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A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CHESS GAME: The Ongoing Balancing Act with Iran
Who will be the ultimate winner of this multi-dimensional chess game? Will it be Iran and the United States who have the highest stakes in this game? It can be, and it should be, and the handwriting is already on the wall.  -Kam Zarrabi - 9/30/08

PARSA Community Foundation Announces Its 2008 Persian Garden Gala!
Please join us for PARSA CF's 2008 Persian Garden Gala this November 15 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California. It will be a festive evening featuring a performance by Bijan Mortazavi and Master of Ceremonies Dan Ahdoot. - 9/30/08

A DIRECTOR'S CUT: Hollywood Director Cyrus Nowrasteh Brings Fereidoune Sahabjam's Best Selling Novel To The Screen
The Hollywood mobilization of Iranian film community in reminding us of the tragic fate of Soraya M. as well as the principles for which the Stop Child Executions campaign has been launched in recent years are only a reminder of the ever-growing concern of the Iranian Diaspora in regard to Human Rights violations in their homeland. -Darius KADIVAR - 9/30/08

San Francisco Performing Art: Shams Ensemble Rumi & Songs of Peace
Shams ensemble will perform for one night only in San Francisco on Sunday, October 5 at 7:30 PM at Herbst Theater. On tour from Iran, Shams Ensemble is the first musical performance group to publicly feature female vocalists as well as dancers since the revolution of 1979. - 9/30/08

Iran's Soltaniyeh gives stern warning to IAEA
Iran's Ambassador to IAEA warned UN nuclear watchdog here Monday not to breach articles of its own letter of association and not to deviate from the path of pursuing its major defined objectives. - 9/30/08

PAAIA and Former CNN Anchor Rudi Bakhtiar Present: "Profiles of Iranian Americans"
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is launching an on-line video mini-series, highlighting the accomplishments and compelling personal stories of high-profile Iranian Americans. - 9/30/08

Ahmadinejad accepts Israel's right to exist
Ahmadinejad made this apparently extraordinary shift in policy during an interview last week when he was in New York to address the UN general assembly. Surprisingly, Ahmadinejad's sensational softening of his long-standing, point-blank anti-Israeli stance was not even headlined by the two reporters. Perhaps this was a decision by their editors? Did they not want to admit that Ahmadinejad may have, for once, said something vaguely progressive? -Guardian - 9/30/08

Iran Seeks Foreign Investment for $8B Gas Pipeline
Iran may allow international companies to build and run an $8bn gas export pipeline in an effort to boost sales to Europe, a top government official said. -FNA - 9/30/08

Tehran province largest aquatics consumer
Tehran province, which accounts for 20 percent of the entire population of the country, is the biggest consuming market for the aquatics. -IRNA - 9/30/08

Iranian exiles arrested in France, Switzerland
About 10 people close to a banned Iranian opposition group were arrested last week in France and Switzerland in connection with a money-laundering investigation, judicial sources and the group's lawyer said. -Reuters - 9/30/08

Iran's foreign assets reach $129B
Foreign assets held by Iran's banking system have surged to $129bn on the back of high oil prices according to the Central Bank of Iran. -Press TV - 9/30/08

160 trucks carry fuel from Iran to Iraq each day: official
Caretaker of Ilam Transportation and Terminals Organization stated that over 28,000 fuel trucks carrying 840 million liters of fuel went to Iraq during the first half of current Iranian year started March 21, 2008. -IRNA - 9/30/08

Iran's crime rate drops during month of Ramadan
There has been a 32 percent decline in homicides so far during Ramadan, and the overall crime rate has dropped, too, Deputy Police Commander Hossein Zolfaqari told reporters recently. The homicide rate in Iran is six murders per day, he added. -MNA - 9/30/08

Iran minister retracts Oxon claim
An embarrassed Iranian minister has admitted a degree he said he had received from Oxford was a fake. -BBC - 9/30/08

Food Crisis Competes for Afghan "Hearts and Minds"
Afghanistan is facing one of its worst food shortages in years as winter approaches, with prices of the staple wheat rising 60 percent in the first half of the year after Pakistan slapped export bans, a poor harvest and drought. -Reuters - 9/30/08

A taste of Shomal
Recently I was able to take a one day trip to Rasht in Gilan province with my closest brother-in-law, Hamid. He had to go for business and invited me along because I had not yet been to this part of the country. -Paul Sanford, Tehran - 9/29/08

PAAIA's Profiles of Iranian Americans - Dr. Firouz Naderi
Dr. Firouz Naderi has spent most of the last decade managing NASA programs in pursuit of a most fundamental question - are we alone in the universe? The contribution our civilization makes to answer this question, he says, will be the legacy for which we will be remembered even centuries from now after transient issues of today are long forgotten. -PAAIA - 9/29/08

Iran's "Two-legged Horse" wins San Sebastian Special Jury Prize
The 56th San Sebastian film festival awarded Special Jury Prize to Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf for her "Two-legged Horse." - 9/29/08

Iran's Haddadi arrives in Memphis
Iranian basketball star Hamed Haddadi has arrived in the United States to take part in the NBA club Memphis Grizzlies' training camp. -Press TV - 9/29/08

Just Who Is Being Bailed Out?
My question is, where did it all go in the first place? Money does not evaporate. It can be lost, stolen or spent... but it usually continues exists in someone's pockets, accounts, treasure chest or somewhere. -Debbie Menon - 9/29/08

My Dinner With Ahmadinejad
The banquet hall of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in mid-town Manhattan had the feel of an extravagant Persian wedding on Wednesday night. A crowd of over one thousand guests, dressed in formal attire, sat around tightly packed tables munching on Iranian delicacies and chit-chatting casually in Farsi. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/29/08

50 years - 50 photographs: Photographs by Kamran Adle
Tehran's AAran Art Gallery celebrates its opening by showing 50 photographs of Kamran Adle . For 50 years Kamran Adle has recorded the pulse of a nation. From Graffiti at Iranian bazaars to silent moments of reflection at a Zoroastrian temple. - 9/29/08

Help for the Heavy at Ramadan
A Diet Doctor in Iran Guides Obese Patients Through the Annual Fasting and Feasting -Washington Post - 9/29/08

Iran takes first place in Vietnam football tournament
Iranian under-19 football team stole the show at the final game of the Vietnam International Football Tournament on Tuesday. -IRNA - 9/29/08

The Illusion of Sovereignty
Perhaps sovereignty is relative; how else can one explain the subjugation of the most powerful industrial nations to the will of another while under the delusion of independence, national interest, democracy, and even capitalism? A single country, Israel and its powerful lobby AIPAC have altered the course of history in America and by extension, the rest of the world. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/29/08

Oil giants to attend Iran's Gas Export Conference
The world's biggest oil companies have applied to attend Iran's second Gas Export Conference. Shell, Total, BP, Sinoc and OMW are among the major oil companies that will attend the conference, PIN reported. - 9/29/08

Iran's Pars gas pipeline a serious rival for Nabucco and South Stream: report
Iran's Pars gas pipeline is a serious rival for the Nabucco and South Stream pipelines respectively backed by European Union and Russia, the Russian RBC daily wrote. -ENE - 9/29/08

Iran calls new UNSC resolution illegal and unfortunate
The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a new resolution on Iran, reaffirming demands it stop enriching uranium, but imposing no new sanctions. - 9/28/08

US deploys anti-missile radar in Israel
The US has reportedly deployed an advanced anti-missile radar system in Israel in an attempt to prepare Tel Aviv for a war on Iran. - 9/28/08

Privatization law comes into effect
The long-awaited Iranian privatization law has come following its publication in the Official Gazette in late August and is expected to invigorate the private sector. -Press TV - 9/28/08

The Peter Principle Playoffs
So here we sit, our heads jerking back and forth so rapidly most of us are suffering severe whiplash. Will the US attack Iran? Will Israel attack Iran? Or will the two war-mongering bullies join forces and "bomb, bomb, bomb" that belligerent twit-nation into subservience? -Sheila Samples - 9/28/08

China, Iran's biggest LNG purchaser
National Iranian Tanker Company managing director Mohammad Souri declared on Sunday that the first consignment of Iran's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be prepared by 2012 and most of which will be sent to China. -ISNA - 9/28/08

Iran starts the second stage of Caucasus diplomacy
Iran has started the second round of negotiations over Caucasus crisis. Foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki pursued Tehran's initiative on Caucasus crisis in a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov in New York. -ISNA - 9/28/08

Germany recalls ambassador from Iran over military parade: dpa
Germany has ordered home its ambassador to Iran, Herbert Honsowitz because a high-ranking German diplomat attended a military parade in Tehran, dpa quoted a foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying Saturday. - 9/28/08

Revealed: secret Taliban peace bid
The Taliban have been engaged in secret talks about ending the conflict in Afghanistan in a wide-ranging 'peace process' sponsored by Saudi Arabia and supported by Britain, The Observer can reveal. - 9/28/08

Russia Proposes New European Security Pact
Russia's foreign minister has proposed the creation of a new European security pact, saying existing mechanisms failed when tested during the Caucasus crisis. -VOA - 9/28/08

Iran wins Asian volleyball title
Iran has won the first Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Men's Championship, narrowly defeating South Korea in the final match. -Press TV - 9/27/08

Achievement? Iranian Gangster in Canada Makes a Most Wanted List
Iranian-Canadian gangster Omid Tahvili has made the Forbes magazine list of the "World's 10 Most Wanted." Tahvili, 37, is the kingpin of a Persian organized crime family in Canada connected to various other global criminal groups. - 9/27/08

Gary Sick points to likely opening of US interest section in Tehran by January
There is a real possibility that the US may open an interest section in Tehran by the end of the term of American President George W. Bush in January 2009, ex-US national security advisor Gary Sick told IRNA in Berlin in an exclusive phone interview. - 9/27/08

Armineh Safarian Chelebian for California State Assembly
Armineh Chelebian, a successful accountant with deep roots in San Fernando Valley's cultural and business communities, is the Republican nominee for California's 40th State Assembly District. -PAAIA - 9/27/08

Is America ready for Obama?
I, like many living in this country, have been watching the news and reading the newspapers. Sometimes I am disturbed, sometimes I am frustrated, but mostly I am disgusted. It's nauseating. I can't wait for this election to be over with. -Fariba Amini - 9/27/08

Iran qualifies for Vietnam football tourney final
Iran under-19 football team has qualified for the final game of the Vietnam International Football Tournament by defeating the host on Friday night. -MNA - 9/27/08

Iranian Peace Bikers Have Left North America for Asia
An Iranian couple, determined to spread peace and knowledge about the Iran they know by bicycling around the world, has completed their tour of the United States and moved onto Japan. -Grace Nasri, Iran Times - 9/27/08

Iran plays key role in energy transfer to Europe: FM
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed on Friday that the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a strategic role in energy transfer to Europe, particularly with regards to the latest developments in the Caucasus. -IRNA - 9/27/08

Iranian-Canadian Congress writes to Canada's Immigration Minister to protest treatment of Iranians
Our community has been alarmed by the suboptimal quality of service provided to our relatives, colleagues, and friends by your ministry's staff at the Canadian embassy in Tehran. We have received numerous complaints about the lack of respect with which visa applicants are treated, and the rapid downturn in the number of visas that are issued. - 9/26/08

Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq
Since 2003, the bloody legacy of the invasion of Iraq has been well documented by journalists, historians, politicians, and others confounded by the past 5 years. Yet few discuss the constituency that represents Iraq's last best hope for a stable country: its ordinary, working middle class. In Waiting for an Ordinary Day, Farnaz Fassihi, the Wall Street Journal's deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa, gives voice to these people by unveiling an Iraq that has remained largely hidden. - 9/26/08

Rep. Lee Introduces Initiative for Diplomacy with Tehran
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the "Transparent Actions over Covert Tactics in Iran Act of 2008," or "TACT in Iran Act," last week along with six Democratic co-sponsors. The bill, referred to the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, seeks the prohibition of the use of federal funds for clandestine operations aimed at regime change in Iran, carried out by the CIA and the Department of Defense. - 9/26/08

Dems bury resolution due to war fears
The House Democratic leadership has effectively shelved a resolution calling for what critics say would amount to a naval blockade of Iran because of concerns that it could provoke another war, officials on Capitol Hill said. -Washington Times - 9/26/08

Iran's "Song of Sparrows" at Oscars
"The Song of Sparrows" is representing Iran at the 81st Annual Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Films category. Directed by Majid Majidi, "The Song of Sparrows" is a bittersweet parable about the struggles of a family living in a rural area outside Tehran. - 9/26/08

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Threat of US Attack and International Criticism of Iran’s Human Rights Record
In part one of an interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks about the threat of a US attack on Iran and responds to international criticism of Iran’s human rights record. We also get reaction from CUNY Professor Ervand Abrahamian, an Iran expert and author of several books on Iran. -Democracy Now - 9/26/08

Israel asked US for green light to bomb nuclear sites in Iran
Israel gave serious thought this spring to launching a military strike on Iran's nuclear sites but was told by President George W Bush that he would not support it and did not expect to revise that view for the rest of his presidency, senior European diplomatic sources have told the Guardian. - 9/26/08

Iran's cooperation with IAEA only within laws framework henceforth - Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in New York on Thursday, "I officially declare, we want to take advantage of our entire rights at IAEA, we have so far cooperated with the agency beyond legal commitments, but will henceforth cooperate within the framework of laws." - 9/26/08

