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IAAB Announces Study Abroad in Iran: YAR Institute

- IAAB is extremely excited to announce the launch of a three-week full-immersion summer course in Iran, under its groundbreaking new initiative, the YAR Institute: Youth Advancing Research. IAAB's YAR Institute is designed to create the next generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. 11/25/14

No Justice for Survivors of Acid Attacks in Iran

- The offenders of the acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as the perpetuators of these crimes are being protected. The infuriating aspect of these injustices for Iranian people is that the perpetuators of these crimes are still at large and not facing any sentence while the people who are exercising their rights to protest these crimes and holding state accountable for putting an end to these acts of violence are being arrested and detained. -Elahe Amani 11/25/14

Iranian Leader: Western Powers Failed to Bring Iran to its Knees

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the United States and "European colonialist powers" failed in their efforts to bring Iran "to its knees" during negotiations on the country's nuclear program. The comments posted on his website Tuesday are his first since negotiators from Iran and a group of world powers agreed to extend talks on Iran's nuclear program through the middle of next year. 11/25/14

Doubts cast on purported safety of Tehran city water

- Despite reassurances from the Ministry of Health, water supply experts still maintain that the case of polluted water in Tehran is not closed and needs further investigation. Last week, the head of Tehran Health and City Services announced that the capital's tap water has a high level of nitrites and must not be used for drinking, recommending bottled water instead. 11/25/14

Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extended Iran Nuclear Talks

- Buoyed by the failure of the US and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord. -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 11/25/14

NIAC Welcomes Extension, Urges Compromise to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

- National Iranian American Council President Trita Parsi issued the following statement in response to the decision to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program: "For those who favor a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute, it is critically important these negotiations will continue... 11/25/14

Aviation Official: 15 US Flights Using Iranian Airspace Everyday

- Managing-Director of Iran's Airport Company Mohammad Ilkhani said that Iran has the safest and most secure airspace in the region, adding that over a dozen US flights use the Iranian airspace everyday. "A sum of 15 flights from US cargo and passenger airlines use the Iranian airspace everyday," Ilkhani told reporters on the sidelines of the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries Exhibition on Kish Island on Tuesday. 11/25/14

Issues with Domestic Gasoline? The Battle Over Gasoline Rages On in Iran

- The worsening of the air pollution situation in Tehran has resurfaced the in-fighting among Iran's political factions over gasoline. Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, recently published a special report on imported gasoline and asserted that in fact it is the cause of the deteriorating air condition in Tehran. 11/25/14

Oil advances for a third day as Iran seeks OPEC production cut

- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh may propose that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) trim supply by 1 million barrels a day when he meets with Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Naimi before the group gathers on Nov. 27 11/25/14

ANALYSIS: How Iran's aerospace dream began and ended with the licence-built IrAn-140

- When the sole airworthy HESA IrAn-140 turboprop crashed on take-off from Tehran in August, Iran's hopes of becoming an aerospace-manufacturing nation appeared to crash with it. The decade and a half following Antonov's decision to licence production of its An-140 to Iran has seen no more than a dozen IrAn-140s roll off the assembly line, no fewer than four accidents involving the type and a regulatory ban on all flight operations by the aircraft. -Flight 11/25/14

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Iran Nuclear Talks Extended to June 30

Diplomats: Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until July 1 - Iranian and Western diplomats said nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be extended until July 1, 2015. The diplomats spoke in Vienna on the final day of the group's self-imposed, year-long period to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. 11/24/14

Foreign Ministers Make Final Push in Iran Nuclear Talks - Seven foreign ministers are in Vienna working against a midnight deadline to settle the more than decade-long dispute over Iran's nuclear program, and potentially to begin to unravel crippling economic sanctions. But a year after they reached a landmark interim agreement, negotiators indicated they may need more time on the difficult, long-term issues. -Al Pessin, VOA 11/24/14

Tehran art exhibit reflects "Three Views" of female artists - Paintings reflecting different issues by three female artists are on display in an exhibit entitled "Three Views" at Tehran's Boom Gallery. Created by , the collection highlights war in Kobani, the rush of modern life, as well as images of Persian gardens, the gallery announced in a press release on Sunday. 11/24/14

Iranian security forces stop ceremony for slain dissidents - Islamic Republic security forces prevented the commemoration ceremony for Daryoosh and Parveneh Forouhar and arrested a number of attendees. The sixteenth anniversary of the death of the couple was to be commemorated on Saturday November 22 at their home, where they were stabbed to death by assailants who entered under the guise of students seeking to interview the political activists for a publication. 11/24/14

