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Iranian Women Artists Showcased in Upcoming Exhibit Curated by Shirin Neshat

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition of thirteen contemporary Iranian women artists in New York City, curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Shireen Neshat. The show, A Bridge Between You and Everything features nearly 100 works-paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video-by both established and emerging artists, who began working after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The exhibition is organized by the Center. 10/15/19

2019 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans

- Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) has released the findings of its 2019 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, which reveals that tensions in both the wider U.S. society and between the United States and Iran are felt by the Iranian American community. 10/15/19

IRAN: Death Penalty-Carrying Charge Dropped Against Four Conservationists After Supreme Leader Intervened

- The charge of "corruption on earth," which can lead to the death penalty under Iranian law, has been dropped against four detained conservationists following intervention by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI 10/15/19

Iran ready to restart talks if US sanctions removed: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the country is ready to restart nuclear talks with the member states of the P5+1 group if the United States removes all sanctions it has re-imposed on Iran after Washington quit a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran last year. -Press TV 10/15/19

UK, China Experts In Iran To Redesign, 'Upgrade' Arak Reactor

- British and Chinese nuclear delegations are visiting Iran to discuss the redesigning and upgrading of the country's heavy water reactor in Arak, Central Province, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Monday, October 14. -Radio Farda 10/15/19

Iran Minister Says More Stadiums Made Ready To Accept Women Fans

- Iran's minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer match. -Radio Farda 10/15/19

Iran economy to shrink 9.5% this year amid tighter U.S. sanctions, says IMF

- Iran's economy is expected to shrink by 9.5% this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, down from a previous estimate of a 6% contraction, as the country feels the impact of tighter U.S. sanctions. -Reuters 10/15/19

What Does Hezbollah Want?

- The central thrust of Daher's book (Hezbollah: Mobilization and Power) is the importance of 'mobilization'--which evokes the Iranian volunteer body Basij. The Lebanese 'mobilization' began in 1982, largely in response to the Israeli invasion in June and only two years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of Iran's 1979 Revolution, had called for the establishment of the Basij in an improvised response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran. -Gareth Smyth, LobeLog 10/15/19

Iran defeats Senegal at ANOC World Beach Games

- Iran beach soccer team defeated Senegal in Group C at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games Sunday night. Two teams drew 6-6 in the regular time and went to extra time. They each scored two goals and the game went to a penalty shootout where Iran won 3-1. 10/14/19

Volleyball: Italy overpowers Iran in epic match at FIVB World Cup

- Italy rallied from two sets down to defeat Iran 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup on Monday at Hiroshima Green Arena. Italy's Dick Kooy racked up a game-high 28 points and Milad Ebadipour scored 23 points for Iran. 10/14/19

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Iran Must Confront Its Child Protection Crisis - On the International Day of the Girl Child, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the authorities in Iran to confront its child protection crisis, and fulfill the mandate of the day, which the UN states is to "address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights." -CHRI 10/14/19

Iran's IRGC Says It Has Captured Exiled Opposition Activist - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has captured exiled opposition activist Roohollah Zam, claiming he was being directed and supported by intelligence officials from France, the United States, and Israel. 10/14/19

GHOST TOWERS: The view from Iran's housing crisis - Hashem Shakeri first glimpsed some of these ghostly concrete towers on a weekend drive in 2007. He was baffled by the idea that Iranians would be expected to live in the austere structures. "They were like a remote island," he told me. "When I thought about the people who were supposed to come and live there, I couldn't even breathe." In 2016, he began to photograph the satellite towns and their residents. He started in Pardis; the name is Persian for "paradise." -New Yorker 10/14/19

Iranian students barred from US: lost money, broken dreams, no answers - Aghajohari was one of about 20 students from Iran who were barred from boarding flights to start graduate programs in the United States last month, the majority at campuses in the University of California system. The students were all traveling with valid F-1 student visas issued by the US state department. -Guardian 10/14/19

