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Mousavi: Iran's Green Movement Is Standing Firm on Its Rightful Demands
Full English translation of the transcript of Mir Hossein Mousavi's interview with Kaleme website: "The green movement is a movement that was born out of a number of very important differing groups within society and it is through the interaction it has had with these groups that it has been able to grow." - 2/28/10

Iranian authorities to examine attack on students
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's National Security Commission, announced that the film released last week by the BBC regarding the attack of the dorm residents at Tehran University is suspect. He maintained that he has not seen the film but "since BBC has related it, it must be regarded with hesitation because this network is not trustworthy." -Zamaneh - 2/28/10

Photos: The Iranian Quintuplets
A young Iranian woman has given birth to quintuplets in Tehran's Shahid Beheshti hospital. The parents reside in the mountainous area of Damavand, a city in Tehran province. According to the 2006 census, Damavand's population was 36,433. -Photos by Mohsen Rezaei, MNA - 2/28/10

Tehran Prosecutor speaks out against opposition leaders
Tehran Prosecutor-General, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi criticized opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, claiming that they are "agitating the atmosphere" by issuing statements. He also maintained those who believe that on February 11 people were brought in from provincial cities are "deluded." - 2/28/10

San Francisco - Persian Center Norouz
Tuesday March 16: Chahrshanbeh Souri, Durant Ave in Berkeley; Saturday March 20: Norouz at Mark Hopkins, San Francisco - Join Persian Center for 1389 Norouz celebration, the evening will include cultural performances, dinner, and dancing. - 2/28/10

Iran's Khatami: We never go around people's demands for expediency
A number of families of imprisoned journalists met with Seyed Mohammad Khatemi, former president, yesterday (Sunday) to express their concerns, amongst other things regarding the large number of reporters arrested and the harsh indictments against them. - 2/28/10

Second edition of Returning to Iran published
Early last summer, the photographer whose work appears on the cover of this book was attacked on the streets in Tehran. He escaped serious injury and arrest but his cameras, including the one that shot this picture, were confiscated. -Maryam Pirnazar - 2/28/10

Virginia - Iranian American Bar Association Norooz
The IABA DC chapter and the IP Society of Iranian Americans of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office cordially invite you to Norooz Ball 2010. - 2/28/10

Iran's fight for press freedom
More than 100 journalists and bloggers have been imprisoned in Iran since the disputed election last June, making it the world's leading enemy of free expression. At least 65 remain in jail - more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996. -Guardian - 2/28/10

Broadcast May Be Intended to Undercut Support for Obama in Iran
State-run television in Iran showed what it said was a televised confession on Thursday by Abdolmalek Rigi, the recently captured leader of Jundallah, a militant group that claims to be defending Sunni Muslims in Iran's southeast and has killed hundreds of Iranian soldiers and civilians since 2003. -New York Times - 2/28/10

Iran, Syria Rebuke US
The presidents of Iran and Syria have rebuked the United States for its policies in the Middle East and for its criticism of both nations. Their remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to call for sanctions against Iran, and called on Syria to distance itself from Iran. -VOA - 2/28/10

IAEA must remain impartial or it will lose credibility: Khamenei
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said here on Sunday that the UN nuclear watchdog should remain impartial in dealing with Iran's nuclear energy program, otherwise it will lose its credibility. -MNA - 2/28/10

Mahbod Seraji: Rooftops of Tehran
In today's guest post, Mahbod Seraji author of Rooftops of Tehran talks about his experience with Villanova University: "As a debut novelist, the selection of my book Rooftops of Tehran for Villanova University's One Book program was an amazing honor." -ReadingGroupGuides.com - 2/28/10

Iran's Mousavi Hints At Fresh Protest
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has urged Iranians to stage a fresh antigovernment rally in the capital, Tehran, in order to highlight the continued strength of his Green Movement. Mousavi's statements, his first extensive comments since opposition street protesters were beaten back with tear gas and police batons on February 11, came in an interview posted to his "Kaleme" website. -RFE - 2/27/10

Call to stop execution of Iranian-Kurdish Activist
Over two thousand Iranian human rights and social activists have called for the annulment of the preliminary sentence of execution which was issued for Shirin Alam Huli. -Zamaneh - 2/27/10

Iranian Bar Association Under Government Control
With increasing pressure facing independent civil society and legal institutions, last week the administrative committee of Iran's Bar Association has disqualified nearly half of the candidates seeking to serve on Iran's bar association. -Arash Motamed, Rooz Online - 2/27/10

Iranian Parliamentarians Want Journalists, Activists Released
A small group of reformist members of Iran's parliament want the government to release imprisoned journalists and political activists before the Persian New Year on March 21, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 2/27/10

Iran wins Asian Indoor Athletics Championships
Iran finished first place in the 4th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships on Friday night. Iran won the championship with 21 medals overall. -MNA - 2/27/10

Hassan Khomeini targeted by Iranian hardliner
Ali Saidi, representative of Iran's Supreme Leader in the Revolutionary Guards spoke out against Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomeini, for taking a stance against "the system and the Leader." -Zamaneh - 2/27/10

The Iranian Government and the Naked Ballerina
Analysts say logo furor shows depth of regime's paranoia. An Iranian newspaper with a record of needling the regime has been forced to change its masthead because it was seen as depicting a naked ballerina, even though it was a stylized version of the title's name in Persian calligraphy. -Sahar Sepehri - 2/27/10

Texas - The Society of Iranian American Women for Education Norouz
Saturday March 6, 2010 in Houston: The goal of SIAWE is to provide educational support and assistance through scholarships, to enhance educational opportunities, and to preserve knowledge of the Iranian cultureamong youth and families. - 2/27/10

Clinton to Urge 'Constructive' Brazilian Approach to Iran
The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge Brazilian leaders next week to use their influence with Iran to prod Tehran toward cooperation with the world community on its nuclear program. Clinton leaves Washington for Uruguay late Sunday on a 5-nation Latin American trip. -VOA - 2/27/10

Haddadi still a work in progress
Kid plays soccer in a poor country, turns to basketball at 13, doesn't even have shoes at the beginning, but ends up excelling to the point that he's called to play pro ball in America. -HoopsHype.com - 2/27/10

Israel Calls For Significant Sanctions Against Iran
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak is calling for significant sanctions against Iran, saying it is clear the country wants to be a nuclear weapons power. Barak made the comments during a visit to Washington. -VOA - 2/27/10

Iran: Khamenei sees Palestine independence as 'definite'
Palestinian leaders, including Hamas Leader Khaled Meshaal and Islamic Jihad of Palestine Secretary General Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran Saturday morning. - 2/27/10

Shocking Video of Attack on Tehran University Dormitories Released
BBC Persian television station has aired a video clip, which was taped by the attackers of Tehran University dormitories on June 15, 2009, during the post-elections protests. The video, which has been recorded by attackers themselves clearly demonstrates that police and plainclothes forces made the attack in complete coordination and brutally beat, insulted, and arrested the students. - 2/26/10

Iran's First Olympic Woman Skier Pleased With Debut
"I am very happy to finish the course, because I am the first woman from Iran to compete at a Winter Olympic Games," Kalhor told reporters after she finished her giant slalom first run at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in one minute 36.87 seconds on Wednesday. -Press TV - 2/26/10

Iranian judiciary wants protesters to "repent"
Iran Prosecutor-General, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei announced on Thursday that recent detainees will "get pardoned or reduced sentences" if they "repent." - 2/26/10

Art in the Winter II - The Secrets of Eve by Yasmin Sinai
I have known the work of the talented sculptor Yasmin Sinai for some years and have admired her sculptures and the interesting feelings that they bring to the viewer. There is a strange sense of mixture of realism and fantasy which is pleasant yet often makes you wonder about the messages, the character, the ideas and hopes. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/26/10

Iranian Journalist 'Detained On Unclear Charges'
An Iranian journalist who writes for a reformist daily has been detained and taken to Tehran's Evin prison, her sister has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 2/26/10

Allegedly Labeled "Terrorist," Iranian-American Businessman Sues for Defamation
Shawn Esfahani, owner and manager of Eastern Shore Toyota in Daphne, AL, is suing BobTyler Toyota in Pensacola, FL and a sales manager there, Fred Keener, for slander and defamation. -Arsalan Barmand, NIAC - 2/26/10

Florida - Iranian American Chamber of Commerce Norouz
Friday March 26, 2010 -- It is the primary mission of the Central Florida Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce to promote Iranian-American owned businesses and also promo the Iranian cultural values in the Central Florida region. - 2/26/10

Isfahan Municipality still slighting modification of Jahan-Nama Tower
The Isfahan Municipality continues to snub UNESCO's World Heritage Committee's plea to modifiy the Jahan-Nama Tower. The tower spoils the horizontal panorama of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a complex of historical monuments registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979. - 2/26/10

LinkedIn to Reverse Iran Exclusion Policy
On February 22nd, the LinkedIn legal department notified PAAIA that following our request, the company would be reversing its policy of excluding Iran from their Education drop-down menu. -PAAIA - 2/26/10

Iranian hardliner condemns "silence" of top figures
Ayatollah Ahmad Janati attacked Green supporters and opposition leaders again from Tehran's Friday Mass podium claiming that under the circumstances, silence has an "anti-Revolutionary" significance and "the elite" need to announce their "distinction" from "rioters." -Zamaneh - 2/26/10

Iranian Activist Ebrahim Yazdi Released From Jail For Heart Surgery
Ebrahim Yazdi, the imprisoned secretary-general of the Freedom Movement of Iran, has been released from prison and taken to a hospital for heart surgery, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. -RFE - 2/26/10

Europe - Mehr Women Ensemble tour
Feb. 21 - Mar.20 2010 -- ENSEMBLE MEHR was founded on 2007 in Tehran by Mehrbanu and consists of seven young musicians living in Iran,who have studied at Tehran's Conservatoire and University of Music and Arts. - 2/26/10

Iran's Bank Mellat wins ruling over British Treasury
The High Court in the UK passed a verdict in favor of Iran's Bank Mellat against the British Treasury, IRINN news network reported. The privately owned Iranian bank accused of providing financial services to companies engaged in the country's nuclear program, has won a "human rights" legal victory in the High Court. -MNA - 2/26/10

New Grist for Hype on Iran
Here we go again. A report issued Thursday by the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, has injected new adrenaline into those arguing that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. -Ray McGovern, Antiwar - 2/26/10

Photos: Saving the Iranian Cheetah from Extinction
Following photos are from the Semi-Captive, Breeding and Research Center of Iranian Cheetah located in Iran's Semnan province. Described as powerful and graceful hunters, cheetahs are the world's fastest animal and easy to train. Cheetahs were trained by ancient Persian kings, who used them to hunt gazelles. -Photos by Yuness Khani - 2/25/10

Special Gift for Norouz: The "Ancient Iran" Book
Payvand.com is pleased to announce the selection of the award winning children's book "Ancient Iran" by Massoume Price to be placed in city and school libraries across North America, or to be given as gifts this holiday season. - 2/25/10

Iran Assembly of Experts condemns opposition leaders
Following its two-day meeting, Iran's Assembly of Experts issued a statement stating that the time for opposition leaders to "repent and return" has elapsed. The Assembly members maintain that "leaders of the sedition had been given numerous opportunities to repent and return to the bosom of the Revolution and Imam Khomeini's ideals until December 27. - 2/25/10

Angels of Persepolis
"Angels of Persepolis" is a concept instrumental CD and an homage to the brave people of Iran and their fight to free themselves from tyranny. This album is composed by and features Flamenco guitar wizardry of Mehran, an Iranian born Flamenco guitarist who resides in Chicago. - 2/25/10

Rafsanjani Warns Iran's Supreme Leader
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts spoke at the tomb of the late Ayatollah Khamenei condemning the actions of "uninformed individuals" who charge the Supreme Leader with the responsibility and consequences of their mistaken actions. -Zamaneh - 2/25/10

Interrogation, detention to be monitored: Iran Police Chief
Iranian police chief Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam stated in Tehran on Wednesday that all detention centers and interrogation rooms will be equipped with closed circuit cameras. Four post-election protesters have died in detention at Kahrizak prison in Tehran. - 2/25/10

The Difference Between A Marja And A Supreme Leader
Recently, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shi'ite authority, urged voters to turn out for that country's March 7 parliamentary elections. He warned that that failure to do so would "allow some to achieve illegitimate goals." -Abbas Djavadi, RFE - 2/25/10

Iran, Qatar sign defense cooperation agreement
The Iranian Defense Ministry's strategy is to expand defense cooperation with the littoral states of the Persian Gulf, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Wednesday. Vahidi made the remarks upon his arrival in Doha for a two-day visit to Qatar. - 2/25/10

Southern California - International Society for Children with Cancer Norooz Bazaar
Please join ISCC in celebrating the arrival of Persian New Year by attending our Norooz Bazaar supporting underprivileged children suffering from cancer. - 2/25/10

Iran's nuclear program will follow Japanese model: Larijani
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has stated that Iran will follow the Japanese model in its nuclear program. Japan has nuclear technology but does not possess any nuclear weapons and Iran will follow the same path in its nuclear program -MNA - 2/25/10

Former Iranian Diplomat Says He's Being Threatened
A former Iranian diplomat who resigned to protest Tehran's crackdown against opposition demonstrators says he and his family are being threatened and harassed by Iranian officials, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 2/25/10

Iran, Qatar form technical group to develop joint oilfield
Iran and Qatar have established a technical group to supervise the development of the joint South Pars/North Dome oilfield, SHANA news agency quoted Qatar's state minister for energy and industrial affairs as saying. - 2/25/10

