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America's Most Jewish Congressional District Bucks Anti-Iran Challenger

- Will Democrats pay politically for supporting the Iran deal? At least where Democratic primaries are concerned, that doesn't seem to be the case. On Tuesday, Rep. Jerry Nadler, an incumbent from New York with more than two decades in the House, overwhelming won his Democratic primary-with almost 90 percent of the vote-virtually ensuring him re-election this fall. -Ali Gharib 6/30/16

Explainer: What's Behind Sudden Clashes In Northwestern Iran?

- Clashes erupted this month between Kurdish fighters and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other. The country's heavily censored media have even reported the fighting and acknowledged fatalities on the government side. But why the sudden flare-up? -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 6/30/16

OFAC elaborates on implementation of the Iran nuclear deal

- John E. Smith, acting director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department, has enumerated on the pros and cons of the nuclear deal between Iran and great powers which went into effect in January. 6/30/16

Plight of Jailed Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike Raised in Social Media

- Over sixty days into a hunger strike, jailed labour activist Jafar Azimzadeh is reportedly in grave health condition and Iranian judiciary's lack of attention to his situation has triggered a wave of concern in social media. 6/30/16

Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Play It Again, Sam" coming to Tehran theater

- An Iranian troupe is scheduled to perform Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Play It Again, Sam" in Tehran. The play will open at Tehran's Hafez Hall on July 12 and will run for twenty nights. Davud Bani-Ardalan will direct the play translated into Persian by Mohammadreza Avzar. 6/30/16

Foreigners' purchase of Iranian shares near $23m in a month

- "Overseas investors purchased 798 billion rials (about $22.7 million) of shares in Iran's capital market during the third Iranian month of Khordad (May 21- June 20, 2016), a senior official in Central Securities Depository of Iran (CSDI) said. 6/30/16

What Donald Trump Teaches Us About How We Become Americans

- Grammar made the news this month, pushed into the spotlight by Donald Trump's renewed campaign to limit the terms of American citizenship. In the wake of the Orlando shooting Trump reaffirmed his pledge to stand strong against "the Muslims," promising not only to keep out those seeking refuge from distant shores but, more ominously, to monitor Muslim families already living in the United States. -Shervin Malekzadeh, Huffington Post 6/30/16

War Between Kurds and Turks?

- Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), has mentioned several times in the last few months that Turkey and its Kurdish population will go to war. He stated such a possibility in early March while in Washington and has repeated it several times since. "By summer, the tension between the PKK and the government could grow," he said at the time. -Robert Olson, LobeLog 6/30/16

My Lions and the Lions of Iran: Lecture by Parviz Tanavoli

- For thousands of years the lion played an important role in the identity of Iran and as an iconic symbol of the country, but sadly the lion is now extinct in Iran. This talk will preview an exhibition due to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran in March 2017 entitled 'The Lion in Iran and the Art of Parviz Tanavoli'. 6/29/16

Over 3,300 transplants carried out in Iran last calendar year

- More than 3,300 transplants were performed in Iran over the last Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2015- March 19, 2016), the director for transplant management department of Health Ministry has said. Some 2,500 of the surgeries are pertaining to kidney transplants, Kazemeini said, adding, 716 liver and 102 heart transplant surgeries were performed over the same period. 6/29/16

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Iran will never invade another country, will defend itself decisively: President Rouhani - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will never use its military might to invade another country but will decisively defend itself against any potential aggression. 6/29/16

A Talk by Aydin Aghdashloo about Contemporary Iranian Visual Arts - Please join us on Saturday, July 9, 4-6 pm in UC Irvine's Humanities Gateway 1030 for a talk by the renowned Iranian artist, Aydin Aghdashloo titled "Audience, Marketplace and Economy: Iranian Visual Arts 1951-2016". 6/29/16

Iran Appoints New Chief Of Armed Forces - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Mohammad Baqeri, a Revolutionary Guard general, as the chief of staff of the country's armed forces. Baqeri replaces Hassan Firouzabadi, who has been appointed the top military aide to the commander-in-chief. 6/29/16

House GOP Plan for Iran Riddled with Errors - Paul Ryan recently published the National Security Policy section of the House GOP's new "A Better Way Plan" aimed at uniting the party around core policy positions in advance of the Republican National Convention on July 18-21. The national security section covers the full spectrum of U.S. foreign policy and is highly critical of the Obama administration's foreign policy achievements. -Karina Bakhshi and AzarUbtene Zamaninia, NIAC 6/29/16

