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Iran's soccer team stands fifth in World University Games
Out of six matches, the Iranian team won five against Canada, Uruguay, China, England, and Thailand. Iran lost to the Czech Republic. - 8/31/03

Iraqi shrine blast linked to UN attack
Identical explosives and al-Qaeda arrests suggest bombings are part of a larger strategy -Guardian - 8/31/03

Iran stands sixth in world youth volleyball meet
Iran took the sixth title in 2003 FIVB Men`s Under-21 Volleyball Championship as it lost to Russia - 8/31/03

Canada sees Iranian official as "potentially implicated" in Canadian's death
The Canadian government views Saeed Mortazavi, the hard-line chief prosecutor in Tehran, as being "potentially implicated" in the death of Montreal photojournalist Zhara Kazemi, says Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham. -Canadian Press - 8/31/03

Iranian MP urges officials to take measures to prevent brain drain
MP from Tehran Elahe Koulaie said on Sunday that Iranian officials should find a remedy to brain drain, which has made Iran rank first in this regard worldwide - 8/31/03

Iran denies forcing women to divorce Afghan husbands
The Islamic Republic of Iran`s Embassy in Kabul on Sunday strongly dismissed as "sheer lie" the claim by certain segment of the Afghan press that Tehran forces Iranian women to divorce their Afghan husbands - 8/31/03

EU envoy warns Iran
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana has given Iranian leaders a stern warning to accept snap inspections of its nuclear programme. -BBC - 8/30/03

Brazil defeats Iran in volleyball
Brazil defeated Iran in quarterfinal of 2003 FIVB Men`s Under-21 Volleyball Championship being held in Tehran. - 8/30/03

US Struggles in 'Out of Control' Iraq, Experts Say
The bomb attack on the holy city of Najaf in Iraq dealt a new blow to US hopes of bringing stability to the country as well as killing a key moderating influence on the Iraqi Shiite community, US experts said. -Common Dreams - 8/30/03

Soleimanpour's barrister a foremost extradition expert
Jones, the barrister appointed to defend former Iranian Ambassador Hadi Soleimanpour is one of Britain`s leading experts on extradition - 8/30/03

Iran Finance Minister declares strategic reform in banking system
Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Tahmasb Mazaheri declared on Saturday that 40 percent of the strategic banking reform consisting of 26 basic and 100 operational projects, which have been underway for one and a half years, is now completed - 8/30/03

Iran mourns Shia leader
Iran has declared three days of official mourning for Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim, who had made his home in Tehran for more than two decades. -BBC - 8/30/03

Experts: Ayatollah Hakim's Assassination Could Unleash More Violence in Iraq
Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim had returned to Iraq only three months ago. A long-time opponent of the ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Hakim had been living in exile in Iran for more than 20 years. - 8/30/03

Iran and the Forgotten Anniversary
The talk of regime change in Iran that now fills the air in Washington is not new. Although very few Americans are aware of it, August of this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of a vital, yet little-known chapter in American foreign policy--a military coup against the elected leaders of Iran orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. -Foreign Policy in Focus - 8/30/03

Murdered ayatollah was seen as key player by Tehran
Although Hakim had begun to distance himself from Iran's hardline politics, his ties to the country's clerical leadership ran deep. His father was a mentor to Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic, and Hakim had a strong affinity for mixing religion with politics. -Guardian - 8/30/03

Iranian women seek equal rights through international convention
The role of women has been one of the most vexing issues in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The importance of recent changes that have taken place for them varies, depending on whom you ask. -Channel NewsAsia - 8/30/03

UK ambassador returns to Tehran to defuse Soleimanpour crisis
British Ambassador to Iran, Richard Dalton, has cut short his holiday to return to Tehran amid the controversy over the continuing detention of former Iranian Ambassador to Argentina, Hadi Soleimanpour, in the UK - 8/30/03

Nuclear evidence in Iran forces proliferation questions
Discovery of traces of weapons-grade uranium may give US leverage if it seeks world sanctions on Tehran. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/29/03

Local gallery exhibiting 55 Kazemi photos
The son of Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died of head injuries while in custody in Iran last month, says he hopes an exhibition of 55 pictures by his mother will attract attention to her case. -Montreal Gazette, Canada - 8/29/03

How America crushed democracies
Here’s something you can bet on: Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz will not hold a press conference this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-led coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh. Rice and Powell won’t hold a press conference to celebrate Operation Ajax, the CIA plot that overthrew Mossadegh. -Final Call - 8/29/03

EU sidesteps row over Iran envoy's arrest
European Union officials were trying to prevent its relations with Iran becoming embroiled in the latest diplomatic row involving Tehran and Brussels on Wednesday. -Financial Times - 8/29/03

Iranian woman cyclist arrives in Washington
Woman cyclist of Iran, Poupeh Mahdavi-Nader, who is on a world tour arrived in Washington on Thursday - 8/29/03

Iraqi Shia leader assassinated
Up to 20 people have been killed by a car bomb in the holy city of Najaf - among them leading Shia Muslim politician Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim. -BBC - 8/29/03

Quake hits city of Jahrom in Fars province of Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the city of Jahrom in Fars province on Thursday night - 8/29/03

Death in the shadow of ayatollahs
Canadians are so poorly informed about Iran, in large part because their media don't cover the country, that they can be forgiven for being confused about the investigation into the death of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. -Globe & Mail, Canada - 8/29/03

Diplomat's arrest unites Iran's press
The arrest of a former Iranian diplomat in Britain and revelations about the death of a Canadian journalist in a Tehran prison produced outrage in Iran's newspapers this week, with attention focused on both the Iranian and British judiciaries. -Guardian - 8/29/03

Director, 14, 'too young' to go to her own premiere
She was old enough to go to Kabul, and shoot a film there, but 14-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf was not old enough to see it open Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival. - 8/29/03

Iran and Pakistan Foreign Ministers call for enhanced cooperation
Iran`s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday discussed bilateral relations, regional and global issues with his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri - 8/29/03

Iran's art community calls for release of documentarians held by US troops in Iraq
Committee for Defense of Art and Culture in a letter addressed to President Mohammad Khatami on Friday called or attempts to guarantee the release of two Iranian documentarians being held by Americans in Iraq - 8/29/03

Argentines Skeptical Over Impact of Ex-Iranian Official's Arrest Over 1994 Bombing
The former Iranian ambassador to Argentina is to appear Friday in a London court in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The arrest has sparked an intense war of words between officials in Buenos Aires, London, and Tehran. But some people question whether the arrest will advance the nine-year investigation. -VOA - 8/29/03

Iran diplomat refused bail
An Iranian ex-diplomat has again been remanded in custody in London over a terror attack which killed 85 people in Argentina. -BBC - 8/29/03

Iranian journalist Pirouz Davani, missing for 5 years, is glaring case of impunity
Reporters Without Borders called today on Iran to seriously investigate the disappearance of Pirouz Davani, editor of the newspaper Pirouz, who vanished from his home in late August 1998. - 8/29/03

Iran’s “Crisis of Legitimacy” Could Prompt Authoritarian Political Alternative
The political gridlock caused by infighting between conservative and reformist forces in Iran has fostered what analysts in Tehran characterize as a "crisis of legitimacy." Growing popular apathy towards the political process is preparing the ground for a possible authoritarian alternative, some observers go on to warn. -Afshin Molavi, Eurasianet - 8/29/03

Hawks at home see no scope for deal with 'axle of evil'
Even as the US team sat down for what it called an "informal" direct exchange with North Korean in a multilateral, formal Chinese setting, conservative Republicans in Washington rated as close to zero the chances of getting a deal with what some call the "Axle of Evil" - Financial Times - 8/28/03

US ends military operations in Saudi Arabia
The United States has ended more than a decade of military operations in Saudi Arabia, shutting down the last remaining Air Force unit at Prince Sultan Air Base amid resentment in the kingdom over the American military presence, officials said on Wednesday - - 8/28/03

Belgium Briefly Detains Iranian Diplomat
Belgian police on Wednesday briefly detained an Iranian diplomat in connection with a 1994 Jewish community center bombing in Argentina that killed 85 people. He was released under diplomatic immunity rules, officials said - Associated Press - 8/28/03

Letters: Road map to nowhere
An age-old truism: our freedom fighters were our fathers' terrorists - Guardian - 8/28/03

Iran, Brazil to meet in world volleyball quarterfinal
Iran and Brazil will play a quarterfinal of 2003 FIVB Men`s Under-21 Volleyball Championship in Tehran on Friday - 8/28/03

Iraq`s electricity network to join those of neighbors
Radio Free Iraq had earlier predicted that Iran`s western provinces, such as Ilam and Kermanshah might be selling electrical power to their neighboring Iraqi provinces within the upcoming months - 8/28/03

Iran stonewalls on Kazemi case: Graham
Canadian officials met for the first time yesterday with Iranian justice representatives in Tehran, but said they are no closer to knowing who killed Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. -National Post - 8/28/03

IAEA Confirms Finding Weapons-Grade Uranium in Iran
The UN's nuclear watchdog has confirmed that it has found particles of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium in environmental samples taken at an Iranian nuclear facility. Iran denies enriching the uranium itself and continues to insist that its nuclear program is only for civilian purposes. -RFE - 8/28/03

What every Iranian women should know about breast health
Breast cancer is the second major cause of cancer deaths in the United States - MEHRA SHIRAZI, Ph.D Candidate - 8/27/03

Iran PTT minister to answer MPs' question on filtering websites
Minister of Post, Telegraph and Telephone Ahmad Motamedi is to appear before Majlis to respond to questions of 40 lawmakers on the ministry`s action in "filtering certain websites and sealing satellite equipment," - 8/27/03

U.S. should set nuclear disarming example, says Elbaradei
The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog called on the United States Tuesday to set an example to the rest of the world by cutting its nuclear arsenal and halting research programs - Environmental News Network - 8/27/03

Iraq's leaky border with Iran
Iraqi border police at the northeastern crossing point of Al Munthriya say that members of two leading Shiite parties in Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council are helping the illegal pilgrim trade, unwittingly aiding the passage of terrorists, spies, and saboteurs into the country - Christian Science Monitor - 8/27/03

Iran faces showdown on nuclear secrets
If the board rules Iran in violation, it would trigger a security council discussion on imposing sanctions, which could scuttle an EU trade deal and a treaty allowing Japanese companies to drill for oil - Guardian - 8/27/03

