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Iranian swimmer Shahin Izadyar: A Persian version of Michael Phelps

- Shahin Izadyar, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, resembles the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps. Surpassing Japan in the third place in medal table, Izadyar helped Iran record the best ever showing at the Games. 10/15/18

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

- Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention. -Human Rights Watch 10/15/18

Iran record best ever showing at Asian Para Games

- Iran delegation moved one place up to third place at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. 10/15/18

Teachers' Strike Sees Classes Canceled Across Iran

- Iranian teachers went on strike October 14 and 15, holding sit-ins at elementary and high schools across the country to demand better pay and conditions and an end to the detention of education activists. Iranian social media has been abuzz yesterday and today with photos of teachers demonstrating outside their schools or in the hallways and principals' offices in cities across the country 10/15/18

Sanctions Heavily Impact Iranian Air Travel Cost And Airlines

- While the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran is deepening week by week, the Islamic Republic's official news agency, IRNA, says, the number of Iranians travelling abroad in the past six months has dropped by 13%, compared with the same period, last year. -Radio Farda 10/15/18

'Food is what connects us': Cookbook details Iranian immigrant's journey to Canada

- An award-winning food writer is back in B.C. where the roots of her culinary journey began. Naz Deravian and her family emigrated to North Vancouver in 1982 after fleeing the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Her new cookbook Bottom of the Pot - a follow-up to her award-winning blog of the same name -- explores a wide variety of Persian recipes. -Matthew Low, CBC News 10/15/18

Iranian Newspaper Editors Decry Trump's 'Immoral' Sanctions

- In a remarkable joint editorial published Monday, the editors of four of Iran's leading newspapers--Iran, Hamshahri, Etelaat, and Sazandegi--have invoked the United States Declaration of Independence to decry the reimposition of sanctions as a violation of the "unalienable rights" of the Iranian people to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." -Bourse and Bazaar 10/15/18

Fusing Iranian and Western music, Hafez Nazeri strives to promote peace and unity

- With Hafez Nazeri's move from Iran to the U.S. roughly two decades ago came a string of formidable musical achievements. -Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen 10/12/18

Serbia Ends Visa-Free Travel For Iranians, Citing 'Abuses' By Some

- Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians little more than year after it was introduced out of concern that some Iranians were using the system as an avenue to permanently relocate to Europe. More than 15,000 Iranians have visited Serbia since visas were abolished in August 17. Serbian media have reported that direct flights connecting Belgrade and Tehran have been coming into the country full but returning empty. 10/12/18

Iranians join Israeli zoo in choosing name for new Persian leopard

- Despite the animosity between the governments of Israel and Iran, the two peoples are coming together in an effort to find a suitable name for a rare Persian leopard who recently arrived at the Ramat Gan Safari park outside Tel Aviv. -Times of Israel 10/12/18

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Iran maneuvers to win back public trust in the rial - While the Iranian rial has jumped 25% over the past week, there are major questions about whether the Central Bank of Iran will be able to sustain the upward momentum. -Maziar Motamedi, Al Monitor 10/12/18

What Is A Rogue State? - The concept of a rogue state (or outlaw state, or any equivalent term) cannot just refer to a state pursuing interests that the United States does not happen to like or identify with. States must be expected to pursue their interests, and every state on the globe has at least some interests that differ from those of the United States. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog 10/12/18

Rand Paul joins Senate effort to block funds for a war with Iran - While the Brett Kavanaugh drama was tearing apart Washington last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) quietly signed on to a Democrat-led bill prohibiting the use of federal money for a war against Iran without Congress's express approval. -Alex Ward, Vox 10/12/18

Kurdish Mechanic Sentenced to Death in Iran Despite Judge's Acknowledgement of His Innocence - Hedayat Abdollahpour was arrested in late June 2016 following a clash between members of the banned, separatist Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK), based in Northern Iraq, and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near the city of Oshnavieh, in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province, "even though he played no role in the clash and wasn't even there," said attorney Hossein Ahmadiniaz. -CHRI 10/12/18

Iranian homegrown satellite Dousti, Nahid-1 and Payam to be launched by year end - Three Iranian domestically-made satellites will launch into space during the current Iranian calendar year (to be ended on March 20, 2019), the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Director Morteza Barari said on Monday. 10/11/18

