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Iran: Independent news website closed, blog platform briefly blocked
“The closure of Advar News clearly reflects the government’s desire to rid the Iranian Internet of all independent information concerning the political opposition, the women’s movement and human rights,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This was one of few sites in Iran that published uncensored information, and we call for it to reopened.” - 9/30/06

See no evil, hear no evil
In fact, except for the few recent anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist incidents recounted above, life for Iran's Jews has not changed substantially for the worse with the new president, even though outsiders assume that his Israel-hating, Holocaust-denying obsessions have the community panicked, as if a noose is closing around its neck. -Jerusalem Post - 9/30/06

In Tehran, Islamic Fashionistas Brood Over Chinese Valentino
TEHRAN, Iran -- A battery of flashbulbs pop to the rhythm of a leggy model sashaying down the makeshift quadrangular catwalk, striking a pose for the audience at every corner. Sporting a billowing, Chinese-inspired gown with matching red slippers, her neck and bare feet are covered in artfully wrapped white gauze. -WPW - 9/30/06

Ahmadinejad Says Nuclear Suspension Part of Western Propaganda
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again rejected calls to suspend his nation's nuclear program, saying Western nations would use such a move as propaganda. -VOA - 9/30/06

Vacationing Iranians Pitch Tents in Wilds of City
SHIRAZ, Iran -- In the United States, camping offers an escape from the sounds and hassles of city life. Here, families from surrounding villages and towns travel into this city of nearly 4 million to pitch tents right in the middle of the urban hustle. -NNS - 9/30/06

Afghans Fear Fallout from Iran Sanctions
If the United Nations takes tough measures against Iran, its neighbour Afghanistan will be undermined economically and could be drawn into a new conflict. -Institute for War and Peace Reporting - 9/30/06

Iran will be building nuclear power plants in 10 years: analyst
Iran can be one of the countries that build nuclear power plants in the next ten years, and the West's pressure and Russia's procrastination can even accelerate the process, political analyst Ali Karami said here on Friday. -MNA - 9/30/06

Human Rights in Iran: Women's Struggle Against Discrimination by the Regime
Iranian human rights activists recently initiated a "One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws" campaign, aimed at fighting legal discrimination against women in Iran. -MEMRI - 9/30/06

Iran, Armenia to finalize Aras Dam contract by March 2007
Energy Minister Parviz Fattah said on Saturday Iran would finalize a contract with Armenia to construct a dam in Aras by the end of the current Iranian year, falling on March 20, 2007. -MNA - 9/30/06

Wealthy Iranians embrace plastic surgery
It is eight in the morning in the plastic surgeon's office and Hussein is preparing for an operation. -BBC - 9/30/06

Iran's Uranium Glitch
Intelligence analysts believe that Iran is encountering technical difficulties in mastering the complex process of uranium enrichment. That means the West may have a bit more time than previously expected to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff. -Washington Post - 9/30/06

Iran: Government Strengthens Its Control Of The Internet
Media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders announced on September 28 that Advar News, a website connected with the Office for Strengthening Unity student group, has been closed since a raid on its offices by security personnel on September 19. -RFE - 9/30/06

Freedom House Announces the Launch of Gozaar, a Journal on Democracy and Human Rights in Iran
Gozaar - meaning 'transition' - recognizes that free access to ideas and information is the cornerstone of freedom. In response to widespread censorship and the closure of all independent print newspapers in Iran, the journal seeks to help Iranian democrats fulfill the universal aspiration for freedom of expression by creating an inclusive and provocative space for the discussion of liberty. - 9/30/06

Iranian Government Increases Pressure By Banning Student Activists
Student activists in Iran say authorities have prevented dozens of students from studying by refusing to enroll them for the new academic year. The students have reportedly been involved in on-campus political and press-related activities. -RFE - 9/30/06

Iran's pick for Oscars: "Border Café"
The Iranian Committee for Selecting a Film for the Academy Awards selected director Kambuzia Partovi's "Border Café" to represent Iranian cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007. -MNA - 9/30/06

Lover loses appeal: Footballer's WAG Iranian style
This is no tale of shopping excess or wild drinking, but the saga of the mistress of one of Tehran's most famous players. She is facing execution for the murder of his wife. -Independent - 9/29/06

Iran topnotch actor Entezami honored at UNESCO in Paris
Flocks of France-based Iranians attended a ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Sept. 28 to praise Ezzatollah Entezami, the titan of stage and screen of their homeland. -MNA - 9/29/06

Iran could dodge U.S. financial squeeze
U.S. efforts to isolate Iran financially by pressing international banks to cut ties may cause Tehran some discomfort, but are unlikely to fully choke off funding that Washington fears could help Iran develop a nuclear arsenal. -Reuters - 9/29/06

Poetry for Peace
Action Iran and CASMII present an evening of Poetry for Peace on Sunday 15th October in London - 9/29/06

Iran stands second at world freestyle wrestling meet
Iran ranked second at the 2006 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships here Friday. -MNA - 9/29/06

'I'm with the Mujahedin'
Today, the conclusion a five-part National Post series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with an Iranian guerrilla group -- and now regrets it. -National Post, Canada - 9/29/06

U.S. Defense Department Outlines Links Between Iraq, Iran
The deputy chief of staff of intelligence for multinational forces in Iraq says the coalition continues its effort to block foreign influence—including that of neighboring Iran. -Washington File - 9/29/06

They're Back
An Iran contra-era fabricator and his associate appear to have opened a new channel to Washington. -American Prospect - 9/29/06

Opening With an Apology
I'll probably be sorry for suggesting it. But maybe it really wasn't such a good idea for the CIA to help the British overthrow Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected, secular prime minister of Iran, back in 1953. Maybe we should have been more careful about installing the shah and propping him up with American arms. -Robert Bruce Ware, Antiwar - 9/29/06

U.S. Envoy Says He Will Not Meet with Kurdish Terrorist Group
The U.S. special envoy for countering the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) says he will not meet with the terrorist organization, active in Turkey and Iraq, and that he wants to make Americans more aware of the PKK's deadly acts. -Washington File - 9/29/06

Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
SHIRAZ, Iran -- The family matriarch lay in her bed as the night wind blew warmly through the window. She would die on this night, just short of her 110th birthday, leaving behind eight grown children and 32 grandchildren. -NNS - 9/29/06

Iran for new security strategy in the Middle East and Persian Gulf
Iran calls for a new security strategy in the Middle East and Persian Gulf based on active contribution of all regional states and exit of foreign troops from the region, announced Iranian foreign ministry official in a gathering in Madrid, Spain on Thursday. -IRNA - 9/29/06

A dream takes flight
Achieving one's dream is never an easy task. It may take decades of dedicated hard work. But Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist, proves it is possible. -Faye F. Farhang, Seattle Times - 9/29/06

Iranian Expert Urges Promotion of Democracy to Deter Iran From Becoming Nuclear
Dr. Milani is a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. His expertise is U.S./Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues -VOA - 9/29/06

Canadian wrestles his way across Iran
Looking for the heart of dark, scary Iran? Go to Queen St. W. Ask for the grilled testicles. Dom Balan. Mary had a little ... Lamb balls? Dainty, surely, like eating peas. -Toronto Sun - 9/29/06

Will Sanctions Hurt or aid Iran?
More than twenty-five years of sanctions on Iran have inflicted some economic pain, but failed to alter Tehran’s behavior. By impeding the development of Iran’s oil sector, US sanctions have inadvertently contributed to the rise in oil prices. With demand for oil growing, sanctions may aid rather than harm Iran by further increasing the price of oil. -NIAC - 9/29/06

Explosion Disrupts Iranian Gas Exports To Turkey
The head of Iran's national gas company, Reza Kasaeizadeh, confirmed Turkish reports about the blast, saying a preliminary investigation indicates it could be the result of an "act of sabotage." - 9/29/06

Europe, Iran Say Progress Made in Nuclear Talks
European and Iranian officials meeting in Berlin this week say they have reached no breakthrough on the impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Both sides say they made progress Wednesday and Thursday, before the talks ended. -VOA - 9/29/06

US House Approves Iran Sanctions, Senate Expected to Follow
The U.S. House of Representatives has again approved legislation to sanction entities investing in Iran's oil sector, and anyone helping Iran develop weapons of mass destruction. The measure was revised after intense consultations with the Bush administration, and a similar measure is expected to be approved by the Senate. -VOA - 9/29/06

Israel Crosses the Threshold
Senior Nixon Administration Officials Considered Confronting Israel over Nuclear Weapons in 1969 but President Nixon Declined, Deciding that Washington Could Live with an Undeclared Israeli Bomb, According to Newly Declassified Documents and a Study in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists -National Security Archive - 9/29/06

Space Adventures' Client, Anousheh Ansari, Returns to Earth After Visiting the International Space Station
Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced today (September 28) that Anousheh Ansari successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after an eight-day visit to the International Space Station (ISS). - 9/29/06

Amnesty International: Iranian women at risk of execution by stoning
Parisa Akbari was arrested in April 2004, while working as a prostitute in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran. She confessed to the charge of adultery during the preliminary investigations, claiming that she had been forced into prostitution by her husband due to the family’s poverty. - 9/28/06

Rattling the Cage: The big con about Iran
Despite all the skepticism, the US and Israel do have a military option in Iran: preemptive nuclear annihilation. -Jerusalem Post - 9/28/06

Iranian Woman Awarded IPA Publishers' Freedom Prize
The International Publishers' Association (IPA) has announced that Shahla Lahiji, the first female publisher in Iran, has been awarded the inaugural IPA Publishers' Freedom Prize. -IFEX - 9/28/06

Should the US extend sanctions and fund Iranian opposition groups?
In a surprise move, the Senate is expected to address a bill tomorrow (Sep. 28) renewing sanctions on Iran while indirectly declaring regime change official US policy on Iran. -NIAC - 9/28/06

Humanitarian Music Artist Nassiri Aims to Change the World One Chorus at a Time
Fashion mogul and international singer, composer and peace advocate Fred Nassiri announced today that he will kick off his worldwide peace initiative Sunday, September 24th with a 12-country video shoot (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) for his epic peace Anthem "Love Sees No Color." - 9/28/06

Human Rights Watch: U.S. Congress Should Reject Detainee Bill
In its immediate practical impact, the most damaging of the bill’s provisions is clearly its “court-stripping” provision, which would bar detainees in U.S. custody anywhere around the world from challenging the legality of their detention or their treatment via habeas corpus actions, even if they have been subjected to torture. - 9/28/06

Iraq: PKK, Turkomans Divide Turkey And Kurds
Despite a visit by a Turkish parliamentary delegation to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region this week, Turkish and Iraqi officials remain strongly divided over how to deal with the issue of Turkish Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the state of affairs between Kurds and Iraqi Turkomans living in Kirkuk. -RFE - 9/28/06

Rice Backs EU Nuclear Talks With Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she supports European Union chief diplomat Javier Solana in his nuclear talks with Iran, though asserting that the process is not open-ended. Solana met Wednesday in Berlin with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani in talks due to continue Thursday. -VOA - 9/28/06

Ahmadinejad's U.S. visit plays well at home
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the United States last week has played well with his most important audience: his fellow Iranians. -Ali Arouzi, MSNBC - 9/28/06

Getting out of an Iraqi terror camp
Part four of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with an Iranian guerrilla group -- and now regrets it. -National Post, Canada - 9/28/06

Pentagon study claims U.S. broadcasts to Iran aren't tough enough
In another indication that some in the Bush administration are pushing for a more confrontational policy toward Iran, a Pentagon unit has drafted a report charging that U.S. international broadcasts into Iran aren't tough enough on the Islamic regime. -McClatchy Newspapers - 9/28/06

Israeli Group Calls Power Plant Attack a 'War Crime'
The air strike on Gaza's only power station that has left most residents with half their normal electricity supply three months later was a war crime, according to the Israeli human rights group B'tselem. -Independent - 9/28/06

Iranian-born singer's message: Make music, not war
An Iranian-born singer who immigrated to the US as a young man of 20 and went on to become a successful entrepreneur turned artist has embarked on a whirlwind peace tour aiming to promote "love, peace and harmony" through music. -Jerusalem Post - 9/28/06

Let's bolster this subterranean shift in US foreign policy while we can
Even in the Pentagon, there are hints of a move away from over-reliance on the military. But Iran will be the test -Guardian - 9/28/06

Anthrax, Iran & bin Laden: Waiting for the October Surprise
Presidential advisor Karl Rove has been touting his "October surprise," aimed at keeping Republicans in office. While Rove will most certainly exploit the fear factor, the question remains if we'll let ourselves be fooled - yet again. -Common Dreams - 9/28/06

Iran seen borrowing nuclear strategy from Israel
In developing its nuclear program Iran is using strategies that allowed its enemy Israel to assemble the Middle East's only atomic arsenal without admitting it had one, according to a leading expert on the Israeli program. -Reuters - 9/28/06

Nissan's Qashqai SUV is named after a nomadic Iranian tribe
Nissan today (6th September) presented for the first time its new Compact Crossover for Europe, the Qashqai, at an event hosted in Paris by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO. - 9/28/06

"A Bodyguard of Lies": U.S. Pretexts For War Against Iran
To build its case for war with Iraq, just as in its current claims against Iran, the Bush administration argued that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. But even then, countless principled individuals in position of authority in the U.S. and around the world laid bare the truth that the U.S. ruling class led by the White House had another reason for war -Ardeshir Ommani - 9/28/06

Central Asia: U.S. Helsinki Commission Concerned About SCO's Influence
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe -- or Helsinki Commission, as it is known in the United States -- held a congressional hearing on September 26 to investigate the impact of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central Asia, a region where Washington's strategic, political, and economic interests are growing stronger. -RFE - 9/28/06

So, Did You Hear The One About The Iranian Deadhead In Hollywood?
From 'Crash' and 'Syriana' to starring with Cruise in 'M:i:III,' actress Bahar Soomekh sidesteps stereotypes. -MTV - 9/28/06

Iran: Government Tightens Clamps On Press
Journalists in northern Iran's Gilan Province issued a statement on September 23 calling on the government to lift its recent ban on the daily "Sharq" newspaper. The plea argued that "banning a paper is tantamount to its execution." -RFE - 9/27/06

Iran's Mohammadi and Surian grab gold at world wrestling competitions
Iran's 60 kg freestyle wrestler Morad Mohammadi stole the show by beating his U.S. opponent Mike Zadick in the final of the 2006 world freestyle competitions in Guangzhou, China on Wednesday. - 9/27/06

China and the Middle East: A New Patron of Regional Instability
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a relative newcomer to Middle East geopolitics and, as far as U.S. interests are concerned, not a very welcome one. -Heritage - 9/27/06

An interview with Bahman Ghobadi, director of Half Moon
“If I only want to say what the government wants me to, then I have to be a government employee, not a filmmaker” -World Socialist - 9/27/06

Iran-EU nuclear talks to resume in Berlin: Iranian FM calls for support of all parties
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is to meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani in Berlin at 5 pm (3 GMT) Wednesday. - 9/27/06

As West mulls Iran sanctions, Rice rejects using gasoline embargo
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said a gasoline embargo on Iran to protest its nuclear program would be counterproductive, arguing that such a move could play into the hands of the Tehran government. -AP - 9/27/06

Report: Iranian Science Teachers May Be Enriching Students
"The U.S. stopped enriching its students decades ago, and we call upon Iran to do the same," Bush said. "If the Iranians do not put an end to this program by the middle of December, and impose final examinations, they could face further isolation from the international community." -Onion - 9/27/06

Father's sacrifice
A National Post investigation has found the outlawed terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq recruited teenagers in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, part three of a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas -- and now regrets it. -National Post - 9/27/06

Iran Prepared to Accept Brief Moratorium on Uranium Enrichment
Amid factional infighting, Iranian leaders appear ready to strike a compromise with the United States and European Union on Tehran’s nuclear program. -Eurasianet - 9/27/06

Iranian Women Look Up to Find Ansari
Dozens of space travel enthusiasts, most of them women, burst into applause at dawn at an observatory near the capital as the spacecraft carrying the first Iranian woman to travel into space appeared in the sky. -AP - 9/27/06

Karzai, Musharraf Spar Ahead Of Bush Meeting
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf are continuing a public dispute about who is responsible for terrorism in South Asia. The two have been trading accusations in the United States since each made his respective speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. -RFE - 9/27/06

Censorship, Scepticism and Conspiracy Theories
Information in Iran is largely controlled by the state, leading many Iranians to discount all media, no matter where it comes from. Wacky conspiracy theories and a healthy skepticism are the result. -Spiegel - 9/27/06

Khatami to receive honorary degree from University of St Andrews
Scotland’s oldest University will confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on him during the visit in recognition of his efforts to encourage interfaith dialogue. - 9/27/06

Hans Blix Urges Security Guarantees for Iran
Former U.N. weapons inspection chief Hans Blix says Iran should be given security guarantees in exchange for an agreement on Iran's nuclear ambitions. Blix, who headed the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, testified before a House subcommittee examining the current state of global nonproliferation efforts. -VOA - 9/27/06

