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Iranian Women Arrested for Riding Motorcycle; Video Fuels Backlash

- Iranian police have arrested two women for riding a motorcycle in a western city - an incident that went viral when images appeared online and sparked a social-media backlash against the country's political and religious authorities. -Michael Lipin, VOA 01/14/17

PHOTOS: The 1st Tehran Jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art

- The 1st Tehran jewelry Exhibition of Contemporary Art opened in Aria gallery on January 6 and will run until January 24. 01/14/17

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners

- In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. 01/14/17

President Obama Renews Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran For One Year

- In an executive order late January 13, Obama renewed the non-nuclear sanctions but affirmed the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions that occurred a year ago, saying Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers has been successful. 01/14/17

Iran to receive 130 tons of uranium: Atomic Energy Organization Official

- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country is soon to receive as much as 130 tons of uranium from abroad. The Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries approved the purchase on the part of the Islamic Republic during a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday. 01/14/17

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

- Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted her and what she has been charged with. 01/14/17

Iran sees Pompeo, Mattis wiser than most American politicians: Expediency Council Secretary

- The secretary of Iran's Expediency Council has said Iran is not concerned about Donald Trump's picks to lead the Pentagon and CIA, as they are "wiser than most American politicians." "Mike Pompeo and James Mattis, the famous American generals who are going to lead the CIA and Defense Department respectively, are two of the most important and sensitive faces among Trump's cabinet picks," said Mohsen Rezaei in an Instagram post on Friday. 01/14/17

Could the world's most expensive spice help farmers in Vermont?

- Small farmers in the US state of Vermont are concerned traditional business won't sustain their farms, but see potential in an unlikely and very expensive spice. The snow-covered plains of Vermont are one of the last places you'd think saffron would grow. -Shirin Jaafari, BBC 01/14/17

PHOTOS: 'Historic Day' as Iran's first Airbus jet lands in Tehran

- The first of 100 planes that Iran is expected to receive through a landmark deal with the European aviation giant Airbus has landed in the country's capital Tehran. The arrival of the plane - Iran's first new aircraft in about four decades - was marked by a special ceremony to celebrate what is seen as a historic day in the country's aviation industry. 01/13/17

IMVBox: A whole new world of Iranian movies at your fingertips

- IMVBox.com is the world's leading online distributor of high-quality Iranian cinema. Its Video On Demand service houses the largest legally-assembled library of Iranian feature films, documentaries, TV shows and short films. Thousands of hours of content all easily accessible across multiple devices, all offering a high-quality playback experience. The platform uses a subscription-based model that requires members to pay either a monthly or annual fee. One month of premimum subscription free of charge for payvand.com visitors! 01/13/17

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Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since December 25 - In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine Ahmadreza Jalali has been held in Evin Prison for almost nine months. He is now approaching three weeks on hunger strike in protest against his detainment. 01/13/17

Iranian Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized - Imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad, who was on hunger strike for more than a month at Rajaee Shahr Prison, was rushed to Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran on January 12, 2017 after his blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 01/13/17

The Bride's Side - Separate celebrations for women and men mean twice the business for Iran's growing wedding industry. -Tacita Vero, Slate 01/13/17

The outspoken women behind late Iranian President Rafsanjani - The recent death of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani leaves the outspoken women in the reformer's family in a sort of political limbo. -PRI 01/13/17

Trump Appointee Crowley Espoused Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories - President-elect Donald Trump's decision to name Monica Crowley to lead communications for the National Security Council (NSC) has resulted in a plagiarism scandal for the Fox News personality and Washington Times columnist. A CNN review of her columns for the Times revealed at least seven instances of plagiarism. Politico found that she also plagiarized sections of her PhD dissertation for Columbia University. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog 01/13/17

As Trump guns for Iran Deal, can its Reformists survive death of Hashemi-Rafsanjani? - Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death on Sunday January 8 in Tehran at the age of 82 marks the end of an era in Iran's post-revolutionary history. After the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, in 1989, Hashemi-Rafsanjani's death will have the most significant impact on Iranian politics. -Farhang Jahanpour 01/12/17

IRAN: Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison - Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi's 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison. 01/12/17

Iran Officials Vow To Look Into Public's 'Jamming' Fears - Officials in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz have pledged to look into suggestions of a link between public health risks and the jamming of communications in the area, after residents took to the streets to complain of ailments that could stem from technology used to block foreign broadcasts. 01/12/17

