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Italy intends to be Iran's leading trading partner

- Italy intends to elevate its rank among Iran's leading trading partners in the world from ninth to first, said Italian Deputy Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda in Iran-Italy Business Forum, which was held in Tehran on Sunday. 12/1/15

Iraq: Iranian Pilgrims Stampede At Border

- Iraq has blamed Iran following a breach of the border by thousands of Iranian pilgrims who reportedly broke down fences and injured guards. The Iraqi Interior Ministry said the pilgrims who were traveling on foot to the city of Karbala to take part in Arbaeen religious rituals, overwhelmed security guards on November 29. 12/1/15

Iran to facilitate visa issuance for foreign businessmen

- Head of Tehran Chamber Of Commerce has announced the government plan to issue visas for foreign businessmen on their arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) to facilitate their visit and activity. 12/1/15

IRGC General Soleimani Says Still in Quest of Martyrdom

- Grinning about rumors of receiving injuries in Syria, Commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani said in Tehran that his fervent wish to be martyred has not still come true. 12/1/15

Iran's mines can generate more money than crude: Bloomberg

- The report, which appeared on Bloomberg website on Sunday, said Iran, as the fifth-largest crude producer among the member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has potential to generate more revenue from mining than it does from crude if the government puts more focus on developing the metals sector. 12/1/15

Iran's Wrestling Federation slams cancellation of orchestra performance

- Rasoul Khadem, head of Iran's Wrestling Federation has called for an investigation into the cancellation of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performance in the closing of World Wrestling Championships. 12/1/15

The tumbling turban: Who is behind attacks on Reformists in Iran?

- As Iran's disparate political entities begin to lobby and organize for the 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, attacks on Reformist gatherings portend a challenging path for a decimated group that hopes to return to power. -Arash Karami, Al-Monitor 12/1/15

Terrorism in Colorado and Paris

- The lethal armed attack by a troublesome drifter against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs brings to mind two insufficiently recognized patterns about political violence and specifically terrorism, and how such violence tends to get treated in public debate and public policy. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 12/1/15

Tehran orchestra thwarts order to omit female musicians from concert

- A performance by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra to open the World Wrestling Club competitions was cancelled after the conductor refused to accept a last-minute demand to remove all female musicians. 11/30/15

Art show stressing children as main victims of Syrian war opens in Tehran

- The Aylan International Cartoon and Illustration Exhibition opened at Iran's House of Cartoon in Tehran on Sunday evening in order to draw international attention to children as the main victims of the war in Syria. 11/30/15

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MP angered by news that accused former prosecutor has left Iran - An Iranian MP wants Parliament to follow up on reports that Saeed Mortazavi, the former Tehran Prosecutor who is under investigation for fraud and his involvement in the death and torture of prisoners, has left the country. 11/30/15

Carnegie Mellon University Hosts The Segah Festival of Persian and Turkish Music - The Center for Iranian Music (CFIM) at Carnegie Mellon University presents the Segah Festival of Persian and Turkish Music from January 14-16, 2016, in the College of Fine Arts building on the CMU campus. Festival events are open to the public; Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff are admitted free. 11/30/15

Director of Christie's Middle East denies Arab dealers' reluctance to purchase Iranian artworks - Arabs have been among the big buyers of Iranian artworks since May 2006, when Christie's held its first auction in the Middle East in Dubai, Michael Jeha told the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian art news website, in an interview published on Sunday. 11/30/15

Fiat in talks for car manufacturing in Iran - An Iranian car manufacturer is in talks with Italian automaker Fiat SpA to produce cars in Iran which is billed as the Middle East's biggest auto market, a minister says. 11/30/15

Small German Firms Hold Edge in Iran - Despite the international sanctions that have choked off much of Iran's foreign trade, many German companies have continued to do business here--legally-in recent years. Now those companies are likely to be among the first to benefit from the country's expected reopening -Christopher Alessi, WSJ 11/30/15

How to travel through Iran by bus - Somewhere to the east of Shiraz, we reach a village so tiny it's not even a dot on the map. No doubt its residents will regard the prospect of an unexpected visit from a busload of Westerners as the next best thing to a Martian invasion. -Sandra Hall, 11/30/15

