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Presidents of Iran, Russia, Turkey hold Syria talks in Sochi

- The Iranian, Russian and Turkish presidents held a trilateral meeting on the Syria crisis in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Wednesday talks between Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan come as Iran, Russia and Turkey are acting as the guarantors of a ceasefire that took effect in Syria late last year. 11/22/17

Outspoken Daughter Of Slain Iranian Dissidents Going On Trial For 'Spreading Propaganda'

- The murders of Parastou Forouhar's parents were pinned on Iran's Intelligence Ministry. Now, the same ministry is going after the artist for speaking out about their deaths and her alleged ties by extension to a scandal over an activist who was photographed drinking wine. Forouhar will go on trial on November 25, three days after the 19th anniversary of the deaths of her parents, Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar. The two political activists and dissidents were stabbed to death in their Tehran home in November 1998 in a killing that officials later blamed on rogue intelligence agents, despite suggestions otherwise. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 11/22/17

Iranian Charged With Hacking HBO, Stealing Unaired Episodes Of The Game Of Thrones

- The United States has charged an Iranian man with hacking into HBO and trying to extort $6 million in digital currency from the U.S. television network. U.S. prosecutors accuse Behzad Mesri of stealing scripts and plot summaries for unaired episodes of the Game Of Thrones TV series, and unaired episodes of other shows including the Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy series. 11/22/17

175 Nobel Laureates Call on Iran to Release Swedish Resident Ahmadreza Djalali

- In a letter addressing Iran's ambassador to the UN, 175 Nobel laureates have called on the country's authorities to release Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Djalali, who says he has been imprisoned in Tehran for refusing to spy for the country's Intelligence Ministry. 11/22/17

Tehran hosting international conference on countering Takfirism

- The Iranian capital has started hosting an international conference to discuss means of countering Takfirism. The two-day event kicked off on Wednesday November 22 in Tehran with more than 500 Shia and Sunni scholars from 90 countries in attendance. 11/22/17

On The Destabilization Of The Middle East

- One of America's favorite talking points on Iran is its "destabilizing" role in the Middle East. There's no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that serve as alternate sources of power inside their countries--Yemen's rebels, militias in Syria and Iraq, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. -Derek Davison, LobeLog 11/22/17

Iranian teenage musicians to perform in Denmark festival

- A group of Iranian teenage musicians will perform at a music festival in Denmark later this month. The young musicians will perform at the NYT music festival and the University of Copenhagen on November 25 and 27. 11/22/17

Cabinet Minister Indicates Israel Has Had Secret Contacts With Saudis Over Iran Concerns

- An Israeli cabinet minister has indicated that Israel has had secret contacts with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries over their mutual concerns about Iran, an apparent first acknowledgment by a senior official about covert dealings. 11/21/17

Iran's president Rouhani extols regional efforts to uproot ISIS

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lauded the defeat of the Daesh (ISIS) terror group in Iraq and Syria, thanking all the nations and forces who pooled their resources to crush the remnants of the Takfiri outfit in the two neighboring countries. Backed by popular groups and Iranian military advisors, armed forces in Iraq and Syria have managed to flush Daesh militants out of their last strongholds in both countries, declaring full victory over the notorious terror group. 11/21/17

Benefit concert in Palo Alto, California for Iran's quake victims

- We are deeply affected of the devastating earthquake in Iran. The deadliest earthquake of 2017 has taken about 1000 lives and has ruined several villages in the Kurdish region of Iran, Kermanshah. This concert is dedicated to all Kurds of Iran and Iraq and the benefits will be sent directly to Kermanshah. 11/21/17

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Political Prisoners Transferred to Prison in Northwestern Iran After Being Beaten by Rajaee Shahr Guards - Three political prisoners serving life sentences have been transferred from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, to Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province, 444 miles away, without a court order. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that Mohammad Nazari, Khalid Fereydouni, and Omar Faghihpour were moved on November 16, 2017, after being beaten by guards in the clinic of Rajaee Shahr Prison. 11/21/17

Iranian Official Threatens "Restrictions" on Social Media Networks That Reject State Censorship Policies - A senior official representing Iran's top internet regulation body has threatened to take action against social media applications that refuse to comply with the country's strict censorship rules. "Foreign messaging networks should comply with the polices of the Islamic Republic of Iran and should not publish immoral material," said Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC), on November 14, 2017. "If they cooperate with us, there won't be any problem. Otherwise, we will move towards introducing restrictions against them." 11/21/17

Moscow's Balancing Act In Syria - Russia and Iran, as is well known, have been cooperating closely in Syria. The combination of ground forces from Iran and its various Shi'a militia allies plus primarily air forces from Russia have succeeded in helping the Bashar al-Assad regime maintain power, regain control over much of the territory that it had lost, and put particularly the Arab opposition to the government on the defensive. -Mark N. Katz, LobeLog 11/21/17

