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Housing Cost In Tehran Skyrockets As People Measure Value In US Dollars
The average house price in Tehran has had a 74 percent jump during just one year since September 2017, the Central Bank of Iran announced. Just over the past Iranian month (August 21-September 21) the rise in residential unit prices was 9.4 percent. - 9/30/18

17 Baha'is Arrested in One Month in Iran
Seventeen members of the Baha'i faith were arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry throughout Iran between August 23 and September 23, 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/30/18

Iran's President Rohani Claims Trump Bid To Isolate Tehran Backfired At UN
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has claimed that U.S. President Donald Trump failed to achieve the isolation of Iran that he sought at the United Nations, with the international community mostly ignoring his demands. - 9/28/18

Fourth Women's Rights Activist Arrested in Iran in Less Than a Month
Women's rights advocate Maryam Azad was arrested by security agents at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on September 25, 2018, after boarding a plane scheduled to fly to Istanbul, a source close to the family informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/28/18

For the First Time in Three Years, Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Has Gone On Furlough
For the first time in more than three years, imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was granted furlough for three days to visit her severely ill father, according to her lawyer Mahmoud Behzadi. Mohammadi's mother, Ozra Bazargan, had written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on September 11 requesting permission for her daughter to go on temporary leave so she could visit her "worried, sick, old father for just an hour." - 9/28/18

IRAN: Shiraz Councilman Arrested For 'Protecting Baha'i Sect'
A member of Shiraz city council has been arrested Thursday evening on charges of "protecting Baha'i sect". The official IRNA news agency quotes another member of the city council as saying that that reformist Mehdi Hajati was already under investigation by the city's Revolutionary Court. - 9/28/18

An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind
Iran's wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region's harsh desert environment. -Shervin Abdolhamidi, BBC - 9/28/18

US' Smithsonian Institution Celebrated the History of Ancient Persian Capital
On September 15, 2018, for the first time in the United States, the Smithsonian Institution celebrated the history of the ancient capital of Persia Ctesiphon (Tisfun). Located on the eastern bank of the Tigris River near present-day Baghdad, Ctesiphon served as a royal capital of the Persian Empire in the Parthian and Sasanian eras for over eight hundred years. - 9/27/18

UN Security Council Members Reject Trump's Calls For Sanctions On Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. But his calls for other countries to join U.S. sanctions against Tehran were rejected by the other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran -- Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. - 9/27/18

European Plan To Help Iran Alarms U.S. But Market Turns Sour In Tehran
Whatever the outcome of EU's measures and how the US is going to counter them, the impact on Iran's economy has been devastating, as the rate of exchange of US dollar jumped from 0ver 160,000 rials per dollar Tuesday morning to around 185,000 rials on Wednesday. - 9/27/18

Hunger-Striking Iranian Activist Farhad Meysami Refuses To Be Hospitalized in Shackles
Despite his worsening condition, hunger-striking detainee Farhad Meysami refused to be transferred to a hospital outside Tehran's Evin Prison unless he would be allowed to go without shackles, his mother told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/27/18

EU's special Iran payment channel could take effect before November: Mogherini
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc's initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran as part of efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal could be in place before November, when the US is to re-impose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions. - 9/27/18

Iranian Truckers Launch Another Strike to Protest Rising Costs
Iranian truck drivers have begun another prolonged nationwide strike to protest rising costs, three months after an earlier lengthy strike drew international support and caused shortages at gas stations. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 9/27/18

'India to buy Iran's oil despite US sanctions': Minister of External Affairs
India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj says her country will continue to purchase Iran's oil despite sanctions re-imposed by the US on Iran. In a meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Swaraj said India views Iran not only as a good neighbor but also a good friend. - 9/27/18

Trump And Rouhani UN Speeches Highlight U.S.- Iran Standoff
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed a new view about negotiations between Iran and the United States during his speech at the UN General Assembly. "For dialogue to take place, there is no need for a photo opportunity. The two sides can listen to each other right here in this Assembly. I am starting the dialogue right here," he said. - 9/26/18