Clinton Sees Widening International Consensus For Sanctions Against Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says a new package of sanctions against Iran could come up for a vote in the UN Security Council in as little as one month's time. -RFE - 2/25/10

Iran President In Damascus For Talks
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Damascus today to discuss regional and international developments. -RFE - 2/25/10

United Nations General Assembly Recognizes 21 March as International Day of Nowruz
The General Assembly this afternoon (Feb. 23rd 2010) recognized the International Day of Nowruz, a spring festival of Persian origin, and moved back the dates of the next high-level dialogue on Financing for Development, as it continued its sixty-fourth session. - 2/24/10

Iranian Alliances Across Borders announces fifth anniversary of Camp Ayandeh
Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary of Camp Ayandeh, IAAB's Iranian-American leadership camp for high school students, to be held at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, July 6 -12, 2010. - 2/24/10

Iranian Americans Focused on Political Situation in Iran
Fereidoon has lived in Chicago for years and is a U.S. citizen, but ask him about the issue that's uppermost in his mind and he talks about Iran: the 2009 election that he says was stolen, the restrictions on human rights and the crackdown on dissent. -America.gov - 2/24/10

Iranian authorities announce arrest of 100 "terrorists"
Iran Revolutionary Guard Commander, Hossein Hamadani told ILNA news agency that security forces arrested about 100 members of dissident groups on February 11. He added that the detainees were members of People's Mojahedin Organization and Association of Iranian Monarchist and intended to carry out "bombings and assassinations" on this day. -Zamaneh - 2/24/10

Jailed Iranian Academic In 'Critical Condition'
The first chancellor of Tehran University after the 1979 Islamic Revolution remains in jail despite what his wife says is his deteriorating health, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 2/24/10

Photos: Sandstorm Hits Ahvaz
Sandstorm hit the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran on Tuesday morning. Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan. It is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khuzestan Province. The city has an average elevation of 20 meters above sea level. The city had a population of 1,338,126 in 2006. -Photos by Seyed Ali Mousavinejad - 2/24/10

Imprisoned Student Reveals Details of Unfair Prosecution
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has obtained a copy of a letter by an imprisoned student, sentenced to 15 years, which demonstrates the utter lack of evidence against him as well as the arbitrary nature of the show trial convicting him. - 2/24/10

Leila Rajabi claims gold in Asian Indoor Athletics Championship
Iranian woman athlete Leila Rajabi won the gold medal in the shot put event of the fourth Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Tehran on Wednesday. -MNA - 2/24/10

Iran to reveal evidence of Jundallah ties with US
Iran says it has irrefutable evidence confirming that terrorist ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi had been aided and abetted by the US government before his arrest. -Press TV - 2/24/10

Iran: End Persecution of Baha'is
The Iranian government should immediately stop harassing and arbitrarily detaining members of the Baha'i community, Human Rights Watch said today. "The Iranian government seems to be using the post-election unrest as a cover for targeting the Baha'i community," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. - 2/24/10

US Calls Iranian Nuclear Offer Unacceptable
The United States Tuesday said an Iranian offer to trade its low-enriched uranium for more highly-processed fuel for a research reactor is unacceptable. The State Department said U.S. diplomats are aggressively pursuing the idea of additional sanctions against Tehran because of its non-cooperation on the nuclear issue. -VOA - 2/24/10

Australia - Iran Cultural House Charshanbeh Suri, Eid NowRuz Day and Sizdeh Bedar
Iran Cultural House has planned to hold the upcoming Persian New Year events including Charshanbeh Suri, Eid NowRuz Day and Sizdeh Bedar as Family Picnic. - 2/24/10

A Dialogue Of The Unhearing And Unheard
Radio jamming is the classical music of dictatorship. Now that music is being played in Iran, being played at full volume: Western radio stations broadcasting in Persian can no longer be heard there. -RFE - 2/24/10

Texas - Iranian Cultural Foundation Celebrates Norooz Festival
Sunday March 21, 2010 - Discovery Green Park, Houston: Farshid Amin, Tara, and Shahrzad Dance Company; Live Bands, Folkloric Dance, Persian Food, Children Activities, Persian Bazaar, Cultural Exhibition - 2/24/10

High Number Of Iranian Students Fail Exams
An official Iranian report says nearly 5 million grade-school students in the country of 70 million have failed to pass their end-of-year exams since 2004, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. A report on education by Iran's Parliamentary Research Center said students' failure to pass such exams has cost the government and students' families more than $2 billion. - 2/24/10

Iran's Opposition Leader Calls For Free Gathering of Protesters and Referendum
Mehdi Karoubi, one of the disputing candidates of Iran's June presidential elections, urged the government to issue election protesters a permit to stage a gathering and thus establish the true number of protesters. -Zamaneh - 2/23/10

Iran's First Transgenic Goats Produced in Royan Institute
Iran and Middle East's first transgenic goats which can produce recombinant proteins for treatment of Hemophilia were born on January 9, 2010 at Royan Institute. - 2/23/10

Photos: Life in the village of Atashgah, Ardebil
The village of Atashgah in Ardebil, Iran's Azerbaijan province, has an abundance of water resources. However, the people of the village are still deprived of safe drinking water piped to their homes. Instead they have to travel long distances and carry their waters from springs. -Photos by Kamel Rouhi, MNA - 2/23/10

Photos: A Bleak Future For The historic Shadravan Bridge in Shooshtar
Shadravan Bridge is located in Shooshtar, Iran's Khuzestan province. The bridge runs parallel to the newly constructed bridge located on the Shooshtar - Dezful Road. This ancient bridge is a relic of Sassanid period (Shahpour I - 241-272). But due to lack of proper attention by the cultural heritage authorities, this historic bridge is slowly but surely falling apart. -Photos by Seyed Ali Mousavinejad - 2/23/10

Rafsanjani insists on Leader's role in maintaining peace
Iran's Assembly of Experts met for a two-day meeting starting today. The Chairman of the Assembly, Ayatollah Rafsanjani opened the session speaking of the Supreme Leader's role in the recent unrest claiming that in the post-election events, Ayatollah Khamenei's "care" made sure "the unpleasant incidents which took place, did not flare up the scene." -Zamaneh - 2/23/10

Iranian opposition claims protesters in the majority
Opposition leader, Mohammad Khatami announced that protesters did participate under trying conditions in the February 11 demonstrations and claimed that they are by all comparisons in the majority. -Zamaneh - 2/23/10

Iranian Science Minister Spurns "Secular" Professors
Iranian Minister of Science and Technology, Kamran Daneshjou announced today that the country's universities have no need for "secular" professors and educators who do not subscribe to the Islamic Worldview have no place in Iran's universities. - 2/23/10

Lack Of Language Day Protest Doesn't Mean All Is Fine In Iran
After Tehran's massive state show of power on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution and the harsh crackdown on all protests since the disputed presidential election in June, it would require extraordinary courage to stage even a small demonstration in Iran. -RFE - 2/23/10

Iran Accuses West Of Supporting Detained Sunni Rebel Leader
Iranian officials have accused Western countries of supporting the leader of the Jundallah Sunni Muslim rebel group, whose arrest was announced earlier today. Iran described the capture of its most wanted fugitive as a "great defeat" for the United States and Britain. -RFE - 2/23/10

Iran Reveals New Details on Rigi's Arrest
Ringleader of the Jundollah terrorist group Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian intelligence operatives on board a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan, an informed source announced on Tuesday. -FNA - 2/23/10

Iranian Lawyer Rejects Official's Portrayal Of Human Rights
A prominent Iranian lawyer has rejected the optimistic portrayal of Iran's human rights situation offered to the United Nations earlier this week, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. - 2/23/10

Inquisitive journalists infuriate Iranian Academy of Arts director
The new director of the Iranian Academy of Arts (IAA), Ali Moallem Damghani, was harassed by journalists questioning his legitimacy and Kazakhstan's claim on Iranian philosopher Farabi during a press conference on Monday. -MNA - 2/23/10

Iran-Khodro to Manufacture Peugeot 207i Abroad
Iran's giant car-manufacturer, Iran-Khodro Company (IKCO), plans to manufacture its newly-unveiled product, Peugeot 207i, in its production sites outside the country in the near future. -FNA - 2/23/10

Reporter For Iran Hard-Line Paper Attacked
Official Iranian news agencies report that Payam Fazlinejad, a journalist with the influential hard-line newspaper "Kayhan," is in the hospital following an attack by unknown assailants. The details about the attack and his condition remain sketchy. -RFE - 2/23/10

The George Washington University and Georgetown University`s Iranian Cultural Societies Present The Bakhtiari Alphabet
Following seven years of in-depth educational research in Iran, Professor Cima Sedigh announces the presentation of her documentary, The Bakhtiari Alphabet on February 27, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Amphitheater of The George Washington University.-SOP - 2/23/10

War game shows how attacking Iran could backfire
With diplomacy failing and precious intelligence just received about two new secret Iranian nuclear facilities, Israel launches a pre-emptive strike against Tehran's nuclear complex. The strike is successful, wiping out six of Iran's key sites and setting back its suspected quest for a bomb by years. -McClatchy - 2/23/10

Photos: Isfahan's Historic Sheikh Bahai Bathhouse on the Verge of Destruction
Isfahan's Sheikh Bahai bathhouse is on the verge of destruction. Years of utter neglect have taken their toll on this historic monument. Unless the responsible authorities act soon to restore this building and maintain it going forward, the future will be very gloomy for the bathhouse. -Photos by Khosrow Khaleghi, MNA - 2/22/10

Iran: Pressure Mounts to Dissolve Largest Student Group
Pressures continue on Iran's largest student organization, Daftar Tahkim Vahdat (Office to Strengthen Unity). Earlier in the week, news came that Amin Nazari, a member of the central council of the student group and the head of its human rights division was arrested, despite his poor health. Till today, no details about his situation have been put forth by authorities.-Arash Bahmani, Rooz Online - 2/22/10

Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation 2009 Report
UK based Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation (PKCF) has been founding many projects and good causes in Iran and elsewhere. Following is a list of the projects funded by PKCF in Iran in 2009 along with a brief report of the ongoing activities. - 2/22/10

Iranian protesters await new strategies as leaders meet again
Iranian opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi met for a second time after the February 11 events when security forces fiercely impeded protesters from gathering and staging their own peaceful protests as they had planned. -Zamaneh - 2/22/10

Ancient arches destroyed in southwestern Iran
Excavating machines recently demolished two ancient arches at the Mash Mardasi ancient site in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan. Working on an irrigation project of to the Agricultural Jihad Ministry, the machines stumbled on the structures, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Monday. - 2/22/10

Exhibition: Ojan Zargarbashi's deep penetrating eyes
The works of Ojan Zargarbashi at his recent exhibition at Silk Road Gallery in Tehran were some of the most impressive that I have seen for a long time. Without escaping into abstraction as many do due to a lack of artistic ability, Mr Zargarbashi chooses the hard work of realism with a great and masterful sense of color -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/22/10

London - Iran Heritage Foundation Celebrates Norouz
Saturday 20 March 2010 - The evening's entertainment will include Darius Danesh Pop Idol finalist and platinum selling singer-songwriter , and Vida Edalat Ensemble - 2/22/10

Report on the Operation of the Iran Cyber Army in Hacking Websites
During the past few months, the activities of Iran's Cyber Army have been noted by the Iranian and even the international media. The theory that these hacker groups are connected to the Iranian government was strengthened when, after several sites were hacked, they issued warnings to the Green Movement -Farvartish Rezvaniyeh - 2/22/10

A Dervish's Dream For Iran
Several years ago the friendliness, sincerity, and the pure faith of the Gonabadi dervishes attracted me and, with the grace of God, I became a dervish. My dervish sisters and brothers have for years been under pressure in Iran, and we have tasted bitter discrimination for the crime of simply being dervishes. -RFE - 2/22/10

Israel launches drone fleet able to reach Iran
Israel's air force has introduced a fleet of large surveillance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) that can fly as far as Iran and the Persian Gulf. -Press TV - 2/22/10

Tehran Revolutionary Guard chief replaced
Commander Ali Fazli, head of Seyed-ol-Shoahda Revolutionary Guards has been replaced as Tehran security heads are being shuffled around. This week, Tehran police chief, Azizollah Rajabzadeh also retired only after six months at his post. -Zamaneh - 2/22/10

O.C. mental health workers study Iranian culture and language
In workshops, participants gain an understanding of cultural creeds, such as how the subject of mental illness is taboo in the Iranian community. -LA Times - 2/22/10

Iran will start building 2 new enrichment sites next year
Iran announced on Monday it plans to start building two new uranium enrichment facilities next year. Iran's Persian calendar year begins on March 21. -MNA - 2/22/10

Iran's Larijani warns Obama about the consequences of Clinton's policies
The Majlis Speaker, Ali Larijani, warned President Barack Obama on Sunday about the repercussions of policies followed by his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The policies being followed by Clinton has been simply undermining the U.S. national interests, Larijani noted. - 2/22/10

Top Russian General: An American Attack on Iran would lead to US Collapse
Russia's General of the Army Nikolay Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, warned that an American attack on Iran now, when the US is bogged down in two wars, might well lead to the collapse of the United States. He said that such an attack would roil the region and have negative consequences for Russia -Juan Cole - 2/22/10

Photos: Desert Hiking, Shahdad Kavir in Kerman
The second annual gathering of the the rescuers club of Kerman province was held in Shahdad desert. The purpose of this gathering was team-building, camp living training, and enhancing the endurance level of the relief workers by exposing them to the tough conditions of the desert. -Photos by Farzad Goori, MNA - 2/21/10

Kiarostami gives up expectations for Iranian premieres of his films
The Iranian official ban on films by Abbas Kiarostami has disappointed the celebrated Iranian auteur's hope for screening his films in Iran. Kiarostami, most of whose films have never been allowed to premiere in Iran, attended a review session held for his film "Shirin" at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Saturday. - 2/21/10

