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Iranian women wrestlers win Classic International Tournament

- The Iranian women wrestling team made history by winning the First International Tournament Women Classic Style on Sunday. Iran claimed two gold and two bronze medals in the two-day tournament held in Beirut, Lebanon. 9/24/18

Iranian Currency Reaches New Lows After Terror Attack

- Iranian national currency's downfall has once again gained momentum, while prices of gold and gold coins has also dramatically soared. Based on the latest reports, one dollar has hit the record breaking figure of 150,000 rials. 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: USA backups secure a shutout against

- Despite playing with backups USA won for the eighth time in a row completing its second perfect round. The Americans managed a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) victory over Iran in three tightly contested sets. 9/24/18

Iranians hold funeral for victims of Ahvaz terrorist attack

- Masses of Iranian people and government officials have taken part in a funeral procession for the victims of Saturday's terrorist attack in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz. -Press TV 9/24/18

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Trump's Iran Policy Counterproductive Say 50+ Former Senior Officials

- More than 50 former senior officials and national security experts have urged the Trump administration to change course on Iran, warning that the current approach could lead to war. Following is the full statement by the National Coalition to Prevent a Nuclear Weapon. -LobeLog 9/24/18

The Ahvaz terror attack in Iran may drag the US into a larger war

- If the Ahvaz attack has Saudi and UAE fingerprints, then their goal is likely for Iran to respond aggressively, which may force the US to act militarily -Trita Parsi, MEI 9/24/18

IRAN: Additional Prison Terms For Two Ahmadinejad Allies

- In a move to increase pressure on the former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a court in Iran has issued additional jail sentences for two of his close allies. The court for government employees has convicted Ahmadinejad's former advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr to 2 1/2 years and his former deputy Hamid Baghaei to 6 months for "spreading lies" and "insulting" regime officials, their lawyer Mehran Abdollahpour told the news agency IRNA on Saturday. 9/24/18

President Rouhani: Iran ready to confront US, 'small mercenary states'

- President Hassan Rouhani says the United States wants to cause insecurity in Iran with the help of "small mercenary states" in the region, but that the Islamic Republic is ready to confront them. Rouhani's remarks in Tehran Sunday before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly came a day after terrorists attacked a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran, killing 25 people. 9/23/18

Trump Lawyer Giuliani Says Sanctions Will Eventually Bring Down Iranian Government

- Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, says U.S. sanctions are causing economic pain on Iran that will eventually lead to the downfall of the Tehran government. "I don't know when we're going to overthrow them," Giuliani said at an Iran Uprising Summit held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities in New York on September 22. 9/23/18

Terror Attack On Military Parade In Iran Leaves 25 Dead, 60 Wounded

- At least 24 four people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, the country's official IRNA news agency reported, prompting President Hassan Rohani to pledge a "crushing" response to threats against the country. 9/22/18

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Iran's Rohani Vows Tehran Will Not Abandon Its Defensive Weapons - Iranian President Hassan Rohani has vowed that Tehran will not abandon its missiles, despite U.S. pressure. Rohani made the remark in a speech carried live by state television that marked the start of the 1980-88 Iran Iraq war. "Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons...including its missiles that make America so angry," Rohani said. 9/22/18

Major Powers, Except US, Try to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal Alive - Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November. -Reuters 9/22/18

Intimidation, persecution of Iranian lawyers won't halt dissent - Iran's lawyers face tight restrictions and countless obstacles from the government, especially those who dare to work security and political cases. 9/22/18

US supports terrorists, yet Iran gets the blame - The US State Department's annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2017 is out. The report has been strongly denounced by critics as highly politicized and contradictory. The annual report says terrorist attacks declined in 2017 largely because the Daesh terrorist group suffered major defeats in many countries like Iraq and Syria. But the US government report ironically describes Iran as the leading state sponsor of terrorism. -Press TV 9/22/18

Iranian FM Zarif slams U.S. call for 'treaty' with Iran as mockery of peace calls - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the US over its call for a "treaty" with Iran, saying Washington has already breached an international agreement that included Tehran, and that its new plan is nothing but a mockery of peace calls. 9/21/18

In Just Six Months, Iranian Universities Expelled 50 Baha'i Students For Their Religious Beliefs - Fifty Baha'i students have been expelled from Iranian universities in the current Iranian year (beginning March 21, 2018) because of their religious beliefs, according to Simin Fahandej, a representative of the Baha'i International Community's Office in Geneva to the United Nations. 9/21/18

Volkswagen denies US claim it will stop doing business with Iran - Volkswagen (VW) has rejected US claims that the German car manufacturer has decided to quit Iran amid American sanctions, saying it has not changed its position on the Islamic Republic yet. A Thursday report by Bloomberg quoted US Ambassador to Berlin Richard Grenell as saying that Volkswagen had decided to end doing business with Iran after weeks of talks with the US administration. 9/21/18

Exclusive: internal documents show how hard it is for some immigrants to get a travel ban waiver - Nine months after the Trump administration's travel ban fully and permanently went into effect, the public is finally beginning to get some insight into how it's being implemented - and whether the administration is actually as willing as it has claimed to give waivers to worthy visa applicants. -Dara Lind, Vox 9/21/18