U.S. Iran Policy And Misusing The Fear Of Terrorism
The history of U.S. administrations manipulating the issue of terrorism for purposes unrelated to terrorism predates Donald Trump's presidency. One reflection of this history is the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has never tracked very closely with the reality of specific states being complicit or not complicit in international terrorism. Some complicit states have never appeared on the list because they were considered U.S. friends or allies-such as Saudi Arabia with its nurturing of Sunni radicalism, Pakistan with its support to extremist groups in Afghanistan, or left-wing governments in Greece that condoned radical leftist terrorism. -Paul Pillar - 9/26/18

Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton Threatens Iran: 'There will be hell to pay'
The National Iranian American Council condemned National Security Advisor John Bolton's saber rattling speech outside the UN in which he ominously threatened that 'there will be hell to pay' for Iran: "Bolton has called for the U.S. to bomb Iran for over a decade and is now in the driver's seat of the Trump Administration's foreign policy. His threats are aimed at inflaming tensions, preventing any possibility that his boss might negotiate with Iran, and goading Iran into to doing something that could justify a U.S. attack... - 9/26/18

Families of Iran's Detained Environmentalists Urge Supreme Leader to Release Their Loved Ones
The families of environmentalists who have been detained for nearly eight months in Iran on unsubstantiated accusations of espionage have sent a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for the detainees to be released. "We beseech you to immediately order the release of our loved ones and pave the way for a fair judicial process with access to legal counsel," said the letter, a copy of which was sent to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on September 18, 2018. - 9/26/18

Iran Should Fulfill Its UN Commitments and Recognize Sign Language
On the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of the Deaf, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the Iranian government to officially recognize sign language and introduce legislation guaranteeing deaf and hard of hearing citizens access to professional sign language interpreters. - 9/26/18

Ahwaz Terror Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran?
Less than a month after Iran's consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong. -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/25/18

EU, Iran Vow To Keep Trying To Find Ways To Get Around U.S. Sanctions
The European Union is vowing to keep trying to set up a new payment system that will allow its businesses to keep trading with Iran despite the U.S. move to reimpose sanctions on Tehran this year. After high-level talks between EU and Iranian officials at the United Nations late on September 24, the two sides issued a statement saying that they remain determined "to protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business." - 9/25/18

Iran's Currency Hits Another Record Low, With Six Weeks to US Sanctions
Iran's currency has hit another record low against the dollar, six weeks before the United States is due to reimpose sanctions on Iranian oil exports that are Tehran's main revenue source. The website, which tracks Iran's unofficial exchange rates, showed a new low of 16,000 tomans, or 160,000 rials, to the dollar Monday. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 9/25/18

IRAN: Amid Crisis Another Rouhani Minister Target Of Impeachment
Contradictory reports have thrown the fate of another pro-reform minister in President Hassan Rouhani's administration in limbo. While dozens of local news outlets maintain that Rouhani's Minister of Industry, Mines and Business, Mohammad Shariatmadari is facing parliamentary impeachment, others report that he has already resigned from his position. - 9/25/18

Pentagon Denies 'Ludicrous' Accusations That U.S. Was Behind Deadly Attack In Iran
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has dismissed Iran's accusations that the United States was behind a deadly weekend attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, calling the allegations "ludicrous." Mattis pointed out to reporters at the Pentagon on September 24 that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the attack at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz on September 22, the day it occurred. - 9/25/18

Iranian women wrestlers win Classic International Tournament
The Iranian women wrestling team made history by winning the First International Tournament Women Classic Style on Sunday. Iran claimed two gold and two bronze medals in the two-day tournament held in Beirut, Lebanon. - 9/24/18

Iranian Currency Reaches New Lows After Terror Attack
Iranian national currency's downfall has once again gained momentum, while prices of gold and gold coins has also dramatically soared. Based on the latest reports, one dollar has hit the record breaking figure of 150,000 rials. - 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: USA backups secure a shutout against
Despite playing with backups USA won for the eighth time in a row completing its second perfect round. The Americans managed a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) victory over Iran in three tightly contested sets. - 9/24/18

IRAN: Additional Prison Terms For Two Ahmadinejad Allies
In a move to increase pressure on the former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a court in Iran has issued additional jail sentences for two of his close allies. The court for government employees has convicted Ahmadinejad's former advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr to 2 1/2 years and his former deputy Hamid Baghaei to 6 months for "spreading lies" and "insulting" regime officials, their lawyer Mehran Abdollahpour told the news agency IRNA on Saturday. - 9/24/18