Photos: Production Line of 2-story Wagons for Tehran Metro Opens
In a ceremony on Sunday, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf inaugurated the production line of the two-story wagons for Tehran Metro. Ghalibaf was accompanied by Mohsen Hashemi the head of Tehran Metro. -Photos by Raouf Mohseni, MNA - 2/21/10

Photos: Tehran Residents Grapple With Rain
Heavy rains in Tehran on Saturday caused flooding in some of the streets of the capital city forcing the pedestrians to resort to short and long jumps over the patches of water -Photos by Azin Haghighi, MNA - 2/21/10

IRAN DiVERSO: Black Or White? Group exhibition of Iranian Artists in Italy
This exhibition starts off from the aim of showing the truth and the complexity of Iranian contemporary art. 23 February - 10 April 2010, VERSO Artecontemporanea, Torino - ITALY - 2/21/10

Iraqi, Iranian Musicians Collaborate at Olympics
They come from two nations - Iraq and Iran - that have been enemies for years. But at the Vancouver Games, Rahim Al Haj of Iraq and Amir Kouhskani of Iran will join to play together as part of the Cultural Olympiad music program. Both artists believe that music is a language that supersedes national, political, and ethnic boundaries. - 2/21/10

Basij Role In Facing Iranian Protesters Lauded
In what seems like an extensive effort to justify security measures of the past eight months, Esmail Ahamdi Moghaddam, chief of Iran's national police, announced that Basij forces extended their services in the post-election events without "any financial gain." - 2/21/10

Iranian opposition demoralized after failed protests at revolution's anniversary
The opposition supporters nervously smoked cigarettes in the kitchen as loud music blared from the empty living room. A student, a businessman, a writer and an artist had planned a victory party but instead were mourning their defeat. -Washington Post - 2/21/10

Expediency Council to Draft General Policies of Iran Election Law
The Expediency Council has put the examination of the general policies of the election law on its agenda upon an order issued by the Supreme Leader. - 2/21/10

Iran Sacks Greek flight-attendant over Persian Gulf
Greek top flight attendant of Iran's Kish Air airline with flight number 7081 was sacked by the order of Iran's Minister of Road and Transportation following using the forged name of Arabian Sea instead of Persian Gulf on the plane's monitor. -ISNA - 2/21/10

IRAN: On city streets, another 'green' movement rolls out
Every day 35-year-old shopkeeper Reza Baqerpour Uskowi takes the subway from his west Tehran home, gets off at the Sarsabz Metro stop and walks over to the Bicycle House, where he slips his card into a reader, pulls out a bicycle and then rides the rest of the way to work -Los Angeles Times - 2/21/10

Key Iraqi Sunni Political Bloc Pulls Out of March 7 Parliamentary Election
Mutlak's spokesman, Haidar al-Mullah, told reporters that his National Dialogue Front was "boycotting the upcoming election" and urged other parties to do the same. He supported the decision by citing complaints by U.S. commander in Iraq General Ray Odierno and Ambassador Christopher Hill over Iranian interference in the electoral process. -VOA - 2/21/10

Iran's new destroyer makes maiden voyage
Iran's first domestically manufactured destroyer, the Jamaran, was sent on its first mission on Sunday after conducting maneuvers to display its capabilities. -MNA - 2/21/10

Nagorno-Karabakh Forces 'Committed' To Cease-Fire
Military officials in Nagorno-Karabakh have denied violating a cease-fire following a report of casualties by Azerbaijan on February 18, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Military spokesman Senor Hasratian said on February 19 that Stepanakert remains committed to the cease-fire regime along the line of contact with Azerbaijani armed forces. -RFE - 2/21/10

From North Jersey, Iranian national gets word out about opposition movmement
From coffee shops in Ridgewood, his home in Wayne and anywhere there is cell service, a 28-year-old Iranian is broadcasting the ongoing uprising in his home country -- one of a growing number of people intent on helping share with the world what happens on the streets of Tehran. -The Record - 2/21/10

Iranian Woman Olympics Skier Injured In Training
Marjan Kalhor was injured in the training session ahead of her first attempt in the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010. The result of Kalhor's CAT scan showed her injury was not serious. She will most likely be well by the time of her competition scheduled for February 24. - 2/20/10

London - British Museum Norouz
Visit the Ancient Iran Gallery, watch dancers and listen to musicians, enjoy myths and legends of Persia and take part in family activities. Saturday and Sunday March 20-21, 2010 - 2/20/10

Iran's Greens Shift Strategy in Wake of February 11
The low turnout and disorganization of Green Movement protestors on February 11, Iran's 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, highlighted the weaknesses of the opposition's approach in the face of intensifying pressures from the government. However, while the Green Movement may have suffered its first significant blow from the government last Thursday, both the leadership and grassroots supporters appear to be returning to their original strategy of decentralizing their protests. -Shayan Ghajar - 2/20/10

Los Angeles: 2nd Annual NowRuz Celebrations at LACMA
Farhang Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an art institution of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, are proud to host the 2nd Annual NowRuz, Iranian New Year program. - 2/20/10

In the Spotlight: Top Places to See Art and Antiquities from Iran
This month, PARSA Community Foundation focuses on major shows and exhibits of pre-modern and modern Persian art around the world. Given Iran's rich art heritage which includes architecture, stone masonry, reliefs, sculpture, rugs, tapestries, pottery, enamel work, calligraphy, painting, metalwork, and more, this list is only a bird's eye view of the vast Persian art landscape. -Ellie Javadi - 2/20/10

Reveal -- rapping in Iran
Shabnam Yazdi speaks to British rapper of Iranian origin Reveal about Iranian hip hop and his work with rappers in Iran Reveal, from the hip-hop outfit Poisonous Poets, was the winner of the 2000 UK Freestyle Championships. He will be performing at the Beats Beat Sanctions fundraiser in aid of Campaign Iran next week. -Campaign Iran - 2/20/10

Batin Qobadi's "Ask the Wind" wins Crystal Bear at Berlinale
The jury described the film saying that the "movie opened the door on a culture, in which the unimaginable belongs to daily life. We are grateful for this work of art which was convincing both in detail and as a whole," at the festival's website. - 2/20/10

Soroush: Referendum to Remove Iran's Supreme Leader's Powers
Rooz Online spoke with Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush about the issues facing the Iranian nation today, the 5-person statement and the mixing of religion and politics. Emphasizing that if a referendum is to be held in the country, "The supreme leader's position and responsibilities must be revisited," - 2/20/10

Tehran Police Chief Retires
Iranian media report that Birgadier-General Azizollah Rajabzadeh, Head of Tehran Police retires after only six months at this post. Reformist website Norooz reports that following the Ashura Day protests on December 27, Rajabzadeh was summoned by the judiciary and interrogated for over two hours. - 2/20/10

Iran Police Chief Extols Organization of February 11 Events
Head of Iran's national police forces announced that the February 11 ceremonies were conducted under the supervision of a "single command unit" which resulted in the "exuberant fifty-million people demonstration." Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam expressed satisfaction with the "coordinated efforts" of the unit. - 2/20/10

Students at Rutgers University to read Persian war novel
The Persian novel on the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war "Chess with the Doomsday Machine" has been introduced as a reference source at Rutgers University located in the American city of New Brunswick, New Jersey. - 2/20/10

Iran: Rafsanjani says outside parties dictated part of IAEA report
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that part of the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran's nuclear program was dictated by certain parties outside the agency. -MNA - 2/20/10

Iran's Larijani to start 5-day tour of Japan
Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani will start a high profile five day-tour of Japan in the next few days for talks with senior Japanese officials. Larijani will meet with Japan's House of Representatives and Senate speakers on Wednesday morning. He will also visit the premises of the two assemblies. - 2/20/10

SINCERE ADVICE BASED ON PRECARIOUS ASSUMPTIONS: A Potentially Perilous Mixture
Even though I am finding myself increasingly at odds with the Iranian American scholars and pundits regarding the analysis or the interpretation of the current sociopolitical developments in Iran, I am no less appreciative of the honesty and sincerity with which they have been voicing their opinions. In one sense we are all in agreement; we all want to see a democratic, prosperous Iran, governed by the will of the Iranian citizens and for the best interests of the Iranian people. -Kam Zarrabi - 2/19/10

Iranian opposition leaders meet to discuss new strategies
Iranian opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi met last night to discuss future strategies in the face of growing security measures and violence against protesters. Saham News reports that the two disputing candidates encouraged their supporters to remain aware and present in the political arena in order to remedy the "deviation in the Revolution which has made the interests of the nation highly vulnerable." - 2/19/10

Why Iran's Green Movement Objects To President's Economic Style
The chants of "death to the dictator" have been temporarily stilled since Iran's Green Movement was muscled off the streets during the 31st anniversary celebrations of the Islamic Revolution on February 11. But political slogans and charges of stolen presidential elections are just part of the explosive mix that keeps the Green Movement alive. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 2/19/10

Iran releases a number of political prisoners
Iranian reformist websites report that several post-election detainees who were arrested in the wave of arrests before February 11 events in Iran, were released last night. -Zamaneh - 2/19/10

Iranian student activist handed six-year prison term
Iranian authorities have sentenced student activist, Morteza Samiari to six years imprisonment after six weeks in Evin Prison. The executive member of Iran's national student union was arrested in connection with an open and official invitation to meet with representatives of a European Parliamentary Committee in Tehran. -Zamaneh - 2/19/10

Iranian American 2010 Census Coalition Ramps Up Activities
On February 13, 2010, the Iranians Count YouTube Channel was officially launched as part of public awareness campaign by the Iranian American 2010 Census Coalition (IACC) about the importance of participating in the 2010 Census. - 2/19/10

Next court date for Iran's Baha'i leaders will be 11 April
A third court date has been announced for seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran, the Baha'i International Community has learned. The trial proceedings - begun on 12 January after the seven had been incarcerated in Tehran's Evin prison for 20 months - will continue on Sunday, 11 April, according to information conveyed orally to their attorneys. -BWNS - 2/19/10

Iran launches first domestically manufactured destroyer
Iran's first domestically designed and manufactured destroyer was launched in the Persian Gulf and officially joined the fleet of the Iranian Navy on Friday in Bandar Abbas in a ceremony which Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended. -MNA - 2/19/10

Iran: Hardline cleric claims protesters "didn't dare to show up"
Hardline cleric, Ahmad Khatami who has repeatedly derided the post-election protests and the opposition leaders from Tehran's Friday Mass Prayers podium, was hard at his efforts today claiming protesters, which he has dubbed as "rioters", did not dare appear in February 11 demonstrations. -Zamaneh - 2/19/10

Global Campaign for Human Rights in Iran's Symbolic Hunger Strike in New York on February 20
UN Human Rights Council has conducted its Universal Periodic Review of Iran on February 15-17. Since the lives of many of Iranian citizens are in immediate danger we demand that the Council: Sends a delegation to Iran to investigate the status of political prisoners; appoints a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran; issues a strong warning to the Islamic Republic with a deadline. - 2/19/10

Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted Friday that Iran is not trying to develop nuclear weapons. State-run TV quoted Ayatollah Khamenei as saying the country does not believe in atomic weapons and is not seeking them. -VOA - 2/19/10

Hans Blix: Iran has reason to produce nuclear fuel to 20%
Hans Blix, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says Iran has "a reason to produce" nuclear fuel to a purity of 20 percent to power its nuclear research reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes. - 2/19/10

US Policy Appears to Single Out Arab, Muslim Travelers
Civil liberties advocates are joining Arab and Muslim American groups in expressing concern over the government's recent decision to single out travelers from more than a dozen mostly Middle Eastern countries for increased scrutiny. Critics of the policy argue it could lead to practices that are both discriminatory and ineffective. -VOA - 2/19/10

Hard Mideast Truths
For over a century now, Zionism and Arab nationalism have failed to find an accommodation in the Holy Land. Both movements attempted to fill the space left by collapsed empire, and it has been left to the quasi-empire, the United States, to try to coax them to peaceful coexistence. The attempt has failed. -Roger Cohen - 2/19/10

Photos: No Safe Drinking Water For People of Gatish Village
Forget about high-speed, or low-speed, internet. The people of Gatish village, located close to city of Shush in Iran's Khuzestan province, still lack the most basic necessities such as safe drinking water. The only source of the water for the people is a nearby river that the villagers have to walk about 800 meters to get to. -Photos by Seyyed Ali Mousavinejad - 2/18/10

Iran: what happened, where now?
Tehran's rulers have pushed back the protest-wave that followed the fraudulent election of June 2009. But the achievement of Iran's opposition movement is already immense - and it now faces the regime with a fundamental choice, says Farhang Jahanpour. - 2/18/10

Iran's Shameful Performance Stuns the UN Human Rights Council
As the review of Iran's human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process concluded at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Iranian government demonstrated its utter lack of respect for internationally accepted norms by simultaneously accepting and rejecting recommendations of UN members with regard to addressing the critical situation of human rights in Iran - 2/18/10

50 political prisoners released from Tehran Prison
Fifty Iranian political prisoners were released last night from Evin Prison in Tehran. Shahabeddin Tabatabai, Islamic Iran Participation Front member and head of reformist youth in support of Mousavi and Khatami, was one of the high profile detainees which was temporarily released last night, according to Neday-e Sabz-e Azadi website. -Zamaneh - 2/18/10

Letter From Tehran: The Artist's Dilemma
The weather is cold and the skies are cloudy. As the Iranian poet Akhavan Saales wrote, it is the type of weather when "no one wants to say hello, everything is cold, [and] no one pulls out his hand to shake yours." -Ahmad, RFE - 2/18/10

