demand the immediate release of all peaceful protesters. - 7/13/09

New insight into Iran's past: Landlord Villages of the Tehran Plain
A University of Leicester archaeologist has just returned from a period of fieldwork in Iran, working on the first archaeological project in the country to explore the very recent past. Dr Ruth Young, of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, has been looking at the effects the Iranian White Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s had on the ancient 'Landlord Villages' of the early Islamic period of the country's history. - 7/13/09

An open letter to public media on the violation of basic civil rights in Iran
We, the professors, scientist communities, and researchers in Japan are writing to the people of Japan and the world, to express our deepest concern on the violence and illegal acts by the government of Islamic Republic of Iran against the universities and scientific communities in Iran. - 7/13/09

Arrested, Whereabouts Unknown: Bijan Khajehpour Khoei, Respected Iranian Businessman and Philanthropist
Bijan Khajehpour Khoei, a highly respected independent Iranian business and economic consultant, was arrested on Saturday 27 June 2009 when returning from a trip to Vienna and London. Bijan's wife, two young daughters, family and friends are very concerned about his health as he is a diabetic on strict medication and diet. - 7/13/09

Lawyers' Whereabouts Unknown After Arrest
On 24 June, 70 academics met Mir Hossein Mousavi, and were arrested as they left his office. All but four were later released. Those still detained include the head of Mir Hossein Mousavi's election campaign Dr Ghorban Behzadian, and Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, who is a professor of law at Shahid Beheshti University. - 7/13/09

Iran claims 8 medals in Serbia Summer Universiade
Iran came 11th among 145 countries competing in Serbia's 25th Summer Universiade claiming five gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Iran took part in taekwondo, archery, judo, table tennis, basketball and athletics. - 7/13/09

Protest against Nokia in Los Angeles: Stop supporting censorship in Iran!
On July 15th while the ESPN Awards (ESPY) will be held at the NOKIA Plaza, we will gather in protest of Nokia's invasive technology aid to the Iranian government that led to the violence and brutality that was committed against the innocent people. - 7/13/09

Prix Pictet – the world's photography award for environmental sustainability – announces 2009 shortlist
Iran's Abbas Kowsari is among the shortlisted photographers. A shortlist of twelve outstanding international photographers, from which one will be selected later this year to receive the Prix Pictet, the world's photography prize for environmental sustainability, was announced today (9 July) at Europe's leading photography festival, Les Rencontres d'Arles in France. - 7/13/09

Bill Robinson vs. the ADL Thought Police
Facts have since proven it was largely pro-Israelis who fixed the intelligence that manipulated the U.S. to invade Iraq. That same network has now mobilized to expand that war to Iran. A key barrier: the global condemnation of Israel's brutal assault on Gaza. How does Tel Aviv limit the public relations fallout? -Jeff Gates - 7/13/09

Iranian making his mark on basketball’s highest stage
Hamed Haddadi returned home last month to Tehran as a hero, the first Iranian to play in the National Basketball Association. The 7-foot-2, 260-pound center played 19 games for the Grizzlies last season and he continues to make the transition to the size and speed of the NBA. -Las Vegas Sun - 7/13/09

An Opportunity for Tehran
We say again: Maziar Bahari is a journalist whose fairness is evident in any reasonable survey of his work. His case is an opportunity for the government of Iran to show that it is a well-intentioned member of the family of nations, a country to be taken seriously and on its own terms. It is an opportunity, we respectfully submit, that should not be missed. -Newsweek - 7/13/09

Iran to hang 12 Jundallah members in a few days
The Head Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province Judiciary Ebrahim Hamidi said on Sunday that 12 members of Jundallah (Soldiers of God) terrorist group will be hanged by the middle of the week. - 7/13/09

Iraq seeks Iran's co-op in oil and gas projects
Iraq eyes Iran's cooperation for carrying out its domestic oil and gas development projects, the Iraqi deputy oil minister for exploration affairs said here on Monday. - 7/13/09

The Tragedy of the Left's Discourse on Iran
The electoral coup and the subsequent uprising and suppression of the revolting voters in Iran have prompted all sorts of analyses in Western media from both the Right and the Left. The Right, mostly inspired by the neo-con ideology and reactionary perspectives, dreams of the re-creation of the Shah's Iran, looks for pro-American/pro-Israeli allies among the disgruntled Iranian public, and seeks an Eastern European type velvet revolution. -Saeed Rahnema - 7/13/09

Boniana: Iran's first cloned calf is born
Iran's first cloned calf "Boniana" was born in Isfahan's Royan research center Saturday afternoon. The manager of Royan, Mohammad Hossein Nasr Isfahani told ISNA the birth of the calf came up as a result of researches on IVF, cloning and genetic engineering which began 6 years ago, the same process that led to birth of "Hana" the first Iranian cloned goat in mid-April. - 7/12/09

Photos: Five Iranian Officials Held by US in Iraq, Return to Iran
Five Iranian officials, detained by the United States military in Iraq for more than two years, have returned to Iran just days after their release. They arrived Sunday in Tehran's Mehrabad airport where they were welcomed by a crowd of people, including senior government officials. - 7/12/09

Iranian Clerics Diminished by Silence Over Protests
In the days after the June 12 presidential election, defeated candidates, political parties, relatives of political prisoners, and others dissatisfied with the outcome appealed to senior members of the clergy to intervene to halt government-led repression. Many reformists hoped that senior clerics would step in following the mass demonstrations, deaths and the arrest of political activists. -Majid Mohammadi, New York - 7/12/09

Mahmud Ahmadinejad Is The Product Of Fraud
Considering the facts and figures, even if we accept that the majority of Iranians did indeed vote for Ahmadinejad as the Guardians Council vetting body claims, and that the election was mathematically and statistically clean, we can still say Ahmadinejad's victory was the result of a big, preplanned scam. -Mohammad Reza Kazemi - 7/12/09

Scenic Iran
I'm finally back in Tehran after an almost week long trip across Iran. Starting out from Babol, some friends and I went to the Iranian province of Hamedan to visit Ali Sadr Cave, an amazing natural beauty. -Mohammad Sagha, Chicago Now - 7/12/09

Who Will Win the Next Phase in Iran, Ahmadinejad or Iraq's Ayatollah Ali Sistani?
Today, even though the demonstrations in the streets have disappeared from cable news, the debate in Iran has been elevated from vote counting and ballots to treason and apostasy. It doesn't get much clearer than that. The issue is no longer about the election results. The issue now is about the core principal of the Islamic Revolution--velayat-e faqih--that Islamic law requires that power over civil society must lie with the clerical order of Islamic jurists. -Huffington Post - 7/12/09

Tehran Vocal Ensemble wins medals World Choir Championship
Tehran Vocal Ensemble has managed to win 2 medals at World Choir Championship (2nd Asian Choir Games 2009) in South Korea. Conducted by Milad Omranloo, the ensemble received Gold Medal for its performance in Mixed Chamber Choirs. It also achieved Silver Medal for Folklore music section. - 7/12/09