New Neka-Tehran pipeline more than doubles Iran's crude "swaps" capacity
The expansion of the Neka-Tehran oil pipeline will more than double Iran`s crude `swaps` capacity with Caspian countries when it opens later this year - 8/27/03

Iranian Judiciary, Parliament Divided Over Death of Canadian Journalist
The death of a Canadian journalist in Iran is causing battle lines to be drawn between Tehran's reformist members of parliament and the conservative judiciary. - 8/27/03

Iran death findings 'wrong'
The Iranian Government has rejected the findings of a judicial inquiry into the death in custody of journalist Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian national - BBC - 8/26/03

Iran charges 2 women in death of Canadian photographer
But Stephan Hachemi, Kazemi's only son, distanced himself from the developments, saying the accused women are being prosecuted to protect the high-ranking officials who actually killed his mother - Montreal Gazette - 8/26/03

Iran nukes still a concern - IAEA
Inspectors have found traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian nuclear plant, but say they have not determined whether Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, a spokesman for the U.N. nuclear agency said Tuesday - Cnn - 8/26/03

Iranian girl's idealism faded with oppression
There is plenty of humor in Persepolis, but also great pain; it was not an easy book to write or illustrate - Digital Chicago - 8/26/03

Sarmadi says the arrest of former envoy is technically wrong
Sarmadi told IRNA here on Monday that based on international law under the 1961 Vienna Convention ambassadors and embassy staff are immune from prosecution - 8/26/03

Iran automobile sector registered highest growth in economy
Minister of Industry and Mines Eshaq Jahangiri said in Tehran on Monday that with the 30 percent, the automobile industry registered the highest growth rate among all the sectors in the economy in the last Iranian year - 8/26/03

Inspector says two interrogators responsible for Kazemi`s death
The inspector described Mrs Kazemi`s death as "quasi intentional murder". - 8/25/03

Fear Hangs Over Funeral for Cleric's Aides in Najaf
In past weeks, U.S. officials have said they were increasingly worried about the prospect of rivalries and internecine violence among Shiites, who are widely seen as central to U.S. efforts to fashion a new Iraqi government - Washington Post - 8/25/03

Australia : Two Iranian asylum seekers deported
The men failed in their attempts to be granted refugee status and refused to accept the federal government's offer of $2,000 to return to Iran voluntarily - The North Queensland - 8/25/03

Iraqi detainees try to leave again
AN IRAQI family whose attempt to leave Australia for Iran after almost four years in immigration detention failed last week is preparing to try again - The Australian - 8/25/03

Inspector says two interrogators responsible for Kazemi`s death
The inspector described Mrs Kazemi`s death as "quasi intentional murder". - 8/25/03

Let Iran be the model
As the US and UK struggle to develop a legitimate sovereign government in Iraq, it would be wise for policy-makers to look at the model of Iran in the early 1950s - Guardian Letters - 8/25/03

Iran envoy arrest row escalates
Iran announced on Saturday that it was cutting cultural and economic ties with Argentina - BBC - 8/25/03

Argentina says Iran envoy arrest is judicial matter
Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, who took office three months ago, said it was a "disgrace for all Argentines" that the case had not been solved. In June, he ordered the release of secret files on the bombing from the intelligence services - AlertNet - 8/25/03

Iran extradites Al Qaeda men to Saudi Arabia
Declines to give names, number or extradition dates - 8/25/03

Bomb Targets Key Iraqi Shiite Cleric
The gas cylinder was placed along the outside wall of the home of Mohammed Saeed al-Hakim in Najaf, Shiite Islam's holiest cities. It exploded just after noon prayers- AP - 8/24/03

Why Iran’s N-programme is in the limelight?
In case Iran develops atomic weapons successfully, it would strengthen its Islamic revolution immeasurably. Once fortified with nuclear weapons, the rollback of the 1979 revolution, using force would become inconceivable- Daily Times Pakistan - 8/24/03

Afghanistan: Refugees Return Home From Iran
Despite the prospects of security threats and a failing economy, Afghan refugees living in Iran are choosing to come home. RFE/RL correspondent J.M. Ledgard traveled to the no-man's land between Afghanistan and Iran to find out why. -RFE - 8/23/03

Iraq: 'Chemical Ali' Likely To Face War Crimes Trial
The U.S. capture of Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali" for his past use of poison gas on civilians, puts one of the most notorious members of Saddam Hussein's former regime behind bars. -RFE - 8/23/03

Refugee groups fuming over Iranian men's treatment
Refugee advocates are outraged that three Iranian men removed from the Baxter Detention Centre in South Australia are being held in a Port Augusta lock-up ready for deportation. -ABC News - 8/23/03

MP: Washington should pay remaining part of compensaton to Iranian victims' families
Member of Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mrs Elaheh Koulaei said on Saturday that Washington should pay the remaining portion of compensation for Iranian passengers who were killed when an Iranian commercial aircraft was shot down by US warship Vincennes in 1988 - 8/23/03

Iranian official calls for speeding up accession to WTO
Iran has been trying in earnest to take prompt actions to accelerate market reforms in the coming years in a bid to enter the WTO. - 8/23/03

IT seminar and workshop kick off in Iran's Kish University
Head of Kish University public relations department, Seyed Mojtaba Aqili, told IRNA that prominent professors from the US, Canada, the UAE and several Iranian universities are scheduled to give instructions at the 15-day seminar. - 8/23/03

Iranian added to list of dead in UN Baghdad blast
The addition of Reza Hosseini, who was married with two children and came from the town of Mashhad in Khorasan province, northeastern Iran, brought the total number of confirmed dead to 12, including 11 U.N. staff. -MSNBC - 8/23/03

Foreign terrorists infiltrating Iraq, US warns
The US deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage, said that some of the fighters attacking US forces in Iraq were slipping across the border from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran. -Guardian - 8/23/03

Inside story of the hunt for Bin Laden
The al-Qaida leader is said to be hiding in northern Pakistan guarded by a 120-mile ring of tribesmen whose job it is to warn of the approach of any troops. -Guardian - 8/23/03

Quake jolts cities in Iran's Isfahan province
An earthquake measuring 3.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the cities of Aran and Bidgol in Isfahan province early on Saturday - 8/23/03

Iran's exported carpets to undergo quality control at customs
A committee based at customs centers which mainly handle export of Iranian carpets has been appointed to control the raw materials and texture used in weaving carpets, it was announced in Tehran on Saturday - 8/23/03

Ex-envoy arrested over bomb attack
Hade Soleimanpour, 47, who was finishing a PhD on nature-tourism in the Middle East, spoke only to confirm his name and age at Bow Street magistrates court, central London. His wife is a senior biologist at Durham University and their children, aged seven and 13, attend schools in the city. -Guardian - 8/23/03

Mystery surrounds Iran's al-Qaeda captives
Iranian officials describe them as "big fish". Western governments think they are of "high intelligence value". But the case of the senior al-Qaeda members detained in Iran - even how many they number - has been shrouded in mystery. -Financial Times - 8/23/03

Iran ex-diplomat faces terror hearing
Mr Soleimanpour, 47, spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared before Bow Street Magistrates' Court, and was remanded in custody until 29 August. -BBC - 8/23/03

In Iran, no men allowed at women's music fest
A folk festival in Tehran gives female performers a rare forum, but critics see it as a superficial step toward giving women an equal hearing -Christian Science Monitor - 8/22/03

50 years later, Iranians remember US-UK coup
Iranians mourned this week the consequences of Anglo-American regime change as they marked the 50th anniversary of a CIA coup that toppled their democratically elected prime minister. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/22/03

For Kurds, grimly satisfying news
The effects of 'Chemical Ali's' attacks are still being felt 15 years later -Borzou Daragahi, Star-Ledger - 8/22/03

Iran ex-envoy held in bomb probe
A former Iranian ambassador to Argentina, wanted there in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, has been arrested in the UK. -BBC - 8/22/03

Killing of Hamas leader ends truce
Five Israeli missiles incinerated Ismail Abu Shanab in Gaza City yesterday, killing one of the most powerful voices for peace in Hamas and destroying the ceasefire that Palestinian leaders believed would avert civil war. -Guardian - 8/22/03

Iran's religious leaders call for participation of women in social works
Addressing a group of women who ranked top in the field of arts and cultural works, Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance said that women are expected to undertake effective part in cultural development of the nation. - 8/22/03

Bay Area Iranian-American Voter Association Holds Civic Participation Event in Portland, Oregon
The goal of the event entitled “Achieving Civic Visibility: Iranian-Americans in Post-9/11 America,” was to inform the participants about the importance and mechanics of civic participation, and to impart BAIVOTER's own experience over the past year of ordinary Iranian-Americans coming together to build a community-based voter education and advocacy organization. - 8/22/03

Weapons, Allegedly Destined for Iran, Seized in Latvia
Experts say the aging gear was likely bound for terrorist groups for the purpose of updating and repairing existing equipment. -VOA - 8/22/03

Iran President says Iran honors others' security
President Khatami told a group of Information Ministry officials that Iran calls for a democratic government tailor-made to its religious and national values. - 8/22/03

Iran, player or rogue?
Iran has been secretly developing the capability to make nuclear weapons—in particular, developing the wherewithal to produce separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU). -Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - 8/22/03

VW, Ericsson, Statoil Invest in Iran, Undeterred by Tensions
The Fifth Tehran International Auto Fair, a five-day event that closed July 5, drew companies such as Renault SA, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Mazda Motor Corp., DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes-Benz, Fiat SpA and Volkswagen AG. -Bloomberg - 8/22/03

Iranian-Americans urged to vote no to the California recall
I believe this election is very important to the future of California and that is why I am strongly encouraging Iranian-Americans residing in California to vote on October 7. -Farzad Khalili - 8/22/03

The UN Convention on Women’s rights is Contrary to Rules of Islam
The convention has been the subject of serious controversies in Iran and other Islamic Countries. Recently the Iranian reform oriented parliament has ratified a bill paving the way for adhesion of Iran to the convention, and immediately the Council of Guardians has rejected the ratification of it and decided that certain articles of the Convention are contrary to the rules of Islam. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 8/22/03

