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PARSA Community Foundation Hits One Million Dollar Grant Mark
Leading Persian Community Foundation Offers 115 Grants Since 2006 To Support Civic Participation, Leadership Development and Arts and Culture in the Iranian-American Community Worldwide - 9/30/09

Ahmadinejad Afraid of Speaking at Tehran University
While not all universities across Iran have officially begun their academic year, the news of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plan to speak at the country's most prestigious institution of higher education, Tehran University, led to a united response from its students in rejecting the disputedly elected president by chants of "Death to the Dictator," and "Coup Government Must Resign." - 9/30/09

Photos: Harvesting Lime in Roudan, Hormozgan province of Iran
Following photos shows people in the town of Roudan in Iran's southern province of Hormozgan province harvesting limes. Lime is a term referring to a number of different fruits (generally citruses), both species and hybrids, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India, and which are typically round, green to yellow in color -Photos by Hossein Heydari, ISNA - 9/30/09

Hidden Wounds, Paper Bullets: Iranian Contemporary Art
On November 7, 2009 the Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center presents Hidden Wounds, Paper Bullets: Iranian Contemporary Art featuring eight artists of Iranian descent. As a result of the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s, the artists participating in this exhibition explore western culture and Iranian traditions through their art. - 9/30/09

US: Iranian FM Visits Washington
A U.S. official says Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was in Washington Wednesday for a rare visit to the Iranian interests section at the Pakistani embassy. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says officials granted Mottaki a visa "as a courtesy" after Iran requested he be allowed to travel to Washington. - 9/30/09

In Memoriam: Radio Farda Loses Respected Colleagues In Highway Tragedy
Two young broadcasters for RFE/RL's Radio Farda -- Rosa Ajiri and Amir Zaamanifar -- have died in a car crash outside the Czech capital, Prague. Broadcaster Mahin Gorji remained in critical condition at a Prague hospital. - 9/30/09

Ahoo Hamedi: A Promising Iranian Artist
One of Iran's promising young talents is Ahoo Hamedi. She was born in 1981 in Iran. Hamedi studied at the Azad University of Fine Arts, Tehran where she received her BA. Ahoo Hamedi's paintings are matured works of art that bear resemblance to sketches a painter would draw to start a major project. - 9/30/09

Big-Power Diplomats Prepare for Critical Geneva Meeting With Iran on Nuclear Issue
Senior diplomats of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany meet Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili Thursday in Geneva for a critical meeting on Iran's nuclear program. On the eve of the meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a rare visit to Washington. - 9/30/09

Fmr. UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Warns Against “Politically Motivated Hype” on Iran Nuke Program
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins us to discuss what he calls “politically motivated hype” over Iran’s nuclear program. The Obama administration has warned of sanctions unless Iran allows inspections of a newly disclosed nuclear site. -Democracy Now - 9/30/09

US Welcomes Iranian Gesture on Detained Americans
The State Department Tuesday welcomed an Iranian decision granting consular access to three Americans detained since late July for allegedly entering Iran illegally. The move comes in advance of a critical meeting Thursday between Iran and major world powers on its nuclear program. - 9/30/09

Karroubi condemns Iran's Assembly of Experts inaction
Mehdi Karroubi, disputing candidate of the elections, in a letter to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani criticized him and the members of the Assembly of Experts for their inaction in the sixth session of the assembly which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday. - 9/30/09

"Condemned to Freedom": A Panel Discussion with the Artists of Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories
The panel will discuss humanity's relentless quest for freedom and the realm of art as the only space where true freedom is possible. The panel includes the artists and curator of the exhibit as well as guest speaker Ali Ashouri. - 9/30/09

Bita Ghezelayagh's Namad in Scotland: A Persian Journey in Felt
The exhibition brings together for the first time in Scotland, a stunning collection of over 20 embroidered felted garments designed by Bita Ghezelayagh. The namads or thick felted, "T" shaped cloaks traditionally worn by Iranian shepherds are produced by hand at workshops in Borujerd and Khorramabad from fleeces sourced in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. - 9/30/09

Iranian Nuclear Negotiator Heads to Talks with 'Good Will'
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said he considers the talks a positive "opportunity" for participating nations. But Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran will not discuss anything related to its right to enrich uranium. The United States vows to raise the issue. - 9/30/09

Iran's foreign debt to decrease $2.4b in 2009: Economist
ISNA news agency quoted the report stating that Iran's foreign debts last year amounted to be $21.1 billion which would be reduced to $18.7 billion, some 5.2 percent of the country''s gross domestic production. - 9/30/09

Could Iran Trigger A New Cuban Missile Crisis?
Iran is well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. Iranian officials have been loud and clear: their country's nuclear program is not bazaar merchandise. Nothing withheld by sanction, offered in exchange, or threatened for noncompliance has so far induced Tehran to trade. -Jamsheed K. Choksy - 9/30/09

Photos: Protests at Sharif University in Tehran
Following the protests yesterday at Tehran University, this morning (September 29) a large number of students at Sharif University in Tehran, despite all the pressure and threats from the security forces, also participated in the protest against Ahmadinejad and his coup administration. Students were carrying Green symbols and chanting slogans in support for Mousavi and other reform figures and against the coup administration. - 9/29/09

Student Protests Against Ahmadinejad Continue In Tehran
Hundreds of students have staged an anti-government demonstration at Tehran's Sharif University, the second such protest in two days. Many students were chanting "Death to the Dictator" and "Political Prisoners Must Be Released," in reference to the more than 100 people still jailed in Iran following postelection street protests in June. - 9/29/09

The Tough Days of Zayandeh Rud
Zayandeh Rud (life giver river) is the largest river on the central plateau of Iran, Isfahan Province. The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometres eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Esfahan city. The Zayandeh Rud is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks. Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all year long, unlike many of Iran's rivers which are seasonal. But this year the severe draught has caused the river to completely dry up. -Photos by Hossein Baharloo, ISNA, - 9/29/09

White House Condemns Iranian Missile Tests
The White House on Monday condemned Iran's latest missile tests as "provocative" and called on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to provide inspectors "unfettered access" to its nuclear facilities. - 9/29/09

Mousavi says Iran's Reform Movement Persistent, Opposes Sanctions
Mir Hosein Mousavi reaffirmed the continuity of the reform movement with another statement lauding the people's persistence in pursing their rights by joining the protest march on September 18. Mousavi claims that the "unprecedented" State violence has merely resulted in a "more expansive" presence of people in the protests. - 9/29/09

Second place for Iran in Asian Canoe Championships
Iran came second in the 13th Asian Canoe Sprint Championship on Tuesday. In the event held in Tehran's Azadi Lake, Iran finished in second place behind Kazakhstan. - 9/29/09

Iran Will Not Discuss Uranium Enrichment
Iran's nuclear chief says his country will not discuss anything related to its right to enrich uranium. Ali Akbar Salehi made his remarks two days before Iran is to discuss its atomic program with world powers in Geneva. He said Iran will never abandon its nuclear program. - 9/29/09

Photos: The Gathering of Hijab in Varzaneh, the Town of White Veils
A veil is an article of clothing, worn almost exclusively by women, that is intended to cover some part of the head or face. One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. Following photos show the gathering of hijab in Varzaneh, a small town located east of city of Isfahan in central Iran, known as the town of white veils. -Photos by Hossein Baharloo, ISNA - 9/29/09

IRAN's Current Political Assessment
This article, written in two Parts I and II, is based on my most recent extended visit to Iran (summer 2009). I am neither a political nor a social scientist; nonetheless, like most Iranians I aspire to remain a careful and active observer of my surroundings especially the motherland, and so, feel compelled to share my perspectives with avid readers on Iran in the hope that it could help toward the peaceful future direction of this nation. -Pirouz Azadi - 9/29/09

After Establishing a Bank, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Purchase Telecom Company
In the end, it was the consortium associated with the supreme leader that purchased 50 percent plus one shares of the Iranian Telecommunications Company for the total purchase price of about 8 billion dollars. Securities experts and analysts, however, believe that the Basij consortium had entered the bidding deliberately and in order to push the third party out of the bidding process. -Rooz online - 9/29/09

Has the Iranian Regime Forsaken Khomeini?
Indeed, there already seems to be an ideological purge in the works. In a recent interview, Khamenei's representative to the IRGC declared that everyone "should obey the living Supreme Leader. Some people are sticking to Imam Khomeini's ideas; they should know that [Khamenei] has run the country for the last 20 years. The situation has changed." -TIME - 9/29/09

U.S. Interests vs. The Jewish State
Barack Obama's recent conduct at the U.N. removed all remaining doubt as to Israeli influence inside this latest U.S. presidency. When he uttered the phrase "the Jewish state of Israel," he provided precisely the provocation required to ensure that peace in the Middle East will continue to be deferred. -Jeff Gates - 9/29/09

Iran beats China in Asian Volleyball Championship
Iran defeated world's 8th- ranked China on Tuesday in the 15th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship. - 9/29/09

Walk For Unity in Irvine, in Solidarity with Iran
The mission of the Walk is to unite the community in support of global harmony and unity amongst humanity. In support of this mission, the Walk For Unity is proudly dedicated to the brave men and women of Iran and their quest for peace and human rights. - 9/29/09

Students Protest Against Government in University of Tehran
Over a thousand university students gathered in front of Tehran University's library today chanting anti-government slogans. At the start of the university term today, the university students with their green symbols expressed their support for the recent protests against the alleged vote rigging in the presidential elections. - 9/28/09

Iran's Opposition Leader Mousavi Accused of Treason
Mir Hosein Mousavi, disputing candidate of the Iran elections, came under unprecedented attack by Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary of Human Rights Headquarters of Iran's judiciary. Larijani claimed: "Mousavi's betrayal of the Revolution is akin to Massoud Rajavi's betrayal," and he has thus ruined his prospects for a good political career. - 9/28/09

Iran's Greco-Roman wrestlers come second in world championship
Iran's national Greco-Roman team finished second in the International Federation of Associated Wrestling (FILA) championship in Herning, Denmark. The team won one gold and three bronze medals with 39 points in the 52nd round of world Greco-Roman wrestling competition. - 9/28/09

IRGC buys Telecommunication Company of Iran in biggest ever bourse deal
A financial company affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps cooperative has bought 51 percent of the shares of Telecommunication Company of Iran. Reportedly this block of shares is priced at 8 billion dollars. This is considered the biggest financial purchase in the history of Iran's stock exchange. - 9/28/09

Nuclear Non-Proliferation: The Missing Words
President Obama declared, "Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow." That's not a true statement. It's missing five words. The truth required him to say all nations "with the exception of Israel." -Alan Hart - 9/28/09

Iran: Supreme Leader's Performance "Proven"
As reported by the Fars news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC), in his speech at the Assembly, Alam al-Hoda, who also is Mashhad's Friday Prayer Imam, blasted Hashemi for "his silence in the face of unprecedented insults against the leader of the revolution," and asked, "Why have you remained silent in face of these unprecedented insults and the fire of division that is being fanned from the tents of some in your circle?" - 9/28/09

Photos: Iran test-fires long-range Shahab-3, Sejil missiles
The Islamic Republic of Iran has successfully tested long range Shahab-3 and Sejil missiles in the third stage of a defense drill in a bid to bolster its defense capabilities, Press TV has learned. - 9/28/09

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Here We Go Again
Yes, there is no denying that Iran might be posing a real and present danger or threat: it is the danger or threat that Iran might actually defend itself and retaliate against aggression with all its might. Is that what is worrying our military chiefs? -Kam Zarrabi - 9/28/09

Is President Obama Abandoning "engagement "policy with Iran?
Early morning on Thursday September 24th Leaders of the US, England and France held a dramatic news conference to "expose" yet another deception by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRP) regarding its nuclear policy. Thursday was supposed to be the day of G-20 and all the spot light meant to be on Pittsburg and the meeting. Needless to say the news conference stole the thunder. Was it by plan? Or was it incidental? -Reza Ghorashi - 9/28/09

Iran's Global Foray Has Mixed Results
MONKEY POINT, Nicaragua -- Last year, a delegation of Iranians and other foreigners arrived at this tiny, remote coastal village in speedboats. They came to map out plans to build a $350 million deep-water port and a new city. -WSJ - 9/28/09

Zamaneh, Yesterday, Zamaneh, Tomorrow
Research has shown that Iranians are among the most successful and harmonious immigrants in Dutch society. Such an image of Iranians in the Netherlands, and trust and faith in them, has been very important in laying the foundation for the creation of Radio Zamaneh, while few people outside of the Netherlands have been aware of this. -Farid Haerinejad - 9/28/09

PARSA CF Volunteer: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani Awarded Globally Prestigious Fellowship
Among the 50 Fellows selected in 2009 was Taghi Amirani, an Iranian physicist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. Amirani is also a member of PARSA Community Foundation's Grant Advisory Committee. - 9/28/09

Iran, China Sign A Major Oil Field Development Deal
China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has signed a contract with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for the development of Iran's South Azadegan oilfield. The South Azadegan project is slated to produce 260,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and its development will cost around $2.5 billion. - 9/28/09

World Powers Step Up Pressure on Iran
Top Obama administration officials say Iran will come under extreme pressure to disclose its nuclear intentions when envoys from Tehran sit down on Thursday in Geneva with representatives of the United States and other world powers. - 9/28/09

GeoEye gives look at Iranian nuclear site
Satellite imagery company GeoEye has released a photo of what it says is the controversial and underground Iranian uranium enrichment site that came to light last week. -CNET - 9/28/09

Photos: Iran test-fires short-range missiles
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps successfully test-fired its short-range missiles on Sunday during the first stage of The Great Prophet IV military exercise. Short-range missiles of the Tondar-69, Fateh-110, and Zelzal type were test-fired and hit their targets successfully, IRGC Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami told reporters on Sunday. - 9/28/09

Land artists to adorn Lake Urmia in early October
Iranian land artists will be gathering at Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran to hold the 24th Environmental Art Festival in early October. The lake has been facing an environmental crisis for about seven years according to experts and necessary steps must be taken to save the lake, festival director Ahmad Nadalian said. - 9/27/09

Reformist clerics under attack by Iran hardliners
The conservative camp of the Iranian establishment is once more trying to tighten its grip on power by gradually discrediting or mollifying the prominent figures that had strayed away from them by demanding reform in the recent unrest. - 9/27/09

Light The Way: PARSA Community Foundation's 2009 Annual Awards
PARSA Community Foundation presents Light the Way, the 2009 annual awards ceremony. Emceed by actress Yara Shahidi and featuring a performance by pianist and composer Tara Kamangar, the ceremony will honor this year's recipients of the Volunteerism and Action Award and Philanthropist of the Year Award. - 9/27/09