Iran before the 1979 revolution - Fascinating photos show models in miniskirts and the fashionable female film stars who were later banned from movies when strict Islamic laws were imposed -Daily Mail, UK 11/21/17

New Crisis Looms Over Iran's Earthquake-Hit Areas - More than a week after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit western Iran, icy rains are expected as many survivors still face a shortage of aid supplies such as heating appliances, tents, and plastic covers. "The situation in earthquake-hit areas needs attention; otherwise, we are going to face a disaster worse that the earthquake itself," Farhad Tajari, a member of parliament for Ghasr Shireen, was quoted by Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) as saying. 11/20/17

Iran, EU hold high-level talks in Tehran amid Trump's threats - Iran and the EU have started their third round of high-level talks following the 2016 implementation of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries. Helga Schmid, the EU's deputy political director, met Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi in Tehran Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, the state news agency IRNA reported. 11/20/17

Turkey Hosts Iranian, Russian FMs as Ankara-NATO Dispute Festers - Turkey's Foreign Minister Melvin Cavusolgu is hosting his Russian and Iranian counterparts at the Mediterranean Sea resort of Antalya to prepare the ground for Wednesday's summit in Russia to discuss Syria. Despite Ankara backing opposing sides to Tehran and Moscow in the Syrian civil war, they have been increasingly cooperating to resolve the conflict. The three countries armed forces are deployed in creating a "de-escalation zone" in the Syrian enclave of Idlib, one of last strongholds of rebels fighting the Damascus regime. -Dorian Jones, VOA 11/20/17

A Bridge Taken for a Wall, a Wall Taken for a Bridge: On Persian Art, Poetry, and Translation - Event on December 7, 2017 at Stanford University: Jahan Ramazani is University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book on poetry in a global age. This talk on poetry, art, and East-West translation ranges from ancient Iran to medieval Byzantium and the Abbasid era to modern Iran and Ireland. 11/20/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For More Aid For Earthquake Survivors - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the authorities to provide more aid for the survivors of a devastating earthquake that hit the country's west more than a week ago. Khamenei spoke on November 20 during a visit to Kermanshah Province, which was hit hard by the 7.3-magnitude quake that killed at least 530 people and left thousands injured or homeless amid bitterly cold temperatures. 11/20/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry "Invites" Rouhani Campaign Manager to Stop Advocating for Kurdish Rights - President Hassan Rouhani's chief campaign manager in Iran's Kurdistan Province was subjected to intimidation tactics while being questioned by Intelligence Ministry agents about his peaceful efforts to include Sunni Muslims in the government. 11/20/17

Iranian IRGC Commander Killed In Syria - Iranian media have reported that a commander in the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been killed in fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The state-run Fars news agency reported on November 19 that Khairollah Samadi, an IRGC commander in charge of a unit in Syria, was killed in fighting on November 16 in the town of Abu Kamal, which has since been recaptured by Syrian government forces. 11/20/17

MbS: Pride Cometh Before The Fall? - Until only a few months ago, Saudi Arabia's conduct of its domestic and foreign policies was largely characterized by a good deal of caution, a lack of bombast, and a respect for established traditions. One area where the role of tradition, and respect for rank and precedence, was particularly important was the issue of succession in the royal family. Until recently, everyone inside and outside the kingdom was quite certain that once the reigning monarch died or was incapacitated, the next in line would follow and no one would challenge the established order of succession. -Shireen T. Hunter 11/18/17

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran's internal affairs - A senior Iranian official has advised French President Emmanuel Macron against meddling in Iran's internal affairs, including such strategic issues as the Iranian defense program. Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, made the remark in an interview with IRIB News after Macron said Iran's ballistic missile program had "to be curtailed." 11/18/17

Iran says deals near to fund plane purchases from Airbus and Boeing - Iran says it is close to final agreements with lenders to fund purchases of airplanes from global aviation giants Airbus and Boeing have been finalized. Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan, the Iranian deputy minister of roads and urban development, was quoted by the domestic media as saying that the deliveries of planes would be carried out according the schedule, adding that the next delivery would be made in June 2017. 11/18/17

Turkish Minister Says U.S. Iran Sanctions Case 'Fabricated,' 'Politically Motivated' - Turkey's foreign minister has accused the United States of bringing what he called a "politically motivated" and "fabricated" case against a Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. 11/18/17