It's Time to Talk to Iran - With tensions rising in the Middle East and Iran suffering under sanctions, this may be the last best opportunity to walk back from the brink. -William J. Burns and Jake Sullivan, New York Times 10/14/19

Iran: hardliners' anti-graft drive masks wider goals - It wasn't his "luxury" house that made Iranians sit up and notice. It wasn't even the top of the range Mercedes-Benz, described by one prosecutor as payment for Ammar Salehi's alleged role in facilitating a $26m bank fraud. What really surprised people, inured to corruption at the highest levels of power in Iran, was that Mr Salehi had been arrested at all. -Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Financial Times 10/14/19

Mutual Deterrence: Good For The Middle East, Bad For The Nuclear Weapons Industry? - Over the past three-plus months it has become increasingly clear that, despite the bombast that Pres. Donald Trump has hurled against the Islamic Republic of Iran (along with a full deck of extremely harmful sanctions and some cyber attacks), neither he nor his closest regional allies in the anti-Iran coalition have been willing to escalate to any military attack against Iran that could escalate to all-out war. -Helena Cobban, LobeLog 10/14/19

Iran's View On Turkey's Operation Peace Spring - A common view in Washington is that President Donald Trump's decision to essentially green light Turkey's Operation Peace Spring against the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria benefits key U.S. adversaries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Giorgio Cafiero, LobeLog 10/14/19

Iran beach soccer starts World Beach Games in style by overpowering Ukraine - Iran national beach soccer team came from 4-1 down to earn a thrilling 5-4 victory over Ukraine at the the Association of National Olympic (ANOC) Committees World Beach Games on Friday. Iran will meet Senegal on Sunday. 10/13/19

Pakistani PM Imran Khan in Tehran, says held 'constructive' talks - Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan will do its utmost to enable talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia as he arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials. "Pakistan does not want conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia...I am happy to facilitate talks between Tehran and Riyadh...I am very hopeful as I had constructive talks with the (Iranian) president," he said at a joint news conference with Hassan Rouhani. -Press TV 10/13/19

Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?" - The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI 10/13/19

Volleyball: Iran suffers bitter loss against Japan at FIVB World Cup - Iran lost to hosts Japan 3-1 (25-16, 26-28, 25-13, 25-21) at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Sunday. Porya Yali led Iran with 13 points and Yuji Nishida and Yuki Ishikawa each scored 23 points for Japan in Hiroshima in the second phase of round-robin play. 10/13/19

Putin Heads to Saudi Arabia, Offers Himself as Peacemaker - Russian leader Vladimir Putin travels to Saudi Arabia, a traditional U.S. ally, Monday, offering to act as a peacemaker between Riyadh and Tehran in a diplomatic offensive aimed at balancing Moscow's relations across the Middle East. 10/13/19

Iran's Banking System Reform: Improving Or Interrupting? - Last week, Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Farhad Dejpasand announced that a plan for reforming the country's banking system has been prepared by the ministry and handed over to President Rouhani in late September. And on Monday, the minister announced the start of the mentioned plan in the government-owned banks. -Mahnaz Abdi, Tehran Times 10/13/19

Protest At Turkish Embassy In Tehran Condemning Invasion Of Syria - Following protests in Kurdish-populated regions of western Iran on Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Turkish embassy in Tehran Saturday afternoon to voice their anger at Turkey's attack on Kurdish areas in Syria. -Radio Farda 10/13/19

Mossad chief: Iran's Soleimani 'knows his assassination is not impossible' - In an interview published Thursday, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said a potential Israeli assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was "not impossible." -Times Of Israel 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran - Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. 10/11/19

14-0: Iran too strong for Cambodia at World Cup qualifier - Iran earned an impressive 14-0 win over minnow Cambodia at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday. It's Team Melli's second successive win in the competition after a 2-0 win over Hong Kong in September in Group C. 10/11/19

Every 40 minutes a woman is diagnosed breast cancer in Iran - Every 40 minutes, a woman in Iran is diagnosed with breast cancer, indicating a sharp rise in prevalence of the disease, founder of a national campaign for fighting breast cancer has said. At present, 8 percent of the female population in the country are impacted with the disease, and among each 8 affected women only 2 are aware of their disease, Afsaneh Eghbal Nia lamented. 10/11/19

