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Iranian MP Zohre Elahian wants Revolutionary Guards to Suppress Iranian opposition, but United Nations to protect Wall Street Occupiers!
It is heartwarming that Elahian, an Iranian MP, steadfastly supports the Occupy Wall Street protesters from 6000 miles away! But when it comes closer to home, that is Tehran, there has been no urgency for Elahian to defend the rights of the peaceful protesters, the ones that she actually represents, at least on the paper. - 10/31/11

Photos: Horse Riding Games Festival in Sanandaj
A festival was held in the city of Sanandaj in western Iran on October 7 to display various local games played while riding horses. Sanandaj is the capital of Iran's Kurdistan Province. The population of Sanandaj is mainly Kurdish with an Armenian minority. -Saman Abbasi - 10/31/11

The used-car salesman, Mexican drug cartel, and the Saudi Ambassador: The anatomy of sanctioning Iran's Central Bank
Why would IRGC-QF, supposedly a professional organization, hire a used-car salesman, with a dubious background, to carry out such a delicate task on the US soil, knowing full well that if the plot is uncovered, there would be severe consequences for Iran? -Sasan Fayazmanesh - 10/31/11

Queiroz names Iran squad against Bahrain in World Cup qualifier
Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz has invited 23 players to the team for the match against Bahrain in the World Cup qualifiers. Iran is scheduled to play Bahrain on November 11 at the Bahrain National Stadium. - 10/31/11

Interview with Dr. Peyman Nojoumian
In June 2011, the University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences announced that Dr. Peyman Nojoumian had been named the Assistant Professor of Persian in the new Middle East Studies Program at the university. -Bita Milanian, PAAIA - 10/31/11

My Son's Land
Lacking atonement for the lives lost in the decade long wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, Messers Rumsfeld and Cheney's fusty belief in their relevance to the upcoming election of 2012 is imperious. The extent to which they remain relevant however, is the human energy and expenditure of precious resources to relieve the United States of the liabilities endorsed by the men. -Sousan M Alemansour - 10/31/11

Iran: Head of National Security Commission pressed to quit over financial scandal
A report says that Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, has been told to resign his post over allegations that he was involved in the recent $3-billion bank fraud, or he will face dismissal. - 10/31/11

Report: Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program
Ali Vaez, FAS Fellow for Science and Technology and director of the FAS Iran Project, and FAS President Charles D. Ferguson co-authored the report on Iran's controversial nuclear program, "Towards Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program." This report seeks to address this challenging question by analyzing options for establishing an enhanced safeguards system for the Iranian nuclear program. - 10/31/11

Tehran Mayor to Sue Britain over Qolhak Garden
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf initiated a lawsuit against Britain over the ownership of the Qolhak Garden in Northern Tehran which is still occupied by the British embassy "illegally". - 10/31/11

Iranian Police Seizing Dissidents Get Aid Of Western Companies
The Iranian officers who knocked out Saeid Pourheydar's four front teeth also enlightened the opposition journalist. Held in Evin Prison for weeks following his arrest early last year for protesting, he says, he learned that he was not only fighting the regime, but also companies that armed Tehran with technology to monitor dissidents like him. -Bloomberg - 10/31/11

Iraq ready to cooperate with Iran to improve border security: Barzani
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani has said that Iraq is ready for cooperation with Iran to increase the security of the two countries' common border. - 10/31/11

Iran-EU trade hits 16.7 Billion Euros in Jan-August: Eurostat
Trade between Iran and the EU reached 16.7 billion Euros in the first eight months of 2011, the statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat) reported. - 10/31/11

The Effort to Isolate Iran
U.S. policy toward Tehran, which has included toughening of sanctions as well as offers of engagement and greater economic cooperation, has so far failed to persuade Tehran to halt uranium enrichment. -Jayshree Bajoria, CFR - 10/31/11

Second man linked to Iranian bank scandal has moved to Montreal
A second figure linked to the major banking scandal that has rattled Iran's financial and political circles is now confirmed to be in Canada, in addition to the top Iranian banker who moved to Toronto last month. -Globe and Mail - 10/31/11

Photos: First Autumn Snow in Arasbaran
The nature has painted beautiful scenery with the first autumn snow in Arasbaran, a UNESCO registered biosphere in East Azarbaijan Province, Iran. Arasbaran, with a varying altitude from 256m in the vicinity of Aras River to 2896m, covers an area of 78560 hectares. It include some historical places like Babak Khorramdin's Castle. The biosphere is also home for 23,500 nomads who are living in transition buffer in 2000 altitude. -Mahsa Jamali - 10/30/11

Iran, the Arab intifada and the end of the 'Middle East'
Once upon a time there was a United States naval officer who invented a region he called the "Middle East". His name was Alfred Thayer Mayhan (1840-1914) and he lived during a period when this "Middle East" was subjugated and colonized, when it was turned into a geopolitical "region" that could be defined by the office of a naval strategist whose penchant for US imperialism made him famous. -Arshin Adib-Moghaddam - 10/30/11

Report: US Plans Post-Iraq Buildup in Persian Gulf
The report says the talks are part of U.S. plans to boost its military presence in the Gulf so the United States is able to respond quickly in the event of a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran. - 10/30/11

Court Overturns Sanctions Charges against Iranian American
Washington, DC - A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for Reza Banki on Monday, overturning key charges that the Iranian American had violated U.S. sanctions laws. Banki was sentenced in August 2010 to two and a half years in prison and ordered to forfeit $3.4 million for making and receiving family remittances to Iran through havaleh. -Sheyda Monshizadeh-Azar, NIAC - 10/30/11

Iranian American women find success, celebrate heritage
Conference in Costa Mesa attracts 680 attendees and speakers. Behind the conference that brought together more than 12,000 hours of combined experience and attracted 680 guests was an Iranian American woman who for years dreamed of bringing women from her country under one roof. -Daily Pilot - 10/30/11

Iran supports an integrated, stable Iraq: Supreme Leader
Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with the President of Iraq's Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani said Iraqi people have created a golden page in the history of Iraq by their integrated, all-embodying perseverance against the US pressures and their opposition to grant judicial impunity for the occupying soldiers which ultimately forced the US to leave Iraq. - 10/30/11

Iranian Lawmaker Boroujerdi Denies Allegations Of Involvement In Fraud
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of National Security and Foreign Policy in Iran's Parliament who was reportedly arrested for 24 hours last week, has denied any involvement in the great bank fraud case. - 10/30/11

Iranian Journalist Parisa Hafezi, winner of 2011 Courage in Journalism Award
Riot police armed with electric batons attacked Parisa Hafezi as she struggled to cover the bloodshed and chaos on the streets of Tehran. Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters marched, with many shouting, "We fight, we die." - 10/30/11

Iran: Parliament motion to question Ahmadinejad back on track
Iran's Parliament announced today that the motion to question the president has been officially revived and will be put on the parliamentary agenda. LNA reports that Mohammadreza Bahonar, the deputy head of Parliament, announced that the motion now bears 74 signatures, making it eligible for consideration. - 10/30/11

Iran Studying Use of Qatari Planes for Domestic Flights
Managing Director of Iran's national air carrier, Iran Air, Farhad Parvaresh announced that the country is likely to use Qatari planes for domestic flights. - 10/30/11

Iran Likely to File Lawsuit against Hillary Clinton
Speaking to FNA, member of the Iran's Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Avaz Heidarpour said that the commission is slated to discuss Clinton's recent interfering remarks in a later meeting today. - 10/30/11

Is Ahmadinejad's team planning a military coup in Iran?
The fundamentalist movement in Iran close to the supreme leader of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has criticized president Mahmud Ahmadinejad and his close circle, referring to it as "the perverted team," of planning a military coup in a bid to take full control of the country. -Al Arabiya - 10/30/11

Main Street Business Owner Wins Award, Argues for Human Rights
Bagha, who lives in Bethesda with his wife and six-year-old son, said that his role as a store-owner is two-fold. While he is foremost a service provider to the community, he also sees himself as an educator. And one of the topics he likes to discuss is Iran, a country that is constantly being portrayed on the news with relationship to terrorists and extremists. -Ellicott City Dispatch - 10/30/11

To Help Or Not: Iranian Opposition Figures React To Clinton Remarks
A debate about whether the United States should actively support Iran's opposition movement appears to have been reignited following recent comments by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The country's top diplomat said earlier this week that Iranian opposition members should openly seek outside support as did rebels in Libya. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/29/11

Photos: Harvesting Pomegranate in Sangan Village - Iran
The pomegranate is native to Iran and from there it spread to Asian areas such as the Caucasus, the Himalayas in Northern India and in Kerala. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769. - 10/29/11

Islamic Galleries at the Met Have a Grand Re-Opening
It was eight years in the making. Now, New York's Metropolitan Museum is re-opening its enormous collection of Islamic art in a grand new setting. The objects span nearly 13 centuries and many cultures - and include items ranging from paintings to architectural works to medieval Korans. - 10/29/11

Iran: Guardian Council says presidential elections can be scrapped
Iran's Guardian Council, the government body in charge of guarding the constitution, has announced that eliminating the elected president from the system would not go against the spirit of the Islamic Republic regime. - 10/29/11

Interior Ministry denounces interference in election process
Iran's Interior Ministry has announced that creating an independent committee to safeguard proper voting is "illegal." Solat Mortazavi told IRNA on Thursday that: "Islamic Iran has the best and strongest supervisory committee in the whole world, and nowhere in the world can you find a supervisory committee better than Iran's regulatory system." - 10/29/11

Lectures at UCLA: Negotiating Identities: Iranian Jews Conversion to Islam and the Baha'i faith
Dr. Mehrdad Amanat, an independent scholar living in Los Angeles, received his M.A in Islamic Studies in 1979 and PhD in history, in 2006, both from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to the Encyclopedia Iranica. His book, Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Bahai Faith, is published by I.B.Tauris in 2011. - 10/29/11

Influential Iranian MP briefly arrested over bank fraud case
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of National Security and Foreign Policy for Iran's Parliament, was reportedly arrested last week on charges of "involvement in the bank fraud" that was uncovered last month. Iranian media report that Boroujerdi was released after 24 hours through the mediation of Ali Larijani, the head of Parliament. - 10/29/11

IMF predicts Iran's reserves will surpass $100b by year end
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its new report projected that Iran's gross official reserves will surpass 100 billion dollars by the end of 2011. - 10/29/11

Shahram Mokri's film "Burned, Cooked, Raw" wins Tashkent Golden Guepard Award
An Iranian short film won Golden Guepard Award at Tashkent International Film Festival. The short film "Raw, Cooked, Burned" by Iranian filmmaker Shahram Mokri won the "Golden Guepard" Award of the first Tashkent International Film Festival held October 19-26. - 10/29/11

Iran: Deputy Central Banker Arrested Over $2.6B Financial Scandal: Report
The deputy head of the Central Bank of Iran has been arrested over the recent $2.6 billion bank corruption case, newspapers reported on Saturday. - 10/29/11

India clears oil debt to Iran through Russia's Gazprombank
The director of the International Department of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced on Friday that India has cleared all of its oil debt to Iran through Gazprombank of Russia. - 10/29/11

Cartoons: Iranian women in Metro by Elham Ataei Azar
In this cartoon set, Elham Ataei Azar is displaying 31 digitally created artworks about the different characters of women's wagons in Tehran Metro. Ataei Azar held an exhibition in early September in Tehran displaying this group of works as Men Do Not Enter. - 10/28/11

Photos: Unique shoulder transplant by Iranian surgery team
The amputated arm of a workman was transplanted on October 22 by an Iranian surgery team led by Seyed Fazlollah Sajjadi, according to ISNA. The workman's hand was cut off by a cement maker machine as a result of which his entire left arm, hand, scapula, clavicle and all the muscles were amputated. - 10/28/11

U.S. "Respects and Protects" Former Iranian Embassy
If the walls of the former Iranian Embassy could talk, they would tell of elegant events attended by famous diplomats, actors, dancers and other celebrities. The parties are a memory now. The embassy closed in April 1980, when diplomatic relations were severed between the United States and Iran - 10/28/11

Single-gender hospitals coming to Iranian provinces
Iranian Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi has declared that every Iranian province must establish at least one single-gender hospital. - 10/28/11

Iranian Parliament divided over bank fraud case
Iranian lawmakers have announced that if the report on Iran's huge bank fraud is to be read in parliament, it must be read in full, without omitting the names of five MPs involved in the case. The Etemad daily reported today that an emergency meeting of MPs this morning led to the decision not to publicly read the bank fraud file in Parliament. - 10/28/11