Saudi Arabia's stranglehold on Yemen condemns thousands to die in the coming weeks - What happens when the world's largest humanitarian crisis takes a dramatic turn for the worse? A catastrophe of astonishing proportions is unfolding before our eyes as Yemen's Houthi-controlled territory is sealed off and suffocated. . It is failing. Absent a rapid turnaround, we are likely to witness in Yemen an extraordinary level of devastation, the likes of which most of us have never lived through. -Scott Paul, Oxfam 11/18/17

Hariri Says He'll Return to Lebanon in Coming Days, Announce His Position - PARIS - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris that he would return to Beirut in the coming days and announce his position on the crisis in his country after holding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. -Lisa Bryant, VOA 11/18/17

Iranian wrestlers rush to help quake-stricken people - Members of the Iran men's national freestyle and Greco-Roman teams have rushed to aid the victims of the recent earthquake in Kermanshah province in the western part of the country, which has left at least 500 people dead, hundreds of others injured and dozens of villages destroyed. 11/17/17

Iranian-Turkish Relations Deepen with Shared Regional Goals - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to attend a summit with Iranian and Russian leaders to discuss Syria. It will be Erdogan's second meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a month. Bilateral relations have warmed significantly in recent months between the regional rivals, since the Turkish president criticized Tehran in June, accusing it of Persian expansion in the region, a threat he said needed to be challenged. -Dorian Jones, VOA 11/17/17

Reza Zarrab, Man Accused In Iran Sanctions Case, Reported Working With U.S. Prosecutors - A Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions did not show up for a second court hearing on November 16, fueling speculation that he has made a deal to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors. NBC provided no details but suggested that Zarrab may be cooperating with authorities in connection with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation... 11/17/17

Chinese And Asian Banks Curtailed Ties To Iran - Iranian Official - An official of Iran's Chamber of Commerce (ICC) says that China has imposed further restrictions on banking ties to his country. Ali Shariati, a member of ICC told Iranian News Agency ILNA on November 14, that bank accounts belonging to Iranian businessman in China, Dubai, and Malaysia have been also "blocked" in recent days. 11/17/17

FAQ on Iranian Earthquake Relief - As Iranian Americans, our hearts go out to all of those who were impacted by yesterday's tragic earthquake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border. Initial reporting indicates that it is the deadliest earthquake of 2017, with hundreds dead and thousands injured, and many more who have lost everything. Like with prior earthquakes in Iran, the recovery and rebuilding is likely to be difficult. -NIAC 11/17/17

Parastou Forouhar: Iran's Intelligence Ministry Filed Charges Against Me Based on a Photograph - Iran's Intelligence Ministry pressed charges against activist Parastou Forouhar based on a photo of one of her artworks that created a stir on social media, she told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 13, 2017. 11/17/17

Seven Doctors Disagree With Iranian Prison Authorities' Decision to Keep Alireza Golipour Incarcerated - Alireza Golipour has been deemed unfit to stay in Evin Prison by seven doctors more than a month into his hunger strike, his lawyer informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 13, 2017. "Mr. Golipour's physical condition is extremely critical and he could slip into a coma," said Azita Gharehbeyglou. "He was transferred to Tajrish Hospital on Friday night [November 10, 2017]. His blood sugar has dropped severely." 11/17/17

Deal-Killing Iran Bill Stalled in Senate - A critical bill from Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AS) and Bob Corker (R-TN) that would violate the Iran nuclear deal appears to have stalled due to lack of support. Contacts on Capitol Hill have indicated to NIAC Action staff that negotiations on the bill have led nowhere and that few Senate Democrats have been tempted by the Cotton-Corker proposal. -NIAC Action 11/17/17

YEMEN: Hunger & disease could kill at least 50,000 children this year, more if the aid blockade continues - Extreme hunger and disease are killing an estimated 130 children in Yemen every day. A continuing blockade by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the country's northern ports of entry is likely to increase the death toll further, past the projected 50,000 children expected to die this year. -Save the Children 11/17/17

A modern history of Iran - ABBAS AMANAT is an authority on Iranian culture and political history. In his new book he presents the past five centuries of Iran's history in its Persian, Shia context. At 1,000 pages, it is not for the fainthearted. But Mr Amanat is a skilful narrator whose use of sources and anecdotes is illuminating. His book should be read by anyone who is curious about the history of political philosophy and ideas. -Economist 11/17/17

Iran Earthquake Appeal 2017 - Current reports state that 530 lives have been lost with the death toll expected to rise, over 7,000 people are injured, hundreds of villages have been destroyed, and 1,950 villages have been impacted as a result of the 7.3 magnitude Kermanshah earthquake, the most devastating in the world this year. PKCF is joining forces with Nikan/Mammut charity in Iran and Children of Persia in USA by forming a consortium that will raise and distribute funds to help those affected by this powerful earthquake 11/16/17

