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Iran defeats China in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

- Group A leader Iran moved a step closer to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 by subduing China at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Tuesday March 28. As part of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers Final Round, the Iranian National Football team pulled out a 1-nill victory against Chinese rivals. The sweet victory left Carlos Queiroz's men within touching distance of automatic qualification. 03/28/17

Iran to host first International Tehran Marathon in April 2017

- The Islamic Republic of Iran Athletics Federation (IRIAF) is going to host the first edition of International Tehran Marathon early next month, with dozens of competitors from different countries having already expressed their readiness to participate in the event. 03/28/17

Gender Justice: Equality vs Difference

- On 20th of March, the Iranian Supreme Leader condemned and criticized the notion of "Gender Justice" in his annual Iranian New Year's speech - just a day before this speech, the Presidential Deputy on Women and Family Affairs emphasized that the current government is seeking "Gender Justice". In this article, the notion of Gender Justice and its relation to Equality and Difference within the Iranian context is analyzed. -Somaye Dehban 03/28/17

Iran, Russia closely cooperating on fighting terrorism: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic and Russia have been working closely together to fight terrorism and promote stability in the region. "Relations between Iran and Russia are aimed at promoting regional stability and the two countries' main objective is to promote regional peace and tranquility," Rouhani said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, Moscow, on Tuesday. 03/28/17

Nowruz at New York's Dare Mehr

- Nowruz, the secular Persian New Year that transcends religions, regions and borders, but instead binds humanity as one since antiquity (this year 3755,) was once again upon us. As families arrived in mostly all-white and colorful gowns to enjoy the Nowruz gala at the newly inaugurated Dare Mehr in Suffern New York, they could not help but be mesmerized by the captivating warmth of the sun shining down on them. -Davood N. Rahni 03/28/17

Tell Your Senators: Don't Give Trump The Green Light For War

- New Iran sanctions have been introduced in the Senate that threaten to kill the Iran nuclear deal and set the stage for war. -NIAC Action 03/28/17

Time ripe in New Year to rethink our environmental responsibilities

- The coincidence of the Iranian new year with spring implies that everything is about to revive in the upcoming year, particularly the environment. With the trees blooming and springs bubbling once again the New Year starts. The ever changing nature teaches us to keep changing towards perfection. 03/28/17

Russia can use Iran bases for anti-terror battle in Syria: Iranian FM Zarif

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran could, if necessary, allow Russia to use its military bases on "a case by case basis" for missions against terrorists in Syria. "Russia doesn't have a military base (in Iran), we have good cooperation, and on a case by case basis, when it is necessary for Russians fighting terrorism to use Iranian facilities, we will make a decision," Reuters quoted Zarif as saying in Moscow on Tuesday. 03/28/17

The resilience of Iran's middle class

- Some argue that Iran's middle class has failed to cement any political reforms, but their creative responses to repression is reason for hope -Amirah Masnavi, Middle East Eye 03/28/17

Iran eyes tourism as a fertile source of revenue

- Iran regards tourism a fertile source of generating wealth, seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. Based on official figures compiled by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, foreign tourist arrivals in Iran has been more than double that of the global average since the implementation of the deal. -Afshin Majlesi 03/27/17

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#LiveTogether Norooz Challenge: Omid Kordestani and Sheryl Sandberg

Iran's Supreme Leader Takes Fresh Shot At Gender Equality - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is no fan of gender equality, which he routinely decries as a Western concept that damages women and distracts them from their vital roles as wives and mothers. And again this week, at a speech on March 19 marking the birth of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatima Zahra, Khamenei doubled down, suggesting that Westerners themselves are having second thoughts. -Golnaz Esfandiari 03/27/17

Pence: Trump Administration 'Has Put Iran on Notice' - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration "has put Iran on notice," and will not tolerate Iranian efforts to "destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel's security." His comments Sunday night in Washington came at the opening of the three-day annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). 03/27/17

'#LiveTogether': This new Facebook challenge celebrates America's cultural diversity - A new effort to highlight America's inclusiveness, rather than its divisions, comes in the form of a Facebook challenge: #LiveTogether. This month people are posting live on Facebook with an Iranian friend teaching them in Farsi to wish Persians a happy new year. -Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post 03/27/17