John Kerry unexpectedly admits Iran is 'helpful' to US in fighting ISIS in Iraq - Despite ongoing strained US-Iranian relations, US Secretary of State John Kerry has come out with some unlikely comments praising the Islamic Republic for being "helpful" in the common mission to stamp out the Islamic State terror group in Iraq. -RT 6/29/16

Obama Is Right Not to Say "Radical Islam." - The recent verbal attacks by the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump and his supporters on President Barack Obama for avoiding the phrase "radical Islam" in his public pronouncements are simplistic, racially inflammatory -- and flatly misinformed. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog 6/29/16

Female Musician Makes Waves in Male-Dominated Afghanistan - In a conservative and traditional country like Afghanistan, where women can be burned, lashed and stoned simply for their gender, it takes a lot of courage for a young woman to play music in public. Fazila Zamir has plenty. -Sitara Sadaat, Huffington Post 6/29/16

Leaked Salaries Cast Iran Officials In Harsh Light, But To What End? - Simmering anger in Iran's hard-line media over official salaries has forced President Hassan Rohani's administration onto the defensive with a likely reelection bid for the relative moderate on the horizon. 6/28/16

SHAHNAMEH Exhibitoin at Copenhagen's David Museum - David Museum in Denmark has organized an exhibition to introduce various aspects of Shahnameh, the national epic of Persia. This exhibition gives the public an opportunity to experience an ancient, exotic, and dramatic world in pictures. The stories are played out through nearly 60 works of art, in addition to a display of weapons. 6/28/16

Abbas Kiarostami leaves Iran to receive treatment at Paris hospital - World-renowned filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who is suffering repercussions from several operations for his severe gastrointestinal disease, left Iran on Monday to receive additional treatment at a hospital in Paris. 6/28/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes - Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 6/28/16

Undercover informants to prevent women from using Caspian Sea beaches - Undercover morality police will be engaged in Gilan-Iran for the "establishment of a more spiritual atmosphere in the province's beaches and preservation of moral values" under a new plan called "Pure Gilan", officials of the northern Iranian province announced. 6/28/16

Iranian President Rouhani urges firm action over Saudi embassy raids - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for firm judicial action against the individuals involved in raids on Saudi diplomatic perimeters in two Iranian cities back in January. Addressing a ceremony that marked the beginning of the Judiciary Week in Iran on Tuesday, President Rouhani emphasized the importance of public trust in the judicial institution. 6/28/16

Documentary Captures Iranian-Born, Long Beach Artist's Journey in Overcoming Adversity Through Art - Revolution, war and a turbulent childhood spurred Mojgan Edalat to find an escape route, through the pencils and paper that allowed the young Iranian to create a world of her own, where the changing cultural landscape of Iran couldn't touch her. -Long Beach Post 6/28/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Serbia Defeats Iran 3-1 - Serbia's Uros Kovacevic scored match-high 19 points as his team overcome Iran 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21) in Pool F1 encounter at the World League 2016. 6/27/16

'I, Sajjad Qaribi, am an Iranian soldier' - A gigantic Iranian bodybuilder, weightlifter, and powerlifter has taken the Internet by storm, stealing his fellow sportsmen's thunder with his jaw-dropping muscular bulk and self-effacing and patriotic attitude. Sajjad Qaribi, 24, from the Iranian city of Bushehr, is as monumental in the southern Iranian city as is its nuclear plant. 6/27/16

Two organisers arrested in Mashhad, Iran for arranging a youth gathering - Two generation Z Iranians have been arrested in the northeastern city of Mashhad for organising a youth gathering near a shopping centre. The call for a meeting was organised using Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service that has become popular in Iran in the past two years. 6/27/16

Iran's Leader Denounces Bahrain Government's 'Foolishness' - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Bahrain's Sunni-led government of "blatant foolishness and insanity" for stripping the kingdom's most prominent Shi'ite cleric of his citizenship. 6/27/16

Inward-facing Iranian home lets light filter in through a facade of wooden slats - Timber slats cover the walls and the windows of this house in Isfahan, Iran, allowing light to filter in without compromising the privacy of its occupants. Designed by Tehran-based Bracket Design Studio, the house is one a of a growing number of impressive new architectural projects in Iran, in a construction boom triggered by the lifting of economic sanctions. -Dezeen 6/27/16

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike - Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison's clinic in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate hospitalization. 6/27/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Wallace steers Brazil to the victory over Iran - Wallace De Souza scored match-high 17 points leading Brazil to a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17) victory over Iran in the Pool F1 encounter on Friday afternoon. 6/25/16