Iranian Merchants Close Down Shops in Silent Strike Against Hyperinflation - Merchants and business owners went on strike in several Iranian cities on October 8, 2018, to protest against hyperinflation and economic instability. Images and video footage posted on social media networks showed many shops closed that day in the cities of Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj and Orumiyeh. 10/11/18

Trump Has Put US On Path To War With Iran While Nobody Is Paying Attention - Sixteen years ago this week, 77 U.S. senators and 296 members of the House of Representatives gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq. That monumental vote enabled what is arguably the biggest strategic foreign policy blunder in American history, needlessly killing hundreds of thousands and costing trillions of dollars. -Ben Armbruster, LobeLog 10/11/18

"Oppression Stops Life:" Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Recounts Returning to an Empty Home - For the first time in more than three years, Iranian political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was allowed to go on a three-day furlough on September 26, 2018. But according to her letter, published on October 2 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center (where Mohammadi worked before the organization was banned in Iran), the experience was far from enjoyable. 10/11/18

Iran finds creative ways to thwart new US sanctions - A vessel carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil was reported on Tuesday to have discharged the crude into a bonded storage tank at the port of Dalian in northeast China. Keeping oil in bonded storage gives the shipment owner the option to sell into China or to other buyers in the region, Reuters news agency reported. -Press TV 10/11/18

Iran outlaws private ownership of wild animals - Iran has outlawed the private ownership of wild animals, including cheetahs, lions and tigers, and will fine or imprison anyone parading the wild animals in public, YJC reported on Wednesday. "If a person seen in public walking an exotic pet, will be fined up to 800 million rials (about $20,000) and could face up to three-year term of imprisonment," Department of Environment's (DOE) director for hunting and fishing Ali Teymouri has said. 10/11/18

Tomato squeeze: U.S. sanctions begin to distort Iran's economy - Tomato paste is not the most obvious economic indicator, but in Iran, where it is a staple that some people have started panic-buying, it says a lot about the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. 10/11/18

Iran summons pundit, soccer icon over quake relief donations - Iran's judiciary has frozen accounts belonging to a prominent political commentator and a soccer icon who have been raising donations for a quake-stricken town in the country's west. -Al Monitor 10/11/18

Iranian artist Tara Behbahani says her new paintings dig up moments of happiness from heart of history - Tara Behbahani has said that the paintings in her new collection "Passing through Imagination" dig up depictions of moments of happiness from the heart of history. The collection, which depicts women on images of beautiful Persian tiles, is on display in an exhibition at Tehran's Golestan Gallery. 10/10/18

Iranian short 'Run, Rostam, Run' to vie at St. Louis Film Festival - Iran's short animated piece 'Run, Rostam, Run' by Hossein Molayemi has been accepted into St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). 'Run, Rostam, Run' is a 2D animated piece depicting the Persian national hero Rostam who must travel to the future to Tehran in order to make up for what he has done to his son. Once he gets to Tehran, he doesn't know whether to choose the legal or illegal way to achieve his objective. 10/10/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh's Husband Charged With National Security Crimes For Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activism - Imprisoned Iranian attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, has been charged with national security crimes for peacefully supporting his wife and a woman's right to appear in public without a hijab. Khandan, who, like his wife is also a human rights activist, has been charged with "assembly and collusion against national security" and "promoting non-observance of the hijab," his lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, stated in an Instagram post. 10/10/18

Iran's Access to SWIFT Being Debated In Washington - The Washington Free Beacon reports that some in the U.S. Treasury Department are trying to save Iran's access to SWIFT, which can help Tehran to maintain access to the world banking and financial network. SWIFT is a system that enables its nearly 10,000 institutional members around the world to securely transfer money around the globe. 10/10/18

Three People Sentenced to Death in Iran as 32 Others Issued Harsh Sentences For Alleged Currency Hoarding - Unnamed "special courts for economic crimes" in Iran have sentenced three people to death and condemned 32 others to long prison sentences for allegedly manipulating Iran's gold and currency markets, Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei announced on October 1, 2018. 10/10/18

