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Cyber attack targeted at Google users in Iran
Google reported that Gmail users in Iran were at risk of having their log-in information stolen this weekend for an unknown period of time after someone broke into a Dutch Company, DigiNotar, to steal a digital identification card for - 8/31/11

Understanding our Community: Support PAAIA's 2011 Survey of Iranian Americans
Given the on-going interest and the continued need to provide accurate information about the Iranian American community, PAAIA would like to conduct a follow-up survey of Iranian Americans to be released in 2011. - 8/31/11

Iranian Discus Thrower Hadadi Wins Bronze In World Championship
Iran's discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi claimed the bronze medal of the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea on Tuesday. Hadadi finished in the third place with a throw of 66.08m. - 8/31/11

We are worried about situation in Bahrain: Iran's Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced on Wednesday that "we are very worried about situation in Bahrain." The Leader made the remarks as he addressed worshippers at prayers marking Eid ul-Fitr. - 8/31/11

Should I sleep with my Iranian co-worker?
He's a Zoroastrian refugee, tortured in Iran, and has never heard of an open relationship - 8/31/11

2011 Sepas Award Recipients Announced
The Sepas Award honours an Iranian individual or an organization whose work has needed an appreciation toward securing the full enjoyment of the culture and human rights of Iranian queer communities and motivate others to get involved and be proud. - 8/31/11

No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey by the Pew Research Center finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists, controversies about the building of mosques and other pressures on this high-profile minority group in recent years. - 8/31/11

Elderly Iranian Party Member Arrested
An elderly member of Iran's Pan-Iranist Party has been taken into custody, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Reza Kermani's wife, Mehri Olyaee, told RFE/RL that four members of the security forces and police arrested him at his home in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, on August 27. - 8/31/11

Iran's Wet Blankets Put a Damper on Water-Park Fun
Iran is one of the world's youngest countries, with 65 percent of its 75 million people under the age of 30. The Islamic Republic imposes strict social codes that call for segregation of sexes in school and some public spaces and demands a conservative demeanor from citizens. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 8/31/11

Iranian Exiles Flock East, to Multiethnic Malaysia
The Iranian influx is small but growing fast. At present, there are about 60,000 Iranians, studying, working or waiting for visas in this relatively easygoing, multiethnic Muslim-majority country. Iranians hold shares in an estimated 2,000 Malaysian businesses and occupy about 15,000 spots in Malaysian universities. -TIME - 8/31/11

Iranian Sunnis Demand Right to Hold Prayers
The Sunni cleric Molavi Abolhamid Esmail Zehi, who leads Friday mass in Zahedan, has called on Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to allow Sunni spiritual leaders to hold Fetr Eid mass prayers "in large cities where Sunnis are not majorities." - 8/31/11

Iranian MP warns against "absolute" support for Syria
Iranian MP Ahmad Avayi has warned against giving "absolute" support to the Syrian government, maintaining that the protests are legitimate popular movements staged by "pious people." - 8/31/11

A Persian al fresco feast
The tantalizing cuisine of Persia isn't what most people expect from a part of the world best known for searing spices and political unrest. Culturally and linguistically different from their neighbors in the Middle East, Iranians don't cook the same way, either. -Susan Hathaway, San Jose Mercury - 8/31/11

Iran Reaches Out to Libya's Rebels
Iran is making overtures to Libya's rebels, announcing its first formal contact with Libya's opposition Transitional National Council (TNC). - 8/31/11

Iran: Dozens of Post-Election Political Prisoners Released; Is there a Chance for Hundreds More?
Despite the release of some political prisoners, a very large number remain inside various Iranian prisons, some of whom have not been on a single day of furlough during their detention. Some of these prisoners have become ill, and have not been able to receive permission for even a short medical furlough - 8/30/11

NIAC: Delisting MEK would be a disaster for U.S. national security and the Iranian pro-democracy movement
The Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK), a cult-like Iranian terrorist organization with a history of violence and no support among the Iranian people, has been paying U.S. politicians to help them get off the State Department's terrorist list. - 8/30/11

Amir Arjomand: A Regime Facing a Legitimacy Crisis Will Transform Dialogue Over a Drying Lake Into A Matter of National Security
Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, spokesperson for the Coordination Council for the Green Path of Hope and senior adviser to Mir Hossein Mousavi criticized the recent heavy security atmosphere in Orumieh and Tabriz and the regime's illegal handling of the peaceful protests of the citizens expressing their frustration regarding the drying of lake Orumieh - 8/30/11

San Francisco, Tehran Museums to Boost Ties
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Tehran's Malek Museum will begin cooperation in the near future. - 8/30/11

Supreme Leader Demands Focus on Post-Islamic Iran
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Ahmadinejad administration to focus more on post-Islamic Iran and less on the pre-Islamic era of the country. - 8/30/11

Iranian reformists laud release of political prisoners
Iranian political activists have commended the government's decision to release scores of political activists, saying it would promote "peace and calm" in the country. - 8/30/11

Tehran Bazaar faces strikes and protests
The Tehran Bazaar continues to face a strike, and reports indicate that at least 16 people were arrested in a demonstration staged on Saturday in protest of new tax regulations. - 8/30/11

Turkey, Syria Approaching Diplomatic Rift
Turkey's prime minister and its president have announced they have lost confidence in the Syrian leadership, while the foreign minister warned that Ankara will side with the Syrian protesters against Damascus if forced to choose. - 8/30/11

Khatami: Waves of freedom and democracy will engulf all despotic regimes
Seyed Mohammad Khatami also regarding the Iranian nation said: "The Iranian nation also has moved in this bright path bravely for tens of years and sees itself beside the oppressed Palestinian nation and all the risen nations in the region: Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen Syria and Bahrain. Today Libya is covered in blood and fire but with God's help the dictator will be gone for good." - 8/30/11

Iranian discus thrower advances to World Athletics Championships final
Ehsan Hadadi advanced to Tuesday night's men's discus throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu. The Iranian topped Group A with 65.21m. - 8/30/11

Music Finds a Voice in Tehran
The waiter at the coffee shop moves rapidly to the entrance for a quick glance outside. Within, a young Iranian musician has started to play the saxophone. He has five minutes to perform, he cannot risk a raid on the "guerrilla" location for a little music. -Leonidas Ntilsizian, IPS - 8/30/11

Iran's GDP to Increase 2% in Current Year
The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Iran will show 2 percent growth in the current year, The Economist predicted. - 8/30/11

Google says Gmail attack focused on Iranian targets
Google said late Sunday that an attack mounted against its Gmail service targeted users primarily located in Iran, although the company has taken steps to block further interception attempts. -Computer World - 8/30/11

Iran to Continue Supplying Indian Oil Refineries
Oil supply to continue as Iran and India are expected to finish settling their debt arrears, an Iranian official said. - 8/30/11

Photos: Lake Orumieh Grappling with Death
These days Lake Orumieh is in dire conditions. The lake's water has continued to drop with visible signs of dryness across the lake. Experts have long warned that natural factors, coupled with human activity, would cause Lake Orumieh to dry up in the near future if nothing is done. -Mahsa Jamali - 8/29/11

Sanctions Have Unintended Effect on Iran's Tourism Industry - Part 3
When you're talking about travel and tourism to Iran, you can't overlook the question of U.S. and international sanctions imposed against Tehran as part of the ongoing dispute over its controversial nuclear program. The sanctions were never meant to target Iran's travel and tourism industries, but their effect is felt in numerous ways. -Mana Rabiee, VOA, Montreal - 8/29/11

Woven colors of nature in exquisite Iranian clothes
A profusion of vibrant colours and patterns has always been one of the main features of traditional Iranian dress since ancient times. This characteristic is still evident in the traditional dresses of rural and tribal women, whereas in the polluted, built-up environment of towns and cities it has succumbed to dull, monotone colours. - 8/29/11

Petition to stop destroying stray dogs in Iran, and adopt Haiku from Iran
Despite the teachings of Islam and the kindness that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) showed towards animals - including dogs, the Iranian government have imposed various bans and penalties on dog ownership and handling, and, more drastically, a large campaign has been underway to destroy all stray dogs. - 8/29/11

Iran kickboxers win world championship
The Iranian kickboxing team has pocketed a total of 16 medals to claim the championship of the 2011 kickboxing world cup in Germany. - 8/29/11

Iranian actress Hengameh Qaziani among Bulgarian filmfest jury members
Iranian actress Hengameh Qaziani is among the jury members of Love Is Folly, an international film festival that opened in Varna, Bulgaria on Friday. - 8/29/11

Iran finishes 10th in World Youth Volleyball Championship
Iran seized the 10th place of the 2011 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship on Sunday night. Iran lost to Brazil 3-2 (39-37, 26-28, 26-24, 18-25, 15-11) in the Almirante Brown venue and notched the tenth place of the event. - 8/29/11

Iran to launch satellite into space by mid March
"Fajr satellite will be launched into space by Safir A1 (Ambassador A1) satellite carrier which will test a new technology that is one cold gas propulsion sub system for orbit transferring," Eslami said as providing details on the satellite. - 8/29/11

Interview with Maryam Rajavi
A few years ago, one of the producers of CBS's 60 Minutes asked me to arrange for the networks interview with Maryam Rajavi, a leader of Iran's Mujahidin Khalq Organization (MKO). I told him then that I thought it was not possible to do this... -Nooshabeh Amiri - 8/29/11

Iran Plans Privatizing Oil Refineries
Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, is due to implement a major economic plan to privatize its oil refineries in line with its privatization scheme. - 8/29/11

The Lobbying that Shouldn't be Happening
The extraordinary lobbying campaign on behalf of the sometime Marxist/Islamist cult/terrorist group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq is getting waged on ever more fronts. -Paul R. Pillar, National Interest - 8/29/11

Iran Starts Mass-Production of Home-Made Anti-Armor Rockets
The Iranian Defense Ministry started mass-production of 73-mm anti-armor rockets capable of piercing and destroying armored vehicles from a 1,300-meter distance. -FNA - 8/29/11

'Circumstance': Sexuality, Youth Culture and Love in Iran
Writing the screenplay for Circumstance-a film that strips the layers of Iranian youth culture down to the core-was an emotional and risky experience for Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz. "I was afraid of writing something where I would not be able to go back [to Iran]," she said. -Jenny Inglee, TakePart - 8/29/11

Iran: Public outcry over situation at Lake Oroumieh
Iranian security forces have put a violent end to demonstrations in Tabriz and Oroumieh, arresting dozens of protesters who were speaking out against the government's inaction as Lake Oroumieh rapidly dries out. - 8/28/11

Iran Tourism Appeals to 'Adventure Travelers' - Part 2
A recent British opinion poll found Iran near the top of the list of countries people would "definitely not" visit. Yet nearly three million international visitors traveled to Iran last year, and the country is trying to widen the appeal of its tourism industry. -David Clement, VOA - 8/28/11

Documentary: Sex Scandals in Religion
Respected documentary producers Cogent/Benger Production produced the VisonTV documentary series, Sex Scandals In Religion. The series looks at alleged sexual abuses committed in various world religions - Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity. - 8/28/11