Iran Denies It Harassed U.S. Warship Flotilla In Persian Gulf - Iran has denied claims by the United States that Iranian fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Iranian state news agency IRNA on March 25 quoted Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, as saying U.S. claims were based on false reports or "other intentions." 03/27/17

Iran announces sanctions on 15 US companies - Iran has announced retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies over their support for Israeli crimes and terrorism two days after Washington imposed bans on nearly a dozen foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic Republic. 03/27/17

Defund Islamophobia Now'#LiveTogether': This new Facebook challenge celebrates America's cultural diversity - While a commitment to standing with the Muslim community against Islamophobia is as important as ever, words are meaningless if not backed up in real ways that reflect this commitment. That means definitively opposing all forms of Islamophobia. -Donna Nevel, LobeLog 03/27/17

Russia and Iran's Cooperation Hints at a New Middle East - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, will meet from March 27 to 29. According to the Tehran Times, both sides are "preparing more than 10 documents for signing" on various economic and political issues. The Conversation The meeting, set in Moscow, highlights the debate surrounding the real nature of post-Cold War relations between Moscow and Tehran. -Clement Therme, US News 03/27/17

Photos: Persepolis Hosts Norooz Tourists - One of the favorite destinations for Iranians traveling during the Persian New Year Norooz holidays is the the ancient ruins of Persepolis. Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. -Amin Berenjkar 03/25/17

Photos: Celebrating Norooz in Baku, Azerbaijan - These photos Azerbaijani people in traditional costumes taking part in a parade as part of the Norooz celebrations in Baku, Azerbaijan. International Norooz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan. -Milad Raf'at 03/25/17

Iran says renewal of UN special rapporteur's mandate lacks 'professional basis' - Iran reacted strongly to a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday which extends the mission of its Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the country, saying the resolution lacks "professional basis" and is "confrontational." 03/25/17

Swedish firm finds novel way for Iran business - A company in Sweden has come up with an innovative solution which both bypasses US sanctions and does away with the need for banks to process transactions with Iran. Brave New World Investments AB is reportedly accepting deposits in bitcoin which it converts to Iranian rial and invests in equities on the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE). 03/25/17

Baha'is Imprisoned in Iran for Religious Beliefs Singled Out for Cruel Treatment - A member of Iran's perseacuted Baha'i faith has expressed serious concerns about two imprisoned ailing family members who are being denied early release despite being legally eligible. The Intelligence Ministry is refusing to send Jamaloddin Khanjani, an elderly former Baha'i community leader who has spent more than nine years in prison, to the hospital for long-term care, his nephew, Siavash Khanjani, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). 03/25/17

Iran, Russia eyeing joint gas projects - Iran says it is negotiating with Russia to carry out joint natural gas development projects. Hamid-Reza Araqi, the managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), was quoted by media as saying that negotiations to the same effect had been held between the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Russia's Gazprom. 03/25/17

Iran defeats Qatar 1-0 to get closer to 2018 FIFA World Cup - The Iran men's national football team, also known as Team Melli, inches closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after extending its unbeaten run in the Asian qualifying tournament with a victory over Qatar. On Thursday evening, the Iranian outfit notched up a 1-0 win over the Maroons in a Group A fixture at the multi-purpose Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital city of Doha. 03/24/17

Iranian MPs Demand Answers from Rouhani on Increasing Arrests Ahead of Elections - President Hassan Rouhani has yet to respond to a letter from four reformist members of Parliament demanding an explanation for the spate of arrests of activists and journalists ahead of the May 2017 presidential election. 03/24/17

New Senate Sanctions Risks Killing JCPOA, Putting US on War Path - NIAC Action issued the following statement regarding the introduction of new Iran sanctions legislation in the Senate: "The 'Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017' would risk killing the JCPOA and undoing the restrictions in place on Iran's nuclear program and could very well provoke a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran... 03/24/17

Reformist Editor Arrested by Iran's Security Agents Amid Pre-Election Crackdown - Amid a widening crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran ahead of the country's May 2017 presidential election, security agents arrested Morad Saghafi, the reformist editor-in-chief of Goftegoo (Conversation) magazine, on March 15, 2017. 03/24/17

U.S. Senators From Both Parties Sponsor Bill Tightening Iran Sanctions - U.S. senators from both major political parties introduced legislation on March 23 to tighten sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear military activities. 03/24/17

