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Q&A: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Husband Speaks Out About Dual National's Imprisonment in Iran
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never imagined she would be arrested and ultimately sentenced to five years in prison when she entered Tehran's international airport on her way back home to the UK after visiting her parents. But nightmare became reality on April 3, 2016 when the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization detained the London-based Iranian-British citizen, her baby in her arms. - 9/29/17

Iran Air receives two new ATR planes
Franco-Italian aviation player ATR has delivered two more turboprop planes to Iran's national flag-carrier airline Iran Air thus bringing the total number of deliveries to six from a package of 20. The planes landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport Thursday morning. - 9/29/17

Iran may abandon nuclear deal if US withdraws: Foreign Minister
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran may walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries if the US withdraws from the agreement. "If Washington decides to pull out of the deal, Iran has the option of withdrawal and other options," the Twitter feed of the Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera quoted Zarif as saying in an exclusive interview on Thursday. - 9/29/17

Turkey Calls For Summit With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on September 28 that he wants to hold a summit with Iranian and Iraqi leaders to coordinate their response to the Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq. "We are planning to come together in the near future to coordinate the steps to be taken for the next period," Yildirim told reporters in Turkey. "We want a three-way summit," he said. - 9/29/17

Banning Grandmas Only Hurts American Families
A smiling, young woman in a gown is leaning over so her tiny grandmother can give her a kiss. A grandmother is preparing torshee, pickles, in a jar as she looks on. After taking a cigarette drag, a grandmother laughs without a care in the world. These are the many faces of the grandmas impacted by President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0, that was issued in an proclamation on September 24. -Holly Dagres, Huffington Post - 9/29/17

Alberto Nisman Was Murdered, But We Still Don't Know Why
The ramifications of determining the identity of Nisman's killer or killers are far-reaching. The AMIA saga, and Nisman's death by extension, have long been used to demonize Iran and to stir up overblown fears about Islamic terrorism in Latin America, despite a lack of hard evidence backing these theories. The notion that Iran and Hezbollah carried out the AMIA attack serves as the foundation of an ongoing campaign to keep Iran out of the U.S. "backyard" and "in the dock where they belong." -Mike LaSusa, LobeLog - 9/29/17

Petition to U.S. Congress: Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver
Now more than ever, we must stand unified in the face of Donald Trump's attempts to ban us and divide us. That's why NIAC Action has teamed up with 12 major civil rights organizations opposing Trump's Muslim ban to demand that Congress take action to stop the ban. - 9/28/17

Female Head Of Iran's Polo Federation Fired Over Private Photos
Iran's sports federation has fired Golnar Vakil Gilani, the head of the Polo Federation, over leaked private photos. Gilani told Iranian news agencies that she had not received any letter in this regard but the sports authorities had appointed another woman as temporary president for the federation. - 9/28/17

Iranians Mourn Soldier Beheaded By Islamic State Terrorists In Syria
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tehran to mourn a soldier beheaded by the extremist Sunni group Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Crowds carrying pictures of Mohsen Hojaji and red flags, symbolizing martyrdom, marched to the September 27 funeral, which was attended by parliament speaker Ali Larijani and other dignitaries. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei performed prayers over Hojaji's coffin at the Imam Hussein Mosque. - 9/28/17

What Trump's tough talk on Iran means for human rights
Iranian-American actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi weighs in on how the Iran nuclear deal has affected humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more. -Politico - 9/28/17

Iran finishes third at Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games
The fifth edition of Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games has come to a close in Turkmenistan, with the Islamic Republic of Iran's delegation landing in the third slot of the medal count table at the end of the international and multi-sport event. Iranian sportsmen and women took home a total of 118 medals (36 gold, 23 silvers and 59 bronzes). - 9/28/17

Are Billionaire Donors Driving Trump's Iran Policy?
A review of the statements and activities of some of Trump's key donors also helps explain why he is considering reneging on the (Iran nuclear) agreement. A small number of his biggest campaign and legal defense donors have made extreme comments about Iran and, in at least one case, advocated for the use of a nuclear weapon against the Islamic Republic. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 9/28/17

Iran's inflation rate stands at 9.9%: Central Bank
The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced that the inflation rate for the 12-month period ended on the last day of the sixth Iranian calendar month of Shahrivar (September 22) compared to the same period in the previous year hit 9.9 percent, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday. - 9/28/17

Iranian Teachers' Rights Activist Facing 14 Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Advocacy
Imprisoned teacher's rights activist Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi is facing 14 years behind bars in Iran after the confirmation of his latest prison sentence, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). On September 25, 2017, Beheshti-Langroudi's lawyer received notice that Branch 36 of the Appeals Court upheld a five-year prison sentence issued against the activist for the charges of "assembly and collusion against national security" and "propaganda against the state." - 9/28/17

Top military officials of Iran, Iraq hold talks amid Kurdish independence vote
The military brass of Iran and Iraq have met and held talks amid a controversial referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Wednesday received his Iraqi counterpart Major General Othman al-Ghanmi, who arrived in Tehran at the head of a military delegation earlier in the day. - 9/28/17

Trump's New Travel Ban: Collective Punishment of the Iranian People
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) strongly condemns the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration on September 24, 2017 targeting citizens of Iran and seven other countries. The new travel ban's indiscriminate and arbitrary impact on Iranian citizens is unjustified and a gift to Iranian hardliners who want to isolate their population and prevent engagement with the outside world, CHRI said today. - 9/27/17

U.S. Military Chief Warns Against Pulling Out Of Iran Nuclear Deal
The top U.S. military commander has warned against pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying doing so would complicate U.S. efforts to reach agreements with other nations. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments September 26 in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. - 9/27/17

Unintended Consequences of Abrogating Iran's Nuclear Deal
US President Donald J. Trump's targeting of a two-year-old agreement curtailing Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons could not only spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but also tilt European-Chinese competition for domination of Eurasia's future energy infrastructure in China's favor. As Trump keeps the world in suspense by declining to disclose how he intends to correct what he calls an embarrassment, Iranian leaders are betting against the odds that European signatories of the nuclear agreement will persuade him to stop short of pulling out of the nuclear deal and avoid steps that would effectively undermine the accord. -James M. Dorsey - 9/27/17

Freed Iranian Baha'i Leader Mahvash Sabet Describes Unjust Trial, Prison Conditions
Mahvash Sabet, a leader of Iran's persecuted Baha'i faith who was released from Evin Prison on September 18, 2017 after completing a 10-year sentence, said she was convicted of espionage charges despite non-existent evidence. "We love our country," she said. "We never betrayed our country and never will. No one has shown us any evidence based on the charges against us. It is very important for me to address the people inside and outside the country about the espionage allegations." - 9/27/17

IAEA monitoring of Iran deal going on smoothly: Yukiya Amano
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has been providing the UN nuclear watchdog with all the necessary access it requires to monitor Tehran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the inspection process is going on smoothly. In a Tuesday interview with Reuters, Yukiya Amano, reiterated that Iran is in compliance with the provisions of its nuclear deal with the world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 9/27/17

AFC Champions League Semi-finals 1st Leg: Iran's Persepolis falls to Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 4 - 0
Omar Khribin's hat-trick helped ensure Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia will take a commanding four-goal lead into the second leg of the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final in three weeks' time after posting a 4-0 first leg victory over Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday. - 9/27/17

"Barzani middleman for Zionists to partition Islamic countries": Iran's Velayati
A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs says President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) Massoud Barzani is a middleman for Zionists, who seeks to implement their plans for the division of Muslim states. "Barzani is a middleman for Zionists [whose goal is] to disintegrate Islamic countries," Ali Akbar Velayati said on Tuesday, adding that in view of the bitter experience of Palestine, Muslim nations will not allow "a second Israel" to be created in the region. - 9/27/17

Iran Charges Telegram Management Over Extremism, Pornography Allegations: Reports
Iranian news agencies say Tehran's prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the "management" of Telegram, the popular encrypted messaging app founded by Russian social-networking mogul Pavel Durov. Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that the charges stemmed from Telegram's alleged role as a platform for child pornography and extremist content, including by Islamic State militants. - 9/27/17

