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Iran grouped with Bahrain, Indonesia, Qatar for World Cup qualifiers
The ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification draw for the Asian confederation was held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro late Saturday as the Iran's Portuguese boss Carlos Queiroz was also present in the ceremony. - 7/31/11

Jailed Iranian journalist receives Hellman-Hammett prize
Jailed Iranian journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi has been awarded the Hellman-Hammett grant for 2011 by Human Rights Watch. - 7/31/11

Iranian Acid Victim Forgives Her Attacker
An Iranian woman Ameneh Bahrami who is victim of acid attack, pardoned a man who threw acid on her face on Sunday. The man named Majid Movahedi was convicted of throwing acid in the face of her female student. The man who was to have been blinded himself on Sunday in retribution was pardoned by his victim. - 7/31/11

Iran-EU trade hits 9.5 Billion Euros in Jan-May: Eurostat
Despite the U.S. and the EU sanctions, Iran's exports to the EU's 27 member states in the first five months of 2011 rose 6.4% compared to the same period of the last year, reaching from 5.028 billion Euros to 5.35 billion Euros, the report said. - 7/31/11

Sony Pictures to produce "Tehranis" by Director Kamshad Kushan
The Sony Pictures Entertainment plans to produce "Tehranis", a comedy which will be directed by Iranian filmmaker Kamshad Kooshan. The film is about an Iranian family that has left Tehran to live in Los Angeles - 7/31/11

Iran to deploy submarines in international waters on 90-day mission: Commander
Iran plans to dispatch submarines to international waters on a 90-day mission, Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday. - 7/31/11

In Iran, Working Remotely Is a National Controversy
A new plan to have civil servants work from home is raising thorny issues about gender norms in the Islamic Republic -Meir Javedanfar, The Atlantic - 7/31/11

Tehran Diary: 'We Drink to the Freedom that Will Come One Day'
It has been two years since the disputed presidential elections in Iran, which sparked street protests leading to dozens of deaths and countless arrests. The opposition is in disarray and the government seems stronger than ever. Four Tehran residents give a glimpse into life in the Islamic Republic in diary entries they wrote for SPIEGEL. - 7/31/11

Stuxnet and the Paradigm Shift in Cyber Warfare
In July 2010, a public announcement appeared regarding the discovery of the Stuxnet worm that has since caused drastic changes in the worldwide cyber community. This article is a brief history of the Stuxnet worm, including its targets, the initial findings, possible creators of the worm and its effects, using the facts known at the time of writing. -Control Global - 7/31/11

Iran's Paykan wins Asian Volleyball Club Championship for 7th time
Iran's Paykan won the 2011 Asian Men's Volleyball Club Championship on Saturday. The Iranian representative swept Almaty of Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19) at the Sriwijaya Sports Hall in Palembang, Indonesia. - 7/30/11

Is the Multiple Entry Visa Worth the Risk?: Azadeh's Story
Azadeh has been in the U.S. for 3 years as a PhD student at the University of Maryland, during which time she hasn't been able to see her family back in Iran. Up until recently, Iranian students could only receive a single-entry visa, which meant their visa would allow them to enter the country one time only. If they left, they would have to reapply for a new visa. -Jessica Stahl - 7/30/11

Lawyer Hopes Iran May Release U.S. Hikers Soon
The lawyer for the two U.S. nationals detained in Iran on espionage charges has expressed hope that authorities there might free his clients in coming days. - 7/30/11

Musician laments neglect of harp in Persian music
Veteran Kurdish harpist Tara Jaff laments that the harp has been neglected in Persian music. The Iranian harp was used in Persian music until 17th century but unfortunately, it gradually sank into oblivion and was replaced by other string instruments like tar, and setar which are easier to play, Jaff mentioned during the master class she held at the House of Music. - 7/30/11

Nikol Faridani's widow to donate his books to World Food Program
The widow of Iranian photographer Nikol Faridani will donate some of his rare books to the UN World Food Program on the occasion of World Photography Day on August 19. - 7/30/11

Iranian NBA Player Hamed Haddadi Likely To Join A Chinese Team
Iran's Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is likely to join a Chinese team, according to Haddadi's agent, Marc Cornstein. - 7/30/11

Bushehr Nuclear Plant start-up on track: Iranian MP
The Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security Committee says the Bushehr Nuclear Plant is in the final stage of its launch. However, Iranian MP Emad Hosseini, a member of Parliament's energy commission said this week that he did not see the launch of the Bushehr Nuclear Plant in the horizon. - 7/30/11

U.S. Still Open To Iraqi Request For Military Presence After 2011
Frequent bombings, assassinations and a resurgence in violence by Shiite militias have made Iraq more dangerous now than it was just a year ago, a U.S. government watchdog concludes in a report released Saturday. - 7/30/11

Indian Firms Start Iran Oil Payments via Turkey
Iran's biggest Indian customer released a small payment in Euros through Turkey's Halkbank to end a U.S.-inspired impasse that has built up over $5 billion of oil payment debts and prompted Iran to halt oil supplies making up 12 percent of India's demand. - 7/30/11

Iran Starts Construction of World's Largest Petrochemical Complex
The construction of Iran's urea and ammonia fertilizer producing complex in Masjed Soleyman has been financed by private sector and $4 billion investment from China. - 7/30/11

Iranian group pays out millions in its bid to be removed from US terror list
Dozens of former officials across the political spectrum - from conservative John Bolton to liberal Howard Dean - have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak at events organised by supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or People's Mujahideen, in the US. -Financial Times - 7/30/11

Bombed Iran-Turkey gas pipeline back in use
Iran resumed gas exports to Turkey today after repairs were made to the pipeline damaged in yesterday's explosion. Javad Owji, the chief executive of the Iranian National Gas Company, told ISNA that the repairs were completed and tested this morning. - 7/30/11

Iranian prisons are like hotels: Shamghadari
Javad Shamghadari, the deputy chief of cinema at Iran's Ministry of Culture, has said that contrary to reports, the conditions at Iranian prisons are actually very good. ILNA cited Shamghadari saying: "I hope our journalist friends visit Evin Prison so they can see Evin is exactly like a hotel and in very good condition." - 7/29/11

Iran advances to 3rd round of World Cup qualifying
The Asian heavyweight Iran edged past the Maldives on Thursday and qualified for the third round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. In the match held at the Rasmee Dhandu National Stadium, the Iranian outfit beat 1-0 the Maldives. - 7/29/11

"I Fear for His Safety," Says Father of Imprisoned Iranian Student Zia Nabavi
Ali Akbar Nabavi, father of imprisoned student Zia Nabavi, fears for his son's safety if rumors of prison transfers are true. Nabavi is rumored to be among a group of political prisoners being transferred back to Karoon Prison in Ahvaz. - 7/29/11

Iran: Ahmadinejad opens highest RCC dam
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has inaugurated the Islamic Republic's highest roller-compact concrete (RCC) dam in the country's southern province of Khuzestan. - 7/29/11

Analysts: IRGC Commander Risky Choice For Iranian Oil Minister
Analysts say that Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's decision to name a senior revolutionary guard commander as the country's oil minister could cause instability and further hurt its energy revenues, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/29/11

PJAK terrorists attack Basij outpost in northwest Iran
Armed members of the counter-revolutionary group PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) attacked a Basij outpost near the city of Sarvabad in northwest Iran on Wednesday, killing one Basiji and injuring four. - 7/29/11

Iranian Activist Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Refusing to Make False Confessions
Atieh Taheri, wife of Azerbaijani journalist and civil activist Saeed Matinpour, spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in an interview about her husband's health condition and situation in Evin Prison. - 7/29/11

Iranian Foreign Minister Calls Nuclear Program Unstoppable
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran's atomic program has reached a point where it can no longer be stopped or turned back. IRNA reports that Salehi said on Wednesday: "In Iran, nuclear technology has become a fundamental and vital part of industry, and its centres are spread out all across the country." - 7/29/11

Qassem Suleimani: the Iranian general 'secretly running' Iraq
Martin Chulov reports on the elusive Iranian with so much Iraqi influence that Baghdadis believe he is controlling the country -Guardian - 7/29/11

In Tehran's main cemetery, space for the dead dwindling
The vast site, called Behesht-e Zahra , or "Zahra's paradise," after a female Shiite saint, is the city's main cemetery, and it is busy, with about 15,000 visitors, and 150 funerals, a day. Over an average weekend, half a million people come to picnic near the graves of family members ... -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 7/29/11

Dowlatabad Garden: A Persian Architecture Jewels
The heat is blistering in the south, on the edge of the Great Desert. High chimneys acting as air-vents bring some comfort to these dwellings. Dowlatabad Garden located in Yazd, central Iran, is a Persian architecture jewel. The Garden is an authentic Iranian garden that annually attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 7/28/11

Iran Releases Prominent Actress Pegah Ahangarani on Bail
Iran has freed a well-known dissident actress from prison following heightened criticism of its crackdown on artists and rights activists. Pegah Ahangarani, an outspoken supporter of Iran's opposition Green Movement, was released Wednesday from Tehran's Evin Prison on $84,000 bail. - 7/28/11

Iranian Parliament omits controversial family law bill
Parliament has once again delayed consideration of a controversial bill to amend the Family Protection Act, which would give Iranian men the right to multiple marriages without first proving adequate financial resources. -Zamaneh - 7/28/11

Iran: Fate of Bushehr Nuclear Plant in doubt
Despite recent statements from Iran's Foreign Ministry announcing the imminent launch of the Bushehr Nuclear Plant, today the spokesman for Parliament's energy commission indicated the plant's start-up is not on the horizon. - 7/28/11

Preventing Further Damage to Khamenei: Rafsanjani's Record Cause of Creation of new Council
Following the creation of a new council by the supreme leader of the Islamic republic of Iran to resolve the differences between the country's three branches of government, some news sites affiliated with the principlist report that the goal of this measure is to reduce the costs incurred to ayatollah Khamenei because of the latter's interventions in the work of the government. -Arash Bahmani, Rooz - 7/28/11

An End to the Politics of Revenge?
News sources indicate that France has agreed to let Qaddafi remain in Libya if he cedes power. The offer to Qaddafi is a wise choice. In the future, similar offers can be improved by offering asylum outside of the tyrants' home countries. The Iranian ayatollahs, for example, may feel more comfortable with offers of US protection in the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala. -Rasool Nafisi - 7/28/11

Caspian Sea States On Course For Naval Arms Race
Earlier this month, representatives of the countries that surround the Caspian Sea met in Moscow to discuss divvying up its ample natural resources. The meeting broke up with all sides praising their desire for peace and cooperation. If it were only so. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 7/28/11

US urged to release innocent Iranians
On Wednesday, Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi met with the families of some of the Iranian nationals who are in US detention centers, reaffirming their innocence and advising Washington to free them as soon as possible - 7/28/11

Intelligence Minister: Iran Fully Monitors Cyberspace
Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says Iran fully monitors the cyberspace in order to counter soft war attacks against the Islamic Republic. Iran is well prepared, from a technical point of view, to confront the enemy's soft warfare against the Islamic Republic in the cyberspace, Moslehi told reporters - 7/28/11

Iran: Nominees for new ministerial posts announced
Among the four nominees, only Rostam Qasemi is a new face. Qasemi is the director of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Base, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' construction contractor. The three others are currently serving as ministers. - 7/28/11

Iranian Activists Decry Violence Against Women Amid Reported Gang Rapes
More than 500 Iranian women's rights activists and their supporters have issued a statement calling on authorities to put an end to "systematic violence against women" as the sixth gang rape in recent months was reported, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/27/11

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 2012
The 4th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 2012 has officially been announced, calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage. - 7/27/11

Iran adds a year to award-winning journalist's prison term
Recent news reports that Iranian authorities have added a year to the politicized five-year sentence currently being served by journalist Mohammad Davari is the latest example of vindictive government policies against critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. - 7/27/11

Distinguished Iranian Director Talks About Wife's Case and Women in Film
Distinguished Iranian filmmaker Nasser Taghvai spoke with International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in an interview about the situation of his wife, actress Marzieh Vafamehr. - 7/27/11