The Brexit Risk to the Iran Deal - The vote has certainly made a splash in Iran. Hamid Aboutalebi, Rouhani's deputy chief of staff for political affairs, tweeted that "Brexit is a 'historic opportunity' for Iran" that must be taken advantage of. On the other side of Iran's political aisle, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri has praised the Brexit vote, suggesting that it represents a rejection of American policies. Whatever the logic of these statements, political actors in Iran are clearly watching the Brexit fallout with interest. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj 6/25/16

Two Iranian Rangers Killed By Poachers - Two rangers were killed while chasing poachers in Geno biosphere reserve in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan on Thursday, the Department of Environment's website reported. While patrolling the area, the two rangers, Mohammad Dehqani and Parviz Hormozi, were shot in the head and the heart and passed away, Hormozgan province department of environment director general said. 6/25/16

The British family destroyed by the Iranian government: 'They're always looking to find a foreigner to frame' - Richard Ratcliffe's wife, Nazanin Zaghari, was jailed in Tehran in March, accused of a plot to topple the Iranian government. He insists she is innocent, and says his family has been attacked by dark forces - and betrayed by British apathy -Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian 6/25/16

Iranian Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike - Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 6/25/16

Single-Digit Inflation Rate Achieved In Iran: CBI - The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has announced that the inflation rate for the 12-month period ended in the last day of the third Iranian calendar month of Khordad (June 20) compared to the same period in the previous year hit 9.7 percent, the Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday. 6/25/16

U.S. Diplomat: Boeing Deal Shows It's 'Possible To Do Business With Iran' - Leslie Tsou, senior adviser on Iran at the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, said in a June 23 interview that the Boeing deal announced this week shows "it is possible to do business with Iran" despite companies' concerns about U.S. sanctions that remain in place. 6/24/16

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Declines Russian Bid To Enlist Iran - The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization has refused to enlist Iran, despite a request from Russia. While begun in China, the Asian security bloc has served as a platform for both Moscow and Beijing to project influence in Central and South Asia. But unlike Russia, China is showing some reluctance to give it a strong anti-Western bias. 6/24/16

Ample grounds for Iran, Netherlands to bolster relations: Zarif - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hails cordial relations between Iran and the Netherlands, saying there are plenty of grounds for the two countries to strengthen cooperation in a variety of fields." There are many opportunities for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in different fields," Zarif said in a joint press conference with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders in Amsterdam on Thursday. 6/24/16

Meet Alaleh Kianerci; The Prosecutor Named Checked In The Brock Turner Stanford Rape Letter - Alaleh Kianerci is the Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney attorney who fought to get Brock Turner prosecuted. She's been practising law since 2007 when she was admitted to the bar and, prior to that, she attended the University of California Santa Barbara and then the Santa Clara University of Law. -The Brief 6/24/16

British Airways delays its relaunch of flights to Iran - British Airways has postponed the long-awaited resumption of its flights to Iran until September, a report says. The six-weekly direct service to Tehran from London was due to start from July 14 but has now been pushed back due to "some technical issues," The Telegraph has quoted a British Airways spokesperson as saying. 6/24/16

Discovering Iran: from Caspian Sea to Persian Gul - The recent diplomatic thaw and growing awareness of its attractions are set to make Iran a must-visit destination. Arron Merat takes a tour from Tehran to the Gulf -Guardian 6/24/16

Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner! - Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown, I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred... -Elham Khatami and Trita Parsi, NIAC 6/24/16

Iran's Zarif meets French President in Paris - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Boosting bilateral ties following Iran's historic nuclear deal, economic and business affairs, and the Middle East security issues, especially the conflict in Syria, were discussed during the Wednesday meeting, Zarif said. 6/23/16

Momentum Builds for Iranian American Candidates - With the New York and Washington primary elections fast approaching, Iranian American candidates Anna Kaplan and Cyrus Habib are poised to have strong showings and advancing towards their respective general elections. If successful, they will become the first Iranian Americans to be elected to the U.S. Congress and to state office. 6/23/16

Protecting the World's Shia: Where's the International Community? - Only a few short months ago, Saudi Arabia executed the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, and the Nigerian military killed hundreds of the country's Shia and severely wounded their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaki. Now, Bahraini authorities have stripped one of the principal leaders of the Bahraini Shia, Sheikh Isa Qasim, of his citizenship. -Shireen T. Hunter 6/23/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Who Sent Letter to Supreme Leader Saying He Was Tortured is Hospitalized - A little over a month after he sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader stating that he had been tortured, imprisoned reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack following his hunger strike. 6/23/16

