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President Rouhani on Iranophobia: Iran is kinder than what has been said

- President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran wants peaceful coexistence with the countries in the region and the larger world, noting Iran is "kinder" than what has been said. Addressing a ceremony on the National Exports Day on Thursday, Rouhani said Iran's relations with the world should be based on constructive interactions. He noted that expanding relations with the world would not be successful through disputes. - 10/22/16

Ayatollah Montazeri's Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners

- Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri-the once successor to Iran's first supreme leader-has been charged with "acting against national security" and "revealing state secrets" for publishing an audio recording of his father denouncing the Islamic Republic's mass execution of prisoners in 1988. - 10/22/16

Iran says will bring technicians back home from Kirkuk after deadly attack

- A senior Iranian diplomat says the Islamic Republic will bring its technicians back home from the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk following a deadly attack by Daesh Takfiri terrorists on a power station and other buildings near the city. Speaking to IRNA on Friday night, Iran's Consul General in the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah, Sa'adollah Massoudian, said the toll for the Iranians killed in the terrorist attack stood at four. He added that four other Iranian nationals were injured in the terrorist attack. - 10/22/16

The Wheels Are Coming off the Saudi Operation in Yemen

- After initially denying that their aircraft had even been there, the Saudis finally admitted that they were responsible for the double-tap strike on the October 8 funeral of a major Yemeni notable. However, they denied culpability. According to the official Joint Incidents Assessment Team report-produced with US and UK oversight-the 140 victims of the murderous violation of a funeral were killed by faulty intelligence... -James Spencer, LobeLog - 10/22/16

Wife Of Iranian-Austrian Jailed In Iran Proclaims His Innocence

- The wife of an Iranian-Austrian man sentenced recently by an Iranian court to 10 years in prison on spying charges has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that her husband is a "simple businessman" unjustly imprisoned. - 10/21/16

Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

- Imprisoned Azeri rights activist Rasoul Razavi has received emergency medical treatment on several occasions since he started a hunger strike in Tabriz Prison on October 3, 2016, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/21/16

Interview: Shiva Farivar, Candidate for Irvine City Council

- Shiva Farivar is a longtime Irvine resident and community leader who is running for a seat on the Irvine City Council in the upcoming November elections. This election marks the second time Shive Farivar is running for public office. In 2010, she was a candidate for Irvine City Council, and ran a very competitive race. - 10/20/16

Two Iranian Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

- Labor rights activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad were sentenced to 11 years in prison each for their peaceful activism on October 15, 2016 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. - 10/20/16

Report: Take More Risk to Find Common Ground with Iran

- Whoever moves into the White House next January should be willing to "take more risk to find some common ground with Iran," according to a new report released by the non-partisan Atlantic Council on October 19. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 10/20/16

Iranian actor calls for famous actress in exile to be welcomed back

- Javad Hashemi, a famous Iranian actor who is best known for his blockbuster roles as a compassionate Basij soldier, has caused controversy by saying in a televised interview, "If I were in office in the Islamic Republic and [Golshifteh Farahani] said that she wanted to return, I would say 'come back.'" -Misha Zand, Al Monitor - 10/20/16

Iran Rejects U.S. Interference Over Jailed Dual Nationals

- Iran says it won't accept any U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father. Iranian officials announced on October 18 that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had been jailed for 10 years for "espionage and collaboration with the American government." - 10/19/16

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

- Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/19/16

A political prisoner is challenging Iranian state impunity while serving a 15 year sentence

- Maryam Akbari Monfared is a political prisoner in Iran serving a 15 year sentence and is now taking the state judiciary to court for the unlawful execution of four of her siblings and the imprisonment of her mother, all of whom were political prisoners in the 1980s in Iran. Akbari Monfared, a mother of three, has another brother alive and he is also a political prisoner currently serving a 17-year sentence in Iran. - 10/19/16

NIAC Strongly Condemns Iran's Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release

- NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: "The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. We urge Iran to immediately release the Namazis - as well as all dual nationals unjustly detained in Iran on spurious charges - so that they can reunite with their families. - 10/19/16

American Presidential Election: An Illusion of Democracy

- Einstein takes credit for the saying that goes like this. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." In reality you don't have to be an Einstein to know this, you'd think it's common sense to come to this conclusion. But, when it comes to the Presidential elections, this proverb stands. -Sina Alavi - 10/19/16

Iran's Supreme Leader Urges Authorities Not To Back Down Against US

- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranian authorities not to back down in the face of the United States' ever-increasing demands. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Wednesday in a meeting with a group of top university students and members of Iran's National Elites Foundation. - 10/19/16