'I Had A Very Bad Feeling': Iranian YouTube Protester Talks About Video Clip Of Beating
More than 110,000 people have now watched an amateur video (above) of a member of Iran's security forces beating up a young man on a Tehran street on February 11, the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.-RFE - 2/18/10

Noavaran Ensemble to perform in New York
The newly formed Noavaran Ensemble will be performing a masterful new composition by the renowned Iranian-American Composer, Mr. Gregory H. Aslani. The composition is a fusion of Contemporary Music and Classical Persian Music. - 2/18/10

Iran Continues Crackdown on Women's-Rights Advocates
Despite a February 15th United Nations review of its human-rights practices, Iran's government has not curbed its censorship and repression of women's rights activists. The morning after the review was held, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian feminist lawyer, was detained by the Iranian government. -Ms. Magazine - 2/18/10

Analysts Say Iran's Revolutionary Guard Accumulating Broad Powers
Iran is reacting sharply to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks that the Persian state is becoming a military dictatorship. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accuses Clinton of spreading "lies" and the United States of turning the region into a so-called "arms depot." But several Washington-based analysts on Iran back Clinton's assertions. -VOA - 2/18/10

The Iran Nuclear Issue: The View from Beijing
While China resists tougher UN Security Council sanctions on Iran, it is likely to ultimately come on board but will seek to delay and weaken the West's desired measures. -ICG - 2/18/10

Brazil Resists Push for Tougher Sanctions on Iran, Envoy Says
Brazil has told the U.S. and France that it doesn't support tougher United Nations sanctions on Iran and will continue, over the objections of the Obama administration, to seek more trade with the Islamic government. -Bloomberg - 2/18/10

Japan's Iran Moment
In April 1953, defying the British, the Japanese petroleum tanker Nissho Maru left the port of Abadan in southern Iran, its hulls filled with crude oil. The owner of the tanker, Idemitsu, was one of only a handful of companies that dared buy Iranian oil in those days -Nassrine Azimi, NY Times - 2/18/10

Iranian basiji tells of jail ordeal
A former member of the Iranian basij militia tells Channel 4 News that he was jailed and mistreated for refusing to assault opposition protesters. - 2/18/10

Why Sanctions Won't Beat Iran's Revolutionary Guards
The Obama Administration is talking about putting more sanctions on the IRGC, with hopes that a reluctant China might be willing to sign on to a more targeted effort. But this is a silly and hollow gesture -- the IRGC is the best sanctions buster in the world. What Washington should be thinking about, now that crazy mullahs have been replaced by cunning generals, is how you negotiate with a military dictatorship. -TIME - 2/18/10

This is no ripping yarn, but a murder to fan more conflict
Imagine for a moment what the reaction would be if ­Iranian ­intelligence was almost ­unversally believed to have ­assassinated a leader of one of the organisations fighting the Tehran government in a western-friendly state. -Guardian - 2/18/10

Peace Pact
I know, it always seems hard to begin, but as the Persian mystic poet Halaj says: Just walk into the Way and stop asking; The Way will itself tell you how to move on --- I am glad it began. Now, where on the way are you each? -Katayoun Riahi - 2/17/10

Another Iranian dissident sentenced to death
Iranian court attorney, Mohammad Mostafai reported that Amir-Reza Arefi has been sentenced to death by the judiciary. The 21-year-old is charged with "enmity against God through membership in the Association of Iranian Monarchists," according to Mr. Mostafai's weblog. -Radio Zamaneh - 2/17/10

Attacks on the Press 2009: Iran
Amid the greatest national political upheaval since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran launched a full-scale assault on the media and the opposition. In mid-June, mass protests erupted in response to official election results showing incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning by a large margin against his main opposition challenger, reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The government responded with a wide-ranging and cruel campaign to suppress dissent. -CPJ - 2/17/10

Imprisoned Iranian protesters share a bond forged in hell
Former inmates describe the horrors they endured during five days in Kahrizak prison in Tehran after their arrests during postelection unrest: "What is this place?" the guard shouted. "The end of the world!" the prisoners replied. "Are you happy with the food?" he demanded. "Yes, sir!" they answered. "Have you been tamed?" he asked. "Yes, sir!" -Los Angeles Times - 2/17/10

Kiarostami's "Shirin" to open Image of an Artist festival
Abbas Kiarostami's "Shirin" with a brief appearance by Juliette Binoche will open this year's Image of an Artist, a documentary film festival, here on Saturday at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF). - 2/17/10

Iran Supreme Leader says Revolution on track
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei maintained that despite opposition claims, the February 11 demonstrations showed that the Islamic Revolution has not been "derailed" and "the people have not left the path of the Revolution and the Imam." - 2/17/10

Turkey's Treads Fine Line as Mediator in Iran Nuclear Issue
Turkey is willing to serve as the venue for an exchange of Iranian nuclear fuel, in a bid to ease tension between the West and Iran over its nuclear program. But questions are beginning to surface as to which side of the fence Turkey will be on when it comes to any showdown with Iran. -VOA - 2/17/10

Iranian woman skier aims to be first of many
Marjan Kalhor knows she has no chance of winning a gold medal in next week's women's slalom but before she even steps out of the gate she has already claimed a first place. -Reuters - 2/17/10

Human Rigths Violations
I am a humanist with class-consciousness political views, with the emphasis on the second part when I try to understand and analyze any social or political situation. We live in societies with a class structure, so when something happens, I believe one needs to look at it from that perspective before and above anything else. -Azita Ebrahimi - 2/17/10

Iranian-American Youth Initiates Mobile Billboard Campaign in Support of Iranian Opposition on February 16th in Washington, DC
Iranian-American Youth (IAY) and Justice Through Music (JTM) have organized a mobile billboard campaign in Washington, D.C. to support human rights in Iran. Mobile billboards will travel through Washington's streets, appearing near or at many of the capital city's most significant landmarks. - 2/17/10

Clinton: US Focusing Sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is focusing sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, asserting that the elite unit has become too involved in security, political and economic decisions. Clinton told VOA Tuesday that Iran is becoming a more belligerent and repressive nation as the Revolutionary Guard increases its influence. - 2/17/10

Russia delays delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran: report
A senior Russian official said on Wednesday that the delivery of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran has been delayed for technical reasons. -MNA - 2/17/10

US Commander Says Iran Planned Political Dispute in Iraq
The top American commander in Iraq is accusing Iran of engineering the disqualification of 145 Iraqi Sunnis from next month's election, a move that could leave the country's Sunni community feeling unrepresented and angry when the results come in. -VOA - 2/17/10

In U.S., 6 in 10 View Iran as Critical Threat to U.S. Interests
A Gallup poll finds 61% of Americans viewing the military power of Iran as a critical threat to U.S. vital interests over the next 10 years. An additional 29% say Iran is an important, though not a critical, threat to the United States. - 2/17/10

Iran to privatize 20 power plants
According to Article 44 of the Iranian Constitution, the economy of Iran is to consist of three sectors: state, cooperative, and private. This article has been amended in 2004 to allow the privatization of the Iranian economy. -MNA - 2/17/10

Iranian director admits new film might not pass censors
Iranian director Rafi Pitts said Tuesday this entry at the Berlin Film Festival, a drama set against the backdrop of recent political tensions, might not get past censors in his home country. Pitts got clearance to make "Shekarchi" (The Hunter) on location, but this was shortly before the unrest that followed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June, he said. -AFP - 2/17/10

Commentary: 'Mossad' murder mystery has plenty of red herrings
When a senior member of Hamas' armed wing – and one allegedly responsible for smuggling Iranian weapons to the blockaded Gaza Strip – is found dead in a Dubai hotel room, there as many possible suspects as in a well-plotted murder mystery. -TIMES Online - 2/17/10

The Golha Project: Digital Archiving of Flowers of Persian Poetry and Song
Golha Radio Program, broadcast from 1956 through 1979, covered the entire history of classical as well as contemporary Persian poetry, giving marvelous expression to the whole gamut of traditional Persian music and poetry. Digital archiving of all the Golha radio programs is being conducted for access by academic researchers of Persian music and literature and the public at large. - 2/16/10

West Criticizes Iran Rights Record At UN Council Meeting
Western countries expressed concern today at the UN Human Rights Council over the violent methods employed by Iran against protests over the country's disputed presidential election. The countries, including Britain and France, also called for an international probe into the violence that followed the election in June 2009. -RFE - 2/16/10

Testimony of Iranian activist at UN Headquarters: Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
When I was sitting in an interrogation room, with my face to the wall, my eyes covered with a blindfold and my body with a chador, I never imagined that one day I would be at the United Nation Headquarters giving my testimony about this very day. -Shadi Sadr - 2/16/10

"Women in Shroud" nominated at Cinema for Peace
Women in Shroud, a documentary co-produced by Farid Haerinehad and Mohammadreza Kazemi, was nominated for the Cinema For Peace award, an annual initiative that promotes humanity through film. This is the first Iranian film ever nominated for this prize. - 2/16/10

Art In The Winter - I: Shirin Malek Esmaili
When we go out of the house and brave the traffic on our Friday gallery hops, it is always good to find something out of the ordinary and unusual and I found this in the work of Shirin Malek Esmaili at the Mah gallery. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/16/10

Nowrouz 2010: Public holidays worldwide
Today, ten countries celebrate Persian New Year nationally. Nowrouz with different spelling shows up in official calendars of Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Autonomous Region of Kurdistan (part of Iraq). - 2/16/10

Second annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival
Farhang Foundation and SoCiArts are proud to announce the second annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival. This year, filmmakers from all walks of life, Iranian and non-Iranian, are invited to create a music video (less than 9 minutes) of any genre or style, visualizing an aspect of Iranian arts, history, culture, crafts, geography, cuisine or lifestyle. - 2/16/10

UN Review Affirms Need for More Pressure to Improve Human Rights
Iran's rejectionist initial response to recommendations by members of the international community to address grave human rights abuses during the UN's Universal Period Review clearly demonstrates the need for a special session of the Human Rights Council and a special envoy dealing with these abuses, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said - 2/16/10

Clinton Urges Iranians to 'Take Back Authority' from Revolutionary Guards
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she hopes Iran's mainstream leaders can recapture authority from the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that she said threatens to take the country toward a military dictatorship. Clinton is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the last leg of Persian Gulf trip focusing on Iran's nuclear program. -VOA - 2/16/10

The financial power of the Revolutionary Guards
The extent of the Revolutionary Guards' control over the Iranian economy is ­apparent as soon as you enter the country. They run the main international airport, and the manner in which they acquired it was a bruising demonstration of the way big business is now done in Iran.-Guardian - 2/16/10

Lebanese Intellectuals Support Iran's Green Movement
Ninety Lebanese intellectuals have signed a petition in support of Iran's opposition Green Movement, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The statement is a rare show of public support by Arab intellectuals for the Green Movement. -RFE - 2/16/10

Iran's opposition 'has no real leader'
Haleh Esfandiari, Iranian dissident and academic, has had first-hand experience of just how brutal Iran's regime can be. At 67 years of age she was held for four months at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, accused of trying to topple the Islamic establishment.-BBC - 2/16/10

U.S. Encounters Limits of Iran Engagement Policy
For two days this month, Gen. James L. Jones, President Obama's national security adviser, and Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, were in the same place at the same time, attending a high-level security conference in Munich with a number of high-ranking officials from around the world. And yet the two made no plans to meet with each other. -NY Times - 2/16/10

Iran makes history by winning Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup
Iran beat Turkey 4-3 in the final of the 2010 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup on Sunday evening in Yerevan, Armenia, and claimed the championship for the first time. -MNA - 2/15/10

Photos: Snow Covers Palangan Village in Iran's Kurdestan Province
Palangan (meaning leopards in Persian) is a village located 47 kilometers north-west of Kamyaran in Iran's Kurdestan province. This village is spread over both sides of a valley. All of the houses are made of stone and like a staircase they are in a continuous pattern, i.e. the roof of one house is the yard of another house. -Photos by Nima Dimari, MNA - 2/15/10

Iran Sanctions the Wrong Move
These sanctions also make no sense when a persistent Iranian reform movement struggles now to win popular support and when Iran's government is debating whether to reform and whether to engage with the United States. In this debate, alleged U.S. hostility is the best argument of Iran's hardliners' against both reform and engagement. -FCNL - 2/15/10

Iran Says Studying New Nuclear Fuel Deal
Iran says it is studying new proposals for a nuclear fuel deal from the United States, Russia and France, though Paris denies that any new offers were made. -VOA - 2/15/10

Tehran Prosecutor Denies Ali Karroubi's Arrest
Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced that reports regarding Ali Karroubi's arrest on February 11 are false and need to be backed up with proof. - 2/15/10

Iranian Crackdown on Baha'is, Opposition Activists, Journalists Continues
The Iranian press is reporting that a number of Baha'is have been arrested, along with opposition activists, journalists, and human-rights defenders, during an ongoing crackdown. U.S. officials will speak Monday at a U.N. Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva to urge Iran to improve its human-rights record. -VOA - 2/15/10

U.S., Israel Seek To Shore Up Support For Tough Iran Stance
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with the Saudi leadership in Riyadh today, hoping to enlist the kingdom in persuading China to support a tougher stand against Iran's nuclear ambitions. -RFE - 2/15/10

Mothers of American Hikers Detained in Iran Ask to Meet Ahmadinejad in Tehran
The mothers of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal - the three American hikers held in Iran - released the following open letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today, on Day 200 of their children's detention. - 2/15/10

Iran power industry on the verge of collapse
Chairman of the Iranian Electricity Industry Union announced that 900 thousand industry workers are in imminent danger of losing their jobs. - 2/15/10

