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Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

- The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. On September 26, 2014, in an open letter to Iran's Leader, Ali Khamenei, eighteen physics Nobel laureates called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Kokabee. The letter was published in the leading scientific journal Nature. 9/30/14

The Real Barriers to a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

- Another round of negotiations between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program ended without any agreement in sight last week in New York. Many causes for the failure to reach an agreement have been cited, including: the number of centrifuges Iran should be allowed to keep; the still ambiguous status of the Arak heavy water reactor... -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog 9/30/14

Asian Games: Iran reaches fifth place with ten gold medals

- On the tenth day of the Asian Games the Iranian caravan won three more gold medals in freestyle wrestling giving Iran a total of ten gold, three silver and two bronze medals, placing Iran in the fifth place in the medals chart. 9/30/14

Museum Cleansing Targets Work of Iranian Sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli

- Tehran Municipality has announced that it is looking at "cleansing" its museums, and there is some concern among Iranian artists that the city is considering auctioning off the works of prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli. 9/30/14

Iranian facebook users call for mercy in appeals court

- The lawyer for a number of Facebook users who were arrested by Iranian authorities for their cyber activities reported on Monday September 29 that his clients have "accepted some of their mistakes and expressed remorse" in the appeals court. 9/30/14

Top US Official: Nuclear Deal Could Improve Ties, Onus on Iran

- A top advisor to President Obama said that a deal over Iran's nuclear program could lead to a new era of relations. "A nuclear agreement could begin a multi-generational process that could lead to a new relationship between our countries," said Phil Gordon, the White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, in a speech Saturday to the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). -Derek Davison, LobeLog 9/30/14

Iran: Netanyahu Speech 'Baselessly' Associates Islamic State, Islamic World

- Iran says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "baselessly" associated the Islamic world with the Islamic State group during his address to the United Nations General Assembly. In a reply to the Monday speech, Iran also said Netanyahu continued a policy to "sabotage and disrupt" Iranian negotiations with world powers over the country's nuclear program. 9/30/14

Iran: Woman arrested at volleyball game now charged

- Ghoncheh Qavami, the Iranian woman who was detained three months ago for trying to enter a stadium to watch a volleyball game, has been charged with "propaganda against the regime." Qavami's lawyer told Iranian media that his client has pleaded not guilty and will present her defence at trial. 9/30/14

Iran To Help Lebanon Army Fight Extremists

- A senior Iranian official has said that Tehran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups. The Lebanese army has been fighting Sunni militants near the border with Syria for the past two months. 9/30/14

Caspian Sea littoral states end summit signing 3 accords

- The fourth Summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states ended in the Russian port city of Astrakhan on Sunday after signing three agreements and releasing a joint statement. The day-long summit was attended by heads of state from Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan who discussed legal status of the world's largest lake. 9/30/14

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Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014 - An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women's kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Arezo Hakimi managed to clock 47.807 sec to win the third title. The Kazakh and Chinese athletes ranked first and second respectively. 9/29/14

Caspian Sea Summit Kicks Off In Russia - The Caspian Sea summit has opened in the Russian city of Astrakhan with the sea's five littoral states seeking an agreement on who owns which parts of the Caspian and therefore access to valuable oil and gas reserves. 9/29/14

The threat of ISIS should be taken seriously - When all of a sudden ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged on the scene, and in a matter of days occupied large swathes of mainly Sunni-inhabited parts of Iraq and Syria, including Iraq's second city Mosul and Saddam Hussein's birthplace Tikrit and called itself the Islamic State, many people, not least Western politicians and intelligence services, were taken by surprise. -Farhang Jahanpour 9/29/14

Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression - A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September. The film has been made by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. He was Newsweek's Iran reporter from 1998 to 2011 and has produced a number of other documentary films about Iran. 9/29/14

Iran ranks 2nd in medicine consumption in Asia - Iran ranks second after China in terms of medicine consumption in Asia, an official at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences said on Monday. 9/29/14

Iran's Non-Oil Trade Up 44 Percent In 6 Months - Iran's total non-oil trade hit $49.69 billion in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22), a 44 percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year. 9/29/14

Iranian Women Unemployment Rate at 43.4 Percent - Women's unemployment rate in the last eight years reached 43.4 percent, according to the latest report released by the Statistical Center of Iran. Although it has been years since women are working outside home, job opportunities for women have been restricted by the male-dominated society and unjust competition. 9/28/14