Iran Inside Out Film Series at Chelsea Art Museum
A collaborative project between Chelsea Art Museum, Rooftop Films, and ArteEast this film series presents brilliant feature and short films and documentaries by well-established and emerging Iranian directors. The series, Iran Inside Out's five thematic pillars: War and Politics, Gender and Sexuality, Culture as Commodity, Reinventing the Traditional Art Forms, and Street Culture within Tehran. - 7/12/09

Helping Iran Target Iranians
Of particular concern is the use -- and easy abuse -- of Deep Packet Inspection. DPI is a content-filtering technology that allows network managers to inspect, track and target content from users of the Internet and mobile phones, as it passes through routers on the information superhighway. -Huffington Post - 7/12/09

Iranian Foreign Minister Says Tehran Preparing 'Package' for West
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is saying, Saturday, that Tehran is preparing to present a "new package" of proposals concerning international, political and security issues to the West for talks, soon. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also indicated that a "package" was being prepared, several months ago. - 7/11/09

IRAN: Mehdi Karroubi warns of 'unimaginable consequences'
Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi (at right), a prominent reformist who served twice as speaker of Iran's parliament, issued a scathing letter about the June 12 presidential election and subsequent crackdown on protesters that was featured today on the front page of his newspaper, Etemad-e-Melli. -LA Times - 7/11/09

Ex-Vigilante 'Shocked' At Iran Violence
Journalist Amir Farshad Ebrahimi knows what Iran's notorious "plainclothes agents" are capable of doing. He used to be one of them. But Ebrahimi, a founding member of hard-line pressure group Ansar-e Hizbullah who now lives in exile in Germany, says he has watched in horror as members of his former group have lashed out against fellow Iranians since the June 12 election. - 7/11/09

Iran takes top place in 2009 Asian Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships
The Iranian victory is particularly significant since Iran has traditionally been stronger in freestyle, rather than Greco-Roman style of wrestling. Hence, the triumph of the young wrestlers may be an indication of a more promising future in such events. - 7/11/09

The Interview: Exiled Iranian Cartoonist Nik Kowsar
Iranian-born political cartoonist NIK KOWSAR has been jailed because of his commentary. He has received death threats. He has refused to cease his cartoon criticism of the Iranian leadership. And he has received the international Award for Courage for Editorial Cartooning award from Cartoonists Rights Network. -Washington Post - 7/11/09

Inside the Iranian Crackdown
When the Unrest Flared, the Ayatollah's Enforcers Took to the Streets of Tehran With Batons and Zeal. When the protests broke out here last month, Mehdi Moradani answered the call to crush them. On the first day of the unrest, the 24-year-old volunteer member of Iran's paramilitary Basij force mounted his motorcycle and chased reformist protesters through the streets, shouting out the names of Shiite saints as he revved his engine. -Farnaz Fassihi - 7/11/09

U.S. Citizen Living in Tehran Said to Be Arrested
Iran's political upheaval has claimed its first American, with the arrest on July 9 of Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian American living in Tehran, according to an Iranian human-rights group and family friends. -TIME - 7/11/09

Envoy Sees French National In Iranian Prison
Reiss, 23, was arrested at Tehran airport and reportedly accused of espionage over photos on her mobile telephone from recent protests against the result of Iran's June 12 election. - 7/11/09

New York Company to Help Iranians Connect to Government-Filtered Websites
TurnKey Internet's high-capacity Internet servers are helping reroute Iranian citizens past their government's censorship filters via an intricate proxy network by the now famous Austin Heap. - 7/11/09

Iran calls on Chinese to enter multi-billion-dollar energy deals
Iran is calling on China to get involved in deals in several huge oil projects worth more than $42.8 billion in a bid to boost its crude refining capacity and expand bilateral economic relations. - 7/11/09

Iran's Vote Critics Remain Defiant Despite Crackdown
It began as a silent march to mark the 10th anniversary of the 1999 student uprising that shook Iran and was violently suppressed by authorities. But the scattered rallies on July 9 quickly turned into the most significant mass demonstration in the Iranian capital since security forces last month crushed opposition protests against the presidential election that even conservative clerics have come to denounce. - 7/10/09

Videos: Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Persian and English
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." - 7/10/09

Looking For Signs And Prophets In Tehran
Everyone is looking for signs these days, or falling back on old wisdom. My old sociology teacher recently told me: "In times of trouble, Iran turns into a turbulent river flowing into unknown valleys of decision making. "When the river is flowing quickly, the decisions are made instantly.... -Ahmad - 7/10/09

Savage Attacks on Protestors who Refuse to Be Intimidated
Thousands of demonstrators commemorated the tenth anniversary of the student-led protests of 9 July 1999 in Tehran yesterday, despite a harsh crackdown by government forces. Dozens of protestors were detained. - 7/10/09

Obama: Iran's Post-Election Violence Against Protestors "Appalling"
U.S. President Barack Obama says world leaders meeting at a global summit unanimously condemned what he called the "appalling treatment of peaceful protesters" by Iranian authorities. Mr. Obama delivered the message Friday, at a news conference following the Group of Eight summit in Italy. - 7/10/09

Iranians Arrest Rights Lawyers, Pro-Reform Journalist
Iranian authorities arrested prominent human-rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and five other people from his office as well as pro-reform journalist Mohamad Reza Yazdan Panah ahead of the 10th anniversary of student riots, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/10/09

Iran Protesters Take to Streets Despite Threats
Thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran on Thursday, clapping, chanting, almost mocking the authorities as they once again turned out in large numbers in defiance of the government’s threat to crush their protests with violence... But still, no matter who stopped to talk, witnesses said, there was a sense of mission and unity that seemed almost validated by the brutal government response. A 55-year-old woman on the streets in support of the marchers said: “This is Iran. We are all together.” -NY Times - 7/10/09

'United for Neda' -- Mams Taylor Brings Together Iran's Superstars to Protest Iranian Crackdown
Known for collaborating with U.S. stars like Snoop Dogg and T-Pain, Iranian-British recording artist Mams Taylor turned his focus towards his motherland this week in response to the popular movement for political freedom in Iran. His song "United For Neda" brings together Iran's most elite entertainers, poets, thinkers, actors and singers in one harmonious voice pleading for freedom - 7/10/09

Roxana Saberi and USCIRF Call for Release of Iranian Baha'is
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)– responding to a letter from Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who spent almost four months in an Iranian cell–today demanded the release of seven Iranian Baha'i prisoners of conscience who are set to go on trial Saturday and could face the death penalty, noting that this particular action is just one manifestation of the much broader pattern and practice of the theocratically supported repression that marks Iran's current electoral crisis. - 7/10/09

Hundreds gather in Dallas to protest Iran election
About 600 people gathered in downtown Dallas today to protest Iran’s recent challenged election and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of an Iranian student uprising. -Dallas News - 7/10/09

Iran Protesters Defy Clampdown
Demonstrations flared up in Tehran and other big Iranian cities on Thursday evening, ending a week of effective clampdown on street protests, as thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets and clashed with security forces. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 7/10/09