BEATS BEAT SANCTIONS!
hip-hop night & fundraiser in London opposing sanctions on Iran. Hosted by LSE Stop the War Society. All proceeds to Campaign Iran - 2/15/10

Clinton: Iran Heading Toward Military Dictatorship
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States believes Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, adding that Iran's elite military force, the Revolutionary Guard, is "in effect, supplanting the government." -VOA - 2/15/10

Clinton Urges Iran to Change 'Dangerous' Nuclear Policy
Clinton encouraged Iran to reconsider what she calls "dangerous policy decisions" involving its nuclear programs and human rights issues. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flatly declared at the Doha forum that Iran is seeking a nuclear-weapons capability, despite its professions of peaceful intent. -VOA - 2/15/10

Russia Says No Delay On Sale Of Military Gear To Iran
Russia sees no reason to stall on the sale of its S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Iran, the Kremlin's powerful Security Council said today, hours before the premier of Iran's adversary Israel was due to visit Moscow. -Reuters - 2/15/10

Total pays attention to Iran's oil
Despite sanctions over the country's nuclear ambitions Total believes that Iran's oil resources will have to be developed to meet global demand. -BBC - 2/15/10

Iran: Fatemeh Karroubi Pleads For Leader's Intervention After Her Son Is Tortured
Fatemeh Karroubi, wife of opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, wrote a letter to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, to describe the arrest of his son, Ali Karroubi on February 11. She informs the Leader that the capturers which she refers to as "hooligans" threatened to "sexually assault" her son.-Zamaneh - 2/14/10

In Iran, A Government Show Of Force And An Opposition Display Of Courage -- Who Won And Who Lost?
The Iranian government went on the offensive on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the opportunity to flout international efforts to rein its nuclear ambitions and stymie internal dissent with a massive show of force. Members of the Green Movement, prevented from exhibiting their opposition to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad en masse, displayed their courage by protesting in vulnerable pockets of resistance. Berlin-based political analyst Mehdi Fatapour says both sides can claim victory. -RFE - 2/14/10

Iranian opposition leaders to review their strategies
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karoubi announced today that he will soon meet with Mir Hossein Mousavi in order to discuss new strategies for the Green Movement and relay the results to their supporters. Mehdi Karoubi told Sunday Telegraph daily that if the government continues to impede protesters from peaceful gatherings, the Green Movement will be forced to choose "other paths." - 2/14/10

The Green Valentine in London
For the Valentine's Day, supporters of the Green movement in London, in a symbolic action showed their supports for the freedom seeking movement of Iranians inside the country and abroad. In this symbolic move which started in one of London's major squares, these supporters by wearing black clothes and green hearts rallied on the streets of London. -United4Iran - 2/14/10

PEN USA Dissident Poets: I AM NEDA
Please join us on February 16 when PEN USA and the Hammer Museum present an evening of poetry inspired by the events in Iran this past summer. In association with Iranian-American poet Sholeh Wolpe, author of "I Am Neda," we collected dozens of poems by prominent poets in support of those who speak out for freedom around the world. - 2/14/10

Iran's Green Movement Spokespersons Outside Iran
During the election, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Ataollah Mohajerani were two figures outside Iran who served as Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi's spokespersons for some time. With respect to Mohsen Makhmalbaf, it is clear that he was close to Mousavi up to the election and was among his respected advisors. -Rooz online - 2/14/10

Iran's Opposition Must Take Back The Initiative
For weeks, millions of Iranians and people around the world were waiting with anticipation to see if massive street protests would be repeated in Iran, and whether once again the fragility of the Islamic republic would be proven. It did not happen. -Mardo Soghom, RFE - 2/14/10

Is There a Labor Movement in Iran? An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo
Dr. Mohammad Maljoo is an Iran-based researcher and lecturer who specializes in political economy. On February 6, 2010, Mahindokht Mesbah of the Persian language Deutsche Welle Radio conducted an interview with him. Translated excerpts follow. - 2/14/10

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam at at the British Library: Free Lunchtime Concert
On Tuesday 16 February 2010 at 1pm, The British Library, in conjunction with the Iran Heritage Foundation, will host a free lunchtime recital of Persian classical music by Vida Edalat and the Saba Ensemble with readings from Omar Khayyam by Lobat Vala and Narguess Farzad (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). - 2/14/10

Hardliners Continue Efforts to Create Totalitarian Security State
As the Islamic Republic's crackdown on the Green Movement protestors continues to occupy center stage in both the domestic and international media, the regime is also quietly, yet swiftly, moving to lay the foundation for a totalitarian security state. The government is implementing an interlocking series of policies--encompassing the technological, legal, and social spheres--intended to tighten its control over key elements of the Iranian state. -Persia House - 2/14/10

The Smithsonian Presents: Nowruz! A Persian New Year Celebration
This year's Nowruz celebration is bigger and better, with expanded spaces for programs in the Discovery Theater and on the concourse of the Ripley Center (connected underground to the Sackler Gallery). Welcome the return of spring early with Persian food, music, storytelling, games, and more--and watch out for Haji Firuz! - 2/13/10

Ebadi Appeals For International Help To Counter Iran 'Tragedy'
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called for urgent international help to counter a growing list of rights abuses in her native Iran. Speaking at a discussion in Geneva sponsored by human rights groups, Ebadi said time was of the essence amid the current government crackdown on dissent.-FE - 2/13/10

Michelle Montezeri's Freedom For Iran Original Song - Change
16 year old Michelle Montezeri dedicates her original song Change to the Iranian Green Movement. - 2/13/10

Iranian cleric urges authorities to hear protesters' demands
Zahedan's Friday Mass Prayers Leader, Molavi Abdolhamid described the Islamic Republic as a system that gives an equal level of freedom to both pro- and anti- government elements and allows the voices of the opposition to be heard. -Zamaneh - 2/13/10

Iranian MP urges respect for civil liberties
Ali Motahari, son of the late prominent Shiite cleric Ayatollah Motahari, maintained that the authorities should not imagine that the presence of "people and the elite" in the February 11 demonstrations is a confirmation of their methods and that "criticisms and protests" to the establishment are no longer there. -Zamaneh - 2/13/10

Clinton Prepares for Persian Gulf Trip and Talks on Iran, Mideast Peace Efforts
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves Washington Saturday on a trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia and talks with U.S. allies on Iran and efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Obama administration has been helping Persian Gulf states upgrade defenses in the face of Iranian nuclear efforts. -VOA - 2/13/10

Tehran Rooftop Protest Photo by Pietro Masturzo Wins Premier Award
The international jury of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a photo by the Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo as the World Press Photo of the Year 2009. The picture depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran on 24 June. - 2/13/10

Iran's Unhappy Anniversary
Thursday, on the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei's government was fighting for its survival, as leaders of the country's opposition Green Movement sought to take back a revolution gone astray. -Rouzbeh Parsi, Trita Parsi, Daily Beast - 2/13/10

Ahmadinejad, the Western Press and the Iranian Green Opposition
Mr. Ahmadinejad has a history with the western (particularly American) press. Despite the fact that he knows they won't present him in a positive light, while visiting the U.S., he usually appears on all major networks armed with sardonic smiles and categorical denials of all accusations. A pragmatic politician, he has a clear and rather simple use for these interviews: documenting his heroic act of exposing western superpowers for their exploitation of the disadvantaged nations. -Fatemeh Keshavarz - 2/12/10

Global Events to Highlight Abuses in Iran, Maintain International Awareness
Well over 70 rallies, vigils, demonstrations, and marches are scheduled to take place between February 5th and 14th to raise awareness prior, during, and after the anticipated demonstrations in Iran. Events are taking place everywhere from Malaysia to Minnesota, from Oslo to Los Angeles, and from Romania through Western Europe. -United4Iran - 2/12/10

Amnesty International's Comments on the National Report presented by the Islamic Republic of Iran for the Universal Periodic Review
Amnesty International looks forward to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Islamic Republic of Iran, during the 7thsession of the UPR Working Group in February 2010, as an important opportunity to further the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. - 2/12/10

US Senators Push for Human Rights Sanctions on Iran
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to punish Iranian officials responsible for human rights abuses against their own people. The announcement came on the day that Iran marked its 31st anniversary as an Islamic Republic and its president declared the country is now a nuclear state. -VOA - 2/12/10

Molavi Puppet Opera at Tehran's Ferdowsi Theater
We were delighted when our friend Touraj invited us to go to see Behrouz Gharibpour's puppet opera "Molavi" at Tehran Ferdowsi Theater which is opposite the Vahdat Hall (Roudaki) in center of Tehran. We were the guests of a young lady, one of the puppeteers, Mona Kiyanifar who had helped with others to make the puppets and their clothing at the workshop headed by Maryam Eghbali and Ali Pakdast -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/12/10

US Says Intimidation of Protesters Shows Bankruptcy of Iranian Regime
The United States says efforts by Iranian authorities to intimidate those trying to stage protests Thursday in Tehran show the increasing bankruptcy of the government there. The State Department expressed concern about what it said were draconian steps by authorities to curb local communications in the face of demonstrations. -VOA - 2/12/10

IRANIAN BODIES at Berlin's Werkstattgalerie
Iranian contemporary art, with the exception of the cinema, has only swum into western consciousness fairly recently. Because of the political tensions between the West and Iran, it is still largely misrepresented and misunderstood. - 2/12/10

PAAIA Hosts Capitol Hill Briefing on 2009 Survey of Iranian Americans
On January 28th, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) held a congressional briefing to present the findings of its 2009 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans. - 2/12/10

US Dismisses Iran's Nuclear Claims
The Obama administration on Thursday said it does not believe that Iran can enrich uranium at the level it claims it can. White House officials say work is underway for stronger international sanctions against Iran.-VOA - 2/12/10

Iranian Shah's Son Voices Support For Green Movement
Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of the former shah of Iran, says he supports Iran's opposition Green Movement 蔴 percent," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Pahlavi, 49, spoke to Radio Farda from his home in the United States two days ahead of the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution, which deposed his father in 1979. - 2/12/10

The Islamic republic of Iran at 31
Many Iranians believe the official demonstrations celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution represent the calm before another storm, writes analyst Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. -channel4 - 2/12/10

MEPs condemn Nokia Siemens 'surveillance tech' in Iran
Euro MPs have "strongly" criticised telecoms firm Nokia Siemens Networks for providing "surveillance technology" to the Iranian authorities. -BBC - 2/12/10

Painter Ghobad Hendessi, raising awareness of Iranian repression
Hendessi hopes that his work will be inform his American friends (including me) about what's going in Iran, in order to cause a stir and get something done. -Daily Planet - 2/12/10

Heavy clashes continue in West of Tehran
According to Jaras website, "heavy clashes" between protesters and government forces continue in Aryashar area of Tehran while scattered shots can be heard in the area. A rally call has invited protesters to join protesting demonstrations this evening on Thursday in different locations in the city such as across from Evin Prison and also in front of the National Broadcasting offices of Seda-va-Sima. - 2/11/10

Iran Touts Nuclear Advances Amid Reports Of Protests, Arrests
Iranian opposition leaders are reported to have come under attack and their supporters have clashed with security forces, as Iran marks the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The incidents came as tens of thousands of government supporters marched in the streets of Tehran and other cities to mark the day. - 2/11/10

Clashes in Iran on Anniversary of Islamic Revolution
Iranian authorities clashed with opposition supporters Thursday as huge crowds rallied in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic. Iranian opposition Web sites say security forces fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters gathering in central Tehran. - 2/11/10

Iranian opposition reports widespread protester turnout
Hossein Karroubi, son of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, told Radio Zamaneh that "despite the heavy and unprecedented presence of security, special and plain clothes forces all across Tehran, the presence of Green Movement supporters is widespread and telling of people's courage." He added that in view of all the recent executions and widespread arrests, protester turnout is remarkable. -Zamaneh - 2/11/10

Protests staged in numerous Iranian cities
Anti-government demonstrations have been reported from all over Iran, in cities such as Shiraz, Esfahan, Mashad and Ahvaz. Neday-e Sabz-e Azadi reports that in Mashad at least 100 people have been arrested in the Day's demonstrations. Reportedly since last night Basij and security forces have been marching in the streets of Mashad carrying arms. In Shiraz, riot police have attacked protesters demonstrations and reportedly arrested over 20 people.-Zamaneh - 2/11/10

Iranian student organization demands security from authorities
The student organization, Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat issued a statement inviting people of diverse opinions to join the February 11 march and called on the government to fulfill its duty of providing security for all participants. -Zamaneh - 2/11/10

Iranian revolution anniversary: Will Ayatollah Ali Khamenei remain in power?
Thirty-one years ago, the Iranian revolution overthrew the Pahlavi monarchy in Iran. No one predicted the downfall of the shah, who believed that he was highly popular with his own people. His greatest tragedy was that he became a victim of his own illusion. -Ramin Jahanbegloo, CSM - 2/11/10

Report: Iran Leading Jailer Of Journalists In 2009
According to the International Press Institute's (IPI) annual review of world press freedom, Iran has become the leading jailer of journalists in the world. In its report, the IPI says that under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran has implemented some of the world's most repressive policies towards the media. - 2/11/10

Iranian Revolution: Post-Election Unrest Reveals Cracks In The Republic
In the wake of the 1979 revolution, Iranians chose an Islamic Republic as the form of government that would embody their revolutionary ideals.Little was known about what their new republic would offer in practice, but many hoped they would enjoy more freedoms than they did under the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. -RFE - 2/11/10

