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Neocons Agree: Pressure Iran Forever

- One of the unintended consequences of the decision to extend the international talks on Iran's nuclear program is the growing number of neoconservative calls for even more pressure on Iran. -Derek Davison 7/30/14

Column: Free Jason Rezaian, Other Iranian American Detainees

- All Iranian Americans who travel to Iran know they face a certain amount of risk. Obliged to use Iranian passports instead of obtaining visas like other Americans, Iranian Americans can easily be barred from leaving the country and become pawns in the three-decade-old U.S.-Iran confrontation as well as in Iran's complicated domestic political battles. The latest such pawn appears to be Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. -Barbara Slavin 7/30/14

US: No Commitment to End Date for Iran Nuclear Talks

- An Obama administration official has declined to commit to an absolute end date for nuclear negotiations with Iran, but says the United States remains committed to a verifiable accord preventing Tehran from building an atomic weapon. In the Senate, lawmakers of both parties voiced strong skepticism about international talks with Iran that have been extended to November. -Michael Bowman, VOA 7/30/14

Mortazavi charged with misuse of Social Security Fund

- Saeed Mortazavi, the former head of the Social Security Fund, has been summoned to court for the charge of "embezzlement, malversation, and illegal seizure of private property." The charges have been brought against him by a number of workers covered by the Social Security Fund. 7/30/14

U.S. Pushes to Expedite Some Humanitarian Shipments to Iran

- Amid a diplomatic thaw earlier this year between Tehran and the West, U.S. officials had a message for European companies eager to get back into Iran: Take it slow. Today, Washington is pushing some of them to speed things up. -Wall Street Journal 7/30/14

How to End the Gaza War

- As the killing and destruction rages on in Gaza, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Hamas leadership exchange recriminations and threats, key regional and world players must accept a central truism: No peace can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians without including Hamas. The quicker they internalize this fact, the faster the cycle of violence can be broken. -Emile Nakhleh 7/30/14

Rights Groups, US Urge Iran to Release Journalists

- Rights groups and the U.S. State Department are continuing to call for Iran to release four people arrested last week, including Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian and two other journalists. 7/29/14

"All is lost" -- Unless the US and EU Start Thinking Straighter

- On the face of it, July has not been a bad month for those of us who would like to see the West's nuclear quarrel with Iran resolved peacefully, not least so that the US, EU and Iran can feel less inhibited about regional security cooperation, and so that trade and investment can resume, sanctions having created hardship not just for ordinary Iranians but also for many EU companies. -Peter Jenkins 7/29/14

Iran Is World's Leading Jailer Of Female Journalists And Netizens

- The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. 7/29/14

Tehran told to drop plans for gender segregation in city offices

- The Ministry of Labour has called on Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baghher Ghalibaf to revoke the directive for gender segregation in city offices. The ministry maintains that the directive violates the International Labour Convention's anti-discrimination provisions. 7/29/14

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Stagflation plagues Iranian economy - Iran is facing stagflation and a 20-percent decline in national revenue, according to Massoud Nili, the economic advisor to President Hassan Rohani. In an interview with ILNA, Nili said this level of stagflation is unprecedented in the post-war period, adding that in the past two years, economic growth has been negative while inflation has been consistently above 30 percent. 7/29/14

Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran's Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri - Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. -boredpanda 7/29/14

Singing is our resistance: Iranian sisters on their fight to perform - A prominent Iranian musician today told how she uses music as her "resistance" against the strict laws in her home country. Mahsa Vahdat, 40, who performed at Womad festival with her sister Marjan, 37, on Sunday, said she refuses to comply with a law preventing women from singing solo to a mixed-sex audience. -Evening Standard, London 7/29/14

Iran establishes largest Middle East biological refinery - Qeshm Micro Algae Biological Refinery in southern Iran was established as the Middle East's largest biological technological company on micro algae. 7/29/14

Israel Creates 'No Man's Land' in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent - "Scorched earth," historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use. Israelis shy away from using the phrase to describe what they are doing because, in Israel, it brings to mind the strategy of the Nazi retreat from Russia at the end of the Second World War. -Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast 7/29/14