Iran, Caspian Sea littoral states ink military cooperation agreement - Iran and other Caspian Sea littoral states have inked a joint military agreement covering cooperation in such areas as security, training, technical work and search and rescue operations. Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi signed the agreement in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg along with his Russian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh and Turkmen counterparts on Friday. -Press TV 10/11/19

Iranian oil tanker hit by two missiles near Saudi port: state news - An oil tanker belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) was hit and damaged by two missiles on Friday, Iranian state news IRNA reported. The missiles were "possibly" fired from Saudi soil, Saheb Sadeghi, head of the public relations of the National Iranian Tanker Company, told state-run Press TV. -CNN 10/11/19

Can Russia Play Persian Gulf Mediator? - Although Putin will likely urge Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Syria and advertise Russia's role as a potential backchannel facilitator of dialogue with Iran, Moscow will struggle to secure Riyadh's immediate support for Assad's return to the Arab League. For strategic reasons, Saudi Arabia's position could converge more closely with Russia's in the long-term. 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist - Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. 10/10/19

Europe Is Not Bowing To The U.S. On Iran - Following the (still unexplained) September 14 strikes on two Saudi oil facilities, there is a growing perception-expressed with hope by some, dismay by others-that Europe is moving closer to the United States in its assessment of the Iranian threat. The reality, however, may be more complex. -Eldar Mamedov 10/10/19

IRAN: Appeals Court to Rule on Satirist's Case Without Hearing His Defense - Iran's Appeals Court, which met last week to review satirist Keyomars Marzban's appeal against a preliminary court's harsh sentence against him, is expected to issue a ruling next week without hearing his defense, a source with detailed knowledge of his case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 9, 2019. -CHRI 10/10/19

US sanctions impeding treatment of Iranian victims of Saddam's chemical attacks: OPCW envoy - Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says unilateral US sanctions have prevented the country's access to medical and health services required to treat victims of chemical attacks carried out by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. 10/10/19

How much Iranians spend on ICT hardware and services? - The Information Technology Organization of Iran has conducted a survey which shows that Iranian families spend 222.68 trillion rials (about $5.3 billion) annually for information and communication technology (ICT) hardware and services, Mehr reported on Saturday. 10/10/19

Iranian MMA Fighter Wants to Break the Ultimate Taboo: Fighting an Israeli - Reza Madadi, an Iranian-born mixed martial arts fighter who lives in Sweden, announced that he plans to "break the taboo" with an unofficial exhibition match against Israeli MMA fighter Moshe Ben-Shimol in November. -Haaretz 10/10/19

Tehran: City of Love review -- the rocky road to romance in Iran - Three lonely souls in Tehran search for love in this interesting, downbeat comedy-drama from writer-director Ali Jabernansari. Part portrait of alienation in Iran, part examination of modern dating, its characters suffer as much from their own human frailties as they do from the oppressive politics of Iran's theocratic regime. -Cath Clarke, Guardian 10/10/19

Iran's Zarif: Either all Persian Gulf states safe 'or all deprived of it' - Either all the Gulf countries enjoy security "or they will all be deprived of it", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said in an opinion piece for Kuwait-based Al Rai newspaper. "More than ever before, we believe that maintaining the security of the region is a collective responsibility that falls on all countries," wrote Zarif on Thursday. -Al Jazeera 10/10/19

PHOTOS: Fifth women's park opens in Tehran - The fifth park exclusively for women was inaugurated in Tehran on Monday, ISNA news agency reported. In order to bring about justice and equality for all the citizens, women-only parks have been built to provide them with safe recreational spots without the need to wear hijabs, Zahra Sadr-Azam Nouri stated. 10/9/19

Filmmaker sheds new light on Britain's role in 1953 Iran coup - Filmmaker Taghi Amirani calls them the documents that changed the fate of his country, casting light on Britain's role in organising the overthrow of Iran's leader six decades ago. His film, "Coup 53", screened at the London Film Festival last weekend -France24 10/9/19