Moscow's Iran Policy A Question Of Balancing Priorities
Clearly, the dangers of a nuclear Iran are small compared to the immediate threat Russia sees in an overall international framework that is dominated by the United States. -RFE - 9/26/08

Scientists of Zanjan University Produced New Catalysts: TEMPO
Dr. Babak Karimi, a researcher at Zanjan Univerity, has studied the methods of producing TEMPO catalyst on the basis of SBA-15 solid nanostructure (a porous, highly ordered solid matter) and its applications in the alcohol oxidation under atmosphere. - 9/26/08

Iranian, German archaeologists return to Haft-Tappeh
A team of Iranian archaeologists and some experts from Mainz University in Germany have recently begun the fourth season of excavations at the ancient site of Haft-Tappeh in Khuzestan Province. - 9/26/08

ElBaradei urges direct US-Iran talks aimed at resolving nuclear issue
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammad ElBaradei called for direct talks between the US and Iran directed at settling the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. -IRNA - 9/26/08

Activists Talk Love, Not War, With Iranian President
Activists from the radical anti-war group CodePink met with the president of Iran in New York on Wednesday, pitching a “peace park” and investment in a bicycle maker as ways to patch relations between the U.S. and the Islamic republic. -Fox News - 9/26/08

Ahmadinejad: Iran to launch satellite-carrier missile soon
In the fourth day of his trip to New York, attending a Ramadan Iftar reception, President Ahmadinejad met Wednesday with Iranian nationals in the United States.-ISNA - 9/26/08

Putin: Russia May Launch Nuclear Cooperation With Venezuela
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he is ready to consider helping Venezuela develop a nuclear energy program. -VOA - 9/26/08

Trojan Horse
How Israeli Backdoor Technology Penetrated the US Government's Telecom System and Compromised National Security -Antiwar.com - 9/26/08

Mom's Ush
It was just over three years ago that my mother left us and among many things, I miss the sound of her laughter more than anything else. Yes, three years since my mom passed away and because she was such a diverse and varied lady, I decided that every year we would try to remember her, her memory and her life in different ways. -Syma Sayyah - 9/25/08

It is about the young people of Iran, not Ahmadinejad
But unfortunately the 70 million Iranians don't get any news coverage except their president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The vibrant young Iranians that go through the daily struggles of life are hardly seen on the news or heard on the radio. Most of the writers, journalists, scholars, and politicians only look at Iran as a hot commodity to make money. -Mahtab Farid - 9/25/08

ANCIENT IRAN: A pictorial history for young readers ages 8 and up
Massoume Price, Canadian based social anthropologist, author of Iran's Diverse Peoples has released a new book which aims to educate young readers about the cultural history of one of today's most contentious and mysterious world powers. - 9/25/08

Iran opens door for US ties, favors amicable ties with all states
In his meeting with Iranian nationals residing in the United States, the president said that the great Iranian nation advocates peace and friendship. "But if anyone intends to stand against Iranians, the nation will do in a way that bring regret for him forever." - 9/25/08

An Interview with Nasrin Sotoudeh: The prize winner from International Committee of Human Rights Italy
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a well known activist in women’s movement and a brave lawyer for most of the women’s movement activists; she is well known for her activities in human rights for children and in particular against the hanging of children under the age of 18, and women’s movement. -Feminist School - 9/25/08

US Institutions that breed smart agents
Color and Gender seems to be of great consequence in this US election debate, but substance: who stands for what, and who has the legacy to back such stances, neither is promising, I am afraid. Black, white, a woman, a man, shouldn't really matter. -Debbie Menon - 9/25/08

Iran's President Takes Message To U.S. Media
Whether addressing the UN General Assembly, speaking to newspaper reporters in New York, or giving an interview for a U.S. television talk show, the message has been the same this week from Iran's president. -RFE - 9/25/08

Conference - Empires and Revolutions: Iranian-Russian Encounters Since 1800
This conference will explore the myriad encounters which have taken place between Iranians and Russians since the early nineteenth century up to the present: 12-13 June 2009 in London - 9/25/08

Can Obama Prevent an October Surprise Attack on Iran?
The Obama campaign has undoubtedly considered the possibility that a desperate Republican Party will try to manipulate this Fall's election by waging war against Iran between now and November -Rhetoricians for Peace - 9/25/08

Ahmadinejad to dinner? Furor ensues over religious groups' event
To talk or not to talk. That's the debate roiling diplomats regarding US relations with Iran. Now that debate has spilled, with all its fervor, into the arena of interfaith dialogue. -CSM - 9/25/08

Mehregan Celebration in Houston
The Iranian –American Cultural Organization of Houston presents a concert in celebration of Mehregan, Persian Harvest Festival, on Saturday October 11, 2008 from 8 pm to 12 pm at Morris Cultural Arts Center Theater of Houston Baptist University. - 9/25/08

WHAT WENT WRONG IN OUR NAME? It's the Economy, Stupid!
Has the Nation truly realized the disaster inflicted by our government's incompetence, at best, if not a malicious accomplice, elected by our so called votes, which was and still is apparently in collusion with the huge non-American multi-, and transnational business conglomerates under the banner of globalizations? -David Rahni - 9/25/08

US, Russia To Continue Cooperation on Iran, North Korea, Despite Georgia Dispute
Senior U.S. and Russian officials say the two powers will continue cooperation on ending the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs despite their bitter disagreement over Russian intervention in Georgia. -VOA - 9/25/08

Tehran - A tale of two cities?
The political mood in the bustling bazaars of the Iranian capital may be changing. Iran's conservative non-reformist President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces re-election next year - and many of the country's senior figures are despairing of his record in power and looking for other potential candidates. -BBC - 9/25/08

Battle over Persepolis Fortification Archive: Achaemenid Administrative Archives
In 1930s, archaeologists from the Chicago University's Oriental Institute were the first to be given legal permission to excavate in Pârsâ, modern Takht-e Jamshid. And so came the first wave of the archaeologists from the Oriental Institute, headed by Ernst Herzfeld from the Berlin Museum. While Alexander and the Makedonians had taken all the Persian gold and silver, in their utter ignorance they had left behind the crown jewels. -A. J. Cave - 9/24/08

Blue States, Red States or the United States?
When I arrived to Denver to attend the 2008 Democratic Convention, I realized I am fortunate to have a front seat to watch history happen. I was 15 years old when I moved from my motherland Iran to the United States. On July 6, 2001 on President Bush's birthday, I became a United States citizen.-Mahtab Farid - 9/24/08

Ahmadinejad elaborates on his views on Holocaust and Israel in CNN interview
Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shed light on his views about the Holocaust in an interview with CNN's Larry King Live. - 9/24/08

Iranian women football ascends in FIFA ranking
Iran ascended to 48th with 1468 points. USA stood in top of the table with 2211 points, followed by Germany with 2152 and Brazil with 2131 points. - 9/24/08

Oxford Center to enjoy Iranian garden's beauty
Iran is planning to construct an example of an Iranian garden at the venue of the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in London. - 9/24/08

Iran's Ahmadinejad Denounces 'Bullying Powers' in UN Address
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that a few "bullying" world powers are trying to thwart what he says is his country's peaceful nuclear program. -VOA - 9/24/08

Iran's Saipa eliminated from Asian Champions League
Saipa of Iran was trounced by Uzbekistan's Kuruvchi in the second leg of the Asian Champions League (ACL) quarter-final on Wednesday. Saipa suffered a heavy 5-1 loss against Kuruvchi in Tashkent's MHSK Stadium. -MNA - 9/24/08

Iran Sinking as Groundwater Resources Disappear
Iran's insatiable demand for water, which is being drawn out of aquifers far faster than it can be replenished, is causing large chunks of farmland to sink and buildings to crack, according to a new study. -National Geographic - 9/24/08

Shahnameh: Lectures on Iran's National Epic at UC, Irvine
The lectures are sponsored by the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at UCI & Farhad Shah-Hosseini. The lectures and free and open to the public! - 9/24/08

U.S. should work with Iran to attack terrorism
Just two days before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al Qaeda released a video on Al-Jazeera news accusing Iran of collaborating with the United States for "cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan." Al Qaeda's accusation of complicity makes sense. -Omid Memarian, SFGate - 9/24/08

Iran's Former President Khatami still Mulling Candidacy in Election
Former President Seyed Mohammad Khatami said he would run in the presidential elections in Iran next year if he is convinced that his candidacy has a dramatic effect on the ongoing trend of developments. -FNA - 9/24/08

Iran Hawks Take Wing
You've got to worry when bipartisan hawks flock together. And you've got to worry even more when those hawks are targeting Iran, and writing op-eds in the Wall Street Journal with titles like: "Everyone Needs To Worry About Iran." And when they form organizations with names like: "United Against Nuclear Iran." Yes, it has its own website. -The Nation - 9/24/08

Iran's Beijing Olympic Games: From Cracks to Catastrophes
At Beijing games, with a large contingent of 55 athletes, Iran recorded its worst results in the Olympics. By reviewing Iran's Olympic preparation management, we can shed light on leading factors causing Iran's catastrophic result at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. -IranSportsPress - 9/24/08

Why Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is smiling
Demonising the Iranian president during his visit to the UN distracts from a serious discussion of US policy toward Iran -Guardian - 9/24/08

Bahmani Appointed Governor of Central Bank of Iran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a decree appointed Mahmoud Bahmani as governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI). -IRNA - 9/24/08

Iran Air Tehran-Tokyo flights will continue
Spokesman of Iran's state airline, Iran Air, Reza Jafarzadeh rejected on Wednesday a report on the probable halt of the airline's direct flights to Japan. -IRNA - 9/24/08

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat on Tour
Mahsa Vahdat and her sister Marjan, two leading Iranian singers have released a new album, I Am Eve, an album composed, arranged and produced by Atabak Elyasi and released by Kirkelig Kulturverksted in Norway. This was conceived, born and recorded in Iran and mixed and mastered in Norway and Sweden. - 9/23/08

New school year starts in Iran
The new academic year in Iran began Tuesday morning with First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi ringing the bell at a boy's elementary school in southern Tehran. (photos) - 9/23/08

Shahinfar Badly Defeated in New York Primary Race
Four Iranian-Americans running for election on the November ballot, all in California: Ross Mirkarimi, running for re-election to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco County; Asha Safai, seeking to join him on the San Francisco board; Farid Javandel, seeking re-election to the city council in Albany; and Farrah Douglas, seeking a first-time seat on the city council in Carlsbad - 9/23/08

Photos: First day of school in Iran
Photos from schools in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, Isfahan in central Iran and Qom the religious center. - 9/23/08

Iran sees growth in GDP, trade balance
Iran's gross domestic production (GDP) growth rate in the last calendar year (ended March 19, 2008) touched 6.9 percent. Iran exported $97.401 billion worth of products in the past calendar year while it imported some $56.582 billion in the same period. - 9/23/08

Ottawa accused of barring Iranians
But about 500 Iranian-born Canadians have signed a petition to Ottawa's political leaders protesting what they say is worsening discrimination against Iranians who want to visit Canada, some of them internationally known dissidents on the blacklist of the regime. -Toronto Star - 9/23/08

Farnaz Fassihi on “Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq”
It was the email read around the world. Four years ago in September 2004, Farnaz Fassihi, an Iranian American correspondent in Iraq for the Wall Street Journal, sent a private email to family and friends that described the situation in Iraq more sincerely than her published newspaper articles ever could. -Democracy Now - 9/23/08

Tutu Says 2006 Israeli Shelling in Beit Hanoun May Be War Crime
South African Nobel Laureate, Desmond Tutu, the head of a fact-finding mission looking into the deadly 2006 Israeli shelling of a village in Gaza, says the incident may be a war crime. Nineteen Palestinians, including 18 from one family were killed when Israeli shells landed on the Gaza town. - 9/23/08

Profile: Pardis Sabeti
By night she's a rocker. By day, she's a Harvard geneticist tracking the evolution of the human genome. -Nova, PBS - 9/23/08

Iran to build cars in Afghanistan
Iran's ambassador to Kabul says an assembly line for the manufacture of Iranian-designed cars will soon launch production in Afghanistan. -Press TV - 9/23/08

Iranians charged with apostasy
Mahmoud Matin and Arash Basirat have been formally charged with apostasy, which on conviction can carry the death sentence. Their lawyer was initially informed of their charge in early August. They are prisoners of conscience, held solely for their religious beliefs. -Amnesty International - 9/23/08

London police confirm arson attack on Iranian Embassy
Police in London confirmed Tuesday that they were investigating an apparent petrol bomb attack on the Iranian Embassy, which caused little damage and no injuries. -IRNA - 9/23/08

Iran Air to Stop Tehran-Tokyo Flights after 33 Years
Iran's state airline, Iran Air, has reportedly decided to stop its direct flights to Japan after 33 years due to heavy loses, an Air Air official said. -CHN - 9/23/08

Protest against Iran goes ahead without Clinton or Palin
Activists from Jewish organizations demonstrated Monday against Iran at UN headquarters in New York in a rally overshadowed by US domestic politics with Senator Hillary Clinton declining to appear alongside Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. -AFP - 9/23/08