The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Gulf Littoral States - It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran disagree these days on virtually all issues facing the tumultuous Middle East. The two countries have opposing agendas on a host of matters, ranging from OPEC's oil production policies to the U.S. military's role in the region, as well as the bloody conflicts plaguing the Arab world. -Giorgio Cafiero and Joshua Hodge, LobeLog 6/23/16

Iran needs 551 airplanes by next 9 years: Transport Minister - Iran's air fleet needs 551 new airplanes by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (March 2025- March 2026), Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced on Wednesday. The Iranian air fleet includes 266 airplanes, 100 of which are grounded due to their old age, Akhoundi told IRNA. 6/23/16

Iran's economy is running just fine -- if you're a bigwig at a state-owned company - One Iranian newspaper has dubbed it "Payslip-gate." A series of leaks has exposed astronomical salaries among top executives at state-owned companies in Iran, a sign of persistent inequality in an economy struggling to recover from international sanctions. -Los Angeles Times 6/23/16

Iran ranks 13th on list of global steel producers - The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has announced that Iran's surge in production has pushed the country up on the list of global steel producers. The international trade body for the iron and steel industry has released its latest figures on global production, which shows a solid gain for Iran. 6/23/16

20-year-old Iranian hacker Shayan tells his story on air - Shayan, a 20-year-old Iranian hacker, told his story and how he got into trouble when he was 16. Shayan is a young high school dropout and a computer geek from Ahvaz, southwest Iran, who first became a hacker by hacking unique e-mail addresses with three to four characters. 6/23/16

Bahrain's Unending Repression: Enough Already! - The al-Khalifa ruling regime's decision to strip Sheikh Isa Qasim of his Bahraini citizenship on a trumped-up and patently false charge is yet another example of the ruling family's deepening repression. This respected Shia cleric has always called for non-violent resistance and has abhorred the confrontational tactics that some hotheaded protesters have employed in the past. -Emile Nakhleh 6/23/16

Commentary: One Year In, the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working - Nearly a year after Iran and a U.S.-led international community reached a landmark nuclear deal, the good news is that there almost isn't any news about Iran's nuclear program. In its second report since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was implemented Jan. 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found no evidence that Iran has failed to comply with its pledges to restrict its nuclear activities. Stringent IAEA monitoring is one reason why it is extremely unlikely that Iran could build a nuclear weapon undetected. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 6/22/16

San Francisco State University announces $5 million gift to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies - San Francisco State University has received a $5 million gift from alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (CIDS). This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in the field of Iranian diaspora research. 6/22/16

19 Soldiers Die As Bus Plunges Into Ravine in Southern Iran - 19 people died and dozens more were injured when a bus carrying soldiers plunged into aavine early Wednesday on a road linking the cities of Shiraz and Kerman in southern Iran, ISNA reported. 6/22/16

Iranian Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Richard Ratcliffe's hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn't going to be released after all. 6/22/16

Students suspended for dancing at University event in Iran - Dancing at a university event precipitated the suspension of a group of students at University of Sistan and Baluchistan last week. A video circulated social media and various sites last week showing a number of students dancing on stage at a University of Sistan and Baluchistan event. The clip also showed some people among the audience joining in the dance. 6/22/16

Commentary: Iran's Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader's Line on Human Rights - When Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country's abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government's inability-or reluctance-to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it. 6/22/16

Major rise in foreign investments in Iran - The Financial Times says the latest figures show that the volume of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Iran has reached the highest level in years following the removal of sanctions against the country in January. 6/22/16

PSA Peugeot Citroen signs JV deal with Iran Khodro - French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it has signed a final agreement with Iran Khodro to form a joint venture to produce vehicles in Iran. PSA has announced in a statement that the agreement provides "a crucial milestone" in its cooperation with Iran Khodro. 6/22/16

Muslim Comedian Negin Farsad On How To Make White People Laugh - An Iranian-American Muslim female comedian with a master's degree in African-American studies walks into a cafe. No, this isn't the beginning of a joke; it's the beginning of a profile on Negin Farsad. -Shannon Carlin, Refinery29 6/22/16

New Report: Inside the Women's Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison - Political prisoners held in the Women's Ward at Iran's Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and are not provided adequate nutrition, according to a report released today by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 6/21/16

