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Photos: Iran Men's Volleyball Team Crowned Asian Champions
Iran claimed the Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship title following an outstanding come-from-behind victory 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16) against China on Thursday. - 9/30/11

Does America Need More Enemies? Can America Afford More Enemies? And, Where Would Iran Fit In All This?
It is perhaps time to change the centuries-long axiom of Divide and Conquer, and start on the new path of Cooperate and Prosper If the United States is to retain its superpower status and be successful in managing its strategic interests in the Middle East region, dealing with a counterpart that commands authority over a united, rather than a fragmented, front would be the ideal path. Iran can play that role and seems to be clearly on the way of achieving the status of the region's superpower. -Kam Zarrabi - 9/30/11

Iran: Former Political Prisoner Nahal Sahabi Committs Suicide
Blogger and poet Nahal Sahabi, a supporter of the green opposition movement, committed suicide on the night of September 28th in Tehran. Sahabi was recently arrested along with her friends Kouhyar Goudarzi and Behnam Ganji and spent time in solitary. Sahabi and Ganji were later released, but Goudarzi remains in prison. Ganji had also committed suicide after his release. - 9/30/11

Photos: Iranian Women Canoe Polo Team Defeats Taiwan in Asian Championship
Iranian women canoe polo team, current champions of Asia, displayed their superiority by defeating Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) 11-1 in their first Asian Championship match in Tehran. Some are calling the high score a revenge for the loss of Iranian men's team to the Chinese Taipei team earlier in a close 6-7 match. -Omid Vahabzadeh - 9/30/11

Photos: Culture Festival of Iranian Tribes in Golestan
Art and culture aficionados gathered in the northern Iranian city of Gorgan in Golestan Province on Tuesday to celebrate the opening ceremony of the 5th Culture Festival of Iranian Tribes. Over 140 Iranian artisans along with foreign artists from neighboring countries of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and Armenia are displaying their variety of arts. - 9/30/11

Where is Ahmadinejad's Closest Aide Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei?
The Iranian president's right-hand man, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, is reportedly back in Tehran amid speculation concerning his whereabouts. Mashaei, described by Ahmadinejad's opponents as a key member of the so-called "deviant current" that is allegedly trying to undermine the role of the clergy, was in New York with the Iranian president. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 9/30/11

Internal State Document Exposes the Role of the Iranian TV in the Crackdown on Filmmakers
Almost two week after the arrests of documentary filmmakers by intelligence and security forces in Tehran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran acquired an internal document from the Iran's state broadcasting network revealing the network's role in the government persecution of independent filmmakers and film critics. - 9/30/11

Iran: Christian Pastor Faces Execution for 'Apostasy'
Iranian authorities should immediately free pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Nadarkhani, who has been charged with apostasy and is in Rasht prison in northern Iran, faces possible execution. -HRW - 9/30/11

Iran Looks East to Bypass Western Sanctions
Years of diplomatic pressure and sanctions from the United Nations and Western powers have so far failed to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program. This week Iran published figures claiming that trade with China has soared in the past year. The U.S. is pressuring China to adhere to the sanctions - but there are growing calls for a change of approach in the West's dealings with Tehran. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA, London - 9/30/11

Iran: Resignation Imminent For Central Bank Deputy Over Financial Scandal
The Deputy Head of Iran's Central Bank, Hamid Pour-Mohammadi, has been told to resign in connection with the $3-billion bank fraud, Iranian media report. - 9/30/11

Top Iranian banker flees amid embezzlement scandal
The banking scandal revolves around wealthy businessman Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, who allegedly forged letters of credit with the help of high-level bank managers. Among those linked to the scandal are some of Iran's leading politicians, including Ahmadinejad, his opponents have charged. -Washington Post - 9/30/11

"Suffering" in Iran Nearly Doubles to 26%
"Suffering" in Iran has nearly doubled, up from 14% in 2008 to 26% in 2011. Upward of 15% are unemployed; more than 35% are underemployed -Gallup - 9/30/11

Iran's hosting of Taliban reflects desire for greater role
Iran quietly hosted a delegation of Taliban members in Tehran this month in a powerful and unusual signal of its ambition to shape the trajectory of the Afghanistan conflict as U.S. troops begin to withdraw. -Washington Post - 9/30/11

In Search of Chardin
Danielle Digne's Epic Novel "The Jeweller of Isfahan" offers a Fresh Outlook on Jean Chardin's travels in Safavid Persia. "The Jeweller of Isfahan" is the third novel by French author Danielle Digne which is due for publication soon. -Darius KADIVAR - 9/29/11

Photos: Iran heads to Asian Volleyball Championship final
Iran advanced to the final of the Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship with a victory over South Korea on Wednesday. Iran defeated the Koreans 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14) at Tehran's Azadi Hall. - 9/29/11

Photos: Man Rescued From Deep Well After Suicide Attempt
A desperate man living in Sirjan, southern Iran, attempted suicide by throwing himself into a well 200 meters deep. However, due to tireless efforts by the Red Crescent crew, who had been alerted about the incident, the man was successfully pulled out of the deep and narrow well bringing relief to his family. -Amin Arjmand - 9/29/11

Wither the Iranian Presidency?
While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was touring the UN last week, delivering acerbic speeches and giving interviews, back home in the Iranian parliament questions were raised not about Ahmadinejad himself, but about the institution of the presidency in total, and whether there is a need for a president alongside the Supreme Leader's office. -Rasool Nafisi - 9/29/11

Shohreh's story: How Iran violated a top student's rights
Like many young people the world over, Shohreh Rowhani grew up with high hopes of a good university education. But now she has run up against a system which - while promising opportunity on the surface - is cruelly designed to block her and other young Iranians from ever getting a degree. -BWNS - 9/29/11

Iran: Arrests at funeral of activists in Khoy, West Azerbaijan
Iranian security forces have arrested a number of Khoy citizens in northwestern Iran at the funeral for two prominent community activists in Azerbaijan. - 9/29/11

Iran: Reza Khandan defends right to seek justice
Reza Khandan, the husband of jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, reported to Evin Court to present his final defence for having filed a complaint. - 9/29/11

Iran's Zob Ahan out of AFC Champions League
Iran's Zob Ahan failed to advance to the AFC Champions League semifinal after South Korean team Suwon Bluewings defeated the Isfahan-based club on Wednesday. - 9/29/11

Iran's Sepahan knocked out of AFC Champions League
Iran's Sepahan has been eliminated from the AFC Champions League despite defeating Al Sadd of Qatar on Wednesday. The Iranian team beat Al Sadd 2-1 in the second leg of the AFC Champions League quarterfinal but lost 4-2 on aggregate. - 9/29/11

Hikers' Lawyer Arrested, Interrogated, and Released in Tehran
On Tuesday morning, security forces entered the home of Massoud Shafiee, the lawyer representing the recently released Americans, and after several hours of searching his home and offices, transferred him to Evin Prison. - 9/29/11

China to Speed up Work on Delayed Iranian Gas Project: PIGC
China will make up a delay of more than two years in the development of phase 11 of Iran's South Pars gas field within three to four months, Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company (PIGC) said. - 9/29/11

PJAK Surrenders to Iran: IRGC Commander
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said that the IRGC's successful military operation against the PJAK has forced the terrorist group to accept Iran's terms and withdraw from the Iranian soil. - 9/29/11

No need for a hotline between Iran, U.S.: Iranian Defense Minister
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has said that there is no need for the establishment of a direct military hotline between Iran and the United States. - 9/29/11

U.S. Warns Chinese Banks About Ties to Iran
The U.S. has advised China that it could be penalized if its banks do business with Iranian financial institutions with ties to Iran's nuclear program. - 9/29/11

Three Iranian-Americans among recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
President Obama today named 94 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Three Iranian-Americans are among the recipients - 9/28/11

Iran's House of Cinema criticized for support of detained filmmakers
A number of Iranian government supporters have called for the House of Cinema to be shut down for its support of documentary makers recently arrested for allegedly collaborating with the BBC. - 9/28/11

Iran marches into Asian Volleyball Championship semifinal
Iran qualified for the semifinal round of the Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship on Tuesday. The Persian outfit outclassed the Sri Lankans in straight sets (25-16, 25-18, 25-15) at Tehran's Azadi Hall. - 9/28/11

Iran: Former CEO of Saderat Bank says former CEO of Bank Melli has fled to Canada
The former CEO of Saderat Bank opens up about the recent banking scam and says Mahmoud-Reza Khaavari, the head of Bank Melli, fled to Canada after resigning for his role in the scandal. - 9/28/11

'Iranian naval vessels to be deployed near U.S. sea borders': Navy Commander
The Navy commander says Iran plans to deploy naval vessels in the Atlantic Ocean near maritime borders of the United States. - 9/28/11

Iranian Woman Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Jail
Nargess Mohammadi, the deputy head of Iran's Human Rights Defenders Centre and chief executive of the National Council of Peace, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by the Islamic Republic judiciary. - 9/28/11

The Biggest Hypocrite Of All
A leopard can't change its spots. Nor, apparently, can Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad when it's time for his annual address at the UN General Assembly. -Hossein Aryan - 9/28/11

$2.6B embezzlement case leads to shakeup of Iran's banking system
The most massive embezzlement case in the history of Iran has triggered a wave of resignations and dismissals of the country's banking officials. - 9/28/11

Cruise missiles delivered to Iranian Navy, IRGC
Domestically-manufactured Qader cruise missiles were delivered to the Navy and the IRGC Navy Division on Wednesday. - 9/28/11

Sara Shourd: "I Will Support the Freedom of All Political Prisoners in Iran"
"I definitely support the freedom of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran," Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans who was arrested in Iran in July 2009 told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in an exclusive interview right after the trio's press conference this Sunday. - 9/28/11

Iran, Bahrain Ministers Meet, First Time Since Diplomatic Dispute
Tehran says the foreign ministers of Iran and Bahrain have met in New York, in what appears to be the first time since the two countries withdrew their ambassadors in a diplomatic squabble over Bahrain's crackdown on Shi'ite-led protests. - 9/28/11

The Iranian Diaspora Comes of Age
Over three decades after their mass migration began from their ancestral homeland, Iranian Americans have achieved success in their new home in many fields. From media to high-tech entrepreneurship, from the senior ranks of the federal government to academia, people of Iranian origin have truly "arrived" in America. -Alidad Mafinezam, PBS - 9/28/11

Ahvaz, Iran World's Most Polluted City: WHO
In a new study, World Health Organization says Ahvaz has the highest measured level of airborne particles small enough to cause serious health problems in humans. Ahvaz is a heavily-industrialized city known for oil fields. - 9/27/11

Iran's foreign currency reserves depleted
Iran's Foreign Currency Reserve Account has reached a zero balance despite high oil prices in recent years, the Iranian National Audit Organization announced. - 9/27/11

Iranian opposition leader describes his situation as "kidnapping"
After Mousavi told his daughters during a brief and heavily guarded visit that people who want to know about his life under house arrest should read Marquez's News of a Kidnapping, the translated version has sold out in Iranian bookstores. - 9/27/11