Ledeen on the Run: 'Faster, Please' Toward the Annihilation of Iran
Michael Ledeen is a dangerous animal, a laptop bombardier, a thug with a hidden agenda and a security clearance. It is no coincidence that the 8/14 column, like so many of his others, closes with an exhortation to the President. "Faster, please", it always goes. He talks of military confrontation with Iran, which will be ugly like nothing since the Korean war, like he's a frat boy trying to get laid. - 8/22/03

Iranian Immigrant's US Success Story Chronicled in Memoir The Road To Home
Every individual who immigrates to the United States has a unique story to tell about his or her journey to this country. In a recently published memoir, a man who rose from a poverty-stricken childhood in Iran to the pinnacle of academic achievement in the United States told the story of his life. -VOA - 8/22/03

Strong quake jolts Iran's central city of Bam
A relatively strong earthquake measuring 5.7 degrees on the Richter scale shook Bam in this central province of Kerman on Thursday morning - 8/21/03

Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) is looking for interns
The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) is searching for vibrant interns for the fall of 2003. Interns will be working out of IAPAC’s Washington, D.C. office. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2003. - 8/21/03

Bay Area Iranian-American Voter Association Kicks Off Voter Registration Campaign for California Recall Election
BAIVOTER, an Iranian-American voter education and advocacy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced it will be holding a number of voter registration activities in the run up to the September 22 voter registration deadline for the upcoming Recall Election in California. - 8/21/03

Chairman of Iraq Governing Council invited to Iran
Chairman of Iraq`s Governing Council Ibrahim Jafari said in Kuwait on Wednesday that Iran has invited him to visit Tehran - 8/21/03

Empire's good and bad days: Remembering anniversaries we'd rather forget
Running an empire means having a crowded date book. So many anniversaries to remember, or to remember to forget. -Working For Change - 8/21/03

Why Nuclear Weapons May Be In Iran's National Interests
While Tehran cannot openly develop nuclear weapons -- due to the international outcry it would warrant -- it can continue its research into peaceful nuclear energy all the while preparing for a possible day when it could quickly develop its first nuclear weapons and become a nuclear-armed state. -Eurasianet - 8/21/03

'Chemical Ali' captured
Coalition troops in Iraq have captured one of Saddam Hussein's top generals, Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali", US Central Command has confirmed. -BBC - 8/21/03

Iran and the Bomb: Three Endings
Iran suspects that the United States is politicizing the nuclear issue and is really trying to kill Iran’s legitimate nuclear plan and activities in the name of nonproliferation. So Iran insists that the “international community” should guarantee Iran the right to obtain advanced nuclear technology and develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. -World Press Review - 8/21/03

Activist nears the finish line in his run for world peace
Reza K. Baluchi was growing impatient and wanted to be on his way. So he awoke at 1:30 am yesterday at a new friend's apartment in College Park and ran to Baltimore along U.S. 1. -Baltimore Sun - 8/21/03

Iranian Actors sought in New York for production of a Play
"Khasegari," a light hearted comedy about "Khasegari" arranged marriage; Written & Directed by: Majeed Beenteha - 8/21/03

US options: more troops or more help
After UN bomb blast, pressure builds for a larger security force in Iraq, either US or international. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/21/03

Iran's share in world carpet trade falling
Managing Director of Iran's Carpet Joint Stock Company Mohammad-Ali Karimi said in Tehran on Monday that Iran's share in the world's carpet exports has dropped to 28 percent from 50 percent - 8/21/03

Ousting Mossadeq and paying the subsequent price
One question that continues to be relevant is what did the coup accomplish? The answer depends on the period of time being considered. -Malcolm Byrne, Daily Star - 8/21/03

Iranian cleric wants Islam promoted as a peaceful religion
An Iranian cleric is in Washington with the blessing of his government to drum up support for an unprecedented international Islamic conference to promote Islam as a religion of peace, and not one that encourages Muslims to kill people of other faiths. -Knight Ridder Newspapers - 8/20/03

Iran: Tehran Reassures Russia Over Nuclear Program
Iran told Russia yesterday that it only has peaceful motives for its nuclear program and that Tehran fully respects nuclear nonproliferation. -RFE - 8/20/03

Iranian female MP defends women's right to run for president
"Islam attaches great importance to women, so there should be no difference between men and women and if any, it should be in women`s favor," said Rakeie. - 8/20/03

Iran Intent on Keeping Pace with Caspian Basin Energy Development
Iran is intent on staying competitive in the great game to dominate Caspian Basin energy exports. Tehran has announced that it will begin developing its Caspian oilfields within the next two years, despite the fact that the five states bordering the sea have yet to agree on a territorial treaty. -Eurasianet - 8/20/03

Whence Wine?
Blending chemistry and archaeology, a researcher tracks the origins of grape fermentation -Chronicle of Higher Education - 8/20/03

Iraq Blast Prods U.S. to Choose:
The gruesome bombing of United Nations headquarters in Iraq has brought President Bush face to face with a stark choice: Should he expand and fortify U.S. forces against an increasingly sophisticated opposition, or look to the U.N. for more help? -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 8/20/03

Iran's private sector has a small share in key industries
"To develop the economic sector, ICCIM should prompt non-Iranian and Iranian expatriate investors to make investments in Iran," Head of Iran`s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIM) said. - 8/20/03

Tehran seeks additions to nuclear protocol
Iran is seeking to win some concessions before signing the additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would allow for enhanced inspections of nuclear facilities as demanded by the international community. -Financial Times - 8/20/03

Iran Parliament to probe into photo journalist's death
An Iranian female lawmaker said in Tehran on Wednesday that Majlis' Article 90 Commission will meet next Tuesday to examine the case of the death of Iranian-Canadian photo journalist Zahra Kazemi - 8/20/03

Iranian woman cyclist Poupeh Mahdavinader will arrive in New York on August 20
Poupeh will be biking from New Haven, Connecticut to New York today. She will be in front of the UN building from 4pm to 6pm - 8/20/03

In Iran, clerics' wealth draws ire
Foundations under clerical control have grown in influence since the 1979 revolution. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/20/03

Fifty years after coup
The shah of Iran came to power in a CIA-backed coup 50 years ago in a watershed event that colours the politics of the country to this day -Roksana Bahramitash, Montréal Gazette - 8/20/03

The spectre of Operation Ajax
Britain and the US crushed Iran's first democratic government. They didn't learn from that mistake -Guardian - 8/20/03

Iran President voices concern over arrest of book authors, publishers
President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday expressed concern over the arrest of a book translator, a publisher, a critic of cultural works in the press and an official in charge of authorizing publication of the book - 8/20/03

Behzad Ranjbaran's First Recording for Persian Trilogy
Celebrated Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran (b. 1955) travels to London in September 2003 to record his orchestral cycle “The Persian Trilogy” with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of American conductor JoAnn Falletta. The producer is multiple Grammy Award-winner Michael Fine. - 8/19/03

Japan vows to proceed with oil deal in Iran
Japan will press ahead with a $2bn (E1.8bn) oil deal in Iran so long as it is commercially viable, despite US pressure to withdraw from the investment, according to a senior Japanese government official. -Financial Times - 8/19/03

Is The Energy Map Next On The Neo-Conservative Cartography Agenda?
The paper trail left by what are known as “neo-con” analysts about their preferred political map of the Middle East is well known. It is built on the twin assumptions that post Cold War geopolitics will remain unipolar for a long time and that the world’s sole “hyper” power, the US, has the right to recraft the structures of geopolitics to make the world more benign, from its perspective. -Oxford Energy Forum - 8/19/03

Iranians hopeful on reporters' release
Relatives of two Iranian journalists held by US troops in Iraq have gathered outside the British Embassy in Tehran, asking the British Government to facilitate their immediate release. -BBC - 8/19/03

U.N. comes to terms with Bremer on return of Iraqis from Iran
In U.N. Jordan Bureau's communique on the issue, the total number of Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Iran, Jordan and Europe is estimated to sum up to over 600 thousand Iraqi citizens. - 8/19/03

Iran stands second in world veterans wrestling meet
According to Iran's Wrestling Federation, the wrestlers of the country won six gold, 13 silver, and 6 bronze medals, finishing runner-up to Russia. - 8/19/03

Iranian refugees set to be sent home
The first group of failed Iranian asylum seekers could be deported within days under the terms of Australia's secret agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Age, Australia - 8/19/03

Iraq’s SCIRI, caught between Tehran and Washington
One of the more encouraging features of the occupation of Iraq has been Washington’s desire to co-opt the country’s Shiites into the post-Baathist polity in a way that reflects their majority status. -Daily Star - 8/19/03

US troops 'crazy' in killing of cameraman
Journalists who were with a Reuters news cameraman shot dead by US troops while filming outside a Baghdad prison yesterday accused the soldiers of behaving in a "crazy" and negligent fashion. -Guardian - 8/19/03

Three Iranian pilgrims risking illegal entry to Iraq lose lives hitting mines
A caravan of Iranian pilgrims of Imam Hussain (PBUH) intending to enter Iraq's soil illegally, hit a mine field at the zero border point of Sarkahr, one of the villages of Iran's Mehran township, leading to the death of three pilgrims - 8/19/03

Life expectancy among Iranian women up by 10 years
Addressing wives of foreign-based Iranian representatives, Shojaie quoted World Bank's (WB) statistics as putting the rate of Iranian women's participation in social affairs at 14.8 percent this year, saying the rate would rise to 25 percent in the next six years. - 8/19/03

White House Criticized for Being Soft on Iran
Although President Bush has designated Iran as one of three countries in the "axis of evil," and the country is believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, some experts say Washington needs to be more aggressive toward Tehran. -Fox News - 8/19/03

Iran FM spokesman: Closure of NCRI offices in US "positive step"
Speaking to foreign and domestic reporters at his weekly press briefing, Asefi said the US action in connection with the Mujahedeen group is in the framework of the responsibilities of Washington government. - 8/18/03

Iran plays swaps to stay in Caspian oil export game
Iran's ambitions to control future Caspian oil export routes may have been scuppered by BP's Baku-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline but Tehran is keeping its foot in the door by quietly boosting crude swap deals with Russian and Central Asian producers. -Reuters - 8/18/03

UNICEF Iran to launch children's/women's information bank
The media center of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative office in Iran announced in Tehran on Sunday that an information bank on children and women issues aimed at compiling and distributing proper and correct information nationwide will soon be established - 8/18/03