Iran: The Complex Calculus of Preventive Military Action
Faltering diplomacy to suspend Iran's nuclear program -- highlighted by French president Jacques Chirac's September 18, 2006, call to temporarily suspend the threat of United Nations sanctions on Iran -- has revived speculation that the United States might undertake preventive action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. -Michael Eisenstadt, Washington Institute - 9/27/06

Oxford archaeologists want to join studies on Iran's salt men
The director of an archaeological team working at the Chehrabad Salt Mine in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan said that a group of Oxford University archaeologists is interested in participating in the study on the salt men found at the mine. -MNA - 9/27/06

Iranian Hercules Rezazadeh heads for Dominican Republic
The two-time Olympic +105 kg gold medalist and three-time world champion Hossein Rezazadeh left here Wednesday for Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where the world weightlifting event will be held from Sept 29 to Oct 7. -IRNA - 9/27/06

Who Will Pay the US Debt
Some months back, I wrote an article "the Coming Financial Crises" as a warning to the American people about the US debt, budget and trade deficit. Since then the situation has continued to worsen and no-one it seems is willing to address this important issue. -Abbas Bakhtiar, Norway - 9/27/06

Portugal, The Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia: Conference - Call for Papers
On the 500th anniversary of Afonso de Albuquerque's attempts tot take Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, we invite presentations for a conference that will focus on the contacts of the Portuguese with Safavid Persia and various aspects of their activities in the Persian Gulf basin. -Iran Heritage Foundation - 9/27/06

Newsha Tavakolian at ALL ROADS PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM EXHIBIT in Los Angeles
2006 All Roads Photography Program Awardees share images and insight into their cultures: Newsha Tavakolian, Iran—Women in Axis of Evil - 9/26/06

Media Tall Tales for the Next War
The Sept. 25 edition of Time magazine illustrates how the U.S. news media are gearing up for a military attack on Iran. The headline over the cover-story interview with Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is "A Date With a Dangerous Mind." -Norman Solomon, Antiwar - 9/26/06

Iran Says Nuclear Talks 'On Track'
Iran's foreign minister said today that nuclear talks between top Iranian and European negotiators are "on track." - 9/26/06

Four of America's Corporate Leaders Launch Lebanon Rebuilding Effort
The four leaders directing the fund are: Craig Barrett, Chairman, Intel Corporation; John Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems; Yousif Ghafari, Chairman, GHAFARI, Inc.; and Dr. Ray Irani, Chairman, President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum Corporation. - 9/26/06

Iran's gulf of misunderstanding with US
The US and Iran almost never speak to each other. "It's the most unusual relationship we have with any country in the world," explains US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns. -BBC - 9/26/06

Security Report Leak Sparks Furor In Washington
A leaked report by U.S. security agencies saying the invasion of Iraq has promoted the growth of terrorist groups is sparking a major debate in Washington. -RFE - 9/26/06

Reza Pahlavi on Growing Showdown With Iran
PAHLAVI: Well, unfortunately, I think that the grandstanding of Mr. Ahmadinejad is a carefully planned move to gain more popularity on certain Arab streets, as a champion of the cause of extremists who simply don't look at the world the same way we do. -Fox - 9/26/06

Iranian company participates in Khachmaz power plant in Azerbaijan
Iranian Sun Energy Company will participate in implementing a power plant project in the Azeri city of Khachmaz situated 160 kms to the north of capital Baku. -IRNA - 9/26/06

Russia, Iran Agree Timetable For Bushehr Reactor
Russia and Iran have agreed on a timetable for the launch of a nuclear power plant that Russia is helping Iran build in the city of Bushehr. - 9/26/06

Iran, Kuwait to jointly develop Arash Oilfield
The Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) managing director Mahmud Zirakchian told MNA here on Tuesday that following satisfactory negotiations, Iran and Kuwait have decided to jointly develop Arash Oilfield. -MNA - 9/26/06

WP Ahmadinejad Interview & the Stealth Dialogue
Ahmadinejad's visit to the US, to speak at the UN, was intensely controversial in the US media, given the Iranian President's harmful hard-line comments regarding the existence of Israel and the Holocaust. -Scott Harrop - 9/26/06

Iran's "Everybody Asleep" at Italian religious film festival
Director Fereidun Hassanpur's "When Everybody Was Asleep" is scheduled to be screened at the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, producer Fereshteh Ta'erpur announced on Tuesday. -MNA - 9/26/06

Iran Lodges Complaint With IMF Against US Treasury Department
Iran says it has filed a complaint with the International Monetary Fund against a U.S. treasury department ban on a leading Iranian bank. -VOA - 9/26/06

IRAN: Continuing crackdown against peaceful critics
Amnesty International is greatly concerned by new arrests and detentions in Iran targeting human rights activists, minority community activists and others peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association. - 9/26/06

Why Bush Will Nuke Iran
The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of U.S. (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East. -Paul Craig Roberts, Antiwar - 9/26/06

What would Jefferson say about Iraq?
Opposed to "wars of choice," he would have a lot to say about the forceful imposition of democracy. -R.K. Ramazani, Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/26/06

IFJ: Crackdown On Media In Iran Continues
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by news journalists in Iran have been placed under more pressure by government statements that imply journalists who travel overseas are engaged in spying. - 9/26/06

Juan Cole on Civil War in Iraq, the Hyping of WMD Intel on Iran, and How The Lebanon War Has Weakened Israel
University of Michigan professor and blogger Juan Cole reviews recent news from the Middle East and discusses Hugo Chavez’s “devil” comment at the United Nations. -Democracy Now - 9/26/06

Iran: Unidentified Underground Channels Exist in Sassanid Fortress
Based on claims by the locals as well as the exterior look of Da va Dokhtar Fortress, archeologists believe there must be some underground channels underneath the Fortress which need to be studied. -CHN - 9/26/06

Iran: Former M.P. Akbar Mousavi Khoini Tortured to 'Repent' for His Criticisms
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamene'i, should immediately order the unconditional release of Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoini, a former member of parliament and critic of Iranian detention practices, Human Rights Watch said today. - 9/26/06

Child Foundation's Sixth Annual Fundraising Event
Established in 1994, Child Foundation is a leading humanitarian organization with the simple objective of fostering the success of gifted and disadvantaged children. Child Foundation is pleased to invite you to its Sixth Annual Fundraising Event, 2006. The event will take place in eight cities around the world on November 19, including Canada, the USA, and Europe. - 9/25/06

Iran: Israel Views Threats With Increasing Seriousness
Israel's foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, recently accused Iranian leaders of opposing the world's "values." In her address to the UN General Assembly on September 20, Livni also called for greater international vigilance against the security threats that she insisted Iran poses. -RFE - 9/25/06

Iran's Paykan will be produced in Sudan
Iran's major automaker Iran Khodro Industrial Group will transfer the production line of its phased out automobile Paykan to Sudan. -MNA - 9/25/06

Iranian-born artist Neshat wins Gish Prize
Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat has won the 2006 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts. -San Francisco Chronicle - 9/25/06

Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant should be completed in 6 months: Official
visiting Vice-President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh in Moscow on Monday conferred with Russian officials on completion of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant as well as Iran's nuclear case. -IRNA - 9/25/06

Iranian weightlifters test positive for drugs
The International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Ajan has personally invited the twice Olympic +105 kg gold medalist and three-time world champion Hossein Rezazadeh after nine of his teammates Sunday tested positive for yet unidentified drugs. -IRNA - 9/25/06

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight
The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded. -Washington Post - 9/25/06

A Weekend with Nobel Peace Laureates
“We will never win a war against terror as long as the conditions for poverty and injustice remain,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu said. “Poverty breeds terrorism. So we should stop spending billions on weapons of destruction and instead feed the hungry people of the world. Then, we’ll stop terrorism. If we want to live in peace, we have to realize we are all members of the same family.” -Common Dreams - 9/25/06

New Generation of Iranian Drones Join Army Fleet
A new generation of Iran-made drones was delivered to the army and IRGC in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar who announced Iran's self-sufficiency in drone production. -Fars - 9/25/06

800,000 foreigners working illegally in Iran
Some 800,000 foreigners are working in Iran illegally, reported Iran Daily on Monday. According to statistics recently released, illegal foreign workers receive a total of USD 1.3 billion annually. Illegal workers come mostly from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. -IRNA - 9/25/06

Iran: Epic Music Festival acclaims Sacred Defense composers
A group of Iranian composers who created the honorable works on epic music and Sacred Defense (the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war) was honored during the closing ceremony of the Epic Music Festival at Tehran's Honar Cultural Center on Sunday. -MNA - 9/25/06

Oil output in southern oilfields at 3.2m bpd in first half of Iranian year
The average daily production of oil from Iran's southern oilfields stood at 3.2 million barrels per day (b/d) during the first six months of the current Iranian year, announced an Iranian oil official on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/25/06

Egypt to Build Nuclear Energy Plant
Egypt says it will build a nuclear power plant to meet its growing energy needs. The country's energy minister Hassan Younes told the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram that Egypt plans to build a 1000 Megawatt nuclear power plant on the Mediterranean coast. He said the project will cost $1.5 billion and that the government will seek foreign investment. -VOA - 9/25/06

Iranian director to raise "Love Resurrection" in Paris
Iranian director Hossein Mosafer Astaneh plans to stage a play entitled "Love Resurrection" at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris as part of the organization's celebration of the 800th birth anniversary of Molana Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) in 2007. -MNA - 9/25/06

A Good Vegetarian Restaurant in Tehran
Many friends who visit Iran and are vegetarian have complained that they have a hard time finding good food that suits them. Many Iranian dishes are vegetarian but it is not usual to find them in restaurants. As the saying goes, the best Iranian traditional food is always served at home. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/25/06

Who are the two real threats to peace and security in the Middle East? Take the blinders off and see
The culprits behind these realities are not the usual suspects we have been led to believe during the past five years of our so-called war on terror. The two sources of real danger, not only to the peace and security of the Middle East, but to the very security of the Western world, including the United States, are not even technically Middle Eastern countries; they are two states that flank the region – Israel to the West and Pakistan to the East. -Kam Zarrabi - 9/25/06

The March to War: Iran Preparing for US Air Attacks
Iran is bracing itself for an expected American-led aerial campaign. The latter is in the advanced stages of military planning. If there were to be war between the United States and Iran, the aerial campaign would unleash fierce combat. It will be fully interactive on multiple fronts. It will be a difficult battle that will see active movement in the air from both sides. -Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya - 9/25/06

Documentaries by seven blind Iranian women ready for screening
Seven blind Iranian women finished making documentaries on their lifestyles, the Experimental and Documentary Film Center (EDFC) announced in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday. -MNA - 9/24/06

A Virtual US-Iran Dialogue
"Proximity talks" is the phrase diplomats sometimes use to describe the process of indirect signaling and negotiation that takes place when two parties aren't actually talking. That's what has been happening over the past few weeks with the United States and Iran, and it has been an intriguing -- if somewhat opaque -- process for journalists like me to watch. Where is this non-negotiation leading? -Washington Post - 9/24/06

Iran's Sha'bani brightest star of world san shou firmament
Ali-Asghar Sha'bani from Iran grabbed the glittering gold of the san shou event of the third World Wushu Stars in Xian, capital of Shaanxi Province in central China, Saturday night. -IRNA - 9/24/06

Muslims Begin Marking Holy Month Of Ramadan
Muslims around the world have begun, or are preparing to observe, the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims are meant to purify both their thoughts and actions. -RFE - 9/24/06

Quake jolts Tabas in southeastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit the outskirts of the city of Tabas in the southeastern province of Yazd on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/24/06

Quakes hit Firouzabad and Assalouyeh in southern Iran
Two earthquakes measuring 3.6 and 3.5 degrees on the Richter scale jolted the cities of Firouzabad and Assalouyeh in the southern provinces of Fars and Bushehr Sunday, respectively. -IRNA - 9/24/06

Bush's Options on Iran
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did his best to insult President Bush and offend American public opinion during his visit to the United Nations. His performance was primarily for consumption back home, where baiting the Americans and outraging the Israelis plays well. -Boston Globe - 9/24/06

Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations. -Common Dreams - 9/24/06

Children of 'the resistance'
A National Post investigation has found the banned terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq recruited teens in Canada and sent them abroad to overthrow the Iranian government by force. Today, we begin a five-part series about a Canadian family that got deeply involved with the guerrillas -- and now regrets it. -National Post, Canada - 9/24/06

War Signals?
As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have moved up the deployment of a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. -Nation - 9/24/06

Iran's Minister of commerce calls for speeding up WTO accession
Minister of Commerce Masoud Mirkazemi on Sunday called for speeding up accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) saying it is the first step for economic development. -IRNA - 9/24/06

Iranian-Born American Anousheh Ansari Is World's First Muslim Woman in Space
When Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 18 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, she accomplished more than fulfilling a childhood dream: She made the history books. -Washington File - 9/23/06

Iran: Early Race For Clerical Assembly Gets Bitter
Early competition to head the Assembly of Experts, the influential assembly that oversees the work of the supreme leader, pits a pragmatic former president against a fundamentalist seminarian with close ties to the current president. Another possible choice, ex-president and reformist Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, lies somewhere in the middle. -RFE - 9/23/06

Letter to Mr. Akbar Ganji: On Letter to America
read with interest your earnest appeal in "Letter to America" [1] posted in Washington Post today. I appreciate and share many of the views you've expressed and the necessary measures needed to ease tensions between Iran and the United States. I also fully understand your lingering bitterness and bias against Iranian government which is a natural reaction to your unjust and gratuitous 6-year long incarceration. -Daniel M Pourkesali - 9/23/06

Pope to Meet Monday with Muslim Envoys
Pope Benedict has scheduled a Monday meeting with Muslim diplomatic envoys and leaders of Italy's Islamic community to explain comments about Islam that he says were misunderstood. -VOA - 9/23/06

Iran Threatens 'Lightning' Response To Attacks
Iran has warned its armed forces would strike back "like lightning" against any attack on the country and will destroy "the enemy." Iranian Vice President Parviz Davudi was speaking at an army parade to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in 1980. - 9/23/06

French, German, Russian Leaders to Discuss Iran Nuclear Issues
The leaders of France, Russia and Germany are meeting in Paris Saturday for talks expected to focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions and the Middle East. -VOA - 9/23/06

Negotiations on Peace Pipeline between Iran-Pakistan-India to be finalized in November
Negotiations on the Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas deal or the so-called "Peace Pipeline Project" would be finalized after the designated consultant company tasked with working out a pricing formula presents its report in November, noted here on Saturday, Iran's deputy oil minister for international affairs Mohammad Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian. -MNA - 9/23/06

New Terror That Stalks Iraq's Republic of Fear
The republic of fear is born again. The state of terror now gripping Iraq is as bad as it was under Saddam Hussein. Torture in the country may even be worse than it was during his rule, the United Nation's special investigator on torture said yesterday. -Independent - 9/23/06

Annan appoints cellist Yo-Yo Ma as UN peace messenger for his music of harmony
As part of worldwide celebrations today marking International Day of Peace, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a UN Messenger of Peace, commending him for his dedication to bridging cultural differences between nations and for spreading a message of harmony through his music. -UN News Center - 9/23/06

Attack on Iran? The Power of Public Opinion
In the past few weeks, we've been reminded that public opinion can constrain the actions of government officials who seek to bring us into conflict with other nations. The Bush Administration's attempt to pressure Congress into granting it immunity to abuse and torture detainees – not only in the future but also for acts committed over the last five years – has been slowed and may be halted. -Common Dreams - 9/23/06

Iranian experts succeed in biological fight against two major honeybee diseases
Iranian experts have succeeded in the biological fight against two important honeybee diseases caused by the mites Varroa and Acarapis. -MNA - 9/23/06

Letter to President Lee Bollinger of Columbia University on scrapping plans for speech by Iranian President
What a sad day for Columbia university, indeed, for our country, when one of its finest universities succumbs to the pressures of a minority group and erodes the pillars of democracy, free speech, and education. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/23/06

U.S.-Based Group Offers $50 Million To Promote Nuclear Security
U.S.-based organization is offering the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) $50 million toward the creation of an international nuclear fuel reserve that would allow countries to reap the benefits of civil nuclear power without having to develop nuclear enrichment capabilities that could pose a weapons proliferation risk. -Washington File - 9/23/06

Iraq: Neighbors Pledge Support On Security, Yet Again
The interior ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries pledged at a September 19 conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to help boost security along their borders to prevent terrorist infiltration into Iraq. -RFE - 9/23/06

Peace heralds to invite the world to Iran
A group of Iranian peace and friendship messengers is scheduled to start its world tour next spring to introduce the culture, tourist attractions, and cultural heritage of its homeland to 131 countries, Iran's Touring and Automobile Club announced here on Saturday. -MNA - 9/23/06

Iran: Juvenile Offenders Face the Hangman's Noose
The scheduled executions in Iran this week of two juvenile offenders – and their last-minute reprieve – highlight the country’s status as the world leader in juvenile executions, Human Rights Watch said. - 9/23/06