Two Iranian Graphic Designers Win Awards At New York Contest - Two Iranian graphic designers have won awards at a graphic competition in New York. Mehdi Mahdian's poster titles 'Scope Of Meaning' and Touraj Saberivand's poster titled 'Freedom of Language' received awards in the poster section of "Graphis 2017," held in New York. 01/12/17

Tillerson Backs 'Full Review' Of Iran Nuclear Deal - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state says he supports a "full review" of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the incoming president has previously pledged to renegotiate or scrap altogether. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said during a January 11 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he would recommend such a review if he is confirmed as Trump's secretary of state. 01/12/17

Will Iran's Alliance With Russia Last? - At Tuesday's funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country's burgeoning alliance with Moscow. -Jamie Dettmer, VOA 01/12/17

World Bank Forecasts 5.2 Percent GDP Growth For Iran In 2017 - The World Bank, in its recent report titled Global Economic Prospects, forecasted a 5.2 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Iran in 2017. The report put the country's GDP growth at 4.6 percent in 2016, while it predicted 4.8 percent and 4.5 percent growth for the country in 2018 and 2019, respectively. 01/12/17

IranAir Takes Delivery Of First Airbus Passenger Jet - The head of IranAir has taken delivery in France of the first Western airliner under an international sanctions deal. The 189-seat A321 was handed over in a January 11 ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. "It's a new, magnificent chapter and a great day" for ties between Iran and Europe, IranAir Chief Executive Officer Farhad Parvaresh said. 01/12/17

The Legacy Of Iran's Rafsanjani - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man known as the "order's pillar" (sotun-e nezam), died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy as complicated and multifaceted as the order (and associated institutions) that he more than anyone else was responsible in erecting. Rafsanjani shaped most of the new institutions established by the Islamic Republic in 1979, from the office of the Leader to the Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Expediency Council (which he chaired almost from its inception until he died). -Farideh Farhi 01/11/17

Rafsanjani's Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran - The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on January 10, 2017, led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners in a resurgence of support for reformist issues that have been harshly suppressed in Iran for the last decade. 01/11/17

Iran's Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers - In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution. 01/11/17

$250M allocated to Lake Urmia restoration program - The lake which used to be a natural habitat for migratory birds, and a tourist attraction is facing a dramatic decline for years now. The decline is generally blamed on a combination of drought, damming of the rivers that flow into it, pumping of groundwater from the area, and increased water diversion for irrigation of farming lands within the lake's watershed. 01/11/17

What Rafsanjani Takes To His Grave - Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died of heart failure on January 8 at the age of 82, was an architect of the Islamic establishment in Iran whose image transformed from shark to voice of reason. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, may have taken the answers to some of the Islamic republic's biggest mysteries to his grave. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 01/11/17

Iran Decides Against Upsetting Nuclear Deal Over US Sanctions Extension - Iran decided not to escalate a stand-off over the extension of U.S. sanctions at a meeting of diplomats overseeing the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015, senior Russian and Iranian diplomats said after the session Tuesday. -Reuters 01/11/17

Exploring the Iranian outback - VENTURING off the usual rainforests and hiking trails for a change, we bring you a story about the canyons and unusual landscapes of Iran. Back in November and December, my travel partner Natasha and I travelled through Iran, and while the big names like Isfahan and Shiraz beckoned, our target was the island of Hormuz, off Bandar Abbas in the south. -The Star 01/11/17

PHOTOS: Iran's Rafsanjani Laid To Rest In Tehran - The funeral of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is being held in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians jammed streets around Tehran University, where Rafsanjani was laying in state on January 10. A national holiday has been declared. 01/10/17

Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli - In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. Among the Iranian officials that the delegation, led by the then-Social-Democratic-Group President Hannes Swoboda, met with in Tehran was the Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani... On a personal level, in a marked contrast to some decidedly dour characters representing the Islamic Republic, he came across as a gregarious man clearly at ease with a European delegation that comprised several female MPs. -Eldar Mamedov 01/10/17

VIDEO: Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz - A large crowd gathered in the Iranian city of Shiraz to protest against the government's use of broadcast jamming equipment. On January 9, demonstrators stood outside the provincial governor's headquarters complaining about the health effects of using electromagnetic pulses for disrupting broadcasts. Some chants called the jamming a "betrayal" of the nation. 01/10/17