The Reunion - Shah of Iran's Court
Sue gathers together some of the most senior of the Shah of Iran's court who became exiles from their country shortly after the revolution which saw Ayatollah Khomeni take power. -BBC - 8/18/03

This is not Islam
FRANCE'S Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has just appointed a commit- tee to draft a law to ban the Islamist hijab (headgear) in state-owned establishments, including schools and hospitals. -Amir Taheri, Kikah - 8/18/03

A Shiite Burial Ground Awaits Foreign Faithful
Najaf, Iraq — The dead from around the Shiite Muslim world are again welcome at this holy site. -New York Times - 8/18/03

Iranian, Canadian FMs discuss issues of mutual interest
Touching on the case of the Iranian freelance photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, Kharrazi said that "the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has issued instructions to speed up the investigation and is ready to share information or cooperate with Canadian officials to resolve the issue." - 8/18/03

Managing director of Iran's Mardom Salari daily appears in court
Managing Director of daily `Mardom Salari' Mostafa Kavakebian appeared at Bench Four of the Court of Civil Servants' Offenses on Sunday to respond to three counts of charges raised against him - 8/18/03

'We miss the twins' smiles...'
MORE than a month after the deaths of Iranian twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani, their best friend here still cannot talk about them without crying. -Straits Times, Singapore - 8/18/03

Ayatollah Bojnourdi says Iran may sign the women's convention with reservations
The head of the Imam Khomeini Center for Islamic Studies, Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi, said on Monday that Iran may sign the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) with reservations to certain parts that the religious leaders deem non-Islamic - 8/18/03

The beast of Mashhad
Saeed Hanaei believed prostitutes were a 'waste of blood'. So he murdered 16 - and became a hero for Iran's Islamic militants. Dan De Luce on a shocking documentary -Guardian - 8/18/03

Iranian Runs as Ambassador for Peace
Since escaping his native iran in 1996, Reza Baluchi has become a world ambassador for peace. He has cycled his way through several continents and is now running from Los Angeles to New York. He plans to arrive at Ground Zero on September 11. -VOA - 8/18/03

Iran Parliament rejects bill on division of Khorassan province following sit-in and protests
Majlis on Sunday rejected the details of the bill to divide the northeastern province of Khorassan and referred the case to the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission for further scrutiny - 8/18/03

Iranian exiles' offices shuttered
U.S. Treasury agents closed the National Press Club offices of the Iranian opposition, also known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran and notified vendors in the United States and abroad that the group was considered a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government. -Washington Times - 8/17/03

Number of tourists visiting Iran declines
The number of tourists visiting Iran has declined by 9.5 percent in the current Iranian year (started March 21) compared to the same period last year - 8/17/03

Iran is in talks with Russia on Zohreh satellite
Minister of Post, Telegraph and Telephone Seyed Ahmad Motamedi said in Isfahan on Saturday that his ministry is in talks with a Russian company as well as certain European companies on implementation of Zohreh satellite project. - 8/17/03

Iranian film draws picture of fractured society
Thus it was no surprise when Jafar Panahi, one of Kiarostami’s proteges and one of the most successful of the “second generation” of Iranian film-makers, won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his new film Crimson Gold, which has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival this August. -Daily Star - 8/17/03

Saboteurs attack Iraqi pipeline
A bomb has been blamed for a fire at a key pipeline in northern Iraq, cutting off oil exports just three days after they had resumed. -BBC - 8/17/03

Parliament speaker inaugurates Iran's largest textile factory
A cotton factory with the production capacity of eight thousands tons a year, Iran's largest textile factory, was inaugurated in the industrial city of Farmihan in the presence of Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Saturday - 8/17/03

Iran: Hard-Liners Strike Down Bill To Loosen Election Restrictions
A reformist bill to loosen conservatives' hold over Iran's election process looks ever more doomed to failure after hard-liners struck it down this week for a second time. -RFE - 8/16/03

Europe pressed to shun Iranian oilfield
Spencer Abraham, US energy secretary, has warned the Netherlands and Italy not to allow its companies to invest in Iran's giant Azadegan oilfield. -Financial Times - 8/16/03

Iranian Americans Form A New Political Committee in Washington, D.C.
The Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State, is featuring a story on IAPAC, its activities, and its recent Kick-off Reception - 8/16/03

New twist on classic folk tale
"It's not important to be famous. Your life is very naked in the eyes of other people," said Shahrnush Parsipur. The 57-year-old author, whose adaptation of a classic Persian folk tale "The Guests" will be presented in the East Bay for the next two weeks, learned the hard way about the attention that fame brings. -Contra Costa Times - 8/16/03

Iran's youth NGOs call for establishment of the "National Youth Parliament"
In their final declaration, the youth NGOs of Iran called for establishment of a "National Youth Parliament" and creation of appropriate atmosphere for activities of the NGOs run by the girls - 8/16/03

Iran allows sampling ahead of IAEA report
Iran allowed UN atomic energy inspectors this week to take samples from a controversial and previously banned site, in an apparent attempt to moderate the tone of a report on Iran due early next month. -Financial Times - 8/16/03

Possible Israeli Strike At Iran's Nuclear Plants?
Sources close to the Israeli Premier denied reports that Sharon had discussed last month with President Bush the possibility of Israel carrying out a preemptive strike at Iran's nuclear plants. -Al-Hayat - 8/16/03

Tehran Municipality experts to assist counterparts in Najaf, Iraq
A number of Tehran Municipality's experts, left for Iraq on Friday in the framework of a fully equipped municipal services caravan to assist their counterparts in Holy Najaf's Municipality - 8/16/03

Iranian airliner makes emergency landing in India's Bombay
An Iranian passenger plane which was forced to make a special landing at Bombay on its way from Tehran to Kuala Lumpur was still undergoing repair in Bombay's International Airport on Saturday - 8/16/03

Warning to the Caspian Sea States: You are sowing wind and you will reap tornados
The littoral states of the Caspian Sea (The Russian Federation, Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) have so far failed to find a commonly acceptable formula for all of them regarding the legal regime of the Caspian Sea. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 8/15/03

The black turbans' 'counterrevolution'
The Iranian regime faces a challenge from new quarters. In an unexpected outburst, Hussein Khomeini, grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, lashed out against the ruling theocracy -Al Ahram, Egypt - 8/15/03

Official encourages investors to get active in Iran
Governor General of West Azarbaijan province Jamshid Ansari on Friday encouraged the foreign and Iranian investors to get active in the safe and lucrative market of Iran - 8/15/03

Iraq's war-weary Iranian refugees on the move again
Five-month-old Iranian Mohsen Hussein cries incessantly in his crib as the desert winds buffet his tent near Iraq's border with Iran. -Reuters - 8/15/03

US voices deep regret for Baghdad flag incident
The US forces in Iraq expressed "deep regret" yesterday for an incident in which one Iraqi was killed and four were injured during a riot after the crew of a Black Hawk helicopter removed an Islamic banner, accidently or otherwise, from the top of an telecommunications tower. -Guardian - 8/15/03

Ruddock allows family release
AN Iranian family detained for more than two years arrived in Adelaide today after Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock intervened in their case and granted them a temporary protection visa. -Advertiser, Australia - 8/15/03

Cleric: Parliament's approval of bill allowing Iran to join convention banning discrimination against women a mistake of MPs
Judging the convention to be unIslamic and against the rules of humanity, the Friday prayer leader said: "Yielding to the articles of that convention would be tantamount to ignoring the rules of justice and humanity as far as relations between the two sexes are concerned. This would not only endanger Islam but mankind as a whole, particularly the "foundation of families." - 8/15/03

Zahra Kazemi Case : EU foreign ministers urged to put pressure on Iran
Reporters Without Borders wrote to each of the European Union's 15 foreign ministers today urging them to put pressure on Iran over the murder of Zahra Kazemi, a journalist with both Iranian and Canadian citizenship. - 8/15/03

Iraq's national soccer team defeats Iran 1-0 in Tehran
Iraqi national soccer team on Wednesday defeated Iran 1-0 in LG Cup Football Tournament being held in Tehran. - 8/15/03

Political Metamorphosis
Middle Ages seem to have been that pupa life cycle for the West. Hopefully, Islamic Republic would do the same for us. According to an old Persian proverb: "Enemy can bring about goodness, if god wishes!" -Roya Monajem - 8/15/03

The Coup, 50 Years after: Dr. Mosaddegh's Democratic Mandate
In this short piece I will illustrate the democratic process of Dr. Mosaddegh’s ascendance to power by briefly discussing the historical context, the letter and spirit of the law. -Fareed Marjaee, Canada - 8/15/03

The Coup, 50 Years after: What Kermit didn’t say: In memory of August 19, 1953
“ ‘I owe my throne to God, my people, my army and to you!’ By ‘you’ he [the shah] meant me and the two countries—Great Britain and the United Sates—I was representing. We were all heroes.” Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran, Kermit Roosevelt, 1979 -Sasan Fayazmanesh, California - 8/15/03

Nafisi the Neocon: A review of Reading Lolita in Tehran
Nafisi's book attempts to forge a truce between the disparate fields of personal memoir, literary criticism, and political manifesto. It is as unfortunate as it is inevitable that the latter is most instrumental in carving out the book's ultimate identity, especially given that Nafisi's current day job is professor and director of the "SAIS Dialogue Project" at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies - 8/15/03

Azerbaijan, US hold naval exercises in oil-rich Caspian Sea
United States naval officers have begun joint exercises with Azerbaijan's navy to improve security for oil installations in the Caspian Sea, Azeri Defence Minister Safar Abbiyev said Wednesday. -AFP - 8/14/03

Iranian journalists appear in court to defend their dailies' cases
Managing directors of three Persian language dailies appeared at the Court of Civil Servants' Offenses on Wednesday to respond to charges brought up against their publications - 8/14/03

Asia Society will celebrate Persian heritage and culture this fall
The Asia Society will celebrate Persian heritage and culture this fall with exhibitions and a full slate of public programs in New York - 8/14/03

Official: 14.5 billion Dollars needed to be invested in Iran annually
Taheri told the International Seminar of Foreign Investment Opportunities that Iran has not yet been able to achieve its targets in terms of investment due to lack of comprehensive laws. - 8/14/03

DCHQ chief says Iran home to two million drug addicts
"Some 1.2 million are hardcore drug abusers while 800,000 are using drugs as pastime" - 8/14/03

