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Photos: As Old as Water Itself - the Mandaeans of Iran, followers of John the Baptist
Ancient baptism ritual still performed in southwestern province. These pictures offer a rare glimpse into the lives and religious practices of the Mandaean community in Iran. - 7/31/10

Iranian expats scientific network to be launched
Of the participants in the second round of the event, 400 are living in the US, 190 in Britain, 97 in Germany, 49 in Canada, 28 in France, 12 in Denmark and 11 in Malaysia. - 7/31/10

Iranian parliament challenges Ahmadinejad government
Ali Larijani, head of Iran's parliament says that he is ready to "confront the government through legal channels" if they refuse to send their legislation to the parliament for review. - 7/31/10

Poll Finds Dwindling Support for Govt
A recent poll conducted by a credible Iranian university centre concerning the post-election events of 2009 has found that 56 percent of participants believe President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's popularity has declined over the past year, while just 22 percent believe it has increased. - 7/31/10

Iranian reformists challenge hardline cleric's "ironclad immunity"
Iranian reformist group, Islamic Iran Participation Front issued a statement saying Ayatollah Jannati must enjoy "Ironclad immunity" since none of the lawsuits against him get processed. - 7/31/10

Photos: Equestrian Games in East Azarbaijan
Equestrian competition were held on Friday afternoon in the East Azerbaijan's Khajeh region located 30 kilometers from Tabriz. - 7/31/10

Old Persian Recordings
In April 1909, a group of eight accomplished Iranian musicians and singers traveled to London at the invitation of the Gramophone Company. In the course of 12 days, they recorded more than 200 pieces of music - 7/31/10

Tehran - 100 Works-100 Artists sells 38 artworks on opening day
Led by Sohrab Sepehri's pen and ink roaster priced at 1.28 billion rials (about $128,000), the expo opened Friday displaying 250 items by 191 artists. - 7/31/10

Earthquake Rocks Southeastern Iran
A relatively strong earthquake rocked southeastern Iran, Saturday, a day after a 5.7 magnitude quake shook a northeastern province, injuring at least 170 people. - 7/31/10

5.8 quake shakes Iran, no word on casualties
Saturday's earthquake came only a day after a magnitude 5.7 quake injured 170 people in the northeast city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh, damaging several villages in the region and temporarily disrupting communications. - Washington Post. - 7/31/10

Iranian Americans Named to The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People 2010
Iranian Americans Alexis Latifi and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have been profiled in The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People 2010. Every year, The Hill, a local media outlet specializing in news from inside the Beltway, chooses 50 individuals who work on Capitol Hill - be they Senators, Representatives or staffers - deemed good looking. -NIAC - 7/30/10

Testing for Iranian Students Reinstated but Sanctions Concerns Linger
Exams that are required for students to study abroad have been reinstated in Iran after being disrupted temporarily by US and UN sanctions. The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) welcomes this news, but is concerned that this is just one example of how broad new sanctions will invariably punish innocent Iranians. - 7/30/10

Iran finishes 3rd in IPC World Powerlifting Championships
Iran finished in third place at the International Paralympic Council (IPC) World Powerlifting Championships on Friday. Egypt won the championship with 72 points, China became runner-up scoring 66 points, and Iran was third with 64 points. -MNA - 7/30/10

Iranian opposition leader slams the accusing hardliner
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi lashed out against accusations from hardliner, Ahmad Jannati for saying that Iranian opposition leaders were in receipt of financial support from the US. - 7/30/10

Toronto brothers peddle Pink Floyd in attempt to smash Iranian 'Wall'
A Pink Floyd cover sung by Iranian brothers living in Toronto has become an anthem for young people in Iran dissenting against their government. - 7/30/10

Iran's Wishful Thinking As Sanctions Take Hold
How could a country with 10 percent of the world's known oil reserves (No. 3 after Saudi Arabia and Canada) and 15 percent of natural-gas reserves (No. 2 after Russia) rank 101st in terms of foreign direct investment? -Reza Taghizadeh, RFE - 7/30/10

Interview: Mothers Say U.S. Hikers' Yearlong Detention 'Outrageous'
On July 31, 2009, three Americans were arrested by Iranian forces after they purportedly strayed across the Iranian border while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shane Bauer, 27; Sarah Shourd, 31; and Josh Fattal, 27, have been held in Iran ever since, without charges, and are currently in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. -RFE - 7/30/10

Iranian Journalists Voice Concern For Imprisoned Colleague
More than 90 journalists have written an open letter to Tehran's chief prosecutor expressing concern over the imprisonment of their colleague Abdolreza Tajik and demanding his release, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/30/10

Aussies beat Iranians in Basketball and Water Polo
Iran suffered its third successive defeat in basketball at the Stankovic Continental Cup 2010 in Liuzhou City on Friday. The Iranians also lost to the Australians on the third day of the 14th FINA Water Polo World Cup on Thursday night. -MNA - 7/30/10

Iranian engineers overhaul Airbus jetliner
Iranian engineers successfully overhauled an Airbus A300-600 aircraft, Iran Air's managing director said on Thursday. -MNA - 7/30/10

Doctors Help Iranian Boy Born With Half a Face
Eleven-year-old Mohammad Karimi will spend his summer like many other boys his age -- hiking, swimming and attending summer camp. But unlike many of his peers in upstate New York, the pre-teen nicknamed "Mo" will be recovering from his 19th facial surgery, an effort by doctors to repair congenital deformities that nearly killed him at birth. -AOL News - 7/30/10

Australia to Impose Nuclear Sanctions on Iran
Australia says it will impose new sanctions on Iran, joining the United States, Canada, European Union, and United Nations. -VOA - 7/30/10

Iran: The Old Cradle of Civilization
Once again they've put those papers in front of me. Once again I should confess what I did and did not do! Once again I should say: Yes, I sinned. Please, have mercy on me and forgive my youthful follies, while deep down I am furiously screaming: I have done nothing wrong. -Khorshid - 7/29/10

Battle of Wills Over Top Iranian University
President Ahmadinejad has so far failed to wrest control of academic institution he accuses of backing his opponents. A temporary ceasefire has been called in the long-running battle between two Iranian political heavyweights to control the Islamic Azad University, following the intervention of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Raha Tahami, Mianeh - 7/29/10

Photos: Women Firefighters in Karaj, Iran
For the last eight years, women in Karaj, Iran, have been working side-by-side with men at the fire department doing all they can to save the lives of their fellow citizens. These women who are now considered professionals in their field, act in a manner that hardly anyone pays attention to their gender. Also, hijab hasn't restricted these women in actively participating in their firefighting tasks and other rescue efforts. -Ashraf Tabatabaei - 7/29/10

Iran, Turkey and Israel: New Global Realities
As the result of the Islamic Revolution in 1978-79 Iran witnessed the massive and unprecedented transformation of the most stable and the most pro-Western country into a virulently anti-American and anti-Israeli state. Massive demonstrations in the streets of Tehran and other cities led to the collapse of the 36-year reign of Mohammad Reza Shah and the 58-year reign of the two Pahlavis. -Farhang Jahanpour - 7/29/10

Iran: 16 Political Detainees Go On Hunger Strike
Sixteen detainees in section 350 of Evin Prison have reportedly started a hunger strike. Kaleme website reports that these sixteen individuals who were transferred to solitary confinement have started a hunger strike in protest to their transfer. -Zamaneh - 7/29/10

Iranian political detainee in imminent danger of execution
Nasim Qanavi, Kazemi's attorney, confirmed the news and told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her request to review the case has been denied and at the moment there is no other legal avenue to save the life of Jafar Kazemi. -Zamaneh - 7/29/10

Iranian Social Networking, Hard-Line Style
"The website of the followers of Khamenei has been created. Please enter with your hijab and after completing your ablution." With that Facebook post, 29-year-old Iranian Ahmad heralded the arrival of a new social networking site, called Velayatmadaran, launched by the Iranian establishment. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/29/10

US 'Fully Prepared' for New Nuclear Talks With Iran
The State Department said Wednesday the United States is "fully prepared" to take part along with other major powers in new talks with Iran about its nuclear program. Iran this week expressed renewed interest in discussing a proposed trade of its low-enriched uranium for foreign fuel for a Tehran research reactor. -VOA - 7/29/10

Tehran's Revolution Square 'Conquered By Zionist Regime'
The Iranian hard-line website "Seratnews" says that Tehran's Revolution Square is nowadays covered with hundreds of Stars of David and that the central square has been "conquered by the Zionist regime." The website claims that the "stars" are part of a newly built monument at the square. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/29/10

Iran Oil Minister Says Petrol Production Will Be Increased
Iranian oil minister, Massoud MirKazemi announced that Iranian petrochemical facilities are ready for the production of at least 15 million litres more of petrol per day. - 7/29/10

Explosion Rocks Japanese Oil Tanker Passing Through the Strait of Hormuz
A damaged Japanese oil tanker is headed back to the United Arab Emirates where officials hope to determine what caused an onboard explosion. Japan's transport ministry said the M. Star was passing through the Strait of Hormuz early Wednesday with about two million barrels of crude oil when the crew reported a blast. -VOA - 7/29/10

Ten Political Detainees Moved to Solitary in Tehran's Evin Prison
Ten Iranian political prisoners have reportedly been transferred to solitary confinement in section 350 of Evin Prison for protesting against being mistreated by the guards. - 7/28/10

U.S. Wrestling Team Arrives In Iran
The U.S. six-member freestyle wrestling team arrived Tuesday in Tehran to take part in the Imam-Ali Habibi Cup. -MNA - 7/28/10

Interview: Farah Pahlavi Recalls 30 Years In Exile
Shah Reza Pahlavi left Iran in December 1978 after 37 years in power. After living in Morocco, the United States, Mexico, and Panama, he went to Egypt where he died in a Cairo hospital on July 27, 1981. His body was laid to rest in the Al-Refai Mosque in Cairo. His wife, Farah Pahlavi, spoke to Radio Farda's Jean Khakzad about the incidents of those times. - 7/28/10

Cyber Wars in Iran
The internet is often seen as the domain of dissidents and free spirits. But the Iranian regime like many others has long recognised the importance of winning the virtual propaganda war, and the talk for the last couple of years has been of an "Iranian Cyber Army", a band of dedicated regime loyalists who attack opposition websites and other virtual targets. -Khashayar Nouri, Mianeh - 7/28/10

Iran: The Great Purge of Friday Prayer Leaders
One year after Iran's head of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered what became his last Friday prayer sermon - till today - 60 other Friday prayer leaders seem to be on their way out as well. -Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rooz Online - 7/28/10

Historical Iranian Church and Historical Scaffolds
St. Thaddeus Church, an Iranian site which was registered on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2008, has been marred by scaffolds and metal buttresses. The former Iranian government set up the scaffolds and buttresses over 30 years ago to restore the ceiling and the dome of the church - 7/28/10

Iranian President Talks Tough About New EU Sanctions
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top officials used tough language against new EU sanctions adopted against their country Monday, but signaled Tehran is prepared to resume negotiations on its controversial nuclear program in September. -VOA - 7/28/10