Photos: Iran defeats Japan in Asian Volleyball
Iran overpowered Japan in the 16th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship on Monday. The Iranian outfit defeated powerhouse Japan in three straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-17) in the match held at Tehran's Azadi Hall. - 9/27/11

Three State Media Journalists Arrested In Iran
Three Iranian journalists working for state media outlets are reported have been arrested in recent weeks, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The arrests of Mehrdad Sarjouei, Amir Ali Alamehzadeh, and Hadi Ahmadi add to a growing list of imprisoned journalists in Iran. - 9/27/11

Desmond Tutu and Jose Ramos-Horta join calls for release of Baha'i educators
As a number of Baha'i educators appear in court in Iran, two Nobel Peace Prize winners have sharply criticized the Iranian government, comparing its actions to "the Dark Ages of Europe" or the "Spanish Inquisition." - 9/27/11

37 Years And Halfway Through Encyclopaedia Iranica
In 1958, professor Ehsan Yarshater began teaching at Columbia University in New York. He was part of a generation of Iranian academics who sought training in the West. -NPR - 9/27/11

Inside Obama's Israel Bomb Sale
Obama pressures Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians -- while he arms Jerusalem, as Eli Lake exclusively reports in this week's Newsweek. - 9/27/11

The Toronto International Film Festival Expresses Grave Concern Regarding The Arrest Of Iranian Filmmakers
The Toronto International Film Festival today expressed its deep concern in response to the recent arrest of six Iranian filmmakers by the Iranian authorities on charges of espionage. - 9/27/11

Iran rebuffs proposal for hotline with U.S
"When we go to the Gulf of Mexico, we will establish direct communication with them. In the view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the illegitimate presence of the U.S. in the Persian Gulf makes no sense," Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said on Monday. - 9/27/11

Iran-China trade can hit $100bn: Envoy
Iran's Ambassador to China Mehdi Safari says trade transactions between the Islamic Republic and China has the capacity to reach $100 billion. - 9/27/11

Iranian carpets enter US markets via third countries: Official
An Iranian official of Industry, Mining and Trade Ministry said, "Despite embargo on Iranian carpets and rugs, the products are sent to American markets through third countries including Canada and Afghanistan." - 9/27/11

Neda's Mother Discredits Ahmadinejad
Hajar Rostami Motlagh, Neda Agha Soltan's mother responded to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments during his latest trip to New York: "I find this gentleman's remarks comical. The people are fully aware of who killed Neda..." - 9/26/11

Photos: Magic of Persia contemporary art prize
Works by 25 of the most promising Iranian contemporary artists will be on free public exhibition at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London during London's Frieze Week from October 10-15, 2011. The exhibition concludes with a charity auction of the exhibited works conducted by Christie's - directly followed by an announcement revealing the MOP CAP 2011 Winner. - 9/26/11

Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival: The Autumn Festival of Harvest
Mehregan is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans (Iranians). The word "Mehr" (in Mehregan) in the Persian language means kindness. Mehr represents knowledge, love, light and friendship. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi, Iran Review - 9/26/11

Iran: Replacing the Presidency with a Prime Minister - Official Presence of Supreme Leader in All Affairs
Hamid-Reza Katouzian, the head of the parliament's energy committee said in this regard, "Recently a theory has been advanced by political theorists that since our country enjoys the benefits of the velayate faghih (rule by a supreme cleric) and the leader of the revolution, there is in fact no need for a president in the country." - Bahram Rafiei, Rooz - 9/26/11

Iran downs Pakistan in Asian Volleyball Championship
Iran defeated Pakistan in straight sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-11) in the second round of the 16th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship at Azadi Hall on Sunday. - 9/26/11

Erdogan: Turkey-Iran to Continue Efforts Against Kurdish Rebels
Turkey's prime minister says cross-border military operations will continue against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, confirming that Ankara is cooperating with Iran against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. - 9/26/11

Saudi women given the right to vote
The Saudi King has given women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, which are the only public elections in Saudi Arabia. - 9/26/11

Released U.S. Citizens Say They Were Held 'Hostage' In Iran
Two men who have returned home to the United States after being detained for more than two years in Iran on spying charges have accused the Islamic republic of holding them "hostage" because of their American nationality -- not for any alleged wrongdoing. - 9/26/11

Iran Sets up Economic, Cyber Defense Bases
Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali announced that Tehran has established an economic and a cyber defense base to counter and decrease enemies' threats to the Iranian security and society. - 9/26/11

"Iran, Russia, China mulling joint missile shield": Kayhan Daily
Unofficial sources have announced that Iran, Russia, and China are currently holding talks on a proposal to establish a joint missile defense shield as a counterweight to a NATO defense shield, according to a recent report. - 9/26/11

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's Sarah Palin
The Iranian president is bombastic, masterful at generating media coverage, and largely irrelevant to his country's political leadership - The Atlantic - 9/26/11

Photos: The Grim Face of Zayandeh Rud
Zayandeh Rud river in Isfahan, central Iran, which passes under the historical sio-seh-pol bridge is one of the icons of the city and a tourist attraction. However, in recent years the river has been drying during the summer months creating a grim picture. -Mohsen Tizhoosh - 9/25/11

Exiled Journalist Describes Iranian Self-Censorship As 'Walking Blindly Through A Minefield'
Vahid Pourostad is a well-known Iranian journalist who before being forced to leave Iran about a year ago served on the editorial boards of a number of reformist newspapers. One of Pourostad's duties was to ensure that the content of the papers did not violate any of the "red lines" of the Iranian establishment. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/25/11

Iran's Intelligence Minister: Apprehension of BBC Spies Marks Start of Clampdown on BBC Intelligence Network
Detention of the members of a covert network who wired information to the British intelligence agency (MI6) under the cover of reporting for the British Broadcasting Corporation was the beginning of the country's clampdown on the BBC intelligence network, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi announced on Sunday. - 9/25/11

Disbarment Court Session for Nasrin Sotoudeh, Detained Iranian Lawyer and Activist, Cancelled
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband, said "My wife's second court session at the Tehran Bar Association was scheduled for Sunday, 18 September, but she was not transferred from prison to court, and the the court session was not held." - 9/25/11

ILNA reporter arrested by Iranian authorities
Amirali Alamehzadeh, an Iranian journalist working for the official Iranian news agency ILNA (Iranian Labour News Agency), has been arrested, the opposition website Jaras reports. - 9/25/11

Sotheby's annual modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian art sale
London: October 04, 2011 -- Responding to the ever-growing demand for innovative and quality works from the region, Sotheby's auction of Contemporary Art / Arab & Iranian features a diverse group of paintings and sculptures representing the modern masters from private collections as well as contemporary works fresh to the market. - 9/25/11

Iran and NATO's Missile Shield in Turkey
Perhaps no other regional country is as concerned about NATO's missile shield in Turkey than Iran because this is a special issue for Tehran. -Ali Valigholizadeh - 9/25/11

Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs
While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned. -Daily Beast - 9/25/11

Iran halts gas exports to Turkey
Iranian natural gas exports to Turkey have been halted for the third time this year. Shana, the Iranian gas, oil and energy news agency, reports that Turkish authorities requested the halt in gas flow over the border. - 9/25/11

India, Oman Pursue Iranian Gas Import
Iran's talks on gas export to Oman and India reached hopeful results. The IRI's caretaker for the Iranian Gas Export Co. said that the nation's talks on gas export to Oman and India have had some hopeful results. - 9/25/11

Photos: Sunflowers in Takestan, Iran
These beautiful photos by Amin Rahimi are from the sunflower farms in Takestan, Iran. Takestan is a city in and capital of Takestan County, Qazvin Province, Iran. At the 2006 census its population was 73,625, in 18,685 families. - 9/24/11

Court Ruling Protects Persian Artifacts in Massachusetts
A ruling by a Massachusetts District Court yesterday will protect ancient Persian artifacts housed at Harvard University and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts from being seized as part of an attempt collect damages against the Iranian government. -NIAC - 9/24/11

Iran basketball fails to qualify for London Olympics after loss to Jordan
Iran basketball team failed to reserve a seat at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after the men's team was beaten by Jordan in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship. The two-time defending champions lost to the west Asian team 88-84 on Friday in the quarterfinal round. - 9/24/11

Iran's film body urges authorities to observe rights of filmmakers
Iran's House of Cinema is calling on authorities to observe the rights of filmmakers and other members of the film community that have been arrested in the past week. - 9/24/11

Iran and Russia in Nuclear Power Talks
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran is holding talks with Russia about building another nuclear power plant in Iran. He made the statement at a news conference in New York City, where he also shared his utopian vision for all humanity. - 9/24/11

Photos: Tehran hosts the 20th Persian handmade carpet exhibition
Tehran is hosting the 20th Persian handmade carpet exhibition. From elegant Persian rugs to stylish wall carpets; Over 450 Iranian handmade carpet producers have taken part in this week-long exhibition. -Abolfazl Salmanzadeh - 9/24/11

Military and arms control experts call for dialogue with Iran
Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, was joined by Admiral Joe Sestak and Greg Thielmann at an Arm Control Association (ACA) press conference emphasizing the need for direct dialogue with Iran to resolve the nuclear issue. -NIAC - 9/24/11

BBC-BBG Joint Protest of Threats to the Independent Media in Iran
The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG ) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) take the opportunity of this UN General Assembly to protest an escalating campaign by the Iranian government to silence independent media in Iran. - 9/24/11

Social media gives women a voice in Iran
Female protesters were beaten, raped and intimidated in a post-election crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Silenced by stigma and fear, these women are now using social media to bear witness to the horror -Julie Tomlin, Guardian - 9/24/11

Iranian American City Council Member Promotes Fitness Challenge
Richardson City Council member Amir Omar, enjoys doing more than promoting good public policy. He also likes using his position as city leader in alternative ways to benefit his community. - 9/24/11

Palestinians Launch UN Statehood Bid, Israel Calls For Immediate Peace Talks
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked the United Nations to recognize a state of Palestine, despite U.S. and Israeli opposition against the bid. - 9/24/11

Fatemeh Karroubi denounces arrest conditions of Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi
Fatemeh Karroubi is slamming the incarceration of her husband, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, in a letter to the Islamic Republic judiciary. - 9/23/11

Photos: Iran displays ballistic missiles at military parade in Tehran
At a military parade on Thursday marking the start of Iraq's war against Iran 31 years ago a number of Shahab missiles, solid-fuel Sajjil missiles, Qadr F missiles, and radar-evading fighter jets were displayed. - 9/23/11

Iran: UN experts condemn public execution of juvenile and reiterate call for immediate halt on death penalty
Four United Nations experts condemned the public execution by hanging of 17-year-old Alireza Molla Soltani, which was carried out yesterday, and the ongoing practice by the Iranian authorities, of executing people charged with drug-related offences. - 9/23/11

Ahmadinejad UN Speech Triggers Western Walkout
Diplomats from the United States and Europe walked out of the U.N. General Assembly Thursday amid a strident address by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian leader blamed Western powers for world problems, and questioned the Holocaust and circumstances of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. - 9/23/11