Opposition Leader's Safety in Danger as Karroubi Spends 42 Days in Complete Isolation
Iranian Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi is in grave danger of physical and psychological harm, as news of his complete isolation for the past 42 days emerged today, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The Campaign called for his immediate release. - 8/28/11

Iranian web users rank highest for visits to porn sites
Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shiite day of mourning. - 8/28/11

Iran: Dozens of political prisoners freed on eve of Muslim celebrations
The Kaleme opposition website has reported that many of the released prisoners were in fact on the verge of completing their prison sentences and many more were becoming eligible for release after serving half their sentences because they did not have any former criminal record. - 8/28/11

Iran: Syria Should Heed Citizens' Demands
Syria's closest ally, Iran, is calling on the government in Damascus to listen to the people's "legitimate demands." The comments Saturday by Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi were the first such remarks from Iran since the five-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began. -VOA - 8/28/11

Iranian Court Sentences Man To Death For Physicist's Killing
Iran's IRNA news agency has reported that Majid Jamali Fashi was convicted of killing scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi. IRNA quoted Iran's Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni as confirming "the sentence to execute Majid Jamali Fashi has been issued." - 8/28/11

Iran earns $40b oil income in five months
Iran's oil income in the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21, reached about $40 billion. - 8/28/11

Iran to build first 5-megawatt geothermal plant
Iran's first geothermal pilot plant would be built in Meshkin-Shahr town--northwestern Iran. Its wells have been drilled and Iran plans to establish the first 5-megawatt power plant on one of the wells. - 8/28/11

Iran Tourism Falls Short of Full Potential - Part 1
Tourism in North Africa and the Middle East has fallen this year because of the ongoing political upheavals there. But industry watchers say the level of foreign tourist traffic to Iran has remained mostly stable. Iran's tourism sector is on the rise, though analysts say it is far from meeting its full potential. -Mana Rabiee - 8/27/11

MKO Supporters Rally To Call For U.S. Delisting
Several hundred supporters of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, aka MEK and People's Mujahedin) gathered on August 26 in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C., to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove the group from the United States' list of foreign terrorist organizations. -Golnaz Esfandiari, Hossein Aryan, RFE - 8/27/11

Iran: Azeri Activists Detained For Environmental Protests
The activists in Tabriz were protesting the Iranian government's failure to take measures to save Lake Urmia, a salt lake situated between Iran's East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan provinces that is drying up. - 8/27/11

Photos: The Famine Stricken Somalians
These days, the disaster stricken country of Somalia is witness to one of the worst human crisis caused by famine and drought. Due to the inaction of international organizations, the lives of millions of Somalians is being threatened. -Seyyed Hadi Kasaeizadeh - 8/27/11

'Reformers seeking to contest polls must clarify ties with sedition leaders': Iranian MP
Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar has said those reformists who have the intention to contest the March parliamentary elections should first clarify their connection with the "leaders of sedition" and define reformism. - 8/27/11

Iran Inaugurates First Carbon Fiber Production Line
Iran has inaugurated the first production line for carbon fiber at the aerospace department of the Defense Ministry. Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who attended the inauguration ceremony, said only 10 countries in the world can produce carbon fiber. - 8/27/11

Dejagah: I'd love to play for Iran
VFL Wolfsburg striker Ashkan Dejagah has revealed his interest in playing for Iran football team. - 8/27/11

Iranian FM Warns of Vacuum in Syrian Government
He called on foreigner not to meddle in domestic issues of other countries to prevent misuses and also asked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to pay heed to legitimate demands of his people. Salehi noted al-Assad should be supported and that, "Changing the regime in Syria is unconventional and is followed by an evil purpose." - 8/27/11

Iran says OPEC may cut output if prices fall more
Iran's OPEC governor announced on Saturday that if oil prices continue their downward trend under the shadow of the global economic crisis, OPEC may react by cutting its production. - 8/27/11

Abbasi Hotel in Isfahan: The Glorious Architecture of Iran
The glorious architecture of Iran, like a piece of gem, has been constantly glittering among other architectural monuments of the world and has occupied a worthy place in the world of art. It was in the reign of the Safavids, that the city of Isfahan reached such a renown and elegance which was called "half of the world". -Compiled by Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 8/26/11

Iranian doctor murdered after examining rape victims, says his son
The son of an Iranian doctor who was killed after examining the rape victims of the country's 2009 unrest has spoken for the first time about the motives behind his father's assassination. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 8/26/11

Athletic, Muslim, Fashionable - a Tale of the Sports Hijab
Female Muslim athletes who observe a strict Islamic dress code sometimes face the question of whether they will be allowed to participate in major competitions -- with their heads and most of their bodies covered. Now, one Iranian-Canadian woman is marketing a product to change that. - Tala Hadavi, VOA, Montreal - 8/26/11

Jailed Lawyer: 'No Fair Political Trials' In Iran
Jailed Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Mohammad Seifzadeh has written an open letter to former President Mohammad Khatami detailing extensive violations of judicial rights, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/26/11

Michael Moore will attend Cinema Verite in Tehran: Iranian Official
"He has asked [for permission] to travel to Iran, and we are trying to invite him to the Cinema Verite," Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari said during a meeting at the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) in Tehran on Wednesday. - 8/26/11

Iran: The Space Administration
While news of finding large and small caches of drugs has been a daily or monthly event in Iran since 1979, the regime uses such claims to demonstrate the effectiveness of its police and law enforcement forces. However, if the policy of fighting illegal drugs was in fact effective, it should have after the passage of some 33 years eradicated the illegal trade or at the least the issue of addiction in the country. -Mohammad Javad Akbarein - 8/26/11

Qatari Emir In Tehran
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has criticized major powers and certain Arab governments for meddling in regional countries' internal affairs. The Qatari emir made the remarks on Thursday during a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. - 8/26/11

Ahmadinejad blames West for regional problems
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has emphasized that the West is "the main root of all adversity" for Middle Eastern countries, and he urged the people of the region to resolve their problems without allowing Western intervention. - 8/26/11

Religious dreams vs. harsh reality in Iran
In life, there is often a huge gap between blissful theory and reality. In our country, we can see examples of this everywhere - in talks about democracy while actually authorities brutally suppress free demonstrations of people, violate their rights and freedoms. -Amir Mostafavi, - 8/26/11

Photos: Last Moments Of A Historic Church In Kerman
A historic church in Kerman, which had been registered in Iran's national monuments list, is the latest victim of ruthless bulldozers! The church was flattened last week and perhaps this way its misery due to years of neglect came to an end! -Hamid Sadeghi - 8/25/11

Iran: Lacking Independence, Bar Association Remains Silent as Lawyers are Prosecuted
The Iranian Central Bar Association should come to the aid of embattled lawyers subjected to harassment, unfounded criminal charges, or prison sentences for defending prisoners of conscience and advocating for human rights, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 8/25/11

CIRCUMSTANCE Opens This Weekend in LA, NY, Great Neck, Encino and Irvine
Filmed in an undercover production in Beirut, Lebanon, Circumstance is written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz and stars newcomers Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Amir Barghashi, Fariborz Daftari and Keon Mohajeri. - 8/25/11

Jailed Iranian Lawyer Declines Family Visits
Khandan said Sotoudeh has written to the judiciary chief and head of the prosecutor's office at Evin prison saying she prefers not to see her family as their safety cannot be guaranteed on the prison premises. Khandan said his wife also objected to being deprived of phone calls since May. - 8/25/11

EU Broadens Syria Sanctions to Target Iranians
The European Union on Wednesday expanded Syria sanctions to target the elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard for its role in helping Syrian security forces crush the five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. - 8/25/11

Exiled Iranian Writer Speaks Out
If bestselling author and filmmaker Siba Shakib tried to go back to Iran today, she says she "would probably be put in prison right away." Born and raised in Iran, Siba's books and films explore gender roles and the history and culture in Iran, as well as in Afghanistan, where she spent time as a political advisor to NATO. -Jenny Inglee, TakePart - 8/25/11

Iran: Kermanshah Cultural Figures Remain In Prison
In addition to the eight literary figures, three environmental activists, Iraj Ghaderi, Behrouz Darvand, and Sharif Bajoor, were arrested in August in Marivan in Kurdistan Province. Furthermore, three student activists, Soleiman Vahidinia, Ali Naderi, and Nasser Aman, were arrested in Sardasht in Western Azerbaijan Province. - 8/25/11

Ron Paul's Honesty Roils GOP Competitors on Iran
Ron Paul's honesty about the United States forced to live with a nuclear Iran is medicine that the Republican Party needs to take. The trouble is that the medicine doesn't taste very good. -Gather - 8/25/11

Iranian scientists to receive UNESCO Award
Four Iranian scientists ranked in the list of Islamic World's top scholars are to receive UNESCO Award. Islamic World Scientists Network cooperating with Iran's Biophysics and Biochemistry Association is to offer the prizes to the four senior Iranian scientists. - 8/25/11

Iran says U.S. is "biggest sponsor of terrorism"
Iran accused the U.S. of being the "biggest sponsor of terrorism," just days after the U.S. State Department's annual report on terrorism labelled Iran as the "most active sponsor of terrorism." - 8/25/11

Iran files suit with ICC for failing to deliver missiles
Iran says it has filed a complaint against Russia at the International Criminal Court for failing to honour its agreement to deliver S300 rockets. - 8/25/11

Love 'is banned' in Iran
It seems that any sane person cannot deny love. But members of our ruling regime can. Officials of the Culture Ministry have announced that music videos about love may be banned from TV! -Amir Mostafavi, RealIran - 8/25/11

Suicide skyrockets in Iran, government "seems intent on crushing any sign of happiness"
Mehrdad Khonsari, a former Iranian diplomat, told the independent news website "The Media Line" that suicide rates in Iran have always been higher than in the West, but that the aggravated economic and social conditions may have contributed to the new peak, mainly among the country's youth. -Beliefnet - 8/25/11

Popular Young Iranian Poet Sentenced To Prison
On Tuesday, 16 August, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Pirabbasi, sentenced Hila Sedighi, a young poet whose critical and political poems are admired by many, to 4 months in prison, to be postponed for five years. A day before her court appearance, she wrote on her Facebook page: "Revolutionary Court, I, [my] heart's belief, the Judge, accusations, the onlooking God, and your well-wishing prayers..." - 8/24/11

Iran Tries To Exit Information Superhighway
The Iranian government has been working hard to deny the Iranian people access to the internet. It has blocked websites, slowed internet speed, upgraded and expanded its filtering capabilities, established a cyber police force targeting antigovernment websites and political dissidents; it has also jailed prodemocracy bloggers, sentencing several to long prison terms. - 8/24/11

After Ahmadinejad's Futile Attempt to Remove Moslehi: Protection of Intelligence at the Presidency?
Two days after the publication of a report that the government was attempting to create a parallel intelligence apparatus at the presidency, the government rejected the claim through a statement claiming the fabrication was meant to harm the administration. -Arash Motamed, Rooz - 8/24/11

Tehran Police Illegally Enter Homes and Destroy Satellite Dishes
In the past week, Tehran Police Special Operations forces came together with plainclothes forces and, as part of a continuing operation, raided homes in Tehran's Saadat Abad neighborhood and collected satellite dishes. - 8/24/11