Iran: Crackdown's Torrent of Abuses
The scope of the Iranian government's crackdown on dissent since the disputed June 2009 elections is even broader and the abuses more flagrant than previously reported, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today that documents numerous instances of abuse. The government should immediately release all those still being held for peacefully expressing dissent and make certain that those responsible for human rights abuses are held accountable, Human Rights Watch said. - 2/11/10

U.S. Treasury Targets Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today took further action to implement existing U.S. sanctions against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by designating an individual and four companies affiliated with the IRGC pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which freezes the assets of designated proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters. - 2/11/10

Timing Uncertain for Next Steps by U.S. Congress on Iran Sanctions
With legislative work in the House of Representatives delayed due to extreme winter weather and a scheduled recess, any clarity on next steps on Iran sanctions may not come until later this month. There may be more pressure for quick action in the Senate. -VOA - 2/11/10

Iran's Anniversary: The Opposition Tries to Thwart a Crackdown
Thirty-one years since the downfall of the U.S.-supported Iranian dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlavi, the Islamic Republic has developed a formula for celebrating the anniversary of the revolution. The government buses in massive crowds from all over the country, who then parade down Tehran's avenues -TIME - 2/11/10

Iranian Opposition Kept Off Guard Ahead of 1979 Celebrations
With two days to go before the anniversary celebration of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, authorities are slowing the internet and disrupting mobile phone service in what is believed to be an effort to disrupt opposition protests. A top religious leader is also urging Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to release prisoners. -VOA - 2/10/10

Global Solidarity with the IRAN Green Movement
Mir-Hossein Mousavi's unprecedented interview on the 2nd of February 2010, carried on the website Kalameh, is the clearest indication that the sustainable struggle for democracy in Iran, 150 years in the making, is entering a new phase and going forward... The Iranian community in Diaspora expresses their solidarity with the people of Iran and joins them in solidarity on the 11th of February 2010, the day that marks the 31st anniversary of the Iranian revolution - 2/10/10

Iran: Fears for demonstrators as authorities warn of zero tolerance amid ongoing arrests and trials
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations, including by those opposed to the current government, on 11 February, the 31stanniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Various officials from the police and the judiciary have warned in recent days that anti-government demonstrations will be not be tolerated. - 2/10/10

Photos: The Consumers Revolution of Kerman
After the opening of an exhibition of low price household goods in Kerman, and the subsequent closing due to protests by the local retailers, people gathered at the gates of the compound and demanded that the exhibition be reopened. After few hours of wait, the people lost patience and forcefully opened the gates and triumphantly entered the exhibition to claim their prizes. And thus the Consumers Revolution of Kerman was born! -Photos by Farzad Goori - 2/10/10

Obama: New Iran Sanctions Being Developed Quickly
Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that major new sanctions on the Iranian government are being developed. The president says Tehran is still pursuing a program that would lead to nuclear weapons. -VOA - 2/10/10

Call to end oppressive policies against Iranian universities
A group of professors of Tarbiat Modares University, which specializes in training university staff and researchers to join university faculties, wrote an open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei warning him that the continuation of fear tactics in the universities will have "destructive effects." -Radio Zamaneh - 2/10/10

Iran: Opposition Leader's Senior Aides Released
Tehran's prosecutor's office announced the release of Mohammad Reza Tajik and Alireza Beheshti two of Mir Hossein Mousavi's senior aides who were arrested following the Ashura Day protests. -Zamaneh - 2/10/10

Iran: Opposition Figures Safaee Farahani and Nabavi Receive Six-Year Prison Sentences
Mohsen Safaee Farahani and Behzad Nabavi, two prominent reformist political figures arrested after the 12 June 2009 presidential elections, have been sentenced to six-year prison terms. Also, an Iranian appeal court has reduced to five years the jail sentence for Kian Tajbakhsh, an Iranian-American scholar detained after last year's disputed election and accused of espionage - 2/10/10

Banging the War Drums, playing Pipes, Sarah Palin calls the Wrong Tune
In a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday, political aspirant and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin confused and conflated the neocon "bomb, bomb Iran" message of Daniel Pipes, founder and Director of the right-wing neoconservative Middle East Forum with the views of conservative MSNBC news commentator and Townhall.com blogger Pat Buchanan. -Marsha B. Cohen - 2/10/10

Rally in Washington, DC In support of the Iranian People's Call for Democracy
On Saturday February 13th, several days after the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, we will gather to voice our protest against the continuing clampdown on social rights in Iran. We will demand that all political prisoners be freed and that struggle of the Iranian people for human rights and democracy be respected by the government. - 2/10/10

Opposition to make presence known at rally marking Iran's revolution
When Niloofar, a 24-year-old Iranian blogger and anti-government activist, sees people throwing stones at baton-wielding paramilitaries during opposition protests, she feels happy. "They are beating us," she said. "So we are allowed to fight back." "The government calls us rioters to justify their own violence against people. They are hanging demonstrators, but this will not stop the people's resolve," she said. "We must continue to protest, or all our friends in prison will be hanged." -Washington Post - 2/10/10

Rafsanjani: Bahman 22 should be marked with loyalty to revolution
He went on to say that the Bahman 22 belongs to the entire nation, adding that criticism and expression of different views is the essence of progress and a clue to compensate defects. The Expediency Council chairman also cautioned against extremist actions and lack of tolerance ahead of the Bahman 22 rallies. -MNA - 2/10/10

Arrests by Iran in Bid to Quell Wide Protests
In recent weeks, security officials have unleashed an epidemic of arrests across Iran in an effort to neutralize the political opposition, silence critical voices and head off widespread protests when the nation observes the anniversary of the revolution on Thursday, Iran analysts inside and outside the country said. -NY Times - 2/10/10

How Washington Can Really Help the Greens in Tehran
For the Obama administration, there are dangers in doing too much and too little to help the pro-democracy movement in Iran. Here is how to chart a safe, effective third way. -Alireza Naderi & Trita Parsi, FP - 2/10/10

Germany's Call for Removal of US Missiles in Europe Reopens Debate
Germany's new coalition government is calling for U.S. nuclear missiles to be removed from Europe. A London research organization says Germany's announcement has reopened the global debate about whether nuclear weapons help or hinder global security.-VOA - 2/10/10

Rain, rally and Plaza de César Chávez
Bay Area Iranian Americans gathered last Saturday, February 06, 2010 in downtown San Jose to show their solidarity and their supports for Iranians inside Iran who have been facing harsh and inhumane treatment by the Islamic regime's Revolutionary Guards, and have been constantly subject to torture and even execution. -SF Examiner - 2/10/10

Iran unveils electric Samand car
Iran on Wednesday unveiled the electric model of the Samand car. The electric model of the Samand can run at a speed of 140 kph and can be recharged within 15 minutes. - 2/10/10

U.S. offers to help Iran buy medical isotopes: report
The United States and other nations are offering to help Iran purchase medical isotopes on the international market, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. - 2/10/10

Iran: Widespread arrests of journalists and activists on the threshold of the 1979 revolution anniversary
Mass arrests of social, women's rights, and political activists during the ten days leading to Islamic Revolution's Anniversary has continued with arrests of Maryam Ghanbari, a member of the Maydan women's group, and Mah-Farid Mansourian, an environmental activist. - 2/9/10

Opposition Leader Mousavi Emphasizes Inclusiveness of Iran's Green Movement
Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi renewed his call to supporters of the Green Movement to join the February 11 events "while preserving their unique identities." He maintained that the Green Movement is a young and independent movement that is inclusive of numerous small groups. He also emphasized that it is not affected by pressure and only moves in accordance to "national interests." - 2/9/10

Letter of Iranian Journalists to Foreign Colleagues: Listen to the True Calls of Iranians
A group of Iranian journalists have written a letter to foreign reporters who are invited to Iran by Iran's government to provide media coverage to the celebrations of the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. -Rooz Online - 2/9/10

Charmy's Pasta in Tehran: It's like eating in a friend's kitchen
There are very few places where you feel completely at home when you walk in. But this was how we felt when we went to Charmy's, a fresh vegetarian pasta place in the centre of Tehran close to the Vahdat (Roudaki) Hall; it is a very nice yet small and warm, as well as extremely clean, eating spot. The place has been open for almost 2 years, and 23rd February is the anniversary of their opening. -Syma Sayyah, Tehran - 2/9/10

Iran Starts Higher Uranium Enrichment
Iranian state media reports the process started at Iran's Natanz facility Tuesday in the presence of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors. Iran told the IAEA Monday of its plans to enrich uranium to 20 percent in order to fuel a medical nuclear reactor. -VOA - 2/9/10

Preparing For 1979 Anniversary: Internet Disruption And New Dumpsters
Iran observers say you can tell the Islamic republic is getting ready for more street protests when the Internet is disrupted and the text-messaging system is down. And dozens of activists and intellectuals are being arrested preemptively. -RFE - 2/9/10

Iran Revolutionary Guards want tougher laws against foreign media collaborators
A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards wants collaborators of what he refers to as "foreign and anti-Revolutionary" media to be treated as spies. -Radio Zamaneh - 2/9/10

Student Facing Execution in Iran for Throwing Rocks
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today strongly condemned the prosecution of a young student activist, Mohammad Amin Valian, under the charge of Moharebeh, or "enmity against God," which is punishable by death and called the charges "grossly disproportionate." - 2/9/10

Iranian Atomic Plans Bring New Calls for Sanctions
International pressure is growing for new sanctions against Iran following Tehran's announcement that it intends to step up its enrichment of uranium. In Paris Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they will push for strong new sanctions. -VOA - 2/9/10

Economic Failure of Imports from China: Basij Commander Admits as Well
As criticism mounts in Iran over the country's policy of importing non-essential goods from China, and the government's response has been the announcement that it has curtailed such imports by 40 percent, without giving any detailed statistics, the commander of the para-military Basij force said during a Basij seminar that unemployment remained the most serious problem of the government -Rooz Online - 2/9/10

Iran knows location of U.S. missile shields in region: general
Iran is fully aware of the locations of the U.S. missile defense shields in the region, Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani said on Tuesday. The missile shields have been based around Iran for some time now, Miqani told reporters. -MNA - 2/9/10

How Iranian dissidents slip through Tehran's airport dragnet
Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran is a chokepoint for Iranian dissidents seeking to flee the country. A look at how some are escaping authorities. -CSM - 2/9/10

Will Obama Opt for War on Iran?
Two articles, one by anti-war conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan and the other by neoconservative Daniel Pipes, deal with the issue of Obama moving toward war on Iran for political reasons. -Stephen Sniegoski - 2/9/10

Four Iranian skiers participating in 2010 Winter Olympic
Iran's ski team consisting of three men and one woman will take part in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The 21st Winter Olympics will be held from February 12 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. -MNA - 2/8/10

Photos: Railway watchman in Tabriz, Iran
The Railway watchman, with a large wrench in hand, walk the rails between stations scanning the railway nuts with their watchful eyes. If they find any problem areas, they're the ones who will have to warn the locomotive's operators. -Photos by Ali Hamed Haghdoust - 2/8/10

Shiva Nazarahari's Mother: "Release My Daughter, She is Innocent!"
Shahrzad Kariman, mother of imprisoned human rights activist Shiva Nazarahari who was arrested on 20 December 2009, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her daughter's activities with the Committee of Human Rights Reporters was completely legal and charges such as "association with MKO" are baseless. - 2/8/10

Call for prosecution of former Tehran Prosecutor
A group of Iranian Members of Parliament called for the dismissal and prosecution of Saeed Mortazavi, former Prosecutor of Tehran and all other perpetrators of the "Kahrizak catastrophe." -Radio Zamaneh - 2/8/10

Iranian oppsition leader renews call for rally on February 11
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi announced once more that he will participate in the February 11 demonstrations and also that he has no faith in a religious government that uses the Friday Mass Prayers for jubilation in the death of its nation's children. -Zamaneh - 2/8/10

Cyrus Cylinder not coming home: Iran cuts all ties with British Museum
Iran has cut all relations and cooperation with the British Museum after the museum refused to lend the country the Cyrus Cylinder for a showcase. The decision to cut the ties was announced during a press conference on Saturday by Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Hamid Baqaii, who is also a vice president. -MNA - 2/8/10

Iran 'Informs IAEA' Of Enrichment Plan, Sparking Condemnation
Iran has formally informed the UN nuclear agency that it will start on February 9 to further enrich uranium stockpiles to a level of 20 percent, further fueling Western concerns that Tehran is secretly seeking a nuclear bomb-making capacity. -RFE - 2/8/10

Iran unveils new plane, opens drones' production lines
Iran unveiled its first one-man twin-engine airplane dubbed Faez with the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmand Vahidi on Monday. Iran also inaugurated production lines of advanced drones named Raad and Nazir. -ISNA - 2/8/10

Iranian commander urges February 11 marchers to tolerate each other
A military commander has called on people who participate in the Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies on Thursday to tolerate each other, TABNAK news website reported on Sunday. Both pro-administration and reformist groups have invited their supporters to attend the rallies to celebrate the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. - 2/8/10

IRAN: Opposition and hard-liners get ready for 22 Bahman confrontations
Iran's hard-line government and the green-themed opposition are gearing up for another confrontation Thursday, this time on the 22nd day of the Persian calendar month of Bahman, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. - 2/8/10

The United States and Continuity of Change
Head of the Iranian diplomatic apparatus recently pointed to Hillary Clinton's proclaimed policies in the course of presidential campaigns which caused her to lose ground to Barack Obama and noted that "different voices are heard from Washington which originates from the current problems in US foreign policy. However, it seems that positions taken by Mrs. Clinton are basically different from other voices." -Davoud Hermidas Bavand - 2/8/10