Iran successfully tests multi-missile launching system
The Islamic republic of Iran has successfully tested a multi-missile launching system in a military drill dubbed The Great Prophet IV in a bid to bolster its defense capabilities - 9/27/09

Iranian Protester Flees Country After Telling of Rape and Torture in Prison
Mr. Sharifi, who recounted his ordeal to the opposition leader and former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, and then released a video account last month on opposition Web sites, is now in Turkey. -NY Times - 9/27/09

Iran: Rezaii proposes establishment of national election committee
Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaii has put forward a proposal calling for the establishment of a national committee for election affairs without the interference of ruling factions. - 9/27/09

The beauty of the universe, from above and below
The 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award is to be presented to American planetary scientist Carolyn Porco and Iranian photographer and science journalist Babak A. Tafreshi in recognition of their photographic work, which – each from its own perspective – recalls mankind's place in the universe. The prize is the world's most prestigious distinction in scientific and medical photography. - 9/26/09

Iran takes third place in World Wrestling Championships in Denmark
Iran with 40 points came after Russia and Azerbaijan. Mehdi Taghavi in (66kg) category took gold medal, Fardin Masoumi in (120kg) bagged silver medal and Sadegh Goudarzi in (74kg) claimed bronze medal. - 9/26/09

Iranian artist Majid Abbasi to be honor laureate of U.S. poster exhibit
Iranian artist Majid Abbasi will be the honor laureate of the 16th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition which will be held from October 2 to December 22 in Fort Collins, Colorado in the U.S. The exhibition is a biennial that brings world-renowned poster artists and designers to the Fort Collins area hosted by the Colorado State University Department of Art. - 9/26/09

Russia Urges Restraint Over Iran Nuclear News
Speaking to RFE/RL in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also questioned assumptions that Tehran was hiding anything and accused Western governments of withholding knowledge of a second Iranian uranium-enrichment plant. - 9/26/09

Iranian Wrestler Hamid Sourian Wins His Fourth Gold
Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler Hamid Sourian won the title of the 2009 FILA World Championships in Herning, Denmark to collect his fourth gold medal of the World Championships. - 9/26/09

Obama Offers Iran Dialogue, Stresses International Cooperation
"My offer of a serious, meaningful dialogue to resolve this issue remains open," he said. "But Iran must now cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and take action to demonstrate its peaceful intentions." - 9/26/09

Iran to Allow IAEA Inspectors into Nuclear Plant
Iran says it will allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency into its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant. Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Saturday on Iranian state television the timing of the visit will be worked out with the IAEA. - 9/26/09

Meshkatian is alive in our hearts and minds: Shajarian
Meshkatian is alive in our hearts and minds, Iranian vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian proclaimed in his message of condolence over the demise of Iranian santur virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian. Meshkatian died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on September 21. He was 54 years old. - 9/26/09

Cost of marriage in Tehran: Thirty Grands
According to a research conducted by the Tehran Shahid Beheshti University, it costs at least 30 million tomans (about $29,000) per person in the capital city of Tehran to get married. - 9/26/09

Fundamentalist Iranian cleric calls on public to confront protesters
Ayatollah Janati, a fundamentalist cleric and chairman of the Guardian Council, told the crowd listening to his Friday sermon, that if the judiciary and the security forces are unable to confront "rioters and agitators", it is the duty of every Muslim to confront them. - 9/26/09

Kranjcar's future in Persepolis in doubt
Just hours after Persepolis General Manager Abbas Ansarifard announced coach Zlatko Kranjcar had been dismissed from his job, the club declared the Croat will be in charge until the Tehran derby. Persepolis dismissed Kranjcar following poor results in the Iran Professional League (IPL) on Friday - 9/26/09

Can Sanctions Work Against Iran?
President Obama and the leaders of Britain and France on Friday accused Iran of building an underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel and of hiding the operation from international weapons inspectors for years. The leaders gave Iran gave two months to comply with international demands or face increased sanctions. -New York Times - 9/26/09

For the sake of Iran's reformers, at least let's do no harm
Let's get this straight: The people who will change Iran for the better are the Iranians. A U.S. president's words at the United Nations General Assembly can't do that. European talks and sanctions can't do that. Israeli bombs on Iranian nuclear installations certainly won't do that. But the Iranian people – yes, they can. -Globe & Mail - 9/26/09

Iran announces nascent nuclear enrichment plant
In line with its guarantee to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for clarity on its nuclear activities, Iran has informed the agency that it is constructing a second plant for uranium enrichment. "I can confirm that on 21 September, Iran informed the IAEA in a letter that a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country," agency spokesman Marc Vidricaire said Friday. - 9/25/09

A Picnic by Damavand
Our good friend Mehrdad and his brother Babak were our guides and our mutual friend Eli our host. We started late morning and drove east of Tehran towards Damavand. It is the highest mountain peak in Iran and it looks stunning, majestic and awesome on the rare occasions that we can see it from different parts of Tehran if the pollution allows. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 9/25/09

What can Iranians do to pressure the responsible heads of the current regime outside of Iran?
On Saturday September 12, 2009, a panel discussion session was held at York University with the cooperation of several Toronto University Professors as well as many Iranian students attending Toronto Universities. Dr. Payam Akahavan, professor of International Law at McGill University was one of the panelists attending the event. -Salam Toronto - 9/25/09

Green Scroll unfurled across the Brooklyn Bridge
On September 24, a group of Iranian-Americans marched the Green Scroll across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in support of the Iranian people who are protesting the June Presidential elections and demanding freedom and democracy. - 9/25/09

Iran Unbowed in London: Three Generations of Contemporary Artists from Iran - October 10-24
Iran Unbowed is a response to the current popularity of Iranian art on the international stage. Alongside established Masters such as Abbas Kiarostami, Farideh Lashai and Parviz Tanavoli and leading mid-career artists such as Pooya Ayranpour and Samira Alikhanzadeh; Iran Unbowed features two artists – Hossein Cheraghchi and Rasool Soltani – whose work has not previously been shown in London. - 9/25/09

Iran Threatened With More Sanctions After Revealing Secret Enrichment Plant
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed earlier today that Tehran has admitted the existence of a second uranium-enrichment facility in Iran, in addition to the one at Natanz. The disclosure came in the form of a letter sent on September 21 to IAEA chief Muhammad El-Baradei. - 9/25/09

Russia assures Iran over Caspian Sea decisions
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has assured Iran that it will not be left out at any decisions to be made on the status of the Caspian Sea. In a letter to his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki, Lavrov reiterated that Iran will be part of any decision makings on the issues pertaining to the Caspian Sea. - 9/25/09

As Ahmadinejad Speaks, Another Iranian Is Silenced
Bijan Khajehpour is an Iranian businessman whom I met in Tehran last January. After the vote, authorities arrested him. He was one of 100 people put on trial en masse on charges of taking part in a foreign-inspired plot against Iran. A number of Iranians, including a former president, called the trial a sham. The enforced silence of men like Khajehpour makes a powerful statement about Iran's government. It's a statement Ahmadinejad must contend with as he defends Iran before the world. -NPR - 9/25/09

Iran's Supreme Leader Demands Support From The Elite
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's meeting with the members of the Assembly of Experts was another step at mending the evident cracks of division that have revealed themselves in the body of the ruling clergy in Iran. The Supreme Leader emphasized that the silence of the chosen people of the society in these circumstances "aids and abets sedition." - 9/25/09

Iranian-Americans Protest Ahmadinejad's Presidency
Thousands of Iranian-Americans gathered outside the United Nations on Wednesday to voice their opposition to the Iranian government, in the largest such protest here in 30 years. The protesters' affiliations varied from royalist to communist, but they shared one thing: They don't consider Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared the winner of disputed presidential elections in June, to be Iran's legitimate leader. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/25/09

Shi'ite Clerics Disagree With Iran's Supreme Leader
Several Shi'ite clerics have disagreed with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the date of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day Islamic celebration that marks the end of Ramadan - 9/25/09

Winners of Video Challenge Create Videos on the Meaning of Democracy
Photographer Rodin Hamidi lives in the United Arab Emirates. He left his native Iran three years ago because of a lack of creative freedom. His video shows that democracy requires persistence, even when others try to destroy it. - 9/25/09

Photos: Protests Against Ahmadinejad In New York Bring Iranian Diaspora Together
With world leaders in New York this week for the opening debates of the UN General Assembly, thousands of green-clad Iranians living in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere have been exhibiting their support for those who took to the streets in Iran to protest the results of its disputed June presidential election. - 9/24/09

Iran's Science Minister Accused of Plagiarism
The science publication, Nature has discovered that "a 2009 paper co-authored by Kamran Daneshjou, Iran's science minister, are identical to those of a 2002 paper published by South Korean researchers." The 2009 article published by Kamran Daneshjou and Majid Shahravi in Engineering with Computer magazine is by implication a product of plagiarism. - 9/24/09

Iran's Campuses On Edge As University Doors Open
Iranian universities have reopened against a backdrop of simmering postelection dispute that has authorities fearing new protests and many students expecting the worst. Officials are concerned that the new academic year will allow disgruntled youths to stoke public anger over the fiercely contested reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. - 9/24/09

Artists Creating Change
In a society like Iran where art is viewed as a gift of the gods and sacred and divine, reducing the position of the artist and artistic creation to the earthly so that she can address tangible issues corresponding with real life concerns is not an easy endeavor. The ability to express and create protest art, so that it objects to the status quo in a constructive, dynamic and creative manner, rather than a mere expression of dissatisfaction is extremely difficult -Tara Nadjd Ahmadi - 9/24/09

Photos: Cyclists depart from Toronto to New York to Protest Against Ahmadinejad
Iranians in Toronto along with concerned citizens of the non-Iranian communities once again gathered to show their solidarity and support for the Iranian people under arrest, pressure and torture. Solidarity with Iran, established in Toronto as a result of the recent arrests and injustice, hosted a rally last Saturday, September 19th at Hart House, University of Toronto, where a few talks were given before the departure of the cyclists to New York City. -Salam Toronto - 9/24/09

Islamicising Iran's Universities with Help from Young Officers
Following ayatollah Khamenei's criticism that universities were not Islamic and the condemnation of the large number of students in the humanities, remarks by some lawmakers and the newly-appointed science minister herald the implementation of the a plan to Islamicise universities in the coming academic year. -Bahram Rafiee, Rooz Online - 9/24/09

Iranian school year begins
Over 120,000 schools officially opened in Iran on Wednesday after the three-month summer holiday. The first day of school in Iran comes with its own rituals designed to help students ease into the academic year. - 9/24/09

Iranian musicians lament great loss after passing of Meshkatian
Musicians and friends are lamenting their great loss after the death of Iranian santur virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian. Meshkatian died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on Monday, September 21. He was 54 years old. - 9/24/09

Iran Assembly of Experts concludes meeting without chairman Rafsanjani
Iran's Assembly of Experts, the only executive body able to discharge the Supreme Leader, issued its final statement after bringing the meeting to a speedy end today in the absence of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the chair of the assembly. Having aligned himself with opposition concerns about fraud in the elections, Ayatollah Rafsanjani was expected to reflect some of those concerns in the assembly. - 9/24/09

Full text of Ahmadinejad's speech to the UN General Assembly and POLL
Our nation has successfully gone through a glorious and fully- democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national progress and enhanced international interactions. They entrusted me once more with a large majority this heavy responsibility. - 9/24/09

Russia's Medvedev Opens Door To Tougher Iran Sanctions
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has opened the door to tougher sanctions intended to stop Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. The Russian leader met with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday in New York. - 9/24/09

Interview: Protesting Against Ahmadinejad at the UN
Bitta Mostofi of Where is My Vote? - NY is an organizer of the upcoming event, "Voices for Iran: No to Ahmadinejad, Yes to Human Rights - Rally at the UN." Where is My Vote? -NIAC - 9/24/09

China Says Sanctions Won't Deter Iran's Nuclear Agenda
China is reiterating its stance that sanctions are not appropriate for deterring Iran from a nuclear weapons program. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters Thursday that sanctions and pressure are "not the way" to solve the issue. - 9/24/09

Czech Opponents Of U.S. Radar Base Celebrate Their Victory
"We can only speculate about the Obama administration's actual motives in canceling these missile 'defense' plans," said Joanne Landy, Co-Director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy. - 9/24/09

Former Hostage Urges Negotiations with Iran
John Limbert has wrestled with the ghosts of his past. He says it’s time to move on.  Limbert has just published a book in which he urges the United States change its approach toward the government of Iran after 30 years of confrontation. His proposal carries the weight of experience and personal re-evaluation. - 9/23/09

Iran Freedom Caravans Gather at the UN on September 23 to Demand Freedom for Iran and Reject Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Join All Freedom Loving Iranians and World Citizens at the UN on September 23 to Protest the Illegal Presence of Mahmoud Ahamdinejad and to Demand Freedom and Democracy for Iranian People - 9/23/09

Photos: Blossom (First Graders) Festival in Tehran
On the occasion of start of the new school year in Iran, a festival is held to welcome the first graders to schools. Following photos are from the schools in the capital city Tehran. Tehran is the largest city in the Middle East and is the 16th most populated city in the world with a population of around 7,800,000 people. -Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA - 9/23/09

Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Speak at UN Amid Row over Iranian Nuclear Program
Last month, a controversy erupted when the Associated Press reported the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had concluded Iran possesses the capability for a nuclear bomb and had worked on a missile system to carry an atomic warhead. The IAEA has denied the report and says it has no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. -Democracy Now - 9/23/09

Survey indicates that 9 in 10 believe Iran's regime tortures its people, and Iran should sign the UN Convention Against Torture.
With many thanks to the 175 readers, here are the results of the 3-day torture survey. - 9/23/09

Obama Set To Bring Nonproliferation Case To UN
On September 24, Barack Obama will become the first U.S. president to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and he plans to use the opportunity to bring before its members a resolution advancing his goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. - 9/23/09

Mobile Human Rights Billboards Confront Ahmadinejad in New York
The mobile billboards are circulating in midtown Manhattan, near UN headquarters, to focus the attention of the diplomatic community on the human rights crisis in Iran. - 9/23/09

Ahmadi Nejad's Constant Denials
Ahmadi Nejad keeps denying. First he denied the Holocaust a few years ago, only reiterating it a few days ago. He denies that the June 2009 elections were rigged; he denies that street protestors were beaten, and tortured. He denies that there are major problems in the Iranian economy that the world's 4th producer of oil has to get its refined oil from Venezuela. He denies that there are homosexuals in Iran. He is in total denial all the time. -Fariba Amini - 9/23/09