Did AIPAC Help Fund Attack-Ad by Islamophobic Group on J Street? - The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is going to have a challenging time at its annual policy conference this weekend persuading attendees and those watching at home that it has healed the partisan rift it opened by investing millions of dollars in opposing the Iran nuclear deal. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog 03/24/17

Iran's President To Meet Putin During March 27-28 Moscow Visit - The Kremlin says Iranian President Hassan Rohani will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a March 27-28 visit to Moscow. Putin's press service announced the visit in a March 23 statement. 03/24/17

Here's one country where hard-liners might not be poised for election success: Iran - Iran's conservatives have been vocal in their criticism of President Hassan Rouhani, dismissing his outreach to the West as naive and the nuclear deal he championed as an economic failure. But when it comes to challenging the moderate Rouhani for reelection in May, the hard-liners, who oppose expanding political and social freedoms, are struggling to agree on a message or candidate. -Los Angeles Times 03/24/17

PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Celebration on Capitol Hill - On March 20th, 2017, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted its annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill. Fourteen members of Congress, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, attended the reception, as well as more than 200 Congressional staff and special guests. 03/23/17

Iran to divert water from Gulf of Oman inwards - Iran says it is implementing a landmark project to divert water from the Gulf of Oman to its central plateau - a project that could not only address the country's surging water crisis but could also help push ahead relevant economic plans in host regions. 03/23/17

Prominent Lawyers: Judiciary Ad Announcing Prison Time for 10 Iranians in Absentia Unlawful - A classified newspaper advertisement by the judiciary announcing prison sentences for 10 Iranian citizens currently outside the country has no legal merit, two prominent lawyers told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farideh Gheirat, both based in Iran, said a classified ad placed by the judiciary in its official newspaper, Hemayat, announcing the sentences is unlawful if it was not preceded by a proper summons. 03/23/17

Trump used a fake Cyrus the Great quote to wish Iranians happy new year - In his holiday message, Trump quoted the historical figure Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, which stretched from the Balkans to South Asia at its height. Trump's statement said: Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that "freedom, dignity and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die." But, according to experts and historians who study the Achaemenids, Cyrus didn't actually say that. -Taylor Wofford, Mic 03/23/17

In Greeting to Iranian People, Trump Leaves Out Their Government - When President Trump sent greetings to the Iranian people on Wednesday for the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, it offered a glimpse into an administration that is still debating how to deal with a country that Mr. Trump has painted as an implacable foe. The five-paragraph statement went through multiple drafts, according to two people involved in the process. Hard-liners in the White House first tried to kill the message, and when that failed, stripped it of references to engaging with the Iranian government or a future in which Iran and the United States might peacefully coexist. -New York Times 03/23/17

Luxembourg Court Rejects Iranian Demand To Return $1.2 Billion Frozen In U.S. Victim Case - A Luxembourg court has rejected Tehran's demand to return $1.6 billion of Iranian assets claimed by the United States as compensation for the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The judge ruled that the assets could remain frozen in Luxembourg for now, awaiting a separate judgment on the merits of the case. 03/23/17

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election - Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels' content and changed their names. Users are increasingly turning to the app before elections for uncensored news about moderate and reformist camps, which are usually drowned out or censored from appearing in traditional media. 03/22/17

White House Adviser Says Will Honor Iran Nuclear Deal, Ensure Iran Complies - A senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on nuclear matters says that the United States will honor Iran's nuclear deal with world powers for now, while seeking to ensure strict compliance by Tehran. Christopher Ford, the White House National Security Council's senior director for weapons of mass destruction and counterproliferation, told a conference in Washington on March 21 that the U.S. administration accepted the deal despite repeated criticism by Trump. 03/22/17

Bank of England reluctant to help facilitate Iran-UK trade - While the British government has reaffirmed its commitment to help Iran's reintegration into the global financial system, reports say the country's central bank is still reluctant to facilitate trade between the two countries. 03/22/17

Asghar Farhadi: Iranian Oscar-winner navigates politics of nuance - A yacht in Cannes is not where you would expect to find a martyr. And to be fair, when I meet Asghar Farhadi in the (northern) summer of last year he hasn't yet become one. The Iranian director dubbed "one of the world's greatest filmmakers" by Mike Leigh is at the festival to promote his film The Salesman, a typically subtle and provocative tale of a teacher in Tehran whose liberal values are challenged when a male stranger attacks his wife. -Ed Potton, Australian Times 03/22/17

