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An American Woman in Iran: The People
From the architectural wonders of the city of Esfahan to the welcoming nature of Iran's people, Janet Larsen was exposed to a side of Iran not often seen by Westerners. -Globalist - 9/30/05

In Iran, US runner joins the races
Sarah Kureshi was the only American athlete at the 4th Islamic Women Games. The middle-distance runner didn't know what to expect, as the first American female athlete to compete in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. -CSM - 9/30/05

IIPF Congress on Iran nuclear issue: Outlook of five party members
On the sidelines of the Eighth Congress of he Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) here Thursday, Ebrahim Yazdi, Rajabali Mazrouie, Mohammad Tavassoli, Abbas Abdi and Azam Taleqani attended a press conference and expressed their views on the country's nuclear dossier. - 9/30/05

EU wants better ties with Iran
"We still want to see a diplomatic solution. That needs to be very clear. EU wants a better, broader relation with Iran as we have said all along," EU diplomatic sources told journalists in Brussels Friday noon. The Council of EU Foreign Ministers will discuss the Iran nuclear dossier as well as EU-Iran relations in a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. - 9/30/05

Rafsanjani: Iran's nuclear dossier a hard accessible field
An Iranian top cleric on Friday warned Europe and the US that Iran's nuclear dossier is not an easily accessible field. "The field is mined and dangerous, which if you fail to move through properly, you are feared to inflict a dear cost on yourself, the region and the world" - 9/30/05

German firm to build 60-million dollar cultural center in Tehran
A German architectural firm will sign a contract with the Iranian Cultural Institute for Development this week to design a 60-million dollar cultural and commercial center in northern Tehran, the head of the project Dirk Gaedeke told IRNA on Friday. - 9/30/05

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with chief electoral officer, Peter Erben
After almost three decades of conflict and violence, Afghanistan marked its entry back to a civil and lawful rule last October when Hamid Karzai was elected president with a 55 percent majority in a direct poll held across the country. - 9/30/05

AFGHANISTAN: Recent refugee influx ups pressure on aid agencies
The arrival of 21,000 Afghan families from Pakistan over the past six weeks has placed an additional strain on aid agencies in providing adequate humanitarian assistance, representatives say. - 9/30/05

Cuban Terror Case Erodes US Credibility, Critics Say
The decision Tuesday by a U.S. immigration judge in Texas to deny Venezuela's request to extradite Luis Posada Carriles, whom Caracas has dubbed "the Osama bin Laden of Latin America", was greeted with surprise and disappointment by Latin American activists and even some former U.S. officials. -IPS - 9/30/05

Guilty Plea Planned in Secrets Case
A Defense Department analyst charged with passing government secrets to two employees of an influential pro-Israel lobbying group plans to plead guilty at a hearing next week, court officials announced yesterday. -Washington Post - 9/30/05

Whither India-Iran ties?
In the run up to the voting on Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Indian leaders maintained that diplomacy should be given a chance before referring Iran's nuclear activities to the UN Security Council. -BBC - 9/30/05

Public Sceptical About Bush's Democracy Crusade
The U.S. public is deeply sceptical about the priority President George W. Bush has put on promoting democracy abroad, and its experience in Iraq has made it more so, according to a detailed new survey released Thursday by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (CCFR) and the Programme on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) of the University of Maryland. -IPS - 9/30/05

NOWRUZ PROJECT is centerpiece of San Francisco World Music Festival 2005
The San Francisco World Music Festival 2005 will celebrate its Sixth Anniversary with an exciting gathering of some of the most interesting musicians in the world. The centerpiece of Festival 2005 is a specially commissioned world premiere work called NOWRUZ PROJECT, which will premiere on October 2 as an international music experiment and artistic statement for global peace. - 9/29/05

Iranian American Know Your Rights Resolution Gains Cosponsors
Six additional members of Congress have joined H.Res.367 bringing the number of total cosponsors to twelve. Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-7th/NY), Michael Doyle (D-14th/PA), Bob Filner (D-51st/CA), Barney Frank (D-4th/MA), David Price (D-4th/NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-8th/MD) are all new cosponsors of the resolution condemning bigotry, violence and discrimination against Iranian Americans. - 9/29/05

Iranian Government Reverses Course In War On Drugs
For many years Iran attacked these problems by emphasizing supply-interdiction, but in recent years an increasing proportion of the government's counternarcotics budget has gone to demand-reduction. Information from Iran now indicates that the country's counternarcotics strategy is undergoing changes, and corruption and bureaucratic rivalries might affect drug control efforts. - 9/29/05

Iran's tough stance a hit at home
To maximize media impact, Iran's hardline Basiji militia waited hours until the live cameras were rolling to start its pro-nuclear rally Wednesday in front of the British Embassy in Tehran. -CSM - 9/29/05

Creative diplomacy needed to break Iran impasse, says UK daily
A leading British daily called Thursday for "creative diplomacy" to break the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. "It was comforting to hear from (Foreign Secretary) Jack Straw yesterday that military action against Iran is not "on the agenda" of Britain or the US, and that war is "inconceivable," the Guardian said. - 9/29/05

Iran: Holy Cow Statue Discovered in Mazandaran
Archaeological excavations in Gohar Tepe, in Mazandaran province in Iran, has led to the discovery of the remains of the statues of some cows which were most probably used in religious ceremonies. - 9/29/05

US Ambassador to UN Says Reforms Must Move Ahead
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says more remains to be done in reforming the world body in the wake of a U.N. resolution that approved limited reforms. - 9/29/05

Israel-Arab spat at nuclear talks
Israel has described as "cynically motivated" an attempt by Arab countries to declare its alleged nuclear capabilities a menace to peace. -BBC - 9/29/05

Russia Tightens Grip on Armenian Energy Sector
Russia has enhanced its already dominant role in Armenia’s energy sector by buying the country’s electricity grid after years of behind-the-scene maneuvering. -Eurasianet - 9/29/05

Chinese Ambassador: Iran Khodro , Chinese auto-companies should cooperate
Leo Jen Tung added that China is among the largest automobile manufacturing countries and will be the largest car market in the future. Iran neighbors 15 nations which are very wealthy and this ideal situation can be impetus for joint investments in the car industry, he added. - 9/29/05

Tjeknavorian Commemorates Mozart in Iran
Loris Tjeknavorian is appointed by Peter Marboe, secretary of the International Mozart Festival to perform for the 250th anniversary of the great Austrian composer, Mozart, in Tehran. - 9/29/05

Why Iran isn't a global threat
In the past decade, a fundamental shift in Iran's international orientation has enshrined national interest calculations as the defining factor in its approach to the world. Irrespective of the balance of power between conservatives and reformers, Iran's foreign policy is driven by fixed principles that are shared by all of its political elites. -Ray Takeyh, CSM - 9/29/05

Iranian golfer finishes 3rd in Tehran's Fourth International Islamic Women's Games
Women golf players from Pakistan, Brunei and Iran ranked one to third in the Fourth International Islamic Women's Games in Tehran on September 27, 2005. - 9/28/05

U.S. invested political capital against Iran
The Bush administration threatened, cajoled and played every card it held to win a partial victory on Iran's nuclear program before the International Atomic Energy Agency. Looking ahead, though, that was the easy part. -NYT - 9/28/05

World Freestyle Wretling Championships: Iran pits six wrestlers, wins one bronze
Iran took just one bronze at the six-weight World Freestyle Wretling Championships in Budapest, capital of Hungary. - 9/28/05

Iraq calls for expansion of ties with Iran
Iraqi Ambassaor to Tehran Mohammad Sheikh on Wednesday called for expansion of current ties with Iran. Talking to IRNA in an exclusive interview, Sheikh said Iran and Iraq enjoy common grounds for cooperation in most fields and expressed confidence the two Muslim nations would benefit from a promotion of relations. - 9/28/05

From energy to medicine, UN forum discusses innovative uses of nuclear physics
From meeting burgeoning energy needs through innovative technologies to boosting cancer treatment in developing countries, nuclear physics and the United Nations atomic energy agency have a key role to play on the road to sustainable development, an international scientific forum was told today - 9/28/05

End Iraqi Occupation Peace March DC
Thousands of Americans demand accountability from Bush - 9/28/05

Was Women's Vote a Roar, or a Whisper?
While the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush describes the recent elections in Afghanistan as a major step forward for the war-torn nation, human rights groups here wonder if women will have an effective voice in the new parliament. -IPS - 9/28/05

Authorities arrest suspected 'FedEx bandit'
Farhbaksh is an Iranian national who first entered the United States on a student visa in 1978, authorities said. -San Diego Union Tribune - 9/28/05

Iran's government is clamping down on illegal satellite dishes, SAT-7's concerned
More than 3,000 satellite dishes have been confiscated in Iran as the government cracks down on what they're calling "trouble makers" in the country's capital city. More than 12,000 "social polluters" have been arrested and hundreds have been sentenced in recent days. -MNN - 9/28/05

Iran denies shift in India ties
Iran says it has no plans to pull out of a $22bn gas deal with India in the wake of a disagreement over Tehran's nuclear programme. -BBC - 9/28/05

Tehran warns of economic retaliation
Iran warned for the first time Tuesday that it might retaliate economically against countries that voted in favor of a European-sponsored resolution calling for possible UN Security Council punishment of the Iranians for their nuclear enrichment activities. -NYT - 9/28/05

Iranian Students stage protest in front of British Embassy in Tehran
Several hundred students of Tehran University gathered in front of British Embassy to protest the London government's action in passing anti-Iran resolution in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). - 9/28/05

Persian Gulf Tourism Confab ends on Qeshm Island
The Persian Gulf Tourism Conference held simultaneously in Tehran and Qeshm ended on the island on Tuesday evening. - 9/28/05

Military action is still inconceivable against Iran, says UK's Straw
"I believe it is inconceivable still," Straw said when asked about his previous stance against the use of force against Iran. "It is not on the table, not on the agenda, I happen to think it is inconceivable," he emphasized. - 9/28/05

Iran's Parliament approves motion of single urgency to suspend NPT Additional Protocol
Iran's Majlis (Parliament) on Wednesday approved a motion of single urgency laying out a plan for the government to suspend implementation of the NPT Additional Protocol. - 9/28/05

The unravelling of India's Persian puzzle
By voting against Iran in the IAEA, India has put its alliance with the United States above any concern of national interest, energy security or international law. -Siddharth Varadarajan - 9/28/05

Photos: Bazar Vakil in Shiraz
Recently I went on a short trip to Shiraz, the city of love and poetry in Iran. I had been there on business several times before when I was a busy business executive; but then I never had the time to enjoy the interesting and beautiful sites there. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/27/05

Judiciary head gives directive to grant freedom, leave of absence to jailed Iranian students
He said in a meeting with Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi that students are the most popular class of society and should not be used as tools in the hands of political parties outside the campus. - 9/27/05

Humidity Changes, the Only Threat to Pasargadae
Despite rumors of Pasargadae to drown by Sivand Dam project, experts announce that they are just concerned about effects of humidity changes on the heritage. - 9/27/05

Reza Mir-Karimi's 'Too Far, Too Close' to represent Iran in Oscar
The Committee for the selection of an Iranian film for the Oscar awards has named 'Too Far, Too Close' directed by Reza Mir-Karimi to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to represent the Iranian Cinema in the race for the Foreign Language Oscars. - 9/27/05

Ancient language comes alive
It took Iranian Jews in the United States nearly three decades in exile from the land their ancestors called home for 2,700 years to appreciate the rich history and culture preserved in their literature. -JTA - 9/27/05

Muslim Women's Golf Tournament in Iran
Seven countries will participate in the first golf competitions between women of Islamic countries to be held in Tehran. It will be the first international golf tournament especially for women in Iran's history. - 9/27/05

Beware the bomber, not the bomb
The west should focus less on Iran's nuclear capability and more those likely to have their finger on the button, writes Hossein Derakhshan -Guardian - 9/27/05

The impending Cakewalk in Iran
“Top-ranking Americans have told equally top-ranking Indians in recent weeks that the US has plans to invade Iran before Bush’s term ends. In 2002, a year before the US invaded Iraq, high-ranking Americans had similarly shared their definitive vision of a post-Saddam Iraq, making it clear that they would change the regime in Baghdad.” -OpEdNews - 9/27/05

It's Azerbaijan's turn
Azerbaijan is the latest victim of this sacrifice of freedom in the pursuit of stability. A country of 8.5 million people - roughly half of whom live in poverty - on the Western shores of the energy-rich Caspian Sea, it is preparing for parliamentary elections in early November. -IHT - 9/27/05

Quake hits Sarab in northwestern Iran
A relatively strong earthquake measuring 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale hit the city of Sarab in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan Monday night. - 9/27/05

Iraq's foreign fighters: few but deadly
A new report says foreigners make up 4 to 10 percent of Iraq's 30,000 insurgents. -CSM - 9/27/05

