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Russia, Turkey, Iran Poised to Map Syria's Future

- The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey are meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi Thursday to discuss the conflict in Syria for the first time since the United States announced its troop withdrawal. Although the Kremlin hasn't divulged details, a number of observers say questions about the strategic implications of a U.S. pullout and differences between Moscow and Ankara on a political settlement in northern Syria are likely to predominate. -Pete Cobus, VOA - 2/15/19

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

- While Baluchistan is set to figure prominently in Prince Mohammed's talks with Mr. Khan, the attack also coincided with a US-sponsored conference in Warsaw, widely seen as an effort by the Trump administration to further isolate Iran economically and diplomatically...Mr. Giuliani told the protesters who waved Iranian flags and giant yellow balloons emblazoned with the words, "Regime Change" that "we want to see a regime change in Iran." -James M. Dorsey - 2/14/19

Poll: Majority Of Iranians Still Support JCPOA

- In spite of the Trump administration's decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and reimpose sanctions in an effort to exert "maximum pressure" on the Iranian government, new polling finds that a majority of Iranians still stand by the agreement. -Derek Davison - 2/13/19

Why Has Iran Remained In The Crosshairs

- The value of a US Dollar is now around 12,000 Tomans in Iran. The inflation rate seems out of control. There is a shortage of meat, even chicken, as well as other staple commodities and medicines in the market. The prices of locally manufactured automobiles fluctuate from one day to the next. Housing prices have skyrocketed since last year, to where the price of a typical flat in Tehran is over 1,000 US Dollars per square meter! There is also the horrible prospect that what is happening in Venezuela is a model of what the United States has in mind for Iran. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 2/12/19

Iranian FM Zarif Says U.S. Sponsored Warsaw Gathering Already 'Doomed'

- Days ahead of a summit focused on Iran, the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has dismissed it as already doomed to fail. Zarif's mentor and former Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, also cautioned participant countries at the Warsaw summit that they cannot "hide" from Tehran. -Radio Farda - 2/11/19

PHOTOS: Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for first time

- Iran has unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). "Unveiling this missile production city deep underground is an answer to the idle talk made by the Westerners, who assume they can restrict us and dissuade us from [pursuing] our long-term goals by means of threats and sanctions," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC's chief commander, said during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday. - 2/8/19

IRAN: On the virtues of evolution rather than revolution

- In response to a couple of recent articles that I have written about the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and the current situation in Iran, I have received some angry and occasionally rude comments. The writers who comment on social media often lack the honesty or the courage to give their real names and hide their identities behind some pseudonyms. They have even accused me of being guilty of facilitating the fall of the Shah's government, of treason, of being a fanatical supporter of the Islamic Republic, being dishonest and trying to deceive the people. -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/7/19

Iran Claims Iraq Will Pay Its Debts, But U.S. Sanctions Make It Hard

- One day after Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh complained that Iraq has not paid billions of dollars for its imports from Iran after the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, Iran's Central Bank Governor told reporters that he has reached an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart about the payments. -Radio Farda - 2/7/19

Pompeo, Bolton, And Iran's "Fake Opposition"

- As Iranian people struggle for democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as preserving the national security and territorial integrity of their country, two main groups have emerged among the opposition to Iran's hardliners, both within Iran and in the diaspora. One group, the true opposition that includes the reformists, religious-nationalists, secular leftists, various labor groups, human rights activists, and others, believes that it is up to the Iranian people living in Iran how to change the political system in their country. -Muhammad Sahimi - 2/6/19

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Supporting 'Dictators, Butchers, Extremists' In Middle East

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has responded to criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump by declaring that the United States supports "dictators, butchers, and extremists" in the Middle East. Zarif issued the statement in a Twitter post on February 6 in response to remarks made by Trump in his State of the Union speech. -RFE/RL - 2/6/19

Iran At Crossroads On 40th Anniversary Of Islamic Revolution

- On February 11, 2019, the Islamic Republic of Iran marks the fortieth anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. In his latest speech at a conference of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), for which he received huge fees, National Security Advisor John Bolton said: "The outcome of the president's policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 revolution will not last until its fortieth birthday...." -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/5/19