Shi'ite, Sunni Clerics Meet In Iran To Discuss IS Threat - Shi'ite and Sunni clerics from 80 countries have gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom discuss how to combat Islamic State (IS) militants. The conference organizer, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, appealed on November 23 for consensus among Islam's two main branches -- urging all Muslim clerics to work together to discredit groups espousing extremism. 11/24/14

Jailed Iranian-British Woman Released On Bail - The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian citizen jailed in Iran reportedly for trying to attend a volleyball match, said Ghavami has been released on bail. Ghavami was freed on November 23, pending a decision by the Court of Appeal on her sentence, her brother told the AFP news agency. 11/24/14

Iran able to build aircraft carriers: Navy Chief - Iran is capable of building aircraft carriers and heavy submarines, Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari announced on Sunday. "As we have managed to produce warships and submarines, we also have the capability to build aircraft carriers and heavy submarines," the rear admiral stated. 11/24/14

The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal - Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new and better roads, with significant damage resulting from the failure to take them. That failure involves opportunity costs at a minimum, and other costs as well. -Paul Pillar, National Interest 11/23/14

Iran Nuclear Deadline Approaches - Hassan Rohani has faced many obstacles in appointing and keeping a science minister because the conservative factions have been adamant that the post must not go to anyone connected to the 2009 election protests and those who challenged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory with allegations of election fraud. 11/23/14

Iran, US, EU negotiators hold nuclear meeting - Top negotiators of Iran, the US and the EU have held another trilateral meeting ahead of the Monday deadline for Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers to ink a final nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his US counterpart John Kerry and EU nuclear negotiator Catherine Ashton sat down for talks at Vienna's Coburg Hotel on Sunday. 11/23/14

Iran's President Rohani Installs Caretaker Of Science Ministry - After his fourth candidate for the post of science minister was voted down by Parliament, President Hassan Rohani appointed Mohammad Ali Najafi's to a term as caretaker of the science ministry with the permission of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. 11/23/14

Iran nuclear deal could spur rapid growth - Companies and global investors are sizing up Iran's economic potential in anticipation of a deal that could end years of isolation. -CNN 11/23/14

Bahrain's Sham Election Ignores Calls for Reform - Bahrain's national election planned for this Saturday portends no change in the al-Khalifa regime's anti-Shi'a stance and is yet another futile exercise in sham democracy. The mainstream al-Wefaq Shi'a opposition party has decided to boycott the election because of perceived bias in the recently gerrymandered electoral districts. -Emile Nakhleh, LobeLog 11/23/14

Iran Talks Progress Behind the Scenes - VIENNA-Talks on the future of Iran's nuclear program and international sanctions against the country continued in Vienna Friday, amid indications of behind-the-scenes developments that officials will not specify. The British and French foreign ministers joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry here Friday to urge their Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Javad Zarif, to make the compromises necessary to reach an agreement. -Al Pessin, VOA 11/22/14

Police close down more than two dozen Tehran cafes - At least 26 cafes in Tehran have been shut down by police citing violations such as "the inappropriate hijab" of customers. The Shahrvand daily wrote on Saturday November 22 that this is an unprecedented wave of police action against Tehran cafes. 11/22/14

Kerry: 'Serious Gaps' Remain as Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says "serious gaps" remain in talks between Iran and world powers, as a crucial deadline looms to reach a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program. Kerry made his remarks Saturday in Vienna as he was about to begin closed-door talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said the negotiations had reached the "hours of truth." 11/22/14

Iran beach soccer team claims gold in Asian Beach Games - Iran's beach soccer team defeated Japan 4-3 and won the gold medal in the 4th edition of the Asian Beach Games on Friday. Shahriar Mozhdeh Roudsari, Ali Naderi, Amir Hossein Akbari and Hassan Abdollahi scored for the Iranian outfit at the Saphan Hin. 11/22/14

Obama Faces Tough Crowd At Home On Iran Nuclear Deal - With the deadline for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program looming, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is under increased pressure to bring home a deal that is acceptable to a skeptical Congress. If he cannot do so by November 24, he faces an even tighter deadline to hammer out an agreement before a new, Republican-controlled, Congress convenes in January. -Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson, RFE 11/22/14