No Good Reason for Trump Not to Certify Iran Nuclear Compliance
US President Donald Trump would have no substantive grounds for following up his broad hints to decide in the negative when the 15 October deadline comes for re-certifying that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal struck two years ago. The circumstances have not changed since the last two times the Trump administration has certified Iranian compliance with the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Any decision this time to decline certification would be purely political rather than fact-driven. -Mark Fitzpatrick, LobeLog - 9/27/17

Iran's Post-Sanctions Financial Windfall Was Overstated. What Does That Mean for Policy?
The Trump administration seems poised to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement (JCPOA). If it does, this decision will be a triumph for the deal's critics, who have aggressively undersold the JCPOA's achievements in limiting the country's nuclear program and oversold the economic relief it gave Iran. -National Interest - 9/27/17

What Vietnam Must Teach Us about North Korea and Iran
In international politics, serendipity sometimes plays an instrumental role. That happened this past week, with President Donald Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly, mutual name-calling between him and Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and harsh comments from Iran's Supreme Leader, plus an Iranian ballistic missile test. Thus, tensions have risen significantly in the two places where crisis could most readily morph into major war. -Robert E. Hunter - 9/26/17

Hyping the Iran Threat in the Middle East
A drumbeat of warnings about an Iranian threat to Israel specifically, and American interests collaterally, has intensified in recent months. Alarmist articles by former and current New York Times reporters have hyped the threat of Tehran supplying Iranian-backed militias on Israel's northern borders. -Charles D. Smith, LobeLog - 9/26/17

Iran's Health Officials Raise Alarm over Islamic Medicine: Imam Reza drugs or Holy Mary incense
A phenomenon referred to as "Islamic Medicine" has been rapidly growing in popularity in Iran raising concerns in the Ministry of Health. The ministry has been calling on the Administrative Office of Seminaries to assist the ministry in denying the legitimacy of these services. - 9/26/17

Rights Groups Decry New Travel Restrictions: 'This Is Still A Muslim Ban'
President Donald Trump's third attempt to restrict travel to the United States from a handful of countries is just as xenophobic as the previous ones, refugee advocates and human rights groups lamented. "This is still a Muslim ban - they simply added three additional countries," Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, said in a statement of the new restrictions, which were issued on Sunday. -Huffington Post - 9/26/17

Iran's AUT team wins 1st place at France's IMAV 2017
A team from Tehran's Amir Kabir (Polytechnic) University of Technology secured the first place in Virtual Challenge category of International Micro Air Vehicle 2017 competition in France. About 25 university teams from different countries such as Iran, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Britain, India, Mexico, Singapore and several others have participated in the competition. - 9/26/17

Turkey's Erdogan Says Kurdish Referendum 'Treachery'; Iraq Rules Out Talks On Independence
Turkey has accused the head of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of "treachery" for pursuing an independence referendum, while the Iraqi government has ruled out talks on possible secession for the Kurdish region. In Tehran, the Iranian parliament announced it would hold a closed-door meeting on the referendum on September 27. - 9/26/17

Iranian Baha'i Students Offered University Enrollment in Exchange For Renouncing Their Faith
Two members of the persecuted Baha'i faith in Iran have been offered university enrollment in exchange for renouncing their religion, according to information received by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). According to the Baha'i-focused Payam News, in recent weeks at least 100 Bahai's were rejected by Iranian universities despite passing entrance exams in 2017. - 9/26/17

Iranian Miners' Call for Justice Echoes in Social Media
In December of 2015 miners of Agh Dareh gold mines staged a number of protests which earned many miners imprisonment, flogging and hefty fines. Some of the miners described their treatment in a 59 second video where one of the Agh Dareh residents stresses that miners were imprisoned, flogged and fined simply because they wanted to work and earn a living. - 9/26/17

Iran-Armenia joint production "Yeva" premieres in Yerevan
"Yeva", a co-production between Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation and the National Cinema Center of Armenia, premiered at the Moscow Cinema in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Saturday. Directed by Iranian-Armenian filmmaker Anahid Abad, the film tells the story of Yeva, a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband's tragic death, and takes refuge in one of the villages of Karabakh, Armenia. - 9/26/17

Iranian-Americans Condemn Trump's Travel Ban
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have issued press releases condemning Trump administration's new travel ban targeting Iranians. - 9/25/17

Documentary: Iranians Non-Grata
"Iranians Non-Grata" is a short documentary by Human Capital of Iran project that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by the President #Trump #ExecutiveOrder known as the #MuslimBan or the #TravelBan. - 9/25/17

Iran's Sohrab Moradi breaks 18-year weightlifting world record
Iranian Olympic champion weightlifter Sohrab Moradi broke the longest standing world record in the sport to win gold at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Saturday. Moradi, who returned from a two-year doping ban to win gold in the 94 kilogram division at last year's Rio Olympics, set a new world record of 413 kilograms for the combined total. - 9/25/17

Iranian FM says Trump's new travel ban shows his fake empathy for Iranians
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trump's new travel ban is proof of his fake empathy for Iranians. "Trump's fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens," Tweeted Zarif. - 9/25/17

Iran 7-a-side football team runner-up at IFCPF World Championships
Iran 7-a-side football team won the silver medal at the 2017 IFCPF World Championships on Saturday. The Iranian team lost to Ukraine 1-0 in the final math at the Stadium Juan Gilberto Funes. - 9/25/17

Trump's New Travel Ban Targets Iran; Adds North Korea, Venezuela
President Donald Trump has issued new restrictions on people trying to enter the United States from eight nations -- adding North Korea and Venezuela to a list that also includes Iran -- to replace his expiring travel ban. Trump signed a proclamation on September 24 implementing a range of restrictions that will apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. - 9/25/17

Iranian drones destroy ISIS bases in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) drones have destroyed several Daesh bases on the Syrian border with Iraq. According to an IRINN TV report on Sunday, during the IRGC operations carried out in Syria's eastern Dayr al-Zawr province, many terrorists were killed in the attacks, which also destroyed large amounts of terrorists' equipment and weapons. - 9/25/17

Wedding Ceremony of Iranian Acid Victim Goes Viral
A young Iranian girl disfigured in an acid attack back in 2014 has gotten married, sparking widespread positive reactions in Iran's social media. Marzieh Ebrahimi, a young Iranian girl who fell victim to an acid attack years ago, has tied the knot. Her marriage has turned into the most high-profile one in the country, not because she is a celebrity or an artist, but because she is the victim of an acid attack. -IFP - 9/25/17

Iran Needs a National and Realistic Foreign Policy
The worsening relations between the United States and Iran since the election of Donald Trump reached a fever pitch with the president's speech at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's response to it. President Trump's harsh speech included a range of accusations against Iran. Most of these accusations were either unfounded or only partially true. President Rouhani for his part did not mince words and declared President Trump's speech unworthy of the UNGA. Other Iranian politicians and commentators were much less polite in characterizing Trump's speech. -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/23/17

Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile
Iran has unveiled a new ballistic missile during military parades held across the nation to mark the first day of the annual Sacred Defense Week. The missile, named Khorramshahr, was put on display during the military parade in Tehran on Friday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance. - 9/23/17

After Trump's speech at UN, entire G-77 (134 countries) backs Iran deal
One hundred and thirty four countries, under the banner of the Group of 77 at the United Nations, have voiced support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries following a tirade by US President Donald Trump against Iran and the deal at the UN. - 9/23/17

The Art of No Deal
In the past few weeks, President Trump has given the world an instructive look at his negotiating style, as he lurches dangerously through the international china shop. I'm not talking here about his attempt to intimidate the leader of North Korea or intervene in the quarrel between American allies in the Persian Gulf. Those have not gone well. Let's focus instead on the Iranian nuclear deal, also known by its official initials JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). -Gary Sick, LobeLog - 9/23/17