Congress Hears Recommendations for Escalating Covert and Military Action on Iran
"This was an act of war," said Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee at a hearing on how the U.S. should respond to the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Panelists recommended a dramatic escalation of U.S. actions against Iran. -NIAC Staff - 10/28/11

Explosions in Iranian Refinery in Arak and at Oil Rig in Bushehr
An explosion and fire occurred at the Shazand refinery in central Iran on Friday morning. Also, an explosion at a state-run oil field in Southern Iran killed a worker and injured three others on Friday. - 10/28/11

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline ready by 2013: Pakistan Oil Minister
Addressing the Friday session of Pakistan's Senate, Asim Hussain said feasibility study of the project has been already carried out and tender documents will be given to applicant companies soon - 10/28/11

Iran says assassination plot suspect is in U.S.
Iran has confirmed International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) is demanding that Iran hand over Gholam Shakouri, one of the prime suspects in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US. Al-Arabiah quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi saying there are 150 people in Iran named Gholam Shakouri. - 10/28/11

In First Persian Media Interview, Clinton Announces U.S. 'Virtual Embassy' In Tehran
In her first-ever interview with the Persian-language media, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the United States would soon launch a "virtual Tehran embassy" aimed at connecting with the Iranian people. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/27/11

Iranian Firebrand Cleric is a U.S. Green Card Holder
Controversy is brewing in Tehran after it was exposed recently that cleric Morteza Agha-Tehrani, an avid Ahmadinejad supporter and Resistance Front Secretary-General, is a U.S. Green Card holder. - 10/27/11

Photos: Mud bathing in Lake Urmia - Iran
The lake's salts are considered to have medical effects, especially as a cure for rheumatism. The main cations in the lake water include Na+, K+, Ca2+, Li+ and Mg2+, while Cl-, SO42-, HCO3- are the main anions. The Na+ and Cl- concentration is roughly 4 times the concentration of natural seawater. - 10/27/11

Bam Citadel may be removed from UNESCO list
The Bam Citadel in central Iran may be removed from the UNESCO list of Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites because of non-compliance with the standards related to its reconstruction. - 10/27/11

US Lawmakers Call for Tougher Action Against Iran
Some U.S. lawmakers say Iran crossed a "red line" in its alleged involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, and are calling on President Barack Obama to reevaluate U.S. policy toward Iran. -Cindy Saine, VOA, Capitol Hill -Cindy Saine, VOA, Capitol Hill - 10/27/11

Chinese Tech Giant Aids Iran
When Western companies pulled back from Iran after the government's bloody crackdown on its citizens two years ago, a Chinese telecom giant filled the vacuum. Huawei Technologies Co. now dominates Iran's government-controlled mobile-phone industry. In doing so, it plays a role in enabling Iran's state security network. -Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ - 10/27/11

U.S. Secretary of Defense Warns Iran Not to Interfere in Iraq
Leon Panetta is warning Iran not to take advantage of the pending U.S. troop pullout from Iraq to stir up trouble there. The warning comes after Iraqi security forces arrested over 200 former Ba'ath Party political and military commanders, accusing them of "trying to topple the government." -Edward Yeranian, VOA, Cairo - 10/27/11

UT Southwestern team restores Dallas man's severed arm
"When the muscles start to die, you cannot put the arm back on," explained Dr. Bardia Amirlak, a University of Texas Southwestern plastic surgeon who was on call at Parkland when Reid was brought in to the trauma center. Dr. Amirlak thought at first there was little chance of saving an arm amputated seven hours earlier, which is typically longer than an amputated limb is viable. -WFAA - 10/27/11

Pentagon game to divide Iranians and Arabs
Analysts and pundits have spent the past two weeks puzzling over the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat in Washington, in part because of a complete lack of either motive or benefit for the Islamic Republic. -Sharmine Narwani, Salon.com - 10/27/11

Iran's Mourning Mothers of Park Laleh, Return to the Park
We ask all International Human Rights NGO's, where in Mr. Ahmed Shaheed's report, is the story of all the martyrs of the last 33 years and the mistreatment and degradation their mothers and supporters were subjected to? - 10/26/11

Persian Recipes Recall Lost Way of Life
Donia Bijan is an Iranian-American chef who fled Iran with her family during the 1979 revolution. After settling in the United States, Bijan's mother experimented with American cooking but always incorporated familiar Persian flavors, recreating a sense of home for her family. She passed those recipes to her daughter. -Faiza Elmasry - 10/26/11

Iranian-Americans Have a Rare Opportunity to Make History: Sharmin Eshraghi Bock running for San Francisco District Attorney
Sharmin Eshraghi Bock is currently one of the front runners for San Francisco District Attorney. Bock, 49, was born in Iran to Iranian parents, and came to the United States when she was four. Iranian Americans should be watching this race closely, and getting actively involved in the few weeks that remain before the election, because she is poised to pull an upset. - 10/26/11

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr released from jail
Detained Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been released after three and half months in custody. Shargh newspaper reported her release. Vafamehr was arrested for her role in "My Tehran for Sale" and has received a preliminary sentence of one year in prison and 90 lashes for acting in the film. - 10/26/11

Iranian rights activists Kouhyar Goudarzi held at Evin Prison
It has been confirmed that Iranian human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi is being held at Tehran's Evin Prison. The Human Rights Reporters Committee reports that he has been held in solitary confinement for the past three months and finally was transferred to section 209. - 10/26/11

Top U.S. Treasury Official In Europe For Talks On Sanctioning Iranian Central Bank
The potential sanctions would target the heart of Iran's financial dealings, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), in a move that analysts suggest could have a crippling effect on the country's economy by cutting off nearly all international financial transactions. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/26/11

Iran and Management of New US Scenario
The United States government leveled new charges against Iran in early October 2011 by alleging that the country is implicated in an assassination plot targeting the Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir. The new scenario can be analyzed from various angles. -Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh - 10/26/11

Iranian Political Prisoner's Health Deteriorates in Prison
Family of Ali Tari (Director of Mir Hossein Mousavi's presidential campaign in Mazandaran) requested the urgent delivery of his medications and emphasized that in addition to serious back pain, Tari also suffers from heart disease and gastrointestinal problems and the refusal to dispatch his required medication is causing his condition to worsen. - 10/26/11

Iranian State Television Attacks CNN's Fareed Zakaria
On the weekend of October 22-23, Zakaria traveled to Tehran, where he interviewed Iran'sembattled President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. In an October 24 report, the state television network, which is controlled by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, accused Zakaria of hurting the country's image under the watch of officials. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/26/11

Iran: Elimination of presidential elections on the horizon
Conservative cleric Mohsen Gharavian has indicated that the role of president could soon come to an end in the Islamic Republic. "After Mr. Ahmadinejad, we will witness the parliamentary system," Gharaviantold Asr-e Iran website. - 10/26/11

Azerbaijani-Turkish Gas Deal Opens Southern Corridor
Turkey and Azerbaijan have signed a long-awaited agreement on Caspian natural-gas supplies and transit to Europe, providing a boost to the EU's efforts to diversify energy supplies and setting up a bidding war for three key pipeline projects. -Bruce Pannier, RFE - 10/26/11

Turkish Journalist Says Islam Craves Liberty
Turkish journalist/author Mustafa Akyol challenges the practice of "enforced piety" in his new book, "Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty." -Ellen Spolar and Carol Castiel - 10/26/11

Author promotes moderate faith for Iranian Jews
Nourallah "Norman" Gabay, a semi-retired Iranian-Jewish businessman, is one of perhaps a dozen older individuals in the community who has been using his wealth to promote Jewish education and values, among Jews and non-Jews alike. -Jewish Journal - 10/26/11

Photos: Lake Parishan Grappling with Drought
Lake Parishan is located close to the city of Kazerun in Iran's Fars Province. Parishan is the largest freshwater lake in the country. The lake receives only very small amount of water from feeder rivers and the whole lake/wetland is a protected area, as it is considered a globally significant wetland ecosystem. -Mohsen Tizhoush - 10/25/11

Are Millions Of Iranians Criminals?
Are millions of Iranians criminals? Yes, according to an announcement by Iranian Telecommunications Minister Reza Taghipour, who says the use of antifiltering tools and virtual private networks (VPN) is a crime. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/25/11

Iran: "Prison Authorities Say He Won't Need Warm Winter Clothes As He Will Be Executed"
Eghbal Moradi, father of Zanyar Moradi, a Kurdish prisoner at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Supreme Court upheld his son's death sentence. - 10/25/11

Main Suspect in Iran Bank Scam Case Starts Singing: Prosecutor
Iran's State Prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei said the main suspect in the $2.6bln bank scam case has started confessions, adding that the first part of his lawsuit will be presented to the court in one month. - 10/25/11

New Trial for Man Accused of Violating Iran Embargo
The appeals court said it threw out Mahmoud Reza Banki's conviction for violating the Iran trade embargo - which was initiated in 1995 and prohibits United States citizens from supplying goods, services or technology to Iran or its government -because the law clearly states that family remittances are exempt and the law is confusing at best on the subject. -New York Times - 10/25/11

Accused Terror Plotter Pleads Not Guilty in US Court
A man accused of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Washington pleaded not guilty Monday during a brief hearing before a federal judge in New York. - 10/25/11

Iran invites 5 top world energy figures to join international confab
Iran is to host the 15th international conference of the Institute for International Energy Studies (IIES) dubbed "Technology and Innovation in Oil and Gas" as it has invited 5 prominent energy figures of the world to join the conference. - 10/25/11

Iran's Crude Exports Reached 2.4 mln bpd
In July-September, Iran has exported 2.4 million barrels of its crude oil per day, director of international affairs for the National Iranian Oil Company, Mohsen Ghamsari, said. - 10/25/11

How Might Saudi Arabia Retaliate Against Iran For Alleged Plot?
In the days after the alleged plot was revealed by U.S. authorities, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Tehran of "murder and mayhem" and said his country would deliver a "measured response" to the plot. -Hossein Aryan, RFE - 10/25/11

Courage in Journalism
What follows is my interview with Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran, who is being honored by International Women's Media Foundation for her courage to report on the violent protests in Iran after the 2009 election. -Tabby Biddle, Huffington Post - 10/25/11

Iran's economic growth rate at 4% in 2010-2011: Finance Minister
Iran's economic growth rate reached 4 percent in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2011), Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said in Tehran on Monday. - 10/25/11

Iran FM flies to Saudi Arabia for Crown Prince funeral
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi left for Saudi Arabia Tuesday to attend funeral ceremony of the country's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. - 10/25/11

Ahmadinejad Allies Prepare For Parliamentary Elections
The head of the Islamic Revolution Stability Front, Morteza Agha Tehrani, has urged authorities to safeguard the coming elections and ensure that "votes are not stolen and there is no cheating." - 10/25/11

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Turkey Quake Aftermath
Rescuers pulled several more survivors from the rubble in the early hours of Tuesday. Officials say the death toll from the earthquake now stands at 366 dead and at least 1,300 injured. The death toll is expected to rise. - 10/25/11

Iran national team's coaching staff has strong ties to American soccer
During a recent lunch hour in Tehran, Carlos Queiroz, head coach of Iran's national soccer team, turned to his assistants and asked: "What do we all have in common?" Omid Namazi knew the answer right away. "We all had connections to American soccer," Namazi recalled in a phone conversation with the Insider on Monday. -Washington Post - 10/25/11

Protesters Won't Get Grants: Iran's Minister of Science
Iran's Minister of Science announced that his department will cut off bursaries and grants to students connected with the post-election protests of 2009. - 10/24/11

Iran crowned Asian Archery Champion
Iran claimed the title of 17th Asian Archery Championships in Tehran, Iran on Sunday. Iran won the championship, seizing three gold and two silver medals. - 10/24/11

Use of VPNs criminalized in Iran
The use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and proxies is a "crime," Iran's Minister of Communications and Technology has announced. On Monday ISNA quoted the minister saying: "Now VPNs have been cut off in the country because their use is a legal violation." - 10/24/11

Candid Letter of Imprisoned Iranian reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei
In an open letter addressed to Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei, Mostafa Tajzadeh, incarcerated member of the Central Council of the Islamic Iran Participation Front objected to the recent trial of his wife Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour and the subsequent threat that a prison sentence will be issued against her. - 10/24/11

Iran: Culture Minister grilled by Parliament over "un-Islamic cinema"
The MPs criticized Hosseini for the condition of Iranian cinema and the "un-Islamic relationships" between actors and actresses in the movies produced over the past few years. Also, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani asked the culture minister to find a solution for "the problem of satellite channels." - 10/24/11