Kermanshah quake: tragedy, altruism, hope - The quake-hit city of Kermanshah is now the stage of inextricably mixed tragic, altruistic and hopeful scenes. All rescue and relief forces along with military personnel and volunteers have joined hands to help the victims. While tragic scenes of people mourning the loss of their beloved family members are heartbreaking the incessant work of relief forces to help people still raise hope. -Tehran Times 11/16/17

Flying girl of Iran, Fatemeh Akrami, hopes to increase female skydivers - Fatemeh Akrami, the only female skydiver in Iran, hopes to instruct skydiving to as many interested girls as possible. "My goal is to become a skydiving instructor for Iranian girls," Akrami, 24, said in an interview with the Tehran Times. "I am an Iranian girl and my responsibility is to boost the number of female skydivers in the country", she stated. -Naghmeh Mizanian 11/16/17

Iran's Supreme Administrative Court Blocks Judicial-Parliamentary Agreement to Reinstate Zoroastrian City Council Member - The Supreme Administrative Court in Tehran has blocked an agreement by the speaker of Parliament and the head of the judiciary to reinstate Sepanta Niknam, a member of the Zoroastrian faith, to the Yazd City Council. On November 8, 2017, President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, told reporters that an agreement had been reached between the legislative and judicial branches of government to allow Niknam to resume his post. 11/16/17

Encouraging the Adoption of Disabled Children is a Good Idea That Needs Better Planning - A recent pledge by an Iranian official to provide financial assistance to families that adopt children with disabilities is a good idea that requires thoroughly examining the underlying issues and improving existing services, a children's rights activist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). 11/16/17

Iranian video games scoop awards at IMGA - Three Iranian games have won four out of a total of nine main awards at the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). "4Wheelers" from Ordibehesht Studio was picked as the Best Multiplayer Game while "Mafioso" from Paeezan Game Studio received the Excellence in Art Award. 11/16/17

Iran to Probe State-built Homes Destroyed by Deadly Quake - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people. In the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, which was reconstructed in the decades since the 1980s war with Iraq, the outer walls of apartment complexes tumbled away in the magnitude 7.3 earthquake Sunday night. -AP 11/16/17

The Afghan Peace Process And Women - ...it has become even more difficult for women to find their way to the negotiating table and participate in the peace process. However, this failure to include women peace-builders ultimately presents one of the biggest obstacles to achieving lasting peace. In fact, the fate of the peace process may very well be tied to the position of women in the peace-building framework. -Quhramaana Kakar, LobeLog 11/16/17

Anger Hits Boiling Point As Iranian Quake Survivors Left In The Cold - Frustration is boiling over as earthquake survivors sleep outside in freezing temperatures, waiting for much-needed aid to reach devastated areas of Iran. "People here have nothing, nothing. No tents, no blankets, no food. There's nothing here. People are facing very tough conditions here. It's a crisis situation," one resident of Sarpol-e Zahab, a town in Iran's western Kermanshah Province that has been described as among the worst hit, told a journalist reporting from the scene. 11/15/17

US Announces Ways To Provide Help For Quake Victims In Iran - U.S. Department of the Treasury officially highlighted on Tuesday, November 14, the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people. "In light of the tragic earthquake in Iran, we would like to highlight some of the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people, consistent with the Iran-related sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)" U.S. Virtual Embassy Iran cited OFAC as saying. 11/15/17

Shahram Nazeri, Kamkars team up to give benefit concert for quake victims in Kermanshah, Iran - Legendary Iranian vocalist Shahram Nazeri and the Kamkars will join together in a concert to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit their homeland Kermanshah in western Iran on Sunday. Following the devastating earthquake, numerous Iranian artists have announced that they would organize various programs to help the victims of the natural disaster. 11/15/17

Iranian Currency Reaches New Lows As Inflation Remains High - The value of the Iranian rial has again dropped in recent days, reaching a new record low for the national currency. On November 13, one U.S. dollar was exchanged at 41,100 rials, indicating an increase of more than 500 rials in just under two weeks. The euro showed a similar trend reaching 48,900 rials, jumping more than 1,000 rials compared with the beginning of November. 11/15/17

Iranian Olympics gold medalists Sareh Javanmardi and Kianoush Rostami to sell their medals to help the quake victims - Paralympic Games gold medal winner in shooting Sareh Javanmardi is going to sell her medal to raise money for the victims of Sunday's earthquake which left at least 500 people dead in Iran. Iranian weighlifter Kianoush Rostami, Olympic gold medal winner in Rio 2016, has also said he is going to auction his medal to give the money to the people who were affected by the earthquake. 11/15/17

