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Iran's Supreme Leader Supports Extension of Nuclear Talks

- Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says he supports the move to extend the Iranian nuclear talks, but he says the United States has the most to lose if the negotiations fail. In a speech broadcast on state television Thursday, Khamenei said he does not oppose the seven-month extension for the same reason he has not opposed the talks thus far. - 11/27/14

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif says nuclear deal can be reached before July deadline

- "All of us are insisting that we don't even need seven months, and we believe we can do it much faster than that, and we decided -- because sometimes we diplomats try to wait until the last month before we start really negotiating, because we believe that until you get to the last minute you don't really want to really give up your cards -- but this time we have decided that we'd start negotiating immediately," Zarif noted. - 11/26/14

Tales from the Vienna Woods

- It's too early to tell all there is to be told about the negotiations in Vienna between the so-called P5+1 and Iran on the latter's nuclear program. The "telling" by each and every participant of what happened will surely take place in the next several days, and then better-informed assessments can be made. -Robert E. Hunter, LobeLog - 11/26/14

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Iranian Internet Activist Soheil Arabi More Likely

- In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran. - 11/26/14

Quds Force Chief Suleimani Reportedly Helped Peshmerga Defeat IS In Diyala

- The commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, has reportedly assisted Iraqi Kurdish and Shi'ite militias to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants in the towns of Jalawla and Saadiya in Diyala Province. Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi'ite militias said on November 23 that they had retaken the two towns, which are about 110 kilometers from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. -Joanna Paraszczuk, RFE - 11/26/14

Mixed Reaction In Iran To Nuclear Talks Extension

- Iranian reformists and even some conservative newspapers have welcomed the extension of the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program until July 2015. Hard-line dailies, however, have been sharply critical of the extension that was announced in Vienna on November 24. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/26/14

Under Rohani, Iranian Jews find greater acceptance

- Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3,000 years, has the Middle East's largest Jewish population outside of Israel, a perennial foe of the country. But while Iran's Jews in recent years had their faith continually criticized by the country's previous governments, they've found new acceptance under moderate President Hassan Rohani. -AP - 11/26/14

Israelis Sad to See Hagel Go

- The resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Monday, Nov. 24 after less than two years in his post was all over the morning news here in the United States. But the story was ultimately trumped by the imminent Grand Jury decision on whether or not to indict the officer who shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, record snowfalls in upstate New York, and the extension of the talks on Iran's nuclear program. -Marsha B. Cohen, LobeLog - 11/26/14

No Justice for Survivors of Acid Attacks in Iran

- The offenders of the acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as the perpetuators of these crimes are being protected. The infuriating aspect of these injustices for Iranian people is that the perpetuators of these crimes are still at large and not facing any sentence while the people who are exercising their rights to protest these crimes and holding state accountable for putting an end to these acts of violence are being arrested and detained. -Elahe Amani - 11/25/14

Iranian Leader: Western Powers Failed to Bring Iran to its Knees

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the United States and "European colonialist powers" failed in their efforts to bring Iran "to its knees" during negotiations on the country's nuclear program. The comments posted on his website Tuesday are his first since negotiators from Iran and a group of world powers agreed to extend talks on Iran's nuclear program through the middle of next year. - 11/25/14

Doubts cast on purported safety of Tehran city water

- Despite reassurances from the Ministry of Health, water supply experts still maintain that the case of polluted water in Tehran is not closed and needs further investigation. Last week, the head of Tehran Health and City Services announced that the capital's tap water has a high level of nitrites and must not be used for drinking, recommending bottled water instead. - 11/25/14

Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extended Iran Nuclear Talks

- Buoyed by the failure of the US and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 11/25/14

NIAC Welcomes Extension, Urges Compromise to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

- National Iranian American Council President Trita Parsi issued the following statement in response to the decision to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program: "For those who favor a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute, it is critically important these negotiations will continue... - 11/25/14

Oil advances for a third day as Iran seeks OPEC production cut

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh may propose that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trim supply by 1 million barrels a day when he meets with Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Naimi before the group gathers on Nov. 27 - 11/25/14

Diplomats: Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until July 1

- Iranian and Western diplomats said nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be extended until July 1, 2015. The diplomats spoke in Vienna on the final day of the group's self-imposed, year-long period to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. - 11/24/14