Wonderland: Recent Photographs of Amir Mousavi
Playing with the forms that exist in his surroundings without the slightest change in them is Amir Mousavi's passion. Repeating the firm elements next to the variable ones and finding different points of concentration are his usual practice. - 10/24/11

Rescue Efforts Continue After Turkey Earthquake
Search efforts are continuing in southeastern Turkey for survivors of Sunday's powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The number of dead reported has exceeded 200 and the death toll is expected to continue to rise. - 10/24/11

Pakistan declares 10-day mourning for Nusrat Bhutto
Pakistan's former First Lady Nusrat Bhutto was born on March 23, 1929, in Esfahan, Iran. She comes from the wealthy Hariri Esfahani family of Iran. She married Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1951. - 10/24/11

Clinton Cautions Iran Over Iraqi Withdrawal
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has cautioned Iran not to misinterpret the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq as a sign of decreasing U.S. commitment to the fledgling democracy. - 10/24/11

Iran calls Nabucco a 'dead plan', says ready to transit Turkmen gas to Europe
The Mehr news agency quoted Hossein Bidarmaghz as saying that Iran's route for transiting the Turkmenistan's gas to Europe is more economical than the other projects, especially the trans-Caspian gas pipeline. - 10/24/11

Motion to question Iranian President in Parliament losing steam
A member of the Majlis presiding board, Mohammad Dehghan, says 29 lawmakers have withdrawn their signature calling for the president to be questioned in the Majlis thereby the motion to question the president has been cancelled. - 10/24/11

EU Leaders Threaten Syria with More Sanctions, Urge Assad to Resign
EU leaders warned Damascus Sunday they "will impose further and more comprehensive measures against the regime" as long as the government continues to repress the civilian population. - 10/24/11

Nusrat Bhutto's death -- end of an era
Pakistan's former First Lady Nusrat Bhutto was born on March 23, 1929, in Esfahan, Iran. She comes from the wealthy Hariri Esfahani family of Iran. She married Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1951. - 10/24/11

Photos: Iranian "Students" Support Occupy Wall Street
A group of people described as "students from different Iranian universities" by Press TV gathered in front of Swiss Embassy in Tehran on Saturday to voice support for the protesters in Europe and the United States. One wonders how will Iranians be treated if they attempt to erect even one tent in one of the squares of Tehran or other cities? - 10/23/11

The Last Solution
But the question that needs to be asked is this: Which specific ideal or principle of the revolution does Khamenei have in mind that calls for a change in the republican nature of the regime? Are issues of human rights and democracy "ideals" that he is worried about or must we search somewhere else to learn of his true concern? -Mehrangiz Kar - 10/23/11

Strong Earthquake Hits Eastern Turkey
A powerful earthquake has hit eastern Turkey near the city of Van, less than 100 kilometers from the border with Iran. The U.S. Geological Service said the earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and was centered some 19 kilometers northeast of Van. - 10/23/11

Iran finishes 4th in Futsal Grand Prix in Brazil
Iran finished in fourth place of the 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal on Sunday. On Sunday, the Iranian outfit lost to Argentina 4-2 at the Arena Amadeu Teixeira in Manus, Brazil. - 10/23/11

Clinton Reaches Out To Tajiks In First Official Visit
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has used her first official visit to Tajikistan to reach out directly to the Tajik people and stress U.S. concerns over religious and other rights there. - 10/23/11

Entering The 2013 Diversity Visa Lottery
Registration for the 2013 Diversity Visa lottery began on Tuesday, October 4th, and will close on Saturday, November 5th at 1600 hours Greenwich Mean Time. - 10/23/11

Ahmadinejad on Gadhafi, Syria, alleged plot, nuclear weapons and America's role
Fareed Zakaria just interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They talked about Moammar Gadhafi's death, policy toward Syria, the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Iran's nuclear ambitions and America's global role. A video of Ahmadinejad responding to Obama's Iraq troop withdrawal is above. -CNN - 10/23/11

Iran's Finance Minister Summoned by Parliament for Questioning
Iran's Parliament officially announced a motion on Sunday to impeach the Minister of Finance in connection with the $3-billion bank fraud that came to light in the past month. - 10/23/11

Jamaran Destroyer Saves Iranian Tanker From Pirate Attack
Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi announced on Saturday that an attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian tanker was foiled by the Jamaran destroyer during its first mission. - 10/23/11

Iranian Experts Develop Electromagnetic Gun (Railgun)
Iranian experts announced that they have designed and developed an electromagnetic gun that fires steel bullets without explosive propellant. - 10/23/11

Turkey Says 49 Kurdish Rebels Dead
Turkish military forces near the border with Iraq say they have killed at least 49 Kurdish rebels in an offensive over the past two days. A military statement issued Saturday said the operation launched Wednesday against the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is continuing. - 10/23/11

Iranian singer has own style
Mamak Khadem's family moved from Iran to the United States in 1977. By 1979, the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini had taken over in her homeland, creating a volatile and often oppressive situation in the country. Nevertheless, Khadem returned to Iran every summer to study singing. -South Bend Tribune - 10/23/11

Iranian activists condemn flogging sentence for actress Marzieh Vafamehr
A statement issued on behalf of 280 Iranian cultural and social activists is expressing their support for Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who has been sentenced to flogging for her role in "My Tehran for Sale." Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes for playing the lead role in the film by Geranaz Mousavi. - 10/22/11

Parliamentary system could be more efficient: Iran's Parliament Speaker
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the establishment of a parliamentary system will help make the country's political structure more efficient. - 10/22/11

Brazil Welcomes Iranian Filmmaker and Activist, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iranian filmmaker/activist and two time winner of the Cannes Film Festival, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be in Brazil for a one week human rights tour, talking about violations in Iran and the crackdown on filmmakers and educators. - 10/22/11

My Son Is Refusing Medication, Says Father of Imprisoned Iranian Blogger
Imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has stopped taking his medication in order to protest the prison authorities' refusal to allow him to be hospitalized for his kidney and gallbladder problems. - 10/22/11

The Persian Paranoia Ploy
I thought about calling this essay "The Boys Who Cried Iran,'" but that title had a cross-purpose parallel problem. The lesson of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" parallel is that the townspeople eventually ignore the boy's false alarms. It seems, on the other hand, that we the people will never tire of hearing the "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" mantra. -Jeff Huber, Pen and Sword - 10/22/11

13 confirmed dead in sunken Iranian vessel
An informed source on Saturday confirmed the deaths of 13 crew members of an Iranian vessel which sank in the Persian Gulf on Thursday. - 10/22/11

EU's Ashton writes to Tehran: Nuclear talks could resume soon
In a letter to Iran on Friday, Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, announced that the 5+1 group is willing to resume talks with Iran within weeks if Tehran is prepared to "engage seriously in meaningful discussions". - 10/22/11

Obama: All US Troops Out of Iraq by Year End
President Barack Obama announced on Friday that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year. The announcement came after months of negotiations with the Iraqi government on extending a U.S. troop presence there. - 10/22/11

EU imposes sanctions on alleged assassination conspirators
The European Union has imposed sanctions on five Iranians for alleged involvement in the "assassination plot" against Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Reuters reports that the sanctions include travel restrictions and the freezing of all of their assets in EU banks. - 10/22/11

Photos: 17th Asian Archery Championships in Tehran
The 17th Asian Archery Championships opened in the capital city Tehran and will run to October 24. The event is considered the Asian countries' qualification tournament for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. - 10/21/11

Entertainment Industry Organizations Unite in Support of Imprisoned Iranian Filmmakers
In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. - 10/21/11

Does Obama Understand What's Been Unleashed?
A week after news of an alleged Iranian assassination plot in Washington rocked the international scene, public details remain scant. The Obama administration - including the president himself - has spoken with unequivocal certitude regarding the Iranian government's intentions and involvement. -Reza Marashi - 10/21/11

Iran futsal team enters Grand Prix quarterfinals in Brazil
Iran has advanced to the 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal quarterfinals with a 100 percent record from the three games it played during the tournament. On Tuesday, Iran saw off Uruguay 3-1 in Group C at the Arena Amadeu Teixeira in Manus, Brazil. - 10/21/11

Photos: Oil Facilities in Kharg Island, Persian Gulf
Kharg Island is a continental island in the Persian Gulf belonging to Iran. The island is located 25 km off the coast of Iran and 483 km northwest of the Strait of Hormuz. Administered by the adjacent coastal Bushehr Province, Kharg Island provides a sea port for the export of oil and extends Iranian territorial sea claims into the Persian Gulf oil fields. -Mohsen Norouzifard - 10/21/11

Iranian Ship Sinks in Persian Gulf
Iranian rescue teams have saved the lives of 60 passengers out of the 72 that were onboard the sunken vessel amid continuing efforts to recover the remaining 12. - 10/21/11

Iran: Security chief lays out rules for foreign film work
The head of Iran's security forces has announced that any Iranian wanting to do work for a satellite network first needs a valid licence from the Ministry of Guidance, and working with the BBC and Voice of America is considered cooperation with "the enemy's intelligence services." - 10/21/11

In Iran, a new challenge to hard-liners
Iran's rulers, led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, continue to refuse any negotiations in which they would have to compromise. But an influential faction is now pushing for back-channel talks with the United States as a step toward lowering the tensions raised by U.S. allegations about an Iranian assassination plot. -Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post - 10/21/11

UN Report Highlights Iran's Secret Executions
The UN report has accused Tehran of conducting more than 300 secret executions at a prison in the country's second-largest city without the knowledge, or presence, of the detainees' families or lawyers. The report, the first by the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, alleges that the executions took place at Vakilabad prison in the city of Mashhad in 2010. - 10/21/11

Turkish Warplanes Bomb Kurdish Rebel Bases In Iraq, Ankara Seeks Iranian Support
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said after talks in Ankara that Kurdish rebels are a common problem for the two countries and pledged stronger coordination in their actions against insurgents. - 10/21/11

Iranian-Canadian banker under investigation
Canadian authorities have opened an investigation into suspected citizenship fraud involving the former head of Iran's biggest bank, state-owned Bank Melli. A QMI Agency source has confirmed the investigation involves Mahmoud Reza Khavari, who has been a Canadian citizen since 2005. -Toronto Sun - 10/21/11

Photos: Second "Found Art" Festival in Qazvin
The term found art describes art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function. -Hamideh Shafieiha - 10/20/11

Hollywood Groups Urge Release Of Iranian Filmmakers
Hollywood organizations and U.S. entertainment unions have joined together to call on Iranian authorities to release filmmakers who have been jailed and allow them return to filmmaking. - 10/20/11

Alarming fall in number of Caspian seals
Iranian environmentalists warn that the seal population in the Caspian Sea has dropped from one million to 100,000. Analysts have said the decline in wildlife populations can be traced to lake pollution mainly caused by oil exploration and extraction activities. - 10/20/11

Tehran Fabric merchants still on strike
The fabric merchants of the Tehran Bazaar are continuing their strike over the payment of value added tax. Earlier the government had announced that its disputes with the merchants had been resolved finally, and fabric merchants were exempted from fines levied for late payment of taxes. - 10/20/11

Gadhafi Killed in Sirte, Senior Libyan Officials Say
Celebrations are underway across Libya, where officials of the interim government say the country's former leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed. -Elizabeth Arrott, VOA - 10/20/11

Turkey And Iran: The End Of The Affair
Tehran has reacted with anger and threats over Ankara's decision to allow NATO to deploy a radar as part of its antimissile system. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has condemned the decision, while senior Iranian military commanders and government officials have warned of consequences. -Dorian Jones, RFE - 10/20/11

Iran Slams UN Human Rights Report
Iran has slammed a report from a United Nations investigator that cites a "dramatic increase" in executions in Tehran along with other alleged human rights abuses. - 10/20/11

Framing Iran?
Within minutes of the DOJ's announcement that it had foiled a plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., with intended help from a Mexican drug cartel, the lapdog domestic media was practically orchestrating the "chorus of international condemnation" of Iran which Hillary Clinton would soon call for. -Ben Rosenfeld, Counterpunch - 10/20/11

Turkish Kurds Feel Fallout From Separatist Campaign
Kurdish rebels have been fighting for increased autonomy in southeastern Turkey for more than 30 years in an ongoing campaign that has cost thousands of lives. The guerrillas have recently stepped up their bombing campaign - killing at least 24 Turkish soldiers in their most recent attack. - 10/20/11