Iran warns India on nuclear vote
Iran has singled India out for criticism over Delhi's support for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear plans. -BBC - 9/27/05

Iranians win bouts in World Freestyle Wrestling Championships as second day starts
Iran's representatives in the 74, 84, and 96 kg classes won their opening bouts on the second day of the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Tuesday. - 9/27/05

Afghanistan: Students Express Concern Over Country's Transition
Their demands are simple. They want jobs, an improved education system and teaching standards, and also better university facilities. - 9/27/05

Iran stands sixth at Asian volleyball meet
Iran conceded a surprising 3-2 loss to the host country Thailand, standing sixth in the 13th Asian Men's Volleyball Championships in Suphan Buri Tuesday. - 9/27/05

China urges resolution of Iran nuclear case within IAEA regulations
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing on Tuesday the Iran nuclear issue should be settled through dialogue and within the context of regulations of the UN nuclear watchdog. - 9/27/05

Iranian opposition criticises nuclear policies
Iran's reformist opposition criticized the nation's nuclear policies as it may bring Iran before the United Nations Security Council and lead to sanctions, ILNA news agency reported Monday. -DPA - 9/27/05

Iran threat to resume enrichment
Iran has threatened to resume the enrichment of uranium. Iran wants a resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, paving the way for referral to the UN Security Council, to be amended. -BBC - 9/27/05

Polo comes back home to Iran
It has been called the Game of kings, but polo is being revived in post-revolutionary Islamic Iran. And it's not just men who are playing this dangerous sport - women are now competing too but observing Islamic dress restrictions. -BBC - 9/27/05

Case Closed, Condi
Ever since Condi Rice became secretary of state, she and her lackeys have been running around in circles of diminishing radius, muttering something about the "necessity" of referring Iran to the UN Security Council for "action." What necessity? What action? -Antiwar - 9/27/05

An American Woman in Iran: The Culture
Images of crowds chanting "death to America" have engrained within Americans the notion that Iranians do not like them. -Globalist - 9/27/05

Iran: IAEA resolution issued under pressure of hegemonic powers
The Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued Monday evening, said the recent anti-Iran resolution passed by the IAEA Board of Governors was the result of pressure exerted by hegemonic powers. - 9/27/05

India's Petroleum Minister: Iran vote not to affect pipeline, LNG imports
India today said its vote against Iran's nuclear program will not affect prospects of the proposed 7.4- billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline and its 22 billion dollar deal to import LNG from Tehran, reports PTI. - 9/27/05

Iran: Lowered Jahan Nama in Isfahan to Become Cultural Centre
Jahan Nama, a tall building which has intruded the aerial buffer zone of Naqsh Jahan square and consequently has been threatening this UNESCO world heritage site with an impending placement on the Endangered World Heritage list, is now promised not only to be shortened but also to be altered from a commercial to a cultural center. - 9/27/05

Iranian official: IAEA resolution against Iran lacks legal foundation
Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that the resolution passed by Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran lacks legal foundation and Iran expects the member states to review the resolution. - 9/27/05

Interview with Peter Khalil and Michael Knights on Iran-Iraq Relations
Much has been made in recent months of Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, particularly in the heavily Shiite southern provinces. Some Sunni Arab leaders have accused Iraq’s Shiite leadership of being directly under the sway of Iran. The Iranians “are interested, they are involved, and they are active. And it’s not helpful,” U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters September 20. -CFR - 9/27/05

IAAB presents Bam and Beyond: Building Alliances Between Iranian and Iranian Diaspora NGOs, Universities, and Private Sectors
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will hold an international seminar on the reconstruction of Bam on November 12, 2005 at Columbia University. This seminar will be the first of its kind since the 2003 earthquake that brought devastation upon the city of Bam. - 9/26/05

The Persian Puzzle: Iran and the invention of a nuclear crisis
BARELY TWO years after the United States invaded Iraq in the name of weapons of mass destruction which never existed, the world is being pushed towards a confrontation with Iran on a similarly flawed premise. -Siddharth Varadarajan - 9/26/05

American Muslim Runner Competes in Iran
Saira Kureshi, the 26 years-old originally Pakistani runner who is a member of the American athletes' team in the 4th Women Islamic Games, considers Iranian culture a lovely, friendly one. - 9/26/05

Iranian Government Reacts To IAEA Nuclear Resolution
As the Iranian government tries to come to grips with what could be the most harshly worded international statement on its nuclear program to date, the country's legislature is preparing a bill that would suspend implementation of the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). - 9/26/05

Iranian Peace Statue Praised By Hiroshima Mayor
Hossein Fakhimi's statue, introduced by UNESCO as a symbol of peace in 2003, has attracted the attention of Hiroshima Mayor. - 9/26/05

Parliament commission calls for gov't report on volume of Iran-EU3 trade exchange
Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has called on the government to present a report to Majlis on the volume of Iran's trade exchanges with the three European states which got a resolution against Iran passed by IAEA board of governors Saturday night. - 9/26/05

Iran eases past Qatar at Asian volleyball clash
Iran breezed past Qatar 3-1 in its bid to take the fifth title of the 13th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Suphan Buri, Thailand, here Monday. - 9/26/05

Quake hits Savadkouh in northern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northeastern suburbs of Savadkouh in northern province of Mazandaran Monday morning. - 9/26/05

Factional Rift Threatening Shi'ite Unity on Iraqi Constitution
Iraq's top Shi'ite clerics and politicians are seeking to unite the country's majority behind Iraq's draft constitution. But they are facing resistance from two powerful Shi'ite clerics in Baghdad and Basra. - 9/26/05

Confrontation Looms as I.A.E.A. Passes Resolution on Iran
For the past few years, Iran has been testing the resolve of the international community on the issue of its nuclear research program. Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (N.P.T.), argues that it reserves the right to control the nuclear fuel cycle. -PINR - 9/26/05

Iran fears wintering wildfowl will bring bird flu
Iran is bracing for a probable bird flu outbreak, although no birds have so far been found contaminated with the H5N1 strain that is dangerous to humans, a senior veterinary officer said on Monday. -Reuters - 9/26/05

Empowering Iran
It's a great time to be an Iranian theocrat. American military power has removed your most dangerous foreign enemy, Saddam Hussein. American diplomatic strategy has delivered the lion's share of Iraqi political power and oil wealth to the Shiite religious parties you've financed and armed for years and which are now your grateful dependents... -IHT - 9/26/05

India: IAEA vote to avert Iran's confrontation with the West
Faced with attack from Left allies and principal opposition party BJP for supporting the IAEA resolution on Iran's nuclear issue under US "pressure," the Indian government Monday set in motion a damage-control exercise saying India's decision was based on "very careful consideration" and aimed at averting a "major confrontation" between Tehran and the international community, reports Press Trust of India (PTI). - 9/26/05

Aslan: Isolation of Iran enables human rights violations
Reza Aslan, author of No god but God, deemed the current U.S. strategy to overthrow Iran’s regime as “failing,” in a program hosted by the Bay Area Iranian American Democrats (BAIAD) on September 22. -NIAC - 9/26/05

Soccer and the Iranian Predicament
Frank Foer of the New Republic wrote a fine book, How Soccer Explains the World. In it, he referred to Iran's "football revolution," the moment in 1997 when some 5,000 Iranian women defied a ban on entering the stadium, and literally stormed the gates to join 120,000 screaming men in celebration of Iran's just-returned soccer stars, who had qualified for the World Cup. Foer sensed an important marker in Iranian history, one that led to a series of more soccer-related political demonstrations over the next few years. -Afshin Molavi - 9/26/05

Interview with Stephen Kinzer: 1953+1979=2001 (Well, There's a Link)
Let's start with history. In 1953 the Eisenhower administration backed a coup against the elected leader of Iran, a man named Mossadegh, who had sought to nationalize the country's oil industry. The British wanted to overthrow him to save their control over Iran's oil. But why did the United States become involved? -HNN - 9/26/05

Quake hits Ilam in western Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit the city of Ilam in the western province by the same name Sunday. - 9/25/05

Britain to pull troops from Iraq as Blair says 'don't force me out'
British troops will start a major withdrawal from Iraq next May under detailed plans on military disengagement to be published next month, The Observer can reveal. -Guardian - 9/25/05

India denies Iran vote pressure
India denies coming under US pressure to back a resolution paving the way for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear plans. -BBC - 9/25/05

Quake hits Zarand in southeastern Iran
A mild earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale shook the outskirts of Zarand city in Kerman province, southeastern Iran, Saturday night. - 9/25/05

'End This War': Hundreds of Thousands Protest Iraq War
More than 100,000 protesters flooded Washington on Saturday to stage dual demonstrations against the U.S.-led war in Iraq and economic globalization, before coming together to demand President George W. Bush bring troops home. -Reuters - 9/25/05

IAEA's ElBaradei: Negotiation only solution to Iran's nuclear dossier
Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad ElBaradei said in Vienna on Saturday resumption of negotiations and dialogue is the only way for confidence building and solution to Iran's nuclear crisis. - 9/25/05

Foreign Minister: Iran not to close negotiations
Iran is committed to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and at present will not close the door to negotiations, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Sunday - 9/25/05

Iran brands UN resolution illegal
Iran has branded a resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog which paves the way for the country to be referred to the UN Security Council illegal. -BBC - 9/25/05

Iran Dismisses IAEA Resolution As China Urges Talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki today dismissed as "unacceptable" a new resolution by the United Nations atomic agency criticizing Tehran's nuclear program and threatening referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. - 9/25/05

The first empire builders
Tom Holland's masterly study, Persian Fire, brings an ancient empire to vivid life, says Geraldine Bedell -Guardian - 9/25/05

Two Perfect Storms For Iran and N. Korea
North Korea and Iran are getting aid from unexpected allies in the international negotiations over their illicit nuclear weapons programs. Meet the new superpowers of diplomacy: Katrina and Rita. -Washington Post - 9/25/05

IAEA Delivers
It would have been too farfetched for Iran to expect impartiality from a UN body. After all, the Iran-Iraq war should have been a lesson. When Iranians were being killed by chemical weapons financed by the U.S. and its allies, the United Nations refused to intervene for three years. Why should the IAEA, a UN body, be any different? -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/25/05

Pressure begins to build on Iran
Western opponents of Iran's nuclear programme have narrowly won a round in the long-running battle over whether Iran should be reported to the UN Security Council. But the diplomacy is still clouded. The West did not score the outright win it had sought and Iran did not escape unscathed as it had hoped. -BBC - 9/25/05

New school year starts in Iran
The new academic year in Iran began Saturday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ringing the bell at a girl's high school in the quake-stricken city of Bam in the southeastern Kerman province. - 9/24/05

Iran defeats Japan 3-2 in Asian volleyball meet
Iran extracted a 3-2 win over Nippon in the 13th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Suphan Buri, Thailand, Saturday. - 9/24/05

Beckenbauer: Iran capable of reaching Final 16 at World Cup
Iran's national football team has the potential to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, said legendary German football hero and head of the Frankfurt-based World Cup Organizing Committee, Franz Beckenbauer, on Friday. - 9/24/05

U.S. will be judging India on its stance toward Iran
The United States is beginning to test its budding friendship with India over New Delhi's policy toward Iran and that nation's nuclear program, diplomats, analysts and U.S. lawmakers say. -IHT - 9/24/05

Iran terms as "illogical" Saudi FM's accusation against Iran
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Saturday that statement of Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal implicating Iran in Iraq unrest was surprising and illogical. - 9/24/05

EU troika presses for Iran to be reported to security council
The crisis over Iran's suspect nuclear programme erupted in international divisions last night when Britain, France and Germany demanded that the governors of the UN's nuclear agency report Tehran to the security council. -Guardian - 9/24/05

France: Iran nuclear activities should be transparent
France on Friday officially recognized Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, stressing such activities should be transparent. - 9/24/05

An implacable opponent to the mullahs of Iran
Maryam Rajavi, a wide-eyed woman who goes by the title president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, is eager to talk about the latest discovery by her spies: mile-long tunnels, large enough to drive trucks into, dug into the mountains outside of Tehran. -NYT - 9/24/05

Shi'ia Power Struggle Poses Threat to Security in Iraq
U.S. military commanders in Iraq say they believe the surge of violence this week in the southern, mostly-Shi'ite city of Basra is related to the growing hostility between two Shi'ite entities, whose militias are fighting for dominance in parts of Iraq. - 9/24/05

Dramatic economic change will ease Arab ailments
With the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks having recently passed us by, the question of "what ails the Arab world?" remains at the top of the global agenda. -Afshin Molavi, Daily Star - 9/24/05

World Bank Economist Urges Deep Reforms In Iran
A senior World Bank economist says Iran has so far failed to use surging oil revenues to address deep economic problems. - 9/24/05

Iran's Latest Score
Iran’s position vis-a-vis nuclear energy is easy to defend if you’re a non-aligned or developing nation. The NPT and the Additional Protocols specifically allow a signatory state to develop the nuclear cycle but it goes further than that: it requires states with nuclear technology to assist other states in developing their own. -Hooman Majd, Huffington Post - 9/24/05