To The Bone: A Solo Painting Exhibition by Leila Ghandchi - Leila Ghandchi is not a feminist activist, however she is ready to saddle up her Unicorn and confront the dominating powers in quest for a sliver of joy. This is the buzz of a young confident generation of female Iranian artists who will not easily surrender their individuality and are not ready to be the sacrificial lamb. 9/28/14

Number of transit flights through Iranian space unprecedented - Presently 900 foreign plane have transit flights trough the Iranian air space, which is unprecedented in the history of the Iranian aviation, said the Managing Director of Iranian Airports Company Mohammad Ali Ilkhani. 9/28/14

Idaho Cities, Towns Hold Vigil For Pastor Jailed In Iran - The small Idaho town of Meridian was one of several municipalities in the U.S. state that held a vigil to pray for the safe return of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini who is in an Iranian jail. 9/28/14

Iranians and Israelis find an unlikely musical detente in Germany - Israeli-Iranian ensemble Sistanagila, which combines both cultures' music into melodic wholes, is just one of several such collaborations that have sprung up in Germany. -Rachel Stern, CSM 9/28/14

Iran's President Rouhani: Nuclear Talks 'Extremely Slow' - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says progress in ongoing nuclear talks with Western envoys has been "extremely slow" and warned that negotiations must speed up for a deal to be reached by a November 24 deadline. 9/27/14

Iranian Super Heavyweight Weightlifter Behdad Salimi Snatches Iran's Fifth Gold Medals in Asiad - Super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi from Iran claimed a gold medal in the Asian Games on Friday. Olympic champion Salimi completed a hat-trick of Games records in the class with a 210kg snatch and 255kg clean and jerk for an aggregate 365kg in the final event of the weightlifting competition. 9/27/14

What is the meaning of new Moscow Stance on Caspian Sea? - According to a reports posted recently in many places in the wake of the 4th Caspian Summit which is going to be held in Astrakhan of Russia, a Russian Foreign Ministry official, Igor Bratchikov, has told reporters in Moscow on September 22, 2014 that the Kremlin "supports the conditions of the 1921 Soviet-Iranian treaty under which the Caspian is considered a lake and is divided into two sectors." -Bahman Aghai Diba 9/27/14

Squaring the Circle of ISIS - Well, expect no more. In the Middle East, the old battle script is quaint. ISIS is our new enemy. Or perhaps it is ISIL, or IS, or Daesh, or the Caliphate, or something. The point is, we have an enemy that "we need to fight there so we won't have to fight it here." It seems a pity because we share so much. They hate Bashar al-Assad and so do we. They can't stand the Persian ayatollahs and neither can we... -Bernard Chazelle, LobeLog 9/27/14

Iran's inflation rate has dramatic fall - Iran's Central Bank says the inflation rate has been cut in half compared to the same time last year, falling to 20.1 percent. The report adds that health services have been hit with the highest inflation at 30.1 percent, with transportation trailing at 25 percent. 9/27/14

Iraq Looking for an "Independent" Sunni Defense Minister - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). -Barbara Slavin, LobeLog 9/27/14

Photos: President Rohani meets Iranians in New York - Foreign and Iranian investors are welcome, President Hassan Rohani said a meeting with Iranians residing in the US. Iran has achieved progress in promotion of relations with international players particularly the neighbors, he said on Thursday night in New York. 9/26/14

Iran's Rohani Addresses Extremism, Nuclear Issue At UN - Addressing the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said the West is responsible for "strategic blunders" that have turned the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus into a "haven for terrorists and extremists." 9/26/14

US Negotiator Cites Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks - "I believe we are making progress," Wendy Sherman (chief U.S. negotiator at nuclear) said, referring to the last round of talks on Tehran's nuclear program currently underway in New York - and coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly annual meeting. 9/26/14

Iran, EU, US held trilateral meeting in New York - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU former Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton met in New York on Thursday night. The three top diplomats sat down to discuss progress made during the ongoing nuclear talks and to confer on how to proceed with the negotiations. 9/26/14

