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Having spent seven years writing and elaborating on the subject of Iran and its confrontational stance against the United States and especially Israel, I have grown tired of wasting time and energy like a hamster running the treadmill or, worse yet, like Sisyphus pushing a gigantic load up the hill only to watch it roll back down, over and over again. -Kam Zarrabi - 9/30/10

Happy Rumi Day
Rumi was born on 30 September 1207 in greater Balkh in the village of Wakhsh. He died on 17 December 1273 in Konya in present day Turkey (then Seljuqids of Rum). He was laid to rest beside his father, and over his remains a splendid shrine was erected. -Photos by Babak Borzouyeh - 9/30/10

8 Iranian officials sanctioned for human rights abuses
Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that imposes sanctions on Iranian officials determined to be responsible for or complicit in serious human rights abuses involving Iran. In signing today's Order, the President identified eight individuals for sanctions who share responsibility for the sustained and severe violation of human rights in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election by listing them in the Annex to the Order. - 9/30/10

Opposition leader stands by his criticism of Iranian Assembly
Two weeks ago, Karroubi wrote a letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, to criticize the assembly for its failure to supervise the actions of the Supreme Leader and all the subsidiaries of the leadership. -Zamaneh - 9/30/10

Iran Delays Start-up of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says the country's first nuclear power plant will be ready to generate electricity by January, which is at least two months later than previously announced. -VOA - 9/30/10

Sanctions on Iran prompt concerns about rial's value as currency
New sanctions against Iran, recently implemented by the United Arab Emirates, have led to a sharp drop this week in the value of Iran's currency, the rial, disrupting the country's markets and prompting the government to consider intervening to curb the rise in hard currency exchange rates. -Washington Post - 9/30/10

No Subsidies For You!
Newspapers which don't support the Islamic system will not receive subsidy, says Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini. - 9/30/10

Bazaar strikes continue in Tehran and other cities
While gold merchants in the Bazaar of Tehran and other cities continue their strike, head of Gold and Jewelry Dealers Union warned merchants that if they persist in keeping their stores closed, they will have to face legal proceedings. -Zamaneh - 9/30/10

Japan to withdraw from Iran oil project: reports
The Japanese government and oil developer Inpex Corp. plan to completely withdraw from Iran's largest onshore oil field project to avoid possible US sanctions, news reports said Thursday. -AFP - 9/30/10

Allawi Tells Iran to Stay Out of Iraqi Politics
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has called on Middle East leaders to stop Iran from interfering in Iraqi politics. He made the call in Syria Wednesday, following a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad. -VOA - 9/30/10

Ban on Iranian pistachios is boost for California farmers
California pistachio growers are finding themselves the unexpected beneficiaries of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. A U.S. ban on Iranian pistachios went into effect on Wednesday -LA Times - 9/30/10

US ban may lift Persian rug sales
The price of Persian carpets is expected to plunge as a result of oversupply following a US ban on their importation that took effect from yesterday. Traders said the loss of the American market would result in more carpets coming to the UAE, helping to reduce their price. -National, UAE - 9/30/10

Iran security chief denies political dimensions in murder of physician
A number of opposition media have issued reports connecting the murder of Dr. Soudbakhsh, who was murdered last week on the streets of Tehran, with the crimes of Kahrizak detention centre. -Zamaneh - 9/29/10

Families of killed detainees call for prosecution of senior Iranian officials
The families of the three Iranian detainees who were killed under torture in Kahrizak Detention Centre announced that rather than calling for the execution of the two guards who have been sentenced to death in these crimes, they call for the prosecution of the true perpetrators of the events. - 9/29/10

Prominent Iranian Journalist Isa Saharkhiz Jailed For Three Years
Prominent Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz is reported to have been jailed for three years on charges of insulting Iran's supreme leader and spreading propaganda against the regime. - 9/29/10

Why Doesn't the US Talk to Iran?
The unrelenting diplomatic and geopolitical standoff between Iran and the United States is often blamed on the Iranian government for its "confrontational" foreign policies, or its "unwillingness" to enter into a dialogue with the United States. Little known, however, is the fact that during the past decade or so, Iran has offered a number of times to negotiate with the United States without ever getting a positive response from the U.S. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh and Karla Hansen - 9/29/10

Iran Says Facebook And Twitter Are Country's 'Hidden Enemies'
Iranian state-controlled television has accused Facebook and Twitter of being Iran's "hidden enemies" and tools used by Western intelligence agencies in order to recruit new members and gather data on individuals. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/29/10

Soccer: Iran proceeds to WAFF semis after tie with Oman
Iran tied with Oman and advanced to the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship semi-finals. Iran, who defeated Bahrain in its opening match in Group A, drew 2-2 against Oman on Tuesday. -MNA - 9/29/10

Iranian Director Farhadi says his remarks were misconstrued
During the award presentation ceremony, Farhadi had criticized Iranian cultural policy for isolating a number of prominent cineastes, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, Bahram Beizaii, Amir Naderi, and Golshifteh Farahani. -MNA - 9/29/10

Domestically manufactured flying boats delivered to IRGC Navy
The Iranian Defense Ministry in a ceremony on Tuesday delivered three squadrons of upgraded, radar-evading flying boats named 'Bavar-2' (Belif-2) to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). - 9/29/10

Analysts: Stuxnet Raises Concerns About Vulnerability of Nuclear, Industrial Facilties
A powerful computer virus called the Stuxnet worm has apparently targeted Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant and infected computer systems from Asia to Europe and the United States. The capability of this malicious software is raising questions about the vulnerability of nuclear, electrical and other types of industrial facilities. - 9/29/10

President Ahmadinejad's New York Meeting with U.S. Activists
On Sept. 21 -- the annual U.N.-declared International Day of Peace, Ahmadinejad held a particularly interesting meeting at a midtown hotel with some 130 members of the U.S. peace and social justice movements, including major figures in the Black activist community. -Phil Wilayto, CASMII - 9/29/10

Resilient Iran bids farewell to volleyball championship
Iran volleyball team narrowly lost to three-time world champion Italy on early Tuesday and failed to advance to the next stage of the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship. -Tehran Times - 9/29/10

16 foreign car companies active in Iran despite sanctions
16 foreign firms are now producing cars in Iran showing failure of sanctions in practice. The latest tally shows that 16 automobile making firms are working in Iran whereas Japan's Toyota and South Korea's Kia Motors auto-making car companies have already halted exports to Iran. - 9/29/10

Shell increases oil trade with Iran -- despite sanctions
Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, paid the state-owned Iranian oil company at least $1.5bn (£0.94bn) for crude oil this summer, increasing its business with Tehran as the international community implemented some of the toughest sanctions yet aimed at constricting the Islamic republic's economy and its lifeline oil business. -Guardian - 9/29/10

Iranian and Iraqi children mark the war anniversary by holding peace and friendship ceremony
Iranian and Iraqi children have emphasized the peace and friendship between the two countries during a ceremony held to mark the anniversary of the Iraq-Iran war. Kids from both countries gathered aboard a ship on Arvand River on the Iran-Iraq border and released doves in the air as a symbol of peace between the two nations. -Habib Ahmadzadeh - 9/28/10

Let the Swords Encircle Me: Reporter Explores Iran Behind the Headlines
"Few [Iranians] would accept any outsiders waging war on their behalf. They want to grasp freedom with their own hand," said Scott Peterson, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor who has visited Iran thirty times in the last fifteen years. Peterson is the author of a new book:"Let the Swords Encircle Me: Behind the Headlines of Iran" - 9/28/10

Iranian judiciary bans reformist groups
Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei, Iran's Prosecutor-General announced that the two reformist parties, Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution have been banned by the judiciary. - 9/28/10

Website Says Iran 'Blogfather' Sentenced To 19 Years In Prison
AP has quoted a conservative Iranian website as saying that a prominent blogger has been convicted for anti-state activities and sentenced to 19 years in prison. - 9/28/10

EXHIBITION: "Parastou Forouhar" at the Leighton House Museum in London
This is the first solo show in the UK of the outstanding photographer, installation- and multi-media artist Parastou Forouhar. She was born in 1962 in Teheran, and since 1991 has lived in Germany. Her work is a response to the dramatic social changes that she witnessed after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and her subsequent experience of displacement on arriving in Europe. - 9/28/10

Conference: The Life and Art of Ardeshir Mohassess: October 8-10
October 9, 2010 will mark the second anniversary of the death of Ardeshir Mohassess (1938-2008), one of the greatest and most influential artists of contemporary Iran. To commemorate his life and legacy, there will be a two-day conference at New York University, "Mohassess, Art, Politics and Beyond" (October 9-10) with a three-day exhibition of a selection of his late works (October 8-10). - 9/28/10

PHOTOS: Iran receives Arabian Oryx from Qatar in exchange for Persian fallow deer
In exchange for two Persian fallow deer, handed over to Qatar seven months ago, two Arabian Oryx -- also called White Oryx -- were released into Tehran's Pardisan Park today during a ceremony - 9/28/10

"Leaders of sedition" Will Face Trial If They Don't Repent: Iran's Prosecutor General
Opposition leaders Mahdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi will be brought to trial if they insist on their stances, National Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said in Tehran on Monday. -Tabnak - 9/28/10

Persian Traditional Music at Santa Clara University: Journey to Yarsan
"Tehran-based Ali-Akbar Moradi is considered a virtuoso on the Tanbur, a plucked string instrument with a pear "shaped belly fashioned from a single piece of mulberry wood. The Tanbur has always been considered a sacred instrument associated with the Kurdish Sufi music of Western Iran. - 9/28/10

Iran Claims It Has Started Exporting Gasoline
Iran's Oil Ministry has claimed that the country has started exporting gasoline, seemingly reversing a trend that has long seen it forced to rely on imports because of a lack of refining capacity. -RFE - 9/28/10

1100 years of imprisonment for 216 political prisoners in Iran
Iranian reformists website Kaleme has published the names and details of 216 political prisoners in Iran's various prisons who between themselves are sentenced to 1100 years of imprisonment. - 9/27/10

Magnitude 6.1 Quake Hits Southern Iran
A strong earthquake has rattled Iran's southern Fars Province but there has been no official report of casualties or damages. The 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Koanr Takhteh and Kazerun regions at 14:52 local time (1122 GMT) on Monday at a depth of 10 km, according to the Iranian Seismological Center. - 9/27/10

Iran: Computer Malware Attacked, Failed to Harm Nuclear Plant
The head of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has confirmed a computer worm infected some of the facility's software, but says the plant's main systems are all safe. Stuxnet, a self-replicating worm, has distinguished itself as the first known to be designed to take over industrial control systems. It is able to penetrate computer systems not connected to the internet. -VOA - 9/27/10

Iran: Zahra Rahnavard condemns mass executions of 88
Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard, described the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 as a black stain for the country and condemned the government's revenge on the dissident group, People's Mojahedin Organization, as a "big error." - 9/27/10