"Secrets of Eternity" uncovered at Tehran's Silk Road gallery - "The Secrets of Eternity", a multimedia exhibition inspired by the poetry of Persian classical poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), opened Friday at Tehran's Silk Road Gallery. Filmmakers, actors, painters and illustrators including Abbas Kiarostami, Mohammad Ehsai, Farshid Mesqali, Pariyoush Ganji, Farah Osuli, Ebrahim Haqiqi, Reza Kianian and Shadi Qadirian have displayed their collections of artworks in the exhibit. 11/29/15

2015 APSA awards Iranian actress Motamed-Aria - The 2015 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria during a ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia. Motamed-Aria received the event's Special Mention for the Best Performance by an Actress for her appearance in 'Avalanche,' directed by Iranian filmmaker Morteza Farshbaf. 11/29/15

Dwindling Persian Leopard population faces grave challenges - The head of the Hunting and Fishing branch of the Department of the Environment reports that in the past eight years, 166 Persian Leopards have been killed in various parts of the country. Ali Teymouri told IRNA that most of these leopards have been killed in Fars, Golestan, Kerman, Zanjan, Ilam and Khorasan Province due to "road accidents or by poachers or stock herders". 11/29/15

Iranian political prisoners say authorities used violent offenders against them - Five political prisoners in Rejai Shahr Prison in Karaj have begun a hunger strike to protest that prison authorities have orchestrated attacks against them using "two prisoners with a history of violence". 11/29/15

Russia's Lovchev breaks weightlifting world records held by Iran's Rezazadeh - Russian weightlifter Aleksey Lovchev has established new world records in the clean and jerk and aggregate in the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in the United States, breaking the previous record set by Iranian weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. 11/29/15

Iran new oil contract comes under criticism - A day after Iran's Ministry of Petroleum unveiled a new format for investment in its oil and gas sector, criticism is rising that future contracts with foreign companies are poised to compromise national interests and incur big losses. 11/29/15

Turkey Returning Body of Russian Pilot - On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering economic sanctions against Turkey. The measure restricts Russian imports of some Turkish products, prohibits extensions of contracts for Turks working in Russia and impacts the operations of Turkish companies in Russia. 11/29/15

The Truth About Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American Arrested in Iran - "It is only when a mosquito lands on your testicles that you realize there is always a way to solve problems without using violence." Siamak Namazi sent me an Internet meme with this quote only a few weeks ago. It was his clever way of responding to the heated discussions I was having on social media in his defense. The Daily Beast had just published an article attacking Siamak and his family, via a pseudonym, as Siamak was being interrogated in Iran. -Ahmad Kiarostami, Huffington Post 11/28/15

The Tehran Summit: Iran's biggest oil investment event opens - An important conference opens in Tehran to lay out 50 oil and gas projects for development through foreign investment which Iran hopes to trickle in with the lifting of Western sanctions. As many as 250 representatives of companies from 33 countries are attending the conference which will also feature Iran's introduction of a new contract format offering better incentives to investors than the previous buy-back deal. 11/28/15

Muslim Radicalization in Europe: Roots and Resolution - The November 13 bombings in Paris by a number of Muslim radicals suspected of having links to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has once again focused attention on the challenge posed to the security of many European countries, especially those with large Muslim populations, by the radicalization of a small portion of this population. -Shireen T. Hunter 11/28/15

Tehran Claims It Didn't Engage In Cyberattacks - Iran says it has not reciprocated cyberattacks it has faced in past years with a similar response. "Iran has never responded to these illegal attacks with reciprocal cyberattacks," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said on November 27. 11/28/15

Turkey arrests journalists who exposed shipments of arms to Syria - The Turkish judiciary has arrested Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar, along with the daily's Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gul, accusing them of espionage, revealing classified documents and being members of a terrorist organization. The report alleges the arms were going to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian regime. 11/28/15

Iran's Quds commander only injured in Syrian battle, not killed - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reports that Senior Commander Qassem Soleymani has only suffered "some minor injuries" in Syria. AFP quoted informed sources and the Human Rights Watch saying Soleymani suffered minor injuries in Syria. The Syrian Human Rights Watch indicated that Soleymani was injured during operations near Aleppo. 11/27/15

Far From Home: Between Heaven and Earth - Video, Installation, and Performance by Minoosh Zomorodinia - Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer, performer, and video artist. In her exhibition at Gallery Route One, Zomorodinia presents her on-going exploration and investigation of the 'Self' in the artist's cultural and political struggles as a Muslim woman living in the United States today. The artist will perform briefly before the reception and before the closing night. 11/27/15