Viber Company Refutes Tapping Claims by Iranian Officials - Following statements by Iran's Cyber Police Chief about his force's ability to monitor messages on Viber, the instant messaging service for cellphones, a Viber Company representative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the application's communications are encrypted and as such it is not possible for third parties to monitor messages. 9/26/14

Iran economy attains positive growth after two years - The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says country's economy has attained positive growth for the first time in two years. New figures released by the CBI on Thursday show the economy expanded 4.6 percent in the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2014). 9/26/14

Iran turns Cameron's criticisms back on Britain - Iran has slammed the British Prime Minister for accusing Iran of supporting terrorists in the Middle East region, saying it is Britain that "has afflicted the world with the evil of ISIS." Mehr News reports that Marzieh Afkham, a spokeswoman for Iran's foreign ministry, said: "Britain has a history of creating discord in the region, and many of the problems in the region are a result of wrong British policies." 9/26/14

The Cameron-Rouhani Meeting: What Comes Next? - The meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday was an important moment for geopolitics, British-Iranian relations, and the growing European dialogue with Tehran. -Ellie Geranmayeh 9/26/14

British Prime Minister, Iranian President Hold First Talks Since 1979 - British Prime Minister David Cameron has met with Iran's President Hassan Rohani at the United Nations -- the first meeting between the countries' leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The meeting took place as the UN General Assembly got under way on September 24. 9/25/14

Register Today for the IAAB Student Summit - The 2014 IAAB Student Summit will be held October 17th-19th at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Fall Summit is open to undergraduate students and will focus on the needs of student leaders and interested members of the student body hoping to gain a stronger understanding of their identity and the necessary skills to further build their campuses and local communities. -Iranian Alliances Across Borders 9/25/14

Obama at UN: 'Reject Cancer of Violent Extremism' - On Iran, the president said his administration is committed to diplomatically resolving the nuclear issue "as part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the peace and security of a world without them." "This can only happen if Iran takes this historic opportunity," he said. 9/25/14

Iran's President Rohani tells UN chief he's optimistic about nuclear deal - President Rohani, who is currently in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Iran is committed to all international agreements and the International Atomic Energy Agency's provisions, and it wishes to pursue its peaceful nuclear program. 9/25/14

The Art of the Shahnameh: Introducing Iran's Epic Poem to a New Audience - An integral part of Persian civilisation, which stretches back several millennia, it's only right that the Shahnameh, the epic poem by Iran's national poet Ferdowsi, should be given a place within the sphere of international culture, just as Homer's Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and many other of mans creative expressions from world history have. -Ben Mirza, Huffington Post 9/25/14

Iranian opposition leader Karroubi in hospital for latest health problem - Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since February 2011, has been hospitalized due to gastrointestinal complications. Fatemeh Karroubi reported that her husband's physical health have been seriously compromised by the house arrest; however, she added that his spirits remain strong. 9/25/14

Iranian Hardliners Block Rouhani's Promises of Greater Freedom - But Rouhani's defenders say he appears to be single-mindedly pursuing a nuclear deal with the West, hoping that this would boost his political capital and allow him to take on the conservative forces which are blocking his domestic policies. -Reuters 9/25/14

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition - Sometimes, when I turn on the TV these days, the sense of seeing once again places in Iraq I'd been overwhelms me. After 22 years as a diplomat with the Department of State, I spent 12 long months in Iraq in 2009-2010 as part of the American occupation. My role was to lead two teams in "reconstructing" the nation. -Peter Van Buren, LobeLog 9/25/14

EU Plans for Iran Gas Imports If Sanctions Go - The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier. -Reuters 9/25/14

Rouhani to Hollande: West should comprehend Iran regional influence - New York - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here Tuesday in a meeting with his French counterpart that West should comprehend Iran's regional influence; major message of Iran-Sextet nuclear talks is that major world issues can be resolved through holding talks. 9/24/14

Rouhani Looks to Warmer Ties with Saudis, Tepidly Criticizes US Syria Strikes - Speaking at a press breakfast with about two dozen media representatives, Rouhani expressed hope that the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany) and Tehran will conclude a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the current Nov. 24 deadline but noted that differences remain and that this week's series of meetings in New York are likely to be critical. -Jim Lobe 9/24/14

Iranian activists rally around jailed female volleyball fan - Three hundred Iranian political and cultural activists have written to President Hassan Rohani, drawing attention to the dismal situation of Ghoncheh Qavami in Evin Prison and urging the government to respect her citizen's rights and facilitate her release. 9/24/14

