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Khamenei Challenged by Senior Cleric
While Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been trying to bolster his support by visiting senior members of the Shia Muslim hierarchy in Qom, an influential ayatollah has spoken out against him 800 kilometres away in the city of Shiraz. - 10/30/10

Hojatieh Society: 57 Years in the Shadow
Talking about the Hojatieh Society today and its role in Iran is both easy and difficult. On one hand it is possible to draw parallels between what the government and the Hojatieh are doing, and conclude that the current administration is in fact a "neo-Hojatieh" outfit. - 10/30/10

Khamenei's response to the Term "Clerical Regime"
Ayatollah Khamenei told a group of religious students, clerics and religious teachers of the Qom Theological Seminary (Hoze Elmie Qom) that calling the regime that he leads a "regime of the clerics" was a lie and slander. - 10/30/10

10 Questions for Reza Pahlavi
"What are your thoughts regarding a 24 hours worldwide Iranian satellite TV and Radio broadcasting information and command center for all Iranian people and all the people around the world to communicate and unite until victory? - 10/30/10

IRAN: State Department spokesman's birthday message for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Your 54th year was full of lost opprtunites. Hope in your 55th year you will open #Iran to a different relationship with the world. - LA Times - 10/30/10

Iran's Troubled Economy
Iran's crackdown on political dissent is ongoing. Now the Iranian government is threatening to crush any civil unrest that may occur because of the country's poor economic conditions. In fact, Iranian officials have coined the term "economic sedition" for expressions of discontent over the government's economic policies or the conditions they have produced. - 10/29/10

American Muslims Look to Exercise Their Vote in Midterm Elections
Washington - Discussions over Islam's place in America ahead of national midterm elections are prompting American Muslims to make their voices heard through voting. - 10/29/10

Photos: Horse Racing in Gonbad-e Qavos - Iran
Fourth week of equestrian competitions in six periods for 165 million rials in awards in Golestan province. - 10/29/10

Iranian student protests shortage of gasoline by riding a donkey
An Iranian student has protested against what is being described as a shortage of gasoline by riding a donkey to his university in northern Iran. - 10/29/10

Cracking down media remorselessly, Tehran shows its true face
A journalist was arrested for the second time in a year and courts imposed or upheld jail sentences on two women journalists whose journalist husbands are already in prison - 10/29/10

Iran, Iraq meet on fate of war's missing
Although no generally accepted number of missing people exists, estimates range in the hundreds of thousands on both sides, many of whom are civilians. Mass graves from the war are still found in Iraq, many containing the bodies of Iranian prisoners. - 10/29/10

Iran Welcomes G5+1 Return to Nuclear Talks
Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) welcomed the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) willingness for the resumption of talks over Tehran's nuclear program. - 10/29/10

Republic of Namibia's Uranium Mine Officials Respect Iran's Shares
The officials of the world's third-biggest producer of nuclear fuel and the biggest open-pit uranium mine, Rossing mine, announced that they respect Iran's right to maintain its 15-percent stake of the mine. - 10/29/10

Afghan Officials Say Woman Shot Dead By Iranian Forces
Afghan officials said the woman was trying to cross the border on October 26 with her four children in the Kang district of Nimruz. They said the woman did not have a passport or any of the other legal documents necessary to enter Iran and was not crossing at a checkpoint - 10/29/10

Motorcycles Account for 30% of Air Pollution in Tehran
Managing director of the central headquarters in charge of technical tests of cars announced that motorcycles conforming to Euro 2 standards consume two times higher fuel than current standards and cause 25-30 percent of air pollution in Tehran. - 10/29/10

Iranian Ex-Officials: U.S. Knew Hikers Were Seized in Iraq
The Iranian intelligence officials, none of whom would be named discussing a highly sensitive matter, confirmed a Nation magazine report asserting that Fattal, Bauer, and Sarah Shourd were kidnapped, in July 2009, by Heyva Taab, a local crime boss and ex-commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. - Newsweek - 10/29/10

US slaps sanctions on 37 Iranian firms
"front companies" based in Germany, Malta and Cyprus which are allegedly owned or controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRSL), and the five Iranians are managers or directors of the firms. - 10/28/10

Photos: Karun river suffering a gradual death
Karun river is 450 miles long. It rises in the Zard Kuh mountains of the Bakhtiari district in the Zagros Range, receiving many tributaries, such as the Dez and the Kuhrang, before passing through the capital of the Khuzestan Province of Iran, the city of Ahwaz. - 10/28/10

Iranian Officials Renew Warnings Over 'Soft War'
To counter the "soft war" allegedly being waged against the Islamic republic, the Iranian authorities this week went to the front line: Tehran University. - 10/28/10

Iranian hardliner says democracy used as seditious tool
Hojjatoleslam Ali Saidi went on to say that the "enemy" picks its forces form within the country. "We see that at every election, the enemy uses this secular and liberal movement to reach its aims," he stressed. - 10/28/10

Four ministers to answer MPs' questions
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, and Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari will attend the Majlis to answer MPs' questions. - 10/28/10

Ministry: Execution of Iranian Church Leader Delayed
The execution of a pastor in Iran who was sentenced to death for apostasy has been delayed, according to a ministry that assists the persecuted Church.- christianpost.com - 10/28/10

Iranian Auto-Makers in Iran Nano Festival
In Soren by Iran Khodro, the boosting of heating and solidity features plus increasing the vehicle's fuel consumption by utilizing nanotechnology can be noticed - 10/28/10

800 Iranian Artifacts Found in Europe
Iran's National Museum Curator Azadeh Ardakani says the museum has identified 800 Persian historical objects in two European galleries. - 10/28/10

Gorbachev: Victory in Afghanistan Impossible
He told the BBC Wednesday that President Barack Obama was right in setting a 2011 deadline to start pulling out troops from Afghanistan, no matter "how difficult" that move will be. - 10/28/10

Bahrain opens coup plot trial against Shiites
Authorities in Bahrain charged 25 Shiite Muslim activists of plotting against Sunni rulers Thursday after months of harsh crackdowns that have deeply shaken one of the most strategic U.S. allies in the Gulf. - Washington Post - 10/28/10

Clinton: US Has No Problem with Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Reactor
United States has no problem with Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor because the power plant's Russian uranium fuel will be returned after it is used - 10/27/10

Neuropsychology of Ayatollah Rohollah Khomeini
The purpose of this paper is not to provide an analysis of the historical events surrounding the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini. Rather, it is an attempt to understand Khomeini's psychopathology and its impact on himself and others. - Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. - 10/27/10

Prosperity Index 2010 - Islamic Republic of Iran ranks 92 out of 110
The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing. - 10/27/10

Iranian parliament wants report on financial aid to Afghanistan
Seven Iranian Members of Parliament have summoned the foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, to the parliament over the issue of cash payouts from Iran to the office of the Afghan president. - 10/27/10

Jailed Iran Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh 'Gets Family Visit, Ends Hunger Strike'
She was detained on September 4 on charges of "acting against national security," "assembly and collusion to disrupt security," and "cooperation with the Defenders for Human Rights Center." - 10/27/10

EU Sanctions Could Shutter Iranian Gas Venture with BP
Questions surround the future of a Scottish gas field jointly owned by Iran and energy giant BP because of European Union sanctions imposed on Iran. - 10/27/10

US-Funded "Iran Primer" Needs Editing
The Iran Primer assembles 50 top experts to produce a comprehensive, categorized overview of the Islamic Republic, which, they predict, is "sure to become a key text on the subject of Iranian policy". BUT - 10/27/10

Photos: Ahmadinejad, Morales play futsal
Fifty-year-old Bolivian president is a keen footballer and plays the game frequently, often with local teams. - 10/27/10

How WikiLeaks Makes Confrontation With Iran More Likely
According to the documents, Iran has served as a veritable training camp for terrorists who use Iranian territory as a base from which to conduct deadly operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. - 10/27/10

Violin virtuoso Homayun Khorram returns to stage
Aafter a ten-year hiatus, violin virtuoso Homayun Khorram will give performances at the Milad Tower on December 2 and 3. Khorram has composed reminiscent pieces like "To Ey Pari Kojaee?", "Emshab Dar Sar Shuri Daram" and "Rosvaye Zamaneh Manam" - 10/27/10

Khavarani Art Seeks to Link the Centuries
An award-winning Iranian-American artist and architect, credited with introducing a new style of painting to the world, Abstract Romanticism - 10/26/10

Cartoons: Iranian cartoonist honored at Bulgarian festival
Iranian cartoonist Shahin Hoshmand won the third prize at the X Biennial of Ecological Cartoon Sokobanja which was held in Bulgaria. - 10/26/10

Scholars protest against holding World Philosophy Day in Iran
City of Qom, the headquarters of Iranian clergy, is directly involved in the organization of this event and only writers from Qom are commissioned to write articles for presentation at the philosophy congress. - 10/26/10

Authorities say Iranian elite target of "Soft War"
culture minister added: "The perpetrators of this war are of the opinion that if they can enlist the collaboration of the thinkers and artists, enlisting the masses would become very easy." - 10/26/10

Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 - Iran ranks 146 out of 178
Transparency International(TI) defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. - 10/26/10

Three Questions About Karzai Accepting Iranian Cash
President Karzai told reporters in Kabul that the cash, up to $975,000 twice a year, is used for government expenses. Karzai said the transactions were not secret and no different from cash payments from the United States and other "friendly countries." - 10/26/10

Iran loads fuel into Bushehr nuclear plant
The power plant will become operational once all 163 fuel rods are injected to its core. According to Iranian officials, the reactor will begin generating electricity in early 2011. - 10/26/10