Explorer 'dices with death' as he treks Iran's longest river for a MONTH - A Northern Ireland adventurer who traced the longest river in Iran from source to sea, has described it as 'dicing with death'. Leon McCarron walked, kayaked and biked along the waterway - from the snowy mountainous headwaters of the south west to the Persian Gulf - in a country still largely shrouded in mystery. -Connie Allfrey, Daily Mail, UK 7/29/14

Iran should free Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his colleagues immediately - Mr. Rezaian, who grew up in California as the son of an Iranian immigrant, went to the country in 2012 because he believed he could offer a more nuanced portrait of Iran, his mother told The Post. He has reported not just on political developments in Tehran but also on social issues, such as a water shortage, and cultural developments, including a nascent Iranian appetite for baseball. -Editorial Board, Washington Post 7/29/14

Iranian teams shine in RoboCup 2014 - Iranian high school and university students have excelled in RoboCup 2014, winning first, second and third places in separate events. The competitions were held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, from July 19 to 25. 7/28/14

Raid Leaves Arrested Washington Post Journalist's Home in Tehran "Looking Like a Scene from Hell" - Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, two journalists, and a photographer were arrested in Tehran on the night of July 22, 2014, after their homes were raided by security forces. The agents also confiscated their personal belongings, including laptops, books, and notes, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 7/28/14

Iran's inflation rate much improved - Iran's Central Bank says the country's annual inflation rate now stands at 25.4 percent. The announcement on Sunday July 27 included news that the consumer goods and services price index has gone up by 1.4 percent in Iranian cities compared to last month. 7/28/14

Iranian Journalist Mirdamadi Gets Six-Year Sentence - Jailed Iranian journalist Serajeddin Mirdamadi was sentenced to six years in jail on Sunday July 27 at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. The sentence, which was issued at a preliminary hearing, can be appealed within 20 days. Mirdamadi used to reside in Paris and collaborated with a number of media outlets including Radio Zamaneh. 7/28/14

In death, soccer fan-turned soldier embodies Israeli-Palestinian gap - In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli, a 21-year old soccer fan, embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task. - James M. Dorsey 7/28/14

Can Iran build bridges to regional foes? - Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust - and keep nuclear talks on track - to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors. -Scott Peterson, CSM 7/28/14

Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions - Academics from Norway's top technical university have expressed concern after almost a dozen post-graduate science students from Iran had their residence permits cancelled because of international sanctions. -Fariba Sahraei, The Nation 7/28/14

Iran's pistachio exports up 94 percent - Iran's pistachio exports totaled 168 million dollars in the first three months of Iranian calendar year (started on March 21), jumping by 94 percent comparing to similar period last year. 7/28/14

'Fashion Police' Are Real In Iran, And They Just Shut Down A Famous Design Institute - Technically they're called 'morality police,' but nonetheless, famous clothing design institute "Khaneh Mode" (Mode House) was shut down last week in Tehran for violating conservative Islamic rules. -Dina Hashem, The Gloss 7/28/14

Iranian Security forces shut down poet's commemoration - The fourteenth commemoration ceremony for the passing of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo was interrupted by Islamic Republic security forces. HRANA reports that the ceremony was organized by Iran's Writers' Association and was held on Thursday July 25. 7/26/14

Why the Hawks Are Winning the Iran Debate - Last week, my colleague Ali Gharib and I published an article in The Nation in which we explored the influence of hawkish groups in shaping congressional legislation on Iran sanctions. One of the explanations we offered was the overwhelmingly large budgets enjoyed by hard line, pro-sanctions organizations such as the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). -Eli Clifton 7/26/14

Let's display Iran's pacifism to the world through art and culture: President Rouhani - President Hassan Rouhani has called on Iranian artists and literati to prove Iran's genuine belief in pacifism to the world by means of art and culture. Speaking during a meeting with Iranian artists and cultural figures on Friday evening in Tehran, he said, "Iranian people have always been against violence and extremism." 7/26/14