Hijab patrols on Tehran streets quashed by officials - The 4,000-member Ansar-e Hezbollah patrols, which had announced their intention to confront any public noncompliance with Hijab (the Islamic dress code), will no longer hit the streets of Tehran due to resistance from the Security Forces. 9/24/14

Iran Police Chief says Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber inevitable in information era - Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam said on Tuesday that in the age of information making proper use of communications technologies is unavoidable and a must for progress. 9/24/14

Iran ready to supply Europe gas via Austria: President Rouhani - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic can be a reliable supplier of energy for Europe, adding that Tehran is ready to transfer gas to the European countries via Austria. The Iranian president made the remarks in a Tuesday meeting with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer in New York on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly meeting. 9/24/14

Shiraz developments to proceed despite objections - The Shiraz governor has warned activists opposing changes to the city's historic sites that the developments have all the necessary permits and will go ahead as planned. Last week, five eighteenth-century houses were demolished in the city to allow the extension of the Holy Shahcheragh Shrine. 9/24/14

Moscow Voices Stance On Caspian Before Summit - Russian Foreign Ministry official Igor Bratchikov told reporters in Moscow on September 22 that the Kremlin supports the conditions of the 1921 Soviet-Iranian treaty under which the Caspian is considered a lake and is divided into two sectors. 9/24/14

Iran's Rouhani on Global Stage as Opponents at Home Speak Up - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Rouhani arrived in New York yesterday with the clear understanding that he's being carefully watched back home. The official purpose of his trip is to address the United Nations General Assembly, but much more is at stake. -Adnan Tabatabai 9/24/14

Tehran's missing nuclear answers - Iran could consider providing information on issues with military dimensions, as well as allowing IAEA inspectors to visit the Parchin base provided that the West ceases its imposition of pressure -Shahir ShahidSaless, Gulf News 9/24/14

Oscar Buzz: 99 Homes and Rosewater - Before his passing, famed movie critic Roger Ebert declared writer-director Ramin Bahrani as the "new great American director." With the latest buzz surrounding Bahrani's new film, 99 Homes, Ebert's prophetic words are now bearing fruit. 9/23/14

Caspian Sea is not the sea of peace: On the occasion of the 4th Summit of Caspian Leaders - Leaders of the Caspian Sea littoral states keep talking about the peace and security in the Caspian Sea. They even signed a security agreement in the Third Summit of the Caspian States (Baku, Azerbaijan Republic, 18 November 2010). But the reality is that the Caspian Sea is not as peaceful as it looks. -Bahman Aghai Diba 9/23/14

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian, Imprisoned in Iran, Suffers Severe Weight Loss - Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a "shocking" amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi was allowed to have their first visit with her and her Washington Post reporter husband Jason Rezaian on September 7, and they were astonished at the couple's appearance. 9/23/14

Obama to Meet Israeli PM as US Denies Quid Pro Quo with Iran - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are to meet next week, as the White House denies any deal with Iran regarding the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants and talks over Tehran's nuclear program. -Victor Beattie, VOA 9/23/14

Explore Iran's UPR: In 2010, Iran accepted 126 recommendations on human rights - During its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Iran received 212 recommendations from 51 countries and accepted 126. Ahead of Iran's second UPR in October 2014, we took a look at Iran's implementations of these 126 recommendations. Has Iran's government done what it promised? 9/23/14

Family's Video Appeals to Iran for Release of American - Anticipating the arrival of Iran's president in New York on Monday for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the family of Amir Hekmati, a former United States Marine incarcerated in Tehran for three years, has called attention to the case by releasing a video in which his father, who has terminal brain cancer, appeals to Iranian leaders for Mr. Hekmati's freedom. -Rick Gladstone, NY Times 9/23/14

Water Shortage Arrives In Tehran: Khamenei Authorizes Use of 10 Billion Dollars - Following reports of heightened shortage of water in Iran in recent months, a newly released report indicates that in addition to the 13 large cities that now have a water crisis at their hands, two major dams, Lar and Latian to east of and close to Tehran, have dried up compounding the problem. 9/22/14

Pars Equality Centers's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Band The Black Cats - On Saturday night, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - celebrated its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. 9/22/14

