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Iran wins first game at FIBA world championship
Iran's national basketball team earned its first win at the preliminary round of 2010 FIBA world championship against Tunisia 71-58 in the Turkish capital, Istanbul. - 8/31/10

Hossein Karroubi: My father's house is surrounded to prevent him from participating in Qods Day rally
Tens of plain clothes militias and Basij thugs gathered in front of Mehdi Karroubi's house in the past two nights and prevented Mehdi Karroubi from leaving his home. These organized pro-government thugs by chanting insulting slogans threatened that they would not allow Mehdi Karroubi to participate in Qods Day rally on Friday. - 8/31/10

Iran: The Fourth Anniversary of the One Million Signature Campaign
Four years have passed since the start of our struggle for equality. Four years filled with major changes and upheavals for the people of Iran. -Change for Equality - 8/31/10

Iran's Mourning Mothers Warn About Traumatic Consequences of Prison Torture
Several mothers who lost a family member during the post-election events have issued a warning statement about the traumatic effects of physical and psychological torture of political prisoners - 8/31/10

Controversial articles of Iran's family protection bill to be reviewed
Iranian parliament has decided to send the controversial articles 22, 23 and 24 of the family protection bill to its Legal and Judicial Commission for further review. ILNA reports that a week into the reintroduction of the family protection bill, decisions regarding the three articles that have drawn the protest of women's rights activists have been postponed. - 8/31/10

One fifth of Iran's workforce unemployed
ILNA, Iran's Labour News Agency, reports that while Iran's Statistics Bureau estimated Iran's workforce at 24 million last spring, the new statistics indicates that five million people are currently unemployed in Iran and unemployment, at 18 percent, has reached its highest point in recent years. - 8/31/10

Exhibition: Ahoo Hamedi at AB Gallery in Switzerland
One of Iran's promising young talents is Ahoo Hamedi. She was born in 1981 in Iran. Hamedi studied at the Azad University of Fine Arts, Tehran where she received her BA. Ahoo Hamedi's paintings are matured works of art that bear resemblance to sketches a painter would draw to start a major project. - 8/31/10

Book: How Early Muslim Scholars Assimilated Aristotle and Made Iran the intellectual Center of the Islamic World
This work demonstrates how falsafah (which linguistically refers to a group of commentaries by Muslim scholars) associated with their readings of "The Corpus Aristotelicum" in Iran has been always closely linked with religion. -by Farshad Sadri - 8/31/10

Iran says to launch first remote sensing satellite into space by March 2011
Iran is to launch its first remote sensing satellite into space by March 2011, said Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taghipour. -ISNA - 8/31/10

Iran to Produce Fuel for Tehran Research Reactor in One Year
Iran announced on Tuesday that it would continue enriching uranium to the level of 20% and would produce the nuclear fuel needed for the Tehran research reactor within the next one year. -FNA - 8/31/10

Iran to increase gas imports from Azerbaijan
The Iranian deputy oil minister stated that high-ranking officials will soon discuss importing daily 5 million cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan. -Tehran Times - 8/31/10

School of Visual Arts Brings Together Iranian and New York Art
MANHATTAN -- What does the city’s "I Love New York" logo have to do with demonstrations 6,000 miles away in Tehran? -DNAinfo.com - 8/31/10

Armenia Importing Wheat from Iran
Armenian Minister of Agriculture Gerasim Alaverdyan announced that his country is importing wheat from Iran due to Russia's ban on wheat exports. -FNA - 8/31/10

Photos, Representation, and the "Banality of Oppression"
Pictures of former Israeli soldier Eden Abargil posing in front of blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoners have caused some controversies in the media. -Farid Marjai, MRZINE - 8/31/10

The Face of Iraqi Democracy
Ahmad Chalabi may not be what his U.S. backers wanted --- but he’s what they got. -Babak Dehghanpisheh, Newsweek - 8/31/10

Armenians Torn Over Emigration from Iran
Tehran resident Anjik has seen her three sons emigrate to the United States in recent years, and now her daughter plans to go as well once she gets married. Anjik, 60, is a member of the Armenian community, which counts itself the world's oldest Christian nation. Although their homeland lay within the Ottoman Empire, there have also been Armenians in Iran for centuries. -Karen Stepanian - 8/30/10

Iran loses to Croatia in FIBA World Championship
Iran was defeated by Croatia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Sunday night. Iran, who was beaten by Brazil 81- 65 in its opener, lost 75-54 to Croatia in Group B. - 8/30/10

Tempered People: Iron Sculptures by Ahmad Nadalian
Every summer blacksmiths come to Polour. They recycle iron and make tools for workers. Most blacksmiths who travel around are Gypsies who usually widespread in Asia and Europe. Back in the days Gypsy blacksmiths followed nomad and they made tolls for them. My ancestors who were Sangsari nomad commissioned some iron tools to Gypsies. -Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt - 8/30/10

Neda Agha Soltan's Mother Appeals to the International Community to Help Find Her Daughter's Murderer
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Neda Agha Soltan's mother, Hajar Rostami, appealed to international human rights organizations and the international court in The Hague to help find her daughter's murderer. - 8/30/10

Iran to guard universities against 'plots'
Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjoo says the "enemies" of Iran are plotting a cultural invasion of the country's universities. -Press TV - 8/30/10

Negotiation with US on Afghanistan Is an Opportunity
I think that the offer of negotiations by western countries is not a political gesture, but is as genuine as sanctions are; both UN sanctions and unilateral ones imposed by the United States and Europe. These are realities, not political maneuvers. -Iranian Diplomacy - 8/30/10

Nanosensors Raise Hope for Elimination of Toxic Gases from City Air
The new nanosensors, fabricated in University of Tehran, Iran, proved capability of removing some poisonous gases like NO2 to a large extent from the polluted city zones. -INIC - 8/30/10

Iran starts mass production of advanced artillery shells
Iran has inaugurated the production line for the country's longest-range artillery ammunition. During the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the advanced 130mm artillery shells with a range of 42 kilometers can be used to hit enemy targets in the distance. -MNA - 8/30/10

In One Azerbaijan Village, 'Carrying Water Is Women's Work'
The women smile ruefully when asked if they have time for small luxuries like relaxing or watching soap operas. Television, says one, is for people who have nothing to do -- and finding such a woman anywhere here is impossible. -Saadat Akifgizi, RFE - 8/30/10

Oh Lord: Why Iran's National Search Engine Will Likely Fail
If Iran goes ahead with the plan, it wouldn't be the first. China is making a foray into national search and there are reports that a working prototype of a Russian search engine could appear soon. -RFE - 8/30/10

Three Iranian Jewish men murdered in West Hollywood
According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s report, on the evening of August 26th three men, now identified as local Iranian Jews, were found murdered inside their apartment located on the 600 block of North Kings Road in West Hollywood. -Jewish Journal - 8/30/10

Matic: Iran vs. US is not a political game
Iran basketball coach Veslin Matic said that the game against the U.S is not a political match. Iran will play the U.S. in Group B of the FIBA World Championship on Wednesday. -MNA - 8/30/10

For pistachios, a wet year but a bright outlook
A cooler, wetter spring than usual has delayed this season's pistachio harvest to mid-September, but it should be a strong crop and prices are high despite increased production. -bakersfield.com - 8/30/10

Photos: Quake Aftermath, Damghan Region, Northern Iran - PART II
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale struck northern Iran on Friday night, killing 3 people and injuring 40 others. According to officials, 15 villages with 2,500 residents in the province have been damaged. - 8/29/10

Photos: Quake Aftermath, Damghan Region, Northern Iran - PART I
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale struck northern Iran on Friday night, killing 3 people and injuring 40 others. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Damghan, Semnan province, in Dasht-e-Kavir region about 285 kilometers (175 miles) east of Tehran. - 8/29/10

Iranian teams finish third at Dragonboat World Championships
Iranian men's and women's teams finished in third places at the International Canoe Federation Dragonboat World Championships on Saturday in Szeged, Hungary. -MNA - 8/29/10

Call for Dialogue: Iranian students abroad to hold conference in Berlin
Europe-based Persian student activists are coming together for a conference in Germany in October of 2010. The three-day "Call for Dialogue" will be held at Berlin Free University on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of October 2010. - 8/29/10

Ahmadinejad: I Revealed the Names of Corrupt Politicians in the Debates
In his speech yesterday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implicitly referred to Hashemi Rafsanjani and Nategh-Nouri as "corrupt" politicians and announced that "overthrowers have not been punished yet." Overthrowers is the term he uses for the leaders of the reform movement in Iran. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 8/29/10

Brazil defeats Iran in FIBA World Championship
Brazil beat Iran in the opener of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Saturday night. The two-time world champion defeated Iran 81- 65 at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. -MNA - 8/29/10

Iran arrests hunters in cheetah habitat
A crackdown has been launched on illegal hunters who hunt the endangered species of Asiatic Cheetah in central Iran amid rising concerns over the species' extinction. - 8/29/10

Swedish-Iranian Employee Of Oriflame Charged In Iran
Sweden's Foreign Ministry has said that a Swedish-Iranian employee of Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame has been charged in Iran for establishing a pyramid scheme and deriving illegal earnings from it. -RFE - 8/29/10

Paris-based painter Iran Darrudi to establish museum in Tehran
Iranian surrealist painter Iran Darrudi, who lives in Paris, recently transferred all her works to Iran to establish a museum in her homeland. She also plans to set up a foundation to pursue her works in Iran, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Sunday. - 8/29/10

Iran Says Probe In U.S. Hikers Case Near Completion
Iran's investigation of the case of three young U.S. hikers detained in the country is nearing its completion. -RFE - 8/29/10

Economist decreases forecast on Iran's GDP growth
Economist slashed down its previous forecast and predicted that Iran Gross Domestic Production will increase over $54 billion in the current year. ISNA news agency cited Economist's August report stating that GDP rose from $361.2 billion last year to $415.5 billion this year. Next year this figure will rise to $488 billion the report stated. - 8/29/10

Larijani: Iran never ruled out talks with P5+1, Vienna Group
Concerning the US officials' remarks that Iran is ready for talks with P5+1 and Vienna Group (the US, Russia, France and the UN nuclear watchdog), Larijani said, "we have never ruled out talks, but sometime they left table of talks and showed misconduct." -ISNA - 8/29/10

Iran to boost production at joint oilfields in Persian Gulf
Iran plans to pump more crude from three oilfields shared with Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, the managing director of Iran's Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) said in Tehran on Sunday. -MNA - 8/29/10

Strong Quake Jolts Northern Iran Near Damghan, 3 killed
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale struck northern Iran on Friday night, killing 3 people and injuring 40 others. The quake happened at 11:53 p.m. local time, Iran's Seismological Center said. - 8/28/10

'Torturer Of Tehran' Loses His Untouchable Status
With a frightening reputation and friends in high places, Said Mortazavi for years appeared to have the untouchable status that bred impunity and led his enemies to label him the "torturer of Tehran." -Robert Tait, RFE - 8/28/10

Iran: Pressure Groups Target Ayatollah Dastgheyb After His Remarks About Supreme Leader
On Friday August 27, after the Friday prayer, a small group of plain clothes thugs, most of them in their 20's, gathered in front of the Ayatollah Dastgheyb's mosque and showed disrespect toward this Green movement supporting Marja and member of the Assembly of Experts,and chanted slogans such as "Death to the American mullah" - 8/28/10

Two Iranian political prisoners exiled
Hamed Rouhinejad and Ahmad Karimi, two Iranian political prisoners were taken to Zanjan and Gonbad Qaboos prisons to serve out their prison terms in exile, Herana reports. - 8/28/10

Iran prevents annual ceremony for executed political prisoners
Islamic Republic security forces prevented families of political prisoners from observing the 22nd anniversary of the mass execution of political prisoners in Iranian prisons. -Zamaneh - 8/28/10

Mousavi says security can be achieved through honoring people's will
Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in a meeting with a group of veterans of Iran-Iraq called today's situation of the society "unsafe" and stressed that the only way to return safety and security to the society is through honoring people's will and their movement. - 8/28/10

Iranian Film Festival to honor actress Fakhri Khorvash in San Francisco
Veteran Iranian actress Fakhri Khorvash will be honored for her lifetime achievements during the Iranian Film Festival, which will be held in San Francisco on September 18 and 19. The ceremony has been arranged to honor her 50-year career in Iranian stage and screen. - 8/28/10

Iran's Hard-Line Daily Kayhan Calls French First Lady A Prostitute
France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has come under attack by Iran's state-controlled media over her support for an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/28/10

"Ya Haq": Iranian search engine in offing
A top Iranian information official says studies have got underway on a project to develop a national search engine dubbed 'Ya Haq.' -Press TV - 8/28/10