New academic year starts in Iran
The new academic year in Iran began Saturday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ringing the bell at a boy's elementary school in southern Tehran. -IRNA - 9/23/06

Iran: Calls for Dialogue with the United States
Hours after he spoke to the United Nations, the Iranian president made this clear, unequivocal statement to a group of us during a private meeting in New York. The Mennonite Central Committee organized an extraordinary, private session for about 50 people to dialogue with President Ahmadinejad about the escalating crisis between the U.S. and Iran. -David Culp, FCNL - 9/23/06

US-Iran Relations: Perils and Promises
For over a quarter of century, the US and Iran have been hostile towards each other. The problem began with the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the subsequent taking of American hostages in Tehran. Even before the Revolution, many Iranians were bitter toward the US for helping the British to overthrow their democratically elected Prime Minster Mohammad Mosadeq in 1953, and to support Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the dictator whom the Revolution overthrew. -Hooshang Amirahmadi - 9/22/06

Reformist Iranian Journalist Urges Use Of Internet
A top Iranian reformist journalist, Isa Saharkhiz, has called on Iran's journalists to use new ways to counter state crackdown on media. -RFE - 9/22/06

Iran's Caesarean Section Craze
Well accustomed to elective surgery, Iranian women are choosing C-sections at such a high rate that it's a challenge now to find a doctor who will perform a "medieval" vaginal birth -Azadeh Moaveni, TIME - 9/22/06

Sanctions against countries violating nuclear rules may backfire, Russia warns UN
Calling for the "systematic strengthening" of nuclear non-proliferation measures, the Russian Federation also warned the United Nations General Assembly today that applying sanctions to violator countries "without calculating their consequences might bring unpredictable results." -UN News Center - 9/22/06

Iran's Reliable Partners in UNSC
Historically speaking, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been the source of much international as well as domestic tension. -Jalal Alavi - 9/22/06

Italy Boosts Talks on Iran But Real Test Lies Ahead
After a tense week with several U.S. allies breaking ranks with the George W. Bush administration on Iran, an agreement has been reached to give diplomacy a bit more time. -IPS - 9/22/06

Columbia scraps plans for speech by Iranian president amid criticism from Jewish group
Columbia University has scrapped plans for an address by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because of security and logistical problems. The move came as a Jewish activist group expressed outrage that the hard-line leader had been invited to speak. -AP - 9/22/06

Iran Has Called the West's Bluff on the Nuclear Standoff
The US cannot risk imposing stricter sanctions or military action. Fairness is now the only option -Guardian - 9/22/06

Afghanistan: Rights Watchdog Alarmed At Continuing 'Honor Killings'
UN-backed rights watchdog has expressed continuing concern over violence against women in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) released disturbing figures in mid-September on violence against women and girls, including dozens of cases of so-called honor killings. -RFE - 9/22/06

Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis
Newsnight has obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq, as well as an interview with one of the former commandos who carried out the work. -BBC - 9/22/06

President Ahmadinejad's News Conference
AHMADINEJAD (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): I thank God, the almighty God, for giving me an opportunity to meet with my friends once again, and to speak about the important world affairs we face today. -Washington Post - 9/22/06

UN paints grim human rights picture in Iraq as killings spike; faults lack of central control
Despite considerable efforts by the Iraqi Government to ensure respect for human rights and re-establish the rule of law, an unprecedented number of civilians – 3,590 – were killed in July, bringing the total for July and August to nearly 6,600, most of them in Baghdad, the capital, according to a new United Nations report released today. - 9/22/06

Uncovering Iran's ancient past
When the BBC's Zahid Warley arrived in Iran for a special Radio 4 programme, it was not his first visit - that was in the 70s when Tehran was a stop-off on the hippy trail. - 9/22/06

Iran War, Diplomacy on Parallel Tracks
If you're feeling increasingly confused about whether the administration of President George W. Bush is determined to go to war with Iran or whether it is instead truly committed to a diplomatic process with its European allies to reach some kind of modus vivendi, you're not alone. -IPS - 9/22/06

Iran's Ahmedinejad Steals Spotlight On Busy Day At UN
The leaders of Lebanon, Serbia and Colombia headed a list of heads of state and ministers addressing day three of the annual U.N. General Assembly debate. On the sidelines, the Security Council held a high-level discussion on the Middle East. But Iran's president stole the spotlight. -VOA - 9/22/06

Iran qualifies for world youth volleyball event
Iran trounced India 3-0 here Thursday to lift the Asian youth volleyball trophy for the third time and win a ticket to Morocco, the venue of the world meet. -MNA - 9/22/06

Akbar Ganji's Letter to America
My brief journey to your beautiful and amazing country began in New York City with a symbolic hunger strike in front of United Nations headquarters. Its purpose was to bring to the world's attention the plight of political prisoners in my country, Iran. We demand that all political prisoners in Iran be freed. I am certain that you appreciate our desire for freedom; it was, after all, the main principle upon which your country was founded. -Washington Post - 9/22/06

A Night in Darakeh
Darakeh is a village on the slopes of the mountains to the north of Tehran and is one of the many spots that people can go for a soft or hard hike depending on how far they wish to walk. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/22/06

Riccardo Zipoli: The Iranian literature and landscape
The acquired familiarity with this quality of the Iranian landscape could turn out to be useful in illustrating – if not actually penetrating – a specific aspect of the Iranian spirit, which often eludes the modern Western mentality and which has a clear and easily perceivable counterpart in nature: the tendency to create varied refined combinations through the differentiated juxtapositions of a few elements, as one can easily find in the Iranian music, poetry and miniature. - 9/21/06

Iranian actress-turned-director Karimi to head jury at Reykjavik filmfest
Iranian actress-turned-director Niki Karimi has been selected as the head of the jury for the 3rd Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), which will be held from September 28 to October 8 in the Icelandic capital. - 9/21/06

Iran Denies Clandestine Spinach Program
On Tuesday Iran's foreign minister repeated the claim that Iran has no spinach program. Even if it did, he argued, it would only be intended for peaceful purposes and not some reckless foray into weaponized agriculture as the Bush administration has alleged. But by that point, however, the White House position was clear: Iran must not be allowed to possess or distribute spinach at any cost. -Ridiculopathy Daily - 9/21/06

I Put My Money On War
I made a bet with my friend over beer yesterday after work. “If the Republicans retain control of at least one house of Congress after the November elections, we will be bombing Iran within four months.” That puts us at early February. -TomPaine - 9/21/06

Iran, Syria show stronger ties
Iran and Syria are forging a closer alliance that includes military and intelligence cooperation to face the gathering regional and international isolation they find themselves in, say Syrian officials and analysts. -Washington Times - 9/21/06

Iran, Iraq to be linked via fiberoptics
Iran's communications network will be linked to Iraq's via the fiberoptic terminals at Iran's western border. -MNA - 9/21/06

You worry about nukes — just give me a nose job
SHIRAZ, Iran — Kill me, but make me beautiful. It may be an ancient Iranian saying, but women here are taking it as seriously as ever. They want smaller noses. -NNS - 9/21/06

Iran FM criticizes Britain for "subversive" stance
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has criticized the British government for taking a "subversive" stance in Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West. -MNA - 9/21/06

Iran-Made PT Boat Launches Mission
Iran-made PT boat named 'Joshan' joined Iranian navy Wednesday morning in the presence of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. -Fars - 9/21/06

Six Questions for Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh on the CIA and the Iraq War
Recently retired head of key CIA unit calls for Iraq “exit strategy”; says there was “no evidence” of Saddam–bin Laden links -Harper - 9/21/06

Keep a Cool Head
In a rare U.S. appearance, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the United Nations yesterday in New York. Beyond the novelty of the visit, though, and amid the European Union's claims of progress in negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program, Americans no doubt have a sense of déjà vu. -Cato Institute - 9/21/06

Iranian President Talks At U.S. Think Tank
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad held an informal question-and-answer session in New York with members of a prestigious foreign policy think tank. - 9/21/06

Preventing proliferation or imposing apartheid?
The strategy of the Western countries vis-à-vis Iran is nothing short of nuclear apartheid and is precisely the very same failed policy of monopoly and exclusion adopted by the United States at onset of the nuclear age which actually led to nuclear proliferation before ratification of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. -Daniel M Pourkesali - 9/21/06

IRAQ: Displaced villagers in north face harsh conditions
Since last May, parts of Kurdish-dominated northern Iraq have been the targets of sporadic bombardments by Iranian and Turkish armies, for the alleged presence of Kurdish rebels there. -IRIN - 9/21/06

Mr. President: I listened
And so I am prompted to respond, for in the words of Martin Luther King: "there comes a time when silence is betrayal". I do not wish to betray the United States. Further, as the late Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq said: "If I remain silent, I have sinned" I am not a sinner. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/21/06

Exporting Democracy to Iran a Bad Idea, Says Hoover's "Iran Specialist"
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (www.baiad.org) hosted a public educational event with guest speaker Dr. Abbas Milani on Sunday, September 17. Dr. Milani, Co-Director of Iran Democracy Project, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University, discussed three paradigms on how the U.S. can help Iran transition to democracy. - 9/21/06

Nations' Rich Trade With Iran Is Hurdle For Sanctions Plan
Iran is unquestionably a promising market. It is the region's largest economy after Saudi Arabia, it is flush with oil wealth and many of its 68 million people yearn for consumer goods largely unavailable for decades. Germany exported more than $5 billion of goods to Iran last year. The Chinese get around 18% of their crude oil from Iran and have many other business relations with the country. The European Union is backing plans for a natural-gas pipeline through Turkey that could collect gas from Iran. -WSJ - 9/21/06

A father's plea to save her daughter from execution
I, Abolfazl Rahmanpour, the father of Kobra Rahmanpour pledge you to protest to the unfair sentence of my young daughter. - 9/21/06

Abbas Kiarostami off to Films from the South festival in Olso
During the festival Films from the South opening October 5th 2006 in Oslo, a broad assembly of Kiarostami’s works will be presented in Oslo. - 9/21/06

Ey! Iran: of Contemporary Iranian Photography in (Exhibition in Australia)
The art of photography has developed in parallel with the highly regarded art of film making in Iran. In the same vein that contemporary Iranian filmmakers portray their vision of Iran with a compelling quiet reserve, the work of artists selected for this exhibition communicates to international audiences with the same subtle boldness. -Gold Coast City Art Gallery - 9/21/06

Iran: Concerns about health of former student activist Ahmad Batebi
Former student activist Ahmad Batebi is now known to be held in Evin prison in the capital, Tehran. His relatives have been permitted to visit him there three times. He called off his hunger strike shortly after his family's first visit to him in detention on 21 August. However, he is still said to be seriously mentally and physically ill. Prison authorities are reportedly denying him access to the medical treatment he needs. -Amnesty International - 9/21/06

Congressional Critics Blast Iran on Human Rights
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations coincided with sharp criticism of the Iranian leader in the U.S. Congress. The House of Representatives debated three resolutions dealing with political and human rights issues in Iran -VOA - 9/20/06

Iranian Journalists Protest Against Closures
Iranian journalists today met to protest the recent closure of four publications, including the reformist newspaper "Shargh." - 9/20/06

A Date With a Dangerous Mind
Face to face with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man whose swaggeris stirring fears of war with the U.S. -TIME - 9/20/06

Major Powers Back Further EU Talks With Iran
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns says six major world powers have agreed to back further European Union talks with Iran but hints that Washington will push for sanctions if Tehran continues sensitive nuclear work. -RFE - 9/20/06

U.S. Urges Iran To Halt Nuclear Program, Resume Negotiations
The United States is prepared to enter into diplomatic discussions with Iran for the first time since the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran if Iran verifiably suspends its uranium enrichment activities. -Washington File - 9/20/06

Bush Says U.S. At War With Extremists, Not Islam
In an address at the opening of the 61st session of the UN General Assembly, U.S. President George W. Bush today delivered a conciliatory speech to the people of the Middle East, saying the United States respects Islam and isn't at war with Muslims. -RFE - 9/20/06

2nd Tsunami Seminar Kicks off in Iran
Tehran seminar comes in the aftermath of the catastrophic Tsunami incident in south-east Asia in 2004, which inflicted irrevocable damage and caused astronomical death tolls. -Fars - 9/20/06

Iranian engineer invents anti-snoring pillow in Germany
An Iranian engineer based in the northeastern city of Rostock has invented a new anti-snoring pillow, the German edition of Financial Times newspaper said Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/20/06

Expert: Tactical nukes needed to blast Iranian defenses
Tactical nuclear weapons would be required to penetrate the defenses Iran has constructed around its nuclear facilities, according to Col. (res.) Shlomo Mofaz, an international consultant on terrorism and intelligence and a research fellow at the Institute of Counterterrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. -Jerusalem Post - 9/20/06

Iran's growing regional influence
Iran is now a regional superpower, and ever since the Islamic revolution in 1978-9, we in the West have consistently misunderstood it. -BBC - 9/20/06

Golf Makes Comeback in Iran After Hiatus
Golf never has been very popular in Iran. Even during the days of the shah, there was a single 18-hole course in Tehran: The Imperial Country Club. -Forbes - 9/20/06

Wash. Post buried report questioning Iran nuke intel, despite mea culpa for doing the same on Iraq
After examining The Washington Post's coverage of prewar intelligence on Iraq, executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. admitted that the newspaper did not give "proper play" to stories that could have been seen as challenging the Bush administration's pro-war arguments. Despite this admission, it appears the Post is following the same pattern in its coverage of intelligence on Iran's nuclear capability. -Media Matters - 9/20/06

Israel Cluster Bomb Use in Lebanon "Outrageous": UN
Israel scattered at least 350,000 unexploded cluster bomblets on south Lebanon in its war with Hizbollah, mostly when the conflict was all but over, leaving a deadly legacy for civilians, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. -Reuters - 9/20/06

Welcome! President Ahmadinejad
Neturei Karta International, a world wide organization of Orthodox Jews opposed to Zionism has officially extended her hand, together with many believing Jews, to the Iranian President Ahmadinejad, upon his historic visit to the United States. -Neturei Karta - 9/20/06

Kofi Annan Asked To Restage UN Holocaust Exhibition
Edgar M. Bronfman, the president of the World Jewish Congress, has urged United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan to re-stage last year's UN Holocaust exhibition during next week's visit by Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. -IsraCast - 9/20/06

Iranian Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets early release after nearly 18 months in prison
Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the early release of blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who was serving a combined sentence of two years and 10 months in prison. He was formally freed on 12 September but had in fact been on home leave since June. Arrested in February 2005, he spent nearly 18 months in prison for a few messages posted on his blog. - 9/20/06

German banking group slams US financial sanctions on Iran
The Berlin-based Association of German Banks lashed out at the US for imposing a ban on American bank transactions with Bank Saderat Iran, the German edition of the Financial Times (FTD) reported Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/20/06

Bush Clears Task Force to Meet With Iranians
While his handlers worked assiduously Tuesday to ensure that U.S. President George W. Bush did not run into his Iranian nemesis, Mahmood Ahmedinejad, in the corridors of the U.N., a legendary fixer for the Bush family announced that the White House had cleared him to meet with a “high representative” of Tehran’s government. -IPS - 9/20/06

Panacea Pharmaceuticals to Present Data on a Novel Cancer Biomarker
Panacea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will present data on their novel and proprietary cancer biomarker during the Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic Development meeting, sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, starting today in Chicago. Several Iranian-Americans, including Hossein A. Ghanbari, Ph.D. Chairman, CEO/CSO, and co-founder, are among key personnel of Panacea. - 9/20/06

Ahmadinejad Reaffirms Iran's Right to Enrich Uranium
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a U.N. General Assembly speech late Tuesday, stood firm behind what he said was his country's right to enrich uranium as part of a nominally peaceful nuclear program. Big-power foreign ministers meanwhile discussed possible sanctions against Tehran. -VOA - 9/20/06

Anousheh Ansari Launches Prodea Systems
Anousheh, Hamid, and Amir Ansari, entrepreneurs with an innovative approach to building companies that transform the marketplace, have established Prodea Systems, Inc., to focus on significantly enhancing the digital home experience. - 9/20/06

Iran, US Fight to Protect Artifiacts
It is a case that has victims of a terrorist bombing seeking restitution from a U.S. museum, and the U.S. State Department and the government of Iran on the same side. Jeff Swicord reports on an unusual legal case pending before Federal Court in Chicago. -VOA - 9/20/06

Iran's Zam Zam to offer unique soft drink soon
Zam Zam Group is the largest producer of soft drinks in Iran. At the moment, it is coming up with new generation of beverages using date extract in place of common types of sugar employed in this industry, chief executive officer of the company said on Tuesday. -MNA - 9/20/06

A photograph with Ramin
A few weeks ago I went walking in the Alborz mountains, close to the north of Tehran, with one of my cousins-in-law, Ramin. We got to the village of Darakeh, where many Tehranis go for a hike in the mountain, by shared taxi from our house and stopped for chai at one of the many teahouses that line the route into the mountains. -Paul Sanford - 9/20/06