Foreign Ministers Make Final Push in Iran Nuclear Talks

- Seven foreign ministers are in Vienna working against a midnight deadline to settle the more than decade-long dispute over Iran's nuclear program, and potentially to begin to unravel crippling economic sanctions. But a year after they reached a landmark interim agreement, negotiators indicated they may need more time on the difficult, long-term issues. -Al Pessin, VOA - 11/24/14

Iranian security forces stop ceremony for slain dissidents

- Islamic Republic security forces prevented the commemoration ceremony for Daryoosh and Parveneh Forouhar and arrested a number of attendees. The sixteenth anniversary of the death of the couple was to be commemorated on Saturday November 22 at their home, where they were stabbed to death by assailants who entered under the guise of students seeking to interview the political activists for a publication. - 11/24/14

Shi'ite, Sunni Clerics Meet In Iran To Discuss IS Threat

- Shi'ite and Sunni clerics from 80 countries have gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom discuss how to combat Islamic State (IS) militants. The conference organizer, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, appealed on November 23 for consensus among Islam's two main branches -- urging all Muslim clerics to work together to discredit groups espousing extremism. - 11/24/14

Jailed Iranian-British Woman Released On Bail

- The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian citizen jailed in Iran reportedly for trying to attend a volleyball match, said Ghavami has been released on bail. Ghavami was freed on November 23, pending a decision by the Court of Appeal on her sentence, her brother told the AFP news agency. - 11/24/14

Iran able to build aircraft carriers: Navy Chief

- Iran is capable of building aircraft carriers and heavy submarines, Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari announced on Sunday. "As we have managed to produce warships and submarines, we also have the capability to build aircraft carriers and heavy submarines," the rear admiral stated. - 11/24/14

Iran Nuclear Deadline Likely to Be Extended

- Iran and six world powers appear likely to miss a midnight Monday deadline on reaching a nuclear deal and will reconvene next month, Western diplomats said. "Given progress made this weekend, talks headed to likely extension with experts and negotiating teams reconvening in December at a yet to be determined location," a diplomat said, adding, "we will meet again before the new year." - 11/24/14

The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal

- Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new and better roads, with significant damage resulting from the failure to take them. That failure involves opportunity costs at a minimum, and other costs as well. -Paul Pillar, National Interest - 11/23/14

Iran Nuclear Deadline Approaches

- Hassan Rohani has faced many obstacles in appointing and keeping a science minister because the conservative factions have been adamant that the post must not go to anyone connected to the 2009 election protests and those who challenged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory with allegations of election fraud. - 11/23/14

Iran, US, EU negotiators hold nuclear meeting

- Top negotiators of Iran, the US and the EU have held another trilateral meeting ahead of the Monday deadline for Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers to ink a final nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his US counterpart John Kerry and EU nuclear negotiator Catherine Ashton sat down for talks at Vienna's Coburg Hotel on Sunday. - 11/23/14

Iran's President Rohani Installs Caretaker Of Science Ministry

- After his fourth candidate for the post of science minister was voted down by Parliament, President Hassan Rohani appointed Mohammad Ali Najafi's to a term as caretaker of the science ministry with the permission of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. - 11/23/14

Iran nuclear deal could spur rapid growth

- Companies and global investors are sizing up Iran's economic potential in anticipation of a deal that could end years of isolation. -CNN - 11/23/14

Bahrain's Sham Election Ignores Calls for Reform

- Bahrain's national election planned for this Saturday portends no change in the al-Khalifa regime's anti-Shi'a stance and is yet another futile exercise in sham democracy. The mainstream al-Wefaq Shi'a opposition party has decided to boycott the election because of perceived bias in the recently gerrymandered electoral districts. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog - 11/23/14

Iran Talks Progress Behind the Scenes

- VIENNA-Talks on the future of Iran's nuclear program and international sanctions against the country continued in Vienna Friday, amid indications of behind-the-scenes developments that officials will not specify. The British and French foreign ministers joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry here Friday to urge their Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Javad Zarif, to make the compromises necessary to reach an agreement. -Al Pessin, VOA - 11/22/14

Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes

- At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes. - 11/22/14

Kerry: 'Serious Gaps' Remain as Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says "serious gaps" remain in talks between Iran and world powers, as a crucial deadline looms to reach a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program. Kerry made his remarks Saturday in Vienna as he was about to begin closed-door talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said the negotiations had reached the "hours of truth." - 11/22/14