Scientists Sound Alarm Over Caspian Sturgeon
Scientists in the United States have issued a report warning that sturgeon -- the fish that is highly prized as the source of caviar -- is in danger of extinction unless urgent steps are taken to save it. - 9/24/05

Opiates of the Iranian People
If he could afford it, Ali Nariman would drink beer, he says. But like most Iranians, he is poor, and so takes his solace in the form of a small gray ball of opium. -Washington Post - 9/23/05

Iranian Community Mourns Its ‘Anchor’
More than 2,000 mourners packed the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills this summer to bid farewell to Hacham Yedidia Shofet. During the funeral, the powerful sound of the shofar blended with the recorded voice of Shofet, who at his own request, led a prayer at his funeral. -Jewish Journal - 9/23/05

25th Anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War
This is the first war in nearly 200 years of Iranian history in which Iran did not lose an inch of its territory, even though Iran was facing insurmountable odds much greater than any war waged against the historic nation in several hundred years. -Pouya Alimagham - 9/23/05

The logic of colonial rule
The Iranian mullahs, meanwhile, are chuckling - literally. Some months ago, when the Iranian vice-president visited the United Arab Emirates for a regional summit, he was asked by the sheikhs whether he feared a US intervention in Iran. The Iranian leader roared with laughter: "Without us, the US could never have occupied Afghanistan or Iraq. They know that and we know that invading Iran would mean they would be driven out of those two countries." -Guardian - 9/23/05

Islamic defenders deny cover-up for Women’s Games
Supporters of Iran’s Islamic Women’s Games have dismissed arguments the event is a sideshow to gag women competitors denied access to the Olympic Games. -Daily Times - 9/23/05

With A Heavy Heart...
I am writing this with a heavy heart: For the past three or four years I have come to this very unfortunate conclusion that perhaps there is no other way for the Iranian nation to save their own lives, the lives of their future generations and their country but the path of a very long and bloody revolution. -Mali Mostoufi – New York - 9/23/05

Europe backs down over hardline stance on Iran's nuclear ambition
Britain and its EU allies were heading for failure last night in their first attempt to penalise Iran for its nuclear ambitions by having Tehran reported promptly to the UN security council. -Guardian - 9/23/05

Quake hits Dehdasht in southwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4 on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the town of Dehdasht in southwestern province of Kohkiloye-and-Boyerahmad Friday morning. - 9/23/05

Afghan refugee returns this year pass 400,000, reaching 4.2 million overall – UN
The number of Afghan refugees returning home with United Nations assistance this year surpassed 400,000 today, bringing the total to just under 3.5 million since the operation began in 2002. - 9/23/05

Iranian President thanks India for positive stands in IAEA
In a phone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, the president expressed his belief that adopting such constructive positions by India would lead to further deepening and continuation of bilateral ties. - 9/23/05

China: Iran's nuclear issue should be solved within IAEA framework
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, on Thursday called for continued Iran-EU negotiations in order to solve the nuclear standoff within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). - 9/23/05

Push to Censure Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Stalls
The U.S.-led drive to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council over Tehran's nuclear program has stalled. The European Union Thursday backed away from a proposal to immediately refer the matter to the Council. But, the issue is expected to be raised again later. - 9/23/05

Iran: Drive To UN Security Council Encounters Obstacles
The current session of the IAEA's board of governors had been advertised as the moment of truth for Iran, which continues to defy the international community over its nuclear program. - 9/23/05

Two years on, Iran is the only clear winner of war on Saddam
Through a combination of arms, money and political influence, Iran has established itself as one of the most powerful forces in postwar Iraq, where its Shia allies dominate local governments, the security services and parts of the economy. -TIMES Online - 9/23/05

Masculine Psychology
Unlike women, masculine sexuality is determined by two unlike chromosomes, X and Y, coming from 'their' mothers and fathers respectively. The Y chromosome carries the necessary information for development of male characteristics. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 9/23/05

Iranian American Moji Momeni Exemplifies Multifaceted Volunteerism
Like many Iranians, Momeni came to the Untied States as a student. His father's resources were modest, but through part-time jobs and small scholarships, Momeni was able to earn an engineering degree from Oregon State University and launch a successful career in building and real estate. - 9/23/05

Iranian Americans Engage in Volunteerism in the United States
The volunteer spirit, however, is not unique to the United States. Among other countries, Iran too has an ancient tradition of voluntary charitable activity, based on an innate humanitarianism and the Islamic pillars of faith. It cannot be any surprise, then, that the Iranian-American community, inheritor of two charitable traditions, has established numerous voluntary associations, strengthening the Iranian community in the United States while making important contributions to the social and cultural fabric of the entire country. - 9/22/05

A Display of Persian Peace
Just when you are ready to leave the gallery of the "Forgotten Empire: World of Ancient Persia" exhibition in the British Museum, reading about the Persepolis having been ruined by Alexander, you encounter the Cyrus cylinder, a clay tablet carved by order of the Achaemenid empire founder, on which it is inscribed, "I strove for peace …No one must be tortured, treated violently, or be humiliated". - 9/22/05

Iran to rebuild spectacular tent city at Persepolis
Iran's Islamic rulers are to reconstruct a spectacular tent city that hosted kings, sheikhs and sultans in a 1971 extravaganza billed as the greatest cultural gathering in history. The party was staged by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi beside the ancient ruins of Persepolis to pay homage to 2,500 years of the monarchy. -Guardian - 9/22/05

Iran: Gilan province, major tourism hub, with 7000-year history, culture
Gilan province, a land with mountains, forests and waterways, as well as a seven-thousand-year history and culture is one of the nation's most attractive tourist hubs. - 9/22/05

President: Powerful Iran, best friend for neighbors, region
Ahmadinejad made the remark while addressing a ceremony to mark the Sacred Defence Week, started here Thursday morning in the premises of the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. - 9/22/05

Outlawed Iranian Opposition Group 'Rents' Demonstrators in New York
An outlawed Iranian opposition group, which obtained a permit from the New York Police Department to hold a demonstration in front of the United Nations last week, attracted an estimated 2,500 supporters to protest the presence of Iran’s president at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly. -Human Events - 9/22/05

Iran: Women's sports chief speaks out against government
Ahead of the Islamic Women's Games tournament scheduled to kick off in Tehran on Thursday, the president of the Iranian women's sports federation, Faezeh Hashemi, has launched a scathing attack against the country's new president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who triumphed over her father Hashemi Rafsanjani in elections in June. -AKI - 9/22/05

Persia was not an evil empire
We should not judge a civilisation solely on the words of its enemies, says Shahrokh Razmjou, head of the Centre for Achaemenid Studies, National Museum of Iran, Tehran -Guardian - 9/22/05

Release Akbar Ganji: Jailed for Exposing Iranian Government's Complicity in Murder
Imprisoned Iranian journalist and human rights activist Akbar Ganji is gravely ill and in need of immediate medical attention. Ganji suffers from an acute and worsening asthma condition and severe back pain. -Human Rights First - 9/22/05

NIAC offers resources on its website to help battered immigrant women
Studies show that over thirty percent of women, Iranian women included, are physically abused by a spouse during their lifetime. Even more alarming is that immigrant women face a higher risk of domestic violence than women who are citizens. -NIAC - 9/22/05

More Blood, Less Oil
The Failed U.S. Mission to Capture Iraqi Petroleum -TomDispatch - 9/22/05

Iraq's democracy dilemma
The Transitional National Assembly was to be a starting point for Iraq's fledgling democracy, fostering political debate and consensus building. But in the past nine months since the parliament was elected, decisionmaking has largely taken place not on the assembly floor but behind closed doors, say lawmakers. -CSM - 9/22/05

U.S. Says China Must Address Its Intentions
Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick bluntly warned China last night that it must begin to take concrete steps to address what he called a "a cauldron of anxiety" in the United States and other parts of the world about Chinese intentions. -Washington Post - 9/22/05

Iranian FM meets Danish, Belgian, Dutch counterparts
During separate meetings, the foreign ministers discussed key regional and international issues including developments in Iraq, the Middle East and Iran's civilian nuclear program. - 9/22/05

EU Calls For Referring Iran To Security Council But Russia, China Object
The European Union and United States are making their firmest effort to date to build a consensus at the IAEA for reporting Iran to the Security Council. - 9/22/05

Iraq: Hard To Pin Blame For Most Recent Violence
Holy Defense Week, Iran's annual commemoration of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, is scheduled to begin on 22 September. The first day will feature a military parade marking the armed forces' role in protecting the country from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's aggression. - 9/22/05

Iran: Wrangle Continues Over Diploma Mill
Approximately one year ago, Iranian legal officials reported that the American University of Hawaii, a diploma mill with headquarters in the United States, was issuing degrees that the government did not recognize..."Some media organs have suggested that since a number of individuals who are currently working in different parts of the judiciary are graduates of that university, the judiciary as a whole does not intend to investigate and process this legal dossier seriously." - 9/21/05

Mayor Tom Bates, UC Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, and Persian Center host Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
Mayor Tom Bates, UC Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, and Persian Center present a dinner and auction fundraising benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief on Sunday, September 25, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hs. Lordships Restaurant on the Berkeley marina. - 9/21/05

Little Said About Safety Of Iran's Nuclear Program
While the international community considers issues such as the extent of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA and the possibility that the country is trying to develop nuclear weapons, the safety of the Iranian nuclear program has gotten less notice. - 9/21/05

No news of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji for the past 25 days
Noting that Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has not been allowed any visits since his return to Evin prison from hospital on 3 September, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern and outrage about the behaviour of the Iranian authorities towards him and their failure to keep their promises. - 9/21/05

Iranian "Statue of Peace" selected as symbol of Russian music festival
The "Statue of Peace" designed by Iranian artist Hossein Fakhimi was selected as the symbol of a music for peace festival to be held in Russia, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday. The statue depicts two white swans in order to advocate a spirit of peace. - 9/21/05

A New Oil Formula
A senior Iraqi politico likes to tell the story about how his nation's powerful Shi'ite religious parties have become penetrated "from top to bottom by the Iranian security services." -Forbes - 9/21/05

Putin: Russia to complete Iran's nuclear power station in Bushehr on time
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his country is committed to complete Bushehr nuclear power station on time (scheduled in 2006). - 9/21/05

Iran Defiant As Sanctions Loom
While moves are afoot to bring United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions to bear on Iran for intransigence on its atomic programme, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is turning into a national hero and a symbol of defiance against the West. -IPS - 9/21/05

Is Iran preparing for a US war?
Incredible though it may sound, there are signs that Tehran may be preparing for a military confrontation with the United States and has convinced itself that it could win. -Amir Taheri, Gulf News - 9/21/05

Iran: Two teenagers face execution in defiance of international law
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to prevent the execution of two teenagers in Iran sentenced to death in defiance of the international ban on executing child offenders. - 9/21/05

Iran's shadow over India-US relations
The newly strengthened India-US relations seem to be overshadowed by Delhi's insistence on using diplomacy to resolve the Iranian nuclear controversy. -BBC - 9/21/05

The Sino-US pincer
North Korea's unexpected pledge this week to abandon its nuclear weapons appears to be the result of a highly unusual diplomatic pincer movement by the US and China. The manoeuvre has potentially positive implications for resolving the nuclear stalemate with another so-called axis of evil state, Iran. -Guardian - 9/21/05

Iranian official reaffirms Iran's commitment to NPT
Iran's Vice-President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Gholamreza Aqazadeh on Wednesday reaffirmed Iran's commitment to Non-Proliferation Treaty and said that Iran does not consider to quit NPT. - 9/21/05

UN Human Rights Body to Scrutinise U.S. Abuses
The U.N. Human Rights Committee, scheduled to meet in Geneva next month, has written to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) calling for any available evidence of human rights abuses by the United States -- particularly in the aftermath of its global war on terrorism. -IPS - 9/21/05

Dismay over sliding turnout for Afghan poll
Western observers reacted with embarrassment and dismay yesterday that turn-out in Afghanistan's parliamentary election was 20 per cent lower than in the presidential election last year. The election commission estimated turn-out as just over 50 per cent this year, down from 70 per cent last year. -Independent - 9/21/05

Iran, Canada foreign ministers discuss bilateral issues
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Canada counterpart Pierre Pettigrew on Tuesday discussed bilateral relations. The meeting took place on the fringes of the 60th UN General Assembly meeting. - 9/21/05

Russia resists UN threat to Iran
Russia and China have openly opposed Western efforts to take Iran to the UN Security Council over Tehran's controversial nuclear activities. -BBC - 9/21/05

Iranian Gay Tells Of Torture
A gay Iranian group has released photos and details of a 22 year old man it says was given 100 lashes for being gay. The exiled Persian Gay & Lesbian Organization identifies the man only as "Amir". -360Gay - 9/21/05

