Aban 1 1400 - October 23 2021
Iran awards scientific prize to 2 US-based physicists

Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of "All Areas of Science and Technology." Vafa is an Iranian-American. The award, he said, reminds him "that there is no border for science and technology and they belong to all human beings." -AP 10/22/21

How Azerbaijan's anti-Iran policies are backfiring

The hope for de-escalation of tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan following last week's phone call between their foreign affairs ministers, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Jeyhun Bayramov respectively, has so far proved to be short-lived. At a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States a few days after the call, Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev accused Iran of using the Nagorno-Karabakh region for drug trafficking to Russia and Europe, without producing any proof. Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs pushed back against what it called "Aliyev's astonishing claims." -Eldar Mamedov, Responsible Statecraft 10/22/21

Odile Burluraux on Iranian Women Artists

This year, with ASIA NOW (21-24 October 2021) featuring galleries from Iran for the first time, Burluraux has curated a special programme of video works by ten women artists from Iran (Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabad, Samira Eskandarfar, Parisa Ghaderi, Elika Hedayat, Anahita Hekmat, Shiva Khosravi, Tahmineh Monzavi, Melika Shafahi, Rojin Shafiei, and Sanaz Sohrabi). Entitled Burning Wings, it examines the artists' approaches to subjects of identity, migration, and female subjectivities, as well as history and power structures through the medium of film. -Ocula 10/22/21

In Photos: Iran's Art Group Present 'Sama' Dance, a Sufi Performance

Khishtan art group perform the Sama dance, or a Sufi dance, at a theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran. -News18 10/22/21

Iran's Goal Of Coronavirus Vaccine Self-Sufficiency Suffers Setbacks

Iran unveiled its homegrown Fakhra coronavirus vaccine to much fanfare, with officials touting it as a "high-quality" inoculation. The vaccine was named in honor of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated near Tehran in November and hailed as a "national hero." But seven months after the launch of the first clinical trials of Fakhra, the production of the vaccine is being discontinued due to what an official this week said was a lack of demand. -Golnaz Esfandiari. RFE 10/22/21

Warhol in Tehran: Iranians flock to American pop art exhibit

Iranian hard-liners, now back at the helm of the country, may regularly rail against the poisoning of Islamic society by Western culture, but in Tehran, Iranians are flocking to the contemporary art museum to marvel at American pop artist Andy Warhol's iconic soup cans. The circular floors of the Iranian capital's Museum of Contemporary Art display a sprawling line-up of 18 classic Warhol works... -AP 10/22/21

For Tehran golfers 13th hole is lucky, but for how long?

Currently hosting Iran's national championship, the Enghelab golf course has only 13 holes, not 18 like at major country clubs elsewhere. When the course was built decades ago it had five more holes but over the years the fairways have been eaten away by development. Tehran's tiny contingent of players feel lucky that they still have 13, but are fearful even more of the course may disappear. -AFP 10/22/21

Iran poll contains different messages for Biden and Raisi

"It's the economy, stupid." That is the message of a just-published survey of Iranian public opinion. However, the substance of the message differs for newly elected hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the Biden administration as Mr. Raisi toughens his negotiating position and the United States grapples with alternative ways of curbing the Islamic republic's nuclear programme should the parties fail to agree on terms for the revival of the 2015 international agreement. -James M. Dorsey, Modern Diplomacy 10/22/21

Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks

Iran's delay in rejoining talks in Vienna to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement has fueled speculation that the new Ebrahim Raisi government has lost interest in the accord. Its deepened mistrust, optimism about its China option, and confidence that it can weather American sanctions have shaped this conclusion, leaving Washington with no choice but to publicly threaten its own shift to more coercion under an undefined Plan B, the narrative goes... -Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft 10/21/21

Submissions For Art Iran Curatorial Competition

Farhang Foundation and the Craft Contemporary announce a call for submissions for the Art Iran Curatorial Competition. The call is for curators and other arts professionals with experience in developing highly focused group exhibitions preferably centered on Middle Eastern art and culture. 10/21/21

For Iranian Collector Mohammed Afkhami, Art Reflects His Country's History and Future

Mohammed Afkhami's foray into collecting was a fate that was practically preordained. The Iranian businessman was born into a collection of over 20,000 Islamic antiquities and artworks that his grandfather and his mother built through research and close friendships with scholars such as Geza Fehervari and Basil Robinson. The family lost 98 percent of the collection during the Iranian Revolution, but "those friendships with like-minded people stayed with us," Afkhami said. -Artsy 10/21/21

Iran in the SCO: a Forced "Look East" Strategy and an Alternative World Order

On September 17, a package of several dozen documents was signed in Dushanbe at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The highlight of the meeting was the decision taken by the Heads of State Council of the SCO on launching the procedure of granting SCO membership to the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Nikita Smagin, Modern Diplomacy 10/21/21

Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad keen to show his moderate credentials... but to what extent?