Iranian Exiles Struggle to Stay Involved
The Web keeps them involved with events inside Iran, easing some of the isolation of life in exile. Still, they can no longer directly confront the government in the Islamic republic, where widespread bloody repression has left the opposition Green Movement with an uncertain future. From Ankara, Turkey, to Oslo to New York, the exiles struggle to remain relevant, hoping that by reflecting on past experience they can somehow shape whatever future emerges. -NY Times - 7/28/10

WikiLeaks Founder Says "Evidence of War Crimes" in Afghan War Logs
The disclosure of a massive trove of classified military records documenting the Afghanistan war has ignited a firestorm and increased pressure on the White House to defend its military strategy. -Democracy Now - 7/28/10

Tehran Stock Exchange ranks 2nd in WFE rankings
The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) ranked Tehran Stock Exchange second in its most latest rankings based on bourse index and trade volume among WFE members. - 7/28/10

Who Voted for War With Iran, Mr. Obama?
House of Representatives resolution 1553, introduced by Congressional Republicans, and currently working its way through the system will endorse an Israeli attack on Iran, which would be going to war by proxy as the US would almost immediately be drawn into the conflict when Tehran retaliates. -American Conservative - 7/28/10

Iran, Iraq start new round of gas talks
Transferring Iran's natural gas to Iraqi power plants and transiting Iranian gas to European countries via Iraq are the main topics of the negotiations, the Mehr News Agency reported. -MNA - 7/28/10

Afghanistan government shuts down TV network
Najibollah Kabuli, member of Afghanistan's parliament and head of Emrooz television condemned the move saying that this action is a result of pressure from Shiite religious leaders and his own opposition to Iranian policies. -Zamaneh - 7/28/10

U.S. Students Making Progress in Persian: Popularity of language courses grows to record numbers
Persian is a hot subject on U.S. college campuses, with students registering for courses in the language in unprecedented numbers. Surveys of colleges and universities by the Modern Language Association have shown large gains in registration for classes in Persian: up 82 percent from fall 1998 to fall 2002, and up 82 percent again from fall 2002 to fall 2006. - 7/27/10

Opposition Leader Mousavi Reveals Untold Facts of the Iran-Iraq War
In his remarks, Mir Hossein Mousavi considered the attempt to eliminated political and labor organizations in order to recreate dictatorship and said: "During the last years of his regime, the second Pahlavi also announced that Rastakhiz party is the only allowed party in the country and we all saw what his fate was." - 7/27/10

Iran Condemns New EU Sanctions
On July 26, EU ministers in Brussels approved a list of measures intended to give bite to the UN-approved sanctions regime on Iran. The measures take advantage of the EU's position as Iran's largest foreign trading partner to apply the strongest financial leverage yet on Tehran to give up uranium enrichment -RFE - 7/27/10

Iranian Reformist Returns to Evin Prison
Prominent Iranian reform figure, Mohsen Aminzadeh returned to Evin Prison yesterday after five months of release on bail. -Zamaneh - 7/27/10

Iranians win gold in IPC World Powerlifting Championships
Iran's Hamzeh Mohammadi and Ali Nejatkhah claimed gold medals in the International Paralympic Council (IPC) World Powerlifting Championships on Tuesday. Also, Nejatkhah seized the gold in the junior 60 kg category for lifting 155kg. He was followed by Saeid Nasiri, also from Iran, who won the silver medal when he lifted 150 kg. - 7/27/10

Homay and the Mastan Ensemble Kickoff Their North American Tour 2010 at Walt Disney Concert Hall With "Soldiers/Sarbazan"
The highly acclaimed Iranian musical phenomenon Homay and the Mastan Ensemble return to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the third consecutive year on August 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. to perform the latest compositions by Parvaz Homay. - 7/27/10

Sohrab Sepehri's painting leads Tehran art sale
An exciting sale of Persian art is opening Friday at Tehran's Golestan Gallery, offering an impressive range of paintings, sculptures and calligraphy led by Sohrab Sepehri's pen and ink cock priced at 1.2 billion rials (about $120,000). - 7/27/10

Award-Winning Iranian Journalist Receives Jail Term
Emadeddin Baghi, award-winning Iranian journalist and head of the Association for the Defense of Detainee Rights was sentenced to a year in prison and a five-year ban from political and media activities. - 7/27/10

EU, Canada Impose Sanctions Against Iran
The European Union and Canada have imposed new sanctions against Iran that target the country's energy, foreign trade and banking sectors. Their sanctions aim in part to curb investment and trade in Iran's lucrative oil and gas industries. -VOA - 7/27/10

Turkish Influence Grows at Iran's Expense
When Turkey voted against additional United Nations sanctions on Iran last May, it seemed the relationship between Ankara and Tehran was stronger than ever. But Turkey's growing political and economic influence in the Middle East may be gradually pushing Iran to the political sidelines. -VOA - 7/27/10

Iranian reporter released from house arrest in Italy
Last December, Hamid Massouminejad and Ali Damirchilo along with five Italian nationals were arrested for the charge of "arms smuggling to Iran." Massouminejad's arrest was turned to house arrest in May. -Zamaneh - 7/27/10

Russia Slams Iran's Ahmadinejad For Being Overemotiona
Russia strongly denounced the remarks from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who stated that Russia was going on a leash of Western states. Ahmadinejad harshly criticized his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday, July 24. The Iranian leader disliked the statements, which Medvedev released on July 12. -Pravda - 7/27/10

'Convincing' Revolutionary Guards Who Support Green Movement 'Better Than Eliminating Them'
The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has officially acknowledged that some members have been supportive of the country's opposition movement. General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that it is better "to convince" guards who support the opposition than to get rid of them. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/26/10

Photos: Lamerd, Iran - Three days after being hit by quake
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake and 12 aftershocks hit villages of southern provinces of Fars and Hormozgan last week. Following photos show the region by the town of Lamerd in Fars province three days after it was stricken by the quake. -Abbas, Mohammadi, ISNA - 7/26/10

Iranian political prisoner warns he will take his case to international courts
Regarding the role of Mohseni Ezhei, the Prosecutor General, in tortures at the prisons, Saharkhiz writes in his open letter: "He is someone who has personally beaten and bashed detainees while at different posts - 7/26/10

Iran Calls On West To Settle Nuclear Dispute, As EU Adopts New Sanctions
Iran has said that the European Union and the United States should settle their nuclear dispute with Iran through a proposed fuel-swap deal, rather than imposing more sanctions. -RFE - 7/26/10

Iranian human rights lawyer under threat of arrest
Islamic Republic government has issued a warrant to arrest prominent human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai. Zamaneh was informed that Mostafai's wife and brother-in-law, Feresteh and Farhad Halimi were arrested Saturday night. - 7/26/10

Squeezing Iran: Sanctions and oil: Revolutionary Guards' empire
Iran has embarked on a remarkable - many would say bizarre - experiment in business management. Domination of a fairly sophisticated, energy-rich economy has been handed to a secretive military organisation that started out as a religious militia. -BBC - 7/26/10

Iranian political activist disappears in Tehran
Iranian national-religious activist Hoda Saber has disappeared since yesterday and his wife has informed Zamaneh that he might have been kidnapped. - 7/26/10

Exhibit in San Francisco: Passion Play by Mokhtar Paki
Mokhtar Paki was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as a visual artist and teacher. His work has been exhibited in Iran, Norway and the United States. - 7/26/10

Tehran Exchange Trades Futures to Attract Investors
The Tehran Stock Exchange, home of the world's second-best performing equity index, began offering derivatives based on local banks to diversify and attract foreign investors. -Bloomberg - 7/26/10

PC worm Stuxnet hits Iran computers
A dangerous computer worm known as Stuxnet which is capable of stealing information from industrial control systems has hit computers in Iran, a report says. -Press TV - 7/26/10

Mossad chief reportedly visited Saudi Arabia for talks on Iran
Account on WorldNetDaily follows series of recent reports on increasing secret cooperation between Israel and the Saudis, including defense coordination on matters related to possible military action -Haaretz - 7/26/10

Photos: An Iranian Political Prisoner Is Released
Iranian political prisoner Mohsen Armin, the spokesman for the reformist Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution Organization, who was arrested couple of months ago, was released from prison on bail. Armin received a very emotional greeting from his family. - 7/25/10

Photos: Iranian Academy of Arts Cuddling National Puppets
The great exhibition of Iranian puppets opened Saturday at the Iranian Academy of Arts, revealing a part of the country's rich cultural heritage. -Babak Borzouyeh, MNA - 7/25/10

Iran to deliver IAEA response Monday
Iran will deliver its response to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) questions on nuclear fuel swap on Monday, says the Iranian foreign minister. The announcement came after a meeting between the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil in the Turkish city of Istanbul. -Press TV - 7/25/10

Rahnavard says Iran establishment is threatened by women
Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi said in a meeting with Karaj political activists that a faction of the Iranian establishment considers women as a "new threat." - 7/25/10

Iran: Jailed Journalist Says He Was 'Dishonored' In Prison
The family of jailed journalist Abdolreza Tajik has issued an open letter to Iran's judiciary officials and expressed deep concern over his fate in prison. The family says Tajik, who was arrested 40 days ago, told his sister during a prison visit that he has been "disgraced" in the presence of a deputy prosecutor and an interrogator. -RFE - 7/25/10

Resolution Green-Lighting Israeli Strikes on Iran Introduced by House Republicans
Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a measure that would green-light an Israeli bombing campaign against Iran. The resolution, H.Res. 1553, provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran, stating that Congress supports Israel's use of "all means necessary" against Iran "including the use of military force". -Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 7/25/10

Iran to Step Up Nuclear Fusion Research
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Saturday that his country is stepping up its research on nuclear fusion in a bid to produce alternative sources of energy. The announcement comes as world powers pressure Tehran to suspend its controversial nuclear activities. -VOA - 7/25/10

Iran plans to import diesel oil
The Iranian deputy oil minister said that the country will soon start importing diesel oil. "We need $46 billion to finish our refinery projects," the Mehr News Agency quoted Alireza Zeighami as saying on Sunday. - 7/25/10

Worldwide Rallies For Iranian Woman Sentenced To Death For Adultery
Rallies are being held worldwide in support of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death in Iran for adultery. -RFE - 7/25/10

Iran to inaugurate cross-country gas pipeline
Iran's 7th cross-country gas pipeline will be put into operation tomorrow. The 902-kilometer pipeline is considered the first phase of the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, dubbed as the Peace Pipeline. -MNA - 7/25/10

Former Tehran University professor murdered in Vienna
Baghaollah Vossough, Iranian academic and former professor of Tehran University was murdered on Thursday in Vienna. -Zamaneh - 7/25/10

Iranian student activist handed 9.5 years prison sentence
An Iranian appellate court approved the nine and a half year prison sentence for Bahareh Hedayat, executive member of Iranian student organization, Consolidation Bureau today. - 7/24/10

Exhibition: Kalantari's lines and lights meet in Tehran gallery
Tehran's Sareban Gallery is playing host to an exhibition of paintings by artist Parviz Kalantari. A collection of 25 recent works by the artist are on display out of which four were sold on the opening day, July 22. - 7/24/10