"One of His Charges is Receiving an Illegal Prize,'" Says Wife of Prominent Iranian Lawyer
Massoumeh Dehghan, wife of lawyer and co-founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center Abdolfattah Soltani, expressed concern about her husband's conditions and her lack of contact with him for the past several days. - 9/23/11

Iran opposition identifies arrested filmmakers
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, co-director of banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's latest film, is among six movie makers arrested by Iranian authorities, an opposition website said in a posting seen on Thursday. - 9/23/11

Ahmadinejad: Iran needs N-fuel to treat 800k patients
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country needs 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel for the activity of a research reactor that produces medicines for patients. - 9/23/11

"The Silent Tavern": Persian and Kurdish classical music in Sacramento, San Jose and Los Angeles
Persian music tour of California, in September and October 2011; exploring Persian Classical and Kurdish melodies by some of the foremost musicians of Persian classical music. - 9/23/11

From the man who discovered Stuxnet, dire warnings one year later
One year ago a malicious software program called Stuxnet exploded onto the world stage as the first publicly confirmed cyber superweapon - a digital guided missile that could emerge from cyber space to destroy a physical target in the real world. It took Ralph Langner about a month to figure that out. -CSM - 9/23/11

Exiled Iranian film director's flight to freedom
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of Iran's most high-profile film directors, has been on the move for six and a half years. He left Iran in 2005 to avoid restrictions on his film-making and has since moved to Afghanistan, Tajikstan, India, Paris and finally London. -CNN - 9/23/11

World's Largest Aluminum Producer Keen on Joint Venture with Iran
The world's largest aluminum producer, UC RUSAL, said it is much interested in expanding work in Iran. The Kommersant newspaper reported RUSAL was looking at a partnership to build a $1 billion smelter, to consist of two potlines of equal size, and a 650 megawatt power station. - 9/23/11

Insider cites sloppy work at Iranian nuclear plant
A Russian engineer who worked on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant during the final stages of construction says inexperienced workers, poor oversight and layers of bureaucracy contributed to a rash of equipment failures that delayed the reactor's startup for almost a year. -AP - 9/23/11

US Hikers Freed by Iran Arrive in Oman
Two American hikers who had been jailed in Iran since 2009 have arrived in Oman and were greeted by their families in a joyful reunion. - 9/22/11

Iran Permanently Bans Prominent Jailed Student From Studies
An Iranian court has reportedly sentenced a well-known jailed student activist to a permanent ban on studies. Majid Tavakoli, one of the prominent symbols of Iran's embattled student movement who was arrested in the postelection crackdown, is currently serving an 8 1/2-year jail term. - 9/22/11

Ahmadinejad to Address U.N. General Assembly
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, just one day after Iran released two American hikers who had been held for two years on suspicion of spying. - 9/22/11

IRGC: Ahmadinejad is a Simpleton and Oblivious
The new cultural-social deputy of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent denial of the existence of "a cultural war" as "naive and stemming from ignorance." He added, "Ignorance is not limited to the head of the administration: many people during the 2009 sedition suffered from it as well." -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz - 9/22/11

Iran urges US to release jailed Iranian nationals
After the release of two US nationals convicted of illegal entry and espionage in the Islamic Republic, Iran's Foreign Ministry calls for the release of Iranian nationals held in US prisons. - 9/22/11

Iran: Female Dervish Arrested To Pressure Her Son
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Farhad Nouri spoke about the 11 September arrest of his mother, Farzaneh Nouri, a Gonabadi Dervish, by Shiraz Information Office forces. - 9/22/11

Tension Escalates Between Turkey and Kurds
Turkey is continuing to amass soldiers on the Iraqi border ahead of an expected incursion against bases of the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK. Violence has been escalating between the rebels, fighting for greater minority rights, and the Turkish armed forces. - 9/22/11

Iran Nearing Production of Indigenous S-300 Missile System
A top Iranian Air Defense commander announced on Thursday that the country has actually ended designing the Iranian version of the Russian S-300 missile defense system and would soon start its production. -FNA - 9/22/11

Palestinians Undeterred in UN Statehood Push
Palestinian officials say they will continue their pursuit of full U.N. membership despite diplomatic efforts to persuade them to drop the bid in favor of renewed peace talks with Israel. - 9/22/11

A Few Words With Iran's President
Before sparks began flying between me and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, he began my interview with an unusual olive branch: "I would like to, with your permission, greet all of your readers as well as Web viewers and wish all of them the success and blessings of the Almighty." -Nicholas Kristof, NY Times - 9/22/11

Silk Road: Touring From Tashkent to Tehran
The Silk Road conjures exotic goods -- ivory, wine, spices and gold -- transported along a network of trade routes between Asia and Europe. Mir Corp. hosts a 20-day trip along one route, from Tashkent in Uzbekistan to Tehran, where hand-made carpets are still sold along the way. -Mary Forgione, LA Times - 9/22/11

Iranian men's volleyball team apologizes for shaking woman ref's hand
The Iranian men's volleyball team publicly apologized Thursday for shaking hands with a female referee after a televised match, Iranian media reported. -CNN - 9/22/11

Iran Frees US Hikers
Iran has released two American hikers who were detained in 2009 on charges of spying. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal walked out of an Iranian prison on Wednesday after a judge approved an order for their release. A car from the Swiss Embassy waited for them in the prison grounds. They were released after posting $1 million bail. - 9/21/11

Photos: Murder convict hanged in public in Iran
Alireza Mollasoltani was hanged today, Wednesday, after the appellate court confirmed his death sentence for the murder of Ruhollah Dadashi. ISNA reports that Mollasoltani was hanged in public in the Golshahr area of Karaj. He was convicted of stabbing Dadashi last July in an altercation led to his death. Dadashi was known as "Iran's Strongest Man." - 9/21/11

UN's Special Rapporteur To Iran 'Fully Aware Of Daunting Task Ahead'
A career politician from the Maldives who was a key architect of the remote archipelago's democratic reforms has taken on an extraordinarily daunting task: acting as the UN's first special rapporteur on human rights to Iran since 2002. - 9/21/11

Basketball: Iran Defeats S. Korea in FIBA Asia Championship
Iran overcame South Korea in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship on Wednesday. Twice defending champion earned the sixth straight victory, beating pesky South Korea 79-62 at the Whuan Sports Center. The win pushed Iran to top of the standings in Group E and a quarterfinal clash against fellow Jordan. - 9/21/11

Obama, Structural contradictions and imperatives: A Postscript
This paper is ... a reflection on Obama's presidency in light of the structural contradictions and imperatives and in particular it is an outline of the attack on or in defense of the person of Obama and as the President while neglecting the structural contradictions and systemic imperatives. -Mehdi S. Shariati - 9/21/11

Requiem For Innocence: A tribute to Iraqi and Iranian lives lost in War
On 22nd September 1981, at exactly 12 am Baghdad time, 192 Iraqi combat Aircrafts took off from their bases for targets deep inside Iranian territory. 30 years after the war began, for the first time a small group of artists from both countries are coming together to Share their sufferings. -AARAN Gallery, Tehran - 9/21/11

Iran's Naval-Gazing More Political Than Military
When the Iranian Navy announced that its forces had foiled a hijacking attempt by eight boatloads of Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen earlier this month, it was held up as an example of how naval commandos could successfully protect remote Iran-chartered cargo ships. -Hossein Aryan - 9/21/11

Iran: Culture Minister Says BBC Collaborators Are Subversives
"We all witnessed that BBC Persian played the role of a headquarters for the postelection riots in Iran in 2009," Mohammad Hosseini said during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday. "Therefore, it is obvious that a person who collaborates with this network is not a documentarian and filmmaker. The job of such a person was subversion and he/she is an enemy of the Islamic system," he added. - 9/21/11

Iranian Deputy Says Female Defendants Should Not Wear Chador In Court
Eftekhari said the "sanctity of the chador would be blemished" if such women wear it, and the sight of women thus attired would have a "negative impact on society." Eftekhari also said the Iranian Prisons Organization, which requires women to wear the veil in court, should ask them instead to drape themselves in "bed sheets" or "a piece of cloth with the prison's logo." - 9/21/11

Religious Activists Barred From Leaving Iran
Iranian authorities have imposed a travel ban on several prominent religious activists, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/21/11

Ira's inflation will decrease 10% in 2012: IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that the inflation rate in Iran will decrease around 10 percent in 2012 from the estimated figure of 22.5 percent in 2011. - 9/21/11

Iran, Russia in Joint Venture to Set up World's Largest Zinc Company
Iran's Bank Saderat and Russia's state company Russian Technologies are creating a $1.2 billion joint venture to tap into Iran's colossal zinc deposit, which is the largest in the world. - 9/21/11

IRGC commander says PJAK forces run out of Iran
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that its troops have reached the border regions of northwestern Iran, pushing Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) forces out of Iranian territory. - 9/21/11

Journalist Nazila Fathi Talks Fleeing Iran, Human Rights and Life in Exile
When journalist Nazila Fathi's house came under surveillance in 2009, she knew it was time to leave Iran. Nazila was one of the last reporters on the ground during the massive protests following Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial victory. Today she is living in exile in the U.S. -Jenny Inglee, TakePart - 9/21/11

Former Afghan president killed in suicide attack in Kabul
Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, who now heads the country's Supreme Council of Peace, was killed in a bomb attack today in Kabul. - 9/21/11

Photos: The underprivileged people of Kerman
These are snapshots from the lives of people in the southern parts of Kerman, Iran. These people live in the most primitive conditions and are deprived of proper housing, water, sanitation, education and health care. -Hamid Sadeghi - 9/20/11

Iran Detains Filmmakers While Ahmadinejad is in New York
The arrest of the six filmmakers came within a day of BBC Persian's broadcast of a documentary about Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Two days prior to BCC's scheduled airing of the documentary, the Young Journalist Club quoted an "informed source" who said a "network" of filmmakers supplying information to BCC had been identified and that "necessary actions will be taken to deal with them." - 9/20/11

Politics Lurks Behind Iranian Banking Scandal
Surveying the scale of an embezzlement scandal that has rocked Iran, the head of the country's judicial investigation unit called it "the most unprecedented financial corruption case in the history of Iran." -Dorian Jones, RFE - 9/20/11

U.S. Christian, Muslim Delegation Issues Statement on Effort to Free Iran Hikers
A delegation of American Christian and Muslim leaders today issued a joint statement on their return to the United States after meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials in Iran to foster theological dialogue and to seek the release of hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on humanitarian grounds. - 9/20/11

Iran crushes Malaysia in FIBA Asia Championship
Iran defeated Malaysia 121-36 in first game of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship second round on Monday. Hamed Afagh and Hamed Haddadi were Iran's best scorers with 20 points each in the match held in Wuhan Gymnasium. - 9/20/11

Iran says IAEA should be restructured
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Fereydoun Abbasi has said that the decision-making and policy-making mechanisms of the International Atomic Energy Agency are inefficient, calling for the restructuring of the agency. - 9/20/11