Trump Weighs Replacing Temporary Travel Ban With New Restrictions
U.S. President Donald Trump is considering replacing his temporary travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries with an order targeted at countries that have not satisfied U.S. demands for stringent safeguards against extremists, U.S. officials said. The currently temporary ban on visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen is due to expire on September 24. - 9/23/17

Veteran Iranian vocalist Nader Golchin dies at 81
Nader Golchin died at 81 after a long battle with lung cancer at Tehran's Gandhi Hospital on Friday. He was hospitalized for about one month at the medical center, his daughter Nazanin told the Persian service of ISNA. - 9/23/17

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard
Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn't available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian. There were lots of petitions to Apple, pressing them to add a Persian keyboard to mobile phones. That finally paid off with the latest release. -Sam Farzaneh, BBC - 9/23/17

Iran inks banking deals worth 1.5 Billion Euros with Austria and Denmark
Austria's Oberbank and Denmark's Danske Bank signed deals worth 1 billion Euros and 500 million Euros respectively with Iran on Thursday to be the first European banks to resume banking ties with the country after the lifting of sanctions in January 2016. The first deal was signed in Vienna by Oberbank's CEO and Chairman of the Board Franz Gasselsberger and representatives of 14 Iranian banks, IRNA reported. - 9/23/17

Iran's President Rouhani at the UN: The Power of Appearing Reasonable
In his September 20 speech to the UN General Assembly Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gave a textbook demonstration of the power of appearing to be reasonable. His unstated but clear message was: "They go low, we go high. I am not Donald Trump and do not expect me to operate at his level." Appearing reasonable is a very powerful weapon. Beginning in 2009, President Obama used it to great effect against Iran. He acknowledged the difficult history and mistrust between the two states and kept saying that the United States was seeking a "new beginning" with the Islamic Republic, that the U.S. would open its hand if Iran would unclench its fist. -John Limbert - 9/22/17

Photos: Iran marks Sacred Defense Week with massive military parades
Iran has unveiled a new ballistic missile during military parades held across the nation to mark the first day of the annual Sacred Defense Week. The missile, named Khorramshahr, was put on display during the military parade in Tehran on Friday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior military officials in attendance. - 9/22/17

Iranian Workers in City of Arak, Peacefully Demanding Unpaid Wages, Beaten and Arrested by Anti-Riot Police
Anti-riot police forces stormed peaceful protests by workers at two industrial units in Arak, the capital of Iran's Central Province, on September 19, 2017, and arrested several people, according to information received by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). A labor activist who asked not to be identified for security reasons told CHRI that day that several workers were detained during the protests against the Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO) and the Azarab Industries Company. - 9/22/17

Building Confidence in Iran's Intentions, Not Closing All Pathways
The decision to sell the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran (the JCPOA) to the US Congress and public as closing all pathways to Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons is returning to haunt us. That slogan implied two things: that Iran was intent on acquiring nuclear weapons, and that the United States had succeeded in thwarting that ambition by imposing nuclear restrictions on Iran. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog - 9/22/17

Anti-Iran Deal Billionaire Tom Kaplan Lashes Out at Iran
A couple hours before and a few blocks away from where President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations on Monday, a group of anti-Iran deal advocates held their annual conference at the midtown Manhattan Roosevelt Hotel. Perhaps newly emboldened by the current administration's hostility to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a billionaire wearing a blue, three-piece suit took the stage and delivered a diatribe, invoking anti-Muslim falsehoods and a series of crude animal metaphors to explain Iran's predatory nature. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 9/22/17

Iranian FM Zarif meets Tillerson, P5+1 representatives over nuclear deal
Representatives from Iran and the six world powers have come together to highlight the necessity of complying with Islamic Republic's nuclear agreement, despite threats by US President Donald Trump to scrap the deal. We raised the issue of Washington's non-compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during the Wednesday meeting, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. - 9/21/17

Sculpture of Maryam Mirzakhani unveiled in Tehran
An sculpture of renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani was unveiled on September 19 at the National Library and Archive of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NLAI) in Tehran. Mirzakhani, 40, fought with cancer for four years and died of breast cancer at a hospital in the U.S. on July 14. The family of the late mathematician, the director of NLAI, Ashraf Boroujerdi, and other cultural and scientific personalities participated in the unveiling ceremony. - 9/21/17

Installation of the First Iranian Design Mural in Los Angeles!
Farhang Foundation is proud to announce the first winning design installation of the its Iranian Mural Design Competition in collaboration with Beautify Earth. In 2016, Farhang Foundation joined forces with Beautify Earth to launch an international mural design competition open to artists worldwide. The competition invited artists to submit design concepts that conceptualize different and unique aspects of Iranian culture. The finalist designs would then be installed as public murals throughout the city of Los Angeles as part of the beautification of Los Angeles with Iranian art. - 9/21/17

Tillerson Says He Remains Hopeful Iran Will Negotiate Changes In Nuclear Deal
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he is still hopeful that Iran will agree to negotiate changes sought by the United States in the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the Iranian president's rejection of new talks. In a news conference late on September 20 after meeting with other parties to the agreement at the United Nations, Tillerson for a second time singled out the deal's "sunset" clauses, which end restrictions on Iranian nuclear activities, such as uranium enrichment, after 10 years in 2025. The restrictions were imposed in exchange for sanctions relief. - 9/21/17

The Minister is Wrong: Using Circumvention Tools to Access Censored Websites in Iran is Legal
Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi was incorrect when he stated recently that using software to access censored online content in Iran is illegal. Indeed, no such law exists. "Using circumvention tools is illegal," he told the state broadcasting organization, abbreviated as IRIB, on September 14, 2017. "As minister of telecommunications, I have the authority to go online without them, so I don't use circumvention tools," - 9/21/17

Ayatollah Khamenei censures Trump's 'ugly' remarks against Iran at UN
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has censured US President Donald Trump's latest hostile comments against the Iranian nation at the UN as "ugly", "foolish" and "sheer lies." The statements by the US president did not bring any pride to the American nation, said Ayatollah Khamenei. "The American elite should be ashamed of having such a president." - 9/21/17

Britain's PM meets Iran's President, urges all parties' commitment to Iran nuclear deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May has strongly backed the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, calling on all parties to remain fully committed to the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "I explicitly announced at the United Nations that the JCPOA is a very important agreement, and we are determined to continue [implementing] it," May said during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly session - 9/21/17

Turkey, Iran, Iraq Warn Of 'Countermeasures' If Kurdish Independence Vote Goes Ahead
Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have threatened unspecified "countermeasures" if Iraq's Kurdish leaders go ahead with a planned referendum on independence. The three countries' foreign ministers met on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, ahead of the nonbinding referendum scheduled for September 25. - 9/21/17

Trump and Netanyahu Risk Repeating Mistakes of Iraq War with Iran
"There was a remarkable tone deafness in Trump's outreach to the Iranian people. After having imposed on them a Muslim ban, despite the fact that no Iranian national has committed a lethal act of terror in the US, after declaring that Iranians only have themselves to blame when ISIS struck Tehran with terror, and after undermining and threatening to kill the nuclear deal that the Iranian people overwhelmingly support, Trump shockingly believes he can position himself as a friend of ordinary Iranians. But actions speak louder than words, and in all of his acts, he has shown deep animosity towards the people of Iran." -NIAC - 9/20/17

Trump's UN speech 'belongs in medieval times': Iran's FM Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trump's UN address is not worth of a reply. "Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times - not the 21st century UN - unworthy of a reply," Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. "Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one," he stressed. - 9/20/17

President Trump Misguided in UNGA Speech: PAAIA Urges Trump Administration to Continue Implementing the JCPOA
Today, President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that the Iran Nuclear Agreement - otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - is "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into, and an embarrassment." -Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) - 9/20/17

Producer of "Breath" pleased female filmmaker to represent Iran at Oscars
Mohammad-Hossein Qasemi, the producer of Iran's submission to the 2018 Oscars "Breath", who is also the husband of the film's director Narges Abyar, said on Wednesday that he was pleased Iran has sent a movie by a female filmmaker to the 90th Academy Awards. "Women have a greater potential for making a film and competing at international events," Qasemi told the Persian service of Tasnim. - 9/20/17