UN To Discuss Iranian Complaints About U.S. Non-Nuclear Sanctions - Five global powers that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council will meet on January to review Iranian complaints that the United States has reneged on the sanctions relief promised under the Iran nuclear deal. 01/10/17

Oil Prices Plummet On Fear OPEC-Russia Output Cuts Will Unravel in 2017 - World oil prices have plummeted over concerns that a deal to curb production reached between OPEC, Russia, and other producers will not hold for much longer. 01/10/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist Convicted of "Propaganda Against the State" Completes One-Year Prison Sentence - Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. 01/10/17

The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life - The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz's work is not just very beautiful - it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky. -BBC 01/10/17

Congress Takes Up Iran, Israel, UN in 2017 - Welcome to the 115th Congress! Based on this first week, it seems safe to say: fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a very very very bumpy ride. (As we have over the past two years, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now about what Congress is up to and what individual members are saying, particularly about Israel-Palestine and Iran.) -Lara Friedman, LobeLog 01/10/17

Iranians Pay Last Respects To Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani - Iran has begun three days of mourning for former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died on January 8 of a heart attack at the age of 82. President Hassan Rohani and his administration on January 9 paid respects to Rafsanjani at northern Tehran's Jamaran prayer hall, where Rafsanjani's body was laid out. 01/9/17

30 Iranian Fools Outside Trump Tower Begging For A Regime Change Handout - 30 Iranians "liberals and activist" have sought refuge at the Trump Tower begging the President-elect to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement, institute even tougher sanctions on their homeland, and to bring about regime change there. -Ali Moayedian 01/9/17

DEEP OATH: Painting exhibition by Narenj Kazemi - If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread \ If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul \ If you understand this secret, \ you know you are that which you seek 01/9/17

Death Of Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Causes Anxiety For The Reformists - A pivotal politician in Iran's internal struggles for reform and the former president of the country, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies in Tajrish hospital after a heart attack. Hashemi was 82 years old. 01/9/17

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike - Conservative member of Parliament Ali Motahari has publicly asked the Judiciary to review the case of ailing political prisoner Ali Shariati, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in Evin Prison. The Tehran MP made the call after a 71-day hunger strike by imprisoned rights activist Arash Sadeghi resulted in the Judiciary agreeing to Sadeghi's request for a review of his imprisoned wife's case. 01/9/17

US Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats Near Persian Gulf - A U.S. Navy ship fired three warnings shots at Iranian boats near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday, a U.S. defense official told VOA. Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels were "traveling right at" the USS Mahan in the Strait of Hormuz at a "very high rate of speed," the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 01/9/17

US, Italian firms to save Iran's troubled appliance brands Arj and Azmayesh: Report - Iran says it has started talks with major American and Italian companies to form partnerships with some of its oldest brands of household appliances in what appears to be a policy to prevent their demise. The announcement was made by Abbas Hashemi, the director general for household devices affairs of the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade. 01/9/17

Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President, Dies at 82 - Iranian state media report that former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died in a Tehran hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 82. 01/8/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Suffer through Hunger Strikes for Minimum Rights - Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi ended his 72-days hunger strike after his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was given furlough from prison on $150,000 bail. Ali Shariati, Saeed Shirzad and several other prisoners still remain on hunger strike. 01/8/17

Iranian indoor field hockey team crushes host in Croatia Indoor Cup 2017 - The Iranian men's national indoor field hockey team has preserved its winning streak in the Croatia Indoor Cup 2017 and registered a resounding victory against a squad of players from the host nation's top-ranked clubs. 01/8/17

Iran Football Federation fails preparation plan for World Cup, says coach Carlos Queioz - Iran National Team's head coach Carlos Queioz has revealed that after the Iranian football federation failed to fulfil its promise he presented a resignation letter and will not continue his job. 01/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian teenage girl pulls 3 cars with her teeth - Iranian 16-year-old girl, Faezeh Sarlak, has pulled three cars with her teeth 4.06 meters to register her name in the World Federation as the first female Iranian athlete in the field. She is the first Iranian female athlete who has been able to drag three cars with teeth, but her record still needs to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. 01/8/17