President Rouhani: Iran ready to confront US, 'small mercenary states'
President Hassan Rouhani says the United States wants to cause insecurity in Iran with the help of "small mercenary states" in the region, but that the Islamic Republic is ready to confront them. Rouhani's remarks in Tehran Sunday before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly came a day after terrorists attacked a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran, killing 25 people. - 9/23/18

Trump Lawyer Giuliani Says Sanctions Will Eventually Bring Down Iranian Government
Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, says U.S. sanctions are causing economic pain on Iran that will eventually lead to the downfall of the Tehran government. "I don't know when we're going to overthrow them," Giuliani said at an Iran Uprising Summit held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities in New York on September 22. - 9/23/18

Terror Attack On Military Parade In Iran Leaves 25 Dead, 60 Wounded
At least 24 four people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, the country's official IRNA news agency reported, prompting President Hassan Rohani to pledge a "crushing" response to threats against the country. - 9/22/18

Iran's Rohani Vows Tehran Will Not Abandon Its Defensive Weapons
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has vowed that Tehran will not abandon its missiles, despite U.S. pressure. Rohani made the remark in a speech carried live by state television that marked the start of the 1980-88 Iran Iraq war. "Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons...including its missiles that make America so angry," Rohani said. - 9/22/18

Iranian FM Zarif slams U.S. call for 'treaty' with Iran as mockery of peace calls
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the US over its call for a "treaty" with Iran, saying Washington has already breached an international agreement that included Tehran, and that its new plan is nothing but a mockery of peace calls. - 9/21/18

In Just Six Months, Iranian Universities Expelled 50 Baha'i Students For Their Religious Beliefs
Fifty Baha'i students have been expelled from Iranian universities in the current Iranian year (beginning March 21, 2018) because of their religious beliefs, according to Simin Fahandej, a representative of the Baha'i International Community's Office in Geneva to the United Nations. - 9/21/18

Volkswagen denies US claim it will stop doing business with Iran
Volkswagen (VW) has rejected US claims that the German car manufacturer has decided to quit Iran amid American sanctions, saying it has not changed its position on the Islamic Republic yet. A Thursday report by Bloomberg quoted US Ambassador to Berlin Richard Grenell as saying that Volkswagen had decided to end doing business with Iran after weeks of talks with the US administration. - 9/21/18

U.S. Ambassador Says Volkswagen Agrees To Pull Out Of Iran
The U.S. ambassador to Germany has told Bloomberg News that automaker Volkswagen has agreed to comply with U.S. sanctions and suspend most of its operations in Iran. "We are pleased with this decision because Iran diverts its economic resources away from its people to spread violence and instability across the globe," Ambassador Richard Grenell said on September 19. - 9/20/18

Satirist Keyomars Marzban Arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Held Incommunicado, No Access to Lawyer
Keyomars Marzban, a 26-year-old satirist, has been held incommunicado in Tehran's Evin Prison and without access to counsel since the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arrested him on August 26, 2018. - 9/20/18

Instagram posts by kids of Iran's political elite stir outrage
Selfies with a pet tiger, a Ferrari, or a $3800 handbag... the Instagram pages of children of the Iranian political elite are causing controversy back home, where the currency has lost 70% of its value in the past year and prices are skyrocketing. -France24 - 9/20/18

Khamenei Reversal on FATF Suggests US-Iran Talks Possible Under Trump
President Donald Trump's policy towards Iran is imposing "maximum pressure" purportedly aimed at bringing Iranians back to the negotiating table. Trump demands renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal which, according to him, has "terrible flaws." He also wants restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a change in the Iran's aggressive policies in the region. Trump has said that he would start talks without pre-conditions. -Shahir Shahidsaless, Atlantic Council - 9/20/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Iran outlasts Finland in an almost record-breaker
Iran beat Finland 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in an epic duel in Pool D in Varna. The match laster 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for a longest match at an FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship since the introduction of the current scoring system. - 9/19/18

Iran's Rouhani and Zarif To Take Part In UNGA In New York As 'A Chance For Diplomacy'
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he and President Hassan Rouhani will go to New York next week to take part at the UN General Assembly meeting. The statement put an end to weeks of debate in the Iranian media about whether Rouhani should or should not take part in the meeting; with hard-line media led by the Kayhan newspaper, which is close to Ayatollah Khamenei's office, strongly opposing the U.N. visit. - 9/19/18