Weakened at Home, Iranian President Heads to UN
Potentially weakened politically at home by a power struggle, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heads for New York this week for the annual U.N. General Assembly. Laurel Bowman/Carla Babb, VOA - 9/20/11

Another Iranian Lashed Over Political Activism
An Iranian political activist member of a group called "Iran's Democratic Party" has received 30 lashes after being convicted of charges that are often brought against dissidents, including acting against national security. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/20/11

Iran's Economy Minister, Central Bank Governor due in US
Iran's Minister of Economy and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini has set off for Washington to attend the semiannual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. - 9/20/11

Turkey Undertakes Big Push to Replace Military Constitution
The speaker of the Turkish parliament held meetings on Monday with constitutional experts on the writing of a new constitution. There is broad political agreement on the need for replacing the 1982 constitution written by Turkey's then-military rulers. -Dorian Jones, VOA - 9/20/11

Tehran Again Calls For Closer Armenian-Iranian Ties
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has reiterated Iran's strong interest in expanding its "historic, deep, and friendly" relations with Armenia during a weekend meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Tehran. - 9/20/11

Photos: Caspian Horses Competitions in Bandar Anzali
The first jumping competitions and the ninth beauty competitions for Caspian horses were held in Bandar Anzali in northern Iran last Thursday and Friday. - 9/19/11

Five Iranian BBC Reporters Arrested
Iranian state media has reported that five Iranian people working for the Persian television service of the BBC have been arrested. (Watch BBC documentary on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei) - 9/19/11

Iranian Wrestler Mehdi Taghavi Strikes Gold in Istanbul
Iran's Mehdi Taghavi claimed a gold medal in the FILA World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul on Sunday night. Iran freestyle team finished in second place of the World Championship with 41 points, behind Russia with 43 points. The U.S. came third with 38 points. - 9/19/11

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran and Roya Falahi's Headbang
The W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, together with Farhang Foundation present Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran, and Headbang: Roya Falahi - 9/19/11

Report: US Considering Military Hotline with Iran
A U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering trying to establish a direct military hotline with Iran in order to defuse potential confrontations between the two countries' military forces. - 9/19/11

Photos: Cultural, Sports Festival of Villages in Gamishan
A cultural and sports festivals was held by the Gorgan Bay on Friday. Over 2500 people from the villages of Gamishan town in Iran's Golestan province participated at the event. - 9/19/11

Head of Central Bank denies stolen billions transferred out of Iran
Mahmoud Bahmani, the head of Iran's Central Bank, has denied rumours that $2-billion has already been transferred out of the country as part of a $3-billion embezzlement. - 9/19/11

Statoil canceling its oil agreement with Iran
Norway's Statoil is pulling out of its Iranian oil operations and will pay a penalty for foregoing its commitments, as stipulated in its agreement with Iran. - 9/19/11

An Online Exhibition of Yadollah Rezvani's Jewelry
Yadollah Rezvani was born in Tehran in 1948 where he has lived until today. After getting his masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Rezvani went on to do extensive research on ancient and modern Iranian jewelry. - 9/19/11

IRAN: IRGC says it has captured PJAK's main base
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has taken full control of the main base of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist cell in northwest Iran, a top IRGC commander says. - 9/19/11

Syria: Convergence of US, Turkey Regional Interests
Ensuring security, controlling energy resources and protecting Israel are major strategic goals of the United States in the Middle East. If achieved, they will pave the way for US' supremacy over its traditional and emerging rivals. -Issa Golverdi, Tabnak - 9/19/11

Iran Hangs 22 Men For Drug Trafficking
An Iranian state-owned newspaper reported the executions on Monday, saying they happened on Sunday. The reports says the hangings were performed in Tehran's Evin prison and in a jail in Karaj, 25 miles west of the capital. - 9/19/11

IMF has praised the "reforms" of Iran's government: Delusion of liberalism for the Garrison State
When the president of Iran announced his plan to cut subsidies on fuel, electricity, water and bread, liberal economists celebrated the move. Iranian liberals called this project inevitable and historical. Subsidies program was costly and inefficient. Opposition economists warned about inflation, unemployment and stagnation. -Behdad Bordbar - 9/19/11

Photos: Eighteenth International Youth Visual Arts Festival, Gorgan-Iran
270 Iranian artists showcased their works during the festival along with more than 50 participants from other countries. The event included paintings, caricatures, drawings, sculptures, graphic designs, calligraphies, illustrations, pottery, ceramic and photographs created by young artists. - 9/18/11

Photos: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a play
While this play shares the same name as the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it's a black comedy about little people with a short-sighted belief system who are challenged in getting to their tall dreams of being supreme in a predetermined game of life. The play is directed by Nasir Malekjo and performed at Tehran's City Theater. - 9/18/11

Iranian Wrestler Yazdani Claims Gold in Istanbul
Reza Yazdani won the gold medal in the FILA World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul. The Iranian 96kg freestyle wrestler beat Serhat Balci from Turkey and claimed the gold medal on Saturday. - 9/18/11

Hold Ahmadinejad Accountable for Iran's Human Rights Crisis During UN Visit
Member states of the United Nations as well as the international media should focus on the ongoing human rights crisis in Iran as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York to attend the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 9/18/11

Iran: 19 Arrested In Connection With 2.6 Billion Dollars Embezzlement
Nineteen people have so far been arrested in connection with the bank embezzlement totaling 28 trillion rials (2.63 billion dollars), the national prosecutor general announced on Sunday. National Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has been assigned to investigate the embezzlement case. - 9/18/11

Dutch maintain ban on Iranian students
The Netherlands has ignored a ruling by a domestic court against a ban on Iranian students' access to Dutch university courses related to nuclear technology. - 9/18/11

Iran: Student activists detained in Sanandaj
Iranian authorities have arrested three Kurdish student activists in the northwestern city of Sanandaj, the Kurdish Students Democratic Union reports. - 9/18/11

New Delay in Case of US Hikers in Iran
The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran says their release has been delayed because a judge whose signature is needed is on leave. - 9/18/11

ArteEast 2011 Benefit Auction in New York
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6 - 9 PM: To celebrate the start of our second decade as a leading organization for the arts of the Middle East and North Africa, ArteEast cordially invites you to an evening of fine art and great food. - 9/18/11

Iranian stage director criticizes French Embassy over insulting behavior
Iranian stage director Behruz Gharibpour raised objections to French officials for their improper behaviors in issuing visas for his Aran Theater Troupe, which is to attend the Charleville-Mezieres Puppet Theater Festival. - 9/18/11

Iran-Armenia close ties benefits regional security: Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that improved trade relations between Tehran and Yerevan is in favor of regional security and peace. Ahmadinejad made the remarks during a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian which was held in Tehran late on Saturday. -MNA - 9/18/11

Iran, Italy football ties grow
According to Iran football federation's website, at a meeting held in Rome on Friday, Iran and Italy reached an agreement to cooperate with each other in this field. - 9/18/11

Iranian Parliament to probe financial fraud case
Iran's Parliament has summoned the Minister of Economy, Shamseddin Hosseiny, and Finance for questioning on the 3-billion-dollar fraud case involving the Central Bank. Iran's conservative elite has blamed the fraud on the "deviant current," which is how the establishment describes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's allies. - 9/18/11

The coming Republican push on Iran
Backed by Israel, it's the only foreign policy issue that unites the GOP -Trita Parsi, Salon - 9/18/11

About Half of Turkey's Oil Needs Supplied by Iran
According to a report by the Turkish Energy Market Regulation Board (EPDK), Turkey imported 2.9 million tons of oil from 22 countries in July 2011, and the highest amount has been supplied from Iran. - 9/18/11

Iranian Sufis Under New Attack
Iran is the country in which the Muslim intellectual tradition is most identified with Sufism, the spiritual dimension of Islam -- including such exponents in poetry and philosophy as Rumi, often reputed to be the widest-read versifier in America today. -Stephen Schwartz, Huffington Post - 9/18/11

Esteghlal downs Persepolis in Tehran derby
Esteghlal beat archrival Persepolis in the Tehran derby on Friday, thanks to goals from Farhad Majidi and Mojtaba Jabbari. - 9/17/11

Gandhi's Legacy: Civil Disobedience Takes Off In Iran
"The Iranian regime faces a threat even more daunting than the 2009 Green Movement protests: a disparate yet potentially powerful civil disobedience movement motivated not just by politics, but by environmental, economic, and social issues," wrote Alireza Nader, an international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, in a recent blog post. -Robert Tait, RFE - 9/17/11

Iran Considers Release of US Hikers
The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran says he needs the signature of one more judge on bail papers before his clients can be released. Masoud Shafiei said Saturday he hopes Iran's judiciary will clear the way for the payment of $1 million bail in exchange for the release of the two men. - 9/17/11

Iran concerned over Turkey's decision to host NATO radar system: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that Turkey's decision to host an early warning radar as part of NATO's missile defense system has caused concern for the Islamic Republic and many of its neighbors. - 9/17/11

US Wary of Turkey's Financial Dealings With Iran
Turkey and its U.S. and European allies could be on a collision course over Iran. Despite international efforts to isolate Iran over its disputed nuclear program, Turkey has deepened trade and financial relations with Tehran. - 9/17/11

Ahmadinejad to travel to New York on Monday to attend UN General Assembly
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to deliver a speech during the session. He will also meet with his counterparts from certain countries as well as Iranian expats in the U.S. - 9/17/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Condemns NATO Interference in Libya
NATO and the West have caused "irreparable damage" in Libya, said Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, speaking in Tehran at the International Islamic Awakening Conference. - 9/17/11

Belarus Denies Helping Iran In Defiance Of UN Sanctions
Belarus's Foreign Ministry has denied reports that the country is supplying Iran with missile and nuclear technology in defiance of UN sanctions. - 9/17/11

Iran's "Nader and Simin" goes for an Oscar
Iran has submitted "Nader and Simin, a Separation", an acclaimed film by director-writer Asghar Farhadi, to the 84th Annual Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Films category in 2012. - 9/16/11

Iranian human rights lawyer gets six years in jail
Jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced by the appellate court to six years in prison and a 10-year ban from practicing law. Sotoudeh first had been sentenced to 11 years in prison and a 20-year prohibition from practicing law and traveling abroad. - 9/16/11

U.S. Remains Hopeful Of Release Of U.S. Hikers by Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington is still hopeful Iran will keep a pledge to release soon American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. - 9/16/11

Conference in Oxford: Coercion or Empowerment -- Official Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia
A one day conference focusing on official anti-veiling campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia in the 1920s-30s from a comparative historical perspective. - 9/16/11

Ebadi urges UN rapporteur to protest rights violations in Iran
Iranian human rights defenders have no security in terms of their lives or professions in Iran, writes Shirin Ebadi, the head of Iran's Human Rights Defenders Centre, in a letter to Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on human rights for Iran. - 9/16/11

Iranian Doctoral Student Lashed In Connection With Postelection Arrest
A doctoral student of sociology and blogger who campaigned for defeated presidential candidate and opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has reportedly received 50 lashes at Tehran's Evin prison. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/16/11