Iraqi President Responds To Trump's Comments: U.S. Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

- Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that the United States has not asked permission from Iraq for U.S. troops to "watch Iran". On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump told CBS "Face the Nation" in an interview that it is important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran. - 2/4/19

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Trump On North Korea and Iran

- The latest global threat assessment by U.S. intelligence chiefs indicate that Iran is not currently developing nuclear weapons. The assessment also concludes that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear stockpile. -Radio Farda - 1/30/19

AFC Asian Cup Semi-final: Iran 0-3 Japan

- Yuya Osako returned to Japan's starting line-up to score a second-half brace and seal the Samurai Blue's spot in the final of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 as Hajime Moriyasu's side defeated the Islamic Republic of Iran 3-0 at Al Ain's Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Monday. -AFC - 1/28/19

Five Iranian named among 50 influential architects from Middle East in 2019

- Five Iranians have been named among the 50 most influential architects of the Middle East in 2019, according to a list published by the Middle East Architect (MEA) magazine. The magazine named Mohammad Khavarian, Kourosh Hajizadeh, Amir-Hossein Hajizadeh, Farshad Mehdizadeh and Arash G Tehrani as Iran's influential architects in the Middle East region. - 1/23/19

Iran defeats Oman 2-0 in AFC Asian Cup, will play against China in quarterfinals

- Three-time champions Iran have reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Oman in Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Oman almost took a surprise lead as early as the 3rd minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, Iran's keeper Alireza Beiraanvand saved the spot kick heroically. - 1/21/19

Zarif Says Pompeo Has No Right To Interfere In Iran-Iraq Ties

- Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who is on an extended tour of Iraq responded to his American counterpart, saying the United States has no right to interfere in bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad. -Radio Farda - 1/18/19

2019 AFC Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq tie 0-0 and move to next round

- Iran national football team were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday at the Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai and claimed top spot in Group D thanks to a better goal difference. Both teams have already qualified for the Round of 16. - 1/17/19

Trump On Iran: A Lie That May Lead To War

- On the first work day of the new year, President Trump held a cabinet meeting that was open to the press and consisted mostly of a rambling monologue by the president about border walls and assorted other topics. Toward the end of the proceedings, Trump castigated anew the "horrible Iran nuclear deal" and asserted that the agreement "in eight years, gives Iran the legal right to have nuclear weapons." -Paul Pillar - 1/17/19

Iran's satellite launch not against international law: Russian diplomat

- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that Iran's action in launching satellite is not against international law. Iran attempted on Tuesday to launch Payam satellite into orbit but the rocket's third stage failed to provide enough speed to reach the orbit. -Tehran Times - 1/17/19

Iran to open bunkering terminal in blow to UAE's Fujairah

- Iran will start bunkering operations at a newly-built ship fueling terminal on the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm by next month, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) said Wednesday. The 52,000-tonne capacity terminal will give Iran access to traffic on one of the world's biggest shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass. -Press TV - 1/16/19

Don't Rule Out The Possibility Of War With Iran

- According to press reports, Iran has all but despaired of the European Union's ability-or, perhaps more accurately, willingness-to work out a system of financial transactions that could facilitate Tehran's trade with Europe. Not only that, largely under pressure from Denmark and Holland, the EU imposed sanctions on Iran's ministry of intelligence and two individuals on charges of plotting to kill leaders of the Ahwaz separatist movement in Europe. This group was involved in the bombings that took place in Ahwaz in September 2018. -Shireen T. Hunter - 1/15/19

Iran, Iraq's Kurdistan call for enhanced ties

- Iran and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have emphasized the importance of expanding bilateral relations in various sectors, particularly in the economic field. The calls for stronger ties came during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, on Tuesday. -Press TV - 1/15/19