Obama Faces Tough Crowd At Home On Iran Nuclear Deal

- With the deadline for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program looming, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is under increased pressure to bring home a deal that is acceptable to a skeptical Congress. If he cannot do so by November 24, he faces an even tighter deadline to hammer out an agreement before a new, Republican-controlled, Congress convenes in January. -Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson, RFE - 11/22/14

Top Foreign Policy Experts Endorse Iran Nuclear Deal

- As Iran and six world powers scramble to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear program by the deadline of Nov. 24 in Vienna, Washington is seeing a flurry of last-minute events focused on the pros and cons of pursuing diplomacy with Tehran. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 11/22/14

Kerry Meets With Zarif, Ashton In Vienna

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has begun a meeting in Vienna with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif as a next-week deadline for an agreement in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program rapidly approaches. Kerry was also meeting with EU envoy Catherine Ashton, who until this month was the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. - 11/21/14

Iran 'Blogfather' Thanks 'His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei' Following Prison Release

- Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been released from prison after serving six years of his unprecedented 19 1/2-year prison sentence. Derakhshan, dubbed Iran's "blogfather" for his role popularizing the medium, wrote on Google+ on November 19 about his release and said that he had been pardoned by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. "I am free after six years. Thank You, God. Thank you, Your Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei," he wrote. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/21/14

Two Futures: With An Iran Nuclear Deal, And Without

- As the six world powers and Tehran try to reach a deal in Vienna, there is more at stake than simply ending the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. Equally important is how the success or failure of the negotiations could set the stage for determining the West's relations with Iran for years to come. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 11/21/14

TAKE ACTION: They Almost Killed The Deal

- Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) almost killed the Iran talks. He went to the Senate floor and attempted to pass a bill to give Congress the authority to kill any nuclear deal. Thankfully, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) intervened and blocked Graham's gambit. But it was a close call -- too close. -Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 11/21/14

Will Falling Oil Prices Force Iran's Hand in the Nuclear Talks?

- The timing of the fall in global oil prices could not have come at a worse time for the government of Hassan Rouhani in Iran. A decline of 30% in oil revenues, which he noted in a recent speech, severely limits his government's ability to maintain the modest growth momentum started last year, and weakens Iran's position in the negotiations over its nuclear program -Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, LobeLog - 11/21/14

Iranian Scholar's 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

- A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran's nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600). - 11/21/14

Iran: Thousands rally against legislative attack on workers' rights

- Thousands of Iranian workers took part in a rally on Thursday November 20 organized by Tehran Manufacturing and Service Workers, protesting the government's attempts to change the country's employment legislation to the benefit of employers. - 11/21/14

Kerry in Paris as Nuclear Talks Move Toward Deadline

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Thursday in Paris with the foreign ministers of France and Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Later in the day he travels to Vienna, where officials from Iran and a group that includes the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany have been trying to end a year of talks with a comprehensive agreement. -Victor Beattie, VOA - 11/20/14

Nuclear pact within reach if West drops excessive demands: Iran's President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that a nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers is "within reach" if the West stops making "excessive demands". - 11/20/14

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

- On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentions. - 11/20/14

US: Iran Nuclear Deal by Deadline Difficult but Possible

- U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state says it will be difficult, but not impossible, to reach a nuclear deal with Iran before a Monday deadline. - 11/20/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case

- After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. - 11/20/14

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle--Your "Bipartisan" Center Is In Funny Company

- On Thursday, BPC will co-sponsor a forum ("Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What's Next for the P5+1 and Iran") at the Senate Visitors Center with two hard-line neoconservative groups closely tied to and funded by wealthy donors of the Republican Jewish Coalition (chaired by multi-billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson) -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 11/20/14

Iranian Activists, Intellectuals Express Support For Nuclear Deal

- Many Iranians are watching the new round of nuclear talks in Vienna between major world powers and Iran with great interest, hoping for a deal that would lead to the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on their country and an improvement in their daily lives. Among those hoping for an agreement are intellectuals, political activists, opposition members, and some victims of the Iranian establishment's repressive policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/19/14

Security Council Resolutions: Barrier to Iran Nuclear Deal?

- We have not yet reached such a dramatic juncture with Iran. But should it become useful to rapidly lift the sanctions imposed by the four UNSC resolutions between 2006 and 2010 in order to secure a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program, the Western negotiators may find themselves incapable of delivering and may instead try to kick the can down the road to some point in the distant future. -Francois Nicoulaud, LobeLog - 11/19/14

On the long-term agreement between Iran and the P5+1: Is Israel losing the war to wage war on Iran?