Iran Blocks Domestic Hosting Companies From Servicing Banned Websites - Internet hosting companies in Iran must cease providing services to filtered websites based in the country, according to an order issued by the deputy prosecutor general in charge of cyberspace, Javad Javidnia, on August 31, 2019. The Iranian government had previously turned a blind eye to hosting companies that were servicing blocked websites in Iran; people based in the country accessed them using online censorship circumvention tools. -CHRI 10/9/19

Zarif: US sanctions targeting Iranians amount to war crimes' - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US sanctions that target the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) are nothing short of "war crimes," because the impact from these measures is primarily focused on the people of Iran. -Press TV 10/9/19

Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East - Whoever in Iran came up with the idea of this daring airstrike (Saudi Arabia's most important oil fields and processing facilities) just got a big pay raise. It could not have worked out better. Because the sound you hear coming from every Arab capital and Israel is the same sound you hear from your automated driving assistant when your car has suddenly deviated from the mapped route: "Recalculating, recalculating, recalculating." -Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times 10/9/19

Recipient of 12th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Kayhan Kalhor - Kayhan Kalhor, born in Tehran, began his musical studies at the age of seven under Master Ahmad Mohajer. A child prodigy on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), he was invited at the age of 13 to work in the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra, where he performed for five years. At 17, Kayhan began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization at the time in Iran. 10/8/19

Iranian American Coalition Requests Information on Student Visa Denials for Iranian Nationals - A coalition of Iranian American organizations, including the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and Pars Equality Center released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan requesting clarity regarding recent en masse visa cancellations and entry denials of students of Iranian nationality 10/8/19

IRAN: Children Born to Non-Iranian Fathers Win Right to File for Citizenship -- With a Catch - Legislation granting a citizenship application option to Iranian children born to foreign fathers was approved by the country's legislative watchdog, the Guardian Council, on October 2, 2019. Four years in the making, the long-awaited approval came after Parliament agreed to incorporate amendments granting the Intelligence Ministry and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization the authority to carry out background checks on applicants' parents. -CHRI 10/8/19

Tehran to get 550 kilometers of bike lanes in 5 years - Bikeways stretching to 550 kilometers will be built across the capital city of Tehran over the next five years, an official with Tehran Municipality has said. Two years ago, a five-year plan was developed in collaboration with a Dutch group and international consultants aiming to develop cycling in Tehran, Mehdi Hassanzadeh, manager of the project for development of cycling in Tehran explained. 10/8/19

Under the travel ban, some UMD students from Iran haven't seen their families in years - With her family an ocean away, University of Maryland student Ghazal Arabi Darreh Dor is missing all kinds of things: a sister's engagement, another sister's surgery, her mother's stint in the hospital. She hasn't seen her siblings in ages, but she doesn't dare travel home to Iran to visit out of fear she won't be allowed back into the United States. -Carmen Molina Acosta, Diamondback 10/8/19

Have Iran, US slammed door on nuclear negotiations? - Iran and the United States both have upcoming elections and other urgent domestic issues to focus on, and neither seems interested in cooperating on nuclear talks. -Saeid Jafari, Al Monitor 10/8/19

Iran sees Iraq unrest as a plot to undo bilateral ties - Since they erupted a week ago, the deadly protests in Iraq have been tracked closely in Iran where they are seen as a plot to undermine ties between the neighbours. Tehran has close but complicated relations with Baghdad, holding significant clout among its Shia political groups. 10/8/19

Iran take three golds at Karate1 Premier League - Iranian athletes won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the Karate 1 - Premier League Moscow on Sunday. Sara Bahmanyar defeated German karate competitor Shara Hubrich 1-0 in the final of the Female Kumite -50kg. Rozita Alipour edged Haya Jumaa from Canada 1-0 in the Female Kumite -61kg final. And Zabihollah Poorshab defeated Ryutaro Araga of Japan in the Male Kumite -84kg final. 10/7/19