MKO must leave Iraq by 2012: Senior Iraqi Cleric
Leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar Hakim, has said that the members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) based in Iraq must leave the country by the end of 2011. - 9/16/11

U.S. Rejects Iran's Call For Nuclear Talks
The U.S. has rejected the proposal to resume nuclear talks with Iran, accusing the country of a "charm offensive" in a letter to the European Union. The U.S. says Tehran has made no new commitments to address international concerns around its nuclear program. - 9/16/11

Iran to Set Up "DiploTech" Website to Increase Contacts with Expatriates
Iran plans to send a website on the Internet to boost its link with the Iranian elites and scientists living abroad, a senior official announced. -FNA - 9/16/11

Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Plant Comes Online - World Survives
To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, who famously observed, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," perhaps sometimes a nuclear power plant is just... a nuclear power plant. -John Daly, Oil Price - 9/16/11

The Oil Kings: How Nixon courted the shah
Anyone who's ever driven down an American highway, idled in America's city streets surrounded by gas-guzzling SUVs, or shivered in the Arctic-cold air conditioning of a US office building, knows the truth: the United States has an insatiable thirst for oil. -Joan Oleck, National - 9/16/11

Iran jet fuel exports unlikely to affect Europe jet market: trade
Possible Iranian jet fuel exports would be unlikely to affect either European or Middle Eastern markets, sources in both the Middle East and Europe said. -Platts - 9/16/11

Book: The Gaze of the Gazelle -- Memoirs of Arash Hejazi, Witness to Neda's Death
On 20 June 2009, during demonstrations to protest the fraudulent Iranian presidential election, a young girl called Neda was shot to death in the streets of Tehran. Within hours, the video footage of Neda's death, fortuitously captured on a roving camera-phone, had circled the globe. Outside the country, the incident was a nine-day wonder; in Iran it changed the course of politics for a new generation. - 9/15/11

Azeri Activists Arrested In Iran Over Lake Protest
Several Azeri activists in Iran have been arrested after calling on people to participate in the latest protest over the drying up of Lake Orumieh - 9/15/11

Spring 2012 Persian Concert Tour in US by Ostad Majid Derakhshani, Katayoun Goudarzi and Abhiman Kaushal
Iranian renowned composer Ostad Majid Derakhshani just released a statement regarding his upcoming tour with Katayoun Goudarzi and Abhiman Kaushal in the USA. According to Ostad Derakhshani this tour will begin in Spring of 2012 and should cover all major cities in the USA. - 9/15/11

Iran: Ahmadinejad slams attempts to implicate his allies in fraud
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has cautioned critics not to accuse members of his caucus of embezzlement, saying: "We will keep silent again for the sake of the Supreme Leader; however, this unifying silence will not last too long." - 9/15/11

'News Of A Kidnapping' A Hit In Iran After Opposition Leader's Recommendation
"If you want to understand my situation, read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'News of a Kidnapping,'" Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi was quoted as having said in a recent meeting with his daughters. - 9/15/11

Did 9-11 Really "Change Everything"?
The American people are told, again and again, that 9/11 "changed everything." Is this really true? The answer is both yes, and no. Yes, because 9/11 prompted policies of regime change, preemptive strike, and humanitarian intervention, which, in turn, triggered the wars and military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 9/15/11

Assassinations of nuclear scientists instances of nuclear terrorism: Iranian Official
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that the assassinations of nuclear scientists are instances of "nuclear terrorism". Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh made the remarks during an address at a meeting of the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Wednesday. - 9/15/11

Nabucco Consortium Welcomes EU Negotiations on Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline
An international gas pipeline group is welcoming a European Union decision to allow the bloc's executive commission to negotiate an agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan for a Trans-Caspian pipeline. - 9/15/11

Admiral Mullen Concerned Over Lack of U.S.-Iran Contact
There has been no contact between Iran and the United States since the 1970s, and that concerns the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. - 9/15/11

Turkey Asserts Self as Bold Regional Power
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in North Africa this week in what he is calling an expression of partnership with the emerging democracies of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. His trip coincides with a critical decline in relations with Israel and an attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo - as well as next week's Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. - 9/15/11

Iranian Cultural Figures Call For Release Of Detained Colleagues
The writers, poets, painters, photographers, actors, and musicians say in a statement that so many cultural figures are being held in Iranian jails that some prisons could be called "the house of artists." - 9/14/11

The NBC Report That Could Have Been Produced By Iranian State TV
The "exclusive" report, which reveals unimportant details about Ahmadinejad's life is a great piece of propaganda for Ahmadinejad, who heads to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/14/11

Iran Says No Decision on Releasing US Hikers
Iran's judiciary says no decision has been made about releasing two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran, after reports that the men could be freed soon. - 9/14/11

Water fights are political and house arrests, beneficial
At a press conference on Monday September 5, Iran's Prosecutor was faced with the most controversial judicial news of the day. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei was pressed by the media for his stance on the organizers of public water fights as well as his views on the house arrest of the leaders of the Green Movement. - 9/14/11

WikiLeaks Releases involving Mujahaddin e-Khalq (MEK)
"A defector from Camp Ashraf, home to the Mujahedin e-Khalq (MeK) in Iraq, says the group's leadership at Camp Ashraf is prepared to order residents to kill themselves to protest any arrests of Ashraf residents" - 9/14/11

Clinton: Iran's Possible Release of US Hikers 'Encouraging'
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is encouraged by comments from Iran's president announcing that two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran will soon be freed. - 9/14/11

Photos: Iran 2000-pound bombs hit targets in war game
Iranian 2000-pound bombs pounded targets successfully Wednesday in the second day of operational phase of air drill. - 9/14/11

PJAK could enjoy Islamic clemency if they disarm: IRGC
The deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has said that the counter-revolutionary group PJAK, which is based in northwest Iran, could be granted Islamic clemency if they abandon their armed struggle against the Islamic Republic. - 9/14/11

U.S. Religious-Freedom Report Singles Out Iran, Uzbekistan, China
The United States has singled out Iran, Uzbekistan, and China as among the worst violators of religious rights -- countries where it says abuses are "egregious, ongoing, and systematic." - 9/14/11

Iran Saves Billions of Dollars through Subsidy Plan
Senior Iranian officials said Tehran has saved over $22bln in less than a year since it started implementing the subsidy reforms plan last December. - 9/14/11

Iran rejects reports on Ahmadinejad dinner with Colombia University President
The Islamic Republic of Iran's mission in the UN rejected reports that Ahmadinejad would have dinner with Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger during his upcoming trip to New York. - 9/14/11

Ahmadinejad Says He Will Pardon, Release Jailed American Hikers
Two Americans jailed in Iran as spies appear on the verge of a reprieve after the Iranian president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, told U.S. news outlets that he was granting them a "unilateral pardon" that would see them freed in two days. - 9/13/11

Tehran Bazaar fabric merchants pressured on VAT
Following a weeks-long strike by fabric merchants at the Tehran Bazaar, Ali Askari, the head of the Tax Revenue Organization, announced that the merchants have until September 22 to register for payment of the value added tax (VAT). - 9/13/11

Russia says engages in Iran's N-plant projects
Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said the country would engage in Iran's next nuclear plant development projects. Iran and Russia signed two nuclear power plant cooperation protocols on the sidelines of Bushehr power plant launch ceremony. - 9/13/11

Jailed Iranian Journalist Subjected To 'Inhumane Treatment': Family
The family of jailed Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz has written to Iran's judiciary chief to complain that he is being subjected to "inhumane treatment," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 9/13/11

Exhibition and Panel Discussion in London: Parviz Tanavoli - Artist, Teacher and Collector
Parviz Tanavoli is one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the Middle East. An artist-fabricator, teacher and collector, he was born in 1937 and lives and works between Iran and Canada. - 9/13/11

Exhibition: Simulation of Reality at Tehran's Aaran Gallery
A three man show of Sculpture , installation and paintings: Majid Biglari, Ebrahim Eskandari & Hamid Hematyan. - 9/13/11

Iran-Turkey Trade on Rise
The trade between Iran and Turkey in January-July was valued at $9,245,915,000 showing 70.19 percent growth over the same period of last year, according to a report by Turkey's Statistical Institute reported. - 9/13/11

Iran, Pakistan Set Ten Billion Dollars Trade Target
Iran and Pakistan have agreed to increase the value of their bilateral trade to $10 billion in the future. The agreement was made during a meeting between Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani in Tehran on Monday - 9/13/11

NYU Presents Thought-Provoking Documentary on the Lives and Works of Iranian Female Artists
New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies presents Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor, Thursday, September 29 at 7:00P.M. at the Cantor Film Center: 36 East 8th Street. A panel of noted scholars and journalists led by The New Yorker's Laura Secor will follow the screening. - 9/13/11

Iran celebrates initial launch of Bushehr nuclear power plant
In a special ceremony on Monday, the Bushehr nuclear power plant was temporarily connected to the national grid, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced. - 9/12/11

Photos: Engdangered Brown Bear Killed in Northwest Iran
A brown bear which had ventured into villages of Eidershan and Heris south of the city of Sarab in Iran's East Azarbaijan province was shot and killed by the locals on September 5, 2011. The bear, which considered an endangered animal, had come to the villages looking for food and was roaming the orchards when it was attacked by the villagers. -Javad Abbaszadeh - 9/12/11

Iranian Lawmakers Propose Plan to Save Lake Oroumiyeh
Nader Ghazipour, one of the signatories to the proposal, told the Khaneh Mellat website: "According to this plan, the administration is charged with finding the best solutions, up to three years from when the bill is approved, to save and revive Lake Oroumiyeh and return it to its previous condition." - 9/12/11

Vesta Monitor's Iran Economic Report: September 2011
A "rentier economy" is possibly the best description that can be given to the Iranian economy today. In general, countries that receive considerable amounts of oil income from foreign sources on a regular basis tend to become independent from their societies, unaccountable to their citizens, and despotic. - 9/12/11

Iran: Artifact confirmed as musical instrument at Gohar-Tappeh, dice discovered
Experts have proved that the artifact, which was unearthed at the Gohar-Tappeh prehistoric mound in Mazandaran Province in 2005, is a clarinet. In addition, a team of archaeologists has recently discovered dice for playing the game of craps at the site, team director Ali Mahforuzi told the Persian service of CHN last week. - 9/12/11

Playing with Khamenei in Syria's Field
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's live interview on August 24th with al-Minar Television - the official mouthpiece of Lebanese Hezbollah - in which he discussed events in Syria resulted in much speculations. A behind-the-scenes source knowledgeable with the interview spoke to Rooz about the event. -Farhad Alavi - 9/12/11

Sex Education in the Islamic Republic
This recently issued instruction video, with explicit references to relations between the sexes and tips for pleasurable love making, received permits from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and also from the Ministry of Health and Human Services. As Mardomak, the website that first posted the DVDs, put it, it's probably the first of its kind in the Islamic Republic. -PBS - 9/12/11