ICJ hears Iran arguments in asset freeze case against U.S. - The UN's top court has heard Iran's arguments against the United States in a new showdown between the two sides over the freezing by Washington of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets, just days after the tribunal handed Tehran a victory in a separate case. 10/10/18

In Khabib's and Conor's Footsteps: Iran's First MMA Fighter - Ali Akbari is the only mixed martial arts fighter representing Iran on the international scene. In an interview with Sputnik, Ali, nicknamed the "Iranian Hercules," spoke about his decision to promote mixed martial arts, which are outlawed in Iran, and also about his plans for the future. -Sputnik 10/10/18

'Tehran Taboo': Vice and virtue on the streets of Iran's capital - Soozandeh's film "Tehran Taboo" begins in a familiar but evocative locale: the back of a car roaming the capital. It's also the primary setting for two classics of Iranian cinema, "Taxi" (2015) by Jafar Panahi and "A Taste of Cherry" (1997) by the late Palme d'Or winner Abbas Kiarostami. Quickly, this familiarity steers off-road. A taxi driver solicits sex from a young prostitute, who has no choice but to bring her mute child along for the ride. -Thomas Page, CNN 10/10/18

Hating Muslims In The Age Of Trump - These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell's 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth's "memory hole" and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. -Juan Cole, LobeLog 10/10/18

IMF Says U.S. Sanctions Have Pushed Iran's Economy Into Recession - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Iran's economy fell into a recession this year that will get worse next year as a result of renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran. In its World Economic Outlook released late on October 8, the IMF said Iran's oil-driven economy is expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year as a result of declining oil exports, with the drop in economic output accelerating to 3.6 percent in 2019. -RFE/RL 10/9/18

3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon Held Across Lut Desert - Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth. 10/9/18

Iranian-American Among Five Environmentalists Charged in Iran After Eight Months in Prison - Five out of the eight environmentalists who have been detained in Iran since January 2018, including an Iranian-American dual national, have been issued preliminary indictments eight months into their imprisonment. 10/9/18

Iran Hit Hard By Floods In the North, Dust Storms In The South - Massive dust storms have hit the two southern provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchistan, while six northern provinces of the country are submerged in floods. More than 150 have been hospitalized for pulmonary complications and other medical issues resulting from a dust cloud that descended over Kerman and Sistan and Baluchistan in last few days. 10/9/18

These Four Educators Were Behind Bars in Iran on World Teachers' Day 2018 - Four teachers are currently behind bars in Iranian prisons for engaging in peaceful trade union activities, according to Rassoul Bodaghi, a formerly imprisoned labor activist and senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA). 10/9/18

U.S. marks first retreat on Iran sanctions by allowing Rhum gasfield to operate - The US administration has beaten its first retreat on planned sanctions against Iran, allowing a gasfield partly owned by the Islamic Republic in the North Sea to keep operating. The Rhum field northeast of Aberdeen, which supplies around 5 percent of Britain's gas demand, has now received a new operation license from the US Treasury, UK-listed producer Serica Energy said on Tuesday. 10/9/18

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions - Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. 10/9/18

Iranian parliament approves bill to combat financing of terrorism - The Iranian parliament on Sunday voted in favor of CFT, a legislation to combat financing of terrorism (as part of the country's implementation of international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)). The debate on the CFT kicked off on Sunday morning with 268 lawmakers present in the parliament. A total of 143 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill while 120 voted against it. Five MPs also abstained. 10/8/18

Iran's Department of Environment opposes water transfer from Persian Gulf - With regard to the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf, the Department of Environment (DOE) has taken a firm stand against water transfer from this body of water, deputy environment chief, Masoud Tajrishi, has said. 10/8/18

India defies U.S., continues buying Iranian oil despite sanctions - India is going to continue buying Iranian oil in November despite the U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported citing sources close to the Indian oil industry. "Refiners have placed November nominations to lift 1.25 million tons (about 9 million barrels) of oil from Iran," Reuters quoted a source as saying. 10/8/18