Remarks by Dennis Ross, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region AIPAC National Summit
I don't have time to go through how we are working intensively to jump-start negotiations today, but I do want to close with a couple of points about the need for peace and the importance for both sides to take the strategic and historic decisions that are required to preserve a two-state solution before it is too late. - 10/26/10

Tariq Aziz sentenced to death
In March 2009, Aziz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against humanity, and was acquitted earlier that year on charges of ordering a 1999 crackdown against Shiite protesters. - 10/26/10

The "Iranian Cyber Army" Strikes Back
The website of TechCrunch Europe, one of Europe's most popular technology blogs, got hacked. The attackers installed a page which redirected the blog's readers to a crime server. The crime server then executed a script which exploited a vulnerability to silently install malware on the visitors' machines. - seculert.com - 10/26/10

Iran stops fully refueling British planes in retaliation against oil agreement
British Midlands International (BMI), which operates daily flights between London and Tehran, said Monday that Iranian airline authorities have stopped fully refueling their planes for about a week, forcing the airline to make stops in third countries. Washington Post - 10/26/10

Exhibition Of Famed Persian Epic Opens At Washington's Smithsonian Institution
A mixture of myth and history, the epic poem records the story of Persia from the beginning of time up until the 7th century Arab conquest in more than 100,000 rhymed lines. Later complemented with miniature paintings of sumptuous detail, it is regarded as among the greatest works of world literature and art. - 10/25/10

Iranian film, Hunter in Viennale International Festival
The film made by Rafi Pitts, a German-Iranian prominent director, was candidate for "Gold Bear" of Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. - 10/25/10

Where Did Iran's Islamic Economy Come From and Where Did it Go?
The Islamic Republic had neither a clear understanding of how to combat imperialism-- other than to rant and make faces at it--nor an alternative to capitalism. There were slogans about nationalization, confiscation, forming councils and expropriating agricultural land, urban houses and locations. Interview with Dr. Sohrab Behdad - 10/25/10

12 academic disciplines under review by Iran's education authorities
Abolfazl Hassani, head of Education Development at the Ministry of Education, told reporters today that the fields of "law, human rights, women's studies, economics, sociology, media, political science, philosophy, psychology, education, administration as well as cultural and artistic administration" are under review. - 10/25/10

Multiple Reports of Secret Group Executions in Vakilabad Prison
The Campaign continues to receive credible reports from former Vakilabad prisoners about repeated, unannounced group executions of inmates. Reliable sources indicate that numerous executions have taken place inside Vakilabad over the last year and more than 600 inmates remain on death row. - ICHRI - 10/25/10

Supreme Leader's Role in Ahmadinejad's Election Exposed
People opposing the election results had previously objected to a host of official and unofficial measures in support of Ahmadinejad and discredited the election's results on that basis. Official sources had until now denied such claims. - 10/25/10

Leader tells Basij members to avoid extremism
"It is essential for Basijis to refrain from extremism in practice, because extremist action is as harmful as inaction," the Leader said in an address to a gathering of Basij members in Qom on Sunday. - 10/25/10

Dissemination of information can not be restricted: Rafsanjani
"Today is the era of explosion of information and the flow of information can not be restricted. The groundwork should be laid in a way that people can use these tools (means of communication) appropriately in order to find the right path," Rafsanjani said - 10/25/10

First Iranian-American to Interview Obama Presses Tough Issues
When BBC Persian reporter Bahaman Kalbasi became the first Iranian-American reporter to be granted an interview with President Obama, he knew Iranians and Iranian Americans wanted answers to many tough questions. - 10/25/10

Time to reboot our push for global Internet freedom
Last Tuesday 215,646 Internet users in Iran evaded their regime to visit sites such as Facebook, Twitter and RadioFarda.com, the U.S.-funded Persian-language news service. In Syria, 14,886 people freely surfed; in Vietnam, 10,612; in Saudi Arabia, 14,691; in China, 18,000. - Washingtonpost - 10/25/10

Nader Shabahangi, CEO, AgeSong assisted living
After listening to Nader Shabahangi speak about his philosophy of life and aging, there's a good chance you'll come away feeling younger, wiser - and maybe even a little bit beautiful. -SFgate - 10/25/10

Global Gender Gap Index 2010 - Iran ranks 123 out of 134
We are at a unique turning point in history. Never before has there been such momentum around the issue of gender parity on the global stage. - 10/24/10

The Islamic Republic Before and After the 2009 Elections
Everybody wanted to know how the different agencies and political bodies worked and where did open and hidden power really reside. The majority of people of course were not that interested or would say that "they are all alike," and simply stay aloof. - 10/24/10

Photos - "Its too late I have to go" play
Written by Mohammad Charm Shir and Directed by Galilee Heybatian. - 10/24/10

Iran Ready to Mass-Produce IRAN-140 Plane
The Defense Ministry is ready to mass-produce the airplane on demand, Vahidi said, reminding that the aircraft which can be used as a 52-seater passenger plane is also good for cargo transportation and marine patrolling. - 10/24/10

World Powers Renew Invitation to Iran to Restart Nuclear Talks
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the world powers, asked Iran on Friday to respond promptly to the offer to hold three days of talks in Vienna, Austria. The meetings, scheduled for November 15 to 17, would be with officials from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany. - 10/24/10

'Tehran's overpopulation will cause ecological ruin'
The head of Tehran Municipality's Environment and Sustainable Development Office added that Tehran has a capacity for 700,000 cars but currently more than 3 million cars are on the roads in the capital. - 10/24/10

Tony Blair's sister-in-law Lauren Booth converts to Islam after a 'holy experience' in Iran
Miss Booth, who works for Press TV, the English-language Iranian news channel, has been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq. - Dailymail UK - 10/24/10

For Nasrin Sotoudeh: When we are all called upon to "Defend" the "Defenders" of Human Rights
It has been nearly one month since the beginning of Nasrin Sotoudeh's hunger strike. Throughout this time, many scholars, lawyers, politicians, social activists, women's rights activists, as well as Sotoudeh's own lawyers, through published statements, interviews and various reports; have condemned the continued detention of this loyal human rights lawyer, and demanded her immediate release. - 10/23/10

Iranian authorities rebuke their athlete for standing next to Israeli athlete
During the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Poland in an unprecedented move, an Iranian athlete took his place on the medal podium beside an Isreali athlete drawing criticism from Iranian authorities. - 10/23/10

Opposition slams supervision bill for Iranian MPs
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi announced that the "Supervision over Members of Parliament" bill will mean "the end" of parliament in the Islamic Republic system. - 10/23/10

US Must Investigate Detainee Abuse Claims in Wikileaks Files
The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. - 10/23/10

Cigarettes smuggle: A loss imposed on national economy
It appears that responsible organizations have not been successful in eradicating the smuggling networks and bringing them to justice. This, however, should not mean that the government agencies should continue their focus on policies that will even facilitate the situation for smugglers. - 10/23/10

Paris - Iranian born artists at FIAC 2010 Contemporary Art Fair
True to Parisian form, Fiac, the international contemporary art fair, aims to impress. Hundreds of works, spread throughout the Tuilleries gardens, the Cour Carree of the Louvre and the Grand Palais, promise to shock, amaze, frustrate and provoke. - 10/23/10

Help me with the Iranian Avocado Quest
Of the many troubling and compelling stories I've covered in the past year- and perhaps the only one that I can actually do something to change- was learning that the avocado is an almost completely unknown fruit inside Iran - 10/23/10

Tehran's Unplugged Internet Plan
Plan to create a separate internet for Iran could leave web users confined to a closed domestic network, cut off from the rest of the world. - 10/23/10

Threats against family of detained Iranian labour activist stepped up
Islamic Republic security forces tried to arrest Zoya Samadi, Mansour Osanloo's daughter-in-law, at her home on Wednesday. - 10/23/10

"Hope, Votes, And Bullets": A Fantastic Illustrated book on 2009 Persia
Essays, blog posts, and illustrations by people inside and outside Iran whose lives were changed by the 2009 election in Iran; all have been gathered in the unique book "Hope, Votes, And Bullets". Collected and edited by Kamran Ashtary, Tori Egherman, and Hamid Tehrani, the book was published last week by the Holland-based Art for Democracy. - 10/22/10

PERSIAN THANKS: Give Back to America!
Persian Thanks is a new PAAIA program that embraces American culture--Persian style. Starting in 2010, we are mobilizing PAAIA Chapters nationwide to take Persian food to homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day--or on any day during the week--and hope that "Persian Thanks Week" will become an Iranian American tradition. - 10/22/10

Intelligence ministry denies leave to detained Iranian journalist
Mahdieh Mohammadi, wife of incarcerated Iranian journalist, Ahmad Zeidabadi, announced that the Ministry of Intelligence does not allow her husband to go on furlough. -Zamaneh - 10/22/10

Iran's Zobahan in AFC Champions League final
Iran's soccer team Zobahan has advanced to the final of the AFC Champions League after defeating Al Hilal from Saudi Arabia in the second leg of the semifinal. - 10/22/10

Sanctions Pull Rug From Under Iran
Iran's famed rug industry faces a serious threat from the latest sanctions imposed by the United States, the biggest market for Persian carpets. The embargo came into force on September 29, coinciding with the final day of a week-long international carpet exhibition in Tehran at which insiders mulled the future of the trade. -Jason Rezaian - 10/22/10

IAAB Announces Student Summit 2010
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is proud to announce that the second biennial Student Summit will be held the weekend of November 5-7, 2010 at George Washington University in Washington, DC. - 10/22/10