US: Iranian Prisoner Release Not a Gesture to Tehran
The United States said Thursday that its release of five Iranian prisoners in Iraq was required under the U.S.-Iraq security accord and not a political gesture toward Tehran. The five Iranians, held by U.S. forces since early 2007, were transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday and immediately handed over to Iranian authorities. - 7/10/09

Iran Jews in “Israel” Prefer Ahmadinejad
Some Jewish Iranians living in occupied Palestine and abroad say life in the Islamic republic is better under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than it would be under defeated presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi, The Jerusalem Post said on Tuesday. -Voltaire Network - 7/10/09

Protests in Iran on key reform anniversary
Iranian pro-government Basij militia members dispersed crowds of protesters in Tehran Thursday -- sometimes with force -- according to a journalist on the scene. The demonstration is taking place on the 10th anniversary of a student uprising that, at the time, posed the biggest threat to the Islamic regime since its inception in 1979. -CNN - 7/9/09

Iran: Detainees Describe Beatings, Pressure to Confess
The Iranian authorities are using prolonged harsh interrogations, beatings, sleep deprivation, and threats of torture to extract false confessions from detainees arrested since the disputed June 12 presidential election, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/9/09

Iranian Exile Satirizes Opposition 'Confessions'
Iran's prominent exiled satirist Ebrahim Nabavi has produced a spoof video of Iran's former Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi confessing to organizing a velvet revolution. Abtahi was arrested in the postelection crackdown and is still in jail. In the video, Nabavi dresses as a prisoner, introduces himself as Abtahi, and says that the revolution was green because green is the only kind of velvet available on the Iranian market. - 7/9/09

Arrested, Beaten, and Jailed. Photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis Gives ASM First Interview After His Release
After three weeks in Iranian prison cells, Iason Athanasiadis, a photojournalist and ASW-er, was released by the country's authorities. Only days after he walked free in Tehran and returned to Greece, Iason spoke first to ASMALLMAGAZINE about his experience of being caught up in the tumult of present-day Iranian politics. - 7/9/09

Paying Homage To The Iranian Women
Iranian woman have been in the forefront of the uprising , demanding their rights walking shoulder to shoulder with their brothers and paying a heavy price. I pay homage to them in my latest project; it's a way for me to join their calls for freedom. We do not want to forget their courage! -Niki Koohpaima - 7/9/09

The Seeds of Baobab: Works of Fifteen Iranian Sculptors
Iranian Modern Sculpture is a newly established art, generally less than a century old, whose original examples were exclusively commissioned, which typically had a naturalist style. This brief history in the past few decades has had its own ups and downs and has been subjected to prohibition and neglect. - 7/9/09

2005 contender Mostafa Moin talks about how the international science community can help Iran
Biomedical researcher Mostafa Moin was a reformist candidate in Iran's 2005 presidential elections. In a 2006 interview with Nature, Moin, a former minister for higher education and for science, argued that building a stronger civil and democratic society in Iran was key to the country's scientific development and it becoming a knowledge-based society. In an exclusive new interview, he discusses where the current situation leaves those ambitions. -Declan Butler, Nature - 7/9/09

Bay Area Writers To Raise Voices, Funds for People of Iran
The Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW) will host a literary reading and musical performance on Sunday, July 26 to express solidarity with the people of Iran, whose protest over the June elections has captured the hearts and imagination of the world. - 7/9/09

G8 Leaders Condemn Violence in Iran
Group of Eight leaders meeting in Italy say they deplore the deadly post-election violence in Iran and they call the arrests of journalists unacceptable. U.S. officials say the G8 leaders issued a strong and significant statement on Iran following a working dinner Wednesday night. - 7/9/09

Video: Where Is My Vote
Making windows green has started in Holland. Now, it's your turn to reflect the voice of the people in Iran - 7/9/09

The Iranian Presidential Elections: "The most improvised moment in Iranian history"
The recent presidential election in Iran was "the most improvised moment in Iranian history," according to Farideh Farhi, professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Part of a panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Farhi said that recent events have been mismanaged and mishandled by both sides of the ongoing election dispute. -Ali Delforoush, NIAC - 7/9/09

US frees 5 Iranian diplomats held since 2007 in Iraq
Iran's ambassador to Baghdad says five Iranian diplomats who were kidnapped by US forces have been handed over to the government of Nouri al-Maliki. "The diplomats will be transferred to the Iranian Embassy after meeting with the prime minister," Hossein Kazemi-Qomi said. - 7/9/09

Rally for Iran: With the people
“If you really want to help the Iranian people, stand with them,” Mehrdad Kia said on Tuesday afternoon at a solidarity rally for the Iranian people at Caras Park in Missoula. Kia, director of Central and Southwest Asia programs at the University of Montana, joined students, religious leaders and concerned Missoulians to show support for the democracy movement in Iran. -Missoulian - 7/9/09

Heritage Foundation: Obama's Wishful Policies Will Fail
The Obama Administration "must abandon wishful thinking and deal with Iran as it is, not as how they would like it to be," according to James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. -Parisa Ghobbeh, NIAC - 7/9/09

Question and Answer on the Iran Crisis
Right after the June 12 elections in Iran, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy issued a statement expressing our strong support for the masses of Iranians protesting electoral fraud and our horror at the ferocious response of the government. Our statement concluded: "We express our deep concern for their well-being in the face of brutal repression and our fervent wishes for the strengthening and deepening of the movement for justice and democracy in Iran." - 7/8/09

Citing Sandstorm, Officials Shut Down Iranian Capital
Authorities in the Iranian capital have ordered state offices and businesses there closed on July 9 due to fierce sandstorms, Radio Farda reports. Iranian opposition groups have noted that the timing of the closure is convenient for officials still eager to combat public expressions of frustration over the country's June 12 election, which detractors and two losing candidates allege was massively flawed. - 7/8/09

Khamenei's son takes control of Iran's anti-protest militia
The son of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has taken control of the militia being used to crush the protest movement, according to a senior Iranian source. The source, a politician with strong connections to the security apparatus, said that the leading role being played by Mojtaba Khamenei had dismayed many of the country's senior clerics, conservative politicians and Revolutionary Guard generals. -Guardian - 7/8/09

UN experts gravely concerned by mass arrests in Iran
Six independent United Nations experts again call upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to uphold its international obligations to ensure that the human rights of all individuals are protected following the presidential elections in the country. - 7/8/09

Koochoie proud of to be Iranian
Iranian-American Benny Koochoie is interested in joining Iran's Basketball Team. Koochoie is convinced that pursuing his dream in Iran is his only path to a professional career. - 7/8/09

Fly with the Cage in Los Angeles: Showcasing Iranian Artist and the Inspired
Phantom Galleries LA and Edgar Varela Fine Arts are proud to present: Fly with the Cage, curated by Building Bridges and SoCiArts, a multimedia interactive exhibition highlighting collaboration and unity. Fly with the Cage is a welcoming exhibition for diverse voices to be heard and expressed through the arts, in Los Angeles, home to the largest Iranian population outside of Iran. - 7/8/09