Senate Passes AIPAC's Iran Sanctions Bill in Five Minutes
just last week the Senate passed comprehensive sanctions on Iran -- a bill being pushed by AIPAC neocons and the other "usual suspects" -- in record time. It was brought up with only three senators on the floor; there was a five minute debate and it passed by voice vote. Just like that. -Huffington Post - 2/8/10

Met Commander Ali Dizaei jailed for corruption
Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei has been sentenced to four years for assaulting and falsely arresting a man in a dispute over £600. -BBC - 2/8/10

Photos: Pir Shahriar Ceremony in Oramanat Takht Village, Iran
Pir Shahriar (or Pir Shaliar) is one of the oldest ceremonies which is still celebrated twice a year in the village of Oramanat Takht in Iran's Kurdestan province. According to some historians, the origin of this event goes back to a 1000 years ago. Others believe the tradition is much older than that. -Photos by Nima Dimari - 2/7/10

Iran: Refomist Group Issues Demands, Calls For National Poll
The reformist party Etemad-e Melli, headed by opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, has issued a statement on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Etemad-e Melli has analyzed the causes of the current crisis and made comprehensive proposals to resolve the problems country is facing. - 2/7/10

A Monty Python Visits Persia!
Terry Jones one of the Members of the Famous Monty Python Band is also a History Enthusiast. In a Documentary for British TV called "The Barbarians", he introduces us to the Ancient Civilizations which fought the Roman Empire. -Darius KADIVAR - 2/7/10

Ayatollah Khomeini's Protrayal On Iran TV Condmened By His Grandson
Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late leader of Iran's 1979 Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, lashed out against Iran's National Broadcasting Organization, Seda-va-Sima for the "distorted" portrayal of his grandfather. -Radio Zamaneh - 2/7/10

Iran's Mourning Mothers: "Stop The Executions"
Mourning Mothers, a group of wives and mothers who have lost their spouses or children during the post-elections protests or whose spouses or children are currently in prison, have issued a statement, objecting to executions of political protesters and execution sentences for several political prisoners, demanding revocation of death sentences for political prisoners. - 2/7/10

Iranian-American Researcher Produces High Performance Composite Metal Foam
Researchers at NC State have developed, processed, and tested a new high-strength ultra-light material that combines the advantages of metal matrix composites with metallic foams. Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei has produced a new generation of metal foams showing 5 to 6 times greater strength to density ratio and over 7 times higher energy absorption than that of currently available metallic foams. - 2/7/10

Iran's Ayaollah Dastgheyb: One Person Cannot Rule 70 Million People
"It is not possible that only one person run the country. There have to be laws and the Supreme Leader is also in the law. There have to be a law because one person cannot rule 70 million people." - 2/7/10

Iran: Rights defenders pressured to "confess"
Seven members of an Iranian human rights organization, the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, are being held in detention in Tehran. They are under pressure to "confess" to links with a banned opposition group, in which case they might face charges which can carry the death penalty. -Amnesty International - 2/7/10

Iranian authorities arrest "collaborators of Radio Farda"
Iranian Ministry of Intelligence arrested seven people accused of "ties with Radio Farda." While the announcement by the Ministry does not refer to the identity of the detainees, it does claim that they "had gone through the hiring and training process in Dubai and Istanbul." - 2/7/10

Ahmadinejad Orders Higher Enrichment Of Uranium
Speaking at an exhibition on laser technology in Tehran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad asked Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, to begin enriching uranium up to 20 percent. -RFE - 2/7/10

Unite for human rights in Iran on February 11th
February 11th is Victory of the Revolution Day in Iran. Equivalent to the Fourth of July in the United States, it is a day commemorating liberty, independence and freedom...That is why we are asking everyone to show their solidarity online on February 11th – whether it's on your blog, website, or social networking profile. -Amnesty International - 2/7/10

Please Release Our Children
One evening last week at the Free Library of Philadelphia, I met Alex Fattal. I saw pain on his face, as he came up to me. A nice, kind young man, he told me who he was. I learned that he is the brother of Josh Fattal who, along with two of his friends, was on a hiking vacation in Iraqi Kurdistan before they were arrested by the Iranian authorities. -Fariba Amini - 2/7/10

Iranian opposition websites under cyber attack
Amir Kabir Newsletter and Advar News, two independent student websites in Iran were attacked by internet hackers, the Iranian Cyber Army. The two sites are amongst the few remaining sites that report from within Iran, independent from the government. The organizers of the two sites have been amongst the many targets of government crackdown on post-election protesters. - 2/6/10

Banned thought-provoking Iranian films come to Tehran's black market
Official restrictions on screening films have added a new category to Tehran's black market, once the exclusive domain of porno flicks, home video footage and bootleg copies of onscreen Iranian and foreign films. -MNA - 2/6/10

Photos: Isfahan's Historic Kamal Zourkhaneh Demolished
The historic Kamal Zourkhaneh in Isfahan's Sabzeh Meidan district, built during Qajar dynasty, has been demolished to be replaced by a commercial complex. Zourkhaneh, literally meaning house of strength, is the Iranian national sport also called varzesh-e pahlavani (sport of heroes) or varzesh-e bastani (sport of ancients) played in an Iranian traditional gymnasium. -Photos by Aulieh Sa'adatpour - 2/6/10

Labor Protests Held In Several Iranian Cities
A series of labor protests have taken place in several Iranian cities this week, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. Protests and strikes have been held in recent months over unpaid salaries and other work-related demands, but the past few weeks have seen an exceptional amount of such actions. -RFE - 2/6/10

Iran Nuke Deal, Rise Of China Are Hot Topics At Munich Conference
The biggest news at this year's Munich Security Conference came in the dead of night. When Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki made a surprise appearance at the annual gathering of international luminaries on February 5, organizers scrambled to reorganize the schedule to give him a forum, adding an impromptu late-night panel that stretched past midnight. -RFE - 2/6/10

Aref Qazvini's memoirs on Constitutional Movement published
Personal memoirs of the Iranian national poet Aref Qazvini on the Constitutional Movement were recently published by Nashr-e Sokhan Publications.Abolqassem Aref Qazvini (1882- 1934) was an Iranian poet, lyricist, and musician. He was a revolutionary during the Iranian Constitutional Movement and composed many political and pro-revolutionary songs. - 2/6/10

Domestic Iran onsortium ink $10B deal to develop Kish gas field
National Iranian Oil Company and a domestic consortium led by Bank Mellat signed a $10 billion contract on Saturday to develop Kish gas field, southern Iran. The Kish gas field aims at daily producing 85 million cubic meters of gas and 30,000 barrels of gas condensates. -MNA - 2/6/10

Iranian Opposition Leader Mahdi Karroubi: 'This Government Is Unworthy'
In an interview with SPIEGEL, opposition politician and former president of the Iranian parliament Mahdi Karroubi, 72, discusses allegations that he has bowed under pressure from the government in Tehran. - 2/6/10

Iran starts production of two new missiles
Iran has begun production of the Qaem anti-helicopter missile and the Toofan 5 anti-armor missile. The Toofan 5 (Typhoon 5 in English) has two warheads and is one of the most advanced anti-armor missiles, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday at the inauguration ceremony for the missile production lines. -MNA - 2/6/10

Iraq election triggers US-Iran power struggle
Preparations for the Iraqi parliamentary elections have been thrown into chaos by a row over whether or not to uphold a ban on hundreds of candidates, because of alleged links to Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath Party. -BBC - 2/6/10

Iranian authorities dismiss protesters turn up on February 11
Iranian authorities are dismissing the protester turn up on February 11 and maintaining that they have made no preparations to confront them because there will be no need for it. Tehran Governor, Morteza Tamddon told ISNA they have taken "no particular security measures" because "rioters" will be "ineffective" on this day. -Zamaneh - 2/5/10

Iranian American 2010 Census Project Coalition Gains Momentum
Now at 19 partners and counting, the coalition was formed to ensure maximum and consistent participation by Iranian Americans in the 2010 U.S. Census. The addition of these new organizations strengthens and expands the coalition's outreach and penetration, providing it with more resources and a larger platform for educating Iranian Americans nationwide and encouraging their participation in the Census. - 2/5/10

Iran: Qhoba Mosque in Shiraz Attacked by Basij Militia
Reformist website Jaras reports Basij forces attacked frequenters of Ghoba Mosque in Shiraz and injured them with rocks and stones. Shiraz's Ghoba Mosque has been witness to numerous altercations between pro-government forces and supporters of Ayatollah Dastgheib in the past months. - 2/5/10

Rumi Puppet Opera: Gharibpur dedicates performance to Shajarian
The Wednesday performance of the Rumi Puppet Opera Show was dedicated to the giant of traditional Iranian music Mohammadreza Shajarian. Composed by Behzad Abdi, music for the opera was recorded in the Ukraine. The puppet show troupe Aran performs it using more than 100 puppets. -MNA - 2/5/10

Iranian official's remarks on hijab outrage top cleric
According to some unofficial sources, Shamaqdari questioned the necessity of the Hijab in his response to a person criticizing the alleged difficulty of wearing the hijab by Iranian and foreign guests of the 28th Fajr International Film Festival. -MNA - 2/5/10

Internet access heavily obstructed in Iran
At the threshold of February 11 protests, internet access has become more and more precarious in Iran. Internet users report that Gmail and Yahoo mail are consistently disrupted and in some cities internet access has been completely cut off for many hours during the day. -Zamaneh - 2/5/10

Iran's Allies China, Russia Part on Sanctions Talk
Iran's key allies, China and Russia, are sending divergent messages on whether to pursue further sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. -VOA - 2/5/10

U.S.: Iran, Not Russia, Drives Revamped Missile Plan
The United States is offering assurances that a new missile-defense plan that would involve the deployment of interceptor missiles in Romania is not aimed against Russia but against a potential threat from Iran. Russia has not yet made any official comment on the plan, announced on February 4. - 2/5/10

Human Rights: A Transformation for US-Iran Policy?
At a panel presented yesterday by the Center for American Progress, Ghaemi was joined by Geneive Abdo, Matt Duss and Michael Signer to discuss how the US can elevate the role of Human Rights within its Iran policy. The panel collectively agreed that greater focus is needed on human rights issues involving Iran. -NIAC - 2/5/10

Iran: Tehran Friday Sermon Becomes More Conciliatory
Tehran's Friday Prayers took a more conciliatory note this week with the sermons of Ayatollah Emami Kashani calling on demonstrators to refrain from chanting "particular slogans" and to pull away from those who might choose to do so. - 2/5/10

Persian-Language TV Station To Debut In Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan
Tajik Culture Minister Mirzoshohrukh Asrori told RFE/RL that the joint station's first program will be aired during celebrations of the ancient Norouz holiday on March 21-23 that marks the first day of spring. He said the programs aired by the station will focus mainly on cultural issues. - 2/5/10

Munich Security Conference Opens, With China Making Debut
Defense officials, diplomats, and politicians from around the world have gathered in the southern German city of Munich for the leading international forum on security policy. The annual Munich Security Conference has long been a strategy session for U.S. and European leaders on defense cooperation. -RFE - 2/5/10

Obituary and Eulogy on A. Es-haghzadeh: 1915-2010
Abdol-Rahim Es-haghzadeh, the beloved father, loving husband, caring civil servant, friend to everyone, author and world traveler, passed away after a period of illness due to natural causes at Laleh Hospital in Tehran. -David Rahni - 2/5/10

Political prisoners in Iran say they are 'dark stain' on regime
"It is indeed shameful for this system to have so many prisoners of thoughts, ideals and aspirations. The ties between this regime and the people, which had been extended to each and every segment of society, are coming undone," according to an impassioned letter from political prisoners. -CNN - 2/5/10

A Modern B-School -- in Tehran
Most Saturday mornings a small group of Iranian professionals and entrepreneurs gathers either in a small office on London's New Bond Street or in a Tehran villa to talk about a school that doesn't exist yet. This fall, though, after two years of planning, they hope to open Iran's first modern business school, an event they hope will boost their country's development. -Business Week - 2/5/10

Iranian reformists rally Green Movement supporters
Iranian reformist organizations called out to supporters of the Green Movement to join the February 11 demonstrations for the anniversary of the Revolution to once more announce their protest to the alleged fraud in the June presidential elections. -Zamaneh - 2/4/10

Bistro: A fresh health food cafe in Tehran owned and run by women
At the top of the Mirzaye-Shirizi Avenue before the Motahari intersection is a small cafe, Bistro, which has been opened by two young ladies Maryam and Pooneh. Maryam has quit her full time job in order to devote her time and energy to what she finds fun, interesting and what she has wanted to do for a long time. - 2/4/10

Iran: Harsh Words on Both Sides Make Bloody Showdown Likely February 11
Both the government and the opposition are looking to February 11, the 31 year anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, to bring the post-election unrest out of its current stalemate by staging massive shows of force in the streets of Iran's cities. -Shayan Ghajar, insideIRAN - 2/4/10

Court Rebukes Dutch Policy on Iranian Scientists
A court in The Hague has dealt a blow to the Dutch government's controversial attempts to keep sensitive nuclear technology out of the hands of Iran. Its policy to ban Iranian-born students and scientists from certain master's degrees and from nuclear research facilities in the Netherlands is overly broad and a violation of an international civil rights treaty, the court ruled today. -Science Magazine - 2/4/10

Iran: Leading Human Rights Activist Arrested
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran denounced the arrest today of Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, a leading human rights activist, member of the Central Council of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan, and journalist. - 2/4/10

US Cautious on Ahmadinejad Nuclear Comments
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to accept an international proposal that would ease concerns about the country's nuclear program, it would be welcomed news. But U.S. officials say Iran must communicate its intentions to the International Atomic Energy Agency. -VOA - 2/4/10