Iran Shuts Down Ghanoon Newspaper Following Critical Reporting - Iranian newspaper Ghanoon says it has been closed by the judiciary following complaints from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The paper said on its website on June 20 that it has been accused of "libel and publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety." It didn't elaborate. 6/21/16

Iran Crowned 2016 International Basketball Challenge Champion - The national Iranian men's basketball team has impressed the spectators at the 2016 International Basketball Challenge, also known as the 2016 Atlas Challenge, in China, and been crowned as the champion of the six-day international sporting event. 6/21/16

Boeing confirms sales deal with Iran Air - US aviation giant Boeing has confirmed a major plane purchase order placed by Iran's flag-carrier airline Iran Air. The Chicago-based manufacturer issued in a statement released by The Associated Press said on Tuesday that it had signed deal with Iran Air "under authorizations from the US government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord reached last summer." 6/21/16

Iran Warns Bahrain Over Top Shi'ite Cleric - In a statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the commander of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Qasem Soleimani, warned Bahrain's government that it faces "dire repercussions" for its action against Qassem. Soleimani said the response may include "armed resistance" and the "overthrow"of the ruling dynasty. 6/21/16

Iranian female karate fighter earns second spot at WKF Karate 1 rankings - Iranian karate fighter Hamideh Abbasali has been placed second in the latest edition of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate 1 rankings. According to the rankings released by the largest international governing body of karate with over 130 member states, the 26-year-old Iranian sportswoman racked up 980 points to stand behind a representative from Switzerland. 6/21/16

New Rules at Rajaee Shahr Prison Target Iranian Political Prisoners for Harsh Treatment - Rajaee Shahr is one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Most of its inmates are considered dangerous criminals, but Ward 12 holds more than 60 political prisoners who have been tried and convicted by Iran's Revolutionary Courts in prosecutions completely lacking in due process. 6/21/16

Opening Persia - Forget everything you've ever heard. Iran is open for tourism. This Middle Eastern country, for decades demonized as dark and dangerous, has become today's surprising destination of choice for the adventurous and curious traveler. -Patricia Schultz, Travel Weekly 6/21/16

Will FATF Acknowledge Iran's Progress on Its Financial Sector? - Later this month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)-an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing-will issue a new public statement regarding jurisdictions with deficient anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CFT) regimes. As has been true since 2007, Iran will likely be identified as such a jurisdiction. -Tyler Cullis 6/20/16

UN Refugee Chief Says Displaced Afghans 'Forgotten' - The UN's refugee chief has said displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe in large numbers last year. On a visit to Iran on June 18, Filippo Grandia said his first regional tour as the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was focused on Afghan refugees. 6/20/16

Iranian State TV Claims Officials Busted Massive Terror Plot - "In a criminal plot of the anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri groups, a series of bombings had been planned in several places of the country for the coming days ... the terrorists were arrested and some bombs and a huge amount of explosives were seized," National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani is quoted as saying. 6/20/16

Buyers eyeing Iran's Esfahan Steel Company - Esfahan Steel Company, Iran's third-largest maker of the metal, is reportedly seeking buyers amid plans to boost production. Bloomberg says in a report that companies from South Korea and Luxembourg are interested in taking a stake in the company. Iran and the Steel Pensioners' Fund for retired Iranian steel workers want to sell a 73 percent stake, added the report. 6/20/16

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection - The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith's followers and recognize their religious beliefs. 6/20/16

Another Israeli Right-Winger Breaks With Netanyahu on Iran Deal - When world powers led by the United States signed a nuclear deal with Iran, American neoconservatives and other pro-Israel hawks were positively apoplectic. Mark Kirk, the Republican senator from Illinois who enjoys a consistent windfall of pro-Israel campaign cash, said that the deal was worse than the Munich agreement with Nazi Germany. The Wall Street Journal opinion page's Bret Stephens actually used that as a headline: "Worse than Munich." -Ali Gharib 6/18/16

Iran, Russia eyeing Sukhoi Superjet joint production deal - Iran says it is looking into a plan to jointly produce Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) airplanes with Russia - what could take the Islamic Republic to the club of global plane makers if materialized. 6/17/16

WHO's Cancer Warning No Shock For 'Hot Tea'-Happy Iran - The UN agency for cancer research wants everyone to cool it. A review of more than 1,000 studies indicated that drinking "very hot" beverages is "probably carcinogenic to humans," the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on June 14. 6/16/16