Ministry of Health Concerned over Sale of Iranian Kidneys - Iran's Charity Association for the Support of Kidney Patients (CASKP) says the Ministry of Health has to establish protocols to prevent the sale of Iranian kidneys to foreign patients. The ministry's response, however, is that the Society must be held accountable for this problem. 7/26/14

Iran Forest Fires Up By 40 Percent - The head of Iran's Forest Protection Unit says the incidence of forest fires rose by an unprecedented 40 percent in the past year due to "excessive heat and droughts." 7/26/14

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza - This latest assault on Gaza reaffirms the key role played by the U.S. media in maintaining the information blockade. It also highlights the increasing importance of pressure applied by social networks. -Amy Goodman, truthdig 7/26/14

Photos: Iranians hold 'Quds Day' protest rally to condemn Israel's Gaza aggression - Millions of people across Iran held protest rallies on Friday, World Quds Day, to condemn Israeli invasion of Gaza and the attacks on the defenseless civilians there. 7/25/14

Persian.ology: Cyrus Rising: King(s) of the Four Quarters - Cyrus the Great (Kurush) entered the holy city of Babylon on 29 October 539 BCE and the world was never, ever the same. All the great ancient kingdoms of the Near East-other than Egypt-were now ruled by one king: Cyrus. A first. -A.J. Cave 7/25/14

Ruling of Combined 127-Year Sentence for Facebook Users Violates Iran's Own Laws - A source knowledgeable about the case of eight young Iranians sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that in an illegal ruling, Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Moghisseh has issued verdicts that are up to three times longer than allowable under Iran's own laws. 7/25/14

Boeing to provide Iran Air with plane parts: Report - Aerospace giant Boeing has reportedly signed a deal with Iran Air to provide the Iranian flag carrier airline with plane parts. A regulatory filing which was issued on Wednesday reads that Boeing will provide goods and services "related to the safety of flight" for Iran's flag carrier airline, AFP reported. 7/25/14

Iranian Hardline Cleric Ayatollah Jannati Chosen Again To Oversee Guardian Council - Jannati is 88 years old and has served as head of the Guardian Council since 1992. He was a staunch supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election and has been severely opposed to all efforts by the new administration to secure the release of opposition leaders Karroubi, Mousavi and Rahnavard, who have been under house arrest since 2011. 7/25/14

Iran: Probe finds more students received bursaries unfairly - The investigation into the former administration's practice of offering bursaries to ineligible students has uncovered 3, 731 cases of these irregularities so far. The head of the Parliament's Education and Research Commission has announced that these students received bursaries without meeting the necessary GPA criteria, a practice that has called the entire system into serious question. 7/25/14

Photos: Iranian Mothers For Peace group protests attacks on Gaza - Iran's Mothers for Peace gathered in protest in front of the United Nations offices in Tehran to condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Iran's Mothers for Peace expressed affinity with the Palestinian mothers who have lost family members in the Israeli attacks. 7/24/14

Fuzzy Math From Iran Hawks - Being a Washington analyst means never having to say you're sorry. And so it has been throughout the diplomatic process with Iran, where naysayers who stridently opposed talks have found themselves dealing with the reality of negotiations over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by not dealing at all with their past records on the matter. -Ali Gharib 7/24/14

Iranian Satellite Jamming Causes Storm Of Controversy - The Iranian regime has long used signal jamming to disrupt the flow of information into the Islamic republic, but it couldn't have forecast the strategy's deadly consequences. Satellite-jamming technology is being blamed for disrupting Iran's ability to predict a major dust storm that hit Tehran in June, killing five people. 7/24/14

Jailed Iranian journalist seems weak at court - Jailed Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeyk attended the Revolutionary Court on Sunday and Monday, July 20 and 21. Eyewitnesses report that Azarpeyk appeared weak and showed serious weight loss. Azarpeyk has only been allowed to contact her family once since her arrest. 7/24/14