New reports of human rights violations highlight situation of Iran's Baha'is
Iran's treatment of its Baha'i citizens has been identified as a major area of concern in three important new surveys carried out by international human rights organizations. The reports have recently been issued by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Amnesty International. - 8/24/11

Momeni Foundation announces 2011 scholarship recipients
Momeni Foundation is celebrating its 10th year of supporting outstanding students of Iranian descent around the world. - 8/24/11

IAEA Inspector Visits Iran Nuclear Sites
The IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts has toured Iran's nuclear sites, said Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh. - 8/24/11

How I Did It: EBay's Founder on Innovating the Business Model of Social Change
The Idea: Omidyar was inspired by eBay's social impact to create a hybrid model for his philanthropic Omidyar Network: a combination of nonprofit and for-profit. -Harvard Business Review - 8/24/11

Iran saves over $8B from subsidy cut in 3 months
Iran saved around 8.6 trillion rials (some 8.12 billion dollars) in the first three months of implementing the subsidy reform plan, Economy and Finance Minister Shamseddin Hosseini announced in a press conference on Tuesday. - 8/24/11

Iran to turn into major gasoline exporter in world : Oil Minister
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi underlined Iran's self-sufficiency in producing the needed gasoline for the country, and said Tehran will turn into a major oil exporter in the world after launching more refineries. - 8/24/11

Retired US General: Delist Terrorists as 'Provocative' Action Against Iran
In comments that further underscore the depth of the support the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has generated with its massive pay-for-speech campaign, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney praised the MEK and called for their delisting as part of a campaign of "provocative actions" against the Iranian government. - 8/24/11

IRAN: More arbitrary arrests, concealment of political prisoners' whereabouts
Reporters Without Borders points out that arbitrarily arresting and holding a political prisoner incommunicado is regarded as enforced disappearance by the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. - 8/23/11

Iran To Extend Gender Segregation To Preschools
Gender segregation was first proposed in 2009 by Hojatoleslam Nabiollah Fazlali, the representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at the Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology. Fazlali criticized co-ed universities, saying allowing male and female students in the same class was like "putting meat in front of a cat." - 8/23/11

Iranian taekwondoka wins gold in China
Iranian taekwondo player Mehran Askari claimed a gold medal in the Men's -80kg category of the 26th Summer Universiade. Askari defeated Yunus Sari from Turkey in the final match in Shenzhen, China. - 8/23/11

Assassin of Iranian physicist admits connections with Mossad
Elementary-particle physicist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, was assassinated in a bomb attack on January 12, 2010. He had just left his home when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle was detonated. -MNA - 8/23/11

Iran to temporarily import petrol
The decision would also allow the government to meet daily petrol needs, following a decrease in output that he blamed on a May 23 blast at the southern Abadan refinery. - 8/23/11

Shahnaz Ensemble to go on European tour
Titan of traditional Iranian music Mohammadreza Shajarian accompanied by the nostalgic Shahnaz Ensemble will perform new musical pieces during European concerts. - 8/23/11

Iran: Release US hikers following "grossly unfair" trial
The Iranian authorities must release two US citizens following a deeply flawed trial, Amnesty International said today, after the men were sentenced to eight years in prison by a Tehran court on charges of "espionage" and" illegally entry". - 8/23/11

Ahmadinejad adviser calls for judicial action against threats
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media adviser has criticized the Tehran Prosecutor for giving tacit approval to those who threaten members of the administration by remaining silent in the face of their "illegal actions." - 8/23/11

Iran finalizing designs for 20-percent fuel: AEOI Head
The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi Davani said the country is finalizing designs for production of fuel with 20 percent purity. - 8/23/11

Iran exports $138M handmade carpets in four months
Iran exported $138 million worth of handmade carpets in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (ended July 22), the Iran National Carpet Center director said in Tehran on Monday. - 8/23/11

Iran's Oil Exports to China Up 46% Jan-Jul 2011
The Islamic Republic of Iran's crude oil exports to China increased 46 percent in January-July 2011, China Customs Organization reported. - 8/23/11

"Iran: A Forgotten Glory" - A Young Artist's Legacy Lives On
A visually stunning portrait of Iran's pre-Islamic history in the region of Fars, located in south west of the country, "Iran: A Forgotten Glory" is the five-year effort of the young director Makan Karandish. Shot in more than sixty locations, this documentary is a rich source of information about Achaemenids and Sassanids, the two Great Persian Empires. -Parisa Saranj, NIAC - 8/22/11

Iconic Film And Television Director Reza Badiyi Dies
81-year old legendary film and television director Reza Badiyi died peacefully on Saturday, August 20th at 5 p.m. at the UCLA Medical Center due to medical complications. He was surrounded by his immediate family and loved ones. Funeral services to be announced by his family. - 8/22/11

Remembering Mosaddeq
On the anniversary of the August 19, 1953, coup, which is forever etched in our memory, what better way than to remember Iran's democratic leader by reading an account filled with anecdotes of his personal and political life as told to his lawyer, Jalil Bozorgmerh in a book called Taqrirat-e Mosaddeq dar Zendan -Fariba Amini - 8/22/11

Obama: Time for Gadhafi to Relinquish Power
Obama says the United States will continue to work with the international community to support a peaceful transition to democracy in Libya. - 8/22/11

Persian Music: Half Red, Half Yellow concert at UCLA
Saturday Aug 27: The new generation musicians of Persian music bring the stimulating atmosphere on stage in a dynamic performance. The concert depicts two contrasting side of Persian music. - 8/22/11

Iran to launch rocket into space with monkey onboard
The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) has said domestically manufactured Kavoshgar 5 rocket will be launched into space by the end of summer. The rocket, weighing 300 kilograms, will carry a capsule containing a rhesus monkey, said Hamid Fazeli, the ISA director. - 8/22/11

Iran transferring centrifuges to Fordo: AEOI Chief
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi says the Islamic Republic has started transferring the centrifuges of its Natanz nuclear facility to the Fordo atomic site. - 8/22/11

Iranian actress Leila Hatami selected for French festival jury
Iranian actress Leila Hatami is among the jury members of the 37th Deauville American Film Festival, which will be held from September 3 to 12 in France. - 8/22/11

Iran youth volleyball team out of top eight
Iran rushed past Puerto Rico in the 2011 FIVB Boy's Youth Volleyball World Championship on Sunday but failed to advance to the top eight teams. - 8/22/11

China's Sinopec Starts up Refining unit in Iran's Arak Plant
Sinopec Engineering Inc. (SEI), an arm of Sinopec Group, started up a unit this week in Iran's Arak refinery. Iran aims to add 70,000 barrels per day of gasoline-making capacity around 2011/12 at the Arak refinery in the central Iranian province of Markazi. - 8/22/11

No Aladdin in this never-ending story
"The children's tales of the Arabian Nights are a complete invention. The real One Thousand and One Nights are powerful, violent, complex, thoughtful folk stories about the questions of existence," Director Supple says. -BBC - 8/22/11

Afghan body votes to remove 9 MPs for vote fraud
The Afghanistan Elections Commission has accused nine members of Parliament of election fraud and is calling for their removal. - 8/22/11

Iranian Women Wushu Players Shine in China
Iranian women wushu players showed excellence performance at Asian Wushu Championship in Shanghai on Saturday. Tahereh Ghasemi and Sepideh Shakerian claimed two gold medals in taolu. Iran's number of medals reached to eight in this tournament. - 8/21/11

Mujahedin Supporters Envision "Tit for Tat" Campaign Against Iran
The Iran Policy Committee, an organization dedicated to gaining U.S. support for the Mujahedin-e Khalq, organized an event on Thursday with former U.S. officials calling for the MEK to be removed from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. -NIAC - 8/21/11

Lawyer of American Hikers: Eight-Year Prison Sentence Disproportionate With Charges
Shafiee also expressed dismay about the Iranian Judiciary's announcement of the ruling on television prior to informing him. "And this shows how lawyers are regarded in this country. Instead of serving the ruling to the lawyer according to law, they announce it elsewhere," he said. Shafiee said he will go to courthouse tomorrow to find out the details of the lower court's ruling. - 8/21/11

Russia may build new N-plants in Iran: AEOI Director
The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Russia has proposed cooperating with the Islamic Republic on building new nuclear power plants in the country. Fereydoun Abbasi said that Iran and Russia have negotiated the suggestion proposed by Moscow. - 8/21/11

Iran to try scientist's assassination perpetrator
Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Sunday perpetrator behind the assassination of Iranian scientist would be on trial Tuesday. He also said the case of 15 suspects linked to Zionist spying network would be sent to the court within next ten days. - 8/21/11

US 'Deeply Disappointed' With Hikers' Sentence
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is "deeply disappointed" that Iran has sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison on charges of illegal entry and spying. - 8/21/11

How they rocked in Iran before the revolution
It might be difficult to imagine today, but there was a moment in the pre-Khomeini Iran of the mid-1970s when miniskirts and rock music reigned, where a female pop balladeer wowed crowds of thousands and a man named Kourosh became a guitar hero on a par with Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. -Jessica Hundley, Los Angeles Times - 8/21/11

Iran link in Welsh steel mill crash
Allegations of fraud, deceit and dishonest behaviour on behalf of a legal adviser to the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are set to emerge from the collapse of a Welsh steel mill in 2007. -Telegraph, UK - 8/21/11

UAE official: Trade Ties with Iran Unaffected by Sanctions
Iran is a significant trade partner for the UAE, with trade volume between Iran and the emirate of Dubai alone estimated at about $10 billion a year. - 8/21/11

Photo: 48 Hours of Freedom for Iranian Student Activist Hasan Asadi Zeidabadi
Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, member of the central council of the Alumni Association of Iran who had been arrested on August 22, 2010, was released on bail for a 48-hours-furlough on Sunday August 14, after spending 360 days behind bars. - 8/20/11

Iran Sentences U.S. 'Hikers' To Eight Years In Jail For Espionage, Illegal Entry
The website for Iranian state television is reporting that an Iranian court has sentenced U.S. citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years in prison. It said the two were convicted for "illegal entry" into Iran, for which they each received three years in jail, and for "espionage," for which they each received five additional years of jail time. - 8/20/11

Iran: Head of Basij Condemns The Reformists
Mohammadreza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia says the Iranian reformists are more "adversarial" than the "terrorists of the eighties" in Iran. - 8/20/11

Henna Hanzalizadeh Painting Exhibition at Seyhoun Galley
At the first glance, the current collection illustrates the ghosts and the moving dead bodies with whose cinematic effects we have been familiar for years; however, with a deeper look more details are revealed which little by little fade the first image away. - 8/20/11

Can Russian Plan Kick-Start Stalled Nuclear Talks With Iran?
It has been seven months since nuclear negotiations with Iran stalled over the issue of Tehran's right to produce fuel. Now, after initial skepticism, Iran is showing signs it might return to the table under a new Russian step-by-step plan. But with no backing by the rest of the P5+1, would the new approach be a nonstarter? -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 8/20/11

Iranian FM officially receives Russian "phased" plan for nuclear talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially received "step-by-step approach" put forward by Russia to help settle Iran's nuclear issue. The delivery came during Salehi's trip to Moscow on Friday. - 8/20/11