- The world's attention is focused once again on the negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, commonly referred to as P5+1. Many are speculating about whether these negotiations will bear fruit by November 24, 2014, and reach a long-term agreement on curtailing Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for removal of sanctions imposed on the country. Whatever the outcome, however, one thing is certain: the role of Israel in these negotiations has diminished considerably. -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 11/19/14

Kerry Holds Off On Joining Iran Nuclear Talks

- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back a visit to Vienna, where international negotiators are trying to seal a deal on Iran's nuclear program ahead of a commonly agreed November 24 deadline. Officials have said substantial differences remain between Iran and Western powers after months of negotiations to build on an interim deal agreed last November and end a 12-year-old standoff. - 11/19/14

Iranian lawyers protest in solidarity with suspended colleague

- A group of Iranian lawyers stages a sit-in in front of Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran to protest the suspension of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh's licence. The group that gathered at the Bar Association on Tuesday November 18 included many of Sotoudeh's peers from across the country as well as several civic activists. - 11/19/14

New Report Reveals State's Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran

- The Rouhani administration should use all its authority to end the government's initiatives to restrict Iranians' access to the Internet, immediately cease state efforts to monitor users' online accounts, and end the prosecution of individuals for their peaceful online activities, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. - 11/19/14

Iran unveils latest home-made drone, Ababil 3

- Iran has unveiled its latest domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can be used in reconnaissance operations. - 11/19/14

High Optimism in Iran as Negotiators Push for Final Deal

- In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program-in a crucial phase this week-are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future. -Jasmin Ramsey, LobeLog - 11/19/14

Iran allows private sector to import aircraft

- Iran Civil Aviation Organization Director Alireza Jahangirian announced that Iranian private entities are allowed to import aircraft. He made the remarks on the sidelines of the 7h International Air Show of Iran (Iran Air Show 2014), which is underway ON THE Persian Gulf island of Kish - 11/19/14

FM hopes Nov 24 to be national day of victory for Iranians

- Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday hoped that November 24 would be a day of victory for Iranians in achieving their nuclear goals. He said irrespective of the outcome of the talks --striking a deal or resistance against the other party's excessive demands-- November 24 would be a national day of victory. - 11/18/14

Column: Crunch Time for Iran Nuclear Talks

- With only one week to go before a self-imposed deadline, the nail-biting is accelerating over whether Iran will reach an agreement with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) that curbs its nuclear program for years to come in return for sanctions relief. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 11/18/14

Kerry, Zarif Say Iran Nuclear Deal Possible as Deadline Looms

- Secretary of State John Kerry says he is hopeful the U.S. and group of five other world powers can reach a deal with Iran on the country's nuclear program, but that he will not make any predictions. Iranian media quoted Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying Tuesday that a deal is still possible and expressing caution toward the international side to not make "excessive demands" of Iran. - 11/18/14

Iran Nuclear Deal in Final Push

- Iranian and international negotiators convene in Vienna Tuesday for a final push to try to reach agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the November 24 deadline. The issues are largely the same as they have been for more than a year, and the implications of not reaching a deal are potentially as dire as ever. -Al Pessin, VOA - 11/18/14

Iran Lawmakers Reject Rohani's Science Minister Nominee

- Iran's conservative-dominated parliament has rejected President Hassan Rohani's nominee for science minister over his pro-reform tendencies. Ashtiani, 59, had served as deputy science minister under reformist former President Mohammad Khatami. - 11/18/14

Iran, U.S. have shared interest in reaching nuclear deal

- The political minefields that the Iranian and American presidents have to navigate in their respective capitals are now even more explosive than Iran's nuclear facilities. -Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz - 11/18/14

Iran 'Vigilante' Law to Test Rouhani on Women's Rights

- Iran's parliament last week approved a bill that would allow paramilitary forces to return to public streets and verbally enforce strict Islamic dress codes. Meanwhile, hardliners are reportedly pushing legislation that would support and protect citizen vigilantes who also want to help enforce the hijab. This comes in the wake of a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan for not dressing properly. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 11/17/14

Viber, Instagram sites to be "cleansed" instead of blocked in Iran

- After reports by the Iranian administration that the Viber and Instagram websites will not be blocked, despite a push by Iranian hardliners, a member of the Working Group to Determine Criminal Content in Cyber Space has been quoted as saying that the content of these social networking sites will be "cleansed." - 11/17/14