Will the Focus at the UN Be on Ahmadinejad's Human Rights Abuses?
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes to the UN this week, his biggest fear will be that the visit will be marred by international condemnations over election fraud and the massive human rights abuses taking place in Iran under his watch. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 9/23/09

Will Israel Fall in Five Years?
Online reports of a study by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency cast doubt over the survival of Israel beyond the next two decades. Regardless of the validity of the report, with what is now known about the costs in blood and treasure that the U.S.-Israeli relationship has imposed on the U.S., its key ally, Israel could fall within five years. -Jeff Gates - 9/23/09

Vast Agenda Greets World Leaders At 64th UN General Assembly
The United Nations' General Assembly formally begins its 64th session on September 23 with seven days of general debate. The new session brings together more than 120 heads of state and government, among them many faces new to the UN, including U.S. President Barack Obama. - 9/23/09

Commentary: World should shun Iranian leader
This week world leaders will gather in New York for the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be among them, Iranians reject his claim to leadership. They strongly oppose any meeting or recognition of Ahmadinejad, especially by President Obama. -Akbar Ganji, CNN - 9/23/09

Iran's Revolutionary Guards defend their actions
Commander Jafari denied comparisons drawn between the Guards and "military mafias" in other countries. He claimed the Guards do not follow "monopolistic and profit-seeking ventures." In the recent events, according to Mr. Jafari, the Guards offset a "conspiracy" to omit the "republic" aspect of the system. - 9/23/09

US Criticizes Wide-Ranging Rights Abuses
The United States says it remains "deeply concerned" about Iran's crackdown on opposition groups, while criticizing Russia and China for failing to protect rights activists and minorities. - 9/23/09

Report: Chinese State Companies Supplying Gasoline to Iran
A newspaper report says Chinese state companies are supplying gasoline to Iran, a development that could undermine U.S. efforts to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program. London's Financial Times reports Wednesday the companies are selling the petrol through intermediaries, and provide up to a third of Tehran's gasoline imports. - 9/23/09

Third Iran Gas Forum: September 26-27 in Tehran
The 3rd Iran Gas Forum will be held from 26 to 27 September with representatives from Germany, the UK, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and Malaysia taking part in it. - 9/23/09

Photos: Celebration For New Students At Tehran's Sharif University
The new students entering Sharif University of Tehran were welcomed in a festive celebration held on Tuesday on the campus. Sharif University of Technology, formerly named Aryamehr University of Technology is a public university of technology, engineering and science in Iran. It is one of the most prominent science and engineering schools in Iran. -Photos by Amir Pourmand, ISNA - 9/22/09

One hundred Iranian poets in support of protesters
One hundred Iranian poets have boycotted all government literary awards to protest the oppression of their people's movement toward "peace and democracy" in the post-election events. - 9/22/09

Photos: Blossom (First Graders) Festival in Ahvaz, Iran
On the occasion of start of the new school year in Iran, a festival is held to welcome the first graders to schools. Following photos are from the schools in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. -Photos by Amin Nazari, ISNA - 9/22/09

Iranian Student: 'I Didn't Want To Make The Rape Issue Public'
Ebrahim Sharifi is a 24-year-old student who worked for Mehdi Karrubi during the presidential campaign and participated in the protests that came after incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad was declared the victor in the June 12 election. On June 23, he was detained by security forces and claims that he was raped while in custody, allegations that Karrubi cited when he criticized the authorities for abusing detainees. - 9/22/09

Iranian Lawyers Say Self-Confessions Too Have No Validity, Contradicting Supreme Leader
Aghvami explained that, "From the perspective of law and Islamic Figh (i.e. law), self-confessions of a person against himself are valid, but they have conditions that must be met. They must be completely free, voluntary and under circumstances in which there is absolutely no pressure, not even a suspicion of pressure and coercion." - 9/22/09

Iranian wrestler Mehdi Taghavi Kermani wins gold in World Championships
Iran's Mehdi Taghavi Kermani claimed a gold medal in the World Wrestling Championships in Messecenter, Denmark late Monday. The 66kg category freestyle wrestler defeated Russian Rasul Djukaev 1-0, 1-0 and won the title. - 9/22/09

Iran Activists Claim Omen in Green Icon
Iranian activists -- trying to blanket New York City with their trademark green color -- lobbied to bathe the top of the Empire State Building in green light all this week during their rallies against Iran's president, who is visiting the United Nations. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/22/09

Iran: Appoint Special UN Envoy to Investigate Rights Crisis
Member states of the United Nations should use President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to the UN General Assembly to address Iran's worsening human rights crisis, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Human Rights Watch said today. - 9/22/09

Transit Tehran in London: Art and Documentary from Iran
Challenging the media's representations of Tehran in the news, this exhibition of art works and documentary films reintroduces Iran's dynamic capital in a way that could only be described by the city's insiders, including rappers, artists, writers, and photojournalists. - 9/22/09

Reza: We are all one NEDA; We are all for one Calling: Freedom for Iran!
Iran Caravans for Peace and Freedom will be staging a Calling for Freedom in Iran with 1000 pictures of Neda in front of the United Nations in New York (1st and 47th) on Wednesday, September 21, 2009 in the early afternoon. Neda's calling for freedom is a project initiated and led by the famed photographer, Reza Deghati, and was first staged in Paris on July 25, 2009. - 9/22/09

Photos: Iranian-Americans Protest In DC Demanding Democracy For Iran
On Monday, September 21, 2009, a few hundreds Iranian-Americans gathered in front of the White House in Washington DC; from there, they marched to the Capitol, chanting patriotic songs and demanding freedom and democracy for Iran. - 9/22/09

Rafsanjani calls for unity in Iran
The Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani urged for boosting unity among different groups of people in Iran. Speaking at the Assembly of Experts meeting on Tuesday he said, "we must prepare the situation for unity and solidarity in the society and remove the obstacles of unity." - 9/22/09

Our War-Loving Foreign Policy Community Hasn't Gone Anywhere
The Bipartisan Policy Center Report never takes note of the irony that it "justifies" a threat of attack against Iran by pointing to that country's violations of U.N. Resolutions, even as Article 2 of the U.N. Charter explicitly provides that "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state" -- a prohibition they demand the U.S. violate over and over. -Common Dreams - 9/22/09

Iran's Ahmadinejad Promotes Holocaust Denial on Eve of UN Visit
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is again highlighting his denial of the Holocaust, saying the anger his comments provoke is a source of pride. Mr. Ahmadinejad's comments Monday come shortly before he heads to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. - 9/22/09

Iranian American Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Wins The Emmy For Best Supporting Actress
Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo was named best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for her role as the wife of Saddam Hussein in House of Saddam. "I cherish this more than you can possibly imagine. Thank you," Aghdashloo said. - 9/21/09

Alborz: An International Conference
The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at University of California, Irvine cordially invites you to the first international scholarly gathering devoted to the history and the cultural legacy of the American/Alborz College. Founded in 1899 by Dr. Jordan as part of a missionary enterprise, the College became the training ground for generations of Iranian intellectuals, scientists, and men of letters. - 9/21/09

Iran's University Students Defend the Humanities
The teaching of the humanities is often under scrutiny by governments and statesmen in various countries. It is under particular surveillance by those rulers and statesmen who are constantly afraid of the of dissemination of beliefs contrary to theirs. They do their utmost to set the direction and outlook of this field. -Abuzar Zaman - 9/21/09

Iran: Government Puts Pressure On Opposition Clerics By Arresting Their Family Members
The confrontation of political activists and the country's senior clerics entered a new phase with the arrests of their children. The public views the arrests of these individuals - most of whom are not politically active or members of any political party - is considered by the public to be a form of hostage-taking to impose further pressure on the reformists. - 9/21/09

Iran: Government Media Enraged by Green Wave
Meanwhile, media outlets close to Ahmadinejad's administration attempted to manipulate the opposition's presence to the government's advantage, ignoring their massive presence and claiming that people had come out to the streets only to support Ahmadinejad and in opposition to Mousavi, Khatami and Karoubi. - 9/21/09

Disparaging Islam and the Iranian-American Identity: To Snuggle or to Struggle
Reader, you may have noticed that Islam is under heavy fire these days in the West. I want to argue that while Islam is susceptible to various important and serious criticisms, it is wrong and unfair to demonize Islam, and in some ways, it is counterproductive for Iranian-Americans to uncritically go along with this trend. -Sasan Seifikar, Netherlands - 9/21/09

The Three Iranian Sopranos and Tehranosaurus in San Francisco
Nasrin Asgari, Shirin Asgari and Kamelia Dara have charmed and delighted audiences since they formed their group just over a year ago with pianist Hooman Khalatbari. Born in Iran, the singers met and became friends as students at the universities of music in Vienna and Graz, Austria. Their repertoire includes famous Persian folksongs as well as popular European Arias. - 9/21/09

Iran picks "About Elly" for Oscar
The Iranian Committee for Selecting a Film for the Academy Awards selected director Asghar Farhadi's "About Elly" to represent Iranian cinema in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in 2010. The committee picked the movie for its solid structure, refined technique, and superb content, as well as its national and international success. - 9/21/09

No celebration at 13th Iran Cinema Celebration
The 13th Iran Cinema Celebration was held Friday night at Tehran's Esteqlal Hotel, with no competition and no winner announcement. The festival is held annually to celebrate Iran's National Cinema Day (Sep. 12) and is sponsored by the House of Cinema. However, this year's celebration was held on September 18 due to its coincidence with the holy month of Ramadan. - 9/21/09

Iran Frees Thousands of Poor Prisoners
Iran says its largest charity organization is bailing out 21,000 prisoners for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The gesture was announced Tuesday as the country marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan with Eid celebrations and family gatherings. - 9/21/09

Iran continues arrests and media censorship
With the persistence of Iranian protests, the authorities continue their campaign of arrests and media censorship. Last night two young members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the reformist group with many senior members already incarcerated, were arrested in Tehran. In the past ten days, children of many reformist activists have been arrested, children of senior members of the Participation Front as well as children of reformist clerics. - 9/20/09

Survey: Should Iran join UN Convention Against Torture?
The Convention Against Torture requires states to take effective measures to prevent torture within their borders, and forbids states to return people to their home country if there is reason to believe they will be tortured. 158 countries have signed and ratified this convention, but Iran and a few other countries have not singed this yet. - 9/20/09

Khamenei Attacks Media, Defends Show Trials of Opposition Figures
Commenting on the recent televised trials of people arrested during the post-election unrest, Ayatollah Khamenei said that according to the national law and the Islamic religion, the confessions the defendants made in front of cameras and millions of viewers are conclusive evidence. - 9/20/09

Analysts Say U.S. Should Talk With Iran, But Keep Expectations Low
When representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany, sit down with Iranian representatives in Turkey in October, they will do so with renewed violence and harsh rhetoric coming from Tehran fresh in their minds. - 9/20/09

Police: 35 detained during Quds Day rallies
Thirty-five protesters were arrested during the Qods Day rallies and charged with "damaging public property," according to Tehran police chief, Press TV reported. Brigadier General Azizollah Rajabzadeh told the Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) that the protesters were detained as they engaged in setting motorcycles and garbage cans on fire during the rally on September 18. - 9/20/09

Next Stop: New York!
The coup makers fear nothing, and they will resort to any measure to keep their tight grip on power. In achieving their sinister goals, they have concocted cunning plans which in the long term lead to the destruction of Iran and the Iranian people and we must do our utmost to expose them wisely -Iran Green Wave - 9/20/09

Iranian's release ends Bay Area son's hunger strike
A Bay Area man broke a hunger strike he had been conducting outside San Francisco City Hall after learning of the release of his father, an activist who he said was imprisoned by Iranian authorities in June after protesting the country's controversial election. -SF Chronicle - 9/20/09

Obama and Ahmadinejad: The Politics of Face Time
It was just over two years ago that Barack Obama, then the junior senator from Illinois with aspirations to the presidency, famously pronounced during a Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., that he would be willing to hold direct talks, without preconditions, with the president of Iran. This week, President Obama will have the chance to do just that... -NY Times - 9/20/09

Russian President Says Israel Not Planning to Strike Iran
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev says Israeli officials have assured him that they are not planning a military strike on Iran. - 9/20/09

Iranian Navy Foils Hijack Attempt In Gulf Of Aden
Amid Iran's efforts to cooperate with the international community in protecting the notorious Gulf of Aden from pirate attacks, an official says Iranian warships open fire on pirate boats and thwart an attempted hijack of three trade vessels. - 9/20/09

15 Iranian filmmakers participate in APSA
Iranian filmmakers have introduced 15 films and documentaries to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009. - 9/20/09

Overview Of Iran's Day Of Protest
Despite the violent crackdown on the last demonstrations of Iranian protesters only two months ago, in the grips of a fierce fear campaign of arrests, mass trials and reports of torture and rape of detainees, and in immediate earshot of constant threats and warnings by government security forces and the Revolutionary Guards, Iranian people from every walk of life adamantly took to the streets once more today to shout out their protest to the government that they believe has risen through blatant acts of vote fraud and been supported by heinous acts of torture and murder of dissidents. - 9/19/09

Ayatollah Hossein Mousavi Tabrizi: These Pressures Are Useless
Mousavi Tabrizi is the secretary of the association of Qom Theological Center's Teachers and Researchers. Last Monday his son was arrested along with the children of ayatollah Nazemzadeh' and that of Mr. Ahmadi, both of whom are members of the center. - 9/19/09

We will be waiting for you in New York, Mr. "President"
We will be waiting for you on September 23rd, all of us, from all over the US. We are not just green, red and white, but a variety of colors. We are the rainbow of Iran. We are a colorful mix and represent all of Iran, young and old, women and men, from the entire political spectrum and all walks of life. -Fariba Amini - 9/19/09

KOCE-TV Adds Orange County Leader To Its Community Advisory Board
Mariam Khosravani, Executive Director of the Coastline Community College Foundation prominent leader in Orange County's very vital and engaged Iranian American community, has become a member of the advisory board that provides community input to the programming and production decisions by the Orange County based PBS station. - 9/19/09

Haddadi camps brings hoops to Iranian-American community
One hundred screaming kids, a guest appearance from new Lakers forward Ron Artest, learning, fun and a smiling 7-foot-2 Iranian center as the sponsor. That was the first annual Hamed Haddadi basketball camp that concluded Sunday on the campus of California State University Northridge in the San Fernando Valley. - 9/19/09