The FBI Goes Rogue on Iran
FBI's Counter Terrorist Unit has transformed itself into an instigator of crime. The Agency's modus operandi (MO) here reminds one of those carnivorous plants that have evolved physical shapes that lure their insect victims to their deaths. -Lawrence Davidson, Nation of Change - 10/20/11

ROPME criticizes Bahrain, Qatar, UAE on building artificial islands
The Executive Director of Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) Abdulrahman Abdullah al-Awadi criticized Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE over building artificial islands and complexes inside sea. - 10/20/11

Stuxnet-like virus points to new round of cyber war
Internet security specialists have warned of a new round of cyber warfare in the form of a computer virus similar to the malicious Stuxnet worm believed to have targeted Iran's nuclear program. - 10/20/11

Iranian Filmmakers Call for International Boycott of State-Run Film and TV Organizations
A month after the arrest of five independent Iranian filmmakers on charges of working for BBC Persian, 21 Iranian filmmakers and actors living outside of the country signed a statement asking the international community to boycott official Iranian film and television organizations and impose sanctions on Iranian media officials. - 10/19/11

Photos: The Army of Eagles in Artesh Abad, Qazvin
Eagles have made a habitat around the village of Artesh Abad in Abegarm, Qazvin province of Iran. The eagles live on the cliffs around the village and have grown in numbers creating an army! - 10/19/11

UN Human Rights Committee Sharply Criticizes Increasing Flogging Sentences in Iran
As flogging sentences issued and carried out by Iranian judges and judicial authorities are on the rise, during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Committee today in which the Iranian government's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is under review, members of the Committee sharply criticized Iranian authorities at the meeting for Iran's use of inhumane punishments such as flogging. - 10/19/11

Iranian Parliament Expresses Sympathy for Occupy Wall Street
Two hundred and twenty Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on Tuesday expressing their support for the protests on Wall Street. The MPs wrote that the great popular movement which has arisen in the United States is a movement against the capitalist system and is a prelude to the collapse of this system. - 10/19/11

Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Denied Visiting Privileges
Detained Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is being denied visiting privileges for refusing to wear the chador in prison.Sotoudeh's husband reports that last week he and his children were not allowed to visit Sotoudeh on the grounds that she had lost her visiting privileges. - 10/19/11

Iranian MPs revive motion to question president
Iran's Parliament will take another look at the motion to summon the president for questioning. The Fars News Agency reports that Mohammadreza Bahonar, the deputy head of Parliament, told the session on Wednesday that the motion will be examined next week. - 10/19/11

Britain, Canada Freeze Assets Over Alleged Iranian Plot
Britain and Canada have joined the United States and frozen the assets of five men in connection with the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. U.S. authorities froze the assets of the five one week ago. Canada and Britain followed on Tuesday. - 10/19/11

How Petraeus Fueled the Plot: The CIA and the Iran Caper
"Whoever concocted this tale wanted the 'plot' exposed ... to precipitate a major crisis in relations between Iran and the United States. Which other government in the Middle East would like nothing better than to see those relations take a big step toward military confrontation?" -Ray McGovern, Counterpunch - 10/19/11

Persian Letters: 'They Lash You To Say You Shouldn't Think'
Blogger "My Dreams" has reacted to the flogging of Niayifard, the latest in a series of lashings of political prisoners in the Islamic republic. The blogger believes the lashing sentences are a reminder from the Iranian authorities to critics that they should keep silent. - 10/19/11

Iran Plans to Export Gas to China via Pakistan
"Iran's advantage over its rival countries (Qatar and Russia) is its location between two big gas consumption markets, China and Europe," Managing-Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) Hossein Bidarmaghz said. - 10/19/11

21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage opens in Tehran
Ministers and ambassadors of ICID member states, the current head of the international Irrigation and Drainage commission from Canada, the secretary general of the commission and representatives of European, Asian, African, North and South American countries and hundreds of prominent experts from Iran and other countries have attended the congress. - 10/19/11

Sweden Cooperating with Iran in Manufacturing Carbon Fiber Vessels
Iran is manufacturing lightweight carbon fiber vessels under the supervision of Swedish experts, an Iranian industrialist announced on Wednesday. - 10/19/11

Iranian NBA player Hamed Haddadi joins Melli Haffari of Ahvaz
Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi joined Melli Haffari basketball team on Tuesday. The Ahvaz-based basketball team signed Haddadi on a short-term contract for an undisclosed fee. - 10/19/11

Where is Iranian Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi?
Protest gatherings have been held in several cities across the globe to bring attention to the case of Iranian activist Kouhyar Goudarzi who has been held incommunicado in Tehran's Evin prison since his detention by intelligence forces on 31 July 2011. - 10/18/11

Iran crashes U.S. in Brazil Futsal Grand Prix
Iran overpowered the U.S. in the 2011 Grand Prix de Futsal in Brazil on Tuesday. Iran trounced the U.S. 8-0 in Group C at the Arena Amadeu Teixeira in Manus, Brazil. - 10/18/11

Iran: Baha'i university staff sentenced to jail
Seven members of the Baha'i online university in Iran (BIHE) have been sentenced to jail terms by the Iranian judiciary. The detainees have been charged with "membership in illegal groups with the intention to commit crimes against national security." They have all appealed the decision of the court. - 10/18/11

Iranian student flogged for insulting the president
Amin Niayifar, a Tehran University student, was flogged 30 times for the charge of insulting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Kaleme opposition website reports that Niayifar is currently in section 350 of Evin Prison and will be released next week. - 10/18/11

State Department Persian-Language Spokesman Addresses Iranian-American Community
Citing a poem written by Iran's renowned Mohammad-Taqi Bahar about the Constitutional Revolution in Iran nearly a century ago, Alan Eyre, the U.S. State Department's Persian-Language Spokesman said, "Either reform or progress, there are no other options for our homeland. Iran has grown thoroughly old; there is no other cure than becoming new again." - 10/18/11

Concern over situation of detained Iranian journalists
A source close to detained Iranian journalist Amirali Allamehzadeh says he is increasingly concerned about the prisoner's well-being. Allamehzadeh was arrested on September 18 in Tehran through a warrant issued by the Media and Culture Court. - 10/18/11

Ahmadinejad Says Claims About Iranian Plot A U.S. Lie
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said U.S. allegations of an Iranian assassination plot resembled the claims about weapons of mass destruction that formed the basis for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and would prove to be equally untrue. - 10/18/11

Online Exhibition of Afsaneh Taebi's Calligraphy
Born in Kashan, Afsaneh Taebi spent her childhood years in Qom, Jiroft, Kohnouj, Bam and Sirjan. In high school Taebi began her courses in calligraphy and worked with such masters as Mohammad Mirzaee. As a teenager Taebi turned to photography and animation work and went on to participate in programs in the film studios of Kerman. -gallery mamak - 10/18/11

Iran must acknowledge abuses before UN Committee: Amnesty International
The Iranian authorities will make a farce of a UN Committee hearing into Iran's human rights record unless they acknowledge current and past abuses, Amnesty International warned today. - 10/18/11

Iran sets up biggest Persian Gulf oil platform
The Islamic Republic of Iran has installed the biggest oil exploitation platform in the Reshadat oilfield in the Persian Gulf, a report says. The platform has been ordered by the Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC) and built domestically over a one-year period, IRNA reported on Tuesday. - 10/18/11

Iran free to sail international waters: Navy Commander
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says Iran will seeks to increase presence in international waters is in accordance with international law. International waters belong to all countries and Iran's naval presence in the waters is in compliance with the international law, said Sayyari on Monday. - 10/18/11

Iran Dedicates Half of Academic Research to Boosting Defense Capabilities: Minister
Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjou said that half of the country's academic researches have focused on upgrading and boosting the country's defense capabilities. - 10/18/11

Exhibition and Lecture in London: Persian Postal History Across Two Centuries
A rare opportunity to view an award winning collection of Persia's Postal history during the Qajar period, followed by a lecture on the subject. - 10/18/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Post of President Dispensable
Iran's Supreme Leader announced yesterday that the role of the presidency in the Islamic Republic political system could possibly be eliminated. - 10/17/11

Photos: Drought Takes Toll on Lake Maharlou
The saltwater lake Maharlou has an area of 600 km-square, and it is located about 15 km from provincial city of Shiraz in the Fars province. The lake which is the habitat for wild animals and birds is another casualty of the severe drought in recent years. -Mohsen Tizhoosh - 10/17/11

Life In The Fast Lane For Iran's Well-Connected Super-Rich
Iranian financiers suspected of growing rich through links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are flaunting their wealth through the import of exclusive fast cars, an investigation backed by the European Union has found. - 10/17/11

Winner of Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize Announced
Magic of Persia is delighted to announce that the winner of MOP CAP 2011 is SHIRIN SABAHI. A very well attended exhibition of the MOP CAP 2011 Finalists' works took place from 10th October 2011 at the Royal College of Art; culminating in an evening Private Preview on 15th October, including an auction conducted by Christie's - 10/17/11

Iran Says 'Ready To Examine' U.S. Plot Accusations
The Iranian foreign minister says Iran is "ready to examine" information the United States says supports accusations Tehran plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. - 10/17/11

Iran Wants Access To Suspect In Saudi Death Plot
Iran is demanding access to the man being held in the United States in connection with an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador. Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affairs of Switzerland -- which represents U.S. interests in Iran -- to demand consular access to Manssor Arbabsiar. - 10/17/11

ANF Members Hail Iran's Progress in Nanotechnology
Representatives of the member countries in Asia Nano Forum (ANF) who had participated in the eighth meeting of ANF in Iran, visited the Fourth Nanotechnology Festival and Exhibition, and lauded the performance and progress of the Iranian scientists in nanotechnology. - 10/17/11

Heads of Three Branches of Iranian Government Meet: Evident Differences, Secret Meetings
While differences between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Ali Larijani and Sadegh Larijani - the three heads of the Iranian government - are rising by the day, as reported in the media, news agencies have reported that the three had a meeting in recent days as hosted by Ali Larijani. -Hossein Mohammadi, Rooz - 10/17/11

Talk at UCLA: A Social History of Cinema in Iran
October 24: A talk by Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University: Naficy is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University, where he also has an appointment with the Department of Art History. - 10/17/11

Iranian Official Slams Activities of British Embassy in Tehran
A senior Iranian military official says the British Embassy in Iran is a centre of "conspiracy and espionage" and he wants it dealt with. Jazayeri made the statements in reaction to recent European sanctions against another 29 Iranian officials. - 10/17/11

An Insidious Threat to the Occupy Movement
The threat I am referring to is not that of being pepper-sprayed, arrested, beaten or imprisoned. It is a different type of threat: a stealthy challenger that while pretending to advance the goals of the Occupy Movement tends to undermine it from within-more or less like the proverbial elephant in the room. -Ismael Hossein-zadeh - 10/17/11

Bandar Abbas-Alamty Train Launched
Bandar Abbas - Almaty train was launched in a ceremony with presence of high ranking authorities from Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states and international organizations on October 17 in Iran. - 10/17/11

U.S Exports to Iran Increased 84% in August
The U.S Census Bureau reported that the country's exports to the Islamic Republic of Iran in creased 84 percent in August compared to the exports in July. - 10/17/11

UN Report Documents Iran's Human Rights Crisis
The Iranian government should immediately allow access to the UN appointed Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed to address Iran's ongoing human rights crisis, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today, following the release of Shaheed's interim report. - 10/16/11

Photos: Iran National Paralympic Day celebrated
Fifth Iranian National Paralympic Day was celebrated with participation of the disabled athletes at Tehran's Azadi Hall on Sunday. About 4,000 athletes showed off their skills in sitting volleyball, basketball wheelchair, futsal, judo, table tennis, cycling and goalball events with motto of "happy and mirth, health and championship with paralympic sports". - 10/16/11

Iran's Bana selected as Greco-Roman wrestling coach of 2011
World Wrestling Federation officials on Sunday selected Iran's Mohammad Bana as the Greco-Roman wrestling coach of the year 2011. - 10/16/11

Support the Next Generation of Iranian Americans
In an increasingly competitive world, the younger generation of Iranian Americans, more than ever, needs opportunities and programs to live the American dream and prosper in their educational and professional careers. PAAIA is committed to ensuring that our younger generation receives the advice, tools, and support that an integrated community can provide its members to be a successful and vibrant community. - 10/16/11

Iranian President Denies US Plot Claims
Iran's president has denied U.S. allegations that Iran was involved in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the U.S. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday Iranians are civilized and do not need to resort to assassination. - 10/16/11