The former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Dubai recently for Expo 2020. Many were struck by the many modern, attractive women he was photographed with. Was it by accident or design? Was one photo taken at the Israeli Pavillion? -France24 10/21/21

Erfun Khoshdel, a Young Iranian Pop Singer, Won an International Music Award and Expressed His Happiness at Achieving This Success

Success world championships among many people always make everyone happy and receiving prizes makes a person feel good, Especially if these awards are international and have many reflections. Erfun Khoshdel, a young Iranian who has been singing music for several years, this year was the first time he participated in the World Festival of Music, Literature, and Art, and in his first appearance, he won the award for the best musician. -Music Times 10/21/21

Iran holds nationwide air force drill, latest armed exercise

Iran on Thursday kicked off an annual air force drill across the country, a week after holding another massive exercise in air defense, state TV reported. The report said bombers, jet fighters, and attack and surveillance drones will participate in the drill, using heavy weapons including laser-guided missiles. -AP 10/21/21

Iran women's ice hockey team defeat Russia in Dubai tournament

Iranian women's ice hockey team passed Russia in their second match in the UAE tournament. The Iranian national women's ice hockey team won against the powerful Russian team in their second match on Tuesday. 10/20/21

Over-compliance with US sanctions hurting Iran's 'butterfly kids'

Over-compliance with United States-imposed sanctions against Iran is harming the right to health, and people with a rare skin disease are among those affected, many of them children, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday. These patients suffer from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe and life-threatening skin condition, which causes extremely painful wounds. Many are children, who are often referred to as "butterfly kids" because of their fragile skin. -United Nations 10/20/21

Iran Joins the Lineup at Asia Now

PARIS - Asia Now, a fair dedicated to contemporary Asian art, will be a bit different this year. The usual list of galleries from China, Japan and Korea is conspicuously thin, so the fair has expanded its scope to bring a selection of Iran's contemporary art galleries to a dedicated platform called "Tehran Now." -Nazanin Lankarani, New York Times 10/20/21

Tehran short film fest opens, with shot at Oscars for first time

The festival jury has members from the Islamic republic as well as Italy, Japan, France and Austria. The festival, now in its 38th edition and running until Sunday, earned qualification this year as a gateway to Hollywood's annual awards showcase. The event "was added as a qualifying festival in the Short Films categories this year," the the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed. "And it is the only current qualifying festival in Iran." -AFP 10/20/21

The Same Dogs Are Barking Again!

The Israeli alarmists say they are convinced that Iran is on the brink of a dangerous breakout stage in developing its nuclear bomb. Oy-vey, oy-vey; better stop them now before it's too late! The Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, seems to confirm that we are running out of time for bringing the Iranians to the negotiating table to discuss a less forceful resolution to stop the ticking bomb. Israelis believe they now see a green light from Washington, which means that they can take a unilateral military action against Iran without objections or support by the United States. O, really?! -Kambiz Zarrabi 10/20/21

Sheila Nezhad's run for Minneapolis mayor focuses on transforming public safety and making the city more democratic.

It was a cool September afternoon on the patio at Caspian Bistro. Sheila Nezhad was placing her order to the owner when she told him: "I'm running for mayor, you know." They had known each other since Nezhad was a baby. She's the daughter of an Iranian immigrant father and an Anishinaabe-Scandinavian mother and would make the trip from their home in Fargo for authentic Persian ingredients. -JD Duggan, Sahan Journal 10/20/21

Anoosheh Ashoori told he has lost legal bid for Tehran jail release

Anoosheh Ashoori, the British-Iranian dual national held in Evin prison in Tehran for more than four years, has had his request for conditional release and an appeal against his 10-year sentence thrown out. Ashoori was informed by prison authorities that his last legal recourse within Iran was gone last Saturday, the same day that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was told she had lost her appeal against a one-year further sentence for alleged propaganda activities against the regime. -Guardian 10/20/21

Iran braces for new COVID wave despite accelerated jab rollout

Iran is bracing for a sixth major wave of COVID-19 infections even as its nationwide vaccination efforts have accelerated in recent weeks. Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said on Tuesday it is "certain" the worst-hit country in the Middle East will face another surge in cases next month. -Al Jazeera 10/20/21

UAE is now the 'number one' exporter to Iran

In a further sign of a thaw in relations between Iran and the UAE, the Gulf state has become the number one exporter of goods to the Islamic Republic, according to the latest data released by the Iranian Customs Authority. The authority's spokesman, Ruhollah Latifi, released figures on Sunday showing that goods exported from the UAE to Iran were valued at $7 billion over the past six months. -MEMO 10/20/21

'Maximum Psychological' Pressure: Iranian Rights Lawyer Tortured, Drugged During Detention, Attorney Says

Payam Derafshan was confined in a dark, windowless room inside a safe house run by the feared intelligence branch of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The human rights lawyer was then transferred to Tehran's notorious Evin prison, where he was drugged with unknown substances that triggered violent convulsions. During one seizure, Derafshan bit part of his tongue off. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 10/20/21