Winners of Second "Little Hands of Prayer" International Festival Announced
Iran's 2nd Little Hands of Prayer International Festival announced its winners during a ceremony held on Monday in Tabriz. At the national section, Saba Rofarshibaf (Mashhad) and Samin Vaezi (Tabriz) shared the first prize. Hadis Dehqan (Tabriz) and Negin Ebrahimi (Arak) shared the second prize. Homa Yekravi (Tabriz) and Hossein Hosseinpur (Meshkinshahr) shared the third prize. - 7/8/09

IAAB Announces Successful Conclusion of Camp Ayandeh 2009
This year, Camp Ayandeh hosted nearly 70 campers, over half of which were new to IAAB's leadership camp for Iranian-American high school students. Campers spent the week participating in a multitude of activities that encouraged them to explore their Iranian-American culture and identity, examine what it means to be our community's future leaders, and form friendships with other Iranian-American students their age. - 7/8/09

Iran Opposition Finds New Ways to Protest
The three top leaders of Iran's opposition joined forces on Tuesday and their supporters began a three-day national strike, signaling a resurrection of protests even as Iran's president announced to the nation that the postelection turmoil was over. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 7/8/09

Nobel Laureates to Ban Ki-moon: Appoint Special Envoy to Iran
A group of Nobel Peace Laureates sent an urgent letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on July 6 asking him to do everything in his power to "halt" the grave human rights violations in Iran and secure the release of all political prisoners. - 7/8/09

In Iran, a Struggle Beyond the Streets
The streets of Iran have been largely silenced, but a power struggle grinds on behind the scenes, this time over the very nature of the state itself. It is a battle that transcends the immediate conflict over the presidential election, one that began 30 years ago as the Islamic Revolution established a new form of government that sought to blend theocracy and a measure of democracy. -New York Times - 7/8/09

Why We say "No" to the Compulsory Hijab?
Fatemeh Sadeghi has a Ph.D. in political science and has taught at the Islamic Azad University of Karaj near Tehran. She is the daughter of Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali. The following are translated excerpts from an article entitled "Why the Hijab?" which she published in the feminist website Meydaneh Zan (Women's Field) on May 14, 2008. - 7/8/09

G8 Summit: World Leaders To Talk Economy, Iran
The world's most powerful leaders are in Italy for a Group of Eight (G8) summit set to be dominated by the economic crisis, climate change, and Iran's postelection turmoil. The summit is to begin with G8 leaders charting their latest moves in tackling the economic crisis. - 7/8/09

Bochum festival cancels Iranian films wins for political reason
The political climate created between Iran and the West after Iran's June presidential election has also affected art and cultural issues, as organizers of a German festival cancelled wins of two films of indie Iranian filmmakers. - 7/8/09

Election Underscores Splits Among Iranian Clerics
The disputed Iranian presidential election has highlighted the divide in Iran's clerical establishment. Conservative religious scholars welcomed the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while reformist religious figures have criticized the results. - 7/8/09

Who Will Stand With Iranians?
At a reception in Washington last month, a technology executive approached me and pointed to his green tie. He said: "This is for the Iranian people." As the regime in Tehran tightens its grip, I hope to see more support from ordinary Americans, and from civil society around the globe, bearing witness, demonstrating solidarity and displaying the common humanity, decency and fairness that bind us all. -Afshin Molavi, Washington Post - 7/8/09

Top US Military Officer Sees 'Narrow Window' to Stop Iran's Nuclear Program
The top U.S. military officer says there is a narrow window of time in which to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and also to avoid a military strike on its nuclear facilities. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, said in Washington Tuesday dialogue is crucial but that time is running out. - 7/8/09

Iran Opposition Calls for Release of Detainees
The call was issued by defeated presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi as well as former president Mohammad Khatami following a meeting late Monday. In a joint statement, posted to Mousavi's Web site Tuesday, the three leaders demanded an end to the harsh crackdown imposed by authorities. - 7/7/09

Exhibition: Iran Inside Out
The Chelsea Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition Iran Inside Out. The groundbreaking exhibition features 35 artists living and working in Iran alongside 21 others living in the Diaspora. The result is a multifarious portrait of 56 contemporary Iranian artists challenging the conventional perceptions of Iran and Iranian art. - 7/7/09

Ahmadinejad says his reelection gave him a mandate
During and after his speech, Iranians in various neighborhoods climbed to their rooftops and stepped out into their rooftops to chant "God is great," and "Death to the dictator" in what has become a nightly protest against Ahmadinejad and in support of former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, his chief rival. -LA Times - 7/7/09

Tehran closes down for second day due to dust pollution
The rising level of dust pollution has forced the closure of Tehran's offices and educational centers for a second day. Dust storms raising from Iraq and Saudi Arabia have hit Iran's western and southwestern areas, including the provinces of Qom, Kurdistan, Chahar-Mahal and Bakhtiari, Zanjan and Fars. - 7/7/09

Human Chain in Toronto on July 9 to commemorate anniversary of the student uprising in Iran
On Thursday July 9th (18th of Tir in the Iranian calendar), from 8 to 10 PM to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the student uprising in Iran, we will gather to form long human chains in Willowdale and Richmond Hill . We aim to hold this event in a dignified way that befits the rich culture, high prestige, and good name of our community. - 7/7/09

Another Iranian Researcher Jailed
The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of the economist Bijan Khajehpour by authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Khajehpour was snatched from the Tehran airport on June 27 upon arrival from Britain. His whereabouts are thus far unknown to his wife, two young children, family, friends and colleagues. - 7/7/09

Statement of Former Political Prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran
We former political prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran testify to the scarring effects –on the prisoners, their families and society as a whole—of physical and psychological torture. We have witnessed how, through the application of callous methods, prosecutors sought to break down the sense of identity and human integrity of their 'subjects'. - 7/7/09

Key Iran cleric's party dismisses vote results
A day after commanders of the Revolutionary Guard warned there was no middle ground in the dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the political party of one of Iran's most powerful clerics Monday defiantly issued a statement dismissing the vote. The statement by the Kargozaran party all but cleared away weeks of ambiguity about the stance of the cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. -LA Times - 7/7/09

Iranian dissenters embark on campaign of covert civil disobedience
People are buying mobile phone pay-as-you-go cards from secondary servers instead of using the state-run service. They are boycotting goods advertised on IRIB, the monopoly state broadcaster, or in state-controlled newspapers, and banks controlled by the regime, the Revolutionary Guards, the Basij volunteer militia or any other branch of their repressive Government. -Times Online - 7/7/09

Photos: Norwegian bikers in Qom, Iran
Following photos are from a group of bikers from Norway touring the city of Qom in Iran. The bikers are visiting Qom as part of a "cultural dialogue" tour. -Photos by Mohammad Akhlaghi, ISNA - 7/7/09

G8: Press Iran on Rights, Free Expression
Leaders of the G8 group of industrialized nations meeting in L'Aquila, Italy on July 8, 2009, should condemn the violent attacks on peaceful protests, hundreds of arbitrary arrests, and harsh interrogations in Iran in the aftermath of the disputed June elections, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/7/09