Top Foreign Policy Experts Endorse Iran Nuclear Deal - As Iran and six world powers scramble to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear program by the deadline of Nov. 24 in Vienna, Washington is seeing a flurry of last-minute events focused on the pros and cons of pursuing diplomacy with Tehran. -Derek Davison, LobeLog 11/22/14

Kerry Meets With Zarif, Ashton In Vienna - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has begun a meeting in Vienna with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif as a next-week deadline for an agreement in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program rapidly approaches. Kerry was also meeting with EU envoy Catherine Ashton, who until this month was the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. 11/21/14

Iran 'Blogfather' Thanks 'His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei' Following Prison Release - Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been released from prison after serving six years of his unprecedented 19 1/2-year prison sentence. Derakhshan, dubbed Iran's "blogfather" for his role popularizing the medium, wrote on Google+ on November 19 about his release and said that he had been pardoned by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. "I am free after six years. Thank You, God. Thank you, Your Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei," he wrote. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 11/21/14

Two Futures: With An Iran Nuclear Deal, And Without - As the six world powers and Tehran try to reach a deal in Vienna, there is more at stake than simply ending the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. Equally important is how the success or failure of the negotiations could set the stage for determining the West's relations with Iran for years to come. -Charles Recknagel, RFE 11/21/14

TAKE ACTION: They Almost Killed The Deal - Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) almost killed the Iran talks. He went to the Senate floor and attempted to pass a bill to give Congress the authority to kill any nuclear deal. Thankfully, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) intervened and blocked Graham's gambit. But it was a close call -- too close. -Jamal Abdi, NIAC 11/21/14

Will Falling Oil Prices Force Iran's Hand in the Nuclear Talks? - The timing of the fall in global oil prices could not have come at a worse time for the government of Hassan Rouhani in Iran. A decline of 30% in oil revenues, which he noted in a recent speech, severely limits his government's ability to maintain the modest growth momentum started last year, and weakens Iran's position in the negotiations over its nuclear program -Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, LobeLog 11/21/14

Iran: Thousands rally against legislative attack on workers' rights - Thousands of Iranian workers took part in a rally on Thursday November 20 organized by Tehran Manufacturing and Service Workers, protesting the government's attempts to change the country's employment legislation to the benefit of employers. 11/21/14

Iranian Scholar's 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines - A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran's nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600). 11/21/14

Photos: International Air Show kicks off in Kish, Iran - The Kish Development and investment company fully supported by Kish Free Zone Organization is holding the 7th edition of the International Iran Kish Air Show with the cooperation of Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO-IRI) from 18-21 Nov. 2014 on Kish Island in Persian Gulf. 11/20/14

Nuclear pact within reach if West drops excessive demands: Iran's President Rouhani - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that a nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers is "within reach" if the West stops making "excessive demands". 11/20/14

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin - On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly's Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentions. 11/20/14

Esteghlal legend Gholamhossein Mazloumi dies at the age of 65 - Former Iran international striker Gholamhossein Mazloumi died at the age of 65 on Wednesday. He has been fighting with stomach cancer for more than one year but at the end the illness defeated him. 11/20/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case - After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. 11/20/14

Officials disagree on safety of Tehran tap water - The head of Tehran Health and City Services Commission has called on the city residents to stop consuming tap water and only use bottled water for drinking. Rahmatollah Hafezi stressed that tap water in certain parts of the city can be harmful to people's health. 11/20/14

French Order of Academic Palms awarded to Lili Golestan - Iranian translator Lili Golestan, who is also the curator of Tehran's Golestan Gallery, received France's Order of Academic Palms during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in the Iranian capital on Monday November 17, 2014. 11/20/14

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle--Your "Bipartisan" Center Is In Funny Company - On Thursday, BPC will co-sponsor a forum ("Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What's Next for the P5+1 and Iran") at the Senate Visitors Center with two hard-line neoconservative groups closely tied to and funded by wealthy donors of the Republican Jewish Coalition (chaired by multi-billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson) -Jim Lobe, LobeLog 11/20/14

Iranian Activists, Intellectuals Express Support For Nuclear Deal - Many Iranians are watching the new round of nuclear talks in Vienna between major world powers and Iran with great interest, hoping for a deal that would lead to the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on their country and an improvement in their daily lives. Among those hoping for an agreement are intellectuals, political activists, opposition members, and some victims of the Iranian establishment's repressive policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 11/19/14