Iran's President: American Hikers Need to Be Punished
In an interview in Tehran with NBC, a U.S. television network, Mr. Ahmadinejad said he sympathizes with the families of the three hikers. But he said he would only consider releasing the hikers if Iranians held in U.S. prisons are also freed. - 9/19/09

German Foreign Minister Calls Ahmadinejad 'Disgrace To Iran'
In a statement Steinmeier said: "Today's statements by the Iranian President are unacceptable. With his intolerable tirades he is a disgrace to his country. This sheer anti-Semitism demands our collective condemnation. We will continue to confront it decisively in the future." -Reuters - 9/19/09

CIA Chief Makes High-Profile Recruiting Trip to Arab-American Community
Director Panetta wants to loosen security clearance restrictions for employees with relatives in Iran or Lebanon making it easier for them to join the agency. His appearance here was well received. Many felt it was a long overdue sign the Arab community is an accepted part of the American fabric. - 9/19/09

Russia Scraps Missile Deployment after Obama Cancels Missile Shield
Russia says it has scrapped plans to deploy missiles in a region near Poland after U.S. President Barack Obama canceled plans for a missile defense system in Central Europe. - 9/19/09

Barak Says Nuke - Armed Iran Couldn't Destroy Israel
A nuclear-armed Iran would not be capable of destroying Israel, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday in remarks that departed from long-running Israeli arguments about the threat posed by its foe. -Reuters - 9/19/09

Venezuela's Weapons, Energy Deals Raise 'Arms Race' Concerns
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is leading a new diplomatic effort to strengthen ties with a set of distant partners. He signed a new billion-dollar arms deal with Russia, and has promised to ship gasoline to Iran to circumvent possible international sanctions. - 9/19/09

Iranian Opposition Protesters Take To Streets Of Tehran, Other Cities
Tens of thousands of people wearing green accessories -- the sign of the opposition -- have come out on to the streets of Tehran and other major cities for the first mass protests against the Iranian government in two months. Clashes were reported between the opposition protestors and supporters of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, backed by police and Basij militia vigilantes. It is not yet known how many protesters were arrested. - 9/18/09

Academics concerned about the assault on Iranian Universities
We the undersigned, academics and administrators of universities around the world express our deep concern about the deteriorating situation of universities in Iran, particularly in the aftermath of the recent Presidential elections. All signs indicate that the authorities are engaged in a major crackdown on Iranian universities and intend to impose yet more infringements on academic freedoms. - 9/18/09

Photos: "Green Quds" Show of Force by Iranian Opposition
Tens of thousands of Iranians have come out on to the streets of Tehran and other major cities for the first mass protests against the Iranian government in two months. Shouting slogans, the protestors denounced Ahmadinejad as stealing the June presidential election: "Liar, liar, where is your 63 percent?" They also demanded the release of thousands of people arrested in government crackdowns on previous rallies against Iran's contested presidential election results. Demonstrations also took place in other major Iranian cities including Isfahan, Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, and Tabriz. - 9/18/09

Videos: Mother Of A Green Martyr Chants "Death to Khamenei"
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is increasingly coming under direct attacks by the Iranian opposition protesters. Many protesters now chants harsh slogans against Khamenei whom they perceive as the ultimate ruling leader who has given orders to suppress the green opposition movement. - 9/18/09

Reformist Journalist Says Protests Put 'Ball In Court' of Opposition Leader Musavi
A Tehran-based journalist, who asked not to be named because she fears retribution from Iranian authorities, told RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari that the latest anti-Ahmadinejad protests show the Green movement is still alive. She says it is now time for opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi to seize the initiative. - 9/18/09

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Has A Lot To Lose
From the earliest days of the Islamic state in Iran, it was clear the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) would not remain a mere military force. The IRGC differed from the army the previous regimes kept. It was an ideological institution, in charge of safeguarding the Islamic regime. Furthermore, the constitution entitles the IRGC to engage in economic and educational activities during peacetime. -Rasool Nafisi - 9/18/09

Photos:Opening Ceremony, 41st Olympics of Armenians
The 41st Armenian Olympics opening ceremony was held at Ararat stadium last Monday night in Tehran. The competitions will be held for eight days in eight fields: Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Chess, Track & Field. Athletes from Tehran, Tabriz, Orumieh, Isfahan, Shiraz, Ahvaz and Armenia Republic are participating in this event. -Photos by Hemmat Khahi, ISNA - 9/18/09

Iran Diaspora Joins to Protest Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will encounter a turning point in his regime's relationship with the Iranian diaspora when he arrives here next week for the United Nations General Assembly. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/18/09

Former Tehran University Chancellor Charged
Mohammad Maleki, the former chancellor of Tehran University, has been charged with acting against Iran's national security. Maleki, 76, was arrested in Tehran in the crackdown that followed the protests against the controversial June 12 presidential election. - 9/18/09

Social Network or Sanction? Let’s Tweet About It
The recent role of social media in Iran's presidential election has brought greater attention to how US sanctions might unintentionally harm repressed populations. "It's a constant question being asked on our side-how do you treat countries that you strongly disagree with?" said William Reinsch, moderator of the panel and President of the National Foreign Trade Council. -NIAC - 9/18/09

Protesters chant 'death to dictator' at annual Tehran rally
Opposition supporters near Tehran's Revolution Square chanted anti-regime slogans on one side of the street while regime supporters chanted pro-government slogans on the other side, witnesses told CNN. A line of uniformed police officers stood between them. -CNN - 9/18/09

CIA Chief: Iranian Leaders Debating Nuclear Weapons
In an exclusive VOA interview, CIA Director Leon Panetta says that Iran is acquiring nuclear knowledge and capability, but that there are differences among the country's leaders about whether to actually build a bomb. - 9/18/09

As Students Return, Iran's Regime Braces for More Protests
The authorities know that street demonstrations could easily flare up again, considering that some half-dozen universities crowd Enqelab (Revolution) Boulevard alone, site of a millions-strong silent march in June. But can the students dent the hard-liners' seemingly armored position of power? -TIME - 9/18/09

Ahmadinejad Once Again Claims Holocaust A Myth
Ahmadinejad has again called the Holocaust a lie by Western nations designed to create a pretext for the creation of the Jewish state of Israel. - 9/18/09

NATO Chief Proposes Linking with Russian Missile Defense
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has proposed a new partnership with Russia, including joint work on missile defense. Also, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to scrap plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic is "correct and brave." - 9/18/09

Gates: New Missile Defense Plan Will Better Protect Europe
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the decision to overhaul plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic is based on new intelligence and will result in better protection for American armed forces and allies in Europe. - 9/18/09

The Unjust Imprisonment of Kamiar and Arash Alaei
This article or letter, what have you, is a document written to shed some light about the personalities of Arash and Kamiar Alaei, their work, and the events surrounding their arrest in June of 2008. On December 31st, 2008 Kamiar and Arash were charged with conspiracy to overthrow the Iranian government by way of a "velvet revolution" under article 508 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Penal Code. I fear that this comes as too little too late, but I trust that justice will prevail in the end. -Hossein Sohrevardi - 9/17/09

Iranian Opposition Vows To Turn Quds Day Green
The founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, designated the last Friday of Ramadan as a day for Iranians and Muslims to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause. But this year, Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) could instead reexpose the fissures that exist as a result of Iran's severe political crisis. - 9/17/09

Farewell to Arms
It is wonderfull when one impartially � as much as one can try to adopt such an approach - compares Iranians living and growing up in the Islamic Republic and those who left this country �whether by will or force � after the revolution, and settled down particularly in various western democratic countries. -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 9/17/09

Celebrating Iranian American Leaders and the Iran Opportunities Fund
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is proud to honor three women from the Iranian American community in New York � Laya Khadjavi, Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, and Nazgol Saati Shahbazi � with the first-ever IIE Women's Global Leadership Award at the organization's 90th anniversary gala in New York on Wednesday, September 23rd. - 9/17/09

Mother Of American Detained In Iran: 'This Case Has Nothing To Do With Politics'
The mothers of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal, three Americans who were recently detained in Iran, have issued a letter to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, urging him to bring their children to the United States when he travels to New York next week to attend the United Nations General Assembly. - 9/17/09

March with the Green Scroll across the Brooklyn Bridge: Protests Planned During Ahmadinejad's NY Visit
Join us in New York City on September 22-24 as we raise our Voices for Iran and demand Ahmadinejad be held accountable for crimes against the Iranian people. We aim to have in one location the biggest international action ever in support of Iranian rights. - 9/17/09

Iranian cartoonist Vahid Jafari wins BH-Humour's third place prize
Iranian cartoonist Vahid Jafari won the third prize in the Cartoon Section of the 2009 International Humor Graphic contest of BH-Humour in Brazil. - 9/17/09

The International "Green" Qods Day: Stop Assault!
The anniversary of Qods Day is on its ways. Although this time in grief of the martyrs of freedom tears were unveiled and this hidden secret was revealed to the world. The desire of a nation, as old as the civilization, for freedom is being interrogated. Those interrogators that in competition with their brutal challengers did not even show mercy to the families of those martyred in the war that was imposed by the same challengers. -Mohammad Sadeghi - 9/17/09

U.S. Drops Plans For Missile Defense Shield In Europe
The newspaper cites present and former U.S. officials as saying the reason for the move is that Iran is not developing a long-range missile capability as quickly as had previously been thought. Therefore, the threat posed to Europe and the United States is correspondingly less. - 9/17/09

The Latest on Bombing or Talking to Iran
Israel will be compelled to attack Iran�s nuclear facilities if Western powers do not impose serious sanctions against Teheran by the end of 2009, former deputy defense minister Ephraim Sneh said on Wednesday. -NY Times - 9/17/09

Iran judiciary warns opposition leaders
Iran's head of judiciary Sadegh Larijani implicitly warned MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi that the system will not tolerate their "illegal activities." - 9/17/09

Intelligence Report Lists Russia, China, North Korea And Iran As Top U.S. Concerns
Dennis Blair, the top U.S. intelligence official, has issued a new report that says Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea pose the greatest challenges to the United States' national interests. Iran and North Korea's inclusion won't surprise anyone, but Russia and China are somewhat unexpected. - 9/17/09

How to Talk to Iran
The five-page Iranian platform for talks with major powers � �Cooperation for Peace, Justice and Progress� � has been much mocked as evasive blather, but is in fact an instructive document that suggests the endeavor may not be hopeless. It bears close scrutiny. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 9/17/09

Iran Lashes Out at France for Remarks on Nuclear Program
Iran's Foreign Ministry has criticized French President Nicholas Sarkozy for saying Iran is working on creating nuclear weapons. France is scheduled to take part in October 1 talks with Iran, along with the U.S., Britain, Germany, China and Russia. - 9/17/09

IRAN: Book says U.S. spies pump Dubai visa applicants for intel
The CIA stepped in to prevent the United States from closing a consulate in the Persian Gulf city-state of Dubai, arguing that it was a gold mine of human intelligence from Iran. -LA Times - 9/17/09

Iranian protests taking shape for Qods Day
As the countdown to Qods day events nears its end on Friday September 18, the two distanced camps of the Iranian government, the conservatives and the moderates, make new announcements everyday regarding the ceremony. - 9/16/09

Iran: Kayhan and IRNA Renew Attacks on Hassan Khomeini
Iran's hardline Kayhan daily and IRNA news agency renewed their attacks on the Institute for the Publication and Propagation of the Imam's Works as well as Seyed Hassan Khomeini, harshly blasting their stances on recent events. Hassan Khomeini is the grandchild of the founder of the Islamic revolution and republic. -Arash Motamed, Rooz Online - 9/16/09

Should Iranians Care About Jerusalem?
In Iran, though, this year's "Day of Jerusalem" has already acquired special importance. Reformist groups, still alive and active despite brutal suppression, have announced that on that day they will launch new demonstrations against President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whom they accuse of rigging the presidential election three months ago. - 9/16/09

Mousavi aide Javad Emam released -- Story of Atefeh Emam
Javad Emam, who was one of former Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi's top aides during the election campaign, has been released from prison. --- Atefeh was kidnapped outside one of the government offices, where she went to inquire about her jailed father. - 9/16/09

Clinton Says Iran Must Address Nuclear Issue 'Head On'
Clinton is serving notice on Iran that despite its assertions that the nuclear issue is closed, it will have to deal with the matter "head on," and that Washington is not willing to take part in talks with Tehran that go nowhere. - 9/16/09

How Israel's Nuclear Arsenal Endangers Us All
On September 24th, U.S. President Barack Obama will preside over a U.N. Security Council session on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. The next six months could prove hopeful or harmful�depending on the impact on Israel's nuclear arsenal. With U.S. backing, Tel Aviv has thus far avoided compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty�joining North Korea, India and Pakistan. -Jeff Gates - 9/16/09

Iranian Classical Musical Ensemble Banned By The Iranian Government Brings Their Music To the U.S. and The World
The highly acclaimed and controversial Iranian musical masters, Homay and The Mastan Ensemble, come to New York City on September 19, 2009 at 8 p.m. to perform the latest compositions by Homay at Lincoln Center. - 9/16/09

Bipartisan Group Calls on Obama to Adopt Tougher Strategy on Iran
A task force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a high-powered Washington-based research group, is calling on President Barack Obama to devise a tougher strategy to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In a newly released report, two former U.S. senators and a retired general argue that if the United States does not act quickly to address the threat, Israel is poised to take military action on its own against Iran. - 9/16/09

Iran-US: the meaning of Mutual Respect
Negotiations between Iran and United States, whether it gets to a compromise or not, is in the making. The two sides have expressed readiness for negotiation on the basis of mutual respect. However, it seems that they do not agree on the meaning of this concept. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/16/09

Powerful Iranian cleric barred from delivering Quds Day prayers
Instead of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line ally Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami will speak on Friday, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency reported, citing a spokesman for the prayers commission. -LA Times - 9/16/09

IRIB doesn't produce any license to broadcast Shajarian's works
In late July, an interrogator of the Tehran public prosecutor's office ordered IRIB to present its license to broadcast works by Shajarian, who protested the extensive use of his songs used in programs celebrating Mahmoud Ahamadinejad's victory in the June 12 presidential election. - 9/16/09

Talks begin to determine Iranian representative for 2010 Oscars
Discussions began on Thursday by a Farabi Cinematic Foundation committee to determine the Iranian representative for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Films category. - 9/16/09

Iran Nuclear Talks Likely in Turkey, says EU Foreign Policy Chief
Turkey is seen as an ideal host, says co-executive director of the British-American Information Security Council Paul Ingram because not only is it a member of NATO, but it has economic and energy ties to Iran. - 9/16/09