Persian Gulf Arab States Should Accept Iran's Olive Branch - Despite setbacks at the international level to defuse Iran's tensions with the U.S., a number of activities have recently happened at the regional level that might indicate a possible thaw in Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, and therefore with other Gulf Arab states. -Shireen T. Hunter, LobeLog 10/7/19

Iran Says China's CNPC Pulls out of Gas Project - Iran's oil minister said Sunday that China's CNPC has withdrawn from the development of an offshore gas field and that state-owned Petropars will take over the entire project. The South Pars gas field was to be developed jointly by France's Total, China National Petroleum Corporation and Petropars under a $4.8-billion (4.1 billion-euro) deal signed in July 2017. -VOA 10/7/19

Iran's Transportation Minister rules out September deadly derailment was terrorism - Iran's minister of transportation has ruled out the possibility that terrorism could have played a role in a fatal incident on September 25 on a key railway southeast of the country where 4 people were killed and 157 were injured. 10/7/19

Australians Back Home After Likely Prisoner Swap With Iran - Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin arrived back at their home in Perth after months in an Iranian jail following what appears to have been a likely prisoner swap with Tehran. Australian authorities confirmed on October 6 that, on the same day Tehran freed the couple from detention, they released an Iranian academic who had been held for more than a year in Queensland. -RFE/RL 10/7/19

Iraq protests: Death tolls soars as pro-Iran militias accused of shooting protesters - Iraqi paramilitary groups close to Iran are suspected of joining attacks on protesters in Baghdad and other cities, leading to heavy loss of life among demonstrators. Some 107 people have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in the last six days, though hospital doctors say the government is understating the true number of fatalities. -Patrick Cockburn, Independent 10/7/19

Iran's stock market outstrips global rivals - The stock market of Iran, for a long time dogged by US sanctions, has notched up a notable achievement: ranking among the world's best performing over the past 12 months, as domestic investors seek refuge from rampant inflation. -Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Financial Times 10/7/19

Mother of Slain Son to Serve One Year in Prison for Seeking Justice - Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a protester who was killed in a pro-democracy rally, must serve a year in prison, an Appeals Court in Iran has decided, for her attempts to seek justice for her son. "My mother's sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court while my brother's murder case is gathering dust in the same court that convicted my mother," tweeted Maryam Karim Beigi on September 30th, 2019. "It's not too much to expect his killer to be in prison, instead of my mother for seeking justice." -CHRI 10/4/19

Iranian currency rial regains value by 40 percent in a year: Central Bank - Governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said the value of Iranian currency, rial, has recovered by over 40 percent against U.S. dollar in the past 12 months. Today, the national currency has strengthened by 40 percent compared to exactly a year ago; the inflation has been controlled and indications of economic growth are starting to show," Abdolnasser Hemmati wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. 10/4/19

Iran's Auto Parts Tycoon Charged With Major Corruption, Punishable By Death - The representative of Tehran's Prosecutor has charged the manager of an auto parts manufacturing company in Iran with "corruption on Earth," punishable by death. The man charged is Abbas Iravani, a renowned businessman, a close confidant of the ex-President of the Islamic Republic late Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and many other influential leaders, as well as an art collector. -Radio Farda 10/4/19

NIAC's Annual Ruby Gala in New York - On September 26th, NIAC took New York by storm to host the organization's annual Ruby Gala. From a diverse array of inspiring speakers to a lively cocktail hour, the evening brought together our dearest friends and our most valuable partners to celebrate the Iranian-American community's successes over the past year. 10/4/19

Democracy Dies Amid Lies, And So Does Sound Policy - Two leading scholars of democracy, Larry Diamond and James Fishkin of Stanford, recently reported on an intriguing exercise that they say constitutes good news for those who worry about the state of American democracy. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 10/4/19

Iran Adopts Amendment Allowing Women To Pass Citizenship To Children - Iran's Guardians Council has adopted a legal amendment allowing Iranian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their offspring. Human rights activists have long called for the reform of Iran's "discriminatory" citizenship law, saying it could help thousands of children living in legal limbo in the country. -RFE/RL 10/3/19