Iran film projects on Rumi revived as Hollywood reveals new project - Some dormant movie projects about Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in Iran have recently come into the spotlight once again after Hollywood cineastes David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown revealed their plan to make a biopic about the Persian poet and mystic. 6/16/16

Summer Theater Camp in Persian: July 11-22, 2016 in Richmond, California - A great camp for kids to experience theater in Persian and do some amazing work in their mother tongue. At the end of the two weeks, July 22nd, there will be a performance in Persian for the members of the family. 6/16/16

No Time for Goodbyes: Political Prisoner Forced to Begin Harsh Prison Sentence Without Summons - Former student activist Arash Sadeghi unexpectedly began serving his 19-year prison sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison on June 7, 2016 when he visited the jail to inquire about the official start date of his sentence. 6/16/16

Iranian Daily Ghanoon Targeted Over Article Critical Of Tehran Detention Facility - An Iranian newspaper is facing legal action over an article critical of detention conditions at a penitentiary facility in Tehran, with a senior prosecutor blaming such writings for public feelings of "hopelessness." 6/15/16

Iran defeats Russia, repeats title win at Wrestling World Cup - Iran's national wrestling team has won the title of the 2016 Freestyle World Cup after defeating Russia's outfit. Defending champion Iran defeated Russia 5-3 in Inglewood in the US city of Los Angeles late on Sunday 6/13/16

Human Rights Double Standard: Iran and Saudi Arabia - The question of how to help promote human rights globally has always had a political dimension. States often press these issues in the case of those countries of which they disapprove and ignore or downplay transgressions by friendly countries. In the last decade or so, the use of human rights as a policy tool, and hence the politicization of the human rights issue, has attained new heights, particularly at the United Nations and its Human Rights Commission. -Shireen T. Hunter 6/13/16

Hardliners: The Real Barrier to Iran's Economic Revival - Despite these international realities, Iran's hardliners continue to mortgage Iran's economic and political future by insisting on policies that, even if they had some obscure justification in the past, have become obsolete in the changed world. This unrealistic, or even surrealistic, aspect of Iranian politics was in full display during ceremonies marking the recent anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini. -Shireen T. Hunter 6/10/16

Iran's Hidden State: Here's What Every Investor Needs to Know - Among the charitable foundations that dominate Iran's economy, the most prominent is the custodian of the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad. Rooted well before the revolution, the foundation known as Astan Quds Razavi has expanded into industries from agriculture and livestock farming to real estate, construction, mining, transportation, medicine and energy. AQR reportedly owns 43% of the city of Mashhad and 90% of the arable land in Khorasan Province, where it is located - though it also has properties all over the country. -Natela Outtier 6/9/16

Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran - Iranian-Canadian woman Homa Hoodfar, a scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. 6/9/16

Starless Dreams: Documentary about dreams, nightmares, and hopes of girls in the rehabilitation center for juvenile delinquents in Tehran - Starless Dreams by the award-winning Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei will be screened at Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York on June 10 and 11. This is the first film ever made about girls in the correctional and rehabilitation centers of Iran. The film has gained much critical acclaim and won prestigious festival awards already. 6/6/16

Iran volleyball achieves first-ever Olympic qualification - Iran volleyball achieved a historic feat as they earned their first-ever Olympic Games qualification, beating Poland 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 34-32) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday. 6/5/16

Look up Tehran! There is an art gallery above you! - Tehran looks very different now; if you are walking the streets of the Iranian capital these days, make sure to turn your eyes upward, or you will miss the chance to see the biggest art gallery in existence. 5/27/16

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U.S. Calls On Iran To Release Father, Son Jailed Without Charges

General

World Bank forecasts 5.8% GDP growth for Iran in 2016

Iranian-American

Does the US Really Want Iran to Moderate Its Policies?

Politics

Brookings: JCPOA "Unlikely" to Cause Regional Arms Race

Economy

India Cements Role in Iran with Chabahar Deal

Culture

Going their own way

Sports

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami sets two world record

Art

Paintings inspired by Persian carpets on show at Tehran gallery

Literature

The Past, the Present, and the Bridge: Ali Dehbashi's Bukhara Magazine

Travel

New Adventure Film KARUN released 16th November Worldwide Aims to Change the Way We Think about Iran

Environment

Man-made Issues Exacerbate Iran's Water Crisis

Entertainment

Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini awarded at Cannes Film Festival

Music

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Book

A book by Meghan Nuttall Sayres: "Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran"

Event

Craft & Folk Art Museum and Farhang Foundation Announce Call For Submissions For Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Photography And Video

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