Freed American Returns From Iran Custody
A former businessman has arrived home in the United States after spending more than two years in an Iranian jail after he shuttled money purportedly bound for an outlawed group in Iran. -RFE - 10/22/10

Report: Launching of Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, London
Last weekend, we were delighted to be present at the one day festivities and truly cultural events at the School of Oriental & Asian Studies London Middle Eastern Institute, where the long desired and needed Centre for Iranian Studies was being launched at SOAS, which is one of Europe's most distinguished places of study. -Syma Sayyah - 10/21/10

Photos: Robotics competitions at Tehran's Amirkabir University
The 2nd Amirkabir University of Technology International Robotic Competitions (AUTcup2010) opened on October 19 in Tehran and will run till October 22. -Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA - 10/21/10

Majd Reflects on Civil Rights, Sanctions and the Iranian Challenge for Democracy
Hooman Majd describes his new book, The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge, as not an academic piece, but rather a play that describes what happened in the 2009 election crisis and reveals the perspectives of top government officials and members of the opposition in the weeks and months that unfolded after June 12. -Lily Samimi, NIAC - 10/21/10

Cultural Cleansing: "Secular" Professors Dismissed From Iranian Universities
Dismissal of professors in public universities is underway since Ayatollah Khamenei identified the universities, especially the humanities, as one of the roots of the political unrest that rocked the country in summer of 2009 following allegations of fraud in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 10/21/10

Khatami: We should stand against agents of violence and extremism
What we witness as a fact in history is mostly conflict and war including wars that have taken place in the name of faith and religion and wars that have had political origins. Nonetheless, looking into this matter carefully, we would realize that the roots of war are in humans' expansionist tendencies, and want of excessive power - 10/21/10

Government raids office of Iranian reformist organization
The office of the Iranian reformist party, Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution, was raided by a number of officers in plain clothes. Jaras website reports that the officers confiscated all computers, and documents from the office. - 10/21/10

Has The Iranian Government Reduced Female University Enrollment?
The head of Iran's Research and Planning Organization of Higher Studies has said that the number of male and female students in the Islamic republic is now equal. Massoud Hadian Dehkordi has said that there are currently 3,790,859 students in the country, of which he said about 50.5 percent are men and about 49.5 percent women. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/21/10

House, Senate Candidates Take a Stand on Issues Important to Iranian Americans
NIAC recently surveyed Senate and House candidates in races where there are large Iranian-American populations about key issues, like the possibility of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran, human rights, sanctions, and visa and immigration issues - 10/21/10

Jailed Iranian Scholar Denies Charges In Court
Jailed Iranian religious scholar Ahmad Ghabel has appeared in court where he again denied charges of acting against national security, his wife has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 10/21/10

Chavez, Ahmadinejad Seek 'New World Order'
The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship Wednesday, saying they are united in efforts to establish a "new world order" that will eliminate Western dominance over global affairs. - 10/21/10

US Confirms $60 Billion Arms Sales Package for Saudi Arabia
The Obama administration announced plans Wednesday to sell up to $60 billion worth of advanced fighter aircraft, helicopters and related weapons systems to Saudi Arabia. The package is aimed at helping Saudi Arabia deal with potential threats from Iran and regional terrorism. -VOA - 10/21/10

Iran identifies sources of Stuxnet virus in its computers
Reza Taghipour, the Minister of Communications said in Iranian public television that a number of sources are "foreign experts" that frequented industrial centres and a number of other individuals who "inadvertently" introduced the virus into the country through flash memory sticks. - 10/21/10

2011 Nowruz Banner Contest
Farhang Foundation is proud to officially announce its 2011 Nowruz Banner Contest, calling on you, the public, to submit original design concepts for the Foundation's upcoming Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) celebration at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in March of 2011. - 10/20/10

DUBAI & ABU DHABI - Charity Art Exhibition and Auction Gala
Magic of Persia is privileged to host a spectacular Fundraising Gala in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, U.A.E. - 10/20/10

Iranian Father Worried For Jailed Son's Health
Jailed Iranian student Hamed Rouhinejad, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is in critical condition in Zanjan prison, his father has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 10/20/10

Iran to take on Argentina in futsal knockout
Iran advanced to the knockout stage of the Futsal Grand Prix Brazil 2010 by beating Portugal on Tuesday night. Iran defeated its European rival 5-3 at the Newton Faria Hall in Anapolis and qualified for the knockout stage as the leading team of the Group D. -MNA - 10/20/10

News Agency Editor: 'We Would Publish The News Upside Down'
In February, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced the arrest of seven members of "counterrevolutionary satellite network organizations and Zionist media," whom it said were affiliated with the opposition Green Movement. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/20/10

Iran Supreme Leader visits Qom under strict security
Ayatollah Khamenei once more referred to the past year of protest against the alleged vote fraud that resulted in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as sedition carried out by the system's "enemies." A number of websites reported that none of the senior members of the clergy and sources of emulation was present in the gathering. - 10/20/10

Iran: Azad University's Secularist professors fired
A top official of the Islamic Azad University has announced that several secularist professors of the university have been identified and removed. - 10/20/10

Photos: Pomegranate festival in Tehran
Tehran's Eshraq Cultural Center is hosting the forth edition of "pomegranate, the ruby of paradise festival" from Oct. 19 to 28, 2010. -Mohammad-Reza Abassi - 10/20/10

Iranian Police Chief Targets Women Cyclists, Roller-Skaters
The new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan says it is a crime for women to cycle or roller-skate in public, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The two were among a range of women's activities deemed criminal by Hassan Karami in an announcement on October 18. - 10/20/10

Iranian authorities wary of economic unrest ahead
Iranian intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi and head of security forces, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam Iran's Minister of Intelligence, Heydar Moslehi announced that all interference in the restructuring of government subsidies will be firmly confronted. -Zamaneh - 10/20/10

Iran Confirms Refueling Problems for Some of Its Planes in Europe
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman is confirming reports Tuesday that some international energy companies are refusing to refuel Iranian airliners at some European airports. Scattered reports of refueling problems first surfaced in June, soon after the U.N., the U.S. and the EU approved new economic sanctions against Iran. -VOA - 10/20/10

Iran to implement 10 satellite projects with APSCO members
Asia and Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) Director General for Foreign and Legal Affairs Ahmad Talebzadeh said on Tuesday the country is to implement 10 satellite projects with member states of the organization. - 10/20/10

In Iran, Renewed Efforts To Keep University Students In Check
"Today, students make about 5 percent of the Iranian population. In many cities, they make up about 12 to 13 percent of the population," Peivandi says. "Therefore, the public opinion of the students is considered an important social, cultural, and political weight in Iran's society." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/19/10

Photos: Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Visits Qom
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, arrived in the holy city of Qom on Tuesday morning. He later gave a speech to large numbers of people and clerics. The streets around the holy shrine of Hazarat Masoume were filled with crowds waiting to greet the Supreme Leader. - 10/19/10

President Hugo Chavez Arrives In Tehran
Heading a high ranking delegation, Chavez arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, late on Monday night on the fourth leg of his tour to Asia which took him to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. - 10/19/10

In Iran, Speculation Rife Over Supreme Leader's Rare Visit To Qom
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is making a rare official visit to Qom on October 19 amid speculation over the reasons for his visit. It's Khamenei's first trip to Iran's holiest city in well over a year, leading some observers to consider the journey an exercise in image restoration. - 10/19/10

Iran sinks Guatemala in Futsal Grand Prix Brazil
Iran defeated Guatemala in group stage of the Futsal Grand Prix Brazil 2010 on Monday night. Iran, who was held to a 2-2 draw by Russia in its opening, beat Guatemala 6-1 at the Newton Faria Hall in Brazil, Anapolis. -MNA - 10/19/10

Iran's Supreme Leader Encourages Citizen Journalism
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is apparently big on social media. Iran's supreme leader tweets, quite often in several languages. On top of that, he's now promoting citizen journalism. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/19/10

Holbrooke: No Problem With Iran Presence at Afghan Meeting
Nearly 50 officials in the international contact group on Afghanistan have discussed progress towards transferring responsibility for security and development to the Afghan government. The one-day meeting in Rome was attended for the first time by a representative from Iran. -VOA - 10/19/10

US: Iran 'Meddling' in Iraq as Maliki Visits Tehran
The U.S. State Department on Monday expressed renewed concern about what it says is Iranian "meddling" in Iraqi politics as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Tehran. A State Department envoy, meanwhile, reaffirmed U.S. support for Lebanon's sovereignty, following a visit there by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. - 10/19/10

Iran to loan more artworks to foreign museums
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) curator has said that the museum plans to loan three other works of art to exhibitions at foreign museums. "The Museum of London has applied for loan of Paul Gauguin's 'Still Life with Japanese Print'," Mahmud Shaluii told the Persian service of the Fars News Agency on Monday. - 10/19/10

German delegation in Iran to discuss release of reporters
German MPs met with speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, in Tehran to discuss the release of two detained German citizens. -Zamaneh - 10/19/10

Footballers face lashes for kissing fan
Three Iranian football players are facing jail for kissing a woman fan in the Islamic state where physical contact between unrelated men and women is legally forbidden, an Iranian website reported today. -tvnz - 10/19/10

US Election Results Could Impact Foreign Policy
Republican gains in Congress could strengthen the hand of conservatives pushing the president for tougher action against Iran, including a military option. -VOA - 10/19/10

Photos: Harvesting Berberis in Birjand, Iran
Zereshk is the Persian name for the dried fruit of Berberis vulgaris, which are widely cultivated in Iran. Iran is the largest producer of zereshk and saffron in the world. Zereshk and saffron are produced on the same land and the harvest is at the same time. -Mehdi Ghasemi Birjandi, ISNA - 10/18/10