Tehran fights air pollution
Iranian authorities impose curbs on cars entering downtown Tehran due to high levels of pollution. -MEO - 8/14/03

Study of Bush's Psyche Touches a Nerve
A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". -Common Dreams - 8/14/03

Judge urges more compassion for detained Iranian family
A Family Court judge in Sydney has urged the Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock to show compassion to an Iranian family in detention in South Australia. -ABC - 8/14/03

Iran develops nuclear plant
The Iranian Government says it is going ahead with the second phase of its controversial nuclear power plant in Bushehr. -BBC - 8/14/03

New American-Style TV Show Is Beamed to Tehran in Persian
Ahmad Baharloo, executive producer of "News and Views," said the program was "descriptive, not prescriptive." It is also markedly different from privately financed broadcasts from the United States. -New York Times - 8/14/03

Iran's mission at UN says Washington Times' accusations phony, baseless
Washington Times had in its last Friday edition made speculations on Iran's nuclear activities, claiming that unidentified correspondents in the region had fed the needed data. - 8/14/03

Ottawa may take Iran human rights record to UN
Canada is considering introducing a UN resolution condemning Tehran's record on human rights, following the violent death of a Montreal photojournalist in Iran, according to Montreal La Presse. -CTV, Canada - 8/14/03

Iranians authorized to work with US companies in Iraq
Iranians are authorized to work with US and British contractors in Iraq's reconstruction, said the head of Iran's chamber of commerce, industries and mines Ali-Naghi Kamoushi. -AFP - 8/14/03

Come the revolution (Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush)
Only in a few countries could a philosopher of science be seen as an enemy of the state. Abdolkarim Soroush, one of Iran's best-known intellectuals, argues that science cannot progress under totalitarian regimes. His greatest "crime" is to suggest that this is a legitimate Islamic view. After six years in exile, Soroush bravely returned to Iran last week. -New Scientist - 8/14/03

Iran: Union of Publishers protests prison terms for author, publisher
The Union of Publishers from Tehran protested to President Mohammad Khatami against prison terms for a publisher, an author, a translator, a critic and director general of the Ministry of Culture and the Islamic Guidance in charge of authorizing publication of books - 8/14/03

Iran and the pitfalls of the "nuclear" temptation
The issue of Iran’s nuclear program has recently become a center of attention again. With Iran maintaining that it needs its nuclear power plants to provide for future energy needs and industrial expansion, and the U.S. and Israel accusing Tehran of developing weapons of mass destruction, the stage is set for a new WMD game with the UN and the IAEA acting as embattled referees. -Ali Mostashari, MIT - 8/14/03

Iranian hard-liners' grip tight as reformists regroup
Many in the reform movement have become disenchanted by the inability of their leaders to loosen conservatives' hold over Iranian politics -Christian Science Monitor - 8/13/03

Iran's leader admits reforms have stalled
The Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, acknowledged yesterday that his attempts to introduce democratic reform have largely failed, but he said he would keep pushing for change. -Guardian - 8/13/03

Iran: Guardian Council turns down Majlis bills on women's rights, torture ban
The Guardian Council (GC) on Tuesday rejected the Majlis bill on Iran's joining a UN convention on women's rights as well as a motion to ban torture for discrepancies against the Constitution and the Sharia law of Islam - 8/13/03

Iran President says will not forward twin reform bills to Expediency Council
"I will not send my bills to the EC," Khatami told reporters after a cabinet meeting, adding that he hoped the dispute between the Majlis and the Guardian Council (GC) on the electoral law would be resolved before the elections for the seventh Majlis. - 8/13/03

Iranian-American math teacher sues University of Alabama, alleges discrimination
An Iranian-American man who taught math at the University of Alabama for more than a decade has sued the university in federal court, saying he was harassed and that preferential treament was given to others because he is a Muslim. -Tuscaloosa News, Alabama - 8/13/03

Iran's rich and well-connected favor economic status quo
Bazaaris and others with vested interests also oppose political reforms as people hit by hard times -Al-Jazeerah - 8/13/03

Quake hits central city of Tabas in Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Tabas in this central province at 08:17 hours local time (0347 GMT) Wednesday - 8/13/03

Iran President denies claims on Iran-US talks
He rejected that there were any exchanges or any correspondence between the Iranian and American statesmen and said that such claims are simply speculations. - 8/13/03

Event: Face to Face with Gavin Newsom
Iranian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is pleased to invite you to a Face to Face with Gavin Newsom - San Francisco’s mayoral candidate. - 8/13/03

Opposing Daniel Pipes
Bush’s nominee doesn’t belong at the U.S. Institute for Peace -MSNBC - 8/13/03

Iranian released after 14-month detention in Toronto
An Iranian man held by immigration officials for nearly 14 months was released from a Toronto detention centre Monday. -CBC News - 8/13/03

Iran women's bill rejected
A bill calling on Iran to join an international agreement on women's rights has been rejected by the government's supervisory body. -BBC - 8/13/03

A Grandson’s Remarks Hint at Unrest in Iran and Iraq
Some Iranian analysts see signs that dissatisfaction in Iran is beginning to spread to traditionally pro-regime clerics. They point to remarks in May 2002 by Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, deputy head of the conservative Assembly of Experts. "The regime cannot maintain itself in power by force," he told a crowd in Qom then. -Eurasianet - 8/13/03

Israel's Red Flag on Iran
A grim warning from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to President Bush that Iran is much closer to producing nuclear weapons than U.S. intelligence believes has triggered concern here that Israel is seriously considering a preemptive strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor. -Washington Post - 8/13/03

The Coup and Mossadegh’s Fall: A Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration - An International Symposium (Aug. 23-24 in Toronto)
Almost exactly fifty years after the event, this unique two-day symposium brings leading scholars, activists, and other notable personalities to Toronto from various continents to address the historical record and the legacy of the coup which toppled Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh’s government on August 19, 1953 - 8/13/03

Interview: First Iranian-American Gubernatorial Candidate Runs in California’s Recall Election
NIAC's Ali Golchin had an opportunity to sit down with the Iranian-American community's first candidate for Governor of California and discuss his campaign and goals for the recall election. - 8/13/03

4th Disabled, War-Disabled, and Blind Sports-Cultural Festival opens in Tehran
Some 5,500 disabled, war-disabled, and blind sportsmen and sportswomen have participated in the 4th festival (Milad-e Kowsar). - 8/12/03

Perspectives on Iranian Theatre
Two award-winning Iranian directors met up with Tony Fegan of Lift and Rosemary Bechler of openDemocracy a couple of days after the International debate: The Rights and Roles of Young People as Artsmakers to discuss making theatre in Iran and what should be cherished from the exchange between young artsmakers. - 8/12/03

Iran-Contra, Amplified
As Karl Marx might have said, ''A specter is haunting Washington -- the specter of Iran-Contra''. Even some of the people and countries are the same. And the methods -- particularly the pursuit by a network of well-placed individuals of a covert, parallel foreign policy that is at odds with official policy -- are definitely the same. -Common Dreams - 8/12/03

Iran celebrates Asian youth weightlifting title
Iran overpowered the 14 participating teams, standing top with 551 points while the host Indonesia and China ranked second and third, winning 492 and 444 points respectively. - 8/12/03

Investment risk drops in Iran
Head of Investment Organization Mohammad Khazaei said on Tuesday that the risk of investment in the Islamic Republic of Iran has dropped from six points to four points in the past three years and the figure is expected to stand at three in the near future - 8/12/03

Quake jolts northwestern Iranian town of Khoy
An earthquake measuring 4.7 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook the town of Khoy and its surrounding vicinity early Tuesday - 8/12/03

Basra: 'betrayed' and pushed to the brink
If Iraq has had it bad over the past three decades, then Basra has had it the worst. Parts of the Iran-Iraq war were fought virtually at the gates of the city. In 1991 an estimated 250,000 people died in the uprising against Saddam Hussein. -Guardian - 8/12/03

270 projects on tender for foreign investments in Azarbaijan province of Iran
Azarbaijan Governor General Mohammad Ali Sobhanollahi said in Tabriz on Monday that in the first International investments seminar held in this northwestern city, 270 projects valued at dlrs 2.2 billion are offered to foreign investors - 8/12/03

Iran: IRNA director summoned to court for interviews on Kazemi's death
The Persian-language daily 'Iran' reported that Nasseri had been summoned as respondent to the Branch Three of the Special Disciplinary Court for State Staff in connection with IRNA interviews on Kazemi's death that 'Iran' had published. - 8/12/03

Saudi Says Iran Drags Feet Returning Al Qaeda Leaders
As many as 15 al Qaeda leaders and operatives are currently in Iran, but Tehran is dragging its feet in responding to requests from Arab governments to repatriate the accused terrorists for interrogation and trial, a senior Saudi official said yesterday. -Washington Post - 8/12/03

Iran: Sit-in by Azam Taleghani in front of Evin prison
Azam Taleghani, head of Society of Islamic Revolution Women of Iran, started a sit-in in front of Evin prison in Tehran on Tuesday to protest the treatment of the political prisoners. - 8/12/03

US, Iran, the Nuclear Bomb and Negotiations
Concern about Iran's nuclear plans has reached a new height. Officials in the US and other countries frequently have made it clear that a "nuclear" Iran is "dangerous" and "unacceptable." Iran has been threatened by the US and European countries with all sorts of sanctions and even hints of military "actions." How serious is the situation? Why has the Iranian government engaged itself in such a high-risk policy? -Reza Ghorashi - 8/12/03

Badi Badiozamani seeks the support of Iranian-Americans in run for California Governor
Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your kind words. I am delighted to say that my office has been flooded with e-mails and telephone calls from all over the world. - 8/11/03

EU Commissioner Chris Patten says Iran has right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes
"While recognizing Iran's right as a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the Commission strongly supports the view of the EU that Iran must be fully transparent and in compliance with this treaty," - 8/11/03

Iran takes third Asian cycling medal
Iran snatched the third medal in the Asian Cycling Championships in South Korea as Hassan Maleki won a bronze in the cross-country event Sunday - 8/11/03

Iranian pilgrims risk life and limb
Over 100 Iranian pilgrims have lost their lives trying to cross the border into Iraq, Iranian TV has said. -BBC - 8/11/03

Nato takes control of Afghanistan peace mission
Nato took command of the 5,000-strong international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital Kabul today, its first ground mission outside Europe since it was created 54 years ago. -Guardian - 8/11/03