Eight Lessons from Afghanistan

- Although President Obama slowed the drawdown in U.S. troops from Afghanistan, vowing to keep 8,400 troops there until the end of his term, the next president faces a major policy decision: will maintaining or enlarging the American military presence improve Afghanistan's prospects for long-term stability? Equally important, do the probable gains of a continued deployment outweigh the anticipated risks and costs? -Diana Ohlbaum, LobeLog - 10/19/16

Iran Sentences Iranian-American Businessman, His Father Each To 10 Years

- An Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father have reportedly been given 10 years in prison each for cooperation with the United States. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were jailed for "collaborating with the hostile American government," the Mizan news agency reported on October 18. - 10/18/16

Muhammad Ali's Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father

- The widow of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali has called on Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to free Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. "I would like to request that your Excellency show Islamic mercy towards these two individuals who are pure-hearted citizens of our world, and allow these Muslims to be reunited with their family in this holy month (Muharram, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala on the first month of the Islamic calendar)," wrote Lonnie Ali in a letter to Khamenei. - 10/18/16

Letter From Political Prisoners: Prison conditions in Iran cause slow death of prisoners

- In a letter addressed to Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on Iran, Amnesty International and Human rights Watch, a group of political prisoners in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj protest against the violation of their basic rights as prisoners. - 10/18/16

NIAC Welcomes European Parliament's Report on Diplomatic Engagement of Iran

- The National Iranian American Council released the following statement on the report from the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU strategy toward Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal: "The successful nuclear negotiations with Iran were a game changer and Europe is poised to make the most of the opportunity while the U.S. risks being stuck on the sidelines... - 10/18/16

Iran Navy foils pirate attacks on vessels in Gulf of Aden

- Iranian naval forces have successfully thwarted major pirate attacks on two merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden. The 44th flotilla of the Iranian Navy, consisting of Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic vessel, saved two Iranian ships from three pirate attacks on Monday morning. - 10/18/16

4 Maps That Explain Iran's Place In The Middle East

- If you ranked the civilizations that have most affected the course of human development, Persia would be near the top of the list. We forget this because in recent centuries, the states that have ruled in Iran have been either weak or isolated from the rest of the world. -Forbes - 10/18/16

Iran Hard-Liners Release Video Showing Detained Iranian-American Businessman

- Iranian hard-line media have released a video showing detained Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi. Iran's judiciary news agency posted a minute-long video on October 17 showing a montage of clips including Namazi in a conference room, his arms raised at his sides, and his U.S. passport. - 10/17/16

Interview: Iranian Affairs Expert Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

- Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is an Iranian American with a distinguished career in foreign policy, having started her career in public service in 2005 at the United States Department of Defense as a Foreign Affairs Analyst and later becoming a Team Chief. Subsequently, she joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer and in 2014 began a two year rotation as the Director for Iran on the White House's National Security Council under President Obama... - 10/17/16

Photos: Iran Air Force begins large-scale drills in Isfahan

- Iran's Air Force has started large-scale three-day military drills in the central province of Isfahan, demonstrating the aviation branch of the Army's prowess in defending the country's airspace. Codenamed Fada'eeyan-e Harim-e Velayat 6 (The Devotees of the Velayat Sanctuary 6), the exercises were launched in the province's Anarak district on Monday October 17, 2016. - 10/17/16

Iran Detains 11 Involved In Online Modeling Network

- Iranian authorities say they have detained 11 members of a modeling network. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures and spreading "depravity" in society. - 10/17/16

Iranian Lawmakers Call For Release Of Activist Narges Mohammadi

- A group of Iranian lawmakers have written an open letter to the head of the judiciary calling for the release of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist who is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Mohammadi was arrested last year after launching a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May for founding the movement, which was deemed to be an illegal splinter group. - 10/17/16

Iran tells banks dollar deals allowed by U.S. Treasury

- The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in an announcement has told the banks across the country that any failure by non-American banks to provide dollar-related services to Iranians is "unacceptable" in light of the US Treasury's recent update on doing business with Iran. - 10/17/16

Iran's Navy fleet sets sail for Baku, Azerbaijan with message of peace and friendship

- A senior Iranian Navy official says a fleet, comprising a domestically-built destroyer and a missile-launching warship, has departed for Azerbaijan's port city of Baku on the Caspian Sea coast. Rear Admiral Afshin Rezaei Haddad told reporters on Sunday that Damavand destroyer and Joshan missile vessel with 200 navy forces on board headed to Baku in a 3-day operation. - 10/16/16

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif participates in Swiss Talks on Syria

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held separate talks with his Iraqi and Russian counterparts in the Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne about a solution to the crisis in Syria. Zarif held meetings with the Iraqi and Russian foreign ministers, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of Syria talks in Lausanne on Saturday. - 10/16/16