Digitization Project Brings Ancient Near Eastern Inscriptions into 21st Century
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives announces a new 3-D digital resource that will enable scholars and the public to learn more about the ancient Near East through a unique group of pressed-paper molds called squeezes. This resource provides unparalleled access to the archives' collection of squeezes from ancient Near Eastern archaeological sites. - 7/27/11

Report: World Gains From US Natural Gas Abundance
The development of new drilling operations in shale rock has led to a dramatic increase in U.S. natural gas reserves. While there are some environmental concerns about the practice of fracturing rock deep underground to release gas, drilling operations have expanded from Texas to Pennsylvania, keeping gas prices low as demand increases. -Greg Flakus, VOA - 7/27/11

Iran Redistributes Wealth in Bid to Fight Sanctions
Iran's Islamist government may be public enemy No. 1 at the White House. But in the halls of the International Monetary Fund a few blocks away, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being hailed as an economic reformer. -WSJ - 7/27/11

US General Warns Iran on Iraq Militia Attacks
President Barack Obama's pick to become the top United States military officer has warned Tehran not to underestimate American resolve in responding to Iranian-sponsored attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. -VOA - 7/27/11

Highway-turned-waterway is the laughing stock of Iran
It was meant to speed up inner-city traffic, but on rainy days, the brand-new expressway in the central Iranian city of Rafsanjan turns into a giant urban waterfall, according to our Observers. They say the road is an example of botched engineering and construction work at its worst. -Observers - 7/27/11

Deaths Reported in Fighting Between Iran, Kurd Rebels
Iran says an unspecified number of militants with the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) have been killed, following clashes along the Iraqi border. - 7/27/11

Analysis: Did the West plot killing of Iranian nuclear scientist?
Western security agencies were most likely behind the killing of an Iranian scientist in an operation that underlines the myriad complications in the conflict over Iran's nuclear programme, analysts have claimed. -Scotsman - 7/27/11

As Egypt charts new foreign policy course, away from US line, Iran hopes to warm ties
Any warming would mark a shift in the political map of the region, which has sharply split between Iran's sphere of influence, including Syria and the Islamic militias of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, and a U.S.-backed camp led by Saudi Arabia, Gulf nations and Mubarak's Egypt. -Washington Post - 7/27/11

Iraqi Kurds protest Iran's artillery attacks
A group of Iraqi Kurdish activists and citizens demonstrated today in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to decry Iran's artillery attacks in the Iran-Iraq border region. - 7/27/11

Stuxnet clones may target critical US systems, DHS warns
Officials with the US Department of Homeland Security warned that hackers could attack the country's power generation plants, water treatment facilities, and other critical infrastructure with clones of the Stuxnet computer worm, which was used to disrupt Iran's nuclear-enrichment operations. -Register - 7/27/11

Iranian Civil Society Warns Against Military Strike in New Report
Influential and well-informed members of Iranian civil society believe that military action against Iran would lead to further political repression, deeper enmity between the Iranian people and the United States, and severe humanitarian problems, according to a report published today by theInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/26/11

Iranian Regime Anxious for Compromise
The remarks by Iran's minister of intelligence Heidar Moslehi at last week's congregational Friday prayers demonstrate that the regime in Tehran has once again moved up the goal of containing the Green Movement to the top of its priority agenda. -Ali Afshari - 7/26/11

Classical Iranian Music Gets a New Audience
Few in the West have heard its authentically Persian sound, but now the classical, Persian stringed instrument known as a kamancheh is being heard in an unlikely place - the mid-western U.S. state of Ohio. An Iranian-American musician is resurrecting the kamancheh's ancient sound - the hard way - and introducing it to a whole new audience. -Arash Arabasadi, Toledo, Ohio - 7/26/11

Iran Judiciary Says To Release Actresses On Bail
Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie has said actress and filmmaker Pegah Ahangarani and actress Marzieh Vafamehr will be relased on bail. The two women were arrested separately earlier this month. - 7/26/11

Iran's "Flower" dedicated to victims of terrorist attacks in Norway
A performance of "The Flower", an Iranian play promoting peace and friendship, has been dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks that struck Norway last week. - 7/26/11

Photos: Fish Pedicurists in Tehran
These photos by Abdollah Heydari show the fish pedicurists at work in a salon in Tehran, Iran. Doctor fish is the name given to two species of fish. The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow - 7/26/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Names Mediator In Power Struggle
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is said to have appointed a mediator to resolve disputes within the government -- including the ongoing dispute between President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the parliament, which has also challenged the supreme leader's authority. - 7/26/11

Iran rights activists face challenges from both sides
In Iran, many human rights lawyers find themselves jailed or threatened with legal action. At the same time, some are criticized by peers who say they sometimes overlook clients' best interests in their determination to take a stand. -Ramin Mostaghim and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times - 7/26/11

Police Chief: Major powers Behind Crime Rise In Iran
The national police chief says the presence of foreign forces in the region and their plan in promoting drug abuse, sex, and violence is a major reason behind the rise in crime rate in the country. - 7/26/11

Russian Initiative for Final Settlement of Iran's Nuclear Case
Russia's "step by step" solution to Iran's nuclear case has been brought up at a time that Moscow and the United States are discordant on a number of issues, including the proposed missile shield, NATO's military operations in Libya and US approach to Syria. -Hassan Beheshtipour, Iran Review - 7/26/11

FDI in Iran hits new record, exceeds $3.6B in 2010: report
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Iran hit a new record in 2010 and surpassed 3.6 billion dollars despite sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported. - 7/26/11

US move to delist MEK as terror group worries Iran's opposition
It is a bizarre, exiled Iranian opposition group that has existed mostly on the fringes of history. But the cultish Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), or "people's holy warriors", will seize the international spotlight if the US State Department decides in coming weeks to remove the group from its list of foreign terrorist organisations. -Michael Theodoulou, The National - 7/26/11

Iran regime faces foreign holiday dilemma
In Iranian newspapers, advertisements for summer holidays on "Mediterranean beaches" tend not to refer to breaks in southern France or Spain. Readers are likely to find that the destination is more likely to be Turkey. A favourite resort is Antalya, on the country's south-west coast, which has become something of a national obsession. -Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Financial Times - 7/26/11

Germany Arms Saudis Against Iran
Germany's delivery of armoured tanks to Saudi Arabia is not aimed at repressing local or regional popular uprisings, but to improve Saudi military capabilities in a likely war against Iran, diplomatic and military experts say. -IPS - 7/26/11

Iran to raise electricity exports to Iraq: Minister
Iran is currently exporting 800 megawatts of electricity to Iraq per year and will raise the exports to 1,250 megawatts by the next summer, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said. -MNA - 7/26/11

The imprisonment of Actresses in Iran; new developements in suppressing women
A month ago Marzieh Vafamehr, who is an actress as well producer of documentaries was detained and sent to the notorious Gharechak-Varamin prison which is known as not a prison but a torture chamber without the least of facilities. -Sepideh Yousefzadeh, Feminist School - 7/25/11

Senior Iranian Cleric Blames Police, Military For Lack Of Safety
Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah AliMohammad Dastgheib says security and military forces are creating insecurity in the country, and he accused the judiciary of blindly following their orders. -Zamaneh - 7/25/11

Despite Iran's Rejection, Human Rights Pressure Continues
Iran announced on Monday (July 18) that it would not permit the recently appointed United Nations human rights monitor on Iran to enter the country to report on the human rights situation. There had been little expectation that Iran would immediately cooperate with the new monitor, and supporters of the mechanism have urged for persistent pressure on the matter to secure Iran's compliance. -Staff, NIAC - 7/25/11

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Arrested In Qom
Maryam Bigdeli, an Iranian women's rights activist and a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign to End Discriminatory Laws, has been arrested in Qom to serve out a prison term she has challenged as illegal. - 7/25/11

Kahrizak Suspects Not Exonerated Of Charges: Iranian Judiciary
According to certain medial outlets, former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi has recently claimed that he had been acquitted of all charges connected with the Kahrizak detention center incident in which three inmates were killed. - 7/25/11

Iran Inks $10 billion deal with Iraq and Syria to export natural gas to Europe
The proposed pipeline will take three to five years to complete and would go through Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea. - 7/25/11

A Short Film by Leila Sadri on Camp Ayandeh
Leila Sadri, Camp Ayandeh camper (2010 and 2011), is a rising high school sophomore. As a filmmaker, she came to Ayandeh this year equipped with her camera and determined to show the outside world what makes Camp Ayandeh so special for Iranian American youth. - 7/25/11

Iran should be officially informed of Lavrov's offer: Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the country should be officially informed of Lavrov's offer on Iran's nuclear issue. Salehi called Russian suggestion on Iran's nuclear drive "positive act" and said, "the Russian move shows Moscow's efforts to open doors, but Iran needs to be informed of the proposal in details officially." - 7/25/11

Iran's Natural Gas Production to Reach 1.2 Bln Cubic Meters
By the completion of the 24 projected phases of the South Pars gas field, Iran's natural gas production would reach 1.2 billion cubic meters. - 7/25/11

Belgian Face-Veil Ban Goes Into Effect
On July 23, Belgium became the second European country after France to ban the wearing of veils covering the face in public. -Rikard Jozwiak, RFE - 7/25/11

China, Iran eye barter plan to bypass U.S. sanctions - FT
Iran and China are discussing using a barter system to exchange Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services, as U.S. sanctions have blocked China from paying at least $20 billion for oil, the Financial Times said. -Reuters - 7/25/11

International Panel Begins Probe of Bahrain Unrest
An international panel set up by the king of Bahrain has begun to investigate months of Shi'ite-led protests that rocked the Persian Gulf island kingdom earlier this year, leaving more than 30 people dead. - 7/25/11

Iranian Says Assassinated Man Was A Graduate Student Not Nuclear Scientist
Iranian media report that Daryoosh Rezainejad, the man assassinated earlier today in Tehran, was not a nuclear scientist as earlier suggested, but rather a graduate student in the electronics department of Khajeh Nasireddin Toosi University in Tehran. - 7/24/11

Iran hammers Maldives 4-0 in World Cup qualifier
Iran defeated the Maldives 4-0 in the first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Second Round Qualifier at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Saturday. Karim Ansarifard gave Iran the lead from the six-meter zone just four minutes into the match. - 7/24/11

Photos: International Young Physicists Tournament in Tehran
Tehran's prestigious Amir Kabir Polytechnic University is hosting the 24th International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT). The competition opened on July 22nd and will be running till July 31. These phtos are from the opening ceremonies. -Mojtaba Heydari - 7/24/11

Los Angeles Art Opening to Benefit Iran Campaign
From 30 July to 4 August 2011, Seyhoun Gallery, in West Hollywood California, will host a show by New York City based visual artist Serge Hamad. As an artist, Serge's goal is to use his work to support global human rights efforts and he has independently volunteered to donate the proceeds from the Seyhoun event to the International Campaign For Human Rights In Iran. - 7/24/11

A Generation of Doers: PAAIA NexGen's National Organizing Committee Meets in Daytona Beach to Set Vision to Action
The electricity and energy in the air was contagious as thirteen people with thirteen different personalities and backgrounds came together for one vision and one goal: to make an impact on our communities. -Roya Soleimani, PAAIA - 7/24/11

Iran pins assassination on U.S., Israel
Iran's Parliament and other authorities say the U.S. and Israel had a hand in the assassination of Daryoosh Rezainejad, the graduate student who was killed yesterday in Tehran. - 7/24/11

Iran to sign biggest gas transfer deal to Europe
Iranian Oil Ministry Caretaker Mohammad Aliabadi as well as oil ministers of Iraq and Syria would join the ceremony and choose name of the pipeline in Assaluyeh, southern Iran, said the Chief Executive of Iran's National Gas Company, Javad Ouji. -ISNA - 7/24/11

Germany urged to hand over PJAK chief to Iran
In a letter sent to the German Federal Parliament on Sunday, Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of Majlis (Parliament) Zohreh Elahian censured Berlin's failure to meet its international commitments in the fight against terror and granting refuge to PJAK chief Rahman Haj-Ahmadi. - 7/24/11