83 Countries Vote to Pass UN Resolution Expressing "Serious Concern" over Human Rights in Iran - In an overwhelming sign of international support for human rights in Iran, 83 countries approved a resolution by the UN Third Committee today criticizing the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic. The resolution by the UN's Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, while noting progress in some areas, voiced "serious concern" over many areas of human rights violations in the country. 11/15/17

Rentierism and Rivalry Between Riyadh and Tehran - In response to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has long pursued a strategy of counterbalancing, extending its security umbrella to cover the kingdom and the GCC states. But as promises of security fade in the face of decreasing belief in the American commitment, infighting in the GCC, and the advent of Saudi military adventurism, security is no longer a sufficient paradigm for policy that seeks to temper an intensifying regional rivalry. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, LobeLog 11/15/17

Iran Quake Survivors Spend Second Night In Open As Death Toll Rises - Thousands of people spent a second night in makeshift tents or out in the open as authorities downplayed hope for finding more survivors of a powerful earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border that killed hundreds of people. Iran's Kermanshah Province bore the brunt of the quake, with state media saying that at least 430 people died and about 7,000 others were injured in the country when the quake hit on November 12. 11/14/17

Photos: Ava is born in the midst of death and destruction caused by quake - According to latest reports by Mehr News Agency, death toll for the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Iraq-Iran border has risen to 530, with 7460 reported as injured. But in the midst of the death and destruction, baby girl Ava was born on the second day after the quake in Sarpol-e Zahab, the Iranian city that suffered the most during the quake. Ava was born at the army field hospital setup in Sarpol-e Zahab, and she and brought cheers and smiles to everyone present at the tent. -by Ahmad Moeini Jam 11/14/17

Iran in Mourning After Earthquake that Killed 430 - Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said at least 430 people were reported dead and 7,000 others injured. Many of the victims were in Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province. Iraq's Interior Ministry put the death toll there at seven people with 500 injured. The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered near the town of Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan region and was felt as far away as Turkey and Israel. 11/14/17

U.S. Court Allows Ban On Some Travelers From Iran, Other Countries To Take U.S. President Donald Trump signing his original executive order on travel - A U.S. appeals court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest executive order barring certain travelers from Iran and five other predominantly Muslim countries to take effect. The ruling on November 13 upholds the part of Trump's September 24 order which bars entry by people from Iran and the other countries if they do not have close connections in the United States. 11/14/17

Residents of Region Devastated by 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake in Iran Still Waiting for Aid - A reporter in Iran's Kurdistan Province, hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on November 12, 2017, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that aid had not reached some of the most devastated villages and towns almost a full day after the earthquake had hit. "The Kouyek villages were completely leveled and no one had gone there to help 20 hours after the quake," said the reporter, who requested anonymity for security reasons, on November 13. 11/14/17

UN Agency Report Shows Iran Meeting Nuclear Commitments - The United Nations agency monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President Donald Trump claims Tehran has violated repeatedly. The confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report, obtained by The Associated Press, is significant considering Trump's opposition to the 2015 deal between Iran, the United States and five other world powers. -AP 11/14/17

U.K. Foreign Secretary Apologizes For Remarks About Briton Jailed In Iran - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has apologized for causing distress with remarks about an Iranian-British mother jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual British-Iranian citizen, is serving a five-year sentence after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment. 11/14/17

Israel's Threats Could Push It into Unnecessary War with Iran - Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are striving together to cancel the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran. Even Netanyahu's new mantra, that he only wants to "fix" the deal, is actually mean to bring about its cancelation in a slightly more roundabout way. Subjecting Iran to new conditions would lead it to abandon the deal, thereby causing its collapse. Alongside the attempts to kill the agreement, however, an old threat has reappeared on the horizon: preventative war against Iran. -Shemuel Meir, LobeLog 11/14/17

ATR says to deliver 8 more planes to Iran soon - European plane maker ATR says it plans to deliver eight more turboprop planes to Iran within the next few weeks. The announcement was made by ATR Chief Executive Officer Christian Scherer who said the deliveries would be made under export licenses issued by the US Treasury Department following the lifting of international nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in 2016. 11/14/17

The world is interested in Iran, except the United States - I attended the Iran Capital Market Conference organized by the Securities and Exchange Organization of Iran. It took place on Kish Island, a luxury island 19 km from the continent. The Shah wanted it to give the image of a booming and international Iran. Judging from the construction, Kish Island could be the next Miami, including skyscrapers, palm trees, palaces and beaches. One of the most interesting elements of this Iranian capital markets conference was the presence of the Indian, Indonesian, German, British and Belgian institutions. Also, the Turkish and the South Korean ambassadors were there to represent their countries. -Georges Ugeux, Huffington Post 11/14/17