Iranian athlete Hadi Saei ranks 2nd in Taekwondo history
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Hadi Saei has been named as the second best taekwondo player in the history of the sport. Saei claimed gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. He had seized a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games as well. -MNA - 7/24/10

Iran arrests two more critical journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists has learned that Iran is continuing to arrest journalists, with two more detained in June. CPJ calls on the authorities to release all imprisoned journalists, and to allow reporters to conduct their work unimpeded. - 7/24/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Slams Guardians Council
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi has criticized the influential Guardians Council for "institutionalizing fraud" and offering a "double-standard interpretation" of the constitution, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/24/10

13 university professors dismissed from Iranian university
Mahboubeh Mobasheri, president of Al-Zahra University in Tehran announced the institution had decided to dismiss 13 members of its faculty citing their "academic decline" as the cause. -Zamenh - 7/24/10

Iranian Leaders React to Increasing Pain of Economic Sanctions
Iran is reacting to the increasing pain of economic sanctions. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is urging greater efficiency and motivation, and Iran's vice president is threatening to stop doing business in dollars and euros. -VOA - 7/24/10

Ahmadinejad Asks, 'Is Mevedev A U.S. Agent?'
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has accused Russian President Dmitry Medvedev of kick-starting a "new Western scenario against Iran that is directed by the U.S." Ahmadinejad said Medvedev entered a U.S. "propaganda war" against Iran by saying last week that Iran was nearing nuclear weapons capability. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/24/10

Iran to draw out assets from countries imposing sanction
Iran will draw out assets from countries that impose restrictions on its assets abroad in the face of tightening international sanctions over its nuclear activities, the Central Bank of Iran deputy said here on Saturday. - 7/24/10

Photos: Mobarak Puppet Theater Festival opens in Tehran
The 13th Mobarak International Puppet Theater Festival opened on Thursday afternoon at the city theatre in Tehran. Theater troupes from various cities including Tehran, Karaj, Anzali Port and Gorgan will stage their puppet shows in several different theaters in Tehran. -Photos by Babak Borouzieh - 7/23/10

Khamenei's Fatwa About Himself: You Must Obey Me
The Islamic Republic supreme leader's office issued one of the most important orders issued by the country's second leader. In sum, the order states that everyone must obey Mr. Khamenei. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 7/23/10

Islamic Republic prevents marking of nationalist event
Iranian political organization National Front of Iran announced that Islamic Republic security forces have pressured the organization into foregoing its July 21 events. According to a National Front statement, security forces impeded the events of the day by threatening the members with persecution. -Zamaneh - 7/23/10

Iran's "Seven Minutes to Autumn" in U.S, Canada theaters
The bitter Iranian drama "Seven Minutes to Autumn" by Alireza Amini will find ways into theaters in Canada and the United States over the next two weeks. Starring Hedyeh Tehrani, Hamed Behdad, and Mohsen Tanabandeh, the movie heartlessly narrates the tragedy of disloyalty and family scandal. - 7/23/10

Iran ends expansion of government offices in Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran has banned the establishment of any new government organizations or posts in the capital. According to a new government by-law, all new government organizations are responsible for moving their volunteer forces out of the capital within a month. -Zamaneh - 7/23/10

Iranian Labor Activist Released From Prison
A spokesman for Tehran's municipal bus-service union has been released from prison on bail, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/23/10

Iran signs natural gas deal with Turkey
Iran's Deputy Oil Minister, Javad Owji announced that Iran and Turkey have signed a billion- euro deal to increase natural gas exports to Turkey. -Zamaneh - 7/23/10

Iran to ease foreign investment regulations
Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini said here on Thursday the country is going to facilitate regulations for foreign investments. -MNA - 7/23/10

Art review: 'Document: Iranian Americans in L.A.' at the Fowler Museum
The exhibition "Document: Iranian-Americans in L.A." is straightforward photojournalism that raises some tangled issues. -Sharon Mizota, LA Times - 7/23/10

Muslim woman wearing veil 'refused bus ride' in London
Two Muslim women have claimed they were refused a bus ride because one had her face covered by a veil. -BBC - 7/23/10

Photos: Mr. Dizi Fast Food in Tehran
Mr. Dizi, a new restaurant in Tehran, offers "Fast Dizi" to its customers. Abgusht ( literally translated as water-meat), is a Persian stew. Abgusht is also called Dizi, which refers to the traditional stone crocks it is served in. Abgusht is usually made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, and tomatoes, turmeric, and dried lime. -Mohsen Rezaei - 7/22/10

Mehregan (Persian Festival of Autumn) 2010 Celebration: Irvine California, September 25-26
Mehregan 2010 is dedicated to the poet Ferdowsi, in celebration of the millennium anniversary of his masterpiece Shahnameh, The Epics of Kings. Ferdowsi revived the Persian language in this timeless patriotic tale of heroism that promotes human rights, freedom and liberty with a message of peace and harmony for all. - 7/22/10

Official: Iran Faces Rise In HIV/AIDS Cases
Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi says the spread of HIV/AIDS is increasingly being spread in Iran through sexual contact, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/22/10

Iran: Former and Current Revolutionary Guards Commanders Clash
Several months after Iran's state telecommunications corporation was taken over by companies affiliated with the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in a sham deal, one (pro- administration) principalist Majlis lawmaker hinted that the corporation may be returned to the government -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 7/22/10

Iran says will pursue news on transfer of MKO to northwest borders
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced on Wednesday that Iran will pursue the news on transfer of Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) members to the Qandil Mountains at Iran's northwestern borders. -MNA - 7/22/10

Emadoldin Baghi freed, but Iran still Middle East's biggest prison for journalists
"Baghi's conditional release after six months in solitary confinement, in appalling conditions and subjected to arbitrary interrogations, is obviously good news," Reporters Without Borders said. "But is Iran is still holding 36 other journalists and bloggers, which is more than any other country in the Middle East." - 7/22/10

A new order in "greater west Asia": AfPak to Palestine
A decade of wars has produced a strategic shift very different from what Washington and its allies intended - less towards unipolar order than the complexities of multipolar disorder. This poses a challenge to policy-makers and analysts alike, says Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. -Open Democracy - 7/22/10

Execution of juvenile offender overturned in Iran
Ali Mahitorabi, an Iranian juvenile offender accused of murder was released yesterday after eight years in prison. Mohammad Mostafayi attributes the release of his client to the tireless efforts of social activists, artists and journalists. -Zamaneh - 7/22/10

Armenian Defense Chief Discusses Regional Security In Iran
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian discussed Armenian-Iranian cooperation and regional security issues with Iranian political and military leaders during an official weekend visit to Tehran, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. -RFE - 7/22/10

Iraq Not Told About Iranian Plan For Wall Along Kurdish Region
Iraqi officials say Tehran has not informed Baghdad about Iran's reported intention to build a security wall along its borders with Iraqi Kurdistan, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports. -RFE - 7/22/10

Iran Sells 18% of Saipa Automaker for $1.6 Billion, Tehran Exchange Says
"This is not the best approach to privatization -- the state assets were sold to Saipa's own staff," Azadvari said. "The price of shares is too high. With this price, new technology could have been brought into the market." -Bloomberg - 7/22/10

From Naderi Cafe to Kafka's Soup
It is three decades now that an abandoned sculpture of a white angel is locked in the backyard of the Naderi Cafe which once upon a time overlooked the great contemporary literary figures of this country sitting next to its now decaying feet. Apparently, however, decay is not the fate of only this angel which has been isolated like the spirit of Iranian contemporary literature for years. - 7/21/10

Iranian Conservatives Unite In Bid To Undermine Ahmadinejad
Conservative opponents of Iran's president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, have launched a rearguard action aimed at weakening him and preventing one of his hard-line followers from succeeding him in the next presidential election. -Robert Tait, RFE - 7/21/10

Iranian opposition leader accuses government of spreading lies
Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi condemned the Islamic Republic's reliance on "distorting" the truth and spreading lies. -Zamaneh - 7/21/10

Earthquake, aftershocks strike villages in southern Iran
12 aftershocks hit villages of southern provinces of Fars and Hormozgan after the villages were struck by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. -ISNA - 7/21/10

The neocon method
One time-honored method for obscure writers to gain notoriety is to viciously attack a much more popular writer or public figure in the hopes said person will respond in kind... Take the case of Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council and a respected author who was targeted by the far right for the cardinal sin of advocating engagement with Iran, rather than calling for a crippling bombardment. -Alternet - 7/21/10

Blaming Outsiders Won't Solve Iran's Baluchistan Problem
Over the last six years, with the worsening of security in Sistan-Baluchistan and the increased Jundallah violence, Tehran has tightened security and deployed more IRGC and Basij units to the province, but it has seen few improvements. In fact, sending more troops has added to the oppression and increased tensions. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 7/21/10

Iranian Officials Rule Out Talks With US Amid Economic Troubles
Top Iranian leaders and officials say they have no intention of conducting negotiations with the United States. Meanwhile, a strike by merchants appears to be continuing in several Iranian cities. -VOA - 7/21/10

Conversations behind the veil
As a solo traveller, Michelle Wranik is charmed - and perpetually delayed - by the kindness of Iranians. -SMH - 7/21/10

Essay: Iranians moving past negative depictions in pop culture
(Iranian-American) Directors, actors and characters are gaining mainstream acceptance. -Porochista Khakpour, Los Angeles Times - 7/21/10

In Tehran, Afghan refugee children find joy and dignity in theater [video]
In the recent documentary 'No Lips, No Laughter,' a young Iranian-American filmmaker portrays seven Afghan refugee children who - with few resources other than their own creativity - stage a play about a man who discovers true happiness comes from within. -Roshanak Taghavi, CSM - 7/21/10

Critiquing Recent Renovations of the Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, Iran
Built by the the Safavid Dynasty in the 1650s as a dam and a bridge, Mehrdad Parsipour asks how the Khaju (or Khajoo) Bridge in Iran can be restored more sustainably. -Green Prophet - 7/21/10

Iranian circus delights Iraqis in ancient Babylon
The hapless lion and snake both died in an Iraqi heatwave, but for the jugglers, clowns, fire-eater and other circus performers, the show in ancient Babylon had to go on. The Jahan (World) company from neighbouring Iran is giving many Iraqis their first-ever circus experience. -AFP - 7/21/10

Tanoor radiates a warm Persian welcome
Tucked into College Plaza next to Magruder's and just north of Montgomery College, Tanoor brings an inviting taste of Persia to Rockville. -Gazette, Maryland - 7/21/10

Iran grabs World Cup Taekwondo title
Iran defeated Spain and claimed the title of the 2010 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships on Tuesday. Iran defeated Spain 3-1 in the final game in Urumqi, China. -MNA - 7/20/10

Photos: Historic Monuments, Water, and Isfahan Residents
One of the favorite pastimes of of the residents of Isfahan is spending time by the many historic monuments such as Sio-seh-pol bridge and Naghsh Jahan square. Some even seek relief from the summer heat by bowing to their temptations and enjoying the Zayandeh Rud river or the big pool of water at Naghsh Jahan. -Alieh Saadatpour, MNA - 7/20/10