Iran: Reformist site annouces government involvment in attacks on Karroubi's home
A recent report on reformist websites reveals that a number of government figures were identified amongst the attackers of Mehdi Karroubi's home. - 9/27/10

Iran Defeats Japan at Men's World Championship
The Iranian volleyball team has defeated Japan at the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship in Milan to qualify for the next round of the event. -Press TV - 9/27/10

Legal Curbs Fail to Halt Stonings in Iran
Every so often, Iran hits the international headlines when a court orders someone to be stoned to death for adultery. International campaigns sometimes embarrass the Iranian authorities into halting or postponing the execution, or simply switching to another form of capital punishment. -Rasa Sowla, IWPR - 9/27/10

Iran will never allow UAE to inspect its ships: admiral
"We'll never allow such a country to inspect our ships, and actually, the UAE will not dare to inspect Iranian ships," Rear Admiral Sayyari told the Tehran Times. -Tabnak - 9/27/10

Iranian, American climbers summit Grand Teton
Mohammadi didn't know what to expect when he arrived for the first time in the United States as part of an exchange between the American Alpine Club and Iranian Alpine Club. What he found was "the mountain sensation" even though he was an ocean away from his home. -Billings Gazette - 9/27/10

Top U.S. Diplomat for Iran Looks for Openings to Progress
Philo Dibble is the new deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran, the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat assigned solely to issues involving Iran, replacing John W. Limbert, who retired. - 9/27/10

Iranian Weightlifter Salimi Wins Heavyweight Gold In World Championships
Iran's Behdad Salimi has won one gold and two silver medals in the men's +105 kg category at the 2010 World Weightlifting Championships. He won the gold medal in Total with 453kg. Salimi is the second Iranian weightlifter after Hossein Rezazadeh to become the heavyweight world champion. - 9/26/10

Suspects confess to murder of physician in Tehran
Two persons who have been detained on suspicion of murdering heart specialist Dr. Gholamreza Sarabi have confessed to the killing, criminal interrogator Mohammad Shahriari announced on Sunday. - 9/26/10

Iran urged to end harassment of rights activist facing seven years in prison
Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities not to imprison a prominent human rights defender and journalist sentenced to a total of seven years in prison, including six for recording an interview with a reformist cleric. - 9/26/10

Iranian parliament receives petition to scrap polygamy
A group of women's rights activists delivered a petition with five thousand signatures to the Iranian parliament urging the legislative body to "bar polygamy." ILNA reports that the petition was delivered by 40 women who called on the parliament to halt al efforts in "promoting temporary marriages and polygamy." - 9/26/10

Iranian Researchers Perform First Islet Cell Transplant
For the first time in the Middle East, Iranian researchers have succeeded in transplanting pancreatic islet cells to diabetics, making them free from insulin injection. - 9/26/10

Iran's medicine production growing
Iran's Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi says anti-Iran sanctions are the driving force behind the country's progress in the pharmaceutical industry. -Press TV - 9/26/10

Hamas, Fatah Move Closer to Deal
Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah have announced an agreement on ways to share power and end their divisions, saying they will hold more talks before signing a final Egyptian-mediated deal next month. -VOA - 9/26/10

Iran: Students languish in jail as academic year starts
As the new academic year begins on 23 September 2010, many students are languishing in jail in Iran. Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all student prisoners of conscience targeted for their political or human rights activism. Other students have been subjected to arbitrary measures and have been banned from university studies. - 9/25/10

Queens, Warriors, and Lovers: Women in Iran's Book of Kings
Celebrate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Shahnama (Iran's Book of Kings) with art, storytelling, music, and dance. Laura Weinstein, curator of the exhibition "Romantic Interludes: Women in Firdawsi's Shahnama," discusses artistic traditions in the epic poem; scholar Olga Davidson explores stories about the poem's fascinating female characters; and Mesma Belsare performs a dance choreographed specifically for this event. October 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 9/25/10

Mousavi denies conflicts amongst opposition leaders
Mir Hossein Mousavi announced that contrary to allegations of state-backed media that he has conflicts with Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami, they in fact have no disagreements and are constantly in contact. -Zamaneh - 9/25/10

Charlie Rose: A look at Iran
A look at Iran with Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Farnaz Fassihi of 'The Wall St. Journal,' Abbas Milani of Stanford University and Karim Sadjadpour of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - 9/25/10

Iranian activists call for release of Nasrin Sotoudeh
Over 400 Iranian social activists urged Iranian judiciary to release, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian lawyer who was incarcerated in connection with her defence of political prisoners. -Zamaneh - 9/25/10

Iran Culture Ministry bans Farhadi's film over his remarks
Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari has said that latest remarks by film director Asghar Farhadi's forced them to revoke the production license for his film "Separation of Nader and Simin". "His remarks were not amusing," he told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday. - 9/25/10

Cyrus Cylinder warmly welcomed at home
About 48,000 people have visited the Cyrus Cylinder exhibit at the National Museum of Iran in a ten day period. - 9/25/10

Obama Calls Iranian President's UN Remarks Hateful
President Barack Obama has described as hateful and offensive remarks at the United Nations on Thursday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States could have been staged by the U.S. government. Mr. Obama spoke in an interview with BBC Persian Television. -VOA - 9/25/10

Reports: Iran Computers Infected By Malware
Reports from Iran say the country's nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over power plants. - 9/25/10

Turkish President Says Diplomacy Viable For Iran Nuclear Solution
Speaking on September 24 at the Council on Foreign Relations think thank in New York, Gul said that Ankara's commitment to a diplomatic solution was dictated by the principle of nonviolence and a belief that negotiations are always the best tool in international diplomacy. -RFE - 9/25/10

Freed U.S. Hiker Has 'Good Meeting' With Ahmadinejad
Freed U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd said her meeting with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was "a very human encounter" that fuelled her hopes of being reunited with her two companions still held in Iran. -RFE - 9/25/10

Iran loses to Egypt at volleyball worlds
Iranian volleyball team started the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship with a defeat. The Asian powerhouse lost to Egypt in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 in front of about 6,000 spectators. -MNA - 9/25/10

Medvedev bans Iranian officials from entering Russia
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has barred a number of Iranian officials from entering Russia or passing through it in transit. -Zamaneh - 9/25/10

Traffic Analysis, Anonymity, Freedom and digital "Cat and Mouse" in Cyberspace: A case study of China vs Iran
This paper aims to compare Chinese and Iranian cyberspace to highlight the excessive traffic analysis, surveillance, filtering and the resulting effects on anonymity and freedom of expression in the borderless society of the Internet. -Cameron J. Shahab and Reza Mousoli - 9/24/10

Photos: Persian handmade carpet expo underway in Tehran
The 19th edition of Persian Handmade Carpet Exhibition kicked off at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds on Thursday. Over 420 domestic firms have taken part in the event. Some 100 tradespersons from 60 countries have also been invited to the exhibition. -Mohsen Rezaei, MNA - 9/24/10

Ahmadinejad's UN Speech Triggers US Walkout
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad triggered a walkout of U.S. and other delegates when he suggested in a U.N. General Assembly speech Thursday that the United States government staged the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. -VOA - 9/24/10

Iranian opposition newspaper launched on line
Kaleme website, the site connected with Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, published its first internet newspaper on September 23, 2010. -Zamaneh - 9/24/10

Obama Warns Iran Over Nuclear Program in UN Address
U.S. President Barack Obama says United Nations sanctions passed this year against Iran for its controversial nuclear program show that international law is not an "empty promise." -VOA - 9/24/10

Iranian President Gunning for Foreign Minister
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad always wanted to run foreign policy. Now he has the minister in his sights. -Mehdi Jedinia, IWPR - 9/24/10

Tehran hospital sacks nurses for 'improper Islamic covering'
Many nurses who worked in Imam Khomeini Hospital on a contract basis have been sacked recently on grounds that they did not properly observe Islamic code of dressing -Tabnak - 9/24/10

Iran's Foreign Policy Blunders
Dr. Shireen Hunter, director of the Islamic Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, spoke at Georgetown University this past Thursday about Iran's foreign policy missteps and the dangerous trajectory of the United States' policies. - 9/24/10

Tehran physicians are target of assassinations: One killed, another injured
Heart specialist, Dr. Gholamreza Sarabi, was shot in front of his office Wednesday night one day after another physician and university professor, Dr. Abdul-Reza Soudbakhsh was shot dead -Tabnak - 9/23/10

Photos: Vafa Animal Shelter in Iran
Founded in 2004, the Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran, dedicated to providing help and shelter to injured and homeless animals in Iran. The Vafa shelter is a non-government charity organization relying solely on private donations and volunteers. - 9/23/10

Echos in Blue -- An exhibition of contemporary Iranian art from Tehran in Los Angeles
Echoes in Blue, an exhibition of contemporary Iranian paintings, provides a vibrant and thought-provoking view of life within the boundaries of the Islamic Republic of Iran. - 9/23/10

Iran: Coup Preplanned According to Supreme National Security Council Report
The Supreme National Security Council's report, which is relied on heavily by commander Moshfegh, reveals that plans to engineer the June 12 presidential election were prepared a long time before the election by the country's senior leaders. The report also reveals that the mass arrest of journalists and political prisoners in the days after the June 12 presidential election were preplanned, with the IRGC having carried out the necessary research and operations before the election. -Fereshteh Ghazi, Rooz - 9/23/10

Iran's Ahmadinejad Harks Back To Koran, Cold War To Turn Tables On The West
For decades it was the standard rallying cry of the Soviet Union and its sympathizers: that behind the West's rhetorical wall of concern for human rights lay a closet rattling with the skeletons of double standards and hypocrisy. -RFE - 9/23/10

Delft is NOT the center of New Iranian Activism
A recent article in the Washington Post focuses on Iranians' political activities in the Dutch city of Delft. Thomas Erberink the author of the article conveys the impression that Deft, a "dreamly university town" is a "major center" of current Iranian activists. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 9/23/10

Photos: Funeral Ceremony For Victims Of Terrorist Bombing In Mahabad, Iran
Funeral ceremony for the victims of the terrorist bombing in Mahabad was held on Thursday. The terrorist attack happened Wednesday morning as women had gathered to watch a military parade commemorating the beginning of Sacred Defense Week. 12 women died in the attack. -Mehdi Kazemzadeh, ISNA - 9/23/10

Nations Repeat Commitment to Negotiated Solution on Iran Nuclear Program
The United States and five other world powers, meeting Wednesday in New York, reaffirmed their commitment to an early negotiated solution to the long-running standoff with Iran over its nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week has signaled an interest in new talks. -VOA - 9/23/10

Iran's Zob Ahan goes up to ACL semi-finals
Iran's Zob Ahan drew on Wednesday with Pohang Steelers and booked a berth in the AFC Champions League (ACL) semi-final. -Tehran Times - 9/23/10

Iran: Families of commanders who died in war barred from visiting opposition leaders
Kaleme website reports that families of two military commanders who died in the Iran-Iraq War tried to visit Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iran's prime minister during the war, but the Bakeri and Hemmat families were prevented from meeting with the opposition leader by Iranian security forces. - 9/23/10