Mullahs' Messengers Say Iran's Oscar Choice Long On Art, Short On Politics
State media and a hard-line daily with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have suggested that the Farabi Cinema Foundation's selection of Vahid Jalilvand's award-winning drama No Date, No Signature to compete in the best foreign-language film category at the 2019 Academy Awards was a mistake, because its bleak portrayal of Iranian life risks playing into the hands of the clerically dominated leadership's biggest critics. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/19/18

'Resign Like A Hero Or Wake Up!' Party Leader Lashes Out At Iran's President Rouhani
The secretary-general of the centrist Executives of Construction Party, one of the two centrist parties that are President Hasan Rouhani's main supporters, has harshly criticized him and has called for his resignation. - 9/19/18

Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure
According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what Secretary Kerry in his interview with Fox News host Dana Perino said was: " Well, everybody is waiting around talking about waiting out President Trump." -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/18/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Poland stays perfect, Iran out of the running for top spot in Pool D
Poland matched its longest win streak at a World Championship since the turn of the century beating Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) to remain the lone unbeaten in Pool D. A series that started in 2014 reached 11 victories in a row for the world champions who still have a work to do to win the group in Varna. - 9/18/18

Electronic Vouchers For One In Eight Iranians To Buy Low-Price Rationed Food
A new plan to tackle the effect of sanctions on low-income Iranians, includes issuing electronic vouchers to ten million underprivileged citizens. The vouchers are to be used for "fair distribution" of rationed essential goods at subsidized prices. - 9/18/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh Sacrifices Family Visits To Protest Prosecutor's Demand She Wear Full Hijab
Detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has given up her family visitation right in protest against a prosecutor's demand that she receive visitors fully draped in a hijab. "The prosecutor has sent a letter to me and my mother warning that if we don't observe the hijab, we won't be able to have visitation," Mehraveh Khandan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) after attempting to visit her mother in Tehran's Evin Prison on September 16, 2018. - 9/18/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran stays perfect in Pool D after outlasting brave Cuba
Iran stayed perfect in Pool after outlasting Cuba for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19) win. It's the first time in FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship that the Asians start with three wins from their first three matches. Thus Iran secured a place in Round 2 while Cuba, still without a point, is getting closer to the elimination. - 9/17/18

Iran 'has received new trade proposals from Europe': FM Spokesman
Iran has received new proposals from Europe that would potentially meet its demand for practical guarantees for continued trade and keep Iran in a nuclear deal with five world powers, says the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, amid attempts by the United States to derail that agreement. - 9/17/18

Play on Persian poet Sadi to go on stage in Vancouver, Canada
"Sadi - A Traveler From the Town of Love," A play on Persian poet Sadi (C. 1213-1291), famous worldwide for his masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden), will go on stage the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada on September 22. - 9/17/18

Iranian Activist Hengameh Shahidi Refuses to Hire New Lawyer Against Judge's Orders
Detained Iranian political activist and journalist Hengameh Shahidi has defied a judge's order by refusing to hire a new lawyer. "I have been trying to visit my client since her case was sent to court two months ago, but the judge has suddenly ruled against my qualification and demanded my resignation," attorney Mostafa Tork Hamadani tweeted on September 11, 2018. - 9/17/18

IRAN: Ahmadinejad Lambasts Chief of IRGC's Notorious Intelligence Organization
Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has levelled damning charges against IRGC Intelligence Chief calling him "psychologically imbalanced" and thus not fit for the job. In a video released on the ultra-conservative former president's page on the popular messaging service Telegram on Sunday September 16, Ahmadinejad lashed out at Hossein Taeb, the hard-line cleric who chairs the notorious intelligence organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and said all he does is "fabricating cases." - 9/17/18

Tehran Accuses Twitter Of Closing Accounts Of 'Real' Iranians
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing antigovernment ones backed by the United States. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, (including) TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an 'influence op'," Zarif tweeted on September 16, addressing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. - 9/17/18

Iran's Reza Alipour wins gold at IFSC Climbing World Championships
Reza Alipour from Iran claimed a gold medal at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday. The Iranian climber took the gold with a time of 5.630, beating his French rival Bassa Mawem. - 9/14/18