Iran: UN atomic watchdog calls for more transparency on nuclear programme
The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons has called on Iran to show greater transparency so as to provide assurances that its programme is solely for peaceful purposes, despite good progress made in correcting its past breaches of international agreements. - 9/21/05

Iran sets clocks back one hour at midnight Wednesday
The switch from summer time to the standard time, which is carried out a month ahead of most other countries, will put Iran three and a half hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). - 9/21/05

Poetry Event at Mehregan Persian Festival of Autumn in Orange County, CA
On the 10th anniversary of Mehregan Festival in Orange County (Oct 1-2, 2005), there will be a poetry reading event "Poetry That is Life". - 9/21/05

Rumsfeld Warns Iran Not to 'Overplay Hand'
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has warned Iran not to try to increase its influence in southern Iraq beyond what local people will tolerate. The warning came one day after tension in the main southern Iraqi city, Basra, caused a riot and a clash between British and Iraqi forces. - 9/21/05

Neocrazies Foiled
According to Article IV of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: "All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. -Gordon Prather, Antiwar - 9/20/05

Japanese experts to create 3D plan of Bam Citadel
An expert team of the National Information Institute of Japan will arrive in Bam city, Iran, on 21 September to provide a 3 dimensional plan of the world famous adobe structure of Bam Citadel. - 9/20/05

A Note on the terms "Iran" and "Persia"
There has been much debate as to what to call Iran in common usage of the English language. The two possible names are "Iran" and "Persia" their adjectives being "Iranian" and "Persian", respectively. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 9/20/05

Rice Expects Referral of Iran Nuclear Issue to UN Security Council
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday she is certain the issue of Iran's nuclear program will be referred to the U.N. Security Council. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun a critical meeting on Iran's nuclear program in Vienna. - 9/20/05

Official: Iran ready for talks with EU3
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said in Tehran on Tuesday that Iran is ready for talks with the EU3 but the talks which will not fall within framework of intimidation. - 9/20/05

Iran blamed as militias step up Basra violence
Tehran’s involvement may be linked to Britain’s hardening position on its nuclear programme -TIMES Online - 9/20/05

SCIENCE IN IRAN: An Islamic Science Revolution?
Iran is pouring money into world-class facilities for biotechnology, particle physics, and astronomy. But growing tensions with the West threaten a scientific community just coming into its own -Science Magazine - 9/20/05

Day of violence in Basra exposes myth of trust between British and Iraqi forces
The storming of the Basra prison by British armoured vehicles and troops shatters the assumption, promoted by government ministers, that the security situation in British-controlled southern Iraq is getting better. -Guardian - 9/20/05

OPEC favours spare capacity offer, Iran holds out
But a 2-hour morning session saw Iran seek conditions because it does not want to give Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer and holder of most spare capacity, a mandate to produce at will, delegates said. -Reuters - 9/20/05

Iran, US: India's Catch 22
India's relations with Iran -- accused by Washington of attempting to build nuclear weapons -- is possibly the first major hiccup in the New Delhi-Washington honeymoon. -Rediff, India - 9/20/05

Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon Top UN Diplomatic Initiatives
The United Nations was the scene of high-level talks on Iran, North Korea and the Middle East Monday on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate. - 9/20/05

G77 states oppose referral of Iran's case to UN Security Council
The group of states representing G77 in the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors voiced opposition against referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council. - 9/20/05

Why others may fear America's power
A Harvard professor makes the case for a kinder, gentler US foreign policy -CSM - 9/20/05

The Rise of a loose Multi-Polar World Alliance
The world of 20th century doubtless was most marked and influenced by America insofar as politics, technology, and culture. The downfall of the Soviet Union and its sphere of influence largely in Eastern Europe upset the bipolar balance of the global superpowers that had stood firm since shortly after the end of the Second World War. -Ray Salehi - 9/20/05

Iran: Construction of country's largest tourism complex begins in Shiraz
Construction work for country's largest tourism complex in the south of Iran, the Persian Gulf Star Tourism Complex, began on Monday in Shiraz. - 9/20/05

SCIENCE IN IRAN: An Islamic Science Revolution?
Iran is pouring money into world-class facilities for biotechnology, particle physics, and astronomy. But growing tensions with the West threaten a scientific community just coming into its own -Science Magazine - 9/20/05

Letter to Guardian: "The Evil Empire" or Evil Intentions
Reading Mr. Jonathan Jones’ article, “The evil empire,” in your reputable newspaper (Guardian - 9/10/05) one is left with the feeling that Mr. Jones knows very little, if any, about history, art history, and archaeology. In fact, on a par with the title of the article, he immediately reveals his political agenda in his first paragraph ... -Abbas Alizadeh - 9/19/05

Conference: The World Of Achaemenid Persia
British Museum, September 29 – October 1, 2005, This conference coincides with the forthcoming exhibition Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia which will also be held at the British Museum (8 September 2005 – 8 January 2006). - 9/19/05

Film Screening: Cirque de Nuit by Majeed Beenteha & Naqqali: performed by Iraj Anvar & Ralph Martin in Persian and English
Cirque de Nuit (The Circus of the Night) is a short film that focuses on the relationship between men and women in the Iranian society. Each scene is a portrayal of a circus act that depicts this relationship. - 9/19/05

US Calls Nuclear Statement by Iranian President 'Very Aggressive'
The United States is labeling as "very aggressive," a United Nations speech Saturday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which he said Iran has an inalienable right to a complete nuclear fuel cycle. - 9/19/05

Iran's President Does What U.S. Diplomacy Could Not
During his 25 minutes Saturday, Ahmadinejad delivered what began as a sermon praising the prophets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism and then descended into anti-American vitriol, conspiracy theories and threats. -Washington Post - 9/19/05

Bargaining with the Devil
It would seem that there is a great deal at stake for the 150 MEK supporters in Congress. Whether it is these congressional members who are providing Jafarzadeh, the MEK spokesman, with aerial photos of Iran's nuclear facilities, or vice versa, the Bush administration is having a field day with it at the UN General Assembly. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/19/05

Iran bids to redefine nuclear limits
Iran has hardened its determination to pursue its controversial nuclear program, brushing aside US and European threats of censure while trying to create a new diplomatic framework for nonproliferation. -CSM - 9/19/05

Iran: Quake hits Darab and Larestan in Shiraz provicne
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit the towns of Darab and Larestan in this southern province Monday. - 9/19/05

Iran's Oil minister: Tehran looking for way to stabilize oil market
Caretaker of Iran's oil ministry Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said in Vienna on Monday that Tehran is striving to find a way for market stability and adjustment. - 9/19/05

West steps up pressure over Iran
Western nations are expected to press for a tough line on Iran at a meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog in Vienna. -BBC - 9/19/05

North Korea Agrees to Abandon Nuclear Weapons Program
In an unexpected development, North Korea has agreed to abandon all its nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. The agreement came as part of a statement of principles reached on the seventh day of six-nation negotiations in Beijing. Just a few days ago the talks appeared to be on the verge of collapse. - 9/19/05

Iranian defiance reveals weakness in west's lobbying
The attempt by Brussels and Washington to censure Iran's nuclear programme has run into trouble due to a combination of stalled diplomacy, changing power politics and the divisions wrought by the Iraq war. -Financial Times - 9/19/05

Iran: Protest over new Baluchistan governor
The nomination of Habibollah Dehmordeh as the new governor of Baluchistan and Sistan, in Eastern Iran, has created fear among the local political parties. "Dehmordeh is known for his positions against Sunnis and Baluchis," says a press release from the United Front of Baluchistan, specifying that "his nomination offends ethnic and religious feelings of the Baluchi people, who will not accept further humiliations." -AKI - 9/19/05

UK bishops say EU, US needs more flexible approach towards Iran
Both the US and the EU need to adopt more flexible policy approaches towards Iran and accept the country's nuclear ambitions, according to a new report from the Church of England's House of Bishops published Monday. - 9/19/05

IAEA Chief: Resumption of talks with Iran most likely
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei announced in Vienna on Monday that there is hope for resumption of nuclear negotiations with Iran and hoped that the issue would be settled through dialogue. - 9/19/05

Iranian American Citizen Representative Seeks City Council Seat in Sunnyvale, CA
Mr. Darab Ghaffary's family has a long tradition of public service. His great grandfather served as one of Iran's delegates to the League of Nations and his grandfather served in Iran's diplomatic corps. So it should not come as a surprise to see his name listed as a candidate for Sunnyvale City Council (Seat No.2). - 9/18/05

Manoeuvres over Iran's nuclear goals
Iran has so far outmanoeuvred Western countries in its determination to develop a nuclear fuel cycle. -BBC - 9/18/05

Iran warning on sanctions threat
Iran has warned the UN's atomic agency not to refer it to the Security Council over its nuclear programme. -BBC - 9/18/05

Iranian President leaves New York for Tehran
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrapped up a five-day official visit to New York and left here for home Sunday morning. - 9/18/05

Afghans Cast Ballots In Historic Election
Millions of Afghan men and women traveled to polling stations across the country to vote in Afghanistan's historic parliamentary elections. - 9/18/05

AFGHANISTAN: Elections May Be Less Than Free
While Afghanistan's parliamentary elections Sunday are expected to go relatively smoothly, the freedom with which they are being carried out is being questioned by many observers. -IPS - 9/18/05

Focus: Oil
It is the great liberator that has changed the course of history. But it has brought misery as well as wealth, and the latest global convulsions triggered by this corrupting substance show how perilous is the world's dependence on it. -Independent - 9/18/05

The world's largest carpet to be woven in Iran
Iran will weave the world's largest carpet measuring 6,000 square meters for the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. - 9/18/05

Iran is resolved to pursue nuclear program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fiercely defended his country's nuclear program and excoriated the U.S. government -- as well as its supporters -- in a speech Saturday to the United Nations General Assembly. -CNN - 9/18/05

Straw attacks Iran nuclear stance
UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has described as "unhelpful" the Iranian president's assertion that Iran has a right to produce nuclear energy. -BBC - 9/18/05

Larijani urges US-based Iranians to support nuclear know-how
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, on Saturday night urged the Iranians to safeguard nuclear expertise. Larijani, who made the statement in New York in a meeting with the Iranian elite, termed his country's acquiring nuclear technology an honor for Iranians. - 9/18/05

Interview: Iran's new president on Iraq, nukes, and terrorism
Iran's new president, mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is regarded as a hardliner who is determined to thwart reforms in his country. In an interview with Newsweek's Lally Weymouth, he denied he had any role in the seizing of U.S. hostages in 1979, called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and insisted that Iran does not want to develop nuclear weapons. - 9/18/05

China's Nuclear Policy in Iran, N. Korea Gets Critical
As North Korea ups the stakes in a poker game of nuclear negotiations and Iran faces a showdown at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week, China's policy of avoiding clear-cut choices over support for countries, considered international outlaws by the United States, is reaching a critical point. -IPS - 9/18/05

Iran: New Security Measures Not Welcomed By All
Recent steps by Iran's new government under President Mahmud Ahmadinejad demonstrate the rightward drift in the country's affairs that became apparent in the months preceding the June 2005 presidential election. - 9/18/05

Iraq's Iranian connection
Ayatollah Khomeini and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi hardly agreed on anything. The two regimes they led--an authoritarian, western-oriented monarchy and an authoritarian, cleric-dominated Islamic Republic--presented dramatic contrasts. Culturally, politically, economically, socially, the two men could not be further apart. -Afshin Molavi, Bitterlemons - 9/17/05

Iran: UN rights expert calls for jailed journalist's release
senior United Nations human rights expert today called on the Iranian Government to grant an unconditional amnesty to an ailing journalist jailed five years ago and to release him without delay. - 9/17/05

Women Playing a Major Role in Afghan Elections as Candidates and Voters
Hundreds of women are running for seats in Afghanistan's parliamentary and provincial council elections this Sunday, which are considered a key step in the country's transition to democracy. But violence and intimidation threaten to undermine women's participation, both as voters and candidates. - 9/17/05

Ancient military castle discovered in Ardebil
A six-month excavation and archaeological research at the historical site located at Qaresu River bank in Rouin Dezq Village resulted in the discovery of a military castle dating back to the Pre-Christ era. - 9/17/05

Sliding into civil war
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's declaration of war "against Shias in all of Iraq" has reinforced fears that the country is sliding towards all-out civil war. This week's toll included day-labourers in a Shia district of Baghdad and pre-dawn executions of Shia men in the provincial town of Taji. -Guardian - 9/17/05

IAEA To Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program
Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program remains a key problem for the international community. In just a few days the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet in Vienna, Austria to debate the issue. - 9/17/05

Diplomats Await Iranian Statement on Nuclear Intentions
Diplomats at the United Nations are awaiting a General Assembly speech Saturday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that is expected to include new proposals to address concerns about his country's nuclear program. - 9/17/05