Theories Mount That Stuxnet Worm Sabotaged Iranian Nuke Facilities
Little doubt remains that the Stuxnet worm represents one of the most sophisticated digital attacks on critical infrastructure systems that cybersecurity researchers have ever seen. The motives of whoever launched that attack is a far murkier question -Forbes - 9/23/10

Where Iran and America meet: an interview with Hooman Majd
Hooman Majd is Iranian. Hooman Majd is American. Like the subjects he writes about, Majd is something of a paradox. Born in Tehran to the son of a career diplomat, Majd is also the grandson of a prominent ayatollah. -CSM - 9/23/10

Iran: Blast at Military Parade in Mahabad Kills 10; 'Antirevolutionaries' Blamed
Reports from Iran say a bomb explosion during a military parade in a northwestern city has killed 10 people. The blast occurred during an annual parade to mark the Iran-Iraq War in Mahabad, a city with a predominantly Kurdish population in West Azerbaijan Province, which borders Iraq and Turkey. - 9/22/10

Iran: Rafsanjani meets with families of political prisoners
Ayatollah Rafsanjani's website reports that the families of political prisoners called for fair legal procedures, observance of prisoners' rights in prisons and investigation of officials involved in holding trials in the post-election events. - 9/22/10

Ahmadinejad's Media Blitz Unfolds as Young Activists Receive Harsh Sentences
While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proclaimed Iran's respect for human rights and freedoms during his current New York media blitz, several prominent young Iranian students, human rights defenders, and journalists received harsh jail sentences in recent days, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 9/22/10

Iran Establishes New Censorship Board
Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini has announced plans to create a new five-person board that will approve the content of all books prior to publication, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/22/10

How Every Child Can Grow Up Global
I'm delighted to share ideas from Growing Up Global with the Persian community. Many of you are some of the most globally-minded people found anywhere. Some of this was by choice, and for others, it was forced by the necessity of leaving your homeland. -Homa S. Tavangar, author - 9/22/10

Photos: Iranian Regime Promotes Mass Marriage
Tens of thousands of young couples start their married lives by taking part in group weddings in cities across Iran every year. - 9/22/10

Widow Of Renowned Iran Commander Accuses IRGC Head Of Treason
The widow of a renowned Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander has accused its current head of treason, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Fateme Amirani's accusation came in an open letter to commander Mohammad Ali Jafari published on September 20. - 9/22/10

Quiet Intimidation in Iran
Wide-ranging harassment, interrogation and detentions designed to instill fear and prevent opposition regrouping. -IWPR - 9/22/10

Prosecutor Reportedly Asks For Execution of Iran's "Blogfather"
An informed source who does not want to be named has confirmed in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda that Tehran's prosecutor has asked for the death sentence for jailed blogger Hossein Derakhshan, known by his nickname Hoder and also as Iran's "Blogfather." - 9/22/10

PAAIA Event in Berkeley: "Passing the Torch of Success"
By popular demand, PAAIA's highly acclaimed signature event "Passing the Torch of Success" comes to Northern California on Sunday 10/10/10 at the University of California, Berkeley. - 9/22/10

Iran delays government subsidy reform again
Iranian government stalled its controversial plan to cut government subsidies for another month although Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first deputy had announced that the plan will take effect in September. -Zamaneh - 9/22/10

Ahmadinejad speaks at UN, says capitalism is on verge of death
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says capitalism is on the verge of death and has called for an overhaul of the "undemocratic and unjust" global decision-making bodies --- Many seats at UN general assembly were empty during Ahmadinejad's speech - 9/22/10

Report: Russia Drops Plans To Supply Iran With S-300 Missiles
The chief of Russia's general staff says Russia has dropped plans to supply Iran with S-300 missiles because they are subject to international sanctions. - 9/22/10

Echoes of protest shook Tehran last night
Tehran echoed with tolls of "Allah-o-akbar" last night as Iranians expressed their protest to the increasing pressures on the opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. - 9/21/10

American Global View 2010 and Iran - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The American people want to play an active part in world affairs but their internationalism is increasingly constrained by economic troubles at home and diminished influence overseas, according to The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' 2010 survey of public opinion on U.S. foreign policy . - 9/21/10

Rallies planned to protest Ahmadinejad's UN visit
Union for Advancement of Secular Democracy in Iran (UASDI) is planning protest actions against Ahmadinjed's presence at UN General Assembly. - 9/21/10

The 3rd Annual Middle East Studies Conference
The 2010 Conference, sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, focuses on various aspects of the modern Middle East, from the arts, to history, literature, language, political economy, international relations, as well as socio-cultural and pedagogical matters. The public is invited to attend the keynote address, symposium and cultural performances. - 9/21/10

Iran Tops Asian Volleyball Championship
Iran's volleyball team clinched the title of the 3rd Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship in India after beating hosts 3-0 in the final match. - 9/21/10

Obama to Tell Iran Door Open to Engagement
A senior White House official says U.S. President Barack Obama will tell Iran the "door is open" to better relations with the international community if Tehran can demonstrate the peaceful intent of its nuclear program. -VOA - 9/21/10

Iran Announces Oscar Nominee: Farewell Baghdad
Iran has nominated Farewell Baghdad to compete for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). -Press TV - 9/21/10

How Haystack Risked Exposing Iranian Dissidents
In 2009, Iran was in turmoil, and the Islamic Republic was blocking and monitoring sites used by opposition groups -- until a team led by American IT specialist Austin Heap built a program, Haystack, and touted it as a secure and anonymous Web portal for Iranians. -Fast Company - 9/21/10

Karroubi's letter draws fire from Islamic Republic hardliners
Iranian hardliners called for the prosecution of opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, for his recent letter to Chairman of the Assembly of Experts demanding a re-evaluation of Iran's Supreme Leader's eligibility for his role. -Zamaneh - 9/21/10

Controversy Over Hiring Of Iran-Iraq War Veterans' Children
An Iranian Education Ministry decision to hire thousands of teachers who are the offspring of disabled Iran-Iraq War veterans has sparked a controversy, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/21/10

Photos: Fateh 110 missiles handed over to IRGC
The third generation of Fateh 110 (Conqueror 110) missiles, which are domestically-manufactured and were successfully test-fired on August 25, were delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Air Force on Tuesday . -MNA - 9/21/10

Sister Of Jailed Iran Journalist 'Charged With Anti-Regime Activities'
The sister of jailed Iranian journalist and human rights activist Abdolreza Tajik is reported to have been charged with "spreading lies" and "assembly, conspiracy, and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime" -RFE - 9/21/10

A 'Decent Woman' Through The Lens Of Iran's State TV
Women on Iran's state programs are often highly pious, humble, they don't smoke, they never laugh out loud, they fully observe the obligatory hijab dress code, they don't wear make up or tight or revealing dresses, and they are obedient and quick to listen to their husbands. - 9/21/10

Iran Condemns Planned Execution in U.S.
Members of the Iranian parliament’s human rights committee have condemned the planned execution this week in Virginia of a woman convicted of plotting to kill her husband, The Guardian reports. -NY Times - 9/21/10

Talabani Lauds Iran's Positive Role in Iraq
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised Iran's role in the establishment of security and stability in his war-ravaged country. -FNA - 9/21/10

Iranian-American Dreams
How fantastic and unbelievable! Finally, an Iranian has made a visual Travel Account, an Epistle about his own country as well as the foreign land of America. It has always been a question why Iranians with the exception of Naser Khosrow in the old past and Hajj Sayyah two centuries ago and perhaps one or two others, never attempted to do that? -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 9/20/10

Art of Change-Making: Philanthropy at its Best -- Lady of the Roses
Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (2008, Iran), "Lady of the Roses" is the name given to late Shahindokht Sanati, a woman who went to Lalehzaar region of Kerman before the Islamic Revolution, and replaced poppies fields with roses gardens and opium with rosewater and took this so far as transforming the agricultural destiny of a whole region. - 9/20/10

Ahmadinejad arrives in New York, denies existence of oppressive policies in Iran
While demonstrators in New York protested against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the representative of political oppression in Iran, Ahmadinejad insisted that political opposition in Iran is "completely free" to engage in its activities. - 9/20/10

A TEDxChange With Koz Khosravani: It's Global. It's Local. It's Santa Monica!
PAAIA is sponsoring a TEDxChange at the Sheraton Delfina (530 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405) on Mon, Sept 20, 8am-12 noon PST. As with all TED conferences, this live webcast promises to be on the cutting edge of "ideas worth spreading". Come join us, enrich your mind, and check out the PAAIA table. It's free! - 9/20/10

Ali Larijani: Majlis is on top to prevent repetition of tyranny
Speaking in Isfahan, Larijani said if late Imam emphasized that among the three branches of government, the Majlis is on top of affairs, it was intended to prevent a repetition of dictatorship in Iran. During Larijani's speech, Alireza Zaker Isfahani, the governor of Isfahan province, and a number of other provincial officials walked out in protest. - 9/20/10

Energy Trumps All in Iran-China Ties
China is a natural trading partner for Iran as a major non-western economy prepared to do business with it, but the relationship is not always a smooth one. Beijing's decision to back the latest set of UN sanctions in early June - requiring it to apply tougher conditions to trade and financial transactions with Iran - has clearly miffed officials in Tehran. -IWPR - 9/20/10

Me and Madam Iran: Solo Exhibition of Maryam Amini
Me and Madam Iran is the artist's pun on the double meaning of the word Iran. It refers to both the nation and a female protagonist thus named. - 9/20/10

Gordon Duff: Is America's Military Prepared For The Israeli Threat?
For years, America’s military has been divided, competent military professionals and patriots on one side and Christian Zionists, loyal to Israel and addicted to a propaganda “dreamworld” on the other. -Veterans Today - 9/20/10

Memorial for Neusha Farrahi
On September 20, 1987 upon the visit to the UN by the then Islamic Republic's president, Ayatollah Khamenei, Neusha Farrahi set himself on fire during a demonstration in front of the L.A. Federal Building. -iGreen - 9/20/10

Iran to Equip Armed Forces with New High-Precision Missiles
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Sunday that the country's Armed Forces will soon be equipped with the third generation of high-precision Fateh missiles. - 9/20/10

Arriving Home, U.S. Hiker Rejects Iran Charge
The U.S. woman arriving home after more than a year in an Iranian jail has repeated her claim that she and two companions, both of whom remain in custody in Iran, are innocent of the spying charges leveled by Tehran. - 9/20/10

IRAN: In false report of captured American soldiers, a warning to Ahmadinejad?
Iran watchers suspect hard-line elements within the Revolutionary Guard may have been trying to further damage an already battered and politically weakened President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his ongoing trip to New York, where he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly and give a bunch of interviews to international media, as he does to improve his domestic and international standing every year. -LA Times - 9/20/10