Mehrab Fatemi to represent Iran in "Strongest Men of the World"
Iran's Hercules Mehrab Fatemi will fight in the tough competitions of "Strongest Men of the World" in Finland. - 8/11/03

Tehran's 'Taxicyclists' Ride on the Edge
To harried public bus drivers and dusty traffic policemen here in Iranian capital's chaotic roads, the motorcycle riders are a pesky menace, darting into the flow of vehicles and cheekily out again in clouds of blue exhaust. -IPS - 8/11/03

Iran to lay 3,300 kms of rail tracks
Managing Director of the Islamic Republic Railways Mohammad Saeednejad said in Tehran on Monday that operations are underway to lay 3,300 kilometers of tracks, the most important segment being the 1,000 kms Bafq-Mashhad track - 8/11/03

Iran rejects pressures to sign additional protocol to NPT
"No matter whether the pressures are increased or decreased, the Islamic Republic of Iran will make a decision on the basis of its national interests as well as its principles and values with realism and wisdom," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said. - 8/11/03

Ten more detained Iranian students to be freed
Ten Iranian students arrested during pro-democracy protests in June and July will be released on Monday bringing to 22 the number freed since last week, the ISNA student news agency reported. -Reuters - 8/11/03

Iran weightlifters to compete in World Masters Championships in US (Sep 2-9, Savannah, Georgia)
Veteran weightlifters of Iran will leave here for the United States on August 25 to take part in the world competitions - 8/11/03

Letter from Sharif University of Technology Association to IEEE President questions membership restrictions
The following questions and concerns have been raised both by SUTA members and by others in the Iranian scientific community. Please note that a large number of SUTA members are also Members, Senior Members, and Fellows of the IEEE holding key positions in the industry and academia around the globe, including in the United States. - 8/11/03

Iran's greatest digital library becomes operational
The greatest digital library in the field of medical sciences and biological technologies was put into full operation at Iran's Pasteur Institute - 8/10/03

Iran has 23,000 to 25,000 HIV positive patients: official
A health ministry official said in Kerman on Sunday that over 23,000 to 25,000 people are estimated to be HIV positive in the country - 8/10/03

Israelis retaliate in south Lebanon
Israeli aircraft have carried out a raid in southern Lebanon just hours after a civilian was killed in northern Israel by shell-fire blamed on Hezbollah guerrillas. -BBC - 8/10/03

Brewers go head to head in battle for Muslim markets
Forget Pepsi versus Coca-Cola. The next big battle of the beverages is brewing between European lager giants in the most unlikely of markets. Global ale empires have embarked upon a scramble to tempt Muslims. -Guardian - 8/10/03

Make Iran next, says Ayatollah's grandson
Khomeini calls US freedom the 'best in the world' from base in occupied Baghdad -Guardian - 8/10/03

Women MPs comment on Iran's adherence to UN women convention
Iran's parliament ratified July 23 a bill authorizing Iran's membership in the Convention on Discrimination Against Women. - 8/10/03

Support for Release of Iranian Pollsters
World research organisations ESOMAR, EFAMRO and WAPOR have this week joined forces in the case of two Iranian survey researchers arrested earlier this month and have addressed the matter to the EU Government, the United Nations, the Iranian Government and other international bodies in order to release the Iranian pollsters. - 8/10/03

Khatami: Iran determined to raise steel production to 5 million tons annually
The president is in Isfahan province to inaugurate two grand industrial projects--the Saba Steel Complex and a tin-manufacturing plant. Saba Steel Complex, which is being designed and constructed by Isfahan Steel Mill, is expected to add a total of 700,000 tons of steel to the country's annual production. - 8/9/03

Court in Iran's city of Qazvin suspends provincial weekly for second time
A press court in the northwestern Iranian city of Qazvin has closed down a provincial weekly for the second time on charges of 'promoting depravity and publishing lies', the court's head said Saturday - 8/9/03

GW Bush's America: Americans Pay Price for Speaking Out
After 39 years in the Marines, including commands in Somalia and Iraq, Gen. Anthony Zinni never imagined he would be tagged "turncoat." -Common Dreams - 8/9/03

US warning over Hezbollah attack
The United States has warned Lebanon and Syria over the first big attack by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters against Israel for several months. -BBC - 8/9/03

'Great Volga Way' Confab kicks off in Tehran
The one-day conference is aimed at assessing strategies for making the `Great Volga Way' operational. Russia is represented at the conference by a large delegation headed by its Deputy Foreign Minister and the President's Special Representative for Caspian Sea Problems Viktor Kalyuzhny. - 8/9/03

The US is starting a nuclear fight that will be hard to stop
The hawks are gunning for a showdown with North Korea and Iran -Guardian - 8/9/03

Iran earns $2.6b surplus oil revenues in four months
The country has earned 2.6 billion dollars in surplus oil revenue in the first four months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), a senior planning expert said in Mashhad - 8/9/03

Facing a nuclear-armed Iran, US should stress deterrence
The question before diplomats and strategists is not whether Iran seeks nuclear arms. It is what the United States should do about Iran’s efforts to become a nuclear power. The available evidence in the current international context suggests that the answer lies with deterrence. -Eueasianet - 8/9/03

Iran: Tehran Takes A Keen Interest In Regional Road Building
While the United States increases pressure to isolate Iran, Tehran is pressing ahead to build a highway into neighboring Afghanistan. Iran, which is seeking to establish itself as a main trade route, sees Afghanistan as a potential land link between the Persian Gulf, Central Asia, and China. -RFE - 8/9/03

The Coup, 50 Years after: 'All the Shah's Men': Regime Change, Circa 1953
On Aug. 15, 1953, a group of anxious C.I.A. officers huddled in a safe house in Tehran, sloshing down vodka, singing Broadway songs and waiting to hear whether they'd made history. -New York Times - 8/9/03

Iranian journalists stage sit-in protest Friday
On this year's observance of `Journalists' Day' and to highlight the plight of Iranian journalists in this country, members of the Iran Journalists Association held a sit-in protest here Friday in front of its headquarters. - 8/9/03

Joyful reunion as jailed Iranian students are released
Photos by Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) show the emotional reunion of the released students with their parents and relatives. - 8/8/03

Bush administration paralyzed over Iran
According to a series of leaks by US officials, Iran has offered to hand over, if not directly to Washington then to friendly allies, three senior al-Qaeda leaders and might provide another three top terrorist suspects that Washington believes are being held by Tehran. -Common Dreams - 8/8/03

Reporters Without Borders supports strike by Iranian journalists to protest against crackdown on press
Reporters Without Borders today announced its full support and solidarity with the one-day strike that hundreds of Iranian journalists are to stage tomorrow to protest against a crackdown in which many of their colleagues have been arrested or summoned for questioning. - 8/8/03

Iran rejects report on Khatami's letter to US secretary of state
Iran on Thursday rejected a press report on President Mohammad Khatami's alleged letter to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, asking the two countries to continue their secret and direct talks in Geneva - 8/8/03

Mehdi Mahdavikia: German football's new hero
The German football season is in full swing with Iranian-born Mehdi Mahdavikia becoming the man to watch. John Bagratuni profiles the player who has been compared to Britain's David Beckham or Real Madrid ace Luis Figo. - 8/8/03

Event: Iranian Women In Cinema at UC Irvine, California
Presented by The Iranian Cultural Club of UCI with the support of Citizen Peace Building & The Society For Democracy in Iran; August 14th, 7:30 PM - 8/8/03

Iran's rulers 'should call referendum'
The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, has made a stinging attack on the country's current Islamic system and rulers. -BBC - 8/8/03

Rise of Iraq's Shiites could pose threat to Iran's clerical rulers
Well before the first bomb dropped on Baghdad, Western analysts worried that liberation from Saddam Hussein's Sunni-based tyranny could push Iraq's Shiite majority into the arms of Iranian theocrats. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/8/03

Young Afghan Women Setting Themselves Ablaze
In Herat, at least four young women have killed themselves this year by setting themselves ablaze. Experts remain unsure why now, just as they are regaining their freedom, that they are embracing death. -Women's News - 8/8/03

At Least 20,000 Civilians Injured in Iraq War
Extraction of media-reported civilian injuries from the Iraq Body Count database and archive of war reports provides evidence of at least 20,000 civilian injuries on top of the maximum reported 7798 deaths. -CounterPunch - 8/8/03

US troops told 'tread softly'
American troops in Iraq have been ordered to act less aggressively following warnings by the Iraqi Governing Council that people are turning against them. -BBC - 8/8/03

'Dr Strangeloves' Meet to Plan New Nuclear Era
US government scientists and Pentagon officials will gather today behind tight security at a Nebraska air force base to discuss the development of a modernized arsenal of small, specialized nuclear weapons which critics believe could mark the dawn of a new era in proliferation. -Common Dreams - 8/8/03

Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Seen as Adding to Tehran's Prestige in Region
"It might add to Iran's ideological appeal," said Mr. Kamal. "People will perceive it as the country that is capable of defending the interests of the Muslims. So it might emerge as the leader of the Muslim world because of its possession of nuclear weapons." -VOA - 8/8/03

Letter to Ayatollah Khamenei demanding release of Iranian students and political activists
Your Excellency, we would like to remind you that according to Article 22 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran the life, property, and rights of individuals are inviolable. Article 23 forbids the persecution of individuals for their beliefs. Article 27 permits the free holding of public gatherings and marches provided arms are not carried. Article 38 bans all forms of torture for the purpose of extracting confessions or acquiring information. -Signatures: Noam Chomsky, Benjamin Barber, Fred Dallmayr, ... - 8/8/03

All jailed students in Iran's city of Hamedan released
With the latest release of three other university students, all those jailed in this western Iranian city in connection with the June and July unrest are freed from prison now, a student association official said in Hamedan on Thursday - 8/8/03

Iran holding al-Qaida men 'as bargaining chip with US'
Iran is using the senior members of the al-Qaida network it has detained as a bargaining chip in its war of nerves with the US, and will only allow their extradition in return for substantial concessions, sources in the political establishment said yesterday. -Guardian - 8/8/03

Secret Talks With Iranian
Pentagon hardliners pressing for regime change in Iran have held secret and unauthorized meetings in Paris with a controversial arms dealer who was a major figure in the Iran-contra scandal, according to administration officials. -Newsday - 8/8/03