Iran's Supreme Leader calls for swift formation of new government in Iraq
"Despite relative stability in Iraq, the country is still suffering from insecurity and part of this insecurity is resulted from the pressures that are exerted by some powers whose political interests lie in creating insecurity in Iraq," said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday morning. - 10/18/10

Iranian opposition calls government excuses for economic maladies
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi says Iranian authorities are using the term "economic sedition" to oppress legitimate protests and excuse their own mismanagement of the economy. -Zamaneh - 10/18/10

Cash benefits to be paid out to Iranian families starting tomorrow
Iranian low-income families in north-eastern Iran will be the first families to receive government cash benefits to counteract the effects of rising prices anticipated by the cutting of public subsidies. -Zamaneh - 10/18/10

The Unlikely Partnership Of Venezuela And Iran
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is due to visit Tehran this week in the wake of visits to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. While Chavez unveiled a host of new deals while in Moscow, in Tehran the best that awaits him is reconfirmation of agreements that he signed previously with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. -Reza Taghizadeh, RFE - 10/18/10

U.S. deal with European oil firms hobbles Iran Air
A recent agreement between four of Europe's largest oil companies and the United States aimed at further isolating Iran is already having an impact, with Iran Air, the Islamic republic's national carrier, unable to refuel its planes in most of Europe. -Washington Post - 10/18/10

Iran brokers behind-the-scenes deal for pro-Tehran government in Iraq
Iran has brokered a critical deal with its regional neighbours that could see a pro-Tehran government installed in Iraq, a move that would shift the fragile country sharply away from a sphere of western influence. -Guardian - 10/18/10

Diplomat: US Jails Iranian Chemist on False Accusations
The United States has jailed an Iranian scientist in an effort to block his return to his homeland, Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Interests Section in Washington Mostafa Rahmani revealed on Sunday. -FNA - 10/18/10

British head coach of Iranian billiard team adopts Islam
British head coach of Iranian national billiard team David John adopted Islam on Monday in an official ceremony in Tehran. The coach, one of the world's billiard champions, chose the name of Davoud (the Islamic version of David) after the ceremony. -ISNA - 10/18/10

Health Minister: 60% of Iranians are overweight
Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi stated on Sunday that about 60 percent of Iranians are overweight. She also said that 35 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from obesity in Iran. - 10/18/10

Iran to allow neighbors visa-free travel
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says that Tehran plans to lift visa requirements for citizens of neighboring countries. -Press TV - 10/18/10

Rahnavard calls for release of detained Iranian lawyer
Kaleme website reports that Rahnavard especially urged Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani to release the many women political prisoners writing: "It is not befitting of a regime that is known as an Islamic country to hold these women in prisons." - 10/17/10

Iranian media barred from publishing news of opposition leaders
Iran's Ministry of Culture announced that it will ban publications that carry pictures and announcements from opposition leaders. - 10/17/10

Iranian Blogger Sentenced to Justify Regime's "Coup Plot" Claims
Hossein Derakhshan had hoped to return Iran safely, but hardliners arrested him and made him centrepiece of "coup plot" case. -Omid Memarian, IWPR - 10/17/10

Ahmadinejad backs his plans for cutting subsidies
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the cutting of government subsidies and the laws related to it are designed in order to attain greater social justice. -Zamaneh - 10/17/10

Screening of Handheld History at the Queens Museum of Art
"Handheld History" is a video summit co-produced by Tamar Ettun and Katayoun Vaziri at the Queens Museum of Art. Video art by seventeen artists from the Middle East will be followed by a discussion with art historian, Thomas Keenan. - 10/17/10

Iran pioneers skin and eye bio-implants
The world's first center for mass production of eye and skin bio-implants was officially inaugurated in Iran on Saturday. -Tabnak - 10/17/10

Interview: Russia's Sanctions Against Iran
Relations between Tehran and Moscow have been tense and stagnant in recent months subsequent to President Ahmadinejad's outright criticism of Moscow's alignment with Washington's policies against Iran and Kremlin's retorts to his criticism. -- Interview with Dr. Mehdi Sanaei - 10/17/10

Iran Releases American Businessman After 2 Years
Iranian authorities have set free an American businessman who has been imprisoned in Tehran for more than two years on suspicion of ties to an allegedly violent opposition group. -RFE - 10/17/10

Hamas Sticks to the Hard Line
Excluded from Israeli-Palestinian talks, the group's leader says negotiations will go nowhere and armed resistance will continue as long as the occupation does. -Newsweek - 10/17/10

Ancient Khawja Nasir Observatory Unearthed in Iran
Archaeologists working at the Alamut Castle have recently discovered ruins of a structure which they say may be of an observatory that had been built by the Iranian polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi at the castle during the 13th century. - 10/16/10

Dissident clerics rebuke Iran's Supreme Leader
A group of dissident Iranian clerics, the Clerics and Seminarians of Qom and Najaf (Motghan), issued an open letter at the threshold of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei's trip to Qom and warned the community of clerics that meeting with the leader is akin to approving the crimes and contradicting Islamic principles. - 10/16/10

Iranian political prisoners express solidarty with detained lawyer, Sotoudeh
Four Iranian political detainees in Karaj's RejaiShahr Prison announced their support for detained lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and urged her to end her hunger strike. - 10/16/10

Iranian Deputy Minister: NGOs should shun politics; Basij is the largest NGO
Deputy Interior Minister for cultural and social affairs Alireza Afshar has said the NGOs should not get involved in political activities. Elsewhere in his remarks, Afshar said Basij is the country's largest NGO. - 10/16/10

Iranian hardliners concerned about effects of cutting subsidies
Iranian hardliner, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers in Tehran Friday Mass Prayers that the cutting of government subsidies is a kind of surgery and bloodshed and every effort must be made to reduce its side-effects. -Zamaneh - 10/16/10

Kahrizak should not be compared to Guantanamo: Iranian Official
Kahrizak detention center came into the spotlight after it was revealed that three inmates detained in connection with the political unrest following the June 2009 presidential election were beaten to death there. - 10/16/10

One Month Delay In Launching Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant: Iranian Official
The launch of Bushehr nuclear power plant is delayed one month due to some minor technical problems, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Deputy Director Mohammad Ahmadian has said. -MNA - 10/16/10

Iran's Intelligence Minister Says US Hikers Should be Tried
Iranian state-run media quotes Heidar Moslehi as saying "documents and evidence" about Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been handed over to Iran's judicial system for a decision. He also said Friday that a third American who was freed should "return to Iran if necessary." -VOA - 10/16/10

Iraq PM to Visit Iran Monday
Iranian media report Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit Iran Monday, as he seeks regional support for his bid to stay in power. -VOA - 10/16/10

Iran Prosecutor Says Germans 'Admitted Breaking Law'
Iranian authorities say that two German nationals arrested trying to interview the son of a woman condemned to death by stoning have admitted to breaking the law. -RFE - 10/16/10

Ahmadinejad's visit raises sectarian tension in Lebanon
Ali Hamdan pointed to the floor. "When you're dealing with the Iranians," he said, "it's all about carpets." Mr Hamdan is the charming and always amiable foreign affairs chief of Amal. It is the senior Shia political movement in Lebanon, though it has been outgrown by Hezbollah. -BBC - 10/16/10

Free My Family Campaign Launched: Demanding Freedom of Prisoners of Conscience in Iran
The Campaign's main four objectives are: 1) Global solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience and their families by becoming a member of the campaign 2) Worldwide effort towards the freedom of the Prisoners of Conscience 3) Breathing a new spirit into the "feeble" though "eager" body of the oppressed Iranian society 4) Exercising and participation of citizens in a long- term civic activity - 10/15/10

Hegemony and Resistance in the Name of God: Liberation of Theology and Theology of Liberation
No social institution has been as resilient, adaptive and subject to manipulation as religion, and no body of beliefs has placed so much certainty on the mortal's journey from the world of matter to the beyond than religious beliefs, and at least at the level of non-critical approach, all of the rewards and punishments are delegated to the beyond accordingly. -Mehdi S. Shariati - 10/15/10

Iran's Hardliners Fall Out
While the reformist opposition has been more or less completely marginalised from Iranian politics over the past year, that does not mean all is quiet at the top. Quite the reverse - a fierce battle is now going on within Iran's conservative establishment. -Yasaman Baji, Iran - 10/15/10

Ahmadinejad Rails Against Israel at Lebanon Rally
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised what he called Lebanon's resistance to Israel, telling tens of thousands of supporters at a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon that they occupy a "capital of resistance and victory" over the Jewish state. -VOA - 10/15/10

Iran, the Paper Tiger
I had breakfast last month in New York with the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Other journalists had lunch or dinner. Ahmadinejad's passion for the hidden Imam, whose imminent return he expects, is matched only by his passion for Western media... This guy is all hat and no cattle. -Roger Cohen, NY Times - 10/15/10

One Generation - Seven Artists, Sept 16 - Oct 16
One Generation - Seven Artists presents seven Iranian artists graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Art, during late1960s and early 1970s. - 10/15/10

Iranian Money Amplifies Influence in Lebanon
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rousing welcome to Lebanon underscores how larges sums of Iranian money have boosted Tehran's influence in the Lebanese political arena. -VOA - 10/15/10

Tehran 'Wants To Discuss Dates' For Nuclear Talks
Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, says Iran wants to discuss specific dates for talks with six major powers on its nuclear program after a European Union offer for a new round of meetings. -RFE - 10/15/10