Amid Saudi Row, Egypt Reasserts Commitment to Gulf Allies

- The Egyptian president said on Thursday that his country remains committed to close relations with Gulf Arab allies, but declared that Cairo would continue to independently pursue its own policies to safeguard Arab security. The remarks by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, delivered in a televised speech to army officers and government ministers, came against the backdrop of an escalating spat over Syria between Egypt and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia. - 10/16/16

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran's Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

- Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/16/16

Women's sports in Iran after the Revolution

- Tonia Valioghli is a veteran Iranian swimmer, record holder and former member of Iran's National Team and is currently a competitive swimming coach in Germany. She is a physical education graduate from Iran and a sports commentator. Zamaneh Media spoke to her about the situation of women's sports in Iran before and after the Revolution and the recent controversy emerging in the sidelines of the Women's World Chess Championship set to be held in Tehran in February 2017. - 10/15/16

Prominent Iranian Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

- In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court's decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a "tyrannical" way to silence her activism. - 10/15/16

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement Shirt

- An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry - 10/15/16

The Middle East and the Next Administration

- Osama bin Laden surely died happy. He devoted the last third of his life to creating animosity between the West and Islam and to driving a wedge between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Today, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey are all estranged from the United States. And, as an unexpected bonus, so is Israel. The U.S. is making enemies all over the Muslim world. And every day here at home, millions pay homage to the memory of Osama as they remove their shoes to pass through metal detectors and are stripped of their dignity by body-imaging devices at airports. -Chas W. Freeman, Jr., LobeLog - 10/15/16

Iran Disrupts IS Plot to Bomb Religious Commemorations, State Media Says

- Iran has disrupted an Islamic State bombing plot targeting the Shi'ite religious commemoration of Ashoura, according to state media reports on Thursday. "Intelligence ministry agents, with the cooperation of other security forces, succeeded to defuse one of the anti-security plots of the 'takfiri' terrorist groups and prevent an inhuman crime in the ceremonies," Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said, according to the official IRNA media outlet. - 10/14/16

Iran Sends Warships Off Yemeni Coast Amid U.S. Missile Strikes

- Iran has sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, where the United States conducted missile attacks. The announcement came after the U.S. military launched cruise-missile strikes to knock out radar sites in Yemen controlled by Iran-allied Huthi forces, after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer. - 10/14/16

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran's Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

- A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its "national information network" (NIN), many questions still surround Iran's domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions about NIN, the country's most expensive internet-related project. - 10/14/16

Russia has fulfilled delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran: Report

- Moscow has reportedly concluded the supply of the Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran. Russia's RIA news agency quoted the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) as making the announcement on Thursday. "All divisions have been supplied," said FSVTS Director Alexander Fomin. - 10/14/16

Iran Is Stuck With China to Finance Its Oil Dreams

- Amid the snake-infested marshlands on Iran's border with Iraq, the control room monitoring North Azadegan oil field is manned entirely by Chinese technicians. In central Tehran, hundreds of Chinese pour out at noon from the telecommunications company Huawei to its canteen. There are now so many Chinese expatriates here, some say they outnumber all other nationalities combined. -MarcChampion, Bloomberg - 10/14/16

It's Time to Release the Real History of the 1953 Iran Coup

- Sixty-three years ago, the CIA and British intelligence fomented a coup d'état that toppled the prime minister of Iran, restored a cooperative shah and strengthened a regional buffer against possible Soviet aggression. It also unwittingly set Iran on a course toward dictatorship and helped inject the 1979 Iranian revolution with an anti-American cast that continues to animate hardline elements within the current regime. -Malcolm Byrne, Politico - 10/14/16

Saudi Charm Offensive in Europe

- Saudi Arabia has launched what seems like a charm offensive following the historic vote by the European Parliament (EP) demanding an arms embargo on Riyadh because of the grave violations of the international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 10/14/16

Seven Years Later No Iranian Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak

- Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases were closed with an acquittal or no ruling, but no high-level official has been held accountable for the deaths of the detainees. The mysterious death of the doctor who exposed the abuses at Kahrizak, Ramin Pourandarjani, was never investigated. - 10/13/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. - 10/13/16

Iranians Now Watching US Presidential Debates and 'House of Cards' as Guide to America

- Viewers of Iranian state television have been given an unprecedented taste of the seamier side of U.S. politics, both real and imagined, leaving many in a country where governance is more opaque wondering about the choice facing Americans in November. -Newsmax - 10/13/16