Australia's imports from Iran up 270%
Australia imported some 200 million dollars worth of goods from Iran in 2010, showing around 270 percent rise compared to 2009, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia said in its new biannually fact sheet of trade statistics. - 7/24/11

Iranian Nuclear Scientist 'Assassinated'
Iran says one of its nuclear scientists has been "assassinated" in Tehran. State media reports say the scientist was killed in front of his house on Saturday by unidentified assailants who were riding motorcycles. - 7/23/11

Iranian students win medals in International mathematical Olympiad
Iranian students were ranked 10th in 2011 International Mathematical Olympiad in Amsterdam. The Iranian students won two gold and four silver medals in the 52th mathematical international Olympiad. - 7/23/11

Family Of Dead Iranian Prisoner Complains To Judiciary Head
The family of journalist Reza Hoda Saber, who died of a heart attack last month while on a hunger strike in Iran's Evin prison, has complained to judiciary head Mohammad Sadegh Larijani about the circumstances of his death, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/23/11

Iran: Khamenei Steps In to Rescue Economy
On July 19 Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, published a "General Employment Policy" consisting of 13 goals or strategies to improve employment in Iran. The plan was an indirect but telling acknowledgement of Iran's massive unemployment problem-it follows just a week after statements by Khamenei to Iran's Chamber of Commerce in which the Supreme Leader urged economic optimism and restraint in publishing discouraging items regarding the economy. -Shayan Ghajar, insideIRAN - 7/23/11

Iranian police official denies national safety crisis
The deputy head of Iran's security forces has announced that Iran's crime rate has not risen, especially in light of the country's population growth. Ahmadreza Radan told ISNA that the incidence of violent crimes have not increased in recent years, and crimes such as kidnapping and distraint have even decreased. - 7/23/11

Iranian schools persist in rejecting Afghan children
Afghan children are still being denied entry into Iranian schools, says Afghan Ministry representative in Iran, despite the recent directive from the president's office that removed all enrollment restrictions for foreign school-age children without status. - 7/23/11

Kurdish musician Tara Jaff to review role of harp in Persian music
Renowned Kurdish musician Tara Jaff will hold a workshop on "The Place of the Harp in Persian Music" at Iran's House of Music on Wednesday. She will talk about techniques and methods of playing the harp found in the poetry and music history of Iran during her master class. - 7/23/11

Lawyers Persecuted In Iran
In Iran, attorneys who defend political dissidents and who strive to uphold the rule of law are being targeted by the regime. Their ability to practice their profession is being hobbled by imprisonment, lengthy government bans, and exile. -VOA - 7/23/11

Female Teacher Forgotten in Bahraini Prison
In addition to opposition members, human rights defenders, peaceful protesters, students and athletes, the Bahraini government is cracking down on its teachers. -Stephanie El Rayess, Human Rights Defenders - 7/23/11

Iranian Commander Killed in Clashes with Kurdish Rebels
Iran says a Revolutionary Guards commander and five force members have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels in the northwest. - 7/23/11

Iran's Guard Denies Spy Plane Downing Report
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has refuted a report from state media earlier this week that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane. Instead, the Guard said in a statement Friday that its air defenses hit a test target flying over a uranium enrichment site. - 7/23/11

Ahmadinejad proposes IRGC member to lead Oil Ministry
Rostam Ghassemi, a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps and commander of the IRGC Khatam-ol-nabia Construction Camp, is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's choice to run the Ministry of Oil, Iranian media report. - 7/23/11

Iran says it still stands 2nd in OPEC ranking
Iranian OPEC Governor Mohammad Ali Khatibi rejected reports that Iran is listed after Nigeria in the oil cartel ranking. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has recently released a report, claiming that some changes were made in position of certain countries. - 7/23/11

Iran says oil export halt to India likely
Iranian ambassador to New Delhi Mehdi Nabi-Zadeh said the country's oil export to India is likely to be halted. He said Iranian and Indian central banks should ease disputes on payment of oil supplies, "we have called for India to find a solution one and half year ago and we may have to stop oil supplies to India if they fail to do so." - 7/23/11

Abbas Kiarostami shares his views on the Divan of Shams
The multi-talented auteur Abbas Kiarostami says the excerpts he selected from Rumi's Divan of Shams and published in his recent book are like text messages he sends to readers. His book "The Fire" in which Kiarostami gave a rendition of the Divan of Shams was unveiled during a ceremony at Karnameh Publications on Thursday. - 7/22/11

Iranian Women Karatekas Win Several Medals in Asian Championships
Iran's female karatekas grabbed one gold and two silver medals in the Asian Karate Championships in China. The gold medalist for Iran was Parisa Vafaie in the minus 48 kg category in the age group 16 to 17 after overpowering the Chinese rival. - 7/22/11

'Circumstance' Slated for Late Summer Release: A groundbreaking, sensual film about youth in search of freedom in Iran
Circumstance, the winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, will be released in Los Angeles and New York on August 26, 2011 and in Chicago, San Francisco, and D.C. on September 9, 2011. - 7/22/11

Iranian Cultural Foundation Honors Architect Houshang Seyhoun With Endowed Scholarship
The Iranian Cultural Foundation - Houston has set the bar high for its First Annual Fundraising Gala and Awards Ceremony for Saturday, October 1, 2011 by honoring prominent architect Houshang Seyhoun with an endowed scholarship in his name at the University of Houston. - 7/22/11

Iranian Film Actress In Custody
Vafamehr's husband, Nasser Taghvai, a prominent film director and screenwriter, told RFE/RL on July 20 that the charges against his wife are nonpolitical and related to the movie " My Tehran for Sale," in which she played the lead role. - 7/22/11

Iran Opens Major Solar Power Plant
Iran's largest solar power plant was officially inaugurated in the country's Northeastern city of Mashhad. The plant makes use of 216 solar panels, and is equipped with solar trackers that deliver the highest solar energy production. - 7/22/11

Young, Successful and Having Fun: New York's Iranian Americans Party at Hudson Terrace
On a beautiful July Saturday in New York, a group of Iranian Americans descended upon the Hudson Terrace rooftop lounge for a night of art, introductions and -- of course -- dance. The event, the 5th Anniversary Celebration of The Network of Iranian Professionals of New York (NIPONY), was sponsored in part byPAAIA's youth group, NexGen. - 7/22/11

Iranian Journalists Cautioned On Working with "Antagonistic Networks"
The press deputy at Iran's ministry of Islamic Guidance called the BBC Persian Service and Voice of America news organizations "antagonistic media" and warned Iranian journalists and media activists to "seriously refrain" from "giving them interviews, engaging in news cooperation with them" and generally establishing "any contacts" with them. - Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 7/22/11

Persian Letters: Iran's Basij Head Turns Bard To Dismiss Twitter, Facebook
Iran is known for its poets, foremost among them Hafez, Saadi, Khayam, and Rumi. But now an unlikely candidate has apparently joined the ranks -- the head of Iran's Basij force, Mohammad Reza Naghdi, who has been accused of postelection human rights abuses. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/22/11

Caspian States' Reps Describe Their Meeting As Positive
Representatives of the five Caspian Sea littoral states who participated in the 29th meeting of the special working group tasked with the formulation of the Caspian Sea legal regime issued a statement, in which they described the meeting as positive. The meeting was held from July 19 to 20 in Moscow. - 7/22/11

Iraq demands end to Iranian shelling
Iraq has called on the Islamic Republic to stop shelling in the Iraqi Kurdistan border region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hooshyar Zibari has pressed his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, to end the artillery attacks. - 7/22/11

Ahmadinejad: Reciprocal Steps Could Resolve Nuclear Dispute
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is prepared to take steps to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West in return for reciprocal steps from the international community. - 7/22/11

Kamin Mohammadi's top 10 Iranian books
From 10th-century epics to 21st-century graphic novels, the author picks the books that best illuminate a country too little known in the west -Guardian - 7/22/11

Renowned Iranian AIDS Doctor Hopes For Jailed Brother's Release
Kamiar Alaei, an internationally recognized expert on HIV and AIDS prevention, has expressed hope that Iran will soon release his brother and fellow physician, Arash Alaei, from prison. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/21/11

Iranian Journalist Ordered To Serve Jail Sentence
A prominent Iranian journalist has been ordered to report to Tehran's Evin prison to serve a sentence handed down to him last year by Tehran's Revolutionary Court, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/21/11

Iran's Opportunities and Challenges in Caucasus
Caucasus is Iran's trump to play in its game with regional powers. Iran borders Caucasus, which is one of the most critical regions in the world, on northwest. Crises in Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia have their roots in this region. -Bahram Amir Ahmadian - 7/21/11

US Denies Losing Drone in Iran
The U.S. has denied an Iranian report that the country's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone (unmanned spy plane). Intelligence and military officials told VOA on Wednesday that the U.S. rejects the claim and has not lost a drone. - 7/21/11

Iran Trade Volume to Reach $150B This Year
The Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration, Abbas Memarnejad said that the volume of Iran's trade turnover, including non-oil products, import, and transit of commodities, will rise to $150 billion by the end of the Iranian calendar year. - 7/21/11

Iranian Parliament still considering motion to question Ahmadinejad
Mohammdreza Bahonar, the deputy head of Iran's Parliament, has begun negotiating with the MPs who filed a motion to summon the president for questioning. - 7/21/11

UN Counter-Narcotics Chief Visits Iran for Trafficking Talks
With Iran facing serious problems of drug addiction and narcotics trafficking, the head of the U.N.'s counter-narcotics agency is having talks with top officials in Tehran. - 7/21/11

Iran to Establish Free Trade Zone in Maku
Iran sets to establish a free trade and industrial zone in Maku in the coming two months . the project will be included in various trade, industrial, tourism, airport, services, transportation and other related parts. - 7/21/11

Iran, China to Sign $4B Metro Contract
Iran will sign a $4 billion contract with China for development of an underground transport system in Iran. - 7/21/11

Iran's former president says people entitled to open elections
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has reiterated his insistence on open political space for political parties, the release of political prisoners and a commitment to the constitution -all to ensure that all Iranians are full participants in the next parliamentary elections. - 7/20/11

Nasrin Sotoudeh's Letter to the Head of the Judiciary: "Your Judge Proved that Iranian Women Cannot Be Ignored!"
Nasrin Sotoudeh , lawyer, human rights and women's rights activist has addressed a letter to the head of Iran's judiciary. Inspired by Paulo Coelho, Sotoudeh provides a beautiful narrative of the events that occurred after the presidential elections of June 2009. - 7/20/11

Iran's strongest man killed in 'revenge attack'
A celebrated Iranian strongman has been stabbed to death in Tehran in an apparent revenge attack after he questioned the standing of the country's Supreme Leader. -Telegraph, UK - 7/20/11

Iran: Right to Education Council Says Banning Students From Education Is A Crime
The Right to Education Council, a student run campaign, has released a statement objecting to the continued arrests of students and education bans placed on youth because of their beliefs. - 7/20/11

Iran: Conservative MP backs call to release political prisoners
Iranian conservative MP Ali Motahari says he agrees with former president Mohammad Khatami that political prisoners should be freed. Khabar on line quotes Motahari saying: "I, too, am of the opinion that many of the post-election political prisoners should be released." - 7/20/11

Iranian Gang-Rape Case Gets Bogged Down
An Iranian provincial police chief says just one of the 13 defendants charged in the gang rape of a woman near the northeastern town of Kashmar has confessed to the crime, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 7/20/11

Iran: Rage Against Pre-Islamic Statues
It seems that even statues are not safe in Iran. Religious motives appear to be behind the recent theft of several bronze statues of Iranian national heroes from public places. In the northern city Sari, authorities ordered the destruction of 16 bronze statutes depicting the Iranian mythological hero and archer Arash Kamangir on chariots and with horses. -Global Voices - 7/20/11