Meet Iranian-American Shireen Ghorbani, Rising Candidate for Congress
Today the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, proudly announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Shireen Ghorbani for Utah's 2nd Congressional District Race. If elected, Shireen would be the first American of Iranian descent to hold a position as a member of Congress. - 9/14/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran defeats Bulgaria 3-1 to earn second win
Iran earned their second win in a row at the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship Thursday night. The Iranian team defeated the hosts 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) and got level on points with world champions Poland at the top of Pool D. - 9/14/18

Trump Calls Kerry Meetings With Iranian FM Zarif 'Illegal'
U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to news that former secretary of state John Kerry met several times with Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif recently, discussing the 2015 nuclear deal. In a tweet on Thursday, Trump called the meetings "illegal", characterizing Iran as a "very hostile" regime. - 9/14/18

2019 Nowruz Banner Contest Call for Submissions
Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and established graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's 11th annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. - 9/14/18

IRAN: President Rouhani Official Says Conservative Body Fails To Oversee Khamenei
An Iranian government official has urged the Assembly of Experts, an influential conservative clerical body to focus on its legal duties in overseeing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, instead of interfering in other domains. -Radio Farda - 9/14/18

PHOTOS: Drought in Iran's North Khorasan province
According to Iran's Meteorological Organization, 98.1 percent of the country suffers from varying degrees of drought. The following photos show drought in North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. -Vahid Abdi, Mehr - 9/13/18

FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran has a dream start against Puerto Rico
Team Iran have achieved a remarkable straight-sets win against Puerto Rico in Pool D of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship. The 2018 Asian Games' winners, dominated the match from the beginning and showed class from the 1st point, to finish the 1st set 25-19. - 9/13/18

Iran's Rouhani Warns About The Costs Of 'War' But Shuns Pessimists
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Iran's "war with America" would entail "problems" and "casualties" for the people. Nevertheless, he warned public speakers and the media against disillusioning the people by spreading pessimism. However, he assured Iranians that "the final victory in this war belongs to us, and we will defeat the enemy." -Radio Farda - 9/13/18

Vancouver Film Festival to screen 7 titles from Iran
The screening program for Iranian titles at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival includes: '3 Faces' by Jafar Panahi, 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, 'Exit Toll' by Mohammad Najarian Dariani, 'Hat-Trick' by Ramtin Lavafi, 'Hendi and Hormoz' by Abbas Amini, 'The Load' a Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar co-production, and 'My Clayey Conception' by Zanyar Muhammadineko. - 9/13/18

Iran Calls U.S. Blame Over Iraq Attacks 'Astonishing, Provocative'
Iran's Foreign Ministry has described accusations by the United States that Tehran's allies were responsible for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq as "astonishing, provocative, and irresponsible," Iranian media report. - 9/13/18

Let My Daughter See Her Sick Father, Pleads Mother Of Jailed Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi
The mother of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has urged Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the ailing political prisoner to go on furlough (temporary leave) so she can visit her ailing father and receive medical treatment. - 9/13/18

Four Dead From Drinking Bootleg Booze In Iran
Four people, including a woman, have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in the Iranian city of Karaj, west of the capital, a judiciary official has said. Nearly 40 people have been hospitalized, Karaj prosecutor Reza Shahkarami was quoted as saying on September 13 by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. - 9/13/18

IRAN: Three Detained Women's Rights Activists Should be Immediately Released
The three women's rights activists arrested by Iran's security forces since September 1-the lawyer Hoda Amid, the sociologist Najmeh Vahedi, and the gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi-should be released immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/12/18

Iranian Media Warned Not To Report On Iraqi Sex Tourism
The head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution. The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi'ite city than the religious sites. - 9/12/18

Former Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei Sentenced To Prison For 'Threatening National Security'
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a vice president, chief of staff, and senior aide under former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on charges including threatening national security, Iranian media report. - 9/12/18

India's push on Iran's Chabahar puts US in tight corner
India and Afghanistan have signaled their commitment to the development of Iran's strategic Chabahar port ahead of a Thursday meeting with the US which is pushing for economic strangulation of Tehran. - 9/12/18

From Evin Prison, Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Condemns Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners
In a letter from Iran's Evin Prison, prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has condemned the judiciary's execution of three Kurdish prisoners on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel in all their cases. - 9/12/18