President Rohani: Iran Backs European Plan To Bolster Nuclear Deal - Rohani said on October 2 that the plan put forward by French President Emmanuel Macron includes preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, securing its support for regional peace, lifting U.S. sanctions, and the immediate resumption of Iranian oil exports. "We agree with the general framework by the Europeans," he said. -RFE//RL 10/3/19

Iran displays 300 Achaemenid tablets returned from U.S. after judicial saga - The National Museum of Iran is exhibiting some 300 cuneiform tablets returned from the United States following a judicial saga. Originally from the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (559-330 B.C,) in southern Iran, these works belong to a batch of 1,783 tablets or pieces of clay tablets returned Monday by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. 10/3/19

Iran Says It Foiled 'Plot' To Kill Elite Force Commander Qassem Soleimani - A senior Iranian official says Tehran has foiled a plot by Israeli and Arab agencies to assassinate Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -RFE/RL 10/3/19

Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it - US President Donald Trump's recent decisions to avoid military action against Iran in the face of tactical humiliation and strategic threats have been smart, subtle and ethically unimpeachable. They're also a gamble. Attacking Iran would set off a complex war that simply could not be won by the West and its allies -- and could easily be lost. -Sam Kiley, CNN 10/3/19

Locked out: Why is Amazon blocking Iranians from its services? - In early August, Iranians took to Twitter to report that they had received emails from Amazon Web Services (AWS) informing them that their accounts had been disabled in compliance with United States government sanctions and export control regulations. -Maziar Motamedi, Aljazeera 10/3/19

Ships with one million tonnes of grain stuck outside Iran's ports - More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside two ports in Iran as United States sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country's efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade told the Reuters News Agency. -Aljazeera 10/3/19

Hints Of Gulf Rapprochement: Iranian Tactics May Be Paying Off - Fears of a potential military conflict with Iran may have opened the door to a Saudi-Iranian dialogue against the backdrop of a rethink of US military logistics, involving at least a gradual partial relocation to the United States of command and control operations based in the Gulf for almost four decades. -James M. Dorsey, LobeLog 10/3/19

Can Iran and Saudi Arabia Avoid War? Reports Say They've Begun To Talk - Iran and Saudi Arabia's regional rivalry has been heating up in recent months, threatening to erupt into an all-out conflict, but the two sides may finally be looking to de-escalate their feud. -Tom Oconnor, Newsweek 10/3/19

'The Last Fiction' Set To Become First Iranian Animated Feature To Qualify For Oscars - In a major development for Iran's budding animation industry, an animated feature from the country is set to qualify for the Oscars for the first time. -Alex Dudok De Wit, Cartoon Brew 10/2/19

Children With Disabilities in Iran Denied Access to Inclusive Education - Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report issued today as the school year begins. The 52-page report "'Just Like Other Kids': Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran" documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country's public school system for most children with disabilities. -CHRI 10/2/19

2019 Mehregan Conference & Celebration at University of California, Irvine - The 5th Annual Celebration of Mehregan (Persian Festival of Autumn) on Sunday, October 6, 2019, 4:00-7:00 pm at UC Irvine's Humanities Instructional Building. This event is presented by UCI Jordan Center For Persian Studies and Culture and Farhang Foundation. 10/2/19

Trump to blame for failure of US-Iran nuclear talks - Rouhani - The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has told his cabinet that while the country had been ready to end its nuclear stand-off with the US broadly on terms set out by France at the United Nations, Donald Trump was not prepared to make public an apparent private offer to lift sanctions. -Patrick Wintour, Guardian 10/2/19

President Rouhani Says An Agreement Was Made In NY Involving Iran And The U.S. - Defending his achievements during the United Nations General Assembly, the Islamic Republic President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Monday that the remaining signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal, "had discussions within the framework of the P4+1, and preparations for a P5+1 meeting were made, which had been agreed upon by all parties." Mentioning "all parties" would mean the United States was also involved in the agreement Rouhani spoke about. 10/1/19