Iranian Incursion Into Iraqi Kurdistan Keeps Regional Players Guessing
Just days after Tehran sent a large contingent of its troops across the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the Iranians were claiming a resounding victory over the Kurdish insurgent group targeted in the assault. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 7/20/11

Music: Sussan Deyhim's "City of Leaves" released
"City of Leaves" from Iranian-born Deyhim will take you on a magical journey to an entirely new musical experience. Sussan Deyhim's profoundly moving fusion of traditional orchestrations, Western vocal technique and the mysticism of Middle Eastern music offer audiences a rare taste of the sublime. - 7/20/11

Iran's Inflation Rate Hits 15.4%
Inflation in Iran in its last calendar month of Khordad (May 22-June 21) reached 15.4 percent, ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, quoting Subsidies Reform Organization Chief Behrouz Moradi as saying. - 7/20/11

Iran Claims It Shot Down US Spy Plane
An Iranian lawmaker says Iran's Revolutionary Guard has shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that was attempting to collect information about an underground uranium enrichment site. - 7/20/11

Iran, US to form joint economic trade forum soon
Iran and the US are to run joint economic trade forum in near future in a bid to make economic cooperation closer, said Director of the Iranian World Trade Center Mohammad Reza Sabzalipour. - 7/20/11

The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran's Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics
Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one ... -Stratfor - 7/20/11

Iran: Film group to pursue case of detained actresses, director
Iran's Khaneh Cinema (House of Cinema) has formed a committee to look into what's happened to members of the Iranian film community who have been arrested. - 7/19/11

Photos: Lamerd, One Year After Quake
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake and many aftershocks hit Lamerd in Iran's southern provinces of Fars and Hormozgan in July 2010. At the time the authorities promised new housing for the quake stricken residents. However, after one year the houses haven't moved past frames and many people continue living in tents. -Abbas Mohammadi - 7/19/11

Persian Letters: 'Brainless Badly Veiled Women'
This cartoon by the hard-line Fars news agency, which is a clear insult to those Iranian women who don't respect the Islamic hijab fully and are often described by authorities as "badly veiled," is making the rounds on social media. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/19/11

Iranian Pastor Could Face Death
The former pastor of a network of Christian house churches in Iran has been told to exchange his faith for his life, according to news reports and human rights groups. - 7/19/11

Photos: The Historic Ganjali Square in Kerman
The Ganjali Khan Complex is a Safavid-era (1501-1722) complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The complex is composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, an Ab Anbar (water reservoir), a mint, a mosque and a bazaar. -Hamid Sadeqi - 7/19/11

Blogger Mehdi Khazali Arrested, Again
Outspoken Iranian blogger Mehdi Khazali, the son of a hard-line ayatollah, has been arrested again after being summoned by intelligence officials, the opposition "Sahamnews" website reports. - 7/19/11

Iran leads the world in drug seizures: UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Yury Fedotov has said Iran ranks first in the world in illicit drug seizures. - 7/19/11

Germany's Ralf Zumdick appointed assistant coach of Iran's Persepolis
Zumdick, who has worked at Bochum, Ghana football team, and Genclerbirligi as coach and Hamburger and Borussia Dortmund as assistant, joined Persepolis on a one-year contract. - 7/19/11

Iran's Proven Oil Reserves Upgraded
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said in its annual statistical bulletin that Iran's proven reserves were upgraded by 24.4% to 143.1 billion barrels. - 7/19/11

Iran willing to consider Russian nuclear proposal
The Islamic Republic government today indicated it is willing to entertain a proposal from Russia that would see Iran cooperate with international nuclear officials. -Zamaneh - 7/19/11

Iran May Halt Crude Supplies to India
Iran issued a new warning that it will halt supplies of crude to India unless the issue of billions of dollars in overdue payments is resolved. - 7/19/11

Cypress Tree author Kamin Mohammadi revisits her Iranian childhood
When Kamin Mohammadi's family fled their home in Ahvaz during the 1979 Iranian revolution, foremost in the nine-year-old girl's mind was the fate of her pet lamb, Baboo. -National - 7/19/11

Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Arrested
According to Iran Green Voice, Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, wife of film director and screenwriter Nasser Taghvai, was arrested two weeks ago in Tehran and remains in detention. It is believed this is due to her acting in Granaz Moussavi's film My Tehran for Sale and appearing without hijab in a scene. - 7/18/11

Photos: Thousands attend funeral of slain Iranian hero
Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral procession of Iranian national hero Rouhollah Dadashi on Monday in Karaj, west of Tehran. Iranian strongman, who was stabbed to death by three thugs on Saturday, was laid to rest in Karaj's Imamzadeh Taher cemetery. -Omid Vahabzadeh - 7/18/11

Iran ranked 4th in International Chemistry Olympiad
Iran was ranked 4th in the 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad held in Ankara, Turkey. The Iranian team scored 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals in the global competitions. - 7/18/11

Iran: Plight of seven detained netizens still worrying one year after their arrest
Exactly one year after seven young netizens were arrested in a series of raids by intelligence ministry agents, Reporters Without Borders is reiterating the call for their release that it made in a letter on 23 February to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay and Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the Iranian judiciary. - 7/18/11

Iranian Activist Held Despite Order For Her Release
Women's rights activist Maryam Bahreman remains in detention despite an order from the Prosecutor 's office in Shiraz to release her on bail at the start of July . Amnesty International considers her to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association. - 7/18/11

Go Animal-Free for Animal Freedom Day, July 23rd, 24th 2011
Animal Freedom Day is engaging people from around the world, once again, in a gradual transformation to a healthier lifestyle. With the help of many celebrities and politicians, 19 year old Nadia Masoudi is about to change the world into a bountiful earth by using her method of one year, one day, and one life at a time. - 7/18/11

A Craze for Pooches in Iran Dogs the Morality Police
Iranians have turned to the Internet to organize antigovernment protests. Now they're flocking online to defy another Islamic Republic edict: buying and selling dogs. Pooch lovers in Iran are clicking on popular websites like Woof Woof Iran Digital Pets and Persianpet to pick their favorite canine, study dog grooming or swap pet tales. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 7/18/11

Iran to host International Young Physicists' Tournament
Iran is to host the 24th International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT). The competition is planned to run on July 22-31 in Tehran's prestigious Amir Kabir Poly Technique University with 22 countries are to join the tournament. - 7/18/11

U.S. Innovation Adviser: 'Internet Freedom Is Not A Regime-Change Agenda'
Alec Ross is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for innovation -- a job that has him developing new and innovative ways to use technology to promote American diplomatic efforts in everything from ethnic conflicts to the promotion of human rights and free speech. -RFE - 7/18/11

Iran loses to Sweden in junior world handball
Iran started the 18th Men's Junior World Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece with a loss to Sweden. Iran, who has been drawn in Group D along with Portugal, Spain, Hungry, Sweden and Canada, lost to Sweden 30-47 in its opening. - 7/18/11

Tehran, Beijing ink $4B in infrastructure projects
Iran and China on Saturday signed a series of agreements worth $4 billion for infrastructure projects as part of a broader bid to boost trade volume between the two nations. The bilateral agreements span cooperation in water, mining, energy and industrial sectors. - 7/18/11

Bahrain's Main Shi'ite Party Quits Government-Led Reform Dialogue
Bahrain's main Shi'ite opposition party says it is pulling out of a national dialogue with the Gulf state's minority Sunni rulers, accusing them of not being serious about political reforms. - 7/18/11

IRGC inflicts heavy casualties on PJAK terrorists: commander
A large number of terrorists member to the counter-revolutionary group PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) have been killed during a clash with Islamic Revolution Guards Corps forces near the city of Sardasht, northwest Iran, according to a local IRGC commander. - 7/18/11

Soccer's Wardrobe Malfunction
FIFA says headscarves are unsafe. Iran is crying foul. Inside the controversy. -Newsweek - 7/18/11

'Israelis' and 'resistance' fighters battle in the Iran Garden
MAROUN AL-RAS, Lebanon: Two teams of young people, one pretending to be Israeli soldiers, the other resistance fighters, were facing off in paintball battles at the "Iran Garden" in the southern village of Maroun al-Ras Sunday. -Daily Star - 7/18/11

Iran's "Strongest Man" Killed
Rouhollah Dadashi, Iranian Powerlifter, Bodybuilder and Strongman, was attacked by and stabbed to death Saturday night in the city of Karaj west of Tehran. - 7/17/11

Iran and U.S. to participate in "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" in Doha
The international organization Peace and Sport and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced a "Peace and Sport Table Tennis Cup" - a historic Table Tennis tournament aimed to encourage dialogue and good relations between nations - which will take place in Doha, Qatar on 21-22 November 2011. - 7/17/11

Some Iranian political prisoners granted temporary leave
Iranian media report that a number of Iranian political prisoners have been granted temporary leave for a Shiite holiday. The Kaleme website reports that Behzad Nabavi, Feizollah Arabsorkhi and Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, all senior members of Iranian reformist groups, were released on bail. - 7/17/11

Soccer: Germany's Michael Henke joins Iran's Esteghlal
Germany's Michael Henke joined Esteghlal football team on Saturday as an assistant coach on a two-year contract. - 7/17/11

Iranian movies win major awards at St. Petersburg festival
Asghar Farhadi's Golden Bear winner "Nader and Simin: A Separation" was awarded the Grand Prix of the festival, while "Gesher" by Vahid Vakilifar grabbed Choice of the Jury special award - 7/17/11

Entrepreneurial Activity Is A Key To Success But Women Face Special Obstacles
There is no magic formula for knowing how countries become wealthy and their citizens happy. But there is a growing body of evidence that a key factor is entrepreneurial activity and the opportunity for anyone to engage in it who wants to. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 7/17/11

IRGC busts PJAK cell in northwest Iran
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has disbanded a terrorist cell linked to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the country's West Azarbaijan Province. -Press TV - 7/17/11

Iran: 30 hanged at Vakilabad Prison on drug charges
Iranian authorities have hanged another 30 prisoners at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad on drug-related charges, says the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran . - 7/17/11

Pakistan's Zardari in Tehran to Meet With Iranian Leaders
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Tehran for talks with high-level Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While there, the two leaders discussed a range of bilateral issues, including the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. - 7/17/11

Iran ready for input on AMIA probe
Iran is prepared to enter "constructive" dialogue with Argentina over a 1994 bombing attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), Iran's Foreign Ministry says in a statement. The Iranian ministry deplored all terrorist actions, including AMIA, and declared its solidarity with families of the victims. -Press TV - 7/17/11

Photos: Morality Police Questioning and Detaining Women in Tehran
Iranian "morality police" has stepped up presence in the capital city. These photos show women in Tehran being stopped, questioned, advised or detained by the police. The authorities had previously announced that "morality police" will hit city streets in greater numbers this summer to confront violations of the Islamic dress code and other public transgressions. - Youness Khani - 7/16/11

Of Italians and Iranians: A Conversation With Professor Mahnaz Yousefzadeh
Go ahead, ask her. As an Iranian-American writing on Italian history, Mahnaz Yousefzadeh has been asked so many times, she has a smart answer ready: Why didn't she spend her scholarly life unpacking the intricacies of Iranian (or at least Middle Eastern) history? - Kia Makarechi - 7/16/11

Iran rejects appointment of UN human rights investigator
Head of Iranian judiciary's Human Rights Council says any international body that appoints a special human rights rapporteur for Iran is acting illegally. - 7/16/11

Iranian Director Performs Difficult Balancing Act: 'I Hate Politics'
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival for his drama "Nader and Simin, A Separation." Since then, the West has regarded the filmmaker as an authority on political conditions in Iran. But the new role could be dangerous for Farhadi. -Spiegel - 7/16/11

Iranian Intelligence Minister Claims Infiltration of Opposition Abroad
Iran's Minister of Intelligence says his ministry has succeeded in spreading doubt and division among opposition groups. Iranian media report that Heydar Moslehi told worshippers at today's Friday Mass prayers in Tehran: "Today we have managed to create rifts and suspicion among the anti-Revolutionary groups abroad." - 7/16/11