Iranian MP calls for Ahmadinejad's resignation
Parleman News reports that reformist MP Mohsen Narimon says Ahmadinejad must leave office for "legal violations committed by his government as well as creating serious mistrust in society, incompetent handling of the economy, direct insults and involvement in violations such as the recent bank fraud." - 10/16/11

'If Needed, We Have The Capability To Assassinate King Abdullah'
Comments attributed to a hard-line Iranian cleric, who had been quoted as saying that Iran can assassinate the king of Saudi Arabia if need be, have been removed from the website where they first appeared. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/16/11

Open Letter to President Barack Obama on the current so-called terrorist plot
Dear President Obama: As a Lincoln Republican, I supported you in 2008 along with nearly 5,000 friends, all individuals who only walk the path of rectitude. I borrowed $5000 to contribute to your campaign in 2008, still paying my debt. -Professor Akbar Montaser - 10/16/11

Football: Persepolis of Tehran Loses to bottom-table Mes of Kerman
Persepolis has suffered a humiliating defeat against bottom-table Mes of Kerman in the 10th week of the Iranian Premier League (IPL). - 10/16/11

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatens to scrap directly elected president
The deep internal divides at the top of Iranian politics sharpened on Sunday when the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned he could do away with the presidency, currently held by his rival, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Telegraph, UK - 10/16/11

Friends in Texas Question Allegations Against Iranian Terrorist Suspect: Mr. Bean or James Bond?
The man accused of plotting with Iranian government officials to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has spent most of the past 30 years in the state of Texas. People who knew him there say it is hard to imagine Manssor Arbabsiar being involved in such a complex scheme. They describe him as being forgetful, disorganized and a joke. - 10/15/11

Jail term confirmed for Iranian filmmakers Panahi and Rasoulof
An Iranian appellate court has confirmed the prison sentence of Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. Iranian media report that the two filmmakers have been convicted of "activity against national security and propaganda activities against the regime," with Jafar Panahi receiving a six-year sentence and Rasoulof getting one year. - 10/15/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Issues Ambiguous Fatwa Regarding Facebook
"Since Facebook has been filtered in Iran, is logging on to such a website to stay in touch with friends, without having any activity against the national interests of the Islamic republic, wrong?" This question was recently put to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reportedly by an Iranian via mail. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/15/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Rejects US Allegations
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says U.S. claims that Tehran supported an alleged assassination plot against a Saudi envoy are absurd. The supreme leader accused the U.S. of making "unfounded" accusations against "a few Iranians in America" as part of an effort to isolate Iran. - 10/15/11

Iran finishes 2nd in West Asian women's football tourney
Iran lost to the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday night in the final of the 4th West Asian Women's Football Championship. - 10/15/11

Inaugural Conference on Iran's Economy, 2011: December 7-8 in London
The newly formed International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA) is pleased to announce its first international conference on Iran's Economy to be held at SOAS, University of London, on 7-8 December 2011. This conference will be hosted by the London Middle East Institute at SOAS. - 10/15/11

Iranian film wins Beirut Festival award
A Dog's Life (Zendegiye Sagi) by Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf has won the Gold "Aleph" for Best Middle-Eastern Short Film at the Beirut International Film Festival. Makhmalbaf reportedly dedicated the award to Iranian filmmakers currently jailed by the Islamic Republic. - 10/15/11

The Iranian American Experience: Overcoming Obstacles and Celebrating Success
"We all want to see Iranian-Americans in the highest levels of government but we are not going to get there if we don't see Iranian-Americans in lower levels of government" said Darius Shahinfar, former congressional candidate at NIAC leadership conference. - 10/15/11

Alleged Iranian Plot Prompts Skepticism
The alleged Iranian-backed plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. has sparked skepticism among some veteran Iran watchers. Many longtime Iran watchers are puzzled over the alleged Iranian plot to kill Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. - 10/15/11

U.S. Insists Meeting Held With Iran
The United States has dismissed as untruthful Iranian claims that no direct contacts have taken place between the U.S. and Iran over allegations concerning a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, a claim that Tehran denies. - 10/15/11

Iranian oil sales, foreign exchange taking a hit from US, UN sanctions
Despite Tehran's insistence that increasingly strict sanctions are not harming Iran, Iranian oil sales are down and its foreign exchange access is being hampered by the US and UN sanctions. -Roshanak Taghavi, CSM - 10/15/11

Photos: Sixth Street Theater Festival in Marivan
Troupes from five countries are participating the Six Nationwide Street Theater Festival in Marivan, Iran's Kurdistan province. The international section of the Festival is being held from Oct 11-15 with performers from Tajikistan, Iraq, Japan, Turkey and France. -Saman Abbasi - 10/14/11

Analysts question alleged Iranian plot
Analysts are questioning the credibility of the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. in a CNN report, while the US takes action to further isolate Iran by taking charges against it to the UN. - 10/14/11

Iran women Wushu athletes win golds
Iranian women Wushu practitioners have put in excellent performance at the 11th World Wushu Championships in Ankara, Turkey, and captured three gold medals. - 10/14/11

The Alleged Murder Plot Viewed From Tehran
Iranian officials and the country's media were quick to dismiss U.S. allegations that Tehran was behind a plot to assassinate a Saudi envoy, even though the news broke in the middle of the night in Iran. Washington said it had foiled a plot by two men linked to Iran to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Adel Jubeir. -Golnaz Esfandiari RFE - 10/14/11

Iranian Director Wins Top Prize At Asia's Biggest Film Festival
Iranian director Morteza Farshbaf has won one of the top two honors at Asia's largest film festival, South Korea's Busan International Film Festival. - 10/14/11

U.S. in "direct contact" with Iran over alleged plot
The U.S. State Department says Washington has been in direct contact with Islamic Republic officials in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. - 10/14/11

Experts Discuss U.S. Iran relations at NIAC Leadership Conference
As part of its first annual Leadership Conference last week, NIAC hosted an off the record panel for conference attendees featuring key leaders in the academic and political spheres in the United States and Europe working on Iran-U.S. foreign policy issues. -Loren White, NIAC - 10/14/11

Interview: US looking for another war?
Interview with Giulietto Chiesa, Italian journalist and politician: I believe that nothing at the moment has been decided, but there are different scenarios going on. One of these scenarios is Lebanon, the other scenario is Syria and the third scenario is Iran. All the three are different but they are going on all together in parallel. We are witnessing now the development of one of these - Iran. -Voice of Russia - 10/14/11

China wants to import gas from Iran: NIGEC
Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC), Hossein Bidarmaghz, says China wants to import gas from Iran. - 10/14/11

U.S. Considering Sanctions Against Central Bank of Iran
The U.S. Treasury's top official fighting the financing of terrorism says Washington is considering additional sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran to further isolate the country financially. - 10/14/11

Russia's Putin Seeks to Upgrade Ties to China
China has overtaken Germany to become Russia's top trading partner. Trade is up by 45 percent this year, and could triple by the end of this decade to $200 billion. So Prime Minister Putin visited Beijing to strengthen his nation's most important bilateral tie. -James Brooke, VOA, Moscow - 10/14/11

Report: Iran Attempt to Launch Monkey Into Space Fails
An attempt by Iran to launch a rocket carrying a live monkey into space in September has met with failure, stalling the country's program to pursue a human spaceflight capability, according to press reports. -space.com - 10/14/11

Ecosystem Management Must Consider Human Impact Too
Michigan Tech PhD student Azad Henareh uses remote sensing images and data to identify sudden forest loss in western Iran. -Michigan Technological University - 10/14/11

A Drama at the Junior-High Level
Like almost everyone else, I also heard the news and was shocked out of my wits that the Islamic Republic of Iran had attempted to assassinate a foreign ambassador on US soil! I actually went ahead and read the entire case document word for word trying to make some sense out of it. The whole thing was more than incredible, it was absolutely incredulous. -Kam Zarrabi - 10/13/11

Iran: Mothers of Killed Protesters Seek UN Support to Find Their Children's Murderers
Only two weeks before the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran is to present his report, two mothers of the post-election 2009 victims told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their search for the murderers of their children has not produced any results. - 10/13/11

Iran water polo team crowned Asian Age Group champions
Iran water polo team claimed the title of the 7th Asian Age Group Championships in Palembang, Indonesia on Wednesday. The Iranian outfit, which is headed by Ukrainian coach Vadim Skuratov, defeated Uzbekistan 9-7 in the final game and won the championship. - 10/13/11

Iran Assassination Plot Raises Questions
In announcing details of the alleged Iranian plot to carry out a spate of terrorist attacks in Washington, including murdering the Saudi Arabian ambassador, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder left little room for doubt. - 10/13/11

Iranians Face Steep Rise in Medical Bills
The head of the Medical Council of Iran has announced that healthcare costs have increased by 20 to 40 percent in Iran after cuts were made to government subsidies. - 10/13/11

Iran Economic Summit 2011: November 23-24 in Tehran
This Summit is aiming at attracting new businesses from BRIC Countries in particular featuring Iran as one of the key destinations where the motto "Business as Usual" and "Seeing is Believing" are the key messages for this unique opportunity of meeting with Government decision-makers and leading drivers in industry and finance. -Euroconvention Conferences - 10/13/11

The "Come To Jesus" Moment In US-Iran Relations
As policymakers, pundits and the American people process this alleged bombshell, it is important to remember that nations have often rushed into conflicts (see: Iraq circa 2003), and we would be wise to let the investigation run its course and gather all the facts. -Reza Marashi and Trita Parsi, Huffington Post - 10/13/11

Obama, Saudi King Pledge 'Unified' Response to Iran Bomb Attack Plot
The United States and Saudi Arabia have pledged to pursue a "strong and unified" international response to the alleged plot by elements of the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. - 10/13/11

Panel Discussion in London: Persian Culture as a World Culture:
November 4th, 2011: Panel discussion followed by a concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the Soudavar Memorial Foundation - 10/13/11

EU publishes list of Iranian officials under sanction
The European Union has published the names of the 29 Iranian officials under sanctions for "violations of human rights including acts such as torture and carrying out executions ordered through vague charges and unfair trials." - 10/13/11

Iran's Electricity Industry Exports to Hit $4 bln
The Islamic Republic of Iran's power industry exports will increase to $4 billion in current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21), Deputy Energy Minister Mohmmad Behzad said. - 10/13/11

Iran-South Korea trade hits $10 billion in first half of 2011: Envoy
South Korean Ambassador to Iran Park Jae-hyun says trade transactions between Tehran and Seoul have reached USD 10 billion in the first half of 2011. - 10/13/11

Nothing's certain about Iranian plot
The United States announced a plot was foiled to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, which it linked to Iran. But before passing final judgment and acting upon this information, it would be prudent to ask cui bono -- who profits from this affair? In this sense, Iran has everything to lose and its regional rivals everything to win. -Shirin Hunter, CNN - 10/13/11

Letter from PARSA's Chairman: So Proud
Some six years ago over Labor Day weekend, a few Iranian American philanthropists met in Napa, California and set out to move the needle on Iranian giving in America. They wanted to get the thirty-year old community in the U.S. to give more, to give more strategically and to become more active American citizens. - 10/12/11

Iran complains to United Nations over U.S. terror plot allegations
Iran ambassador to the UN forwards a letter of complaint to the world body, voicing outrage over the US allegations of the Islamic Republic's involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. - 10/12/11

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake
Fake, fake, fake -- I'm talking about the latest anti-Iranian propaganda coming out of Washington, which claims the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were involved in a "plot" to take out the Saudi ambassador to the US and blow up both the Saudi and Israeli embassies... This flimsy cock-eyed tale is so transparently fake that it's an embarrassment to the United States of America. Can't our spooks do better than this? -Justin Raimondo, Anti War - 10/12/11

U.S. Foils Alleged Iranian Plot To Assassinate Saudi Ambassador
U.S. authorities say they have foiled a plot allegedly orchestrated by the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. Iran reacted quickly to the news of the charges, calling them a fabrication. - 10/12/11

NIAC Statement on Alleged Terror Plot
Iranian Americans share with all Americans a deep commitment to keeping our country safe, and the actions of the individual indicted in the alleged plot in no way reflects the views of the broader Iranian-American community. - 10/12/11

Photos: Four convicted rapists hanged in public in Khomeinishahr, Iran
Four men convicted of gang rape in Khomeinishahr in Iran's central Isfahan province were hanged in public on Wednesday. The men, aged 20 to 25, were part of a group of 15 who had been charged with breaking into a private orchard in June of this year and raping the women after abducting them. -Ehsan Khosravi - 10/12/11