Iranian actress Niki Karimi criticizes world's silence on Israeli crimes in Gaza - Iranian actress-cum-director Niki Karimi has expressed her criticism over the world's silence on the ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza. "It is very strange to me that in today's world of instant communication such a tragedy can be occurring, and yet everyone still does as he pleases, and nothing is done to stop it." A large group of Iranian cineastes also gathered at Tehran's Shafaq Cultural Center yesterday to protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza. 7/24/14

Meet the Billionaire Funders of the Anti-Diplomacy Lobby - My colleague Ali Gharib and I just published an article in The Nation in which we explore how hawkish, deep-pocketed organizations hold disproportionate influence in shaping the discussion about Iran-policy on Capitol Hill. -Eli Clifton 7/24/14

Gaza Under Fire: A Humanitarian Disaster - The current crisis in Gaza comes against a backdrop of a continued blockade imposed on the territory by Israel, widespread unemployment, severe poverty, electricity cuts, closure of borders and crossings since 2006, destroyed infrastructure and a stagnant Gazan economy, combined with a lack of political progress at the Israeli-Palestinian political level. -Khaled Alashqar, IPS 7/23/14

Zarif specifies sticking points in Iran nuclear talks - The Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran's enrichment capacity, the Arak heavy-water reactor, and the sanctions against the country are the main sticking points in the talks between Iran and the major powers. 7/23/14

Abdol-Hossein Harati Arrested After Return to Iran - In an open letter to Mehdi Karoubi four years ago, Abdol-Hossein Harati called the 1980s in Iran "The Terror Hallway of Iran's History" that is associated with the founder of the Islamic republic ayatollah Khomeini. Through the letter he objected to Karoubi's and Mir-Hossein Mousavi's constant praise of Khomeini. -Fereshteh Ghazi 7/23/14

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration "for Their Comfort" - A Tehran Municipality manager announced on July 13, 2014 that henceforth all managers in the organization should use male employees in their offices, and the Municipality offices should be segregated by gender. 7/23/14

Latest Statistics Reveal: Marriage of 31,000 Underage Iranian Girls in 9 Months - Over five percent of women who got married in the first nine months of 1392 (i.e., between March and December of 2013) were less than 15 years of age, according to the most recent figures published by the government's National Organization for Civil Registration -Niusha Saremi 7/23/14

Jobless rate rises in Iran even for the educated - Iran's Centre for Statistics has announced a rise in the country's unemployment rate. ISNA reports that the statistics indicate a 0.2-percent increase in unemployment. The number of unemployed has gone from 2.4 million to more than 2.53 million, including 1.772 million men and almost 758,000 women. 7/23/14

"A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and Homes - The Israeli assault on Gaza has entered its third week as the Palestinian death toll has topped 600, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured. -Democracy Now 7/23/14

Iranian Science Minister Defends University Appointments - Iran's minister of science has responded to critics and defended his choices for university presidents, saying all his appointees have top academic credentials and have also been approved by the ministry of intelligence. Farajidana has been accused of appointing individuals who supported the opposition in the election protests of 2009. 7/23/14

5 Things to Know About the Extended Nuclear Talks with Iran - The recently extended nuclear negotiations with Iran have had to compete for front-page attention with acute crises elsewhere. The agreement to extend both the negotiations and the interim commitments associated with them for another four months has nonetheless provoked comments from the usual quarters, including those who have never wanted any agreement with Iran and continue to try to sabotage the negotiations. -Paul Pillar 7/22/14

The Lying Game: Failing in Gaza - On or around August 6, 1945, US Air Force jets dropped copies of two leaflets on Japanese cities, including Nagasaki, according to the Harry S. Truman Library. Both included a similar message: You saw what we did to Hiroshima. If you don't want the same thing to happen to you, overthrow your emperor. Failing that, flee your cities. -Mitchell Plitnick 7/22/14

Iran revising Internet-control bill - The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced on Sunday that Iran's bill on controlling Internet websites is being amended by a team of experts and officials. The amendments are aimed to legalize Iranian users' access to some online social network services such as Facebook and twitter, and other internet services such as WhatsApp and Viber, which are currently illegal in Iran. 7/22/14