Congress races to craft Iran sanctions bills ahead of AIPAC conference - Key lawmakers in the House and Senate are racing to craft bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation before the nation's largest pro-Israel lobby holds its policy conference starting this weekend, March 26. -Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor 03/22/17

President Trump's travel ban disrupts family reunion in San Ramon - President Trump's new travel ban may be on hold, but it's also putting travel plans on hold during what is usually a festive time especially for people from one of the countries targeted. These are busy days for Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream. The San Ramon company is filling orders for their exotic flavors including saffron/pistachio -- desserts that will sweeten the 14 day celebration of Norooz, --the Persian New Year. -ABC News 03/22/17

Haji Firuz: New painting collection by Shohreh Ghanbari - Painter Shohreh Ghanbari's new collection "Haji Firuz" shows the venerable harbinger of Norooz in a gloomy mood despite the philosophy of the occasion. Clad in a bright red costume, Haji Firuz with his face covered with soot is seen playing his tambourine on the streets to tell people that the New Year is coming and the springtime celebration is near. 03/21/17

Greco-Roman World Cup: Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran take the top spots - The national Iranian senior Greco-Roman wrestling team has finished in third place at the conclusion of 2017 Greco-Roman World Cup in the central western Iranian city of Abadan on on March 17, 2017. Meanwhile, Russia overpowered Azerbaijan 5-3 and ranked the champion of the tournament. 03/21/17

Iran: Supreme Leader Criticizes President Rohani On Economy Ahead Of Election - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that the government's economic policies have fallen short and that Iran needs a new "resistance economy" to create jobs. Khamenei's March 20 remarks have piled pressure on Rohani ahead of an election in May. 03/21/17

Iran Exports 80 Million Dollars Worth Of Carpets To U.S. In 11 Months - Iran says it has exported $80 million worth of carpets to the United States over a period of 11 months starting March 21, 2016. Hamid Karegar, the president of Iran National Carpet Center, told local media that the exports had been mainly carried out directly from Iran to the US. 03/21/17

Why It's Important Now, More Than Ever, To Celebrate Norooz - Self-identifying and proudly displaying our heritage as Iranian Americans has always been complicated -- and this is even more pronounced in a climate of policies and political rhetoric that are anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim. Melody Ehsani reflected on how that's impacted her family, and strengthened the importance of preserving and sharing her family's Iranian and Baha'i practices -Atoosa Moinzadeh, The Fader 03/21/17

Evolution, Not a New Revolution, in Iran - Some hardline myths about Iran never seem to die. One myth especially pertinent to U.S. policy is that revolutionary regime change in Iran is a significant possibility in the near future and that with a bit more of a push from the outside, the Islamic Republic will collapse and be replaced by something much more to our liking. This illusion was prevalent in much of the George W. Bush administration, which accordingly adhered to a policy of refusing to deal with Iran and instead of trying to isolate it and to inflict economic pain through sanctions. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 03/21/17

Iranians Celebrate Ancient Festival Of Norooz Marking The New Year - Monday, March 20th, marks the grand festival of Norooz (Nowruz). On this day, Iranians usher in the Persian New Year at the exact moment of the vernal equinox which marks the start of spring. Norooz, a festival of Persian origin, Norooz is also celebrated by hundreds of millions of people from other ethno-linguistic groups in a dozen countries. 03/20/17

Iran rings in the New Year with message of peace - Iran has ushered in the new Persian year of 1396, with President Hassan Rouhani underlining the need for interaction and peace in his message to the leaders of 11 countries that also mark the occasion. "The world, today more than any time, needs a hope which values affection, love and intimacy and invites countries to interaction instead of confrontation," Rouhani said on Monday in the message released by his office. 03/20/17

Travel Ban Dampens Persian New Year Celebration - For hundreds of Iranian-Americans in Southern California, who traditionally travel back and forth to be with family for Nowruz, long-held plans and family gatherings have been disrupted because of uncertainty over the ban. Weddings that were scheduled around the holiday have been postponed, and elderly relatives are fearful they will never see their grandchildren again. -NY Times 03/20/17