U.S. Department of State'sTravel Warning for Iran
The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran . Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran . American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and carefully consider non-essential travel. - 7/7/09

A generational divide typical of Iranian American families
Avesta, a 70-year-old Iranian expatriate, says elections are meaningless in a nation run by mullahs. Pouneh, his 24-year-old daughter, voted for Mousavi, hoping he could bring change to the country. -LA Times - 7/7/09

Obama shrewdly deprives Iran of usual scapegoat: 'Great Satan'
The revolutionary underpinnings of the Islamic Republic are unraveling. President Barack Obama has inconveniently deprived Tehran of its scapegoat: the ever meddling "Great Satan." Considering his success in disarming Islamic fundamentalists, the worst thing he could do for his Iran strategy and for the long-term interests of the Iranian people would be to intervene in Iran's internal crisis of legitimacy. -Christopher Feld - 7/7/09

Iran's Supreme Leader Blasts Alleged 'Western Meddling' in Iran
Iran analyst Mehrdad Khonsari of the London-based Center for Arab and Iranian Studies, thinks the Ayatollah's warnings are aimed at the upcoming G-8 summit, and are intended to signal that Iran's future cooperation is contingent on Western behavior - 7/7/09

Women in protests: head scarves and rocks
For years, women’s defiance in Iran came in carefully planned flashes of hair under their head scarves, brightly painted fingernails and trendy clothing that could be glimpsed under bulky coats and cloaks. But these small acts of rebellion against the theocratic government have been quickly eclipsed in the wake of the disputed June 12 presidential elections. -Bennington Banner - 7/7/09

Iran deploys fresh warships to Gulf of Aden
Iran has sent two more warships to protect merchant vessels in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden. The Iranian Navy has deployed two warships to the Gulf of Aden to help preserve shipping security in the pirate-infested waters. - 7/7/09

Crackdown Forces Iran’s Artists to Mute Anger Over Election
Hanaei, 31, says he watched last month’s protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election without taking part. He would prefer to see peaceful, organic change. “I am against any form of censorship, against limitations on book publishing and on intellectual pursuit,” says Hanaei. “But I think the greatest damage to the country today would be to have another revolution and have to start all over again.” -Bloomberg - 7/7/09

Ottawa rescinds Iran's Canada Day invitation
Canada hardened its stance toward Iran on Thursday, denouncing the Islamic republic's appointment of a widely feared prosecutor to interrogate arrested reformists, and rescinding a Canada Day invitation that had been extended to Iranian envoys in Ottawa. -Canada.com - 7/7/09

Freedom Glory Project: Iranian-American musicians, artists, and filmmakers united in keeping the struggle for freedom alive
"Freedom, Glory, Be Our Name" is dedicated to the people of Iran and the citizens of the world who stand with them. - 7/6/09

From Enthusiasm to Shock: Western Media Coverage of Iran's Election
The Iranian authorities presumably wanted to try to prove there was such a thing as "theocratic democracy". They were keen to see a strong turnout and a lot of media coverage in order to demonstrate their own legitimacy and strong electoral support for the government's policies and hard-line stance against the West. -Majid Mohammadi, New York - 7/6/09

A Journalist’s ‘Actual Responsibility’
I confess that, out of Iran, I am bereft. I have been thinking about the responsibility of bearing witness. It can be singular, still. Interconnection is not presence. A chunk of me is back in Tehran, between Enquelab (Revolution) and Azadi (Freedom), where I saw the Iranian people rise in the millions to reclaim their votes and protest the violation of their Constitution. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 7/6/09

Iran's Revolutionary Guard acknowledges taking a bigger role in nation's security
Opposition figures and protesters are preparing for massive nationwide rallies called for Thursday, the 10th anniversary of a 1999 attack by pro-government militiamen on the dormitories of Tehran University that led to weeks of political unrest. The Basiji militia, which was formally placed under the command of the Revolutionary Guard earlier this year, is also said to be mobilizing to crack down on the demonstrators. -Borzou Daragahi, LA Times - 7/6/09

A Mother's Lament
If NEWSWEEK correspondent Maziar Bahari were not being held in a Tehran prison without formal charges, without access to a lawyer, without being allowed to see even his mother, there would be no one better to tell the story of an Iranian like him and the tragedies that his family has suffered in the last few years. - 7/6/09

Brazil defeats Iran in Futsal Grand Prix
Iran finished second in the 5th edition of Futsal Grand Prix after being badly beaten by Brazil on Sunday. In the final match held at the Newton de Faria Hall, Brazil easily defeated Iran 7-1 and showed once again they are the best in the world. - 7/6/09

Photos: Dust clouds in Tehran and Qazvin
Dust clouds covered much of west, southwest, central, and northwest of Iran on Sunday and brought life to standstill in some western cities. In some cities the visibility was very poor and some citizens were wearing masks for safety. Following photos show the impact of the dust in the capital city Tehran and the city of Qazvin. -Photos by Arash Khamooshi and Sina Shiri, ISNA - 7/6/09

Exhibition: "Made in Iran" in London
Made in Iran is a group show, providing a rare chance to see some of the most exciting work by young contemporary artists currently living and working in the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. Opening at Asia House on 23rd June, the exhibition celebrates the vibrancy of this new generation of artists, revealing how they reconcile their artistic practice with working in a post-revolutionary landscape dominated by a complex political and religious hegemony. - 7/6/09

Iran football team wins bronze at Asian Youth Games
Iran beat China on Monday and won the bronze medal of 1st Asian Youth Games. In the match held at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Iran defeated China 2-0 and finished third in the event. - 7/6/09

In the Spotlight: Iranian Leaders at Nonprofit Organizations
This month, PARSA Community Foundation focuses on nonprofit organizations that support non-Iranian causes and are led or founded by Iranians. We sought to better understand what motivates each leader to serve their cause. With a diverse list of personal motivations, these leaders continue to inspire others with their service, advocacy, and focus on making a positive difference in the world. - 7/6/09

US Vice President Backs Israel's Right to Preemptive Military Action
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Israel is entitled to decide for itself how best to respond to Iran's growing nuclear capabilities. Mr. Biden also says America's willingness to engage in dialogue with Iran is unchanged, despite Tehran's violent crackdown on demonstrators following last month's disputed presidential vote. - 7/6/09

Despite Crisis, Policy on Iran Is Engagement
President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in separate interviews this weekend, said that the accelerating crackdown on opposition leaders in Iran in recent days would not deter them from seeking to engage the country’s top leadership in direct negotiations. -IHT - 7/6/09

Consolidating the Electoral Coup in Iran
In the aftermath of the electoral coup in Iran, the push forward by the people to force the state authorities to submit to some accountability, openly questioning the legitimacy of the state in the process, has caused a great deal of fear in both ruling factions. But, more critically, in order to consolidate the coup, the Khamenei-Ahmadinejad faction has to move carefully, so as not to inflame more intense hatred and discord among the ruling factions themselves. -Reza Fiyouzat - 7/6/09