PHOTOS: Death And Destruction After Powerful Quake Near Iran-Iraq Border - Rescue workers and desperate relatives dug through debris in a search for survivors after a powerful earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border. 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. Iran's Interior Ministry said on November 13 that most of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province, with residents reporting feeling the 7.3 magnitude quake throughout the region, from Turkey to Kuwait. 11/13/17

Photos: Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake - Users in Iranian social media are particularly angry about the news of damages and casualties from Sarpol-e Zahab. This town is home to a government built apartment complex known as "Maskan-e Mehr" that were constructed during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presidency as an affordable housing project. These government housing complexes have been heavily damaged and angry users are asking questions about building safety standards. 11/13/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Killed Parastou Forouhar's Parents. Now It's Going After Her - An Iranian activist who has been seeking justice for her parents murdered by Iran's Intelligence Ministry in 1998, will soon be put on trial based on charges brought by the same ministry. "I am due to be tried at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court [in Tehran] based on charges cooked up against me by the Intelligence Ministry last year," blogged Parastou Forouhar on November 8, 2017. 11/13/17

Iran-EU Agri-Food Business Forum held in Tehran: Bright future for Iran-EU economic co-op - Phil Hogan, European Union commissioner for agriculture and rural development, has predicted a bright future for economic cooperation between Iran and the European Union, particularly in food and agriculture sectors. "We seek to tighten bilateral ties between Iran and the EU which secures interests of both sides," he said. Hogan, leading a 70-member delegation from 40 European companies to Tehran, made the remarks addressing the Iran-EU Agri-Food Business Forum at the place of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) on Saturday. 11/13/17

Iran's Telecommunications Minister Says He's Looking Into Lifting the State Ban on Twitter - The head of Iran's Information and Communications Technology Ministry has promised to try to lift the state ban on Twitter, which state officials have been using for years while denying access by ordinary citizens in Iran. "Removing the ban on Twitter is being looked into," Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, himself an avid Twitter user, told the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) on November 8, 2017. "I am following up on removing the filter on Twitter." 11/13/17

First cargo of Indian wheat reaches Afghanistan via Iran - Afghanistan says it has received an inaugural consignment of wheat from India through a project which has opened a new trade and transit route in the region. The shipment of almost 15,000 tonnes of wheat dispatched from India's western port of Kandla late last month reportedly reached the Afghan province of Nimroz, which borders Iran, on Saturday. 11/13/17

Iran rejects 'delusional' Bahraini accusation after oil pipeline blast - Iran has dismissed a recent Bahraini allegation linking the Islamic Republic to an oil pipeline fire near the capital, Manama. On Friday night, an explosion at an oil pipeline, belonging to the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), caused a fire in the vicinity of the village of Buri. The pipeline was running between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 11/13/17

Into the Afghan Abyss (Again) - After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump's White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win. "The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might," said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. -Alfred W. McCoy, LobeLog 11/13/17

PHOTOS: Millions Of Shi'ite Pilgrims Throng Iraq's Karbala For Arbaeen Commemoration - An estimated 14 million Shi'ite pilgrims thronged Iraq's holy city of Karbala on November 10 to mark the annual Arbaeen commemoration. Arbaeen is one of the biggest religious festivals on earth and marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the 7th-century killing of Imam Hussein by the forces of the Caliph Yazid -- a formative event in Shi'ite Islam. The Arbaeen holiday is observed in Shi'ite communities worldwide, with large gatherings in Iran and southern Lebanon. 11/11/17

Saudi Arabia's Special Power Over Donald Trump - Consider this foreign policy challenge: A Mideast leader undertakes a stunning power play to cement domestic control, carrying out mass arrests without due process and installing loyalists in key ministries. He ratchets up criticism of a regional rival and accuses it of effectively declaring war. And another Mideast leader, while on a visit to the first one's country, abruptly resigns and doesn't return home. If all this were happening in Iran, it's a fair guess that President Trump, Congress and a host of other voices would react with outrage. -New York Times Editorial Board 11/11/17

Iranian Website Says Pilot Dead In Fighter-Jet Crash - An Iranian pilot has died after his Sukhoi-22 fighter-bomber jet crashed in southern Iran, the website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps reports. The November 11 report on sepahnews.com said the plane was taking part in a morning exercise in the southern Fars Province when it crashed. It did not elaborate. 11/11/17

Saudi Shakeup Gives the U.S. an Opening With Iran - The latest political earthquake in Saudi Arabia has led to much speculation over the future of the kingdom and the Gulf Arab states. But most analyses have ignored the far bigger issue looming over the region's upheavals: Prospects for a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran are rapidly escalating. -Bloomberg 11/11/17