Iranian Child Bride Faces Death Penalty

- Human rights activists say an Iranian former child bride, whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant, could be executed in the coming days. Zeinab Sekaanvand, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. - 10/12/16

Soccersanct: Iran To Keep It 'Religious' At World Cup Qualifier

- Stymied in their effort to reschedule a qualifier match for soccer's 2018 World Cup, Iranian officials are guaranteeing to uphold "religious norms" in connection with a major Shi'ite mourning festival when their national team meets South Korea this week in Tehran. They predict huge black banners covering parts of Azadi Stadium, backup players clad in black, and dirges instead of taunts on October 11 - 10/11/16

U.S. Treasury Seeks To Reassure Banks Wary Of Dealing With Iran

- The U.S. Treasury is seeking to reassure banks that have been unwilling to do business with Iran, but Tehran says the effort has not gone far enough. New guidance issued over the weekend after months of complaints from Tehran clarifies that non-U.S. banks can do business with Iran in U.S. dollars, provided those transactions don't pass through financial institutions in the United States. - 10/11/16

Iran's President Rouhani raps 'utterly deplorable' conditions in Saudi-wrecked Yemen

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the ongoing Saudi military aggression against Yemen, saying the Yemeni people are going through "utterly deplorable" times. Rouhani made the remarks in reaction to the recent bloody Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni capital of Sana'a which killed more than 140 people and wounded over 525. - 10/11/16

Campaign Carnage and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

- Among the lingering effects of this awful election campaign season will be widespread misunderstanding of serious issues of foreign policy, beyond even the habitually low baseline public understanding of many such issues. Consider, as one such important foreign policy topic, the agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 10/11/16

IRAN: Former Political Prisoner Transported from Workplace to Prison Without Summons

- Former political prisoner Navid Kamran has been transported to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving a one-year prison sentence for "propaganda against the state" without a summons, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Kamran previously told the Campaign that he had been convicted on recycled charges. - 10/11/16

Iran seeks stronger China ties after nuclear deal

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran is willing to use the opportunities created after the nuclear deal to expand ties with China. During a meeting with Vice President of China Li Yuanchao in Bangkok, Rouhani highlighted the importance of expanding banking relations between the two countries. - 10/10/16

Iran Rights Champion's Latest Prison Term Aimed At 'Instilling Fear,' Says Exiled Husband

- When Narges Mohammadi's activist husband resolved in 2012 to leave Iran to escape yet another jail sentence connected to his political activities, she stayed behind with their two children. "She believed she could be more effective inside the country," Taghi Rahmani, a political activist who had been in and out of Iranian prisons for two decades and had a conviction hanging over his head, said of his wife recently from Paris, where he has since been joined by their 9-year-old twins. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 10/10/16

Iran Temporarily Releases Hunger-Striking Journalist Ehsan Mazandarani

- Iran has temporarily released a journalist for medical treatment after he suffered from health problems following a hunger strike. Ehsan Mazandarani, editor in chief of the reformist Farhikhtegan daily, was arrested in November 2015 and sentenced in April to seven years in prison after being convicted of charges that included "acting against national security." His prison sentence was reportedly later reduced to two years. - 10/10/16

Iran Cultural Official Resigns Over Concert In Holy City Of Qom

- A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom where many of Iran's senior ayatollahs are based. Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month. - 10/10/16

Chess Grandmaster Khademalsharieh says World Championship is necessary for Iranian women

- After many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world Chess Championships in Iran, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh said that the championship will help the Iranian women to participate in the most important event in the country for the first time. Khademalsharieh, 19, is an Iranian chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). - 10/9/16

U.S. Political Debate Said To Cast Shadow Over Iranian Nuclear Deal

- The landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers remains "fragile" in part because it has become a focus of dispute in the U.S. presidential election, the head of the United Nations agency that polices the deal said. - 10/9/16

President Rouhani visits Kuala Lumpur: Iran, Malaysia agree to deepen ties

- President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that Iran and Malaysia reaffirmed to strengthen ties and restore economic transactions to the pre-sanctions time. During a joint press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Rouhani said, "We stressed that 2016 should be the year of expanding relations in political, cultural, scientific and economic areas." - 10/9/16

U.S. Treasury Says New Guidelines Clarify Ongoing Sanctions Against Iran

- The U.S. Treasury Department said on October 8 that an update to its regulations that was published late on October 7 merely clarifies what is and is not allowed since last year's landmark nuclear deal gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its atomic program. - 10/9/16