Security Council Resolutions: Barrier to Iran Nuclear Deal? - We have not yet reached such a dramatic juncture with Iran. But should it become useful to rapidly lift the sanctions imposed by the four UNSC resolutions between 2006 and 2010 in order to secure a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program, the Western negotiators may find themselves incapable of delivering and may instead try to kick the can down the road to some point in the distant future. -Francois Nicoulaud, LobeLog 11/19/14

On the long-term agreement between Iran and the P5+1: Is Israel losing the war to wage war on Iran? - The world's attention is focused once again on the negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, commonly referred to as P5+1. Many are speculating about whether these negotiations will bear fruit by November 24, 2014, and reach a long-term agreement on curtailing Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for removal of sanctions imposed on the country. Whatever the outcome, however, one thing is certain: the role of Israel in these negotiations has diminished considerably. -Sasan Fayazmanesh 11/19/14

Iranian lawyers protest in solidarity with suspended colleague - A group of Iranian lawyers stages a sit-in in front of Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran to protest the suspension of human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh's licence. The group that gathered at the Bar Association on Tuesday November 18 included many of Sotoudeh's peers from across the country as well as several civic activists. 11/19/14

New Report Reveals State's Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran - The Rouhani administration should use all its authority to end the government's initiatives to restrict Iranians' access to the Internet, immediately cease state efforts to monitor users' online accounts, and end the prosecution of individuals for their peaceful online activities, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. 11/19/14

Iran unveils latest home-made drone, Ababil 3 - Iran has unveiled its latest domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can be used in reconnaissance operations. 11/19/14

Iran allows private sector to import aircraft - Iran Civil Aviation Organization Director Alireza Jahangirian announced that Iranian private entities are allowed to import aircraft. He made the remarks on the sidelines of the 7h International Air Show of Iran (Iran Air Show 2014), which is underway ON THE Persian Gulf island of Kish 11/19/14

Column: Crunch Time for Iran Nuclear Talks - With only one week to go before a self-imposed deadline, the nail-biting is accelerating over whether Iran will reach an agreement with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) that curbs its nuclear program for years to come in return for sanctions relief. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 11/18/14

FM hopes Nov 24 to be national day of victory for Iranians - Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday hoped that November 24 would be a day of victory for Iranians in achieving their nuclear goals. He said irrespective of the outcome of the talks --striking a deal or resistance against the other party's excessive demands-- November 24 would be a national day of victory. 11/18/14

Iranian auhtor Mahmud Dowlatabadi receives France's Chevalier of Legion of Honor - Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi, mostly famous for his novel "Kalidar", received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday evening. The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to the author by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran. 11/18/14

Severe air pollution triggers emergency response in Tehran - Tehran has announced that due to the decline in air quality, emergency services will be available in various locations around the capital to attend to citizens as needed starting Monday November 17. 11/18/14

Large crowds gather to mourn Iranian singer Pashaei - Thousands of mourners gathered to bid farewell to the popular Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with cancer. The Fararo website reports that thousands attended the deceased singer's funeral held at Vahdat Hall. 11/17/14

Iran 'Vigilante' Law to Test Rouhani on Women's Rights - Iran's parliament last week approved a bill that would allow paramilitary forces to return to public streets and verbally enforce strict Islamic dress codes. Meanwhile, hardliners are reportedly pushing legislation that would support and protect citizen vigilantes who also want to help enforce the hijab. This comes in the wake of a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan for not dressing properly. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA 11/17/14

Iran's Salimi Wins Silver In World Weightlifting Championships - Iranian super heavyweight Behdad Salimi claimed a silver medal in the 2014 IWF World Championships on Sunday. After a thrilling contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Salimi seized a silver medal in the +105 kg weight category. 11/17/14

Viber, Instagram sites to be "cleansed" instead of blocked in Iran - After reports by the Iranian administration that the Viber and Instagram websites will not be blocked, despite a push by Iranian hardliners, a member of the Working Group to Determine Criminal Content in Cyber Space has been quoted as saying that the content of these social networking sites will be "cleansed." 11/17/14

Interview: Iran's 'Rosewater' Journalist Maziar Bahari Is 'Not Expecting A Revolution' - Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, whose detention and torture by Iranian authorities are given cinematic treatment in "Rosewater," a new film by U.S. political satirist and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, tells RFE/RL that he wants officials in Tehran to watch the film and rethink their actions. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 11/17/14