Photos: Iran launches 3rd ocean liner
Iran's third ocean liner, Iran-Kashan, built by domestic specialists from the Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) has been launched in Bandar Abbas. - 9/12/11

Iran probes 'unpredcedented' bank fraud network
Iranian regulators have blocked the assets a mega-tycoon accused of masterminding a $2.6 billion bank fraud described as the biggest financial corruption scam in Iran's history, state media reported Monday. -AP - 9/12/11

Iran Prepares for Parliamentary Elections amid Uncertainty
Uncertainty and confusion, particularly among the highly factionalised conservatives that have dominated Iranian politics since 2005, appear to be the order of the day some seven months before next March's parliamentary elections. -Yasaman Baji, IPS - 9/12/11

Why the media should boycott Ahmadinejad on his next trip to New York
Attempts by those who are trying to get NY's hoteliers to once again reject Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his delegation's stay on his upcoming trip to the UN's General Assembly in September 2011 should be lauded. -A. Afshin Jam - 9/12/11

Iranian Hacker Rattles Security Circles
He claims to be 21 years old, a student of software engineering in Tehran who reveres Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and despises dissidents in his country. Comodohacker, as he calls himself, insists he acted on his own and is unperturbed by the notion that his work may have been used to spy on antigovernment compatriots. -NY Times - 9/12/11

Photos: Iran Invaded by Barbie, Peacefully!
Children's Barbie backpacks and handbags are in high demand in Iran. Many stores are now producing Barbie bags instead of the traditional ones, which is an indication of the cultural shift among the Iranian families. - 9/11/11

Detained Iranian Opposition Leader Karroubi Says Reformists Have No Place In Next Elections
Esmail Gerami Moghaddam, the spokesman for Karroubi's National Trust Party, told Saham News that the opposition leader told his eldest son during their last meeting that "there is no place for reformists in the next parliamentary elections, where only principalists will be competing." - 9/11/11

Iranian political prisoners unrepentant: detained journalist
Ali Malihi, a detained member of the student organization Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat, says recently released political prisoners have in no way recanted their political views, despite statements to the contrary issued by Tehran's prosecutor. - 9/11/11

Iran: Allow Peaceful Protests Over Lake's Destruction - Hundreds Arrested in Azerbaijan Region
Iranian authorities should allow peaceful protests against government policies that may be accelerating the drying up of Lake Urmia in Western Azerbaijan province, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release people arrested for exercising their right to assemble or speak out against the government. - 9/11/11

In Contrarian Book, U.S. Professor Argues That Muslim Support For Al-Qaeda Is Only Skin-Deep
Now, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, eminent University of North Carolina sociologist Charles Kurzman is weighing in with a contrary take. The title of his provocative new book puts it right out there: "The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?" -Christian Caryl, RFE - 9/11/11

Iranian human rights lawyer arrested: reports
Iranian authorities have arrested the prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani in Tehran, according to reports out of Iran. - 9/11/11

Iranian female weightlifters barred from world event
Iran Weightlifting Federation president Hossein Rezazadeh has said that the world federation officials have rejected the Islamic countries' suggested strip for women in the world events. - 9/11/11

Iran plans to boost oil output by 1mbpd in 2 years
Iran's Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi announced the country plans to increase oil output by one million barrels per day (bpd) within the next two years - 9/11/11

Iran to install biggest Persian Gulf oil platform
Iran's oil officials have said the country's experts will install the biggest oil exploitation platform in the Persian Gulf next week. The platform P4 in Reshadat oilfield has been ordered by the Falat Qarreh oil company and built by the Iranian experts - 9/11/11

Iran among Major Exporters to Iraq's Kurdistan
Iran and Turkey are the Region's main suppliers of goods and trade is around $10 billion dollars a year, and rising. Around 80 percent of goods in Kurdistan Region come from either Turkey or Iran. - 9/11/11

Saturnine faces as astronomers query moon sighting over Saudi Arabia
It is a pivotal point in the Islamic calendar, the moment when a month of fasting and contemplation finally comes to an end. But the celebration of Eid this year has been marred by controversy after claims that Saudi religious officials announced the festival on the wrong day. -Guardian - 9/11/11

Israel faces worst crisis with Egypt for 30 years as diplomats flee
Israel is also deeply alarmed by its rapidly deteriorating relationship with Turkey, whose prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is to visit Cairo amid fears that he will attempt to forge an anti-Israel alliance with the new Egyptian government. -Guardian - 9/11/11

Iran-US relations, from a woman's perspective
"The Persian Quarter,'' an East Coast premiere opening next Thursday at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, skips through time to touch on CIA operations in the 1950s, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and a New York visit by the current president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Boston Globe - 9/11/11

9/11 Not An "Intelligence Failure"
Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold4 clicks: The intelligence agencies had the information, the question is why didn't they use it -RNN - 9/11/11

Photos: Tabriz celebrates Traktorsazi's victory over Esteghlal
People in Tabriz, Azarbaijan province in northwest Iran, poured into the streets to celebrate the victory of their football team Teraktorsazi against Tehran's Esteqlal. This celebration which followed the recent protests and crashes in the city over the situation of Lake Oroumieh, at times had a political undertone. - 9/10/11

Isfahan: Call for protests to save Zayandeh Rud
There is a call for the people in Isfahan, central Iran, to join a silent protest by wearing black this Saturday in order to bring attention to the dire situation of Zayandeh Rud river and the condition of the historical sio-seh-pol bridge. - 9/10/11

Photos: Traktorsazi of Tabriz goes top of IPL after defeating Esteghlal of Tehran
Traktorsazi of Tabriz football team went top of the Iran Premier League (IPL) after beating Esteghlal on Friday. Traktorsazi defeated Esteghlal 3-2 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium in front of more than 70,000 spectators. - 9/10/11

"Mission: Restore" to Perform Reconstructive Surgery in Iran
Mission: Restore will travel to Iran on October 28th, 2011 through November 10th, 2011 to perform reconstructive plastic surgery on children in the city of Bam. The 2003 earthquake was a major earthquake that struck Bam and the surrounding Kerman province of southeastern Iran on Friday, December 26, 2003. - 9/10/11

Photos: Second stage of Iran's aerial war game begins
Air Force starts the second stage of Defenders of the Skies of Velayat 3 war game, employing the Sa'eqeh, F4, F5 jet fighters, Brigadier General Hossein Chitforoush announced on Saturday. - 9/10/11

Iranian Opposition Calls for Release of Leaders
The Iranian opposition is demanding the release of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi so they can participate in the coming parliamentary elections. The Iranian constitution stipulates that those elections must be open and competitive, says the opposition. - 9/10/11

Minister answers call for gender segregation in universities
Iran's Assembly of Experts is calling on officials to institute gender segregation in Iranian universities, prompting Iran's Minister of Science and Technology to announce: "Women's Colleges will be established all across Iran." - 9/10/11

Report says inflation, poverty line rising in Iran
Iranian families are facing an inflation rate of 50 percent as they shop for necessities, and the poverty line will rise to two million toumans ($1,800) by next March, says Abbas Vatanparvar. - 9/10/11

Iranian General Killed by PJAK Forces
Brigadier General Abbas Ali Jannesari, the commander of artillery and air defence in Esfahan, has been killed in a battle with Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) forces. - 9/10/11

President Obama Nominates Cyrus Amir-Mokri to Key Administration Posts
Cyrus Amir-Mokri is the Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, Department of the Treasury and Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank - 9/10/11

EIA: Iran's oil earning up 36% in 7 months
Iran earned around $56 billion from crude oil exports in the first 7 months of 2011, showing a 36 percent increase in comparison to the same period last year, official U.S. data shows. - 9/10/11

Iran, Pakistan Vow To Build New Gas Pipeline
The idea to build the 2,700-kilometer pipeline first came up in the 1990s but was never started due to U.S. opposition to deals including Iran. - 9/10/11

Amid Season of Unrest, Qatar Seeks to Expand Role in Middle East
While many of its neighbors grapple with civil unrest, the small country of Qatar in the Persian Gulf continues to strengthen its role as a regional leader. But whether the absolute monarchy will be able to retain its leadership position in a post-Arab-spring Middle East remains unclear. -Phillip Walter Wellman, VOA, Dubai - 9/10/11

Google advises Iranian users to change passwords
We learned last week that the compromise of a Dutch company involved with verifying the authenticity of websites could have put the Internet communications of many Iranians at risk, including their Gmail. - 9/9/11

Sean Stone's film in Iran centers on Rumi
U.S. filmmaker Sean Stone and Reel Knights Productions CEO Mellissa Carter attended a press conference in Tehran on September 8, 2011 to explain about their travel to Iran. - 9/9/11

Iranian Sufi Dervish Killed Amid Crackdown
A dervish has died in southwestern Iran amid an ongoing government crackdown against the Sufi sect, Radio Farda reports. - 9/9/11

Iran-Russia Arms Dispute Damages Relations
Iran's decision to sue Russia in the International Court of Justice to try to force the sale of an air defense system deepens the crisis in the relationship between the two countries and underlines a shift in Russia's foreign policy priorities. But analysts say it does not necessarily spell the end of Russia-Iran cooperation. - 9/9/11

IAAB Releases ICAN Website: An Interactive Website for Iranian Student Leaders
In time for the new academic year, the IAAB Campus Action Network (ICAN) , has an interactive website where Iranian student groups on nearly 40 campuses across the nation can engage, cooperate, and collaborate to further strengthen the Iranian American community. - 9/9/11

Fall 2011 Peace Delegations to Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iran
Three peace delegations sponsored by The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) are traveling to the Greater Middle East in the fall of 2011, supporting civilian diplomacy and people-to-people engagement. - 9/9/11

The battle to save Iran's Lake Orumieh
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of Lake Orumieh and if I am ever able to go back to Iran visiting the lake will be one of my first stops. Now, I am horrified to think that not only may I never see the lake again, but my children and the future generations of Iranians will only read about what was once a magnificent part of their country. Lake Orumieh is drying up. -Potkin Azarmehr, Guardian - 9/9/11

Human Rights Film Night in London: Thursday 22 September
Amnesty Hampstead proudly presents its Human Rights Film Night at the Tricycle Theatre on Thursday 22 September. Featuring animation, documentary and fiction, this showcase of human rights related films offers a global portrait of issues related to Amnesty's campaigns. The short films include Jafar Panahi's film The Accordion - 9/9/11

Epitaph for Another 9/11: Renown Writer Ariel Dorfman on 1973 U.S.-Backed Coup in Chile
"That September 11, that lethal Tuesday morning, I awoke with dread to the sound of planes flying above my house. When, an hour later, I saw smoke billowing from the center of the city, I knew that life had changed for me, for my country, forever." -Democracy Now - 9/9/11

US Continues Troop Drawdown in Iraq Despite Dilemma
U.S. military officials say the drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq continues as Washington and Baghdad grapple with the dilemma of whether a smaller training force should remain in the country past a December deadline. - 9/9/11