Kings and legends of ancient Persia
It was a great idea to devote an exhibition to the first classical age of one of the three oldest cultures in the world, Iran. "Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia," at the British Museum, focuses on the Achaemenid period (557-333 B.C.). It should not be missed, but it is marred by curious flaws. -IHT - 9/17/05

Putin Won't Support U.N. Action Against Iran
President Bush won no support from Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday in his bid to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions and acknowledged he has not yet forged an international consensus on how to deal with Tehran's alleged nuclear program. -Washington Post - 9/17/05

Bigger than Elvis
Despite the influence of the west on Iran's popular culture, Hafez, a poet who died over 600 years ago, still gets the crowds flocking -Guardian - 9/16/05

USCIRF Says No Improvement for Religious Minorities in Iran Under Khatami
Dr. Dwight Bashir of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) told Voice of America (VOA) today that improvements for religious minorities in Iran were inconsistent under former President Mohammad Khatami. - 9/16/05

Journalist: No signal from Iranian delegation to World Summit to improve ties with US
A UN Headquarters-based British journalist said on Thursday that he could not see any willingness from Iranian delegation to the World Summit to improve relations with the US. He said that US officials are trying to approach Iranian delegation, but, the Iranian diplomats are avoiding to come across with them. - 9/16/05

Europeans Wait To Hear President Ahmadinejad's Ideas On Nuclear Dispute with Iran
The foreign ministers of Great Britain, France, and Germany say they are awaiting the speech tomorrow (17 September) by Iran's president to determine the way forward in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. The ministers reported no progress in two meetings with top Iranian officials on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York. - 9/16/05

Iran: Quakes jolt Anarak and Marivan suburbs in Kurdestan and Isfahan provinces
A 4.2-Richter earthquake trembled suburbs of the city of Anarak in the eastern Iranian Province of Isfahan at 27:53 hours local time (23:23 GMT) on Friday - 9/16/05

Iranian leader meets EU ministers
Iran's president has met three leading EU foreign ministers amid concern about Tehran's nuclear ambitions. -BBC - 9/16/05

Iran’s opposition faces internal differences
One opposition group, the People's Mujahideen Organisation (known as the MKO), and its political front, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has tried to capitalise on the obvious US hostility towards the newly-elected president and the Islamic republic's suspected nuclear weapons programme. -Financial Times - 9/16/05

Decision making in the US Senate - An inside view
My hope is that my observations will contribute to the demystification of democracy and public policy making for our community and will lead to a more informed and active Iranian-American community. -NIAC - 9/16/05

Hammond brothers connect with family on Iranian journey
Like many high school students, Mostafa and Abbas Ebrahimnejad were looking forward to their summer vacations. For them, it would be a chance to travel overseas for the first time and visit an ancient, yet familiar, culture. They would also finally hang out with all those cousins that they had heard about, but never met. -Howard County Times, MD - 9/16/05

IAEA to Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program
Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program remains a key problem for the international community. On September 19 the International Atomic Energy Agency will meet in Vienna, Austria to debate the issue. - 9/16/05

EU pins hope on Iranian President's UN speech
The EU is pinning hope of reaching a compromise on Iran's nuclear programme on proposals which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to make in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday. - 9/16/05

Iran's Leader Critical In First U.S. Visit
Newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making his first trip to the United States, introduced himself to the U.S. media Thursday morning, displaying a dash of defiance at U.S. charges over Iran's nuclear program and a warning that the era of big-power dominance in international relations has ended. -Washington Post - 9/16/05

Presidents of Iran and Russia consider Tehran-Moscow cooperation important for world peace
In a meeting held on the sidelines of the UN world summit here, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin also called for the promotion of bilateral ties. - 9/16/05

Czech archaeologists keeping low profile after "Persian Goddess" find
Czech archaeologists are keeping a very low profile this week after it emerged that a find which they claimed to be the statuette of a Persian Goddess dating back to the fifth century was nothing but a five year old fake allegedly created by teenagers for fun. - 9/16/05

Price of oil empowers Iran's tough negotiating
There's little hope in trying to threaten Iran when oil is $65 (£36) a barrel. It’s just got too many friends. In New York yesterday, Britain, France and Germany tried to persuade Iran to give up its attempt to master nuclear power, which they suspect is a front for bombmaking. But their threat to get Iran referred to the UN Security Council on Monday sounds hollow. -Times Online - 9/16/05

U.S. Agenda on Iran Lacking Key Support
Despite an intense lobbying effort at the most senior levels, the Bush administration failed to persuade three key countries Thursday to back the United States in pressuring Iran to give up sensitive aspects of its nuclear energy program, diplomats and officials said. -Washington Post - 9/16/05

Persian Poet Rumi to Be Center Stage in Paris Week of Foreign Cultures
Iran is one of the countries taking an active part in events foreseen for Paris week of foreign cultures from 26 September to 2 October. - 9/16/05

Why China's Not Backing Bush on Iran
President Hu Jintao's talks with President Bush this week have shown just how far apart the two countries remain on issues dear to Washington — most significantly, on the goal of depriving "Axis of Evil" states of nuclear programs. -TIME - 9/16/05

Iran Khodro introduces Peugeot 206 Aryan
Addressing a ceremony to unveil Peugeot 206 Aryan, produced in a joint venture with French major car manufacturing company Peugeot, Manteqi said the car, produced by his company -- the sole producer of the model of the car based on the latest world quality standards -- will be exported to 38 countries. - 9/15/05

Iran Focus ( The MKO Propaganda Machine
Relying on news sources by hardline monarchists and the MKO, is about choosing an agency that absolutely lies or exaggerates incidents in order to enhance their own political objective. Let us take Iran Focus as an example. In the past I have noted that Iran Focus is a agency run by the MKO for various reasons. -Nema Milaninia - 9/15/05

European leaders to hold nuclear talks with Iran
The leaders of Britain, France and Germany are to meet the new Iranian president today in an attempt to avoid referring Iran to the UN security council over its nuclear activities. -Guardian - 9/15/05

Third Dutch company participates in Iran mobile network roaming system
The subscribers of Dutch Telecom Company KPN are now able to use Iran's mobile roaming network while in the country the Iran Telecommunication Roaming Network Company said in Tehran on Wednesday. - 9/15/05

Iran ready to transfer nuclear technology to Islamic states
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Wednesday voiced Iran's readiness to transfer peaceful nuclear technology to Islamic states. The president made the remark in a meeting with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN world summit. - 9/15/05

Protests Greet Iranian President
As President Bush was addressing the United Nations to kick off its three-day 2005 World Summit on Wednesday, hundreds of demonstrators, most of whom were of Middle Eastern decent, gathered across the street. -CBS News - 9/15/05

World Leaders Shake Heads as Reforms to Check Nuclear Arms Spread Dumped
Kofi Annan has called it a disgrace and Australian Prime Minister John Howard termed it a major disappointment. After months of wrangling, world leaders were shaking their heads over the dumping of proposed UN reforms to check nuclear weapons proliferation and disarmament. -AFP - 9/15/05

On Eve of World Summit, Hurricane Bolton Threatens to Wreak Havoc on the Global Poor
Unbeknownst to the US public, however, at the very time impoverished Americans are being showered with support from the world community, the Bush administration’s newly appointed UN ambassador, John Bolton, has been waging an all-out attack on the global poor. -Common Dreams - 9/15/05

Pakistan President Confirms Transfer of Nuclear Weapons Technology to North Korea
Pakistan is a close U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. It has recently requested an agreement with Washington that would match President Bush's offer to help India develop a civilian nuclear power program. But analysts say the United States is more wary of Pakistan's nuclear activities than those of India. - 9/15/05

Quake hits Sarab in northwestern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale rocked the outskirts of Sarab city in East Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran, Wednesday night. - 9/15/05

Friendship with Iran threatens India's ties to U.S.
With pledges to elevate relations with India to a new level of friendship after decades of tensions, President George W. Bush signed an accord with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July promising cooperation on dozens of issues from military security to civilian nuclear power. -NY Times - 9/15/05

What we call Islam is a mirror in which we see ourselves
Six views of the west's problems with the Muslim world reveal as much about those who hold them as the conflict itself -Guardian - 9/15/05

Experts: US-Russia Relations Driven by Bush, Putin Relationship
Experts say one of the key factors in relations between the two countries is the warm relationship between the two presidents. Marshal Goldman, Russia expert with Harvard University, is one of the scholars who met with President Putin in Moscow last year and again, earlier this month. - 9/15/05

In First UN Speech, Iranian President Aims Criticism At U.S.
The Iranian president began his speech to the UN summit with an expression of sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But much of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remaining address included critical references to the United States. - 9/15/05

Iranian President Urges Muslim Seat On UN Security Council
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has urged the United Nations to make sure that at least one predominantly Muslim country is represented on the UN Security Council. - 9/15/05

Iranian journalist reimprisoned after a week of freedom, held with ordinary detainees
Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of journalist Massoud Bastani, who was reimprisoned a week after his release on 6 August from Evin prison in Tehran and is being held in Arak prison, in the centre of the country, which is normally used for non-political prisoners. - 9/15/05

Renowned Iranian-American Scholar to Analyze Future of US-Iran Relations
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) today announced it will be hosting a public educational event with Reza Aslan, renowned scholar and author of “No god but God”. - 9/15/05

American, European Experts Sign Agreement on Iran on Eve of International Atomic Energy Agency Board Meeting
As the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board prepares to meet on September 19, a group of prominent experts and former officials from the United States and Europe have signed a U.S.-Europe Statement on Iran. - 9/15/05

Pentagon draft plan calls for preemptive use of nukes
Critics say plan is designed for possible attack against Iran. -CSM - 9/15/05

Iran writer in 'jail quarantine'
Iranian dissident writer Akbar Ganji has been placed in solitary confinement after being transferred back to prison from hospital, his wife has said. -BBC - 9/14/05

Iran: Imminent execution
The four Kurdish men named above are all reportedly facing imminent execution. -Amnesty International - 9/14/05

Iran gives comprehensive reply to ElBaradei's report to IAEA board
Iran once again declared that its national nuclear program is designed to generate electricity and that it does not aim to produce nuclear arms. Iran forwarded a 131-page reply to the report of IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to the Board of Governors. - 9/14/05

France calls on Iran to remain committed to Paris Agreement; Straw postpones speech on Iran
France on Wednesday called on Iran to remain committed to the Paris Agreement in connection with its nuclear case, saying it will defend such a stance at the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly. - 9/14/05

President Ahmadinejad meets Iranian nationals in New York
Ahmadinejad said that Iranians are the most influential people in the international arena. Talking to Iranian nationals residing in the United States, Ahmadinejad said culture, civilization, traditions and customs of the Iranian nation have influenced the world. - 9/14/05

South Africa's MTN set to contribute to Iran's 2nd operator cellphone project
Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), one of the three telecom giants in South Africa, is firm in its decision to contribute to the second operator cellphone project in Iran, the company's commercial manager Irene Charnley said on Wednesday. - 9/14/05

Iraqi framers must put faith in real justice
In Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, "The Kite Runner," the protagonist's Baba offers his son some secular wisdom: "...[No] matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin ... and that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft ... When you kill a man you steal a life ... When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to truth. When you cheat, you steal ... fairness ... -Afshin Molavi, NY Daily News - 9/14/05

Intolerant America: What We Can Learn from Iran
To really learn something from Iran, we need to take a closer look at ourselves... not the propaganda we're fed. -The Simon - 9/14/05

Roundtable among countries affected by heroine smuggling from Afghanistan held in Tehran
The international roundtable on Paris Agreement aiming to draw up cooperation plans for the countries seriously affected by the consequences of heroine smuggled from Afghanistan was held in Tehran. - 9/14/05

Bush Meets Chinese Leader on Sidelines of UN Summit
Efforts to end North Korea's nuclear program and ease the huge trade imbalance between the United States and China dominated talks Tuesday between President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao. - 9/14/05

Iran's President Ahmadinejad arrives in New York
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Tuesday on an official five-day visit to attend the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly. - 9/14/05

Iran carmaker Khodro hopes tweaked Peugeot car model can boost auto exports
Iranian state-owned carmaker Iran Khodro unveiled today its new homegrown version of the popular French Peugeot 2006, hoping the tweaked model will boost its position as the Middle East's biggest auto producer. -AFX - 9/14/05

Burns: US favors peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear program
US State Department Under-Secretary Nicholas Burns insisted Wednesday that Washington was fully supportive of EU efforts to negotiate a long term arrangements on Iran's nuclear program. - 9/14/05

Tehran, City of Anxiety
It used to be that when you looked to the north of the city you would only see the beautiful Alborz mountains. Now as far as the eye can see, tall apartment buildings stretch to the middle of the mountain range. This is Tehran with its unstructured buildings, finished and unfinished, spreading in every direction. -Fariba Amini - 9/14/05