Bad Roads, Inferior Cars Blamed For Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths In Iran - Nearly 280,000 have been killed and more than four million injured in car accidents in over a decade in Iran, says the Islamic Republic's traffic police chief. Out of 190 countries, Iran has more deadly car accidents on the roads, immediately after Sierra Leone, a report compiled by the country's Central Insurance's research department says. -Radio Farda 10/8/18

Golden Eagle's luxury tourist train arrives in Iran - The international Golden Eagle tourist train has arrived in Iran from Sarakhs Border Crossing with the neighboring Turkmenistan for a two-week tour called "Heart of Persia", the Managing Director of Khorasan Province's Railways said. 10/8/18

Fresh from one fight at ICJ, Iran takes on America in another - Iran is facing off with the United States of America at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a case over the US freezing of Iranian assets, shortly after Tehran beat Washington at the same court in a different case. -Press TV 10/8/18

Iran Risks Losing 70% of Farmlands: Environment Chief - Iran faces losing 70 percent of its farmlands if urgent action is not taken to overcome a litany of climate woes, the country's environment chief Isa Kalantari told AFP. The Islamic Republic is grappling not only with air, water and soil pollution, as well as drought and desertification, but also with the effect of years of crippling US and international sanctions. -AFP 10/8/18

Wildfires ravage marshlands on Iran-Iraq border - The destruction of important marshlands and other natural reserves in wildfires in Iran may be caused by humans as well as nature. -Shaghayegh Rostampour, Al Monitor 10/8/18

Swedish Academy, Which Awards Nobel In Literature, Elects Iranian-Born Poet As Member - The Swedish Academy on October 5 announced it had elected an Iranian-born poet and a Swedish judge as new members in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that forced it to postpone awarding a Nobel prize in literature this year. 10/6/18

Iran's Deaf Community Launches Campaign Urging Government to End Discrimination - Members of Iran's deaf and hard of hearing community have launched a campaign urging the Iranian government to end systematic discrimination against their community by following steps that would fulfill Iran's domestic and international obligations. 10/6/18

War chances rising after US leaves Iran deal: Kerry - Former secretary of state John Kerry voiced fear Friday of conflict with Iran after the United States pulled out of a denuclearization deal, saying regional leaders had privately pressed him for military strikes. 10/6/18

Shouldering the sanctions: A future for EU-Iran energy cooperation - As the future of the Iran nuclear deal looks increasingly uncertain, European leaders must take measures to protect economic and political relations with Iran. Without European support for Iran's energy sector, the JCPOA remains fragile and open to further setbacks. -Axel Hellman and Bijan Khajehpour, ELN 10/6/18

120 Academics and Activists Join UN in Calling on Iran to Free Princeton Scholar Xiyue Wang - A group of 120 academics and human rights activists of Iranian origin have called on Iran to free imprisoned American scholar Xiyue Wang, who was arrested in Tehran by agents of Iran's Intelligence Ministry during the summer of 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on unsubstantiated espionage charges a year later. -ICHR 10/6/18

Iranian Workers Have Lost 90 Percent Of Their Purchasing Power - Iranian workers have lost 90% of their purchasing power, says the chairman of the Supreme Center of Council's Committee (SCCC) for wages, Faramarz Tofiqi. Meanwhile, several news outlets in Iran say that the recent significant drop of the national currency's value and skyrocketing prices have forced Iranian workers to struggle with unprecedented acrimonious problems. 10/5/18

Man Serving Seven Years in an Iranian Prison For His Facebook Posts Slapped With An Additional Three - Prisoner of conscience Soheil Arabi has been sentenced to three more years behind bars-increasing his total term to 10 years-for engaging in peaceful activism inside the Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) where he is being held. 10/5/18

"Iran ready to work with Saudis to build strong region, end US conceit": FM Zarif - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong region together and put an end to the US humiliation of regional countries. "President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support," Zarif said in a Thursday tweet. 10/5/18

Iranian MPs Call Ahvaz Terrorist Attack An Intelligence Disaster - Citing sources affiliated with the intelligence, security, and police forces of the Islamic Republic, Iranian MPs say they have evidence the recent terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz was the result of carelessness on the part of the security apparatus. 10/5/18