Iranian women condemn "regressive" articles of family legislation
Head of Iran's Society of Progressive Muslim Women called an emergency meeting to discuss the controversial Family Protection bill which is currently passing through Iranian parliament. - 8/27/10

Photos: Shiraz's Historical Atiq Mosque On The Verge Of Destruction
The historical Atiq mosque, which is the oldest mosque of Shiraz, is on the verge of destruction. Unless the cultural authorities act soon and implement the badly needed repairs, there will be a grim future in store for this icon. -Mohammad Hadi Khosravi - 8/27/10

Iran Launches New Crackdown On Universities
The Iranian government says it will restrict the number of students admitted to humanities programs at universities, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The announcement was made on August 25 by Abolfazl Hassani, the director of the government's Office of Development of Higher Education. - 8/27/10

Tina Pak: From Tehran to Camp Ayandeh
Camp Ayandeh 2010 was unique in that 15-year-old first time camper Tina Pak had moved from Iran to the U.S. just three days before arriving at Notre Dame de Namur University for the first day of camp. - 8/27/10

Iranian Reformist Cleric Decries Prison Torture
Reformist Iranian cleric Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari has described as "shocking" a recent letter by a political prisoner detailing ill-treatment in jail, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Eshkevari was speaking to Radio Farda on August 25 about the open letter by Hamzeh Karami to Chief Prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei. - 8/27/10

High Price of Flouting Iran's Marriage Rules
In spite of legal obstacles, divorce rates are on the rise in the sophisticated metropolitan areas. This includes divorces reached by consensus, which accounted for about a third of the 125,000 legal separations in Iran last year, according to data from welfare centres. -Rasa Sowlat, Mianeh - 8/27/10

Controversy over story of Iranian post-election victim Taraneh Mousavi
Two Iranian journalists, who fled Iran after the disputed presidential elections of 2009, issued a statement to identify themselves as the first reporters of the controversial news about the arrest and rape of Taraneh Mousavi. -Zamaneh - 8/27/10

Iran finishes 26th at Youth Olympic Games
ran finished in 26th place at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore. Iranian athletes won five medals - two gold, two silver and one bronze in the tournament which was held in Singapore from August 14 to 26. - 8/27/10

Iran: Mousavi, Rahnavard meet with Mohammad Reza Jalaipour
In this meeting Mir Hossein Mousavi while expressing sorrow for the 5 month unjust imprisonment of Mohammad Reza Jalaipour in solitary confinement during the past year said: "The tangible, apparent and growing signs that are very much alive under the skin of society are the gradual decrease of the number of the supporters of the government and the growth of the body of the Green Movement. - 8/27/10

Plane Skids off Runway in Tabriz, Northwestern Iran
Two passengers were lightly injured when a plane skidded off the runway after landing at an airport in Iran's northwestern city of Tabriz. -FNA - 8/27/10

Iranian Jews in America: Torn Between Homelands
It's a sunny Saturday morning in Great Neck, New York, and Larry Bencivenga is taking me on a driving tour. Bencivenga is the head security guard at a local synagogue for Iranian-American Jews. -The Atlantic - 8/27/10

Will sanctions kill Iran's natural gas dreams?
When the United Nations Security Council voted to impose its fourth round of sanctions on Iran in June, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- always a guy with a way with words -- likened the resolution to a "used handkerchief," incapable of having any real effect on the country. -FP - 8/27/10

Who loves Iran?
Canadian invitees to conferences hosted by the Iranian government this spring and summer, aimed at burnishing the country’s image, included a former candidate for the Green Party of Canada and Ontario, as well as a University of Alberta professor. -Macleans - 8/27/10

Iran banking chief says assets removed from Europe
Mahmoud Bahmani, head of Iran's Central Bank announced that Iran's bank assets have all been transferred from Europe. -Zamaneh - 8/27/10

Iran wants compensation for providing "the Bridge of Victory" in World War I, II
Iranian President Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei said the country pursues receiving compensation for losses and casualties inflicted on the country during the World War I and II. -ISNA - 8/27/10

Baby tiger found stuffed in bag at Thai airport
Authorities at Bangkok's international airport found a baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden alongside a stuffed toy tiger in the suitcase of a woman flying from Thailand to Iran, an official and a wildlife protection group said Friday. - 8/27/10

Photos: Iranian Village of Ganjeh, Deprived of Basic Necessities
The village of Ganjeh, located in Iranian province of Ilam, suffers from lack of basic necessities including drinking water, healthcare, roads, and proper housing. - 8/26/10

Wives of seven Iranian reformists pursue complaint against IRGC
In a letter to Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Iran's head of the judiciary, wives of the seven Iranian reformist leaders announced that they will pursue their husbands' complaint regarding the "illegal interference" of the Revolutionary Guards in the elections. - 8/26/10

Two Iranian planes make emergency landing in Istanbul
Two Iranian passenger airplanes bound for Dusseldorf and Stockholm have made emergency landings in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in Turkey due to technical problems. -Press TV - 8/26/10

Iran's Intelligence Minister confirms allegations of foreign aid to protest leaders
Heydar Moslehi, Iran's minister of intelligence says that his ministry confirms that the leaders of the recent Iranian protests had received over a billion dollars from foreign countries. -Zamaneh - 8/26/10

Environment: 2 billion cubic meters of water will be transferred to Lake Orumieh
The Iranian Environmental Protection Organization announced on Wednesday that 2 billion cubic meters of water will be transferred to Lake Orumieh as part of the efforts to save the endangered body of water. - 8/26/10

Concern over Iranian reformists newly returned to prison
Iranian reformist organization, Islamic Iran Participation Front issued a statement expressing concern over the health of Mostafa Tajzadeh and Mohammad Nourizad who were recently recalled back to Evin Prison. - 8/26/10

Iran Says It Test-Fired New Missile
Iran says it has test-fired a new solid-fuel, surface-to-surface missile. It is the second time this week Iran has announced a new rocket. - 8/26/10

Iran Continues to Load Fuel into Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
Russian and Iranian engineers are loading uranium fuel into Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr. Bushehr is Iran's first nuclear power plant and is located in the southwest part of the country. -VOA - 8/26/10

Registration of "temporary marriages" voted down in Iran
The controversial Family Protection bill was dealt a blow at the Islamic parliament today as one of its articles outlining legal registration of "temporary marriages" was voted down. - 8/26/10

Iranian-American to visit Vashon to discuss Iran’s rich culture and history
When Abdi Sami takes American visitors to his native Iran, they’re surprised not by the country’s hardships or its political situation but by Iranians’ friendliness, Sami said. -Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber - 8/26/10

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy
An American show that might just bring peace to the Middle East makes its European debut. 'The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy' tracks the notorious Middle Eastern Conflict back to a botched one-night stand at the 1948 Geneva Convention. - 8/26/10

Former Nuclear Negotiator Was A Spy, Says Iranian Ministry
Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian, who is currently a visiting fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is in the news again after being accused of espionage -- again. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/26/10

Iran to build world's longest gondola lift line in Orumieh
Iran is to build the longest gondola lift line in the world. The aerial lift line which is 36 km long is to be built in northwestern city of Orumieh. - 8/26/10

Durham lifts veil on plight of student held in Iran
Durham University has written an open letter to the Iranian ambassador to the UK saying the institution is "deeply concerned" about Ehsan Abdoh-Tabrizi, who was arrested in January and is being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. -TSL Education - 8/26/10

Then and now: Former TU basketball player feels safe in Iran
Former University of Tulsa basketball player Kevin Johnson played two seasons in Iran. Johnson said he never felt scared or worried in the country and was never confronted with anti-U.S. sentiment. -Tulsa World - 8/26/10

Controversial 'Family Bill' Returns To Iranian Parliament's Agenda
Iran's parliament is preparing to discuss a bill this week that would allow men to marry additional wives without the consent of their first wife, and would tax dowries. It is called the Family Protection Bill, but it is better known as the antifamily bill. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/25/10

Iranian Media Warned to Avoid Mention of Opposition Leaders
Iran's official Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which oversees media in the Islamic Republic, is reported to have demanded Iranian media outlets stop mentioning opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami on the air or in print. -VOA - 8/25/10

Iran's Opposition Leader: Some See Their Benefit In Creating Division Among People
Mir Hossein Mousavi in his latest meeting which took place with a group of children of veterans of Iran-Iraq war while reviewing the achievements and effects of the Green Movement of the people of Iran, stressed on the importance of unity and perseverance until the fulfillment of the desired demands of the people in the country. - 8/25/10

Exhibition: Hessam Abrishami at MOCA in Hot Springs, Arizona
The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Hessam Abrishami. Hessam will be exhibiting his newest acrylic works and ink drawings during this exhibition. - 8/25/10

UN Presses Israel on Nuclear Program
The top United Nations nuclear envoy has held talks with Israeli officials to push their country to be more open about its largely secretive nuclear program. -VOA - 8/25/10

Bushehr nuclear plant protected against possible attacks: Iranian General
Brigadier General Mohammad-Hassan Mansourian has said all precautionary measures have been taken to repel possible military attacks on the Bushehr nuclear plant. The number of air defense batteries installed at the nuclear plant has been increased, Mansourian told ISNA on Tuesday. - 8/25/10

Iranian football player Ali Karimi fined for breaking fast
Ali Karim, who was dropped out of Steel Azin football team because of breaking fast, was fined by the club and returned to his team. -MNA - 8/25/10

Pipeline blast halts Iran gas exports to Turkey
An explosion hit a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey Tuesday night, causing a halt in natural gas flow. It could take up to a week to resume after repairs are completed, officials at the Turkish pipeline operator Botas said on Wednesday. -MNA - 8/25/10

Iran Begins Oil Production On Joint Field
Iran has begun production on an oil field shared with Oman in the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz. The joint field is reportedly near the Iranian island of Hengam and 80 percent of it belongs to Iran. -REF - 8/25/10

Tomgram: Tony Karon, The Bomb-Iran Debate From Hell
America's march to a disastrous war in Iraq began in the media, where an unprovoked U.S. invasion of an Arab country was introduced as a legitimate policy option, then debated as a prudent and necessary one. Now, a similarly flawed media conversation on Iran is gaining momentum. -Tom Dispatch - 8/25/10

Zahra Bahrami situation in Iranian prison unconfirmed
Iranian detainee, Zahra Bahrami, who was arrested last December in the Ashura Day protests in Tehran, remains in an undetermined state in Evin Prison. -Zamaneh - 8/25/10

Iran seeks to trim imports, cope with sanctions
A double-urgency bill will soon be proposed to the Parliament aiming to cut unnecessary imports and boost domestic production in response to international sanctions, the head of the Majlis Economic Committee stated. -MNA - 8/25/10

Iran former nuclear negotiaor hits back at ministry of intelligence
Hossein Moussavian's attorney condemned recent statements issued by Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and emphasized that his client has been cleared from the charge of espionage. -Zamaneh - 8/25/10

Hejab at the Seaside in Iran
The shores of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran is the land of my childhood, on which I still look back with nostalgia. These pictures, taken nearly 30 years after my own seaside memories, show how much things have changed, especially for women who now come to the beach in full hejab or Islamic dress where they would once have worn swimming costumes or bikinis. -Javad Montazeri - 8/24/10

Iran's girls soccer team takes 4th place in YOG after loss to Turkey
Iran's girls' soccer team finished fourth here in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday. Iran, who was already beaten by Turkey 4-2 in its opening, lost to the team once again 3-0 in the bronze medal match - 8/24/10

Photos: Iranian Reformist Abdollah Nouri Hosts A Green Iftar
This was a ceremony without any speech and, given that many reformist figures from variety of groups and parties were among the attendees, was a sign of "unity and solidarity" among the reformist figures; a kind of strong unity that did not go well with the pro-government propaganda and made them come up with all sorts of rumours and speculations in order to diminish this unity. - 8/24/10

Iran Detains Two Members Of Reformist Student Group
Two members of the alumni association of the country's largest reformist student group have been detained by security forces in Tehran, a member of the association has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 8/24/10

In the Spotlight : Environmental Activists and NGOs
PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to highlight the work of courageous and farsighted individuals and organizations, in Iran and around the globe, that have made environmental issues their cause. Through their work, they are increasing awareness around topics such as pollution, energy, conservation, sustainable development, wildlife, and water. - 8/24/10

Iran: Ayatollah Dastgheyb Warns Against Further Attacks On Ghoba Mosque
A group of pro-government thugs gathered in front of the mosque where Ayatollah Dastgheyb, senior religious figure and member of the Assembly of Experts, gives his sermons and by chanting insulting slogans against this noble Marja, attacked Ayatollah's positions in support of the Green Movement as well as his recent remarks in which he sharply criticized the ruling powers because of their injustice and repression of the people. - 8/24/10

