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Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure

- According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what Secretary Kerry in his interview with Fox News host Dana Perino said was: " Well, everybody is waiting around talking about waiting out President Trump." -Shireen T. Hunter 9/18/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Poland stays perfect, Iran out of the running for top spot in Pool D

- Poland matched its longest win streak at a World Championship since the turn of the century beating Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) to remain the lone unbeaten in Pool D. A series that started in 2014 reached 11 victories in a row for the world champions who still have a work to do to win the group in Varna. 9/18/18

Electronic Vouchers For One In Eight Iranians To Buy Low-Price Rationed Food

- A new plan to tackle the effect of sanctions on low-income Iranians, includes issuing electronic vouchers to ten million underprivileged citizens. The vouchers are to be used for "fair distribution" of rationed essential goods at subsidized prices. 9/18/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh Sacrifices Family Visits To Protest Prosecutor's Demand She Wear Full Hijab

- Detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has given up her family visitation right in protest against a prosecutor's demand that she receive visitors fully draped in a hijab. "The prosecutor has sent a letter to me and my mother warning that if we don't observe the hijab, we won't be able to have visitation," Mehraveh Khandan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) after attempting to visit her mother in Tehran's Evin Prison on September 16, 2018. 9/18/18

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Rhythm revolution: Young Iranians revive ancient drumming traditions

- I first encountered the tonbak -- Iran's indigenous drum -- as a student, when I heard it on an old LP I found in a dusty corner of the library at London's Royal College of Music. Instantly, I was hooked. A small, goblet-shaped drum, the tonbak is rarely seen or heard outside Iran, but it drives the fast and frenetic rhythmic intensity of Persian classical music. -Ruairi Glasheen, CNN 9/18/18

Kiarostami to Panahi: photographs by Iranian film-makers -- in pictures

- Despite facing censorship, house arrest and exile, directors such as Jafar Panahi and the late Abbas Kiarostami kept Iran at the forefront of world cinema. Here is a selection of their photographs, alongside those of compatriots Nasser Taghvai, Kamran Shirdel, Majid Barzegar, Ebrahim Golestan and cinematographer Seifollah Samadian. -Guardian 9/18/18

Donald Trump thinks it's his fault that Iran's currency is in meltdown. He shouldn't be so arrogant

- The looming crisis in the emerging markets, set off by the run on the Turkish lira, has had a more direct impact on the Iranian rial than anything the US president has said -Mehdy Shaddel, Independent 9/18/18

In Big Win for Trump, U.S. Sanctions Cripple Iranian Oil Exports

- Aggressive and undiplomatic, certainly, but also extremely effective. With nearly 50 days to go before new U.S. oil sanctions against Iran enter into force, President Donald Trump has already managed to crush the country's petroleum exports, dealing severe economic damage to Tehran. -Javier Blas, Bloomberg 9/18/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran stays perfect in Pool D after outlasting brave Cuba

- Iran stayed perfect in Pool after outlasting Cuba for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19) win. It's the first time in FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship that the Asians start with three wins from their first three matches. Thus Iran secured a place in Round 2 while Cuba, still without a point, is getting closer to the elimination. 9/17/18

Iran 'has received new trade proposals from Europe': FM Spokesman

- Iran has received new proposals from Europe that would potentially meet its demand for practical guarantees for continued trade and keep Iran in a nuclear deal with five world powers, says the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, amid attempts by the United States to derail that agreement. 9/17/18

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Iran: The case for protecting humanitarian trade - New US sanctions will put the health of ordinary Iranians at risk. Europe can take concrete steps to minimise this -- steps which also support its ongoing commitment to the nuclear deal -Ellie Geranmayeh & James Miller, ECFR 9/17/18

Play on Persian poet Sadi to go on stage in Vancouver, Canada - "Sadi - A Traveler From the Town of Love," A play on Persian poet Sadi (C. 1213-1291), famous worldwide for his masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden), will go on stage the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada on September 22. 9/17/18

IRAN: Ahmadinejad Lambasts Chief of IRGC's Notorious Intelligence Organization - Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has levelled damning charges against IRGC Intelligence Chief calling him "psychologically imbalanced" and thus not fit for the job. In a video released on the ultra-conservative former president's page on the popular messaging service Telegram on Sunday September 16, Ahmadinejad lashed out at Hossein Taeb, the hard-line cleric who chairs the notorious intelligence organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and said all he does is "fabricating cases." 9/17/18