Iran: Kurdish Activists Detained for Protesting Killing of Border Couriers
Six Kurdish artists and activists are being detained in Dizelabad Prison in Iran's Kermanshah Province for protesting the latest killing by Iranian border guards of "kulbars," the Persian word for border-crossing couriers, a source close to the detainees told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/20/17

Iran Summons Award-Winning Filmmaker To Court
Iranian authorities have asked award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to report to the prosecutor's office after confiscating his passport upon arrival in Tehran. Rasoulof's passport was taken away at Tehran's airport on September 15 as he returned from the United States, where he had screened his latest film, A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), at the Telluride film festival. - 9/20/17

Washington's Counterproductive 4H Fixation in the Middle East
As the Trump administration projects uncertainty about its plans concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, it has redoubled pressure on its European allies to push back against Iran on unrelated issues, such as Iranīs "destabilizing regional activities." The thinking in Washington seems to be that the Europeans are so desperate to keep America committed to the JCPOA that they would go a long way toward acquiescing to US demands on those other issues. This, however, is wishful thinking. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 9/20/17

These Are 40 of the Most Terrifying Words in Donald Trump's U.N. Address
President Donald Trump is poised to make one of the most fateful decisions of his White House tenure. In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, he lambasted the regime in Iran and, in a deeply misleading reference to the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, he said this of the United States -TIME - 9/20/17

Poll: Iranians Want Economic Reform, More Engagement With Europe
A new IranPoll survey conducted in August finds that Iranians generally support globalization, want to see economic reform inside Iran, and want to improve their economic ties with Europe in particular. They are concerned, however, that U.S. pressure will cause European companies to think twice about doing business in Iran. The results show an Iranian public that seems increasingly optimistic about their economic future under the sanctions relief provided by the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)-at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump is seriously threatening the deal. -Derek Davison - 9/19/17

"Women, The Architects Of Peace" congress held in Tehran
An international congress with the theme of "women, the architects of peace" was held here on Sunday on the occasion of the World Peace Day, which is annually marked on September 21. The congress was held with the cooperation of the Institute for Protection of Women's Rights (IPWR), The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy (UNESCO CHRPD) of Shahid Beheshti University, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. - 9/19/17

UN Group Says Two Americans, Siamak and Baguer Namazi, Unjustly Held In Iran
A United Nations human rights group has called on Iran to immediately release two Iranian-Americans, Siamak Namazi and his 81-year-old father Baguer Namazi, describing their imprisonment as a violation of international law. The two are serving 10-year prison sentences on spying charges. - 9/19/17

Sustaining the Iran Nuclear Deal
76 senior political, diplomatic and military figures from across Europe: The extension of the sanctions relief to Iran announced by the US administration on 14 September was welcome. But, we remain greatly concerned by reports that the US Administration might unilaterally declare Tehran non-compliant with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action") in mid-October at the next US decision point on maintaining sanctions relief. -European Leadership Network - 9/19/17

French Leader Raises Possibility Of Reopening Iran Nuclear Negotiations In 2025
French President Emmanuel Macron in talks with his U.S. and Iranian counterparts has raised the possibility of renegotiating provisions of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after their scheduled expiration in 2025, French officials said. The possibility was raised in separate one-on-one meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rohani on September 18 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the officials said. - 9/19/17

Baha'i Leader Released from Prison in Iran After 10 Years; Six Other Baha'i Leaders Remain Behind Bars
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) welcomes the release of the Baha'i leader, Mahvash Sabet, who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for 10 years on the sole basis of her religion. CHRI calls for the immediate release of the six other Baha'i leaders, who have all been imprisoned in Iran since 2008, and an end to the state-led persecution of the Baha'i community. - 9/19/17

At $80 an ounce, it's not for everyone. But Iranian caviar is eyeing a comeback in the U.S.
Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water. "I give it an 82 or 83" out of 100, Azarian said. At the retail price of $80 an ounce in Iran, it was an expensive bite. But beluga caviar is for discerning palates. -Los Angeles Times - 9/19/17

President Rouhani speaking in New York: Scrapping nuclear deal with Iran will be clear breach of agreement
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States' potential withdrawal from a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran would constitute a clear non-performance of contractual obligations by Washington. Speaking at a meeting of Iranian expatriates in New York, where he is to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)President Rouhani said Iran would give "the due response" to any such violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 9/18/17

Iran and the Nuclear Sunset Clauses
Opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), always has been filled with disingenuous arguments. This reflects the fundamental illogic of the opponents' position: if the agreement were to be junked, this would mean removing a panoply of restrictions on Iran and re-opening now-closed avenues to a nuclear weapon for the very country that the opponents constantly contend is a serious threat. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 9/18/17

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini Calls Iran Nuclear Deal 'Good', Robust'
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is a "good" and "robust" agreement. "The Iran deal is a good and robust agreement that serves the interests of all parties," she said in a statement to NBC News. "It is not an agreement between two countries - it is a commitment undertaken by the entire international community on one side and Iran on the other, supported by a resolution of the UN Security Council," she said. - 9/18/17

Iran implementing nuclear-related commitments under JCPOA: IAEA Chief
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran is implementing its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries. "The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday. - 9/18/17

Persian Poetry Day marked in Iran
Iranians have marked the Persian Poetry Day, which is also the anniversary of the passing of renowned Iranian poet Mohammad Hossein Behjat Tabrizi, better known by his pen name, Shahriar. An event was held Monday at the Maqbaratoshoara, or the Tomb of Poets, in the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan Province, where Shahriar is buried. - 9/18/17

Italian scholars publish book on Iranian architecture
Three Italian scholars have published their latest research on Iranian architecture in a book titled "Through Iran: Cities, Architecture, Landscapes" (Attraverso l'Iran. Citta, architetture, paesaggi). Manfredi Edizioni in the Italian city Imola is the publisher of the book, which carries materials that Alessandra De Cesaris, Giorgio Di Giorgio and Laura Valeria Ferretti gathered about Iranian architecture during several trips to the country since 2010. - 9/18/17

Iran, UN Chief Voice Opposition To Plans For Referendum On Kurdish Independence
Pressure increased against plans by Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to hold an independence referendum, with the United Nations chief and Iranian leaders adding their voices to opponents of the vote. Iran on September 17 warned that should Iraq's Kurdistan region gain its independence, it would mean an end to all border and security arrangements agreed previously between Tehran and the regional government. - 9/18/17

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: America's adherence to the nuclear deal cannot solely depend on Iran's compliance with the agreement, but also whether Iran's other policies challenge U.S. national interests. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 9/18/17

Lack of transparency challenges foreign investment in Iran: Jens Ronnberg
A member of European Central Bank's Executive Board and an auditor in PricewaterhouseCoopers firm says transparency is still the major obstacle to international companies' cooperation with Iran. "We must pay special attention to financial security. Iranian companies must be responsible for risk management and ensure the investors that they have thought out potential risks," he added. - 9/18/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran defeats France to win first world medal
Amir Ghafour excelled in Iran's 3-2 (38-36, 25-23, 22-25, 25-27, 15-11) win over France to finish with a bronze medal in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday. Iran's third participation resulted to their best ever finish at the World Grand Champions Cup, after finishing fifth in 2009 and fourth in 2013. Iran also recorded four victories in a single edition for the first time. - 9/17/17

Abort the Iran Nuclear Deal and Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat to the US
US failure to implement fully the nuclear deal with Iran, perhaps even abrogating it while also continuing to isolate the country internationally, guarantees further erosion of Washington's already slim diplomatic opportunity to forestall North Korea's pursuit of a capacity to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. Even though Iran and North Korea are 4,000 miles apart and seem in Washington to be in different policy universes, they are in fact closely linked. -Robert E. Hunter - 9/17/17

Females outnumber males by 13% in Iran's 2017 university admissions
As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced on Saturday, it was revealed that females outnumber males in gaining admission to higher education by 49,062, or 13 percent higher than males. Out of 378,706 participants who were admitted to the universities nationwide 213,884 (56.5%) are females and 164,822 (43.5%) are males - 9/17/17