Interview: Rooz Talks to Komeleh Leader
Perhaps because of the heavy propaganda by the Islamic republic or perhaps because the media was not as developed as it is today, the Kurdish party Komeleh was for years a synonym for armed men who engaged in violence and terrorism in the mountains and cities of Iranian Kurdistan with the goal of separating Kurdistan from Iran. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah - 8/24/10

Photos: Iran inaugurates mass production of assault boats
Iran has inaugurated the production lines for two types of high-speed assault boats called Seraj 1 and Zolfaqar. Seraj 1 and Zolfaqar speedboats are manufactured at the marine industries complex of the Defense Ministry. -MNA - 8/24/10

Pet Ads Banned In Iranian Media Based On Fatwa
The decision was made by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance after it requested a fatwa on the issue from Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, announced the ministry's Advertisement and Information Dissemination Office (AIDO) in a press release on Tuesday. - 8/24/10

Iran inaugurates new cross-country gas pipeline
Iran's 7th cross-country gas pipeline was officially inaugurated on Monday. The project, which cost $1.7 billion, is regarded as the first phase of the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, which is also known as the Peace Pipeline. -Tehran Times - 8/24/10

Turkey to Remove Iran From Enemies Watchlist
A Turkish press report says Turkey will remove Iran from a watchlist of nations it considers as threats to its national security. - 8/24/10

Iran Says Forex Reserves Doubled
The governor of Iran's Central Bank stated that during the short period since the body changed the currency basket the nation's foreign reserves has doubled. -MNA - 8/24/10

Iran beats Israel in Informatics Olympiad
The Iranian team won four medals in this year's International Olympiad in Informatics, hosted last week in Canada. Israel's team had to make do with just three. The Iranians were awarded a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal, and reached 13th place out of 80 teams from around the world. -ynet news - 8/24/10

Matters to Consider Before Launching Another War
Before bombing Iran, as many now seem to want to do, here are some questions that require answers and considerable public debate -Gary Hart, Huffington Post - 8/24/10

Aberdeen man in hospital after crash in Iran
A MAN has died in a car crash in Iran during a long-distance charity road race. -Press and Journal - 8/24/10

Visiting privileges returned to Iranain political prisoners
After weeks of persistence, families of the political prisoners who started a hunger strike in Evin Prison finally managed to visit their kin. -Zamaneh - 8/23/10

Statement by the "Green Convergence of Women's Movement" on the anniversary of Iran's Constitutional Revolution
The 3rd session of the Green Activists of Women's Movement held in Tehran, coincided with the 104th anniversary of Iran's Constitutional Revolution. The session comprised of representatives of various ethnicities within the women's movement -Feminist School - 8/23/10

Wonders of Iran: Vank Cathedral
In 1604, when Shah Abbas I realized that the lands of Nakhchivan and its surrounding areas might fall into Ottoman hands, he decided to force the entire Muslim, Jewish and Armenian population of the city to leave their homes and move to Iran. -Tamara Ebrahimpour - 8/23/10

Iranian women protest so-called family protection bill
Last week, Iranian media reported that the family protection bill of law, after three years of delay, will be put in the parliament's agenda. This bill proposes to allow men to commit polygamy without proof of financial means or the first wife's consent. It also proposes to tax the one-time lump sum of alimony paid to women upon divorce. -Zamaneh - 8/23/10

Tehran's notorious former prosecutor suspended over deaths at Kahrizak detention center
Jaras website reports that former Tehran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi and two judges have been suspended by the Iranian judiciary in connection with Kahrizak Detention Centre crimes. - 8/23/10

Iran's Supreme Leader achnowledges delays in probe into dorm attacks
Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader told a group of students while investigations into the attack on the university dorms last year has been slow, he is certain that they will be pursued. - 8/23/10

Haddadi: No pressure on us in FIBA World Championship
The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be held in Turkey from August 28 to September 12. Iran is in Group B along with the U.S., Slovenia, Tunisia, Croatia and Brazil. -MNA - 8/23/10

Playing the Never Again Card, Again
The phony intelligence used to induce our March 2005 invasion of Iraq has been dusted off. This time it's being deployed to take us into Iran. Same scam. Same storyline. Same fraud-even featuring some of the same players. -Jeff Gates - 8/23/10

Momeni Foundation Announces 2010 Award Recipients 2010: $10K awarded in scholarships
It is a great pleasure to introduce the Momeni Foundation's year 2010 scholarship award recipients to you. This year we are awarding $10,000 dollars to 18 well deserving students. - 8/23/10

President appoints Mashaei special envoy for Mideast
In a decree issued on Sunday President Ahmadinejad appointed Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei as his special envoy for the Middle East affairs. The move came despite widespread criticism against Mashaei for his controversial remarks about the Iranian and Islamic ideology. - 8/23/10

Nobel Peace Laureate Ebadi Appeals On Behalf Of Iran's Political Prisoners
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has appealed to the international community not to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. -REF - 8/23/10

Nabucco Group Scraps Plan For Iranian Gas Supply
European energy companies have shelved a plan to source gas from Iran to Europe via the European Union-backed Nabucco gas pipeline given Iran's political situation, the Nabucco consortium said Monday. -Dow Jones - 8/23/10

The King of Iraq
As U.S. troops leave the country, one man stands to benefit above all: Moqtada al-Sadr. -Babak Dehghanpisheh, FP - 8/23/10

Oriflame workers detained in Iran as operations shut
Iranian authorities have closed the Tehran operations of Oriflame Cosmetics and detained five workers, the Swedish firm has said. -BBC - 8/23/10

Odierno: Iran Funding Extremists in Iraq
General Ray Odierno told CNN on Sunday that Iran does not want Iraq to become a strong democratic country. He said Iran would rather see Iraq become a "weak governmental institution." -VOA - 8/23/10

Photos: Loading fuel rods into Bushehr nuclear power plant
Iran began injecting the first supply of nuclear fuel into the Bushehr nuclear power plant on Saturday, after Russia delivered its first batch of nuclear fuel. -ISNA - 8/22/10

Photos: Iran Unveils Home-Built Combat Drone
Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in a ceremony marking Defense Industry Day in the country. -photos by Vahid Reza Alaee, MNA - 8/22/10

Iranian American Congressional Staffer Blazing Trail for Future Leaders
As one of just a handful of Iranian-American staffers on Capitol Hill, Morad Elmi's career is an example of the remarkable steps our community's young generation has taken in recent years to advance in new fields and find innovative routes to success. Recently named a "Hill Staffer to Watch in 2010," Morad's success came after bypassing more traditional professions. -Arsalan Barmand, NIAC - 8/22/10

Three judicial officials involved in Kahrizak prison deaths suspended
Three top judicial officials at the Tehran prosecutor office who were connected to the case of the Kahrizak detention center have been suspended from their jobs, an informed source told the Mehr News Agency. - 8/22/10

CALL TO ACTION: Support IAAB's Fall Fundraising Drive
August 16 marks the first day of Iranian Alliances Across Borders' 2010 Fall Fundraising Drive. Last month, IAAB concluded the fifth anniversary of Camp Ayandeh in Northern California, with overflowing feedback received from the campers, their parents, and members of our community. - 8/22/10

Teaching The Divan Of Hafez, One Ghazal A Week
Born in Iran, raised in England and the U.S., architect, artist, and teacher Afsaneh Mirfendereski shares her passion for Persian poetry by teaching Hafez on Saturday afternoons. -Sanam Zahir, PAAIA - 8/22/10

Military Action Against Iran: Impact and Effects
The potential for an Israeli military strike on Iran over its nuclear programme has grown sharply, but its consequences would be devastating and would lead to a long war, warns a Paul Rogers in his report -Oxford Research Group - 8/22/10

As Iranian American weddings grow more lavish, some call for restraint
In Los Angeles' wealthy Persian community, it's not uncommon to spend hundreds of thousands. But with the slumping economy, some groups say such extravagance has become detrimental. -LA Times - 8/22/10

UM engineer builds bridge sensors to give early warnings
The device that Mehdi Kalantari hopes will revolutionize monitoring of the structural integrity of bridges around the world is about as small and flat as a credit card and is powered by the sun, by ambient light or even by stray radio waves it can pick out of the atmosphere. -Baltimore Sun - 8/22/10

Iran begins loading fuel into Bushehr nuclear reactor
The Bushehr nuclear power plant was launched on Saturday as engineers loaded the first of 163 fuel rods into the reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The startup of the plant marked a milestone in Iran's history as the country joined 29 nations that currently generate nuclear power. -MNA - 8/21/10

Photos: Reporters visit Bushehr nuclear power plant
Domestic and international reporters have paid a visit to different parts of Bushehr nuclear facilities on Saturday noon. -MNA - 8/21/10

Press watchdog wants Iranian journalist cleared from charges
Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement yesterday calling on Islamic Republic to reverse the prison sentence of Iranian journalist, Badrosadat Mofidi. -Zamaneh - 8/21/10

Trial Of Iran's 'Blogfather' Ends, Sentence Still Unknown
The sister of jailed blogger Hossein Derakhshan, writes in the blog "Justice for Hossein Derakhshan" that his trial ended three weeks ago, but that the family is still awaiting the sentence. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/21/10

Iran's basketball captain warns of quiting
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami has warned he will most likely quit Iran's basketball team over unreasonable expectations from the national team. The 2010 FIBA World Championship will be held in Turkey from August 28 to September 12. Iran is in Group B along with the U.S., Slovenia, Tunisia, Croatia and Brazil. - 8/21/10

Iran: Basij Members Trained To Conquer Virtual World
Controlling the virtual world is one of the priorities of Iran's pro-government Basij force and members are receiving necessary training in that area, according to an official with the militia. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/21/10

Bulgaria Air runs flights between Tabriz and Varna
An official of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization stated on Saturday Bulgaria Air has started direct flights between Tabriz and Varna, Bulgaria. - 8/21/10

Iranian opposition says people must determine government content
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi says that people's will must take precedence over everything in any government. In response to public questions on the internet, Karroubi said: "People must decide whether they want a religious or non-religious government and they must be allowed to choose their own form of government." -Zamaneh - 8/20/10

Photos: Iran test fires new surface to surface missile
Iran's new surface to surface missile, Qiam 1 (Rising), has been successfully test fired, the country's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says. "Being a new class of Iranian missiles, Qiam 1 has been equipped with new technical specifications and exceptional tactical powers," the general said during this week's Friday prayers in Tehran. - 8/20/10

Photos: Political Prisoner Jalaipour Released From Evin On Bail
Mohammad Reza Jalaipour, chairman and spokesman of the Third Wave Campaign which supported Mir Hossein Mousavi in last year's presidential elections, was released from Evin prison Thursday on a $300,000 bail. - 8/20/10

Iranian Journalist-Filmmaker Nourizad Summoned Back To Prison
Nourizad told RFE/RL in a phone interview before he went back to prison on August 18 that he was called by officials and told to return to Evin prison as soon as possible. Nourizad said he was returning to prison because "Iran is beautiful" and he loved his country. It's not clear why he was summoned by officials. - 8/20/10

Russia: Nuclear Plant Shows Iran's Right To Peaceful Nuclear Energy
Russia's nuclear chief has said Iran's first nuclear power plant shows that the Islamic republic is entitled to peaceful nuclear energy. Russia is due to begin to load fuel into the reactor at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station on August 21. -RFE - 8/20/10

Iranian weightlifter Kazeminejad becomes world's strongest boy
Iranian Alireza Kazeminejad claimed the gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on Thursday. Kazeminejad in over-85kg class won the gold at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. He lifted 155 kg in snatch and 196 kg in clean and jerk. Kazeminejad seized the gold with a total of 351 kg. -MNA - 8/20/10

Iran's Opposition Leader Mousavi: Instead of phony arguments, be honest with the people
Mousavi in another part of his remarks said: "In this phony war they avoid having updated look at Islam and Iran. They don't make it clear that which Iran should to be introduced to the world, or which Islam should be defended. The Iran which has the highest rates of drug addictions? the Iran with 14.5% unemployment rate and 29% unemployment among youth? The Iran with prisons filled with political prisoners, silenced voices, suffocated media and violated human rights? - 8/20/10

Three political prisoners released in Iran
Iran released three of the numerous political prisoners who were arrested in the widespread arrest of protesters in the post-election events. -Zamaneh - 8/20/10

Iran's youngest filmmaker dreams of Oscar
12-year-old Romina Mohaqeq, believed to be Iran's youngest filmmaker, is dreaming of winning an Oscar someday. "I will not regard myself a filmmaker until I win an Oscar," she remarks. Born in 1998 in Tehran, she has so far directed several documentaries and short films and has received several awards at national and international festivals. - 8/20/10