We are all Iranians
Iran's endogenous civil-rights movement needs international solidarity, not political meddling. Academics, universities and non-governmental organizations can help. -Nature - 7/6/09

Feminist waves in the Iranian Green Tsunami?
As pictures of women, young and old, religious and non-religious, have plastered our Internet and TV screens chanting and bleeding for a recount in what many in Iran believe has been a fraudulent presidential election result in June 2009, their extraordinary heroism and sheer numbers have awaken the international media to the sizable female presence in the Iranian Green Movement -Golbarg Bashi - 7/6/09

Official process underway to deliver Iran diplomats to Iraq: ambassador
In January 2007 the US forces in Iraq raided Iran's consulate in the northern city of Arbil and detained five staff members. The diplomats have been held in the US custody since then. Iran's ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi said official process is underway for the delivery of the abducted Iranian diplomats to Iraqi government. -ISNA - 7/6/09

July 25, A Global Day of Solidarity: Stand with the Iranian People
On Saturday July 25, people around the world have the opportunity to support the people of Iran in their struggle for democracy, freedom and basic human rights by attending rallies in dozens of cities around the world. - 7/5/09

Iranian Clerics Protest Election Results
A group of leading Iranian clerics has criticized the results of the country's disputed presidential election. In a statement released Sunday, clerics from the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qom said Iran's official electoral watchdog, the Guardian Council, failed to adequately investigate claims of vote rigging by the opposition. - 7/5/09

Haystack: A Program to Provide Unfiltered Internet Access in Iran to be Released
Today Austin Heap and Daniel Colascione announced the upcoming release of a new program to provide unfiltered internet access to the people of Iran. In the next week, they will release a software package for Windows, Mac and Unix systems called "Haystack" which specifically targets the Iranian government's web filtering mechanisms. - 7/5/09

Dust clouds Iran; Iraq deserts blamed
The dust originating from the Iraqi deserts has so far inundated west, southwest, central, and northwest of Iran. The dust has brought life to standstill in some western cities including Marivan and Ban'e in Kordestan province. The air flights to Mahshar, Ahvaz, Yasouj, , Kermanshah, and Sanandaj have all also been canceled. - 7/5/09

Iranian Details Alleged Fraud
Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leading opposition candidate in last month's disputed election, released documents Saturday detailing a campaign of alleged fraud by supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that assured his reelection, while an adviser to Iran's supreme leader accused Mousavi of treason. -Washington Post - 7/5/09

The Second Announcement of Mourning Mothers: The mourning continues
The silent mourning of mothers on Saturday June 27th 2009 in Laleh Park in Tehran was violently suppressed by security forces. A number of mothers and young women attending this peaceful gathering were detained by the security forces. - 7/5/09

Nargess Mohammadi: We Now Have to Speak of Hope and Love
If one day we realize the goals of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, that will be a day of victory for human kind. If one day, humans can, without fear, insecurity, prison or death, express their beliefs and thoughts, and through peaceful means set out to publish those beliefs, authoritarianism will be undermined. But until that day, all those who hope for freedom will have a difficult road ahead. - 7/5/09

The coup in Iran must not stand
While a coup is seldom a feature of factional politics in most Middle Eastern countries, the conspiracy against Mousavi is only the latest in a series of plots historically directed against reformist elements in Iran. -Jalal Alavi - 7/5/09

Rafsanjani doubts Iranians 'satisfied' with election aftermath
A former Iranian president who backed the top opposition leader in last month's disputed elections has delivered strong and carefully worded support of the grass-roots protest movement, saying he doubts "any wakened consciousness would be satisfied with the resulting situation." -CNN - 7/5/09

Iran to compete in the US blind weightlifting tournament
Iran's blind and partially blind weightlifting national team is to leave for the US on Sunday to attend Miami international tournament. - 7/5/09

Iran Signals Fresh Media Clampdown
The head of Iran's judiciary has called for the prosecution of people working for increasingly influential anti-establishment satellite TV channels and websites, state television reported. "The daily growth of anti-regime satellite channels and...websites needs serious measures to confront this phenomenon," it quoted a circular issued by Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi as saying. -Reuters - 7/5/09

Analysis: Iran crisis set to rage on
Three weeks after Iran was shaken by its most serious unrest since the 1979 revolution, the dust seems to have settled. On the face of it, Tehran and other Iranian cities now look much as they did before the 12 June elections. So does that mean everything is back to normal, and nothing has changed? That seems unlikely. -BBC - 7/5/09

Reading Independence Day in Iran
American and Iranian revolutionary traditions surprisingly have much in common. When Americans celebrate the 4th of July, they often forget that the core purpose of the famous document penned by Thomas Jefferson was to declare independence from Great Britain. Had the colonies failed in that struggle for freedom to govern themselves, the Declaration of Independence’s famous “unalienable” rights to equality, liberty, and life would have been rendered not self-evident. -Wm. Scott Harrop and R.K. Ramazani - 7/4/09

How Could Iran's Hard-Liners Choose The Next Supreme Leader?
For the last 20 years, the supreme leader has been Ali Khamenei, a man who has never enjoyed that unquestioned status. Khamenei's problems stem from the fact that he was an unlikely choice from the beginning. He did not have the religious preeminence that underpinned Khomeini's central concept for an Islamic state: that it be led by the country's most learned Islamic jurist. -Mazyar Mokti, Charles Recknagel, RFE/RL - 7/4/09

Iranian Newspaper Accuses Opposition Leader of Treason
An editorial Saturday in the conservative daily Kayhan accuses Mr. Mousavi of working with foreign governments after he was defeated in last month's presidential vote. It accuses the former prime minister of acting on orders from the United States to incite the post-election riots. - 7/4/09

Iran, Brazil to hold Futsal Grand Prix final
Iran defeated Czech Republic at the Goiania Arena on Saturday and qualified for the final game of the 5th edition of Futsal Grand Prix. Iran was held to a 4-4 draw against Czech Republic but defeated its rival 4-1 in a penalty shootout and advanced to the final game. - 7/4/09

Camp Ayandeh 2009: Agree. Disagree. Don't Know
Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? “Racism is still a major problem in America today.” -Taraneh Aminian - 7/4/09

Iran Lawyer Says Reformers Held On Security Charges
Several leading reformists detained after last month's disputed presidential election have been accused of acting against national security, a Iranian lawyer has said. Saleh Nikbakht said he was the lawyer for prominent figures including former Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, former government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, and a former senior member of parliament, Mohsen Mirdamadi. -Reuters - 7/4/09

Literatures of Resistance: An Afternoon in Solidarity with the People of Iran
Saturday June 11 at Bowery Poetry Club in New york: Join us as these and other artists of conscience bear witness, in poetry and music, to the struggle for democracy in Iran. Readings and performances by: Rana Farhan, Eleanor Wilner, Luis Francia, D. Nurske, Said Sayrafiezadeh, The Tehran-Dakar Brothers, Roger Sedarat, Amir Parsa, Dalia Sofer, Niloufar Talebi and more! - 7/4/09