Propaganda is a Two-Way Street: Iran, Israel and the Looming Threat of War
In the ceaseless and invariably bellicose calls for war against Iran (both open and clandestine) flooding the op-ed pages, perhaps one argument invoked by pro-war pundits and politicians stands out and takes pride of place above all others: Iran, it is claimed, "poses an existential threat to the state of Israel". -Sadegh Kabeer - 9/22/08

Iran launches major military parade (photos)
The Iranian armed forces have staged a huge military parade displaying their latest defense capabilities, missiles and rocket launchers. - 9/22/08

Iran: Guilan's rural heritage museum smiles greenly!
Guilan museum of rural heritage is a fantastic and unique Eco-Museum that has been constructed in order to show the hidden corners of Guilan people's culture and lifestyle to the tourists from all around the world. -Kourosh Ziabari - 9/22/08

Russia to equip Iran with 'game changer'?
Russia plans to equip Iran with advanced antiaircraft defense systems amid reports that Israel will soon acquire advanced smart bombs. - 9/22/08

Iran President arrives in New York to attend UN meeting
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York late Sunday (Monday morning Tehran times) to attend the 63rd UN General Assembly meeting. - 9/22/08

ElBaradei: IAEA fails to make progress on alleged studies on Iran
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei said Monday that the IAEA has not been able to make substantive progress on the alleged studies relevant to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program. -IRNA - 9/22/08

Human Rights International Prize 2008 to Nasrin Sotoudehs, Iran
The nomination to the first Human Rights International Prize was submitted by Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2003 Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, because of Nasrin Sotoudehs work defending the human rights. - 9/22/08

IMF forecasts fiscal deficit in Iran
The International Monetary Fund has predicted that Iran will face a fiscal deficit should crude oil prices fall below $90 per barrel. - 9/22/08

A New Model for Drop in Strength of Nanocrystalline Materials
Researchers at Sharif University of Technology, Iran have proposed a model which explains the relationship between grain size, grain internal stresses and its yield strength. - 9/22/08

Group of rabbis hail Ahmadinejad's NY visit
A group of American rabbis welcome Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York in a move aimed at countering an anti-Iran protest. -Press TV - 9/22/08

Is bringing democracy to Iran a dream or could it be a reality?
Iranian Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur, Behrooz Behbudi wants to bring democracy and freedom to the people of Iran through his newly founded organization, the "Council for a Democratic Iran." -Mahtab Farid - 9/22/08

Iran dismisses central banker who defied president
Tahmasb Mazaheri, says one ally, was forced by the president to stand down mainly because of his support for tighter monetary policies which have made it difficult for the government to implement its promises of giving cheap loans to the poor and supporting short-term employment projects. -Financial Times - 9/22/08

Iranian row on Zionism breaks out
To an outside observer, a row on Zionism and Israel in Iran has the arcane feel of a medieval theological dispute. Indeed, if the topic was not so serious, it could almost be the subject for one of the more bizarre Monty Python comedy sketches. -BBC - 9/22/08

U.S. Peace and Anti-War Organizations Statement to Tehran Peace Vigil
Across geographical borders, linguistic, religious, and racial difference, we stand with our peace-loving brothers and sisters in the world. Innocent Iranians, who have tasted the brutality of Saddam's chemical weapons first-hand, are our witnesses and our allies. - 9/21/08

Tucked in a Tehran Neighborhood, One Man's Temple of Modern Art
Gholamreza Motamedi, 58, owner of Iran's only private modern art museum, opens its doors to all, free of charge. "I want to educate students in art. Give something back to society," says the former architect and onetime dissident. -Washington Post - 9/21/08

Women of valor?
Sami Moubayed is a Syrian Professor and Political analyst. In his article "Women of valor ", he refers to "young" Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian women martyrs who blew themselves up fighting Israel. As a good "teacher" should, he has outlined the facts in the case as they stand, while being very careful to not give away what he, personally, thinks or feels about the hero-worship of these popularly recognized "Women of Valour." -Debbie Menon - 9/21/08

Revival of Orumiyeh Lake needs national resolve
Revival of Orumiyeh Lake requires national resolve and public participation, said a lawmaker from this northwestern city. Although 230 legislators in a letter to the president have called for saving the endangered lake, this has not happened. - 9/21/08

Iran's Top Military Advisor Warns US against Attack
A senior Iranian military advisor warned that any US military action against Iran will seriously endanger thousands of American soldiers deployed in the region. -FNA - 9/21/08

Russia plans delivery of more air defense systems to Iran
Russia is negotiating the delivery of more air defense systems to Iran in defiance of Western pressure to halt the move, an official says. - 9/21/08

Human Rights Watch Wants Ahmadinejad Held Accountable for Iran Rights Crisis
Under the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, basic human rights protection in Iran has deteriorated to new lows, Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a briefing paper released today. - 9/21/08

Iranian team takes second place in Asian women kabbadi contests
Islamic Republic of Iran took the second place in the 3rd Asian Women Kabbadi Championships in India on Sunday. -IRNA - 9/21/08

Daily Telegraph Iran story referred to the Press Complaints Authority
A complaint was issued today to the Press Complaints Commission concerning an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 12 September which claimed that enriched uranium has disappeared from Iran's nuclear facility in Isfahan. - 9/21/08

Iran pulls back clocks by one hour
Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said on Saturday that clock will be pulled back by one hour at Saturday's midnight. - 9/21/08

Q&A: Bernard Lewis on Islam's Crisis
No contemporary writer has done more to inform Western perceptions of Islam than Bernard Lewis. His seminal 1950 work, The Arabs in History, still holds up as one of the definitive accounts of the Arab world. Some of his more recent books have examined the rising anti-Western mood in the Islamic world. -TIME - 9/21/08

In Paradise
In August 2008. the 18th Environmental Art Festival was held at Paradise Art Center in Iran. During the festival, I also used red earth from Hormoz in Persian Gulf and made new painting on portraits of artists. For me symbolism of snake and its contradictory interpretations in different cultures is very interesting. -Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt - 9/20/08

World's smallest school in Iran
The road to Iran's tiny Kalou village is being laid in honor of its elementary school, now recognized by UNESCO as the world's smallest. - 9/20/08

Iran's Catwalk Ban Is Only The Beginning
Move modestly. No garish makeup. Don loose and unrevealing clothing. Those are some of the new rules for Iranian models, who have been told not to attract too much attention during fashion shows. -RFE - 9/20/08

Change From the Bottom Up
In 1986 Iranian officials still referred to HIV/AIDS as "a Western disease" and refused even to acknowledge that it might exist in Iran. But 12 years later, Dr. Kamiar Alaei managed to convince a community that it needed an AIDS clinic. -ICFJ - 9/20/08

Annual U.S. Report Assesses Religious Freedom Worldwide
Iran and Uzbekistan are designated "Countries of Particular Concern," which are defined as "countries that have engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom," along with Burma, China, North Korea, Sudan, Eritrea, and Saudi Arabia. -RFE - 9/20/08

Aiish to stage "Rhinoceros" at City Theater Complex
Prominent stage director Farhad Aiish is to stage Ionesco's play "Rhinoceros" at the Tehran's City Theater Complex in November. - 9/20/08

Paradise & Hell : 18th Environmental Art Festival in Iran - Paradise Art Center (August 2008)
In the past two months many young artists from different parts of Iran contacted me and wished to be part of new environmental art events. Environmental art is the art of the future. We can learn how to behave with nature. I wish in the future we could have one environmental art event per day. -Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt - 9/19/08

Photos: A Holly Supper with Imam Reza
Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (known as Imam Reza in Iran) (Eleventh of Dhu al-Qi'dah, 148 AH – Seventeenth of Safar, 203 AH) (Approximately: January 1, 765 - May 26, 818) was the Seventh descendent of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the eighth Twelver Shî'a Imâm. - 9/19/08

The Bay Area's Only Language Immersion Program for Iranian-American Children Expands and Moves Into an Idyllic New Home
Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education opened the doors to its new home on September 2 in the historic Heywood House located at 1808 5th Street, just one block from 4th Street shops and restaurants, in Berkeley California. - 9/19/08

NAM issues pro-Iran statement
The group of Non-Aligned Movement states to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday issued a statement in support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities. - 9/19/08

Tehran completes first stage of Caucasus diplomacy: Iranian FM
Iran's foreign minister elaborated on his negotiations with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Germany over South Ossetia military conflict in a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi. - 9/19/08

Iran, Portugal to Restore Portuguese Castles in Persian Gulf Islands
The Portuguese castles were constructed in southern Iran after the Portuguese viceroy Alfonso de Albuquerque attacked Hormoz Island in the Persian Gulf in 1507 - 9/19/08

Peace activist says he found that Iranians love Americans
Rudy Perkins took the trip of a lifetime in May. No, he didn’t take a Caribbean cruise or bask in the sunshine on a private island; instead, this former Winchendon resident followed his heart all the way to Iran. -Worcester Telegram, MA - 9/19/08

US Religious Leaders Invite Ahmadinejad to Dinner
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to a dinner put on by American religious leaders during his visit to the United Nations, scheduled for September 25. - 9/19/08

Christian and Muslim women dialogue takes shape
In the comfort of a simple Swedish meeting room, 25 Christian and Muslim women met to talk about how religion, which is often blamed to cause violence, can move people toward peace. -World Council of Churches - 9/19/08

Children Come! Let's Play Doll!
She was twelve, with big sunken and lusterless eyes. Her scrawny face had a yellow hue, and her hands were swollen from too much work. Her body was tiny, and reminded me of trees in Autumn, which had barely survived the summer's drought. -Nahid Mirhaj - 9/19/08

Iranian FM arrives in New York to attend UN General Assembly meeting
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived here on Thursday heading a delegation to participate in the 63rd UN General Assembly annual meeting. - 9/19/08

UK police race row deepens with suspension of Iranian-born commander
Commander Ali Dizaei has become the second top officer to be suspended in a deepening race row inside London's Metropolitan police. - 9/19/08

US Plans to Use Georgia for Attacking Iran: Russia's NATO envoy
Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin said Russian intelligence had obtained information indicating that Washington had launched "active military preparations on Georgia's territory" for an air strike on Iran. -FNA - 9/19/08

Hackers Attack Iranian Clerics' Web Sites
Hackers have shut down the Web sites of several hundred Shiite clerics and seminary schools. -FNA - 9/19/08

Iran, Iraq to operate more direct flights
Iran and Iraq are to launch direct flights as of next three weeks, said an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad on Friday. -IRNA - 9/19/08

Sukhois on way to US denied overflight by Iran
India’s top-notch Sukhoi-30MKIs were inadvertently caught in the middle of the bitter US-Iran feud when Tehran refused permission to the fighter jets to fly over its territory on way to the US in July to take part in Red Flag air combat exercise. -Times of India - 9/19/08

Palin nixed from Iran rally
Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has been uninvited from attending a rally against Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week in New York, one day after Hillary Clinton nixed her appearance at the event because the Alaska governor was slated to be there. -CNN - 9/19/08

THE TIMELESS LEGEND OF ROSTAM AND SOHRAB
Tajik director Boris Kimyagarov's 1971 Epic tribute to Persian Poet's Patriotic Ode -Darius KADIVAR - 9/18/08

Karma Sucks: We need more wars; bomb Iran baby!
First watch this video of a young (and apparently naive, ignorant and just plain dumb) outspoken GOP lawyer being interviewed at the Republican National Convention. He rants about wanting more wars under McCain's presidency, and in particular he desperately wants a war with Iran where he thinks U.S. can do the job even with a slingshot! - 9/18/08

Persian Language Advisory Committee: Persian Volunteers Support the Sacramento Public Library
A significant challenge that diaspora communities face is accessing and preserving resources in their mother tongue. Faced with a dearth of freely accessible books, audio and video in Persian, a group of Iranian-American community leaders came together over a decade ago to form the Persian Language Advisory Committee of the Sacramento Public Library. -PARSA - 9/18/08

Iranian Peace Runner Enters Norwegian Capital Oslo
Iranian runner Hossein Fazeli in his Tour of Peace to 15 European countries entered Oslo, capital of Norway, on Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/18/08

2008 Appeal by Omid-e-Mehr Foundation: empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran
This is an invitation for you to join us in helping disadvantaged young women in Iran. You can help by volunteering time, by fundraising for us, by engaging in academic research on topics that are of importance to us, or simply by making a donation. - 9/18/08

Iran's Ahmadinejad says ready for debate with US presidential candidates
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that he is ready for debate with US presidential candidates at UN headquarters on global developments in presence of world media. - 9/18/08

Quake jolts Bandar Abbas in southern Iran
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale rattled the city of Bandar Abbas in the southern province of Hormuzgan on Wednesday. - 9/18/08

Iran not to take single step beyond commitments: IAEA Envoy
Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the IAEA said here Wednesday Tehran will not take a single step beyond its commitments within NPT and July 27th, 2007 Modality. - 9/18/08

Iran's PR problem
Let's face it; Iran has a major public relations problem when it comes to its perceived image around the world particularly here in the west. - 9/18/08

FM: Iran's Caucasus diplomacy is not a mediation act
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki after meeting with his Georgian counterpart in Tbilisi Wednesday told reporters that Iran's Caucasus diplomacy is not a mediation act. - 9/18/08