An Iranian Holiday That's Perfect for Americans - As a little girl in Iran, I loved Nowruz, the first day of spring, known as the Persian New Year. It was the only time when grown-ups seemed joyful and full of hope. Even my most morose relatives somehow came to life, revealing a sunnier side of themselves kept dormant during the rest of the year. It was like the movie "Cocoon," except that people were rejuvenated by the arrival of spring, not aliens. -Firoozeh Dumas, NY Times 03/20/17

Saratoga: Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties - The outfits were lavish and colorful, the smiles were unwavering, the jokes were flowing and the cake was bountiful and sweet. Beneath the veneer of lighthearted fun that the West Valley College Persian New Year celebration has come to personify over the years, the warm breeze that passed through the Campus Center on Monday afternoon carried a solemness, a palpable uneasiness. -Khalida Sarwari, Mercury News 03/20/17

Happy Norooz To All Persian Entrepreneurs - Happy Norooz to all my fellow Persian entrepreneurs. For those unfamiliar with the holiday, it is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Easter rolled into one. Norooz begins annually on the vernal equinox and marks the start of the Iranian calendar. This year, Norooz falls on Monday, March 20. -Bijan Khosravi, Forbes 03/20/17

White House Appeals Court Decision Blocking Trump Travel Order - The U.S. government on March 17 announced it is appealing a court decision blocking President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from taking effect. The Justice Department said in a court filing it would appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court in the state of Maryland that halted the part of Trump's March 6 order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. 03/18/17

Faezeh Hashemi, Former Iranian Leader's Daughter, Jailed For 'Spreading Propaganda' - Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the daughter of late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to jail for "spreading propaganda against the regime," Iranian news media reported on March 17. It was the latest move against pro-reform opposition in the Islamic republic ahead of a presidential election on May 19, when hard-line rivals of pragmatist President Hassan Rohani hope to regain control of executive power. 03/18/17

Iran Takes Stand On Nuclear Deal Provision That Clashes With U.S. View - Iran is questioning a provision of its nuclear deal with world powers in a way that could lead to confrontation with the United States. The 2015 deal restricts Iran from accumulating a large stock of Heavy Water, which is used in scientific research as well as in nuclear reactors that produce plutonium. 03/18/17

Saudi Arabia Says Iranians To Take Part In Hajj This Year - Saudi Arabia says Iranian pilgrims will take part in this year's annual hajj pilgrimage, after they did not attend last year amid tensions between the countries. The Saudi Ministry of Pilgrimage said the sides had finalized arrangements for Iranians' participation in the pilgrimage scheduled for September. 03/18/17

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools - Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint statement on March 15. 03/18/17

Persian Arts Festival: 11th Annual Norooz Celebration at National Sawdust in New York - The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust in New York. The 11th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films curated by west coast's Noor Iranian Film Festival, family-friendly performances of Fictionville Studio's shadow puppet masterpiece, "Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King", a panel discussion featuring Iranian American artists and scholars,... 03/17/17

#LiveTogether Norooz Challenge Goes Viral - Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib took part in the Norooz Challenge yesterday, a new viral trend emerging across America ahead of the Iranian New Year, which falls on March 20. "I'm so glad you're here," Inslee said to Habib on Facebook Live. "One of the best things to happen to the State of Washington is to have an Iranian-American leader and you're doing a super job. What a great reason to celebrate Persian New Year. Norooz Mobarak [Happy New Year]," Inslee added. - Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post 03/17/17

NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 - "The court's decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest executive order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination. The Trump administration has now had its attempt to impose a Muslim ban halted by the courts twice. Fortunately, Iranians will once again face a slight reprieve in that the ban will not go into effect tomorrow. Nevertheless, the back and forth struggle has already kept Iranian families apart and imposed turmoil on countless individuals, while doing untold damage to America's image abroad." 03/17/17

Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry and Khamenei's IRGC Widen Crackdown Ahead of Election - The number of arrests carried out by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, operating under the control of President Hassan Rouhani, increased in the last few months leading up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election. Research by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicates that since January 2017, the ministry has increasingly targeted civil and women's rights advocates, journalists, dual nationals, ethnic and religious minorities, environmentalists, the administrators of social media pages, and relatives of protesters killed during the state's crackdown on peaceful protestors following the disputed 2009 presidential election. 03/17/17