The Irresistible Shirin Patisserie in Tehran
Shirin in Persian means sweet and the Shirin patisserie in the north part of Tehran - Freshteh Street, No. 56 Agha-Bozourgie Street- is without doubt my favorite patisserie in Tehran. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/14/05

Pentagon Foresees Pre-emptive Nuclear Strikes
Amid increasing tension between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme, and growing concern about overstretched U.S. ground forces, the George W. Bush administration is moving steadily toward adopting the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states as an integral part of its global military strategy. -IPS - 9/13/05

French archaeologists investigate Kura-Araxes culture in northwestern Iran
A team of Iranian and French archaeologists recently visited northwestern Iran to search for evidence of the Kura-Araxes culture in the region, an expert of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) announced on Tuesday. - 9/13/05

Why the Greeks were green with envy
The British Museum's exhibition of magnificent 2,500-year-old artworks from the Persian Empire is a revelation, says Richard Dorment -Telegraph - 9/13/05

Persian Gulf International Airport in southern Iran to start operation
The Persian Gulf International Airport is to start operation in the Economic Energy Zone of Assalouyeh in southern province of Bushehr by February 2006, said a local official Tuesday. - 9/13/05

Forgotten Empire to Eternalize Persian Gulf
John Curtis, keeper of the ancient Near East department at the British Museum, described the "Forgotten Empire: the world of ancient Persia" as a major step forward to introduce the real and genuine name of the Persian Gulf to the world. - 9/13/05

Iranians expanding cultural activities in Sweden
The Cultural Association of Iranians in Sweden plans to hold a meeting at the Stockholm City Hall on November 6. Sweden-based Iranian authors have been invited to participate in the meeting to exchange views. - 9/13/05

Tremor hits Raz in northeastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale hit the city of Raz in the northeastern province of North Khorasan Monday night. - 9/13/05

Possible Changes Delay Printing of Iraq Constitution
With less than five weeks before Iraqis are scheduled to vote in a referendum on a new draft constitution, top politicians say the document is still not ready to be presented to the public. - 9/13/05

U.S. leads the world in sale of military goods
The Congressional Research Service recently found that global arms sales rose to $37 billion in 2004 -- the highest level since 2000. -Star-Telegram - 9/13/05

Senate should reject bunker buster
Using a computer model developed by the Defense Department, a recent report by Physicians for Social Responsibility describes the impact from such a weapon potentially used against targets in Iran or North Korea. -Portland Press Herald - 9/13/05

UN fears an unhappy birthday as rows threaten summit
The UN aimed to mark its 60th anniversary with deep reforms. Instead, rows overshadow this week's huge gathering of world leaders. -Independent - 9/13/05

Iran and Russia in nuclear talks
The head of Iran's nuclear programme is holding talks in Moscow on expanding co-operation with Russia. -BBC - 9/13/05

Russia: Negotiation only way to settle Iran's nuclear issue
Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov in Moscow on Monday said the only legal authority to settle Iran's nuclear issue is International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). - 9/13/05

Iran's Top Hotels, Declining Posh Legacies of the Past
Bequeathed by 1970s international brandy hotels, today Iranian five-star hotels are not good value for money and the rest are incapable of catering for all tastes. - 9/13/05

Iran: President Ahmadinejad sets off for New York
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York on an official five-day visit on Tuesday to attend the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). - 9/13/05

Shahr-e Soukhteh, ancient regional capital for a millennium
Shahr-e Soukhteh located 55 kms to the south of Zabol in Sistan Baluchestan province was the capital of the region for more than 1000 years (3200-2100 BC). - 9/13/05

Pasargadae Will Never Drown
These days a widespread rumor is heard among Iranians and culture lovers around the world that the historical sites of Pasargadae and Persepolis will be drowned after Sivand dam is put into service. - 9/12/05

Interview with Ramin Bahrani, director of "Man push cart" at Venice Film Festival
In front of me, at an outdoor café near Venice Days Office, I see Ramin Bahrani, the movie maker that lots of critics in Venice have been talking about and thought of his film, ‘Man push cart’ (Noruz Productions), as a brilliant capture of the heart of New York. -Poopak Taati - 9/12/05

Publication of Historical Maps of the Persian Gulf in Tehran
According to historical and geographical documents and United Nations directives, the name of the waterway between the Persia (Iran) and the Arabian Peninsula is the Persian Gulf. Since the 1960s, with the rise of Arab nationalism, serious efforts to change the historical name of this waterway began. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 9/12/05

Iran stands second at world blind judo meet in Brazil
The Iranian team won two golds and one bronze, finished runner-up to the host country Brazil. - 9/12/05

Iran defeats Taiwan, books berth in Asian basketball quarters
Iran's basketball team advanced to the last eight of the the Asian Nations Cup with a 65-57 victory over Taiwan in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sunday. - 9/12/05

‘Ganji back in solitary confinement’
Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji appears to have been sent back to solitary confinement despite promises by judiciary officials that he would be freed from prison, his wife said on Sunday. -Reuters - 9/12/05

Iran's strength is becoming bigger problem for U.S.
Iran, one of two remaining members of President Bush's "axis of evil," is gaining strength and confounding U.S. attempts to curb its growing influence, several experts on Iran say. -USA Today - 9/12/05

India Wants Closer Ties With US - But Also With Iran
As Indian leaders head into this week's U.N. summit and associated meetings, their country's significantly improved ties with Washington are somewhat overshadowed by India's ambivalent stance towards Iran. -CNSNews - 9/12/05

Cigarettes, the CIA and Iran-contra
An odd couple met at a St. Patrick Day's party in Chicago in 1983. Iranian exile Habib Moallem wanted the tyrannical Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini driven from power, and he wanted the Soviet Union to stay out of his homeland... -Chicago Sun-Times - 9/12/05

Russian FM: Moscow keen to expand cooperation, ties with Tehran
Lavrov further told visiting Iranian Vice-President and Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh that cooperation between Tehran and Moscow are growing as is evident in the growing trend of mutual economic transactions. - 9/12/05

Melal Orchestra to perform at Persepolis in late September
Persia's ancient capital Persepolis is to host Iran's Melal Orchestra for a three-night concert series which will begin on September 28. The orchestra will perform the program Anitra's Dance of the Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) and some pieces composed by Romanian musician Bela Bartok as well as the national anthem of Iran during the reign of the Qajar dynasty king Mozaffar ad-Din Shah, which was composed by a French musician. - 9/12/05

Iran Defiant Despite Threat Of Security Council Referral
Will the IAEA send the Iran dispute to the UN Security Council? (CTK) The 35 countries on the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are due to meet on 19 September to discuss Iran's nuclear program. - 9/12/05

Yazd province owns most glorious cultural heritage in Iran
Yazd province has owned the most glorious cultural and civilizational heritages in the course of Iran's history. - 9/12/05

Iran: Tehran to host 'prospect of peace and security in Middle East' roundtable
Some academic figures and anti-war activists form Iran and the US are to participate in the roundtable to deliver speeches on cultural issues, peace, religions and human rights, the Public Relations of the Organization of Cultural and Islamic Communications said in a statement. - 9/11/05

Hijab and chador notwithstanding, Iranian women have carved out a space for themselves in society
Why Iran, asked friends and relatives. Why should a group of women journalists decide to go on a busman’s holiday to Iran of all places? “You will have to cover your heads and won't be allowed to talk to men,” exclaimed a colleague. -The Telegraph, India - 9/11/05

Rafsanjani lauds South Africa's stands on Iran's nuclear dossier
South African Ambassador to Tehran Youssef Salouji conferred on Sunday with Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on issues of mutual interests. - 9/11/05

World Summit on UN's Future Heads for Chaos
The British government is mounting a huge diplomatic effort this weekend to prevent the biggest-ever summit of world leaders, designed to tackle poverty and overhaul the United Nations, ending in chaos. -Guardian - 9/11/05

Iran to grant license to private foreign firms for gold digs
Iran only produces about 0.3 percent of the total word gold production, which put it at 51th on the list of gold producing countries, the Iran Mining House said. "Currently four gold mines are operating in the country with 188,000 tons of production annually, it said. - 9/11/05

Women Under Siege, At Home and Abroad
Efforts by the George W. Bush administration to undermine international gender equality initiatives -- most recently ahead of a key United Nations (U.N.) World Summit -- are part and parcel of a broader campaign to erode reproductive rights at home, say many U.S.-based activists. -IPS - 9/11/05

Nakhichevan to import gas from Iran
The autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan will start importing gas from Iran with the start of cold season, according to a reliable source. - 9/11/05

Remains of Cretaceous reptiles discovered in northeastern Iran
Iranian experts discovered remains of reptiles dating back to the Cretaceous period in Shirvan, a city in the northeastern province of North Khorassan, it was reported here Sunday. - 9/11/05

Iranian Official complains of high traffic toll in 1st quarter
Road accidents claimed 6,726 lives in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (started March 21), an official said. - 9/11/05

China: Seeking Oil in Troubled Waters
Amid global shortages and price rises, what China is paying for its imported oil could involve much more than just cash. China's strategy of tapping new oil reserves in some countries, blacklisted by the United States as troublesome, is meeting increasing political resistance from Washington. -IPS - 9/11/05

Irancell replaces Turkcell with South African MTN
Mahmoudzadeh said the Iranian partners decided to turn to other foreign partners due to Turkcell's failure to fulfill obligations during the deadlines and also because of the company's internal and external problems, which dragged the Ankara government into the issue. - 9/11/05

Rice Urges World Powers to Pressure Iran on Nuclear Issue
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday urged more international pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear program, or face possible action by the U.N. Security Council. The situation is expected to be a major issue in talks Ms. Rice will hold next week in New York on the sidelines of U.N. meetings. - 9/10/05

This is solely the work of US prejudice
Europe and Iran must seize their chance to tackle the nuclear crisis -Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Iranian ambassador to Britain - 9/10/05

Iran's former parliament speaker planning Saba satellite TV
Former Majlis speaker Mehdi Karroubi would not be prevented by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) from establishing his private satellite network named 'Saba', a morning daily reported here Saturday. - 9/10/05

The evil empire
Persia's kings are history's great villains. Does the British Museum's show do them justice? -Guardian - 9/10/05

Iran's economy expected to register 7.1% growth in 2005-06 fiscal
The MPO report said Iran's economic growth stood at 4.8 percent in the 2004-05 fiscal with the agriculture sector showing a 2.2 percent, oil sector 2.6 percent, industries and mines sector 8.1 percent and services sector 4.8 percent growth in the period. - 9/10/05

Quakes hit Raz and Zarand in northeastern, southeastern Iran
Two separate earthquakes measuring 4.2 and 3.7 on Richter scale jolted the cities of Raz and Zarand in the northeastern and southeastern provinces of North Khorasan and Kerman Saturday morning respectively. - 9/10/05

Date set for S Asian gas pipeline
Work on a $6bn gas pipeline linking Iran, Pakistan and India will begin in the middle of 2007, officials say. -BBC - 9/10/05

Iranian women badminton players win hearts
They may have failed to score much on their first foray in an international competition abroad, but the Iranian women badminton squad has won the hearts of spectators at the Asian Badminton Championship -New Kerala - 9/10/05

WHERE GOD WAS BORN A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion
There's an engaging scene about halfway through "Where God Was Born" when Bruce Feiler, who has traveled to southern Iraq to find the Garden of Eden, meets Azzam Alwash, an irrigation engineer who has vowed to reflood the marshes where the Bible suggests Eden may have been. -IHT - 9/10/05

Reporters Without Borders: News agencies targeted by Iraqi and US troops
Reporters Without Borders charged that "those responsible for restoring order in Iraq - the Iraqi army and police, and US troops" - had become "serious persecutors" of journalists in recent months. - 9/10/05

"War on Terror" Saves Few Lives: Expert
The U.S. "war on terror" is saving fewer lives than just spending the money on disease prevention and research, and has probably caused deaths by taking money away from basic services, an expert said on Thursday. -Reuters - 9/10/05

Quakes hit Rask and Behbahan in southeastern, southwestern Iran
Two earthquakes measuring 4.7 and 3.9 on the Richter scale hit southeast and southwest Iran, respectively on Saturday morning. - 9/10/05

An exceptional empire
The US could learn from the Achaemenid dynasty's policy of tolerance -Guardian - 9/10/05

Iran's VP meets Straw and British Secretary of Culture
Vice-President and Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Esfandiar Rahim Masha'ie in separate meetings with the British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Secretary of Culture Tessa Jowell in London on Friday examined ways of exapnsion of mutual ties and cultural cooperation. - 9/10/05

Condoleezza Rice says she may say hello to Iranian president at UN
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that she may say hello to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if she comes across Iranian President in corridors of the United Nations, USA Today said. - 9/10/05

Forgotten Empire: The World Of Ancient Persia - Exhibition Opens at the British Museum
Ancient Persia was the largest and wealthiest state in the Ancient Near East, eclipsing Assyria and Babylonia and overshadowing Greece in the west. Between 550 BC and 330BC the Persians ruled an Empire that stretched from North Africa to the Indus Valley and from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. - 9/9/05