UN rights chief urges protection amid sharp rise in Afghan civilian deaths
The top United Nations human rights official has called for ensuring the protection of Afghan civilians, as new figures show an almost 40 per cent increase in conflict-related deaths in the first eight months of 2008 compared to the same period last year. - 9/18/08

IAEA Report On Iran Shows 'Zero Progress' On Cooperation, Schulte Says
RFE/RL Radio Farda correspondent Hossein Aryan spoke about the IAEA report with Gregory Schulte, the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA in Vienna. - 9/18/08

UN General Assembly Opens With a Denunciation of US Policies
A new session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened in New York, with a sharp attack on the United States by the assembly's president, former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann. -VOA - 9/18/08

America's tough decision on Iran's dissidents
The People's Mujahideen of Iran is caught between Iraq and a hard place (Iran). -CSM - 9/18/08

US Charges 16 for Illegal Shipments to Iran
U.S. prosecutors are charging eight foreigners and eight overseas businesses for helping to ship thousands of micro chips and other sensitive parts to Iran, in violation of U.S. trade bans. -VOA - 9/18/08

Iran's Ahmadinejad will face "Walls of Shame" at the UN
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will face two demonstrations next week as he arrives for the opening of the UN's General Assembly. -The Suburban - 9/18/08

Haemorrhaging of western influence at UN wrecks attempts to push human rights agenda
The west's efforts to use the United Nations to promote its values and shape the global agenda are failing, according to a detailed study published yesterday. -Guardian - 9/18/08

Candlelight Vigil in Tehran on September 21st, International Day of Peace
The Tehran Peace Museum and the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) are planning a candlelight vigil at 19:00 local time (10:30 EST) on September 21 to commemorate the UN-designated International Day of Peace. The organized event is a historic first in Iran, where tensions with the United States are causing serious anxiety. - 9/17/08

University of California at Davis Leads the Way in Relations with Iranian-American Community
In terms of relations with its local Iranian-American community and establishing scholarly exchanges with academics in Iran, the University of California at Davis is a leading example of a university reaching out to Iranians locally and globally. - 9/17/08

Iran ranks 22nd in Beijing Paralympic Games
Iran came 22nd in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, improving its position from 23rd in the 2004 games. Iran won a total of five gold, six silver and three bronze medals. - 9/17/08

Ground breaking eye therapy for stroke victims developed
As a result of his work, Dr Arash Sahraie has been short-listed for the The Gannochy Trust Innovation Award of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland's top award for innovation. - 9/17/08

WORLD Premiere in Stockholm: "Hanging Gardens of Lost Dreams"
Les Ballets Persans' new contemporary dance production, Hanging Gardens of Lost Dreams, is inspired by the works of Iran's foremost graphic artist the late Morteza Momayez. This dance installation is about alienation and the despair of a young individual and presents an artistic perspective over the issue of Integration in today's society of Sweden. - 9/17/08

Russian Military Alliance With Iran Improbable Due To Diverging Interests
The Georgia crisis and the U.S. deal with Poland to locate part of its missile-defense system on Polish soil have revived a Cold War mentality among some observers in both Russia and the West. -RFE - 9/17/08

Photos: First Graders Begin School Year In Tehran
The first grade elementary students started their school year in Iran on September 16, 2008. - 9/17/08

Interview with Elnaz Ansari, Iranian Woman Activist
I am 26 years old. I am a journalist and write mostly on social issues. I began my journalistic activities in the year 2000 in a local publication in Zanjan, and from the start I focused on social issues, but especially issues related to women and children. - 9/17/08

Kalhor Sets Rumi-Related Music in Hollywood Bowl
The Silk Road Ensemble featuring the kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and vocalist Hamidreza Nurbakhsh will perform a concert centered on the port Rumi September 27 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. - 9/17/08

Iran Stages War Games to Test Air Defenses
Iran staged air defense exercises on Monday and said anyone attacking the Islamic Republic would regret it. -Fars - 9/17/08

Iranian Foreign Minister visits Georgia
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Tehran was closely following up ongoing events in the Caucasus and wants stability and security restored to the region. -IRNA - 9/17/08

Amnesty International expresses concern about condition of Ayatollah Boroujerdi
Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi continues to be held in Evin Prison in Tehran, where his medical condition has gravely deteriorated. - 9/17/08

U.S. sanctions hit Iranian entrepreneurs in Dubai
DUBAI: This freewheeling boomtown has always been the place where Iranians go to escape U.S. sanctions. Since U.S. laws stopped the sale of American products to Iran in the 1980s, Iranian traders have made the short boat ride here to buy what they want. -IHT - 9/17/08

Timeline Revealed for Iran Gas Field Development
Iran and Oman plan to complete the development of the Kish gas field in the Persian Gulf by 2012. -Fars - 9/17/08

Qatar calls for expansion of defense ties with Iran
The Qatari crown prince in a meeting with Iranian defense minister in Doha on Tuesday called for an expansion of defense ties with Iran. -Tehran Times - 9/17/08

Palin Plans Cancel Clinton Protest Against Iran
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped out of a planned rally outside the United Nations next week after learning that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would also be in the crowd protesting the appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -The Trail - 9/17/08

Iran denies talks with Russia over OPEC membership
An Iranian official in oil ministry dismissed reports that Tehran has held talks with Moscow over Russia's joining to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). -ISNA - 9/17/08

Beijing Paralympics: Iran wins sitting volleyball gold
The Iranian sitting volleyball team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday in the final of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics to take its fifth gold medal in the past six Paralympics. - 9/16/08

Book: War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims
Melody Moezzi's War on Error brings together the stories of twelve young people, all vastly different but all American, and all Muslim. Their approaches to religion couldn't be more diverse: from a rapper of Korean and Egyptian descent to a bisexual Sudanese American to a converted white woman from Colorado living in Cairo and wearing the hijab. - 9/16/08

A "Meltdown" they call it!
AMERICA, allowing big and corporate business to drive the bus, has found itself in the ditch, or over the cliff in freefall, and I fear many passengers on the bus will die, or suffer grave financial injury! A "Meltdown" they call it! -Debbie Menon - 9/16/08

Summer is coming to an end
For the past few days we have been feeling sudden outbursts of autumn wind which make life more bearable although Tehran is still too hot. Summer has been quite hellish and I am sure my bones will be much happier when we switch the water coolers off as the weather becomes cooler but I think that we still have a few more weeks to go. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/16/08

Five former US state secretaries urge talks with Iran
Five former US Secretaries of State say the next American administration should hold direct and unconditional talks with Tehran. The five - Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, James Baker and Henry Kissinger - all said they favored talking to Iran as part of a strategy to break the impasse over Tehran's nuclear activities. - 9/16/08

Iranian-American Chief Operating Officer at Hollywood
Behnoosh Khalili is a major Iranian-American figure in Hollywood who is little known outside the industry. But inside the industry, she is well-known for running the firm that finds actors for all those small roles in films. -Grace Nasri, Iran Times - 9/16/08

Paralympics: Iranian athletes win gold in Weightlifting, Javelin and silver in Football
Iranian heavy weightlifter, Kazem Rajabi, two-time Paralympic gold medalist, snatched the gold medal in +100kg category in the 13 edition the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing on Tuesday. - 9/16/08

Open letter to UN Secretary General on the Iranian islands in Persian Gulf
As an academic of at least 40 years of research experience in geographical, historical, political and legal affairs of the Persian Gulf, I do not find it easy to see continued conspiracies against Iran, her territorial rights and integrity and the consequential threats to peace and security of that region without trying to voice out the concern of the people of Iran as well as that of other peace-loving people of the region. -Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh - 9/16/08

IRGC assigned for Persian Gulf defense: Senior Iranian military official
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is assigned for the Persian Gulf defense, Supreme Leader's top advisor for the armed forces affairs, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said on Tuesday. The former IRGC commander told reporters that Army of the Islamic Republic was also assigned for the defense of the Gulf of Oman and Caspian Sea. - 9/16/08

Profile: Mastan Persian Music Group
Founded in 2005 by Parvaz Homay, The Mastan Group has become one of the most prominent - traditional Persian music ensembles from Iran. Only in his 20's, Homay is part of a very special group of Musicians who writes his own lyrics, composes, sings, produces and mixes his music in Iran - 9/16/08

The Government of Ahmadi-Nejad, Women's Rights And the War of Civilisations
The "Family protection" Bill was met with a broad reaction by the society as a whole, so much so that in the last month or so we have seen tensions growing in different section of the regime. -Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, - 9/16/08

Iran, Germany Foreign Ministers discuss nuclear program
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki began his first round of talks with his German counterpart, Frank Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Tuesday. Continuation of talks on Iran's nuclear program and the Caucasus crisis are among the issues that would be discussed between the two top diplomats. - 9/16/08

UK Immigration Harass IranAir Passengers
A few weeks ago I returned from close to four months of fieldwork in Iran conducting research for my doctoral thesis. However, I and the 460 other IranAir passengers were caught off guard by an unwelcome greeting from UK immigration officers. -Shirin Saeidi - 9/16/08

IAEA Declares a Gridlock with Iran
With the exception of one potentially important nugget about the possibility of Iran drawing on "foreign expertise" in conducting experiments on a detonator suitable for an implosion-type nuclear weapon, the latest IAEA report offers little that is different from its previous report. -Farideh Farhi - 9/16/08

Death of Beverly Hills High senior unravels Westside's tight-knit Persian Jewish community
"An entire Persian community centered around Beverly Hills High School has been rocked by this," Lombardo said. The case, he said, has "divided the community like driving a stake through their heart." -Los Angeles Times - 9/16/08

Iraq's Nouri Maliki breaking free of U.S.
As the prime minister asserts his independence, Iran gains influence and America loses some. Once dependent on American support to keep his job, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has consolidated power and is asserting his independence, sharply reducing Washington's influence over the future of Iraq. -Los Angeles Times - 9/16/08

Bush overstates threat posed by a nuclear Iran
Strength is often judged by how you carry yourself. Are you cocky and shouting? Or measured and calm? The Bush administration is acting more cocky than calm, not like the leaders of a superpower but like unsure freshmen. -Chicago Tribune - 9/16/08

Greetings sent from Yorkshire arrive in Portsmouth via Iran
The card should have travelled 278 miles and taken a day or two to make the journey. Instead it had been on a 6,000-mile round trip, lasting 17 days. -The News, Portsmouth - 9/16/08

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: IRANIAN STUDIES PROGRAMS - Keeping the Persian Light Shining
Universities around the world are carrying on the torch of telling the enduring story of Persian culture and modern-day Iran by engaging in the inquisitive and long-term research that can only happen in such an academic environment. This rigorous research is vitally important in the role it plays to help expand the discourse around Iran today from sound-bites and punditry to a more thoughtful and multifaceted examination of the nuances of Persian culture and modern Iranian issues. - 9/15/08

Salam Toronto Talks to Organizers of Anti-Discrimination Petition
This past March, Malahat Fardadi's parents were denied a visitor's visa to Canada from their native Iran, despite being issued a visa just four years prior. Fardadi, as a resident of Toronto for over eight years and a Canadian citizen, became frustrated and angry. She then decided she had to do something about it. -Azim Ahmed - 9/15/08

Lawmakers, Diplomats and Academics Join NIAC Board of Advisors
What do former Under Secretary of State Tom Pickering, Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Jim Moody (D-WI), comedian and actor Maz Jobrani, author Reza Aslan and Professor R.K. Ramazani have in common? They all serve together with ten other prominent academics and professionals on NIAC's new Board of Advisors. - 9/15/08

Photos: Funeral of Armenians in Isfahan, Iran
21 Armenians lost their lives on their way to Iran from Turkey their bus fell to the bottom of a deep ravine in Eastern Turkey on September 8. The funeral ceremonies for 8 of these victims was held in the city of Isfahan on September 14. -Photos by Gevik Khachatoorian - 9/15/08

Iranian women play social and economic roles, but no change in home duties
Women's contribution to social and economic activities does not necessarily lead to any changes in their home duties, result of a new study by a faculty member of Allameh Tabatabaii University showed. - 9/15/08

IAEA rejects alleged missing nuclear material in Iran
IAEA's spokesperson Melissa Fleming said on Sunday that all enriched uranium in Isfahan nuclear installations is under the control and supervision of IAEA and nothing is missing. - 9/15/08

Photos: Water canals in Tehran provide summer relief
Children and adults are taking a break from the hot summer of Tehran by swimming in the water canals in the south of this mega city. -Photos by Amir Pourmand - 9/15/08

9/11 Conspiracy theories
Seven years after the terrible terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and on the Pentagon the time has come to study those events dispassionately, to find out what really happened, and to see whether the response to that tragedy has been a correct one, or whether we could have followed a different path. -Farhang Jahanpour - 9/15/08

30 YEARS OF SOLITUDE: Photographic Exhibition, Films, Seminar
A fascinating selection of works by some of Iran's most talented and extraordinary women artists. 27 September 2008 - 10 January 2009 at Asia House Gallery in London - 9/15/08

US spawns prospect for Israel war on Iran
The US will reportedly equip Israel with highly advanced smart bombs capable of taking out fortified nuclear installations in Iran. - 9/15/08

Naderi's Film Vegas Screened at Venice Film Festival
Iranian-American director Amir Naderi screened his film "Vegas: Based on a True Story," at the Venice Film Festival September 1. - 9/15/08

