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3rd Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 18-19, 2010

Iranian-Film-Festival-San-FranciscoAn annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world.

Mrs. Khorvash will be present at the screening of “Prince Ehtejab” for her tribute and the Q & A, and during the festival to meet her fans.

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A 19 Question Poll on the Iranian Green Movement’s Charter

hands-hope-iran-green-iParticipate on polls on leadership, secularism, top issues, transparency, arts, freedom, women and more.

Imagine that you are part of the Green Movement. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

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2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, Views on United States, Israel and Iran

2010 Arab-Public-Opinion-Poll-views-Iran-iSurvey conducted June 29 -July 20, 2010 in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and UAE by the University of Maryland in conjunction with Zogby International.

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Islamic Republic of Iran in red-alert category of Failed States Index 2010

Failed_States_Index_2010_iThe FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports.

Its encouraged to utilize the Failed States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security.

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Internet speed test ranks Islamic Republic of Iran 168 out of 181 countries is a broadband speed analysis tool that allows anyone to test their Internet connection. Ookla provides this service for free to anyone curious about the performance of their connection to and from hundreds of locations around the world.

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Iran ranks 69 out of 70 in digital economy 2010 report

digital-economy-rankings-2010-iSince 2000, the Economist Intelligence Unit has assessed the world’s largest economies on their ability to absorb information and communications technology (ICT) and use it for economic and social benefit.

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United Nations World Drug Report 2010 and Iran

world-drug-report-2010-iran-iIn 2009, the UN Member States decided to make further and decisive progress, within a decade, in controlling illicit drug supply and demand.

Many illicit drug markets have reached global dimensions and require control strategies on a comparable scale. In that context, there is a need to better understand these transnational markets and the manner in which they operate.

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San Francisco - Kiosk Live at Yoshi’s

iranian-kiosk-2010-iJuly 4th 2010 8PM & 10PM

Join Kiosk at the intimate setting of Yoshi’s in San Francisco to hear Kiosk’s new songs! and fresh new sound! Kiosk will be joined on stage by notable guest musicians, including Paul Mehling of Hot Club of San Francisco.

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The Green Team: Iranian Opposition's Heavy Hitters

broken-green-heart-iGraphics and text by Kristin Deasy RFE/RL

An RFE/RL primer, in the form of mock trading cards, on some key figures within the Green Movement that emerged after Iran’s disputed 2009 election.

Mir-Hossein-Musavi, Bahareh Hedayat, Mehdi-Saharkhiz, Mohammad Shajarian, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Neda Agha-Soltan, Mohammad-Nourizad, Mourning-Mothers, Zahrah Rahnavard, Majid Tavakoli, Mehdi-Karrub

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Iran Ranks 104 out of 149 in Global Peace Index 2010

global-peace-index-2010-iThe results of the Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2010 suggest that the world has become slightly less peaceful in the past year.

The GPI, which gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarization in 149 countries, registered overall increases in several indicators, including the likelihood of violent demonstrations and perceptions of criminality. In some nations, an intensification of conflicts and growing instability appears to be linked to the global economic downturn in late 2008 and early 2009.

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Amsterdam - Cycle For Free Iran, June 12 2010

Cycle-For-Free-IranNetherlands is the land of cyclists, so join us and invite others to join!

Following the electoral coup d’état and fraudulent results of the Presidential Elections, thousands of Iranians have been subject to state-sponsored violence, torture, rape and execution last year.

12 June Event Finder

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Despite Tightening Up Of Society, Iranian Art Sees A Boom

Nikoo-Tarkhani-not-woman-iBy Kristin Deasy, Hannah Kaviani -

The Persian word for “love” is spelled out in Swarovski crystals and glitter, with a small footnote from the artist: “A picture is worth a thousand words and a word a thousand pictures.” The estimate wasn’t high enough.

When the acrylic painting on canvas sold at Bonhams in Dubai two years ago for a historic $1,048,000, the Iranian creator Farhad Moshiri became the first artist from the region to break the $1 million price barrier at auction.

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Amnesty International report 2010 on Iran

Amnesty-Internationa-1l-iNo one should be above the law. But all too often, those who commit the worst kinds of human rights abuses are not brought to justice.

Iran’s government continued to clamp down on all forms of dissent in the wake of the mass demonstrations following the disputed June 2009 presidential elections. The authorities deployed  the paramilitary Basij and other security forces to prevent protestors gathering, arrested hundreds more political activists, journalists, students and women’s and human rights defenders, and continued to mount grossly unfair “show trials” resulting in long prison terms and, in a few cases, death sentences.

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San Francisco - Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor to Screen

Bad-Girls-Bahar-Sabzevari-iSunday June 13   2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Exploring issues of identity, gender and social restrictions, Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor features interviews with some of the most important Iranian female artists living in and outside the Islamic Republic, including Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Malekeh Nayiny, and San Francisco- based artist Taravat Talepasand, who will be speaking about her artwork following the screening.

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International Museum of Women: Mahnaz Afkhami on Women and the Future of the Middle East

International-Museum-Women-iWednesday June 2, 2010
Omni San Francisco Hotel 5pm

From women’s human rights in Iran, to the economic engagement of women in the Middle East and North Africa, to the growing use of technology in movement building, hear about some of the most pressing issues for women in the Middle East today.

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Human Rights as a way of life

12-Petals-Media-posterFor the optimal realization of human possibilities and the enjoyment of human dignity, we at the 12Petals Media Group ( reach out globally for Human Rights as a way of life.

12Petals as a community-production based media group with an emphasis on the “culture of human rights” philosophy strives to be a union of interdependent visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, cinematographers, playwrights, socials entrepreneurs and more…

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