Iranian Activist Hengameh Shahidi Refuses to Hire New Lawyer Against Judge's Orders - Detained Iranian political activist and journalist Hengameh Shahidi has defied a judge's order by refusing to hire a new lawyer. "I have been trying to visit my client since her case was sent to court two months ago, but the judge has suddenly ruled against my qualification and demanded my resignation," attorney Mostafa Tork Hamadani tweeted on September 11, 2018. 9/17/18

Tehran Accuses Twitter Of Closing Accounts Of 'Real' Iranians - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing antigovernment ones backed by the United States. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, (including) TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an 'influence op'," Zarif tweeted on September 16, addressing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 9/17/18

Iran's Reza Alipour wins gold at IFSC Climbing World Championships - Reza Alipour from Iran claimed a gold medal at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday. The Iranian climber took the gold with a time of 5.630, beating his French rival Bassa Mawem. 9/14/18

Meet Iranian-American Shireen Ghorbani, Rising Candidate for Congress - Today the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, proudly announced its endorsement of Democratic nominee Shireen Ghorbani for Utah's 2nd Congressional District Race. If elected, Shireen would be the first American of Iranian descent to hold a position as a member of Congress. 9/14/18

Trump Calls Kerry Meetings With Iranian FM Zarif 'Illegal' - U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to news that former secretary of state John Kerry met several times with Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif recently, discussing the 2015 nuclear deal. In a tweet on Thursday, Trump called the meetings "illegal", characterizing Iran as a "very hostile" regime. 9/14/18

2019 Nowruz Banner Contest Call for Submissions - Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and established graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's 11th annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. 9/14/18

IRAN: President Rouhani Official Says Conservative Body Fails To Oversee Khamenei - An Iranian government official has urged the Assembly of Experts, an influential conservative clerical body to focus on its legal duties in overseeing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, instead of interfering in other domains. -Radio Farda 9/14/18

Inside Steven Mnuchin's 'resistance' to Trump's Iran strategy - Stealing documents off President Trump's desk isn't the only way his top aides are trying to prevent him from taking action on foreign policy. Several administration officials claim that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has found another way to "resist" the president's maximum-pressure strategy on Iran: simply neglect to give the president a document he requested several weeks ago. -Washington Post 9/14/18

AP Interview: Adviser says Iran failed detained US resident - A top adviser to Iran's president on human rights said that the government "failed" to help a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned over spying allegations that she personally invited to the country for a conference. -AP 9/14/18

PHOTOS: Drought in Iran's North Khorasan province - According to Iran's Meteorological Organization, 98.1 percent of the country suffers from varying degrees of drought. The following photos show drought in North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. -Vahid Abdi, Mehr 9/13/18

Iran's Rouhani Warns About The Costs Of 'War' But Shuns Pessimists - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Iran's "war with America" would entail "problems" and "casualties" for the people. Nevertheless, he warned public speakers and the media against disillusioning the people by spreading pessimism. However, he assured Iranians that "the final victory in this war belongs to us, and we will defeat the enemy." -Radio Farda 9/13/18

Vancouver Film Festival to screen 7 titles from Iran - The screening program for Iranian titles at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival includes: '3 Faces' by Jafar Panahi, 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, 'Exit Toll' by Mohammad Najarian Dariani, 'Hat-Trick' by Ramtin Lavafi, 'Hendi and Hormoz' by Abbas Amini, 'The Load' a Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar co-production, and 'My Clayey Conception' by Zanyar Muhammadineko. 9/13/18

Trump's Iran sanctions: an explainer on their impact for Europe - President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal has placed the European Union and the US on opposing sides of a complex sanctions framework. In recent months, the US has touted its unilateral sanctions as a powerful tool for forcing other countries to halt their business with Iran. -Ellie Geranmayeh, ECFR 9/13/18

Iran Calls U.S. Blame Over Iraq Attacks 'Astonishing, Provocative' - Iran's Foreign Ministry has described accusations by the United States that Tehran's allies were responsible for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq as "astonishing, provocative, and irresponsible," Iranian media report. 9/13/18