Fars Editor: You Are All Betrayers and Agents of Zionists
During the past year, the Islamic Republic has referred to protesters against the disputed June 12 election as "disturbers." On the other hand, it claimed that several of the victims were members of the Basij. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 7/20/10

Shahram Hadian: Candidate for Washington State House of Representatives
PAAIA and its connected PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee, recently had the opportunity to speak with Shahram Hadian (R) and discuss his campaign for Washington State House of Representatives in the 44th District, Position 1. - 7/20/10

Tehran's Azadi Tower
Standing guard like a sentry at the gates of Tehran, Iran, is the impressive Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower), built in 1971 and comprised of eight thousand white marble blocks. A combination of both Islamic and Sassanid architectural styles, the fifty-foot high tower commemorates the formation of the Persian Empire and is an interesting combination of both modern and ancient cultures. - 7/20/10

Critical health condition of detained human rights activist in Iran
The detained head of Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, has probably suffered a stroke in prison, Iranian human rights groups and his family report. -Zamaneh - 7/20/10

Interview: Amiri 'Was Not Who He Pretended He Was'
Amir Farshad Ebrahimi -- an Iranian journalist, former member of the Basij militia, and founding member of hard-line pressure group Ansar-e Hizbullah -- has claimed on his blog that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri contacted him last year and asked for help in defecting to the West. -RFE - 7/20/10

You Can Tell Web Censorship Is Really Bad In Iran...
...When even websites based inside the country and close to the establishment provide users with antifiltering tools. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/20/10

Kabul Conference Endorses Goal of Afghan Security by 2014
Speaking at an international conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday, Iranian FM called for a regional solution to the Afghanistan crisis and blamed growing insecurity and drug trafficking on foreign military presence in the war-ravaged country. - 7/20/10

Tehran, Beijing commence new round of oil talks
The Iranian deputy oil minister said that new rounds of talks have started between Iran and China. Alireza Zeighami stated that Chinese firms have proclaimed their readiness to partake in gasoline production projects in Iran and received some offers for financing oil refineries in the country. -MNA - 7/20/10

Iran refuses call to enter talks with US
A day after reporting US interest in holding talks with Iran, Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced that Iran will not enter negotiations with the US. -Zamaneh - 7/20/10

Iran wins Sitting Volleyball World Championships
Iran claimed the title of the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships after defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. 21 teams participated in the competitions which was held in Edmond, Oklahoma, US. - 7/19/10

Photos: Power outages in Iran idle factories and workforce
These days, the repeated power outages in Iran are creating serious problems both for residents and the industrial sector. Manufacturing lines and shops, especially those in the province of Tehran, are taking big losses both due to these outages. The idle machinery and workforce result in lower production. Also, the outages cause damage to equipment or result in raw material in transition to be wasted. -Raouf Mohseni - 7/19/10

Iran's Ethnic Azeris And The Language Question
Call it discrimination or even chauvinism: Millions of Iran's ethnic Azeris have no right of education in their mother tongue. But, surprisingly, it appears the majority of them don't care much about this inequality. -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 7/19/10

Prominent detainee calls for dismissal and prosecution of Iran Supreme Leader
Issa Saharkhiz, former head of Iran's Press Supervisory Board accused Iran's Supreme Leader of "remaining silent in the face of detainee torture" and announced his intention to press charges against the leader. -Zamaneh - 7/19/10

Iran's Basketball Team Crowned William Jones Cup Champion
Iran defeated Taiwan B in the 2010 William Jones Cup basketball tournament and won the championship on Monday. - 7/19/10

Mehdi Karroubi: As a part of this system, I am ashamed
Mehdi Karroubi visited the family of Mansour Osanlou, the imprisoned trade union activists and a founding member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company which is an independent union campaigning vigorously for workers' rights, and comforted them. - 7/19/10

Spy rootkit goes after key Indian, Iranian systems
Sophisticated malicious software which infects critical infrastructure systems is spreading in the wild, according to security companies. Finnish security company F-Secure, which is in the process of analysing the malware, told ZDNet UK that critical infrastructure in India and Iran had been affected. -ZDNet - 7/19/10

Why put an attack on Iran back on the table?
There's been a mini-boomlet of late in arguments to put a military strike against Iran back on the table. Joe Klein had a solid article in Time last week arguing that the U.S. is reconsidering a military strike on Iran. There's a marginal poll showing 56% support for an Israeli strike on Iran (actually quite a low number, given the general enthusiasm of Americans for bombing things). -Foreign Policy - 7/19/10

Emergency meeting on Iran convened in UK's Parliament: Iran: Which way Forward?"
A meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the current crisis with Iran ahead of the 76 day Parliamentary recess. The hurriedly arranged meeting will bring MP's and Peers together with security analysts and Middle East experts to explore ways to resolve the standoff and to assess both the dangers of military intervention and the risks associated with not taking action. - 7/19/10

Germany 'To Investigate' Iranian-Owned Bank
Officials reportedly say Germany will investigate claims that an Iranian-owned Hamburg bank has extensive business ties to blacklisted Iranian companies. -RFE - 7/19/10

Japan willing to build quake-resistant nuclear reactors in Iran
Japan's ambassador in Tehran has said that his country is ready to build earthquake-proof nuclear reactors in Iran. Ambassador Akio Shirota made the remarks in a meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Monday. -MNA - 7/19/10

'Israel convinces US with Credible military plan on Iran'
Have Israel's efforts to convince the US to threaten Iran with a credible military option paid off? According to recent media reports, the answer might be yes. -Jerusalem Post - 7/19/10

Iran reaches final in Sitting Volleyball World Championships
Iran booked a berth in the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships final match on Saturday. The event has brought together a total of 21 teams in Edmond, Oklahoma, the U.S. - 7/18/10

Yek, do, se (1, 2, 3): Three Contemporary Iranian Artists
Many Iranian artists, including those in diaspora communities, visualize a society trapped between the present and the past in order to comment upon issues of gender, exile, history, and religion. Such is the case with the three artists represented here, whose work forms part of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's growing collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. - 7/18/10

Campaign Backs Student Photographer Arrested Over Protest Pix
More than 70 award winning Iranian university graduates have called for the release of one of their friends and colleagues, photographer Hamed Saber, who was jailed approximately one month ago apparently over pictures he took at last year's street demonstrations protesting the reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/18/10

U.S. Congress ready for talks with Iran
U.S. congressmen have expressed interest in engaging in talks with Iran, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced after a meeting with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran on Sunday. - 7/18/10

Iranian Journalism: Getting Behind the Story
The first anniversary of Iran's controversial presidential election passed fairly uneventfully this month, with crowds of protesters in Tehran much smaller than the opposition had hoped for. For many observers, this suggested the opposition movement had reached a dead end. This view is, however, mistaken. -Jafar Farshian, Tehran - 7/18/10

Iran Parliament approves continuing 20 percent enrichment
Based on the bill, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is obliged to provide 20-percent enriched fuel for Iran research reactors used for medical, industrial and agricultural purposes and cooperate with the IAEA only within the Safeguards framework. -ISNA - 7/18/10

Iranian Government Steps up Accusations Against US Over Bombings
The Iranian government is stepping up accusations against "outside" forces in Thursday's twin-suicide bombings in the southeastern part of the country which killed at least 27 people and wounded about 270 others. Several officials are accusing the U.S. and Israel of masterminding the bloody explosions at a Shi'ite mosque. -VOA - 7/18/10

Iranian Nuclear Expert Says U.S. Sought To Swap Him
Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who claims he was abducted by the CIA a year ago, says the U.S. wanted him to confess to being a spy so they could swap him for three American hikers held by Tehran. -RFE - 7/18/10

Iran plans to blacklist hostile oil companies
Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi said on Saturday that Iran will blacklist foreign oil companies, like Russia's Lukoil, which have pulled out of projects due to the sanctions imposed on Tehran. -MNA - 7/18/10

Iran to attend Kabul international conference
The conference will also be attended by senior officials from the United Nations, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Germany, some other European countries, and Afghanistan's neighbors, as well as officials from international organizations including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). -MNA - 7/18/10

US Condemns Terrorist Attack in Iran
The United States is strongly condemning suicide bomb attacks Thursday against a Shi'ite mosque in Iran, a country that is listed by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism. President Barack Obama called the murder of innocent civilians in a place of worship an "intolerable offense." -VOA - 7/17/10

Photos: Thousands Attend Funerals for Iran Bombing Victims
Tens of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims have turned out in southeastern Iran for funerals of those killed in two bombings in the city of Zahedan. - 7/17/10

Family Of Slain Iranian Protester Objects To Jailer Verdicts
The brother of a protester who died in custody following Iran's 2009 presidential election has criticized the verdicts in the trial of jailers accused of abusing detainees, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/17/10

Iran Mourns Suicide Bombing Victims, Blames The West
Iranians gathered in the southeastern city of Zahedan today to mourn the victims of twin suicide bombings that killed at least 27 people, including elite Revolutionary Guards. - 7/17/10

Iranian reformists say government unfit to provide security
Iranian reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front issued a statement in reaction to the suicide attacks in Zahedan questioning the legitimacy and competence of the government in providing people with security, livelihood and freedom. -Zamaneh - 7/17/10

Iranian MP demands prosecution of Saeed Mortazavi
Iranian MP, Ahmad Tavakoli called for the prosecution of Saeed Mortazavi as one of the "perpetrators" of the crimes at the notorious Kahrizak Detention Centre. Last summer, three of the detainees who were arrested in the course of street protests to the alleged fraud in the presidential elections were tortured to death at Kahrizak. -Zamaneh - 7/17/10

'Weren't The Sanctions Not Supposed To Hurt Ordinary Iranians?'
ETS, the U.S.-based organization that administers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and other exams, has said on its website that it is suspending temporarily registration in Iran as a result of the UN resolution affecting banks and financial institutions that do business with Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/17/10

Two Iranian MPs resign in protest after terror attack in Zahedan
Two representatives of Sistan Baluchistan Province in Iran's Parliament handed in their resignation in protest to the government's "lack of attention" to "security issues" in their province. -Zamaneh - 7/17/10

Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Released After Brief Detention
Iran's Foreign Ministry confirms a report about the detention of Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti, saying she was freed a few hours after her arrest. -Press TV - 7/17/10

The Iranian Regime's Numbered Days
The country's conservative and influential merchant class is on strike. This does not bode well for Ahmadinejad's government. -Forbes - 7/17/10

27 killed and 300 injured in Iran suicide attacks
Two suicide attacks in the Shiite Grand Mosque of Zahedan, capital of Sistan & Baluchistan in the southeast of Iran on Thursday caused tens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. - 7/16/10

'NY Times' Says Iran Scientist Worked For CIA For Years
"The New York Times" has reported that Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who claims he was abducted by the CIA more than a year ago and taken to the United States, was an informant for CIA inside Iran for years. -RFE - 7/16/10

Tehran, Tabriz Bazaar Traders Continue To Strike
According to news websites, businesses in Tehran's Bazaar remained closed despite reports from presedent of Iran's Trades Council that the Bazaar is back to business as usual. JARAS website reports that the traders' strike has even reached the Tabriz Bazaar. -Zamaneh - 7/16/10