Conference: Urban Planning and Civic Design in Modern Iran - The main purpose and focus of the conference (held in London) will be on the evolution of urban planning and civic design in Iran from traditional to modern, with discussions and critical evaluations of the shortcomings, failures and successes of the process. Two major civic design projects of the period will also be presented and discussed: the 'Shahestān Pahlavi', and 'Urban Renewal of Mashhad City Centre'. 11/10/17

Don't Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal - One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent refusal to certify that sanctions relief under the JCPOA is proportionate to Iran's respective commitments, Trump invited Congress to take tough measures against Iran's "dangerous ballistic missile activities." In particular, he stressed the need to "prevent Iran from developing... an intercontinental ballistic missile" [ICBM]. -Tytti Erasto and Sina Azodi, LobeLog 11/10/17

Iranian Baha'i Citizens, Deprived Of Higher Education, Sentenced - Three Baha'i citizens in Iran, already deprived of higher education, have reportedly each been sentenced by a notoriously hard-liner judge, Mohammad Moqisseh, to five years in prison. After being summoned to court six times, Tara Houshmand, Rouhie Safajoo, and Sarmad Shadabi were finally charged with "acting against national security through membership in the misleading Baha'i cult" and sentenced, the Human Rights Activists News reported on November 8. 11/10/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Urge International NGOs to Investigate Case of Inmate With Suspected Cancer - Three human rights activists held in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Iran have written a letter urging international rights groups to help fellow political prisoner Majid Assadi, who has been denied outside medical treatment despite severe health problems. "For a long time, Assadi-who is suspected of suffering from intestinal cancer-has been having difficulty sleeping because of the severity of the pain and constant vomiting, and yet his frequent visits to the prison clinic have not improved his condition," said the letter, signed by political prisoners Arash Sadeghi, Saeed Shirzad, and fellow inmate Saeed Mansou 11/10/17

IRGC Hackers Target Iranian Journalists Based Abroad With Malware Campaign - Hackers working for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted journalists based abroad with a malware campaign launched on November 6, 2017. An investigation by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) showed that the malware, targeting Mac computer users, was sent in a ZIP file claiming to include an "article about women's rights." Upon being opened, the file released the malware onto the victim's computer. 11/10/17

Iran's first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir - A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever submission for the Academy Awards' foreign film directed by a woman. But not everyone is celebrating. -Amir Vahdat, AP 11/10/17

Saad Hariri's Saudi Resignation: Good News for Iran and Hezbollah - On November 2, Prime Minister Hariri hosted Ali Akbar Velayati, senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei. After saying that Saad Hariri was "a respectable man," Velayati reaffirmed Tehran's support for the Lebanese government and the country's stability. But on November 3, Hariri indicated that he had to return that same night to Riyadh to meet King Salman. In a detail that turned out later to have a major significance, he was asked by the Saudis to come alone, without his staff, not even with his chief of cabinet. -Aurelie Daher 11/9/17

UCLA receives $1 million for Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali postdoctoral fellowship in Iranian linguistics - Adonation of $1 million from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will establish the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics in the UCLA Department of Linguistics, one of the nation's top-ranked linguistics departments. 11/7/17

Endangered Persian Leopard "Arezoo" Released Back To Wild in Roudsar - A Persian leopard that had been severely injured by getting caught in snare in February was fully recovered and released back to wild on Sunday. On February 5, Arezoo which is named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Gilan province, was found while suffering from serious damages by getting caught in snare. 11/7/17

Iran's Rouhani Writes to Supreme Leader On Dispute Over Suspended Zoroastrian Council Member - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the recent suspension of a Zoroastrian member of a city council as "illegal" and asked the supreme leader to intervene in the growing dispute that has highlighted divisions within the state. 11/7/17

Silk Road Startup Announces Iran”Ēs Top 10 Startups - Silk Road Startup's Road Trip was held from October 22nd to 31st. After a series of pitch competitions around 7 cities of Iran, 10 startups have been selected to pitch for the finals in Kish Island. Silk Road Startup organized the first ever series of pitch competitions around Iran with the aim of tracking the country's top startups. Of the 400 applicants which registered for the pitch competitions, 84 were selected to pitch in front of a team of the local and international jury in 7 cities of the country. -Hamed Jafari, TechRasa 11/7/17

Photos: Khartouran wildlife refuge home to 60 endangered Asiatic cheetahs - Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is an Iranian National Park in Semnan province, southeast of Shahrud. The place is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs. Currently there are about 60 collars in the world, all of which are living in Iran. 11/6/17

Photos: Sculptor Parviz Tanavoli and students reunite at Tehran's Boom gallery - A collection of 21 works by prominent sculptor Parviz Tanavoli as well as works by four of his students from the Niavaran Atelier are on view at Tehran's Boom Gallery in an exhibit titled "Parviz Tanavoli and the Niavaran Atelier". 11/6/17