Let My Daughter See Her Sick Father, Pleads Mother Of Jailed Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi - The mother of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has urged Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the ailing political prisoner to go on furlough (temporary leave) so she can visit her ailing father and receive medical treatment. 9/13/18

Four Dead From Drinking Bootleg Booze In Iran - Four people, including a woman, have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in the Iranian city of Karaj, west of the capital, a judiciary official has said. Nearly 40 people have been hospitalized, Karaj prosecutor Reza Shahkarami was quoted as saying on September 13 by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. 9/13/18

Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume - It's hard not to see China wherever you look in Iran. From Chinese goods flooding markets to its business people eager for deals as Western business interests flee, Iran likely will further embrace Beijing as an alternative market for its crude oil and financial transactions amid uncertainty over the nuclear deal. -Jon Gambrell, AP 9/13/18

IRAN: Three Detained Women's Rights Activists Should be Immediately Released - The three women's rights activists arrested by Iran's security forces since September 1-the lawyer Hoda Amid, the sociologist Najmeh Vahedi, and the gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi-should be released immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. 9/12/18

Iranian Media Warned Not To Report On Iraqi Sex Tourism - The head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution. The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi'ite city than the religious sites. 9/12/18

Former Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei Sentenced To Prison For 'Threatening National Security' - Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a vice president, chief of staff, and senior aide under former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on charges including threatening national security, Iranian media report. 9/12/18

India's push on Iran's Chabahar puts US in tight corner - India and Afghanistan have signaled their commitment to the development of Iran's strategic Chabahar port ahead of a Thursday meeting with the US which is pushing for economic strangulation of Tehran. 9/12/18

From Evin Prison, Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Condemns Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners - In a letter from Iran's Evin Prison, prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has condemned the judiciary's execution of three Kurdish prisoners on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel in all their cases. 9/12/18

Azerbaijanis Dance To Support Their Kin In Iran - Social media users in Azerbaijan are dancing on video to express solidarity with their ethnic kin in northern Iran. The campaign began among ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran, who make up around one-quarter of the country's population, and took to social media to protest a variety of grievances, including the poor economic conditions in Iran, particularly in the northern part of Iran where Azerbaijanis are concentrated. -Lamiya Adilgizi, LobeLog 9/12/18

AP Interview: Iran nuclear chief hopes deal will survive - Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday he hopes Tehran's landmark atomic deal with world powers will survive President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from it, warning the Islamic Republic's program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium. -AP 9/12/18

Iran Investing Abroad to Get Medicines, Tech US Sanctions Hope to Block - As US sanctions dig into the Iranian economy, with more on the way, Iran is compensating in a variety of novel ways, including a foreign investment fund that will give it access to technology that is becoming hard to come by. -Sputnik 9/12/18

Diaper Dilemma Grips Iranians As Economy, Currency Slide - The times they are a changin'. But in Iran, families with infants are struggling to do the same. Senior officials, industry executives, and young parents have been forced to confront a shortage of baby diapers. "Diapers and immigration," a 36-year-old married man in Tehran, who asks to remain anonymous, says of the current buzz among colleagues. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 9/11/18

Iraq officially removes US Dollar from Iran trade - Iraq indicated that it has officially removed the US dollar in trade with Iran by announcing a legal limit for passengers to carry along Euros - instead of the customary US Dollars - into the Islamic Republic. 9/11/18

US Sanctions 'Highly Effective': Iran's Vice-President - Iran's first vice-president Es'haq Jahangiri has admitted on Tuesday, September 11 that U.S. sanctions against Iran have been "highly effective." Jahangiri also said that Iran is experiencing "a difficult and sensitive situation," but it has not reached a "deadlock" yet, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA quoted him as saying in a speech in Tehran. -Radio Farda 9/11/18

Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners is Unlawful and Unjust - Iran's execution of three Kurdish prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi (22), Zanyar Moradi (29) and Loghman Moradi (31) at dawn on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel, represents a horrific violation of law and the right to life, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. 9/11/18

Are Iran And Iraq Headed Toward Another Conflict? - The latest protests in Iraq have taken a distinctly anti-Iran character, as shown by the attack on Iran's consulate in Basra. According to reports in Iranian and some Iraqi news outlets, the Iraqi security authorities were lax in preventing the attack. More or less simultaneously, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted the bases of the Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party in Iraq -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog 9/11/18