Pompeo In Cairo: Anti-Obama, Anti-Iran, And Little Else

- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a campaign speech in Cairo that seemed written to please an audience of one-President Donald Trump-along with the domestic political base to which Trump's own rhetoric is designed to appeal. The main theme was the familiar one that U.S. policy before the Trump presidency was uniformly awful and, since then, the current administration has spectacularly turned everything around for the good. -Paul Pillar - 1/11/19

Iran kicks off AFC Asian Cup 2019 with 5-0 victory over Yemen

- Iran national football team started their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over debutants Yemen at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Monday. Iran will play Vietnam On Jan. 12 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi and face Iraq four days later at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. - 1/8/19

India Takes Over Operation At Iran's Chabahar Port

- India has started its commercial activities in Chabahar within the framework of a trilateral deal, also including Afghanistan, aimed at developing the southern Iran port into a regional trade hub. "This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territories," the Ministry pointed out. -Press TV - 1/8/19

Pompeo warns Iran against space launches, using as justification a UNSC resolution abandoned by U.S.

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran's launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it. -Press TV - 1/4/19

Iran's Fading Economic Presence In Iraq Can Be Costly, Says MP

- The chairman of Iran's national security and foreign policy commission has said that his country's economic balance sheet in Iraq is "negative", and Turkey and Saudi Arabia have assumed a larger economic role, IRNA reported on January 1. -Radio Farda - 1/2/19

Iran says has held talks with Taliban with knowledge of Afghan government

- Tehran has been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul. The talks were held "to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan," Shamkhani told Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan president's national security advisor. -Tehran Times - 12/27/18

India Takes Over Iran's Strategic Chabahar Port

- India has formally taken over operations at Iran's strategic Chabahar Port, a move that could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region. The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated last year, is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia. -RFE/RL - 12/26/18

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arrives In Persian Gulf, Shadowed By Iranian Boats

- A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed into the Persian Gulf, becoming the first in the region since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels followed the carrier and its strike group as it arrived. There were also sightings of a drone, as well as rockets being test-fired away from the U.S. ships. -Radio Farda - 12/23/18

U.S. Forces Leaving Syria While There Is No Word On Any Iran Withdrawal

- While the United States is planning to "withdraw all of its troops from Syria," Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has said that Tel Aviv is on the verge of a great victory in Syria in the campaign against Iran's influence. -Radio Farda - 12/20/18

Netanyahu Boasts About Israeli Weapons, Iranian FM Zarif Responds With A Tweet

- In a chilling warning mainly aimed at the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, December 17, his defense team was working on a weapons system with "special capabilities that no other country has" and it is able to "reach anywhere in the region". -Radio Farda - 12/19/18

Fertile Soil Being Smuggled Out Of Iran On Large Scale

- For the first time, an Iranian environmental official has admitted that fertile soil from farms and pastures is being smuggled abroad. The director-general of the Department of Environment's (DoE) Office of Water and Soil in Iran, Ali Moridi however insists that the smuggling is relatively controlled. -Radio Farda - 12/18/18

U.S. Wants UN To Reimpose Ballistic-Missile Restrictions On Iran, Says Pompeo

- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the UN Security Council that Washington would seek to work with the 15-member body to reimpose ballistic-missile restrictions on Iran. In his December 12 address to the council meeting on Iran, Pompeo also said a UN arms embargo on Tehran should not be lifted in 2020. -RFE/RL - 12/13/18

Iraq tops Iran's foreign tourists list

- Some 2 million Iraqi nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), turning the country into Iran's largest source of tourists, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times - 12/11/18

Deadly car bomb attack hits port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran

- A terrorist car bomb explosion has hit near a police post in Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar, leaving two police officers dead and dozens of other people wounded. Local officials said terrorists attacked the police headquarters in Chabahar, located in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, with an explosives-laden vehicle on Thursday morning. -Press TV - 12/6/18

Iran's missile program not in violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, FM Zarif tells US

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected allegations by US officials that Iran's missile program violates Security Council Resolution 2231, saying the UN document does not ban Tehran's missile activities. -Press TV - 12/6/18