Rohani Says Iran Will Help Defend Middle East Against 'Terrorists' - Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Tehran will help people in the Middle East defend themselves against "terrorists." Speaking September 22 before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting this week, he said "the government and armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will help them everywhere." 9/22/14

Kerry Holds Rare Face-to-Face Talks with Iran's FM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a rare face-to-face meeting with Iran's foreign minister Sunday, saying there is an opportunity for progress on nuclear talks. Kerry spoke with Mohammad Javad Zarif in a New York City hotel for more than an hour. 9/22/14

Iranian Americans Come Together to Celebrate and Support Cyrus Habib for Washington State Senate - A number of PAAIA members and affiliated Iranian Americans gathered on Tuesday to celebrate and raise funds for Cyrus Habib, a member of Washington state's house who is running for state senate. 9/22/14

Iran's "Today" heading to Oscars - Reza Mirkarimi's social drama "Today" was selected to be Iran's submission for the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film is about a Tehran taxi driver, who becomes the impromptu protector of a desperate young pregnant woman after he rushes her to hospital. 9/22/14

Iranian Security Forces Injure, Arrest Protesting Dervishes - A second day of protest by Gonabadi dervishes in front of the Tehran Prosecutor's office was met violently by security forces, who attacked and arrested a number of protesters. Majzooban-e Noor reported earlier that more than 800 dervishes were held overnight. 9/22/14

Iranian Judiciary Gives Deadline For Blocking Sites Like Whatapp - The Iranian judiciary has given the administration one month to block mobile social networking sites such as Whatapp, Viber and Tango. The Rohani administration has not yet reacted to the judiciary's demand, but President Hassan Rohani has already expressed opposition to blocking mobile phone social networking sites such as Whatsapp. 9/22/14

Iran, China Prepare For Joint Naval Exercises - Chinese warships have docked at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf as the two countries prepare to conduct joint naval exercises. 9/22/14

Column: Domestic Politics Limit Iran's Maneuverability on Nuclear Deal - Among the arguments Iranian officials are marshalling in the nuclear negotiations that resumed this week in New York is that domestic politics severely constrain their ability to compromise. This is the best we can do, they seem to be saying: Accept our position or you will face even more hardline interlocutors in the future. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 9/20/14

President Rohani's Message To The American People: "I Want To Reduce Tensions" - Rouhani also expressed optimism about Iran's warming relations with the United States. "The close relationship between the two nations can resolve many problems. A closer contact and relationship would also be beneficial for the American people, and they can open new ways for the American politicians. We have to look at future more than the past," he said. 9/20/14

Volleyball: Russia show winning spirit to claim fifth place with 3-0 win over Iran - Russia finished solidly to take the fifth place, after defeating Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship at the Atlas Arena on Saturday. 9/20/14

Asian Games open in South Korea - The 2014 Asian Games opened in Incheon, South Korea on September 19 with 14,000 athletes and officials participating from 45 countries. The Iranian caravan consists of 276 athletes competing in 22 disciplines. 9/20/14

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Price of Failure - Once upon a time, it seemed that the Obama Administration had held off opponents in Congress as well as pressure from Israel in order to press forward with negotiations with Iran. It seemed that President Barack Obama's penchant for diplomacy was finally bearing fruit and that the United States and Iran were coming to the table with a sense of determination and an understanding that a compromise needed to be reached over Iran's nuclear program. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog 9/20/14

Iranians Will Accept a Nuclear Deal, But Not Just Any Deal: Poll - Iranians are open to a nuclear settlement along the lines of what their government has already proposed in ongoing negotiations with world powers, according to a survey of Iranian public opinion jointly conducted July 11-17 by the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). -Derek Davison, LobeLog 9/19/14

Women's right to attend sports events at centre of Iran's culture wars - A British-Iranian woman imprisoned In Tehran for attempting to watch a men's volleyball match is at the centre of Iran's cultural wars that constitute the backdrop to efforts to resolve problems with Iran's nuclear program and a struggle between reformists and conservatives in advance of parliamentary elections 18 months from now. -James M. Dorsey 9/19/14

Mossadegh: A Film By Roozbeh Dadvand - Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated coup d'etat that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a severe illness, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust an American physician that is sent to treat him. 9/17/14