Filmmaker barred from leaving Iran
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb's passport was seized when he tried to board a flight to Paris on Monday to promote the French release of "This is not a Film," spokeswoman Emmanuelle Zinggeler told AFP. - 9/9/11

Mousavi says no point in joining Iran's parliamentary elections
In his first meeting with all three of his three daughters since he was put under house arrest in February, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said the restricted political situation does not warrant participation in the coming parliamentary elections. - 9/8/11

Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 10-11, 2011
The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before - 9/8/11

High-profile Iranian actresses promote breastfeeding in 'Talk to Me' campaign
This is not a usual day of filming for Ms. Hatami. Today, she is hosting another popular actress, UNICEF Iran Ambassador Mahtab Keramati, for a filmed interview on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding. -UNICEF - 9/8/11

An Afternoon with Iranian Animator, Noureddin ZarrinKelk
Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with theUSC School of Cinematic Arts, proudly invites all who are interested to spend an afternoon with famed Iranian animator, Noureddin ZarrinKelk, on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2pm at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. - 9/8/11

IAAB's Fall 2011 Leadership in Action Fellow
IAAB congratulates its Fall 2011 Leadership in Action Fellow, Iranian Canadian photographer, Kiana Hayeri. An extremely talented photographer who has worked with Magnum photographers, Kiana will receive a $1500 stipend as a LIA Fellow to start her proposed project: Documentary Photography of Iranian Canadians in Toronto. - 9/8/11

Interview with Dervishes' Spokesperson: Clashes and Widespread Arrests of Iran's Gonabadi Dervishes
Six people were injured when they were shot with bullets. They were transferred to a hospital. One of them was shot in the head. He is still alive and God willing, he will get better and be discharged from the hospital. But the doctors said he is in critical condition. - 9/8/11

Iran's competitiveness rank up 7 places: WEF
Iran extended its growth in competitiveness by rising 7 places in the World Economic Forum's rankings. According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, Iran rose 7 places in comparison to the last year report, reaching to the 62nd place among 142 countries. - 9/8/11

Ahmadinejad defends his handling of government subsidies
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his administration has handed out 40 million dollars among Iranian citizens to make up for cuts to government subsidies over the past year, adding that three times that amount should be redistributed. - 9/8/11

Syrian Forces Kill 20 as France Criticizes Crackdown
Also Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, should back away from his violent crackdown on protesters and enter talks with the opposition. - 9/8/11

Iran Accused Of Sanctions Violations
At the United Nations, the United States, Britain, France and Germany have accused Iran of violating UN sanctions prohibiting any launches using ballistic missile technology, as well as an arms embargo. - 9/8/11

Speakers bureau works for Iranian terror group
A Pennsylvania speakers bureau is sending out invitations for a lucrative speaking opportunity on behalf of an officially designated terrorist organization, the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) of Iran, according to an email obtained by Salon. -Salon - 9/8/11

Iran Criticizes Planned NATO Radar in Turkey
Iran has criticized Turkey's decision to deploy an early warning radar system as part of a NATO missile defense program, saying the move would increase tensions in the region. - 9/8/11

Photos: Iran held by Qatar in World Cup qualifier
Iran drew with Qatar in Group E of the 2014 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The Iranian team was held to a 1-1 draw by Qatar at Doha's Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. - 9/7/11

Masouleh: An Amazing Village In North of IRAN
A few weeks ago I took a short trip to Masouleh with some friends. We had such a good time and the weather was marvelous. I took some pictures and here I would like to share them with you. -Pooneh Shahmir - 9/7/11

Iran's Intelligence Minister warns against opposition
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi says a group of the president's allies has joined with the people who protested the results of the 2009 election, but his ministry will not allow them to "derail" the coming elections. - 9/7/11

Iran: Political Prisoner's Friend Commits Suicide After Release
Confirming news of Behnam Ganji Khaibari's suicide, a friend of his spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the 22-year-old student who was arrested on 31 July, along with human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi, and was later released on 8 August. - 9/7/11

Imprisoned Iranian Actor's Family Awaits His Release After Pardon
On Saturday, 3 September, several Iranian websites reported the release of Iranian stage and screen actor, Ramin Parchami. However, he remains at Evin Prison's Ward 350. - 9/7/11

Iran: Political prisoners call for release of Mousavi and Karroubi
A statement issued by 33 Iranian political prisoners calls for the release of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi from house arrest. - 9/7/11

Senior Iranian Activist Says Revolutionary Courts 'Illegal'
A founding member of the opposition Freedom Movement of Iran has written an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the dissolution of the country's revolutionary courts, Radio Farda reports. - 9/7/11

Alternative Healing: Self-Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
I have spent many years of my life working with Multiple Sclerosis in various ways. In this article I am disclosing how one can seal and stop this leak. But before that, you first of all need to break through the solid belief instilled by prevalent western medical knowledge that MS is still 'incurable.' -Roya Monajem - 9/7/11

Iran to build Formula One track near Tehran
Iran has decided to build a track for Formula One in Parand City, 35km south of Tehran. Apex Circuit Design has been given contract for this project, which is the first of its type in Iran. - 9/7/11

Iran Kills Senior Kurdish Rebel
State-run media reports on Wednesday said Revolutionary Guards killed deputy commander Majid Kavian during a "cleanup operation." The reports say he died on Saturday of shrapnel wounds. - 9/7/11

Iranian sentenced to 10 years for espionage
Mohammad Esmail Mollazehi, who was charged with "spying in an attempt to act against Iranian national security," has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. - 9/7/11

$3 Billion Embezzled from Iran's Saderat Bank
The director of Bank Saderat Iran, Mohammad Jahromi, has revealed that the bank was victim to an embezzlement operation amounting to 30 trillion riyals ($3 billion). -Yalla Finance - 9/7/11

Takaloo says his daughter inspired him to make his return to boxing
Former world champ Takaloo admits his ring comeback was his nine-year-old daughter's idea! -Sun, UK - 9/7/11

Two Iranian publications forced to close
The Sharvand-e Emrooz weekly was shut down for "issues around Article 6" of the law regulating the press. Article 6 deals with libel and insulting government officials and institutions. The Roozegar daily, on the other hand, was shut down for two months for propaganda against the regime and publishing classified information. - 9/6/11

Netherlands Investigating Internet Hackers Who Spied on Iranian Web Users
The Netherlands has begun investigating the hacking of a Dutch Internet company whose security certificates were stolen and used to spy on hundreds of thousands of Iranian web users. - 9/6/11

Fears Of Ethnic Tensions Rise In Iran Amid Azeri Clashes, Kurd Offensive
Iran has launched a fierce security clampdown in the country's Azeri and Kurdish regions amid fears of rising ethnic tensions on its northern borders. -Robert Tait, RFE - 9/6/11

Iran's Dervishes Come Under Attack, Again
A number of dervishes from the Gonabadi Nematollahi order have been detained in Iran in recent days. The arrests apparently began in the city of Kavar close to Shiraz where Sufis are reported to have come under attack from "plainclothes agents" and members of the Basij militia. Opposition websites have reported that those who assaulted the dervishes were armed and they used tear gas. - 9/6/11

IRGC Urges Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to Clarify PJAK's Truce Terms
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force called on the Iraqi Kurdistan's regional government to specify the terms and contents of a ceasefire demand presented by the Iraq-based PJAK terrorist group. -FNA - 9/6/11

Iran stages offensive aerial war game
The initial stage of an offensive aerial war game, entitled 'Defenders of the Skies of Velayat 3', started on Tuesday in northwest Iran, announced Air Force deputy commander for air operations. - 9/6/11

Iran's preconditions for nuclear talks have changed: nuclear chief
The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said that Iran's preconditions for talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other countries have changed due to Iran's nuclear progress. - 9/6/11

Five Al-Qaeda Members Arrested In Southeast Iran
Five terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda have been arrested in the southeastern province of Kerman, Kerman Police Chief Hossein Chenarian announced on Tuesday, IRNA reported. - 9/6/11

Iran Cracks Down on Dissent
Iran has raised pressure on activists and opposition members in the past two months in an apparent move to preempt antigovernment protests, as regional uprisings gained momentum in Syria and Libya, according to activists and human-rights organizations. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/6/11

Iran's Esfandiar oil field deal planned
Iran will soon sign a contract with foreign firms on developing its Esfandiar offshore oilfield, managing director of the National Iranian Offshore Oil Company (NIOOC) Mahmoud Zirakchiyanzade says. - 9/6/11

EU Condemns Persecution Of Baha'i Community in Iran
In a statement issued, Ashton expressed "serious concerns about the recent wave of arrests of Baha'i citizens and the shutting down of an educational center of the Baha'i community in Iran." - 9/6/11

Iran: Budget announced for saving Lake Oroumiyeh
Iranian media report that the head of Iran's Organization for the Protection of the Environment has announced that 950 billion toumans ($900 million) has been allotted to redirect water from the Aras and Kurdistan Rivers to Lake Oroumiyeh. - 9/5/11

World poets to celebrate National Hafez Day in Shiraz
Poets from different countries will celebrate the closing ceremony of Iran's World and Iranian Poets' Conference at the mausoleum of Hafez, the Hafezieh located in Shiraz. - 9/5/11

Iranian Artists Express Concern Over Disappearing Lake
Many Iranians are concerned about the deteriorating state of Lake Orumieh (Urmia), which due to drought and mismanagement is dying and turning into a saltwater lake. - 9/5/11

Iran to run embryonic, non-embryonic stem cells bank
Iran plans to run embryonic and non-embryonic stem cells bank in a bid to meet needs of local researchers and develop its stem cell technology. - 9/5/11

Value of Iran's gold reserves triples: central banker
To prevent a freeze of its foreign reserves Iran withdrew its deposits from foreign banks and allocated 13 billion dollars of that reserves to buying gold and now that value of that gold has tripled. - 9/5/11

Iranian authorities warn against rising unemployment
The deputy head of Worker's House has warned that if job creation plans are not properly managed, in the next two years the country will face a crisis of 1.5 million unemployed workers. - 9/5/11

Iran Puts Conditions on Kurdish Rebels Cease-fire Talks
A senior Iranian military official says Kurdish rebels must leave the border region before Iran will consider talking about a cease-fire. - 9/5/11

Iran Offers UN Supervision of Nuclear Sites if Sanctions Lifted
Iran's nuclear chief says Tehran is willing to grant United Nations inspectors "full supervision" of Iranian nuclear activities for five years if sanctions against the country are lifted. -VOA - 9/5/11

Iran's inflation rate hits 17.2%
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) governor said the country's twelve-month inflation rate ended to the calendar month of Mordad (July 23-August 22) reached 17.2 percent, showing a modest growth despite implementing the subsidy reform plan. - 9/5/11

Ahmadinejad Unveils Hydropower Station In Tajikistan, Denounces West
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has criticized world powers for interfering in domestic affairs of Asian and African countries as he helped unveil a hydroelectric power station in nearby Tajikistan. - 9/5/11