Clinton Vows 'Strong Message' to Iran Over Terror
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will seek to further isolate Iran after Tehran was implicated Tuesday in a plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. The U.S. Justice Department charged two men including an Iranian-born U.S. citizen in an elaborate plot, for which Iran denies responsibility. - 10/12/11

Iran's President Criticizes Lashing of Student
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the recent flogging of a student who was convicted of insulting him, a day after opposition activists say an Iranian actress was also sentenced to 90 lashes for her role in a film critical of the government. - 10/12/11

Iranian broadcaster reacts to BBC film on Supreme Leader
An Iranian official claims the film about Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, which aired on the BBC, has become "a promotion of his thoughts and sayings." - 10/12/11

U.S. Issues Travel Alert After Alleged Iran Plot
The U.S. State Department is warning Americans around the world of the potential for terrorist attacks against U.S. interests following the disruption of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. - 10/12/11

Iranian lawmaker resigns over Parliament's refusal to question Ahmadinejad
Iranian MP Ali Motahari has resigned over Parliament's failure to follow through on a motion to question the president. The motion to question Ahmadinejad, signed by 100 MPs, was handed to Parliament in late June. - 10/12/11

Opium production in Afghanistan shows increase, prices set to rise
Opium poppy-crop cultivation in Afghanistan reached 131,000 hectares in 2011, 7 per cent higher than in 2010, due to insecurity and high prices, said the 2011 Afghan Opium Survey released today by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). - 10/12/11

Who is betting on a losing horse?
I have little doubt that Iran is trying to keep president Asad in power but what if Tehran thinks Asad doesn't have a chance to win? Iranian strategists are aware of basic rules of risk management. They are not going to put all their eggs in one basket. -Behdad Bordbar - 10/12/11

Iranian pastor's case returned for further investigation
Iran's Supreme Court says the case of Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor charged with apostasy, is incomplete. - 10/12/11

Iran Football Team Routs 10-Man Bahrain 6-0
Iran trounced Bahrain 6-0 to stay on the top of the table in Group E of the Asian World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. - 10/11/11

Photos: Zanjan University Students Protests Plan for Gender Segregation
Students at Zanjan University held a gathering on Monday to protests plans for gender segregation at Iranian universities. The students were in particular demanding removal of a wall erected in the cafeteria separating male and female students. - 10/11/11

Iran women reach final of football tourney
The Iranian female football team has edged past Jordan in the 4th West Asian Women's Football Championship in the United Arab Emirates to reach the final. - 10/11/11

Iranian reformists say general boycott of elections looms large
The Islamic Iran Participation Front, a reformist party, says: "Boycotting the elections has become a principle for the people." The Norooz website reports that the Participation Front attributes the people's disregard for the elections to "the coup d'etat of 2009." - 10/11/11

Iranian plot to kill Saudi ambassador thwarted, U.S. officials say
U.S. agents have disrupted an Iranian "murder-for-hire" scheme targeting Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. -CNN - 10/11/11

EU Expands Sanctions Against Iran
The European Union has expanded sanctions against Iran because of what the EU says are continued human rights abuses. The EU on Monday added 29 people in Iran to the European bloc's list of those subject to asset freezes and travel bans. - 10/11/11

Slippery when read
Writing in the Washington Quarterly, Kenneth Pollack and Ray Takeyh have a rather bizarre piece calling for the United States to "double down" on Iran, including direct efforts to destabilize the clerical regime. -Stephen M. Walt, FP - 10/11/11

Iran: Azerbaijani activists given jail term
Fifteen Iranian activists in Azerbaijan province have been sentenced to four months in prison plus a 20-month suspended jail term. The report adds that the evidence against the detainees is their participation in the Eftar dinner and their discussions about the protests organized around the drying of Lake Oroumiyeh. - 10/11/11

Iran: 14 new suspects arrested in $2.6b financial fraud case
Fourteen new suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has announced. - 10/11/11

Iran's local nano-pharmaceutical to hit market soon
An Iranian nano-pharmaceutical would hit the market by March 2012. The drug is the Middle East's first non-carcinogenic nanomedicine which should be used through injection. Iran will break the US monopoly for the similar medicine after 13 years. - 10/11/11

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant Joins Iran's National Grid With 50% Capacity
Iranian first nuclear power plant has joined the national grid with the capacity of 450 MW. The nuclear facility went on stream on September 3 with the power of roughly 60 MW. It gained 50 percent of its nominal power last week as it reached the capacity of 450 MW. - 10/11/11

Iran's top cop offers to resign if boy-girl survey proves true
Iran's top cop has offered to quit his job if anyone verifies the results of a recent survey that says 80% of Iranian students drink alcohol and have friendships with the opposite sex, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported. -CNN - 10/11/11

All South Pars phases will be operational by 2015: Iranian Official
The managing director of the Pars Oil and Gas Company announced on Monday that all phases of the South Pars gas field will be operational by 2015. South Pars is a gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf. It is the world's largest gas field and is shared by Iran and Qatar. - 10/11/11

South Korea Emerges as Unlikely Source of Caviar
The unfertilized eggs of the sturgeon have made the fish one of the world's most valuable wildlife resources. Some 90 percent of the world's caviar comes from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, but uncontrolled fishing after the collapse of the Soviet Union has greatly reduced wild populations. -Steve Herman, VOA - 10/11/11

IATA halts ticket services to Iran Air
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it must close its payment services to Iranian citizens using the state-owned airline Iran Air due to the sanctions imposed on the country. - 10/11/11

Iran to host 62nd ICID meeting
Iran is to host the 62nd annual International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) mid October. The event coincides with the 21st annual Congress on Irrigation and Drainage which is held every three years. - 10/11/11

Iranian actress sentenced to prison and lashings
Marzieh Vafamehr, an Iranian filmmaker and actress who has been detained since last July for acting in the film My Tehran for Sale, has been sentenced to one year in jail and 90 lashes. - 10/10/11

I'VE GOT PERSIANALITY!
Perhaps the biggest challenge in Iranian fashion history has been the struggle between the old and the new. Iranians have famously been fashion innovators trying to balance expectations of the different tastes in their community. -Darius KADIVAR - 10/10/11

Iran releases two detained filmmakers
Two of the recently arrested Iranian documentary makers charged with collaborating with Persian BBC were released yesterday after 22 days in jail. The Iranian Documentary Makers Association announced that Nasser Safarrian and Mohsen Shahnazdar were released on October 9, giving no further details. - 10/10/11

Philosophers and theologians worldwide condemn Iran's attack on Baha'i educators
New York - More than 40 distinguished philosophers and theologians from 16 countries have joined the condemnation of Iran's policy to bar young Baha'is and others from higher education. - 10/10/11

Crackdown tightens on satellite dishes
The chief of Iran's security forces has announced that police officers are authorized to enter private residences to confiscate satellite dishes, even as Tehran's police commissioner declared that authorities will press on with their plan to seize every dish. - 10/10/11

I RUN 4 HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN
On October 15, 2011 I will run a half marathon to bring awareness to the human rights violations committed by the regime of Iran. My fundraising goals is $1000. All proceeds will go to United4Iran a non-partisan, non-political, non-religious global network working to promote fundamental human and civil rights in Iran. - 10/10/11

Statement regarding the death of Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi
It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of our distinguished friend and colleague, the Iranian-American sociologist Dr. Mehrdad Mashayekhi. A prominent political analyst and public intellectual, Mehrdad Mashayekhi died Wednesday October 5, 2011, at his home in Vienna, Virginia. - 10/10/11

Iran Starts Caspian Shelf Exploration
An Iranian research vessel has started exploration of the Caspian Sea's southern shelf. The work, which will continue until year-end, is aimed at identifying potential routes for an oil pipeline and fiber-optic cables. - 10/10/11

Iran warns Turkey on NATO missile plan
A senior Iranian commander has warned Turkey against adverse consequences of its agreement to host the base for the US-led NATO missile shield system, urging the neighboring state to reconsider its strategic interests. - 10/10/11

Iran calls for IATA to follow international rules after sanctions imposed on Iran Air
The measure came after the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department has intensified embargo on Iran on October 5 and blacklisted Iran Air which led to IATA's refusel to continue cooperation with Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (Iran Air). - 10/10/11

Syrian Foreign Minister Warns Against Recognizing Opposition
Syria's foreign minister on Sunday threatened "tough measures" against any country that recognizes a newly formed opposition council. Meanwhile, government forces killed 13 people as bloodshed continued throughout the country. - 10/10/11

Photos: Iranian activist flogged following jail term
Peyman Aref, a detained Iranian activist and member of the Nationalist Front of Iran, was flogged 74 times on Sunday in accordance with an earlier sentence. A Tehran Revolutionary court sentenced the Iranian activist to 74 lashes as well as one year in jail and a lifetime ban from journalism and political activity for the charge of "insulting the president." - 10/9/11

Photos: A Dry Karun River Dreams about Boats
Karun River passes through the city of Ahvaz in Iran's southwestern Khuzestan Province. Karun is another victim of drought and poor planning of the water resources feeding the river. These photos by ISNA photographer Hadi Jafarzadeh show parts of the river that have completely dried out. - 10/9/11

Four Iranian Journalists Arrested In Shiraz
Four Iranian journalists have been arrested in Shiraz, Iranian media report. Zamaneh has been informed that Farzad Sadri, editor-in-chief of the ISNA in Fars region, ISNA photographer Hakhamanesh Younesi and two ISNA reporters, Saeed Nazari and Ali Nezamolmolki were taken into custody. - 10/9/11

Basij Militia Units Flex Muscles In Tehran
Concerned about the spillover of the Arab Spring into Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the guardian of the clerical regime, is making a concerted effort to prepare its forces for possible unrest in the country, particularly in Tehran. - 10/9/11

Iran to launch Navid satellite by March 2012
The domestically manufactured Navid satellite will be launched from the Safir B1 satellite launcher by the end of March 2012. The satellite is currently undergoing pre-launch tests. - 10/9/11

Photos: Iran's Jamaran Destroyer Goes On First Mission In International Waters
The Iranian Navy's 16th fleet of warships, comprised of the Jamaran destroyer and the Bandar Abbas gunboat, set sail for the north of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden on Sunday. It is the first time that the Jamaran destroyer is dispatched on a mission in international waters. - 10/9/11

San Francisco Bay Guardian Endorses Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff
With just little over a month away from Election Day, two successful Iranian American candidates in San Francisco continue to gain momentum with new endorsements and high praise. Sharmin Bock, meanwhile, continues to impress San Franciscans with her credentials and campaign in a crowded field for District Attorney. -Darius Shahinfar, PAAIA - 10/9/11

Hatred of Arabs deeply rooted in Persians, says Iranian intellectual
The relationship between Arabs and Persians has always been a source of controversy, not only owing to the contemporary power struggle in the region, but also because of a long history of rivalry that formed an integral part of the national psyche of both people. Iranian intellectual Sadek Zibakalam provides deep insight into the different levels of this enduring animosity. -Al Arabiya - 10/9/11

PAAIA's Bay Area Chapter Sponsors Panel Presentation on Iran Sanctions
Thursday, October 20 at Stanford University: Please join us as prominent legal experts discuss a range of topics relating to the recent OFAC sanctions against Iran and their implications on Iranian Americans, including: transferring funds to/from Iran for family transactions, imports/exports, purchasing/selling property, managing an inheritance and investments. - 10/9/11

Assyrians Hold Major Meeting in Tehran
The 28th Assyrian Universal Alliance Congress kicked off in Tehran on October 6th. Assyrian Christians from more than twenty countries participated in the event. - 10/9/11

EU Foreign Ministers To Ramp Up Action Against Iran, Belarus
European Union foreign ministers are set to almost double the number of Iranians on the EU's visa ban list when they meet in Luxembourg on October 10. Most of them are judges who have sentenced individuals protesting against the regime following the flawed presidential election in December 2010. No economic sanctions are expected to be on the table yet. -Rikard Jozwiak, RFE - 10/9/11

Iran Fires Gazprom from Azar Oil Field due to delays
Senior Iranian oil ministry officials announced in Tehran on Sunday that they have fired the Russian gas company, Gazprom, from Azar oil field in Western Iran. - 10/9/11

Protesters attack TV station over film Persepolis
Tunisian police have arrested dozens of Islamists for an attempted attack on a TV station which had showed the award-winning film Persepolis. -BBC - 10/9/11