Iran says may limit death penalty for traffickers to drug lords

- The secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council has said Tehran may reconsider capital punishment for drug smugglers, limiting it to drug lords only, seemingly a setback from a tougher stance taken previously. "Capital punishment should be limited to drug lords. This will cut the number of executions (in Iran) immediately," said Mohammad Javad Larijani in an interview with O Estadao, a daily published in Sao Paulo, Brazil. - 10/9/16

Your Boycott Won't Help Iranian Women

- Some international players are saying they don't want to wear head scarves, but they seem to be making this statement for Iranian women, too: Iranian women shouldn't have to do this, so we'll make a stink. But this kind of protest -- outsiders who think they know best -- is exactly the opposite of what most Iranian women want, and is at the heart of what's worst about policing how Muslim women dress. -Azadeh Moaveni, New York Times - 10/9/16

In Memoriam: Renowned Iranian Scholar Ruhi Ramazani

- Rouhoullah "Ruhi" K. Ramazani, a University of Virginia professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs who dedicated his life to UVA and to promoting political understanding of Iran-U.S. relations, died Wednesday in Charlottesville. He was 88. - Anne E. Bromley, University of Virginia - 10/7/16

Iranian Americans May be up for Grabs in the Presidential Election

- Farid Khanlou owns Jordan Market in an area of Los Angeles called Persian Square. It's packed with Persian businesses, many of which fly the country's flag from before the 1979 Iranian revolution. In this heart of the Iranian-American community, the largest group of Iranians abroad, there are many who remain undecided about which presidential candidate they support. -Elizabeth Lee - 10/7/16

2016 Leadership Conference Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes

- Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes discussed the Obama administration's diplomatic engagement of Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the challenges and opportunities of further diplomacy with Iran in a keynote address at the National Iranian American Council's (NIAC) 2016 Leadership Conference on September 25. -NIAC - 10/7/16

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

- The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has abandoned talks with the Russians on Syria. Meanwhile, in a supposedly unrelated part of the relationship, Russia has suspended the 2000 agreement between the two countries on ridding themselves of excess stocks of weapons-grade plutonium. -Robert E. Hunter, LobeLog - 10/7/16

Iranian Women Athletes Excluded from Bodybuilding

- Head of Iran's Bodybuilding Federation announced that women bodybuilders and their four male coaches who arranged for them to participate in international competitions have been suspended. The federation adds that it will adhere to the ruling of the court in this matter. - 10/6/16

Trade in focus as Iran's President Rouhani starts Asia visit

- President Hassan Rouhani, on a key visit to Asia, says Iran and Vietnam have decided to increase bilateral trade volume fivefold to over $2 billion per year. Rouhani made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang in the capital Hanoi on Thursday. - 10/6/16

Iran Refuses to Release Prisoner of Conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri

- When Iranian officials come to the United Nations, they are usually met with questions about their human rights practices, particularly the arrest of dual nationals. This year was no different as interlocutors brought up the cases of Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer; another Iranian-American, Robin Shahini; a British-Iranian mother, Nazenin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was seized while visiting her parents with her toddler daughter and Homa Hoodfar, an academic and specialist on women's issues from Canada. -Barbara Slavin - 10/6/16

IRGC commander: Iran stopped Daesh from overrunning Syria

- Iran's Major General Qassem Soleimani says that Daesh and other Takfiri terrorist groups were created to weaken Iran. The Commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the killing of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani by terrorists in Syria. - 10/6/16

What Tim Kaine Actually Got Wrong About the Iran Nuclear Deal During the Veep Debate

- An exchange about Iran during last night's vice presidential debate is getting a lot of attention from mainstream media fact-checkers. The discussion about the Iran nuclear deal came as Virginia Democratic senator was listing the national security bona fides of his running mate, Hillary Clinton. "She worked a tough negotiation with nations around the world to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program without firing a shot," Tim Kaine boasted. -Ali Gharib - 10/6/16

Iran Says It Released Homa Hoodfar for "Humanitarian" Reasons

- "I didn't feel I would be released until I was on the jet. In Iran, nothing is complete until it is complete," said Iranian-Canadian dual national and academic Homa Hoodfar on September 26, 2016 after landing at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport following her release from Evin Prison where she was held since June 2016. "As they say in Iran, nothing is possible and everything is possible." - 10/6/16

35 dual nationals banned from serving in Iran's government

- Iran has barred 35 dual nationals, out of a 79 total, from serving in an official capacity presumably for security concerns, an MP quoted Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi as having said, IRIB news agency reported on October 5. - 10/6/16

IRGC warns Saudi Arabia's Navy to keep off Iran waters

- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has issued a stern warning to all military vessels partaking in Saudi Arabia's ongoing wargames in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, noting that any act of transgression into Iran's territorial waters shall be met with an immediate and befitting response. - 10/6/16
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