UN atomic agency head to visit Iran as nuke talks uncertain

The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog plans to visit Iran before the end of next month amid questions about whether Iran will return to negotiations aimed at reviving the languishing 2015 nuclear deal. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said Tuesday he intends to visit Tehran "soon" to discuss and hopefully resolve specific concerns about Iran's nuclear program. -AP 10/20/21

Poll: Iranians disillusioned with Biden, back turn toward East

The Iranian public has grown increasingly disillusioned with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and the United States more generally and supports its new government's emphasis on turning more to the East in its international political and economic relations, according to a new survey released Monday by the Iran Poll and the University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies. -Jim Lobe, Responsible Statecraft 10/19/21

Iran: 'Seriousness' in nuclear talks means lifting sanctions

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said seriousness on the part of the United States in upcoming talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal would mean lifting sanctions against Iran. In a late-night interview aired by state television, the president said Iran is "serious and committed" to return - at a still unspecified time - to Vienna to resume "result-oriented" talks aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Al Jazeera 10/19/21

The Designer That Lives on Henry Street

Duality is a main theme in the works of 26-year-old designer Kouros Maghsoudi. His Mehmooni collection that was released earlier this year, consisted of chairs, a coffee table, and a floor mirror, is playfully postmodern. The titles of each piece - Taarof, Doodool, and Behsheen are Farsi words that connect the bubbly furniture back to Kouros's Iranian-American heritage. -Office Magazine 10/19/21

Poll: Iranians blame economic woes on corruption, not sanctions

A polling company released survey results Monday on Iranians' views of the economy, the United States and more. The Toronto-based IranPoll conducted the poll with the University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies. The data was gathered between Aug. 30 and Sept. 9. The poll, which was sent to Al-Monitor, found that 63% of those surveyed believed economic mismanagement had the biggest negative impact on the Iranian economy, while 34% felt foreign sanctions had the biggest negative effect. -Al Monitor 10/19/21

Injured Iranian eagle flying free after rehabilitation

A rare Iranian eagle found injured and unable to fly six months ago in Iran's Albroz province is now flying free. The director-general of Alborz Environment Department said the Golden Eagle was rehabilitated after it was found. -IFP 10/19/21

Iran to host multilateral conference on Afghanistan on October 27

Tehran will host a meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours plus Russia next week, the country's foreign ministry has confirmed, with the October 27 event witnessing the presence of all six foreign ministers. During a press conference on Monday, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that in addition to Iran and Russia, the meeting will be attended by China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, who all have land borders with Afghanistan. -Al Jazeera 10/19/21

EU denies nuclear talks with Iran in Brussels, contradicting Tehran

The EU will not hold talks in Brussels on Thursday with Iran on restarting negotiations over the nuclear deal, a spokeswoman for the bloc said, contradicting a declaration by Tehran. Spokeswoman Nabila Massrali told AFP on Monday: "There will not be a meeting Thursday." "At this stage we cannot confirm if or when a meeting will take place," Massrali said. -AFP 10/19/21

Iran resumes exports to Saudi Arabia after a year of 'zero' activity

Iran has resumed exports to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the regional rivals stopped bilateral trade last year, a senior official has confirmed. A report of Iran's six-month trade with neighbouring countries was released on Sunday by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), showing Saudi Arabia on the list of the country's export destinations. -MEE 10/19/21

Jardim hails 'fantastic' Al Hilal, Persepolis' Golmohammadi apologises for defeat

Al Hilal SFC head coach Leonardo Jardim hailed his side's display as they brushed aside Persepolis FC 3-0 to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Saturday. \A second-half brace from Bafetimbi Gomis added to Salem Al Dawsari's fine strike in the first half to help the 2019 champions set up a clash with domestic rivals Al Nassr on Tuesday with a place in the final at stake. -AFC 10/18/21

Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival

A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family's road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran has won the most prestigious prize at this year's London film festival. Hit the Road, the debut by Panah Panahi - son of esteemed Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi - centres on a family of four making a run for the border... -Guardian 10/18/21

Covid: Thousands of children left without parents in Iran

More than 51,000 children in Iran have lost a parent to the Covid-19 pandemic, Iranian welfare authorities say. One such case is that of Eliza, aged four. Eliza was very attached to her father. They read together, sang together, and he was always there to put her to bed. But then one day he started coughing and was taken to hospital. Her father, who was 40, died of Covid. -BBC 10/18/21

EU's Borrell 'optimistic' about possible new Iran talks

The European Union's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday he hoped EU and Iranian diplomats would meet soon to discuss a potential return to nuclear talks but declined to confirm reports of a meeting in Brussels on Thursday. A senior EU official said last week Iran was not ready yet to return to actual talks with world powers over its nuclear programme and related U.S. sanctions but could discuss with the EU in Brussels texts that would later be put forward. -Reuters 10/18/21

Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks

Coordinated warnings last week from the US, Israel and the EU that "time is short" to revive an agreement curbing Iran's nuclear activities raise a disturbing question: what will opposing governments do if, as seems likely, Tehran's hardline regime continues to drag its feet while accumulating the wherewithal to build a nuclear weapon? -Simon Tisdall, Guardian 10/18/21

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses appeal on second Iran jail term without court hearing

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British citizen detained in Iran, has lost an appeal against a second jail term in Iran, her supporters said on Saturday. The 43-year-old British-Iranian aid worker was sentenced to five years in jail in 2016 over charges of plotting against the Iranian government. In March, after serving her initial sentence, she was sentenced to another year in jail and a subsequent year-long travel ban. -MEE 10/18/21

Azerbaijani, Iranian top diplomats try to turn down heat

The foreign ministers of Iran and Azerbaijan have spoken in an apparent attempt to decrease the temperature on the tensions that have erupted between the two sides in recent weeks. Azerbaijan's Jeyhun Bayramov spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian by phone on October 13. The readouts from both sides referred to the heated mutual accusations that Baku and Tehran have been hurling at the other and expressed a willingness to move beyond them. -Eurasianet 10/18/21

Iran's ex-central bank chief and officials sentenced to prison

The former governor and several former officials in Iran's central bank have been sentenced to prison for illegal practices in managing the country's tumultuous foreign currency market under United States sanctions. Valiollah Seif, who led the troubled central bank for almost five years until his sacking in July 2018, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, judiciary spokesman Zabihollah Khodaeian told state television on Saturday. -Al Jazeera 10/18/21

Iranian warship fends off pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

An Iranian warship has repelled pirates who were trying to take over two Iranian oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden, state television said. The commander of Iran's navy, terming the incident "maritime terrorism", said on Saturday that the two tankers were attacked by pirates commanding five boats. -Al Jazeera 10/18/21

Illustrated Book Profiles 15 Trailblazing Women with Roots in Iran

This gorgeous book by Yasmine Mahdavi introduces readers (ages 12+) to fifteen incredible women with Roots in Iran. In their biographies, readers will find athletes and artists, scientists and activists, astronauts and authors whose struggles are universal. Yet they persevered. Roots in Iran celebrates the achievements of transformative pioneers whose vision of who they wanted to become will surprise and inspire readers of all ages. -PR.com 10/15/21

Note to Blinken: Israel's 'military option' shouldn't be on our table

As indirect talks to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) remain in limbo, the U.S. and Israeli governments continue suggesting that "other options," including military action, are available and will be considered if the talks should fail. The latest example of this came during a press conference between Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week along with their counterpart from the United Arab Emirates. -Daniel Larison, Responsible Statecraft 10/15/21

RVAD studio envisions an arcaded, vertical village in mashhad, iran

RVAD studio envisions a monumental architecture in mashhad, iran. dubbed 'tagh behesht,' the primary design methodology began with an investigation of the architectural history of bazaars in the city. the importance of the city's bazaars on its economy has led to bazaars taking on an important and consistent role in people's daily lives. the principal morphology of the design is inspired by bazaars defined by such elements as the porch-like entrance hall... -designboom 10/15/21

Saudi-Iran Rapprochement Was Unthinkable Under Trump's Blank Check to the Kingdom

DESPITE HIS PLEDGES to put "America First," Donald Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East prioritized the interests of regimes like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel - nations willing to leverage their strong ties with elites in Washington, D.C., to get what they want. And they did get what they wanted: a blank check for foreign policies built on aggression. Trump's gift of a free hand to America's foreign partners enabled, among other things, accelerating Israeli colonization of the West Bank and Jerusalem... -Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept 10/15/21

Iran's Emboldened Workers Press New President for More Concessions

In the third week of September, teachers in dozens of towns and cities across Iran took to the streets, calling on the new president, Ebrahim Raisi, to fully implement existing labour laws. The authorities responded quickly and positively, promising to work on an implementation plan. But the teachers are not ready to back down. In an interview conducted for this article, a leader of the main teachers' union said his organization will continue to use a "carrot and stick" approach to ensure that the Raisi administration makes good on its promises. -Zep Kalb, Bourse & Bazaar 10/15/21

YAZD: Masterpieces of Iranian architecture

Yazd is an ancient Iranian city that has an arid climate in different seasons of the year. Desertification and the problem of water shortage led to the building of gardens that show the creativity of architects of the city. These gardens, which boast beautiful buildings, are the masterpieces of Iranian architecture in the heart of the desert. These large and forest-like gardens were mostly used in periods such as the Medes, Achaemenids, Sassanids, and Parthians. -Baharak Roshanbakhsh, ISNA 10/15/21