Biggest Iranian stock market transaction postponed
Iran Privatization Organization director said public offering of shares of Telecommunication Company of Iran has been postponed to next week. - 9/16/09

EU Ministers Review South Caucasus Strategy, Mull Afghan Future
The strategy review is largely a symbolic exercise, since the three countries all have existing engagements with the EU. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have all signed up to the bloc's European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and have agreed to ENP action plans. Earlier this year, they also joined the EU's Eastern Partnership together with Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus. - 9/16/09

Ayatollah Monrazeri, Iran's Senior cleric, rallies all Shiite clerics against government
Grand Ayatollah Hoseinali Monrazeri, in a message to all Shiite clergy, says "the recent events and atrocities should be an alarm bell for the clergy," and warned that their silence regarding recent offenses is being abused by the government. - 9/15/09

US to Send Senior Diplomat to Talks with Iran
The State Department announced on Monday that it will send its third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, to an October 1 Big Power meeting with Iran over its nuclear program. - 9/15/09

Iran: What Price Has Been Paid For Short-Term Stability?
Executive Summary of The Iran Business Forecast Report, Q4 2009: June�s events have damaged the government. Firstly, widespread perceptions that the election was rigged in favour of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have eroded the regime�s legitimacy in the eyes of much of the population. Second, it has become increasingly apparent that there are serious fractures within the regime hierarchy itself, which poses significant risks to longterm political continuity. - 9/15/09

Russian President Leaves Open Possibility for Iran Sanctions
Russia's president has left open the possibility that world powers could impose additional sanctions on Iran for its controversial nuclear program. Speaking in Moscow, Dmitri Medvedev said that while sanctions are not very effective, they are necessary in some situations. - 9/15/09

Iran in Turmoil: Rafsanjani to Resign if Karoubi Arrested
As rumors spread about ayatollah Khamenei issuing a directive to arrest Mehdi Karoubi, the website affiliated to E'temad Melli (National Trust) Party reported that Hashemi Rafsanjani has threatened to resign from all his posts in the government if Mehdi Karoubi was arrested. - 9/15/09

Three Grandchildren Of Dissident Iranian Ayatollah Arrested
Three grandchildren of Iranian dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri have been arrested in the Islamic holy city of Qom, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The father of the three, Ahmad Montazeri, told Radio Farda that the charges against his sons and the reason for their arrest by the Qom Special Clergy Court are unclear. - 9/15/09

Rafsanjani summons Iranians to join Qods Day march
Opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, and reformist group Association of Combatant Clerics have also rallied their supporters to join the march to protest the alleged fraudulent elections once more. - 9/15/09

Forced Confessions: Targeting Iran's Cyber-Journalists
The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) today published witness statements by three Iranian bloggers and cyber-journalists who were arrested and detained by the Iranian government in 2004 and 2005. The witness statements are the results of interviews conducted by IHRDC staff in 2008 and 2009. - 9/15/09

Iranian-American Break Dancer Releases Documentary "Warring Factions" For Free
"Warring Factions" is 24-year-old Mashouf's first feature-length documentary. Filming began in April 2007, capturing his experiences as a multi-ethnic Iranian-American exploring his Muslim identity in a post-9/11 world. In the wake of rising international tensions, he is cornered into answering the question, "Where is your loyalty, America or Iran?" - 9/15/09

NIAC California Fundraisers to Stand with the Iranian People
National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will be holding two fundraisers in California: On Sep 26 in Los Angeles, and on Sep 27 in San Francisco Bay Area. During these events, roundtable discussions on will be held with participation of several Iran experts. - 9/15/09

President Obama's Nuclear Opportunity: Dialogue with Iran and Blow Israel's Ambiguity
President Obama's opportunity for dialogue and diplomacy with Iran must include blowing Israel's ineffective nuclear ambiguity! -Eileen Fleming - 9/15/09

Iran's aviation regulation seen as a factor in air crashes
Iran often blames sanctions for preventing aircraft upgrades. But one industry official faults politically driven regulators who fail to do their job, and who bend the rules for well-connected airline -Borzou Daragahi, LA Times - 9/15/09

Christiane Amanpour to launch new live global interview program on CNN
Combining her experience, sharp intelligence and extraordinary depth of knowledge, Amanpour's show will set the agenda for a new global conversation. - 9/15/09

Iran War Drums Begin Beating in Washington
As nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West continue to move slowly, U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under growing pressure from what appears to be a concerted lobbying and media campaign urging him to act more aggressively to stop Iran's nuclear program. -IPS - 9/15/09

The story of the Persepolis Fortification Archive at Stanford, California
Friends of Persepolis Fortification Archive�Project (PFAP) and�World Association of International Studies (WAIS) cordially invite you for an informative evening on Sunday, October 11, to hear the story of the Persepolis Fortification Archive - 9/14/09

U.S. to Sell Plane Spare Parts to Iran
Specifically, the Obama Administration has stated that if Iran were to request safety of flight waivers for repairs/overhaul of its civilian passenger aircraft not involved in military purposes, the United States would be very forthcoming, with the simple and obviously necessary proviso that the parts are replaced outside Iran so the old parts cannot be re-used in military aircraft. - 9/14/09

Iran Agrees to Talks with Major Powers in October
Iranian state media say Iran has agreed to start talks with six world powers on global economic and security problems in early October. Iranian media say Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili agreed to launch the talks next month in a phone call Monday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. - 9/14/09

Photos: Fifth Trial of Iranian Vote Protesters
The fifth trial of election protesters resumed today in Tehran as six more defendants were charged with "publishing false reports and provoking public minds" through cyberspace and the internet. According to Central news agency today's session was attended by the six defendants and their lawyers. - 9/14/09

Iran: Official Order Issued to Media to Boycott Karoubi and Mousavi
Iran's supreme national security council on Friday issued a directive banning all newspapers from publishing any news regarding the deeply contested June 12 two presidential elections and the two contenders who have been most critical of the official results, namely Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi. -Leyla Tayeri, Rooz Online - 9/14/09

Iranian Woman in Britain Saving Troubled Kids
Camila Batmanghelidjh, an Iranian-British woman previously named Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman of the Year for her unique and charitable work is the founder of a south London-based youth center that has helped children suffering from various traumas successfully reintegrate into society. - 9/14/09

New Album from Mahsa Vahdat: "Scent of Reunion"
The new Album "Scent of Reunion" ( Love duets across civilications) will be released by Kirkelig Kulturverksted on September sung by Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Mighty Sam Mcclain from US. One of the songs from the album (Silent song ) has been dedicated to all Nedas and Sohrabs in Iran - 9/14/09

Recipients of Iranian American Scholarship Fund Scholarships Announced
Iranian American Scholarship Fund (IASF) has awarded 2009-2010 scholarships to fifteen Iranian-American students, both Graduates and Undergraduates. Founded in 1997 by a small group of philanthropic-minded individuals in San Diego, California, IASF began as a "Mother Fund" at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), creating the first University scholarship for Iranian- American students supported by the Iranian community. - 9/14/09

Kish Island to host Beach Volleyball World Championships
FIVB President Wei Jizhong said that the 2010 Beach Volleyball World Championships will be held in Iran's Kish Island. - 9/14/09

Majlis speaker meets Karroubi
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has met with the National Confidence Party Chief Mahdi Karroubi, MP Ghodratollah Alikhani said on Monday. Alikhani said that the meeting was held at Larijani's office on Monday and lasted for two hours. - 9/14/09

Four foreign banks to open branches in Iran
Four foreign banks have received the initial permits to open branches in Iran, the head of Organization for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran said here on Monday. - 9/14/09

Japan's Amano Named New IAEA Chief
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday formally appointed Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano as its new director general of the U.N. nuclear watchdog. - 9/14/09

Iran Gains U.S. Military Technology Through Malaysia Middlemen
Iran increasingly is obtaining U.S. military equipment and technology through shipments to Malaysian middlemen that illegally circumvent trade restrictions, according to American officials and analysts. -Bloomberg - 9/14/09

Shirin Neshat Wins Best Director Award at Venice Film Festival
Thanking the jury for the award, she said this film has been a labor of love for six years. She said it is a film that speaks to the people of Iran fighting to find democracy and it speaks to the government of Iran. She added, "I plead to this government to give the people what they should have - basic human rights, freedom and democracy. Make peace with the people of Iran." - 9/13/09

Mysterious Gifts: Theatre of Iran in Seattle
Seattle Children's Theatre company has invited young Iranian puppeteer Yaser Khaseb to have three performances in the US. Khaseb, will take three of his shows on stage in Seattle for a month - 9/13/09

Iran: Mousavi aide, Alireza Beheshti, released on bail
Mirhosein Mousavi's senior aide, Alireza Beheshti was released on bail today Sunday according to ILNA. Upon his release, Mr. Beheshti was visited by the grandson of Imam Khomeini, Hassan Khomeini. - 9/13/09

Iranian Officials Pleased US Accepts Offer to Hold Talks
Iranian officials say they are pleased the United States and other world powers have accepted Iran's offer to hold talks, but they insist Iran will not back down from its refusal to negotiate on its controversial nuclear program. - 9/13/09

Iranian president to sue reformist cleric: report
"Following an insulting speech made in a ceremony by Mr Sanei against the president, the president's legal office has prepared a complaint against him," Fars said, quoting an unnamed source in the presidential office. In August, hardline newspaper Javan accused Sanei of calling Ahmadinejad a "bastard" in comments made among his supporters but the cleric's office denied the report. -AFP - 9/13/09

Text of Iran's package to 5+1 group
Iran submitted its updated nuclear package to the six major powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) on Wednesday. The package was presented to the countries' ambassadors or representatives in Tehran. - 9/13/09

Nanotechnology: Iranian researchers improve surface properties of graphite
Seyed Mohammad A. S. Sheikholislami, a PhD student of Iran University of Science and Technology, proposed a novel yet simple method for coating graphite by nanocarbon and managed to improve surface properties such as surface wettability to an acceptable extent. - 9/13/09

Japan trounces Iran in Women's Volleyball Championship
Japan beat Iran in the 15th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship on Friday. Japan defeated Iran in three straight sets with scores of 25-11, 25-6 and 25-7 for the fifth to eighth places. - 9/13/09

Iran, Iraq adopt three methods to invest in joint oilfields
Iran and Iraq have agreed on three ways of investing in joint oilfields based on a memorandum of understanding which has been signed recently, an official with Iraq Oil Ministry has said. - 9/13/09

US, Other Major Powers Propose Early Meeting with Iran
The United States, the four other permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany are seeking an early meeting with Iran to explore that country's willingness to negotiate over its nuclear program. The decision Friday follows an Iranian overture for talks made to the so-called "P5+1" grouping earlier this week. - 9/12/09

Karoubi's Letter to the Head of Iran's Judiciary
"Some wrongly think that Mehdi Karoubi, son of Ahmad, would give up because of these threats and arrests." - 9/12/09

Iran says US aviation sanctions 'inhumane'
Speaking to Press TV, CAO spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said on Saturday that "Although these sanctions have resulted in the development of Iranian specialists, nevertheless, this act by the US is against humanity and contrary to all international conventions." - 9/12/09

Turkmenistan Grabs Energy Spotlight As Caspian Leaders Gather
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and host Kazakhstan are continuing two days of informal talks in hopes of moving forward on the eventual allocation of the Caspian Sea's rich oil and gas resources. - 9/12/09

Lalejin, the heartland of pottery and ceramics in Iran
The city of Lalejin in Hamedan Province, with a population of 55,000, lies 20 kilometers northwest of the provincial city of Hamedan and is considered one of the leading ceramic centers of Iran. -Ali Asghar Pahlavan - 9/12/09

Russia Backs Iran Over Sanctions As Doubts Surface Over Its Real Intentions
It's a familiar pattern. On September 9, Washington warned that Iran may have enough uranium to make a nuclear weapon. On September 10, Moscow dismissed growing worry about Iran's nuclear program, indicating it will torpedo a Western push for sanctions against Tehran. - 9/12/09

Extremists Have Taken Control in Iran: Karoubi
"It appears that moderates in the regime have lost control and as a result the extremists do whatever they want. The shutting of the office to pursue the complaints of the public is something that senior authorities of the regime have opposed. In other words, those who wish to cover up what has happened are ignoring the views of the more senior officials." - 9/12/09

Tehran's Sangelaj to entertain theatergoers with "Hamlet with Season Salad"
Veteran stage director Hadi Marzban will stage Akbar Radi's "Hamlet with Season Salad" in mid October at the Sangelaj Theater Hall. - 9/12/09

US lawmakers to vote on cutting gasoline delivery to Iran
The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs is likely to vote next month on imposing sanctions on Iran's gasoline imports, according to the committee chairman. - 9/12/09

Iran: Two Human Rights Defenders Imprisoned
Members of two human rights organizations have been detained in Tehran's Evin Prison, some for over two months. Human rights defenders Shiva Nazar Ahari and Ali Bikas are prisoners of conscience and whilst remaining in detention they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. - 9/12/09

Lebanese PM-Designate Steps Down, Political Uncertainty Looms
Mr. Hariri's inability to form a unified government led him to call it quits. On September 7 he submitted his lineup for the Cabinet but it was quickly rejected by opposition from Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah. - 9/12/09

Khamenei Warns Opposition, Says Iran Must Stand Firm On Nuclear Issue
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that the Islamic establishment will act against anyone who presents a risk to the country's national security. Khamenei issued the warning during his sermon at Friday Prayers in Tehran. It is the first time the Iranian leader has led the Friday Prayers since the June presidential election, when he called for an end to street protests over Mahmud Ahmadinejad's controversial reelection. - 9/11/09

Feminist Political Scientist Analyzes Transformations in Iranian Society Today
Many have tried to present minor or major documents to prove that a great fraud has taken place in this election, and that the results have been rigged in one way or another in favor of a particular candidate... My goal is to present a brief sociological analysis to demonstrate that given the social developments of the past few years, it is highly unlikely that the majority of voters would have voted for Ahmadinejad. -Fatemeh Sadeghi - 9/11/09

Cycling for Human Rights in Iran: From Toronto to New York
Following Cycling for Human Rights in Iran's hugely successful Ottawa campaign, we have now set our sights on an even longer ride from Toronto to New York for the UN General Assembly between September 23-24, 2009. Mr. Ahmadinejad will be addressing the UN. By being there, we intend to draw attention to the widespread and systematic human rights abuses taking place in Iran. - 9/11/09

Iran: Rape and other torture victims at renewed risk
Victims of rape and other torture by Iranian security forces are facing renewed risk after documents detailing abuses against them were confiscated, Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, said today. Ms. Khan called on Iran's Supreme Leader to ensure the victims' safety and hold the perpetrators to account. - 9/11/09