U.S. Interested In Engaging Iran
In an interview with journalists earlier this month, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the U.S. Government's commitment to diplomatic engagement with Iran and the importance of ensuring Iran's accountability to the international community concerning its nuclear program. -VOA - 8/20/10

Caracas says ready to sell gasoline to Iran
David Velasquez, Venezuela's ambassador to Tehran, said on Thursday that his government would not be "bullied" into halting gasoline shipments, the Econews news agency reported. -MNA - 8/20/10

Not the End
The departure of the last "combat troops" from Iraq is hardly the end of American combat there. -Newsweek - 8/20/10

Iranian Tried For Espionage Collapses In Armenian Court
An Iranian citizen being tried in Armenia on charges of spying for Azerbaijan collapsed in court in Yerevan on August 19 while delivering his defense speech, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. - 8/20/10

Truman CSG (U.S. Navy) rescues eight Iranians
The Navy says units assigned to Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group rescued eight Iranian mariners in the Arabian Sea on Wednesday. -WAVY - 8/20/10

Iranian President's New 'Religious-Nationalism' Alienates Hard-Line Constituency
He has built his political career and populist appeal on twin pillars of pious religious faith and messianic fervor. But now Iran's president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, is risking a breach with his fundamentalist allies by toning down his Islamist tub-thumping rhetoric in favor of a new oratorical weapon: nationalism. -Robert Tait, RFE - 8/19/10

Iran Bans Well-Known Economic Newspaper Asia
The Deputy Head of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad Ali Ramin, said the reasons for closing down "Asia" include "publishing pictures against public chastity," "promoting wastefulness and extravagance," and "persistence in carrying out the aforementioned violations." -RFE - 8/19/10

Iran's Supreme Leader: No Negotiations With US
Iran's supreme leader says his country will hold talks with the United States only if the U.S. lifts its "sanctions and threats" against Iran.-VOA - 8/19/10

'We Are All Shiva Nazar Ahari, Accuse Us Too'
There's growing concern over the fate of jailed human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari following recent comments by her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif. In an interview he said that she is facing serious charges including waging war against God (Moharebeh), which carries the death sentence in the Islamic Republic. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/19/10

The Socratic method in shape and color: Paintings of "Yari Ostovany"
Yari Ostovany is truly an international persona. He was born in Tehran and now lives and creates in a terrain encompassing his Persian roots and his Western present. He is conversant in Persian, English, and German and he paints in an international language with a vocabulary deriving from as far back as ancient Persia up to Picasso and beyond. - 8/19/10

Calling Iran's Bluff
Whatever Ahmadinejad's motives for offering talks with President Obama, a meeting could open the way to progress in US-Iranian relations. -Ali Reza Eshraghi, Mianeh - 8/19/10

Immigrants and the Long Distance Phone Companies
Keeping in touch with family and friends back home is part of the weekly experience of most immigrant families. It is not unusual to find families that spend $50 to $100 on international phone calls. -Nader Habibi - 8/19/10

U.S. Treasury Issues Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations (IFSR) to implement subsections 104(c) and 104(d) of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). - 8/19/10

Tehran stocks continue steady growth
The Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE), home of the world's second-best performing equity index, continues to break its previous records by witnessing steady growth. The TSE is Iran's largest stock exchange, which first opened in April 1968. -Press TV - 8/19/10

A Different Take on Michelle Obama's Spain Vacation
My family and I have just returned from an unforgettable vacation, which, given the firestorm in the U.S. press, I'm a little embarrassed to admit, and feel I need to justify: We went to Spain - at the same time as Michelle and Sasha Obama and girlfriends, and to many of the same spots (though in different lodgings). -Homa Sabet Tavangar - 8/19/10

Patrick Monahan - I Walked, I Danced, Iran
Being the product of a culturally diverse family - in this case Irish, Iranian and Middlesbrough, is a good starting point for an original look at life. And there's no doubt that Patrick has considerable charm and easy interaction with his audience. -Mirror, UK - 8/19/10

Who's blowing up Iran's gas pipelines?
In the past few weeks Iran's gas infrastructure, which is central to the country's energy requirements, has been hit by a series of unexplained explosions. -Telegraph, UK - 8/19/10

Iranian activists deface UK genetics website: 1953 and all that
The UK's Human Genetics Commission website was hit by politically-motivated hackers on Tuesday, who defaced the site with a protest marking a Western plot to overthrow a post-WWII democratically elected leader in Iran. -The Register - 8/19/10

Photos: Lake Urmia Turns Red
Twenty Majlis lawmakers have written a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for immediate action to save Lake Urmia and prevent the environmental degradation of the body of water. The surface of the salt water lake recently turned red due to a phenomenon known as red tide. -Majid Rostami, MNA - 8/18/10

Three more Iranian prisoners removed from solitary after strike
The last of the political prisoners who had started a hunger strike at Evin Prison have now been removed from solitary confinement. -Zamaneh - 8/18/10

A Taste Of Persia In Beverly Hills
On Thursday, September 2, 2010, starting at 7 p.m. Farhang Foundation - the preeminent organization in Southern California dedicated to celebrating and promoting Iranian art, culture, and heritage - will host a Taste of Persia by Farhang Foundation pavilion, as part of the 9.02.10 Day celebrations, hosted by the City of Beverly Hills and the Honorable Mayor Jimmy Delshad. - 8/18/10

Rep. Sherman Wants to Help Ahmadinejad Punish Innocent Iranians
Iran's rulers hardly need assistance to make the lives of Iranians miserable. Iranians are suffering mightily under their government's flagrant human rights abuses, political repression, and economic mismanagement but, writing in the Hill last week, Representative Brad Sherman argued that punishing the Iranian people is exactly what the US should do. -Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 8/18/10

Davar Ardalan EP of New Dyson Show
NPR News Senior Producer Davar Ardalan has been named executive producer of The Michael Eric Dyson Show, a new one-hour daily news/talk program supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and produced by WEAA, Baltimore. - 8/18/10

Iran's Humanoid Robot Surena 2 Walks, Stands on One Leg
Researchers at Tehran University, in Iran, unveiled last month an adult-sized humanoid robot called Surena 2. The initial press reports in Iran's official news media didn't include many details, saying only it could "walk like a human being but at a slower pace" and perform some other tasks, and there were questions about the robot's real capabilities. -IEEE - 8/18/10

Lawyer: Nokia Siemens Played Key Role In Saharkhiz's Arrest
"Persian Letters" spoke to Edward Moawad, an attorney at the Maryland-based Moawad & Herischi law firm, who is representing Saharkhiz and his son, blogger Mehdi Saharkhiz. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/18/10

New law to determine Iran's cooperation with IAEA: Envoy
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that Tehran will cooperate with the IAEA based on the provisions of the Nuclear Achievement Protection Bill. -MNA - 8/18/10

Jailed Iranian Student Leader Moved To New Prison
Jailed Iranian student leader Majid Tavakoli has been transferred from Tehran's Evin prison to the nearby Rajaeeshahr prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/18/10

Iran's Three Plans For Confronting Attacks By The 'Enemy'
The head of the operations department of Iran's armed forces, Ali Shadmani, says Tehran has three contingency plans in place to confront "any possible aggression" against the country. He said implementing any of the plans would "undoubtedly" bring the country's enemy to its knees. -RFE - 8/18/10

Israeli Purchase of Fighter Jets Seen as Litmus Test for Continued US Support
Israel is moving ahead with plans to purchase nearly $3 billion in advanced stealth fighter jets from the United States aerospace firm, Lockheed Martin. The purchase would come as Israel considers options including a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. -VOA - 8/18/10

Iran to Unveil First Long-Range Drone Late August
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced the country's plans to unveil the first home-made long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on August 22. -FNA - 8/18/10

UAE Says Iran Sanctions Hurt Business
After cracking down on firms trading with Iran, UAE authorities say they are worried that the newest sanctions against Iran may hurt business interests. -VOA - 8/18/10

Clerics responsible for Iran's failed attempts at democracy
Thursday marks the anniversary of one of the most mythologized events in history, the 1953 coup in Iran that ousted Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadeq. CIA complicity in that event has long provoked apologies from American politicians and denunciations from the theocratic regime. -Ray Takeyh, Washington Post - 8/18/10

Huntsville defense contractor Alex Latifi wins restitution from government
Latifi, an Iranian-born U.S. citizen who has been supplying welded and machined metal parts to the military since 1984, contends he was caught in an ill-conceived government sting earlier this decade dedicated to exploiting fears over an emergent China and to persecuting anyone from the Middle East. -al.com - 8/18/10

12 Iranian political prisoners finallly removed from solitary
Twelve of the 16 political prisoners who went on hunger strike at Evin Prison have been finally removed from solitary confinement. Jaras website reports that Abdollah Momeni, Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi and Keyvan Samimi still remain in solitary confinement. - 8/17/10

A 19 Question Poll on the Iranian Green Movement's Charter
01- Leadership: Iran's Green Movement is leaderless, everyone is a leader, and the movement is a collection of thoughts to actions by members. - 8/17/10

Shajarian's Beloved 'Rabbana' So Far Absent From Iran's Ramadan Celebrations
Traditionally aired on Iranian state television and radio during the month of Ramadan, an Islamic prayer called "Rabbana," sung by 69-year-old Mohammad Reza Shajarian, has yet to be broadcast this year, leading to speculation that Shajarian's criticism of last year's postelection crackdown is the reason. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/17/10

Zahra Rahnavard says Iranian government acting worse than Saddam
Zahra Rahnavard ,wife of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, said today that while the Iranian government condemns Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, "it treats people worse than Saddam." -Zamaneh - 8/17/10

After Green Movement, Iran's Conservative Factions Turn On Each Other
Last year's crackdown on Iran's opposition Green Movement united the various factions of the country's ruling establishment. Recently, however, there are signs of conflict among these competing groups, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to be having trouble balancing among them while simultaneously favoring President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's "militaristic-messianic" faction. -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 8/17/10

"Rumi opera" to increase Persian culture lovers overseas: director
Veteran stage director Behruz Gharibpur is convinced that the Rumi opera puppet show will help increase the number of Persian art and culture enthusiasts overseas. The puppet troupe Aran performs the show using more than 100 puppets. - 8/17/10

Activist sues Nokia Siemens in US over Iran cell monitoring
An Iranian activist is suing Nokia Siemens before a US court, accusing the firm and its parent companies of supplying the Iranian government with technology it used to spy on dissidents. -AFP - 8/17/10

Reports Indicate Growing Iranian Fuel Crisis Despite Official Denials
A top Iranian oil official is saying Monday that Tehran is not having problems purchasing gasoline supplies, despite tough new U.N., U.S. and EU economic sanctions. Reports from both inside and outside Iran, however, indicate the Iranian government is struggling to cope with gasoline shortages. There have been scattered reports of long fuel lines and increasing prices. -VOA - 8/17/10

Iran's "Flying Shams" to land in Konya
An Iranian troupe led by Pari Saberi is scheduled to reprise "The Flying Shams" in Konya, home to the shrine of Iranian poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273). - 8/17/10

5 Airbuses join Iran air fleet, 6 more to come
Iranian Roads and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani said that 5 Airbuses have joined the air fleet and soon 6 more planes of the type MD will join. Iran is currently renewing its air transport fleet. -MNA - 8/17/10

Lawyer says Iran stoning woman 'will not be executed'
The Iranian lawyer who publicised the case of the Iranian woman condemned to death by stoning has talked to the BBC about the case, after being given asylum in Norway. - 8/17/10

Iraq Bomb Targets Iranian Shi'ite Pilgrims; Five Dead
A car bomb exploded Monday in a town northeast of the Iraqi capital while a bus full of Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims was passing. Security officials say five people died and nine were wounded. -VOA - 8/17/10

Man Gets 2 ½ Years for Breaking Iran Embargo
An Iranian immigrant who had earned a Ph.D. from Princeton and aspired to a career in biotechnology was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday for violating the Iran trade embargo... -NY Times - 8/17/10

Photos: Teaching working children -- Growing flowers in salty land
Naser-Khosrow Children's House, located in downtown Tehran, is sponsored by the Association for Children's Rights to provide comprehensive education to working children. -Raouf Mohseni, MNA - 8/16/10

Photos: Iran girls' soccer team defeats New Guinea at Youth Olympic Games
Iranian girls' soccer team beat Papua New Guinea in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games on Sunday. In the match held at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Iran defeated Papua New Guinea 1-0 in Group A. -MNA - 8/16/10

Photos: Iranian reformist, accompanied by family and friends, proudly goes back to Evin prison
Tajzadeh is the third reformist figure and signatory of this complaint who was called back to Evin prison after he refused to denounce the complaint he signed himself. -Parleman News - 8/16/10

Nourizad's last letter to Iran's Supreme Leader
Mohammad Nourizad, the imprisoned journalist and documentary maker, who has recently been released on bail, wrote his sixth and last letter, as he calls it, to the supreme leader and reminded him of the mistakes he has made in his role. - 8/16/10