The story of an Iranian soldier who lost a limb saving a dog trapped in minefield - Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield. Mohammad's story, has gone viral in the country since the incident which happened in a garrison in Ajabshir, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, the Department of Environment official website reported. 01/7/17

Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz resigns, Branko being considered as replacement - Carlos Queiroz has resigned from Iran national coach on Saturday, according to a member of the board of directors of Iran's Football Federation. Amir Abedini said that they have received the Portuguese coach's resignation letter on Saturday. Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic could replace Carlos Queiroz if the Portuguese leaves his role at Team Melli, according to Croatian media. 01/7/17

PHOTOS: Iranian-Armenian Contemporary Art Exhibition "Solidarity" opens in Tehran - An Exhibition of Armenian Pioneer artists titled Meeting (Didar) opened on January 6, 2017 at Maryam Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition, held with the cooperation of Ardak Manoukian Museum, is to honor the influence of Armenian artists on Iranian contemporary art. 01/7/17

Top US Senator: Trump Administration Won't Toss Iran Deal - The chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that abrupt rejection of the Iran nuclear deal by the incoming Trump administration could create "a crisis" and that he did not expect such an approach. "To tear it up on the front end, in my opinion, is not going to happen. Instead, we will begin to radically enforce it," Senator Bob Corker told reporters on Friday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. -Reuters 01/7/17

Persian leopard captured on camera in Taleqan - According to Iran Environmental Watch and Wildlife, two environment collaborators crossing their village near the city of Taleqan, found new leopard footprints on the snow. After a few minutes, they saw a mature leopard only a short distance away, which did not attempt to scape and the two men could capture the image of this endangered animal. 01/7/17

Iran cashing in on OPEC oil output cut: Report - Reports suggest that Iran has managed to sell nearly half of oil that it had long held on tankers at sea as it capitalizes on OPEC oil cut to sell millions of barrels, courting new customers around the globe. Tehran has sold more than 13 million barrels of the crude it had held in floating storage. 01/7/17

Photos: Earthquake Kills Afghan Laborers In Iran - Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit a village in the country's south, killing four people, according to state television. State TV said the earthquake struck in the early hours of January 6 in the village of Saifabad near the town of Khonj, about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran. 01/6/17

Rohani Corruption Spat Could Herald Rough-And-Tumble Iranian Presidential Campaign - President Hassan Rohani has traded barbs with hard-line officials from Iran's judiciary in a highly public spat in which each side appears determined to tar the other with accusations of corruption in an election year. The feud appears to have been smoldering since the president's rise to power in 2013 on calls for reform and the arrest of one of Iran's wealthiest men, Babak Zanjani, months after Rohani took office. Golnaz Esfandiari 01/6/17

Letter (from prominent Iranian-Americans) to President-elect Trump - Dear President-elect Trump, As Iranian-American artists, scientists, business leaders, human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists, we all drew a sigh of relief when the P5+1 Iran nuclear deal was reached. To us, it meant ensuring that a disastrous war between the United States and Iran was avoided. 01/6/17

Footprints of Prehistoric Industry around Persian Gulf - Objects unearthed in the historical site of Tom Maroon, in Hormuzgan Province on the Persian Gulf, indicate that the communities inhabiting the region during the Bronze Age were involved in industrial activities such as metalwork, glass-work and pottery. 01/6/17

Secretary Kerry Warns Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned the incoming Trump administration against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, saying it has made the world safer by leaving Tehran technically unable to build a nuclear weapon. 01/6/17

CONCERT: Songs of My Homeland - "Diaspora Arts Connection" and "Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation" Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, "Iranian Choir of America" and "Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra". 01/6/17

Poll: Nearly 2/3 of U.S. Public Opposes Withdrawing from Iran Nuclear Deal - Amid growing speculation about a Trump administration's intentions regarding the Iran nuclear deal, a new poll has found that nearly two-thirds of the U.S. public opposes withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated 18 months ago between Iran and the P5+1. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 01/6/17

Iran's First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief - Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country's Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign. 01/6/17

Iranian Startups: Maman Paz delivers 200,000 orders of "mom-made" food in Tehran - Shanbe magazine talks to Tabassom Latifi who has employed housewives and launched Maman Paz, a startup that delivers home foods to people (in Tehran, Iran) who are not at home most of the time or don't want to cook. 01/5/17