$16B worth of goods smuggled into Iran annually: police
"According to a study conducted by the Office of the Campaign against Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Currency, each year about 16 billion dollars worth of goods are smuggled into the country and 3 billion dollars worth of goods are smuggled out of the country," Hassan Batuli said at the National Conference on the Smuggling of Goods, which was held on Sunday in the western city of Sanandaj. -Tehran Times - 9/20/10

Opposition leader wants Experts to re-evaluate Iran's supreme leader
In a letter to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Mehdi Karroubi speaks out against issues such as interference of the armed forces in political and economical affairs of the country, violation of people's rights, incompetence of executive and judicial managers and abuse of public rights by institutions under the protection of the supreme leader. - 9/19/10

Photos: Boys doing bicycle tricks in Isfahan
BMX bicycles are designed for stunts, tricks, and racing on hilly dirt BMX tracks. They have a single gear ratio with a freewheel and are built with smaller frames and wheels with wider, treaded tires. -Khadije Naderi, ISNA - 9/19/10

More heavy prison terms for Iranian activists
Shiva Nazar-Ahari, Iranian human rights activist, was sentenced to six years in prison and exile to Izzeh, in Khuzestan Province; while the appeals court upheld the eight and a half year sentence handed earlier to Iranian student activist, Majid Tavakoli. -Zamaneh - 9/19/10

The Golha Project
This 6-minute film introduces Iran Heritage Foundation's Golha Project. This project will create a free online database of the complete archive of all 1,616 Golha radio programmes produced between 1956 and 1979 in Iran for students, researchers and enthusiasts everywhere. - 9/19/10

Clinton Urges Iran To Reject Military Expansion
Clinton says the United States is increasingly concerned about the rise of the military's power in Iran. And she says many inside Iran are worried, too. -RFE - 9/19/10

Iran rejects arrest of 7 US troops
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rejects rumors of seven US troops being detained on the border of southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. -Press TV - 9/19/10

Government restrictions on film community condemned at Iranian festival
Iranian film community criticized government censorship and expressed solidarity with their persecuted members in its fourteenth festival held last night, at Milad Tower, in Tehran. - 9/18/10

Canada denies visa for Iranian director Alireza Amini
The Canadian Embassy in Tehran refused issuing a visa for Iranian director Alireza Amini to join the jury of Canada's Second Iranian Film Festival in Toronto. - 9/18/10

Iran reacts to defection of foreign diplomats
The three defecting diplomats have established a group entitled "the Green Embassy" and have announced themselves supporters of Iran's post-election protest movement which has become known as the Green Movement. -Zamaneh - 9/18/10

Afghans Vote For Parliament Amid Taliban Violence
The Taliban vowed to disrupt Afghanistan's parliamentary polls, but despite making good on their threats the elections went ahead largely as planned. -RFE - 9/18/10

Hope For Jailed Iranian Baha'is After Sentences 'Reduced'
A Baha'i International Community representative says she hopes seven jailed Iranian Baha'i leaders will now get a proper appeal hearing after their sentences were reportedly halved, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/18/10

Armenia, Iran To Build Power Plant Amid Increased Ties
Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisian says Iran and Armenia will start building two major hydroelectric power stations on their border in the coming weeks, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. The announcement, made by Movsisian on September 16, ends years of negotiations. -RFE - 9/18/10

Iranian MP criticizes Ahmadinejad for praising Cyrus The Great
Although there are some positive points in the Human Rights Charter of Cyrus (the Cyrus Cylinder), the actions of Cyrus were not in line with the prophets' teachings, Motahhari said. -MNA - 9/18/10

Ahmadinejad meets Syrian leader in Damascus
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad on the latest regional and international developments in Damascus on Saturday. -MNA - 9/18/10

Senate Panel Passes Arm Control Treaty with Russia
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in April and is one of Mr. Obama's foreign policy priorities. The treaty would limit both countries to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads - a 30-percent reduction from 2002 limits. -VOA - 9/18/10

Theatrical Infighting in Iran
One of Iran's leading theatres is playing centre stage to the latest attempt by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's supporters to take control of cultural and intellectual life. - 9/17/10

Bita Daryabari and Banafsheh Akhlaghi: When Minds Meet Hearts Take Courage
Bita Daryabari, an honoree at PAAIA's upcoming Gala in Northern California on October 9th is well known for her philanthropy. Beginning with the founding of the Unique Zan Foundation in 2006, she has focused her attention on women's welfare, dedicating substantial time and resources to improving health, education, and the human condition, especially in the Middle East. The world is surely a better place because of her. -Mahasti Afshar, PAAIA - 9/17/10

Young Iranian Filmmaker Has Bright Prospects, but Not Back Home
At age 22, Iranian filmmaker Farbod Khoshtinat has encouraging options for where he will work and what he will do. "I have the connections, both in Europe and Australia, so I'm not worried about that," he said. The one thing he says he cannot do is return home to make movies in Iran. -Jeff Baron, - 9/17/10

Rahnavard: Outraged officials should prove their faith in Quranic values
Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi and university professor, by issuing a statement, while condemning the insults against the Holy Quran, emphasized that these behaviors are insults against the path toward salvation and happiness of the humans; and fundamentalism wherever it is, creates violence. - 9/17/10

Conference at UCLA: Iran Ideology 2010
This one-day conference promises to examine the shifting terrain of Iranian social movements over the past 30 years. Discussants will focus on the role that ideology and citizenship have played in Iranian politics across two distinct political events: the 1979 Revolution and today's "Green Movement." - 9/17/10

Prison sentences for Iran's Baha'i leaders reportedly reduced to 10 years
The call to release seven Iranian Baha'i leaders - whose prison sentences have reportedly been reduced to 10-years each - is spreading around the world -Prominent figures in India, medical professionals in Austria, a Muslim leader in El Salvador and human rights activists in Germany -BWNS - 9/17/10

One Week Imprisonment on Probation for Occupiers of Iran Embassy's yard in The Hague
The occupiers of the Iranian Embassy's yard in The Hague have been sentenced to "one week imprisonment" –on probation- by the court. The primary accusation was attacking the embassy and putting the ambassador in danger. - 9/17/10

Jailed Iranian Activist Allowed Visit From Wife
Hunger-striking Iranian political activist Arjang Davudi has been allowed to see his wife for the first time since his prison protest started two months ago, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/17/10

Ahmadinejad's Special Envoys Become 'Advisers'
The change to their titles comes after protests by lawmakers and former diplomats and also criticism from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who had warned against parallel activities in foreign affairs and other areas. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/17/10

Master of Persian music protests Iranian crackdown
But political repression also leads to a flowering of the arts, Shajarian said. "Arts is the language of protest," Shajarian, 69, said in Lebanon, where he recently performed. "The enemy became a blessing. That is, arts grow when there are pressures, political suffocation and tyranny." -CTV News - 9/17/10

Turkish Prime Minister Calls for Expanded Trade with Iran
Turkey's prime minister on Thursday called for a major expansion in trade with Turkey's neighbor, Iran. The call comes as many of Turkey's Western allies are supporting tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. -VOA - 9/17/10

EU urges resumption of talks with Iran
European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has expressed hope for the resumption of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, a report says. -Press TV - 9/17/10

Iran, South Korea find way to dodge sanctions
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has agreed to open accounts with two South Korean government banks to avoid disruption in Tehran-Seoul trade despite anti-Iran sanctions. -Press TV - 9/17/10

Behind the Scenes of the 2009 Iranian Elections
More than a year has passed since millions of Iranians Marched on the streets calling the 2009 election a military coup carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG), their militia the Basij, and their armed plain-clothes hired-hands lebaseshakhsis. The goals of the coup: keeping Ahmadinejad in power and completing the military and economic control of the IRG in the country. -Fatemeh Keshavarz - 9/16/10

Iranian authorities tighten grip around opposition leader
Kaleme website reports that the pressures and restrictions against the opposition leader has now entered a new stage of operation and writes: "The new movements of the security forces speak of the government's future plans." -Zamaneh - 9/16/10

Iranian authorities arrest university students
The students are being reportedly charged with "participating in protests after the elections, throwing rocks, throwing Molotov cocktails, confrontation with officials, insulting officials and the sanctities of the regime in order to incite Basij and security forces to attack the dorm." -Zamaneh - 9/16/10

A Special Message from Reza Aslan: Act Now To Stop War
I am writing you because I'm very concerned about the risk of war between our two countries - a war that some say is necessary in order to keep the peace. - 9/16/10

Iran: 20 political prisoners released on furlough
Iran has granted furloughs to 20 political prisoners. However, their names will not be announced so that they can spend their leave without any problems, "but of course as long as they act according to the furlough rules," Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters on Wednesday. - 9/16/10

EXHIBITION - Simeen Farhat: Charmed, Frenzied and Mad
Simeen Farhat is an internationally renowned artist and academic. She challenges popular perceptions in the West through her multi media works. - 9/16/10

Spouse Of Jailed Iranian Lawyer 'Threatened With Arrest'
The husband of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says he and her lawyer have been threatened with arrest if they continue to disseminate information about her case, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/16/10

Iranian authorities arrest more followers of dissident cleric in Shiraz
Ayatollah Dastgheib is one of the staunch critics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government who has repeatedly condemned the violent confrontation of protesters that claim the re-election of Ahmadinejad was secured through vote-rigging. - 9/16/10

Mothers Appeal for Release of Sons Held by Iran
Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2009 and charged with espionage, was released Tuesday to her mother. Meanwhile, the mothers of the other two hikers continue to press for their children's release from a Tehran prison. -VOA - 9/16/10

Iran lays claim to British Museum's Cyrus Cylinder
"Isn't it correct that the Cyrus Cylinder belongs to Iran?" asked the Keyhan newspaper, mouthpiece of hardline conservatives. "Isn't it true that the British government stole this valuable and ancient object of ours? If the answer to these questions is positive, which it is, why should we return [it] … to the party which stole it." -Guardian - 9/16/10

Parinoush Saniee wins Boccaccio award with "My Share"
Italy has awarded its annual Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Prize to female Iranian writer, Parinoush Saniee for her debut novel, My Share. -Press TV - 9/16/10

Developer Withdraws Anti-Censorship Software for Iranians
Software designed to allow Iranians to circumvent government monitoring of Internet traffic in Iran has been withdrawn amid security fears. -Epoch Times - 9/16/10

Historic Cyrus Cylinder Called 'A Stranger In Its Own Home'
Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Sunday attended the unveiling in Tehran of the Cyrus Cylinder, which is on loan from the British Museum. The cylinder dates from the 6th Century BC and is thought by many to be the first charter of human rights. It will be on public display for four months. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/15/10

Iran's Former President Says Sanctions Are No 'Joke'
Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is urging the country's leadership not to dismiss international sanctions against Tehran as a "joke." - 9/15/10

"How Green" becomes best documentary at Iran Cinema Celebration
"How Green Was Our Valley" scooped awards at the independent celebration of documentary cinema as part of the annual Iran Cinema Celebration. - 9/15/10