Iran appoints new Syrian ambassador
Last week, the Kaleme opposition website reported that Mousavi is planning to leave Syria. Kaleme added that this decision came on the heels of the growing popular protests against Beshar Assad and his government. Syrian authorities were very critical of the ambassador's decision. - 8/20/11

Iran: 'Cyber Activists Want To Meet Khamenei'
Blogger Hamid Bazm Shahi Esfahani complains that "cyber activists," who he says have been actively defending the Iranian establishment online, have not been invited to meet Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and share iftar with him. - 8/20/11

Egypt Withdraws Ambassador to Israel Following Shootings
Egypt is withdrawing its ambassador to Israel to protest the deaths of Egyptian security forces during Israel's retaliatory attacks against militants along the nations' shared border. - 8/20/11

The Village of Ghandab: Stopped at the Point of Zero
The men in the village of Ghandab are sitting in the shadow of the tall walls of their houses and grappling with unemployment. And the women feed bites of poverty to their children. So is life at the point of zero! -Fahimeh Sadat Tabatabei - 8/19/11

Iran's Newest Enemy: Water Fights
It appears that water fighting and water guns are becoming sensitive issues in Iran. And as usual, Iranians are using humor to cope with the sometimes absurd situations they find themselves in. Here is a joke that is circulating about the recent incidents:... - 8/19/11

Iran, Azerbaijan, And Turkey: Zero Problems? Zero Chance
It hardly looked like the embodiment of a quiet-neighborhood policy. First Iran's top military commander warned Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, in language that brooked no diplomacy that he faced a "grim fate" for betraying "Islamic principles." - Robert Tait, RFE - 8/19/11

Delisting the MEK for Higher Aims
As the US Department of State is contemplating whether to remove the Iranian Islamic Mujahedin-e Khalq group (MEK) from its terrorist list, a debate is taking place among pundits with some arguing for the removal and some for the status quo. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 8/19/11

A Lifetime Quest to Finish a Monumental Encyclopedia of Iran
Ralph Ellison wrote for 40 years without finishing his novel "Juneteenth." Antoni Gaudi labored 43 years on the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, but construction continues today. And in the annals of grand quixotica, Ehsan Yarshater also deserves a prominent chapter. -NY Times - 8/19/11

Mujahedin Machine vs. The Iranian-American Community
In the past few weeks, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has been launching relentless attacks against the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). The immediate reason is the Iranian-American campaign spearheaded by NIAC to keep the MEK on the U.S.'s terrorist list. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 8/19/11

Iran to Stage Joint Regional Air Drills Soon
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh told FNA that the IRIAF will hold a joint aerial drill with a regional country in September, marking its first international war game. -FNA - 8/19/11

Iran's covert war with Israel in Caspian
A senior Iranian general has warned zerbaijan about getting too close to Israel, underlining fears in Tehran that the Jewish state could use Iran's northern neighbor to launch pre-emptive strikes against Iran's nuclear program. -Space War - 8/19/11

Turkish Planes Again Bomb Kurdish Rebels in Iraq
Turkish warplanes have attacked separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party positions in northern Iraq for the second straight night. - VOA - 8/19/11

Prominent Iranians Call For Release Of Green Movement Leaders
Hundreds of Iranian political and civil activists have signed an open letter to international organizations demanding help in securing the release of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Musavi, Mehdi Karrubi, and their wives, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/18/11

Iranian Censors' Heavy Hand Falls On A Persian Classic
The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance decided that some parts of the epic poem "Khosrow and Shirin" by Nezami Ganjavi needed reworking, despite the fact that the book-length masterpiece has been a classic of Iranian literature for 831 years. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 8/18/11

Jailed Iranian blogger beaten in prison
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed Iranian blogger has been reportedly beaten by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in prison. -RadioZamaneh - 8/18/11

Cultural Activists Rounded Up in West Gilan Province and Sardasht
Twelve cultural and student activists have been rounded up in the towns of West Gilan, West Eivan and Kermanshah in Iran's northern province of West Azerbaijan. Based on reports published by Kurdish news sources, some of the detainees told their family members through phone calls that they were being held at security prisons. -Roozonline - 8/18/11

Iran: Verdict imminent in Kahrizak deadly torture case
The head of the Tehran Justice Department, Alireza Avayi, said the final verdict in the Kahrizak Detention Centre case will soon be announced, two years after political prisoners were fatally tortured there. - 8/18/11

Archaeologists excavating Arastu Tepe for signs of Kura-Aras culture
A team of Archaeologists is currently working on the Arastu Tepe in order to find signs of the Kura-Aras culture in the mound located near the town of Malard in the southwest of Tehran. - 8/18/11

Iran: Supreme Leader Denies Impact of International Sanctions
International sanctions against Iran are ineffective, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, and they must be resisted. On Wednesday, the Supreme Leader told a group of the country's economic and financial officials that the true aim of the sanctions is "to paralyze Iran's economy." - 8/18/11

Experts Skeptical Syria's Assad Will Resign
President Barack Obama has issued his strongest call to date for Syria's Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power. In a statement released Thursday the U.S. leader has said that "the future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way." -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 8/18/11

Number Of Iranians Applying For Asylum In Europe Rises
According to statistics published by Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 1,382 Iranians applied for political asylum in Germany in the first six months of 2011, compared with 952 during the same period in 2010. - 8/18/11

Iran Foreign Minister Agrees on Need to Restart Nuclear Talks
Ali Akbar Salehi says he agrees on the need to begin talks on the nuclear issue, but that Iran would not be pressured. His remarks came Wednesday during a news conference in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. - 8/18/11

Hope For Peace Fades in Turkey Over PKK Attack
The Turkish government has vowed strong retaliation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), after Kurdish rebels launched a deadly attack on Turkish soldiers in Hakkari province near Turkey's border with Iraq. The killings are the latest escalation in the more than two decades of conflict and hopes of a peaceful solution are now fading fast. - 8/18/11

Support Your Community: Start the Fall with IAAB's Latest Fashions
With the help of supporters like you, the past 8 months have been a huge success for the youth in our community. But, in order to continue empowering our community's youth, we need your support. Help us make the upcoming academic year a more fruitful one for Iranian American youth. - 8/17/11

Photos: Graffiti Covered Walls In Mashhad
The walls of houses and buildings in the alleys and streets of big cities are usually a target for graffiti artists and for those who find them a good medium to convey their messages. Here is a sample of graffiti painted walls in the Mashhad in northeastern Iran. - Amin Khosroshahi - 8/17/11

Photos: The hottest place on earth, Gandom-e Beryan in Kerman-Iran
Gandom Beryan, part of Shahdad desert in Kerman, has often recorded land surface tempreture of 160 Fahrenheit. The intensity of heat in this area is so high that there are no life forms that can tolerate it. - 8/17/11

Iran: Jailed Lawyer in Need of Immediate Medical Attention
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Sahandej Sholeh Sadi, wife of university professor, lawyer, and former Member of the Iranian Parliament Ghassem Sholeh Sadi talked about her husband's new charges and his physical condition in prison. - 8/17/11

Empowering Iranian American Youth: The Camp Ayandeh Story
"In ten years, we may not even be able to talk about an Iranian community unless we make a concerted effort to educate our youth," Narges Bajoghli, cofounder of Iranian Alliances Across Borders' (IAAB) Camp Ayandeh program, says to me over the phone. -Arash Karami, PBS - 8/17/11

Ahmadinejad hails Russian initiative for "phased approach"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the country hails Russian initiative for "step-by-step approach." - 8/17/11

Tehran welcomes Moscow's move to get closer to Iran: Salehi
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters on Tuesday that Iran will study Russia's proposal when it is given the full details of the initiative - 8/17/11

Venezuela, Iran Seek to Boost Dialogue Within OPEC
The presidents of Venezuela and Iran have agreed to boost dialogue within OPEC as global economic concerns impact world oil prices. - 8/17/11

On Location: Hollywood's Iranian caper comes to L.A.
At the height of the Iranian hostage crisis, artist-turned CIA technical officer Tony Mendez pulled off a stunning caper when he helped six American diplomats in the Canadian embassy in Tehran escape by disguising them as members of a Hollywood film crew. -LA Times - 8/17/11

Photos: Chelcheli Mountain, the lost Paradise of Gorgan Iran
Chelcheli mountain is situated 18 miles to the southwest of Ali Abad in southeast of Gorgan. This mountain is 10,246 feet in height and It is the source of Chelcheli and Baqeshah rivers. - 8/16/11

Efforts Strengthened to Protect the Caspian Sea from Oil Spills
The five countries bordering the Caspian Sea have agreed on new commitments to strengthen regional responses to oil spills and to improve the way potential sources of pollution are monitored and managed across national borders. - 8/16/11

Iranian taekwondo poomsae women win silver in China
Iranian women's poomsae team won silver medal in 26th world Universiade in Shenzhen, China on Friday. Taekwondo poomsae is a combination of basic actions and movements exercised with an imaginary opponent. - 8/16/11

Iranian TV bans screening of brutal violent scenes
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) recently issued a directive strictly forbidding all domestic networks from screening brutal violence scenes. - 8/16/11

500 Days In Prison Without Furlough for Iranian Human Rights Activist
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, father of Mehdi Khodaee said that 500 days after his son's arrest, he has not been allowed a single day of furlough. - 8/16/11

The Battle of Dubai: The United Arab Emirates and the U.S.-Iran Cold War
As the United States seeks to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions through economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has come to play a critical yet often ambiguous role. The UAE, namely the emirate of Dubai, is a top source of Iranian imports and a key transshipment point for goods-legal and illegal-destined for the Islamic Republic. -Karim Sadjadpour - 8/16/11

Iranian reformists seek open political atmosphere
Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian reformist, political activist and member of Tehran City Council has supported the conditions set by reformists for participating in coming parliamentary elections. - 8/16/11

IRAN: Ahmadinejad's newspaper in fight with hardliners over hijab
Iran's ultra-hardliners have gone after a newspaper that acts as a mouthpiece for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after it published a supplement on the Islamic dress code for women in what is perceived as a battle for the loyalty of the country's middle class. -LA Times - 8/16/11

Iran says PJAK surrender imminent
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps announced yesterday that the dissident Kurdish group, the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK), will surrender within two months. - 8/16/11

First oil shipment sold on Iran Oil Bourse
The first shipment of Iranian crude oil has been sold on Iran's international oil bourse on the Persian Gulf island of Kish, an Iranian official says. - 8/16/11

Iran Declines Comment On Baku's Islamic Activist Accusations
The Iranian Embassy in Baku has declined to comment on Azerbaijani allegations that Islamic activists arrested last week had set up a radical religious group with financial support from Baku's Cultural Center of Iran - RFE - 8/16/11

Iran Signs $1.5 bln Oil Deal with Local Firms
The Islamic Republic of Iran signed a contract worth $1.5 billion with a consortium of local firms on Monday to develop the third phase of the south-western Darkhovin oil field. - 8/16/11