Happy Decline of Religious Dictatorship in Iran
Here are some excerpts of Dr. Soroush's letter to Ali Khamenei: "The bloody wedding has ended and the fake groom entered the bridal chamber. Ballot boxes shook in fear and monsters danced in the dark. Victims awaited in white burial robes and prisoners clapped with amputated hands. The world escorted the groom with rage in one eye and hatred in the other..." - 9/11/09

US Says Iran Not Really Responsive on Nuclear Issue
The U.S. State Department said Thursday an Iranian proposal for talks with world powers was not really responsive on the key issue of Iran's nuclear ambitions. However, officials say the United States, the other permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany - the P5+1 grouping - are likely to seek follow-on talks with Tehran. - 9/11/09

Photos: Isfahan's Sabzeh Maydon, fruit and vegetable market
Sabzeh Maydon (literally meaning Green Square) or Kohneh Maydon (Old Square) in Isfahan is next to Jameh mosque. There is a plan to renovate this fruit and vegetable market and interconnect it to the rest of Bazar and ultimately to Naghsh-e Jahan Square. - 9/11/09

Iranian officials on guard for student protests
Ayatollah Khamenei's representative in Tehran University says "the leaders, architects and advisers of the recent unrest have to be confronted in order to ensure peace in the universities."... Following the June presidential elections university students were attacked and viciously beaten in their dorm. - 9/11/09

International "Green" Quds Day: September 19 in front of the Iranian Interest Section in Washington DC
Now the Iranian people have become the oppressed, and the Iranian government has become the oppressor. The Iranian government has responded to the peaceful protest of it's own people with violence, with bullets, with torture, and with rape... The International Quds Day will no longer be a day dedicated to propaganda of the Iranian government, but a day dedicated to freedom. -Where is My Vote, DC - 9/11/09

Iran's Regional Potential Is Undeniable
Since the collapse of Soviet Union, the legal regime of Caspian Sea and Iran's share of its resources have influenced our relations with other littoral states. Under grave threats, the unique ecology of this lake demands constructive cooperation of the bordering states. -Elaheh Koulayi - 9/11/09

Why Washington Should Welcome Iran's Broadening of the Agenda
Amid continued political confusion in Iran following election fraud and widespread human rights abuses, the Iranian government responded to the P5 plus 1 nuclear negotiations package by offering its own rather imprecise and abstract proposal to resolve -- not the nuclear issue, per se -- but global problems in general. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 9/11/09

Paula Slater Sculpts Second Portrait Bust of Neda "Angel of Freedom"
The sculptor will unveil and donate this second portrait bust of Neda in bronze, at the Celebrating Iranian Women Conference in Washington, D.C. in mid-November 2009. - 9/11/09

Khamenei's Nephew: President, Revolutionary Guard 'Running the Show' In Iran
Mahmud Tehrani: Unfortunately, until recently a significant number of Iranians thought that this regime could be reformed and it's possible to do it with some discussions and policies. But the [presidential vote], particularly with the coming to power of Ahmadinejad, it has become clear that they can't be reformed with civic discussions and political talks. - 9/11/09

Being in the Shot Does Iranians No Good
With the recent political developments in Iran, how powerful is Tehran's leverage when sitting at the table of negotiations with Five Plus One or the United States? - 9/11/09

Ahmadinejad: 'We are not in the race for development'
"Can the world imagine a template for the past, present and future of the human society which is superior to the Ali's and Mahdi's society?" he asked, referring to the first Imam of the Shia Muslims and the 12th Imam, who is believed by Shias to be alive but invisible. - 9/11/09

Venice film festival gives voice to Iranian opposition
The Venice film festival is providing a timely forum for Iranian works such as Shirin Neshat's "Women Without Men" amid crackdowns on opposition groups disputing the June elections in their country. - AFP - 9/11/09

Ally of Iran's Mousavi, Mohammad Ozlati-Moghaddam detained
The Etemad-e Melli website said Mohammad Ozlati-Moghaddam, a member of Mousavi's campaign headquarters staff ahead of the disputed June election, was detained in his home earlier this week after it was searched. - Reuters - 9/11/09

National Interests of Iran in the Caspian Sea
It seems that under the present conditions, the best policy for the Islamic Republic of Iran is refraining from entering into any kind of treaty for the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, because the conditions are set to impose the worst situation upon Iran. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/10/09

PARSA CF Philanthropist: Bita Daryabari a Global Force for Women's Empowerment
Bita Daryabari is a philanthropist who thinks and acts both globally and locally. Growing up in Iran in a family that valued philanthropy and providing a hand to those less fortunate, Daryabari fondly remembers that "if a beggar knocked on the door at lunch time, my grandfather would refuse to eat unless the beggar was invited in to eat with the family." -PARSA CF - 9/10/09

Iran and the ICC: Untangling the Nuclear Knot
Today, the Iran question has two critically important facets. The first is the domestic political situation in Iran, precipitated by allegations of fraud during the recent presidential elections. These disputed elections have issued in two principal divisive camps, each competing for power in Tehran, and have unleashed a large segment of the Iranian population into the streets of the country, risking life and limb in their own struggle for reform and democracy. -Sasan Sam Shoamanesh - 9/10/09

Shohreh Aghdashloo nominated for Best Supporting Actress at 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009. The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held live at the Nokia Theatre L.A.. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. The awards show will air on CBS, September 20th -Darius Kadivar - 9/10/09

Iranian cleric stands his ground against authorities
Under threat of arrest, Mehdi Karroubi continues to lead the charge against the state's crackdown on dissent after the disputed presidential election. 'I won't go underground,' he says. -LA Times - 9/10/09

Iranian Literary Icon Shafiei Kadkani to join Princeton University
Shafiei Kadkani is a professor of literature at the University of Tehran and is renowned for his work on literary criticism and modern Persian poetry. According to web site, however, Shafiei Kadkani has left Iran for good and has decided to live in the US. No reason has been given for the decision. - 9/10/09

Tehran Art Scene: Roya Hosseini
Born in Tehran, Roya Hosseini graduated from Tehran University with a degree in chemical engineering. She began studying art in 1978 at which time she worked with oil paint. She has been highly influenced both by such Russian painters as Reppin and Impressionist masters like Cezanne and Manet. - 9/10/09

IRAN: Govt Ups Ante Against Reformists Probing Abuses
The stepped-up crackdown against reformist leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, notably the arrest of key aides, signals that the crisis faced by the Islamic regime in Iran has reached new heights. - 9/10/09

Iran's new Judiciary Chief, Larijani : 'Election fraud claims aimed at defying law'
Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said that unfortunately, breaking the law is no longer a taboo and people witnessed that violating the law caused undesirable incidents and cost the country direly, Fars news agency reported. He added that some people tried to evade the law through "the baseless allegations" that the election was rigged. - 9/10/09

Morteza Alviri Interview a few hours before his arrest - Martial Law is Imposed on the Country
Alviri: According to our latest estimations, Mr. Mousavi was the winner in the first round. The worst possible scenario was for the election to go to the second round, where Mr. Mousavi would have again won. Nor did I imagine that after June 12 the regime would use bullets and batons to confront people who voiced their protests legally and democratically - 9/10/09

Iran: Caspian Makan, Neda Agha Soltan murder witness, released
Tehran resident, Caspian Makan, is reported to have been released on bail from Evin Prison, though it is not clear when or under what conditions. -Amnesty International - 9/10/09

IRAN: Authorities investigated victim instead of rape, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says
Instead of investigating allegations of guards raping detained protesters, Iranian authorities went door to door in one alleged victim's neighborhood trying to dig up dirt about him, one of Iran's leading opposition figures said. -LA Times - 9/10/09

Iran will not permit its Caspian Sea interests to be jeopardized
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan plan to hold a meeting on the Caspian Sea in the city of Aktau in Kazakhstan on September 14. - 9/10/09

Iran Dims Hopes for Diplomacy
Iran offered Western officials a long-awaited package of proposals to restart negotiations over its nuclear program. But diplomats who viewed the offer Wednesday said the document of fewer than 10 pages essentially ignored questions over Iran's production of nuclear fuel and instead focused broadly on other international issues. - WSJ - 9/10/09

A Place Called Evin
Evin, which derives its name from a village in the northern Alborz Mountains of Tehran, was built in 1971 during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Previously, it had been the home of Seyyed Zia'eddin Tabatabee, a pro-British politician who was a PM under Ahmad Shah, the last Qajar Shah. After his death, the ownership of his property was transferred over to SAVAK and was then converted into what is today known as Evin Prison. -Fariba Amini - 9/9/09

Jalaeipour: Where Are Muslims Treated Like This on Ramadan?
We have spoken with Hamid Reza Jalaeipour, member of the Mosharekat (Participation) Front's central committee and father of the detained reformist activist Mohammad Reza Jalaeipour, about the trials held in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential elections and the conditions of prisoners taken in these months. -Sara Samavati, Rooz Online - 9/9/09

Information Withheld about Detainees Prevents Defense, Raises Fears
Iranian authorities have released little or no information about many of the approximately 400 persons who remain detained for expressing their objections to the contested 12 June presidential elections, violating international standards for due process and raising deep concerns about their health and safety, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/9/09

Iranian Opposition Under Government Attack: Office of Defense of Prisoner's Rights Sealed
Alireza Beheshti, a senior aide to Iranian opposition leader Mir Hosein Mousavi, was arrested today and the office of Defense of Prisoner's Rights was sealed by government officials according to Green Wave of Freedom and Norooz website. - 9/9/09

Peace and Freedom Caravans for Iran to greet Ahmadinejad at UN office in New York
In solidarity with the people of Iran, Caravans will stand together along with all peaceful and freedom loving Iranians and Americans and all other world citizens on both Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 of September to protest the presence of Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad, and call for democracy, human rights, and the end of theocracy in Iran. - 9/9/09

Karrubi's Son Says Tehran Raid An Attempt To Intimidate
The son of reformist Iranian cleric and former presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi, whose Tehran office was closed on September 8 by authorities, says that the move is an attempt to pressure his father into not reporting abuse of postelection detainees - 9/9/09

Time to Reconsider US Objectives in Iran
What is the United States trying to accomplish in Iran? This simple question appears forgotten, or the answer at least taken for granted, amidst concern over Iran's nuclear program. Yet the electoral fraud and emergence of a large and motivated Opposition in Iran mandates a careful re-evaluation of American priorities. -Chris Ferrero - 9/9/09

"Tehran: Another Side" at Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco
Like the majority of Iranian-American families that ultimately settled in California, Sam Ali Kashani's family came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Sam however, was thoroughly American, leading a lifestyle typical of any young Californian. Therefore, his perspective of Iran was much like most Americans, colored by skewed media portrayals and political constructions. - 9/9/09

Tehran Targets Opposition in Raids and Strategic Arrests
The raids are a measure of just how sensitive and damaging the claims of prisoner abuse have been for the Iranian government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -TIME - 9/9/09

Iran alarmed of exclusion in Caspian sea summit
The Presidents of the Central Asian States of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are to meet their Russian counterpart on Thursday to discuss "sub-regional cooperation." - 9/9/09

Security forces raided offices of Mousavi's protester-complaints committee
The committee, presided by Ali-Reza Beheshti and working under the direct supervision of Mousavi, was the venue of many who came to ask about the status of their children, some of whom were in prison while others had lost their lives. - 9/9/09

Iran oil products' exports plunge by 51%
head of Iranian Oil Products Exporters Union, says Iran earned $1.586 billion through the exports of oil products in the first five months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), compared with $3.261 billion earned in the same period last year. - 9/9/09

U.S.: Iran nearing atom bomb ability, must negotiate
The United States said on Wednesday Iran was nearing the ability to make atom bombs by stockpiling enriched uranium and, with EU allies, prodded Tehran to engage in talks now on its nuclear ambitions. - Reuters - 9/9/09

Kabul Tells Tehran Not To Interfere In Afghan Affairs
Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Zahir Faqiri says he has urged Iran not to interfere in the "internal affairs" of Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports. - 9/9/09

Photos: Beautiful Shomal, Iran's Caspian sea area
Traveling to North Iran with Azen Haghighi, photographer - rice harvesting, lush roads, fishing... - 9/8/09

Iran loses youth volleyball crown to Serbia
Iran has failed to defend its world title after losing to Serbia in a marathon final match of volleyball Youth World Championships. The Iranian squad had beaten Serbia 3-0 in the first round but Serbia proved to be a much tougher opponent in the final match after it claimed the first set 25-22. - 9/8/09

Tehran prosecutor shuts down oppostion leader's office
Mehdi Karoubi's office was shut down today by the order of the Prosecutor-General of Tehran, according to Esmail Gerami Moghadam as cited by ILNA news agency. The chief editor of Karoubi's party was also arrested - 9/8/09

Rape Allegations Shake Iran
A 48-year-old taxi driver, a war veteran who says he once supported Khamenei, is also critical, "There is no way the leader does not know about these crimes. If he doesn't know, then he is not a leader and if he knows and says nothing this means that he has ordered them himself." - 9/8/09

Conference: Historiography & Iran in Comparative Perspective
The Persian speaking world has enjoyed a long tradition of historical writing which sought to situate the Iranian people within a particular narrative of descent and historical development. These narratives were to be challenged with the introduction of new historical methods from Europe in the late 19th century. By the late 20th century there was a dramatic increase in historical writing in Iran - 9/8/09

IRAN: IRGC Personnel Resign in Opposition to Commanders
Coinciding with the publication of the Mosharekat (Participation) Front's statement blasting the political remarks made by the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) chief, the head of the minority reformist faction in the Majlis revealed that a number of IRGC personnel had resigned to protest the IRGC's interference in political affairs. - 9/8/09

Iran beats Australia in Asian Women's Volleyball Championship
Iran toppled Australia in the 15th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship on Monday. The Iranian women''s team made incredible progress by entering the top eight of the event. - 9/8/09

Iran's Powerful Revolutionary Guard Chief Comes Under Fire
Who is damaging the Islamic republic? This question pits two increasingly irreconcilable camps against each other as the debate continues to heat up in Tehran. To hard-liners, the answer is clear: it is the reformists, who are accused of plotting a "velvet coup." To reformists, it is the hard-liners themselves, whose actions undermine the very system they seek to preserve. - 9/8/09

Feminist Attorney Speaks Out Against Rape As a Weapon of Torture in Iran
Taraneh Mussavi may or may not be that green-clad girl who was arrested at a demonstration near the Ghaba Mosque on June 27. The girl who was raped, suffered from a torn uterus and a torn anus, landed at a Karaj hospital, and was finally found dead in an unknown cemetery in northern Iran. Regardless, her name is the secret name for all the women who have been raped in prisons since the 1979 Revolution. -Shadi Sadr - 9/8/09