No oil will go through Persian Gulf if US targets Iran's crude exports: President Rouhani

- President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran's oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports. - 12/4/18

Iraq Continues To Face Hurdles Due To Its Relations With Iran

- Amid U.S. sanctions on Iran, Iraq is currently facing a challenge in addressing energy needs and supply of other vital goods, as its chief supplier of natural resources and a key trading partner grapples with its own isolation. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Iran launches Sahand radar evading destroyer in Persian Gulf

- On Saturday, the Iranian Navy was delivered a radar-evading destroyer called Sahand. It is the most advanced of its kind in West Asia. The destroyer, designed and built by Iranian experts, joined the Navy at a base in the port city of Bandar Abbas, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. - 12/2/18

Russia's Putin endorses deal for Iran-EEU free trade zone

- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a much-awaited agreement for the establishment of a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) thus facilitating the process for the Islamic Republic to join the Moscow-led regional economic bloc. - 11/29/18

Secretary Pompeo Says Reducing Ties With Saudis Will Encourage Iran

- Pompeo's remarks coincided with a closed session of the United States Senate that debated a response to Saudi Arabia for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The senators passed a resolution to pull U.S. support from the war in Yemen, in what is seen as a rebuke to both Riyadh and President Donald Trump. -Radio Farda - 11/29/18

Two New Ghadir-Class Submarines Join Iran's Naval Fleet

- Two Ghadir-class submarines capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines have joined Iran's naval fleet. The submarines were unveiled during a ceremony at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday. - 11/29/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

'Nothing Left' For Iran In JCPOA: Deputy FM Araqchi

- Tehran has no benefit from the nuclear deal anymore since Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Republic's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, warned on Monday, November 26. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in a "critical situation" Abbas Araqchi insisted, adding, "This is a reality". -Radio Farda - 11/27/18

Travel Risk Map puts Iran among "insignificant risk" destinations

- The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, has put Iran among countries with "insignificant risk" when it comes to security. The ranking has taken into account factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country's susceptibility to natural disasters. - 11/27/18

UN Watchdog IAEA Says Iran Sticking To Nuclear Deal Amid U.S. Sanctions

- Iran is implementing its part of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog monitoring the pact reaffirmed on November 22, two weeks after the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran. - 11/23/18

Bookkeepers, Mad Mullahs, And The Sources Of Iranian Conduct

- The Trump administration's policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran so far shows no sign of inducing any desirable change in Iranian policy. Several reasons underlie this failure. The administration has given the Iranian regime no realistic proposition to which it could say "yes" even if it were so inclined, instead issuing a list of broad and unrealistic demands that would amount to Iran rolling over and playing dead. -Paul Pillar - 11/21/18

Trump: US Interests Outweigh Harshly Punishing Saudis for Killing Journalist

- U.S. President Donald Trump says turning his back on Saudi Arabia, despite its responsibility for killing a U.S.-based journalist, "would be a terrible mistake." Any human rights concerns are outweighed by U.S. national security and economic interests, the president said. -Steve Herman, VOA - 11/21/18

Iran, Iraq Vow To Significantly Boost Trade Despite U.S. Sanctions

- Iran and Iraq have vowed to significantly boost trade despite the United States imposing new crippling economic sanctions against Tehran. Under the sanctions regime, countries that do business with Iran without U.S. waivers risk hefty fines, a threat that has forced many trade partners to cut ties with the Islamic republic. But Iranian President Hassan Rohani said annual bilateral trade with Iraq could rise to $20 billion from the current $12 billion. -RFE/RL - 11/19/18

IAEA: Iran Continues To Abide by Nuclear Deal

- The United Nations atomic watchdog says Iran continues to keep its side of the 2015 nuclear agreement, even as new U.S. sanctions raise concerns about whether the deal can survive. The assessment was published Monday in a quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. - 11/13/18

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran overpowers Russia to grab the title