Kaveh Rezaei wins Iran's first gold in Youth Olympics
Iran taekwondo athlete Kaveh Rezaei defeated Nursultan Mamayev from Kazakhstan and claimed the gold medal of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games on Monday. - 8/16/10

Mousavi: Those loyal to Green Movement are strongly committed to ethics
On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan a group of students and youth of Qom, Khorasan and Bakhtiyari provinces met with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard. In this friendly meeting the representatives of the provinces each gave a brief report regarding the social and political situation in their provinces. - 8/16/10

Iran to put imaging sat in orbit soon: Official
Iranian Telecommunications Minister Reza Taqipour has announced the country's plan to send a satellite with imaging capabilities into orbit. -Press TV - 8/16/10

Iran: Hunters slaughtering bears arrested
A crackdown has been launched on illegal hunters who torment and slaughter brown bears in western Iran amid rising concerns over the species' extinction. -Press TV - 8/16/10

Iran designates places for building 10 new enrichment plants
Iran's atomic energy organization says it has finished its studies where to construct ten other uranium enrichment facilities. - 8/16/10

Obama warns Turkish PM over stance on Israel, Iran: report
President Barack Obama has warned the Turkish prime minister that Ankara's position on Israel and Iran could lessen its chances of obtaining US weapons, a report said Monday. -AFP - 8/16/10

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Puts Little Seen Modern Art Masterpieces on View
Artists like Monet, Picasso and Warhol were considered revolutionary in their day, but their works were not much appreciated by the leaders of Iran's Islamic revolution and many were kept out of view for decades. -Reuters - 8/16/10

Life on the inside: Iranians' Iran
"What is your idea about Iran?" I was asked this question countless times during my month travelling through the Islamic Republic, and my answer was always the same: "I love it; it's an amazing country full of beautiful, friendly and generous people." -Scott Bridges, Melbourne - 8/16/10

Iranian reformist Tajzadeh summoned to prison after filing complaint
Mostafa Tajzadeh, senior member of the reformist group, Islamic Iran Participation Front had to return to Evin Prison after a five month leave on bail. -Zamaneh - 8/15/10

Larijani: 'Odd interpretation' of law not allowed
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani insisted on Sunday that ratifications by Majlis and Expediency Council are law and there is no room for "odd" interpretations in this regard. The comments came in response to the president Ahhamdinejad's recent remarks in which he said he does not regard the ratifications of Expediency Council as law. -MNA - 8/15/10

Iran To Issue 3 Billion Euro Bonds- For South Pars Gas Field Development
An Iranian oil official says Tehran will issue three billion euros ($3.8 billion) in national bonds to finance the development of South Pars gas field this year. -Press TV - 8/15/10

Chinese-Australian Consortium To Develop 3 Iranian Oil Fields
A consortium of Chinese and Australian firms has won a contract for the development of three Iranian oilfields. The development projects of the Kooh-Mand, Boushkan, and Kooh-e-Kaki oil fields in the southern province of Bushehr are valued at around $700-750 million, the Mehr News Agency reported - 8/15/10

Parliament Speaker: U.S. call for Afghan talks with Iran unacceptable
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States' call for talks with Iran on Afghanistan is unacceptable and Iran and the U.S. do not have a common approach to negotiations. -MNA - 8/15/10

Iran's Gasoline Imports Untouched: Official
His remarks came after the Turkish government announced that it will support companies exporting gasoline to Iran, despite US unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran's fuel imports over Tehran's nuclear program. Meanwhile, Russian oil giant LUKOIL has also resumed gasoline sales to Iran in partnership with China's state-run firm Zhuhai Zhenrong. -Press TV - 8/15/10

Headscarf issue solved, Iran girls focus on soccer
FIFA had banned the traditional hijab headscarves worn by Islamic girls and women in 2007 for safety reasons and to prevent political or religious statements on the field. But even the new outfit has angered some in Iran. -AP - 8/15/10

Williams: Richmond activists visit Iran to promote peace
A Richmond couple best known for their efforts to preserve an African burial ground here recently traveled across the globe to promote peace between the United States and Iran. -Richmond Times-Dispatch - 8/15/10

Iran: Four phases of South Pars gas field to come on stream by March 2012
Four phases of the giant South Pars gas field will come on stream by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012), Pars Oil and Gas Company's managing director said here on Sunday. - 8/15/10

Israel's Barak approves U.S. F-35 fighters purchase
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved in principle on Sunday the purchase of 20 U.S.-built radar-evading stealth fighters in a deal worth $2.75 billion, defense ministry officials said. -Reuters - 8/15/10

Russia's Ban on Grain Exports Takes Effect as Wildfires Rage
A Russian ban on grain exports took effect Sunday as at least 500 fires raged across the country. Moscow put a halt to the exports because of low yields caused by the wildfires, record heat and drought. -VOA - 8/15/10

The Iran Nuclear NIE of 2007: Revise, Reject, or Reiterate?
Unfortunately, the U.S. Government has decided to withhold from the American people even the bottom line judgment of the next estimate on this critical issue for U.S. security policy. This means that we will have to do our best to divine what our government thinks it knows and when it is making an educated guess. This also means that the public and the press will continue to be vulnerable to careless or deliberate misinterpretations of estimates by pundits with an axe to grind. -Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association - 8/14/10

Neocon War Plans Undermine Iranians' Quest for Democracy
The "Bomb Iran" crowd, fresh off their historic blunder in Iraq, is now at it again with Iran. As if the daily drumbeat of articles and op-eds advocating war with Iran was not enough, Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a truly dangerous resolution -- explicitly green-lighting the use of force by Israel against Iran. -Shawn Amoei - 8/14/10

Iranian Cultural Heritage on Sale in Kish Under Pretense of Combating Smugglers
The publication of a report in Hamshahri Mah about plans by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization to organize a sale of the country's historical artifacts revealed another behind-the-scenes effort by Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, to engage in activities outside the supervision of the Majlis and the State Audit Organization. -Hamid Ahadi, Rooz - 8/14/10

Israeli Generals and Intel Officials Oppose Attack on Iran
Pro-Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg's article in "The Atlantic" magazine was evidently aimed at showing why the Barack Obama administration should worry that it risks an attack by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran in the coming months unless it takes a much more menacing line toward Iran's nuclear programme. -Gareth Porter, IPS - 8/14/10

Iran: Supreme Leader Cancels Cinema Gathering
A short notice by the managers of Khane Cinema - which translates into the House of Cinema and is Iran's official organization for the cinema industry - has cancelled a gathering titled "Pursuit of Job Security and Social Welfare for Cinema Professionals." -Parastu Sepehri, Rooz - 8/14/10

Iran's late-night Ramadan film screenings spark outrage among clerics
Clerics have raised objections to the Azan to Azan project, a program for screening films in large Iranian cities until late at night during the month of Ramadan. The project was initiated by movie theater owners in Tehran last year after they obtained approval from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. -MNA - 8/14/10

Ahamdinejad likened to extremist group by Iranian MP
Ali Motahari told Soroush weekly magazine that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters are like the Furqan organization. Furqan was a radical Islamist group that was responsible for the assassinations of 12 Islamic Republic figures up to 1980. The father of Ali Motahari, prominent political activist, Ayatollah Morteza Motahari was also assassinated by Furqan organization. -Zamaneh - 8/14/10

Iranian Union Activist's Jail Term Extended
The wife of the jailed head of the Tehran bus service union says another year has been added to his prison sentence, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/14/10

Iran freestyle wrestling team crowned CISM champions
Iran freestyle wrestling team won the 27th World Military Wrestling Championship on late Friday. -MNA - 8/14/10

Gilani: 20 Million Affected by Pakistan's Floods
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Saturday that 20 million people have been affected by the worst floods in his country's history. The figure is much higher than previous United Nations estimates of 14 million. - 8/14/10

Iran to establish ministry to fight "soft war"
Brigadier-General Masood Jazaeri, head of the cultural headquarters of Iran's armed forces has proposed the establishment of a separate ministry to confront the "media and soft wars" against the Islamic Republic. -Zamaneh - 8/14/10

Iran: Controversy over remarks of embattled chief of staff continues
Opposition is continuing unabated against Esfandiyar Rahim Mashaei for his controversial remarks about Islamic and Iranian ideology. On Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad threw his weight behind Rahim Mashaei despite a widespread backlash from principalists. -MNA - 8/14/10

Foreign firms join Iran housing project
The Iranian deputy housing minister stated that five foreign companies have concluded contracts to build 40,000 houses in Iran. Jamshid Noorsalehi told said that the project is part of the Mehr national housing plan. -MNA - 8/14/10

U.S. Magazine Says Israel Likely To Bomb Iran In Next 12 Months
The odds of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities within the next year have risen to above 50 percent, according to a report in a leading U.S. magazine. -RFE - 8/13/10

A campaign for war with Iran begins
Obama administration officials, as well as U.S. lawmakers and European diplomats passionately made the argument this spring that tough sanctions on Iran were necessary to avoid war. But contrary to their predictions, the drumbeat for war -- particularly from Israel -- has only increased since the UN Security Council adopted a new resolution against Tehran in June. -Trita Parsi, Salon - 8/13/10

Russia to Load Fuel Into Iran's Nuclear Reactor
A spokesman for the Russian nuclear agency made the announcement Friday, saying loading the reactor with fuel will be a key step toward starting the power plant in Bushehr. But he said the reactor will not be considered operational from that date. -VOA - 8/13/10

Vienna Group Agrees to Tehran Nuclear Declaration: Iranian Lawmaker
The Vienna group (the United States, Russia, and France) has accepted the Tehran nuclear declaration as the basis for resuming negotiations over a nuclear fuel exchange deal, a top Iranian lawmaker said. -MNA - 8/13/10

Tehran museum loans Van Dongen painting to Dutch show
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) has agreed to loan a painting by Dutch artist Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. - 8/13/10

Iraq to Allow Iranian Gas Pipeline to Syria
Iraq says it has agreed to allow its neighbor, Iran, to build a natural gas pipeline to Syria through Iraqi territory. -VOA - 8/13/10

Iran gold imports hit 22 tons in four months
Iran imported over 22 tons of gold ingots worth over $855 million in the first four months of the current calendar year (started march 20, 2010). -MNA - 8/13/10

Azerbaijani Scientist Released From Iranian Prison
An Azerbaijani scientist has arrived in Baku after being released from an Iranian jail after serving a two-year sentence for espionage, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports. -RFE - 8/13/10

Internet speed test ranks Islamic Republic of Iran 168 out of 181 countries
Speedtest.net is a broadband speed analysis tool that allows anyone to test their Internet connection. Ookla provides this service for free to anyone curious about the performance of their connection to and from hundreds of locations around the world. - 8/12/10

Tehran: It Is Yours Take It - Calling All Artists
We gather all the art work, sort it in groups or one group. Then we Hang them on public walls, invite people to take them home if they like them. So it is more than affordable. For us this idea is perfect. People who don't have lots of money can obtain an original new art piece for their home. - 8/12/10

United Nations World Drug Report 2010 and Iran
20% of Iranians aged 15 to 60 are involved in illicit drug use, and 9% - 16% inject drugs. But the lethality of heroin is even more direct on the Islamic Republic of Iran's borders where 3,500 casualties among the border guards are a reminder of the risks taken by law enforcement officials to stem this deadly flow. - 8/12/10

Iran: Admiration For A 61-Year-Old Post-Election Detainee Who Is On Hunger Strike
Journalist Keyvan Samimi, who was among the 17, is reportedly still refusing to eat but, according to some reports, is now drinking water and other liquids. A member of Samimi's family and a friend have said that he is determined to continue his hunger strike until all 15 detainees are transferred from solitary confinement to the general ward of the Evin prison. - 8/12/10

Families barred from contact with Iranian political detainees
Families of the 16 Iranian political prisoners who recently ended their hunger strike report that they are still barred from contact with their kin. Kaleme website reports that the prisoners still remain in solitary confinement. -Zamaneh - 8/12/10

The Language Of Ahmadinejad: 'The Bogeyman Snatched The Boob'
In a harangue delivered to Iranian expatriates visiting Tehran last week, Mahmud Ahmadinejad resorted to an odd turn of phrase to describe the futility of Washington's use of threats and allegations against Iran. "The bogeyman snatched the boob," the Iranian president declared. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/12/10

Karroubi says sanctions boost Iranian government
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi says that economic sanctions imposed on Iran strengthen the Iranian government and hurt the people. -Zamaneh - 8/12/10

Iranian reformist Farahani called back to prison after signing petition
Iranian judiciary cancelled Mohsen Safai Farahani's leave from prison today after his participation in petition against Iranian intelligence authorities. -Zamaneh - 8/12/10