Iran's Nuclear Energy Program, Part VI: The European Union's Proposal, Iran's Defiance, and the Emerging Crisis
Since February 2003 Iran's program for constructing the complete cycle for producing enriched uranium - the fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants (NPPs) - has been the subject of intense international debates. -Muhammad Sahimi, Los Angeles - 9/9/05

Concern over fate of journalists detained in Kurdish province of Iran
Reporters Without Borders today demanded the immediate release of four journalists who were arrested in the Kurdish part of Iran in late July and early August - Madh Amadi, Ejlal Ghavami, Roya Tolou and Said Saedi - and called on the authorities to explain their arrests. - 9/9/05

Mercouri Prize Puts Iran's Maymand Village in Spotlight
Yesterday the historical village of Maymand received the 20,000 dollar Mercouri World Prize with a certificate presented by the Director-General of UNESCO to Ahmad Jalili, Permanent Delegate of Iran to UNESCO. - 9/9/05

Shiraz Night Sky to Mesmerize Parisians
On September 27 "Iran; From Sky to the Earth" an exhibition on Iranian astronomy is to be inaugurated in Paris with live pictures from Persepolis night sky. - 9/9/05

Iran's strong protest voiced to top IPU officials over US visa denial
An Iranian MP voiced Tehran's strong protest against US denial of issuing visa for Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel in separate meetings with top officials of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Thursday. - 9/9/05

Caspian beluga caviar is facing a ban by U.S.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan The United States is expected to ban the import of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea in a few weeks, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. -IHT - 9/9/05

US: India Nuclear Accord Will Not Harm Non-proliferation Effort
The Bush administration has reassured members of Congress that an agreement on nuclear cooperation with India will not harm U.S. efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. - 9/9/05

Congress Faults Nuclear Deal With India
The Bush administration came under heavy criticism yesterday by Republican and Democratic members of Congress for signing a major nuclear deal with India, which has expressed support for Iran's right to a nuclear energy program despite U.S. efforts to pressure Tehran into giving it up. -Washington Post - 9/9/05

US forces should take a lesson from the Persian kings
Present-day US fears about an Iranian-dominated super-state embracing southern Iraq and the Gulf have a basis in historical fact, according to an exhibition charting the exploits of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian empire, which opens at the British Museum on Friday. -Guardian - 9/9/05

Farah Pahlavi's interview with French Magazine Point de Vue
Ever Since her exile and the death of her husband the Shah of Iran, the life of Empress Farah could have been a succession of tragedies. « There are moments of great joy », confesses the Empress to our reporters surrounded by her family in the outskirts of Washington. - 9/9/05

San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission to discuss resolution condemning discrimination against Iranian-Americans
On Monday, September 12th, the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission is going to discuss a resolution in support of house resolution 367 and City of San Francisco Board of supervisors’ resolution condemning bigotry, violence and discrimination against Iranian-Americans. - 9/9/05

Historical and natural attractions make Kurdestan province of Iran a tourist hub
Director general of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kurdestan province, Mohammad-Ibrahim Zareie, referred to the province as a significant national hub, given the diversity of its tourist attractions. - 9/8/05

US Gives Iranian President Visa Despite Concerns About Embassy Hostage Role
The Bush administration confirmed Wednesday it has granted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a visa to attend next week's United Nations summit in New York. But officials say questions about his possible role in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran remain. - 9/8/05

Central Bank of Iran: Iran's economy shows booming success in 2nd quarter
Iran's economy has showed relative booming success in the second quarter of the year (June 22-September 22) as the indices indicate, Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said in a report on Iran's economic indices in the second quarter of present Iranian calendar year (started on March 21). - 9/8/05

Real Girls are Beautiful
Atoosa Rubenstein helped found CosmoGirl! six years ago, and she now serves as editor-in-chief of Seventeen. Atoosa Rubenstein, who was born in Iran, says she has also made a concerted effort to get more black, Asian, and Middle-Eastern girls onto Seventeen's pages. - 9/8/05

Iran should not be lectured to, says chief nuclear official
Secretary General of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in Islamabad on Wednesday that Iran is a big country and should not be talked to form a position of power. - 9/8/05

World parliaments speakers denounce US visa denial to Iranian speaker
World parliaments speakers, in a statement issued in New York on Wednesday, denounced Washington move to deny visa to Iranian Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. - 9/8/05

Iran: Two Kurdish militants put to death
Two Iranian ethnic Kurd militants have been executed by firing squad in the northeastern city of Urumieh. -AKI - 9/8/05

Pakistan, India open talks on gas pipeline
Senior Pakistani and Indian officials on Thursday opened two-day talks in Islamabad on the proposed multi-billion dollars Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, a petroleum ministry official said. - 9/8/05

Immigration Map of Britain: Iranians
42,377 people born in Iran were resident in Britain in 2001, according to the Census. The story of Iranians in Britain is complex, driven by its turbulent history before, during and after the Islamic revolution of 1979. -BBC - 9/8/05

Iran on winter schedule
Mahan Air is to start twice-weekly flights (from Manchester) to Tehran from Saturday, December 10. The Iranian-based carrier already flies into Birmingham but sees an opportunity in the north west. -Manchester News - 9/8/05

Europeans stay cool to Bush
President George W. Bush has failed to win warmer European support for the United States despite his recent high-profile efforts to repair relations strained by the war in Iraq, and an increasing number of both Europeans and Americans feel they should work less closely together on security and diplomatic issues, according to a major new poll. -IHT - 9/8/05

Iran/Afghanistan: Still No Resolution For Century-Old Water Dispute
Iran and Afghanistan have been involved in a long-running dispute over access to the Hirmand River (a.k.a. Helmand River), which originates in mountains northwest of Kabul and flows some 1,000 kilometers before reaching Iran. Its waters are essential for farmers in Afghanistan, but it feeds into Lake Hamun and is also important to farmers in Iran's southeastern Sistan va Baluchistan Province. - 9/8/05

Iran: 38th round of Armenian Sports Olympiad inaugurated in Tehran
The 38th round of Iran's Armenian Sports Olympiad is inaugurated in Tehran's Ararat Stadium Wednesday evening - 9/8/05

Iranian-American Katrina Relief Fund
The National Iranian American Council has set up an Iranian-American Katrina Relief Fund to help disaster victims in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Alabama affected by Hurricane Katrina. - 9/8/05

Assessing the Real Threat
Every media outlet announced the failure of the EU-Iran nuclear negotiations. While the blame was put squarely on Iran's shoulders, some observers believed that the lack of participation by the U.S., and America's failure to give 'security guarantees' to Iran, derailed the talks. 'Security guarantees'? Surely this translates into the United States being a threat to Iran. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/8/05

Iranian journalist Ganji back in prison after just two weeks to recover from two-month hunger strike
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of the Iranian authorities in sending journalist Akbar Ganji straight back to Evin prison when he was discharged from Milad hospital on 3 September, just two weeks after he called off a two-month-long hunger strike. - 9/7/05

Sand Statue Festival ends in Babolsar
The First Sand Statue Festival (September 1-6) ended in the city of Babolsar bordering the Caspian Sea in northern Iran wrapped up its work on Tuesday. - 9/7/05

Penn Museum ready to work in Iran again
Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization and Penn officials are on the verge of finalizing an agreement to resume archaeological cooperation after a 26-year hiatus. -Daily Pennsylvanian - 9/7/05

Iran holding negotiations with Austria and Switzerland for gas exports
Iran has held negotiations with Austria, Switzerland and France to export gas to these countries, Rokneddin Javadi, the managing director of National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) said on Tuesday. - 9/7/05

Frangialli in Tehran for Women's Sports
Secretary general of World Tourism Organization, is going to travel to Iran to attend the Sports Congress held by the Women's Sports Federations of Islamic Countries and to talk of sports tourism. - 9/7/05

Iraqi Shi'ites and Sunni Leaders Try To Close the Wounds After Last Month's Bridge Accident
Iraqi Shi'ite and Kurdish government leaders met briefly with Sunni leaders Tuesday evening near a bridge in the predominantly Sunni district of Adhamiya in a show of unity between the communities. - 9/7/05

Iraqi President: Saddam Has Confessed to Crimes
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani says deposed leader Saddam Hussein has confessed to committing crimes during his reign. - 9/7/05

The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between Iran and America
What should we do about Iran? This is the question that Kenneth M Pollack poses and tries to answer in this voluminous study of the conflict between Tehran and Washington. -Amir Taheri, Ashraq Awsa - 9/7/05

Iran: Quakes jolt Zarand and Doroud towns
Two earthquakes jolted the towns of Zarand and Doroud in Kerman and Lorestan provinces respectively. - 9/7/05

Peighambarieh Mausoleum in Qazvin: Burial place of Israeli prophets
Peighambarieh Mausoleum, a praying center in the provincial capital city of Qazvin in western Iran is said to be the burial place of four Israeli prophets named Salam, Salum, Sahuli and Alqia. - 9/7/05

Iran's parliament speaker cancels US visit over visa delay
Speaker of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel called off his visit to New York, US, to attend a United Nations conference due to the delay of his visa delivery, it was reported in Tehran Tuesday evening. - 9/7/05

Pasargad and Mausoleum of Cyrus not expected to be submerged
Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) announced on Tuesday that once Sivand Dam is filled with water, part of Tanghe-Bolaghi containing historical relics of various eras will be submerged, except Pasargad and the Mausoleum of Cyrus. - 9/7/05

Iran’s Strategic Weapons Programmes: a net assessment
Unlike countries driven by a sense of national survival, Iran has not launched a dedicated effort to acquire nuclear weapons as quickly as possible at all costs. While most Iranians support the nuclear programme as a matter of national pride and accomplishment, and deeply resent efforts by outside powers to deny Iran the benefits of modern technology, few Iranians openly profess a desire for nuclear weapons. -IISS - 9/6/05

Iran changes tack in nuclear standoff
Iran's first fear about its controversial nuclear program has long been that it could provoke a US or Israeli military strike. And a close second, until now, has been concern in Tehran that Iran could be referred to the United Nations Security Council for violations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). -CSM - 9/6/05

Iran starts issuing 7-day visas in Tabriz airport
Issuing 7-day visas for foreigners started from Monday in Tabriz International Airport. Seven-day visas are currently being issued in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad and Tabriz. Isfahan airport will also join the list soon. - 9/6/05

Irancell consortium formally registered
Irancell consortium was formally registered following conclusion of a draft operation license by foreign and Iranian partners. - 9/6/05

Iran's electricity equipment export to grow to $10B
Iran's electricity equipment exports are on the threshold of taking a leap from $1B to $10B, said a member of Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Syndicate of Iran Sunday. - 9/6/05

Iran’s Ahmadinejad appoints woman as Vice-President
Ahmadinejad has been accused of being a hardliner, but Javadi's appointment means that he is following the footsteps of his predecessor, President Mohammad Khatami -Aljazeera - 9/6/05

Iran: New Hunting Season Regulations for Foreigners
By the beginning of the new hunting season in Iran, travel agencies which are active in attracting foreign hunters are resuming their business more enthusiastically. - 9/6/05

Celebration of Traditions: Mehregan, Persian Harvest Festival
The Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) on behalf of the Southern California based Persian Community announces that Mehregan, the Persian Harvest Festival, will be celebrated on Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2 - 9/6/05

Iran: Who Watches The Watchers?
Has the security service become more or less accountable since the shah was deposed? - 9/6/05

Iran ready to send 20 million barrels of oil to US to help Washington deal with Katrina consequences
According to a report by the US Dow Jones economic news agency, Iran's envoy to Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Ali Kazempour has by phone proposed to US concerned officials that Iran can send urgently ten to twenty million barrels of crude oil to the United States, should the US sanctions against Iran permit. - 9/6/05

IISS: Iran years away from nuclear arms capability
Iran is likely to be able to develop a nuclear weapons capability in 10 or 15 years but could overcome the technical difficulties within a much shorter period, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). - 9/6/05

Hamedan province tourist attractions: Gem of western Iran
Hamedan province with its unique natural and historical tourist attractions shines like a gem in western Iran. Since ancient time, the province has been the hub of various civilizations on account of its favorable climate. - 9/5/05

Iran's Red Crescent Society ready to help Katrina victims
Iranian Red Crescent Society has voiced readiness to provide relief assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States. - 9/5/05

Iran Seeks to Save Rare Cheetahs
Two groups of rare Asiatic cheetahs were spotted in central Iran during recent months, raising hopes that one of the world's fastest moving creatures could be saved from extinction, a conservation official said Saturday. -AP - 9/5/05

Iran dissident sent back to jail
Ganji's wife, Massoumeh Shafie, told the BBC her husband ended his fast after receiving assurances that he would not be sent back to jail. She accused the Iranian authorities of betraying him. -BBC - 9/5/05