Iran Said To Disbar Ex-Prosecutor Over Prison Deaths - Iranian media report that the country's supreme court has disbarred a former chief prosecutor of Tehran over his role in the death of at least three jailed antigovernment protesters in 2009. 11/17/14

Reconciliation - Before I traveled to Iran, I didn't want to read anything about Iran. Certainly nothing written by mainstream American news media, which often draws an absurdist caricature of the country. I wanted to arrive with an open heart. -Monica Byrne 11/17/14

Column: 'Rosewater' Shows 'How Ridiculous' Iran Can Be - Jon Stewart's new movie, "Rosewater," was conceived out of guilt and is being born at a potentially pivotal time for U.S.-Iran relations. The hero of the film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is former Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who in the run-up to Iran's 2009 presidential elections gave an interview to Jason Jones, mock correspondent on The Daily Show, which Stewart hosts. -Barbara Slavin, VOA 11/15/14

Iran's Rostami snatches gold medal at Weightlifting World Championships - Iran's Kianoush Rostami won a gold medal in the Men's 85kg at the 2014 Weightlifting World Championships on Thursday. Rostami snatched 178kg and lifted 213kg in the clean and jerk and took the gold with a combined total lift of 391kg. 11/15/14

Photos: Iran opens largest Middle East gold plant, doubling production - First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri inaugurated the largest gold plant in the Middle East in Zareh Shuran of Takaab in West Azarbaijan Province on Saturday. With the operation of the plant the gold bullion production capacity in the country will be doubled and reach 5.5 tons. 11/15/14

Iranian university students protest handling of Isfahan acid attacks on women - A group of students from the International University of Qazvin gathered to protest the recent acid throwing assualts on women in Isfahan and the authorities' failure to arrest the culprits. 11/15/14

Stewarding the Deal: Business Diplomacy and Iran's Private Sector - It's no secret that business leaders worldwide are eagerly awaiting the announcement of an agreement on Iran's nuclear program this month. "Apart from Mars and the Moon, Iran is the only remaining opportunity for [our] clients," declared Sir Martin Sorrell, the CEO of British advertising giant, WPP, last month at the Europe-Iran Forum in London. Business owners in Iran are meanwhile looking forward to sanctions relief and a flood of foreign investment, as are average Iranians. -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj 11/14/14

NIAC Urges President Obama to Establish U.S.-Iran Banking Channel - ith a potential nuclear deal only weeks away, the National Iranian American Council is urging that a direct banking channel be established between the U.S. and Iran. Such a channel would allow for humanitarian transactions, the sale of licensed goods like phones and computer software, and the transfer of personal remittances and inheritances between the U.S. and Iran. -Tyler Cullis and Jamal Abdi, NIAC 11/14/14

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World - Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. 11/14/14

Iranian Activist Woman Challenges President Rohani To Fulfill Promises On Citizen Rights - Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to President Rohani protesting against the interrogation procedure she was subjected to in Evin Court. According to the Human Rights Defenders Centre website, Mohammadi has been under investigation by Islamic Republic authorities since last March for meeting with Catherine Ashton when the latter was visiting Iran as the EU foreign policy chief. 11/14/14

Is UN Engagement Having an Impact on Iran's Human Rights? Absolutely - To critics who question the ability of UN processes to change the behaviors and policies of the leadership in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an English language media interview with a top Iranian official has provided a revealing answer. 11/14/14

Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations and Hope for an Agreement - As the P5+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear program between the world powers and Iran approach the November 24 deadline, it is important that the negotiators on both sides of the table take note of the voices of their respective citizens at home: support for the nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful agreement is clear and strong among both the Iranian and the US public. 11/13/14

America's Last Best Hope for Defeating the Islamic State Is...Iran? - When President Barack Obama's secret missive to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was leaked to the media, the reactions were predictable: Israel was furious. Saudi Arabia was livid. And Mitt Romney was dumfounded. -Emad Kiyaei, AIC 11/13/14

Netanyahu Warns Against Nuclear Deal With Iran - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned world powers against concluding a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. Netanyahu spoke to an assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America by satellite from Jerusalem. 11/12/14

Iran's unresolved conflict between reformers and fundamentalists - As we get close to the November 24 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal to be reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany), another conflict has been raging in Iran between the moderates and the hardliners, a contest that could be regarded as a culture war between two different ideologies and two different versions of Islam. -Farhang Jahanpour 11/12/14