Pooya Aryanpour and Morteza Darehbaghi at MEEM Gallery in Dubai
Meem Gallery and Mehrnoush Fatholahi are pleased to present the opening of a joint exhibition displaying the work of Iran's leading contemporary artists Pooya Aryanpour and Morteza Darehbaghi on 22 February. - 2/4/10

The Sour Notes of Iran's Art Diplomacy
Late last month — around the time the Iranian government executed two more political prisoners, charging nine others with waging war against God, a capital offense — the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was sent on a government-sponsored tour across Europe, which just ended this week. It played the so-called Peace and Friendship Symphony, by Majid Entezami -New York Times - 2/4/10

China Says Iran Sanctions Hinder Diplomacy
China says discussions on imposing possible sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program are complicating the situation and hindering diplomacy. Speaking Thursday during a visit to France, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said threatening Iran with sanctions is derailing efforts to find a diplomatic solution. -VOA - 2/4/10

Banished from his homeland, the 'Iranian Bob Dylan' wants nothing more than to write and perform freely back home
When singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo takes the stage at Stanford University on Friday and Sunday, he will be doing what he was never able to do in his homeland of Iran: perform in public. -San Jose Mercury - 2/4/10

Saudi operator Arabsat takes Iran's Al-Alam network off air
The Committee to Protect Journalists called for Saudi-run satellite operator Arabsat to return to air the Iranian-owned Arabic-language satellite channel Al-Alam, which stopped broadcasting January 27 without prior notice, according to international news reports. - 2/4/10

U.S. solidarity could boost Iran's Green Revolution
It means something in foreign policy circles when realists and idealists converge on a policy -- as they are beginning to do on Iran. Realists -- think Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger -- assert that only the external behavior of a regime is of direct concern to America; its habits of repression matter little to the national interest. -Washington Post - 2/4/10

Iran's Secret Obsession: Getting Lost in Tehran
Back before protests erupted last June, if you were to see a crowd gathered on the street in Tehran, odds were they were buying up the latest U.S. hit movie or TV show from a black market vendor. Customers flip through piles of plastic sleeves, looking for an unseen classic or the latest that the Americans have to offer -TIME - 2/4/10

My Visit to Iran
I went to Iran, the country of my birth, in November of 2009 and stayed there for two months after being away for 30 years. I had left Iran right before 1979 revolution that overthrew the Shah. Before I left for my visit back to Iran, I was feeling very agitated and depressed about the way things are here in the USA and I felt like I needed to get away for a while. -Azita Ebrahimi - 2/3/10

Iran unveils three new home-made satellites
Iran on Wednesday continued hailing its aerospace advancement by uncovering three new home-made satellites: Tolou, Mesbah 2 and Navide Elmo Sannat (Ya Mahdi) -ISNA - 2/3/10

Iran Fires Satellite Carrier Into Space
Iran on Tuesday test-fired the Kavoshgar 3 satellite carrier, sending its third explorer - with living organisms onboard - into space. The Kavoshgar 3 (Explorer) rocket, carrying an experimental capsule, transfers telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data. - 2/3/10

Renowned director presents her Prix Henri Langlois award to Mourning Mothers of Iran
Renowned Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad received the Prix Henri Langlois at the French festival for her collection of cinematic productions. "I dedicate this award to all the mourning mothers of my land", she said at picking up her award. - 2/3/10

Persepolis defeats Esteghlal to win Tehran derby
Persepolis captain Karim Bagheri's winner goal sealed an important victory over Esteghlal at the Azadi Stadium on Wednesday. Persepolis football team defeated its arch rival Esteghlal 2-1 in the 26th week of Iran Professional League (IPL) in front of approximately 80,000 spectators. -MNA - 2/3/10

Ahmadinejad's Budget Hikes Funding For Hard-Line Think Tanks
Ahmadinejad has proposed increasing funds for hard-line think tanks by 143 percent in his draft government budget. If passed by the parliament, hundreds of millions dollars more than the previous year would be directed to ideological institutes -- mostly run by close associates of Ahmadinejad -- that are trying to prepare the country for the imminent return of the "Hidden Imam." -RFE - 2/3/10

CHINA ACTION DAY: Demand China end support for Ahmadinejad and Basij Militia
China is supporting Ahmadinejad's crackdown against the Iranian people, most recently by arming the Basij with anti-riot equipment and crowd control vehicles. These Chinese arms pose a lethal threat to the millions of Iranians who plan to protest for freedom and democracy in Iran on February 11th. - 2/3/10

Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready to Send Enriched Uranium Abroad
In response to Mr. Ahmadinejad's remarks, the White House urged Iran to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency if it is ready to send low-enriched uranium abroad. Spokesman Mike Hammer said the U.S. has made a "good faith and balanced offer" to Iran that would power its nuclear research reactor. -VOA - 2/3/10

Biden: Iran's Leaders 'Sowing Seeds of Their Own Destruction'
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Iran's leaders are "sowing the seeds of their own destruction" by continuing a crackdown on the Iranian opposition. Biden said Tuesday the Iranian leadership's use of force to put down opposition protests has cost it moral credibility within Iran and around the region. He was speaking in an interview with a U.S. television network. - 2/3/10

Nonproliferation Expert Discusses Iran's Nuclear Offer
Shannon Kile: I personally think that President Ahmadinejad genuinely wants to reach some sort of fuel-exchange deal. I think part of the problem in reaching the deal with the 5+1 states [Editor's Note: permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany] has in fact been the inability of President Ahmadinejad to get all of the leadership in Tehran on board, in particular the conservatives in the Iranian parliament. -RFE - 2/3/10

US Denies Speaking to Iran About Prisoner Swap
The United States has denied speaking to Iran about a prisoner exchange after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran has held discussions about such a swap. Mr. Ahmadinejad also told state television Tuesday his government may release three jailed U.S. citizens in exchange for Iranians held in American prisons. -VOA - 2/3/10

They're Wearing Green in Dubai
Dubai may be possibly the closest thing to being in Iran itself. In five days here I've met with nearly three dozen Iranians from different walks of life to try to get a better impression of what's happening inside the country. -FP - 2/3/10

Qatar Crown Prince Meets Ahmadinejad
Qatar's relations with Iran are strategic, brotherly and strong, said Qatar's Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday in Tehran. The two countries are expected to sign a number energy, military, and economic agreements during the Qatari official's trip. -MNA - 2/3/10

Photos: Ajigol Wetland in Northern Iran
February 2 is World Wetlands Day -- The internationally-protected Ajigol Lagoon in Golestan province in northern Iran is home to migratory birds. The Ajigol Lagoon and the nearby Almagol and Alagol lagoons were designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1975. -Photos by Aboutaleb Nadri - 2/2/10

Iran To Execute Nine More Protesters, As Opposition Leader Denounces 'Dictatorship'
The deputy head of Iran's judiciary says nine more protesters are to be executed soon over the unrest that erupted following the controversial June presidential elections. Iran's Fars news agency quoted Ebrahim Raisi as saying that the nine were linked to counterrevolutionary groups and planned to topple the Islamic regime. -RFE - 2/2/10

No Information About Jailed Iranian Artist Mehraneh Atashi
Internationally recognized photographer Mehraneh Atashi, along with her husband Madjid Ghaffari, were arrested on 12 January 2010 in their home in Tehran and detained, apparently in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison, but authorities have released no information about charges against them, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today. - 2/2/10

Iran: Mousavi says he will continue fight for reform
In a statement posted on Kaleme website, Mousavi said the 1979 Islamic Revolution had failed to achieve most of its goals. He said politically motivated arrests of protesters were illegal and that the constitution should be changed to secure people's rights. His comments constitute one of his strongest challenges to the government. - 2/2/10

Khatami: The response to civil protests is not repression, prison and execution
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, former president, on the first day of the ceremonies for the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Republic, in a meeting with some political figures, said that he hopes that this year all the Iranians participate in 22-Bahman (Feb 11th) rally that will be held to commemorate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. - 2/2/10

Iran Judiciary Chief Reveals Political Pressures to Execute Detained Protesters
Sadegh Larijani, Head of Iranian Judiciary, said on Sunday that a group in Iran are demanding "accelerated" punishment of protesters arrested during the post-elections events in Iran. He has added that such demands are politically-motivated and illegal. - 2/2/10

Politics and Religion Collide: The Attempt to Defrock Ayatollah Sanei
In early January, following the demise of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, the Society of Teachers and Researchers at Qom Seminaries, a pro-statel clerical body, announced that it did not acknowledge cleric Yusuf Sanei as an ayatollah. The reason for such a decision, like many other seemingly religious decisions of the Islamic regime, was rather political. -Rasool Nafisi - 2/2/10

Former Diplomat Says Iranian Establishment 'Paralyzed From Within'
Abolfazl Eslami served in Iran's Foreign Ministry for 25 years. That came to an end four years ago, when he learned that the authorities had become "sensitive" about him. The 50-year-old Eslami says it was his criticism of Tehran's handling of the death of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, that first got him into trouble. -RFE - 2/2/10

Hassan Khomeini Snubs Ahmadinejad
On Monday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet visited the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini to renew their allegiance to the ideals of the Founder of the Islamic Republic. They were hosted by Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of Imam Khomeini, grandson of Imam Khomeini. Hassan Khomeini is the representative of his family and caretaker of the mausoleum. - 2/2/10

Democracy Demystified
I live in a very red state. I live in a state so red that a liberal is someone with only one shotgun in the truck. I have been in this most red of states nearly my entire life. So much so that I think my neck is beginning to turn red. It is no surprise then that as a centrist I have long been apathetic about politics. And then came June. Almost out of nowhere this Green Movement exploded on to the scenes ... -Saeed Nowroozi - 2/2/10

Iran Marks Anniversary of Islamic Revolution
Iran is starting 11 days of celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Around the country, Iranians paused at 9:33 in the morning to remember the day that the revolution's leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, returned from a long exile in France. - 2/2/10

IRAN: WHAT LIES AHEAD? THE MOVEMENT, SANCTIONS AND THE WEST
The exciting, powerful and determined resistance movement, which emerged during last summer's election fall-out, has created one of the most serious political crises in Iran since the revolution of 1979. And it refuses to go away. Meanwhile, Western leaders talk of increasing sanctions, repeating hypocritical accusations of Iran's nuclear programme. - 2/2/10

Iran plans $9B investment in gas sector
Iran plans to invest up to $9 billion by the next five years to boost infrastructures in its gas sector, the head of National Iranian Gas Company said. - 2/2/10

West Eyes Iran Central Bank, Firms In Sanction Push
The United States and three European powers hope to blacklist Iran's central bank and firms linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps in a new round of UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program, diplomats said. -Reuters - 2/2/10

Iranian participants in 1st International Exhibition - poster for a Healthier World
Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Design, Mexico. At this time, Institute's mission as journalists is to educate parents and those interested in the welfare of children and people in general about health and prevent developmental problems caused by exposure to toxic substances, but also educate the media, policy makers and general public on the fact that environmental health is a key determinant of public health. - 2/1/10

Photos: Exhibit explores women's role in Iranian revolution
Veteran photographer Akbar Nazemi is holding an exhibition at Tehran's Art Bureau Gallery depicting women who participated in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. "The unity among people from different social classes with different attire, the women who wore the Hijab and those who did not, was remarkable during the Islamic Revolution," he said. -photos by Yuness Khani - 2/1/10

Exhibition by Reena Kallat and Sara Rahbar: Never Run Away
The two artists in this exhibition, Reena Kallat and Sara Rahbar, live on different continents, Asia and North America, or sometimes on the same one, namely Asia (India and Iran), from where their observations about the nature of power as it effects belonging informs their individual practices. - 2/1/10

Iran's green shoots
A popular football programme on Iranian television became the unlikely conduit for a protest by the pro-democracy "green" movement earlier this month. Whether by accident or design the state-run show allowed itself to be momentarily hijacked, giving the green movement a rare chance to demonstrate its strength. -Guardian - 2/1/10

US Reportedly Beefing Up Defenses in Persian Gulf
U.S. media reports say the United States is speeding up the deployment of anti-missile defenses in four Persian Gulf nations as it continues to confront Iran over its nuclear program. The reports say the United States is also beefing up its naval presence in the region with special ships with the ability to shoot down missiles.-VOA - 2/1/10

IRAN: Tehran staging of 'Galileo' reflects a nation's struggle against 'ignorance,' 'ancientness'
Will the truth triumph over superstition and dogma? That was the question hovering in a Tehran theater Sunday afternoon as 14 men and women in black clothes circled around the astronomer Galileo Galilei in director Dariush Farhang's sometimes nightmarish, politically loaded rendition of the 1943 play "The Life of Galileo" by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. -LA Times - 2/1/10

Iran Regime Change Survey
According to the Persian language site sazegara.net, the following 5-question survey was conducted in secret in Iran, and about 350 Iranians from Tehran and 3 other unnamed provinces took the survey on Jan. 17th 2010. Here is your chance to take the same survey but in English. You ‘ll see the result for both surveys. - 2/1/10

Ahmadinejad's Government Retracts Income Bracketing Scheme
The wave of concern and controversy generated in Iran over the method that has been used to calculate the income brackets of Iranian families has caused Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to retract his plan, claiming that the data provided to it was erroneous. The plan deals with direct payment of subsides to the public. -Nazanin Kamdar, Rooz Online - 2/1/10

Iran's Bubble Boys
These are the men who make up Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inner circle -- and will determine if the Iranian president can strengthen his tenuous grip on power. -Foreign Policy - 2/1/10

Why 'Active Neutrality' Can Hasten Iran's Revolution
The democratic revolutionary uprising in Iran has not surprised most experts. Since the late nineteenth century, almost every generation of Iranians has seen at least one major upheaval or revolution. -Mahmood Delkhasteh, Huffington Post - 2/1/10
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