Wave Of Forgiveness Washes Over Iran - Last week alone, according to the reformist "Shargh" daily, nine individuals sentenced to death were pardoned by victims' families. Observers say a concerted publicity campaign is at play, but money is also a factor. Artists, television celebrities, and rights activists have been publicly calling on citizens to spare the lives of those sentenced to death and the media have been sympathetic in their coverage. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 7/22/14

Iran takes 4th spot at world fustal championship - The 14th edition of World University Championship started in the Spanish city of Antequera on July 13, and ended on July 20.The Iranian national men's futsal team has finished fourth place at the 14th edition of World University Championship in Spain, being beaten by Belarus in a penalty shootout. 7/22/14

Iranian Volleyballers Finish 4th In World League - Iran's volleyball team is overpowered by Italy in FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 semifinals, finishing fourth in the tournament notwithstanding its decent performance. The two sides went head to head at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence on Sunday, with Italy managing to get past Iran in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, and 25-22). 7/21/14

Three elections, three reactions: Ukraine, Egypt and Syria - As it happens, there have been elections in all the three countries in June, and it is useful to study the circumstances surrounding those elections and the West's reactions to those elections. -Farhang Jahanpour 7/21/14

Iran Plays a Waiting Game in Afghanistan - It has been a worrisome few weeks for Iran. The negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program are seeing significant differences, there is chaos in Iraq to Iran's west, and more recently, the political transition in its eastern neighbor, Afghanistan, hit a serious bump with allegations of fraud threatening to derail the process. -Sumitha Narayanan Kutty 7/21/14

Iranian football player Ali Karimi announces his retirement - Former Iran international and Persepolis star Ali Karimi has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old made the announcement in a letter published on his Instagram account on Sunday. Karimi, who was known for his amazing dribbling skills, was arguably one of Iran's all-time best players. He was often referred to as the Asian Maradona and was regarded as one of Asia's greatest footballers. 7/21/14

Prosecutor agrees to jailed Iranian activist's demands - Jailed Iranian labour activist Reza Shahabi has ended his 50-day hunger strike after the Tehran Prosecutor agreed to his demands. Reports indicate that one of prosecutor's deputies, Mehdi Khodabakhshi, visited Shahabi in hospital on Sunday July 20 and accepted his demands for ending his strike. 7/21/14

Volleyball: Iran defeated by USA 3-0 in FIVB World League semifinals - Iran's volleyball team has failed to reach the FIVB World League's final match after being defeated by the American team in three straight sets. On Saturday, Iran lost its first ever semifinal match at a world tournament to the US team 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16). 7/20/14

Iran basketball team wins FIBA Asia Cup - Iran's national basketball team has defeated Chinese Taipei to win the final match of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup held at Wuhan, China. Iranian basketball players hammered the Chinese Taipei 89-79 in the match held at the Wuhan Gymnasium on Saturday, claiming their second Asian Cup. 7/20/14

Planned Chaos in the Middle East-and Beyond - Geopolitical observers of the Middle East turbulence tend to blame the raging chaos in the area on the presumed failure of the "incoherent," "illogical" or "contradictory" policies of the United States. Irrefutable evidence (some of which presented in this study) suggests, however, that in fact the chaos represents the success, not failure, of those policies-policies that are designed by the beneficiaries of war and military adventures in the region, and beyond. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh 7/20/14

Fear of an Iranian Bomb Grips Capitol Hill - With the rumored extension of the negotiations in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program hanging in the air, a group of legislators and right-wing thinkers gathered on Capitol Hill on Friday to talk about what they believe a comprehensive deal with Iran should entail. -Derek Davison 7/20/14

Iran: Families, friends of Kahrizak victims call for justice - A gathering was held to mark the fifth anniversary of the victims of the Kahrizak Detention Centre, with families and activists calling for a follow-up into the deaths of the detainees in custody. 7/20/14