Iranian weightlifter Salimi sets new world record
At the Iran's training camp on Thursday held at Sanandaj's Takhti Stadium in Kurdistan province, Salimi improved the record of 213kg set by the Iranian Hercules, Hossein Rezazadeh, in the 2004 Olympics Games. - 10/8/11

Incarcerated Iranian Opposition Leader Karroubi Allowed Unexpected Family Visit
Mehdi Karroubi's son: Although the six security agents were present at all times during father's short visit, it goes without saying that seeing him after 8 months transformed our small family gathering into a memorable and auspicious night. - 10/8/11

NGO concerned about Iran's Bamu National Park
A non-governmental organization in Fars province has announced that development of the Shiraz oil refinery could pose a threat to the wildlife in nearby Bamu National Park. - 10/8/11

State Department Farsi Spokesman Says Iran Should Consider Hotline, MKO Still Terrorist Group
Iran should "carefully" consider a plan to establish a military-to-military hotline between the United States and the Islamic Republic says U.S. State Department Farsi Spokesman Alan Eyre. The plan, which was first reported on September 18 by "The Wall Street Journal," is aimed at preventing potential incidents between the two countries. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/8/11

Turkey Moves to Directly Support Syrian Opposition
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly taking the lead in supporting the Syrian opposition. Erdogan condemned the vetoing of a United Nations resolution against Damascus and has announced it will impose its own sanctions. This week saw the start of military exercises on the Syrian border. -Dorian Jones, VOA, Istanbul - 10/8/11

"Iran national broadcaster filed suit against filmmakers"
Iranian documentary makers were arrested because of a complaint from Iran's national broadcaster, Seda va Sima, says a relative of one of the detainees. In the past month, the Islamic Republic has detained six of its filmmakers on charges of "collaborating with Persian BBC." - 10/8/11

Iran: ILNA Journalist in Detention for 20 Days
Amir Ali Allamehzadeh, journalist and former International Desk Editor of ILNA News Agency, remains in detention since his arrest by plainclothes forces 20 days ago. No security organization has yet accepted responsibility for his arrest. - 10/8/11

U.S. Envoy: New Silk Road Would Bring Prosperity
The U.S. special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan says a bid to revive the ancient Silk Road across Central Asia should bring prosperity to the region. The Silk Road was once at the heart of lucrative trade routes between Asia and the West, with merchants carrying goods ranging from textiles to spices. - 10/8/11

Tehran ready to enter serious nuclear talks: Iran's UN Envoy
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran is ready to engage in negotiations over its nuclear program based on mutual respect and without preconditions. - 10/8/11

In Memory of a Friend: Mehrdad Mashayekhi (1953-2011)
Mehrdad Mashayekhi was born in Tehran, Iran and has resided in the U.S. since 1972. He received a. B.A. and M.A. in economics (Case Western Reserve University, 1976, Cleveland, and The American University, 1979, Washington D.C.), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The American University, in 1986. -Mehdi Amini - 10/8/11

Iranian Americans: Critical Link Between Washington and Tehran
Iranian Americans can help improve communication between the peoples of their current and ancestral homelands. A U.S. lawmaker has urged them to step up their outreach to elected officials and their fellow Americans to help increase American understanding of Iran's society and politics. -Stephen Kaufman, Staff Writer, IIP Digital - 10/7/11

Analysts Say New Sanctions Bill Would Increase Gas Prices; Unlikely to Change Iran's Behavior
A panel of sanctions experts concluded Tuesday that new sanctions legislation that Congress is considering could create a "very large, very sudden" increase in gas prices in the U.S. and abroad if passed. - 10/7/11

Photos: Iranian Women Football Team Defeats UAE 4-1
Iranian football players have defeated the United Arab Emirates in the preliminary round of the 4th West Asian Women's Football Championship currently underway in Abu Dhabi. - 10/7/11

Tehran's Sharif University among the top 350 universities
Iran's Sharif University of Technology is among the top 350 universities in Times Higher Education's list of the world's top universities for 2011-2012. Sharif has been ranked in the 301-350 group. - 10/7/11

Photos: Artist uses street installation to bring attention to the cutting of trees in Kerman
In recent weeks, many trees have been cut in the city of Kerman in southern Iran. The trees in the city have been infested with an insect which has been hard to eradicate, and thus they have sustained substantial damage. However, some are blaming the city for being too aggressive in cutting the trees and for not having proper plans to deal with the sick trees. - 10/7/11

Steve Jobs Remembered In Iran
Many Iranians have expressed sadness over Jobs' death on social-media sites by reposting a video with Persian subtitles of a famous speech given in 2005 at Stanford University, and sharing news stories and pictures of the Apple innovator. - 10/7/11

Four convicted rapists sentenced to death in Iran
Iran's Supreme Court has approved the death sentence handed to four men accused of a gang rape in Khomeinishahr. The Esfahan justice department announced that the convicts will be hanged in one of the main squares in Khoemeinishahr. - 10/7/11

Iranian professor gets another two years in jail
The Iranian judiciary has handed a two-year jail term to Ghassem Sholeh Saadi, an Iranian professor and former member of Parliament. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that Sholeh Saadi was charged with "insulting the Supreme Leader." - 10/7/11

Iran Trumpets Its Nanotechnology Behind a Veil
This week Iran will be hosting its fourth annual Iran Nano 2011 and the PR materials have been churned out fast and furious leading up to the event. -Dexter Johnson, IEEE Spectrum - 10/7/11

Pakistan's Relations with Iran, China Face Obstacles
Relations between Pakistan and the United States have sunk to their lowest point in decades. And to make up for the rift, Pakistan has put renewed emphasis on its outreach to China and Iran as possible alternative partners. But, analysts are skeptical just how big a role either country could play in Pakistan. -William Ide, VOA - 10/7/11

Social rules clash with reality for Iran's youth
Iran is governed by a version of sharia law which in theory prohibits any mingling between members of the opposite sex outside marriage or close family. While social rules were relaxed under reformist former President Mohammad Khatami, who was first elected in 1997, things have tightened up again since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad succeeded him in 2005. -Reuters - 10/7/11

Saudis crush dissent and point finger at Iran for trouble in eastern province
Kingdom wary of popular uprising warns unrest will be crushed with 'an iron fist' and plays down protests, blaming outsiders -Guardian - 10/7/11

Death of Iranian student triggers protests at Amir Kabir University
A group of Iranian students at Amir Kabir University in Tehran staged a demonstration yesterday to protest "the incompetence and negligence of university personnel," which they claim has caused the death of a female student. - 10/6/11

Iranian MPs Abandon Motion to Impeach President Ahmadinejad
In light of Ayatollah Khamenei's recommendation to maintain a "calm atmosphere" in the country, Tehran MP Hossein Nejabat said the MPs who signed the motion to impeach the president will wait for the results of official investigations. - 10/6/11

Families of BBC staff being harassed in Iran
We are seeing the levels of intimidation and bullying as well as attempts to interfere with our independence reaching new levels - particularly since a documentary about the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei was aired. -Peter Horrocks, director, BBC Global News - 10/6/11

Iranian Women's Rights Activist in Prison Without Family Contact
An informed source close to 38-year-old women's rights activist Fereshteh Shirazi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since her arrest on 3 September 2011 in the city of Amol, she has had very little contact with her family. - 10/6/11

Four journalists arrested by Iranian authorities
In a new wave of arrests, the Islamic Republic has detained four journalists, the opposition website Kaleme reports. Ali Akarami and Mehdi Afsharnik were arrested at their homes, and Mohmmad Heydari, another journalist, and Mohsen Hakimi, an internet expert and media activist, were arrested a few hours later. - 10/6/11

Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Tried and Sentenced Again on Same Charges
Ghassem Sholeh Sadi, lawyer, university professor, and former member of the Iranian Parliament, who is now serving time inside Evin Prison, was again tried by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court on the charge of "insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei" and was sentenced to two years in prison. - 10/6/11

Collaboration with foreign networks seen as "illegal" for Iranian filmmakers
Collaboration with Persian-language networks outside Iran is "illegal," says Iran's House of Cinema in a letter addressed to the Association of Iranian Documentary Makers. - 10/6/11

Iranians Bristle as Banking Scandal Widens
A banking scandal, identified by Iranian authorities as the "largest embezzlement in the country's banking history", has further shaken confidence in the government whose legitimacy was already under question after the contested results of the 2009 presidential election. -Yasaman Baji, IPS - 10/6/11

Iran registers local AUTSAT in International Telecommunications Union
"AUTSAT projects aims to design, build, test and launch a light microsatellite which is scheduled to do missions on remote-sensing area," AUTSAT satellite's project manager Mostafa Safavi said Tuesday. - 10/6/11

Iran's GDP to Rise $55 bln this year
Economist in its recent report announced that Iran's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will increase $55 billion in the current year. According to the report, Iran's GDP will rise to $473.6 billion in 2011 from $418.3 billion in 2010, showing $55.3 billion growth. - 10/6/11

Is Israel Again Weighing an Attack on Iran's Nuclear Facilities?
"I think the most effective way to deal with Iran is not on a unilateral basis," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Israel on Tuesday, stressing that the Israeli government needed to act in concert and consensus with the international community. -TIME - 10/6/11

Strait of Hormuz on 24-hour Iran watch: Commander
A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic is monitoring the strategic Strait of Hormuz round the clock, using highly sophisticated air defense systems. - 10/6/11

EXHIBITION: Maryam Amini's "The Manner of Silence"
The Running Horse will present a solo exhibition covering several aspects of the practice of Maryam Amini, a notable growing Iranian artist whose multifarious body of work reflects with grace the dark yet delightful nature of the "human". - 10/6/11

Oxford Iran student's exercise vest sparks terror alert
An Oxford University student sparked a terror alert when he wore a weighted vest as part of his exercise regime in the city. An armed response unit swooped on Goudarz Karimi, 25, after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber. -BBC - 10/6/11

Riot-hit Saudi town 'calm' after Iran fears
A Saudi Shiite village where protesters clashed with police was calm on Wednesday as a prominent cleric urged his followers to avoid the use of firearms and fingers of blame were pointed at Iran. -AFP - 10/6/11

Second Annual Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference
Dedicated to trailblazers, the conference is led by Iranian-American woman who have created their own paths, become pioneers in their fields, and achieved both professional and personal successes. With inspiring panel discussions, this conference aims to educate, invoke courage and creativity, and inspire women to pursue their goals. - 10/5/11

Iranian producer in talks to hire Angelina Jolie
An Iranian producer said on Tuesday that he is in negotiations to hire American actress Angelina Jolie for a film project, which will be shot in Iran. - 10/5/11

Internet access in Iran limited further
Iran has widely blocked the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to keep Iranian web users from circumventing the government's filters. - 10/5/11

United States Diversity Visa Lottery For 2013
Every year, the U.S. Government makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas to citizens of countries that have a low rate of immigration to the United States. The program, known as the Diversity Visa Lottery, or the Green Card Lottery, is mandated by the U.S. Congress and administered by the Department of State. - 10/5/11

Iran Cinemas Threaten To Close Over Financial Woes
Iranian cinema owners have threatened to close their movie houses to protest against costs that have soared since energy subsidies were slashed last year. - 10/5/11

Iranian cleric sentenced to 4 years in jail
Radio Zamaneh reports that Honarvar Shojai, a senior member of the clergy and a teacher at the Qom seminary, is a critic of the concept of velayat faqih, which means leadership under one chief cleric, the position currently held by Ayatollah Khamenei. - 10/5/11

Reluctantly, an Iranian director becomes a symbol
Asghar Farhadi takes a deep breath and wonders how to answer a simple question: "Are you happy?" "That's a good question," the director said. And then he waits, leaving it unanswered. -LA Times - 10/5/11

Rare Interview Surfaces With The Wife of Iran's Supreme Leader
Several Iranian websites have posted an interview with the wife of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in which she discusses, among other things, her life with Khamenei, whom she portrays as a caring husband, and talks about her favorite form of Islamic hijab. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/5/11

Iran to Cooperate with India, China in Traditional Medicine
Iranian officials announced on Wednesday that the country has signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with India and China on cooperation in the development and advancement of traditional medicine. - 10/5/11

Iran bans Kahani's 'Horse'
In yet another sign that officials in Iran are attempting to put a muzzle on some of its independent filmmakers, Abdolreza Kahani's "Absolutely Tame Is a Horse" has been banned by the government, and prints of the pic are being prevented from leaving the country. -Variety - 10/5/11