Veil-Safe Plan: Iran's Khamenei Sees The Hijab As The Answer To #MeToo Woes - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an opponent of gender equality whose establishment enforces discriminatory laws against women, has marked the one-year anniversary of the global #metoo movement by offering strict Islamic dress as a solution to the problems women face in the West. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 10/5/18

Fact Sheets and Infographics on Human Rights in Iran - These fact sheets and infographics have been produced by the Center for Human Rights in Iran on issues including deaths of political prisoners in state custody, disability rights in Iran and a general overview of the human rights situation in the country. -CHRI 10/5/18

Intel: Why the Trump administration suddenly cares about Iran's poor environmental record - After withdrawing from the Paris climate pact and gutting the EPA, the Donald Trump administration is suddenly obsessed with the sorry state of Iran's environment. -Al Monitor 10/5/18

Tougher U.S. Sanctions Will Enrich Iran's Revolutionary Guards - As the economic noose tightens on the Iranian economy, smugglers will thrive and the IRGC will be the first to profit. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Foreign Policy 10/5/18

Iranians: Dollars Still Expensive as Currency Recovery Stalls - A sharp recovery of Iran's currency against the dollar stalled Wednesday, as some Iranians complained that they could not find dollars for the cheaper prices being reported by Iranian media. Some Iranian media had reported the rial surging to around 100,000 to the dollar in unofficial trading Tuesday from a record low of 190,000 set last week, an almost 50 percent jump in the Iranian currency's value in one day. But, the website that tracks Iran's unofficial exchange rates showed the rial later retreated to 147,000 to the dollar by late Wednesday. -Michael Lipin & Behrooz Samadbeygi, VOA 10/4/18

2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans: Survey Reveals Concern Over Discrimination and U.S. Policies - Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released the findings of its 2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, revealing concerns over increased discrimination and U.S. policy towards Iran. More than three-quarters of respondents are worried about increased discrimination against Iranian Americans, and nearly half (49%) report that they have personally experienced discrimination. 10/4/18

U.S. Terminates 1955 'Friendship' Treaty With Iran After UN Court Ruling - The United States says it is canceling a decades-old friendship treaty with Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court case against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on October 3, referring to the year of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -RFE/RL 10/4/18

Trump's March To War With Iran - There is a very real possibility that Donald Trump will start a new war in the Middle East. If that's not his intention, then his administration is doing a damn good job of faking it. In July, in a late-night tweet from the White House, President Trump threatened Iran, in all caps, -Joe Cirincione, LobeLog 10/4/18

Iranians Call For Freedom of Shiraz Councilman Who Tried to Secure Release of Detained Baha'is - Iranians have taken to social media to call for the freedom of Mehdi Hajati, a member of the Shiraz City Council who was arrested on September 27, 2018, two days after tweeting about his efforts to free two detained members of the Baha'i faith. 10/4/18

President Rouhani Says Iran Facing A 'Delicate' Situation - Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a group of politicians and activists on October 3 that Iran is confronting a "complicated situation" and conditions are "unusual and delicate". Saying that "today we are a sensitive juncture", Rouhani added that Iran "is in the middle of a full-fledged economic war". His comments come as Iran is facing the implementation of additional U.S. sanctions on its oil exports in about a month. 10/4/18

Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran's Economy - The Iranian economy is mired in a deep recession. The real or productive sector of the economy is paralyzed, largely by out-of-control (and often illicit) imports that have replaced domestic production. Rent seeking, corruption and the looting of national resources is pervasive. Both unemployment and inflation are extremely high. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh, CounterPunch 10/4/18

Dollar In 'Tears'? Iran Celebrates Rial Rally - Iran's national currency has been on a months-long freefall. The cost of living for Iranians has soared, sparking angry antigovernment demonstrations in the Islamic republic. So the country's hard-liners were in celebratory mood after the rial unexpectedly rallied against the U.S. dollar earlier this week, prompting media close to the conservative camp to claim that the American currency was an "aborted," "clown," currency in "tears. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL 10/3/18

Iran's Persepolis earn remarkable win over Al Sadd of Qatar in ACL semis - Persepolis of Iran football team earned a remarkable 1-0 win over Qatari giants Al Sadd in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. In the match held in Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Ali Alipour was on target from the penalty spot in the 86th minute. 10/3/18