Bahrain Commission Closes Office After Clashes
The clashes followed reports that the commission had cleared authorities of crimes against humanity during a violent government response to Shi'ite-led pro-democracy protests that left 32 people dead. -VOA - 8/16/11

Inflation rates on the rise in Iran
Iran's Central Bank has announced that the national inflation rate as 16.3 percent, ending a two-month delay in revealing where inflation stands. - 8/16/11

Local soft drink brand tries to carve its niche in Arab market
Zamzam Cola, a local soft drink named after the holy spring in Makkah, is one alternative to US brands Coca-Cola and Pepsi that is distributed in the Middle East where it hopes to create a strong presence. -Gulf News - 8/16/11

Iranian National in US Sentenced in Plot to Ship Goods to Iran
An Iranian national who had operated a business in California has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for attempting to export missile components and radio equipment to Iran. -VOA - 8/16/11

Mehregan 2011, A Celebration of Love, Knowledge, and Commitment
The Mehregan Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Persian Festival of Autumn (Mehregan 2011) is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 2, 2011 at the Lakeside Lagoon Park in Irvine, California. - 8/15/11

Iran Crowned at World Horseback Archery Championship
Iran won the 7th World Horseback Archery Championship in Sokcho, South Korea on Monday for a second time in a row. Also, Iran's Mehdi Safaei was named as the most technical coach of the competitions. - 8/15/11

Joint Expert Statement on Mujahedin-e Khalq
Thirty-seven Iran experts, human rights defenders, and members of Iran's pro-democracy movement published a letter, featured today in the Financial Times, stating that the Mujahedin is not Iran's main opposition, that it threatens the democracy and human rights movement in Iran, and it should not be supported by the U.S or removed from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. - 8/15/11

Iran says sanction against Central Bank "unfounded"
Iran's Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani called possible sanction on the bank by foreigners "an unfounded measure." His comments came after some US senators signed a letter to the US President Barack Obama pressing him to sanction Iran's Central Bank. - 8/15/11

Tehran's Rudaki Symphony Orchestra to resume activity
The Rudaki Symphony Orchestra is due to resume work soon after the month of Ramadan, following the resignation of director of the orchestra Mohammad Haqgu and replacement of conductor Arash Amini. - 8/15/11

Iran: Clerical Regime Looks To Impose Control Over Iran's Sunni Seminaries
This is being done through the full implementation of a memorandum issued in 2008 by Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, a Qom-based conservative-dominated body whose 41 members are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 8/15/11

Tehran seeks to privatise national airline
Iran's government hopes to privatise Iran Air soon for more than $1.5bn to help the embattled national flag-carrier circumvent US sanctions that bar it from buying aircraft and spare parts. -Financial Times - 8/15/11

Conflicting reports on arrest of top PKK member in Iran
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, announced today that his earlier statements to ISNA regarding the arrest of the number-two top member of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Iran. - 8/15/11

A Christian Plot for Domination?
Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout-both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world. -Daily Beast - 8/15/11

Iran says India has paid two thirds of oil debt
Iranian Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani said on Monday India has paid off two thirds of its oil debt to Iran. Iranian Central bank Governor denied media reports of similar payment problems with China and South Korea. "We are not facing any problems in this regard," he said. - 8/15/11

Iran accepts Russia's "step by step" plan for nuclear talks
Iran has agreed to Russia's "step by step" plan to resume nuclear talks with the West, Iranian MP Hossein Naghavi Hosseini told Iran's Reporters Club. -Zamaneh - 8/15/11

An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends
In 1991, when Mr. Hussein crushed a Shiite uprising in the south and attempted to carry out a genocide against the Kurds in the north, the Rajavis and their army joined his forces in mowing down fleeing Kurds. -New York Times - 8/15/11

Californian sentenced in Iran missile parts case
A US judge sentenced an Iranian national Monday to more than four years in prison for plotting to export radio equipment and components for anti-tank missiles from the United States to Iran. -AFP - 8/15/11

Iranian family drama in US cinemas
Iranian feature film "Nader and Simin, a Separation" directed by Asghar Farhadi would start screening in the US cinemas early October. The Film which has been screened since early June in France is amongst the 10 best selling movies in the European country. -ISNA - 8/14/11

"Nader and Simin" back in favor for Oscar race
Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed film "Nader and Simin, a Separation" is once again in the spotlight within the community of the Iranian cineastes after the issue of selecting Iran's representative for the Oscars 2012 was broached last week. - Mehr - 8/14/11

Iranian Films Line up for Montreal Festival
Several Iranian films and documentaries have found ways into the 35th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival that runs from August 18 to 28. -CHN - 8/14/11

Art Against Tyranny
Our great problem is the difficulty in linking those who produce thoughts and ideas, with a population bombarded with a populist regime's non-stop propaganda. With full force, the government prevents the forging of links between leading intellectuals and producers of thought, and the people. - Roozonline - 8/14/11

Photos: Students hold demo in Tehran over crackdown in UK
A number of students held a demonstration outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Sunday to denounce the police crackdown of protesters in Britain and to express support to the deprived people in the country. - Mehr - 8/14/11

British Police Intensify Clampdown on Social Networking Websites
Despite London's claims about supporting freedom of expression, the British police have arrested three internet users as part of a broader clampdown on social networking sites under security excuses. -FARS - 8/14/11

Iran basketballers win Jones Cup for 3rd time
Iran basketball team on Sunday won the 2011 William Jones Cup invitational tournament in Taipei after beating South Korea. - Mehr - 8/14/11

Bushehr power plant to be connected to national grid by Aug. 30
Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Director Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani has said that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be connected to the national grid by the end of the holy month of Ramadan (August 31) - Mehr - 8/14/11

Iran accepts Russia's "step by step" plan
Iran has agreed to Russia's "step by step" plan to resume nuclear talks with the West, Iranian MP Hossein Naghavi Hosseini told Iran's Reporters Club. -RadioZamaneh - 8/14/11

Bashar Assad's Difficult Days
Syria's position has been shattered. A quick look at the position other leaders take in regards to this country is proof of this. The UN Secretary General claims, "Bashar Assad has lost his humanity." The UN Secretary General is trying to take a moderate position, but with this statement, Syria's downgrading of its international position is proven - 8/14/11

Iranian Rudaki Symphony Orchestra Closed
The Rudaki Symphony Orchestra was shut down due to financial issues. No official comment has been made. - CHN - 8/13/11

Photos: Iranian police destroying satellite dishes
Iranian police have launched special operation to dismantle satellite dishes all over the country, Entering houses and seizing the Receivers and destroying the Dishes - 8/13/11

Iran's Haddadi secures William Jones Basketball Cup final berth
The length and superiority of Hamed Haddadi finally caught up with Smart Gilas Pilipinas. A plodding behemoth at 7-foot-2, Haddadi was an immovable roadblock in the paint as Fiba Asia champion Iran demolished the Philippines, 78-59, in the semifinals of the William Jones Cup Saturday night at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium. - 8/13/11

Israelis brace for mass demonstrations
Organizers of the Israeli protests movement have called for yet another mass demonstration against the rising house prices and social inequalities. -PressTV - 8/13/11

Iranian companies present at European game fair
Seven Iranian computer game firms are participating in Gamescom 2011, a leading European game industry fair, which is currently underway in Cologne. - MehrNews - 8/13/11

Iran, AIDS and the Alaei Brothers
Although the Iranian government does not often admit the scope of the HIV/AIDS problem in Iran (it usually admits to about 21,000 cases), estimates are that the total number of Iranians infected with the deadly virus is between 60,000 and 100,000 individuals. - VOA - 8/13/11

Faezeh Hashemi to be put on trial on Sunday
Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of Expediency Council head Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, will be put on trial on Sunday August 14. - RadioZamaneh - 8/13/11

A Lifetime Quest to Finish a Monumental Encyclopedia of Iran
Ralph Ellison wrote for 40 years without finishing his novel "Juneteenth." Antoni Gaudi labored 43 years on the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, but construction continues today. And in the annals of grand quixotica, Ehsan Yarshater also deserves a prominent chapter - NewYorkTimes - 8/13/11

Photos: Bam Citadel, 8 Years After Quake
On December 26, 2003, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, along with much of the rest of Bam and its environs. A few days after the earthquake, the then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced that the Citadel would be rebuilt. However, this architecture jewel has been ignored and neglected. The pace of reconstruction has been very slow; almost eight years after the quake, much works remains to be done. -Hamid Sadeghi - 8/12/11

Iran continues to target critical journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about a rise in the number of imprisoned journalists in Iran and the continuing deterioration of their health. In recent days, Iranian authorities increased a prominent journalist's prison term by two years and arrested a critical journalist who had just finished serving a prison sentence. - 8/12/11

Experts Warn Delisting Iranian Terror Group Would Carry Damaging Repercussions
An expert panel convened today (August 4) to discuss the potential repercussions of an pending decision by the State Department regarding the terrorist designation of the Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organization. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to issue her decision on the group's designation imminently. - 8/12/11

Another Iranian political prisoner in critical condition
Iranian political prisoner Ghassem Sholeh Saadi is in critically poor health and is being denied medical care, opposition media report. The Kaleme website reports that Evin Prison physicians have declared that Sholeh Saadi is not fit to serve out his sentence, but prison authorities refuse to attend to his case. - 8/12/11

Hard-Line Iranian Media Demonize Western 'Cultural Threat'
The hard-line daily newspapers "Kayhan" and "Resalat" have called for a new round of "media purification" in Iran. The two dailies were responding to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's characterization of the "cultural invasion" of the country's media by the West as the "key threat" to the Islamic republic. - 8/12/11

Iran finishes 6th in FIVB Junior World Championship
Iran finished at sixth place in the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship after being beaten 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10) by host Brazil at Maracanazinho Gymnasium. - 8/12/11

Turkish Pipeline Explosion Interrupts Gas Flow from Iran
An explosion at an oil pipeline in Turkey has interrupted gas flow from neighboring Iran. Oil pipelines along the Iran-Turkey border have seen a series of recent explosions. - 8/12/11

Iran Naming Street After American Activist
Iran is naming a street in Tehran after an American activist who was killed during a 2003 protest against Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes. - 8/12/11

Azerbaijan Protests Iranian Official's 'Irresponsible' Statements
The Iranian Embassy in Baku issued a press release today denying that Firouzabadi made the statements attributed to him. It said the reports are "a media misunderstanding." - 8/12/11

Iran and Saudi Arabia's Wrestling Match
The ongoing diplomatic confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia resembles a wrestling match between long-time rivals who cannot pin the other down for long enough to actually win. -Huffington Post - 8/12/11

Syria Clouds Turkey's Sunny Parade With Iran
They were once seen as bitter foes, but friendship with Syria and Iran has become a staple of Turkey's foreign policy in recent years. Now, however, that approach -- a vital plank of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's "zero problems with neighbors" philosophy -- is under threat, courtesy of Syria's brutal crackdown on antigovernment demonstrators that has killed an estimated 2,000 people in recent months. -RFE - 8/11/11

Iran: Prison Visit With Activist Lawyer Ends In Detention And Physical Abuse of Family
Reza Khandan, husband of imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, talked to International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about his five-hour detention along with his two children and his sister-in-law, during a recent visit with Sotoudeh. - 8/11/11