Photos: Iran defeats Armenia 3-1 in soccer friendly
The soccer teams of Iran and Armeni played a friendly on Wednesday in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The Armenian hosts were overpowered by the Iranian guests 3-1 in this match. -Mehdi Zare, MNA - 8/12/10

Lawyers Say Stoning Defendant 'Tortured' To Confess On TV
The Iranian woman whose sentence to death by stoning sparked an international outcry has appeared on state-run television, where she confessed to adultery and involvement in murder. -RFE - 8/12/10

Iranian Activists Face Execution as 'Enemies of God'
Human rights groups and the families of a number of Iranian opposition activists condemned to death as "enemies of God" are warning that their loved ones may soon be hanged after their sentences were recently confirmed by Iran's supreme court. -VOA - 8/12/10

U.S. not in a position to attack Iran: IRGC commander
The United States is not in a position to carry out its military threats against Iran, according Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari. The United States is fully aware of Iran's defense capabilities and is not capable of carrying out its threats, he said in the northwestern city of Ardebil on Wednesday. - 8/12/10

Iran: Free Baha'i Leaders
The Iranian judiciary should set aside any judgments issued in closed judicial proceedings against seven Baha'i leaders and release them immediately given that no evidence appears to have ever been presented against them, and they have not been given a fair and public trial, Human Rights Watch said today. - 8/12/10

Ahmadinejad backs VP Mashaei over Islam remarks, says confides him
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again threw his weight behind his aide Rahim Mashaei despite a widespread backlash from principalists. Mashaei has caused uproar for his controversial remarks about the Islamic and Iranian ideology. - 8/12/10

Activists Decry Repression on Internet
Internet freedom activists say the Dubai episode is the latest incident in an alarming trend - that entire governments are censoring the internet. -VOA - 8/12/10

Iranian Band Abjeez Says Supreme Leader's Dismissal Of Music 'Ridiculous'
The screws continue to tighten on musicians and artists in Iran as the country's religious authorities increase restrictions on public expression and dissent as part of a wider crackdown on opposition activity. -RFE - 8/11/10

Iran ranks 69 out of 70 in digital economy 2010 report
Since 2000, the Economist Intelligence Unit has assessed the world's largest economies on their ability to absorb information and communications technology (ICT) and use it for economic and social benefit. - 8/11/10

Nora Shourd and Iran Mothers of Prisoners of Conscience
The strongest human advocates many prisoners of conscience in the IRI have is the silent presence of the women who sit outside the solid doors of the prison for hours on their daily vigil. Many are mothers. Others are wives or sisters. Some are fathers, uncles, cousins and supportive friends. But one common goal is shared among them all. To gain the release of their loved ones. -Elahe Amani, WNN - 8/11/10

Islamic Republic of Iran in red-alert category of Failed States Index 2010
The FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports. Its encouraged to utilize the Failed States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security. - 8/11/10

2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, Views on United States, Israel and Iran
Survey conducted June 29 -July 20, 2010 in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and UAE by the University of Maryland in conjunction with Zogby International. - 8/11/10

Iranian journalist Badrosadat Mofidi sentneced to 6 years in prison
Badrosadat Mofidi, head of Iranian Journalists Association was sentenced to six years in prison and five years ban from journalistic activities by the Iranian judiciary. -Zamaneh - 8/11/10

Iran rejects calling for US talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the Islamic Republic has not made an official request for talks with the United States. -Press TV - 8/11/10

Shahram Hadian for WA State Representative
"I am running for public office because I believe that we are living in a pivotal time in the history of our State and Nation. I am deeply concerned with our government's expanding powers, and the threat that this expansion poses to our constitutionally protected freedoms." - 8/11/10

Interview with spokesman of Iran Human Rights about Sakineh Ashtiani sentenced to stoning
I've been given a chance to discuss this case with Dr Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. Dr Amiry- Moghadam is a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist and human rights activist. He is the spokesman of Iran Human Rights, an NGO organization based in Oslo. -Behdad Bordbar - 8/11/10

U.S. exports to Iran up 23%
Iran imported some 3,300 tons of goods worth over $14 million from the U.S. during the Iranian month of Tir (ended July 22). -Tehran Times - 8/11/10

Brazil will abide by UN sactions against Iran
Brazil announced that despite its opposition to imposing sanctions on Iran, it has signed the UN resolution to impose sanctions on Iran and will adhere to its articles. -Zamaneh - 8/11/10

Toyota Halts Exports To Iran After U.S., UN Sanctions
Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota announced on Wednesday that following financial and commercial sanctions against Iran's nuclear activities it has stopped shipment of its products to Iran. -Zamaneh - 8/11/10

Iran Accuses Exiled Lawyer In Stoning Case Of Financial Fraud
Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has said that a human rights lawyer who fled Iran last month, charging that officials were harassing him for his vigorous defense of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, is accused of "financial fraud." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/11/10

Iran Forces' Head Rejects President's Aide Over Islam
Iran's armed forces joint chief of staff, General Hassan Firouzabadi, said comments by a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that suggested Iran was superior among the world's Muslim countries were a "crime against national security." -Bloomberg - 8/11/10

Iranian political prisoners end hunger strike
According to Kaleme website, after receiving numerous messages from fellow Greens, political and civil activists and individuals concerned for their well being, 15 political prisoners at Tehran's Evin prison, have finally ended their hunger strike after 16 days. - 8/10/10

Photos: Wild Hunting Birds in Shahrbabak, Kerman
The staff of environmental protection agency in Dahej region of Shahrbabak in Iran's Kerman province monitor the wild hunting birds. These photos show some of the birds that are released into the wild after being tagged. -Seyed Reza Alavi, ISNA - 8/10/10

Iran To Launch Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant Mid-September : Official
"If nothing special happens and the process of reviewing equipment is fulfilled successfully, the facility is run in mid September and the fuel will be loaded into the reactor," Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said. -ISNA - 8/10/10

Tensions Escalate Among Top Iranian Leaders
Iran's top leaders appear to be quarreling in public, as pressure mounts on the government due to deteriorating economic conditions. A war of words broke out between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani during the weekend and the Iranian press has taken the unusual step of publicizing their quarrel. -VOA - 8/10/10

Interview: 'Many Americans Love Rumi...But They Prefer He Not Be Muslim'
Ibrahim Gamard is a California-based sheikh of the Sufi Mevlevi order and has spent his life translating the poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Rumi. Murtazali Dugrichilov of RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service spoke to Gamard about why Rumi is so popular in the West and the problems of modern-day Sufism. -RFE - 8/10/10

Announcing Children of Persia's 7th Annual Walk 4 Children
The 7th annual Walk-4-Children will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. - 8/10/10

New Wave of Iranians Seek U.S. Studies
Even as a teenager in Iran, Atefeh Fathi knew she would eventually study abroad. Now 30 and studying engineering at the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Fathi said that although she had applied to universities in Sweden and Canada, her first choice was the United States. -New York Times - 8/10/10

Iran: Revolutionary Guards company to extend Peace Pipeline
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' Khatam-ol-Anbia Base has been given the second phase in construction of the pipe line delivering gas from Iran to India and Pakistan. -Zamaneh - 8/10/10

Iran's "Ungrateful" European Friend
Wartime assistance that Bosnia received from Tehran counted for nothing when it came to crucial UN vote. The Bosnian decision to back the latest round of United Nations sanctions against Tehran in June has caused some irritation in Iran, where many see it as poor reward for years of support. -Ebrahim Gilani, Mianeh - 8/10/10

Iran accuses foreign powers of financing Iran's opposition
Iran's Minister of Intelligence accused foreign powers of spending billions to stoke the fires of the 2009 unrest following the presidential elections. -Zamaneh - 8/10/10

Iranian Journalist Akbar Ganji Declared IPI's 59th World Press Freedom Hero
Iranian journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji was today declared a World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute (IPI), in recognition of his decades of work defending freedom of speech and equal rights for all, in the face of continued harassment and imprisonment. - 8/10/10

Iran Digs Graves For U.S. Troops, In Case Of Attack
A former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards says Tehran has dug mass graves in which to bury U.S. troops in case of any U.S. attack on the country. -RFE - 8/10/10

Was Siemens Involved in Dubious Trade?
July 1, 2010 will likely go down in the history of German engineering giant Siemens as the day the company ended a 140-year-old business relationship, one that was steeped in tradition. On that date, the Munich-based company stopped accepting new orders from Iran. -Spiegel, Germany - 8/10/10

Iranian prisoners on hunger strike denied visiting privileges
Kaleme website reports that after 15 days on hunger strike, 16 political prisoners were barred from visiting hours for the second and some even for the third week in a row and their families are in total dark regarding their health. - 8/9/10

Iranian American Company Promotes Healthy Living
Iranian American Bibi Kasrai's creative ways to battle obesity and promote respect for one's body are making waves in this coastal Southern California city. Her company, Harvard Cookie Girl, LLC (HCG), has not only been sought out by parents, kids and schools but by Nickelodeon as well. -Arsalan Barmand, NIAC - 8/9/10

Photos: Village of Kouhsard, Birjand, Iran
Village of Kouhsard is part of the city of Birjand in Iran's province of South Khorasan. The residents of this village are deprived of basic necessities such as drinking water, electricity, roads and health care. -Youness Khani, MNA - 8/9/10

After the Crackdown: Talking to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- and the opposition -- about Iran today
Early this summer, while walking in the Alborz Mountains outside Tehran, I came across three members of Iran's reformist Green Movement. It was a parching-hot afternoon, and they had taken shelter from the heat in a cherry orchard next to a stream, where fruit hung glistening from the branches. -Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker - 8/9/10

Iran's Wildlife Under Threat
When a big cat and her two cubs were found dead by the roadside in northeast Iran recently, it was a further blow to the survival prospects of one of the world's rarest animals. -Sam Khosravifard, Mianeh - 8/9/10

Iran's Unemployment Rate Hits 14.6%
The deputy labor minister said that unemployment in Iran had risen to 14.6 percent in spring. ISNA news agency quoted Hamid Abd ol-Vahab as saying that the unemployment figure last winter was 14.1 percent. - 8/9/10

Wonders of Iran: The Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh)
One of the largest and richest Bronze Age sites in Iran and the Middle East is located in the southwestern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan. Located near the city of Zabol the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) spans an area of more than 300,000 hectares. The ancient site has been attracting Iranian and international archeologists for nearly a century. -Press TV - 8/9/10

Ahmadinejad donates house in Isfahan to American Iranologist
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad donated a house in Isfahan to Professor Richard Nelson Frye, an American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian Studies. -MNA - 8/9/10

Reports say Iran's Baha'i leaders "sentenced"
The Baha'i International Community has received reports indicating that seven Iranian Baha'i leaders have each received jail sentences of 20 years. The two women and five men have been held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison since they were arrested in 2008 - six of them on 14 May and one of them two months earlier. -BWNS - 8/9/10

Iranian Small Business Squeezed By Ahmadinejad's Policies
Even as the latest UN, U.S., and European Union sanctions against Iran create new hardships for the country's economy, most Iranians outside the government seem to place the blame for the situation on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's uncompromising policies. At the same time, officials are trying mightily to ignore or downplay the effects of the sanctions. -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 8/9/10

Photos: Harvesting Dates in Shadegan, Khouzestan
Following photos shows harvesting of dates in the town of Shadegan, Iran. Shadegan is an ancient city in Khouzestan province of Iran. -Gholamreza Massoudi, MNA - 8/9/10

Radio Farda An Agent Of The West's 'Soft War' Against Iran, Book Says
Radio Farda is part of a cultural invasion helping Western intelligence agencies wage a "soft war" against the Islamic republic, according to a book published by Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry. -Robert Tait, RFE - 8/9/10

Iran offers more incentives to foreign investors
The previous maximum 25 percent share of foreign investors in Iranian firms has been deleted and companies with real and legal entity foreign shareholder can now get loans from Iran's Forex Fund. -MNA - 8/9/10

Iran Expatriates Get Chilly Reception
TEHRAN -- Over the past year, conservatives here have often fulminated against the role played by Iranian exiles, who helped organize protests against the disputed 2009 presidential election across the globe. But last week, the Iranian government paid for several hundred "highly placed" Iranians living abroad to come back for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip. -NY Times - 8/9/10

Daring Iranian Artist, 21, Morphs Into Marilyn to Protest Abuse of Women
"I photograph the different women that I discover inside me," Inanloo says in an interview in London. "They can be a glamorous Marilyn Monroe, a 1960s prostitute or an innocent girl. How long must we depict Iranian women in black veils? I thought it was time we crossed the boundaries." -Bloomberg - 8/9/10