Europe's Likely Response to Trump's Move Against Iran Nuclear Deal
Opponents of the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)-both within and outside the U.S. administration-are setting the ground for President Trump not to certify Iran's compliance with the deal in October. In doing so, they contend that European allies would ultimately follow the Trump administration's lead on the issue, force Iran to renegotiate new arrangements, and eventually accept new concessions. -Reza Nasri, LobeLog - 9/17/17

No agreement on the Caspian Sea
Recently some of the high-ranking officials in the Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) have indicated that the draft convention on the legal regime of the Caspian Sea is finalized and it may be ready for approval by the concerned states during their next summit conference. The reality is that the draft prepared after 50 meetings of the littoral states in the level of deputy foreign ministers contains nothing about the most important in the Caspian Sea: the criteria for division of the seabed and waters of the Caspian Sea. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 9/17/17

Imprisoned for Producing Music, Yousef Emadi Sentenced to Another Year Behind Bars
An imprisoned Iranian music producer has been sentenced to an additional year in prison on new charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Yousef Emadi was supposed to be released on parole in 2017 after serving one year for producing underground music without a license. His co-defendants, Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian, were granted parole in June 2017. - 9/17/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Arrests Woman For Asking About Brother and Infant Niece's Disappearance
Raheleh Rahemipour has been arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Iran for refusing to give up her search for answers about her missing brother and infant niece, whom Rahemipour says disappeared after the baby was born in Evin Prison in 1984. Rahemipour was detained at her home in Tehran on September 10, 2017, and transferred to Evin Prison, a source close to the family told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/17/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Brazil defeats Iran in straight-set
Wallace De Souza and Lucas Saatkamp led Brazil in their 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) win over Iran in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Friday. - 9/15/17

"Mississippi Dies Seated" crowned best at Iran's theatrical writers awards
"Mississippi Dies Seated" based on Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt's play "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi" was named best play of the year at the 16th Celebration of Iran Critic and Theatrical Writers Society on Thursday. - 9/15/17

U.S. Extends Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief, Adds Other Sanctions Over Missile Activity
The United States says it is extending sanctions relief for Iran that was granted under the 2015 nuclear deal, while imposing new penalties on several individuals and entities over the country's ballistic-missile program. The State Department announced on September 14 that it will continue to waive sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, but that no decision has yet been made on whether to preserve the deal itself. - 9/15/17

Trump Administration Seen Taking Harder Line on Iran
President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to take unspecified action against Iran next month, expressing continued dissatisfaction with the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Iran and a group of world powers, including the United States. "We are not going to stand for what they're doing to this country," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "They have violated so many different elements, but they've also violated the spirit of that deal. And you will see what we'll be doing in October. It will be very evident." -Steve Herman, VOA - 9/15/17

Trump seeking excuses to undermine the nuclear deal: Iran's Shamkhani
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump for fabricating excuses vis-a-vis Washington's implementation of its obligations under the nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Such an "unconstructive" attitude, which is meant to "actively undermine the international agreement," would further tarnish the US standing in the world, and would certainly be met with Iran's proportionate response, he added. - 9/15/17

China Signs Deal To Provide Iran With 10 Billion Dollars In Loans
China has signed an agreement with Iran to provide a credit line of $10 billion for its infrastructure projects - what is seen as the biggest economic deal between the two countries after the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in 2016. - 9/15/17

Russia, Turkey, Iran Agree On Borders Of Syrian 'De-Escalation Zones'
Negotiators from the three countries sponsoring Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, say they have reached an agreement to set up de-escalation zones in Syria for six months. The negotiators from Russia, Turkey, and Iran said in a joint statement on September 15 that the zones would include, either fully or partly, Eastern Ghouta in the northern Damascus countryside, and the provinces of Idlib, Homs, Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama. The statement said the six-month term could be extended in the future. - 9/15/17

'Queen of Iran's Skies' Tells Story of Her Paragliding Career
Fatemeh Eftekhari, who has become known as the "Queen of Iran's Skies", is the first Iranian female pilot taking part in international competitions. She has great stories to tell about her success. -IFP - 9/15/17

Understanding the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Managing risks in an era of dangerous rhetoric and provocations
In July 2015, the P5 + 1 and Iran finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Today, it seems the JCPOA is under pressure from dangerous rhetoric and provocations...The risk that these confrontations escalate and lead to a collapse of the JCPOA cannot be ignored. Thus, I find myself once again assessing this watershed agreement and its implications for the security landscape. To better my understanding of the current state of affairs, I recently sat down with NTI's CEO and former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, who was one of the JCPOA's principal architects. -NTI - 9/15/17

US House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers' warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers. - 9/14/17

Nuclear Weapons Experts Warn Trump Against Abandoning Iran Deal
WASHINGTON - More than 80 experts on nuclear non-proliferation issues urged the Trump administration Wednesday to not abandon the global agreement reached with Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear weapons development program. - 9/14/17

Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry is Keeping Prominent Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani in Prison, Says Daughter
Abdolfattah Soltani, who spent most of his legal career defending political prisoners before becoming one himself, continues to be denied parole and adequate medical treatment as he enters his seventh year in prison, his daughter told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/14/17

US Military Readying a More Aggressive Approach Against Iran
The United States is looking to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East with a more aggressive approach in cyberspace. "They operate almost entirely in what we refer to as the gray zone, that space between normal international competition and armed conflict," the commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said Wednesday in Washington, calling it "an area ripe for cyberspace operations." -Jeff Seldin, VOA - 9/14/17

Imprisoned Iranian Teacher's Rights Activist: I am Legally Entitled to a Public Trial
An imprisoned teachers' rights activist has been refusing food and water, pledging to continue his hunger strike until his 14-year combined prison sentence is reviewed in a public trial. Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi, the former spokesman for the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA), was taken to Evin Prison in Tehran on September 12, 2017, to serve the sentences that were issued for his peaceful defense of labor rights. - 9/14/17

Iranian Foreign Minister Meets Putin In Sochi Ahead Of Astana Talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Russia's Black Sea resort town of Sochi on September 13. The Kremlin press service confirmed the meeting but did not release details of the discussions. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Zarif's talks with the Russian leadership would focus on the conflict in Syria as well as "the Middle East in general, issues related to Iran's nuclear program, and the situation in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region." - 9/14/17

World Heritage Volunteers help raise awareness of Persian qanats
A cluster of World Heritage Volunteers has spotlighted essentials to conserve and promote Persian qanats, a UNESCO registered heritage that provides exceptional testimony to cultural traditions in desert areas with an arid climate. - 9/14/17

European Parliament Opposes Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia
The European Parliament adopted today in Strasbourg a report on the implementation of the EU Common Position on Arms Export adopted in 2008. The motion, drafted by Bodil Valero, a Swedish member of the Green block, scrutinizes the level of compliance by EU member states with their own binding commitments governing the exports of military equipment and technology. - 9/14/17

Washington and Riyadh: Fading Memory of 9/11?
The terror attacks of 9/11 have become a distant memory in US-Saudi relations. Washington's recent multi-billion American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, its continued coddling of the Saudi regime, and the absence of American moral outrage over the immoral war in Yemen show that America hasn't learned much from the attacks and that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni neighboring allies remain untouched by the dastardly terrorist deed. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 9/14/17

Anti-War Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal, Prevent Backslide to War Under Trump
In a new letter sent to members of the House of Representatives and Senate this morning, anti-war organizations representing tens of millions of Americans are urging Congress to do everything within their power as a co-equal branch of government to prevent Donald Trump from dismantling the Iran nuclear deal and putting the U.S. on a path to war with Iran. - 9/13/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran outlast USA in five sets
Milad Ebadipour boosted the confidence of Iran to record a 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12) win over USA in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Wednesday. - 9/13/17

PHOTOS: Mariwan International Street Theater Festival in northwestern Iran
The 12th Mariwan International Street Theater Festival has come to an end, with carnivals of Iranian and international artists marking the closing ceremony of the artistic event in the downtown of the Iranian Kurdish city. The four-day festival wrapped up on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Mariwan which is considered as Iran's capital of street theater. - 9/13/17