World Court Orders U.S. To Ensure Iran Sanctions Don't Hit Humanitarian Aid - The World Court has ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran do not impact humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety. The court found that assurances offered by Washington in August that it would do its best to ensure sanctions would not affect humanitarian conditions were "not adequate to address fully the humanitarian and safety concerns raised" by Iran. 10/3/18

Iran Should Immediately Free Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi on Medical Grounds - Iranian authorities should immediately free political prisoner Arash Sadeghi so he can receive medical care for serious health issues that require urgent and sustained care, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement on October 1st, 2018. 10/3/18

Iran Economists Warn About Forex Policy Leading to 'Catastrophe' - Despite reports that the value of the Iranian rial is rising, fifty Iranian economists have called on the government to shut down "the secondary forex market," an arrangement the economists say has "pushed millions of Iranians below the poverty line." 10/3/18

Iran Says Missile Attack In Syria Killed 40 'Leaders' Of Islamic State - Iran claimed the missile attack it launched at targets in Syria on Monday had killed 40 "top leaders" of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force. Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, in retaliation for an attack on a military parade in Iran on Sept. 22 that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of its Revolutionary Guards. 10/3/18

Foreign drugs rare commodity in sanctions-hit Iran - "Talk of sanctions on Iran reemerged, and my essential medicine was no longer available," said Masoud Mir who suffers from thalassaemia, a genetic blood disease common in Iran. Mir, 36, is one of many patients in the Islamic Republic who not only have to deal with their disability, but also the consequences of trade sanctions reimposed in August by the US, as well as a battered economy with a free-falling currency, a foreign drug shortage and price hikes -AFP 10/3/18

Ofcom examining TV network over interview praising attack in Iran - Ofcom is scrutinising a UK-based Saudi-linked television network after it gave airtime to the spokesman for an extremist separatist group who praised last month's terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, which killed at least 24 people, including children. The involvement of the media watchdog highlights the growing influence of Saudi-linked stations operating from London... -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian 10/3/18

IRAN STILL IN THE CROSSHAIRS - President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25, left no doubt as to my depiction of him as the Clueless Clown. Trump's verbal barrage against Iran was by no means unprecedented. As he repeated allegations against Iran as the world's worst supporter of international terrorism and a destabilizing agitator in the region, etc., his delivery sounded as though he had not bothered to rehearse the text, or even understood the implications of what he was reading: that is not unusual for Mr. Trump! -Kambiz Zarrabi 10/2/18

Recipient of 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa - We are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. 10/2/18

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Farhad Meysami Barricades Himself in Evin Prison Clinic - Imprisoned civil rights activist Farhad Meysami has resisted medical treatment in Evin Prison in Iran to bring attention to his hunger strike, at one point barricading himself inside the prison's clinic. "On Wednesday, September 26, representatives from the prosecutor's office and the prison administration... forcibly transferred our dear friend Farhad Meysami against his will to a room in the prison's clinic," wrote detained civil rights activist Reza Khandan in an open letter from Evin Prison on September 28. 10/2/18

Iran's currency Rial regains big chunk of lost value - The US dollar went on a downhill spiral in Monday trading in Iran's free currency market by experiencing a historic plunge of above 20 percent within only hours. The resurgence of Iran's Rial continued on Tuesday, with the greenback slumping to around 105,000 rials, the Fars news agency reported. 10/2/18

Persian Leopard Cub Seized From Smugglers - A three-month old leopard cub was seized from the smugglers on Wednesday and transferred to Pardisan Park rehabilitation center, Mehr news agency reported on Friday. The leopard cub was seized in Khuzestan province from a group of animal traffickers who were trying to smuggle the animal to one the Persian Gulf states, Ramhormoz chief of department of environment said. 10/2/18

Death Toll From Alcohol Poisoning In Iran Rises To 42 - The Iranian Health Ministry says the death toll in a recent spate of incidents involving bootleg alcohol has increased to 42. Ministry spokesman Iraj Harirchi said on October 1 that a total of 460 people in five provinces were hospitalized in the past three weeks after drinking tainted liquor. Harirchi said that 16 went blind and 170 people underwent dialysis. 10/2/18