Iran blocks share price gains
The Tehran Stock Exchange has taken steps to try to halt an explosive rally in share prices amid fears the market could be headed for a crash -BBC - 8/7/03

Tehran prosecutor orders release of nine jailed students
Tehran prosecutor's office has ordered nine students, detained in connection with June and July unrest in the capital and several other Iranian cities, to be released, it said in a statement Wednesday - 8/7/03

Iran 'opposes' nuclear weapons
"Iran will not renounce the development of nuclear technology, one of the pillars of the power of the people," Mr Khatami said on Wednesday. -BBC - 8/7/03

Iran and Cuba Zap U.S. Satellites
By successfully jamming a U.S. communications satellite over the Atlantic Ocean, the regimes of Cuba and Iran challenged U.S. dominance of space and the assumptions of free access to satellite communication that makes undisputed U.S. military power possible. -Insight - 8/7/03

Iran: U.S. Daily Says Tehran In 'Late Stages' Of Building Nuclear Bomb
A three-month investigation of Iran's nuclear program by the "Los Angeles Times" newspaper concludes that Tehran "appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb." -RFE - 8/7/03

Iran Red Crescent Society: Detained Iranian documentarians in good health
Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced in Tehran on Thursday that the two Iranian documentary film makers arrested in Iraq a month ago are in good health conditions - 8/7/03

Cloud Over Halabja Begins to Dissipate
Fifteen years ago, this remote Kurdish town near the Iranian border entered the world's lexicon of modern-day horrors. First, Iraqi warplanes bombarded the rebellious enclave for several hours, shattering doors and windows. Then, at about 2 p.m., they swooped lower. -Washington Post - 8/7/03

Hiroshima Mayor Lashes Out at Bush on Atomic Bombing Anniversary
Hiroshima's mayor lashed out at the United States' nuclear weapons policy during ceremonies marking the 58th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing, which caused the deaths of over 230,000 people. -Common Dreams - 8/7/03

Azerbaijan welcomes Iran's economic assistance
As a sign of the two countries closer economic and trade cooperation, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Tehran Abbasali Kara Oglu Hasanov said here last month that Iran plans to invest in 10 major projects in Azerbaijan. - 8/7/03

The Axis of War and Mischief in the Middle East
Under the influence of a cabal of the so-called neoconservatives, the Bush Administration has turned our world into an unsafe, uncertain, and worrisome place. -Ismael Hossein-Zadeh - 8/7/03

Preventing a Nuclear Iran
As if North Korea were not challenge enough, Washington must decide what to do about mounting evidence that Iran will soon have a nuclear bomb. Its program is much farther along than Iraq's ever was. -Christian Science Monitor - 8/6/03

Orientalism 25 Years Later: Worldly Humanism v. the Empire-builders
I wish I could say that general understanding of the Middle East, the Arabs and Islam in the United States has improved somewhat, but alas, it really hasn't. For all kinds of reasons, the situation in Europe seems to be considerably better. -Edward Said, CounterPunch - 8/6/03

Israel's fence draws threat of US sanctions
The Bush administration is threatening to impose hundreds of millions of pounds in financial sanctions on Israel if it persists in pushing its security fence and wall in the West Bank deep into Palestinian territory -Guardian - 8/6/03

Arabs snub US over Iraq troops
Arab League foreign ministers have ruled out sending troops to help US forces to stabilise Iraq. -BBC - 8/6/03

Amir Taheri: Engaging Iran now will avoid future crises
Iran must be engaged, either diplomatically or with a mixture of diplomacy and military force in order to alter its current trajectory. For if that trajectory is not altered it is bound, sooner or later, to lead into open conflict between Iran and the United States and its allies. -Gulf News - 8/6/03

Iran President calls on nation to promote democracy
President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday called on the nation to continue the sustainable historical movement to establishing democracy - 8/6/03

Huge recovery in Iran's exports to EU
The value of Iran's exports to the European Union rose by over 50 percent in the first quarter of 2003 following last year's fall in the wake of a worldwide downturn - 8/6/03

Iran's other side
Last summer, at 20 years of age, I embarked on my first visit to Iran, the country of half my heritage. Bereft of tongue and custom, I possess little of the rich inheritance that is my birthright. -Showey Yazdanian, Toronto Star - 8/6/03

Iran: Tehran Cool As Pressure Mounts To Clarify Nuclear Program
The UN is pushing ahead this week with efforts to persuade Tehran to open its nuclear facilities to surprise inspections -- but so far with little sign of success. -RFE - 8/6/03

Iran beats Japan in Asian Futsal championship finals
Iran retained the Asian futsal title as it struggled to a 6-4 victory over the budding Nippon in the nail-biting final in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex in western Tehran on Tuesday - 8/6/03

A Khomeini Breaks With His Lineage to Back U.S.
"Iranians insist on freedom, but they are not sure where it will come from," said Mr. Khomeini, 45. "If it comes from inside, they will welcome it, but if it was necessary for it to come from abroad, especially from the United States, people will accept it," Mr. Khomeini said. "I as an Iranian would accept it." -New York Times - 8/6/03

Iran official sounds note of alarm on brain drain
A research organization on Tuesday released figures indicating that only three of the 18 students who have participated in scientific olympiads abroad and have received doctorates have returned to Iran - 8/6/03

A younger Khomeini admires US
The name is the same, and the bearing is strikingly similar to his famous grandfather. The words from the younger Ayatollah Khomeini's mouth, however, could hardly be more jolting, especially for those who remember Iran's explosive revolution, with its chants of ''Death to America.'' -Boston Globe - 8/5/03

Clemency urged for Iran students
Iran's supreme leader has said students involved in anti-government protests earlier this year should be treated with clemency. -BBC - 8/5/03

Iran reaches Asian futsal final after defeating Kuwait 10-2
Iran proved formidable as it extended winning streak with an amazing 10-2 victory over Kuwait in a semifinal of the 5th Asian Futsal Championships in Tehran on Monday - 8/5/03

Two female detainees in Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi's death case freed
Two women suspects, detained in connection with the death of Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi have been released after posting surety, a Tehran tribunal said in a statement Monday - 8/5/03

UN seeks snap Iran inspections
Talks on inspections without notice of Iran's nuclear facilities have begun in Tehran. -BBC - 8/5/03

Iran negotiating Azadegan development with several oil companies
Iran on Monday said that negotiations were being held with several oil companies for the development of giant Azadegan oil field, while Japan was still the favorite to sign a deal with - 8/5/03

Only the UN can give Iraq security and sovereignty
One out of every four Americans wants US forces to withdraw from Iraq now, according to a Gallup poll. Some worry over the mounting rate of casualties. Others sense they were duped over the need for war... -Guardian - 8/5/03

Bitterness Grows in Iraq Over Deaths of Civilians
In numerous interviews, Iraqis said that more than factors like unemployment, fuel shortages, or electricity blackouts, civilian casualties since the war's end have raised the level of bitterness against US soldiers and could prolong or widen armed resistance. -Boston Globe - 8/5/03

Short Story: Lovebird
"If only you knew how happy I felt when I heard you had come back." The scent of tuberoses filled the air. Nahid put the flowers in a crystal vase. Maryam hung her raincoat in the cupboard. -By Mansoureh Sharifzadeh - 8/5/03

Iran: Court Finds Two Men Guilty Of 'Warring Against God'
An Iranian court today said that two people arrested during recent demonstrations in Shiraz are guilty of "warring against God" -- a penalty punishable by death, amputation, or exile. -RFE - 8/5/03

Heads of 69 Iranian universities air concerns about future of science in Iran
The heads of 69 Iranian universities, colleges scientific and research centers issued a communique Monday voicing their deep concerns about the future of science in the country - 8/5/03

Kazemi's mother speaks
The interview with Ezzet Kazemi was published in Yas-e-Nou, a Farsi-language newspaper, on Wednesday, the day Iranian Vice-President Ali Abtahi admitted "the high possibility" that Kazemi was murdered. -Toronto Star - 8/4/03

Iran might swap terrorists for help from U.S.
Iran might be willing to hand over al-Qaeda terrorists it is holding if the United States cracks down on an Iraq-based terrorist group that Iran says is carrying out a propaganda campaign against the Tehran regime. -USA Today - 8/4/03

Iran is seen moving close to producing nuclear bomb
After more than a decade of working behind layers of front companies and in hidden laboratories, Iran appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. -LA Times - 8/4/03

Iran fustal team defeats Uzbekistan 7-2 to moves into semifinal of Asian games
Asia's four-time futsal champion, Iran, waltzed into the semifinal of the 5th event in Tehran Sunday as it won a practice quarterfinal against Uzbekistan - 8/4/03

5.5 Quake shakes Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan
An earthquake measuring 5.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the cities of Zahedan and Nosratabad in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on Monday morning - 8/4/03

Iran: Khomeini's Grandson Calls For New Revolution
The eldest grandson of the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (pictured) has called on Iranians to launch an attack on the current regime. -RFE - 8/4/03

Iran's Nuclear Program: For Electricity or a Bomb?
For its part, Iran says that its nuclear program is benign, legal and meant only to provide energy. It has cited its membership in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which guarantees "the inalienable right . . . to develop . . . nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." -New York Times - 8/4/03

The unreported cost of war: at least 827 American wounded
US military casualties from the occupation of Iraq have been more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe because of an extraordinarily high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths in the ranks that have gone largely unreported in the media. -Guardian - 8/4/03

International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman comments on LA Times report on Iran
A spokesman for the international nuclear watchdog, the Vienaa-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Lothar Wedekind, commented in Vienna on Monday on a report by the Los Angeles Times that Iran is in the process of producing a nuclear bomb - 8/4/03

Letter from Saudi Arabia: Iran current hot tourist spot for Saudis
A senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying that in view of the great interest and enthusiasm showed by Saudis in visiting Iran, during the first three weeks of the month of July only the Iranian missions in the Kingdom had issued some 15,000 visas to tourists from the Kingdom. -Gulf News - 8/4/03

Prominent Iranian Cleric Joins in Exodus to Iraq
The emigration of the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founding father of Iran's Islamic revolution, to Iraq from Iran marks the beginning of a quiet shift by Iran's dissident clerics, long critical of the country's ruling mullahs, from Shiite's longtime religious capital in Qom, Iran, to its former capital in Najaf, Iraq. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 8/4/03