Football: Iran's Persepolis routs Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli 3-1 in AFC Champions League
Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final after beating Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli 3-1 (5-3 on aggregate) at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. Branko Ivankovic's side will face Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the semi-final. - 9/13/17

Iranian VP for Women's Affairs Calls Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums "Discrimination"
Three days after Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium in Tehran to watch an international soccer match, President Hassan Rouhani's top female adviser described the ban as discriminatory. Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar was reacting to Syrian women being allowed inside Azadi Stadium during a World Cup qualifier match between Iran and Syria on September 5, while Iranian women, even those holding tickets, were banned from entry. - 9/13/17

Mercedes-Benz inks deal to resume Iran trucks business
Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG, has signed a contract with Iran Khodro to distribute its trucks in the Middle Eastern country, the German automaker has said. The deal signed on Tuesday includes creating a joint venture to provide sales and after-sale services in the Islamic Republic, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported. - 9/13/17

Iran Signs Deals To Repair Syria's Power Grid, Infrastructure
Iran has signed a series of deals and memorandums of understanding with Damascus to repair Syria's electrical-power infrastructure, state media report, giving the Islamic republic a potential foothold in war-torn Syria's eventual rebuilding process. - 9/13/17

Qatar and Oman's Shared Interests
For decades, Oman has had neutral stances on regional issues, refusing to take sides in conflicts with strong ethnic and sectarian undertones. Since the Iran-Iraq War, Muscat's foreign policy strategy has positioned the sultanate as a diplomatic bridge between other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and their Western allies and the Islamic Republic. -Giorgio Cafiero, LobeLog - 9/13/17

PHOTOS: Iranian nomads' wedding ceremony, symphony of colors
Various ethnic groups or people of different regions of Iran have their own traditional weddings ceremonies. The Iranian nomads of Bakhtiari tribe celebrate their wedding ceremonies with clothes of diverse and vibrant colors. Photographer Farhad Safari has captured one such wedding for all to enjoy! - 9/12/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran overcome Italy in five sets
Iran defeated Italy in five sets 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 28-26, 29-31, 15-11) in the second match of the 2017 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup. Amir Ghafour and Milad Ebadipour's fiery performance sparked Iran's win. - 9/12/17

Over 4.9 million foreign travelers visited Iran in 2016: UNWTO
The number of international tourist arrivals to Iran stood at 4.9 million in 2016, falling 5.6 percent from a year earlier and showing the first decline since 2013, according to the latest UNWTO Tourism Highlights report released on August 15. - 9/12/17

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie
There's no reason to trust any of the Trump administration's criticisms of, or plans for replacing, the JCPOA. -Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy - 9/12/17

Pall hangs over U.S.-Iran science ties
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Rising tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments have frozen most scientific contacts between the two nations, experts reported at a forum here last week. Long at the vanguard of efforts to broker ties between Iranian and U.S. scientists, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has mothballed its highly praised, 16-year-old engagement program -Richard Stone, Science Magazine - 9/12/17

Iranian women urge UN to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
A group of women-based Iranian organizations and formations in a letter sent to the United Nations asked the international body to act immediately to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. They seriously condemned the plight of Rohingya women and children and appealed to the Myanmar government, UN officials, human rights organizations, Muslim states, and human right activists to make efforts to solve the problem of Rohingya Muslims. Also, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Aung San Suu Kyi a "cruel woman" in which crimes against Rohingya Muslims are taking place under her eyes. - 9/12/17

Companies from 26 countries explore Iranians taste buds
Along with companies from 26 countries, three American firms are taking part at Tehran Cookies and Chocolate Exhibition, being billed as the greatest professional event of the Middle East in the pastry and chocolate industry. According to Jamshid Maghazei, secretary of the Association of Iranian Confectionery Manufacturing Companies, 68 companies from as many diverse countries as Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the US, China, Turkey, the UAE, Malaysia and Ukraine are attending the event. - 9/12/17

11 Iranians die after bus plunges into valley in northeast Tehran
Eleven were killed and 28 others injured after a bus rolled over into a valley in Jajrood, northeast Tehran. The incident happened at 2:30 a.m local time Tuesday when the driver of the bus lost control and the vehicle plunged into a 50-meter deep valley, IRIB reported. - 9/12/17

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US, NATO
Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West in response to escalating pressure on Baku for its human rights violations. But that threat may ring hollow in light of Azerbaijan's declining importance for Western militaries. -Joshua Kucera, LobeLog - 9/12/17

Iran abiding by commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA's Amano
Yukiya Amano, chief of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, reconfirmed on Monday that Iran is honoring its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Speaking at the seasonal meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, Amano also said the body under his leadership is continuing to "implement the Additional Protocol in Iran". Additional Protocol allows surprise inspection of nuclear sites. - 9/11/17

Iran to send human to space by 2025
While announcing continued studies to send humans to space, the head of Iran's Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) said they may try sending a robot or a live creature before the final stage of sending a human. - 9/11/17

Is a Saudi-Iran Thaw Possible?
Saudi Arabia and Iran are rethinking their rivalry and a highly tentative, as well as a deniable, courtship is underway, say analysts. But it is fraught pitfalls and last week in London Saudi Arabia's foreign minister dismissed talk of a possible thaw as "laughable," saying Iran would have to change its policies dramatically for that to happen. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA - 9/11/17

Iran's IRGC Brings "Revenge" Charges Against Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts and His Wife
An Iranian man imprisoned for his social media postings could face several more years behind bars if he is convicted of new charges brought against him by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). His wife may also be imprisoned. - 9/11/17

Pakistan's Foreign Minister in Tehran amid standoff with US
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Tehran to discuss bilateral ties and the latest regional and international developments. Iran's Tasnim news agency said bilateral relations and the new US strategy in Afghanistan were at the heart of the negotiations. - 9/11/17

Iranian artist returns award over disrespect at Italy's visa section in Tehran
Iranian graphic designer Turaj Saberivand has returned the A' Design Award that he won at an Italian contest in May after he failed to get a visa for Italy to attend the award ceremony of the event due to disrespect in the visa section of the Italian Embassy in Tehran. - 9/11/17

Meet Dr. Hosna Sheikholeslami, Denison's Newest Professor
Dr. Hosna Sheikholeslami is the department of sociology and anthropology's newest faculty member. An Iranian-American born in Tehran, Iran and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from age four, Sheikholeslami studied Comparative Literature at Berkeley, where she also started an interfaith dialogue council, an organization that remains on campus today. -Denisonian - 9/11/17

Following Apple's footsteps, Google Play drops Iranian apps
Digital service distributor Google Play has followed Apple's lead in removing Iranian apps from its store, citing US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Companies such as Google and Apple were hosting Iranian apps reportedly under a license issued by former President Barack Obama's administration in 2014 but it is not clear why they have stopped those services now. - 9/10/17

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Announces Its Top Six Finalists That Examine Aspects Of Iranian Culture For 2017 Fest
The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce six talented finalists competing for three cash prizes at its ninth annual cinema event. The films will be screened September 30, with the top three winners announced and awarded. The screenings will be followed by an awards ceremony hosted by Iranian American comedian and actress Melissa Shoshahi (FOX, Laugh Factory, Nickelodeon). This red-carpet event is followed by an exclusive cocktail reception in honor of the filmmakers. - 9/10/17

Iranian Authorities Ignore Starving Political Prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison, Restrict Family Visitations
Forty days after more than 15 political prisoners went on a mass hunger strike in Iran's Rajaee Shahr Prison, the authorities are preventing some of the strikers in the poorest physical condition from receiving outside medical treatment and punishing the protesters by restricting family visitations. - 9/10/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Forbids Discrimination Against Minorities in Rare Outreach to Sunnis
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has expressed opposition to "discrimination and inequality" against Iranian minorities in response to a plea from the country's most senior Sunni cleric. "In accordance with religious teachings and the Constitution, all the institutions of the Islamic Republic have a duty to refrain from any discrimination or inequality towards Iranians from any ethnicity, race or faith," said the ayatollah in response to a letter from Sunni cleric Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi. - 9/10/17

Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition's Unlawful Attacks
Members of the Saudi-led coalition have sought to avoid international legal liability by refusing to provide information on their role in alleged unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. In 2017, Human Rights Watch wrote to the coalition and its current and former members urging them to release information on their investigations and findings of laws-of-war violations as required by international law. None have replied. - 9/10/17

Trump Urges Persian Gulf's Arab States To Settle Disputes And Unite Against Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump on September 8 urged Saudi Arabia and other Arab states to resolve their differences with Qatar and present a united front against Iran, the White House said. Trump spoke separately with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. - 9/10/17

EU rejects punitive measures against Iran steel
Iran's steel exports to Europe are now safe from punitive measures after EU governments reject hitting imports from the Middle Eastern country with trade tariffs. The European Commission, which sets out trade policy in the 28-member European Union, had proposed duties of up to 23 percent for steel from Iran's Mobarakeh Steel Company (MSC). - 9/10/17

U.S. Navy Denies Iran's Claim Says It Warned Off Warship In Gulf Of Oman
Iran says it has warned off an American warship during the rescue of a boat in the Gulf of Oman, while the U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces. The hard-line Tasnim news agency reported on September 10 that the U.S. vessel turned away after the warning from a rocket-bearing Iranian military ship. - 9/10/17

PHOTOS: Tehran sculpture biennial opens after six years
The seventh edition of the Tehran Contemporary Sculpture Biennial opened at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) on Tuesday after a six-year hiatus. "Art biennials are the beating hearts of the artists' community in each society," the secretary of the biennial, Kurosh Golnari, said during an opening ceremony, which was attended by TMCA director Ali-Mohammad Zare' and groups artists and art aficionados. - 9/8/17

Consequences of not Certifying Iran's Compliance with the JCPOA
The Iran Project has issued a one page brief on the Consequences of not Certifying Iran's Compliance with the JCPOA - a decision that President Trump will face by October 15, 2017. If he decides to not certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, Congress will then have 60 days to consider reimposing sanctions on an expedited timeline that could end the U.S. commitment to the agreement, or they could decide not to act indefinitely. - 9/8/17

Protest Against Killing of Couriers in Iran's Kurdistan Province Attacked by Security Forces
A protest was met with tear gas in the city of Baneh in northwestern Iran on September 5, 2017, after people gathered in front of the local governor's office to demonstrate against the killing by Iranian border guards of two "kulbars," the Farsi word for border-crossing couriers. - 9/8/17

Iran's Siamand Rahman Wins 2017 Paralympic Sport Award
Iranian power-lifter Siamand Rahman has won the best male award at the 2017 Paralympic Sport Awards held in Abu Dhabi's National Exhibition Center on Thursday. The awards, partnered by Allianz, recognize the achievements from last year's Paralympic Games. - 9/8/17

Professor Lotfi Zadeh, Iranian tech genius and founder of fuzzy logic, passes away at 96
World-renowned Iranian mathematician and inventor of fuzzy logic Professor Lotfi Zadeh has passed away at the age of 96. Lotfi Zadeh passed away in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday, Iranian NASA scientist, Firouz Naderi, announced the news on his Instagram page. - 9/8/17

Iranian Family Launches Protest Over Concerts Canceled By Hard-Liners
A family of four in Iran has launched a symbolic protest against the cancellation of concerts around the country on religious grounds. Ahmad Mehrchian and his wife, Zohreh Barati, decided to launch their protest after a concert by the veteran traditional musician Shahrem Nazeri (far left) and his son was canceled by authorities at short notice. - 9/8/17

Rouhani Government Remains on Sidelines Amid House Arrest Controversy
The government of President Hassan Rouhani continues to avoid taking the initiative to resolve the six-and-a-half-year extrajudicial house arrests of ailing opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard. - 9/8/17

Iranian-Americans at the Forefront of Success
After a nine-week hunt for a CEO, Uber announced the appointment of Iranian-American, Dara Khosrowshahi, a former executive at Expedia where he had the distinction of being the highest paid CEO in the US. Honoring a long-held family tradition of valuing education above all else, he earned a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. -Roxana Maddahi, Huffington Post - 9/8/17

Iran's 'city of mullahs' has a surprising side
Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this city was pious and sedate. The late Iranian American poet Nader Naderpour once listed as its main features "women with scarves over their heads, men clad in clerical robes, a single golden dome, old storks in the sky, one spiritless garden, a handful of lonely trees." Qom became the bedrock of Iran's theocracy and remains one of the country's holiest places -Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times - 9/8/17

Iranian Sunni leader voices concerns to Khamenei
AbdolHamid Ismail Zahi, better known as Molavi AbdolHamid, the Friday prayer leader in Zahedan and perhaps Iran's most prominent Sunni leader, thanked Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sept. 6 for publicly addressing Zahi's open letter regarding concerns about discrimination. -Al Monitor - 9/8/17

Iranian Actresses Barred From Traveling to Toronto Film Fest
Two Iranian actresses won't be hitting the red carpet as their drama Ava makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday. The Canadian government has denied travel visas to 17-year-old Mahour Jabbari and 18-year-old Shayesteh Sajadi, according to the film's director, Sadaf Foroughi. -Hollywood Reporter - 9/8/17

Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match
A double standard by Iranian authorities -- who allow foreign women to attend male sporting events while banning Iranian women -- came under fire during a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Syria. Iranian women, even those who had managed to buy tickets (apparently due a technical glitch), were denied entry and kept behind locked gates at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, where the match was held on September 5. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/7/17

Haley's Dishonest Speech About the Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that limits Iran's nuclear program, is for Donald Trump one more of the Obama administration's achievements to be trashed. It goes alongside the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate change agreement, and other measures (most recently the "dreamers" program involving children of illegal immigrants) as targets for trashing because fulfilling campaign rhetoric is given higher priority in the current administration than whether a program is achieving its purpose, whether there are any realistic alternatives available, or what the effects of the trashing will be on the well-being of Americans and the interests and credibility of the United States. -Paul Pillar - 9/7/17

Iran under 'most robust' nuclear inspection: IAEA Director General
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has defended the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the Islamic Republic is under "the world's most robust" nuclear inspection regime. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the remarks at a panel discussion on global nuclear governance in the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia earlier this week amid Washington's pressure on the agency to request access to Iran's military sites. - 9/7/17

Iran's President Rouhani urges Myanmar to stop crimes against Rohingya
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged the Myanmar government to put an end to vicious crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country, ISNA reported. At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month when violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the UN said on Tuesday. - 9/7/17

Only Political Imagination Can Save the Iran Deal
On Monday, Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a speech on Iran and the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. Her speech was remarkable for many reasons, including her declaration that if President Trump "finds that he cannot in good faith certify Iranian compliance," an outcome long anticipated, "that does not mean the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA." Rather, Trump's move would give Congress a period of "sixty days to consider whether to re-impose sanctions on Iran" under the Corker-Cardin legislation. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog - 9/7/17

Iranian Workers, Pensioners Protest Months of Delayed Wages
Labour protests have become the order of the day in Tehran and other cities across the country with workers and pensioners demanding payment of their wages; however, employers have come to regard these delays as a matter of course and often express surprise at the workers demands. - 9/7/17

Amnesty International Report on Bahrain: A year of brutal government repression to crush dissent
A new report published by Amnesty International today sheds light on the repressive tactics used by the Bahraini government over the past year to crush civil society and violently crack down on protests, leading to the deaths of six people, including one child. - 9/7/17

U.S. Charges Former High-Ranking Turkish Officials In Iran Sanctions Case
U.S. prosecutors have charged several former top aides to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with involvement in a conspiracy to secretly help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. In an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on September 6, former Turkish Economic Minister Mehmet Zafer Caglayan was charged with taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes in cash and jewelry to assist and cover up a scheme to help Iran process transactions through the U.S. financial system in violation of sanctions law. - 9/7/17