Iran's Nuclear Program: America's Policy Options
Although it is possible that negotiations between the leading powers in the international community and Iran may produce a settlement to the vexing issue of Iran's nuclear program, it is more likely that those negotiations will fail. If that happens, U.S. policymakers face a set of highly imperfect options. -Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato Institute - 9/19/06

Tehran's ordinary flower shops
I want to share one of Tehran's simple pleasures. I love flowers and I try never to go anywhere empty handed and I think most Tehran flower shops do a great job of wrapping and decorating the flowers you choose. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/19/06

Report on systematic violation of Human Rights in MKO/NCRI Camp Ashraf in Iraq
Based on the documents, and testimonies of some former MKO members and their immediate families, the majority of the residents of Camp Ashraf are denied contact with the outside world and their families are banned from visiting them. Recently the Iraqi Government does not even issue visas to those families who hope to visit their relatives in this camp. -CTDHR - 9/19/06

Women graduates challenge Iran
The number of women graduating from Iran's universities is overtaking the number of men, promising a change in the job market and, with it, profound social change. -BBC - 9/19/06

Iranian Students Concerned Over Security Raid
Iran's largest reformist student group is expressing concern over yesterday's inspection of the main office of its alumni association in Tehran by security forces. -RFE - 9/19/06

Iranian reporters denied US visas to cover UN General Assembly session
A group of Iranian reporters and photographers who were to travel with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York were refused visas by US State Department officials although they had officially applied for such visas one week earlier -IRNA - 9/19/06

Afghanistan: More of the same
I don’t know if you have paid any attention to the news coming out of Afghanistan or not; but if you did, you probably think that NATO forces are winning the war. The headlines are full of stories about how NATO forces have killed so many Taliban fighters in battles in the south of the country. Yet at the same time we hear that soldiers’ moral are on the decline and that they have to fight almost 18+ hours a day without rest. -Abbas Bakhtiar - 9/19/06

The Iranian nuclear stand-off: A political or technical problem?
The deadlock over Iran’s nuclear program has political rather than technical roots. The technical aspect is solvable, but it requires political will. -Bahram Rajaee, NIAC - 9/19/06

Iran, the US, and nuclear plans: pen and sword
There is no future in the United States’s punitive mood towards Iran, says Behrad Nakhai: the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear researches can only be solved by dialogue. -Open Democracy - 9/19/06

Maziar Bahari on the Similarities Between U.S. and Iran
NOW on the News examines the "why" behind current headlines. Listen to Maria Hinojosa's interview with Newsweek's Iranian correspondent, Maziar Bahari, who she speaks to from Tehran. -PBS - 9/19/06

Iranian-born female space tourist inspiring women back in homeland
An Iranian-American woman who blasted off into space on Monday has become something of an inspiration for women in the Islamic republic, who want greater rights in this country where ruling hard-line clerics restrict their opportunities and roles. -AP - 9/19/06

The Smell of Fear: Bush Terrified to Be Seen with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad
According to Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on this morning’s FOX & Friends First, George W. Bush and his handlers are “terrified” that the American President might end up in the same room with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sometime in the next few days. -News Hound - 9/19/06

Pope has joined US crusade, says Iran
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday accused the Pope of committing the world's biggest Christian church to what he claimed was a "crusade" launched by President Bush against Islam. -Guardian - 9/19/06

A Glimpse of Where Peace Lives
SHIRAZ, Iran -- Smoothing her almond-brown hair and smiling so his eyes tightened at the corners, Amir Ghaffarian lifted his 6-year-old niece, Melika, and called her ziba, the Farsi word for beautiful. -NNS - 9/19/06

N.Y.'s Jewish Leaders Reject Offer To Meet Iran's Leader
Jewish leaders in New York are spurning a request from the Council on Foreign Relations to meet with the president of Iran when he arrives for the U.N. General Assembly. -New York Sun - 9/19/06

Don't Attack Iran: Hans Von Sponeck main speaker at meeting in London
Hans Von Sponeck, the former UN Assistant Secretary General and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, will be the main speaker at the joint public meeting of Action Iran and the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) in London September 19, 2006. The meeting will be broadcast by the Middle East Radio. - 9/19/06

Congress researcher says barred from Iran
A researcher for the U.S. Congress was turned back en route to Iran for a security conference when his visa was rescinded at the last moment, he said on Monday. -Reuters - 9/19/06

How Iran's Populist Lost His Popularity
With prices rising and the economy stagnating, Iranians view their President as less a national hero than the latest in a long line of ineffectual bureaucrats -Azadeh Moaveni, TIME - 9/19/06

Middle East: Imperial assault and tasks for the left: Ardeshir Mehrdad interviewing Alex Callinicos
Ardeshir Mehrdad: Can we start with the political context. In general terms, how would you describe the current political situation in the Middle East? Alex Callinicos: The current situation – not only but especially in the Middle East – is defined by the imperialist offensive mounted by the United States and its closest allies (notably Israel and Britain) since 11 September 2001. - 9/19/06

Pride in space as Iran cheers first Muslim's journey to the stars
Before she left Earth, Mrs Ansari said: "I think my flight has become a sort of ray of hope for young Iranians living in Iran, helping them to look forward to something positive, because everything they've been hearing is all so very depressing and talks of war and talks of bloodshed." -Independent - 9/19/06

EU, US Divide Over Iran Nuclear Program Widens
French President Jacques Chirac called Monday for more negotiations with Iran, and said he opposed threatening Tehran with sanctions at the moment. Mr. Chirac's remarks underline a growing divide between Europe and Washington over ways to coax Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. -VOA - 9/19/06

Karun-2 Dam continues tragedy of cultural destruction at ancient Izeh
The Khuzestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department (KCHTD) recently sent a letter to the Energy Ministry requesting its officials begin archaeological studies before the project becomes operational on the Sussan Plain, where many Elamite, Parthian, Achaemenid, and Sassanid era sites are located. -MNA - 9/19/06

Persian Pride: Mehregan Festival in Orange County, California
On September 9 and 10, 2006, Orange County witnessed the 11th Annual Mehregan Persian Festival. Organized jointly by NIPOC, Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County, Khayam Persian School Foundation, and other Iranian cultural and student groups in Southern California and hundreds of volunteer who donated their time and pounds of their talent to bring to life the traditions, tastes, sights and sounds of their beloved country in a land far away from their roots, and to share with others a culture too rich and unique not to be shared. -Hossein Hosseini - 9/19/06

New Report: Administration Moving Forward on Plans for Bombing Attacks in Iran
In a new report for The Century Foundation, Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner warns that some in the Bush administration are making the case for air strikes aimed not only at setting back Iran’s nuclear program, but also at toppling the country’s government. He says that these officials are undeterred by the concerns of military leaders about whether such attacks would be effective. - 9/19/06

Iran, France to sign $2.7b gas deal Wednesday
Despite the U.S. sanctions and business restriction on Iran, the coming Wednesday is to witness the inking of a finance agreement between National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and French Societe General Bank for development plans in oil- and gas-rich southern Iran. -MNA - 9/18/06

Socialist Cuba Hosts 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
During the days of September 11-16, 2006, more than 50 heads of state and 3000 delegates from 118 under-developed countries assembled in Havana, Cuba, to participate in the 14th annual summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). According to a report on the Digital Granma International, the movement currently has 116 members: 53 from Africa, 38 from Asia, 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean and one from Europe. -Ardeshir Ommani - 9/18/06

Europeans Trying to Grease Wheels for U.S. Talks With Iran
European efforts to get Iran and the United States around the same negotiating table are at an advanced yet sensitive stage, with a small number of remaining differences to be tackled this week when world leaders gather at the United Nations, according to several American, Iranian and European officials involved. -Washington Post - 9/18/06

Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Blasts Off
It was a picture-perfect launch into the clear blue skies of Central Asia. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now heading for the International Space Station, with three space travelers on board. They include the world's first female space tourist - an Iranian-American woman. Anousheh Ansari says she still feels close to the Iranian people and is wearing patches of both Iran and the United States on her space suit. -VOA - 9/18/06

Shift in Iran strategy shows lack of options
After intense talks about Iran's nuclear program, the United States and other major world powers face two unappealing choices as the UN General Assembly opens this week: introduce a resolution in the Security Council for sanctions against Tehran that may not be tough enough to make a difference, or delay any punitive measures, rendering their diplomacy on Iran meaningless. -New York Times - 9/18/06

US will regret any decision to attack Iran: Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday evening that the US government will definitely regret any decision to attack Iran. Chavez's remarks came as he addressed a ceremony granting Venezuela's highest emblem, the Liberator Medal, to the visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who arrived in Caracas Sunday. -IRNA - 9/18/06

In a Replay of Iraq, A Battle is Brewing Over Intelligence on Iran
In an echo of the intelligence wars that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a high-stakes struggle is brewing within the Bush administration and in Congress over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program and involvement in terrorism. -McClatchy Newspapers - 9/18/06

What war with Iran would look like
The orders didn't actually command the ships out of port; they just said be ready to move by October 1. A deployment of minesweepers to the east coast of Iran would seem to suggest that a much discussed, but until now largely theoretical, prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran. -TIME - 9/18/06

Iran, Venezuela Allied in Opposition to United States
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his opposition to the United States, and says Iran and Venezuela have common thoughts, objectives and interests. -VOA - 9/18/06

India to work on gas pipeline project: Prime Minister
Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that India will work on the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline once the report of experts on the feasibility of the project is available. -IRNA - 9/18/06

Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant start-up to be finalized in ten days
Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's Federal Agency for Nuclear Power, said Sunday in Vienna that he and Iranian officials will hold a meeting within the next ten days to finalize the date for the start-up of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. -MNA - 9/18/06

U.S. War Prisons Legal Vacuum for 14,000
In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law.-AP - 9/18/06

Bush to UN: An agenda for freedom
When President Bush speaks to the United Nations General Assembly here this week, he will studiously avoid Iran's President Mahmoud Amadinejad. And Mr. Bush probably won't take up the controversial leader's challenge to the American president to face him in a "civilizational debate." -CSM - 9/18/06

Stoning Women to Death
On June 29, 2006, a court in the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced Malak Ghorbany, a 34-year-old mother of two, to a brutal death by stoning after finding her guilty of adultery. -Village Voice - 9/18/06

UN best venue for Ahmadinejad-Bush debate: Government Spokesman
President Ahmadinejad in his recent press conference invited his US counterpart to a live televised face-to-face debate on condition that there should be no censorship. -IRNA - 9/18/06

Iranian Christian MPs condemn Pope's remarks
The two Armenian Orthodox MPs of the Iranian Majlis issued a statement on Sunday condemning Pope Benedict XVI's offensive remarks about Islam. -MNA - 9/18/06

Iran signs oil exploration contract with Norwegian company
contract for exploration and development of an oil block in Khorramabad was signed Sunday between the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and a Norwegian energy company. -IRNA - 9/18/06

Tehran again
I have been back in Tehran for a few weeks, after a few months trying to live in Oxford. We came back for my mom’s saal (the anniversary of her passing). The first two weeks went by so fast, as I was arranging the ceremony at our house that lots of family and friends attended. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/18/06

A New Psychological Disease!
I don’t know why whomever I come in close contact these days seem so strangely depleted of life, hope and motivation to be. Although these are major signs of depression, but the overall mental emotional state of us is different. In what sense? In the sense that genuine depressed cases seldom show up in parties and other unconventional gatherings and seldom would they travel or you would see them laughing, dancing and in one word enjoying themselves. We do. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 9/18/06

THE LAST DYNASTY: Sassanian Glory Exhibit In Paris
The Exhibition entitled Les Perses Sassanides, Fastes d'un Empire Oublié exhibits at the Cernuschi, Museum Paris, France 15th September to 30th December 2006. More than 200 items are presented at the exhibition and borrowed from the most prestigious international collections from museums in the United States, Europe and Iran testify of the diversity of this sumptuous art and of its various influences combining ancient Greek and authentic Persian traditions. -Darius KADIVAR, Paris - 9/18/06

Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari, First female space tourist, blasts off into orbit
The world's first female space tourist, Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari, started her journey to space Monday morning onboard the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft from Baikonur space center in southwestern Kazakhstan. - 9/18/06

Iran Wins Backing From Non-Aligned Bloc
A summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has ended in the Cuban capital, Havana, with Iran winning solid support in its nuclear row with the West. The document also opposes terrorism and urges reform of the United Nations to give poor countries' greater power. -RFE - 9/17/06

Ten Nobel Peace Prize Winners Take Aim at US
Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates called for world peace Saturday and took direct aim at the United States, asking an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 youth to demand the U.S. pull back its military, spread its wealth and offer aid to developing countries. -AP - 9/17/06

Iran: Vatican envoy summoned to Foreign Ministry
Vatican Ambassador to Tehran Cardinal Angelo Michela was summoned to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday when the Iranians' severe anxiety on and objection to the anti-Islam statements of Pope Benedict XVI were passed on to him. -IRNA - 9/17/06

University of Maryland publishes Iranian "Packet of Poems"
The University of Maryland has recently published the book "Packet of Poems", which is a compilation of selected works of contemporary Iranian poets. -MNA - 9/17/06

Peace Prize Winners Take Aim at U.S.
Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates called for world peace and took aim at U.S. policy makers, asking an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 youth to demand that the United States pull back its military, spread its wealth and offer aid to developing countries. -AP - 9/17/06

Iran, Cuba sign five MoUs
The MoUs were inked in presence of visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Cuba's acting president Raul Castro. -IRNA - 9/17/06

Iran: Biggest Ilamite Inscription Sprinkled with Paint
One of the most exquisite and valuable inscriptions denoted to the Elamite civilization, which is indeed the biggest one of its kind left from the rich civilization of Elam (3400 BC-550 BC), was found splashed with paint. No one has yet claimed responsibility for this cultural heritage disaster. -CHN - 9/17/06

Iranian President leaves Cuba for Venezuela
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrapped up his three-day visit to Cuba and left for Venezuela on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/17/06

US State Department Releases 2006 International Religious Freedom Report
The U.S. Department of State released its eighth annual International Religious Freedom Report September 15. The 2006 report examines countries' commitment to advancing religious freedom from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006. -Washington File - 9/17/06

Budget Drawn for Persian Gulf Shipwreck Excavation
With the discovery of the remains of an ancient shipwreck under the waters of the Persian Gulf which most probably belongs to either the Parthian or Sassanid dynastic eras, Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and Archeology Research Center have started some negotiations with South Pars Gas Company and were able to reach to an agreement, according to which the company has accepted to provide the necessary finance to cover the project expenses. -CHN - 9/17/06

Public Meeting in London: Iran and US War Drive in Middle East
Since 2001, the US and its allies have waged three wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon with disastrous consequences in each case. Are Iran and Syria the next targets in the US government's "war on terror"? -CASMII - 9/17/06

Anousheh Ansari: A passion for space travel
A wealthy Iranian-born American woman ventures into space on Monday bearing the flags of both countries on her space suit. -BBC - 9/16/06

Iran's oil bourse to be launched
Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said here on Friday that all preparatory requirements were arranged for launching the oil stock market in the country. - 9/16/06

Khatami answers reporters upon arrival from US visit
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami answered questions from enthusiastic reporters upon his arrival at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport Friday night from a controversial visit to the US. -IRNA - 9/16/06

Bush Says No Meeting With Iranian Leader At UN
U.S. President George W. Bush says he will not meet with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in New York next week. -RFE - 9/16/06

The Hoekstra-Harman Hoax: How the War Party plans to lie us into war – again
For the War Party, deception isn't just a tactic, or even a strategy – it's a lifestyle. That's why they're indifferent to getting caught. Like a hardened criminal arrested for his umpteenth felony, the neocons see brazen lying as just a routine procedure. Caught red-handed, they just move on to their next subterfuge, one invariably designed to drag us into war. -Antiwar.com - 9/16/06

Wood sculpture symposium kicks off in northern Tehran
Iran's First Wood Sculpture Symposium opened today at Tehran's Jamshidieh Park. -MNA - 9/16/06

Trilingual collection of poetry of Iran's ethnic groups to be published
The Anthropology Research Center of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) is to present the poems of various Iranian ethnic groups in a trilingual collection of books and CDs. -MNA - 9/16/06

Quake hits Shirvan in northeastern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale hit the outskirts of the city of Shirvan in the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Saturday. -IRNA - 9/16/06

How I Lost My Leg in Tehran
Today, some of the most original contemporary Iranian artists, such as Shirín Neshat, whose work is now banned in Iran, are living and working in exile in the U.S. And an exhibition of contemporary Iranian photography, organized by the Tehran museum, is touring U.S. museums without the blessings of either government. -Wall Street Journal - 9/16/06

EU Ministers Encourage 'Momentum' In Iran Talks
European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today expressed hope for a "breakthrough" in contacts with Iran over the country's nuclear project. -RFE - 9/16/06

US Religion Report Targets Uzbekistan, Iran, China
The U.S. State Department's annual report on religious freedom worldwide, issued Friday, is sharply critical of the record on that issue of Uzbekistan, Iran and China among others. But it credits several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Vietnam with improvements. -VOA - 9/16/06