Fund to be established in Iran to protect writers, artists
Speaking to reporters, Government Spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said that the fund which is to be established with the participation of writers and artists is aimed at backing the writers and artists and providing them with social security benefits. - 8/4/03

Khatami: Moderation, commitment to constitution only way to save Iran
President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, speaking in Tehran on Sunday, stressed that moderation and commitment to the constitution by all political groups and parties was the only way out of the problems facing the country - 8/4/03

Families of two Iranian TV reporters detained by US troops in Iraq hold gathering outside Swiss Embassy in Tehran
"We and the family of Mr Saeed Abutaleb have gathered together here asking the Swiss Embassy to convey our demand to the United States to immediately free our sons working for national television of Iran." - 8/4/03

Kin of Khomeini turns to U.S. for military help in freeing Iran
The grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the fiery cleric who launched an anti-American Islamic revolution in Iran that sparked 25 years of unrest in the Gulf region, yesterday condemned Iran's clerical regime and suggested United States military intervention in Iran as a possible path to liberation for his country. -Star Ledger, NJ - 8/4/03

Iran's hardliners step up arrests of activists
Iran's hardline clergy has begun arresting and interrogating journalists, students and political activists in a new attempt to intimidate opposition before next year's parliamentary elections. -Guardian - 8/4/03

Tehran boutiques stock hot outfits out of sight
Alf, a 46-year-old former computer engineer, is one of a handful of Iranian designers determined to transform the hijab from shapeless to chic. These designers have a lot to do with the surprising, and to the conservative Iranian government, appalling, fashion display in the streets of Tehran and other big cities. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 8/3/03

Parliament select committee members meet jailed students in Iran
"Thus far, we have met 70 students and less than 16 other students have been arrested since our last visit, whom we will meet today," a member of the committee, Mohsen Safaie Farahani, who represents Tehran in the Parliament, said. - 8/3/03

Who Forged the Letters that Sucked Us into War?
Can you name a country in the Middle East suspected of developing nuclear weapons, refusing to open itself to international inspection, and one that probably possesses chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction? -CounterPunch - 8/3/03

US Debates Bid to Kill Hussein and Avoid Trial
Senior Bush administration officials are debating whether to order military commanders to kill rather than capture Saddam Hussein to avoid an unpredictable trial that could stir up nationalist Arab sentiments and embarrass Washington by publicizing past US support for the deposed Iraqi dictator, according to defense and intelligence officials. -Common Dreams - 8/3/03

Wells of Desire
'All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror' by Stephen Kinzer -Washington Post - 8/3/03

Middle Eastern "Democratic" Paradigm in the 21st. Century
With the recent rapid deployment in the Middle East, the political leaders in the region have two choices: they should either take the initiative to proactively facilitate democratic change, thereby liberating and empowering their people to taste freedom, equity, and opportunity, or certain change would inevitably be imposed upon them from outside and, or in combination with the wrath of their own people. -Davood N. Rahni - 8/3/03

Lawyer calls for transfer of Iranian pollster from solitary confinement
Saleh Nikbakht has written a letter to Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, complaining that Abdi was still being held in solitary confinement outside Evin prison although the court has already convicted him. - 8/3/03

Interrogator finds chief of 'Iran' daily guilty
An interrogator at Civil Servants Prosecutor General's office has passed a verdict of guilty for the managing director of Persian daily "Iran" Abdol-Rasoul Vesal, referring his case to Tehran bench of deputy prosecutor general's office to issue bill of indictment. - 8/3/03

Iranian varsity student team ranks fourth at international math contest
The four member Mathematics Olympiad Team of Tehran's Sharif Technical University, sacking eight gold, silver and bronze medals in Romania, ranked 4th among 54 teams form 27 countries - 8/2/03

In honour of Kaveh...
Kaveh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who worked for the BBC in Teheran, was killed while trying to run to safety in the same accident in which I lost my foot. -Stuart Hughes, BBC - 8/2/03

Iraq: Young, Anti-American Shi'a Cleric Arrives As A 'Surprise' On The Scene
A young Shi'a cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, is popular among the poorest Shi'a Muslims in Iraq. He strongly protests against the presence of U.S. troops in the country and says he is creating a religious militia of his own to maintain security. But some analysts question his legitimacy and the level of his public support. -RFE - 8/2/03

Isfahani Armenian champs to compete at International Armenian Olympics
The Third International Olympics of the Armenians will be held in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia between August 16 to 24. - 8/2/03

Escape from Iran
Lori Brown-Wirth of Casper and her son Seth Eslami were reunited for the first time in 18 years last week, after Seth made a harrowing escape from Iran. -Casper Star Tribune - 8/2/03

U.S. Courts' Role in Foreign Feuds Comes Under Fire
As courts in the United States hear more lawsuits over disputes beyond the country's borders, government officials and legal scholars are saying that the trend is creating a situation rife with diplomatic pitfalls and the Bush administration is complaining that it is hampering the fight against terrorism. -NY Times - 8/2/03

Documentary to be made on life of Iranian conjoined twins
Director Mohammad Jaafari, documentary filmmaker, told IRNA in the first part of the film the twins appear as two personages with quite different behavioral and moral patterns. - 8/2/03

Reporters Without Borders: Two Iranian journalists arrested in Iraq, other foreign media harassed
"The US-British forces must provide convincing evidence that the Iranians have violated security or else release them at once," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. - 8/2/03

Iran’s student movement: a catalyst for change?
Recent civil unrest in Iran reawakened interest in the potentially significant role Iranian students can play in the evolution of the Islamic Republic. There is much frustration at the inability of reformists to act as catalysts for real change, but also hope that the increasing independence of the country’s students will help alter this. -Mahan Abedin, Daily Star - 8/2/03

US options on Iran
The Bush administration has dubbed Iran part of an "axis of evil", yet there is a widely-shared feeling that it has no clear policy towards the regime. In the last of four reports, Roger Hardy looks at short-term and longer-term US options. -BBC - 8/2/03

Social perspective is Iranian female factory workers' major problem: official
A member of the presiding board of the Tehran Province Islamic Labor Council said on Saturday that the major problem with which the Iranian female factory workers are currently entangled is the cultural attitude of the Iranian society towards them - 8/2/03

Reporters Without Borders: 21 journalists held, making Iran the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East
Amid continuing clamour about the death of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi while in custody at the start of July, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the imprisonment of a total of 21 journalists in very harsh conditions in Iran, many of them in a wave of arrests in the past few weeks. - 8/2/03

Terror group pressuring Iran
A terrorist group based in U.S.-controlled Iraq continues to broadcast propaganda into Iran, purchase equipment and move about the country without interference from American authorities, despite a White House order banning any U.S. support for the group, according to senior administration officials. -Knight Ridder - 8/2/03

Iran Said to Hold Qaeda's No. 3, but to Resist Giving Him Up
American and Middle Eastern officials said Iran had signaled that any surrender of Qaeda figures to the United States should be matched by a surrender to Tehran of members of the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group that is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Many of that group's members are in camps under American military supervision in Iraq. -NY Times - 8/2/03

Iranian dancer sparks cultural conflict during homecoming
After 21 days in solitary confinement in a cramped Iranian prison cell, dancer Mohammad Khordadian got an unexpected compliment from an Islamic judge deciding whether to have him hanged. -San Jose Mercury - 8/2/03

The Coup, 50 Years after: Iran's New Strong Man
On August 14 the Shah signed the decree dismissing Dr. Mossadegh and appointing General Zahedi Premier. When Dr. Mossadegh did not immediately comply, the Shah fled temporarily, leaving the dirty work to General Zahedi. There was no one in Iran more suitable to undertake it. -The Nation - 8/1/03

U.S. secretly negotiating with Iran
Many U.S. officials believe that Iran is willing to turn key al-Qaida operatives over to the United States or their home countries for a price: in exchange for members of an Iranian opposition group called the Mujahadeen al-Khalq, or MEK. -MNBC - 8/1/03

An Iranian-American Runs for Governor for the First Time in History
"We are delighted to announce that on July 28, 2003, Badi Badiozamani, Ph.D. filed papers to run as a candidate for Governor in the Recall Election in the state of California." - 8/1/03

Tehran's Music and Art Scene
In the midst of all that is and that is not "happening" here in the good old Tehran and under the rays of hot sun and within smog of all kinds of pollution, a lot of normal things are taking place. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 8/1/03

Iranian industry to create 200,000 jobs this year
Minister of Industries and Mines Es'haq Jahangiri said in Mashhad, Khorasan province on Thursday that the government plans call for creating 200,000 employment opportunities in the country in the current Iranian year (started March 21) - 8/1/03

Iran's sphere of influence
In the third piece in a special four-part series on the United States and Iran, Roger Hardy looks at the debate in the US over the issue of Iran and terrorism. -BBC - 8/1/03

U.S. confirms Iran's missiles reach Israel, Russia
U.S. officials have confirmed claims by Iran that its military has deployed the new Shihab-3 long-range missile with the Islamic shock troops for the first time. -WorldNetDaily - 8/1/03

France urges Iran to make confidence-building gesture on nuclear program
France on Thursday again called on Iran to sign an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying such a move would allay international fears that it has a secret weapons program. -AFP - 8/1/03

Textiles tycoon wins court row over loans
Sir David Alliance, the former head of the Coats Viyella textiles group and now a multimillionaire, yesterday won his acrimonious High Court battle against a fellow Iranian and one-time friend who was refusing to repay hundreds of thousands of pounds in loans. -Financial Times - 8/1/03

Weapons of Mass Deception
excerpt from Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber's excellent new book, Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq -CounterPunch - 8/1/03

The Coup, 50 Years after: Operation Iranian Freedom
In Washington, the hawks and vultures are beginning to gaze at Iran with greed-filled eyes. The British attack dog is barking and straining at the leash. And the Israeli ambassador to the United States has helpfully suggested that the onward march of the American Empire should not be brought to a premature halt in Baghdad. -Tariq Ali, The Nation - 8/1/03

The Death of a photojournalist: A Spark for the Democratic Movement in Iran
Since the tragic death of Zahra Kazemi, the photojournalist, that has intensified the cry of the Iranian people for freedom, we are seeing the following sentence in the weblogs and secret announcements of the students increasingly more: "We should bring democracy to our country on our own." -Massoud Behnoud - 8/1/03

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