Iraq Closes Airspace in Kurdish North for Russian Missiles - Iraq has shut down two airports in the northern Kurdish region of the country in anticipation of Russian cruise missiles crossing Iraqi airspace to hit multiple targets in neighboring Syria. Iraq Closes Airspace in Kurdish North for Russian Missiles -Sharon Behn, VOA 11/27/15

Tehran gallery exhibits street art by Iranian, international artists - Tehran has held an exhibition of works by Iranian and international graffiti artists in Dena Art Gallery. 'Different Strokes of Tehran' exhibits works by 15 artists, including Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Otto Schade (Chile), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Madc (Germany), Cept (UK), Canvaz (Ireland), Cart1 (Spain), Icy and Sot (Iran), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Nafir (Iran), and Levalet (France). 11/27/15

Political Prisoner's Health Deteriorating as His Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week - Iranian political prisoner Majid Azarpey is in extremely poor health since beginning a wet hunger strike (refusing solid foods) in Tehran's Evin Prison on November 3, 2015 to protest his sentence. 11/27/15

Iran, Russia in talks over major arms deal - Russia and Iran are in talks over deliveries of the Russian-made weaponry as Tehran is interested in Moscow's entire range to replace its outdated military equipment, Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation said Wednesday. 11/27/15

Justice Minister alarmed by high number of prisoners in Iran - Iran's Minister of Justice has expressed concern about the high number of prisoners in the country. Prior to Iran's 1979 Revolution, Iran, with a population of 36 million, had about 10,000 prisoners. Statistics released last year indicate that Iran now has 210,000 prisoners. 11/27/15

Iran slumps to Brazil in Women's Futsal World Tournament - Iran women's national futsal team has sustained its second group stage defeat at the 2015 Women's Futsal World Tournament in Guatemala, going down to the strong Brazilian side. The loss means Iran cannot progress to the quarterfinals, as the first two teams in each group can make it into the knockout stage. 11/27/15

Missing Iranian Diplomat Confirmed Dead - The body of a former Iranian diplomat missing since the September hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia has been found, Iranian news agencies have reported. The corpse of Iran's former ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, was identified through DNA tests, the ISNA news agency reported on November 25, citing unnamed "reliable sources." 11/27/15

On European Hysteria in the Aftermath of the Paris Attacks - In the days after Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed his aircraft into the mountains and killed all 150 people on board, chilling details began to emerge about what really went on in the cockpit of the plane as it embarked on its perilous 10-minute nosedive. -Sajjad Safaei, LobeLog 11/27/15

"Princess of Rome" avant-garde animation in Iran - "Princess of Rome", young Iranian director Hadi Mohammadian's animation about a religious historical story about Imam Hassan Askari's marriage to Malika, the granddaughter of Roman Emperor Caesar, is on screen at Iranian theaters. 11/25/15

Meet Marjan Philhour: Candidate for San Francisco Board of Supervisors - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian American (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Marjan Ghafourpour Philhour to discuss her campaign for San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 1. If successful she will become the first woman of Iranian and Filipino descent to be elected to public office in San Francisco. 11/25/15

Women's Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent - The captain of the Iranian women's national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel with the team to Guatemala for the world futsal championship. 11/25/15

Iranian Diplomat: Nuclear Deal To Enter Into Force In Early January - "We expect it will be in early January," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told reporters in Vienna on November 24 after meeting the head of the UN's atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is responsible for verifying the accord. 11/25/15

Rivers redirected to save Iran's biggest inland lake from vanishing - The secretary of the task force for replenishing Lake Urmia announced that water has begun to be transfered from the Simineh and Zarineh Rivers to the rapidly vanishing lake. Issa Kalantari reported on Sunday November 22 that starting on Thursday November 19, 30 cubic metres of water are pouring into the lake every second because of this project. 11/25/15

American Nativism and the Newest Surge in Xenophobia - A couple of days ago President Obama made an appropriate refinement to how he describes the discriminatory and xenophobic tendencies that have become all too obvious in debate and posturing in the United States on issues related to Syria, ISIS, the Paris attacks, and refugees. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 11/25/15