100 More Russian Personnel For Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
The project manager of Bushehr plant Mahmoud Jafari said on Wednesday that the country is to receive 100 other Russian personnel for Bushehr nuclear power plant. 2,500 Russian employees are currently working in Bushehr nuclear plant. -ISNA - 10/15/10

Pershing Square Getting a Statue of Cyrus the Great?
Los Angeles - Pershing Square's statue collection currently contains two war memorials and a famous composer, but it could soon be adding its first emperor. -blogdowntown - 10/15/10

State pressures stepped up on Iran's Mourning Mothers
The Mourning Mothers, a support group of mothers and relatives of state violence victims in Iran, issued a statement to report the increasing state pressure on their members. The announcement reports that two of their members, Akram Neqabi and Jila Taramsi have been arrested along with their daughters. -Zamaneh - 10/14/10

Interview: Mehdi Karroubi on Iran's Green Movement
Young Iranians could mock Karroubi all they liked as a perennial presidential hopeful, but once they ran afoul of Iranian restrictions on the press and assembly, it was Karroubi to whom they turned. He was the one reformist politician whose door was always open to the distressed families of prisoners, and who was never afraid to use his connections and his political capital on behalf of vulnerable young people behind bars. -New Yorker - 10/14/10

Iran: Rafsanjani calls for freedom of expression
Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has called on government officials to guarantee freedom of expression in the country. The savvy statesman also emphasized that the national unity should first be restored, if Iran seeks to promote unity among the world Muslims. - 10/14/10

Another government critic arrested in Iran
Mehdi Khazali, head of Iran's Medical Data Bank and son of hardliner, Ayatollah Abolghassem Khazali, was arrested yesterday by Iranian authorities. -Zamaneh - 10/14/10

Centre for Iranian Studies Launch Event in London
Join us for the launch of the newly established Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS) at SOAS. The day will include mini-lectures on a wide range of topics by SOAS academics, a programme of documentary films and participatory activities for the whole family, book and craft stalls and an evening of comedy and music. - 10/14/10

Ahmadinejad Tells Activists He's anti-Capitalist
Nader Hashemi: While Iran's democratic movement tries to discourage US military intervention, Ahmadinejad gives fuel to the fire. -TRNN - 10/14/10

Politics force Iranian director to work abroad
Acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has revealed that the political climate in his homeland is forcing him to work overseas. Speaking on the sidelines of the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, Kiarostami said the situation saddened him but that he had to accept it as he wanted to continue making films. -AFP - 10/14/10

Iranian Intellectuals To Lebanese People: 'Ahmadinejad Doesn't Deserve Your Trust'
A group of about 30 Iranian journalists, intellectuals, and academics based in the United States, Canada, and Europe have said in an open letter addressed to the people of Lebanon that they should not be fooled by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, whom they accuse of being up to no good. - 10/14/10

IRGC Lowers UAE Flag in Persian Gulf Island of Abu Musa
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has replaced the UAE flag raised on the southern part of the Persian Gulf island of Abu Musa with and Iranian one. - 10/14/10

Iran currency drop, strikes show unease over reforms
The latest strike by Iran's powerful merchants against a new tax lasted several days and pointed to wider unease among Iranians over the government's handling of an economy already squeezed by ever-tighter international sanctions over its nuclear programme. -Reuters - 10/14/10

Iran to take over OPEC presidency
After 36 years Iran is set take over as the president of the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) as of 2011, Deputy Oil Minister Mohammad Ali Khatibi told the Mehr News Agency. - 10/14/10

OPEC's power play as cartel marks 50 years
In the medium term, there is also the serious issue of in-fighting between long-term rivals Iran and Iraq. On October 4, Iraq upgraded its reported proven reserves to 143 billion barrels -- a sudden rise of 24 percent. One week after Iraq's declaration, Iran upped the stakes and said that its own proven reserves suddenly surged 9 percent, to just more than 150 billion barrels -- not by accident higher than Iraq. -CNN - 10/14/10

Iran faces fuel policy fears: IEA
Iranian energy policy is seriously constrained by several dilemmas over petrol rationing and concern about social unrest if fuel subsidies are reduced, the IEA said on Wednesday. -AFP - 10/14/10

Iranian Political Prisoners Demand Probe Of Election Unrest
Fourteen political prisoners in Tehran's Evin prison have issued a statement calling for the creation of an independent body to probe the violent unrest that followed last year's Iranian presidential election, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 10/13/10

Photos: Ahmadinejad Arrives In Lebanon
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visiting Lebanon at an official invitation by his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sleiman, was warmly welcomed by a number of prominent Lebanese officials at Beirut International Airport on Wednesday morning. A large crowd of Lebanese people were cheering President Ahmadinejad and waving Iran's flags on his route to the Lebanese Presidential palace. - 10/13/10

Iran's Supreme Leader Targets University
Iran's leader has declared the financial endowment of the country's largest private university to be religiously illegitimate and unlawful, paving the way for a state takeover of an institution that had become a power center for the nation's moderate reform movement. -VOA - 10/13/10

Over 80 thousand people in Iran suffer from AIDS: Health Minister
Iranian media report the health minister announced the official number of people with AIDS in Iran is set at 22,000 but added: "The actual number of people suffering from AIDS in the country must be evaluated at about four times the official numbers." - 10/13/10

Iran arrests another executive member of reformist party
Islamic Republic authorities arrested Ali Shakourirad, another executive member of the reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, yesterday. -Zamaneh - 10/13/10

New York -- Kimia Rahgozar to Exhibit in Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is pleased to present Kimia Rahgozar in Altered States of Reality. The exhibition is scheduled to run from October 29 through November 19. With a background in mathematics and engineering, her works employ a particular elegance to highlight the most human of moments: youth, parenthood, love, and moments of quiet reflection. - 10/13/10

Iran State Television: Where Beer Becomes Lemonade
Iranian state television has aired Michael Moore's documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story," with Iranian media reporting that some of the dialogue and narration in the documentary was changed. -RFE - 10/13/10

Iran Police Chief: Seditionists plot to create economic instability foiled
Iran has managed to prevent the opposition's recent attempts aimed at creating instability in the domestic foreign exchange market, National Police Chief Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam said on Tuesday. -MNA - 10/13/10

Death Toll Put At 18 In Blast At Iran Revolutionary Guards Base
Iranian media say 18 people were killed and 14 others wounded in an explosion at a military base in the country's western Lorestan Province. The state IRNA news agency reported that the casualties were all members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). -RFE - 10/13/10

Currency traders under investigation in Iran
Iran's Central Bank announced that three currency exchange offices have been shut down due to a number of violations. Last month the rial suddenly fell against foreign currencies causing a surge in the exchange rate for dollar at 1200 rials. -Zamaneh - 10/13/10

Iran blames US for giving Israel nukes
Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has blamed the US for providing Israel with nuclear weapons, saying that Americans owe the world public opinion a response on the matter. -Press TV - 10/13/10

Iran's Ahmadinejad receives rapturous welcome in Lebanon
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, remembered in Lebanon for his role in training a nascent Hezbollah decades ago, returned today for his first state visit. -CSM - 10/13/10

U.S. Jews Increasingly Hawkish on Iran, Sceptical of Obama
U.S. Jews, who, next to African Americans, have constituted the minority most supportive of Barack Obama, are growing more sceptical of his performance and increasingly hawkish on Iran, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). -IPS - 10/13/10

Fiorina courts voters at Iranian-American Jewish gathering
Carly Fiorina continued her efforts to court Jewish voters Sunday, telling an audience of Iranian American Jews that her recent journey to Israel had been ¡°intense¡± and ¡°life-changing¡± while calling on the U.S. to take a more aggressive stance against Iran¡¯s president and the country¡¯s nuclear program. -Los Angeles Times - 10/13/10

Iran: Supreme Leader takes side with Ahmadinejad, calls donation of Azad University's properties unlawful
In a decree issued on Monday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced that donation of the Islamic Azad University's properties for public purposes was unlawful. - 10/12/10

Political Football In Iran
The highest-ranking Revolutionary Guards commander currently involved with football is Aziz Mohammadi, who heads the Iranian League Organization. The organization manages league championships in Iran, earning billions of dollars on domestic broadcasts. -Kristin Deasy RFE/RL - 10/12/10

Grizzlies Haddadi Stuck in Iran
Just two weeks before the beginning of 2010-11 NBA Season, Hamed haddadi has not joined Memphis Grizzlies yet. Iranian Haddadi is trying to resolve a legal issue that has prevented him from leaving his native country. - 10/12/10

Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Nourizad Challenges Supreme Leader
Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mohammad Nourizad has written an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arguing that the United States does more to protect religious freedom and moral values than Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. -RFE - 10/12/10

Iran claims title of Asian Youth Water Polo Championship
Iran won the title of the 2nd Asian Youth Water Polo Championship on Tuesday. Defending champion Iran beat Uzbekistan 8-6 and won first place. - 10/12/10

Iran: 61 post-election detainees sentenced to prison terms
Spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei announced that they have issued sentences for 61 people charged in the post-election events. Iranian media reported that three people were acquitted. -Zamaneh - 10/12/10

Iran's Economy Feels Sting of Sanctions
Iran's economy is under increasing strain four months after the latest international sanctions against Tehran, say Iranian businessmen, traders and consumers, who describe spreading pain from inflation, joblessness and mounting shortages. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 10/12/10

Iranian judiciary stretches Ebrahim Yazdi's arrest
Iranian judiciary renewed the arrest warrant for Ebrahim Yazdi, secretary general of Freedom Movement Party of Iran for another month. - 10/12/10