CIA, Mossad, MI6 targeted by Iranian DigiNotar-hackers
After breaching the Dutch CA (Certification Authority) DigiNotar, Iranian hackers managed to sign forged certificates for the domains of spy agencies CIA, Mossad and MI6. Leading certification authorities like VeriSign and Thawte were also targeted, as were Iranian dissident sites. -PC Adviser - 9/5/11

Videos: Protests Spread in Iranian Provinces of East and West Azarbaijan
Protests have spread in the Iranian provinces of East and West Azerbaijan. Protesters took to the streets of the provincial cities of Tabriz and Oroumieh on Saturday to denounce governments lack of action with respect to the Lake Oroumieh which is facing dryness due to neglect. The protests now threaten to expand and bring to surface ethnic and political demands and reinvigorate the Iranian opposition movement. - 9/4/11

Iranian security forces quash more protests in Tabriz, Oroumiyeh
Iranian security forces descended on demonstrations against the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh in Tabriz and Oroumiyeh in northwestern Iran on Saturday, making numerous arrests. - 9/4/11

Iran's first nuclear power plant joins national grid
Iran's Bushehr power plant started the initial mission as it came on stream with the power of 60 Megawatts. The facility would be officially launched on September 12. - 9/4/11

Iran's Rasad satellite accomplishes mission
Director of Iran's Space Agency has said the Rasad satellite has accomplished its mission and entered the atmosphere. Hamid Fazeli told IRNA news agency that Rasad was designed to orbit the earth for about one month and 2 to 3 weeks. - 9/4/11

Iranian Police Arrest Water-Pistol 'Rebels'
Iranian police have started cracking down on water fights springing up across the country, arresting several young men and women who took part in the latest organized water-pistol battles. - 9/4/11

Iranian-Born Satrapi's Film Premieres In Venice
A love story set in 1950s Iran had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 3. "Chicken With Plums" was co-directed by Iranian-born Marjane Satrapi, a French graphic novelist best known for her comic-strip film "Persepolis." - 9/4/11

Plane rough landing in Iran injures 11
11 passengers, including Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaii, were injured following rough landing of an Airbus plane in Mashhad Airport, northeastern Iran on Sunday. - 9/4/11

Iranian activist arrested in Tabriz
Faranak Farid, an Iranian women's rights activist, poet and translator, was arrested yesterday in Tabriz. Farid was arrested after yesterday's protests against government inaction regarding the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh. - 9/4/11

Iran's exports to EU up 9% in 1H: Eurostat
Despite sanctions the value of the European Union's imports from Iran has witnessed a 9% increase during the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year, the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat, reported. - 9/4/11

Iran lauds Turkish dismissal of Israeli ambassador
Iran has commended the Turkish government's decision to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Israel by dismissing the Israeli ambassador in Ankara and suspending military agreements with Israel. - 9/4/11

Iran defeats Indonesia in FIFA World Cup qualifier
Iran defeated Indonesia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Asia's Group E courtesy of two goals from captain Javad Nekounam and one from substitute Andranik Teymourian on Friday. - 9/3/11

Emboldened Iran captain Nekounam eyes Qatar victory
The emboldened Iran captain Javad Nekounam is aiming to win Tuesday's match against Qatar in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. - 9/3/11

Iran Watching Syria With Increasing Concern
Iran is keeping a wary eye on Syria, where antiregime protests have been going on for the past five months, despite a crackdown that has reportedly left more than 2,000 dead. Syria is Iran's main strategic partner in the Middle East. Analysts say the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad's regime would be a serious blow to the Islamic republic. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/3/11

Farrah Douglas Makes Historic Bid for California State Assembly
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and its connected PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), recently had the opportunity to sit down with Carlsbad City Council member Farrah Douglas and discuss her campaign for California State Assembly. - 9/3/11

Iran plans to modernize Iran-140 aircraft
The Deputy of Iranian Defense Ministry for Industry and Research said the country plans to design a new generation of "Iran 140" aircraft with the enlarged capacity for 120 individuals. - 9/3/11

Iran: Deputy Parliament Speaker Censures Hardliners
Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar has criticized certain hard-line principlists for trying to eliminate all those who voted for Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the 2009 presidential elections. - 9/3/11

Turkey Agrees to Host NATO Radar System
Turkey has agreed to deploy an early warning radar system by the end of the year as part of NATO's missile defense program for Europe. It is aimed at countering the threat of missile attacks from Iran. - 9/3/11

IRGC resumes attacks against PJAK
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps has announced the launch of new operations against PJAK forces, Iranian media report. Meanwhile, Turkey has begun air raids in the Kurdish region of Ghandil, firing on the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey. - 9/3/11

The Internet and Iran: 'It Is Possible to Pull the Plug'
The regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to completely cut Iran off from the Internet. But activists in the country are well-versed in circumventing official censorship. In a conversation with SPIEGEL, Internet expert Philip Howard explains how they do it and says that complete digital isolation is virtually impossible. - 9/3/11

RFE/RL Azerbaijani Reporter Deported From Exclave Via Iran
An RFE/RL correspondent has been deported from the Azerbaijani exclave of Naxcivan through Iran after investigating the death of a man reportedly accused of spying for Tehran, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports. - 9/3/11

Nina Yousefzadeh Brings Medical Care To Developing Countries
Nina Yousefzadeh is a clinical pharmacist living in New York. When she was going through school, her friends started calling her "penicillin girl." -huffington post - 9/3/11

Iran Cinema Celebration honors three cineastes
On receiving her ISFA Award, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad said, "I am happy to receive the award from (filmmakers) Jafar Panahi and Naser Taqvaii. I would become even happier if Panahi and I could make a film, and if the cinema policymakers would think about what they will say to the next generation when they ask why Taqvaii didn't make any more films." - 9/2/11

Dying Lake Gives New Life To Iran's Antigovernment Protests
Iran's largest lake is dying, but it's giving new life to antigovernment protests along its receding shores. Lake Orumieh, one of the world's largest saltwater lakes, has shrunk by some 60 percent in recent years due to drought and misguided development policies. Environmentalists warn that unless something is done, the lake will disappear forever. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/2/11

Catching the Internet's spies in Iran and elsewhere
The combination of a targeted attack and the commandeering of at least two Internet service providers suggests a highly organized attempt to spy on a large number of Iranian Net users' secure communications. The obvious, but unproven, candidate for this seems to be some element of the Iranian security forces. -Danny O'Brien, CPJ - 9/2/11

Family Visits Detained Iranian Opposition Leader
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was allowed a visit with his family after more than a month and has reportedly told them that he stands by all his former statements as a critic of the government. - 9/2/11

Iraqi Kurdistan: Cross-Border Attacks Should Spare Iraqi Civilians
Iran and Turkey's cross-border attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan have killed at least 10 civilians and displaced hundreds since mid-July 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Some of the attacks may have been carried out without sufficient attempts to ensure minimal impact on civilians, Human Rights Watch said. - 9/2/11

Iran: Political row over drying of Lake Oroumiyeh
Iranian MPs representing Oroumiyeh have called on all the people of Iran to support them in reversing the falling water level in Lake Oroumiyeh. - 9/2/11

Iran oil exports up by 50,000 barrels per day
Iran's oil exports have increased by 50,000 barrels per day since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (startied March 21), says an Iranian oil official. - 9/2/11

Exclusive: China curbs Iran energy work
China has put the brakes on oil and gas investments in Iran, drawing ire from Tehran over a pullback that officials and executives said reflected Beijing's efforts to appease Washington and avoid U.S. sanctions on its big energy firms. -Reuters - 9/2/11

US must leave Iraq by 2011 deadline: Iranian Commander
A top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the US must fulfill its obligations under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and leave Iraq by the end of 2011. - 9/2/11

Crackdown Hurts Syria's Economy
The bloody crackdown ordered by President Bashar al-Assad against protesters throughout Syria is having an effect on the nation's economy. International condemnation of the military assaults have prompted trading partners in Europe and elsewhere to hold off on business dealings, and tourists have been scared away. - 9/2/11

Perry's military "solution" and the GOP candidates on Iran
Republican primary front-runner Gov. Rick Perry, was recently quoted as saying that, while he rejects military adventurism, he was "never going to take off the table our ability to have a military solution to a country like Iran." -NIAC InSight - 9/2/11

Wide Arrest of Environmentalists in Iran's Azerbaijan Province: They Voted to Kill Lake Orumieh
These protests were triggered after the Majlis rejected a bill labeled urgent to address the drying up of Lake Orumieh by diverting and pumping water from Aras and Silveh rivers. The Majlis voted to take up the issue as a normal agenda item, denying it any priority. - Kaveh Ghoreishi, Rooz - 9/1/11

NIAC 2011 Leadership Conference
This is the first time that Iranian Americans are coming together in our nation's capital to see first-hand how policy works and decisions are made. Additionally, it's an opportunity for us to forge closer ties with one another and learn the importance of having a voice and showing our presence in Washington, DC. - 9/1/11

Three political prisoners granted leave, three sentenced
Iranian authorities have granted a three-day furlough to three reformist political prisoners, Mostafa Tajzadeh, Ghorbanali Behzadannejad and Javad Emam. - 9/1/11

Four societies appeal to Iran for release of optics student
SPIE has joined with three other societies in appealing to the leadership of Iran to free Omid Kokabee, an Iranian PhD student. Kokabee, 29, is a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran who later studied at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain where he obtained a master's degree in photonics. - 9/1/11

Iran: Welcome releases must be followed by freedom for all prisoners of conscience
Amnesty International welcomes the reported release of around 70 prisoners of conscience and political prisoners, convicted of vaguely worded "security related" charges including involvement in the protests which followed the disputed presidential election of 2009. - 9/1/11

Supreme Leader expresses election caution
In his sermon to mark Fetr Eid, the culmination of the month of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "Elections, which are the symbol of the people's presence, should be the main foundation of our security and must not be allowed to endanger our security." - 9/1/11

The Dangers Of Conducting Live Interviews On Iranian State Television
Live interviews are rare on Iranian state television, for obvious reasons. Going off-script means there's a chance to evade the censors, which give the audience only the version of the news that is approved by authorities. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/1/11

Iran: Four Kermanshah Cultural Figures Released, While Four Others Remain in Prison
A human rights activist in Kurdistan told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that of the eight cultural and literary figures that were detained a month ago in the city of Gilan-e-Gharb, four were released on bail in the past two days. The detention of four others has been extended for another month. - 9/1/11

Iran to Send Navy Fleet to Gulf of Aden, Red Sea
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic is planning to send its 15th fleet to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. He added that the fleet is comprised of a submarine and a warship that will patrol in the high seas and display great capabilities of the Islamic Republic, IRIB reported on Tuesday. - 9/1/11

Iran Feels Heat Over Support for Damascus
Iran's steadfast support for Syria's regime has rapidly eroded Tehran's credibility among Arabs, leaving the country with a foreign-policy dilemma as popular uprisings mount across the region. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 9/1/11

Sotheby's annual modern and contemporary Arab and Iranian art sale
Sotheby's London announced a sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian which will take place on Tuesday, 4th of October, 2011. Comprised of 123 lots, the sale will include major works by leading Modern masters - 9/1/11
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