Iran's Reformist leader appears in public after ten years of house arrest

Two prominent political leaders from the reformist block in Iran were permitted to attend religious ceremonies last week and delivered short speeches to small crowds for the first time in the past decade. In a rare development, Mohammad Khatami, Iran's former president (1997-2005), and Mehdi Karroubi, former parliament speaker, spoke to the public during two separate religious ceremonies on the day that marked the anniversary of the death of the eighth Shia Imam. -MEE 10/15/21

Iran LPG exports to reach around 450,000 mt in Oct, rebound in Nov: sources

Iran's LPG shipments are set to reach around 440,000-450,000 mt in October compared with 556,000 mt exported in September, largely to Asia, and are expected to rebound in November. Iran's LPG exports were hovering near two-year highs at around 500,000 mt/month since July-August and rose further in September. -S&P Global 10/15/21

Shirin Gallery displays Works by Roxana Fazeli

A collection of works by Roxana Fazeli on view at Shirin Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit named "21ST CENTURY MYTHS" will run until October 19. -Honar Online 10/14/21

Sofreh Cafe: Bushwick's New Taste of Iranian Culture

When I arrived at Sofreh Cafe on Varet Street, owner Nasim Alikhani was making small chickpea cardamom sweets while she compared recipes with an Iranian grandmother on the other side of the counter. The grandmother lamented the lack of chickpea flour back home in Utah. At a communal table in the center of the cafe, a couple played backgammon on an ornate board... -Bushwick Daily, New York 10/14/21

US and Israel exploring 'plan B' for if Iran does not resume nuclear talks

The United States and Israel have warned that they are exploring a "plan B" for dealing with Iran if Tehran does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. With talks to revive the deal at a standstill, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Wednesday that the window for the Islamic Republic to return to the agreement is closing. -Guardian 10/14/21

Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of journalists imprisoned in Iran

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the treatment of journalists imprisoned in Iran, who are being denied their most basic rights, including essential medical treatment, visits from their families and phone calls with them. Those who try to denounce prison conditions end up paying a price in the form of arbitrary punishments. -RSF 10/14/21

Azerbaijan, Iran agree to mend ties 'through dialogue'

Azerbaijan says it has agreed to resolve a diplomatic crisis with Iran through dialogue, weeks after ties soured over Tehran's allegations that Israel's military was active in the country. The breakthrough came during talks between Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian by phone, Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. -Al Jazeera 10/14/21

Amid Israeli threats, Iran touts successful test of anti-missile defense system

The Iranian military said Wednesday it had successfully tested anti-missile defenses for "sensitive" sites during war games in central Iran, after Israeli and US warnings over its nuclear program. "The country's air defenses are perfectly prepared to protect sensitive and vital installations through a multi-layered defense system," said General Amir-Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of Hazrat Khatam al-Anbiya airbase at Semnan -AFP 10/14/21

Iran's president calls for tighter internet control

In a meeting with the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi called for "digitizing" the government while also expanding controls over the internet. Raisi said that the council can "take significant steps in making up for its ineffectiveness and in the management of cyberspace." -Al Monitor 10/14/21

University of Toronto and the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation Announce Innovative Multiyear Partnership

Heralding a dynamic era for Iranian Studies, the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation announced today an innovative multiyear partnership between the University of Toronto and the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation. This new alliance will be dedicated to sharing with the world exciting new research in two key fields - Iranian Women Poets and Iranian Cinema. 10/13/21

Iran, Korea Republic settle for share of points

Tehran: Alireza Jahanbakhsh's 76th-minute equaliser ensured Islamic Republic of Iran retained top spot of Group A after a 1-1 draw in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash against Korea Republic on Tuesday. -AFC 10/13/21

Oklahoma State vs Iowa and USA vs Iran To Dual Side By Side On Feb. 12

Wrestling fans will be treated to a unique doubleheader in one of the premier wrestling events of the year on February 12, 2022. Details of Bout at the Ballpark which will include dual matches between Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa and senior national teams from the United States and Iran were announced today by REV Entertainment, which will host and operate the event. -FloWrestling 10/13/21

Is the old nuke deal with Iran already dead?

Has the nuclear deal with Iran already died an ignominious death? The difficulties in reviving it would suggest it truly has. Ever since President Biden stated it was a priority for his administration, it seems it has been anything but. Delays by both the U.S. and Iran have plagued the negotiations. Both have stated that time is running out. The dynamics have changed so dramatically that there may be no compelling reason for either the U.S. or Iran to return now to the negotiating table. -Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Responsible Statecraft 10/13/21

Director Tina Gharavi on Biopic 'Forough' About Feminist Poet Who 'Set Iran on Fire'

BAFTA-nominated director Tina Gharavi ("I Am Nasrine") is heading to Rome's MIA market this week with her timely biopic "Forough: A Lonely Woman," the story of iconoclastic Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad who "set Iran on fire" during her short and controversial life. The film follows the feminist icon who in the 1950s and '60s found a way to tell her story in an Iranian society not yet ready for the uncomfortable truths of female desire and ambition. -Christopher Vourlias, Variety 10/13/21