Iranian Political Prisoners Continue Their Hunger Strike
The 16 political prisoners who began a hunger strike 13 days ago after being transferred to solitary confinement as a result of protesting unacceptable behavior by prison officials, are continuing their hunger strike, despite the fact that one of their demands has been met. - 8/8/10

Iranian reformists press charges against Revolutionary Guards
Seven members of Iranian reformist parties Islamic Iran Participation Front and Mujahedin of Islamic Revolution issued a letter to the head of judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani and head of judicial branch of the armed forces, Mohammad Kazem Bahrami to press charges against a group of military and intelligence officers. -Zamaneh - 8/8/10

Photos: Fishing in Qeshm Island, Persian Gulf
Qeshm is an Iranian island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf. Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. -Asghar Besharati - 8/8/10

The Seminar for Iranians Abroad: Millions of Tomans For a Message to Obama
Tehran last week witnessed a seminar that brought hundreds of Iranians living abroad into Iran. But its chief organizer, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff and also in charge of the affairs of Iranians outside the country, came under harsh public criticism. But not from moderates or the president's opponents. They came as much from the ruling faction's members. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz Online - 8/8/10

Jailed Iranian Photojournalist Released After Hunger Strike
Babak Bordbar, a photojournalist who was jailed in Iran in last year's postelection crackdown, has been released from prison. Bordbar was among 17 political prisoners who have reportedly been on hunger strike since late last month to protest against the worsening conditions at Tehran's Evin prison. -RFE - 8/8/10

China's Cyrus Cylinder extracts spark debate in academia
An Iranian archaeologist believes that more studies are needed to prove the authenticity of alleged extracts from the Cyrus Cylinder carved on two bone fragments found in China. -MNA - 8/8/10

Iranian officials deny brain drain affecting country
These statements of Qashqavi come at a time that the International Monetary Fund in its 2009 report announced that the Islamic Republic ranks first amongst the 91 developing and underdeveloped countries that are faced with a brain drain. -Zamaneh - 8/8/10

Chamber of Commerce Chairman: "Extremists must not be allowed to incite Iran sanctions"
An economic figure representing the private sector says affairs must not be handed over to those extremists who seek to isolate Iran, insisting that opportunities must not be lost for dialogue. -MNA - 8/8/10

Iran launches domestic advanced submarines
Iranian Defense Ministry supplied Army Navy Force with 4 home-made submarines Sunday evening in an official ceremony in the Persian Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas. - 8/8/10

Wife Of Lawyer In Stoning Case Released
The wife of Iranian lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who served as legal defense for a woman sentenced to death by stoning, has been released from prison. -RFE - 8/8/10

Iranian political figures urge prisoners to end hunger strike
Opposition leader Karroubi who met the families of a group of journalists yesterday marking the Day of Journalist in Iran said: "I am very concerned about the consequences of this hunger strike and the health of the prisoners, and I am urging my children to stop their strike and the officials must also heed the demands of these prisoners." - 8/7/10

Iran Wins Asian Cup Volleyball Championship
Iran was too strong for China in the final match of the 2nd Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship here on Saturday. Iran swept China 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) in front of cheering fans at the packed Al-Ghadir Hall. The Persians had already defeated China 3-2 in the group stage. -MNA - 8/7/10

Iranian short film to open Venice Film Festival in the presence of Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi, prominent Iranian filmmaker who was released on bail in May in Iran, will open the 67th session of Venice Film Festival with the debut of his short film, The Accordion. - 8/7/10

Starving for Freedom: 17 Prisoners of Conscience on Hunger Strike in Iran
Seventeen prisoners of conscience have been on a hunger strike for the past twelve days (as of Aug 6th, 2010), with their health rapidly deteriorating. Each of these 17 individuals has been imprisoned due to their beliefs and reports indicate that they are being held in solitary confinement and being denied communication with their families. - 8/7/10

Iranian facing stoning speaks: 'It's because I'm a woman'
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the woman whose sentence of death by stoning triggered an international outcry has accused the Iranian authorities of lying about the charges against her to pave the way to execute her in secret. -Guardian - 8/7/10

Islamic Republic hardliner criticizes women's cycling
Iranian hardliners continue their attack on women with the recent statements of Ahmad Khatami, expressing concern over the comportment of women at the country's beaches and their cycling in public places. - 8/7/10

Iran's Rafsanjani: News Censorship Destroys People's Trust
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has stressed the importance of news and journalism for the country and said censorship of the news will destroy people's trust. Rafsanjani made the remarks in Tehran on Saturday, one day ahead of Iran's national Journalists Day. -MNA - 8/7/10

Iranian Culture Ministry: Critical Films Worse Than Espionage
Iran's deputy culture minister reportedly has said that Iranian filmmakers who raise critical questions about life in Iran are guilty of "cultural betrayal" that is "worse than espionage." - 8/7/10

GC chairman to present evidence U.S. supported Iranian reformists
The Guardian Council spokesman has said that Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati will present evidence that reformist leaders received material support from the United States when they stand trial. -MNA - 8/7/10

The War Party: Who are they? What are they?
I often make reference to "the War Party" in this space: it's a convenient shorthand, one that evokes an image of something sinister, even Satanic, and this serves my rhetorical purposes well. But if we unpack the concept, and look for examples in real life, what we find is a little more prosaic than Satan with a sword. -Justin Raimondo, Antiwar - 8/7/10

The Green Convergence: Third Session of Iranian Women's Movement Gathering
The third session of the "Green Convergence of Women's Movement of Iran" was held in Tehran on Thursday marking the anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution with women from a spectrum of the women's movement in attendance. - 8/6/10

Mousavi urges Iranian political prisoners to end strike
Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian opposition leader issued a letter addressing political prisoners on hunger strike in Evin Prison urging them to end their strike. - 8/6/10

School of Visual Arts Presents "Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran"
New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran," an exhibition of over 125 political posters by graphic artists world wide created in support of the protests in Iran that followed the 2009 presidential election. - 8/6/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Karroubi Attacked by Ahmadinejad Supporters in Tehran
Fars news agency reports that the Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was attacked at Nour Mosque of Tehran which caused his bodyguards to defuse the situation by shooting into the air. -Zamaneh - 8/6/10

Photos: Men's 44th Asian Bodybuilding Championships in Tehran
The 44th Asian Bodybuilding Championships for men is opened in Tehran's Azadi sports complex on Thursday. 23 teams are participating in the competitions being held August 5-10. -Majid Asgarpour, MNA - 8/6/10

Iran's Stats Center Takes Over Reporting Of Economic Indicators
Paris-based economist Fereidoun Khavand told Radio Farda that Iran's Central Bank has been responsible for calculating and announcing the country's inflation rate since it was established in 1960. He said he thinks the reason for the switch is that the bank is refusing to follow government orders. -RFE - 8/6/10

Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan's interests intertwined: Supreme Leader
Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have very close relations with each other whose interests lie in closer cooperation and implementation of the previously signed agreements, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has said. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with President Ahmadinejad and his Afghan and Tajik counterparts in Tehran on Thursday. -MNA - 8/6/10

Cameron in Iran error amid Pakistan rift
David Cameron sought on Thursday night to clear the air with President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and put aside a week of rising diplomatic tensions, as the prime minister found himself under fire for "misspeaking" on Iran's nuclear programme. -FT - 8/6/10

Iran Benefits from Arab Disillusion with Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama has suffered a sharp drop in popularity in the Arab world over the past year, and Iran may be reaping the benefits, according to a major new survey of public opinion in five Arab countries released here Thursday. -IPS - 8/6/10

Iranian Lawyer, Seeking Asylum, Surfaces in Turkey
Mr. Mostafaei, reached by phone at a Turkish detention center on Thursday, says he hasn't been formally charged in Iran, and left because of what he describes as a "flawed judiciary that does not abide by any laws." -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 8/6/10

Iraq Checks Iran Banks Seeking License
Iraqi authorities say they are investigating whether two Iranian commercial banks that want to do business in Iraq are covered by UN Security Council sanctions, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports. - 8/6/10

Combining fashion and modest dress codes in Iran
Islamic fashion need not be dreary, that's the message of this collection of Islamic fashions in Tehran. And it's images like this that the government hopes will show young people that clothing doesn't have to be revealing to be chic. -AP - 8/6/10

US Report Cites Terrorism Shift From Middle East to South Asia
A State Department report Thursday said core elements of al-Qaida hiding in Pakistan remain the foremost terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland. The annual report, covering 2009, cited a shift in terrorist activity from the Middle East to South Asia. -VOA - 8/6/10

Families of Iranian political prisoners attacked by police
A gathering of families of Iranian political prisoners in front of Tehran Prosecutor's Office today was confronted with violence by the police who also threatened to arrest them. The families are concerned for their kin who have been on hunger strike for over a week in Evin Prison. - 8/5/10

Persian Carpet of Peace and Friendship wraps up in Tabriz
The Persian Carpet of World Peace and Friendship was unveiled Wednesday during a ceremony in the presence of several Iranian, foreign and UNESCO officials in Tabriz. The project began at Tehran's Sadabad Historical Complex in 2008 and took two years to accomplish during which representatives of over 100 countries visited and symbolically tied a knot on the carpet. - 8/5/10

Obama offers Iran an opening on engagement
President Obama put the issue of negotiating with Iran firmly back on the table Wednesday in an unusual White House session with journalists. His message was that even as U.N. sanctions squeeze Tehran, he is leaving open a "pathway" for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue. -Washington Post - 8/5/10

Anti-Plagiarism Counter Measures: A Lighter Note
My tenure as the Director of Information Studies Lab at University of Tehran is drawing to a close. I can just imagine the sigh of relief by the Accounts, as they no longer need to worry about how to finance my impulsive purchases. The primary purpose of the lab was to make the pursuit of science as a fun activity for the students. -Nader Naghshineh - 8/5/10

Despite Bluster, U.S., Iran, May Be Open To Talks
Signals have come from Iran and the U.S. in recent days that suggest a willingness of both nations to return to the negotiating table. This comes as something of a surprise, given the recent economic sanctions imposed on Iran and hostile public remarks from both sides. Amid talk of defiance and possible military action, Iran and the U.S. may be looking for an opportunity to engage in diplomacy. -NPR - 8/5/10

Obama Warned Israel May Bomb Iran
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President -- We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war. Israel's leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel. -consortiumnews - 8/5/10

China Rejects US Concerns about Deals with Iran
China has defended its business ties with Iran after a United States official urged Beijing to fully implement sanctions against Tehran. China Thursday rejected concerns about its dealings with Iran. -VOA - 8/5/10

The Senate Calls on Iran to Release Three Detained Americans
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday calling for the "immediate" and "unconditional" release of three American hikers being detained in Iran. -NIAC - 8/5/10

'England Is A Small Island West Of Africa,' Says Ahmadinejad
Apparently England is a small island located west of Africa, according to a speech given by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Hamedan on Wednesday. - 8/5/10

Iranian Lawyer Representing Stoning Case Woman Flees To Turkey
The lawyer of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has fled to Turkey and has requested asylum there. -RFE - 8/5/10

The Widening Rift Among Iran's Clerics
Just a few years ago, it was rare to hear public declarations from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claiming vast authority as a theologian. But today it is unusual if a few weeks go by without a public pronouncement from him boasting of his Islamic credentials. -NY Times - 8/5/10

Ahmadinejad Says Israel Has Hired People to Assassinate Him
Addressing a gathering of Iranians residing abroad on August 2, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed that Israel has hired people to assassinate him. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/5/10

Update on Iron Dome: U.S. spends $1 billion on Israeli defense
Recently we reported on the Israeli test of the Iron Dome missile defense system. It has now been reported that the US has provided more than $1 billion towards three of the missile defense systems under development by Israel. -SF Examiner - 8/5/10

Iranian political turmoil: The men in the middle
Ahmadinejad is one of the 3 most influential men in Iranian politics. The others are the country's Supreme Leader and the leader of the opposition movement. -Global Toronto - 8/5/10

Long Live Equality
It is very encouraging and promising to hear how the bravery of Iranian women is now widely appreciated abroad. At least there are still things to be proud of for being Iranian, in addition to our long past role in human civilization. - 8/4/10

Confusion Surrounds 'Assassination' Attempt On Ahmadinejad
Confusion surrounded a presumed assassination attempt on Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today after officials denied reports that an assailant had thrown an explosive device at his convoy. -RFE - 8/4/10

Photos: Opening Ceremonies of Grass Ski Competitions in Dizin, Iran
The first world grass skiing competitions for youth (boys and girls) is being held in Dizin slopes north of Tehran, Iran. The following photos are from the opening ceremonies. -Hasan Hendi, ISNA - 8/4/10