After 10 Years in Prison, Faith Leader Fariba Kamalabadi Says Baha'is Hope to Serve Iran - In her first interview since being released from Evin Prison on October 31, 2017, Baha'i faith leader Fariba Kamalabadi said Baha'is "love" Iran and want to "serve" their country. "There have been a lot of reports about the rights that have been denied to Baha'is," Kamalabadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 1. "But no one has talked about the right to serve Iran, which is the right of every Iranian and the dream of every Baha'i in Iran." 11/5/17

California Governor Jerry Brown appoints Iranian-American Woman Nahal Iravani-Sani as Judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court - "PAAIA congratulates Nahal Iravani-Sani on her appointment to a judgeship in Santa Clara County. As an immigrant from Iran, Iravani-Sani has faced injustice and adversity, only to reinforce her commitment to fairness and equality and heighten her appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities her adopted country affords its citizens. For over twenty years, Iravani-Sani has been representing the people of the State of California in a variety of capacities, including as Deputy District Attorney." 11/4/17

A need for national, regional, international cooperation to save Caspian seal - There is a great need for national, regional and international cooperation to conserve the Caspian seal, an environment official has said. Caspian seals are only found in the Caspian Sea. Unfortunately the seals which are the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea have fallen into a drastic decline, Parvin Farshchi, deputy head of the department of environment for marine affairs, said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times. -Maryam Qarehgozlou 11/3/17

Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan Presidents Summit in Tehran: Putin Offers Support For Iran Nuclear Deal, Hails Cooperation On Syria - On an official visit to Tehran, Russian President Vladimir Putin has vocally backed the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, and hailed cooperation with Iran on the Syrian conflict. Putin was on a one-day trip to the Iranian capital on November 1 for trilateral talks between Azerbaijan, Iran, and Russia -- a meeting largely focused on improving transport links, trade, and energy cooperation between the three Caspian states. 11/2/17

Do Americans Want to Renegotiate the Nuclear Deal with Iran? - A recent article in The Hill claimed that "a strong majority of voters-including most Democrats" want the United States to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. The results it cites are at odds with many other polls. For example, a CNN survey done the same week found that 67 percent of Americans did not think that the United States should withdraw from the nuclear deal, while only 27 percent thought that it should. -Nancy W. Gallagher 11/1/17

Iranian-American Organizations and Individual Plaintiffs File Supplement to Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Travel Ban 3.0 - Three prominent Iranian-American organizations and 16 individuals have filed legal papers challenging President Trump's October 24th Executive Order, which they argue targets refugees from Iran and 10 other African and Middle Eastern countries. The papers are a supplement to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction the groups filed earlier this month against the Trump Administration's Travel Ban 3.0. 10/27/17

City of Yazd, manifestation of ancient civilization - Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy. Yazd in central Iran has been a manifestation of the brightest cultural heritage and ancient civilization throughout history with human settlement in Yazd dating back to the third millennium BCE. 10/18/17

IRAN: The Historical Cradle of Civilization, the Origin of Human Diversity, and the Bastion of Humanistic Tolerance - Ever since as early as a hundred thousand years ago when our Homo sapiens ancestors preceded by Homo helderbergenis along with our cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans who had crossed the horn of Africa, the southwestern Asian's temperate Iranian plateau sandwiched between the Caspian Sea including the Caucuses, Alborz and the Himalayan Mountain ranges to the north, and the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman/Bushehr shores to the south-has remained the optimal cradle of human civilization. -Davood Rahni 10/16/17

The Real Causes of America's Troubled Relations with Iran - In his speech describing America's new approach towards Iran, Donald Trump accused it of responsibility for just about all of the ills of the Middle East and South West Asia. He went as far as accusing Iran of having supported the Taliban and al-Qaeda, sworn enemies of the Shias and Iran. More seriously, the president refused to certify that Iran had complied with its responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus opening the way for new sanctions and other pressures on Iran. -Shireen T. Hunter 10/16/17

Iranian-American Organizations Deplore Trump's Attack On Iran Nuclear Agreement - Several Iranian-American organizations have issued statements deploring President Donald Trump's decertification of Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and criticizing his aggressive Iran policy. "Trump's speech was a national disgrace. This isn't an effort to stiff a contractor over a real estate project, it's a matter of war and peace. Donald Trump is in way over his head," said Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council. 10/14/17

Nobel Laureate group urges Trump to stick to Iran nuclear deal - A Nobel prize-winning nuclear weapons disarmament campaign group has called on US President Donald Trump to honor his commitment to Iran's nuclear deal. "We really call on the US government to continue to certify and stay in this deal," said the director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Beatrice Fihn, on Monday. ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. 10/10/17

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