Diaper Dilemma Grips Iranians As Economy, Currency Slide
The times they are a changin'. But in Iran, families with infants are struggling to do the same. Senior officials, industry executives, and young parents have been forced to confront a shortage of baby diapers. "Diapers and immigration," a 36-year-old married man in Tehran, who asks to remain anonymous, says of the current buzz among colleagues. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/11/18

Iraq officially removes US Dollar from Iran trade
Iraq indicated that it has officially removed the US dollar in trade with Iran by announcing a legal limit for passengers to carry along Euros - instead of the customary US Dollars - into the Islamic Republic. - 9/11/18

US Sanctions 'Highly Effective': Iran's Vice-President
Iran's first vice-president Es'haq Jahangiri has admitted on Tuesday, September 11 that U.S. sanctions against Iran have been "highly effective." Jahangiri also said that Iran is experiencing "a difficult and sensitive situation," but it has not reached a "deadlock" yet, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA quoted him as saying in a speech in Tehran. -Radio Farda - 9/11/18

Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners is Unlawful and Unjust
Iran's execution of three Kurdish prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi (22), Zanyar Moradi (29) and Loghman Moradi (31) at dawn on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel, represents a horrific violation of law and the right to life, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/11/18

Tensions Rise As Iraqi Shoppers Flood Iran
A flood of Iraqi shoppers to Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province in the southwest has led to protests and tensions. Following large demonstrations against the influx of Iraqi visitors, the province's representative to the influential Assembly of Experts said on Monday, September 10, "The issue of Iraqis' presence in Abadan and Khorramshahr needs a thorough investigation and should be resolved." - 9/11/18

Persian leopards spotted for first time in Iran's Bakhtegan National Park
For the first time, three Persian leopards have been spotted at the Bakhtegan national park in Neyriz city located in southern Fars province, Saeed Mahmoudi, the provincial department of environment chief has said. - 9/10/18

Theater Artists Arrested In Iran Over Shakespeare Production
Authorities in Iran have detained two artists in connection with a production of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shahram Karami, an Iranian cultural official, told the state news agency IRNA on September 10 that the judiciary had ordered the director of the play, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater staging it, Saeed Assadi, to be taken into custody. - 9/10/18

Iranian-American Innovation Forum 2018: September 15, 2018 at UC Irvine
Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA), together with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California Irvine, and the Iranian-Americans' Contributions Project (IACP), are proud to present the day-long Iranian-American Innovation Forum, in the Pacific Ballroom of UC-Irvine, on Saturday September 15th, 2018. - 9/10/18

Iran implementing commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA Chief Amano
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran is living up to all its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. "Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA)," Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. - 9/10/18

IRAN: Another Conservative Watchdog Blocks Anti-Corruption Bills
Iran's Expediency Discernment Council (EDC) has rejected a bill proposed by President Hassan Rouhani's Administration to amend a law concerning money laundering. The proposal, which is a part of four bills known as "Palermo bills" in Iran, was aimed to pave the way for Tehran to get out of Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) list of suspect countries. - 9/10/18

Khamenei tells Putin Iran, Russia can cooperate to contain US
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the developments in Syria and the US defeat in the Arab country show that Washington can be contained. The Leader made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin - 9/9/18

Iran Resorts To Ill-Defined Packages, Rationing To Tackle Impact of Sanctions
The head of Iran's Planning and Budget Organization, Vice-President Mohammad Baqer Nobakht says his organization will introduce five economic packages to tackle the impact of renewed US sanctions and to control drastic fluctuations of the exchange rate. - 9/9/18

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Confirm Deadly Missile Strikes On Kurdish Rebels In Iraq
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it was behind a rocket assault on an Iranian Kurdish rebel group in Iraq that killed at least 11 people. In a September 9 statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the IRGC said it fired seven missiles in the attack a day earlier on the armed opposition group in northern Iraq. - 9/9/18

Iran Says U.S. Is Making 'Daily' Overtures For New Negotiations
In a speech broadcast on Iranian state television, President Hassan Rohani said his country receives messages "every day" from the United States seeking negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. "From one side, they try to pressure the people of Iran," he said on September 8. "From the other, they send us messages every day through various methods that we should come and negotiate together. - 9/9/18