Iran brings formal charges against UK embassy official
A British embassy employee is to stand trial in Tehran for "acting against national security" — a dramatic escalation in Iran's campaign to blame Britain for protests against disputed election results. -Guardian - 7/4/09

Ghotbi extends contract with Iran Football Federation
In a session held on Wednesday at the Iran Football Federation with the participation of Ali Kafashian, IFF president, Mehdi Taj, IFF vice-president, and Mehdi Haj-Bagher, Ghotbi’s agent, it was agreed that the coach will lead the national team to the end of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup - 7/4/09

EU Recalls Iranian Envoys in British Embassy Dispute
European Union nations have summoned Iranian ambassadors to protest the detention of British Embassy staff in Tehran. Officials say EU members agreed to the move Friday at a meeting in Brussels. EU officials are considering additional measures including visa bans on Iranian officials. - 7/3/09

Iran's Ultra-Conservatives May See Chance To Revive 'Wilting' Revolution
The hard-line camp of Iran's ruling establishment has so far quashed a major challenge by reformists. The fight has gone to the streets and at least 20 people have been killed by official count. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei -- who has frequently backed the hard-liners -- is ill, and a succession battle looms. Will the hard-liners leave the choice of the next supreme leader to chance? - 7/3/09

I Must Go Home to Iran Again
Six years ago, I went to listen to a man, whom I will not name, in a café in Paris. He said it had been 24 years since he had been back to Iran, that he had to leave right after the revolution of 1979 for political reasons. He talked of many things, and he ended by saying: “Once you leave your homeland, you can live anywhere, but I refuse to die anywhere other than Iran — or else my life will have had no meaning.” -Marjane Satrapi, NY Times - 7/3/09

Camp Ayandeh 2009: Rhythm of the Drum
The morning kicked off the first day of activity booths, activities designed to give campers the opportunity to experience and learn different aspects of Iranian culture. Campers were divided into groups that throughout the week will rotate through six stations addressing Iranian literature, cinema, games, music, life in Iran, and public speaking. - 7/3/09

Let the Usurpers Writhe
Two weeks after Iran’s ballot-box putsch, mysteries still envelop it. Why have a pre-electoral freedom-fest, bring hundreds of journalists to Tehran to witness it, then put on a horror show, throwing them into jail or out of the country? Everything I saw — the sheer brazen clumsiness of the vote theft and its hysterical, club-wielding aftermath — suggest a last-minute decision. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 7/3/09

Statement in solidarity with the people of Iran in their struggle for democracy and freedom
In the last few weeks the world has witnessed extensive and savage suppression of peaceful protests of hundreds of thousands of Iranian people triggered off by the blatant theft of the June presidential elections. - 7/3/09

Iranian Student Leader: 'First They Kill, Then They Count'
Over the past two weeks more than 1,000 reformist figures, political activists, journalists, students, and critics have been arrested in Iran. Some have been forced to make false confessions while others are reportedly under pressure. A number of activists have been forced into hiding because of the crackdown. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to one of them, a student leader, who discussed the postelection crisis and the future of the "Green" movement. - 7/3/09

Keeping hope alive in Iran
Mousavi's criticism of the Iran regime is no longer about the election – it's about the future of the opposition movement -Baqer Moin, Guardian - 7/3/09

Election Lawyer Statement in Support of the People of Iran
As election lawyers, we wish to express our support for the People of the Islamic Republic of Iran and stand in solidarity with their desire for free, fair and honest elections. Regardless of our individual political affiliations, we stand as one in support of the right of people everywhere to peacefully decide issues, form and direct their leadership and petition their own representative government through an unfettered ballot box. - 7/3/09

Iran Pursuing Doctor Who Helped Neda, But Interpol Denies Knowledge
Iran's police chief says a doctor who was present at the death of a young Iranian woman during opposition street protests in Tehran is under investigation by both Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and by the international policy agency Interpol. - 7/3/09

MESA's letter to Ayatollah Khamenei on the developments in Iran
to voice CAF's serious concern over the murders, mass arrests, brutal beatings, and widespread harassment of Iranian university students in the aftermath of the June 12, 2009, disputed Iranian presidential elections and the ransacking of university dormitories by security forces in a number of cities. In particular, we are extremely alarmed by the confirmed killing of at least 5 unarmed students at the Tehran University dormitory complex - 7/3/09

FBI Releases Details of 2004 Talks with Saddam Hussein
U.S. security records reveal that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein told U.S. federal agents in 2004 that he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he did not want to appear weak to Iran. - 7/3/09

Achievements
Despite the expected approval of the results of the election by the Guardian Council, what is achieved so far is fantastic. First achievement, the solidarity of Iranians throughout the world. Second, re-gaining of our Iranian international respect and prestige. Third, learning about the people around, from neighbors to colleagues, relatives … Fourth, the collapse of censorship for a short period in pre-election days. The fifth which hopefully will continue and deepen is the growth of understanding and thus forgiveness of the ignorant brainwashed militia... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 7/2/09

Many Religious Figures Critical Of Iran Election Results: Cleric
In Iran, Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri, the former Friday Prayers leader in the city of Isfahan, recently described the reelection of Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad as "illegitimate" and "tyrannical." In recent days, a number of other Iranian clerics have stepped up to criticize the official election result and the ensuing crackdown on peaceful protesters. - 7/2/09

Camp Ayandeh 2009: And So It Begins...
Khosh Amadid! Today is the day that all staff and counselors have been eagerly awaiting. Campers from all over the country – California, Georgia, New York, and everywhere in between – arrived as the first day of Camp Ayandeh commenced. -Taraneh Aminian - 7/2/09

Former Iranian President: Election 'Coup' Against Democracy
Former Iranian president and leading reformist Mohammad Khatami says the outcome of Iran's disputed presidential election is a "coup" against democracy. Khatami also accused Iran's government of suppressing the rights of people to protest the election results. His statement Wednesday comes two days after Iran's powerful Guardian Council upheld the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 7/2/09

Book - Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art
Long considered a bastion of creativity in the region, Iran is currently experiencing a remarkable artistic revival in the middle of the most challenging of circumstances. Iranian artists - whether based inside or outside the country - are creating remarkable works that reflect their country's social and political environment, while incorporating their own personal worldviews and those of their adopted homelands. - 7/2/09

NEWSWEEK issues Statement on Maziar Bahari and calls for his immediate release
An Iranian state news agency reports that Bahari has said he participated in a Western media effort to promote irresponsible reporting in Iran. NEWSWEEK strongly disputes that charge, and defends Bahari's work. Maziar Bahari is a veteran journalist whose long career, both in print and in documentary filmmaking, has been accurate, even-handed, and widely respected. - 7/2/09

Crackdown In Iran Spawns Creative Forms Of Dissent
It's been more than a week since protesters last took to the streets of Tehran in their tens of thousands. Protesters are finding other ways to air their views, even amid a clampdown on the media. They include turning on car headlights or honking horns. Or releasing homemade green balloons from rooftops. And there are new underground newspapers being passed among protesters and cropping up on the Internet. - 7/2/09