Emails Suggest UAE And Saudi Arabia Funded U.S.-Based Anti-Iran Pressure Group - Speaking last week at United Against Nuclear Iran's (UANI) annual conference, Pompeo announced the administration was expanding its Iran's pressure campaign... Pompeo's choice of venues was a curious one. What UANI is and who is behind it appears to be a closely held secret but documents reviewed by LobeLog show a funding apparatus funneling over $35 million over two years into anti-Iran and anti-Qatar advocacy work. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog 10/1/19

Brother Of Iran's President Rohani Sentenced To Five Years For Corruption - The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rohani has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption and bribery. Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the judiciary, told reporters on October 1 that Hossein Fereidoun, Rohani's brother, might face further charges in another case, though he gave no details. 10/1/19

Iran Says U.S. Has Started 'Cyber War' And Vows To Defend Itself - Iran's Passive Defense Organization chief has said that "America has started its cyber war against Iran, without providing more details. Gholamreza Jalali has also said that this is a "strategic mistake" by the United States and Iran "decisively will resort to cyber defense", ISNA news website reported on October 1. -Radio Farda 10/1/19

Iran awards contracts to push ahead with major oil pipeline project - Iran has awarded contracts to three domestic engineering firms for manufacturing giant pumping devices needed for a major pipeline project that would transfer Iran's oil from export terminals southwest of the country to the coast of the Sea of Oman, in the southeast. 10/1/19

Turkey's Erdogan Defies Trump Over Iran Sanctions - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday continued to chart a collision course with Washington over Iran. Erdogan is categorically ruling out enforcing American sanctions intended to put Iran in an economic straitjacket. -Dorian Jones, VOA 9/28/19

Striking Iranian Sugar Plant Workers Add Colleagues' Freedom to List of Demands - Hundreds of workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex in the city of Shush, southwestern Iran, attended a fifth consecutive day of demonstrations on September 27, 2019, to protest the expulsion of about 20 of their colleagues and imprisonment of seven others under lengthy sentences. -CHRI 9/28/19

How the Saudi Oil Field Attack Overturned America's Apple Cart - In many ways it doesn't really matter who -- Houthis in Yemen? Iranians? Shiites in Iraq? -- launched those missiles and drones at Saudi Arabia. Whoever did it changed the rules of the game, and not just in the Middle East. "It's a moment when offense laps defense, when the strong have reason to fear the weak," observes military historian Jack Radey. -Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy In Focus 9/28/19

Facebook And The Fake Iranian Opposition - The campaign of silencing the true opposition has now spread to Facebook. Coordinated attacks are waged against any Facebook page that espouses opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia, and Israel toward Iran, including economic sanctions and war, as well as military intervention in other countries. In addition, the Facebook pages of anyone who counters the efforts by pro-monarchist groups promoting Reza Pahlavi are also attacked. -Muhammad Sahimi 9/27/19

Let's Not Rule Out Diplomacy - The United States and Iran are unrelentingly caught in a strategic conundrum that is escalating toward conflict with no diplomatic solution in sight. Neither the "maximum pressure" strategy of the Trump administration nor the "no war, no negotiation" strategy of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is likely to lead to a diplomatic solution. -Mahmood Monshipouri and Jonathon Whooley, LobeLog 9/27/19

2019 World Weightlifting Championships: Iran's Reza Dehdar earns gold and bronze medals - Iranian weightlifter Reza Dehdar has pulled off a stunning performance to claim a gold and a bronze medal in the 102 kg category at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships in Thailand. Dehdar then stole the show in the clean and jerk when he lifted 219 kg over his head to snatch the gold from current European champion Yauheni Tsikhantsou of Belarus, and register a tally of 394 kg to also win the bronze medal in total. 9/26/19

Coalition Letter to U.S. Senate Opposing Green Card Bill that Exacerbates the Problem - Iranian nationals and Iranian Americans are currently being attacked from all sides. Accompanying the U.S. failed maximum pressure in Iran is the maximum restrictions on Iranians and Iranian Americans in the United States--as seen through extreme vetting and the Muslim Ban. -NIAC Action 9/26/19