Basra Protesters Torch Iranian Consulate Amid Reports Security Forces Pull Back
Amateur video broadcast on Arab news channels Friday showed protesters in Basra, Iraq torching the Iranian consulate and chanting anti-Iran slogans. The Iraqi government declared a curfew, a day before the Iraqi parliament is due to meet to discuss the situation in the southern port city. The protesters say Iran is interfering in Iraqi politics and blame Iran for the poor public services in the oil-rich city. -Edward Yeranian, VOA - 9/8/18

Iran Tells Its People To 'Economize'
Referring to Iran's "very bleak" economic situation, President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff has asked people to avoid buying unnecessary goods. "In the current economic situation and amid skyrocketing prices, the pressure on people has increased. We call upon the people to avoid buying goods more than they require," state-run Mehr News Agency cited Mahmoud Vaezi as saying on September 5. - 9/7/18

IRAN: Welfare Reps Presence Required at Job Interviews for People with Disabilities
In response to criticism that persons with disabilities are not getting three percent of jobs allocated to them by law, Iran's Administrative and Recruitment Organization (ARO) issued a directive on August 27 requiring state agencies to conduct interviews with applicants with disabilities only in the presence of a representative from Iran's State Welfare Organization (SWO). - 9/7/18

Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran Meet to Plot Future of Syria Ahead of Battle for Last Rebel Stronghold
The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in the last rebel-held area of the war-ravaged nation, urging militants to lay down their weapons. -TIME - 9/7/18

Iran's Assault on Legal Profession Intensifies with Three More Attorneys Arrested
The arrest of three more lawyers in Iran, Payam Derafshan, Farrokh Forouzan and Hoda Amid, represents the continuing escalation of Iran's assault against its own legal profession and a flagrant violation of these individuals' basic rights to freedom of expression and due process, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/6/18

Outspoken MPs Demand Referendum To Counter Iran's Super-Challenges
Two reformist members of the Iranian Parliament have called for putting major domestic and foreign policy issues to a public vote. In their speeches on September 4, Parvaneh Salahshouri and Gholamreza Heidari called for a referendum to solve problems regarding foreign policy, state TV, the Guardian Council's intervention in elections, and the Assembly of Experts' supervision of the supreme leader's behavior. - 9/6/18

IRAN: Women Activists Arrested for Trying to Raise Awareness of Women's Rights in Marriage and Divorce
Women's rights activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in Tehran on September 1, 2018 and taken to an unknown location, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/6/18

Top 6 Finalists of the Farhang Short Film Festival Announced
The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the six talented finalists competing for three cash prizes at the tenth annual film festival. All six films will be screened on September 29, with the top three winners announced and awarded. - 9/6/18

New Unemployment Figures 'Alarming': Iran Parliament Study
A study conducted by the Research Center of the Iranian Parliament says that the current unemployment figures in Iran are alarming. The results of the study were published on the parliament's website and indicate that the soaring unemployment over the past four years "may give rise to a crisis." - 9/5/18

Iran Sets November Deadline For Europe To Save The Nuclear Deal
Iran has given Europe until November 5 to deliver the "practical mechanisms" to buy oil from Iran and save the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), or Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, said Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, on September 4. - 9/5/18

IRAN: Husband of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer, Arrested for Speaking Out, Must Be Released Immediately
Reza Khandan, the husband of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, should be immediately released from detention in Iran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. Khandan was arrested by agents of Iran's intelligence ministry at his home on September 4 following his public support for his detained wife. "It is outrageous that Reza Khandran has been arrested simply for speaking out publicly on the unjust imprisonment of his wife," said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI's executive director. - 9/5/18

IRAN: Detained Civil Rights Activist Refusing to Break Hunger Strike
Farhad Meysami, the 48-year-old physician who has been detained in Iran's Evin Prison since his arrest on July 31, 2018, is physically deteriorating after being on hunger strike for over a month to protest his unlawful detainment. - 9/5/18

US hands ancient Persian bas-relief back to Iran
On the orders of a New York Supreme Court judge, a $1.2-million ancient Persian bas-relief has been handed back to Iran after more than 80 years of changing hands among smugglers, Press TV reports. Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam-Ali Khoshrou said Tuesday that the limestone sculpture, which dates back to around 500 B.C., had been delivered to him. - 9/5/18