Bipartisan Letter Urges Biden to Support Internet Freedom in Iran

Late last week, 21 Members of Congress sent a letter calling on the Biden administration to eliminate sanctions that help block Iranians from accessing a free Internet. NIAC chapters across the country urged their Representatives to sign on to the letter, which was backed by both Republicans and Democratic legislators -NIAC 10/13/21

Human Rights Lawyers, Activist to Be Illegally Tried as Their Legal Team is Denied Case Files

The ongoing detention of Iranian defense lawyers Mostafa Nili and Arash Keykhosravi as well as civil rights activist Mehdi Mahmoudian, who were all held in solitary confinement for 23 days while being denied legal counsel and phone calls to their relatives, is a violation of Iranian law and all international standards of due process. In addition, the defendants' legal teams have been denied access to their case files, another blatant violation of fair trial standards, thereby preventing them from preparing a proper defense. -CHRI 10/13/21

Iran launches large-scale air defence military drill

Iran's army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have launched a joint military exercise with a focus on air defence that they say will encompass half the country's airspace. The two-day drill, launched in Iran's central desert area in the early hours of Tuesday, was led by the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defence Headquarters. -Al Jazeera 10/13/21

Iranian woman Jamali makes history in Youth World Weightlifting Championships

Yekta Jamali of Iran made history in the 2021 Youth World Weightlifting Championships by winning a silver medal in the -81kg weight category in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It's Iran's first silver medal in the women's weightlifting in history. -Tehran Times 10/12/21

Salman Khoshroo's 3D Wool Sculptures Highlight the Fragility of Life

Sculptures made of soft tufts of brightly-colored wool make up the latest series from Iranian artist Salman Khoshroo, a rumination on his experience with a case of COVID and the associated quarantine. "Weaving inanimate fibers into faces has brought me comfort and helped with overcoming my own experience of contracting the virus," the artist explained to Ignant magazine earlier this year. -Amber Nelson, Yahoo News 10/12/21

Women Handball: Norway will face Iran at the World Cup

When the Norwegian handball players fight for gold at the World Cup in Spain in December, they have to face an unprecedented opponent. In the second game they meet a completely covered Iranian national team. And the Norwegian handball girls know very little about their future opponent. 10/12/21

Iran's 'The Recess' wins award at US Progeny Short Film Festival

The Iranian short film, 'The Recess,' written, directed, and produced by Navid Nikkhah-Azad, has won the Best Short Film Award from the Progeny Short Film Festival in Virginia, the US. The 12-minute film is the story of a 17-year-old school-girl who runs away from school to watch the football match of her beloved club. -Honar Online 10/12/21

Saudi and Iran signal warming ties but 'real steps' needed

Regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran are showing signs of warming relations, but experts say more work is needed to ease tensions after a five-year rift. Sunni kingpin Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iran cut ties in 2016 after protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic republic following the kingdom's execution of a revered Shiite cleric. -AFP 10/12/21

To be an Afghan child worker in Iran

"We must have the right to work!" a boy shouted when, at an introductory course on children's rights, the teacher asked her students to think about the rights they need. This was several years ago, and the child who shouted was one of the many working migrant children learning to read and write at our centre near the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. At the time his remark came as a surprise to the teacher and to all of us at the Nasserkhosro Child House. We all imagined that the most important thing for these children is to quit working and start living like other kids do. -Sahar Mousavi & Ghazaal Bozorgmehr, Open Democracy 10/11/21

Greco-Roman wrestler Mohammadreza Geraei grabs Iran's fourth gold at worlds

Mohammadreza Geraei won Iran's fourth gold medal in the 2021 World Wrestling Championships on Sunday. The Greco-Roman wrestler defeated Nazir Abdullaev from Russian Wrestling Federation 5-2 in the final bout of 67kg. -Tehran Times 10/11/21

Iran: Verifying the lifting of US sanctions is a top issue in nuclear talks

A main concern of Iran in any talks to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal would be around ways to verify the lifting of US sanctions, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Saturday, reported Reuters. The talks, which aim to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact aimed at curbing the Iranian enrichment programme, were adjourned in June after hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president. -MEMO 10/11/21

So where's all of the 'diplomacy' we've been talking about?