Predicting Her Arrest, Reformist Activist Hengameh Shahihi Wrote Letters Criticizing Rouhani's Failure to Protect Citizens - Hengameh Shahidi, a reformist senior member of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) opposition party, has decried her arrest as part of a crackdown by hardliners on reformists ahead of Iran's upcoming presidential election. In two open letters, she also criticized President Hassan Rouhani, who will be running for re-election on May 19, 2017, for failing to protect citizen's rights. 03/17/17

US welcomes India's plan for Iran's Chabahar port - The United States has welcomed India's plan to expand Iran's Chabahar port as a project that a top military official says will help the long-term stability of Afghanistan. US Army General John Nicholson, who commands US combat operations in Afghanistan, told the US Senate in a hearing that he welcomed the Chabahar project because it would offer Afghanistan a viable and economic alternative to shipping all its goods via Pakistan. 03/17/17

Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Court Challenge To Trump Travel Ban 2.0 - On March 14th, four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration's illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President's revised "Travel Ban" Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated their existing lawsuit against the January 27th Travel Ban Executive Order, Pars Equality, et al v. Trump, to take on the March 6th version. 03/17/17

The "#LiveTogether Norooz Challenge" spreading message of tolerance - Over the past few days, the viral "Norooz Challenge" has brought Americans & Iranians together to broadcast "Happy New Year" in Persian, then challenge friends to follow suit. The Norooz Challenge is the first of several challenges in the #LiveTogether campaign, with a theme of crossing borders and cultures to put our similarities above our differences. 03/16/17

In Letter from Evin Prison, Dual National Speaks of Yearning for Family and Disillusionment with Iran - Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, has written a letter to her UK-based husband about the pain of being separated from their infant daughter, Gabriella "Gisoo" Ratcliffe, and disillusionment with her birth country of Iran. "I turned 38 without you by my side and you turned 42 without me, while our dear Gisoo turned two-years-old without both of us," she wrote in a letter from Evin Prison in Tehran, published on March 10, 2017 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. 03/16/17

PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans - Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded: Academy of United States Veterans. Ravandi was born in Tehran, Iran. She came with her family to the United States at age 13. She thinks her decision, years later, to join the United States Army was partly inspired by the life she left. -Marsha James, VOA 03/16/17

Federal judges block Trump's travel ban - A federal judge in Maryland Thursday morning temporarily blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six countries in President Donald Trump's executive order, dealing another blow to the President's revised travel ban. Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order nationwide over the ban, hours before it was set to go into effect. -CNN 03/16/17

Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order - In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it's the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visas from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran. -Elizabeth Lee, VOA 03/15/17

Teachers Hold Rallies Across Iran for Labor and Education Rights - Teachers held rallies in several Iranian cities on March 9, 2017 demanding livable wages and improved educational resources for students. "The rallies were held in front of the Ministry of Education offices in provincial capitals in collaboration with several teachers' organizations, and they included employed and retired teachers," 03/15/17

Meet the Iranian Kick-Boxing Female Superstar - Kickboxing is by no means the most popular sport in Iran among men. That said, a female kick boxer in Iran is definitely no light matter. Shabnam Shahrokhi is breaking stereotypes, as she is the first woman in the country's history to consecutively hold the title of Vice-Champion of the World in 2015 and 2016. -Sputnik 03/15/17

Son of Iranian Dissident Karroubi Denounces Brother's Sentencing - A son of a prominent Iranian opposition figure has accused Iran's leaders of persecuting his family by sentencing his brother to six months in prison for distributing propaganda against the government. -Michael Lipin, VOA 03/15/17

IRAN: IRGC Violently Arrests Reformist Editor One Month After Release From Evin Prison - Reformist editor Ehsan Mazandarani was shocked with a Taser stun gun while being returned to Evin Prison in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on March 11, 2017, less than a month after he was released. 03/15/17

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Under Extrajudicial House Arrest for Six Years Denied Emergency Care - An elderly opposition leader who has been kept under extrajudicial house arrest in Tehran since 2011 is being denied access to timely emergency medical services, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). 03/14/17

Exhibition in Berlin: "Ctesiphon and the Persian Sources of Islamic Art" - Islamic Art Museum in Berlin has organized an exhibition to show the Persian sources of the Islamic art. The exhibition mainly displays the Persian artifacts which have been found by German and American archaeologists in late 1920s and early 1930s in Ctesiphon; the capital of Sasanid Persia. 03/14/17