OPEC Chief: 60 million extra barrels of oil in the market
The OPEC president says currently there are 60 million extra barrels of oil in the market and there is no reason that OPEC raises its output. Iran currently holds the rotating presidency of OPEC. - 7/16/11

The First American Dollar War Defeat
A short story showing how powerful elite interests and central bankers could manipulate American foreign policy using a black flag event in order to guarantee the American dollar remains the world's reserve currency. This is of course just a work of fiction and hypothetical case study and the characters have no relation to actual people, government officials or events. - Ron Holland, LewRockwell - 7/16/11

Iranian opposition group pushes to be removed from U.S. terror list
Backers of an Iranian opposition group rallied outside the U.S. State Department on Friday demanding it be removed quickly from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations, pointing to a court ruling issued a year ago that found its rights had been violated. -CNN - 7/16/11

Iran: Authorities confirm arrest of actress, blogger
Iranian authorities finally confirmed yesterday the arrest of Pegah Ahangarani, the Iranian actress and blogger who had been missing for days. Pegah is the daughter of Iranian filmmakers Manijeh Hekmat and Jamsheed Ahangarani. - 7/15/11

Jailed Iranian student demands fair trial
Kokabi is a post-graduate student of nuclear physics at Texas University. He was arrested last February when he was about to return to the U.S. and has been held in Evin Prison ever since. - 7/15/11

Iranian American Author Nominated for One Book, One San Diego Selection
Iranian American Zohreh Ghahremani's Sky of Red Poppies is one of three books currently nominated for One Book, One San Diego. One Book, One San Diego, a partnership between KPBS and the San Diego Public Library, will soon choose between three books that will contend for the public vote to be chosen as the next One Book, One San Diego selection. -Majid Roshanger - 7/15/11

UCL Technology Develpoed By Iranian Professor Used In Windpipe Transplant
A University College London scientist (Professor Alexander Seifalian) and his team designed and built the synthetic windpipe 'scaffold' used in an operation in Sweden announced by the Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet today. - 7/15/11

Introducing "Arash the Archer" Children's Novel
Arash is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the city of Ray in ancient Persia. His dream is to shoot an arrow all the way to the Oxus River and mark the border between the rival empires of Persia and Tooran. - 7/15/11

Emad Afrough: Don't expect Iranian People to Participate in Elections
Former Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supporter Emad Afrough has predicted that the elite will not participate in the upcoming Majlis elections thus negating the possibility of change in the next Majlis or massive public participation in the elections. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 7/15/11

Iran Considers Google+ To Be A Negative
Google+ was filtered in Iran earlier this week, Iran's ISNA news agency reported. The move was not unexpected. Facebook is also filtered in Iran, but the speed with which authorities blocked Google+, which was unveiled only in late June, came as a bit of a surprise to some observers. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/15/11

Minister: Iran to Boost Support for Stem Cell Medicare
Iranian Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi announced that Iran has already applied stem cell method for curing different diseases, and added that her ministry supports further achievements in the field. - 7/15/11

Iran's Shot Putter Seals Olympic Berth
Iran's shot put record-holder Amin Nikfar Iran's record-holder shot putter Amin Nikfar has smashed the country's record in the Toronto International Track and Field Games to secure an Olympic berth - 7/15/11

Does Iran's Supreme Leader support summoning the president to Parliament?
The proposed questioning of the president is the hot topic in Iranian politics these days, especially among Members of the Islamic Parliament. It all started when the anti-government Principalists, led by Ali Motahari, presented the Presiding Board of the Parliament with a motion to question Mahmoud Ahamdinejad on 10 topics related to suspected wrongdoings. -Serajeddin Mirdamadi, Radio Zamaneh - 7/15/11

Photos: Women Banned from Iranian Hookah Teahouses
As part of combating morality issues, women in Iran have been banned from entering teahouses that offer hookah . These photos show the police in Tehran enforcing the ban and shutting teahouses that are violating it. - 7/14/11

Iranian Blogger and Actress Pegah Ahangarani Reported Missing
Iranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani is missing amid concerns she may have been arrested in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Ahangarani was scheduled to travel to Germany on July 4 to blog about the 2011 women's soccer World Cup for Deutsche Welle. - 7/14/11

In Iran, Segregation Divide Pits President Against Religious Conservatives
A simply drawn map making the rounds on social media depicts Iran divided into two provinces: one for males and the other for females. The line of demarcation may be crude, but it also charts a very real divide that has existed on the issue of gender-based segregation since the Islamic republic was founded 32 years ago. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/14/11

Letter to Presidents of Iranian Universities: No Gender Segregation
The undersigned university professors, administrators, researchers and professional Iranians express our deepest concern and strongest opposition to the proposed extreme policy by the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education to impose gender segregation at Iran's institutions of higher education. - 7/14/11

Iran: Larijani Preparing for the Presidency?
Two years after the controversial presidential election of 2009 and at the height of the differences between Ahmadinejad and ayatollah Khamenei, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani spoke with reporters and stressed his and Majlis's absolute obedience to the leader and said that velayate faghih(i.e., rule of clerics) was the "outstanding" feature of the Islamic republic. -Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 7/14/11

Russia Lays Out Plan for Iran Nuclear Talks
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the proposal Wednesday following talks in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It seeks to bring Iran back to negotiations about its nuclear program. - 7/14/11

President: Iran Plans to Increase Non-Oil Exports to $45B
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined Iran's capability to further decrease the country's dependence on oil in budget revenues, and said Tehran plans to boost non-oil exports up to $45bln in the current Iranian year (started on March 21). - 7/14/11

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi: 'I still have faith in Ahmadinejad and back him'
The remarks by Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi is significant as he had severely criticized certain persons close to president who are accused of running a suspicious movement known as "deviant current" - 7/14/11

Iran oil bourse inaugurated
The Iranian oil bourse was officially inaugurated on Wednesday, with 600,000 barrels of heavy crude oil being offered for sale on the Kish International Commodity Exchange. The crude oil stock was offered at the base price of $112.60 per barrel but no dealer was ready to pay above $109.65, so no transactions were carried out. - 7/14/11

Iranian dervishes get jail, flogging
Four Iranian dervishes from Gonabad have been sentenced to six months in prison and 40 lashes for "disturbing public order." The Jaras website reports that the four dervishes from the Nematollahi order were charged with participating in a protest against the Sarvestan Governor's office. - 7/14/11

Iran Rejects US Claims of Role in Iraq Attacks
On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said U.S. forces in Iraq would act against Iran's arming of Shi'ite militants blamed for a wave of attacks in Iraq. During a speech to U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, Panetta said the U.S. would not "stand back" as the attacks continued but would, instead, respond to such threats unilaterally. -VOA - 7/14/11

20,000 government employees moved from Tehran to other cities: official
"So far, 20,000 people have been transferred from Tehran" to other cities, the Vice President for Human Resources, Lotfollah Forouzandeh, told reporters after a cabinet meeting. The policy falls within the government's plan to decentralize Tehran. - 7/14/11

Green Movement in Iran Issues New Manifesto in Wake of Arab Uprising
We, dozens of groups of Green activists in Iran, have decided to offer several recommendations for the reform and strengthening of the Green Movement. These recommendations have emerged as a result of our experiences in Iran over the past two years as well as the experiences of those in other countries in the Middle East that recently have had popular revolutions aimed at overthrowing their dictatorships. - 7/13/11

Camp Ayandeh Teaches Community and Solidarity while Celebrating Difference
I heard of Camp Ayandeh before this year. Some friends had been counselors in past years and constantly sang its praises. They talked of what an incredible experience it was to be around amazing Iranian youth, where they had fun but also engaged in substantive dialogue about identity and living in the US as Iranians. -Yousef Baker - 7/13/11

Photos: Ashiglar Music in Orumieh Teahouses
These days the sound of Ashiglar Azerbaijani folk music can only be heard in three teahouses in Orumieh. -Esfandiar Asgharkhani - 7/13/11

Iranian prisoners condemned to gradual death: jailed journalist
In an urgent letter to a United Nations human rights official, jailed Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz has accused Iranian authorities of using harsh prison conditions to slowly kill political prisoners. - 7/13/11

They Want To Kill My Son: Father of Jailed Iranian Blogger
Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of jailed Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is concerned for his son's failing health and something even worse, saying: "My son's interrogators had told me earlier in a phone call that they will kill my son and now they are proving their words right." - 7/13/11

Director of National Museum of Iran dismissed, but report of her arrest is denied
The dismissal of Azadeh Ardakani was announced a day after Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei confirmed the arrests of some CHTHO officials in connection with the conservatives' struggle against the "deviant current", a term used to refer to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii and his entourage. - 7/13/11

Two Iranian Political Prisoners Denied Medical Leave
Ali Tabarzadi, son of prominent political activist Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, told Radio Farda on July 10 that his father has developed heart disease in prison. Meanwhile Fatemeh Adinehvand, the wife of jailed student activist Abdollah Momeni, told Radio Farda on July 10 that her husband is suffering from intestinal problems as a result of his recent hunger strike. - 7/13/11

Imprisoned Iranian Photojournalist Maryam Majd in Dire Physical Condition
A source close to the family of photojournalist Maryam Majd told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that she is having digestive problems. Majd has spent more than 20 days in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. - 7/13/11

Iranian computer game "Mir Mahna" released
An Iranian computer game named "Mir Mahna" was recently released by producer the ESPRIS Studio. Mir Mahna was an Iranian national hero who defeated the Dutch forces and liberated the southern Iranian cities from the colonizers at the end of the reign of Nader Shah Afshar (1736-1747). - 7/13/11

Monir Farmanfarmaian: 'In Iran, life models wear pants'
John Cage called her 'that beautiful Persian girl' and Andy Warhol kept her work on his desk. Monir Farmanfarmaian tells Laura Barnett about New York, exile -- and finally making it at 87 -Guardian - 7/13/11

And the Darwin Award Goes to Cyprus
12 people killed and more than 60 injured when the cache of seized Iranian munitions blew up. The powerful blast badly damaged Cyprus's largest power station (costing over $1B to build) leading to rolling power cuts across the island that officials warned could last for months. - 7/13/11

Moderate cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani renews support for Iranian leader
In the course of a severe crackdown on protesters, Ayatollah Rafsanjani was also stigmatized for lending his support to the opposition and condemned by the leader for remaining silent in the face of anti-government protests that tool the shape of mass protests on the streets of the country. -Zamaneh - 7/13/11

Take That, Tehran
The Obama administration has begun taking action to bring Internet freedom to Iran. This sounds wonderful. But this approach ignores two key factors: 1) Iran already has the upper hand in this battle; 2) the current approach is dangerous to activists and focuses on too few people. -Omid Memarian, Slate - 7/13/11

Saudi Arabia Said to Seek Iran Crude Supply Share to India
Saudi Arabia is seeking to benefit from a payment dispute between Iran and India by selling additional cargoes of crude oil to refiners in the South Asian nation, two people with direct knowledge of the talks said. -Bloomberg - 7/13/11

Photos: An Old Tree in Yazd
Yazd is the land of old trees. As the most magnificent symbols of the past thousands of years, it is important that these trees be preserved. These photos show one of the oldest trees in Yazd which has been neglected and needs urgent attention and protection. - 7/12/11

Iran: Basij leader slams senior reformists
The head of Iran's Basij militia, Mohammadreza Naghdi, has condemned recent attacks against the Revolutionary Guards, saying those who insult the Corps are "mercenaries and the scum of political hypocrisy." - 7/12/11

Iran, IAEA to set new nuclear strategy
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to establish a new mechanism to help resolve outstanding issues pertaining to the country's nuclear issue. - 7/12/11

Iran minus google+
The Google+ social networking site has joined the long list of websites filtered by the Islamic Republic. ITNA, Iran's Telecommunications News Agency, reports that Google Plus which was announced two weeks ago, will no longer be accessible to Iranian users. - 7/12/11

Critics give Iranian education low marks
more than 30 years after the Islamic regime imposed strict segregation of boys and girls and expanded the time devoted to religious teaching, some in the political establishment are beginning to recognise that the country's education system is failing. -Monavar Khalaj, FT - 7/12/11