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Following U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929
The new law also eliminates the exception for U.S. imports of pistachios, carpets, caviar, and certain other Iranian products, which can no longer be imported to the United States. This particular provision is effective 90 days after enactment of the law, to give goods currently in transport time to clear customs. -Iranian American Bar Association - 7/16/10

Ayatollah Saanei: "Lying has become part of nature of some individuals"
Grand Ayatollah Saanei stressed: "Fighting with oppression and oppressor must be the main goal and intention in political and social activities; and nationality and ethnicities, religions and different views should not influence us in acquitting an oppressor and condemning an oppressed." - 7/16/10

Siah Armajani, Iranian American Sculptor, Named McKnight 2010 Distinguished Artist
Siah Armajani, born in Iran in 1939 and based in Minneapolis, is represented in some of the most important museum collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Walker Art Center, MAMCO Geneva, the Stedelijk Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and the Museum für Moderne Kunst. - 7/16/10

Khatami: Some see themselves superior and benchmark for right
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami in a meeting with a group of reformist youth said: "One should pay attention that the role of religion can be resembled to a two-sided sword and as long as it is use to fulfill people's rights and to establish justice and is for the benefit of the people will be successful but as soon as religion is used as a mean to justify mistreatments and shortcomings it will be dangerous and unsuccessful." - 7/16/10

Iran: Khatam-ol-Anbia withdraws from SP phases 15, 16
An Iranian consortium led by Khatam-ol-Anbia Construction Headquarters signed the $2 billion worth contract for carrying out the development plan of the mentioned phases in July 2006. - 7/16/10

Iranian Bloggers: Amiri Was A Double Agent
A number of Iranian bloggers have cast doubt on the claims made by Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, including his claims of being abducted by U.S. secret agents and the reason he returned to Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/16/10

Afghan FM says Iran's presence in Kabul conference "important"
"Iran is a pretty important neighbor for Afghanistan and Iran's presence in the conference is significant due to regional cooperation and Afghanistan security," he said in a joint press conference with Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday. -ISNA - 7/16/10

Photos: 'Abducted' Iranian Scientist Arrives In Tehran
Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, who claims he was abducted by U.S. agents more than one year ago, has returned to Iran. Amiri was met at the Tehran airport on July 15 by his wife and son. He told reporters in Tehran that he was not a nuclear scientist but only a "simple researcher." - 7/15/10

Exhibition: Tehran Documented
Black and White images are becoming rare. They are mostly printed in newspapers and books, usually chosen for economic reasons or used as mere visual effect. All around the world most of the events of the 1960s and 1970s, both political and personal quests, were associated with black and white photography. -Aaran Gallery in Tehran - 7/15/10

Photos: Golestan National Park, Iran
Golestan National Park is the first Iranian National Park that is situated in the jurisdiction of Golestan, Semnan and Khorassan provinces. This park because of its natural values like verdant and virgin forest and different species of flora and fauna is one of the famous areas in Iran and the world. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 7/15/10

Iranian Stock Market Booms Despite New Sanctions
Paris-based economist Fereidoun Khavand downplayed the significance of the milestone. He told Radio Farda that the Tehran stock market is not an accurate "thermometer" of the health of Iran's economy. -RFE - 7/15/10

Iran Gets Pledge from Russia on Energy
The agreements on energy cooperation come as something of a surprise, given the increasing tensions between the two longtime allies concerning Iran's nuclear program. Iranian officials expressed anger earlier this week, when Russian President Dimitri Medvedev declared that Tehran would soon be able to build an atomic weapon. -VOA - 7/15/10

'Kidnapped' Iranian Scientist Flies Home, With Many Questions Unanswered
Who would want to be in Shahram Amiri's shoes? As homecomings go, the reception that awaited the Iranian nuclear scientist's arrival on native soil -- after more than a year in the hands of U.S. intelligence agents -- could politely be described as uncertain. -RFE - 7/15/10

US offical claims they paid $5M to the Iranian scientist for infromation
Washington Post writes today that according to an unidentified US official, Amiri was paid five million US dollars for delivering information regarding Iran's nuclear program. - 7/15/10

Iran stonings are a legal nightmare
Each time someone is sentenced to stoning, human rights and women's rights advocates coordinate efforts to remind the world of the unjust laws in Iran. They remind the world that a form of corporal punishment as severe as stoning is the denial of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or ICCPR, to which Iran is a signatory. -Mehrangiz Kar & Azadeh Pourzand, CNN - 7/15/10

Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei: 'This Is a Historical Moment for Egypt'
In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mohamed ElBaradei, 68, discusses the urge for change in his home country, possible cooperation with Islamists in the next election and the prospects of driving autocratic Hosni Mubarak out of office. - 7/15/10

Austrian Iranologist receives Iranian award in Vienna
Austrian Iranologist Bert Fragner received an award from the Dr. Mahmud Afshar Yazdi Foundation of Iran in his hometown of Vienna last week. -MNA - 7/15/10

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Recounts Decision To Cast Off Hijab
On a cold winter day, Iranian women's rights activist and journalist Fariba Davoodi Mohajer made an about-face: Having worn the hijab for 25 years, she decided to cast her head scarf into the sea. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/14/10

Zahra Rahnavard: We Welcome Criticism of Green Movement
As a heated debate rages over whether it is appropriate to criticize the green movement and Mir Hossein Mousavi, in an exclusive interview with Rooz, Zahra Rahnavard says, "those who are not criticized become stagnant like a marsh, and we welcome all criticism that is made out of friendship and concern for the movement." -Fereshteh Ghazi - 7/14/10

Iran: The Green Movement and its Claim to Transcend Class
Sohrab Behdad is the coauthor with Farhad Nomani of Class and Labor in Iran: Did the Revolution Matter? (Syracuse University Press, 2006). Below is the translation of an interview with him conducted by Ms. Mahindokht Mesbah of the Persian Language Deutsche Welle Radio - 7/14/10

Iranian nuclear scientist homeward bound
Ramin Mehmanparast, speaker for Iran's foreign ministry announced that Shahram Amiri, the missing Iranian nuclear scientist has left the US and is on his way to Iran. - 7/14/10

Iran persists in detaining human rights activists
Islamic Republic authorities refuse to release Shiva Nazar-Ahari and Kouhyar Goudarzi, two members of Human Rights Reporters, after 200 days in prison. -Zamaneh - 7/14/10

Russia, Iran Sign Energy Agreement Despite UN Sanctions
Russia's energy minister says United Nations sanctions will not get in the way of the country's plans to develop Iran's oil and gas sectors. Shmatko said Russian companies are prepared to deliver oil products to Iran, despite sanctions. -VOA - 7/14/10

No license has been granted to any 'Los Angeles singers': Iranian Culture Minister
In early May, a number of Persian websites quoting Iranian TV host Reza Rashidpur announced that Habib Mohebbian, the Iranian pop singer living in Los Angeles, had traveled to Iran to give concerts. - 7/14/10

The Iranian Threat
The dire threat of Iran is widely recognized to be the most serious foreign policy crisis facing the Obama administration. Congress has just strengthened the sanctions against Iran, with even more severe penalties against foreign companies. -Noam Chomsky, ZSpace - 7/14/10

The Iran Sound From Way Out: Episode 1
"The Iran Sound From Way Out" is a new music program from RFE/RL with the best of Iran's underground music scene. -Payam Razi - 7/14/10

Iranian Official Blames Uzbekistan For Hydropower Plant Delay
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff has blamed an Uzbek rail blockade for delaying the completion of a hydroelectric plant in southern Tajikistan that Iran is helping to build, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. - 7/14/10

ALBA countries condemn sanctions imposed on Iran
Ambassadors from 5 member states of ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America) issued a statement Wednesday opposing sanctions imposed on Iran as they met in Tehran. -ISNA - 7/14/10

Iran gasoline imports almost halved
Iran imported 507,250 tons of gasoline worth $376 million dollars in the first three months of the current calendar year (started March 21, 2010). -MNA - 7/14/10

Ahmadinejad in flap over wearing of ties in Iran
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has run into trouble with a conservative cleric over whether men are allowed to wear ties in the Islamic republic, the news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday. -AFP - 7/14/10

Meehan Ensemble in Concert at De Anza College in Cupertino, California
Experience the rich heritage of Persian culture and music on July 24th with Meehan ensemble, a group with talented and accomplished music artists with deep roots in Persian classical/modern music. - 7/13/10

Ostad Takes Office as First Female President of Iranian American Bar Association
On June 29, Iranian-American attorney Karen Ostad began her tenure as the first female president of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA). The IABA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2000, boasts 1,500 members nationwide, and has chapters in nine major metropolitan areas -Arsalan Barmand, NIAC - 7/13/10

'Abducted' Iranian Scientist Seeks Refuge In Pakistan's U.S. Embassy
Pakistan has confirmed that a man claiming to be Shahram Amiri, a missing Iranian nuclear scientist, has sought refugee in the Iran interests section of its embassy in Washington. Tehran has long claimed that Amiri was kidnapped by U.S. intelligence agents. -RFE - 7/13/10

Iranian Speaker Receives Support From Qom Religious Figures
The statements this weekend in favor of Larijani came in response to earlier verbal attacks against him. Larijani, a parliament deputy from Qom, had faced calls for his resignation as speaker 10 days ago from other conservative factions. -RFE - 7/13/10

Elections for Iran City Councils postponed
Iranian Parliament has voted to extend City and Township Council terms another two years. Mohammad Dehghan announced that the Guardian Council has approved the Parliament's decision and therefore council terms will be increased to six years. -Zamaneh - 7/13/10

Iranian Officials Urge Public to Cut Back on Electricity Consumption
A heat wave in Iran has prompted the government to call for cutbacks in the consumption of water and electricity. The move comes as Iran deals with intensified international sanctions and an ongoing strike by Tehran's bazaar owners. -VOA - 7/13/10

Iraq accuses People's Mojahedin of crimes against humanity
Iraq has accused the Iranian dissident group, People's Mojahedin of Iran of "crimes against humanity and issued arrest warrants for 39 of its members and leaders. -Zamaneh - 7/13/10

Steadfast Efforts by Iranian-American Community Lead to Suspension of Insulting Ads
Following a public campaign by the National Iranian American Community that received national attention and was reported on by CNN and Voice of America, the American Values Network announced that it is suspending a controversial ad campaign that proclaimed, "Iran is making a KILLING." - 7/13/10

Administration Supporters Seeking Islam Without Clergy: Desire to Turn Ahmadinejad Into Putin
While protests against last year's presidential elections have created divisions between the government and protesters, and as political forces have reorganized themselves along new fault lines, news reports point to increasing divisions among the Principalists, the ideologue group that is in power -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 7/13/10

Afghan Group: 1,100 Civilians Killed in 1st Half of 2010
An Afghan human-rights group says in a new report that nearly 1,100 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of this year, an increase from the same period in 2009. -VOA - 7/13/10