Iran to Unveil New Submarine
Sources revealed on Wednesday that Iran is building a new semi-heavy submarine equipped with highly advanced weapons. The submarine called 'Fateh' (Victor) weighs 600 tons and is equipped with various types of advanced defense systems and weapons, including several kinds of torpedoes and sea mines. - 10/5/11

Scandal-plagued Iranian banker reportedly in Toronto
An Iranian banker who resigned amid what's described as the largest embezzlement in the country's history is reportedly hiding out in Toronto where a Bridle Path house is registered in his name. -Toronto Star - 10/5/11

Iranian Art Sales Flourish Despite Financial Woes
The vibrancy of Iranian art and its current position in the world art market go under the gavel in the London auction rooms of Sotheby's on Tuesday. The sale highlights a growing interest in Iran's artists and how they have drawn upon various influences of lives spent away from their native land. -Andy Edwards, VOA, London - 10/4/11

Iran: End persecution of film industry workers
Amnesty International condemns the arrest of five men and one woman who all work in the film industry. The organization is calling for their immediate and unconditional release as they appear to be held solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, or for their contacts with foreign media, particularly the BBC. - 10/4/11

Iran says to send "Fajr" satellite into space by March
The Head of Iranian Space Agency Hamid Fazeli said the country would launch "Fajr" satellite into space by March 2012. "The satellite dubbed Fajr "Dawn" is undergoing certain tests and experiments to be prepared for launching and we hope it will be sent into space by March after researchers confirmed its readiness," he said. - 10/4/11

Iranian boxer Ehsan Ruzbahani seals Olympic berth
Iran's Ehsan Ruzbahani booked an Olympic berth on Tuesday after beating Joseph Ward from the Republic of Ireland in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ruzbahani advanced to the 2011 World Boxing Championship quarterfinal round and will take on Elshod Rasulov on Wednesday. - 10/4/11

Iranian leader calls for discretion in fraud reporting
Iran's Supreme Leader has advised the media to refrain from stoking the fires of the banking fraud scandal that has made headlines in recent weeks. - 10/4/11

Tehran Urges US to Free Iranian Inmates
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman called on Washington to reciprocate Tehran's goodwill gesture and release the Iranian nationals jailed in the US, including Amir Hossein Ardebili and Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan. - 10/4/11

Iran Warns Neighbors to Stay away from Orumiyeh Lake Issue
Iran on Tuesday stressed that the issue of its Orumiyeh Lake is internal, and cautioned the neighboring states to stay away from it. - 10/4/11

Iran: MSF forced to leave Zahedan
At the request of authorities, Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF (Doctors Without Borders) has terminated its medical care activities in the city of Zahedan, capital of the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, in southeastern Iran. - 10/4/11

Iranian Discus thrower Hadadi eyes Olympic medal
Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi has said that it's time to win a medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hadadi booked a place in the upcoming Olympic Games after claiming a bronze medal in the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea in early September. - 10/4/11

Sarkozy playing Iranophobia card to woo French voters
French officials are in the habit of threatening Iran and disseminating anti-Iran propaganda. For example, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have both used expressions like the "Iranian bomb" to describe Iran's peaceful nuclear program. -Pirouz Izadi - 10/4/11

Iranian MPs accuse president in fraud case
Eleven members of the Iranian Parliament have written a letter to the presiding board of Parliament, calling for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be prosecuted for his alleged involvement in the "great financial fraud in Iranian banks." - 10/4/11

Ahmadinejad accuses IAEA of releasing list of Iranian scientists
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of providing Israel with the names of Iranian nuclear scientists. - 10/4/11

50 female seminarians to be stationed in Tehran subway
The head of Tehran's subway system has announced that 50 female seminarians will be placed in various subway stations to respond to religious questions and commuter needs. - 10/4/11

U.S. Defense Secretary Warns Israel of Further Isolation in Wake of Arab Spring
Defense Secretary Panetta spoke to reporters aboard a U.S. military jet en route to Israel, as the Jewish state was announcing it had accepted a proposal by the quartet of Middle East mediators to return to talks without preconditions. - 10/4/11

Photos: Iranian Men and Women Canoe Polo Teams Crowned as Champions of Asia
Iranian men and women canoe polo senior teams became champions of Asia in the 14th Canoe Polo Asian Championships and World Qualifying games held in Tehran from September 29th to October 2nd. - 10/3/11

Photos: Pistachio Harvesting and Production in Kerman, Iran
With the start of autumn season, harvesting of the pistachio crops has commenced in Iran's Kerman province. -Hamid Sadeghi - 10/3/11

Authorities agree over transfer of water to Lake Oroumiyeh
An Iranian parliamentary commission and the Ministry of Energy have approved a plan to transfer water from the Aras River to the rapidly drying Lake Oroumiyeh. - 10/3/11

Iran to Develop National Accelerator
Head of the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences Mohammad Javad Larijani announced on Monday that Iranian experts are working on a project to develop a National Accelerator. - 10/3/11

Photos: Antonov 158 has a successful test flight in Tehran
Antonov 158 was successfully tested. A Ukrainian made Antonov 158 passenger plane had its test flight in Tehran on Sunday. Iran has purchased an Antonov 158 and High ranking Iranian officials were present at the test flight. Iran may purchase more Antonov 158s in the future, and if it does so, thirty percent of the planes will be constructed in Iran -Mohsen Norouzifard - 10/3/11

Iran's growing bluster spells danger
The combination of three important factors illustrates why an accidental clash in the Persian Gulf between the U.S. and Iran could spiral out of control. -Trita Parsi, LA Times - 10/3/11

Iran to Unveil Explorer, Build Space Town
Head of Iran's Space Agency Hamid Fazeli announced on Monday that the country will unveil an Explorer and build a space town in the near future. - 10/3/11

Syrian Opposition Groups Create National Council to 'Overthrow' Assad
Syria's main opposition groups have joined to create a broad-based national council aimed at unifying their efforts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's government, which they accuse of pushing the country to the brink of civil war. - 10/3/11

U.S. trip halted for lawyer who defended Americans
Massoud Shafii, the Iranian attorney who defended two Americans who were detained in Iran, has been banned from travelling abroad. - 10/3/11

Israel's Great Fear: Iran Might Act Like Them
Those who follow the Israeli media will see the nation's government afraid of a myriad of things. Today, as it so often does, attention turns to Iran's nuclear program, but with a different spin than usual. -By Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com - 10/3/11

Iran has supplied Turkey with 47bln c/m of natural gas in 10 years
Iran has exported 47bln c/m of natural gas to Turkey in the last 10 years, announced a senior official of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC). At present Iran exports a daily volume of 30mln c/m or an annual volume of 10bln c/m of gas to Turkey. - 10/3/11

Belarus Seeks $400M Loan from Iran
Belarus is seeking a $400 million loan from the Islamic Republic of Iran, central bank's management board Chairwoman Nadezhda Yermakova said on Monday. - 10/3/11

Iranian opposition leaders under full quarantine
All contact has been cut off with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, the Iranian opposition leaders held under house arrest. The Kaleme opposition website reports that Mousavi and Rahnavard, who have been under house arrest since February, are now being held under complete quarantine. - 10/2/11

Iran's War On Fun
A woman in the Iranian city of Mashad has become the latest victim of Iran's longest standing and most unconventional war -- the war against fun. The young woman, whose name and age has not been disclosed, jumped to her death over the weekend of September 24-25 from the sixth floor of a building. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 10/2/11

Iran: Investigate Two Tragic Suicides of Close Friends of Detained Activist
Iranian Authorities Stay Silent About Kouhyar Goudarzi's Incommunicado Detention and the Suicides of Behnam Ganji and Nahal Sahabi - 10/2/11

Carlos Queiroz: Iran not scared of Bahrain
Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz said on Sunday that his team is well-prepared to face Bahrain in the 2012 World Cup qualifiers. Group E leader Iran is scheduled to play Bahrain at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on 11th October. - 10/2/11

Iran taekwondo team shines in England
The Iranian national taekwondo squad has pocketed seven medals on the first day of the 4th British International Open. - 10/2/11

Iran's treasury didn't get oil revenue from India
While Iran's Ministry of Oil and Central Bank have announced on several occasions that India's oil payments are up to date, the National Audit Organization says the treasury has not yet received the revenue from oil sales to India. - 10/2/11

Iran blames U.S. for rising pollution
Iran's Meteorological Organization has pointed to the occupying forces in Iraq as the cause of the rise in Arabian dust haze floating into Iran and the high pollution in Iran's Western cities. - 10/2/11

Iranian NBA player Hamed Haddadi likely to join Mahram
Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is likely to join Mahram Basketball team, according to the reports released by the Iranian media on Sunday. - 10/2/11

Official: China to Cooperate with Iran in Building Wind, Solar Power Plants
A Chinese official announced his country's enthusiasm for launching joint venture projects with Iran in area of solar, wind, gas and hydroelectric power plant construction. - 10/2/11

Iran monitoring movements of foreign vessels in Persian Gulf: IRGC Commander
Iran is closely monitoring the movements of foreign naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the deputy commander of the IRGC Naval Force announced on Saturday. - 10/2/11

Mehrangis Kar: Gentlemen, Thank You!
Espionage is a special crime that is considered serious not just by governments but also by peoples. They do not forgive it because it is seen as an act against the interests of people. But this is a peculiarity of societies that respect and trust their judiciary. In Iran, the crime of espionage lost its weight after the 1979 revolution. -Rooz Online - 10/1/11

Iran: President's office dismisses claim Ahmadinejad took relatives to New York
In a press release issued late on Wednesday, the Presidential Office refuted claims by certain news websites that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took his daughter, groom, and his grandchild to New York as he attended the annual UN General Assembly meeting. In a related report, Mehr News Agency has published a photo of Ahmadinejad relatives in New York. - 10/1/11

Photos: International Conference on Palestinian Intifada Opens in Tehran
The 5th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada has opened in the Iranian capital of Tehran, aiming to call enough attention to the issue of Palestine. - 10/1/11

Tragedy of modern day Romeo and Juliet: The lovers driven to suicide by Iranian regime that threw them in jail for being friends with a human rights activist
Two Iranian lovers have been described as the modern day Romeo and Juliet after being driven to suicide by their country's regime. Nahal Sahabi, 28, and her boyfriend Behnam Ganji, 22, who were both active bloggers, committed suicide four weeks apart after being imprisoned just for being friends with a human rights activist. -Daily Mail, UK - 10/1/11

Role of clergy to expand in Iranian schools
Educators are to undergo extra training by the clergy, the Iranian Ministry of Education has announced. ILNA reports that Mohammad Bonyadi, a ministry advisor, said the education system will make every effort to avail itself of clerical teachings. - 10/1/11

PEN demands release of Iranian writer, activist
More than 100 writers, poets and women's rights activists are speaking out against the arrest of Faranak Farid, the Iranian journalist, poet and activist who was arrested on September 3 in Tabriz. - 10/1/11

Satellite ban enforced by Iranian police
Iran's top police official has slammed the effects of satellite TV programming on Iranian society and says police have intensified efforts to confiscate receiver dishes in homes. - 10/1/11

Iran: After Trial on Apostasy Charge, Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Accused of Rape and Extortion
As international protests mount against the possible execution of Youcef Naderkhani, a Christian pastor who has refused to repent of his Christian faith, Iran's state-supported Fars News Agency claimed on Friday, 30 September that Youcef Naderkhani's charges are "rape" and "repeated extortion." - 10/1/11

Iran's Central Bank tries to stop rising exchange rates
The Iranian Central Bank is allowing private and public banks to sell foreign currency in an attempt to control the falling rial. The Central Bank announced that central branches of other banks are also allowed to sell foreign currency to travelers. - 10/1/11

Iran's Supreme Leader Blasts Obama Red Line, Israel
Khamenei has strongly criticized US President Barack Obama for considering Israel's security as his red line. "The US president says that Israel's security is his red line. [What has drawn this red line] the interests of the American nation or Obama's need for the money and support of Zionist companies to secure his second term in office?" - 10/1/11

Mideast Oil Producers, including Iran, to Spend $525 Billion on Energy Projects
Middle Eastern and North African oil producing countries including the Islamic Republic of Iran will invest $525 billion on energy projects from next year to 2016, according to an inter- governmental Arab energy lender. - 10/1/11

Performance of the works of composer Mehdi Hosseni on the "International St. Petersburg Day of Music"
On the 1st of October 2011 on the International Day of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, the music of Iranian composer Mehdi Hosseni will be performed. His Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra will be conducted by Igor Ponomarenko (Russia). This work of Hosseni was composed in 2008 and is based on the regional Iranian music "Torbat-e Jam." - 10/1/11
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