They Keep My Father In Prison For His Criticism of Khamenei, Says Son of Imprisoned Iranian Journalist
Mehdi Saharkhiz, son of journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who is currently serving his three-year prison term, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his father has been sentenced to an additional two years in prison. "The new ruling against him is like the other ones. It displays the personal animosity of Mr. Khamenei against my father for his criticisms of Khamenei." - 8/11/11

NPC Outraged at Jailing of Iranian Blogger and His Mother
National Press Club President Mark Hamrick expressed outrage Wednesday at reports that Kouhyar Goudarzi, an Iranian blogger, and his mother have been imprisoned in Iran. - 8/11/11

In new affront, authorities say they will bury an Iranian Baha'i as a Muslim
In an outrageous new incident of religious discrimination, authorities in the city of Tabriz, Iran, have refused to allow Baha'is to bury a relative in accordance with Baha'i law - and instead have promised to entomb the deceased woman without a coffin under Muslim rites. - 8/11/11

Martial Arts Expert Leaves Iran Rather Than Train Basij
Iranian martial arts expert Ahmad Fouladizadeh says he has left the country rather than agree to train Basij volunteer paramilitaries and plainclothes police how to neutralize participants in street protests - 8/11/11

Iran top commander warnsAzerbaijan's Aliyev not to suppress people's awakening
The Chairman of Iranian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi warned Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev not to crack down on people's awakening. - 8/11/11

Mohsen Shidfar: 1928-2011
The former vice minister of Iran's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance passed away July 31 in Los Angeles after battling cancer. Mohsen Shidfar, born in Tehran in February 1928, was a successful private businessman and entrepreneur turned public employee in the Shah's regime. -Grace Nasri - 8/11/11

Iranian president warns against "social explosion in the West"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the British government in light of the recent riots in London. Since Friday, those riots have shaken the British capital and have now spread to other British cities. - 8/11/11

Iran: Four sentenced to death for gang rape
The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reports that Gholamreza Ansari, the head of the Esfahan Justice Department, told a press conference today that four of the accused in this case have been sentenced to death for rape and will be hanged in public in Khomeinishahr. - 8/11/11

Ahmadinejad appears to have done a deal with the Guards
It is not obvious why Ahmadinejad gave the oil ministry to a leading opponent. Some analysts see the appointment as Ahmadinejad surrendering to the authority of Parliament and the Supreme Leader, or to the growing power of the Guards. But others see the appointment as a plan by the president to get the Guards on his side... -Francis Matthew, Gulf News - 8/11/11

The campaign to blame Iran for downed U.S. chopper
Two media outlets air the baseless claim that Iran helped shoot down the SEALs' helicopter over the weekend -Salon - 8/11/11

The West Cannot Afford A Fully Independent Iran
Iranicum has conducted an interview with the Iranian political analyst, Shirin Shafaie, on the recent EU sanctions and international coercive policies against Iran and the ongoing nuclear dispute between Iran and the West. -By: Ali S. Rad - 8/10/11

Jailed Iranian Journalists Sound 'Tyranny' Alarm Bell
Fourteen jailed journalists are warning the Iranian public of grave societal danger, saying the house arrest of the opposition leaders and their wives is an frightful indication of what's to come. - 8/10/11

4th Annual NOOR Iranian Film Festival Announces Award Winners
Last night, The 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival --an international event that educates the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians through the medium of cinema--presented eight awards for its 2011 line-up of 25 competition films. Each film features a theme about Iran and/or Iranian talent--either in front of or behind the camera. - 8/10/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist In Critical Health
The Jaras opposition website reports that jailed journalist Keyvan Samimi is in critical health, but prison authorities refuse to transfer him to hospital for the necessary treatment. Jaras reports that Samimi has developed liver complications that could prove fatal. - 8/10/11

Big changes for Iranian schoolbooks to combat "soft war"
Iran's Minister of Education says school textbooks will be altered in the new academic year in order to strike back at the so-called "soft war." ILNA reports that Education Minister Mohammad Hajibabayi said: "School textbooks will undergo fundamental changes this year." - 8/10/11

Baha'is In Iran 'Summoned' To Intelligence Ministry
Dozens of Baha'is in cities across Iran are reported to have been summoned to the Intelligence Ministry in recent weeks because of their activities in the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/10/11

Iran Knows How To End The Violence In London
Following three days of riots in London, Iranian lawmaker Hossein Ebrahimi has told the semi-official Fars news agency that parliament is ready to send a human rights delegation to Britain to investigate human rights abuses, while Iran's Foreign Ministry has called on the U.K. government to listen to the demands of the protesters. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/10/11

Persian Fusion Jazz in San Francisco
Sunday August 14: A fusion band of Flamenco and traditional Persian music, Mezghoon Ensemble is a newly formed band with Mima Goodarz (vocals) and Emad Bonakdar (composer). - 8/10/11

Iran seeks fair price for oil: Oil Minister
He emphasized on the 'critical role' of Iran in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and referred to some specific policies of Saudi Arabia for meeting interests of western oil consuming countries, saying, "Saudi Arabia isn't the whole OPEC. Iran and other member states of OPEC should play a more active role in the group. - 8/10/11

Iranian group's big-money push to get off US terrorist list
A roster of influential former US officials is speaking at rallies in support of removing the MEK, an Iranian opposition group with a violent anti-American history, from the US terrorist list. A decision is expected within weeks. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 8/10/11

PJAK kills 5 Iranian security forces: Official
Five Iranian security forces have been killed when their vehicle was ambushed by members of the terrorist group of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in northwest Iran, an official says. - 8/10/11

Booming Georgian Resort Lures Black Sea Tourists
During the Soviet period, Batumi was the end of the line, only 15 kilometers before a closed border with Turkey, But now, neutrality pays off for Georgia. Armenians and Azeris, Iranians and Israelis, Ukrainians and Turks, all fly here visa-free to vacation in this port on the eastern shores of the Black Sea. -James Brooke, VOA - 8/10/11

Iranian Activists Warn That MKO Delisting Would Send Negative Signal To Iranians
Iranians hardly ever agree on anything. But there's at least one thing on which most Iranians share a common view, and that is their dislike of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/9/11

Zahra's Paradise: A graphic novel about the post 2009 election protests in Iran
Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra's Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic's gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. -Amir and Khalil - 8/9/11

Iranian authorities investigate murder of former lawmaker's daughter
Bagherinejadianfard waLocal soft drink brand tries to carve its niche in Arab markets a 28-year-old student of industrial engineering at Elm-o- Sanaat University in Tehran, a supporter of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, and the daughter of a former reformist MP. - 8/9/11

Jailed Iranian journalist returns to prison
Jailed Iranian journalist, Ahmad Zeidabadi has been returned to prison after being granted a 48-hour furlough. Zeidabadi's furlough was extended for an additional 24 hours on Saturday, and last night he was returned to Rejaishahr Prison. - 8/9/11

Iran advises UK not to use violence against protesters
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday advised the British government to exercise self-restraint and refrain from using violence against protesters. Mehmanparast called on the British government to refrain from taking any violent action when dealing with protesters and to take their demands into consideration. - 8/9/11

Iran: Prison Authorities Deny Use Of Torture
The head of the Iranian Prisons Organization has dismissed recent statements about the use of torture in prisons as "absurd lies." Esmaili went on to deny the existence of unofficial prisons in Iran saying: "There are no secret prisons or detention centres under the administration of the Prisons Organization." - 8/9/11

Iran upsets UAE in Taipei basketball tournament
Iran defeated the UAE in the 2011 William Jones Cup invitational tournament in Taipei. Defending champion Iran beat the UAE 84-55 at the Sinjhuang Stadium on Tuesday. Iran is scheduled to face Malaysia on Wednesday. - 8/9/11

Iran's Irreversible Path in Syria
We cover the resistance of people in Yemen and Libya, but we say nothing about Syria. However, the future of all three will be the same, since the time for reform has passed in Syria. Therefore we should be skeptical about the continuation of Bashar Al-Assad's regime. -Dr. Ali Bigdeli, Iranian Diplomacy - 8/9/11

Two Iranian Tankers sail to India after $1.4B Payment
Two oil tankers are sailing to India's west coast from Iran after New Delhi paid 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to partially clear debt on its purchases via the mediation of a Turkish lender, Bloomberg reported. - 8/9/11

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi: The Two Forgotten Men
With such an oppressive atmosphere in most of Iran's big cities, few ordinary Iranians have had time to think or care much about the fate of opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hussein Mousavi, who along with their wives, have been living under house arrest for more than five months. -Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, Huffington Post - 8/9/11

Iran Restarts Oil Swap with Caspian Sea Countries
The Islamic Republic of Iran has resumed oil swaps with Caspian Sea countries and will deliver the first cargo to buyers in the Persian Gulf in the next 20 days, the National Iranian Oil Company's official has said. - 8/9/11

Reporting on war: Women in the line of fire
Dorothy Parvaz remembers just how she felt being hauled by a handful of hair from a car where she'd been wedged between two armed men. She recalls the sensation of standing in a tiny cell - its walls and the floors sticky with blood. -The National - 8/9/11

Iran's Shadow Diplomacy
To engage successfully with Iran on Afghanistan, it is crucial that US policymakers understand the parallel tracks of Tehran's foreign policy. They must recognize that it is possible to work with Tehran where their interests cohere, even as they seek to counter it at other points. -Erin Fitzgerald, Huffington Post - 8/9/11

Photos: Travelers Enjoying Lake Oroumieh
These days lake Oroumieh is going through tough times with experts warning that natural factors, coupled with human activity, would cause Lake Oroumiehto dry up in the near future if nothing is done. However, summer travelers and some local people still prefer to spend their leisure time by the lake. -Esfandiar Asgharkhani - 8/8/11

Iran plans to send indigenous satellite into space
Iran intends to launch another locally-made satellite into space to be placed at an altitude of approximately 36,000 km above the earth. The student satellite said to be the best home-made one in the country is built by students of Iranian prestigious Sharif University of Technology. - 8/8/11

Iran's New Oil minister recommends more IRGC involvement in economy
Newly appointed Minister of Oil Rostam Ghassemi says Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps construction base, Khatam-ol-Nabia, should turn away from small- and medium-scale economic projects and instead look to replace strangled foreign investment. - 8/8/11

PJAK Leader Offers To Lay Down Arms And Negotiate With Iran
Haji Ahmadi acknowledged that in some cases compromise is inevitable and indicated that PJAK is willing to lay down its arms. He said fighting may not help Kurds secure political and cultural rights in Iran. "We have to find a political and peaceful solution," Haji Ahmadi said. "If we fight each other for hundreds of years and kill dozens of each others' fighters, we will not be able to eliminate them (Iran) nor will they be able get rid of us." - 8/8/11

Mousavi Khoeini: Reformers Goal is to Keep the Regime
Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Khoeini, the secretary general of the pro-reform Association of Combatant Clerics (Majmae Rohaniyoon Mobarez) has said that the goal of the reformists is to "keeping the Islamic Republic," rather than working around or outside it. -Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah, Rooz - 8/8/11