Iran starts 2nd phase of IPI gas pipeline construction
Iran has started construction of the second phase of IPI pipeline to deliver gas to Pakistan. The Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Owji as saying that, "Iran will invest 250 million dollars in the second phase of pipeline construction." -MNA - 7/13/10

Tehran Bazaar Dispute May Herald New Regime Crackdown
If ever an institution typified the blend of social and religious conservatism wrapped up in Iran's Islamic Revolution, it is the Tehran bazaar -- home to an array of carpet sellers, textile traders, and food merchants instinctively suspicious of the alien values of Western commerce. -Robert Tait, RFE - 7/12/10

Ahmadzadeh and Chomsky on "definition of terrorist"
Following is a letter by Iranian author Habib Ahmadzadeh to the highly respected American philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky on the subject of terrorism along with the response from Chomsky. - 7/12/10

Iran declares two-day holiday in 19 provinces due to heat wave
The Iranian cabinet has declared Sunday and Monday as holiday in 19 provinces due to extreme heat. The announcement came as temperature remains above 40 degrees Celsius in 19 provinces. -MNA - 7/12/10

How Hezbollah Founder Fell Foul of Iranian Regime
As Iran's top man sponsoring Islamic groups abroad like Hezbollah and Hamas, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour looks like a man who should be close to the current regime's heart. Not a bit of it. Although a staunch supporter of exporting the Islamic revolution, Mohtashamipour's political sympathies at home have for years lain with the opposition. -Shahryar Sadr - 7/12/10

Former Iranian MP Exposes: Ahmadinejad Betrayed Me
Palizdar was a the fiery member of Majlis' Judicial Inquiry and Review Committee who went to jail for "disclosing state secrets" and airing accusations against senior regime members in 2008. He was sentenced to six years of prison, but was conditionally released last year -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 7/12/10

Tehran stock exchange hits all-time high
The Tehran Stock Exchange index has hiked more than 100 points, hitting the highest-ever historical record of 14,987, despite US-sponsored sanctions against Iran. -Press TV - 7/12/10

Persian Poetry Night in New York: Featuring Zara Houshmand
This special edition of our Persian poetry series will feature Zara Houshmand, an Iranian-American writer who lives in Austin, Texas. Her work includes poetry, theatre, virtual reality translation, and editing the "Mind & Life" dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists. - 7/12/10

Interview with Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami
Being in children's entertainment, I was particularly excited to meet Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group which also includes Nick at Nite, Nick Movies, Nick Jr. and TeenNick. -Shabnam Rezaei, Persian Mirror - 7/12/10

A Taste Of Iran, Whipped Up In The 'Conflict Kitchen'
When most Americans hear Iran or North Korea, they think of the United States' unsavory entanglements with those countries. But an eatery in Pittsburgh is giving customers a savory introduction. It's called the Conflict Kitchen, and it's a new takeout restaurant that will only serve food from countries the United States is in conflict with. -NPR - 7/12/10

Underwater pipeline back on India-Iran talks
After being initially dismissed as highly expensive, the idea of having an underwater gas pipeline with Iran seems to be firmly back on the negotiating table between the two countries, the Times of India reported. - 7/12/10

Obama's New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran -- signed into law by Obama on July 1st -- are an unmistakable act of war. -Shamus Cooke, Novake - 7/12/10

Iran, We Hardly Know Ye
In 2008, I made a home for myself in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I had hoped at that time to foster cultural exchanges between my home country, Brazil, and Iran. It was indeed for me a shock of cultural bipolarity, going from bikinis in sultry, carnal Brazil, to long sleeves and headscarves in the more socially-conservative Islamic Republic. -Iara Lee, Huffington Post - 7/12/10

Camp Ayandeh 2010 Is In Full Swing!
Camp Ayandeh 2010 is in full swing as campers, counselors and staff close out the fourth day of IAAB's high school leadership camp on the serene campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. - 7/11/10

Iran's Judiciary Halts Stoning of Woman for Now
Iran's state-run news agency attributes the statement to the head of the Justice Department in East Azerbaijan province, Malek Azhdar Sharifi. He told the news agency that while the guilty verdict is definitive, its application has been halted by Iran's judiciary chief due to humane considerations. - 7/11/10

Iran imposes media blackout over stoning sentence woman
Newspapers, agencies and TV channels in Iran have been banned from reporting Mohammadi Ashtiani's death sentence, despite an international campaign launched by her children, which has been joined by politicians and celebrities from all over the world. - Guardian UK - 7/11/10

Opposition leader says Revolutionary Guards will benefit from Iran sanctions
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi criticized "incompetence" and "weak-minded statements" of Iranian officials for causing the latest sanctions against Iran and added that a part of the establishment and the Revolutionary Guards will reap "astronomical" profits from the sanctions. - 7/11/10

Reporters Without Borders concerned for missing Iranian journalist
Abdolreza Tajik who also collaborated with Iran's Human Rights Defenders Centre was arrested for the third time in the last year on June 13. - 7/11/10

Inter-faith dialogue best approach to counter Islamophobia: expert
"Until today, many Americans think that Allah is a moon god and Muslims are required to kill non-Muslims, these misconceptions have to be corrected through proper education and Muslims need to reach out to non-Muslims," McMaster University professor told the Mehr news agency. - 7/11/10

Khamenei : Suitable ground available for clergy's presence in universities
Fortunately, contrary to the past on certain occasions, now the ground is available in the current government for presence of clergymen in universities, said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with a group of officials representing his Excellency in universities. - 7/11/10

Today's Internal Affairs, Tomorrow's Global Impact
The past year's events in Iran, which have attracted the world's attention to a country dubbed 'the crossroads of history', not only serve as the driving force behind radical changes at home, but are also playing a decisive role in a world balanced precariously on the verge of yet another war. - 7/11/10

Sanctions, 'declaration of war on Iran'
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the new round of anti-Iran UN Security Council sanctions is an open declaration of war against Iran by the six major powers. - 7/11/10

IRAN: Merchants continue to protest government's proposed tax hike
All eyes in Iran are on the bazaar, the nation's traditional marketplaces, where tensions have peaked over a proposed tax hike that has fused with other strains of discontent against the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - LA Times - 7/11/10

A Chosen Few Are Teaching for America
Victor Alquicira (Yale), who is Mexican-born, and Kousha Navidar (Duke), who is Iranian-born, said it was a chance to give back to a country that had given them much.NYTimes - 7/11/10

Stirrings of a New Push for Military Option on Iran
"By the first quarter of 2011, we will know whether sanctions are proving effective," wrote Bush's former national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, and Israeli Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog in a paper published last week by the Washington Institute for Near Policy (WINEP), a think tank closely tied to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). - 7/10/10

Iran human rights chief defends stoning sentence
Head of Human Rights Headquarters of Iran's Judiciary, Mohammad Javad Larijani slammed Western protests against stoning emphasizing that stoning exists in Iran's constitution and it is "legal." - 7/10/10

Khamenei: Arrogant powers are on path to decline
"One of the reasons for the start of the fading of arrogant powers is the 'Islamic vigilance of Muslims' which have caused these powers lose their past clout, and the current condition of the U.S., in comparison to the past, is an evidence to this," Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei - 7/10/10

Challenges Presented By Iran
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns described the series of challenges presented to the U.S. by the government of Iran - 7/10/10

Photos: Rose Harvesting
Mohammadi Rose Harvesting in Sahand Mountains, in the province of Eastern Azarbaijan - 7/10/10

Salam Rugby - Movie Trailer
This film is about the start of women rugby in Iran, which coincided with the election of Ahmadinejad as president of Iran. - - 7/10/10

Review of Stephen Kinzer's "Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future"
While Kinzer touches on several such themes, his main thesis is more provocative: The path to a stable Middle East runs not through Israel and traditional Arab allies but through Turkey and Iran. - Washingtonpost - 7/10/10

Iran: Sakineh Ashtiani will not be stoned
Following extensive international protests, Iranian Embassy in London announced that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will not be stoned to death, British media report. - 7/9/10

Hezbollah condemns CNN's editor firing
Octavia Nasr was told to leave the US television news network after praising the Lebanese cleric who died from internal bleeding in a Beirut hospital on Sunday. "Sad to hear of the passing of Seyyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot ", Nasr wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter on Sunday. - 7/9/10

Mousavi rejects need for appointing a leader for Iran's reform movement
Iranian opposition leader, MirHosein Mousavi rejected the idea that the Green Movement needs the "emergence of a leader" and stated that the plurality contained in this Movement is the highest hope for the future of the Iranian nation. - 7/9/10

Photos: Bushehr plant in last stage of testing
Moscow agreed to build the Bushehr nuclear power plant in 1995 and the project was supposed to be completed in July 1999, but the start-up of the reactor has been postponed several times. - 7/9/10

Photos: Stuntmen Association's workshop
Members of "Stuntman Association and dramatic movements" teach and show off their talent. - 7/9/10

Iran Cuts Oil Prices as Sanctions Bite
The result of the growing number of restrictions on trade is that long-term customers like India, China and Japan are now looking elsewhere for oil suppliers, for example Saudi Arabia. - 7/9/10

Experts Say Anti-American Sentiment in Pakistan at All-Time High
Ambassador Chamberlin says U.S. aid should go directly to Pakistani communities, not through the government. - 7/9/10

Murmurs of Ahmadinejad's Impeachment
In a pointed speech on Tuesday, the head of the Majlis Research Center Ahmad Tavakkoli blasted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reminded him that the Majlis can legally remove him through impeachment or a vote of no confidence. - 7/9/10

Obama, Israel and Iran
Since the attacks of the two Bushes on Iraq (1991 and 2003) the United States has not conducted a military deployment in the Persian Gulf area as it is now up against Iran. While the mainstream media barely speak or give prominence to the American-Israeli war preparations against the Persian country, every day there is more evidence of these preparations, especially in specialized resources, and the issue is increasingly treated by known analysts with disparate ideological positions. - Pravda.Ru - 7/9/10

Protests Simmer Among Iran's Powerful Merchants
Tehran's powerful merchants don't need street protests to make their anger known -- the sound of shops being locked up and metal grates clanging shut during a wave of anti-tax strikes this week was enough to unsettle Iranian authorities - ABC News - 7/9/10

Lloyd's of London backs US sanctions on Iran
The world's largest insurance market said it would comply with sanctions signed by US President Barack Obama last week. These aim to limit the Islamic Republic's fuel imports and increase its international isolation - Telegraph UK - 7/9/10

EU urges Iran to stop death sentences
AFP reports that Mohammadreza Haddadi, who was a minor when he was convicted of murder, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who is reportedly in the imminent danger of death by stoning charged with adultery are Ashton's immediate concerns. Ashton also repeated her appeal to Iran on behalf of Zinat Jalalian, Iranian Kurd sentenced to death for the so-called charge of "enmity with God." - 7/8/10

Mousavi: New UN resolution against Iran oppressive
He states that he is convinced that the new sanctions will have adverse effects on Iran. He lists lower gross domestic product and unemployment as direct outcomes of the sanctions that will increase the social and economic pressures on the nation. - 7/8/10