Iran-Saudi Relations: Time for Active Diplomacy
What follows is an interview conducted by Mosallas (Triangle) magazine with Kayhan Barzegar, Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies and a faculty member at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University in Tehran. - 7/12/11

Persian Letters: The Similarities Between Iran's Basij Force And The MKO
Blogger "Freedom Fighter" believes members of the pro-government Basij force and the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) that is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Iran share common traits. - 7/12/11

Hillary Clinton Says Syria's Assad 'Not Indispensable'
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sharpened U.S. criticism of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after pro-government mob attacks Monday on the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus. Clinton said the Syrian leader has "lost legitimacy," and should not see himself as indispensable to the country's future. -VOA - 7/12/11

The Politics of Iran's Space Program
Iran's recent successful launch of a second satellite into orbit has drawn considerable attention around the world. As in the past, Iran's announcement of the launch of its domestically built satellite into space received mixed reactions in the West. -Abolghasem Bayyenat, FPIF - 7/12/11

Plunging demand from China sends oil prices into a tailspin
Oil prices fell by as much as $3 yesterday after cautious economic data from China added to concerns at a stalling of the global recovery. -Independent - 7/12/11

Cyprus Blast Results in Death, Widespread Power Cuts
A store of munitions, which were seized from an Iranian vessel heading to Syria, is the probable culprit of the explosion - after brush fires spread to the area in which they were stored. -VOA - 7/12/11

Half-Brother of Afghan President Karzai Assassinated
The half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assassinated at his home in southern Kandahar province. Ahmad Wali Karzai was openly accused in the Afghan parliament in 2007 of being involved in the international drug trade. -VOA - 7/12/11

Photos: Children Swimming in Kerman's Historic Ganjali Khan Square
The Ganjali Khan Complex is a Safavid-era complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The complex is composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, an Ab Anbar (water reservoir), a mint, a mosque and a bazaar. -Hamid Sadeghi - 7/11/11

Iranian physicians group calls for examination of opposition leaders
The Islamic Society of Iranian Physicians says opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi must be allowed physical check-ups by independent medical doctors. - 7/11/11

Iran: IRGC Officer Accuses Former President Khatami of "Sedition"
Senior Revolutionary Guards officer Yadollah Javani has accused former president Mohammad Khatami of taking part in a "seditious movement" related to the 2009 presidential election. - 7/11/11

Iran's oil revenues to approach $100b in 2011, IMF says
The International Monetary Fund says that the total oil revenues of the member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will surpass one trillion dollars in 2011 and Iran will earn about $100 billion of that sum. -Tehran Times - 7/11/11

Dictionary Of Ancient Akkadian Provides Glimpse Into Civilization's Cradle
The newly completed mammoth project retains the title its first researchers gave it -- "The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary" -- even as a later generation of scholars proved that Assyrian was a dialect of Akkadian. The language was spoken thousands of years ago in what is now Iraq, as well as in parts of Syria, Iran, and Turkey. It a distant relative of Arabic and Hebrew. -Richard Solash, RFE - 7/11/11

Iranian Navy to Strengthen Deployment in High Seas: Commander
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that the country plans to boost deployment of Navy vessels and forces outside Iran's territorial waters. - 7/11/11

US Official: No Tangible Evidence at Hand to Prove Iran's Aid to Iraqi Militants
A senior US State Department official confessed that Washington has no proof to substantiate its allegations about Iran's arms shipment to militant groups in Iraq. -FNA - 7/11/11

China Expects $40bln Trade Exchange with Iran in 2011
China's Ambassador to Tehran said that the total value of trade exchanges between Iran and china is expected to reach $40 billion this year. - 7/11/11

US Defense Chief Concerned About Iranian Weapons in Iraq
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says the United States is very concerned about Iran providing weapons to militants in Iraq, as he prepares to meet with Iraqi leaders about the future of U.S. troops in the country. - 7/11/11

Sewing The Seeds Of A Cottage Industry With Kandahar's Exquisite Embroidery
In Kandahar, the political and economic nerve center of southern Afghanistan, the regional art of embroidery is becoming a cottage industry. The unique local embroidery, called Khamak in Pashto, consists of stitching intricate designs into cotton or linen cloth. -Mohammmad Sadiq Ristinai, RFE - 7/11/11

Sweden: Academy blocks Iranians from flight training
An aircraft pilot training academy will no longer teach students from Iran Air following recent sanctions brought by the Americans against the airline. -The Local - 7/11/11

Iran population growth rate slows, majority age shifts to 30 to 64
According to the report, the country's natural population growth rate has fallen from 1.62 percent per year between 1997 and 2007 to 1.25 percent per year, and Iran may experience Zero Population Growth in the upcoming years. - 7/10/11

Iran to build two new satellites: Pars2 and Qaem
Iran's Aerospace Organization plans to build two satellites namely Pars 2 and Qaem, the caretaker director of the organization announced on Sunday. Pars 2 satellite will be designed for a period of three years in use and can take pictures with 5-meter resolution, he noted. - 7/10/11

Reformists should boycott restrictive elections: Tajzadeh
Senior Iranian reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh says reformists should refrain from participating in any election that is not fully open, as a way of challenging its legitimacy. - 7/10/11

One book is printed annually for every two Iranian children: author
A children's writer has criticized the low number of books printed for Iranian children. "About thirty million children live in Iran while only 15 million books are published in Iran annually, i.e., every two Iranian children have only one new book," Mostafa Rahmandust said. - 7/10/11

Iranian blogger gets seven months in prison
In another verdict against an Iranian blogger, the judiciary has sentenced Peyman Roshanzamir to seven months in prison for "insulting the leader." - 7/10/11

30 percent of Iranians are overweight: Tehran Medical Sciences University Chancellor
Mohammad Bagher Larijani also said non-communicable diseases are on the rise in the country. "At least one fourth of the people are grappling with risk factors such as high blood pressure or extra weight," Larijani explained. - 7/10/11

Motion to question Ahmadinejad in Iran's Parliament cancelled
The motion to question Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Parliament has been halted because 30 MPs have withdrawn their names, IRNA reports, leaving too few MPs in support of the motion to keep it alive. - 7/10/11

Iran blocks cheap Chinese imports
Iran signs a document of cooperation on observation of commodity standards with China, preventing imports of low-quality Chinese goods into the country. - 7/10/11

Apprentice star Melody Hossaini speaks about her extraordinary life
She was born in war-torn Iran, was held at ­gunpoint at the age of 12 and then kidnapped by a deranged taxi driver who dumped her in a desert. But nothing could prepare Melody Hossaini for the boardroom grilling at the hands of ruthless business boss Lord Sugar. -Mirror, UK - 7/10/11

The Foolish Embrace of the MEK
I have marveled at the willingness of numerous former government officials, retired military officers, and elected representatives to embrace the MEK. There's no question that they are motivated by their loathing of the Iranian government, but their hostility to the regime had led them to endorse a group that most Iranians loathe. -American Conservative - 7/10/11

Iran To Send Monkeys To Space Soon: ISA
Iran's Kavoshgar-5 carrier will be launched carrying living creature (a Rhesus monkey) into space sometimes between July 22-August 22, according to the head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA). - 7/9/11

Iran: Pressure on Imprisoned Activist Lawyer Continues: Nasrin Sotoudeh Denied of In-Person Visits With Her Children
Evin Prison authorities have once again prevented imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from visiting her children in person in order to put pressure on her for forced confessions. - 7/9/11

Iran Compound Women Team Finishes 2nd in World Archery Championships
The Iranian team (Vida Halimian, Mahtab Parsamehr and Shabnam Sarlak) was defeated by U.S. team 231-223 in the final match on Saturday and finished at the second place. - 7/9/11

New U.S. Visa Restrictions on Iranian Officials for Human Rights Abuses
United States and the United Kingdom imposed visa restrictions on, and Canada announced support for increased measures against, officials of the Government of Iran and other individuals who have participated in the commission of human rights abuses related to political repression in Iran. - 7/9/11

Iran's First Postrevolutionary President Talks About The Current Power Struggle
Golnaz Esfandiari discussed the ongoing power struggle between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad with the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Paris-based Abolhassan Banisadr. Banisadr, who was removed from power and fled the country in 1981, talked about the comparisons being made between his ouster and Ahmadinejad's situation. - 7/9/11

Political Instability in Iran Leaves Future Somewhat Uncertain
The political turmoil surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised questions about the stability of the country's political system, and whether there might be an opening for the country's protest movement. Some analysts believe that while the president's position has been weakened, it does not mean a fatal split in the hardline Iranian hierarchy. -Al Pessin, VOA, London - 7/9/11

Iran fired 2 missiles into Indian Ocean early this year
"During the Iranian calendar month of Bahman (Jan 21-Feb 19), we fired two missiles with a range of 1900 kilometers from Semnan desert to the mouth of Indian Ocean, and U.S. warships observed them hitting the mock targets," Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Division, said during a press conference in Tehran. - 7/9/11

Ameneh Eslami, an Award Winning Iranian Animator, Part of Internet Marketing Company's Graphic Design Team
Released in 2008, Ameneh Eslami's animated short film titled "Little Tale of Us" is a 5-minute surrealist piece. Its theme of releasing one's inner child to live a happier and more satisfying life has been able to resonate with audiences of all different backgrounds. - 7/9/11

Conservative cleric condemns halt to single-sex classes in Iranian universities
Conservative cleric Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has denounced plans to halt gender segregation to Iranian university classes and the aggressive ousting of professors. - 7/9/11

Half a Million Syrians Protest in Hama
Nearly half a million anti-government protesters filled the streets of the volatile Syrian city of Hama Friday. Two senior foreign envoys visited in a show of solidarity. Rights activists say Syrian security forces were tempered by the outside presence in Hama but were attacking people in other cities. -Alex Villarreal, VOA - 7/9/11

Photos: The Coal Miners of Zarand
The coal mine workers in the town of Zarand, Kerman province, continue their hard work with the least safety equipments and resources. In 2009 over 20 people died in mine accidents in Kerman, and since then more miners have lost their lives working in this harsh environment. -Hamid Sadeghi - 7/8/11

Photos: Sharafkhaneh Port, Lake Urmia, Iran
Sharafkhaneh is a port city by Lake Urmia (Orumieh), a salt lake located in northwestern Iran. The Lake has a surface area of approximately 5,200 square kilometers and it has over 100 small rocky islands. Lake Urmia is home to some 212 species of birds, 41 reptiles, 7 amphibians, and 27 species of mammals, including the Iranian yellow deer. -Abdolrahman Hassani - 7/8/11

PAAIA's Bay Area Chapter Hosts Reception in Support of Mirkarimi for Sheriff
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, a group of Iranian Americans from Northern California gathered at the home of Tina and Hamid Moghadam, in support of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's campaign for San Francisco sheriff. - 7/8/11

Iranian Cleric Speaks in Support of Opposition, Condemns Silence of Clergy
On his personal website, Sarv-e Sabz, Ayatollah Dastgheib directly condemns the treatment of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest since last February and completely cut off from the outside world. - 7/8/11

Iran's Science Minister Halts Gender Segregation In Universities
Iran's Minister of Science said plans to segregate male and female university students have been halted in accordance with the president's orders, and no more professors will be retired until new ministry guidelines have been approved. - 7/8/11

Announcing The Iranian American Bar Association's Fellowship
The Fellow will be housed in the National Security & Civil Rights Program of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, CA and will be responsible for addressing the racism and stereotyping borne by "post 9/11 impacted communities," including the Iranian-American community, through policy, communication, public education, and law. - 7/8/11

When rape is inevitable: Surviving imprisonment in Iran
As I read the account of Saeeda Siabi in an Iranian prison it became hard for me to breathe. Her descriptions of being raped in front of her 4-month-old son stopped the air in my chest. "They took me to a torture room and tied me to a bed," she said. "I was wounded and injured, but I forgot about wounds and injuries. I thought I was fainting." - 7/8/11