Tensions Rise As Iraqi Shoppers Flood Iran - A flood of Iraqi shoppers to Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province in the southwest has led to protests and tensions. Following large demonstrations against the influx of Iraqi visitors, the province's representative to the influential Assembly of Experts said on Monday, September 10, "The issue of Iraqis' presence in Abadan and Khorramshahr needs a thorough investigation and should be resolved." 9/11/18

Why Iran Prefers The Eastern Bloc Over The West - As the military phase of the Syrian conflict reaches its final stages, the leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey met in Tehran on September 9 and reiterated in a joint statement that a political solution to the Syrian conflict requires inclusive, free, and fair elections with the participation of all eligible Syrians under appropriate UN supervision. -Seyed Hossein Mousavian, LobeLog 9/11/18

Persian leopards spotted for first time in Iran's Bakhtegan National Park - For the first time, three Persian leopards have been spotted at the Bakhtegan national park in Neyriz city located in southern Fars province, Saeed Mahmoudi, the provincial department of environment chief has said. 9/10/18

Theater Artists Arrested In Iran Over Shakespeare Production - Authorities in Iran have detained two artists in connection with a production of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shahram Karami, an Iranian cultural official, told the state news agency IRNA on September 10 that the judiciary had ordered the director of the play, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater staging it, Saeed Assadi, to be taken into custody. 9/10/18

Iranian-American Innovation Forum 2018: September 15, 2018 at UC Irvine - Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA), together with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California Irvine, and the Iranian-Americans' Contributions Project (IACP), are proud to present the day-long Iranian-American Innovation Forum, in the Pacific Ballroom of UC-Irvine, on Saturday September 15th, 2018. 9/10/18

Iran implementing commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA Chief Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran is living up to all its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. "Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA)," Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. 9/10/18

The Talking Point: How Golshid Mola Is Promoting Independent Iranian Designers - Online destination Alangoo is revealing a Persian underground of a different kind. It's founder Golshid Mola explains how -Alex Aubry, Harper's Bazaar Arabia 9/10/18

IRAN: Another Conservative Watchdog Blocks Anti-Corruption Bills - Iran's Expediency Discernment Council (EDC) has rejected a bill proposed by President Hassan Rouhani's Administration to amend a law concerning money laundering. The proposal, which is a part of four bills known as "Palermo bills" in Iran, was aimed to pave the way for Tehran to get out of Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) list of suspect countries. 9/10/18

Kerry says Trump's Iran strategy 'very dangerous and ill-advised' - Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year was "a very dangerous and ill-advised move." Kerry said he believes Trump's decision to rescind the deal was based solely on a campaign promise. -CNN 9/10/18

Khamenei tells Putin Iran, Russia can cooperate to contain US - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the developments in Syria and the US defeat in the Arab country show that Washington can be contained. The Leader made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin 9/9/18

Iran Resorts To Ill-Defined Packages, Rationing To Tackle Impact of Sanctions - The head of Iran's Planning and Budget Organization, Vice-President Mohammad Baqer Nobakht says his organization will introduce five economic packages to tackle the impact of renewed US sanctions and to control drastic fluctuations of the exchange rate. 9/9/18

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Confirm Deadly Missile Strikes On Kurdish Rebels In Iraq - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it was behind a rocket assault on an Iranian Kurdish rebel group in Iraq that killed at least 11 people. In a September 9 statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the IRGC said it fired seven missiles in the attack a day earlier on the armed opposition group in northern Iraq. 9/9/18

Might A Beleaguered Trump Go To War...Against Iran? - Would Trump be so tempted? Judging from all we have learned about him, you bet. And what "enemy" would likely be the target? Again, judging from all we know, Iran must rank at the top. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 9/9/18

Iran Says U.S. Is Making 'Daily' Overtures For New Negotiations - In a speech broadcast on Iranian state television, President Hassan Rohani said his country receives messages "every day" from the United States seeking negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. "From one side, they try to pressure the people of Iran," he said on September 8. "From the other, they send us messages every day through various methods that we should come and negotiate together. 9/9/18