Iranian daily predicts Peace Pipeline will face rocky road ahead
An Iranian daily on Monday commented on the historic Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline project predicting that it would face a rocky road ahead with many obstacle hindering its realization. - 9/5/05

Quake hits Zarand in southeastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit the city of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman Monday morning. - 9/5/05

Warnings went ignored as Bush slashed flood defence budget to pay for wars
Vital measures to protect New Orleans from "catastrophic" hurricane damage were scrapped by the Bush administration to pay for its wars on terror and in Iraq, despite official warnings of impending disaster. -Independent - 9/5/05

Egypt's Mubarak appeals to voters
Mr Mubarak, who is seeking re-election for a fifth term after 24 years in power, is widely expected to win. -BBC - 9/5/05

Freedom House seeks Program Officer for its Middle East programs
Freedom House (based in Washington, D.C.) is an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom through its analysis, advocacy and action. Freedom House seeks a Program Officer for its Middle East North Africa (MENA) programs. - 9/5/05

Iran: ICHTO New Director in Favor of Foreign Tourism Investment
Rahim Mashayi, new director of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, announced his support for all foreign tourism investments. - 9/5/05

Kashan in central Iran hit by relatively strong quake
A relatively strong earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale hit the city of Kashan in the central province of Isfahan Monday. - 9/5/05

Iran's Game of Nuclear Poker: Knowing When to Fold
In what many consider to be Iran's final chance, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, during an emergency meeting on August 11, called Iran's bluff by adopting yet another resolution[1] on the implementation of the country's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement. -CNS - 9/5/05

Village of Saraqa Seyed in Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari province is a hidden gem
Despite its particular beauty, the historical village of Saraqa Seyed situated 70 kms from the center of Kouhrang township in Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari province, with a structure similar to Masouleh in northern ran, is inaccessible. - 9/4/05

Iran middle class sits on sidelines
Nearly a decade of social and economic openings have allowed breathing room for a new type of quasi-dissident. They come in the guise of educated, ambitious and Western-friendly urban trend setters — from real estate speculators profiting off demands for high-rise living to cyber-pioneers satisfying Iran's ravenous Internet appetites. -AP - 9/4/05

First Muslim Miss England crowned
A teenager who was born in Uzbekistan has become the first Muslim beauty contestant to be crowned Miss England. The brunette, who speaks six languages including Russian and Persian, was selected from 40 contestants. -BBC - 9/4/05

Irancell agreement with Turkcell finalized
The Irancell or second operator phone agreement has entered its final stage following signing of the related contract by foreign partner, Turkcell, and Iranian partners. - 9/4/05

First Baba Taher Literary Award Festival to be held in Hamedan
The First Baba Taher Literary Award Festival will open in the city of Hamedan on September 14. Baba Taher Uryan Hamedani (born c. 1000, died after 1055) is known for his couplets. - 9/4/05

Tehran City Council picks former police commander Qalibaf as Tehran mayor
Former presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was elected as mayor of Tehran. - 9/4/05

Iran exports dlrs 1.8 billion of industrial goods, minerals in four months
Exports of industrial goods and minerals, as well as handicrafts and border-luggage exports stood at 1.783 billion in the first four months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), the industry mines ministry reported Saturday. - 9/4/05

Indian, Iranian FMs hold negotiations on bilateral, regional and international issues
Singh said that India is willing to carry out project of tripartite gas pipeline regardless of foreign interference. The two foreign ministers agreed to hold Tehran-New Delhi Joint Economic Commission meeting in Tehran in March. - 9/4/05

India Reassures Iran of Its Commitment to Construction of Oil Pipeline
India will proceed with plans to help build a pipeline from Iran even though that nation is facing international sanctions because of its nuclear activities. - 9/4/05

Iran to help US hurricane victims if needed
Iran will help US victims of Hurricane Katrina if there is a need to do so and regards such help as a humanitarian measure, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Sunday. - 9/4/05

Iran's crude production capacity up by 464,000 bpd in 2003
Iran's crude production capacity rose by 464,000 bpd in 2003 compared to the 1999 output, materializing 65.6 percent of the target set in the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2000-05). - 9/4/05

Iran: Farmers Threaten Daqyanus Ancient Site
Daqyanus, one of the biggest and most populated Islamic cities of Iran located near Jiroft, is under threat by farmers plowing the area. - 9/3/05

Iranian FM: Iran-India gas project finalized
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with his Indian counterpart Natwar Singh in Tehran on Saturday announced that the project on transfer of gas from Iran to India via Pakistan has been finalized and various committees are now working on its executive strategies. - 9/3/05

A Quest for Carpets Reveals the Persian Past and the Soul
A carpet is a story, Mr. Murphy says, with whatever wear and imperfections, and he has just finished a book, "The Root of Wild Madder" (Simon & Schuster), dedicated to the general story of carpets - and of a few particular ones he bought or chased in several years traveling as a reporter for The Associated Press. -NY Times - 9/3/05

Iran condemns US for refusing visas for parliamentary delegation
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Saturday said the US Administration is using the hosting of international organizations as tools. His criticism came after Washington refused to issue visas for an Iranian parliamentary delegation, which is to attend the world interparliamentary conference in New York on September 6. - 9/3/05

Iran's Ehsan Haddadi celebrates Asian discus gold, record
Iranian phenom Ehsan Haddadi snatched the Asian glittering discus gold as he shattered the continent's record in the 16th edition in South Korea Thursday. - 9/3/05

Iran bans import of wheat from Russia
Iran has banned import of wheat for feeding cattle from Russia and the countries infected by bird flu. - 9/3/05

India embarks on Iran diplomacy
The Indian Foreign Minister, Natwar Singh, was beginning a three-day visit to Iran on Friday. -BBC - 9/3/05

Tehran's 11th International Oil, Gas, Petrochemical Exhibition planned for April 2006
According to a report released by the Public Relations Department of the Oil Ministry on Saturday, the purpose of the upcoming event is to pave the way for cooperation among industrialists, job creators and foreign partners in order to upgrade Iran's oil industry, introduce new potentials and provide new opportunities in various sections of the industry. - 9/3/05

Iranian President calls for facilitation of foreign tourists entry to Iran
Noting that the travel of foreign tourists to and from Iran should be quite easy, he termed investments in tourism industry as necessary and stressed Iran's interest in having cultural interaction with world countries. - 9/3/05

Iraqis Demonstrate For and Against Draft Constitution
Thousands of Shi'ite Muslims held a rally in the southern Iraqi city of Basra Friday to show support for the country's draft constitution. The proposed charter is opposed by many Iraqi Sunni Arabs, and several hundred of them in the western town of Ramadi showed their displeasure Friday with a noisy demonstration of their own. - 9/3/05

Iraq civil war fears grow as sectarian violence spreads
Sectarian fighting among Shia and Sunnis spread across Iraq amid renewed warnings that the country is sliding into civil war. -Independent - 9/3/05

Iran: EU Edging Toward Sanctions In Nuclear Standoff
European Union foreign ministers yesterday warned they might support referring Iran to the UN Security Council unless the country reverses its decision last month to resume nuclear activity. - 9/3/05

International Committee to Save the Archeological Sites of Pasargad
Due to the fact that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to enter into the operational phase of the Sivand Dam that, according to experts’ opinion, will drawn the archeological sites of Pasargad, including the tomb of Cyrus the Great and the whole Persepolice site, and soon there would not be anything of these historical treasure left for the generations to come, this Committee is being set up to investigate means, and execute methods, of stopping this horrendous act. - 9/3/05

Sadgeh Hedayat's Buried Alive
Buried Alive is a famous short story by the 20th century Persian writer Sadgeh Hedayat. In the story Hedayat recounts the diary of the last days of a man who struggles with suicide. This story was recently published in a new book by the Hedayat office. - 9/2/05

Join F.O.R.'s Historic First Delegation to Iran: December 2005
The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is pleased to announce the official launch of the Iran initiative, a project to discover alternatives to the current political standoff between the U.S. and Iranian governments. - 9/2/05

EU in quandary over Iran's nuclear program
Officials attending an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Wales Thursday were at pains to stress that there was no immediate wish to confront Iran over its nuclear program. - 9/2/05

EU warns Iran over nuclear talks
European Union foreign ministers have warned Iran they will refer it to the UN Security Council unless it returns to talks on its nuclear programme. -BBC - 9/2/05

Persian Fire: The first world empire and the battle for the west
The Persians are coming! The ancient Persians, that is, of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330BC), in honour of whom a major exhibition curated by John Curtis opens at the British Museum next week. -Independent - 9/2/05

Powerful handshake stirs Muslim world
The extraordinary encounter in Istanbul between Khurshid Kasuri, the Pakistani foreign minister, and his Israeli counterpart, Silvan Shalom, produced a handshake across two worlds that is likely to have a profound impact here and in other Muslim societies. -IHT - 9/2/05

Troubles Plague Planned 3-Nation Gas Line
If it's ever built, the pipeline would carry natural gas from Iran for nearly 1,800 miles, cutting through Pakistan and into India, where it would feed one of the world's fastest-growing economies. -AP - 9/2/05

Central Asia’s Energy Game Intensifies
Central Asia’s energy game is intensifying. China has grabbed the spotlight with a high-profile push into Kazakhstan’s energy market. Meanwhile, India, another country with a growing appetite for oil and gas, is working diligently to make energy inroads in the region. -Eurasianet - 9/2/05

Love's 'Labour' not a lost cause in Kabul
A theater troupe finds Shakespeare surprisingly relevant to modern-day Afghanistan. -CSM - 9/2/05

China Denies US Report That It Has Biological Weapons Capabilities
The Chinese government has dismissed a report by the Department of State that says China retains "some elements" of a biological weapons program. - 9/2/05

First show for Iran's Western art
A collection of modern art that has spent much of the past 25 years in a vault has gone on public display in Iran for the first time. -BBC - 9/2/05

Iranian President: We should build our future on glory of the past
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the country's managers should strengthen self-reliance and endeavor to make the future on glory of the past. - 9/2/05

Staying Composed
After months of isolated toil, SPAC’s composer-in-residence Behzad Ranjbaran debuts his Saratoga-specific overture -Metroland, NY - 9/2/05

Book of rare Iranian paintings "Persian Album" published in America
The "Persian Album" containing painting collections of the courts of Greater Iran was complied and published by David Roxburgh, a history of art and architecture professor at Harvard University. The book was published by the Yale University Publications on March 31, 2005. - 9/2/05

Iran: Political System Undergoes Major
It was apparent even before Iran's presidential election in June that the country's party system was undergoing changes. - 9/2/05

Iran: Eye Catching Exhibition of MoCA International Works
Picasso, Van Gogh, Bacon, Warhol, Munch, Dali, Pollock... all gather in a reception hosted by Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts for the first time ever. - 9/2/05

"Strange Times Live" Presents: Iranian Culture Uncensored
When the Bush Administration tried to stop translation and publication of literature from one of its “Axis of Evil” enemies, publishers of a new anthology of Iranian writing fought back. - 9/2/05

Iran: Traditional Gilani clothing under the threat of oblivion
The traditional garments from Gilan province, an "Olympic Selection World Heritage" are nowadays ignored at their 1000-year-old birth place and are almost on the verge of oblivion. - 9/1/05

Is There An Anti-Homosexual Campaign in Iran?
According to Islamic law, homosexuality is a capital crime. The execution of two Iranian males in July and current allegations that two more Iranian men are on death row because they are gay has led to allegations of an anti-homosexual campaign in Iran. - 9/1/05

Iran-Khodro's share to increase in regional auto-markets
Managing Director of Iran giant car manufacturing company Iran-Khodro Industrial Group said here Wednesday that the share of company in the region automobile markets is on the rise. - 9/1/05

Iran pours oil fund billions into wooing disaffected youth
Iran's new populist conservative government has launched its first term with an ambitious round of social spending, led by a $1.3bn (£720m) "love fund" directed at the millions of low-income young couples currently unable to marry. -Independent - 9/1/05

Iran tops agenda at EU summit
EU Foreign Ministers arrived for their six-monthly informal meeting under the British presidency with Iran's nuclear programme at the top of the agenda. - 9/1/05

Iraq: Three Days Of Mourning For 1,000 Stampede Victims
The official death toll from the stampede near a Shi'ite shrine in Baghdad on 31 August is now 965, with hundreds of others injured. - 9/1/05

Culture Shock: Farsi fun - ASU's Iranian student organization
They speak Farsi, eat Oloviyeh and participate in Sufi meditation. Any student who hasn't heard these terms before probably doesn't know much about Iranian culture, other than the negative images that sometimes appear in the American media. -Web Devil - 9/1/05

Iraq begins to bury stampede dead
More than 960 people died in the stampede, apparently triggered by rumours of an imminent suicide attack. -BBC - 9/1/05

Quake hit Behbahan in southwestern Iran
A tremor measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit outskirts of Behbahan town in southwestern province of Khuzestan Wednesday evening. - 9/1/05

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