Released American Hiker 'Grateful and Humbled'
"I want to really offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people that have been involved, and I especially particularly want to address [Iranian] President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and all of the Iranian officials, the religious leaders, and thank them for this humanitarian gesture," said Shourd. - 9/15/10

IMPRISONED -- Nasrin Sotoudeh: A Mother, A Lawyer, An Activist...
On September 4th, a few days after the search of her home and office, Nasrin Sotoudeh was summoned to the special court resident in Evin prison. After appearing at the location, she was arrested with charges of "propaganda against the state" and "conspiracy to disturb order". She was taken to Evin prison. -Azadeh Davachi, Feminist School - 9/15/10

Tehran prosecutor threatens opposition leaders
Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi once more threatened the opposition leaders with prosecution and warned that the Islamic Republic will not allow the "seditious movement" to gain momentum again. -Zamaneh - 9/15/10

Dissident cleric rebukes Iran Assembly of Experts
Ayatollah Dastgheib, Iranian dissident cleric and Fars Province representative at the Assembly of Experts, boycotted the annual session today in protest to the assembly's indifference to the demands of the people. -Zamaneh - 9/15/10

Iran: Religious Scholar Ahmad Ghabel Detained After Prosecutor Visit
The charges pressed against him included "acting against national security through disseminating propaganda against the Islamic republic and insulting the supreme leader." -RFE - 9/15/10

Some Iranians desecrate US flag to protest desecration of Quran
Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to condemn desecration of the Holy Qur'an by extremists in the US on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. - 9/15/10

Iranian actress Leila Otadi to hold charity exhibit in Sweden, Denmark
Iranian actress Leila Otadi will hold a photo exhibition on the architecture of sacred places in Sweden and Denmark to raise funds for orphaned children and charity organizations. - 9/15/10

Exhibition -- Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
An exhibition of works from British collections dedicated to the Shahnameh: manuscripts and single detached folios, ceramics, metalwork and textiles. - 9/15/10

Sculptor and painter Hannibal Alkhas dies at 80
Iranian master sculptor and painter Hannibal Alkhas died on September 14 in the United States at the age of 80. He was suffering from a form of cancer. - 9/15/10

Armenia Denies Finalizing Free-Trade Deal With Iran
Armenian officials have denied reports that Yerevan and Tehran have finalized a free-trade agreement in an effort to expand bilateral economic ties, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. - 9/15/10

Ahmadinejad Changes Special Envoys to Advisors
Following the Supreme Leader's advice against parallel activities especially in foreign policy areas, President Ahmadinejad has changed his decision and appointed his special envoys as advisors in international affairs. -MNA - 9/15/10

Iran ranks 69th out of 139 in global competitiveness - World Economic Forum
This year's Global Competitiveness Report is being published amid uncertainty in the global economy and a continuing shift in the balance of economic activity away from advanced economies and toward developing ones. - 9/14/10

Iran Releases U.S. Woman From Jail
Iran is reported to have freed one of three Americans whom Tehran has accused of spying and held in prison for more than a year. -RFE - 9/14/10

Farhang Foundation Offers Beverly Hills A Taste of Persia
This was not a scene from One Thousand and One Nights. It was not a snippet from one of Scheherazade's tales. It was the final touches leading to the one-night-only event called Taste of Persia by Farhang Foundation, which took place Thursday, September 2, in Beverly Hills as part of the highly anticipated 9.02.10 Day celebration. - 9/14/10

Photos: Ordination ceremony for bishop held in Tehran
Mar Narsai Benjamin was ordained as a bishop in Tehran by Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Mar Khanania Dinkha IV. The ordination was conducted in Iran after 48 years.Ordination ceremony for bishop held in Tehran. -Ra'ouf Mohseni - 9/14/10

3rd Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 18-19, 2010
An annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world. Mrs. Khorvash will be present at the screening of “Prince Ehtejab” for her tribute and the Q & A, and during the festival to meet her fans. - 9/14/10

Iran: 13 followers of dissident cleric arrested in Shiraz
Iranian authorities ratchet up pressure on the opposition in Shiraz arresting 13 members of Abou-Saleh Seminary, an organization supervised by dissident senior cleric, Ayatollah Dastgheib. -Zamaneh - 9/14/10

Ahmadinejad opens Iran-Africa summit in Tehran
Representatives from governments and private sectors of over 40 African nations including the presidents of Senegal and Malawi are attending the get-together which will focus on expanding political and economic ties. - 9/14/10

Iran tries to force opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi into isolation
The reformist website Kaleme reports: "In the past weeks, people are being prevented from visiting the office of Mir Hossein Mousavi and some visitors are arrested and interrogated or forced to give signed consent that they will never return." - 9/14/10

Defecting Iranian Diplomat Says Ahmadinejad Government 'Damaging Iran'
An Iranian diplomat who resigned to join the opposition Green Movement says that the rule of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's government has damaged Iran's prestige and honor, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. -RFE - 9/14/10

Amano's remarks are an affront to IAEA inspectors: Iran
Tehran says IAEA chief Yukiya Amano's remarks about the quality of Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog not only brought discredit upon him but also affronted IAEA inspectors. -MNA - 9/14/10

Iranian Diplomats Defect In Finland, Belgium
Iranian opposition members say another Iranian diplomat has defected in Europe -- this time in Belgium. The Europe-based Green Wave opposition movement said Farzad Farhangian, press attache at the Iranian Embassy in Brussels, walked out on September 10 and flew to Oslo. - 9/14/10

Truth About Religion And Democracy
"As more and more devout rural congregations across America were organized as political pressure groups, it didn’t take long for extremist doctrines to be imposed and for cheap, dirty politics to move onto the pulpit." -Gordon Duff, Veterans Today - 9/14/10

Photos: Badab Soort Natural Spring in Sari, Iran
The Badab Soort Natural Spring is located south of Sari and is considered one of the most incredible sights of its region. It is at a height of 1,841 meters above sea level and just west of the village or Orost. It is believed that the Spring was created during the Paleocene Era and at the same time as the latest folds in the Alborz mountain range -Photos by Javad Razmi - 9/13/10

Iranian authorities say opposition leader's attackers identified
Tehran chief of security forces, Commander Hossein Sajedinia, announced that they have identified 100 individuals from the mob that attacked the home of opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, and reported them to the judiciary. -Zamaneh - 9/13/10

How Much Sacrifice For Palestinians?: Iranian athletes want directions on facing Israeli opponents
Iran Wrestling Federation announced that head of Iran's Physical Education Organization, Ali Saeidlou, has called on Islamic Republic's supreme leader to give them directions regarding confrontation with Israeli athletes. - 9/13/10

Reformist Group accuses IRGC Head, Mohammad Ali Jafari, of Prison Cruelties
Iranian reformist organization, Islamic Iran Participation Front issued an open letter to the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari to announce that he is responsible for "cruelties and disasters" that the political prisoners have been subjected to in Iran's prisons. - 9/13/10

Shiva Nazar Ahari, Iranian human rights defender, released from prison
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a 26-year-old notable Iranian human rights defender, has been released on a bail of around $500,000 after an ongoing international campaign to bring attention to her case. - 9/13/10

Iran: Samarghandian breaks women's discus record after 33 years
Elham Samarghandian broke Iranian women's discus throw record after 33 years on Monday. Samarghandian finished in first place at the third edition of Iran's Track and Field Championship with a throw of 41.48 meters. - 9/13/10

Iranian Community School Fundraising Event in Vienna, Virginia
The Iranian Community School in Vienna, Virginia is trying to raise funds for its operations. To accomplish, the school has organized an evening of Western and Persian classical music, as well as dance on Sunday, October 10. - 9/13/10

Islamic Republic restricts visits with opposition leaders
Norooz website, news outlet for Islamic Iran Participation Front reports that Iranian security forces impeded the reformist group's former secretary general, Mohammadreza Khatami, from visiting Mir Hossein Mousavi. - 9/13/10

MUSIC PODCAST -- Episode 2: 127's Folk-Punk And The Progressive Rock Of Free Keys
"The Iran Sound From Way Out" is a new music program from RFE/RL that focuses on the best of Iran's underground music scene. Despite the restrictions imposed by the Islamic republic's ruling authorities, Iran has a vibrant underground artistic life. - 9/13/10

Iran's oil output falls by 15,000 bpd
Iran's oil production has decreased by around 15,000 barrels per day (bpd) in August, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says. -Press TV - 9/13/10

Photos: Hossein Nourinejad Warmly Greeted Upon Release From Evin Prison
Iranian reformist journalist Hossein Nourinejad was released from Tehran's Evin prison on September 11, after one year of imprisonment. He was warmly greeted by family and friends outside Evin. - 9/12/10

Iran 'To Release' Female U.S. 'Hiker' On Bail
A detained American will be released on bail of $500,000, Iranian media have quoted a Tehran prosecutor as saying. The prosecutor was quoted as saying the conditions of the bail do not prohibit Shourd from leaving Iran. -RFE - 9/12/10

Iran continues prosecution of post-election detainees
Nezam Hassanpour, an Iranian election protester, was sentenced to six years in prison for participation in post-election protests. Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi, member of executive committee of Iranian student organization Danesh Amoukhtegan, was sentenced to five years in prison and a monetary fine by Iranian judiciary. - 9/12/10

Become an Ambassador of Mehr
The Mehregan Student Scholarship Fund supports a successful path for Iranian students to attain a college degree. Celebrating its 14th year, Mehregan has awarded over $100,000, to Iranian students and educational programs. - 9/12/10

Iran: Those In Jail 'Have Not Been Forgotten'
This is an image of a message from an 8-year-old boy from Tehran that was sent to the mother of jailed student activist Majid Tavakoli. It says, "Political prisoner must be released." -RFE - 9/12/10

Iran preparing to load fuel into Bushehr reactor core
Iran announced on Friday that nuclear fuel will be loaded into the core of the Bushehr reactor at the beginning of the Iranian calendar month of Mehr (begins on September 23). Afterwards, the Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin operations -MNA - 9/12/10

Iranian Girls Lose to China in Asian Junior Volleyball Championship
Iran was defeated by China in the 15th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday. Iran lost to China in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-13 in its opening. - 9/12/10

Public support for families of executed Iranian Kurds
A group of Iranian-Kurdish citizens met with the families of the four political prisoners who were hanged in May by Islamic Republic authorities. -Zamaneh - 9/12/10

Grand Ayatollah Saanei Warns Oppressors
In his sermon, Ayatollah Saanei stressed: "Every person must know that if the path that one was taking yesterday was wrong and has been oppressing and repressing the people, then that person will be suffering and paying for his sins in afterlife." - 9/12/10

Iran to host International Philosophy Day congress in November
Scholars, luminaries, intellectuals and academics from around the world will celebrate the International Philosophy Day in Iran in November, director of the Iranian Institute of Wisdom and Philosophy has announced. - 9/12/10