Europe to substitute Iran's gas for Russia's: research
Europe's concerns on Russian strategic position due to conflicts in Caucasus region have raised Iran's chance to export gas and oil to Europe. - 9/15/08

Amnesty International demands release of Christian arrested in Iran
Ramtin Soodmand, a Christian who works for a church in Tehran and with youth groups, was arrested on 20 August. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment and is being held in an unknown location. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately as he has been detained solely for his religious beliefs. - 9/15/08

Iran's Mr Nice - satire on a tightrope
In Iran, satirising the establishment can mean being slapped with a publication ban or even jail for an editor. Making fun of the president and senior leaders is not a task to be undertaken lightly. -AFP - 9/15/08

UN nuclear agency criticises Iran
The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has not resolved questions about a possible military dimension to Iran's nuclear programme. -BBC - 9/15/08

In Iran, Barbie seen as cultural invader
A veiled Muslim doll launched in 2002, the Iranian Sara, has failed to counter Barbie's popularity in Tehran -CSM - 9/15/08

Paralympics: Iran's Javad Hardani claims title of Men's Discus Throw F37/38
Iran's Javad Hardani claimed the title of the Men's Discus Throw F37/38 event with a result of 45.62m at the National Stadium during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing on September 14, 2008. - 9/14/08

Iranian weightlifter grabs silver medal in Paralympics
Iranian weightlifter Ali Hosseini grabbed silver medal here Saturday in 67.5 kilograms group in Beijing Paralympic Games. - 9/14/08

The 12th annual Iranian Arts and Cultural Festival in Cupertino, California
The great Persian Sufi Poet and Philosopher Rumi wrote that only when one's individual self unites with the universe is one truly enlightened and happy and that the search for this union is the ultimate goal of each person's life. - 9/14/08

Quakes hit several Iranian provinces
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Soura city in Hormozgan province southern Iran on Sunday morning. - 9/14/08

Danger looms for Iran
Stefan Simanowitz argues that if Resolutions 362 and 580 are passed by Congress this week, military conflict with Iran could follow shortly - 9/14/08

FM: Iran's cooperation with IAEA sincere, serious
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Iran continues its sincere and serious cooperation with IAEA. - 9/14/08

War film shows a different side of Iran
In the hit 'Ekhrajiha,' the soldiers who fought in the Iran-Iraq war were bawdy, undisciplined young men, not pious Muslim recruits. But they were no less fierce against their enemies. -Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times - 9/14/08

Iran, Ecuador sign letter of understanding on oil cooperation
The Iranian and Ecuador's officials in Tehran on Saturday evening singed a letter of understanding on cooperation in the upstream and downstream oil industry and on training manpower. -IRNA - 9/14/08

Russian Airplane Crashes In Siberia, Killing All Aboard
This crash was the second involving a Boeing 737 in the former Soviet Union in the past month. A Boeing flying from Kyrgyzstan to Iran crashed shortly after takeoff on August 24, killing 64 of the 90 people on board. -RFE - 9/14/08

Quagmire, Phase 2: The Invasion of Pakistan
The United States has just invaded Cambodia. The name of Cambodia this time is Pakistan, but otherwise it’s the same story as in Indochina in 1970. -TruthDig - 9/14/08

Russia says no to war, sanctions on Iran
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says he will not accept military action or new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities. - 9/13/08

Photos: 40th Armenians Olympics opening ceremony in Tehran
The opening ceremony of the 40th Iranian Armenians Olympic Games was held at Tehran's Ararat Sports Complex at the presence of about 1,200 athletes Friday evening. - 9/13/08

Iran ranks 17th among international Internet users
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Soleimani said that Iran ranks 17th among the top 20 countries with the highest numbers of Internet users. - 9/13/08

Iran, Nuclear Amendments Added to Defense Authorization Bill
On Wednesday, amid lengthy debate over the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) offered an amendment to prevent the United States from entering into an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation with Russia. -NIAC - 9/13/08

US stonewalling Ahmadinejad visa process
The US has failed to issue a visa to allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. The Iranian president is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 23. - 9/13/08

Iran refutes US for illegal action against Iran's shipping lines
Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Friday strongly condemned the US for illegal action against the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, saying that it targeted the welfare of the Iranian nation. - 9/13/08

Iranian graphic art is in critical condition: Aghdashlu
Veteran Iranian artist Aidin Aghdashlu is convinced that Iran's graphic arts are in critical condition. Speaking on the occasion of the first Festival of Man and Traffic to be held in Tehran, Aghdashlu said that graphic arts can depict people's relationship in respecting each other's rights especially in the field of traffic. - 9/13/08

Iran's Road Less Traveled to Nukes
Thomas Fingar, the U.S. government's top intelligence analyst, in a public speech on Sept. 4, repeated the intelligence community's key judgment that Iran's work on the "weaponization portion" of its nuclear development program "was suspended" in 2003 -Ray McGovern, Common Dreams - 9/13/08

Iran warns OMV over Nabucco holdup
Iranian Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari on Friday warned the Austrian energy giant OMV that it should sign the deal on the Nabucco gas pipeline soon or Tehran might look for other partners. -MNA - 9/13/08

Obama Clear Winner in World Opinion
In a new international poll by the BBC World Service, all 22 countries surveyed would prefer that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama wins the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 4. -IPS - 9/13/08

Iran denies Paralympics withdrawal is political
Iran's wheelchair basketball team forfeited its quarterfinal against the United States and withdrew from the Paralympics on Saturday, avoiding a possible match against Israel. -AP - 9/13/08

THE BLACK-AND-WHITE WORLD OF FOUAD AJAMI
With his own Middle Eastern background and upbringing, Fouad Ajami can appreciate the power of religious fundamentalism as it has served the interests of power mongers, dictators and despots in the name of and aspired an d sanctioned by the Divine authority. But he seems to have a problem acknowledging the macabre parallels between that kind of fundamentalism and the kind he seems to support emanating from the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. -Kam Zarrabi - 9/12/08

Paralympic Games: Iran's Jokar bags silver in javelin throw
Abdolreza Jokar has earned the silver in the men's javelin throw to become the fifth Iranian medalist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. - 9/12/08

Beijing Paralympics: Iran's sitting volleyball team defeats Russia to reach final
The Iranian national side beat Russia in three consecutive rounds, 25-11, 25-13, and 25-20 to become one of the finalists of these competitions for the sixth time in a row. - 9/12/08

China, Is It The Future?
do not like the way Newsweek Columnist, F. Zakaria writes, or the things he usually writes about, but his article "Does the Future Belong to China?" is right on the money to me. I'll give credit to the support he seems to have had from other writers worldwide, which may be, perhaps, what makes it so good and, in my opinion, prophetic. -Debbie Menon - 9/12/08

Iran's Asymmetric Naval Warfar
As nuclear negotiations between Iran and the international community enter a more dangerous and uncertain phase, further tensions and confrontations are likely on an often-overlooked front: the vital shipping lanes of the Persian Gulf. Given its natural geographic advantages and deliberate military development, the Islamic Republic effectively holds the Strait of Hormuz -- the world's oil lifeline -- at risk. -Fariborz Haghshenass - 9/12/08

Iran: Prisoners of conscience and death row prisoners
Amnesty International is concerned about more than 50 imprisoned members of Iran's Kurdish minority who are currently on hunger strike in prison in protest against continuing torture, executions and other gross abuses of human rights. There are growing concerns for their safety as a result of their hunger strike. - 9/12/08

We need to review our identity: Poet Shams Langerudi
“We need a national movement of reviewing our identity”, said poet Shams Langerudi during the ceremony introducing his book. The second volume of the book “Shams Langerudi” (Oral History of Iran’s Contemporary Literature) was introduced in a ceremony held at the venue of Tehran’s Salis Publications on Thursday. - 9/12/08

Iran's Rowhani expected to run for president
Head of the Iranian Expert Assembly's Center for Strategic Research, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rowhani, is expected to run for president. The Council of Guardians has set June 12, 2009 as the date for Iran's tenth presidential election. - 9/12/08

Prof. Matthee to give Inaugural Lecture on Iran Sept. 16
An award-winning author, Matthee received the prize for the best non-Persian language book on Iranian history from the Iranian Ministry of Culture and honorable mention for the British-Kuwaiti Friendship prize for the best book on the Middle East published in Britain for his book, The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730. -UD Daily, Delaware - 9/12/08

Inside Iran
It is the country the west fears most - and knows least about. In our exclusive reports, Iranian writers describe the extraordinary contradictions of life under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's "Loving Government" - and reveal how Iran sees the west. Maziar Bahari, a leading journalist, begins with a drive across downtown Tehran -New Statesman - 9/12/08

Failed Afghan drug policy harming us, says Iran
Young Iranians are paying the price for Nato's "failure" to curb opium production in neighbouring Afghanistan, according to the Iranian government. -Guardian - 9/12/08

Analysts Say Russia-Georgia Conflict Could Hurt US Space Program
Some lawmakers and analysts fear that Russia's invasion of Georgia may hurt U.S. space exploration. The U.S. space agency, NASA, depends heavily on Russian launch vehicles to reach the international space station. - 9/12/08

Consumers Weep, Middlemen Reap
Officials and other citizens are all in agreement that Iran's system of delivering goods to consumers is flawed in many ways. Middlemen are taking advantage of the system. For example, farmers sell watermelons for about 700 rials (about 7 U.S. cents) per kilo but by the time it gets to the consumer, it ends up at least four times more expensive. - 9/12/08

Venice Lauds Kiarostami Flick about Film Audience
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has received the Glory to the Filmmaker award for his movie "Shirin" at this year's Venice Film Festival, while two other Iranian directors also saw their films featured at international festivals. - 9/12/08

Iranian-American Could Face Deportation After 20 Years
Iranian natives Hessameddin Norani and wife Sedige Khazravi, who for nearly 20 years have owned a small convenience store in upstate New York, now fear possible deportation if their request for asylum is rejected next month. - 9/12/08

Iranian Neocons go after Dr. Mossadegh
For some time now, I have been barraged with emails from someone who claims to be a 'patriot'. Admittedly, he has an impressive address book which includes names such as Reza Pahlavi and Kenneth Timmerman. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/12/08

Iran: Tehran Makes a Cautious Move toward Moscow
The Caucasus crisis, precipitated by Russia’s incursion into Georgia, created the possibility of a grand bargain between US and Iranian leaders, under which Tehran could have made a deal on its nuclear program in return for a commitment to develop Iran into a transit state for Caspian Basin energy. -Eurasianet - 9/12/08

NIOC to hold tender for 14 oil & gas fields
Iranian Central Oil Fields Company will hold an international tender next week for the development of 14 oil and gas fields, ICOFC manager of engineering and construction department said here on Wednesday. -MNA - 9/12/08

Iranians scarred by Russian aggression
At a time when the United States is trying to rally world opinion against Russia, Iran is a plausible if unanticipated ally. The Iranian government and state-influenced media have shown ambivalence about Russia's recent incursions. Some seem pleased to see a U.S.-encouraged ally, Georgia, lose ground, but there are doubts about Russia's good intentions -Hadi Nili, Washington Times - 9/12/08

Qeshm quake claims 7 lives
Qeshm governor said on Thursday that seven people died and 44 were wounded by the earthquake which hit the city on Wednesday. A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 degrees in Richter scale jolted southern part of Hormuzgan province on Wednesday afternoon at 15:30 local time. - 9/11/08

Paralympics: Iran's Mohammadi wins weightlifting gold
Iranian athlete, in 60-kilogram category, Hamzeh Mohammadi snatched the gold medal in the Paralympics championship. He lifted 202.5kg and broke the Paralympic record. - 9/11/08

Take Action to Stop the Iran Blockade Bill for Good!
Congress came back into town this week to finish up their legislative session by the end of September. As of right now, we have 3 more weeks to make sure the Iran War Resolution, H.Con.Res. 362, does not pass. - 9/11/08

Iranian Gunners Defeat Ireland, Great Britain in Paralympic Football
Abdolreza Karimzadeh was the hat-trick hero for Iran, as his team defeated Ireland 4-2 in pool B of the Football 7-a-Side tournament at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. - 9/11/08

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi: A Leader Who Can Get the Job Done
"There will come a day when Ross is the Chief Executive of the City and County of San Francisco." These were the words of Supervisor Aaron Peskin at a campaign kick-off reception for Ross Mirkarimi, the first Iranian American elected to office in San Francisco. - 9/11/08

''The shah's plan was to build bombs''
Akbar Etemad, the shah's chief atomic energy adviser, tells Maziar Bahari about the unlikely birth of Iran's nuclear programme -New Statesman - 9/11/08

Is An Israeli Strike On Iran Imminent?
The answer to the above question would very much depend on what sorts of issues and constraints are taken into consideration. To be sure, the Islamic Republic's nuclear program has been the focus of much international attention ever since it came to light in 2002, the sort of attention, of course, that has so far led to three devastating rounds of economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council. -Jalal Alavi - 9/11/08

San Francisco's Human Rights Commission to Hold Public Hearing: Combating Employment Discrimination After 9/11
Seven years after September 11, 2001, the city agency charged with fighting discrimination continues to take a stand against discrimination and harassment faced by people who are (or are perceived to be) Muslim, Middle Eastern or South Asian. - 9/11/08