Basra Protesters Torch Iranian Consulate Amid Reports Security Forces Pull Back - Amateur video broadcast on Arab news channels Friday showed protesters in Basra, Iraq torching the Iranian consulate and chanting anti-Iran slogans. The Iraqi government declared a curfew, a day before the Iraqi parliament is due to meet to discuss the situation in the southern port city. The protesters say Iran is interfering in Iraqi politics and blame Iran for the poor public services in the oil-rich city. -Edward Yeranian, VOA 9/8/18

Iran Tells Its People To 'Economize' - Referring to Iran's "very bleak" economic situation, President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff has asked people to avoid buying unnecessary goods. "In the current economic situation and amid skyrocketing prices, the pressure on people has increased. We call upon the people to avoid buying goods more than they require," state-run Mehr News Agency cited Mahmoud Vaezi as saying on September 5. 9/7/18

Persian Regime-Change Follies - History teaches that outside efforts at regime change in Iran rarely end well for the changer. Nor do invaders face an easy road to conquest. The fate of the Roman leader Marcus Licinius Crassus in 53 BCE should be a lesson today... -John Limbert, LobeLog 9/7/18

IRAN: Welfare Reps Presence Required at Job Interviews for People with Disabilities - In response to criticism that persons with disabilities are not getting three percent of jobs allocated to them by law, Iran's Administrative and Recruitment Organization (ARO) issued a directive on August 27 requiring state agencies to conduct interviews with applicants with disabilities only in the presence of a representative from Iran's State Welfare Organization (SWO). 9/7/18

Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran Meet to Plot Future of Syria Ahead of Battle for Last Rebel Stronghold - The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in the last rebel-held area of the war-ravaged nation, urging militants to lay down their weapons. -TIME 9/7/18

Iran's Assault on Legal Profession Intensifies with Three More Attorneys Arrested - The arrest of three more lawyers in Iran, Payam Derafshan, Farrokh Forouzan and Hoda Amid, represents the continuing escalation of Iran's assault against its own legal profession and a flagrant violation of these individuals' basic rights to freedom of expression and due process, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. 9/6/18

Outspoken MPs Demand Referendum To Counter Iran's Super-Challenges - Two reformist members of the Iranian Parliament have called for putting major domestic and foreign policy issues to a public vote. In their speeches on September 4, Parvaneh Salahshouri and Gholamreza Heidari called for a referendum to solve problems regarding foreign policy, state TV, the Guardian Council's intervention in elections, and the Assembly of Experts' supervision of the supreme leader's behavior. 9/6/18

IRAN: Women Activists Arrested for Trying to Raise Awareness of Women's Rights in Marriage and Divorce - Women's rights activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in Tehran on September 1, 2018 and taken to an unknown location, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. 9/6/18

Top 6 Finalists of the Farhang Short Film Festival Announced - The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the six talented finalists competing for three cash prizes at the tenth annual film festival. All six films will be screened on September 29, with the top three winners announced and awarded. 9/6/18

Iranians explain their 'misunderstood' country and why it's not North Korea - Iranians tell a USA TODAY reporter that they want to make sure he gets a good impression of their country, a place that, for all its faults, Iranians still love and say is inaccurately portrayed in Western media. -Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY 9/6/18

Can Europe Defend Itself And Iran From U.S. Sanctions? - n an op-ed published last week in the German newspaper Handelsblatt, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that the "the US and Europe have been drifting apart for years." Nowhere is this clearer than in the disagreement between the United States and Europe over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog 9/6/18

IRAN: Husband of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer, Arrested for Speaking Out, Must Be Released Immediately - Reza Khandan, the husband of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, should be immediately released from detention in Iran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. Khandan was arrested by agents of Iran's intelligence ministry at his home on September 4 following his public support for his detained wife. "It is outrageous that Reza Khandran has been arrested simply for speaking out publicly on the unjust imprisonment of his wife," said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI's executive director. 9/5/18

Iran Sets November Deadline For Europe To Save The Nuclear Deal - Iran has given Europe until November 5 to deliver the "practical mechanisms" to buy oil from Iran and save the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), or Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, said Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, on September 4. 9/5/18

New Unemployment Figures 'Alarming': Iran Parliament Study - A study conducted by the Research Center of the Iranian Parliament says that the current unemployment figures in Iran are alarming. The results of the study were published on the parliament's website and indicate that the soaring unemployment over the past four years "may give rise to a crisis." 9/5/18