Arya Laghaie Indigenous Peoples' Right Scholarship
This educational scholarship is established in memory of Arya Laghaie by his family and friends, as well as alumni and faculty of St. Thomas University Law School. An alumn of the Master of Laws Program in Intercultural Human Rights, Arya Laghaie was a young man who tragically lost his life in a hit and run accident, in the town where he was volunteering to assist indigenous peoples. - 9/8/09

Ferdowsi Foundation loses hope, organizations do not cooperate
All the programs planned on the occasion of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh millennium were halted due to organizations' lack of cooperation, said general secretary of Iran's Ferdowsi Foundation Yaser Movahhedfar. - 9/8/09

Tehran Letter: How To Get Ahead In Iranian Advertising
Before we turned on the TV to watch the news, Shirin had the last word. "Laws, regulations, and life in Iran is like constantly living on Thursdays, you never know if you can or cannot do things. You just have to live for the moment because the next moment you might not exist." - 9/8/09

Ahmadinejad says internal enemies committed post-election crimes
"I have a firm belief that some of the crimes that were committed at one of the detention centers and at the dormitory of the University of Tehran are linked to a scenario to provoke riots and unrest," Ahmadinejad stated at a press conference here on Monday. - 9/8/09

Montreal Int'l Film Fest Awards Two Iranian Films
Iran's "Fire Keeper" directed by Mohsen Amir Yousefi was awarded by Montreal International Film Festival 2009. The film received The Innovation Award from the main section of the 33rd edition of the festival. - 9/8/09

Afghan journalist jailed for blasphemy goes free
Kambakhsh was arrested and imprisoned for downloading and distributing an Iranian article from the Internet that said the Prophet Mohammad had ignored the rights of women. Under Islamic law — stipulated in Afghanistan’s constitution — blasphemy is punishable by death. - Reuters - 9/8/09

Russian FM: No Missiles on Arctic Sea
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected speculation that a freighter, hijacked in the Arctic Sea in July, might have carried sophisticated Russian aircraft missiles bound for Iran. - 9/8/09

Legal Regime of the Artificial Islands in the Persian Gulf
Artificial islands are growing in the Persian Gulf. The small states of the Persian Gulf are trying to increase their hold in the maritime areas and open new territories to their business endeavors. The littoral states of the Persian Gulf have to know the legal regime of these Islands, and their obligations towards other states in an "enclosed or semi-enclosed" body of water, such as the Persian Gulf. These points can get new dimensions noting the existing trends for interpretation of international pollution as a form of aggression. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/7/09

Photos: Memorial Held in Honor of Green Martyr Amir Javadifar
A memorial program was held in the house of the Amir Javadifar in Tehran to mark the 40th day of his death. Javadifar, arrested during a post-election protests on July 9, died while in custody at the notorious Kahrizak prison in Tehran. Many people from different walks of life, wearing green wristbands, participated in this emotional event. They lighted candles, cried, recited poems, showed victory signs - 9/7/09

A Conversation With Iranian Artist Reza Nosratti
Reza Nosratti was born in Sanandaj, Iranian Kurdistan, in 1980. He received a BA from Shahed Art University of Tehran in 2006 and an MA from the same university in 2008. His works have been exhibited in over thirty solo and group exhibitions in Tehran and Sanandaj. He has won the outstanding Young Painter's Award of Western Iran four times - 9/7/09

A Brief Biography of Iran’s New Ministers
Following the approval of 18 Ahmadinejad cabinet minister nominees by the Iranian Parliament, political observers are focusing on the record and personalities of these officials. By presenting their background, Rooz hopes its readers will better understand the new managers of the country. Finding a management record for these individuals is a tough try. - 9/7/09

Woman MP, Fatemeh Alia, nominated as Iran's education minister
"In the light of my 20-experience in education… I have been selected as the final choice for the ministry of education," Alia told the Mehr News Agency. - 9/7/09

Ahmadinejad: Iran ready to hold fair talks
"Although the Iranian nation will turn threats into unique opportunities, continuation of the current approaches will not be beneficial," he said adding "We are ready to hold talks and exchange views in a correct direction to solve global challenges." - 9/7/09

Iran Canceling Major Ramadan Events in Wake of Election Protests
Iranian officials have canceled or downgraded major Shiite religious events during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, suggesting fear that the opposition might use them to stage protests. - Washington Post - 9/7/09

UN watchdog: IAEA, Iran in nuclear 'stalemate'
The U.N. nuclear watchdog is locked in a "stalemate" with Iran over the country's suspect nuclear program, the agency's chief said Monday, pressing Tehran to answer lingering questions about its atomic ambitions. - AP - 9/7/09

Rumi Symphony Project Presents 'Iranian Sounds of Peace' in U.S.
Featuring the legendary Shahram Nazeri and an all-star ensemble of nine musicians from around the world, the Rumi Symphony Project is an ongoing work in Hafez Nazeri's search to integrate classical Iranian and Western musical traditions into a new genre. - 9/6/09

Photos: Charity soup making in Qom
In month of Ramadan, muslims to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and charity (Zakat). - 9/6/09

List of 72 alleged post-vote victims rejected
Earlier on Friday, Reformist website Norooz News released the identities of 72 people it says were killed over the course of the post-vote turmoil in Iran. - 9/6/09

My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran
My Prison, My Home is the harrowing true story of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari's arrest on false charges and subsequent incarceration in Evin Prison, the most notorious penitentiary in Ahmadinejad's Iran. - 9/6/09

ElBaradei slams Western allegations against Iran and opposes sanctions
In an interview with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who will retire later this year after 12 years in his post, has slammed Israel, US and EU allegations against Iran as "crazy" and has categorically opposed sanctions. -Abbas Edalat - 9/6/09

Khamenei wants to enlist 'influential' artists to fight in 'soft war'
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, speaking during a Saturday meeting with poets, intellectuals and artists, described the soft war as a 'reality', which may have been underestimated and overlooked by some people. - 9/6/09

Iran’s Universities Punish Students Who Disputed Vote
Iranian universities have begun disciplining and suspending students who took part in street protests after the disputed presidential election in June, reformist Web sites reported Friday and Saturday. -NY Times - 9/6/09

Iran's Khatami Hits Back At Hardline Foes
A leading Iranian reformer accused hardliners of a "fascist or totalitarian" approach, as President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's new cabinet prepared to hold its first meeting on September 6 after his disputed reelection in June. He said: "We are opposed to the interpretation of religion by those who in the name of confronting Western liberalism want to drive people by force on to the path they regard as prosperous using a fascist or totalitarian approach." -Reuters - 9/6/09

Trials of Kahrizak Rapists Should be Open
Stating that the personality of suspects who are accused of mistreatment at the detention centers is not any higher than the political prisoners who are currently being tried, Tabesh called on the authorities to end trying to cover-up the crimes committed by these individuals. - 9/6/09

Iran calls on U.S. cineaste to make documentary on Mahdaviat
Iran has formally proposed American cineaste Michelle Nickelson to make a documentary on Mahdaviat, Shia belief in and efforts to prepare for the appearance of Imam Mahdi (AS) as the savior of humanity. - 9/6/09

India quits IPI pipeline deal: Pakistan envoy
India definitely quitted IPI gas pipeline deal, Pakistan's ambassador to Iran said here on Sunday. The Mehr News Agency also quoted Muhammad Bux Abbasi as saying that, "Pakistan plans to increase its crude oil import from Iran." - 9/6/09

Jordan shuts down Press TV in Amman
In June, Jordanian authorities revoked the press credentials of two Iranian satellite TV stations, the Arabic-language Al-Alam and the English-language Press TV. - 9/6/09

New Iran prosecutor urged to free journalists: website
More than 300 Iranian media workers and activists have urged Tehran's new prosecutor to free detained journalists and lift a ban on newspapers closed down by his hardline predecessor, a reformist website said - Reuters - 9/6/09

Iran reformist, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, under pressure to confess'
"During interrogations, I was under pressure to do interviews (confessions) such as those that Abtahi and Atrianfar did," Ramezanzadeh was quoted as saying by parlemennews, a website run by the minority reformist faction in parliament. - AFP - 9/6/09

Iran's Mousavi Calls for Continued Protests
In a statement Saturday on his official Web site (, Mr. Mousavi urged supporters to take the "green path" they have followed in recent months by holding small and large gatherings. He also renewed allegations of fraud related to the election. - 9/5/09

Photos: Allahnazar Village in Sarakhs, Iran
Sarakhs is both a city and also a 8407 km-square district of Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran. Sarakhs town was once a stopping point along the Silk Road, and in its 11th century heyday had many libraries and a famous school of architects. Much of the original city site is now just across the border at Saraghs in Turkmenistan. -Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA - 9/5/09

Global Forum on Peace and Security: Democracy and Iran Today
Dr. Muhammad Sahimi will speak on "Democracy in Iran and the Role of the Diaspora Community." Dr. Sahimi will be joined by former political prisoner and citizen-peacebuilder Ali Shakeri, who will speak on "Practical Steps for Citizen-Peacebuilding on Behalf of Iran," discussing what we can do to lend support to the democracy movement in Iran today, and to build more dialogue between Iranians and Americans. Joining this distinguished forum is Roger Eaton from the LA Area Nuclear Disarmament Coalition. - 9/5/09

Iran Supreme Leader Played Role in Cabinet Approval
Deputy speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar said Friday the supreme leader had privately urged lawmakers to approve the nominees. Bahonar says at least eight of the nominees may have been rejected if Mr. Khamenei had not intervened. - 9/5/09

Visiting Chavez backs Iran nuclear program
"We are certain that Iran, as it has shown, will not back down in its effort to obtain what is a sovereign right of the people: to have all the equipment and structures to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes," Chavez said after his arrival in the Iranian capital. - 9/5/09

Iran Accuses US of Forging Nuclear Documents
In a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency made available to reporters Saturday, Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh accused the U.S. of providing the agency with forged documents. He said the U.S. has no credible evidence that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons - 9/5/09

Afghan, Iranian experts assemble for October conference
An author, a radio and television personality, and the head of a Middle East Studies Center will be among the contributors to the Global Knowledge Conference on Afghan and Iranian Diaspora Cultures and Communities in the Bay Area Oct. 22-24 at the California State University, East Bay campus in Hayward. - 9/5/09

Regular flu more fatal than swine flu in Iran
Seasonal flu death rate is higher than swine flu's, the director of the Iranian Society of Internists warned in Tehran on Saturday. - 9/5/09

US 'Regrets' Israel's Expansion Plans in West Bank
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs released a statement Friday saying the U.S. does not accept the "legitimacy" of Israel's continued construction in the region and will urge Israel to stop. The statement released Friday says the expansion is "inconsistent" with Israel's commitment to an Israel-Palestinian peace plan - 9/5/09

Iran Dismisses Bomb Studies Intelligence As Forged
A senior Iranian official has accused the United States of feeding "forged" intelligence to the UN nuclear watchdog that says Iran had studied ways to make atomic bombs. Reuters - 9/5/09

Top Tehran TV journalist wanted by FBI for 1980 murder in the US
An American fugitive, accused of murdering an aide to the late Shah of Iran in the United States, was made an editor of Iran’s English-language television network in Tehran. Hassan Abdulrahman, who is wanted by the FBI for shooting dead Ali Akbar Tabatabai in Maryland, worked for Iran’s flagship broadcaster Press TV, which has bureaus across the world, including London -Times Online, UK - 9/5/09

Iran cancels ceremony where reformer due to speak
The cancellation of next week's ceremony may reflect authorities' concern it could have become the scene of renewed opposition protests against hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his re-election. - Reuters - 9/5/09

Oil market prospect 'not transparent': Khatibi
The oil market is floating into a hope and fear situation, so a clear future of the market could not be pictured, Iran's OPEC governor warned here on Friday. - 9/5/09

Iran pistachio exports to top $1.2 billion
ඎ percent of Iran's pistachio crop is produced in Kerman Province and main portion of this product is being exported to Asian, European and American countries," Japlalpour told Mehr News Agency. - 9/5/09

Mohammad Hosseini to helm Iranian Culture Ministry
Hosseini was previously working as head of the directorate of Sorush Publications, deputy director of IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), member of the parliament in its 7th edition, and director advisor of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO). He also teaches fiqh and principles of Islamic Law at the University of Tehran. - 9/5/09

Videos: Iran of early 1970s
"A well- known French filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse, under the auspices of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Art, produced the poetic film "Lovers' Wind" (1969). Eighty-five percent of this dramatically visual film is shot from a helicopter, providing a kaleidoscopic view of the vast expanses, natural beauty, historical monuments, cities and villages of Iran. - 9/4/09

AI appeals for release of Mohammad Maleki, Iranian scholar and former Chancellor of Tehran University
Dr Mohammad Maleki, a 76-year old male Iranian scholar and former Chancellor of Tehran University has been detained. An independent commentator, he has for many years criticized the policies of successive governments. He is believed to be held for criticizing the conduct of the recent presidential election and therefore to be a prisoner of conscience. - 9/4/09

Iranian Universities Question Students About Postelection Activities
Independent student websites in Iran report that disciplinary committees in major universities are calling students suspected of participating in postelection protests to appear before them. - 9/4/09

Iran: Rebellion and reaction
THE GREAT mobilization that followed Iran's disputed elections has transformed that country's politics irrevocably. A blatant attempt to steal an election by incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has turned into a coup, creating a profound split in the Iranian ruling class. The regime's ideological legitimacy and credibility has been shattered. -LEE SUSTAR and S. SEPEHRI - 9/4/09

Iranian American Nasim Pedrad joins Saturday Nights Live
Nasim Pedrad, one of the few Iranian American comedians in US, is the newest hire at Saturday Night Live (SNL). She joins the cast this fall after appearances on ER and Gilmore Girls. - 9/4/09

Iran's Supreme Leader Stokes Fears Of New Cultural Revolution
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has suggested that the study of social sciences leads to creeping doubts and uncertainty over religious principles. This week, he called on the government and the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council to take a serious look at the issue. - 9/4/09

Neda Agha Soltan murder witness at risk of torture in Tehran prison
Caspian Makan, the fiancé of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman killed in the recent protests in Iran, has been held in detention since 26 June, after he made a statement linking her murder to the pro-government Basij militia. - 9/4/09