Photos: Unveiling Of The Cyrus Cylinder In Tehran
The dispute between Iran and the British Museum has been settled as the museum has finally loaned the Cyrus Cylinder to the National Museum of Iran for four months. The artifact arrived in Iran on Friday along with a BM delegation led by the Curator, BM Department of the Middle East, John Curtis, Iranian media announced on Friday. -MNA - 9/11/10

Iran Cancels Release of US Hiker
Iran has abruptly canceled plans to release one of the American hikers detained for more than a year in Tehran after judicial officials cited unresolved legal issues. -VOA - 9/11/10

Videogame Featuring Legendary Persian Hero Garshasp Released
Created entirely by young Iranian designers, Garshasp made a splash at Gamescom, Europe's biggest video games fair back in August. The director of the Garshasp project, Arash Jafari, told Press TV that the game was meant to deliver the cultural message of the Persian civilization. - 9/11/10

Iranian Grand Ayatollah Grants Women More Marital Rights
Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said during a lecture in Qom on Koranic verses on September 9 that a virgin girl or young woman does not need her father or grandfather's approval if she is mature enough and/or other senior members of the family are in favor of the marriage. -RFE - 9/11/10

Exiled Ally Talks About Jailed Iranian Activist's Torture Allegations
Momeni is the spokesman of Advar Tahkim Vahdat, which is the alumni organization of Iran's largest reformist student group. Several members of the group have been arrested in the postelection crackdown while others have been forced into exile, including Mohammad Sadeghi, a member of the central council of the pro-reform organization -RFE - 9/11/10

Artist Azadeh Ghotbi: AS KISMET WOULD HAVE IT
I was thrilled to find out that Azadeh Ghotbi was having another show in New York. Then, as kismet would have it, I ran into her in her studio. I'm captivated by her paintings-large, abstract pieces that navigate one's senses between quiet serenity and forceful outbursts, marking a creative tension between polar opposites. -Bijan Sepehri - 9/11/10

Iranian Official: 10 People Likely Dead in Gas Pipeline Blast near Mashhad
A senior Iranian official announced on Saturday that the death toll from a blast in Sarakhs-Mashhad gas pipeline in Northeastern Iran may reach 10. - 9/11/10

Turks Head to Polls Sunday in Key Referendum
Turks are set to vote Sunday in a referendum on changes to the constitution that was crafted in the wake of Turkey's 1980 military coup. -VOA - 9/11/10

Homecoming: Cylinder of Cyrus the Great arrives in Tehran
Hamid Baghai, head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran, announced that the Cylinder of Cyrus the Great has finally arrived in Iran after 40 years. -Zamaneh - 9/10/10

My name is Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, and I'm The Next Apprentice - Thursday Sept. 16 at 9 PM NBC
Persian Assistant District Attorney trades the courtroom for the boardroom in this season of The Apprentice. No-nonsense New York prosecutor Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy competes for a job with Donald Trump beginning September 16, 2010 on NBC’s hit series The Apprentice. - 9/10/10

Persian Wikipedia's Entries Pass the 100,000 Mark
The number of users of and contributors to Persian Wikipedia is by no means comparable to that of the English section. However, even with fewer numbers, the Persian language is now firmly established as part of Wikipedia: the free online encyclopedia that despite criticism is expanding everyday on the internet. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 9/10/10

Dar be Dar - How freedom became a fashion statement
Tala Raassi spent most of her childhood under Islamic rule where the lives of women are severely limited. Fashion captured the young Raassi’s true imagination and it wasn’t long before she began choosing fashion books over school books - 9/10/10

Iran: "Tortured Confessions" Detailed from Inside Evin Prison
Abdollah Momeni, a prominent Iranian activist jailed since June 2009, has described being severely tortured, forced to make false confessions, and subjected to a "show trial" in a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Momeni is serving a four years and eleven months prison sentence in Ward 350 of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. - 9/10/10

Iran to Release Female US Hiker 'Very Soon'
The Iranian United Nations mission has confirmed that Tehran will release American hiker Sarah Shourd "very soon." In a statement Thursday, the second counselor to the Iranian mission, Bak Sahraei, said that "he would like to confirm that Iran will be releasing Sarah Shourd very soon." - 9/10/10

Green Light
Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, daughter of Iran's powerful Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a prominent advocate of the Green Movement, speaks to Foreign Policy about the future of Iran's opposition and her (low) opinion of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 9/10/10

Exiled Iranian Blogger Critical Of Revolutionary Guards' Plan To Blog
Toronto-based opposition cartoonist and blogger Nikahang Kowsar told RFE/RL on September 8 that "I think members of the Revolutionary Guard are going to intervene in different social networks in cyberspace, as the government has found itself vulnerable in this field." - 9/10/10

Iran's Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi Doubtful About Inflation Reduction
"Constantly, figures are presented about the reduction of inflation, but this contrasts with what people see with their own eyes," the ayatollah told worshippers who had gathered in the shrine of Hazrat Ma'soumeh (SA) in Qom to hold Eid al-Fitr prayers. - 9/10/10

Iran denies running covert nuclear site
Iran's nuclear chief Ali-Akbar Salehi has denied allegations of a clandestine underground atomic site near the country's mega capital of Tehran. -Press TV - 9/10/10

In Search of Gay Tehran
The cafe felt more like San Francisco or New York City, with its black-and-white tiles and glass tables. Canvas photos of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Jim Morrison hung on the walls. Ten or so men and women huddled talking and smoking inside. My aunt took a seat and I went to the server and in a low whisper asked him if this was where gay men and women came. -PBS - 9/10/10

China Opposes Unilateral Iran Sanctions
China has opposed unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, calling for a diplomatic solution on the issue. -Press TV - 9/10/10

Photos: Breaking Fast at Hassan Abad Fire Station, Tehran
These photos by Amir Pourmand show the firefighters at Hassan Abad Fire Station in Tehran breaking their fasts together. Iftar refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. - 9/9/10

Iranian security forces surround Karroubi's home
Saham News website reports that security forces have taken control of Mehid Karroubi's house after circulation of a report that the opposition leader intends to lead a mass prayer marking Eid Fetre. - 9/9/10

Reports: Iran To Release One Of Three Detained U.S. Hikers
Reports say one of three U.S. hikers detained in Iran for more than a year is expected to be freed on September 11. The Iranian Culture Ministry told reporters by text message to come to the same hotel where the Americans' parents were allowed to meet them recently to witness the release. -RFE - 9/9/10

Rahnavard urges Iranian judiciary to prosecute opposition attackers
Kaleme website published the open letter to Ayatollah Larijani today in which Rahanavard condemns the attacks on Mehdi Karroubi's home in Tehran and Ayatollah Dastgheib in Shiraz as "the strategy, assumed by the country's security and judicial bodies, of oppressing the opposition through mob attacks." -Zamaneh - 9/9/10

Iran: Religious Scholar Ahmad Ghabel 'Summoned To Court'
Ahmad Ghabel was arrested on December 20, 2009, on his way to the funeral of prominent dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. He spent 170 days in Vakilabad prison in Mashad, northeastern Iran, before being released on bail. -RFE - 9/9/10

Ahmadinejad Encroaches On Supreme Leader's Foreign-Policy
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's appointments of special envoys for foreign affairs is seen as a direct challenge to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/9/10

Iran, Israel 'Meet' at Lebanon's Border
The revived Middle East Peace talks are focused exclusively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But there are other key actors in the search for an overall peace between Israel and its neighbors. -VOA - 9/9/10

Encounters: New Moon on the Silk Road
Acclaimed world dance ensemble Ballet Afsaneh unites leading Bay Area artists in an evening of exhilarating and innovative new dance works. A stellar cast of musicians and dancers explore cultural confluence and exchange inspired by the historic Silk Road. - 9/9/10

Iran Suspends Stoning Sentence
Iranian authorities say a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death for the crime, but she still faces murder charges in the death of her husband. -VOA - 9/9/10

Turquoise Launches First Domestic Fund in Iran
We are delighted to announce the launch of our first domestic equity fund, Firouzeh Mutual Investment Fund. The fund's focus is on investing in the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) -Turquoise Partners - 9/9/10

When the Shah of Iran Took the Pictures
Newsha Tavakolian, 29, has been covering Iran for Polaris Images since 2001 and has freelanced for The Times since 2004. She discussed coverage of last year’s political upheaval in “Covering Tehran” and shared her photographs of women singers in “A Quiet Song, With Feeling” -New York Times - 9/9/10

Iran demands aid in its anti-drug war
Iran has pleaded to the international community for more attention and support to its costly anti-narcotics efforts amid persisting rise in drug trade in neighboring Afghanistan despite the nine-year presence of US-led forces there. -Press TV - 9/9/10

Bahrain minister says Iran has no link to captured spy cells in the country
The Bahraini government has arrested some 250 Shiite activists, and has accused 23 of them of forming a terrorist network and trying to topple the country's Sunni-dominated government. -ISNA - 9/9/10

Iran stocks rally, sparking bubble concerns
In the span of about three months, the Tehran Stock Exchange's benchmark index has surged almost 23 percent, setting new records that officials argue are clear indications that Iran's economy is far from hurting despite international sanctions. -Business Week - 9/9/10

Parsa explores causes of 1979 Iranian Revolution
Despite widely held beliefs, the 1979 Iranian Revolution was not a popular movement in support of Islamic fundamentalism at its outset, but instead began as a revolution for social justice supported by a broad coalition of secular interests, according to sociology professor Misagh Parsa. -The Dartmouth - 9/9/10

Iranian reformist party wants IRGC held responsible
Iranian reformist organization, Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, issued a statement in support of the seven plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against Commander Moshfeq of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. -Zamaneh - 9/8/10

NIAC Calls on Obama Administration to Support a UN Human Rights Monitor on Iran
The National Iranian American Council calls on President Obama to support the establishment of a UN human rights monitor on Iran at the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly to report on violations taking place inside the country. - 9/8/10

Iran announces self-sufficiency in petrol production
Iran's oil minister, Massoud Mirkazemi, announced that Iran has now become self-sufficient in its petrol production and is no longer dependent on foreign imports in this regard. -Zamaneh - 9/8/10

Iranian photographers win top prizes at U.S. exhibit
The 2010 PSA International Exhibition of Photography recently honored a number of Iranian photographers with gold, silver and bronze medals. -Tehran Times - 9/8/10

Iran audit body slams subsidy plan, privatisation work
Iran's main audit body has slammed the government's plan to scrap subsidies from later this month and its policy of privatising state firms, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. -AFP - 9/8/10

Fidel Castro Criticizes Iranian President Over Anti-Semitism
Former Cuban revolutionary and President Fidel Castro has been quoted as criticizing Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad for espousing anti-Semitic attitudes and denying the Holocaust. -RFE - 9/8/10

IRAQ and the US Continued Saga
In retrospect, one can only surmise as to whether or not it was in the best interest of the American people to wage this endless war against Iraq. Was the one and only aim to remove Hossein or there were some ulterior motives having to do with the multinational conglomerates' and/or some third country's agenda? -David N. Rahni, New York - 9/8/10