Iran's Atomic Energy Head Says Sanctions 'Slowing Down' Nuclear Program
He noted that the procurement of some sensitive equipment used in Iran's nuclear enrichment activities would be "more difficult to acquire," admitting that recently enacted U.S. and U.N. sanctions would impact Tehran's nuclear program. - 7/8/10

Photos: Unveiling of Iran's new women soccer uniform
An Iranian official has rejected a new women's soccer strip which was created after the world football federation banned the team from international competition due to their Islamic head gear, - 7/8/10

Iran's President Blasts US Dictatorship
"I say on your behalf that the era of the dictators is over today," Ahmadinejad added. - 7/8/10

NED Interview - Iran Will See the Light of Democracy
Carl Gershman has been President of the National Endowment for Democracy since 1984. Mr. Gershman oversees NED's grant programs in various countries ranging from Africa to the Middle East and Eastern Europe. - 7/8/10

Head of fabric traders arrested in Iran's Bazaar protests
Kaleme reports that Security Forces along with government forces in plain clothes shot tear gas bombs at protesters in the Bazaar today and arrested the head of the union of Fabric traders. - 7/8/10

Britain's Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Asylum Seekers
The men, one from Cameroon and the other from Iran, had previously been refused asylum in Britain on the grounds that they could conceal their sexuality. - 7/8/10

Chicago - National Muslim Convention Highlights Faith and Community
"This year, we are really getting back to basics by trying to show to everyone in our community, both Muslims and our non-Muslim friends, that there is a compassionate and productive way to have a broad sense of community that will make this nation and the world a better place for all of us," Mattson said. - 7/8/10

Taipei awards Kurdish-Iranian director
Kick Off portrays the joys and sorrows of a group of refugees living in a beat up stadium in Kirkuk, Iraq. - 7/8/10

The Last Ayatollah
"This is the beginning of the end of the Islamic Republic as we know it," I told my editors at NEWSWEEK in a hastily written e-mail from Tehran on the night of June 20, 2009. "I don't know how long is it going to take for the Islamic regime to fall. - by Maziar Bahari - 7/8/10

IAAB kicks off Camp Ayandeh 2010 in Belmont, California
Today (July 6, 2010) marks the beginning of Iranian Alliances Across Borders' (IAAB) week-long Camp Ayandeh, a leadership camp for Iranian American high school students. The first-of-its-kind camp will take place July 6-12, 2010 at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in Belmont, California, just outside of San Francisco. - 7/7/10

Photos: Harvesting wheat the traditional way, Arak, Iran
Although technology has brought great changes to traditional wheat harvest in the world, Araki farmers in the Markazi province in central Iran still experience considerable difficulties in gathering corps from fields. -Amir Qaderi, MNA - 7/7/10

Iranian Banks Under Sanctions: Government Looking Towards Foreign Banks
As international sanctions curtail the operations of Iranian banks, there were reports this week that restrictions on foreign bank operations in Iran have been lifted. -Ardalan Sayami, Rooz - 7/7/10

Photos: Over 15,000 bottles of alcohol seized by Iranian police
After two months of search and detection operations, police officers seized 15,900 bottles of smuggled alcohol in Tehran. Iran began restricting alcohol consumption and production soon after the 1979 Revolution, with harsh penalties meted out for violations of the law. -Photos by Yunos Khani, MNA - 7/7/10

Iran Moots Shifting Capital from Tehran
Two hundred years after Tehran became the seat of government; could the authorities really move the Iranian capital to some other city? -Nima Tamaddon, Washington - 7/7/10

Iranian MP rebukes Ahmadinejad for moves against Parliament
In addition to his declarations in parliament, Tavakoli published further criticism of Ahmadinejad in his website, Alef. Alef website wrote last week that Saeed Mortazavi, a main suspect in the case of detainee death at Kahrizak Detention Centre was not among the individuals prosecuted in the case, insinuating that his connections with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has saved him from facing the law. - 7/7/10

Iran: Supreme Leader announces policy for energy, water conservation and bread consumption
After a consultation with the Expediency Council, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution declared the mechanism for reforming consumption patterns, especially for the conservation of energy and water resources. - 7/7/10

Iran Denies Jet Fuel Crisis, Urges Citizens to Conserve Energy
In a sign that new sanctions against Iran may be having an effect, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged his citizens Tuesday to conserve energy and electricity, and to cut back on consumption of imported consumer goods. -VOA - 7/7/10

Iran: Prevent Woman's Execution for Adultery
The Iranian judiciary should halt plans to execute a woman convicted of adultery, Human Rights Watch said today. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two has previously been punished with flogging for having an "illicit relationship" - 7/7/10

Obama, Netanyahu: US-Israel Bond 'Unbreakable'
U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say their countries' relationship is not strained and that the U.S.-Israel bond is "unbreakable." The two leaders met at the White House Tuesday. -VOA - 7/7/10

In the Salons of Tehran, Fashion Is an Ideology
Tim Gunn, Paul Weller and other politics-of-style icons: this is your moment. The Iranian regime's latest attempt to purge the vestiges of the Green Movement from the hearts of dissatisfied Iranian youth strikes directly at the kids' unfortunately frosted tips. -Wired - 7/7/10

Photos: Tehran Bazaar On Strike Over Tax Row With Government
Traders in Tehran's grand bazaar went on strike on Tuesday in protest at increased income taxes in a year of slow business, ISNA news agency reported. "This morning most businesses including jewelry and fabric shops shut down to protest at a lack of agreement with the tax office" over taxes of the previous Iranian year, which ended March 21 -Amir Kholoosi, ISNA - 7/6/10

Iran: Khatami and Mousavi meet, demand end to security atmosphere
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami and Mir Hossein Mousavi in a meeting while exchanging views regarding the domestic and international events and the situation of the country in the past year, emphasized on the continuation of civil and legal activities to fulfill people's rights. - 7/6/10

Iran's supreme leader intervenes in disputes over Azad University
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei issued separate letters to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop their disputes over Azad University, Iran's private university. -Zamaneh - 7/6/10

Teenage Paramilitaries in Iran
Basij movement hopes to catch children at early age and train them up for "army of 20 million". -Ali Reza Eshraghi, IWPR - 7/6/10

Jairzinho: Why does Iran lag in football?
Former Brazil striker Jairzinho said on Tuesday that Iran football team is the cleverest team in Asia and should do better in the tournaments. -MNA - 7/6/10

Iranian Leaders Say Economy Strong Despite Sanctions
Iran's president says sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program will not hurt the country, but there are signs Iran is starting to feel the pain of the sanctions. -VOA - 7/6/10

Beth Farokhi, Democratic Candidate for Georgia State School Superintendent
Beth Farokhi's family has long exemplified a commitment to the community and public service. Her husband Dr. N.R. Farokhi who was amongst the first wave of Iranian immigrants in Atlanta in the 1960s, has long been active in building a cohesive support system for Iranian Americans in Georgia. -PAAIA - 7/6/10

US, EU Unilateral Sanctions: Dimensions and Consequences
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 had been just adopted when Washington, followed by the European Union, enforced a new round of separate and stricter sanctions against some Iranian companies, banks and persons. -Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavi - 7/6/10

Iran Says Reports Planes Denied Refueling 'False'
On July 5, Iran's ISNA news agency quoted the secretary of the Iranian Airlines Union, Mehdi Aliyari, as saying airports in Britain, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates had denied refueling to Iranian planes as part of unilateral U.S. sanctions against Iran. -RFE - 7/6/10

Iran to scale back trade ties with UAE: Iranian official
The Head of Iran-UAE Chamber of Commerce Masoud Daneshmand said Tuesday that Iran scales back trade relations with the UAE following freezing 41 Iranian bank accounts. -ISNA - 7/6/10

Japan's Inpex not to pull out of Iran's Azadegan
Inpex has no plans to sell its stake in the Azadegan oilfield in southwestern Iran, Inpex Corp. President Toshiaki Kitamura said on Tuesday. - 7/6/10

Photos: Iranian Hair Styles, Approved by the Guidance Ministry
A set of hair styles that have been approved by the Guidance (Ershad) Ministry, were unveiled at the office of the chastity and hejab festival Monday morning. -Mohsen Rezaei, MNA - 7/5/10

Iranian Authorities Accused Of Covering Up Kahrizak Atrocities
The Mourning Mothers of Iran have described the death sentences issued for Iranian officials over their role in the torture and killing of three postelection detainees at the Kahrizak detention center as an attempt by the establishment to cover up its crimes and to calm down the families of the victims - 7/5/10

Iran Says Countries Refuse Fuel To Planes
A senior Iranian official says Germany, Britain, and the United Arab Emirates are refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes since the United States imposed unilateral sanctions on the Islamic republic last week. -RFE - 7/5/10

Given fuel for reactor, Iran can halt enrichment: MP
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Iranian MP said that Iran's National Security Council has announced: "If fuel is provided for Iran's research reactor, Iran does not insist on domestic production of the necessary fuel." Iran has repeatedly said that uranium enrichment is a "red line" in its nuclear programs. -Zamaneh - 7/5/10

54th Session on the UN Commission on the Status of Women Progress but Huge Political Challenges Ahead
2010 is a significant year for the global women's movement. It marks the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPA), the 30th anniversary of Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW)... -Elahe Amani, winwomenspeak - 7/5/10

'Larijani, You No Longer Represent Us'
It appears that Iran's hard-liners have found a new target for their attacks. ILNA reported that in the anti-Larijani leaflets distributed on July 2, the conservative speaker of parliament and Ahmadinejad rival is accused of supporting the Green opposition movement. -RFE - 7/5/10

Sassanid fire temple discovered in central Iran
Ruins of a fire temple dating back to the Sassanid era have recently been discovered during a series of archaeological excavations in the Vigol region near Kashan in central Iran. -MNA - 7/5/10

"My Conversation with President Obama Yesterday"
Yesterday (July 1, 2010), I had the honor of meeting President Obama in the White House. My name is Forough Parvizian-Yazdani, and I am a board member of NIAC. -NIAC - 7/5/10

Campaign for Iranian woman facing death by stoning
A 43-year-old Iranian woman is facing death by stoning unless an international campaign launched by her children forces the authorities to quash what her lawyer calls a bogus conviction. -Guardian - 7/5/10

New oil, gas fields discovered in Iran
Iran has discovered a new gas field with around 700 billion cubic meters of in-place reserve in the Persian Gulf , the Iranian oil minister said on Monday. -MNA - 7/5/10

Price of petrol on its way up in Iran
Head of Iran transportation and fuel management headquarters announced that petrol subsidies will stop in the second half of the Iranian year and the price of petrol will increase -Zamaneh - 7/5/10

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for key MKO members
Iraqi Supreme Criminal Court issued arrest warrant for top leader of terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) Massoud Rajavi, Maryam Rajavi, Amir Kazemi as well as 35 other members of the group -ISNA - 7/5/10

Celebrating a Universal Principle as well as America's Independence
On July 4 we all celebrate not only the birthday of America but also an American-inspired universal moral principle-respect for world public opinion. -R. K. Ramazan - 7/4/10

Rahnavard: End mistreatment of political prisoners
Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard made another appeal to the Islamic Republic on behalf of political prisoners urging the authorities to end mistreatment of prisoners. -Zamaneh - 7/4/10