After summit in Tehran, GECF urges cooperation over market issues - A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) wrapped up in Iran's capital Tehran on Monday evening. The GECF member states at the end of the summit issued a declaration that underscored the need to facilitate stronger cooperation over a series of industry issues including the transfer of expertise and pricing mechanisms. 11/24/15

Iranian filmmaker among those arrested in recent sweeps - Mohammad Nourizad, an Iranian filmmaker and activist, was arrested on the morning of Saturday November 23 in front of his home, according to reports from Iran. Nourizad was on his way to the Dena Tyre store, where families of political prisoners and other activists gather each Monday to demand the release of prisoners. 11/24/15

From Putin To Khamenei: A Koran Copy With Its Own History - It may not be the original version of the first handwritten edition of the Koran, dating back 1,500 years, but it's still quite a book. In a meeting heavily publicized by Russian media, President Vladimir Putin on November 23 gave Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei one of the few copies made of the original edition of the Muslim holy book, which was first made in the 7th century. 11/24/15

How far will the IRGC go in its arrests? - The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps have been busy in recent weeks arresting Iranian journalists, resulting in protests that have included those of president Rouhani as well. Majlis member Ali Motahari - the son of the ideological founder of the Islamic revolution who was assassinated in its early years - has called the recent arrests of journalists by the IRGC as unlawful. He is said the force has no jurisdiction over journalists. -Fereshteh Ghazi 11/24/15

China calls for accelerated redesign of Iran's Arak reactor - China has urged all sides involved in a mid-2015 nuclear agreement with Iran to accelerate their efforts for redesign and modernization of the Arak heavy water reactor. Based on the agreement, China will play a major part in the redesign process by participating in the redesign and construction of the modernized reactor in Arak. 11/24/15

Iranian Hackers Attack State Dept. via Social Media Accounts - Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month. -NY Times 11/24/15

Migrant crisis: 'Iranians' sew lips shut in border protest - Migrants stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia sewed their lips together to protest against not being allowed to continue their journey. About six men, apparently from Iran, stripped down during the demonstration near the village of Eidomeni. -BBC 11/24/15

Nuclear accord paves way for importing Persian rugs into U.S. again - The earthy smell of silk and wool fills a showroom piled waist-high with thousands of hand-woven rugs, some of them centuries old. It is a familiar scent, one that links this Westwood shop to Tehran's bazaars nearly 8,000 miles away. -Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times 11/24/15

GECF summit opens in Tehran - A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has opened in the Iranian capital Tehran with the participation of the heads of nine member states. Presidents of Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Iraq, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Turkmenistan as well as the Algerian prime minister are the key participants. 11/23/15

Russia eyes $21 billion deals as Putin visits Iran - As President Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran on Monday, Russia looks to secure export deals worth $21 billion with Iran which is about to walk free from a web of Western sanctions soon. 11/23/15

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld - The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati. Facebook Posts and Reformist Affiliations Are Her "Crimes" 11/23/15

Protesters detained outside Evin Prison in Tehran - A number of protesters were arrested by Islamic Republic authorities on Saturday November 21 in front of Evin Prison in Tehran. The Human Rights Reporters News Agency reports that police arrested the protesters in front of Evin Prison and transferred them to various detention centres. 11/23/15

Putin Arrives In Iran For Talks On Syrian Crisis - Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for talks with the Iranian leadership expected to focus on the Syrian crisis. Moscow and Tehran have been the key backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the country's civil war. 11/23/15

Russia Eases Nuclear Export Ban On Iran - Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally eased an export ban on nuclear equipment and technology to Iran. The decree was published by the Kremlin on November 23, the same day as Putin arrived in Tehran on an official visit. 11/23/15

Iran Sentences Washington Post Journalist To Prison - A court in Iran has sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian media report. The ruling was announced by Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary. 11/22/15

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Her Facebook Posts - The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state." The charges were based on content she posted on her Facebook page. 11/22/15

Turkmenistan-Iran trade to rise to $60 billion - Iran and Turkmenistan have decided to raise their annual trade to $60 billion over the next decade, President Hassan Rouhani says. The Iranian president on Sunday received his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Tehran where heads of states of several countries are descending for the most high-profile summit of gas exporting countries. 11/22/15

US conglomerate General Electric sees opportunities in Iran - GE Oil and Gas, the US conglomerate General Electric's oil division, says it sees opportunities in Iran as foreign firms are holding their breath for a lifting of sanctions to return to the country. 11/22/15