The road to Tehran runs through Ankara
A delegation of Turkish parliamentarians was in Washington last week for meetings with the Obama administration over Ankara's relations with Iran, Israel and other issues. The delegation likely advised the United States to take Iran up on its offer to begin talks immediately over the Tehran Declaration. -Geneive Abdo, FP - 10/12/10

Iranian Speaker Praises Ties With Armenia
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani has praised his country's deepening relations with Armenia and described them as important for regional security during an official visit to Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. - 10/12/10

Lebanese Reactions Mixed Over Ahmadinejad Visit
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial visit Wednesday to Lebanon is stirring up political tensions, with posters springing up across the country both to welcome him and others to say that he is not welcome. -VOA - 10/12/10

Tehran loans Picasso painting to Zurich museum
Iran has loaned a Picasso masterpiece to Switzerland to be displayed in an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich museum, where the artist held his first retrospective. - 10/12/10

Iranian Defense Minister In Baku For Security Talks
Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi arrived today in Baku on a two-day visit to discuss expanding bilateral military cooperation and regional security, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports. -RFE - 10/12/10

British Novelist John le Carre on the Iraq War, Corporate Power, the Exploitation of Africa and His New Novel, "Our Kind of Traitor"
David Cornwell worked in the British Secret Services from the late '50s to the early '60s, at the height of the Cold War. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold became an international bestseller. Le Carr¨¦'s gritty depiction of the realities of the spy world contrasted sharply with the characters in Ian Fleming's James Bond series. -Democracy Now - 10/12/10

Photos: From Peking to Paris Rally Drivers in Tabriz, Iran
122 cars participating in Peking to Paris rally arrived in the provincial city of Tabriz in northwest Iran last week. The drivers has passed though Gorgan and Rasht before arriving in Tabriz and after a short stop continued to Turkey. - 10/11/10

OF BUGS AND MEN, An Essay
To avoid repeating the fate of all the former empires of the world, Persian, Mongol, Roman, Ottoman, etc., it might be wise to rethink our position and role in the new world order. To begin, a change of attitude could help a lot. We may have to accept the bitter fact that we may not be left in charge of designing and formulating this new world order to our own hearts' content! -Kam Zarrabi - 10/11/10

Iranian Oilmen Reflect on Mexico Gulf Spill
As Tehran officials offer to help clear spill, oil industry officials are worried about Iran's ability to deal with similar offshore accidents closer to home. -Kaveh Sarafraz, IWPR - 10/11/10

Iranian lawmakers propose postponement of subsidy reform plan
The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has written a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asking him to adequately inform people about the details of the subsidy reform plan in order to encourage people to support the plan. -Tabnak - 10/11/10

EXHIBITION IN LONDON: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's recent works
Multi-media artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1923, spent many years in America, and returned to live and work in Tehran in 2000. Her recent solo shows include "Geometry of Hope", at the Leighton House Museum, London (2008) and "Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Mirror Mosaics" at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2007). - 10/11/10

China's Growing Independence and the New World Order
In Western policy-making circles and among political commentators, 2010 is called ¡°the year of Iran.¡± The Iranian threat is considered to pose the greatest danger to world order and to be the primary focus of U.S. foreign policy, with Europe trailing along politely as usual. It is officially recognized that the threat is not military: Rather, it is the threat of independence. -Noam Chomsky - 10/11/10

Neydavood Classical Persian Music Ensemble in Berkeley
"In a time when the world has been separated by political and religious fundamentalism, we give the message of peace," says Aryan Rahmanian, the lead vocalist of the Neydavood Ensemble. - 10/11/10

Official: Foreign Banks Allowed to Start Operation in Iran
"The obstacles have been obviated by adding a note to Article five of the general policies of Article 44" of the Constitution. -Tabnak - 10/11/10

EU's Ashton hopes talks to begin with Iran 'very soon'
The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said she remains hopeful that nuclear talks with Iran "can happen very soon". U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley also said, "If Iran is ready to hold talks, all they need to do is pick up the phone and set a date." - 10/11/10

Iran to invest $450 million in Lebanon
One week ahead of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's trip to Lebanon, Iran agrees to invest USD 450 million in Lebanon's water and energy sectors. -Press TV - 10/11/10

Families of Iranian political detainees persecuted by authorities
Parvin Tajik, sister of detained Iranian journalist, Abdolreza Tajik was interrogated today at Evin Prison Court for discussing his brother's situation with the media. -Zamaneh - 10/10/10

Event in Costa Mesa, CA: Human Rights: Law, Religion and Gender
Saturday October 23, 2010 --- Liberty, justice and human dignity are not ideals or privileges, but rather are the birthright of every person and the linchpins of a civilized society. - 10/10/10

Mehregan Celebration with Najva Ensemble in San Diego
Established in 1989, the Persian Cultural Center (PCC) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit, nonpolitical and nonreligious organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Iran's ethnically diverse and historically rich culture through education, and the medium of performing, literary, and visual arts. - 10/10/10

3rd Cardiovascular Surgery Congress held in Mashhad, Iran
More than 600 local and international heart surgeons attended the third Razavi International Cardiovascular Surgery Congress in Mashhad. - 10/10/10

One Iranian American wrestles with 'Xerxes' and '300Œ
If "Xerxes" is anything like ÌB" it will be a graphic tale that takes place during the 492 BC Greco-Persian Wars of Marathon and Artemisium. We're in the final naval battle of Salamis/Artemisium, in which Athenian politician and general Themistocles saves humanity and Western civilization from Iranian demons and demigods... -Farshad Farahat, LA Times - 10/10/10

NIAC Works to Prevent Banking Sanctions from Hitting Innocent Iranian Americans
As efforts to isolate Iran's financial industry from the international community escalate, Iranians and Iranian Americans are increasingly running into new banking difficulties due to new US financial sanctions. - 10/9/10

U.S. Citizens Warned About Traveling To Iran
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and carefully consider nonessential travel. - 10/9/10

Asian Junior Volleyball Championship: Iran loses to Japan in the final
Japan defeated Iran in the final game of the 15th Asian Junior Men's Volleyball Championship on Saturday. The Japanese side outshined defending champion Iran 3-1 with a result of 25-19, 19-25, 25-13, 25-23 and won the title in Ratchaburi, Thailand. - 10/9/10

Iranian opposition leader says government can't last
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi said the Islamic Republic government cannot last long in its current shape. -Zamaneh - 10/9/10

Thousand-Year-Old Wedding: Pir-e Shalyar celebrations in Iranian Kurdestan
In the high mountains of Iran's Kurdish region, a long and winding road leads to the ancient village of Oraman Takht. In the cold depths of winter, an annual festival is held here to commemorate the wedding of a priest named Pir-e Shalyar more than a millennium ago. -Kian Aman, IWPR - 10/9/10

Iran: Unmatched transport projects started
The two projects are a six-lane freeway, extending 1,000 kilometers from the central city of Qom to the northeastern city of Mashhad, passing through Tehran, Garmsar, Semnan and Sabzevar, and the Tehran-Mashhad electric train railway. - 10/9/10

Unpaid Workers Go On Strike In Iran
Workers at two plants in southern Iran went on strike this week to demand unpaid wages. An employee at Kaghaz Pars Haftapeh, a paper mill in southwestern Iran, told RFE/RL on October 7 on condition of anonymity that workers had not been paid for three months. - 10/9/10

Iran Says October, November Good Time for Nuclear Talks
Iranian FM offered the time frame at a news conference Saturday. He said Iran will be ready then to resume nuclear talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany - a group known as the P5+1. - 10/9/10

Behruz Afkhami making his second film in exile
Iranian filmmaker Behruz Afkhami, who lives in self-imposed exile in Toronto, is currently making his second movie in Canada. An all-foreign cast has been selected for "This Is Not My House", which has been jointly written by Andisheh Mina, Daniel Garber and John Smoke. - 10/9/10

Senior American Diplomat Rejoins NIAC Advisory Board
The National Iranian American Council is pleased to announce Ambassador John Limbert's return to NIAC's Advisory Board following the completion of his tenure as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran at the US Department of State. Ambassador Limbert served previously on NIAC's Advisory Board prior to his State Department appointment. - 10/9/10

Iran has grown stronger from sanctions, finance minister says
During a rare news conference in the United States, Iran's finance and economic minister held up a copy of U.S. News & World Report from 1980. On the cover was a picture of then-President Jimmy Carter and Iran's then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini with the caption, "Where Will It All Lead?" -CNN - 10/9/10

Eight drug smugglers hanged in Kerman
They were convicted of smuggling opium, heroin, morphine, and selling weapons and ammunitions. Tabnak - 10/9/10

Photos: Iran-Brazil Historic Soccer Match
The five-time World Cup champion Brazil defeated Iran 3-0 in an international friendly in a memorable match held in the United Arab Emirates. - 10/8/10

'Genius' Iranian Blogger Sentenced To 15 Years
Iranian blogger Hossein Maleki Ronaghi has been reportedly sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ronaghi's mother, Zoleikha Mousavi, told the BBC's Persian service that authorities informed him about the heavy prison sentence verbally. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/8/10

Iranian journalist sentenced in absentia
Iranian journalist and social activist, Saeed Razavi Faqih was tried in absentia and sentenced to four years in prison and 74 lashes. -Zamaneh - 10/8/10

Iran Air Tour Airline Starts Replacing Topolov with Boeing Passenger Planes
Iran Air Tours, an Iranian airline company, added two Boeing passenger planes to its fleet in line with the country's plan for replacing the Russian Topolov with safer planes. -FNA - 10/8/10