For Iran, energy woes justify nuclear push
Many Iranians see the Nuclear Suppliers Group's Saturday decision that could permit nuclear trade with India as a double standard. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 9/11/08

Shohreh Aghdashloo Stars in Film About a Stoning in Iran
Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo is currently working on a film certain never to be exhibited officially in the Islamic Republic; she has the starring role in "The Stoning of Soraya M," about a woman falsely accused of adultery in an Iranian village in 1986. - 9/11/08

Pining for the Home They Fear
Odyssey of the Nasser Family Shows -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/11/08

UK's FM Miliband accepts invitation to visit Iran for first time
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has accepted an invitation to visit Tehran for the first time, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Mehdi Safari revealed Wednesday. -IRNA - 9/11/08

Can Iran Successfully Deter a Military Attack?
The U.S. and major European powers are determined to stop Iran's nuclear program. They will first try to achieve this goal with military threats and economic sanctions. However, if these tools prove ineffective, Israel or the United States might resort to a military attack which will prove very costly for Iran. -Renad Ihab - 9/11/08

Statue of Goddess Found in Western Iran
The first phase of archeological excavations at Sheikhi Abad mound in Iran's Kermanshah Province has yielded the statue of a goddess. -FNA - 9/11/08

US Sanctions Iranian Maritime Carrier and Affiliates
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran's maritime carrier and its affiliates for allegedly supporting Iran's nuclear and missile programs. - 9/11/08

Touring Tehran's Milad Tower costs about $40
Tourists will be touring the entire complex of Tehran's Milad Tower in one day with the ticket price of 400,000 rials (about 40$). The decision was recently made by Tehran's City Council. - 9/11/08

Olmert Indicted As Deputy Is Accused of War Crimes
The Israeli Attorney General has been urged to launch a criminal investigation into whether Shaul Mofaz, a leading prime ministerial candidate, ordered "war crimes" to be committed when he was the military's chief of staff. - 9/11/08

Reconsidering the case for an Iran war
In a Sunday article in the Jordan Times, author Musa Keilani posits that in the wake of an impending Israeli attack on Iran, the U.S. might as well "do it the right way" and launch an attack on Iran that would not rely on the Israelis. -U.S.-Iran Alliance - 9/11/08

Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the U.N.?
When the United States and the former Soviet Union were on the verge of a military confrontation over Cuba during the height of the Cold War, the legendary U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson went eyeball-to-eyeball with Soviet envoy Valerian Zorin in the Security Council chamber. -IPS - 9/11/08

Resume Scandal May Weaken Iran's Leader
Apparent resume-padding by a newly appointed cabinet minister is causing division among President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's supporters and may force him to submit the cabinet to a review by the Iranian parliament, which is led by one of the president's key political opponents. -Washington Post - 9/11/08

Axis of Friendship with Iran
We invite you to join us in celebrating and honoring the faiths, families, and friendships that bind us–Americans and Iranians –as one. Let us re-open the doors of September 12. Help us spread the light of peace and kindle the love that connects us to each other. To all who choose to refuse another war that will bring endless suffering to countless families, American and Iranian: join us as we celebrate and affirm the Axis of Friendship that unites our faiths and families as one. - 9/10/08

Iranian-American Election List
There are currently seven Iranians holding elective office in North America—five in California and one each in Ontario and Texas. - 9/10/08

Strong quake claims lives, causes damage in southern Iran
A powerful quake measuring six on the Richter scale which hit Qeshm Island in Hormuzgan province on Wednesday claimed three lives and injured 26 people. The quake hit Qeshm island at about 15:40 local time (11:10 GMT). - 9/10/08

Photos: Brick making in Nomal Village in Gorgan, Iran
Gorgan is the capital of the Golestan Province, Iran. It is approximately 400 km from Tehran. It had an estimated population of 241,177 in 2005. Golestan province is in the north-east of the country, south of the Caspian Sea. - 9/10/08

US, Iran, and the Axis of Friendship
On Sept. 12, many Americans and Iranians will reignite the embers of the Axis of Friendship. People in Iran and the United States will place candles in their windows after sundown to remember the global friendship that has been so arrogantly and cruelly ignored. -Boston Globe - 9/10/08

Iranian-American candidate Darius Shahinfar loses Democratic Primary in NY-21
Darius Shahinfar, the first generation American of Iranian descent who captivated the attention and interest of the Iranian American community from coast to coast, lost his bid to be the Democratic nominee for New York's 21st Congressional District last night. - 9/10/08

Photos: The Peace Vendor of Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue
It's always nice to take a stroll down Telegraph Avenue by the University of Berkeley. Above all, it feels good to mingle with the crowd of mostly young students and to forget about the gray hairs that have started to appear indiscriminately all over! -Ali Moayedian - 9/10/08

AFGHANISTAN: Self-immolation on the rise among women
More than six years after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001 when all women were denied the right to work and education, many women suffer domestic and social violence, discrimination and lack of access to unbiased justice and other services, women's rights activists say. -IRIN - 9/10/08

Iranian Fallout
IT WOULD be both impossible and foolish to predict what lies immediately ahead for Iran. Will the United States or Israel drop bombs on the country? Will there be more sanctions? Air strikes? Negotiations? Threat assessment and war planning are (or at least should be) all about best-guessing capabilities and intentions. -David Kay, National Interest - 9/10/08

UN: Five Countries Responsible for All Executions of Juvenile Offenders Since 2005
Ending executions for crimes committed by children in just five countries would result in universal implementation of the prohibition on the juvenile death penalty, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. - 9/10/08

Too posh to push? Iran seeks to curb C-sections
Medical officials say 40 percent of children in Iran are born by C-section on average, but the percentage in Tehran is as high as one in every two deliveries -- and it is greater than 60 percent in Isfahan and Gilan provinces. -AFP - 9/10/08

For Iran's revolution, the economic bill comes due
A moderate Iranian is one who ran out of ammunition, Henry Kissinger once said. Whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is aware of this quip or not, the man who embodies Iranian belligerency now appears in dire need of fresh ammo, as history is presenting him with the bill for the Islamist Revolution's three decades of economic populism. -Marketwatch - 9/10/08

US Officials See Difficult Period in US-Russia Relations
Lawmakers on the House and Senate foreign affairs committees closely questioned U.S. officials Tuesday about future relations with Russia in the wake of the war between Russia and Georgia. -VOA - 9/10/08

Switzerland Appoints Woman Diplomat to Mission in Tehran
Switzerland is to be represented by a woman at its embassy in Iran - likely to be the only female ambassador to Tehran. -FNA - 9/10/08

MKO still a terrorist group, says UK's Jack Straw
The British government still considers that the MKO is a terrorist group despite being recently removed from the UK's proscribed organizations, according to Justice Secretary Jack Straw. -IRNA - 9/10/08

AFGHANISTAN: Minister disputes call to boost refugee returns
The Afghan Minister of Refugees and Returnees, Shir Mohammad Etibari, has rejected calls by the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to boost the repatriation of Afghan refugees. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was quoted as calling for more Afghan refugees to return home, particularly from Iran. -IRIN - 9/10/08

Oil Prices Plummet To New 5-Month Low
Oil prices have hit their lowest levels since early April as key oil ministers suggest their countries will continue to pump crude at their current levels. -VOA - 9/10/08

Iran battles searing drought across half the country
According to local legend, Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire, abhorred the telling of lies, which he believed to be his people's worst enemy. It is said that next in line was drought. Little has changed for the modern-day descendants of those who lived 2,500 years ago in what is now Iran. -AFP - 9/10/08

From Victim of the Iranian Revolution to CEO of an Inc. 5000 Company
At the age of 12, Shahin Azizi used his entrepreneurial skills to save his family. Now, he's living the American dream. -Inc.com - 9/10/08

Lovely times in Damavand
Damavand is the highest volcano in Asia, and the highest mountain in Iran. Although it is not active there are many fumaroles and at the top you can smell the sulphur. It is 66 km to the east of Tehran and normally has snow on the slopes, even in the middle of summer. It is over 5600 meters in height. When the air is clear you can see Damavand from Tehran, and a thrilling sight it is too. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/9/08

Beijing Paralympic Games: Iran's Basketball and Volleyball Teams Advance
Iran's national wheelchair basketball team has emerged victorious in its match against Japan in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Also, Iran's national sitting volleyball team has managed to win an easy 3-0 victory over Egypt at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games. - 9/9/08

Iranian-American Candidate Starts Early in Pursuit of Atlanta Seat
Iranian-American Amir Farokhi is getting an early start in his campaign for a seat on Atlanta's City Council to be voted on in 2009. -Grace Nasri, Iran Times - 9/9/08

American deans to visit Iran in November
Six American deans are going to visit Iranian universities in November. Dean of Sharif University of Technology noted that, the visit will take place at the invitation of Sharif university. - 9/9/08

Beijing Paralympic Games: Iran wins silver in Judo and bronze in javelin throw
Iranian judoka Saeed Rahmati is handed a silver medal in men's -60kg after failing to overcome his Algerian competitor Mouloud Noura in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. - 9/9/08

Photos: Abyaneh Village, Isfahan Province, Iran
Abyaneh is a famous historic Iranian village near the city of Kashan in Isfahan Province. With a unique reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies. -Maryam Hosseini - 9/9/08

Globalizers, Imperial and Corporate...?
I have been meditating on why so many people think John McCain is an excellent choice for President over Barack Obama. He is, obviously, and has been declared by at least one psychiatrist, a psychotic. Perhaps he is in denial of the consequences of some of the things he did in his ten short hours of actual wartime combat. I leave that up to the shrinks to work out. -Debbie Menon - 9/9/08

FM advises US to listen to Iran's guidelines on Iraq
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the Americans should accept realities in Iraq and listen to Iran's guidelines on respecting the Iraqi people and their will. -IRNA - 9/9/08

No traction for proposal to name a street in Tehran after Mosaddeq
Once again, the Tehran City Council may abandon the plan to name a Tehran street after Mohammad Mosaddeq, the former prime minister who is viewed as an icon by many Iranians for his decision to nationalize the oil industry. - 9/9/08

Iran's First Internet Satire Festival Launched
First National Internet Satire Festival was launched with an aim of identifying Internet satirists and supporting them, creating a sound atmosphere for competition and introducing correct patterns of satire writing. - 9/9/08

Russia to Strengthen Support for Iran
The United States' continued interference in the Caucuses and Central Asia has made Moscow plan or consolidate strategic alliance with regional countries to counter NATO and US presence in the region. -FNA - 9/9/08

Iran's Moradi Kermani nominated for 2009 Astrid Lindgren Award
Hushang Moradi Kermani is the lone Iranian author who has been nominated for the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which is presented annually by the Swedish government. - 9/9/08

Will Israel kidnap Iran's Ahmadinejad?
The one-time spy and Israeli minister Rafi Eitan says Tel Aviv might kidnap Iran's President Ahmadinejad over his anti-Israel remarks. - 9/9/08

Iran, Switzerland hold talks on human rights
The fourth round of talks between Iran and Switzerland on human rights was held in Bern on Tuesday. Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Ali Hosseini said negotiations is one of the principles of Iran's foreign policy. -MNA - 9/9/08

Oil minister says plan needed for oil market
Iran's oil minister said here Monday it is necessary to draw a plan for oil market in the first quarter of the next year. If current production trend continues, we will face 1.5 million barrels oversupply in the first quarter of the year 2009, Nozari added. - 9/9/08

Iranian women drive home principle of fair play
Just a few years ago, the sight of a woman driving a taxi in Iran’s capital city would have been unheard of; today, several privately owned taxi companies have put female drivers on the road offering a popular women-only service. -The National, Abu Dhabi - 9/9/08

Sudan Denies it Receives Iranian Military Help
Officials close to Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir deny that Iran is providing military training and assistance to Sudanese forces in Darfur. -VOA - 9/9/08

Israeli officials: Iran solidifies grip on Hizbullah
Iran is consolidating its grip on Hizbullah and has instituted a number of structural changes to the Lebanese group, under which Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah no longer enjoys exclusive command over its military wing, top Israeli defense officials have revealed. -Jerusalem Post - 9/9/08

Could San Francisco Elect Two Iranians?
Asha Safai has officially kicked off his campaign for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in hopes of becoming the city's second Iranian-American elected a supervisor. -Grace Nasri, Iran Times - 9/8/08

Photos: Iranian Schools Raided by Hollywood Characters
These photos by Mona Hoobehfekr display the fascination of Iranian school children with Hollywood's cartoon characters during the back-to-school shopping. - 9/8/08

'Iran's Bob Dylan' Under Fire Over Koran Song
Mohsen Namjoo is Iran's most popular, and controversial, musician. Many see the 32-year-old Namjoo as a genius -- an avant-garde artist who breaks barriers. Others dismiss him as a lunatic. The fact is that no one can remain indifferent while listening to his songs. Now, he is facing angry protests over a song that includes verses from the Koran. -RFE - 9/8/08

Photos: Iranian National Football Team Players Perform Umrah
Iranian National Football Team drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia on Saturday night in the opening match of the final round Group B 2010 World Cup qualifier. After their match, the Iranian players traveled to Mecca, visited Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and performed the Umra ritual. - 9/8/08

New York Voters Rule on Iranian-American Shahinfar Next Tuesday
Iranian-Americans hosted a fund-raiser last month to boost Darius Shahinfar, who is seeking the Democratic nomination next week for an upstate New York seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. -Grace Nasri, Iran Times - 9/8/08