Comeback for Iranian Caviar - Foodies rejoice: Iranian caviar might be back on store shelves once again. Thanks to the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the United States, trade sanctions imposed on the Gulf state are beginning to lift, including one that banned the import of the delicate salt-cured sturgeon eggs that are synonymous with luxury. -Danny Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine 11/22/15

Iran: Key to Stabilizing the Middle East - It would not have to be a formal or even a declared arrangement. Iran is not ready for that, and in the environment of a presidential campaign the United States is probably not ready either. But there is no realistic way to bring the conflicts in the Middle East under control and stabilize the region unless Washington and Tehran are willing at least to talk to each other, respect each other's positions, and seek to identify common interests as a basis for action. -homas Lippman 11/21/15

Gas-rich nations meet in Tehran ahead of summit - An extraordinary meeting of gas exporting countries has begun in Tehran ahead of a Monday summit which will gather several leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss issues related to gas production, exports and pricing. 11/21/15

High-speed rail to link China to Iran - Chinese authorities have proposed a high-speed railway connecting its western city of Urumqi to Tehran, the country's biggest English-language newspaper, China Daily, says. The proposed Silk Road route will connect China to West Asia, stretching from Urumqi and Yining to Almaty in Kazakhstan, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to the Iranian capital. 11/21/15

THE PERSIANS Exhibition in the Netherlands - As one of the world's most ancient cultures, the Persians produced a vast array of beautiful objects. Persian poems, tapestries, and architecture are quite famous, but the civilization's other art form: weapons is often forgotten. This is the motivation behind the exhibition 'The Persians - Warriors and Poets' at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. 11/20/15

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Since 2009 - The recently announced arrests of 170 people in Qazvin Province, a number of others in Gilan Province, and five journalists in Tehran, all by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, amounts to the largest crackdown since the violent state suppression of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran. 11/20/15

Iranian Women Drivers Not Wearing Hijab Face Tough Police Action - Cars driven by women who do not observe the hijab (head covering for women) will be impounded and fines will be imposed, according to strict new regulations by Iran's police force. In addition, "trusted invisible agents" will be reporting violations on behalf of the police. 11/20/15

Will Russia and Iran Finally Tie the Knot? - Despite its slogan of "Neither East Nor West, only Islamic Republic" and its labeling of the USSR as the "little Satan," the Islamic Republic of Iran from its very early days viewed the USSR and the other Eastern Bloc countries more sympathetically than it did the United States and West European countries. -Shireen Hunter 11/18/15

New Adventure Film KARUN released 16th November Worldwide Aims to Change the Way We Think about Iran - Two British filmmakers are hoping to reverse long-held prejudices against the Islamic Republic of Iran with a new adventure film KARUN, portraying their unusual journey through the country. Karun: Misadventures On Iran's Longest River will be released worldwide digitally via the project's on Monday 16th November and will have its premiere at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Saturday 14th November. 11/17/15

Prominent Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Arrested - Security forces arrested the prominent Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari in his office at Shahrvand Daily in Tehran today, November 16, 2015. Two co-workers of Heidari at the Tehran daily confirmed the arrest and told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that "a young man came with a warrant. He showed Hadi the warrant and they took him quietly." 11/17/15

Innovative method seeks to save Persepolis of lichens - Research has come up with innovative method to save Persepolis from its lichens without harming the monument itself. Since many years ago, growth of lichens had been seen as a threat to the global heritage of Persepolis, and a disturbing issue for the academia; researchers believe that in the long run, lichens could blur the carved stones in Persepolis and other monuments, which made them to seek the remedy. 11/17/15

Photos: Iranian humanoid 'Surena III' unveiled - Iranian humanoid robot 'Surena III' developed by researchers at University of Tehran was unveiled today during a ceremony attended by Vice President for Science and Technology. 11/16/15

Iranian cartoonists and artists draw for France - Here is a selection of cartoons and drawings by Iranian cartoonists, artists and the press expressing sympathy with the people of France after the Friday's terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris that killed 129 people and injured another 352. 11/15/15

EY IRAN Anthem and 50th Anniversary of Rouhollah Khaleghi's Passing - November 12, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Rouhollah Khaleghi's demise. Khaleghi was one of iconic figures of 20th-century Persian music whose most famous work is EY IRAN anthem, with lyrics by Hossein Golgolab. 11/15/15