'Suitcase' examines shades of immigrants' dislocation
Suitcase (Chaméda-n): Drama. By Farhad Ayeesh. Directed by Jim Cave and Mansour Taeed. (Through Sept. 24. Darvag Theater at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco. 85 minutes. - 9/16/06

Nobel winner says feminist movements hold key to democracy
Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, said supporting feminist movements in the Islamic world would better promote democracy than military force. -AP - 9/16/06

Iran: Car racing in no gender issue, says Laleh Seddigh
Iranian race-car driver Laleh Seddigh likes a challenge as much as she likes speed. A slim, petite 29-year-old with stunning looks, she was the first woman to ever compete against men in any sport in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. -AKI - 9/16/06

Economic Ties The Focus As Shanghai Group Meets in Tajikistan
The prime ministers of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and the Uzbek deputy prime minister met in Dushanbe today. They were joined by representatives from SCO observer nations Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, and Pakistan. -RFE - 9/16/06

Bush's Message to Iran
What would President Bush say to the Iranian people if he had a chance to communicate directly with them? I was able to put that question to Bush in a one-on-one interview in the Oval Office on Wednesday. His answer made clear that the administration wants a diplomatic solution to the confrontation over Iran's nuclear program -- one that is premised on an American recognition of Iran's role as an important nation in the Middle East. -Washington Post - 9/16/06

US vs. Iran (II): Hybrid War
American Heritage Dictionary defines politics as “the art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity”. But in reality politics is about social relations involving authority and power. We would like to think that we live in a civilised world where it is the moral principles and ethics rather than physical power that governs the conduct of the nations. But unfortunately, in our Darwinian world, there is no place for logical, moral or ethical arguments. -Abbas Bakhtiar - 9/15/06

Iranian-American To Be First Female Civilian In Space
When she was a girl, Anousheh Ansari used to lie on her back outside and gaze at the night sky. She dreamed of some day flying into space. Twenty-five years later, that day is almost here. -RFE - 9/15/06

NIAC President and Retired General call for US-Iran talks
In front of Congressional staff, NIAC President Trita Parsi joined Gen. Robert Gard (ret) in supporting negotiations with Iran without preconditions or delay to resolve the nuclear stand-off peacefully. “The pre-condition has trapped Europe,” Parsi pointed out while Gen. Gard urged Congress to reject stronger sanctions or regime change legislation. -NIAC - 9/15/06

Iran: Bishop Concerned About Human Rights After Visit
The charismatic Bishop Maly spent some days in the capital, Tehran, and the cities of Shiraz and Isfahan during his two-week trip. He says he was "discreetly" watched by security agents. -RFE - 9/15/06

Iran: Know Thine Enemy
There's been a blizzard of western media coverage of this avowed Islamic theocracy. But now a slew of new books by Persian-speaking journalists reveal how well we really know Iran. -Alternet - 9/15/06

Iran Looks to Increase Influence in Middle East, World Affairs
As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to court world leaders and openly defy the United States, Margaret Warner looks at what the ascendant Islamic republic wants to achieve with its growing influence. -PBS - 9/15/06

US Iran report branded dishonest
The UN nuclear watchdog has protested to the US government over a report on Iran's nuclear programme, calling it "erroneous" and "misleading". -BBC - 9/15/06

Shop Till Price Drops in Tehran's Big Bazaar
This is where you come to find the pulse of Tehran: the Bazareh Bozorg, or Big Bazaar. The bazaar is so vast it could hold about 150 football fields, yet its maze of passages are tightly packed with 80,000 tiny stores. -NNS - 9/15/06

Chavez backs Iran's policies vis-a-vis US
President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez on Thursday supported Iran's anti-colonial policies as well as the strong and clear positions of his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on US. -IRNA - 9/15/06

World parliaments group offers to broker U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks
The organization of 146 national parliaments sent a high-level delegation to Tehran over the weekend to meet with senior officials from Iran's government and parliament, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -AP - 9/15/06

Iranians shun Israelis at interfaith conference
Iran's Ayatollah Sadiki Roshed declined to meet with representatives of Israel at the second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana. -Jerusalem Post - 9/15/06

Tehran Avenue.com - The Discovering of Iranian Pop Culture
Tehran Avenue, is an Iranian Tehran-based online art project. The website was launched in 2001, with the aim of establishing a small city magazine. However, during the past five years, the small group of young writers who were its original contributors has grown into a sizable community.-MEMRI - 9/15/06

Iranian Official Complains U.S. Blocked His UN Visit
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pur-Mohammadi has complained to the United Nations that U.S. authorities have blocked his participation in a UN gathering by failing to issue him a visa. - 9/15/06

Modification of Jahan-Nama Tower falls short of UNESCO regulations
The modification of Isfahan's Jahan-Nama Tower was completed without proper observation of the regulations set by UNESCO for the operation. -MNA - 9/15/06

Terrorist Network Disconnect
George Bush’s new argument that Iran and Hezbollah are part of the same terrorist network as al-Qaida turns the recent history of international politics on its head to cover up a truth that makes the Bush administration extremely uncomfortable. -Tom Paine - 9/15/06

Panel Rebuffs Khatami’s US Tour and Bush’s Iran Policy
"We seek to liberate our homeland under a secular democratic government," Reza Pahlavi, the son of the former Shah, advocated in a press conference with other Iranian exiles and members of Congress in an effort to rebuff former Iranian premier Mohammad Khatami's US tour. -NIAC - 9/15/06

Hans Von Sponeck in Joint Action Iran and CASMII Meeting in London
Hans Von Sponeck, the former UN Assistant Secretary General and United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, will be the main speaker at the joint public meeting of Action Iran and CASMII UK in London September 19, 2006. - 9/15/06

Iranian authorities boast of success in Internet filtering
Iran is doing its utmost to isolate its citizens from the rest of the world by purging the Internet of independent content, in the name of ‘morality’, says Reporters Without Borders, noting that the authorities even brag about the success of their censorship. - 9/15/06

IAEA: Congress Panel Cooking Intel on Iran
The Washington Post is reporting today: "U.N. inspectors investigating Iran's nuclear program angrily complained to the Bush administration and to a Republican congressman yesterday about a recent House committee report on Iran's capabilities, calling parts of the document 'outrageous and dishonest' and offering evidence to refute its central claims." - 9/15/06

The Tenth Annual Iranian Arts and Cultural Event in Cupertino, California
Payvand Cultural School and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) present and invite the general public to their 10th Annual Arts and Cultural Festival at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center on Sunday, October 29, 2006 starting at 11 a.m to 6 p.m.. This free festival and fundraising event is a great opportunity to experience Iran's diverse culture. - 9/15/06

3rd Annual Mehregan Festival in Los Angeles
Mehregan is a calling to bring Harmony, Rhythm, Joy, and Gratitude into our life and the life of others. Inspired by the richness of this tradition, Mehregan is being celebrated on October 7th at Golden Bridge Yoga center at West Hollywood. Through Music, dance, Yoga and mediation we hope to bring back the spirit of this healing tradition. - 9/15/06

Iran condemns US obstacles against Iranian reporters' activities
Iran on Wednesday night condemned the obstacles created by US administration against free journalism activities of Iranian reporters, "even within the limited New York barriers." -IRNA - 9/14/06

Iranian President arrives in Cuba to attend G-15 meeting, NAM summit
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Group of 15 meeting this afternoon and deliver a speech as the representative of the Asian continent. Following the lectures of the heads of G-15 member states, given the end of Algeria's rotating chairmanship, Iran will be assigned as the group's new chairman. -IRNA - 9/14/06

Iran's IAEA envoy invites his US counterpart to debate on Iran's nuclear case
Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors meeting, Soltanieh declared his readiness to debate with Schulte in a meeting to be attended by all board members to fully review all technical, legal, security and political aspects of Iran's nuclear activities. -IRNA - 9/14/06

Photos & Report: Mehregan Festival in Orange County
This past weekend was the 11th Annual Mehregan Festival in Orange County organized by Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC). Since my friends and I had heard so much about this Huge Iranian gathering from several different sources, we decided to go and check it out for ourselves. -Talieh Shahrokhi, San Jose - 9/14/06

IAEA Says U.S. Report On Iran 'Erroneous'
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has protested to the U.S. government over what it says is false information about Iran's nuclear program. - 9/14/06

Action Iran and CASMII UK Unite in Action
Action Iran and CASMII UK , two London based single issue campaign groups against war and sanctions on Iran , have now united their forces in order to organise joint activities against the threats and war drive on Iran . Our close collaboration aims at the merging of the two organisations in Autumn 2006. - 9/14/06

End of occupation will resolve most of Iraq's problems: Iran's Supreme Leader
"We hope that one day the Iraqi nation will regain their rightful place and take the financial and human capital of the country into their own hands with the withdrawal of the foreigners," Ayatollah Khamenei told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is on the final day of his first official visit to Iran. -MNA - 9/14/06

Political Prisoners in Iranian Prisons in Grave Danger
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LDDHI) demand urgent independent investigations into recent deaths. - 9/14/06

Back from the brink, Iran and the US must now build comity
On his US trip, Khatami urged mild rhetoric and offered a way forward on Iraq. -CSM - 9/14/06

Iran, Iraq to sign agreement on integrated exploitation of joint oil fields
Iran and Iraq are planning to sign an agreement on integrated development and exploitation of their joint oil fields. Iraq's Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani and his Iranian counterpart, Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh by the next months, will sign the agreement, details of which are being worked on by the technical committee. -MNA - 9/14/06

Chinese PM reaffirms 'no' to Iran sanctions
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Thursday reiterated his opposition to imposing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, DPA reported. -IRNA - 9/14/06

Soldiers Reveal Horror of Afghan Campaign
Soldiers deployed in Helmand province five years on from the US-led invasion, and six months after the deployment of a large British force, have told The Independent that the sheer ferocity of the fighting in the Sangin valley, and privations faced by the troops, are far worse than generally known. -Independent - 9/14/06

Iran to help develop Afghan telecommunications sector
Based on an agreement signed between an Iranian telecommunications company as well as an Indian company and Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications, Iran will assist in the development of the telecommunications sector in the war-torn country. -IRNA - 9/14/06

Rice Says Major Powers to Discuss Iran Sanctions in New York
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday foreign ministers of major world powers will meet in New York as early as next week to discuss sanctions against Iran. U.S. officials believe Iran has been trying to string out diplomatic contacts on the issue in an effort to avoid sanctions. -VOA - 9/14/06

Ahmedinejad Invited to Auschwitz
Holocaust Survivor Noah Flug: 'We Invite Iranian President Ahmedinejad To Visit Auschwitz To See If There Was No Holocaust'... 'We Request To Participate At Upcoming Holocaust Conference In Tehran' -IsraCast - 9/14/06

Iranian-Canadians protest Toronto Sun column
A group of 75 Iranian-Canadians demonstrated outside the Toronto Sun’s King St. E. offices at noon today to protest a column by Michael Coren calling for a tactical nuclear strike on Iran. -Toronto Sun - 9/14/06

Iran Prepares for 'New Conditions' to Settle Nuclear Dispute
Iran's president says his country is open to what he calls "new conditions" to resolve the standoff with the West over Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 9/14/06

Celebration of Mehregan, The Festival of Autumn, in New York
The Iranian American Society of New York for its annual celebration of Mehregan (festival of Autumn) is presenting a concert with Ms. Tania Eshaghouff , pianist and composer and Ms Darya Dadvar, a most talented Iranian singer, coming from Paris. - 9/14/06

Persian Contemporary Poetry breathes new life, through translation
Interview with The Translation Project's Niloufar Talebi -Bruce Bahmani - 9/14/06

Iran: Government press commission closes three publications for indefinite period
Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned the closure of three leading reformist newspapers for an indefinite period. "This wave of censorship is totally unacceptable," the press freedom organisation said. "Political repression is now compounding the judicial harassment that Iran's journalists have been undergoing in recent weeks." - 9/13/06

Top Iranian general calls "Blow of Zolfaqar" war games unprecedented
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Abdorrahim Musavi here on Tuesday described the recently concluded "Blow of Zolfaqar" war games as the greatest and most unprecedented military exercises the Islamic Republic's Armed Forces have conducted in recent years. -MNA - 9/13/06

Nonaligned Movement Seeks Wider Role
All this week, Cuba is hosting a summit of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM), which many in the West consider an anachronism. Founded in 1961, NAM aimed to act as a counterweight to Western states and the Soviet bloc when most nations were being pressured to take sides in the Cold War. Its founders included heroes of the anticolonial struggle in Asia and Africa. -RFE - 9/13/06

Albright: 'Room for Optimism' in Confrontation with Iran
David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security and a well-known expert on Iran’s nuclear program, has published the hitherto secret Iranian response to the U.N. Security Council’s demand that it suspend its uranium enrichment program. -Council on Foreign Relations - 9/13/06

Khatami touts progress in Iran, both past, present
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said yesterday that he was satisfied with the progress he made toward expanding freedom in Iran during his eight years at the helm --and he asserted that Iran is still heading toward democracy. -Boston Globe - 9/13/06

Solana, Larijani to Hold Talks on Iran Nuclear Program on Thursday
European Union's foreign policy chief is to meet with Iran's top nuclear negotiator on Thursday to discuss possible ways to resolve Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West. -VOA - 9/13/06

Report: Europe ready for compromise on Iran nuclear issue
Europe is poised to compromise on Iran's nuclear program in a step that could break the year-long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the European daily Financial Times reported in its main first-page story Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/13/06

US Cautious Over Iran's Offer to Help Control Insurgency in Iraq
The United States has reacted cautiously to Iran's offer to help bring the insurgency in Iraq under control. -VOA - 9/13/06

Iran, Armenia Discuss Second Gas Pipeline
The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, today said that Iran and Armenia are discussing the possibility of constructing a second natural-gas pipeline. - 9/13/06

Khatami's US Visit Stirs Tension Among Iranian Right-Wing Factions
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami wrapped up an unprecedented visit to the United States on September 12. While the reform-minded Khatami defended Iran’s right to conduct nuclear research, his trip was viewed by the neo-conservative-dominated government in Tehran as subversive. -Eurasianet - 9/13/06

Iranian President Ahmadinezhad’s Relations with Supreme Leader Khamenei
Although it is true that power in Iran is not entirely in the hands of one person, Iran’s supreme leader has consolidated much power and is the final decisionmaker within the Islamic Republic. -Mehdi Khalaji. Washington Institute - 9/13/06

Khatami Attends Meeting in Riggs
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met with faculty, administrators and local leaders Friday in Riggs Library, in a visit to Georgetown that university officials did not publicize and kept closed from the public. -Georgetown University The Hoya - 9/13/06

Iran, world's third largest ostrich breeder
Iran is third only to South Africa and China in the world for ostrich breeding. Keyvan Niamanesh, the managing director of the largest ostrich farm told MNA on Wednesday that some 120,000 to 150,000 ostriches are annually raised in Iran. - 9/13/06

IDF Commander: We Fired More Than a Million Cluster Bombs in Lebanon
"What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war. -Haaretz, Israel - 9/13/06

Tehranians Fume Over Gridlock and Pollution
Old Jennifer Lopez songs fill the vintage green Peugeot as Bobak Doustan shakes his head. The bus in front of the 26-year-old car service driver has just pulled away and belched a dirty black glob of fumes on his car. -NNS - 9/13/06

New UN General Assembly president, a Bahraini Woman, says fighting poverty, UN reform to top agenda
Sheikha Haya is the first female General Assembly President since 1969 and the first Muslim woman to hold the post. "It does not matter that I am a Muslim or a Christian or Jewish," she told reporters. "We are human beings and we have the same worries and we have the same problems. -UN News - 9/13/06

Tremor hits Lordegan in Iran's southwestern province of Char Mahal Bakhtiari
A tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale hit the outskirts of the city of Lordegan in the southern province of Char Mahal Bakhtiari on Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/13/06

Neo-Con Favourite Declares World War III
Two years before the 2008 presidential election, Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, is trying desperately to grab the national spotlight by declaring he'd be a lot tougher than the George W. Bush in prosecuting what he calls "World War III". -IPS - 9/13/06

The Folly Of Exporting Democracy
A certain awareness of the limits on American power is growing among the wiser U.S. policy elites as a result of the disasters into which the Bush administration has led the United States. Even in these circles, however, a very widespread belief exists that in the former Soviet Union and in the Muslim world, America can compensate for these weaknesses by encouraging the spread of democracy. -TomPaine - 9/13/06

Iran to Manufacture a New Jet Fighter 'Saeqeh'
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Brigadier General Ghasem Mohammad Amini noted the newly manufactured fighter 'Saeqeh' (Lightening) by air force and defense industries experts and said that the sanctions imposed on Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution have pushed experts and officials to stand on their own and reach self-sufficiency in different fields. -Fars - 9/13/06

Iranian President Declares Ties With Iraq 'Excellent'
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today pledged to help authorities in neighboring Iraq to stabilize their country. Ahmadinejad made the pledge after talks with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki arrived in Tehran today for his first official two-day visit to Iran. -RFE - 9/13/06