International Monetary Fund Debates Internal Reforms, Global Economic Growth
Financial ministers and development activists are in Washington this week for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Among the topics of discussion are economic growth and the representation of developing countries on the IMF's decision-making body, the executive board. -VOA - 10/8/10

Five killed in terrorist attack in Iran
Five people have been killed when two unknown gunmen opened fire on a police patrol vehicle and civilians in the western Iranian city of Sanandaj. -Press TV - 10/8/10

Russia to Refund Iran for Canceled Missile Deal
Russian officials say the country plans to reimburse Iran, after Moscow canceled the sale of an air defense missile system to Tehran. In the scope of a $800 million contract brokered in 2005, Russia was obliged to send Iran at least five S-300 missile systems. -VOA - 10/8/10

Tehran, Cairo Flights Draw US Ire
Washington expresses disappointment over the resumption of flights between Tehran and Cairo, urging Egypt not to negotiate any deal with the Islamic Republic. -Press TV - 10/8/10

Report: US Contractors Hired Iranian Spies, Taliban, Warlords To Guard US Troops In Afghanistan
A scathing Senate report says US contractors in Afghanistan have hired warlords, "thugs," Taliban commanders and even Iranian spies to provide security at vulnerable US military outposts in Afghanistan. -ABC News - 10/8/10

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on hunger strike in Iranian prison
Detained Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh managed to inform her family in an interrupted telephone contact that she is on the twelfth day of her hunger strike and her phone conversation was cut short when she attempted to inform her family of her dire situation in prison. -Zamaneh - 10/7/10

U.S. Telemedicine Leaders Participate in First Iranian Telemedicine Symposium
Representatives from the American Telemedicine Association, along with leaders from other U.S. telemedicine programs, will participate next week in the inaugural Electronic and Telemedicine Hospital Symposium in Tehran, Iran, to advocate the use of telemedicine for medical diplomacy and cooperative international development. - 10/7/10

Clouds on Iran's Caspian Horizon
Tehran felt obliged to end loss-making oil swaps, but decision could further reduce its influence as a Caspian regional player. -Ebrahim Gilani, IWPR - 10/7/10

Shirin Ebadi: "Nokia Siemens' Action a Major Accomplishment for Iranians and for People Of The World"
Following publication of a press release by Nokia Siemens Networks about the company's halting all its activities in the area of monitoring technology with Iran, Shirin Ebadi who has had an active role in the negotiations with the company told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the company's action is a major accomplishment for Iranian people and people of the world. - 10/7/10

Release Unjustly Imprisoned Student Leaders in Iran
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today called for the immediate release of five jailed leaders of the student alumni group Advar Tahkim Vahdat, and for an investigation by both Iranian and UN authorities... - 10/7/10

Iranian President Downplays Turmoil On Foreign Exchange Market
Iran's rial currency has plummeted during the past week against the U.S. dollar, which reached a record high on the Tehran currency market. Intervention by Iran's Central Bank has failed to stabilize the rial. -RFE - 10/7/10

Internet censors target ayatollahs, feminists and students
Reporters Without Borders is outraged that the Iranian government is reinforcing and extending its online censorship and repression of netizens. Several news and information websites have been blocked in the past few days including those of two influential Grand Ayatollahs, which have been inaccessible in Iran since 3 October. - 10/7/10

Tehran Prosecutor Threatens Hoarders, Strikers And Opposition Leaders
Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi has said the Judiciary will take action against those who seek to create instability in the markets by hoarding goods and staging strikes. - 10/7/10

Legal controversy over ban of Iranian reformist party
Banned reformist party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, announced that the court has cancelled the ban on their organization allowing their party to resume its political activities, but the head of Tehran courts denied the statement. -Zamaneh - 10/7/10

Iran needs free thinking more than ever
Holding Unesco's World Philosophy Day in Iran may help open up the country - why petition against it? -Guardian - 10/7/10

Brazil-Iran Trade Grows
Brazil remains top exporter to Iran, but Venezuela becomes Iran's top market in Latin America. -Latin Business Chronicle - 10/7/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Mousavi: Put the current destructive policies on referendum
Mir Hossein Mousavi, in an interview with Kaleme described the characteristics of the Green Movement and stated that this movement is the outcome of the unanswered demands of the recent hundred years of Iran's history and is a lively, freedom-seeking, liberating and modern movement with look to transition and past which its roots deepens as each day passes. - 10/6/10

23 suspects appear in court over Tehran University dormitory incident
The first session of the trial of 23 suspects charged in connection with the 2009 Tehran University dormitory incident was held in a military court in Tehran on Tuesday. - 10/6/10

Iranian film community stands by House of Cinema chief
Iranian film community announced their support for the head of Iran's House of Cinema, Mohammad Mehdi Asgaripour, who has been under fierce attack from Ministry of Culture. -Zamaneh - 10/6/10

Prominent Iranian Activist Given Long Prison Term, Lashes
Political activist Heshmatollah Tabarzadi has been sentenced by a Tehran revolutionary court to nine years in jail and 74 lashes, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 10/6/10

Derakhshan case: When keeping quiet does not work
The severity of the nearly 20-year jail sentence handed down to veteran Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, left, has shocked many exiled Iranian journalists and bloggers with whom I've spoken. It's also reinforced their belief that the best way to help jailed colleagues is not through quiet diplomacy but by making a lot of noise. -Robert Mahoney, CPJ - 10/6/10

Messages escape from Iran's prisons
Activists, politicians, and journalists - most of them arrested in the aftermath of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed June 2009 election victory - have been telling of torture, criticizing Iranian leaders, and encouraging others to continue their protests in a series of taboo-breaking letters written from prison. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 10/6/10

US Cautions Lebanon on Ahmadinejad Visit
The United States said Tuesday it has raised concerns with Lebanese authorities about reported plans by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit southern Lebanon during his three-day visit to that country next week. U.S. officials are concerned about possible incidents along the volatile Lebanon-Israel border. -VOA - 10/6/10

Iran Reacts Positively to Accord on Resuming Cairo-Tehran Flights
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has given a cautious thumbs up to an accord between Tehran and Cairo, to resume direct flights between both capitals for the first time in close to 30 years. -VOA - 10/6/10

Interview with Nazila Fathi, Writer in Exile
Nazila Fathi covered politics from Iran for the New York Times for 15 years. But after the protests of 2009, when she realized her family might be in danger, she packed them up and got out. She talks to Laura Cameron about her new life in Toronto -Toronto Life - 10/6/10

Iran plans to send humans into space in 10 years
"According to the president's order and (by) carrying out preliminary studies, sending astronauts into space will be done in a ten-year period (plan)," Mohammad Mardani of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) told reporters on Tuesday. - 10/6/10

Japanese Sanctions May Cut Iran Oil Exports by 25%, Nomura Says
Japanese sanctions against Iran, the second-largest oil producer in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, may reduce crude exports from the Persian Gulf nation by 25 percent, according to Nomura International. -Bloomberg - 10/6/10

New Demand by "Iranian Opposition": The kitchen head should be replaced!
The Special unit of Tehran police held in maneuvers on Sunday in what could be interpreted as a show of force to intimidate the opposition green movement. Fake protesters participating in the drill were carrying banners such as "the head of the kitchen should be replaced" taking a jab at the opposition which has branded Ahmadinejad as an illegitimate president. - 10/5/10

Iran's Currency Slumps Against Dollar Amid Renewed Economic Concerns
With the economy already straining under the effect of international sanctions, the rial declined 13 percent against the dollar last week as demand for the U.S. currency soared among businessmen and ordinary people. On September 29, the rial was 12,500 to the dollar; a week earlier, a dollar was worth 10,500 rials. -RFE - 10/5/10

Tehran Physicians Targeted Again: Sound Bomb Explodes In Al-Ghadir Hospital
A sound bomb exploded in Al-Ghadir hospital, east of Tehran, at 8:30 am local time Tuesday. No casualty or major damage has been reported but glasses of nearby windows have been shattered. -Tabnak - 10/5/10

Senior Clerics' Websites Blocked In Iran
The websites of three senior Iranian clerics -- Ayatollah Yusef Sanei, Ayatollah Assadollah Bayat Zanjani, and Ayatollah Ali Mohammad Dastgheyb -- who have been critical of the Iranian establishment and the postelection crackdown have reportedly been blocked in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/5/10

FOOTBALL: Iran's Karim Bagheri to retire after Brazil match
Iran's veteran midfielder Karim Bagheri will bid farewell to the national team after the match against Brazil on Thursday. Iran football team is scheduled to play Brazil in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bagheri will hang up his boots after playing the five-time world champion. -MNA - 10/5/10

No Future for Iranian Web Restrictions
Despite regime's sporadic attempts to block internet access, pragmatic commercial interests dictate trend towards greater openness. -Majid Habibi, IWPR - 10/5/10

NATO's Iran Strategy
Following September 11, 2001, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) practical strategy for interaction with Iran has been vacillating between bandwagoning (aligning Iran with the West's policies) and hostility. -Behzad Khoshandam - 10/5/10

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Awarded 2010 Golden Pen of Freedom
Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, an Iranian journalist and political analyst who was imprisoned following Iran's disputed presidential election in June, has been awarded the 2010 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). - 10/5/10

Iranian authorities announce delay in launch of nuclear power plant
Iranian media published various explanations regarding the delay in the start of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant today. -Zamaneh - 10/5/10

Poll finds Americans not trigger-happy on Iran
A new poll commissioned by CBS's ඄ Minutes" and Vanity Fair magazine finds seemingly low support for a preemptive U.S. attack on Iran. -Politico - 10/5/10