A few weeks have passed since the dramatic collapse of America's two-decade long war in Afghanistan, and the painful failure already is in Washington's rear-view mirror. The Biden administration wants to forget its messy withdrawal; Republicans are focused on scoring political points. The American people largely forgot the war years ago. -Doug Bandow, Responsible Statecraft 10/11/21

New podcast 544 Days brings improbable humour to a bleak story

It all began with a bid to bring avocados to Iran. Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian journalist and self-proclaimed foodie, was so dismayed to find that the land of his forefathers had no avocados, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a farm in the Islamic Republic. A few years later in 2014, Rezaian was working as a journalist in Tehran where his avocado obsession was cited as the basis for his and his wife Yegi's arrest by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; -Fiona Sturges, FT 10/11/21

Van Marwijk vows UAE will soldier on, Skocic delighted with Iran's resilience

United Arab Emirates boss Bert van Marwijk urged his players to keep fighting after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Iran in their latest AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash on Thursday. While solitary Mehdi Taremi goal in the 70th minute took Team Melli a step closer to a return to the FIFA World Cup, UAE now find themselves seven points behind the group leaders and five adrift of second placed Korea Republic after three of 10 matches. -AFC 10/8/21

Why the US shouldn't support Azerbaijan against Iran

As tensions are skyrocketing between Iran and Azerbaijan, the usual suspects in Washington are offering vociferous support for Baku and call on the U.S. government to do the same. One of Baku's principal cheerleaders in Washington, the Hudson Institute's Michael Doran, went one step further by posting a picture of Azerbaijan's autocratic president Ilham Aliyev posing next to an Israeli-made drone, allegedly on the Iranian border, as an example to the Biden administration of how to "deal with Iran." -Eldar Mamedov, Responsible Statecraft 10/8/21

'Hit the Road' Review: An Iranian Family Makes a Run for the Border in Panah Panahi's Unforgettable Debut

A family road trip movie in which we never quite know where the film is heading, "Hit the Road" may be set amid the winding desert highways and gorgeous emerald valleys of northwestern Iran, but Panah Panahi's miraculous debut is fueled by the growing suspicion that its characters have taken a major detour away from our mortal coil at some point along the way. "Where are we?" the gray-haired mom asks into the camera upon waking up from a restless catnap inside the SUV in which so much of this film takes place. -Indie Wire 10/8/21

Tehran's Harvard Incubated Iran's New Government

Located in a posh district of northern Tehran, Imam Sadiq University's campus is one of the capital's captivating examples of modern architecture. Originally designed to house a branch of Harvard University's Iran Center for Management Studies, it was envisaged as a training ground for the upper reaches of Iran's economy, educating managers in the latest scientific and economic research. The 1979 Islamic Revolution changed those plans. But the university still serves as a pipeline to Iran's elite-the political elite. -Mohammad Hashemi, FP 10/8/21

Prostitution in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Open-minded, loving... and desperate

How did the Islamic revolutionaries deal with prostitution and sex workers in Iran, and how does the business of sex work in Iran today? Have supply and demand changed four decades after the ayatollahs came to power? -Nasrin Bassiri, Qantara 10/8/21

Iran offers big promises to help rebuild Lebanese economy

Meeting one Lebanese official after another, Iran's top diplomat announced substantial pledges for Lebanon's energy crisis, as foreign players are jostling each other for influence in the Arab country. -Al Monitor 10/8/21

Iranian Authorities Surveil Her Every Move. Yet This Tehran Based Director Agreed to Talk to Us

The Iranian authorities have been persecuting Mahnaz Mohammadi for 14 years. She fights for women's rights, makes films that expose the oppression of Iranian women, presents her films at international festivals, and isn't afraid to tell the world what outrages her in Iran. But every few years the authorities lose patience and decide that Mohammadi has gone too far. -Nirit Anderman, Israel's Haaretz 10/7/21

'I've wasted 18 months of my life': Canada has left these students in study-permit limbo

Few graduate students have the experience and know-how in radiation and computer engineering that University of Saskatchewan professor Li Chen needs for his research. In January 2020, through a network of academics in his field, he recruited Peiman Pour Momen, who had a master's degree and appeared to be a perfect fit. Momen was in Iran. -Toronto Star 10/7/21

Ala Ebtekar's installation at the Asian Art Museum offers a look at the universe, with layers of meaning.

Ala Ebtekar is well aware that some museumgoers will seek out his latest work, Luminous Ground, intent on snapping a selfie. After all, composed of 1,800 handmade tiles that capture the cosmos and line a 55-foot-long wall of the new rooftop terrace at the Asian Art Museum, the artwork makes for a striking backdrop. But the Berkeley-born artist is optimistic that when the installation opens to the public later this fall, visitors will come away with much more than social media fodder. -Anh-Minh Le, Nob Hill Gazette 10/7/21

Tensions Flare Up Between Iran And Azerbaijan, Amid Military Drills, Claims And Counterclaims

Relations between Iran and its neighbor Azerbaijan have steadily deteriorated over recent weeks, fueled by military drills on both sides of the border, allegations of an Israeli military presence and the imposition of border controls on a road straddling the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Iranian forces began a military exercise close to the Azerbaijan border on October 1. -Forbes 10/7/21

Iran-SKorea row worsens over oil billions frozen by US sanctions

A row between Iran and South Korea is intensifying, with Tehran threatening legal action unless Seoul releases more than $7 billion in funds for oil shipments frozen because of US sanctions. The Islamic republic was South Korea's third-largest Middle Eastern trade partner before the US unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions. -AFP 10/7/21