Iran Said To Disbar Ex-Prosecutor Over Prison Deaths

- Iranian media report that the country's supreme court has disbarred a former chief prosecutor of Tehran over his role in the death of at least three jailed antigovernment protesters in 2009. - 11/17/14

Interview: Iran's 'Rosewater' Journalist Maziar Bahari Is 'Not Expecting A Revolution'

- Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, whose detention and torture by Iranian authorities are given cinematic treatment in "Rosewater," a new film by U.S. political satirist and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, tells RFE/RL that he wants officials in Tehran to watch the film and rethink their actions. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/17/14


- Before I traveled to Iran, I didn't want to read anything about Iran. Certainly nothing written by mainstream American news media, which often draws an absurdist caricature of the country. I wanted to arrive with an open heart. -Monica Byrne - 11/17/14

Iran's Kish Air Show: Investment Opportunities

- The 7th Biennial Kish Air Show opens on November 18 on the Persian Gulf Island. The 4-day exhibition is aimed at helping participants understand changes in the Iranian aviation industry, discover attractive business opportunities and meet new partners as well as competitors. - 11/17/14

Iran Nuclear Pact Faces an Array of Opposing Forces

- When President Obama wrote last month to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to overcome a decade of mistrust and negotiate a deal limiting Tehran's nuclear ambitions, it was perhaps the president's last effort to reach a reconciliation with Iran that could remake the Middle East. -NY Times - 11/17/14

Public Grieving for Pop Singer Is Startling for Iran

- Iranian authorities were caught off guard over the weekend when thousands of people joined spontaneous gatherings around the country to mourn and remember a pop singer who died late last week. The police were called out to deal with the crowds in several cities, and Tehran's main cemetery was closed Sunday after mourners - mostly young people - assembled there in such large numbers that the singer's burial had to be postponed. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY TImes - 11/17/14

Column: 'Rosewater' Shows 'How Ridiculous' Iran Can Be

- Jon Stewart's new movie, "Rosewater," was conceived out of guilt and is being born at a potentially pivotal time for U.S.-Iran relations. The hero of the film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is former Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who in the run-up to Iran's 2009 presidential elections gave an interview to Jason Jones, mock correspondent on The Daily Show, which Stewart hosts. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 11/15/14

Iranian university students protest handling of Isfahan acid attacks on women

- A group of students from the International University of Qazvin gathered to protest the recent acid throwing assualts on women in Isfahan and the authorities' failure to arrest the culprits. - 11/15/14

Iran Nuclear Talks: Is a Deal by Nov. 24 Possible?

- Intensive nuclear talks between Iran and various world powers this week in Oman did little to signal that a comprehensive deal is on track to meet its 24 November deadline. But then again, a similar mood surrounded the weeks leading up to the unprecedented interim deal signed almost a year ago. -Ellie Geranmayeh, LobeLog - 11/15/14

Stewarding the Deal: Business Diplomacy and Iran's Private Sector

- It's no secret that business leaders worldwide are eagerly awaiting the announcement of an agreement on Iran's nuclear program this month. "Apart from Mars and the Moon, Iran is the only remaining opportunity for [our] clients," declared Sir Martin Sorrell, the CEO of British advertising giant, WPP, last month at the Europe-Iran Forum in London. Business owners in Iran are meanwhile looking forward to sanctions relief and a flood of foreign investment, as are average Iranians. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 11/14/14

NIAC Urges President Obama to Establish U.S.-Iran Banking Channel

- ith a potential nuclear deal only weeks away, the National Iranian American Council is urging that a direct banking channel be established between the U.S. and Iran. Such a channel would allow for humanitarian transactions, the sale of licensed goods like phones and computer software, and the transfer of personal remittances and inheritances between the U.S. and Iran. -Tyler Cullis and Jamal Abdi, NIAC - 11/14/14

Iranian Activist Woman Challenges President Rohani To Fulfill Promises On Citizen Rights

- Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to President Rohani protesting against the interrogation procedure she was subjected to in Evin Court. According to the Human Rights Defenders Centre website, Mohammadi has been under investigation by Islamic Republic authorities since last March for meeting with Catherine Ashton when the latter was visiting Iran as the EU foreign policy chief. - 11/14/14

Is UN Engagement Having an Impact on Iran's Human Rights? Absolutely

- To critics who question the ability of UN processes to change the behaviors and policies of the leadership in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an English language media interview with a top Iranian official has provided a revealing answer. - 11/14/14
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