Iran, World Powers Agree to Extend Nuclear Talks - World powers and Iran have agreed to extend a deadline for reaching an agreement aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program until mid-November, citing progress made, but nowhere near enough to reach a deal. The announcement came early Saturday morning in Vienna after the latest set of marathon talks between Iran and world powers. -Lisa Bryant, VOA 7/19/14

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks - The talks in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program will likely continue past the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal. President Barack Obama noted "real progress" but hinted at an extension yesterday after being briefed by Secretary of State John Kerry, who held several meetings with the Iranians this week. -Jasmin Ramsey 7/18/14

New Memo Analyzes Consequences of No Nuclear Deal with Iran - Washington, DC - Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. 7/18/14

Iranian journalist jailed for sending letters to her father in prison - Sajedeh Arabsorkhi, an Iranian activist and journalist, has been transferred to Evin Prison to serve out a one-year prison sentence. According to the Kaleme website, she is accused of propaganda against the regime for writing letters to her father, Feizollah Arabsorkhi, a political prisoner at the time. 7/17/14

Call For Papers: Symposia Iranica Second Biennial Iranian Studies Conference - Symposia Iranica inaugurated at the University of St Andrews with 99 speakers in 2013 as the first early career scholar-focused in the field. We bring together this group to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies 7/17/14

Strong US Majority Prefers Iran Deal says "Citizen Cabinet" Survey - Sixty-one percent of the American public prefers a deal permitting Iran to continue limited uranium enrichment and imposing intrusive inspections on its nuclear facilities in exchange for some sanctions relief, according to a unique new survey released here Tuesday. -Jim Lobe 7/16/14

Breakout, Shmeakout: The Wrong Way to Assess a Nuclear Deal with Iran - There is a preoccupation with "breakout" - a scenario in which an Iran supposedly determined to violate an agreement suddenly races to build a nuclear weapon - and with stripping away Iranian capabilities in order to lengthen the time required under such a scenario for Iran to produce enough fissile material for a weapon. The fixation with breakout, with the repeated references to it as a supposed reason to be wary of any agreement with Iran, is misplaced for several reasons. -Paul Pillar 7/16/14

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations - In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today,Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers. 7/16/14

Report: Iran Sanctions Cost US Economy up to $175 Billion - U.S. sanctions on Iran have carried a significant cost to the U.S. economy, a new report published by the National Iranian American Council today finds. Losing Billions - The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. Economy reveals that between 1995 and 2012, the U.S. sacrificed at least $135 billion and as much as $175 billion in potential export revenue to Iran. 7/15/14

Iraq's Disintegration Would be Contagious and Destabilizing - When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, there was hope that a main barrier to implementing the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and creating a more law-based international system and order had been removed, offering the chance that states, both great and small, would endeavor to organize their relations on the basis of law and principle and not sheer power and ambition. -Shireen T. Hunter 7/15/14

Column: Religion, Sports Exchanges Bring Iranians and Americans Closer - While U.S. and Iranian negotiators labor to reach a long-term nuclear agreement, other Americans and Iranians are stepping up contacts in a new wave of people-to-people diplomacy. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 7/14/14

Iranian Facebook Activities Draw Harsh Prison Sentences - Eight people have been handed heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. The charges against them range from "assembly and collusion against national security" and "anti-regime activity" to "insulting sanctities and government officials." 7/14/14

Ed Levine Dissects Royce-Engel Letter on Iran Deal - Ed Levine has now written a second memo, this one on the Royce-Engel letter to President Barack Obama, which I wrote about last night and which had been signed by 344 House members as of Thursday. Like its predecessor, it details the problematic and unrealistic nature of many of the key demands contained in the letter and thus deserves the widest possible circulation. -Jom Lobe 7/13/14

Spoiler Alert: Iran Hawks Take Wing Against Nuclear Deal - After a period of relative (and blissful) quiescence, the Iran hawks are springing back into action, preparing the groundwork for sabotaging any nuclear deal that may be reached by Iran and world powers by July 20 or shortly thereafter. -Jim Lobe 7/12/14