After years of sanctions, Persian rugs back to brighten world markets
Iran's capital city hosted the world's largest and most prestigious handmade carpet exhibition Aug. 23-29. Hamid Kargar, the head of Iran National Carpet Center, told Al-Monitor, "About 730 companies from across Iran and dozens of carpet traders from across the globe participated in the 26th Iran Handmade Carpet Exhibition." He added, "Among them were more than 90 international businessmen, including 14 Americans and 14 Japanese, who came to Iran for the first time." -Maysam Bizaer, Al Monitor - 9/7/17

Firestorm In Iran As Politician's Son Credits 'Good Genes' For His Success
The son of a prominent reformist politician ignited a firestorm on social-media when he said he owes his success in life to "good genes." The comments by Hamid Reza Aref, the son of former Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, currently the head of the reformist faction in parliament, quickly led to a #goodgenes hashtag that has heaped scorn on the 39-year-old successful businessman and on cronyism in Iran in general. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/6/17

Iran, Syria tie in World Cup qualifier
Team Melli drew 2-2 with Syria national football team here at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. The already-qualified Iranian football team had not conceded a single goal before this match but Syria ended their run of clean sheets. - 9/6/17

Trump's Decision on Iran Deal Does Not Mean US Withdrawing
A senior U.S. official said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump decides not to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, it does not mean that the United States will withdraw from the multilateral agreement. "This is critically important, and almost completely overlooked," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. - 9/6/17

Nikki Furiosa
Nikki Haley's address at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on September 5 is so full of misrepresentations and distortions that the current prime minister of Israel would surely have been proud to deliver it during one of his annual appearances before the UN General Assembly. -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog - 9/6/17

Iran Columnist Serving 10 Years Protests Her Illegal Prison Sentence Extension
Imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz has gone on hunger strike to protest the illegal extension of her two-year prison sentence that was scheduled to end this month, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Chitsaz's mother, Maryam Azadpour, has meanwhile been sentenced for informing the media about her daughter's case, the lawyer told CHRI. - 9/6/17

Leaders of BRICS countries firmly support Iran nuclear deal
The Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and the South Africa issued a declaration on Monday at the ninth BRICS summit in China's port city of Xiamen, expressing their strong support for the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). - 9/6/17

Iranian-British Grandfather Marks 78th Birthday in Tehran's Evin Prison
Iranian-British grandfather Kamal Foroughi saw his 78th birthday pass on September 3, 2017, in Tehran's Evin Prison, where he has been serving a seven-year prison sentence for alleged espionage charges since 2011. "We're very worried about Dad's health," Foroughi's son, Kamran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "How many birthdays does he have left? Will Dad survive Evin Prison? Will we ever see him again?" - 9/6/17

Global Outcry Grows Over Violence Against Burma's Rohingya Muslims
A global outcry over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma is growing, with Muslim-ruled countries saying they will demand action at the United Nations over the reported killing of more than 400 Rohingya since last month. - 9/6/17

Saudi Arabia Rejects Overtures From Tehran For Improved Relations
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on September 5 rejected overtures from Tehran to improve relations after the conclusion of last week's annual hajj pilgrimage. "If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law," Jubeir said at a press conference in London. - 9/6/17

Indians push for undersea gas pipeline from Iran
With a $7 billion project to pump gas from Iran discarded, a 1,300 km undersea pipeline is finding new proponents in India where they say natural gas from the Persian Gulf can reach at rates less than the price of LNG available in the spot market. The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham India) has released the results of its study on "a trans-national deep water gas pipeline from Iran, passing through Oman but by-passing Pakistan," it said. - 9/6/17

Iranian job market shifting toward female workforce
An investigation into the job market in Iran shows that employment among women has decreased in comparison with men during 2006-2013, but the trend has reversed over the past three years. Although women's participation rate has reached 17 percent in recent years, but the rate of women's entrance to the job market is now more than 50 percent, according to Masoud Nili, a top economic aide of President Hassan Rouhani. - 9/5/17

Iran unveils drone base with warning to enemies
Iran has unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) base for its fleet of drones which have given the country a remarkable capability in the fight against terrorists and protecting its borders. Head of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Farzad Esmaili inaugurated the airstrip on Sunday, as the headquarters released a video of UAVs parked on the tarmac at the undisclosed site. - 9/4/17

Iranian Journalist Loses Eye and Part of His Face to Cancer Untreated While in Prison
Prominent journalist Alireza Rajaee had his right eye and part of his jaw removed due to cancer which was left untreated when he was in prison in Iran between 2011 and 2015, his wife told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/4/17

Each tourist means 30 barrels of oil in revenues for Iran
Every single foreign tourist visiting Iran spends an average of $1,200, bringing in income as much as exporting 30 barrels of oil, the Iranian tourism chief said in a meaningful comparison as the country seeks to cut reliance on oil incomes. "Tourism [boom] will have a significant impact on job creation," Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. - 9/4/17

Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob
With the eviction of Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka from the inner precincts of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson besieged and taking fire from virtually all sides, neoconservatives - even the NeverTrumpers among them - must be quietly harboring renewed hopes that their restoration may soon be within reach. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 9/4/17

Candlelight tribute held for Iranian schoolgirls killed in bus accident
People lit up candles Friday night in sympathy with families of the schoolgirls who were killed as the bus carrying them rolled over early morning the same day. The bus with 45 female students onboard heading from the city of Bandar Abbas to the city of Darab, southern Iran, crashed at about 4 a.m. local time, killing 7 students, a teacher, and the driver's assistant. - 9/3/17

UN Expert Concerned at Condition of Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Iran
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, today expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention. - 9/3/17

Iran's City of Yazd revels in tourism surge
The central Iranian province of Yazd is on track to welcome more tourists by registering a major boost in the number of its ecolodges and inscribing its historical capital on the UNESCO World Heritage list. "The time is ripe for tourism growth across the province as the sum of all its travel-associated indicators have improved over the past four years," Tasnim quoted Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi, the province's governor general, as saying on Monday. - 9/3/17

Pro-Rouhani and Reformist Social Media Admins Sentenced to Prison in Iran
Six administrators of Iranian reformist political channels on the Telegram messaging network have been sentenced to terms ranging from two to five years in prison. According to a verdict issued by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court, Nima Keshvari and Ali Ahmadnia were sentenced to five years in prison each, Saeed Naghdi, Javad Jamshidi to four years in prison each, Sobhan Jafari to three years in prison and Mojtaba Bagheri to two years in prison, their lawyer Ali Mojtahedzadeh told the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on August 30, 2017. - 9/3/17

Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working: Access Debates No Cause for Alarm
It was entirely proper for United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to visit the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 23 August to encourage robust verification of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. IAEA officials will have told her they are not restricted from visiting whatever they need to see in Iran. Never mind that this is nothing the US did not already know from its diplomats in Vienna, who meet daily with IAEA officials. -Mark Fitzpatrick, LobeLog - 9/3/17

Iran complying with 2015 nuclear deal: IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has lived up to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. The United Nations nuclear agency confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in its latest quarterly report, the French news agency AFP said on Thursday. - 9/1/17

Iranian Security Forces Exit Karroubi's Home, As Pledged By Government
Iran's Intelligence Ministry agents retreated from inside opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's home in Tehran on August 29, a day before he was discharged from hospital, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/1/17

UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Can Visit Iranian Military Sites, But Won't Right Now
The UN's nuclear watchdog agency has rejected Iran's claim that it cannot visit military sites to determine whether Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear accord, but it has no reason to seek such access at this time, media reports said on August 31. - 9/1/17

Iran's Education Ministry Withdraws Discriminatory Hiring Guideline
The Iranian Education Ministry is revising its hiring guideline which disqualifies or discourages several classes of citizens from being employed as teachers. The guideline, published on August 23, 2017, was later removed from the ministry's official website after it came under heavy criticism on social media for its discriminatory recommendations that eliminate the disabled, women with excessive body hair, those with thick accents, smokers, short people, heavy people, ugly people, one-eyed people and stutterers, among a long list of others. - 9/1/17
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