Iran inaugurates major petrochemical projects in Assaluyeh
President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday officially inaugurated three major petrochemical projects in Assaluyeh petrochemical zone in southwestern Bushehr province, Shana reported. As reported, these projects will increase Iran's annual capacity of petrochemical production to 65.5 million tons from the current 62 million tons. - 9/5/18

Trump To Chair UN Council Meeting To Highlight Grievances With Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, to spotlight his grievances against Tehran. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced the move late on September 4 as the United States assumed the rotating presidency of the council, where it has pushed unsuccessfully in the past year for punitive measures against Iran. -RFE/RL - 9/5/18

India Continues With Iran Oil Deliveries
India is allowing state refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms including the country's top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI) halted voyages to Iran due to U.S. sanctions, Reuters cited sources as saying on August 3. - 9/5/18

Professor Ehsan Yarshater, founder of Encyclopedia Iranica: April 3, 1920 - September 2, 2018
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Ehsan Yarshater on September 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. Endowed with a rare combination of a bold and broad scholarly vision, immense erudition, and unfailing determination, Professor Ehsan Yarshater transformed Iranian studies, creating an enduring legacy at Columbia University which advanced the scholarship and understanding of the histories, cultures and accomplishments of Iranian peoples. - 9/4/18

Iran's Rial Hits New Low Against Dollar As U.S. Reimposes Sanctions
The Iranian currency has hit another record low against the dollar on the unofficial market amid continued economic difficulties following the reimposition of nuclear sanctions by the United States, reports say. The rial has lost around 15 percent of its value on the open market in the past three days, trading at 128,500 to $1 by late September 3, according to, which tracks Iran's rates. - 9/4/18

Iranian women not successful at Asian Games in Indonesia
The Iranian women won just a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, one gold less than the previous edition, despite a twofold increase in numbers. Iran took part with 57 sportswomen in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, winning two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. - 9/4/18

Iranians spend $26.5B on online shopping in calendar year: Report
People in Iran spent 1,110 trillion rials (about $26.5 billion) on online shopping during the previous Iranian calendar year 1396 (ended on March 20, 2018), the E-Commerce Development Center of Iran said in a recently published report. - 9/4/18

UK minister: We seek no covert operation in Iran, plan to build ties
UK's Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, reaffirms his country's support to the 2015 nuclear deal following the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, saying the UK, along with the European Union, are doing all they can to provide the mechanism by which they can continue trade transactions with Iran. - 9/4/18

Zarif, Assad say Western pressure will fail to stop Iran-Syria terror fight
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif say Western pressure on Tehran and Damascus will fail to deter them from fighting terrorism. In a meeting in Damascus on Monday, Zarif and Assad asserted that Western countries would not be able to deter Iran and Syria from defending their principles, the interests of the two nations, and the security and stability of the entire region. - 9/4/18

Opposition Leader Karrubi Calls On Iran's Assembly Of Experts To Hold Supreme Leader Accountable
A leading Iranian reformist has called upon the panel of conservative clerics tasked with supervising the work of Iran's supreme leader to hold Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accountable instead of showering him with "praise." Reformist cleric Mehdi Karrubi, who's been under house arrest since 2011, said Iran's Assembly of Experts should hold Khamenei responsible for three decades of policies that he says have brought Iran to its current "regrettable" situation. - 9/4/18

2018 Asian Games: Iran Wins Gold in Volleyball, Silver in Basketball and Bronze in Water Polo
Iran national volleyball team defeated South Korea to take a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Iran basketball team lost to China in the final match to take the silver and Iran national water polo team defeated China to take the bronze after 44 years of waiting for a medal. - 9/1/18

Iranian Musician Kayhan Kalhor wins Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award
Four-time Iranian Grammy Award nominee Kayhan Kalhor was one of the two winners of the Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, the organizers announced last Tuesday. - 9/1/18

EU will continue efforts to keep Iran nuclear deal alive: Federica Mogherini
European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the 28-nation bloc would continue its work to preserve a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries after the US unilateral move to pull out from the deal. - 9/1/18

Iran Arrests Two More Lawyers Bringing Intense Pressure On Defenders
Iranian intelligence officers arrested two human rights lawyers Payam Dorfeshan and Farrokh Forouzan Friday August 31, reported lawyer Mohammad Najafi on his Facebook page. No reason has been given for the arrest of the two lawyers. The new arrests bring the number of Iranian human rights lawyers in jail in Tehran to more than ten. - 9/1/18

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