The Hopes and Fears of an Agreement with Iran - Over the last century, July 20 was more than once a consequential date, for good and ill. The ill was in 1944: the unsuccessful plot to kill Adolph Hitler. The good was in 1969: the first manned landing on the moon. Success on the former July 20 might have spared at least some of the terrible suffering that continued for another 10 months; the latter ushered in a new era of expectations. -Robert E. Hunter 7/12/14

Linking the US and Iran - Should the (Iran nuclear) talks fail to reach agreement, what happens next? More sanctions, more enrichment, and more talk of military action are the most likely outcomes. What has been missing from the debate, and what could save the long-term relationship between Iran and the West, is more talk of enhancing "linkage" with Iran. -David Collier 7/11/14

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Iranian Journalists - The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years' imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court. 7/11/14

Iran's Khar Turan 2nd largest biosphere reserve in world - The national park of Khar Turan, located southeast of the Iranian city of Shahrud, is believed to be the second largest biosphere reserve in the world. Khar Turan national park, with an area of around 1.5 million hectares, is the world's second largest biosphere reserve after Africa's Serengeti, says the park's Chief Ranger Ali Akbar Ghorbanloo. 7/8/14

Photos: A Low Budget "World Cup" - These days we are all caught in the excitement of the World Cup and all the magnificence surrounding the games. However, there are also many "little cups" happening all over the world that don't get much attention. There are no billion dollar budgets; no fancy stadiums or green grasses; no nice balls, jerseys and shoes. These games are rather played on rough dirt fields, most often with no shoes and with flat balls. Yet the players and their spectators seem to be happy just the same. 7/7/14

Iran and the Six Powers Must Make a Good Deal, But Can They? - Verifiably trusting Iran may be the best option. After all, if a country the size and geography of Iran intended to clandestinely build a bomb, no amount of inspection and verification will ever be able to detect or stop it. Even if Iran had the intention to build bombs it could be better diverted by other means than sanctions and inspections - like regional security cooperation, trade and foreign investment, and political reform in Iran, all of which will build trust and confidence. -Hooshang Amirahmadi 7/4/14

Advancing U.S. Interests Through Cooperation With Iran - Alarm about the advance in Iraq by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has led even as inveterate a hawk as Lindsey Graham to see some advantage in cooperating with Iran. The United States and Iran may indeed seem like the ultimate in strange bedfellows, but that is only because of rigid thinking that divides the world into allies and adversaries and rejects having anything to do with the adversaries. -Paul Pillar 6/25/14

What Iran Wants in Iraq and Why - For some time, the problems of Iraq and indeed of all of the Middle East have been blamed on Iran for its interference and meddling, especially for exporting its ideology and attempting to establish hegemony over the region. -Shireen T. Hunter 6/23/14

Pro-Diplomacy Groups Call for Congress to Clarify Iran Sanctions Letter - Washington, DC - Twenty-six organizations called on the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today to clarify a pending Congressional sign-on letter to the President concerning nuclear negotiations with Iran. 6/20/14

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Iranian Political Prisoners Call For Investigation Of Beatings At Evin Prison

General

'We Have Something In Common' -- Obama's Spiritual Adviser On Iran Trip

Iranian-American

Toward Better US-Iran Relations

Politics

US-Iran Bilateral Talks: On the Edge of a Nuclear Deal?

Economy

Obama has Ample Authority to Relieve Iran Sanctions

Culture

Photos: 5000-year-old water system discovered in western Iran

Sports

Bosnia ends Iran's World Cup dream

Art

Photos: University Dissertation Presented On The Wall!

Literature

Mahmud Dowlatabadi's book telling story of Hasanak the Vizier published

Travel

Iran's 5200-year-old Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) joins UNESCO World Heritage List

Environment

The Biggest Mideast Crisis You Probably Don't Know Enough About

Entertainment

2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Winners Announced

Music

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

Book

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

Event

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

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last updated on Wed Jul 30 13:23:03 GMT 2014