Iranian Blogger In Poor Health After Kidney Transplant
A jailed Iranian blogger and human rights activist is reportedly in poor health after undergoing a kidney transplant, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is serving a 15-year sentence at Evin prison outside of Tehran, had recently undergone the operation after contracting a kidney disease. - 7/8/11

PAAIA's New York Chapter Sponsors Panel Presentation on Iran Sanctions
On July 19th, 2011, the New York Chapter of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), in collaboration with the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) , will host an informative panel discussion entitled "Iran Sanctions: Legal Implications for IranianAmericans." - 7/8/11

Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei wants probe of irregularities
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has appointed a panel to investigate "legal violations committed by the current administration," according to Hamidreza Tarraghi, a member of the conservative party Motalefeh. - 7/8/11

Iran's judicial killing spree
Factional infighting, paranoia, economic ineptitude and deepening confrontation with the west have characterised Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership of Iran. But a second-term presidency launched amid bloodily suppressed protests in 2009 now appears to be assuming an even more vicious character as reports accumulate of ongoing, secret mass executions and new waves of political repression. -Simon Tisdall, Guardian - 7/8/11

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Opposes US Missile Defense Plan
Russia continues to oppose U.S. plans for a ballistic missile defense system. We look at Moscow's view and the position taken by a group known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Russia and China. - 7/8/11

What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?
In Global Brief magazine's Strategic Futures segment recently published, experts and pundits were asked, what will be the key language(s) of this new century? Opinions were offered on why Chinese, Russian, French, Arabic, and Persian could be the lingua franca of the 21st century. -Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, Huffington Post - 7/8/11

'Virgin surgery' practised in Canada
They arrive at the clinic terrified, desperate and in secret - they need to be made virgins again. Some Canadian women who are arranged to be married in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt are getting their hymens surgically repaired at private clinics. -Toronto Sun - 7/8/11

World Junior Weightlifting Championships: Iran Takes The Crown
Iranian athletes have won two more medals on the last day of the 37th World Junior Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia to lead Iran to the crown of the games for the first time. - 7/7/11

Ahmadinejad decries reporting on "illegal ports" statement
On Saturday, some of the Iranian President's statements were aired live on national television. Ahmadinejad says: "All illegal borders must be closed. It is not acceptable to say it belongs to such-and-such institution or organ. Each one of them has opened a hole in some corner and is importing and exporting things at will." - 7/7/11

Family Concerned Over Health Of Iranian Opposition Leader, Wife
The mother of opposition figure Zahra Rahnavard, who along with her husband, opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, has reportedly been under house arrest for the past five months, has expressed concern over their health. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/7/11

Anxiety About Elections and Protests Against Lack of Freedom: Hashemi Rafsanjani no Longer Called "Unwise"
Restrictions on the use of the Internet, the presence of dogmatic individuals in elections and the absence of freedom and the right to hold views were the three subjects of a speech that Hashemi Rafsanjani recently gave in response to the growing police state atmosphere in Iran -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 7/7/11

Senior Iranian Reformist Slams IRGC Chief's Statements
Mohammadreza Khatami, a senior Iranian reformist, says the chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) should refrain from threatening politicians. - 7/7/11

Iran to Hold 2nd National Confab on Combating Desertification and Sustainable Development
The Islamic Azad University is slated to hold the second 'National Conference on Combating Desertification and Sustainable Development of Iran Desert Wetlands' from September 14 to 15 to study the role of novel technologies in de-desertification. - 7/7/11

Crisis on Iran-Iraq Border: Massoud Barzani Warns of Future Events
The resumption of attacks on the border areas of Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan by the armed forces of the Islamic republic on the assertion of the presence of PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party) which had stopped last year, resulted in a warning by the highest authorities in the region -Kaveh Ghoreishi, Rooz - 7/7/11

US Concerned Over Religious Persecution In Iran
The United States has expressed dismay over reports an Iranian may face the death penalty over his religious beliefs. Youcef Nadarkhani could become the first Iranian put to death for apostasy since 1990 if he refuses to recant his Christian faith. - 7/7/11

Iran-Iraq strong ties will serve regional security: Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki has said that the strengthening of ties between Tehran and Baghdad will help improve security and stability in the entire region. The Iranian and Iraqi officials signed six memorandums of understanding on boosting cooperation in economic, cultural, scientific, technological, communications, and medical spheres. - 7/7/11

IWF Changes Dress Code Rules, Lets Muslim Weightlifter Compete
When Kulsoom Abdullah started weightlifting three years ago, she never thought she would be the first headscarf-donning Muslim American to compete in the USA National Weightlifting Championships - America's most prestigious weightlifting competition. -Lolla Mohammed Nur, VOA - 7/7/11

Bahrain Sentences 3 for Spying, Reportedly for Iran
A Bahraini criminal court has sentenced three people to prison for spying - foreign news reports say the spying was on behalf of Iran. - 7/7/11

Iran to Discuss Natural Gas Transfer to Europe
Iran is planning to discuss its natural gas transfer to Europe through Iraq and Syria. Iraq's Ambassador to Tehran, Mohammad Majeed al-Sheikh said Tehran and Baghdad are set to discuss transferring Iran's natural gas to Europe via Iraq and Syria. -Moj News - 7/7/11

Sadeq Tirafkan: In Search of National Masculine Identity
Sadegh Tirafkan was born in Karbala, Iraq to Iranian parents in 1965, and like all Iranian families in Iraq at that time, they were expelled by Saddam Hussein in 1971. So they fled to Iran just before the Islamic revolution. From 15 to 18, Tirafkan became a member of the youth militia, basij and participated in Iran-Iraq war in 1980s. - 7/6/11

Iran: Revolutionary Guards commander sets conditions for return of reformists
The daily newspaper Ebtekar quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jaffari, saying: "Those reformists who have not crossed red lines can obviously participate in political races. As for how successful [former Iranian president Mohammad] Khatami could be, that depends on his political stance." - 7/6/11

Ahmadinejad opposes separation of sexes at universities
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written separate letters to Science, Research, and Technology Minister Kamran Daneshju and Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, urging them to take measures necessary to prevent the implementation of the plan to separate the classes of male and female students at universities. He also described the plan as "unwise". - 7/6/11

Photos: Iran Inaugurates Karun-4 Dam, Celebrates Self-Sufficiency
Iran celebrated self-sufficiency in dam construction by inaugurating the Karun-4 dam, the largest concrete dam in Iran, which has been completely designed and constructed by domestic engineers. - 7/6/11

Iranian prisoner on hunger strike has family worried
The family of Kamal Sharifi has expressed grave concern over the well-being of the Iranian-Kurdish political prisoner, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 40 days. -Zamaneh - 7/6/11

Iran: IRGC Test-Fires Stealth Missiles
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps test-fired domestically-manufactured radar-evading missiles dubbed Persian Gulf and Tondar on Wednesday. The 3 missiles were fired from Jask in Hormozgan Province and successfully hit the mock targets. - 7/6/11

Photos: Police arrest 102 criminals in Tehran
Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia has announced that the police arrested 102 criminals, including five females, in a special operation conducted in the early hours of Tuesday morning. -Youness Khani - 7/6/11

Don't Remove the MEK From the Terrorist List
Since 1997, the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), an Iranian opposition group, has been listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization. -Muhammad Sahimi - 7/6/11

Iran: 52 Government Officials Resign To Run For Parliament
Iran's conservative elite has been concerned that a so-called "deviant current" headed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Esfanidar Rahim Mashai, is trying to take over Parliament in the coming elections. - 7/6/11

Chris Weidner: Finding common ground on a climbing exchange in Iran
Alum Kuh is Iran's answer to The Diamond on Colorado's Longs Peak: a high-altitude bastion of vertical granite more than 1,000 feet tall. At almost 16,000 feet, it's the second highest point in Iran. The catch was that in early June, Alum Kuh was plastered with snow; it looked like a snapshot of the Alps in winter. Our group of a dozen-odd Iranians and Americans, sponsored by our respective alpine clubs, would have been better equipped with ice tools and crampons than with the rock shoes and chalkbags we had. -Chris Weidner, The Camera - 7/6/11

US Missile Defense Plan Goes Ahead Without Czech Support
The Czech Republic has decided not to participate in the U.S. ballistic missile system for Europe. Our correspondent looks at the U.S. proposal and describes the reasons for the Czech withdrawal. -Andre de Nesnera, VOA - 7/6/11

PARSA CF Awards $2.4M to Universities to Further Iranian Studies across North America
Over the past few months, PARSA Community Foundation has made a series of announcements detailing the results of its 2010 Mehrgan Grant Cycle, totaling over $3M in grants to causes, projects, and organizations of strategic importance to the Iranian-American community. - 7/5/11

Hamed Haddadi, 1st Iranian NBA Player, Shoots Hoops at Camp Ayandeh!
"This was an awesome experience for me, to see all these young Iranians gathered together in this atmosphere," said Haddadi. "I had so much fun playing basketball with them and getting to meet them. Thanks to all at IAAB for making this happen." - 7/5/11

Iran's Mohammadpour claims gold in World Weightlifting Championship
Saeid Mohammadpour from Iran won the gold medal in the men's 94kg of the World Junior Weightlifting Championships on Tuesday. Mohammadpour claimed the gold by lifting175kg in the snatch, 210kg in the clean and jerk and 385kg overall. - 7/5/11

Academic conference explores "othering" of Iranian Baha'is
Titled "Intellectual Othering and the Baha'i Question in Iran," the conference (held in Toronto, Canada) examined how Iranian authorities have sought to exclude Baha'is from social, political, cultural, and intellectual life by portraying them as outsiders in their own land - a process known as "othering." - 7/5/11

Recruitment Of Iran Heritage Foundation Lectorship In Persian
As part of our Institutional Partnerships Programme, Iran Heritage Foundation is supporting University of Cambridge in recruiting a 3-year fixed term Lector in Persian language. - 7/5/11

Iranian, Azerbaijani border guards clash; one killed
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Ali Abdollahi on Monday confirmed reports that a clash occurred between Iranian and Azerbaijani border guards on Sunday in which an Azerbaijani guard was killed and several people wounded. - 7/5/11

Prominent Iran Lawyer Jailed For Nine Years
A Tehran court has sentenced a prominent lawyer to nine years in jail on charges of attempting to overthrow the ruling Islamic system. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center along with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, had represented activists and opposition supporters arrested after the disputed 2009 presidential election. - 7/5/11

Iran's first submarine returns home after 67-day voyage
Iran's domestically-manufactured submarine dubbed Yunis returned home on Tuesday following the completion of its 67-day mission to international waters. Yunis submarine had been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in order to gather data on those areas. - 7/5/11

Iran: Tensions rise in Parliament over bid to question Ahmadinejad
Tehran MP Reza Akrami has countered suggestions that the Supreme Leader opposes a move to summon the president before Parliament for questioning, saying: "The Leader will not oppose something that is in accordance with the law, and it is not appropriate for anyone else to do so." - 7/5/11

German parliamentarian calls for release of Iranian photojournalist
Germany's parliamentary speaker has written to his Iranian counterpart, Ali Larijani, calling for the immediate release of Iranian sports photojournalist Maryam Majd. Norbert Lammert is demanding details of her arrest, which he calls a "blatant violation of human rights and freedom." -Zamaneh - 7/5/11

Iranian lawyer Hassan Younesi summoned to serve sentence
Iranian lawyer Hassan Younesi was summoned today by Evin Prison authorities to serve out his one-year sentence for "propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion to commit crime." - 7/5/11

Iran Oil Payment Solution Sighted by India
Days after Iran warned it will stop crude oil supplies to India over payment defaults, the Indian government said a solution to the over six month long row was in sight. -Moj News - 7/5/11

Iranian lands in Jacksonville seeking freedom as a filmmaker
Shoolizadeh's filmmaking career began in film school in Tehran after a mandatory two years in the Army. He worked for the government TV industry for 25 years, making documentaries that took him across the country and on repeated trips to Africa. - 7/5/11