Detained Iranian journalists remain in custody - The fate of journalists recently arrested in Iran remains unknown. Afarin Chitsaz, Issa Saharkhiz, Ehssn Mazandarani and Saman Safarzayi were arrested last week by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who allege these individuals were linked to "the enemy's infiltration plans". 11/14/15

Iran: Economy of Resistance and resistance of the centers of corruption - While the right-wing factions of the Islamic Republic step up their opposition to the Rohani administration, and as the Revolutionary Guards directly oppose the so-called "economic infiltration", Iran's Supreme Leader has chosen to neither endorse or oppose the administration's "Resistance Economy policies action plan". He has, however, recommended four items to be kept in mind while drawing up future plans for economic development. 11/14/15

How to Prevent Hardliners From Turning Iran into Another North Korea - The main source of the hardliners' anger is that the (nuclear) agreement was at least partly made possible because of Iran's enormous economic problems and its lack of adequate financial and technological resources to tackle these problems. Iran's current problems, in turn, are the accumulated result of more than three decades of war, economic mismanagement, and misuse of existing material and human resources. -Shirin Hunter 11/12/15

First Iranian-made solar car may hit streets in 5 years - Gazelle 3, a solar-powered car built in Iran, took part in the World Solar Challenge 2015 and came in seventh in cruiser class after some of the world's most powerful teams, such as the Netherlands, Japan, and the U.S. 11/10/15

Iran finishes runner-up in world bodybuilding event - Iranian national bodybuilding squad has finished its crusade at the 68th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and International Congress in Brazil, and hulked into second place. 11/10/15

Iran runner-up at Brazil's 2015 Futsal Grand Prix - Iran lost to Brazil 4-3 in the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix final match on Sunday. The Iranian team defeated Colombia (4-1), Angola (7-0), Uruguay (7-3) and Paraguay (2-0) respectively in the tournament. 11/9/15

Setting the Record Straight about Siamak Namazi - Over the past few days, disheartening news has emerged about the arrest of Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based American-Iranian citizen whom the author knows very well. While the family has not confirmed the news, Siamak's friends believe that the situation may be the result of a misunderstanding which they hope will be resolved shortly. 11/3/15

Iran in World History: A new book by Canadian Iranologist Richard Foltz - Home of one of the world's most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has been at the nexus of world history for the past three thousand years. Situated at the crossroads between East and West, it has been marked by its encounters with other cultures and has influenced them with its own. 11/2/15

Iranian Pop Musicians Accuse Culture Ministry Of Prejudicial Tastes - A group of Iranian pop music artists has written an open letter to President Hassan Rohani to protest their discriminatory treatment by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. They write that their music is regarded by the ministry as "shallow" compared to traditional music and this view has resulted in rejections and refusals for concert and distribution permits. 10/29/15

Changing Course on Economy in Iran - A year after declaring the recession over, President Rouhani conceded earlier this week that the economy may experience negative growth this year and promised to unveil a new set of policies to prevent the recession from becoming a double-dip. -Djavad Salehi-Isfahani 10/16/15

The United States Needs to Rein in Its Regional Allies - The interests of the great powers and their regional allies have seldom totally coincided, and often their interests have diverged in important ways. This was even true during the Cold War era, despite the fact that within each competing camp allies shared the same ideology. -Shireen T. Hunter 10/6/15

Photos: German Artist Philipp Geist's "Gate Of Words" Light Up Tehran's Azadi Square - German artist Philipp Geist's light installation entitled "Gate of Words" pours down colored words of love, peace and freedom on Tehran's Azadi Tower for three days from October 3 to 5. The shining words, in English, German and Persian, move with the live music on the walls of the tower, the German artist said during a press conference held at the tower last Wednesday. 10/5/15

The United States and Iran: A Great Rapprochement? - In 1968, as the world was unravelling at the seams, the historian Bradford Perkins published The Great Rapprochement. The book chronicled the U.S. move away from "Anglophobia" and toward "Anglophilia" during the two decades prior to the First World War. Without the "great rapprochement," a product of geopolitical calculations and cultural affinities, the United States may not have allied with Great Britain during the world wars. What a different world it could have been. -Matthew Shannon 9/30/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran - We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. 9/29/15

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The 2nd Europe-Iran forum: on September 24-25, 201 in Geneva, Switzerland

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