Persian poetry of rebellion hits a classical note
Ossyan (rebellion): classical Persian music by Namâd Ensemble breathes new life into the works of rebel Iranian poets, Forough Farrokhzad and Siavosh Kasraei - 9/8/08

Mr Judge: What Crime Have I Committed?
Yesterday a lawyer friend called and gave the news of the sentence that I and there other activists of the Campaign for One Million Signatures have received. All 4 of us (Nahid Keshavarz, Jelve Javaheri, Parvin Ardalan, Maryam Hossein-khah) are to serve 6 month imprisonment. -Nahid Keshavar - 9/8/08

Penn Law and Human Rights Groups Seek Release of Iranian Scholar
The University of Pennsylvania Law School and two human rights groups today called on the government of Iran to release an Iranian legal scholar scheduled to teach in the U.S. - 9/8/08

Iran joint satellite put into orbit
Iran's Communication and IT Minister says China with the help of Iran and Thailand has put a joint research satellite into orbit. -Press TV - 9/8/08

Iran to Conduct Three-Day War Games
Iran's military is due to start three days of war games on Monday. The three-day exercise to include examination of antiaircraft systems, is aimed at upgrading army's combat preparedness, deterring US and Israeli from attacking Islamic Republic -FNA - 9/8/08

Iran and Iraq have diplomatically agreed on MKO expulsion
A Majlis representative said on Monday that Tehran and Baghdad have politically agreed that members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization should be expelled from Iraq. The MKO known as hypocrites in Iraq are designated as a terrorist group by the European Union and the U.S. State Department. -MNA - 9/8/08

American scholar donates stamp collection to Mashhad museum in Iran
American Katherine Edstrom donated a rare collection of artistic and historical stamps to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum's Stamp and Banknote Section in the holy city of Mashhad last week. -MNA - 9/8/08

A new approach to Iran's nukes
Clearly, a new approach is needed to put in place stricter controls on Iran's nuclear program and to respect Iran's right to peaceful nuclear activities. -CSM - 9/8/08

Al Qaeda video slams Iran, "Crusader" war: TV
Al Qaeda has issued a video marking the September 11 attacks, in which deputy group leader Ayman al-Zawahri accuses Iran of taking part in a Western "Crusader" war against Islam, Al Jazeera television said on Monday. -Reuters - 9/8/08

Iran basketball wins Asian title
Iran's junior basketball team has clinched the title at the FIBA Asian Junior Championship which was held in the capital Tehran. - 9/7/08

Iran, Saudi Arabia draw 1-1 in World Cup qualifier
Iranian National Football Team drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia on Saturday night in the opening match of the final round Group B 2010 World Cup qualifier. Javad Nekounam was the saviour for the visitors, heading home an equalizer eight minutes from time to cancel out Saad Al Harthi's first half opener. - 9/7/08

No decision yet on U.S. interests section in Iran: Larijani
The Islamic Republic has not made any decision on establishing ties with the United States or allowing the U.S. to open a diplomatic outpost in Tehran, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said in Tehran on Sunday. -MNA - 9/7/08

Italy inks agreement to restore Bam Citadel
Covering an area of 180,000 square meters, the Bam Citadel is located 200 kilometers south of the city of Kerman. The citadel was the world's largest adobe building before it was almost completely destroyed in an earthquake on December 26, 2003. - 9/7/08

Iran: Rezazadeh appointed as head coach of national weightlifting team
President of Iran's Weight Lifting Federation Bahram Afsharzadeh in a decree appointed former world weightlifting champion Hossein Rezazadeh as the head coach of the national team. - 9/7/08

Iran's "Angels Die in the Soil" awarded at Venice festival
Babak Amini's "Angels Die in the Soil" won the Volvo Grand Award at the Circuito Off - Venice International Short Film Festival. Some 48 short films from around the world competed for the award during the event that was held from August 30 to September 5 in Italy. - 9/7/08

Paralympics Open in Beijing
One notable name on the guest list was Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who shook hands and posed for pictures with the Chinese president. - 9/7/08

President Ahmadinejad returns home from China
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Tehran from Beijing, China, Sunday morning. He paid a day-long visit to Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Saturday. - 9/7/08

RNC Media Intimidation Condemned
Police and local and federal officials in St. Paul, Minnesota are under fire from independent media groups for their crackdown on reporters at this week's Republican National Convention. -One World.net - 9/7/08

Afghans Fed Up With Government, US
A strong sense of frustration echoed through dozens of interviews by The Associated Press with Afghan villagers, police, government officials, tribal elders and Taliban who left and rejoined the religious movement. The interviews ranged from the capital, Kabul, to the rural regions near the border with Pakistan. -AP - 9/7/08

Controversial US-India Nuclear Deal Approved
Today eight countries are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons states United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France and China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All members of the United Nations except Israel, India and Pakistan have signed the NPT. - 9/6/08

Iran, China presidents hold talks
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao started their talks on major bilateral, regional and international issues in a meeting in Beijing on Saturday. - 9/6/08

Iranian actress Hengameh Qaziani wins best actress award at Bulgarian festival
She received the award for her role in "So Simple", directed by Reza Mirkarimi. The film depicts a day in the life of Tahereh (Qaziani), a woman from a middle class family in Iran. - 9/6/08

Renowned filmmaker Tahmineh Milani withdraws from Iran Cinema Celebration jury
The withdrawal took place following the removal of some films submitted to the celebration, which is annually held by the House of Cinema that works as trade union of Iranian cineastes. - 9/6/08

Iranian Lawyer: Issuing 6 month imprisonment for the 4 members of Campaign is in contradiction with international convention
Nasrin Sotoudeh the acting lawyer reported on the 6 month imprisonment of her clients, the 4 activists of the Campaign for One Million Signatures, Parvin Ardalan, Jelveh Javaheri, Nahid Keshavarz and Maryam Hossein khah. -Feminist School - 9/6/08

Iran strike a costly attempt to buy time
JUVAL AVIV is one of those characters who have floated to prominence in the hall of mirrors where counter-terrorism, intelligence and entertainment present bewildering multiple images... Among many bald statements, one stuck out: Israel is now ready to destroy three or four nuclear sites out of 12 in Iran. -Sydney Morning Herald - 9/6/08

Bridging The Divide: Workshops in Cupertino, California
Payvand Cultural School and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) are pleased to announce an upcoming series of workshops designed to increase understanding and knowledge of the Persian culture. - 9/6/08

Iran bids to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Saturday expressed Iran's interest to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The Chinese leader welcomed Iran's interest to join the SCO, saying an expert committee will be formed to consider the proposal. -MNA - 9/6/08

South Khorasan saffron output drops due to cold weather, drought
The head of South Khorassan Province's Agricultural Jihad Organization here on Saturday predicted that the saffron output of the province in the current Iranian calendar year (to end March 20, 2009) will drop to 35 tons. - 9/6/08

Buffalo shopkeepers, facing deportation to Iran, plead for asylum
For nearly 20 years, Hessamddin Norani and wife Sedige Khazravi have run a small convenience store on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo, working 15 1/2-hour days, seven days a week. That could soon stop. -Buffalo News - 9/6/08

Three new international flights to pass Iran's air
The newly appointed managing director of the Iranian Airports Holding Company here on Saturday announced that by March 2009 the country will link three new international air routes. - 9/6/08

Turkey and Armenia Relations Thaw a Bit
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has accepted an invitation from President Serge Sargsyan of Armenia to attend a World Cup qualifying soccer match between the countries. - 9/6/08

Iranian health houses open the door to primary care
Working in pairs out of modest, village-based facilities, the Islamic Republic of Iran's trained community health workers, the behvarzan, provide basic health care to most of the country's rural population. Mojgan Tavassoli reports. - 9/5/08

Photos: Mega Pantomime in Tehran's Mellat Park
Bahram Reihani and a great number of artists performed one of the world's largest pantomimes at Tehran's Mellat Park. Some 1600 artists trained by Reihani gave performances on Thursday and Friday (Aug 28-29) evenings. They also performed several pieces of the world's longest pantomime previously performed by Reihani. - 9/5/08

Iran junior basketball team in Asian final
Iran's junior basketball team has advanced to the final match of the FIBA Asian Junior Championship by defeating Syria 80 to 78 in Tehran. -Press TV - 9/5/08

Iran objects to Caspian seabed pipelines
Iran has questioned plans to lay pipelines on the seabed of the Caspian Sea, saying the move would cause environmental pollution. - 9/5/08

Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party
The Palin-mania that is sweeping the GOP reminds me of the publicity surrounding "American Idol," the popular American television program that catapults complete unknowns on to the national stage and gives them a chance at stardom: the anticipation, the gossip, the frenzy (and partisanship) of the fans. -Justin Raimondo, Antiwar - 9/5/08

IAEA Chief Dismisses Preconditions as Deterrence to N. Talks with Iran
UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei rejected the US-desired preconditions for nuclear talks with Iran, reiterating that Tehran is ready to provide the world with required assurances that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. -FNA - 9/5/08

Persian Dance Classes by Afsaneh Dance Academy in San Francisco Bay Area
Ballet Afsaneh Dance Academy in San Jose holds Beginning, Intermediate and Advance Persian and Central Asian Dance Classes as well as a new Cultural Education Dance Class-Dances of Persia. Join us and explore the wonderful culture of Persia and Central Asia through dance. Your first Session is FREE for all prospective new students. Classes are also offered in Berkeley. - 9/5/08

Iran: CHTHO bans hotel construction project in historic Susa
Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) banned the construction of the multipurpose hotel complex in the perimeter of the ancient city of Susa in southeastern Iran. - 9/5/08

Terror victim families protest at UK deproscription of MKO
Representatives of the families of thousands of Iranian victims brutally assassinated by the MKO terrorist group have visited Britain to protest about the government's decision to remove it from its proscribed list. - 9/5/08

Iran's Supreme court quashes journalist's death sentence
Reporters Without Borders today welcomed with great relief the ruling by the Tehran Supreme Court overturning a death sentence against Kurdish journalist Adnan Hassanpour because of a procedural error. - 9/5/08

IKIA second runway to be launched in a month
The second runway of Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) will open by next month, said the managing director of the IKIA here on Friday. -MNA - 9/5/08

Younger Persians seeking greater role in community
Many of Los Angeles' young Iranian Jews arrived in the United States as small children or were born here to immigrant parents. -Jewish Journal - 9/5/08

Reinventing the Evil Empire
For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in the shadows during the Yeltsin years, certain to reemerge once a more resolute Russian leader took over. If not Vladimir Putin, someone else little different. -Atlantic Free Press - 9/5/08

Taxpayers Off The Hook For GOP Convention Lawsuits
Critics say the agreement has only encouraged police to use aggressive tactics knowing they won't have to pay damages. -AP - 9/5/08

Iran inflation hits 27.6 percent in August
Iran's Central Bank says the inflation rate hit 27.6 percent in August — a 1.8 percentage points jump from the previous month. -AP - 9/5/08

Keeping Hope for War Alive: Poll by "The Israel Project" on War with Iran
A poll commissioned by The Israel Project, an international non-profit formed to present a "more positive public face" for Israel, has found a strikingly large percentage of Americans view Iran as a major threat, leading them to support possible military action. Serious questions remain however about the validity of the results due to a number of flaws in the poll's methodology. -Patrick Disney - 9/4/08

Photos: Valley of Stars, Qeshm Island, Persian Gulf
Qeshm is an Iranian island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf. Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. -Photos by Peyman Kiyani, ISNA - 9/4/08

War Games and Guessing Games in the Persian Gulf
When the time is ripe.... You will first hear about it from the offended and offensive lips of the Commander-in-Chief himself... "This morning, a dastardly attack.... I have already ordered.... and even as I speak, the Capitol City of Tehran has just ceased to exist...." etc. -Debbie Menon - 9/4/08

Israel is serious about attacking Iran!
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Israel is determined to use 'any option' to stop Iran's nuclear program should sanctions fail. - 9/4/08

Iran: Sassanid City Found Near Great Wall of Gorgan
Iranian and British archeologists have unearthed the ruins of a Sassanid city in the course of excavations at the Great Wall of Gorgan. - 9/4/08

Iran: Four Women Activists Sentenced to Six Months Mandatory Prison
Four members of the One Million Signatures Campaign have been sentenced to serve a six months mandatory prison term. Parvin Ardalan, Maryam Hosseinkhah, Nahid Keshavarz and Jelve Javaheri were charged with security charges in relation to their activities on the site of Change for Equality the official site of the Campaign and Zanestan the webzine of the Women's Cultural Center. - 9/4/08

23rd meeting of Caspian Sea littoral states opens in Baku
The Caspian Sea littoral states' working group started its 23rd meeting here on Thursday to study drafting a Legal Status Convention for the sea. - 9/4/08

Iranian Parliament Delays Vote on Bill That Upset Judiciary, Women's Activists
Iran's parliament has indefinitely delayed a vote on proposed changes to the country's civil law that had angered an unusual coalition of women's rights activists and Iran's judiciary. -Washington Post - 9/4/08

Iran slams territorial claims on her islands in Persian Gulf
Iran has responded to a recent statement by Arab countries, dismissing territorial claims made by the UAE on three Persian Gulf islands. -Press TV - 9/4/08