Statue of Persian Commander "Aryo Barzan" Causes Controversy in Yasuj
Installation of the statue of a Persian historic figure in the city of Yasuj has stirred big controversy. The decision to remove the statue is being resisted by the some residents and the tensions have the potential to escalate further. - 7/4/11

Book: The Cypress Tree: A Love Letter To Iran
The Cypress Tree is Kamin's account of her journey home, to rediscover her Iranian self and to discover for the first time the story of her family: a sprawling clan that sprang from humble roots to bloom during the affluent, Biba-clad 1960s, only to be shaken by the horrors of the Iran-Iraq War and the heartbreak of exile, and toughened by the struggle for democracy that continues today. - 7/4/11

American independence inspires the Arab Spring
In celebrating our Independence on July, 4 we would feel even more patriotic if we realized that the American Declaration of Independence has universal significance. I would like to suggest, for example, that it inspired the Arab struggle for independence in the past and is now influencing the revolutionary uprisings for freedom and democracy that are sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. -R. K. Ramazani - 7/4/11

Iranian Weightlifter Kianoush Rostami Wins Gold In World Championship
Kianoush Rostami from Iran claimed the gold medal in the men's 85kg of the World Junior Weightlifting Championships on Monday. - 7/4/11

Arrests, Interrogations, Confessions: "We shall Clip the Wings of the Deviant Group"
In Iranian internal circles, the term "Deviant Movement" is the code word that has emerged for the elimination of Ahmadinejad. On one hand the arrests and interrogations of associates of the president's office, Esfandiar Mashai continue, while on the other there are reports about confessions by the detainees. - 7/4/11

Distinguished Scientist Mina Bissell wins Jill Rose Award
Mina Bissell, a distinguished scientist in the life sciences division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Jill Rose Award by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. - 7/4/11

Iran: Secret Hangings At Karaj Prison
On Sunday, 25 prisoners were hanged "en masse and in secret" at Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj for drug-related charges, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports. - 7/4/11

Iran Attends NATO Meeting For The First Time
For the first time the Islamic Republic of Iran participated in a meeting of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which opened in La Maddalena, Italy, today and closes tomorrow. - 7/4/11

Iran to prosecute 26 U.S. officials
Iran's Parliament is reviewing a plan to prosecute 26 U.S. officials in absentia in order to later refer them to "competent" international tribunals, the deputy head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced today. -Zamaneh - 7/4/11

New Sanctions Do Not Prohibit Iranian Americans from Flying Iran Air
Iranian Americans may continue to travel using Iran Air, despite the recent imposition of sanctions on the company, according to the U.S. Treasury's sanctions enforcement agency and the U.S. State Department. - 7/3/11

Families urge Iranian parliament to probe prison conditions
Iranian parliament has been urged to probe into the situation of Iranian prisons and the situation of political prisoners in a letter from prisoners' families addressed to the parliament's National Security Commission. - 7/3/11

Ahmadinejad Promises Land For Every Iranian Family To Build Villas
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced a new plan which envisages the allocation of a 1000-meter land to every Iranian family to construct a villa and grow gardens. - 7/3/11

Iran's Guards Chief Denies Smuggling Through IRGC Piers
"This institution like other military institutions controls a number of military piers, but no financial transaction is conducted there," Jafari told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday. He added that certain people raise such issues to divert the government's attention from the places through which goods are smuggled. - 7/3/11

Iran's War on Narcotics: Police Seize Large Amounts of Narcotics in 2 Days
Iranian Law Enforcement Police forces have seized over 2 tons of different types of illicit drugs in separate operations in Iran's Southeastern province of Kerman during the last 48 hours, the provincial police department announced on Sunday. - 7/3/11

Iran's Annual Oil, Gas Production Hits $217B
The value of Iran's annual oil and gas production has reached $217 billion and will rise in the coming years due to the vast new investments in the sector, Iran's deputy oil minister announced on Sunday. - 7/3/11

Iran's quarterly trade exceeds $23.7b, up 14.5%
Iran's global trade value amounted to $23.73 billion during the first three months of the current calendar year (ended June 21), up 14.5 percent year on year, Iran's Customs Administration Director Abbas Me'marnejad said in Tehran on Sunday. - 7/3/11

Iran to Establish 12 New Caviar Production Farms
Caviar export is considered as one of the genuine and fundamental elements of Iran's special exporting products by worldwide organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). - 7/3/11

Persian Letters: 'Voting For Ahmadinejad Was A Political Mistake'
Conservative blogger and journalist Mohammad Mohajeri, who used to write for the ultra-hard-line "Kayhan" daily, seems to believe it was wrong to vote for Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. He says those who made that "mistake" should now admit it -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/3/11

Iran Iraq Sign $365M Gas Pipeline Deal
Iran Signed a contract worth $365 million with Iraqi electricity ministry to build a gas pipeline to supply Iraqi power plants with Iranian gas, according to Iraqi government's spokesman. -Moj News - 7/3/11

Iran: 40 Death Sentences Issued For Drug Offences
Forty people imprisoned on drug charges have been sentenced to death, says the head of the Justice Department in the northwestern province of Ardebil. -Zamaneh - 7/3/11

Hezbollah leader refuses to hand over Hariri suspects
Hezbollah's leader has vowed never to turn over four members of his Shia militant group who have been indicted in the 2005 murder of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. -Guardian - 7/3/11

Photos: An Architecture Jewel: Dowlatabad Garden in Yazd, Iran
Dowlatabad Garden, located in Yazd, central Iran, is a Persian architecture jewels. Dowlatabad is among the Persian gardens that has just been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. -Ali Golshan - 7/2/11

Tehran Prosecutor urged to investigate death of political prisoners
A group of Iranian human rights activists and court attorneys has called on the Tehran Prosecutor to investigate the "moving and painful" deaths of Haleh Sahabi and Reza Hoda Saber. - 7/2/11

Open letter to the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran
We the undersigned, members of Iranian academics, journalists, writers, lawyers, artists and human rights activists, welcome your appointment as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran. The systematic violations of human rights by the Islamic Republic of Iran and atrocities committed against the members of the opposition have reached an unprecedented level. - 7/2/11

"Nader and Simin" director to shoot his next film in Paris
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi plans to make his next film in Paris in spring 2012. Set against the backdrop of modern day Paris, the film will be love story between an Iranian girl and a boy of North African origins. It will be produced by Memento Films, Screen Daily reported on Saturday. - 7/2/11

Ahmadinejad's office fires back at accusers
The Iranian president's office has announced that accusations against chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashai and the president's executive deputy Hamid Baghai are an attempt to spread false rumours. - 7/2/11

Iran in second place at 7-a-side World Championship
Iran lost to Russia in the final game of the 2011 CPISRA Football 7-a-side World Championship on Friday night. The Iranian team, who defeated Beijing 2008 Paralympic champion Ukraine in semifinal round, was defeated 6-1 against Russia in Emmen, north-eastern Netherlands. - 7/2/11

Strangers in a foreign land
In 1979, when Kamin Mohammadi was nine, she left revolutionary Iran with her mother and sister to live in London. Later, her father joined them. She remembers the confusion of a new life in exile, after a move that changed their lives radically -Guardian - 7/2/11

Shifting Pressure from Nuclear Case to Human Rights
The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Ahmed Shaheed, the former Maldivian foreign minister, as its special human rights rapporteur on Iran. The Council had already adopted a proposal by the United States on March 24, 2010, and opened a new post as special human rights rapporteur on Iran. -Davoud Hermidas Bavand - 7/2/11

Iran denies mistreatment of three U.S. citizens
The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations has rejected the allegations of mistreatment of three U.S. citizens who were arrested in Iran in 2009, saying they have been held in good conditions and treated fairly and humanely. - 7/2/11

Iranian Defense Minister Dismisses Robert Gates' Claims as "Repeated Lies"
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi rejected the allegations raised by his former US counterpart Robert Gates who has blamed Iran for the recent rise in the US forces' death toll in Iraq, and called them as "repeated lies". -FNA - 7/2/11

Iran's Parliament Speaker Urges Negotiated Solution to Karabakh Dispute
Speaking to reporters in the Azeri capital city of Baku on Saturday, Larijani pointed to the failure of the recent trilateral negotiations between Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and said he and the Azeri officials have discussed the issue in their meetings. -FNA - 7/2/11

Iran set to scuttle Internet in a suitcase plan: Minister
Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour has said that Iran has taken the necessary technical measures to thwart the "Internet in a suitcase" plan. "Certain measures that the United States and its allies are adopting are examples of cyber terrorism," Taqipour told reporters on Saturday. - 7/2/11

Clarification and Updated Information Regarding Iran Air Designation on the SDN List
What This Means to the Iranian American Community: Purchasing a ticket on Iran Air and with Iran Air Tours and traveling on Iran Air between the US and Iran is not prohibited. Travel on Iran Air or with Iran Air Tours within Iran appears to be within the scope of both travel exemptions, thus not prohibited. - 7/1/11

Tehran Stock Exchange Market Overview - May 2011
The Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) had a volatile performance in May. Following its strong performance over the past few months, the TSE began the month on a downward trajectory. The International Atomic Energy Agency's report on the Iranian nuclear programme and domestic political tensions were assessed as the main drivers of market behaviour. -Turquoise Partners - 7/1/11

PAAIA's New York City Chapter Hosts Reception in Support of Judge Sabrina Setareh Kraus
"Every vote counts," was the hit-home message of Judge Sabrina Setareh Kraus last Wednesday evening, where PAAIA members gathered friends, colleagues and supporters to raise funds for the Iranian American Judge's election campaign for New York City Civil Court. -Sarah Bahmani, PAAIA - 7/1/11

Iran Inaugurates 1st Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant
The plant, with a daily capacity of 50 kWh of electricity, was installed in the Kharg island in the Persian Gulf by the Iranian experts at a cost of $100,000. - 7/1/11

Iran's Supreme Leader calls Syrian protests a Western conspiracy
Iran's Supreme Leader has condemned the unrest in Syria as a deviation fomented by the U.S. and Israel against the Bashar Assad government, which stands on the front lines of resistance against Zionism. - 7/1/11

Concurrent With Admission of Group Executions, 26 More Hanged Secretly in Mashad, Iran
Local sources in Mashad told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that 26 more inmates were hanged at Vakilabad Prison on 15 June 2011. At the same time, the Prosecutor of Mashad Mahmoud Zoghi admitted to secret group executions - 7/1/11

Hamid Mahmoudi's CFL journey is just beginning
Mahmoudi and Montreal native Cauchy Muamba will compete this year to become the heir apparent to wide-side cornerback Davis Sanchez, the veteran who is idolized. -Calgary Herald - 7/1/11

Whatever happened to that war with Iran?
Last August, the Atlantic published a splashy cover story by Jeffrey Goldberg that led with a startling prediction: Israel would more likely than not launch bombing raids on Iran's nuclear sites by July 2011, according to Goldberg's mostly Israeli (and unnamed) sources. Today is July 1, and there has, of course, been no attack. -Salon - 7/1/11

Iranian sub due back from maiden mission
Iran's first submarine to enter international waters, Yunes, is heading back home from a 75-day mission to the Red Sea. The submarine has helped enhance security in waters critical for merchant ships. -Gisoo Misha Ahmadi, Press TV - 7/1/11

Dutch Move To Ban Kosher, Halal Slaughter
Should animal rights trump religious freedom? Muslim and Jewish religious communities in the Netherlands are about to find out. In an unusual show of unity, the two communities are condemning the Dutch parliament's initial approval this week of a bill banning the ritual slaughter of livestock. -Farangis Najibullah, RFE - 7/1/11

Iran keeps snooping online; U.S. struggles to intervene
U.S. officials know that Tehran is using communications equipment - some perhaps acquired from American firms - to monitor and, in some cases, interfere with Iranians' use of the Internet and mobile phones. And yet it's proven difficult to do anything about it. -Washington Post - 7/1/11

US suspects Iran behind increase in troop deaths in Iraq
American troop deaths in Iraq reached a two-year high in June, and US military officials are blaming Iran for the spike in violence. -Washington Post - 7/1/11

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