New report on Iran's failed promises on human rights - Titled "Unfulfilled Promises", and launched on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the report discusses 34 specific pledges made by Iran in February 2010 at the UN Human Rights Council that in some way could address human rights violations faced by members of Iran's Baha'i community. 9/17/14

As US Shuns Iran in Fight Against ISIS, History Repeats - Last week epitomized the highs and lows of hoping for an improvement in US-Iran relations. A BBC report on Sept. 5 that Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had approved Iranian cooperation with the US military in the fight against ISIS was met with near elation in many quarters. But after the ensuing Iranian denials that cooperation was in fact approved, the Americans went even further by denying even the possibility of formal cooperation. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj 9/16/14

Thinking Outside The Box - Why doesn't the United States take advantage of this enormous opportunity to engage Iran and openly welcome its cooperation in settling the troubling issues in the Middle East? What? You want to tell us that earth is not flat when, standing in the middle of the prairies in Kansas or Nebraska, we can clearly see that it is flat whichever way we look!? -Kam Zarrabi 9/15/14

Iran's Amir Kabir University to develop stronger supercomputer - Researchers in Amir Kabir University of Technology work to improve the current supercomputer to higher processing capability, which may calculate almost 1000 times faster. 9/15/14

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium - A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary detention" orders have been extended twice. 9/13/14

U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy - Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and American people have been isolated from one another due to long-standing disputes between their governments. Routine interactions, like sporting events between national clubs, and other cultural exchanges have been few and far between. However, recently thousands of fans across Southern California were able to witness a rarity: the U.S. and Iranian national volleyball teams squaring off in friendly exhibition matches as part of a goodwill exchange between the two estranged nations. -Farshad Farahat 9/13/14

Xerxes Speaks: A Graphic Novel on Greco-Persian Wars, from Persian point of view - "Xerxes Speaks" presents the battle of Thermopylae (the subject of the first "300" graphic novel and movie) from a Persian perspective; but it also delves deeper into Iran's first 200 years to analyze the causes and consequences of the empire's rapid expansion. It is well-researched, so I hope you find it educational as well as entertaining. -Ramin Abhari 9/11/14

Iran's Nuclear Future - Sir Richard Dalton, British ambassador to Iran from 2002-06, and I have co-authored a paper for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on Iran's Nuclear Future. Below is an edited transcript of the remarks with which I introduced the paper at a meeting in London on Sept. 4 -Peter Jenkins, LobeLog 9/6/14

The Islamic Caliphate &The "Root Causes" - The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned his nation during a televised address the other day of the severe danger of terrorism by the advocates of the rising monster, the Islamic State or Caliphate. He pointed to the "root causes" of this evil plague that was spreading rapidly throughout the Islamic world from the Middle East to Africa. The "root causes" were, in short, an archaic poisonous ideology and violent extremism. -Kam Zarrabi 9/5/14

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners - A newly launched women's monthly run by a prominent female editor has irked Iranian hard-liners, who have accused her of promoting "obsolete" feminist views and ideas that are un-Islamic. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported last week that Shahla Sherkat , editor of "Zanan-e Emruz," will be put on trial by Iran's Press Court on September 7. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 9/1/14

OMID Foundations 10th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco Bay Area - The OMID Bay Area Committee is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Banquet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm. Marjaneh Halati, the founder and president of Omid Foundations will be present, along with live music, dancing, light dinner, live/silent auction and drinks. 8/20/14

SUMMON THE EXORCIST - So far over two-thousand dead and perhaps ten-thousand or more injured and half a million made homeless, all non-combatants or bystanders save a couple of hundred actual Hamas fighters. This was in Gaza, the world's largest and most densely populated concentration camp, cut off from the rest of the world and under attack during the past three weeks by Israel's Zio-Nazi Likud regime. -Kam Zarrabi 8/14/14

Jason Rezaian's Mother Pleads for Her Son's Release - Mary Rezaian, the mother of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was detained in Iran last week with his wife Yeganeh Salehi without charge or access to a lawyer, makes a heartfelt plea to Iranian authorities in this video to release her two loved ones. -Jasmin Ramsey 7/31/14

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


Iran ranks first in 2014 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship


Words Take Flight in Persian Calligraphy at Sackler Gallery


Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87


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


Who is failing Iran's forests, Environment Department or Parliament?


Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival


A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?


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


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