Made In Iran
Whether or not Iran is building nuclear weapons, its auto industry, the largest in the Middle East, is learning how to cope with privation - and planning for worse. -Fortune - 9/12/06

Iranian President Pledges To Help Stabilize Iraq
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today pledged to help authorities in Iraq stabilize their country. Addressing a news briefing after talks with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamil al-Maliki, Ahmadinejad said that "Iraq's security is Iran's security." - 9/12/06

Central Bank of Iran to counter US Treasury Dept's decision against Iranian banks
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on Tuesday announced that it was taking appropriate measures to counter the US Department of Treasury's decision banning US banks from having dealings with Iranian banks, specifically Bank Saderat. -IRNA - 9/12/06

Iranians seek to create a tourist heaven on Persian Gulf island
Travel brochures advertise this Iranian island as "the pearl of the Persian Gulf." Girls are allowed to ride bikes and smoke water pipes in public. Boys can wear arm-baring muscle shirts and sport the kinds of long hairstyles that in Tehran would draw rebukes from religious authorities. -McClatchy Newspapers - 9/12/06

Silencing the Voices of Dissent
Inside the forced shutdown of Iran's most popular reformist paper, Shargh -TIME - 9/12/06

Iran discovers formula to cure AIDS: Health Minister
Minister of Health and Medical Education Kamran Baqeri Lankarani on Tuesday said in a long-awaited statement to announce the breakthrough made by Iranian scientists and researchers that the use of the formula for a three-month period, will have clinical effects on patients for a two-year term, comparing it with other medicines which are only effective while being administered. -IRNA - 9/12/06

Rice: U.S. Open To Talks If Iran Suspends Nuclear Work
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reiterated that Iran must halt its nuclear activities before the West opens negotiations on an incentive program. - 9/12/06

Archbishop of Tehran: No world peace without religious dialogue
Archbishop Sebu Sarkissian, the spiritual leader of Armenian Orthodox Christians in Tehran, said on Monday that dialogue is an absolute necessity of the modern world. -MNA - 9/12/06

Iran has established several hospitals in Lebanon : Official
Head of Iran's Red Crescent Organization (RCO) Abdol-Ra'ouf Adibzadeh told IRNA in Beirut on Monday that the Iranian RCO has so far constructed and established several hospitals and emergency wards in Lebanon. - 9/12/06

The rising might of the Middle East super power
As the cycle of United Nations Security Council conclaves begins, Iran’s nuclear ambitions seem to be surging without restraint – no longer subject to either diplomatic mediation or coercive resolution. And a unique confluence of events ensures that Iran will sustain its defiant posture. -Ray Takeyh, Financial Times - 9/12/06

The Master Plan
For the new theorists of jihad, Al Qaeda is just the beginning -New Yorker - 9/12/06

The Incoherence Of Iran
At the end of a 10-day visit in Tehran, I am struggling with a question: Is the Iranian revolution of 27 years ago following the normal arc of history and moving toward a rational and stable society? Or is this country still exploding with radical energy and a desire to export its revolution to other Muslim nations? -Hartford Courant - 9/12/06

The Global Elite Abandon The Neo-cons
As the global elite rapidly attempt to ditch the neo-cons and their psychotic plans, it is obvious that the neo-cons cannot succeed. The question does remain: How much destruction will come to bear before failure is undeniably clear? -From The Wilderness - 9/12/06

Foreign, domestic companies apply for Iranian Barter Market
Around 500 foreign and domestic companies have applied for joining the newly established Iranian Barter Market. -MNA - 9/12/06

U.S. Indifferent To Middle East Public Opinion: Iranian Academic
Mahan Abedin, the director of research at the Center for the Study of Terrorism (CST), a London-based organization that studies Islamization, democratization, and extremism in the Muslim world, said on Monday that the United States is indifferent to public opinion in the Middle East. -MNA - 9/12/06

Bullhorn Moment and the of Neo-Con Agenda
On this fifth anniversary of the terrible events on 9/11/2001, the airwaves are filled with coverage of ceremonies and memorials honoring those who perished as a result of these horrific and heinous attacks as well as speeches by our leaders and countless analysis by the so called experts using this day to instill fear in the heart of the masses and promote their idea of "War on Terror" as a way to keep us safe from another attack. -Daniel Pourkesali - 9/12/06

Iranian authorities close prominent critical daily and a monthly
The Committee to Protect Journalist condemns the closure of Iran's most prominent critical newspaper today for failing to remove an executive accused of publishing blasphemous articles and insulting officials. - 9/12/06

Iran Shuts Down Reformist Daily Shargh
Iran's conservative press watchdog, the Press Supervisory Board, has temporarily shut down Shargh, a leading reformist daily. Iranian news agencies say the paper has been ordered to stop publishing from September 12. - 9/11/06

India and the quest for world order
IN INTERNATIONAL affairs, minor details often tell us more about the big picture than ponderous declarations and weighty documents. Next week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will travel to Brasilia and Havana for important meetings aimed at cementing India's trilateral relationship with Brazil and South Africa as well as its role in the Non-Aligned Movement. -Siddharth Varadarajan, The Hindu - 9/11/06

Iran's oil revenues for 1st half of the year to reach USD 29B: official
Oil income for the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2006) is expected to reach USD 29 billion, an official of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said Monday. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Nuking it for peace? Seriously?
Calling Michael Coren's article, "We Should Nuke Iran", published in Sat Sep 2, 2006 issue of the Toronto Sun, outrageous is an understatement. The last time a nuclear bomb was used the human toll was so gargantuan that few people could conceive the idiocy of repeating the carnage. -Iranian-Canadian Peace Advocacy Committee - 9/11/06

Iraqi prime minister's visit to Iran postponed
A scheduled visit to Iran of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been postponed because it coincided with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to several Latin American states, an official at Iranian Embassy in Baghdad said on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Castro to Host Dinner for Leaders at Non-Aligned Summit
Image of Fidel Castro posted on Granma web site Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 An updated schedule for this week's summit of the Non-Aligned Movement says Cuban President Fidel Castro will host a dinner for visiting leaders on Friday. -VOA - 9/11/06

Debate on federalism bill in Iraqi parliament postponed to Sept 19
A debate on federalism bill, submitted by the largest Shia Muslim bloc, the United Iraqi Alliance, was postponed by parliament to September 19 amid objections from Iraqi Sunni population. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Iran's Bank Saderat ready to thwart US attempts to block banking services
Bank Saderat Iran (BSI) declared here Sunday, following the announcement of US Department of Treasury about blocking some of the transactions of this bank, that all of its banking affairs both at its domestic and overseas branches are fully conducted according to Islamic system and international regulations. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Larijani briefs ElBaradei on outcome of talks with Solana on Iran's nuclear program
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Sunday briefed Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei on his two rounds of negotiations with European Union (EU) Foreign Policy and Security chief Javier Solana held in Vienna. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Peace Golf Races to be Held in Tehran
The second session of Peace Golf Races between Iran and Spain will be held in Enghelab Sport Complex in Tehran from 15-16 September 2006. -CHN - 9/11/06

Iran says OPEC's Market Committee concerned over reduction in oil prices
Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh here Sunday expressed deep concerns on the part of member states of the supervisory Oil Market Committee of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) over the reduction in oil prices. -IRNA - 9/11/06

Founder sues his company: Says PatchLink fired him for being Iranian
The founder of Scottsdale's fastest-growing software company has sued his own company and its other directors, alleging they ousted him last year because he is Iranian. -Arizona Republic - 9/11/06

Oil production should be increased to compensate for natural drops: Iran's Oil Minister
Iran's Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh here on Sunday, commented on a number of issues related to the current trend in the nation's oil production and Iran's natural gas exports to Turkey. -MNA - 9/11/06

Iran won this round against the bully
The unfortunate but logical consequence of imposing wide-ranging sanctions on Iran, would no doubt, increase Iran's propensity to abandon the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) altogether and freely continue its research and development in the field of nuclear energy without encumbrances. - - 9/11/06

Khatami urges US, Iran to use restraint
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami urged the United States and Iran to step back from the brink of confrontation yesterday in an appearance at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government that had been both heralded and condemned. -Boston Globe - 9/11/06

The First Phase of Tribal Tourism Project Started in Iran
The first phase of tribal tourism project has been started with setting five camping in five Iranian provinces for tourists who are interested to get familiar with culture and lifestyle of nomads. -CHN - 9/11/06

Grave of 3000-Year-Old Warrior Holding a Sword Discovered in Gilan
Archeological excavations in Kouramar village in the vicinity of Talesh in Gilan province resulted in discovery of a 3000-year-old warrior with a sword in his hand. -CHN - 9/10/06

Closing ceremony of the 11th Tehran International Puppet Theater Festival
Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu, who delivered speech at the closing ceremony of the 11th Tehran International Puppet Theater Festival-Mobarak at Vahadat Hall, added, "If we are going to pay heed to our cultural roots, we need to attach great importance to puppet theater." -MNA - 9/10/06

Tailoring the Case Against Iran
The American people’s short memory virtually constitutes complicity in the loss of millions of lives and billions of dollars worth of property. In the past 15 years alone, over a million Iraqis have died and thousands of Serbians and Afghanis have perished in aggressive wars perpetrated on countries to serve America’s geopolitical interests at the expense of innocent civilians who were not collateral damage but who were deliberately bombed as part of heinous war strategy to provoke the people in these countries into overthrowing their own governments. -Counterpunch - 9/10/06

Iran karatekas win "Finnish Cup"
Iran was crowned at an international karate tournament, Finnish Cup, in the capital Helsinki Sunday. -MNA - 9/10/06

Iraq Delays Debate On Federalism
Leaders of Iraq's parliamentary blocs today decided to delay until next week a debate on the proposed division of the country into autonomous regions. U.S. President George W. Bush says dividing Iraq into three separate regions - Kurdish, Shi'ite and Sunni - with a central government in Baghdad would be a mistake. - 9/10/06

Iranian, Iraqi minister underline expansion of trade ties
In a visit with his Iranian counterpart, Iraqi Commerce Minister Hassan Al Sudani called for the expansion of the trade relations between the two countries. -MNA - 9/10/06

Bully Bolton
So, has Bolton been central to a multi-year-long neo-crazy conspiracy – falsifying intelligence, while suppressing all legitimate intelligence on nukes and chemical weapons – with the objective of selling pre-emptive war against Iraq, Iran, Syria, et al. to a gullible Congress and populance? -Antiwar.com - 9/10/06

Quake hits Lar in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale hit outskirts of the city of Lar in the southern province of Fars on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/10/06

Pakistan: Experts Skeptical About 'Cease-Fire' with pro-Taliban militants Near Afghan Border
Islamabad says a cease-fire deal signed this week with pro-Taliban militants near the border with Afghanistan could end years of unrest in Pakistan's tribal regions. The accord -- signed with militants in North Waziristan -- calls on local tribesmen to expel foreign militants and end cross-border attacks into Afghanistan. In return, Pakistan's military say it will reduce its presence in the tribal areas. -RFE - 9/10/06

Iranian Jews Sue Ex-President Khatami
A group of Jewish Iranians who say their missing relatives were kidnapped and tortured by the Iranian government have sued the country's former president, delivering the summons to him directly while he was visiting the United States. -AP - 9/10/06

Five Years In, Bush Is Losing Terror War
Adding to that fury, of course, was last month's war between Israel and Hezbollah, depicted in a speech this week by Bush as a proxy battle between the United States and Iran and an integral part of his "war on terrorism." -IPS - 9/10/06

Festival of Zagros Folkloric Traditions Started in Iran
Festival of Zagros folkloric traditions started in Sanandaj this morning with the participation of people from 11 Iranian provinces. -CHN - 9/10/06

Iranian Nuclear Plant Operational Next Year
The head of Russia's atomic energy agency, Sergei Kiriyenko, says the atomic reactor that Russia is building for Iran is scheduled to become operational in November 2007. - 9/9/06

US Blacklists Leading Iranian Bank
The Bush administration said Friday it is cutting off a major Iranian bank from having any dealings with U.S. banks because of alleged links to terrorism. The action came as administration officials reported progress in diplomatic efforts to sanction Iran over its nuclear program. -VOA - 9/9/06

Romney's accusation on Khatami disputed
Leading human rights groups and academics yesterday disputed aspects of Governor Mitt Romney's high-profile accusation that Iran's former president, Mohammed Khatami, was responsible for ``the torture and murder" of democracy activists and student protesters. -Boston Globe - 9/9/06

Cartoons row hits Danish exports
Danish exports to Muslim countries have been hit hard by a row over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, officials in Denmark say. -BBC - 9/9/06

Armed men rob Iran's embassy in Pretoria, South Africa
A group of 8 armed men robbed Iran's embassy building in Pretoria, Capital of South Africa, on Friday evening. The armed robbers kept the only diplomat present in the building for 1.5 hours. -IRNA - 9/9/06

Paper reprints Holocaust cartoons
A Danish newspaper has printed cartoons about the Holocaust commissioned by Iran after cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad triggered violent protests. -BBC - 9/9/06

'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now'
A whole society is being destroyed. There are 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in the most heavily populated area in the world. Israel has stopped all trade. It has even forbidden fishermen to go far from the shore so they wade into the surf to try vainly to catch fish with hand-thrown nets. -Independent - 9/9/06

Iranian President to Visit Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will visit Venezuela this month. -VOA - 9/9/06

Iraq's prime minister to visit Tehran Monday
Spokesman of Iraqi government said Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will start a two-day visit to Iran on Monday. -IRNA - 9/9/06

Iranian President's Attack on Academics Should Sound Familiar in US
When I published an article this summer that condemned the past six decades of U.S. policy toward Iran, and the Middle East more generally, as a strategy of "domination-through-violence," one critic emailed to suggest that if I was so unhappy with the United States, "why don't you and all the other liberal professors just pack up and move to Iran and see how you like it there." -Common Dreams - 9/9/06

U.S. edges toward needed ties with Iran
Is the Bush administration inching toward a more reasonable relationship with Iran? The official words say no. Once again last week, a State Department official renewed the call for sanctions against Iran, calling them "essential." Now forget the rhetoric because the Bush administration has moved three baby steps toward a new relationship with Iran. -Seattle Post Intelligencer - 9/9/06

Khatami: American "Conceit and Pride" Led to Iraq Mess
In a TIME interview, the former Iranian President says the Iraq war could have been avoided, and endorses a "two-state" solution to the Middle East conflict -TIME - 9/9/06

Iranologists' function unpleasant to U.S.: expert
Although the U.S. Administration inspired by political motives has run some Iranology circles, their activities are unpleasant to the government, the U.S.-based Iranian researcher and Iranologist Turaj Daryaii said Friday. -MNA - 9/9/06

Let them have nukes
For the more than four decades of Cold War, the human race was not destroyed due to mutual deterrence between the two superpowers. The strategic stability was based on a balance of fear and on what was called MAD - mutual assured destruction. It was clear to both sides that even if one managed to surprise its rival and strike it with all the nuclear weapons in its arsenal, the victim would still have enough bombs to wreak total destruction on the attacker. -Ha'aretz, Israel - 9/8/06

Iran's Drug Problem Goes Beyond Afghan Deluge
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called the past year's rise in Afghan opium cultivation "very alarming" when he presented his report to the Afghan government on September 2. Neighboring Iran is the global leader in opium seizures, and the recent rise in opium production is likely to be reflected in higher seizure rates. -RFE - 9/8/06

Poll: Americans, Europeans Share Increased Fears of Terrorism, Islamic Fundamentalism
Five years after 9/11, Americans and Europeans wary of Bush foreign policy; Nuclear Iran Viewed as More Threatening than Unstable Iraq -Transatlantic Trends - 9/8/06

Freedom House Ranks Most Repressive Countries
The U.S.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) Freedom House has issued its annual compilation of the world's most dictatorial nations. The Central Asian nations of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan rank among the top offenders on the NGO's so-called "Worst of the Worst" list, as does the Russian republic of Chechnya. Iran and Iraq both received ratings of "not free." -RFE - 9/8/06

Iranians initially banned from nanotech conference
Conference organisers initially turned away 15 Iranian researchers from the Trends in Nanotechnology conference held this week in France. -SciDev - 9/8/06

Alliance of Civilizations meeting makes 'significant progress' towards first report
Education, youth, immigration, women and media will be the priorities of the first major report by the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last year to try to bridge the gap between Islam and the West. -UN News Center - 9/8/06

It's Time to Talk to Iran
Former U.S. hostage L. Bruce Laingen plans to hear former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami speak today because he believes in talks, but the Bush administration sticks to its self-defeating "no contact" policy toward Iran -Washington Post - 9/8/06

Harvard dean defends Khatami invitation
The dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government defended the decision to invite former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to speak on the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. -AP - 9/8/06

Former Iranian President Urges Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The former president of Iran says his country may be willing to suspend its nuclear program. And, in Washington Thursday, he urged the United States to resolve its differences with Iran through dialogue, not threats. -VOA - 9/8/06