Iran, world's 8th biggest electricity producer
The Iranian Energy Minister said the Islamic Republic ranks 8th in generating electricity in the world. Majid Namjou told IRNA news agency on Tuesday that Iran currently has 51 power plants with a capacity to produce 57,000 megawatts of electricity per day. -MNA - 9/8/10

US Treasury Department Targets Iranian-Owned Bank in Germany
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has targeted the Iranian-owned bank Europäisch­-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) based in Germany and accused it of facilitating Iran's "Proliferation Activities." Iran has repeatedly stated that their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and denied there is a military aspect to it. - 9/8/10

South Korea Imposes Sanctions on Iran
South Korea is the latest country to impose independent sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program. The announcement comes after weeks of internal government discussions and pressure by the United States. -VOA - 9/8/10

US and Iran favour Maliki as Iraq PM six months after polls
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has the backing of Washington and US arch-foe Iran to keep his job, six months after he narrowly lost an election to ex-premier Iyad Allawi, politicians said Tuesday. -AFP - 9/8/10

From a Bruising Sport, a Friendship of Champions: Iranian motocross racer's visit is chance to ride with her American friend
Noora Moghaddas and Ashley Fiolek have little in common, but it's more than enough for them to laugh together like the good friends they have become in a few short days. Moghaddas is Iranian, on her first visit to the United States. Fiolek is the reason she made the trip. -Jeff Baron, - 9/7/10

Farsi1: Satellite TV Dramas Take Iran by Storm
A satellite TV station broadcasting from Dubai is now so popular in Iran that it has the authorities seriously worried, even though its content is entertainment, not politics. Farsi1 , which has been on the airwaves for just over one year, is now much part of the social fabric that the shows it airs are popular all across Iran, even in the remotest villages. -Sahar Namazikhah, IWPR - 9/7/10

Iranian duo win gold medals in World Wrestling Championships
Iran's Greco-Roman wrestlers Hamid Sourian and Amir Aliakbari claimed the gold medals in the 2010 World Wrestling Championship. -MNA - 9/7/10

Football: Iran defeats South Korea 1-0 in friendly
Iran defeated South Korea by a solitary goal at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Tuesday. Iran had not defeated South Korea in Seoul since 1971 at which the west Asian team beat its rival 2-0. -MNA - 9/7/10

Photos: Historical Khan School in Shiraz Grappling With Death
The magnificent Khan school structure, which is considered one of the last sites representing Shiraz style of architecture, is on the verge of destruction. Unfortunately the cultural authorities don't seem to appreciate the significance of this historical school where once Mulla Sadra engaged in teaching. -Mohammad Hadi Khosravi, MNA - 9/7/10

Iranian Political Prisoners Denied Phone Calls, Told To Recant
A few hundred inmates at Tehran's Evin prison are reported to have been denied phone calls since 17 of them launched a hunger strike in late July, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/7/10

Rights groups condemn arrest of Iranian lawyer
Nasrin Sotoudeh who has been active as the defence lawyer of a number of high-profile political detainees in Iran was arrested on the charge of activities against national security and anti-government propaganda. -Zamaneh - 9/7/10

IAAB Announces 2nd Biennial Student Summit Coming to Washington, D.C.
Iranian Alliances Across Borders' 2nd biennial Student Summit will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., November 5-7, 2010. - 9/7/10

Iran says part of IAEA report politically-motivated, has the right to pick nuclear inspectors
Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said Amano manner of reporting damages the agency's status. -ISNA - 9/7/10

Mesbah Yazdi from Ayatollah Khamenei's Office: Democracy and Human Rights Have No Place in Islamic Theology
Hardline Shiite cleric and the spiritual and religious father of members of the administration said during a speech he delivered at ayatollah Khamenei's office in the city of Qom that opponents to the rule of the Islamic republic supreme leader are "moharebs" [enemies of God] and that "Democracy, freedom, and human rights have no place" in Islamic theology. -Bahram Rafiee, Rooz - 9/7/10

The Greatest Sin: Being a Bahai in Iran
The Islamic Republic is merciless when it comes to members of the Bahai faith. It is the greatest sin to be a Bahai because in the eyes of Islam the idea of divine revelation after the death of the Prophet Mohammad -- the Seal of the Prophets -- is unacceptable. -Fariba Amini - 9/7/10

Dutch town of Delft is center of a new Iranian activism
Over 1,000 Iranian students, the majority fresh arrivals from Iran's best universities, are studying applied physics and aerospace engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and meeting during evenings in cafes that line the city's canals. The university hosts one of the largest communities of visiting Iranian scholars in Europe, and many are involved with the Iranian opposition movement. -Washington Post - 9/7/10

San Francisco shop closes after Iran sanctions ban rugs
After nine years, my husband, Dodd, and I will end what we consider to be our life's work. Our thriving San Francisco felt rug business, Peace Industry, is a casualty of recent U.S. sanctions that include a ban on the import of rugs and other goods from Iran. -SFGate - 9/7/10

Iran: Stoning Case Not Human Rights Issue
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that if releasing murderers is a human rights issue, then those nations should release all of their murderers from jail. -VOA - 9/7/10

Iran parliament concerned over rise of retirements in universities
Iranian parliament has announced that the rising retirement of professors in Iranian universities is under examination at the parliament. In the past months, the universities are witnessing radical changes in their faculty members as tens of professors are reportedly going into retirement. -Zamaneh - 9/6/10

Iranian authorities refuse to inform family of detained journalist
Wife of Mohammad Nourizad, the detained journalists and filmmaker, announced that she is being kept in complete blackout regarding news about her husband. -Zamaneh - 9/6/10

Pearls on the Ocean Floor: A documentary about Iranian female artists
Pearls on the Ocean Floor is a new documentary by Robert Adanto, examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. Pearls on the Ocean Floor challenges the media stereotypes and caricatures obscuring the vibrant and robust culture in Iran and its diaspora. - 9/6/10

Photos: Qashqaii Nomadic Life
Speaking a Turkic language, Qashqais mainly live in the Iranian provinces of Fars, Khuzestan, and southern Isfahan. The Qashqaii, made up of a number of tribes and sub-tribes, as one of the country's greatest tribes, earn money from farming and animal husbandry. -Is'haq Aqaii, MNA - 9/6/10

Karrubi's Son Hails Revolutionary Guards' Denial Of House Siege
The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi says he is "happy" that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has formally denied besieging Karrubi's home, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/6/10

Ignoring Khamenei's Unity Plan
While several senior Islamic Republic officials have emphasized the "necessity of unity in recent days, one of Ahmadinejad's aides yesterday announced that the chief executive did not wish to participate in the Expediency Council sessions, despite ayatollah Khamenei's request for Ahmadinejad do to so. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 9/6/10

Feared Iranian Prosecutor Falls From Grace
The fall of one of Iran's top prosecutors is the latest move in a prison abuse case that has caused shock waves through the system. While the suspension of Deputy Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi has gratified those who accuse him of sanctioning arbitrary imprisonment and abuse, it is unlikely to herald a new commitment to human rights. -Omid Memarian, IWPR - 9/6/10

Iran should engage in intellectual jihad with the West: Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran should have the audacity to engage in intellectual debate with the proponents of Western liberal democracy. -MNA - 9/6/10

Haddadi claims bronze in IAAF Continental Cup
Iran discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi claimed the bronze medal of the IAAF Continental Cup in Split, Croatia on Sunday. -MNA - 9/6/10

Iran: Ayatollah Dastgheib returns to Qoba Mosque after attacks
Iron fences set up in response to attacks from pro-government mobs around Qoba Mosque in Shiraz where reformist cleric, Ayatollah Dastgheib, leads the prayers and sermons, were taken down today. - 9/5/10

Iran's Human Rights Lawyers Increasingly Facing Their Own Days In Court
"Currently in our country there are many authorities who violate the laws and the rights of the accused. Lawyers are the only ones to defend the accused," Mostafei says, "but their protests against such violations has angered those who cannot tolerate criticism and who are abusing their powers and imposing their personal preferences in judicial cases." -RFE - 9/5/10

Prominent Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh arrested in Tehran
Nasrin Sotoudeh, prominent Iranian lawyer was arrested yesterday in Tehran after being summoned to the court at Evin Prison. Sotoudeh received the summons last Saturday while her office and home were searched by the authorities. She was charged with "Activities against national security" and "propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime." -Zamaneh - 9/5/10

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Deny Link to Assault on Karroubi's Residence
"Gathering of some headstrong elements outside Karroubi's home which led to shooting from his home was organized by a number of unwise and willful elements and we strongly condemn the incident ... and those who have been behind this incident have no relation with the sacred organs of Basij and Sepah (IRGC)," the statement says - 9/5/10

Beneath the Persian Sands: Persian music and dance performance in Berkeley
Zaryab, Persian music ensemble and Ballet Afsaneh present an unforgettable evening of exquisite Persian Music and Dance, unlocking hidden treasures from an ancient past. - 9/5/10

Vatican Pressing Iran Over Stoning Case
The Vatican today said it is pressing Iran "through diplomatic channels" to spare the life of an Iranian woman condemned to death by stoning for adultery. -RFE - 9/5/10

Iran's Ahmadinejad Visits Qatar
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held talks on Sunday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani and other senior Qatari officials in Doha. -MNA - 9/5/10

Iran-Germany trade up 14% despite sanctions
The German newspaper Hendelz Blat wrote, "Although UN and EU sanctions against Iran have intensified, trade between Iran and Germany has grown significantly." -MNA - 9/5/10

Iran's power grid connected to 7 other states
Iran's electricity network has integrated to power grids of seven neighboring countries to meet their energy demands, says Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou. -Press TV - 9/5/10

Iran resumes gas export to Turkey
Iran has resumed gas pump to Turkey on Sunday morning after it was halted for 11 days. The pause came as an explosion in a part of the pipeline that lies in Turkish territory. -ISNA - 9/5/10

Catherine Deneuve critical of Carla Bruni's support for Iranian woman
An appeal by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on behalf of an Iranian woman facing death by stoning for alleged adultery was counterproductive, according to Catherine Deneuve. -Telegraph - 9/5/10

Heavy clashes in Qoba mosque in the city of Shiraz
After Friday's Qods Day rally, a group of organized thugs who were provoked by the remarks made by the representative of the supreme leader in the Revolutionary Guards of Fars province, and with the guidance of former hardliner governor of the city of Shiraz, using governmental resources entered the Qoba mosque - 9/4/10

Iran's Supreme Leader Accountable for Violence Against Opposition Leaders
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran holds Iran's Supreme Leader responsible for the safety of presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi and his family following attacks on Karroubi's home by dozens of armed plainclothes forces. - 9/4/10

Arabic, Farsi Fluency Considered 'Critical' to US National Security
Summer vacation is ending and students at American schools and colleges are getting ready to head back to class. In previous years, many of them would have been taking French or Spanish as a second language. Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is now considered "critical" to U.S. national security and more Americans are learning these languages today than ever before. -VOA - 9/4/10