Iranian-American Robin Shahini Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Proclaims Innocence in Letter - Robin (Reza) Shahini, an Iranian-American dual national sentenced to 18 years in prison in October 2016 during a visit to Iran, has proclaimed his innocence in a letter urging human rights groups and international organizations to work for his release. 03/14/17

Grave and Baseless New Charges Against Imprisoned Iranian-American and Wife - Serious and baseless new charges have been brought against Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari, the dual-national Iranian-American and his wife who have been imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison without any evidence of wrong doing or due process for almost eight months. 03/13/17

Iranian Filmmaker Narges Abyar Wins Best Direction Award At Vancouver Women Film Festival - Iranian filmmaker Narges Abyar has won Best Direction Award for 'Breath' at 12th Vancouver International Women In Film Festival in Canada. 46 feature and short films were screened at the festival from March 8 to March 12, 2017. 03/13/17

Iran's "Wishbone" Wins Best Feature Film Award at Hollywood's WIND Film Festicval - "Wishbone" by Iranian director Ali Atshani has won the best feature film and best director of the year awards at the WIND International Film Festival in Hollywood. Wishbone was nominated for 8 categories and won as best feature film. The gold trophy of the WIND festival was given to Atshani on the closing day on Saturday and was presented by Elham Madani, the founder and director of the festival. 03/13/17

'Mazar Sharif' wins Best Film Award at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne - The feature film 'Mazar Sharif' by Iranian director Hassan Barzideh has won the Best Film Award (budget under $250,000) at Australia's Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne. Mazar Sharif recounts the story of ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist who were killed in a raid by Taliban of Iran's consulate in the city of the same name. 03/11/17

Photos: Norooz Celebration in Kurdish Village of Palangan - The arrival of spring coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Norooz. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. People in different parts of Iran celebrate Norooz with their local customs and traditions. One of the most joyful and colorful celebrations is held at the village of Palangan in Iran's Kurdestan province -Mosleh Pirkhezranyan 03/10/17

Iran's Conservatives Try a Bit of Democracy: Will It Work? - Iran's presidential election is slightly over two months away, and Iran's conservatives are still struggling to find a candidate to rally around against President Hassan Rouhani who has the support of a fairly unified alliance of moderates and reformists. Having identified the multiplicity of candidates as the source of their loss in the 2013 presidential election, conservative political parties and groups are trying to settle on a single candidate. -Farideh Farhi 03/10/17

PHOTOS: House-Cleaning in Esfidan Village, North Khorasan, to welcome Norooz - These photos show the people in the village of Esfidan busy with their Norooz house cleaning ritual. Esfidan is one of the most beautiful villages in Iran, and it enjoys a pleasant climate. The village is located 45 kilometers southeast of the city of Bojnord in a lush valley surrounded with tall mountains. Esfidan is a popular tourist attraction in North Khorasan. 03/9/17

Photos: Qajar painting "Line for Salute" restored - "The Line for Salute", a painting by the Qajar-era artist and architect Abdollah Khan, has been restored by a team of Iranian experts. The painting, which depicts a long queue of the royals and elites waiting to salute Qajar king Fath'Ali Shah, was unveiled for the first time after its restoration at the Negarestan Garden Museum in Tehran last Saturday. 03/9/17

Iran's Geopolitical Predicament and Its Consequences - For some time now, most Middle East states and a good number of Western countries have portrayed Iran as the main cause of problems in the Middle East and parts of South Asia. Iran emerges from this narrative as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism and, in general, an all-around source of evil. -Shireen T. Hunter 03/8/17

To Veil or Not to Veil -- That is a Complex Question - Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran is embarking on trade and economic agreements at an unprecedented rate, including with many European countries, but also with China, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and even some Latin American and Persian Gulf countries. -Sussan Tahmasebi 03/7/17

Photos: Salt Dome in Qom, Iran - Qom salt dome (Kuh-e Namak), a natural wonder covering an area of over 1 square miles, is located about 10 miles from the city of Qom on the road to Jafarieh. The salt dome houses a small lake which adds to its attraction. -Ahmad Zohrabi 02/24/17

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