- Iran beach soccer coach Marco Octavio is "very satisfied" for being able to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup with crop of young talents. Iran defeated Russia 4-2 to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup for the second time. - 11/12/18

AFC Champions League: Japan's Kashima Antlers takes the crown after 0-0 tie with Iran's Persepolis

- Persepolis football team were held to a goalless draw by Kashima Antlers of Japan in the second leg of the AFC Champions League here on Saturday. The result means Kashima Antlers won the title 2-0 aggregate. - 11/12/18

Strange bedfellows: Ideology trumps defense of ethnic, religious and minority rights

- A global rise of nationalist and populist tendencies has not only given anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tendencies a new lease on life, but opened the door to alliances between groups that once would have had nothing to do with one another. -James M. Dorsey - 11/9/18

U.S., Iran Condemn Bahrain's Imprisonment Of Shi'ite Opposition Leader

- The United States has voiced concern over Bahrain's sentencing of the head of the country's Shi'ite opposition movement to life in prison, a move which was also condemned by Iran. "The United States is concerned by the verdict sentencing Ali Salman to life in prison," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on November 8. -RFE/RL - 11/9/18

Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup: Iran 8 USA 1

- Iran started the 8th edition of the 2018 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup on a high note on Tuesday. Team Melli defeated the U.S. 8-1 in Group B. Russia edged past Tahiti 7-6 in another group match. Marco Octavio's men will face Tahiti on Wednesday. - 11/7/18

U.S. Exempts Iran's Chabahar Port From Sanctions In Nod To Afghanistan

- The U.S. State Department says it is exempting Iran's big port project in Chabahar from sanctions in recognition of its importance to landlocked Afghanistan. President Donald Trump's "South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India," a State Department spokesman said on November 6. -RFE/RL - 11/7/18

The Iranian Canary In The Coalmine

- The past two years have witnessed a shift in the way that the United States interacts with the world. Although Donald Trump's Iran policy has continuities with the regime-change mentality of the George W. Bush presidency, the current president has abandoned or threatened the integrity of a range of other international commitments... But the case of Iran demonstrates how, precisely, the Trump administration is unscrewing the hinges of the international system. -Matthew K. Shannon - 11/6/18

Saudis Launch Nuclear Research Reactor Amid Competition With Iran

- Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom's energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported. The reactor launched on November 5 is among 16 that Saudi officials, citing archrival Iran's continued development of nuclear energy, have said they plan to build over the next two decades at a cost of $80 billion. -RFE/RL - 11/6/18

Iranian architects receive nominations at 2018 MEA Awards

- Twenty-one designs and architects from Iran are among the nominees for the 2018 Middle East Architect Awards, which were announced by the organizers last week. Golshahr Mosque and Plaza by Arash G. Tehrani, Floating Island by Kamran Heirati Architects, and Persian Tehran Garden by Hooman Balazadeh and Mohammad Khavarian have been nominated for the award in the Concept Design of the Year category. -Tehran Times - 11/5/18

Iran Indirectly Blames Israel For A Major Cyberattack

- Senior Iranian officials dealing with communications and information have announced that a cyberattack was launched against Iran, indirectly blaming Israel. The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, "A regime with a history of using cyber weapons, such as the Stuxnet, this time has tried to harm the infrastructure of communications but with the vigilance of [our] technical teams, they ended up empty handed". -Radio Farda - 11/5/18

ACL Final: Iran's Persepolis football team falls short against Japan's Kashima

- Iran's Persepolis will be looking for a response next week against Kashima Antlers of Japan after they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final. The Iranian team will have a difficult task ahead in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Nov. 10 as their key midfielder Siamak Nemati will be absent in the second leg after being sent out due to injury. - 11/4/18

Trump Highlights Renewed Iran Sanctions Ahead Of U.S. Elections

- U.S. President Donald Trump has highlighted his reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran ahead of the November 6 elections in which the Republican Party is seeking to retain control of both houses of the U.S. Congress. -RFE/RL - 11/4/18

Yemen: UN chief hails 'signs of hope' in world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster

- Welcoming recent indications that peace talks could resume soon to end Yemen's brutal civil conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday there is "no room for complacency," and called on the warring parties and the international community to "halt the senseless cycle of violence" and "reach a political settlement". - 11/4/18

Pashinian Says He Made 'Clear' To U.S. That Armenia Will Maintain Ties With Iran

- Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian says he made clear to U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton last week that Armenia will pursue its national interests and maintain "special relations" with its neighbor Iran. -RFE/RL - 11/2/18

The "Linguistic" Component of the Khashoggi-gate Narrative

- Ultimately, "language" and "metaphor" are the building blocks of an established political paradigm. In that vein, we can examine the linguistic framework that international news is presented to the public. The "Regime"-- For some years now, in its official language the American media refers to the governing bodies in Iran, Syria, Russia and Venezuela as "regime". On the other hand, Egypt and Pakistan have (legitimate) "government". -Fareed Marjaee - 11/2/18

India, Iran, Russia push alternative to Suez Canal

- India, Iran and Russia will meet next month to discuss the operation of a 7,200 km trade and transport corridor that presents a cheaper and shorter alternative to the traditional route through the Suez Canal. - 10/31/18

Millions Of Shi'ite Pilgrims Stream Toward Karbala, Iraq For Arbaeen Festival

- Millions of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world are making their way this week to their sect's holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Karbala in an annual holy festival known as Arbaeen or Ziara. The shrines commemorate two revered Shi'ite imams -- Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and his half-brother Abbas -- and the event, which draws 10 million to 20 million pilgrims each year, will reach its peak on October 30. -RFE/RL - 10/30/18

Iran And America: Why All The Enmity?

- At some time in the future, when officials in Washington and Tehran finally stop yelling at each other and start talking, they will ask themselves: "Why did we waste so much time hating each other?" They are not there yet. Until they are, denunciations, accusations, and threats are still the order of the day. -John Limbert - 10/29/18

Iran's Persepolis defeats Qatar's Al Sadd 2-1 on aggregate to reach AFC final

- Iranian Perspolis FC drew 1-1 versus Al Sadd of Qatar in the return match of the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. The winner of Iranian Persian Gulf League Perspolis took on Qatari Al Sadd on Tuesday in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final which was held in 80,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The breathtaking match ended in a 1-1 draw, allowing Perspilis to advance to the final match of the AFC Champions League. - 10/24/18

India, Afghanistan defy US on Iran's Chabahar port plan

- India and Afghanistan are pushing ahead with plans to open a new transportation corridor between the two countries via Iran's strategic port of Chabahar despite US sanctions. New Delhi sees the port crucial to its connectivity ambitions, including access to CIS countries - a regional organization of 10 post-Soviet republics in Eurasia. For landlocked Afghanistan, the corridor means opening the way for billions of dollars in trade and cutting the country's dependence on foreigners for aid as well as stemming the illicit opium trade. - 10/24/18

Iran's Silence On Khashoggi Killing Loosens, But Tehran Keeping Its Cards Close To Its Vest

- Tehran spent weeks watching quietly as the international crisis unfolded over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reportedly in brutal fashion in the Istanbul consulate of regional foe Saudi Arabia. Iranian officials largely refrained from commenting publicly on the death and purported dismemberment at the hands of Saudi agents of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and conspicuous critic of the Saudi government. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/24/18

EXPOSING SOME UNPLEASANT REALITIES: Removing the Candy-Coating from the Bitter Pill

- Dwight D. Eisenhower was serving his second term as President when I set foot on the American soil for the first time in June 1956. I was a twenty-year-old high school graduate holding a student visa looking forward to attending college and receiving a degree from a prestigious university in California; I was told the streets were paved with gold there. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 10/22/18

Iran and the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea

- On 12 August 2018, five littoral states of the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) signed a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This convention should be approved by the legislative bodies in all five states before it becomes officially binding. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 10/18/18

The Hymns of Zoroaster: A New Translation of the Most Ancient Sacred Texts of Iran

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