Iran reaches final of Asian Cup Volleyball Championship
Iran qualified for the final match of the 2nd Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship on Friday. The Persians fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the powerful Indian outfit 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 25-17, and 15-11) at the packed Al-Ghadir Hall in URMIA, Iran. -MNA - 8/4/10

Iran rallies past China in Asian Cup Volleyball Championship
Iran rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat China in a five set competition here in the 2nd Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship on Tuesday night. -MNA - 8/4/10

Iranian Journalist Recalls Torture, Sharing Cell With Supreme Leader (To Be)
Former Iranian political activist and prominent journalist Houshang Asadi was jailed under the rule of the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He was jailed for six years and tortured again after Iran became an Islamic republic. The 59-year-old Asadi, who lives in exile in Paris, recounts his experiences in a new book, "Letters To My Torturer: Love, Revolution And Imprisonment In Iran." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/4/10

Iraq says cannot contain dust storm into Iran
The Iraqi Environment Ministry says it cannot control the dust storms originating from Iraq and spreading into large parts of Iran Iran. He said that national security, provision of electricity and clean water, and other services are among issues which take precedence over the environmental issues in his country. -MNA - 8/4/10

Explosion rocks petrochemical plant in south Iran, 5 killed
A massive explosion in the Pardis Petrochemical Company in the southern port city of Assaluyeh caused a huge fire and killed five workers. - 8/4/10

Iran's Topolov fleet to be replaced by Boeing
Farhad Parvaresh, head of Islamic Republic National Airlines announced that all of Iran's Topolov airplanes will be replaced with Boeing md. Parvaresh added: "Within the five months allotted to Iran Air Tour or perhaps by March, another fleet will replace the civilian Topolovs of all airline companies. -Zamaneh - 8/4/10

U.S. Tightens Sanctions On Iran
The U.S. Treasury Department has frozen the U.S. assets linked to several Iranian officials and two entities that it says has helped finance terrorist efforts by Hizballah. -RFE - 8/4/10

Iran, Oman Ink Agreement on Defensive Cooperation
Iran and Oman on Wednesday signed an agreement to further boost mutual cooperation in the field of defense. -FNA - 8/4/10

Iranian hardliner justifies satellite and internet censorship
Iran's former culture minister, Mohammad Hosein Safar Harandi announced that if foreign satellites and sites threaten us, we must stop their spread by blocking them. -Zamaneh - 8/4/10

Russia to lose $13 bln over Iran sanctions
Sanctions imposed against Iran over its peaceful nuclear plans will cost Russia up to $13 billion in losses over its arms deals with Tehran, a Russian think tank says. -Press TV - 8/4/10

Iranian Families Again Refused Visit With Prisoners
An Iranian journalist says the relatives of 17 political prisoners in Tehran's Evin prison were refused a visit with their family members on August 2, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The prisoners have been on a hunger strike since July 25 in protest of the poor prison conditions and what they allege is the violent behavior of the guards. - 8/3/10

Iran Aims to Revive Silk Road, Escape Isolation
Iran has embarked on a series of ambitious projects to revive the historic Silk Road, moves aimed at expanding its regional influence and overcoming Western efforts to isolate it. A network of road, railway, and tunnel schemes has been launched along with expensive port upgrades in what experts say is a concerted attempt to restore the country's traditional role as a trade hub. -Robert Tait, RFE - 8/3/10

Rare Persian Onagers Born at "The Wilds" with Help of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Four years of work by a team of scientists, veterinarians, animal care specialists and interns from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., and "The Wilds" in Cumberland, Ohio, have culminated in the birth of two rare Persian onagers - 8/3/10

Photos: Tabriz traditional bazaar
The Tabriz Bazaar is one of the main trade centers on the Silk Road which is located in the city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran. During the 34th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Brasilia on Saturday, the bazaar was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. -Mahsa Jamali, MNA - 8/3/10

Iran's Culture Minister defends decision to honor 'agents of velvet coup'
The Persian press and news agencies took the certificates to be medals and the Culture Ministry's program was severely censured by the conservative daily Kayhan, which branded former Iranian Artists Forum director Gharibpur and photographer Zandi 'agents of the velvet coup.' - 8/3/10

Iran's Opposition Leader Mousavi: Religious tyranny is the worst kind of tyranny
Mir Hossein Mousavi emphasized: "The disaster that is happening in the prisons these days is the outcome of the views of the Chairman of the Guardian Council and his proteges. The catastrophe of Kahrizak [prison], the assault on the student dormitories and the attack on the people are the results of such views that one can clearly see the ugliness and brutality of all aspects of Pharaoh's totalitarian and authoritarian tendencies in them -Kaleme - 8/3/10

Jailed Former Iranian Vice President: 'We Had To Practice For The Court'
Mohammad Ali Abtahi is a former Iranian vice president who was jailed in the crackdown following last year's disputed presidential election and put on trial along with over 100 other key reformist figures, journalists, student activists, and others. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/3/10

Iranian MP against population growth
MP Majid Nasirpour has criticized government's policy to increase the population, saying it will yield negative consequences for the country. On the one hand, the government calls on people to be content with living in small houses, while on the other hand encourages them to increase the population, Nasirpour told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday. - 8/3/10

American author to speak on unity of religions in Tehran
The author of "Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition", American Leonard Lewisohn, has been invited to give a lecture entitled "The Exalted Unity of Religions in Persian Literature" in Tehran on August 10. - 8/3/10

Iran FM announces "positive signals" from Vienna group
In a Sunday night program on Iranian television, the Foreign Minister said: "It appears that the head of the IAEA is planning to organize a meeting with the Vienna group on the basis of Iran's letter about the exchange of nuclear fuel for Tehran's nuclear research reactor." -Zamaneh - 8/3/10

Iran's women take to rugby: Complete a successful tour to Italy
Many would find it difficult to associate rugby, women and Iran. But at the moment, rugby is a growing sport in the conservative country and even the women's game is progressing by leaps and bounds. -bettor.com - 8/3/10

Tehran cuts back scientific ties with U.S., Britain
Health Ministry has set some limitations on Iran's scientific relations with the U.S. and Britain, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi announced on Monday. -Tehran Times - 8/3/10

IRAN: Dangerous levels of nitrate in Tehran's drinking water reported
The origin of the nitrate contamination is unknown. However, the issue was raised back in January 2009, reported the Mehr News Agency, by the director of Tehran's office in the Environment Ministry, Mohammad-Baqer Saduq. He publicly stated that Iran's nitrate levels were highest in Tehran and had become toxic. -LA Times - 8/3/10

Music fails to chime with Islamic values, says Iran's supreme leader
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country. -Guardian - 8/3/10

Iran, Russia, US teams grab top spots in wrestling competitions held in Iran
Iran stood atop the podium in the two-day Emam Ali Habibi & Abdollah Movahed Free-Style Wrestling Cup with 68 points, bagging six gold, two silver and 11 bronze medals. Russia came second with 40 points and the United States was third with 36 points. - 8/2/10

More threats against Iranian political detainees on hunger strike
Iranian detainees who have gone on hunger strikes at Evin Prison have now been threatened by the officials that they will be exiled to RejaiShahr Prison in Karaj. -Zamaneh - 8/2/10

Iran's Opposition Leaders Meet, Invite People to Form Social Networks
While expressing deep concern over the recent threats against the country, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, by emphasizing on maintaining the independence and national security, expressed fear for the present situation of the country, which is the result of the wrongful policies and adventurous speeches of the government officials - 8/2/10

All or Nothing for Iranian University Applicants
There is fierce competition for places at state universities. This year, the education ministry said around 1.3 million applicants signed up to sit the exam known as the "concours", 60 per cent of them female. Organisers estimate that at least half those who sit the test will be offered places. - 8/2/10

Interview With Mahmood Hamidi, Panoramic Photographer Extraordinaire
Since 2006, Mahmood Hamidi has been combining his computer skills with his passion for photography to capture stunning 360-degree panoramic images of some of the most beautiful places in the world, including Shiraz; look for them on his website. I recently took a few moments to learn more about Mr. Hamidi and his work. -Negin Mirmirani, PAAIA - 8/2/10

Challenging Einstein: E=mc2?
The paper "Failure of Einstein's Theory and Mass-Energy Equation" by Jamshid Farshidi, Ph.D. has been approved and published in the Infinite Energy Journal - Volume 16, Issue 92, July/August 2010 - 8/2/10

The Hidden Face Of Sanctions
The sanctions imposed recently against Iran by the United Nations, and later separately by the US Congress, have one thing in common. Both were driven by the US at the instigation of Israel. -Alan Sabrosky - 8/2/10

Obama Urges Iran To 'Immediately' Release U.S. Hikers
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Iran to "immediately release" three American hikers who have been held in the Islamic Republic for a full year. In a written statement, Obama said the three have never worked for the U.S. government, have committed "absolutely no crime," and have never had a quarrel with the Iranian government. -RFE - 8/2/10

Ahmadinejad Wants To Debate Obama At UN Headquarters
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today called on U.S. President Barack Obama to face him in a televised debate about how to solve the world's problems. -RFE - 8/2/10

Mistaken as an Iranian Martyr, Then Hounded
Zahra Soltani, whom everyone calls Neda, will never forget the day she saw her death announced on television, accompanied by the picture she had posted on her Facebook page. "They said that I was killed during the protests against the presidential elections," she said, shaking her head. - 8/2/10

Bomb Iran?: Neocon Nutballs Ramp Up Campaign
Reuel Marc Gerecht's screed in the Weekly Standard seeking to justify an Israeli bombing attack on Iran coincides with the opening of the new Israel lobby campaign marked by the introduction of House resolution 1553 expressing full support for such an Israeli attack. -Gareth Porter, Counterpunch - 8/2/10

American Date Industry Readies Its Products for Ramadan
In some years, Ramadan and nature are in harmony, and American Muslims can break their daily fasts with fresh, luscious dates. This is not one of those years. -America.gov - 8/2/10

Iranian Expats Investment Fund Gets Nod
The value of each share in the fund is 1,000 euros. The minimum and the maximum investment amounts are 100,000 and 500,000 shares, respectively. Iran's central bank said in June it will guarantee foreign investors a return of 10 percent on their capital. -MNA - 8/2/10

Photos: Families of political prisoners stage protest in Tehran
A group of families of political prisoners gathered in front of the office of the General Prosecutor in protest to not getting any information about the situation of their loved ones especially those political prisoners who have gone on hunger strike in protest to the inhuman treatment of the prison authorities since few days ago. -kaleme - 8/1/10

Is a woman without hijab like a chair with three legs?
In a poster published by a web site in Iran, it reads: "A woman without hijab is like a chair with three legs." The web site www.hijab-poster.ir, which seems to be affiliated with the Iranian government, is setup to advocate hijab among women. - 8/1/10

Brazil Offers Haven To Iranian Woman Facing Stoning Sentence
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has offered refuge to an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery. -RFE - 8/1/10

Iran's junior handball team qualifies for World Championship
Iran qualified for the Men's Junior World Handball Championship on Sunday. In the third-place match in Tehran's Handball Federation Gym Iran beat the UAE 37-34 and advanced to the World Championship. - 8/1/10

Lawyer In Stoning Case Calls On Iran Judiciary To Release His Wife, Brother-In-Law
Prominent Iranian lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who went into hiding more than a week ago, has called on the Iranian authorities to end the "hostage taking" of his wife and brother-in-law. - 8/1/10

Zahra Rahnavard: "Iran's ruling powers have lost great opportunities to compensate people"
Zahra Rahnavard said: "Holding free elections without the preapproval [of the Guardian Council], eliminating the preapproval process completely from the nation's political scope, freedom of press, and unconditional release of the political prisoners. These actions can let people enjoy the celebrations." -kaleme - 8/1/10

Earthquake Rocks Southeastern Iran
A relatively strong earthquake rocked southeastern Iran, Saturday, a day after a 5.7 magnitude quake shook a northeastern province, injuring at least 170 people. Iranian state media say Saturday's quake had a 5.7 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey says it had a magnitude of 5.3. -VOA - 8/1/10

Iran Says U.S. Hikers Should Face Trial
Iran says that three American hikers detained in Tehran for a year should stand trial on charges of illegally crossing the country's borders. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that it was "evident" the three -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal -- had entered the country illegally. - 8/1/10

Iran's non-oil exports exceed $9b in 4 months
Non-oil exports from Iran, gas condensates included, in the first 4 months of the current calendar year (began March 21) reached $9.145 billion, up 21 percent compared to the same period last year. -MNA - 8/1/10

Iran: Females outperform males in university entrance exams
The list of the students with the highest scores in this year's Iranian university entrance exams shows females outperformed males. -MNA - 8/1/10

Iran's Parliament puts foreign banks law into effect
Iranian Majlis has instructed the administration to implement the law easing regulations for foreign banks to set up branches in Iran, the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday. -MNA - 8/1/10
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