New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods - In July 2019, Brian Hook-the U.S. Special Representative on Iran-released a video addressing the purported "myth" that the U.S. sanctions humanitarian trade with Iran. That wasn't a "myth" at the time, as the U.S. had historically circumscribed how humanitarian trade with Iran may take place. But now more recent events indicate that sanctioning humanitarian trade is not only a reality but increasingly appears to be a hallmark feature of current U.S. sanctions policy towards Iran. -Tyler Cullis 9/25/19

Genome study shows that Iran's population is more heterogeneous than previously believed - An international research team including scientists from the University of Cologne, Germany, numerous Iranian universities and the University of Sydney, Australia, has shown that today's Iranian population is composed of partially highly heterogeneous ethnic groups, exhibiting a high degree of genetic variation. In many cases, their source goes back many thousands of years. The results, obtained from the first genome-wide genetic characterization of the Iranian population by this team, appeared in PLOS Genetics under the title 'Distinct genetic variation and heterogeneity of the Iranian population'. 9/25/19

The indispensable mediator: Europe's role in the US-Iran dispute - Tensions between Iran and the United States have risen to a dangerous new level. Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia - which the US blames on Tehran - severely disrupted global oil supplies, prompting President Donald Trump to consider tapping into US strategic reserves and, once again, threaten military action against Iran. Yet the events of recent months only hint at how bad things could become. -Ellie Geranmayeh, ECFR 9/24/19

Iran Sanctions Curbing Global Scientific Progress: Top British Journal - The British medical journal BMJ Global Health says US sanctions on Iran, a leading country in the world for science, are curtailing global scientific progress. As a result of the draconian sanctions, Iranian scientists have been denied opportunities to publish their findings, attend meetings, and access essential supplies and information, the publication said. -Press TV 9/10/19

The Stubborn Persistence Of Failed Maximum Pressure Against Iran - It is a sure sign that the Trump administration's campaign to squeeze Iran into submission is a failure when those who customarily favor pressuring Iran acknowledge that failure. Take what has become the administration's go-to rationale for the campaign in the face of other evidence that it is not working: the claim that U.S. sanctions have undercut Iran's "malign" activity in the Middle East by reducing the funds available for such activity. -Paul Pillar 9/4/19

Will the world's fastest Asiatic cheetah outrun extinction? - Although Iran is the only country which can save the precious species from disappearance, conservation projects fall into a single solution of captive-breeding. Cheetah's captive-breeding is not necessarily an inefficient plan, nonetheless concerns come up from recent unsuccessful projects. Will the endangered beauty surpass its unknown fate and escape extinction? -Faranak Bakhtiari, Tehran Times 9/3/19

Iran sanctions threaten the lives of young cancer patients - But there's another battlefield in the sanctions war: a children's hospital. Since 1991, Mahek, a charity hospital in Tehran that offers free health care, has cared for nearly 30,000 children. But in the last year, vital drugs have been running out. -CBS 8/21/19

Coalition of Foreign Policy Experts Outline 8 Recommendations to Deescalate Tensions with Iran - Today, an expert group of foreign policy practitioners published a letter underscoring the dangerous new phase that has put the U.S and Iran on the path toward war. The signatories include prominent academics, such as John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt, and Andrew Bacevich; foreign policy analyst Rula Jebreal; former Member of Congress John F. Tierney; former ambassadors and diplomats, such as Thomas Pickering, Francois Nicoullaud, and Peter Jenkins; national security expert Edward Price; and Iran experts such as Jamal Abdi, Dina Esfandiary, and Farideh Farhi. 7/31/19

Open Letter by academics and civil society activists to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on significance of return to JCPOA - Hon. Secretary General, You are well aware that in 2015 with the support of all permanent members of the UNSC (China, France, Russia, UK, and US) plus Germany and Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was drafted, upon which UNSC issued Resolution 2231, replacing all previous UNSC resolutions targeting Iran's nuclear program. 7/3/19

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