Islamo-Fascism--Take Two
No sooner had the magazine gone to print with my last column, in which I critiqued the term "Islamo-fascism" as ahistorical and propagandistic, than suddenly it was World War II all over again. -The Nation - 9/8/06

I confess
BBC news reported on August 30 that Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iranian writer and university lecturer had been released from prison. He was kept behind bars for four months without ever being charged. -Reza Bayegan - 9/8/06

Iran holds 3rd place in terms of under-construction dam projects worldwide
Iran's Deputy Minister for Water affairs Rasool Zargar said on Thursday Iran ranks third after China and Turkey in terms of having underconstruction dam projects in the world. -IRNA - 9/8/06

Israeli-US Strategy: Lebanon and Iran
A survey of Israeli State pronouncements, documents and press releases echoed by its resident representatives in the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and their supporters writing and speaking in the major media reveals a concerted effort to convince the United States to militarily attack Iran. -Dissident Voice - 9/8/06

EU and Iran Find Their Roles Reversed
Scheduled talks between Javier Solana, high representative for the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Iran's National Security Advisor Ali Larijani were postponed Wednesday over disagreements on the nature of the exchange -- would the parties discuss or negotiate? -Trita Parsi, IPS - 9/8/06

Lessons from Lebanon: Rethinking national liberation movements
The key question in drawing any enduring lesson from Lebanon in the aftermath of July 2006 Israeli savagery is how do we read the phenomenon called Hizbullah, argues Hamid Dabashi -Al-Ahram - 9/8/06

Iran: Former President Appeals For Understanding
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told a crowd at Washington's National Cathedral on September 7 that the language of threats must end between Washington and Tehran. -RFE - 9/8/06

Most Iranians Support Decision to Continue Nuclear Program
As the fear of an American attack on Iran becomes stronger, people in Tehran support their president's decision to continue developing its nuclear energy program. NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner reports on how Iranians view the nuclear issue. -PBS - 9/8/06

The basis for Iran's belligerence
Israel's approach to the conflict with its neighbors has too frequently been characterized by mental fixation: It has generally veered away from diplomatic paths in favor of fighting them and "explaining" to the world how dangerous these enemies are to it, as well as to Israel. --Ha'aretz, Israel - 9/8/06

Iran: Urgent need for effective investigations into deaths in custody
Amnesty International today expressed its deep concern at the death in custody of political prisoner Valiollah Feyz Mahdavi in Gohar Dasht Prison (also known as Reja'i Shahr) near Tehran. The death in custody is the second to occur in Iranian prisons in recent weeks, after imprisoned student activist Akbar Mohammadi died in Evin Prison on 31 July 2006. - 9/8/06

Hoover's Iran Specialist on US-Iran Relations
Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) today announced it will be hosting a public event about the future prospects of US-Iran relations with Dr. Abbas Milani, an Iran specialist at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. - 9/8/06

DIPLOMACY: Promoting one's best interests and looking good at the same time
What if behind all the tough talk and saber rattling on both sides some diplomats with real brains are at work trying to stop this runaway madness. Is it possible to strike a “grand bargain” of some sort? -Kam Zarrabi - 9/8/06

Persian Heritage Magazine Annual Gala: October 7 in Mahwah, New Jersey
On October 7, 2006 Persian Heritage, magazine in celebration of its 11th year in publication, will be holding its annual gala at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel in Mahwah, New Jersey. - 9/7/06

Iran: New Death of Political Prisoner in Custody
The death of a second prisoner held for political beliefs in five weeks shows that political prisoners’ health and safety is in grave danger, Human Rights Watch said today. - 9/7/06

Iranian President says he is ready for debate with Bush at UN General Assembly
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeating his previous remark that "those who reject debate fear their nation's intellect and rationalism", emphasized here on Wednesday, "We are ready for a debate with the Americans at UN General Assembly." -IRNA - 9/7/06

U.S. seeks to encourage Iranian visits
The Bush administration wants to open cultural exchanges with archrival Iran this fall despite tensions between Washington and Tehran about its nuclear program. -AP - 9/7/06

White House Wary of New War Act For Force in Iran
As Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns prepares for a meeting with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council in Berlin tomorrow to discuss imposing tough sanctions on Iran, neither the Bush administration nor some of the most hawkish Republicans in Congress are yet willing to consider military force if those sanctions fail to halt Iran's nuclear program. -New York Sun - 9/7/06

Ahmadinejad Says Bush 'Nothing' Compared To God's Will
In an apparent response to critics from his U.S. counterpart, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today said George W. Bush was "nothing in comparison to God's will." - 9/7/06

Iran, Korea win Asian Cup qualifiers
Iran breezed past Syria 2-0 and South Korea trounced Taiwan 8-0 at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 Group B second-leg qualifiers Wednesday. -MNA - 9/7/06

Iran wins world taekwondo poomse runner-up title
Iran stood second at the world taekwondo poomse competitions in the South Korean capital Seoul Wednesday. -MNA - 9/7/06

Joorabchian may make Hammers bid
Kia Joorabchian is interested in buying out West Ham, according to a statement released to the Stock Exchange. - 9/7/06

AFGHANISTAN: Polio vaccination drive in violent south targets 120,000 children
Nearly 120,000 children aged under five will be vaccinated against the crippling polio virus during a one-day government and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) campaign in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). -IRIN - 9/7/06

As one fifth columnist to a dumbass columnist
Count me in as one of the"usual suspects." In this case, I join the ranks of "post-Christian churches (whatever they are), the Marxists, the fellow travelers and fifth columnists" who Toronto Sun columnist, Michael Coren, dismisses as irrelevant to his completely inane call to arms in a recent column: We should nuke Iran. -Gary Reid, Canada Free Press - 9/7/06

Why Iran sees no rush for a nuke deal
Iran appears in no rush, emboldened by a combination of factors, say analysts, which range from an ironclad belief in the rightness of its nuclear case, to record-high oil prices, and the state of conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan that Tehran believes have given Iran an advantage over US and Israeli foes. -CSM - 9/7/06

President: Insecurity in Iraq damages Iran
In a meeting with visiting Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih, President Ahmadinejad said, " Continuation of insecurity in Iraq is a conspiracy for continuation of occupiers' presence in that country." -IRNA - 9/7/06

Pawns of the War Party: I'm talkin' 'bout the Kurds
Kurdish terrorist activities have picked up in the last few months, resulting in dozens of deaths and many more injuries to Turkish civilians as well as military personnel, and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) and its more militant offshoots, such as the Kurdish Liberation Hawks, are raising anew demands for Kurdish independence. Tehran, too, has suffered a series of terrorist attacks by a group that calls itself "Pejak," although this moniker is thought by many to be merely a front for the PKK. -Antiwar.com - 9/7/06

In Iran, Searching for Common Ground
During the decades when the United States and the Soviet Union were threatening to annihilate each other with nuclear weapons, they at least had embassies in each other's capitals, cultural and economic exchanges, and a communications "hot line" so that the two leaders could talk to each other and avoid the kind of miscalculations that can lead to war. -Washington Post - 9/7/06

Ex-Bush advisor argues for "grand bargain" with Iran
Flynt Leverett, a former top level White House national security and Middle East policy advisor, criticized President Bush’s post 9/11 Middle East policy as a “failed experiment” and the Democratic Party for not doing enough to support alternative strategic choices, including negotiations with Iran. -NIAC - 9/7/06

Iran's Bushehr power plant under full IAEA supervision: FM spokesman
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that construction of the 1,000mw Bushehr power plant, 93 percent of which is already completed, is under full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). -IRNA - 9/7/06

Larijani, Solana to confer on Iran's nuclear program within next two days
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in Madrid on Thursday that he is to confer with the European Union (EU) Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana within the next two days in one of the European states. -IRNA - 9/7/06

The Neoconservatives' Strategy for Regime Change in Iran: Propaganda, Ethnic Unrest, Godwin's Law, and Finding Iranian Curveball, Ahmad Chalabi, and Iyad Allawi
As the neoconservatives and their Iranian allies make the drumbeats of a possible war with Iran louder and louder, the public, and in particular Iranians and Iranian-Americans, need to be fully informed about the true nature of these warmongers, and the true United States policy towards Iran. -Muhammad Sahimi, California - 9/7/06

Iran's Health Minister to unveil breakthrough in AIDS cure
Iran's Minister of Health and Medical Education Kamran Baqeri Lankarani will unveil a breakthrough achieved by Iranian scientists to cure the deadly epidemic of AIDS -IRNA - 9/6/06

Iran: Saeqeh fighter plane test-flown in `Blow of Zolfaqar' wargames
Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Army Ayatollah Salehi said on Wednesday that the `Saeqeh' fighter plane was one of those tested in the ongoing `Blow of Zolfaqar' wargames in northwestern Iran. -IRNA - 9/6/06

Intel Estimate on Iran Blocks Neo-Con Plans
In the struggle over U.S. policy toward Iran, neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration spoiling for an attack on Iran's nuclear sites have been seeking to convince the public that the United States must strike before an Iranian nuclear weapons capability becomes inevitable. -IPS - 9/6/06

Shiite Revival or Majority Resistance?
Much attention is being centered on the revival of the Shiite power; a recent theory posited by Vali Nasr, author of ‘Shiite Revival’. This thesis has proved itself most opportune for Washington and pundits everywhere are speaking of this incredulous phenomenon. Even the political comedian Bill Maher is speaking of the Shiite-Sunni divide. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/6/06

War games send friendship message: Iranian commander
Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi said on Tuesday that one the goals of the "Blow of Zolfaqar" war games is to send a message of friendship to the regional countries. -MNA - 9/6/06

Iran Upgrades Aging US-Made Jet
State media in Tehran say Iran's military has carried out a successful test flight by a new fighter-bomber - a jet that actually is a remodeled version of an American warplane Iran acquired decades ago. -VOA - 9/6/06

Iran Releases Jailed Convert to Christianity
One month after ordering his arrest, Iranian court authorities in the northern city of Rasht have released Christian convert Issa Motamedi Mojdehi, declaring the former Muslim “free for the moment.” -Compass Direct News - 9/6/06

Robert Fisk on His Interview with Former Iranian President Khatami, Why "The IDF Could Not Protect the People of Israel" and More
In a wide-ranging interview, Robert Fisk - the veteran Middle East correspondent for the London Independent - discusses Hezbollah and Israel, Hezbollah and his interview this weekend with former Iranian president President Mohammed Khatami. -Democracy Now - 9/6/06

KSG: Khatami Speech Will Go On
The Kennedy School of Government pledged Tuesday evening to go forward with an event featuring former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, despite a wave of outcry from Massachusetts Governor W. Mitt Romney, two U.S. congressional leaders, and several Harvard students and professors. -Harvard Crimson - 9/6/06

Iranian Lawmakers Threaten To Keep Out UN Inspectors
The Iranian parliament's Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy today approved the outlines of a bill to suspend entry to Iran of UN inspectors. - 9/6/06

Tajikistan stuns Iran at Asian juniors football meet
Tajikistan handed Iran a shocking 2-1 defeat at the Asian juniors' football match in Singapore Tuesday. -MNA - 9/6/06

US Expects World Powers to Live Up to Deal to Sanction Iran
The United States said says it expects fellow members of the U.N. Security Council to live up to their agreement to sanction Iran, after it ignored the council's August 31 deadline to halt uranium enrichment. Officials of China and Russia have said this week that sanctioning Tehran may be counter-productive. -VOA - 9/6/06

Iran to invest $1B in Iraq's projects
Iran's Minister of Road and Transportation said the Islamic Republic of Iran is to invest some dlrs one billion at various projects such as energy, oil and transportation to help rehabilitate Iraq's ailing economy. -IRNA - 9/6/06

INTERVIEW: 5 Yrs To Resolve Iran Gasoline Crisis -Official
With the Iranian government facing a major political crisis over the country's huge gasoline-production deficit, the official responsible for heading the Islamic republic's gasoline sector said Tuesday it will take up to five years to revamp the industry so it can meet soaring demand. -Dow Jones - 9/6/06

Iraq-Iran relations intertwined: Iraq's Deputy PM
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih said in Tehran on Tuesday that Iraq-Iran relations are intertwined and the two countries are determined to strengthen bilateral ties. -MNA - 9/6/06

U.S., Iran share interests in Iraq, Khatami says
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said Monday that U.S. forces should remain in Iraq until that country's fragile government can assume greater control. -USA Today - 9/6/06

Japan Frets About Possible Cut-off of Iranian Oil
The Japanese may have to count on Russia and the Middle East if United Nations sanctions on Iran halt its oil exports. Nippon Oil Chairman Fumiaki Watari lamented on Tuesday that sanctions appear inevitable against Iran, where Japan buys nearly 15 percent of its petroleum. -VOA - 9/6/06

Iranians debate parameters for a global role
Behind Iran's defiant stance on its nuclear program lies an anxious debate over the country's role in the world. To Amir Mohabian, a conservative journalist who is seen as close to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic republic's destiny -- maybe in 50 years -- is to lead a Muslim bloc that could rival the United States, Europe, and China for global influence. -Boston Globe - 9/6/06

Iran's President Seeks Further Curbs On Secularism In Schools
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has criticized the presence of secular teachers in the country's universities. - 9/6/06

The Enlightened Canadian Lynch Mob: Toronto Sun publishes "We should nuke Iran" call!
On September 2, the Toronto Sun, published an essay (We should nuke Iran, by Michael Coren) advocating the nuclear bombing of Iran because this "will save thousands if not millions of lives" in the endangered West and Israel. The columnist who penned the piece, Michael Coren, is a popular "pro-life" broadcaster and author based in Ontario. -Rostam Pourzal, Shahram Mostarshed, Daniel M Pourkesali - 9/6/06

Iran: A Vast Diaspora Abroad and Millions of Refugees at Home
Although Iran has been seemingly isolated from much of the outside world since the Islamic Revolution of 1978-1979, its borders have by no means been closed. To the contrary, the country has produced and hosted abundant flows of emigration and immigration, a steady coming and going mainly driven by key political events. -Shirin Hakimzadeh, Migration Policy Institute - 9/6/06

Iranian judicial officials step up harassment, interrogation and jailing of journalists
Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the increasing judicial harassment of Iranian journalists in the past several weeks, which has included prison sentences and summonses for interrogation. - 9/6/06

A Different Face of Iran
Despite the Politics, an American Finds Hope in a Forbidden Land -Steven Knipp, Washington Post - 9/5/06

THE SINGLE STARS: The Official Name for the Signature Song of the Persian Golden Lioness Awards Announced
The Academy is proud to announce that the title of the Signature Song of the Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be TAK SETAREHHA© aka SINGLE STARS© with the Lyrics of Mrs. Homa Mirafshar, Composed by Master Mohamed Heidari, arranged by M. Cheshmazar, and performed by Legendary Star Sattar -Darius KADIVAR - 9/5/06

Iranian tablets should not fall victim to politics: Khatami
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami in his Monday's visit to Chicago's Oriental Institute Museum said Iran's clay tablets kept there should not fall victim to political games. -MNA - 9/5/06

Iran's Response to the "Deadline"
During the dictatorial reign of Mohammed Reza Shah, the majority of the countries who today oppose Iran’s nuclear technology and are ready to slam it with sanctions and undermine its progress were deeply involved in promoting, constructing and particularly managing Iran’s profitable nuclear start-ups, back in the early 1970’s. -Ardeshir Ommani - 9/5/06

House Democrats Call For Unconditional Talks With Iran
A handful of House Democrats issued a letter today to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling for the initiation of US-Iran talks without preconditions. -NIAC - 9/5/06

Iran: Growing Concern Over Fate Of Political Prisoner
There is growing concern over the fate of Iranian political prisoner Valiollah Feyz Mahdavi, who went on a hunger strike to protest his prison conditions. Mahdavi, who is a sympathizer of Iran's main armed opposition group, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MEK), has been reportedly transferred to the prison's medical clinic. -RFE - 9/5/06

Iran preparing for Asian women's futsal tournament
Iranian women's futsal team is getting ready for the 2007 Asian event in Macao, said manager Mitra Chinsari here Monday. -MNA - 9/5/06

Opium Trade in Afghanistan Linked to Human Trafficking
The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration says there is a connection between the illegal trade of drugs in Afghanistan and human trafficking. IOM is holding a three-day workshop in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to make government officials more aware of the problem and the need for them to take action. -VOA - 9/5/06

Senior Iraqi delegation heads for Tehran
A high-ranking Iraqi delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Berham Salih left Baghdad for Tehran Tuesday. -IRNA - 9/5/06

Iran donates 40 generators to Lebanon
The generators have the capacity to generate 156-200 kilowatts of electricity and were handed over to Beirut by the Red Crescent Society of Iran and Imam Khomeini Relief Committee. -IRNA - 9/5/06

Letter to the New York Times Editor on "Reading the Holocaust cartoons in Tehran"
One is prompted to ask why Ms. Hakakian did not spend her energy presenting accurate information to the world. She writes "of all the pains that Muslim Iranians inflicted upon the Jews, the most persistent is obscurity. We have always been admired for being completely Iranian". I wonder how many Jews in this county complain of being completely American? -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Utah - 9/5/06