Top political donors: "Bomb the daylights" out of Iran - Did you hear what two of the most powerful political donors in America said yesterday about a potential deal with Iran yesterday?Haim Saban, a top Democratic donor who has given millions to candidates like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, told the Israeli American Forum he "would bomb the daylights out of those SOBs" in Iran. 11/11/14

The Imminent Prospect of a U.S.-IRAN Breakthrough worries the Hawks - The international community grapples once again with the imminent prospect of a "nuclear deal" between the U.S. (aka P5+1) and Iran before the extended deadline of November 24. Meanwhile, the neo-cons and fundamentalists from both sides have begun undermining and harming possible breakthroughs. With the visionary brinkmanship of both sides the lingering stalemate may be resolved, ending the fraught sanctions, and opening trades and diplomatic relations. -Rachel Eliasi Kohan 11/8/14

Nesta Ramazani's Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights - Persian Cooking is the mother of English language Persian cookbooks. For forty years, this book has been a staple in kitchens of those who enjoy the cooking of Iran. This fortieth anniversary edition is revised and updated to take into account present tastes; the better availability of ingredients; and modern cooking tools and methods. 11/8/14

All Aboard! European Travelers Arrive in Mashhad, Iran - A luxury special train carrying European tourists arrived in Holy City of Mashhad in northeastern of Iran on Wednesday October 26th. Mashhad, considered the second largest holy city in the world, attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year, many of whom come to pay pilgrimage to Imam Reza, the 8th Muslim Shi'ite Imam, 11/1/14

US Catholic Bishops: Consider Iran's Nuclear Weapons Fatwa - In March of this year, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a delegation of religious and academic figures to the Iranian religious city of Qom to begin a dialogue with Shia scholars and ayatollahs. According to Bishop Richard Pates, chair of the USCCB's Committee on International Peace and Justice, the discussion in Qom focused heavily on the morality of weapons of mass destruction. -Derek Davison, LobeLog 10/31/14

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: An Iranian Vampire Western - The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. 10/29/14

Unnatural Selection: Installation by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke - The Mohr Gallery in Finn Center presents UNNATURAL SELECTION, an installation exhibition by artists Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke. The exhibition will be on display from October 27, 2014 through December 7, 2014. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, November 7 from 6pm - 8pm. 10/27/14

Iranian-American woman Azita Raji Nominated For Ambassador To Sweden - The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. 10/25/14

As Optimism Grows, Possible Iran Deal Gains Key Endorsement - Optimism that the US and world powers can, after all, strike a nuclear deal with Iran by or shortly after the current November 24 deadline appeared to grow here in Washington substantially this week. Such a deal also gained a critical endorsement, one that should provide a lot of political cover to shaky Democrats, as well as voices in the US Jewish community who, in contrast to the right-wing leadership of AIPAC and other "mainstream" Jewish organizations, have long favored President Obama's diplomatic efforts. -Jim Lobe 10/25/14

37 Organizations to Congress: Quit Playing Politics with Deal to Prevent Iran War - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) was one of 37 organizations to send a letter to Congress today regarding the roles of Congress and the President in sealing a nuclear deal with Iran. The letter was prompted when certain lawmakers reacted harshly to a New York Times report that, if there is a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House plans to initially use executive action to temporarily suspend certain sanctions. 10/24/14

Winners of 2014 Noor Film Festival Announced - Noor Film Festival's 2014 closing ceremony was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and awards were presented to the following films: 10/24/14

Iranians protest rash of acid assaults on women - Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens. In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces. 10/23/14

Photos: Thousands Of Iranians Protest Acid Attacks - Thousands of Iranians have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks against women accused of not being "properly veiled." Hundreds gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran, while eyewitnesses said a few thousand came to the Justice Ministry building in Isfahan, the central-western city where the acid attacks took place. 10/22/14

Announcing 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival: Celebrating Iranian Heritage - Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, Farhang Foundation's annual online short film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). 10/20/14

Six Iranian Filmmakers Launch Campaign Urging Deal Over Nuclear Crisis - Six prominent Iranian movie directors have launched an Internet campaign saying "there is no deal that is worse than no deal" in an effort to end the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. The website for the campaign, which is in English, says international sanctions have hurt the Iranian people without harming Iran's nuclear program and urges Tehran and world powers to "address the issues, not special interests." -Charles Recknagel, RFE 10/1/14

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