What rial devaluation means for Iranian government - While the devaluation of the rial has had a negative impact on Iranian society, it has the potential to help key economic players -- including the government and the Central Bank -- to gain a new and sustainable balance in their finances. -Bijan Khajehpour, Al Monitor 9/21/18

Iranian singer's 'sickening' anti-Islam post embarrasses hard-liners - Furious reactions are pouring in after Iranian singer Amir Hossein Maghsoudlou, known as Amir Tataloo, posted graphically-worded lines against Shiite Islam and its followers on Instagram, where he is followed by over four million people. 9/21/18

Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted From Within And Without - Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration's indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence there. Syria's problems should not divert attention, however, from similar things going on next door in Iraq... -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 9/21/18

Satirist Keyomars Marzban Arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Held Incommunicado, No Access to Lawyer - Keyomars Marzban, a 26-year-old satirist, has been held incommunicado in Tehran's Evin Prison and without access to counsel since the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arrested him on August 26, 2018. 9/20/18

Rouhani Should Be Called to Account for Human Rights Abuses in Iran at UN Gathering - As President Hassan Rouhani comes to NY to attend the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the international community to directly address the worsening human rights situation in Iran with the Iranian president. 9/20/18

Envoy: US Seeking to Negotiate Treaty With Iran - The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran that will cover both its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week. -Reuters 9/20/18

Instagram posts by kids of Iran's political elite stir outrage - Selfies with a pet tiger, a Ferrari, or a $3800 handbag... the Instagram pages of children of the Iranian political elite are causing controversy back home, where the currency has lost 70% of its value in the past year and prices are skyrocketing. -France24 9/20/18

Khamenei Reversal on FATF Suggests US-Iran Talks Possible Under Trump - President Donald Trump's policy towards Iran is imposing "maximum pressure" purportedly aimed at bringing Iranians back to the negotiating table. Trump demands renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal which, according to him, has "terrible flaws." He also wants restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a change in the Iran's aggressive policies in the region. Trump has said that he would start talks without pre-conditions. -Shahir Shahidsaless, Atlantic Council 9/20/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Iran outlasts Finland in an almost record-breaker - Iran beat Finland 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in an epic duel in Pool D in Varna. The match laster 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for a longest match at an FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship since the introduction of the current scoring system. 9/19/18

Iran's Rouhani and Zarif To Take Part In UNGA In New York As 'A Chance For Diplomacy' - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he and President Hassan Rouhani will go to New York next week to take part at the UN General Assembly meeting. The statement put an end to weeks of debate in the Iranian media about whether Rouhani should or should not take part in the meeting; with hard-line media led by the Kayhan newspaper, which is close to Ayatollah Khamenei's office, strongly opposing the U.N. visit. 9/19/18

Mullahs' Messengers Say Iran's Oscar Choice Long On Art, Short On Politics - State media and a hard-line daily with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have suggested that the Farabi Cinema Foundation's selection of Vahid Jalilvand's award-winning drama No Date, No Signature to compete in the best foreign-language film category at the 2019 Academy Awards was a mistake, because its bleak portrayal of Iranian life risks playing into the hands of the clerically dominated leadership's biggest critics. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 9/19/18

'Resign Like A Hero Or Wake Up!' Party Leader Lashes Out At Iran's President Rouhani - The secretary-general of the centrist Executives of Construction Party, one of the two centrist parties that are President Hasan Rouhani's main supporters, has harshly criticized him and has called for his resignation. 9/19/18

Post Columnist And Trump Administration Team Up On Iran Regime Change - It's starting to look like the Iran regime-change industry is getting a little worried that its efforts to kill the nuclear deal and squeeze Iran's leaders out of existence isn't quite working as planned. For instance, Donald Trump's scheme to pressure Iran by re-imposing oil sanctions will likely produce political blowback at home in the form of higher gas prices. -Ben Armbruster, LobeLog 9/19/18

UN Secretary General: Iran Engages UN But Intensifies Crackdown on Freedom of Assembly and Speech - Following are the summary, introduction, and recommendations of the report of the UN secretary general on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/189. -Center For Human Rights In Iran 9/19/18

Giuliani to Speak Beside Leader of Accused Iranian 'Cult' - President Trump's personal lawyer on Saturday will speak alongside the leader of an Iranian opposition group that was designated as a terrorist organization and has often described been as cult-like. It's the latest signal of the Trump administration's coalescing hard-line stance against Iran. -Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast 9/19/18

Saudi Arabia Bankrolled Iran's MEK with Tons of Gold, Rolexes - Report - A former high-ranking MEK official confirmed long-held suspicions that Saudi Arabia has been financing the political-militant group bent on violent regime change in Iran through sophisticated channels to provide the group with valuables like gold and Rolex watches, according to a new report. -Sputnik 9/19/18

Iran had big plans for its tourism industry, then the US reintroduced economic sanctions - Iran's once optimistic tourism industry has been left in disarray following the reintroduction of U.S. sanctions against Tehran in early August. The move by President Donald Trump has led to tourists shying away from Iran, while locals are not spending their money either, both of which have had a negative effect on the country's economy. -Leila Gharagozlou, CNBC 9/19/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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'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

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

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 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

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

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