Holland's Persian artists in SOLIDARITY with their People
Persian artists in the Netherlands will present poems, music, stories, and film in Amsterdam to show their solidarity with those in Iran. The event will be held at Mozes & Aaronkerk on Sunday, July 5th, 2009, at 15:00 with an introduction by the Dutch journalist Renate van der Zee. - 7/2/09

Sadeq Larijani To Replace Shahroudi As Iran's Judiciary Chief: Sources
After serving almost ten years as the Judiciary chief, many say Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi will soon be replaced by Guardian Council member Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the Mehr News Agency has learned. - 7/2/09

Iran's Opposition Down but Not Out
Tehran's streets, in which hundreds of thousands of demonstrators thronged two weeks ago, have largely gone quiet. Small-scale demonstrations are still staged every couple of days, but the regime has effectively reasserted control through its willingness to use violence, and the threat of violence, against those protesting the disputed election result. But the absence of protesters from the streets doesn't signal an end to the political crisis that has roiled the regime -TIME - 7/2/09

Brown: Iran Using Britain as Scapegoat for Political Unrest
The diplomatic row between Tehran and London continues to rumble. Speaking during prime minister's question time in the House of Commons, Gordon Brown said he believed some elements in Iran are using Britain as an excuse not to allow totally lawful demonstrations to go ahead. - 7/2/09

Lyrical voices hail Iranians from overseas
Watching the election protests in their homeland, an Iran-born mother and daughter -- a poet and a singer -- are part of a growing expatriate artistic movement. Partow Nooriala, a poet, and Shahrzad Sepanlou, a singer, are lifting their voices in the diaspora to support their people's freedom once again. -LA Times - 7/2/09

Swedes Launch EU Presidency With Plea To Iran
Sweden found its diplomatic prowess tested on the very first morning of its European Union Presidency as relations between Iran and the bloc appear to be heading into free fall. EU diplomats say member states are calling for a temporary mass pullout of the bloc's ambassadors from Tehran in protest over the arrests of nine of the British Embassy's Iranian staff on charges of sedition last week. - 7/2/09

Russia Still Opposes US Plan for Missile Shield in Eastern Europe
Russia strongly opposes the U.S. plan to station a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. That issue will be discussed during the upcoming summit meeting in Moscow between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev. - 7/2/09

Iran Opposition Leaders Speak Amid Crackdown
Iranian opposition figures re-emerged to accuse the government of a virtual coup against its people and plan a new political party, even as the regime hardened its crackdown on opponents and accused them of endangering national security. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 7/2/09

Nick Ferrari quits show on Iran-funded Press TV channel
Ferrari quit his Press TV show following what he claims, according to today's Times, was a shift in what had been "reasonably fair" coverage after the election on 12 June. -Guardian - 7/2/09

Made for Revolution: Iran and Us
Iran’s social contradictions have once more erupted into conflict. It does not help for us to wave the flag of intervention, or even to throw our support between one or the other camp in this current situation. Mass action within Iran is now a well-developed institution. The best solidarity from afar is to be analytical, not emotional about what is occurring. -Vijay Prashad, Counterpunch - 7/2/09

U.S. Human Rights Activists Urge Action Against Tehran
Hundreds of human rights activists, intellectuals, civil society leaders, opposition political activists, students, and journalists have been arbitrarily detained in Iran since the disputed June 12 presidential election. An unknown but substantial number have also been killed and injured. - 7/1/09

Asian Youth Games: Iran Storms into Football Semi-Finals
Thailand were sent packing from the football competition by table-toppers Iran, who beat them 4-0 at Temasek Polytechnic. The final group match encounter saw Iran dominate the play and come out easy victors to top Group A with nine points. - 7/1/09

Human Chain in Toronto and other rallies in Canada in solidarity with the people in Iran
Iranian-Canadians have proven that they will not sit still and will continue supporting their brothers and sisters in Iran in their fight for democracy. People in different Canadian cities came out last week again to let the world hear the cry of Iranians for freedom and equality in Iran. From prior to the recent uprisings, June 26th had already been declared as a day of international solidarity with workers in Iran. -Salam Toronto - 7/1/09

Chancellor denies asking police to enter University of Tehran dormitory
University of Tehran Chancellor Farhad Rahbar rejected claims on Tuesday that he had asked the police to enter the university's dormitory on June 15. Kouhkan, a leading MP in the conservative camp, said, "Rahbar himself had asked the security forces to enter the University of Tehran's dormitory in order to maintain the security." - 7/1/09

Iran: Release Disabled Reformist
Harsh interrogation conditions and inadequate medical care are threatening the life of the detained prominent Iranian reformist Saeed Hajjarian, Human Rights Watch said today. - 7/1/09

Iran advances to Futsal Grand Prix quarter-final
Iran gained a tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday but clinched the top spot in Group B and qualified for the quarter-final round of the Brazil Futsal Grand Prix. - 7/1/09

Interview: 'Iranians Have Inspired People Around the World'
Iran's postelection crisis and the protests by many Iranians calling for change have generated a lot of media interest around the world, especially in the United States, where a number of popular websites have been live blogging the events in Iran. One of these websites is "The Huffington Post," - 7/1/09

Teach-In on Iran in Los Angeles: Uprising Of The Human Spirit - Peaceful Evolution not Bloody Revolution
Thursday, July 2 - Come learn what's really going on in Iran; bring your questions and curiosities - Panel: Narges Erami, Amitis Motevalli, Nasrin Rahimieh, Muhammad Sahimi, Ali Shakeri - 7/1/09

Basij militia calls for Mousavi to be prosecuted over post-election unrest
Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi today became the target of the notorious Basij militia as it called for him to be prosecuted for his role in the greatest political unrest in Iran since the Islamic revolution. -Guardian - 7/1/09

New Bipartisan Measure Targets Companies Selling Sensitive Technology to the Government of Iran
On June 26th, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced their plan to introduce legislation which would place restrictions on companies that sell the Iranian government sensitive electronic equipment that could be used to spy on their citizens. - 7/1/09

Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics
Music performances on July 11-12: The eight-story-high Ann Hamilton Tower took 12 years to plan, design, and build, requiring 2000 tons of concrete. Windows of various shapes and sizes let in light and allow sound to be heard outside the tower walls as well. - 7/1/09

Iranian girl wins gold in Asian Youth Games
Iran's Nazanin Golahmadi claimed the gold medal in the shot put event of the 1st Asian Youth Games on Wednesday. The 15-year-old shot putter defeated Fatima Omar Ba from Qatar in the girls' shot put finals earning the first gold medal for her country. - 7/1/09

"Gas OPEC" to select secretary general in October
Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) failed to elect its secretary general postponing the topic to the October meeting. The 8th ministerial meeting of the GECF was to introduce the secretary general of the forum but left it for October because some member states asked for more time to make their choice. - 7/1/09

Israel's Navy Arrest Human Right Activists On Spirit Of Humanity Boat
Call your Congressperson and your Senators today. Ask them to call the Israeli Embassy and to call the U.S. State Department demanding that the boat and its occupants be released, together with their humanitarian cargo, and that they be allowed to dock in Gaza. - 7/1/09
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