The Islamic Republic Is On Its Deathbed, Say Two Influential Iranian Activists - Two prominent pro-reform activists and former political prisoners say Velayate-e Faqih or the Governance of the Supreme Leader in Iran is not compatible with a republican system. In a statement published on Sunday, September 30, Abolfazl Qadiani and Alireza Rajaee have insisted that Velayat-e Faqih was a deviation from people's demands at the time of the 1979 revolution that ended the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. -Radio Farda 10/2/18

New UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman Requests Entry to Iran - The new special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, has requested that Iran break its 13-year ban on UN human rights experts visiting the country and allow him entry. The request was made in the advance unedited version of Rehman's first report on the human rights situation in Iran, which was transmitted to the UN General Assembly in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 37/30 following Rehman's appointment in July 2018. 10/2/18

First engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman, Iranian-Canadian Gina Cody - Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89, is the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia. On September 24, 2018, Cody made a $15 million gift to Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. In recognition of her generosity and tremendous professional accomplishments, the faculty was renamed the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. It became the first engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman and one of the first of its kind in the world. 10/1/18

Foreign Minister Zarif Says Seven European Central Banks Will Assist Trade With Iran - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says seven European central banks have agreed to create a special payment system between EU and his country to guarantee business and trade between the two sides sides in the face of U.S. sanctions. 10/1/18

Three Persian Leopard Cubs Seen In North-Central Iran - Three Persian leopard cubs have been spotted in Parvar protected area, north-central Semnan province, which is home to one-third of all species of mammals in Iran, Tasnim reported on Tuesday. Persian leopard is one of the nine sub-species of the world's leopards, which is considered to be the largest, and is among the most endangered species in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 10/1/18

Iran Sentences Three To Death Over Alleged Corruption - Special courts set up in Iran to deal with financial crimes have sentenced three people to death, local media reported, as the country faces renewed U.S. sanctions and public outcry against corruption. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi, a spokesman for Iran's judiciary, on September 30 said the three were sentenced after being convicted of "spreading corruption on Earth," according to state television. 10/1/18

IRGC reveals details of revenge attack on terrorists - The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has released new details on its missile strike on the positions of terrorists behind a recent attack in southwest Iran. The early Monday blitz targeted terrorist positions to the east of the river Euphrates, near Albu Kamal town on Syria's eastern border with Iraq. -Press TV 10/1/18

Housing Cost In Tehran Skyrockets As People Measure Value In US Dollars - The average house price in Tehran has had a 74 percent jump during just one year since September 2017, the Central Bank of Iran announced. Just over the past Iranian month (August 21-September 21) the rise in residential unit prices was 9.4 percent. 9/30/18

U.S. Iran Policy And Misusing The Fear Of Terrorism - The history of U.S. administrations manipulating the issue of terrorism for purposes unrelated to terrorism predates Donald Trump's presidency. One reflection of this history is the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has never tracked very closely with the reality of specific states being complicit or not complicit in international terrorism. Some complicit states have never appeared on the list because they were considered U.S. friends or allies-such as Saudi Arabia with its nurturing of Sunni radicalism, Pakistan with its support to extremist groups in Afghanistan, or left-wing governments in Greece that condoned radical leftist terrorism. -Paul Pillar 9/26/18

Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton Threatens Iran: 'There will be hell to pay' - The National Iranian American Council condemned National Security Advisor John Bolton's saber rattling speech outside the UN in which he ominously threatened that 'there will be hell to pay' for Iran: "Bolton has called for the U.S. to bomb Iran for over a decade and is now in the driver's seat of the Trump Administration's foreign policy. His threats are aimed at inflaming tensions, preventing any possibility that his boss might negotiate with Iran, and goading Iran into to doing something that could justify a U.S. attack... 9/26/18

Ahwaz Terror Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran? - Less than a month after Iran's consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong. -Shireen T. Hunter 9/25/18

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

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

Terror Attack On Military Parade In Iran Leaves 25 Dead, 60 Wounded - At least 24 four people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, the country's official IRNA news agency reported, prompting President Hassan Rohani to pledge a "crushing" response to threats against the country. 9/22/18

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

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

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

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

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