IRAN: Detained Civil Rights Activist Refusing to Break Hunger Strike - Farhad Meysami, the 48-year-old physician who has been detained in Iran's Evin Prison since his arrest on July 31, 2018, is physically deteriorating after being on hunger strike for over a month to protest his unlawful detainment. 9/5/18

US hands ancient Persian bas-relief back to Iran - On the orders of a New York Supreme Court judge, a $1.2-million ancient Persian bas-relief has been handed back to Iran after more than 80 years of changing hands among smugglers, Press TV reports. Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam-Ali Khoshrou said Tuesday that the limestone sculpture, which dates back to around 500 B.C., had been delivered to him. 9/5/18

Iran inaugurates major petrochemical projects in Assaluyeh - President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday officially inaugurated three major petrochemical projects in Assaluyeh petrochemical zone in southwestern Bushehr province, Shana reported. As reported, these projects will increase Iran's annual capacity of petrochemical production to 65.5 million tons from the current 62 million tons. 9/5/18

Trump To Chair UN Council Meeting To Highlight Grievances With Iran - U.S. President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, to spotlight his grievances against Tehran. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced the move late on September 4 as the United States assumed the rotating presidency of the council, where it has pushed unsuccessfully in the past year for punitive measures against Iran. -RFE/RL 9/5/18

India Continues With Iran Oil Deliveries - India is allowing state refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms including the country's top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI) halted voyages to Iran due to U.S. sanctions, Reuters cited sources as saying on August 3. 9/5/18

Iran Should Not Expect Much From Imran Khan's Pakistan - Last week Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif was in Islamabad as the first official of a foreign country to visit Pakistan since Imran Khan became prime minister. It has also been reported that Imran Khan will visit Tehran before going to Saudi Arabia. If this happens, it would mark the first time in a very long time that a Pakistani leader has reached out to Iran ahead of the Saudis. -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog 9/5/18

Professor Ehsan Yarshater, founder of Encyclopedia Iranica: April 3, 1920 - September 2, 2018 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Ehsan Yarshater on September 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. Endowed with a rare combination of a bold and broad scholarly vision, immense erudition, and unfailing determination, Professor Ehsan Yarshater transformed Iranian studies, creating an enduring legacy at Columbia University which advanced the scholarship and understanding of the histories, cultures and accomplishments of Iranian peoples. 9/4/18

Iran's Rial Hits New Low Against Dollar As U.S. Reimposes Sanctions - The Iranian currency has hit another record low against the dollar on the unofficial market amid continued economic difficulties following the reimposition of nuclear sanctions by the United States, reports say. The rial has lost around 15 percent of its value on the open market in the past three days, trading at 128,500 to $1 by late September 3, according to, which tracks Iran's rates. 9/4/18

Iranian women not successful at Asian Games in Indonesia - The Iranian women won just a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, one gold less than the previous edition, despite a twofold increase in numbers. Iran took part with 57 sportswomen in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, winning two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. 9/4/18

Iranians spend $26.5B on online shopping in calendar year: Report - People in Iran spent 1,110 trillion rials (about $26.5 billion) on online shopping during the previous Iranian calendar year 1396 (ended on March 20, 2018), the E-Commerce Development Center of Iran said in a recently published report. 9/4/18

UK minister: We seek no covert operation in Iran, plan to build ties - UK's Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, reaffirms his country's support to the 2015 nuclear deal following the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, saying the UK, along with the European Union, are doing all they can to provide the mechanism by which they can continue trade transactions with Iran. 9/4/18

2018 Asian Games: Iran Wins Gold in Volleyball, Silver in Basketball and Bronze in Water Polo - Iran national volleyball team defeated South Korea to take a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Iran basketball team lost to China in the final match to take the silver and Iran national water polo team defeated China to take the bronze after 44 years of waiting for a medal. 9/1/18

Iranian Musician Kayhan Kalhor wins Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award - Four-time Iranian Grammy Award nominee Kayhan Kalhor was one of the two winners of the Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, the organizers announced last Tuesday. 9/1/18

EU will continue efforts to keep Iran nuclear deal alive: Federica Mogherini - European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the 28-nation bloc would continue its work to preserve a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries after the US unilateral move to pull out from the deal. 9/1/18