40 Tehran University professors retired in past six months
Deputy Treasurer of Tehran University announced today that about forty faculty members of the university have retired since the beginning of the Iranian year in March. He stressed that the retirement of professors must not be seen as a political issue. -Zamaneh - 9/4/10

Day of Anti-Israel Protest Reveals Iran's Internal Rift
Iran's government used annual pro-Palestinian demonstrations Friday to renew its threat to wipe Israel off the map, while dissident leaders accused the regime of using verbal attacks on Israel to divert attention from its battle with domestic political opponents. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/4/10

Cars from the “Axis of Evil”: Iran
When George W. Bush first dubbed several countries the “Axis of Evil” in 2002, few knew what that truly meant for the future of U.S. foreign policy. But no one—not even the President himself—knew then that these evildoing countries would one day have to suffer the ultimate sanction: ridicule of their homebrewed cars by Car and Driver. - 9/4/10

Archery World Cup: Iran Wins Silver In Mixed Team Compound
Iran team consisting of Vida Halimian and Reza Zamaninejad lost to Mexico 150 - 155 and came second while the U.S. defeated the Netherlands 156-152 in the bronze medal match. -MNA - 9/4/10

Iranian Pro-Government Demonstrators Turn Out for Jerusalem Day
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned Israel and the US in a rally marking the annual Quds, or Jerusalem Day. Security was tight and coincided with reports that the house of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi was under siege by pro-government militia members. - 9/4/10

Iran Hails 'Serious Progress' In Armenia Ties
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki says there has been "serious progress" in his country's relations with Armenia. Mottaki said that "we need to take concrete steps such as the elaboration of an agreement on a free-trade zone and privileged tariffs, which would help to elevate our relations to the proper level." -RFE - 9/4/10

Iran imports hit $24b for first 5 months of the year
Iran imported $24.2 billion worth of goods during the first five months of current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2010). The amount shows 22.21 percent increase in comparison to the same period in the previous year. - 9/4/10

Neocons Hope Israel Will Start a Fire the U.S. Will Be Forced to Put Out
Neocons are supporting an Israeli attack on Iran in the hope that the U.S. would be drawn into the ensuing conflict. “If the Israelis bomb now, American public opinion will probably be with them,” writes neocon Reuel Marc Gerecht. -Gareth Porter - 9/4/10

Iran: Hardliners Attack House Of Opposition Leader Karrubi
The son of opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi says hardliners tried to forcefully enter his father's house tonight but were stopped by his bodyguards. Hossein Karrubi -- who was at his father's house at the time of the attack -- told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that the attackers fired shots at the house and smashed the windows and surrounding street lamps. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/3/10

Hossein Karroubi: Attack was response of Supreme Leader to my mother's letter
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Hossein Karroubi talked about the recent attacks on his father's residence. The residence of Mehdi Karroubi was under attack by Basiji forces the night before Qhods. According to Hossein Karroubi, bullets were fired at the water pipes and the entire house was filled with water. The telephone lines in the entire building were also disconnected. - 9/3/10

Iran eliminated from FIBA World Championship
Iran basketball team was eliminated from the 2010 FIBA World Championship. In the competition which is underway in Turkey, Iran failed to reach the next round after suffering four losses. - 9/3/10

Iranian authorities prepare for possible street protests
Amidst rallies issued through a number of social networks for people to participate in tomorrow's demonstrations, Iranian security forces have been brandishing security maneuvers while web users report evident reduction in internet speeds and frequent interruptions. - 9/3/10

Iranian American's Campaign for Irvine City Council Reinforced by Long Record of Civic Participation
Since moving to Orange County 16 years ago, Iranian American Shiva Farivar has played an integral role serving the community and working to open new doors for the next generation of Iranian Americans. -Arsalan Barmand, NIAC - 9/3/10

Organized attacks on Karroubi condemned by groups and personalities
The Assembly of Teachers and Scholars of Qom Seminary School in a statement strongly condemned the attacks by Basij and plain-clothes militia on Mehdi Karroubi's residence. In this statement the assembly by also referring to the recent attacks on the residences, mosques and offices of Grand Ayatollah Saanei in Qom and Grand Ayatollah Dastgheyb in Shiraz - 9/3/10

Football: Iran beats China in friendly
Iran football team defeated China in a friendly match in Zhengzhou, China on Friday. In the match held at the Xinxiang Stadium, the Iranians managed to defeat the Chinese team 2-0. -MNA - 9/3/10

Iran bars prominent filmmaker Jafar Panahi from attending Vencie festival
In his statement, Panahi criticizes the authorities for all the restrictions they have enforced on his filmmaking efforts in the past five years and writes: "When a filmmaker is not allowed to make films, it means that his mind is kept incarcerated. He might not be imprisoned in a small cell, but he is wandering in a bigger prison." - 9/3/10

Stop the War Talk
This drumbeat must be silenced, and only President Obama can silence it. An Israeli attack on Iran would almost certainly precipitate a devastating regional war with unforeseeable global consequences. -Reza Aslan and Bernard Avishai, IHT - 9/3/10

The Important Role Of Weeping In Iran's Domestic, Foreign Policy
Blogger "Kodan-e Ba Estedad" (Talented Moron) writes about the role of weeping in Iran's domestic and foreign policy. He has put together a number of examples from Iran's recent history. -RFE - 9/3/10

Devil Den: Anti-Israeli computer games released in Tehran
Iran released two anti-Israeli computer games on the eve of the Quds Day. "Devil Den 2" and "Freedom Convoy", which have been produced by the School Students Basij Organization, were unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday. -MNA - 9/3/10

Iranian official cancels trip to the Netherlands
Islamic Republic's Deputy of Higher Education, Bagher Khorramshad, has cancelled his trip to the Netherlands following protests by the Dutch-Iranian community. -Zamaneh - 9/3/10

U.S., Iranian Players Congratulate Each Other After Basketball Contest
Members of the U.S. and Iranian men's national basketball teams have congratulated each other following a lopsided U.S. victory at the FIBA world championships in Turkey. - 9/2/10

Iranian Opposition Launches Its Own Satellite TV Channel
Ebrahim Nabavi, one of the channel's organizers, said their aim is to break the state-controlled broadcasters' monopoly on the flow of information, fight against censorship in Iran, reflect the views of all Iranian people, and frankly discuss all issues related to Iran. -RFE - 9/2/10

Iran: Women's Rights Campaigners Convicted, Lawyers Under Increased Persecution
Authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran are continuing to arrest and jail civil society activists while persecuting and prosecuting independent lawyers, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported - 9/2/10

Iran Risks Crash With Record Stock Market Boom, Say Economists
A record boom in Tehran's stock market will end in a spectacular crash that could trigger a prolonged depression producing multiple bankruptcies, mass unemployment, and acute economic hardship, analysts say. -Robert Tait, RFE - 9/2/10

Iran: Opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi hold meeting on the eve of Qods Day
Yesterday Mehdi Karroubi visited Mir Hossein Mousavi. In this meeting, which lasted two hours, various issues of the society and the country were discussed. This included Iran's Green Movement, Economy, Corruption and Qods Day. - 9/2/10

Attackers swarm Iranian opposition leader's home again
Iranian pro-government forces once more attacked the home of opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi last night at 10 p.m. chanting slogans against the reformist leader and vandalizing his residence. -Zamaneh - 9/2/10

Iranian filmmaker decries 'mental imprisonment'
Prominent Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, barred from attending the screening of his short film "The Accordion" at the Venice film festival, on Wednesday decried his "mental imprisonment." -AFP - 9/2/10

Iran: Zahra Rahnavard attacked by pro-government forces
Zahra Rahnavard, Iranian opposition figure, was attacked by a group of plainclothes forces of the Islamic Republic on the streets of Tehran. Kaleme website reports that the attack occurred a few nights ago in an alley close to her residence. - 9/2/10

Zionists Waiting To Kill Hidden Imam, Says Iranian Cleric
Mojtaba Zolnour, deputy representative of Iran's supreme leader in the Revolutionary Guard, has said that "Zionists" are waiting for the Hidden Imam to appear to kill him. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/2/10

Energy Industry Publication Defends Proposed New York Mosque
The plan to build an Islamic Center and mosque two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City has drawn widespread opposition and, as a result, many Muslims feel they are being unfairly blamed for the actions of the terrorists who brought down the two skyscrapers on September 11, 2001. -Greg Flakus, Houston - 9/2/10

For the U.S. and Iran, a Friendly Competition: Match at world championship is about basketball, not nationalism
When the U.S. and Iranian national teams play one another in basketball, Hamed Haddadi says, some boastful words will be exchanged -- but that's only because the Iranian center and U.S. forward Rudy Gay are such good friends. -Jeff Baron, - 9/1/10

Fatemeh Karroubi Takes Iran's Supreme Leader to Task
Fatemeh Karroubi, wife of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, in a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, condemned the attacks made on her home and family by the pro-government crowds. -Zamaneh - 9/1/10

Ahmadinejad Faces New Conservative Challenge: Relations with Motalefeh party strained by series of disputes
Protests by the Green Movement, the reformist opposition in Iran, may have faded from the streets of Tehran, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now at loggerheads with a new opponent, a long-established party of religious conservatives. -Mehdi Jedinia - 9/1/10

Iranian Political Prisoner Arjang Davudi 'In Grave Condition'
Iranian political activist Arjang Davudi, who launched a hunger strike in jail 50 days ago, is in a grave condition, his wife has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 9/1/10

New Sanctions and Outlook of Iran-EU Relations
Relations between Iran and the European Union (EU) have followed a sinusoidal course of "continuation and change" in the past 30 years as a result of the establishment of multilateral institutions in Europe. -Behzad Khoshandam - 9/1/10

Foreign Minister Fefends Iran's Human Rights Track
Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki defended the human rights situation in Iran in an interview with Spiegel. -Zamaneh - 9/1/10

Music Review: Angels Of Persepolis
Of Persian descent, Mehran Jalili is based in Chicago and, after years of playing rock and blues guitar, he steps into the artist spotlight with his 2010 CD, Angels Of Persepolis. -MWE3 - 9/1/10

Call for release of Iranian detainee, Shiva Nazar-Ahari
Chairwoman of European Parliament's Subcommittee in Human Rights issued a statement calling for the immediate release of Iranian human rights activist, Shiva Nazar-Ahari. -Zamaneh - 9/1/10

Iran Loans More than $250 Million to Bolivia
Iran has extended a credit line of more than $250 million to Bolivia as development aid. -VOA - 9/1/10

Japan set to toughen sanctions on Iran - Nikkei
Japan is set to toughen sanctions against Iran as early as this week over its disputed nuclear programme, the Nikkei business daily said, following the United States and European Union's leads in pressuring Tehran. -Reuters - 9/1/10

Denel: We did not help Iran with UAVs
Denel Dynamics is formally denying it has supplied tactical surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles or target drones to Iran. That country recently launched a turbojet-powered drone, called the “Karrar.” -defenceWeb - 9/1/10

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