PHOTOS: Fereydounkenar Hosting Migrant Siberian Geese - Migrant Siberian geese have arrived in Fereydounkenar, Iran's Mazandaran province to seek refuge during winter. The geese are protected and are fed by the forest rangers and local people. -Amir Ali Razzaghi 01/5/17

Modernizing Islam: Iran's Reformists and Reconstructionists Square off - About a year ago, a group of diaspora Muslim intellectuals were sitting around a blazing fire by a muddy river in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, debating strategies of modernizing traditional Islam. The worldwide Islamic reform movement, undaunted by the lurid cruelty of Islamic extremism, forges ahead. Its anxious debates may sound Byzantine to Western ears, but since they may very well presage the arrival of Islam's own brand of reformation, they deserve a hearing. -Mahmoud Sadri 01/5/17

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence In Iran After Coerced Confession - Iranian-Austrian dual citizen Kamran Ghaderi is entering the second year of his 10-year prison sentence in solitary confinement in Tehran after being coerced into confessing to espionage in 2016, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. 01/5/17

Iranian political prisoner ends his hunger strike after his wife is granted temporary furlough - Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner who was on hunger strike for 72 days, has ended his strike after his demands were met and his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was granted a temporary leave of absence from prison. 01/4/17

Meet An Entrepreneur Iranian Woman: Carpet Weaving Expert Nahid Hosseini - Nahid Hosseini, 49, is a carpet weaving instructor who exports hand-woven carpets made by her trainees to European countries. Hosseini learned carpet weaving in her childhood from her father, Seifoddin Hosseini, who himself was an exemplary carpet producer and a top carpet weaving instructor. -Mojtaba Heidari 01/4/17

Iranians are trending the demands of political prisoners on Twitter - After the #SaveArash successful twitter campaign in support of Arash Sadeghi, Iranians are now showing solidarity with Ali Shariati, a reformist political prisoner who is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in a protest apposing serial acid attacks against women in Isfahan, Iran. 01/4/17

Maternal mortality rate in Iran far below UN SDG target - The maternal mortality rate in Iran is far below the target set by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Safieh Shahriari-Afshar, a founding member of the Family Health Association of Iran (FHA Iran), told a press conference on December 27. 01/4/17

37 Top U.S. Scientists Urge Trump To Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal - Dozens of top U.S. scientists have called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to uphold the nuclear deal reached with Iran, calling it "a strong bulwark against an Iranian nuclear-weapons program." The letter was organized by physicist Richard L. Garwin, known for helping design the world's first hydrogen bomb. The 37 signatories of the letter include a Nobel laureate, former White House science advisers, and prominent academics. 01/3/17

Protest Outside Tehran Prison In Support Of Hunger Striking Activist Arash Sadeghi - Dozens of Iranians have taken part in a rare demonstration outside Tehran's Evin prison to express their support for a jailed activist on hunger strike, Arash Sadeghi. Sadeghi, a philosophy student who is serving a 15-year prison sentence on security charges, has reportedly been refusing to eat for more than two months to protest the October 24 arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi. 01/2/17

Photos: Sculptor Qodratollah Aqeli's new exhibit criticizes social behavior - "The Peculiarity of Creatures", an exhibition of sculptures by Qodratollah Aqeli, has criticized the daily social behavior of people. The exhibit, which opened in Tehran's Sareban Gallery on Friday, showcases a collection of about twenty busts and sculptures. 01/2/17

PHOTOS: New Year Celebration at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran, Iran - Iran's Armenian Christian community held a ceremony at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the New Year 2017. During the ceremony, special prayers were said and candles were lit. This was also a chance for some to pose with Santa! -photos by Majid Haghdoust 01/2/17

PHOTOS: Mehrastan Castle in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran - Mehrastan Historic Castle located in Sistan and Baluchistan province dates back to more than 400 years ago. The castle is on the verge of destruction and needs special attention of officials to allocate budget for repair. 01/1/17

PHOTOS: New Year 2017 shopping in Tehran - These photos by Majid Haghdoust show the Iranian Christians shopping for the New Year 2017 in the capital city Tehran. While Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," among its more than 70 million people is a small but important Christian minority. Most of Iran's Christians are Armenians and Assyrians, who remain relatively free to follow their faith. 12/31/16