US efforts to broaden sanctions on Iran won't work

The United States is at a crossroads with Iran as diplomatic talks to revive the nuclear deal stall. President Joe Biden stated recently that the administration is looking at "other options" beyond diplomacy with Iran, even as he promised "relentless diplomacy" in his first address to the United Nations. Amidst a report the Biden administration is reaching out to China to cut its imports of Iranian oil, it appears the United States is prematurely abandoning the diplomacy-first approach. But a return to sanctions wouldn't serve U.S. interests. -Geoff LaMear, Responsible Statecraft 10/6/21

Son of Iranian immigrants on his journey to explore a dairy-free future

In 1998, Nima Bahrami was just nine years old when his family decided to pack their bags and move to Vancouver from Tehran. Growing up, Bahrami was passionate about everything related to animals and the environment. Years later, his passion turned into a profession. Bahrami is now the founder and CEO of bettermoo(d), a brand that offers dairy-alternative products and recreates the taste that we enjoy in dairy products. -Vancouver Is Awesome 10/6/21

Iranian-born scientist sues University of Alabama at Birmingham for discrimination

An Iranian-born research scientist alleges that a former University of Alabama at Birmingham co-worker harassed her for nine years because of her ethnicity and even threatened her with a pistol but that the school failed to stop the abuse even after she repeatedly complained. "Our country does not need your kind," Fariba Moeinpour says she was told. -Corky Siemaszko, NBC News 10/6/21

These Women Are Reclaiming a Male-Dominated National Sport in Iran

With quiet and unflinching concentration, she sways the heavy iron bow from side to side. The rhythmic and unyielding movement of her arms is controlled yet powerful. Magnetic, even. The bow's dangling coins unleash a euphoric symphony of chiming sounds just to keep up with her. Rayeheh Mozafariyan is an athlete and activist who practices Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh, a 2000-year-old Iranian sport originally practised by warriors. -VICE 10/5/21

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other

The 2021 water year ends on Sept. 30, and it was another hot, dry year in the western US, with almost the entire region in drought. Reservoirs vital for farms, communities and hydropower have fallen to dangerous lows... Cities and farmers in the Southwest are resorting to unsustainable strategies to pull in more water. Iran has tried many of these strategies and shows how they can go wrong. -Mojtaba Sadegh, et al, PRI 10/1/21

Manhattan exhibition combats view of Iran as 'hostile anti-American state'

Few other countries are as misunderstood as Iran. But an Iran exists beyond the headlines of authoritarian rule and theocratic Islam. It's a country full of thriving artists - and they're now on show in the US. Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians - The Mohammed Akfami Collection, on view at the Asia Society in Manhattan until 8 May 2022, aims to broadening one's idea of what Iran is, or can be, by giving a profound look at the country's dynamic contemporary arts scene. -Art Newspaper 10/1/21

"African Violet" scores big win at Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco

African Violet has been the big winner of the 14th edition of the Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco as it garnered awards in four categories, including best screenplay and best director. Mona Zandi-Haqiqi was selected as best director for the drama, which also won the award for best screenplay written by Hamidreza Bababeigi. 9/30/21

iranian studio MAAN sculpts its monolithic 'ayenevarzan house' of solids and voids

MAAN architecture studio presents its ayenevarzan house as a monumental concrete dwelling along a sloping site in iran. the new project marks the permanent residence of a young couple with a unique background in art and culture. the monolithic construction occupies the outskirts of the village at the threshold of a region of untouched nature. to create a sense of safety while celebrating the natural surroundings, the house is defined by its introverted design which maintains sunlit and scenic views across the area's alborz mountains. -designboom 9/29/21

Art of Iran: Exhibit brings a taste of Persian culture to Lewiston

The head of a bald eagle emerges from a paisley pattern and forms the background in a self-portrait of Tirazheh Eslami. The digital work is among those by more than 50 artists in an exhibit that starts Friday at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History titled "The Land of Persepolis: Introducing Persian Culture to the West." 9/23/21

Elnaz Rekabi: First Iranian woman to win a medal at IFSC World Championships

Elnaz Rekabi from Iran became the first woman in the country to win a medal at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championships. Rekabi won the bronze medal at the Women's Combined. Austrian climber Jessica Pilz won the gold medal and the silver medal went to Slovenian Mia Krampl. 9/22/21

The Quietly Rebellious Art of Iranian Women and What We Can Learn From Them

A few weeks ago, I visited the Brooklyn studio of Iranian-born artist, Afruz Amighi. She works with a type of construction site netting which, in her hands, becomes a kind of diaphanous chainmail that casts the shadows of ancient Persian warriors, or illuminated carpet patterns that cast a modern story on the walls. Amighi and her family are part of the Iranian diaspora who left Iran after the Islamic revolution in 1979. And she is one of several extraordinary Persian women whose work is included in an exhibition opening this month at the Asia Society in New York. -Susanna Schrobsdorff, TIME 9/21/21

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