Iranian Envoy: Rapid Release of US Nationals Unlikely
Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayeefar dismissed the possibility for the rapid release of the three American nationals who have been detained by Iranian security forces after crossing the country's borders with Iraq illegally in July 2009. - 8/8/11

Iran Youth Volleyball Team Blanks Spain
Iranian volleyball player Saeed Shiroud Qorbani (15) attacks the double block of Spain in the country's last match in the second round in the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil on August 7. - 8/8/11

Iran discovers gas field worth $133 billion
A new gas field containing around 495 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 658 million barrels of gas condensates, roughly valued at 133 billion dollars, has been discovered at Assalouyeh in south Iran, the NIOC managing director announced here on Monday. - 8/8/11

Iran Exports $90.8 Million Carpets in Q1
The Commercial Deputy for The Islamic Republic of Iran's National Carpet Center said during the first quarter of this year $90.8 million Persian Carpets were exported abroad. - 8/8/11

Iran's ICT industry held back by the lack of 3G
Despite a difficult operating environment and various restrictions on the operators' ability to develop their infrastructure, Iran has one of the highest SIM penetrations in the Middle East, reaching 98.27 per cent at end-1Q11. - 8/8/11

Do women without kidneys mean children without future?
Why Iran is one of the leading countries in kidney trade? Why every year thousands of people come into the country for a transplant? Is it because a lot of our fellow citizens in search of money come to the black market, where prices for body are several times higher, and sell their kidney and thus their health? -Amir Mostafavi, RealIran - 8/8/11

Iran Arrests 17 Youths Over New Water Fight
A senior judicial official in Iran says police have arrested 17 boys and girls over a water fight at a seaside park in the southern part of the country. - 8/7/11

Gender segregation underway in 20 Iranian universities
Twenty Iranian universities have announced that in the coming academic year, 40 departments will begin accepting only one gender of student. - 8/7/11

Iranian young wrestlers win Asian championship
The Iranian team clinched the wrestling championship after four years. The team claimed five gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes and scored 90 points in the event. - 8/7/11

Iranian opposition leader Karroubi advises son not to flee
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has urged his son to refrain from leaving the country, assuring him that the "harsh and difficult times" will come to an end. Hossein Karroubi, the son of the detained opposition leader, has published his father's letter on his Facebook page. - 8/7/11

Simorq Orchestra to perform in Netherland
Saturday Oct 08 -- Before Sam, the son of Neriman and hero of heroes in Iran, could rejoice in the birth of his son Zaal, he noticed that the little boy, who was as handsome as the sun, had white hair! No one dared say to Sam that his beautiful wife had brought a child into the world who was an old man. - 8/7/11

The allegation that Iran is developing nuclear weapons is a mirage
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam: There is no evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. No IAEA report, not even national intelligence agencies hostile to the Iranian state such as the CIA and the Mossad in Israel have provided any evidence to that end. So the nuclear weapons allegation is a political mirage, a tactical manoeuvre to outflank Iran on other matters. - 8/7/11

General Jafari: IRGC should be driving force on the economic front
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander has said that the IRGC should press on with its leading role in steering the country through sanctions and foreign pressure. - 8/7/11

Syrian Army Launches New Deadly Raids
Activists in Syria say army troops backed by tanks have attacked a central town and parts of an eastern city, killing at least 24 people. - 8/7/11

Coalition Helicopter Goes Down in Afghanistan Killing 38
A NATO helicopter has gone down in Eastern Afghanistan. The international coalition confirms the crash but did not give a cause. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says 31 U.S. Special Forces troops and 7 Afghan troops died in the crash. An investigation has begun. - 8/7/11

Iran makes its biggest ever seizure of opium
Kerman police chief Hossein Chenarian said the drugs cargo consists of 8,685 kilograms of opium which was seized near the city of Kerman. - 8/7/11

Iran: Daughter of former reformist lawmaker murdered
The daughter of a former Kazeroon MP was kidnapped in Tehran last week, and 24 hours later her body was found near Shahr-e Rey, the Aftab news website reports. In the controversial 2009 presidential elections, Mohammadbagher Bagherinajadianfard supported Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader who is now under house arrest. - 8/6/11

Photos: The underprivileged villagers in Kerman
The underprivileged people of Kahnouj and Ghaleh Jang villages located in Iran's Kerman province grapple with unemployment and poverty. The living conditions in these villages is very primitive. The villagers suffer from lack of safe drinking water and other basic amenities. - 8/6/11

Iranian University Drops 13 Humanities Majors
Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran, a top Iranian university, has eliminated 13 branches of the humanities, leaving only six branches of humanities studies for students to pursue in the coming academic year. - 8/6/11

Iran's Junior Volleyball Team Defeated By US
A scene from the match between the youth volleyball teams of Iran and the United States at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5. - 8/6/11

Kiarostami's films to be screened in homeland
Iran has plans to screen two films by Abbas Kiarostami, most of whose films have never been allowed to premiere in Iran, in the near future. "Shirin" and "Certified Copy", Kiarostami's two productions that were denied a screening license by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, are due to be cleared for public screening. - 8/6/11

Interview: Turkish Ambassador Says Syria Of 'Great Concern'
Turkey's ambassador to the Czech Republic, Cihad Erginay, visited RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague. RFE/RL correspondent Robert Tait spoke to the ambassador about regional issues, domestic affairs, and relations between Turkey and the EU. - 8/6/11

Iran's Foreign Minister Expresses Hope for Jailed US Hikers
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that two Americans imprisoned in Tehran on spying charges will be freed soon. - 8/6/11

Basketball: Philippines stuns defending champion Iran in Jones Cup
Iran basketball team on Saturday was beaten by the Philippines in its opening game of the 2011 William Jones Cup tournament. The Philippines, headed by former Iran team coach Rajko Toroman, beat Iran 73-59 in New Taipei City. - 8/6/11

Iran's rich eat ice cream covered in gold as poor struggle to survive
Gold-flecked ice cream wasn't part of the picture that Shiite Muslim clerics painted during the Iranian Revolution, when they promised to lift the poor by distributing the country's vast oil income equally across society. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 8/6/11

Iranian MP Challenges Award For Jailed Journalist
MP Fatemeh Alia says it is an "insult" to the people of Iran that jailed Iranian journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi is the 2011 recipient of the Hellman-Hammett award. Amouyi was sentenced to five years in prison and is being held under very restrictive conditions, often denied visits from his family. - 8/6/11

Banned Student Rejects Charges For Interviewing and Showing the 'V' Sign
Amir Sheibanizadeh, a Mashad student who was banned from continuing his university education, talked to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about his trial session, held on Monday, 1 August. - 8/5/11

Persian Letters: The Little Boy Who Spoke The Truth On Iran's State TV
His first name is Farnood. He looks about 5 years old. No one knows his last name. But no matter, as he's now being referred to as "Farnood the Truthful" -- and he has turned into an online phenomenon. During a children's show recently aired live on Iran's state television, a group of young participants were asked what kind of activities they perform on their own. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/5/11

Iran: Public Letter to Supreme Leader about Torture in Prison Brings Abdollah Momeni New Trial Instead of Justice
Fatemeh Adinehvand, wife of student activist and political prisoner Abdollah Momeni: "The last time I visited Abdollah on Monday, 25 July, he told me that he had been summoned to court the previous week because of his letter to the Supreme Leader, and that his charges include 'propagating lies' and 'creating public anxiety.'" - 8/5/11

U.S. Silent on Iranian Raids Against Kurdish Terror Group
According to an Iranian source who has been reliable in the past and who spoke on condition of anonymity, U.S. forces observed the fighting from the air and did nothing to stop it. In fact, the source said, "There was good coordination [between Iran and the United States] to destroy this terrorist organisation." -Barbara Slavin, IPS - 8/5/11

Iranian wrestlers finish 2nd in Asian championship
Iranian youth Greco-Roman wrestlers finished at the second place in the 2011 Asian Wrestling Championship. The Iranian team won three gold medals, four silvers and two bronzes and scored 86 points. Kyrgyzstan claimed the tile with 87 points. - 8/5/11

Ahmadinejad gives interview on opposition, recent disputes
In an interview with euronews network, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the Iranian judiciary as an independent organ free of political interference, adding that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have their issues with the judiciary. - 8/5/11

Iran has banned a Ramadan song by Shajarian
For 30 years people in Iran have broken their day of fasting during Ramadan to a song by the country's most popular traditional music singer Mohammadreza Shajarian. -BBC - 8/5/11

Turkey Says Farewell To The Generals
The impotence of the army -- an institution that once made and broke Turkish governments -- was amply demonstrated on July 29 when its four top commanders, including the chief of staff, General Isik Kosaner, resigned in protest at the detention of 250 fellow officers accused of plotting to topple the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. -Robert Tait, RFE - 8/5/11

Blaze at Iran oil pipeline contained
Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire that raged for more than ten hours after an oil pipeline exploded in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan. - 8/5/11

Iranian terrorist group has close US allies
The Mujahedin-e Khalq, which the US designates a terrorist group, has the backing of prominent American conservatives. -Jasmin Ramsey, Aljazeera - 8/5/11

Medvedev Warns Assad of 'Sad Fate' if Syria Does Not Reform
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, faces a "sad fate" if he fails to introduce promised reforms in response to a four-month-old opposition uprising. - 8/5/11

Largest SP phase operational by Oct. 2012: Iranian Official
IRNA news agency quoted Mousa Souri as saying that, "the 12th phase of the South Pars gas field has the capacity to produce 84 million cubic meters of sour gas per day." Known as the world's largest gas field, South Pars holds an estimated 50.97 trillion cubic meters of in situ gas and some 50 billion barrels of condensates. - 8/5/11

Iranian president talks to euronews
Faced with a growing power-struggle and political isolation in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck an unusually moderate tone in an exclusive interview with euronews, answering questions on internal and foreign controversies generated by his leadership. - 8/5/11

British Companies Trading With Iran Hidden by U.K. to Avert U.S. Sanctions
The U.K. government is determined to keep secret British companies that applied to sell goods with potential military uses to Iran, saying international banks are under U.S. pressure to drop them as clients. -Bloomberg - 8/5/11

Appeal For Action: Iranian Prisoners In Need Of Medical Care
At least nine Iranian prisoners with serious health problems are being held in prison in Iran. Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to ensure adequate healthcare is provided to Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, Isa Saharkhiz, Ayatollah Boroujerdi, Zahra Jabbari, Kourosh Kohkan, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki, Ahmad Zeidabadi, Sa'id Metinpour and Heshmatollah Tabarzadi - 8/4/11

A Decade After 9/11: Middle Eastern American Youth
It has been a decade since 9/11. For many young Middle Eastern Americans, the post 9/11 atmosphere is virtually all they've known. They've been harassed in school. They've been bothered in their communities. Few of them have had the confidence, knowledge, and strength to stand up for themselves against the attacks. - Arman Carter - 8/4/11

A Decade of Interference in Elections: Dispatch of IRGC's Political Messengers Across Iran
After Basij militia commander Mohammad-Reza Naghdi announced a program to enlighten the public for "electing the best", senior authorities in Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have dispatched thousands of "political messengers" across the country to influence public opinion and consequently the upcoming elections. -Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 8/4/11