Khatami Arrives As U.S. Weighs Sanctions on Iran
The stormy saga between the United States and Iran takes one of its most unusual turns since the 1979 revolution as former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami arrives in Washington to give a major address on Thursday, the same day that the Bush administration holds talks in Europe on new U.N. sanctions on Tehran. -Washington Post - 9/5/06

Iran to funnel $25b into petrochemical industry
Over $25 billion will be invested in the petrochemical industry within a period of four years, said the director general of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC). -MNA - 9/5/06

Iran: International Attempt for Saving Gohar Tepe
An international team including archeologists from Cyprus, Britain, Poland, Germany, and Greece accompanied with an Iranian team have started the fifth season of archeological excavations in Gohar Tepe historical site. -CHN - 9/5/06

Ahmadinejad wants TV debate with Bush, not phone conversation
Iran's government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham on Monday referred to a proposal by a US daily on holding a telephone conversation between the US President George W. Bush and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that the president's offer for a TV debate with Bush does not mean a telephone conversation. -IRNA - 9/4/06

UNESCO & CHN to Hold Cultural Heritage Workshop in Tehran
For the first time, CHN and UNESCO are to hold a workshop on "Globalization, Conflict and Cultural Heritage: The Role of the Media in Introducing and Protecting Cultural Heritage" in the city of Tehran. - 9/4/06

Annan Says Holocaust 'Undeniable' After Meeting With Iran's President
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the Holocaust is an "undeniable historical fact" during a visit to Tehran. Mr. Annan spoke after meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, -VOA - 9/4/06

Iranian nominee for Swedish Astrid Lindgren award Janet Mikhaiili dies at 70
Mikhaiili was one of four Iranians nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2007, which will be presented by the Swedish government in May at the Skansen Open-Air Museum in Stockholm, but she lost the chance, because the prize is only awarded to living people. -MNA - 9/4/06

Chess challengers hand Iran world second spot
Iran celebrated the second title at the 9th world student chess competitions in former Nigerian capital Lagos Sunday night. -MNA - 9/4/06

International Sufism Symposium to be Held in Scotland
Sufism International Sufism Symposium entitled "Sufism's Ancient Wisdom and Present Day Expressions" will be held in Edinburge, Scotland from 14-16 September 2006. -CHN - 9/4/06

Iran stands second at world U-20 freestyle bouts
Iran finished runner-up to Russia at the World Under-20 Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Guatemala Monday. -MNA - 9/4/06

Japan's Inpex willing to continue implementing Iran's Azadegan Oil Field
Spokesman for Inpex, Japan's International Oil Exploration Company, Kazuya Honda, on Monday once more underlined the will of his company to continue working on Azadegan oil field project. -IRNA - 9/4/06

Iran finishes runner-up at Istanbul karate meet
The Iranian karatekas garnered two gold, three silver, and five bronze medals during the two-day event and Turkey lifted the title. -MNA - 9/4/06

Iran's volleyball team grabs top prize in Kazakhstan international competition
Iran's national volleyball team on Sunday received the USD 14,000 prize of an international volleyball competition in Kazakhstan at a closing ceremony held in Almaty Sports Complex. -IRNA - 9/4/06

Reading the Holocaust cartoons in Tehran
The news of the exhibition of Holocaust cartoons in Tehran took me back to a moment in my childhood. In 1974, his first year at Tehran's Academy for Visual Arts, my brother mounted an exhibition of his own cartoons. The drawings were a novice's best attempt at political satire, but they were enough to alarm my law-abiding father into sending my brother away to America. Our family was never whole again. -Roya Hakakian, New York Times - 9/4/06

Mahallat, Host of the Sixth Flower Festival
The Sixth Mahallat Flower Festival will be held from 7-11 of September 2006 in city of Mahalat with cooperation of domestic and foreign companies - 9/4/06

Shadgan internationally known wetland in serious danger
Enjoying a warm arid climate, Shadgan is a southern city of Khuzestan Province 971 kilometers from Tehran. Existence of Iran's two major wetlands, Shadgan and Hoor-al-Azeem in the region has created an important wildlife habitat, home to various species of wildlife. -MNA - 9/4/06

Peace or War with Iran
The end of August, the deadline of the UN Security Council resolution on Iran, has now passed with Iran ignoring the demand to suspend uranium enrichment for a civilian nuclear technology that it regards as its inalienable right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). -Abbas Edalat, Media with Conscience - 9/4/06

For Iranian native, trip to space her lifelong dream
All her life, Anousheh Ansari has specialized in bold forays into the unknown. As a teenager in 1984, she came to the USA from Iran without knowing English. In her 20s, she and her husband ran up their credit cards to start a software firm that they later sold for $500 million. -USA Today - 9/4/06

Ex-Iran leader speaks in Chicago
In the first speech on American soil by a high-ranking Iranian official in three decades, former President Mohammed Khatami appeared in the Chicago area Saturday and urged people to engage in a "dialogue of civilizations." -Chicago Tribune - 9/3/06

Iran exports military equipment to 57 countries: minister
Defense Minister General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said Iran is currently exporting military equipment to 57 countries in the world. -IRNA - 9/3/06

Iran wins Kazakhstan volleyball cup
Iran's national volleyball team demolished India 3-0 to win Presidential Cup in Kazakhstan, reported the state television Saturday. -MNA - 9/3/06

U.S. Wants Iran to Release Activists
The State Department accused Iran on Friday of detaining at least four student activists and called for their release. -AP - 9/3/06

Annan Says Iran Wants Talks On Nuclear Program
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has reaffirmed that Tehran wants to find a negotiated solution to its nuclear standoff with the world. -RFE - 9/3/06

Iran's Khatami in US: Washington's Foreign Policies Fuel Terrorism
Mr. Khatami told a large gathering of American Muslims in Chicago that while the U.S. government says it is fighting terrorism, its policies are "arrogant" and "war-mongering", and only create more terrorism and violence. -VOA - 9/3/06

UN chief, Iranian official hold "positive" nuclear talks
Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani on Saturday called "positive" the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's views on Iran's nuclear issue and said Tehran supports this view for settling the nuclear standoff between Iran and certain western countries. -MNA - 9/3/06

Iran's crude exchange for gasoline hits $2b in Q1
Iran exchanged crude worth $1,924 million for gasoline imports in the first four months of the current Iranian year (started March 21). The figure registered a 132 percent hike against the sum earmarked in the nation's budget for the period. -MNA - 9/3/06

Ramin Jahanbegloo: a repressive release
The Iranian regime's treatment of the independent philosopher is a lesson in its new tactics for quelling dissent, says Rasool Nafisi. - 9/2/06

AFC Asian Cup 2007: Iran 1 South Korea 1
Vahid Hashemian of Bundesliga side Hanover 96 scored a stoppage-time equalizer to give Iran a 1-1 draw with South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifier at the World Cup Stadium in the capital Seoul Saturday. -MNA - 9/2/06

Which country is in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
I posed that question to an American friend I met over lunch in a recent trip to Florida and while his affirmation of Iran was not a shocker, he was quiet confused and surprised to learn otherwise. And there lies the problem with our so called "civilized western society" where misinformation and disinformation is systematically and intentionally implanted in the consciousness of the unsuspecting public by the so called mainstream media. -Daniel M Pourkesali, CASMII - 9/2/06

Death Toll Reduced to 29 In Iran Plane Fire
Twenty-nine people were killed and 43 injured when a Russian-built Tu-154 airliner caught fire today after landing in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. -RFE - 9/2/06

Iran: U.S. Official Urges Tehran To Take Incentives Package
Radio Farda on September 1 spoke with U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Gregory Schulte about the missed August 31 deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and where the standoff proceeds from here. - 9/2/06

Why the U.S. Is Holding Its Fire on Iran
The U.S. knows it must avoid harsh rhetoric and ease any fears of military action in order to have any chance at getting Russia and China to agree to sanctions in the nuclear standoff -TIME - 9/2/06

Iran, an energy highway for Central Asia
Some 24 million barrels out of the 30 million barrels of oil produced by the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) pass through Strait of Hormuz - a strait between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, connecting the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, announced the Iranian official. -MNA - 9/2/06

Caught in the Diplomacy Trap
Iran refuses to stop enriching uranium. And the United Nations Security Council may not be strong enough to force the country into compliance. None of the options facing the West look terribly good. Unless the US suddenly becomes pragmatic. -Spiegel, Germany - 9/2/06

Annan says talks with Iranian officials focus on worrying situation in Middle East
Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan said in Tehran on Saturday that his negotiations with Iranian officials has focused on 'the worrying situation in the Middle East'. -IRNA - 9/2/06

Iraq's Government Struggles To Revive Oil Infrastructure
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced to reporters in Baghdad on August 29 that the four-month-long oil crisis has ended. Al-Maliki said the Oil Ministry, under the leadership of minister Husayn al-Shahristani, has taken appropriate steps to contain the crisis. -REF - 9/2/06

Steinmeier worried about imminent collapse of Group 5+1 over Iran
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is reportedly concerned about an imminent collapse of the Group 5 plus 1 (US, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany ) over differences on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, the website of the news magazine Der Spiegel said Saturday. - 9/2/06

Bush vs. Ahmadinejad: A TV Debate We'll Never See
When Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, invited President Bush to engage in a "direct television debate" a few days ago, the White House predictably responded by calling the offer "a diversion." But even though this debate will never happen, it's worth contemplating. -Norman Solomon, Common Dreams - 9/2/06

Pentagon Says Iraq Violence Must Be Controlled to Avoid Civil War
A quarterly report by the U.S. Defense Department on the situation in Iraq says sectarian tension and attacks on civilians increased during the summer, in spite of progress toward building the new security forces. The report says concern about the outbreak of civil war is increasing among both Iraqis and foreign analysts, but it says civil war can still be avoided if the current effort to reduce the violence succeeds. -VOA - 9/2/06

"Fascism" Frame Set Up by Right-Wing Press
The aggressive new campaign by the administration of President George W. Bush to depict U.S. foes in the Middle East as "fascists" and its domestic critics as "appeasers" owes a great deal to steadily intensifying efforts by the right-wing press over the past several months to draw the same comparison. -IPS - 9/2/06

Germany fears long-term loss of Iran's lucrative market, if sanctions are imposed
Germany may have to relinquish Iran's lucrative market for good, should sanctions be leveled against Tehran, news reports quoted two leading German trade officials as saying on Saturday. Last year German companies exported 4.4 billion euros worth of goods to Iran, among them industrial machinery, automobiles, steel and chemical products. -IRNA - 9/2/06

Event by The Sacramento Public Library Foundation and The Persian Language Advisory Committee
Saturday, September 9, 2006 with featured guest Dr. Firouz Naderi, Associate Director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory - 9/2/06

Overreach a Danger for Ascendant Iran
As a fragile ceasefire teeters in Lebanon, a broad consensus among Western analysts has emerged with the view that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the main regional victor of the war between Israel and Hezbollah. Certainly the fact that Hezbollah survived Israel's one-month assault has brought strategic and public relations dividends to Iran (and to a lesser extent Syria), given that the Islamic Republic is Hezbollah's major financial and military backer. Yet what is the nature of this declared Iranian success and what are its implications? -Peter Kiernan, World Politcs Watch - 9/2/06

Their View of the World is Through a Bombsight
American support for Israel's unwinnable aim of destroying Hizbullah only boosts its support in Lebanon and beyond -Noam Chomsky, Guardian - 9/2/06

IAEA report confirms Iran nuclear activities are peaceful: Iranian official
Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report confirms that Iran's nuclear activities are only for civilian purposes. -MNA - 9/2/06

The Persistence of Illusion
The Middle East has always been a place where illusion paves the road to disaster. In 1095, Pope Urban's religious mania launched the Crusades, the reverberations of which still echo through the region. In 1915, Winston Churchill's arrogance led to the World War I bloodbath at Gallipoli. In 2003, George Bush's hubris ignited a spiral of chaos and civil war in Iraq. -Conn Hallinan, FPIF - 9/1/06

Nima Behnoud, founder and designer of NIMANY
Nima Behnoud, founder and designer of NIMANY, has created a new fusion of art and fashion in his handmade, custom T-shirts. Born in Tehran, Iran in 1976, Nima studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and started silk-screening Persian motifs on canvas in his early years. -Leila Pejman - 9/1/06

Iranian Intellectual Jahanbegloo Emerges From Jail To Accuse U.S. Of Wrongdoing
A prominent Iranian philosopher has emerged from four months of detention with claims that he was an unwitting victim of U.S. efforts to undermine the Iranian government. Ramin Jahanbegloo told the official ISNA news agency that contacts with Western individuals and organizations had led to his being duped into "political" rather than philosophical work. -RFE - 9/1/06

Iran: Ex-President's U.S. Visit Unlikely To Produce Thaw
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has arrived in the United States ahead of a September 5-6 UN conference. But Khatami, whose reform platform vaulted him into the presidency in 1997, is also scheduled to deliver a speech in the U.S. capital and make a trip to Chicago. -RFE - 9/1/06

Director of British Museum in Iran
Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum came to Tehran this morning to expand cultural ties between the two nations. -CHN - 9/1/06

Persian Nights
Are you ready for some football? - Babak Shahbazi helped create the Shaheen Football Club. He also coaches and plays for its teams in the Vancouver Metro League. -Vancouver North Shore Outlook - 9/1/06

Iran Plane Crash Kills At Least 60
An Iranian airliner with at least 147 people on board caught fire upon landing today at Mashhad airport. Iranian officials and media say between 80 and 90 people are feared dead [according to the latest reports by IRNA, only 50 passengers have survived the crash] - 9/1/06

Iran's President: US supports all terrorists, accuses noble people of Palestine of terrorism
He said in his address to the people of Sardasht that the United States supplied Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with advanced weapons and helped the then Iraqi regime with propaganda machine against Iran. Ahmadinejad said that Washington also has a record of supporting terrorist attacks against residents of Iranian cities in the province including in Sardasht. -IRNA - 9/1/06

EU Warns Against Quickly Imposing Sanctions on Iran
The European Union says it wants to hold more talks with Iran before deciding on possible U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program. Top EU officials said Friday that the international community should not immediately put sanctions on Iran for failing to suspend uranium enrichment work by the U.N. Security Council's Thursday deadline. -VOA - 9/1/06

Bush Wants Consequences for Iran Missing Nuke Deadline
President Bush says there must be consequences for Iran's refusal to meet a U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium. The president says Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, something Iran insists it is not trying to do. -VOA - 9/1/06

Iran, Ready For a Test Of Wills
Behind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's defiant rhetoric lies a conviction that is widely shared here: Iran is a rising power in the Middle East while the United States is in decline -- and now is the moment for Iran to emerge as a regional superpower. -Washington Post - 9/1/06

PEN Canada welcomes release from prison of Iranian-Canadian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo
PEN Canada welcomes the announcement today that Iranian-Canadian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo has been released from prison. Jahanbegloo, who is an Honorary Member of PEN Canada, had been held without charge in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison since the end of April 2006. - 9/1/06

The Backlash Against Iran's Role in Lebanon
The notion that Iranian dollars are going to Lebanese Shi`ites is fueling animosity between the Persian community and the Arab world -Azadeh Moaveni, TIME - 9/1/06

Former Iranian president set to visit University
The lecture will be sponsored by the University's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia, according to the Institute's press release. -Cavalier Daily - 9/1/06

Iran 'ignores nuclear deadline'
Iran has failed to stop enriching uranium despite a UN deadline calling for a halt to its nuclear programme, the UN nuclear agency says. -BBC - 9/1/06

Armenian Sports Olympiad to start in Tehran September 6
The 39th edition of Iranian Armenians' Sports Olympiad will kick off in Tehran on Sept. 6. -MNA - 9/1/06

Meimand Nominated for Aga Khan Architecture Award
Agha Khan Foundation which presents one of the most outstanding awards in architecture has accepted the file of Meimand village to participate in this year's compeiotion. -CHN - 9/1/06

Response to Mr. Thomas Friedman's "War On Daddy's Dime" article in NYT
Mr. Friedman's OP-ED, in The New York Times titled "War on Daddy's Dime" appeared in the Friday August 18, 2006 edition calling Iranian people "bunch of suckers". His article convinced me of my long time belief that he is not a reputable and fair-minded journalist he once was. -Shahriar Etemadi, Maryland - 9/1/06

The Mayor and the President; A worldly view in Salt Lake City
The crowd roared as George W. Bush repeated his story: “We have to stay the course in Iraq and fight the terrorists there so that we don’t have to fight them at home.”. Repetition begets belief. This is President Bush’s inordinate talent; his ability to win over crowds by repeating the same message over and over -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/1/06

IAEA Board releases report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei's report to the IAEA Board of Governors regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program was released on Thursday. -IRNA - 9/1/06

Confronting Iran
Sahimi is professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California. He co-wrote, with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, the Los Angeles Times op-ed "Defusing Iran with Democracy." Sahimi said today: "The only way to have a peaceful resolution of Iran's nuclear program is through negotiations without any preconditions and/or threats. -Institute for Public Accuracy - 9/1/06
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