Women to Perform Sama in Tehran Concert
A group of Iranian women plan to perform sama, a Sufi ecstatic dance, during a concert in Tehran. The sama performance will be a part of the concert, which will be held by the all-female Iranian band Ava-ye Mehrabani at the Vahdat Hall on July 16, band singer and director Soheila Purgerami said in a press release on Sunday. - 7/4/10

Kayhan Kalhor to unveil new instrument in Tehran concert
Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor will be giving a concert in Tehran's Vahdat Hall in mid-July introducing his new instrument shahkaman, which is similar to kamancheh. - 7/4/10

Extreme reactions of Iran's Media Deputy called by Minister of Culture
The harsh treatment of journalists and newspapers by media deputy of the Ministry of Culture was finally noted by the Minister of Culture after the parliament questioned the impartiality of the ministry in dealing with the media. -Zamaneh - 7/4/10

Iran claims sanctions against jet fuel illegal
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iranian parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Council announced that boycotting sale of petrol to Iran is illegal and added that according to International laws, companies are responsible for the lives of air passengers and air security. -Zamaneh - 7/4/10

Will Iran weightlifting be banned for life?
Iran's weightlifting federation is on the verge of being banned for life due to unlawful doping activities of Iranian athletes. -MNA - 7/4/10

Iran's Economy To Grow 3.1% This Year: Economist
At a time when the global economic meltdown has reduced or stopped economic growth in many countries, The Economist news and international affairs publication stated that Iran's economic growth will reach 3.5 percent this year. -MNA - 7/4/10

Lebanon's Top Shi'ite Cleric Dies
Lebanon's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric, whose influence reached beyond Lebanon, has died at the age of 75 after a long illness. He was known in Shi'ite religious circles for moderate social views, especially on women. -VOA - 7/4/10

World Cup Politics: 'The Curse Of The Iranian People Afflicted Brazil'
The elimination of Brazil from the World Cup was met with expressions of joy and sarcasm by some members of Iran's opposition movement. They used the occasion to poke fun at Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki, who had said earlier this week that the United States, France, and England were eliminated from the World Cup for imposing sanctions on Iran over its sensitive nuclear activities. -RFE - 7/3/10

Ex-Iranian Deputy Criticizes Prison Abuse Investigation
Ali Akbar Mosavi Khoeni spoke to Radio Farda on July 1 about the case at Kehrizak prison, the site of the alleged abuse of hundreds of protesters arrested in the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2009. All but one of the prison workers tried for the alleged abuse were convicted on June 30, with two of them being sentenced to death. -RFE - 7/3/10

Iran Crowned World Schools Volleyball Champion
Iran defeated France in the final game of the 2010 World Schools Volleyball Championship and claimed the title. - 7/3/10

Frontier Blues: A film by Babak Jalali
On Iran's northern frontier with Turkmenistan, the land of "heartbreak and tractors", Jalali mines absurdist humour and quiet pathos from the immutable routines of a group of men. - 7/3/10

Iranian Officials Scoff at Impact of New US Economic Sanctions
Iranian officials are ridiculing the importance of new U.S. economic sanctions against Tehran. Opinions of Iranians outside the country, however, are divided on what impact the sanctions will have -VOA - 7/3/10

Iran TV chief visit to the Netherlands cancelled due to protests
The invitation extended to the head of Iran's national television network to visit Dutch TV network was cancelled amidst widespread protests by Iranian immigrants and reaction of Dutch parliament and media. -Zamaneh - 7/3/10

Ahmadinejad supporters in Qom denounce Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani
A number of supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad government in Qom issued a statement claiming they no longer regard Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Parliament, as their representative at the parliament and they want their votes back. -Zamaneh - 7/3/10

Total CEO criticizes Iran sanctions
Chief Executive Officer of the French oil company Total called petroleum sanctions against Iran a "mistake" that would only hurt the people of Iran. -Zamaneh - 7/3/10

Mehran: Angels of Persepolis
It's easy to recommend Angels of Persepolis to anyone who appreciates outstanding acoustic/classical/flamenco guitar playing, but there's enough ensemble work going on here to please jazz, prog, and World Music lovers alike. Mehran is certainly a force to be reckoned with on the flamenco guitar scene. -Sea of Tranquility - 7/3/10

Iran to rank 10th in copper production
The National Iranian Copper Industry Company managing director said that within four-year time the Islamic Republic will be producing 3.5 percent of the world's copper and rank 10 in this regard. -MNA - 7/3/10

Obama Signs Tough, New Iran Sanctions Legislation
The law is designed to place more pressure on Iran's government by imposing penalties on companies helping the Iranian energy sector, with a focus on gasoline and other refined petroleum products. It also targets Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corp, with a provision prohibiting U.S. banks from doing business with foreign banks providing services to the Revolutionary Guard. -VOA - 7/2/10

Farhang Foundation Proudly Announces Its 3rd Annual Short Film Festival
The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 2011 has officially been announced, calling on filmmakers from all backgrounds to create short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture and heritage. - 7/2/10

Iranian Reformist Leader Hossein Marashi Returns to Evin Prison
With his six days leave from prison coming to an end and the objection of prosecutor for extending his temporary release, Seyyed Hossein Marashi, brother-in-law of Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the spokesman for Kargozaran Party (reformist) and the member of Mir Hossein Mousavi's last year's presidential campaign, returned to prison. - 7/2/10

Nokia rebuked for giving Iran media monitoring capability
Today a seminar entitled "The New Political Role of Internet and Mobile Phone: Example Iran" took place in Brussels with the presence of tens of Iranian and European journalists, political analysts and social activists. Radio Zamaneh correspondent reports that Ben Roome, Nokia-Siemens representative was questioned about the equipment his company has provided for the Islamic Republic government. - 7/2/10

Remarks by President Obama at Signing of the Iran Sanctions Act
"Since taking office, I've made it clear that the United States was prepared to begin a new chapter of engagement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. We offered the Iranian government a clear choice. It could fulfill its international obligations and realize greater security, deeper economic and political integration with the world, and a better future for all Iranians." - 7/2/10

Iranian American Mathematician Honored
Dr. Freydoon Shahidi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has been elected to the 2010 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the first Iranian-American mathematician to receive this honor. -Ramin Takloo-Bighash, PAAIA - 7/2/10

Iranian attorneys criticized by hardline cleric
Mohammad Emami Kashani, Tehran's Friday Mass Prayers leader today, told worshippers: "Defending the false is religiously prohibited and court attorneys should only defend the rightful." Fars news agency reports that Kashani warned attorneys saying: "When they read a file and realize that the client is not in the right, they should not defend them." -Zamaneh - 7/2/10

British Embassy denies visa to Iranian theater troupe
The British Embassy in Tehran has refused to issue a visa for an Iranian troupe, which wanted to take part in the Contacting the World (CTW) Festival in Manchester from July 19 to 25. Iran's 84theater under the supervision of director Ali-Akbar Alizadeh was due to stage "Magic Highland" in collaboration with a troupe from Liverpool at the festival. - 7/2/10

Iranian human rights activists Nargess Mohammadi released on bail
Nargess Mohammadi, Chief Deputy of Iran's Human Rights Defenders was released last night from Evin Prison. The Revolutionary Court has reportedly approved her release on a $50,000 bail. Nargess Mohammadi, who is also secretary general of the National Peace Council, was arrested last month at her home - 7/2/10

FILM -- Tehroun: Iran's underbelly
What makes Homayoun's movie unusual compared to other films set in Iran is its resemblance to American film noirs of the 1940s and '50s, especially those that portrayed naïve newcomers who come to the big city looking for easy riches but who are meted out a harsher fate. -Toronto Star - 7/2/10

Iran's Central Bank Lacks Independence, Parliament Study Says
The Iranian Central Bank needs more independence from the government in order to combat inflation, according to the country's Parliament Research Center. -Bloomberg - 7/2/10

Kamiar and Arash Alaei, Iranian AIDS Doctors: In Captivity Two Years and Counting
This week marks the second anniversary of Arash and Kamiar Alaei's detention in Iran. Brothers and Iranian educated doctors, the Alaei's have worked tirelessly for the rehabilitation of substance abusers in Iran as well as for the health and welfare of Iran's ostracized HIV/AIDS community. -Hossein Sohrevardi - 7/1/10

Shocking Figures from Tehran: 58% Depressed, 400 Thousand Addicts, 14% Unemployed
While state-run media use Europe and U.S. depression and suicide rates to claim that the West is disintegrating, a report by the Aria Strategic Studies Center revealed that 58 percent of Tehran residents suffer from severe and mild depression. Meanwhile, Tehran's police chief announced that the addiction age has decreased and Tehran has passed the "critical point" in this area. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 7/1/10

Fears for prisoners on death row in Iran
Amnesty International has made a new call to the Iranian authorities to immediately halt all executions and commute all death sentences as concern grows about two women and other prisoners who may be at imminent risk of execution. - 7/1/10

Obama to Sign New US Iran Sanctions Bill Thursday
U.S. President Barack Obama will sign into law Thursday a package of tough, new energy and financial sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program. -VOA - 7/1/10

NIAC Urges Obama to Publicly Press Iran to Halt Execution of Zeinab Jalalian
The National Iranian American Council is gravely concerned by reports that the Iranian government plans to execute Zeinab Jalalian, a 27-year old Iranian-Kurdish political prisoner. - 7/1/10

Amnesty International concerned for health of detained Iranian student activist
Tavakoli was arrested last December during the protests on National Student's Day in the course of post-election protests. He suffers from respiratory complications and is recently transferred to the notorious section 350 of Evin Prison which reportedly has the worst conditions in Evin. -Zamaneh - 7/1/10

Iran presents 11 proposals to break Gaza blockade
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has presented eleven proposals to help break the blockade of Gaza at a meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Conference Member States (PUOICM). -MNA - 7/1/10

Bushehr nuclear plant due to be operational by mid September: AEOI Head
The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Bushehr nuclear power plant is due to be operational by mid September. "God willing, Bushehr nuclear plant is due to be run by mid September," he told reporters. -ISNA - 7/1/10

Iran, Turkey, and Brazil to meet on nuclear fuel swap deal
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters on Wednesday that Iran, Turkey and Brazil will soon resume talks on the nuclear fuel swap deal known as the Tehran Declaration -MNA - 7/1/10

Iran planning to manufacture long-range anti-air missiles
Iran is planning to start manufacturing long-range anti-air missiles, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told reporters on Wednesday. -MNA - 7/1/10

Man claiming to be missing Iranian scientist says he fled U.S. agents
Two videos surfaced Wednesday of a man claiming to be missing Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, in which he says he has escaped from U.S. agents and is in hiding in Virginia. This is the third time that videos allegedly showing Amiri have been circulated on the internet. -CNN - 7/1/10

'Iran arms Syria with radar,' US report says
A spokesman for the Syrian Embassy in Washington said the claims were "classic Israeli PR stunts aimed at diverting the world's attention from the atrocities they are committing in Gaza and other occupied territories". -BBC - 7/1/10

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