PHOTOS: Father of Turquoise Mine - Seyyed Hassan Afkhami is a lovely old man who has been working in Neishabour Turquoise Mine since he was 12 years old. Majority of local people here have been engaged in extracting the precious stone from the world's largest turquoise mine located near Neishabour in Khorasan Razavi province (map) that has a long history dating back to 3,000 b.c. 12/30/16

PHOTOS: Homeless Iranians seek shelter in empty graves - A series of dramatic photographs showing homeless people sheltering from the winter cold in a graveyard near Tehran is stirring emotions in Iran. According to one local newspaper, over 50 people are living among empty graves in a cemetery located in Shahriar suburb, near the capital. 12/27/16

Yasmin Khan's "The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen" - Armed with little more than a notebook and a bottle of pomegranate molasses, British-Iranian cook Yasmin Khan traversed Iran in search of the country's most delicious recipes. Her quest took her from the snowy mountains of Tabriz and the paddyfields of Gilan to the cosmopolitan cafes of Tehran and the pomegranate orchards of Isfahan, where she was welcomed into the homes of artists, farmers, electricians and teachers. Through her travels, she gained a unique insight into the culinary secrets of the Persian kitchen and the lives of ordinary Iranians today. 12/27/16

PHOTOS: Tehran 6th Artwork Auction Fetches 3 Million Dollars - The 6th Tehran Auction of artwork, held on December 24th, hosted 120 works of 112 illustrators and painters. The highest sold works belonged to Reza Derakhshani, Hossein Zendehroudi, Kourosh Shishegaran, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Farideh Lashai, Bahman Mohasses, Manouchehr Yektaei, and Farhad Moshiri, along with other works of diverse names. 12/27/16

PHOTOS: Foreign Tourists Visiting Historical Houses In Kashan, Iran - Since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers in July 2015, there has been a big jump in travel by foreign tourists to Iran. One of the favorite destinations for the tourists is Kashan in central Iran where they can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. 12/26/16

PHOTOS: Two Persian leopards spotted at Parvar Protected Area - A leopardess and her cub were spotted on December 21st at Parvar Protected Wildlife Area in Semnan province of Iran. Persian leopard is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871-1,290 mature individuals and considered declining. 12/25/16

Iran Tourism: Myth vs. Fact - The stigma that Iran is a dangerous place where Western tourists - and particularly Americans - are neither welcomed, nor permitted to visit the country, could not be farther from the truth. Where does this stigma come from? For one thing, when Americans picture Iran, they tend to envision scenes from the 1979 hostage crisis or the stereotypical cries of "Death to America" that they have seen in the U.S. media. However, these perceptions do not reflect the reality on the ground. -Gabriella Butler, AIC 12/23/16

TEDxTehran 2016: "Good Morning Tehran" - Our lives in Tehran and worldwide is in constant motion. Time is always in transition. This was a reflection of TEDxTehran theme the past three years. We began with our city, Tehran En Route, heading towards an inflection point, The Verge of a Breakthrough that gave way to A New Paradigm. So what comes right after this journey to a New Paradigm? 12/16/16

PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert - The historical Shazdeh (Prince) Garden is located in the Kerman desert near Mahan. The Garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate. This magnificent garden known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. 12/13/16

PHOTOS: The Historic Resket Tower in Sari, Iran - The Resket Tower is located in the city of Sari (Dodangeh District) in Iran's Mazandaran province. The tower dates back to the 11th century. With its conical dome, this cylindrical brick tower is believed to have been built near the impact site of a meteorite and is the tomb of Bavandid (651-1349) royal. The tower is 18 meters high and nearly 15 meters wide at its base. The tower has Kufic and Sassanid inscriptions as well as unique moqarnas decorations below its dome. 12/12/16

PHOTOS: The Saint Stepanos Monastery In The Mountains Of Northwest Iran - The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province in northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era (1501-1736) after several earthquakes damaged it. 12/11/16

PHOTOS: "Maktab Shiraz" Art Exhibition by Shamseddin Ghazi - Artistic Principles: a) Belief in the use of the symbols and native elements and the national and religious ones and combining them with contemporary golbal artistic principles. b) Studying the form and content of traditional Iranian art, and comparing them with the contemporary art. c) Reconstructing and rebuilding the Iranian myth and the national symbols throughout all eras in Iran (before and after Islam) and updating them in the Contemporary Art. 12/10/16

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