Creating The Conditions For War - Hawks inside and outside the Trump administration have not been afraid to threaten the nuclear option when it comes to the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. From threats to sanction European central banks and SWIFT's board of directors to threats against foreign government officials facilitating trade with Iran, U.S. hawks have adopted the madman theory to undermine international adherence to the Iran nuclear accord... -Tyler Cullis, LobeLog 9/1/18

Iran Arrests Two More Lawyers Bringing Intense Pressure On Defenders - Iranian intelligence officers arrested two human rights lawyers Payam Dorfeshan and Farrokh Forouzan Friday August 31, reported lawyer Mohammad Najafi on his Facebook page. No reason has been given for the arrest of the two lawyers. The new arrests bring the number of Iranian human rights lawyers in jail in Tehran to more than ten. 9/1/18

IAEA: Iran remains compliant with 2015 nuclear deal - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again reaffirmed Iran's full compliance with its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal in the second such report after the US stopped fulfilling its side of the bargain and left the multilateral agreement in violation of international law. 8/31/18

Iran's only Jewish hospital grapples with fallout of US sanctions - As access to life-saving medicines becomes restricted, hospitals worry about future of their most vulnerable patients. -Ted Regencia, Al Jazeera 8/31/18

False Flag Op In Albania Would Drive A Wedge Between The EU And Iran - As America pressures the European Union to line up behind its sanctions regime and end trade with Iran, there are indications that this could open another front for confronting Iran. The question for America's anti-Iran pundits currently is how to engineer distance between Europe and Iran. One way would be if it could be demonstrated that Iranian terrorism has reached Europe itself, a theme that Pompeo himself addresses at virtually every Iran-related opportunity. -Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, LobeLog 8/31/18

Persian Food Tours: Women's culinary, an attempt for entrepreneurship - The idea came up from a road trip Matin took with a group of Spaniards around Iran. "It was then that I realized how limited we are in our choice of food in restaurants and how the menus kept repeating the same few dishes over and over again. "Most of the people on that tour came to the conclusion that Iranian cuisine has little to offer with not much variety. I obviously knew that it wasn't true but proving it would only be possible if we were to get invited to an Iranian home." said Matin Lashkari, the co-founder of in an interview with the Tehran Times. 8/28/18

Revisiting Regime Change In Iran - After abandoning the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by the Obama administration with Iran and five world powers, the Trump administration has returned to past American notions of Iran's Islamic Republic being either overthrown or weakened to the point of collapse. -Gareth Smyth, LobeLog 8/28/18

Iran's Behdad Salimi happy to bid farewell to weightlifting with gold at Asian Games - Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi is so happy to announce his retirement from the sport with a gold medal. On Monday, Salimi bade farewell to weightlifting after winning a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia. 8/27/18

Iran's Sohrab Moradi breaks weightlifting's oldest world record at Asian Games - Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting's longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men's 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday. Moradi lifted 189kg in the opening discipline to better the snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis. 8/25/18

Iranian Women And Men Make History By Winning Kabaddi Gold In Asian Games - Iran won two gold medals in kabaddi on Friday at the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia, bringing the nation's total gold medal count to 12. Women's kabaddi made history in the Games, beating India 27-24 in the final. Men's team, who had ended India's supremacy on Thursday, defeated South Korea 26-16 in the final to win their first ever gold medal in the Asian Games. 8/24/18

Prolonged Detention of Environmentalists "None of Your Business," Iran's Judiciary Tells Vice President - The chief of Iran's Department of Environment, Vice President Isa Kalantari, has told state media that the judiciary has warned him to stop enquiring about environmentalists who have been detained for the past six months. 8/18/18

Iran Action Group: New US Iran Policy Chief Lays Out Agenda - The Trump administration's new special representative for Iran says his team will focus most of its work on changing Tehran's behavior on issues of nuclear weapons, terrorism and detention of Americans. Brian Hook was speaking Thursday at the State Department, where U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Hook's appointment to the role that heads a new U.S. team known as the Iran Action Group. - 8/17/18

Meybod, Iran: Open-air museum of ancient watermills - Some 50 kilometers north of Yazd, central Iran, lies the sprawling mud-brick city of Meybod, whose tourism officials are planning to internationally promote it as the "city of watermills". Meybod seeks UNESCO status for long being a cradle of watermills and for its cultural evolution of water supply through the millennia, ISNA reported. 8/16/18

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