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2011 Article IV Consultation with the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iran has started implementing a major subsidy reform by raising sharply the prices of energy and agricultural products in December 2010, removing close to US$60 billion dollars (about 15 percent of GDP) in annual product subsidies. The subsidy reform is expected to increase efficiency and competitiveness of the economy, improve income distribution, reduce poverty, and help Iran unlock its full growth potential. - 8/4/11

Iran Youth Advance in World Volleyball Championship
Iran's youth volleyball team has advanced to the second round of the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship in Brazil with a victory over Belgium. The team's 3-1 victory over Belgium at the Caio Martins Hall in Niteroi propelled it to the second round of the games on Wednesday. - 8/4/11

Iranian Academic Charged As 'Enemy Of God' Brands Court Illegal
A former chancellor of Tehran University charged with waging war against God has told the court hearing his case that it is illegal, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 8/4/11

5th Anniversary of Radio Zamaneh's Launch
Radio Zamaneh the Persian language, progressive, unbiased, non-discriminatory source of news, analysis and opinion announces the fifth anniversary of its launch. - 8/4/11

Mossad Behind Assassination of Iranian Academic: Der Spiegel
The German weekly Der Spiegel reports that Israel's Mossad intelligence service is behind the assassination of Daryoush Rezainejad, the Iranian academic who was shot to death last week. - 8/4/11

PAAIA's Passing the Torch of Success in Washington DC adds Two Additional Notable Honorees
The Washington DC Chapter of PAAIA is pleased to honor two additional accomplished Iranian Americans at its Passing the Torch of Success Event on Sunday, September 18, 2011. - 8/4/11

Iranian Envoy Says US Hikers May Be Freed Soon
An Iranian ambassador says the U.S. hikers who have been detained in the country for two years on spying charges may be released "very soon." In an interview with the Associated Press Thursday, Hassan Dannaie Fir, Iran's envoy to Iraq, says the "general atmosphere" is that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will be freed from prison shortly. - 8/4/11

Iranians Made Up Over 7 Percent of Turkey's Tourists During the First Half of This Year
The data revealed that 915,386 Iranian tourists visited Turkey during the first half of this year which makes up 7.03 percent of Turkey's total visitors. - 8/4/11

Iran, Where A Water Fight Can Land You In Prison
It sounds absurd, but sadly it's the reality in the Islamic Republic of Iran where, among other things, having a bit of fun can also land one in prison. The young women and men had gathered last week in a Tehran park, ironically named the Garden of Water and Fire, and splashed water at each other. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 8/3/11

Iran: Dissident Religious Scholar in Prison Once Again
Marzieh Pasdar, wife of religious scholar Ahmad Ghabel, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Ghabel was taken to Mashad's Vakilabad Prison on Sunday, 31 July to start serving his sentence. - 8/3/11

New UN Special Rapporteur on Iran calls on the Government for full co-operation with his mandate
The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, appealed to the Iranian government to extend its full co-operation with his mandate as required by the UN Human Rights Council. - 8/3/11

Baha'is Arrested In Several Iranian Cities
Iranian state media have reported the arrests of an unspecified number of Baha'is in cities across the country, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Arrests were reported in Tehran, Karaj, Esfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Yasouj, and Larestan. - 8/3/11

Iran Parliament Approves Nominees For Four Ministerial Posts
Of the 245 MPs present for the Majlis session on Wednesday, 216 lawmakers voted in favor of Rostam Qasemi's appointment as oil minister, 22 voted against, and 7 abstained. Qasemi is the director of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Base, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' construction contractor. - 8/3/11

Iranian documentary "A Crime in Silence" wins Italy Sole Luna fest Best Award
Iranian film "A Crime in Silence" directed by Behrouz Nouranipour scored the Best Documentary Award at16th Sole Luna International Film Festival in the Italian city of Palermo. The film manifests the destructive effects of war on people's lives. - 8/3/11

Persian Music Concert in Santa Monica: The Art of Improvisation
Sunday August 7: Persian Arts Society presents: The Art of Improvisation by Sohrab Pournazeri and Shahab Paranj - 8/3/11

Iran: Three Kurdish Literary and Cultural Figures Arrested
A human rights activist in the Kurdistan Province told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that last week three literary and cultural figures of Gilanegharb were arrested by security forces and transferred to the Kermanshah Intelligence office. - 8/3/11

Iran loses to Serbia in World Junior Volleyball Championship‎
Serbia came back from two sets down to defeat Iran in the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship on Wednesday. The Serbian volleyball team beat Iran 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 30-28, 25-18, 15-13) in Pool D at the Caio Martins Hall in Niteroi, Brazil. - 8/3/11

Former Iranian president commends acid victim's act of mercy
Khatami went on to ask: "Is it possible to learn from Amaneh in the political and social arena and respond to crisis with peace and resolve conflicts with regard for one another and respect for one's rights without pride, especially among those who are more powerful?" - 8/3/11

Iran exporting gasoline, diesel fuel to neighboring countries
NIORDC Managing Director Alireza Zeighami said that Iraq, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are now importing or have called for the importation of gasoline and diesel fuel from Iran, the Fars News Agency reported. - 8/3/11

Iraq to Negotiate Possible US Troop Extension
Iraq's political leaders have agreed to allow the government to negotiate a possible deal with the U.S. that would keep American troops in the country on a training mission lasting beyond the end of 2011, when they are due to withdraw. - 8/3/11

Blink of an Eye: Is Ahmadinejad's Romance with the West Over?
The embarrassment just doesn't stop for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's beleaguered President. Even before this past weekend, when a third Iranian nuclear scientist was murdered in as many years, gunned down in front of his house in what critics are calling a major security failure, the President's prospects were dimming rapidly. -Azadeh Moaveni, TIME - 8/3/11

Tehran Prosecutor's Illegal Actions Against Political Prisoners Should be Stopped
Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, has turned the absolute legal rights of Iranian political prisoners, imprisoned journalists, and prisoners of conscience into special privileges that can only be granted a prisoner upon Mr. Dolatabadi's decision. In order to use these absolute and legal rights, families of political prisoners have to pursue them vigorously and to pass many administrative and bureaucratic hurdles in order to secure the Prosecutor's permission. -Mehrangiz Kar - 8/2/11

Volleyball: Iran's strong attack stops Canada
Niteroi, Brazil, August 1, 2011 - Iran and Canada began their participation in the FIVB Volleyball Men's Junior World Championship Brazil 2011 on Monday at the Niteroi venue. Even though Canada had many family and friends attending for support, Iran won 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20). - 8/2/11

Exhibition: With The Passage Of Time
AB PROJECTS Zurich showcases Iranian artist Samira Alikhanzadeh. Old photographs and the play with colors and mirror fragments are characteristic of the series "With the Passage of Time". The single mirror elements open the art work to its surrounding and create a dialogue between the observer and the work. - 8/2/11

12th Iranian Festival in Portland, Oregon
Saturday, August 6, 2011: Once again, the annual Portland Iranian festival is upon us. This is a great opportunity to spend a few hours together, enjoy a beautiful summer day with friends and families, listen to lively Iranian music, dance, play games, taste delicious Iranian cuisines, and more. - 8/2/11

Iran Wins Poland Wrestling Tourney
In the two-day competition, Iranian wrestlers won two gold medals and three bronzes and finished at first place with 61 points. Turkey came second with 53 points, followed by Poland (51 points), Bulgaria (41 points) and Russia (39 points) - 8/2/11

Iranian archers heading to U.S.
Iran's archery teams left Tehran on Monday to take part in the 3rd Stage of the Archery World Cup which will be held in Ogden, the U.S. Iran teams consist of 13 men and women archers who will compete in recurve and compound events. - 8/2/11

Iran, Russia to discuss 'step-by-step' proposal on nuclear program
Russian Security Council Secretary Nicolai Patrushev is scheduled to pay a visit to Tehran on August 15, reportedly to discuss the "step-by-step" approach toward Iran's nuclear program. - 8/2/11

Photos: Injured Eagle Rescued by Animal-Lovers and Kolbeh Suregons in Karaj, Iran
An eagle that had been shot and injured with a broken left leg, was rescued by Iranian environmentalists and animal-lovers. The eagle was taken to Kolbeh Clinic for Animals in Karaj where he was operated on by the surgical staff. After three hours of surgery, the eagle was patched up and is now being kept under observation. -Omid Vahhabzadeh - 8/1/11

Achaemenid palace found in Iran
Archeologists have unearthed an ancient palace dating back to the Achaemenid dynasty in Dahaneh Gholaman located in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. - 8/1/11

Jailed Iranian journalist refused furlough
Siamak Ghaderi, who was arrested last year, worked for more than 18 years at the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) and was dismissed last year for publishing critical views of the government on his weblog, Irna-ye-ma (Our IRNA). - 8/1/11

Iran: What Happened at Khamenei-Majlis Leaders Meeting Last Month
Khamenei: I intended to hold this meeting first thing in the morning, but this did not happen. The incident at yesterday's Majlis session has deeply disturbed me and has raised a serious concern. At times some events require one to seek help from God. My unhappiness is because of the disrespect that was provided to the president. You disrespected the president. - Farhad Alavi, Rooz - 8/1/11

Ahmadinejad administration under fire in Parliament
Reformist MP Daryoush Ghanbari told Mahmoud Ahamdinejad in Parliament today that under his presidency, the people of Iran have become "in debt or unemployed." - 8/1/11

Nominee for Oil Minister Post: Iran's Oil Sector Facing No Vital Challenge
In response to a question about the travel restrictions imposed by the US against him, Qassemi dismissed the issue as "trivial", and stated, "It is the US which has imposed sanction on me and the United States is not an important country." - 8/1/11

Washington's Silk Road Dream
"Historically, the nations of South and Central Asia were connected to each other and the rest of the continent by a sprawling trading network called the Silk Road," Hillary Clinton said during her recent trip to the Indian city of Chennai. "Indian merchants used to trade spices, gems, and textiles, along with ideas and culture, everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the banks of the Bosporus. Let's work together to create a new Silk Road." -Muhammad Tahir, RFE - 8/1/11

Shahrashoob: Persian Classical Music at Santa Clara University
Taghavi is one of the founding members of Goosheh, Seda, and Namad Ensembles with which he has toured throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He is also a founding member of The Sayeh Poetry and Music Society. - 8/1/11

Iranian authorities say gas pipeline bombers killed, arrested
On Friday at 2:10 AM, Iranian pipelines carrying natural gas to Turkey exploded near Makou. The Makou governor announced that there were no casualties from the blast but gas flow to Turkey was halted, as were manufacturing activities in the region. - 8/1/11

Lawyer: Iran Will Announce US Hikers Verdict By Next Week
Attorney Masoud Shafiei made the announcement after Iran held its final court hearing on the case Sunday, exactly two years since Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested on charges that they had illegally crossed into Iran from Iraq. - 8/1/11

Ahmadinejad to Attend UN General Assembly
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. - 8/1/11

China to Join Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project
Pakistan is expected to finalize an engineering and procurement deal with China, which may also provide financing in line with the growing energy cooperation between the two sides. - 8/1/11

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