Role of Iranian-American Organizations
Nothing makes me happy more than seeing Americans with Iranian background successful in any walk of life- be it in medicine, engineering, sports, or any other field. It is not easy to be an immigrant and make it in the newly adopted land. Things get easier for the subsequent generations as they get assimilated into the society- given the parents take the right steps for preparing the next generation. -Sina Alavi - 9/4/09

Will Revolutionary Guards Take Over Telecommunication Company of Iran
The state-owned Telecommunication Company of Iran will offer 51 percent of its stock for sale in Tehran's stock market next week. The value of the stock is estimated at 7 billion dollars. Radio Farda reports that one of the parties most interested in acquiring a controlling stake in the company is the Revolutionary Guards, already a major economic force in Iran. - 9/4/09

Iran album strikes web protest note
Young Iranians, with their fondness for Western music, are not the natural market for the country's leading classical Persian musician, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. But his latest album has caused a stir among the Iranian online community... -BBC - 9/4/09

Iranian Blogger Does About-Face
The headline on the last blog item that former Iranian vice president Mohammad Ali Abtahi published before his June 15 arrest -- "It was a huge swindling" -- left no doubt that he believed that his country's presidential election had been stolen. His more recent entries, from prison, have taken a different view. -Washington Post - 9/4/09

Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Shahnaz Concert Tour in Europe
Shajarian is an internationally and critically acclaimed Persian traditional singer, composer and master of Persian music.Shajarian is also known for his skills in Persian calligraphy, and humanitarian activities. - 9/4/09

Iran approves hard-line cabinet: loyalty over experience?
Among the most controversial nominees approved were: Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, wanted by Argentina for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, whom critics say has never worked in intelligence. Masoud Mirkazemi,who has no previous experience in the industry.All three – as well as Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najar – have been linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard - 9/4/09

Remarks by President Obama at White House Iftar Dinner
Tonight's iftar is a ritual that is also being carried out this Ramadan at kitchen tables and mosques in all 50 states. Islam, as we know, is part of America. And like the broader American citizenry, the American Muslim community is one of extraordinary dynamism and diversity -- with families that stretch back generations and more recent immigrants; with Muslims of countless races and ethnicities, and with roots in every corner of the world. - 9/4/09

1st female minister in the history of Islamic Republic of Iran
Mrs. Vahid-Dastjerdi was born in Tehran in 1959. She graduated from Tehran Medical University in medicine and obtained specialized degree in nursing and obstetrics from the same university in 1988 - 9/4/09

Saturday Night Live Adds 2 Performers for Fall Season
Nasim Pedrad, born in Tehran, Iran, previously had a one-woman show, ''Me, Myself & Iran.'' NYT - 9/4/09

Iran advances to FIVB Youth World Championship semi-final
Iran defeated Russia 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-181) on Thursday and earned the top spot in Pool F of the FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship underway in Italy. Iran had defeated Tunisia and booked a birth in the semi-final round on Wednesday. - 9/3/09

FILM: Without My Daughter
Iranian Bozorg Mahmoody, whose American ex-wife portrayed him as abusive in a controversial best-seller after escaping Iran with their daughter, died Saturday August 22. This documentary tells Bozorg Mahmoody's side of that story. This documentary goes beyond the personal and emotional desires of a father seeking to meet his daughter and explores the wider political and global contexts underlying the case of the Mahmoody family. - 9/3/09

Iran's Majlis gives votes of confidence to 18 proposed ministers including one woman
Nominees for the posts of ministers of education, welfare and social security and energy failed to receive votes of confidence from the legislative body. - 9/3/09

Karroubi's Rape Witness Disappears
Mehdi Karroubi announced that one of the victims of rape in Iranian prisons has disappeared, and that "former Tehran general prosecutor and his representatives are responsible for any unfortunate event that may happen to him or his family." - 9/3/09

Synergy: An Exhibition by Bahram Dabiri
Bahram Dabiri was born in the city of Shiraz, Iran, in the year of the Tiger, 1950, under the sign of Sagittarius whose symbol, the Centaur with bow and arrow, figure greatly in his works. -gallery mamak - 9/3/09

Iran to unveil its first two-seat electric car
Dubbed "Qasedak-e Nasir", the vehicle was built by a group of young scientists at the Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology. - 9/3/09

The coup of 1953 and the movement of 2009
Most people know about the demonstrations and rallies that the group of activists known as Where is my Vote? has organized throughout the country, but the group’s New York chapter also put together a "teach-in" at Columbia University on the subject of "The coup of 1953 and the movement of 2009." -Navid Hazeghi , NIAC - 9/3/09

Tehran Ramadan movie program stopped by police
The new project of screening movies until late at night under the title "Iftar to Sahar" was halted right in midcourse. Interested young moviegoers enthusiastically welcomed the concept, packing seats in the theaters and causing ticket sales to jump over 5 times compared to box office receipts in previous months of Ramadan. - 9/3/09

Major Powers Call for Nuclear Talks With Iran Within Weeks
The major powers, the so-called P-5+1, presented Iran last April with a revised package of economic and other incentives for Tehran to end its uranium enrichment program and return to talks on the future of its nuclear program. - 9/3/09

Proposed Ministers Begin with Lies
The situation has gotten so out of control that, during one of the Iftar parties held at the Simorgh Hotel, boxes were placed in the vehicles of 30 representatives by government agents, supposedly containing laptops. The action enticed the Majlis leadership to send short notes to lawmakers asking them not to participate in such parties and Iftar gatherings. - 9/3/09

IRAN: Backlash Mounts Against Women Ministers
Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, the Friday Prayer Leader of Isfahan, has argued against the nominations on religious grounds, saying that "women who are ministers will have to be in regular contact with men and their male deputies, and will not be able to adhere fully to their religious obligations." - 9/3/09

Iranian TV suffers election backlash
Ezatollah Zarghami, head of state radio and television, was quoted in the media last week as saying that the number of viewers had shrunk by 40 per cent since the election. Though his office later denied the comments, some observers say the drop he cited understated the fall in interest. - FT - 9/3/09

The rotating head of Iran Reformist front, Abbas Mirza Aboutalebi, released
Aboutalebi is the deputy secretary general of Hambastegi (Solidarity), an Iranian Reformist party, and was a former deputy at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis). - 9/3/09

Iran opposition says 72 died in post-poll unrest
The death toll provided by Alireza Hosseini Beheshti showed an increase of three compared to an estimate he gave on August 11 - Reuters - 9/3/09

Iran opposition says 72 died in post-poll unrest
The death toll provided by Alireza Hosseini Beheshti showed an increase of three compared to an estimate he gave on August 11 - Reuters - 9/3/09

Actresses Aghdashloo, Harden "Game" for duel
Shohreh Aghdashloo and Marcia Gay Harden have competed for an Oscar and are up against each other at this month's Primetime Emmys. Now they'll go head to head in the indie drama "The No Game." - reuters - 9/3/09

The Disappeared of Western Sahara
Stefan Simanowitz reports on the abduction of a Saharawi student as campaigners mark the International Day of the Disappeared as student is abducted - 9/3/09

Photos: Darvish Khan's Stone Garden
Darvish Khan's Stone Garden is located about 45 kilometers from the city of Sirjan in Iran's Kerman province. The garden was created almost 4 decades ago by the late Darvish Khan Esfandiarpoor, a deaf and dumb gardener, upon losing his treasured garden. Darvish Khan lived in the garden, with his only son and 7 grandchildren, till his death. - 9/2/09

Iran ready to present new proposal package
Last year after presenting the first proposal package by Tehran, Geneva talks were held between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) but due to the other party's problem it was postponed, he noted. - 9/2/09

Purge of Iranian Universities Is Feared
As Iran’s universities prepare to start classes this month, there is growing concern within the academic community that the government will purge political and social science departments of professors and curriculums deemed “un-Islamic,” according to academics and political analysts inside and outside Iran. -New York Times - 9/2/09

US Would Consider A New Iranian Nuclear Proposal
The Obama administration said Tuesday it would review any new Iranian proposal on its nuclear program seriously and with mutual respect. Iran's nuclear negotiator said earlier Tehran has revised proposals and is ready to re-engage on the nuclear issue with major world powers. - 9/2/09

'Show' Trials Not Playing Well With Iranian Public?
Analysts say the effort to undermine the reform movement is not playing well with much of the Iranian public. "People ridicule, in fact, the confessions, and they feel sorry for the people making the confessions and blame the government for using force to get people to go in front of the cameras," Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at City University of New York, told NPR's Mike Shuster. - 9/2/09

Gasoline sanctions against Iran will paralyze Mr. Obama
The sanction plan proposed by US President Barak Obama is suffering from many weak points. This is not the first time that the White House is embarking on using Iran's gas imports as a key element to pressure Iran - 9/2/09

"Obama sends second letter to Iran"
US President Barack Obama has reportedly sent his second direct message to Iran's leading authority, the Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. - 9/2/09

Photos: Cleanup and repair of Azadi (freedom) tower
During the 2009 Iranian election protests following the Iranian Presidential Election, protesters scaled the tower and spray-painted slogans of support for candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in Farsi - 9/2/09

Tehran orchestra to perform Resistance Symphony
I believe war and resistance are not just experienced in war-stricken regions, rather it impacts every part of our lives. Our people have been the symbol of resistance and sacrifice during the war and I took all these elements into consideration in my composition. - 9/2/09

Global Elders Trip To Middle East
I usually love elders, I really do. They are indeed usually forbearers of "the Truth." With due respect to "The Global Elders" I am rather dismayed to put it lightly, by their recent trip to the "Occupied Territories," primarily for their cowardly and limp-willed lack of forcefulness with Israel. -Debbie Menon - 9/2/09

Analyst: Obama Seeks Better Relations with Iran
"Obama has said several times that he welcomes better relations with Iran and was much vigilant to avoid criticisms about Iran's presidential election," Ole R Holsti - 9/2/09

UN says Iran nuclear threat exaggerated
Iran is not going to produce a nuclear weapon any time soon and the threat posed by its atomic programme has been exaggerated, the UN nuclear watchdog chief said in a published interview. FT - 9/2/09

Iran replacing envoys who backed "rioters": report
Iran is replacing 40 of its ambassadors, including some who voiced support for "rioters" during the unrest that erupted after June's disputed election - 9/2/09

Iranian Canoeist Said To Seek Asylum In Germany
A member of the Iranian women's national dragon boat team who was in the Czech Republic along with teammates to take part in an international tournament has reportedly traveled to Germany to seek asylum, - 9/2/09

Germany's Green Party MP, Omid Nouripour,: "You have to fight for democracy"
I’m 100 percent German and 100 percent Iranian. It’s too limiting to think of this in terms of a measuring cup where some of your identity can spill from one cup to another. - The Local - 9/2/09

Iranian rapper to miss UNC gig
UNC's Memorial Hall has canceled an Iranian hip-hop concert because Iran's government revoked rapper YAS' passport amid this summer's post-election turmoil. In July, Carolina Performing Arts spokeswoman Kara Larson said the Iranian government had confiscated the rapper's passport. -News and Observer - 9/2/09

Apply for a PARSA Community Foundation Student and Community
Across the United States, Iranian-Americans are joining together, sharing our culture and becoming active citizens. Since its inception, PARSA CF has raised funds for two groups that are vital to cultural disseminating and organized action: student groups and cultural centers. PARSA CF is committed to their long term viability and will continue to champion their success. - 9/1/09

Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco: September 19-20, 2009
The festival theme this year is about the Iranian Women and the Iranian Women Filmmakers. We dedicate this year's festival to all the great women of Iran, anywhere on the planet, for their extraordinary role they play in the Iranian society. - 9/1/09

Panel on Human Rights, Civil Society and Democracy in Iran: Sept 12, York University, Toronto
Subjects Presented include: Human Rights in a Clerical System; Human Rights Cannot be locally Defined; Human Rights and the Iranian Writers Association; Youth and Students in the Iranian Civil Movement; Responsibility of Leaders for Crimes against Humanity; Non-violence and Civil Society in Iran; The Changing Gender Imbalance in the Iranian Civil Movement - 9/1/09

Iran to offer new nuclear package to West
Iran has prepared an updated nuclear package and is ready to hold talks with the world powers on its nuclear program. The package will be offered to the veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany - 9/1/09

Report and Photos: Kojoor (to Caspian Sea) Canyon in Mazandaran, Iran
Kojoor Plateau is a small plain that sits at an elevation of 1500 m among the peaks of the Alborz Mountains roughly 22 Km south of the Caspian Sea Coast. Although the mountains that surround the Kojoor plateau are forested, the plateau itself remains tree-less. -Nader Honarkhah - 9/1/09

Tehran's Hard-Line Prosecutor Moved To State Role, But Little Changes
Iran's judiciary chief has named hard-line Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi -- the man behind mass trials of post-election detainees -- deputy prosecutor general. Officially the move is a promotion for Mortazavi, but legal experts say his power has diminished. Mortazavi is known as "the Butcher of the Press" because he was the bane of Iran's independent and reformist publications. - 9/1/09

Short Story: Van Gogh's Cousin
I turned off the vacuum cleaner, lay down spread eagled on the ground and took a deep breath. I had been running like a dog since early morning to get the house clean. Nazanine picked up the plate of cheese puffs that was in front of Nima and ran into the kitchen with it leaving an orange trail of crumbs behind her. -Farideh Khorrami - 9/1/09

Demonstration planned in New York during Ahmadinejad's UN visit on September 23
In order to: Defend human rights and the dignity of the people of Iran; Relay their cry for justice to the rest of the world; and Demand freedom of all political prisoners in Iran - 9/1/09

Amid Accusations, Rafsanjani's Son Visits UK
Amid growing accusations of money laundering and fact fabrication, the son of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has left the country for the UK, a source close to the family says. - 9/1/09

Schools with 10% swine flu cases to be closed: Iranian official
Schools, which have 10 percent of students diagnosed with swine flu will be closed, an official at the Health Ministry announced here on Tuesday. Most recently, Nabavi warned of inevitable high swine flu death in Iran in case the current trend continues. - 9/1/09

Germany to Hold Six-Nation Talks on Iran
Germany says it will host six nations this week for high-level talks on Iran's nuclear program. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner Monday said the talks will be held at a senior civil servant level. He declined to give details on the meeting's location or the exact day, but officials from the United Nations and France say it will take place in Frankfurt this week. - 9/1/09

Iranian Parliament Signals Support for Defense Minister-Designate
Iran's parliament has signaled that it supports President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's choice for defense minister - a man Argentina says was involved in the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center. - 9/1/09

Iraq is Iran's first export destination: official
Iraq is Iran's top importer of non-oil goods in terms of value in the four month period ending July 22, Iran's newly appointed (but not yet endorsed) trade minister said. - 9/1/09

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