The Persians: An Interview with Homa Katouzian
Dr. Homa Katouzian was born in Iran and teaches Iranian history and literature at St. Antony's College and the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. He is the editor of the journal Iranian Studies and author most recently of The Persians: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Iran (2009). -PBS - 10/5/10

IRAN: No end in sight for gold bazaar strike as government plays down economic woes
Gold markets across Iran remained shuttered in recent days as a strike against a 3% value-added tax entered its second week. -LA Times - 10/5/10

Lieberman, Graham: Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran
In case you missed it last week, Senator Joe Lieberman provided the missing two-part harmony to Senator John McCain's famous riff on "Barbara Ann." But when McCain said, "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran," he was joking, sort of. Lieberman, unfortunately, is serious. -The Nation - 10/5/10

Iran to get its own Come Dine With Me
ITV Studios has sold the format to a UK-based satellite broadcaster Marjan Television Network, which will broadcast the show in Iran on new channel Manoto 1. -Guardian - 10/5/10

Parastou Forouhar at the Leighton House Museum, London
Often life brings us to situations that we had neither foreseen nor planned. It has been a long time since I have written anything, and the reason is that my base has changed and we are now in quiet Oxford for the time being. Thus it was a delightful change when last night we went to London to attend an exhibition by the profound and well known Iranian born artist Ms Parastou Forouhar. -Syma Sayyah - 10/4/10

Number Of Jailed Iran Students 'Highest In Decades'
Daneshjoonews.com published the names of the jailed students and said the number is the highest it has been in decades. It said the students are being held throughout the country, from Tehran's notorious Evin prison to jails in Ahwaz, Tabriz, Isfahan, Babol, Rajaee Shahr, and in Gohardasht, which is outside of Tehran. - 10/4/10

Football: Kuwait defeats Iran in West Asian Championship
Kuwait put an end on Sunday night to Iran's reign in the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship. -MNA - 10/4/10

'May Iran Shut Down Evin University Forever'
In recent years, critics have come to attach that nickname to Tehran's Evin prison because of all the student activists, journalists, and intellectuals who've spent time there. - 10/4/10

Big jump in air and train ticket prices in Iran
The Supreme Aviation Committee in Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) has approved a 30 percent rise in air travel ticket prices from Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways has also announced that the private sector fleet has raised prices by 30-40 percent. - 10/4/10

Iran, Egypt agree to resume direct flights
The agreement provides for 28 flights between Cairo and Tehran per week, but does not specify when flights will resume. -Press TV - 10/4/10

Iran and the power of small acts of resistance
A new book on innovative acts of resistance in history should inspire the many Iranians hoping to defy the regime -Guardian - 10/4/10

IRAN: Key philosophers pull out of Unesco event
A decision by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Unesco, to hold its annual Congress for World Philosophy Day in Tehran, has raised hackles. A growing number of internationally renowned academics have said they will boycott the event, citing ongoing repression of humanities professors in Iran. - 10/4/10

Society observes ancient Iranian festival
The Iranian-American Society of Daytona Beach hosted a brunch at the Club de Bonmont inviting anyone to partake of brunch goodies such as pastry, bacon and Belgian waffles, as well as a brief lesson on the history of Mehregan, a festival of autumn. -News-Journal - 10/4/10

Stuxnet worm: Private security experts want US to tell them more
America's government security experts are among the best in the world. But their private sector counterparts are mystified why government’s public findings on the Stuxnet worm - the world’s first publicly-known cyber superweapon - so often have seemed muted, old news, or incomplete. -CSM - 10/4/10

US navy to battle Iranian mini-ekranoplan swarms with rayguns
The US military-industrial complex has unveiled its answer to the much-vaunted "swarm" tactics of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard naval forces, which might see squadrons of "stealth" flying boats and attack craft overwhelming the defences of US warships in the Persian Gulf. -The Register - 10/4/10

Los Angeles - Middle Eastern Comedy Festival
A Persian, an Israeli, and an Arab walk into a comedy club...find out what happens at the second-annual Middle Eastern Comedy Festival -- October 4-7 2010 - 10/3/10

Iran: Detained Freedom Movement leaders transferred to Tehran
Two days after their arrest in Esfahan, the government confirmed the arrest of eight members of the Freedom Movement organization and announced that two of their leaders were transferred to Tehran. - 10/3/10

Opposition Seeks to Foment Economic Unrest: Iran Police Chief
Opposition seeks to mount an "economic sedition" after the implementation of the subsidy reforms, said National Police Chief Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam. - 10/3/10

Film: Iran Darroudi, The Painter of Ethereal Moments
A look at the life and art of Ms. Iran Darroudi, one of the most important contemporary Iranian painters, who has divided her time between Tehran and Paris for the past fifty years - 10/3/10

Iran's Culture Ministry Lifts Ban on Farhadi's Film "Separation of Nader and Simin"
Farhadi had criticized Iranian cultural policy for isolating a number of prominent cineastes, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, Bahram Beizaii, Amir Naderi, and Golshifteh Farahani. - 10/3/10

Iran-China Relations: An Iranian View
Expansion of political and economic relations between Tehran and Beijing in recent years has been source of many debates about regional and international impacts of Iran-China relations. -Mohsen Shariatinia - 10/3/10

Iranian officials mock new US Sanctions
Iranian Interior Minister, Mohammad Najjar, who is one of the eight people on that list, announced: "US actions with regards to human rights are highly contradictory." "They can have my nonexistent assets wherever they are," Najjar added; "...furthermore, I never had any plans to travel to America." -Zamaneh - 10/3/10

Iran arrests members of banned Freedom Movement organization
Ebrahim Yazdi, former Iranian foreign minister and secretary-general of the banned political organization, was arrested along with other senior members while attending Friday prayers with what IRNA has described as "veteran Wahhabi elements in Esfahan." -Zamaneh - 10/2/10

Iranian film community under government scrutiny
The Iranian minister of culture blasted Iran's film community for their expressions of support for the Green Movement. He blasted the participants at the festival of Iran Cinema Celebration for wearing or carrying green symbols saying such supports for what he referred to as "a dead movement" is not acceptable. - 10/2/10

Iran: Ebadi and Prominent International Organizations Call for Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh
Nasrin Sotoudeh, the mother of two young children, has defended many high profile human rights campaigners and political activists, including journalist Isa Saharkhiz and Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, leader of the banned Democratic Front of Iran. - 10/2/10

Iranian education system to undergo radical changes
According to ISNA the Education Minister announced a five year plan to change the content of educational text books "in order to turn students into thinkers." He claimed that the changes are aimed at connecting teachers with the supreme leadership as well as religious thinking and positive attitudes toward the regime. -Zamaneh - 10/2/10

Prison Sentence For Iranian Blogger Seen As Warning To Others
Some Iranian bloggers are speaking out against the prison sentence given to Iran's "blogfather" Hossein Derakhshan, who has been reportedly condemned to 19 and 1/2 years in prison on charges that include "propagating against the state" and "cooperating with hostile governments." - 10/2/10

Syria's Leader In Iran To Firm Ties
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has arrived for an official visit to Iran, where he reportedly wants to reassure Tehran that its alliance with Damascus remains firm despite Syria's improved relations with the United States. - 10/2/10

Iran Arrests 'Spies,' Fights Cyber Attack
Iranian state television quotes Heidar Moslehi who announced the arrests Saturday while touting the country's efforts to combat a computer "worm" that has infected Iranian networks. -VOA - 10/2/10

Visa Regulations for Iranian Students: Overview and Analysis
In 2007, Leila, a student at Stanford University, lost a sister-in-law in a fight with cancer. At the time, her brother, his wife, and new-born child lived in Vancouver, Canada, a mere two hour flight from Leila's California residence. However, due to the nature of visas granted to Iranian students, Leila could not risk a trip abroad to visit her family. -PAAIA - 10/1/10

Ayatollah Dastgheib: Supreme Leader Has No Right On The People
Grand Ayatollah Dastgheib, a critic of the government, stressed that "the responsibility of the supreme leader" that is chosen by the cleric members of the Assembly of Experts, is to coordinate between the three branches of the government and has no supremacy and higher statue over the "just senior religious figures" in the Assembly of Experts who had chosen him. - 10/1/10

Iran's Foreign Currency Market In Turmoil
The U.S. dollar hit a record high on the Tehran currency market on September 29, reaching about 12,500 rials/$1 on the black market, despite the dollar weakening internationally, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 10/1/10

Iranian authorities say identified murderer of physician committed suicide
Iranian media announced that one of the shooters of the murdered cardiologist, Gholamreza Sarabi, shot himself to death during police pursuit in northern Iran. -Zamaneh - 10/1/10

US Cites Progress In Curbing Iranian Oil Business
The State Department said Thursday four major European oil companies have promised to halt dealings with Iran, and will be spared from U.S. sanctions. A Swiss-based subsidiary of Iran's national oil company will face sanctions. - 10/1/10

Expert: "Stuxnet created by Siemens insider"
The Stuxnet worm, dubbed the world's first cyber superweapon, may have been originated from German giant Siemens, says a senior technology consultant at system security developer Sophos. -Press TV - 10/1/10

Kin of Detainees Seek Prosecution of Iran Officials
In an unusually bold public request, families of three antigovernment protesters who died after beatings at Iran’s notorious Kahrizak prison have demanded the prosecution of high-ranking officials responsible for running the extralegal detention center. - 10/1/10

Iran slams US for blacklisting officials
Iran's foreign ministry maintained that US restrictions set against foreign travel and assets of eight Iranian officials are "interference in Iran's internal affairs." - 10/1/10
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