Congress is about to pour lighter fluid on Iran
There's a great deal of support for two resolutions that, if approved, would all but strike the match on war. -Star Tribune - 9/4/08

Gazprom Neft Seeks to Boost Activity in Iran
Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov said the company had addressed Iranian authorities in August, expressing desire to develop North Azagedan field under the buyback conditions. -MNA - 9/4/08

Iran in need of privatization in real sense of word: Rafsanjani
Head of country's Expediency Council in a meeting with head and members of Tehran Chamber of Commerce and Industries stressed Iran's need for wide scale privatization, "in real sense of the word." -IRNA - 9/4/08

Ahmadinejad plans for victory
Mahmood Ahmadinejad looks set to win Iran's 2009 presidential elections, as the Supreme Leader, for now, privately lends his full support. -ISN - 9/4/08

Ground broken for Iran's largest steel mill
Construction operations of the country's largest steel company with an annual production capacity of one million tons of steel commenced on Tuesday in Khorramshahr, southwestern Khuzestan Province. - 9/4/08

15 countries eager to invest in Iran's oil and gas sector
The vice president for investment affairs at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) here on Wednesday announced that 15 European and Asian countries are eager to invest in Iran's oil and gas sector. - 9/4/08

'Veiled' meanings: MFA exhibit showcases Iranian traditions
Twenty-three haunting, large-scale paintings in muted tones are displayed prominently in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The somber collection, titled "Veiled Presence," is the first featured collection of the master of fine arts thesis exhibitions. -Arkansas Traveler - 9/4/08

Visa woes keep students in U.S.
It can take more than six months to get a return visa to the United States after returning to a country such as Iran, Davis said. Because of these difficulties, students stay in contact with families by telephone and e-mail, returning home after they complete their studies. -Collegian - 9/4/08

Iranian students to sue Dutch government for study ban
A group of students and scientists are seeking to sue the Dutch government over banning Iranians from courses related to nuclear technology. - 9/3/08

Iran: Emadeddin Baghi, prisoner of conscience transferred into solitary confinement; his health is at risk
On 9 August, Emadeddin Baghi, journalist and human rights defender, called his wife, Fatemeh Kamali Ahmad Sarahi, informing her that his transfer from Evin prison to a hospital in Tehran had been authorized by the prison doctor. - 9/3/08

BTC project crisis and the Caspian Basin energy game
Azerbaijan's leaders and the executives or international energy companies are currently concerned about the future of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC) and the Nabucco gas pipeline project. - 9/3/08

Bushehr plant to come on stream by Iranian New Year
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has announced that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will become operational before the Iranian New Year, which occurs on March 21, 2009. - 9/3/08

The Randomly Selected Comedy Tour in San Francisco
The Randomly Selected Comedy Tour" features some of the country's top Arab, Indian and Iranian comedians - the people who are always "randomly" selected at the airport. Sunday September 14 at Cobb's Comedy Club - 9/3/08

Iran's lights are going out
The country believed to have the world's third-largest oil reserves is in the grip of power cuts – a result of bad planning and corruption -Guardian - 9/3/08

Iran: OPEC could Cut Output
Iran said the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries could call for oil production cuts next week because of crude's steep decline from record prices. -FNA - 9/3/08

Iran Jails Four Women's Rights Activists
Iran has sentenced four women's rights activists to six months in jail, including one who was awarded a $75,000 human rights prize in Sweden this year, campaigners said on Wednesday. -Reuters - 9/3/08

Photos: Iran President hosts orphans in Iftar ceremony
The ceremony, held on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, was also attended by the Bolivian President Evo Morales who was on a two-day official visit. - 9/3/08

Iran: Views from the Streets of Tehran
"I am not an expert." Ask an Iranian about domestic politics and that's what you'll hear. That is, until you turn the cameras off. Then it is politics all the time, much of it delivered with deprecating humor. Even Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, often feared in the West for his aggressive promotion of Iran's nuclear program and brutish statements against the state of Israel, is viewed by many Iranians as a comical figure. -PBS - 9/3/08

ACLU Calls For Investigation Into Raids And Mass Arrests At RNC
Amid charges of police misconduct during the Republican National Convention in Minnesota, the American Civil Liberties Union called for accountability for any unconstitutional actions there. - 9/3/08

AFGHANISTAN: UN calls for "vital funding" to avert humanitarian crisis
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says donors must provide "vital funding" to enable aid agencies to avert a possible humanitarian crisis this winter. -IRIN - 9/3/08

US: End Beating of Children in Public Schools
More than 200,000 US public school students were punished by beatings during the 2006-2007 school year, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released on August 20, 2008. - 9/3/08

Specter of War Divides Iranian Jews in U.S.
For the tens of thousands of Iranian Jews living in America, the mounting tensions between Iran and Israel amount to more than just a geopolitical crisis. The issue has emotional and symbolic resonance that tears at the very core of who they are, their loyalties and the complex identities they have created for themselves. -Forward - 9/3/08

Few things are as they seem in Tehran
Few countries are as important to the United States right now as Iran, and surely few are as little understood. This country of more than 71 million people boasts of its nuclear program as the crown jewel of its future energy supply, in clear defiance of U.S. fears of nuclear weapons. Iran has also run up smack against the U.S. in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, as it strives to resurrect its ancient role as a regional power. -AP - 9/3/08

Quake causes minor damage in northwest Iran
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale caused minor damage to suburbs of Hadi-Shahr city in Iran's northwestern province of West Azarbaijan early Wednesday morning. -IRNA - 9/3/08

Iran Mulls Lopping Zeros off Currency
Iran's Central Bank Governor Tahmasb Mazaheri told state-run radio that monetary experts are studying three options: Cutting three zeros off the rial, cutting four zeros, or boosting each rial's value to one-hundredth of a gram of gold, or about 2,500 rials at current rates. -FNA - 9/3/08

Iran Air plane makes emergency landing at Mumbai airport in India
Iran Air flight IR-811 made emergency landing at Sahar International Airport of Mumbai Tuesday night after one of its engine caught fire. - 9/3/08

Iranian Delegate Touts McCain's Tough Stance
Although critics accuse McCain of saber-rattling, plenty of Republican delegates applaud his hard line -- and none more enthusiastically than Hossein Khorram, a native of Iran who is a delegate from Washington state. -National Journal - 9/3/08

Photos: Harvesting Dates in Minab, Iran
Minab is a city in Hormozgan province in the southeast of Iran not far from Bander Abbas. It is famous for fishing and for farming. It is in the official way between Bandar Abbas and the Makran and Baluchistan province. - 9/2/08

Walk for Hope 5K in San Diego for the benefit of the young women at Omid-e-Mehr in Iran
Join 17 year old Iranian-American Nadia Farjood in the Walk for Hope 5K on 21 September 2008 in sunny San Diego for the benefit of the young women at Omid-e-Mehr in Iran. Alternatively you can support Nadia's event by making a donation. - 9/2/08

Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: Supporting the Iranian Film Culture
September 27-28, 2008 at San Francisco Art Institute - Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world. - 9/2/08

Iran has an abundance of general practitioners
Stating that there are 170,000 physicians who have obtained authorization from Medical Registration Organization, he said that currently, 72,000 general practitioners and 28,000 specialists are out of work. - 9/2/08

Iran, U.S. step cautiously toward dialogue
A look behind much of the public rhetoric coming from the United States and Iran reveals that both countries, while still bitterly at odds over many issues, are taking increasingly bold steps to foster dialogue. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 9/2/08

USAF Fires Man for Visiting Iran
An Iranian-American electronics engineer who became a citizen in 1987, was employed for 20 years by the Department of Defense and granted a secret security clearance, now says he will most likely lose his job because of several trips he took to Iran to visit his ailing mother. - 9/2/08

Iran: End pressure on women's rights defenders
On the second anniversary of the launch of the Campaign for Equality on 27 August, Amnesty International is renewing its demand that the Iranian authorities cease harassing and imprisoning women's rights defenders and to restrict their campaigning activities for the repeal of laws and policies which discriminate against women in Iran. - 9/2/08

Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon. - 9/2/08

When Fear and Chaos Are Normal, Peace and Safety Become Unimaginable
“The genie of terrorism, chaos and mayhem has been unleashed onto this country as a result of American mistakes, and it can’t be put back into a bottle,” wrote the Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi in a September 2004 e-mail message. -New York Times - 9/2/08

USAF Cyberspace Command and Control
It is particularly ironic, that the Internet is said to be the worst thing that ever happened to despots and dictators everywhere. -Debbie Menon - 9/2/08

Iran Women Activists See Victory On Polygamy Bill
Iran's parliament has indefinitely delayed a vote on a bill on families, a move women's rights activists say is a victory in their drive to block legislation they fear would encourage polygamy. Under Iran's Islamic law, men can have up to four wives, but polygamy is not widely practiced and is seen by many Iranians as unacceptable. -Reuters - 9/2/08

Over 250,000 tourists receive eVisa for Iran
Over 250,000 foreign tourists traveled to the Islamic Republic on eVisa (Electronic Visa) since the start of the current Iranian year on March 21. - 9/2/08

Iranian official urges approval of Susa demarcation
The demarcation, which designates an area of 1200 hectares for Susa, has been carried out by a team of archaeologists to end a series of governmental construction projects threatening the site. - 9/2/08

Observations of an Expatriate Iranian Returning Home for 2008 Summer "Vacations!"
I was born in the late 50's and grew up in Tehran through the late 70's and after college graduation I came to and settled in the U.S. I have returned to Iran about once a year since the mid 90's, primarily to reunite with family, especially the ailing and aging parents in Tehran whom my wife and I hold close to our hearts. As we tend to age, the unexpected phone call in odd hours scares the daylight out of us, as we fear the inevitable loss of a loved one. -Pirouz Azadi - 9/2/08

Why Iraqi 'Client' Blocked US Long-Term Presence
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signaled last week that all U.S. troops – including those with non-combat functions – must be out of the country by the end of 2011 under the agreement he is negotiating with the George W. Bush administration. -Gareth Porter, Antiwar - 9/2/08

Bolivian president ends Iran visit
The Bolivian president arrived in Tehran on Monday at the head of a high-ranking delegation to discuss issues of mutual interest with senior Iranian officials. -IRNA - 9/2/08

Russia Expresses Regret Over EU's Decision To Freeze New Partnership Talks
Moscow has sent a mixed message following the EU's stronger-than-expected response to Russia's recent military action in Georgia. -RFE - 9/2/08

US security agreement to humiliate Iraqi nation dignity: Iran's Parliament Speaker
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Monday that the US proposed security agreement is in fact aimed at humiliating the dignity of the Iraqi nation. Also, Iran on Monday called on the International Community to respect Iraqi national sovereignty and press ahead with withdrawal of the US occupying troops from the country. - 9/1/08

Bolivia's Morales calls Iran trip historic
Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma on Monday described his trip to Iran as historic, saying, "This visit is very important for me since we are determined to establish the two nations' political relations." - 9/1/08

Iranian researchers produce vessels from stem cells
Iranian researchers at Kordestan Medical Sciences University have successfully isolated stem cells in mice to produce blood vessel precursor cells. -MNA - 9/1/08

Beverly Hills TV Gets an Iranian (well, sort of)
A new television series reviving the hit show "Beverly Hills 90210" will premier in September, but this version will feature an Iranian student—and that student will be played by an actor of Ecuadorian, Norwegian and Austrian descent. - 9/1/08

The Dutch Connection
The recent De Telegraaf article 'revealing' the Dutch intelligence cooperation with the CIA is a propaganda piece aimed at undermining the credibility of United Nations, its specialized agency, the IAEA, and its chief Mohammad ElBaradei. It also seeks to demoralize the Iranians and undermine their resolve in confronting outside enemies. -Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich - 9/1/08

Conference: Every Inch a King - From Alexander to the King of Kings
An examination of different styles of kingship as a means of negotiating power and legitimating of authority - 22-24 September in Cambridge, UK. - 9/1/08

Afghanistan: Defeat or victory?
THE Pashtu's are perhaps the only logical and perhaps a possible path to "peace" in Afghanistan... if, you perceive "peace" to mean an end to hostilities, particularly hostilities involving foreigners, the US, UN, NATO and the forces of the "willing coalition", a motley collection of US lackeys, in Afghanistan. -Debbie Menon - 9/1/08

War plans and the demise of US power
It is Iran’s ability and willingness to contribute to stabilise the Middle East, and the hardcore realpolitik pursued to this end, that compelled the Bush administration to pursue higher level security talks with the Islamic Republic, says the author. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Safe Democracy - 9/1/08

Iran studies cooperation with Oman's LNG unit: Oil Minister
Iran's oil minister Gholam Hussein Nozari declared on Monday that Iran is studying cooperation with Oman's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) unit. -ISNA - 9/1/08

Iran protests to UAE over mistreatment of Iranians
United Arab Emirates envoy was summoned to Foreign Ministry on Monday to hear Iranian protest over mistreatment of Iranians in the country. -IRNA - 9/1/08

Iran Will Act Favorably to Beneficial Diplomacy
Recently, the Iran regime has denied reports that it purchased over 1 million tons of wheat from the "Great Satan." When pushed hard enough, the regime's reaction evidences that it will respond to Washington favorably and rationally, and not suicidally. -U.S.-Iran Alliance - 9/1/08
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